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August 28, 2018

Alex Cox’s Straight to Hell (1987) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster



Four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.






June 29, 2018

Albert Brooks’ Modern Romance (1981) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



A successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

Modern Romance (1981) - Amazon UK






August 20, 2018

David Mamet’s Oleanna (1994) on blu-ray Indicator (UK)



Flustered college student Carol (Debra Eisenstadt) visits John (William H. Macy), one of her professors, and asks how she can pass his class. The narcissistic instructor barely seems to notice her presence, and goes off on tangents relating to his own personal philosophies and problems while failing to answer the pupil. Later, a more assured Carol returns and accuses John of sexual harassment. The professor is baffled, but Carol remains steadfast in her claim, and their feud escalates nastily.

Oleanna (1994) - Amazon UK






August 20, 2018

Costa-Gavras’ Missing (1982) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



In 1973, U.S. businessman Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) arrives in Chile to look for his son, Charles (John Shea), a politically left-leaning journalist who disappeared during a military coup. Charles' wife, Beth (Sissy Spacek), has been looking for some time, but her requests for help from the U.S. consulate have thus far produced few results. As Ed and Beth try to figure out what really happened to Charles, Ed realizes that the American officials may know more than they're telling.

Missing (1982) - Amazon UK






August 7, 2018

Nicholas Meyers’ The Day After (1983) on blu-ray from Kino, starring Jason Robards



The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the US deployment of WMDs in Europe during the escalating cold war,this dramatically involving and agonizingly graphic film about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America. Starring Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum and John Lithgow, this controversial, potent drama remains one of the most talked-about programs in television history. When cold-war tensions reach the ultimate boiling point, the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn — along with the rest of America — that they have less than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead! Can anyone survive this ultimate nightmare...or the nuclear winter that is sure to follow?






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Abdellatif Kechiche's Black Venus (2010) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and fortune there. Once in London her master turned manager does nothing but exhibit her as a freak in a phony and humiliating carnival show. After a series of troubles caused by their act, Caesar, Saartje and their new friend, bear-tamer Réaux, head for Paris where once again, and against her will, she has to mimic savagery and expose her body, first in carnivals, then in the aristocratic salons of Paris, later on among the libertines and finally in brothels where she ends up being a prostitute. In the meantime, French anatomists will have taken an interest in her unusual anatomy (enormous buttocks and labia) only to declare her the missing link from ape to man. In 1815, aged only 27, she dies alone, of a combination of pneumonia and venereal disease.

Black Venus (2010) - Amazon

Black Venus (2010) - Amazon UK






August 21, 2018

John Cassavetes’ Gloria (1980) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.








August 14, 2018

Terry Gilliam’s Tideland (2005) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK



Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. Left alone on a decrepit country estate, the girl survives as she mentally transfers into a bizzare, hallucinatory world, created by her own mind.

Tideland (2005) - Amazon

Tideland (2005) - Amazon UK






August 13, 2018

Percy Adlon’s  Bagdad Cafe (1987) on blu-ray from StudioCanal UK, from a new 4K restoration



A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Bagdad Cafe (1987) - Amazon UK



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August 20, 2018

Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988) on limited edition blu-ray from Eureka (UK), from new 4K restorations



Police Story (1985) – Considered by Jackie Chan himself to be his best film in terms of pure action, Police Story stars Chan as "super cop" Chan Ka-Kui, who goes up against a notorious crime lord in a series of escalating set-pieces that resulted in many of Jackie's stunt team being hospitalised.

Police Story 2 (1988) – Demoted to traffic cop after the events of the first film, Chan Ka-Kui is reinstated to the detective unit when a deadly gang of explosive experts blow up a building and threaten to blow up more if their demands are not met. Featuring yet more bravura stunt work, and even more injuries to its cast and crew, Police Story 2 is to this day considered one of the best action films ever made.


Police Story 1 & 2 (1985-88) - Amazon UK






October 23, 2018

Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a new 4K restoration



Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the 1940s and 50s. Births, marriages and deaths – and an expressive use of music – provide the underpinning for a film that is beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant but never sentimental.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) - Amazon






September 10, 2018

Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), from an Arrow-exclusive 4K restoration from the original camera negative



At Westburg High, you're either a Heather or a nobody. And while Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) might not be named Heather, she's a hands-down Heather in spirit, waging battles in the school's full-scale popularity war … but it's all getting to be a bit too much. Enter mysterious newcomer Jason (Christian Slater), who offers her the perfect -- albeit deadly -- solution to end the Heathers's social tyranny.

Heathers (1988) - Amazon UK






July 27, 2018

Marijan Vajda's Bloodlust (1977) on limited edition blu-ray from Mondo Macabro. Non-limited edition coming in the fall of 2018.



A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.






October 22, 2018

James Justice & Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare Beach (1989) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK)



Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?

Nightmare Beach (1989) - Amazon UK






July 17, 2018

John Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Amazon






September 25, 2018

Felix E. Feist’s The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a new 4K restoration



A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

In the hard-boiled film noir tradition, reminiscent of the work of James L. Cain, greed, unstoppable sexual attraction, and betrayal set off a doomed course in which a femme fatale leads a once upstanding citizen down a dark path. The first independent production of Phoenix Films, the company run by Jack M. Warner, son of Warner Bros. Studios mogul Jack L., and a highlight in the lengthy career of director Felix E. Feist (Deluge), The Man Who Cheated Himself does not cheat on thrills.


The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) - Amazon



November 13, 2018

James Bridges’ Bright Lights, Big City (1988) on blu-ray from MVD Visual. Shot by Gordon Willis.



A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) - Amazon



2018 TBD

Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles aka The Storm Within (1948) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 2K restoration



In this heartbreaking drama based on Cocteau's highly successful stage play, a mother (Josette Day) smothers her grown son with boyish love. When the son (played by Cocteau regular Jean Marais) meets a girl and leaves the family circle, the mother flies into a rage. But when the boy tells his father, it sets off another drama - she is none other than the girl the father has been secretly seeing. Tragedy strikes in this time-honored tale of fledglings leaving the family nest.






2018 TBD

Kevin Rafferty’s The Atomic Cafe on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration



Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man.

On its 20-year anniversary, and not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFE is back to provide us with a much-needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in 1982. Atomic Cafe is a brilliant compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous "duck and cover" Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today, and it's easy to see why this film, which was produced in the early 1980s, became a cult classic.







September 18, 2018

Graham Baker’s Impulse (1984) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster



When Jennifer (Tilly) and her boyfriend Stuart (Matheson) return to her idyllic hometown, they discover that all boundaries of civility seem to have eroded. Mystified by the actions of normally kind townspeople who are suddenly driven to extremes of irrational-and violent-behavior, Jennifer and Stuart attempt to get to the bottom of the increasingly life-threatening chaos...before it destroys them!



 

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