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Reply #840 on: October 01, 2018, 04:45:23 PM
October 30, 2018

The Blood Island Collection on limited edition blu-ray from Severin

They’ve been called “defiantly lurid” (1000MisspentHours.com), “delightfully depraved” (FlickAttack.com) and “blood-soaked & naked broad-filled” (MrSkin.com). Their cult of fans is worldwide. And for more than fifty years, these four monster shockers from Filipino directors Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero have stunned drive-in, grindhouse and VHS audiences, became the foundation of infamous exploitation distributors Hemisphere Pictures and Independent-International, and remain among the most insane/esteemed classics in horror history. Severin Films is now proud to present The BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy and its celebrated prequel, all featuring uncut scans from recently discovered film elements and oozing with all-new Special Features!

The Blood Island Collection - Severin

Terror is a Man (1959) - Severin

Brides of Blood (1968) - Severin

Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) - Severin

January 15, 2019

Brian De Palma’s Obsession (1976) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

A rich businessman's wife and daughter are killed. Years later he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife.


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Reply #841 on: October 14, 2018, 11:24:39 PM
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Joseph Cates' Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) on blu-ray from Network (UK), region-free

A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism, trips to the porn shop and adult movie palace, and more! A police detective is similarly obsessed with sexual materials, leading him to become personally involved in the case.

Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) - Amazon UK

December 3, 2018

John Schlesinger’s Yanks (1979) on blu-ray from Eureka (UK)

Set in England at the end of WWII, the story concerns three American GIs and their affairs with British women of varying social status. The central romance concerns Sgt. Matt Dyson and Jean Moreton, who is the daughter of shopkeepers. He falls in love with her but she is still infatuated with her boyfriend Ken. Higher up on the class scale, the officer John has a brief extramarital affair with socialite Helen. The third pairing involves Sgt. Danny Ruffelo in a fling with Mollie. Eventually, the Americans and the Britains find themselves surrounded by racism at a New Year's Eve dance.

Yanks (1979) - Amazon UK

January 29, 2019

Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia (1983) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Suburbia is director Penelope Spheeris's study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with "The Rejected" (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned shack by the side of the highway. With the T.R.s, the boys find a new family. But their new family will be tested when they become the target of "Citizens Against Crime," a group of unhappy suburbanites.

January 15, 2019

Stuart Heisler’s The Glass Key (1942) on blu-ray from Shout Select

This engrossing and intricate murder mystery, based on Dashiell Hammett's best-selling novel, stars Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Ed Beaumont (Ladd) is the loyal right-hand man of Paul Madvig (Donlevy), a corrupt politician who is accused of murder. Hunting down the real killer, Beaumont must endure a brutal beating from gangsters, the annoying hindrance of the police and the beguiling advances of his boss's fiancée, socialite Janet Henry (Lake).

December 10, 2018

William Castle at Columbia, Volume Two (1962-1964) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks ('Illusion-O'; 'Percepto'; the 'Punishment Poll'; 'Fright Breaks', etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman's illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units.


-Zotz (1962)
-13 Frightened Girls (1963)
-The Old Dark House (1963)
-Strait-Jacket (1964)

December 10, 2018

Jim O’Connolly’s Berserk! (1967) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

After the huge success of Robert Aldrich's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?(1962), Hollywood legend Joan Crawford found herself taking the lead in a series of lurid and sensational horror pictures in her later years – and Berserk was one of the best and most successful.

Crawford stars as a ruthless circus owner who exploits a series of gruesome murders for her own ends... until the killer targets her. Directed by Jim O'Connolly (Valley of Gwangi, Tower of Evil) and co-starring Diana Dors (Yield to the Night, Deep End), Michael Gough (Horror Hospital, Batman) and Judy Geeson (10 Rillington Place, Inseminoid), Berserk is a deranged slice of Great British Grand(Dame) Guignol – a bloody exploitation classic!

March 11, 2019

Tony Williams’ Ozploitation classic Next of Kin (1982) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK), from a 4K restoration

A young woman (Jackie Kerin) and her boyfriend (John Jarratt) witness strangeness in an Australian old-folks home.

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Reply #842 on: October 19, 2018, 04:56:15 PM
2019 TBD

William Friedkin’s Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow

A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city's S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force's homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large.

2018 TBD

Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration. Shot by Gordon Willis.

As his 30th birthday nears, the aristocratic Elger Winthrop Enders (Beau Bridges) finally decides to leave his parents' home, and he purchases an apartment complex in the slums of New York. The coldhearted Elger plans to boot out the current residents and refashion the crumbling dwelling into a luxurious bachelor pad. But after the spoiled young man befriends locals Francine (Diana Sands) and Margie (Pearl Bailey), he abandons his plans and instead focuses on charming his lovely neighbors.

October 26, 2018

Dimi Dadiras’ The Wild Pussycat (1968) on limited edition blu-ray from Mondo Macabro / standard edition coming later in the year. Includes bonus feature The Deserter (1970).

The Wild Pussycat (1968)

The Wild Pussycat is an unsung classic of exploitation cinema. Produced in Greece in 1968, it was not officially released there until 1972 and then only in a cut and compromised version. The simple plot concerns a women whose sister was exploited and driven to suicide by a sleazy pimp. In order to get revenge on him the woman seduces the man, drugs him and imprisons him in a sound proofed room, tormenting him through a large one way mirror (he can see out, no-one can see in ) by performing sultry strip tease dances and having sex with men and women while he can only look on, helpless to stop it or join in. Her final vengeance on him is so shocking it raises eyebrows even today.

In spite of its lurid subject matter and explicit visuals, The Wild Pussycat was not a low budget quickie with a cast of unknowns and a first time film maker. It was directed by Dimi Dadiras, one of the most successful director/producers of the period, and it features one of the big stars of Greek cinema, Gisela Dali, known in her day as ”the Greek Bardot”. So far as we are aware, this film has never before been released on home video anywhere in the world.

The Deserter (1970)

This rarely seen Greek production from 1970 is a fascinating and powerful film about a young soldier who escapes from a seemingly endless war only to find himself trapped in an emotional and sexual battle between two desperate women. One of them, Ermina (played by Italian star Franca Parisi), is stuck in a loveless marriage with a boorish farmer who plans to make his fortune by selling cheap hootch to soldiers. The other - much younger - woman, seems to live in a bizarre and dangerous fantasy world. She is played by famous Greek singing star Alexandra Kyriakaki. The great Gisela Dali “the Greek Brigitte Bardot” also stars in this production, in a small but unforgettable role as a witch who casts a love spell on the soldier.

The film was edited by Italian genre specialist Bruno Mattei. He also claimed to have directed much of it and a few years later released a version of it in Italy, with himself credited as director, under the title of Armida, il Dramma di Una Sposa (Armida, a Wife’s Story). As with The Wild Pussycat we can find no evidence of this film having been released anywhere on home video before.

The Wild Pussycat (1968) / The Deserter (1970) - Mondo Macabro


The Wild Pussycat (1968) - Trailer - Vimeo

The Deserter (1970) - Trailer - Vimeo

November 6, 2018

Carlos Saura’s The 7th Day (2004) on blu-ray from Olive Films

From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Day (El 7º Día) is a tale of warring families and bloodshed that would stain the region. The festering hatred between the Jiménez and Fuentes households, born out of a broken marriage vow, will unleash a vengeful wrath that engulfs an entire village, leaving no one unscathed.


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Reply #843 on: November 16, 2018, 07:09:32 AM
Q1 2019 TBD

Alex Cox’s Highway Patrolman (1991) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration

An episodic look at a young man's life in Mexico's national highway patrol. We follow Pedro Rojas from cadet training and his rookie assignment in a northern border area, to his quick courtship, his taking of bribes ("la mordida"), and his slow exposure to drug smuggling. Rojas re-forms his idealism as youthful naivete gives way to an adult's complicated choices. From the creator of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy.

January 8, 2019

Nicos Mastarakis’ Blind Date aka Deadly Seduction (1984) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, from a 4K scan of the original camera negative

A blind adman (Joseph Bottoms) with a computerized eye implant sees enough to identify a surgical slasher.

Blind Date (1984) - Amazon

November 23, 2018

Robert Hartford-Davis’ Beware, My Brethren (1972) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 2K restoration

Kenny has been raised within the The Brethren, an Evangelical sect who preach purity, morality, and unwavering allegiance to the word of God. A security officer by day, he spends his nights stalking and strangling 'immoral' women thus, he believes, cleansing them of their ungodly transgressions. But when a new nurse is assigned to help care for his ailing mother, she soon becomes suspicious of the activities of the church, unwittingly bringing her closer to unleashing Kenny's unholy wrath against her.

Blending social commentary on the corrupting forces of Evangelical Christianity with a proto-slasher structure, Robert Hartford-Davis' (CORRUPTION) BEWARE MY BRETHREN (aka THE FIEND) is a sobering and suspenseful British thriller, which co-stars Patrick Magee (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and Ann Todd (THE PARADINE CASE). Featuring an electrifying original gospel/folk soundtrack alongside mean-spirited kills, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring BEWARE MY BRETHREN to Blu-ray, in its fully uncut international version.

January 14, 2019

Otto Preminger’s Laura (1944) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

The only question about LAURA is whether it's simply one of the greatest film noir releases ever made, or if it's indeed the quintessential film noir. Decide for yourself. This 1944 murder mystery classic from director Otto Preminger (replacing a fired Rouben Mamoulian) has only grown in stature over the years, with its hypnotic mixture of doomed romantic obsession, dizzying intrigue, and fatalistic cynicism marking it as essential noir.

Police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is drawn into Manhattan high society as he investigates the death of stunning ad exec Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), apparently shotgunned in her own apartment. The slithery suspects are numerous, led by effete, snobbish columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and Laura's philandering fiancé Shelby (Vincent Price), who's also been cavorting with Laura's wealthy aunt (Judith Anderson). McPherson begins to fall in love with Laura through a portrait in her home and the memories relayed by those who knew her…just as it becomes apparent that even the basic facts of the case might not be what they seemed.

Laura (1944) - Amazon UK

January 21, 2019

Robert Aldrich’s Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

Originally conceived as an informal follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich's Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte was yet another hit for the legendary director, receiving seven Academy Award nominations.

Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) has been closeted in her mansion since the grisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. When the county wants to tear down the house to build a highway, the spinster's relatives and friends appear to rally behind her, but each slowly preys on her mind until the gruesome rumours of the last 40 years appear to be coming true.

Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) - Amazon UK

November 27, 2018

Gus Trikonis’ The Swinging Barmaids (1975) on blu-ray from Code Red

A cop begins tracking down a psychotic serial killer targeting sexy cocktail waitresses.

January 21, 2019

Pinter at the BBC on DVD from BFI (UK)

PINTER AT THE BBC is a new 4-DVD set featuring 10 BBC adaptations of the great British playwright’s work, spanning the period 1965-1988. Many of these have not previously been available in any home entertainment format. Highlights include 1987’s The Birthday Party starring Julie Walters and Joan Plowright.

• Old Times (Christopher Morahan, 1975)
• The Hothouse (Harold Pinter, 1982)
• Mountain Language (Harold Pinter, 1988)
• The Basement (Charles Jarrott, 1967)
• A Slight Ache (Christopher Morahan, 1967)
• A Night Out (Christopher Morahan, 1967)
• Monologue (Christopher Morahan, 1973)
• The Tea Party (Charles Jarrott, 1965)
• The Birthday Party (Kenneth Ives, 1987)

December 24, 2018

Wayne Kramer’s The Cooler (2003) on limited edition blu-ray from 101 Films (UK)

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is an unlucky guy. Everything he touches turns bad. However, his ill fortune is actually the one thing he depends upon to do his job to the best of his abilities; Bernie Lootz is the best 'cooler' in town.

Working in one of Las Vegas' few remaining golden-era casinos, Bernie is employed by the ruthless Shelly (Alec Baldwin in an Oscar® nominated role) to end the winning streak of anyone whose luck is on the up. But life in the bad luck lane has taken its toll and, after working for Shelly for years, Bernie has decided to move on. He then meets the hard-bitten Natalie (Maria Bello) and life takes a turn for the better. But as his fortunes change, so does his ability to 'cool' a winning streak, and soon an unhappy Shelly decides to make sure that Bernie never feels happiness again.

February 18/19, 2019

Joseph H. Lewis’ My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US

After a promising start on Poverty Row quickies, Joseph H. Lewis (The Big Combo) made his first film at Columbia and established himself as a director to watch with this Gothic-tinged Hitchcockian breakout hit, which later proved so popular that Columbia promoted it to A-feature status.

The morning after Julia Ross (Nina Foch, Executive Suite) takes a job in London as secretary to wealthy widow Mrs Williamson Hughes (Dame May Whitty, The Lady Vanishes), she wakes up in a windswept Cornish mansion, having been drugged. Mrs Hughes and her volatile son, Ralph (George Macready, Gilda), attempt to gaslight Julia into believing she is Ralph's wife, Marion. Her belongings have been destroyed, the windows barred and the locals believe that she is mad. Will Julia be able to escape before she falls prey to the Hughes' sinister charade? And what happened to the real Marion Hughes?

A briskly paced and brilliantly stylised mystery that grabs its audience from the start, My Name Is Julia Ross immediately cemented Lewis' place in the noir pantheon, and anticipated the elaborate identity-based deceptions found in future classic thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Brian De Palma's Obsession.

My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) - Amazon UK

February 18/19, 2019

Joseph H. Lewis’ So Dark the Night (1946) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US

Like his contemporaries Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder, Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy) dabbled in many genres, but excelled in the film noir tradition. A Hitchcockian tale of mystery and intrigue, So Dark the Night was one of his finest pictures.

Inspector Cassin, a renowned Paris detective, departs to the country for a much-needed break. There he falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter, Nanette, who is already betrothed to a local farmer. On the evening of their engagement party, Nanette and the farmer both disappear. Cassin takes up the case immediately to discover what happened to them and who is responsible. As with his celebrated noir masterpieces My Name Is Julia Ross and The Big Combo, Lewis elevates the twisty, pulpy material with some of the finest noir touches the genre has to offer, beautifully shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer (Bonnie and Clyde)

So Dark the Night (1946) - Amazon UK

January 21, 2019

Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie (1971) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are interrupted when the local priest asks him to help stop the villagers killing each other by re-enacting scenes from the film for real because they don't understand movie fakery...

The Last Movie (1971) - Powerhouse Films

January 21, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola’s Gardens of Stone (1987) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Set in 1968, the film reunites Coppola with Godfather star James Caan, who plays a disillusioned army sergeant stationed at Fort Meyers’ Arlington Cemetery and views the war in Vietnam as unwinnable, despairing at the dead arriving daily for burial from the front lines.

Gardens of Stone (1987 - Powerhouse Films

Q1 2019 TBD

René Clément’s Rider on the Rain (1970) on blu-ray from Kino

Melancolie Mau (Marlène Jobert) is a lonely woman on the French seaside who becomes the victim of a horrific rape, but then manages to turn the tables and shoot her attacker dead. She chooses not to tell anyone about the event and dumps the body, but this decision comes back to haunt her when a U.S. colonel (Charles Bronson) shows up and mysteriously knows everything about her ordeal. However, he seems to have his own agenda, and it may concern Melancolie's absent husband.

Q1 2019 TBD

Claude Chabrol’s The Champagne Murders (1967) on blu-ray from Kino

A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.

November 20, 2018

Raúl Ruiz’s Time Regained (1999) on blu-ray from Kimstim

A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.

Time Regained (1999) - Amazon

Q1 2019 TBD

Dead of Night (1945) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) goes to Pilgrim's Farm to see a potential client. When he arrives at the house, he gets the feeling that he has been there before. Once inside, he meets a group of people who seem oddly familiar. He tells them that he has dreamt about each one of them and begins to list events that occurred in the dream. Walter's revelations begin a conversation amongst the group, and each person admits to having experienced a strange, unexplainable event.

November 6, 2019

Ray Milland’s A Man Alone (1955) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster

A gunfighter's main hope lies in the trust of a beautiful woman who hides him out when he is wrongly suspected of a stagecoach massacre.

A Man Alone (1955) - Amazon

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Reply #844 on: November 20, 2018, 08:20:27 PM
February 12, 2019

Sidney Lumet’s The Group (1966) on blu-ray from Kino

It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows.

January 8, 2019

Peter Hyams’ Stay Tuned (1992) on blu-ray from Sony MOD

A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish TV and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of TV shows they find themselves in.

February 5, 2019

George Englund’s Zachariah (1971) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster struck from the original camera negative

Firepower meets flower power in this "outrageous western" (Motion Picture Herald) about two thrill-seeking cowboys who rock the range! Starring John Rubinstein, Don Johnson and Dick Van Patten, and featuring legendary musicians Country Joe and the Fish and White Lightnin', this psychedelic trip through the Wild West is an utterly "unique film experience" (Variety)! 

Two cowboys (Rubinstein and Johnson) set out for adventure and join up with a band of rock 'n' roll outlaws. But as the two friends are seduced by their own quick-draw ambitions, a deadly rivalry grows between them, and they must struggle to find a path to peace - before they lose more than their reputations...and kill more than their friendship!


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Reply #845 on: November 23, 2018, 04:33:00 AM
Q1 2019 TBD

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Doulos (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

2019 TBD

Fernando Ayala’s Argentinian noir Los Tallos Amargos aka The Bitter Stems (1956) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, restored by the Film Noir Foundation

A deep-seated inferiority complex leads a Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) into a seemingly innocent correspondence-school scheme with a clever Hungarian ex-pat (Vassili Lambrinos). But as the money flows in, so do suspicions—driving one man to commit the perfect crime.

This brilliant noir won Argentina’s Silver Condor Award as the best film of 1956—yet it remains unknown in the rest of the world. Which is a crime, because Los Tallos Amargos is one of the best noir-drenched crime films of the 1950s—maybe ever. A Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) partners in a correspondence-school scam with a clever Hungarian (Vassili Lambrinos). But as suspicions rise about the Hungarian’s true motives, one man is driven to commit the perfect crime—with stunning and tragic results. Featuring an inventive score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the twentieth century.

2019 TBD

Alfred L. Werker’s Repeat Performance (1947) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley. Eddie Muller calls this the “film noir version of It’s A Wonderful Life”.

On New Year's Eve 1946, Sheila Page kills her husband Barney. She wishes that she could relive 1946 and avoid the mistakes that she made throughout the year. Her wish comes true but cheating fate proves more difficult than she anticipated.

Saw this at The Egyptian a few years ago. Like Dead of Night (posted about, above), it's another "Twilight Zone" precursor.

2019 TBD

Richard Fleischer’s Trapped (1949) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley

U.S. Treasury Department agents go after a ring of counterfeiters.


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Reply #846 on: December 02, 2018, 03:25:58 AM
February 4/5, 2019

Luigi Bazzoni’s The Fifth Cord (1971) on blu-ray from Arrow US and Arrow UK, from a 2K restoration from original film elements. Shot by Vittorio Storaro.

This movie has gorgeous Conformist-level lighting and compositions. One of the most visually-striking movies ever.

The success of Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage ushered in a host of imitators, seeking to capitalise on this new, modern take on the giallo thriller. Many were highly derivative, but a number nonetheless rose above the crowd thanks to skilful execution and a willingness to experiment stylistically. Once such example is The Fifth Cord ¬– which, in the hands of director Luigi Bazzoni (The Possessed, Footprints on the Moon), turns a conventional premise into a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation.

When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year's party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero, Django) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off…

Adapted from a novel by David McDonald Devine, The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot, outstanding cinematography courtesy of future Oscar-winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and supporting appearances by a raft of genre stalwarts, including Silvia Monti (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin), Edmund Purdom (Nightmare City) and Rossella Falk (Sleepless). Debuting here in high definition, arguably the most visually stunning giallo ever made now shines like never before.

The Fifth Cord (1971) - Amazon UK

February 4/5, 2019

Luigi Bazzoni’s The Possessed (1965) on blu-ray from Arrow US and Arrow UK, from a 2K restoration from the original camera negative

The Possessed is a wonderfully atmospheric proto-giallo based on one of Italy's most notorious crimes, The Alleghe killings, and adapted from the book on that case by acclaimed literary figure Giovanni Comisso.

Peter Baldwin (The Ghost, The Weekend Murders) stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi, La Reine Margot), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone, Fellini's Satyricon) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese, Thieves Highway, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder...

Co-written by Giulio Questi (Death Laid an Egg, Arcana) and co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord, Footprints on the Moon), The Possessed masterfully combines film noir, mystery and giallo tropes, whilst also drawing on the formal innovations of 1960s art cinema (particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni). A uniquely dreamlike take on true crime, The Possessed is presented here in a stunning new restoration.

The Possessed (1965) - Amazon UK

Q1 2019 TBD

Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper (1982) on blu-ray from Blue Underground, from a 4K restoration

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he’s the killer that can’t be stopped!

Q1 2019 TBD

George Romero and Dario Argento’s Two Evil Eyes (1990) on blu-ray from Blue Underground, from a 4K restoration

The masters of modern horror – George Romero and Dario Argento – bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

In Romero's The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of Reservoir Dogs) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own? Also starring Adrienne Barbeau, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley, Jeff Howell, and E.G. Marshall.

Q1 2019 TBD

Alexander Mackendrick’s The Man in the White Suit (1951) on blu-ray from Kino

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

February 11, 2019

Fritz Lang’s Human Desire (1954) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

A startlingly dark, late film noir masterwork by director Fritz Lang, HUMAN DESIRE reunites Lang with his hero Glenn Ford and femme fatale Gloria Grahame from the previous year's THE BIG HEAT and the screenwriter of Lang's 1952 noir CLASH BY NIGHT, ALFRED HAYES. Like those two classics, HUMAN DESIRE finds Lang casting a pitiless eye on all of the human weaknesses that define film noir: deception, infidelity, passion, and murder. Adapted from the same Émile Zola novel previously filmed by Jean Renoir in LA BÊTE HUMAINE (1938), Lang's gripping thriller has Ford as train engineer Jeff, just home from the Korean War. He's instantly attracted to passenger Vicki (Grahame), not yet realizing that she's the abused wife of Jeff's alcoholic railroad yard superior Carl (Broderick Crawford) -- or that Vicki was just entangled in a jealousy-fuelled murder committed by Carl. As Jeff and Vicki embark on a steamy affair, she tells him about the crime, and Carl's blackmail hold on her. If only Carl could be taken out of the picture…

The only thing that's not pitch black in this noir are the ethical shades of grey inhabited by all its characters. Yet its placid small town setting also offers a unique perspective on the genre, with Lang uncovering sinister secrets on these quiet streets that could rival any big city immorality.

Human Desire (1954) - Amazon UK

Q1 2019 TBD

John Huston’s Phobia (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K remaster

A psychiatrist (Glaser) involved in a radical new therapy comes under suspicion when his patients are murdered, each according to their individual phobias

February 19, 2019

Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio (1988) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

On-air radio personality Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian) likes to push buttons -- and the envelope. The talk show host has gained popularity by being controversial, and now his show is going national. But as Barry enjoys his professional success, his personal life is unraveling. He is still battling with his ex-wife (Ellen Greene), and also receiving sizable amounts of hate mail. When Barry hits the airwaves for a lengthy session, he gets a deranged caller who just may prove to be his match.

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December 4, 2018

Hlynur Palmason’s Vinterbrødre aka Winter Brothers (2017) on DVD from KimStim

A brother odyssey set in a worker environment during a cold winter. We follow two brothers, their routines, habits, rituals and a violent feud that erupts between them and another family.

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Henry King’s The Bravados (1958) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

When four men who Jim Douglas believes raped and killed his wife escape from their death sentences, Jim sets out to track the men down and enact his own vengeance. An honest man, Jim sees his actions as just and brave, but as he crisscrosses Mexico to exact an eye for an eye, he comes to realize that he has lost something of himself in his self-absorbed quest for revenge.

February 18, 2019

Jonathan Miller’s Take a Girl Like You (1970) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Jonathan Miller's film of Kingsley Amis' comic novel (adapted for the screen by George Melly), casts Hayley Mills (Whistle Down the Wind, Twisted Nerve) as a naïve young girl who moves from the North of England to teach in a London school and finds herself fending off the advances of a number of lusty suitors, including Oliver Reed, John Bird and Noel Harrison. As much a document of its time as a satire on the sexual mores (and confusions) of the period, Miller's still remarkably fresh debut feature is buoyed by its terrific cast and a typically excellent Stanley Myers score

February 18, 2019

Alexander Singer’s Psyche 59 (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Patricia Neal (fresh from her 1963 award-winning role in Martin Ritt's Hud) stars as a woman suffering from hysterical blindness, and a blank in her memory which may hide the cause of her affliction. When she and her sex-addict husband (Curt Jurgens – The Enemy Below, The Spy Who Loved Me) move in with her younger sister (Samantha Eggar – The Collector, The Brood), she begins to piece together the events leading to her psychological trauma. Ahead of its time in its discussion and depiction of all manner of taboo subjects (rape, child abuse, nymphomania, psycho-sexual disorder, masochism), Psyche 59 is one of British cinema's most daring and provocative adult dramas.

February 18, 2019

Charles Crichton’s The Third Secret (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

The apparent suicide of an eminent psychologist prompts his teenage daughter (Pamela Franklin – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Legend of Hell House) and one of his patients (Stephen Boyd – Ben-Hur, Fantastic Voyage) to investigate. Convinced he was murdered, the two begin a journey into the lives and twisted psychoses of the doctor's disturbed patients.

February 18, 2019

Dick Clement’s A Severed Head (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Dick Clement followed the success of his first feature Otley with this wry adaptation of Iris Murdoch's celebrated 1961 satirical novel, a harbinger of the sexual liberation that was to blossom in the mid-60s. A Severed Head chronicles the sexual and amoral escapades of a group of middle-class, middle-aged London couples, portrayed by a wonderful cast which includes Ian Holm (Alien, The Lord of the Rings), Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses, The Omen), Claire Bloom (The Haunting, The King's Speech) and Richard Attenborough (10 Rillington Place, Young Winston). Absurdist and delightfully funny, A Severed Head is a dark satire staged with wit and intelligence.

February 12, 2019

Diane Kury’s Peppermint Soda (1977) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 2K remaster

In the vein of such classic coming of age films as Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows, Diane Kurys's Peppermint Soda captures a particular moment in the tumultuous life and development of young people. Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frederique (Odile Michel) are sisters entering their teen years in 1963 France, torn between divorced parents and struggling with the confines of their strict school. Along the way, they undergo an awakening both political and romantic. Kurys's celebrated film revels in the comedy and tragedy of the seemingly mundane, weaving a complex tapestry of everyday existence that also touches on the universal.

Peppermint Soda (1971) - Amazon

April 15, 2019

Jack Clayton’s Room at the Top (1959) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

September 16, 2019

Gary Oldman’s Nil by Mouth (1997) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

March 19 , 2019

Cyril Franke’s The Witches (1966) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (Alec McCowen, Frenzy) and his sister Stephanie (Kay Walsh, Stage Fright). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth.

January 22, 2019

George P. Cosmatos’ Cobra (1986) on blu-ray from Shout Factory, from a new remaster from the original elements

Lt. Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a "New Order" – and killing a witness (Brigitte Nielsen) along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

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Reply #849 on: December 14, 2018, 06:22:59 PM
Rupert Pupkin is the King of Comedy name and the pen name of an la cinephile. he shared his favorite releases of 2018 and i've sampled from it


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^ Will vouch for Body Melt and Brainscan


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David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner (1997) on blu-ray from Ammo

Everything changes for rising corporate star Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) when he meets the wealthy and mysterious Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin) at a tropical resort. Dell offers to help Ross protect his new business process invention, but in short order Ross finds himself falsely accused of murder. Working with the FBI and his assistant, Susan Ricci (Rebecca Pidgeon), Ross sets out to prove his innocence and disentangle himself from the diabolical entrapment.

The Spanish Prisoner (1997) - Amazon

January 29, 2019

Raphael Nussbaum’s Pets (1973) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 2K restoration

Teenage Runaway Bonnie (Candice Rialson) has escaped the clutches of her controlling brother, only to become immediately embroiled in a twisted web of sexual manipulation. Initially convinced to aid in a carjacking, Bonnie is then taken in by a lecherous lesbian artist who hopes to groom her into a sapphic lover, only to have her plans thwarted by the perverse advances of a local gallery owner whose bizarre proclivities include the keeping of an unusual assortment of ‘pets.’

A truly unparalleled exploitation film viewing experience, Raphael Nussbaum’s PETS veers between moments of overwrought melodrama and jarring bouts of unhinged sleaze. Co-starring Ed Bishop (TV’s UFO), Joan Blackman (BLUE HAWAII), and Mike Cartel (RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE), and adapted from Nussbaum’s own stage play, Vinegar Syndrome presents this drive-in classic newly restored from rare 35mm elements and on Blu-ray for the very first time.

Q1 2019 TBD

Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning (1988) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster

When a group of civil rights workers goes missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) are sent in to investigate. Local authorities refuse to cooperate with them, and the African American community is afraid to, precipitating a clash between the two agents over strategy. As the situation becomes more volatile, the direct approach is abandoned in favor of more aggressive, hard-line tactics.

Q1 2019 TBD

Wim Verstappen’s Blue Movie (1971) on blu-ray from Cult Epics

Blue Movie is of historical interest as it was the first film produced in Holland with full frontal nudity for both sexes. While it has its share of graphically depicted sexual scenes, it also has a story. Released from prison for sex offences, a young man moves into an apartment house with very thin walls, and the sounds he hears make him believe his neighbors are having sex all the time. He has a married neighbor, a professor. The professor arranges things so that his wife can meet and seduce the sex offender, possibly so that the humiliating revenge of impotence can be visited upon him.


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March 11/12, 2019

Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner (1955) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

Banned from the Cannes and Venice Films Festivals for being anti-Communist and excoriated elsewhere as pro-Soviet propaganda, Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner stoked controversy at the time of its original release and remains a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power.

In an unnamed Eastern European capital, an iron-willed Cardinal (Academy Award®-winner Alec Guinness, The Ladykillers) is arrested by state police on charges of treason. Tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary is a former comrade-in-arms from the anti-Nazi resistance (Jack Hawkins, The Bridge on the River Kwai). Knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally, breaking his spirit rather than his body.

Adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland (Gaslight) from her own stage-play and showcasing powerhouse performances by two actors at the height of their game, The Prisoner is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama about the endurance of the human spirit.

March 4/5, 2019

Robert Siodmak’s Phantom Lady (1944) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

After a fight with his wife, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis, High Sierra) heads to a bar to drown his sorrows. There he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious, despondent lady who agrees to accompany him to a show uptown but withholds her name. Arriving home, Scott is met by grimly countenanced cops - his wife has been strangled with one of his neckties and he is the prime suspect. He has a solid alibi but his theatre companion is nowhere to be found and no one remembers seeing them together. When Scott is charged with murdering his wife, it falls to his devoted secretary ‘Kansas’ (Ella Raines, Brute Force) to find the phantom lady and save Scott from the electric chair... Adapted from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, Phantom Lady boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Ella Raines and Franchot Tone (Mutiny on the Bounty).

February 12, 2019

F.W. Murnau’s The Haunted Castle (1921) and The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924) on blu-ray from Kino

Before plumbing the depths of horror and despair with such films as Nosferatu (1922) and Faust (1926), Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau crafted a moody drama of a storm-bound manor and the grim mystery that lurks within: The Haunted Castle.

Also included on this double feature Blu-ray is The Finances of the Grand Duke, which has Murnau exploring the realm of light comedy in a playful espionage thriller reminiscent of Ernst Lubitsch.

April 9, 2019

Noir Archive Vol. 1 (1944-1945) on blu-ray from Kit Parker Films

-Address Unknown (1944)
-Escape in the Fog (1945)
-The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)
-The Black Book aka The Reign of Terror (1949)
-Johnny Allegro (1949)
-711 Ocean Drive (1950)
-The Killer That Stalked New York
-Assignment Paris (1952)
-The Miami Story (1954)

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-The Black Book aka The Reign of Terror (1949)

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Brilliant film noir disguised as French Revolution Epic

True film noir, that densely urban, disillusioned body of work characterized by the deep shadows that separate the characters from each other and isolate them from society, was almost always set in contemporary cities... in France before WWII and in America after it. ALMOST... Anthony Mann's THE BLACK BOOK (aka REIGN OF TERROR) is one of its finest examples, a costume thriller set in the French Revolution, and somehow managing to create the visual style and emotional mood of true film noir in a completely atypical setting.

This is a film to watch for its cinematic, visual brilliance... The story is serviceable, but the experience it services is a thrilling piece of movie art. Photographed by the great John Alton (a man who, it is said, could re-light Times Square at high noon, if necessary) the frame consistently dazzles and intrigues. Anthony Mann's taut and claustrophobic work (rather at odds with the usual French Revolution epic, and with Mann's later work in other genuinely epic-scale costume dramas) draws a compelling parallel between the atmosphere of fear in post-revolutionary France and in mid-20th century McCarthyite America.


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March 26, 2019

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz on limited edition blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

*Arrow also has a second Larraz box set in the works that will contain Edge of the Axe (1988), Black Candles (1982), and Deadly Manor (1990)

There was a great discussion about his work on the Daughters of Darkness podcast a couple years ago.

One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career.

In Larraz’s debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare Whirlpool (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer’s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat – but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974’s Vampyres – perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz’s films – sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining… in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978’s The Coming of Sin (La Visita del Vicio, in its native Spanish), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here – all newly restored from original film elements, with Whirlpool and The Coming of Sin making their Blu-ray world premieres – collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre’s most overlooked auteurs.

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz - Diabolik DVD

Q1 2019 TBD

Daryl Duke's The Silent Partner (1978) on blu-ray from Kino

A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.

March 26, 2019

Val Lewton & Robert Wise's The Body Snatcher (1945) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

In Edinburgh, renowned surgeon and now teacher of anatomy Dr. MacFarlane, has been paying John Gray (Boris Karloff), a cabman, to clandestinely bring him exhumed bodies of the recently deceased for classroom demonstration purposes. With cemeteries being increasingly guarded, Gray turns to murder to provide MacFarlane with fresh bodies. Realizing that he will never be rid of Gray, who constantly taunts him with his knowledge of MacFarland's past indiscretions, MacFarlane engages the malevolent Gray in a hand-to-hand fight to the death, the ultimate results of which provide the victor with an episode of unprecedented psychological horror...

The Body Snatcher (1945) - Amazon

January 22, 2019

John Schlesinger's Yanks (1979) on blu-ray from Twilight Time. Also available from Eureka in the UK.

A World War II epic both sweeping and intimate, Yanks is a triumph for director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday), and a moving showcase for its splendid ensemble cast led by Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave. A war film without battle scenes, Schlesinger's drama instead focuses on relationships far from the front, examining the romantic entanglements between the stationed U.S. soldiers and the locals in a small town in Northern England in the 1944 period before the Normandy landings.
Three very different women find themselves attracted to the American G.I.s at a new military base in town. Gere is Sgt. Matt Dyson, initiating a tentative courtship with a young woman still pining for her fiancée overseas. Redgrave is wealthy socialite Helen, engaged in an affair with a captain (William Devane), while both of them long for their respective spouses far from home. And Sergeant Ruffelo's fling with Mollie (Wendy Morgan) occurs just as the interactions between the Yanks and their British hosts begin to strain under the tension of the war, and uncertainty about what happens to their new romances.
A personal passion project for Schlesinger -- who was given free creative reign after the success of Marathon Man (1976) -- Yanks was generally not afforded the attention it deserved upon initial release, and as one of the director's warmest films, it's a gem ripe for rediscovery.

January 22, 2019

John Huston's Beat the Devil (1953) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, from a 2016 restoration

A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine. Huston and Truman Capote concocted this offbeat, very funny satire of MALTESE FALCON-ish movies on location in Italy. Low-key nature of comedy eluded many people in 1954 and it immediately became a cult favorite, which it remains today.

January 22, 2019

Fritz Lang's The Return of Frank James (1940) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

February 2019 TBD

André de Toth's None Shall Escape (1944) on MOD blu-ray from Sony

The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.
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December 6, 2019

Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon (1992) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (Germany)

Nigel Dobson is an English perfect gentleman, married to equally respectable Fiona. On a cruise heading for India, they meet a highly unconventional couple, American unpublished would-be literary celebrity Oscar, in a wheelchair, and his much younger Parisian wife, Mimi.

Bitter Moon (1992) - Amazon DE

April 9, 2019

Frank Tuttle’s This Gun for Hire (1942) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

A hired killer dodges police while tracking down the enemy agents who tried to frame him.

April 29/30, 2019

Aleksey German’s Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

Named after the apocryphal exclamation of Soviet security chief Lavrentiy Beria as he rushed to Stalin's deathbed, this blackly funny, deliriously immersive satire distils the anticipation and anxiety in the Moscow air, as the Soviet despot lay dying.

Late winter 1953. The lives of nearly half the planet are in Stalin's hands. A military surgeon, General Yuri Georgievich Klensky (Yuri Tsurilo), finds himself a target of the "Doctors' Plot": the anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors in Moscow of planning to assassinate the Soviet elite. Pursued, abused, and marked for the gulags, Yuri is chased and dragged through a Stalinist Soviet nightmare. His desperate, jolting journey encapsulates the madness of the era.

Directed by Aleksei German (Hard to Be a God), Khrustalyov, My Car! proved wildly provocative when it was screened at the 1998 Cannes film festival, despite being championed as the best film of the festival by the president of the Cannes jury that year, Martin Scorsese. A one-of-a-kind collision of nightmare and realism, German's film is presented here in a new restoration with a wealth of illuminating extras.

April 8/9, 2019

Alain Resnais’ Mélo (!986) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

Master director Alain Resnais (Last Year At Marienbad) blurs the line between cinematic technique and theatrical artifice in his award-winning Mélo, adapted from Henri Bernstein's classic play about a doomed love triangle in 1920s Paris.

Pierre (Pierre Arditi, Love Unto Death) and Marcel (André Dussollier, A Good Marriage) are both celebrated concert violinists and lifelong friends, in spite of their differing temperaments. Pierre is modest, sensitive and content with his lot; Marcel is hungry, driven, and pursues a solo career that takes him to the four corners of the world. After years apart, the two friends reunite when Pierre invites Marcel to his home for dinner. It is then that Marcel first meets Pierre's wife Romaine (Sabine Azéma, Cosmos), sparking a passionate affair that can only end in tragedy before the curtain falls.

2019 TBD

Elmer Clifton & Ida Lupino’s Not Wanted (1949) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration. New restorations of Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist (1953) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953) are also forthcoming.

After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

March 18, 2019

Michael Apted’s The Triple Echo (1972) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 2K restoration from the original camera negative

When a young soldier (Deacon) deserts his outfit and hides in a remote farm, the farm owner (Jackson) and he fall in love. But their idyll is shattered by the arrival of a boorish, violent army sergeant (Reed) searching for his AWOL recruit.

The Triple Echo (1972) - Powerhouse Films

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March 18, 2019

John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers (1969) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Set in Singapore in the early 1950s, this impressive adaptation of Leslie Thomas’ best-selling, scandalous novel centres on a group of naïve, young British Army recruits billeted to Malaya who have no experience of either love or war.

The Virgin Soldiers (1969) - Powerhouse Films

March 18, 2019

Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic (1968) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

The final film by the great Anthony Mann (Winchester '73, El Cid) A Dandy in Aspic is a stylish and complex cold-war thriller starring Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, The Manchurian Candidate) as a Russian double-agent working for British Intelligence who is assigned to track down and kill an unusual target.

Falling between the outlandish exploits of James Bond and the dour realism of John le Carré’s ‘circus of spies’, this paranoid thriller is a dark and refined affair, with a superb supporting cast headed by Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby, See No Evil) and Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Otley), wonderful cinematography by regular Powell and Pressburger cameraman Christopher Challis, and with a terrific score by Quincy Jones.

A Dandy in Aspic (1968) - Powerhouse Films

March 18, 2019

Billy Wilder’s Irma la Douce (1963) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

Irma la Douce (1963) - Amazon UK

April 30, 2019

Jim Sheridan’s The Boxer (1997) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.


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2019 TBD

George Romero's Martin (1978) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK)

Young Martin (John Amplas) is entirely convinced that he is an 84-year-old blood-sucking vampire. Without fangs or mystical powers, Martin injects women with sedatives and drinks their blood through wounds inflicted with razor blades. After moving to Braddock, Penn., to live with his superstitious uncle (Lincoln Maazel), who also believes Martin is a vampire, Martin tries to prey exclusively on criminals and thugs but stumbles when he falls for a housewife (Sara Venable).

2019 TBD

George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK)

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

2019 TBD

Mikhail Kalatozov's I Am Cuba (1964) on blu-ray from Milestone, from a 4K restoration

Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis, director Mikhail Kalatozov's wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch mixes Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. Four stunning vignettes feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista's Cuba—deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify, Sergei Urusevsky's acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots, exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations.

Summer 2019 TBD

Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978) on blu-ray from Kino

When Detroit autoworkers Zeke Brown (Richard Pryor), Jerry Bartowski (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey James (Yaphet Kotto) decide to rob their own union, they are initially disappointed by the relatively small haul. However, upon closer inspection, the three amateur thieves discover that they have made off with something potentially much more valuable than money: the union's ledger, filled with bogus figures and links to organized crime. Should they blackmail the union or go to the authorities?

February 26, 2019

Blake Edwards' Wild Rovers (1971) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and ambitious for a better life and suggests they rob a bank.

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A key Edwards film, for all his bittersweet surface his movies usually hide one of the bleakest wordviews in American cinema and this is one his more blunt treatments of the moral compromises needed to just keep going.

February 26, 2019

Tony Williams' Next of Kin (1982) on blu-ray from Severin

When a young woman inherits a creaky retirement home, she'll find herself in a waking nightmare of murder, madness and a legacy of evil that may be inescapable. Jackie Kerin, John Jarratt (WOLF CREEK) and Alex Scott (ROMPER STOMPER) star in this "stylish and creepy must-see" (The Digital Fix) thriller featuring an intense synth score by Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream.

April 2019 TBD

Joseph Pevney's The Strange Door (1951) on blu-ray from Kino

The Sire de Maletroit (Charles Laughton), is an evil French nobleman so obsessed with hatred for his own brother (Paul Cavanagh) that he imprisons him in the castle dungeon. The Sire tries to destroy the life of Cavanagh's daughter (Sally Forrest) by forcing her to marry rogue (Richard Stapley), but plans are upset when they fall in love. Aided by Voltan (Boris Karloff), an abused servant, the lovers attempt to escape but the Sire imprisons them in a cell, whose closing walls may mean violent death for these innocent victims.