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Reply #855 on: February 08, 2019, 08:30:51 PM
May 28, 2019

Joseph Losey’s Boom! (1968) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



The wealthy, self-absorbed eccentric Sissy Goforth has taken up residence on a secluded Mediterranean island where she dictates her memoirs, flies into rages and screams insults at her servants. Her health now failing, she drinks, takes pills and has a doctor give her injections to ease the pain. Into her reclusive life comes a stranger who manages to climb to her villa and survive a guard dog attack before introducing himself as a poet. Though attracted by the visitor she soon discovers he has a reputation for appearing when wealthy women are about to meet their demise and is known locally as the Angel of Death.) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he'd ever seen.

A notorious bomb on its initial release, Boom! has since built up a cult following for its one-of-a-kind mixture of camp, lyricism, and the highly combustible chemistry of its two leads. More than fifty years after Boom!'s debut, Shout! Factory invites you to light the fuse on a re-examination of this highly unusual drama.




May 27, 2019

Olivier Assayas’ Demonlover (2002) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



Twenty years after David Cronenberg prophesised the dark side of the Internet age in Videodrome, acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) updated it for the New Millennium in his startlingly prescient Demonlover, a chilling exploration of the nexus between sex and violence available at the click of a button.

Up-and-coming executive Diane (Connie Nielsen, One Hour Photo) lets nothing stand in her way when it comes to landing the lucrative Tokyo Anime contract for the Volf Corporation, guaranteeing worldwide exclusive rights to the latest in cutting-edge hentai. Despised by her assistant (Chloe Sevigny, American Psycho) and engaged in a risky game of corporate espionage, her ruthless ambition meets its match in Elaine (Gina Gershon, Bound), the charismatic representative of an American Internet porn company called Demonlover. However, the company is only the front for an online portal to the Hellfire Club, which gives its users control over the next big thing in interactive extreme pornography: real women, tortured according to subscribers’ whims, in real time. Diane wants a piece of the action, and will stop at nothing to get it; but as she delves deeper into the twisted world of the Hellfire Club, reality slips away and the stakes of the game are raised to the point of no return.

Armed with an iconic score by art-rock pioneers Sonic Youth, Assayas’ neo-noir/cyberhorror masterpiece is finally unleashed for the first time on Blu-Ray, with revealing extras and a new director-approved restoration.


Demonlover (2002) - Arrow Films






April 8, 2019

Henry King’s The Song of Bernadette (1943) on blu-ray from Eureka (UK)



One of the rare Hollywood studio films to address spiritual belief and religious conviction in a serious and complex fashion, the beloved classic THE SONG OF BERNADETTE made a star of its leading lady Jennifer Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress, in addition to taking home a Golden Globe during those awards' very first ceremony (the film also won Globes for Best Dramatic Film and Best Director). A moving portrait of faith, the film is one of the crowning achievements of director Henry King.

Based on the best-selling historical novel by Franz Werfel, the film chronicles the life of 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, who began seeing visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France in 1858. When news of Bernadette's vision first spreads through the town, there are those who decry her as mentally unsound, while others wholeheartedly believe –particularly when the spring that erupts near the grotto that housed the visitations contains water that seems to have miraculous healing properties.


The Song of Bernadette (1943) - Amazon UK






April 22, 2019

Max Ophuls’ The Reckless Moment (1949) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, Suspiria) stars as a suburban housewife who covers up a murder to protect her teenage daughter, only to find herself blackmailed by an immoral small-time crook, played by James Mason (North by Northwest, The Deadly Affair).

The Reckless Moment (1949) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



The final film by the great, yet underrated Robert Rossen (All the King's Men, The Hustler) is a compelling tale of love, madness, and forbidden desire. Warren Beatty (Mickey One, The Fortune) stars as a young war veteran who takes a job as on orderly in a local asylum and falls under the spell of beautiful schizophrenic, Lilith (Jean Seberg – A Bout de souffle, Bonjour Tristesse).

Boasting a superb supporting cast that includes Peter Fonda, Jessica Walter, Gene Hackman and Kim Hunter, Rossen's delicate and powerful film is one of the most under-appreciated American films of the 1960s.


Lilith (1964) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Anatole Litvak’s The Snake Pit (1948) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 4K remaster struck from the original camera negative



Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind, The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum.

Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number, Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963), Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) and Miloš Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).


The Snake Pit (1948) - Powerhouse Films



April 22, 2019

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Dragonwyck (1946) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



The directorial debut of the great Joseph L Mankiewicz (All About Eve, Suddenly, Last Summer), Dragonwyck is a glorious melding of Gothic chills and baroque melodrama. A beautiful Connecticut farm girl (Gene Tierney) finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of madness, murder and intrigue after she agrees to become governess and nurse to the family of her distant cousin (Vincent Price).

Echoing Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), and reuniting stars Tierney and Price for the third time in as many years (having previously starred together in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944, and John M Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, 1945), Dragonwyck is a magnificently creepy chiller with a career-defining performance by Price, luminous cinematography by the legendary Arthur C Miller, and a wonderful Alfred Newman score.


Dragonwyck (1946) - Powerhouse Films



April 2, 2019

RKO Classic Romances Collection on blu-ray from Kino



-Millie (1931) Dir: John Francis Dillon | Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman & Joan Blondell
-Kept Husbands (1931) Dir: Lloyd Bacon | Clara Kimball Young, Joel McCrea & Ned Sparks
-The Lady Refuses (1931) Dir: George Archainbaud | Betty Compson & John Darrow
-The Woman Between (1931) Dir: Victor Schertziner | Lili Damita & Lester Vail
-Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) Dir: Paul L. Stein | Constance Bennett, Basil Rathbone & Zasu Pitts



April 2, 2019

RKO Classic Adventures Collection on blu-ray from Kino



-The Painted Desert (1931) Dir: Howard Higgin | William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees & Clark Gable
-The Pay-Off (1930) Dir: Lowell Sherman | Lowell Sherman, Marian Nixon & Hugh Trevor
-The Silver Horde (1930) Dir: George Archainbaud | Evelyn Brent, Joel McCrea & Jean Arthur



Q1 2019 TBD

James Ivory’s The Bostonians (1984) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 4K restoration



In 19th-century Boston, charismatic Southern lawyer Basil Ransom and his cousin, devoted suffragette Olive Chancellor, contend for the future and the soul of the gregarious and youthful Verena Tannant. Basil is simply infatuated with her as a potential lover and wife. Olive, on the other hand, hopes to shape her political and social views and use her to forward the women's-rights movement.In 19th-century Boston, charismatic Southern lawyer Basil Ransom and his cousin, devoted suffragette Olive Chancellor, contend for the future and the soul of the gregarious and youthful Verena Tannant. Basil is simply infatuated with her as a potential lover and wife. Olive, on the other hand, hopes to shape her political and social views and use her to forward the women's-rights movement.






April 15, 2019

Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



One of director Billy Wilder's most frenetic comedies, the madcap Cold War and corporate politics satire ONE, TWO, THREE has to be one of the only films almost capable of making its Wilder predecessors Some Like It Hot and The Apartment seem sedately paced in comparison. Featuring a hilarious lead performance by James Cagney (apparently so exhausted by the rapid-fire pace that he then retired for twenty years!), ONE, TWO, THREE hasn't always been as famous as Wilder's other comedies, but it's among his best.

Cagney is C.R. "Mac" MacNamara, a top Coca-Cola executive shipped off to (then West) Berlin and told to keep an eye on his boss' 17-year-old Atlanta socialite daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin) while she visits Germany. Scarlett's tour seems endless, and Mac discovers she's fallen for a (then East) Berlin communist agitator and the young couple are bound for Moscow! Mac has to bust up the burgeoning romance before his boss learns the truth, all the while dealing with his wife Phyllis (Arlene Francis) and her own impatience with German living.


One, Two, Three (1961) - Amazon UK



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.









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.




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Reply #856 on: March 15, 2019, 06:51:59 AM
May 21, 2019

Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon (1992) on blu-ray from Kino



After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.



April 16, 2019

Gus Trikonis' Supercock (1975) on blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures



Seth Calhoun (Ross Hagen), an American cowboy, and his prized pet cock, Friendly, travel to the Phillipines to enter the First International Cockfighting Olympics and a for chance to win $100,000. But little do they realize the crooked contest is run by the vicious Nono brothers (Seeno, Heeno and Speeno), who will stop at nothing, including cocknapping, to block the cowboy and his cock from competing. In a race against time, Seth must team up with a comely double-crosser (Nancy Kwan) and woozy WW2 vet (Tony Lorea) to thwart the Nono gang and locate Friendly before it's too late.

Directed by underrated exploitation veteran Gus Trikonis (The Swinging Barmaids), Supercock a.k.a. Fowl Play, Bet to Kill is a fun, fast-paced, action-packed romp through the seedy, cruel underbelly of legal cockfighting championships in Manila. Available in HD for the first time ever from the only known 35mm print materials obtained from Ross Hagen's estate.






May 28, 2019

Jacques Rivette's The Nun aka La Religeuse (1966) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de Chelles) treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne's virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot.






May 28, 2019

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Woman in Chains aka La Prisonnière (1968) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Stanislas Hassler blazes the development of modern art in his gallery, packed with works of surprising shapes, colours and textures, and where exhibitions turn into media events. Gilbert Moreau is one of the artists whose sculptures are on display in the gallery. His wife, Josée, is intrigued by the stern Stanislas, who devotes his free time to photography in an apartment that highlights his sophisticated artistic tastes. But besides enlarged pictures of calligraphic samples, Stanislas is amassing a collection of photographs that reveal a disturbed character. So why would Josée endanger her mature relationship with Gilbert for the morbid observation of Stanislas's hidden personality?






March 26, 2019

Nico Mastorakis' In the Cold of the Night (1990) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



Every night in his dreams, photographer Scott Bruin goes back to the same house and kills the same woman. Again. And Again. Then one day, the girl of his nightmares becomes the girl of his dreams...and a sinister conspiracy starts to unfold. A hot, steamy erotic thriller with some unpredictable twists and turns.








May 27, 2019

James Hadley Chase's No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Possibly the most controversial British film ever produced, this lurid crime drama caused an unprecedented storm of controversy upon release: local councils banned it, the Bishop of London denounced it, and MPs demanded an investigation into the BBFC for allowing it to be seen.

Based on the notorious novel by James Hadley Chase (which itself was condemned by George Orwell), No Orchids for Miss Blandish is a mixture of sex, violence and immorality, and tells the brutal story of a kidnapped heiress who falls for one of her crazed captors.

This fascinating example of British film noir, which the Monthly Film Bulletin described as "the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen", is now released on UK Blu-ray for the very first time.




May 27, 2019

Nicolas Roeg's Track 29 (1988) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



The explosive combination of director Nicolas Roeg (Performance, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth) and writer Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective) created one of British cinema's most unique and disquieting works – the hugely underrated Track 29.

Freely adapted from Potter's BBC TV play Schmoedipus, this unsettling film stars Theresa Russell (Bad Timing, Black Widow) as an unhappy, possibly unstable, housewife who welcomes a young man (Gary Oldman – Prick Up Your Ears, Darkest Hour) into her home when he claims to be her long-lost son. Ambitious, ambiguous and surreal, Track 29 is a kinky psychological send-up of American mores – a view from the dis-united states of consciousness.




May 27, 2019

Jack Gold's Who? (1974) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Adapted from the novel by famed science fiction writer Algis Budrys, Who? is a fascinating cold-war thriller/sci-fi hybrid. Elliott Gould (Little Murders, California Split) is an FBI agent trying to determine the true identity of a top US physicist who was horrifically injured in a car accident in East Berlin. The scientist is returned to the West encased in a metal mask and body-suit, reconstructed via cybernetic surgery. Is the man behind the metal mask who he claims to be, or is he a Soviet dupe trained to infiltrate US security?

Who?, from director Jack Gold (The Reckoning, The National Health), is one of the most unusual and affecting science fiction thrillers of the 1970s – not least because of the extraordinary performance by Joseph Bova as the masked enigma at the heart of the story.




March 25, 2019

Jindrich Polák's Ikarie XB 1 (1963) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK)



It is the second half of the 22nd century and a spaceship called Ikarie XB 1 is on its way to Alfa Centauri to search for extraterrestrial forms of life. Its crew, made up primarily of scientists from various fields, being far from our solar system, is exposed to unknown and unimaginable dangers. At the same time, though, it also carries a number of ordinary human worries as well as joys. Kališ´s black and white shots in a wide screen format alongside with Liška´s innovative electronic music and convincing set pieces and clothing create a stylistically refined fictional world of a distant future. In addition, the matter-of-fact type of performance by the best Czech actors from the time period add a natural feel while also providing a psychological layer to it. The script writers drew some of their inspiration from a novel by Stanisław Lem called The Magellanic Cloud. It is also worth mentioning the fact that they resisted the politicization that sci-fi films of that time frequently were subjected to which often made them fairly superficial. Instead of pitting two rivalling systems against one another, thus creating an obvious East versus West division, they depict the hope for a better, morally more advanced humankind vs the “riff raffs” of the 20th century, which did not leave anything but disasters in their wake.






May 13, 2019

Anatole Litvak's The Night of the Generals (1967) on blu-ray from Eureka (UK), from a 4K restoration



Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif star in this powerful World War II thriller from director Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit; Sorry, Wrong Number) about a Nazi general who becomes a serial killer. When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, her killer is identified only as a German general. For years the crime remains unsolved, until the killer strikes again, bringing this mesmerising mystery to an unforgettable finish.






May 20, 2019

Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window (1944) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K restoration



One of legendary director Fritz Lang's first noir films, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is also rightfully considered one of the most important examples of the genre, a landmark movie that became one of the initial representations of noir first singled out by French critics after WWII. A triumph for Lang, legendary writer/producer Nunnally Johnson (THE GRAPES OF WRATH), and leading man Edward G. Robinson (shedding his earlier gangster roles to portray a love-struck obsessive), the film remains a classic American nail-biter.

Robinson is Richard Wanley, a successful psychiatrist biding his time while his wife and children are on vacation when he encounters beautiful Alice (a radiant Joan Bennett), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the subject of a portrait he had just admired. When Richard and Alice retire to her home, her wealthy, jealous boyfriend intrudes, and is killed after a struggle. Alice convinces Richard to cover up the crime, but as Richard's district attorney friend (Raymond Massey) investigates and the boyfriend's bodyguard (Dan Duryea) begins to apply pressure to Richard, the walls begin to close in...




April 8, 2019

David Miller's Beautiful Stranger (1954) on blu-ray from Network (UK)



Hollywood icon Ginger Rogers makes her British film debut in this rarely-seen crime drama from the early 1950s. Directed by David Miller - then riding high with his American noir classic Sudden Fear! - and co-starring Herbert Lom and a young Stanley Baker, Beautiful Stranger is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

"Johnny" Victor, a gorgeous ex-actress, lives in luxury on the French Riviera courtesy of Louis Galt - a wealthy businessman with global interests. But Louis' fortune is built on crime and his possessive mania brings about a train of violence from which death is the only certain outcome...




Summer 2019 TBD

Bryan Forbes' The Whisperers (1967) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K remaster



The Whisperers tells the story of an impoverished old woman living alone in a seedy apartment who enjoys a rich fantasy life as an heiress. When she discovers stolen money hidden by her son, she believes her fantasy has come true.



May 28, 2019

Michael Gordon's Portrait in Black (1960) on blu-ray from Kino. Produced by Ross Hunter.



As the health of tyrannical but gravely ill shipping tycoon Matthew Cabot (Lloyd Nolan) declines, he relies on pain medicine injected by his physician, Dr. David Rivera (Anthony Quinn). What Cabot doesn't know is that his frustrated wife, Sheila (Turner), is having an affair with the doctor and has conceived a plan to do away with her husband. David agrees to go through with the murder, but threatens to confess their crime when Sheila begins receiving anonymous letters from a blackmailer.



May 28, 2019

David Lowell Rich's Madame X (1966) on blu-ray from Kino. Produced by Ross Hunter.



Holly Parker (Turner) is married to high-powered diplomat Clay Anderson (John Forsythe), but finds that her attention wanders when he's away. She starts an affair with a wealthy bachelor (Ricardo Montalban), but her life unravels when he dies unexpectedly. Her mother-in-law (Constance Bennett) advises Holly to leave Clay and their baby and start a new life. Years later, when a petty criminal (Burgess Meredith) tries to blackmail Holly, who is now a prostitute, things get even worse for her.



May 17, 2019

Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers (2005) on blu-ray from Kino



When a mysterious pink letter informs Don Johnston that he may have a 19-year-old son, he visits four former lovers, where he comes face to face with the errors of his past and the possibilities of the future.



May 4, 2019

Rian Johnson's Brick (2005) on blu-ray from Kino



High school student Brendan Frye prefers to stay an outsider, until the day that his ex-girlfriend Emily reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes. To find her, Brendan enlists the aid of his only true peer, The Brain, while keeping the assistant vice principal only occasionally informed of what quickly becomes a dangerous investigation.



June 11, 2019

Sidney J. Furie's The Entity (1982) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists.



June 25, 2019

Joseph M. Newman's This Island Earth (1955) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Two nuclear Earth scientists are kidnapped by aliens from the planet Metaluna as part of a last-ditch effort to save it from being destroyed by neighboring, rival planet Zagon.



April 2019 TBD

Juan Antonio Bardem's The Corruption of Chris Miller aka. La corrupción de Chris Miller (1973) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration



Chris Miller (former Spanish child star, Marisol) lives with her stepmother Ruth (Jean Seberg; Breathless) in a large secluded mansion in the countryside. Both women have been traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of Chris' father but their isolation is soon interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young drifter, Barney (Barry Stokes; Prey), who they take on as a handyman. All the while, an unknown scythe wielding killer has been stalking the area, leaving an ever growing body count, and it's not long before the women grow increasingly suspicious of Barney…

A bloody and twist filled giallo from acclaimed filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem (Death of a Cyclist), THE CORRUPTION OF CHRIS MILLER has remained one of the hardest to see of all Spanish produced gialli. Lushly photographed by Juan Gelpí (Crypt of the Living Dead) and scored by Waldo de los Ríos (House That Screamed), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this under-seen masterpiece of early 70s Euro horror in a brand new 4k restoration and in its original scope framing, for the first time on home video.




June 4, 2019

Paul Leni's The Man Who Laughs (1928) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration



Flicker Alley, in partnership with Universal Pictures, are proud to present Universal Picture s new 4K restoration of the 1928 silent classic, The Man Who Laughs, accompanied by a newly recorded orchestral score by the Berklee School of Music. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the story centers on the extraordinary adventures of Conrad Veidt s Gwynplaine, whose wide and mirthless grin inspired DC Comics legendary Batman villain, the Joker. Veidt's character has become well known to most cinephiles. Orphaned as a child, Gwynplaine is punished by the king for his father s transgressions, by having face carved into a hideous grin. Disfigured and alone, Gwynplaine rescues a blind girl Dea, and both end up staring in a sideshow where they fall in love. Because she cannot see, Dea does not know about her lover s tormented grin.

Masterfully directed by Paul Leni, The Man Who Laughs marks Leni s penultimate work. Having grown up in Germany during the era of Expressionism, Leni embraces haunting characters, twisted sets, harsh angles, and deep shadows. Heralded as one of the best American silents emulating German Expressionism, The Man Who Laughs presents Leni at his creative directorial peak. Originally released silent, the film was enough of a hit for Universal in 1928 that the studio released it with a synched musical score using the Movietone sound-on-film process, presented here as a secondary audio track.

Part of Universal Picture s ongoing silent restoration initiative, The Man Who Laughs honors the studio's rich film history that has spanned more than a century. The primary source element for this restoration was a 35mm composite fine grain from the Universal Pictures vault, created in 1954 from the nitrate original camera negative. NBCUniversal's restoration team was able to stabilize and deflicker the film as well as repair scratches, warps, and dirt. The 4K digital restoration was completed by NBCUniversal StudioPost.




June 4, 2019

Paul Leni's The Last Warning (1929) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration



Universal Pictures and Flicker Alley present Universal Pictures new 4K restoration of the 1929 silent classic, The Last Warning, accompanied by a newly recorded score from Arthur Barrow. Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon s 1922 Broadway play of the same name, The Last Warning is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centers on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim s body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theater is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new producer arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew. As one of the last silents Universal produced, The Last Warning was later released as a part-talkie with roughly sixty feet of sound scenes added.

The Last Warning was Paul Leni's final film before his untimely death, and a prime showcase for Universal's 1920s leading lady, Laura La Plante. An artist at his creative directorial peak, Leni s camera never stops shifting, offering cutaways and trick shots involving nervous could-be culprits, a highly suspicious sleuth, and cast members who suddenly disappear in the darkened theater. The result is a cinematic funhouse that restlessly cross-examines the suspense of the story s stage play against the real murder mystery saga, all unfolding amid the outstanding production design of Charles D. Hall.

Part of Universal's ongoing silent restoration initiative, The Last Warning honors the studio's rich film history that has spanned more than a century. Universal's team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for The Last Warning's available elements, ultimately working with materials from the Cinémathèque française, and the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. NBCUniversal's restoration team was able to stabilize and deflicker the film as well as repair scratches, warps, and dirt. The 4K digital restoration was completed by NBCUniversal StudioPost.


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January 29, 2019

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub's The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) on blu-ray from Grasshopper Film



The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.








April 16, 2019

Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard (1980) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes



April 23, 2019

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



World-class neurotic Robert Cole (Albert Brooks, The Muse) just can't stop thinking about Mary (Kathyrn Harrold, Raw Deal). Especially after he breaks up with her. Fanatically obsessed with the beautiful bank exec, he repeatedly wins her back ­ and then immediately loses her again by grilling her long-distance callers, harassing her business clients, and dogging her every move. But even as Robert and Mary head for another breakup, there's still hope for them yet. Because when it comes to true love, it ain't over 'til it's over.



July 16, 2019

Val Lewton & Jacques Tourner’s The Leopard Man (1943) on blu-ray from Scream Factory



Is it man, beast or both behind a string of savage maulings and murders? An escaped leopard provides the catalyst for a foray into fear in which a cemetery is the rendezvous for death and love, and a closed door heightens rather than hides the horror of a young girl's fate.



2019 TBD

Francesco Rosi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979) on blu-ray from Rialto, from a 2K restoration




Carlo Levi (Gian Maria Volontè), a painter, writer, doctor, and intellectual, is exiled to Grassano, an impoverished town with only one car and one toilet, in southern Italy. Levi learns to find the humanity in this seemingly backward hamlet. Made for Italian television in four 55-minute parts, it was cut in half for its 1980 U.S. release (to 2 hours — Rosi's own theatrical cut was 2½) and senselessly re-titled Eboli. This is the U.S. theatrical premiere of Rosi's complete, uncut epic.






July 16, 2019

Noir Archive Vol. 2 (1952-1956) on blu-ray from Kit Parker Films. Available exclusively through MVD's online store



-Cell 4255, Death Row
-Rumble on the Docks
-The Crooked Web
-Footsteps in the Fog
-5 Against the House
-The Night Holds Terror
-New Orleans Uncensored
-Bait
-Spin a Dark Web



June 3, 2019

Jacques Tourner’s Nightfall (1957) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), restored from the original elements



During his long and varied career, Jacques Tourneur (The Comedy of Terrors, Cat People) tackled a breadth of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. With 1956's Nightfall, he returns to the noir trappings he tackled so successfully with Out of the Past for a tale of deception, intrigue and paranoia.

Adapted from the novel by prolific crime fiction author James Goodis (Dark Passage), Nightfall is the story of Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray, The Violent Ones; The Naked and the Dead), an innocent man wrongly accused of murder. On the same night he has a chance encounter in a bar with glamorous model Marie (Anne Bancroft, The Graduate), the hoods he's spent the past year running from catch up with him, determined to recover the money they believe he stole from them. Pursued by both the hoods and law enforcement, Vanning and Marie go on the lam, leading to a desperate chase that takes them from the streets of Los Angeles to the snowy peaks of Wyoming.

Eschewing both the big names associated with the genre and its familiar urban locales, and featuring striking monochromatic photography by Oscar-winner Burnett Guffey (From Here to Eternity), Nightfall is a gripping and inventive late-period noir which shows that, even in its twilight years, the genre still had room for innovation.




June 11, 2019

The Girl Most Likely To… (1973) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration. Includes an audio commentary by film historians/authors Amanda Eyes and Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women)



Stockard Channing (Grease) is Miriam Knight, an “ugly duckling” college girl who is mistreated by everyone, including her bubble-headed roommate and the callous campus jock. But after an accident causes her to undergo reconstructive surgery, Miriam emerges from behind the bandages a ravishing beauty. It’s payback time when she uses her new attractiveness to exact revenge on all those who wronged her. Ed Asner (TV’s Lou Grant) plays the police inspector who’s hot on the trail of the femme fatale. A dark comedy written by comedy legend Joan Rivers (Rabbit Test) and directed by TV veteran Lee Philips (On the Right Track), The Girl Most Likely to... will leave you in stitches.



June 25, 2019

David Millers’ Midnight Lace (1960), on blu-ray from Kino. Includes an audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger. Produced by Ross Hunter.



Doris Day plays Kit Preston, elegant newlywed wife of British Financier Anthony Preston. Shortly after moving to one of London's toniest neighborhoods, she is threatened by an unknown party. The tension mounts as the menacing phone calls continue and Anthony shows little concern, until Kit begins to doubt her own sanity and the motives of everyone around her.



May 21, 2019

Bernhard Wicki’s Morituri (1965) on blu-ray from Twilight Time



Marlon Brando plays a world-weary, conscientious objector to all wars in the tense, thoughtful Morituri, an adult drama about wartime ethics and the price of commitment to a cause. Brando plays Robert Crain, a German deserter who escaped the Nazis with his fortune intact, happy to be sitting out the battle in British-governed India. His comfort is challenged when an intelligence official (Trevor Howard) essentially blackmails him into going undercover, posing as an SS officer taking passage on a German ship carrying tons of rubber for munitions. Crain's mission is to deliver the ship into Allied hands, but once he's aboard, he becomes a target of derision by the proud, anti-Nazi captain (Yul Brynner) and suspicion by a handful of Resistance members planning to scuttle the voyage.



June 18, 2019

Jean-Luc Godard’s Détective (1985) on blu-ray from Kino



Jean-Luc Godard directs this comic thriller starring Nathalie Baye and Claude Brasseur. The film is set in an old Parisian hotel populated with extraordinary characters, including the house detective, who is still trying to solve a murder from years before.



June 18, 2019

Jean-Luc Godard’s First Name: Carmen (1983) on blu-ray from Kino



First Name: Carmen tells the parallel stories of a quartet rehearsing Beethoven and a group of young people robbing a bank, supposedly to get the funds to make a film.



June 18, 2019

Terry Bedford’s Slayground (1983) on blu-ray from Kino



From Donald E. Westlake, the creator of Point Blank, The Outfit and The Grifters! It should have been a quick and easy heist for Stone (Peter Coyote, Bitter Moon, Heart of Midnight), a cold cash hit on an armored car. But things turn ugly when a young girl is accidentally killed during the getaway and the child's grieving father hires a sadistic assassin to avenge her death. Now Stone is on the run from a relentless killing machine, a chase that will lead them to a run-down amusement park on the bleak British coast where death is the final contract and vengeance is the ultimate ride.






March 19, 2019

Allan Dwan’s The River’s Edge (1957) on blu-ray from Twilight Time.

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Deep in the lonely New Mexico desert, Ben Cameron and his wife Meg struggle to build their small ranch. But the arrival of the charming but deadly trickster Nardo Denning could tear apart more than their homestead. With a gun in his hand and a secret about Meg's past in his heart, Denning forces Ben to guide him safely to Mexico with his stolen fortune. As they navigate the dangerous terrain, each man struggles to gain the upper hand for survival — and for Meg — in this tense and gripping Western.











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July 16/17, 2019

Josef von Sternberg's Crime and Punishment (1935) on blu-ray from Arrow US & UK, restored from the original film elements



After fleeing Nazi Germany following the success of M and re-establishing himself in Britain as a villain for Alfred Hitchcock, the great Peter Lorre arrived in Hollywood in 1935, signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures. His dream star vehicle: a big-screen adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s most famous novel Crime And Punishment. His choice of director: Josef von Sternberg, already celebrated and castigated in equal measure for his seven-film collaboration with Marlene Dietrich.

Roderick Raskolnikov (Lorre) has graduated from university as a noted expert in criminology, but nonetheless lives in extreme poverty. Desperate and anguished, he murders a miserly pawnbroker, stealing her valuables before fleeing into the night. The next day, he encounters Inspector Porfiry (Edward Arnold), the detective assigned to the murder, and is asked by Porfiry to consult on the case when an innocent man is arrested as a suspect. How long until the conflicted, guilt-ridden Raskolnikov arouses the master detective’s suspicions?

One of many attempts at the time by Hollywood studios to give cinema an air of prestige by adapting great works of literature, Von Sternberg’s stylish direction and Lorre’s tour-de-force performance are ready for rediscovery in this Blu-Ray premiere of their only collaboration.




July 14/15, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Hold Back the Dawn (1941) on blu-ray from Arrow US & UK



From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood’s golden era, Mitchell Leisen (Remember the Night), comes the heart-rending romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn. Charles Boyer (Gaslight) gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern Times) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy.

A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy.




2019 TBD

David Cronenberg's Early Works on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), from new restorations



One of the most singular auteurs of the horror and science fiction genres, David Cronenberg has wowed audiences with his depictions of body transformations and explorations of society, this collection of his early short and feature films shows a master learning his craft and exploring many of the themes that would dominate his most celebrated work.

Transfer (1966), Cronenberg’s first short film, is a surreal sketch of a doctor and his patient. From the Drain (1967) finds two men in a bathtub, which may be part of a centre for veterans of a future war.Stereo (1969), Cronenberg’s first official feature film, stunningly shot in monochrome, concerns telepaths at the Institute for Erotic Enquiry where patients undergo tests by Dr. Luther Stringfellow. In Crimes of theFuture (1970) Cronenberg worked in colour and with a larger budget, where we find the House of Skin clinic director (Ronald Mlodzik, returning from Stereo) searching for his mentor, Antoine Rouge, who has disappeared following a catastrophic plague.

Cronenberg’s early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later films’ concerns with strange institutions, male/female separation and ESP, echoing the likes ofVideodrome, Dead Ringers and Scanners.




July 23, 2019

Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross (1949) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) is a hardworking armored car driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo), who's now married to notorious hoodlum Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Unable to stay away from her, Steve has a secret tryst with Anna ... only to be discovered by Dundee. To cover up their affair, Steve convinces Dundee that he only met with Anna to get Dundee's help in robbing an upcoming payroll shipment he will be driving. The hood falls for the ruse, which triggers a series of harrowing events that ultimately lead to violence and death. Criss Cross is a classic film noir suspense tale from a true master of the genre, director Robert Siodmak (The Killers).



Summer 2019 TBD

Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend (1945) on blu-ray from Kino



Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last...one way or the other.



May 14, 2019

Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 (1926-1928) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from 4K restorations




The General (1926)

Many critics consider The General to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest films of all time on international critics' polls. Set during the Civil War and based on a true incident, the film is also an authentic-looking period piece that brings the scope and realism of Matthew Brady-like images to brilliant life. Keaton portrays engineer Johnnie Gray, rejected by the Confederate Army and thought a coward by his girlfriend (Marion Mack). When a band of Union soldiers penetrate Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie Gray sets off in pursuit. Seven of the film's eight reels are devoted to the chase, featuring hilarious comedy and amazing stunts performed by Keaton himself.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

In this silent comedy, college boy William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton) reunites with his boat captain father in a Mississippi River town.



April 23, 2019

Arthur Robison's The Informer (1929) on blu-ray from Kino



In Ireland, an IRA man (Lars Hanson) betrays a killer to the police, thinking he is his mistress's lover.



May 14, 2019

Gabe Bartalos' Saint Bernard (2013) on blu-ray from Severin



His award-winning FX career spans both grindhouse (BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER, the LEPRECHAUN series) and art-house (Matthew Barney's CREMASTER CYCLE). Now writer/producer/director Gabe Bartalos brings his own years-in-the-making vision to the screen, as an unhinged orchestra conductor named Bernard (Jason Dugre of Bartalos' SKINNED DEEP) graphically descends into a surreal odyssey of chaos, psychosis and "f*cked-up sh*t that looks cool as hell" (Bloody-Disgusting.com). Warwick Davis (WILLOW) and notorious Andy Kaufman cohort Bob Zmuda (MAN ON THE MOON) co-star – with a performance by punk legends The Damned – in this "must-see for the truly adventurous" (UnseenFilms.net), transferred from the original negative and unleashed beyond the underground festival circuit for the first time ever.





July 10, 2019

Roger Christian's The Sender (1982) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)



A disturbed telepathic man is able to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him.





June 18, 2019

Tony Richardson’s The Border (1982) on blu-ray from Kino



A corrupt border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.



Summer 2019 TBD

Richard Compton’s Return to Macon County (1975) on blu-ray from Kino



In 1958, two teenagers take their pride and joy, a hopped-up Chevy, and start a cross-country journey to enter it in the National Championship drag races in California. Along the way they hook up with a pretty but dingy waitress who quits her job and hops in their car--and turns out to be more trouble than they thought--drag-race a gang of town punks who lose to to them and then accuse them of cheating, and come up against a local cop who is obsessed with putting these two "juvenile delinquents" in jail.