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Reply #855 on: May 07, 2019, 06:32:33 PM
2019 TBD

Nina Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (1991) on blu-ray from Arbelos, from a 4K remaster

Anna Biller interviewed Menkes recently for the Talkhouse. There's also an extended interview with Menkes over at Film Comment.

Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (Sundance '91) is the second title in a quartet of films (alongside The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983), Magdalena Viraga (1986), and The Bloody Child (1996)), that Menkes produced, wrote, directed, and shot, all of which star her sister, Tinka Menkes.

Queen of Diamonds follows the alienated life of Firdaus (Tinka Menkes), a Blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis. Negotiating a missing husband and neighboring domestic violence, Firdaus' world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger. Shot with a beautiful compositional rigor echoing Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman,Queen of Diamonds is a remarkable and demanding masterpiece of American independent filmmaking. Heralded as one of the most challenging and subversive filmmakers working today, the re-release of Queen of Diamonds marks the start of a new critical recognition for Menkes' groundbreaking body of work.

New restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. The film will be co-presented with Eos World Fund. Arbelos will release the film theatrically in spring of 2019, with VOD and Blu-ray to follow.

August 27, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) on 4K Blu-ray, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative for the very first time.

Will include the recent Tribeca Q&A between Coppola and Steven Soderbergh.

In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz, a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer, and a crazed freelance photographer, Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.

July 30, 2019

Fridrikh Ermler's Fragments of an Empire (1929) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley

"If influence is the criterion for determining the significance of a film director," writes Russian film scholar Denise J. Youngblood, "then Fridrikh Ermler is perhaps the most important director in Soviet film history." Why he does not join the ranks of Eisenstein, Kuleshov, and Vertov as one of the great masters of Soviet filmmaking is unknown. Yet his legacy as an intricate craftsman of deceptively simple stories layered with psychological depth and technical proficiency lives on in his work.

Fragment of an Empire was Ermler's last silent feature and last of four productively contentious collaborations with the method actor Fiodor Nikitin. To prepare for his part as Filimonov - a soldier suffering from total amnesia due to shell shock from the Great War - Nikitin apparently disguised himself as a doctor's assistant in the Forel Psychiatric Clinic, where he studied actual amnesia patients. Ermler, meanwhile, may have drew upon his own first-hand knowledge of war as a former spy of the tsarist army to create a profoundly realistic and moving portrait of man whose memories begin to awaken in concert with the radical transformation of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

September 17, 2019

Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history.

July 22, 2019

Bloody Terror - The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren (1976-1987) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake.

Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

June 18, 2019

H. Bruce Humberstone's Pin Up Girl (1944) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

Beautiful U.S.O. singer and compulsive liar Lorry Jones (Betty Grable) and her best friend leave Montana for war jobs in Washington, D.C. Stopping in New York City along the way, Lorry spins a web of lies, turning herself into a Broadway star to gain the company of handsome war hero Tommy Dooley (John Harvey). Jealous club singer Molly McKay (Martha Raye) suspects Lorry's claims are false and hopes to expose her. The situation worsens when Tommy ends up in Washington at Lorry's new office.

August 27, 2019

Philippe Mora's documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) on blu-ray from VCI

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history - twelve crazy, painful seesaw years, from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbor.

By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with extracts from Hollywood classics such as Golddiggers, Lady Killer and Wild Boys of the Road, director Philippe Mora offers us an immediate, intricate and evocative scrapbook of the 1930's. Somehow there are uncanny echoes of some of our current preoccupations: strikers at Ford's, mass unemployment, breadlines, vigilante gangs and failing fortunes...

Two heroes emerge: James Cagney, the rough diamond, hood-with-a-heart-of-gold star of the Movies, the little man who won't be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt himself: tough yet benign, stepping into the breach with confidence and determination, yet imperceptibly crumpling under the weight of responsibility as he leads America through her most difficult years until the final humiliation of Pearl Harbor.

Songs and images stick in the mind: fortunes dwindle, the small man's savings disappear, even the banks go bust; men lose their jobs and join the breadlines to the haunting title song of Brother, can you spare a dime?; hobos and okies take to the road while Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you're down and out; a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape as Woody Guthrie sings the Dust Bowl Blues; an abandoned cat shivers on the ledge of a flooded home... Only Hollywood offers an escape from reality for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Cooper and Dietrich. We glimpse Gable and Vivien Leigh at the screen test of Gone with the Wind; George Raft dances a languorous tango with Carole Lombard; Shirley Temple dimples and Chaplin jokes while Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish extravaganzas...and the marathon dancers stumble on... As Ginger Rogers says: It's the depression, dearie...

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le flambeur (1956) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In Paris, Bob Montagne (Roger Duchesne) is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru (Guy Decomble). However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos (1962) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

Burglar Maurice Faugel (Serge Reggiani) has just finished his prison sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre (René Lefèvre), a receiver, and steals the loot from another robbery. As Maurice prepares for another burglary, his friend Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) brings him all the necessary equipment. But Maurice doesn't know that Silien is a police informant.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Leon Morin, Priest (1961) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

As the Germans take over France during World War II, widowed mother Barny becomes increasingly anxious about her half-Jewish daughter. She decides to hide the girl on a nearby farm and have her baptized as a cover. The ceremony reminds Barny of the absurdity of religion, and inspires her to pick a fight with parish priest Léon. She's surprised to learn that he shares a great many of her views, and the two begin a chaste yet deep relationship.

July 2, 2019

Georges Lautner's Le Professionnel (1981) on blu-ray from Kino

French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit.

July 2, 2019

Jacques Deray's The Outsider aka Le Marginal (1983) on blu-ray from Kino

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

July 9, 2019

Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A US secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's Death in the Garden (1956) on blu-ray from Kino

Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives—a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon)—are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Shot in vibrant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, Death in the Garden is an adventure film with Surrealist gestures and symbolism.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way (1969) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean (Laurent Terzieff) and Pierre (Paul Frankeur) are drifters who travel from Paris to Spain on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route. On the journey, the two men encounter many strangers who debate aspects of Catholic faith as well as heresies that have been rejected by the religion. Their trek defies time as they meet historical figures such as Jesus and the Marquis de Sade. At the end of their trip, Jean and Pierre are left with more questions than answers.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Death Takes a Holiday (1934) on blu-ray from Kino

Death (Fredric March) is unable to relate to humans, so he takes the form of Prince Sirki, and tries life as a person. Many women are instantly attracted to Prince Sirki, but once they really get to know him, they become frightened. It isn't until he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable) that Death finally learns what it is to love. But when Grazia's father (Guy Standing) learns of Prince Sirki's real identity, he tries to break up the relationship.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Easy Living (1937) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean Arthur and Ray Milland shine in this screwball comedy written by Academy Award winner Preston Sturges. Mary Smith (Arthur) is a poor working girl who literally has a fortune dropped in her lap when a wealthy financier (Edward Arnold) tosses a sable coat out a window and it lands on her. Everyone automatically assumes she's his mistress, and soon her fairytale-like rags-to-riches lifestyle threatens a very real romance with an inept writer (Milland). It's a "delightful comedy" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide) full of misunderstandings that showcases high-society slapstick at its best!

July 23, 2019

Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery's The Loveless (1982) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

Raw, angry and honest, The Loveless evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas.

June 6, 2019

Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden (1994) on blu-ray from Arthaus (Germany)

A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

September 2019 TBD

Noir Archive Volume 3: (1956-1960) on blu-ray from Kit Parker Films

-The Crimson Kimono
-The Lineup
-The Shadow in the Window
-The Long Haul
-Pickup Alley
-The Tijuana Story
-She Played with Fire
-The Case Against
-Brooklyn, Man on a String

July 15, 2019

Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

A woman, whose husband is fighting in Vietnam, falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

July 22, 2019

Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior ?

July 22, 2019

Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

In the early 1900s, the Nolans, a poor Brooklyn tenement family, strive not only to survive, but also to improve their existence. The studious Francie worships her father, waiter and aspiring singer Johnny, despite his alcoholism and pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams. With her stony resolve, mother Katie holds the family together, including a flirtatious and impetuous aunt.


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Reply #857 on: May 30, 2019, 07:51:25 PM
October 1, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) on 4K blu-ray from Warner Bros., from a 4K scan of the original camera negative

A caretaker of an isolated resort, has a complete mental breakdown, terrorizing his young son and wife.

June 24, 2019

Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope (1969) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney...

June 25, 2019

George Cukor's Gaslight (1944) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration

Lights flicker and dim. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she's losing her mind — exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight shines as a superb exercise in suspense. Ingrid Bergman won her first Academy Award® as Paula, doubting her sanity while clinging to it. Fellow Oscar nominee Charles Boyer skillfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her movie debut (also capturing an Oscar nomination) help make the Victorian era vividly realized through production design that earned an Academy Award

July 22, 2019

Alan Parker's Birdy (1984) on blu-ray from Sony. Also forthcoming from Indicator (UK)

Birdy (Matthew Modine) returns from the Vietnam War scarred from the horrific experiences of battle. He is so damaged by what he saw that he has shut himself off from reality completely, imaging that he is actually a bird. Birdy is confined to a mental hospital, where the doctors are at a loss as to how to treat him. In an attempt to help, Al (Nicolas Cage), his best friend from high school -- and who was also in Vietnam -- visits him every day to try and get through to him.

June 1, 2019

Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov's Viy - Spirit of Evil (1967) on limited edition blu-ray from Severin. Standard edition to be released later this year.

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a notorious witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with a corpse, with only his faith to protect him. *Viy was the first horror fantasy film to be made in the former Soviet Union.

Summer 2019 TBD

J. Lee Thompson's Return from the Ashes (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K  remaster

An expert chess player, Stanislaus Pilgrin (Maximilian Schell) is also an unrepentant cad and schemer. Looking for a way to inherit a fortune, Stanislaus marries Dr. Michele Wolf (Ingrid Thulin), a rich Jewish widow. Later, however, he becomes involved with his wife's stepdaughter, Fabienne (Samantha Eggar), resulting in a complicated web of seduction and deception that ends in murder. Will the duplicitous Stanislaus succeed in getting Michele's money?

Quote from: Criterion Forum user DRW.move
Fans of Petzold’s PHOENIX; Return from the Ashes is based on the same source novel, but continues the story through two more acts. Its a superbly Hitchcockian thriller that's been unavailable for far too long.

August 20, 2019

Mark Robson & Val Lewton's Isle of the Dead (1945) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

A small island off the coast of Greece holds a secret so dreadful, that once you step on its shore, you must remain there forever. General Nikolas Pherides (Karloff) is such a visitor. He came to honor the grave of his wife, and discovers that the entire island has been overrun with a plague - a sickness that drives the victims insane. Soon, Pherides succumbs to the illness. When insanity runs rampant, grave robbery, premature burial and vampires are the unspeakable horrors that await those on the Isle of the Dead.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's The Front Page (1974) on blu-ray from Kino

Successful Chicago newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) is hanging up his journalist's hat to marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon). When his editor, the arrogant, self-important Walter Burns (Walter Matthau), learns of Hildy's plans, he goes to great lengths to keep his star writer. They learn that the notorious (but possibly wrongfully accused) criminal, Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton), has escaped on the eve of his execution, and Hildy can't resist this one last sensational story.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948) on blu-ray from Kino

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi café singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A shopkeeper''s daughter fights off blackmail after she kills a young artist who had tried to rape her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Murder! (1930) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

June 25, 2019

Joseph Losey's Galileo (1975) on blu-ray from  Kino

Challenged by a new student, tutor and theorist Galileo co-opts emerging telescope technology and discovers irrefutable proof of the heretical notion that the earth is not the center of the universe. But in a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of aristocracy and clergy already undermined by the Plague and the Reformation, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Faced with either death at the hands of the Inquisition or recantation to a hypocritical but all-powerful Papacy, Galileo must choose between his own life and the restless scientific curiosity that he has spurned family, friends, and wealth to pursue.

August 26, 2019

André De Toth's Day of the Outlaw (1959) on blu-ray from Kino. Also available from Masters of Cinema (UK)

Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the night in a little Western town.

August 13, 2019

Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

August 13, 2019

Jacques Becker's Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars is demanded as ransom.

August 13, 2019

Henri Decoin's Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

International drug baron Henri Ferré, nicknamed ’Le Nantais’, is tasked with restructuring a narcotics ring operating in Paris. The gangster head Paul Liski provides him with a cover, a bar named Le Troquet, not realising that Ferré is in fact working for the police. Far from supporting the drugs racket, Ferré’s mission is to break it once and for all…

August 20, 2019

Perry Hanzell's The Harder They Come (1972) on blu-ray from Shout Factory, from a new transfer of the original 16mm negative

Also included is the first-ever home entertainment release of Perry Henzell's long lost follow up feature, No Place Like Home, which had gone unfinished and was thought to have been lost. The film follows Susan, a producer from New York, visiting Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial. When the commercial's actress disappears, Susan finds herself venturing further into the island, and drifting further from her real life. Also includes Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey, a new documentary about its genesis and restoration.

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

July 9, 2019

The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

Sherlock Jr (1924)

Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries.

The Navigator (1924)

Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board.


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Reply #858 on: June 06, 2019, 05:40:20 PM
August 19, 2019

Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg at Paramount (1930-1935) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

This is the equivalent of Criterion's box set in terms of film contents, but includes many different extras. A detailed post on Criterion Forum breaks down the similarities and differences between them.

-Morocco (1930)
-Dishonored (1931)
-Shanghai Express (1932)
-Blonde Venus (1932)
-The Scarlet Empress (1934)
-The Devil is a Woman (1935)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries… and more! This stunning box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

August 19/20, 2019

William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William Friedkin

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.

August 6, 2019

Alfred Sole's Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

A young Brooke Shields meets an untimely end in this religious-themed proto slasher par excellence from director Alfred Sole.On the day of her first communion, young Karen is savagely murdered by an unknown assailant in a yellow rain mac and creepy translucent mask. But the nightmare is far from over – as the knife-wielding maniac strikes again and again, Karen's bereaved parents are forced to confront the possibility that Karen's wayward sister Alice might be the one behind the mask.

Bearing influences from the likes of Hitchcock, the then-booming Italian giallo film and more specifically, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Alice, Sweet Alice is an absolutely essential – if often overlooked – entry in the canon of 1970s American horror.

2019 TBD

Robert Altman's Beyond Therapy (1987) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

Neurotic New Yorker Bruce (Jeff Goldblum) is a manic bisexual who enjoys a good cry. Equally insecure Prudence (Julie Hagerty) is the uptight writer he meets through the personal ads. Bob Christopher (Christopher Guest) is Bruce's roommate and former lover who is insanely jealous of Prudence. Prudence is also sleeping with her lecherous therapist Stuart (Tom Conti) while Bruce's therapist Charlotte (Glenda Jackson) may be crazier than any of her patients. Add an extremely overprotective mother and a very odd French restaurant, and you have a one-of-a-kind comedy about life, love and the happy endings that lay BEYOND THERAPY. Genevieve Page co-stars in this dysfunctional romantic comedy directed by seven-time Oscar-nominee Robert Altman and co-written by Christopher Durang, based on his smash Broadway play.   

2019 TBD

Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) on blu-ray from Kino

Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and scored this tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin) and a hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two.

July 30, 2019

Marcel L'Herbier's L'Argent (1928) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Adapted from Émile Zola's novel of the same name, L'Argent is an all-too-timely work of filmmaking loosely based off of the 1882 collapse of Union Générale bank, which subsequently crashed the stock market and plunged France into a decade-long recession. Helmed by Marcel L'Herbier, one of the original members of French cinema's avant-garde, the film uses Zola's tale of mid-1800s stock market speculation to comment on the 1920s greed-fueled fascination with global economies. The story centers on the unscrupulous Nicolas Saccard, played by Pierre Alcover, who makes a bad bet, loses his societal standing and his mistress, and tries to recoup it all by backing an aviator with a daredevil plan to cross the Atlantic to exploit raw materials in the New World.

L'Argent is L'Herbier's silent-era swan song. Known for his ability to translate artistic and innovative sensibilities into commercial fare, L'Herbier designed the film to compete with the super-productions coming out of France, United States, and Germany at the time. It is thus bursting with state-of-the-art techniques, a big-name international cast, 1500 extras, and was shot by France's highest paid cameraman at the time, Jules Krüger. L'Herbier made use of a dozen cameramen flying on pulleys and dollies, as well as an unmanned camera that descended and revolved to capture the stock exchange in full frenzy. Even as the pilot embarks on his trans-Atlantic flight, action on the stock market floor intensifies in a montage of Eisensteinian proportions.

L'Argent was forgotten by many until it was reconstructed in the 1970s, and did not receive a proper preservation until the 1990s. Now, thanks to Lobster Films—with the support of Marie-Ange L'Herbier (the director's daughter), the French CNC and SACEM, the original camera negative of this silent classic has been rescanned at a pristine 4K resolution. Flicker Alley's publication of L'Argent features a new score from Olivier Massot, preformed by the National Orchestra of Lyon under the direction of Timothy Brock, and an earlier orchestral adaptation from Rodney Sauer, preformed by the Mont Alto Orchestra. Also included in this deluxe edition is The Making of L'Argent, one of the first-ever behind-the-scenes documentaries of a feature film. This bonus featurette, complete with a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm elements, and two new musical compositions, including a fascinating score by Tempsion, is a masterpiece in itself.


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Reply #859 on: July 10, 2019, 11:59:41 PM
August 28, 2019

Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976) on blu-ray from Shock (Australia)

A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

September 24, 2019

Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection on blu-ray from Kino

Never Fear (1950) - from a new 2K restoration

Carol Williams (Sally Forrest, Not Wanted) is a beautiful young dancer whose body, and promising career, is suddenly crippled by polio. Carol's dance partner and fiancé, Guy Richards (Keefe Brasselle, A Place in the Sun), wants to see her through her illness, but the angry, self-pitying Carol prefers to go it alone. Her father (Herb Butterfield, Shield for Murder) takes her to the Kabat-Kaiser Institute for rehabilitation, where she meets fellow patients like Len Randall (Hugh O'Brian, Ambush Bay) on her tough road to recovery. The second feature directed by Ida Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker), who herself had been stricken with polio as an adolescent, Never Fear is a psychologically probing look at coping with chronic illness. Co-written and co-produced by Lupino and her partner Collier Young (The Bigamist) and wonderfully shot in black-and-white by Archie Stout (Fort Apache).

The Bigamist (1953) - from a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative

The Bigamist is an amazingly sympathetic portrait of a figure historically given very short shrift: the title character is not only a two-timer—he's a traveling salesman as well. But, as embodied by that perpetually pressured everyman of the 1950s, Edmond O'Brien, the bigamist comes across as a victim of his own sensitivity. Caught between two complementary spouses, O'Brien's dazed indecisiveness dominates the narrative. As always in Ida Lupino's directorial efforts, a strong social consciousness informs all choices: Joan Fontaine is an upper-crust "lady," reverently attached to her dying father, while Lupino herself plays a tough-talking working woman, waitressing in a cheap Chinese restaurant. But no on-screen triangle could beat the one behind the camera—The Bigamist was produced and written by Collier Young, Lupino's longtime collaborator and recently divorced husband, whose new wife was none other than Joan Fontaine. The wonderful cast includes Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Tobey and Jane Darwell.

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) - from a new 2K restoration

Beyond its cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (screen legend Ida Lupino), The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a camping trip who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (the great William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert. Renegade filmmaking at its finest, The Hitch-Hiker was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.

Not Wanted (1940) - from a new 4K restoration

In Ida Lupino's directorial debut Not Wanted, young and naive "unwed mother" Sally Forrest's life spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brasselle) determined to win her heart. After leaving Warner Brothers, legendary screen actress Ida Lupino co-founded The Filmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate Not Wanted, Lupino tackled the "taboo" topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupino's unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character (Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood), the hallucinatory moments (note the amazing subjective camerawork of the childbirth sequence), and the deft location shooting (as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America

September 23, 2019

Michael Winner's The Girl-Getters aka The System (1964) on blu-ray from Indictor (UK). Region-free. Also coming from Kino.

The first of six collaborations between two of British cinemas most infamous figures – Oliver Reed (The Damned, The Triple Echo) and Michael Winner (Death Wish) – The System finds both at their creative peak. Reed is leader of a gang of youths, who spend a hot summer season in Devon in pursuit of women – including Jane Merrow (The Appointment) and Barbara Ferris (A Nice Girl Like You). Filmed on location, and shot by the great Nicolas Roeg before he turned his attentions to directing, The System boasts a fine supporting cast, including Julia Foster (Alfie), Harry Andrews (The Deadly Affair), and David Hemmings (Fragment of Fear).

September 23, 2019

Alberto Cavalcanti's They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK). Region-free

They Made Me a Fugitive is a prime example of British film noir. Trevor Howard plays Clem Morgan, an RAF officer during the war, now unemployed since demobilisation. Turning to the black market, he finds himself embroiled in a life of crime that will lead to prison, a daring escape, and a deadly manhunt. Boasting striking cinematography by Otto Heller, whose later credits would include Michael Powell's Peeping Tom and classic Cold War thriller The Ipcress File, this UK Blu-ray premiere of They Made Me a Fugitive is accompanied by two rare short films, made during Howard's own time in the RAF during WWII, featuring his earliest known on-screen appearances.

September 23, 2019

Jirí Weiss' 90° in the Shade (1965) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK). Region-free

A rare Anglo-Czech co-production, 90° in the Shade is a fascinating, little-seen drama directed by Jiří Weiss (Romeo, Juliet and Darkness) and co-written by David Mercer (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment). Set at the height of summer, the film concerns shop assistant Anne Heywood (The Fox), and two men who will affect her life: James Booth (The Man Who Had Power Over Women), the married man with whom she is having affair, and Rudolf Hrusínský (The Cremator), an auditor who has family problems of his own. Filmed simultaneously in English and Czech versions, Indicator is proud to present both cuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

2019 TBD

William Asher's Johnny Cool (1963) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

A rich divorcee joins a Sicilian hit man sent to Los Angeles by a deported mobster.

Fall 2019 TBD

Frank Perry's Ladybug, Ladybug (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster

The teachers and students of a countryside elementary school are thrown into a panic when an air raid siren goes off, warning them of a imminent nuclear attack. They are unaware that it has gone off by mistake, and separate the children into groups -- one of which is headed by the anxious Mrs. Andrews (Nancy Marchand) -- to take them home. Harriet (Alice Playten) invites her classmates into her family's bomb shelter, but tragedy strikes when she won't allow one of her classmates to enter.

June 30, 2020

Wild Palms (1993) on blu-ray from Kino. Written by Bruce Wagner

A dark, sexy, noir Los Angeles of the future is the backdrop for Oliver Stone's haunting, sci-fi saga of greed, treason and virtual reality. Harry Wyckoff (James Belushi) is about to become a player in a dark and terrifying battle where everything is at stake and no one is who they seem. Featuring an all-star cast, this story about a cult, a corporation, and a conspiracy to rule the country, is one of the most original movie events in recent history.

October 1, 2019

Barry Sonnefeld's Addams Family Values (1993) on blu-ray from Paramount

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

2019 TBD

Stuart McGowan's The Ice House aka The Passion Pit (1969) on blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing

A serial killer who works in an ice house murders women, then brings their bodies back to the ice house and stores them there. He also murders his identical twin brother, who is a policeman, and takes his place in the investigation.

October 29, 2019

Chuck Russell's The Blob (1988) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature...

August 12, 2019

Powell & Pressburger’s Oh…Rosalinda!! (1956) on blu-ray from Network (UK), restored from the original camera negative

The reappearance of any lost movie is (usually) cause for celebration: but when the movie in question is a ‘lost’ production from the revered partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, it’s time to break open the champagne!

It flows freely enough in this spirited mid-50s musical comedy, which imports the Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus to contemporary Cold War Berlin, under occupation of the four Allied powers. With music from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and a stellar cast including Michael Redgrave, Anton Walbrook and Anthony Quayle, this sumptuous Cinemascope/Technicolor production might have been expected to repeat the towering success of The Archers’ 1951 hit The Red Shoes. Yet Oh... Rosalinda!! proved a box office disappointment, and would be the last of Powell and Pressburger’s extravagant musical productions. The partnership came to an amicable end two years later with Ill Met by Moonlight, while Oh... Rosalinda!! quickly disappeared into obscurity and has been seldom seen since its original theatrical exhibition in the autumn of 1955.
Oh... Rosalinda!! continued Powell and Pressburger’s run of ballet-inspired movies, arising from Powell’s interest in what he referred to as ‘composed film’. Beginning with the finale of Black Narcissus, the idea was developed further in The Red Shoes and saw its ultimate expression in 1951’s The Tales of Hoffman. Shot entirely on soundstages at Elstree, Oh... Rosalinda!!’s stylised, trompe l’oeil sets suggest an opulent theatrical production and lend the movie a dreamlike, other-worldly atmosphere. With its fruity performances, playful dance numbers and occasionally avant garde cinematography, Oh... Rosalinda!! is an undeniably eccentric piece of work – but its sheer unbridled enthusiasm is hard to resist.

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Who the what now?!? Powell and Pressburger have always veered towards the cartooned eccentric, but this...this sets world records in drunken craziness. Imagine, if you will, that the dance sequence from The Red Shoes had a car crash with Jacques Tati's Playtime, with Gigi in the front seat and Phantom of the Paradise in the back. And then the AAA driver is Frank Tashlin.

Yadda yadda yadda fantasy becomes reality, yadda yadda yadda artifice artifice. None of those pretty words accurately capture my elated confusion at this thing called a musical.

Vienna here is depicted as a flat comic book—Expressionist libraries, punchy Americans, vodka-slugging Russians, fat German blobs called "a man" multiplied by two in drunken Anton Walbrook stupors, and va-va-voom vamps galore. P&P's soundscape (a mushy, contrived mix of English opera and trick stereo) punches the sides of my head with its strung-out surrealism—did I dream this? Did this really happen? What vicious colors, too; aggressive pinks, mad mauves, nothing is ever allowed to be "kind of expressive" in Oh... Rosalinda!!

August 20, 2019

The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 3 on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from 4K restorations

Seven Chances (1925)

Buster gets word that if he can be married by seven o'clock that evening he will inherit $7,000,000. When his sweetheart refuses, he proposes to everyone in skirts, including a Scotsman. Hopeful still, he advertises for a bride and is horrified to discover 500 would-be=brides hot on his trail in a hilarious chase to the finish.

Battling Butler (1926)

Based on the popular stage musical, Battling Butler stars Keaton as a pampered socialite who pretends to be a famed prizefighter in order to impress his girlfriend's bullying brothers.

2020 TBD

Douglas Sirk's Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) on blu-ray from Kino

The two sons of Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler) have conflicting views of the white men who trepass on their land; Taza (Rock Hudson) argues for peaceful co-existence but his younger brother Naiche (Bart Roberts) joins Geronimo on the warpath. One of the few Westerns made in the 1950s that attempted to present a positive view of Native Americans, Taza, Son of Cochise was the second of eight movies that Rock Hudson made with director Douglas Sirk. Filmed on location in Utah, the natural setting of the desert is one of the movie's many assets which is vividly captured by the glorious Technicolor cinematography.

Fall 2019 TBD

Michael Winner's The Girl-Getters aka The System (1964) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K remaster. Also coming from Indicator (UK)

In a picturesque village on the sea, resident Tinker (Oliver Reed) has developed a foolproof plan to seduce -- and then ditch -- wealthy ladies. Thanks to his work photographing tourists on summer vacation, he retains the names and addresses of his female clients, which get put in a pool. He and his hoodlum friends then make their selections and go out on the prowl. But the jaded Tinker finds his callous worldview shaken when he becomes smitten with an on-the-ball model (Jane Merrow). Directed by Michael Winner.

September 23/24, 2019

Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor (1942) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (Monkey Business) stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland, The Big Clock, The Pyjama Girl Case). The Major believes Susan is a child and takes her under his wing, but when they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancée (Rita Johnson) grows suspicious of Susan's ruse...

Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett (Hold Back the Dawn), The Major and the Minor assumes the guise of a light romance narrative in order to cleverly explore themes of identity and deception. Wilder's American debut is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition, with a selection of illuminating extras.

September 2, 2019

William Dieterle's Dark City (1950) on blu-ray from Arrow UK

Originally developed as a star vehicle for Burt Lancaster, the lead role in the gripping revenge noir Dark City ultimately became the Hollywood debut of 26-year-old Charlton Heston, already confidently wielding the intense, rugged charisma that would define his career.

Once a decorated war hero, Danny Haley (played by Heston) now leads a group of small-time card sharks who know a sucker when they see one. They cheat their latest mark, Arthur (Don DeFore, Ramrod) out of $5000 at the poker table; but when Arthur hangs himself in despair, his unstable, hulking older brother (Mike Mazurki, Night and the City) seeks violent revenge on the grifters responsible. As the bodies pile up, Danny and his lover, nightclub singer Fran (Lizabeth Scott, Too Late For Tears), flee to Las Vegas… but Danny is about to learn he can't hide from the consequences of his actions.

August 20, 2019

Otto Preminger's Whirlpool (1949) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

July 2019 TBD

Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade (1933) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a new remaster

Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Fall 2019 TBD

René Clair's The Flame of New Orleans (1942) on blu-ray from Kino

Countess Claire Ledoux has only one thing on her mind – to marry a man of means. Ledoux's engagement to Charles Giraud appears to be smooth seas ahead… until Captain Robert Latour storms into town and takes the wind out of her sails. Though it takes fainting spells and double identities to delay and disguise the truth, the Countess discovers that the greatest treasure of all – a heart of gold – is worth more than a pot of it.

July 29, 2019

Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde (1965) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a 4K restoration. Region free.

A subtle and beautifully observed social satire which maintains a remarkable balance between despair and hope, this bittersweet romance from Milo Forman, the multiple Oscar-winning director of Black Peter, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Amadeus, unfolds as a sweetly seductive film but also provides a wry critique of life under totalitarianism. Forman is able to distill universal truths from the simplest of situations and present them with a sharp yet compassionate eye.

August 20, 2019

Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad (1961) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In this unconventional French drama, a group of unnamed aristocrats interact at a palatial château, resulting in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) is convinced that he has met the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) before in the Czech resort town of Marienbad, and implies they had a romantic relationship. M (Sacha Pitoeff), who may be A's husband or boyfriend, confronts her mysterious suitor, leading to conflict and questions about the truth behind his story.

September 16, 2019

Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (1952) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K restoration

While the film has become a favourite of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton, its release was controversial: John Wayne (who had turned down the role) and Howard Hawks hated it, precisely because it was viewed as a thinly veiled allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings investigating communism at the time. Its politics make it even more intriguing now, but regardless, High Noon is one of the most important — and gripping films — of the 1950s
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December 10, 2019

Jacques Rivette’s Joan the Maid (1994) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 4K restoration

For the first installment of his ambitious yet restrained two-part study, director and co-screenwriter Jacques Rivette surveys the revelatory period where Joan met with royalty, joined the army, and led the French into battle against the English. As Joan, Sandrine Bonnaire gets at the reality behind the legend, showing the matter-of-fact courage of a teenage girl. For both films, costume designer Christine Laurent was additionally co-screenwriter.

The second part of Rivette’s diptych, brought leading lady Sandrine Bonnaire a César Award nomination for her powerful performance. Joined in this installment by other excellent French actresses, including Edith Scob, Hélène de Fougerolles, and Nathalie Richard, Bonnaire taps into her character’s vulnerability as she plays out windows in the final two years of Joan’s life, from the battlefield victory to prison life to the stake.

June 21, 2019

Juraz Herz’s Morgiana (1972) on blu-ray from Studio Hamburg Enterprises (Germany). No subtitles. Also available in a box set along with Herz’s films Ferat Vampire and Beauty and the Beast

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

August 26, 2019

Karel Kachyna’s Ucho aka The Ear (1970) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a new remaster of the original materials. Region free.

In Karel Kachyna's darkly satirical political-noir, a high-ranking Communist official and his wife begin to suspect that their home has been put under surveillance by the Party. Over one night, the growing tension exposes a bitter fault-line in their relationship, feeding an intense atmosphere of paranoia and dread.  Daring to address the taboos of the Stalinist era, The Ear was banned soon after completion, and remained unseen until the fall of Communism twenty years later. Combining a not-so-private portrait of a disintegrating marriage with a searing blackly-comic critique of totalitarianism, this landmark film is an extraordinary indictment of life under an oppressive system.

2020 TBD

Basil Dearden’s The Mind Benders (1963) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration

Following the death of a fellow scientist accused of being a communist spy, Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) works to prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. To do so, Longman subjects himself to experiments in a sensory deprivation tank. This starts to take a heavy toll on his mental health; in particular, it alienates him from his wife. Additionally, his scientific credibility suffers and with it the chances for discovering the truth about his colleague.

August 20, 2019

Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches (1990) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

While holidaying at a seaside resort a young boy stumbles upon a witch convention. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.

August 27, 2019

Muscha’s Decoder (1984) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome

FM (FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten) has discovered something incredible in the monotonous 'muzak' played through the fast food restaurant H Burger's speaker system: the tracks are laced with subliminal messages designed to ensure complacency and consumerism. Experimenting with his discovery, FM soon realizes that by changing the type of music played, he can manifest a whole range of emotional responses and stir up the populace from their consumerist subordination. But as the diners are emotionally awakened, they become more and more prone to rioting and general social unrest, which puts FM in an increasingly dangerous position, especially when the sinister and mysterious organization behind the the plot to keep the public complacent takes an interest in finding and stopping him…

An underground hit from Germany's punk and new wave infused youth culture of the early 80s, director Muscha's DECODER blends arresting visuals, urban industrial aesthetics, science fiction, and moments of shocking violence, along side searing commentary on late 20th century consumerist culture. Co-starring punk icon Christiane Felscherinow and William S. Burroughs in a supporting role and featuring music by Soft Cell, The The and industrial pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this criminally under-seen masterpiece of German weirdness to Blu-ray, in a brand new 2k restoration of its original 16mm camera negative.

September 17, 2019

Harold Pinter and Peter Hall’s The Homecoming (1973) on blu-ray from Kino

In North London, an all-male beehive of inactivity is ruled with a foul mouth and an iron hand by the abusive Max (Paul Rogers) and his brother, the priggish palace eunuch Sam (Cyril Cusack). Rounding out the precision vulgarity of The Homecoming's "situation tragedy" are the sons, punch-drunk demolition man Joey (Terence Rigby) and the magnificient Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings, The Sweet Hereafter) as pimp-smart Lenny. When, under cover of darkness, the prodigal son Teddy (Michael Jayston) brings his wife Ruth (Vivien Merchant) home to meet his family for the first time, he gets far more and less than he bargained for. To Teddy's rueful discomfort, Ruth's Mona Lisa smile forms the gateway to a labyrinth of Freudian dread, venal family values, and naked neediness that could only come from the mind of Harold Pinter.

Director Sir Peter hall re-renders his original Royal Shakespeare Company London stage triumph as a bleached, claustrophobic delirium that exploits the jagged tempos and seductive tensions of Pinter's best play as no theater staging could. The New York Times declared the American Film Theatre's production of The Homecoming, "a movie of astonishing dynamism." Indeed, director Atom Agoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) went so far as to say, "I often find myself seeking solace from this film. Its poetry and twisted sense of compassion and humor have assuaged many moments of despair and confusion. Other people have religion, I have my copy of The Homecoming."

October 28/29, 2019

John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by John Landis

American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital...

October 29, 2019

Joseph Pevney’s Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) on blu-ray from Arrow

James Cagney plays Lon Chaney in this glossy Hollywood biography, a reverent, melodramatic tribute that focuses on his turbulent private life and rise from vaudeville clown to hard-working Hollywood extra to movie star. Cagney brings to the role passion and compassion that burn through the indifferent direction and show-biz clichés to create a vivid, energetic portrait of the enigmatic cult star who rarely let audiences see his true face.

August 27, 2019

William Wyler’s Jezebel (1938) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.

October 15, 2019

Thorold Dickinson’s Queen of Spades (1949) on blu-ray from Kino

Anton Walbrook stars as Russian army captain Herman Suvorin, who secretly covets the wealth and position of his fellow officers and becomes obsessed with learning the secrets of the card game Faro. When he hears that the elderly Countess Ranevskaya (Edith Evans) has struck a bargain with the devil to gain the very knowledge he so desires, he worms his way into her household and does all he can to wrestle the knowledge from her - but the price turns out to be higher than he could ever have imagined.

September 10, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s Casino (1995) on 4K blu-ray from Universal

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

October 29, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) on blu-ray from Kino

The incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders - Tibet's Dalai Lama - and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history.

October 29, 2019

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen’s New York Stories (1989) on blu-ray from Kino

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three stories.


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October 28, 2019

Alan Parker's Birdy (1984) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Based on the acclaimed, 'unfilmable' novel by William Wharton, about a boy who dreams of flying, Alan Parker's elliptical, ethereal film is just as vividly poetic as its source.

Birdy is story of two unlikely boyhood friends, the confident and popular Al (Nicolas Cage – Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas) and Birdy (Matthew Modine – Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things), awkward, withdrawn, and obsessed with birds. The advent of the war in Vietnam shatters their youth, and they both return irrevocably changed – one physically traumatised, the other emotionally fractured.

This unique and affecting film from director Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Angel Heart), features skilful, highly committed central performances from young stars Modine and Cage (who allegedly had teeth removed for his gruelling role), and a wonderful score by Peter Gabriel. Birdy is a great unsung gem of 1980s cinema, and is presented here in a brand-new, director-approved 2K restoration.

October 28, 2019

Joseph Losey's Time Without Pity (1957) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Following his blacklisting in the McCarthy HUAC hearings, director Joseph Losey (Eva, The Damned, Secret Ceremony) moved to the England in the 1950s. The gritty British suspense thriller, Time Without Pity was the first film he made in the UK under his own name.

In a BAFTA-nominated performance, the great Michael Redgrave (Goodbye Gemini, Connecting Rooms, Dead of Night) stars as an anguished father whose son is convicted of murder and languishing on death row. In a desperate race-against-time, he attempts to prove his son's innocence whilst bringing the real murderer to justice.

With photography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man), and a superb supporting cast including Ann Todd (Taste of Fear), Leo McKern (X the Unknown), and Peter Cushing (Corruption, The Beast Must Die), Time Without Pity is brilliantly accomplished slice of Brit-noir, and a potent cry against capital punishment.

October 28, 2019

Howard W. Koch's Badge 373 (1973) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Inspired by the real-life exploits of New York cop Eddie Egan (who was also the basis for Gene Hackman's 'Popeye' Doyle character in The French Connection), Badge 373 is a tough detective thriller, comparable to William Friedkin's more celebrated feature. Duvall (The Godfather, Breakout) delivers a powerfully authentic performance as a brutal New York detective, ruthlessly hunting for the killer of his partner against a backdrop of social upheaval and violent gang wars.

September 16, 2019

Joseph Losey's The Criminal (1960) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

Ex-con Johnny (Stanley Baker) used his time in prison wisely – to plan the biggest robbery of his career. The robbery goes smoothly and Johnny goes to bury the money in a field until the heat is off, as agreed with friend and racketeer Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) and the rest of the gang.

In a moment of weakness, Johnny pockets five hundred odd pounds from the haul. Coupled with a tip-off from his ex-girlfriend (Jill Bennett) this proves to be his undoing and Johnny is soon back in prison. The rest of the gang try in vain to get the location of the money out of him without success until Mike hits upon the idea of a break-out using Johnny's new love Suzanne (Margit Saad) as bait.

September 16, 2019

Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1970) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

Based on the novel by L.P Hartley and adapted by Harold Pinter, The Go-Between stars Julie Christie as Marian, about to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), a well-bred viscount and her perfect match. Over the course of a sweltering Norfolk summer in 1900, young Leo (Dominic Guard), becomes besotted with the vivacious Marian whilst staying at their house. Innocent of romantic and sexual matters, he unwittingly becomes a pawn in the forbidden romance between her and eminently unsuitable local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates).

As the oppressive heat intensifies so too does Leon's burgeoning adolescent questioning of love, attraction and the rules of the upper class that he doesn't really belong to. Both a beautifully subtle critique of the English class system and a visual masterpiece that perfectly captures the timeless beauty of an English Edwardian summer, The Go-Between won director Joseph Losey the Grand Prix (now the Palme D'Or) at Cannes Film Festival in 1971.

October 28, 2019

Fuller at Fox: Five Films 1951-1957 on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), limited to 2,000 units

A towering figure of American cinema, Samuel Fuller was a master of the B-movie, a pulp maestro whose iconoclastic vision elevated the American genre film to new heights. After the major success of THE STEEL HELMET, Fuller was put under contract by Twentieth Century Fox after being impressed by Darryl F. Zanuck's direct sales pitch (other studios offered Fuller money and tax shelters; Zanuck simply told him, "We make better movies.").

Over a six-year period, Fuller would produce some of the best work of his career, (and therefore, some of the best films in American cinema), an uncompromising series of masterpieces spanning multiple genres (the Western, the War film, film noir, the Crime-Thriller) that would establish the director as a true auteur, whose influence continues to be felt today.

Collected here are five films from this fruitful period, all presented from stunning restorations. The impossibly tense Korean-War drama FIXED BAYONETS! (1951); the outrageous and confrontational spy-thriller PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953); the Cold War submarine-actioner HELL AND HIGH WATER (1954); the lushly photographed, cold-as-ice film noir HOUSE OF BAMBOO (1955); and the audacious Western with a feminist twist, FORTY GUNS (1957).

November 19, 2019

Jean-Pierre Meville's Un Flic aka Dirty Money (1972) on blu-ray from Kino

Coleman (Alain Delon) is a burned-out detective who has seen too much pain. His friend Simon (Richard Crenna) is a brilliant thief who fears no law. Between them is the beautiful woman (Catherine Deneuve) they both love. But when Simon plans the ultimate heist of a train full of mob money, the two men find themselves hurtling towards a final showdown of fate, friendship and betrayal.

September 24, 2019

James Ivory's Quartet (1981) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

A twisted relationship between a wealthy English couple and a young woman they take in, plays out against a stunning recreation of the Golden Age of 1920s Paris. In adapting Jean Rhys's 1928 autobiographical novel, Merchant Ivory achieved an artistic breakthrough that remains one of the team's finest works. In one of her greatest performances, Isabelle Adjani plays the vulnerable but complicated West-Indian Marya, who, after her shady husband Stefan (Anthony Higgins) is imprisoned, finds shelter in the home of a manipulative and lecherous English art patron (Alan Bates) and his painter wife (Maggie Smith). The dynamic between this trio is set against Hemingway's "moveable feast" of café culture and extravagant nightlife, glitter and literati, beneath which lie traces of something sinister.

October 29, 2019

Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946) on 4K blu-ray from Paramount, restored from the original nitrate negative

George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrficed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.

September 24, 2019

Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood (1959) on blu-ray from Olive Signature, from a new 4K remaster

In honor of its 60th anniversary, this Olive Signature edition of A Bucket of Blood celebrates the film's enduring legacy. Shot in five days on a shoestring budget of $50,000, A Bucket of Blood remains one of the most iconic collaborations between Roger Corman and Dick Miller, and has rightfully earned its "cult classic" status.

With A Bucket of Blood, the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Trip) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door Café who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife. From his very first piece – the aptly titled "Dead Cat" – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he's sure to make their blood run cold.

November 4, 2019

John Gilling's Pickup Alley (1957) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)

Spurred on by the murder of his drug-addicted sister by ruthless crime boss Frank McNally (Trevor Howard, Brief Encounter), US agent Charles Sturgis (Victor Mature, Cry of the City) launches a transnational woman-hunt for McNally's shapely associate, Gina Broger (Anita Ekberg, Killer Nun, La dolce vita). His investigation takes him on a thrill-ride from New York to London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and finally Athens... A globe-trotting adventure boasting a top-tier international cast, Pickup Alley affords the viewer shockingly frank portrayals of drug addiction; a glamourous travelogue of exotic locations, and intriguing depictions of sleazy villains.

October 15, 2019

Julian Rothman's The Bloody Brood (1959) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new remaster of the original 35mm elements

Two years before directing the 3-D cult favorite The Mask (1961), Julian Roffman made his feature directorial debut with this early canuxploitation film, The Bloody Brood (1959). When his brother turns up dead after eating a hamburger laced with ground glass, Cliff (Jack Betts) sets out to investigate the murder, venturing into the underground world of beatnik culture and its sinister underbelly of drugs and vice. Peter Falk (TV's Columbo) makes his feature debut as Nico, sinister mentor and drug-dealer to the tuned-in kids of the beat generation.

September 2019 TBD

William Wyler's The Letter (1940) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Six years after exploding to stardom in Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis equaled that excitement with another W. Somerset Maugham role as an adulteress using her sexual wiles to escape a murder conviction in The Letter. The film throbs with sultry tension thanks to Davis, an impeccable supporting cast, atmospheric cinematography and the artistry of three-time Academy Award® winner* William Wyler, Davis' director on Jezebel and The Little Foxes. Nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, Actress, Director and Supporting Actor, The Letter remains one of Hollywood's most special deliveries, a peerless example of melodrama as movie art.

September 2019 TBD

Robert Wise's The Set-Up (1949) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

Over-the-hill boxer Stoker Thompson thinks he can still win a bout despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money from a tough gambler to have Stoker take a dive.

August 19/20, 2019

William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William Friedkin

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.


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November 18, 2019

Joseph Losey’s Secret Ceremony (1968) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Joseph Losey's lurid and often misunderstood drama stars the great Elizabeth Taylor (Suddenly, Last Summer) as an ageing London prostitute who befriends a young woman (Mia Farrow, See No Evil) that reminds her of her long-dead daughter. As the bizarre relationship between the two evolves, the appearance of Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear), as Farrow's abusive stepfather, ignites deep emotions and dark passions.

November 18, 2019

Paul Wegener and Carl Boese's Der Golem (1920) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema, from a 4K restoration of the original film negative

An iconic early horror masterpiece, Der Golem was Paul Wegener s third attempt at adapting the Golem character for the big screen. Starring and co-directing with Carl Boese, Wegener crafted one of silent cinema s most enduring masterpieces.

In the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Prague, Rabbi Low (Albert Streinruck, Asphalt) creates a forbidding clay Golem (played by director Paul Wegener) to protect his people from the tyrannical Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebuhr). Brought to life with a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature s chest, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism. But when the Rabbi s assistant attempts to control the Golem for selfish gain, it becomes a terrifying force of destruction, rampaging through the ghetto leaving fire and death in its wake.

A landmark film in the horror canon, influencing most notably James Whale s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein, Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam is also a pre-eminent example of German Expressionism, and an important contribution to the golden age of Weimar Cinema.

October 15, 2019

Roman Polanksi's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a new remaster

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

October 29, 2019

Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses (1962) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K remaster of the original camera negative

A San Francisco public-relations hotshot is a "social" drinker...who never stops socializing. His vivacious wife starts drinking to keep him company. They live for good times. But eventually good times turn bad.

November 5, 2019

Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection (1927-1931) on blu-ray from Kino

2020 TBD

Vittorio De Sica's Indiscretion of an American Housewife (1953) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

While on vacation in Rome, married American Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones) becomes entangled in an affair with an Italian man, Giovanni Doria (Montgomery Clift). As she prepares to leave Italy, Giovanni confesses his love for her; he doesn't want her to go. Together they wander the railroad station where Mary is to take the train to Paris, then ultimately reunite with her husband and daughter in Philadelphia. Will she throw away her old life for this passionate new romance?

2020 TBD

Preston Sturges' The Great McGinty (1940) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.

December 10, 2019

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

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto star in this powerful, critically acclaimed drama about three auto assembly line workers who hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.

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Douglas Sirk's There's Always Tomorrow (1955) on blu-ray from Elephant Films (France). DVDBeaver review here

When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.

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Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany). DVDBeaver review here

A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

November 12, 2019

Bertrand Blier's Buffet Froid (1979) on blu-ray from Kino

Buffet Froid has logic that is both twisted and stark: a husband befriends his wife's murderer, a high-ranking official plans his own assassination, a lost knife is found in the belly of a subway passenger. Together with the Chief of Police and a murderer who is afraid of the dark, Gerard Depardieu is drawn into an inescapable complicity of murder, treachery and paranoia which draws him closer to a fateful end.

November 19, 2019

Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) on 4K blu-ray from Synapse

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy gradually realizes that something very sinister is going on at the school.

November 26, 2019

Paul Verhoeven's Robocop (1987) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get under way. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside Security Concepts - the corporation that created him.

December 10, 2019

The Anne Bancroft Collection o blu-ray from Shout Factory

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) encounters the beautiful Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe) while staying at a hotel in New York City. Jed pursues Nell, initially thinking she's a woman of means, but comes to learn that she is actually a babysitter when her child charge, Bunny Jones (Donna Corcoran), interrupts a conversation between the two. Soon Jed becomes worried about Nell's mental stability when it appears the woman is physically threatening Bunny.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller (Patty Duke) has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents (Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine) contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Harold Pinter pens this 'portrait of a bad marriage' drama based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer. Despite her unwillingness to stop having children, Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft), a thrice-married mother of several children by different fathers, is not exactly cut out for motherhood. Inflicting her existing brood on her third husband, screenwriter Jake (Peter Finch), does little to cement their marriage, and Jake's serial infidelities eventually lead a depressed and isolated Jo to a complete breakdown.

The Graduate (1967)

Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katherine Ross). But there's one problem: She's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!

Fatso (1980)

This boisterous, heartwarming comedy about a man caught between his health, his self-esteem and his appetite, highlights DeLuise's genius for blending pathos and comedy. Bancroft's deft direction brings to uproarious life the joys and struggles of our relationship with food.

All his life, Dominic DiNapoli (DeLuise) has found comfort in food. But when his sister Antoinette (Bancroft) implores him to stop eating himself into an early grave, Dominic begins bouncing from crash diets to the support group "Chubby Checkers" to all manner of binges in between. In the end, Dominic discovers that what he needs most is a steady diet of love — from his family, from a new and lovely neighborhood acquaintance … and most importantly, from himself.

To Be or Not to Be (1983)

Frederick Bronski (Mel Brooks) and his adulterous wife, Anna (Anne Bancroft), are a pair of hammy actors running a low-rent theater in Warsaw, Poland. When the Nazis invade, the Bronskis find their theater becoming a makeshift refuge for local Jews and a gateway to the Polish underground. Using their limited acting skills, the members of the theater troupe attempt to deceive the Nazis and lead an escape. Meanwhile, a Polish pilot (Tim Matheson) thinks he has found a spy in England.

Agnes of God (1985)

Dr. Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) is a court-appointed psychiatrist sent to evaluate Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly), a young nun whose infant has been found strangled. With Agnes claiming a virgin conception and having no memory of giving birth, Livingston must distinguish between the lies and the nun's perception-altering faith. Complicating her investigation, Livingston continually clashes with the overbearing Mother Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft), who insists that Livingston leave Agnes alone.

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

New York City bibliophile Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) writes to the London bookshop Marks & Co in search of some titles she has not been able to turn up locally. Store manager Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) responds politely to her chatty letter, and over the course of two decades, a deep, long-distance friendship evolves. Based on Hanff's epistolary memoir and its later two-person stage adaptation, the film version incorporates new characters, including Doel's wife, Nora (Judi Dench).


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September 24, 2019

Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection on blu-ray from Kino


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wilder i just learned about Grapevine and i don't know what to do about it yet, haven't sampled them thus far. basically they release nonremastered silents on bluray


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^ Cool to hear about more of these independent preservation efforts. They seem to be going after the obscure of the obscure.

February 11, 2020

Fred Wolf's The Point (1971) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

In late 1970, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson released his groundbreaking album, "The Point!", a thematically brilliant, densely orchestrated concept album packed with more hooks than a meat locker. According to Nilsson himself, "I looked at the trees and realized all the leaves came to points and even the branches came to points. I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and even if it doesn't, there's a point to it.'" Produced in 1970, the animated film version of The Point! first aired February 2, 1971, as an ABC Movie of the Week. The film was directed by Academy Award© winner Fred Wolf and produced by Murakami-Wolf Films in association with Nilsson House Music. Complete with story and songs written by Nilsson and narration by Ringo Starr, The Point! is a timeless enchanting fable for the whole family to enjoy!

THE POINT: Years ago there was a place called The Land of the Point, because everything in The Land of the Point had one - the barns, the houses, the cars, everything - even the people. Everyone, that is, except Oblio (Mike Lookinland, "The Brady Bunch"), who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio - along with his trusty dog, Arrow - was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

January 28, 2020

Richard Quine’s Bell, Book and Candle (1958) on blu-ray from Sony

Meet Gillan Holroyd (Kim Novak), Greenwich Village's most seductive sorceress. Powerful, glamorous, and a wee bit bored, Gillian knows that witches can't fall in love. But they can have fun... especially if their lover belongs to another woman! So when Gillian discovers handsome new neighbor Shep Henderson (James Stewart) is the fiance of an old college nemesis (Janice Rule), she promptly puts the befuddled publisher under her spell. But while her sex hex may have heated up Shep's heart, it has also unthawed her own, leading to a romantic complication that not even Pyewacket, Gillian's mind-reading cat, could have foreseen.

Presented in eye popping Technicolor transfer that beautifully captures James Wong Howe's stunning cinematography.

2020 TBD

Joseph Strick’s The Balcony (1963) on blu-ray Kino, from a 4K restoration

In an unnamed city, Madame Irma (Shelley Winters) runs a brothel where people explore role-playing and other sexual fantasies. When her police chief lover (Peter Falk) arrives, she learns that a violent revolution is brewing outside and many of the country's leaders have been killed in the uprising. Soon, the brothel's customers and employees are forced to take to the city streets in costume and impersonate the slain leaders in order to help restore sanity.

January 21, 2020

Luis Bunuel's The Brute (1953) on blu-ray from VCI

A tough young man, who helps to kick poor people out of their houses, falls in love with a girl. She lives with her father in the building about to be demolished.

November 5, 2019

Daniel Petrie's Resurrection (1980) on blu-ray from Universal

Ellen Burstyn experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ability to heal physical infirmities. While most people simply accept her gift, her lover (Sam Shepard) becomes mentally unbalanced and dangerous because she does not place the healings within a religious context.

January 21 2020

Kitten with a Whip (1964) on pressed MOD blu-ray from Universal

Ann-Margret stars as Jody Drew, a sweet, sexy psycho-babe on the run from the law. She's escaped from a detention center, stabbed a guard and burned the place to the ground. David Patton (John Forsythe) doesn't know all this. He's just a Senatorial candidate trying to do all the right things. But, Jody makes sure that all the wrong things happen. She twists poor David's life into a knot, first threatening him with a rape charge then, with a little help from her friends, kidnapping him for a Mexican joy ride. Kitten with a Whip is so hot it sizzles… so jazzy it swings. It's the cult classic of the century that'll suck you in and knock you out!

March 10, 2020

The Bolshevik Trilogy - Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin (1926-1928) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley

Experience a trilogy of Russian master filmmaker Vsevolod Pudovkin's seminal works: Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and, in a stunning new 2K remaster furnished by Lobster Films, Storm Over Asia (1928).

After serving alongside his fellow Russians in the first World War, Vsevolod Pudovkin was radically altered by a life-changing screening of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, inspiring the young man to shift away from his studies in chemistry in order to pursue the cinematic arts.

Pudovkin embarked on his narrative feature debut in 1926 with Mother, regarded by many as a masterpiece of the Russian silent era, and a showcase for Pudovkin's emotive approach to editing. Pudovkin followed Mother's tale of proletariat uprising with the Bolshevik-themed The End of St. Petersburg and the Mongolia-set Storm Over Asia in 1927 and 1928 respectively, dazzling the world with a trio of masterful films centered around this tumultuous and revolutionary period in Russian history.

January 27, 2020

Curtis Harrington's Night Tide (1961) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a new 4K restoration, Curtis Harrington’s acclaimed fantasy-thriller, featuring Dennis Hopper (The Last Movie) in his first starring role, is an offbeat classic of American cinema. Hopper plays a sailor on shore leave, when he meets a young woman (Linda Lawson) who may not be as she seems…

Exclusive to this two-disc set is a bonus Blu-ray devoted to Harrington’s short films, encompassing his seven decades as a filmmaker and featuring experimental works, documentaries, and the two adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher that bookended his career.

February 24, 2020

Sidney Gilliat’s Endless Night (1972) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 4K restoration

The final feature by Sidney Gilliat, Endless Night capped a career that encompassed screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed, the anarchic St. Trinian'scomedies, and his own directorial gems such as mystery-thriller Green for Danger.

Adapting Agatha Christie's celebrated novel of the same name, the film reunites the co-stars of cult classic Twisted Nerve, Hywel Bennett (The Virgin Soldiers) and Hayley Mills (Take a Girl Like You), and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Per Oscarsson (A Dandy in Aspic) and George Sanders (All About Eve).

February 17, 2020

Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

In contemporary Japan and Hong Kong, a successful model revives memories of her calligrapher father by having her lovers give her pleasure by writing on her body. An affair with an Englishman leads her to start writing herself, using others as her paper.

February 17, 2020

Dennis Potter’s Secret Friends (1991) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Unfairly neglected since its original low-key cinema run, Secret Friends is the only feature to be written and directed by Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective).

Made shortly after his hugely controversial mini-series Blackeyes, the film centres on a writer, played by Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), who descends into a kind of madness during a train journey as memories, fantasies and psychotic visions collide.

December 3, 2019

Bruno Nuytenn's Camille Claudel (1988) on blu-ray from Kino

The story of the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin. The growth of this relationship coincides with the rise of Claudel's career, helping her overcome prejudices against female artists. However, their romance soon sours due to the increasing pressures of Rodin's fame and his love for another woman.

January 14, 2020

Jack CLayton's Room at the Top (1959) on blu-ray from Kino

Classic 'kitchen sink drama' from the British New Wave of the 1960s. Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) is an ambitious young man who is tired of slaving away at his job and sets his sights on his boss's daughter, Susan, thinking she will provide a short-cut to the top. Hindered by his working class background, and frustrated by the opposition of Susan's parents, Joe seeks solace in the arms of a lonely older woman named Alice (Simone Signoret). But when he then inadvertently causes Alice's death in a road accident, Joe's whole world begins to unravel.

January 7, 2020

Robert Sidomak's Cobra Woman (1944) on blu-ray from Kino

Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnapped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled over by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.

October 29, 2019

Jean Renoir's Le Marsellaise (1938) on blu-ray from Kino

An historical epic set during the French revolution, follows a battalion of citizen soldiers as they gather together to stop aristocratic rule and take down Louis XVI and his foreign-born queen, Marie Antoinette.

2020 TBD

Francesco Rosi's Lucky Luciano (1973) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A federal narcotics agent (Charles Siragusa) spends years trying to bring deported mob boss Luciano (Gian Maria Volonte) to justice.

November 26, 2019

Preston Sturges’ Christmas in July (1940) on blu-ray from Kino

A workplace practical joke goes awry when an office clerk (Dick Powell), believing he has won a $25,000 prize, takes his girlfriend (Ellen Drew) on an extravagant Christmas shopping spree…in the middle of July! When the truth comes out, he's not prepared for the consequences.

February 25, 2020

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Quai Des Orfevres (1947) on blu-ray from Kino

When the sleazy movie financier who has been pursuing nightclub performer Jenny Lamour turns up dead, her jealous husband is the prime suspect in Inspector Antoine's investigation for the Quai des Orfèvres, France's Scotland Yard.

December 3, 2019

George Roy Hill's Slaughterhouse Five (1972) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 4K restoration

Past, present and future collide in darkly satirical fashion in Slaughterhouse-Five! Based on Kurt Vonnegut's classic 1969 novel, this tale of time travel and alien abduction emerged as part of a wave of more cerebral science-fiction films in the late 60s to early 70s, elevating the genre beyond the B-movie fare of previous decades.

Upstate New York, 1968. Mild-mannered Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks, The Sugarland Express) finds himself "unstuck in time". Traveling back and forth across the entire span of his existence, he experiences key events of his life in a random order, including his formative years, the firebombing of Dresden and finally, at some undefined point in the future, his surreal adventures on a distant planet.

December 2, 2019

Jacques Demy's Model Shop (1969) on blu-ray from Arrow UK

French auteur Jacques Demy's enchanting and eccentric romantic drama, in which an aimless American architect (Lockwood) pursues Demy's sad-eyed French heroine Lola (Anouk Aimee) across the fractured topography of late-sixties Los Angeles.

December 9, 2019

Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control (2009) on blu-ray from Arrow UK

Set in contemporary Spain, the story of a mysterious loner--a stranger--whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a criminal job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.

February 24/25, 2020

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Manon (1949) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

This masterful adaptation of Prévost's 1731 novel Manon Lescaut marks quite a departure for Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French director lauded for his acclaimed thrillers The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques.

A classical tragic romance transposed to a World War II setting, Clouzot's film follows the travails of Manon (Cécile Aubry), a village girl accused of collaborating with the Nazis who is rescued from imminent execution by a former French Resistance fighter (Michel Auclair). The couple move to Paris, but their relationship turns stormy as they struggle to survive, resorting to profiteering, prostitution and even murder. Eventually escaping to Palestine, the pair attempt a treacherous desert crossing in search of the happiness which seems to forever elude them. Clouzot's astute portrayal of doomed young lovers caught in the disarray of post-war France wowed the jury of the 1949 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award.

February 10, 2020

Michael Carné’s Hotel du Nord (1938) on blu-ray from Arrow UK

Directed by Marcel Carné, the master of poetic realism, Hôtel du Nord is a haunting, fatalistic melodrama which sits alongside Le Quai des brumes and Le Jour se lève as one of the auteur's greatest pre-war works.

Adapted from an acclaimed novel by Eugène Dabit, the son the proprietors of the real Hôtel du Nord (situated on the banks of the Canal St. Martin in Paris), Carné's film tells of Renée (Annabella) and Pierre (Jean-Pierre Aumont, Day for Night), doomed lovers who plan to end their lives at the humble guesthouse. When Pierre shoots Renée but can't pull the trigger on himself, he flees with help of a seedy criminal, Edmond (Louis Jouvet, Quai des Orfèvres) and his mistress Raymonde (Arletty, Les Enfants du paradis). Renée makes a surprise recovery and returns to the hotel to work as a maid, but when Edmond falls in love with her and Pierre returns from prison, the stage is set for tragedy.

March 3, 2020

Robert Altman’s Kansas City (1996) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930's Kansas City.

March 30, 2020

The Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection on blu-ray from Arrow, from 4K restorations

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of world cinema s most fabled iconoclasts. Often venerated as the ultimate cult film director, the Chilean artist shot to prominence as a 1970s counter-cultural icon thanks to the masterful movies presented on this collection: Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. These extraordinary films, presented here alongside his stunning new film Psychomagic, bedazzled audiences with their unique aesthetic, contrasting violence and beauty; the sublime and the sacrilegious; the mystical and the macabre...

Jodorowsky s first feature, Fando y Lis, tells of young Fando and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis s journey through a series of surreal scenarios to find the enchanted city of Tar. An acid-western packed with vivid imagery, El Topo stars Jodorowsky as a master-gunfighter who duels with four sharp-shooting adversaries on his journey across a desert dreamscape. In The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky plays The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims on a quest to ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment. Jodorowsky s new cinematic experience, Psychomagic, A Healing Art, explores the directors radical therapeutic work.

January 28, 2020

Roy William Neill's Black Angel (1946) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a new restoration of the original elements

When the beautiful singer Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) is slain in her chic apartment, the men in her life become suspects. There is Martin Blair (Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street), her alcoholic musician ex-husband, nursing a broken heart; there is the shady nightclub owner Marko (Peter Lorre, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon) who has been sneaking around her place, and there is Kirk Bennett (John Phillips), the adulterer who found his mistress s dead body and fled the scene. When Bennett is convicted and sentenced to death, his long-suffering wife Catherine (June Vincent) joins forces with the heartbroken pianist Martin Blair to uncover the truth...

March 24, 2020

Philip Ridley’s The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

Described by critic Mark Kermode as an "extraordinary filmmaker" and "one of the UK's most imaginative talents", visionary British director Philip Ridley followed his sensational debut The Reflecting Skin with another surreal incursion into the dark heart of the 'American dream' in The Passion of Darkly Noon.

Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser) is the sole survivor of a military-style attack on an isolated religious community. Stumbling through a forest in a daze, he is rescued by the free-spirited and enigmatic Callie (Ashley Judd). Darkly finds himself feeling strange new desires for Callie as she nurses him back to health… only to watch her jump into the arms of her returning mute lover Clay (Viggo Mortensen). Lost in the woods with only his fundamentalist upbringing to make sense of his unrequited passions, Darkly soon descends into an explosive and lethal rage.

December 10, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984) on blu-ray from Lionsgate

In this lavish, 1930s-era drama, Harlem's legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide. Now, Francis Ford Coppola's extraordinary film is brought to vivid new life in The Cotton Club Encore.

Featuring never-before-seen scenes and musical sequences that deepen and enrich the storylines, this remastered and beautifully restored version represents Coppola's fully realized vision of The Cotton Club.

November 19, 2019

Vincente Minelli's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director, and a writer to achieve success.

December 17, 2019

Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, Murders In The Rue Morgue is a haunting atmospheric thriller heavily influenced by the German Expressionist classic, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, and features Bela Lugosi in one of his most sinister roles!

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back..

November 19, 2019

Howard Hawks' Scarface (1932) on blu-ray from Universal

One of the most influential movies of all time, the original Scarface is an exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition era. Academy Award® winner Paul Muni gives an electrifying performance as Tony Camonte, an ambitious criminal with a ruthless drive to be the city's top crime boss. Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks, this compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge is a groundbreaking masterpiece that influenced all gangster films to follow. Filmed during the "pre-code" era before censorship shaped the way movies were made, "this powerful gangster film is the most potent of the 1930s" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).

December 17, 2019

Ben Stiller’s The Cable Guy (1996) on blu-ray from Sony

A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

December 17, 2019

James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day (1993) on blu-ray from Sony

In post-World War I England, head butler Stevens has devoted his life entirely to service. With careful and unfailing devotion, he adheres to a system of old-fashioned propriety. His worldview is challenged and complicated by a vivacious housekeeper who falls in love with him and for whom he cares deeply, though he is unable to directly express it. Stevens must also quietly contend with the fact his master, Lord Darlington, is an influential, yet naïve gentleman under the spell of Nazi sympathizers.

March 24, 2020

Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that they both could not have foreseen.

January 27, 2020

Fritz Lang's Cloak and Dagger (1946) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

From legendary director Fritz Lang comes an engrossing spy thriller years ahead of its time. Gary Cooper is a US scientist, parachuted into war-torn Nazi Germany to obtain military secrets. But the deeper he probes, the deadlier his mission becomes...especially when his involvement with mysterious Lilli Palmer catapults him into an intense maelstrom of danger, betrayal and murder.

March 30, 2020

Buster Keaton: Three Films 1924-1926 on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from 4K restorations

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as "arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies". Collected here are three further films from that era; The Navigator (1924), Seven Chances (1925) and Battling Butler (1926). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning 4K restorations in their UK debuts on Blu-ray.

March 16, 2020

Sidney Lumet’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor and an older brother who is emotionally unstable and a misfit. The family is reflected by the youngest son, who is a sensitive and aspiring writer.

March 16, 2020

John Huston's Beat the Devil (1953) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

A quartet of international crooks -- Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello -- is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are a British couple, the Dannreuthers. The four are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs

November 11, 2019

John Huston's Moby Dick (1956) on blu-ray from Studio Canal UK

Ahab longs to hunt down and kill Moby Dick, the great white whale who tore off Ahab's leg years ago. Unfortunately, his maniacal fixation spreads to the crew and ultimately leads to disaster.

March 16, 2020

Robert Bresson's Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) on blu-ray from Artificial Eye (UK)

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

January 13, 2020

Bryan Forbes’ Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) on blu-ray from Network (UK)

Fraught with the kind of tension that makes breathing difficult, this frighteningly eerie story of a middle-aged couple unable to cope with the loss of their own child has won numerous awards. Myra is a mentally unstable medium that believes if she kidnaps a child of wealthy parents, she can prove her psychic abilities by 'finding' the child. Award-winning performances from Kim Stanley as the disturbed Myra and Richard Attenborough as Billy the meek, apologetic husband combine with tension packed location cinematography to make this thriller an enduring portrait of madness.


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August 27, 2019

Philippe Mora's documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) on blu-ray from VCI

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history - twelve crazy, painful seesaw years, from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbor.

By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with extracts from Hollywood classics such as Golddiggers, Lady Killer and Wild Boys of the Road, director Philippe Mora offers us an immediate, intricate and evocative scrapbook of the 1930's. Somehow there are uncanny echoes of some of our current preoccupations: strikers at Ford's, mass unemployment, breadlines, vigilante gangs and failing fortunes...

Two heroes emerge: James Cagney, the rough diamond, hood-with-a-heart-of-gold star of the Movies, the little man who won't be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt himself: tough yet benign, stepping into the breach with confidence and determination, yet imperceptibly crumpling under the weight of responsibility as he leads America through her most difficult years until the final humiliation of Pearl Harbor.

Songs and images stick in the mind: fortunes dwindle, the small man's savings disappear, even the banks go bust; men lose their jobs and join the breadlines to the haunting title song of Brother, can you spare a dime?; hobos and okies take to the road while Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you're down and out; a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape as Woody Guthrie sings the Dust Bowl Blues; an abandoned cat shivers on the ledge of a flooded home... Only Hollywood offers an escape from reality for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Cooper and Dietrich. We glimpse Gable and Vivien Leigh at the screen test of Gone with the Wind; George Raft dances a languorous tango with Carole Lombard; Shirley Temple dimples and Chaplin jokes while Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish extravaganzas...and the marathon dancers stumble on... As Ginger Rogers says: It's the depression, dearie...

figured you'd covered this one. just heard about it again another way and i'm like dying to see it now. same director as:

From Academy Award Winning Producer David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, The Killing Fields) comes the most controversial documentary (that was BANNED at the Cannes Film Festival) about Hitler ever made. Utilizing intimate color home movie footage shot by Eva Braun, it presents the private life of a dictator, going on picnics and joking with friends, displaying an affable face to the man labeled as the Devil incarnate by history. The film interweaves rare propaganda films, which presented Hitler as he wanted to be seen, consoling war widows and frolicking with young children. Director Philippe Mora combines these materials together to form an unintentional autobiography of Hitler's rise and fall, from the formation of the Nazi state through the end of WWII. Mora lets the images speak for themselves, leading to misinterpretations and its bans in Germany and Israel. But it is one of the most fearsome anti-Nazi films ever made. As the opening credits state, ''If Hitler is dehumanized and shown only as a devil, any future Hitler may not be recognized, simply because he is a human being.''


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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

currently wanting this while it's part of a 3for2 special at amazon

update: i bought it with Blue Velvet and Panique


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April 20, 2020

Jack Garfein’s The Strange One (1957) aka End as a Man on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Ben Gazzara stars as Cadet Sgt. Jocko DeParis, a sadomasochistic bully in a Southern military academy who uses his magnetism and the school's own military code to manipulate his fellow cadets and officers. When he engineers the expulsion of a hated rival, his reign of terror begins to unravel.

Adapted from Calder Willingham's novel, End as a Man, this uncompromising exposé of the practice of hazing in a military college features a number of actors from New York's famed Actors Studio – including Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Clifton James, and George Peppard – each at the start of their lengthy careers in film.

May 18, 2020

Bill Norton’s Cisko Pike (1972) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Just released from prison for drug-dealing, Cisco Pike dreams of making a comeback. A once-famous rock singer, he finds his music contacts are more interested in his dope connections than his new songs.

May 18, 2020

Melvin Van Peeble’s The Watermelon Man (1970) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

A bigoted, white salesman (played by stand-up comedian Godfrey Cambridge) wakes up one morning to find he has become black. Although it has been somewhat overshadowed by Melvin Van Peebles' next film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Watermelon Man has never felt more relevant than it does today.

May 18, 2020

Joseph L. Anderson’s Spring Night Summer Night (1967) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a new 4K restoration

Jessica, the eldest daughter of a coal miner-turned-farmer, has a fling with her half-brother Carl, which complicates things more when she becomes pregnant.

With its non-professional cast, this sensitive drama, which explores the intimate relationship between a coal-miner's daughter and her half-brother, is American independent cinema's closest relation to Italian Neorealism. Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a beautiful new restoration, Joseph L Anderson's film played international festivals in 2019 to great acclaim.

April 14, 2020

Alain Corneau’s Serie Noire (1979) on blu-ray from Film Movement, from a new 4K restoration

Franck, a door-to-door salesman married to Jeanne, is looking for a customer who owes money when he meets Mona, a seventeen-year-old who lives with her rich and hateful aunt. Franck's wife leaves and his boss has him arrested for embezzlement. But Mona pays back the money and suggests he kill her aunt to get hold of her fortune.... An adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel A Hell of a Woman.

June 30, 2020

John Harrison’s Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

Three chilling tales with a connecting story. In "Lot 249", a college student is menaced by a mummy. "Cat From Hell" finds the millionaire owner of the titular feline hiring a hitman to kill the pet. Finally, in "Lover's Vow" an artist suffers severe retribution after taking a vow of silence after witnessing the murder of a friend.

2020 TBD

Bruno Barreto’s Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) on blu-ray from Film Movement

Dona Flor (Sonia Braga) marries Vadinho (José Wilker), who is very handsome and passionate, but doesn't work or offer much else. She is able to make money for the family by cooking for her neighbors, but she gambles away most of the money. One day, Vadinho suddenly dies. Dona misses marriage, so she marries Dr. Teodoro Madureira (Mauro Mendonça). He is the opposite of Vadinho -- he has a great career, but he lacks passion. While Dona Flor is married to Teodoro, her late husband's ghost appears.

March 24, 2020

Downtown 81 (2000) on blu-ray from Metrograph Pictures and Kino Lorber

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O'Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who'd just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O'Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment.

Starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring Fab 5 Freddy, Deborah Harry. With musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

March 24, 2020

William Wyler’s Dodsworth (1936) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

A retired auto manufacturer consents to a European vacation to please his vain wife, who is in denial about her age and uses the trip as a chance to flirt with other men.

April 28, 2020

James Ivory’s The Europeans (1979) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration

A pivotal film for Merchant Ivory, who demonstrate great intelligence and wit with their faithful adaptation of Henry James' story of an encounter between a family or pre-Civil War New Englanders and their European cousins, whose sophisticated ways dazzle and attract some family members and scandalize others.

The fortune-hunting Baroness Eugenia Muenster (Lee Remick) arrives with her artistic and dashing brother Felix (Tim Woodward) for a transatlantic visit with their cousins, the Wentworths. Less calculating than his sister, the bohemian, happy-go-lucky Felix falls for Gertrude Wentworth (Lisa Eichhorn), who is already being courted (and bored) by the earnest Unitarian Minister suitor Mr. Brand (Norman Snow). Eugenia meanwhile sets her sights on the reserved and attractive Robert Acton (Robin Ellis), who is torn between his captivation with the Baroness and his distrust of her European worldliness. Delightful, elegant and superbly acted, this film inaugurated Merchant Ivory's long winning streak of period literary adaptations.

2020 TBD

John Landis’ Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) on blu-ray from Kino

An episodic spoof of late-night television, set around a showing of the fictional sci-fi B-movie "Amazon Women on the Moon.

April 21, 2020

G.W. Pabst’s The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) on blu-ray from Kino

An epic of the Weimar cinema, The Love of Jeanne Ney follows a young French woman's struggle for happiness amid the political turbulence and corruption of post-World War I Europe. A tour-de-force for director G.W. Pabst (Diary of a Lost Girl, Pandora's Box), is a stunning cinematic experiment that never fails to surprise the viewer as it races towards its exhilarating conclusion.

April 28, 2020

F.W. Murnau’s Tartuffe (1925) on blu-ray from Kino

The most gifted visual storyteller of the German silent era, F. W. Murnau crafted works of great subtlety and emotional complexity through his absolute command of the cinematic medium. Known for such dazzling films as Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Faust (1926), and Sunrise (1927), Murnau was also drawn to more intimate dramas exploring the dark corners of the human mind. In Tartuffe (Herr Tartüff), he revisits Moliére's fable of religious hypocrisy, in which a faithful wife (Lil Dagover) tries to convince her husband (Werner Krauss) that their morally superior guest, Tartuffe (Emil Jannings), is in fact a lecherous hypocrite with a taste for the grape. To endow the story with contemporary relevance, Murnau frames Moliére's tale with a modern-day plot concerning a housekeeper's stealthy efforts to poison her elderly master and take control of his estate.

April 14, 2020

Paul Wegener & Carl Boese's The Golem (1920) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration of the German release version

In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution...

Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema. One of the greatest achievements of the legendary UFA Studios, it remains an undeniable landmark in the evolution of the horror film.

May 12, 2020

The Barbara Stanwyck Collection on blu-ray from Kino

Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
Dr. Kildare (Joel McCrea) saves a gangster's (Lloyd Nolan) life and helps an ex-convict (Barbara Stanwyck) find her child. Directed by Alfred Santel

The Great Man's Lady (1942)
As Hoyt City prepares to erect a statue to its founding father, Hannah, a 109-year-old widow, recounts her touching rags-to-riches life story to a young biographer. Directed by William A. Wellman.

The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
A steeplechase horse called Albert loves a Southern breeder's (Barbara Stanwyck) husband (Robert Cummings), a writer who hates horses. Directed by Irving Pichel.

May 26, 2020

Joan Tewkesbury's Old Boyfriends (1979) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A suicidal psychologist (Talia Shire) travels the country seeking boyfriends (Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine) from her past.

April 7, 2020

Victor Halperin’s Supernatural (1933) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K master

After her brother's death, Roma Courtney (Carole Lombard) becomes the heiress to his fortune. When fake psychic Paul Bavian (Alan Dinehart) claims to have a message from Roma's dead brother, he coaxes Roma into participating in a séance. Although Roma's fiancé, Grant (Randolph Scott), first believes the séance is nothing more than a scam, he eventually realizes that the vengeful spirit of an executed murderer (Vivienne Osborne) has possessed Roma's body.

April 7, 2020

Ernst Lubitsch’s Angel (1937) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K remaster

A British diplomat's (Herbert Marshall) wife (Marlene Dietrich) goes to Paris and falls for an American (Melvyn Douglas) who knows her husband.

2020 TBD

James Whales’ The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) on blu-ray from Kino

When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

2020 TBD

Jack Webb’s Dragnet (1954) on blu-ray from Kino

Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) are Los Angeles Police Department detectives, and they need every bit of skill they have to solve their latest case: the shooting death of low-end bookie Miller Starkie. While initial evidence points to gangster Max Troy (Stacy Harris) and his trigger-man, Chester Davitt, Friday and Smith have trouble getting an indictment. Only through their own tenaciousness can they make sure justice is served.

April 28, 2020

John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar (1963) on blu-ray from Kino

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave it all behind.

May 5, 2020

John Boulting’s Brighton Rock (1947) on blu-ray from Kino

Roy Boulton directs this classic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel detailing the activities of a group of thugs in 1930s Brighton. Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) is the head of a gang of small time crooks who make their money from a protection racket centred around Brighton race course. Pinkie is known for his short fuse and brutality, so his murder of a rival, Fred (Alan Wheatley), is very much in character. Pinkie believes, nonetheless, that he has got away with the crime until the promptings of a suspicious local woman, Ida (Hermione Baddeley), threaten to have the case reopened. Since only one person can identify him as the murderer, the waitress, Rose Brown (Carol Marsh), Pinkie comes up with an ingenious solution - marry Rose to stop her testifying against him. But will things go to plan?

April 28, 2020

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) on blu-ry from Shout Factory

Times are tough at Premiere Properties. Shelley "the machine" Levene and Dave Moss are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma is on a hot streak. The new Glengarry sales leads could turn everything around, but the front office is holding them back until these "losers" prove themselves. Then someone decides to take matters into his own hands, stealing the Glengarry leads and leaving everyone wondering who did it. Based on David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

May 26, 2020

Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978) on 4K Blu-ray from Shout Factory

One of AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time, The Deer Hunter follows a group of Pennsylvania steelworkers from their blue-collar lives, hunting in the woods of the Alleghenies, to the hell of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Academy Award® winners** Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken star in this unforgettable saga of friendship and courage. Experience the brutality of war and the depths of emotional strain on the human spirit in this extraordinarily powerful film classic.

April 6, 2020

David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980) on 4K blu-ray from StudioCanal UK, from a new 4K restoration approved by David Lynch

A stunning new 4K restoration of THE ELEPHANT MAN, with both picture and sound overseen by revered director David Lynch, this release is the perfect celebration of the films 40th anniversary. Starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, THE ELEPHANT MAN is an extraordinary and intensely moving true story of bravery and humanity. John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into circus sideshows and spurned by society because of the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he tries to escape a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis, THE ELEPHANT MAN is an unforgettable story of human dignity and survival.


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June 22, 2020

Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross (1949) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K master struck from the original camera negative

Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster – Novecento, Birdman of Alcatraz) is a hardworking armoured car driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo – The Munsters), who's now married to notorious hoodlum Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea – Winchester '73). 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.

June 22, 2020

Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair (1948) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

As she investigates the morale of American troops, Phoebe is cynically wooed by fellow Iowan Captain John Pringle (John Lund), who is trying to cover up his affair with Nazi-tainted chanteuse Erika von Schlütow (Marlene Dietrich)

May 26, 2020

J.L. Anderson’s Spring Night Summer Night (1967) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration and reconstruction of the film. Also coming from Indicator in the UK.

Italian Neorealism meets the coal-mining country of southeast Ohio in this little-seen wonder of 1960s, American independent cinema. Director J.L. Anderson, a film professor at the University of Ohio, utilized non-professional actors, on-location photography, a shoestring budget, and a passionate knowledge of international film to create what Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls a "tense, myth-drenched drama of liberation and retribution."

Carl (Ted Heimerdinger) and Jessie (Larue Hall) are half-siblings who feel trapped by the existential and economic pressures of living in the small mining town of Canaan, Ohio. Their shared rebellion soon takes on the form of an illicit love affair depicted in interwoven sequences of lusty poeticism and ethnographic vérité. When Jessie becomes pregnant, the tension between the couple's youthful vitality and the dire realities of rural society leads to consequences both despairing and hopeful.

Bumped from its premiere slot at the 1968 New York Film Festival to make room for John Cassavetes' Faces, the fate of Spring Night Summer Night was nearly sealed when its original distributor insisted that it be recut as an exploitation film under the title Miss Jessica Is Pregnant. Fortunately, thanks to the brilliant restoration efforts of Peter Conheim, Ross Lipman, and filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn—along with the generous support of Refn's byNWR—the film was scanned in 4K resolution from the 35mm camera negative, and carefully reconstructed according to J.L. Anderson's original vision.

July 15, 2020

Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK)

During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi. Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence, attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs.

April 28, 2020

Robert Wise’s Blood on the Moon (1948) on blu-ray from Warner Archive. One of Scorsese’s favorites.

Robert Wise is at the helm as Robert Mitchum, Robert Preston, and Barbara Bel Geddes star in this taut Western thriller about a gunslinging drifter who realizes he's been hired to be a villain. Out on the Texas frontier, Jim Garry (Mitchum) rides into town, quickly getting caught in a simmering confrontation between homesteaders and cattle ranchers. After accepting employment from an old mercenary friend, Tate Riling (Preston), Garry comes to realize that Riling has been manipulating the tensions between rancher John Lufton (Tom Tully) and the local settlers in a bid to swindle the Luftons out of their livestock. Garry becomes torn between his conscience and his greed until he finds himself falling for John Lufton's daughter, the formidable Amy (Bel Geddes). Soon, the two old friends will face off in a bloody showdown from which only one will leave alive. Based on the novel Gunman's Chance by Luke Short.

April 21, 2020

John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) on blu-ray from Warner Archive

"An army post in peacetime is a dull place.” But beneath the smooth surface of military routine, a deadly tension mounts between the Pendertons: he a hidebound career officer wrestling with inner demons, she a caged lioness needful of love, whatever the source. Their off-kilter relationship plays out under the voyeuristic gaze of a soldier soon to become the focal point of tragedy.

This 2-disc set presents Reflections in a Golden Eye in both of its forms: the original "gold"-hued version of the film, as legendary director Huston intended, and the full-color general theatrical release version. Both have been newly remastered especially for this release.

August 11, 2020

David Jacobson’s Dahmer (2002) on blu-ray from MVD Marquee, from a 4K master struck from the original camera negative supervised by director David Jacobson

One of America's most notorious serial killers was Jeffrey Dahmer, a Wisconsin sex offender whose exploits included murdering and dismembering 15 boys and storing their body parts in his freezer. Dahmer, in turn, was later murdered by an inmate during his incarceration. Jeremy Renner stars in this biographical drama that humanizes the killer to a surprising degree and explores the mental state that caused him to commit such horrific acts.

June 30, 2020

Wild Palms (1993) on blu-ray from Kino

A dark sexy, noir Los Angeles of the future is the backdrop for Oliver Stone's haunting, sci-fi saga of greed, treason and virtual reality. Harry Wyckoff (James Belushi) is about to become a player in a dark and terrifying battle where everything is at stake and no one is who they seem. Featuring an all-star cast, this story about a cult, a corporation, and a conspiracy to rule the country, is one of the most original movie events in recent history. 

June 16, 2020

Karl Reisz’s Isadora (1968) on blu-ray from Kino

This biography of modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (Vanessa Redgrave) details the performer's tumultuous life. The film reveals how the beautiful, outspoken and graceful American-born dancer rejected ballet and moved to Europe to pursue a freer form of movement. Duncan's many love affairs are also heavily featured, most notably her relationship with Paris Singer (Jason Robards), an heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune, and the volatile Russian writer Sergei Yesenin (Ivan Tchenko).

May 5, 2020

Basil Dearden’s Pool of London (1951) on blu-ray from

Merchant sailor Dan MacDonald (Bonar Colleano) has a lucrative sideline in smuggling black market goods ashore. While docked in London, MacDonald and his best friend, Johnny Lambert (Earl Cameron), get mixed up with a gang of ruthless jewel thieves, who hire MacDonald to smuggle their loot out of the country. Complications arise when Earl falls for a charming but pernicious young woman named Pat (Susan Shaw), and is charged with a murder he did not commit.

May 19, 2020

Basil Dearden’s The Captive Heart (1946) on blu-ray from Kino

In 1940, Czech soldier Capt. Hasek (Michael Redgrave) is being pursued by the Nazi secret police. To conceal his true identity, he pretends to be a dead British soldier named Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell. But to keep the lie going, he must also write to Mitchell's wife, Celia (Rachel Kempson), as her dead husband from the POW camp where he's imprisoned. Meanwhile, Hasek's fellow prisoners are beginning to suspect that he is not who he claims to be, and so he must convince them that he's not a spy.

June 9, 2020

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration

Screen legends Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Suspicion, The Bigamist) and Burt Lancaster (Desert Fury, I Walk Alone, The Train) star in Kiss the Blood off My Hands, a classic film noir about fate and love amongst the most unlikely individuals. Former POW Bill Saunders (Lancaster), now living in England, is scarred with unstable and violent tendencies. After killing a man in a bar fight, he flees the scene and manages to find cover in the home of Nurse Jane Wharton (Fontaine), who agrees to take him in and believes his story that the killing was an accident. Now in love, Nurse Wharton tries to secure Saunders a job delivering medical supplies when he's released from prison after serving time for fighting with a police officer. Things take a turn, however, when a racketeer (Robert Newton, Odd Man Out) who witnessed Saunders' murder threatens to turn him into the police unless he agrees to assist in a crime. Beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by the great Russell Metty (Touch of Evil, The Lady Gambles) and stylishly directed by Norman Foster (Journey into Fear, Woman on the Run).

Summer 2020 TBD

Sidney J. Furie’s The Ipcress File (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration

Tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists, including Dr. Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards), the insubordinate British spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) navigates his way through criminals, secret agents, and his superiors (Nigel Green, Guy Doleman). While attempting to bring in the suspect Bluejay (Frank Gatliff), Palmer discovers a mysterious audiotape labeled "IPCRESS," an inconspicuous, but ominous, piece of evidence.

May 19, 2020

Frank Capra’s American Madness (1932) on blu-ray from Sony

During the Depression, the bank owned by generous Dickson (Walter Huston) is barely staying afloat, and things get worse when $100,000 is lifted from the vault. Fingers are pointed at reformed crook Matt (Pat O'Brien), who got a job and a fresh start from Dickson. The innocent Matt can clear his name by admitting that on the night of the robbery he was breaking up a tryst between Dickson's wife and another teller. But this revelation may crush Dickson, and Matt's conscience plays tug-of-war.