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Reply #870 on: April 27, 2020, 12:50:31 AM
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Phillip Borsos' The Grey Fox (1982) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative. Shot by Frank Tidy (The Duellists)



After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best.





June 9, 2020

Ildikó Enyedi’s My 20th Century (1989) on blu-ray from Kino, from a (2K or 4K?) restoration



Awarded the Camera d'Or for best first feature at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, Hungarian trailblazer Ildikó Enyedi's My 20th Century is a luminous, unconventional fairy tale. Two twins, Lili the anarchist and Dóra, a luxurious woman of loose morals (both played by the young Polish actress Dorotha Segda), are separated as young girls. Their lives proceed on opposing tracks until their paths reconnect on the Orient Express with Mr. Z. (Tarkovsky mainstay Oleg Yankovsky) who loves them jointly. Defiantly in pursuit of happiness and in retreat from the "mass murdering century," they are all entranced by Thomas Edison's inventions and drunk on the miracle of existence. Among the greatest of cinematic debuts, My 20th Century introduced the world to Enyedi (On Body and Soul), who remains a vital, distinctive artist into the 21st century.





May 19, 2020

Paul Mazursky's Enemies: A Love Story (1989) on blu-ray from Sony



Herman Broder (Ron Silver), a Holocaust survivor living in New York City and struggling with depression after his ordeals in the war, makes his living ghostwriting for a rabbi. Herman is married to Yadwiga (Margaret Sophie Stein) but is also having an affair with Masha (Lena Olin), a married woman. Things grow even more chaotic when Herman's first wife, Tamara (Anjelica Huston), who he thought had died in the war, shows up in New York as well. Based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer.



May 26, 2020

Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980) on blu-ray from Paramount. Unfortunately this looks to be a BD-R.



Atlantic City is revitalized as a resort when gambling is legalized. But the new industry also brings unsettling changes. For Lou (Burt Lancaster), 40 years a bodyguard-boyfriend to aging beauty queen Grace (Kate Reid), his number-running sideline escalates to mob involvement.



June 2, 2020

Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) on 4K blu-ray from Universal



When a seaside community finds itself under attack by a great white shark, three men embark on a quest to kill it before it strikes again.



May 12, 2020

Michael Curtiz's The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, newly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation



Bodies are mysteriously disappearing all over town, and a new wax museum has just opened. Is there a connection? But of course! In this horror classic, Fay Wray (King Kong) stars as the intended next victim of a mad wax sculptor obsessed with her resemblance to one of his prior creations. Glenda Farrell plays a quintessential wisecracking newspaper reporter, and noted actor Lionel Atwill is the deranged artist who loses his studio to a fire set by his partner. Filmed in the early Two-Color Technicolor® process, The Mystery of the Wax Museum was considered a lost film for decades, until a well-worn print was discovered nearly 50 years ago. Thanks to the meticulous new restoration presented on this disc, the film can now be experienced as intended.



Summer 2020 TBD

Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart (1996) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing



Philadelphia teenager Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) wins a talent contest during the early rock 'n' roll era, changes her name to Denise Waverly and moves to New York City to make it big. Though she flops as a recording artist, fast-talking record producer Joel Millner (John Turturro) recognizes her songwriting talent and teams her with struggling songsmith Howard Caszatt (Eric Stoltz). The ups and downs of Denise's career parallel the tumult of the 1960s pop scene.



June 30, 2020

Airplane! (1980) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a new 4K restoration



This spoof comedy takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot with a drinking problem must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing.


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Reply #871 on: May 07, 2020, 10:35:47 AM
June 28, 2020

Jack Fisk’s Raggedy Man (1981) on blu-ray from Kino



While World War II rages overseas, a divorced mother of two, Nita Longley (Sissy Spacek), struggles to makes ends meet as a telephone operator in small-town Texas. As the subject of disdainful gossip due to her divorce, Nita faces a lonely existence of ostracism, where only the unscrupulous approach her -- often with ill intent. When she befriends Teddy (Eric Roberts), a sailor on leave, her situation improves, but he's soon sent to war. Once again, Nita must face her plight alone.





July 28, 2020

George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) on blu-ray from Kino



True-life drama of a father and mother who battled against the odds to save their son's life. Augusto and Michaela Odone are dealt a cruel blow by fate: five-year-old Lorenzo is diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease, but the Odones' persistence and faith leads to the cure which saves their boy and re-writes medical history. Directed by George Miller, and starring Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite, and Gerry Bamman.

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Hollywood Man: Okay George this is really simple Oscar bait stuff. Just show the parent's being super sad, slap some ugly makeup on the kid, and film in flat lighting and we'll all have Oscars by next year.

George Miller: Sounds good. I had a thought though. What if when the father learns of the disease we flash giant words super-imposed over his face and then have him collapse down the stairs clutching his chest like a Greek tragedy?

Hollywood Man: Oooookay sure, but again it doesn't need to be that compli-

George Miller: And what if the mother is in church and we have this massively high angle that tracks down right to her eye level as she looks up as if we're God and she's questioning why her?

Hollywood Man: George this all sounds really-

George Miller: And the music can be this operatic tome by Ennio Morricone based on the darkest movements by Mozart and Brahms!

Hollywood Man: ...look George do you just want to make a new Mad Max movie or what?

George Miller: Eventually, but first let me tell you about this script I'm writing about a talking pig.

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Miller ping-pongs between the macabre and melodrama with such deftness that the film feels like as much of a miracle as its titular medicine. The style is too tonally inconsistent. This should not work, and yet, in Miller's hands, it does.

The first act is so brutal and uncomfortable that I nearly turned it off. Miller presents the disease as something akin to a demonic spirit, a foreign invader that twists and contorts the body into something unrecognizable.





July 28, 2020

Michael WInner’s The System aka The Girl-Getters (1964) on blu-ray from Kino. Also available 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).





June 2, 2020

Frank Simon’s The Queen (1968) on blu-ray from Kino



More than 40 years before RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern.. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant's bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990). A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negative.





June 30, 2020

G.W. Pabst’s Paracelsus (1943) on blu-ray from Kino



A physician, alchemist, and spiritual guru, Paracelsus (1493-1541) was one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of science. And, like its subject, this 1943 film is shrouded in mystery, even though it was directed by one of the supreme stylists of the German cinema: G.W. Pabst. Werner Krauss (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) stars as the Swiss-born scientist, who faces the seemingly impossible task of protecting the German people from a coming plague, and calming a rising tide of mass hysteria. Despite being called "a remarkably interesting film" by The New York Times's Vincent Canby (when it received its belated U.S. premiere in 1974), Paracelsus continues to be overlooked, along with most all of the films made in Germany during World War II. With fresh eyes, however, we can see that Paracelsus is not a propaganda film, but the work of an oppressed artist attempting to convey a humanist, possibly subversive message under the gaze of Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels.



June 9, 2020

Reinhold Schünzel’s Victor and Victoria (1933) on blu-ray from Kino



In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards's 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.)



June 2, 2020

Michael Winner’s The Mechanic (1972) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, from a new 2K restoration



Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is a veteran hit man who, owing to his penchant for making his targets' deaths seem like accidents, thinks himself an artist. It's made him very rich, but as he hits middle age, he's so depressed and lonely that he takes on one of his victim's sons, Steve McKenna (Jan-Michael Vincent), as his apprentice. Arthur puts him through a rigorous training period and brings him on several hits. As Steven improves, Arthur worries that he'll discover who killed his father.



May 18, 2020

Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) on blu-ray from BFI (UK), from Cinelicious’ 4K restoration. Hope is this new disc will solve the encoding issues present on the US blu-ray release.



This kaleidoscopic masterpiece, one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s and a classic of queer cinema, is a headlong dive into a dazzling unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas. 

Toshio Matsumoto, one of Japan's leading experimental filmmakers, bends and distorts time, and freely mixes documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts (eight of which are included on this release), and even on-screen cartoon balloons. Trans actor Peter gives an astonishing performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet – where she's ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda for the attentions of club owner Gonda.






April 20, 2020

Michael Elliott’s The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) on DVD from BFI (UK)



In the near future, society is split into two strata: The ‘low-drives’ make up the zombie-like majority, mentally anaesthetized by an incessant diet of television, largely consisting of pornography. Television, and by extension the masses, is controlled by the ‘high-drives’, an educated class who remain servile through their perpetual quest for better ratings and audience subjugation. When the low-drives start to become increasingly uninterested in the programming on offer, co-ordinator Ugo Priest (Leonard Rossiter) ends up accidentally happening upon a new entertainment concept…..reality television.

First broadcast in 1968, The Year of the Sex Olympics is one of the most original pieces of television drama ever written and would foreshadow the likes of Big Brother and the phenomenon that is Love Island.


Five ways The Year of the Sex Olympics predicted the way we live now - BFI





June 29, 2020

Takeshi Kitano Collection (1989-1993) on limited edition blu-ray from BFI (UK)



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Detective Azuma (‘Beat' Takeshi) is a renegade cop who frequently resorts to violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague is supplying drugs from within the police force. After his colleague is murdered and his sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice.

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When the mild mannered Masaki (Yûrei Yanagi) falls foul of the Yakuza he decides to buy a gun to defend himself. He heads to Okinawa where he forms an unlikely partnership with Uehara (‘Beat’ Takeshi) who has his own reasons for wanting revenge.

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Murakawa (‘Beat' Takeshi), an established and ruthless gangster, is sent to intervene in a gang war on the island of Okinawa. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Murakawa and his men are forced to retreat into hiding, but it’s not long before their enemies track them down. A final and breathtaking showdown becomes inevitable.


May 11, 2020

Fritz Lang’s The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



After enjoying fantastic success with Fritz Lang s two-part "Indian Epic" in 1959, German producer Artur Brauner signed the great director to direct one more film. The result would be the picture that, in closing the saga he began nearly forty years earlier, brought Lang s career full-circle, and would come to represent his final celluloid testament by extension: his final film masterpiece.

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse [Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse] finds that diabolical Weimar name resurfacing in the Cold War era, linked to a new methodology of murder and mayhem. Seances, assassinations, and Nazi-engineered surveillance tech all abound in Lang s paranoid, and ultimate, filmic labyrinth.

One of the great and cherished "last films" in the history of cinema, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse provides a stylistic glimpse into the 1960s works on such subjects as sex-crime, youth-culture, and LSD that Lang would unfortunately never come to realise. Nonetheless, Lang s final film remains an explosive, and definitive, closing statement.




August 3, 2020

Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon (1980) on 4K blu-ray and standard blu-ray from StudioCanal (UK), from a 4K restoration



Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! Alex Raymond's famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure Flash Gordon!

Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange "hot hail" are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) knows better, and takes football star Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.






Summer 2020 TBD

Jeff Lieberman’s Blue Sunshine (1978) on 4K blu-ray from Camera Obscura (Germany)



A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?



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Reply #872 on: May 13, 2020, 02:48:29 PM
Summer 2020 TBD

Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) on blu-ray from Kino



A distraught fashion model (Faye Dunaway), once the best, recalls her empty life of alcohol, drugs and sex.





I have the French blu-ray of this movie, it's worth seeing.



July 14, 2020

Leontine Sagan's Mädchen in Uniform (1931) on blu-ray from Kino



After the death of her mother, teenage Manuela (Hertha Thiele) is sent off to a boarding school run by the autocratic Fräulein von Nordeck (Emilia Unda). Initially withdrawn from the other girls due to her grief and anger at being sent away, Manuela is drawn out of her shell by the beautiful and sympathetic young teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck). But when Manuela's fondness for her teacher turns into a romantic attachment, it becomes a school-wide scandal.



July 21, 2020

István Szabó's Mephisto (1981) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supersedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.





July 21, 2020

István Szabó's Confidence (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



This powerful drama from Oscar®-winning director István Szabó explores the nature of love, trust, loyalty and betrayal borne under the weight of exceptional circumstances. János and Katalin are strangers but forced to pose as husband and wife to hide their links to the anti-Nazi resistance in Budapest 1944. The intensity and intimacy of this relationship forces them to passionately confront their past, challenging what they believe and in whom they can place their trust.



July 21, 2020

István Szabó's Colonel Redl (1985) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.



May 19, 2020

David Miller's Lonely Are the Brave (1962) on blu-ray from Kino



A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.



August 25, 2020

Larry Yust's Trick Baby (1972) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, based on the novel by Iceberg Slim



The son of a black prostitute and a white client, Johnny "Folks" O'Brien (Kiel Martin) spends his childhood in the ghetto hearing the hateful name "trick baby," only to realize as an adult just how useful it is to pass for white. Together with his mentor, con man "Blue" Howard (Mel Stewart), Folks succeeds in ripping off many of Philadelphia's wealthy whites with a clever diamond scam. The streak ends, however, when his latest victim turns out to be the father of a local Mafioso.



July 20, 2020

Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



This trio of classic 1930s horror films Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, and The Raven is also distinguished by a trio of factors regarding their production. Most notably, each film is based on a work by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the legendary wave of horror films made by Universal Pictures in the 30s, all three feature dynamic performances from Dracula's Bela Lugosi, with two of them also enlivened by the appearance of Frankenstein's Boris Karloff. And finally, all three benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes-startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code's rigid guidelines for moral content.

Director Robert Florey, who gave the Marx Brothers their cinema start with The Cocoanuts in 1929, worked with Metropolis cinematographer Karl Freund to give a German Expressionism look to Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), with Lugosi as a mad scientist running a twisted carnival sideshow in 19th-century Paris, and murdering women to find a mate for his talking ape main attraction. Lugosi and Karloff teamed forces for the first time in The Black Cat, a nightmarish psychodrama that became Universal's biggest hit of 1934, with Detour director Edgar G. Ulmer bringing a feverish flair to the tale of a satanic, necrophiliac architect (Karloff) locked in battle with an old friend (Lugosi) in search of his family. Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers made 1935's The Raven so grotesque that all American horror films were banned in the U.K. for two years in its wake. Specifically referencing Poe within its story, Lugosi is a plastic surgeon obsessed with the writer, who tortures fleeing murderer Karloff through monstrous medical means.

Significant and still unsettling early works of American studio horror filmmaking, these three Pre-Code chillers demonstrate the enduring power of Poe's work, and the equally continuous appeal of classic Universal horror's two most iconic stars.





June 29, 2020

Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital (1982) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society...

The concluding installment in Lindsay Anderson's Mick Travis trilogy, following If.... and O Lucky Man!, Britannia Hospital finds the filmmaker casting a sourly satirical eye over Thatcher's Britain. With a phenomenal cast at his disposal – everyone from Alan Bates (Georgy Girl) and Joan Plowright (Time Without Pity) to Robin Askwith (Confessions of a Window Cleaner) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) to Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) reprising the role of Travis – Anderson trains his sights on royalty, trade unions, the media, and scientific research in typically uncompromising fashion.




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Reply #873 on: June 02, 2020, 05:08:59 PM
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.


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Reply #874 on: June 03, 2020, 09:53:37 PM
August 25, 2020

Douglas Sirk’s There’s Always Tomorrow (1955) on blu-ray from Kino



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.



August 25, 2020

Douglas Sirk’s All I Desire (1953) on blu-ray from Kino



Actress Naomi Murdoch returns home to the husband and children she abandoned ten years before. She was invited by her daughter Lily to see her in the Riverdale high school play. Her arrival wakes up old conflicts and sets off new emotional storms.



August 18, 2020

Budd Boetticher’s The Red Ball Express (1952) on blu-ray from Kino



Tense World War II tale based on the true story of a special truck convoy created to transport urgent supplies to General Patton's army situated inside German-occupied France. Charles Drake (No Name on the Bullet) and screen great Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field). During the height of the war, General Patton's Third Army is in desperate need of supplies after a successful invasion of Paris. An elite military truck force is established to deliver goods to the soldiers. Members of this platoon must not only withstand minefields and Nazi resistance, they must also learn to overcome their personal and racial prejudices towards one another. Red Ball Express is a gripping, powerful action-thriller based on true events. Hugh O'Brian (Ambush Bay) and Jack Kelly (Young Billy Young) lead the strong supporting cast. 



Juy 28, 2020

William Wyler’s The Shakedown (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Dave Roberts (James Murray) is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them.



August 25, 2020

Cecil B. DeMille’s Sign of the Cross (1932) on blu-ray from Kino



Claudette Colbert (Bluebeard's Eighth Wife) and Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution). Ancient Rome comes to life on a grand scale in the epic spectacular The Sign of the Cross. In the year 64 A.D., the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (Laughton) torches the city so he can blame the ensuing destruction on the unsuspecting Christians. Meanwhile, Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus (March) falls for an innocent and beautiful Christian maiden, Mercia (Elissa Landi, The Count of Monte Cristo). When the seductive and wicked Empress Poppaea (Colbert) learns that she has a romantic rival for Marcus's attentions, she conspires with Nero to send all Christians to a chilling death. Filled with some of the most outrageous and breathtaking scenes ever filmed, including the infamous "milk bath," this pre-Code classic is a dynamic testament to DeMille's visionary style. The great Karl Struss (Sunrise) received an Oscar nomination for his stunning cinematography.







August 11, 2020

Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva (1981) on blu-ray from Kino



A young mail carrier, Jules (Frederic Andrei), becomes entranced with the voice of American diva Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). She doesn't believe in being recorded, but Jules secretly records her singing on a tape. His recording gets mixed up with another tape that incriminates a police chief, who is working with the mob. Jules quickly becomes the target of mob gangsters, and he must find a way to get himself out of the situation alive.



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June 30, 2020

David S. Ward's Cannery Row (1982) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



The canneries stand empty now that the sardines have abandoned the waters, but life continues on the Row. Here, you'll find Doc (Nick Nolte), a marine biologist and community mentor; Suzy (Debra Winger), a good-hearted newcomer gone astray; and Mack, Hazel and all the boys working hard at not working. Here, you'll also find the love of a man for a woman, of a writer for a place and of life for more life. Based on works by John Steinbeck and written for the screen and directed by The Sting's David S. Ward, Cannery Row – from its lyrical John Huston narration and saggy blues to its top-drawer performances, waterfront sets and whimsical charm – is an atmospheric gem, one that has its world "spinning in greased grooves.”



July 28, 2020

Jack Hazan’s A Bigger Splash (1973) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



An intimate and innovative film about English-born painter of Southern California, artist David Hockney, during the multi-year creation of one of his towering achievements, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)". Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, Peter Schlesinger.





July 21, 2020

Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Universal



A slave leads a violent revolt against the Imperial Rome at its glorious height. Filmed in Technirama.



October 13, 2020

Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Lionsgate



Twin stories about different kinds of addiction: A young man (Jared Leto) who along with his best friend (Marlon Wayans) and girlfriend is addicted to heroin, dreams of transcending his life of hustling and owning a store in New York City, while his mother (Ellen Burstyn), depressed and obsessed by television and diet pills envisions her chance to shine again on a game show.



August 25, 2020

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



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

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The boutique label [Blue Underground] has also confirmed that it is finalizing five brand new 4K restorations of genre films, and that going forward select new releases will debut as 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray combos.



June 29, 2020

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s  CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel (2018) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK)



Jiří Menzel's debut film Closely Observed Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky, 1966) made a profound impression on young film student Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. Years later, he invited Menzel to meet him in a Prague café - and so began a conversation and a friendship that has culminated in this epic, seven-and -a-half-hour film that not only explores the deceptively whimsical comic films of Jiří Menzel, but all of the artists who strove to make films that whispered subversion and rebellion often at the risk of their livelihood, or even their lives.

Expansive, affectionate and deeply passionate, CzechMate – In Search of Jiří Menzel is an extraordinary documentary film, a labour of love by archivist and filmmaker Dungarpur. Its depth and scale are unparalleled in the study of the Czechoslovak cinema.

Filmed over a period of seven years, Dungarpur and his team interviewed filmmakers, actors, crew members, writers, historians and critics who had been touched by the New Wave - including Věra Chytilová, Miloš Forman, Vojtěch Jasný, Ivan Passer, Ken Loach, Juraj Jakubisko, Jaromír Šofr, Andrzej Wajda, Dušan Hanák, Štefan Uher, Jan Němec, and Miroslav Ondříček among them.




May 27, 2020

Antole Litvak’s Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)



Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a plot to murder her.



August 26, 2020

Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)




A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.



August 26, 2020

George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun (1951) on blu-ray from Imprint / Via Vision (Australia)




George Eastman is a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite. But a factory girl with a dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Eastman is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever.


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Reply #875 on: June 03, 2020, 10:03:17 PM
William Wyler’s The Shakedown (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration
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Dave Roberts (James Murray) is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them.

because i immediately want to see it i realize i have a thing for boxing melodramas. my generation both missed out on that and actually had De Palma's Snake Eyes, which is you know a thriller melodrama

wilder have you gotten into Cecil B. DeMille? i confess i'm afraid of him because i don't think i'll like him. although he made expensive movies i worry he's a poorman's von Sternberg

Diva for sure yeah, criterion put out Betty Blue it's true. i've been kind of waning on wonderful movies with beautiful people in my recent years


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Reply #876 on: June 03, 2020, 10:21:10 PM
Must admit I haven’t gone too deep into DeMille, I’m only sure I saw The Ten Commandments at some point, but see the visual connection you’re making to von Sternberg. Claudette Colbert even sort of looks like Marlene Dietrich, to me.

Cleopatra (1934) is one I really want to see. Interested in his films for their elaborate production design and deliberate artifice.

I'd never really been into that, before, but Anna Biller's twitter posts turned me on to the style. She's a fan of DeMille's Madame Satan (1930), as well as stuff I think of being in a similar vein like Robert Siodmak's Cobra Woman (1944), which also has theatrical styling and production design.

Speaking of Dietrich/Colbert, Karina Longworth did an episode on their supposed ties for her Hollywood history podcast 'You Must Remember This', which can be listened to here.


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Reply #877 on: June 03, 2020, 10:31:54 PM
you really brought it with that reply. i think Madame Satan could warm me up for Cleopatra


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Reply #878 on: June 04, 2020, 10:37:27 AM
June 9, 2020

Reinhold Schünzel’s Victor and Victoria (1933) on blu-ray from Kino



In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards's 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.)



July 14, 2020

Leontine Sagan's Mädchen in Uniform (1931) on blu-ray from Kino



After the death of her mother, teenage Manuela (Hertha Thiele) is sent off to a boarding school run by the autocratic Fräulein von Nordeck (Emilia Unda). Initially withdrawn from the other girls due to her grief and anger at being sent away, Manuela is drawn out of her shell by the beautiful and sympathetic young teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck). But when Manuela's fondness for her teacher turns into a romantic attachment, it becomes a school-wide scandal.



Will also be available to rent through Kino Marquee starting June 12th


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Reply #879 on: June 22, 2020, 12:48:50 PM
September TBD

Fellini’s Casanova (1976) on blu-ray from Kino



The myth of Giacomo Casanova, the notorious womanizer is presented as a pitiable and terrifying figure. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life.





September 1, 2020

Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital (1982) on blu-ray from Kino. Also coming from Indicator in the UK.



Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society...



September 22, 2020

Roger Corman’s The Masque of Red Death (1964) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites several dozen of the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the "Red Death". Prospero orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst a general atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a mysterious hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity...





2020 TBD

John D. Hancock's California Dreaming (1979) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing



T.T. (Dennis Christopher), a Midwesterner, has traveled to the beaches of California for a dose of the surfin' life. He believes that the people he finds there are glamorous and knowledgeable. They reject his Midwestern nerdiness, make fun of him, and generally give him a hard time for not fitting in and wanting to. However, eventually he figures out that they are no wiser than he is, and that their lives are surprisingly empty.





Fall 2020 TBD

Harry Kümel's Daughters of Darkness (1971) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Blue Underground



International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (Last Year at Marienbad) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young "companion" (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (French beauty Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.



August 24, 2020

Joseph Losey’s Eve (1962) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a new 4K master



A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.





August 17, 2020

Billy Wilder’s Five Graves to Cairo (1943) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K restoration



Only the second Hollywood film directed by Billy Wilder, the riveting World War II spy thriller Five Graves to Cairo is an underrated early gem from the filmmaker, who would ascend to the industry's highest ranks with his next project, Double Indemnity. Five Graves demonstrates that Wilder and screenwriter Charles Brackett—who would collaborate on thirteen films, winning screenplay Oscars for The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard—were already working at the peak of their powers, delivering an espionage yarn that never lets up on the suspense.

The only survivor in his unit after a battle with Rommel's soldiers in North Africa, British Corporal Bramble (Franchot Tone) staggers through the desert until arriving at the largely deserted Empress of Britain hotel, staffed only by owner Farid (Akim Tamiroff) and his French employee Mouche (Anne Baxter). While Bramble hopes to hide there, the hotel doesn't remain deserted for long – Rommel (a scene-stealing Erich von Stroheim) and his men arrive and take over the building as new headquarters. Bramble assumes the identity of a recently killed waiter…only to soon discover that this waiter was also serving as a German spy, a role Bramble now has to adopt for his own survival. And while Mouche knows Bramble's true identity, she has her own reasons for not wanting to aid in his plot.

Named by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favourite films, Five Graves to Cairo is filled with duplicity and danger at every turn. Wilder ratchets up the tension surrounding a disparate group of characters trapped together in wartime, with each hiding their own secrets and their own schemes. The director would soon become one of Hollywood's most lauded talents, but his genius was clearly evident in this early work. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray.




September 21, 2020

George Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902) on blu-ray from Arrow (UK), limited to 1,000 copies



Georges Méliès was not just a pioneer of early cinema, he was central to what we know as film today. An illustrator, magician, filmmaker, and inventor he paved the way for animation and multi-media filmmaking. Of all of Méliès films, his boldest and most well known is certainly A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), loosely based on the writings of Jules Verne. A Trip to the Moon follows a group of travellers who jet off to the moon from earth on an exploration mission only to end up in peril and captured by the the local inhabitants, the Selenites. Featuring a who's who of theatrical cast from the era, with Méliès himself taking a lead role, this is one of the very first forays into sci-fi cinema, and spawned one of the most iconic images of cinema – the man in the moon with a rocket in his eye.



August 17, 2020

Sidney Lumet's Equus (1977) on blu-ray from BFI (UK). The US release from Twilight Time is OOP.



A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.