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Reply #915 on: March 06, 2021, 11:04:40 PM
Apocalypse Now - Final Cut (4K-Ultra HD)
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Reply #916 on: April 12, 2021, 08:44:19 PM
June 1, 2021

Daniel Petrie's Buster and Billie (1974) on blu-ray from Zephina Media, from a restoration of the original film elements. Available to pre-order from busterandbillie.com



In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love with her. The other boys, however, still consider her their convenient "squeeze", with tragic results.





June 29, 2021

David Hemmings’ Just a Gigolo (1978) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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Offbeat, parallel-universe look at Weimar poised between romanticism and despair

This is one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's an offbeat, sensitively filmed look at Weimar Germany in a sort of parallel-universe version. "Cabaret" it is not! If you ever get a chance to see it, I don't want to spoil the ending for you . . . but when you see it, you'll say to yourself, "Of course! Why didn't I foresee that coming?!?" David Bowie plays a sort of innocent ne'er-do-well discharged from the German army after World War I and drifting through existence; he can't find anything to do with himself except hire himself out as a "gigolo" for rich, proto-Eurotrash war widows in ballrooms where they "dance to forget". Bowie's father is a once-domineering tyrant who has been silenced by a stroke. Bowie tries to break the news to him that he has descended so far as to play the gigolo, a betrayal of his father's macho ideals, but Dad only sits in stony silence -- a disturbing scene. Bowie plays a poor lost soul. As Western civilization decays all around him, a sinister character stalks him and tries to gain control over him; this bloke is vaguely homosexual (only suggested), and one of his lines is a real groaner of a double-entendre: "We will have you in the end!" Marlene Dietrich is the center of romantic gravity in this story; she sadly, sweetly tells Bowie the raison d'etre of forlorn women dancing with gigolos in the ballrooms -- the only way to assuage loss and stave off despair. Then she performs the song "Just a Gigolo", bringing out all the heartbreak from its depths. The end of the film is dark and truly chilling. Go see it if you can!

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The Thin White Duke is offered as a sort of symbol for Germany in the years between the wars: everyone wants to claim him for their own but no-one really cares about him. Pointlessly proud but aimlessly drifting without any particular talents or a sense of purpose to compensate while the Nazis gradually rise, he slowly drifts into becoming part of Marlene Dietrich's regiment of gigolos.





July 6, 2021

Alejandro Galindo's Espaldas mojadas aka Wet Backs (1955) on blu-ray from VCI, from a 4K restoration by the Mexican National Cinematheque



Mexican worker Rafael Améndola runs from the police and crosses the Mexican-American border, helped by an American, who gives work to illegal migrants. Once in the United States, Rafael struggles to adapt to his new life.





April 6, 2021

Norman Jewison's Rollerball (1975) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, from a 4K restoration. Available exclusively from RoninFlix



The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only....the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric "sport" is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch "Rollerball": A brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Jonathan E. is the champion player-- a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman Jonathan loves, but they can't take away his soul-- even if the diabolical corporate head tells him he better retire.... or suffer the old-fashioned way.





June 1, 2021

Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest (1981) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a 4K restoration



Based on Christina Crawford's controversial best-selling tell-all novel, MOMMMIE DEAREST features a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes is a private Crawford—the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.



July 27, 2021

David Mamet's State and Main (2000) on blu-ray from Shout Factory



A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.



April 27, 2021

Michael Ritchie's Smile (1975) on blu-ray from Fun City Editions, from a 2K restoration of an interpositive



The time has come for the annual Young American Miss Pageant in California. Executive producer Brenda (Barbara Feldon) focuses maniacally on the event, ignoring any complaints. While her husband, Andy (Nicholas Pryor), sulks, choreographer Tommy French (Michael Kidd) looks after the safety of the contestants. With all the girls trying to outdo each other, tension increases as the pageant drags on and the skeptical contestant, Robin (Joan Prather), takes the lead despite her reservations.





June 15, 2021

John Sturges' Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) on blu-ray from Paramount from a 6K restoration of the original VistaVision camera negative



A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.



July 6, 2021

Harold Becker's The Black Marble (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative



Pragmatic Sgt. Natalie Zimmermann is paired with Valnikov, a romantic detective of Russian origin who is going through a midlife crisis. They fall in love while solving the case of the kidnapping of a socialite's pet dog.





May 11, 2021

Douglas Sirk's To New Shores (1937) and La Habanera (1937) on blu-ray from Kino



To New Shores
Gloria takes the blame for Sir Albert Finsbury's forgery and is sent to Australia. Sir Albert refuses to marry her and free her from prison after he makes a strategic proposal to a governor's daughter, leaving Gloria to marry a local farmer.

La Habanera
Trapped in Puerto Rico, a beautiful young Swede is torn between her passionate, but mildly abusive Caribbean oligarch husband and her longing for her European homeland.



July 20, 2021

Wesley Ruggles' The Gilded Lily (1935) on blu-ray from Kino



This often overlooked comedy gem marks the first teaming of screen legends Claudette Colbert (The Bride Comes Home, The Palm Beach Story) and Fred MacMurray (The Princess Comes Across, The Apartment) and is the epitome of a New York City urban fantasy. Newspaper reporter Peter Dawes (MacMurray) and stenographer Marilyn David (Colbert) meet regularly on a park bench sharing popcorn along with their dreams. Their budding romance is soon threatened by a chance meeting between Marilyn and Charles Gray (Ray Milland, Beau Geste, The Lost Weekend), an English nobleman visiting America. Marilyn's fantasy of landing a handsome millionaire becomes a reality as she is pursued by Charles in a whirlwind courtship, leaving Peter fighting to reclaim his love. When the press learns of the affair, it turns into an international tabloid scandal for everyone involved. Directed by Wesley Ruggles (I'm No Angel), The Gilded Lily helped launch the career of Fred MacMurray who would make six more films with Claudette Colbert over the years.



July 13, 2021

George Sherman's Larceny (1948) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but instead winds up falling in love with her.



Summer 2021 TBD

Robert Aldrich's Vera Cruz (1954) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster



During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of adventurers from the US are hired by the forces of Emperor Maximiliano to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.



May 25, 2021

Irving Pichel's They Won't Believe Me (1947) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration from nitrate preservation elements



On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.



June 28, 2021

Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Warner Bros.



A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.



June 14, 2021

Robert Wiene's The Hands of Orlac (1924) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a restoration of the original film elements by Film Archiv Austria



Reuniting the star and director of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, The Hands of Orlac [Orlac's Hände] is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.

Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins a steady descent towards madness.






June 16, 2021

James Foley's After Dark, My Sweet (1990) on blu-ray from Carlotta Films (France)



When a couple of conniving lowlifes hatch a plot to kidnap the scion of a wealthy local family, they pick the wrong man to carry out the job: Kid Collins, a disturbed ex-boxer on the lam from a mental institution.





April 28, 2021

Graeme Clifford's Frances (1982) on blu-ray from StudioCanal (France)



The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.



2022 TBD

Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are being remastered in 4K for 4K Blu-ray and Disney+ release. Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are the only films in the Alien series not to have 4K editions available but this is set to change with the plan being to release them on Disney+/Star initially with a subsequent 4K Alien Collection heading to 4K Blu-ray some time in 2022.



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Reply #917 on: April 19, 2021, 12:00:27 AM
wilder I'm pretty close to being super familiar with VS and I began with adult movies, as you know, so now I'm surveying the rest of the catalogue and I recently confirmed The Passing as something special. the whole "seven-year passion project for director, writer, producer, and co-star" angle doesn't even cover how truly authentic and touching the movie feels, and it's a sci-fi! the principle characters are two old men and their friendship breaks you. it's a true discovery

I'm on my way to The Candy Snatchers, which the fb vs community just won't let me skip. "Unflinchingly dark, violent, and merciless" is a thing certain people tend to appreciate, you know. feels realistic. its sibling that doesn't sound too similar is Sudden Fury, "A riveting and criminally under-seen Hitchcockian thriller, prolific NFB short films director Brian Damude's SUDDEN FURY ranks as one of the finest forgotten films to emerge out of Canada's mid 70s tax shelter era."

I've previously written about Sweet Sweetback and let me just say, not in terms of black filmmakers but in terms of general filmmaking, and he just happens to be black, Jamaa Fanaka is a name to know, oh god is he. his movies are better than you're anticipating through your familiarity with low-budget 70s movies. LA Rebellion is best known here through Charles Burnett. I began with Emma Mae and how much it delighted me is being demonstrated

like with wbf here, lots of the older genre movies have older fans who know of a different world than I do. familiarity with dtv vhs movies trips me out. I learn a lot by listening and I've been warmly accepted because like-minded people find each other


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Reply #918 on: April 19, 2021, 12:24:51 PM
This and the cult cinema thread posts bring the heat ^
thanks for the links -- alwayz so much Genre to learn from


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Reply #919 on: April 27, 2021, 09:43:18 PM
my becoming enthusiastic about this boxset happened through a natural process. because it sounds like something I would do. encountering abnormalities born outside the Hollywood system is my party, I'm a voyeur to cinema. I watch cinema take place, and when it comes from the hands of normal people it touches me not only through sincerity but conviction. someone believed in these movies. I am a sucker in this regard, but as they say, everybody is a sucker to somebody. has someone really said that? hmm



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BEYOND DREAM'S DOOR:

Lately, Ben hasn't been sleeping well. His dreams are filled with violent and terrifying visions of monsters and death. Seeking out answers, he begins to pursue the subtext and hidden meanings of his strange and terrifying nightmares, with the help of his professor and several friends. As the dreams grow increasingly lifelike, Ben fears that he's losing his grip on sanity, especially as those around him start turning up dead; horribly mutilated just like he's seen in his sleep...

A low-on-budget but extremely high on ambition apocalyptic horror film, and the first feature written and directed by jack-of-all-trades filmmaker, Jay Woelfel, the Ohio lensed BEYOND DREAM’S DOOR skillfully blends elements of surrealism, mystery, and grotesque and violent horror set-pieces, resulting in a wholly singular vision. Sadly relegated direct-to-video, BEYOND DREAM’S DOOR has earned a sizable cult following and comes to Blu-ray for the very first time, from Vinegar Syndrome, painstakingly reconstructed shot by shot from its original, unedited 16mm camera negative, and is presented in its director's cut.

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WINTERBEAST:

Weird things are happening in and around the Wild Goose Lodge, a snowy inn located in rural Massachusetts. People are being found dead and mutilated, while others are vanishing without a trace. Realizing that the violence might have something to do with Native American black magic and the ancient secrets of the area's historic totem poles, a trio of cops decide to investigate the goings on, and are faced with an array of monsters, ghouls, and even a sampling of murderous locals!

A film which truly justifies the term 'unclassifiable,' and the sole feature from writer and director Christopher Thies, WINTERBEAST was shot on and off for nearly half a decade and in a mix of super 8mm and 16mm, resulting in a one of a kind piece of outsider art horror filmmaking that must be seen to be believed. Loaded with surreal dialogue, mind-blowing stop motion animation, homemade gore effects, and more than a few genuinely creepy moments, Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to bring this forgotten cult gem to Blu-ray, newly restored and reconstructed from it’s original film elements and presented in both its commonly seen released version along with a never before released workprint edit.

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FATAL EXAM:

A group of college students have been given a very unusual assignment: spend the night inside of a supposedly haunted house, as part of their studies into the supernatural and occult. Although the rag tag team of collegiates would much rather party and get stoned than look for ghosts, it's not long before unexplained events begin to occur. Initially suspecting that some of their classmates might be playing a practical joke, their fears are proven very real when someone - or something - dressed in robes and carrying a scythe starts bumping them off one by one.

A truly local slice of ultra low budget supernatural-slasher made by a first time cast and crew based in St. Louis, Missouri, Jack Snyder's FATAL EXAM plays its haunted house tropes for its first half, before shifting gears into slice n' dice mayhem for its second half. Barely released in any format and never officially made available on disc, Vinegar Syndrome is happy to bring this low-fi curiosity on Blu-ray, newly restored in 2K from its 16mm original camera negative and featuring an illuminating array of extras.

I don't want to watch the trailer, myself, because I want it raw, but here is the trailer





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Reply #920 on: April 30, 2021, 08:46:10 PM
basically, this is me nerd-chatting with wilder:



so, that'll happen tonight (edit: tomorrow at noon, right). "OCN Distribution is the distribution sister company of VS which handles the partner labels," is the situation. there are currently seven partner labels, and a question is whether a new one will appear or not.

for the seven already around, AGFA is the most significant partner label, to me, in terms of I knew about it before I knew about VS. Fun City Editions has landed strong, quite strong. Altered Innocence shows every sign of promise. Utopia began with Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets and is releasing the soundcloud rappers who live in the desert documentary. ETR Media is a question mark: their release of Green Jelly concert material was, shall we say, appreciated by a select few. Music Box Selects began with that nordic movie I posted the trailer to, and whether they're related to Chicago's famous Music Box or not I'm not sure. Pulse Video is France based and VS handles certain US distribution



you know this sale as well as I do. Here is the entirety of Six-String Samurai btw. Six-Sting Samurai is receiving the cult world equivalent to Come and See's recent situation: a repackaging of a movie that creates a richer impression than its initial impact. we both remember the Kino release of Come and See. marketing, timing, and etc as influential properties. it's also the second example of the most beautiful packaging in boutique label history, VSU. The Beastmaster was the initial, and that fucker has a ribbon, what more can they do for you. Surf II is troma-type humor, which, in earlier years at least, depressed me in that way people say they are depressed by depressing movies (which I enjoy). I'm trying to stay open to 80s humor though. the people who were teenagers then speak about it with a level of fondness that touches me. television terror has three movies with notable actors and the titles have been listed somewhere but I forget where. somehow people already know the Cardona titles, too, but I forget them. he has passed through Kino and in fact another of his will come out soon, I forget which one and also I forget the name of the cult movie company associated with Kino you know the one. this guy is a whole thing. the two surprise VS releases will have limited-edition slips of course. the VSA are limited-edition in general, and they have a different type of slip, one with a top. what I hear is the slip craze began with one that had a thousand, and the four new catalogue slips will be for titles released before the craze began. "legacy" slips


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Reply #921 on: May 01, 2021, 09:47:42 AM
Holy crap, alwayz wanted to watch this and now it's up for free. Weekend made


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Reply #922 on: May 01, 2021, 12:09:54 PM
Holy crap, alwayz wanted to watch this and now it's up for free. Weekend made

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they announced the six new partner label titles and there are two new partner labels now, Gunpowder & Sky and Circle Collective





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Reply #923 on: May 01, 2021, 05:47:32 PM
The new American indie cinema: Vinegar Syndrome partner labels + Oscilloscope / Mubi / Neon. It’s a small club now but that makes it easy.

Kino’s also begun dabbling in new releases (Abel Ferrara’s Tommaso, the Dardenne Bros. Young Ahmed, Bruno Dumont’s Coincoin & the Extra-Humans, and Rick Alverson’s The Mountain, among others)

Shout Factory put out The Nest and The House That Jack Built, but those are stylistic standouts from their usual focus.

Criterion and A24 seem to catch what James Gray would call "the middle" - the slightly bigger budget fare.


On the foreign front for new releases you’ve got Cohen Media Group / Grasshopper Film / Kimstim, and across the pond there’s Anti-Worlds.

Cohen Media can be counted on for Ozon and some French cinema. Grasshopper Film had Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama. Kimstim has put out Bruno Dumont’s past couple features.

Breaking Glass, Film Movement, and Strand Releasing have slowed to a trickle.


These labels are detailed on the first page of this thread, relevant links, etc. but not separated by new release companies vs catalog.



Prospect looks intriguing but that’s quite a price.

Will get Adoration of course, likely the two you recommended above (The Candy Snatchers  & The Passing), and maybe The Leather Boys and Donny’s Bar Mitzvah depending if the May sale includes those.


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Reply #924 on: May 01, 2021, 06:20:27 PM
I receive different information about the cutoff date for movie release dates included in the sale, but there is a cutoff, most likely February, though as indicated I can't say for certain. but anyway today's announcements won't be a part of the sale. Six-String Samurai won't be, or any of the may releases, or April releases, and I don't think March either

so, since they won't be part of the sale, and I'm hype for them, I just now ordered Home Grown Horrors and Donny’s Bar Mitzvah, although there are plenty more that interest me, and if this was in fact sale season I'd add on The Leather Boys



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Reply #925 on: May 01, 2021, 11:46:23 PM
I forget the name of the cult movie company associated with Kino

Code Red. their upcoming Cardona release is Guyana: Cult of The Damned