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September 13, 2022

Adrian Lyne's Fatal Attraction (1987) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



Stylish and sexy, Fatal Attraction took audiences to terrifying new heights with its thrilling story of a casual encounter gone terribly awry. This box-office smash was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Adrian Lyne - Indecent Proposal, Flashdance). Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a New York attorney who has a tryst with seductive Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) while his wife (Anne Archer) is away. Dan later shrugs off the affair as a mistake and considers it over. But Alex won't be ignored. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever... even if it means destroying Dan's family to keep him.



September 27, 2022

Adrian Lyne's Indecent Proposal (1993) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are Diana and David Murphy, a financially strapped couple who are betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas to deal them a lucky hand. But the odds are suddenly even more attractive when billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) ups the ante - complete financial freedom.

The price? One night of passion with Diana. The Payoff? A cool $1 million. But what seems to be a quick and simple solution to their money problems creates more friction that the couple bargained for as the high stakes of trust, love and attraction come into play as part of Gage's compelling proposal.




2022 TBD

John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



With the Allies poised to retake Paris from the Germans, Col. Franz Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) conspires to sneak out by train all of the art masterpieces looted by the German army. But museum curator Mademoiselle Villard (Suzanne Flon) alerts the French Resistance, and soon railway inspector Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster) is pressed into service. He reroutes the train, and cleverly deceives Von Waldheim by renaming each train station along the way.



Late 2022 TBD

Don Siegel's Escape from Alcatraz (1979) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), a hardened con with a history of prison breaks, is sent to serve the rest of his life sentence at Alcatraz -- America's most infamously brutal and inescapable maximum security prison. Morris quickly realizes the prison's dehumanizing effects and clashes with its cruel warden (Patrick McGoohan). Fed up with life at Alcatraz, Morris and two convict brothers (Fred Ward, Jack Thibeau) meticulously plan the unthinkable: an escape from the island.



July 26, 2022

George Kaczender's Don't Let the Angels Fall (1969) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome partner label Canadian International Pictures



Haunted by memories of a recent affair, securities advisor Robert Harrison (The Andromeda Strain's Arthur Hill) feels a growing sense of alienation from his wife Myrna (Last Night's Charmion King) and their sons Michael (John Kastner) and Guy (Jon Michaelson). As Michael embraces radical politics and Guy becomes dangerously isolated from his peers, Robert remains largely oblivious, distracted by visions of his recent mistress (Point Blank's Sharon Acker) and other infidelities. As confidence in Robert fades, the family spirals out of control, which paves the way for a shocking, perception-shifting discovery.

The first Canadian film to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this remarkable feature directorial debut from George Kaczender (In Praise of Older Women, Agency) builds on the experiments of Michelangelo Antonioni and Alain Resnais to deliver an impressively modern, unsentimental look at family dysfunction and midlife malaise. The only original screenplay by celebrated novelist Timothy Findley (The Wars), Don't Let the Angels Fall taps into the existential currents of '60s literary icons John Updike (Rabbit, Run) and John Cheever (The Swimmer) to deliver a haunting, evocative, occasionally psychedelic experience.





July 26, 2022

Aleksandr Ptushko's Sampo (1959) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome partner label Deaf Crocodile Films



Based on the Finnish national epic "Kalevala," director Aleksandr Ptushko's ravishing, mystical fantasy tells the story of a sinister witch Louhi (Anna Orochko) who covets the Sampo, a magical, rainbow-colored mill that can produce endless salt, grain, and gold. When the hero Lemminkäinen (Andris Oshin) attempts to stop her, Louhi steals the sun, plunging the world into eternal darkness. A Finnish/Soviet co-production and shot like its predecessor ILYA MUROMETS in gorgeous CinemaScope, SAMPO features some of Ptushko's most surreal and fantastical imagery: a glowing red horse plowing a field of vipers; a boat of fire with a stag's head; a weeping mother literally walking across the sea to find her lost son. With its witch's incantations and repeated scenes of forging magical items – "Give me fire for the furnace from the nave of the sky!" – there is a Macbeth-like occult force to the film as well, underscored by the raging blue-gray seas and rock-strewn landscapes.




July 26, 2022

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



Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this Brazilian comedy follows the strange events that befall Doña Flor (Sonia Braga) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband. (He died after another wanton night of carousing) Attempting to marry more wisely the second time around, Doña Flor weds a stable, but boring, pharmacist who has no interest in sex. When she discovers that her new sex life is less than satisfying, Doña Flor is visited by the sexy ghost of her late husband.




August 30, 2022

Julio Medem's Sex and Lucía (2001) on blu-ray from Music Box Films



Lucía is a young waitress in Madrid, who seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island after the loss of her longtime boyfriend. Amidst the fresh air, dazzling sun, and glistening deep blue water, Lucía begins to piece together the dark corners of her past relationship.



2022

Jacques Deray's The Outside Man (1972) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



A French hit man is hired by a crime family to end the life of a rival mobster, but things fall apart when the boss who hired him is killed.





August 30, 2022

Curtis Harrington's Mata Hari (1985) on blu-ray from Kino



Based loosely on the real-life story of the World War I spy. The exotic dancer uses her contacts in European high society, along with her seductive charm, to collect military secrets during the war. She successfully plays both sides against each other until at last her deceptions catch up with her.

Quote from: Letterboxd user Lencho of the ApesA cineaste's wet-dream, a triumph of kino-eye authorship, magpie-style -- opening scenes reference Shaw Brothers exotica and Colonel Blimp before it settles down into a softcore pastiche of Visconti that's heaven to look at, with glancing references along the way to anything else that Harrington thought was appropriate. (There's some Shanghai Express in there, and... um... I forget...)



August 9, 2022

Frank Borzage's Little Man, What Now? (1934) on blu-ray from Kino



A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.



September 6, 2022

Jules Dassin's He Who Must Die aka Celui qui doit mourir (1957) on blu-ray from Kino



Set in a Turkish-occupied Greek village shortly after World War I, Jules Dassin's stunning He Who Must Die tells the story of the townspeople's efforts to stage their Passion Play, an event that occurs once every seven years. The leading citizens choose who will play the parts: a stuttering young shepherd is chosen as Jesus; the town butcher as Judas; the town prostitute as Mary Magdalene. But as the movie unfolds, the Passion becomes a reality, and the villagers actualize their biblical roles against the tragic backdrop of a country uprooted by war and poverty.

Adapted from author Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ) by the world-renowned Jules Dassin, the director of Rififi, Never on Sunday and Topkapi, this powerful film asks: What would happen if Jesus came down to Earth a second time?




2022 TBD

Rene Clement's Joy House aka Les Felins (1964) on blu-ray from Kino



"The French James Dean," Alain Delon (Un Flic) stars as Marc, a small-time con man on the run from a mobster. After seeking refuge in the mansion of the widowed Barbara (Lola Albright) and her curvaceous cousin, Melinda (Jane Fonda), Marc becomes trapped in the passionate snares of both women, who are full of deadly surprises.



August 9, 2022

Sidney Lumet's Equus (1977) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



Dr. Martin Dysart (Richard Burton), a psychiatrist who has grown unhappy with his life, takes on the peculiar case of Alan Strang (Peter Firth), a reserved teenager who has been accused of brutally blinding six horses. Dysart slowly unravels Alan's background, learning that he grew up in a strained household with a devoutly religious mother (Joan Plowright) and an atheist father (Colin Blakely). But as Dysart begins to trace the roots of Alan's problems, his own also begin to surface.




August 9, 2022

Phil Joanou's State of Grace (1990) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



Gone for a decade, Terry Noonan (Sean Penn) is welcomed back into the fold in his Irish-American neighborhood in New York City. A one-time street tough, Terry is now an undercover officer targeting crime boss Frankie Flannery (Ed Harris). In the name of duty, Terry rekindles his dormant friendship with Frankie's younger brother, Jackie (Gary Oldman). But as Terry gets closer to his goal, his feelings for the youngest Flannery, his old flame Kathleen (Robin Wright), complicate his mission.



October 25, 2022

James Foley's At Close Range (1986) on blu-ray from MVD Visual



Based on a true story, "At Close Range" follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.



September 19, 2022

Universal Noir #1 (1947-1954) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



A new series of box sets – following Indicator's acclaimed Columbia Noir series – focusing on the film noir output of another of the major Hollywood studios, Universal Pictures.

QuoteThe Web (1947)

Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby (Price), claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan (O'Brien) as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel (Raines), begins to suspect he's been used. Director Gordon and the superb cast spin a web of deception, seduction and murder in this first-rate crime drama. Cinematography by Irving Glassberg (The Tarnished Angels, Bend of the River).

Larceny (1948)

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. Cinematography by Irving Glassberg (Bend of the River, The Tarnished Angels).

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

Bill Saunders, disturbed ex-soldier, kills a man in a postwar London pub brawl. Fleeing, he hides out in the apartment of lonely nurse Jane Wharton. Later, despite misgivings about his violent nature, Jane becomes involved with Bill, who resolves to reform. She gets him a job driving a medical supplies truck. But racketeer Harry Carter, who witnessed the killing, wants to use Bill's talents for crime.

Abandoned (1949)

Dennis O'Keefe and Gale Storm expose a baby-selling racket in the searing crime drama Abandoned, co-starring Jeff Chandler and Raymond Burr. When Paula Considine (Storm) arrives in Los Angeles to find her sister Mary, she soon learns the unwed mother is dead and her newborn infant is missing. Teaming up with cynical reporter named Mark Sitko (O'Keefe), Paula discovers Mary was the victim of a black market adoption ring run by Mrs. Leona Donner (Marjorie Rambeau) and her sleazy assistant Kerric (Burr). Hoping to entrap the pair, Paula and Sitko devise a plan but the sting operation proves to have deadly consequences. Directed by Joe Newman.

Deported (1950)

The real-life deportation of gangster Lucky Luciano was the inspiration for this romanticized and slightly crackbrained crime drama. Jeff Chandler plays the Luciano counterpart, who once he arrives in Italy renews his criminal activities. Chandler masterminds a black-market racket, capitalizing upon wartime shortages in Europe. He falls in love with a Contessa (Marta Toren), who is the benign patroness of the small village where he lives. Under her influence, Chandler abandons his life of crime, turns his back on the ill-gotten gains that he's already smuggled into Italy, and becomes a pillar of the community. And if you believe all that, we have some land in Florida we'd like to show you.

Naked Alibi (1954)

Though drunken baker Al Willis (Gene Barry) insists he's innocent of all charges, police chief Joe Conroy (Sterling Hayden) is determined to throw the book at Willis for murdering a fellow cop. Though the evidence is thin, Conroy is so certain of the baker's guilt that he continues to pursue his suspect even after being fired from the police force. Enlisting the aid of Willis' abused girlfriend, Marianna (Gloria Grahame), Conroy trails his man to Mexico in a heated chase.



September 20, 2022

Anthony Asquith's Orders to Kill (1958) on blu-ray from Indicator US



Based on a story by real-life spy Donald Downes, and co-scripted by another former spy, Paul Dehn (The Deadly Affair, Fragment of Fear), Anthony Asquith's film follows an American airman sent into occupied France with orders to kill a suspected double agent... but the mission does not go according to plan.



July 18, 2022

Jirí Menzel's Larks on a String (1990) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a 4K restoration



Shot in 1968, whilst Czechoslovakia enjoyed a brief moment of political liberalization, Larks on a String is a searing political satire from director Jirí Menzel and writer Bohumil Hrabal. Like their earlier Oscar-winning triumph Closely Observed Trains, it audaciously combines black humour with grim reality.

Set in a scrap metal yard where dissidents are interned to be 're-educated', the film is both a powerful critique of totalitarianism and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. Promptly banned by the Communist regime, the film remained unseen until 1990, when it was released to great acclaim, winning the grand prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Now regarded as a lost masterpiece, Menzel's wry comic drama is a hymn to humanity and nonconformity.





September 19, 2022

The Oslo Trilogy: Three Films By Joachim Trier (2006-2021) on blu-ray from Mubi (UK)



QuoteReprise (2006)

Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie) and Erik (Espen Klouman Høiner) have been best friends since childhood. Both young men share a passion for the works of reclusive novelist Sten Egil Dahl, and both harbor literary ambitions. However, fate deals differently with the friends as each strives to make his dream come true.

Oslo, August 31 (2011)

Anders is about to finish a detox treatment in a rural center. As part of his therapy, one morning he goes to the city to perform for a job interview. Taking advantage of the permit, he stays in the city and meets people who have not seen for a long time. He is an intelligent man, handsome and of good family, but he is deeply disturbed by the opportunities he has missed and by the people he has disappointed. However, when night comes he dreams of finding love and starting a new life full of hope in the future from the next day. Starring Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, and Renate Reinsve.

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

Acclaimed filmmaker Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st, Louder Than Bombs) returns with The Worst Person in the World, a wistful and subversive romantic drama about the quest for love and meaning. Set in contemporary Oslo, it features a star-making lead performance from Renate Reinsve as a young woman who, on the verge of turning thirty, navigates multiple love affairs, existential uncertainty and career dissatisfaction as she slowly starts deciding what she wants to do, who she wants to be, and ultimately who she wants to become.



August 22, 2022

John Dahl's Red Rock West (1993) on blu-ray from Plan B Entertainment (UK)



Dead tired and flat broke after driving 12,000 miles, an unemployed Texan, Michael (Cage), walks into a tavern in tiny Red Rock, Wyoming, and is immediately offered a job. There's just one problem: the owner thinks Michael is a hitman, and the "job" is murdering the owner's wife (Boyle). Just when Michael decides to take the money and run, the real hitman (Hopper) arrives, ready to do the job right.



Summer 2022 TBD

Walter Hill Box Set (1975-2006) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)





September 28, 2022

Barbet Schroeder's Barfly (1987) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like you see fit, and if that in some cases involves copious amounts of whiskey then so be it. Henry spends his days drinking and listening to the radio, and he spends his nights drinking and fighting against Eddy who he thinks personifies shallowness and shameless self promoting. Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story. After fighting Eddy and winning for a change Henry is thrown out of his regular bar where Eddy is a bartender.



September 28, 2022

Adrian Lyne's Lolita (1997) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



Humbert Humbert is a remarkable man with a poisonous wound: the indelible memory of a fated childhood love and a haunting urge to rediscover its lost passion through an obsession with a twelve-year-old girl named Lolita.



September 28, 2022

Akira Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala (1975) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



A Russian explorer brings the Asiatic hunter who saved his life back to civilization.

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October 25, 2022

Hal Ashby's The Last Detail (1973) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Shout Factory



Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.



Late 2022

John Schlesinger's Marathon Man (1976) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



A graduate history student is unwillingly trapped in a killing game of intrigue involving a Nazi fugitive.



October 11, 2022

Steven Soderbergh's The Limey (1999) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Lionsgate



An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.



November 15, 2022

Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Lionsgate



They were perfect strangers, set to pull off the perfect crime. When a heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.



October 25, 2022

Peter Medak's The Changeling (1980) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Severin



A man staying at a old mansion which has been unoccupied for years finds himself disturbed by a strange presence which haunts the house.




September 13, 2022

John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Shout Factory



Centennial celebration are underway in seaside town of Antonio Bay, glowing fog rolls in and all hell breaks loose.



September 13, 2022

Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Shout Factory



A young soldier must choose between his two platoon leaders and confront the horrors of war and the duality of man.



October 25, 2022

Columbia Classics Collection: Volume 3 (1934-1997) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Sony



-It Happened One Night (1934)
-From Here to Eternity (1953)
-To Sir with Love (1967)
-The Last Picture Show (1971)
-Annie (1982)
-As Good as It Gets (1997)



December 31, 2022

Walter Hill's The Driver (1978) on 4K UHD blu-ray from StudioCanal (France)



In Los Angeles, a mysterious getaway driver renowned for his speed and ability behind the wheel is pursued by an obsessive detective and his men. Drawn into their cat-and-mouse game is a beautiful gambler who saw the driver's face during a casino heist, but refuses to identify him to the police.



August 4, 2022

Mike Hodges' Get Carter (1971) on 4K UHD blu-ray from BFI (UK)



After his brother's suspicious death, coldblooded gangster Jack Carter returns to his hometown of Newcastle to investigate and exact vengeance.



November 1, 2022

Román Viñoly Barreto's El Vampiro Negro (1953) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley



A virtually unknown remake of M, Fritz Lang's seminal 1931 thriller, El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire) is a revisionist take on the tale by Argentine director Román Viñoly Barreto. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, a stunning restoration of the film was created by UCLA Film & Television Archive, now presented in its first-ever home video release – with special thanks to Fernando Martín Peña and Argentina Sono Film.

Argentine beauty Olga Zubarry stars as a cabaret performer trying to protect her young daughter (Gogó) from a mysterious murderer while parrying the advances of the prosecutor (Roberto Escalada) pursuing the killer. Nathán Pinzón, who also appeared in Viñoly Barreto's The Beast Must Die (La bestia debe morir) a year earlier, gives an impressive against-type performance as the disturbed pedophile hiding in plain sight.

This variation on Fritz Lang's classic is a proto-feminist reimagining of the tale, focusing on the lives of female characters ignored in the earlier iterations. The film's brooding cinematography (by Aníbal González Paz) enhances Olga Zubarry's exceptional performance, which won her the Argentine Film Critics Association award for Best Actress. El vampiro negro (The Black Vampire) is a significant rediscovery in cinema history, and, thanks to the dedication of the Film Noir Foundation and its partners at UCLA Film & Television Archive, it is now available in a beautiful Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition packed with special features.




September 27, 2022

Reinhard Hauff's A Knife in the Head (1978) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a new 4K restoration



Hoffman (Bruno Ganz) is searching for his wife (Angela Winkler) at the youth center where she works. When a police raid turns into an armed struggle with revolutionaries, Hoffman is caught in the crossfire and shot in the head. Once a promising bio-geneticist, Hoffman is now unable to move and barely able to remember the incident. While terrorists claim him as a hero, police frame him to justify shooting him. Hoffman must painstakingly piece together his memory to discover what really happened.




September 13, 2022

Diane Kurys' Entre Nous (1983) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the Liberation she meets an actor, gets pregnant, and marries him. Lena and Madeleine meet at their children's school in Lyon in 1952 and the intensity of their relationship strains both their marriages to the breaking point.



October 11, 2022

Bertrand Blier's Going Places (1974) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it's cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She's on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure.



October 25, 2022

Joseph Anthony's The Rainmaker (1956) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 6K (!) restoration of the original VistaVision negative



During the Great Depression, a drought is wreaking havoc on a small, destitute Kansas town. Bill Starbuck (Burt Lancaster), a slick grifter, arrives in town, promising he can make it rain in exchange for $100. His offer is accepted by H. C. Curry (Cameron Prudhomme), a rancher whose spinster daughter, Lizzie (Katharine Hepburn), is desperate for a suitor. Lizzie finally finds confidence when Starbuck, ever the smooth talker, convinces her she's beautiful.



September 13, 2022

Patricia Rozema's I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



This charming, whimsical story about a waifish daydreamer with artistic aspirations is structured around a video-recorded confession. In Patricia Rozema's fanciful character study, aspiring photographer Polly (comedian Sheila McCarthy) lands a job at a Toronto art gallery run by Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon), who is also a painter. Polly is impressed with Gabrielle's paintings, but as Polly gets to know her lover Mary (Ann-Marie MacDonald) and becomes entangled in their lives, she realizes Gabrielle isn't exactly who she appears to be. The gauche absent-minded temp with spiky orange hair and the polished, bourgeois curator with a gift for gab are like night and day, yet a strong connection builds between these two women through their shared love of art, and their genuine curiosity and appetite for love. Winner of the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.




2022 TBD

Milos Forman's Valmont (1989) on blu-ray from Kino



Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman.




November 29, 2022

William Wyler's Detective Story (1951) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



James McLeod (Kirk Douglas) is a stern police detective who has no tolerance for crime. At home, however, he is a loving husband to his wife, Mary (Eleanor Parker). The police are ready to conclude the case of abortionist Karl Schneider (George Macready), who is responsible for the death of at least one patient, but McLeod's hatred for the doctor prolongs the investigation. The detective soon uncovers a dark secret that threatens to destroy his sanity and ruin his life.



October 18, 2022

Irvin Kershner's Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) on blu-ray from Kino



Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair) stars in this deviously original supernatural thriller from acclaimed director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back). World-renowned for her sensational, erotic portraits of models in settings of glorified urban violence, Laura Mars (Dunaway) exhibits a mystifying psychic ability. In her mind's eye, she "witnesses" a series of bizarre murders with terrifying clarity. All of the victims are people Laura has known. Homicide detective John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones, Black Moon Rising) attempts to unravel the mystery...and makes a bloodcurdling discovery.

The chilling Eyes of Laura Mars was scripted by masters of suspense John Carpenter (Halloween) and David Zelag Goodman (Straw Dogs), with a crackerjack cast that includes Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Rene Auberjonois (M*A*S*H) and Raul Julia (The Addams Family).




September 6, 2022

Paul Newman's Rachel, Rachel (1968) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go.



August 16, 2022

Hal Saline's Denise Calls Up (1995) on blu-ray from Sony



An inventive romantic comedy, Denise Calls Up follows a group of workaholic young professionals who keep their social lives and interactions restricted solely to the telephone lines. With a strong ensemble cast Denise Calls Up is a clever and funny examination of love in the '90s, as well as all of life's modern hang-ups.




September 20, 2022

Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Young Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter (Kirk Douglas), who saw the crime, corroborates the girl's story. Eventually, they wed out of convenience; the meek Walter is genuinely in love, and Martha thinks that her secret is safe since she has married the one witness to her aunt's death. However, when her childhood pal, Sam (Van Heflin), shows up, Martha knows her dark past may not stay a secret for long.



August 23, 2022

Douglas Sirk's Thunder on the Hill (1951) on blu-ray from Universal



A convicted murderer is being transported to Norwich for execution when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. During her stay, a nun becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to find the real killer.



September 20, 2022

Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.



September 20, 2022

Woody Allen's Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



In a series of vignettes, Woody Allen reveals the fools we all become in the name of sex.



September 20, 2022

Woody Allen's Love & Death (1975) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



A devout coward vows to assassinate Napoleon in the name of love.



September 27, 2022

Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.



September 27, 2022

Woody Allens Interiors (1978) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce.



September 27, 2022

Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) on blu-ray from Sandpiper Pictures



Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others. Written by Scott Renshaw



November 14, 2022

Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) on blu-ray from BFI (UK), from a 4K restoration



Six years after the Glorious Revolution, during the reign of William and Mary over England, haughty and gifted artist Neville is contracted by a woman to produce 12 drawings of her wealthy husband's estate and garden. In return, she pays him a modest fee and sleeps with him. However, there is more intrigue and mystery unfolding around him than Neville first realizes, and he becomes part of a complicated plot beyond his control.




October 10, 2022

Roddy McDowall's The Ballad of Tam Lin (1970) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)



Based on an ancient Scottish folk song, an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her young jet-set friends.




December 5, 2022

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



The dramatically brutal life of a family struggling to get by in South London is unflinchingly depicted in Gary Oldman's debut feature as writer/director. In a moving performance for which she was named Best Acterss at the Cannes Film Festival, Kathy Burke stars with Ray Winstone, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse and Edna Dore in this story of love, dependency, abuse and poverty.




August 8, 2022

Robert Bresson's The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)



A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English, filmed in a spare, low-key fashion.



December 5, 2022

Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



Legendary screen duo Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in this heartwarming holiday classic, which is more popular than ever as it celebrates its 75th anniversary. Stanwyck is a petty shoplifter caught stealing a bracelet and MacMurray is the Assistant District Attorney who gets her sent off to jail just before the holidays, then suffers a crisis of conscience and bails her out. When he invites her to join him and his family for Christmas, it begins a relationship that strains—but ultimately redeems—all parties. Featuring a wonderful supporting cast (Beulah Bondi, Sterling Holloway and Elizabeth Patterson), stylish costumes by Edith Head, a hilarious yet poignant script by Preston Sturges and superb direction by Mitchell Leisen, this is a timeless holiday favorite that can be enjoyed in any season.



October 24, 2022

Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack's The Most Dangerous Game (1932) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)



An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.



September 19, 2022

Károly Makk's Szerelem aka Love (1971) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK)



The wife of a political prisoner tends to her mother-in-law and keeps from the old woman the truth about her son, whom she believes is in New York making a film. Károly Makk's beloved film, based on the autobiographical writings of Tibor Déry, is a meditation on time, memory, love and loss.




October 26, 2022

Louis Malle' Pretty Baby (1978) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



A pre-teen girl grows up in a house of prostitution in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1917.





October 26, 2022

John G. Avlidsen's Save the Tiger (1973) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



Jack Lemmon plays Harry Stoner, a man caught in violent collision with his past and present life. He believes there is nothing significant in his life except survival, and that instinct pushes him beyond moral conduct. He'll juggle the books, supply women for clients... and even set fire to his own dress manufacturing factory. He is drawn to an America when life not only had values and heroes, it all seemed worth living and building. But Harry is frightened to break away from the emptiness of his seemingly successful life.


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A new British label, Radiance Films, founded by Arrow Video's Francesco Simeoni, has announced their first slate of releases. Kat Ellinger is working with them as a disc producer.

QuoteRadiance Films is founded on a passion for cinema. A series of films, books, merchandise and more curated from a variety of genres and modes of filmmaking, from arthouse provocateurs to genre classics. Each release is created from the best available materials and includes a wealth of supplementary features on disc and extensive booklets featuring new and archival writing, where applicable.

January 2, 2023

Elio Petri's The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (UK), from a 2K restoration



Gian Maria Volonté (A Fistful of Dollars), stars in one of provocative filmmaker Elio (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) Petri's most politically charged films as factory worker Lulu: a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, following an accident at work. Too tired to sleep with his girlfriend, cut out of his son's life by his ex, humiliated and disrespected, The Working Class Goes to Heaven is an oftentimes surreal and darkly comic look at the life of an everyday Italian trying to find a sense of purpose in a world where he is only allowed to be a tool for industry. A savage takedown of capitalism and industrial corruption, the film was recipient of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or and features a gloriously unhinged, award-winning performance from Volonté, accompanied by an exceptional score by Ennio Morricone and stunning cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller (Deep Red).



January 2, 2023

Kôsaku Yamashita's Big Time Gambling Boss (1968) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (US & UK)



Tokyo, 1934. Gang boss Arakawa is too ill and a successor must be named. The choice falls on Nakai, but being an outsider he refuses and suggests senior clansman Matsuda instead. But Matsuda is in jail and the elders won't wait for his release, so they appoint the younger and more malleable Ishido to take the reins. Clan honour and loyalties are severely tested when Matsuda is released, resulting in an increasingly violent internal strife. An atmospheric tale of gangland intrigue written by Kazuo Kasahara (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) and starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, (Lone Wolf and Cub, The Bounty Hunter Trilogy) and genre legend Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss is one of the all-time classics of the yakuza genre. Paul Schrader called it the richest and most complex film of its type, while novelist Yukio Mishima hailed it as a masterpiece. Radiance Films is proud to present this crucial re-discovery for the first time ever on Blu-ray.



February 6, 2023

Jean-Denis Bonan's A Woman Kills (1968) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (US & UK), from a 2K restoration



A series of prostitute murders disturb the public with the thought of a serial killer on the loose. Hélène Picard, a prostitute, is sentenced and executed for the murders, but shortly thereafter similar crimes continue. Executioner Louis Guilbeau meanwhile develops a relationship with the investigating officer, Solange, who soon learns Louis may not be who he says he is. Filmed in the tumultuous events of May 1968, Jean-Denis Bonan's A Woman Kills never found distribution due to controversy around the director's first film and producer Anatole Dauman (The Beast, Hiroshima mon amour) was unable to find distribution for the film for 45 years until Luna Park Films brought it back to life in a new restoration. Now released on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere, audiences outside of France can finally experience this utterly singular film, a new wave-influenced serial killer film that presents its narrative in an almost true crime approach yet focuses more on the psychological aspect with echoes of Polanski and Franju, set to a discordant, jazzy score.




February 6, 2023 TBD

George Armitage's Miami Blues (1990) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (UK)



George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank) adapted celebrated noir author Charles Willeford's novel Miami Blues for the screen with new star Alec Baldwin in the lead role as Frederick J. Frenger, Jr., a sociopathic criminal. Arriving in Miami fresh out of jail he commits one crime after another when he meets young hooker Susie (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Single White Female) who he starts to build a pseudo-married life with, including the home cooking and the white picket fence. As Frederick tries to juggle domesticity with his mounting crimes, dogged cop Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward, Tremors) threatens to put his freedom in jeopardy. Baldwin is brilliant as the unhinged criminal tearing through Miami while Armitage perfectly balances the humour and violence in this singular crime comedy that betrays the quirky influence of producer Jonathan Demme (Something Wild, Married to the Mob).



2023 TBD

Rudolf Thome's Red Sun (1970) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (US & UK)



Thomas (Marquard Bohm, Kings of the Road) gets a ride to Munich where he finds his ex-girlfriend Peggy (counter culture activist and model Uschi Obermaier) who takes him in. In her flat he finds Peggy and her roommates have a commune-like lifestyle where they kill the men in their lives after five days, but will Thomas realise in time? A pop fantasy focused on the post-'68 and women's liberation movements, Red Sun was compared to a comic strip by Wim Wenders and is a beautiful art-genre collision that is both brilliantly bizarre and provocative. Director Rudolf Thome was an emerging talent in the New German Cinema alongside Wenders, Fassbinder and Herzog, but received little international distribution and fell into international obscurity despite a consistent career covering six decades. Radiance Films is proud to present Red Sun to English-speaking audiences for the first time in a restoration overseen by Thome.




2023 TBD

Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (UK)



Junior high school student Dawn "Wiener-dog" Wiener is perpetually teased by her classmates and tormented by the school bully, Brandon. All she wants is to be popular and that would certainly help her emerging crush on the lead of her brother's garage band. Todd (Happiness) Solondz's celebrated coming-of-age comedy won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and young star Heather Matarazzo was awarded Best Debut Performance at the prestigious Independent Spirit Awards.



2023 TBD

Bo Widerberg's The Man on the Roof (1976) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (UK)



Police officer Stig Nyman is murdered by an unseen assailant brandishing a bayonet. His colleagues Beck, Rönn and Kollberg pick up the case quickly, keen to solve the crime on one of their own. Investigating Nyman and drawing up a list of potential suspects leads the team to discover he was a lousy cop who abused his power with a history of brutality. As their search draws closer they are caught unaware by a rooftop assassin with a sniper rifle, picking off every cop he can. The Man on the Roof was adapted from the novel by celebrated writers Sjöwall and Wahlöö, whose Martin Beck character has been realised in multiple films and recent TV series Beck. Influenced by The French Connection's gritty vérité style, celebrated director Bo Widerberg created an incredible spectacle here that would become legendary in Sweden and remains the greatest crime film from the heart of Scandi noir.



2023 TBD

Luigi Comencini's The Sunday Woman (1975) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (US & UK), from a new 2K restoration of the original camera negative



An odious architect is beaten to death and a high society wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Day for Night) and her gay friend (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) are the key suspects with a discarded letter implicating them in the crime. Commissioner Santamaria (Marcello Mastroianni, Fellini's 8 ½) is assigned to the case and tries to uncover the murder suspect in upper-class Turin. With a murder mystery narrative worthy of Agatha Christie, The Sunday Woman is also a sharp critique of Turin's upper crust. The screenplay, by the celebrated duo Age & Scarpelli, famed for their masterpieces in the Commedia all'Italiana boom including Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Organizer, is a whip-smart adaptation of the best-selling novels by Carlo Fruttero and Franco Lucentini with the lead character of Santamaria inspired by the real-life head of the Flying Squad. The much-heralded director Luigi Comencini (Misunderstood) often worked in a combination of comedy and drama, finding humour in tragedy, and is only waiting to be rediscovered as a master of post-war Italian cinema.



2023 TBD

Alain Cavalier's Fill 'er up with Super (1976)  on blu-ray from Radiance Films (US & UK), from a new 2K restoration of the original camera negative



Klouk (Bernard Crombey) is a car salesman who has to miss a family holiday to deliver a luxury Chevrolet station wagon to his boss' wealthy client. He decides to take his friend Philippe (Xavier Saint-Macary) along with him for the ride across the length of France from Lille to the Cote d'Azur. On the way they give a lift to hitchhiker Charles (Etienne Chicot) who also brings along his friend Daniel (Patrick Bouchitey). A buddy road movie that came together from genuine friendship developed throughout the months-long script workshop giving the film a casual and naturalistic quality that pre-dates Richard Linklater's similar approaches by some decades. A meditation on friendship and masculinity, this was one of the last films Alain Cavalier made before approaching more experimental forms of filmmaking but prefigures his later breaking down of fiction and documentary barriers with the freewheeling approach of Fill 'er up with Super .



2023 TBD

Amy Seimetz's She Dies Tomorrow (2020) on blu-ray from Radiance Films (UK)



When Amy is suddenly stricken by the random idea she will die tomorrow, a bizarre phenomena starts passing through her social circle, where each and every person is eventually hit by the same realisation they will not last until the next sunrise, despite there being no obvious reason to believe this. Rather than riffing on the notion of contagion as conventional plague Amy Seimetz's She Dies Tomorrow takes an abstract route into the subject, one which recalls films such as Pulse, where contagion features a strong existential element, in its sometimes absurdly comic, yet deeply unsettling, exploration of a group of people facing imminent unexplained death. As such, the film fits neatly into the stable of Lynchian horror, which seeks to explore genre by breaking down boundaries, as well as enhancing sensory elements such as the use of hallucinatory colour and dreamlike sequences.

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Woahh those editions of Red Sun and She Dies Tomorrow are very enticing.