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February 6, 2018

Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone

A young working girl must suport her family on only five dollars a week. The strain of trying to feed, house and clothe her mother, her father and three brothers finally gets to be too much, and she winds up selling her body for a pair of shoes.

QuoteEva Meyer is poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. Each week, Eva returns to her cold-water flat and dutifully hands over her meager earnings to her mother. But her wages barely cover the grocer's bill and cannot provide for decent clothing. With only cardboard to patch the holes in the soles of her shoes, Eva's life becomes harder with each rainy day and every splinter. In constant pain and with no solution in sight, the disheartened girl considers the uninvited advances of Charlie, a cad with clearly dishonorable intentions.

So begins Lois Weber's Shoes, perhaps her finest masterpiece and one of the great feminist films in the history of cinema.

Whenever the press reports on the current dearth of women directors, there is mention made of Lois Weber, the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and wrote many groundbreaking films — dramas that combined social and political critiques with moving personal narratives — but because her finest films have long been unavailable and others have been poorly presented, Weber's reputation has always quickly retreated back into the dustbin of history.

Together, with the recent publication of Shelley Stamp's Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press), Milestone is working to reinstall Weber into the pantheon of great filmmakers. Thanks to the incredible restoration work of the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Milestone celebrates the film's 100th anniversary with a release that will be an important addition to every women's studies and every film history course.

Weber adapted her script for Shoes closely from a short story by Stella Wynne Herron published in the January 1, 1916 issue of Collier's. Herron's inspiration for her story came from social reformer Jane Addams's 1912 book on prostitution A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil, which Herron quoted in her epigraph: "When the shoes became too worn to endure a third soling and she possessed but 90 cents toward a new pair, she gave up the struggle; to use her own contemptuous phrase, she 'sold out for a new pair of shoes.'"

Weber weaves a beautifully simple story with a technique much celebrated in post-WWII Italy as neorealism. Shooting exteriors around Los Angeles — including a remarkable scene in Pershing Square and the actual front of Woolworth's on Broadway — and meticulously recreating a Five and Dime Store interior, Weber created a documentary feel of a young woman's life unmatched by any film of the era. The director's brand-new discovery, sixteen-year-old Mary MacLaren (resembling a young Jennifer Lawrence) is the embodiment of youthful innocence and too-early world-weariness. Much like the 1912 English play "Hindle Wakes," Shoes is a plea for women's equality (women's suffrage was still a hard-fought political goal in both countries), but where one celebrated a woman's right to sexual freedom, Weber's film portrays the reality and tragedy of a shop girl in modern society.

The Shoes restoration by the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam combined a Dutch nitrate print and a 1930s American "comedic" reissue of the film called Unshod Maiden found at the Library of Congress. Thanks to the 2016 discovery of the original script and intertitles in the 16mm microfilm files at NBC/Universal, the Milestone edition more closely reflects the original film. Prominent musicians and composers Donald Sosin and Mimi Rabson have created a mesmerizing and incredibly moving score to accompany Shoes.


January 9, 2018

Richard Boleslawski's Garden of Allah (1936) on blu-ray from Kino

After the death of her father, convent-educated Domini Enfilden heads for the desert seeking peace. But instead of tranquility, the sultry beauty finds passion in the arms of Boris Androvsky — secretly a Trappist monk who has broken his vows and lost his faith. Will Domini discover Boris' secret, and will his hidden past destroy their future happiness?

Garden of Allah (1936) - Amazon

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March 27, 2018

Victor Fleming's Joan of Arc (1948) on blu-ray from Kino

This classic epic was directed by the brilliant Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) and starred the radiant Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) in one of her most stunning performances. Bergman is spellbinding as the 15th century French peasant girl who rouses a nation and inspires the world with her faith and bravery. Fiercely believing that she's directed by God, Joan triumphantly leads an army into battle against the British, who are driven from France. Yet as Joan's influence grows, the king (José Ferrer, Moulin Rouge) becomes increasingly wary of her power and ultimately betrays her to her death and martyrdom. A lavish award-winning epic film, Joan of Arc is a powerful story of one of history's most fascinating heroines. The stellar cast also includes Ward Bond (The Searchers), J. Carrol Naish (Clash by Night) and Gene Lockhart (Miracle on 34th Street).


Quote from: wilder on January 02, 2018, 06:26:02 PM
February 6, 2018

Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) on blu-ray from Milestone

it's just me and you interested in this anyway, but did you already read her imdb? i'm excited!

QuoteLois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film), cast her in the lead of "Hypocrites" (1908). Weber first got behind the camera on A Heroine of '76 (1911), a silent that was co-directed by pioneering American director Edwin S. Porter and actor Phillips Smalley, who played George Washington. She also starred in the picture.

In 1914, a year in which she helmed 27 movies, Weber co-directed William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1914) with Smalley, who also played Shylock, making her the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the US. (Jeanie Macpherson, who would play a major role in cinema as Cecil B. DeMille's favorite screenwriter, also acted in the film).

In the spirit of her evangelism, she began directing, writing and then producing films of social import, dealing with such themes as abortion, alcoholism, birth control, drug addiction and prostitution. By 1916 she had established herself as the top director at Universal Film Manufacturing (now Universal Studios), the top studio in America at the time, making her the highest-paid director in the world. The following year she formed Lois Weber Productions.

She directed over 100 films, but her production company went bankrupt in the 1920s as her career faltered. She did not make the transition to sound, although she did make one talkie, White Heat (1934), in 1934.

Dorothy Arzner's films are currently playing at LACMA. i went to the first (Working Girls) and there was some mad shittalking from cinephiles. basically no one appreciates Arzner. all they wanted to mention was how just-okay her films are and how before sound came into film there were lots of female writers and directors making movies. so Lois Weber fits in that conversation.


March 12, 2018

Raoul Walsh's The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), starring Jayne Mansfield, on blu-ray from Plan B (UK)

Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More) reckons that a good way to improve the fortunes of his uncle's London gun company is to sell their products in the Wild West, so he sets off for Fractured Jaw. Once there, a series of misunderstandings give him the completely false reputation of being a smooth-talking, fast-on-the-draw gunman, and he is inveigled into becoming sheriff. With the two trigger-happy local ranches squaring up against each other, it's as well he is getting advice from sassy and sweet-on-him Kate (Jayne Mansfield).

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) - Amazon UK


February 27, 2018

David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone (1983) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany)

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

The Dead Zone (1983) - Amazon Germany


March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot's La Prisonnière aka Woman in Chains (1968) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK). Many of the visual techniques pioneered for Clouzot's unfinished Inferno are present here.

Fairly certain this is also coming from Criterion, soon. 

A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

La Prisonnière (1968) - Amazon UK

March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Corbeau (1943) on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

Henri-George Clouzot's dark and subversive study of human nature stars Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed 'Le Corbeau' (The Raven) appear denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow sinister trickle of letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from the malicious accusations, which include abortion and drug addiction. Beneath the town's respectful and calm surface lurks a darker side in which everyone is a suspect. With the townspeople afraid to accuse each other for fear of being accused, suspicion and hatred reach epidemic levels.

Le Corbeau (1943) - Amazon UK

March 5, 2018

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Quai Des Orfèvres on blu-ray from Studio Canal (UK)

A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life.

Quai Des Orfèvres - Amazon UK


March 19, 2018

Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

In one of the most acclaimed films of all time, Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow-up, Zabriskie Point) directed international star Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, The Border, Wolf) and Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) in an elliptical and fascinating thriller about alienation and lost identities. Now finally making its Blu-ray debut in the UK, this essential work from one of cinema's most renowned and celebrated film artists is accompanied by an array of fascinating and insightful extra features.

March 11, 2018

Stephen Frears' Gumshoe (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

This brilliant feature debut from director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters) is an affectionate – and uniquely British – tribute to the Hollywood detective movies of the 1940s. Starring the great Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Murder on the Orient Express, Skyfall) as a Liverpool bingo caller who dreams of being a private eye and then finds himself suddenly contacted for what appears to be an actual piece of detective work.

March 19, 2018

The Town on Trial (1957) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Investigating a murder in a small English town, a brusque Police Inspector (John Mills – Hobson's Choice, Ice Cold in Alex, Young Winston) discovers that virtually everyone he encounters has something to hide. Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come (including recent TV hit Broadchurch), director John Guillermin's audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time. An intelligent and gripping police-procedural thriller and macabre melodrama, Town on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.

April 23/24, 2018

G.W. Pabsts' L'Atlantide (1932) on blu-ray from Arrow UK and Arrow US

L'Atlantide marked a change of direction for German filmmaker G.W. Pabst. Following a string of features on which he'd made his reputation – the masterpiece Pandora's Box, the classic World War I picture Westfront 1918, the Brecht adaptation The Threepenny Opera and the mining disaster movie Kameradschaft – Pabst ventured into fresh territory with an adaptation of Pierre Benoît's fantasy-adventure novel.

Set in 1896, L'Atlantide concerns the exploits of two French officers searching for missing comrades in the desert. During their rescue mission, the pair are kidnapped and taken to the subterranean lair of the goddess Antinéa (played by Metropolis's Brigitte Helm) in the ruins of the city of Atlantis – the infamous realm had not sunk beneath the sea but instead been buried under the sands of the Sahara.

Shot on location in the Sahara and at Berlin's Efa Studios, L'Atlantide presents a wonderful fantasy world. Originally filmed by Jacques Feyder in 1920, and later the inspiration for a camp Maria Montez classic, an Italian Hercules picture and a Totò parody among many others, Pabst's vision of Benoît's novel remains one of cinema's best.


April 17, 2018

Paul Schrader's Auto Focus (2002) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

The story of actor Bob Crane, an affable radio show host and amateur drummer who found success on Hogan's Heroes, a popular television sitcom, and his dramatic descent into the underbelly of Hollywood after the series was cancelled, and after forming a friendship with John Henry Carpenter.

April 17, 2018

Jacques Demy's Model Shop (1969) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, including his girlfriend Gloria. While trying to raise money to prevent his car from being repossessed, George is attracted to Lola, a Frenchwoman who works in a "model shop" (an establishment which rents out beautiful pin-up models to photographers). George spends his last twelve dollars to photograph her, and discovers that she is as unhappy as he. Although Lola is unwilling to respond to George, their brief night of lovemaking gives both the will to deal with their respective problems.

April 10, 2018

Allan Dwan's Manhandled (1924) on blu-ray from Kino

Tessy McGuire (Gloria Swanson) is a shop girl at a department store who lives in the same building as her boyfriend Tom Moore, a mechanic with big ideas. One day, she is invited by the store owner (Arthur Housman) to a party along with a friend. Tessy impersonates a girl doing a jazz dance and later a Russian Countess. The owner of a ritzy store (Frank Morgan) offers her a job as a fake Countess to lure customers. Tessy also gets a job posing as a model, but keeps getting "manhandled."

April 10, 2018

Allan Dwan's Stage Struck (1925) on blu-ray from Kino

Jennie Hagen dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend Orme starts to flirt with an actual actress, Jennie becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.


Bunch of standard editions of previously limited releases coming out

April 24, 2018

Standard edition of Liquid Sky (1982) from Vinegar Syndrome

Quote from: wilder on September 26, 2017, 02:14:13 PM
Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky (1982) on limited edition blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.)

March 13, 2018

Standard 2-disc edition of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) from Synapse, from the new 4K restoration. A 1-disc version will also be available.

April 10, 2018

US release of the standard edition of Dario Argento's Deep Red (1975) from Arrow


February 20, 2018

Larry Peerce's The Incident (1967) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, from a new 4K transfer

Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

February 20, 2018

Paul Newman's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) on blu-ray from Twilight Time, from a new 4K transfer

From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for her life in the classified ads while all about her is the rubble of an unkempt house. All she needs is the right opportunity, she says puffing on a cigarette. Poorly equipped to survive the vagaries of modern life, she has nonetheless always managed to muddle through. Ruth, epileptic and making her way through the rebellious phase of adolescence, seems doomed to make the same mistakes as her mother. Quiet Matilda, on the other hand, seeks refuge in her animals and her schoolwork. "Jesus, don't you hate the world, Matilda?" Beatrice asks her youngest daughter. The title of the film is also the subject of Matilda's science project at school and serves as a metaphor for the way life affects each of us differently -- how some are able to find opportunity in adversity and thrive and how some succumb when the burden becomes too heavy. This is the story of slowly drowning and grasping desperately for a lifeline only to find that there's none there and you must save yourself. "No, Mama," Matilda says, "I don't hate the world."


May 22, 2018

David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Adapted from the novel by Barry Gifford, Wild At Heart stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) and Laura Dern (Inland Empire, Jurassic Park) as Sailor and Lula, a pair of young lovers on the run from Lula's mother Marietta (Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd, in an Academy Award®-nominated role). Sailor and Lula's journey takes them into the dark heart of America, where dangers and temptations lurk ... and where only their love can truly protect them. But even their all-consuming passion may not withstand the sinister presence of Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe in an unforgettable performance).

2018 TBD

Giulio Questi's Death Laid an Egg aka La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968) on blu-ray from Nucleus Films (UK). This release dramatically improves on the lackluster transfer on the American blu-ray from Cult Epics

A woman (Ewa Aulin) plans to kill both her lover (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and his wife (Gina Lollobrigida) but conspires with each one to get the job done.


Summer 2018 TBD

Paul Verhoeven's Spetters (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, sourced from a brand new remaster

Rien, Eef and Hans are three young working-class guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn't be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitious blonde comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds.

May 14, 2018

Harry Hurwitz's Fairy Tales (1978) on blu-ray from 88 Films (UK), from a new restoration of the original camera negative

Little Bo Peep, Old King Cole, Little Tommy Tucker, Snow White, and many others, have all grown up and are ready for action! These enchanting characters from beloved nursery rhymes sing, dance, lust, and romance their way through this hilarious, naughty, and twisted tale where music, mirth, and merriment are the rule of the day. In a clothing optional land of make believe where everything is possible. See "Scream Queen" Linnea Quigley star in her first feature role in this erotic musical funfest!!

Fairy Tales (1978) - Amazon UK



Available Now (released in October '17 )

"The Prisoner" (1967-1968) TV Series on blu-ray from Network (UK). All other releases are currently out of print.

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

The Prisoner - Series Only - Amazon UK

In My Mind - Amazon UK

The Prisoner - Limited Deluxe Edition - Network (includes illustrated book + OST CD set, and "In My Mind", a new feature-length documentary)

The Prisoner - Illustrated book only - Network

The Prisoner - OST CD Set only - Network

In My Mind - Network


April 23, 2018

Ingmar Bergman's The Touch (1971) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

Unavailable for decades, the BFI are proud to present Ingmar Bergman's The Touch for the first time on Blu-ray worldwide.

Karin (Bibi Andersson), a happily married mother of two, surprises herself by responding in-kind to an unforeseen profession of love from David (Elliott Gould), an archaeologist visiting Sweden, whom her doctor husband (Max von Sydow) has befriended. But love, however toxically exhilarating, is seldom simple, and deceit and David's volatile temperament take their toll. The Touch marked the first time Bergman worked with an established Hollywood star (Gould).

Originally released in a fully English language version, this presentation of The Touch is a new 2K restoration by the Swedish Film Institute from the original negatives of Bergman's preferred Swedish/English cut.

The Touch (1971) - Amazon UK

April 23, 2018

Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute (1975) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart's exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer's best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. Available for the first time on Blu-ray the BFI are proud to present this film from one of the world's most acclaimed directors.

The Magic Flute (1975) - Amazon UK

June 18, 2018

Derek Jarman's Jubilee (1978) on blu-ray from BFI (UK), from a new 2K remaster of the original camea negative

The mythological past and bleak future converge on the sparse, grey streets of London in this cult classic of the punk era.Queen Elizabeth 1 and her occult aide Dr John Dee (brilliantly played by Jenny Runacre and Richard O'Brien, respectively) travel into the future, encountering the megalomania of big business as well as gangs of violent, marauding killers.

Jubilee (1978) - Amazon UK

March 26, 2018

Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 -1986 (5-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray box set) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

24 years have gone by since his death at just 52, but the legacy of the iconoclastic filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) lives on, and his ground-breaking and highly influential work has lost none of its relevance or impact.

The first of two deluxe Limited Edition box sets brings together a selection of his feature films on Blu-ray for the first time. Jarman Volume One: 1972-1986 contains In the Shadow of the Sun, Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, The Angelic Conversation and Caravaggio and is packed with an incredible 30 extras and accompanied by an 80-page book.

Jarman's multi-faceted work is inspirational in its fearlessness, yet remains touchingly personal. The dynamism of these features evokes comparison with the bold romanticism of directors like Ken Russell (an early champion) and Michael Powell, as well as artists Paul Nash and John Piper. But Jarman was also a subversive force in film. Beginning with his psychedelic debut feature, In the Shadow of the Sun (1972-1974), then came the provocative Jubilee (1978), the evocative Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest (1979) and The Angelic Conversation (1985), in which he invoked Elizabethan occultist Dr John Dee and explored alchemical imagery, a subject in which he was well versed. In Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986) he revived key gay and homo-erotic figures from the past – with edgy and unmistakable style.

Derek Jarman's first six feature films have all been newly scanned at 2K from original film elements and are presented in this lavish box set alongside an exciting array of new and archival extras drawn from Jarman's archive of workbooks and papers held in BFI Special Collections. Newly interviewed exclusively for this box set are some of the people who worked on these films; punk legend Jordan, producer and filmmaker Don Boyd, production designer Christopher Hobbs and artist filmmaker John Scarlett-Davis.

Derek Jarman Vol. 1 - Amazon UK

April 23. 2018

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema 1959-1965 on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

-Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
-The Entertainer (Tony Richardson, 1960)
-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
-A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, 1961)
-The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
-Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963) (New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut)
-Girl with Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1964)
-The Knack...and how to get it (Richard Lester, 1965)

A new 8-disc set celebrating the 60th anniversary of Woodfall Films. Includes eight iconic films (many newly restored and available on Blu-ray for the first time) that revolutionised British cinema and launched the careers of the likes of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham.

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema 1959-1965 - Amazon UK

April 23, 2018

Paul Newman's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) from Indicator (UK), from a new 4K restoration of the original camera negative. Also coming from Twilight Time in the US.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, Paul Newman's second film as director stars his wife Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve, Sybil) as an abusive, over-bearing mother raising her two daughters (Nell Potts and Roberta Wallach) in an atmosphere of bitterness and hatred. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a powerful, searingly unsentimental and ultimately transformative drama, with a trio of towering performances from the three female leads at its core.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) - Powerhouse Films

April 23, 2018

Joseph L Mankiewicz's Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative. Also available from Twilight Time in the US.

Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz (Dragonwyck, All About Eve, Cleopatra) from the play by Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and brilliantly adapted for the screen by Gore Vidal (Ben-Hur, Myra Breckinridge), Suddenly, Last Summer casts three of Hollywood's most iconic talents (Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift) in a daring and often delirious mix of lurid drama and Gothic horror. Sensational and wildly controversial at the time of its release, Suddenly, Last Summer now stands as a classic – and stills packs a provocative punch.

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) - Powerhouse Films

April 23, 2018

Alan Arkin's Little Murders (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Adapted from the controversial stage play by Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge), this savage, nihilistic black comedy was the startling directorial debut of actor Alan Arkin. When a severely depressed fashion photographer (Elliott Gould – M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, California Split) meets an optimistic young woman (Marcia Rodd – Citizens Band, Last Embrace), she is determined to save him amidst the series of random muggings, sniper shootings, garbage strikes and total blackouts that are ravaging the city of New York.

Little Murders (1971) - Powerhouse Films

Spring 2018 TBD

Alfred Hitchcock's Under Capricorn (1949) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 4K restoration

Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten star is this lush melodrama directed by Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Cotten plays Sam Flusky, a native Briton banished to Australia for murder. Bergman is his wife, Henrietta, the disturbed sister of the man Flusky was convicted of killing. When a new governor arrives, he brings with him his cousin, Adare, an old friend of Henrietta's, who sets out to help her conquer her demons and return her life to normal. But there are complications: Is Henrietta going insane, or is someone trying to poison her?


UK label Indicator is making the jump to US releases, with the first batch coming March 30th, 2018

-Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975) - Amazon
-Paul Schrader's Hardcore (1979) - Amazon
-Richard Fleischer's The New Centurions (1972) - Amazon
-Stephen Frears' Gumshoe (1971) - Amazon
-Dick Clement's Otley (1969) Amazon
-John Guillermin's Town on Trial (1957) Amazon