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Quote from: wilder on June 06, 2019, 05:40:20 PMAugust 19/20, 2019William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William FriedkinNew York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.
Quote from: wilder on July 10, 2019, 11:59:41 PMSeptember 24, 2019Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection on blu-ray from Kino
Quote from: wilder on May 07, 2019, 06:32:33 PMAugust 27, 2019Philippe Mora's documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) on blu-ray from VCIBrother Can You Spare a Dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history - twelve crazy, painful seesaw years, from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbor. By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with extracts from Hollywood classics such as Golddiggers, Lady Killer and Wild Boys of the Road, director Philippe Mora offers us an immediate, intricate and evocative scrapbook of the 1930's. Somehow there are uncanny echoes of some of our current preoccupations: strikers at Ford's, mass unemployment, breadlines, vigilante gangs and failing fortunes... Two heroes emerge: James Cagney, the rough diamond, hood-with-a-heart-of-gold star of the Movies, the little man who won't be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt himself: tough yet benign, stepping into the breach with confidence and determination, yet imperceptibly crumpling under the weight of responsibility as he leads America through her most difficult years until the final humiliation of Pearl Harbor. Songs and images stick in the mind: fortunes dwindle, the small man's savings disappear, even the banks go bust; men lose their jobs and join the breadlines to the haunting title song of Brother, can you spare a dime?; hobos and okies take to the road while Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you're down and out; a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape as Woody Guthrie sings the Dust Bowl Blues; an abandoned cat shivers on the ledge of a flooded home... Only Hollywood offers an escape from reality for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Cooper and Dietrich. We glimpse Gable and Vivien Leigh at the screen test of Gone with the Wind; George Raft dances a languorous tango with Carole Lombard; Shirley Temple dimples and Chaplin jokes while Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish extravaganzas...and the marathon dancers stumble on... As Ginger Rogers says: It's the depression, dearie...
QuoteFrom Academy Award Winning Producer David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, The Killing Fields) comes the most controversial documentary (that was BANNED at the Cannes Film Festival) about Hitler ever made. Utilizing intimate color home movie footage shot by Eva Braun, it presents the private life of a dictator, going on picnics and joking with friends, displaying an affable face to the man labeled as the Devil incarnate by history. The film interweaves rare propaganda films, which presented Hitler as he wanted to be seen, consoling war widows and frolicking with young children. Director Philippe Mora combines these materials together to form an unintentional autobiography of Hitler's rise and fall, from the formation of the Nazi state through the end of WWII. Mora lets the images speak for themselves, leading to misinterpretations and its bans in Germany and Israel. But it is one of the most fearsome anti-Nazi films ever made. As the opening credits state, ''If Hitler is dehumanized and shown only as a devil, any future Hitler may not be recognized, simply because he is a human being.''
Quote from: wilder on February 08, 2019, 08:30:51 PMRKO Classic Romances Collection on blu-ray from Kino-Millie (1931) Dir: John Francis Dillon | Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman & Joan Blondell-Kept Husbands (1931) Dir: Lloyd Bacon | Clara Kimball Young, Joel McCrea & Ned Sparks-The Lady Refuses (1931) Dir: George Archainbaud | Betty Compson & John Darrow-The Woman Between (1931) Dir: Victor Schertziner | Lili Damita & Lester Vail-Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) Dir: Paul L. Stein | Constance Bennett, Basil Rathbone & Zasu Pitts
Quote from: Letterboxd user Les_VampiresHollywood Man: Okay George this is really simple Oscar bait stuff. Just show the parent's being super sad, slap some ugly makeup on the kid, and film in flat lighting and we'll all have Oscars by next year.George Miller: Sounds good. I had a thought though. What if when the father learns of the disease we flash giant words super-imposed over his face and then have him collapse down the stairs clutching his chest like a Greek tragedy?Hollywood Man: Oooookay sure, but again it doesn't need to be that compli-George Miller: And what if the mother is in church and we have this massively high angle that tracks down right to her eye level as she looks up as if we're God and she's questioning why her?Hollywood Man: George this all sounds really-George Miller: And the music can be this operatic tome by Ennio Morricone based on the darkest movements by Mozart and Brahms!Hollywood Man: ...look George do you just want to make a new Mad Max movie or what?George Miller: Eventually, but first let me tell you about this script I'm writing about a talking pig.
Quote from: Andrew JohnsonMiller ping-pongs between the macabre and melodrama with such deftness that the film feels like as much of a miracle as its titular medicine. The style is too tonally inconsistent. This should not work, and yet, in Miller's hands, it does.The first act is so brutal and uncomfortable that I nearly turned it off. Miller presents the disease as something akin to a demonic spirit, a foreign invader that twists and contorts the body into something unrecognizable.
QuoteDetective Azuma ('Beat' Takeshi) is a renegade cop who frequently resorts to violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague is supplying drugs from within the police force. After his colleague is murdered and his sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice.
QuoteWhen the mild mannered Masaki (Yûrei Yanagi) falls foul of the Yakuza he decides to buy a gun to defend himself. He heads to Okinawa where he forms an unlikely partnership with Uehara ('Beat' Takeshi) who has his own reasons for wanting revenge.
QuoteMurakawa ('Beat' Takeshi), an established and ruthless gangster, is sent to intervene in a gang war on the island of Okinawa. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Murakawa and his men are forced to retreat into hiding, but it's not long before their enemies track them down. A final and breathtaking showdown becomes inevitable.
Quote from: wilder on July 10, 2019, 11:59:41 PMJune 30, 2020Wild Palms (1993) on blu-ray from Kino. Written by Bruce WagnerA dark, sexy, noir Los Angeles of the future is the backdrop for Oliver Stone's haunting, sci-fi saga of greed, treason and virtual reality. Harry Wyckoff (James Belushi) is about to become a player in a dark and terrifying battle where everything is at stake and no one is who they seem. Featuring an all-star cast, this story about a cult, a corporation, and a conspiracy to rule the country, is one of the most original movie events in recent history.
Quote from: blu-ray.comThe boutique label [Blue Underground] has also confirmed that it is finalizing five brand new 4K restorations of genre films, and that going forward select new releases will debut as 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray combos.
QuoteDave Roberts (James Murray) is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them.