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Quote from: wilder on January 10, 2021, 08:06:47 PMQ1 2021 TBDFrank Perry's Rancho Deluxe (1975) on blu-ray from Fun City EditionsTwo drifters, of widely varying backgrounds, rustle cattle and try to avoid being caught in contemporary Montana.
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QuoteComing June 29th from Code Red DVD!Distributed by Kino Lorber!Delirium (1987) Le foto di Gioia• 2016 HD Master• Interviews with Director Lamberto Bava, Actor George Eastman, Cinematographer Gianlorenzo Battaglia and Art Director Massimo Antonello Geleng• Vintage Interviews with Lamberto Bava, George Eastman and David Brandon• TrailersGioia (Serena Grandi, star of Tinto Brass' Miranda) is a buxom centerfold working for Pussycat magazine. In such a profession, having an admirer or two is expected, but Gioia's new admirer is a vicious killer! He murders her fellow magazine models one at a time, using a variety of twisted implements of death. Gioia is the lucky recipient of a collection of photos, each with murdered bodies arranged around posters of her. Renowned Italian star Grandi, known as the Dolly Parton of Italy, leads the cast in this Giallo classic, which features George Eastman (Hands of Steel, Blastfighter, After the Fall of New York, Ironmaster) David Brandon (Stage Fright, Caligula the Untold Story, She), Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red, Tenebre, Inferno, Opera) and screen legend Capucine (The Pink Panther, Red Sun). Delirium was wonderfully directed by Lamberto Bava (Monster Shark, Blastfighter, Ironmaster) – now see this colorful Giallo in HD!
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Quote from: Letterboxd user suttercainThis film really understands the mindset of a degenerative, addicted gambler better than any other I've seen. The desperate yearning pit in the soul that can never be filled no matter how many hits of adrenaline, whether from positive or negative reinforcement. The action really is the juice.
Quote from: IMDB user keksekaa minor classic of the mixed style 1930-1931This film has a story that is not in the least original. It had been one before 1931 and it has done many times since - the man who wants to commit suicide, hires someone to kill him and then changes his mind. The first occurrence I know of is in the Jules Verne story Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine in 1879 which appears to have been the inspiration for Ernst Neubach who provided the idea for the script (whether he actually wrote a play on the subject seems uncertain). Much the same idea had already been used in a US film, Douglas Fairbanks' Flirting with Fate in 1916. The strength of this film is not therefore in its story nor in the writing in itself (which is relatively not very special) so much as in the general organization of the film (mise en scène, sound, scenery, acting style) which is absolutely outstanding.To appreciate how good it is, just look at a version for the same story that Neubach himself directed in 1952 (Man lebt nur einmal). Despite the fact that Neubach employed set designer Emil Hasler who had worked on some classics of the Weimar period (inc. M and The Blue Angel) and on the excellent 1943 film Münchhausen, it is a very, very ordinary and uninteresting farce and, frankly, painfully unfunny. It was simply impossible in fifties Germany to create the style of the brilliant pre-war years (as Fritz Lang would also discover on his return). Neubach had actually made the film in exile in France too in 1949 as On demande un assassin with Fernandel but this I have not seen.This is not a silent film but belongs to a special category of film for which as far as I know we have no name - films made in the thirties that employed sound (often, as here, in very interesting and inventive ways) not primarily for the purpose of dialogue (which is often minimal) or as incidental score but as an element of mise en scène (a part simply of the general ambiance of the film) while still retaining the visual values of silent films. Apart from the entirely exceptional case of Chaplin (Modern Times) this was a style unknown in the US - Von Sternberg is to some extent an exception - and US films that hesitate involuntarily between "silent" and "sound" are simply badly made films (poor sound quality, stilted over-enunciated dialogue, too much dialogue etc).But there are some very fine and important examples pf this "mixed style" both in France (Clair's 1931 À nous la liberté is a perfect example as well as being an influence on Chaplin) and in Germany. The style is associated to some extent with the great directors of the silent era (Jean Epstein for instance) but also, more surprisingly, with a younger generation who had only just started making films at the end of that era (like the Siodmak or Clair or Machaty in Czechoslovakia) and in some cases with film-makers who had never made a silent film (Jean Vigo for instance in France). It can also be observed less markedly but to some extent in the great classics of these years (M, The Blue Angel, La Chienne). It is a style, in other words, that produced some of the greatest masterpieces of cinema.Robert and Curt Siodmak and Billy Wilder as a team, until their enforced departure for the US, proved unsurprisingly real artists in the genre, having also produced the wonderful silent masterpiece Menschen am Sonntag the year before this.Even if we are missing the beginning of the film explaining why the central character wishes to kill himself, this film still stands as a fine example of this mixed style of the early thirties. Beautiful expressionistic sets (something of a revival by this time in Germany), mildly stylized acting (in fact, more accurately a typical mix of the stylized and the naturalistic), superbly ironic use of sound.Had the rise of Hitler not destroyed he German film industry, the style might have survived as a natural bridge between the golden age of European film in the late twenties and the "new wave" of the sixties. It does to a certain extent in French "poetic realism" (early Renoir, Carné etc) and in the films of Sacha Guitry but in Germany it died the death while the Germans, Austrians and Hungarians fleeing to the US had no choice but to accept the more banal strictures of US "realist" style.As is also the case with silent films, later ill-advised "sound" remakes of "mixed style" films are nearly always inferior, and often vastly inferior, to the originals.
QuoteSPECIAL EDITION CONTENTSHigh Definition (1080p) Blu-ray transferOriginal uncompressed mono audioOptional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearingArchive commentary by director Jonathan Kaplan, producer George Litto and writers Tim Hunter & Charlie HaasNew commentary by star Michael Kramer and journalist Mike SacksIsolated music and effects trackWide Streets + Narrow Minds, an exclusive retrospective documentary featuring newly recorded interviews with cast and crew, including Jonathan Kaplan, Tim Hunter, Charlie Haas, talent scouts Jane Bernstein and Linda Feferman, production designer Jim Newport, stars Michael Kramer, Harry Northup, Vincent Spano, Pamela Ludwig, Julia Pomeroy, Kim Kliner, Diane Reilly, Eric Lalich and othersFull post-film Q&A from a 2010 screening at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, featuring Litto, Hunter, Haas, Bernstein, Northup, Kramer, Ludwig, Pomeroy and Tom FergusExcerpts from the Projection Booth podcast episode on the film, including discussion by Mike White, Leon Chase and Heather Drain, plus interviews with Haas, Hunter, Spano, Northup and Andy RomanoDestruction: Fun or Dumb?, the full educational short excerpted within the film, in high definitionUS theatrical trailer and TV spotsUK VHS promoImage galleriesReversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sister HydeFIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Kim Morgan and Henry Blyth, and the original San Francisco Examiner article that inspired the film*** EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***
Quote from: IMDB user AbuAhzanOffbeat, parallel-universe look at Weimar poised between romanticism and despairThis 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!
QuoteThe 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.
QuoteBEYOND 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.
QuoteWINTERBEAST: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.
QuoteFATAL 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.