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Reply #330 on: December 06, 2014, 02:46:59 PM
April 14, 2015

James Ivory's The Remains of the Day (1993) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

Francois Truffaut's The Story of Adele H. (1975) on blu-ray from Twilight Time


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Reply #331 on: December 12, 2014, 06:04:35 PM
January 13, 2015

The Skin aka La Pelle (1981) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

The Skin (1981) - Amazon

Liliana Cavani (Ripley's Game) gained international fame with her daring 1974 breakthrough The Night Porter, a controversial drama about a concentration camp survivor's sadomasochistic relationship with a former Nazi SS officer. Sex-as-commodity also figures in Cavani's 1981 film The Skin. Based on the short stories of Curzio Malaparte, the film is Cavani's controversial look at the aftermath of German occupation of Italy during World War II. After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women; many must sacrifice their dignity and morals in order to survive.

An international cast of superstars brings Malaparte's stories to life. Marcello Mastroianni plays Malaparte, a diplomatic liaison between the Allied and Italian forces, who chronicled the desperate measures taken by his Italian countrymen to endure even after the defeat of their enemy. Burt Lancaster plays liberating American Gen. Mark Clark, who struggles to fathom the devastation around him. Also starring is Claudia Cardinale, famed for her performances in masterpieces by Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Sergio Leone.

This unforgettable and disturbing film, an epic Italian-French co-production, was nominated for the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival; Cardinale was named best supporting actress by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.

I don't know this movie but it looks interesting.


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Reply #332 on: December 13, 2014, 04:00:26 PM
Chris Marker's Level Five, released on DVD this past October by Icarus Films

Level Five - Amazon

The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa in Japan during World War 2. She searches the Internet for information on the battle, and interviews Japanese experts and witnesses. The extraordinary circumstances of the Battle of Okinawa lead Laura to reflect deeply on her own life and humanity in general, particularly the influence of history and memories.

From Slant's Top 25 of 2014

Chris Marker's Level Five made for a particularly eerie cinematic experience by the fact that it was released 17 years after its making. The temporal gap gives it a cryogenic quality that only enhances the film's prophetic aura. The melancholy that afflicts the director's surrogate, Laura (Catherine Belkhodja), who addresses the camera as though she were Skyping her dead lover, is like a message in a bottle whose tragedy remained muffled for too long not to metastasize the very ocean through which it traveled. Here the essay film's most basic element, the lyrical way in which it renders public the private machinations of thinking, imbricates itself with an intimate tale of grief ensconced by technology and the communal horror of the Battle of Okinawa, itself shielded by nothing. The timbre of Marker's narration suggests an author too weathered by the human experience to be affected by his own poetry—a somberness akin to the blunt exposition of a deadly prognosis. Belkhodja's face is perennially swollen, as if sucker-punched by sudden loss, and by the realization that loss is all there is. Marker weaves his cinematic thread by contaminating world events with a mourning as inaudible to the world as it is symbiotically connected to it.


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Reply #333 on: December 14, 2014, 05:24:17 PM
2015 TBD

Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985), Tenebrae (1982), and Suspiria (1977) coming to blu-ray from Synapse, as well as Bill Osco's Alice in Wonderland (1976)


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Reply #334 on: December 17, 2014, 03:32:39 PM
February 17, 2015

Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) from Olive Films

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) - Amazon


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Reply #335 on: December 17, 2014, 06:22:00 PM
March 31, 2015

Frank Perry's David and Lisa (1962) from Olive Films

David and Lisa (1962) - Amazon

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Reply #336 on: December 17, 2014, 07:39:09 PM
A roundup of everything mentioned in this thread from the past few years...

US Blu-ray

About Schmidt (2002)
Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection
Alice in Wonderland (1976)
Altered States (1980)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Apartment (1960)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Combo (1955)
The Big Heat (1953)
The Big Red One (1980)
Body Bags (1993)
Body and Soul (1947)
Brainstorm (1983)
Breaking Away (1979)
Buffalo ’66 (1998)
Buffalo Bill and the Indians or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)
Cape Fear (1962)
Casablanca (1942)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Caught (1949)
Champion (1949)
Chinatown (1974)
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
Cloak and Dagger (1946)
The Color of Money (1986)
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Coming Home (1978)
The Dark Mirror (1946)
David and Lisa (1962)
Death Watch (1980)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
The Doll Squad (1973)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Driver (1978)
The Duellists (1977)
East of Eden (1955)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
The Enforcer (1951)
Film Noir Collection - Olive Films
Flirt (1995)
Force of Evil (1948)
Foxes (1980)
Francis Ford Coppola: 5 Film Collection
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Giant (1956)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
Good Luck Miss Wyckoff (1979)
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Heaven (2002)
Hell’s Half Acre (1954)
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Hoodlum Empire (1952)
The Insider (1999)
Jamaica Inn (1939)
The Jerk (1979)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Kazan at Fox - Vol. 1
Kazan at Fox - Vol. 2
The King of Comedy (1982)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Laura (1944)
Lenny (1974)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Lilith (1964)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis (1969-1971)
Love & Death (1975)
Macbeth (1948)
Mahattan (1979)
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Marathon Man (1976)
Married to the Mob (1988)
Marty (1955)
Massage Parlor Murders (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
Meanwhile (2011)
The Men (1950)
Miami Blues (1990)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Niagara (1953)
Night Tide (1961)
Notorious (1946)
The Offence (1972)
On the Beach (1959)
Out of the Past (1947)
The Outsiders (1983)
Paris Blues (1961)
The Party (1968)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Point Blank (1967)
Possessed (1947)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Punk Vacation (1987)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pursued (1947)
Radio Days (1947)
Rebecca (1940)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Robocop (1987)
Rolling Thunder (1977)
Ruthless (1948)
Sabrina (1954)
Scarlet Street (1945)
Secret Beyond the Door (1947)
Separate Tables (1958)
Serpico (1973)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
She’s So Lovely (1997)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Sleeper (1973)
Sometimes A Great Notion (1970)
Sorcerer (1977)
Spellbound (1945)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Stormy Weather (1943)
The Stranger (1946)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The Swimmer (1968)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Telephone Book (1971)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)
Thieves Like Us (1974)
Too Late Blues (1961)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
True Confessions (1981)
Trust (1990)
The Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection
Ultimate Gangsters Collection
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
The Unforgiven (1960)
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
The Verdict (1982)
The Visitor (1979)
We Can’t Go Home Again (1973)
Westworld (1973)
Wild River (1960)
Wings (1927)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Yankee Doodle Dandee (1942)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

1900 (1977)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Boy Meets Girl (1984)
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Color of Lies (1999)
The Conformist (1970)
Demoniacs (1974)
Grapes of Death (1978)
Grand Illusion (1937)
Herzog: The Collection
The Iron Rose (1973)
The Living Dead Girl (1982)
Love in the City (1953)
Mauvais Sang (1986)
Night of the Hunted (1980)
Nosferatu (1922)
Nostalghia (1983)
Phenomena (1985)
Le Pont du Nord (1981)
Queen Margot (1994)
The Rape of the Vampire (1968)
Requiem for a Vampire (1973)
Sokurov: Early Masterworks
The Skin (1981)
The Story of Adele H. (1975)
Tenebrae (1982)
Tesis (1996)
Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
Two Orphan Vampires (1997)
I Vinti (1953)
We Won’t Grow Old Together (1972)


Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Vol. 3
Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection
Dark Crimes - Film Noir Thrillers Vol. 1
Dark Crimes - Film Noir Thrillers Vol. 2
Directed by Billy Wilder
Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 4
Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 5
Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 6
Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 7
Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 8
Fritz Lang: The Early Works
Hey Good Lookin’ (1982)
Joan Crawford: In the Fifities
Level Five
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Outside Man (1973)
Track 29 (1988)

The Devil, Probably (1977)
Police (1985)
The Red Squirrel (1993)
Story of a Love Affair (1950)
Tierra (1996)
Vacas (1992)

UK Blu-ray

Amateur (1994)
Bad Timing (1980)
Billy Liar (1963)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Car (1977)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Driver (1978)
Faces (1968)
Fear and Desire (1953)
The Gang’s All Here (1943)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
The Killers (1964)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Naked City (1948)
The Offence (1972)
Opening Night (1977)
Poltergeist III (1988)
Rabid (1977)
Red River (1948)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Serpico (1973)
Shadows (1959)
Shivers (1975)
Simon Killer (2012)
Simple Men (1992)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
The Tarnished Angels (1957)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
Too Late Blues (1961)
The Trial (1962)
Two for the Road (1967)
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Withnail & I (1987) and How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

The Assassin (1961)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Le beau Serge (1958)
Betty Blue (1986)
Il Bidone (1955)
The Blue Angel (1930)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection
La Ceremonie (1995)
City of Women (1980)
Classic Bergman
Coeur Fidele (1923)
Les Cousins (1959)
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922)
Faust (1926)
Floating Weeds (1959)
The Clowns (1970)
Gate of Hell (1953)
Jacques Tati Essential Collection
Kuroneko (1968)
Late Mizoguchi
Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Foundation: Volume One
Mouchette (1967)
The Murderer Lives at 21 (1942)
The Naked Island (1960)
Die Nibelungen (1924)
Nosferatu (1922)
La Notte (1961)
Onibaba (1964)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
La Poison (1951)
Le Pont du Nord (1981)
Quest for Fire (1981)
Spione (1928)
Sunrise (1927)
Tabu (1931)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Van Gogh (1991)
Woman in the Moon (1929)
Youth of the Best (1963)


The Alexander Sokurov Collection
Park Row (1952)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)

French Blu-ray

Macbeth (1948)
Othello (1952)
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
Q&A (1990)

Angst (1983)
A nos amours (1983)
Benny’s Video (1992)
Boris Godounov (1989)
Bruno Dumont 1997-2014
Eric Rohmer - Comedies et proverbes
Eric Rohmer - Contes des qautres saisons
Eric Rohmer - Contes moraux
Eric Rohmer - Integral
Funny Games (1997)
Loulou (1980)
Le Pacha (1968)
Police (1985)
Querelle (1982)
Under the Sun of Satan (1987)
Van Gogh (1991)
We Won’t Grow Old Together (1972)

French DVD

Coffret Jean Epstein

German Blu-ray

The Seven-Ups (1973)


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Reply #337 on: December 21, 2014, 02:45:45 AM
March 10, 2015

Eckhart Schmidt's The Fan (1982) from Mondo Macabro


2015 TBD

Vasili Mass' Latvian horror movie The Spider aka Zirneklis (1991) from Mondo Macabro

Quote from: Obskura
The Spider is a very Freudian psychosexual drama following a young beauty Vita, modelling for a painting of Virgin Mary. At her first visit to the studio of the shady artist Albert, Vita is caught in the net of his sinister universe.

In a visually stunning sequence personages of Albert’s paintings come to life and attack Vita. The girl breaks away only to realise she’s now in the toils of some dark forces.

The Spider combines elements of exploitation and arthouse cinema and constantly balances between sleaze and macabre eminence. The film is clearly influenced by European cinema movements, mostly Polish New Wave, as well as is close to Jean Cocteau’s poetic vision of Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. At the same time, the film acted as a mirror for the unstable state of collective consciousness after the collapse of the USSR.

The film was released in the year Latvia restored independence, which places it in the historically curious context of both the Soviet Union’s death convulsions and the birth of the new Latvian Republic.



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Reply #338 on: December 21, 2014, 03:01:02 AM
OOOOO thank god mando macabro has come to blu-ray. i'm as serious as i can be


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Reply #339 on: January 08, 2015, 03:02:00 AM
February 23, 2015

Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies (1996) from Channel 4

Secrets & Lies (1996) - Amazon UK

February 24, 2015

Shirley Clarke's The Connection (1962) on blu-ray from Milestone

The Connection (1962) - Amazon

A jazz quartet and sundry deadbeat friends hang out in a grungy New York City loft, waiting for their drug connection. They jam, argue, wax philosophical and ham it up for the benefit of a self-important documentary filmmaker and his cameraman. Shirley Clarke s debut feature The Connection magically transforms the ennui of their addiction into bold drama, set to an incredible score by Freddie Redd and featuring Jackie McLean s brilliant sax. A former dancer with a deep love for music, Clarke was born for the moving image. With The Connection, she created the ultimate jazz film a feature of such fluid artistry and bebop editing that the viewer never notices that the 110-minute movie was shot in one room. Camera, actors, and musicians riff constantly with and off each other to electrifying effect. Throughout her career, Clarke broke taboos (making films about junkies, ghetto teens, gay life and avant-garde jazz) and pushed the boundaries of film technique. She was an artist of such intense and innate individuality that there could only be one Shirley Clarke the most independent of all American independent filmmakers.


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Reply #340 on: January 08, 2015, 04:28:48 PM
March 24, 2015

Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo (1990) on blu-ray from Olive Films

Vincent & Theo (1990) - Amazon


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Reply #341 on: January 10, 2015, 03:20:35 AM
March 24, 2015

Wim Wender's End of Violence (1997) from Olive Films

End of Violence (1997) - Amazon

March 31, 2015

Night Game (1989) from Olive Films

Night Game (1989) - Amazon


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Reply #342 on: January 14, 2015, 03:51:01 PM
March 10, 2015

Eckhart Schmidt's The Fan (1982) from Mondo Macabro


via Criterion Forum:

Quote from: Jared A.
Hi guys, I work for Mondo Macabro and can answer questions if you have any.

Wanted to give a rundown on how we are releasing Eckhart Schmidt's THE FAN.

We are doing it in two versions.

In February we'll put out a BD-only version in a red case, limited to only 500 copies, numbered, and sold exclusively through the MM website, $25.

The following month will see a widely distributed BD/DVD combo, which will itself be limited to either 1500 or 2000 copies, SRP $29.99.

The content of the two editions will be exactly the same, the only difference being the packaging.

If you are interested in this release and want to see more MM blu rays, I urge you to buy the direct-sale limited version. We will be doing this for all our BD releases, trying to offset the huge costs involved. Thanks! The pre-order for the LE will be Jan. 26th.

Oh, and yes, we will ship international.

Mondo Macabro's website


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Reply #343 on: January 14, 2015, 08:17:27 PM
January 20, 2015

John Maybury’s Love Is the Devil (1998) on blu-ray from Strand Releasing

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Love Is the Devil (1998) - Amazon


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Reply #344 on: January 14, 2015, 08:27:42 PM
thanks for the earlier mondo post, wilder, btw, imma hope i order the blu-ray-only one

wanted to say:

Foxes (1980)

came out yesterday. i almost cried when i saw it