Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF January 3rd, 2011

  This Week's Highlights
Mwakata!  - Discs of the Year balloting is complete! We hope everyone rang in 2011 with great joy! With no newsletter last week - we are stacked this first issue of 2011. We have a double dose of Criterion, Melville, Ozu, Fincher, Woody Allen, Grindhouse, the Coen's Dude, Spielberg channeling Kubrick, the Affleck boys, somber Clooney, Allen Ginsberg, sci-fi Robinson Crusoe and more. DVD has a barrelful of Warner Archive discs to, hopefully capitalize on their 25% OFF sale. We have a few calendar updates a new contest with a Blu-ray prize!

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Inferno [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 1980) Blue Underground

The Arbor [Blu-ray] (Clio Barnard, 2010) RB UK Verve Pictures

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (1939) MPI

Platoon [Blu-ray] (Oliver Stone, 1986) RB UK 20th Century Fox

The Resident [Blu-ray] (Antti Jokinen, 2010) Image Entertainment

Let Me In [Blu-ray] (Matt Reeves, 2010) RB UK Icon Home Entertainment

Soylent Green [Blu-ray] (Richard Fleischer, 1973) Warner

Cuckoo [Blu-ray] (Richard Bracewell, 2009) Verve Pictures

The Cable Guy [Blu-ray] (Ben Stiller, 1996) Sony

Attack Force Z [Blu-ray] (Tim Burstall, 1982) Cinevision Int'l Inc

The Machine Girl [Blu-ray] (Noboru Iguchi, 2008) Tokyo Shock

The New York Ripper - Fan High Res Edition [Blu-ray] (Lucio Fulci, 1982) RB UK Shameless

Late Mizoguchi - Eight Films 1951-1956 [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] - R2 UK Eureka

King of Kings [Blu-ray] (Nicholas Ray, 1961) Warner

Moonstruck [Blu-ray] (Norman Jewison, 1987) MGM

Letters to Father Jaakob (Klaus Härö, 2009) Olive Films

The Dorm That Dripped Blood [Blu-ray] (Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow, 1982) Synapse Films

Off Limits (George Marshall, 1953) Olive Films

On the Double (Melville Shavelson, 1961) Olive Films

Notting Hill [Blu-ray] (Roger Michell, 1999) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

Intolerable Cruelty [Blu-ray] (Coen brother, 2003) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

Meet Joe Black [Blu-ray] (Martin Brest, 1998) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

 

ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Still formatting the DVD and Blu-ray of the Year page so it forces us to be more brief. Fincher's The Social Network is one of the best films of 2010 and the Blu-ray is a magnificent package. Criterion deliver Jean-Pierre Melville’s impacting masterpiece Army of Shadows in an impressive hi-def transfer - ditto for the Byron Haskin's imaginative Robinson Crusoe on Mars - love its sci-fi control panels. Speaking of that genre Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence continues to probe at the heart and head. I think Match Point is one of Allen's best films and Italy have given us a decent version without forced subtitles. While perusing Amazon Italy you may wish to add the Blu-ray of The Big Lebowski - a film that continues to get better with age. BFI are continuing to release the magnificence of Ozu on the high-res format - Good Morning looks its digital best to date and that package also includes I Was Born, But... on SD. Following the retro Grindhouse styling of Planet Terror - Robert Rodriguez unleashes his imaginations through Machete - a heaping and greasy tablespoon of fun. Some agree that The American is a very strong, atmospheric, film - the deliberate pacing may cause rejection by some though. Leonard revisited Gone Baby Gone on Blu-ray - an entertaining, if overbaked Hollywood film. Beatnik nostalgia educates with Howl as occasionally narrated by the young poet Ginsberg. Gregory has done us proud with a shelf-full of new Warner Archive which include the best edition of Ted Tetzlaff's masterful The Window and a super 5-disc deal that includes Black Fury, From Headquarters and Heat Lightning. I'm sold on some of the titles like The World, the Flesh and the Devil Cry Wolf, Bunco Squad, Crack-Up, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison and Tomorrow is Another Day. Lastly, Eric covers The Haunting of Amelia and the consensus is a thumbs down.

  THIS WEEK's REVIEWS / COMPARISONS
 

Alias the Doctor - Stephan Brenner may be young, but – after his work with a severely injured child and his subsequent efforts with earthquake victims in Italy – he’s made a name for himself as a skilled, compassionate surgeon. But it’s actually Karl (Richard Barthelmess), Stephan’s foster brother, who is the surgeon. And behind Karl’s use of his brother’s identity lies a sentimental tale of secrets, love and sacrifice. Director Michael Curtiz and art director Anton Grot elevated their status at Warner Bros. with Alias the Doctor. Using tilted walls, shadows and other expressionist techniques, Curtiz and Grot made the film a triumph of style and paved the way for their teaming few months later in the eerily atmospheric Doctor X. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

Black Fury - Based on real-life events, Black Fury brings viewers deep into Depression hard times…and into the heart of Joe Radek, a simple, hardworking coal miner used and thrown away by racketeers eager to muscle in on the unions. Paul Muni, who personified 1930s anguish as the doomed hero of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, makes Joe an unforgettable character: likeable, headstrong, too easily led and finally a towering force for justice as he takes on company goons single-handed. As sinewy and visceral as the overworked men it celebrates, Black Fury pulls no punches, which may explain why it was banned in Pennsylvania, the state where this classic from Casablanca director Michael Curtiz is set. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

Blondie Johnson - Joan Blondell, one of Hollywood’s most memorable blondes, gets top billing in this protofeminist crime yarn as tough as a taxi dancer’s heart. Blondell’s first starring role was also a change of pace for a contract player usually cast as a chorus cutie or the male lead’s loyal doxy. Instead she plays the title character, a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss. A terrific supporting cast – Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins. Mae Busch, Sterling Holloway – comes along for the rags-to-rackets ride through all the murder and double-crossing that make crime melodrama great entertainment. This time with a woman’s touch. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

From Headquarters -
Playboy and ne’er-do-well Gordon Bates is dead, that’s for sure. But whodunit? That’s not so sure. There are suspects aplenty. So From Headquarters comes the army of crime specialists – toxicologists, fingerprint experts, ballistic experts, technicians running data-card tabulations on Hollerith machines and, for good measure, authorities on the use of invisible ink – that know the howdunit can point to the who. George Brent and Eugene Pallette portray the lead crime dogs in this swift sniff-out of a killer that sifts through murderous means and motives at an engagingly pell-mell pace. William Dieterle (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), on his way to A-list prominence, directs with great visual hubbub and flourish.  DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

Heat Lightning - The setting: a gas station in the middle of a sweltering, desiccated nowhere. The women: Olga (Aline MacMahon), a wary, weathered loner with a knack for fixing cars, and Myra (Ann Dvorak), her pretty kid sister who dishes up diner chow and dreams of romance. The film: Heat Lightning, an edgy, femme prenoir that turns incendiary when visitors arrive – two bejeweled divorcees and Olga’s old love, a killer on the lam. Guiding a cast that also includes Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Glenda Farrell, Ruth Donnelly, Frank McHugh and Jane Darwell, Mervyn LeRoy (I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang) ramps up pre-Code wisecracking and vise-like tension into an emotional wallop of an ending. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

Howl BD - James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, HOWL is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alesssandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban). Blu-ray Release date: January 4th, 2011

I Was Born, But... - One of Ozu's most popular films, I Was Born But . . . is a blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys. For two brothers, the daily struggles of bullies and mean teachers is nothing next to the mortification they feel when they realize their good-natured father’s low-rung social status. Reworked decades later as Ozu's Technicolor comedy Good Morning, it's a poignant evocation of the tumult of childhood, as well as a showcase for Ozu's expertly timed comedy editing. SD but available on the Blu-ray with Release Date: January 17th, 2011

The Social Network BD - David Fincher’s The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website’s unfathomable success. With a complex, incisive screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a brilliant cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, The Social Network bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unraveled the friendship of its creators. Blu-ray Release date: January 11th, 2011

Good Morning BD - Ozu’s hilarious Technicolor re-working of his silent I Was Born, But. . ., Good Morning (Ohayo) is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set. Shot from the perspective of the petulant brothers, Good Morning is an enchantingly satirical portrait of family life that gives rise to gags about romance, gossip, and the consumerism of modern Japan. Blu-ray Release Date: January 17th, 2011

Army of Shadows BD - Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece about the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, before its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honor in their battle against Hitler's regime. Blu-ray Release Date: January 11th, 2011

Robinson Crusoe on Mars BD - Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy-film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander "Kit" Draper (Paul Mantee) must fight for survival, with a pet monkey seemingly his only companion. But is he alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing Technicolor, Robinson Crusoe on Mars is an imaginative and beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction. Blu-ray Release Date: January 11th, 2011

Gone Baby Gone BD - Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck s directorial debut, adapted by Affleck from the novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). It is an intense look inside an ongoing investigation about the mysterious disappearance of a little girl. As two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) hired to take the case get closer to finding her, they discover that nothing is as it seems and more dangerous than they ever thought possible. Also starring Academy Award® winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Ed Harris (Pollack). Blu-ray Release Date: February 12th, 2008

Machete BD - Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) comes an action-packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada...with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action! Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name--Machete. Blu-ray Release date: January 4th, 2011

Match Point BD - Match Point is sexy, mysterious, suspense-driven, eventful and essentially quite unforgettable. The performances are basically one dimensional - aside from the moral slippage of the protagonist - conveniently reading Crime and Punishment in the beginning of the film. Scarlett Johansson has never looked better (as good as any female has a right to look) and her character generously gives to Rhys Meyers - an extremely important cog in the brilliant evolution of this story. Obvious comparisons are made to Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors - the sterility of murder and the cold blanket of its cumulative effect. For me this is a favorite film of the past few years and one I should have added to this article had I seen it first. Nothing short of perfection and we should be enormously grateful to have Allen as a working filmmaker. Italian Blu-ray Release Date: November 24th, 2010

The World, the Flesh and the Devil - “Millions Flee from Cities! End of the World!” From a Manhattan skyscraper, Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) surveys the emptiness announced by that chilling newspaper headline. Nuclear doomsday has come. Ralph is sure he is the last person alive. Then a woman (Inger Stevens) appears and the two form a cautious friendship that’s threatened when a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) arrives. Unlike other post-apocalyptic thrillers from The Time Machine to I Am Legend, there are no external monsters to battle here. Instead, the monsters – fear, intolerance, jealousy – lurk inside the all-too-human human beings. And heightening the intensity of writer/director Ranald MacDougall’s suspenseful and unsettling movie are stunning vistas of an unpopulated New York: vast, empty and soulless. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison - Is prison a place of punishment or a catalyst for personal change? The warden at infamous Folsom Prison answers in a way that breaks spirits and bones. On the other side is a new yard captain eager to institute reforms. And caught in between is a ticking time bomb of inmates ready to bust out. Set in the early 20th century and filmed within the actual prison, this intense tale of men behind bars belongs to the Warner Bros. lineage of social-conscience films like Caged, Each Dawn I Die and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. The cover-up of overseer brutality, the secret plans of escape, the fate of stoolies, the gnawing desperation, the clinging to hope where no hope survives: all happen Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

The Haunting of Amelia - Josh (Brendan Fehr, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR) has never gotten over the death of his high school sweetheart Emily in a train accident. He is still working in the same job at a pizzeria ten years after high school (living in his decrepit childhood home with a minishrine to his girlfriend's memory) when old pal Rusty (Chad Lindberg, the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake) shows up for the high school reunion and stirs up painful memories. Josh has a second chance of happiness when Amelia (Beatrice Rosen, 2012) applies for a job at the pizza place, but her convenient absences when other people around have Rusty questioning if she even exists until he meets her, and then things take an interesting, if not entirely original, turn. Stephanie Weir (TV's MAD-TV) and Sam Robards (AMERICAN BEAUTY) co-star. DVD Release Date: December 28th, 2010

The Window - Nine-year-old Tommy Woodry has a history of making things up, but he insists he really saw this: a murder in his own apartment building! No one believes Tommy’s story. No one except the killers. From its taut pursuits to its sinister sense of danger lurking behind any apartment door, The Window is a minor gem of film noir. Bobby Driscoll, playing perhaps the genre’s youngest protagonist, received an honorary Oscar®* for his portrayal of the imperiled boy. Noted cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff (Notorious) directs, ramping up the tension in this film based on a story by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window). DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

The Big Lebowski BD - Released in 1998 the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski introduces us to characters that are stuck in the 70's and who are unable or unwilling to adapt to the 90's. The story continues with a focal backdrop of the unique community that has fashioned itself around the American pastime of... bowling. The Coens also found time in the films 118 minutes to pay homage to past film genre's including westerns and Busby Berkley musicals. Italian Blu-ray Release Date: July 9th, 2010

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence BD - Development of A.I. originally began with director Stanley Kubrick in the early 1970s. Kubrick hired a series of writers up until the mid-1990s, including Brian Aldiss, Bob Shaw, Ian Watson and Sara Maitland. The film languished in development hell for years, partly because Kubrick felt computer-generated imagery was not advanced enough to create the David character, whom he believed no child actor would believably portray. In 1995, Kubrick handed A.I. to Steven Spielberg, but the film did not gain momentum until Kubrick's death in 1999. Spielberg remained close to Watson's film treatment for the screenplay, and replicated Kubrick's secretive style of filmmaking. A.I. was greeted with mostly positive reviews from critics and became a moderate financial success. Blu-ray Release date: December 22nd, 2010

The American BD - As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected... for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde. Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara. Jack and Clara's time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. Blu-ray Release date: December 28th, 2010

Valley of Decision - Steel separates 1873 Pittsburgh into rich and poor, master and worker, powerful and powerless. On one side is Paul Scott, the progressive son of a steel mill owner. On the other is Mary Rafferty, daughter of an embittered laborer who was crippled in a mill accident. When Mary takes a post as housemaid at the Scott mansion, she and Paul fall desperately in love. But a bloody strike may tear the city – and the lovers – apart. Surging with passion and strife, featuring a commanding cast that includes Greer Garson, Lionel Barrymore and Gregory Peck (the relative newcomer created a sensation as the romantic, intense Paul), The Valley of Decision is a prime example of prestige filmmaking during Hollywood’s Golden Age. DVD Release Date: February 16th, 2010

The Swan - Grace Kelly is gloriously, glamorously regal in this retelling of Ferenc Molnar’s romantic fable about a shy princess whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince (Alec Guinness), but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner (Louis Jourdan). Garbed in dreamy Helen Rose gowns, surrounded by Mittel-European opulence, the leading lady dances, duels, flirts, falls in love and makes even the most jaded moviegoer want to believe in fairy tales. And just to prove that fairy tales can come true, Kelly became a real-life princess as The Swan went into release, marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco in a magnificent royal wedding that captured the world’s imagination. DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2010

Bundle of Joy - When Bundle of Joy premiered in 1956, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were the cutest young marrieds in Hollywood, the obvious choice to headline the musical remake of one of the great comedies of the ’30s, Bachelor Mother. As the Prince Charming of the piece, Fisher proves that as an actor, he is a pretty good crooner. But Reynolds is warmly appealing in the role originated by Ginger Rogers, playing a salesgirl who picks up a foundling, is mistaken for its unwed mother and must keep up the charade – baby and all – to keep her job. Coincidentally, Reynolds discovered she was pregnant before filming began. In true trouper fashion, she was still hoofing up a storm on the soundstage when she was seven months along. DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2010

Susan Slept Here - Screenwriter Mark Christopher gets a Christmas present that isn’t on his Santa list: a 17-year-old delinquent named Susan, deposited in his bachelor pad by a cop pal who doesn’t want to see the kid spend Christmas behind bars. Touched by Susan’s plight, Mark decides there’s only one way to keep her out of juvie: marry her in name only and get an annulment when she comes of age. But after a Vegas elopement, Susan isn’t so sure she wants to be the ex-Mrs. Christopher. Dick Powell (in his last film role before devoting himself to a hugely successful TV career) and Debbie Reynolds play the (maybe) mismatched couple in a big-hearted romantic comedy from animator-turned-director Frank Tashlin that makes merry use of its Yuletide setting. DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2010

Cry Wolf - A sudden death. Cries in the night. A locked laboratory in a windswept mansion. It’s hard to say what creates more tension in Cry Wolf, the nerve-tingling atmosphere (enhanced by Franz Waxman’s edgy score) or the flashfire romantic chemistry between movie immortals Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn in their only screen pairing. Stanwyck plays Sandra, a recent widow who visits her husband’s family for the first time and finds herself drawn to a man she knows she should fear: her husband’s remote, controlling uncle (Flynn). He seems to know secrets about the eerie cries, the laboratory and why his nephew was buried in a closed coffin. Can Sandra uncover the truth before a second death occurs? DVD Release Date: November 16th, 2010

High Wall - Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn’t really know. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he’ll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea. But truth cannot hide. And Kenet – assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) – is driven to find that truth. With bravura use of genre trademarks like expressionist shadows and subjective camera, director Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed) builds a High Wall into a film noir psychological thriller that, little noted its day, is ready for an honored place amid the shadowy shrines of noir. Go behind the wall into the inner sanctum of noir and consciousness. DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010

Tomorrow is Another Day - Bill Clark (Steve Cochran) is a brooding, fresh-from-the-pen ex-con who has spent his entire adult life behind bars. Upon discharge, he is a newborn in a fast, unforgiving world. When a reporter posts a front-page story on his release he has no recourse but to leave town. He heads to New York for a fresh start, but finds more complications in the form of Catherine (Ruth Roman), a steely dancehall dame. Their blossoming romance is almost nipped in the bud when Catherine’s cop ex-boyfriend is shot and killed during an altercation with the pair. They take it on the lam with their reputations and past deeds not far behind. From out of the film noir shadows comes Tomorrow Is Another Day, a frank and forceful tale of fugitive lovers in an unforgiving world. DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2010

Crack-Up - After a train wreck sends art critic George Steele (Pat O’Brien) into a mental tailspin, he’s fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust – until you learn there was no train wreck. This relentless, nervy film noir explores the sinister world of violence and the monied world of aesthetics as Steele’s attempt to reconstruct what really happened leads him to murder, mania and an international conspiracy that threatens the museum’s masterpieces. Herbert Marshall (Foreign Correspondent, The Letter) joins the hunt as a mysterious Brit who’s awfully chummy with the cops. And noir great Claire Trevor (Murder, My Sweet; Key Largo) plays Steele’s sweetheart, a savvy journalist who may know more a lot more than she’s telling. DVD Release Date: August 24th, 2010

Bunco Squad - Master con artist Anthony Wells and his team of sham spiritualists and séance operators have found the perfect mark: a wealthy widow (Elisabeth Risdon) convinced that Wells' phony Rama Society can put the grieving woman in touch with her deceased son. The con is on, and the LAPD’s Bunco squad is out to stop it in this brisk B documentary-style crime tale that features intriguing glimpses of mid-century Los Angeles locales. Robert Sterling (TV’s Topper series) plays an investigating cop closing in on Wells (Ricardo Cortez). The cast also includes Dante – aka Dante the Magician – whose amazing stage shows were once international sensations. DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010

Bachelor Mother - Unemployed Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) impulsively picks up a baby left at orphanage doors at Christmas. Everyone assumes the foundling is hers, including Polly’s playboy ex-boss (David Niven), who offers her a job if she’ll live up to her maternal duties. A paycheck would be handy, so Polly complies. Then the boss’s tycoon dad (Charles Coburn) assumes the infant is his secret grandson…and things really spin out of control. Buoyed by Rogers’ irresistibly endearing performance, Bachelor Mother is one of those rarities, a brilliantly cast comedy where everything – plot, pacing and dialogue (thanks to Garson Kanin’s savvy direction and Norman Krasna’s witty script) – is exactly, hilariously right. DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2010
 

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 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

January 3rd, 2011

 

1981 (Ricardo Trogi, 2009) Film Movement

A Walk in the Clouds [Blu-ray] (Alfonso Arau, 1995) 20th Century Fox

Alien Anthology (6-disc) [Blu-ray] - RB FR Fox Pathe Europa (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Blind Side [Blu-ray] (John Lee Hancock, 2009) MGM (BEAVER REVIEW)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic [Blu-ray] - 20th Century Fox

Catfish [Blu-ray] (Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost , 2010) Universal

Deep Red [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 1975) RB UK Arrow Video

Desperado & El Mariachi [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez, 1995/92) Sony

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest [Blu-ray] (Daniel Alfredson, 2009) - Music Box Films

Gone With the Wind [Blu-ray] (Victor Fleming, 1939) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Good Neighbor Sam (David Swift, 1964) Sony Pictures

Graves / Zombies Of Mass Destruction (Double Feature) [Blu-ray] - LionsGate

How the West Was Won [Blu-ray] (John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe, 1962) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Howl [Blu-ray] (Rob Epstein + Jeffrey Friedman, 2010) Oscilloscope Laboratories (BEAVER REVIEW)

Ishtar [Blu-ray] (Elaine May, 1987) Sony

JFK [Blu-ray] (Oliver Stone, 1991) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

L.A. Confidential [Blu-ray] (Curtis Hanson, 1997) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Machete [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, 2010) 20th Century Fox (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Matrix [Blu-ray] (Larry and Andy Wachowski, 1999) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez, 2003) Sony

The Princess Bride [Blu-ray] (Rob Reiner, 1987) MGM (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Box Set [Blu-ray] - Music Box Films

The Supreme Swordsman (Shaw Brothers) (Keith Li, 1981) - Funimation

The Sword of Swords (Kang Cheng, 1968) Funimation

The Thomas Crown Affair [Blu-ray] (John McTiernan, 1999) MGM (BEAVER REVIEW)

To Live and Die in La [Blu-ray] (William Friedkin, 1985) MGM (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Wizard of Oz [Blu-ray] (Victor Fleming, 1939) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Yellow Handkerchief (Udayan Prasad, 2008) First Look Pictures

 

January 10th, 2011

 

A Summer In La Goulette (Ferid Boughedir, 1996) Kino

Alamar (Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio , 2009) Film Movement

Army of Shadows [Blu-ray] (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection - Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Solaris, Stalker, Nostalgia and The Sacrifice - R2 UK

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2009) R2 UK Eone

Catfish (Henry Joost, 2010) R2 UK Momentum

Come Undone (Silvio Soldini, 2010) Film Movement

Dances with Wolves (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Kevin Costner, 1990) MGM

F [Blu-ray] (Johannes Roberts, 2010) RB UK Optimum

Gainsbourg [Blu-ray] (Joann Sfar, 2010) RB UK Optimum Releasing

The Great Debaters [Blu-ray] (Denzel Washington, 2007) Weinstein Company

The Green Hornet, The Movie Edition (Ford I. Beebe, 1940) - VCI

The Last Brickmaker in America (Gregg Champion, 2001) Phase 4 Films

Once Upon a Time in America [Blu-ray (Sergio Leone, 1984) - Warner Home Video

Piranha 3-D [Blu-ray] (Alejandre Aja, 2010) Sony

Raging Bull (30th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Martin Scorsese, 1980) MGM

Robinson Crusoe on Mars [Blu-ray] (Byron Haskin, 1964) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray] (John Madden, 1998) Universal Pictures

The Social Network [Blu-ray] (David Fincher, 2010) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

Winters Bone [Blu-ray] (Debra Granik, 2010) RB Uk Artificial Eye

 

January 17th, 2011

 

Army Of Crime [Blu-ray] (Robert Guediguian, 2010) Lorber Films

The Beyond [Blu-ray] (Lucio Fulci, 1981) RB UK Arrow Films

Buried [Blu-ray] (Rodrigo Cortés, 2010) Lionsgate

Certified Copy [Blu-ray] (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010) RB UK Artificial Eye (BEAVER REVIEW)

Duffer / Moon Over the Alley [Blu-ray] - RB UK - BFI Flipside

Equinox Flower / There Was a Father [Blu-ray] (Yasujiro Ozu) - RB UK BFI

Good Morning [Blu-ray] (Yasujirô Ozu, 1959) - RB UK BFI (BEAVER REVIEW)

Into Eternity (Michael Madsen, 2010) R2 UK Dogwoof

Jack Goes Boating [Blu-ray] (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, 2009) Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller, 1964) Criterion

The Naked Kiss [Blu-ray] (Samuel Fuller, 1964) Criterion

Private Road [Blu-ray] (Barney Platts-Mills, 1971) - RB UK - BFI Flipside

Roger Corman's Sci-Fi Classics [Attack Of The Crab Monsters, War Of The Satellites, Not Of This Earth] - Shout! Factory

Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963) Criterion
Shock Corridor
[Blu-ray] (Samuel Fuller, 1963) Criterion

Up From The Depths / Demon Of Paradise (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) - Shout! Factory

 

January 24th, 2011

 

A Beautiful Mind [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 2001) Universal Studios

A Blonde in Love (Milos Forman, 1965) R2 UK Second Run DVD

Ayaka Is Your Angel [Blu-ray] - Studio Happy Chicken

Alligator (Sergio Martino, 1979) Mya Communication

Backdraft [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 1991) Universal Studios

Broadcast News (James L. Brooks, 1987) Criterion

Broadcast News [Blu-rayy] (James L. Brooks, 1987) Criterion

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer [Blu-ray] (Alex Gibney, 2010) Magnolia

The Color Purple [Blu-ray] (Steven Spielberg, 1985) Warner Home Video

Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos, 2010) Kino

Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden's London Underground (Sapphire, The League of Gentlemen, Victim, All Night Long) - Criterion

Enter the Void [Blu-ray] (Gaspar Noé, 2009) MPI

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless [Blu-ray] (Michel Gondry, 2004) Universal Studios

Faccia a faccia (Sergio Sollima, 1967) R2 UK Eureka Entertainment
Faccia a faccia [
Blu-ray] (Sergio Sollima, 1967) RB UK Eureka Entertainment

Intolerable Cruelty [Blu-ray] (Coen brother, 2003) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977) R2 UK Arrow Video

Late Mizoguchi - Eight Films 1951-1956 [Oyû-sama (1951), Ugetsu monogatari (1953), Gion-bayashi (1953), Sanshô-dayû (1954), Uwasa no onna (1954), Chikamatsu monogatari (1954), Yôkihi (1955) , Akasen-chitai (1956)] - R2 UK Eureka

Malcolm X [Blu-ray] (Spike Lee , 1992) Warner Home Video

Man in a Suitcase - Set 1 - 4-disc (Charles Crichton, 1967) Acorn Media

Meet Joe Black [Blu-ray] (Martin Brest, 1998) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

Notting Hill [Blu-ray] (Roger Michell, 1999) RB UK Universal Pictures UK

Nowhere Boy [Blu-ray] (Sam Taylor Wood, 2010) Sony

Palermo Shooting (Wim Wenders, 2008) R2 Axiom

Quiet Days in Clichy [Blu-ray] (Jens Jørgen Thorsen, 1970) Blue Underground

Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection (8-film collection) - Warner

Santa Sangre [Blu-ray] (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1989) MPI

Secretariat [Blu-ray] (Randall Wallace, 2010) - Disney

Stone [Blu-ray] (John Curran, 2010) Anchor Bay

 

     
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