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OF January 6th, 2014

  This Week's Highlights

Inyo sawen! - Getting back into the swing after our Blu-ray and DVD of the year 2013 with 3 Criterion Blu-ray releases, Masters of Cinema, more Rohmer, Godard, Dassin - an Eclipse package, and more, on DVD. January's FEATURE Blu-ray and DVD of the MONTH is posted and there is a new CONTEST posted with a Blu-ray Audio prize - good luck!

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Persona [Blu-ray] (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) Criterion Collection

The Great Beauty [Blu-ray] (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) Criterion Collection

The Freshman [Blu-ray] (Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1925) Criterion Collection

A Brief History of Time [Blu-ray] (Errol Morris, 1991) Criterion Collection

George Washington [Blu-ray] (David Gordon Green, 2000) Criterion Collection

The Hidden Fortress [Blu-ray] (Akira Kurosawa, 1958) Criterion Collection

Twin Peaks: Collection (ALL 30 episodes) [Blu-ray] David Lynch - Universal UK

Sleep, My Love [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1948) Olive Films

Men in War [Blu-ray] (Anthony Mann, 1957) Olive Films

Sabrina [Blu-ray] (Billy Wilder, 1954) Paramount

The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1964) - Olive Films

Samson and Delilah [Blu-ray] (Cecil B. DeMille, 1949) Paramount

Stranger on the Prowl [Blu-ray] (Joseph Losey, 1952) Olive Films

Breaking the Waves [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 1996) RB UK Artificial Eye

The Fly - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Kurt Neumann, 1958) RB UK 20th Century Fox

Wadjda [Blu-ray] (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2013) RB UK Soda Pictures

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness [Blu-ray] (Mark Robson, 1958) 20th Century Fox

Dracula 3D [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 2012) MPI

Captain Phillips [Blu-ray] (Paul Greengrass, 2013) Sony Pictures

Come Back, Africa - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume 2 [Blu-ray] (1959) - Milestone

The Returned [Blu-ray] (Frédéric Mermoud, 2012) Music Box Films

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [Blu-ray] (Kris Pearn, 2013) Sony

Robbe-Grillet: Trans-Europ-Express [Blu-ray] (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1967) Redemption

Robbe-Grillet: Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Blu-ray] (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1974) Redemption

Betty Boop: The Essential Collection: Vol. 3 [Blu-ray] - Olive Films

RoboCop 4K Remastered [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 1987) MGM

Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray] (Fredrik Bond, 2013) Millennium

Up the Junction [Blu-ray] (Peter Collinson, 1968) - Olive Films

On the Job [Blu-ray] (Erik Matti, 2013) Well Go USA

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

The Slumber Party Massacre [Blu-ray] (Amy Holden Jones, 1982) Shout! Factory

Machete Kills [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez, 2013) Universal Studios

Demonic Toys [Blu-ray] (Peter Manoogian, 1992) MPI

Night Of The Demons [Blu-ray] (Kevin Tenney, 1988) Shout! Factory

The Visitor [Blu-ray] (Giulio Paradisi , 1979) New Video Group

The Year of the Cannibals [Blu-ray] (Liliana Cavani, 1970) Raro Video

Tourist Trap [Blu-ray] (David Schmoeller, 1979) RB UK 88 Films

Nostalghia [Blu-ray] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983) Kino

Wings [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1927) RB UK Masters of Cinema

White Dog [Blu-ray] (Samuel Fuller, 1982) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Fellini's Roma [Blu-ray] (Federico Fellini, 1972) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Hands Over the City [Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1963) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Wake in Fright [Blu-ray] (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Serpico [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) RB UK Masters of Cinema
Serpico [Steelbook] [
Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) RB UK Masters of Cinema



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): I found value in all the Blu-ray releases I reviewed this past week. I was very keen to see Michael Mann's Thief on Criterion Blu-ray and the experience didn't disappoint. All the accolades about Museum Hours were appropriate - a wonderful film - now available on Blu-ray. Godard's Hail Mary on Cohen Blu-ray looks dynamically advanced from the previous NY'er DVD - what an impressive film. Dassin's Noir-soaked Rififi on Criterion Blu-ray is an easy 'essential' recommendation. Eric Rohmer's Full Moon in Paris on Potemkine Blu-ray is simply another endorsement for the massive French boxset. Kaurismäki's La Vie de Boheme gets the Criterion treatment and it is filled with the director's marvelous wit. William Wellman's Wings is definitely improved on The Masters of Cinema's upcoming Blu-ray. On DVD the top choice is Eclipse 40: Late Ray - with three great later efforts by the great Indian director Satyajit Ray - the Criterion SD transfer is such a breath of fresh air compared to past editions. Gregory covered the 1954 movie Dragnet on MoD DVD while Eric reviewed more of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy with Paradise: Hope and Paradise: Love as well as the Japanese comedy Key of Life and the sequel to The Falls - The Falls: Testament of Love. .Let's make this a great start to 2014!


Wings BD - Forever granted a place in cinematic history by winning the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture in 1927 and the only silent film to do so, William Wellman's silent epic Wings is more than an Oscar winner, but an epic story of friendship with the type of thrilling action only practical effects can imagine... Hometown best friends Jack (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) and David (Richard Arlen) compete for the affection of a gorgeous dame (Jobyna Ralston), though Jack doesn't realise that girl next door Mary Preston (Clara Bow) has eyes for him as well. But World War I is soon upon them, so the boys are off to France to fight against the Germans. Meanwhile, Mary follows Jack into enemy lines as a nurse. Wellman's epic drama combines the most spectacular of stunts with the most classical of melodrama, along with one of Bow's greatest performances and the screen debut of Gary Cooper. Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Release Date: January 27th, 2014

Museum Hours BD - With the aid of helmer Jem Cohen's focused eye, auds as well as protags learn to view art and the world around them through complementary lenses in the warmly intellectualized "Museum Hours." At once intimate and expansive, the pic uses the chance encounter between a Canadian visitor and a museum guard at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum to explore how it's possible to see transcendence even in the mundane. Blu-ray Release date: December 17th, 2013

Hail Mary BD - Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the Virgin Birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a teenage basketball-playing gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Mary is a beautiful yet ordinary teenager who vows to maintain her chastity. Following a warning from an angel, a confused and innocent Mary unexpectedly falls pregnant and is forced to wed her taxi-driving boyfriend Joseph. He, in turn, must love his virgin bride from a distance, revering her without touching her. Forced to face a shocking reality, Mary and Joseph along with their family and friends must struggle to cope as the provocative theme unfolds. HAIL MARY is a sensational and bold work from French master director Jean-Luc Godard which touched off an uproar of protest heard around the world. Blu-ray Release Date: January 7th, 2014

Rififi BD - After making such American noir classics as The Naked City and Brute Force, blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious heist in the City of Lights. At once naturalistic and expressionistic, this mélange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor was an international hit and earned Dassin the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Blu-ray Release Date: January 14th, 2014

La Vie de Boheme BD - This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. Based on stories from Henri Murger’s influential mid-nineteenth-century book Scènes de la vie de bohème (the basis for the opera La bohème), the film features a marvelous trio of Kaurismäki regulars—André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, and Karl Väänänen—as a writer, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life’s daily absurdities. Gorgeously shot in black and white, La vie de bohème is a vibrantly scrappy rendition of a beloved tale. Blu-ray Release date: January 21st, 2014

Thief BD - The contemporary American auteur Michael Mann burst out of the gate, his bold artistic sensibility fully formed, with Thief, his debut feature. James Caan stars, in one of his most riveting performances, as a no-nonsense ex-con safecracker planning to leave the criminal world behind after one final diamond heist, but discovering that escape is not as simple as he hoped. Finding hypnotic beauty in neon and rain-slick streets, sparks and steel, Thief effortlessly established the moody stylishness and tactile approach to action that would also define such later iconic entertainments from Mann as Miami Vice, Manhunter, and Heat. Blu-ray Release date: January 14th, 2014

Full Moon in Paris BD - This 1984 Eric Rohmer Comedies & Proverbs feature is about a young woman who doesn’t realize that she doesn’t know what she wants. While plot turns are guessable, you never really know what is going to happen to the characters. The heroine lives with her boyfriend in a suburb outside of Paris, but she also maintains an apartment by herself in the city and spends a lot of time there alone. As the film advances, she and her boyfriend become more and more distant from one another, but neither is ready to acknowledge it until something happens that forces their hands. As with all of Rohmer’s films, the characters are vividly drawn and superbly performed, so to be in their company is an extreme pleasure despite their emotional ups and downs. Blu-ray Release Date: November 19th, 2013

Dragnet - Dragnet, one of TV's most famous and innovative series from the 1950's, comes to colorful life in a classic full-length feature. As Sgt. Joe Friday, Jack Webb recreates his memorable portrayal of a Los Angeles cop - "Just the facts, Ma'am" - in this action-packed tale. A mysterious gangland slaying has taken place and it is up to Joe Friday and the Los Angeles Police Department to put together the pieces. With the help of his partner, Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander), they enlist the services of a pretty and daring police woman to trap the devious mobsters and bring them to justice. DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2010

Paradise: Hope - The third installment in Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE trilogy, PARADISE: HOPE tells the story of overweight 13-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya (PARADISE: LOVE) and her aunt (PARADISE: FAITH) does missionary work, Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor 40 years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2014

Paradise: Love - Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian hausfrau, travels to the beaches of Kenya as a sex tourist or Sugar Mama . There, she moves from one Beach Boy to the next, buying their love only to be disappointed and quickly learning that there, love is strictly a business. With his very unique brand of realism, socio-political critique and warped humor, Mr. Seidl deals with the market value of sexuality, older women and young men, the power of skin color, Europe and Africa, and the exploited, who have no choice but to exploit others. DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2013

Key of Life - Unemployed 35 year old Sakurai aspired to become an actor, but failed miserably. He decides to end his own life, but first he goes to purify himself at a public bathhouse. At the bathhouse, he meets the very prosperous Kondo who subsequently suffers a fall, erasing his memory. On a whim, Sakurai switches locker keys, steals the man's belongings and decides to pass himself off as Kondo. What Sakurai does not know is that Kondo runs an illegal business which brings him into contact with ornery yakuza members. Meanwhile, Kondo has been convinced that he is actually the failed actor Sakurai and he faces the dismal reality of that life with increasing bewilderment. Fortunately, at the hospital, he meets the lovely Kanae who, while yearning for marriage, goes out of her way to help Sakurai pull himself together. Eventually Kondo regains his memory, but before he can make a new life with Kanae, he has to solve the many problems caused by his identity theft. DVD Release Date: January 7th, 2014

The Falls: Testament of Love - This sequel to the beloved and bittersweet The Falls picks up five years after the doomed romance between Mormon missionaries RJ and Chris. Though their lives have taken radically different paths, the death of a mutual friend unexpectedly reunites the two men at a time when both are attempting to establish their adult lives. As old feelings of love and regret are rekindled, RJ and Chris must once again confront their seemingly impossible love. Will their reunion prove that they're fated to be together, or is it merely a temporary fantasy? DVD Release Date: November 26th, 2013

Eclipse 40: Late Ray - The films directed by the great Satyajit Ray (Charulata) in the last ten years of his life have a unique dignity and drama. Three of them are collected here: the fervent Rabindranath Tagore adaptation The Home and the World; the vital Henrik Ibsen-inspired An Enemy of the People; and the filmmaker's final film, the poignant and philosophical family story The Stranger. Each is a complex, political, and humane portrait of a world both corrupt and indescribably beautiful, constructed with Ray's characteristic elegance and imbued with autumnal profundity. These late-career features are the meditative works of a master. DVD Release Date: January 7th, 2014

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

January 6th, 2014


The Act of Killing [Blu-ray] (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) New Video Group

Cassandra Crossing / Domino Principle [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray (The Home and the World, An Enemy of the People, The Stranger) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Following: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] (2013) - Warner

For Ever Mozart [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996) Cohen Media

Hail Mary [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985) Cohen Media (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Killing Fields [Blu-ray] (Roland Joffé, 1984) Warner Home Video

Many Wars Ago [Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1970) Kino

Tequila Sunrise [Blu-ray] (Robert Towne, 1988) Warner

Throne of Blood [Blu-ray] (Akira Kurosawa, 1957) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (Robin Hardy, 1973) Lions Gate


January 13th, 2014


The Bench [Blu-ray] (Shawn Martin, 2014) Joseph James Pictures

Buffalo '66 [Blu-ray] (Vincent Gallo, 1998) LionsGate

Café de Flore (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011) Kino Lorber

Chances Are [Blu-ray] (Emile Ardolino, 1989) Image Entertainment

A Chorus Line [Blu-ray] (Richard Attenborough, 1985) MGM

The Great Beauty [Blu-ray] (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) RB UK Artificial Eye

In the Heat of the Night [Blu-ray] (Norman Jewison, 1967) MGM

Promised Land [Blu-ray] (Gus Van Sant, 2012) Region FREE UK Universal Pictures

Riddick [Blu-ray] (David Twohy, 2013) RB UK Entertainment One

Rififi [Blu-ray] (Jules Dassin, 1955) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Spectacular Now [Blu-ray] (James Ponsoldt, 2013) LionsGate

Sunrise [Blu-ray] (F.W. Murnau, 1927) 20th Century Fox

Terraferma [Blu-ray] (Emanuele Crialese, 2011) Cohen Media Group

Thief [Blu-ray] (Michael Mann, 1981) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Year of the Cannibals [Blu-ray] (Liliana Cavani, 1970) Raro Video



January 20th, 2014


Blue Jasmine [Blu-ray] (Woody Allen, 2013) Sony Pictures

Captain Phillips [Blu-ray] (Paul Greengrass, 2013) Sony Pictures

Cat People [Blu-ray] (Paul Schrader, 1982) Shout! Factory

Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray] (Fredrik Bond, 2013) Millennium

Computer Chess [Blu-ray] (Andrew Bujalski, 2013) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Die, Monster, Die! [Blu-ray] (Daniel Haller, 1965) Shout! Factory

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kramer, 1963) Criterion

Machete Kills [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez, 2013) Universal Studios

Nostalghia [Blu-ray] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983) Kino

The Piano [Blu-ray] (Jane Campion, 1993) - RB UK Studiocanal

The Prey [Blu-ray] (Eric Valette, 2011) Cohen Media

Raise the Titanic [Blu-ray] (Jerry Jameson, 1980) Shout! Factory

The Returned [Blu-ray] (Frédéric Mermoud, 2012) Music Box Films

RoboCop 4K Remastered [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 1987) MGM

La vie de bohème [Blu-ray] (Aki Kaurismäki, 1992) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Wadjda [Blu-ray] (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2013) RB UK Soda Pictures


January 27th, 2014


Beast Of Hollow Mountain (1956) / Neanderthan Man (1953) [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory
The Cat [
Blu-ray] (Seung-wook Byeon, 2011) Well Go USA

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [Blu-ray] (Kris Pearn, 2013) Sony

Demonic Toys [Blu-ray] (Peter Manoogian, 1992) MPI (BEAVER REVIEW)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Blu-ray] (John S. Robertson, 1920) Kino

Dracula 3D [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 2012) MPI

Epic of Everest [Blu-ray] (J.B.L. Noel, 1924) RB UK BFI

Hell Comes to Frogtown [Blu-ray] (Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer, 1988) RB UK Arrow

Hellgate [Blu-ray] (William A. Levey, 1990) RB UK Arrow

The Long Day Closes [Blu-ray] (Terence Davies, 1992) Criterion

The Selfish Giant [Blu-ray] (Clio Barnard, 2013) RB UK Artificial Eye

Wings [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1927) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

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