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OF January 9th, 2012

  This Week's Highlights
Mínk'i k'ódojdi hesásak'ade! - The BIG news is the laborious DVD and Blu-ray of the Year 2011 is posted with the renowned participants sharing lists of their favorite DVDs and Blu-rays of the entire 2011 year! In this newsletter we have a Criterion Blu-ray, Raul Ruiz, Jean-Luc Godard, Alex Cox, Francesco Rosi, Dinosaurs, Captain Nemo and more and our CONTEST clip with another brand new Blu-ray prize!

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Fort Apache [Blu-ray] (John Ford, 1948) Warner

Melancholia [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 2011) Magnolia

Chung Kuo China (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1972) - R2 UK Mr Bongo

The Legend of Hell House [Blu-ray] (John Hough, 1973) RB DE Koch Media

A Dangerous Method [Blu-ray] (David Cronenberg, 2011) Sony Pictures

Jesus of Nazareth [Blu-ray] (Franco Zeffirelli, 1977) RB DE Koch Media

Martha Marcy May Marlene [Blu-ray] (Sean Durkin, 2011) 20th Century Fox

J. Edgar [Blu-ray] (Clint Eastwood, 2011) Warner

Dead in the Water [Blu-ray] (Bill Condon, 1991) Timeless Media Group

Riverworld [Blu-ray] (Stuart Gillard, 2010) RB DE Koch Media

The Wild Geese [Blu-ray] (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1978) RB Arrow Video

Who Dares Wins [Blu-ray] (Ian Sharp, 1982) RB Arrow Video

Mozart's Sister [Blu-ray] (Rene Feret, 2011) Music Box Films

Lady For A Day (Frank Capra, 1933) Inception Media Group

Before Your Eyes (Miraz Bezar, 2011) Film Movement

Kansas City Confidential / The Stranger (Karlson / Welles) [Blu-ray] - Film Chest Inc.

The Man from Snowy River [Blu-ray] (George Miller, 1982) Fox

Runaway Jury [Blu-ray] (Gary Fleder, 2003) Fox

My Living Doll (Bill Kelsay, 1964–1965) MPI

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988) Section 23

Evil Roy Slade & Brother's O'Toole - Double Feature [Blu-ray] - Timeless Media Group

The Way [Blu-ray] (Emilio Estevez, 2011) ARC Entertainment

Take Shelter [Blu-ray] (Jeff Nichols, 2011) Sony

Tale of the Mummy [Blu-ray] (Russell Mulcahy, 1998) Echo Bridge

Johnny English Reborn [Blu-ray] (Oliver Parker, 2011) Universal Pictures

Puss in Boots [Blu-ray] (Chris Miller, 2011) DreamWorks

The Saragossa Manuscript (Restored Edition) (Wojciech Has, 1965) - R2 UK Mr Bongo

The Hourglass Sanatorium (Restored Edition) (Wojciech Has, 1973) - R2 UK Mr Bongo

Against All Flags [Blu-ray] (George Sherman, 1952) RB DE Koch Media

To Catch a Thief [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955) Paramount

Take Shelter [Blu-ray] (Jeff Nichols, 2011) Region FREE Universal Pictures UK

Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn [Blu-ray] (Steven Spielberg, 2011) Triple Play - Region Free UK Paramount
Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn [
Blu-ray] (Steven Spielberg, 2011) 3-D - Region Free UK Paramount

Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts 1934-1937 [Blu-ray] - Kino


ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon has reached Blu-ray of the week status. A pure masterpiece. A not-so-far-off second if Godard's Film Socialisme - a visual extravaganza that is pristine in 1080P. I also loved Criterion's textured The Moment of Truth - strongly recommended! Alex Cox' Sid and Nancy is always enjoyable to revisit and is a definite improvement via Blu-ray. On DVD, Captain Nemo and the Underwater City evokes childhood memories with The Last Dinosaur not achieving similar. Eric covers a lot this week including the acclaimed Putty Hill (that had mention in our 2001 Poll.) The Devil Within Her with Joan Collins sounds intriguing for horror fans. I am less enthused by titles like Satan's Blood and Punished but Nothing But the Night sounds like it may have some appeal. Enjoy!!


Mysteries of Lisbon BD - Raul Ruiz’s masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Blu-ray Release date: January 17th, 2011

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City - Oscar-nominee Robert Ryan ("The Wild Bunch," "Crossfire") plays Captain Nemo, the infamous submarine captain. The Captain rescues six shipwreck survivors and brings them to his underwater fortress, where they may be trapped for the rest of their lives. Nanette Newman ("The Wrong Box") and Chuck Connors ("Soylent Green," "Old Yeller") co-star in this fantasy-adventure. Enjoyable for the entire family. Directed by Oscar-winner James Hill. DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2009

The Last Dinosaur - "It eats meat! Us!!" It is a Tyrannosaurus, ruler of a lost world hidden within a dormant polar volcano. Us are members of expedition led by a big game hunter and uberzillionaire (Richard Boone). And eats - well, you get the idea, tyrant lizard fans! Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, who charmed families with The Year Without a Santa Claus and more animated and stop-motion holiday heartwarmers, relied on dinomight for The Last Dinosaur, the sort of thrill-a-minute popcorn-seller that gives bad movies a good name. Join the adventurers as they encounter a perilous array of prehistoric beasts, a tribe of savage cavemen and a T. rex who, despite its less-than-special effect appearance, can kick some serious Triceratops butt. DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2011

The Moment of Truth BD - The Moment of Truth (Il momento della verità), from director Francesco Rosi, is a visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero—played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelín. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring’s action, as close to death as possible. Like all of the great Italian truth seeker’s films, this is not just an electrifying drama but also a profound and moving inquiry into a violent world—and it’s perhaps the greatest bullfighting movie ever made.
Blu-ray Release date: January 24th, 2011

Satan's Blood - Terror, sex and Satanic rituals are on a one-way ride to Hell in Satan's Blood, one of the most horrific and sexiest thrillers from Spain! In this occult chiller, Andy and Anna are a bored couple who decide to go for a drive in the country. On the way, they meet another couple who claim to know them from many years before. Despite their uncertainty, Andy and Anna agree to visit the mysterious couple's country house and end up staying the night. DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2011

Nothing But the Night - Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 orphan kids in it, police colonel Bingham starts investigating. First question is, how came that the dead bus driver is burnt when there was no fire during the accident? Dr. Ashley uses hypnosis to find the truth about the mysterious happenings. DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2011

Punished - The story centers on real estate tycoon Wong Ho-Chiu. While sheltered in the luxurious trappings afforded by his wealth and power, he suffers an unbearable loss when his daughter Daisy is kidnapped and killed: a victim of her decadent lifestyle and cocaine addiction. Wong Ho-Chiu turns to his trusted bodyguard Chor to seek out the perpetrators and exact revenge. Chor does his employer's bidding with an unflinching determination and scarcely contained rage thinly hidden beneath the surface. Wong Ho-Chiu goes one step further and orders Chor to videotape each of their executions, an order to which he complies, revealing the depths of depravity to which he will sink to match hand with his former underworld brethren in his quest for revenge. DVD Release Date: January 24th 2012

Film Socialisme BD - Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless) returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with rock legend Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty.
Blu-ray Release date: January 10th, 2012

Sid and Nancy BD - 'A lacerating love story', Sid & Nancy chronicles the brief, intense attachment of two of punk’s most notorious poster children, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Director Alex Cox balances a bleak evocation of star-crossed love with surreal humor and genuine tenderness, creating a compelling portrait of the late ’70s punk scene. With brilliant performances by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, the film’s haunting imagery and black comedy resonate long after the final frames.
Blu-ray Release Date: December 27th, 2011

Putty Hill - A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, Putty Hill is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield. At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Exquisitely shot and employing surprising documentary techniques, Putty Hill is one of the most exciting American indie films in years. DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2011

The Devil Within Her - Former stripper Lucy Carlesi (Joan Collins, QUEST FOR LOVE) gives birth to Nicholas, an unusually strong child who scratches the new mother the first time she picks him up. When she and her husband Gino (Ralph Bates, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE) return home, things get worse. The child bites the housekeeper Mrs. Hyde (Hilary Mason, DON'T LOOK NOW) and tries to drown nanny Jill (Janet Key, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS), and demolishes his nursery. Lucy is convinced that the child hates her while Gino confides in the child's doctor Finch (Donald Pleasance, HALLOWEEN) who believes that Lucy is stressed and that Nicholas may possibly have a genetic condition. Since Lucy and Gino have healthy family backgrounds, Lucy suspects that the child may actually have been fathered by strip-club owner Tommy (John Steiner, SALON KITTY) and that the aggression has a supernatural cause since her spurned midget partner Hercules (George Claydon, BERSERK) cursed her to have a child possessed by the devil. DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2011

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

January 9th, 2012


1911 [Blu-ray] (Li Zhang, 2011) Well Go USA

Arrietty [Blu-ray] (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010) RB UK Optimum

Aurora (Cristi Puiu, 2010) Cinema Guild

The Big Picture [Blu-ray] (Eric Lartigau, 2010) UK Artificial Eye

Billy Elliot [Blu-ray] (Stephen Daldry, 2000) Universal Studios

The Dust of Time (Theodoros Angelopoulos, 2008) Artificial Eye

Film Socialisme [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 2011) Lorber Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Hellstrom Chronicle [Blu-ray] (Walon Green, Ed Spiegel, 1971) Olive Films

Koyaanisqatsi [Blu-ray] (Godfrey Reggio, 1982) RB DE Koch Media

Looney Tunes Showcase: Volume 1 [Blu-ray] - Warner Home Video

The Man from London (Bela Tarr, 2007) Zeitgeist

Moneyball [Blu-ray] (Bennett Miller, 2011) Sony

Night and Day (Sang-soo Hong, 2008) Zeitgeist Films

Protektor (Marek Najbrt, 2009) Film Movement

Sinners And Saints [Blu-ray] (William Kaufman, 2010) Anchor Bay

The Theo Angelopoulos Collection Vol 2 - Reconstruction (1970) Days of '36 (1972) The Travelling Players (1975) and The Hunters (1977) - R2 UK Artificial Eye

The Theo Angelopoulos Collection Vol 3 - The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991) Ulysses' Gaze (1995) Eternity and a Day (1998) The Weeping Meadow (2004) and The Dust of Time (2008) - R2 UK Artificial Eye

When Harry Met Sally... [Blu-ray] (Rob Reiner, 1989) MGM



January 16th, 2012


Adaptation [Blu-ray] (Spike Jonze, 2002) Image Entertainment

Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967) Criterion

Belle de jour [Blu-ray] (Luis Buñuel, 1967) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Boys in Company C [Blu-ray] (Sidney J. Furie, 1978) Henstooth Video

Caterpillar (Koji Wakamatsu, 2010) Lorber Films

The Coast Guard [Blu-ray] (Ki-duk Kim, 2002) Palisades Tartan

Dead Poets Society [Blu-ray] (Peter Weir, 1989) Touchstone / Disney

Dead Ringers [Blu-ray] (David Cronenberg, 1988) FilmMedia

Dutch [Blu-ray] (Peter Faiman, 1991) Anchor Bay/Starz

Eclipse Series 31: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin - Poto and Cabengo (1978), Routine Pleasures (1986), My Crasy Life (1992) - Criterion

Exodus [Blu-ray] (Otto Preminger, 1960) RB FR Opening

Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection [Blu-ray] - Caliber 9 (1972), The Italian Connection (1972), The Boss (1973) and Rulers of the City (1976) - Entertainment One

Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Barry Levinson, 1987) Touchstone / Disney

The Ides of March [Blu-ray] (George Clooney, 2011) - Sony

Last Hard Men/Sky Riders [Double Feature] - Shout! Factory

Mysteries of Lisbon [Blu-ray] (Raul Ruiz, 2011) Music Box Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Nothing in Common [Blu-ray] (Garry Marshall, 1986) Image Entertainment

The Overcoat (Il Cappotto) (Alberto Lattuada, 1952) Raro

Project X [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Kaplan, 1987) Anchor Bay/Starz

Redline [Blu-ray] (Takeshi Koike, 2009) ANME9

A Soldier's Story [Blu-ray] (Norman Jewison, 1984) Image Entertainment

Traffic [Blu-ray] (Steven Soderbergh, 2000) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

United Red Army (Koji Wakamatsu, 2007) Lorber Films


January 23rd, 2012


50/50 [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Levine, 2011) Summit Entertainment

Almanac of Fall (Béla Tarr, 1984) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Annie Hall [Blu-ray] (Woody Allen, 1977) MGM

The Apartment [Blu-ray] (Billy Wilder, 1960) CA MGM

The Deadly Spawn [Blu-ray] (Douglas McKeown, 1983) Elite Entertainment

Death Hunt aka Yukon [Blu-ray] (Peter R. Hunt, 1981) RB DE Koch

Fascination [Blu-ray] (Jean Rollin, 1979) Redemption Films

Flash Point [Blu-ray] (Wlson Yip, 2007) Well Go USA

From Noon Till Three [Blu-ray] (Frank D. Gilroy, 1976) RB DE Koch

The Getting of Wisdom (Bruce Beresford, 1978) R2 UK Contemporary Films

Godzilla (Ishirô Honda, 1954) Criterion
Godzilla [
Blu-ray] (Ishirô Honda, 1954) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Happy, Happy [Blu-ray] (Anne Sewitsky, 2010) Magnolia Pictures

Hell and Back Again [Blu-ray] (Danfung Dennis, 2011) Docudrama

The Housemaid (Im Sang Soo, 2010) R2 UK Axiom Films

The Iron Rose [Blu-ray] (Jean Rollin, 1973) Redemption Films

Lips of Blood [Blu-ray] (Jean Rollin, 1975) Redemption Films

Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008) R2 UK Second Run DVD

Manhattan [Blu-ray] (Woody Allen, 1979) MGM

Melancholia [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 2011) RB UK Artificial Eye (BEAVER REVIEW)

Midnight Cowboy [Blu-ray] (John Schlesinger, 1969) CA MGM

The Moment of Truth (Francesco Rosi, 1965) Criterion
The Moment of Truth [
Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1965) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Mozart's Sister [Blu-ray] (René Féret, 2010) Music Box Films

Notorious [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) MGM

The Nude Vampire [Blu-ray] (Jean Rollin, 1970) Redemption Films

October (Diego Vega Vidal, 2010) New Yorker Films

Punishment Park [Blu-ray] (Peter Watkins, 1971) Dual Format - RB UK Masters of Cinema

Real Steel [Blu-ray] (Shawn Levy, 2011) Disney

Rebecca [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) MGM

Restless [Blu-ray] (Gus Van Sant, 2011) Sony

Riverworld [Blu-ray] (Stuart Gillard, 2010) RB DE Koch Media

See No Evil, Hear No Evil [Blu-ray] (Arthur Hiller, 1989) Image Entertainment

Shiver of the Vampires [Blu-ray] (Jean Rollin, 1971) Redemption Films

Le Silence de la Mer [Blu-ray] (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1949) Region Free UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Stir Crazy (Sidney Poitier, 1980) Image Entertainment

Spellbound [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945) CA MGM

The Toy [Blu-ray] (Richard Donner, 1982) Image Entertainment

Two-Lane Blacktop [Blu-ray] (Monte Hellman, 1971) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Two-Lane Blacktop [Blu-ray] (Monte Hellman, 1971) (LTD Edition Steelbook) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Whistleblower [Blu-ray] (Larysa Kondracki, 2010) 20th Century Fox

Who Pays the Ferryman? (Michael J. Bird, 1977) R2 UK Eureka Entertainment

Wings [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1927) Paramount

The Woman [Blu-ray] (Lucky McKee, 2011) The Collective



January 30th, 2012


Cleopatra [Blu-ray] (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963) RB UK 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cold Mountain [Blu-ray] (Anthony Minghella, 2003) Miramax Lionsgate

The Conformist [Blu-ray] (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) RB UK Arrow Video

The Double [Blu-ray] (Michael Brandt, 2011) Image Entertainment

Drive [Blu-ray] (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) Sony

Drive [Blu-ray] (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) RB UK Icon Home Entertainment

Dream House [Blu-ray] (Jim Sheridan, 2011) Universal Studios

The English Patient [Blu-ray] (Anthony Minghella, 1996) Miramax Lionsgate

Four Flies On Grey Velvet [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 1971) RB UK Shameless

Frida [Blu-ray] (Julie Taymor, 2002) Miramax Lionsgate

Grand Canyon [Blu-ray] (Lawrence Kasdan, 1991) Anchor Bay/Starz

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

The Mill and the Cross [Blu-ray] (Lech Majewski, 2011) Kino

Night Train Murders [Blu-ray] (Aldo Lado, 1975) Blue Underground

Outrage [Blu-ray] (Takeshi Kitano, 2010) Magnolia

The Piano [Blu-ray] (Jane Campion, 1993) Lions Gate

Rolling Thunder [Blu-ray] (John Flynn, 1977) RB UK Optimum Home

Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray] (John Madden, 1998) Miramax Lionsgate

The Terrorists [Blu-ray] (Casper Wrede, 1974) Anchor Bay/Starz

The Thing [Blu-ray] (Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., 2011) Universal Studios

The Tin Drum [Blu-ray] (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979) RB UK Arrow

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Ltd Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) (Tomas Alfredson, 2011) RB UK Optimum

To Kill a Mockingbird [Blu-ray] 50th Anniversary Special Edition (Robert Mulligan, 1962) Universal Studios

To Kill a Mockingbird [Blu-ray] (Robert Mulligan, 1962) Universal Studios

Win Win [Blu-ray] (Thomas McCarthy, 2011) RB UK 20th Century Fox

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