Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF January 25th, 2010


This Week's Highlights

Balah aasee! - A whopping 32 reviews listed in this week's newsletter but 10 of those are revisited Blu-rays with new screen captures added. Albert Lamorisse shorts in 1080P, Roy Andersson, Dario Argento, Jane Campion, Friedkin, Eastwood, Tarantino, Altman and 8, count'em 8!, Noirs with the likes of Lizabeth Scott, Gloria Grahame, Audrey Totter, Ida Lupino - Ohh, my - I gotta lie down for a while. 24 new additions (Godard, Ang Lee, Assayas, Woo on Blu-ray) to the release calendar and a new Contest.

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Paju (2-Disc) (Park Chan Ok, 2009) R3 HK - Eos

Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) Criterion

Vivre sa vie [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) Criterion
Ride with the Devil (Ang Lee, 1999) Criterion

Ride with the Devil [Blu-ray] (Ang Lee, 1999) Criterion
The Fugitive Kind (Sidney Lumet, 1959) - Criterion
Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, 2008) - Criterion

Summer Hours [Blu-ray] (Olivier Assayas, 2008) - Criterion

A Nos Amours [To Our Romance] (Maurice Pialat, 1983) R2 UK - Masters of Cinema

Sous Le Soleil De Satan (Maurice Pialat, 1987) R2 UK - Masters of Cinema

Diamonds Of The Night (Jan Nemec, 1964) R2 UK - SecondRun

New York, I Love You (Mira Nair etc., 2009) Palm Pictures

Red Cliff (Theatrical Version) [Blu-ray] (John Woo, 2009) Magnolia

Red Cliff International Version - Part I & Part II [Blu-ray] (John Woo, 2009) Magnolia

The Men Who Stare At Goats [Blu-ray] (Grant Heslov, 2009) - Overture Films/Anchor Bay

The Relic [Blu-ray] (Peter Hyams, 1997) Lions Gate

Dirty Harry/Magnum Force [Blu-ray] (Action Double Feature) [Blu-ray] - Warner

Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray] (Spike Jonze, 2009) - Warner Home Video

The Basketball Diaries [Blu-ray] (Scott Kalvert, 1995) Palm Pictures

Dirty Harry Collection [Blu-ray] (Dirty Harry / Magnum Force / The Enforcer / Sudden Impact / The Dead Pool) - Warner Home Video

The Claude Chabrol Collection Vol.1 - R2 UK - Artificial Eye

Three Films by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet - R2 UK - Drakes Avenue

Surviving Desire (Hal Hartley, 1991) - Microcinema

Possible Films Volume 2, New Short Films by Hal Hartley - Microcinema


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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  I had some extremely impacting viewings this past 7 days - discs of Mystic River, To Live and Die in L.A. and The Music Man, all on Blu-ray, produced some marvelous presentations. But the newer format didn't exclusively dominate with arrivals like Campion's Bright Star and Leonard's deft coverage of the Bad Girls of Film Noir Vol. 1, and Vol. 2. Talk about nirvana! I felt like I initially didn't give Michael Clayton a fair shake and I'd like to correct that - very impressive film. Altman's unforgettable Streamers deserves mention - even with my ambivalence towards the Shout! Factory DVD. Regardless of its questionable colors The Red Balloon looked sweet to me in 1080P. Argento's Suspiria retains all it's nightmarish charms but I had some issue with the new Blu-ray. I've done enough procrastinating and am going to indulge in Generation Kill. Lastly, refurbishing Good Night and Good Luck made me recall what a good film it really is.


To Live and Die in L.A. BD - Spectacularly photographed by Robby Muller and atmospherically scored by the duo Wang Chung, ''To Live and Die in L.A.'' is resolutely modern. It is most involving when Mr. Friedkin keeps it mindlessly kinetic, least so when it even begins to consider the moral implications of its characters' behavior. The occasional flashes of feeling here - for instance, the surprising tenderness Eric Masters shows for the beautiful dancer (Miss Feuer) who is his accomplice and lover - are as enjoyably gratuitous as a car chase or shootout might be in another sort of movie. Blu-ray Release Date: February 1st, 2010

The Red Balloon BD - Most of French director Albert Lamorisse's films celebrate the miracle of flight, but few were as a landmark as his 1956 short subject The Red Balloon. The story, told with a minimum of dialogue, concerns a little boy (played by the director's son Pascal) who comes across a helium-filled balloon. As he plays with his new acquisition, the boy discovers that the balloon seemingly has a mind of its own. The little red orb follows its new 'master' all through the streets of Paris, and then dogs the boy's trail into the schoolroom, which drives the teacher to comic distraction. Towards the end, it seems as though boy and balloon will be parted forever....but director Lamorisse has a delightful surprise in store for us. Blu-ray Release Date: January 18th, 2010

The White Mane BD - A lesser-known short by the French master filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, whose Red Balloon is an all-time classic, White Mane is a beautiful but somewhat disturbing allegory that looks at first glance like a boy's adventure story, but actually contains real good vs. evil battles that can only be interpreted as a reflection of Lamorisse's own post-war angst. Blu-ray Release Date: January 18th, 2010

Bad Girls of Film Noir Vol. 1 - In the 40's and 50's the juiciest roles for actresses in Hollywood were often in B-pictures that explored the dark side of life: starring roles as cool, calculating gals who could stick a knife in a man's back and make him like it. Lizabeth Scott, Gloria Grahame, and Evelyn Keyes were some of the best of the period, and are among Noir fans' favorites for their roles in such classics of the genre as Dead Reckoning and The Racket (Scott), The Big Heat and Human Desire (Grahame), 99 River Street and The Prowler (Keyes). Here's your chance to see them at work in some great films straight out of the vault, newly restored and re-mastered, for the first time on DVD. Co-starred with the likes of Edmund O'Brien, Charleton Heston, and Vittorio Gassman these dames shine a like the brightest stars in Hollywood, and each film packs in plenty of the best bad girl behavior.' DVD Release Date: February 9th, 2010

Bad Girls of Film Noir Vol. 2 - Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Jan Sterling, Ida Lupino and Janis Carter. Forgery, adultery, theft, blackmail and murder. The Bad Girls of Noir are back, in Volume 2, and these gorgeous gals with malice in their hearts are sure to thrill hard-boiled fans of Noir. Fan favorite Cleo Moore finally gets her due in three films that highlight the talents of the beauty who was compared to Marilyn Monroe, but whom fans love for her earnest, if stilted portrayals of dim-witted gals who can't catch a break. Four films, restored and re-mastered are all new to DVD, and sure to provide plenty of excitement for the noir aficionado. Watch out for these gals, they're dangerous--which makes them oh, so fun to watch.' DVD Release Date: February 9th, 2010

You the Living - Andersson takes his title from lines by Goethe: "Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot." "Lethe" is the destination of a tram glimpsed in a typically enigmatic scene. Those lines have the gloomy compassion and northern European black humour that permeates Andersson's films. Are these people actually the "living"? Or the demi-zombie dead? Tragically, they cling to the scraps of life allowed to them in this wretched world. Tartan DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010

Suspiria BD - Argento's masterpiece of horror, with its assault of garish colors, booming soundtrack and horrifically dreamlike set pieces, is the cinematic equivalent of an exceptionally scary fun house. It tells the story of Susan (Harper) a young, impressionable American who travels abroad in order to study at a prestigious European ballet academy. From the first day, however, she begins to realize that frightening things are afoot at the hallowed institution. Enduring a rain of maggots, poisoned food and other unpleasant occurrences, she discovers that the school is a secret convening place for an ages-old witches' coven. Blu-ray Release Date: January 18th, 2010

Two Evil Eyes - The masters of modern horror - George Romero and Dario Argento - bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero's "The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar," a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of THE FOG) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's "The Black Cat," a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of RESERVOIR DOGS) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own? DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2010

The Fallen Sparrow - Ex-Spanish Civil War POW Kit McKitrick (John Garfield) is investigating the death of his childhood pal. But the brutality he endured at the hands of his fascist captors has left more then physical scars. Maureen O’Hara, playing an elusive beauty who knows more then she’s telling, matches her cool elegance with Garfield’s electric intensity in this highly regarded psychological thriller. As Kit careens from swank Manhattan soirees to covert Nazi spy nests, he discovers if he does have the guts to confront men who lie, torture and murder in the service of Germany’s crazed Führer. DVD Release Date: May, 2009

Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector's Edition BD - Streetwise San Francisco police detective Harry Callahan will nail the serial killer Scorpio…one way or the other…no matter what “the system” prescribes. Don Siegel directs one of the best police thrillers ever made. MAGNUM FORCE: Sharpshooting rookie motorcycle cops have turned vigilante, eliminating crooks the courts can’t touch – thereby venturing into Harry’s cross-hairs. Written by future directors John Milius and Michael Cimino. THE ENFORCER: When terrorists rob an arms warehouse and go on a bloody extortion spree, city leaders seek out Callahan, who’s now teamed with a lady partner (Tyne Daly) with two jobs: tracking down the terrorists – and winning Harry’s confidence. SUDDEN IMPACT: On an out-of-town assignment, Harry tracks a traumatized rape victim (Sondra Locke) coldly gunning down her bygone attackers. Fueled by the line that became a national catchphrase: “Go ahead. Make my day.” THE DEAD POOL: Fame isn’t Callahan’s style. He’d rather not be lumped in with a rocker, a film critic and a talk-show host. They’re slain celebrities named in a mysterious betting pool. And Harry just joined the list. Blu-ray Release date: June 3rd, 2008

Kill Bill Vol. 1 BD - Much has already been written about Quentin Tarantino and his extended essay in the ultra-violent: Kill Bill, the two volumes conceived as a single film, but released theatrically just six months apart. I imagine it's no accident that the second part doesn't really have a title card. The movie begins with a brief recap of the opening of Volume 1 where Bill shoots The Bride, then a quick cut to where that film leaves off: Ms Thurman driving in her convertible declaring that she's killed a lot of people to get to this point and she finds him, she's gonna kill Bill. Then the title card: Vol. 2. Cool, huh. Blu-ray Release date: September 9, 2008

Kill Bill Vol. 2 BD - But I digress. Taken together, the two parts of Kill Bill sets up the how and, later, the why, of The Bride's revenge for Bill having let loose her former assassins in arms (I like to think of them as Charlie's Devils) on the day of her wedding, killing everyone in the church, and leaving the place a lot more holey than they entered it. The first volume is as bloody as a manga: lots of killing – and for good reason. The second volume is a philosophical essay by comparison. Blu-ray Release date: September 9, 2008

Cars BD - It's moral is both simplistic and in your face. The motivation for the protagonist to change direction is not compelling, as it is with other Pixar films. It's as if Pinocchio went out in search of his father because he thought he went out without his coat. That said, Cars is by far the densest Pixar film to date. It is worth one's while to watch the movie repeatedly just to sort out it textures, references and – not least – to identify the inspiration for each of the many vehicles that inhabit this human-free world. Blu-ray Release date: November 6th, 2007

Bright Star - From Jane Campion, Academy Award winner of The Piano, comes a sweeping love story that will carry you back through time to experience the passion and romance between acclaimed poet, John Keats and his beloved muse. London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of high fashion. This unlikely pair began at odds, he thinking her a stylish minx, while she was unimpressed not only by his poetry but also by literature in general. DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2010

Michael Clayton BD - Michael Clayton is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach. Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life. Blu-ray Release date: February 19th, 2008

Superman - Batman Public Enemies BD - A desperate solution for a troubled country: Lex Luthor for President with the Justice League in the service of the government. Only Batman and Superman stand against the new regime – and their disloyalty proves to be exactly what Luthor intended. Using their outcast status to instigate a scandal against Superman, Luthor finally tastes a victory in his vendetta against The Man of Steel. From Executive Producer Bruce Timm and voiced by the cast from both hit Batman and Superman animated TV series including Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Clancy Brown, this DC Universe Original Animated Movie of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’s popular graphic novel seethes with political intrigue and action-packed battles between heroes all believing they’re on the right side of the law. Blu-ray Release date: September 29th, 2009

Hot Fuzz BD - In Hot Fuzz, the story and characterization charms and repels us by turns. The film displays that subtle sense of English sense of humour we know so well, but it also contains a few frightfully grisly moments. It's a little like Lindsay Anderson's "if…." on crystal meth. Much is made in the press about this being a parody of the buddy cop genre, but the film is so dense with distractions that you could be excused for ignoring that particular line of thought. The casual moviegoer might find the proceedings exceedingly off-putting; but the seasoned veteran, especially those who appreciate off-the-wall black humour, will likely find much to amuse and titillate. Blu-ray Release date: September 22nd, 2009

The Music Man BD - A con man, masquerading as a music professor, convinces a small town to form a brass band as a way for him to pocket some dough. Although he knows nothing about music, somehow he is able to magically transform the townsfolk into acceptable performers. This joyful film of the 1,375-performance Broadway smash remains irresistible. Robert Preston recreates his winning Broadway triumph as con artist Harold Hill. Meredith Willson’s sassy, brassy score – featuring the unforgettable "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Till There Was You" among other marvelous melodies – is orchestrated to brilliant Oscar effect by Ray Heindorf. Blu-ray Release date: February 2nd, 2010

Generation Kill BD - There's an emotional punch to "Generation Kill" that war buffs and informed readers know is coming, but the series manages to build the inevitable nature of combat weariness into a compelling (and often damning) narrative. When we first meet the characters in "Generation Kill," they are clamoring to get in the action. They are tired of faux war games. They want to "get some." Part youthful exuberance, part pent-up warriors, they believe in the cause. They believe in kicking ass. There is a bursting-to-kill element that you know will, soon enough, come bluntly face-to-face with reality. It's the varied reactions when it happens that carry "Generation Kill" to great heights. Blu-ray Release date: June 16, 2009

Terror Express - The intruders of TERROR EXPRESS are no common street hoods; well-dressed and deceptively well-mannered, they are "Valued offspring of degenerated nouveau riches. Fine clothing, good manners, and absolutely empty in the brain department" (and it is perhaps appropriate that Pierre makes that remark rather than the any of the more "respectable" characters). Likewise, most of the terrorized characters are despicable in varying degrees (a father pays Giulia to wear his daughter Elena's silk gown and calls her by that name) while Anna objects to the presence of escorted convict Pierre in the dining car but is amused by the antics of the disruptie trio. DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009

Shaun of the Dead BD - You'd a thought there wasn't much more that be said for the zombie genre. I mean, what are these films but a bunch of humanoids with a serious case of psychomotor retardation dragging themselves about until they find the living who are too panicked or accidentally cornered to find high ground. The Romero films center themselves on a small group of individuals who with and/or against one another while slugging it out with the dead. That's about it. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found myself thoroughly enjoying and admiring this movie from one end to the other. Blu-ray Release date: September 22nd, 2009

Streamers - The 1980s are known as being a dark period for Robert Altman. Having been branded uncommercial by the New post-Star Wars, post-Jaws, post-Heaven's Gate Hollywood, the creative freedoms he and others like Coppola enjoyed during the seventies, as provided by the studio tit, were largely stripped from him as he found himself unable to find studio backing for his projects. Altman's work in the '80s greatly reflected this ostracization, as films like Secret Honor and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean found him moving away from the freeform mosaics that distinguished his 1970s work and adapting stage plays most of which were chamber pieces restricted to a single set. Streamers, adapted by David Rabe from his Tony-nominated play, is as revealing of this dynamic as any of Altman's work from this period, its drama confined to an army barracks at the eve of the Vietnam war, its characters all existentially and ideologically "trapped" by the tenets and schemata of military life. Shout! Factory DVD Release Date: January 19th, 2010

The Alcove - Although regarded as one of Joe D'Amato's best works of erotica (specifically in the eighties Filmirage period), THE ALCOVE is a bit of a frustrating view. The period detail is well-handled, the cast is attractive, and Gemser is an effective presence as usual but the first two thirds of the script lean towards Zerbal giving these decadent, racist, and hypocritical people (Alessandra only questions how history is shaped by the victors and neglects the perspective of the vanquished after she has had her way with Zerbal) what they deserve to Velma appealing to Elio's gallant son Furio (Roberto Caruso, THE CHURCH) to save his father and stepmother from Zerbal's evil influence without a hint of irony. DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010

Coming Soon - Although certainly an improvement over the director's script for the overrated SHUTTER (the Thai version, not the even worse American remake), COMING SOON is overly derivative of both the Asian horror resurgence as well as the American remakes and spin-offs. The pacing of the 83 minute film (78 if you don't count the closing credits crawl although imdb also cites a 95 minute running time in addition to the 83) is uneven.

This Filthy Earth - On the evidence of This Filthy Earth, director Andrew Kotting is no storyteller, but the film exhibits so bold and singular a talent that it hardly matters....For his first stab at full-length fiction, however, he has chosen to adapt Emile Zola's 1887 La Terre, a chunky 19th-century novel full of outsized characters and thumping melodrama....This Filthy Earth is a true phantasmagoria inhabited by rural monsters and grotesques so backward they seem prehistoric. It's virtually impossible to find one's bearings in this floating nightmare. DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2009

The Gigolos - A highly original and understated comedy set in London's male escort scene. The smooth and charming Sacha is a favourite among the wealthy but lonely over-50s (his 'regulars' played by Susannah York, Anna Massey, Sian Phillips and Angela Pleasance). When an injury puts Sacha out of action, his younger live-in valet and manager Trevor stands in, with consequences that shake up their close and dependent partnership. DVD Release Date: February 9th, 2009

Chris Welsby - The BFI's British Artists' Films series produced in partnership with arts documentary producers Illuminations and Arts Council England features a wide selection of important film and video work by British artists from the last thirty years. The second release focuses on the work of Chris Welsby, landscape artist and pioneer of the moving-image installation in Britain, whose subtle meditations are exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2006

Mystic River BD - On the surface “Mystic River” is a crime thriller, but beneath, it is an allegory about how pain from the past plays in on our lives, about how things never spoken about publicly eats us up inside. Each of the three men, once childhood friends, carry an unspoken pain and fear within them: Jimmy, because of the loss of his daughter, Sean, having worked his wife out of his life, and finally Dave, who was abused for four days as a child. Towards the end, Sean contemplates: “In reality, we’re all just 11-year old boys, locked in a cellar, imagining how our lives would have been if we’d escape.” Blu-ray Release Date: February 2nd, 2010

Viva Las Vegas BD - But most of all, Viva Las Vegas has Ann-Margret. I think it's no exaggeration to say she's the star of the movie. Mr. Pond notes that Colonel Parker was particularly concerned with this, and her glory may have contributed to the fact that Elvis's movies from then on had no competing females. Ann-Margret seems to get most of the screen time with more costume changes than a rattlesnake in a time warp. Besides her jaw-dropping good looks and sex appeal, what boggles the mind about Ann-Margret is her boundless energy – evident not only in her spirited dancing but in her limitless facial expressions, not one of which isn't gorgeous or portentous of . . . well, you know. Blu-ray Release date: September 18th, 2007

Seabiscuit BD - The movie interweaves the stories of owner Charles Hunter (Jeff Bridges), trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) and the horse himself (more like eight different horses, depending on the mood and traits required in a given scene). It was an unlikely confluence of troubled lives - redeemed, as it were, by the horse himself. Blu-ray Release date: May 26th, 2009

Black Hawk Down BD - As we are informed in pseudo-documentary fashion before the movie proper gets under way, American special forces units were dispatched to Mogadishu in the summer of 1993 to remove Aidid and restore order. On October 3, during what was expected to be a 30 minute operation, 140 soldiers approaching from the ground and by air, run into a perfect storm of resistance that went on for hours and resulted in 19 Americans and countless Somalis dead. The movie follows the downing of the two helicopters and the attempts to rescue the crews that resulted in its spiraling casualties. Blu-ray Release date: November 14th, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck BD - George Clooney made his film in black & white so as to maintain our focus and not be distracted by pretty sets or too much verisimilitude, not only because TV in the fifties was in black & white. [cf. notes on Image, below.] There is a deliberate documentary feel to the film: Dialog seems to actually emanate from the actors instead of looped and dubbed later. Dianne Reeves is actually singing, and what we hear is the recorded track of what we see. That's novel. The projected images of McCarthy and others is archival footage from the time. Blu-ray Release date: August 1st, 2006

 Next 2 weeks on the Calendar

January 25th, 2010


Action Man Collection (Action Man, Peking Blonde, The Big Game and The Day of the Wolves) VCI Entertainment

Atonement [Blu-ray] (Joe Wright, 2007) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)

British Cinema Drama Collection (The Rough and the Smooth, The Scamp, Grand National Night, Kill Me Tomorrow) VCI Entertainment

Birdwatchers (Marco Bechis, 2008) R2 UK Artificial Eye

The Boys Are Back (Scott Hicks, 2009) Miramax Films

Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009) Sony Pictures (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Donner Party (T.J. Martin, 2009) - First Look Pictures

The Escapist (Robert Wyatt, 2008) IFC

Une femme mariée [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964) Eureka - Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

First Films: Forman/Kaufman - Black Peter/Goldstein - Facets

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) - R2 UK - Artificial Eye

Fuel [Blu-ray] (Oktay Ortabasi, 2009) Vanguard Cinema

Give 'Em Hell Malone [Blu-ray] (Russell Mulcahy, 2009) National Entertainment Media (BEAVER REVIEW)

Goodbye Gemini (Alan Gibson, 1970) Scorpion Releasing (BEAVER REVIEW)

Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977) R2 UK - Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Import/Export (Ulrich Seidl, 2007) Tartan Video

Island of Desire aka: Saturday Island (Stuart Heisler, 1952) VCI Entertainment

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987) R2 UK Optimum Home Entertainment

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008) - R2 UK Third Window

Lubitsch In Berlin (The Doll/Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin/The Oyster Princess/I Don't Want to be a Man/Sumurun/Anna Boleyn/The Wildcat) Eureka - Masters of Cinema

Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [Blu-ray] (Jean-François Richet, 2008) R'B' UK Momentum Pictures

Michael Jackson: This Is It [Blu-ray] (Kenny Ortega, 2009) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) Criterion

Paris, Texas [Blu-ray] (Wim Wenders, 1984) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Permissive [Blu-ray] (Lindsay Shonteff, 1970) R'B' UK BFI

Pontypool (Bruce McDonald, 2008) IFC

Pontypool [Blu-ray] (Bruce McDonald, 2008) R'B' UK Spirit Entertainment

Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray] (Joe Wright, 2005) Universal

Privilege [Blu-ray] (Peter Watkins, 1967) R'B' UK BFI

Red Road [Blu-ray] (Andrea Arnold, 2006) R'B' UK Verve Pictures

Roberto Rossellinis War Trilogy (Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Satan's Wife (Pier Carpi, 1979) MYA Communications

Shinjuku Boy / Gaea Girls (Kim Longinotto + Jano Williams) R2 UK Second Run

Soul Power [Blu-ray] (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, 2008) Sony Pictures

Surrogates [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Mostow, 2009) Touchstone Home Entertainment (BEAVER REVIEW)

That Kind of Girl [Blu-ray] (Gerry O'Hara, 1963) R'B' UK BFI

Thirst [Blu-ray] (Chan-wook Park, 1009) R'B' UK Tartan Palisades

The Toolbox Murders [Blu-ray] (Dennis Donnelly, 1978) Blue Underground

Troma's War (Tromasterpiece Edition) (Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, 1988) - Troma

Whip It [Blu-ray] (Drew Barrymore, 2009) Fox Home Entertainment (BEAVER REVIEW)

Wushu (Antony Szeto, 2008) Lions Gate

WWII in HD [Blu-ray] (Hunter Dunn, 2009) - A&E Home Video


February 1st, 2010


Amelia [Blu-ray] (Mira Nair, 2009) 20th Century Fox

Army Of Crime [Blu-ray] (Robert Guediguian, 2009) R'B' UK Optimum Home Entertainment

Black Dynamite [Blu-ray] (Scott Sanders, 2009) Sony Pictures

Broken Embraces [Blu-ray] (Pedro Almodóvar, 2009) R2 UK 20th Century Fox

Casablanca [Blu-ray] (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Warner Home Video

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 1998) - Universal Studios

He Was a Quiet Man [Blu-ray] (Frank A. Cappello, 2007) Anchor Bay/Starz

The House of the Devil [Blu-ray] (Ti West, 2009) Mpi Home Video

The Last King of Scotland [Blu-ray] (Kevin Macdonald, 2006) 20th Century Fox

The Lost [Blu-ray] (Chris Sivertson, 2006) Anchor Bay/Starz

The Man from Earth [Blu-ray] (Richard Schenkman, 2007) Anchor Bay/Starz

The Music Man [Blu-ray] (Morton Dacosta, 1962) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Mystic River [Blu-ray] (Clint Eastwood, 2003) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

New York, I Love You [Blu-ray] (Mira Nair etc., 2009) Palm Pictures

Planet Hulk [Blu-ray] (Greg Pak, 2010) Lions Gate Home Ent

Spiral [Blu-ray] (Adam Green + Joel Moore, 2007) Anchor Bay/Starz

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi Adventures (Them! / The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / World Without End / Satellite in the Sky) Turner

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

Walk the Line [Blu-ray] (James Mangold, 2005) 20th Century Fox


February 8th, 2010


36 (Olivier Marchal, 2004) Tartan Video

36 [Blu-ray] (Olivier Marchal, 2004) Tartan Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Alice in Wonderland (Jonathan Miller, 1966) BBC Warner

Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 1 (The Killer that Stalked  / Two of a Kind / Bad for Each Other / The Glass Wall) - Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)
Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2 (Night Editor / One Girl's Confession / Over-Exposed / Women's Prison) - Sony

Bronson [Blu-ray] (Nicolas Winding Refnf, 2009) - Magnolia

Danton [Blu-ray] (Andrzej Wajda, 1983) RB FR Paramount Home Entertainment

Dare [Blu-ray] (Adam Salky, 2009) Image Entertainment

Emma (2009) - BBC Warner

Endgame (Pete Travis, 2009) Monterey Home Video

Flame & Citron (Ole Christian Madsen, 2008) Mpi Home Video

Goodbye Baby [Blu-ray] (Daniel Schechter, 2007) Cinevolve Studios

Kamikaze Girls [Blu-ray] (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2004) R'B' UK Third Window

The Phantom [Blu-ray] (Simon Wincer, 1996) Lions Gate

A Serious Man [Blu-ray] (Ethan + Joel Coen, 2009) Universal Studios

The Time Traveler's Wife [Blu-ray] (Robert Schwentke, 2009) - New Line

Troubled Water (Erik Poppe, 2008) Film Movement

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