Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF January 27th, 2014

  This Week's Highlights

Xast sxelx'ált! - Not overflowing but still a strong week with Criterion, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Raymond Bernard, Terence Davies all on Blu-ray. The Release Calendar has new listings including films by George Cukor, Lindsay Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, two Blu-ray Audio discs etc. and there is a new CONTEST posted with a Blu-ray prize - best of luck!

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The Women [Blu-ray] (George Cukor, 1939) Turner Home Ent

This Sporting Life [Blu-ray] (Lindsay Anderson, 1963) RB UK Network

Gravity [Blu-ray] (Alfonso Cuaron, 2014) Warner Home Video

Dallas Buyers Club [Blu-ray] (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013) Universal Studios

The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Blu-ray] (Wallace Worsley, 1923) Flicker Alley

John Lennon's Imagine [Blu-ray Audio] 10 Spot

Tears For Fears' The Hurting (Blu-ray Audio) Universal Music

Rush [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 2013) Universal Studios

Stranger by the Lake [Blu-ray] (Alain Guiraudie, 2013) RB UK Peccadillo Pictures

Escape Plan [Blu-ray] (Mikael Håfström, 2013) LionsGate

Last Vegas [Blu-ray] (Jon Turteltaub, 2013) Sony Pictures

Norma Rae [Blu-ray] (Martin Ritt, 1979) 20th Century Fox

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Blu-ray] (Francis Lawrence, 2013) LionsGate

Frozen [Blu-ray] (Jennifer Lee, 2013) Disney

Downton Abbey Season 4  [Blu-ray] - PBS

Society [Blu-ray] (Brian Yuzna, 1989) RB UK Second Sight

A Story of Yonosuke [Blu-ray] (Shûichi Okita, 2013) RB UK Third Window Films

Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Gavin Hood, 2013) LionsGate

Stage Fright [Blu-ray] (Michele Soavi, 1987) RB UK Exposure Cinema

Pluto [Blu-ray] (Su-won Shin, 2012) Third Window Films

Riot in Cell Block 11 [Blu-ray] (Don Siegel, 1954) Criterion Collection

Breaking the Waves [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 1996) Criterion Collection

The 400 Blows [Blu-ray] (François Truffaut, 1959) Criterion Collection

Master of the House [Blu-ray] (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1925) Criterion Collection

Il sorpasso [Blu-ray] (Dino Risi, 1962) Criterion Collection

The Sheltering Sky [Blu-ray] (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1990) RB FR BAC Films

Nosferatu the Vampyre [Blu-ray] (Werner Herzog, 1979) Shout! Factory

The Swimmer [Blu-ray] (Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack, 1968) Grindhouse Releasing

A Touch of Sin [Blu-ray] (Zhangke Jia, 2013) Kino Lorber

The Book Thief [Blu-ray] (Brian Percival, 2013) 20th Century Fox

Sorcerer [Blu-ray] (William Friedkin, 1977) Universal Pictures

The Missing Picture [Blu-ray] (Rithy Panh, 2013) RB UK New Wave Films

Funny Face [Blu-ray] (Stanley Donen, 1957) Paramount



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): I viewed some real quality this week and was particularly impressed with the region FREE Blu-ray of Raymond Bernard's, almost 5-hour, masterpiece Les Miserables from Pathé in France. In a word; Magnificent. I was also so pleased with Criterion's 1080P of Terence Davies' rich, evocative The Long Day Closes. It is beautiful cinema. Criterion really stacks their Blu-ray package of Francois Truffaut's unforgettable Jules and Jim - surely a must-own. Ditto for Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent - a great adventure from The Master - now on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, TCM's Blu-ray of Welles' The Lady From Shanghai leaves quite a bit to be desired although it is superior to its SD counterpart. Twilight Times Blu-ray of the short noir-ish Man in the Dark doesn't offer significant value. On DVD Eric covered The Deflowering of Eva van End - an offbeat Dutch drama, the fast paced, romantic thriller Jump and the Italian comedy Garibaldi's Lovers.. Have a smooth work week!


Man in the Dark BD - The first 3-D motion picture produced by a major studio, Man in the Dark (1953) is a classic film noir, complete with tough-guy protagonist (Edmond O’Brien), heart-of-gold moll (Audrey Totter), and plenty of underworld action—but with handsome stereoscopic imagery directed by the prolific Lew Landers (The Raven). Focusing on a thug who undergoes brain surgery to eliminate his criminal tendencies, the film utilizes spectacular 3-D effects to simulate the newly decent hero’s disorientation as he tries to remember his life of crime, even as he is pursued by former cohorts who want in on the spoils of his latest robbery. Blu-ray Release date: January, 2014

The Lady From Shanghai BD - Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, 1941) wrote, directed and starred in this treacherous tale of a sailor (Welles) hired to help a beautiful woman (Rita Hayworth) and her disabled lawyer husband (Everett Sloane) sail their private yacht from New York to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. On board, he is bribed to “fake” the murder of the lawyer’s partner (Glenn Anders), only to find himself trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Welles created a scandal, and lots of publicity, by having his wife Hayworth’s trademark red locks cut short and bleached blonde for her role as a femme fatale, but the movie failed to score at the box office upon its release. Over time, critics have lavished praise on Welles’s uncommon vision, which culminates with the most elaborately staged of all film noir finales—the famous shootout in the hall of mirrors. Blu-ray Release Date: January 27th, 2014

The Deflowering of Eva van End - A dysfunctional family gets turned on its head when the perfect exchange student moves in. Every member of the van End family is preoccupied with his or her own peculiar fixation -be it father Evert's Skype relationship with a boy in Africa (seemingly his only functional relationship), or mother Etty's relentless tirades against her dope-dealing youngest son or praises for her eldest son about to marry. Trapped in the middle is the youngest 15 year-old Eva struggling for any attention or affection at all. When Veit, the adonis German exchange student Eva invited, moves in, the family is shocked and each family member must confront his or her own doubts, insecurities, fears and desires. During Veit's two week stay, all five family members began to reinvent themselves led by former wallflower, Eva, who begins a dramatic transformation. DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2013

Garibaldi's Lovers - GARIBALDI'S LOVERS presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a critical eye on modern life in the city. Widowed plumber Leo is struggling to deal with the growing pains of his two adolescent children, when his life intersects with penniless artist Diana and her eccentric landlord Amanzio. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for their futures - and for the city itself, so emblematic of our times. DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2014

Jump - This stylish, fast-paced romantic thriller follows the trials and tribulations of three seemingly unconnected sets of young people in Belfast on New Year's Eve. Gradually, the links between them are revealed as fate takes a hand in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2013

Leather - Shot with a spot-on 1970s aesthetic and featuring a gorgeous folk soundtrack, Leather is an entertaining and erotically charged tale of modern gay urbanites forced to adjust to country living. When New Yorker Andrew hears that his estranged father Walter has died, he travels with his boyfriend Kyle to the cabin in the Catskill Mountains where his father spent his final years. Upon arrival, Andrew is shocked to find his childhood friend, Birch, is living in the cabin and spent the last few years being mentored by Walter. Birch spends his days fishing, practicing carpentry and making items from leather. Though Birch embraces a peaceful lifestyle free of modern technology, his presence leaves Andrew with conflicting emotions - regret, jealousy, suspicion and possibly desire. DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2013

Jules and Jim BD - Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today. Blu-ray Release date: February 4th, 2014

The Long Day Closes BD - The Long Day Closes is the most gloriously cinematic expression of the unique sensibility of Terence Davies, widely celebrated as Britain’s greatest living filmmaker. Suffused with both enchantment and melancholy, this autobiographical film takes on the perspective of a quiet, lonely boy growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s. But rather than employ a straightforward narrative, Davies jumps in and out of time, swoops into fantasies and fears, summons memories and dreams. A singular filmic tapestry, The Long Day Closes is an evocative, movie- and music-besotted portrait of the artist as a young man. Blu-ray Release Date: February 18th, 2014

Les Miserables BD - Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour Les misérables is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by the exquisite Harry Baur (who died tragically during World War II), as Jean Valjean, and the legendary Charles Vanel, as Inspector Javert, Les misérables is one of the triumphs of French filmmaking. Blu-ray Release Date: December 4th, 2013

Foreign Correspondent BD - n 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures. Blu-ray Release Date: February 18th, 2014

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

January 27th, 2014


Beast Of Hollow Mountain (1956) / Neanderthan Man (1953) [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)
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)

Downton Abbey Season 4  [Blu-ray] - PBS

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

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

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

Frankenstein Created Woman [Blu-ray] (Terence Fisher, 1967) Millennium (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

Kiss of the Damned [Blu-ray] (Xan Cassavetes, 2012) RB UK Eureka (BEAVER REVIEW)

Last Vegas [Blu-ray] (Jon Turteltaub, 2013) Sony Pictures

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

Rush [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 2013) Universal Studios

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

Tears For Fears' The Hurting (Blu-ray Audio) Universal Music

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


February 3rd, 2014


City of Angels [Blu-ray] (Brad Silberling, 1998) Warner

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

Dallas Buyers Club [Blu-ray] (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013) Universal Studios

Death Wish [Blu-ray] (Michael Winner, 1974) Paramount (BEAVER REVIEW)

Escape Plan [Blu-ray] (Mikael Håfström, 2013) LionsGate

Filth [Blu-ray] (Jon S. Baird, 2013) RB UK Lions Gate Home Entertainment

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

The Jacques Tati Collection [Blu-ray] - RB UK Studiocanal

Jules and Jim [Blu-ray] (François Truffaut, 1962) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Mother of George [Blu-ray] (Andrew Dosunmu, 2013) Oscilloscope Laboratories

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

Stop-Loss [Blu-ray] (Kimberly Peirce, 2008) Paramount


February 10th, 2014


The Artist and the Model [Blu-ray] (Fernando Trueba, 2012) Cohen Media

Captain Phillips - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Paul Greengrass, 2013) RB UK Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Gavin Hood, 2013) LionsGate

Frivolous Lola [Blu-ray] (Tinto Brass, 1998) RB UK Arrow

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

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Jacques Demy, 1964) RB UK Studiocanal

Wadjda [Blu-ray] (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2013) Sony



February 17th, 2014


Afternoon Delight [Blu-ray] (Jill Soloway, 2013) New Video Group

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

Darkman [Blu-ray] (Sam Raimi, 1990) Shout! Factory

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] - HBO

Fantastic Mr. Fox [Blu-ray] (Wes Anderson, 2009) Criterion Collection

Foreign Correspondent [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

Phantom of the Paradise [Blu-ray] (Brian De Palma, 1974) RB UK Arrow

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

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

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