Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF February 1st, 2010


This Week's Highlights

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Tetro [Blu-ray] (Francis Ford Coppola, 2009) Lions Gate

Dialogues of the Exiled (Raoul Ruiz, 1975) Cinemateca

Tales From the Golden Age (Cristian Mungiu etc., 2009) R2 UK Trinity

Brothers [Blu-ray] (Jim Sheridan, 2009) Lionsgate

Disgrace [Blu-ray] (Steve Jacobs, 2008) Image Entertainment

Elizabeth [Blu-ray] (Shekhar Kapur, 1998) R'B' UK Universal Pictures

Elizabeth: The Golden Age [Blu-ray] (Shekhar Kapur, 2007) R'B' UK Universal Pictures

Adam (Max Mayer, 2009) 20th Century Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox [Blu-ray] (Wes Anderson, 2009) 20th Century Fox

Armored [Blu-ray] (Nimród Antal, 2009) Sony Pictures

The Trial Begins (Vincenzo Marra, 2007) MPI

Midnight Movie / Killer Movie [Blu-ray] - Peace Arch

Opium and the Kung-Fu Master (Shaw Brothers) (Chia Tang, 1984) Funimation

Suburbia (Penelope Spheeris, 1984) Shout! Factory

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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  I thoroughly enjoyed the Coen's A Serious Man this past week - it looked and sounded super on Blu-ray. It is worthy of repeat viewings - ditto for Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys which will strike the sociological funny bone. Beyond those two picks of FEATURE DVD and Blu-ray of the February - Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is readily accessible in 1080P and The Last King of Scotland is a stacked package of a great film. The Time Traveler's Wife has something going for it - that's for sure. Less true for Amelia. We shouldn't forget Tales From the Golden Age. Gregory has me licking my chops with Archive titles like The Woman on Pier 13 and Confessions of a Nazi Spy. After Brian's coverage I'm sure to nab the acquired-taste Blu-ray of That Kind of Girl and Permissive. He's given us the nod for Anchoress and it's another DVD I'll be adding to the library although I'll probably wait for the Blu-ray of Privilege for later this year. Leonard has peaked my interest for Black Dynamite (Blaxploitation rules baby!), New York, I Love You, Bronson and Triangle. For limited packages at decent prices you may wish to indulge in Spiral, The Man From Earth and He Was a Quiet Man - all marginal Blu-rays of interesting films at the $10 level.


Way of the Dragon BD - The Way of the Dragon co-stars popular starlet Nora Miao, and is a true tour-de-force for Bruce Lee. Not only did he star in the film, but he also wrote, produced, and directed - and this is in addition to his expected action choreography duties. The results of his labor are a wildly entertaining martial arts film that's sure to make kung-fu fans of all ages grin from ear-to-ear. Most famously, The Way of the Dragon features a dramatic showdown between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in the confines of Rome's ancient Coliseum! Blu-ray Release Date: October 15th, 2009

Bronson BD - Paul Snider's rage is carefully kept under wraps until it consumes him. Bronson's rage is what he's all about. Though in his case, I rather see it as a "war face," an act that furthers his ambition, for Bronson is the story of a performance artist of a unique kind (though I suppose that's how Charles Manson sees himself.) One thing, though: I hated Snider. He's everything I fear about mankind, for fear of impotence and loss of control is at the core of what makes men violent. I liked Bronson. I wouldn't want to be in the same room with him, but I enjoyed my time with him, even if from the safety of a separate reality. Blu-ray Release date: February 9th, 2010


Goodfellas (20th Anniversary) BD - When Martin Scorsese, one of the world's most skillful and respected directors, reunited with two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro in GoodFellas, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared GoodFellas great. It was named 1990's best film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. Blu-ray Release Date: February 16th, 2010

Pink Narcissus - Pink Narcissus is reminiscent of Genet’s Un Chant d’amour in its obsession with flowers, rough sexuality, and extraordinary male beauty, but it is more like a drag queen’s opium-soaked dream version or a Disney adaptation of Genet’s work than it is a direct descendant. (The film is aptly described by J. Hoberman as “a gay Fantasia…one part underground extravaganza, one part romantic porn.”) DVD Release Date: March 26th, 2007

The Lost World of Friese-Greene - In the mid-1920s, pioneering film-maker Claude Friese-Greene made a series of films during an intrepid drive from Land's End to John O'Groats in the early days of the motor car. Claude's remarkable films were shot in pioneering early colour using a process he'd invented himself at a time when the world was filmed in black & white. DVD Release Date: May 3rd, 2006

If War Should Come - This, the final of three volumes, covers 1939-1941, the last years of the GPO Film Unit before it evolved into Crown Film Unit, and sees it at its most technically sophisticated, with directors, such as Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt and Alberto Cavalcanti leading the way in the use of documentary cinema in support of the war effort. DVD Release Date: July 6th, 2009

Before the Nickelodeon - Before the Nickelodeon, an award-winning and intricately detailed documentary on the genesis of early cinema, focuses on one of the craft's most ingenious pioneers: Edwin S Porter. The film is based on the research of the leading scholar of early American film, Charles Musser, who also co-wrote and directed it. DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2006

Anchoress - Withdrawing from the medieval world to devote herself to the Virgin Mary, a young woman named Christine happily chooses to be forever walled into a tiny room adjoining the church. As the last stone is put in place, "Anchoress" creates a chilling sense of entrapment while making the young woman's sense of relief and escape clear. Now she won't have to marry the reeve, the belligerent overseer of the manor where Christine, her sister and their parents sleep in a single bed in their thatched cottage. At times "Anchoress," an eccentric, beautifully photographed black-and-white film, offers an eerie immersion in a distant world. DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2009

Privilege - Peter Watkins is the supreme master and very nearly the inventor of the pseudo-documentary, which he uses as an unorthodox way of recounting history or projecting contemporary trends into the near-future. This dystopian New Yorker release is about the fascist takeover of Great Britain, with a duped and manipulated messianic rock singer (Paul Jones, lead singer of Manfred Mann in his first film role) used as a political as well as marketing tool. BFI DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010

New York, I Love You BD - It's been some thirty years since Woody Allen's beautiful love poem to the city he loved. Producer Emmanuel Benbihy's movie begins in something like the same way with fleeting images of New York. But Benbihy's relatively uninspired, uninspiring images speed by without lingering or, for that matter, nostalgia or emotional power. His opening montage (in color rather than Gordon Willis's powerful black and white, which tells us a lot about how these two think of their city) ends not with a blazing cheer of fireworks to the music of one of the giants of American music, but with a simultaneous entry into a taxi by opposing wills and intentions. Blu-ray release date: February 2nd, 2010

The Last King of Scotland BD - If ever there was a film that lives and dies with its lead actor, it’s this one. Forest Whitaker gives a terrific, ambiguous performance as Idi Amin, the army commander in post-colonial Uganda who seized power from President Milton Obote in a military coup in 1971 and who spent the next eight years amusing the world with his bullish and bizarre rhetoric, from awarding himself a CBE to claiming kingship rights to Scotland. But with Amin’s headline-grabbing, near-comic banter came a rule of terror, expulsion and murder that was peculiarly coloured by the many years Amin served in the British imperial army. Blu-ray release Date: February 2nd, 2010

Spiral BD - There’s something weird about the lead character in Spiral. Played by Joel David Moore, “Mason”comes across as one of the creepiest movie characters since Norman Bates in Psycho. Still, it’s easy to feel sorry for him. He lives alone, works in a dull job as a telemarketer, seems very shy, and has only one friend -- his boss, who went to high school with him. This lonely man is also a talented artist. He sketches women and paints them, but all in the same poses. Blu-ray release Date: February 2nd, 2010

The Toolbox Murders BD - A secured Los Angeles apartment building is beset by a series of grisly murders by a toolbox-carrying ski-masked killer. In between drilling, claw-hammering, and nail-gunning "sinful" women, he also takes time to stalk good girl Laurie (Pamela Ferdin). When he abducts her, her brother Joey (Nicholas Beauvy) and the building super's nephew Kent (Wesley Eure) play detectives. Little do they realize that Kent's uncle Vance (Cameron Mitchell) is holding Laurie and pretending she's his dead daughter (though the audience will have been several steps ahead of them from frame 1). Blu-ray Release Date: January 26th, 2010


Black Dynamite BD - Blaxploitation! The term conjures up a picture of big gestures: loud clothes with louder colors, big hair, big guns, big shoes, big boobs and, by extension, big cocks. The movies that were a part of that mid-1970s phenomenon were made on the cheap and, thanks to a largely black audience who went to see these movies again and again, helped resuscitate a flagging industry – so we're told in the extra features. (Before I forgot to mention it, the Blu-ray exclusive bonus feature "The 70s: Back in Action" is required viewing for anyone who thinks of themselves as a film buff, and is a pretty good idea to watch before the feature film – gets you right in the mood.) Blu-ray Release date: February 16th, 2010

A Serious Man BD - Masters of audacity, the Coen Brothers continue to amaze with their versatility and, unlike many who have achieved success, they have shown no inclination to slip into a comfortable groove. When one scans their joint resumes, it becomes apparent that, while Joel and Ethan have not always hit pay dirt, their efforts have always been at least interesting. Their latest, A Serious Man, represents another change in course for the brothers, and it will reside in the upper echelon of their titles, although a little below the top. Blu-rayy Release date: February 9th, 2010

Triangle BD - Christopher Smith’s new movie Triangle owes a great deal to Dead of Night and adds an explanatory layer to the nightmare: we relive an action or inaction in order to affect a different outcome. It’s always risky to explain things in a horror movie. I don’t think we feel kindly to Dr. Richmond for explaining Norman Bates’ mother fixation at the end of Psycho. Blu-ray Release date: February 2nd, 2010

Tales From the Golden Age - Conceived and scripted by Palme d Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days), Tales From The Golden Age is a funny, poignant and surreal portrait of 1980 s Romania. Shot with tremendous style and spirit, Tales From The Golden Age brilliantly re-captures the mood of an era where undertones of fear, corruption and imprisonment where never far away and where the humour of ordinary citizens played a vital role in facing up to the idiotic logic of the dictatorship. To warm and often hilarious effect, Mungiu combines several urban legends to portray a time during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles. As he does so, he subtly and comically unseats the propagandist myth that Ceausescu's Romania was the golden age of communism. DVD Release Date: February 8th, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife BD - The Time Traveler's Wife is a conventional adaptation of an unconventional novel. That's not necessarily a bad thing - screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and director Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) impose structure on a story that, in Audrey Niffenegger's long and complex book, cartwheels freely through time. The film version plays like a "best hits" compilation, shoehorning in most of the key events while glossing over subplots and subtleties that are explored in depth on the written page. But that's the way it is with motion picture adaptations and, although this is not the best one, it's more than respectable and provides the romance, humor, and pathos demanded by fans of the genre. Blu-ray Release date: February 9th, 2010

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. Lions Gate Blu-ray release date: August 3rd, 2009

The Man From Earth BD - Jerome Bixby's Man From Earth directed by Richard Schenkman quietly restores dignity to science fiction of the mind. Accomplished on a shoestring budget under two weeks time, the film transcends its production limitations to deliver a thought-provoking meditation on immortality. Recently experiencing its "world premiere" at San Francisco's 4th Annual Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, I could only wonder what Schenkman might have achieved with more time and more money? On its own merits, however, the film picks itself up by its bootstraps to seduce audiences into a solid mindbender. Blu-ray Release date: February 2nd, 2010

Kim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema - In an all-new 40-minute documentary, produced exclusively for the BFI, the UK's most knowledgeable and well-respected cult film critic, Kim Newman, explores such questions as how the director of Help! and Superman II came to make one of the world's greatest, but little-known, black comedies, and lifts the lid on which previously unseen British film features Helen Mirren in her debut role. Along with a selection of original trailers and short films - including one that is exclusive to this release - this is your passport to the exciting and surprising world of The Flipside. All titles can now be seen on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever, in the BFI Flipside collection. DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010

Amelia BD - Hilary Swank uncannily embodies my ideas about Earhart in Mira Nair's "Amelia." She looks like her, smiles like here, evokes her. Swank is an actress who doesn't fit in many roles, but when she's right, she's right. The tousled hair, the freckles, the slim figure, the fitness, the physical carriage that says, "I know precisely who I am and I like it -- and if you don't, bail out." Not only was she the first person after Lindbergh to fly solo across the Atlantic, she even looked like him. Blu-ray Release date: February 2nd, 2010

Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys - Kim Longinotto is renowned for creating extraordinarily intimate portraits of women on the fringes of society, tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. These two films are gripping explorations of the perceptions and complexities of female sexuality in modern Japan. Gaea Girls follows the gruelling training regime of a group of Japanese professional women wrestlers. Featuring the legendary Chigusa Nagayo, it is a fascinating account of a closely-guarded universe in a country where women are considered docile and subservient. The Shinjuku Boys are three 'onnabe' - Japanese women who live as men - working as hosts at a Tokyo nightclub for women clients. Filmed at home and at work, they speak frankly about their lives, their hopes and their sexuality. DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas BD - “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.” It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels towards Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo. But what is ostensibly a cut-and-dried journalistic endeavor quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey and an excoriating dissection of the American way of life. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast (headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro) show no mercy in bringing Dr. Hunter S, Thompson’s legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage. Blu-ray Release Date: February 2nd, 2010

He Was a Quiet Man BD - Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) endures another eight hours in a dull grey cubicle. Ignored by his co-workers, Bob feels completely invisible and out of sync with the world. On one strange day he crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero when he saves beautiful Venessa (Elisha Cuthbert). His Boss (William H. Macy) transforms Bob into a new man but his good fortune is short lived when the Object of his Desire asks him to end her life. Blu-ray Release Date: February 2nd, 2010

Permissive BD - When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old school friend, she is unwittingly plunged into the ruthless world of the 'groupie'. Fuelled by sex, drugs and jealousy, her new lifestyle fosters in her a cold cynical instinct for survival. But tragedy is never faraway. With its effective blend of gritty location work, brooding flash-forward devices, and a soundtrack by cult acid folk and prog rock legends Comus, Forever More - who also star - and Titus Groan, Permissive is a dark British countercultural artefact that is shot through with grim authenticity. Blu-ray Release date: January 25th, 2010

That Kind of Girl BD - In 1960s London, a beautiful continental au pair finds herself wrestling with the affections of an earnest peace-protester, a dashing young toff and a roguish older man. But fun and freedom turn to shame and despair when she finds that her naivety has put her lovers, and their partners - including the well-meaning Janet (played by Big Zapper's Linda Marlowe, in her first role) - at risk. Stylishly shot in crisp black and white, and set against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs, 'Ban the Bomb' marches, and evocative London locations, this finely tuned cautionary tale was the directorial debut of Gerry O'Hara (All the Right Noises, The Brute), and is presented in a new High Definition transfer. Blu-ray Release date: January 25th, 2010

Confessions of a Nazi Spy - In the wake of a trial that convicted four Nazi agents of spying against the U.S., Warner Bros. became the first Hollywood studio to fire a salvo at Hitler’s Germany. Months before World War II erupted it released this thriller based on revelations that emerged from the trial and other real-life sources. The story is a brisk connect-the-dots tale that ties German-American Bund operatives (Francis Lederer, George Sanders and Paul Lukas among others) to Berlin. Chief among those connecting the dots: FBI Agent Edward Renard (Edward G. Robinson). The drama wasn’t limited to the screen. Production personnel received threats and violence erupted at some screenings. Directed with hard-hitting verve by Anatole Litvak, Confessions of a Nazi Spy struck a nerve in its era. It remains a milestone of filmmaking commitment today. DVD Release Date: October, 2009

Vase de Noces - Although called A MAN AND HIS PIG in the US (and known in cult circles under a more reductive title which appears as a subtitle on the disc's cover), the official English title is THE WEDDING TROUGH. The French title's meaning is more open with VASE meaning vase or container as well as mud (in addition to being an antiquated euphemism for both the front and rear orifices open to sexual penetration) and NOCES or "wedding" is both a masculine and feminine noun. VASE DE NOCES is not a silent film but it features absolutely no dialogue because there is only one human character in the entire film (co-scenarist Dominique Garny) who lives amongst swine and fowl and collects soil and plant specimens (in the documentary, Zéno identifies him as an autistic). He eventually does mate with the sow and she conceives three piglets which he tries to raise as children. DVD Release Date: May 22, 2009

The Woman on Pier 13 - A future of happiness awaits San Francisco shipping executive Brad Collins (Robert Ryan) and his new bride (Laraine Day).Yet Brad’s past could undo everything. Back in his days as a dockworker, he was an activist member of the Communist Party. Now the Party has resurfaced like a bad dream in Brad’s life, putting the screws on and threatening to spill his past if he doesn’t play ball and stir up a labor strike. In an era when some officials sought to weed out Communists real and imagined, Hollywood made numerous films that exploited the times. Among them: Big Jim McLain, Invasion USA, I Was a Communist for the FBI and this film – arguably the most hyperbolic of all – originally titled I Married a Communist." DVD Release Date: December, 2009

We Live in Two Worlds - Created in 1933 out of the ashes of the Empire Marketing Board Film Unit, the GPO Film Unit was one of the most remarkable creative institutions that Britain has produced. A hotbed of creative energy and talent, it provided a spring board to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement, including John Grierson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Humphrey Jennings, Basil Wright, Harry Watt, Edgar Anstey and Arthur Elton, alongside innovators and experimentalists such as Len Lye and Norman McLaren. Their work embraced, public information drama-documentary, social reportage, animation, advertising and many points in between. The BFI National Archive, in partnership with the British Postal Heritage Museum, Royal Mail and British Telecom, has preserved and curated the legendary output of short films produced by the GPO Film Unit. DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 2009

The Black Book - Anthony Mann’s The Black Book (1949). One of the great unacknowledged forms of noir is costume drama. I can’t think of a better example than this campy, hugely enjoyable thriller about the French Revolution—-also known as Reign of Terror, with Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, and Arlene Dahl--brilliantly shot by John Alton, the greatest noir cinematographer. I even prefer it to Mann’s more conventional noirs in contemporary settings, many of them also shot by Alton. Punto Zero DVD Release Date: April 9, 2008

Import / Export - Olga and Paul. Both are looking for work, a new beginning, an existence, life: Olga, who comes from the Eastern part of Europe, where unremitting poverty is the order of the day. Paul, who comes from the Western part, where unemployment means not hunger, but a crisis of meaning and sense of uselessness. Both are struggling to believe in themselves, to find a meaning in life. In both the West and East. Both travel to a new country, and thus into its depths. IMPORT EXPORT deals with sex and death, living and dying, winners and losers, power and helplessness, and how to give the teeth of a stuffed fox a professional cleaning job. Palisades DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2010

 Next 3 weeks on the Calendar

February 1st, 2010


Adam (Max Mayer, 2009) 20th Century Fox

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

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

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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

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)

Triangle [Blu-ray] (Christopher Smith, 2009) First Look Pictures (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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

Tales From the Golden Age (Cristian Mungiu etc., 2009) R2 UK Trinity (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

The Trial Begins (Vincenzo Marra, 2007) MPI

Troubled Water (Erik Poppe, 2008) Film Movement


February 15th, 2010


Breathless [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959) R'B' UK Optimum

British Noir Double Feature: The Slasher (aka: Cosh Boy), Twilight Women (aka: Women of the Twilight) - VCI

Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years (Warner Bros. films from Where Eagles Dare through Gran Torino) - Warner Brothers

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs [Blu-ray]  (Phil Lord + Chris Miller, 2009) R'B' UK Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Coco Before Chanel [Blu-ray] (Anne Fontaine, 2009) Sony

Contempt [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) LionsGate

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

Dumbo [Blu-ray] (Ben Sharpsteen, 1941) R2 FR Buena Vista Home Entertainment

The Exiles (Kent MacKenzie, 1961) - R2 UK - BFI

The Go-Between [Blu-ray] (Joseph Losey, 1970) R'B' - Optimum

Goodfellas (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Martin Scorcese, 1990) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008) Criterion Collection
Hunger [
Blu-ray] (Steve McQueen, 2008) Criterion Collection

The Ladykillers [Blu-ray] (Alexander MacKendrick, 1955) LionsGate
The Ladykillers [
Blu-ray] (Alexander MacKendrick, 1955) R'B' - Optimum

Law Abiding Citizen [Blu-ray] (F. Gary Gray, 2009) Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Leopard [Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1963) R'B UK BFI

Lola Montes (Max Ophuls, 1955) Criterion Collection
Lola Montes [
Blu-ray] (Max Ophuls, 1955) Criterion Collection

Melies Encore: 26 Additional Rare and Original Films by the First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1911) - Flicker Alley

Pierrot Le Fou [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) R'B' UK Optimum

Ran [Blu-ray] (Akira Kuroswa, 1985) LionsGate

Revanche (Götz Spielmann, 2008) Criterion Collection
Revanche [
Blu-ray] (Götz Spielmann, 2008) Criterion Collection

Scent of A Woman (Dino Risi, 1974) Hens Tooth Video Movies

Senso [Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1954) R'B'? FR Studio Canal

Women in Trouble [Blu-ray] (Sebastian Gutierrez, 2009) Screen Media

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