Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF February 15th, 2010


This Week's Highlights

Nahhwanànkak nahokhwadál geenjit shòn tr'iinlii! - 22 new reviews this week with Miyazaki, BFI Flipside, Godard, Polanski, Soderbergh and Pakula all on Blu-ray, plus a Criterion DVD and comparisons with discs of Michael Powell, Bergman, Wilder, Wong Kar-wai more Noir and the return of Georges Méliès - a fabulous announcement of May Criterion titles - a Blu-ray price/selection guide - a new contest and much more....

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Saving Private Ryan [Blu-ray] (Steven Spielberg, 1998) Paramount

Sherlock Holmes [Blu-ray] (Guy Ritchie, 2009) Warner

Fist of Legend [Blu-ray] (Gordon Chan, 1994) Dragon Dynasty

The Natural (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Barry Levinson, 1984) Sony Pictures

Orson Welles: Paris Interview - Kultur Video

Battleship Potemkin [Blu-ray] (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925) Kino Video

Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films - These Are The Damned (1963), Cash on Demand (1961), The Snorkel (1958), Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960), Maniac (1963) and Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960) - Sony

Django [Blu-ray] (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) Blue Underground

Dune [Blu-ray] (David Lynch, 1984) Universal Home Video

The Italian Straw Hat (René Clair, 1928) Flicker Alley

Apollo 13 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 1995) Universal Home Video

Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] (Sam Peckinpah, 1971) R'B' UK Fremantle

The Messenger [Blu-ray] (Oren Moverman, 2009) Oscilloscope Laboratories

Traffic [Blu-ray] (Steven Soderbergh , 2000) Universal Studios

True Blood: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] - HBO Video

Out of Africa: 25th Anniversary [Blu-ray] (Sydney Pollack, 1985) Universal Studios

The Day of the Triffids [Blu-ray] (Nick Copus, 2009) R 'B' UK Showbox Media Group Ltd

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2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW) *****

A History of Violence [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW) ****

Alexander, Revisited – The Final Cut [Blu-ray]

The Aviator [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW) ****

Constantine [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW)

Corpse Bride [Blu-ray]

Dark City (Director’s Cut) [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Express [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Perfect Storm [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW)

Road House (+ Widescreen DVD) [Blu-ray]

A Scanner Darkly [Blu-ray]

The Searchers [Blu-ray] (BEAVER REVIEW) *****




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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  Some great titles to endorse - standing out as the DVD of the week we have Criterion's Make Way For Tomorrow - in the past 70-years cinema rarely reaches this height of purity and divine realization. While Miyazaki's Ponyo couldn't be more different it strikes its own level of beauty and satisfaction - more prominently expressive via Blu-ray. Both are essential in my opinion to any serious digital collection. Of course there are other discs I enjoyed such as the 'football' biopic of Cloughie - The Damned United and I feel obliged to extol the value of Warner's Frantic / Presumed Innocent double feature Blu-ray. Two excellent films making for huddled popcorn nights in the Home Theater. Unsurprisingly, the LionsGate Blu-ray of Godard's Contempt matches up exactly with the earlier European release. Sticking with Blu-ray for a moment, Soderbergh's The Informant! has a curious appeal that I anticipate revisiting one day. The Clouded Yellow is a classic Brit Thriller with the yummy, and recently departed, Jean Simmons. Those initiated will, no doubt, garner the amusement of Georges Méliès Encore with deep nostalgic fascination. Our comparisons (Cheers Gregory!) of excellent titles like Peeping Tom, Sawdust and Tinsel and Ace in the Hole reinforce the superiority of the Criterion editions. Leonard (get well buddy!) extols the Blu-rays of Confession of Pain and Isabella while Eric's deft coverage continues to entice with curious titles like Arang and Quadroon. Flipsiders (those who gain pleasure from previously uncharted, alternative and cultish British films series released, region FREE, by the BFI) may wish to indulge after Brian's review of All the Right Noises. Pleasure awaits...


Ponyo BD - A new, very different take on the premise of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is about a precocious little fish named Br nnhilde, whose father just happens to be the flamboyant and sinewy king of the sea. Determined to reach the surface and explore new places, the aquatic princess makes a break for it, and happens to meet a five-year-old boy named Sosuke, who lives in a house overlooking the ocean in a tiny fishing village with his mother, Lisa, and his father, a fisherman who is often away. After rescuing his tiny friend from being stuck inside a discarded glass jar, Sosuke makes a strange, instant connection with the little goldfish, whom he names Ponyo. Blu-ray Release date: March 2nd, 2010

Peeping Tom - A frank exploration of voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film is the story of a psychopathic cameraman—his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult. Reviled by critics upon its initial release for its deeply unsettling subject matter, the film has since been hailed as a masterpiece. Studio Canal DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2007

Sawdust and Tinsel - Acknowledging the influence of Dupont's Variety - one of the keystones of German expressionism, in which marriage was seen as a perilous high-wire act - Bergman here employs the circus as a metaphor for the humiliating hoops through which men and women are put by their sexual dreams and desires. Heavily masochistic in its anguished account of the futile attempts of an ageing circus owner (Grönberg) and his steely young mistress (Andersson) to escape the dreary limitations of their mutually destructive involvement, it isn't exactly prepossessing in theme. But visually it is a treat, with Bergman's richly baroque compositions and persistent use of deep focus brilliantly exploiting the circus and theatre settings. And the performances are first-rate. Sandrew Metronome DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2008

Shanghai Gesture - An intriguing and at times surprisingly subversive film which stars Huston as the tycoon whose business involvement in buying a property in Shanghai attracts the wrath of Munson, the owner of a casino in the area. When he comes face to face with his daughter (Tierney), who has been manipulated by an Arab (Mature), his world falls apart and he is forced to re-examine his relationship with money as well as with his family. Sublimely conveyed by von Sternberg, The Shanghai Gesture is proof of what Hollywood can do if it allows its talent the room to manoeuvre. Films Sans Frontieres DVD Release Date: January, 2005

Ace in the Hole - One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime—and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus. Paramount DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2008

Happy Together - For Happy Together (1997), Wong reduced his essential cast of characters to three and flew them halfway around the world, from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires (adding a couple of side trips to Iguacu Falls and Tierra del Fuego). The subject, moreover, is probably his boldest to date: an acrimonious and ultimately doomed gay relationship between two Hong Kong expatriates, a match that never quite becomes a triangle with a straight expatriate from Taipei. But far from concentrating or distilling his material, Wong winds up scattering it to the winds. Kino's Remastered DVD Release Date: March 31st, 2009

Circle of Iron BD - David Carradine says that Circle of Iron (1978) is among his personal favorites and adds that "To me it will always be The Silent Flute," a title he prefers over the studio picked Circle of Iron or the other popular alternate title, The Flying Fists of Horror. Director Richard Moore concurs with Carradine and thought Circle of Iron "too macho," but gamely bowed to the studio's wishes. Circle of Iron is billed as an adventure epic originally conceived of by Bruce Lee that was then taken to the next production level by actor James Coburn, and ultimately adapted to the screen by scribes Stirling Silliphant (who won an Academy Award for his script to In the Heat of the Night) and Stanley Mann (whose writing credits would later include Conan the Destroyer). DVD Release Date: May 29th, 2007

Isabella BD - Time shifting, so much a part of Isabella's architecture, is announced subtly by the first line, "Your eyes remind me of my first girlfriend." It is spoken by Shing (an unlikely Chapman To), to a teenage girl (teenage pop singer turned actress, Isabella Leong), evidently as a pick-up. This single line of dialogue contains all the motivic germs for the story that unfolds, prior to and following this moment. At this point, the camera frames both their faces tightly and we do not know anything about their identities or relationship to one another. Blu-ray Release date: June 9th, 2009

All the Right Noises BD - Originally sold with the provocative tagline 'Is 15 too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?', this time-capsule of a film concerns itself with the story of a young married man who has an affair with a teenage girl, and forms part of a peculiarly 1960s British wave of films exploring such sensitive subject matter (others included Term of Trial, Age of Consent, and Three into Two Won't Go). Blu-ray Release date: August 24th, 2009

Central Bazaar - For this remarkable experimental film, the provocative avant-garde legend Stephen Dwoskin gathered together a group of strangers and filmed them as they explored their fantasies over a period of five days: a project that now sounds a little like TV's Big Brother. The ceremonial gowns and make-up here not only evoke the eroticism of European horror movies but also highlight the film's interplay between performance and intimacy. DVD Release Date: May 25th, 2009

The Damned United BD - Peter Morgan's excellent script crackles with quotable dialogue and contains several laugh-out-loud moments, but also paints a genuinely moving portrait of the friendship between Clough and Taylor. Similarly, Hooper orchestrates several impressive scenes (in particular a fabulous sequence where Clough spends an entire match pacing up and down the changing room, listening to the cheers and gasps outside) and makes strong use of archive footage throughout. U.S. Blu-ray Release Date February 23rd, 2010

Frantic / Presumed Innocent BD - Two spellbinding Harrison Ford thrillers mark their hi-def debut together. Harris Ford teams with two supremely gifted filmmakers - Alan J. Pakula and Academy Award winner Roman Polanski - on a pair of suspenseful and involving mysteries. From Scott Turow's bestseller, Pakula directs the twist-filled whodunit Presumed Innocent, in which Ford is pledged to uphold the law yet determined to escape it. He plays an attorney who's both the prosecutor of a murder case...and Suspect #1. Polanski helms the edge-of-your-seat caper Frantic. After his wife suddenly disappears in Paris, American doctor Ford confronts a bewildering web of language, locale and bureaucracy as he scrambles to find her. Blu-ray Release date: February 23rd, 2010

Quadroon - QUADROON is sensitively written and earnestly performed but quickly becomes hard to take seriously from the first line of dialogue, however, as most of the Creoles sound like they are channeling SNL's Czech Brothers (Lupo is particularly hard to take seriously) upstaging the leads. Kincaid (who later made a career directing B movies and adult films as Joe Gage) and McKee (now in casting and production) are sympathetic leads but the stagey blocking of many scenes lends them an air of cliche rather than theatricality or cinematic scope. Apart from the costumes look good, the low budget is apparent in just about every other aspect including the photography and lighting while the settings vary from authentic-looking to studio flats. The potentially exploitable aspects of the film - including an interracial love scene between Caleb and Coral - are handled more tastefully than the advertising suggests. DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2010

COI Vol. 1 Police + Thieves - The Central Office of Information (COI) was established in April 1946 and has produced thousands of films that reflected the culture and concerns of the nation. Volume 1 of the COI collection tackles crime, juvenile delinquency, policing and the justice system. A variety of styles and genres - story documentary, drama, public information shorts - are employed to deliver crime prevention messages and bolster recruitment in this area. DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2010

Arang - ARANG is an Asian horror flick told from the perspective of the detectives rather than the potential victims. That said, while the mystery element is more diverting than in other Asian horror flicks, the scare element is much more routine and decidedly unscary (usual long-haired ghost appearing over shoulders, in mirrors, in small spaces, as well as a ghost child too). The twists thrown in around the perfunctory "find the hidden corpse" are surprising for a horror flick but a bit contrived for the thriller genre and just as we're about to accept the film and its obligatory surprise ending denouement on their own terms and forget about asking what "arang" means, up pops a text screen. The subtitles translate the heading as "The Legend of Arang" but then does not bother to translate the legend itself before rolling the end credits. As such, ARANG is stuck somewhere between being a change of pace and more of the same. DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2007

Contempt BD - Coproduced by the vulgar American showman Joseph E. Levine--best known at the time for his distribution of Italian-made Hercules movies with Steve Reeves and his subsequent involvement with Federico Fellini--Contempt could only seem the grotesque marriage of crass exploitation and high art. (In fact, all the nude shots of Bardot were ordered by Levine after Godard considered the film done; acceding to the producer's request as literally as possible, he even clarified the commodification process in the opening evaluation of Bardot's body.) US Blu-ray Release Date: February 16th, 2010

Make Way For Tomorrow - Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring’s selfish whims. An inspiration for Ozu’s Tokyo Story, Make Way for Tomorrow is among American cinema’s purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure. DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 2010

The Clouded Yellow - Available for the first time on DVD completely uncut in it's full length version, this action-packed thriller ranks alongside Hitchcock's great British thrillers. When ex-spy David Somers takes a low-profile job in the country cataloguing a butterfly collection, he finds that dangerous work continues to pursue him. David grows fond of his employer s niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. When Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick - the spiteful handyman, he becomes embroiled in a murder mystery and goes underground with the beautiful suspect. The fugitives stay one step ahead of the police until the breathless climax. Starring the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Trevor Howard (Gandhi, The Third Man, Superman) in one of his greatest films alongside the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Jean Simmons (Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, Elmer Gantry) and directed by Ralph Thomas (Doctor in the House). DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2010

The Informant! BD - Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. Blu-ray Release date: February 23rd, 2010

Georges Méliès Encore - Georges Méliès built the world's first movie studio in 1896 and from it cascaded many fantastic films, as featured on Flicker Alley’s monumental thirteen-hour, five-DVD box, Georges Méliès, First Wizard of the Cinema. Since it was published, an additional 26 films produced by Méliès between 1896 and 1911 have been found and made available for this single-disc, supplemental collection. They further support that Méliès was the most accomplished filmmaker in the world during the first years of cinema. DVD Release Date: February 16th, 2010

Embodiment of Evil - Long thought dead, mass murderer Ze De Caixao (Coffin Joe to English audiences) aka Josefel Zanatas (writer/director/star Jose Mojica Marins) is released from prison after a 40 year prison term (during which he killed 30 fellow prisoners). He returns to the slums of Sao Paolo where his faithful servant Bruno (Rui Resende) has not only maintained a lair for him but has also recruited a quartet of liberated souls to assist him as he resumes his grisly quest to continue his bloodline with the perfect woman (and gruesomely destroy any woman who fails and any man who tries to stop him). Hindering his quest are survivors and family of the victims of his previous exploits (including a cop blinded in one eye by Coffin Joe's talons and an extremely penitent monk) who may be even more corrupt and repellent than Ze as well as terrifying visions of his dead wife and other past victims (whose appearances usually prompt clips from the previous films). DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2009

Confession of Pain BD - Detective Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) comes home one night to find his girlfriend had taken her own life. It had been a particularly grueling day at the office to start with, culminating a few hours earlier in a bloody stroke of vengeance on a murderous killer of hookers by his boss, "Chief" Hei (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai). Hei goes on with his life and marries Susan (Xu Jinglei) the daughter of a wealthy businessman. But Bong, consumed with the seemingly unanswerable question of "why", resigns from the force to become a second class private detective and a first class drunk. Blu-ray Release date: December 17th, 2009

 Next 3 weeks on the Calendar

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Week of February 22nd, 2010


The Alcove (Joe D'Amato, 1984) Severin Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

An Englishman in New York (Richard Laxton, 2009) Breaking Glass Pictures

The Films of Amos Gitai: Six Films From Israel (KADOSH / KIPPUR / KEDMA / ALILA / DEVARIM / YOM YOM) - Kino

Belzec (Guillaume Moscovitz, 2005) Menemsha Films

Bliss (Abdullah Oguz, 2007) First Run Features

City Girl [Blu-ray] (F.W. Murnau 1930) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Copying Beethoven [Blu-ray] (Agnieszka Holland, 2006) R'B' UK Verve Pictures

The Crazies [Blu-ray] (George A. Romero, 1973) Blue Underground

The Damned United [Blu-ray] (Tom Hooper, 2009) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Day of the Triffids [Blu-ray] (Nick Copus, 2009) R 'B' UK Showbox Media Group Ltd

Dead Snow [Blu-ray] (Tommy Wirkola, 2009) MPI Home Video

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

Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw on Film (Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra and Androcles and the Lion) Criterion Collection

Fernando Arrabal Collection 2 - Cult Epics

Forgotten Noir Double Feature Vol 13: Breakdown & Eye Witness (aka: Your Witness) - VCI

In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray] (Bertrand Tavernier, 2009) RB UK High Fliers

The Informant! [Blu-ray] (Steven Soderbergh, 2009) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Internecine Project (Ken Hughes, 1974) Scorpion Entertainment

Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland, 2009) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Laura (David Hamilton, 1979) Jef Films

M (Fritz Lang, 1931) R2 UK Masters of Cinema
M [
Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1931) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

No Orchids for Miss Blandish (St John Legh Clowes, 1948) - VCI

Power Play (Martyn Burke, 1978) - Scorpion Entertainment

Presumed Innocent/Frantic [Blu-ray] (Thriller Double Feature) - Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Spaghetti Western Bible Vol. 4 Trinity 10 Film Collection - Asia Vision

Stephanie's Image (Janis DeLucia Allen, 2009) Vanguard Cinema

There's Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk, 1956) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

Wings Of Desire [Blu-ray] (Wim Wenders, 1987) R'B' UK Axiom Films



March 1st, 2010


The 36th Chamber of Shaolin [Blu-ray] (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978) Vivendi Entertainment

2012 [Blu-ray] (Roland Emmerich, 2009) Sony Pictures
2012 (2-disc) [
Blu-ray] (Roland Emmerich, 2009) Sony Pictures

Alice [Blu-ray] (Nick Willing, 2009) Lions Gate

Alice in Wonderland (Norman Z. McLeod, 1933) Universal Studios

An Inspector Calls (Guy Hamilton, 1954) R2 UK Optimum

The Beaches Of Agnes - Cinema Guild

Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) Disney Presents Studio Ghibli

Clash of the Titans [Blu-ray] (Desmond Davis, 1981) Warner Home Video

Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes, 2009) 20th Century Fox

Dead Man Running [Blu-ray] (Alex De Rakoff, 2009) R'B' UK Revolver Entertainment

Emmanuelle [Blu-ray] (Just Jaeckin, 1974) R'B' UK Optimum

The Horseman [Blu-ray] (Steven Kastrissios, 2008) R'B' UK Spirit Entertainment

Jacob's Ladder [Blu-ray] (Adrian Lyne, 1990) RB UK Optimum

Kiki's Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Disney Presents Studio Ghibli

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) Disney Presents Studio Ghibli

Ponyo [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008) Buena Vista (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (Robin Hardy, 1973) R'B' UK - Optimum


Criterion have apparently lost the rights to their titles licensed from Studio Canal which Lions Gate will now be handling. The following Criterion titles will be out-of-print and therefore completely unavailable through normal channels by the end of March, 2010.

Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy (Eclipse Series 6) PURCHASE LINK (BEAVER REVIEW)
Coup de torchon PURCHASE LINK
Diary of a Country Priest PURCHASE LINK
Forbidden Games PURCHASE LINK
Gervaise (Essential Art House edition) PURCHASE LINK (BEAVER REVIEW)
Le jour se lève (Essential Art House edition) PURCHASE LINK
Last Holiday (Essential Art House edition) PURCHASE LINK
Mayerling (Essential Art House edition) PURCHASE LINK (BEAVER REVIEW)
Pierrot le fou (DVD and Blu-ray editions) PURCHASE LINK (BEAVER REVIEW)
Port of Shadows PURCHASE LINK
Quai des Orfèvres PURCHASE LINK
The Small Back Room PURCHASE LINK
The Tales of Hoffmann PURCHASE LINK
Variety Lights PURCHASE LINK


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