Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF February 21st, 2011

  This Week's Highlights
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The Bicycle Thieves [Blu-ray] (Vittorio De Sica, 1948) RB UK Arrow Films

Ingrid Bergman: 3-Film Collection [Intermezzo, A Womans Face, June Night] - Kino

Gaumont Treasures Vol. 2: 1908-1916 - Kino

Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection [Blu-ray] - Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Lolita and Spartacus - Warner

A Clockwork Orange [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kubrick, 1971) - Warner

The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray] (John Huston, 1975) Warner

The Scent of Green Papaya [Blu-ray] (Anh Hung Tran, 1993) Lorber Films

Solaris [Blu-ray] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972) Criterion

The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, 1940) Criterion
The Great Dictator [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1940) Criterion

Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964) Criterion
Pale Flower [Blu-ray] (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964) Criterion

Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1954) Criterion
Diabolique [Blu-ray] (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1954) Criterion

Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986) Criterion
Something Wild [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Demme, 1986) Criterion

Smiles of a Summer Night [Blu-ray] (Ingmar Bergman, 1955) Criterion

Fat Girl [Blu-ray] (Catherine Breillat, 2001) Criterion

Lolita [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kubrick, 1962) Region FREE DE Warner

Fiddler on the Roof [Blu-ray] (Norman Jewison, 1971) MGM

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno [Blu-ray] (Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea, 2009) Flicker Alley

Laila (George Schnéevoigt, 1929) Flicker Alley

I Come with the Rain [Blu-ray] (Anh Hung Tran, 2008) RB UK Trinity

Barry Lyndon [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kubrick, 1975) Region FREE DE Warner

True Grit [Blu-ray] (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2010) Paramount Pictures

Adua & Her Friends Adua (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1960) Raro Video

The Hit [Blu-ray] (Stephen Frears, 1984) RB IT CDE

Secret of Dorian Gray (Massimo Dallamano, 1970) Raro Video

Chico & Rita [Blu-ray] (Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba, 2010) RB UK Icon

Szindbád (Zoltán Huszárik, 1971) R2 UK Second Run DVD

Archipelago (Joanna Hogg, 2010) R2 UK Artificial Eye

The Nicolas Philibert Collection - Des Animaux (1996), Être et avoir (2002) and Le Ville Louvre (1990) - R2 UK Artificial Eye

Abbas Kiarostami Collection - Certified Copy, Ten Taste Of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, ABC Africa, 10 On Ten - R2 UK Artificial Eye

Abel (Diego Luna, 2010) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Miral (Julian Schnabel, 2010) R2 UK 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

A Day In The Life - Four Portraits Of Post-war Britain [Blu-ray] - RB UK - BFI

Benda Bilili! [Blu-ray] (Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye, 2010) RB UK Trinity Films

Confessions [Blu-ray] (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2010) RB UK Third Window Films

Confessions of a Dog (Gen Takahashi, 2006) R2 UK Third Window Films

5 Centimeters Per Second [Blu-ray] (Makoto Shinkai, 2007) RB UK Manga Entertainment



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Brief comments this week - I always get a kick out of Harry Kumel's Daughters of Darkness - it's another ripe-for-purchase Blue Underground Blu-ray. Tony Scott's Unstoppable was a fun ride with Denzel and Chris Pine and the documentary Waiting For Superman was very worthwhile. Unfortunately, the Italian Blu-ray of Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once is flawed - as is Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre although many may be able to live with the weaknesses. Gregory covers an essential Noir on DVD, 99 River Street, from director Phil Karlson and Eric covers a South Korean horror; The Uninvited. There is also an arty, Estonian film, The Temptation of St. Tony, evoking Tarkovsky - for those keen to investigate..


Daughters of Darkness BD - In The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick makes a small visual homage to Last Year at Marienbad, (1961) when he references the garden maze that Jack is about to go into in search of his son. It's fitting that Kubrick should be thinking of  Last Year at Marienbad, since that classic film by Alain Resnais deals with ghostly memories trapped in a large, luxury hotel. Belgian director Harry Kumel actually does Kubrick's homage one better in his acclaimed art-house, lesbian-vampire film Daughters of Darkness (1971) - he actually got Marienbad's lead, Delphine Seyrig, to once again play a major role that competes for attention with an enigmatic and cavernous hotel. It's a heck of a battle because Seyrig puts on a mesmerizing show that has often been compared to an over-the-top Marlene Dietrich impersonation, and the imposing hotel locations include the Grand Hotel des Thermes in Ostend and the Hotel Astoria in Brussels. Blu-ray Release Date: March 1st, 2011

You Only Live Once BD - Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney play ill-fated lovers in Fritz Lang's fatalistic psychological thriller, You Only Live Once. The film opens as Joan (Sidney), a secretary in the public defender's office, excitedly awaits the release of her thrice-convicted criminal lover Eddie (Fonda). The two try to build a life together, despite the scepticism of Joan's sister and boss, and succeed for a while until destiny seems to take control. Eddie butts up against a society that refuses to give ex-cons a second chance and tumbles back into contact with old gang connections. When he winds up back in jail--this time with a death sentence--he once again escapes only to commit a murder in the process and take Joan and their new baby with him as he wildly flees. The images are stark, as Lang darkly portrays the doomed couple's headlong descent through a cold society and the inescapable forces of fate. The suspense runs high and the cinematography is sweeping as the camera follows the couple from their ramshackle honeymoon to their desperate getaway and ultimately to their tragically climactic demise. Blu-ray Release Date: February 2nd, 2011

Waiting For Superman BD - Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with... the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it's not what you think. Blu-ray Release date: February 15th, 2011

Unstoppable BD - A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed "The Beast" and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing... anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer and a young conductor, aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it -- and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area. Blu-ray Release date: February 15th, 2011

The Temptation of St. Tony - “The Temptation of St. Tony” is a film about a man, who has reached middle age, and finds himself in exactly the kind of darkening forest that Dante describes. An unusual problem intrudes upon his moderately prosperous and quiet life - morality. Is it possible to be a “good person”? What does that mean anyway? And what’s in it for you? On his journey towards a clearer conscience but an increasingly complicated reality, Tony meets several typical specimens familiar from contemporary Estonian society and lives through exciting adventures, not without some diverting humour. And it starts to seem that slowly, and quite inevitably, the man loses his job, his family, and finally reality, itself. Compassion incurs capital loss. DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2011

Santa Sangre BD - Like some Fellini-esque nightmare, this heady mix of circus freaks (a tattooed lady, an exotic midget, sad-faced clowns) and weird religious and hallucinatory imagery (an armless virgin saint, writhing snakes, zombie brides) is pregnant with disturbing psychological undercurrents. Traumatised at an early age by a violent argument between his knife-throwing father (Stockwell) and trapeze-artist mother (Guerra), former child magician Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky), now 20, escapes from an asylum into the outside world. Reunited with his jealous mother, Fenix becomes her 'arms' in a bizarre pantomime act, a role which spills dangerously over into real life... Blu-ray Release Date: January 25th, 2011

99 River Street - A down-on-his-luck boxer, who is reduced to driving a cab, offers to help a would-be actress who is accused of murdering a stage producer...but finds that he must clear his name as well when his wife's lifeless body turns up in the back of his cab. Based on a story by George Zuckerman. DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2011

The Uninvited - Interior designer Jung-won (Park Shin-yang, WHITE VALENTINE) falls asleep on the train home, but wakes up at the last stop. He is not alone on the train. There are unattended two children in the seats beside and opposite him. He learns the next morning that the children were found dead on the train. Soon the child specters start showing up at his kitchen table. His fiancee Hee-eun (Seon Yu, the Korean adaptation of BLACK HOUSE) is impatient about his growing listlessness. His pastor father is concerned about Jung-won's nightmares, but has enough to worry about keeping his church from falling apart. His sister has arranged for Jung-won to take some parishioners home. DVD Release Date: October 5th. 2009

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

February 21st, 2011


Birdemic: Shock and Terror [Blu-ray] (James Nguyen, 2008) Severin

Daughters of Darkness [Blu-ray] (Harry Kümel, 1971) Blue Underground (BEAVER REVIEW)

Faccia a faccia (Sergio Sollima, 1967) R2 UK Eureka Entertainment

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) Criterion Collection
Fish Tank [
Blu-ray] (Andrea Arnold, 2009) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Get Low [Blu-ray] (Aaron Schneider, 2010) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

I Clowns (Federico Fellini, 1970) Raro Video

Last Train Home (Lixin Fan, 2009) Zeitgeist Films

Leap Year (Michael Rowe, 2010) R2 UK Axiom

Megamind [Blu-ray] (Tom McGrath, 2010) Paramount Pictures

Memento [Blu-ray] (10th Anniversary Edition) (Christopher Nolan, 2000) - Lions Gate (BEAVER REVIEW)

Meserine: Killer Instinct: Part 1 [Blu-ray] (Jean-François Richet, 2008) Music Box Films

Rain Man [Blu-ray] (Barry Levinson, 1988) RB UK 20th Century Fox (BEAVER REVIEW)

Rififi [Blu-ray] (Jules Dassin, 1955) RB FR Paramount

Room in Rome (Julio Medem, 2010) MPI

Senso (Luchino Visconti, 1954) Criterion Collection
Senso [
Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1954) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Box Set [Blu-ray] - Music Box Films

Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957) Criterion Collection
Sweet Smell of Success [
Blu-ray] (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Temptation of St. Tony (Veiko Ounpuu, 2009) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Two In The Wave (Emmanuel Laurent , 2010) Lorber Films



February 28th, 2011


127 Hours [Blu-ray] (Danny Boyle, 2010) Fox Searchlight Pictures

Another Year (Mike Leigh, ,2010) R2 UK Momentum

Bambi [Blu-ray] (James Algar, 1942) Walt Disney

Bedevilled [Blu-ray] (Jang Cheol-so, 2010) RB UK Optimum

Brighton Rock Special Edition (John Boulting, 1947) R2 UK Momentum
Brighton Rock [
Blu-ray] (John Boulting, 1947) RB UK Momentum

The Buddy Holly Story [Blu-ray] (Steve Rash, 1978) RB UK Fabulous Films

The Cable Guy [Blu-ray] (Ben Stiller, 1996) Sony

Cronos - Special Edition [Blu-ray] (Guillermo del Toro, 1993) RB UK Optimum

Cuckoo [Blu-ray] (Richard Bracewell, 2009) Verve Pictures

Dark Star [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1974) RB UK Fabulous Films

The Devil's Backbone [Blu-ray] (Guillermo del Toro, 2001) RB UK Optimum

Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Manoel de Oliveira, 2009) R2 UK New Wave

Falstaff-Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965) R2 UK Cornerstone Media

Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection - Raro Video

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould [Blu-ray] (Peter Raymont, 2009) Lorber Films

High Hopes [Blu-ray] (Mike Leigh, 1988) RB UK Fabulous Films

The Hunter (Rafi Pitts, 2010) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Journey Into Fear (Norman Foster, 1943) R2 UK Cornerstone Media

Love and Other Drugs [Blu-ray] (Edward Zwick, 2010) 20th Century Fox

Pan's Labrynth - Special Edition [Blu-ray] (Guillermo del Toro, 2006) RB UK Optimum

The Strange Door (Joseph Pevney, 1951) R2 UK Odeon



March 7th, 2011


And Soon the Darkness [Blu-ray] (Marcos Efron, 2010) RB UK Optimum

Around A Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette, 2009) Cinema Guild

The Dorm That Dripped Blood [Blu-ray] (Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow, 1982) Synapse Films

Excalibur [Blu-ray] (John Boorman, 1981) Warner

Exit Through the Gift Shop [Blu-ray] (Banksy, 2010) - Oscilloscope Laboratories

A Film Unfinished (Yael Hersonski, 2010) Oscilloscope

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (Carlos Carcas + Norberto López Amado, 2010) R2 UK Dogwoof

Ip Man 2 [Blu-ray] (Wilson Yip, 2010) RB UK Cine-Asia

Letters to Father Jaakob (Klaus Härö, 2009) Olive Films

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984) Walt Disney Video

The Next Three Days [Blu-ray] (Paul Haggis, 2010) Lionsgate

Off Limits (George Marshall, 1953) Olive Films

On the Double (Melville Shavelson, 1961) Olive Films

Phenomena (Dario Argento, 1985) RB UK Arrow Films

To Each His Own (Mitchell Leisen, 1946) R2 UK Odeon

The Walking Dead: Season One [Blu-ray] - AMC and Anchor Bay



March 14th, 2011


71: Into the Fire [Blu-ray] (John H. Lee, 2010) RB UK Cine-Asia

The Arbor [Blu-ray] (Clio Barnard, 2010) RB UK Verve Pictures

Attack Force Z [Blu-ray] (Tim Burstall, 1982) Cinevision Int'l Inc

Au Revoir Les Enfants [Blu-ray] (Louis Malle, 1987) Criterion

The Beyond [Blu-ray] (Lucio Fulci, 1981) RB UK Arrow Video

Confessions of a Dog (Gen Takahashi, 2006) R2 UK Third Window Films

The Fighter [Blu-ray] (David O. Russell , 2010) Paramount Pictures

Hereafter [Blu-ray] (Clint Eastwood, 2010) Warner

The Hit [Blu-ray] (Stephen Frears, 1984) RB IT CDE

Larks on a String (Jirí Menzel, 1990) R2 UK Second Run

Let Me In [Blu-ray] (Matt Reeves, 2010) RB UK Icon Home Entertainment

Man of Aran (Restored Edition) (Robert J. Flaherty, 1934) R2 UK Park Circus

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (Sophie Fiennes, 2010) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Perfume of the Lady in Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974) Raro Video

Salvador Allende (Patricio Guzmán, 2004) Icarus Films

I vinti aka The Vanquished (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1953) Raro Video

Yi Yi: A One and a Two... [Blu-ray] (Edward Yang, 2000) Criterion


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