Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF April 26th, 2010


This Week's Highlights

Iyita! - 24 disc reviews this week. Let's see... Fritz Lang, David Lean, Francis Ford Coppola, more Spielberg, James Cameron, Takashi Miike, Sydney Pollack, Franklin J. Shaffner - all with films represented in the high-def home theater format we call Blu-ray. We have another handful of Warner Archive DVDs to peruse including the directorial helming of Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco and Don Siegel, starring the likes of Cary Grant, Ava Gardner and Ida Lupino plus other SD offerings from masterful Kore-eda Hirokazu, ribald Tinto Brass and others.... and more. Sales, many calendar updates, a new contest with a sealed Criterion DVD as prize! (another more difficult one!)


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Black Narcissus [Blu-ray] (Michael Powell + Emeric Pressburger, 1947) Criterion Collection

The Red Shoes [Blu-ray] (Michael Powell + Emeric Pressburger, 1948) Criterion Collection

Shutter Island [Blu-ray] (Martin Scorsese, 2010) Paramount

The Exorcist [Blu-ray] (William Friedkin, 1973) Region FREE UK - Warner

Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray] (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956) Region FREE UK - Warner

The White Ribbon [Blu-ray] (Michael Haneke, 2009) - Sony Pictures Classics

The Film Noir Collection: Volume 2 - Pushover (1954), Nightfall (1957), The Brothers Rico (1957), City of Fear (1959) + Human Desire (1954) - Sony

Jason and the Argonauts [Blu-ray] (Don Chaffey, 1963) Sony

Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu (The Only Son/There Was a Father) - Criterion

Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry (The story of a Cheat, The Pearls of the Crown, Desire, Quadrille) - Criterion

Secret of the Grain (Abdel Kechiche, 2007) - Criterion

Secret of the Grain [Blu-ray] (Abdel Kechiche, 2007) - Criterion

The Burnt House [Blu-ray] (Adam Ahlbrandt, 2009) - Invincible Pictures

Death Kappa - [Blu-ray] (Tomoo Haraguchi, 2010) - Tokyo Shock

Don't Look Up [Blu-ray] (Fruit Chan, 2009) - Koch Entertainment

The Maid (Sebastián Silva, 2009) - Oscilloscope

Elvis: Blu-ray Collection [Blu-ray] (Jailhouse Rock / Viva Las Vegas / Elvis on Tour) - Warner

The Illusionist [Blu-ray] (Neil Burger, 2006) 20th Century Fox

Showgirls (15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition) [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 1995) - MGM

Victor Victoria [Blu-ray] (Blake Edwards, 1995) - Image Entertainment

Black Narcissus (Michael Powell + Emeric Pressburger, 1947) Criterion Collection

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell + Emeric Pressburger, 1948) Criterion Collection

Galaxy Of Terror [Blu-ray] (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (Bruce D. Clark, 1981) Shout! Factory

Forbidden World [Blu-ray] (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (Allan Holzman, 1982) Shout! Factory

THX 1138 [Blu-ray] (George Lucas, 1971) Region FREE UK Warner

Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray] (Tim Burton, 1996) Region FREE UK Warner

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Tidal Wave [Blu-ray] (JK Youn , 2009) Magnolia

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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  Fritz Lang’s M deserves top billing - regardless of the Blu-ray edition you choose... It easily supplants Avatar in my book - but the latter gives quite a show attacking retinas and eardrums with shocking force. Doctor Zhivago appears to have been made to watch in the new format - the masterpiece remains a triumph of beauty and emotion. It's essential. I can't dismiss Saving Private Ryan - my 1080P viewing was too impacting - this film has some absolutely perfectly realized scenes. Wow. Tetro may not be for those with more mainstream expectations but I loved the heavy artistic bent from Coppola. I was surprised at Wake in Fright - quite the restored film and one that encourages indulgence. Despite the DNR devil Leonard has endorsement for both Patton and The Longest Day. One glance at those Out of Africa captures and I'm easily avoiding purchase - and for The Jackal - I'll wait on the original (The Day of...). On the DVD front - the film fan in me continues to warm to the Warner Archive - just too many gems to pass up. One Noir-esque entry is The Bribe and another Deep Valley and I'll be picking up The Verdict after Gregory's review. Let's pass on Crisis (bad transfer) but I'll probably get Wrestling Ernest Hemingway at some point. I always get a kick out of Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent sounds do-able. Kore-eda Hirokazu's Air Doll is certainly a unique and worthwhile entry in my opinion......


Ichi the Killer BD - Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the Home of Kakihara, a sadistic Yakuza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one another. His trump card is a physically powerful lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi, the killer, and him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood. Blu-ray Release Date: February 23rd, 2010

Air Doll - Award-winning filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu explores what it means to be human through the experiences of an unlikely heroine: an Air Doll. Appearing in her second Japanese film after Linda Linda Linda, acclaimed Korean actress Bae Du Na stars as an inflatable sex doll that comes to life in the aesthetically and emotionally beguiling fantasy drama based on Goda Yoshiie's manga. Breathing life and charm into her quirky character, Bae Du Na delivers a charming performance that is both whimsical and heartbreaking, and daringly bares all for the film's nude scenes. DVD Release Date: March 26th, 2010

The Voyeur - When his wife Silvia (Polish model Katarina Vasilissa) leaves him, Dodo (Francesco Casale), a professor of French literature, finds himself alienated from those around him; becoming a passive viewer of life lead to the fullest by those around him including his bedridden father (Brass regular Franco Branciaroli) who has a scantily-clad nurse to attend to him. Dodo's agonizing over his wife's contempt for him and the identify of the mysterious lover who has usurped him is countered with lighter vignettes (mostly lighter, though one moment has one of Brass' starlets showing her infibulation scars which feels exploitative though we must commend the actress for not feeling ashamed considering how psychologically and physically damaging this cultural practice can be) in which Dodo winds up the voyeur instead of a participant which insure a positive reaction from Dodo to his wife's faithlessness in the Brass tradition. DVD Release Date: April 27th, 2010

Tetro BD - Fresh-faced and naive, 17-year-old Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) arrives in Buenos Aires to search for his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade. The family had emigrated from Italy to Argentina, but with the great musical success of their father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), an acclaimed symphony conductor, the family moved from Argentina to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the volatile and melancholy poet Tetro (Vincent Gallo), he is not at all what Bennie expected. In the course of staying with Tetro and his girlfriend Miranda (Maribel Verdú), Bennie grapples with his brother and the haunting experiences of their shared past in this widely acclaimed film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Blu-ray Release date: May 4th, 2010

The Jackal BD - Along with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere, Bunny Parker should get star billing for The Jackal, a thriller that's more preposterous than thrilling. Parker, who is Willis' hairdresser, came up with a dozen hairdos for him -- from strawberry blond curls to a dark ducktail -- and pasted them on his head so they would stay put during the action scenes. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010

Wake in Fright BD - John Grant (Gary Bond) is a fledgling, middle-class teacher from the big city. He feels disgruntled because of the onerous terms of a financial bond which he signed with the government in return for receiving a tertiary education. The bond has caused him to be posted to a tiny school at Tiboonda -- a remote fly-speck situated in the arid Australian outback. It is the start of the Christmas school holidays, and Grant plans to journey to Sydney to visit his girlfriend and surf at the beach. But first, he must travel by train to the nearby mining town of Bundanyabba (known as “The Yabba”) in order to catch a Sydney-bound flight. Blu-ray Release date: June 27th, 2010

Avatar BD - "Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. Blu-ray Release date: April 22nd, 2010

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway - They’re retirees who are anything but retiring. Robert Duvall and Richard Harris deliver “two of the year’s most spectacular performances” (Bob Campbell, Newhouse Newspapers) as a reserved ex-barber and a salty former sea captain, beached in a quiet Florida town and living solitary lives. But after meeting in the local park one afternoon, these polar opposites soon become the unlikeliest of friends. Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Doctor) directs and Shirley MacLaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Bullock co-star in this wonderful film that shows how friendship opens up the two men to life’s riches. If you like movies brimming with characters who linger in the memory, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is “the perfect tonic”. DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2009

Out of Africa BD - Out of Africa is an adaptation for the screen of a number of books, some by the principle character, Karen Blixen (who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen); one by her biographer, Judith Thurman. It is a romantic memoir of her time in Africa where she ran a farm in the early 1910's and 20's. It was a time when Europeans pretty much had their way in the "Dark Continent" and where a number of countries were so named (Belgian Congo, British East Africa, German East Africa, French Somaliland – it was quite a list). White women, however, still had to maintain their proper place – And it is made quite clear from the outset that the newly married Baroness Blixen (Streep) was not supposed to be doing this sort of thing. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010

Hiruko the Goblib - Archaeologist Takashi Yabe (Naoto Takenaka) discovers the entrance to a cave beneath a burial mound near his son's school. He and pretty student Reiko (Megumi Ueno) enter the cave and are attacked by an unseen force. Later Yabe's son Masao (Masaki Kudou) believes he sees Reiko kissing another boy (who subsequently turns up dead) and suffers an attack in which a mark burns itself into his back. Masao is saved from supernatural attack by his father's archaeologist friend Hieda (Kenji Sawada) whose belief in goblins' claimed the life of Masao's aunt but Masao doesn't need convincing when more of his friends turn up dead (and headless) and the two are soon on the run from a spider-legged goblin wearing Reiko's head. DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2005

Manufacturing Consent - The natural audience for this long but thoroughly engrossing documentary is North America, since it was made to give Chomsky and his radical ideas the kind of profile the US press and broadcast media routinely deny him. None the less, this is useful as an introduction to the man himself (his Depression childhood, his rise in linguistics, his radical activism) and even more valuable as an anthology of his political campaigns and major debating skirmishes. The film-makers avoid a 'voice-of-authority' commentary, allowing cutting and juxtapositions to carry the arguments and dialectics forward. More's the pity, then, that they sometimes fall back on tabloid-style gimmickry to get points across, none of which is necessary to bolster Chomsky's largely incontrovertible arguments. A decent, civilised piece of work. DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2009

Newsmakers - A shootout between cops and a violent gang of robbers spills out onto the street resulting in multiple casualties including cops and innocent bystanders. When a news crew covering a minor accident involving a pop singer catch some of the action (including a crying cop), the "Breaking News" team use it as an example of police incompetence and for an editorial advocating citizens carrying small arms to defend themselves. When the robbers hold up in an apartment complex with hostages, the police PR department (lead by progressive Katya [Mariya Mashkova] who is more concerned with police image than justice) decides to broadcast the subsequent capture as a live reality show to re-instill public confidence in the police by having them storm the building with cameras attached to their helmets. DVD Release Date: May 3rd, 2010

Takeshi: Childhood Days - Most World War 2 movies center around adult characters. It was refreshing to see a film about World War 2 that is almost entirely told from a child's perspective. The film's main character is a young boy named Shinji who is sent to live with relatives in the country. The most compelling aspect of this film is the way that it examines the underlying hostility that the country children feel for the child from the big city. DVD Release Date: April 28th, 2005

Saving Private Ryan BD - Spielberg's meticulous period detail effectively re-creates the war-torn countryside of occupied France. The American soldiers visit two bombed-out towns where all that remains standing are the half-shattered husks of once-impressive structures. Many of the weapons that appear in Saving Private Ryan are authentic period pieces, bought from collectors. And, following the successful landing at Normandy, we are treated to a spectacular panorama of the beach, with a variety of mighty ships anchored offshore and the sky thick with blimps. Even though the Omaha Beach sequences were filmed in Ireland, they nevertheless offer a sense of verisimilitude that those familiar with the actual place on the English Channel shore will find hard to dispel. Blu-ray Release Date: May 4th, 2010

Patton BD - What Paths of Glory attempted to show about the relationships between officers and men of the first World War, PATTON in part attempts to do for the second. Patton, of course, is best remembered as the general who slapped a soldier. But George C. Scott, under the direction of Franklin Schaffner, creates a much more colorful and ambiguous portrait. This WWII spectacle is immense but Scott's virtuoso performance looms larger than any of its battles. His characterization can appeal to both hawks and doves; it can appreciated either as a critique or a paean. He's insensitive to his men's plight on some occasions, gentle as a loving father on others. Patton's eccentricity may very well have been an important ingredient of victory. PATTON is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies. Blu-ray Release date: June 3rd, 2008

The Longest Day BD - Zannuck, who participated in the first world war in France and Belgium, wanted to recreate the Normandy Invasion in a quasi-documentary – but always faithful to the Hollywood idea of things. Thus, perhaps, its being filmed in black & white. Also, so that it could better mix with actual WWII documentary footage. Also, so that its many stars – so many that none are listed on the cover - could better blend into the action. A good choice all around. Blu-ray Release date: June 3rd, 2008

M BD - Of all Fritz Lang’s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society. From cinema’s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling almost 80 years on. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a stunning high-definition restoration of a definitive classic of world cinema. Criterion Blu-ray Release Date: May 11th, 2010

Doctor Zhivago BD - David Lean's Doctor Zhivago is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). Lara inspires lechery in Komarovsky (her mother's lover who is a master at surviving whoever runs Russia) and can't compete with passion for the revolution of the man she marries, Pasha. Her true love is Zhivago who also loves his wife. Lara is the one who inspires poetry. The story is narrated by Zhivago's half brother Yevgraf, who has made his career in the Soviet Army. At the beginning of the film he is about to meet a young woman he believes may be the long lost daughter of Lara and Zhivago. Blu-ray Release date: May 4th, 2010

Firefly - the Complete Series BD - The series takes its name from the Firefly class of starship, of which the Serenity is one of its relics. Mal is the captain. His crew doubles as smugglers that try to stay a step ahead of Alliance federalis. Also in pursuit are a group of vicious predators known as Reavers and whomever else Mal manages to offend in one episode or other. His crew consists of Zoe, his number 1 (Gina Torres); Wash, pilot and husband to Zoe (Alan Tudyk); Kaylee, engineer (Jewel Staite); and Jayne, the muscle whose loyalties are always in question (Adam Baldwin). Blu-ray Release date: November 11th, 2008

Saint Joan - “The story of Joan of Arc,” historian Andre Maurois wrote, “is at once the most amazing miracle in history and the most logical sequence of political acts.” But the church court trying the teenage girl saw neither divine intervention nor uncommon acumen in her astonishing triumphs. It saw heresy – and death by fire. Seventeen-year-old Jean Seberg plays the visionary Maid of Orleans in Otto Preminger’s production of Saint Joan, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play by Graham Greene and cast with a company of bravura talents. Richard Widmark turns his tough-guy persona on its head to play a Dauphin more court jester than future king. And stately John Gielgud is the English commander who scoffs: “The angels may be on the side of the church – but I have 800 soldiers.” DVD Release Date: March, 2010

The Verdict - Siegel's first film, an ingenious locked room mystery set in London in 1890, adapted from a novel by Israel Zangwill (often described as the father of the genre). Greenstreet plays a genial Scotland Yard inspector who, dismissed after thirty years of distinguished service when an oversight results in the hanging of an innocent man, deviously stages a second case; this not only sees justice done (the victim is himself a killer), but puts Greenstreet's baffled successor (Coulouris, the ambitious underling who shopped him in the first place) on the road to perpetrating a similar miscarriage of justice in solving it. Fascinatingly, though, Siegel deliberately plays on ambivalences throughout, leaving motivations not quite explained and opening up dark, speculative avenues of paranoia and perversity, not least through Greenstreet's teasing, subtly suggestive intimacy with Lorre as an amiably decadent, inimitably sinister artist friend. The result, impeccably performed and beautifully shot by Ernest Haller, emerges as splendid cross between Gothic melodrama and film noir. DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2009

Deep Valley - Libby Saul (Ida Lupino) was raised in the Deep Valley. Isolated on a farm with her bitter parents, her only friend a devoted dog, Libby knows loneliness too well. Then a crew of convicts arrives to build a road and Libby is fascinated by the strangers, especially a good-looking hothead named Barry (Dane Clark). When Barry escapes his work gang, Libby offers him shelter – a gesture of kindness that awakens her timid soul. Lupino gives further proof of her remarkable dramatic range with a sensitive portrayal of an awkward, stuttering girl transformed by love. And director Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda), with a painterly appreciation of light and shadow, captures the wild beauty of the film’s Big Sur locations. DVD Release Date: July 6th, 2009

Crisis - Eugene Ferguson pledged to help people when he became a doctor, but will he perform a life-saving surgery on a South American tyrant (Jose Ferrer) who’s taken him captive? Yes, if Ferguson hopes to leave the troubled land. No, if he heeds the threats made by revolutionaries determined to overthrow the despot. Cary Grant plays Ferguson, a physician navigating the unexpected terrain between a rock and a hard place in this political thriller that’s the directorial debut of Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry). The role is a change of pace for Grant, and he prepared for it with diligent study and observation of surgical procedures. The result is a portrayal rooted in reality and put across with the uncanny talent of one of film’s greatest stars. DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2009

The Bribe - The Bribe starts with a storm and ends with fireworks – fitting bookends for a crime thriller full of passion, greed and double crosses. The story revolves around a war-surplus racket operated from an island off the Central American coast, where federal agent Robert Taylor runs into the only thing steamier than the weather: Ava Gardner. World-wise, world-weary and fabulous looking, Taylor and Gardner epitomize noir sex appeal. And the consummate actors playing the villains couldn’t be more adept at oozing evil. Vincent Price portrays the suave criminal mastermind and Charles Laughton is his henchman, a sweaty wharf rat. DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2009

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar


Week of April 26th, 2010


Armageddon  [Blu-ray] (Michael Bay, 1998) Touchstone / Disney  (BEAVER REVIEW)

Avatar: Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (James Cameron, 2009) - R`B`UK - Optimum (BEAVER REVIEW)

Barbara Stanwyck Collection: Universal Backlot (All I Desire, The Bride Wore Boots, The Great Man's Lady, Internes Can't Take Money, The Lady Gambles and There's Always Tomorrow) - Universal Studios

The Best Intentions (Bille August, 1992) - Park Circus

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

Dark Nature [Blu-ray] (Marc de Launay, 2009) Troma

Dialogues of the Exiled (Raoul Ruiz, 1975) Cinemateca

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

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

Dogora (Patrice Leconte, 2004) - Severin
Dogora [Blu-ray] (Patrice Leconte, 2004) - Severin

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

Elizabeth [Blu-ray] (Shekhar Kapur, 1998) Universal Pictures

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

The Fugitive Kind (Sidney Lumet, 1959) - Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 2009) Sony Pictures

It's Complicated [Blu-ray] (Nancy Meyers, 2009) Universal Studios

The Jackal [Blu-ray] (Michael Caton-Jones, 1997) Universal Studios (BEAVER REVIEW)

Merantau [Blu-ray] (Gareth Evans, 2009) R'B' UK E1 Entertainment

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

Orson Welles: Paris Interview - Kultur Video

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

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

Prince Valiant [Blu-ray] (Henry Hathaway, 1954) R'B' UK Eureka (BEAVER REVIEW)

Red Rowan (Ewa Petelska + Czeslaw Petelski, 1970) - Polart

Ride with the Devil (Ang Lee, 1999) Criterion

Ride with the Devil [Blu-ray] (Ang Lee, 1999) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Surviving Desire (Hal Hartley, 1991) - Microcinema

Tombstone [Blu-ray] (George P. Cosmatos, 1993) Walt Disney Video

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

Treeless Mountain (So Yong Kim, 2008) R2 UK - Soda Pictures


May 3rd, 2010


Attack of the Crab Monsters (Roger Corman, 1957) R2 UK In2film

City Lights [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1931) Kinowelt (BEAVER REVIEW)

Doctor Zhivago Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (David Lean, 1965) - Warner Home Video

Escape from L.A. [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1996) Paramount

Fellini's Casanova (Federico Fellini, 1976) R2 UK Mr Bongo Film

Finding Nemo [Blu-ray] (Andrew Stanton, 2003) RB UK Walt Disney

The Gold Rush [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1925) Kinowelt

The Great Dictator [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1940) Kinowelt (BEAVER REVIEW)

K-19: The Widowmaker [Blu-ray] (Kathryn Bigelow, 2002) Paramount

Leap Year [Blu-ray] (Anand Tucker, 2010) Universal Studios

Modern Times [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1936) Kinowelt (BEAVER REVIEW)

Newsmakers [Blu-ray] (Anders Banke, 2009) R'B' UK - Showbox

Nine (Rob Marshall, 2009) - Sony Pictures

Nine [Blu-ray] (Rob Marshall, 2009) - Sony Pictures

The Railway Children [Blu-ray] (Lionel Jeffries, 1970) R`B`UK - Optimum

Rock 'n' Roll High School [Blu-ray] (Allan Arkush, 1979) Shout! Factory

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

Seven Swords [Blu-ray] (Hark Tsui, 2005) Vivendi Entertainment

Suburbia (Penelope Spheeris, 1984) Shout! Factory

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

Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2008) Koch Vision


May 10th, 2010


Better the Devil You Know [Blu-ray] (Greg Augustine, 2009) Augment Image Studios

Daybreakers [Blu-ray] (Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, 2010) - LionsGate

Deadly Duo [Blu-ray] (Cheh Chang, 1971) Tokyo Shock

Departures [Blu-ray] (Yôjirô Takita, 2008) R'B' UK Arrow

Dorothy Mills [Blu-ray] (Agnès Merlet, 2008) R`B`UK - Optimum

The Edge [Blu-ray] (Lee Tamahori, 1997) Fox Home Entertainment

Edge of Darkness [Blu-ray] (Martin Campbell, 2009) Warner

The Essential Eric Rohmer Collection - R2 - UK Artificial Eye

Gladiator [Blu-ray] (Ridley Scott, 2000) R`B`FR - Universal Studio Canal Video

The Great Dictator [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1940) R'B' UK Park Circus

Hang 'Em High [Blu-ray] (Ted Post, 1968) MGM

The Karate Kid / The Karate Kid, Part II Box Set [Blu-ray] (John G. Avildsen, 1984 - 86) - Sony Pictures

The Karate Kid [Blu-ray] (John G. Avildsen, 1984) - Sony Pictures
The Karate Kid, Part II [
Blu-ray] (John G. Avildsen, 1986) - Sony Pictures

The Kid [Blu-ray] (Charles Chaplin, 1921) R'B' UK Park Circus

M [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1931) - Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Magnificent Seven Collection [Blu-ray] (The Magnificent Seven, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride!) - MGM

Newsmakers [Blu-ray] (Anders Banke, 2009)- R`B`UK - Showbox Media Group

Eric Rohmer - Moral Tales - R2 - UK Artificial Eye

One Deadly Summer (L'ete Meurtrier) (Jean Becker, 1983) Bayview (BEAVER REVIEW)

Prince of Thieves (Howard Bretherton, 1948) Sony

Rendezvous In Paris (Eric Rohmer, 1995) R2 UK - Artificial Eye

Serpico [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) R`B`FR - Universal Studio Canal Video

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, 1964) R2 UK - Artificial Eye

Tidal Wave [Blu-ray] (JK Youn , 2009) Magnolia

Toby Dammit (Federico Fellini, 1968) R2 UK - Arrow Films


Week of May 17th, 2010


9 Songs [Blu-ray] (Michael Winterbottom, 2004) Vivendi Entertainment

A Man Escaped [Blu-ray] (Robert Bresson, 1956) R'B' FR Paramount / Gaumont

American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James [Blu-ray] (Fred Olen Ray, 2010) Koch Vision

Barbara Stanwyck Show 2 - Koch Vision

Bright Star [Blu-ray] (Jane Campion, 2009) R`B`FR - Fox Pathe Europa

Carlito's Way [Blu-ray] (Brian De Palma, 1993) Universal Home Video

Extraordinary Measures [Blu-ray] (Tom Vaughan, 2010) - Sony Pictures

The Girl on the Train (André Téchiné, 2009) Strand Releasing

Eclipse Series 21-Oshimas Outlaw Sixties - (Pleasures of the Flesh, Violence at Noon, Sing a Song of Sex, Double Suicide and Three Resurrected Drunkards) Criterion

Institute Benjamenta [Blu-ray] (Quay Brothers, 1995) R'B' UK BFI

Invictus (Clint Eastwood, 2009) Warner

Invictus [Blu-ray] (Clint Eastwood, 2009) Warner

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus [Blu-ray] (Jack Perez, 2009) Echo Bridge

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

The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (Michael A. Hoey, 1966) MVD

The New Daughter [Blu-ray] (Luis Berdejo, 2009) Anchor Bay/Starz

The Party's Over [Blu-ray] (Marc Behm, 1965) BFI

The Pleasure Girls [Blu-ray] (Gerry O'Hara, 1965) BFI

Prostitute [Blu-ray] (Tony Garnett, 1980) BFI

The Road [Blu-ray] (John Hillcoat, 2009) R'B' UK - Icon Home Entertainment

The Spy Next Door [Blu-ray] (Brian Levant, 2010) - Lionsgate

Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) Criterion
[Blu-ray] (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) Criterion

World On A Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder,1973) - R2 UK - Second Sight Films Ltd.

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