Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF May 3rd, 2010


This Week's Highlights

Aloha mai! - 38 disc reviews this week if you include Leonard's take on 7 upcoming Cantinflas (who?). Let's see... The Quay Brothers, Michael Haneke and Snake Plissken take to Blu-ray along with Mel, Shaw Brothers, Gilliam, Hopkins vs. Baldwin and the Crane Technique.... yes, it's a real patchwork quilt this past 7 days. DVDs with Criterion Oshima, Mexican horror, K. Kurosawa, Chabrol, Warner Archive not-really Noir and a healthy does of Chris Marker. We squeeze in amongst the reviews some Sales, many calendar updates, a new contest with a good prize! Enjoy!


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Psycho [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) Universal

Dark City (William Dieterle, 1950) - Olive Films

Appointment With Danger (Lewis Allen, 1951) - Olive Films

A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2009) - Sony Pictures

Green Zone (Paul Greengrass, 2010) - Universal Pictures

Green Zone [Blu-ray] (Paul Greengrass, 2010) - Universal Pictures

Union Station (Rudolph Mate, 1950) - Olive Films

The Good Guy (Julio DePietro, 2009) Lionsgate

The Brute (Luis Buñuel, 1953) R2 UK - Mr Bongo Films

Susana (Luis Buñuel, 1951) R2 UK - Mr Bongo Films

Crack in the World (Andrew Marton, 1965) - Olive Films

After.Life [Blu-ray] (Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, 2009) RB UK

Terribly Happy (Henrik Ruben Genz , 2010) - Oscilloscope Laboratories

Twilight Zone: Season One [Blu-ray] - Image Entertainment

Dr. Giggles/Otis (Horror Double Feature) [Blu-ray] - Warner Home Video

The Greatest [Blu-ray] (Shana Feste, 2009) - National Entertainment Media

"Tin Man" [Blu-ray] (2007) - Rhi Entertainment

Ip Man [Blu-ray] (Wilson Yip, 2008) Well Go USA

Meet the Parents [Blu-ray] (Jay Roach, 2000) - Universal

The Breakfast Club [Blu-ray] (John Hughes, 1985) Universal Studios

Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection (Thanks for the Memory / The Cat and the Canary / The Ghost Breakers / Nothing but the Truth / The Road to Morocco / The Paleface) - Universal Studios

Remember Me [Blu-ray] (Allen Coulter, 2010) - Summit Entertainment

Unthinkable [Blu-ray] (Gregor Jordan, 2010) - Sony Pictures

TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Desperate Journey / Edge of Darkness 1943 / Northern Pursuit / Uncertain Glory / Objective Burma) - Warner

The Cry of the Owl (Jamie Thraves, 2009) - Paramount

The Warlords [Blu-ray] (Peter Chan, 2010) - Magnolia

The Prowler [Blu-ray] (Joseph Zito, 1981) - Blue Underground

The Crazies [Blu-ray] (Breck Eisner, 2010) - Overture

What's Up, Doc? [Blu-ray] (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972) - Warner Home Video

Hamlet (Blu-ray Book) (Kenneth Branagh, 1996) - Warner Home Video

The Last Station (Michael Hoffman, 2009) Sony

The Last Station [Blu-ray] (Michael Hoffman, 2009) Sony

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray] (Chris Columbus, 2010) Fox 2000

Word Is Out (Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown + Rob Epstein, 1977) - Oscilloscope

A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009) - Sony Pictures Classics

Mother [Blu-ray] (Joon-Ho Bong, 2009) - Magnolia

Akira Kurosawa - The Samurai Collection - SEVEN SAMURAI (1954), THRONE OF BLOOD (1957), THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958), YOJIMBO (1961) + SANJURO (1962) - R2 UK BFI

Se7en [Blu-ray] (David Fincher, 1995) Region FREE UK Warner

Martin (George A. Romero, 1977) R2 UK - Arrow Video

Lion's Den (Pablo Trapero, 2008) R2 UK - Axiom Films

Inferno (Dario Argento, 1980) R2 UK - Arrow Video

The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977) R2 UK Axiom

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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  How you get a good idea - is to have lots of ideas - and how to get a disc to recommend? well, we must wade through a lot of mediocrity. Buried amongst the also-rans is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus which Leonard gives a thumbs skyward. Perhaps more notably is Haneke's The White Ribbon in glorious b+w 1080P. In the 1080 sense I probably enjoyed the great performances of The Messenger, Malkovich in Disgrace, the Mamet based conflicts of The Edge, the simple feel-good adolescence of The Karate Kid, the Canuck humor-based thriller of Bon Cop Bad Cop and the original Snake Plissken in the flawed Blu-ray of Escape From New York. Perhaps I was expecting more from Edge of Darkness - it wasn't that bad. How about Vampire TV?: True Blood Season Two. DVD-wise we find Eclipse 21: Oshima's Outlaw Sixties is a gem from the Godard of the East. As I didn't see any images of him in a giant Bumblebee costume - I may have to indulge in some of The Cantinflas Collection - I'm totally clueless and need the exposure. Imperfect images on the Icarus films Chris Marker works but Remembrance of Things to Come may be the gem. More gold from the Warner Archive with The Enchanted Cottage - a must see in any digital form.......


The White Ribbon BD - Something is wrong in the village. Some malevolent force, some rot in the foundation. This wrongness is first sensed in a series of incidental "accidents." Then the maiming of a child takes place. This forces the villagers, who all know one another, to look around more carefully. Is one of them guilty? How can that be? One person couldn't be responsible for all of these disturbing events. Have many been seized in an evil contagion? Blu-ray Release date: March 15th, 2010

The Heroic Ones BD - The Heroic Ones is an epic tale about loyalty and betrayal that was directed by Cheh Chang one of the Shaw Brothers most influential directors during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. His most notable films as a director include The One-Armed Swordsman, Golden Swallow, Crippled Avengers and Five Deadly Venoms. Visually The Heroic Ones perfectly combines melodrama with awe inspiring sword fights. This is an action film first and foremost with the film’s only weakness being that there are too many lead characters that never fully get time to blossom. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010


Edge of Darkness BD - The last time we saw Mel Gibson in a leading role, he was throwing cold water on alien invaders in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs.” Now after a hiatus spent burnishing his reputation as the world’s pre-eminent director of ultraviolent dead-language epics, he tries a return to movie-star form in “Edge of Darkness,” in which he plays a grieving dad trying to solve and avenge the death of his daughter. Blu-ray Release date: May 11th, 2010

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus BD - Parnassus has, for some while, been reduced to putting on a traveling carnival act with his daughter, a sarcastic but loyal dwarf (Verne Troyer) and a barely grown up former street urchin named Anton (Andrew Garfield). Anton hawks customers (of whom there are precious few) to walk through the Doctor's magic mirror for a voyage into a unique imagination - "Only one Imagination per customer, please" – where one's inmost self, for good or evil – their choice - is manifest. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010

The Mansion of Madness - Journalist Gaston (Arthur Hansel) travels to the isolated mental institution of Dr. Maillard (Claudio Brook) to do a story on his progressive treatment methods. The patients have the run of the place and are free to live out their neuroses. Soon Gaston learns from the real Maillard's daughter Eugenie that the man posing as him lead the inmates in a revolt against the staff. When they try to escape, they are captured. Can Gaston lead a revolt against the asylum's resident Napoleon before he and Eugenie are killed or swallowed up in madness themselves? Moctezuma's first of three memorable horror films, MANSION OF MADNESS is loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe's "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather" but its baroque visuals are very much in the spirit of Jodorowsky (whose EL TOPO Moctezuma produced) by way of the more makeshift surrealism of Fernando Arrabal (who scripted the Moctezuma-produced Jodorowsky film FANDO Y LIS). DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

Bright Future - Yuji Nimura (Joe Odagiri) dreams of the future when he's asleep. The future he dreams of may not be the real future in store for him, but it identifies his simplistic character and outlook on life. He works with Mamoru Arita at an oshibori (wet hand towels) plant. With youth on their side they bond as directionless semi-loners until the boss unusually befriends them one day. Mamoru bequeaths his pet jellyfish to Nimura before he commits a heinous crime. This jellyfish encapsulates the mystery of the film, its meaning and could easily have symbolic interpretations again relating to society. Mamoru's father, Shinichiro (Tatsuya Fuji), becomes the focus figure of the film and his friendly relationship with Nimura evolves. Palm Pictures DVD Release Date: March 8th, 2005

Merci Pour le Chocolat - Claude Chabrol's Merci Pour le Chocolat is a light confection with a tasty Isabelle Huppert performance at its center. Working from a 1948 recipe by a sometime scriptwriter for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Chabrol knocks off a witty psychological thriller—more gothic than noir. MK2 DVD Release Date: 22 May 2001

Edvard Munch - Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, the film also flashes back to the death from consumption of his mother, when he was five, his sister's death, and his near death at 13 from pulmonary disease. The film finds enduring significance in Munch's brief affair with "Mrs. Heiberg" and his participation in the society of anarchist Hans Jaeger in Christiania and later in Berlin with Strindberg. MoC DVD Release Date: October 22nd, 2007

Cello - Music teacher Mi-Ju is suddenly experiencing strange occurrences seemingly related to a car accident ten years before which killed friend/cellist rival. A mysterious audio cassette turns up with a recording made of the dead girl's musical performance, a disgruntled former student threatens her life, harassing text messages suggest that her current happiness will be short-lived, and her autistic daughter has started maturing biologically prematurely and the silent girl is mysteriously drawn to a cello in an antique shop window (I wonder who it belonged to). DVD Release Date: 25 July 2006

Natural City - R and Noma are out to retire a group of outmoded cyborg warriors looking for a way to extend their waning life-cycles. Noma thinks that R's relationship with Ria is effecting his job but little does he know that Ria is a cyborg and R is using their missions to harvest and sell AI chips to scientist Dr. Giro in order to find another body to house Ria's memories and the perfect match seems to be fortune teller Cyon (whose own father requested he be buried with the AI chip of his own cyborg lover) but another rogue cyborg Cyper is also after her to extend his own existence. DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2006

The Messenger BD - In his first leading role, Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will’s emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival. Blu-ray Release date: May 18th, 2010

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait BD - On one level, “Zidane” is a celebration of the body in motion and an acknowledgment of our pleasure in watching bodies in motion, a pleasure the movies have been cultivating since Muybridge’s 19th-century locomotion studies. (The history of cinema is, in a sense, also a history of the modern body.) The movie’s close-ups demonstrate that Zidane’s body is more spectacular than most, though, notably, he spends much of his time waiting and walking. The game unfolds in fits and starts, with none of mainstream narrative’s orchestrated rhythms. For soccer fans, the game is probably inherently suspenseful; for the rest of us, suspense arises from our hope (expectation, anticipation) that this body will cease waiting (like us) and starting moving (like a star). Blu-ray Release date: March 22nd, 2010

The Cantinflas Collection - Leonard has reviewed 7 of the 11 upcoming Sony DVDs with Mexican comedy icon "Cantinflas'. Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, aka “Cantinflas,” created a simple, universal character whose roundabout phrases and meaningless speeches confounded those around him, but delighted Spanish-speaking audiences for decades. See reviews of El Gendarme Desconocido, Los Tres Mosqueteros, El Circo, A Volar Joven, El Mago, Si Yo Fuera Diputado and El Señor Fotógrafo. DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

Remembrance of Things to Come - Both the title and the witty, urbane narration delivered by Alexandra Stewart are quintessential Chris Marker, yet this 42-minute essay (2001) about the work of photographer Denise Bellon is in fact a collaboration between Marker and Bellon's sister Yannick, a director in her own right who has been making films since 1947. Most of the Denise Bellon photography on-screen comes from France in the late 30s, and the sense of history is as sharp and inflected with literary irony as in Marker's other films. DVD Release Date: September 2nd, 2008

The Sixth Side of the Pentagon / The Embassy - The Sixth Side of the Pentagon, documents a landmark event of antiwar activism that actually occurred in one of the last countries you'd expect to see staging a leftist uprising: the United States. (All right, maybe it's harder to buy now in retrospect than it was at the time, but past and future coexist in the world of Marker's films, and thus we can expect my surprise to register pre-emptively; before I was born, even.) The Embassy resembles La Jetee both stylistically and thematically. The film presents a group of refugees who flee to an embassy after a coup d’état. The film's point-of-view is that of one of the refugees: a journalist with a Super 8 camera. DVD Release Date: September 2nd, 2008

Happiness / The Last Bolshevik - One of the last Soviet silent movies, rediscovered and restored by French cine-chameleon Chris Marker in 1971, Happiness proved an easily accessible counterpoint to the exotic obscurities of The Wishing Tree. For this rare and often hilarious example of socialist slapstick is likewise grounded in the seeming eccentricities of Russian folk culture; but on the less culturally specific dynamics of those hopes and dreams which forever sustain the exploited, and which may or may not flourish after the revolution. DVD Release Date: September 2nd, 2008

The Edge BD - Few movie spectacles are more satisfying than great performers playing deadly rivals, than natural-born antagonists going at it fang and claw, so to speak. "The Edge" has such a rivalry going, but it's not quite what you might expect. For though the movie is set up as a conflict between Anthony Hopkins' remote billionaire and Alec Baldwin's flashy fashion photographer, the battle that gives "The Edge" its power and excitement is the one between Hopkins and Bart the Bear, two consummate professionals who hold nothing back. Blu-ray Release date: May 11th, 2010

The Karate Kid BD - "The Karate Kid" was one of the nice surprises of 1984 -- an exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time. The friends come from different worlds. A kid named Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is a New Jersey teenager who moves with his mother to Los Angeles. An old guy named Miyagi (Pat Morita) is the Japanese janitor in their apartment building. When Daniel starts to date the former girlfriend of the toughest kid in the senior class, the kid starts pounding on Daniel's head on a regular basis. Daniel tries to fight back, but this is a Southern California kid, and so of course he has a black belt in karate. Enter Mr. Miyagi, who seems to be a harmless old eccentric with a curious hobby: He tries to catch flies with chopsticks. It turns out that Miyagi is a karate master, a student not only of karate fighting but of the total philosophy of the martial arts. He agrees to take Daniel as his student. Blu-ray Release date: May 11th, 2010

Brothers Five BD - Five brothers are separated after their father is murdered by a man named Long Zeng Feng. After the death of their father and with the five brothers in hiding Long Zeng Feng assumes control over the family’s martial arts academy known as Flying Dragon Villa. Several years later with the help of a close family friend named Yen Lai the five brothers regroup and plan their revenge against their fathers’ murderer. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010

The Ghost - On the surface yet another South Korean ghost story, and even the story looks like some new twist on "Memento Mori", but even so it is pretty creepy. Of course it depends on the viewer having a preference for these sort of films, as the horror very much is based on the ghosts, but they have hit a nerve and are exploiting style and form. Tartan DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2007

Killer McCoy - For years Mickey Rooney had portrayed Hollywood’s all-American teen, but at the age of 27 he was eager to move into grown-up dramatic roles. So he laced up the gloves as feisty boxer Tommy McCoy and scored a resounding box-office K.O. in the hard-hitting Killer McCoy. The story – a retelling of 1938’s The Crowd Roars – traces McCoy’s rise from slum kid to lightweight title contender. Along the way, he falls under the sway of a big-time gambler (Brian Donlevy), copes with his boozed-up pop (James Dunn) and finds forbidden romance with the gambler’s daughter (Ann Blyth). But will he take a dive in the big fight? Don’t expect Killer to be some everyday palooka. DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2009

Eclipse 21: Oshima's Outlaw Sixties - Often called the Godard of the East, Japanese director Nagisa Oshima was one of the most provocative film artists of the twentieth century, and his works challenged and shocked the cinematic world for decades. Following his rise to prominence at Shochiku, Oshima struck out to form his own production company, Sozo-sha, in the early sixties. That move ushered in the prolific period of his career that gave birth to the five films collected here. Unsurprisingly, this studio renegade was fascinated by stories of outsiders—serial killers, rabid hedonists, and stowaway misfits are just some of the social castoffs you’ll meet in these audacious, cerebral entries in the New Wave surge that made Japan a hub of truly daredevil moviemaking. DVD Release Date: May 18th, 2010

Institute Benjamenta BD - The Institute Benjamenta, the imaginary academy that is the setting of the Quay Brothers' first live-action feature film, is a decrepit training ground for butlers situated deep in a misty forest somewhere in central Europe. It is here that Jakob von Gunten (Mark Rylance), an aspiring butler, enrolls for instruction in "the divine duty of servants." Once ensconced, he joins less than a dozen other dedicated students in repeating the same absurd, monkish rituals over and over under the stern tutelage of the school's founder, Herr Benjamenta (Gottfried John), and his sister, Lisa (Alice Krige). Blu-ray Release date: May 17th, 2010

True Blood Season Two BD - Buffy for Adults continues with a second season of HBO's True Blood, based on the Sookie Stackhouse series of Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Created by Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under), the series is another successful attempt at re-inventing the vampire mythology. Blu-ray Release date: May 27th, 2010

Escape From L.A. BD - The man with the patch is back. Call him Snake. Kurt Russell rejoins filmmakers John Carpenter and Debra Hill to do to the Big Orange what they did to the Big Apple in Escape From New York – with even more futuristic thrills and slam-bang action! Into the 9.6-quaked Los Angeles of 2013 comes Snake Plissken (Russell). His job: wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device. Don't miss the excitement as Snake surfs Wilshire Blvd., shoots hoops at the Coliseum, dive bombs the Happy Kingdom theme park, and mixes it up with a wild assortment of friends, fiends and foes (Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, George Corraface, Cliff Robertson, Pam Grier and more). Blu-ray Release date: May 4th, 2010

Escape From New York BD - Escape from New York is a solidly satisfying actioner. Impressively produced for $7 million, it reps director John Carpenter's biggest budget to date. In the 1997 New York City neatly turned out (mostly in St Louis) by production designer Joe Alves, Manhattan is a walled, maximum security prison inhabited by millions of felons and loonies. The president of the US has the misfortune of crash landing on the island and being taken hostage by the crazies, who demand their release in exchange for the leader. Into this cesspool is sent tough criminal Kurt Russell, who is charged with extricating the prezy within 24 hours. Blu-ray Release Date: August 4th, 2008

9 Songs BD - What is a relationship, what is love between two people, and why isn’t it allowed to show to people in love having sex? Those were the questions which lead Michael Winterbottom to “9 Songs”, a love story told from a sexual point of view by two people making love. Told from the perspective of Matt (Kieran O'Brien), who is on an expedition to the Antarctic, it is his memory of his one year long love affair with Lisa (Margo Stilley), the memories of her presence, the sex, their intimate moments and of the music at a club. Palisades Tartan Blu-ray Release Date: May 18th, 2010

Bon Cop Bad Cop BD - A dead body is found draped over the joint "Welcome to Ontario/Bienvenue à Québec" sign. There are obvious jurisdictional issues in investigating this case between the Ontario Provincial Police and la Sûreté du Québec, but neither side really wants the case. Finally, they decide to work on it jointly, with the two officers assigned being straight-laced Martin Ward, the "bon cop", and rough and tumble David Bouchard, the "bad cop". Beyond the organizational and language differences, Ward and Bouchard have different working styles that clash with each other. Despite their differences, they quickly learn that they have to work together to achieve their end goal of finding the killer. Blu-ray Release date: March 9th, 2010

The Enchanted Cottage - After a crash disfigures his face and maims his body, pilot Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) hides from family and friends in a seaside cottage. There he befriends homely, gentle Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire). The two marry for companionship – until some rare magic within the cottage transforms them into ardent and beautiful lovers. Director John Cromwell’s delicate, achingly romantic film is based on Sir Arthur Wing Pinero’s play, written in a post-World War I era of broken men returning to families who could not recognize them. When history sadly repeated itself, World War II film audiences likewise embraced a story of the transcendent power of love. The film so moved Young that he named his own California home The Enchanted Cottage. DVD Release Date: March 9th, 2010

Girl Boss Guerilla - Leader of the Red Helmet Gang Sachiko (Miki Suigimoto of TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL) rides into Kyoto with her gang. They beat a competing girl gang lead by Nami (Reiko Ike) but then discover that the Tsutsui mob group want to make money from the gang's operations. Boxer Ichiro comes to their aid and in doing so runs afoul of the Tsutsui and is beaten. Sachiko and the gang escape to a hotel on the coast where Ichiro is training for a fight but the Tsutsui are hot in pursuit. As with TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL (part of the Girl Gang's sister series), beneath the exploitable elements there is an underlying theme of female competition being manipulated by corrupt males for their pleasure or gain - defeated Nami is just as resentful of the Tsutsui bid for control even though the group is led by her brother - and the final battle (whether against the men or the female villains) as a backlash against that corruption (here represented by the Yakuza, gynecologists, and priests). DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2006

Disgrace BD - In a landmark performance, Oscar nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, 1993) stars as Professor David Lurie, whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, DISGRACE stands out as a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope. Blu-ray Release date: April 27th, 2010

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar


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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

Dogora (Patrice Leconte, 2004) - Severin

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)
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

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

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



Week of May 17th, 2010


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

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

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

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 (BEAVER REVIEW)

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.


Week of May 24th, 2010


By Brakhage-An Anthology V02 - Criterion

By Brakhage-An Anthology V01 & 2 [Blu-ray] - Criterion

City of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] (Lucio Fulci, 1980) Blue Underground

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

Dear John [Blu-ray] (Lasse Hallstrom, 2010) Sony

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

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog [Blu-ray] (Joss Whedon, 2008) Mutant Enemy

Lion's Den (Pablo Trapero, 2008) R2 UK - Axiom Films

Owl and the Sparrow (Stephane Gauger, 2007) Image Entertainment

Pep Squad [Blu-ray] (Steve Balderson, 1998) Troma

The Road [Blu-ray] (John Hillcoat, 2009) Sony

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

Silver Lode (Allan Dwan, 1954) - VCI

Spartacus [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kubrick, 1960) Universal Studios

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) Criterion
[Blu-ray] (John Ford, 1939) Criterion

Still Walking (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2008) - R2 UK Drakes Avenue

Surf Nazis Must Die [Blu-ray] (Peter George, 1987) Troma Entertainment

Supersonic Man / War of the Robots - VCI

Tell-Tale [Blu-ray] (Michael Cuesta, 2009) Vivendi Entertainment

Tromeo and Juliet [Blu-ray] (Lloyd Kaufman, 1996) Troma

True Blood: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] - HBO Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Virginian - Complete First Season on 10 DVDs - Limited Edition Embossed Collector's Tin - Timeless Media Group

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