Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF August 15th, 2016

  This Week's Highlights

Shwmae An injury-plagued week with a lone Blu-ray review via BFI... of an essential Noir directed by Robert Siodmak. Our Calendar has new listings including films by William Friedkin, Vittorio De Sica, Nicolas Roeg, Joseph Pevney, Fred Zinnemann, Charles Vidor, Toshiaki Toyoda, Don Siegel,Takeshi Kitano, Ettore Scola, Abel Ferrara and more. Feature Blu-ray and DVD is posted for AUGUST. We have a CONTEST posted with a Blu-ray prize of 11.22.63 - The Complete Series. Enjoy!

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To Live and Die in L.A. [Blu-ray] (William Friedkin, 1985) Arrow Video UK

Two Women (La Ciociara) [Blu-ray] (Vittorio De Sica, 1960) RB UK Cult Films

The Man Who Fell to Earth [Blu-ray] (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) RB UK Studiocanal
The Man Who Fell to Earth - 40th Anniversary Edition [
Blu-ray] (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) RB UK Studiocanal

X-Men: Apocalypse [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray] - 20th Century Fox

The Jungle Book [Blu-ray] (Jon Favreau, 2016) Walt Disney Studios

The Night of the Grizzly (Olive Signature) [Blu-ray] (Joseph Pevney, 1966) Olive Films

The Quiet Man (Olive Signature) [Blu-ray] (Fred Zinnemann, 1952) Olive Films

Love Me or Leave Me [Blu-ray] (Charles Vidor, 1955) Warner Archive
Patterns [Blu-ray] (Fielder Cook, 1956) Film Detective
Boiling Point [Blu-ray] (Takeshi Kitano, 1990) Film Movement

Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years (Pornostar, Unchain, 9 Souls) Limited Edition [Blu-ray] - RB UK Third Window Films

Clint Eastwood: 4-Movie Thriller Collection (Coogan’s Bluff, The Eiger Sanction, Play Misty for Me, The Beguiled) [Blu-ray] (Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, 1968-1975) Universal Studios

Gregory Peck Centennial Collection [Blu-ray] Universal Studios

Private Property [Blu-ray] (Leslie Stevens, 1960) Cinelicious Pics

Violent Cop [Blu-ray] (Takeshi Kitano, 1989) Film Movement
Hamburger Hill [
Blu-ray] (John Irvin, 1987) Lionsgate
Waxwork / Waxwork II: Lost in Time [
Blu-ray] (Anthony Hickox, 1988-1992) Lionsgate
Captain Fantastic [Blu-ray] (Matt Ross, 2016) Universal Studios

A Special Day [Blu-ray] (Ettore Scola, 1977) RB UK Cult Films

The Initiation [Blu-ray] (Larry Stewart, 1984) Arrow Video U

The Howling II [Blu-ray] (Philippe Mora, 1985) Arrow Video U

The Driller Killer [Blu-ray] (Abel Ferrara, 1979) Arrow Video UK

The Driller Killer (Steelbook) [Blu-ray] (Abel Ferrara, 1979) Arrow Video UK

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collector's Edition [Blu-ray 3D] - R0 UK

The World at War: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] RB UK Network

Glengarry Glen Ross [Blu-ray] (James Foley, 1992) Lionsgate

The Lion In Winter [Blu-ray] (Anthony Harvey, 1968) RB UK Studiocanal

The Return of Dracula [Blu-ray] (Paul Landres, 1958) Olive Films

Two Films by Douglas Sirk [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1946-1947) Cohen Media

Rabid [Blu-ray] (David Cronenberg, 1977) Shout! Factory

To Live and Die in L.A. [Blu-ray] (William Friedkin, 1985) Shout! Factory

Kes [Blu-ray] (Ken Loach, 1969) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Dead Ringers [Blu-ray] (David Cronenberg, 1988) Shout! Factory

The Iron Curtain [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1948) RB UK Signal One

Man Hunt [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1941) RB UK Signal One

Napoleon [Blu-ray] (Abel Gance, 1927) RB UK BFI

Odds Against Tomorrow [Blu-ray] (Robert Wise, 1959) RB UK BFI

The Tree of Wooden Clogs [Blu-ray] (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) Criterion Collection

The Executioner [Blu-ray] (Luis García Berlanga, 1963) Criterion Collection

Boyhood [Blu-ray] (Richard Linklater, 2014) Criterion Collection

Short Cuts [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1993) Criterion Collection

Pan’s Labyrinth [Blu-ray] (Guillermo del Toro, 2006) Criterion Collection

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro [Blu-ray] (Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth) Criterion Collection



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Slowest week of the year but I, of course, loved seeing Siodmak's Noir gem Cry of the City on Blu-ray (and hearing Alfred Newman's score in lossless) from BFI. On DVD Gregory exposes another Spanish SD treatment of an essential Noir with Gambling House while Eric covered The documentary/comedy Mad Tiger, the Indian drama Parched and the documentary about the life of award-winning Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly entitled Women He's Undressed.

“You're not strong or weak enough.”.- Edna Tucker (Marie Windsor) in Force of Evil (1948)

Have a fabulous week!


Cry of the City BD - Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting. The familiar '30s theme (cop and criminal sharing the same deprived background in New York's Little Italy) acquires an almost metaphysical ring in being displaced by what turns into a literal cry of the city as the wounded gangster (Conte, terrific) goes on the run for the last few hours of his life, leaving behind him a dark trail of murder, pain and betrayal. BFI Blu-ray Release Date: August 22nd, 2016

Gambling House - Gambling House is a low-key remake of the 1943 Cary Grant vehicle Mr. Lucky. Victor Mature stars as Marc Fury, a foreign-born gambler who is currently facing deportation. Always looking out for Number One, Fury seeks out a legal loophole so he can sidestep naturalization--and, incidentally, avoid paying his income tax. His civic responsibilities awakened by pretty social worker Lynn Warren (Terry Moore), Fury does an 180-degree turnaround, going so far as to shake down underworld kingpin Joe Farrow (William Bendix) for $50,000, which he promptly donates to a patriotic organization headed by Warren. A surprisingly melodramatic finale caps this easy-to-take yarn. DVD Release Date: July 20th, 2011

Mad Tiger - New York-based Japanese "crayola rock" band Peelander-Z trade on the idea of Japanese pop culture as bizarre to foreigners and consider being called "stupid" to be a compliment. For twelve years, lead singer Peelander-Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and bassist Peelander-Red (Kotaro Tsukada) have been the center of the group - which at the time also included drummer Green (Akihiko "Cherry" Naruse) and keyboardist Pink (Yumiko Kanazaki) - with such hits as "Mad Tiger" and "Ninja High School" when Red suddenly announced that the upcoming tour and its New York venue would be his last. DVD Release Date: July 5th, 2016

Parched - Leena Yadav directs this emotional drama centering around four women in a rural Indian village who disregard the cultural traditions that limit their rights. Parched world premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. DVD Release Date: August 9th, 2016

Women He's Undressed - A documentary about the life of award-winning Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won multiple Academy Awards for his work on such classics as An American in Paris and Some Like It Hot. DVD Release Date: August 9th, 2016

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

August 15th, 2016


The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension [Blu-ray] (W.D. Richter, 1984) Shout! Factory

American Ninja [Blu-ray] (Sam Firstenberg, 1985) Olive Films
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation
[Blu-ray] (Sam Firstenberg, 1987) Olive Films
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt
[Blu-ray] (Cedric Sundstrom, 1989) Olive Films
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation
[Blu-ray] (Sam Firstenberg, 1990) Olive Films

Beethoven [Blu-ray] (Brian Levant, 1992) Universal

The 'Burbs [Blu-ray] (Joe Dante, 1989) Universal

Conversation Piece [Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1974) RB UK Masters of Cinema

The Dream Team [Blu-ray] (Howard Zieff, 1989) Universal

Drop Dead Fred [Blu-ray] (Ate de Jong, 1991) RB UK Final Cut

The Early Works - Love Is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, shorts [Blu-ray] (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969)  RB UK Arrow

Eleni [Blu-ray] (Peter Yates, 1985) Kino Lorber

Elvis [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1979) Shout! Factory

The Great Outdoors [Blu-ray] (Howard Deutch, 1988) Universal

The In-Laws [Blu-ray] (Arthur Hiller, 1979) RB Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words [Blu-ray] (Stig Björkman, 2015) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Jane Got a Gun [Blu-ray] (Gavin O'Connor, 2015) RB UK Lionsgate

Lake Nowhere [Blu-ray] (Christopher Phelps, Maxim Van Scoy, 2014) Brink

Louder Than Bombs [Blu-ray] (Joachim Trier, 2015) RB UK Soda Pictures

The Long, Dark Hall (Reginald Beck, Anthony Bushell, 1951) R2 UK Network

Man in the Wilderness [Blu-ray] (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971) Warner Archive

Men & Chicken [Blu-ray] (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2015) RB UK Arrow Films

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray] (Wayne Berwick, 1983) Arrow US

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray] (Wayne Berwick, 1983) RB UK Arrow

The Money Pit [Blu-ray] (Richard Benjamin, 1986) Universal

Patch Adams [Blu-ray] (Tom Shadyac, 1998) Universal

The Pride and the Passion [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kramer, 1957) Olive Films

Saved! [Blu-ray] (Brian Dannelly, 2004) Olive Films
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Harold Young, 1934) R2 UK Network

Session 9 [Blu-ray] (Brad Anderson, 2001) Shout! Factory

The Shop on the High Street (Shop on Main Street) [Blu-ray] (Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos, 1965) Region FREE UK Second Run

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon [Blu-ray] (Otto Preminger, 1970) Olive Films

The Wave [Blu-ray] (Roar Uthaug, 2015) RB UK Studiocanal

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? [Blu-ray] (Curtis Harrington, 1971) Kino Lorber

Wild in the Streets [Blu-ray] (Barry Shear, 1968) Olive Films


August 22nd, 2016


3 Bad Men [Blu-ray] (John Ford, 1926) Kino Lorber (BEAVER REVIEW)

American Dreamer [Blu-ray] (Rick Rosenthal, 1984) Kino Lorber

The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray] (Duccio Tessari, 1971) Arrow US

The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray] (Duccio Tessari, 1971) RB UK Arrow

Der Bunker [Blu-ray] (Nikias Chryssos, 2015) Artsploitation

Chandu the Magician [Blu-ray] (William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel, 1932) Kino Lorber
City on Fire
Blu-ray] (Alvin Rakoff, 1979) Scorpion Releasing / Kino

Cry of the City [Blu-ray] (Robert Siodmak, 1948) RB UK BFI (BEAVER REVIEW)
Don't Look Back [
Blu-ray] (D. A. Pennebaker, 1967) RB Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1922) - Kino

The Duel [Blu-ray] (Kieran Darcy-Smith, 2016) Lionsgate

Early Murnau - Five Films [Blu-ray] (Schloß Vogelöd, Phantom, Der Letzte Mann, The Grand Duke's Finances, Tartuffe - F.W. Murnau) RB UK Masters of Cinema

The Glass Shield [Blu-ray] (Charles Burnett, 1994) RB UK BFI

Kidnapped (Delbert Mann, 1971) R2 UK Network

Knight of Cups [Blu-ray] (Terrence Malick, 2015) RB UK Studio Canal

Midnight Run [Blu-ray] (Martin Brest, 1988) Shout! Factory

Modesty Blaise [Blu-ray] (Joseph Losey, 1966) Kino Lorber
Psycho IV: The Beginning [
Blu-ray] (Mick Garris, 1990) Shout! Factory

Roots (2016) (TV Mini-Series) [Blu-ray] - Lionsgate

The Spiders [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1922) Kino

Stalker [Blu-ray] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979) RB UK Curzons / Artificial Eye (BEAVER REVIEW)

Sweet Bean [Blu-ray] (Naomi Kawase, 2015) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Sweet Charity [Blu-ray] (Bob Fosse, 1969) - RB FR Elysees 

A Taste of Honey [Blu-ray] (Tony Richardson, 1961) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Women in Love [Blu-ray] (Ken Russell, 1969) RB UK BFI

Woman in the Dunes [Blu-ray] (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)


August 29th, 2016


Almodóvar Collection [Blu-ray] (What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Dark Habits, Flower of My Secrets, Kika, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) RB UK Studiocanal

Barbarosa [Blu-ray] (Fred Schepisi, 1982) Scorpion Releasing / Kino

Between Heaven and Hell [Blu-ray] (Richard Fleischer, 1956) RB UK Signal One

Chimes at Midnight [Blu-ray] (Orson Welles, 1965) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Commitments [Blu-ray] (Alan Parker, 1991) Image Entertainment

Destiny [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1921) Kino

Disco Godfather [Blu-ray] (J. Robert Wagoner, 1979) Vinegar Syndrome
Evils of the Night 
Blu-ray] (Mardi Rustam, 1985) Vinegar Syndrome

Eyewitness [Blu-ray] (Peter Yates, 1981) RB UK Signal One

Hangmen Also Die! [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1943)  RB UK Arrow

The Immortal Story [Blu-ray] (Orson Welles, 1968) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Jungle Book [Blu-ray] (Jon Favreau, 2016) Walt Disney Studios

Lady in White [Blu-ray] (Frank LaLoggia, 1988) Shout! Factory

Narcos - Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2015) RB UK Arrow

The Night Manager (complete series) (Susanne Bier, 2016) [Blu-ray] Sony

People of the Mountains (Emberek a havason) (István Szöts, 1942) R2 UK Second Run

The Shape of Things to Come [Blu-ray] (George McCowan, 1979) Blue Underground

Sid & Nancy [Blu-ray] (Alex Cox, 1986) RB UK Studiocanal

Taboo [Blu-ray] (Kirdy Stevens, 1980) Vinegar Syndrome

What Happened, Miss Simone? [Blu-ray]+CD (Liz Garbus, 2015) Eagle Vision


September 5th, 2016


American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson [Blu-ray] (Ryan Murphy, Anthony Hemingway, John Singleton, 2016) 20th Century Fox

August Winds [Blu-ray] (Gabriel Mascaro, 2014) Kino Lorber

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [Blu-ray] (Russ Meyer, 1970) RB UK Arrow Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown [Blu-ray] (Bill Melendez, 1969) CBS/Paramount

California [Blu-ray] (John Farrow, 1947) RB DE Koch Media

Captain America: Civil War [Blu-ray] (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2016) RB UK Walt Disney Studios

Captain America: Civil War 3-D [Blu-ray] (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2016) RB UK Walt Disney Studios

Cat People [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tourneur, 1942) RB Criterion UK

Daddy Long Legs [Blu-ray] (Jean Negulesco, 1955) Kino Lorber

The Flash: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - Warner

The Funeral [Blu-ray] (Abel Ferrara, 1996) RB FR Blaq Out

Grandview, U.S.A. [Blu-ray] (Randal Kleiser, 1984) Kino Lorber

Hardcore Henry Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Ilya Naishuller, 2015) RB DE Capelight Pictures
Hardcore Henry MediaBook
Blu-ray] (Ilya Naishuller, 2015) RB DE Capelight Pictures

Hammer Films Double Feature - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll / The Gorgon [Blu-ray] (Terence Fisher, 1960-1964) Mill Creek Entertainment
Hammer Films Double Feature - The Revenge of Frankenstein / The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
Blu-ray] (Terence Fisher, Michael Carreras, 1958-1964) Mill Creek Entertainment

The Importance of Being Earnest [Blu-ray] (Anthony Asquith, 1952) RB UK Network

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition [Blu-ray] (Brad Bird, 1999) Warner Home Video
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [
Blu-ray] (Brad Bird, 1999) Warner Home Video

Love & Friendship [Blu-ray] (Whit Stillman, 2016) Sony Pictures

Money Monster [Blu-ray] (Jodie Foster, 2016) Sony Pictures
My Bodyguard [
Blu-ray] (Tony Bill, 1980) Kino Lorber
Neon Bull [
] (Gabriel Mascaro, 2015) Kino Lorber

Night Train to Munich [Blu-ray] (Carol Reed, 1940) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Nina [Blu-ray] (Cynthia Mort, 2016) Image Entertainment

Once Were Warriors [Blu-ray] (Lee Tamahori, 1994) Film Movement

The Other [Blu-ray] (Robert Mulligan, 1972) RB FR Wild Side Video

Road House [Blu-ray] (Rowdy Herrington, 1989) Shout! Factory

The Samurai Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Musashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Duel at Ganryu Island) RB Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW) (BEAVER REVIEW) (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Seven Minutes (Russ Meyer, 1971) R2 UK Arrow Video

Snoopy, Come Home [Blu-ray] (Bill Melendez, 1972) CBS/Paramount

Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection [Blu-ray] - Star Trek: The Original Series + 6 Movies (1966-1991) Paramount

Suburra [Blu-ray] (Stefano Sollima, 2015) RB UK Kaleidoscope

Tale of Tales [Blu-ray] (Matteo Garrone, 2015) Shout! Factory

The Witness [Blu-ray] (James D. Solomon, 2015) FilmRise

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