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OF August 19th, 2013

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Young at Heart [Blu-ray] (Gordon Douglas, 1954) Olive Films

Assault On Precinct 13 (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 2005) Shout! Factory

Sophie's Choice [Blu-ray] (Alan J. Pakula, 1982) Shout! Factory

Tank Girl (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (Rachel Talalay, 1995) Shout! Factory

An American Hippie In Israel [Blu-ray] (Amos Sefer, 1972) Grindhouse Releasing

Bang Bang You're Dead [Blu-ray] (Don Sharp, 1966) Olive Films

The Horror Show [Blu-ray] (James Isaac, 1989) Shout! Factory

The Bamboo Saucer [Blu-ray] (Frank Telford, 1968) Olive Films

Cry Danger [Blu-ray] (Robert Parrish, 1951) Olive Films

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (Robert Stevenson, 1964) Disney

Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway [Blu-ray] (Kevin Tenney, 1993) Olive Films

Gun Crazy [Blu-ray] (Joseph H. Lewis, 1950) RB Warner France

Curse of the Demon [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tourneur, 1957) RB FR Wild Side Video

Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray] (J.J. Abrams, 2013) Paramount

Serpico [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) Paramount

World War Z [Blu-ray] (Marc Forster, 2013) Paramount

Beauty of the Devil [Blu-ray] (René Clair, 1950) Cohen Group

The White Dove (Holubice) / Josef Kilián (Postava k podpírání) - Two-film Special Edition - R2 UK Second Run

The Iceman [Blu-ray] (Ariel Vromen, 2012) Millennium

Body Bags [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, 1993) Shout! Factory

Night of the Comet [Blu-ray] (Thom E. Eberhardt, 1984) Shout! Factory

Porco Rosso [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992) RB UK Studiocanal

Carry on Screaming! [Blu-ray] (Gerald Thomas, 1966) RB UK Studiocanal

The Witches [Blu-ray] (Cyril Frankel, 1966) RB UK Studiocanal

The Remains of the Day [Blu-ray] (James Ivory, 1993) RB UK Sony

Eve of Destruction [Blu-ray] (Duncan Gibbins, 1991) Shout! Factory

The Conspiracy [Blu-ray] (Christopher MacBride, 2012) Anderson Merchandise

Cult Horror Classics Double Feature [Blu-ray] (Re-Animator / The Hills Have Eyes) [Blu-ray] Image Entertainment (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)

My Name Is Nobody [Blu-ray] (Tonino Valerii, 1973) Image Entertainment

Shack Out on 101 [Blu-ray] (Edward Dein, 1955) Olive Films

Ambush at Cimarron Pass [Blu-ray] (Jodie Copelan, 1958) Olive Films

The Fury [Blu-ray] (Brian De Palma, 1978) RB UK Arrow Video

The Medusa Touch [Blu-ray] (Jack Gold, 1978) Henstooth Video

The Night of the Hunter [Blu-ray] (Charles Laughton, 1955) RB UK Arrow Academy

Creepshow [Blu-ray] (George A. Romero, 1982) RB UK Second Sight

From Here to Eternity [Blu-ray] (Fred Zinnemann 1953) Sony

This Is The End [Blu-ray] (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, 2013) Sony

The Frozen Ground [Blu-ray] (Scott Walker, 2013) Lions Gate

Bob and the Monster [Blu-ray] (Keirda Bahruth, 2011) R1

Schalcken the Painter [Blu-ray] (Leslie Megahey, 1979) RB UK BFI

Dead in Tombstone [Blu-ray] (Roel Reine, 2013) MCA

The Last House on the Left [Blu-ray] (Dennis Iliadis, 2009) Universal Studios

The Big Combo [Blu-ray] (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955) Olive Films

James Dean - Ultimate Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden) Region FREE UK Warner Home Video

Eric Rohmer Blu-ray Collection Boxset [Blu-ray] - RB FR Filmedia

The Sweet Hereafter [Blu-ray] (Atom Egoyan, 1997) RB UK Artificial Eye



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): An easy number one choice for me this week - Criterion Blu-ray of Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata - a brilliant and unforgettable film coupled with a stacked package of extras. Arrow Films have added much value to their Blu-ray of Roger Corman's The Fall of the House of Usher is likewise, a worthy keeper. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a solid, noir-leaning, Cagney effort and the bare-bones Olive Blu-ray provides a solid 1080P presentation. Despite only offering the English DUB, Kino's Blu-ray of Mario Bava's Five Dolls for an August Moon offers a substantial image superiority and a fabulous new commentary by Tim Lucas. I've always liked Only the Valiant - a Gregory Peck western that gives an immeasurably better transfer than the previous DVD. Walter Hill's The Driver has some homage suffused within and its another example of his tough-as-nails cinema. The Iceman is a dark biographical crime drama that is fairly unappealing visually but the story has something to offer. I don't think there are any Danny Kaye films that I dislike and Knock on Wood is more of his brand of good fun. The imperfect Olive Blu-ray still has solid value. I saw something in the thriller The Unseen although many wouldn't agree. I'm afraid The House of Seven Corpses is just such a sloppy mish-mash that nothing could save it - and there seems to be color issues with Flat Top - and I reject them both. On DVD Eric covered the interesting-sounding Laserblast - a late 70's sci-fi dud, as well s the modern horror An American Ghost Story and another of that genre from the mid 80s, The Initiation. Look after yourselves!...


An American Ghost Story - Paul Anderson (Stephen Twardokus) and his girlfriend Stella (Liesel Kopp) move into a house that is well known for being haunted. Paul, a struggling writer plans to write his first novel about his experiences with the paranormal. What starts out as a fun and exciting adventure, soon takes a very dangerous turn. They quickly realize some things are better left alone, and what you can't see, can hurt you. DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2013

The Initiation - Like any blossoming all-American gal, Kelly is looking forward to her sorority initiation with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. And she s got every reason to be anxious considering the prank her sorority sisters have tasked her with a late-night break-in of her father s department store. At first, it seems pretty straightforward and everything goes to plan, but once inside the labyrinthian mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges finds themselves locked in, and they re not alone... Who is the stranger stalking Kelly and her randy teen friends through the department s stores shadowy corridors? And how is this unseen assailant connected with Kelly s terrible recurring nightmares of a man burning in agony....? DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2013

Autumn Sonata BD - A stunning union of two of Sweden’s national treasures, Autumn Sonata pairs Ingmar Bergman with Ingrid Bergman for their only joint effort. Ingrid plays a mother who, after forsaking her family for a music career, attempts a reconciliation with her oldest daughter (Liv Ullmann) through a night of painful revelation. Sven Nykvist contributes glorious Eastmancolor cinematography to this quietly beautiful story of forgiveness. Blu-ray Release Date: September 17th, 2013

Five Dolls for an August Moon BD - Industrialist George Stark (Teodoro Corra) invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell (William Berger) who has invented a new chemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of the potential investors goes behind each other's back, fear and mistrust grow, particularly once the guests begin turning up dead. Blu-ray Release Date: September 3rd, 2013

Flat Top BD - Sterling Hayden (Johnny Guitar) plays the steel-nerved Commander Dan Collier who trains Navy Carrier Pilots during the Second World War while battling the kind Lieutenant, Joe Rodgers (Richard Carlson, Retreat, Hell!), who is more concerned with being popular with his men than being their actual leader. In the tradition of Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High - Flat Top deals with various psychological and personal conflicts that pilots face as they move toward the thick of the battle. The film employed actual newsreel footage and the effective usage added realism to the picture. This action-packed WWII classic was directed by Lesley Selander (Fighter Attack) and features wonderful performances by William Phipps, John Bromfield, Keith Larson and William Schallert as the young pilots. Editor William Austin (Wichita) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing. Blu-ray Release Date: August 27th, 2013

Only the Valiant BD - In this surprisingly astringent frontier tale, the Fordian motif of the stern commander gradually winning the respect of a motley Cavalry troop (boozy Irishman Bond among them) almost elides into the anti-authoritarian dynamic of The Dirty Dozen. When a vital fort guarding a mountain pass is threatened by gathering Indians, Peck's stone-faced captain picks the most disposable bunch of malcontents and psychos to hold out until reinforcements arrive, whereupon various personal animosities bring them closer to killing him than the enemy. Blu-ray Release Date: August 27th, 2013

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye BD - Right after the success of White Heat, James Cagney established his own company to tell the story of Ralph Cotter. While not as solid as the previous film, this is still a worthy entry in film noir genre and Cagney shines in the role of this other public enemy. Film starts with a trial on eight individuals who are complicit in a murder and then goes back in time where Cotter escaped from prison and ruthlessly killed his cellmate. The story continues then with crooked cops, double-crossing thugs, easy dames, sleazy lawyers and number of other characters that make those crime dramas of 1950's so wonderful. And of cause, James Cagney is on top of the world. Almost. Blu-ray Release Date: August 27th, 2013

The Iceman BD - Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession. Blu-ray Release date: September 3rd, 2013

Knock on Wood BD - The film casts Danny Kaye as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in Europe. In a parody of the 1946 thriller Dead of Night, Kaye is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. His manager and best friend (David Burns) orders him to see a famous psychiatrist in Zurich. What follows is a zany adventure involving secret weapons, international spies and the beautiful Mai Zetterling. This classic Danny Kaye comedy was written, produced and directed by the great team of Norman Panama and Melvin Frank (The Court Jester). Blu-ray Release Date: August 20th, 2013

The House of Seven Corpses BD - "Eight graves! Seven bodies!" screamed the ads, "One killer... and he's already dead!" Hollywood legends John Ireland (RED RIVER, SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS), John Carradine (THE GRAPES OF WRATH, VAMPIRE HOOKERS) and Howard Hughes' paramour Faith Domergue (CULT OF THE COBRA, THIS ISLAND EARTH) star this much-loved `70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor - actually the former Utah Governor's Mansion - with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. From its notoriously gruesome opening to the creepy zombie-attack climax, revisit the old-school favorite that Bloody Disgusting hails as "a classic Saturday afternoon `Creature Feature' scare" as you've never seen it before, now transferred in HD from original vault materials and featuring an exclusive archive interview with the legendary horror icon Carradine and a revealing new audio commentary. Blu-ray Release date: August 13th, 2013

Laserblast - A Sci-Fi classic! A desert exploration leads to an explosive discovery for Billy - his own personal laser gun. Each time he fires the laser, he begins to mutate, into an alien. Billy terrorizes the town, but it's only a matter of time before the aliens return to reclaim their weapon, and his life. With Roddy McDowall and Keenan Wynn. DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2013

The Unseen BD - Reporter Jennifer (Barbara Bach) and her crew (Karen Lamm, Lois Young) arrive in the Danish-influenced town of Solvang, California, to conduct interviews at the annual festival and find that their reservations have been lost. They meet eccentric museum owner Ernest Keller (Sydney Lassick) who invites them to stay at his creepy gothic home outside the town. Little do they know (and they are the only ones who don't) that they are being watched by the unseen of the title through the floor gratings and dark corners of the house. Blu-ray Release Date: August 20th, 2013

The Driver BD - An audacious, skillful film noir by Walter Hill, so highly stylized that it's guaranteed to alienate 90 percent of its audience. There's no realism, no psychology, and very little plot in Hill's story of a deadly game between a professional getaway driver (Ryan O'Neal) and a detective obsessed with catching him (Bruce Dern). There is, however, a great deal of technically sophisticated and very imaginative filmmaking. The cross-references here are Howard Hawks, Robert Bresson, and Jean-Pierre Melville: a strange, heady, and quite effective range of influences. Blu-ray Release Date: August, 2013

The Fall of the House of Usher BD - When exploitation maestro Roger Corman decided to raise his game by hiring Vincent Price to star in an adaptation of a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, he set in train a series of Poe adaptations that would redefine American horror cinema. When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) visits his fiancée Madeleine Usher (Myrna Fahey) in her crumbling family mansion, her brother Roderick (Price) tries to talk him out of the wedding, explaining that the Usher family is cursed and that extending its bloodline will only prolong the agony. Madeleine wants to elope with Philip, but neither of them can predict what ruthless lengths Roderick will go to in order to keep them apart. Richard Matheson's intelligent, literate script is enhanced by Floyd Crosby's stylish widescreen cinematography, but it's Vincent Price's anguished conviction in one of his signature roles that makes the film so chillingly memorable over half a century on. Blu-ray Release date: August 26th, 2013

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

August 19th, 2013


The Adventures of Prince Achmed [Blu-ray] (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) RB UK BFI

Amour [Blu-ray] (Michael Haneke, 2012) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

An American Ghost Story (Derek Cole, 2012) Breaking Glass (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Awful Dr. Orlof [Blu-ray] (Jesús Franco, 1962) Redemption

Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 1 [Blu-ray] - Olive (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Big City [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1963) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963) Criterion Collection

Castle Freak [Blu-ray] (Stuart Gordon, 1995) Full Moon Pictures (BEAVER REVIEW)

Charulata [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1964) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964) Criterion Collection

Death Hunt [Blu-ray] (Peter R. Hunt, 1981) Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)

Deranged [Blu-ray] (Jeff Gillen, 1974) RB UK Arrow (BEAVER REVIEW)

Knock on Wood [Blu-ray] (Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, 1954) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

My Favorite Spy [Blu-ray] (Norman Z. McLeod, 1951) Olive Films

Nightmares Come at Night [Blu-ray] (Jess Franco, 1970) Redemption

No Place on Earth [Blu-ray] (Janet Tobias, 2012) Magnolia

Off Limits [Blu-ray] (George Marshall, 1953) Olive Films

On the Double [Blu-ray] (Melville Shavelson, 1961) Olive Films

Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas, 2012) Strand Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Tarnished Angels [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1958) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Unseen [Blu-ray] (Danny Steinmann, 1980) Scorpion Releasing (BEAVER REVIEW)

A Virgin Among The Living Dead [Blu-ray] (Jess Franco, 1973) Redemption



August 26th, 2013


And Then There Were None [Blu-ray] (René Clair, 1945) VCI

The Brides of Dracula [Blu-ray] (Terence Fisher, 1960) RB UK Final Cut Entertainment

Calendar [Blu-ray] (Atom Egoyan, 1993) RB UK Artificial Eye

Charulata [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1964) RB UK Artificial Eye

Convoy [Blu-ray] (Sam Peckinpah, 1978) RB UK Studiocanal

The Coward (Kapurush) [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1965) RB UK Artificial Eye

Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (Love Is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Gods of the Plague, The American Soldier, Beware of a Holy Whore) Criterion Collection

The Evil of Frankenstein [Blu-ray] (Freddie Francis, 1964) RB UK Final Cut Entertainment

Exotica [Blu-ray] (Atom Egoyan, 1994) RB UK Artificial Eye

The Fall of the House of Usher [Blu-ray] (Roger Corman, 1960) RB UK Arrow (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Fall of the House of Usher [Blu-ray] SteelBook (Roger Corman, 1960) RB UK Arrow (BEAVER REVIEW)

Flat Top [Blu-ray] (Lesley Selander, 1952) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Great Gatsby [Blu-ray] (Baz Luhrmann, 2013) Warner Home Video

Hanging For Django (Una lunga fila di croci) [Blu-ray] (Sergio Garrone, 1969) Raro Video USA

A Hijacking [Blu-ray] (Tobias Lindholm, 2012) RB UK Arrow

In the Fog [Blu-ray] (Sergei Loznitsa, 2012) RB UK New Wave Films

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye [Blu-ray] (Gordon Douglas, 1950) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Land of Hope [Blu-ray] (Shion Song, 2012) RB UK Third Window Films

Only the Valiant [Blu-ray] (Gordon Douglas, 1951) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Prime Suspect [Blu-ray] (Christopher Menaul, John Strickland etc. 1991-2006) (BEAVER REVIEW)

Simon Killer [Blu-ray] (Antonio Campos, 2012) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Something in the Air [Blu-ray] (Olivier Assayas, 2012) RB UK Artificial Eye

Time Bandits [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 1981) RB UK Arrow

Time Bandits Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 1981) RB UK Arrow

To Be or Not to Be [Blu-ray] (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) Criterion Collection


September 2nd, 2013


5 Dolls for an August Moon [Blu-ray] (Mario Bava, 1970) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Audrey Hepburn Collection [Blu-ray] R0 UK Paramount

Cult Horror Classics Double Feature [Blu-ray] (Re-Animator / The Hills Have Eyes) Image Entertainment (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)

The English Teacher [Blu-ray] (Craig Zisk, 2013) Cinedigm

From Up on Poppy Hill [Blu-ray] (Goro Miyazaki, 2011) Cinedigm

The Iceman [Blu-ray] (Ariel Vromen, 2012) Millennium (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Little Mermaid [Blu-ray] (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989) RB UK Walt Disney Studios

Marnie [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)



September 9th, 2013


An American Hippie In Israel [Blu-ray] (Amos Sefer, 1972) Grindhouse Releasing

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 1970) VCI

La Cage aux Folles [Blu-ray (Edouard Molinaro, 1978) - Criterion Collection

La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, 1978) - Criterion Collection

The Conspiracy [Blu-ray] (Christopher MacBride, 2012) Anderson Merchandise

Eyes of the Spider / Serpent's Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) - R2 UK Third Window Films

The House of Seven Corpses [Blu-ray] (Paul Harrison, 1974) Severin Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

House On Straw Hill [Blu-ray] (James Kenelm Clarke. 1976) Severin Films

Ikarie XB-1 aka Voyage to the End of the Universe (Jindrich Polák, 1963) R2 UK Second Run

Jennifer Eight [Blu-ray] (Bruce Robinson, 1992) Paramount

Mahapurush: The Holy Man [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1965) RB UK Artificial Eye

Marathon Man [Blu-ray] (John Schlesinger, 1976) Paramount

Nayak: The Hero [Blu-ray] (Satyajit Ray, 1966) RB UK Artificial Eye

Parade's End [Blu-ray] (Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, 2012) HBO

Scum (Alan Clarke, 1979) [Blu-ray] RB UK Odeon Entertainment

Snake Eyes [Blu-ray] (Brian De Palma, 1998) Paramount

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold [Blu-ray] (Martin Ritt, 1965) - Criterion Collection

Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray] (J.J. Abrams, 2013) Paramount

The Sweet Hereafter [Blu-ray] (Atom Egoyan, 1997) RB UK Artificial Eye

The Talented Mr. Ripley [Blu-ray] (Anthony Minghella, 1999) Paramount

White Zombie: Cary Roan Special Signature Edition [Blu-ray] (Victor Halperin, 1932) VCI

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