Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK OF September 7th, 2009


This Week's Highlights

Mysh bzi! - 17 new reviews or comparisons (actually 8 Blu-ray comparisons) this newsletter - Criterion, Jacques Demy, Anthony Mann, Takeshi Kitano, Jean-Luc Godard. Exciting times. We have Feature DVDs and Blu-rays of the Month, some important Calendar Updates, sales and another easy new contest (with a GREAT prize) and more.....
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LATEST ADDITIONS to the Calendar: (PRE-ORDER & save!):

A Hard Day's Night [Blu-ray] (Richard Lester, 1964) Alliance (Universal)

Gaumont - le cinéma premier, vol. 2 - Paramount Home Entertainment

The 39 Steps [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) R'B'UK ITV DVD

The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set - Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, 1922 - The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, 1933 - The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, 1960 - Eureka Masters of Cinema

The General (2-disc) [Blu-ray] (Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, 1926) Kino

AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa - The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Dodes’ka-den (1970), Drunken Angel (1948), The Hidden Fortress (1958), High and Low (1963), I Live in Fear (1955), The Idiot (1951), Ikiru (1952), Kagemusha (1980), The Lower Depths (1957), Madadayo (1993), The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945, The Most Beautiful (1944), No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), One Wonderful Sunday (1947), Rashomon (1951), Red Beard (1965), Sanjuro (1962), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944), Scandal (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Stray Dog (1949), Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961) - Criterion Collection

Franklyn [Blu-ray] (Gerald McMorrow, 2008) Image Entertainment

Angel Heart [Blu-ray] (Alan Parker, 1987) Lionsgate

Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Lewis Teague, 1983) Lionsgate

The Monster Squad [Blu-ray] (Fred Dekker, 1987) Lionsgate

My Brilliant Career [Blu-ray] (Gillian Armstrong, 1979) Blue Underground

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Four - Universal Studios

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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  Apologies for my briefness - Pierrot le Fou will be tops for me this week but don't count out the audio rendering of A Hard Day's Night - Wow. Requiem For A Dream must surely be the deal of the week - a significant leap over the older Blu-ray and it's less than a 10'er! Landis' An American Werewolf in London is still a fun night in the home theater. Fans of Joy Division, or rock bio-pics in general, won't want to miss out on Control in 1080P. We politely bow down to Second Run for exposing us to Diary For My Children. Army of Darkness vaults over the past DVDs - but is it enough? Gregory covers Take Out and it looks like an essential. Demy's Model Shop is an easy purchase. El Cid still doesn't seem to be up to snuff for some. Godzilla (Gojira) is unfortunately lacking - ditto for Zatoichi. Deep Impact still has its popcorn appeal - me like. Enjoy Labor Day!


A Hard Day's Night  - BR In 1964, the Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The group's first feature, the Academy Award-nominated "A Hard Day's Night," offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of the Beatles and served to establish the Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format. Songs: I'll Cry Instead, A Hard Day's Night, I Should've Known Better, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, And I Love Her, I'm Happy Just to Dance with You, Ringo's Theme (This Boy), Tell Me Why, Don't Bother Me, I Wanna Be Your Man, All My Lovin', She Loves You. Blu-ray Release Date: September 9th, 2009


Army of Darkness BR - Army of Darkness could be thought of as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court meets Ray Harryhausen, spurred on by relentless wisecracks, the likes of: "Well, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leadin' but two things, right now: Jack and shit... and Jack left town." Raimi's Evil Dead series feature the same protagonist, "Ash", and his fight with the Deadite demons who have been accidentally released into our universe through the Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon. Blu-ray Release Date: September 15th, 2009

Requiem For A Dream
BR - Employing shock techniques and sound design in a relentless sensory assault, Requiem for a Dream is about nothing less than the systematic destruction of hope. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., and adapted by Selby and director Darren Aronofsky, this is undoubtedly one of the most effective films ever made about the experience of drug addiction (both euphoric and nightmarish), and few would deny that Aronofsky, in following his breakthrough film Pi, has pushed the medium to a disturbing extreme, thrusting conventional narrative into a panic zone of traumatized psyches and bodies pushed to the furthest boundaries of chemical tolerance. It's too easy to call this a cautionary tale; it's a guided tour through hell, with Aronofsky as our bold and ruthless host. Blu-ray release Date: September 8th, 2009

An American Werewolf in London
BR - Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all-time with the cult classic An American Werewolf in London. Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, director John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House) delivers a contemporary take on the classic werewolf tale in this story of two American tourists who, while traveling in London, find their lives changed forever when a viscious wolf attacks them during a full moon. Featuring groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning make-up by Rick Baker (The Wolfman), this digitally remastered Full Moon Edition also includes the new feature-length documentary Beware the Moon. Blu-ray Release date: September 15th, 2009

Diary For My Children - From one of the world’s most accomplished women directors, Meszaros’ film connects the personal with the political, by portraying the impact of individuals upon history and of historical forces upon individual lives. Autobiographical, and the first in her renowned trilogy of ‘Diary’ films (which Second Run will also release). DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2009

The Girl Next Door
BR - Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) looks back over a senior year of opportunities neglected, especially when he compares himself with the jocks and their leading ladies off the field. He hopes to get into Georgetown – and who wouldn't. But this summer Matthew's overachieving, but humdrum, life is distracted by Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert), his next-door neighbor's niece, who is visiting for a few weeks. Danielle serves to open up Matthew's previously denied possibilities – that is, until he learns of her past life as a porn star – a life that she is trying to leave behind. Blu-ray Release date: September 1st, 2009

Take Out - With cinematic models that include the Dardennes and Ken Loach, Baker knows his plot is a vehicle on which to hang an exploration of the everyday textures and personal interactions in his chosen socioeconomic setting. The plot maintains the countdown suspense of its premise, but the beauty of the film lies in the way that suspense shifts from its practical conflict to an existential and ethical one in the final act, bringing home the despair and decisions that define so many lives on and off the screen. DVD Release Date: September 1st, 2009

Deep Impact
BR - MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner, while investigating a high-level scandal in Washington, stumbles upon the story that a comet is on a collision course with Earth. A year earlier, amateur teenage astronomer Leo Biederman discovered a new comet that is the one now certified to hit within the year. U.S. President Beck announces to the world that a spaceship called the Messiah will blast off in two months to plant nuclear bombs in the comet in hope of blowing it to bits. This plan fails, splitting the comet into two sections. The smaller will hit off the east coast creating a tital wave that will destroy New York and Washington while the larger portion will land in Canada causing an ELE, or Extinction Level Event, complete with Earth-enshrouding clouds of dust that will wipe out all life. Declaring martial law, President Beck reveals that a network of caves is being built to accommodate 1 million citizens, most to be chosen by a national lottery. Blu-ray Release Date: September 14th, 2009

Godzilla (Gojira)
BR - In the original Japanese cut, the theme of atomic weapons testing and the dangers of weapons of mass destruction is more explicit. The film opens with the crew of a freighter in the Sea of Japan suddenly being dazzled by a blaze of bright light. Within seconds, their ship bursts into flame and is lost. A second ship is soon lost in the same area, and a third. There's understandable panic in the shipping office and across the nation, reflected in a series of anxious newspaper headlines. Blu-ray Release Date: September 22nd, 2009

Pierrot le Fou
BR - "I wanted to tell the story of the last romantic couple," Jean-Luc Godard said of this brilliant, all-over-the-place adventure and meditation about two lovers on the run (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina). Made in 1965, this film, with its ravishing colors and beautiful 'Scope camerawork by Raoul Coutard, still looks as iconoclastic and fresh as it did when it belatedly opened in the U.S. Godard's misogynistic view of women as the ultimate betrayers is integral to the romanticism in much of his 60s work--and perhaps never more so than here--but Karina's charisma makes this pretty easy to ignore most of the time. The movie's frequent shifts in style, emotion, and narrative are both challenging and intoxicating: American director Samuel Fuller turns up at a party scene to offer his definition of cinema, Karina performs two memorable songs in musical-comedy fashion, Belmondo's character quotes copiously from his reading, and a fair number of red and blue cars are stolen and destroyed. Blu-ray Release Date: September 22nd, 2009

BR - Far from being just simple chambara, Kitano explores the motif of pretending: duality by wearing a “mask”. Just like the film itself, nothing is what it seems. For instance, the Hattori, the “evil swordsman”, is a Ronin, who is forced to become a hit man for Ginzo in order to buy medicine for his sick wife. This dimension of the story not only adds complexity, but makes additional viewings even more enjoyable, as the more we get to know a character, the more we see of the real character. Miramax Blu-ray Release Date: September 15th, 2009

BR - Control tells the remarkable story of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the influential band Joy Division and one of the most enigmatic figures in all of rock music. Based on his wife's memoir, Control follows Curtis' humble Manchester origins and his rapid rise to fame, tormented battle with epilepsy, and struggles with love that led to his death at the age of 23. Blu-ray Release date: November 27th, 2008

Lie To Me - Season One
BR - Ostensibly a show about lying, Lie To Me investigates the moral ambiguities about lying and truth telling, as in: it may not always be the right thing to do to tell the truth or, at least, not all of it or all the time. The setting is a special investigating team that is sent hither and yon to sort out fact from fiction using the latest scientific tools to determine if a witness or suspect is telling the truth. Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) both interviews subjects and studies their reactions and expressions to questions on video tapes and compares them to other similar expressions – something like a bank of DNA, though not nearly as accurate, leaving lots of room for experienced interpretation. Blu-ray Release date: August 25, 2009

The Office - Season Five
BR - The Office [among other things, a satirical study in sexually harassment - LN] is presented as a mockumentary. The primary vehicle for the show is that a camera crew has decided to film Dunder Mifflin and its employees, seemingly around the clock. The presence of the camera is acknowledged by the characters. . . The main action of the show is supplemented with talking-head interviews or "confessionals", with the characters speaking one on one with the camera crew about the day's events. . . In other instances, the camera seemingly has affected plot lines. . . In "E-mail Surveillance", Pam asks the crew to help her look for evidence of Dwight and Angela's secret relationship, which they later provide. In "Fun Run", the cameras catch Jim and Pam kissing, which leads to them admitting to the crew that they are in fact dating. Blu-ray Release date: September 8th, 2009

Model Shop - Maybe Tomorrow. Maybe Never. Maybe. French New Wave writer / director Jacques Demy, best known for his stylish musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, reunites with French star Anouk Aimée (their first pairing, 1961's Lola) to direct his first film in America. Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey) plays shiftless but innocuous George Matthews, who can't seem to get himself worked up about anything: the girlfriend he is about to lose, his soon-to-be repossessed car or even his draft notice. Until one day, he sees a beautiful but detached model (Aimée), and he begins to follow her. From Malibu Beach to Beverly Hills mansions to Santa Monica Boulevard's cheap strip joints, Los Angeles is critically examined... DVD Release Date: September 8th, 2009

El Cid
BR - One of the very finest epics produced by Samuel Bronston, equally impressive in terms of script (by Philip Yordan, who mercifully steers clear of florid archaisms) and spectacle. Heston is aptly heroic as the 11th-century patriot destined to die in the fight for a Moor-less Spain, Mann's direction is stately and thrilling, and Miklos Rosza's superb score perfectly complements the crisp and simple widescreen images. Sobriety and restraint, in fact, are perhaps the keynotes of the film's success, with the result that a potentially risible finale (in which Cid's corpse is borne into the realm of legend, strapped to his horse as it leads his men to battle) becomes genuinely stirring. Blu-ray Release Date: August 21st, 2009

Heroes - Season Three
BR - The third season is in two "Volumes" – In the first, titled “Villains”, Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) is at the center of the drama. At the start of the season we have forwarded several years into the future with an assassination attempt on Nathan’s life. How things came to such a pretty pass is what "Villains" is primarily concerned with. The title of the second Volume of the season, "Fugitives" (in the grand scheme of things it is known as "Volume 4") refers to the Heroes themselves as they once again try to avert another catastrophic situation involving those who would use and control them and their remarkable abilities. Featured guest stars include Robert Forster as Arthur Petrelli and Malcolm McDowell, reprising his first season role as Mr. Linderman. Blu-ray Release date: September 1st, 2009

Next 2 weeks on the Calendar


Week of September 7th, 2009

Week of September 7th, 2009


A Hard Day's Night [Blu-ray] (Richard Lester, 1964) Alliance (Universal) (BEAVER REVIEW)

Catwoman [Blu-ray] (Pitof, 2004) Warner Home Video

The Country Teacher (Bohdan Slama, 2008) Film Movement

Creepshow [Blu-ray] (George A. Romero, 1982) Warner

Dead Calm [Blu-ray] (Phillip Noyce, 1989) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Diary For My Children (Márta Mészáros, 1084) R2 UK Second Run

The Girl Cut in Two (Claude Chabrol, 2007) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Homicide (David Mamet, 1991) - Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Human Condition - 4-disc (Masaki Kobayashi, 1959) - Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Kabei (Yoji Yamada, 2008) Strand Releasing (BEAVER REVIEW)

Model Shop (Jacques Demy, 1969) Sony Pictures (BEAVER REVIEW)

The New World [Blu-ray] (Terrence Malick, 2005) New Line Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Postman [Blu-ray] (Kevin Costner, 1997) Warner

Punch-Drunk Love [Blu-ray]  (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002) R'B' - Sony Pictures

The Pursuit of Happiness (Robert Mulligan, 1971) Sony Pictures

Requiem for a Dream [Blu-ray] (Darren Aronofsky, 2000) Lionsgate (BEAVER REVIEW)

Silverado [Blu-ray] (Lawrence Kasdan, 1985) Sony Pictures

That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda, 1941) - Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)



Week of September 14th, 2009


An American Werewolf in London Full Moon [Blu-ray] (John Landis, 1981) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)

Angel-A [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 2005) R'B' - Optimum

Angels & Demons [Blu-ray] (Ron Howard, 2009) R'B' Uk Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Army of Darkness Screwhead Edition [Blu-ray] (Sam Raimi, 1992) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)

Atlantis [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 1991) R'B' - Optimum

The Big Blue [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 1988) R'B' - Optimum

Camille [Blu-ray] (Gregory Mackenzie, 2007) National Entertainment Media

Deep Impact [Blu-ray] (Mimi Leder, 1998) Paramount (BEAVER REVIEW)

Easy Rider [Blu-ray] (Dennis Hopper, 1969) R'B' UK Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Easy Virtue [Blu-ray] (Stephan Elliott, 2008) Sony Pictures

The Exiles (Kent MacKenzie, 1961) R2 UK BFI

Le Dernier Combat [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 1983) R'B' - Optimum

Full Battle Rattle (Tony Gerber + Jesse Moss, 2008) First Run Features

Gervaise (René Clément, 1956) Criterion - Essential Arthouse

The Hannibal Lecter Anthology [Blu-ray] (Hannibal, The Silence of the Lambs) - MGM

Hero [Blu-ray] (Yimou Zhang, 2002) - Buena Vista Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Iron Monkey [Blu-ray] (Woo-ping Yuen, 1993) Buena Vista Home Video

Le jour se lève (Marcel Carné, 1939) Criterion - Essential Arthouse

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

The Legend Of Drunken Master [Blu-ray] (Chia-Liang Liu, 1994) Buena Vista Home Video

Leon [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 1994) R'B' - Optimum

Lucky Star (Frank Borzage, 1929) R2 UK BFI

Mayerling (Anatole Litvak, 1936) Criterion - Essential Arthouse

Misery [Blu-ray] (Rob Reiner, 1990) MGM

Nikita (Luc Besson, 1990) [Blu-ray] R'B' - Optimum

Seventh Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) R2 UK BFI

Sex, Lies, and Videotape [Blu-ray] (Steven Soderbergh, 1989) Sony

Subway [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 1985) R'B' - Optimum

Van Helsing [Blu-ray] (Stephen Sommers, 2004) Universal

Wagon Master (John Ford, 1950) - Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Wolfman (Universal Legacy Series) (George Waggner, 1941) - Universal Studios

X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray] (Gavin Hood, 2009) - 20th Century Fox

X-Men Trilogy + X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray]- 20th Century Fox

Zatôichi [Blu-ray] (Takeshi Kitano, 2003) Buena Vista Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

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