DVDBeaver Newsletter - September 17th, 2007


Ahn nyeong ha se yo! - 14 new reviews - 3 comparisons, 2 Masters of Cinema, Visconti, Lang, Shinoda, Corman... an extensive 28 new Calendar Updates and our 5th of 5 'Quote Clips' to win an HD player!


CONTEST: Identify the Five Quotations from film clips win a new Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player: (up to a $400 value!).


Actually here are all 5:

Quote 1, Quote 2, Quote 3, Quote 4 and Quote 5

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2) I'm working on getting a Blu-ray player for a new contest - but in the meantime...

3) I'll post one clip a week (probably a Noir, but not always) and give away some prize - I have oodles and oodles of doubles and such.


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LATEST Additions to the Release Calendar (PRE-ORDER!)

NOTEWORTHY... or how to make a cineophile broke (more broke?): Once again too many strong listings for me to pinpoint a few....

O Amor Natural (Heddy Honigmann, 1996) First Run Features

Our Hitler: A Film From Germany (Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1978) Facets

The Virgin and the Gypsy (Christopher Miles,1970) Televista

The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2 (Scorpio Rising ,1964 - Kustom Kar Kommandos,1965 - Invocation of My Demon Brother,1969 - Rabbit's Moon,1979 - Lucifer Rising, 1981) Fantoma

The Forest For the Trees (Maren Ade, 2003) Film Movement

King Lear (Ernest C. Warde, 1916) Televista

Body & Soul (2-disc) (Moira Armstrong, 1993) Questar

Death by Engagement (Philip Creager, 2005) Maverick

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray] (Peter Weir, 2003) 20th Century Fox

Day Night Day Night (Julia Loktev, 2006) IFC

The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, 1932) b/w and colorized versions – Legend

Halloween [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1978) Anchor Bay

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer (Tim Story, 2007) Twentieth Century Fox

Pride & Prejudice [HD DVD] (Joe Wright, 2005) Universal Studios

1408 (Widescreen Edition) (Mikael Håfström, 2007) Weinstein Company

Goodbye Bafana (Bille August, 2007) R2 UK - Paramount (UK)

Black Rain [HD DVD]  (Ridley Scott, 1989) Paramount

Flywheel (Alex Kendrick, 2003) Sony Pictures

Nosferatu (The Ultimate Two-Disc Edition) (F.W. Murnau, 1922) Kino

Free Cinema (3-disc) - Facets

You Kill Me (John Dahl, 2007) IFC

Edward Scissorhands [Blu-ray] (Tim Burton, 1990) 20th Century Fox

RoboCop [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 1987) Sony

Film Noir: Five Classics From The Studio Vaults - (Scarlet Street - 1945, Contraband - 1940, Strange Impersonation - 1947, They Made Me a Fugitive - 1947 and The Hitch-Hiker - 1953) Kino

Two Films by Mizoguchi (Sansho Dayu/Gion Bayashi) R2 UK - Eureka - Masters of Cinema

Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922) R2 UK - Eureka - Masters of Cinema


New Reviews:

Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow BR - It is the eve of the Nazi invasion of Europe. As important scientists around the world mysteriously disappear, Chronicle reporter, Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) comes upon information that leads her and ace aviator, Sky Captain (Jude Law), who happens to be her estranged romantic liaison, on the trail of the psychopathic mastermind, Dr. Totenkopf. Their adventure takes them halfway around the world: to the snow-capped Himalyas, to the sea below and the sky above.

All About Eve (Korean drama) - I knew in advance that this title was no coincidence, so you can imagine my reluctance to take this Korean TV drama on. Even before I purchased it, I had visions of Bette Davis putting her cigarette out on my face. By the time I got around to watching the series, I had a few other Korean TV dramas under my belt; my reaction to them was generally very positive, so I bit the bullet.

The Roger Corman Collection - a package with 8 works from the master of limited production Hollywood. The set includes - A Bucket of Blood (1959), Premature Burial (1962), The Young Racers (1963), X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Wild Angels (1966), The Trip (1967), Bloody Mama (1970) and Gas-s-s-s (1971). DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2007

The Burning - Although Harvey Weinstein claims he had the idea for THE BURNING before FRIDAY THE 13TH, the result is a more polished retread as young campers and their counselors pay the price for an accident that left Cropsy the camp janitor burned beyond recognition and out for revenge with a pair of shears. Like FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE BURNING had its gory Tom Savini make-up effects cut for an R-rating and the resulting film was rather innocuous though it started to gain a cult following once viewers became aware of uncut releases abroad. DVD Release Date: September 11th, 2007

Silence (Chinmoku) - Adapted from the renowned novel by Shusaku Endo, Masahiro Shinoda’s 1971 film Silence (Chinmoku, co-written with Endo) explores the violent cultural conflict amid the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in seventeenth-century Japan. Shinoda’s excellent direction — coupled with a pensive score by the legendary Toru Takemitsu — gives cinematic expression to inner spiritual paradox, and imbues with religious mystery a landscape that seems already sentient with wind, rain, and light. DVD Release Date: September 24th, 2007

Mix-Up - One of the most remarkable and innovative documentaries ever made, this film by Françoise Romand follows the famous true story of two English women who as babies got switched in the hospital and 20 years later discovered that they'd been raised by the wrong sets of parents. Romand enlists all the surviving family members in her haunting and bizarre investigation, which involves not only a recounting but a reenactment of all the significant events in the two daughters' emotional histories. The seriousness and thoroughness with which she pursues her approach create a formal beauty and a witty precision in framing, pacing, editing, use of music, and mise en scene that is inseparable from the film's ethical and philosophical project... DVD Release Date: September 25th, 2007

Alligator - Post-modern 'B' junker that has enough believability to make for moderate to high camp fun entertainment. Notables associated include being penned by John Sayles (what the...?) and often unnoticeable lead Robert Forster (Mulholland Dr., Jackie Brown etc.). It doesn't take itself too seriously and that may be the highest compliment we can give (straight-faced). DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2007

Closure - With a futuristic feel we have a middle-age woman (Gillian Anderson) and a younger security expert hooking up after he installs her systems and she invites him to a lavish party in a friend's countryside estate. After leaving they encounter three savagely violent men who dramatically beat him and horrifically gang-rape her. After surviving this terrifying encounter, the traumatized couple stay together - quite possibly to support each other after the ordeal. The female really needs to enact some revenge upon them while the man is content to move on - even with one of his eyes severely damaged. After she finds out who and where they are - she utilizes a rifle that her father gave her - eventually convincing him to go with her although they really have no formal game plan. DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2007

Ballad of Narayama - Based on the novel by Shichiro Fukuzawa, Narayama Bushiko is a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of love and humanity struggling against the rigidity of tradition, obedience, and sense of duty. Using jarring, anachronistic imagery and unusually stylized artificial lighting, Keisuke Kinoshita presents a relevant examination of the pervasive national ideology of wartime Japan that underscores the dichotomous, and often self-destructive conflict between personal conscience and social conformity: the idiosyncratic fusion of traditional (kabuki) and modern (film) dramatic media; the perversion of cultural and moral norms within the primitive society (disrespect for elders, disposability of life, regression of human logic into base instincts for survival); and the incongruous, final shot that juxtaposes ancient and contemporary images to evoke timelessness, passage, and transience. Inevitably, Narayama Bushiko becomes a haunting allegory on the perils of blind allegiance, martyrdom, and repression - a humanist reflection of the profound introspection, cultural erosion, and ideological ambivalence of postwar Japan. DVD Release Date: June 11th, 2007

Bellissima - Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious 1951 comedy, tailored to the talents of Anna Magnani, about a working-class woman who is determined to get her plain seven-year-old daughter into movies. A wonderful send-up of the Italian film industry and the illusions that it fosters, delineated in near-epic proportions with style and brio. DVD Release Date: September 24th, 2007

Ministry of Fear - Lang had himself wanted to purchase the film rights for Ministry of Fear, as a long time admirer of Grahame Greene. As it turned out Paramount trumped him but asked him to direct from a screenplay adaptation by Seton Miller. As a consequence Lang continued to play down the value of this movie to whoever would listen. But it is in fact something of a "missing in action" gem. Nowhere does Lang so wonderfully set up a linear and compulsive atmosphere of unnerving paranoia in the opening sequences, save perhaps for the incredible opening of Testament of Dr Mabuse. And the movie forces the viewer to constantly take on Milland's POV in comprehending the succession of action and mistrust which advance the narrative. Although Lang may have been right about the casting of, say Marjorie Reynolds and Carl Hilfe as the German couple, these characters are more than amply compensated for by splendid bits from Allan Napier and Hillary Brooke as the "Mentalist". And Milland is perfect. DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 2007

Deliverance - Four Atlanta businessmen decide to prove that the frontier spirit is not dead by spending a canoeing weekend shooting the rapids of a river high in the Appalachians. Terrific boy's own adventure stuff with adult ingredients of graphic mutilation and buggery, but Boorman is never content either to leave it at that or to subscribe to the ecological concerns of James Dickey's novel (where man's return to nature becomes vital because 'the machines are going to fail, and then - survival'). Instead, he adds a dark twist of his own by suggesting that concern is too late. From the quartet's first strange encounter with the deformed albino child in a mountain community almost Dickensian in its squalor, down to the last scene where Voight watches coffins being unearthed and removed to safety before the new dam floods the valley, their trip down the river becomes an odyssey through a land that is already dead, killed by civilization and peopled by alien creatures rather than human beings. DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2007

A Few Good Men BR - ...a central image in the film adaptation, which gracefully opens up the story of a military court-martial without allowing the tension to evaporate. There are times when the movie seems to force-feed the audience essential information, and when the audience might well wonder whether the emotional crises of the defense lawyers really are of more interest than the fates of the two men on trial. The Blu-ray DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2007

Snow Cake - Evans’ “Snow Cake” is an awfully intimate dramedy that’s intent on getting us close enough to its characters so that we can feel what character Alex feels after he mistakenly ruins two lives on a road trip, and often it can work. The slim budget helps Rickman obtain a sense of an average personality, and his usual venerable persona is dialed down to portray a man who simply has to live with himself. DVD Release Date: September 11th, 2007

Next 2 weeks on the Calendar:


Week of September 17th, 2007

A Few Good Men [Blu-ray] (Rob Reiner, 1992) Sony

Alligator (Lewis Teague,1980) Lionsgate

Anne of the Thousand Days & Mary Queen of Scots - Universal Studios

Beyond the Gates (Rated) (Michael Caton-Jones, 2005) 20th Century Fox

Beyond the Gates (Unrated) (Michael Caton-Jones, 2005) 20th Century Fox

Black Rain [HD DVD]  (Ridley Scott, 1989) Paramount Home Entertainment

The Boss of It All (Lars von Trier, 2006) Ifc

The Camden 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2007) First Run

Catherine Deneuve Set (4pc - Place Vendome / Pola X / Dangerous Liaisons / Kings and Queen) ) Wellspring Media

Closure (Dan Reed, 2007) Sony Pictures

Crazylove (Ellie Kanner, 2005) Mti Home Video

Cruising (Deluxe Edition) (William Friedkin, 1980) 20th Century Fox

Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher, 1957) R2 UK - DD Home Entertainment

Deliverance (Deluxe Edition) (John Boorman, 1972) Warner

Deliverance [HD DVD] (John Boorman, 1972) Warner

Deliverance [Blu-ray] (John Boorman, 1972) Warner

Dreaming Lhasa (Ritu Sarin, 2005) First Run Features

Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur, 1998) [HD DVD] Universal Studios

Family Guy, Volume 5 - 20th Century Fox

Flashdance (Special Collector's Edition) (Adrian Lyne, 1983) Paramount Home Video

The Flying Scotsman (Douglas Mackinnon, 2006) MGM

The Gymnast (Ned Farr, 2006) Wolfe Video

House of 1,000 Corpses [Blu-ray] (Rob Zombie, 2003) Lionsgate

Jean-Luc Godard Pack (Breathless, le Petit Soldat, Notre Music, Les Carabinieres ) - Genius Products

Laura Smiles (Jason Ruscio, 2005) Lightyear Video

Little Church Around the Corner (William A. Seiter, 1923) Televista

El Mago (Jaime Aparicio, 2004) Lionsgate

Martha Graham: Dance on Film - Criterion

Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957) R2 UK - Dd Home Entertainment

One Wonderful Sunday (Akira Kurosawa,1947) Mei Ah NOTE: EXPECT POOR QUALITY!

Pedro Almodovar 2 Pack - Genius Products

The Raven (Charles Brabin, 1915) Televista

"The Restless Gun" (TV - 1957) Timeless Media Group

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Byron Haskin, 1964) Criterion

Roger Corman Collection - (A Bucket of Blood, Bloody Mama, The Trip, X- the Man With the X-Ray Eyes, The Premature Burial, The Wild Angels, The Young Racers, Gas-s-s-s) MGM

Saturday Night Fever (30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition) (John Badham, 1977) Paramount Home Video

The Sea Beast (Millard Webb, 1926) Televista

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Complete Collection - Infinity Resources, Inc

The Threepenny Opera (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1931) Criterion

Troy (2-disc Director's Cut) [HD DVD] (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004) Warner Home Video

Troy (2-disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004) Warner Home Video

Two Weeks (Steve Stockman, 2006) MGM

Up Series (Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven / 21 Up / 28 Up / 35 Up / 42 Up / 49 Up) - Michael Apted - First Run Features

We Are Marshall (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD] (McG, 2006) Warner Brothers

We Are Marshall  [Blu-ray] (McG, 2006) Warner Brothers

Werner Herzog 2 Pack (The White Diamond, Wheel of Time) - Genius Products

Zoo (Robinson Devor, 2007) Velocity / Thinkfilm


Week of September 24th, 2007

10 Canoes (Rolf de Heer, 2006) Palm Pictures / Umvd

Bellissima (Luchino Visconti, 1951) R2 UK Eureka Masters of Cinema

Black Book (Paul Verhoeven, 2006) Sony Pictures

Black Book [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 2006) Sony Pictures

Bug (Special Edition) (William Friedkin, 2006) Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The Cat O'Nine Tails (Dario Argento, 1971) Blue Underground

Cat People [HD DVD] (Paul Schrader,1982) Universal

Count Dracula (Philip Saville, 1977) BBC Warner

Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) (Lewis Teague. 1983) Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Director's Series 20 Pack (20 profiles of Hollywood's most highly acclaimed directors - Scorsese, Pollack etc.) Genius Products

Docurama Film Festival IV Platinum Package (2007) - New Video Group

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman, 1972) Universal Studios

Green Chair (Cheol-su Park, 2005) Imaginasian

The Hand (Oliver Stone, 1981) Warner Home Video

Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006) R2 UK - Axiom Films International Ltd

I Like Killing Flies (Matt Mahurin, 2004) New Video Group

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956) R2 UK Universal Pictures UK

Kozintsev Collection (W/Book) King Lear (1971) - Hamlet (1964) Facets

Lady Kung Fu ( Feng Huang, 1972) Weinstein Company

Memoirs of a Geisha [Blu-ray] (Rob Marshall, 2005) Sony Pictures

The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (Babes in Arms / Babes on Broadway / Girl Crazy / Strike Up the Band) Warner

Mix-Up ou Meli-melo (Françoise Romand, 1985) Microcinema DVD

Mulholland Drive [HD DVD] (David Lynch, 2001) R2 UK Optimum Home Entertainment NOTE: There is no region or standard coding for HD DVDs - will play on any HD player!

Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (Joshua Waletzky, 1992) Kultur Video

Next (Lee Tamahori, 2007) Paramount Home Video

Next [HD DVD] (Lee Tamahori, 2007) Paramount Home Video

Next [Blu-ray] (Lee Tamahori, 2007) Paramount Home Video

Oldboy [Blu-ray] (Chan-wook Park, 2003) Uk Tartan Video

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler - Jeff Springer, 2004) New Video Group

Silence (AKA Chinmoku) (Masahiro Shinoda, 1971) R2 UK Eureka Masters of Cinema

Spider Baby (Special Edition) (Jack Hill, 1964) Dark Sky Films

Splinter (Michael D. Olmos,2006) Image Entertainment

Strike (Volker Schlöndorff, 2006) MPI Home Entertainment

Suspiria (2-Disc Special Edition) (Dario Argento, 1977) Blue Underground

This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson, 1963) R2 UK Network

Tekkon Kinkreet [Blu-ray] (Michael Arias, 2006) Sony

Twisted Terror Collection [Deadly Friend (Wes Craven), Dr. Giggles, Eyes of a Stranger, From Beyond the Grave, The Hand (Oliver Stone), Someone's Watching Me (John Carpenter)] Warner Home Video

Vintage Erotica Collection 1920-1960 (5-disc with book) - Cult Epics

Who Was Kafka? (Richard Dindo, 2006) ARTE

The Wild Bunch [HD DVD] (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) Warner Home Video

The Wild Bunch [Blu-ray] (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) Warner Home Video

Woman Without Love (Luis Buñuel, 1952) CINEMATECA


Original Star Trek coming in HD - Live Long and Prosper my friends,