Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF October 7th, 2013

  This Week's Highlights
Molweni! - Perhaps not a huge week via volume - but I could review the calibre and genre of this grouping every week of the year! The majority  are 60's science-fiction, horror and fantasy, now on Blu-ray, by the likes of Irwin Allen, Roger Corman, Robert Wise, Richard Fleischer! and the  a John Carpenter effort!  The Release Calendar is newly stocked with Blu-ray of films by  Stanley Donen, Sang-soo Hong, John Carpenter, Gus Van Sant, David Gordon Green, Henry King, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Otto Preminger, Mario Bava, William A. Wellman, Henry Hathaway, Federico Fellini, Michael Cimino, Peter Jackson, Paul Schrader and more all on Blu-ray! We've posted a new CONTEST - good luck!

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Jesse James [Blu-ray] (Henry King, Irving Cummings, 1939) Fox Home Entertainment

Cat People [Blu-ray] (Paul Schrader, 1982) Shout! Factory

Beast Of Hollow Mountain (1956) / Neanderthan Man (1953) [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

Bullet Ballet [Blu-ray] (Shin'ya Tsukamoto, 1998) RB UK Third Window

Nobody's Daughter Haewon (Sang-soo Hong, 2013) R2 UK Optimum

Big Trouble in Little China [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1986) RB UK Arrow
Big Trouble in Little China Steelbook [
Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1986) RB UK Arrow

Promised Land [Blu-ray] (Gus Van Sant, 2012) Region FREE UK Universal Pictures

The Big Gundown [Blu-ray] (Sergio Sollima, 1966) Grindhouse Releasing

The World's End [Blu-ray] (Edgar Wright, 2013) Universal Studios

Prince Avalanche [Blu-ray] (David Gordon Green, 2013) Magnolia

Lilyhammer: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (Geir Henning Hoplandk, 2011) New Video Group

The Rutles Anthology [Blu-ray] - Video Music, Inc.

Blackfish [Blu-ray] (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) Magnolia

The Shadow [Blu-ray] (Russell Mulcahy, 1994) Shout! Factory

Chances Are [Blu-ray] (Emile Ardolino, 1989) Image Entertainment

Drive Home [Blu-ray] (Steven Wilson, 2013) Kscope

Elysium [Blu-ray] (Neill Blomkamp, 2013) Sony

The Lone Ranger [Blu-ray] (Gore Verbinski, 2013) Disney

Orphan Black [Blu-ray] (John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, 2013) RB UK 2Entertain

Filth [Blu-ray] (Jon S. Baird, 2013) RB UK Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Betty Blue [Blu-ray] (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986) RB UK Second Sight

Gregory's Girl [Blu-ray] (Bill Forsyth, 1981) RB UK Second Sight

Riddick [Blu-ray] (David Twohy, 2013) RB UK Entertainment One

Clint Eastwood 20-Film Collection [Blu-ray] - Region FREE UK Warner

The Act of Killing [Blu-ray] (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) New Video Group

The Black Swan [Blu-ray] (Henry King, 1942) Fox Home Entertainment

The Hunt [Blu-ray] (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) Magnolia

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [Blu-ray] (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947) Fox Home Entertainment

Carmen Jones [Blu-ray] (Otto Preminger, 1954) Fox Home Entertainment

The Undefeated [Blu-ray] (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1969) Fox Home Entertainment

The Whip and the Body [Blu-ray] (Mario Bava, 1963) Kino Lorber

The Call of the Wild [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1935) Fox Home Entertainment

North to Alaska [Blu-ray] (Henry Hathaway, 1960) Fox Home Entertainment

Die, Monster, Die! [Blu-ray] (Daniel Haller, 1965) Shout! Factory

Jobs [Blu-ray] (Joshua Michael Stern, 2013) Universal Studios

[Blu-ray] (Federico Fellini, 1963) RB UK Argent Films

Heaven's Gate [Blu-ray] (Michael Cimino, 1980) RB UK Second Sight

Jack Ryan Collection [Blu-ray] (Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All Fears) Paramount

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] (Peter Jackson, 2012) New Line Home Video

Good Ol' Freda [Blu-ray] (Ryan White, 2013) Magnolia

Café de Flore (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011) Kino Lorber

Oldboy [Blu-ray] (Chan-wook Park, 2003) 13 Amp

Day of the Animals [Blu-ray] (William Girdler, 1977) ADA Corp

More Than Honey [Blu-ray] (Markus Imhoof, 2012) Kino Lorber

Attila [Blu-ray] (Anthony C. Ferrante, Emmanuel Itier, 2013) Asylum - Gaiam

Raise the Titanic [Blu-ray] (Jerry Jameson, 1980) Shout! Factory

Saturn 3 [Blu-ray] (Stanley Donen, John Barry, 1980) Shout! Factory

The Mentalist: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] - Warner

R.I.P.D. [Blu-ray] (Robert Schwentke, 2013) Universal Studios

100 Bloody Acres [Blu-ray] (Colin & Cameron Cairnes, 2012) Doppelgänger Releasing

Terms of Endearment [Blu-ray] (James L. Brooks, 1983) Paramount



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Great week offering 60's era films and I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Wise's 1963 The Haunting Blu-ray - a truly chilling experience and perfect for the Halloween fright night! Shout! Factory's The Vincent Price Collection adds plenty of fuel for the end of the month's festivities. Usher, Phibes, Pendulum, Masque are all masterful horror films. This is a great collection - bordering on essential. I don't know how many times I've seen Fantastic Voyage but the Blu-ray gave, by far, the best presentation and the film's unique story and visuals never get tiresome. A little hokier but still carrying pleasing nostalgia is Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea -imperfect but good family boyhood-adventure fun. John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness has a very interesting premise and has some of the director's trademark spooky appeal. On DVD Eric covered Maison Close - Season Two has ,more exploits of the girls of 'Le Paradis' brothel. See you next week!


The Vincent Price Collection BD - 4 disc/ 6 films - Fall of the House of Usher (1960): A brooding nobleman is haunted by the dry rot of madness in his family tree. The Haunted Palace (1963): A man arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago. The Masque of the Red Death (1964): A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961): A 16th century Spanish nobleman who thinks that his wife has been buried alive begins to go insane and commits murder. Witchfinder General (1968): A 17th-century British witch hunter terrorizes people and bends them to his will. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971): A doctor/ scientist/organist/biblical scholar seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. Blu-ray Release Date: October 22nd, 2013

Maison Close - Season Two - The girls of 'Le Paradis' are back and hotter than ever! The brothel, 'Le Paradis', now collectively managed by its prostitutes, enjoys a period of commercial success once again. However the Paris vice squad wants to put an end to that revived utopia and pushes for a return to public morality. Hortense, Rose and Véra must ally themselves with a young and flamboyant Parisian gangster who takes the opportunity to establish his quarters in the brothel. DVD Release Date: August 19th, 2013

The Haunting BD - No one lives in the 90-year-old Hill House. Or so it seems. But come in. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, there's no denying the terror of The Haunting. Robert Wise, whose started his directorial career with The Curse of the Cat People (1944), returned to psychological horror for this first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Four people (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn) come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you. Blu-ray Release date: October 15th, 2013

In the Mouth of Madness BD - Hired to help locate a missing author, an insurance investigator discovers to his terror that the nightmarish events depicted in the writer's best-selling horror novels are coming true. Wishing to be both a horror film and a parody of the genre, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness combines supernatural thrills with winking references. For instance, the vanished author, Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), is modeled on writers like Stephen King and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, from his great popularity to his obsession with small-town New England. Indeed, it is to one such hamlet that investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) and Cane's female editor (Julie Carmen) travel, discovering a town filled with terrifying scenes right out of Cane's books, from random axe murders to far worse. Have Cane's fans gone psychotic and begun imitating his writings, or are Cane's stories of an otherworldly evil invading the earth actually true? In the Mouth of Madness's mix of self-referential satire and real frights anticipates the later Scream (1996). Blu-ray Release date: October 15th, 2013

Fantastic Voyage BD - Stephen Boyd heads a team of scientists sent on a bizarre experimental mission. Through a revolutionary and as-yet-untested process, the scientists and their special motorized vehicle are miniaturized, then injected into the blood stream of a near-death scientist (Jean del Val). Their mission is to relieve a blood clot caused by an assassination attempt. One member of the expedition is bent on sabotage so that the scientist's secrets will die with him. Another member is Raquel Welch, seemingly along for the ride solely because of how she looks in a skintight diving suit. The film's Oscar-winning visual effects (by Art Cruickshank) chart the progress of the voyagers through the scientist's body, burrowing past deadly antibodies, chunks of tobacco residue in the lungs, and other such obstacles. Blu-ray Release date: October 8th, 2013

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea BD - Walter Pidgeon is the nominal star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, portraying Admiral Harriman Nelson, the designer of the submarine Seaview, a glass-nosed research submarine. The sub embarks on her shakedown cruise under the polar ice cap as the movie begins. Upon surfacing, however, the crew discovers that the entire sky is on fire -- the Van Allen radiation belt has been ignited by a freak meteor shower, and the Earth is being slowly burnt to a cinder. Nelson and his colleague, Commodore Lucius Emery (Peter Lorre), devise a plan to extinguish the belt using one of the Seaview's nuclear missiles, but they are denounced at an emergency meeting of the United Nations. Disregarding the UN vote against him, Nelson decides to go forward with his plan before the Earth is destroyed, hoping to get the approval of the president of the United States while his ship races from New York to the Marianas in the Pacific to launch its missile on time and target, with the world's navies hunting her down and communication with Washington impossible because of the fire in the sky. Blu-ray Release date: October 8th, 2013

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

October 7th, 2013


Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm [Blu-ray] (Jacob Hatley, 2010) Kino Lorber

Carrie [Blu-ray] (Brian De Palma, 1976) RB UK MGM (BEAVER REVIEW)

Corruption [Blu-ray] (Robert Hartford-Davis, 1968) Grindhouse Releasing (BEAVER REVIEW)

Fantastic Voyage [Blu-ray] (Richard Fleischer, 1966) Fox Home Entertainment (BEAVER REVIEW)

From Here to Eternity [Blu-ray] (Fred Zinnemann 1953) RB UK Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)
I Married a Witch [
Blu-ray] (René Clair, 1942) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

I Married a Witch (René Clair, 1942) Criterion Collection

Internal Affairs [Blu-ray] (Mike Figgis, 1990) Paramount

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

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (Terry Jones, 1983) Universal Studios

Night Train To Terror [Blu-ray] (Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, 1985) Vinegar Syndrome

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

Sean Connery 007 Ultimate Edition Volume 2 [Blu-ray] Bond Collection (Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever) 3 Disc Set - MGM

Shout at the Devil [Blu-ray] (Peter R. Hunt, 1976) Shout! Factory

Stalag 17 [Blu-ray] (Billy Wilder, 1953) Paramount

Stuck in Love [Blu-ray] (Josh Boone, 2012) Millennium

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea [Blu-ray] (Irwin Allen, 1961) 20th Century Fox (BEAVER REVIEW)

Zombie Hunter [Blu-ray] (K. King, 2013) Well Go USA


October 14th, 2013


The Eagle Has Landed [Blu-ray] (John Sturges, 1976) Shout! Factory

Eyes Without a Face [Blu-ray] (Georges Franju, 1960) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Fletch [Blu-ray] (Michael Ritchie, 1985) Universal Studios

The Haunting [Blu-ray] (Robert Wise, 1963) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Hitch-Hiker [Blu-ray] (Ida Lupino, 1953) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

In the Mouth of Madness [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1994) New Line Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Lifeforce [Blu-ray] (Tobe Hooper,1985) RB UK Arrow Video

Lifeforce [Blu-ray] [Limited Edition Steelbook] (Tobe Hooper,1985) RB UK Arrow Video

Like Someone in Love [Blu-ray] (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012) RB UK New Wave Films

The Mummy [Blu-ray] (Terence Fisher, 1959) RB UK ICON Entertainment

Night Tide [Blu-ray] (Curtis Harrington, 1961) Kino Lorber

Nobody's Daughter Haewon (Sang-soo Hong, 2013) R2 UK Optimum

Popeye Cartoon Collection: Volume 1 (Max Fleischer Era) - VCI

Popeye Cartoon Collection: Volume 2 (Famous Studios Era) - VCI

Slap Shot [Blu-ray] (George Roy Hill, 1977) Universal Studios

The Stranger [Blu-ray] (Orson Welles, 1946) Kino Lorber (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (Robin Hardy, 1973) RB UK StudioCanal

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



October 21st, 2013


100 Bloody Acres [Blu-ray] (Colin & Cameron Cairnes, 2012) Doppelgänger Releasing

Before Midnight [Blu-ray] (Richard Linklater, 2013) Sony

The Big Parade [Blu-ray] (King Vidor, 1925) Turner

Bruce Lee Legacy Collection (4 Blu-ray/ 7 DVD) Shout! Factory

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

The Conjuring [Blu-ray] (James Wan, 2013) New Line Home Video

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

Halloween Steelbook Edition: 35th Anniversary [Blu-ray] (John Carpenter, 1978) RB UK Anchor Bay Entertainment

John Cassavetes: Five Films [Blu-ray] (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)

Late Mizoguchi Limited Edition Box [Blu-ray] - Oyu-sama (1951) Ugetsu monogatari (1953), Gion bayashi (1953) Sansho dayu (1954), Uwasa no onna (1954), Chikamatsu monogatari (1954), Yokihi (1955), Akasen chitai (1956) - RB UK Masters of Cinema

Leviathan [Blu-ray] (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel, 2012) The Cinema Guild

Paradise: Faith (Ulrich Seidl, 2012) Strand Releasing

The Uninvited [Blu-ray] (Lewis Allen, 1944) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Uninvited (Lewis Allen, 1944) Criterion Collection

The Vincent Price Collection [Blu-ray] (The Fall of House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, Witchfinder General, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) - Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)

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


October 28th, 2013


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

Classic Ghost Stories (The Mezzotint, A School Story and The Diary of Mr Poynter, 1980) R2 UK BFI

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

Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1922) - RB UK Masters of Cinema

Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler Ltd Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1922) - RB UK Masters of Cinema

Funny Games [Blu-ray] (Michael Haneke, 2007) RB UK Artificial Eye

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

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

Harlequin [Blu-ray] (Simon Wincer, 1980) Scorpion Entertainment

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

Monsters University [Blu-ray] (Dan Scanlon, 2013) Disney

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

La notte [Blu-ray] (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961) Criterion Collection

La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961) Criterion Collection

Perfect Blue [Blu-ray] (Satoshi Kon, 1997) RB UK Anime Ltd

R.I.P.D. [Blu-ray] (Robert Schwentke, 2013) Universal Studios

Red River [Blu-ray] (Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson, 1948) - RB UK Masters of Cinema

Robin Redbreast (James MacTaggart, 1970) R2 UK BFI

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians [Blu-ray] (Wallace Worsley, 1964) Kino

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

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