Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF October 19th, 2009


This Week's Highlights

Kulo malulo! - 13 new reviews this week we have some revealing comparisons. Directorial efforts by Park Chan Wook, Oliver Stone, Atom Egoyan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, F. W. Murnau, Sam Raimi and the evil Michael Bay are covered. There are a few unremarkable Calendar Updates,  continued sales and another less-than-obvious contest (with a brand new Blu-ray prize) and more...
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Give 'Em Hell Malone [Blu-ray] (Russell Mulcahy, 2009) National Entertainment Media

The Tournament [Blu-ray] (Scott Mann, 2009) Weinstein Company

Miss Mend (Fyodor Otsep, 1926) Flicker Alley

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Blu-ray] (David Yates, 2009) Warner Home Video

Fuel [Blu-ray] (Oktay Ortabasi, 2009) Vanguard Cinema

The House of the Devil [Blu-ray] (Ti West, 2009) Mpi Home Video

Birdwatchers (Marco Bechis, 2008) R2 UK Artificial Eye

The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter, 1983) R2 UK BFI

Streamers (Robert Altman, 1983) Shout! Factory

Art of Love (Walerian Borowczyk, 1983) Severin Films

The Proud Valley (Pen Tennyson, 1940) R2 UK Optimum

The Jacques Tati Collection (Jour de fête / Les Vacances de M. Hulot / Mon Oncle / Playtime / Parade) R2 UK BFI

Broken Embraces [Blu-ray] (Pedro Almodóvar, 2009) R2 UK 20th Century Fox

District 9 [Blu-ray] (Neill Blomkamp, 2009) Sony Pictures

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [Blu-ray] (Peter Hyams, 2009) Starz/Anchor Bay

Public Enemies [Blu-ray] (Michael Mann, 2009) Universal

The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968) R2 UK Digital Classics

Three Monkeys (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2008) Zeitgeist Films

Silent Scream (Denny Harris, 1980) Scorpion Entertainment

House On Sorority Row (Mark Rosman, 1983) Liberation

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ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey):  I was quite taken with my viewing of Paolo Sorrentino Il Divo this week - a very entertaining piece of cinema with a great Blu-ray image. Legions of fans will rest easy knowing that the upcoming A&E Region 'A' Blu-ray transfer duplicates the UK Network one for The Prisoner - Complete Series. Masters of Cinema's two-pack of Murnau films, The Finances of the Grand Duke and Phantom, seems an essential purchase for silent era aficionados. Egoyan's enigmatic Adoration is certainly worthy of a spin. As is Stone's directorial take on Natural Born Killers - with a remarkably different image than on the previous R-rated Blu-ray. Not forgetting DVD's ability to introduce previously unseen films to new audiences, Brian reminds us of the value of Nuri Bilge Ceylan- The Early Works by Artificial Eye. Let's also not forget the unjustly under-discussed Went the Day Well. Letting your hair down with a schlocky horror leads you to one down with the bravado of an expert in Drag Me To Hell. The package for Sympathy For Lady Vengeance on Blu-ray may be, essentially, bare-bones but the image transfer is a giant leap forward. As a film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen doesn't carry the panache of the previous effort, but one can't fault the a/v - where it's highest appeal lies...


Natural Born Killers BR - "Natural Born Killers" is not so much about the killers, however, as about the feeding frenzy they inspire. During the period of their rampage, they are the most famous people in America, and the media goes nuts. There are Mickey and Mallory fan clubs and T-shirts; tabloid TV is represented by a bloodthirsty journalist played by Robert Downey Jr., who is so thrilled by their fame he almost wants to embrace them. The people Mickey and Mallory touch in the law industry are elated to be handling the case; it gives them a brush with celebrity, and a tantalizing whiff of the brimstone that fascinates some cops. Director's Cut Blu-ray Release Date: October 13th, 2009

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance
BR - Acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan Wook returns to the director's chair to helm Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, one of the most highly anticipated Korean films of 2005. The film marks the end of Park's hugely popular "Vengeance Trilogy", a series of films that began with 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and continued with 2003's internationally successful Old Boy. Unlike most trilogies, this trio of pictures is united not by plot or by characters, but by its thematic content, namely, revenge and its terrible consequences. Blu-ray Release Date: August 28th, 2009

The Prisoner - Complete Series
BR - Though it ran for a mere 17 episodes, the sci-fi spy drama THE PRISONER is one of television's biggest cult hits. The brainchild of star Patrick McGoohan, the series followed the adventures of No. 6 (McGoohan), a former secret agent who is being held captive in a highly secured village, the location of which remains a mystery throughout the series. This groundbreaking and innovative show reached an unfortunate end as TV bosses got cold feet following low ratings and increasingly strange story lines. But McGoohan himself took control and steered the show to an ending that continues to cause great debate among THE PRISONER's faithful fans. This release includes the entire series of the show, digitally restored. A&E Home Video - Region A Blu-ray release: October 27th, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
BR - One of the most popular, thrill-packed, franchises of all time is back with even more action and more Autobots and Decepticons! In the highly anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to product humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. Blu-ray Release Date: October 20th, 2009

Il Divo
BR - What is astonishing is that a film like this could be made about a man still living. One imagines Andreotti reflecting that it only enhances his larger-than-life image. His Christian Democrats ruled postwar Italy until 1992, by which time the party was in such disrepute that it no longer survives. Yet he prevails. He prevails, and the legend is only enhanced by the great performance here by Toni Servillo, an actor who succeeds in making him hypnotizing by supplying him with an almost cheerful lack of the slightest magnetism. Here was a man who suppressed the usual charm of a politician, perhaps aware he worked better as an enigma. Was he thinking of himself when he famously said, “You sin in thinking bad about people; but, often, you guess right.” Blu-ray Release date: October 27th, 2009

BR - What would you do if you found out your father may have been a terrorist? A high school boy writes a story for class that makes this claim. Is it true? Friends, family, teachers and internet chat-room partners start to wonder and worry. Now he must journey through a maze of family secrets to find the truth about his dead father. From Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan (1997, Best Director, The Sweet Hereafter) comes a story of a young man who must question everything he knows in order to learn who he is and who his father was. Adoration presents a world where there is no such thing as us versus them and the truth is never as simple as right and wrong. Blu-ray October 13th, 2009

Skin in the 70's - Blue Summer: Follow Tracy and Gene on a wild summer road trip full of hitchhiking hotties and crazy-ass roadside adventures. Sometime Sweet Susan: Beautiful but silent, the mysterious Susan harbors a deep and disturbing secret in this soft cut of the breakthrough 1975 sexy shocker. Summer School Teachers: What goes on when three coed cuties are hired as summer substitute teachers? A silly, sensual, 70s sex romp featuring starlets Candice Rialson (Carnival of Souls) and Pat Anderson. Teenage Divorce: Three free spirits cut their ties with the old-fashioned “square” world and shack up in a love commune. A Seventies cult favorite featuring Star Trek’s George Takei. DVD Release Date: October 13th, 2009

Nuri Bilge Ceylan- The Early Works - Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the folks at Artificial Eye, the works of Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan are accessible to a wider audience and while film goers in North America may be most familiar with some of his more recent efforts like Climates, here we get a double disc release with his first two films. As anyone who’s seen both Kasaba and Clouds of May knows, the two are radically different in terms of style. DVD Release Date: May 28th, 2007

Went the Day Well - Conceived, like Ealing's earlier The Next of Kin, to highlight the dangers of a Nazi invasion, Went the Day Well? is one of the most effective wartime films, although it suffered from the fact that, by the time of its release, the real threat of invasion had passed....Turville in Oxfordshire... [is] the sort of village invariably described as 'sleepy'. True to form, the villagers take some time to wake up to the presence of the enemy among them. But when they are roused, they respond with determination, resourcefulness and, when necessary, a surprising ruthlessness. DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2006

How I Met Your Mother - Season 4
BR - The set-up for the series is at once simple and clever: The year is 2030 and Ted Mosby relates to his teenaged children the story of how he met their mother. He spins his tale out for at least five TV seasons worth of half episodes. And, like Scheherazade, Ted knows well enough not to give away the identity of the “lucky” girl, else he (and the TV series he has innocently spawned) will have lost the interest of his audience. Blu-ray Release date: September 29th, 2009

BR - Kevin Costner, admittedly not the world's greatest actor, is fine as the dour Mariner. With a greater range than Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme, and Seagal combined, Costner is more than capable of handling the limited role of an action hero. Dennis Hopper, on the other hand, serves a dual function: chief villain and comic relief. Not content with merely going over-the-top this time around, Hopper makes it obvious that nothing about Deacon is to be taken seriously -- and the approach works. There's a strand of unmistakable, completely intentional humor running through Waterworld. Blu-ray Release date: October 20th, 2009

The Finances of the Grand Duke - Die Finanzen des Großherzogs sees Murnau exploiting the Mediterranean clime to film the tale of a rakish duke whose lifestyle has dried up his noble coffers. When word arrives about the existence of valuable sulphur deposits on his tiny duchy of Abacco, a comic adventure of high-seas intrigue, “animal impersonators”, and the Crown Princess of Russia unreels at a sprightly pace. Max Schreck (the mythic actor behind the makeup of Nosferatu’s Count Orlok two years earlier) appears in a supporting role, in what might be Murnau’s nimblest effort. DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2009

Phantom - In Phantom, an aspiring poet on the verge of what he takes for a big break experiences a chance encounter with a beautiful woman in the street — and falls headlong into love and fantasy. With debts piling up and his promised literary celebrity failing to materialize, the poet descends into obsession, deception, and, ultimately, a criminal act in this delirious film that stands as an early precursor of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2009

Drag Me To Hell
BR - Last year Raimi returned to his B-Movie “roots’ with your basic horror genre keywords: gypsy-curses, blood spewing, insect crawling in and out of body cavities, séance, graveyard and psychic phenomena. You want it – Drag Me To Hell’s got it. And it’s all done without the tongue-in-cheek flair of Army of Darkness. Quite the contrary - though many moments will provoke a reflexive chuckle from the sheer ridiculousness of the situation. Drag Me To Hell is a masterful early 1980s style (check out the older Universal logo that kicks things off here) horrorshow combined with the latest visual and sound effects and prosthetics. Blu-ray Release date: October 13th, 2009

Next 2 weeks on the Calendar


Week of October 19th, 2009


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

The Adventures of George the Projectionist (Tim Higham, 2006) Cheney Films Releasing

Black Rain (Shohei Imamura, 1989) Animeigo

Cheri (Stephen Frears, 2009) Miramax

Easy Rider [Blu-ray] (Dennis Hopper, 1969) Sony (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Elephant King (Seth Grossman, 2006) E1 Entertainment

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

Fados (Carlos Saura, 2007) Zeitgeist Films

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

Hamlet [Blu-ray] (Laurence Olivier, 1948) R'B' UK ITV DVD

Henry V [Blu-ray] (Laurence Olivier, 1944) R'B' UK ITV DVD

It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series - Shout! Factory

Lola montès [Blu-ray] (Max Ophüls, 1955) R'B' FR Paramount

Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001) - Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Monsoon Wedding [Blu-ray] (Mira Nair, 2001) - Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Moon in the Gutter (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1983) Cinema Libre

Phantom/Die Finanzen Des Großherzogs - R2 UK - Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Seven Samurai  [Blu-ray] (Akira Kurosawa, 1954) R'A' Toho YesAsia, CDJapan, Amazon.JP

Summer Storm (Douglas Sirk, 1944) VCI Entertainment

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (Michael Bay, 2009) - Paramount (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Tournament [Blu-ray] (Scott Mann, 2009) Weinstein Company

Waterworld [Blu-ray] (Kevin Reynolds, 1995) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)

Wicked Wife (Bob McNaught, 1953) Music Video Dist

The William Castle Film Collection (13 Frightened Girls / 13 Ghosts / Homicidal / Strait-Jacket / The Old Dark House / Mr. Sardonicus / The Tinglerand/ Zotz!) - Sony Pictures (BEAVER REVIEW)

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


Week of October 26th, 2009


The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Vol. 1 (1960) - E1 Entertainment

Battleship Potemkin [Blu-ray] (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925) R 'B' Sweden - Svensk Films

Black Devil Doll (Jonathan Lewis, 2007) Grindhouse Releasing

Death in the Garden - La mort en ce jardin (Luis Bunuel, 1956) - Microcinema DVD (BEAVER REVIEW)

Family Scandal (Mario Sabatini, 1980) MYA Communications

Frank Borzage Vol 1: Seventh Heaven, Street Angel - R2 UK BFI
Frank Borzage Vol 2: Lucky Star, Liliom - R2 UK BFI

The Fugitive: Season Three Vol 1 - Paramount

The Holly and the Ivy (George More O'Ferrall, 1952) R2 UK - Optimum

If You Are the One [Blu-ray] (Feng Xiaogang, 2008) Tai Seng

Il Divo [Blu-ray] (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008) Mpi Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue [Blu-ray] (Jorge Grau, 1974) Blue Underground

Monty Python: Almost the Truth [Blu-ray] (Alan G. Parker, 2009) Universal

Natural Born Killers (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Oliver Stone, 1994) Warner Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

Night of the Creeps [Blu-ray] (Fred Dekker, 1986) Sony Pictures

The Prisoner (Complete 67-68' Series) [Blu-ray] - A&E Home Video (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Sam Fuller Film Collection (It Happened in Hollywood (1937),Adventure in Sahara (1938), Power of the Press (1943), Shockproof (1949), Scandal Sheet (1952), The Crimson Kimono (1959)and Underworld U.S.A. (1961) - Sony Pictures

Secret défense (Jacques Rivette, 1998) R2 UK Artificial Eye

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure [Blu-ray] (Klay Hall, 2009) Walt Disney Video

Tinto Brass Collection, Vol.3  Deadly Sweet (COL CUORE IN GOLA), The Howl (L'URLO), Attraction (NEROSUBIANCO) - Cult Epics

Whatever Works [Blu-ray] (Woody Allen, 2009) Sony Pictures

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray] (Mel Stuart, 1971) Warner (BEAVER REVIEW)

Z. (Costa-Gavras, 1969) - Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

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