DVDBeaver Newsletter - November 17th, 2006

 

Bom dia! - A stupendous week of viewing in the land of Film/DVD passion - a perfect time to be a cinema fan - we have 15 new reviews this week - 4 comparisons, an essential Criterion, films by Tarr, Melville, Hong Sang Soo, Hawks, a contest, some Criterion news, a lot of new Calendar listings... and more. wow...

 

UPCOMING CRITERIONS (Feb 2007):

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist - Box Set Turell, Oscar Micheaux, Kenneth Macpherson, Zoltan Korda, Thornton Freeland, Pen Tennyson, Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand Saul J. UK/USA ---- 369
Bicycle Thieves De Sica, Vittorio Italy 1948 374
Green for Danger Gilliat, Sidney UK 1946 375
49th Parallel Powell, Michael UK 1941 376
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs Naruse, Mikio Japan 1960 377

 

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NEW Additions to the Release Calendar (PRE-ORDER!):

Glamour Girls (Love Me Tonight / The Blue Angel / Pandora and the Flying Dutchman / The Good Fairy / Lured) - Kino Video

Blood & Sand (Rouben Mamoulian, 1941) - 20th Century Fox

The Clock (Vincente Minnelli, 1945) Warner Home Video

Miracle in the Rain (Rudolph Maté, 1956) Warner Home Video

A Summer Place (Delmer Daves, 1959) Warner Home Video

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962) Warner Home Video

Performance (Donald Cammell, 1970) Warner Home Video

Caprice (Frank Tashlin, 1967) 20th Century Fox

Little Murders (Alan Arkin , 1971) 20th Century Fox

Road Show (Hal Roach , 1941) Alpha Video

Atomic Age Classics 5: C Is for Communist - Alpha Video

Factotum (Bent Hamer, 2005) IFC

The Wicker Man 2-disc SE (Robin Hardy, 1973) Anchor Bay

The Wicker Man (Widescreen Unrated/Rated Edition) (Neil LaBute, 2006) - Warner Home Video

The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma , 2006) Universal Studios

A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater, 2006) Warner Home Video

Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan, 1998) Warner Home Video

Lady in the Water (M. Night Shyamalan, 2006) Warner

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee, 2006) (3-disc) Hbo Home Video

The Illusionist (Neil Burger , 2006) 20th Century Fox

Border Radio (Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss 1987) - Criterion Collection

Monsters And Madmen (4 DVD Box Set) - (The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, The Atomic Submarine and First Man into Space) - Criterion Collection

Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1970) - Criterion Collection

Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa , 1963) - - Criterion Collection

Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Two Films By Akira Kurosawa - Criterion Collection

Yojimbo (REISSUE) (Akira Kurosawa , 1961) - Criterion Collection

 

RECOMMEND: Three films to DVD this week that I consider ESSENTIAL - Pandora's Box, Sátántangó, and Army in the Shadows (L'Armee Des Ombres). And not far behind are some eclectic choices - A Heart in Winter, Forbidden Planet, and Woman on the Beach. Per-Olaf and Adam Lemke seem high on Regular Lovers. For straight value - you can't beat - The Rock Hudson Screen Legends Collection and The Cary Grant Screen Legend Collection. Taken in context Death of a President is entertainment. Anyway enjoy! 

 

New Reviews:

 

Army in the Shadows (L'Armee Des Ombres) - A personal project for over 25 years and drawing on his own experience of fighting for the Résistance, the film shares the existential themes of his gangster epics Le Samouraï and Le Cercle rouge and shows Melville's mastery of suspense. DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2006

A Fish Called Wanda - A perfectly old-fashioned romantic comedy, big on caper, generous on Ealing, and heavy on the twisted stereotypes. Cleese scripts and stars as London barrister Archie Leach, hired to defend a gem thief, and earning a much-vaunted 'sex symbol' tag with the affections of gangster's moll Wanda Gershwitz (Curtis). DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2006

Forbidden Planet - Classic '50s sci-fi, surprisingly but effectively based on The Tempest, with Nielsen's US spaceship coming across a remote planet, deserted except for Pidgeon's world-wearied Dr Morbius (read Prospero), his daughter (Miranda) and their robot Robby (Ariel). Something, it transpires, has destroyed the planet's other inhabitants, and now, as Bard and Freud merge, a monster mind-thing Caliban begins to pick on the spaceship's crew. An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting (with the exception of Francis), make it an endearing winner. DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006

Regular Lovers - Shot in lustrous black and white, Regular Lovers is a melancholy meditation upon both the events of May 1968 in Paris and a doomed love affair. Writer-director Philippe Garrel's son Louis (star of Bertolucci's The Dreamers) plays 20-year-old poet and student protester François, who falls for the beautiful sculptor Lilie (impressive newcomer Clotilde Hesme) during the numbed aftermath of the revolution. DVD Release Date: October 23rd, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth - After he failed to become President of the United States of America in the 2000 elections due to a variety of reasons, Al Gore seemed to disappear. When he began teaching classes at Columbia University, a few pictures of him surfaced, revealing that the man had become bearded and...well, corpulent. Clearly, Gore was searching for a sense of direction in his life. DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2006

Woman on the Beach - One of the most eclectic directors in Korea, for the last ten years Hong Sang Soo has been redefining the idea of arthouse. Ever since his 1996 debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well, Hong has brilliantly explored the hypocrisy and everyday life of the planet's most mysterious creatures: men. Following 2005's introspective Tale of Cinema, Hong's latest film Woman on the Beach may be his most accessible to date. Starring Ko Hyun Jung (Spring Days), Kim Seung Woo (Hotelier), and Kim Tae Woo (Woman is the Future of Man), Woman on the Beach is more than a road movie or a romance drama, it's a Hong Sang Soo film. DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2006

Pandora's Box - One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst's lurid, controversial melodrama Pandora's Box. Sensationally modern, the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with. Daring and stylish, Pandora's Box is one of silent cinema's great masterworks and a testament to Brooks's dazzling individuality... DVD Release Date: November 28th, 2006

Sátántangó - While Sátántangó, due to it being in black and white, Hungarian and running 7 hours, on paper may sound like the ultimate joke about art-house cinema, it is nothing less than a mesmerizing life changing cinematic experience. DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2006

A Heart in Winter - Intimacy and expression of affection are not capable in everyone. Claude Sautet shows us a prime example in "Un Coeur en Hiver". Wonderful performances by all involved. Two people who are "in love" but only to the degree that one can transmit that emotion. A detailed study of individuals caught in circumstances of fate and persona who cannot connect by overcoming a inbred hurdle. One which exists, demands to be recognized and dealt with. DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2006

The Green Mile - In a world where evil is done and justice is required, it is difficult to preserve the dignity of even a condemned prisoner. Yet, time after time, in scene after scene, these men model how truly humane people should behave themselves, both in their gentle respect and in their justice. DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006

The Cary Grant Screen Legend Collection - This three-disc set shines with five films starring the ever-suave Cary Grant. Newspaper publisher Porter Madison II (Grant) falls for a lookalike impersonating the "Thirty Day Princess" (1934), unaware that she's not royal...and not available! Grant plays a Paris beauty shop doctor more than pleased with the results of his work on Genevieve Tobin, in "Kiss and Make Up" (1934). Blinded in a chemical accident, pilot Grant causes aviatrix Myrna Loy's heart to take flight, in "Wings in the Dark" (1935. Can copper Danny (Grant) and manicurist Eve (Joan Bennett) stop bickering long enough to nab jewel thieves together? Find out, in "Big Brown Eyes" (1936). And Grant and Bennett play ace reporters, in love but resolutely staying single, in "Wedding Present" (1936). DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006

Behind the Rising Sun - The film is told in flashback from 1943, in the middle of WW2, as respected elitist Japanese newspaper publisher Reo Seki (J. Carrol Naish) receives the ashes of his dead soon Taro (Tom Neal) and blames himself for the tragedy that has come to his family. The flashback begins in 1936 when Reo welcomes back from America his beloved son Taro, who graduated as an engineer from Cornell and is filled with love for America; he wishes to work in Tokyo for the great American engineer O'Hara (Don Douglas), but his father disapproves becomes of the nationalist fervor sweeping Japan and the hatred of foreigners as evidenced by the Chinese slaughtered in the street.

The Big Sky - Hawks's adventure movie, featuring Douglas and Martin as Kentucky frontiersmen on an expedition up the Missouri river to deliver a shipment of furs to Blackfoot Indians, is flawed but has a pleasing Saturday matinee feel to it that makes it great fun to watch. Along the way, the pair have to negotiate hostile Indian territory, but the action sequences are tempered with some nicely judged, knowing comedy that suggests the film isn't taking itself too seriously, while Douglas's romance with Sioux princess Threatt (which later spilled over off screen) adds an extra dimension to proceedings.

Rock Hudson Screen Legends Collection - "Has Anybody Seen My Gal" - In this charming musical comedy, Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent (Piper Laurie) turned down after her family gains a large sum of money. "A Very Special Favor" - The war of the sexes heats up when a sleek businessman (Rock Hudson) attempts to seduce an attractive psychiatrist (Leslie Caron) who seems immune to his charms. "The Golden Blade" - Follow Rock Hudson on an epic adventure as a brave warrior who uses the magical Sword of Damascus to save his people and claim the heart of a princess (Piper Laurie). "The Last Sunset" - Journey to the Wild West with a haunted sheriff (Rock Hudson) as he joins an outlaw (Kirk Douglas) in a treacherous cattle drive and finds his heart captive to the wanted man's former lover. "The Spiral Road" - When an opportunistic physician (Rock Hudson) travels to the jungles of Java, a shocking meeting with a black magic witch doctor forces him to re-evaluate his selfish past... DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006

Death of a President - The film's deeper intentions are far more urgent, and elevate it into the company of such landmark works of historical argument as Peter Watkins's The War Game, Costa-Gavras's Z and, closer to home, Michel Brault's Les Ordres. Every thinking person should see Death of a President. DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2006


Next 2 weeks on the Calendar:

 

Week of November 20th, 2006

 

Abbott & Costello in Hollywood / Lost in a Harem (S. Sylvan Simon, 1945) Warner Home Video

Claude Chabrol's Tales of Deceit (Betty / The Color of Lies / Cop Au Vin / L'Enfer / Inspecteur Lavardin) Kino Video

The Double Life of Veronique 2-disc (Krzysztof Kieslowski,1991) Criterion Collection

Ernst Lubisch Collection - Anna Boleyn (1920), Die Austernprinzessin aka My Lady Margarine (1919), aka The Wildcat, Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1920), Sumurun aka One Arabian Night (1920) - 6 DVD - R2 Germany - Transit Classics

A Fish Called Wanda (Deluxe Edition) (Charles Crichton, 1988) MGM

Glamour Girls (Love Me Tonight / The Blue Angel / Pandora and the Flying Dutchman / The Good Fairy / Lured) - Kino Video

Hana yori mo naho (Hirokazu Koreeda , 2006) With Eng SUBS - Shochiku Home Video

Laurel & Hardy - (Air Raid Wardens / Nothing but Trouble) - Warner Home Video

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) 20th Century Fox

O Henry's Full House (Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, 1952) 20th Century Fox

Pandora's Box (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929) Criterion Collection

Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2 (5-disc) - Paramount Home Video

Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection (Christmas in July, The Great McGinty, Hail the Conquering Hero, Great Moment, The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, Palm Beach Story) - Universal Studios

 

Week of November 27th, 2006

 

12:01 (Jack Sholder, 1993) Image Entertainment

L'Armee des Ombres (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969) - R2 UK BFI

Edi (Piotr Trzaskalski , 2002) Facets

George Reeves Double Feature (Thunder in the Pines & Jungle Goddess) VCI

Hammer Film Noir - Vol. 4 (Terror Street, Wings of Danger) VCI
Hammer Film Noir - Vol. 5 (The Glass Tomb, Paid to Kill) VCI

The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961) - R2 UK BFI

Marlene Dietrich: Movie Collection - 18-disc - (Angel, Blonde Venus, Desire, Destry Rides Again, The Devil Is A Woman, Dishonored, The Flames Of New Orleans, Follow The Boys, A Foreign Affair, Golden Earrings, Morocco, Pittsburgh, The Scarlet Empress, Seven Sinners, Shanghai Express, The Song Of Songs, The Spoilers, Touch Of Evil) - R2 UK Universal Pictures Video

Otomo (Frieder Schlaich, 1999) Facets

Presagio (Luis Alcoriza , 1975) Facets

Sara (Maciej Slesicki, 1997) Facets

School of Senses (András Sólyom, 1996) Bunyik Entertainment

Superman - The 1948 & 1950 Theatrical Serials Collection - Warner Home Video

Things to Come (Special Edition) (William Cameron Menzies, 1936) Liberation Ent

Time to Leave (Francois Ozon, 2005) Strand Releasing

 

Border Radio (Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss 1987) - Criterion Collection

The Double Life of Veronique 2-disc (Krzysztof Kieslowski,1991) Criterion Collection

Monsters And Madmen (4 DVD Box Set) - (The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, The Atomic Submarine and First Man into Space) - Criterion Collection

Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1970) - Criterion Collection

Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa , 1963) - - Criterion Collection

Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Two Films By Akira Kurosawa - Criterion Collection

Yojimbo (REISSUE) (Akira Kurosawa , 1961) - Criterion Collection

 

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Huddle together,

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