Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF November 17th, 2014

  This Week's Highlights

Mbolani! A strong week that includes Blu-rays by Criterion, Masters of Cinema, of films by Antonioni, Truffaut (2), Frank Capra (2), D.W. Griffith, Hayao Miyazaki and more. Our Release Calendar has updates from directors like Joseph Losey, François Truffaut Roberto Rossellini, Jim Jarmusch, , Terry Gilliam, Robert Altman and other. A BIG sale of Criterion Blu-rays are 50% OFF HERE at Barnes and Noble. We have a CONTEST posted with another Brand New Kino Lorber Blu-ray prize!- Enjoy!

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ALL Criterion Blu-rays are 50% OFF HERE at Barnes and Noble

The Killing [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kubrick, 1956) 50% OFF (BEAVER REVIEW)

Vengeance Is Mine [Blu-ray] (Shohei Imamura, 1979) Criterion 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

3 Films By Roberto Rossellini (Stromboli, Europe 51', Journey to Italy) [Blu-ray] (Roberto Rossellini, 1950, 1952, 1954) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Great Beauty [Blu-ray] (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion [Blu-ray] (Elio Petri, 1970) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Nashville [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1975) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project [Blu-ray] 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Thief [Blu-ray] (Michael Mann, 1981) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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Tokyo Story [Blu-ray] (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

La Notte [Blu-ray] (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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I Married a Witch [Blu-ray] (Rene Clair, 1944) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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Lord of the Flies [Blu-ray] (Peter Brook, 1963) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Babette's Feast [Blu-ray] (Gabriel Axel, 1987) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Life of Oharu [Blu-ray] (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Shoah [Blu-ray] (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Safety Last! [Blu-ray] (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1923) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Marketa Lazarova [Blu-ray] (Frantisek Vlácil, 1967) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Things to Come [Blu-ray] (William Cameron Menzies, 1936) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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3:10 to Yuma [Blu-ray] (Delmer Daves, 1957) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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Always for Pleasure [Blu-ray] (Les Blank, 1978) Criterion Collection 50% OFF!

It Happened One Night [Blu-ray] (Frank Capra, 1934) Criterion 50% OFF!

L'Avventura [Blu-ray] (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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The Complete Jacques Tati [Blu-ray] (Jour de fête, 1949 - Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, 1953 - Mon oncle, 1958 - PlayTime, 1967 - Trafic, 1971 - Parade, 1974) Criterion Collection (BEAVER REVIEW)

Macbeth [Blu-ray] (Roman Polanski, 1971) Criterion 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

La dolce vita [Blu-ray] (Federico Fellini, 1960) Criterion 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

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Love Streams
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Y Tu Mamá También
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Insomnia [Blu-ray] (Erik Skjoldbjærg, 1997) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Scanners [Blu-ray] (David Cronenberg, 1981) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Pickpocket [Blu-ray] (Robert Bresson, 1959) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

A Hard Day’s Night [Blu-ray] (Richard Lester, 1964) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Picnic at Hanging Rock [Blu-ray] (Peter Weir, 1975) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)

Judex [Blu-ray] (Georges Franju, 1963) 50% OFF! (BEAVER REVIEW)
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Hearts and Minds [Blu-ray
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Persona [Blu-ray
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The Prowler [Blu-ray] (Joseph Losey, 1951) VCI Entertainment

The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Five Films by François Truffaut [Blu-ray] - RB UK Artificial Eye

Rossellini: The War Trilogy (Limited Edition Numbered Blu-ray Box Set - Rome, Open City - Paisà - Germany Year Zero - L'Amore) - RB UK BFI

The Skin [Blu-ray] (Liliana Cavani, 1981) Cohen Media

Miami Blues [Blu-ray] (George Armitage, 1990) Shout! Factory

My Left Foot [Blu-ray] (Jim Sheridan, 1989) LionsGate

Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 8 - Warner Archive Collection

The Lookalike [Blu-ray] (Richard Gray, 2014) Well Go USA

Stonehearst Asylum [Blu-ray] (Brad Anderson, 2014) Millennium

Dead Man [Blu-ray] (Jim Jarmusch, 1995) LionsGate

Finding Fela! [Blu-ray] (Alex Gibney, 2014) Kino Lorber

The Skeleton Twins [Blu-ray] (Craig Johnson, 2014) Lionsgate

Adua and Her Friends [Blu-ray] (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1960) Raro Video USA

My Best Friend's Wedding [Blu-ray] (P.J. Hogan, 1997) Sony Pictures

The Zero Theorem [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 2013) Well Go USA

From A Whisper To A Scream [Blu-ray] (Jeff Burr, 1987) Shout! Factory

Songs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition) [4CD + 2DVD] - Island

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1982) Olive Films

Criterion Designs Book - Criterion

River's Edge [Blu-ray] (Tim Hunter, 1986) Kino Lorber

The Falcon and the Snowman [Blu-ray] (John Schlesinger, 1985) Kino Lorber

Juno Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Jason Reitman, 2007) RB UK 20th Century Fox

Dark City [Blu-ray] (William Dieterle, 1950) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Rope of Sand [Blu-ray] (William Dieterle, 1949) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Union Station [Blu-ray] (Rudolph Maté, 1950) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Appointment with Danger [Blu-ray] (Lewis Allen, 1951) Olive Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Frank Darabont Collection [Blu-ray] (The Green Mile, The Majestic, Shawshank Redemption) Warner

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration - 2 Disc Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]  - RB UK Second Sight

The Ninth Configuration [Blu-ray] (William Peter Blatty, 1980) Henstooth Video

The Killers [Blu-ray] (Robert Siodmak, 1946) RB DE Koch (BEAVER REVIEW)

Foxes [Blu-ray] (Adrian Lyne, 1980) Kino Lorber

American Gigolo [Blu-ray] (Paul Schrader, 1980) Warner

At the Earth's Core [Blu-ray] (Kevin Connor, 1976) Kino Lorber

Supernova [Blu-ray] (Walter Hill, 2000) Shout! Factory

The One That Got Away [Blu-ray] (Roy Ward Baker, 1957) RB UK Network

Bunny Lake Is Missing [Blu-ray] (Otto Preminger, 1965) Twilight Time

Judgment at Nuremberg [Blu-ray] (Stanley Kramer, 1961) Twilight Time

The Twilight Samurai [Blu-ray] (Yôji Yamada, 2002) Twilight Time

Birdman of Alcatraz [Blu-ray] (John Frankenheimer, 1962) Twilight Time

Flaming Star [Blu-ray] (Don Siegel, 1960) Twilight Time

When the Wind Blows [Blu-ray] (Jimmy T. Murakami, 1986) Twilight Time

The Palm Beach Story [Blu-ray] (Preston Sturges, 1942) Criterion Collection

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [Blu-ray] (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972) Criterion Collection

La Ciénaga [Blu-ray] (Lucrecia Martel, 2001) Criterion Collection

The Sword of Doom [Blu-ray] (Kihachi Okamoto, 1966) Criterion Collection

My Winnipeg [Blu-ray] (Guy Maddin, 2007) Criterion Collection



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): How can I not choose Criterion's Blu-ray of Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura as the top pick of the week? - one of my favorite films in a stunningly gorgeous transfer. And to totally shift gears - I am totally smitten with Island of Terror - an addictive Brit, sci-fi, creature-feature in a modest region FREE Blu-ray. I've always had high regard for Truffaut's The Woman Next Door and his last film, Confidentially Yours, both with the sublime Fanny Ardant, and both on Artificial Eye Blu-ray that advances demonstratively over the older SDs. We get two Frank Capra films this week - Criterion have transferred the masterful It Happened One Night to Blu-ray and it is a keeper package - while Kino Lorber have brought us his last feature Pocketful of Miracles, with Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, to 1080P disc. Both extremely worthy of owning. What can be said further about the magical work of Hayao Miyazaki - which, like Kiki's Delivery Service - a favorite, was 'made' for Blu-ray presentation in the comfort of your home. Very Strongly recommended! The Masters of Cinema group are releasing D.W. Griffith's Intolerance in a crackerjack of a Blu-ray package - a must-own film! The more the better when it comes to Blu-ray releases like Cinerama: Seven Wonders of the World - always fascinating. I wasn't quite as keen on, the odd, Curse of the Crimson Altar yet it has a loyal following, but I did get a kick out of Sam Whiskey - a Burt Reynolds heist-caper popcorn flic. On DVD Gregory reviewed TCM's Dark Crimes - Volume 2 boxset with 4 'dark cinema' favorites. Per-Olaf (affectionately known as 'Pepsi') recommends About Elly - a highly lauded production out of Iran by the esteemed Asghar Farhadi. Eric covered the Norwegian drama I Am Yours, the Critically acclaimed Lines of Wellington, as well as the modern horror Day of the Mummy... See you next week!


Cinerama: Seven Wonders of the World BD - Of the seven sites the ancient Greeks named the "wonders of the world," only one remains. Seven Wonders of the World is a round-the-world adventure that picks up where the Greeks of antiquity left off. Released in 1956, this Cinerama spectacle follows 20th century adventurer Lowell Thomas as he seeks out the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Join him as he flies across the globe in the "Smasher," a converted B-25, capturing some of the most breathtaking photography ever shot. Blu-ray Release date: November 18th, 2014

Intolerance BD - Griffith interweaves the four parallel stories set, respectively, in the modern era (fuddy-duddy reformers and a workers' strike), Jerusalem (Christ's crucifixion), 1572 Paris (a "hotbed" of persecution against the Huguenots), and ancient Babylon. No collection of silent films is complete without this landmark, awe-inspiring epic, which really does boast a cast of thousands (the most memorable of which is Constance Talmadge as the spunky Mountain Girl). The fall of Babylon ranks with one of the great action set pieces, complete with racing chariots, a nifty decapitation (at the hands of Elmo Lincoln, the man who would be Tarzan), and falls from what appear to be incredible heights. The edge-of-your-seat climax to the modern story, a race against time to save an innocent young man from the electric chair, is another bravura sequence. Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Release Date: December 8th, 2014

Pocketful of Miracles BD - To make Pocketful of Miracles, actor Glenn Ford's production company Newton combined with Capra's company to form a new entity they called Franton. Ford took the lead role of Dave the Dude and cast Hope Lange, best known for her work in Peyton Place (1957), against type as brassy showgirl Queenie Martin. Helen Hayes was originally set to star in the pivotal role of Apple Annie, but in addition to not being thrilled with the script, Hayes had to pull out of the film due to a State Department tour obligation. Subsequently, the role went to screen legend Bette Davis, who at age 53 had been out of the Hollywood spotlight for some time and needed the work. Blu-ray Release date: November 18th, 2014

Curse of the Crimson Altar BD - When his brother disappears, Robert Manning (Mark Eden) pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. Whilst his host Squire Morley (Christopher Lee) is outwardly welcoming - and his house-keeper`s beautiful niece Eve (Virginia Wetherell) his niece willing to fulfil his needs - Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia (Barbara Steele), the Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything. Will the village's renowned expert on witchcraft, Professor John Marshe (Boris Karloff), be able to shed light on the wicked going-ons at Craxted Lodge? This adaptation from Lovecraft`s `Dream in the Witch House` was shot in Grims Dyke, the allegedly haunted house of W S Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. It is remarkable for being the only time that Lee, Karloff and Steele appeared in the same film and is also the last British film to star Karloff, which was innovatively filmed by John Coquillon. Blu-ray Release date: October 13th, 2014

Kiki's Delivery Service BD - Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? Blu-ray Release Date: November 18th, 2014

Confidentially Yours BD - Quite possibly my favorite of Truffaut's films - and unfortunately his swansong. It was his fun and fast paced ode to Noir and Hitchcock appropriately filmed in black and white. Starring his muse of the time, Fanny Ardent, who works out exceedingly well in her role. Unlike Hitch's apparent disdain for his female characters Truffaut applauds his ladies with an obvious romantic adoration. Vivement Dimanche! shows us one of the directors most unrecognized strengths - his versatility. One can almost sense a slight experimental vein in the creation process, perhaps harkening back to his Nouvelle Vague roots. Regardless, an intangible beauty in a prolific listing of film credits. Blu-ray Release Date: October 13th, 2014

Island of Terror BD - When the inhabitants of Petrie`s island succumb to a mysterious disease, doctors Brian Stanley (Peter Cushing) and David West (Edward Judd) are asked to investigate. Puncture marks on the corpses reveal the horrifying truth: the islanders and their animals are being killed not by a disease, but by a strange type of silicate organism that sucks the bone from their bodies. As the death toll rises the seemingly indestructible creatures multiply at an alarming rate. Stanley and west lead the desperate islanders in a fight for survival as the unstoppable silicates threaten to engulf the island, and then the world... Blu-ray Release date: October 27th, 2014

The Woman Next Door BD - Bernard Coudray has a beautiful family and is happy with his life. That is until Phillipe and Mathilde Bauchard move in to the house next door. Bernard and Mathilde know each other, they were once passionately in love but went their separate ways. Once reunited, the pair start a fervent but turbulant affair. Torn between their unyielding lust for each other and the comfort and stability that is their marriages, this really is a case of can't live with and can't live without. The ghost of a tempestuous affair is reawakened when the two lovers, estranged for 10 years and now both newly married, coincidentally move next door to each other. François Truffaut wrote the leading roles especially for his two stars, Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant. Blu-ray Release Date: October 13th, 2014

It Happened One Night BD - Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance. The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon and featuring two actors at the top of their game, sparking with a chemistry that has never been bettered. Blu-ray Release date: November 18th, 2014

Sam Whiskey BD - This light western comedy finds the lovely widow Laura Breckenridge (Angie Dickenson) offering a $20,000 reward for the return of some gold her late husband had stolen from the Denver mint. She seduces the virginal Sam (Burt Reynolds) into leading a team to retrieve the gold, now lying at the bottom of the Platte River. With the help of local blacksmith Jedidiah Hooker (Ossie Davis) and the inventor O.W. Bandy (Clint Walker), the trio agrees to go for the gold in order to receive the reward and restore the good name to the Breckenridge family. Meanwhile, the villains (Rick Davis and Del Reeves) trail the heroes in hopes of grabbing the gold for themselves. The good guys must break into the mint to put back the money, but they need to fool the wary watchman and superintendent (William Shallert) Blu-ray Release date: November 11th, 2014

L'Avventura BD - Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation. Blu-ray Release Date: November 25th, 2014

About Elly - From the Oscar-winning director of A Separation comes a gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holidaying on the Caspian Sea. With an expertly paced narrative and an impressive ensemble cast, including Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), ABOUT ELLY is a cinematic master-class that works as both a thriller and a convincing character study. Intelligent, shrewd and meticulously crafted, ABOUT ELLY confirms Asghar Farhadi's status as one of World Cinema's finest talents. DVD Release Date: Jan 28th, 2013

Dark Crimes - Volume 2 - Born at the dark crossroads of the hard-boiled crime writing that thrived in midcentury American pulp magazines and the shadow-saturated, off-kilter camerawork of European émigré directors who fled to Hollywood with the rise of Nazism, film noir perfectly captured the gloomier moods of wartime America—while somehow making danger and desperation irresistibly attractive. Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios are proud to present You and Me (1938), Ministry of Fear (1944), Undertow (1949) and Hollywood Story (1951). DVD Release Date: July 7th, 2014

Lines of Wellington - This lavish, star-studded epic set during The Napoleonic Wars of 1810 chronicles a multitude of characters - soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old - as their everyday lives are torn apart by war. Dragged through hills and valleys, between ruined villages, and across charred forests and devastated crops, none can escape the chaos of the times, no matter their station. The idealistic young lieutenant Pedro de Alencar; Clarissa Warren, the malicious little English girl; the shady dealer Penabranca; the vindictive Sergeant Francisco Xavier; and the lusty prostitute Martírio will all follow different paths to the lines of Torres, where the final battle will decide each of their fates. DVD Release Date: November 25th, 2014

I Am Yours - Mina is a young single mother in Oslo, juggling 6 year old Felix's upbringing and her troublesome relationship with her traditional Pakistani family that doesn't approve of her life choices. Constantly looking for love in all the wrong places, Mina falls in and out of relationships with a string of men, none of them lasting very long. But when Mina meets Jesper, a Swedish film director who dearly adores her, she falls head over heels in love, willing to go to any lengths to make it work this time around. DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2014

Day of the Mummy - Jack Wells has arrived in Egypt in search of the famous diamond known as The Codix Stone. His journey leads him to the tomb of the cursed King Neferu, cursed not by name but by nature. With his centuries-old slumber disturbed by timeless human greed, the King rises from the dead with a blood-lust that cannot be staunched and a raging fury that will shred flesh from bone, bringing terrible and tormented death to all who dare witness The Day of the Mummy. DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2014

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

November 17th, 2014


22 Jump Street [Blu-ray] (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014) Sony

The Bubble 3-D [Blu-ray] (Arch Oboler, 1966) Kino Lorber (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (4K Restored) [Blu-ray] (Robert Wiene, 1920) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

Cinerama's Seven Wonders of the World [Blu-ray] - Flicker Alley (BEAVER REVIEW)

Cinerama's Search For Paradise [Blu-ray] - Flicker Alley

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1982) Olive Films

Coming Home [Blu-ray] (Hal Ashby, 1978) Kino Lorber

The Dark Half [Blu-ray] (George A. Romero, 1993) Shout! Factory

The Day the Earth Caught Fire [Blu-ray] (Val Guest, 1961) RB UK BFI (BEAVER REVIEW)

Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 8 - Warner Archive Collection

The Girl Who Knew Too Much [Blu-ray] (Mario Bava, 1963) RB UK Arrow Films

Into the Storm [Blu-ray] (Steven Quale, 2014) Warner

It Happened One Night [Blu-ray] (Frank Capra, 1934) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Kiki's Delivery Service [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989) Walt Disney (BEAVER REVIEW)

Mauvais Sang [Blu-ray] (Leos Carax, 1986) Carlotta Films

Monkey Shines [Blu-ray] (George A. Romero, 1988) Shout! Factory

Pocketful of Miracles [Blu-ray] (Frank Capra, 1961) Kino Lorber (BEAVER REVIEW)

Princess Mononoke [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997) Walt Disney

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For [Blu-ray] (Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, 2014) Anchor Bay

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration - 2 Disc Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]  - RB UK Second Sight

The Wind Rises [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013) Walt Disney


November 24th, 2014


Always for Pleasure [Blu-ray] (Les Blank, 1978) Criterion Collection

L'Avventura [Blu-ray] (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Conformist [Blu-ray] (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) Raro Video USA

Criterion Designs Book - Criterion

Diary of a Lost Girl [Blu-ray] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929) RB UK Masters of Cinema

The Giver [Blu-ray] (Phillip Noyce, 2014) Anchor Bay

Ida [Blu-ray] (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013) RB UK Artificial Eye

The Long Goodbye [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1973) Kino Lorber

Mon Oncle [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tati, 1958) RB UK Studiocanal

Mood Indigo [Blu-ray] (Michel Gondry, 2013) RB UK Studiocanal

New Directors from Japan [Blu-ray] - 'My Baby', 'The Lust of Angels, 'And the Mud Ship Sails Away', 'Buy Bling, Get One Free' - RB UK Third Window Films

The November Man [Blu-ray] (Roger Donaldson, 2014) 20th Century Fox

Nymphomaniac 1 & 2 (Extended Director's Cuts) [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 2013, 2014) Magnolia

Out of the Unknown (7-disc DVD Set) (all 20 surviving episodes of the BBC2 anthology science fiction series broadcast between 1965 and 1971) R2 UK BFI

Playtime [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tati, 1967) RB UK Studiocanal

Shock Waves [Blu-ray] (Ken Wiederhorn, 1977) Blue Underground

Spione [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1928) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Spirited Away [Blu-ray] (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) RB UK Studiocanal

The Thief of Bagdad [Blu-ray] (Raoul Walsh, 1924) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

Thieves Like Us [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1974) Kino Lorber


December 1st, 2014


The Congress [Blu-ray] (Ari Folman, 2013) Drafthouse

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray] (Matt Reeves, 2014) 20th Century Fox

The Emerald Forest [Blu-ray] (John Boorman, 1985) Kino Lorber

Enter the Dragon - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Robert Clouse, 1973) Warner

Hickey & Boggs [Blu-ray] (Robert Culp, 1972) Kino Lorber

The Killers [Blu-ray] (Robert Siodmak, 1946) RB DE Koch (BEAVER REVIEW)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [Blu-ray] (Frank Capra, 1939) Sony

The Offence [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1972) Kino Lorber

The Package [Blu-ray] (Andrew Davis, 1989) Kino Lorber

The Quatermass Xperiment [Blu-ray] (Val Guest, 1955) Kino Lorber

The Simpsons: Season 17 [Blu-ray] - 20th Century Fox

Tales From The Crypt / Vault Of Horror [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

The Vampire Lovers [Blu-ray] (Roy Ward Baker, 1970) RB UK Final Cut Entertainment

Witness to Murder [Blu-ray] (Roy Rowland, 1954) Kino Lorber


December 8th, 2014


The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Five Films by François Truffaut [Blu-ray] - RB UK Artificial Eye

Buffalo Bill and the Indians [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1976) Kino Lorber

The Congress [Blu-ray] (Ari Folman, 2013) RB UK Studiocanal

The François Truffaut Collection [Blu-ray] (Shoot the Pianist, Jules et Jim, The Soft Skin, Anne & Muriel, A Gorgeous Girl Like Me, The Last Metro, The Woman Next Door, Finally Sunday) RB UK Artificial Eye (BEAVER REVIEW)   (BEAVER REVIEW)   (BEAVER REVIEW)  (BEAVER REVIEW)   (BEAVER REVIEW)

Hayao Miyazaki Box Set [Blu-ray] - Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979, Miyazaki's first work in theaters), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Porco Rosso (1992), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo (2008), The Wind Rises (2013) - RB UK Studio Canal

Intolerance [Blu-ray] (D.W. Griffith, 1916) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Killers [Blu-ray] (Robert Siodmak, 1946) RB UK Arrow (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Lars von Trier Collection (5 Disc Blu-ray - Nymphomaniac Vol. I & Vol. II, Melancholia, Antichrist and Breaking the Waves) RB UK Artificial Eye (BEAVER REVIEW)   (BEAVER REVIEW)   (BEAVER REVIEW)

Les Misérables [Blu-ray] (Raymond Bernard, 1934) RB UK Masters of Cinema

The Missouri Breaks [Blu-ray] (Arthur Penn, 1976) Kino Lorber

The Night Porter [Blu-ray] (Liliana Cavani, 1974) Criterion Collection

Parade [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tati, 1974) RB UK Studiocanal

Safe [Blu-ray] (Todd Haynes, 1995) Criterion Collection

Slaughter Hotel [Blu-ray] (Fernando Di Leo, 1971) Raro Video USA

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears [Blu-ray] (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, 2013) Strand Releasing

Tesis [Blu-ray] (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996) Tanelorn

Time Bandits [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 1981) Criterion Collection

Trafic [Blu-ray] (Jacques Tati, 1971) RB UK Studiocanal

Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales [Blu-ray] (The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terrors, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Tomb of Ligeia) RB UK Arrow Video

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