Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF December 16th, 2013

  This Week's Highlights

Fónjun tyáfuura - An excellent week, closing in on the holidays with Powell and Pressburger, Eric Rohmer, Robert Altman, John Carpenter, Peter Weir, Brian De Palma, Walter Hill on Blu-ray. DVD has plenty of Warner Archive and more! The Release Calendar has been updated with David Lynch, Douglas Sirk, Anthony Mann, Billy Wilder, Sidney Lumet, Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Losey, Lars von Trier, Dario Argento films to Blu-ray ! We've chosen our Feature Blu-ray and DVD for the Month of DECEMBER and there is a new CONTEST posted - good luck!

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Twin Peaks: Collection (ALL 30 episodes) [Blu-ray] David Lynch - Universal UK

Sleep, My Love [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1948) Olive Films

Men in War [Blu-ray] (Anthony Mann, 1957) Olive Films

Sabrina [Blu-ray] (Billy Wilder, 1954) Paramount

The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1964) - Olive Films

Samson and Delilah [Blu-ray] (Cecil B. DeMille, 1949) Paramount

Stranger on the Prowl [Blu-ray] (Joseph Losey, 1952) Olive Films

Breaking the Waves [Blu-ray] (Lars von Trier, 1996) RB UK Artificial Eye

The Fly - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Kurt Neumann, 1958) RB UK 20th Century Fox

Wadjda [Blu-ray] (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2013) RB UK Soda Pictures

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness [Blu-ray] (Mark Robson, 1958) 20th Century Fox

Dracula 3D [Blu-ray] (Dario Argento, 2012) MPI

Captain Phillips [Blu-ray] (Paul Greengrass, 2013) Sony Pictures

Come Back, Africa - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume 2 [Blu-ray] (1959) - Milestone

The Returned [Blu-ray] (Frédéric Mermoud, 2012) Music Box Films

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [Blu-ray] (Kris Pearn, 2013) Sony

Robbe-Grillet: Trans-Europ-Express [Blu-ray] (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1967) Redemption

Robbe-Grillet: Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Blu-ray] (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1974) Redemption

Betty Boop: The Essential Collection: Vol. 3 [Blu-ray] - Olive Films

RoboCop 4K Remastered [Blu-ray] (Paul Verhoeven, 1987) MGM

Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray] (Fredrik Bond, 2013) Millennium

Up the Junction [Blu-ray] (Peter Collinson, 1968) - Olive Films

On the Job [Blu-ray] (Erik Matti, 2013) Well Go USA

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

The Slumber Party Massacre [Blu-ray] (Amy Holden Jones, 1982) Shout! Factory

Machete Kills [Blu-ray] (Robert Rodriguez, 2013) Universal Studios

Demonic Toys [Blu-ray] (Peter Manoogian, 1992) MPI

Night Of The Demons [Blu-ray] (Kevin Tenney, 1988) Shout! Factory

The Visitor [Blu-ray] (Giulio Paradisi , 1979) New Video Group

The Year of the Cannibals [Blu-ray] (Liliana Cavani, 1970) Raro Video

Tourist Trap [Blu-ray] (David Schmoeller, 1979) RB UK 88 Films

Nostalghia [Blu-ray] (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983) Kino

Wings [Blu-ray] (William A. Wellman, 1927) RB UK Masters of Cinema

White Dog [Blu-ray] (Samuel Fuller, 1982) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Fellini's Roma [Blu-ray] (Federico Fellini, 1972) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Hands Over the City [Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1963) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Wake in Fright [Blu-ray] (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Serpico [Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) RB UK Masters of Cinema
Serpico [Steelbook] [
Blu-ray] (Sidney Lumet, 1973) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Foreign Correspondent [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Criterion Collection

Blue Is the Warmest Color [Blu-ray] (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) Criterion Collection

Breathless [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960) Criterion Collection

King of the Hill [Blu-ray] (Steven Soderbergh, 1993) Criterion Collection)

Tess [Blu-ray] (Roman Polanski, 1979) Criterion Collection

Fantastic Mr. Fox [Blu-ray] (Wes Anderson, 2009) Criterion Collection

Jules and Jim [Blu-ray] (François Truffaut, 1962) Criterion Collection

Computer Chess [Blu-ray] (Andrew Bujalski, 2013) RB UK Masters of Cinema

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Jacques Demy, 1964) RB UK Studiocanal

El Dorado [Blu-ray] (Howard Hawks, 1966) Paramount

The Jacques Tati Collection [Blu-ray] - RB UK Studiocanal

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [Blu-ray] (John Sturges, 1957) Paramount

The Piano [Blu-ray] (Jane Campion, 1993) - RB UK Studiocanal

Classe Tous Risques [Blu-ray] (Claude Sautet, 1960) RB UK BFI

Dead of Night [Blu-ray] (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 1945) - RB UK Studiocanal



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Quite a mix of releases this week, a few of my personal favorite films were covered on Blu-ray. For a change, let's mention those first. I've always felt a connection to Peter Weir's Fearless and it was satisfying to see it reach 1080P - albeit a bare-bones Blu-ray effort. Of all of Eric Rohmer's films, The Green Ray still holds importance for me and despite a 1080i transfer - it towers above the past DVDs. I love Walter Hill and Streets of Fire is a prime example why. One of the last HD-DVD transfers to finally make it to Blu-ray - I was thrilled to add it to my digital library. Some of the best dialogue of the 90's can be found in Glengarry Glen Ross and it was a pure pleasure to indulge in the stacked UK Blu-ray. Being both a Canuck and Powell + Pressburger fan (and, I might add, susceptible to propaganda) I obviously endorse 49th Parallel and the new Carlotta Blu-ray is the best. Arrow keep coming through with definitive Blu-ray releases and it is evident in both Altman's masterful The Long Goodbye and John Carpenter's rollicking Big Trouble in Little China. Exceptional cover art and supplements as well. Potemkine Films in France advance Rohmer's Claire's Knee with a sparkling 1080P visuals. Wonderful to see Post Tenebras Lux make it to the North America side with a beautiful Blu-ray transfer. Carlotta supports French-friendly version of De Palma's The Fury telekinesis fest. Finishing the Blu-ray section we have some limited budget, but effective horror films from the 80s and 90s; Demonic Toys has a self-explanatory title, The Beast Within goes the extra mile for the effects and Crawlspace with Klaus Kinski is don't right gruesome - all now available on Blu-ray. On DVD Gregory kept pace with his daily Warner Archive title reviews. That Hagen Girl, FBI Code 98, Wife Wanted, Don't Gamble With Strangers and Black Market Babies have the vintage-cinema appeal - many with Noir-ish overtones. Partially in-line I covered The Mugger with Kent Smith. I also found time to watch the exotic The Snake God while Eric covered, the highly regarded and spooky, Children of a Darker Dawn as well as a romances Longing Nights and Peyote. Please consider participating in our year-end poll (ballot at the bottom of this newsletter!).


Big Trouble in Little China BD - A cult favorite (and one of director John Carpenter's personal favorites), 'Big Trouble in Little China' is a fantasy-action film that is brilliantly imaginative, funny, and absorbing. Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crimelord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit. Carpenter uses all the best elements of martial arts films, 1940s old action serials, Chinese mythology and straight- forward American adventure to make up a tale wild with imagination. Kurt Russell is wonderful as the brash, brave, and reluctant hero Jack Burton, who is hysterically out of place in this world of magic potions, goblins and curses. A visually stunning work that ranks as one of Carpenter's best films. Arrow Blu-ray Release Date: December 16th, 2013

The Long Goodbye BD - Possibly my favorite Altman film - filled with equal parts Noir homage, parody and the director with his best sardonic witticisms. Elliott Gould is a Philip Marlowe, but circa 1970, and he does a perfect job injecting Raymond Chandler's pulp private-eye hero (or anti-hero) by a perverse form of subversion as he floats through the new sexually open environment of viciously unbalanced criminal leaders, coquettish neighbors and a writer, played by Sterling Hayden, who appears the most comfortable in Marlowe's unbalanced time lines. The action starts as Marlowe’s buddy’s wife is dead, and he is viewed as a remote accomplice by the authorities. With code of honor in full force he sets out to prove his pal innocent.... even if he is deceased. With deadpan absurdities but full faith to respecting the noir roots, Altman creates a stunning catalyst of the sublime elements into a powerhouse of fun, suspense, intrigue and darn true machismo values. The "Hooray For Hollywood” played over the opening and closing titles is no mistake. Arrow Blu-ray Release Date: December 16th, 2013

The Green Ray BD - Rohmer has set this up similar to other films of his in the diary sense where the highlights of each day are chaptered and displayed to us. It is comforting to notice that often nothing really happens on certain days, much like "real life". After many walks alone she finds examples that she may be cursed. Finding a playing card on the street, the color of self-help signs and horoscopes all give us (and her) pause for thought. She rebukes obvious advances from men rejecting their proposals, relating later she would rather be alone than have the empty feeling of a one-night stand. Being particular about what sort of company she's in and feeling down, she eavesdrops on a conversation of elderly people who discuss Jules Verne’s book, “Le Rayon Vert” (The Green Ray). The short answer to your question, “What is the Green Ray?”, well, it is a rare optical effect (a green beam) exhibited by the sun at precisely the moment it is completing setting. For those who view, it is said to help them truly understand their own inner feelings. Already giving evidence of being bohemian/spartan in her lifestyle, she's at loose ends and add to that an emotionally weak state, and this overheard conversation has an effect on her. Perhaps all she needs is a sign? Blu-ray Release Date: November 19th, 2013

Claire's Knee BD - “Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?” says Jerôme, even as he plans on marrying a diplomat’s daughter by summer’s end. Before then, Jerôme spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse nursing crushes on the sixteen-year-old Laura and, more tantalizingly, Laura’s long-legged, blonde stepsister, Claire. Baring her knee on a ladder under a blooming cherry tree, Claire unwittingly instigates Jerôme’s moral crisis and creates both one of French cinema’s most enduring moments and what has become the iconic image of Rohmer’s Moral Tales. Blu-ray Release Date: November 19th, 2013

Fearless BD - San Francisco architect Max Klein can see clearly now. He's been transformed ever since he stared death in the face - and discovered he was unafraid. Peter Weir (Witness) directs Fearless, the vivid story of how a near-death experience impacts the lives of three people. Jeff Bridges plays Max, more wildly alive and taking more risks than ever since surviving a plane crash. Isabella Rossellini is Laura, struggling to find in Max the man she married. And Rosie Perez, 1993 Academy Award nominee and Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago Film Critics Award winner as Best Supporting Actress, is fellow crash survivor Carla: alive, yet devastated by a grievous loss. It seems that no one can heal her pain. But then she meets the one person who fearlessly knows how. Blu-ray Release date: November, 2013

Glengarry Glen Ross BD - Adapted from his Pulitzer Prize winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross shows David Mamet, at his searing, profane best. A group of Chicago real-estate salesmen-cum-con artists live on the edge... life is good for the one on a roll, for the rest, life hangs in the balance. There is no room for losers. A-B-C Always Be Closing, sell or go under, is the salesman's mantra. With the pressure on, so begins a rainy night of cut-throat business and shattered lives. Oscar nominated Al Pacino plays the fast talking Ricky Roma, alongside a phenomenal performance by Jack Lemmon as the veteran Shelly "The Machine" Levene, struggling to keep his neck above water. With a star studded ensemble cast featuring Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris and Alan Arkin. Blu-ray Release date: October 22nd, 2012

49th Parallel BD - At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew, headed by the ruthless Eric Portman, is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities, before trying to cross the border into the still-neutral United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, 49th Parallel features a colorful cast of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard. Blu-ray Release Date: October 23d, 2013

Streets of Fire BD - alter Hill's classic, highly stylized rock & roll fable has gained a huge cult following since its original 1984 release and with its backdrop of rain-drenched, neon-lit streets is one of the most visually iconic films of the decade. Big time rock singer Ellen Aim is playing her hometown when she is grabbed from the stage by local bike gang The Bombers, led by the menacing Raven. Tom Cody, a tough ex-soldier and Ellen's ex-boyfriend returns home to get her back and he's ready to take on the whole gang. Blu-ray Release date: November 18th, 2013

The Fury BD - Brian De Palma returns to the mind-blowing potential of telekinesis in the follow-up to his 1976 horror hit Carrie. While vacationing with his psychic son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), and close associate Childress (John Cassavetes), government agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) survives a terrorist attack, only to discover that it was staged by Childress so he could kidnap Robin for his own nefarious purposes. With the assistance of another psychic (William Finley) and Hester (Carrie Snodgress), an employee at the Paragon Institute for Psychic Research, Peter discovers a telekinetic Chicago high-school girl named Gillian (Amy Irving), who may be able to help him find Robin. Even though they have never met, Gillian can see Robin's memories and experiences telepathically, and she knows that he is in trouble. But Childress knows all about Gillian, too, and he is not about to let Peter's paternal quest get in the way of his plans for harnessing their psychic power. Carlotta Blu-ray Release Date: November 8th, 2013

The Beast Within BD - Bibi Besch and Ronny Cox are honeymooning in Mississippi (which may have been their first mistake) when someone or something with hairy legs rapes Besch. Seventeen years later their son, Paul Clemens, is not the kind of kid you'd like to introduce to your daughter. Matter of fact, he's weird and not feeling too well, so Mom and Dad take him back to Mississippi to see whether his problems are related to that hairy thing we met in reel one. They are, of course, and the teen soon transforms (in some disgustingly effective cheap effects by Tom Burman) into a giant insect creature that roams the area, ripping the limbs off passersby. Blu-ray Release date: December 17th, 2013

Crawlspace BD - A homicidal maniac doctor specializes in murder and owns a peaceful boarding house for lovely aspiring actresses. They feel safe and comfortable there. Little do they know, the good-doctor is getting his jollies by crawling through narrow spaces between the walls peeking at them through the heating vents. Sometimes he likes to shake the women up by making scary noises in the vents and blaming them on rats. The poor women also do not know that he is also a sadistic killer with a taste for slow, gruesome torture and clever traps. The whole nasty situation comes to a head when a Nazi hunter begins to trail him. Although the doctor himself was never a Nazi, his father was a wanted war criminal. Later it is revealed that the physician feels that he is predestined to follow in his father's grisly footsteps. He proves this after every killing when he plays a game of Russian roulette with his revolver. Each empty chamber is an affirmation that he is doing what he should. Blu-ray Release date: December 17th, 2013

Post Tenebras Lux BD - POST TENEBRAS LUX (light after darkness) is the Cannes Film Festival prize winner that follows an upscale Mexican family whose move to the countryside in search of an ideal life results in domestic crisis and class friction. Stunningly photographed, the film is an enthralling and enigmatic exploration of the primal conflicts of the human condition. Blu-ray Release Date: December 10th, 2013

Demonic Toys BD - A botched bust on a pair of arms dealers inadvertently leads to the raising of a sixty year old demon with the power to bring toys to life as his personal minions. The demon is looking for a body to inhabit so he can increase his powers, and it just happens that one of the police officers, Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins) is pregnant with the ideal host. As the murderous toys close in on their victims, the officer must not only fight for her life, but for the soul of her unborn child. Blu-ray Release date: December 9th, 2013

Children of a Darker Dawn - A doomsday virus of madness and death has destoyed the world's adult population. Only the young survive. They watch in horror as their parents go mad and die. Haunted by terrifying memories, they fight for life in a bleak wasteland. Gangs of teens and outlaw children roam the scarred landscape. Sisters Evie and Fran keep to themselves, two outsiders gathering food and moving from town to town. Sleeping overnight in an abandoned mansion, the sisters are awoken by shouts of a mob beating a lone girl. The battle between newcomers and the vicious pack spirals into a violent explosion. Teen romances, sexual jealousies and cliques inflame a grisly struggle for food. It's The Road to a grim new civilization. DVD Release Date: December 17th, 2013

Longing Nights - Aitana, Pierrick, Jorge and Rita are all in their twenties and all look for ways to make their nights in the city of Madrid a little less lonely. Set against a background of drugs, sex, multiple partners and differing sexualities, Longing Nights follows the individual stories of these young people. A candid portrait of four relationships highly loaded with eroticism from beginning to end. DVD Release Date: November 26th, 2013

Peyote - Pablo, a shy teenager, meets the slightly older Marco. Together they go on a impromptu road trip to the Mexican desert, a trip that will make them face what they mean to each other. This experience will turn Pablo s life around: his points of view, his strength and his own sexuality. Two guys and a video camera that will record their friendship, struggles and the possibility to find another destiny. DVD Release Date: November 26th, 2013

Black Market Babies - "A smart guy could clean up in a racket like this." So says Eddie Condon (Kane Richmond), a smooth-talking hood who sells unwanted babies to childless rich couples. Teaming up with a broken-down sawbones (Ralph Morgan) and a silver-tongued shyster (George Meeker), Condon operates a private maternity home where he rakes in the dough until a pre-paid baby is stillborn. Intent on keeping the cash, he hands over his sister-in-law's newborn instead, a baby-switching scheme that soon gives way to frame-ups, fallouts and murder. The type of film the majors would avoid lest it harm their mainstream reputation, Black Market Babies is a prime example of the controversial programmers only a B movie studio like Monogram Pictures could make. Based on a December 1944 Woman's Home Companion article that was reprinted in Reader's Digest, this searing drama is both cutting-edge and exploitative, a lurid exposé that's lost none of its power to shock. DVD Release Date: June 11th, 2013

Don't Gamble With Strangers - When Mike Sarno (Kane Richmond) out-cheats Fay Benton (Bernadene Hayes) in a crooked poker game, the two gamblers bury the hatchet and agree to become partners in crime. Posing as brother and sister, the pair finally hits the big time when Mike runs into a gambler (Phil Van Zandt) who owes him a debt and takes over his casino to square it. So as the high-rollers' dough starts pouring in and Mike eventually tires of Fay, he dumps her to get his hands on a gorgeous heiress (Gloria Warren) and her cash, a double-cross that will lead to murder and a shocking surprise when the cops reveal the killer's name. DVD Release Date: June 11th, 2013

The Snake God - Abandoned by her rich industrialist husband on a remote Caribbean estate, Paola befriends Stella, a beautiful local girl who is an adept of a hidden voodoo cult. The two women become inseparable, sharing their most intimate secrets. All goes well until Paola demands that Stella take her to one of the voodoo ceremonies that she attends every week. There Paola falls under the spell of Djamballa, the powerful snake god, from whose magic there is no escape. DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2013

Wife Wanted - For her final film appearance, Kay Francis goes out with a bang – and how! – in this femme noir sensation. Fading film queen Carole Raymond (Francis) thinks she's going to feather her nest egg with a real-estate exit plan, only to find herself behind the eight ball in a classified lonely hearts crime ring. Set up as the fall gal for a snuffed-out romeo, Carole is up to her white furs in illegitimate matrimony until a muckraker (Robert Shayne) gets a sniff of the seductive shenanigans. But the question remains – will the reporter be Carole's salvation or her damnation? Kay Francis produced with no-nonsense noir helmer Phil Karlson directing and costarring Paul Cavanagh, Veda Ann Borg, Teala Loring and Jonathan Hale. DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2013

FBI Code 98 - Robert Cannon (Jack Kelly), Fred Vitale (Ray Danton) and Alan Nichols (Andrew Duggan), three men vital to America’s missile program, are en route to Cape Canaveral when a bomb is discovered in a suitcase. Defused by Vitale, the device is turned over to the FBI, which takes charge of the investigation. Assigned to determine if it’s a case of sabotage or attempted murder, Inspector Leroy Gifford (Philip Carey) and his squad race to track down the bomber before he can strike again. Originally shot as a TV pilot, FBI Code 98 was based on a book by the film’s writer/producer, former police reporter Stanley Niss. Produced with the cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Code 98 was released in theaters instead, making its U.S. debut one year before Warner Bros. revisited the premise with the long-running TV series The F.B.I., which aired on ABC from 1965 to 1974. DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2013

The Mugger - In this crime drama, a police psychiatrist sets out to capture a whacko purse snatcher who has been scarring the faces of his female victims as he makes off with their bags. When a girl is killed, all evidence points to the mugger, but when he is captured he fervently denies it. The police then begin looking for the real culprit and discover that the killer is the dead girl's brother-in-law and close friend of the shrink. DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2011

That Hagen Girl - Tom Bates (Ronald Reagan) has returned to Jordan, Ohio, after 18 years, rekindling the gossip that he fathered an illegitimate baby before he left. Mary Hagen (Shirley Temple), the now-grown subject of those rumors, soon finds herself an unwitting target for the town’s malicious whispers and lies. So when her mother dies without explaining her past, a tormented Mary turns to Tom for the truth about a scandal that ruined her life before it ever began. Said to be Temple’s favorite adult movie, That Hagen Girl also features 20-year-old Lois Maxwell as the former child star’s on-screen teacher and friend. DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2012

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

December 16th, 2013


The Beast Within [Blu-ray] (Philippe Mora, 1982) Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

The Blue Angel [Blu-ray] (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) Kino

Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray] (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) RB UK Arrow Video

Crawlspace [Blu-ray] (David Schmoeller, 1986) Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)

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

The Family [Blu-ray] (Luc Besson, 2013) 20th Century Fox

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

The Long Goodbye [Blu-ray] (Robert Altman, 1973) RB UK Arrow (BEAVER REVIEW)

Museum Hours [Blu-ray] (Jem Cohen, 2012) Cinema Guild

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters [Blu-ray] (Thor Freudenthal, 2013) 20th Century Fox

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


December 24th, 2013


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


December 30th, 2013


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

Il Bidone [Blu-ray] (Federico Fellini, 1955) RB UK Masters of Cinema

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

Hell Baby [Blu-ray] (Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, 2013) Millennium

Himalaya [Blu-ray] (Eric Valli 1999) Kino

Nightmare City [Blu-ray] (Umberto Lenzi, 1980) Raro

Sweet Vengeance [Blu-ray] (Logan Miller, 2013) Arc Entertainment


January 6th, 2014


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

Cassandra Crossing / Domino Principle [Blu-ray] - Shout! Factory

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray (The Home and the World, An Enemy of the People, The Stranger) Criterion

The Following: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] (2013) - Warner

For Ever Mozart [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996) Cohen Media

Hail Mary [Blu-ray] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985) Cohen Media

The Killing Fields [Blu-ray] (Roland Joffé, 1984) Warner Home Video

Many Wars Ago [Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1970) Kino

Tequila Sunrise [Blu-ray] (Robert Towne, 1988) Warner

Throne of Blood [Blu-ray] (Akira Kurosawa, 1957) Criterion

The Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (Robin Hardy, 1973) Lions Gate


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