DVDBeaver Newsletter - December 22nd, 2006


Mele Kalikimaka! - 8 new reviews in this weeks newsletter - half are comparisons. In our last newsletter before Christmas (3 days to go) we wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. We hope to have our Year End Poll completed for next week.




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

The Smugglers and a Girl Is a Gun: The Films of Luc Moullet (1967) - Facets

Jean-Luc Godard Collection Vol.1 (Alphaville, Pierrot Le Fou, Une Femme Est Une Femme, Le Petit Soldat, A Bout De Souffle, La Chinoise And Made In The USA.) R2 UK Optimum

The Big Steal (Don Siegel, 1949) R2 UK - Universal Pictures Video

The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1946) R2 UK

Mr. Moto Collection - Vol. 2 (Mr. Moto's Gamble / Mr. Moto in Danger Island / Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation / Mr. Moto's Last Warning / The Return of Mr. Moto) - 20th Century Fox

Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat, 1992) Sony Pictures

Literary Classics Collection (Madame Bovary (1949), Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions), Billy Budd) - Warner Home Video


RECOMMEND: The big news is Mikio Naruse, Volume 1. One of the best packages of 2006.

I was pretty high on When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Spike Lee nails one of the best documentary's of the year.

Abstruse: tread lightly for weird and wonderful - The Black Dahlia and The Illustrated Man make for... ummm... interesting viewing.


New Reviews:


The Illustrated Man - Based on three futuristic stories by Ray Bradbury, the film is a curious, pretentious, science-fiction morality play. Steiger, mannered and morose, stars with his then-wife Bloom. The tales tell of parents as victims of zombie like children, a space-wrecked crew on another planet, and nearing the end of the world. DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2006

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - Principally structured as an oral history, Spike Lee’s four-hour HBO doc charts the horrific events that have devastated New Orleans in the last 12 months. The many stories of the bureaucratic bungling, political scapegoating and personal traumas in the aftermath of Katrina are as shocking as the footage of death and suffering during the storm itself. Lee’s invaluable film is shot through with feelings of pain, outrage and exasperation, returning again and again to the question of how the world’s richest country could let this happen to its own people. Two un-shocking answers: race and money. DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2006

The Black Dahlia - A tale of personal obsession and institutional rot, James Ellroy’s narratively sprawling yet intensely interior novel ‘The Black Dahlia’ was never going to adapt easily to the screen. But it had a solid precedent in ‘LA Confidential’ (also from an Ellroy novel) and its key motifs – doppelgängers, monomania, grotesque violence – seem a good fit for director Brian De Palma. Unfortunately, another of De Palma’s pet fascinations runs away with the show: like many of the characters, he’s unhealthily ‘enamored of the flickers’. DVD Release Date: December 26th, 2006

Mikio Naruse, Volume 1 - This box set represents the first DVD release of any Mikio Naruse films in the English-speaking world and prefigures more Naruse releases by the British Film Institute (UK) and the Criterion Collection (USA) throughout 2007. Mikio Naruse demands a certain deserved reverence with film fans. His non-judgmental cinema creates a flirtation utilizing an unsentimental balance between compassion and sensitivity, steeped in subtly deep melodrama but frequently with an overall bleak and pessimistic outlook. DVD Release Date: December 4th, 2006

The Lady Vanishes - In this best-loved of Hitchcock’s British-made thrillers, a young woman on a train meets a charming old lady (Dame May Whitty), who promptly disappears. The other passengers deny ever having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect a conspiracy. When she begins investigating, she is drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. See how the new Essential Art transfer compares to the original Criterion.

The House of Flying Daggers - In a form of backwards progression, director Zhang Yimou appears to be moving further away from ‘Art House dramas’ again, towards a kind of superlative ‘Shaw Brothers-ish’ martial arts films. And he does so better than that particular genre has ever seen… ever. ‘Beautiful’ may be an understatement as I doubt I have ever seen anything of such visual splendor ever before. It is eye and ear candy that is still pleasurably ringing my senses. The wooden box edition came out August 24th, 2006.

Don't Come Knocking - Once again Wenders' darkly romantic view of the American west dovetails beautifully with Shepard's own interior landscape, in which lost fathers — and in this case, sheltering mothers — loom large as the mesas in the psyches of the their abandoned sons. Beautifully shot in rich colors by Franz Lustig, it's possibly Wenders' most accessible film to date, and among his most emotionally satisfying.

The Weeping Meadow - Angelopoulos moves his forces like a juggernaut to stage formidable set-pieces, coups de théâtre that impress with their vast scale without necessarily engaging our emotions. In his most remarkable feat, he constructs a low-lying town in a dry lakebed only to drown it for a spectacular inundation. There follows a floating funeral on a water-borne raft, players posed beside the open coffin, as a flotilla of boats proceeds with a flourish of black flags. Prows part the water as the camera glides ahead, like a courtier preparing the way, but a sudden change of angle confronts us with a massive phalanx of figures reflected in the floodwater, with blue sky streaking the top of the frame. The New Yorker DVD came out Dec 19th, 2006

Next 2 weeks on the Calendar:


Week of December 25th, 2006


Be with Me (Eric Khoo, 2005) Film Movement

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

Bon Cop, Bad Cop (Eric Canuel, 2006) Park Ex Pictures Cn

Danika (Ariel Vromen, 2006) First Look Pictures

Factotum (Bent Hamer, 2005) IFC

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

Men of the Mountains (István Szöts, 1942) Bunyik Entertainment

Moscow Elegy (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1987) Ideale Audience

The Spectator (Paolo Franchi, 2004) Syracuse Int'l Film

What Alice Found (A. Dean Bell, 2003) Wellspring Media

Who's Camus Anyway? (Mitsuo Yanagimachi , 2005) Film Movement


Week of January 2nd, 2006


Seven Swords (Hark Tsui, 2005) Weinstein Company


Criterions Available for Preorder Savings:   49th Parallel (Michael Powell , Emeric Pressburger - 1941) Criterion Collection, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse, 1960) Criterion Collection, Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948) Criterion Collection, Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946) Criterion Collection, 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


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