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Imprint Blu-ray Boxsets
|Imprint have been absolutely 'knocking it out of the park' with a plethora of Blu-ray boxsets releases. DVDBeaver can barely keep up! As they deserve attention we are listing some below and our impressions.|
Directed By… Walter Hill (1975 – 2006)
This 7-Blu-ray special edition set collects
Hard Times (1975) /
The Driver (1978) /
The Long Riders (1980) /
Extreme Prejudice (1987) /
Handsome (1989) and one landmark miniseries,
Broken Trail (2006), from one of the most
important and influential filmmakers of modern cinema.
Comments: DVDBeaver LOVE Walter Hill - his films are often very machismo actioners with stars like Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Bruce Dern, Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall etc. The package includes supplements like a Walter Hill Masterclass, new audio commentaries (critic Matthew Asprey Gear, Walter Chaw. Daniel Kremer and Scout Tafoya - Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, Toby Roan), interviews, documentaries, featurettes (ex. "Walter Hill on Sam Peckinpah") and much more... I'm only sad the set misses one of my favorites from Hill, Streets of Fire.
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Directed By… Sidney J. Furie (1970 – 1978)
Influential Canadian-born auteur director
Sidney J. Furie is best known for elevating otherwise
unremarkable genre films with his strong visual style
and clever use of cinematography.
This five film set (each on its own Blu-ray), The Lawyer (1970) / Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) / Hit! (1973) / Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living In New York (1975) and The Boys In Company C (1978), are accompanied by seven audio commentaries - six of which are brand NEW (4 X by Daniel Kremer!, Sidney J. Furie himself - Samm Deighan - screenwriter Rick Natkin and film producer Andre Morgan - Andrew Stevens) featurettes, new interviews (Barry Newman, Diana Muldaur, Billy Dee Williams), video essays, featurettes (ex. Panning the Furious Scans: A Visual Archaeology of the Man Who Wouldn’t Be Cropped) and a collectable booklet exploring Furie’s legacy.
Comments: Versatile Sidney J. Furie - from The Ipcress File to Dr. Blood's Coffin - has always deserved a Blu-ray boxset and this has two films never transferred to 1080P before (The Lawyer and Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living In New York) plus The Boys In Company C that had a huge influence on Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, the Blaxploitation-themed Hit!, and the Robert Redford comedy Little Fauss and Big Halsy. A ton to love here...
Film Focus: Gene Hackman (1970 – 1977)
Gene Hackman's acting career has spanned
six decades. Hackman has won two Academy Awards (The
Unforgiven) and nominated for three others;
Bonnie and Clyde (1967), I Never Sang for
My Father (1970)- in this set! - and
Mississippi Burning (1988), two BAFTA
Awards, four Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award,
and the Silver Bear. In his diverse career he has played
Lex Luthor in 1978's
Superman and sequels, and starred in
Poseidon Adventure (1972),
The Conversation (1974),
Hoosiers (1986) and
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
Comments: This 4 disc set has the Blu-ray premiere of, the strongly lauded - very human film, I Never Sang For My Father (1970) plus Bite The Bullet (1975) - a western with Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ben Johnson, and Dabney Coleman / Stanley Kramer's Neo-Noir The Domino Principle (1977) where Gene plays an vet imprisoned for murder who is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing - and March Or Die (1977) focusing on the 1920s French Foreign Legion and has Hackman with Terence Hill, Catherine Deneuve and Max von Sydow. Gene plays Major William Foster whose small garrison is protecting an archaeological dig, but the discovery of an Arab sacred burial site prompts the angry Arab tribes to attack Foster's unit. The Blu-ray package has Howard S. Berger commentaries, video essays and more - all good. Plenty to entice.
Film Focus: Jennifer Connelly (1991 – 2003)
When Connelly was ten years old, in 1980,
she auditioned as a model (at the suggestion of an
advertising executive friend of her father) and was
picked up by the Ford Modeling Agency, before moving on
to television commercials. She claims to have had no
desire to become an actress. Fate had a different path
Comments: This three Blu-ray collection includes a rom-com written by John Hughes, Career Opportunities (1991), Waking The Dead (2000) which was shot in Montreal, Quebec. It's a mystery directed by Keith Gordon and co-starring Billy Crudup - described by one critic as an "intellectually upscale answer to Love Story" and one of my favorites, Vadim Perelman's tragic House Of Sand and Fog (2003.) It was nominated for three Academy Awards and co-stars Ben Kingsley and Kim Dickens. “Here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go… it stands with integrity and breaks our hearts.” – 4/4 from Ebert. In this Blu-ray boxset each film has an audio commentary, and there are many new interviews etc. The set includes hardbox packaging, and a collector’s booklet. Sold. Please do more of Jen Connolly's impress body of work!
Film Focus: Jessica Lange (1982 – 1995)
The winner of the ‘Triple Crown Of Acting’
(garnering three Emmy Awards, two Academy Awards, and a
Tony Award) Jessica Lange's career spans six decades
from her debut in the remake
King Kong as 'the beauty' to being one of
America's finest and most respected actresses.
This collection has Frances (1982) - biographical drama about the troubled actress during the 1930s, Frances Farmer, whose suffered mental health issues effecting her career, the black comedy-drama Crimes Of The Heart (1986) also starring Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard. Costa-Gavras' Music Box from 1989 about a Hungarian-American immigrant who is accused of having been a war criminal - loosely based on the real life case of John Demjanjuk. Lastly, the worldwide debut on Blu-ray for Losing Isaiah where Jessica plays a social worker named Margaret who looks after abandoned crack-addicted infant (Isaiah.) It also stars Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. The Blu-ray package is stacked with three new commentaries, many interviews and more. There are some incredible performances here.