DVDBeaver Newsletter - June 30th, 2005


Hi all!

Beaver gets exclusives:

Criterion's September 2005 Releases:
Masculin Feminin
-(Jean Luc Godard)
The Man Who Fell to Earth-(Nicolas Roeg, including commentary with Nicolas Roeg, Bowie, and Buck Henry!)
Bad Timing-(Nicolas Roeg)
Naked-(Mike Leigh, including commentary with Mike Leigh and David Thewlis!)
An Angel at My Table-(Jane Campion, with commentary by Campion)

Posted early -

Well, how did we miss this? Michelangelo Antonioni's first film on a 2-disc DVD came out this week. The Story of a Love Affair - It will be reviewed soon - I promise!

Advice of the week? : (After the obvious Noir Collection 2 purchase) - Buy the Russian DVD of Jules Dassin's "Brute Force". The Image Entertainment disc is way out-of-print, but see our comparison below and own another Noir masterpiece! and while you are there - see what Antonioni's Red Desert is supposed to look like!.. and Fellini fans may want to nab the French 2-disc of Amarcord - great extras (with English subs).

Coming Soon (See our Calendar HERE for more) :
The Chaplin Revue (Chaplin) Warner [R2-UK], The Good Father (Mike Newell, 1987) Home Vision, Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) Warner Home Video, Ae Fond Kiss...
(Ken Loach, 2004) Warner [R2-UK], Le Notti Bianche (Luchino Visconti, 1957) - Criterion, Samurai Banners (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1969) Koch Lorber, A Slightly Pregnant Man (Jacques Demy, 1973) Koch Lorber, The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette, 2003) Koch Lorber, Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948) - Criterion

Most Recent Reviews:

Film Noir Classics Collection - Volume 2 - five Noir classics, all new to DVD - is anyone *NOT* buying this?
    Born to Kill - And Claire Trevor and Lawrence Tierney portray the illicit lovers in Robert Wise's 47' classic
    Clash by Night - Fritz Lang beauty with Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan and rising star Marilyn Monroe - in a stark tale of lives burnished by human emotion.
    Crossfire - Robert Young portrays Finlay, Robert Mitchum is a laconic army sergeant and Robert Ryan plays a vicious bigot in this landmark Film noir
    Dillinger - murders and daring jailbreaks were so bold and notorious he became Public Enemy #1!
    The Narrow Margin - Film noir favorite Charles McGraw plays a cop guarding a gangster's moll (fellow genre icon Marie Windsor).
Mother and Son - Aleksandr Sokurov's deeply haunting visual experience of pain and love...
Nobody Knows - Koreeda has zoomed with incredible detail into the child condition - Japanese DVD must-own!
Tokyo Twilight - Possibly Ozu's darkest film, it still maintains an extremely high level of personal awareness and family love.
Slim Susie - is a a viscerally exhilarating black comedy from Sweden !
The Rare Breed - very much worth a viewing for both Stewart fans and western aficionados!
My Beautiful Girl, Mari - 100 percent animated fairy tale about a lonely, fatherless boy living in a seaside village who gains access to a parallel paradise (and its attendant sprite-goddess) through an abandoned lighthouse.
Shenandoah - Another strong Jimmy Stewart (Westerns Collection) effort from Universal!
MPD Psycho - Takashi Miike's purposely convoluted with a lot of style over substance appeasing many riding the current Asian shock-fest!
On and Off the Rails - This is a 'must' not just for the transport enthusiast, but also the documentary aficionado who will recognize traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking!
Acacia - Acaciais very rewarding, well told, ghost story.
Mayor of Sunset Strip - It is deeply moving and honest to the bone. It is documentary film at its very best.
Monster Man - So leave your brain in the jar, get a six pack and get ready to have fun with horror.

NEW Comparisons:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC "Red Desert" vs. Film Prestige - Region 0 - NTSC

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC "Brute Force" vs. Film Prestige - Region 0 - NTSC

Warner Home Video (2-disc France) - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL "Amarcord" vs. Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Warner Home Video (Germany) - Region 2/5 - PAL

Check out of Director of the Week (changed every Sunday) This week: Yasujiro Ozu... next week?... clue: Social sterility/ Modern malaise !

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Take care,