DVDBeaver Newsletter - July 7th, 2005


Hi folks,

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It may be Summer, but we aren't slowing down... some new reviewers have joined the team and prepare for an important Director of the Week coming up...

Munich Film Festival (2005) Notes by C.P. Czarnecki HERE (a good read!)

Some *Interesting* stuff coming out in the near future: 3-Iron (2004, Ki-duk Kim) Columbia Tri-Star, Stranger Wore a Gun (1953, Andr?De Toth) Columbia Tristar, Ben-Hur (Four-Disc Collector's Edition) - William Wyler - Warner, Val Lewton Horror Collection - Cat People (1942), Ghost Ship (1943), I Walked With a Zombie (1943), The Leopard Man (1943), The Seventh Victim (1943), Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945) , Isle of the Dead (1945), Bedlam (1946) - Warner, Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)- Universal, Man in the Saddle (1951, Andr?De Toth) Columbia Tri-Star, Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944, Preston Sturges) Paramount, Bela Lugosi Collection (Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932) , The Black Cat (1934) , The Raven (1935) , The Invisible Ray (1937) , Black Friday (1940) ) - Universal, Errol Morris DVD Collection: Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida/The Thin Blue Line (Morris, 1978/1981/1988) MGM, Columbo: Complete Third Season - Universal

Most Recent Reviews:

A Very Long Engagement - A gorgeous, far-reaching film - huge cast also includes Audrey Tautou, Jean-Pierre Jeunet  andJodie Foster
Million Dollar Baby - emerged, quietly and gracefully, as one of the most acclaimed Hollywood films of 2004
Unfaithfully Yours - Sturges - a well performed mixture of razor-sharp dialogue and uproarious slapstick
Le Notti Bianche (Criterion) - Visconti's film - shot in ravishing black and whiteis a romantic, shattering tale of the restlessness of dreamers!
Night Moves - one of the very best of those grim 1970s noirs (see 16-year old Melanie Griffith)
Story of a Love Affair - Antonioni's first film is a revelation especially if you have a penchant for post-WW2 film noir with its attendant malaise and melancholia!
It Started In Naples - a flawless and stunning image, Loren looks all woman, Gable is as distinguished as ever, but its the little boy who steals the show.
Elephant Walk - Well, a great locale, Liz looks stunning, Dana Andrews is his usual he-man self...
Scarecrow - Low-key, melancholy buddy movie from 73' starring Al Pacino and Gene Hackman!
The Rainmaker - the town suffers a drought and into the live of Lizzie (Kate Hepburn) comes one Bill Starbuck (Burt Lancaster) ... profession: Rainmaker!
Goodbye South, Goodbye - Hou and his remarkable ability to reproduce a given social milieu...
Trauma - the maestro of Giallo gives us a story dealing with a young girl, who escapes an asylum after having witnessed her parents being beheaded. Hmmm...
Good Men, Good Women - This film about sadness is full of life...
1900 - Bertolucci's epic historical drama and meditation on class warfare...
Carl Theodor Dreyer Special Edition Box Set (4-disc) - The Ultimate DVD set, has a very small black mark...
An Autumn Tale - The last and best of Eric Rohmer's "Tales of the Four Seasons"
Zabriskie Point - an important watershed production in Antonioni's career ( We will review a Russian DVD soon)
The Passenger - Antonioni takes his own uniquely unanswerable and elliptical look at the basic precepts of identity and truth with Jack.
Monster's Ball - An experience of deep, human tragedy that shouldn't be missed!

Recent DVD Comparisons:

Toshiba Entertainment - Region 2- NTSC "Azumi" vs. Optimum Asia - Region 2 - PAL

WideSight - Region 0 - NTSC "Flowers of Shanghai" vs. Fox/Lorber (Winstar) - Region 0 - NTSC

On Deck - Two new Bunuels for comparison... stay tuned.

Take care,