DVDBeaver Newsletter - July 21st, 2005


Well, the lazy days of Summer are officially here (and I am feeling like the official representative!),

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A bit of duality this week - two each by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Claude Chabrol, Anthony Mann and Akira Kurosawa plus much more.

A new Asian Director of the Week coming up on Sunday (or maybe Monday)... CLUE: See upcoming releases!

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: Facets recent Bela Tarr DVDs (The Outsider / Prefab People / Family Nest) are VERY poor transfers... we will review as soon as we can.

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Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall by Chris Fujiwara
Mizoguchi and Japan by Mark Le Fanu

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 Coming Soon -
Errol Morris DVD Collection: Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida/The Thin Blue Line (Morris, 1978/1981/1988) MGM, Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s (various) Kino, The Man Who Fell to Earth(Nicolas Roeg, including commentary with Nicolas Roeg, Bowie, and Buck Henry!), Bad Timing(Nicolas Roeg), An Angel at My Table(Jane Campion, with commentary by Campion), Gate of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki, 1964) - Criterion, The Story of a Prostitute (Seijun Suzuki, 1965) - Criterion, The Complete Thin Man Collection (The Thin Man / After the Thin Man / Another Thin Man / Shadow of the Thin Man / The Thin Man Goes Home / Song of the Thin Man) Warner, Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996) New Yorker

New Reviews

La C??onie - Chabrol directs Huppert Bonnaire Bisset - nu'ff said!
Looking For Langston - stylish avant-garde meditation on the work of acclaimed black poet Langston Hughes!
The Good Father - Hopkins shows male hostility to encroaching feminism by Mike Newell!
Dark Waters - Overlooked Noir masterpiece of N'awlin's atmospheric mystery
Masques - France's Hitchcock sets the stage for a deadly game of cat and mouse
The Silence - Makhmalbaf's hypnotic symphony of visual and aural rhythms. Iranian cinema at its finest.
The Farewell - mixes bitter comedy with muted tragedy, an incisive portrait of a seminal modern dramatist
Morrissey Trilogy: Flesh / Trash / Heat - Morrissey's classic trilogy sans Warhol.
Manhattan - shots of New York accompanied by Gershwin - perfect Woody Allen
Barefoot Gen / Barefoot Gen 2 - A vivid and harrowing story that will burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you go! (So there!)
A Moment of Innocence - Makhmalbaf questions the use of violence as a catalyst for positive social change!
Raw Deal - adds dramatic tension to its imagery of foggy back roads and burning hotels to become a minor noir masterpiece.
Men In War - another Anthony Mann masterpiece - nullifying psychological pressure and physical debilitations caused by war - the French DVD is a real treat !
The Bad Sleep Well - Leisurely paced, bitterly ironic, employs Kurosawa's arid visual style. Must own!
Drunken Angel - Kurosawa's first critical success employing his 'existential humanism'
Dogora, the Space Monster - without warning, a great Jellyfish-like monsters begin to descend upon the earth as only the 60's Japanese can express!
The Machinist - a seductive journey beyond the borders of sanity and reality!
Humanity and Paper Balloons - Yamanaka's greatest achievement, and, tragically, his last film. Cineaste's only!
Max Havelaar - a landmark in Dutch Film history, cast and crew excelling in every way!
Cobra Verde - The overall beauty of the cinematography and the undeniable raw emotional power of the individual scenes add up to a unique movie watching experience

NEW Comparison:

Columbia Tri-star (Limited Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC "Memento" vs. New Star - Region 2 - PAL

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC "The Kid" vs. MK2 (Chaplin Collection) - Region 2 - PAL

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Take care,