DVDBeaver Newsletter - July 28th, 2005


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Some good news this week and lots of reviews... Films on DVD by Tsai, Wellman, Suzuki (Director of the Week), Cocteau, Polanski, Chabrol, Ozu... more.

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Next week's releases are a little bare:
Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s (various) Kino, The Adjuster
(Atom Egoyan, 1991) Network [R2-UK], Betty (Claude Chabrol, 1992) Kino, Exotica (Atom Egoyan, 1994) Network [R2-UK], Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 (Mori Masaki/Toshio Hirata & Akio Sakai, 1983/1986) Optimum Releasing [R2-UK], The Color of Lies (Claude Chabrol, 1999) Kino, Cop au vin (Claude Chabrol, 1984) Kino, L'Enfer (Claude Chabrol, 1994) Kino, The High and the Mighty (Wellman, 1954) Paramount, Island In The Sky (Wellman, 1953) Paramount 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

NOTE: We suspect that the Kino Chabrol releases will be ports of the MK2s (that have English subs) - They might quite possibly be PAL-> NTSC so we will report back to verify our findings.

Most Recent Reviews:

The Complete Thin Man Collection - William Powell and Myrna Loy's chemistry as husband and wife sleuths who solved murders with the aid of their wire-haired terrier, Asta. 6 films in this 7 DVD set.

Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) - This box set showcases most of the 97 shorts and features that Laurel & Hardy made together for Hal Roach Studios between 1926 and 1940.

Gate of Flesh - tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos.

Story of a Prostitute - Seijun Suzuki delivers a rule-bending take on the popular Taijiro Tamura novel, challenging military and fraternal codes of honor!

Vive L'Amour - a masterful modernistic approach to examining the hollowness of society through intimate portrayals of three emotionally waning characters. Tsai's best film.

Rebels of the Neon God - Tsia's eventual themes are already obvious in this, his first film.

Kvinnodr? - beautifully constructed and emotionally powerful Bergman film (no English subs)

Rosemary's Baby - Polanski's film is a taut psychological thriller anxiously building in tension with suburb performances by Cassavetes and Farrow.

La Vallee - Lush, sensual, and aurally hypnotic, this renowned cult classic is from Barbet Schroeder

Les Bonnes Femmes - Chabrol's film is a deft blend of frank eroticism, moments of Hitchcockian suspense and the cinematic derring-do of the best of the French New Wave.

Merci Pour Le Chocolat - Chabrol's light confection with a tasty Isabelle Huppert performance at its center.

Youth of the Beast - defines the inimitable style of a legendary cinematic renegade and Director of the Week Suzuki.

La Nina Santa - second feature film by Argentinian Lucrecia Martel, which shows the strong influence of both Almod?ar and Bu?el!

Pleasure Party - one of Chabrol's most unpleasant films, but it can't be denied that it's also one of his most fascinating and provocative.

An Autumn Afternoon - Ozu's last film and a noble competition to his much lauded directorial career!

The Bottom of the Sea - A comedy-cum-unexpected peculiar thriller!

Three Men and a Cradle - Spirited role-reversal comedy in which three bachelor boys are left in charge of a baby (French version)

Eros - Eros is a three-part anthology film about eroticism by a trio of world cinema's outstanding directors: Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni

The High and the Mighty - Soar into the skies on a thrilling airborne adventure in this meticulously restored John Wayne film classic!

Island in the Sky - The frozen, unforgiving terrain of subarctic Canada is the setting as screen giant John Wayne heads an all-star cast!

Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy - Decadent, subversive, and bristling with artistic invention, the myth-born cinema of Jean Cocteau disturbs as much as it charms!

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - crooked cops, double-crossing thugs, easy dames, sleazy lawyers and number of other characters that make those crime dramas of 1950's so wonderful!

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