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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:55 pm

Universal Pictures have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Directed by Douglas Sirk for 15th January 2007. This collection features seven films directed by Sirk: Has Anyone Seen My Gal?, All I Desire, Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, Tarnished Angels and Imitation of Life.

Retail is £69.99.

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It could be argued that Sirk created the genre of Soap. There may have been “women’s weepies” before, but no one had cornered the market and created a style that mainly dealt with dysfunctional families and people.

These seven films covered the decade of the fifties, starting with ‘Has Anyone seen my Gal?’ and finishing with what has to be the ultimate full blown melodrama ‘Imitation of Life’, cemented Sirk’s reputation and future. His influence is still felt today in the work of Todd Haynes, Rainer Fassbinder, John Walters, Martin Scorsese and others.

‘HAS ANYONE SEEN MY GAL’
A rare comedy from Sirk, but still dealing with family issues and status. Samuel Futon (Charles Coburn) decides to leave his millions to the family of a lost love. However, he tests their worthiness by taking a room in the family home, working for the family business and secretly donating a large amount of money. A good cast of Universal contract players led by Piper Laurie and the emerging young Rock Hudson.

‘ALL I DESIRE’
Naomi Murdock played by Barbara Stanwyck, returns to the hometown she deserted to follow her acting career. She encounters much conflict with the people she left behind. Stanwyck goes to town in a very immoral and, certainly for the time, daring role as she flirts and tries to manipulate all around.

‘MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION’
The one that really started it all and made Rock Hudson a star, in this classic love story with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster and just as bumpy…Rich spoilt brat, Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) has an accident, using the only respirator in the town, thus causing the death of the local doctor. He then meets Helen (Jane Wyman) the doctor’s widow, who takes an instant dislike to him. More tragedy follows as Helen is struck down by a car making her blind. This is Merrick’s chance to redeem himself.


’ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS’
Wyman and Hudson together again in the melodramatic love story involving class and social standing, with Hudson as the young handsome gardener, attracting the attention of Wyman’s rich widow; much to chagrin and animosity of family and towns folk. The film inspired Fassbinders ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ and Todd Haynes ‘Far From Heaven’.

‘WRITTEN ON THE WIND’
Hudson and Stack best friends from childhood, fall for Lauren Bacall, Stack’s sister Dorothy Malone is in love with Hudson, and is a nymphomaniac. Love, lust, betrayal it’s all here, lavishly shot with great sets and costumes, Sirk hitting his stride.

‘THE TARNISHED ANGELS’
Reuniting the same leads from ‘Written on the Wind’, Hudson, Stack and Malone again in a love triangle, against a backdrop of daredevil flying.

‘IMITATION OF LIFE’
Lana Tuner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, in what is most arguably, the ultimate five hanky weeping of all time. Dealing with race, family, fame and loss, by the time Mahalia Jackson sings at the end, everyone is in tatters.
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Postby Reza » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:16 am

By DAVE KEHR
Published: December 5, 2006
LUBITSCH IN BERLIN

The director Ernst Lubitsch is best known for the continental fantasies he created during his tenure at Paramount in Hollywood, films like Trouble in Paradise (1932) and Ninotchka (1939), which took place in a Paris of infinite elegance, wit and sexual tolerance. Lubitsch's Hollywood Europe was a highly artificial, thoroughly imagined place, but then so was the Europe he envisioned while still in Germany, as revealed by the five wonderful films being released today on four discs by Kino International under the series title Lubitsch in Berlin. All reveal a filmmaker in flight from everyday reality.

Though these are youthful works, they already belong to the second phase of Lubitsch's career. He first broke into the business as an actor (through his work at Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater), playing broad Jewish caricatures in a series of highly popular comedies, which he eventually began to direct as well. He discovered he could act through the medium of other people's bodies, and soon, with the assistance of performers like Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke and Emil Jannings, he became a master puppeteer, removing himself from sight while guiding every gesture and facial expression of his actors.

A streak of extreme, almost psychedelic stylization runs through the comedies among the new Kino releases: The Oyster Princess (1919), featuring the plump, lively Ms. Oswalda as the spoiled daughter of a New York seafood baron, and the droll, good-looking Mr. Liedtke as an impoverished aristocrat who agrees to become her husband, seems only inches away from an animated cartoon, with its grotesquely made-up supporting players, extravagant visual gags and dreamlike sets, posed somewhere between Expressionism and Futurism. (Kino has doubled The Oyster Princess with another Oswalda vehicle, the gender-bending 1920 comedy I Don't Want to Be a Man).

Sumurun (1920), adapted from a pantomime originally staged by Reinhardt, is an Arabian Nights pastiche in which Lubitsch, in his last leading role, plays a hunchback hopelessly in love with a dancing young woman. The woman, a bundle of energy with big, burning eyes, is played by Pola Negri, a Lubitsch discovery who became an international star under his direction and got them both invited to Hollywood in 1923.

She is also in the Kino selection The Wildcat (1921), an unrestrained, anti-military farce in which she's a bandit's daughter who beguiles a womanizing lieutenant (Paul Heidemann, in a role that anticipates Lubitsch's use of Maurice Chevalier).

Though Lubitsch's growing global reputation rested at the time on the historical dramas he made with Ms. Negri (beginning with Carmen, a k a Gypsy Blood, in 1918), only one period feature is in the Kino group: the 1920;Anna Boleyn, with the glowering, massive Jannings nicely cast as Henry VIII, and the fragile Henny Porten, the biggest female star of German silent film, as Henry's unfortunate second wife;Anna being the German variation of Anne).

A sprawling spectacle with seemingly thousands of extras (recruited from the vast ranks of the unemployed in inflation-era Berlin), Anna is at its core an intimate drama of adultery: a theme that Lubitsch would soon make his own by turning it into comedy. $29.95 each, not rated.

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Postby Precious Doll » Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:25 am

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of three Doris Day films in their Cinema Classics range. Arriving on 30th January 2007 priced at $19.98 SRP each are: Caprice, Do Not Disturb and Move Over, Darling.

Caprice - Industrial spy Patricia Fowler (Doris Day) is hot on the trail of a secret formula with the power to change the world...by keeping ladies' hair dry in the water! So important is this miracle hair spray that cosmetics operatives everywhere have mobilized to find it. But when Patricia crosses paths with sexy spy Christopher White (Richard Harris), she discovers something much more sinister behind her quest...a plot that could cause bad-hair days the world over!

Features include:
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English Stereo
English & Spanish Mono
Spanish subtitles
Featurettes:
Decoding Doris Day
Double-Oh Doris
The Caprice Look: Conversation With William Creber
Restoration Comparison
Trailers: The Doris Day Collection

Do Not Disturb - What's a devoted wife to do when her husband spends more time "working" with his sexy secretary than helping her with their new home? For Janet Taylor (Doris Day), an American who has relocated to England with her executive husband Mike (Rod Taylor), there's only one solution - make him jealous by inventing an admirer. But as soon as Janet creates her make-believe Romeo, a real suitor arrives, whisks Janet off to Paris, wines and dines her...and comes face-to-face with an insanely irate Mike!

Features include:
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English Stereo
English & Spanish Mono
Spanish subtitles
Featurettes:
Taylor Made: A Look Back With Rod Taylor
The Extra Prince: Mike Romanoff
The Music Man: Mort Garson
Restoration Comparison
Trailers: The Doris Day Collection

Move Over, Darling - Five years after losing his first wife Ellen (Day) at sea, Nick (Garner) is finally ready to have her declared legally dead, get remarried and settle down to a peaceful second marriage! But wedded bliss becomes marital mayhem when Ellen turns up alive -- with a hilarious, hair-brained scheme to win back her husband, put a stop to the honeymoon and give first love a second chance-at happily-ever-after!

Features include:
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English Stereo
English & Spanish Mono
Spanish subtitles
Featurettes:
Remaking Something's Got To Give
Doris Vs. Marilyn
The Amazing Road To 'Move Over Darling'
Restoration Comparison
Trailers: The Doris Day Collection
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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:01 am

Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume 2 for 20th March 2007 priced at $59.98 SRP. This five-disc set includes You’re Telling Me!, The Old Fashioned Way, The Man on the Flying Trapeze, Poppy and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.

All films are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with English DD2.0 Mono audio and English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. Using 4xDVD5s and 1xDVD9 extras are limited to Trailers on The Old Fashioned Way and The Man on the Flying Trapeze and a featurette titled “Wayne and Schuster Take an Affectionate Look at W.C. Fields”.
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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:10 pm

rain Bard wrote:If the film is truly coming to netiflix then I'd guess either a new deal with the Stones was negotiated, or else my information was faulty to begin with.

Or a different song is being substituted for release below the 49th parallel. Thanks, guys!
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Postby rain Bard » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:25 pm

I heard somewhere that the deal to obtain the rights to that song was a kind of devil's deal in itself: that a rate was negotiated that was affordable to the producers at the time but also precluded any non-festival release of the film in the United States.

If the film is truly coming to netiflix then I'd guess either a new deal with the Stones was negotiated, or else my information was faulty to begin with.

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Postby Damien » Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:40 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Hmmm. I never heard of the film but your query roused my detective insticts so I checked it out.

This is a Canadian film that was released in Region 1 in Canada only in November, 2005. I couldn't find it listed anywhere in the U.S. except the three places you mention.

TLA shows the studio as Netflix so my assumption is that this is being released in the U.S. solely through Netflix and will be available for rental from them on 12/12.06 and for sale from TLA on 2/20/07.

The Amazon price tag is rather steep, $46 new and $76 used. It's apparently a cut-out. Amazon Canada sells it for $32 Candian with a 1-3 week wait.

Magilla, this coming of age 60s/70s period piece was Canada's entry for last year's Foreign Film Oscar, and it's a travesty that it wasn't even nominated. A huge hit north of the border, it also swept the Genie Awards. It didn't get theatrical release in this country, but I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring as part of a festival of new Canadian films. It's the best film I saw ths year. A sequence featuring the Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" is just about the most creative incorporation of an established song in a move that I've ever seen.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:25 pm

Hmmm. I never heard of the film but your query roused my detective insticts so I checked it out.

This is a Canadian film that was released in Region 1 in Canada only in November, 2005. I couldn't find it listed anywhere in the U.S. except the three places you mention.

TLA shows the studio as Netflix so my assumption is that this is being released in the U.S. solely through Netflix and will be available for rental from them on 12/12.06 and for sale from TLA on 2/20/07.

The Amazon price tag is rather steep, $46 new and $76 used. It's apparently a cut-out. Amazon Canada sells it for $32 Candian with a 1-3 week wait.

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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:36 pm

Does anybody know the proper release date for C.R.A.Z.Y.? Netflix says 12/12/06, TLA Video says 2/20/07, Amazon seems to show it already released....
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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:54 am

Criterion's DVD release for February is already out in Regions 2 & 4 in beautifully restored versions.

And Shoeshine has just been released in the UK.

On the subject of Region 2, Bela Tarr's 7 hour epic Satantango has just been released.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:18 am

FYI, I also worked on the close captions for The Butcher Boy.

Oh and take a deep breath and see what Criterion is releasing this February: click here.

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Postby Okri » Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:17 am

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.

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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:57 am

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of four films by four renowned directors on 13th February 2006. Warner will showcase a group of four films from some of the world’s most renowned directors with first-time Region 1 DVD releases of The Butcher Boy, Ginger and Fred, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Performance. Directed by Neil Jordan, Federico Fellini, Tony Richardson and Nicolas Roeg, the notable films represent the first of two collections WHV is releasing that represent the work of some of cinema’s most acclaimed directors. All films have new transfers and will include bonus features such as commentaries, featurettes and vintage interviews. Each title will sell individually for $19.97 SRP.

The Butcher Boy (1998)
The tale of how Irish lad Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) copes with cruel fate and a dysfunctional home life, The Butcher Boy is directed by Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire) who casts Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw and Sinead O’Connor as adults inhabiting Francie’s real or imagined worlds. The film is based on an original best-selling novel by Pat McCabe.

DVD Features:
Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Neil Jordan
Additional scenes
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Ginger and Fred (1985)
The legendary Federico Fellini, Oscar®-nominated 12 times for such films as La Dolce Vita and 8 ½, skewers society in general and TV in particular with this nostalgic tribute to the past that won a Golden Globe® as Best Foreign Language Film. Starring Giulietta Masina (Mrs. Fellini) and frequent Fellini leading man Marcello Mastroianni, the film tells the story of two retired performers, Amelia and Pippo, who once wowed crowds with their dance recreations of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and are now reuniting for a nationwide TV special.

DVD Features:
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago) made a blazing screen debut as Colin, a promising distance runner and working class reform school inmate. Oscar® winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and writer Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) give the film an edgy intensity specific to its era, yet timeless in its outcry against injustice. Sir Michael Redgrave stings as the smug school governor with his own motives for using Colin’s running prowess.

DVD Features:
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Performance (1970)
This 1970 British film is now being released in its original uncut theatrical version. It marked the directorial debut of Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Witches), who co-directed with Donald Cammell. James Fox plays Chaz Devlin, a gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation, who in underworld terms, is a “performer.” Mick Jagger is Turner, a reclusive rock superstar in whose home Chas hides. In this spellbinder of illusion and reality, decadence and decay their worlds collide - and the impact is both exotic and explosive. It has become a modern movie legend, with the original soundtrack featuring music from The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, The Last Poets and more.

DVD Features:
New featurette Influence and Controversy
Vintage featurette Memo Song from Turner
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:39 pm

Of course, now that I bought the region 2 version of The Heiress along comes the region 1 release. Hopefully both All Quiet on the Western Front and Going My Way will be huge improvements over their previous releases. It will be interesting to see what's in future "waves" as Universal is sitting on some pretty impressive titles.

Nice to see Warners is finally coming up with state-of-the-art versions of their films previously available only in second rate copies. Their new 3 for 1 disc featuring Objective Burma and Never So Few also includes 1951's Gung Ho which MGM for years re-issued on double bills with Battleground but which they, for some reason, allowed to fall into the public domain. The DVD version I have of Billy Budd is pan and scan. Hopefully the Warners release version will be letterboxed.

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Postby Okri » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:36 am

2007?

Looking forward to The Heiress.


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