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 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of F. W. Murnau's legendary silent cinema horror classic Nosferatu (1922), expertly restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS). The release will be available for purchase on November 18th.

In addition to the standard Blu-ray release, Eureka Entertainment will also have available for purchase a Limited SteelBook Edition.

An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature "Murnau-style" that would change cinema history forever.

In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land… and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout…

Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara's King of New York and The Addiction, and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire), F. W. Murnau's surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of "the horror film".

Special Features:
•Brand new high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
•Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens
•The Language of Shadows, a 53-minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu
•New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson
•Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles
•More surprises to be revealed closer to release date!
•PLUS: a 56-page booklet featuring writings and rare imagery

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12296

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Blu ray.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003X1NZ1Y/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=16S17RGW7TGESR67T7NR&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=429454147&pf_rd_i=468294



 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have revealed that they are planning to add a number of exciting titles to their Blu-ray catalog between January and May 2014. Amongst them are Federico Fellini's Roma (1972), Francesco Rosi's Hands Over the City (1963), Sidney Lumet's Serpico (1973), Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), and Samuel Fuller's White Dog (1982).

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12666

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Sidney Lumet's Serpico (1973), starring Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, and Tony Roberts. Serpico will be available for purchase on February 24th.

In addition to the standard release, Eureka Entertainment will also have available for sale a Limited SteelBook Edition.

Special Features:
•Original theatrical trailer
•Video documentary Serpico: Reel to Real
•Video documentary Inside Serpico
•Video piece Serpico: Favorite Moments
•More to be revealed closer to release!
•36-PAGE FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET featuring a new and exclusive essay by critic and author of Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor, Karina Longworth; rare archival imagery, and more!

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12750

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I know this is a old thread but I would just like to make a correction for those who now might be reading it from the beginning, Island of lost souls-33- was a Paramount film not a Universal film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I know this is a old thread but I would just like to make a correction for those who now might be reading it from the beginning, Island of lost souls-33- was a Paramount film not a Universal film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Anyone have any idea whether the Blu-Ray of A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE will be released on Blu-Ray on Region 1, or All-Region, so that we over here can have an opportunity to get it?

Rozsa's score was originally released on lp, then later on a Japanese lp, then later on a Japanese CD, then, I think, Disques Cinemusique, available ton SAE, released it.

Beautiful score, gorgeous love theme, and stirring action cues, as only Rozsa can write them!

The film is also quite moving, with Gavin, and especially Lilo Pulver, delivering creditable performances. The novel's author, also author of the original ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Erich Maria Remarque, also appears, as Gavin's former school professor.

And don't forget to look for Klaus Kinski in a chilling little role in a Gestapo office....

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray Federico Fellini's Roma (1972), starring Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Renato Giovannoli, Elisa Mainardi, and Anna Magnani. The release will be available for purchase on February 17th.

One of the maestro Federico Fellini's greatest '70s works (between Satyricon and The Clowns and Amarcord), Roma [Rome] erupts volcanically as a state-of-the-world pronouncement on what was not only happening within Rome at the tide of the hippies' organic birth and the post-Boom-set that made up his characters of the 1960s films, but also where, and how, his city would move feverishly forward into one of potential futures.

As Fellini himself travels with his crew to document the ring-road circling Rome, with all the natural diversions that might inherently divert a traditional film shoot, we move into episodes that chart the wartime difficulties of Roman life across those fleeting times that chronicle love and life within the modern-day Rome-time, themselves pitted against the archaeological vestiges of the great city, — and the Catholic church rears its dominance, and we come into a midpoint that positions itself, indeed, between the memory-cinema of Satyricon and Amarcord.

One of the great and bountiful color-spectacles of Fellini's cinema, almost leapt off toward from the moment of Giulietta of the Spirits, Fellini's Roma remains a passionate testament both to the city that finally claimed him as its son after he left small Rimini, and to the final stage of cinema that he himself would work till the day he died.

Special Features:
•Gorgeous restored 1080p HD transfer of the film
•Outtakes from the film
•More to be announced closer to the release date
•36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring the words of Fellini, and more!

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12781

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2014 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Eureka! Entertainment have announced the release of Wake in Fright, the legendary, long-sought-after Australian film, released theatrically at the BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide in the UK & Eire and for the first time on home video in the UK.

"Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here." Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror, this disturbing, subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release, but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema.

A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in "the Yabba" may take him on a path darker than ever expected.

One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff's career, Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare, with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Sylvia Kay, and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal, gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, and Deliverance, it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s.

Following a UK & Eire theatrical release on 7 March 2014, it will be released in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of Eureka! Entertainment's award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series on 31 March 2014.

DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES:

- New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film, from the 2009 restoration
- Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
- A selection of video pieces, including new interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage
- Original US Outback TV spot
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
- PLUS: A booklet featuring writing on the film, its restoration, rare imagery, and more!


http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77291/wake-in-fright-from-masters-of-cinema-in-march.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



Independent British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Franklin J. Schaffner's The War Lord (1965)m, starring Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, and Guy Stockwell. The release will be available for purchase on April 14th.

One of the finest historical adventure films ever made, The War Lord dramatises with uncommon intelligence and integrity the brutality, difficulties and injustices of the Middle Ages. Charlton Heston stars as Chrysagon, an honoured knight who takes over a castle tower in the swampland of Normandy to strengthen his duke's authority. But his struggles to maintain power in the face of Pagan villagers, barbarian attackers and his brother's jealous counsel are shaken by his growing weariness with bloodshed in a cruel world.

Never before released in high definition anywhere in the world, this collaboration between director Franklin Schaffner (Patton) and the legendary Charlton Heston, three years before their iconic reunion on Planet of the Apes, is a gripping saga of ferocious battles, heartfelt emotion and powerful storytelling.

Special Features:
•Gorgeous 1080p transfer the film in its original aspect ratio
•Optional English SDH
•Isolated music & effects track
•Original theatrical trailer
•More on disc extras to be announced close to release
•Booklet with a new essay, and rare archival imagery

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13237

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Great film & fantastic soundtrack, so nice to be able to buy this in HD. The last couple of bars in the trailer sound like they were borrowed from Spartacus to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Do you guys realize that they're releasing A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, with an "isolated music and effects track" by one of our favorite composers, the incomparable Miklos Rozsa?
..


The isolated music and effects track was also on Eureka's 2009 DVD release (and frankly I didn't find the Blu-ray a hugely worthwhile improvement over the DVD).

The isolated track isn't at all a satisfactory way to listen to Rozsa's music because the sound effects are frequent and extremely loud, added to which there's not much (if any) music in the film which isn't already on the OST album.

What's really wanted is for Universal to release the film on Blu-ray with the original stereo soundtrack (the Eureka is mono).

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Great film & fantastic soundtrack, so nice to be able to buy this in HD. The last couple of bars in the trailer sound like they were borrowed from Spartacus to me.

Well, Heston did mention Spartacus in his narrated list of borrowings, so a few bars from the same won't make that much of a difference. Kind of wraps up the trailer with a borrowed sense of epic.

 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2014 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Review of The War Lord.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews51/war_lord.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   Delphinicus   (Member)

I recently received my copy of Eureka!s edition of Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," and can't begin to express my disappointment. It's surely the worst-looking Blu-ray I've ever seen, and vastly inferior to Eureka!s "Double Indemnity." Granted, Universal doesn't have original element for most, if not all, of the pre-1948 Paramount titles they own, but a careful transfer of "Weekend" probably could've yielded results similar to "Indemnity"s had the label really taken the pains to do so.

The Blu-ray is to be avoided.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

I recently received my copy of Eureka!s edition of Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," and can't begin to express my disappointment. It's surely the worst-looking Blu-ray I've ever seen, and vastly inferior to Eureka!s "Double Indemnity." Granted, Universal doesn't have original element for most, if not all, of the pre-1948 Paramount titles they own, but a careful transfer of "Weekend" probably could've yielded results similar to "Indemnity"s had the label really taken the pains to do so.

The Blu-ray is to be avoided.


I don't see much difference in picture quality between Eureka's THE LOST WEKEND and DOUBLE INDEMNITY but I think they are both disappointing and make me wonder what was the point in my upgrading them from the DVD versions. Of course, as you say, it all depends on what original elements are available. Sony's HD restoration of ON THE WATERFRONT, for example, looks vastly better than the DVD.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2014 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Review of Fellini’s Roma.

http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77543/roma.html

 
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