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 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Below is the full press release outlining a new deal that will see Eureka release a number of Universal classics on UK DVD and Blu-ray through their Masters of Cinema Series label. Also included are a number of non-Universal Pictures films to be released through both the MOC label and Bounty Films label.

The Masters of Cinema Series website already has some early details up for a couple of the announced titles. Links below:

Touch of Evil - http://eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/catalogue/touch-of-evil/

Silent Running - http://eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/catalogue/silent-running/

From the press release:

Eureka Entertainment Ltd have struck a unique partnership with Universal Pictures to release select catalogue titles in Eureka's The Masters of Cinema Series in coordination with Universal's centenary celebrations in 2012. With the first releases coming this October and November - in time for Christmas - they will release the never-before-released-on-DVD Universal horror ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932), starring Charles Laughton, on DVD in October, and Orson Welles's TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) and Douglas Trumbull's SILENT RUNNING (1971) in November on limited edition Blu-ray only. A number of other titles are planned for Universal's centenary year in 2012.

Here is the full line up of releases from Eureka Entertainment and its UK distributed label Bounty Films for October and November 2011.

October

THE YELLOW SEA, Bounty Films, In UK cinemas from 21 October 2011
Korean crime drama starring Yun-seok Kim and directed by Hong-jin Na who won critical acclaim for his previous film The Chaser. DVD & Blu-ray release planned for February 2012.

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 24 October 2011
The infamous, once-banned, Universal horror classic - nightmarish surgical experiments take place on a remote island with Charles Laughton holding the scalpel (also starring Bela Lugosi).

THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 24 October 2011
Shohei Imamura's transcendent saga of mountain life hardships won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1983. Not to be confused with Kinoshita's version from the 1950s.

A MAN VANISHES (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 24 October 2011
What begins as a factual investigation by Shohei Imamura soon goes radically off-path, resulting in one of the most unusual - and much-requested - "documentaries" ever made.

GUILTY OF ROMANCE, Eureka Entertainment, In UK cinemas from 30 September 2011, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
An erotic thriller by cult Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) which premiered with a Gala Screening during Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It will get its UK premiere at this year’s Cambridge Film Festival.

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, Eureka Entertainment, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
The first full length feature film in the magic of claymation. It’s an amazing journey of imagination, humour and heart. A must for fans of Aardman Studios.

LOVELY BY SURPRISE, Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 31 October 2011
A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, which follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel. At turns funny, lyrical, dark and mysterious, this enigmatic film explores past and present, art and reality, life and death, ultimately revealing the strength and beauty of the human heart.

HELLDRIVER, Bounty Films, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
The absolutely insane Yoshihiro Nishimura, director of Tokyo Gore Police and the amazing Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl, is back with another foray into disturbing wonder with a Japanese zombie movie.

November

TOUCH OF EVIL (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, 2 x Blu-ray, 14 November 2011
Orson Welles's iconic film noir masterpiece in a ridiculously deluxe new edition, offering three versions of the film in both of its intended aspect ratios (1.37:1 and 1.85:1) for the first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

SILENT RUNNING (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Blu-ray, 14 November 2011
One of the most beloved science fiction films ever made - directed by Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and The Tree of Life visual effects supervisor) - in a new Blu-ray special edition for the first time anywhere in the world (Blu-ray only).

http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/74139/eureka-masters-of-cinema-and-universal-pictures-strikedeal.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2011 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK release of two films as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 26th September 2011. Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri is a Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray+DVD) release, and John Ford’s The Iron Horse is DVD only.

Harakiri - Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, The Face of Another, Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi, requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity, Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request – but Hanshiro will not be moved…

With its intricate structure and pressure-cooker atmosphere, Kobayashi's first jidai-geki period drama is a full-scale demolition job of samurai ideals and feudal hypocrisy, filmed with artistry and surgical precision, and scored by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu. Adapted from the same source novel in 2011 by notorious auteur Takashi Miike, the original – winner of the 1963 Special Jury Prize at Cannes – still stands as a startling moment in Japanese cinema.

Features on this Dual Format Edition include:
•New, officially licensed, Shochiku high-definition transfer (1080p on Blu-ray)
•New and improved English subtitle translation
•Original theatrical trailer
•Excerpt from a 1993 Directors Guild of Japan interview with Masaki Kobayashi discussing the film with director Masahiro Shinoda
•An illustrated 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Philip Kemp, a 1963 interview with Kobayashi, and rare archival production stills

The Iron Horse - The 1924 blockbuster that launched John Ford into Hollywood's emerging A-list of directors, The Iron Horse is an epic mythification of the American railroad's birth: a rambunctious blend of historical drama and Western actioner, revenge story and saloon comedy, noble biopic and all-bets-off tall tale.

Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder's dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent. Years after Brandon Sr.'s murder and scalping by a two-fingered Cheyenne half-breed, the adult David (played by George O'Brien, three years before his lead role in Sunrise, here in the first of ten films he made with Ford) joins in the effort now underway to lay track and accommodate "the iron horse". Once more stir the blood and butterflies of Davy's past as Ford guides his characters' fates towards final convergence, like the merging of the tracks from east and west.

Features on this 2-Disc DVD include:
•Original, US, 150-minute version of the film, accompanied by a 2007 score by Christopher Caliendo
•Shorter, UK, 133-minute version of the film (which includes alternate takes), accompanied by an adaptation of the Caliendo score
•Audio commentary for the UK version of the film by scholar Robert Birchard
•New and exclusive 30-minute video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films
•A lengthy illustrated booklet containing vintage press and publicity material, and more!



http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/74155/masters-of-cinema-in-september.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2011 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

That's good news for the Brits and for everybody because we can then get it from them, Island of lost souls-33- has been neglected as well for awhile , here stateside, good film and of course Touch of evil-58- a classic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2011 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   AndyDursin   (Member)

That's good news for the Brits and for everybody because we can then get it from them, Island of lost souls-33- has been neglected as well for awhile , here stateside, good film and of course Touch of evil-58- a classic.

Island of Lost Souls is coming as a Criterion title here this fall smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2011 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Below is the full press release, though we've spruced it up a little by including additional information on the Masters of Cinema titles (taken from their website).

Press Release - Eureka Entertainment announce their Q1 line up for 2012

Following the announcement earlier this year of Touch of Evil and Silent Running as Blu-ray special editions, Eureka Entertainment would like to announce the forthcoming blu-ray release of Repo Man, the feature debut from director Alex Cox starring Emilio Estevez, and the melancholy open-road epic Two-Lane Blacktop (dir. Mante Hellman) amongst their Q1 2012 line up. Both titles are part of a Eureka Entertainment/The Masters of Cinema Series agreement with Universal Pictures to release several high-profile catalogue titles throughout 2011 and 2012 to celebrate Universal's centenary.

Here is the full line up of releases from Eureka Entertainment and its UK distributed labels Bounty Films & ISIS for January, February & March 2012.

January

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Blu-ray & Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, 23 January 2012
Perhaps the greatest road movie ever made, Monte Hellman's counter-culture masterpiece from the early 1970s, starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, and Warren Oates, on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world.

Features include:
•New restored high-definition master, supervised and approved by Monte Hellman
•Original mono soundtrack and optional newly remastered 5.1 mix
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
•Audio commentary by Monte Hellman and associate producer Gary Kurtz
•On The Road Again: Two-Lane Blacktop Revisited, a 43-minute video piece in which Monte Hellman revisits the film’s locations – directed by Monte Hellman, Gabriel Cowan, Brett Mann, and John Suits
•Somewhere Near Salinas, a 28-minute interview by Monte Hellman with singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson – directed by Monte Hellman
•Sure Did Talk to You, a 24-minute video piece featuring interviews with producer Michael Laughlin, production manager Walter Coblenz, and the director’s son Jared Hellman – directed by Monte Hellman
•Rare archival screen-test footage of James Taylor and Laurie Bird
•Original theatrical trailer
•Optional music and effects track
•A lavish 36-page booklet featuring rare production imagery, the words of Monte Hellman, and more!

LE SILENCE DE LA MER (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 23 January 2012
One of the most important French films to deal with World War II, and a landmark in Melville’s distinguished oeuvre, Le Silence de la mer is a lyrical, timeless depiction of the experiences and struggles of occupation and resistance available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

Features include:
•New high-definition original aspect ratio transfer, licensed from Gaumont
•New and improved optional English subtitles on the feature, documentary, and trailer
•Video discussion by Ginette Vincendeau, professor of French cinema at King’s College London [23:00]
•Melville Out of the Shadows – a new French-made documentary about Melville’s film [41:00] (Blu-ray only)
•Original theatrical trailer (Blu-ray only)
•56-PAGE BOOKLET including an article by Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris, and a Melville interview by Rui Nogueira, author of Melville on Melville

PUNISHMENT PARK (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 23 January 2012
Both controversial and relentless in its depiction of suppression and brutality, Punishment Park was heavily attacked by the mainstream press and permitted only the barest of releases in 1971. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to celebrate Punishment Park’s 40th anniversary with its first ever release on Blu-ray.

Features include:
•Newly restored high-definition transfer (shot on 16mm, Punishment Park has been remastered from a new 35mm print struck from the restored 35mm blow-up negative held in Paris)
•30-minute video introduction by Peter Watkins
•Full-length audio commentary by Dr. Joseph A. Gomez (author of the 1979 book Peter Watkins)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•40-page booklet with two essays and reprints

WHO PAYS THE FERRYMAN?, Eureka Entertainment, DVD, 23 January 2012
Much loved 1977 BBC British drama series, created by Michael J. Bird, set on the Mediterranean island of Crete starring Jack Hedley as Alan Haldane.

TOMIE:UNLIMITED (Monster Pictures), Bounty Films, Blu-ray & DVD, 23 January 2012
Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, Mutant Girls Squad) brings his brand of mayhem to the Japanese cult Tomie series.

ZIFT, I.S.I.S. Ltd, DVD, 23 January 2012
"Zift" is a genre mixture of neo-noir and soviet non-conformist art from director Javor Gardev

CANO DORADO, I.S.I.S. Ltd, DVD, 23 January 2012
The story of Panceta, a young labourer from one of the poorer suburbs in Buenos Aires, whose unbounded ambition for money leads him to manufacture and sell home–made arms in the neighbourhood.

February

REPO MAN (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Blu-ray & Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, 20 February 2012
Alex Cox's legendary cult classic debut - a post-punk, sci-fi, crime-ridden, apocalyptic comedy - returns for the first time anywhere in the world as a glorious, new special edition Blu-ray

Features include:
•New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio – 1.85:1
•Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-HD Master Audio
•English SDH subtitles on the main feature
•Isolated music and effects track
•Audio commentary with Cox and executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
•All-new 2012 video piece by Cox offering further thoughts on the film
•Repo Man (entire TV version) – this legendary variant, prepared by Cox for network television, incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity
•Repossessed – a retrospective video piece on the making of the film, featuring Cox, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, and actors Del Zamora, Sy Richardson, and Dick Rude
•The Missing Scenes – a roundtable viewing of deleted scenes from the film with Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, real-life neutron bomb inventor Sam Cohen, and character “J. Frank Parnell”
•Harry Zen Stanton – an extended interview with the legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton
•Original theatrical trailer
•A 44-page full colour booklet specially created by Cox, entitled The Repo Code and incorporating all manner of Repo ephemera

THE INSECT WOMAN/ NISHI-GINZA STATION (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 20 February 2012
Shohei Imamura's epic spans 40 years in the life of a working class woman ever-adapting to a changing Japan, alongside an earlier Imamura feature

Features include:
•Newly restored high-definition master of The Insect Woman
•New progressive transfer of Nishi-Ginza Station, a 1958 feature by Imamura
•Newly translated optional English subtitles for both films
•A video conversation about The Insect Woman between Imamura and critic Tadao Satô
•A lavish booklet featuring essays by film scholar Tony Rayns on both films, rare archival imagery, and more!

THE YELLOW SEA (Monster Pictures), Bounty Films, Blu-ray & DVD, 20 February 2012
Korean crime drama starring Yun-seok Kim and directed by Hong-jin Na who won critical acclaim for his previous film The Chaser. Premiered at this year’s Cambridge Film Festival and to be released theatrically on 21 October 2011.

March

YAKUZA WEAPON (Monster Pictures), Bounty Films, Blu-ray & DVD, 26 March 2012
A wild combination of hard-boiled gangster action, manga-style comedy and splatterific special effects, from director and star Tak Sakaguchi.

DEADBALL (Monster Pictures), Bounty Films, DVD, 26 March 2012
Hilariously offensive, politically incorrect sports splatter comedy, Deadball is director Yudai Yamaguchi’s follow-up to his earlier zombie baseball classic Battlefield Baseball, and once again features action star Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Be a Man! Samurai School)

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 26 March 2012
Pasolini's masterpiece is one of the most revered and influential religious films ever made, now fully restored in HD

Features include:
•New high-definition transfer in the film’s original aspect ratio
•Original Italian theatrical trailer
•Newly translated optional English subtitles
•More extras to be announced nearer to release date
•Sumptuous booklet featuring rare archival imagery, the words of Pasolini, and more!

ACCATTONE (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 26 March 2012
Pasolini's gritty study of a pimp in the slums of Rome is one of the most explosive debuts in world cinema, now fully restored in HD

Features include:
•New high-definition transfer of Accattone in the film’s original aspect ratio
•Pasolini’s 1965 feature-length documentary Comizi d’amore [Love Meetings], on the complementary theme of Italian attitudes towards sex, presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1
•Original Italian theatrical trailers for both films
•Newly translated optional English subtitles for both films
•More extras to be announced nearer to release date
•Booklet featuring rare archival imagery, the words of Pasolini, and more!

http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/74410/eurekamoc-line-up-january-march-2012.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

A simple question regarding Eureka's Blu-ray release of SILENT RUNNING:

Eureka released this in just one edition, right?

I'm asking because for whatever reason, there are two very similar entries on amazon.de and amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-Masters-Edition-Steelbook-Blu-ray/dp/B005FM53R8 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Running-Masters-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B005DE1G2Y). While judging from the description both seem very likely identical, I would still appreciate to get some confirmation from someone who followed the release more closely (I only became aware of the movie a few days ago and never knew about it before).

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

A simple question regarding Eureka's Blu-ray release of SILENT RUNNING:

Eureka released this in just one edition, right?

I'm asking because for whatever reason, there are two very similar entries on amazon.de and amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-Masters-Edition-Steelbook-Blu-ray/dp/B005FM53R8 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Running-Masters-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B005DE1G2Y). While judging from the description both seem very likely identical, I would still appreciate to get some confirmation from someone who followed the release more closely (I only became aware of the movie a few days ago and never knew about it before).


I believe the editions are the same. The only difference being, one of them is a steelbook.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I believe the editions are the same. The only difference being, one of them is a steelbook.

Do you know if there was a non-steelbook edition at all?

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

It looks like the second link could be the non-steelbook edition.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

It looks like the second link could be the non-steelbook edition.

Thanks for your responses. smile I guess I'll email Eureka to get clarification.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent British distributors Eureka Entertainment have revealed that they are planning to add five titles to their Masters of Cinema series between June and July: Kaneto Shindo's The Naked Island (1960) and Kuroneko (1968), F.W. Murnau's Tabu (1931), D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), and Jacques Rivette's Le Pont du Nord (1981).

The Naked Island

Filmed on the virtually deserted Setonaikai archipelago in south-west Japan, The Naked Island was made — in the words of its director — "as a 'cinematic poem' to try and capture the life of human beings struggling like ants against the forces of nature". Kaneto Shindo, director of Onibaba (MoC #13) and Kuroneko (MoC #14), made the film with his own production company, Kindaï Eiga Kyokai, who were facing financial ruin at the time. Using one-tenth of the average budget, Shindo took one last impassioned risk to make this film. With his small crew, they relocated to an inn on the island of Mihari where, for two months in early 1960, they would make what they considered to be their last film.

The Naked Island tells the story of a small family unit and their subsistence as the only inhabitants of an arid, sun-baked island. Daily chores, captured as a series of cyclical events, result in a hypnotising, moving, and beautiful film harkening back to the silent era. With hardly any dialogue, Shindo combines the stark 'Scope cinematography of Kiyoshi Kuroda with the memorable score of his constant collaborator Hikaru Hayashi, to make a unique cinematic document.

Shindo, who had worked with both Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa, shot to international fame with the astounding Children of Hiroshima (1952). Eight years later, the BAFTA-nominated The Naked Island won the Grand Prix at Moscow International Film Festival (where Luchino Visconti was a jury member). It is now considered to be one of Shindo's major works, and its success saved his film company from bankruptcy. The experience of making The Naked Island led Shindo to appreciate 'collective film production', and has been his preferred method of making films ever since. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release The Naked Island for the first time on home video in the UK.

Special Features:
Full-length audio commentary by director Kaneto Shindo and composer Hikaru Hayashi
Video introduction by Alex Cox
Optional English subtitles
Production stills gallery
24-page booklet with a new essay by Acquarello, and a reprint of Joan Mellen's interview with Shindo from Voices from the Japanese Cinema

Kuroneko

Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko — released to great acclaim in 1968 — is a sparse, atmospheric horror story, ascribing to the director's philosophy of using beauty and purity to evoke emotion. Eccentric and more overtly supernatural than its breakthrough companion piece, Onibaba (1964), Kuroneko revisits similar themes to reveal a haunting meditation on duty, conformity, and love.

In this magnificently eerie and romantic film — loosely based on the Japanese folktale The Cat's Return — a mother and daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa & Kiwako Taichi) are raped and murdered by pillagers, but return from the dead as vampiric cat spirits intent on revenge. As the ghosts lure soldiers into the bamboo groves, a fearless samurai, Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura), is sent to stop their reign of terror.

Kuroneko remains a standout film of the kaidan eiga genre of period ghost stories often based on old legends or kabuki plays. Marking Shindo's first use of wire work as Yone and Shige battle against samurai blades, the film is subtly complimented by Kiyomi Kuroda's award-winning chiaroscuro cinematography, Hikaru Hayashi's vibrant score, and riveting performances from many of the greatest actors of Japan's Golden Age of film.

Special Features:
Newly restored high-definition transfer
Optional English subtitles (new translation)
Production stills gallery using Toho promotional material
24-page booklet with a new essay by Doug Cummings, and a reprint of a vintage interview with Shindo by Joan Mellen

Tabu

In 1929 on the island of Bora Bora, which is still untouched by the hand of civilization, young lovers Matahi and Reri frolic in a waterfall. The islanders then run to greet Tabu, an envoy from the Chief of Fanuma, who has come to name Reri the successor to the island's sacred virgin. When the heartbroken Reri is brought before Tabu, he decrees, "Man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire...from this time forth she is tabu. To break this tabu means death."

Special Features:
New transfer of the Murnau-Stiftung / Luciano Berriatúa 75th anniversary restoration of the pre-Paramount, longer Murnau-approved version of the film, with uncensored scenes and titlecards, appearing in its original 1.19:1 aspect ratio for the first time
Full-length commentary track by R. Dixon Smith and Brad Stevens
15-minute German documentary about Tabu by Luciano Berriatúa
Newly presented outtakes from the original shoot of the film
Treibjagd in der Südsee (1940) - an archival short film
56-page Booklet with articles by Scott Eyman, Richard Griffiths, and David Flaherty; an interview with the film's cinematographer, Floyd Crosby; and the original story treatments written by Murnau and Flaherty for Tabu and its aborted predecessor Turia.

Le Pont du Nord

The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette's legendary middle period (which ranged from L'Amour fou through Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating, Duelle, Noroît, and Merry-Go-Round), Le Pont du Nord envisions Paris as a sprawling game-board marked off with tucked-away conspiracies, where imagination and paranoia intermingle; where the hinted-at stakes are sanity, life, and death.

Regular Rivette actress Bulle Ogier stars as Marie, a claustrophobic ex-con who, shortly after wandering into Paris, encounters the wild and potentially troubled young woman Baptiste (Pascale Ogier, Bulle's actual 22-year-old daughter). Baptiste, a knife-wielding, self-proclaimed kung-fu expert with a drive to slash the eyes from faces in adverts (including, in one instance, those on a placard for Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha), accompanies Marie on her quest to solve the mystery behind the contents of her former lover's (Pierre Clémenti's) suitcase: an amalgam of clippings, patterns, and maps of Paris that points to a vastly unsettling labyrinth replete with signs and intimations whose menacing endgame remains all too unclear.

Gorgeously shot by the master cinematographer William Lubtchansky, Le Pont du Nord is a free-wheeling, powerful experience whose hypnotic rhythm and ominous undercurrents resolve into a frightening and exhilarating portrait of post-revolutionary, early-'80s Paris - and in turn form a prime example of Rivette's uncanny, occult cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Jacques Rivette's rare and essential feature Le Pont du Nord on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world.

Special Features:
Gorgeous new 1080p presentation of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio
Optional English subtitles
A lengthy booklet with writing about the film by Arthur Mas, Andy Rector, Serge Daney, and Caroline Champetier; writing from the original press-book by Jacques Rivette, and Jean Narboni; rare archival imagery; and more!

The Birth of a Nation

Both celebrated as a landmark achievement in the development of film form and reviled for its racist characterisations and affirmation of the Ku Klux Klan, D W Griffith's epic account of the American Civil War and its aftermath is still one of the most controversial films ever made. It tells the story of two families, the Stonemans from the North and the Camerons from the South, and the way in which they are both caught up in the turmoil which befalls a sleepy Deep South town when Northern Abolitionists threaten to outlaw the slave trade which has existed there for years. Things go from bad to worse when Ben Cameron's little sister dies at the hands of Gus, a black farmhand, and Ben dons a Ku Klux Klan mask both to avenge her death and to come to the rescue of his beloved girlfriend (Lillian Gish), who has been kidnapped by a corrupt mixed-race governor.

Special Features:
Music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in 2.0 stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Short archival introductions to the film by D. W. Griffith and Walter Huston
Newly rediscovered original intermission sequence and 1930 re-release title sequence
Seven Civil War shorts directed by Griffith:
In the Border States (1910)
The House with Closed Shutters (1910)
The Fugitive (1910)
His Trust (1910)
His Trust Fulfilled (1910)
Swords and Hearts (1911)
The Battle (1911)
A lengthy booklet with writing about the film, rare archival imagery, and more.


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=10971

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Silent Running UK BD reduced.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Running-Masters-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B005DE1G2Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369522367&sr=8-2&keywords=silent+running+blu+ray

 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2013 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have announced that they will release on Blu-ray F.W. Murnau's classic horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors. Restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS), Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors will also be screened in select theaters across the United Kingdom.

The film's theatrical release is set for Friday October 25, 2013. Blu-ray and DVD releases of the new restoration are expected to arrive on the market in November.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11502

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Douglas Sirk's A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), starring John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, and Jock Mahoney. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on September 23rd.

Douglas Sirk — the master of the Hollywood melodrama — turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature: A Time to Love and a Time to Die. A CinemaScope production staged on a grand scale, Sirk's picture nevertheless pulsates with an intimacy that has known longing for too long, and seethes with the repression of emotions poised to explode like bombs.

John Gavin plays Ernst Gräber, a soldier on the Russian-German Front in 1944 venturing home to Hamburg on a rare furlough. Upon arrival, he discovers a city that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind — and so, through the rubble of the air-raids, he searches desperately for fragments of his family's shattered lives. But amid the shards, he falls in love with Elisabeth (Pulver), the charming daughter of his parents' doctor, and thus activates a magnetism that compels both individuals toward one another in love, even as it hurtles them headlong into epochal death.

Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, who also makes a cameo appearance in Sirk's picture), A Time to Love and a Time to Die takes its literary source and sculpts it anew out of matter made from color, decor, and performance — and arguably bests the novel on all aesthetic levels. Yet perhaps nothing can better summarise the power of Sirk's film — or of his entire body of work — than these words from the movie's trailer: "Their pounding hearts drowned out the sound of chaos thundering around them."

Special Features:
Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film in its original 2:35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio
English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired
Optional isolated music & effects track
OF TEARS AND SPEED: ACCORDING TO JEAN-LUC GODARD — a 12-minute, visually annotated recitation of Jean-Luc Godard's seminal essay on Sirk's film.
19-minute video interview with Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Scorsese's Cape Fear and author of the novel Out There in the Dark, a roman-à-clef based upon Sirk's life in Hollywood and his relationship with the estranged son who took a starring role in Hitler Youth propaganda.
IMITATION OF LIFE [MIRAGE OF LIFE]: A PORTRAIT OF DOUGLAS SIRK — a 49-minute film portrait from 1984, directed by Daniel Schmid and photographed by Renato Berta, of Douglas Sirk and his wife Hilda in conversation, and reflecting, from their apartment in Germany, back upon their lives in Hollywood.
The original trailer for the film, from the time it retained the provisional title of simply "A TIME TO LOVE".
36-page booklet containing the complete text of Jean-Luc Godard's essay on the film, writings from critic Tag Gallagher on the film and Sirk's career in general, and an assemblage of notes that includes excerpts from Sirk's reflections upon the film, remarks upon visual motifs inside the movie, the CinemaScope process used to photograph the picture, and more.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11826

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (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?

I shall snag this as soon as I see it available....

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (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?

I shall snag this as soon as I see it available....


If you're getting this on Blu Ray keep in mind that M.O.C. region lock their Blu ray's to region B.
It's just that many on Amazon are upset when they purchase a lot of expensive gear and are looking forward to seeing something that will not play. I didn't want that to happen to you. It is an absolutely gorgeous score...was there ever a soundtrack c.d.?

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

It is an absolutely gorgeous score...was there ever a soundtrack c.d.?

Yes, but strangely (since I am such a Rozsa fan) I have never heard it, nor seen the film...must correct this!! So I don't know if the CD (which appears to mirror the LP tracks) is a genuine OST or re-recording or concert versions etc etc etc.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

It is an absolutely gorgeous score...was there ever a soundtrack c.d.?

Yes, but strangely (since I am such a Rozsa fan) I have never heard it, nor seen the film...must correct this!! So I don't know if the CD (which appears to mirror the LP tracks) is a genuine OST or re-recording or concert versions etc etc etc.


I remember seeing the Varese LP many years ago at Forbidden Planet II in London, but it's not a score I'm familiar with.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (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?

I shall snag this as soon as I see it available....


If you're getting this on Blu Ray keep in mind that M.O.C. region lock their Blu ray's to region B.
It's just that many on Amazon are upset when they purchase a lot of expensive gear and are looking forward to seeing something that will not play. I didn't want that to happen to you. It is an absolutely gorgeous score...was there ever a soundtrack c.d.?


It always pays to have a region free player.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Douglas Sirk's A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), starring John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, and Jock Mahoney. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on September 23rd.

Douglas Sirk — the master of the Hollywood melodrama — turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature: A Time to Love and a Time to Die. A CinemaScope production staged on a grand scale, Sirk's picture nevertheless pulsates with an intimacy that has known longing for too long, and seethes with the repression of emotions poised to explode like bombs.

John Gavin plays Ernst Gräber, a soldier on the Russian-German Front in 1944 venturing home to Hamburg on a rare furlough. Upon arrival, he discovers a city that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind — and so, through the rubble of the air-raids, he searches desperately for fragments of his family's shattered lives. But amid the shards, he falls in love with Elisabeth (Pulver), the charming daughter of his parents' doctor, and thus activates a magnetism that compels both individuals toward one another in love, even as it hurtles them headlong into epochal death.

Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, who also makes a cameo appearance in Sirk's picture), A Time to Love and a Time to Die takes its literary source and sculpts it anew out of matter made from color, decor, and performance — and arguably bests the novel on all aesthetic levels. Yet perhaps nothing can better summarise the power of Sirk's film — or of his entire body of work — than these words from the movie's trailer: "Their pounding hearts drowned out the sound of chaos thundering around them."

Special Features:
Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film in its original 2:35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio
English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired
Optional isolated music & effects track
OF TEARS AND SPEED: ACCORDING TO JEAN-LUC GODARD — a 12-minute, visually annotated recitation of Jean-Luc Godard's seminal essay on Sirk's film.
19-minute video interview with Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Scorsese's Cape Fear and author of the novel Out There in the Dark, a roman-à-clef based upon Sirk's life in Hollywood and his relationship with the estranged son who took a starring role in Hitler Youth propaganda.
IMITATION OF LIFE [MIRAGE OF LIFE]: A PORTRAIT OF DOUGLAS SIRK — a 49-minute film portrait from 1984, directed by Daniel Schmid and photographed by Renato Berta, of Douglas Sirk and his wife Hilda in conversation, and reflecting, from their apartment in Germany, back upon their lives in Hollywood.
The original trailer for the film, from the time it retained the provisional title of simply "A TIME TO LOVE".
36-page booklet containing the complete text of Jean-Luc Godard's essay on the film, writings from critic Tag Gallagher on the film and Sirk's career in general, and an assemblage of notes that includes excerpts from Sirk's reflections upon the film, remarks upon visual motifs inside the movie, the CinemaScope process used to photograph the picture, and more.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11826


Review of the Blu Ray.

http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77072/a-time-to-love-andtime-to-die-masters-of-cinema.html

 
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