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Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:34 pm
by Johndav
Twenty Four Eyes is well worth seeing, about a young female teacher and her 12 pupils, each with 2 pupils of their own, hence the title, covering the 1930's through to the after-effects of the war. Sweetly sentimental- the children's manner of crying struck me as unconvincing as sometimes with Ozu- but still an involving humanist statement that makes excellent use of gorgeous seaside locations. A big popular hit in Japan but not well known in the West.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:09 pm
by trevor826
Just rented Vital and One Night in Mongkok, very good extras especially with Vital. I'll give details later.

Also rented indie film Primer, more details to follow.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:03 am
by trevor826
Vital - extras.

Amongst all the usual promo stuff theres an interesting interview with Tsukamoto going into the inspiration and his preparation for the film.

Decent enough making of

Good detailed info on the construction of the cadavers for the film, gruesome but very interesting.

Music promo.

A good hours worth of extras as well as a commentary from Tom Mes from Midnight Eye.

One Night in Mongkok extras.

Short making of

Hong Kong premiere

Nearly half an hour of deleted scenes.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:08 am
by trevor826
Just rented Sokurov's The Sun, full details to follow once I've seen it.

Also rented One Day in September, should be interesting after seeing Munich.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:08 am
by arsaib4
I wasn't really impressed with One Day in September. Pretty conventional stuff.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:06 pm
by trevor826
Re: One Day in September, unfortuntely you were right arsaib, pretty mediocre doc and to make matters even worse, it's on TV next week. Talk about throwing your money away.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:31 am
by arsaib4
I read somewhere that a free DVD of The Wicker Man was being given away with The Guardian. Is that right? If it is then that's quite incredible.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:34 am
by trevor826
Yes "Whicker Man was a giveaway a few weeks ago, it is surprising at times with the quality of these freebies but it very much depends on the quality of the BNewspaper as well.

The Whicker Man is at best a cult film here and the collectors Edition has been available for a very cheap price for a good while now along with films like "Don't Look Now", there isn't much call for quality cinema anymore.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:00 am
by arsaib4
3 DVD-set of experimental films titled "Free Cinema" is being released in the U.K. on March 13th.

Desc. courtesy of BFI:

"A collection of films from the groundbreaking 'free cinema' movement, the term coined by Lindsay Anderson in 1956. The films were 'free' in the sense that they were made outside the framework of the film industry, and that their statements were personal. These films had in common the conditions of their production (very low budget, unpaid crew) and the equipment they employed (hand-held 16mm cameras) but also a style and attitude. Mostly funded by the British Film Institute's Experimental Film Fund, they featured ordinary, mostly working-class people at work and play, displaying a rare sympathy and respect, and a self-consciously poetic style. They also shared an experimental approach to sound, avoiding narration and imaginatively counterpointing sound and image. The collection contains the films O Dreamland (Anderson, 1953), Momma Don't Allow (Reisz & Richardson, 1955), Together (Mazzetti, 1956), Wakefield Express (Anderson, 1952), Nice Time (Tanner & Goretta, 1957), The Singing Street (McIsaac, 1952), Everyday Except Christmas (Anderson, 1957), Refuge England (Vas,1959), Enginemen (Grigsby, 1959), We Are The Lambeth Boys (Reisz, 1959), Food For A Blush (Russell, 1955), One Potato, Two Potato, The Vanishing Street, Tomorrow's Saturday, Gala Day and March To Aldermaston. The Gala Day Notes from the original 1956 free cinema programme state the following: No film can be too personal. The image speaks. Sounds amplifies and comments. Size is irrelevant. Perfection is not an aim. An attitude means a style. A style means an attitude."

It is priced at around 24.99 GBP.

Re: UK Releases

PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:06 am
by trevor826
Also available from 13 March, the wonderful Howl's Moving Castle from Optimum Asia. Hopefully with good extras as well.

Cheers Trev.