Recent DVD Purchases

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Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby R6dw6C » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:42 am

@ Trevor:

Thanks! As it was released by Tartan, the disc will be worth the money for sure. Since I've seen some clips and read some reviews a few months ago I'm really anxious to see "Taxidermia".

@ A:

Of course, we and 2001 will wait for you;-) By the way, the beamer in the Komm gave up it's spirit and I hope that they will fix it soon, otherwise we will have to jump out of the window!

You overlooked the "Detektive"-DVD. I remember you saying "Ich hoffe, du kaufst sie dir!" Well, you just supposed me right to be an addict and can save your money! The time has come to explore more, more, and more by Rudolf Thome! Just watched "Rote Sonne" on Television a few minutes ago (by chance as I also own the DVD) and was blown away even more than the first time.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby trevor826 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:16 am

Can't knock the quality of the Tartan dvd but Taxidermia is pretty damn weird.

Have you seen Hukkle (2002), also from Gyrgy Plfi.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby trevor826 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:50 pm

More acquisitions

After the Wedding (2006) - Susanne Bier (Soda Pictures)

Red Shoes(2005) - Kim Yong-gyun (Tartan Video)

And an incredibly lucky chance purchase:

Riget II (1997) - Lars von Trier (Zentropa Kollektion)

Cheers Trev.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby R6dw6C » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:50 pm

@ Trevor:

Well, I love pretty damn weird films!

No, haven't seen "Hukkle" yet. It was shown here on television three months ago, even subtitled (usually, every movie is dubbed on german television) but missed it as I don't have TV.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:35 pm

Blockbusters really peed me off tonight, I rented Conversations with Other Women (2005) and The Night of the Sunflowers (La Noche de los Girasoles) (2006) only to get home and find that I'd been given Night at the Museum (2006) instead.

Cant wait to see the managers face tomorrow morning.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby A » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:32 pm

I suppose he wanted to do you some good Trevor! A decent american film instead of all that arthouse crap


Yes, Rudolf Thome is something. It was great watching "Red Sun" at the big screen at the Munich Film Festival and seeing him talking about it afterwards. I suspect Max Zihlmann really must have been one of our best screenwriters, though. And it seems Alex P. has also finally caught on to Thome, after his disappointment at his latest offer:

System ohne Schatten is an interesting experiment, and after reading his thoughts I need to see it again.

I hope the Beamer gets fixed until I return. Otherwise we will have to stay a lot at my place (and I'll need some good excuses for using our Beamer)

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby R6dw6C » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:09 am

@ Trevor:

Relaxation guaranteed!

Sometimes, such a surprise could be really worthy - a friend of mine from Berlin once sent me some Pasolini-films on DVD and by chance, he also put "Elektra" (the graphic novel-flick starring Jennifer Garner) into this package. Now I'm really grateful to him because it wasn't really good but very, very interesting.

We all should trust more in Hollywood!

@ A:

Don't tell about the screening of "Red Sun" in Munich! I'm so jealous... (By the way, there's a fine german DVD of the film available which includes english subtitles, if anyone is interested).

In the meanwhile, I watched "Detektive" and it was pure enjoyment - not to be compared with "Red Sun" (10/10) but still absolutely marvellous (in comparison with other german films of that time, 9/10). The DVD is great and the extras a real treasure. Thome mentions that he was very fond of Max Zihlmann but never liked his dry, designed dialogues. And that he admired Godard more than any other director (shocking...).

"Detektive" looks like a non-political and non-intellectual Godard and now you can imagine why I liked it that much. I'm sure you also will. Alex' Review of "System ohne Schatten" sounds very appetizing - could beat myself for missing it on TV...
Of course, our Beamer will be fixed when you return because we need it soon. I'll send you our new program via E-Mail.

Sorry for the Off topic!

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby trevor826 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:22 pm

R6dw6C, Sorry but I can't take Ben Stiller, it had to go!

Crossing The Bridge - The Sound Of Istanbul - Fatih Akin, including CD, loved the Turkish version of Madonna's "Music" - Soda Pictures.

Padre Padrone (1977) - Vittorio Taviani - Arrow Films.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby A » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:29 pm

Yes, Thome is almost always interesting, though I find his films often overtly intellectual in a negative way to which I have gotten used to over time, though. Maybe "verkopft" would be the better word. But this is more his 80s and early 90s output than the early stuff. His shorts from the 60s are pure "experimental" fun. Going to the country and shooting something. Yes, Zihlmann is very stylized, but the more I think about his writing the better it seems (and it doesn't hurt to rewatch some of his films ).

Too bad, Thome is so little appreciated in Germany and still remains an unknown internationally. He has a lot in common with Godard though, and his writings and reviews (the little I read) were also quite good.
But Thome is such an aqcuired taste for me that I doubt many would appreciate or understand what he is/was trying to do outside of Germany. I feel that the "German" context/lifestyle in his films is essential to them.

After reading your review I need to see Electra, btw.

Re: Recent DVD Purchases

Postby R6dw6C » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:18 pm

We should open a director's thread for Rudolf Thome, don't you think?

Quote:After reading your review I need to see Electra, btw.

Oh my god! Am I really such an evil seducer?

In all bigger german cities, there is a huge DVD Market five times a year, where mainly so-called genre-films are sold. So I've bought some trashy stuff in Nuremberg this sunday but also a few reputated films I've been waiting for years to own and/or , especially, see them...

The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy / UK 1973)
One of the most unusual, weird and best british films ever made, in my opinion. The three-disc-set by Optimum Releasing fortunately includes a CD of the original Soundtrack.

L' Important c'est d'aimer / The most important thing: Love (Andrzej Zulawski / France/Italy/West Germany 1974)
As far as I know this fine new german DVD ist the first official one which includes the english dub.

Demonia (Lucio Fulci / Italy 1990)
The attraction of movies which are said to be crap by EVERYBODY is irresistible.

Les Lvres rouges / Red Lips (Harry Kmel / Belgium/France/West Germany)
Just watched it yesterday - definitely a new discovery of an underrated european arthouse-genre classic. I'll definitely look for Harry Kmel's other films. Some of them has been released by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, subtitled in english. This one was released by Blue Underground on a great 2-Disc-Set which includes Vincente Arandas feature film "La Novia ensangrentada" as a bonus.

23 - Nichts ist so, wie es scheint (Hans-Christian Schmid / Germany 199
Since I loved the three films by Schmid I watched up to now, I've waited long to get this one (probably his biggest success in Germany). Unfortunately it wasn't released outside of Germany, obviously.

La settima donna / The last house on the beach (Franco Prosperi / Italy 197

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Brian Clemens / UK 1974)

Flesh and blood (Paul Verhoeven / Spain/Netherlands/USA 1985)

Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (Richard Blackburn / USA 1973)

I nuovi barbari / The new barbarians (Enzo G. Castellari / Italy/USA 1982)

2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York / 2019: After the Fall of New York (Sergio Martino / Italy/France 1983)

Hausu / House (Nobuhiko Obayashi / Japan 1977)

Vital (Shinya Tsukamoto / Japan 2004)

Der Teufel kam aus Akasava / The devil came from Akasava (Jesus Franco Manera / West Germany/Spain 1970)

Der Fluch der goldenen Schlange / The curse of the golden Snake (Franz-Joseph Gottlieb / West Germany)

Une corde, un Colt / A Rope, a colt (Robert Hossein / France/Italy 196
Often descripted as a Spaghetti-Western, this one is a strange, but great mixture of relationship and family tragedy and typical cliches of the genre - to which it doesn't really belong as there is nothing - except the simple storyline - to build a bridge to Leone, Corbucci, or Sollima - even though Hossein and Sergio Leone were close friends and Hossein dedicated this film to Leone.

Le trio infernal / The Infernal trio (Francis Girod / France/Italy/West Germany 1974)

Opera (Dario Argento / Italy 1986)

Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-b / Sasori: Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito / Japan 1972)


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