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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:14 pm

July 23

Blessed By Fire (Iluminados por el fuego) (2005) - Tristn Bauer

Description:

A Falklands memoir from the other side of the battle. In the first film to present the Falklands conflict of 1982 from the Argentinean side, Tristan Bauer also presents a strong antiwar message. The action begins 20 years after the cessation of hostilities with the attempted suicide of Alberto Vargas (Pablo Ribba) a former soldier who served there. His journalist friend Esteban Leguizamn (Gastn Pauls), upon hearing of it, begins to have flashbacks of what horrors the two witnessed on the Malvinas, waiting, watching, woefully unprepared and malnourished for the kind of fight the British army had in mind. The soldiers come to the cheerless realization that they are cannon fodder in the worst way - grist to the political mill in which two strong-headed leaders had a vested interest in proving a point. Esteban travels back to the Malvinas to face his troubled past and tours the windswept and unforgiving place, now forgotten and rotting with rusted arms and munitions. With the UK celebrations and commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the battle, this is a refreshingly different perspective on the trauma, repugnance and worthlessness of a war that didn't really have to happen.

Released by Soda Pictures

Blue (1993) - Derek Jarman

Description:

Derek Jarman records his thoughts and experiences as he battles with the HIV virus. His own words are delivered by John Quentin, Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton and Derek Jarman himself. The music is provided by Simon Fisher Turner.

Released by Artificial Eye

The Family Friend (L`Amico Di Famiglia) (2006) - Paolo Sorrentino

Description:

Italian family drama about a rotten loan shark horning his way into a young couple's wedding. This critically beloved third film by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is said by many to be his best work to date. Geremia De Geremei (Giacomo Rizzo) is sleazy and thoroughly disagreeable old loan shark who lives with his bedridden harridan of a mum. Friendless and socially inept, he horns in on a young couple whose parents are forced to borrow from him to pay for their nuptials. The loan is made conditional upon the proud parents inviting this elderly sleaze to their child's big day, which they agree to only with great reluctance. De Geremei's interest in the pretty young bride Rosalba (Laura Chiatti) becomes decidedly unhealthy but he may have met his match in this scathing-tongued bride-to-be.

Released by Artificial Eye

If... (1968) - Lindsay Anderson

Description:

Lindsay Anderson directs an allegory in which life at a boys' public school represents structured society in general, and where discontent and tension finally gives way to open rebellion. Malcolm McDowell stars in this cult `60s film.

Released by Paramount Home Ent.

Irezumi (1966) - Yasuzo Masumura

Description:

Yasuzo Masumura's tale of feminine revenge and '60s Grrrl power in old Japan. This 'Pinku Eiga' (pink cinema) classic deals with a young woman abused by male society who exacts a gruesome revenge. Otsuya (Ayako Wakao) is a young woman of some breeding who is abducted into service at the Geisha house of Gonji. This leads to a less than favourable run-in with some highly unsavoury male characters the likes of which a girl of her breeding has never seen. When deranged 'irezumi' (tattoo) artist, Seikichi (Gaku Yamamoto) get his eyes on her, he thinks he has found the canvass he's been looking for all his life. With the greatest care and using all the skills he has at his fingertips, he needles a huge spider tattoo on her upper back - a tattoo being the ultimate affront to Japanese society. Gradually, Otsuya finds herself morphing into a low-class predator in the mould of the ones who have brought her to this, and starts taking her deadly revenge on male society, using her fine looks to lure them into her web of carnage.

Released by Yume Pictures

Jean-Luc Godard Collection Vol.2

Description:

Second volume featuring the films of acclaimed French Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Films include
PIERROT LE FOU,
UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME,
LA CINOISE,
LE PETIT SOLDAT and
DETECTIVE.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Padre Padrone (1977) - Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Description:

An autobiographical tale of the life of a young boy, who grows up to become a linguistics professor, thereby escaping the despotic tyranny of his father who wants him to train as a shepherd. Using both professional actors and untrained locals from the Sardinian countryside, this story of the virtual imprisonment of young Sardinians by their rural surroundings was originally filmed by the Taviani brothers for Italian TV, but went on to win the Best Film Award at Cannes in 1977.

Released by Arrow Films.

Palms (Ladoni) (1993) - Artur Aristakisyan

Description:

Between 1986 and 1990, Arthur Aristakisian lived among the tramps and beggars of Kishinov, the Moldavian capital, studying them and empathising with their plight. This documentary follows a series of case studies--all disadvantaged in some way--as they go about their daily business of struggling to eke out an existence in a cruel and hostile world. Aristakisian takes a philosophical, almost spiritual, view of his subjects (he uses the analogy of an aborted foetus to imply rejection and removal from society, a direct reference to a painful chapter in his own life). But, by way of rationalising, he likens them to Christ and his disciples, whose outsider status was part of their uniqueness. Aristakisians sensitive narration is that of a father intoning truths to his unborn child, while the monochrome photography perfectly captures the former Soviet city in all its desolate glory.

Released by Secondrun.

PTU - Police Tactical Unit (2003) Johnny To

Description:

Johnny To (FULLTIME KILLER) directs this Hong Kong action film noir that takes place one dangerous night on the streets where the police tactical unit (PTU) are assigned to patrol. With shadowy alleyways, dingy restaurants, and seedy video game arcades setting the scene for the constantly violent action, PTU is a street war between police and underground thugs. Sergeant Lo (Lam Suet) cruises on his own, while groups of other police officers scan the streets, beating and brutalising punk kids who report directly to the major thugs Ponytail, Bald Head, and Eye Ball. Lo's main problem is that he has lost his police-issue handgun and he badly wants it back. He follows any leads available trying to find it, even if it means betraying his fellow officers and making a deal with the thugs. A brutal film that nonetheless has moments of absurd comic relief--Lo slips on a banana peel while in pursuit of punks not once but twice--PTU is another solid contribution to To's entertaining repertoire of Hong Kong action flicks.

Released by Third Window.

Cheers Trev
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Re: UK Releases

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:01 am

A few interesting releases for sure. A couple of films from the one-time enfant terrible, Masumura Yasuzo, have become available on U.S. DVD recently, the latest being Blue Test Car. Irezumi, however, isn't one of them. Have you seen anything from him? Blessed By Fire and If... are either already out or will be shortly in the U.S. Palms has been delayed, I believe.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:34 am

Re: Masumura Yasuzo, I have the extraordinary Blind Beast (Mj) on dvd and it's a film I find fascinating, the Dali-esque stylings make this stand out plus the purely obsessive/ compulsive nature of the blind sculptor and the model. If anything disappointed me it was the finished sculpture which looked more like a pneumatic porn star than the model. Certain modern Japanese directors could learn a lot from it, how to create highly disturbing yet totally captivating films, not just shallow shock value pics.

Saying that though, I still think Miike's Audition is very good.

Red Angel (Akai tenshi) (1966) and Manji (1964) are also available here but I haven't seen either yet. Kisses (Kuchizuke) (1957) will be released soon, all from the champions of Suzuki and Masumura, Yume Pictures.

I've only just noticed he also directed the second of the Hanzo the Razor films, I've recently received the set so I have this to look forward to as well.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:52 am

Miike seems to have hit a creative wall. As you know, I was never a big fan of his so that's not very surprising to me. Nevertheless, I also liked Audition. Thanks for the Blind Beast comments; I'll try to get to it.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:53 am

July 30

Diary For My Children (Naplo Gyermekeimnek) (1984) - Marta Meszaros

Description

From one of the worlds most accomplished women directors, Mszros film connects the personal with the political, portraying the impact of individuals upon history and of historical forces upon individual lives. Autobiographical, and the first in her trilogy of renowned Diary films.

Released by Secondrun.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) - Terence Davies

Description

The second film in Terence Davies' autobiographical series (Trilogy, The Long Day Closes) is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies' own family.

The first part, Distant Voices, opens with grown siblings Eileen (Angela Walsh), Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne) and Tony (Dean Williams), and their mother (Freda Dowie) arranged in mourning clothes before the photograph of their smiling father (Pete Postlethwaite). Soon after, the family poses in a similar tableau, but for a happier occasion - Eileen's wedding. While relatives sing at her reception, Eileen hysterically grieves for her dad, and recalls happy times of her youth. Tony and Maisie's memories, however, are more troubled.

Davies intermingles and contrasts scenes like the family peacefully lighting candles in church with the brutal man beating his wife and terrorising his young children. In Still Lives, set (and filmed) two years later, the siblings are settled in life, but not all happily.

Released by BFI

Love In The Strangest Way (Elles n'oublient jamais) (1994) - Christopher Frank

Description

A Hitchcockian thriller in which married debt collector Julien has a fling with a beautiful, mysterious woman while his wife is away. The one-nighter is over before it even begins - or so Julien would like to believe, but Angela, his pick-up, is after revenge and calmly begins to dismantle his career, home and sanity.

Released by Bluebell films

Rien Sur Robert (1999) Pascal Bonitzer

Description

An assured French comedy of morals in which the life of superficial, middle-class, paranoid critic Didier starts to fall apart after writing a damning review of a film he hasn't seen. Michel Piccoli enjoys himself in his cameo as Ariel Chatwick-West, who lambasts the hapless critic.

Released by Bluebell films

All of these are old friends barring For My Children, but judging by Secondrun's previous dvds this should be at the least, an interesting release.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby A » Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:33 am

Glad to see that Meszaros gets another of her films released. i absolutely admire this woman, and it was a pleasure to see her in person at this year's Berlinale where she received an Honorary Golden bear (her film rkbefogadas Adoption won the main award in 1975).

I still have Yume Pictures' flyer I picked up at the Berlinale. It's announcing the new Masumura releases on one side, and Suzuki's on the other. A real treat!

The sleeve notes for Davies' Distant Voices, Still Lives sound very fascinating. I've still seen only one of his films and am looking forward to this modern classic. I believe he is considered to be the best current British director by some people.

A huge for the description of Rien sur Robert.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:27 pm

August 13

Aprile (1998) - Nanni Moretti

Description:

Moretti's spontaneous, irreverent and self deprecating style of storytelling is brought to bear on three favourite things: Rome, joy riding on his Vespa, and film making. A funny and moving account of first time fatherhood, Aprile mingles family, work and politics with large helpings of irony and humour.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Ballad Of Narayama (Narayama bushiko) (1983) - Shohei Imamura

Description:

The inhabitants of a small village have adopted extreme measures to ensure their survival - male babies are killed with little remorse, and when villagers reach the age of 70, they are sent to the base of Narayama mountain to die. Refusal to go brings disgrace to the family. Orin is 69. However, before she heads to the mountain she wants to ensure that her eldest son finds a wife.

Released by Tartan Video

The Bow (Hwal) (2005) Kim Ki-duk

Description:

A stylish fable that explores the bonds of human nature, and adds a sprinkling of magical realism. An old man has been raising a young girl since she was a baby, and plans to marry her when she turns 17. But when a teenage boy joins them on a trip, he awakens feelings of desire and jealousy in the old man.

Released by Tartan Video

The Caiman (Il Caimano) (2006) - Nanni Moretti

Description:

Nanni Moretti's first film since the award-winning The Son's Room, The Caiman is at once a comedy, a political satire, and a moving and personal story of one man's struggle to regain control of his life.

Bruno is a middle-aged, once famous film producer, struggling to revitalise his career with a disastrous film about Christopher Columbus whilst trying to rescue his crumbling marriage.

As he loses control of his personal and professional life, he unwittingly throws his support behind a oung writer's scathing attack on Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, wrongly believing it to be a commercial thriller.

Reluctant at first to enter the world of political satire, Bruno soon finds the project taking over his life.

Life imitating art, Berlusconi himself was deposed at the 2006 elections within a month of the film's release.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Casque D`Or (1952) - Jacques Becker

Description:

Starring international sex symbol Simone Signoret, Casque D'Or is often considered director Jacques Becker's masterpiece. Becker was an assistant to the legendary Jean Renoir, and Renoir's influence on Becker is readily apparent in this poetic, impressionist film. Signoret plays Marie, the girlfriend of a minor gangster, who falls in love with a working man. Their love affair leads to a power struggle within the gang and speeds everyone inexorably towards tragedy. Casque D'Or features a diligent and careful production design that recreates Paris of the late 19th century, and was based on actual criminal cases from that era. Though dismissed on its initial release in 1952, aside from a BAFTA acting award for Signoret, the critical reputation of Casque D'Or grew in subsequent years and is now generally considered one of France's great artistic films.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Close Up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1990) - Abbas Kiarostami

Description:

Kiarostami's masterpiece, depicting in documentary fashion an unemployed man's attempt to impersonate the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and the court proceedings which result. This is a brilliant, multi-layered exploration of illusion and reality, infused with its creator's humanity and wisdom.

Released by Soda Pictures.

Danger - Diabolik (1968) - Mario Bava

Description:

Made at the height of the Swinging '60s, Mario Bava's stylish, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the popular Italian comic strip Diabolik captures all the lavish decadence typical of the psychedelic era. Square-jawed leading man John Phillip Law stars as the titular antihero, a suave, cunning superthief who steals from the government and kills innocent bystanders for his own personal gain. Sharing an opulent underground lair with his stunning, amoral girlfriend Eva Kant (Marisa Mell), Diabolik globetrots Europe in his quest for wealth while confounding both the police (Michel Piccoli and Terry Thomas) and a rival criminal (Adolfo Celi). With its innovative cinematography and a pulsing score by soundtrack maestro Ennio Morricone, DIABOLIK has been referenced in a Beastie Boys video and Roman Coppola's CQ--and owns the dubious honour of being the last film parodied by Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Released by Paramount.

The Devil`s Eye (1960) Ingmar Bergman

Description:

A highly stylised comedy, and Bergman's first attempt at a theatrically structured film, The Devil's Eye tells the tale of Don Juan, who is sent back to earth from hell by the Devil to deflower virtue in the person of the daughter of a naive and impressionable country parson. The film's episodes are introduced by Bergman veteran Gunnar Bjrnstrand, who lectures the audience on what they're seeing and how to view it. From the proverb "A woman's chastity is a stye in the devil's eye."

Released by Tartan Video

Haxa n - Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922) - Benjamin Christensen

Description:

A darkly humorous, genre-defying silent 'documentary', in which witchcraft through the ages is presented in a series of dramatic vignettes that explore the contention that witches of the middle ages suffered a hysteria similar to that of modern psychiatric patients. Director Christensen presents an audacious mixture of fact, fiction, lecture and hallucinatory recreation in his one-of-a-kind film. He himself plays the devil, notably in a terrifying sequence with a monk!

Released by Tartan Video

My American Uncle (Mon oncle d`Amerique) (1980) - Alain Resnais

Description:

Using the observations of human behavioural theorist Henry Laborit as its starting point, Alain Resnais masterpiece is an intelligent comedy/drama about three Paris professionals' intertwining lives.
Rene (Gerard Depardieu) is successful manager in a textile factory facing the prospect of down-sizing with his position under threat; Jean (Roger Pierre) is a political star on the rise but whose marital life is in tatters; and Janine (Nicole Garcia), is a struggling actress who works for Rene and is having an affair with Pierre, connecting the two men.

Released by Arrow Films.

Rat-Trap (Elippathayam) (1981) - Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Description:

In Indian cinema, Adoor Gopalakrishnan is arguably the true heir to Satyajit Ray. The first film to bring him international acclaim, Rat-Trap is outstanding for its characterizations and detail. Set in Kerala in the early 1980's, the film takes a look into the life of a lazy feudal lord, unable to accept socio-economic changes, who subsequently falls prey to the metaphorical rat-trap set by his own escapism and arrogance.

Released by Second Run.

Sawdust And Tinsel (1953) Ingmar Bergman

Description:

One of Bergman's key films, which acknowledges the influence of EA Dupont's expressionist film Variety, the circus is here a metaphor for the charade of men and women's relationships. Ake Grnberg plays Albert, the owner of a small, tawdry circus, and Harriet Andersson Anne, his mistress who is a bareback rider. Stopping at a small town, Albert tries to resume his relationship with his estranged wife. Meanwhile an actor seduces Anne. It seems however that Albert and Anne, tired as they may be with their rootless lives, are still committed to each other.

Released by Tartan Video

Touchez Paz Au Grisbi (1953) - Jacques Becker

Description:

Gabin, the quintessential tough-guy, and Moreau, resplendent as always, pair up for this heist film, one of the best of the French gangster films of the 1950s. In it, Gabin is an aging thief who has already pulled off what he thinks was his last big job, scoring enough gold to last him through his twilight years. Unfortunately, one of his partners' girlfriends has taken up with the boss of a rival gang and he quickly learns about the big score. Soon, Max's best friend is kidnapped and held for ransom. The blackmail scheme soon turns into a battle of wits between Max and the rival gang that includes a number of double-crosses and, inevitably, leads to tragic finish.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Le Trou (1960) - Jacques Becker

Description:

The story of five prisoners who meticulously plan their escape, only to learn that one of them is scheduled to be pardoned a few days before the jail-break. One of the prison genre's most unforgettable films.

Released by Optimum Home Ent.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:34 pm

A very busy week for releases especially from Tartan and Optimum, very doubtful if any of these will get a rental release though I'm hoping that The Bow will.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby arsaib4 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:01 am

I think Gopalakrishnan's film is slightly delayed (that's unfortunately become the norm with the otherwise highly relevant Second Run releases).

The second Kaurismki set from AE contains Drifting Clouds, Juha and Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana. It comes out Sep 24th. The third -- Crime and Punishment, Hamlet Goes Business and La Vie de bohme -- is scheduled for Oct 22nd.
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Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:45 pm

Delays seem to be becoming the norm, Tartan Video in particular.

How do you get your info arsaib4, I haven't been able to find anything re: the Kaurismki sets, good going though.

Cheers Trev.
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