A roundup of 2006

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A roundup of 2006

Postby trevor826 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:07 pm

DVD Roundup 2006

Due to the large number of dvds Ive seen and/or purchased during 2006, Ive had to place quite a few restrictions on what to include in my roundup:

Ive cut everything that wasnt released during 2006, so despite how good the films or dvds are, theyve been omitted, chief amongst these are films such as Naked Island which I thought was an excellent film and an outstanding dvd.

Next I cut US releases, tough I know but there were far too many, again the overall result suffers as I had to discount dvds like Mad Hot Ballroom plus many more indie and mainstream films.

This has still left me with a long list of over 100 dvds to work from, many of these will not be mentioned again simply because theyre pretty average, hopefully though I wont have left anything out.

The qualifying dvds are:

36 (aka Quai des Orfevres)
4 (Chetyre)
Ab-Normal Beauty
Address Unknown
After Midnight
Les Amants Reguliers
Ashura
Atomised
Battle In Heaven
Bear Cub
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Beautiful Boxer
Bicycle Thieves
A Bittersweet Life
Black Cat, White Cat
Blind Beast
Blissfully Yours
Brief Crossing
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Cave Of The Yellow Dog
La Crmonie
The Child
Christ Stopped At Eboli
The Coastguard
Come And See
Crush
Crying Fist
The Death Of Mr Lazarescu
Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
The Double Life Of Veronique
Dumplings
Exterminating Angel
Familia Rodante
Fantomas
Fausto 5.0
Free Cinema
Frozen (Jidu hanleng)
Funeral Parade Of Roses
Ghost In The Shell 2 Innocence
Godzilla
Le Grand Voyage
La Grande Bouffe
The Green Butchers
Haibane-Renmei
La Haine Ultimate Edition
Haze
Heading South
The Heirloom
Hidden
The Hidden Blade
Howl's Moving Castle
I Am Curious Yellow/Blue
Infection
Innocence
Innocent Voices
Joyeux Noel
The Ketchup Effect
Lady Vengeance
Lemming
Little Fish
El Lobo
Loulou
Lower City
Manderlay
Marebito
Melissa P
Monsieur Hire
My Neighbours The Yamadas
Night Of Shooting Stars
Noce Blanche
Offside
One Night In Mongkok
Only Yesterday
The Ordeal (aka Calvaire)
Ozu - Vol. 3 - Tokyo Twilight / Equinox Flower / Good Morning
Le Paltoquet
Paradise Now
Passenger (Pasazerka)
Pavee Lackeen
Pom Poko
Porco Rosso
Premier Desirs
Premonition
Princess Raccoon
Pulse
Quo Vadis, Baby?
R-Point
Reincarnation
Renaissance
Rien Ne Va Plus
The Road To Guantanamo
Rome Open City
Saraband
Satantango
Secuestro Express
Shooting Dogs
Slow Motion
Sophie Scholl
Steamboy
Strayed
The Sun
Survive Style 5
Tell Me Something
Tickets
Time To Leave
Tony Takitani
Toto The Hero
Tsotsi
Les Valseuses
Vital
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Woman Of The Dunes

I should be glad there are so many dvds I havent seen or purchased but I am still pretty annoyed that the constant war between Choices and Blockbuster, the two biggest rental chains in the UK has meant a drop in the number of foreign films available for rental.

How have the UK distributors fared in 2006?

Before Id actually gone through my lists I couldnt help but think that Tartan Video hadnt had a good year, it was only while trying to build this list that I realised that apart from some very average Asian horror films they had released a few excellent films. One of the biggest problems is that they appear to be concentrating on the US arm of the business while the UK wing is left dragging behind. Among their best UK releases Id have to include:

Vital
Saraband
Ozu - Vol. 3 - Tokyo Twilight / Equinox Flower / Good Morning
The Death Of Mr Lazarescu
Marebito
The Hidden Blade

You also have to admire the fact that theyre still sticking their necks out with releases like "Battle in Heaven" and each release is given the best possible treatment in terms of visual and audio quality.

Despite the changes at Artificial Eye they have kept to a good standard of releases, again a few excellent features including:

The Double Life Of Veronique
Innocence
Hidden
Offside
Stntang

Unfortunately Ive only had the pleasure of seeing one of the Eureka MoC range from 2006, Funeral Parade of Roses but once again it is a great film on a superb dvd. This is the distributor to watch with a superb quality catalogue and what should be an outstanding 2007.

Great to see some of the newer companies really getting it together as well, Soda and Yume have had good years and look as though they have bright futures:

Strayed and
Heading South from Soda
Princess Raccoon and
Blind Beast from Yume are all above average films and for the most part very good dvds.

Other companies such as Pathe and Optimum have had a steady year, again though 2007 has a lot of promise, though it would be nice to see them giving each release as much care as some of the above mentioned distributors.

A good year for France, a quiet year for South Korea, Japan had quite a few of my favourites and a few of the stinkers as well.

The difficult part now is picking just 10 for a best of 2006.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 


Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby A » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:22 pm

Great effort Trevor!

Did you list only films that got released on DVD in the UK in 2006? It wasn`t completely clear to me while reading your post.
Though I`m not up to date with DVD releases in Germany and I haven`t rented more than half a dozen films at the videostores this year, it seems to me that Germany is behind the UK in terms of quality releases (and probably also the quantitiy). If you are interested, I could try and compile a list of all german releases from this year.
But it would be extremely difficult for me to come up with a Top Ten DVDs list. Although I finally began purchasing DVDs on a regular basis this yeart, most of the stuff I bought have been older films or re-issues because they are usually cheaper than new releases.
A
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby trevor826 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:26 pm

Sorry I did mean to add that all the listed dvds were UK releases from 2006, imports were also excluded from the list.

Next year I'm hoping to get hold of far more dvds from companies like Eureka and Secondrun, the former for the sheer quality and the latter for their great range of relatively unknown films.

I wouldn't attempt to list all the foreign UK releases because there were many more including quite a few I really want to see.

I'd love to read anyone elses roundup whether theyve seen 5 or 500.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:33 pm

Yes, very well done, Trev. I'll post my list soon.
arsaib4
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby A » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:37 am

That means you`ve seen all of the listed DVDs Trevor? That`s even more impressive.
A
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby trevor826 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:31 am

Perhaps I should resolve to clarify my writing for 2007.

Sorry again A, out of the 112 listed I've seen 101, can't wait to get my teeth into Stntang though.

I'd guess between 300 - 400 dvds passed my way during the year including US films, dvds released prior to 2006 and a few imports.

Overall I've watched between 200 - 250 dvds during the last 12 months but my trips to the cinema have dropped dramatically. Whereas in 2004 and 2005 I hit the cinemas around 150 times, I don't think I've seen more than 40 - 50 during 2006.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby trevor826 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:30 pm

Pareing down the dvd list, first to go are the ones I have acquired but havent seen yet:

Les Amants Reguliers (Regular Lovers) I wasnt too keen on the film when I saw it in the cinema but the dvd was exceptionally cheap and Im hoping my opinion will change when I watch it again.

Bear Cub
Black Cat, White Cat
Brief Crossing
Crush (NZ)
Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
I Am Curious Yellow/Blue
Manderlay
Passenger (Pasazerka)
Satantango I had it Christmas so no time to see it yet otherwise Im sure it would make the best of for 2006.

Les Valseuses Another Christmas gift.

Its tougher judging dvds than movies, so many elements come into play including visual/audio quality plus extras but when it comes down to it, if a film is mediocre or poor, then no amount of extras, high bit-rate imaging and audio options will turn it into a good film.

Having pruned the average and at times horrendous films, these are the ones left, quite a few are Studio Ghibli anime films but I find it very hard to find fault with these (apart from The Cat Returns).

4 (Chetyre)
Blind Beast
Blissfully Yours
La Crmonie
The Child
Come And See
The Death Of Mr Lazarescu
The Double Life Of Veronique
Fantomas
Free Cinema
Funeral Parade Of Roses
Ghost In The Shell 2 Innocence
Godzilla
Hidden
The Hidden Blade
Howl's Moving Castle
Innocence
Loulou
Monsieur Hire
My Neighbours The Yamadas
Noce Blanche
Offside
One Night In Mongkok
Only Yesterday
Ozu - Vol. 3 - Tokyo Twilight / Equinox Flower / Good Morning
Pom Poko
Porco Rosso
Princess Raccoon
Pulse
Renaissance
Rien Ne Va Plus
The Road To Guantanamo
Rome Open City
Saraband
Strayed
The Sun
Survive Style 5
Tickets
Time To Leave
Tony Takitani
Tsotsi
Vital
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Woman Of The Dunes

Picking 10 as a best of is pretty much impossible but I have very little doubt as to which I consider to be the best all-round dvd:

Eureka Masters of Cinema release of "Funeral Parade of Roses" directed by Toshio Matsumoto.

Very swinging 60's, very avant-garde, a twisted take on the Oedipus legend.

Fantastic transfer, and great extras including:
Director's commentary
An interview with the director
Promo gallery
Trailer
36-page booklet.

If I had to pick one purely for the film then I would have to go for "Strayed", I don't think any other film touched me in the way this one did, devastating in its subtlety.

What were your favourite dvd releases of 2006?

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby A » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:25 pm

I`m really never up to date with DVD releases, and usually discover that a film is out on DVD when somebody tells me, or I see it at the library. As I usually don`t remember the quality of a DVD I see, I have not the faintest idea, which DVD I liked best this year. If something comes up, I`ll tell you, though.
A
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:12 am

DVD RELEASES (2006)

Here's my list of the Best/Most Important DVD Releases (2006) . DVDs of "new" films have been excluded.

Single Film DVDs in alphabetical order:

nos amours (Pialat) [Criterion - U.S.]
Almanac of Fall (Tarr) [Facets - U.S.]
Apocalypse Now (Coppola) [Paramount - U.S.]
Army of Shadows (Melville) [Universal - Spa]

Born in '45 (Bttcher) [First Run - U.S.]

Capricious Summer (Menzel) [Facets - U.S.]
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Straub/Huillet) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Claire Dolan (Kerrigan) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Clean, Shaven (Kerrigan) [Criterion - U.S.]
Un Coeur en hiver (Sautet) (Koch Lorber - U.S.]
Come and See (Klimov) [Nouveaux - U.K.]
La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Watkins) [First Run - U.S.]

Damnation (Tarr) [Facets - U.S.]
The Desert of the Tartars (Zurlini) [NoShame - U.S.]
The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski) [Criterion - U.S.]

Edvard Munch (Watkins) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Eternity and a Day (Angelopoulos) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Exterminating Angel (Buuel) [Arrow - U.K.]

Fists in the Pocket (Bellocchio) [Criterion - U.S.]
The 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi) [UniOne Media - S. Korea]

The Gladiators (Watkins) [New Yorker - U.S.]
The Gleiwitz Case (Klein) [First Run - U.S.]

Hail Mary (Godard) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Hamlet (Kozintsev & Shapiro) [Facets - U.S.]
Hands Over the City (Rosi) [Criterion - U.S.]
Htel du Nord (Carn) [Soda - U.K.]
Hunger (Carlsen) [New Yorker - U.S.]

London (Keiller) [Facets - U.S.]
Loulou (Pialat) [AE - U.K.]

Metropolitan (Stillman) [Criterion - U.S.]
Mother Joan of the Angels (Kawalerowicz) [Facets - U.S.]

Ordet (Dreyer) [BFI - U.K.]

Pandora's Box (Pabst) [Criterion - U.S.]
Paris nous appartient (Rivette) [BFI - U.K.]
Passenger (Munk & Lesiewicz) [Second Run - U.K.]
The Passenger (Antonioni) [Sony - U.S.]
Phantom (Murnau) [Flicker Alley - U.S]
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong) [Tai Seng - U.S.]
The Prisoner of Shark Island (Ford) [Eureka - U.S.]
Prisoner 13 (Fuentes) [Cinematica - U.S.]

The Red Desert (Antonioni) [Madman - Aus]
Reds (Beatty) [Paramount - U.S.]
Rice People (Panh) [Facets - U.S.]
Roma Citta Libera (Pagliero) [NoShame - U.S.]
The Round-Up (Jancs) [Clavis - Fra]

The Second Circle (Sokurov) [Kino - U.S.]
Slow Motion (Godard) [AE - U.K.]
The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice) [Criterion - U.S.]

The Third Generation (Fassbinder) [Tango - U.S.]
Three Crowns of the Sailor (Ruiz) [Facets - U.S.]
Toni (Renoir) [Eureka - U.K.]

Vidas Secas (Dos Santos) [New Yorker - U.S.]
Videograms of a Revolution (Farocki) [Facets - U.S.]
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong) [Tai Seng - U.S.]

Wanda (Loden) [Parlour - U.S.]
Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr) [Facets - U.S.]
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Fassbinder & Fengler) [Fantoma - U.S.]
Winter Soldier (Winterfilm Collective) [New Yorker - U.S.]
arsaib4
 

Re: A roundup of 2006

Postby wpqx » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:59 am

Sorry I have no list for this, but I don't pay much attention to when DVD's are released. On top of that, I have a tendency to not watch dvd's for several months after purchasing them.
wpqx
 

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