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Cinema Sewer Volume 2 available now!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Hey kids, like sleaze, smut and comics? Odds are pretty good that if you’re reading this you answered yes to all three of those criteria. In that case, get your ass over to the Cinema Sewer website by clicking here! Why? To get your very own copy of Cinema Sewer Volume 2 straight from writer/artist/editor Robin Bougie himself. It’s money well spent and dig that saucy cover art!


More International Horror From Palisades/Tartan Coming To DVD In October!

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

LOS ANGELES — July,16 2009 — For Immediate Release —Just in time for Halloween, Palisades Tartan is pleased to present THE BUTCHER, our own distinctive and bloody treat. Told entirely from POV camera shots, this film is set to shock and scare audiences October 27th in video stores across the country.

A small group of people lie battered and bound on the floor of a dirty slaughterhouse covered in blood. Scared and confused, they soon learn their captors are snuff film producers and plan to torture them as creatively and heinously as possible before brutally killing them off one–by-one. Each scene is shot from either the killer or victim’s point of view in order to fully capture the emotional torment of the prey and the unspeakable acts that will be perpetrated on their captive bodies.

An Official Selection of The New York Asian Film Festival, THE BUTCHER highlights the creative talents of Lee Chang Man one of the best special make-up artists in Korea. Lee and his team have worked on over 20 features, including Palisades Tartan’s BLOODY REUNION, R-POINT and WHISPERING CORRIDORS.

Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme
Genre: Horror/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language:  Korean (English Subtitles)
Format:  DVD Only
Running Time:  Approx 75 Minutes (Plus Special Features)    
Suggested Retail Price:  $19.99
Pre-Order Date:  September 29, 2009
Street Date: October 27, 2009
Catalog #: TVD 3062
UPC Code:  # 842498000052
Official Website: http://thebutcherfilm.com/

Palisades Tartan TERROR PACK – Street date – 10/13/09

LOS ANGELES — July,16, 2009 — For Immediate Release —Featuring some of the most twisted and perverse horror films from France, Denmark and Japan, Palisades Tartan’s TERROR PACK contains a brutal collection of spine-chilling thrillers from around the world. This 3-disc box set will be haunting DVD shelf space October 13th just in time for Halloween.

From France we have SHEITAN, starring Vincent Cassel (OCEAN’S TWELVE, IRREVERSIBLE) as Joseph, a creepy and mysterious man whose pregnant wife remains hidden in a large frightening house. When a group of teenagers visit the house, sex, satanic possession, and incest become the dinner topics and what follows is not for the faint of heart…

From Denmark comes the aptly named SLAUGHTER NIGHT. When a teenage girl loses her father in a brutal car accident she brings some friends to an abandoned mine in hopes of retrieving the last manuscript her father ever penned about nineteenth century serial killers. It’s rumored one spirit with a taste for young, pretty flesh and decapitations still hunts the old mine hungering for another Slaughter Night…

Finally from Japan, we have CARVED: THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN, a story about a beautiful bride who was grotesquely disfigured by a jealous husband. Pissed off and roaming the streets in a trench coat and surgical mask, her spirit is fond of children and punishing any who fail to find her pretty with fists, knives and one incredibly wicked pair of scissors…

SHEITAN played the Midnight Madness selection at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and screened at the 2006 Tribeca, Edinburgh and Melbourne Film Festivals. SLAUGHTER NIGHT made its North American premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and CARVED was dubbed “An instant horror classic” from Screem Magazine. This boxset marks the first in what will a series of Terror Packs from Palisades Tartan, so be sure to look out for our next great mix of horror titles from around the world.

Palisades Tartan Video
Genre: Horror/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language:  French, Danish, Japanese (English Subtitles)
Format:  DVD Only (Boxset)
Running Time: Approximately 274 minutes (Not Including Special Features)
SHEITAN – 94 min (Not Including Special Features)
SLAUGHTER NIGHT– 90 min (Not Including Special Features)
CARVED – 90 min (Not Including Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price:  $39.99
Pre-Order Date:  September 15, 2009
Street Date: October 13, 2009
Catalog #:  TVD
UPC Code:  # 842498000069

The BFI Presents Penny Points To Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy on DVD/BD 8/3/09

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Penny Points to Paradise
Let’s Go Crazy
Peter Sellers   Spike Milligan   Harry Secombe

New strand The Adelphi Collection launches with world premiere DVD and Blu-ray release of Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy newly restored by the BFI National Archive

On 3 August, the BFI brings the ultra-rare British comedies featuring early Peter Sellers performances Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy to DVD and Blu-ray, in a special edition which includes the little-seen Sellers voiced comic clip collection The Slappiest Days of Our Lives. Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy can also be seen on the big screen on 27 July when they will be shown at a special event at BFI Southbank.

Featuring celebrated cast members from The Goon Show, and shot on a shoestring budget, these post-war comedies have remained virtually unseen since their original release. Now rescued from obscurity, and painstakingly reconstructed and restored from the best available materials by the BFI National Archive, this eagerly anticipated release constitutes the missing link in British comedy history and charts the very beginnings of Peter Sellers’ extraordinary rise to international stardom.

Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy are the first titles in a new BFI DVD strand exploring the output of Adelphi Films – a small, family-run British company. Future titles will explore the exciting, yet curiously overlooked, output of this tiny studio, from noir-ish crime pictures and buoyant musicals to colourful melodramas and slapstick comedies. Sid James, Diana Dors, Ted Ray, Petula Clark, Ronnie Corbett, Rolf Harris and Prunella Scales are just some of the many well-loved performers who appeared before Adelphi’s cameras early on in their careers.

Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy have been restored by the BFI National Archive thanks to the generous support of Laura Camuti, a Sellers aficionado. Both films have been re-mastered to High Definition from the BFI’s newly restored film elements.

Vic Pratt, Curator, BFI National Archive comments: ‘This release will be welcomed by film scholars, radio enthusiasts, and everybody who enjoys good, old-fashioned British comedy. These new restorations provide a fascinating – and immensely historically valuable – opportunity to see Sellers, Milligan and Secombe, captured on film at a point just before they found fame as The Goons, developing and honing their craft before your very eyes.’  

Penny Points to Paradise (Tony Young, 1951, 68 mins)

Gormless Pools winner Harry Flakers (Harry Secombe), accompanied by his best pal, Spike (Milligan), head off on holiday down beside the seaside where he hopes to relax and celebrate his new-found riches. Before long, they are confronted by gold-digging gals, dealing with the Goonish Major (Sellers), facing a sassy salesman who won’t take no for an answer (Sellers, again), hula-hula-ing with Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders, and tangling with thieves (dryly played by Alfred Marks, and Bill Kerr of Hancock’s Half Hour). Shot on location in and around Brighton, the old-school comic antics on offer here are sure to raise a very British chuckle.

Let’s Go Crazy (Alan J. Cullimore, 1951, 31 mins)

A comedy short made immediately after Penny Points to Paradise, Let’s Go Crazy is another fascinating embryonic showcase for British comic legends Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. This raucous, ramshackle film features improvised Goonish sketches, memorably interspersed with an entertaining selection of variety turns, including Freddy Mirfield and His Garbage Men, Britain’s outrageous answer to Spike Jones and His City Slickers.

Taking multiple roles, Sellers excels as Giuseppe, a frustrated waiter exasperated by demands for ‘boiled beef and carrots’, drags up in grande dame style to become the Crystal Jollibottom of his radio comedy days, and – as an anarchic mock-Groucho Marx – blows up the set!

Special features
• The Slappiest Days of our Lives (1953, 73 mins): Barely seen since its original release, this virtually forgotten French compilation of clips from vintage silent comedies was re-dubbed by Adelphi Films with a flight-of-fancy voiceover commentary by Peter Sellers. It is both an intriguing oddity and a valuable record of the comedian’s formative years as a character ‘voice man’. Against a backdrop of extracts from classic early comedy films, Sellers stylishly adopts the vocal personae of some of his comic heroes to take a slapstick trip across the USA.
• Illustrated booklet with essays, restoration notes and original promotional material.

Release date: 3 August 2009
DVD RRP £17.99 / cat. no. BFIVD843 / 172 mins / DVD-9
Blu-ray RRP £22.99 / cat. no. BFIB1028 / 182 mins / BD50 / region free
UK / 1951 / PG / black and white / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Film Movement Presents The Window On DVD 8/4/09

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


Film Movement Makes Argentinean Film Available on DVD

July 7th, 2009 (New York, NY) – Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the exclusive distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces that the gorgeous Patagonian drama, THE WINDOW, will be available on DVD beginning Tuesday, August 4th, 2009.  All Film Movement releases include a short film—this month’s selection is SEVENTY from Spanish directors Paco Torres and Alexis Morante.

The DVDs will be available at Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), and also through major retailers such as Blockbuster, Amazon, Netflix and at Passion River Films (www.passionriver.com).

Synopsis of THE WINDOW:

It is a significant day for 80 year old Antonio. After an absence of many years, his estranged son is coming to visit. All must be perfect. There will be a toast with very special champagne; an embrace; warm words that will maybe finally bridge the gap between them… But before, Antonio must wait. Bedridden, he looks out his window overlooking thee endless Patagonian landscape and sees light and life, the past and the present, while sensing the future. He decides to secretly leave the house, unseen by his faithful caretakers, to take what might be a last walk in his fields, breathing the air, treading the earth, inhaling the scent of the land that had been his life. What could otherwise seem like insignificant memories or moments in one’s life, take a special, beautiful meaning and weight in this poetic, humanistic film.

THE WINDOW was directed by acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Sorín and stars noted writer/artist Antonio Larreta
The film is in Spanish, and has a running time of 85 minutes. 

“Superb! Breathtaking! [A] tender gem…the acting is superb and the pastoral cinematography, by Julián Apezteguia, is breathtaking.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Acclaim for THE WINDOW:

Winner – FIPRESCI Prize, Valladolid Int’l FF

Nominated – Golden Spike, Valladolid Int’l FF

Official Selection – Toronto Int’l FF, San Sebastian FF, Antalya Golden Orange FF, Rome Cinema FF, Cairo Int’l FF, Havana Int’l FF, Gotenborg Int’l FF, Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival