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Film Noir Classics From the BFI On 11/16/09

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Film Noir Classics

Bringing together four all-time classic titles from two of the world’s most celebrated directors, this essential BFI box set, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, delivers that unique combination of intrigue, moral ambiguity and stylish black and white photography which truly defines this much loved Hollywood genre.

Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger, 1945)
Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) is a down-on-his-luck press agent who falls for the beautiful Stella (Linda Darnell). When Stella is found murdered, Eric becomes the main suspect. Using his investigative instincts to find the real murderer, Eric soon makes a shocking discovery. Extra feature: Original theatrical trailer and on screen biographies.

Whirlpool (Otto Preminger, 1949)
Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney) is the well-dressed wife of a successful psychoanalyst (Richard Conte). When she is arrested for shoplifting, the scandal is averted by the intervention of a sinister hypnotist (José Ferrer). However, Ann soon finds herself caught up in a web of blackmail and murder. Extra feature: On screen biographies.

Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950)
Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark), a small-time American nightclub tout, dreams of entering the wrestling rackets of post-war London. Scheming with his long-suffering girlfriend (Gene Tierney) and the sultry wife of a nightclub owner (Googie Withers), he attempts to take on the racketeers.  Extras features: Interview with Jules Dassin, commentary by Paul Duncan and comparison of the US and UK versions.

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950)
Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) is a brutal cop whose harsh methods get him in trouble with his superiors. When he accidentally kills a murder suspect he knows he is finished if he’s discovered. He decides to dispose of the body and pin the murder on someone else. Soon he will pay the ultimate price. Extra feature: Original theatrical trailer and on screen biographies.

This set includes an illustrated booklet with essays, cast and credits.

Release date: 16 November 2009
RRP: £29.99 / cat. no. BFIVD870 / cert 12 / 4 discs
Fallen Angel: USA / b&w / 98 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Whirlpool: USA / b&w / 93 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Night and the City: UK / b&w / 92 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Where the Sidewalk Ends: USA / b&w / 91 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

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The Sadist With Red Teeth and Forbidden Paris from Mondo Macabro in 2010!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

DOWN TERRACE, Mondo Macabro’s second original feature film, has just won two major film festival awards! 

It won the “Next Wave” award for Best Film at Austin’s famed Fantastic Fest, and less than two weeks later we won “Best U.K. Independent Feature” at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival back home in the U.K.  They’re talking to distributors and are in the process of submitting DOWN TERRACE to numerous other festivals around the world, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for the film that Cinematical calls “a fantastic film”!

Mondo Macabro also wants you to know about their first release of 2010, a double feature disc of Jean-Louis Van Belle’s lost vampire opus THE SADIST WITH RED TEETH and FORBIDDEN PARIS!  Mr. Van Belle is participating with these releases and has recorded an interview for the DVD, in addition to approving the transfer.  This release is currently scheduled for February, and we’ll have more information ready for you before year’s end – as soon as Mondo Macabro provides it!

The BFI presents The Terence Davies Collection on 11/16/09

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Terence Davies Collection

Considered by many to be Britain’s most gifted and remarkable filmmaker, Terence Davies’ visually stunning, intensely personal films have impressed audiences the world over and seen him proclaimed by critics as one of contemporary cinema’s true poets. 

Collected together for the first time in one DVD set, along with extra features and a booklet of essays, are The Terence Davies Trilogy (1976-1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992) and Of Time and the City (2008).

The Terence Davies Trilogy with special features
These three semi-autobiographical short films follow the journey of Robert Tucker, first seen as a hangdog child in Children, then as a hollow-eyed middle-aged man in Madonna and Child, and finally as a decrepit old man in Death and Transfiguration. Dreamlike and profoundly moving.
•Feature commentary by Terence Davies
•Filmed interview with Terence Davies

Distant Voices, Still Lives with special features
An impressionistic view of working-class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool that stars Freda Dowie and Pete Postlethwaite. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.
•Feature commentary by director Terence Davies
•Filmed interview with Terence Davies
•Filmed introduction with Art Director Miki van Zwanenberg
•Original trailer

The Long Day Closes with special features
Bud’s home is happy and safe, but his Catholic school is a harsh world where teachers administer lashings, and he is bullied and friendless. Once again Davies creates a dreamlike montage of memories, using gliding tracking shots and an artful layering of pop songs and religious music.
•Feature commentary with Terence Davies and Director of Photography Mick Coulter
•On-set interview with production designer Christopher Hobbs
•Previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage of Terence Davies directing

Of Time and the City with special features
Davies revisits the city of his youth in this deeply personal BAFTA-nominated evocation of post-World War II Liverpool. Through the film’s patchwork visual poetry, woven entirely from painstakingly researched archival footage, Davies explores an urban landscape that echoes his own troubled past to speak candidly of his childhood experiences.
•The making of Of Time and the City (2009) – in new interviews, Terence Davies and the film’s producers and archive producer discuss the making of the film and the inspirations behind it
•Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stuart McAllister, 1942) the classic wartime documentary which helped inspire Of Time and the City, presented with a personal introduction by Terence Davies
•Q&A with Terence Davies at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
•Original trailer

Release date: 16 November 2009
RRP: £39.99 / cat. no. BFIVD871 / cert 15
The Terence Davies Trilogy: UK / 1976-1983 / b&w / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 94 mins / DVD-9 / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1. Distant Voices, Still Lives: UK / 1988 / col / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 80 mins / DVD-9 / Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16 x 9 anamorphic). The Long Day Closes: UK / 1992 / col / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 85 mins / DVD-9 / Aspect ratio 1.85:1. Of Time and The City: UK / 2008 / col, and b&w / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 74 mins / DVD-9 / Aspect ratio 1.77: 1 (16 x 9 anamorphic widescreen).

Robert Altman’s Streamers on DVD from Shout! Factory 01/19/10

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A Film by Academy Award® Winner Robert Altman

Available for the first time on DVD, Bonus Content includes all-new Interviews with Matthew Modine, Bruce Davison, George Dzundza, and the cast from the film and stage play!

IN STORES JANUARY 19, 2010 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

The late Academy Award® winner Robert Altman was one of the most celebrated  and influential filmmakers in history. He’s best recognized for his cinematic sensibility and unique style of storytelling that often parlayed with large diverse casts, open-ended narratives and multiple interwoven storylines as seen in The Player, Short Cuts and Gosford Park. One of Altman’s long forgotten early film works, Streamers took the opposite approach, focusing on the uneasy melodrama of four raw Army recruits waiting to be sent overseas for combat as they deal with their internal conflicts over class, race, and sexuality intertwine and collide in a shocking, unexpected denouement.

Starring Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Weeds), Mitchell Lichtenstein, Michael Wright (Oz), George Dzundza (Crimson Tide), Guy Boyd (Black Scorpion) and David Alan Grier (Life with Bonnie) in his first onscreen role, this acclaimed and topical 1983 Altman film was made before the controversial “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy towards gays in the military. Adapted from David Rabe’s Tony Award winning Broadway play of the same name and features powerhouse performances from its central cast members, Streamers carries as much emotional weight and impact as it did over 25 years ago.

On January 19, 2010, Shout! Factory will honor Robert Altman with the long-awaited DVD release of Streamers. Available for the first time on DVD, this title boasts special retrospective interviews with the cast members Matthew Modine, Mitchell Lichtenstein and George Dzundza from the film; and Herbert Jefferson and Bruce Davidson from the stage play. A must-own for Altman fans and film/ DVD enthusiasts to complete their film library, Streamers is priced to own at $24.99.

Streamers was directed by Robert Altman; screenplay by David Rabe; produced by Robert Altman and Nick J. Mileti. The complete Streamers cast won an unprecedented six Golden Lions for Best Actor when the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1983.