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Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles on DVD from BFI 2/15/10

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The Exiles
A film by Kent Mackenzie
2-disc set

The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of a group of young American Indians living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Deeply affecting and utterly convincing, this remarkable film is finally made available on DVD in the UK for the first time and is packed with special features.

Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows this group of exiles – transplants from Southwest reservations – as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. With its vivid, high-contrast black and white photography and soundtrack by The Revels, Kent Mackenzie’s gritty, no-frills depiction of this marginalised Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Seta.

Special features
•Four shorts directed by Kent Mackenzie: Bunker Hill 1956 (1956), A Skill for Molina (1964), The Story of a Rodeo Cowboy (1962) and Ivan and His Father (1970)
•Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003): extracts from Thom Anderson’s film
•Last Days of Angels Flight (1969): a short film by Robert Kirste
•Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Removal (2009): a short film by Greg Kimble
•White Fawn’s Devotion (1910): a short film by James Youngdeer, thought to be the first directed by an American Indian
•2008 theatrical trailer
•Feature commentary by Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker, plus audio interviews with Charles Burnett and a panel discussion with the cast and crew
•Downloadable PDF files (DVD-ROM) of Kent Mackenzie’s scripts, Master’s thesis, press kits and much more

Release date: 15 February 2010
RRP: £19.99 / cat. no. BFIVD853 / cert 12
USA / 1961 / black and white / English, optional feature subtitles for the hard-of-hearing / 70 mins + 111 mins extra material / DVD-9 and DVD-5/ 1.33:1 /
Feature audio: PCM dual mono (48k/16bit)

Jackie Chan’s The Shinjuku Incident on UK DVD and Blu-ray 2/22/10

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Provocative, compelling and underscored with hard-hitting action, the pulse-pounding thriller, The Shinjuku Incident explodes with tension and delivers a career-defining performance from international action-superstar, Jackie Chan.
 Coming to Blu-ray and to DVD as a two-disc Ultimate Edition featuring a host of extras, including behind the scenes featurettes, cast interviews and deleted scenes, this is a must-have for Jackie Chan fans and lovers of action cinema.

Hundreds of Chinese refugees wash up on Japan’s Wakasa Bay. Each has a dream of a better life, but most will encounter only prejudice and oppression. One, a law-abiding farm-worker known as Steelhead (Jackie Chan), has come to find the woman (Xu Jinglei) he has loved since childhood, but his quest ends in bitter rejection when he discovers she has married Yakuza underboss, Eguchi (Masaya Kato).

Heartbroken, his life descends into darkness and petty crime quickly escalates to murder. With blood on his hands, he will risk everything to secure a future for his people, as they face an increasingly brutal onslaught from a criminal empire protected by a secret code. However, ancient traditions will not be broken and his defiance will lead to all-out war as both factions fight for control of the infamous Shinjuku district in the heart of Japan’s greatest city.

Ultimately pursued by forces on both sides of the law, Steelhead must fight for redemption and the survival of those he loves in the darkest night he has ever known…

The Shinjuku Incident is radical, uncompromising cinema with the most unforgettable finale of any Jackie Chan film to date!

Special Features include:
  Making of; behind the scenes featurettes; extended and deleted scenes; trailer gallery; interview gallery (Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu, Xu Jinglei, Masaya Kato, Naoto Takenata, Chin Kar Lok, Pater Kam Pau-Tat)

Dolby Digital original language 2.0 and 5.1, plus English 5.1 audio tracks (DVD); DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 original language and 5.1 English, plus Dolby Digital original language 2.0 audio tracks (Blu-ray).

The Shinjuku Incident (cert. 18) is released on two-disc DVD (£17.99) and single disc Blu-ray (£24.99) by Cine Asia

New BFI DVD – The COI Collection Volume One

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

The COI Collection
Volume One: Police and Thieves

The first volume in a new BFI DVD series of historical documentary films made by the Central Office of Information (COI) explores crime, policing, juvenile delinquency and the justice system.

Established in 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and was responsible for producing thousands of films that reflected the culture and concerns of the nation. With the majority of them previously unseen on DVD, these films provide a wonderful and fascinating record of British life in a seemingly more innocent age.

The COI film collection is preserved by the BFI National Archive in collaboration with COI and The National Archives (TNA). On 15 February, the BFI begins releasing thematic collections of COI films on DVD. Future collections will look at fashion, design, the military, food & drink and more.

The first volume, Police and Thieves, explores the subjects of crime, policing, juvenile delinquency and the justice system. A variety of styles and genres – including story documentary, public information shorts and cinemagazines – were employed to deliver crime prevention messages and bolster recruitment.

Highlights of this double-disc set include: Children on Trial (1946), an approved schools drama set in a progressive and enlightened system; Youth Club (1954), which proposed a solution to keeping Britain’s young people out of trouble; Help Yourself (1950), a no-nonsense crime prevention film; Man on the Beat (1956) and British Policeman (1959), in which the local Bobby comes armed with a friendly smile.

The accompanying 25-page booklet provides comprehensive film notes from academics and film historians and a brief history of COI. Film listing on page 2.

Available for interview:
The BFI’s COI film expert Tony Dykes is available for interview. We can also recommend Leo Enticknap who is Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and a lecturer in Cinema at the University of Leeds and contributor to the booklet. To speak to a COI spokesperson, please contact them directly.

Volume Two of The COI Collection will be Design for Today featuring fashion, design and architecture, released on 22 March.

Release date: 15 February 2010
RRP: £19.99 / cat. no. BFIVD860 / E
UK / 1944 – 1077 / black and white / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles /
296 mins / DVD-9 and DVD-5 / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII on DVD March 16

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII featuring  the very first nationally aired episode THE CRAWLING EYE and three side-splitting episodes THE BEATNIKS, THE FINAL SACRIFICE, and BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z along with  4  limited-edition mini-posters and bountiful bonus features

In Stores Nationwide March 16, 2010 from Shout! Factory

Welcome to the Satellite of Love, the orbiting home of legendary hosts Joel Robinson and Mike Nelson, along with their robotic companions — Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and Gypsy.  Join them as they embark on their 17th, and perhaps most impressive, volume of gut-busting riffs on the classic cinematic missteps of yesteryear when Shout Factory, in association with Best Brains, Inc., proudly presents Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII  4-DVD box set on March 16, 2010. The 17th DVD collection of the famed MST3K features the long-awaited episodes The Crawling Eye, The Final Sacrifice, The Beatniks and Blood Waters of Dr. Z, along with a wealth of bonus content including The Crawling Eye special introduction by Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theater Hours wraps on The Beatniks, The Main Event: Crow Vs. Crow at Dragon*Con ’09, a brand-new interview with The Final Sacrifice star Bruce J. Mitchell, Blood Waters of Dr. Z photo gallery, original theatrical trailers and more!  This collectible 4- DVD box set is priced to own at $59.97.

Things start to look eerily familiar to scientists Crevett and Brooks when mountain climbers begin losing their heads in the Trollenberg Mountains. Can the two investigators finally uncover the answers they’ve been seeking since encountering similar tragic accidents in the Andes?

The loyal MSTies asked for it, and now they’ve finally got it! The very first episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 following its departure from KTMA is now on DVD, complete with the introductions of Doctors Forrester and Erhardt, Deep 13 and Joel’s very first Invention Exchange seen on the Comedy Channel!

When a hold-up carried out by his two-bit hoodlum friends goes tragically awry, Eddie Crane’s bright future as a recording artist from the mean streets could be in jeopardy.

With a sadistically hilarious game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, a Tony Travis-themed slumber party and a full-fledged dramatization of a nobody’s transformation into a 1950s rock star (and back) starring none other than Tom Servo — Joel and the crew of the SOL certainly know how to usher in this Turkey Day favorite’s DVD debut!

Also includes the second segment of the short “General Hospital.”

With the help of a mysterious map and a truck-driving drifter named Rowsdower, young Troy McGreggor sets out on a dark adventure across Alberta in search of the answers behind the hooded cult responsible for his father’s grisly murder.

MSTies have long believed they’d never see this Tjardus Greidanus–directed student-film-turned-MST3K masterpiece on DVD, so we’re especially proud to serve it up! This long-awaited episode also features “The Canada Song,” a treasured song by Tom Servo in one of the host segments. Join Mike and the ’bots of the Satellite of Love as they skewer the beloved “cult” classic that became one of the most requested episodes in the history of Mystery Science Theater 3000. 

Seeking revenge against those responsible for stripping him of his tenure and the denial of human research subjects, Dr. Z mutates himself into a hideous — and murderous — half-human-half-fish-like creature!

Mike Nelson and the crew of the Satellite of Love — Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and Gypsy — take on one of the most laughable treasures ever to grace the MST3K screen with a disgusting new habit for Crow, a day of fishing for the crew and — GASP — an unforgettable appearance by Brain Guy and Bobo!

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 series was created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Jim Mallon. After a year on KTMA TV in Minneapolis, its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.  The premise of the series features a hapless man who is trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space and forced to watch old B-movies of questionable worth. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run.  The format proved to be popular. During its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), MST3K attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys® in 1994 and 1995.