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Postby Okri » Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:17 am

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.

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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:57 am

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of four films by four renowned directors on 13th February 2006. Warner will showcase a group of four films from some of the world’s most renowned directors with first-time Region 1 DVD releases of The Butcher Boy, Ginger and Fred, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Performance. Directed by Neil Jordan, Federico Fellini, Tony Richardson and Nicolas Roeg, the notable films represent the first of two collections WHV is releasing that represent the work of some of cinema’s most acclaimed directors. All films have new transfers and will include bonus features such as commentaries, featurettes and vintage interviews. Each title will sell individually for $19.97 SRP.

The Butcher Boy (1998)
The tale of how Irish lad Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) copes with cruel fate and a dysfunctional home life, The Butcher Boy is directed by Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire) who casts Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw and Sinead O’Connor as adults inhabiting Francie’s real or imagined worlds. The film is based on an original best-selling novel by Pat McCabe.

DVD Features:
Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Neil Jordan
Additional scenes
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Ginger and Fred (1985)
The legendary Federico Fellini, Oscar®-nominated 12 times for such films as La Dolce Vita and 8 ½, skewers society in general and TV in particular with this nostalgic tribute to the past that won a Golden Globe® as Best Foreign Language Film. Starring Giulietta Masina (Mrs. Fellini) and frequent Fellini leading man Marcello Mastroianni, the film tells the story of two retired performers, Amelia and Pippo, who once wowed crowds with their dance recreations of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and are now reuniting for a nationwide TV special.

DVD Features:
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago) made a blazing screen debut as Colin, a promising distance runner and working class reform school inmate. Oscar® winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and writer Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) give the film an edgy intensity specific to its era, yet timeless in its outcry against injustice. Sir Michael Redgrave stings as the smug school governor with his own motives for using Colin’s running prowess.

DVD Features:
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Performance (1970)
This 1970 British film is now being released in its original uncut theatrical version. It marked the directorial debut of Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Witches), who co-directed with Donald Cammell. James Fox plays Chaz Devlin, a gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation, who in underworld terms, is a “performer.” Mick Jagger is Turner, a reclusive rock superstar in whose home Chas hides. In this spellbinder of illusion and reality, decadence and decay their worlds collide - and the impact is both exotic and explosive. It has become a modern movie legend, with the original soundtrack featuring music from The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, The Last Poets and more.

DVD Features:
New featurette Influence and Controversy
Vintage featurette Memo Song from Turner
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:39 pm

Of course, now that I bought the region 2 version of The Heiress along comes the region 1 release. Hopefully both All Quiet on the Western Front and Going My Way will be huge improvements over their previous releases. It will be interesting to see what's in future "waves" as Universal is sitting on some pretty impressive titles.

Nice to see Warners is finally coming up with state-of-the-art versions of their films previously available only in second rate copies. Their new 3 for 1 disc featuring Objective Burma and Never So Few also includes 1951's Gung Ho which MGM for years re-issued on double bills with Battleground but which they, for some reason, allowed to fall into the public domain. The DVD version I have of Billy Budd is pan and scan. Hopefully the Warners release version will be letterboxed.
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Postby Okri » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:36 am

2007?

Looking forward to The Heiress.

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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:33 am

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Literary Classics Collection for 6th March 2007. Available separately ($19.97 SRP each) or as part of a giftset ($59.92 SRP) there are six literary classics spread across five discs. They are: Billy Budd, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Madame Bovary (1949), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 & 1952 Double Feature) and The Three Musketeers (1948).
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Postby MovieWes » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:46 am

The greatest DVD news of all-time!!!!

After years of anticipation, the fans of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" will soon be able to experience the director's "intended cut," which promises to be different from the theatrical cut, the international cut, and the previous director's cut. It's all very confusing, but this particular flick is worth the trouble.

Variety irons it out nicely: "Warner's rights to "Blade Runner" lapsed a year ago, but the studio has since negotiated a long-term license. The pic, now considered a sci-fi classic, has had a troubled history from the start: When Scott ran overbudget, completion bond guarantors took control of it and made substantial changes before its 1982 theatrical release, adding a voiceover and happy ending. That version was replaced by the much better-received director's cut in 1992, but Scott has long been unhappy with it, complaining that he was rushed and unable to give it proper attention.

The restored "Director's Cut" will debut on homevid in September, and remain on sale for four months only, after which time it will be placed on moratorium. "Blade Runner: Final Cut" will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing: Besides the original theatrical version and director's cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials."

That's a lotta Blade Running."
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Postby criddic3 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:12 pm

From the Digital Bits:

In the news today, I've spoken with Warner Home Video and learned that they've completed the telecine process for a long-awaited release of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Work is now underway on special edition content, with the goal of releasing a worthy DVD release sometime in 2007.


Yay!

I still have my Widescreen Video Double-tape version from 2000. And of course my playbill-type keepsake from seeing the 70mm print in the city from 1996. A great film!
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:33 am

Per Jeffrey Wells:

And the Becket DVD delays continue, courtesy of MPI Home Video. The Illinois-based company had rights issues with the family of playwright Jean Anouilh to deal with, but these have been settled. Despite the current interest in Peter O'Toole, who nearly won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this 1964 film, and his Oscar-calibre performance in Roger Michell's Venus, MPI still has no plans to release the Becket DVD. A great film, remastered and ready to go, is being kept in the cupboard by a third-rate outfit; it seems like a kind of hostage situation. The MPI Home Video website makes no mention of Becket DVD whatsoever -- not in their "new releases" or "upcoming releases" section -- not even if you do a search. This despite the fact that a message on an IMDB board on 5.30.06 from Christie Hester which said that "MPI Home Video intends to release Becket on DVD during the first quarter of 2007."
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:46 am

From the Digital Bits:

In the news today, I've spoken with Warner Home Video and learned that they've completed the telecine process for a long-awaited release of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Work is now underway on special edition content, with the goal of releasing a worthy DVD release sometime in 2007.




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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:24 am

Nice collection, but only five of them (Angel, Desire, Dishonored, Follow the Boys and Song of Songs) are not already available.

Blonde Venus and The Devil is a Woman are available in both previous Region 1 and Region 2 Dietrich collections. The Region 1 collection also includes Golden Earrings and Morocco. The Region 2 also includes A Foregin Affair, Shanghai Express, Destry Rides Again (available as a separate title in Region 1) and The Lady Is Willing (not in the 18 DVD collection).

Pittsburgh and The Spoilers are part of a John Wayne colleciton in Region 1. The Blue Angel and The Scarlet Empress are available separately, although the scratchy Criterion version of the latter is not one of their best efforts.
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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:52 am

Look what's coming to R2 (UK) in November:

A collection of 18 Marlene Dietrich films, most of which are making their DVD premiere. Features Angel, Blonde Venus, Desire, Destry Rides Again, The Devil Is A Woman, Dishonored, The Flame Of New Orleans, Follow The Boys, A Foreign Affair, Golden Earrings, Morocco, Pittsburgh, The Scarlet Empress, Seven Sinners, Shanghai Express, The Song Of Songs, The Spoilers, Touch Of Evil.
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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:59 pm

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Postby Reza » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:21 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Movie Mail - this was one of the two sites recommended by Eric. They list a lot of titles you don't find elsewhere. The problem is they do not have all of them in stock. Once they get them, though, delivery is fast - only 3 days.

Could not find the website for this!

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:41 pm

Correction to previous post.

Few_and_far_between_ which apparently can only be accessed through Amzon,com.uk is the website for ordering hard to find out-of-print titles like The Family Way and the 1960 League of Gentlemen. Findthatfilm is a reasonably priced UK retailer that carries somewhat less rare title like Johnny Got His Gun and teh 1981 True Confessions.
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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:37 am

I didn't see that post. I bought Bigger Than Life from DaaVeeDee, which I first discovered through Amazon.com. Unfortunately when I played it on my region free DVD player, it froze at the last chapter. Quite annoying, but I don't want to go through the hastle of returning it and maybe not getting a replacement. I've yet to try it on my other region free player.

Strange thing about DVD freezes. One episode of Footballers Wives - Season 2 (region 1) freezes on the region free player but plays on my Phillips, while another episode on the same disc freezes on the Phillips but plays on the region free. Weird.
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