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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:48 am

Some interesting films have surfaced on DVD and/or Blu Ray recently.

The Bacchus Lady is now available on DVD from Korea. As with almost all their releases it has English subtitles. This is unlikely to turn up in any English speaking markets. Director E J Yong is up there with the best and more internationally known Korean directors and his films deserve wider exposure. Veteran actress Yoon Yeo Jeong gave the best performance of 2016 in what was a very strong year for actresses;

Entertaining Mr. Sloane & Loot on Blu Ray from the UK. Had a quick flick through them and they look outstanding. A vast improvement on the DVDs released over a dozen years ago;

Sieranevada on a limited edition Blu Ray (about 900 I think) from Romania. It's looking more and more unlikely that this film is not going to turn up in the English language market. Gorgeous transfer however there appears to be playback issues with one particular scene on some players and my oldest player simply would't play the disc;

Arthur Penn's The Chase (1966) makes its Blu Ray debut by Indicator in the UK to be followed by the so-bad-its-good Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) in November.

And drumroll.....A restoration of 1983 cult classic Liquid Sky comes to Blu Ray in November.

The other news of interest is the continued decline in sales of physical media. Apparently the next 2 years will determine the future of the medium as many companies are starting to find it harder to sell their 'product'.
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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:10 am

Kino are also having a sale: https://www.klstudioclassics.com though for US & Canadian customers only as they don't sell to markets for which they don't have the rights to.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby dws1982 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:05 pm

If you have a region free player, Arrow is doing a sale at their website through July 29.

Mostly older releases, so you won't find things they just put out like The Sorrow and the Pity.

But they did have several box sets--the Taviani set, their Dekalog set (which has some TV specials that Kieslowski did that aren't on the Criterion set), The Human Condition, and all of their Woody Allen sets, which takes you from Bananas through Shadows and Fog. They have most of those titles available individually, but the individual discs aren't part of the sale.

Also, Barnes & Noble has all of their Criterion DVDs and Blu-Rays on sale through August 7.

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Postby Precious Doll » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:26 am

Haven't decided yet what to do about my old film magazines yet Reza.

I will hold onto Film Comment & Films and Filming which I have going back to January 1970.

Others I have are Monthly Film Bulletin/Sight and Sound, American Film, Cinefantastque which specialised in horror & sci-fi, two of my least favourite genres but their early editions of the magazine where excellent, Cinema Papers, Films Illustrated (I remember being really bummed when that ceased publication in 1981) and some other short lived magazines from the 1980s.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Reza » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:29 pm

Precious Doll wrote:
Big Magilla wrote:If I were just beginning my collection, I would opt for streaming but at this point, I just use streaming for obscure films I am curious about as opposed to having to have them in my collection.


Yes, I agree that would be the way to go for young people.

I have over 6,000 films in my collection and am in the process of culling them. I've put a small number on eBay and all of them have sold. Mind you they are mainly Criterion editions which attract buyers like magnets if priced low. The remainder I sell to a second-hand dealer. I expect over the next few months to shed around 500-600 titles, with more to follows on a second cull.

I'm going to start getting much more selective about what I buy. My criteria for getting rid of DVDs/Blu Rays is if I think I'll want to watch the film again as well as getting rid of duplicate copies. Mind you, I think less and less older and newer films are going to be released on physical media anyway.

I've also culled out about 300 books and lots of framed movie posters. Haven't decided what to do with all my old film magazines which I virtually never refer to and my lobby card collection.


Which magazines? Wish I had known you were selling your books. Would have been interested in them if they were movie related.

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Postby Precious Doll » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:11 am

Big Magilla wrote:If I were just beginning my collection, I would opt for streaming but at this point, I just use streaming for obscure films I am curious about as opposed to having to have them in my collection.


Yes, I agree that would be the way to go for young people.

I have over 6,000 films in my collection and am in the process of culling them. I've put a small number on eBay and all of them have sold. Mind you they are mainly Criterion editions which attract buyers like magnets if priced low. The remainder I sell to a second-hand dealer. I expect over the next few months to shed around 500-600 titles, with more to follows on a second cull.

I'm going to start getting much more selective about what I buy. My criteria for getting rid of DVDs/Blu Rays is if I think I'll want to watch the film again as well as getting rid of duplicate copies. Mind you, I think less and less older and newer films are going to be released on physical media anyway.

I've also culled out about 300 books and lots of framed movie posters. Haven't decided what to do with all my old film magazines which I virtually never refer to and my lobby card collection.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:51 pm

If I were just beginning my collection, I would opt for streaming but at this point, I just use streaming for obscure films I am curious about as opposed to having to have them in my collection.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Precious Doll » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:40 pm

Okri wrote:Precious, what are your thoughts on streaming? I'm not an Oscar completist by any means (the number of actual "great" films I haven't seen discourages me from seeing a lot of dross) but I'm finding Filmstruck/Fandor/Mubi/Netflix to be invaluable.


I do think streaming for will be inevitable. It's something that I will have to look into sometime in the future.
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Postby Okri » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:53 pm

Precious, what are your thoughts on streaming? I'm not an Oscar completist by any means (the number of actual "great" films I haven't seen discourages me from seeing a lot of dross) but I'm finding Filmstruck/Fandor/Mubi/Netflix to be invaluable.

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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Precious Doll » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:15 am

Hopefully, the pace will pick up.

And talking of DVD's my local DVD shop is closing doors. I've been renting from the same place since it opened in 1983 and they used to get pretty much stock just about everything released.

There are still a couple of DVD shops left so a few suburbs away which means I will have to change my routine and use public transport (yuk) to get to them but my viewing of newer releases is going to drop to some degree. On the bright side, more time to review all my favourites from the collection but the days of being an 'Oscar completist' may be coming to an end. I won't go to the cinema to view something like Wonder Woman and I won't buy it on DVD either.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:45 am

Yes, but how long is it going to take? Maurice is only their second Merchant/Ivory release. Their first was Howards End last December. That's nine months between releases.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:30 am

Big Magilla wrote:Also:



From Cohen Media in September
Maurice (1987)


I believe Cohen Media will be releasing most of the Merchant/Ivory collection, as will the BFI in the UK. Great to be able to update some of my favourites onto Blu Ray.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:34 am

Also:

From Warner Archive in July
Blood Alley (1955)
The Sea Chase (1955)
Where the Boys Are (1960)

From Cohen Media in September
Maurice (1987)

From VCI in October
Topper (1937)
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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:29 am

Criterion September releases

Othello (1952)
The Piano Teacher (2001)
David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
Festival (1967)
Hitchcock triple: Rebecca/Spellbound/Notorious

Twilight Time September releases

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Gun Fury (3D) (1953)
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Lawman (1971)
September (1987)

Arrow are releasing some very rare Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin films in September:

Un film comme les autres [A Film Like Any Other]: An analysis of the social upheaval of May 1968 made in the immediate wake of the workers’ and students’ protests. The picture consists of two parts, each with with identical image tracks, and differing narration.
British Sounds, aka: See You at Mao: An examination of the daily routine at a British auto factory assembly line, set against class-conflict and The Communist Manifesto.
Vent d’est [Wind from the East]: A loosely conceived leftist-western that moves through a series of practical and analytical passages (“an organization of shots,” Godard called it) into a finale based around the process of manufacturing homemade weapons.
Lotte in Italia / Luttes en Italie [Struggles in Italy]: Not necessarily a film about the struggles in Italy — largely shot, in fact, in Godard and Anne Wiazemsky’s home at the time — this is a discursive reflection on a young Italian woman’s shift from political “theory” to political “practice” and, at the same time, a self-questioning of its own practice and theories.
Vladimir et Rosa [Vladimir and Rosa]: A searing and satirical comic-reportage on the trial of the Chicago Eight, featuring Juliet Berto and Godard and Gorin themselves.
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Re: Coming DVDs

Postby Precious Doll » Wed May 17, 2017 1:30 am

Some Blu Ray announcements.

Warners Archives

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
The Gumball Rally (1976)
Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)
Running on Empty (1988)

Criterion - August releases

Sid & Nancy (1986)
The Breaking Point (1950)
Hopscotch (1980)
Meantime (1984)
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