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Postby Reza » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:46 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Yes, it's good to finally have The Romantic Englishwoman available in Region 1, but it's been avialble as an import (Region 2) for years.

I just watched this Region 2 version of the film and I agree with Damien both Caine and Jackson are superb. This is the film for which Glenda Jackson should have been nominated in 1975 instead of for Hedda.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:51 pm

True. Jackson doesn't even receive billing, but her role is curcial to the plot. Twiggy and Christopher Gable are the stars, although the press release suggests that Tommy Tune, who has a supporting role, was Twiggy's co-star:

CINEMA PROVOCATEUR KEN RUSSELL
Pioneering English director Ken Russell's films are as noted for their arresting visual style as their excesses. No stranger to controversy, Russell often confronts the viewer with lurid imagery that violates the mores of the time, only to then follow these "shocks" up with moments of sublime beauty and grace, leaving the viewer to question his own understanding of the function of art, beauty and morality. A Ken Russell film is never, ever boring.

THE BOY FRIEND (1971) REMASTERED Working at the height of his formidable powers, Ken Russell braids a whole new layer of story onto the hit stage musical that made Julie Andrews a star and opens it up to some astonishing flights of fancy. Wrapping a narrative frame around the original - a seaside theatrical company mounts a production of the '20s musical spoof The Boy Friend - allows Russell, in turn, to explore and parody the conventions of '30s musicals with elaborate fantasy sequences, slapstick, and sentiment. RESTORED DIRECTOR'S CUT/ROADSHOW presentation with Intermission and Entr'acte, as Ken Russell intended the film to be seen. Starring Twiggy and Tommy Tune, with an uncredited supporting performance by Glenda Jackson.
SPECIAL FEATURES: vintage "behind the scenes" making-of featurette about the film.

SAVAGE MESSIAH (1972) REMASTERED Russell trains his outrageous vision upon the life of famed French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (Scott Anthony.) An inveterate habitué of the Bohemian districts of Paris, Gaudier-Brzeska produced a prodigious body of work before the first World War brought his career, and life, to an end at 23 years-old. This film pivots on Gaudier-Brzeska's passionate five year relationship with a Polish noblewoman (played by Dame Dorothy Tutin) twenty years his senior. Presented uncut in all its explicit, controversial glory,




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Postby Damien » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:51 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Yes, it's good to finally have The Romantic Englishwoman available in Region 1, but it's been avialble as an import (Region 2) for years.

Even more exciting, today marks the Warner Archive release of one of Glenda Jackson's best films, Ken Russell's The Boy Friend in which she plays the star who breaks her leg so that Twiggy can go out and become one.

The Archive is also releasing Russell's Savage Messiah.

Delighted about The Boy Friend. But people should know that Glenda Jackson's role is a cameo and that she's not a major part of the picture.
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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:36 am

Yes, it's good to finally have The Romantic Englishwoman available in Region 1, but it's been avialble as an import (Region 2) for years.

Even more exciting, today marks the Warner Archive release of one of Glenda Jackson's best films, Ken Russell's The Boy Friend in which she plays the star who breaks her leg so that Twiggy can go out and become one.

The Archive is also releasing Russell's Savage Messiah.
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Postby Damien » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:03 am

This is for me the most exciting DVD news in years. It's one of the great (although forgotten) films of the 1970s, with Joseph Losey's precise direction matching Tom Stoppard's brilliant screenplay. And Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson have never been better.
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Kino Lorber will release the 1975 British romantic comedy-drama film The Romantic Englishwoman starring Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King) and Glenda Jackson (Women in Love) on DVD and Blu-ray on June 21.
Glenda Jackson and Michael Caine get the low-down in The Romantic Englishwoman.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard (Brazil) from the 1975 novel by Thomas Weisman and directed by Joseph Losey (Time Without Pity), the movie focuses on ups and downs of the marriage between novelist/screenwriter Lewis (Caine) and his wife Elizabeth (Jackson).

While Elizabeth is away on holiday in the German resort town of Baden Badem, jealous Lewis imagines she’s having an affair with a mysterious German poet (Helmut Berger) she’s met on the elevator. Soon Berger inexplicably shows up at their house in England, and Caine’s heated feelings begin to grow…prompting him to take on a script assignment and patter.

Additional good news: Otto Preminger's Such Good Friends on DVD soon.
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Postby Okri » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:53 am

Likely an April Fool's Joke.

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SHADES OF THE PAST

The Warner Archive Collection celebrates Black History Month with two culturally significant new releases available for the first time on DVD. Each film presents racial conflict as seen through the prism of a young man coming of age, one black and the other white.

INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949) REMASTERED Clarence Brown's adaptation of Nobel Laureate William Faulkner's novella is considered by many to be the most successful screen version of Faulkner to date. INTRUDER IN THE DUST presents an unflinching portrait of racism in post-war America that is startling in comparison to its cinematic contemporaries. Shot entirely on location in Oxford, MS (the basis for Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County) INTRUDER IN THE DUST tells the tale of a defiant black man (Juano Hernandez) accused of killing a white man, and the white child (Claude Jarman Jr.) who comes to his defense.

THE LEARNING TREE (1969) The first major studio release to be directed by an African American, The Learning Tree was adapted by Gordon Parks from his own autobiographical novel. Newt Winger (Kyle Johnson) is a young man coming of age in a segregated Kansas town. One eventful year accelerates the process as the youthful Newt finds himself forced to confront issues of racism, love, loyalty, duty... and murder. 16x9 WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION

IT'S RONALD REAGAN'S 100TH BIRTHDAY...

...and we found some of "the rest of him" – his films that is. These two previously unavailable pictures reveal a range that more than makes the case for a re-assessment of "Dutch's" pre-political career. Give yourself the present and re-discover this star in his heyday.

STALLION ROAD (1947) This soapy romantic drama for the horse-loving set was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite pictures. Reagan plays veterinarian Larry Hanrahan, an expert horse doc, who finds himself competing for the affections of a fellow equine aficionado (Alexis Smith) with his pal, a writer from the big city (played by Zachary Scott).

NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (1949) Ronald Reagan stars as a stricken scientist in this metaphysical melodrama alongside the enchanting Viveca Lindfors. Diagnosed with epilepsy, biochemist John Galen moves to the Everglades in Florida to work in shame and isolation. He moves into a house owned by a widow who is haunted by the voice of her dead husband. Together, they are forced to confront the mysteries of faith and fate. Directed by Don Siegel.
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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:08 pm

From Warner Archives

HOME BEFORE DARK (1958) 16x9 Widescreen - Jean Simmons stars as a newly released mental patient who goes home to confront the demons that drove her to the insane asylum. Efram Zimbalist,Jr. co-stars as a kind stranger who may just be the lifeline Simmons' character needs in this engrossing psychodrama directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

LIBEL (1959) 16x9 Widescreen - Anthony Asquith directs this smooth courtroom mystery in which Dirk Bogarde plays a man accused of an extreme case of identity theft. Prodded by his wife (played by Olivia de Havilland) to clear his name in court, he discovers he may not be who he thinks he is. Robert Morley also stars.

THE NIGHT DIGGER (1971) 16x9 Widescreen - Patricia Neal stars in this modern twist on the Gothic romance complete with crumbling mansions, desperate spinsters, and a mysterious young stranger. This macabre thriller's twists deliver a potent jolt. Scripted by Roald Dahl, and with a score by Bernard Herrmann,

BODYGUARD (1948) Lawrence Tierney stars as disgraced police detective Mike Carter, who takes a job guarding the owner of a meat-packing plant. Investigating the threats on her life, Mike soon finds himself framed for murder. A taut noir directed by Richard Fleischer, based on a story by Robert Altman.

CHICAGO CALLING (1952) Dan Duryea stars as a desperate husband and father in post-war Los Angeles who receives news that his wife and child have been in a car accident in Chicago. Suddenly, the phone company arrives to re-possess his destitute character's phone. A heart-rending blue-collar noir-ish tale of a small man's struggle against cruel fate.

THE HOUR OF 13 (1952) Peter Lawford stars as a charming jewel thief who crosses swords with a vicious serial killer in Victorian London. When the killer, "The Terror," strikes at the same locale where the jewel thief has stolen a rare emerald, the thief must bring The Terror to justice in order to clear his "good" name. Dawn Addams co-stars.

TWENTY PLUS TWO (1961) 16x9 Widescreen - David Janssen stars as private detective Tom Adler in this nearly noir thriller. After a Hollywood secretary is found murdered, Tom Adler is called in to investigate. He then uncovers a warped web that involves a missing heiress, a movie star, and someone from his own past. Janssen finds strong support from a superlative cast.

OPERATION C.I.A (1965) 16x9 Widescreen - In his first leading role, Burt Reynolds stars as a C.I.A field agent dispatched to Saigon in order to uncover a conspiracy directed against the life of the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam.
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Postby Precious Doll » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:27 am

Can't wait to purchase and revisit all of these.
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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:08 pm

Tomorrow's Warner Archive releases spotlight four long, long, overdue releases of Vincente Minnelli films: The Cobweb (1955) with Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame, Charles Boyer, Lillian Gish, Susan Strasberg and John Kerr; Tea and Sympathy (1956) with Deborah Kerr and John Kerr; The Reluctant Debutante (1958) with Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, Sandra Dee, John Saxon and Angela Lansbury and Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) with Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse and Claire Trevor.
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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:00 pm

Burbank, Calif., January 17, 2011 – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection, the first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team, debuts on DVD April 12 from Warner Home Video. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites: Woman of the Year (1942), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Without Love (1945), Sea of Grass (1947), State of the Union(1948), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Desk Set (1957), and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn. This is the first time Keeper of the Flame, directed by Oscar® winning director George Cukor (A Star is Born 1954, My Fair Lady, A Double Life, Adam’s Rib, Philadelphia Story), and Sea of Grass will be available on DVD. Orders are due March 8 (SRP $59.92). Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass will also be available as singles (SRP $19.97 each).Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers. Individual film titles can also be purchased digitally through online retailers including Amazon On Demand and iTunes.
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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:18 pm

Coming from Criterion in April

White Material (Claire Denis)
France
2009
105 minutes
Color
2.35:1
French
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New interviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé
Short documentary by Denis on the film’s premiere at the Écrans Noirs Film Festival 2010 in Cameroon
Deleted scene
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Amy Taubin

Kes (Ken Loach)
United Kingdom
1969
110 minutes
Color
1.66:1
English
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Making “Kes,” a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley
The Southbank Show: “Ken Loach” (1993), a profile of the filmmaker, featuring Loach, Garnett, directors Stephen Frears and Alan Parker, and other Loach collaborators
Cathy Come Home (1967), a feature directed by Loach and produced by Garnett, with an introduction by film writer Graham Fuller
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Fuller

Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
United States
1981
108 minutes
Color
2.40:1
English
DISC FEATURES

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Brian De Palma (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach
New interview with star Nancy Allen
Cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film
Select on-set photos from photographer Louis Goldman
Original theatrical trailer
More!
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review
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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:02 am

The Sea of Grass is the weakest of the Tracy-Hepburn films, but even at their weakest they were fascinating to watch. This one's also got Robert Walker and Melvyn Douglas.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:52 am

Our office is currently working on The Sea of Grass by Elia Kazan and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Based on the plot, it sounds a bit like Dallas but with cattle instead of oil.


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