Early Murnau – Five Films

Eureka Entertainment has announced it is releasing five films directed by FW Murnau as a box set in The Masters Of Cinema series. Presented for the first time in high definition, the films are Schlob Vogelod, Phantom, Der Letzte Mann, The Grand Duke’s Finances, and Tartuffe.

Special Features:

– New high-definition presentations of all five films, created by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
– Uncompressed PCM audio on all five scores
– Original German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles on all films
– The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute video piece by Luciano Berriatúa on the early works of Murnau
– Audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat on The Grand Duke’s Finances
– The Making of The Last Laugh, a 41-minute documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa
– Tartuffe: The Lost Film, a 37-minute documentary by Berriatúa
– A 100-page book featuring writing by Charles Jameux, Lotte H. Eisner, Janet Bergstrom, Tony Rayns, archival imagery, and more!

1900 Novecento

Eureka Entertainment are releasing Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic 1900 Novecento on blu-ray. “Epic” really is the relevant word here as it is a 5 hour saga following the inter-twined fates of two childhood friends through five decades of class struggle.

Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu headline, but there’s an extraordinary cast including Burt Lancaster, Donald Sutherland – and a musical score by Ennio Morricone.

Enemy Mine

Enemy Mine is released on blu-ray disc, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment.

Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr star in Wolfgang Petersen’s Enemy Mine, a cracking science fiction film made in 1985 straight after Petersen’s hit with The NeverEnding Story.

Special Features:

  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Trailer

Three Days Of The Condor

Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, and Max Von Sydow star in Sydney Pollack’s film, one of the finest conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s. Eureka Entertainment have released it as a dual-format release containing both the DVD and blu-ray discs as part of their The Masters Of Cinema label.

Aside from being a fantastic film (it is rated as 7.5 on IMDB), it features a 32 page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Michael Brooke, an extensive interview with Pollack, and archival images.

  • New high-definition presentation
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Stereo and 5.1 soundtrack options
  • Exclusive new video interview with film historian Sheldon Hall
  • The Directors: Sydney Pollack – A career-spanning appreciation of the director’s works
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 32 page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Michael Brooke, an extensive interview with Pollack, and archival images

The Criterion Collection Expands Into The UK – Media Reaction

The Guardian has done an interesting article on the news that The Criterion Collection is expanding into the UK.

I had a number of takeaways from the piece – that Criterion’s relationship with Sony was critical to the decision; that the UK market for boutique classics releases is already well served by a number of respected independents; and that there is disappointment that the current plans are only for two or three releases a month after the initial burst. Some of the Below The Line comments were interesting – clearly some people with closer knowledge than we have.

Variety magazine’s take is that Criterion have formed a “Pact” with Sony. It’s a very American word, something that is not heavily used in Europe, in my opinion, as it tends to either military agreements!

Home Cinema Choice’s article confirms that the UK releases will share the same spine numbers as the US originals.

Bride Of Re-Animator

Arrow Films have released a 3 disc limited edition set of Brian Yuzna’s Bride Of Re-Animator as a dual-format edition containing the DVD and blu-ray discs. The big point of interest is that it is a brand new 2K restoration.

On Arrow Video’s Facebook website, it was confirmed that 5000 copies were produced both in the UK and the US. The big attraction of this limited edition set is the third disc which contains the R-rated version.

Bride Of Re-Animator

Rocco And His Brothers

Luchino Visconti’s 1960 masterpiece Rocco And His Brothers has finally come to blu -ray, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment. As it is part of the acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema series, it comes fully-loaded with extra features, most notably the 40 page booklet.

Christopher Bray in The Mail On Sunday loves it, giving it 5 stars and saying “it is one of cinema’s greatest achievements.”

DVDBeaver says that they were blown away by the blu-ray as it looks so impressive.

 

Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation from a new 4K restoration

  • Optional English subtitles
  • Two audio choices; the original Italian, and the French dub
  • “Les coulisses du tournage” – a 2003 French documentary about the film
  • A 1999 interview with Visconti’s cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
  • An interview with actress Claudia Cardinale
  • A 2002 interview with actress Annie Giradot
  • “Luchino Visconti” – an hour long documentary about the life and work of Visconti
  • Two vintage newsreels
  • Original Italian trailer
  • Plus: A 40 page booklet featuring:
  • – Writing by Guido Aristarco
  • – An essay written by the director in 1960
  • – A vintage interview with Visconti
  • – Rare archival imagery

Trapped – The Complete Series One

Arrow Films are releasing the complete first series (ie “season”) of the Icelandic television drama Trapped on either a four disc DVD set or a three disc blu ray set as a part of their Nordic Noir collection.

Synopsis:
As a ferry carrying 300 passengers from Denmark pulls into an Icelandic town’s small port, heavy snow begins to fall. The ferry can’t leave until the storm passes and the main road into town is impassable. A mutilated and dismembered body washes on the shore, an unidentifiable man murdered only hours ago. The local police chief, Andri Olafssun, whose personal life is in shatters, realises a killer has descended into his town. As word spreads, order disintegrates into chaos as the ferry’s passengers and the town’s residents realise they are all possible suspects and that a killer is trapped among them.