The Human Condition Trilogy


The Human Condition Trilogy

Arrow Films have announced that they are releasing Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition (Ningen no joken) on dual format DVD and blu-ray. It’s eagerly anticipated as the first blu-ray release of the high definition print from a good vendor – to date, Criterion have only released it as a four-disc DVD set.

The current published release date is the end of May 2016.

The features of the release include:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations;
Original Japanese soundtrack (uncompressed mono on the Blu-ray);
Optional English subtitles;
Introduction to the film by critic Philip Kemp;
Selected-scene commentary by Philip Kemp;
Theatrical trailers;
Booklet with new writing on the film by David Desser

Original “Dummy” Artwork:

Paper Moon

Peter Bogdanovich’s classic Paper Moon is available on DVD and blu-ray in a dual-format edition as a part of Eureka Entertainment’s The Masters Of Cinema series.

Starring Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, and Tatun O’Neal, this is one of the key American comedies of the 1970s.

DVDBeaver says that this version is absolutely gorgeous, and offers a rich, mesmerisingly 1080p presentation.

Special Features:

  • Glorious new 1080p transfer of the film
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Feature-length commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Three video pieces on the making of the film, featuring interviews and outtake footage
  • 36 page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Michael Brooke, rare production stills, and more

Wild Orchid

Mickey Rourke stars with Jacqueline Bisset and Carre Otis in this “adventure of the senses”, an erotic drama from the creators of 9 1/2 weeks.

This is a dual-format edition containing both the DVD and blu-ray editions courtesy of Eureka Entertainment.

The Times gave Wild Orchid the accolade of Classic Film Of The Week, whilst DVDBeaver says that this release from Eureka is the version to buy of this film.

“Tacky? Definitely, but there is a woozy, dream-like decadence to the movie that is more European art-house than American cheesecake. The result is an entertaining and sultry piece of retro cinema” – Kate Muir, The Times

A Touch Of Zen

A Touch Of Zen
A Touch Of Zen on DVD and Blu Ray disc

Possibly one of the greatest martial arts films ever, A Touch Of Zen is now available, released by Eureka Entertainment as a part of their acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema Series. It’s a dual-format presentation with both the DVD and the Blu-Ray, and there’s a limited edition third disc featuring bonus content.

DVDBeaver says that the Eureka blu ray is “absolutely gorgeous… a rich, mesmerizing 1080P presentation. Exceptional…”

The run time is 180 minutes, and some of the cinephiles on the forums suggest that the accompanying booklet hints that longer run-times were achieved by other releases by repeating the bamboo forest fight scene again at the start of part 2.

  • Limited Edition with bonus disc and slipcase
  • Limited Edition exclusive: King Hu 1932-1997, a 47-minute documentary on the director featuring interviews with colleagues, collaborators and historians
  • Limited Edition exclusive: Golden Blood, a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Select scene commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • Trailer
  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring:
  • – King Hu’s director statement from the Cannes Film Festival
  • – A 1975 interview with King Hu by Tony Rayns
  • – The original short story the film is based on
  • – The eight characteristics of “the swordswoman” in King Hu’s films
  • – Archival images

A Touch Of Zen - Masters Of Cinema

Robinson Crusoe On Mars

Robinson Crusoe On Mars
Directed by Byron Haskin, Robinson Crusoe On Mars is released on a dual format DVD and Blu Ray Disc set.

Eureka Entertainment have released the 1960s classic science fiction film Robinson Crusoe On Mars on a dual format DVD and Blu Ray Disc set.

I love good science fiction, and this was one of my favourite films growing up, – it was always on TV during the Christmas holidays, something that The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw observed as well. Perhaps The Times put it better, when they selected this film as their Classic Film Of The Week, describing it as “more kitsch curio than classic movie”. They too drew comparisons between this film, and Matt Damon’s The Martian.