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

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

The Last Command

Eureka Entertainment are releasing The Last Command in May as part of their The Masters Of Cinema series. Directed by Josef von Sternberg, and starring Emil Jannings, this is a hugely under-rated film that is in the Timeout Top 100 list.

Special Features:

• High-definition presentation on the Blu-ray
• Original organ score by Gaylord Carter (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
• New video interview with critic Tony Rayns
• Sternberg Till ’29, a video essay by scholar Tag Gallagher
• A 32-page booklet featuring an excerpt from Von Sternberg’s autobiography Fun in a Chinese Laundry, two original reviews from 1928, a 1929 profile of Jannings, and archival images.

Journey To The Shore

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi) is scheduled for release on 23rd May, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment and their The Masters Of Cinema Series. It’s a dual format edition, which means it contains both DVD and blu ray versions.

To quote Eureka, it’s “a beautifully shot supernatural love story” which confirms Kurosawa’s place as a contemporary auteur.

Man With A Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera gets The Masters Of Cinema treatment from Eureka Entertainment, namely a four disc limited edition release featuring both the DVD and blu ray discs.

Man With A Movie Camera is often heralded as one of the greatest documentaries of all time. The London Evening Standard says of the Eureka release: “Often described as the best documentary ever made, Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film – shot in Russia as Stalin got busy – is even more astonishing in this great restoration”.

DVD Beaver says “Trust Masters of Cinema to do this to the max. This 4-disc set is the best, IMO and a must own. Our absolute highest recommendation!” They also mentioned that the 100 page booklet is a real gem.

Man With A Movie Camera 4 Disc Blu Ray Set
Man With A Movie Camera 4 Disc Blu Ray Set

Special Features:

  • Four disc Limited Edition set, with all content on Blu-ray and DVD
  • New high-definition restored transfers of all five films
  • Uncompressed PCM audio on all films
  • Score by The Alloy Orchestra for Man with a Movie Camera
  • Score by Robert Israel for Kino-Eye
  • New audio commentary on Man with a Movie Camera by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • The Life and Times of Dziga Vertov – an exclusive, lengthy video interview with film scholar Ian Christie on Vertov’s career and the films in this set
  • Optional English subtitles on all films
  • 100-page limited edition book featuring the words of Dziga Vertov, archival imagery and more!

 

Does This Edition Feature The Michael Nyman Score?

No, this is not Michael Nyman’s Man With A Movie Camera. This edition is released by the BFI.

Silent Running

Bruce Dern stars in Doug Trumbull’s directorial debut Silent Running, released on blu-ray by Eureka Entertainment as a part of their acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema series.

Mark Kermode calls Silent Running one of the “greatest movies ever made” in his Kermode Uncut feature.  I’m a big fan of 2001, something that Doug Trumbull worked on, but Kermode’s three minute eulogy to Silent Running is fascinating – he describes this film as “the yin to 2001’s yang”

Special Features:

  • Exclusively restored beautiful high-definition 1080p transfer
  • Full-length commentary by director Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Optional English SDH subtitles on the feature
  • The Making of Silent Running, a 1972 on-set documentary [50:00 minutes approx]
  • Two video pieces with Douglas Trumbull [31:00 + 5:00]
  • A Conversation with Bruce Dern, a discussion with the actor [11:00]
  • Original theatrical trailer [3:00]
  • A lavish 48-page full-colour booklet featuring rare photographs and artwork from Trumbull’s personal collection, and recollections of the film’s cinematographer, special designs coordinator, and composer

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

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.