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08 July 2020

Masters of Cinema orchestrates a CRISS CROSS (Review)

Burt Lancaster, Yvonne de Carlo, and Dan Duryea are an infernal love triangle in a heist gone wrong in Robert Siodmak's noir masterwork CRISS CROSS (remade by Steven Soderbergh as THE UNDERNEATH).

REVIEW LINK: Eureka (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CRISS CROSS Blu-ray specs: 
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Lee Gambin and actress Rutanya Alda
  • Audio Commentary by film critic Adrian Martin
  • Isolated Music and Effects Track (in LPCM 2.0)
  • "Screen Director's Playhouse" radio adaptation directed by Robert Siodmak and featuring Burt Lancaster (1949)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 31-page booklet featuring "Criss Cross: Barry Forshaw on a Key Film Noir" by Barry Forshaw, "'You Really Loved Her; You Know I Did Too’: Robert Siodmak, Doomed Romance, and the Noir" by Kat Ellinger, "Criss Cross" by Adam Batty, viewing notes, and Blu-ray credits

05 July 2020

Film Movement Classics presents a CLAUDE SAUTET AND ROMY SCHNEIDER DUO (review)

Film Movement presents two films by Claude Sautet starring Romy Schneider.  In CÉSAR ET ROSALIE, a young woman is pulled between her older boyfriend and an old flame, both of whom prove infuriating in their attempts to possess her and make her happy.  In LES CHOSES DE LA VIE, a man's life flashes before his eyes in the midst of a road accident, causing him to question his insecurities about starting a new relationship with his younger girlfriend and how he has taken his ex-wife and grown son for granted.  Remade as INTERSECTION with Richard Gere and Sharon Stone.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)


02 July 2020

Eureka Classics puts the bite on MR. VAMPIRE (Review)

Producer Sammo Hung introduced Chinese hopping vampires to the world with MR. VAMPIRE in which a mortitian and his bumbling assistants must stop an undead fiend who is making a meal of the village.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MR. VAMPIRE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono (European home video dub)
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (American home video dub)
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong film expert Frank Djeng
  • Archival interview with actor Chin Siu-Hou
  • Archival interview with actress Moon Lee
  • Archival interview with director Ricky Lau
  • Textless End Credits
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
  • The first 2,000 copies come with a limited edition O-CARD with new artwork by Darren Wheeling and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson and James Oliver

30 June 2020

Kino Lorber schemes with TARTUFFE (Review)

F.W. Murnau adapts the infamous Moliere play in which a wife tries to convince her husband that his pious friend is really a hypocrite with lust for her and a taste for the grape.  THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI's Lil Dagover and Werner Krauss star along with VARIETE's Emil Jannings.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

TARTUFFE Blu-ray specs:
  • German Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Robert Israel Music Score in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • U.S. Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Javier Perez De Azpeit Music Score LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • English Intertitles

28 June 2020

88 Films mounts OPERATION CONDOR (review)

Jackie Chan does Indiana Jones as an adventurer searching for lost Nazi gold in the African desert in ARMOUR OF GOD II: OPERATION CONDOR shot in Hong Kong, Spain, the Philippines, and Morocco.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

  • Hong Kong Version (107 minutes):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Mono Theatrical Mix
    • Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Stereo Surround Mix prepared for laserdisc and home video
    • Classic English Dub LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Film Experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Never-Before-Seen Extended Cut (117 minutes):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with actor/stuntman Bruce Fontaine
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • Re-Edited 2K Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • LIMITED EDITION slipcover and 52-page booklet.

Severin Films exposes THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (review)

Sergio Martino's landmark giallo that crowned George Hilton and Edwige Fenech as the king and queen of the genre comes to Blu-ray.  Returning to Vienna with her diplomat husband, Julie Wardh finds that she has more to worry about than the attentions of a sadomasochistic ex-lover when she may be the next victim of a razor-wielding sex fiend.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English dub and English subtitles for the Italian track
  • Audio Commentary with Kat Ellinger, Author of ‘All The Colors Of Sergio Martino’
  • Introduction by actor George Hilton
  • “Of Vice and Virtue” interview with director Sergio Martino
  • “Cold as Ice” interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • "Vienna Vice” interview with actor George Hilton and Italian genre historian Antonio Bruschini
  • “The No Shame Files” archival interview with actress Edwige Fenech
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited Edition CD Soundtrack by Nora Orlandi (3,000 copies)

21 June 2020

Kino Lorber takes THE GREAT LEAP (review)

A stressed out Berliner discovers adventure and romance in the mountains and gets into a perilous cross-country skiing competition to win a girl in THE GREAT LEAP.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE GREAT LEAP Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Neil Brand Score DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles 
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan

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