A masterwork of the German silent cinema whose reputation has only increased over time, Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch einer Verlorenen] traces the journey of a young woman from the pit of despair to the moment of personal awakening. Directed with virtuoso flair by the great G. W. Pabst, Diary of a Lost Girl represents the final pairing of the filmmaker with screen icon Louise Brooks, mere months after their first collaboration in the now-legendary Pandora’s Box [Die Büchse der Pandora].
Brooks plays Thymian Henning, an unprepossessing young woman seduced by an unscrupulous and mercenary character employed at her father’s pharmacy (played with gusto by Fritz Rasp, the degenerate villain of such Fritz Lang classics as Metropolis, Spione, and Frau im Mond). After Thymian gives birth to his child and rejects her family’s expectations for marriage, the baby is stripped from her care, and Thymian enters a purgatorial reform school that seems less an institute of higher learning than a conduit for fulfilling the headmistress’s sadistic sexual fantasies.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this glorious restoration of an iconic German film for the first time anywhere on a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of their award-winning series on 24th November 2014.
[19 Sep 2014 at 19:16]
The Jim Jarmusch Collection on Blu-ray
Every one a cult favourite
Jim Jarmusch has long been considered a seminal figure in American independent cinema. His films are often noted for their transcendent minimalism and upturning of traditional genres such as the road movie, western, crime-film and detective story.
Together for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray and in fully restored glory are his six first films: PERMANENT VACATION, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, DOWN BY LAW, MYSTERY TRAIN, NIGHT ON EARTH, and DEAD MAN.
PERMANENT VACATION – Jarmusch’s debut – was good enough to attract the attention of Wim Wenders, who offered the film stock necessary for his career-making second feature STRANGER THAN PARADISE. His third film DOWN BY LAW saw three convicts try to escape the bayou in a pitch-perfect black comedy. MYSTERY TRAIN took him to Memphis for a triptych set around a seedy hotel, whilst his portmanteau film NIGHT ON EARTH took him outside of America for the first time, filming in Paris, Rome and Helsinki. Jarmusch then headed home for his cult classic DEAD MAN, an existential anti-western.
The JIM JARMUSCH COLLECTION will be available on 6 October.
[17 Sep 2014 at 22:50]
Kite on Blu-ray and DVD
Let's go fly one
In a vast, multicultural and decimated urban landscape, post- financial collapse, SAWA, beautiful but emotionally detached, lives a secret life as a covert assassin.
The daughter of a police detective involved in the investigation of human trafficking, she was orphaned at the tender age of 12 when an unknown assailant targeted both of her parents.
Now 18, Sawa is a human time-bomb intent upon eliminating members of the flesh-cartels whom she presumes murdered her family -- men who exploit the defenseless children of a collapsed society for the pleasure of high-paying, foreign clients.
Her father’s ex-partner, INSPECTOR KARL AKER, is a renegade cop who believes that the only way to eradicate the problems of a corrupt and failed state is to take the law into his own hands. With his help they have sworn to avenge her parent’s death by taking out the head of the cartel, a mysterious man known only as The Emir.
Sequestered in a cryptic lifestyle that she shares only with him, Sawa is dependent upon Aker. A powerful, dominating figure, twice her age, he is a supportive, surrogate father, and under his tutelage she has become an emotionless killing machine skilled at infiltrating the flesh-cartels and liquidating its members.
Directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday, Just Another Saturday), this acclaimed and long-unseen BBC TV Play for Today from 1978 is adapted by Alan Garner (The Owl Service) from his own complex and enthralling sci-fi fantasy novel. It will be released on DVD for the first time on 13 October 2014 as part of the BFI’s SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER, a 3-month nationwide celebration of Sci-Fi film and TV.
Red Shift takes the viewer on a beguiling voyage through English history, spanning three distinct time periods: Roman Britain, the English Civil War and 1970s modern day. Garner’s story follows three troubled young men, Tom, Thomas and Macey, who occupy these different eras and are haunted by shared visions. They are also linked by a common location (Mow Cop in south Cheshire) and by the discovery of a mystical talisman: an ancient axe-head.
Exploring themes of mysticism, folklore and geography that are common in Alan Garner’s fantasy novels, Red Shift is a uniquely compelling Play for Today from the golden age of BBC drama.
Alan Garner has contributed a new essay to the accompanying booklet.
A TAUT thriller interweaving sci-fi fantasy and a story of deadly industrial intrigue, Timeslip (12) is a 1955 feature from Emmy Award-winning British writer and director Ken Hughes (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Timeslip is available to own on DVD from 13 October 2014, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network Distributing’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
Showcasing strong performances from American leads Gene Nelson (Kissin’ Cousins, Harum Scarum) and Faith Domergue (This Island Man, It Came From Beneath The Sea), this rare feature, also known as The Atomic Man, is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
A near-lifeless body is recovered from the Thames, shot in the back, and science reporter Delaney identifies the victim as Stephen Rayner, a nuclear physicist who works at a nearby research institute. Delaney goes to the institute and is introduced to a man everyone believes to be Rayner; the likeness is uncanny. Delaney returns to the hospital and questions the now conscious man, who mumbles the name ‘VASQUO’ and initials ‘U.T.C.’… a revelation that unfolds into a drama of international espionage.
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fghter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeapordise his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.
Abu-Assad had an international hit with the flm RANA’S WEDDING which was selected for the Cannes Critics Week and went on to win prizes at Montpellier, Marrakech, Bastia and Cologne. His much-debated film PARADISE NOW won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated for the Academy Award in the same category. In 2013 Abu-Assad received his second Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category for OMAR. With a primarily unknown yet superb cast OMAR is a story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of one of the most distressing and current conflicts of our time.
UK DVD / Blu-ray release 6th October 2014.
[16 Sep 2014 at 22:45]
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [read more]
With a name like The Vamps they must be some pretty sexy ladies
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” hits UK cinemas Oct. 24, 2014, with a soundtrack that includes an original end-credit song from The Vamps. British pop rock band The Vamps was called on to write and perform the end-credit song “Hurricane.” The group filmed a music video for the song that features a cameo by Bella Thorne, who stars as big brother Anthony’s uptight girlfriend Celia in the film. The full video launched on VEVO on Sept. 13th, 2014. Director Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) says it was The Vamps’ optimism that drew him to the group. “We wanted people to know that it’s okay to have bad days—you can be stronger and better for it,” says Arteta. “The Vamps’ energy gets that across wonderfully!”
See the new music video for 'Hurricane' on Vevo at the link above.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) with his deputy Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead.
While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One's BEST KILLS have been beautifully compiled for the DVD release on 22nd September, so click on the link above to have the show spoiled for you.