December 10, 2017


Bill Frisell, A Portrait - Trailer from Emma Franz on Vimeo.

Bill is my favorite guitarist. In you're in NYC, get down to the IFC Center and catch this promising documentary!


December 06, 2017


Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston and Tilda Swinton) will premiere at the 2018 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL on February 15. From the trailer, this looks like vintage Wes Anderson — kooky dry humor with an international bent of globalization. Yum. 



December 04, 2017


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences



The Oscars Pre-Show Will Kick Off the Night’s Festivities at 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST

First Look at New 90th Oscars Promo 

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 90th Oscars® telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST, a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. As previously announced, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return to produce.

Additionally, starting at 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST, the Oscars Pre-Show returns to give fans exclusive, insider access to all the excitement of the red carpet. The 90-minute special features interviews with nominees, presenters and performers, and brings viewers the best behind-the-scenes moments. ABC and the Academy also released a first look at the 90th Oscars with a promo celebrating the season. To view the promo and download additional assets, click here.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall’s No. 1 new drama, “The Good Doctor”; as well as “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” and “The Mayor”; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas “Designated Survivor,” “Quantico,” “Scandal” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Once Upon a Time.” The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy® Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle” and “Speechless”; hit game shows “$100,000 Pyramid,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank,” iconic “The Bachelor” franchise, long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and the return of “American Idol”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show “The Chew”; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and “The American Music Awards.”

November 30, 2017

Ask Jim Jarmusch a Question!

Ask Jim Jarmusch
Criterion's popular Q&A series with director Jim Jarmusch is back!
A special edition of Jarmusch's Dead Man is currently in the works,
will feature a new 4K restoration and is slated to be released in 2018.

The Criterion Collection is currently working on the special edition of Jarmusch's Dead Man, which will feature a new 4K restoration and is slated to be released in 2018, and is wondering if fans have any questions that they would like answered about the film.
Criterion will be accepting all of your questions from fans from now until December 8 and sending the most thoughtful and creative ones to Jim. Though they cannot guarantee that all will be answered on the release, feel free to ask as many as you like. Personal requests will not be answered.
Now ask away! Just make sure to include your full name, city, state, and country of residence with your questions.

November 29, 2017


Includes Godzilla and fourteen other kaiju classics,
Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, and Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence!

Friday, December 1
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World*: Criterion Collection Edition #692

Stanley Kramer followed his harrowing Oscar winner Judgment at Nuremberg with the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure. Performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends, Kramer's wildly uncharacteristic film is an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo; a documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt; an excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters; and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, December 1
Friday Night Double Feature: Dodsworth and David Golder

Private woes take their toll on two successful self-made businessmen in this pair of domestic dramas from the 1930s. In William Wyler's Oscar-winning adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's Dodsworth (1936), Walter Huston stars as a Midwestern auto magnate who retires and embarks on a European voyage with his wannabe-chic wife, only to find that the two of them are growing further and further apart. In Julien Duviver's first sound film, the moody melodrama David Golder (1931), Harry Baur plays a ruthless banker grappling with business and family troubles.
Monday, December 4
A Night to Remember: Criterion Collection Edition #7

On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the "unsinkable" Titanic struck an iceberg, plunging to the bottom of the sea and taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable render­ing of Walter Lord's book, British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship's last hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night to Remember (1958) is cinema's subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of "Titanic": An Illustrated History; The Making of "A Night to Remember"(1993), a sixty-minute documentary featuring producer William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; an archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart; and more.
Monday, December 4
Masterclass: Kenneth Turan and Marcel Ophuls on Disagreeable Truths

Marcel Ophuls talks to Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan at UCLA about why and how he moved from making commercial feature films to chronicling occupied Europe and the Holocaust in epic documentaries like The Sorrow and the Pity and The Memory of Justice. Along the way, he also opens up about everything from his interview techniques and his experience as a second-generation auteur (the son of Max) to his thoughts on assessing guilt and responsibility for genocide and war crimes. Previous entries in our Masterclass series include conversations between Kirsten Johnson and Michael Moore and Alex Ross Perry and Robert Greene.
Tuesday, December 5
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Above and Cameraperson

With a keen eye for landscape and character, Kirsten Johnson's work documents political turmoil throughout the globe, calling into question the ethical stakes of nonfiction filmmaking. In The Above (2015), a mysterious surveillance blimp with unknown capabilities hovers above Kabul as the Afghans below go about their daily lives. In her breakthrough feature, Cameraperson (2016), she assembles footage captured throughout her twenty-five-year career, weaving together intimate moments from her private life with haunting images from her journeys abroad as a documentary cinematographer.
Wednesday, December 6
Le Havre: Criterion Collection Edition #619

With Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki returning to theaters this winter with his latest, The Other Side of Hope, we're revisiting his acclaimed previous film, which initiated his ongoing exploration of global migration and displacement. In this warmhearted comic yarn, fate throws a young African refugee into the path of a kindly old bohemian who shines shoes for a living in a French harbor city. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, Le Havre (2011) is a charming, deadpan delight and one of the director's finest films. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with actor André Wilms; footage from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference and a French television interview with cast and crew; and more.
Thursday, December 7
Laughter First!: Harold Lloyd's Glasses Character Turns 100

Celebrate the centennial of Harold Lloyd's "Glasses Character" - the resourceful go-getter who always got the girl - with Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's lucid and entertaining documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius. Crisply narrated by Lindsay Anderson, the film traces the performer's development all the way back to his early dramatic days and through his slapstick experiments, until he puts on horn-rimmed glasses and invents the figure who would go on to define his career. Brownlow and Gill pay exuberant tribute to the great silent clown, who was as wildly innovative as Buster Keaton and as skilled with sentiment as Chaplin, but had a resilience of his own that fit America's roaring twenties better than any other screen personality. The Third Genius streams alongside a selection of Lloyd's films: Safety Last! (1923), Girl Shy (1924), The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother(1927), and Speedy (1928).
Friday, December 8
Friday Night Double Feature: The Stunt Man and 

Film sets become hazy frontiers between illusion and reality in these dizzying movies about movies. Richard Rush's Escher-like vortex The Stunt Man (1980) features Peter O'Toole at his most virtuosic, as a megalomaniacal director who manipulates a veteran on the run from the law into serving as a stuntman. Federico Fellini's kaleidoscopic  (1963) - perhaps the most gloriously expansive vision of itself the cinema has ever produced - weaves together the dreams, memories, and fantasies of a director (Marcello Mastroianni) whose latest project is collapsing around him.
Friday, December 8
Godzilla and Beyond*

This month, we're offering you the chance to go on a veritable viewing rampage, with this massive collection of fourteen kaiju classics. Running from Ishiro Honda's original Godzilla(1954) to the director's sci-fi drama Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), these spectacular Toho productions track the King of the Monsters and a number of his fellow mutants as they evolved over the course of two decades, reflecting all the while many of the anxieties of a postwar world.  
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Saturday, December 9
Split Screen Season Nine

Two decades after it premiered on IFC, the pioneering television series Split Screen has a streaming home on the Channel. In this priceless time capsule, host John Pierson takes viewers on an irreverent trip through filmmaking communities and movie-loving culture at the turn of the millennium. This month, we present the show's penultimate season, which features appearances by Kevin Smith and Ross McElwee, and a hilarious segment in which Christopher Walken heads to the kitchen as the host of his own cooking show.
Monday, December 11
The Leopard: Criterion Collection Edition #235

An epic on the grandest possible scale, Luchino Visconti's 1963 masterpiece recreates the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento - when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this lavish adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel is presented in two distinct incarnations: Visconti's original Italian version and the alternate English-language version. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D'Amico, Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others; and more.
Tuesday, December 12
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Return to Glennascaul* and The Third Man

Orson Welles brings his incomparable charisma to two dark gems. In Hilton Edwards's short Return to Glennascaul (1951), the actor stars as himself driving through the Irish countryside, where he picks up a man with car trouble and a chilling ghost story to tell; in Carol Reed's shadow-drenched noir masterpiece The Third Man (1949), he delivers one of his most iconic performances as the enigmatic Harry Lime, whose sudden death draws a childhood chum into a perilous journey through postwar Vienna.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, December 13
Phoenix*: Criterion Collection Edition #809

Christian Petzold's evocative 2014 drama, set in rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post-World War II Jewish-German identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret singer (Nina Hoss) has her disfigured face reconstructed and returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out her gentile husband, who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that is as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a new introduction by critic Imogen Sara Smith; a conversation between director Christian Petzold and actor Nina Hoss; The Making of "Phoenix," a 2014 documentary featuring interviews with Petzold, Hoss, actors Nina Kunzendorf and Ronald Zehrfeld, and production designer K. D. Gruber; and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, December 14
I Am Curious: Criterion Collection Edition #179

Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, and banned in cities across the United States, Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious - Yellow is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution tells the story of a searching and rebellious young woman, and her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity. In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, I Am Curious - Yellow is presented here with its companion piece I Am Curious - Blue, a parallel film featuring the same characters and in which the lines between documentary and fiction are even further blurred. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: excerpts from director Vilgot Sjöman's Self Portrait 92, a documentary made for Swedish television; a video introduction by the director; a selected scene audio commentary by Sjöman; and more.
Friday, December 15
Friday Night Double Feature: Fitzcarraldo and Burden of Dreams

The limits of human endurance are put to the test in German iconoclast Werner Herzog's 1982 Fitzcarraldo, an epic portrait of a rubber baron's attempts to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. The film was the result of a notoriously nightmarish five-year production, glimpses of which are captured in Les Blank's Burden of Dreams, an unsparing behind-the-scenes look at Herzog's quest to bring his impossible vision to the screen.
Monday, December 18
Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami and Nobuko Miyamoto

Juzo Itami became the most talked-about Japanese director of the eighties and nineties when he and his wife, actor Nobuko Miyamoto, created a string of audacious movies centered on independent women who were smart and passionate about their work. In the latest installment of Creative Marriages, we're celebrating their partnership in both life and cinema. Watch their 1985 international breakthrough, Tampopo, a mouth-watering "ramen western" starring Miyamoto as a single mother who becomes a first-class noodle chef with a lot of help from her friends. Also on view is the seriocomic social thriller A Taxing Woman (1987), a box-office smash that staged a frontal attack on the contemporary obsession with making money. You can also check out our previous Creative Marriages programs highlighting Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina, Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot, and Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais.
Tuesday, December 19
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Time Piece and Tom Jones

Two masters deliver flights of playful cinematic style with their own witty sensibilities. In the Oscar-winning 1963 Tom Jones, British New Wave pioneer Tony Richardson updates Henry Fielding's picaresque eighteenth-century novel with an ebullient, fourth-wall-breaking irreverence. And in the Oscar-nominated 1965 short Time Piece, which features a parody of one of the most memorable scenes in Tom Jones, legendary puppeteer Jim Henson delivers a fast-paced, rhythmically edited tale of a young man desperately trying to escape the passage of time.
Wednesday, December 20
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence*: Criterion Collection Edition #535

In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film's hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is a British lieutenant colonel who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence(1983) is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash, and one of Oshima's greatest successes. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: The Oshima Gang, a 1983 making-of featurette; video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto; and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, December 21
Observations on Film Art No. 14: Girl Shy - Harold Lloyd Meets Classical Hollywood

The silent comedy might be most famous today for its one-off gags and chases, but by the twenties the form had begun to tell increasingly sophisticated feature-length stories, thanks to such pioneering figures as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. In this month's episode of Observations on Film Art - a Channel-exclusive series that takes a look at great filmmakers' use of cinematic devices and traditions - scholar David Bordwell unpacks the narrative strategies at play in Lloyd's comedy of embarrassment Girl Shy(1924), illuminating the film's implementation of such classical Hollywood devices as psychological characterization and repeated motifs.
Friday, December 22
Friday Night Double Feature: Chéri and Journey to Italy

The work of the French author Colette, celebrated for its evocation of affairs of the heart during the belle epoque, inspired these two tales of precarious romance. Stephen Frears's seductive period piece Chéri (2009), an adaptation of Colette's 1920 novel of the same name, tells the story of the years-long relationship between a courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her peer's decadent and impressionable son (Rupert Friend). And Robert Rossellini's modernist drama Journey to Italy (1954), loosely based on Colette's Duo (1934), observes the mounting tensions between a married British couple (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) during a trip to the Neapolitan countryside.
Tuesday, December 26
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Light Is Calling and My Winnipeg

These two films, both beautifully tactile experiments with film form, make brilliant use of found footage. In his eight-minute film Light Is Calling (2004), Bill Morrison cedes the frame to a scene from a 1926 silent film as it appears on a decomposing film reel, in the process crafting a haunting meditation on the ravages of time; in his beguiling "docu-fantasia" My Winnipeg (2007), Guy Maddin mixes archival footage with his own expressionistic black-and-white material to evoke the weird and wonderful world of his hometown.
Friday, December 29
Friday Night Double Feature: The Apartment and Brief Encounter

With 2018 just around the corner, take a look back at a Hollywood classic whose climax takes place on New Year's Eve, along with the movie that inspired it. David Lean reached his first great peak with Brief Encounter (1945), starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard as refined middle-class lovers who fail to consummate their affair in a borrowed flat when the owner unexpectedly barges in on them. Billy Wilder loved the film, but wondered-who's the guy who owns the apartment? The result: Wilder's five-time Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), which casts Jack Lemmon as the shlemiel who gives his key to his superiors for their trysts, and Shirley MacLaine as the elevator girl and executive's mistress he unexpectedly falls in love with.  
Friday, December 29
Weekend: Criterion Collection Edition #635

This scathing satire from Jean-Luc Godard, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this week, is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous sequence in which the camera tracks along a seemingly endless traffic jam, and rich with historical and literary references, Weekend is a surreally funny and disturbing call for revolution, a depiction of society reverting to savagery, and - according to the credits - the end of cinema itself. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a video essay by writer and filmmaker Kent Jones; archival interviews with actors Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, cinematographer Raoul Coutard, and assistant director Claude Miller; and more.
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

December 1
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Stanley Kramer, 1963
Happy Together, Wong Kar-wai, 1997
The World of Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda, 1995
December 8
Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, 1954
Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse, 1956
Godzilla Raids Again, Motoyoshi Oda, 1955
Rodan, Ishiro Honda, 1956
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Ishiro Honda, 1964
Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, 1964
Invasion of Astro-Monster, Ishiro Honda, 1965
The War of the Gargantuas, Ishiro Honda, 1966
Son of Godzilla, Jun Fukuda, 1967
Destroy All Monsters, Ishiro Honda, 1968
All Monsters Attack, Ishiro Honda, 1969
Godzilla vs. Megalon, Jun Fukuda, 1973
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Jun Fukuda, 1974
Terror of Mechagodzilla, Ishiro Honda, 1975
December 12
Return to Glennascaul, Hilton Edwards, 1951
December 13
Phoenix, Christian Petzold, 2014

December 15
Woman in Witness Protection, Juzo Itami, 1997
A Quiet Life, Juzo Itami, 1995
Tales of a Golden Geisha, Juzo Itami, 1990
The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion, Juzo Itami, 1992
The Funeral, Juzo Itami, 1984
Rubber Band Pistol, Juzo Itami, 1962
The Last Dance, Juzo Itami, 1995

December 20
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Nagisa Oshima, 1983

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Doug Jones & Richard Jenkins

Two finer gentlemen you could never hope to meet. Richard Jenkins is a national treasure of American Cinema. Doug Jones is one of the kindest human beings I've ever met; his performance as the monster in "The Shape of Water," as contrasted with his ebullient personality, reminds me of Boris Karloff — my favorite movie monster actor of all time. 


As for pleasant people to chat with, Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker I'd like to write a book about. He remembered me from the time I interviewed him in Cannes for "Pan's Labyrinth." Mike spoke Spanish with him and I learned that he made "The Shape of Water" for $19.3 million. Amazing!

Jonathan Dayton  Valerie Faris & Billie Jean King

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the husband-and-wife directing team behind "Battle of the Sexes" chat with Billie Jean King. Just a lovely scene.  

Mike & Cole

And then there were these two reprobates drinking up everything in sight and carrying on like a couple of podcast pals living it up in NYC at the truly impressive Nomad Hotel at 28th and Broadway, where the service was truly Five Stars. Kudos to the great folks at Fox Searchlight and at the Nomad Hotel; you guys were awesome, and the food and cocktails were inspired!


November 20, 2017

Kino Lorber 2017 Home Video Highlights and Gift Guide

Fritz Lang: The Silent Films
The Complete Silent Films of German Cinema's Supreme Stylist
12-Disc Blu-ray Collection Available November 21, 2017
SRP: $149.95

Kino Lorber pays tribute to Fritz Lang, one of the most celebrated and influential masters of world cinema, with this comprehensive 12-disc Blu-ray box set that presents all of his silent films in one collection.
Included are Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), and The Wandering Shadow (1920). Exclusive to this set is The Plague of Florence (1919), written by Lang, available here for the first time.
Lang's filmmaking style has influenced generations of directors and can be seen on a wide range of films to this day, from James Whale's Frankenstein all the way to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.  His 1927 masterpiece Metropolisset the benchmark for all science fiction films to follow, and has often been cited as one of the greatest of all films.
For the first time, audiences will now be able to own all of Fritz Lang's silent masterworks in one collection. Each film has been meticulously restored from the best surviving film elements by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. The set comes packed with supplemental features that offer viewers a wealth of historical information about the making of these classic films, including a 32-page booklet essay by film historian Tom Gunning.
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films Collection becomes available on Blu-ray November 21st, with a SRP of $149.95.
For a full list of special features, click here.
Barton Fink:
Special Edition
(Blu-ray & DVD)

John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) shines in the lead role as BartonFink, the Coen Brothers' (FargoNo Country for Old Men) hilarious satire set in the 1940s Hollywood. Barton Fink is a Broadway playwright who reluctantly relocates to Hollywood to write screenplays. Ordered to write a low budget screenplay about wrestling, Finkmanages to type one sentence and then... nothing! Although his chatty insurance salesman neighbor Charlie (John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane) helps out by teaching Barton about wrestling, the clock ticks, the temperature rises, and Barton's life spins more and more out of control.
Barton Fink received three 1991 Oscar® nominations  as well as the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Special Features include Interviews and Deleted Scenes
 Director: Joel Coen
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray & DVD)
New 4K Restoration
By far the most ambitious, unflinchingly graphic and stylistically influential western ever made, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a classic actioner shot through with a volatile mix of myth and realism. This 50th Anniversary Special Edition includes the 4K restored versions of both the 161-minute original theatrical cut and the 179-minute extended cut.

Packed with Special Features including
Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Documentaries, and More

Director: Sergio Leone
2-Disc Blu-ray: $29.95
3-Disc DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now Available
One Million Years B.C.
2-Disc Special Edition
(Blu-ray & DVD)  
Brand New 4K Restoration

In this vivid view of prehistoric life, a man from the vicious Rock People, Tumack (John Richardson, Black Sunday) is banished from his home, but soon finds himself living among the kind, gentle Shell People There, he falls in love with the beautiful Loana -- Raquel Welch in the role that made her an international sex symbol and a major star. The two decide to strike out on their own, living by their wits in a deadly land of treacherous beasts and unknown dangers, leading to a thrilling climax by the edge of an angry volcano. 
The stunning primeval creatures were created by the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen.  The 100-minute international cut and the 91-minute U.S. cut are both included on this Blu-ray.

Special Features include Audio Commentaries and Interviews
Director: Don Chaffey
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (DVD)
RUMBLE brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous peoples on popular American music. RUMBLE was executive produced by celebrated Native American guitarist and music producer Stevie Salas.

Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtrack of our lives.
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana (Co-Director)
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. 
Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?
Director: Vanessa Gould
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
Harold and Lillian
(Blu-ray and DVD)
Movie fans know the work of Harold andLillian, even if they don't recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Haroldand film researcher Lillian left andindelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with HaroldandLillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola andothers, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award nominated diretor Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage anda celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love
Director: Daniel Raim
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
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The Gianfranco Rosi Collection 
(3-Disc Blu-ray & DVD Set)
Includes 2016 Best Documentary Oscar® Nominee  
Fire at Sea
Gianfranco Rosi has emerged as one of the most awarded and provocative documentarians working today. His observational films artfully and sympathetically depict of the lives of subcultures and displaced peoples the world over.

The collection includes Rosi's first feature, BoatmanSacro GRA, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival; Below Sea Level; and Fire at Sea, released theatrically by Kino Lorber last year, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature and was the first non-fiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Blu-ray SRP: $49.95
DVD SRP: $44.95

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Dawson City: 
Frozen Time
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Part fever dream, part historical record, 
Dawson City: Frozen Time tells the bizarre true story of some 533 silent film reels, buried for almost 50 years in a sub-arctic swimming pool, deep in the Yukon permafrost. Filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) deftly combines excerpts from this film find, including rarely seen Hollywood features, with historical footage, photographs, and interviews, to explore the complicated history of Dawson City, founded across the river from a First Nations hunting camp, the Canadian Gold Rush town at the end of a film distribution line. Propelled by Alex Somers' transcendent score, Dawson City: Frozen Time is a dazzling cinematic experience, a deep dive into the connections and contradictions of the 20th century archive.
Director: Bill Morrison
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now available

(Blu-ray & DVD)
One of the most successful nature documentaries of all time, Microcosmos (1996) captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans.

The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while trying to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. 
Directors: Claude Nuridsany and
Marie Pérennou
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
Walk With Me 
(Blu-ray & DVD)   

With unprecedented access, Walk WithMe takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose - to practice the art of mindfulness. 

Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Directors: Marc J Francis, Max Pugh
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: November 21, 2017
Pop Aye

Pop Aye is a heartwarming tale of a man and his elephant. A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.

Director: Kirsten Tan
DVD: $29.95

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(Blu-ray & DVD) 
In Aquarius, acclaimed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds) continues to examine the alienating effects of urban over-development in Recife, a Brazilian oceanfront city. Clara (Sônia Braga, Kiss of the SpiderwomanDona Flor and Her Two Husbands), a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara, become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
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Since You Went Away
(Blu-ray & DVD) 
This heartwarming and soul-stirring portrait of life on the homefront during World War II is a magnificent picture that is rich in humor and poignant with heartbreak. Claudette Colbert heads an all-star cast, including Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Monty Woolley, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Walker, Agnes Moorehead, and Hattie McDaniel in this beautifully produced David O. Selznick picture that tugs at your heart. With her husband Tim off to war, Anne Hilton (Colbert) struggles to be a pillar of strength for her daughters Jane (Jones) and Bridget (Temple). During America's darkest hours, she bravely steers her girls through heartbreak and hardships as she eagerly awaits news from overseas and wonders if life will ever be the same.
Director: John Cromwell
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now Available

I'll Be Seeing You
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Hollywood greats Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple top a stellar cast in this tender wartime love story about two troubled strangers who long for a normal life, meet by chance and try to crowd a lifetime of love and laughter into eight days. Studded with brilliant performances, I'll Be Seeing You manages to ambush your emotions and hasten your heartbeats. 
After serving half of a prison sentence for accidental manslaughter, Mary Marshall (Rogers) is allowed a holiday furlough to visit her family. Keeping her history a secret, she falls in love with a kindhearted G.I. (Cotten) who's struggling to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. 
Director: William Dieterle
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95

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The Whales of August
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Screen legends Bette Davis, Lillian Gish and Vincent Price unite their iconic talents in this beautifully photographed, intensely emotional drama that offers unexpected and quite marvelous rewards. 

Libby (Davis) and Sarah (Gish) are widowed siblings who have vacationed for half a century at a seaside cottage in Maine. Now in their eighties, the sisters have unexpectedly arrived at an impasse: While Sarah embraces change and the possibility of romance with a courtly Russian suitor (Price), the stubbornly bitter Libby rages at the inevitability of death. As the summer months wane, can Libby and Sarah rediscover the powerful bonds of memory, family and love?

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Street Date: December 19, 2017

La Chinoise
(Blu-ray & DVD)

La Chinoise is a pop-art masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard that both channels and parodies the revolutionary energies of Paris in 1967. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students, led by Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Véronique (Anne Wiazemsky), form a small Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. After studying the growth of communism in China, the students decide they must use terrorism and violence to ignite their own revolution.
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
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  Le Gai Savoir
(Blu-ray & DVD)
While alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Émile Rousseau (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Patricia Lumumba (Juliet Berto), have a discourse on language. Referring to spoken word as "the enemy" - the weapon used by the establishment to confuse liberation movements - the two deconstruct the meanings of sounds and images in an attempt to "return to zero" and truly experience the joy of learning.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
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Seven Beauties
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties(1975) stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. Something of a tool, and a tool of history, he is captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Outrageously funny and harrowingly sad, it is one of Lina Wertmüller's most enduring and haunting works.
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
Swept Away
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away (1974) is Lina Wertmüller's most famous and controversial f ilm about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to su rvive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
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  Maigret Sets a Trap 
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon's famed police inspector Jules Maigret has been portrayed by numerous actors for the better of a century, but never with such cool authority and meticulousness as Jean Gabin in Maigret Sets a Trap (aka Inspector Maigret, 1958). A butcher of women stalks the dark alleyways of Paris, and it's up to the dogged detective to ensnare the madman before more corpses pile up. Director Jean Delannoy captures his world-weariness in sumptuous black-and-white, as Gabin commands the screen in this electrifying blend of old-school policier and classic French noir.
 Director: Jean Delannoy
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Apple Tree Yard
(2-Disc DVD)
Apple Tree Yard is a stunning psychological thriller about a respected female scientist and the single irrational act that leads to her standing trial for murder. Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) stars as Yvonne Carmichael, a married woman living a quiet life with her husband and two children. Her world is turned upside down when a chance meeting with Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin, The Thin Red Line) leads to a passionate affair and a moment of shocking violence. Her only way out is to admit the truth, the truth that would destroy her family. Based on the bestselling novel by Louise Doughty, Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent, provocative and thrilling mini-series.
Director: Jessica Hobbs
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
The Lovers on the Bridge
(Blu-ray & DVD)
The Lovers on the Bridge follows the intense, convulsive relationship between one-eyed artist Michele (Juliette Binoche) and alcoholic street performer Alex (Denis Lavant). Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, is their home and their stage as they break up and get back together in increasingly explosive reunions both figurative and literal, including a jaw-dropping re-creation of the fireworks display that marked the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. 

Special Features Include Booklet
and Video Essay
Director: Leos Carax
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
  Adventures of Captain Marvel (Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly Re-mastered from a 4K Scan by Paramount Pictures Archives!
The original superhero movie, and still considered by many to be the greatest serial ever made, Adventures of Captain Marvel chronicles the exploits of Captain Marvel (Tom Tyler, The Phantom), the world's mightiest mortal, as he combats the Scorpion, a hooded villain intent on obtaining six optical lenses that turn ordinary stones into gold. This 12-chapter serial has yet to be equaled in excitement and entertainment.
Includes Audio Commentary and Booklet Essay

Directors: William Witney 
and John English 
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now Available
The Lemon Drop Kid
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Holiday classic starring legendary comedian Bob Hope as a con man who has until Christmas to make good on a lost bet. What follows is vintage Hope shenanigans, highlighted by a heart-warming rendition of the Christmas classic "Silver Bells" sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. Also starring I Love Lucy's William Frawley.
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $14.95
Street Date: Now Available
Cease Fire! 3-D
(3-D Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly Restored in HD and 3-D from 2K Scans!
One of the most unusual 3-D movies ever made, Cease Fire! began as an idea by director Owen Crump, who in the 40s scripted military-themed short films for Warner Brothers and later on produced the documentary short One Who Came Back, about the air evacuation of wounded U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War. Crump approached producer Hal B. Wallis (Casablanca), an old friend from his Warner Brothers days with his concept for Cease Fire! 

Most 3-D movies of the era used the format to accentuate and exaggerate artifice. Cease Fire! is the rare production to employ the stereoscopic process to heighten reality, emphasizing the brutality of combat, the vastness of a cold, unfamiliar terrain and the isolation felt by a patrol of valiant fighting men. Part documentary, part drama and part cinéma vérité, Cease Fire! still remains a unique and remarkable achievement in filmmaking. Cease Fire! was restored by the 3-D Film Archive.
Director: Owen Crump
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
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  Beggars of Life
 (Blu-ray & DVD)
An American silent film classic, Beggars of Life (1928) stars Louise Brooks as a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to survive. After escaping her violent stepfather, Nancy (Brooks) befriends kindly drifter Jim (Richard Arlen). They ride the rails together until a fateful encounter with the blustery Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery) and his rambunctious band of hobos, leading to daring, desperate conflict on top of a moving train. Based on the memoir of real-life hobo Jim Tully, and directed with adventuresome verve by William Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident), Beggars of Life is an essential American original.
Special Features include Audio Commentaries and Booklet Essay
 Director: William Wellman
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
The Last Laugh
 (Blu-ray & DVD)
One of the crowning achievements of the German expressionist movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The LastLaugh (Der letzte Mann) stars Emil Jannings stars as an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform which had for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Jannings's colossal performance, The Last Laughbecomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class. Featuring a new musical score by the Berklee College of Music, as well as the original score by Giuseppe Becca, this is the definitive edition of the landmark classic, mastered from a 2K restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Special Features include Audio Commentary and Making-of Documentary
Director: F.W. Murnau
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
The Sheik
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Hollywood's first male sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, appears in his most iconic role in The Sheik (1921). Agnes Ayres stars as Lady Diana Mayo, a headstrong Western woman who infiltrates the private party of the handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino). When the Sheik later encounters Diana in the desert, he abducts her and takes her to his sumptuous lair. Unable to resist the Sheik's cruel magnetism, Diana's defiant nature crumbles and she begins to develop affectionate feelings for her captor. The Sheik plays upon a long tradition of Orientalism in Western art, which romanticized the sands of Northern Africa as a hotbed or seduction and captivity. This edition includes a music score composed and performed by Ben Model.
Director: George Melford
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now Available
  The General/Three Ages
 (Blu-ray & DVD)
New 2K Restoration by Lobster Films
Considered by many to be Keaton's masterpiece, THE GENERAL tells the story of an engineer who bravely journeys behind enemy lines during the Civil War to recapture his stolen locomotive. Filled with breathtaking physical comedy, expertly-staged chases, and an astonishing sense of historical authenticity, THE GENERALremains not just one of the finest of all silent comedies, but one of the finest of all films, from any era.

THREE AGES is Keaton's first feature-length comedy, structured as a parody of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, with the story of a hapless young man's quest for love taking place in three distinct historical settings (the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and a modern city).
 Directors: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Eddie Cline
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
Steamboat Bill Jr./College
 (Blu-ray & DVD)
New 2K Restoration by Lobster Films

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Keaton's last independently-produced silent comedy, and also one of Image removed by sender.his best. He plays the effete son of a tough riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) who struggles to earn his father's respect, as well as the love of the daughter (Marion Byron) of a rival riverboat captain. The film is best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence, which features one of Keaton's most impressive stunts.

COLLEGE stars Keaton as a bookish student who attempts to win the heart of the girl he loves by proving his athletic prowess.

Directors: Charles F. Reisner, James W. Horne
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street Date: Now available

November 11, 2017

HAPPY END — Trailer & Poster


You had me at Michael Haneke. And then you add Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and we've got a very promising movie on hand. Really looking forward to seeing the latest effort from Haneke!




Steven Spielberg's latest movie has crowd-pleaser written all over it for the 50+ generations to which it is clearly aimed. Streep and Hanks are showing their age. It's a reminder that we won't always have these great artists around with us. So, regardless of how predictably tame the narrative about the Washington Post leaking the Pentagon Papers might seem by today's standards of Wikileaks reporting, get out and see this movie. Even if it flops at the box office, "The Post" will be a success.

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