Video Releases

All are US releases, unless otherwise noted.

(Note that release dates can easily change.  If no date is given, the title
should be out now or due very soon.  Some information comes from
secondary sources--often Facets or Ken Crane's--and may have changed.
Also, I'm only listing DVDs if there's a good reason to do so; in other words
a film previously on tape won't be included  just because it's now on DVD.)


updated 02/09/01

Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000, Taiwan) - tape and DVD (already?)

L'Humanite (Bruno Dumont, 1999, France)

Pulgasari (Shin Sang Okk & Chong Gon Jo, 1985, North Korea)

Billy's Holiday (Richard Wherrett, 1995, Australia)

Surrender Dorothy (Kevin DiNovis, US, 1998)

The Devil's General (Helmut Kautner, 1955, Germany)

Little Sister (Robert Jan Westdijk, 1996, Netherlands)

Party (Manoel de Oliveira, 1996, Portugal/France)

several of Jon Jost's digital video works are now available including 6 Easy Pieces (1999), Muri Romani (2000) and Nas Correntes de Luz da Ria Formosa (1999)

two of Koji Wakamatsu's Bataille-esque films are due on tape/DVD (subtitled): Ecstasy of the Angels (1972) and Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969)

The Specialist (Eyal Sivan, 1999, France/Israel)

The Terrorist (Santosh Sivan, 1998, India) - a big hit on the festival circuit (& don't confuse with Korean or Taiwanese films of the same title)

Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano, 1999, Japan) - now available in the US

Mein Kreig (Harriet Eder & Thomas Kufus, 1991, Germany)

Human Traffic (Justin Kerrigan, 1999, UK)

Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone, 1914, Italy) - wild Italian silent, tape & DVD; also similar but I haven't seen is The Last Days of Pompeii (Mario Caserini, 1913, Italy)

Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1965, US) & The Shooting (Hellman, 1967, US)  - classic existential Westerns in a restored version & DVDs are scheduled to have director's commentary

Any Number Can Win (Henri Verneuil, 1963, France) - subtitled tape and DVD

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel, 1972, France) - yep you've seen it but the DVD has two documentaries about Bunuel (one co-directed by Arturo Ripstein!) and some other extras

Women (Moshe Mizrahi, 1997, Israel)

Abwege / The Devious Path (G.W. Pabst, 1928, Germany) - starring Brigitte Helm of Metropolis fame; also Pabst's Der Schatz/The Treasure (1923)

Eldorado (Marcel L'Herbier, 1921, France) - if you don't have anyway to play the French DVD here's a US videotape though apparently the intertitles are not translated

Romper Stomper (Geoffrey Wright, 1992, Australia) - OK this has been available before but it's a great film and the DVD has a bunch of promising extras

Heaven's Burning (Craig Lahiff, 1993, Australia) - apparently everything Russell Crowe has appeared in will be reissued; this doesn't seem to have made it to N. America before; DVD has commentary, interviews and deleted scenes

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, West Germany/France, 1960) - DVD includes lots of extras

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, US, 1999) - DVD includes numerous extras, including isolated music score (since the CD soundtrack release is a vocal/song reworking this is great news)

Mifune (Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Denmark, 1999)

The Vanishing American (George B. Seitz, US, 1925)

Pirates of Capri (Edgar G. Ulmer, US, 1948) - DVD due October, will include a previously unreleased TV pilot for Swiss Family Robinson

The Grandfather (Jose Luis Garci, Spain, 1998)

The Beggar's Opera (Jonathan Miller, UK, 1983) - TV version starring Bob Hoskins and Roger Daltrey (!)

Taxi (Gerard Pires, France, 1999) - UK release in September

Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson, Sweden/Denmark, 1998) - UK release

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell, UK, 1943) - UK DVD of 157 minute version

Of Freaks & Men (Aleksei Balabanov, Russia, 1998) - UK release in October

The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan/India, 1999)

Not One Less (Zhang Yimou, China, 1999)

The Emperor and the Nightingale (Jiri Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 1948)

Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan)

A Scene at the Sea (Takeshi Kitano, 1992, Japan)

Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1999, Belgium)

After Life (Kore-eda Hirokazu, 1998, Japan)

Affairs Of Anatol (Cecil B. DeMille, 1921, US) - DVD due September

Films Of Charles And Ray Eames #2 - DVD due September from Image

Ulysses (Joseph Strick, 1967, UK?) - DVD

The Flying Camel (Rami Na'aman, 1994, Israel)

There Was No War in '72 (David Kreiner, 1996, Israel)

Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, Italy/France, 1972)

Back to God's Country (David Hartford, 1919, Canada) & Something New (Bert Van Tuyle, 1920, Canda) - both on one tape

Fruits of Passion (Shuji Terayama, 1981, France/Japan)

Dutchman (Anthony Harvey, 1966, UK) - LeRoi Jones adaptation

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Mario Bava, 1963, Italy) - tape & DVD

Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1997, Russia) - finally a US release (including DVD contrary to earlier reports) for this amazing, almost non-narrative feature; forget the "philosophy" since the visuals have the whole story; highly recommended

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1957, US) - DVD only, with supplements

Lucrezia Borgia (Abel Gance, 1935, France) and Beethoven (Gance, 1936, France) - DVDs due July

Intimate Lighting (Ivan Passer, Czechoslovakia, 1965)

two Herzog films (Woyzeck & Kinski: My Best Fiend) due August 15th from Anchor Bay on tape & DVD; Aguirre and Cobra Verde in September (coming in 2001:  Fata Morgana, Heart of Glass, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek)

Monte Hellman films (tape & DVD) due from Anchor Bay in 2001: Cockfighter, Iguana

if you're planning way ahead Anchor Bay has tentatively scheduled two of the best spaghetti Westerns for June 2001:  Keoma and A Bullet for the General

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay, 1998, UK) - UK release in November

Children of the Marshland (Jean Becker, 1999, France) - UK release in August

Lies (Jang Sun-Woo, 1999, South Korea) - UK release in July

The Indian Tomb (Joe May, 1925?, Germany) - DVD due July

Fruits Of Passion: The Story Of O Continues (Shuji Terayama, 1981, Japan) - subtitled

Immoral Tales (Walerian Borowczyk, 1974, France?) - subtitled DVD

Gorgeous (Vincent Kok, 1999, Hong Kong) - US release (tape & DVD) of Jackie Chan film that's a bit creepy because his character falls in love with a girl who appears to be a teenager most of the time (and in real-life the actress is half Chan's age)

Battle of the Sexes (D. W. Griffith, 1928, US)

Beyond the Clouds (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1995, Italy/France?) - finally a US release for this, tape & DVD

Black Sabbath (Mario Bava, 1963, Italy) - part of the upgraded, definitive Bava DVD series

Black Tight Killer (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1966, Japan) - pop art spy film from a comrade of Seijun Suzuki, subtitled DVD

Cave of the Living Dead (Akos Rathonyi, 1965, ?) - dubbed DVD

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (xxxx, 1972, Japan) - wild, over-the-top women's prison film that now we can see with subtitles; DVD

Female Vampire (Jess Franco, 1973, France) - LBX & DVD includes footage from the alternate version called Erotikill (do any Franco films exist in just one version?)

In The Land Of The War Canoes (Edward S. Curtis, 1914, US) - Curtis' unusual fictional ethnographic film; DVD includes making-of short

Joy House (Rene Clement, 1964, France) - subtitled; tape & DVD

Oliver Twist (Frank Lloyd, 1922, US)

Miguel/Michelle (Gil M. Portes, 1998, Phillipines)

The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley, 1921, US)

Rosetta (Dardennes, 1999, France) - UK release

Train of Life (Radu Mihaileanu, 1998, France/Netherlands/Belgium)

Dr. Jack (Fred Newmeyer, 1922, US) - Harold Lloyd; tape also includes a Lloyd short

The Empty Mirror (Barry J. Hershey, 1997, US)

Scary Man (Eugenie Jansen & Albert Elings, 1996, Netherlands)

Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog, 1988, Germany)

The Last Transfer (Ilana Tsur, 1997, Israel) - documentary

Angel (George Katakouzinos, 1982, Greece)

Meteor and Shadow (Takis Spetsiotis, 1985, Greece)

Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, 1998, France) - tape and DVD

The Emperor's Nightingale (Jiri Trnka, 1948, Czechoslovakia)

All the Little Animals (Jeremy Thomas, 1999, UK) - directorial debut by a producer of Cronenberg, Frears, Roeg, etc

The Shock (Lambert Hillyer, 1923, US) & By the Sun's Rays (unknown, 1914, US) - one tape; both starring Lon Chaney

Victory (Maurice Tourneur, 1919, US) - Lon Chaney

Youssef Chahine's so-called Alexandria trilogy (tape & DVD): Alexandria...Why? (1978), An Egyptian Story (1982), Alexandria Again and Forever (1990)

Beautiful People (Jasmin Dizdar, 1999, UK)

Hatchet for a Honeymoon (Mario Bava, 1971, Italy) - the latest in the definitive Bava series; DVD has notes by expert Tim Lucas

Lilian's Story (Jerzy Domaradzki, 1996, Australia)

Santitos (Alejandro Springall, 1997, Mexico)

The White Lioness (Pelle Berglund, 1996, Sweden)

Die Ahnfrau (Jacob Fleck & Luise Fleck, 1919, Austria) - runs 50 minutes

The Gore Gore Girls (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1972, US) - Lewis' last and most unrestrained (certainly most tasteless) film; DVD has commentary

Mad About Opera (Mario Costa, 1947, Italy)

A Tale of Summer (Eric Rohmer, 1996, France)

And Your Love Too (Frank Vogel, 1962, East Germany)

Divine Trash (Steve Yeager, 1998, US) - doc about John Waters

Cuban Women: Branded by Paradise (Mari Rodriguez Ichaso, 1999, US?) - doc

Moscow Parade (Ivan Dykhovichny, 1992, Russia/France/Germany) - starring singer Ute Lemper

The Staight Story (David Lynch, 1999, US) - there's no US DVD announced but a Region 2 UK one is due May 22

two East German Westerns (!) from Gottfried Kolditz: Apaches (1973), The Falcon's Trail (1968, dubbed into English)

Women (Luis Galvao Teles, 1997, Portugal/France)

The Axe of Wandsbek (Falk Harnack, 1951, East Germany)

Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Richard Groschopp, 1967, East Germany) - adaptation of Fenimore Cooper

Ete and Ali (Peter Kahane, 1985, East Germany)

Five Cartridges (Frank Beyer, 1960, East Germany) - starring Armin Mueller-Stahl

Solo Sunny (Konrad Wolf, 1979, East Germany)

The Kaiser's Lackey (Wolfgang Staudte, 1951, East Germany)

two by East German director Gerhard Klein:  A Berlin Romance (1956), Berlin--Schonhauser Corner (1957), The Gleiwitz Case (1961)

Blum Affair (Erich Engel, 1948, Germany)

Born in '45 (Jurgen Bottcher, 1965/1990, East Germany)

Council of the Gods (Kurt Matzig, 1950, East Germany)

Carla (Herrmann Zschoche, 1965/1990, East Germany)

Treasures from American Film Archives - a mind-boggling three-DVD set with over 10 hours of material including silent features, experimental films, documentaries, home movies, one-reel dramas, etc.  More complete info is on the website.

The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige, 1999, China) - tape and DVD w/commentary (there's already a Hong Kong DVD but it doesn't have the commentary)

Fela: Live - OK, so it's not a movie per se but I'm really excited about it:  a 75 minute concert.

Leila (Dariush Mehrjui, 1996, Iran) - I think this is the first Mehrjui film to be released on video (tape & DVD) in the US

Vampyres (Joseph Larraz, 1974, Spain) - cult classic; DVD will have commentary

Dry Cleaning (Anne Fontaine, 1997, France)

Mandragora (Wiktor Grodecki, 1997, Czechloslovakia?)

Salon Mexico (Jose Luis Garcia Agraz, 1994, Mexico)

Untamed Women (Alberto Isaac, 1995, Mexico)

The Battle of the Sexes (D. W. Griffith, 1928, US)

The Affairs of Anatol (Cecil B. DeMille, 1921, US)

All of Them Witches (Daniel Gruener, 1995, Mexico)

Return to Sender (Carlos Carrera, 1994, Mexico)

Cabaret Balkan (Goran Paskaljevic, 1998, ?)

Nobody (Shundo Okawa, 1999, Japan)

Remembering the Cosmos Flower (Junichi Suzuki, 1998, Japan)

Sondagsengler / The Other Side of Sunday (Berit Nesheim, 1996, Norway)

Train of Life (Radu Mihaileanu, 1998, France/Belgium/Netherlands)

The Vampire Happening (Freddie Francis, 1971, W. Germany) - tape & DVD, dubbed into English

Rembrandt Films Greatest Hits - DVD collection from this animation studio, due late June from Image

Outside The Law / Shadows - two Lon Chaney silent features on one DVD; due late June from Image

Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll (Edgar Ulmer, 1957, US) - the third in All Day Entertainment's Ulmer DVD series, due June

Maniac (Dwain Esper, 1934, US) and Narcotic (Esper, 1933, US) - DVD with features like commentary from the super-cool Bret Wood, censorship records, script excerpts and even clips from a movie that Esper lifted material from (Narcotic, by the way, might be the most demented movie ever made; Glen or Glenda looks like Spielberg by comparison)

Adventures of Hercules - budget-priced DVD box set with seven peplum from the early 60s; dubbed into English and probably full-screen as well (don't expect much at this price)

Room at the Top (Jack Clayton, 1959, UK)

Anywhere But Here (Wayne Wang, 1999, US)

I Married Adventure (Osa Johnson, 1940, US)

Anguish (Bigas Luna, 1986, Spain) - tape & DVD from the notorious director; letterboxed and supposedly subtitled

Coming Apart (Milton Moses Ginsberg, 1969, US) - tape and DVD (the latter with extra short and a making-of doc)

Gormenghast (Andy Wilson, 1999?, UK)  -  BBC adaptation of Mervyn Peake's great novel; UK release on tape and DVD in late April

Cinema's Dark Side - DVD collection of the films noirs Impact, Second Woman, They Made Me a Criminal

Cacoyannis Collection - DVD set from the famous director (Zorba the Greek) will include A Matter of Dignity (1957), A Girl in Black (1956), Atilla 74: The Rape of Cyprus (1975) and Stella (1955); probably available separately

Blackrock (Steven Vidler, 1997, Australia)

Cannibal Man (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1977, Spain) - tape and DVD, dubbed into English

Devil's Island (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1996, Iceland)

That's the Way I Like It / Forever Fever (Glenn Goei, 1998, Singapore)

Miguel/Michelle (Gil M. Portes, 1998, Philippines )

Midnight Dancers (Mel Chionglo, 1995, Philippines)

two Eddie Romero films on DVD:  Beyond Atlantis and Twilight People

Perdita Durango (Alex de la Iglesia, 1997, Spain) - UK DVD release; note that the US release under the title Dance With the Devil has numerous cuts (even the unrated version) while this UK version is missing 37 seconds according to the BBFC (there are even reports that these versions have some material not in the Spanish one)

American Movie (Chris Smith, 1999, US)

White House Madness (Mark L. Lester, 1975, US)

Don't Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972, Italy) - DVD of restored/uncut version (probably in English)

French DVD, Region 2, PAL:  Fantomas (Louis Feuillade, 1913, France) - about five hours plus extras; Eldorado (Marcel L'Herbier, 1921, France) - with extras; Jour de Fete (Jacques Tati, 1949, France) - contains both the B&W and the color versions (Miramax has the rights for the latter in the US and they barely released it)

Best Of Zagreb Film: Be Careful/The Classic Collection (various directors & dates, Yugoslavia) - DVD due from Image on May 2; contains 21 animated shorts

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood - DVD of Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's excellent six-part overview of silent European film; from Image May 16

The Gore Gore Girls (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1972, US) - DVD of Lewis' silliest film complete with director's commentary (as the other recent Lewis DVDs have also had; what is the world coming to?)

Lisa & The Devil/House Of Exorcism (Mario Bava, 1973/75, Italy) - latest in Image's Bava series, the DVD includes both the original and the drastically re-edited versions complete with producer commentary on the latter and notes from Bava authority Tim Lucas; the films are available separately on tape and DVD; due 5/16

Masters Of Russian Animation #2 - DVD due from Image 5/16

Cabaret Balkan (Goran Paskaljevic, 1998, France/Greece/Macedonia/Yugoslavia)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda, 1961, France)

Idiot Box (David Caesar, 1996, Australia)

Love Is the Devil (John Maybury, 1998, UK)

The Red Dwarf (Yvan Le Moine, 1998, Belgium) - note that this is not the BBC sf series

Short 8 - the most recent in this DVD series of short collections will include Leni Riefenstahl's half-hour Tag der Freiheit (1935) along with some more recent work (though I hope they've cleaned up the annoying interface of the earlier discs)

Dry Cleaning (Anne Fontaine, 1997, France)

Time Regained (Raul Ruiz, 1999, France/Italy) - UK release due 5/29

Milou En Mai (Louis Malle, 1990, France) - UK release due 4/24

Portraits Chinois (Martine Dugowson, 1996, France) - UK release due 4/19

Alice et Martin (Andre Techine, 1998, France) - UK release due 4/17, co-scripted by Olivier Assayas

Seul Contre Tous / I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe, 1998, France) - UK release due 4/17

A la Place du Coeur (Robert Guédiguian, 1998, France) - UK release due 3/13; an adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk

Beautiful People (Jasmin Dizdar, 1999, UK) - UK release due March

No (Robert Lepage, 1998, Canada) - UK release due 2/28

Herzog:  Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Cobra Verde, Kinski: My Best Fiend, due August from Anchor Bay (with tentative dates in Fall for Fata Morgana, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, Little Dieter Needs to Fly); DVDs in this series generally have commentary

rumor that Fassbinder's Whitey will be released on DVD by Fantoma with commentary from the cinematographer and lead actor:  turns out to be true and due in May; commentary by Ulli Lommel and Michael Ballhaus

from Dimension (Disney):  Jackie Chan's Project A, Jet Li's The Enforcer (known to most of the world as My Father Is a Hero) and Mighty Peking Man; apparently all are dubbed into English but there's no other word on trims or letterboxing

Romance  (Catherine Breillat, 1998, France) - out now from Trimark; note that Blockbuster is carrying an R-rated tape which will undoubtedly leave you wondering what the controversy was about

The Wrong Arm of the Law (Cliff Owen, 1963, UK) - starring Peter Sellers

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Patrice Chereau, 1998, France) - tape and DVD due April 18 from Kino

Kino-Eye / Three Songs of Lenin - Image DVD will include both Vertov films, due April

The Beast from Haunted Cave (Monte Hellman, 1959, US) - DVD will have an expanded edit of the film and possibly director's commentary; due June from Synapse

Best of Bulgarian Animation - due April, one hour

Mesmer (Roger Spottiswoode, 1994, UK) - from Dennis Potter script, supposedly a director's cut, tape and DVD

Portrait of an Assassin (Bernard-Roland, 1949, France) - cast includes Arletty, Maria Montez and Erich Von Stroheim!; subtitled and due from Image in April

Eric Rohmer: Moral Tales - two shorts (running about 70 minutes) that were the beginning of this series, tape and DVD

Evil Dead Trap (Toshihari Ikeda, 1988, Japan) - Argento-inspired slasher film has aquired a loyal cult (which doesn't include me); DVD will possibly include director's commentary

Gen-X Cops (Benny Chan, 1999, Hong Kong) - acclaimed HK policier which Columbia/TriStar is actually releasing subtitled (DVD also offers English dub); due April

Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962, US) - two-disc Criterion DVD will include a ton of extras including two different versions of the film, making-of doc, tour of location, samples of the director and writer's industrials, music outtakes, etc

Puppet Films of Jiri Trnka - DVD runs over two and a half hours, including the feature The Emperor's Nightingale; due March from Image

Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy - three-DVD box from Criterion includes The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and Testament of Orpheus; along with numerous extras like documentaries, lectures, location outtakes, etc

Richard Kern: The Hardcore Collection - all-region DVD has two hours of the material released previously on tape plus an additional hour of "rare films"; due March

Rikyu (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1990, Japan)

Chaplin: First National Collection - six restored shorts running well over three hours

Stella Maris (Marshall Neilan, 1918, US) - DVD will include Pickford home movies

Endurance (Leslie Woodhead, 1998, UK/US) - doc produced by Terrence Malik

Selma, Lord, Selma (Charles Burnett, 1999, US)

How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt (Ana Belen, 1991, Spain) - tape and DVD

Men Men Men (Christian De Sica, 1995, Italy) - from Vittorio's daughter

Bush Pilot (Sterling Campbell, 1947, Canda) - restored

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 198?) - widescreen and uncut (the original US release was severely and opaquely edited); DVD will have director's commentary; due May from Anchor Bay

Mandragora (Wiktor Grodecki, 1997, Czech Republic) - due on tape and DVD from Water Bearer in April

Sitcom (Francois Ozon, 1998, France)

See the Sea (Francois Ozon, 1997, France) - also includes the 1996 short "A Summer Dress"

Western (Manuel Poirier, 1997, France)

Face (Antonia Bird, 1997, UK) - highly acclaimed crime drama

East Palace, West Palace (Zhang Yuan, 1997, China)

Flow (Quentin Lee, 1990-96, US) - collection of five shorts

London Brief (Jon Jost, 1997, US?UK?Italy?) - the best known of Jost's recent non-narrative work

Hammer films:  The Abominable Snowman, The Four Sided Triangle, Quatermass 2, X: The Unknown, due on tape and DVD from Anchor Bay on 4/11; in July will come The Devil Rides Out, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Mummy's Shroud, The Witches

The Last Lieutenant (Hans Petter Moland, 1993, Norway)

The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon, 1971, Israel) - other Kishon films are now available as well including Arbinka (1967) and Blaumilch Canal (The Big Dig) (1969)

Caresses (Ventura Pons, 1997, Spain)

Five From Barska Street (Aleksander Ford, 1955, Poland)

It Happened Here (Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo, 1963, UK) - incredible and uncompromising drama about an alternative history (which makes it science fiction!) where the Nazis conquered England; highly recommended

Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo, 1975, UK) - historical drama about the 17th century Diggers

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991, US) - highly respected debut from Dash now on tape and DVD (the latter has commentary, doc, outtakes, etc)

Smashing Time (Desmond Davis, 1967, UK) - DVD is letterboxed

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (Marshall Neilan, 1918, US) - one of Mary Pickford's early films on tape and DVD (with an added Ince short)

Frozen (Xiaoshuai Wang, 1997, China/Hong Kong/Netherlands) - tape and DVD due 2/22; banned in China

The Tempest (Derek Jarman, 1979, UK) - new DVD includes three rare shorts from the early 70s

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1996?, Japan) - tentative for May from Miramax

Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999, UK) - tentative for May

Touch of Evil (Welles, 195x, US) - 1998 reworked version due tentatively in June from Universal

Autumn Sun (Eduardo Mignogna, 1996, Argentina)

The King of Masks (Wu Tianming, 1996, China/Hong Kong) - ready for a serious drama from Shaw Brothers filmed on the mainland?  Got very positive reviews.  Due 3/7.

Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1964, Denmark), Ordet (Dreyer, 1955, Denmark) - Dreyer's final films at last available on quality, remastered video (both tape and DVD)

Dekalog (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988-89, Poland) - Kieslowski's acclaimed ten-part film finally gets a legit US release on five tapes ($100) or two DVDs ($80)

Score (Atsushi Muroga, 1995, Japan)

Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (Marius Holst, Norway, 1994)

Bastards (Loc Do, 1999, US)

Around the World With Orson Welles (Welles, 1955, UK) - five episodes (the sixth apparently lost) of a BBC travelogue that Welles directed and appeared in; tape & DVD from Image due March

The Girl Hunters (Roy Rowland, 1963, UK) - infamous cult film where Mickey Spillane plays Mike Hammer himself; tape & DVD due from Image in March

Bandits (Katja von Garnier, 1997, Germany) - women prisoners form rock band in attempt for jailbreak; tape & DVD due 3/21

It All Starts Today (Bertrand Tavernier, 1999, France) - UK release

This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson, 1963, UK) - UK release

PO Box Tinto Brass (Tinto Brass, 1995, Italy) - UK DVD release

Cinema of Transgression (various, 80s, US) - UK collection of shorts from Kern, Zedd, Moritgusu, etc

Jet Pilot (Von Sternberg, 1957, US) - UK release

Mifune (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, 1999, Denmark) - UK release in May 2000

Gregorys Two Girls (Bill Forsyth, 1999, UK) - UK release, tape & DVD

The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, 1999, Bhutan/Australia) - UK release

Dreams That Money Can Buy (Hans Richter, 1947, US) - feature made with Richter's avant-buddies, UK release

Regret to Inform (Barbara Sonneborn, 1998, US)

The Puppet Films of Jiri Trnka (Trnka, various dates, Czechloslovakia) - tape and DVD

Tierra (Julio Medem, 1996, Spain)

Silent Shakespeare - US release of this BFI compilation

Get Real (Simon Shore, 1998, UK)

Wife to Be Sacrificed (Masaru Konuma, 1974, Japan) - classic pink film starring bondage queen Naomi Tani, subtitled

A Woman Called Sada Abe: Beyond the Realm of the Senses (Noboru Tanaka, 1975, Japan) - another treatment of the Abe Sada story that appeared shortly before Oshima's film and had the title changed to cash in (there was yet another version in the late 90s); US tape in January 2000 but there was a UK release from Pagan Films was in September 1999

A Little Bit of Soul (Peter Duncan, 1998, Australia) - from director of "Children of the Revolution"

Windhorse (Paul Wagner, 1998, US)

Kikujiro no Natsu (Takeshi Kitano, 1999, Japan) - Japanese DVD will have English subtitles (but probably won't be playable in North American machines), due January 2000

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf / Lovers on the Bridge  (Leos Carax, 1991, France) - due 2/15 from Miramax

Expectations  (Daniel Bergman, 1997, Sweden)

Private Confessions (Liv Ullmann, 1996, Sweden)

Half Japanese: The Band that Would Be King  (Jeff Feuerzeig, 1993, US)

The Last Bridge  (Helmut Kautner, 1953, Austria)

Lucie Aubrac  (Claude Berri, 1997, France)

Black Cat, White Cat  (Emir Kusturica, 1998, France/Germany)

My Son the Fanatic  (Udayan Prasad, 1998, UK)

One Hundred and One Nights (Agnes Varda, 1995, France)

The Big Brass Ring (George Hickenlooper, 1999, US) - based on an Orson Welles screenplay

Destiny (Youssef Chahine, 1997, Egypt)

Farewells (Wojciech Has, 1958, Poland) - Has is an amazing director just waiting rediscovery (& after writing that I discovered there was a New York Film Festival retro devoted to him a couple of years ago; it's so hard to be cutting edge)

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998, Germany) - DVD has extras

One Hundred and One Nights (Agnes Varda, 1995, France)

Ashes (Andrzej Wajda, 1965, Poland)

The Last Lieutenant (Hans Petter Moland, 1993, Norway)

Five from Barska Street (Aleksander Ford, 1954, Poland)

Youth of Chopin (Aleksander Ford, 1952, Poland)

Depot of the Dead (Czeslaw Petelski, 1959, Poland)

Kuhle Wampe (Slatan Dudow & Bertolt Brecht, 1923, Germany) - UK release November 99

The Idiots (Lars Von Trier, 1998, Denmark) - UK release November 99

Sitcom (Francois Ozon, 1998?, France) - UK release, November 99

Kitchen (Yim-Ho, 1997, Hong Kong) - UK release, December 99

All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999, Spain) - UK release, February 00; US release tentatively scheduled for May from Sony

Late August, Early September (Olivier Assayas, 1998, France) - UK release, February 00

Beshkempir, The Adopted Son (Aktan Abdykalykov, 1998, Kyrgyzstan/France)

London Brief (Jon Jost, 1997, Great Britain) - one of the DV features that Jost has been working on lately

Black Sunday (Mario Bava, 1961, Italy) - finally finally the European version is on US tape and DVD:  it's still dubbed into English but where the American version toned down the dialogue, made a few trims and added a mediocre Les Baxter score (if that's not redundant) this is much spookier and more mature; DVD has commentary from Bava expert Tim Lucas

Pusher (Nicholas Winding Refn, 1996, Denmark)

The Mistress of Atlantis (G.W. Pabst, 1932, Germany) - English-language version (it was shot in three languages)

Code Name Ruby (Jan Nemec, 1997, Czech Republic)

Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer, 1998, France)

The Matinee Idol (Frank Capra, 1928, US) - long-lost silent film that was re-discovered in the mid-90s

Marius and Jeannette (Robert Guediguian, 1997, France)

Day of the Beast (Alex de la Iglesia, 1995, Spain) - much bootlegged film finally on legit video but unfortunately not widescreen and dubbed

New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998, US) - Ferrara's last two films didn't get US releases but at least one is now on video; DVD has commentary and extras

Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997, Japan) - much-discussed anime comes in three versions:  R-rated dubbed, unrated dubbed and unrated subtitled

School of Flesh (Benoit Jacquot, 1998, France)

The Last Broadcast (Stefan Avalos & Lance Weiler, 1998, US) - fake documentary DV feature that some have incorrectly claimed inspired "The Blair Witch Project"

The Harmonists (Joseph Vilsmaier, 1997, Germany)

Seventh Heaven (Benoit Jacquot, 1997, France)

The Passion of Jean of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928, France) - restored version of the long-lost original cut with a new score; DVD has numerous extras (but apparently not the second version of the film)

Untamed Women (Alberto Isaac, 1995, Mexico)

Jacob the Liar (Frank Beyer, 1974, East Germany) - the original version; DVD has extras

Yaaba (Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1989, Burkina Faso/Switzerland/France)

Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Julio Medem, 1998, Spain) - from the director of "Red Squirrel"

The Last Call (Carlos Garcia Agraz, 1996, Mexico) - subtitled

Bullet on a Wire (Jim Sikora, 1998, US) - Chicago-based indie

Hands on a Hard Body (S.R. Bindler, 1997, US) - doc about contest to win a car by keeping your hand on it longer than anybody else; tape and DVD

All of Them Witches (Daniel Gruener, 1995, Mexico) - in Spanish with English subtitles

Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman (Sabina Berman & Isabelle Tardan, 1995, Mexico) - subtitled

Return to Sender (Carlos Carrera, 1994, Mexico)

Salon Mexico (Jose Luis Garcia Agraz, 1994, Mexico) - nominated for ten Mexican Academy Awards

Strangler of the Swamp (Frank Wisbar, 1946, US) - amusing little B-film that's become something of a cult item because William Everson discussed it in one of his books and because future director Blake Edwards has an acting role; tape and DVD!

Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Seduction  (Kazuo Ikehiro, 1967, Japan) - subtitled

Night Sun (Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani, 1990, Italy/France/Germany) - in Italian w/English subs (but Julian Sands was dubbed into Italian anyway; how postmodern is that?)

Deep Blues (Robert Mugge, 1990, UK) - much requested documentary about modern day backwoods blues (many of these singers would later record for Fat Possum); the DVD comes with outtakes and other extras

The Ogre (Volker Schlondorff, 1996, Germany/France/UK) from Kino Video

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (Joan Chen, 1998, US)

Zeder (Pupi Avati, 1983, Italy) - finally a decent US release, subtitled and DVD or tape, for what's considered a modern horror classic; Avati's more recent films have been straight drama but this is where he made his reputation

Honey and Ashes (Nadia Fares, 1996, Switzerland/Tunisia)

Pick a Card (Julie Shles, 1997, Israel)

The Demoniacs (Jean Rollin, 1974, France); Fascination (Rollin, 1979, France); The Shiver of the Vampires (Rollin, 1970, France) - US DVDs, the first in a series of Rollin's films, all subtitled

Gulliver's Travels (Dave Fleischer, 1939, US) - the Fleischer Studios' first attempt at a feature film in a new print with a doc and two shorts; DVD has even more extras

Baptism of Blood (Kenichi Yoshihara, Japan, 1996) - live-action manga adaptation, subtitled

The Emperor's Shadow (Zhou Xiaowen, 1996, Hong Kong/China) - DVD has extras

The Final Programme (Robert Fuest, 1973, UK) - complete version of this wild adaptation of Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius stories, previously chopped up for US release as The Last Days of Man on Earth

Blue Angel - Director's Cut (Josef Von Sternberg, 1930, Germany) - UK-only release due September 13th; no info given about what differences there are or even the running time

Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, 1998, France/Germany) - UK-only in October

Dreams That Money Can Buy (Hans Richter, 19xx) - UK-only

Open Your Eyes (Alejandro Amenabar, 1997, Spain/France/Italy) - from the director of Tesis

Street of Joy (Akasen Tamanoi, 1974, Japan) - UK-only from Pagan Films (Pete Tombs' new video label)

UK-only widescreen tapes available July 5th:  The Long Goodbye, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Cross of Iron, Thief (Mann), The Right Stuff, Bonnie and Clyde

Criminally Insane (Frances Millard, 1974, US) - considered one of the worst films ever made

How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt (Ana Belen, 1991, Spain)

The Naked Man (J. Todd Anderson, 1998, US) - co-written by Ethan Coen and directed by the Coens' storyboard artist

Carry on Camping (Gerald Thomas, 1969, UK) - UK-only August 9 DVD with documentary tribute and actor bios!

Kill, Baby, Kill (Mario Bava, 1966, Italy) - presumably dubbed

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