Video Releases - Older


films by Harun Farocki ("one of the most interesting and original independent filmmakers in Germany" - Jonathan Rosenbaum):  How to Live in the German Federal Republic (1990, Germany), Videograms of a Revolution (Farocki & Andrej Ujica, Germany, 1992), Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1989, Germany), "an excellent introduction to his work, which has seldom been visible in this country" - Rosenbaum again, Still Life (1997, Germany)

two Edgar G. Ulmer double-feature DVDs (yes, DVDs!):  Strange Woman (1946) & Moon Over Harlem (1939) on September 21; Bluebeard (1944) on February 1, & Pirates of Capri (1945) at an undetermined date, from All Day Entertainment

[note: the announced DVD of Orson Welles' "Don Quixote" has been permanently cancelled due to legal entanglements]

Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931, US) - version with the new Philip Glass score; DVD also includes original version, much-different Spanish-language version, commentary and making-of doc

School of the Senses (Andras Solyom, 1996, Hungary)

Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971, US) - finally you can throw away those crappy bootlegs for the first official release of this incredible classic; tape & LD (latter has commentary)

Fudoh (Takashi Miike, 1996, Japan) - this cult favorite now with English subtitles, letterboxed and supposedly uncut

Budapest Tales (Istvan Szabo, 1976,  Hungary)

Lulu on the Bridge (Paul Auster, 1998, US) - tape & DVD (latter has outtakes & commentary)

Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca, 1998, France) - subtitled, DVD will also be letterboxed

The Messiah (Roberto Rossellini, 1975, Italy) - Rossellini's last film

The Stendhal Syndrome (Dario Argento, 1996, Italy) - long a fave on the collector's circuit this finally gets an official US release though it's dubbed

Espoir / Sierra de Teruel  (Andre Malraux, 1938, France/Spain) - Malraux's only film but this video has a list price of $140!

Danton (Andrzej Wajda, 1982, France) - now letterboxed and "digitally remastered"

Weather Woman (Tomoaki Hosoyama, 1995, Japan) & Weather Woman Returns (Tomoaki Hosoyama, 1996, Japan)- subtitled

Deep Crimson (Arturo Ripstein, 1996, Mexico/France/Spain) - supposedly out in Canada last year, this is Ripstein's version of the same events that inspired The Honeymoon Killers

The Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998, Denmark)

I Was Born But... (Ozu, 1932, Japan)

La Separation (Christian Vincent, 1994, France)

Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997, Iran)

Return of the Musketeers / D'Artagnan's Daughter (Bertrand Tavernier, 1994, France)

The Chambermaid on the Titanic (Bigas Luna, 1997, France/Spain)

Close Your Eyes and Hold Me (Itsumichi Isomura, 1996, Japan)

Mosley (Robert Knights, 1998, UK) - biographical mini-series

Solider Child (Neil Abramson, 1998, US)

The Second Civil War (Joe Dante, 1997, US) - made for HBO, this scalding satire dumbfounded critics but is easily one of the most important American films of the decade.  (For more info see my review in the context of recent Greil Marcus and Steve Erickson books.)

Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura, 1998, Japan) - highly acclaimed comedy/drama from one of Japan's greatest directors, due September

My Name Is Joe (Ken Loach, 1998, UK) - from Artisan on June 15 (no word on whether the English-language video is subtitled like the US theatrical release)

Death by Design: When Parallel Worlds Meet (Jean-François Brunet & Peter Friedman, 1997, US) - from First Run Features, unusual & acclaimed scientific documentary

Shattered Image (Raul Ruiz, 1998, US) - from Uni on July 20th; Barbet Schroeder is a co-producer

The General (John Boorman, 1998, UK) - due July 27th

La Sentinelle (Arnaud Desplechin, 1992, France) - due July 27th on tape and DVD from Fox/Lorber

Tango (Carlos Saura, 1998, Spain/Argentina) - due August 3rd from Columbia/Tristar

The Ogre (Volker Schlondorff, 1996, Germany) - adaptation of Michel Tournier's novel, starring John Malkovich and Armin Mueller-Stahl with music from Michael Nyman

Girl With Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1963, UK)

The Century of Cinema: Russia and Poland (Sergei Selyanov/Pawel Lozinski, 1996, UK/Russia/Poland) - UK release, 114 minutes

Dream Life of Angels (Erick Zonca, 1998, France) - UK release, June 14

Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1947, UK) - Graham Greene helped adapt his own  classic crime novel; released in the US under the improbable title Young Scarface; UK release due July 12

Against the Wind (Charles Crichton, 1948, UK), Hue and Cry (Crichton, 1947, UK) - two Ealing films, UK releases due July 12

The Hot Wind Blows / La Loi (Jules Dassin, 1958, France/Italy) - UK release due July 19

widescreen UK tapes of Tristana, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeouise, Themroc, Diva, Buffet Froid

La Femme Infidele (Claude Chabrol, 1969, France), Que La Bete Meure / The Beast Must Die (Chabrol, 1969, France) - UK releases due August 12

Cathy Come Home (Ken Loach, 1965, UK) - Loach's early BBC film, UK release due December

Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey, 1927, UK) - UK release due December

Charles Dead or Alive (Alain Tanner, 1969, Switzerland), from New Yorker Video

Didn't Do It For Love (Monika Treut, 1998, Germany), from First Run

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Takao Okawara, 1993, Japan); Rebirth of Mothra (Okihiro Yoneda, 1996, Japan); Rebirth of Mothra II (Kunio Miyoshi, 1997, Japan)  - dubbed into English

Nothing (Evan Aaronson, 1993, US) - diary-style documentary supposedly similar to Ross McElwee

My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Alexie Gherman, 1985, Russia); Without Witness (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1984, Russia); Vassa (Gleb Panfilov, 1983, Russia); Pirosmani (Georgi Shengelaya, 1971, Russia); The Orphans (Nikolai Gubenko, 1976, Russia); Wartime Romance (Pyotr Todorowsky, 1983, Russia); Waiting for Love (Pyotr Todorowsky, 1982, Russia) - some classics of Russian film but unfortunately they list price at $150 and don't even have artwork on the boxes!

Contraband / Blackout (Michael Powell, 1940, UK) - due August 17 from Kino

They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947, UK)

Peter Pan (Herbert Brenon, 1924, US) - restored and tinted; one of James Wong Howe's first films

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harry Pollard, 1927, US) - lavish, high-budget version of possibly the best-selling novel in American history

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

Chaplin's Goliath (Kevin Macdonald, 1996, Scotland) - hour-long doc about Eric Campbell who appeared in numerous early Chaplin shorts

The Milky Way / Shvil Hahalav  (Ali Nassar, 1997, Israel)

Velvet Hustler (Toshio Masuda, 1967, Japan) - yakuza film, subtitled

Moon Over Tao - Makaraga (Keita Amemiya, 1997, Japan) - fantasy but doesn't seem to be an anime, subtitled

Bitter Rice (Giuseppe De Santis, 1948, Italy)

Prisoner Maria--The Movie (Siuji Kataoka, 1995, Japan)

Brainwashed / Die Schachnovelle (Gerd Oswald, 1960, W. Germany) - subtitled

Stalingrad (Frank Wisbar, 1959, W. Germany) - subtitled

Tango (Carlos Saura, Spain/Argentina, 1998)

Some Nudity Required (Odette Springer & Johanna Demetrakas, 1998, US) - doc about women and exploitation films

Woyzeck (Janos Szasz, 1994, Hungary)

Modulations (Iara Lee, 1998, US) - doc about contemporary electronic dance music

Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley (Marshall Neilan, 1918, US) starring Mary Pickford and including a Thomas Ince short with Pickford; Stella Maris (Marshall Neilan, 1918, US); Tess of the Storm Country (John S. Robertson, 1922, US)

Guimba the Tyrant (Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1995, Mali/Burkina Faso/France) - due July from Kino

Our Daily Bread & Other Films Of The New Deal, DVD including Our Daily Bread (King Vidor, 1934, US), California Election News #1 and #2 (13 min.), The Plow That Broke the Plains (Pare Lorentz, 1936), The River (Pare Lorentz, 1937), Power and the Land (Joris Ivens, 1940) and The New Frontier (1934, 10 min), from Image Entertainment in August

The Pornographers (Shohei Imamura, Japan), from Home Vision in July

Carnival in Flanders, from Home Vision in August

Cousin, Cousine & Tendres Cousins, from Home Vision in August

from Home Vision in October:  Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, Gertrud, Master of the House, Ordet

from Kino Runnin' Wild: The Films of Clara Bow due August; will include Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl (Hugh Neeley, 1999, US), The Plastic Age (Wesley Ruggles, 1925, US), Parisian Love (Louis Gasnier, 1925, US), It (Clarence Badger, 1927, US)

Acid House (Paul McGuigan, 1998, UK) - UK release July on tape and DVD

Small Back Room (Michael Powell, 1949, UK) - UK release July 12

Les Enfants Terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1949, France) - UK release December

The Eel  (Shohei Immamura, 1997?, Japan) - UK release May 24

Casque d'Or (Jacques Becker, 1952, France) - UK release June 1

The Apple (Samirah Makhmalbaf, 1998, Iran) - UK release June 28

documentaries by  Mikhail Mikheev:  Kolyma (1997, Russia/US), Rural Russia (1998, US), Russian Prison N-240 (1997)

The Human Condition Part One (Masaki Kobayashi, 1960, Japan) - DVD due June 22; Part Two due July 6

restored & newly subtitled tapes of Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II

Makhmalbaf: Unveiling an Islamic Filmmaker  (Shapour Daneshmand 1998) - now with English subtitles

Eastern European Greats:  new series from Kino due July 6th which will include Siberian Lady Macbeth (Andrzej Wajda, 1962, Yugoslavia?), The Red and the White (Miklos Jancso, 1968, Hungary), Father (Istvan Szabo, 1966, Hungary)

Pagan Films:  new label from writer Pete Tombs (Mondo Macabro, Immoral Tales); UK only; titles and website listed soon

South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (Frank Hurley, 1919, UK?) - rarely seen and now restored by the BFI with proper tinting; due 4/10 from Milestone but already out in the UK

Forbidden Fruit series of exploitation films from Kino:  Narcotic (Dwain Esper 1933), Maniac (Esper 1934) and Reefer Madness (Louis Gasnier 1936) plus a CD-ROM.

The Blot (Lois Weber, 1921, US) - UK release due 6/30

Eric Rohmer DVDs from Fox Lorber, due May:  Aviator's Wife (1981, France), Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987, France), Full Moon in Paris (1984), Good Marriage (1981), Summer (1986)

Un Air de Famille (Cedric Klapsich, 1998, France) Fox Lorber

Silent Shakespeare, UK release including King John (UK 1899), The Tempest (UK 1908), A Midsummer Night's Dream (US 1909), King Lear (Italy 1910), Twelfth Night (US 1910), Merchant of Venice (Italy 1910) and Richard III (UK 1911).

Dobermann (Jan Kounen, 1997?, France) - UK release due 09/30/99

Toll Gate (1920), silent Western starring William S. Hart.  The DVD will also include the Max Sennett parody His Bitter Pill (1916).  Due 4/20 from Image Entertainment.

Robin Hood (Allan Dwan, 1922) & Three Musketeers (Fred Niblo, 1921) starring Douglas Fairbanks, from Kino (DVD).

The Thief (Pavel Chukhrai, 1997, Russia)

two Robert Bresson films in UK releases:  Au Hasard Balthazar & Mouchette

two more Jaques Becker films:  Le Trou (1960, France) & Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997, Norway)

Down Among the Z Men (Maclean Rogers, 1952, UK) - the only film to star all of the Goons; UK release from Second Sight

Master of the House (Carl Dreyer, 1925, Denmark) - UK release from BFI Video

Life on a String (Chen Kaige, 1991, China) - UK release

Landscape After Battle (Andrzej Wadja, 1970, Poland) - UK release due March

Samurai Banners (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1969, Japan) - starring Toshiro Mifune; UK release due March

Kissed (Lynn Stopkewich, 1996, Canada)

Instrument (Jem Cohen, 1998, US) - experimental doc on the band Fugazi

The River (Tsai Ming-Liang, 1997, Taiwan) - UK release (out in Canada a couple of years ago) due March 29

El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1971, Mexico?) - UK release that presumably won't have the optical fogging of the Japanese laser though it will be the same slightly edited version that has aired on the BBC (thanks for this last info go to Redemption)

Le Bossu (Philippe De Broca) - UK release due April

two Dreyer films in UK releases due May:  Ordet and Gertrud

On Connait La Chanson (Alain Resnais, 1997, France) - UK release due June 28

two Mizoguchi films in UK release due July:  Tales of the Taira Clan (1955, Japan) & Story of Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Japan)

Secret Defense (Jacques Rivette, 1998, France?) - UK release

The Student of Prague (Henrik Galeen, 1926, Germany)

Seeking Asylum / Chiedo Asilo (Marco Ferreri, 1979, Italy) starring Roberto Begnini

Don't Touch the White Woman!  (Marco Ferreri, 1974, France/Italy)

Bye Bye Monkey (Marco Ferreri, 1978, France/Italy) letterboxed & filmed in English

The Ape Woman (Marco Ferreri ,1963, France/Italy) - nope, don't know which ending this one has

Terror 2000 (Christoph Schlingensief , 1992, Germany)

The Johnsons (Rudolf Van Den Berg, 1991, Netherlands), from Anchor Bay, tape dubbed but DVD has choice of dubbing or subtitles

Ordered to Love (Werner Klinger, 1961, West Germany)

Stranger from Hong Kong (Jacques Poitrenaud, 1963, France) featuring Serge Gainsbourg

Diary of a Hooker (Paul Verhoeven, 1971, Netherlands) - his first feature

four Seijun Suzuki titles:  Gate of Flesh (1964), Youth of the Beast/Wild Youth (1963), Story of a Prostitute (1965), Fighting Elegy/Elegy to Violence (1966), out now and highly recommended

Chushingura (Werner Herzog, 1998, Japan), video of Saegusa Shigeaki opera, out now.

Mikey and Nicky, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, A Woman Under the Influence, Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes), due September from Anchor Bay.

Two Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971, USA), due October from Anchor Bay.

Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog), due November from Anchor Bay.

The Bells (James Young, 1926, USA) with Paris qui dort/The Crazy Ray (Rene Clair, 1922, France, 22m version), available now from Kino.

Erik the Conqueror (Mario Bava, 1961, Italy/France but filmed in English), out now

The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur, 1918, USA), out now

Films of William S. Hart, Volume 1 (Hart, 1915, USA), out now

The White Sister (Henry King, 1923, USA) complete ten reels (143 min), out now

Journey to the Beginning of the World  (Manoel de Oliveira, 1997, Portugal/France), out now

The Invincibles / Die Sieger (Dominik Graf, 1994, Germany), out now

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