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Old 16th April 2020, 07:41 PM
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'The Last Waltz' - Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Amazon UK - £14.70

Release date: June 22nd

"Perhaps the greatest rock documentary ever made, Martin Scorsese s The Last Waltz captures what was advertised as legendary rock group The Band s final farewell concert appearance. Joined on stage by more than a dozen special guests, including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Joni Mitchell, The Last Waltz started as a concert, but it became a celebration.

Interspersed with candid discussions between director Scorsese and members of The Band, The Last Waltz has been called "the greatest rock concert movie ever made - and maybe the best rock movie, period", and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this iconic documentary on Blu-ray.

And remember, "This film should be played loud!"

THE BAND BOB DYLAN | ERIC CLAPTON | NEIL YOUNG | JONI MITCHELL | VAN MORRISON | NEIL DIAMOND | EMMYLOU HARRIS | MUDDY WATERS | THE STAPLES | RINGO STARR | RON WOOD | DR. JOHN | PAUL BUTTERFIELD | RONNIE HAWKINS"


Special features:
  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • PCM 5.1 Audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Martin Scorsese and Musician Robbie Robertson
  • Audio Commentary by The Band members Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, journalists Jay Cocks and Greil Marcus, creative consultant Mardik Martin, producers Jonathan Taplin and Steven Prince, Cameraman Michael Chapman, Music Producer John Simon, Irwin Winkler and performers Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Ronnie Hawkins (includes optional subtitles identifying who is talking)
  • Revisiting The Last Waltz [22 mins]
  • Archival Outtakes
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: A collector s booklet including essays and archival writing on the film

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'A Foreign Affair' - Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Eureka direct - £14.99

Release date: June 22nd

"From the inimitable Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend) comes this classic comedy that mixes romance with hard-boiled wit in a story about stiff-necked Iowa congresswoman Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur – Shane) mired in jaded postwar Berlin.

As she investigates the morale of American troops, Phoebe is cynically wooed by fellow Iowan Captain John Pringle (John Lund), who is trying to cover up his affair with Nazi-tainted chanteuse Erika von Schlütow (Marlene Dietrich – Witness for the Prosecution, The Blue Angel).

Filled with sharp dialogue and satiric jabs, A Foreign Affair is one of Wilder’s most beloved comedies, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray."


Special features:
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
  • New video piece on the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Archival interview with Billy Wilder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; a new essay by critic Richard Combs; and more!

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Old 16th April 2020, 07:49 PM
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'A Fistful Of Dynamite (AKA Duck You Sucker!)' - 2 Disc Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Amazon UK - £14.99

Release date: May 11th

"From Sergio Leone, the acclaimed director of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West comes his final Western, A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker!) and released in some territories as Once Upon A Time... the Revolution.

Starring acting giants Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) as Juan Miranda, an amoral peasant-turned-outlaw, and James Coburn (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) as John Mallory, a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary who has fled to Mexico after becoming a fugitive in his own country. Together, they're a devilishly volatile mix of anti-establishment philosophies and violent tendencies as they attempt to liberate political prisoners, defend their compatriots against a well-equipped militia, and risk their lives on a train filled with explosives.

Featuring a haunting and rousing score by iconic composer Ennio Morricone, A Fistful of Dynamite has risen in stature over the years and is now recognised alongside The Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon A Time in the West as a true masterpiece."


Special features:
  • Two versions of the film presented in 1080p across two Blu-ray disc, including a transfer from the 2K restoration completed by Cineteca di Bologna in 2009.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Original Mono Audio available on both versions
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Sir. Christopher Frayling
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with film critic and writer Kim Newman
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • The Myth of Revolution [22 mins] Sir Christopher Frayling on Duck, You Sucker!
  • Sergio Donati Remembers Duck, You Sucker! [7 mins]
  • Sorting Out The Versions: An Analysis of Duck, You Sucker! [12 mins]
  • Once Upon A Time in Italy [6 mins] featurette
  • Restoration, Italian Style [6 mins]
  • Location Comparisons [9 mins]
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A collector s booklet featuring writing on the film by Simon Ward, and western authority Howard Hughes

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Old 16th April 2020, 07:54 PM
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'The Specialists' - Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Eureka direct - £14.99

Release date: May 18th

"From Sergio Corbucci, the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes Gli Specialisti (The Specialists, aka Drop Them or I’ll Shoot), a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday (The Man on the Train, Détective, Vengeance).

Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend.

Also starring Gastone Moschin (The Conformist, Caliber 9), Françoise Fabian (Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud’s), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma (The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration"


Special features:
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 Units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from an incredible 4K restoration
  • Restored Italian and French audio options
  • Rarely heard English dub track
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • Trailer
  • A LIMITED EDITION collector’s booklet featuring new writing by western authority Howard Hughes on both the film, and the “French-western” sub-genre

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Old 16th April 2020, 07:57 PM
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'The Thousand Eyes Of Dr. Mabuse' - Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Eureka direct - £14.99

Release date: May 11th

"After enjoying fantastic success with Fritz Lang’s two-part “Indian Epic” in 1959, German producer Artur Brauner signed the great director to direct one more film. The result would be the picture that, in closing the saga he began nearly forty years earlier, brought Lang’s career full-circle, and would come to represent his final celluloid testament—by extension: his final film masterpiece.

Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse [The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse] finds that diabolical Weimar name resurfacing in the Cold War era, linked to a new methodology of murder and mayhem. Seances, assassinations, and Nazi-engineered surveillance tech—all abound in Lang’s paranoid, and ultimate, filmic labyrinth.

One of the great and cherished “last films” in the history of cinema, Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse provides a stylistic glimpse into the 1960s works on such subjects as sex-crime, youth-culture, and LSD that Lang would unfortunately never come to realise. Nonetheless, Lang’s final film remains an explosive, and definitive, closing statement. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fritz Lang’s final film on Blu-ray."


Special features:
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 Units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Original German soundtrack
  • Optional English audio track, approved by Fritz Lang
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary by film-scholar and Lang expert David Kalat
  • 2002 interview with Wolfgang Preiss
  • Alternate ending
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned and original poster artwork
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; vintage reprints of writing by Lang; an essay by David Cairns; notes by Lotte Eisner on Lang’s final, unrealised projects

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Old 26th April 2020, 03:46 PM
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'Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain' - Limited edition Blu-Ray - Pre-order available at Amazon UK - £15.65
  • Zu: Time Warrior [93 mins] the export cut of the film produced for European theatres, featuring a wraparound segment with Yuen Biao as a modern-day college student who is transported, Wizard of Oz style, to 10th Century China
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"The International release (97 minutes) titled “Zu: Time Warrior” with nearly 35 minutes of wraparound footage at the expensive of an equal amount of footage, parts of the plot changed in the dialogue, and the removal of the opening battle sequence which also features a second role for Sammo Hung. "
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I would imagine this is going to be very popular!

'THREE EDGAR ALLAN POE ADAPTATIONS STARRING BELA LUGOSI' - Blu-Ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £27.99

Release date: July 20th

"This trio of classic 1930s horror films — Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, and The Raven — is also distinguished by a trio of factors regarding their production. Most notably, each film is based on a work by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the legendary wave of horror films made by Universal Pictures in the 30s, all three feature dynamic performances from Dracula‘s Bela Lugosi, with two of them also enlivened by the appearance of Frankenstein‘s Boris Karloff. And finally, all three benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code’s rigid guidelines for moral content.

Director Robert Florey, who gave the Marx Brothers their cinema start with The Cocoanuts in 1929, worked with Metropolis cinematographer Karl Freund to give a German Expressionism look to Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), with Lugosi as a mad scientist running a twisted carnival sideshow in 19th-century Paris, and murdering women to find a mate for his talking ape main attraction. Lugosi and Karloff teamed forces for the first time in The Black Cat, a nightmarish psychodrama that became Universal’s biggest hit of 1934, with Detour director Edgar G. Ulmer bringing a feverish flair to the tale of a satanic, necrophiliac architect (Karloff) locked in battle with an old friend (Lugosi) in search of his family. Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers made 1935’s The Raven so grotesque that all American horror films were banned in the U.K. for two years in its wake. Specifically referencing Poe within its story, Lugosi is a plastic surgeon obsessed with the writer, who tortures fleeing murderer Karloff through monstrous medical means.

Significant and still unsettling early works of American studio horror filmmaking, these three Pre-Code chillers demonstrate the enduring power of Poe’s work, and the equally continuous appeal of classic Universal horror’s two most iconic stars."


Special features:
  • Limited Edition Set [2000 copies]
  • O-Card Slipcase
  • 48-PAGE collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film critic and writer Jon Towlson; a new essay by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and rare archival imagery and ephemera
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations for all three films, with The Raven presented from a 2K scan of the original film elements
  • Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio tracks
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue – Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
  • The Black Cat – Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
  • The Black Cat – Audio commentary by Amy Simmons
  • The Raven – Audio commentary by Gary D. Rhodes
  • The Raven – Audio commentary by Samm Deighan
  • Cats In Horror – a video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin
  • New interview with critic and author Kim Newman
  • American Gothic – a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • “The Black Cat” episode of radio series Mystery In The Air, starring Peter Lorre
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” episode of radio series Inner Sanctum Mysteries, starring Boris Karloff
  • Bela Lugosi reads “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • Vintage footage

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'Mr. Vampire' - Blu-Ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £15.99

Release date: July 20th

"One of the most genre-defining (not to mention genre-defying!) horror-comedies imaginable, and one of the key Hong Kong blockbuster hits of the 1980s, the popularity and influence of Mr. Vampirecannot be overstated. Spawning at least four sequels and countless spin-offs and imitations, this Hong Kong horror-comedy to end them all was an understandable crowd-pleasing sensation, and triggered a wave of jiangshi (“hopping vampire”) movies. Produced by the legendary Sammo Hung, the original Mr. Vampire is essential viewing for anyone interested in the 80s golden age of Hong Kong cinema.

In a career-making performance, the late Lam Ching-ying is Master Kau, expert on all matters of the supernatural. When Kau and his two bumbling students, Man Choi (famous comedian Ricky Hui) and Chou (Fist of Legend‘s Chin Siu-ho), exhume a corpse for reburial, things go frighteningly and hilariously awry when the cadaver is revealed to be a hopping vampire. With the undead on the loose, Master Kau is blamed for the chaos, and must work with his students to put the spirits to rest before the vampire’s own granddaughter (80s Hong Kong action icon Moon Lee) gets bitten. Fighting the vampires with everything from sticky rice to filing down the bloodsucker’s fangs, the trio must defeat an increasing number of ghoulish dangers.

Director Ricky Lau would go on to make several more Mr. Vampire successors (as well as the related Sammo Hung sequel Encounters of the Spooky Kind II, with Lam Ching-ying as another vampire-battling master), but nothing tops the original for its classic fusion of screams and laughs, and it has never looked as eye-poppingly, vampire-hoppingly beautiful as this new Blu-ray special edition."


Special features:
  • Limited Edition O-CARD with new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 units]
  • Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film [2000 units]
  • 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Original Cantonese audio (original mono presentation)
  • English dub track produced for the film’s original European home video release
  • English dub track produced for the film’s original American home video release
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Alternate end credits
  • Archival interview with Chin Siu-Hou [40 mins]
  • Archival interview with Moon Lee [15 mins]
  • Archival interview with Ricky Lau [12 mins]
  • Original Hong Kong Trailer

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Poe Set::::: GETTING PURCHASED!!!!

Mr Vampire: Probably getting purchased as when I was in secondary school (1992-1997), some kid who was obsessed with Monty Python & Pervarella kept recommending this. Never managed to see it so will probably buy to see what the fuss is about.

Simply amazing releases!!!!
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Not bought anything for a while but that Poe set is a must.

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