Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (The Circle) has been officially banned from filmmaking since 2010. In a courageous act of artistic and political defiance he has made three features since then: This is Not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013), and now Jafar Panahi's Taxi. In Taxi, he drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema.Bonus Features: 5.1 Surround Sound, Booklet Essay by Filmmaker and Scholar Jamsheed Akrami, Trailer
Wake Up and Kill (aka Wake Up and Die) (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Manufacturer: Arrow Video
During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the machine gun soloist , a name he d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career. Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring s story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role. Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film s star, Gian Maria VolontÃ©, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill s true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut Italian and English soundtracks in unco...
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Brand: KINO INTERNATIONAL
After the death of Victor Frankenstein (Dennis Price), two figures vie for control of his metallic-skinned monster (Fernando Bilbao) and the radical technology that created him: the scientist's daughter, Vera (Beatriz SavÃ³n), and the immortal wizard Cagliostro (Howard Vernon), who is assisted by a blind bird-woman with an unquenchable thirst for blood (Anne Libert).With THEâ€ˆEROTICâ€ˆRITESâ€ˆOFâ€ˆFRANKENSTEIN, controversial filmmaker Jess Franco merged his fondness for old-school horror with his unique and perverse tastes in sex and violence, partly inspired by the garish adult European comics of the early 1970s.Special Features: Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative, Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog, French with optional English subtitles, English dubbed, Original theatrical trailer
Rabin, The Last Day
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber
On the evening of Saturday, November 4th, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated with three bullets at the end of a political rally in the center of Tel-Aviv. His killer, apprehended at the scene, was a 25-year-old student (and observant Jew). The following investigation reveals a frightening world that made this killing possible: a subculture of hate fueled by hysterical rhetoric, paranoia and political intrigue. In Rabin, The Last Day, acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai (Kadosh) masterfully combines staged re-enactments with actual news footage of the shooting (and its aftermath) to create a thought-provoking political thriller.
Pan's Labyrinth (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection
An Academy Award winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro (The Devil s Backbone, Cronos). Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi LÃ³pez), a sadistic captain in General Franco s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES- Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack- Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack- Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007 - New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan s Labyrinth - New interview with actor Doug Jones - Four 2007 making-of documentaries, examining the characters, production, special effects, themes, and m...
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