Hal - The Movie [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Manufacturer: Funimation Brand: Funimation Model: 29089602
From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime. Kurumi s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal s place and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed. Includes a slipcover artbox and three alternate covers with exclusive artwork--that also double as mini-posters on the other side!Comes with 21 minutes of extras including an Actor Commentary, Making Of: Production Process, Making Of: Animatics & Scratch Tracks, Textless Songs, and Trailers.
Diary of a Lost Girl [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Brand: KINO INTERNATIONAL
The second and final collaboration of actress Louise Brooks and director G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box), DIARY OF A LOST GIRL is a provocative adaptation of Margarethe BÃ¶hme's notorious novel, in which the naive daughter of a middle class pharmacist is seduced by her father's assistant, only to be disowned and sent to a repressive home for wayward girls. She escapes, searches for her child, and ends up in a high-class brothel, only to turn the tables on the society which had abused her. It's another tour-de-force performance by Brooks, whom silent film historian Kevin Brownlow calls an actress of brilliance, a luminescent personality and a beauty unparalleled in screen history.Special Features: Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements, and digitally restored, Audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, Director, Louise Brooks Society, Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1930, 18 Min., featuring Louise Brooks)
Haxan (The Criterion Collection)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: CHRISTENSEN,BENJAMIN
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious-instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying "documentary," for the first time ever on DVD. Witchcraft through the ages is explored with dark wit in this silent classic. Writer-director Benjamin Christensen uses a historical study of witchcraft as a jumping-off point for a fascinating film that is part science, part horror, and part social commentary. This Criterion edition uses a beautiful print, a rearrangement of music from the original Danish premiere, and the original Swedish intertitles (with subtitles). Goodies include commentary by Danish film scholar Casper Tybjerg, the option of watching a narrated version without intertitles, and test shots from the film. The test shots, in particular, give insight into the early filmmaking process, as when Christensen uses his own image to try out (and reject) a flying effect. This is a worthy edition to the collection of fans of horror films, silent films, and film in general. --Ali Davis
Liz in September
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video
Based on the classic lesbian play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, the gorgeous drama, Liz in September stars Latina lesbian supermodel Patricia Velasquez and is brought to the screen by esteemed CamÃ©ra d'Or winning director Fina Torres (Woman on Top, Oriana). Every year, Liz (Velasquez), a hardcore party girl and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat. This year is different. She is sick but hates pity, so she hides her terminal illness. When Eva, a young woman outsider arrives, Liz s friends dare her to seduce her. But Eva is deeply wounded by the recent death of her young son, and nothing turns out as expected
The Complete Jacques Tati [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection (Direct) Brand: CRITERION COLLECTIONS
COMPLETE JACQUES TATI (BLU-RAY/B&W/COLOR/FRENCH/ENG SUB/7 DISC/1949-1974)
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