Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran) brings eight of the beloved director s own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master s unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker s imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Masaharu Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack - New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince - Making of Dreams (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on-set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi - New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi - New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami - Kurosawa s Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by director Akira Kurosawa s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Alejandro G. IÃ±Ã¡rritu, Bong Joon-ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, Julie Taymor, Shin ya Tsukamoto, and John Woo - Trailer - New English subtitle translation - PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami
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The birth of the bloody and controversial Italian Cannibal sub-genre starts here, withthis notorious 1972 Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox, Nightmare City) directed survivalistshocker, presented in its completely uncut, outrageously violent version. Sacrifice! (akaThe Man From Deep River, Deep River Savages) stars Eurohorror legend Ivan Rassimov(Mario Bava s Shock, Lamberto Bava s Blade of the Ripper) as photographer John Bradley,who ventures into the heart of Thailand s jungles and is kidnapped by a ruthless nativetribe. As Bradley fights for his life, he eventually catches the eye of the Chief s daughter(the beautiful Me Me Lai, who also appears Lenzi s 1980 gut-muncher Eaten Alive!) and,after marrying her, and after several bouts of brutality, eventually wins the natives respect. Complications arise, however, when the neighboring clan, a horde of bloodthirsty,flesh-hungry cannibals, begin sniffing around, licking their lips at the sight Bradley and hisnewly conquered tribe mates... Taking its cues from Gualitiero Jacopetti s hugely popularMondo Cane films and its many imitators as well as Elliot Silverstein s similarly plotted hitA Man Called Horse, Lenzi s paean to primitive pain was branded a Video Nasty in the UKdue to its relentless brutality, disturbing scenes of cannibalism and upsetting sequencesof real-life animal death. Less exploitative than Ruggero Deodato s Cannibal Holocaustand Lenzi s own Cannibal Ferox but no less intense, Sacrifice!Special Features: Documentar...
JANE B. PAR AGNES V.: â€œ Iâ€™ll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap â€, whispers Jane Birkin shyly into AgnÃ¨s Vardaâ€™s ear at the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and VAGABOND once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously Expressionistic way. â€œ Itâ€™s like an imaginary bio-pic,â€ says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer (â€œ Je tâ€™aime â€¦ Moi non plus â€), actress (BLOW UP), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÃˆS V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences. In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkinâ€™s talent. â€œ Iâ€™d like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else, â€ says Birkin. But her wish to be a â€œ famous nobody â€ is impossible to achieve; Birkin is simply too magnificent, too mesmerizing. Here, Vardaâ€™s signature mix of aesthetic innovation and generosity of emotion results in a surreal and captivating essay on Art, Fame, Love, Children and Staircases. For its first-ever U.S. theatrical release the film has been newly-restored from the original 35mm camera nega...
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals - suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers - unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.Over six years in the making, director Na Hong-jin s meticulously crafted follow-up to the globally acclaimed THE YELLOW SEA and THE CHASER (his third to premiere at the Festival de Cannes) smashed box office records upon its debut in South Korea, where fans are already making return viewings to catch new clues and debate what s sure to be the most talked-about ending of 2016.EXTRASMaking of THE WAILINGThe Beginning of THE WAILINGTrailerLanguage: Korean (original)Subtitles: English
Beautifully restored in HD, this classic film is now released for the first time in North America on Blu Ray. Ono Masahiko is an unlucky gas station attendant who belongs to a losing junior baseball team. When the local yakuza threaten and capture his coach, he and a friend get more than they bargained for when they travel to Okinawa seeking revenge. This is the second feature film from renowned action auteur Takeshi "Beat" Kitano. New Collector's Edition art by Benjamin Marra, the influential comic creator and artist, commissioned exclusively for retrospective screenings and the Blu Ray/DVD re-release. Bonus Features, include: 20-minute featurette, Okinawa Days: Takeshi's Second Debut; Original Boiling Point trailer. Package, includes: Collector's Booklet, featuring film essay by Tom Vick, the Asian film Curator for the Freer and Sackler Galleries (The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art); cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.
Within the French secret service operates a clandestine branch of undercover agents. Dispatched to key locations all around the world and living under false identities for years at a time, their mission is to seek out and identify potential sources. In order to fulfill their mission, their false identities must be totally undetectable and highly elaborate. These fabricated identities are called legends . Creating them takes months of work, maintaining them takes discipline. All this and more lies deep in the heart of the most confidential branch of the secret service: The Bureau.Bonus Features: English Subtitles, 5.1 Surround Sound
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, but at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the winner will wear the victorious signet ring: the 'Chevalier'.
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant. Mia Madre premiered in the Main Competition of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won Ecumenical Jury prize while Margherita Buy received the Best Actress prize at Italy s 2015 Donatello Awards. Characteristically self-reflexive and autobiographical, Moretti s latest speaks to the poignancy of human transience, how we process loss and how we gain strength through humor.