The Leopard (The Criterion Collection)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Model: 16030806
An epic on the grandest scale, Luchino Viscontiâ€™s The Leopard (Il gattopardo) re-creates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italyâ€™s Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster (The Killers, Brute Force), stars as an aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by the gorgeous Alain Delon (Purple Noon, Le samouraÃ¯) and Claudia Cardinale (8 1/2, Once Upon a Time in the West). The Criterion Collection is proud to present The Leopard in two distinct versions: Viscontiâ€™s original and the English-language version released in America.
Fantastic Planet (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Model: 35357493
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director RenÃ© Laloux s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue natives (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack- Alternate English-language soundtrack- Les escargots (1966), an early short film by director RenÃ© Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor- Laloux sauvage, a 2009 documentary on Laloux- Italiques: Roland Topor Special, a 1974 French television program on Topor s work- Archival interviews- Trailer- New English subtitle translation- PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Brooke
Manufacturer: Accent Cinema / Inspired Studios Brand: FACETS VIDEO
RenÃ© Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Special Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul's novel Oms en sÃ©rie [Oms by the Dozen], Laloux's breathtaking vision was released in France as La PlanÃ¨te sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule's 1963 novel). Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques.Fantastic Planet tells the story of Oms, a human-like species, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called Draags. The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms - and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. This release includes the early LaLoux short The Snails.
The Way He Looks
Manufacturer: Strand Releasing Model: 32974321
Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, Daniel Ribeiro's coming of age tale, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who's fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana, grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo.Strand Releasing presents the highly anticipated feature film remake of the award-winning short film I Don't Want To Go Back Alone (Eu NÃ£o Quero Voltar Sozinho) by Daniel Ribeiro. Winner of 7 Audience Awards for Best Feature Film! Official Brazilian Entry - Foreign Language Film - 87th Academy AwardsSpecs:Dolby Digital 5.1English SubtitlesSpanish SubtitlesAudio Descriptive Track in EnglishBonus Features: Behind-the-Scenes Deleted Scenes Interview with Cast and Crew Short Film: I Don't Want To Go Back Alone Original Theatrical Trailer
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Color: Black & White
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screenâ€™s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.
Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Model: 28445633
Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (THE SUN) broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman BÃ¼ttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot. T...
In the Realm of the Senses (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Brand: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Model: 4950902 Color: color
Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone.SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New, restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrackNew audio commentary with film scholar Tony RaynsNew interview with actor Tatsuya FujiA 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer, Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko AsakuraDeleted footageU.S. trailerNew and improved English subtitle translationPLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima
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