The Sissi Collection
Manufacturer: Koch Lorber Films Brand: Koch International
At the age of seventeen, Romy Schneider became an international star through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka. While she would go on to work with some of the most influential and daring European directors of the era, Schneider will always be remembered by this defining role. Now for the first time on DVD, KOCH LORBER Films proudly presents the restored "Sissi Trilogy" (Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress) in its entirety along with the U.S. theatrically released, English-language dubbed version, Forever My Love, and Victoria in Dover (The Story of Vickie), a precursor to the trilogy in which Schneider plays Britainâ€™s Princess Victoria. The Sissi trilogy presents through heartwarming storytelling and undeniable visual beauty a Cinderella story in scrupulous detail, in three chronologically biographical films that, together, take nearly six hours to watch. Made between 1955-1957 by German director Ernst Marischka, Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, and Sissi: The Fateful Years of An Empress chronicle, in not-strictly historical terms, Elisabeth of Bavaria's marriage to her cousin, Franz Josef (Karlheinz BÃ¶hm), for which she is crowned Princess of Austria and, later, Queen of Hungary. Nicknamed Sissi (Romy Schneider), Elisabeth possesses fairy tale beauty and charm, from her early days in her Austrian schlosse, where she raises dachshunds, doves, and...
Ikiru (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection (Direct) Brand: CRITERION COLLECTIONS Model: 34392706
One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai),Â IkiruÂ presents the director at his most compassionateâ€”affirming life through an exploration of death. Takashi Shimura (Rashomon) beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two-part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision,Â IkiruÂ is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURESÂ â€¢ New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack â€¢ Audio commentary from 2004 by Stephen Prince, author ofÂ The Warriorâ€™s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa â€¢Â A Message from Akira KurosawaÂ (2000), a ninety-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with Kurosawa â€¢ Documentary onÂ IkiruÂ from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks seriesÂ Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create,Â and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others â€¢ Trailer â€¢ Essays by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer and critic Donald Richie
The Wages Of Fear (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Brand: Image Entertainment Color: black & white
In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their expensive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur) is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France s legendary master of suspense Henri Georges-Clouzot.BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:Restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrackVideo interviews with assistant director Michel Romanoff and Henri-Georges Clouzot biographer Marc GodinInterview with Yves Montand from 1988Henri-Georges Clouzot: The Enlightened Tyrant, a 2004 documentary on the director s careerCensored, an analysis of cuts made to the film for its 1955 U.S. releasePLUS: An booklet featuring an essay by novelist Dennis Lehane
The Samurai Trilogy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Brand: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT Color: color
The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki (The Rickshaw Man) and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai), was one of Japanâ€™s most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel thatâ€™s often called Japanâ€™s Gone with the Wind, this sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary seventeenth-century swordsman (and writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. With these three filmsâ€”1954â€™s Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955â€™s Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956â€™s Duel at Ganryu Islandâ€”Inagaki created a passionate epic thatâ€™s equal parts tender love story and bloody action.
Criterion Collection: Tokyo Story [Blu-ray]
Tokyo Story (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Color: black & white
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring). The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the directorâ€™s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu (There Was a Father) and Setsuko Hara (Late Autumn), Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the directorâ€™s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinemaâ€™s mightiest masterpieces.
Criterion Collection: Hidden Fortress [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Brand: CRITERION COLLECTIONS Model: 35176748
Two medieval misfits help a beaten Japanese warlord and his princess escape with the royal gold. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Kill Zone (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: The Weinstein Company Brand: iNetVideo
One of the most accomplished action-thrillers to emerge in the last decade, Kill Zone features an all-star cast including Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and Simon Yam in a compelling thrill-ride where two veteran detectives rage war against a secret criminal empire.
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