Black Orpheus (The Criterion Collection)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festivalâ€™s Palme dâ€™Or, Marcel Camusâ€™ Black Orpehus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpehus was a cultural event, kicking off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning. Blame it on the bossa nova. French director Marcel Camus created an international sensation, and a craze for all things Brazilian, when he released Black Orpheus in 1959. Black Orpheus, based on a play by Vinicius de Moraes, is a valentine to Rio, Carnaval, and the infectious sounds of salsa and the then-just-emerging sultry bossa nova. When it was released, despite having won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus had not been widely known, but after it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, audiences worldwide sparked to its joyous cinematography and unforgettable soundtrack. Much as Leonard Bernstein did two years later with Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, Camus takes a centuries-old tale of love and doom, the Greek legend of Orpheus, and sets it in modern times, against an unforgettable musical backdrop. The actors are all splendid, including Breno Mello making his screen debut as Orfeo, a streetcar conductor musician with an untamed heart. The American-born Marpessa Dawn, who had been acting in Franc...
Battle Royale: Colect Bdrpk V2 [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: ANCHOR BAY Brand: TCFHE/ANCHOR BAY/STARZ Model: 24259571
One Of The Most Controversial Film Series Of All TimeNow Available For The First Time In AmericaIn 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed BATTLE ROYALE, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards, launched a global phenomenon, and banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Three years later, the equally disturbing sequel -- featuring a new class, new rules, and a brutal terrorist plot by the first film's young survivors -- triggered its own tragic firestorm around the world. Now for the first time ever, you can see it all: Experience the entire BATTLE ROYALE saga on 4 discs -- including more than 3 hours of definitive Special Features -- that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history. ''My favorite movie of the last 20 yearsâ€¦I wish I had made this movie.'' - Quentin Tarantino''If you love The Hunger Games, Battle Royale sets the stage. One of the best - and most violent - genre films ever made. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.'' - Entertainment Weekly
Manufacturer: Alliance Atlantis Brand: Buena Vista Home Video
Cheered by critics and audiences everywhere, IL POSTINO (THE POSTMAN) is the record-breaking Academy Award(R)-winning (Best Dramatic Score, 1995) romantic comedy that delivers heartfelt laughs! Mario is a bumbling mailman who's madly in love with the most beautiful woman in town ... and who's too shy to tell her how he feels. But when a world-famous poet -- Pablo Neruda -- moves into town, Mario is inspired. With Neruda's help, he finds the right words to win the woman's heart! This unforgettably funny comedy proves that passion ... with some artful deception ... can win the most improbable love!
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Brand: KINO INTERNATIONAL Model: 33436355
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red.The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.Special Features: Booklet Essay by Eric Kohn, Deleted Scenes, Stills Gallery, Trailer, Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA's Contenders Series
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Brand: KINO INTERNATIONAL Model: 33436354
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red.The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.Special Features: Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Collectible Graphic Novels with essay by Eric Kohn, Deleted Scenes, Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA's Contenders Series. Stills Gallery, Trailer, VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand
The 400 Blows (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection (Direct) Model: 28934680
Neglected by his parents, Paris schoolboy Antoine Doinel runs away from home and turns to petty crime.
The Assassin [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Well Go USA Brand: WELL GO USA INC Model: 34972495
Celebrated Taiwanese Master Director Hou Hsiao-hsien's long-awaited return to the screen tells the story of Yie Ninniang (Shu Qi), a General's daughter, kidnapped as a child and trained by a nun in the deadly arts- only to be sent home on a bloody mission of revenge, with her betrothed (Chang Chen) as the target.DVD EXTRASBehind the ScenesTrailerEnglish SubtitlesFrench Subtitles
Clannad: Complete first season [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Section23 Films Brand: ADV Films Model: 814131011718
Tortured by his past and pained by an uncertain future, Tomoya drifts through life with an almost overwhelming anger and emptiness. But when he meets the mysterious, charming and shy Nagisa, his world seems to change. Drawn in by her gentle but lonely spirit, he begins to experience the joy life can bring. But as he discovers the reason for his newfound friend's loneliness, Tomoya also finds that life can be frighteningly fragile. Poignant. Compelling. Heartbreaking. Clannad is one of the most cherished anime of all time. And now it's available for the first time in beautiful, high-definition clarity. The romantic comedy Clannad began as an online visual novel developed by Key in 2004 that was adapted to manga, CDs, a feature film, and this 2007 television series. Bitterly disillusioned high school senior Tomoya Okazaki was recruited by Hikarisaka High as a potential basketball star, but he injured his shoulder in a fight with his alcoholic father and can no longer play. As a self-described delinquent and slacker, he shows up late, plays hooky with his friend Sunohara, and sleeps in class--unthinkable misconduct in the formal Japanese school system. But he's really a very nice guy, as he reveals when he strikes up a conversation with Nagisa Furukawa, a diffident girl who's repeating her senior year after a serious illness. As Okazaki helps Nagisa realize her dream of reviving the school drama club, he gets involved with an assortment of odd characters: reclusive, brilliant Ko...
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