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The Garden of the Finzi Contini | DVD | (08/08/2011)
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The celebrated director of neoreliast masterpieces including Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine Vittorio De Sica once again stuck gold in 1970. After ten years of trying he finally adapted Giorgio Bassani's celebrated novel to great acclaim and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Set at the outbreak of War De Sica's film tells the story of the Finzi-Continis an aristocratic Jewish family protected by the walls of their idyllic estate. Whilst outside Mussolini bans Jews from tennis courts the Finzi-Continis are not worried as they rally on their own living in their dreamland. Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) is the middle-class Jew in love with his childhood friend Micol (Dominique Sanda) of the Finzi-Contini family but she is in love with a gentile and wanting of experiences outlawed by the new government. With Giorgio's separation of Micol De Sica tracks the loss of an idyllic way of life from the tennis courts to the waiting rooms where Jews await transportation to the concentration camps. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica's autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi Contini on DVD for the first time in the UK.
1900 - Novecento | DVD | (28/07/2008)
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A history of Italy from 1900 to 1945 is reflected through the friendship of two men across class lines. 1900 is a monumental epic about the political turmoil between WWI and WWII created in the spirit of Once Upon A Time in America.
Cabo Blanco / U.S. Marshall | DVD | (01/03/2000)
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Special Double Feature: CABO BLANCO Gifford Hoyt expatriate American marlin fisherman and owner of the Club El Alto has come to Cabo Blanco to escape the world and its worries. But with the arrival of a British ship and a beautiful French widow Marie DeVries who is in search of the fate of her husband there is an ever menacing presence of ex-Nazi Gunther Beckdorff that combines to throw the sleepy fishing village into a climax of explosive action and adventure. U.S. MA
The Crimson Rivers | DVD | (26/11/2001)
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The Crimson Rivers is an openly acknowledged French attempt to make a big Hollywood-style serial-killer thriller. Jean--Ronin(1997)--Reno is Niemans, who while investigating the case of a horrifically mutilated body finds himself partnered with Kerkerian, a younger detective played by Vincent Cassell, (La Haine). Set in beautiful mountain country and shot in CinemaScope by Thierry Arbogast (Leon), it looks fabulous. Kassovitz packs the frame with stylish flourishes from a breathtaking helicopter shot in homage to The Shining (1980), to a lavish stairwell tracking shot inspired by Vertigo (1958). With a sumptuously layered score and some superbly achieved special effects The Crimson Rivers has all the expensive sheen of the American movies it imitates. Unfortunately it also proves Europeans can make films as technically accomplished but ludicrously plotted as Hollywood can: for what begins as a tense and unsettling police procedural, mutates into an action movie where the details make no sense. Even the Boys From Brazil inspired plot is ludicrous. Demonstrating Kassovitz has seen plenty of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento movies, The Crimson Rivers entertains despite its own absurdity, and should see the director following Luc Besson to Hollywood to make even bigger and dumber blockbusters. On the DVD: Despite not being labelled a special edition this two disc set is one of the most impressive releases on DVD this year; all the more remarkable for being a French film barely seen in UK cinemas. The 2.35-1 anamorphically enhanced transfer is virtually flawless while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is superb. Apart from the original French soundtrack there are English and Spanish dubbed versions, and subtitles in 20 languages (including English and French). The first disc includes three trailers, plus three more for other Columbia releases, and two commentary tracks. The first features Reno, Cassel and Kassovitz--all talking at full speed providing a wealth of information. The second--a commentary by composer Bruno Coulais--offers a real insight into the use of music in film as he explains his approach to specific scenes and his overall philosophy of film scoring. This track also features the score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1, though Colais does talk over the beginning of some cues. The second disc contains over two hours of documentary material. First is a serious 52-minute making-of, in which cast and director explain how the film was constantly re-written, going so far as to admit it makes no sense. Further documentaries are on "The Scalpel Scene" (26 min) and the "making of the corpse" (9 min) used in the opening scenes. There is seven minutes on shooting the martial arts fight, with or without commentary, nine minutes on shooting the car chase and a section playing the chase alongside the original storyboards, with or without commentary. A documentary on filming the mountain climax (10 min) and a further documentary on creating a digital avalanche (15 min), plus a multi-angle feature presenting the scene as storyboards, edited rushes, special effects or outtakes. The Production Designer archives (13 min) covers the sets. Additionally there is footage from the Far East promotional tour, a poster gallery, filmographies of Cassel, Reno and Kassovitz, the complete storyboards for four sequences, including the never-filmed originally planned opening and a gallery of on-set still photographs. It's a veritable "how to make a blockbuster" on two shiny discs. --Gary S Dalkin
Conversation Piece (1974) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (15/08/2016)
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Eureka Entertainment to release Luchino Visconti's CONVERSATION PIECE, a heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy starring Burt Lancaster and an international ensemble cast, in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on 15 August 2016. Eleven years after The Leopard, the revered Italian maestro Luchino Visconti reteamed with the iconic Burt Lancaster on the lavish Conversation Piece [Gruppo di famiglia in un interno]. A retired American professor (Lancaster) lives a solitary and luxurious life in a house in Rome. His world takes an unexpected turn when he is forced to rent part of his house to a countess and her companions: a lover, a daughter and the daughter's boyfriend. Forced into interaction with the unruly younger group, the professor's growing fascination begins to stir the possibilities of a life he had previously kept at arm's length. A sumptuous, grandly enjoyable chamber drama with a wry sense of humour, Conversation Piece features an international ensemble cast including Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Visconti's penultimate film in a new dual-format edition from a brand new 2K restoration. Click Images to Enlarge
Damnation Alley | Blu Ray | (29/01/2018)
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The world is devastated by a nuclear holocaust, causing the Earth to tilt on its axis and bringing vast meteorological chaos. As the weather stabilizes, mutated insects start to emerge, preying on the survivors. The surviving crew at a U.S. Air Force bomb shelter in the Mojave Desert picks up radio signals coming from Albany. The commander, Major Eugene Denton (George Peppard, The A-Team), unveils two armored vehicles he has constructed and announces a plan to cross Damnation Alley, the hundred-mile-wide strip between areas of radiation hazard, to join the survivors. They set off, taking on two civilians, a novice singer they find in the ruins of Las Vegas and a wild teenager (Jackie Earle Haley,Watchmen), along the way. The journey is also beset by giant mutated cockroaches, storms and crazed survivalists, making for some hair-raising escapes in this post-apocalyptic thriller. Extras: High Definition Transfer Audio Commentary with Film Expert Paul Talbot Audio commentary with Producer, Paul Maslansky Survival Run: A look at the challenges of adapting the celebrated novel with Co-creenwriter, Alan Sharp Road To Hell:Producer, Jerome Zeitman details the process of making the film and the difficulties it encountered along the way Landmaster Tales: a detailed examination of the now-famous Landmaster Vehicle from the film with Stunt Coordinator and Car Designer Dean Jeffries Original Theatrical Trailer
The Conformist | Blu Ray | (27/02/2012)
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At the peak of his creative powers the 29 year old Bernardo Bertolucci, eschewed the influence of mentor, Jean-Luc Godard and partnered up with Vittorio Storaro and developed his own style for one of the most visually dazzling, politically and psychologically intriguing and possibly greatest of all Italian films.Told in a non linear structure that would go on to influence The Godfather Part II (not the only influence on Coppola’s film), the story begins in Rome, 1938. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a young fascist who takes on the job of assassinating his former professor who has fled to Paris. With his girlfriend (Stefania Sandrelli) in tow he meets the professor and his young wife (Dominique Sanda). A thriller as well as study of Italian politics and psychological character, Bertolucci’s Oscar nominated adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel (an adaptation Moravia greatly admired) has gone on to influence filmmakers such as Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann and remains one of the great triumphs of world cinema.Arrow Academy is proud to present Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
Damnation Alley (1977) Reg 2 DVD | DVD | (26/09/2011)
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This cult classic apocalyptic pre Mad Max is available for the first time on region 2 dvd. A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way.
Going Away | DVD | (29/09/2014)
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Caboblanco | DVD | (08/09/2008)
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Offshore near Caboblanco Peru an explorer of sea wrecks is murdered. However local authorities decide that the official cause of death is ""accidental drowning."" Among the skeptical is Giff Hoyt (Charles Bronson) an expatriate American longtime Caboblanco resident and popular innkeeper. Giff's interest is further piqued when Marie (Dominique Sanda) arrives in town. Her passport is confiscated by the corrupt authority (Fernando Rey) and Giff protests. Furthermore a Nazi named Beckdorff (Jason Robards) lives in a well-fortified compound near town and he might be responsible for the explorer's death. Beckdorff himself seeks sunken treasure in the area as well as protection from local interference. Can Giff Hoyt stifle the evil Beckdorff save the lovely Marie and possibly even locate sunken treasure?