Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn's classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: The Black Hair, The Woman of the Snow, Hoichi the Earless, and In a Cup of Tea. Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi's masterpiece on Blu-ray. Special Features: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Criterion's 2K digital restoration of Kobayashi's original director's cut Original monaural Japanese soundtrack Optional English subtitles Kim Newman on Kwaidan a new interview with the film critic and writer Shadowings [35 mins] a new video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson Original trailers PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring reprints of Lafcadio Hearn's original ghost stories; a survey of the life and career of Masaki Kobayashi by Linda Hoaglund ; and a wide ranging interview with the filmmaker, the last he'd ever give
One of the most visually striking of all the later silent films, The Man Who Laughs reunites German Expressionism director Paul Leni and cinematographer Gilbert Warrenton from their horror hit the previous year, The Cat and the Canary (1927). Both films are often considered to be among the earliest works of legendary horror classics from Universal Studios, yet the undeniably eerie The Man Who Laughs is more accurately described as a Gothic melodrama. However, its influence on the genre and the intensity of the imageryart director Charles Hall and makeup genius Jack Pierce would go on to define the look of those 1930s Universal horror landmarkshave redefined it as an early horror classic, bolstered by one of the most memorable performances of the period. Adapted from the Victor Hugo novel, The Man Who Laughs is Gwynplaine (an extraordinary Conrad Veidt), a carnival sideshow performer in 17th-century England, his face mutilated into a permanent, ghoulish grin by his executed father's royal court enemies. Gwynplaine struggles through life with the blind Dea (Phantom of the Opera's Mary Philbin) as his companion though she is unable to see it, his disfigurement still causes Gwynplaine to believe he is unworthy of her love. But when his proper royal lineage becomes known by Queen Anne, Gwynplaine must choose between regaining a life of privilege, or embracing a new life of freedom with Dea. The startling makeup on Veidt was the acknowledged direct inspiration for The Joker in the 1940 Batman comic that introduced the character, and film versions of The Joker have been even more specific in their references to Leni's film. While The Man Who Laughs contains powerful elements of tragedy, doomed romance, and even swashbuckling swordplay, its influence on horror cinema is most pronounced. Leni died suddenly at the age of 44 a year after this film (with Veidt also unexpectedly passing away too soon in 1943), and The Man Who Laughs endures as one of the most haunting and stylish American silent films, made just as that era was coming to a close. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on home video for the first time ever in the UK. Special Features: LIMITED EDITION O CARD (2000 UNITS) 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Universal's 4K restoration Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 (stereo) score by the Berklee School of Music Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 (mono) 1928 movietone score A brand new interview with author and horror expert Kim Newman A brand new video essay by David Cairns Paul Leni and The Man Who Laughs featurette on the production of the film Rare stills gallery A collector's booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford, and Richard Combs
From Nicholas Pileggi's true-life best-seller Wiseguy, GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Directed and cowritten by Martin Scorsese, it was judged 1990's Best Picture by the New York, Los Angeles and National Societies of Film Critics and named to the American Film Institute's Top-100 American Films List. Electrifying performances abound, and from a standout cast that includes Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino, Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Academy AwardÂ®*. It bristles with passion, wit and style and endures as an American classic (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). This limited edition set includes: Goodfellas in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray feature and bonus disc Limited Edition SteelBook Case Exclusive Enamel Pin Mama Scorsese's Meat Sauce & Meatball Recipe Special Features: TWO COMMENTARIES: Cast and Crew Cop and Crook DOCUMENTARY INCLUDING INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR, CASTAND SOME OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE MOVIE GANGSTERS! Join some of Martin Scorsese's greatest gangsters Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson and Joe Pesci to discover what it's like to act for perhaps the greatest gangster director of them all. Getting Made Made Man The Workaday Gangster Paper Is Cheaper Than Film Theatrical Trailer And More!
4 ESSENTIAL FILMS FROM THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema's most thrilling and unforgettable classics. The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection features four iconic films from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds in stunning 4K resolution. Starring Hollywood favourites such as James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of Psycho for the first time ever. INCLUDES 2 VERSIONS OF PSYCHO PSYCHO UNCUT: The extended version of the movie as seen in theaters in 1960 is exactly as intended by Alfred Hitchcock and now available with additional footage for the first time ever PSYCHO: The most widely seen version of the movie was edited for content and subsequently used for TV broadcasts, theatrical re-releases and home entertainment over the last 60 years PLUS HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloydthe modern guy striving for successis us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend. Special Features: New 2K digital film restoration Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray edition Alternate score by organist Gaylord Carter from the late 1960s, presented in uncompressed monaural on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary featuring film critic Leonard Maltin and director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll Introduction by Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd's granddaughter and president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, a 104-minute documentary from 1989 Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919), and His Royal Slyness (1920), with commentary by Correll and film writer John Bengtson Locations and Effects, a new documentary featuring Bengtson and special effects expert Craig Barron New interview with Davis PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park
Intriguingly twisted and thrillingly tense, KOKO-DI KOKO-DA is the darkly comic new film from acclaimed director Johannes Nyholm that feels both refreshingly smart and utterly original. When a married couple retreat to a remote area of forest as part of a reconciliatory camping trip, they encounter a trio of otherworldly presences who steadily turn their trip into a nightmare. Led by a mysterious man dressed in a sharp white suit and boater, this group begin subjecting the couple to a terrifying series of visitations, each one more intense than the last. Both their origin and their motivations are unclear; are they physical manifestations of something supernatural or do these ghoulish spectres represent something even more sinister?
Una joven secretaria, tras cometer un robo, se marcha de la ciudad y conduce durante horas, parando para descansar en un pequeÃ±o motel de carretera regentado por un joven llamado Norman. Todo parece normal y tranquilo en el apartado motel y en la casa de al lado en la que viven Norman y su madre pero, mientras estÃ¡ en la ducha, la joven es asesinada salvajemente a cuchilladas. INCLUYE DOS VERSIONES DE PSICOSIS: PSICOSIS SIN CORTES: La versiÃ³n extendida de la pelÃcula, tal y como se vio en los cines en 1960, es exactamente como la pensÃ³ Alfred Hitchcock y ahora estÃ¡ disponible con material adicional por primera vez. PSICOSIS: La versiÃ³n mÃ¡s vista de la pelÃcula fue editada por el contenido y posteriormente utilizada para las emisiones de televisiÃ³n, reestrenos en cines y entretenimiento en el hogar durante los Ãºltimos 60 aÃ±os. Bonus: CÃ³mo se hizo Psicosis A la sombra del maestro: el legado de Hitchcock Entrevistas con Hitchcock/Truffaut El estreno de Psicosis La escena de la ducha: storyboards by Saul Bass Audiocomentario con Stephen Rebello (Autor de Alfred Hitchcock y el rodaje de Psicosis) Y Â¡mucho mÃ¡s!
Made in between Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher's edge-of-your-seat thriller The Game remains arguably his most underappreciated film, bolstered by an exceptional star performance by Michael Douglas. Despite his large mansion and intimidating bank balance, multimillionaire Nicholas Van Orton is haunted by the childhood memory of his father's suicide. On the day he reaches the same age his father was when he died, Nicholas receives an unconventional birthday present from his estranged brother Conrad (Sean Penn): an invitation to play a mysterious game, the aim and rules of which are kept secret. As the game unfolds, Nicholas suddenly finds himself in a fight for his life, assisted by the enigmatic Christine (Deborah Kara Unger, Crash) but unsure of where to turn and who to trust. Presented in a director-approved remaster available for the first time in the UK, the twisty mysteries of Fincher's pulse-pounding paranoiac puzzle are explored in an exciting array of new and archive bonus features. TWO-DISC LIMITED DELUXE EDITION CONTENTS Limited to only 3,000 units Deluxe packaging including a 200-page hardback book housed in a rigid slipcase, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley 200-page book exclusive to this edition includes a newly-commissioned full-length monograph by Bilge Ebiri, and selected archive materials, including an American Cinematographer article from 1997, a 2004 interview with Harris Savides by Alexander Ballinger, and the chapter on the film from Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher by James Swallow Arrow Academy Blu-ray including new bonus features and UK home video premiere of director-approved 2K restoration Universal Special Edition DVD featuring archive extras with cast and crew DISC ONE BLU-RAY 2K restoration from the original negative by The Criterion Collection supervised and approved by director David Fincher and cinematographer Harris Savides High Definition Blu-rayâ¢ (1080p) presentation Original 5.1 & 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Isolated Music & Effects track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing New audio commentary by critic and programmer Nick Pinkerton Fool's Week: Developing The Game, a newly filmed interview with co-writer John Brancato Men On The Chessboard: The Hidden Pleasures of The Game, a new visual essay by critic Neil Young Archive promotional interview with star Michael Douglas from 1997 Alternatively-framed 4:3 version prepared for home video (SD only), with new introduction discussing Fincher's use of the Super 35 shooting format Theatrical trailer Teaser trailer Image gallery DISC TWO DVD Standard definition DVD (PAL) presentation 5.1 Dolby Digital audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary with director David Fincher, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug Behind The Scenes featurettes - Dog Chase, The Taxi, Christine's House, The Fall (with optional commentary by Fincher, Douglas, Savides, Beecroft and Haug) On Location featurettes Exterior Parking Lot: Blue Screen Shot, Exterior Fioli Mansion: Father's Death, Interior CRS Lobby and Offices, Interior Fioli Mansion: Vandalism, Exterior Mexican Cemetary (with optional commentary by Fincher, Savides, Beecroft and Haug) Theatrical trailer (with optional commentary by Fincher) Teaser trailer Teaser trailer CGI test footage (with optional commentary by designer/animator Richard Baily) Alternate ending Production design and storyboard galleries
101 Films presents Split Second (1992), a dark, dystopian thriller starring Rutger Hauer as a veteran detective on the trail of a serial killer in a rainswept future London. Co-starring Alastair Duncan and Kim Cattrall, and supported by a host of legendary British character actors, this newly restored presentation of the film is complemented with extensive new interviews with the filmmakers. Title 015 on the 101 Films Black Label, this limited edition version comes with slipcase and booklet. The year is 2008, and heavy rainfall has flooded large areas of London. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin (Alastair Duncan) is assigned to partner maverick Harley Stone (Rutger Hauer), a burnt-out and highly cynical homicide detective who was unable to prevent the murder of his partner by a serial killer three years earlier. Following a spate of murders it appears that the killer has returned, and Stone and Durkin are assigned to the case. After investigating the scenes of several slayings they appear no closer to identifying the killer, but a mysterious connection to Stone keeps the trail warm. As each gruesome murder draws the detectives closer to the killer, the killer gets closer to them, until they must finally confront the true evil that lurks below the streets of London. Special Features: High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, newly scanned, restored and colour graded in 4K from the 35MM internegative Audio Commentary by action film historian Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema ¢ Great Big Bloody Guns! Producer Laura Gregory & Actor Alastair (Neil) Duncan on Split Second (HD, 27:25) Call Me Mr. Snips! An Interview with Composer Stephen W. Parsons (HD, 22:21) Stay In Line! An Interview with Line Producer Laurie Borg (HD, 23:02) More Blood! An Interview with Creature Effects Designer Cliff Wallace (HD, 32:03) Shoot Everything! An Interview with Cinematographer Clive Tickner (HD, 18:57) Limited edition booklet: Includes Monster Mash: Making Split Second' by Scott Harrison, and Behind Blue Eyes: Rutger Hauer, Unlikely Action Star' by Phillip Escott Specially commissioned artwork Original 1992 Split Second Making of featurette featuring interviews with stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair (Neil) Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Writer Gary Scott Thompson and more! (SD, 6:12) Original 1992 behind the scenes feature featuring effects creator Stephen Norrington, cast and crew (SD, 3:31) Split Second Japanese Cut, full frame with burnt-in Japanese subtitles (SD, 95:00) Deleted Scenes from the Japanese Cut (English, burnt-in Japanese subtitles) (SD, 4:30) 7 Promotional TV Clips (SD) U.S. VHS Home Video Promo (SD, 2:55) Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:12)
There have always been spies men and women who have pried for patriotism, for religion, for love... or for money. This tense drama is based on the true story of the Portland spy ring an unlikely Soviet operation that took place in southern England and which was active during the late 1950s/early '60s. Directed by Robert Tronson and starring Bernard Lee, William Sylvester, Margaret Tyzack and David Kossoff, Ring of Spies is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. An antiquarian bookseller and his wife; a disgruntled, hard-drinking naval clerk and the lonely secretary he recruits; a polished Soviet agent who assumes the identity of a dead Canadian citizen... the players in a familiar Cold War duel between Soviet intelligence and British counter-espionage and a trade in deadly secrets directed from a bungalow in suburban Ruislip, hidden for years from unsuspecting neighbours and British spycatchers.
Stand-up comedy can be a cut-throat business, but in Sam Coex's world, it's downright murder From the annals of bizarre cinema comes perhaps the most bizarre one of them all 1985's The Comic! In a dystopian police state reality of indeterminate time and place, orange bouffant-haired comedian Sam Coex is eager for his big break. Realising that desperate times call for even more desperate measures, he slits the throat of his rival Joey Myers, leaving the way clear for him to carve his own niche on the comedy circuit. But success can be a fickle and fleeting mistress, and Sam soon finds his career on a downward turn when he falls foul of the powers that be. Filled with more dry ice and lighting gels than an '80s stadium rock concert, The Comic is a barmy, baffling and beguiling cinematic oddity shot on 35mm film in an alternate dimension. If you ever wanted to know the answer to the eternal conundrum How does Pinocchio make love? then this is the one for you! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed mono audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Brand new introduction with actor Steve Munroe Newly-filmed interview with actor Steve Munroe Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring additional cast/crew interviews
Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, The Black Windmill stars Michael Caine as a British secret agent targeted for death by friend and foe alike in this riveting suspense thriller directed by legendary filmmaker Don Siegel (Dirty Harry). Major John Tarrant (Caine) takes up the revenge trail when ruthless gunrunners kidnap his young son and demand a king's ransom in uncut diamonds for the boy's release. With each new lead, Tarrant's chilling quest becomes increasingly deadly as he begins to suspect that one of his colleagues is in league with the merciless abductors.
One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho changed the thriller genre forever. After its original release in 1960, the film was censored for decades until now. Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema's most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the famous shower scene, Psycho is still terrifying after all these years (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide). INCLUDES 2 VERSIONS OF PSYCHO PSYCHO UNCUT: The extended version of the movie as seen in theaters in 1960 is exactly as intended by Alfred Hitchcock and now available with additional footage for the first time ever PSYCHO: The most widely seen version of the movie was edited for content and subsequently used for TV broadcasts, theatrical re-releases and home entertainment over the last 60 years BONUS FEATURES The Making of Psycho In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho The Shower Scene: With and Without Music The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho) And More
Channeling the films of Richard Linklater by way of H.P. Lovecraft, Spring is one of the most critically acclaimed horror films of recent years, now released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. On the run from the law after a bar-room brawl, troubled Evan flees the US to Italy. Arriving completely alone and without a plan, he soon meets the mysterious Louise, and quickly falls in love. But upon discovering that there's more to her than meets the eye, he must decide just how far he'll go for love.
The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favorites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release. On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder. Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalie on its success. It is Wes Craven's original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of the Unrated Version Original Uncompressed Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Isolated score remastered from the original 17.5 magnetic tracks Audio commentary with Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln Archival introduction to the film by Wes Craven Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on the Left archival interview with Wes Craven Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove Scoring Last House archival interview with actor/composer David Hess It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival featurette Forbidden Footage the cast and crew discuss the film's most controversial sequences Junior's Story interview with actor Marc Sheffler Blood and Guts interview with makeup artist Anne Paul The Road Leads to Terror featurette revisiting the film's original shooting locations Deleted Scene: Mari Dying at the Lake Extended Outtakes and Dailies, transferred in HD Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots Image Galleries Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shippers
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