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
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
One of the most genre-defining (not to mention genre-defying!) horror-comedies imaginable, and one of the key Hong Kong blockbuster hits of the 1980s, the popularity and influence of Mr. Vampire cannot be overstated. Spawning at least four sequels and countless spin-offs and imitations, this Hong Kong horror-comedy to end them all was an understandable crowd-pleasing sensation, and triggered a wave of jiangshi ( hopping vampire ) movies. Produced by the legendary Sammo Hung, the original Mr. Vampire is essential viewing for anyone interested in the 80s golden age of Hong Kong cinema. In a career-making performance, the late Lam Ching-ying is Master Kau, expert on all matters of the supernatural. When Kau and his two bumbling students, Man Choi (famous comedian Ricky Hui) and Chou (Fist of Legend's Chin Siu-ho), exhume a corpse for reburial, things go frighteningly and hilariously awry when the cadaver is revealed to be a hopping vampire. With the undead on the loose, Master Kau is blamed for the chaos, and must work with his students to put the spirits to rest before the vampire's own granddaughter (80s Hong Kong action icon Moon Lee) gets bitten. Fighting the vampires with everything from sticky rice to filing down the bloodsucker's fangs, the trio must defeat an increasing number of ghoulish dangers. Director Ricky Lau would go on to make several more Mr. Vampire successors (as well as the related Sammo Hung sequel Encounters of the Spooky Kind II, with Lam Ching-ying as another vampire-battling master), but nothing tops the original for its classic fusion of screams and laughs, and it has never looked as eye-poppingly, vampire-hoppingly beautiful as this new Blu-ray special edition. Special Features: Limited Edition O-CARD Slipcase with new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 units] PLUS: A Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film [2000 units] 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration Original Cantonese audio (original mono presentations) English dub track produced for the film's original European home video release English dub track produced for the film's original American home video release Newly translated English subtitles Brand new and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) Alternate end credits Archival interview with Chin Siu-hou [40 mins] Archival interview with Moon Lee [15 mins] Archival interview with Ricky Lau [12 mins] Original Hong Kong Trailer
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
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
This trio of classic 1930s horror filmsMurders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, and The Ravenis also distinguished by a trio of factors regarding their production. Most notably, each film is based on a work by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the legendary wave of horror films made by Universal Pictures in the 30s, all three feature dynamic performances from Dracula's Bela Lugosi, with two of them also enlivened by the appearance of Frankenstein's Boris Karloff. And finally, all three benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code's rigid guidelines for moral content. Director Robert Florey, who gave the Marx Brothers their cinema start with The Cocoanuts in 1929, worked with Metropolis cinematographer Karl Freund to give a German Expressionism look to Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), with Lugosi as a mad scientist running a twisted carnival sideshow in 19th-century Paris, and murdering women to find a mate for his talking ape main attraction. Lugosi and Karloff teamed forces for the first time in The Black Cat, a nightmarish psychodrama that became Universal's biggest hit of 1934, with Detour director Edgar G. Ulmer bringing a feverish flair to the tale of a satanic, necrophiliac architect (Karloff) locked in battle with an old friend (Lugosi) in search of his family. Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers made 1935's The Raven so grotesque that all American horror films were banned in the U.K. for two years in its wake. Specifically referencing Poe within its story, Lugosi is a plastic surgeon obsessed with the writer, who tortures fleeing murderer Karloff through monstrous medical means. Significant and still unsettling early works of American studio horror filmmaking, these three Pre-Code chillers demonstrate the enduring power of Poe's work, and the equally continuous appeal of classic Universal horror's two most iconic stars. Special Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations for all three films, with The Raven presented from a 2K scan of the original film elements Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio tracks Optional English SDH subtitles Murders in the Rue Morgue Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank The Black Cat Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank The Black Cat Audio commentary by Amy Simmons The Raven Audio commentary by Gary D. Rhodes The Raven Audio commentary by Samm Deighan Cats In Horror a video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin American Gothic a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger The Black Cat episode of radio series Mystery In The Air, starring Peter Lorre The Tell-Tale Heart episode of radio series Inner Sanctum Mysteries, starring Boris Karloff Bela Lugosi reads The Tell-Tale Heart Vintage footage New Interview With Critic And Author Kim Newman PLUS: A 48-PAGE collector's booklet featuring new writing by film critic and writer Jon Towlson; a new essay by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and rare archival imagery and ephemera
Themes of family, loss and survival intersect on the thin line that separates the living from the dead in The Deeper You Dig, the latest feature written, directed by and starring filmmaking family the Adams Family (Knuckle Jack, Rumblestrips) described as a force to be reckoned with (Dread Central) and the multi-hyphenates other multi-hyphenates hope to be when they grow up (Nightmare on Film Street). Bogus tarot card reader Ivy (Toby Poser) and her teenage daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) are an unconventional but loving mother/daughter team. But when reclusive Kurt (John Adams) moves in down the road, a tragic accident results in Echo's murder, causing three lives to collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt believes he can hide his secret beneath the earth but Echo, refusing to accept death, burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won't stay buried. A dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and the brittle barrier that separates the living from the dead, this limited double-disc edition pairs The Deeper You Dig with John Adams' earlier feature The Hatred, making for a compelling double bill of original, independent horror. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS Exclusive two-disc set containing The Deeper You Dig (2019) and The Hatred (2018) Reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork Double-sided fold-out poster Limited edition illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell DISC ONE THE DEEPER YOU DIG High Definition Blu-rayâ¢ (1080p) presentation Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams At Home with the Adams Family, an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig It's in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre, an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams Family's broader filmography Special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay FrightFest TV interview with the Adams Family Hellbender music videos Theatrical trailer Image gallery DISC TWO THE HATRED High Definition Blu-rayâ¢ (1080p) presentation Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Kid Kalifornia music videos
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)
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!
101 Films presents Brain Dead, a mind-bending nightmare based on a story from The Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont, starring Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) and George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke). Title 016 on the 101 Films Black Label and released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, this limited edition version includes slipcase and booklet. The Eunice Corporation is on the ground floor of an exciting growth industry, utilizing a memory re-sculpting technique pioneered by eccentric neurosurgeon Rex Martin (Bill Pullman). It envisions nationwide clinics where anyone can lose the hang-ups of an unhappy childhood, a failed romance or a botched career. At Eunice's New You outlets, a simple operation will give customers peace of mind. Or it might leave them brain dead. But when Martin refuses to cooperate with Eunice, he soon finds himself plunged into a surreal existence that intertwines dreams and reality. Has Martin slipped over the edge into madness? Or have corporate profit mongers given him a push, making him the guinea pig in his own experiment? To know the answer is to know true terror! Special Features: Brand New Extras The Brains Behind the Nightmare, a new documentary on Brain Dead Tales from the Cranium, an interview with director Adam Simon Limited edition booklet: Includes A Dimension of Mind' by Sean Hogan and Evil Brains from the Movies' by Barry Forshaw Additional Extras Audio commentary with co-writer/director Adam Simon and filmmaker Rodman Flender Deleted Scenes Theatrical Trailer 2K Scan of the original film elements
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
Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. DIVINE, the larger-than-life muse of director JOHN WATERS (Multiple Maniacs), engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenportwho progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chairin the ultimate expression of the film's lurid mantra, Crime is beauty. Shot in Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from Waters' beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including MINK STOLE, DAVID LOCHARY, MARY VIVIAN PEARCE, EDITH MASSEY, and COOKIE MUELLER), this film, the director's favourite of his work with Divine, comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer VINCENT PERANIO and costume designer/makeup artist VAN SMITH. An endlessly quotable fan favourite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, and more Deleted scenes and alternate takes Rare on-set footage More! PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter
A remote getaway for Kristen and James is disturbed by a 4am knock on the door and the terrifying invasion of their home by three masked strangers. At the mercy of the intruders whose motive is unknown, the young couple must fight to survive a night of psychological torment and brutal violence in this Home Invasion' classic. SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes Theatrical Cut and Extended Cut Because You Were Home: a new Interview with Director Bryan Bertino Cutting Moments: a new interview with Editor Kevin Greutert The Fighter: a new interview with Actor Liv Tyler The PinUp Girl: a new interview with Actor Laura Margolis The Elements of Terror: interviews with cast and crew Strangers at the Door: interviews with Director Bryan Bertino and cast Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS Limited Edition of only 3,000 Rigid slipcase Soft cover book with new essays by Anton Bitel and Mary Beth McAndrews plus stills and behindthescenes images Poster with new artwork
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
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
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