"Director: Paul Schrader"

  • Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters | Blu Ray | (11/06/2018) from £20.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Paul Schrader's dazzlingly unconventional biopic, with a celebrated score by Philip Glass. In this visually stunning, collagelike portrait of the acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Vengeance Is Mine's KEN OGATA), PAUL SCHRADER (American Gigolo) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted the impossible task of finding harmony among self, art, and society. Taking place on Mishima's last day, when he famously committed public seppuku, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer's life as well as by gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by JOHN BAILEY, exquisite sets and costumes by EIKO ISHIOKA, and unforgettable, highly influential score by PHILIP GLASS, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right. Features: DIRECTORAPPROVED BLURAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfer of the director's cut, supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey, with 2.0 surround DTSHD Master Audio soundtrack Two optional English narrations, including one by actor Roy Scheider Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul Interviews from 2007 and 2008 with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka Interviews from 2008 with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie Audio interview from 2008 with coscreenwriter Chieko Schrader Interview excerpt from 1966 featuring Mishima talking about writing The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55minute documentary from 1985 about the author Trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film's censorship in Japan, and photographs of Ishioka's sets

  • The Comfort of Strangers (DVD + Blu-ray)The Comfort of Strangers (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/09/2018) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Mary (Natasha Richardson) and Colin (Rupert Everett) first fell in love on a romantic holiday in Venice, Italy. Now four years later, they have returned to rekindle their romance and determine where their relationship is headed. What they don't know is why an English-speaking Venetian (Christopher Walken Pulp Fiction) is following them, watching them, and taking pictures. Soon they learn they are involved in a bizarre tale of sex, voyeurism, deception and passion. Oscar® winner Helen Mirren plays Walken's wife in a film that will take you into the dark world of charming yet dangerous strangers. Written by the great Harold Pinter from a novel by Ian McEwan, the film was directed by Paul Schrader (Director of American Gigolo and Blue Collar, and writer of Taxi Driver). Special features: Archive interview with Paul Schrader Original theatrical trailer Other extras TBC Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by film scholar Dr Deborah Allison and on Harold Pinter by Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington, plus full film credits

  • DominionDominion | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £10.84   |  Saving you £11.14 (141.91%)   |  RRP £18.99

    In 1944 Father Lankester Merrin a parish priest in Holland was forced by retreating Nazi soldiers to pass life-and-death judgement upon his parishioners. The experience left him with a broken spirit his faith destroyed. It is three years later and Merrin has since abandoned the priesthood. Now working as an archaeologist he has unearthed a startling discovery in the Turkana district of British East Africa: an ancient Byzantine church preserved in pristine condition - as if it

  • Cat People - Collectors Edition [Blu-ray]Cat People - Collectors Edition | Blu Ray | (25/05/2015) from £12.49   |  Saving you £3.50 (28.02%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Paul Schrader, the director of American Gigolo, brought a similar kind of sexual chic to this explicit horror movie. A remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 Cat People, this version takes off from the same idea: that a woman (Nastassja Kinski), a member of a race of feline humans, will revert to her animalistic self when she has sex. Arriving to meet her brother (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans, she finds herself disturbed by his sexual presence. A zoo curator (John Heard) becomes fascinated by her, but he will discover that her kittenish ways are just the tip of the claw. Schrader dresses the story up in a stylish, glossy production, keyed on Kinski's green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty; it's hard to think of another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a cat walking on two legs. Luckily Kinski had a European attitude toward her body, because this film has plenty of poster-art nudity. There's also lots of gore and some wacky flashbacks to the ancient tribe of cat people, who hold rituals in an orange desert while Giorgio Moroder's music plays. Cat People doesn't really make all this come together, but it's always interesting to look at, and the dreadful mood lingers. --Robert Horton

  • Nicolas Cage Boxset [DVD]Nicolas Cage Boxset | DVD | (05/06/2017) from £5.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The ultimate Nicolas Cage Boxset including: DYING OF THE LIGHT DOG EAT DOG THE TRUST

  • First Reformed (DVD) [2018]First Reformed (DVD) | DVD | (05/11/2018) from £6.49   |  Saving you £3.50 (53.93%)   |  RRP £9.99

    From Golden Globe® Nominee Director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Affliction), FIRST REFORMED is a brooding, thriller-drama centred around Ernst Toller (Academy Award® Nominee Ethan Hawke), a troubled priest of a small, historical church in upstate New York, who starts to spiral out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with Mary (Amanda Seyfried) and her husband Michael, an unstable environmental activist. Consumed by thoughts that the world is in danger and motivated by the church's lack of action, Toller embarks on a perilous self-assigned undertaking with the hope that he may finally restore the faith and purpose he's been longing for in his mission to right the wrongs done to so many.

  • Blue Collar (Standard Edition) [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Blue Collar (Standard Edition) | Blu Ray | (09/12/2019) from £13.69   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    After writing Taxi Driver for Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader made his directorial debut with this profane and profound drama about life on the factory floor of a Detroit car manufacturing plant. With explosive performances from the great Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy), Harvey Keitel (The Border, Pulp Fiction) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die, Alien), Blue Collar presents one of the most authentic portraits of working-class life in all American cinema, and is one of the finest films of the 1970s. Extras: Indicator Standard Edition Special Features: High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with writer-director Paul Schrader and author Maitland McDonagh Paul Schrader BFI Masterclass (1982, 106 mins): the filmmaker presents a fascinating summary of the many issues and ideas he explores in his screenwriting class, recorded at the National Film Theatre, London 'Visions': Interview with Paul Schrader (1982): archival interview, presented in two versions the broadcast cut with its original Tony Rayns introduction (21 mins), and the complete interview rushes with a newly recorded introduction by Tony Rayns (58 mins) Keith Gordon on ˜Blue Collar' (2018, 12 mins): a new filmed appreciation by the filmmaker and actor Original theatrical trailer Josh Olson trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): a short critical appreciation. Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • Hardcore (Blu-Ray) [Region A & B & C]Hardcore (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (19/03/2018) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Writer-director Paul Schrader's brilliant, harrowing film follows the grim pilgrimage of a Calvinist Midwestern businessman (the great George C. Scott) searching for his vanished daughter in the seedy subculture of the L.A. porn industry. INDICATOR BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: 4K restoration from the original negative Original mono audio The Guardian Interview with Paul Schrader (1993, 85 mins): an audio recording of an on-stage interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre, London Shooting Hardcore (2004, 9 mins): an interview with the director of photography Michael Chapman Hardcore Nitzsche (2017, 22 mins): a new documentary about the uniquely talented composer, with contributions from William Friedkin, Miloš Forman, Ry Cooder and others Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography Isolated score: experience Jack Nitzsche's original soundtrack music Original theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing UK Blu-ray premiere

  • Cat People - Collectors Edition [DVD]Cat People - Collectors Edition | DVD | (25/05/2015) from £17.53   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Paul Schrader, the director of American Gigolo, brought a similar kind of sexual chic to this explicit horror movie. A remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 Cat People, this version takes off from the same idea: that a woman (Nastassja Kinski), a member of a race of feline humans, will revert to her animalistic self when she has sex. Arriving to meet her brother (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans, she finds herself disturbed by his sexual presence. A zoo curator (John Heard) becomes fascinated by her, but he will discover that her kittenish ways are just the tip of the claw. Schrader dresses the story up in a stylish, glossy production, keyed on Kinski's green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty; it's hard to think of another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a cat walking on two legs. Luckily Kinski had a European attitude toward her body, because this film has plenty of poster-art nudity. There's also lots of gore and some wacky flashbacks to the ancient tribe of cat people, who hold rituals in an orange desert while Giorgio Moroder's music plays. Cat People doesn't really make all this come together, but it's always interesting to look at, and the dreadful mood lingers. --Robert Horton

  • Cat People [1982]Cat People | DVD | (18/08/2003) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Nastassja Kinski stars as Irena a beautiful young woman on the bridge of sexuality; she discovers love for the first time only to find that the explosive experience brings with it tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl's first romantic love is so strong however it by-passes the chaos around her-including her brother's (Malcom McDowell) extraordinary demands - as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. With a style as timeless as myth Cat People is an erotic

  • The Exorcist Complete Anthology [Blu-ray]The Exorcist Complete Anthology | Blu Ray | (26/10/2015) from £26.03   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    All five films from the horror franchise. In 'Exorcist' (1973) actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) has every reason to be content, having just completed a film with director Burke Dennings (Jack MacGowran). However, she becomes disturbed by the changes taking place in her 12-year-old daughter, Regan (Linda Blair). At first sullen and withdrawn, Regan becomes aggressive and blasphemous, and ugly welts appear on her face and body. No medical cure is forthcoming, and after Burke is killed by being thrown from Regan's window, Chris turns to local Jesuit priest Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) for help. Karras then calls in exorcist Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), who confirms that Regan is possessed by the devil. In 'Exorcist 2 - The Heretic' (1977) Regan is now a relatively normal, happy teenager, living under the care of a psychiatrist (Louise Fletcher) and her mother's ex-secretary (Kitty Winn). When the demons return to haunt Regan, priest Father Lamont (Richard Burton), himself suffering a crisis of faith, is sent to investigate. In 'The Exorcist 3' (1990) 15 years have passed since Father Damien Karras died exorcising Regan MacNeil. Now his best friend Lt. Kinderman (George C. Scott) is troubled by a series of mysterious murders which are strangely reminiscent of those committed by the Gemini killer - who was executed on the night Karras died. Does the killer's spirit live on, and if so in whom? Kinderman's investigation leads him to an amnesiac in a mental hospital who has recently awoken from a 15-year coma, can describe the Gemini killings in detail, and bears an uncanny resemblance to Damien Karras... In 'Exorcist: The Beginning' (2004), set in Africa in 1949, Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård), his faith shattered by World War II, journeys to Kenya to join an archaeological dig that has uncovered a Byzantine church mysteriously untouched by the ravages of time. But an even greater mystery awaits: an ancient and horrific evil is now awakened and a soul-shattering death spree begins. Can Merrin summon the faith and courage to defeat humanity's oldest and most powerful foe? In 'Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist' (2005), during an excavation in Africa, Father Merrin (Skarsgård)'s team finds a hidden church that contains an ancient evil, and a local boy begins to exhibit signs of demonic possession...

  • American Gigolo [1980]American Gigolo | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Julian Kay is on the prowl and looking for someone to please. Boyish and sensual he speaks five or six languages and is equally comfortable as a chauffeur for a wealthy middle-aged matron and as a translator/companion for the lonely wife of an executive. He is the 'American Gigolo'. But Julian's love-for-sale lifestyle turns deadly when a client is murdered and Julian became the prime suspect. Richard Gere is electrifying as Julian in this stylish sexually charged drama from Pa

  • Light Sleeper [1991]Light Sleeper | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    He Was A Good Man In A Deadly Business. She Was His Only Way Out. John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is a good man in a bad business working for Ann (Susan Sarandon) on the wrong side of the law. When Ann decides to close up shop LeTour has to go straight and come up with a future. But time is running out on him as he must dodge the cops confront a killer and find his heart before he can leave his past behind.

  • Blue Collar (Blu-Ray)Blue Collar (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Paul Schrader had established his reputation as a screenwriter (The Yakuza and Taxi Driver, among others) before embarking on his directorial debut. Blue Collar is the story of three working-class guys at the Checker auto plant who run their local union office. Richard Pryor delivers a funny, passionate, seething performance in one of his rare dramatic roles as a rabble-rousing union man. Trapped by family worries and crippling back taxes, he dreams up the robbery after scoping out the joint and enlists his coworker and buddies, family man Harvey Keitel and high-living bachelor Yaphet Kotto, who are in similar financial straits. This is a strictly amateur-hour heist, and their successful getaway is the last bit of good luck in store for the trio. The robbery turns up no cash, only incriminating files, and the inept thieves are soon blackmailing the powerful union, which fights back with force, seduction, and murder. Schrader's first film has little of the polish or style he developed by American Gigolo, but his portrait of lower middle class families in 1970s Detroit, interracial relations, and male camaraderie is sharp and insightful. His attention to detail shows in every frame and adds to the edgy material, which balances the thriller plot with social commentary about corruption, labour relations, and the lure of power. Schrader's later films show more subtlety and cinematic confidence, but time hasn't dimmed the power he unleashes in this angry working class drama.--Sean Axmaker

  • Hardcore (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]Hardcore (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Writer-director Paul Schrader's brilliant, harrowing film follows the grim pilgrimage of a Calvinist Midwestern businessman (the great George C. Scott) searching for his vanished daughter in the seedy subculture of the LA porn industry. 4K restoration from the original negative Original mono audio Hardcore Nitzsche (2017, tbc mins): All new documentary on composer Jack Nitzsche, featuring interviews with filmmakers and musicians including William Friedkin, Milos Forman, Robert Downey, John Byrum, Ry Cooder, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more. Michael Chapman on 'Hardcore' (2004, 12 mins): the acclaimed cinematographer discusses his work on Hardcore The Guardian Interview with Paul Schrader (1993, tbc mins): the director discusses his career at the National Film Theatre, London with journalist Derek Malcolm (audio only) Isolated score Original theatrical trailer Image gallery New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by critic and writer Brad Stevens UK Blu-ray premiere Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies More TBC

  • Officer And A Gentleman, An / American Gigolo [1981]Officer And A Gentleman, An / American Gigolo | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    An Officer And A Gentleman: Richard Gere stars as Navy recruit Zack Mayo while the stunning Debra Winger is his love interest. Lou Gossett Jnr. won an Academy Award for his brilliant portrayal of a tough drill instructor. David Keith plays Zacks struggling fellow candidate. Zack Mayo is a young loner with a bad attitude. Tempted by the glamour and admiration of the life of a Navy pilot he decides to sign up for Officer Candidate School. After thirteen tortuous weeks under

  • American Gigalo/Ghost/An Officer And A GentlemanAmerican Gigalo/Ghost/An Officer And A Gentleman | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £12.93   |  Saving you £0.06 (0.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: American Gigolo: Julian Kay is on the prowl and looking for someone to please. Boyish and sensual he speaks five or six languages and is equally comfortable as a chauffeur for a wealthy middle-aged matron and as a translator/companion for the lonely wife of an executive. He is the 'American Gigolo'. But Julian's love-for-sale lifestyle turns deadly when a client is murdered and Julian became the prime suspect. Richard Gere is electrifying as Julian in this stylish sexually charged drama from Paul Schrader (Light Sleeper Cat People). Co-starring Lauren Hutton. Ghost: A romantic thriller in which yuppie banker Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is murdered but returns to Earth as a ghost to protect his grief-stricken young girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) and solve his own murder. As he cannot communicate directly with his love he turns to fake medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) for help. Nobody is more shocked than Oda Mae to discover she has the genuine power to contact the dead. An Officer and a Gentleman: Richard Gere stars as Navy recruit Zack Mayo while the stunning Debra Winger is his love interest. Lou Gossett Jnr. won an Academy Award for his brilliant portrayal of a tough drill instructor. David Keith plays Zacks struggling fellow candidate. Zack Mayo is a young loner with a bad attitude. Tempted by the glamour and admiration of the life of a Navy pilot he decides to sign up for Officer Candidate School. After thirteen tortuous weeks under Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jnr.) he slowly begins to learn the importance of discipline love and friendship. Foley warns Zack about the local girls who will do anything to catch themselves a pilot for a husband but despite this Zack finds himself falling in love with Paula (Winger).

  • The Comfort Of Strangers [1990]The Comfort Of Strangers | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on an Ian McEwen novel, The Comfort of Strangers is directed by Paul Schrader at his most portentous. A young couple holidaying in Venice are taken up by an older more sophisticated pair. Christopher Walken as the Eurotrashy Roberto portrays with considerable vigour the sort of smooth stranger from whom anyone who has ever seen this sort of movie ought to run a mile, and Helen Mirren as his complaisant wife is hardly less sinister. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are believably obtuse as the lovers who fail to understand exactly what they are being sucked into. This ought to be a far better film than it is: Harold Pinter's script is elliptically menacing and Angelo Badalamenti's score attractively gloomy. But in the end The Comfort of Strangers presents a rather low-rent vision of decadence: Roberto's praise of Margaret Thatcher and habit of photographing the unwary and beautiful are not quite enough to make the film's shocking climax entirely plausible. The DVD contains no additional features other than the obligatory theatrical trailer. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Canyons [DVD]The Canyons | DVD | (12/05/2014) from £12.79   |  Saving you £3.19 (32.55%)   |  RRP £12.99

    When Christian an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project Ryan he spirals out of control and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

  • Dog Eat Dog [DVD]Dog Eat Dog | DVD | (02/01/2017) from £3.89   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.

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