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
Few names are as synonymous with Polish cinema as that of Krzystof KieÅlowski, the renowned auteur responsible for the Dekalog and Three Colours trilogy. Prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and his subsequent creative and critical success in France, KieÅlowski plied his trade within the confines of the Eastern Bloc, capturing the realities of everyday life under Soviet rule. This collection gathers his four earliest narrative feature films, encapsulating the years 19761984. In 1976's The Scar, a well-intentioned Party loyalist is charged with overseeing the construction of a new chemical plant in the face of fierce resistance and is forced to confront the conflict between his good intentions and local opposition. In 1979's Camera Buff, a family man and amateur filmmaker experiences a dramatic change in fortunes when his newfound hobby opens up new horizons but also results in deep marital and philosophical conflicts. Blind Chance, completed in 1981 and denied a release in its native Poland until 1987, presents three possible outcomes to a single, seemingly banal event a young medical student running to catch a train and, in the process, explores the relationship between chance and choice. Finally, in 1984's No End, a recently bereaved translator juggles the conflicting demands of her work, caring for her son and her continued visions of her late husband, all against the backdrop of a Poland under the grip of martial law. As socially conscious as KieÅlowski's earlier documentary shorts, this quartet of films covers a tumultuous period in Polish and Eastern European history, shot with unflinching realism by a filmmaker of distinction. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Limited Edition collection (2000 copies) High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films Original lossless mono audio for all films Optional English subtitles for all films Brand new audio commentary on Camera Buff by critic Annette Insdorf Brand new audio commentary on Blind Chance by film historian Michael Brooke Ghost of a Chance, a brand new visual essay on No End by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez Moral and Martial Anxieties, a brand new discussion with Michael Brooke, exploring the brief and remarkable Polish film renaissance of the turn of the 1980s Brand new introductions by scholar and critic MichaÅ Oleszczyk to all films MichaÅ Oleszczyk looks through archive materials for each film Archival interviews with filmmakers Agnieska Holland and Krzysztof Zanussi, cinematographers Slawomir Idziak and Jacek Petrycki, actress Grazyna Szapoloska, sound designer Michal Zarnecki, critic Annette Insdorf and KieÅlowski collaborator Irena Strazakowska Three short films by KieÅlowski: Talking Heads (1980), Concert of Requests (1995) and The Office (1995) Workshop Exercises, a 1987 short film by Marcel Lonzinski Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by scholars and authors Ewa Mazierska, Marek Hatlof, Dina Iordanova and Joseph G. Kickasola, and original writing by KieÅlowski
What would you do if going outside meant being killed by a raging hurricane, but staying indoors meant being hacked to pieces by a sickle wielding maniac? Arrow Video proudly presents The Wind, from prolific genre filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, the director behind such cult classics as Hired to Kill and Island of Death. When mystery novelist Sian Anderson (Meg Foster, They Live) arrives in the remote Greek town of Monemvasia, Elias Appleby (Robert Morley, The African Queen), the pompous British landlord of the house she's renting warns her of two dangers: the wind, which gets dangerously strong at night, and Phil (Wings Hauser, Vice Squad), his sleazy and suspicious American handyman. As night falls and the wind starts howling, Sian witnesses the shocking sight of Phil burying Elias's dead body in a shallow grave in his front garden! Trapped indoors from the raging, tree-branch-breaking wind, Sian must play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the murderous Phil, who'll stop at nothing to silence this inconvenient witness! A tense and thrilling blend of Euro-horror and late 80s slasher, The Wind is a stalk n' slash hidden gem, presented here for the first time on Blu-ray. Get ready to be blown away! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayâ¢ presentation Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Optional Greek subtitles Original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and LPCM Stereo 2.0 Audio Blowing The Wind - Brand new interview with Director Nico Mastorakis The Sound of The Wind - The complete soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers A collection of trailers for the films of Nico Mastorakis Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Kat Ellinger
Set in 2012, newly hired animal behaviourist, Owen Grady, and Assistant Manager of Park Operations, Claire Dearing, team up on Isla Nublar to deal with everything the Jurassic World park throws their way, including runaway dinosaurs, ongoing construction to expand the park, throngs of tourists, unpredictable tropical weather and an impulsive boss! In LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar, there's also a mysterious saboteur, with surprising ties to the park's past, who is on a quest to find a legendary treasure and destroy Jurassic World forever. What could possibly go wrong? Well everything Bonus Features: Nedry's Tour
This compilation of five early short films by MARTIN SCORSESE (Taxi Driver) offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorsese's time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late '70s, when he was emerging as one of the era's most electrifying talents, Scorsese Shorts centers on the intimate home movie Italianamericana loving snapshot of the director's parentsand American Boy, a freewheeling portrait of a larger-than-life raconteur. Also included are The Big Shave, a daringly visceral response to America's involvement in Vietnam, and the bracing student films What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? and It's Not Just You, Murray! Touching on many of Scorsese's key themes Italian American identity, family, his beloved New York Citythese are hilarious, candid, and illuminating works from the preeminent American filmmaker of our time. Special Features: New 4K digital restorations of all five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New discussion among filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh and Benny Safdie More! PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and various materials from Scorsese's archive
Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer who, along with Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) and fsociety, starts a revolution to change the world. Season Four will pick up where the third season finale left off, delving into the pros and cons of Elliot hitting send on the email that could reverse Five/Nine.
Marvel Studios introduces the newest member of the Avengers: Marvel's Ant-Man. Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains! With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. This action-packed adventure takes you to new levels of pulse-pounding excitement!
The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and their formidable Vought backing.
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their iconic roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in the fabulous farewell season of Will & Grace. Last season's momentous finale saw Jack and Esteban tie the knot, Will propose to McCoy, and Grace fly off to Europe with a new man. Now, Jack is adjusting to married life, Will is navigating his long-distance engagement, Grace is back from her travels with some life-altering news, and Karen is as outspoken as ever. Get ready for loads of laughs and some big surprises as the legendary comedy series bids adieu to its legions of fans around the world.
One of the all-time classic sci-fi films comes to Blu-ray! Prepare to blast off from planet Earth with one of the most popular classic sci-fi films of all time! When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason, The Creature Walks Among Us) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue, It Came From Beneath The Sea) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death? Subtitles Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH Interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Joe Dante Theatrical Trailer Still Galleries
After a violent shipwreck, onetime billionaire Oliver Queen (series star STEPHEN AMELL) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle (series star DAVID RAMSEY), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (EMILY BETT RICKARDS), former protÃ©gÃ© Roy Harper (COLTON HAYNES), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (series star RICK GONZALEZ), metahuman Dinah Drake (series star JULIANA HARKAVY), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (ECHO KELLUM) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (series star KATIE CASSIDY). Following the untimely arrival of godlike being The Monitor (series regular LaMONICA GARRETT), Oliver Queen left his home, his family, and his team behind to take on his most challenging battle yet, knowing the cost may be his life. But this time it's not just his city he's seeking to protect it's the entire multiverse: everything that ever was or ever will be. In ARROW's eighth and final season, Oliver's quest will send him on a journey where he is forced to look back at his years as the Green Arrow and confront the reality of the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?
Larry David is back, once again landing himself in one self-inflicted faux pas after another in Season 10 of the award-winning comedy. This season, Larry gets into a series of escalating predicaments as he takes on a major project to spite a new adversary--which proves to be more complicated than he anticipated.
In this visually arresting action drama from acclaimed director Johnnie To (Mad Detective, Election), legendary Judo fighter Szeto Bo (Louis Koo; Flash Point, The Legend of Zu) unexpectedly gave up the sport and now lives the life of an alcoholic gambler who runs a pub. However, cocky Judo newcomer Tony (Aaron Kwok) wants to challenge him, while old foe Kong (Tony Leung Ka Fai, Ashes of Time) demands Szeto to finish the match that never took place, Soon Szeto's pub becomes the ultimate arena where the greatest Judo fighters challenge one another. Filled with brutal, no-holds-barred Judo fight scenes, Throw Down is director To's ultra-stylish homage to the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and is an emotional tale of one man's determination to rediscover himself and win at all costs. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Throw Down in its UK debut from a 4K restoration. Special Features: LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 units] 1080p presentation on Blu-ray, from a stunning 4K restoration Cantonese and English audio options Optional English subtitles Brand new and exclusive feature-length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) Audio commentary by Hong Kong film expert Ric Meyers Lengthy interview with director Johnnie To (40 mins) Making of Throw Down featurette Theatrical trailer and TV spots Reversible sleeve PLUS: a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film
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ABNORMAL FAMILY - Directed by Masayuki Suo (1984, 63 minutes) The debut film of the director of the international hit comedy SHALL WE DANCE (1996) follows the Mamiya family after the latest arrival of the voluptuous new bride of over-sexed eldest son KÃ´ichi. Kazuo sees his new sister-in-law as a source of release from study stress, while his sister Akiko, after donning her Office Lady uniform heads straight to a workplace that offers much more in the way of financial incentive. Suo s only ever pink film is a bawdy pastiche of the works of Ozu YasujirÃ´, presenting this far-from-typical family through idiosyncratic editing and compositional. BLUE FILM WOMAN - directed by Kan Mukai (1969, 78 minutes) Blue Film Woman is a feverish mishmash of horror, blackmail sexploitation and trippy nightclub sequences revolving around the daughter of a stockbroker who is brought to his knees by an unexpected financial crash. In order to stave off bankruptcy, he offers up his wife to his sleazy, reptilian creditor Uchiyama who, after prodding and pawing over her, locks her up in the shed at the bottom of the garden where his mentally challenged son Hiroshi lurks in the attic. Dual Format Contents: Newly remastered versions of both films Pink Thrills: Jasper Sharp on Pink Eiga. A 35 minute video essay on pink cinema.
Star Trek: Short Treks brings fans of the Star Trek universe together on a thrilling exploration of the themes and characters we've already come to love. Witness the Star Trek: Discovery storyline expand with episodes featuring fan-favourites Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), Ethan Peck (Spock), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and more. Experience nine thrilling shorts which deliver nearly two hours of live-action and animated adventures never-before-seen in Star Trek's history. Special features include a making-of featurette, in-depth cast interviews and exclusive series commentaries. This must-own addition to the Star Trek franchise is guaranteed to take you further into the galaxy than ever before. BONUS FEATURES Audio commentary by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet Making of Short Treks Featurettes on each Short
Brittany, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of HÃ©loÃ¯se, a young woman who has just left the convent. HÃ©loÃ¯se is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.
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