September 2017

Gleebooks Bookshop - Monday, September 04, 2017
A Bigger Splash—featuring David Hockney
Director Jack Hazan and writer David Mingay (Rude Boy) had access to David Hockney and his circle from 1971 to 1973, a critical period for Hockney following his break-up of his relationship with Peter Schlesinger. As much an intimate study of love gone wrong as a portrait of an artist at work, A Bigger Splash chronicles the emotional ripples that separation casts on their coterie. Newly remastered, features include: Love’s Presentation (James Scott, 1966, 25 minutes): a short film capturing the creation of Hockney’s Cavafy Etchings, narrated by the artist; Portrait of David Hockney (David Pearce, 1972, 13 minutes): Hockney seen relaxing at his home with Peter Schlesinger, and at work on his celebrated painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy;Interview with Jack Hazan (Adam Roberts, 2006, 28 mins, DVD only). ($29.95 Region 2, DVD & Blu-ray)

M: Dir. Fritz Lang ($34.95, Region 2)

Peter Lorre’s bravura performance as serial child-killer pursued by both the police and the criminal underworld—in a restored high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio. Special features include: Two audio commentaries; The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety—featuring different actors, alternate takes, and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English; Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary by Erwin Leiser with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema

Faust: Dir. F.W. Murnau ($34.95, Region 2, DVD & Blu-ray)
The script for Murnau’s last German film fuses German folk legend & the works of Goethe, Gounod & Marlowe. In a gorgeous 1080p transfer of the domestic German print Emil Jannings as Mephisto wagers an angel (Werner Fuetterer) that he can corrupt the soul of the elderly professor Faust (Gosta Ekman). The pinnacle of silent cinema, the film’s barrage of visceral & apocryphal imagery contrasting with the simplicity & directness of its spiritual theme. Features include: original German intertitles & optional English subtitles; A choice of three scores; Full-length audio commentary; The Language of Shadows, a 53 minute documentary on Faust.

Nosferatu: Dir. F W Murnau ($34.95, Region 2)  A simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok—portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology—who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. Murnau’s iconic film of the German expressionist cinema in a Brand new high-definition restoration, and heaps of special features.

The Team ($39.95, Region 2)
Headed by Danish homicide detective Harald Bjørn (Lars Mikkelsen), Belgian homicide detective Alicia Verbeek (Veerle Baetens), and German Federal Criminal Police superintendent Jackie Müller, ‘The Team’ work through the framework of Europol, to attempt to solve a series of cross-border murders—in the process unravelling an unscrupulous criminal organisation in Europe.

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