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March 2018

 - Thursday, March 08, 2018
David Simon & George Pelecanos return to the small screen with The Deuce—show that chronicles the rise of the porn industry in New York City in 1971–72, driven by the gradual legalization of porn and a politically motivated effort to ‘clean up’ Times Square. Seizing the chance to cash in on the nascent porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-managed prostitute, looking to get off the danger of the streets with a new career in porn filmmaking; pimps, hos, cops, journos, politicians—a gritty investigation of all the grey areas you’d expect from the team that brought you The Wire & Treme.

A bargain collection from the kings of comedy chaos—missing necklaces, stolen paintings, a quartet of stowaways, football recruits, shady guests, musicians, spies, Rufus T. Firefly über alles—including poor Margaret Dumont. Plus a feature-length documentary about the Marx Brothers and their meteoric rise as Hollywood’s masters of comedic mayhem, featuring interviews with the Marx family, Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett, filmmakers & historians.

This remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood vehicle, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured Union soldier, who then cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. Sofia Coppola was awarded Best Director at Cannes (the second woman to win best director in Cannes 71 year history— the last was Russian director Yuliya Solntseva in 1961, who won for her dramatic retelling of grassroots resistance to the Nazi movement in the Soviet Union).

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.

February 2018

 - Friday, February 09, 2018
 Love, Cecil: The Life of Legendary Photographer Cecil Beaton ($34.95, Region 2)
Oscar winning set & costume designer, photographer, wrier & painter Cecil Beaton was not only a dazzling chronicler of his time, but a supreme arbiter of its tastes. From the Bright Young Things, to the front lines of WW2, and from the international ‘belle monde’ & the pates of Vogue to a role as the Queen’s official photographer, Beaton embodied the cultural & political schisms of the 20th century. Lisa Vreeland’s documentary is both warm and critical, blending archival footage & photographs with voice over from Beaton’s famed diaries. It really gives you the urge to track down and read the diaries!

A Journey Through French Cinema: A Film by Bertrand Tavernier ($39.95, Region 2)

Bertrand Tavernier writes and directs this documentary which looks at some of the most influential figures from French cinema during a period of 40 years up to the late 1970s. A life-long film fan himself, Tavernier profiles a number of renowned directors, actors and writers as he discusses the influence they have had on his own career and also the role each has played in French cinema history. Featuring archive clips and rare behind-the-scenes footage, the film focuses on key figures such as Jacques Becker, Claude Chabrol Claude Sautet, François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard.

The Student: Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov ($24.95, region 2)
Those who follow the light have only ever invented darkness. Robert Desnos Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his mother, schoolmates and entire high school turned upside down by his questions. Can girls go to their swimming classes in bikinis? Does sex education have a place in school?  Should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences? The adults are soon overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will alone challenge him on his own ground. 

The Crown: Season 1 ($44.95)

The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await.

September 2017

 - 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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