Monday, 27 October 2008

New DVD releases round up 27th / 28th October

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases, we've come up with some recommendations for you.

UK releases
In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 27th October 2008 :

Never Apologize

Never Apologize. Malcolm McDowell's warm tribute to alt-flix faveLindsay Anderson. The film is a recording of Malcolm McDowell's one man theatre show about legendary British film director Lindsay Anderson. The show is cut with clips of Lindsay Anderson's films If... and O'Lucky Man! (both starring McDowell), and excerpts from Anderson's 'recently posthumously published memoirs.
We heartily recommend the film for fellow fans of Anderson and McDowell, film buffs and anyone who wants to have a damn good laugh at McDowell's hugely funny stories.

One Who Set Forth - Wim Wenders' Early Years. This superb and revealing documentary profiles the work and early career of renowned German director Wim Wenders, one of the few truly unique talents working in cinema today. The documentary is as fascinating as Wender's own films.

Wim Wenders Documentary Collection. A collection of documentary films from acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders includes: Nick's Film, Lightning Over Water, Room 666, Tokyo-Ga, Notebook on Cities And Clothes and A Trick Of The Light.

The best of the rest of DVDs released this week in the UK include: My Winnipeg; Puffball; Land of plenty; The Edge of love; Little Dorrit; Couscous; Flood; Junior Bonner; George A. Romero's Dead Trilogy - Night Of The Living Dead/Dawn Of The Dead/Day Of The Dead.

The recommended Blu-ray releases this week in the UK include:Hidden; Life on Mars 1 & 2; The Godafther trilogy; The lost prince; Oasis Lord Don't Slow Me Down; Iron Man; Deception; Pathology; Essential Holiday Collection; Hell Ride [US Import].

The recommended TV releases (all formats) this week in the UK include: A Touch Of Frost series 14; House season 4; Oz complete; 4400 complete; Wood And Walters Series 1; Tess Of The D'Urbervilles; The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Frasier Complete Collection; Charmed Complete Collection; Mutual Friends; - Prisoner Cell Block H Vol.1; At Home With The Braithwaites Series 1-4; Sunshine.

A full list with further details and an exclusive store for October 2008 releases can be found at the alt-flix October 2008 UK releases site .


USA releases
In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 28th October 2008 are:

10 Years of Rialto Pictures

10 Years of Rialto Pictures. 10 discs celebrating 10 years of Rialto's fine work in restoring and releasing some lost classics. Includes Billy Liar, Army Of Shadows, The Third Man, Rififi and many other masterpieces.


Baraka
. A beautiful almost balletic social travelogue, which casts its lens far and wide all across the world. Beautifully shot, a film that everyone deserves to see.

I Love Beijing. Ning Ying's 2001 end game of his Beijing trilogy. In I Love Beijing the city and its lead character become almost interchangeable in this skilful and highly enjoyable piece.

The best of the rest of DVDs released this week in the USA include: Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection; The Beyond; Andrzej Zulawski's La Femme Publique; Seven Virgins; Woman on The Beach; Yesterday Girl; Divine; Sway; I Love Beijing; Eight Miles High.

The recommended Blu-ray releases this week in the USA include: Hell Ride; Baraka; Journey to the Center of Earth (Limited-Edition 2-D & 3-D with Glasses); The Polar Express Presented in 3-D; Elf; Beat the Devil; Essential Holiday Collection; Cannibal Taboo; The Final Countdown; Them And Me, With The Sky In A Garden.

The recommended TV releases (all formats) this week in the USA include: The L-Word: The Complete Fifth Season; The L-Word: Five Season Pack; The Flintstones: The Complete Series; The 4400: The Complete Series; Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 6; The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Fanny Hill; Millennium: Seasons 1-3; Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection.

Other recommended new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk October 2008 USA DVD releases.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

New DVD releases round up 20th / 21st October.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases, we've come up with some recommendations for you.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 20th October 2008 :

Smalltime - Shane Meadows

Smalltime. Shane Meadows' debut feature (56 mins). This DVD has been promised for a long time but previously unavailable due to wrangling over the rights to its release, and was only briefly released on VHS. The film itself shows plenty of Meadows' loose directing style and even looser acting alongside some a similarly relaxed cast. This is a genuinely odd little film which has odd elements akin to a student project, alongside some shocks with Meadows customary bite.

Update: Smalltime has been withdrawn form the release schedules agin. More news as we get it.

Killer Of Sheep. Charles Burnett's film that chronicles the life of a slaughterhouse worker. BFI have thankfully given this landmark film a release for a new generation to witness. Also released this week is his later film My Brother's Wedding, another film we'd highly recommend.

The Short Films Of David Lynch. Without doubt one of the greatest talents in modern cinema. These short films ranging from 1967 to 1995 really underline both the diversity and downright strangeness taking place in his art.

The best of the rest of DVDs released this week in the UK include: Band Of Thieves; Orphee; Season Of The Witch; Eraserhead; Leaving Las Vegas; Complete History Of My Sexual Failures; What?; The Joseph Losey Collection; The Horses Mouth; My Brother Wedding and Sisters.

The recommended Blu-ray releases this week in the UK include: Lost Series 4; Pride and Predjudice; Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition); James Bond Blu-Ray Collection Vol.1; Reservoir Dogs; The Red Desert; 28 Days Later; 28 Weeks Later; The Omen Trilogy; Alien Vs Predator; Aliens Vs Predator - The Requiem; The Hills Have Eyes; and The Hills Have Eyes 2.

The recommended TV releases (all formats) this week in the UK include: The Dangerous Brothers; The Unit Series 3; My Name Is Earl Series 3; Dirty Sexy Money Season 1; Dear Ladies (Hinge & Bracket) Complete Series 2; London's Burning Series 9; That Mitchell And Webb Look Series 2; Follyfoot Series 3; The Passion; Rumpole Of The Bailey Series 1-7 Complete and V The Complete Series.

A full list with further details and an exclusive store for October 2008 releases can be found at the alt-flix October 2008 releases site .

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 21st October 2008 are:

Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's classic beautiful 1956 Oscar Winning extended short The Red Balloon about a boy and his balloon. Director Hou Hsiao Hsien expands the main elements of the original to include the child's mother, Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) and Song (a Tawainese student) who is hired to help care for the boy.


Six in Paris
. In 1965 six new wave directors were asked to submit short films about Paris for a new project, this magnificent collection was the result. Includes films by Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Goddard, Claude Chabrol, Jean Douchet, Jean Rouch and Jean-Daniel Pollet.

Eclipse Series 13-Kenji Mizoguchi's Fallen Women . Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi's (Sansho the Bailiff) four film collection themed around the plight of women in the male dominated Japanese society. Includes Osaka Elegy, Sisters of the Gion, Women of the Night and Street of Shame. Each of them are amazing films and way ahead of the times.

The best of the rest of DVDs released this week in the USA include: The Incredible Hulk (Three-Disc Special Edition); Mondays in the Sun; Casino Royale (40th Anniversary Edition); The Strangers; Missing; The Lazarus Project; The Last Man on Earth - In COLOR; Up in the World and Casino Royale (Three-Disc Collector's Edition).

The recommended Blu-ray releases this week in the USA include:Incredible Hulk; Sweeney Todd; Halloween; Casino Royale (Collector's Edition, 2 discs); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Red Desert; The Breed; James Bond Blu-ray Collection Six-Pack and The Strangers.

The recommended TV releases (all formats) this week in the USA include:Family Guy, Vol. 6; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series; Family Guy - The Complete Collection; Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith; Route 66 - The Complete Second Season; Knight Rider: The Complete Series; The Other Boleyn Girl (2003 BBC TV Version) and
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series.

Other recommended new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

New DVD releases round up 13th / 14th October.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases, we've come up with some recommendations for you.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 13th October 2008 are (all kitchen sinky):

A Taste Of Honey

A Taste Of Honey A welcome re-release (the out of print dvd having been rocketing in value in recent years). A Taste of Honey is set in the damp dreary surroundings of a tough northern England town. Jo is working class teenager who lives with her mother who is a keen drinker and man eater. When Jo's mum gets married Jo is forced to leave home. Jo agrees to find a room together with Geoffrey, a gay colleague from work. Subsequently Jo falls pregnant after a one-night stand with a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and things seem to be going well - too well as Jo's mother turns up to make trouble.
Written by the fantastic Shelagh Delaney, this is way ahead of its time. It certainly broached on many a subject that was not familiar to cinema audiences at the time, and it stands the test of time remarkably well even today. Its unremitting dreariness and hard times feeling is particularly engaging, as is the superb performance of the adorable Dora Bryan. This is perhaps the finest of the kitchen sink dramas.

Poor Cow. A re-release of Ken Loach's cinematic debut. Poor Cow is set in London and centres around Joy, a young working class mother who is married to a brutal criminal - Tom. When Tom is put in prison for a violent robbery Joy is left to cope with bringing up her child alone and in squalid circumstances.
You can draw many parallels with Poor Cow, and Loach's TV play of a year earlier "Cathy Come Home", both surround the difficulties of those eking out an existence at the lower end of the social structure, and he pulls no punches in that both do not just offer no easy answers, they actually offer no answers at all (which bravely mirrors the depressing reality of the situation). A superb film.

A Kind Of Loving. Our trio of kitchen sink drams conclude with this offering adapted by Billy Liar writers Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. A Kind Of Loving details the lives of a young couple who due to pregnancy are forced to marry. All too soon they find life is hard when no one seems to be on your side. A superb story and brilliant performances from Alan Bates and a frightening Thora Hird makes this a must see for any fans of gritty 60s drama.

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 14th October 2008 are:

Short Cuts
Short Cuts. A feature packed Criterion release of director Robert Altman's 1993 mutli strand story of LA living. The film is packed with stars ala Altman's The Player, but in this film the stars are completely incidental as the story winds through its twisting tales.

Still Life Jia Zhang Ke's fabulously affecting tale of the change in a town's life (Fengjie) when due to the construction of the 3 Gorges hydro project on the Yangtze River, the town is earmarked for flooding. A stunning film in every sense that so skilfully weaves fact and fiction together to such effect.

XXy. A bold, but sensitively played out tale of a hermaphrodite teenager and a new found friend trying to make sense of their relationship, sexualities and their local community. This Argentinean drama has deservedly chalked up numerous awards and nominations, and found itself a wider audience who have praised its unflinching and honest approach to the story.

Other recommended new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

New DVD releases round up 6th / 7th October.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases, we've come up with some recommendations for you.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 6th October 2008 are:

A Secret

A Secret This latest film from French director Claude Miller is also something of a secret, but it is well worth tracking down. It tells the personal story of a teenage boy who learns shocking secrets about his parents' lives during World War II. Being Jews in occupied France, their lives were under constant threat by the Nazi regime and they are forced to make decisions that they have to live with. A great film in it's own right that has certain thematic shades of Cache by Haneke running through it.

The Sandwich Man. Former Goon Michael Bentine took the title role in this great little film from 1966. Bentine stars as a sandwich board advertiser and walks around London observing and being observed (beautifully observed as it goes). The supporting cast of this film reads like a Who's Who of 60s comedy talent featuring the likes of Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Alfie Bass, Peter Jones, John le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Jeremy Lloyd, Burt Kwouk Norman Wisdom, Suzy Kendall, Terry Thomas and Dora Bryan.

War Dance. Documentary features have recently come right back to the forefront in Cinema. This film is one of the most genuinely powerful documentaries in recent years. It follows a group of Ugandan schoolchildren in their quest to participate in the annual Kampala Music Festival. Against the back drop of the country's dreadful and horrific recant history, these school children show the hope and determination to write their own history and live out a better life.

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 7th October 2008 are:

Le Deuxieme Souffle
Le Deuxieme Souffle. A feature packed Criterion release of director Jean-Pierre Melville 's 1966 pulp classic. The stories follow an underworld criminal who has escaped from prison and gets involved in "one last robbery". Meanwhile Inspector Blot is pursuing his quarry. One of the finest portrayals of a heist anywhere in cinema.

Boy A That these films slip out virtually unnoticed is both a joy and a tragedy. Boy A is a superb film with a truly original story and an amazing cast of less than a list actors (Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Siobhan Finneran, Alfie Owen et al) who do absolute justice to the terrific story. Hunt this one down, it's an absolute treat.

Le Doulos. Another Jean-Pierre Melville crime related classic. This time starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani and Jean Desailly, the story revolves around a criminal who exists in the complicated hinterland between passing information over to the police and keeping in with the underworld. Again given the features packed Criterion treatment.

Other recommended new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.