British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Fritz Lang's Spione (1928). The release will be available for purchase on November 17th.
Fritz Lang's penultimate silent film, Spione [Spies], is a flawlessly constructed labyrinthine spy thriller. Hugely influential, Lang's famous passion for meticulous detail combines with masterful story-telling and editing skills to form a relentless tale of intrigue, espionage, and blackmail.
Setting in stone for the first time many elements of the modern spy thriller, Spione perhaps represents the zenith of Lang's silent artistry.
Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles 69 minute documentary about the film • 40-PAGE BOOKLET including new and exclusive writing by critic Murielle Joudet and an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced their upcoming Ultimate Collector's Edition of Fritz Lang's futuristic epic Metropolis. The release will be available for purchase on January 19, 2015.
Metropolis Ultimate Collector's Edition, the mother of all sci-fi films and a major influence on Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), George Lucas (Star Wars), and pop culture in general (referenced by Madonna, Beyonce and countless others) will be re-released in a 2-disc Blu-ray set in brand new SteelBook packaging, now featuring Giorgio Moroder presents: Metropolis and a 45-min documentary exploring the film's rediscovery. Limited to just 4000 units worldwide and including an opportunity with every SteelBook to win a unique bespoke Metropolis engraved solid gold bar, Metropolis Ultimate Collector's Edition will be released as part of the Masters of Cinema Series.
With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot, Metropolis is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema (an influence on Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless other films). Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (M, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse,The Big Heat, etc.), its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur – it was described by Luis Buñuel as "a captivating symphony of movement" – remain as powerful as ever.
Drawing on – and defining – classic sci-fi themes, Metropolis depicts a dystopian future in which society is thoroughly divided in two: while anonymous workers conduct their endless drudgery below ground their rulers enjoy a decadent life of leisure and luxury. When Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) ventures into the depths in search of the beautiful Maria (Brigitte Helm in her debut role), plans of rebellion are revealed and a Maria-replica robot is programmed by mad inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) and master of Metropolis Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel) to incite the workers into a self-destructive riot.
A "Holy Grail" among film finds, Metropolis is presented here in its reconstructed and restored version, as lavish and spectacular as ever thanks to the painstaking archival work of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and the discovery of 25 minutes of footage until recently thought lost to the world. Lang's enduring epic can be seen as the director originally intended, and as seen by German cinema-goers in 1927.
Special Features: Opportunity in every SteelBook to win a unique bespoke Metropolis engraved solid gold bar, Weight Approx. 180g 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world) Metropolis Refound - a 2010 documentary by Evangelina Loguerico exploring the rediscovery of the most complete print of the Fritz Lang masterpiece in an Argentinean film museum. Giorgio Moroder presents: Metropolis - the 1984 re-imaging of Metropolis featuring a soundtrack by Moroder himself and artists such as Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury and many more. The Fading Image – Documentary which goes behind the scenes of Giorgio Moroder's restoration and scoring Pristine HD transfer (1080p on Blu-ray) 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1 Newly translated optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film 2010 re-release trailer 56-page booklet featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang, a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel, articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf, and restoration notes by Martin Koerber and more!
British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Raymond Bernard's Wooden Crosses (1932). The release will be available for purchase on March 30.
Synopsis: The film that most firmly established the talent of French director Raymond Bernard before his epic adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les misérables, Wooden Crosses [Le croix de bois] was widely hailed at the time of its release in 1932 for its searing depiction of the horrors of the European front during World War I; subsequently, Bernard was named soldier of honour of the 39th Infantry Division.
Adapted from a novel by Roland Dorgelès (a former corporal of the 39th), Wooden Crosses offers a kaleidoscope of cinematographic technique to present a visceral, enveloping recreation of one regiment's experience of battlefield hell. (Its entire cast is comprised of war veterans.) It is an epic tapestry that rivals John Ford's Four Sons and Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front in both its poetry of trauma and steadfastness of conviction that war must be held in contempt.
Special Features: New HD 1080p presentation of the film from Pathé's astonishing 2014 restoration Optional English subtitles Video interview with historian Marc Ferro and film historian Laurent Veray A short documentary on the new restoration Wooden Crosses: A Sonic Adventure, documentary exploring early sound design Archival interview with Roland Dorgelès Archival interview with Raymond Bernard Vintage 1914 newsreels Documentary piece on early 20th century poster artist Adrien Barrère The Absent Battle, the Omnipresent War, a collection of photography from WWI taken by André Schnellbach who served with Dorgelès in the 39th Booklet featuring a new and exclusive interview by film critic Emmanuel Burdeau, and rare archival material.
British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Sidney Lumet's The Offence (1972), starring Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Peter Bowles, and Ian Bannen. The release will be available for purchase on April 20.
"After 20 years, what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him." — In their third screen collaboration, the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many.
Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes, Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist, assaulting him and, subsequently, beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure... and the lines between guilt and innocence, protector and sadist, become ineradicably blurred.
Released only one year before the director's Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the City, The Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress, and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession.
Special Features: New 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray 32-PAGE BOOKLET with a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton, an archival interview with Sidney Lumet, and more!