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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Film Arcade Signs Domestic Distribution Deal With Universal Pictures Home Entertainment



The Film Arcade signs domestic distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2016) - The Film Arcade and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced today that they have entered into a multi-year home entertainment distribution agreement in which Universal will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through, Video-on-Demand and Television of The Film Arcade films in the U.S. and Canada.

The Film Arcade, which does the theatrical marketing and distribution for its productions and acquisitions, will begin the new Universal pact with Mike Birbiglia's Don’t Think Twice.  The film, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Birbiglia, is one of the indie hits of the year having grossed $4.4M at the domestic box office and was just nominated for Best Comedy by the Critics’ Choice Awards.  Don’t Think Twice recently had a successful Electronic Sell-Through debut and will be released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow Tuesday, December 6th.

In addition, Universal has acquired all international distribution rights to Don’t Think Twice from financiers The Film Arcade and Cold Iron Pictures and will release the film internationally in 2017.

“We are excited to work with the talented team at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,” said The Film Arcade’s Andy Bohn.  “We’ve enjoyed collaborating with them on Don’t Think Twice and they will be an invaluable partner on our future films.”

“The Film Arcade is truly a top-quality operation,” said Eddie Cunningham, President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “Combining Universal’s exceptional track record in content distribution across both brick and mortar and digital retail platforms with The Film Arcade’s compelling roster of specialty fare sets the table for a long and prosperous distribution partnership.”

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com).  Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About The Film Arcade

The Film Arcade is an independent film distribution company that recently released Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Birbiglia as well as Josh Mond’s James White starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.  Previous films include People Places Things starring Jemaine Clement, A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, Song One starring Anne Hathaway and Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight starring Kathryn Hahn.  The Film Arcade is in post-production on Lake Bell’s What’s the Point starring Ed Helms, Amber Heard and Bell.



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Peter Jackson's "KING KONG" - Ultimate Edition 2/7/2017



KING KONG - Ultimate Edition
Release Date: 2/7/2017

Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 12/14/2005


Synopsis: Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.

BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen  Ultimate Edition(61185837) : Disc 1 (Side A): King Kong

 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      1-9132-90029-2-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      2/7/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      Ultimate Edition      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Digital Copy of King Kong - Extended Version (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
 
BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen  Ultimate Edition(61185837) : Disc 2 (Side A): King Kong

 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      1-9132-90029-2-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      2/7/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      Ultimate Edition      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong
• See More of NYC in "Wish You Were Here"
 
BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen  Ultimate Edition(61185837) : Disc 3 (Side A)

 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      1-9132-90029-2-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      2/7/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      -          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:            Subtitles:     
 Edition:      Ultimate Edition      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • 2006 Introductions by Peter Jackson
• Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong
• Production Diaries
• Post Production Diaries
• Deleted Scenes with Introductions
• The Eighth Blunder of the World
• The Making of a Shot: The T-Rex Fight
• Skull Island: A Natural History
• Kong's New York, 1933
• A Night in Vaudeville
• King Kong Homage
• Pre-Visualization Animatics
• Conceptual Design Video Galleries
• "The Present"
• WETA Collectibles
• The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong
• Trailers

BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen  Ultimate Edition(61185837) : Disc 1 (Side A) (Feature 2): King Kong
 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      1-9132-90029-2-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      2/7/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 20 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:     
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:     
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      Ultimate Edition      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • U-Control: Picture in Picture
• U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
• Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen


Blu-ray Widescreen (61107690) : Disc 1 (Side A): King Kong
 Format:      Blu-ray      UPC:      0-2519-20082-8-3
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      -
 Street Date:      2/12/2013      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen
 Version:      -      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing

Blu-ray Widescreen (61107690) : Disc 1 (Side A) (Feature 2)
 Format:      Blu-ray      UPC:      0-2519-20082-8-3
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      -
 Street Date:      2/12/2013      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 20 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:     
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:     
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen
 Version:      -      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • U-Control: Picture in Picture
• U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
• Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen

Blu-ray Widescreen (61180127) : Disc 1 (Side A): King Kong
 Format:      Blu-ray      UPC:      0-2519-23650-0-3
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      7/12/2016      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen
 Version:      Pop Art      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing


Blu-ray Widescreen (61180127) : Disc 1 (Side A) (Feature 2): King Kong
 Format:      Blu-ray      UPC:      0-2519-23650-0-3
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      7/12/2016      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 20 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:     
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:     
 Audio:     English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen
 Version:      Pop Art      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      Not Rated
PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • U-Control: Picture in Picture
• U-Control: The Art Galleries
• My Scenes
• BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
• Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen


DVD Widescreen (61026260) : Disc 1 (Side A): King Kong
 Format:      DVD      UPC:      0-2519-26260-2-9
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      -
 Street Date:      6/5/2012      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      -      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong
• See More of NYC in "Wish You Were Here"


DVD Widescreen (61180149) : Disc 1 (Side A): King Kong
 Format:      DVD      UPC:      0-2519-23652-5-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      7/12/2016      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      3 Hours 8 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case with Slip Sleeve      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French
Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Pop Art      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      [deleted]Frightening Adventure Violence and Some Disturbing Images
 Bonus Features:      • The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong
• See More of NYC in "Wish You Were Here"


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"THE MUMMY" New Teaser Trailer -- Watch It Now!



THE MUMMY                                                 
June 9, 2017


Genre:        Epic Action-Adventure       
Cast:        Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis,
Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe
Directed by:        Alex Kurtzman
Writers:        Jon Spaihts, Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by:    Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel
Executive Producer:        Sarah Bradshaw

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. 

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.  

                          Watch the Trailer


From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. 

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on.  Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan. http://www.themummy.com


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"SECRET SANTA" -- Wild Eye Sends a Killer Down the Chimney on December 13th



Wild Eye Releasing Decks the Halls with Blood and Bodies
Mike McMurran's Retro Slasher "Secret Santa" Comes to DVD
Available Nationwide December 13th

"As a tribute to B-grade slasher movies, the killer and the gore fit perfectly."
-- Toronto Film Scene

   
New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced the December 13th DVD and Digital HD release for Mike McMurran's debut feature, Secret Santa.  Coming ho-ho-home in time for the holidays, Secret Santa is a bloodsoaked love letter to classic holiday horror and slasher films from the 1970s and 80s. 

Secret Santa tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. A liquor-filled Christmas party is planned to ease the stress. They plan to toast the end of the semester with a Secret Santa exchange. Little do they know, a killer is in town and has a special present for all the girls and boys.  Will they dare to open their presents?

               Secret Santa (Official Trailer)


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The DVD release of Secret Santa will include a feature-length commentary with writer-director Mike McMurran and a behind the scenes documentary.         
   
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Need Ideas For Last-Minute Holiday Gifts? Olive Films Can Help



Gift Guide from Olive Films

Streaming platforms may dominate the conversation for most of the year, but is it too impersonal to give a streaming service subscription as a gift? This holiday season, physical media reigns -- DVDs and Blu-rays of old and new favorite films make the perfect gifts.  Some of this year's most thoughtful presents are special DVDs and Blu-rays, and Olive Films has put together this ultimate gift guide to help you.

OLIVE SIGNATURE: JOHNNY GUITAR


Widely panned at its 1954 release, this bizarre Nicholas Ray-directed Western starring Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, and Sterling Hayden has been gaining popularity recently, soon to cement its status as a cinephile cult favorite. In September, Johnny Guitar came to Olive Signature on DVD and Blu-ray, mastered from a new 4K restoration and featuring loads of entertaining and informative bonus materials.  The Olive Signature edition of Johnny Guitar is sure to thrill (and likely impress) any cinephile.

    Introduction by Martin Scorsese
    Audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew
    "Tell Us She Was One of You: The Hollywood Blacklist and Johnny Guitar” - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
    “Johnny Guitar: A Feminist Western?” - with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
    “Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures” - with archivist Marc Wanamaker
    “Johnny Guitar: A Western Like No Other” - with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
    “My Friend, the American Friend” - Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell and Chris Sievernich
    "Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western" - an original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Theatrical trailer

J'ACCUSE (1938)

Perhaps best known for his silent works, Abel Gance is remembered as one of the major figures of early cinema.  Haunted by the suffering he witnessed during World War I, he created the silent J’accuse (1919) to serve as the ultimate indictment of war. He eventually remade J’accuse in 1938, utilizing the newly available technology of sound.  If his original film is a lamentation of World War I, his remake is a plea for peace under the looming threat of World War II. For the film’s final act, Gance, always a technological innovator, used special effects that were ahead of their time to create a climax that walks the line between surrealism and horror. Despite the film's great importance, the DVD and Blu-ray of J'accuse  (1938) have only just debuted on November 15th, so this will give the cinephile on any gift list the opportunity to catch up with a long-neglected piece of film history.

OLIVE SIGNATURE: MACBETH

With Macbeth, the prolific Orson Welles would use a potent mix of highly stylized visuals and theatrical performances to create an altogether unique vision for his interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy. This special Olive Signature edition includes both the original 1948 107-minute cut, replete with affected highland accents, and the 1950 pared-down 85-minute re-release that removed most of the accented dialogue, making it one of the year's ultimate gifts for cinephiles.

    New High-Definition digital restoration
    Includes 1948 and 1950 versions
    Audio Commentary with Welles biographer Joseph McBride
    "Welles and Shakespeare" - an interview with Welles expert, Professor Michael Anderegg
    "Adapting Shakespeare on Film" - a conversation with directors Carlo Carlei (Romeo & Juliet) and Billy Morrissette (Scotland, PA)
    Excerpt from We Work Again, a 1937 WPA documentary containing scenes from Welles' Federal Theatre Project production of Macbeth
    "That Was Orson Welles" - an interview with Welles' close friend and co-author, Peter Bogdanovich
    "Restoring Macbeth" - an interview with former UCLA Film & Television Archive Preservation Officer Bob Gitt
    "Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"
    “The Two Macbeths” - an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum


FOR THE IN-LAWS...

OLIVE SIGNATURE: HIGH NOON


Many people find parents-in-law to be the most difficult family members to shop for. They want to impress with a sleek and elegant gift, but they also want something that strikes an emotional chord.  High Noon is considered one of the greatest Westerns of all time, and with a new 4K restoration used for this DVD and Blu-ray, people can give their in-laws the priceless gift of reliving a classic in the best presentation since its theatrical run.

    “A Ticking Clock” - Academy Award nominee Mark Goldblatt on the editing of High Noon
    "A Stanley Kramer Production" - Michael Schlesinger on the eminent producer of High Noon
    “Imitation of Life: The Hollywood Blacklist and High Noon” - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
    “Oscars and Ulcers: The Production History of High Noon” - a visual essay with rarely seen archival elements, narrated by Anton Yelchin
    “Uncitizened Kane" - an original essay by Sight & Sound editor Nick James
    Theatrical trailer

STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

Directed by the great Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, June Allyson, and Frank Lovejoy, Strategic Air Command is one of the absolute classics of aviation film. Its greatest claim to fame is its stunning aerial photography, which was filmed in breathtaking Vistavision. Also having the distinction of being the only movie to ever highlight the B-36 Peacemaker, this newly debuted DVD and Blu-ray will thrill any fans of Jimmy Stewart, classic film, or aviation.

FOR THE 80's KIDS...

AMERICAN NINJA 1-4


Remember this gem from the days of the video store? 80's kids surely will.  Full of cheesy moments and goofs that endeared them to kids everywhere, Cannon Films’ American Ninja series packed enough ninja action to launch a wave of martial arts obsession amongst young people across the US. American Ninja, American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, and American Ninja 4: The Annihilation are each on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films with bonus features that appeal to the 80's kid in all of us. All four films together would make an awesome and thoughtful gift.

ZAPPED!

Here's another offering from Olive Films sure to conjure up some nostalgia. When a lab accident leaves a high school student with telekinetic powers, it’s a comic free-for-all in this raunchy comedy starring Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Heather Thomas, and Felice Schachter.  Encouraged by his hormonally minded friend to put his powers to good use, he exacts revenge on school bullies, cheats a little at sports and improves his luck with the girls, culminating in a prom scene reminiscent of Carrie … with laughs.



FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SHARE

OLIVE SIGNATURE: THE QUIET MAN


Countless people across the country grew up watching The Quiet Man with their parents or their grandparents. Now, they can revisit this classic with their own children. The Quiet Man is now available from the newly launched Olive Signature on DVD and Blu-ray. With pristine video quality, bonus features that will enchant the whole family, and sleek packaging, anyone can be proud to give this Olive Signature DVD or Blu-ray to a loved one.

    Mastered from 4K scan of original camera negative
    Audio commentary with John Ford biographer Joseph McBride
    “A Tribute to Maureen O'Hara: with Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, and Ally Sheedy”
    “Don’t You Remember It, Seánín?: John Ford’s The Quiet Man” - a visual essay by historian and John Ford expert Tag Gallagher
    "Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"
    "The Old Man: Peter Bogdanovich Remembers John Ford”
    “The Making of The Quiet Man” – written and hosted by Leonard Maltin

OLIVE SIGNATURE: THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY

A film can turn any night into a wonderful shared experience between generations, and The Night of the Grizzly exemplifies this. It's a simple but exciting Western about a family, a town, and a killer bear. This is the type of film that simply doesn't get made anymore. 

    New High-Definition digital restoration
    Audio Commentary by film historian Toby Roan
    “Blood on the Claw: How Cheyenne Bodie Became a Movie Star” - an essay by C. Courtney Joyner
    “The Legend of Big Jim Cole” –  interview with Clint Walker
    The Night of the Grizzly World Premiere archival footage
    “At Home with Clint Walker and His Home Gymnasium” – archival interview

FOR THE SCI-FI LOVERS

THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS


The Monster of Piedras Blancas, only having recently debuted on DVD and Blu-ray, had become a sort of Holy Grail of monster b-movies. Shot over the course of two weeks, the film was produced with a final budget of $29,000. This micro-budget necessitated a resourceful craftsmanship from the filmmakers that resulted in the endearingly campy monster flick that fans know and love. Its shocking (for the time, at least) gore also earned it a place in the hearts of many young horror fans.

COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE

One of the reasons we at Olive Films love classic Sci-Fi so much is because of its zany, innocent fun. If that's what someone is looking for in a gift to a Sci-Fi fan, they should look no further than the complete serial Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe. This set contains all twelve pulse-pounding episodes of the beloved tv series-turned-theatrical serial.



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HOWARDS END -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle



I've always had an unreasoning fear of Merchant Ivory movies.  I was afraid that if I watched one, I would slowly sink into a murky mire of stiff drawing room drama that would bore me into submission and entomb me in a calcified shell of stilted dialogue and labored social entanglements. 

Having just watched my first one, however, I must say that I may have misjudged the genre.  For HOWARDS END (1992, Cohen Film Collection), probably the crown jewel in the celebrated oeuvre of distinguished producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is not only solidly engaging on a literary basis but also about as impeccably rendered a period piece as one might ever hope to enjoy. 

The film does invite repeat viewings in order to peel away its various layers and to pick up on what I find to be a rich vein of visual symbolism akin to the days of silent cinema.  (Much of which, admittedly, was pointed out to me while listening to the engaging commentary track.)


The story, which takes place in England shortly after the turn of the 20th century, is all about that country's rigid class system and how people from the different strata of society were expected to interact in relation to one another.

In this case, that includes the wealthy, upperclass Wilcox family, their middleclass acquaintances the Schlegels, and a young lowerclass couple, Leonard Bast and his blowsy, disreputable "wife" Jacky (they're actually living in sin, so to speak), whose inadventent contact with the above will lead to tragedy as well as general interpersonal crises for everyone involved.

It all revolves around a quaint old country house called Howards End which is owned by Mrs. Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), who holds her old family estate in deeply fond esteem.  Stiff, unimaginative husband Henry (Anthony Hopkins) is the opposite of his warm, emotionally open wife, and sees the house only as a bit of real estate.  Their children, on the other hand--sons Charles and Paul, and daughter Evie--eye it with jealous envy.


All are shocked when a deep friendship between Mrs. Wilcox and the oldest Schlegel sister, Margaret (Emma Thompson), results in Mrs. Wilcox leaving Howards End to Margaret upon her death.  While the Wilcoxes secretly burn the scribbled will, an awkward romance between Henry and Margaret threatens to give her ownership of the house after all. 

Meanwhile, Margaret's younger sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter), a free-thinker with a rebellious streak, is enraged when Henry inadvertently causes Leonard to lose his precious job and then stubbornly refuses to admit fault or help the penniless man.  This causes a deep divide between the two sisters and exacerbates tensions between the families which will eventually result in heated conflict and, finally, a violent incident. 

HOWARDS END is (very) high-end soap opera in a way, with Margaret marrying Henry mainly because the Schlegels--including ne'er-do-well brother Tibby--are about to lose the lease on their own house.  This compels her to reluctantly adopt the stuffy ways of the upper class even as Henry's lofty disregard for the Basts enrages Helen to the point where she flees to Germany and refuses to return home.


On a deeper level, the film is a fascinating examination of the implacable and largely inexplicable social mores which existed in England at that time and kept the poor in their place with little hope of advancement while the privileged class enjoyed an infinitely superior lifestyle.

Despite a relatively modest budget, there's nothing even remotely flimsy or cheapjack about this production.  The film is gorgeous in every aspect, a dazzling evocation of the period with a wealth of ideal locations that are consistently pleasing to the eye. 

James Ivory directs with great taste, subtlety, and skill, with a style that doesn't draw attention to itself.  The screenplay by Ivory and co-writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, adapted from the original novel by E. M. Forster, maintains a high literary standard throughout and is filled with choice dialogue including a fair amount of pointed humor.


Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are first-rate and work beautifully together as the charmingly awkward couple Henry and Margaret.  The young Helena Bonham Carter is utterly captivating as Helen--when I see her, I'm reminded of the Old Hollywood saying "They had faces in those days."  She would've been a natural for silent films and brings immeasurable presence to a period piece such as this.  In her brief role as the first Mrs. Wilcox, the great Vanessa Redgrave is disarmingly warm and as memorable as always. 

Other supporting roles are ideally cast, such as Samuel West and Nicola Duffett as the unfortunate Basts.  James Wilby does a fine job as Henry's dull older son Charles, whose clumsy efforts to gain his father's approval while trying to wrest Howard's End away from his new stepmother often border on the pathetic. 

As Charles' flighty and rather flaky wife Dolly, Susie Lindeman adds a touch of comedy to the story, as does Prunella Scales, whom most will remember as Sybil Fawlty in the BBC classic "Fawlty Towers", as the Schlegels' Aunt Juley.


The 2-disc Blu-ray from Cohen Film Collection comes in an attractive slipcase which includes an illustrated 26-page booklet containing film credits and essays by James Ivory, John Pym, and production designer Luciana Arrighi.   

Disc 1 contains the 16x9 widescreen feature film (looking fine with a new 4K restoration) with an exhaustive commentary by critics Wade Major and Lael Lowenstein. English subtitles are available. (The subtitles have an annoying PC tendency to replace the word "Miss" with the more modern term "Ms." which was coined several decades after the story takes place. This happens in a lot of subtitles these days and is a pet peeve of mine.)

Disc 2 contains the original and re-release trailers and the following featurettes:

--2016 conversation with James Ivory and Laurence Kardish, former Senior Curator of Film, MoMA
--2016 Cannes Film Festival interview with James Ivory and Vanessa Redgrave
--2016 Film Society of Lincoln Center Q & A with James Ivory
--Building Howards End
--The Design of Howards End
--1992 Behind-the-Scenes short featurette with comments by cast and crew
--James Ivory remembers Ismail Merchant
 
HOWARDS END is British drawing room drama with all the windows thrown open and the fresh air and sunshine allowed to come in, making it both an edifying intellectual experience and a refreshment for the senses.  In trying to describe it, I keep coming back to the word "impeccable", a quality that's in pretty short supply these days.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Martin Scorsese's "SILENCE" -- Watch the Trailer Now



PARAMOUNT PICTURES SHARPSWORD FILMS and AI FILM Present In Association with CATCHPLAY IM GLOBAL and VERDI PRODUCTIONS A YLK SIKELIA FÁBRICA DE CINE Production 

A Martin Scorsese Picture

"SILENCE"


Martin Scorsese's SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. 

The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring  Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

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Cast:
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano,Ciarán Hinds and Liam Neeson

Screenplay by:
 Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese

Directed by:
Martin Scorsese

Produced by:
Martin Scorsese, p.g.a. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, p.g.a. Randall Emmett, p.g.a. Barbara De Fina Gastón Pavlovich Irwin Winkler, p.g.a. Vittorio Cecchi Gori


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG" Sheds Light On a 2'9" B-Movie Bond



The Search For Weng Weng Now Available on DVD
Doc Chronicles the Shortest Adult Actor in a Leading Role
2'9" Filipino Answer to James Bond Dominated in the 1970s

"A Must-See for Any Film Lover" --Unseen Films

   
New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing is honored to announce the Collector's Edition DVD, Cable VOD and Digital HD release of The Search for Weng Weng.  The documentary charts the sometimes bizarre history of Filipino B-films, as told through filmmaker Andrew Leavold's personal quest to find the truth behind its dwarf James Bond superstar Weng Weng (For Y'ur Height Only, The Impossible Kid).  Weng Weng took the movie world by storm in the 1970s, and who has since become a viral internet sensation.

Almost a decade ago, Australian trash cinema aficionado Andrew Leavold set off to the Philippines to uncover the true story behind his cinema obsession: the enigmatic Weng Weng, a 2'9" Filipino James Bond.  Over several visits to the Philippines, Leavold manages to piece together Weng Weng's incredible story - packed with pathos, humor and tragedy.

The Search for Weng Weng lifts the lid on one of the most extraordinary and bizarre national cinemas on the planet, an unforgettable expose of all that is great and wrong about the movie business.  With a cast fill of eccentric characters, from directors to stuntmen to the outrageous Imelda Marcos, this is a remarkable journey deep into the eye of Asia's B-cinema tiger.

      The Search for Weng Weng (Official Trailer)


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The Collector's Edition DVD release of The Search for Weng Weng (SRP $14.95) exclusively includes a feature-length commentary with director Andrew Leavold, extended and deleted scenes, an "I Love Weng Weng" music video, trailers and more.





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