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Old 11-28-14, 11:27 AM
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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

Been wanting to see Two For The Road for years now.
I keep expecting to see it announced in RA from Criterion, or more likely Twilight Time, but ...nothing.

Looks like that will be among the first things I order next year.
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Does anyone have an informed opinion as to a quality comparison between last year's Eureka Diary Of A Lost Girl, & Kino's forthcoming edition?
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Fright Night is officially up for pre-order on the MOC site and via Amazon UK. It's out 3/27/17. FYI


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fright-Nigh...+night+blu-ray
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..it's been up for pre-order for quite a while now..
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Remastered in 4K and it's the 193 minute director's cut. Due out March 19, 2018 in the UK.






Oh, and Re:Born continues look awesome as hell:

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Eureka(MOC) has a few nice limited editions coming out in the next few months. Not sure if I should make a new thread for blu-rays or just use this one now and next time? I pre-ordered all 4 from Amazon.uk.
Looks like they all ship together and will arrive early May.Might be better to order direct from Eureka if they
ship them as they are released ?

https://eurekavideo.co.uk/masters-of-cinema/#page-1

I'll post the rest latter
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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

Release date:
7/20/2020



Limited Edition O-CARD Slipcase with new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 units]
PLUS: A Collector s Booklet featuring new writing on the film [2000 units]
1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
Original Cantonese audio (original mono presentations)
English dub track produced for the film s original European home video release
English dub track produced for the film s original American home video release
Newly translated English subtitles
Brand new and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
Alternate end credits
Archival interview with Chin Siu-hou [40 mins]
Archival interview with Moon Lee [15 mins]
Archival interview with Ricky Lau [12 mins]
Original Hong Kong Trailer
Release date:
7/19/2020


High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations for all three films, with The Raven presented from a 2K scan of the original film elements
Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio tracks
Optional English SDH subtitles
Murders in the Rue Morgue Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
The Black Cat Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
The Black Cat Audio commentary by Amy Simmons
The Raven Audio commentary by Gary D. Rhodes
The Raven Audio commentary by Samm Deighan
Cats In Horror a video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin
American Gothic a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
"The Black Cat" episode of radio series Mystery In The Air, starring Peter Lorre
"The Tell-Tale Heart" episode of radio series Inner Sanctum Mysteries, starring Boris Karloff
Bela Lugosi reads "The Tell-Tale Heart"
Vintage footage
New Interview with Critic And Author Kim Newman
PLUS: A 48-PAGE collector s booklet featuring new writing by film critic and writer Jon Towlson; a new essay by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and rare archival imagery and ephemera


Release Date: 22nd June 2020


SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration from the original camera negetive
  • Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • New audio commentary by film author Lee Gambin, and actress Rutanya Alda
  • New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Screen Director's Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949, featuring Burt Lancaster
  • Isolated music & effects track
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Kat Ellinger; an essay by Adam Batty; archival writing and imagery
Release Date: 22nd June 2020



SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
  • New video piece on the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Two radio adaptations of A Foreign Affair, broadcast as part of the Screen Directors Playhouse in 1949 and 1951. Featuring the voices of Billy Wilder, Marlene Dietrich, Rosalind Russell, John Lund, and Lucille Ball
  • Archival interview with Billy Wilder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; a new essay by critic Richard Combs; and more!
Both

A Foreign Affair and Criss Cross are part of the 2 for £25 deal at Eureka(MOC) roughly $ 30.60


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Old 05-21-20, 12:10 AM
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Saw that MR. VAMPIRE news recently, but will probably wait until I can save a bit on it (along with ZU). Eureka just keeps batting them out of the park, and I doubt we'll see such definitive editions on these shores any time soon, if ever. I guess the British have an advantage what with Hong Kong being a colony back in the day. Frank Djeng really needs to do a lot more commentaries on Hong Kong films, too. He does the leg-work.

I'm curious about the commentaries on that Lugosi set. I think I've got those films in some old Universal pack or other, but I don't recall extra features. I suspect the Ellinger/Deighan tracks are new, but Gregory Mank's been doing them for so long I wonder if his are ported from an older release?

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I got my copy of The Specialists and Throw Down yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu?
I got my copy of The Specialists and Throw Down yesterday.
I received the same two movies about a week latter. Criss Cross and A Foreign Affair came today

there's some new titles in the 2 for £25 including Death in the Garden, Paths of Glory, The Man From Laramie, and Westfront 1918/Kameradschaft: 2 Films by G.W. Pabst among them the new titles.
Have not yet checked if Amazon.uk is cheaper. Even if close I rather give my $ directly to MOC + they still have free shipping.
Nothing in this deal is a must own for me.Eureka might have a another big sale around Oct/Nov and maybe some of these movies will go even lower.




Eureka have announced their September 2020 line up
Released to critical acclaim in 1997, the year of the Hong Kong handover, Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong was praised as an anarchic masterpiece, a powerful distillation of urban alienation and youthful despair. Produced on a shoestring budget, with non-professional actors and using discarded film reels for stock, the film was rescued from obscurity and fully restored in 4K in time for its 20th anniversary in 2017, thanks to the Far East Film Festival, in collaboration with Andy Lau’s Hong Kong production company, Focus Film. Made in Hong Kong will be released as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 21 September 2020, featuring a Limited-Edition O-Card Slipcase.

One of the most revered film noir hits of the 1940s, This Gun for Hire was also the debut teaming of Veronica Lake, in one of her sultriest and most iconic roles, and Alan Ladd. Following the success of the film, the duo would go on to team up in several more features, although This Gun for Hire remains their most fondly remembered pairing. Ladd – as a frightening yet oddly sympathetic hit man – was only fourth-billed in this defining early noir, yet it became the breakout role that turned him into a star. As The New York Times said of Ladd upon the film’s 1942 release, “He is really an actor to watch. After this stinging performance, he has something to live up to – or live down.” This Gun for Hire will be released on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range on 14 September 2020.

Last, but not least, there will be an opportunity for those who missed out on the lightning-fast selling Limited Edition of Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan to get their hands on its hauntingly hi-res 2k restoration as Eureka launch the standard edition version on 14 September 2020.
https://eurekavideo.co.uk/news/warti...r-2020-lineup/
Already have the LE Kwaiden that just was release not to long ago,it sold out really fast.Going to buy the other two, but Eureka had some good sales last Oct/Nov.So going hold off awhile on the purchase, as I do not think either are going to sell out before MOC next sale.

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Definitely in for MADE IN HONG KONG. That's absolutely essential Hong Kong cinema for anyone who really wants to understand the city (even now), its culture and its films on a deeper level than just the action films that almost exclusively get released in North America. This one forms part of Chan's '1997 Trilogy' that also includes the likewise excellent THE LONGEST SUMMER (in which the political statements are even stronger) and LITTLE CHEUNG. Frankly, a 3-film SE set would've been a far better product in terms of contextualizing all three films, even though they're not direct sequels.

Apparently, MADE IN HONG KONG was also getting prepped for a U.S. theatrical run before the world went to shit, but I was hopeful that that might be a sign that a U.S. distributor – most appropriately Criterion – would release it on disc. Guess we'll see.
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/02/ma...on-1202212127/

‘Made in Hong Kong’ Restoration Trailer: Fruit Chan’s Ambitious Indie Finally Gets a U.S. Release — Exclusive
More than two decades after the filmmaker began what would become his 1997 Trilogy, the first film in the series is finally coming to America with a fresh restoration.

https://youtu.be/Op4HBWPiDyU

Kate Erbland
Feb 19, 2020 11:00 am

“Made in Hong Kong”

More than two decades after beginning work on what would become his 1997 Trilogy, Fruit Chan’s ambitious series-starting “Made in Hong Kong” is finally gearing up for its very first U.S. release. Metrograph Pictures is rolling out a brand new 4K restoration of the film, one of Hong Kong’s most beloved indies, bringing it to the big screen as it was first imagined by Chan.

In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of its release, “Made in Hong Kong” was restored by Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival and, per an official release, was made “starting from the original camera negatives and working under the direct supervision of Fruit Chan and cinematographer O Sing-pui. The restoration is as authentic and true to the original film as possible.”

Per an official press release, the film is the “first independent film released in post-Handover Hong Kong, [and] director Fruit Chan’s atmospheric shoestring-budget character study is a rough-and-ready piece of work shot on grainy leftover 35mm short ends in the city’s overcrowded subsidized housing projects. The result is a tough, pessimistic film, a portrait of a city on the brink that follows the drifting of high school dropout and wannabe Triad tough Autumn Moon (Sam Lee, in a star-making role, opposite a largely non-professional cast), who sees little hope for his future or that of his home as a newly created Special Administrative Region within China.”
The MoC disc has some nice supplements, too:

  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE (2000 Copies Only)
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K digital restoration
  • Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New interview with director Fruit Chan
  • New interview with producer Doris Yang
  • New interview with producer Daniel Yu
  • New interview with Marco Muller, former director of the Locarno Film Festival
  • A collector s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and an archival interview with director Fruit Chan

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