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Old 08-12-22, 07:40 AM
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Radiance Films - from Fran Simeoni, formerly of Arrow

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Fran Simeoni is leaving Arrow and starting another label: Radiance Films.
We’ll find out the first titles next month.

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Probably worth of its own thread. Looking forward to seeing what they are going to be doing.
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LAUNCH SLATE ANNOUNCED


Ten new releases are announced and full details are available on the Radiance website including packaging close-ups.

Each Radiance limited edition release comes with a removable OBI strip that allows the outer packaging to be completely free of markings and text. Mastered from the finest available materials, each release is accompanied by new and archival bonus features with those who made the films and experts on them, in illuminating interviews, documentaries, commentaries, visual essays and more. Additionally, each release is accompanied by an extensive booklet and sleeves are reversible, often with original or alternative artwork.

Bo Widerberg's stunning The Man on the Roof brings the iconic officer Beck to the big screen in this tense thriller influenced by The French Connection's gritty verité style. (UK)

Palme d'Or winner The Working Class Goes to Heaven sees Gian Maria Volonté as a factory worker on the verge of a nervous breakdown in Elio Petri's savage takedown of industrial corruption. (UK)

Sundance Award winner Welcome to the Dollhouse sees Todd Solondz's celebrated coming-of-age film arrive in the UK for the first time and includes brand new special features. (UK)


In Amy Seimetz's celebrated She Dies Tomorrow a group of people have the contagious sensation their death is imminent which sends them into a spiralling nightmare. Mixing existential dread with absurdist humour to startling effect the film has drawn comparisons with work by David Lynch. (UK)

A new wave-influenced serial killer film that presents its narrative in an almost true crime approach yet focuses on the psychological aspect with echoes of Polanski and Franju, set to a discordant, jazzy score, A Woman Kills was embroiled in a complicated distribution history that had it unseen for more than 40 years. (UK/US/CA)

Alec Baldwin is brilliant as an unhinged criminal in Miami Blues, directed by George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank) who perfectly balances humour and violence in this singular crime comedy that bears the quirky influence of producer Jonathan Demme (Something Wild). (UK)

A buddy road movie meditation on friendship and masculinity that takes in the length of France, Fill 'er up with Super was workshopped by the cast giving the film a naturalistic quality that pre-figures Richard Linklater's similar approaches by some decades. (UK/US/CA)



In The Sunday Woman, a high society wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Day for Night) and her gay best friend (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) are the key suspects in a murder with commissioner Santamaria (Mastroianni, 8 1/2) investigating closely. (UK/US/CA)

An atmospheric tale of gangland intrigue from the writer of Battles Without Honour and Humanity starring Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub), Big Time Gambling Boss is one of the all-time classics of the yakuza genre, Paul Schrader called it the richest and most complex film of its type, while novelist Yukio Mishima hailed it as a masterpiece. (UK/US/CA)

Thomas takes refuge in his ex-girlfriend's apartment, a commune-like arrangement where the girls vow to kill their boyfriends after five days. Will Thomas realise before it's too late? A pop fantasy compared to a comic strip by Wim Wenders, Red Sun is an art-genre collision that is both brilliantly bizarre and provocative. (UK/US/CA)

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS SHOP NOW

MEMBERS


We are offering a very limited (just 50 in the UK, 50 in the US/CA) number of chances to buy a 3-year subscription style package to all future Radiance Limited Edition releases. Purchase of this package will include Blu-rays, exclusive merchandise and other products as well as additional benefits including a Radiance tote bag and other items as curated for Radiance Gold Package buyers.

Buyers will also have access to a private Discord group where each Member will have direct access to future releases, suggest and discuss title selections, previews of extras-in-creation, participate in polls and more in direct discussion with Radiance Films.

Each month Members will see their releases and benefits, where applicable, confirmed here.

Available in the UK here: Buy Now!
Available in the US/CA: coming soon to https://mvdshop.com/

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Re: Radiance Films - from Fran Simeoni, formerly of Arrow

The opening slate has been announced!

Ten new releases are announced and full details are available on the Radiance website including packaging close-ups.

Each Radiance limited edition release comes with a removable OBI strip that allows the outer packaging to be completely free of markings and text. Mastered from the finest available materials, each release is accompanied by new and archival bonus features with those who made the films and experts on them, in illuminating interviews, documentaries, commentaries, visual essays and more. Additionally, each release is accompanied by an extensive booklet and sleeves are reversible, often with original or alternative artwork.

Bo Widerberg's stunning The Man on the Roof brings the iconic officer Beck to the big screen in this tense thriller influenced by The French Connection's gritty verité style. (UK)

Palme d'Or winner The Working Class Goes to Heaven sees Gian Maria Volonté as a factory worker on the verge of a nervous breakdown in Elio Petri's savage takedown of industrial corruption. (UK)

Sundance Award winner Welcome to the Dollhouse sees Todd Solondz's celebrated coming-of-age film arrive in the UK for the first time and includes brand new special features. (UK)

In Amy Seimetz's celebrated She Dies Tomorrow a group of people have the contagious sensation their death is imminent which sends them into a spiralling nightmare. Mixing existential dread with absurdist humour to startling effect the film has drawn comparisons with work by David Lynch. (UK)

A new wave-influenced serial killer film that presents its narrative in an almost true crime approach yet focuses on the psychological aspect with echoes of Polanski and Franju, set to a discordant, jazzy score, A Woman Kills was embroiled in a complicated distribution history that had it unseen for more than 40 years. (UK/US/CA)

Alec Baldwin is brilliant as an unhinged criminal in Miami Blues, directed by George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank) who perfectly balances humour and violence in this singular crime comedy that bears the quirky influence of producer Jonathan Demme (Something Wild). (UK)

A buddy road movie meditation on friendship and masculinity that takes in the length of France, Fill 'er up with Super was workshopped by the cast giving the film a naturalistic quality that pre-figures Richard Linklater's similar approaches by some decades. (UK/US/CA)

In The Sunday Woman, a high society wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Day for Night) and her gay best friend (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) are the key suspects in a murder with commissioner Santamaria (Mastroianni, 8 1/2) investigating closely. (UK/US/CA)

An atmospheric tale of gangland intrigue from the writer of Battles Without Honour and Humanity starring Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub), Big Time Gambling Boss is one of the all-time classics of the yakuza genre, Paul Schrader called it the richest and most complex film of its type, while novelist Yukio Mishima hailed it as a masterpiece. (UK/US/CA)

Thomas takes refuge in his ex-girlfriend's apartment, a commune-like arrangement where the girls vow to kill their boyfriends after five days. Will Thomas realise before it's too late? A pop fantasy compared to a comic strip by Wim Wenders, Red Sun is an art-genre collision that is both brilliantly bizarre and provocative. (UK/US/CA)
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Re: Radiance Films - from Fran Simeoni, formerly of Arrow

This looks like a great lineup. I'm familiar with some of the titles, but haven't seen any of them. I do have to roll my eyes a little at the marketing speak name dropping a bunch of directors/movies that have nothing to do with the films in question.
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I like the look. Haven't seen many of the movies though.
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Re: Radiance Films - from Fran Simeoni, formerly of Arrow

They mention that if you're in North America, and want the full 3 year pre-order package, it'll also be available on MVD Shop, but it doesn't seem to be listed there yet.
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I wonder how much the US package will be. I did the 10 year Arrow package but it seemed like it took a few years to really pay off. I'm assuming the UK only titles won't be part of the deal.
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Re: Radiance Films - from Fran Simeoni, formerly of Arrow

Originally Posted by Dan
They mention that if you're in North America, and want the full 3 year pre-order package, it'll also be available on MVD Shop, but it doesn't seem to be listed there yet.
Originally Posted by Neil M.
I wonder how much the US package will be. I did the 10 year Arrow package but it seemed like it took a few years to really pay off. I'm assuming the UK only titles won't be part of the deal.
https://mvdshop.com/products/radianc...-to-50-blu-ray
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Excellent. Sign me up for Petri's The Working Class Goes to Heaven (great film) and Widerberg's The Man on the Roof (good film).

This looks like a promising outfit.
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Any guesses?
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Yakuza Graveyard!

Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani is on the way as well.
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It looks like Radiance will put out Benny Chan's A Moment of Romance, per this article:
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/enter...ded-love-story
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Absolute classic. That would be a good opportunity to throw in the lesser sequels -- one by Chan, one by Johnnie To -- as I doubt either of them would warrant a release in the west, but would be worth seeing as sort of bonus features, or paired up on a single disc. Alas . . .
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All of the films in that Keaton/Helicopter set are available on the National Film Board of Canada website to stream for free, as is virtually everything else the NFB ever funded, from shorts to theatrical features (including other CI releases like HITMAN HART, KANEHSATAKE, NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE (and the shorts), THE ERNIE GAME (and the shorts), DON'T LET THE ANGELS FALL, FORBIDDEN LOVE, all three films in the OTHER FRENCH NEW WAVE set., etc. Pretty much all the non-DTV stuff. I'm not sure if signing up for a free account at the National Film Board of Canada website is restricted to Canadians only (anyone know?), but if it's open to all then it's a good way to sample these before buying (assuming anyone outside of Canada has any interest in Canadian cinema!). If access is restricted, please ignore me.

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Radiance is also releasing "The Hot Spot" by Dennis Hopper...great film..
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A MOMENT OF ROMANCE is quintessential Hong Kong cinema . . . but (here I go again, yawn) this is another missed opportunity to include the sequels to a Hong Kong picture in a single set. Both follow-ups are very worthwhile viewing if not quite as classic as the original (which may turn Radiance and/or other boutiques off releasing then). Including them in this release for context would’ve been great. Oh well. I’m at least grateful that someone took a chance on this one; I don’t think it’s been released yet on Blu-ray in Hong Kong.

Details for the Radiance version:
A Moment of Romance

Small-time hood Wah Dee (Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs) is enlisted by Triad boss Trumpet (Tommy Wong, The Killer) as a getaway driver for a daring heist that goes wrong. Thinking fast Dee takes Jo Jo (Jacklyn Chien-Lien Wu, The Barefooted Kid) hostage to save his skin, but the bosses order her to be killed. They escape and begin a forbidden relationship while being chased by both sides of the law. Produced by Johnnie To (Throwdown) and Ringo Lam (City on Fire) the film is sensationally directed by Benny Chan in his feature debut. With a breakneck pace and violence reminiscent of To and Takashi Miike and the beautiful and emotive sensibility of Wong Kar-wai, the film features stunning performances from Lau, and Wu in her debut work. A Moment of Romance is a classic of Hong Kong cinema that has been much imitated but rarely bettered.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Archival audio interview with Benny Chan who discusses his start in the industry, A Moment of Romance, and his collaborators on the film (2016, 21 mins)
  • In Love and Danger: HK Cinema Through A Moment of Romance - A new visual essay by critic and Asian cinema expert David Desser on the genre tropes in A Moment of Romance and their use in Hong Kong cinema (2023, 26 mins)
  • Audio commentary by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng
  • Newly translated English subtitles by Dylan Cheung
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the iconic cast and crew by critic Sean Gilman; and a profile of Benny Chan by Tony Williams, co-editor of Hong Kong Neo Noir
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

Here’s the details on the Commedia set. Interesting to see the attempt to package these (in an apparently ongoing series) as a “misunderstood” genre, but that seems a bit presumptuous. They were totally understood in their day, by the domestic audiences (and diasporas) they were created for, and much has been written about them over the decades. I don’t think a lot of them were designed with international ‘understanding’ in mind anyway, and many are probably still an acquired taste, but I can certainly remember a couple of ‘Little Italy’ video stores back in the day that had more of these lining the walls than films in any other genre, so clearly they weren’t lacking for appreciation. Most were without subs, though, as I found out the hard way.

​​​Commedia all'italiana: Three Films by Dino Risi

Comedy ruled the box office in Italy from the late 1950s to the 1970s where the commedia all’italiana also found critical success. Great talent behind and in front of the camera delivered a series of brilliant films that gave an incredible spin on familiar genres with comedic overtones that often held a dark and biting critique of social mores that would provoke a challenge to a society in need of change. Feted at local awards ceremonies and European festivals as well as garnering attention from the Academy Awards this prestige would propel the films and filmmakers to international stardom but many would go unreleased in the UK for home viewing. At last, this ongoing series shines a light on this misunderstood filmmaking style with the first collection focusing on three films by master director Dino Risi, presented from new restorations and featuring a suite of contextualising extras.

From a prestigious lineage in the ancient art of satirical theatre in commedia dell’arte, the Italian-style comedy distinguished itself in the late 1950s from the earlier broad comedies popularised by the likes of Toto and Vittorio De Sica with a ruthless approach to social satire focused on cynicism and the grotesque. An early example of the switch in tone can be found in Dino Risi’s Il vedovo, in which Italy’s preeminent comedy actor Alberto Sordi plays a philandering husband of a wealthy and successful woman who simply tolerates her husband's ineptitude. Until he sees a potential plan for her death, which would result in a great inheritance for him.

One of the greatest Italian actors of all time, Vittorio Gassman (Bitter Rice) known as Il Mattatore ‘The Showman’ earns his name from this film and his wonderful performance as an actor with the uncanny ability to mimic regional accents, allowing him to pull off a series of scams. Ingeniously plotted by screenwriters Ettore Scola and Ruggero Maccari who were behind some of the greatest films in the commedia all’italiana including Il Sorpasso and Ugly, Dirty and Bad. Alternately known as Love & Larceny, Dino Risi (Anima Persa) directs this classic comedy which was nominated for the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and makes its English-subtitled Blu-ray debut.

A career highlight for director Dino Risi and his star Vittorio Gasman, Il sorpasso isn’t just one of the heights of commedia all’italiana but of all Italian cinema. Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist) plays Roberto, a shy law student who meets Bruno (Gassman), a larger-than-life Roman playboy who convinces Roberto to join him on a road trip from Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Their travels teach them about each other and themselves, oscillating between comedy and tragedy with powerful and affecting commentary on the easy life. Long admired in Italy, the film has influenced comedic filmmakers including Alexander Payne (Sideways) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None). Radiance Films is proud to present this seminal film in the UK for the first time from a new 4K restoration.

BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • 2016 4K restoration of Il Sorpasso carried out by L'Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) for the first time in the UK
  • High-Definition digital transfers of Il Mattatore and Il Vedovo, presented in world premieres on Blu-ray
  • Original uncompressed Italian mono PCM audio
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Newly designed artwork based on original posters
  • Limited Edition 80-page perfect bound booklet featuring new writing by scholars and critics including Robert Gordon on the commedia all’italiana boom, Gino Moliterno on Il vedovo; Pasquale Iannone on Age and Scarpelli and the key screenwriters of the commedia all’italiana movement, Christina Newland on Italian machismo and Il sorpasso; a newly translated interview with Dino Risi by Lorenzo Codelli; and extracts of writing by Risi
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies, presented in a rigid box with full-height scanavo cases for each film and removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
IL SORPASSO [THE EASY LIFE]
  • Appreciation of the film by Italian cinema expert Richard Dyer
  • Archival interview with Dino Risi by critic Jean Gili (2004)
  • Jean-Louis Trintignant on Il Sorpasso - an introduction by the actor for a French TV broadcast of the film (1983, 8 mins)
  • L’estate di Bruno Cortona - Castiglioncello nell’anno del Sorpasso (Gloria De Antoni, 2012) - an extract from the documentary made for the 50th anniversary of Il Sorpasso featuring the cast and crew
  • On a Trintignant Kick - An audio essay and tribute to Jean-Louis Trintignant by critic and author Tim Lucas, looking at his life and work in the 1960s (2023, 58 mins)
  • Trailer
IL MATTATORE [THE SHOWMAN]
  • Interview with Andrea Bini, author of Male Anxiety and Psychopathology in Film: Comedy Italian Style
  • Speaking with Gassman - documentary on the working relationship between Vittorio Gassman and Dino Risi, by Risi’s son Marco (2005)
  • Love & Larceny - Michel Hazanavicius on Il Mattatore, an appreciation of the film and Vittorio Gassman by the director of The Artist
  • Trailer
IL VEDOVO [THE WIDOWER]
  • Neorealismo rosa - a visual essay by Italian cinema professor and author of Comedy Italian Style Remi Fournier Lanzoni on the softening of neo-realism which laid the groundwork for the emergence of commedia all’italiana
  • Alberto Sordi - a visual essay by critic Kat Ellinger about the great Italian actor
  • Trailer
Extras subject to change.​​​​

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Radiance has the Ann Hui’s Hong Kong ghost story VISIBLE SECRET (2001) set for October, with UK and US editions. Apparently this is their first “single pressing only” title, with no standard edition later. As with their release of A MOMENT OF ROMANCE, they didn’t bother with the sequel, even though it’s purely name-only. I don’t see it on their US site but it’s up for preorder at the usual places:

Special Features and Technical Specs:
  • High-Definition digital transfer
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound
  • New conversation between Ann Hui and NYAFF director Ken Smith who was also on set for the original shoot (2023)
  • New visual essay by critic and programmer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (2023)
  • Archival making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage, (2001, 14 mins)
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation by Dylan Cheung
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film and its place in the horror genre by Hong Kong Horror Cinema co-editor Gary Bettinson
  • Single pressing of 5000 copies for UK and US, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings


Radiance also has what sounds like a definitive edition of HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK set for October as well:

Special Features and Technical Specs:
  • NEW 2K RESTORATION (2023) of the film from the original negative presented in three versions across two Blu-rays:
    • DISC ONE - the 87-minute export version The Terror of Dr Hichcock with extras
    • DISC TWO - exclusive to the limited edition: the re-ordered 76-minute North American version The Horror of Dr Hichcock; and the English dub of the complete 87-minute Italian cut Raptus: The Secret of Dr. Hichcock
  • Audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Annie Rose Malamet
  • New interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (2023)
  • Visual essay on Bluebeard in gothic film by Miranda Corcoran (2023)
  • An interview with Madeleine Le Despencer on necrophilia and taboo gothic (2023)
  • Trailers
  • Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by critics and experts including Chris Fujiwara on the film; an archival piece by Alan Y. Upchurch, Tim Lucas and Luigi Boscaino on the making of the film featuring interviews with Freda, Steele, Flemyng and others; a comparison of the different versions by Tim Lucas; and a critical overview by Cullen Gallagher
  • Limited edition of 5000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
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I've seen their Fill'er up with Super release, a quirky French road movie from the 1970s about four men bonding while they drive across the country delivering a car. Pretty nice transfer and extras.
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May announcements:


A brash ninja-in-training is forced into action when a warlord wipes out his clan and murders his wife and child.

These three ninja classics, based on the original Shinobi no mono novels, were a revolutionary new take on the ninja. Packed with spectacular action scenes, they subverted official samurai history and became a landmark success that established the ground rules for all ninja movies that followed.

Released in the UK and US/Canada: May 27/28th


Two spaceships answer a distress signal from an unexplored planet. As they attempt to land, members of the crew inexplicably begin to attack one another, forcing a crash landing and a terrifying expedition plagued by the violent mayhem wrought by the planet’s inhabitants…

A sci-fi horror hybrid from genre master Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace), Planet of the Vampires is widely regarded as the greatest sci-fi film ever produced in Italy and one of the most influential genre films ever made, with a clear influence on Alien, Pitch Black, and more.

Released in the UK: May 27th


Two men arrive in Trenque Lauquen in search of a woman: they are both in love with her. Why did she vanish? Their investigation unveils several layers of fictions delicately woven together: a secret relationship, the history of the town itself, and even a possible supernatural incident.

Ranked #1 in Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top 10 films of 2023, this astonishing epic from Laura Citarella and the El Pampero Cine Collective has earned comparisons to Twin Peaks and The Endless in its enigmatic storytelling and playful approach to genre.

Check out the trailer here.

Released in the UK: May 27th

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