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Upcoming Optimum Releases '09

Old 03-01-09, 12:06 AM
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Upcoming Optimum Releases '09

From DVD Times:

2nd March 2009

Incendiary - Details here.

The Federico Fellini Collection & The Jean-Pierre Melville Collection - Details here.

Gran Casino - £17.99 – This film by Luis Buñuel makes its UK DVD debut. Presented in 1.33:1 with Spanish DD2.0 Mono audio and English subtitles, the only extra is an introduction to Buñuel (Mexican period) by Luc Lagier (4mins).

My Dinner with Andre - £12.99 – Louis Malle’s film about a two friends who, reunited after many years, decide to share their lives over dinner. Presented in 1.33:1 with English DD2.0 Mono audio, the only extra is the original trailer.

16th March 2009

After - £17.99 RRP – Grief-stricken over the death of their young son, Nate (Daniel Caltagirone) jets off with his wife Adrian (Flora Montgomery) and her brother Jay (Nicholas Aaron) to Moscow where they immerse themselves in urban exploration – the investigation of areas not designed for public use. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 and DD5.1 Surround audio. The only extra is the original trailer.

The Antichrist - £15.99 – Carla Gravina, Mel Ferrer and Alida Valli star in this 1974 horror from Italian director Alberto De Martino that boasts a score by Ennio Morricone. A barebones release, the film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 Mono audio.

Lady in White (Director’s Cut) - The director’s cut version of this thriller written and directed by Frank LaLoggia comes to DVD with 5.1 sound, audio commentary, director’s introduction to the film, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes (both with director’s intro) and the original trailer.

Thérèse Raquin and L’Air de Paris - £17.99 each – Directed by Marcel Carné, both titles are fully remastered and making their UK DVD debuts. The only extras are the original trailers, and both titles are presented in 1.33:1 with French DD2.0 Mono audio and English subtitles.

The Oblong Box - £15.99 – Based on a gothic horror tale from Edgar Allen Poe, this film directed by Gordon Hessler and starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies and Uta Levka, comes to barebones DVD presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 Mono audio.

Smother - £15.99 - Diane Keaton, Dax Shepherd and Liv Tyler star in this comedy which is given a barebones release. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 Stereo and DD5.1 Surround audio.

Woman Times Seven - £17.99 – Shirley MacLaine stars in seven satirical vignettes telling seven different stories about seven different women. Directed by Vittorio De Sica, the film is presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 Mono audio. The only extra is the original trailer.

Yangtse Incident - £15.99 – Michael Anderson directs this retelling of the true story of HMS Amethyst, a British frigate ‘captured’ by communist forces during the Chinese revolution. A barebones release, the film is presented in 1.33:1 With English DD2.0 Mono audio.

30th March 2009

Not Quite Hollywood - £17.99 – This detailed examination and celebration of Australian genre cinema of the 70s and 80s comes to DVD with the following features:

* 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD5.1 Surround
* Commentary with writer/director Mark Hartley and Oxploitation auteurs
* Ozploitation panel at MIFF
* Quentin Tarantino speaks with Brian Trenchard-Smith
* UK Exclusive Interview with Mark Hartley
* Theatrical trailer
* Original ozploitation trailers

Rivals - £19.99 – Written and directed by Jacques Maillot, Rivals is the story of two rival brothers, one a pimp and the other a cop, and how the former manages to be the family favourite. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with French DD5.1 Surround audio and English subtitles. The only extra is the original trailer.
And from the Criterion Forum:
May 4, 2009

Dunkirk (Leslie Norman, 1958)
Geordie (Frank Launder, 1955)
Happiest Days of Your Life, The (Frank Launder, 1950)
He Ran All the Way (John Berry, 1951)
Last Grenade, The (Gordon Flemyng, 1970)
Odette (Herbert Wilcox, 1950)
Young Savages, The (John Frankenheimer, 1961)

May 11, 2009

Backlash (Bill Bennett, 1987)
Bullet for a Badman (R. G. Springsteen, 1964)

May 25, 2009

Ordeal By Innocence (Desmond Davis, 1984)
Rider On the Rain (Rene Clement, 1970)

June 15 2009

Bob Hope Collection (Various)
- Collection of six films starring the legendary Bob Hope. Includes: CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT, LOUISIANA PURCHASE, STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM, THE GHOST BREAKERS, WHERE THERE'S LIFE and SORROWFUL JONES.

June 22 2009

Bulldog Drummond At Bay (Norman Lee, 1937)
Electra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio, 1973)
Hill In Korea, A (Julian Amyes, 1956)
Keep Your Seats, Please (Montague Banks, 1936)
Lost Continent (Michael Carreras, 1968)
Nine Men (Harry Watt, 1943)
Painted Boats (Charles Crichton, 1945)
Return of Bulldog Drummond (Walter Summers, 1934)
Zoltan... Hound of Dracula (Albert Band, 1977)
Rider on the Rain (early Bronson) and He Ran All the Way (50's noir) are both pre-orders for me.
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Re: Upcoming Optimum Releases '09

A couple of etailers are now listing Backlash as the '56 John Sturges western; I do hope so...
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Re: Upcoming Optimum Releases '09

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A couple of etailers are now listing Backlash as the '56 John Sturges western; I do hope so...
A Widmark Western instead some obscure 80's Australian action flick? That would be an upgrade.
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From DVD Outsider:
Optimum continue their Ealing Studios Collection releases with three more films from the studio's heyday, the mix this time providing two comedies and a wartime drama documentary.

Trouble Brewing (1939) features wartime entertainment icon George Formby as George Gullip, whose official position in the offices of The Daily Sun is that of compositor, but unofficially (and only in George’s mind) he is a brilliant detective. After he is passed counterfeit money at the races, George invents a process by means of which he hoped to track down criminals and confesses these intentions to pretty Mary Brown (Googie Withers – Dead of Night, Pink String & Sealing Wax, It Always Rains on Sunday), a secretary at the newspaper. George’s ingenious invention is a method of leaving stains on people’s fingers which cannot be erased and which leave their trace on everything the victim touches...

For Those in Peril (1944) follows the exploits of two pilots who instead work at sea rescuing downed RAF colleagues and presents the work of the Air-Sea Rescue in documentary terms, providing the public with a glimpse of an aspect of war that tends to be overlooked. It was also the closest Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob, Dead of Night, The Titfield Thunderbolt) got to documentary realism during his long Ealing career. The story was written by Richard Hillary, a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain whose experiences inspired his book, The Last Enemy.

My Learned Friend (1943) is generally regarded as one of the finest works of its star and co-director Will Hay, who plays plays a disbarred solicitor who, with the help of Claude (Claude Hulbert), embarks on a frantic chase in pursuit of a psychopathic murderer newly released from prison. The prisoner is working through a vengeance list with Claude's name near the top... Co-directed by Basil Dearden (a Hay regular who also contributed the hearse driver sequence and the linking story to Dead of Night), My Learned Friend is darker in tone to Hay's previous films and was his last film for Ealing. The humour, much of it revolving around a sequence of grisly murders, foreshadows the blackest of the studio's post-war comedies such as Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers.

All three films will be released individually by Optimum Home Entertainment on 27 April 2009 at the RRP of £15.99 each. Extra features, if any, have yet to be confirmed.
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