SOME FUTURE BLU RAY & DVD RELEASES FROM THE BFI

SEVEN SAMURAI BLU RAYSEVEN SAMURAI LIMITED EDITION (PG) 1954  JAPAN  KUROSAWA, AKIRA   – SPECIAL EDITION BLU RAY STEELBOOK – £19.99

One of the greatest films of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai has influenced the work of directors from George Lucas to Steven Spielberg, and spawned remakes, such as John Sturges’ acclaimed The Magnificent Seven.

With their village raided every year by vicious bandits, a group of peasants hire seven warriors to protect them. Initially met with suspicion, the warriors eventually gain the trust of the peasants and they join forces to face the bandits.
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this special edition includes alternative presentations of the film, a new and exclusive interview with Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns, and the film’s original Japanese theatrical trailer.

Endlessly copied but never surpassed, Seven Samurai is a truly timeless classic.

•Release date: 21ST April 2014
•Production: Japan | 1954 | black & white | Japanese language | 207 mins | BD50 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
•Subtitles: Optional English

Special features:
•Limited Edition SteelBook™
•Digitally re-mastered in High Definition
•Play with or without original intermission
•Original Japanese theatrical trailer
•The Art of Akira Kurosawa (2013, 49 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns discusses Kurosawa’s career and influence
•Fully illustrated booklet with essays and credits
‘simply one of the greatest films ever’ – Telegraph

SEVEN SAMURAI DVDSEVEN SAMURAI  (PG) 1954  JAPAN  KUROSAWA, AKIRA   – DVD VERSION – £19.99

Special features
•Newly re-mastered High Definition transfer

•Play with or without original intermission

•Original Japanese theatrical trailer

•The Art of Akira Kurosawa (2013, 48 mins): Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns discusses Kurosawa’s career and influence

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NOSFERATU BFINOSFERATU LIMITED EDITION (15) 1979  GERMAN HERZOG, WERNER BLU-RAY STEELBOOK – £22.99

•Release date: 19th May 2014

First time on Blu-ray for this newly re-mastered version of the 1979 gothic horror masterpiece from legendary German director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Aguirre, Wrath of God).

Inspired by FW Murnau’s 1922 silent classic, Nosferatu stars Herzog’s regular collaborator Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani (Possession) as Lucy Harker and Bruno Ganz (Downfall) as Jonathan Harker. Popul Vuh’s ethereal music builds a mesmerising undercurrent that combines with Herzog’s rich visuals to create one of horror and world cinema’s most hypnotic and seductive experiences.

This specially-designed, limited edition SteelBook™ is released ahead of an extensive Werner Herzog box set from the BFI, which will include newly re-mastered HD presentations of 18 of his greatest feature films and shorts.

Special features
•Limited Edition SteelBook™
• Includes English and German versions
•Newly re-mastered HD presentations
•Original German, French and English theatrical trailers
•On-set documentary (1979, 13 mins)
•2.0 stereo (German & English audio) and 5.1 audio (German) options
•Booklet with new essay and full film credits

AGUIRRE  BFIAGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD  (PG) 1972  GERMAN HERZOG, WERNER BLU-RAY STEELBOOK – £22.99
•Release date: 19th May 2014

For the first time on Blu-ray, this early masterpiece from legendary German director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Nosferatu, the Vampyre) is available in a newly restored version.

Shot entirely on location in the wild Amazonian jungle, Aguirre stars the volatile German star, and Herzog regular, Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado. An ambitious exploration of doomed adventure and savage beauty, Aguirre remains one of Herzog’s most extraordinary and brilliant achievements.

This specially designed, limited edition SteelBook™ is released ahead of an extensive Werner Herzog box set from the BFI, which will include newly re-mastered HD presentations of 18 of his greatest feature films and shorts.

Special features
•Limited Edition SteelBook™
•Newly re-mastered HD presentation
•Three additional Werner Herzog films, all re-mastered in HD:< li>
•1. The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967, 14 mins)
•2. Precautions Against Fanatics (1969, 12 mins)
•3. Fata Morgana (1971, 79 mins)
•Booklet with new essay and full film credits

ALAIN ROBBE GRILLET BFI DVD.ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET: SIX FILMS 1964-1974 (18) FRANCE BLU RAY BOX SET  £59.99

This limited edition Blu-ray box set includes: The Immortal One (1964), Trans-Europ Express (1967), The Man Who Lies (1968), Eden and After (1970), N. Rolls the Dice (1971) and Successive Slidings Into Pleasure (1974).

•Release date: 23rd June 2014

Perhaps best known as the writer of Alain Resnais’ classic cine-conundrum Last Year of Marienbad, Alain Robbe-Grillet was also the director a number of stylish, controversial and erotic films which starred such icons of French cinema as Jean-Louis Trinignant (Haneke’s Amour, Bertolucci’s The Conformist), Marie-France Pisier (Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses and Bed and Board) and Isabelle Huppert (Claire Denis’ White Material, Haneke’s Amour).

Impossible to see for decades, these enigmatic, sexually-charged films have now been collected together for the very first time, and are made available here in beautifully re-mastered High Definition presentations, with extra features including video introductions by Catherine Robbe-Grillet, filmed interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet by Frederic Taddei, and newly-recorded, exclusive feature-length commentaries by cult cinema authority Tim Lucas.

Special features

•All six films presented in High Definition
•Video introductions by Catherine Robbe-Grillet
•Filmed interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet by Frederic Taddei
•Exclusive, full-length audio commentaries by Tim Lucas
•Illustrated booklet with extended essay by David Taylor, and full film credits

ALAIN ROBBE GILLET BFIALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET: SIX FILMS 1964-1974 (18)  FRANCE DVD BOX SET  £49.99

This limited edition Blu-ray box set includes: The Immortal One (1964), Trans-Europ Express (1967), The Man Who Lies (1968), Eden and After (1970), N. Rolls the Dice (1971) and Successive Slidings Into Pleasure (1974).

•Release date: 23rd June 2014

Special features

•Video introductions by Catherine Robbe-Grillet
•Filmed interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet by Frederic Taddei
•Exclusive, full-length audio commentaries by Tim Lucas
•Illustrated booklet with extended essay by David Taylor, and full film credits

RUNAWAYS BFI 2014CHILDREN’S FILM FOUNDATION COLLECTION RUNAWAYS (PG) – DVD £19.99

•Release date: 21ST April 2014
•Director: Lewis Gilbert | David Eady | Frank Godwin

Three films about teens and tearaways. Starring Robin Askwith, Terence Morgan and Gary Kemp, and directed by such celebrated filmmakers as Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker)

For over 30 years the Children’s Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen – after many years out of distribution – in this specially curated DVD release from the BFI.

Johnny on the Run(1953, dir. Lewis Gilbert) is a superb early work by illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert which follows a orphaned Polish refugee who runs into trouble in the shape of two scheming thieves. Starring popular character actor Sydney Tafler (Carve Her Name with Pride, The Spy who Loved Me) and John Laurie (The 39 Steps, Dad’s Army).
Hide and Seek (1972, dir. David Eady) stars a teenage Gary Kemp (The Krays) as do-gooder Chris, who becomes entangled with a borstal escapee known locally as the Deptford Dodger. Starring Roy Dotrice (Clochemerle, Game of Thrones) and Robin Askwith (Britannia Hospital, the Confessions series) in supporting roles, this is amongst the best of the CFF’s 1970 output.

Terry on the Fence (1985, dir. Frank Godwin) was British film industry stalwart Frank Godwin’s (Producer, Woman in a Dressing Gown) last ever film. When 11 year-old Terry runs away from home he only intends to put the wind up his parents. But a gang of older bullies, led by the tough Les, soon draw him into their daunting criminal world of break-ins and stolen goods.

Special Features
•Digitally re-mastered in High Definition
•Includes two previously unreleased titles
•Booklet with essays and film credits

Available to buy from – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/how-to-order

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