Out on dvd – THE STORY OF FILM – AN ODYSSEY – boxset

STORY OF FILMTHE STORY OF FILM – AN ODYSSEY (15) 2011 COUSINS, MARK 5 DISCS £19.99
15 hour documentary series from director and film expert Mark Cousins, takes an in-depth look at the evolution of movies, from their tentative first steps to the multi-million dollar bluster of modern blockbusters.

The 900 minutes documentary includes the following 15 episodes –

1 – Birth of the Cinema (1895-1918)

2 – The Hollywood Dream (1918-1928)

3 – The Golden Age of World Cinema (1918 – 1932)

4 – The Arrival of Sound (1930s)

5 – Post-War Cinema (1939-1945)

6 – Sex & Melodrama (1953-1957)

7 – European New Wave (1957-1964)

8 – New Directors, New Form (1965-1969)

9 – American Cinema of the 70s (1967-1979)

10- Movies to Change the World (1969-1979)

11- The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream

12- Fight the Power: Protest in Film (1980s)

13- New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America (1990-1998)

14- New American Independents & the Digital Revolution (1990s)

15- Cinema Today and the Future

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Documentary series – THE NINETIES – issued on dvd

nineties-the-the-complete-seriesTHE NINETIES (E) 2017  £19.99
Acclaimed documentary chronicling American society and popular culture in the later twentieth century.

Produced by Emmy–award winning Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog.

A decade that saw technological triumphs and terrorist tragedies, inter-racial conflict in Los Angeles to New York and all points in between, the grunge revolution and hip-hop’s ascendance to the mainstream. A series of extraordinary events crowded across the world stage, including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany and the end of apartheid in South Africa, while everything from culture to commerce was irrevocably altered as the world went online, and a groundbreaking, genre-bending new era of television changed the world forever.

This epic series uses rare archival footage and interviews with renowned journalists, historians, musicians and television cast and crew to give us a window into the decade that set the stage for the way we live today.

PARTS –

THE ONE ABOUT TV
A decade of the fantastic and the familiar – from Twin Peaks to Friends to Sex and the City.

ISN’T IT IRONIC?
From country music to gangsta rap, genre begets subgenre in a decade of musical diversity.

THE COMEBACK KID
A look at the remarkable resilience of Bill Clinton – America’s first Baby Boom president.

NEW WORLD ORDER
World events bring about fundamental change during the first few years of the decade.

THE INFORMATION AGE
The World Wide Web changes the fabric of modern life, but the brave new tech world has a dark side.

TERRORISM HITS HOME
A decade of politically and religiously motivated violence shakes America.

CAN WE ALL GET ALONG?
Progress is made in America’s struggle with racial equality, but a price is paid.

 

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NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON DVD FOR APRIL/MAY 2018

27: GONE TOO SOON (15) 2017 NAPIER-BELL, SIMON £15.99
Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27. Through interviews with people who knew them, as well as medical experts, this documentary tries to find an answer.
50 YEARS LEGAL (TBA) 2017 NAPIER-BELL, SIMON £15.99
50 years since homosexuality’s was decriminalisation in 1967, leading activists and commentators explore the influence of gay culture on society.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (12) 2017 DEAN, ALEXANDRA £15.99
Biographical documentary about the life and career of enigmatic Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood film star, who also pioneered sophisticated technology which is now used in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
CIVILISATIONS (15) 2018 DVD – £16.99 BLU RAY £19.99
Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga present this nine-part BBC series which looks at the history of art across the world.
EARTH – ONE AMAZING DAY (U) 2017 WEBBER P/DALE R./LIXIN, F DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY £29.99
Robert Redford narrates this documentary which begins with the sunrise and ends with the sunset, looking and a whole host of creatures over one whole day.
THE FINAL REEL (E) 2016 BLAGROVE, JONATHAN £10.99
An affectionate look, from silent cinema to modern multiplexes, at our obsession with cinema.
HUMAN FLOW (12A) 2017 WEIWEI , AI £13.99
German documentary focusing on the current refugee crisis and the influx of people seeking sanctuary from all around the globe.

With increasing pressures from war, political change or religious radicalisation, now more people than ever look to escape their dangerous surroundings and begin a new life away from persecution. Footage shows how aid workers receive the refugees and their reasons for fleeing their home countries.
MY GENERATION (12) 2016 BATTY, DAVID DVD – £16.99 BLU RAY £26.99
Narrator Michael Caine recounts his personal experiences of the rise of pop culture in 1960s London. Accompanied by 1960s archive footage, the film featuring contributions from icons such as Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey, Lulu and Paul McCartney.
POMPEII (E) 2018 £11.99
Mary Beard presents this documentary about the catastrophic events of Pompeii and the secrets that the site still holds today.

QUEERAMA (158) 2017 ASQUITH, DAISY 19.99
Featuring footage from 1919 onwards the film looks at the steady progress of LGBTQ rights in Britain and the changes in the lives of those affected.
ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE (E) 2017 FOSTER, B/GIBNEY, A £22.99
A look at the music magazine ‘Rolling Stone’, which was founded in 1967 by Jann Wenner and for 50 years was a cultural force that helped shape America and the Baby Boomer generation.
SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY (12) 2016 SCHRADER, MATT £15.99
A look at creation and production of a film’s music score, exploring the music behind the likes of the ‘James Bond’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’ series.
WALK WITH ME (E) 2017 MARC,F./PUGH, M £17.99
Documentary following a rural French community of Buddhists, let by 90-year-old Vietnamese exile, Thich Nhát Hanh, who is credited with introducing the practice of mindfulness to the West.

 

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Henri-Georges Clouzot documentary – HENRI GEORGE CLOUZOT’S INFERNO – issued on Blu Ray.

infernoHENRI GEORGE CLOUZOT’S INFERNO (E) 2009 FRANCE BROMBERG,S/MEDREA, R BLU RAY ONLY £24.99
Documentary in which film archivist Serge Bromberg tells the story of an unfinished film by French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot: ‘L’Enfer’ starring Romy Schneider.

In French with English subtitles

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NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON DVD FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

 

A FANATIC HEART: BOB GELDOF ON W.B. YEATS (E) £19.99
A biography of the poet W. B. Yeats and his contribution to the Irish independence movement as a Protestant nationalist.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL – TRUTH TO POWER (PG) 2017 SHENK,B/COHEN, J (5053083136376) £19.99
Documentary sequel which follows former United States Vice President Al Gore as he continues his fight against climate change. Gore highlights the progress that has been made in tackling the issues surrounding climate change in the last ten years and discusses the many problems which still remain.
Languages: English, German, Turkish
Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish.
THE BANKSY JOB (16) 2016 GRAY, I R/HARVEY D. £10.99
March 2004, a ten-foot Banksy statue appears in central London. The a few days later the statue is stolen by a group called AK46. Now, after all this time, it seems that AK47 is about to breathe new life into the saga.
DINA (15) 2017 SANTINI, A/SICKLES, D £15.99
The film is an intimate portrait of a the couple Dina and Scott, who plan to marry. Dina Buno, struggles with mental disability and past trauma and Scott Levin has Asperger Syndrome.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME (E) 2017 DVD – £24.99 BLU RAY – £25.99
Historical documentary series in which presenter Bettany Hughes gives an account of the history of the Roman Empire and its pivotal moments in time.
FREE TO ROCK – HOW ROCK & ROLL BROUGHT DOWN THE WALL (E) 2017 BROWN, JIM £15.99
A look at the effect of rock music on social change and the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989, including appearances from Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Billy Joel.
FRENCH WAVES (15) 2016 FRANCE STARKE, JULIAN £19.99
The film looks at the growth of French electronic music from the ’90s through to the present day. The film features contributions from artists and DJs such as Pedro Winter, Laurent Garnier, Fakear, Rone, Bob Sinclair and Terry Hunter.
HENRI GEORGE CLOUZOT’S INFERNO (E) 2009 FRANCE BROMBERG,S/MEDREA, R BLU RAY ONLY £23.99
Documentary in which film archivist Serge Bromberg tells the story of an unfinished film by French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot: ‘L’Enfer’.
I AM HEATH LEDGER (E) 2017 BUITENHUIS, A/MURRAY, D £17.99
Documentary focussing on the life and career of Australian actor Heath Ledger. Centred on hours of home footage that Ledger shot himself, the film features interviews with his family, friends and collaborators who discuss his personality, his rise to stardom and his success in Hollywood, before his untimely death in 2008 from an accidental drugs overdose aged 28 .
LONDON SYMPHONY – A POETIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE LIFE OF THE CITY (E) 2017 BARRETT, ALEX £15.99
With no dialogue, just a accompanying original musical score, the film is a tribute to London and it’s diversity and culture.
LOVE, CECIL (12) 2017 VREELAND, LISA IMMORDINO £19.99
Academy Award-winning documentary of photographer, artist and set designer Cecil Beaton.
MOUNTAIN (PG) 2017 PEEDOM , JENNIFER £15.99
Willem Dafoe narrates, with a backing soundtrack from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, footage of climbing the highest mountain peaks from around the globe.
NICO: ICON (E) 1995 £12.99
Documentary focusing on the life of Velvet Underground’s German born singer-songwriter, model and actress.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: BRITISH MUSIC VIDEOS 1966-2016 (18) £39.99
Collection of 200 British music videos recorded between 1966 and 2016. The collection includes videos for artists such as Duran Duran, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, George Michael, Oasis and Robbie Williams.
RICK STEIN’S ROAD TO MEXICO (E) 2017 £22.99
BBC series in which chef Rick Stein takes a culinary road trip from San Francisco to Mexico sampling traditional recipes and local delicacies inspired by the Mexican culture.

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Italian documentary about Carlo Di Palma – ACQUA E ZUCCHERO: CARLO DI PALMA, I COLORI DELLA VITA/WATER AND SUGAR – CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE – out on dvd

Water and Sugar.jpgACQUA E ZUCCHERO: CARLO DI PALMA, I COLORI DELLA VITA/WATER AND SUGAR – CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE (EX) 2016 ITALY KAMKARI , FARIBORZ 15.99
Documentary focusing on the career of Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma. The son of a film camera operator and a flower seller on the Spanish Steps, Di Palma developed an interest in films at an early age and, despite his poor background, went on to work with influential directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Woody Allen and Vittorio De Sica.

The film features interviews with film-makers including Ken Loach, Wim Wenders, Ettore Scola and Bernardo Bertolucci who discuss their appreciation of Di Palma’s contribution to cinema.

In Italian with English subtitles

 

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary issued on dvd

VIETNAM WARTHE VIETNAM WAR – A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK (E) £69.99

Ten-part, 18-hour, definitive documentary series about the Vietnam War. Featuring rare archival footage, the documentary looks at the lives of the people who fought on both sides of the war and examines how the controversial combat altered American history.

The series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life, and includes footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic TV broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revealing audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

Over 120 popular songs are used to define the era. Tracks by the The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E King, Phil Ochs, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Barry McGuire, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, The Temptations, Booker T and the MGs, Pete Seeger and more.

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Episode breakdown

1: “DÉJÀ VU” (1858-1961)
After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided.

2: “RIDING THE TIGER” (1961-1963)
As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with US involvement in Vietnam.

3: “THE RIVER STYX” (JANUARY 1964-DECEMBER 1965)
With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ bombs the North and sends US troops to the South.

4: “RESOLVE” (JANUARY 1966-JUNE 1967)
US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, as the antiwar movement grows.

5: “THIS IS WHAT WE DO” (JULY 1967-DECEMBER 1967)
President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.

6: “THINGS FALL APART” (JANUARY 1968-JULY 1968)
Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.

7: “THE VENEER OF CIVILIZATION” (JUNE 1968-MAY 1969)
After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, wins the presidency.

8: “THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD” (APRIL 1969-MAY 1970)
Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.

9: “A DISRESPECTFUL LOYALTY” (MAY 1970-MARCH 1973)
South Vietnam fights alone as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. POWs return.

10: “THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY” (MARCH 1973-ONWARD)
Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans & Vietnamese from all sides seek reconciliation.

Suggested reading

Books by interviewees featured in the film
If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Decent Interval by Frank Snepp
Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam War Poems by John Musgrave
Abandoning Vietnam by James H. Willbanks
The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W.D.

Ehrhart by W.D. Ehrhart
The Sacred Willow by Mai Elliott
Conversations with W.D. Ehrhart by W.D. Ehrhart
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
The Stars, The Earth, The River by Le Minh Khue
A Patriot After All: The Story of a Chicano Vet by Juan Ramirez
We were Soldiers Once…And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G Moore Ret. and Joseph L. Galloway
Life and Death in the Central Highlands by James T. Gillam
Chained Eagle: The Heroic Story of the First American Shot Down over North

Vietnam by Everett Alvarez Jr. and Anthony S. Pitch
What it is Like to go to War by Karl Marlantes
Filmmaker Picks
Non-Fiction
The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson
Vietnam: A Portrait of Its People at War by David Chanoff & Doan Van Toai
No Sure Victory by Gregory A. Daddis
The Sacred Willow by Duong Van Mai Elliott
The Sixties by Todd Gitlin
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
A Better War by Lewis Sorley
A Vietcong Memoir by Truong Nhu Tang
Deserter by Jack Todd

Fiction
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
The Quiet American by Graham Greene

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NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON DVD FOR OCTOBER 2017

 

ACQUA E ZUCCHERO: CARLO DI PALMA, I COLORI DELLA VITA/WATER AND SUGAR – CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE (EX) 2016 ITALY KAMKARI , FARIBORZ 15.99
Documentary focusing on the career of Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma. The son of a film camera operator and a flower seller on the Spanish Steps, Di Palma developed an interest in films at an early age and, despite his poor background, went on to work with influential directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Woody Allen and Vittorio De Sica.
CITY OF GHOSTS (18) 2017 HEINEMAN, MATTHEW £15.99
Documentary about the resistance group known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) and their fight against Islamic State.
DAVID LYNCH – THE ART LIFE (15) NGUYEN, JON £18.99
Film exploring the life and career of renowned film-maker and screenwriter David Lynch.
DISPOSSESSION – THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE (E) 2017 SNG, PAUL £15.99
Maxine Peake narrates this documentary which focuses on the UK’s failed housing policy. The film traces the root of the current social housing crisis back to the introduction of the Right to Buy scheme implemented by Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives in the 1970s.
INSIDE THE FREEMASONS (E) 2017 £19.99
Five-part Sky documentary on the Freemasons.
VAMPIR CUADECUC (E) 1971 SPAIN PORTABELLA, PERE IN CATALAN DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
Experimental documentary that follows the shooting of Jesús Franco’s ‘Count Dracula’ (1970) starring Christopher Lee, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the production process accompanied by a soundtrack from Catalan artist and musician Carles Santos
THE VIETNAM WAR – A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK (E) £69.99
Ten-part documentary series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, about the Vietnam War. Featuring rare archival footage, the documentary looks at the lives of the people who fought on both sides of the war and examines how the controversial combat altered American history.
VOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINÉMA FRANÇAIS/A JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (15) 2016 FRANCE TAVERNIER, BERTRAND £18.99
Bertrand Tavernier profiles a number of renowned directors, actors and writers as he discusses the influence they have had on his own career and also the role each has played in French cinema history.

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NEW DOCUMENTARIES RELEASES ON DVD FOR AUGUST 2017

A GOOD DAY TO DIE (E) 2016 £13.99
Film about British war photographer Jason P. Howe, from capturing images of the Colombian conflict between FARC guerrilla fighters as well as photographing front line British troops in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, before he was banned from the front line by the British Ministry of Defence.
BRIAN WILSON: THE SECOND WAVE – AFTER THE SURF (E) 2017
The film focusing on the career of Brian Wilson from the 1970s onwards.
DRIES (E) 2017 HOLZEMER, REINER £15.99
Documentary about the life and career of Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten. Rarely in the spotlight he has risen to become one of the titans of the fashion world thanks to his championing of cerebral and eccentric styles.
EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE ’70S (18) 2012 MALLOY, MIKE £12.99
Documentary exploring the violent Italian crime films of the 1970s. Actors from the films talk about the infamous productions including the problems they faced due to rushed shooting schedules, dangerous stunts and brutal action sequences. They also share their view of the violence prevalent in Italian society during the decade which the genre of films sought to represent.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: THE ART FILMS OF JAMES SCOTT (15) 1984 £22.99
Collection of films by the multi-talented film-maker and artist James Scott. From experimental art documentaries on key figures of the 1960s to avant-garde political films and an Academy Award-winning short film. The collection includes: ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ (1984), ‘The Great Ice Cream Robbery’ (1971), ‘Love’s Presentation’ (1966), ‘Living Artists: R B Kitaj’ (1967), ‘Richard Hamilton’ (1969) and ‘Chance, History, Art…’ (1980).
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (12) 2017 PECK, RAOUL £13.99
US race relations as seen through the eyes of African American writer and social critic James Baldwin. Features interviews with the writer as he discusses the issue of racism in America and influential civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
PUBLIC INFORMATION FILMS OF THE BRITISH HOME FRONT 1939-1945 (E) £24.99
Ministry of Information films designed to encouraging a greater effort from the Home Front.
RISK (15) 2016 POITRAS, LAURA £15.99
The film examines the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and how he came to be an internationally notorious figure.
THE SEASONS IN QUINCY – FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER (12A) 2016 £15.99
Split into four segments, directed by Bartek Dziadosz, Christopher Roth, Colin MacCabe and Tilda Swinton respectively, the film explores various aspects of Berger’s life.
SHOT! THE PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL MANTRA OF ROCK (TBA) 2016 CLAY, BARNEY £12.99
Film about photographer Mick Rock, who charted the rock and roll legends such as Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Queen, as well as personal photographer to David Bowie.
WATCHMAKER’S APPRENTICE (E) 2015 ARMSTRONG, DAVID £17.99
Documentary about renowned watchmakers Dr. George Daniels and Roger Smith. The story tells of Dr. George Daniels’ journey from Dickensian poverty to becoming one of the finest watchmakers of his time. His fame led young watchmaker Roger Smith to seek him out, hoping to learn the craft under the guidance of Daniels.
WILLIAMS (15) 2017 MATTHEWS, MORGAN £15.99
Documentary focusing on the Williams Formula One team and its founder Sir Frank Williams.

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NEW DOCUMENTARIES RELEASES ON DVD FOR JUNE 2017

 

JERRY GARCIA AND THE U.S. COUNTERCULTURE (E) 2017 £15.99
Documentary focusing on the American counterculture movement of the 1960s.
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (PG) 2016 KRAYENBUHL,S/OELBAUM, Z £15.99
Tilda Swinton voices this documentary of Arabist Gertrude Bell, often referred to as the female Lawrence of Arabia. She held extraordinary power in the British Empire due to her knowledge and contacts in the Middle East but seems to have been written out of history.

Guardian review – https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/21/letters-from-baghdad-review-gertrude-bell-tilda-swinton-iraq

FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (15) 2014 GOODWIN, PAUL £17.99
Documentary profiling the award-winning British comic 2000AD. After the first edition was published in 1977, the comic quickly became one of the most popular science fiction publications and went on to inspire countless films and television shows including ‘RoboCop’ (1987) and ‘Alien’ (1979).

This documentary features interviews with the comic’s creator Pat Mills and writers Neil Gaiman and Dave Gibbons as they explain why 2000AD is held in such high regard.

MINUTE BODIES (U) 2016 STAPLES, S/REEVE, D DUAL FORMAT DVD-BLU RAY £19.99 The film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature’s secrets in action.

OLIVER STONE’S UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (E) 2012 4 DVDS £29.99
Academy Award-winning film-maker Oliver Stone directs and narrates this documentary series in which he presents an unconventional look at the actions of the United States of America in the 20th century.

The episodes are: ‘World War II’, ‘Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace’, ‘The Bomb’, ‘The Cold War: 1945-1950’, ‘The 50s, Eisenhower, the Bomb and the Third World’, ‘JFK: To the Brink’, ‘Johnson, Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune’, ‘Reagan, Gorbachev and the Third World: Revival of Fortune’, ‘Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace – New World Order’ and ‘Bush and Obama: Age of Terror’.

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NEW DOCUMENTARIES RELEASES ON DVD FOR MAY 2017

THE BATTLE OF YPRES – THE PATHE COLLECTION (E) 1925 ( 5013929668454) £10.99
Documentary, originally made in 1925, that re-enacts the major elements of the Battle of Ypres using the original trenches. All four battles are covered, and for the first time the film features a soundtrack constructed from recordings of the period. Also featured are two short films: ‘Ypres – The Shell Shattered City of Flanders’ (1916) and ‘Remembrance Day, Ypres 1922’.
CAMERAPERSON (15) 2016 JOHNSON, KIRSTEN £15.99
Kirsten Johnson directs this reflective documentary which showcases her career in film-making and cinematography. She has made films as diverse as
examination of Jacques Derrida’s philosophy, Osama bin Laden driver, Edward Snowden’s revelations, post-war Bosnia Herzegovina, abortion laws in the United States and hospitals in Nigeria.
CITIZEN JANE (TBA) 2016 TYRNAUER, MATT £15.99
Film of journalist and urban activist Jane Jacobs and her opposition of New York city planner Robert Moses who she saw as a destroyer of neighbourhoods and their communities.
DANCER (12) 2017 CANTOR, STEVEN £15.99
The story of Sergei Polunin, who became the youngest ever principal dancer for the British Royal Ballet at the age of 19
EAT THAT QUESTION (15) 2016 SCHÜTTE, THORSTEN £12.99
Documentary constructed entirely of archive footage of interviews and performances of Frank Zappa.
EAGLE HUNTRESS (E) 2016 BELL, OTTO £15.99
Daisy Ridley narrates this documentary which follows 13-year-old Kazakh girl Aisholpan as she looks to become the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her family.


FILM/NOTFILM (PG) 2015 LIPMAN, ROSS DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY/DVD £23.99
Experimental documentary about the silent short ‘Film’ (1965), written by Samuel Beckett. The feature chronicles the making of Beckett’s only movie which left its star Buster Keaton confused and its writer deriding it as a failure.
GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS FACTUAL SURVEY DUAL DVD + BLU-RAY RELEASE £29.99
Intended to be shown to the German people in 1946 damn the Nazi regime and shame the German people in to acceptance of Allied occupation, a complete rough-cut of this disturbing documentary revealing the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps was viewed at the Ministry of Information in London and in the end never shown.
HARRY BENSON – SHOOT FIRST (E) 2017 £12.99
Documentary about the Scottish photographer who made a name for himself after he accompanied The Beatles on their tour of America in 1964.
THE ROLLING STONES: OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ – A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA (12) 2016 £13.99
Film follows The Rolling Stones as they travel through South America as part of their 2016 tour finishing with a historic free concert in the Cuban capital of Havana..
TASKAFA: STORIES FROM THE STREET/ESTATE, A REVERIE (E) 2015 ZIMMERMAN, ANDREA LUKA £12.99
Narrated by John Berger, ‘Taskafa: Stories from the Street’ (2013) follows a resilient group of people from Istanbul as they take care of the stray street dogs which roam the city. In ‘Estate, a Reverie’ (2015) the defiant residents of Hackney in East London rally together as they continue to live in the boarded-up flats of their condemned housing estate in the last days before its scheduled demolition.
TONY ROBINSON’S COAST TO COAST: SERIES 1 (E) 2017 £19.99
Historical documentary series in which presenter Tony Robinson journeys from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, taking Wainwright’s ‘A Coast to Coast Walk’ as his guide.

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Some BFI releases for April 2017

German Concentration Camps Factual SurveyGERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS FACTUAL SURVEY DUAL DVD + BLU-RAY RELEASE £29.99
Intended to be shown to the German people in 1946 damn the Nazi regime and shame the German people in to acceptance of Allied occupation, a complete rough-cut of this disturbing documentary revealing the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps was viewed at the Ministry of Information in London and in the end never shown.

In September 1945 Sidney Bernstein led a small team –which included Stewart McAllister, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock–to complete the film from hours of footage and to create a feature-length visual report on the Nazi atrocities. However the project was left unfinished and shelved.

Even in its incomplete form, the film was immensely powerful, generating an awed hush among audiences. But now, complete to six reels, this faithfully restored and definitive version produced by the Imperial War Museums and with a newly recorded narration by actor Jaspar Britton, has been rightfully compared with Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog (1955).

•Format: 2 x DVD9 + 1 X BD50
•Production: UK | 1945/2014 | black and white | 72 mins (+ extras) | Subtitles: English hard-of-hearing, German, Hebrew, French, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Italian, Czech and Dutch | Cert 18
•DISC 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
•DISC 2 and Disc 3: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital stereo audio (192kbps)

Special features:
•New restoration by IWM (Imperial War Museums)
•Presented with both an optional contextualising intro and outro
•Panel Discussion at the BFI Southbank (2015, 42 mins): restoration director Dr Toby Haggith(IWM) is joined on-stage by a panel of experts to discuss the film
•Audio Commentary with Dr Toby Haggithand senior curator Patrick Russell (BFI)
•VoxPops Compilation(2015, 6 mins): cinema-goers reflect after a screening at the BFI Southbank
•Interview with Ludwig Weill at Fort Breendonk(1945, 5 mins): archival interview with a freed prisoner
•Interviews and Statements at Bergen-Belsen(1945, 17 mins): archival interviews with SS soldiers, freed prisoners and members of the British Army
•Interviews and Statements at Dachau(1945, 12 mins): archival interviews with recently liberated prisoners
•Interview with Petr Zenkl(1945, 12 mins): archival interview with the Czech politician who was imprisoned at Dachau and Buchenwald
•Alternate archival soundtrack
•80-page perfect-bound book with new writing on the film, and full film credits

 

GoddessTHE GODDESS(PG) 1934 CHINA WU, YONGGANG IN MANDARIN £19.99
Set in 1930s Shanghai and staring one of the early stars of Chinese cinema, Lingyu Ruan, who play a ‘goddess’ (a euphemism for a prostitute). Forced to resort to prostitution in order to feed herself and her young son she is shamed by her neighbours.

This profoundly moving but rarely seen classic of world cinema is a tragic tale of shame and maternal sacrifice.
The film 24 year old star Lingyu Ruan committed suicide ay ear after the film’s release.

Newly restored by the Chinese Film Archive
•Production: China | 1934 | black and white | 78 minutes | silent, Mandarin intertitles with English subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | PAL | 25fps | PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) | region 2

InformerTHE INFORMER (PG) UK 1929 ROBINSON, ARTHUR DUAL DVD + BLU-RAY £19.99
Gripping silent thriller about love, remorse and betrayal set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. The film is based on Liam O’Flaherty’s novel.

•Production: UK | 1929 |black and white and t | 100 minutes | silent with music | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, DTS-HD Master Sound 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), region free | DVD9: PAL, 25fps, region 0

Special features:

•A new restoration presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•The Sound version of The Informer (1929, 84 mins)
•Restoration Demonstration (2016, 5 mins)
•Shaping the Silence (2017, 10 mins)
•A selection of Topical Budget films from the newly independent Ireland: I Want Peace (1921) | Is it the Dawn? (1921) | Historic Unionist Conference at Liverpool (1921) | Irish Peace Imperilled By Extremists (1921) | Further Pictures if the Irish Peace (1921) | Surrender of Dublin castle (1922) | British Evacuate Ireland after Hundreds of Years of Occupation (1922) | Dublin’s Civil War (1922)
•Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Garth Knox and Michael Brooke

LETTER TO BREZHNEVLETTER TO BREZHNEV (15) UK 1985 BERNARD, CHRIS DUAL DVD + BLU-RAY £19.99
Two Liverpool girls (Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke are out for a night on the town when they meed two Russian sailors (Alfred Molina and Peter Firth) on shore leave and love blossoms.

One of the Key 1980s British films set against a backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool and the cold war
Special features:
•Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•An Interview with Margi Clarke (2017, 35 mins)
•An Interview with Alexandra Piggand Peter Firth (2017, 14 mins)
•Audio commentary with Margi Clarke

aliceALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (15) 1974 SCORSESE, MARTIN £19.99
Key film from the golden age of the 1970s New Hollywood. Alice (Ellen Burstyn), along with her young son leave their home in New Mexico to return as an independent woman to Monterey. However to reach her destination, Alice has to stop off along the way to make enough money for her and Tommy to survive.

•Production: USA | 1974 | colour | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 107 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2
Special features:

•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and actors Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson and Diane Ladd
•Second Chances… The Making of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (20 mins)
•Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays by Nicholas Pillai and Christina Newland.

Who's That Knocking at My DoorWHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (15) 1967 SCORSESE, MARTIN £19.99
Powerful drama shot in gritty black and white on the streets of the New York among the Italian community. The film stars Harvey Keitel and introduces us to classic Scorsese themes of Catholic guilt, Italian mother and repressed sexuality in the violent streets of New York.
•Production: USA | 1967 | black and white | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 86 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2

Special features:
•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and MardikMartin
•From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of Who’s that Knocking at My Door (13 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and an essay by Christina Newland.

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com

History documentary of the Louvre – FRANCOFONIA – out on dvd and Blu Ray

francofoniaFRANCOFONIA (12A) 2015 FRANCE SOKUROV. ALEKSANDR DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
The film looks at the history of the Louvre, from its construction, to the Renaissance and the Nazi’s occupation of Paris in World War Two.

In Russian, French, German, English with English subtitles

 

 

 

ENGLISH FILM NOTES TO FRANCOFONIA

FRENCH FILM NOTES TO FRANCOFONIA

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

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NEW DOCUMENTARIES RELEASES ON DVD FOR JANUARY 2017

 

ALMOST HOLY (15) 2015 HOOVER, STEVE £15.99
Film follows the activities of Ukrainian Pastor Gennadiy began forcibly kidnapping the homeless children in the night and taking them to his rehabilitation centre. His controversial methods have drawn both admiration and consternation.
BRASILINTIME – BATUCADA COM DISCOS (TBA) 2006 CROSS, BRIAN £17.99
Feature-length documentary directed by looking at the cultural relationship between Brazilian music and hip-hop
THE COMING WAR ON CHINA (12A) 2016 PILGER, JOHN £14.99
Documentary about a potential nuclear war between the United States of America and China. Pilger makes the case that, though the media are unlikely to tell you so, these two rival powers are on the brink of war.
DE PALMA (15) 2015 BAUMBACH, N/PALTROW, J £19.99
The film explores the five-decade career of renowned filmmaker and screenwriter Brian De Palma.
FRANCOFONIA (12A) 2015 FRANCE SOKUROV. ALEKSANDR DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
The film looks at the history of the Louvre, from its construction, to the Renaissance and the Nazi’s occupation of Paris in World War Two.
GIMME DANGER (15) 2016 JARMUSCH, JIM £15.99
Featuring archive performance footage and personal interviews, the film recounts the life and story of The Stooges and their larger than life singer Iggy Pop.
LIFE, ANIMATED (PG) 2016 WILLIAMS, ROGER ROSS £15.99
Documentary about the Suskind family who connected with their autistic son Owen through his love of Disney films.
LOUDER THAN LOVE: THE GRANDE BALLROOM STORY (E) 2016 £12.99
The story of Detroit’s Grande Ballroom where in the 1960s bands like Love, Led Zeppelin, Iggy and the Stooges and MC5 played.


MO FARAH: NO EASY MILE (E) 2016 PEARLMAN, JOE £19.99
Film follows athlete Mo Farah as he prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SIX WIVES WITH LUCY WORSLEY (E) 2016 £19.99
Historian Lucy Worsley examines the influence of Henry VIII’s wives in the Tudor court. The programme combines Lucy’s historical commentary with dramatic re-enactments to tell the story of Henry and his six wives and how they each exerted their influence over the King.
SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME/PHILIP AND HIS SEVEN WIVES (E) 2005 ISAACS, MARC £12.99
‘Someday My Prince Will Come’ (2005) follows a young girl and her cousin as they share memories from their childhood and their future prospects in a in a small coastal town in Cumbria. ‘Philip and His Seven Wives’ (2005) ex-rabbi Philip Sharp believes he has communicated directly with God and is attempting to build a new godly family in his quiet suburban neighbourhood.
SONITA (PG) 2015 GHAEMMAGHAMI, ROKHSAREH £15.99
Documentary focusing on Afghan refugee Sonita Alizadeh, who dreams of one day becoming a successful rapper. The film follows Sonita, who lives apart from her family in Iran, as she tries to secure a visa that would allow her to pursue an education in America. However, her family are keen to marry her off to procure enough money for their own son’s marriage as soon as possible, forcing Sonita to rebel and keep them in the dark about her true intentions.
SOUNDBREAKING: THE COMPLETE SERIES (E) 2016 CHERMAYEFF, M/DUPRE, J £19.99
Eight-part documentary about the art of producing and recording music. Withj the rapid advancement of recording technology, this documentary features more than 150 interviews with some of the greatest musicians, producers and pioneers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

 

Werner Herzog documentary – LO AND BEHOLD – issued in dvd

lo-and-beholdLO AND BEHOLD (12) 2016 HERZOG, WERNER £15.99
Werner Herzog directs this documentary about the creation of the Internet and the connected modern world it has spawned.

Herzog explores the origins of the Internet and looks at what could lie in store for its future, taking in subjects including cybersecurity, privacy, robots, artificial intelligence, gaming and the interconnections of the online world, as well as meeting those who have had unfortunate experience with the darker aspects of the modern Internet age.

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries