RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 2 – issued as limited Blu Ray edition

Rainer Vass 2RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 2 (15) GERMANY BLU RAY £64.99
Volume . 2 brings together a collection of his key works from the mid-section of his career in high definition digital restorations prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

The films are –

ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF/FEAR EATS THE SOUL (15 ) 1973 GERMANY
Film is about a German woman who strikes up a friendship with a Moroccan man and the racism they encounter.

EFFI BRIEST (U) 1974 GERMANY
Film adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel set in the late 19th century.

FAUSTRECHT DER FREIHEIT/FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (15) 1975 GERMANY
In Fox and His Friends a young, homosexual man, who falls in love with a wealthy industrialist’s son after an unexpected lottery win. However he realises that the affections of his new partner are solely based on his wealth.

CHINESISCHES ROULETTE (15) 1976 GERMANY
Chinese Roulette is a tense psychodrama set in an isolated house during a weekend break in which infidelities are revealed and families break down. Fassbinder’s international breakthrough film,

EHE DER MARIA BRAUN/MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (15) 1978 GERMANY
Fassbinder’s biggest international hit, Hanna Schygulla plays Maria Braun, whose material
rise parallels Germany’s Economic Miracle of the 1950s.

In German with English subtitles

Limited Edition Features

High definition digital transfers of all films prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentations of all films

Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound for all films

Optional English subtitles for all films

Exclusive 140-page collectors booklet containing archive articles and new writing by Deborah Allison, Geoff Andrew, Margaret Deriaz and Travis Miles.

Disc One – Fear Eats The Soul

Audio commentary by critic and lecturer Mark Freeman

My Name is Not Ali, Viola Shafik’s 2011 feature-length documentary on the life and death of El Hedi ben Salem, star of Fear Eats the Soul

Interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Theatrical trailer

Disc Two – Effi Briest

Audio commentary by Ken Moulden

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel

Interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Theatrical trailer

Disc Three – Fox And His Friends & Chinese Roulette

Audio commentary by Hamish Ford on Fox and His Friends

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Chinese Roulette

Original theatrical trailers for both films

Disc Four – The Marriage Of Maria Braun

Life, Love & Celluloid, a 1998 feature-length documentary on Fassbinder, written and directed by his regular editor, Juliane Lorenz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977, a candid 30-minute interview with the director

The Fassbinder Family, featurette detailing the actors who worked with Fassbinder time and again throughout his career

Psychological German Thriller – SCHLAF/SLEEP – on Blu Ray

SleepSCHLAF/SLEEP (TBA) 2020 GERMANY VENUS, MICHAEL BLU RAY £22.99
Tormented by recurring nightmares of a place she has never been, Marlene cannot help but investigate when she discovers the place is real. Once there, she suffers a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric ward. Determined to discover what happened to her, Mona her daughter, follows and finds herself in Stainbach, an idyllic village with a dark history.

In German with English subtitles


Limited Edition Contents

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original DTS-MA 5.1 audio

Optional English subtitles

Audio commentary by film critic and historian Kim Newman & author Sean Hogan

A Strange Dark Magic, a visual essay by film scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Sleepwalking through National Trauma, a visual essay by film critic Anton Bitel

Dream & Folktale in Sleep, an interview with anthropologist, dream researcher, and filmmaker Louise S. Milne

Talking in their Sleep, director Michael Venus and star Gro Swantje Kohlhof in conversation

A Dream We Dream Together, a compilation of film festival introductions created during lockdown by director Michael Venus and the cast of Sleep

Making Dreams Come True, a glimpse behind the scenes of Sleep

Deleted Scenes, four deleted scenes

Marlene’s Sketches, explore the many obsessive dream journal sketches that are only glimpsed in the film, created by artist Christoph Vieweg, presented here in full

Trailer

Image Gallery

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative

Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Alison Peirse, an interview with director Michael Venus, and Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Frau Trude”

Double-sided fold-out poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative





Swiss drama – BEYTO – out on dvd

BeytoBEYTO (15) 2020 SWITZERLAND GSELL, GITTA £15.99
Beyto is popular among his circle of friends and the rising star of a Bernese swimming club. But when Beyto, the son of Turkish immigrants, falls in love with his swimming coach, Mike, his perfect life begins to unravel.

To preserve the family’s honour the family lure Beyto to their home village in Anatolia and force him to marry Seher, his childhood friend.

In Swiss German with English subtitles

German coming-of-age movie – RÄUBERHÄNDE/BLURRED LINES – out on dvd

Blurred LinesRÄUBERHÄNDE/BLURRED LINES (18) 2021 GERMANY ÇATAK, ILKER £15.99
The adaptation of the novel “Räuberhände” by Finn-Ole Heinrich. In this coming-of-age drama adoptive brothers Janik and Samuel embark on a road trip to Istanbul in a bid to save their fractured relationship. Here the two high school students take full advantage of their new-found freedom.

In German with English subtitles

Tense German legal drama – DER FALL COLLINI/THE COLLINI CASE – issued on dvd

COLLINI CASEDER FALL COLLINI/THE COLLINI CASE (15) 2019 GERMANY KREUZPAINTNER, MARCO £15.99
Tense legal drama based on the best-selling novel by Ferdinand von Schirach.

In a high profile case a newly qualified lawyer finds he is defending a man who is accused of murdering one of his friends.

In German with English subtitles

Guardian Review –
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/sep/12/the-collini-case-review-ferdinand-von-schirach

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 1 – issued as limited Blu Ray edition

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection 1RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 1 (18) GERMANY BLU RAY £64.99
A collection of films from the early years of his career. All have been restored to high definition digital by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

In German with English subtitles

His debut feature
LIEBE IST KÄLTER ALS DER TOD/ LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH (1969) is a playful but cynical crime picture, inspired by the nouvelle vague.

KATZELMACHER (1969) depicts the dynamics of a group of young layabout friends, which are radically altered by the arrival of an immigrant worker in their community.

WARNUNG VOR EINER HEILIGEN NUTTE/ BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE (1971) pulls the curtain on the backstage dramas of the cast and crew of a film shoot as they wait in a Spanish seaside hotel for the arrival of funds to continue their production.

HÄNDLER DER VIER JAHRESZEITEN/MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS (1971) portrays the downfall of a beleaguered fruit seller in 1950s Munich as he struggles to keep his family, body and soul together.

BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT/BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (1972) focuses on the loves, losses and lamentations of the titular Petra, a successful fashion designer with two marriages behind her and an estranged daughter.

The Ulli Lommel-directed DIE ZÄRTLICHKEIT DER WÖLFE/TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES (1973) sees Fassbinder adopting the role of producer in a bleak tale based on the German serial killer Fritz Haarmann, memorably played by Fassbinder regular Kurt Raab, who also wrote the screenplay.

Limited Edition Contents

High definition digital transfers of all films prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all films

Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound for all films

Optional English subtitles for all films

Exclusive 140-page collectors booklet containing archive articles and interviews and new writing by Tony Rayns, David Jenkins, Nicole Brenez, Phuong Le, Carmen Gray and Sean Hogan

Disc One – The Early Works: Love Is Colder Than Death And Katzelmacher:

Two early short films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from 1966, The Little Chaos and The City Tramp

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Love is Colder Than Death

End of the Commune?, Joachim von Mengershausen’s 1970 documentary portrait of Fassbinder and his troupe including rare footage of his actors rehearsing and Love is Colder Than Death’s premiere at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival

Original theatrical trailer for Katzelmacher

Disc Two – The Merchant Of Four Seasons And Beware Of A Holy Whore

Audio commentary on The Merchant of Four Seasons by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Christian McCrea

Audio commentary on Beware of a Holy Whore by Adrian Martin

Interview with actor Lou Castel on Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore theatrical trailer

Disc Three – The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant

Commentary by filmmaker and lecturer Diane Charleson

Life Stories: A Conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a 50-minute interview with the director conducted for German television in 1978

Role-Play: Women on Fassbinder, a 1992 documentary containing interviews with four of the director’s leading ladies, Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla and Rosel Zech

Disc Four – Tenderness Of The Wolves

Audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber
Introduction by Ulli Lommel

The Tender olf, a newly-filmed interview with Lommel

Photographing Fritz, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Haarmann’s Victim Talks, a newly-filmed interview with actor Rainer Will

An appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco

Stills gallery

Theatrical trailer

Film adaptation of the Hermann Hesse novel – NARZISS UND GOLDMUND/NARCISSUS AND GOLDMUND – issued on dvd

Narcissus and GoldmundNARZISS UND GOLDMUND/NARCISSUS AND GOLDMUND (15) 2020 GERMANY RUZOWITZKY, STEFAN £17.99
Adapted from the Hermann Hesse novel. Two children, Goldmund and Narziss live in a monastery.

As the years pass they become young men and Goldmund realises that the cloister´s inwardly outlook on life does not coincide with his needs. He sets out on a journey full of adventure. Narziss, however finds his fulfilment by staying in the monastery.

Years later Goldmund returns to the monastery after travelling the world and Narcissus is now an abbot. The two men reflect on the past and the bonds that exist between them.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHING NOTES TO NARZISS UND GOLDMUND

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German movie – HOCHWALD/WHY NOT YOU – issued on dvd

WhyNotYouHOCHWALD/WHY NOT YOU (15) 2020 GERMANY ROMEN, EVI £12.99
Aspiring dancer Mario returns to his South Tyrolean village after the death of his friend in a terrorist attack on a gay bar in Rome. However back home he is scorned by his fellow villagers leading him to question his own survival.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German miniseries – WIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO/WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO – available on dvd

We Children from Bahnhof ZooWIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO/WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO (18) 2021 GERMANY £23.99
Based on the memoir by Christiane F about a young girl’s descent into the drug scene of 70’s Berlin.

The eight episodes of the miniseries are set in Berlin. Teenager Christiane leaves home and befriends a group of fellow teenagers who frequent the SOUND nightclub. However, beneath the surface of their hedonistic lifestyle lie personal traumas, and Christiane’s reliance on drugs leads her down a dark path filled with tragedy.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE NOTES TO WIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO

The episodes are: ‘Puppies’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Bowie’, ‘Letters’, ‘4000 a Month’, ‘One Last Hit’, ‘When Night Comes’ and ‘Dawn’.

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

Big budget German wartime series – DAS BOOT: SEASON TWO – issued on Dvd and Blu Ray

Das Boot 2DAS BOOT: SEASON TWO (15) 2018 DVD – £23.99 BLU RAY – £28.99
All eight episodes from the second season of the war drama set in 1942. When U-boat captain Johannes von Reinhartz is tasked with a secret mission to cross the Atlantic his weariness of war makes him consider his loyalties to the Nazi hierarchy. Meanwhile, Simone Strasser continues her clandestine work in Nazi occupied France.

The episodes are:

Survival Strategies

Inconvenient Alliances

Sabotage

The Dice Have Fallen

Command to Kill

Final Decisions

Head to Head

On the Other Hand

Das Boot Season OneDAS BOOT: SEASON ONE (18) 2018 DVD – £23.99 BLU RAY – £28.99
Big budget sequel to the 1981 film and based on the books, Das Boot and Die Festung.

Set in 1942 Nazis occupied La Rochelle, a fresh new crew join the U-612 in open water trials along with an inexperienced Captain who the crew don’t yet trust in.

In German with English subtitles

The episodes are:

Neue Wege
Geheime Missionen
Verluste
Zweifel
Loyalität
Gegen die Zeit
Verdammt
Abrechnung

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

World War Two drama – SÜSKIND/ THE SECRET HERO – issued on dvd

Secret HeroSÜSKIND/ THE SECRET HERO (15) 2012 GERMANY BERG, RUDOLF VAN DEN £10.99
Set during the Second World War, Süskind, a German Jew, begins working for the Dutch Jewish Council and uses his position of authority to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children by preventing their transportation to the Nazi death camps.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

Newly restored German movie – DAS WACHSFIGURENKABINETT/WAXWORKS – issued on region free Blu Ray

Waxworks - The Masters of Cinema Series (3)DAS WACHSFIGURENKABINETT/WAXWORKS (PG) 1924 GERMANY LENI, PAUL BLU RAY £20.99
A young writer is hired to write stories for the characters in a wax museum and he pens backstories for the Caliph of Baghdad, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper

However, as the accounts of these historical figures play out the writer imagines himself in each story alongside the museum owner’s daughter Eva in order to fulfil his unrequited love for her.

As there is no surviving original negative of the film, this newly restored edition by the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata is composed of contemporary prints and additional film materials from archives around the world.

These materials were scanned in 4K resolution and then restored in 2K.

In German with English subtitles

SPECIAL FEATURES
LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 copies]

REGION FREE – A/B/C

1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration

Option of two newly created scores, by Ensemble Musikfabrik; and composer Richard Siedhoff

Audio commentary with Australian film and arts critic Adrian Martin

Paul Leni’s Rebus-Film Nr. 1-8 – Courtesy of Kino Lorber, these Leni-helmed cinematic crossword puzzles were originally screened in 1920s German cinemas as featurettes accompanying the main film. Each of these animated shorts was split into two parts—a clue and an answer—and presented before and after the visual presentation

In search of the original version of Paul Leni’s ?‘Das Wachsfigurenkabinett’? – An interview with Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek) based on her presentation after the premiere of the restored film at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna 2020

Kim Newman on Waxworks – An in-depth, on-camera interview with journalist, film critic, and fiction writer Kim Newman about the legacy of Waxworks

A collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Philip Kemp and Richard Combs on the film’s history and significance; notes on the restoration process by the Deutsche Kinemathek; and rarely seen production photographs and promotional material

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German movie – DIE FREIBADCLIQUE /SUMMER OF ’44 – THE FINAL BATTLE FOR GERMANY – issued on dvd

Summer of '44DIE FREIBADCLIQUE /SUMMER OF ’44 – THE FINAL BATTLE FOR GERMANY (15) 2017 GERMANY FROMM, FRIEDEMANN £5.99
Summer 1944, five 16 year old boys carefree days of relaxing at the local swimming pool come to an abrupt end when they are all drafted into the German army as the country heads for defeat and the boys will be lucky to see out the war alive.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German movie – ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER…/I WAS AT HOME, BUT – issued on Blu Ray

I WAS AT HOME, BUTICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER…/I WAS AT HOME, BUT.. (12 ) 2019 GERMANY SCHANELEC , ANGELA BLU RAY – £19.99
Winner of the ‘Best Director’ prize at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, the film uses quiet poetry, wry humour and raw emotion to explore the impact of a devastating tragedy on a family.

In German with English subtitles

Reviews –

“An elegantly radical mystery… Classically composed and gorgeously immersive, the new film from Angela Schanelec is a bizarre, mystifying work that is oddly comforting despite its many puzzles.” Jessica Kiang, Sight & Sound

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition, director-approved presentation of the of the film

A new and exclusive filmed interview with director Angela Schanelec (2021)

Three early short films by Angela Schanelec:
– Lovely Yellow Colour (Schöne gelbe Farbe, 1991)
– Far Away (Weit entfernt, 1992)
– Prague, March ’92 (Prag, März 92, 1992)

Booklet featuring a new essay by critic and journalist Carmen Gray

DTS HD 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo audio

Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German coming of age movie – KOKON /COCOON – out on dvd and Blu Ray

CocoonKOKON /COCOON (15) 2020 GERMANY KRIPPENDORFF, LEONIE DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
Awkward 14-year-old Nora spends the summer hanging out with her older sister Jule and trying to gain acceptance from her peers as their alcohol mother neglects. When a new girl, Romy , arrives Nora finds herself drawn to her vitality and a new found confidence grows within her as she begins to note the subtle changes into adulthood. Continue reading