Czech World War Two drama – BUTCHER OF PRAGUE – out on dvd

Butcher of PragueBUTCHER OF PRAGUE (15) 2001 CZECH REPUBLIC NIKOLAEV, PETR £14.99
On June 10, 1942, over 300 people, many of whom are children, where massacred in the Czech village of Lidice in Central Bohemia by Nazi soldiers in retaliation for the assassination of Nazi general Reinhard Heydrich . The film tells this harrowing story.
In Czech with English subtitles
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Polish drama – LAST FAMILY – issued on dvd

ostatnia-rodzinaLAST FAMILY (15) 2016 POLAND MATUSZYNSKI., JAN P £15.99
The film follows the ups and downs of dystopian surrealist painter Zdzislaw Beksinski , his wife and their neurotic suicidal son Tomasz

In polish with English subtitles

 

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Peter Greenaway film -EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO – issued on dvd

Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (18) 2015 GREENAWAY, PETER DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Set in Mexico in 1931 during the filming of ‘Que Viva Mexico!, the drama looks at Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein relationship with young actor Jorge Palomino y Cañedo.

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Polish film – UNITED STATES OF LOVE – issued on dvd and Blu Ray

united-states-of-loveUNITED STATES OF LOVE (18) 2016 POLAND WASILEWSKI, TOMASZ DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99

1990s, with the decline of communism, four women who are trying to adapt to the changing times and their new-found freedom. The intertwined foursome include Agata, who becomes obsessed with a local priest, schoolteacher Iza is having an affair with a doctor, and her fellow teacher Renata yearns for a closer relationship with her neighbour Marzena

 

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Russian adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s – TWO WOMEN – out on dvd

two-womenTWO WOMEN (U) 2014 RUSSIAN GLAGOLEVA, VERA £15.99
Adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s play. Rich married Natalya laments losing her allure as middle age approaches and finds herself increasingly jealous of her adopted daughter Vera youthful beauty.

When 21-year-old student Aleksei enters the household, Natalya and Vera compete for his affection.
In Russian with English subtitles

 

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New RUSSIAN – EASTERN EUROPEAN dvd releases for 2016

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ANDREI RUBLEV (15) 1966 RUSSIA TARKOVSKY, ANDREI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Widely regarded as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film, which charts the life of the famous icon painter Rublev.
AUTUMN ALMANAC (15) 1984 HUNGARY TARR, BÉLA £15.99
Set in a claustrophobic apartment, the film follows the interactions of five room-mates who live on the fringes of society.
BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL (15) 2015 RUSSIA MOKRITSKIY, SERGEY £15.99
With the outbreak of war a promising student Lyudmila enlists and becomes a sniper. After she is seriously injured in battle, Lyudmila is sent to the United States on a publicity visit where she meets Eleanor Roosevelt and the two become close.
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN/DRIFTERS (PG) 1925/29 RUSSIA EISENSTEIN, SERGEI DUAL FORMAT DVD AND BLU RAY £19.99
A landmark film in technical achievement and emotionally stirring recreation of history. Also included British documentary ‘Drifters’ (1929), which was influenced by and originally screened alongside ‘Battleship Potemkin’
THE BORDER (18) 2014 POLAND £17.99
A Polish squads job is to control human trafficking on the countries border with the Ukraine. When all the squad, but one, are killed and the innocent surviving squad member goes on the run as the authorities make him a prime suspect.
DEKALOG AND OTHER TELEVISION WORKS (15) 1998 POLAND KIESLOWSKI, KRZYSZTOF DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY/DVD £63.99
All ten episodes of the acclaimed Polish drama series ‘Dekalog’, revolving around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments. Also included are all of Kieslowski’s television work, starting with his first professional short fiction film and continuing with four feature-length pieces.
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (18) 2015 GREENAWAY, PETER IN ENGLISH DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Set in Mexico in 1931 during the filming of ‘Que Viva Mexico!, the drama looks at Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein relationship with young actor Jorge Palomino y Cañedo.
ELECTRA, MY LOVE (15) 1974 HUNGRARY JANCSÓ, MIKLÓS £12.99
Many years after the death of her father, Agamemnon, at the hands of the tyrant Aegisthus , oppressed Electra seeks revenge by inspiring the people to rebel against Aegisthus and end his cruel reign once and for all.
ESCAPE FROM THE LIBERTY CINEMA (12) 1990 POLAND MARCZEWSKI, WOJCIECH £12.99
Dark political satire examining the effects of censorship. A lonely government censor has to deal with an actors on strike at his local cinema, the Liberty.
HARDCORE HENRY (18) 2015 RUSSIA NAISHULLER, ILYA £19.99
Sci-fi thriller set in Moscow and filmed through the eyes of Henry, a man who is saved from death but left with no memories of his past.
IVAN’S CHILDHOOD (PG) 1962 RUSSIA TARKOVSKY, ANDREI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Story of a twelve year old boy seeking to revenge the murder of his family by the Nazis in World War Two.
KILLER INK (18) 2015 LITHUANIA DOWNS,D/GAGE,K £14.99
Lithuanian horror movie with an evil tattoo artist.
THE LESSON (15) 2014 BULGARIA GROZEVA, K/VALCHANOV, P £15.99
Struggling teacher is trying to turn her life around when she discovers there is a thief amongst one of her students and resolves to find out who it is so she can teach them a lesson.
LIFE FEELS GOOD (15) 2013 POLAND PIEPRZYCA, MACIEJ £15.99
Heartwarming story about a man who lives with severe cerebral palsy that has alienated him from the rest of the world for the first 25 years of his life as he grow up during Poland’s transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s.
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (E) RUSSIA 1929 B/W DZIGA VERTOV DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
The film catalogues a day in the life of a modern Soviet city using many cinematic effects and accompanied by a new, specially-written score by composer Michael Nyman.
MIRROR (U) 1974 RUSSIA TARKOVSKY, ANDREI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
This dazzlingly beautiful autobiographical film intertwines real life, memories of childhood and dreams as well as reflections on the Russian people and their history.
NAPOLEON’S WAR 1812 (15) 2012 RUSSIA FESENKO,OLEG £12.99
Set leading up to the Battle Of Borodino in 1812, when the secret Russian’s plans were stolen by an agent of Napoleon.
NOSTALGIA (15) 1983 ITALY TARKOVSKY, AMDREI IN ITALIAN
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
At a spa in the Tuscan Hills, a Russian poet and musicologist meets a mysterious man who is convinced that the end of the world is nigh.
PANAMA (15) 2015 SERBIA VUCKOVIC, PAVLE £15.99
After a love affair ends with Maja, architecture student Jovan continues to stalk her every move online.
PAPUSZA (15) 2013 POLAND KRAUZE,K/KOS-KRAUZE J £15.99
Biopic based on the life of Polish-Romani poet Bronislawa Wajs.
PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS (15) 1942 HUNGARY SZÖTS, ISTVÁN £12.99
Forgotten masterpiece, filmed entirely on location in harsh conditions, tells the story of a woodcutter and his family who live high in mountains of Transylvania. Forced out of their home and enticed into a new work the families life begins to unravel one tragic misfortune after another.
THE SEARCH (15) 2014 GEORGIA HAZANAVICIUS, MICHEL £19.99
Bérénice Bejo stars as Carole, an NGO worker stationed in Chechnya during the Chechen War in 1999. Here Carole takes mute and traumatised orphan, Hadji (Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev) under her wing.
SHOP ON THE HIGH STREET (15) 1965 CZECHOSLOVAKIA KADÁR, JÁN/KLOS, ELMAR £12.99
Set in the German-occupied, ‘independent’ Slovak state during World War II. A carpenter is appointed ‘Aryan Controller’ of a button shop owned by an old Jewish woman, who, being both near-sighted and deaf, has no idea that there is a war on.
SOLARIS (PG) 1972 RUSSIA TARKOVSKY, ANDREI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Science fiction film adaptation of Stanislaw Lem novel set on a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris. The planet seems bring to life physical manifestation of painful memories of one of the crew. The film won the Jury prize at Cannes.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT/A BAGFUL OF FLEAS (PG) 1963 CZECHOSLOVAKIA CHYTILOVÁ,VERA £12.99
‘Something Different’ (1963) follows the lives of frustrated housewife Vera (Vera Uzelacová) and gymnast Eva (Eva Bosáková). While Vera struggles to get her husband to appreciate her and the work she does, Eva contends with a gruelling training schedule as she prepares to participate in her last competition. ‘A Bagful of Fleas’ (1962) depicts a young girl’s rebellion against those in charge of her all-girl school dormitory.
STALKER (PG) 1979 RUSSIA TARKOVSKY, ANDREI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Demanding, hallucinogenic Sci-fi film, boldly photographed and relentless in it’s depiction of a world gone mystically awry.
STUFF AND DOUGH (15) 2001 ROMANIA PUIU, CRISTI £12.99
Ovidiu is approached by a gang to deliver a mysterious package to Bucharest for the mob. However on the journey they being followed by a red car which refuses to be shaken off.
TANGERINES (15) 2013 GEORGIAN URUSHADZE, ZAZA DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY £15.99
Set during the 1992 war in Abkhazia, Georgia an Estonian tangerines farmer with land in Abkhazian gets dragged into the bloody conflict at his door.
THREE WISHES FOR CINDERELLA (PG) 1973 CZECHOSLOVAKIA/GDR VORLÍCEK, VÁCLAV £12.99
Classic fairy tale, beautifully filmed in Dresden and Prague, about a poor girl whose magic hazel nuts transforms her so that she can attend the ball and meet the prince.
UNDERGROUND (18) 1995 IN SERBO-CROAT KUSTURICA, EMIR 3 DISC SET DVD £29.99 BLU RAY – £29.99
Based on Dusan Kovacevic’s story ‘Once Upon A Time There Was A Country’, the story follows two likeable crooks from 1944 Belgrade to the Yugoslavian Civil War in the 1990s in this complete 5-hour TV version.
WARSAW 1944 (15) 2014 POLAND KOMASA, JAN £19.99
Set in WWII young soldier Stefan joins the Warsaw Uprising to take back the city from its Nazi occupiers.
WEATHER STATION (15) 2010 RUSSIA O’REILLY, JOHNNY £12.99
Detectives are sent to a remote weather station in the Russian arctic to investigate why communication have ceased. On arrival they find the station abandoned. What has happened to the meteorologists, have they been murdered.

Classic Czech fairy tale -THREE WISHES FOR CINDERELLA – out on dvd

three-wishes-for-cinderellaTHREE WISHES FOR CINDERELLA (PG) 1973 CZECHOSLOVAKIA/GDR VORLÍCEK, VÁCLAV £12.99
Classic fairy tale, beautifully filmed in Dresden and Prague, about a poor girl whose magic hazel nuts transforms her so that she can attend the ball and meet the prince.
This magical, colourful , feel-good fairy tale is seen as a classic in much of northern Europe and get regularly shown at Christmas in the same way as “It’s a Wonderful Life” does in the US.

In Czech with English subtitles

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Polish drama – LIFE FEELS GOOD – out on dvd

life-feels-goodLIFE FEELS GOOD (15) 2013 POLAND PIEPRZYCA, MACIEJ £15.99
Heartwarming story about a man who lives with severe cerebral palsy that has alienated him from the rest of the world for the first 25 years of his life as he grow up during Poland’s transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Thankfully, his mother and father are loving and caring towards their son and try their best to support him as much as they can. However, when a tragedy hits home which results in Mateusz being placed in a care home, his situation worsens as he struggles to find ways to communicate his intelligence and ability to understand.

In Polish with English subtitles

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Krzysztof Kieslowski box sext of his work out on dvd/Blu Ray

dekalogDEKALOG AND OTHER TELEVISION WORKS (15) 1998 POLAND KIESLOWSKI, KRZYSZTOF DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY/DVD £63.99
All ten episodes of the acclaimed Polish drama series ‘Dekalog’, revolving around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments. Also included are all of Kieslowski’s television work, starting with his first professional short fiction film and continuing with four feature-length pieces.

Box set contains –

DEKALOG (1988 9h 32mins) – Ten episodes revolving around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments.

PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY (1973, 29 mins) – Kieslowski’s professional fiction debut, about a man trying to repair a failed marriage

FIRST LOVE (1974, 52 mins) – a docudrama about a teenage couple coping with an unwanted pregnancy

PERSONNEL (1975, 67 mins) – Kieslowski’s first feature-length fiction film, a partly autobiographical piece about a Warsaw theatre company

THE CALM (1976, 82 mins) – one of Kieslowski’s most powerful early films, about a man rebuilding his life in mid-70s Poland after a short prison sentence
Short Working Day (1981, 73 mins), Kieslowski’s study of a political strike, controversially told from the viewpoint of a Communist functionary trying to keep order

KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI: STILL ALIVE (2007) – an affectionate 82-minute portrait of the director by his former student Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, including interviews with dozens of friends and colleagues

In Polish with English subtitles.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

4K restoration of all ten episodes, presented in their original broadcast aspect ratios

Original Polish mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays), with optional English subtitles

Pedestrian Subway (1973, 29 mins), Kieslowski’s professional fiction debut, about a man trying to repair a failed marriage

First Love (1974, 52 mins), a docudrama about a teenage couple coping with an unwanted pregnancy

Personnel (1975, 67 mins), Kieslowski’s first feature-length fiction film, a partly autobiographical piece about a Warsaw theatre company

The Calm (1976, 82 mins), one of Kieslowski’s most powerful early films, about a man rebuilding his life in mid-70s Poland after a short prison sentence

Short Working Day (1981, 73 mins), Kieslowski’s study of a political strike, controversially told from the viewpoint of a Communist functionary trying to keep order

Krzysztof Kieslowski: Still Alive (2007), an affectionate 82-minute portrait of the director by his former student Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, including interviews with dozens of friends and colleagues

Collector’s booklet featuring a lengthy essay on Dekalog and Kieslowski by Father Marek Lis, plus Kieslowski’s own intensely self-critical discussion of all the films in this set and Stanley Kubrick’s famous eulogy to Kieslowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz

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Serbian movie – PANAMA- released on dvd

panamaPANAMA (15) 2015 SERBIA VUCKOVIC, PAVLE £15.99
After a love affair ends with Maja, architecture student Jovan continues to stalk her every move online.

Belgrade architecture student Jovan begins a passionate but open relationship with Maja. As Jovan becomes more intrigued by Maja’s distant and unreadable demeanour, he does some online digging into her secretive private life.

Shocked by what he finds, Jovan decides to end the relationship but can’t seem to shake her enigmatic allure and continues to stalk her online.

In Serbian with English subtitles

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Andrei Tarkovsky – THE SACRIFICE – issued on dvd and Blu Ray

sacrificeTHE SACRIFICE (PG) 1986 SWEDEN TARKOVSKY, ANDREI DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY £19.99
Visionary film unfolds in the hour before a nuclear war. Alexander, his wife Adelaide (, their two children, and various eccentric friends gather around a radio to hear the impending announcement of nuclear war.

Alexander attempts to strike a deal with God and is willing to sacrifice everything, including his six-year-old son in order to avert the war and mankind’s annihilation.

In Swedish with English subtitles

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Miklós Jancsó’s -ELECTRA, MY LOVE – issued on dvd

ElectraELECTRA, MY LOVE (15) 1974 HUNGRARY JANCSÓ, MIKLÓS £12.99
Many years after the death of her father Agamemnon, at the hands of the tyrant Aegisthus , oppressed Electra seeks revenge by inspiring the people to rebel against Aegisthus and end his cruel reign once and for all.

The film is seen as one of Miklós Jancsó’s finest works. Set amidst the open plains and grasslands of Hungary, and shot in twelve long, beautiful, intricately choreographed takes by cinematographer János Kende, it is a provocative call to arms against any system that rules without justice.

An expert in the symbolic expression of forbidden political ideas, Jancsó here radically reworks the ancient Greek myth as a philosophical reflection on the dialectics of power and oppression.

In Hungarian with English subtitles

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Polish drama – THE BORDER – available on dvd

borderTHE BORDER (18) 2014 POLAND £17.99
A Polish squads job is to control human trafficking on the countries border with the Ukraine. When all the squad, but one, are killed and the innocent surviving squad member goes on the run as the authorities make him a prime suspect.

In Polish with English subtitles

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Forgotten Hungarian masterpiece – PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS – out on dvd

People of the MountainsPEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS (15) 1942 HUNGARY SZÖTS, ISTVÁN £12.99
Forgotten masterpiece, filmed entirely on location in harsh conditions, tells the story of a woodcutter and his family who live high in mountains of Transylvania. Forced out of their home and enticed into a new work the families life begins to unravel one tragic misfortune after another.

Condemned as Communist propaganda, Szots’ debut was refused a distribution license by Joseph Goebbels the Nazi minister for Propaganda. Nevertheless the film went onto to win a prize at the 1942 Venice Film Festival and later cited as an early model for the post-war Italian Neorealism movement.
In Hungarian with Engish subtitles

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SPECIAL FEATURES

– People of the Mountains (1942) – presented from a brand new 2K digital restoration of the film from original nitrate image and sound negatives, supervised by the Hungarian National Digital Archive.

– Original Hungarian soundtrack in mono audio.

– New and improved English subtitle translation.

– Booklet featuring a new essay by author and Hungarian cinema expert John Cunningham

DETAILS:
Duration: 92 minutes
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: 1.0 Mono (restored)
Discs: 1
B&W

 

Dziga Vertov’s – MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA AND OTHER WORKS – out on Dual Format Blu-ray/dvd

Man With a Movie Camera and Other WorksMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA AND OTHER WORKS (E) RUSSIA 1929 B/W DZIGA VERTOV DUAL FORMAT BLU-RAY/DVD £29.99
Collection of films by Dziga Vertov.Features –

Man With a Movie Camera (1929) catalogues a day in the life of a modern Soviet city using many cinematic effects.

Kino Eye (1924) depicts a group known as the Young Pioneers in a Soviet village who distribute communist propaganda.

Kino Pravada No. 21 (1925) commemorates the first anniversary of Lenin’s death.

Enthusiasm (1931) examines the work of the miners at the Don coal basin and their efforts to fulfil the first five year plan.

Three Songs About Lenin (1934) is a ‘talkie’ based around three complimentary songs that are sung about Lenin by members of the public.

In Russian with English subtitles

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