Shôhei Imamura collection – SURVIVOR BALLADS – THREE FILMS BY SHÔHEI IMAMURA – released on Blu Ray

SURVIVOR BALLADSSURVIVOR BALLADS – THREE FILMS BY SHÔHEI IMAMURA (15) 1983-89 JAPAN BLU RAY BOXSET £59.99
Features the films – The Ballad of Narayama, Zegen and Black Rain.

The Ballad of Narayama (1983) – based on an ancient folktale, an extended farming family eking out their existence in the mountainous north of Japan against the backdrop of the changing seasons before village lore decrees they make the sacrifice of abandoning their aged mother on the top of a nearby mountain when she reaches her seventieth year.

Zegen (1987) takes a satirical look at Japan’s prewar colonial expansion through the unscrupulous eyes of its flesh-peddler antihero as he establishes a prostitution enterprise across Southeast Asia.

Black Rain (1989) details the precarious existence of a household of atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima.

In Japanese with English subtitles

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

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

Original lossless Japanese PCM 1.0 mono soundtracks

Optional English subtitles

Brand new audio commentaries on all three films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp

Brand new, in-depth appreciations of all three films by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns

Alternate colour ending to Black Rain, shot by Imamura but removed from the film shortly before its release

Archival interviews on Black Rain with actress Yoshiko Tanaka and assistant director Takashi Miike

Multiple trailers and image galleries

Original Japanese press kits for The Ballad of Narayama and Black Rain (BD-ROM content)

Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Tom Mes

Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella

Available to buy at
http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/japanese-films-on-dvd

Paris set crime drama – LES MISÉRABLES – available on dvd

Les MisérablesLES MISÉRABLES (15) 2019 FRANCE LY, LADJ £17.99
Paris police officer Stéphane Ruiz is newly transferred to the poverty-stricken district of Montfermeil, notorious for its gang warfare.

Stéphane struggles to adjust to his new settings and the heavy handedness of some police officer, which is increasing the tension in the community.

In French with English subtitles

LES MISÉRABLES FRENCH LANGUAGE PRESS KIT

LES MISÉRABLES ENGLISH LANGUAGE PRESS KIT

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Nanni Moretti’s – LA STANZA DEL FIGLIO/THE SONS ROOM – re-issued on dvd and Blu Ray

Son's RoomLA STANZA DEL FIGLIO/THE SONS ROOM (15) 2001 ITALY MORETTI, NANNI DVD – £17.99 DVD – £22.99
Sensitive study of how a family comes to terms with their sons death.
Psychiatrist Giovanni lives happily with his family in a small Italian coastal town until one day his son, Andrea, dies in a diving accident.

Andrea’s family are consumer with grief until one day a love letter arrives from a girl whom Andrea met the previous summer. The family become curious to learn more about this person who meant so much to their departed son.

In Italian with English subtitles

Dvd and Blu Ray available to buy at –

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

Nanni Moretti

Mathieu Kassovitz’s – LA HAINE – issued as a two disc Blu Ray 25 year anniversary edition

LA HAINELA HAINE (15) 1995 FRANCE KASSOVITZ, MATHIEU BLU RAY £24.99
Award winning film about a day on a tough Paris housing estate for three teenagers.

The film takes place over 24 hours following the police shooting of a young man from a deprived housing estate, and shows the world through the eyes of three friends –one North African, one Jewish and one black –who are frustrated with politicians, the media and police brutality.

Black-and-white visuals, a thumping hip-hop soundtrack and graffiti-daubed streets underscore the urgency and rebellion at the heart of this game-changing classic

In French with English subtitles

FRENCH LANGUAGE STUDY GUIDE

STUDY GUIDE

STUDY GUIDE FOR STUDENTS OF AS/A2 FRENCH

SPECIAL FEATURES
• New 4K restoration supervised by director of photography Pierre Aïm
• Audio commentary by Mathieu Kassovitz(2004)
• Redefining Rebellion (2020, 5 mins): film critic and programmer KaleemAftabexplores the spirit of revolution in La Haine
• Screen Epiphany: RizAhmed introduces La Haine(2020, 14 mins): the award-winning actor talks about his connection to the film
• Interview with Mathieu Kassovitz(2020, 35 mins): a new interview with the actor, writer and director
• Three short films by Mathieu Kassovitz: Fierrotle pou(1990, 7 mins): a young man shoots hoops (or tries) in a gym, in an effort to impress a young woman
• Cauchemarblanc (1991, 10 mins): a group of white men carry out a racist attack in the banlieue
• Assassins (1992, 12 mins): Kassovitz’sshort film that he later developed into the feature Assassin(s) in 1997
• 10 Years of La Haine(2005, 84 mins): feature-length documentary marking the 10th anniversary of Mathieu Kassovitz’saward-winning film
• Casting and rehearsals (1995, 19 mins)
• Anatomy of a Scene (1995, 7 mins): a look at the shooting of a particularly challenging scene
• Behind the scenes (1995, 6 mins): Kassovitz, his cast and crew prepare to embark on making La Haine
• Colour deleted and extended scenes (1995, 17 mins): including afterwordsby Mathieu Kassovitzon selected scenes
• Original trailers
• 25th anniversary trailer
• 80-page book featuring new writing by Ginette Vincendeauand KaleemAftab, an interview with Mathieu Kassovitz, archival essays and reviews,

•Production: France | 1995 | black and white | 98 minutes | French language, with English subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | BD50 x 2 | 1080p, 24fps + 720p, 50fps (selected special features) | Disc 1: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) | Disc 2: Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)

Also available – 

MODERN LANGUAGES STUDY GUIDES: LA HAINE : FILM STUDY GUIDE FOR AS/A-LEVEL FRENCH
Hodder Education  ISBN: 9781471889943  2017  –  £11.99

DVD and Book available to buy from-

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Argentinian movie – EL CAZADOR/YOUNG HUNTER – issued on DVD

Young HunterEL CAZADOR/YOUNG HUNTER (18) 2020 ARGENTINA BERGER, MARCO £15.99
15-year-old Ezequiel begins searching for a boyfriend while his parents are away travelling. However, the teenager instead finds himself at the centre of a sinister blackmail plot after he befriends Mono at the skate park.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Lautaro Rodríguez
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Palestinian movie – GHOST HUNTING – issued on dvd and Blu Ray

Ghost HuntingGHOST HUNTING 2017 PALESTINE, ANDONI, RAED DVD £12.99 BLU RAY £17.99
Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni’s powerful feature is a hybrid of documentary, fiction and experimental film, which gathers together a group of survivors from Israel’s infamous Al-Moscobiya prison. Together they recreate the physical space of the jail, and their experiences of incarceration and torture.

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Documentary at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

In Arabic with English subtitle

Special Features
• Ghost Hunting (2017) presented from a new HD transfer of the film.

• An interview with director Raed Andoni filmed at the 2017 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

• 20-page booklet featuring specailly commissioned writing on the social and culturallandscapes surounding the film by curator and producer Gareh Evans.

• Original soundtrack in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & 2.0 Stereo LPCM

• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C) and DVD (‘0’) editions.
• World premiere release on Blu-ray.

Palestine, 2017
Length / Ghost Hunting: 98 minutes
Length / Special feature: 7 mins
Sound / Blu-Ray:
5.1 DTS-HD master audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (48k/24-bit)
Sound / DVD: Stereo 2.0 / 5.1 Dolby surround
Colour
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Blu-Ray: BD50 / 1080 / 24fps / Region ABC
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / 25fps / Region 0

DVD available to buy from –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Slovak movie – TENDERNESS – issued on Blu Ray

TendernessTENDERNESS (15) 1991 SLOVAKIA SULÍK, MARTIN BLU RAY 9.99
A rich and complex coming-of-age story, Tenderness focuses on a passionate and often cruel ménage à trois shaped by a country in the throes of political upheaval and social transformation. Cited as one of the finest ever Slovak feature debuts, the film marked the arrival of Šulik as one of international cinema’s most vital talents.

In Slovakian with English subtitles

Special Features
• Presented from the new 2K restoration of the film from original materials supervised by the Slovak Film Institute and approved by the director.
• ‘On Tenderness’ (2020) – a new documentary on the film and its legacy.
• Hurá (1989) – Martin Šulík’s acclaimed short film.
• 20-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Peter Hames.
• 1.0 Mono LPCM audio (48k/24-bit)
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

FOUR FILMS BY KRZYSTOF KIESLOWSKI released as Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Cinema of ConflictCINEMA OF CONFLICT – FOUR FILMS BY KRZYSTOF KIESLOWSKI (15) POLAND BLU-RAY / LIMITED EDITION BOX SET £63.95
This collection gathers his four earliest narrative feature films, encapsulating the years 1976–1984. The films are – The Scar, Camera Buff, Blind Chance and No End.

THE SCAR – Film about the benefits and disadvantages of a new chemical plant being built in an impoverished town.

CAMERA BUFF – A man buys cine camera to film his new baby. The camera becomes a consuming passion and it leads to unforeseen problems.

BLIND CHANCE – Young man is running to catch a train. The film them follows three imagined outcomes of this event.

NO END – Set during Marshall law in Poland, the film is part ghost story, political drama and a meditation on love..

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Limited Edition collection (2000 copies)

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

Original lossless mono audio for all films

Optional English subtitles for all films

Brand new audio commentary on Camera Buff by Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski

Brand new audio commentary on Blind Chance by film historian Michael Brooke

Ghost of a Chance, a brand new visual essay on No End by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez

Moral and Martial Anxieties, a brand new discussion with Michael Brooke, exploring the brief and remarkable Polish film renaissance of the turn of the 1980s

Brand new introductions by scholar and critic Michal Oleszczyk to all films

Michal Oleszczyk looks through archive materials for each film

Archival interviews with filmmakers Agnieska Holland and Krzysztof Zanussi,
cinematographers Slawomir Idziak and Jacek Petrycki, actress Grazyna Szapoloska, sound designer Michal Zarnecki, critic Annette Insdorf and Kieslowski collaborator Irena Strazakowska

Three short films by Kieslowski: Talking Heads (1980), Concert of Requests (1995) and The Office (1995)

Workshop Exercises, a 1987 short film by Marcel Lonzinski

Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley

Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by scholars and authors Ewa
Mazierska, Marek Hatlof, Dina Iordanova and Joseph G. Kickasola, and original writing by Kieslowski

In Polish with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

Round up of Resources for the German film – LEBEN DER ANDEREN/LIVES OF OTHERS

www.worldonlinecinema.com

LEBEN DER ANDEREN/LIVES OF OTHERS (15) 2006 GERMANY H. VON DONNERSMARCK, F £19.99

Lives of OthersFive years before the downfall of the DDR, party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend.
In German with English subtitles
Dvd available to buy at – https://www.worldonlinecinema/Home/german-films-on-dvd
LINKS TO RESOURCES –STUDY GUIDE ENGLISH –
http://web.archive.org/web/20120605210127/http://www.filmeducation.org/livesofothers/LivesofOthers.pdf
STUDY GUIDE GERMAN –
http://web.archive.org/web/20101128003013/http://filmeducation.org/livesofothers/LivesofOthersDE.pdf
 
STUDY GUIDE BY RENE KOGLBAUER & SIMONE SCHROTH –
https://julianwhiting.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/study-guide-by-rene-koglbauer-simone-schroth.pdf
VOCABULARY LIST –
http://germanfilm.co.uk/files/2013/08/DLDA-Vocab-List1.pdf
TRANSCRIPTS –
http://germanfilm.co.uk/files/2013/08/Das-Leben-der-Anderen-Transcript.pdf
POINTS OF DISCUSSION –
http://germanfilm.co.uk/files/2013/08/Further-Questions.pdf

PRESS BOOKLET –

ARTICLES –

“Truer than the Real Thing”: “Real” and “Hyperreal” Representations
of the Past in Das Leben der Anderen by Wendy Westphal –

https://www.google.co.uk/url?http://www.donnersmarck.com/assets/pdf/florian-literature/DLA-141.pdf

The Lives of Others: East Germany revisited –

http://www.ghi-dc.org/files/publications/bulletin/bu041/110.pdf

Visual story telling and history as a great toy – the Lives of Others by Gerry Coulter…

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Arnold Fanck’ classic 1920’s German film – DER HEILIGE BERG/HOLY MOUNTAIN – re-issued on Blu Ray

Holy MountainDER HEILIGE BERG/HOLY MOUNTAIN (U) 1926 GERMANY FANCK, ARNOLD BLU RAY £17.99 (Also includes a bonus disc with the documentary – WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL)

German silent film directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Leni Riefenstahl as a dancer named Diotima. Adventurer Karl  falls in love with Diotima and they get  married.

However, when Karl’s best friend Vigo also becomes infatuated by Diotima, jealous Karl  challenges Vigo to a dangerous race across the Alps that places both of their lives in danger.

WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL
Ray Muller’s documentary about Leni Riefenstahl.   At the age of 100  Leni Riefenstahl takes a journey through her past, which includes:

being admired by Adolf Hitler;

making the infamous documentary ‘Triumph of the Will’ about the Fuhrer;

making the documentary ‘Olympia’ about the 1936 Olympics  in Germany;

her career after the fall of Hitler;

her current underwater photography.

Riefenstahl is confronted by Muller as to why she became associated with Hitler and he goes on to examine why she is both hated and loved as a filmmaker.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

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

 

Russian satirical film – KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! – released on Blu Ray

KhrustalyovKHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! (18) 1998 RUSSIA GERMAN,ALEKSEI BLU-RAY £29.99
Set in the 1950s, this satire is about military surgeon Yuri Georgievich Klensky who is arrested in a Stalinist purge. However when Stalin falls ill the surgeon is he rushed to Stalin’s deathbed

In Russian with English subtitles

 
Details

Production Year: 1998
Region Code: B
Running Time: 150
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English
Audio: Stereo 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: B&W

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

Some new documentary releases on dvd for September 2018

SOME NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON DVD FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

 

ANCIENT INVISIBLE CITIES (PG) 2018 SCOTT, MICHAEL £19.99
Three-part BBC documentary about the underground secrets of Cairo, Athens and Istanbul.
DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND (BA) 2017 GUND, CATHERINE £12.99
Five-part documentary series that follows the residents of Cleveland, Ohio in the wake of the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES (12A) 2018 COUSINS, MARK £12.99
Mark Cousins explores Welles’ work by examining his art and revealing a previously unknown interpretation of his life.
GENERATION WEALTH (18) 2018 GREENFIELD, LAUREN £15.99
American documentary centred on the lives of wealthy individuals across the world and what it means to be rich.
HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD (E) 2017 GERMANY SUCHSLAND, RÜDIGER DUAL FORMAT DVD/BLU RAY £12.99
This German documentary takes a closer look at the roughly 1000 feature films made in Germany between 1933-1945, examining how stereotypes of the “enemy” and values of love and hate managed to be planted, into the heads of the German people, through the cinema screens. (Includes the documentary From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses )
THE LAST DAY OF WORLD WAR I (E) 2018 (5016641119198) £12.99
Michael Palin travels to the battlefields of France and Belgium to see the locations of the final hours of the Great War.
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY (PG) 2017 RIEDELSHEIMER, THOMAS £12.99
Documentary profile of renowned British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, famed for his work using natural materials, such as ice, stone, leaves, and wood, in natural and urban landscapes.
MCQUEEN (15) 2018 BONHOTE, IAN £16.99
A look at the Lewisham born fashion designer Alexander McQueen, from apprenticeship on Saville Row to chief designer at luxury French fashion house Givenchy.
POSTCARDS FROM THE 48% (PG) WILKINSON, DAVID 2018 £12.99
Director David Wilkinson travels the United Kingdom to understand the rationale and opinions of those who voted to remain in the European Union.
PRINCESS MARGARET: THE REBEL ROYAL (TBA) 2018 £15.99
Two-part BBC documentary centred on the life of Princess Margaret. Featuring archive footage and interviews with biographers.
SOUNDTRACKS: SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY (E) 2017 £19.99
All the episodes from the American documentary series centred on the pieces of music which were a reflection of social and political events at the time and which may have influenced the course of history to come.
SPITFIRE (PG) 2018 FAIRHEAD, D/PALMER, A £14.99
Film charts the history of the RAF’s most famous fighter plane the Spitfire. The film features contributions from RAF veterans alongside archive footage and CGI reconstructions.
WHITNEY (15) 2018 MACDONALD, KEVIN £13.99
A look at the life and career of singer and actress Whitney Houston.

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

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

Korean movie – THE MERCILESS – issued on dvd

Merciless.jpgTHE MERCILESS (18) 2017 KOREA SUNG-HYUN, BYUN £19.99
Crime thriller about a young gangster Jo Hyun-su, who forms a strong bond with notorious criminal Han Jae-ho while in prison. After teaming up to take down a vicious prison gang, the pair continue their partnership on the outside as Han takes Jo into his inner circle.

In Korean with English subtitles

Available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/korean-thai-vietnamese-films-on-dvd