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

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

Fassbinder’s – BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ – out of limited edition Blu Ray

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZBERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (15) 1980 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RA. W. DVD – £48.99 LIMITED EDITION BLU RAY SET £71.99
All 14 episodes of the TV drama series adapted from the Alfred Doblin novel.
Set in the 1920s, Franz Biberkopf is fresh out of prison when he teams up the
charismatic burglar Reinhold. Together they embark on a life of crime.

In German with English subtitles

LIMITED EDITION BLU RAY SET FEATURES

‘Fassbinder: Love Without Demands’ – The acclaimed 2015 feature length documentary by Christian Braad Thomsen

An appreciation by writer and critic Tony Rayns

Berlin Alexanderplatz – A Visual Essay by Daniel Bird

‘A Mega Movie and it’s Story’ documentary by Juliane Lorenz

‘The Restoration’ documentary including ‘before and after’

The Original Recaps

Berlinale 2007 trailer

60 page perfect bound booklet featuring new essay by Cahiers Du Cinema’s Stephane du Mesnildot and archive material by Wim Wenders, Thomas Elsasser and Christian Braad Thomsen

DVD available to buy at –

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

 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s soap opera – ACHT STUNDEN SIND KEIN TAG/8 HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY – out on dual format dvd/Blu Ray

8 HoursACHT STUNDEN SIND KEIN TAG/8 HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY (15) 1973 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RAINER WERNER DUAL FORMAT DVD/BLU RAY £58.99
All five feature-length episodes of this working-class soap opera centred on the Krüger family, focussing on skilled worker Jochen and his new girlfriend, Marion (Hanna Schygulla)

The episodes are: ‘Jochen and Marion’, ‘Oma and Gregor’, ‘Franz and Ernst’, ‘Harald and Monika’ and ‘Irmgard and Rolf’.

In German with English subtitles

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new restoration of all five episodes by the Fassbinder Foundation

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

Original German mono soundtracks

Optional English subtitles

Fassbinder, a feature-length 2015 documentary on the director featuring interviews with Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Volker Schlöndorff and others

Brand-new retrospective featurette on Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, featuring interviews with Schygulla, Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, Hans Hirschmüller and others, and directed by Juliane Lorenz, head of the Fassbinder Foundation

60-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by David Jenkins and a new interview with Juliane Lorenz, plus archival essays by Manuel Alvarado and Christian Braad Thomsen

DVD available to buy at –

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

Fassbinder’s LOLA re-issued on dvd and Blu Ray

LolaLOLA (15) 1981 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RAINER WERNER DVD £17.99 BLU RAY £19.99
Set during Germany’s 1950s Wirtschaftswunder. Lola leads a double life as a steamy cabaret singer and as a single mother. Building inspector Von Bohm is in love with Lola, but little does he know that Lola is the ex lover of local property developer Schukert who is being investigated by Von Bohm for corrupt.

In German with English subtitles

 

1982 New York Times review – http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C05E1D8123BF937A3575BC0A964948260

DVD available to buy at –

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

 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder titles issued on Blu Ray

ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF/FEAR EATS THE SOUL (15 ) 1973 GERMANY FASSBINDER, R. W. BLU RAY – £17.99 also available on dvd  – £19.99
Film is about a German woman who strikes up a friendship with a Moroccan man and the racism they encounter.

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM NOTES

BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT/BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (15) 1972 FASSBINDER, R. W. BLU RAY – £17.99 also available on dvd  – £19.99
Fassbbinder’s tragi-comic love story with an all-female cast.

EHE DER MARIA BRAUN/MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (15) 1978 GERMANY FASSBINDER, R. W. BLU RAY – £17.99 also available on dvd  – £19.99
Fassbinder’s biggest international hit, Hanna Schygulla plays Maria Braun, whose material rise parallels Germany’s Economic Miracle of the 1950s.

HÄNDLER DER VIER JAHRESZEITEN/MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS (15) 1971 GERMANY FASSBINDER, R. W. BLU RAY – £17.99 also availabkle on dvd  – £19.99
Based on Fassbinder’s own uncle the film tells the story of Hans struggle to make a
living as a street seller.

OTHER FASSBINDER FILMS ON DVD AND BLU RAY

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (15) 1980 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RA. W. £54.99
TV drama series adapted from an Alfred Doblin novel.

DESPAIR – EINE REISE INS LICHT (15) 1978 FASSBINDER, RAINER WERNER IN ENGLISH £15.99
Widely considered to be Fassbinder’s masterpiece, this adaptation of Nabokov’s novel charts the descent into madness of wealthy chocolate factory owner Hermann Herman (Dirk Bogarde).

EFFI BRIEST (U) 1974 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RAINER WERNER £15.99
Film adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel set in the late 19th century.

GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY GUIDE

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILMTIPP GUIDE

FASSBINDER COLLECTION: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION (18) 1968-72 £59.99
Contains – Liebe Ist Kälter Als Der Tod/ Love is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Götter Der Pest/ Gods of the Plague, Der Amerikanische Soldat, Die Niklashauser Fart/Niklashauser Journey, Rio des Mortes, Warnung Vor Einer Heiligen Nutte/ Beware of a Holy Whore, Händler Der Vier Jahreszeiten/The Merchant of Four Seasons, and Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant /Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.

FASSBINDER COLLECTION: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION (18) 1973-82 £59.99
Contains – Angst Essen Seele Auf/Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, Faustrecht der Freiheit/Fox and his Friends, Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel-angst/Mother Kusters goes to Heaven, Angst vor der Angst/Fear of Fear, Satansbraten/Satan’s Brew, Chinesisches Roulette and Die Ehe Der Maria Braun/The Marriage of Maria Braun.

QUERELLE (18) 1982 GERMANY IN ENGLISH FASSBINDER, R. W. DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Fassbinder’s controversial cult classic based on Jean Genet’s novel.

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER VOLUME 1 (18) 1970-81 GERMANY £39.99
Features, Lola, Martha and Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER VOLUME 2 (18) 1977-81 GERMANY £39.99
Features, Veronika Voss , In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden/In a Year of Thirteen Moons, Die dritte Generation /Third Generation & Deutschland im Herbst/Germany in Autumn

WELT AM DRAHT/WORLD ON A WIRE (15) GERMAN 1973 RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER, £19.99
Science-fiction TV broadcast that explores the notion of a computer-generated world.

GERMAN FILM NOTES TO WELT AM DRAHT

In German with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd