Showing posts with label New video releases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New video releases. Show all posts

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Coming up: Orson Welles' noir classic, "Touch of Evil," in 4K Ultra HD

Out Feb. 15. Order now from Amazon


Directed by Hollywood legend Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, The Stranger, The Lady from Shanghai), Touch of Evil is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. 

Starring Charlton Heston (The Big Country, Ben-Hur), Janet Leigh (The Manchurian Candidate, Psycho) and Welles himself, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. 

With its iconic ticking-bomb opening shot, shadowy cinematography by Russell Metty (Spartacus), evocative score by Henry Mancini (Arabesque) and memorable supporting turns by Akim Tamiroff (The General Died at Dawn) and Marlene Dietrich (Desire), Touch of Evil is a stylistic triumph that stands the test of time. 

This 3-disc special edition features 4K restorations of three versions of the film: the Theatrical version, the Preview version and the Reconstructed version based on Orson Welles’ original vision.

Special Features:


  • -Brand New Dolby Vision HDR Master of the Theatrical Cut
  • -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • -Audio Commentary with Writer/Filmmaker F.X. Feeney
  • -Theatrical Trailer (2:10)
  • -Optional English Subtitles
  • -Triple-Layer UHD100 Disc


  • -Brand New Dolby Vision HDR Master of the Reconstructed Cut
  • -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith
  • -Audio Commentary by Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin
  • -EVIL LOST AND FOUND: Featurette (17:06)
  • -Optional English Subtitles
  • -Triple-Layer UHD100 Disc


  • -Brand New Dolby Vision HDR Master of the Preview Cut
  • -Audio Commentary with Orson Welles Historians Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore
  • -BRINGING EVIL TO LIFE: Featurette (20:59)
  • -Optional English Subtitles
  • -Triple-Layer UHD100 Disc

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Coming up: "Written on the Wind (The Criterion Collection)"

Out Feb. 1. Order now from Amazon.


The Technicolor expressionism of Douglas Sirk reached a fever pitch with this operatic tragedy, which finds the director pushing his florid visuals and his critiques of American culture to their subversive extremes. 

Alcoholism, nymphomania, impotence, and deadly jealousy—these are just some of the toxins coursing through a massively wealthy, degenerate Texan oil family. 

When a sensible secretary (Lauren Bacall) has the misfortune of marrying the clan’s neurotic scion (Robert Stack), it drives a wedge between him and his lifelong best friend (Rock Hudson) that unleashes a maelstrom of psychosexual angst and fury. 

Featuring an unforgettably debauched, Oscar-winning supporting performance by Dorothy Malone and some of Sirk’s most eye-popping mise-en-scène, Written on the Wind is as perverse a family portrait as has ever been splashed across the screen.


  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Acting for Douglas Sirk, a 2008 documentary featuring archival interviews with Sirk; actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone; and producer Albert Zugsmith
  • New interview with film scholar Patricia White about the film and melodrama
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and critic Blair McClendon

Monday, January 03, 2022

Coming up: "The Flight of the Phoenix - The Criterion Collection"

Out March 22. Order now from Amazon


A downed airplane is a motley group of men’s only protection from the relentless desert sun, in this psychologically charged disaster epic, one of the all-time great survival movies. 

James Stewart is the veteran pilot whose Benghazi-bound plane—carrying passengers played by an unshaven ensemble of screen icons including Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Dan Duryea, Peter Finch, and George Kennedy—crash-lands in the remote Sahara. 

As tensions simmer among the survivors, they find themselves forced to trust a coldly logical engineer (Hardy Krüger) whose plan to get them out may just be crazy enough to work—or could kill them all. Directed with characteristic punch by Hollywood iconoclast Robert Aldrich, The Flight of the Phoenix balances adventure with human drama as it conducts a surprising and complex examination of authority, honor, and camaraderie among desperate men.


  • 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between filmmaker Walter Hill and film scholar Alain Silver
  • New interview with biographer Donald Dewey on actor James Stewart and his service as a bomber pilot
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and critic Gina Telaroli

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Coming up: "Some Like It Hot" (4K UHD)

Out Feb. 8. Order now from Amazon.


From the brilliant minds of director Billy Wilder (One, Two, Three) and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond (The Apartment) comes the quintessential madcap farce, starring the marvelous Marilyn Monroe (The Seven Year Itch) and her bosom companions Tony Curtis (Captain Newman, M.D.) and Jack Lemmon (The Fortune Cookie). 

When Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest—and homeliest—members of an all-female jazz band. Their cover is perfect…until a lovelorn singer falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy falls for Daphne, and a mob boss refuses to fall for their hoax! 

Well, nobody’s perfect…except for the cast: Marilyn dazzles as Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk; Tony and Jack give iconic performances; George Raft (A Bullet for Joey), Pat O’Brien (The Front Page) and Joe E. Brown (The Comedy of Terrors) inject Prohibition-era authenticity into the hilarity. 

Some Like It Hot won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Orry-Kelly) and received nominations for Best Actor (Lemmon), Director (Wilder), Adapted Screenplay (Wilder and Diamond), Black-and-White Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Black-and-White Art/Set Decoration (Ted Haworth and Edward G. Boyle).

Special Features:


  • -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Joseph McBride, Author of Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge
  • -Audio Commentary by Paul Diamond (Son of I.A.L. Diamond) and Screenwriters Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel: Featuring Interviews with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
  • -5.1 Surround & Original 2.0 Mono
  • -Optional English Subtitles
  • -UHD 100 Triple Layer Disc


  • -The Making of SOME LIKE IT HOT (25:45)
  • -The Legacy of SOME LIKE IT HOT (20:22)
  • -Nostalgic Look Back: Documentary (31:13)
  • -Memories from the Sweet Sues: Featurette (12:03)
  • -Virtual Hall of Memories (21:04)
  • -Billy Wilder and Volker Schlöndorff Discuss SOME LIKE IT HOT (14:27)
  • -More with Billy Wilder and Volker Schlöndorff (6:02)
  • -Tribute to I.A.L. Diamond (2:01)
  • -Theatrical Trailer (2:20)

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Coming up: "The Last Waltz - The Criterion Collection"

Out March 29. Order now from Amazon.


More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. 

Invited to document the farewell performance of the legendary group the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting seven camera operators (including renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, and Michael Chapman) and art director Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. 

That music—as performed by the Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by musician Robbie Robertson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries, featuring director Martin Scorsese; Robertson; other members of the Band; members of the production crew; and performers Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, and Mavis Staples
  • New interview with Scorsese, conducted by critic David Fear
  • Documentary from 2002 about the making of the film
  • Outtakes
  • Interview from 1978 with Scorsese and Robertson
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amanda Petrusich 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

New on video: The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection

Available now from Amazon.


Four-disc set with four restored classic mysteries: "The Fatal Hour" (1931), "The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes" (1935), "Silver Blaze" (1937), starring Arthur Wontner, and "A Study in Scarlet" (1933), starring Reginald Owen. 

A Limited-Edition Collector’s Box Set comes complete with exclusive Sherlock Holmes collector’s items, including a 13-month Sherlockian calendar, featuring special anniversary dates and fun facts about the history of Sherlock Holmes; a collector’s edition Sherlock Holmes magnet; a Sherlock Holmes notebook for jotting down clues; a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app; and a Sherlock Holmes tote bag. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. 

Extras: Newly restored Sherlockian shorts, including "Slick Sleuths" (1926), "Sherlock Holmes Baffled" (1900), "A Black Sherlock Holmes" (1918), "Sure Luck Holmes" (1928), "Cousins of Sherlocko" (1913), "The Copper Beeches" (1912) and “The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff" (1954); a Sherlock Holmes bonus TV-episode starring Ronald Howard; "Elementary Cinema: The First Cinematic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," an original documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; "Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle," a radio broadcast recreation from Redfield Arts Audio; introductions with filmmaker and film historian Samuel M. Sherman; audio commentary from author Jennifer Churchill, author and film historian Jason A. Ney, writers-producers Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan; and authors/screenwriters, Peter Atkins and David Breckman; original film posters replicated as postcards; and booklet inserts with original essays from author Don Stradley and author-screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner. (Cinedigm/The Film Detective).