This weeks Monday Blu(e)s and DVD sees a heavy tint towards classic Italian cinema, which is quite something considering our recent revelation that we struggle with this particular area. Alas, the two Pasolini’s are amongst the directors finest work, and the De Sica is nothing to sniff at either.
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Disc Of The Week
The Gospel According To Matthew – One of the few exceptions for us when it comes to this period of Italian cinema in that we actually like it quite a lot. Pasolini’s musing on faith is one of the great films on the subject. Full review later this week. To win a copy of the film click here.
Accattone – A second Masters Of Cinema title, and another Pasolini. We’ll be checking the film out this week, keep an eye out for a full review soon. To win a copy of the film click here.
The Yellow Sea – Na Hong-Jin follows up 2008’s The Chaser with this tale of a gambling addicted taxi driver who falls in with the wrong people. You can win a copy of the film here, and we’ll be taking a proper look at the movie over the coming days. That seems to be our catchphrase today.
Miracle In Milan – The Arrow Academy imprint release another De Sica, this time turning their gaze to the lesser known Miracle In Milan.
Corman’s World – A star-studded celebration of the life and work of one of Hollywood’s greatest mavericks, Corman’s World features appearances from many of the people who credit Corman with helping them get their kick-start in the film industry. Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino are amongst those who show up to pay their respects.
Oslo, August 31st – We missed out on Joachim Trier’s Norwegian tale of a junkie on theatrical release. We’ll rectify that soon.
Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold’s follow-up to Fish Tank was something of a mixed bag: a staggering sense of place aided by a remarkable cinematography was let down somewhat by a couple of unconventional performances, but ultimately we were won over by the bold adaptation of the Bronte novel. Check out our full review here.
Bombay Beach – Our favourite documentary of 2011, Alma Har’el’s film is truly remarkable. Fusing documentary footage with choreographed scenarios (recalling Har’el’s past live as a music video director) Bombay Beach really is like nothing else out there. Check out our complete review of the film here, and our interview with Alma Har’el here.
A Selection Of RKO Titles – Odeon Entertainment continue in their quest to release lost classics and hidden gems from the 1930’s through the 1950’s.