Monday Blu(e)s And DVD

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It’s one of those weeks during which a vast array of great titles reach disc. Settle in, it’s going to be a long read.

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La Notte and A Time To Love And A Time To Die – Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema impress with a pair of startling reissues of titles from their DVD catalogue. La Notte is a highlight from a career full of them, with the triple-bill of Moreau, Mastroianni and Vitti rarely topped, while A Time To Love And A Time To Die is probably our favourite Sirk. A sparse disc houses La Notte, but is made up for with a wealth of written material, while A Time To Love And A Time To Die is contextualised by a mass of extra content both written and on-disc. Highlights include a pair of Jean-Luc Godard-orientated pieces, one written and one an AV essay. Both of these releases are essential.

Note – Masters Of Cinema had intended to release Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh today, but it’s been postponed until next week. 

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BFI Two – The BFi’s Flipside imprint continues apace with a release of Saxon Logan’s Sleepwalker, with filmmaker Bill Douglas appearing in this satirical take on class and cinematic convention. Elsewhere the British Film Institute release film theorist Laura Mulvey’s collaboration with Peter Wollen Riddles Of The Sphinx, a landmark of avant-garde cinema.

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Ikarie XB-1 – Second Run release this 1963 Czechoslovak science fiction film from director Jindřich Polák. Considered to be a landmark of the genre, Second Run reaffirm their reputation for seeking out the kind of fare other distributors would nary consider.

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Squirm – Arrow Video release Jeff Lieberman’s worm-based 70s spoof horror. A nice transfer is accompanied by some great extras.

1Hitchcock separate reissues –  Last year’s Alfred Hitchcock box-set from Universal was a real mixed bag of quality, so the opportunity to pick up individual titles is welcome.

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Things We Haven’t Seen – As with anything from this particular stable, the heat behind new Ghibli From Up On Poppy Hill is enough to inspire a viewing, as was the response to Sarah Polley’s familial documentary Stories We Tell. Shun Li And The Poet is a bit of a mystery tho.

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