Films/shows you never expected to see on DVD/Blu-ray

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Postby pcqgod » 12 Jan 2019, 03:54

Glad to see that "When Things Were Rotten" is now on dvd. I loved that show as a kid.
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Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 28 Jan 2019, 04:00

GoogaMooga wrote:Jane Asher. In the buff.

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BFI Flipside presents

DEEP END (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by Jerzy Skolimowski

THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

Newly employed at a run-down London swimming baths, Mike (John Moulder-Brown) obsesses after his sassy and self-assured co-worker (Jane Asher) whilst collecting tips for the 'special services' he is expected to perform for clients (including the superb Diana Dors).

Darkly comic and utterly compelling, this portrait of Britain in an era of uncertainty makes its long overdue return to the screen in a new digital restoration with extensive bonus features.



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Postby GoogaMooga » 20 Feb 2019, 04:41

Gotta love the BFI, for releasing these forgotten films. There is a wealth of material waiting to be discovered. James Mason fans, take note, out on Feb 25:

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PRE-ORDER Stranger in the House (Flipside 037) (Dual Format Edition)

In the latest addition the BFI Flipside collection, James Mason stars in this intergenerational drama as a cynical barrister who must confront the alien world of the Swinging Sixties to defend his daughter’s boyfriend


Little seen since its original release, stylishly shot in Winchester and Southampton by Academy Award-winner Kenneth Higgins (Georgy Girl) and co-starring Ian Ogilvy (Witchfinder General), this striking psychological thriller based on Maigret creator Georges Simenon’s celebrated novel is ripe for rediscovery.

Once an eminent barrister, John Sawyer (James Mason) has become a cynical, reclusive drunk, long deserted by his wife, baffled by the burgeoning youth culture and held in contempt by his daughter, Angela (Geraldine Chaplin). But when her boyfriend is wrongfully accused of murder, Sawyer must confront his demons and a changing world in order to defend him.

The 37th release in the BFI Flipside strand, Stranger in the House is presented on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition. A stack of archival extras include photographer David Bailey’s 1966 film G.G. Passion, a psychedelic 1968 advert for coffee, an interview with James Mason, a new commentary and an illustrated booklet.

Previously unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK.


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Postby Powehi » 20 Feb 2019, 19:11

GoogaMooga wrote:Gotta love the BFI, for releasing these forgotten films. There is a wealth of material waiting to be discovered. James Mason fans, take note, out on Feb 25:

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PRE-ORDER Stranger in the House (Flipside 037) (Dual Format Edition)

In the latest addition the BFI Flipside collection, James Mason stars in this intergenerational drama as a cynical barrister who must confront the alien world of the Swinging Sixties to defend his daughter’s boyfriend


Little seen since its original release, stylishly shot in Winchester and Southampton by Academy Award-winner Kenneth Higgins (Georgy Girl) and co-starring Ian Ogilvy (Witchfinder General), this striking psychological thriller based on Maigret creator Georges Simenon’s celebrated novel is ripe for rediscovery.

Once an eminent barrister, John Sawyer (James Mason) has become a cynical, reclusive drunk, long deserted by his wife, baffled by the burgeoning youth culture and held in contempt by his daughter, Angela (Geraldine Chaplin). But when her boyfriend is wrongfully accused of murder, Sawyer must confront his demons and a changing world in order to defend him.

The 37th release in the BFI Flipside strand, Stranger in the House is presented on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition. A stack of archival extras include photographer David Bailey’s 1966 film G.G. Passion, a psychedelic 1968 advert for coffee, an interview with James Mason, a new commentary and an illustrated booklet.

Previously unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK.


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The whole movie is on youtube under the title Cop Out.

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Postby GoogaMooga » 14 Jul 2019, 22:43

GoogaMooga wrote:February 18, limited edition

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Jonathan Miller's film of Kingsley Amis' comic novel (adapted for the screen by George Melly), casts Hayley Mills (Whistle Down the Wind, Twisted Nerve) as a naïve young girl who moves from the North of England to teach in a London school and finds herself fending off the advances of a number of lusty suitors, including Oliver Reed, John Bird and Noel Harrison.

As much a document of its time as a satire on the sexual mores (and confusions) of the period, Miller's still remarkably fresh debut feature is buoyed by its terrific cast and a typically excellent Stanley Myers score.


Finally got to see it, a rather trivial movie, but nice to see goody two shoes Hayley step out of her normal casting mode. Oliver Reed and Hayley Mills are quite something to behold, as she fends off his advances. All very sexually liberated from a time when the pill was still rather recent news. Interestingly, the Blu got a 12 rating, while the original premiere got a 16 rating back in 1969.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Aug 2019, 19:55

from amazon.co.uk:

From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood's golden era, Mitchell Leisen (Remember the Night), comes the heart-rending romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn...

Charles Boyer (Gaslight) gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern Times) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy.

A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen's film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time.


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Postby GoogaMooga » 19 Aug 2019, 20:37

A Czech New Wave classic has been restored, out Aug 26
Wonder if it inspired Das Leben der Anderen

from amazon.co.uk:

In Karel Kachyna's remarkable The Ear, a Communist Party official and his wife find their home under surveillance and riddled with listening devices planted by his own bureau, and a harrowing night of dread and paranoia ensues

One of the most courageous and innovative films of its time, fearlessly referring to many taboo subjects of the Stalinist era, The Ear was banned by the Czech authorities, and remained unseen for twenty years. This landmark film is an extraordinary mix of one of the most direct indictments of life under an oppressive totalitarian system and a not-so-private examination of a disintegrating marital relationship.


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