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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#16 Post by John Johnson » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:46 am

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Independent British distributors Network have added up three more titles to their Blu-ray catalog: Xavier Dolan's latest film Tom à la ferme a.k.a. Tom at the Farm (2013), Peter Hyams' Capricorn One (1977), and Fred Schepisi's Plenty (1985).

Plenty

Meryl Streep delivers one of her greatest performances in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play, which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Featuring a stellar support cast and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985, this masterly feature is presented here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

At the end of World War Two, Susan Traherne, a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France, returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Sarah; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling, and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new, mundane life, her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble…Starring Meryl Streep, Sting, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, and Ian McKellen.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Image Gallery
•Promotional material PDF

STREET DATE: JULY 21.

Capricorn One

As the whole world watches the first manned flight to Mars, its three astronauts are plunged into a nightmarish battle for survival...

Minutes before the launch of their mission, the Capricorn One crew are told to exit their capsule and are secretly taken to an abandoned desert hangar. For the sake of the nation's morale and the future of NASA funding, they are coerced into taking part in an elaborate charade but when the captive astronauts learn their capsule burned up on re-entry and the world believes them dead, they know their very existence now poses a threat to national security. The three men escape, hoping that one of them will live to expose the sensational cover-up…Starring Elliot Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterston, Brenda Vaccaro, O.J. Simpson and Telly Savalas.

Special Features:
•Original Theatrical Trailer
•What If…? The Making Of "Capricorn One"
•On Set With Capricorn One: Desert Filming
•Image gallery

STREET DATE: AUGUST 4TH.

Tom at the Farm

Adapted from the original play by acclaimed Quebecois author Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom at the Farm is the fourth film by multi-award-winning young director Xavier Dolan, who also takes the central role. Set in Quebec's rural panorama, this taut psychological thriller centres on the ever-growing gap between city and country and the often oppositional nature of men who live there. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief and secretive savageries pervade this brief and brutal pilgrimage through the warped and ugly truth.

Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for the funeral of his lover. There, he's shocked to find that no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased man, whose menacing brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family's name and grieving mother, Tom must now deny his own sexuality, while playing the peacekeeper in an isolated household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his "trip" to the farm... Starring Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, and Evelyne Brochu.

Special Features: TBA.

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 15TH.

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#17 Post by John Johnson » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:16 pm

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Independent British distributors Network have confirmed that they will add three more titles to their Blu-ray catalog: Nicolas Roeg's Insignificance (1985), Jack Gold's The Medusa Touch (1978), and John Dahl's The Last Seduction (1994).

Insignificance

A unique film from multi-award-winning director Nicolas Roeg, Insignificance has garnered increasing attention and acclaim in the decades since its initial release. It is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements, in its theatrically-exhibited aspect ratio.

On a hot night in 1954, a professor, an actress, a senator and a ballplayer converge in a New York hotel: avatars of four iconic figures from mid-fifties America. Not merely a statement on relativity, politics and the nature of fame, Insignificance is also a performance and script tour de force, with a fluid progression of flashbacks and flash-forwards focusing on the fictional Einstein's current observations, childhood memories and apprehensions for the future.

Special Features:

Full Frame Version
Original Theatrical Trailer
Image Gallery

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 1.

The Medusa Touch

Directed by Jack Gold from a script by Oscar winner John Briley, The Medusa Touch is a star-studded, fast-paced thriller with a spectacular, spine-chilling climax. Starring Richard Burton in what author and critic Kim Newman calls his "best screen work of the 1970s", The Medusa Touch is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

John Morlar, a well-known novelist, is savagely attacked in his London flat. Barely alive, he is taken to hospital, and Brunel, a French detective currently based in the capital, is assigned to the case. His investigations lead him to Morlar's psychiatrist, who discloses that her patient is obsessed: Morlar feels he bears an awesome telekinetic power – the capacity to "will" destruction and death by making airplanes crash and buildings crumble, start raging fires and unleash mighty floods. Preposterous though it seems, Morlar's power is sickeningly real – he is able to wreak havoc at will and seemingly can't be stopped…

Special Features:

Audio commentary with director Jack Gold, Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
Destroying the Abbey: behind the scenes footage
Original Theatrical Trailer
Image Gallery

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 8.

The Last Seduction

A critically acclaimed neo-noir, The Last Seduction stars Linda Fiorentino as the ultimate screen bitch, Bridget Gregory, wife of Clay Gregory, an unscrupulous doctor who has just made almost a million dollars from a drug deal. Stealing the money and hiding out in 'cow country' to avoid her husband and his private investigator, she begins a passionate affair with local man Mike. Mike has never met anyone like Bridget. She's intelligent, classy, beautiful, dangerous; a master of emotional and sexual manipulation. Passion, greed and revenge forge a desperate triangle as Bridget controls events that can only have a tragic outcome.

Directed by John Dahl and superbly scripted by Steve Barancik, this classy erotic thriller remains a timeless, exceptionally stylish movie that effortlessly raised the benchmark in sociopathic cool. It is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Special Features:

5.1 mix on main feature
'Director's Cut' option (SD only) with commentary
Alternate ending
The Art of Seduction - making of documentary
Original theatrical trailer
Tomorrow I Die – an episode of Fallen Angels
Commemorative booklet

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 15.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13758
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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#18 Post by John Johnson » Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:17 pm

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British distributors Network have announced that they will release on Blu-ray directors Joy Batchelor and John Halas' Animal Farm (1954). The preliminary release date set by the distributors is September 22.

The first feature-length British animated film to be given a theatrical release, this landmark 1954 adaptation brilliantly conveys all the horror and humour of George Orwell's scathing satire on the corruption of Communist ideals and the Soviet Union's slide into totalitarianism. Animal Farm remains an outstanding achievement for award-winning animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor; actor and singer Gordon Heath narrates, and the characters are voiced by Maurice Denham. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, It is featured here in a new High Definition transfer made from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13824
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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#19 Post by John Johnson » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:21 pm

British distributors Network have revealed that they are planning to add six more titles to their Blu-ray catalog: Pang Ho-Cheung's Dream Home (2010), Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout (1978), John Hough's Twins of Evil (1971), and Peter Sasdy's Countess Dracula (1971).

Dream Home

Combining visceral horror and darkly topical satire, Dream Home stars Josie Ho (Naked Ambition) as the murderous Cheng, with Cantopop star Eason Chan (Lady Cop and Papa Crook), Michelle Ye (Vengeance) and Laurence Chou (Forest of Death). Uncompromising, stylish and filled with unexpected twists, Dream Home is a bold departure into the slasher genre for Pang Ho-Cheung, one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed young directors.
As a child, Cheng Lai-Sheung could see Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour from her apartment. However, as time passed, the old buildings in front of her home were demolished to make way for the huge residential project that now blocks her cherished view. Cheng vowed to save enough money for a new apartment with a magnifi cent sea view, and now works hard in two full-time jobs. Yet no matter how hard she toils, she cannot earn enough to match the ever-increasing value of Hong Kong's real estate. With her father terminally ill and medical bills rising, she makes a fateful decision: she allows her father to die and cashes in his insurance.

Even this, however, is not enough. It seems Cheng's dream home will remain forever out of reach. Then, suddenly, it dawns on her: to get what she wants, she must take matters into her own hands – even if that means getting them seriously bloody...

Special Features:
Theatrical Trailer
Josie Ho interview
Image Gallery
Booklet by Billy Chainsaw
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 22.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

One of cinema's greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock's six-decade career generated an unmissable run of suspense-packed thrillers, strongly characterised by macabre plots and twist endings. Starring British screen icon Leslie Banks and featuring the English-speaking debut of Peter Lorre, The Man Who Knew Too Much is one of Hitchcock's most thrilling pre-war British films, and one which he would remake twenty years later in Hollywood. This peerless suspense classic is presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

While holidaying in Switzerland with their daughter Betty, Jill Lawrence and her husband are accidentally caught up in murder and intrigue when they befriend an undercover secret-service agent, Louis Bernard. When Bernard is fatally wounded by a gunshot, he whispers the whereabouts of a vital message to Lawrence as he lies dying – a message that is overheard by a number of sinister strangers...

Special Features:

Introduction by Charles Barr
Aquarius: Alfred the Great - Hitchcock is interviewed on the 1972 Arts programme
Image Gallery
STREET DATE: NOVEMBER 3.

The Shout

Oscar-nominee Alan Bates turns in one of his most forceful performances as an asylum inmate with supernatural powers in a film that is both highly unsettling and deeply compelling – a perfect companion piece to Nicolas Roeg's '70s masterpiece Don't Look Now. Also featuring strong performances from Susannah York and John Hurt, and employing a distinctive narrative style employed by Palm d'Or-nominated director Jerzy Skolimowski, The Shout is presented here in a High Definition transfer made from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

During a cricket match at an insane asylum between the inmates and the local villagers, patients Crossley and Graves keep themselves entertained by telling stories. Crossley tells of how he came to possess supernatural powers enabling him to kill with a single shout and although his friend dismisses the tale as an insane fantasy, as the match continues the proceedings take an emphatically sinister turn...

Special Features:

Audio commentary with horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
Booklet by Kim Newman
Original Theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Original Press Material PDFs
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 15.

The Lady Vanishes

One of cinema's greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock's six-decade career generated an unmissable run of suspense-packed thrillers, strongly characterised by macabre plots and twist endings. Made in 1938, this classic comedy-thriller was arguably his most popular and significant pre-war feature, and one of the films that helped pave his way to Hollywood success. Featuring a whimsically suspenseful script from Launder and Gilliat, The Lady Vanishes boasts one of the all-time great ensemble casts and is featured here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Intrigue and espionage abound when a young woman travelling aboard a transcontinental express train strikes up an acquaintance with a charming elderly English governess, who then disappears without a trace. Is the young woman hallucinating, or is something altogether more sinister afoot..?

Special Features:

Introduction by Charles Barr
Original Theatrical Trailer
Image Gallery
PDF Material
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 3.

Twins of Evil

Directed with characteristic style and energy by cult filmmaker John Hough, Twins of Evil combines the signature Hammer elements of supernatural horror, black humour and fabulously lurid sensuality, Featuring another standout appearance from Peter Cushing, Twins of Evil also stars Kathleen Byron, Isobel Black and Dennis Price, with Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson as the twins. Featuring an all-time classic score by Harry Robinson, Twins of Evil is presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Glamorous identical orphaned twins Maria and Frieda move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein to take up a new life with their submissive aunt and grim uncle - a fanatical Puritan and leader of a witch-hunting religious sect who is determined to kill his nemesis, Count Karnstein: a devil-worshipping libertine who has been turned into a vampire...

Special Features:

Original Theatrical Trailer
Deleted Scene
Image Gallery
PDF Material
Commemorative Booklet
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 8.

Countess Dracula

One of Hammer's most enduringly popular films and a benchmark for 1970s horror, Countess Dracula stars Ingrid Pitt in an iconic, career-defining role as the aged countess who must regularly bathe in virgins' blood to regain her fading youth. Genre stalwart Peter Sasdy directs arguably his best Hammer film, from a script by award-winning writer Jeremy Paul and showcasing a rousing score from composer Harry Robinson. Countess Dracula is featured here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

In medieval Hungary, Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, an embittered, ageing widow, discovers by accident that virgin's blood causes her skin become youthful and smooth. Determined to retain her new youth at all costs, the Countess coerces her lover to abduct a string of young virgins to keep her supplied with the blood she now craves to stay beautiful...

Special Features:

Audio commentary with Ingrid Pitt and horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
Original Theatrical Trailer
Archive interview with Ingrid Pitt
50 Years of Hammer - news feature
Thriller episode
Conceptions of Murder episode
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 8.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14278
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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#20 Post by John Johnson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:15 am

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"Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the army, the police, from every service - these are The Professionals."

One of the most successful action thriller series ever made, The Professionals is regularly re-run on television and has been released numerous times on DVD but it has never been digitally restored in High Definition - until now! Featuring brand new transfers from the original film elements, The Professionals is presented here at a previously unseen level of quality - it really has never looked this good. This set contains all thirteen episodes that comprise the second series, produced in 1978 and 1979.

FEATURES ON THIS NEW EDITION:
[] Brand new, High Definition transfers and restorations from the original negatives
[] Brand-new, exclusive book written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of series two
[] All episodes are presented in their original production order
[] Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mixes along with original as-broadcast mono and music-only tracks
[] Series Two Ad Bumper
[] Extensive HD image galleries
[] PDF material
[] English HOH subtitles
[] More TBC!!!

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#21 Post by sprocket » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:09 am

I just picked up season 1 of The Professionals. Although listed at £27, they strip out the VAT for foreign orders, so it actually costs £22. 8)

It's even cheaper on Amazon.co.uk (£21 with a probable VAT discount off that), but I prefer to buy from other sources. Amazon gets too easy a ride IMO.

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#22 Post by AndyDursin » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:06 am

I preordered CAPRICORN ONE and QUILLER from Amazon UK -- they were something like 7 pounds with the VAT removed. Doesn't sound like Shout is doing any more ITV releases so I thought it'd be a good idea to pick them up (and the earlier CAPRICORN ONE Blu-Ray was pretty lousy).

RAISE THE TITANIC and LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER should be the same masters already released on Blu elsewhere so I passed on those.

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#23 Post by DavidBanner » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:02 pm

Re Capricorn One - there was a decent special edition DVD released of it in the US a few years ago, I believe using the transfer made for that earlier Blu-ray. But it also had a commentary with Peter Hyams that was interesting and I haven't seen that commentary ported anywhere. Some of Hyams' notes were a bit off, but he had some great stuff in there too - particularly a note about how the stray cats in the area were using the sandy "Martian landscape" set...

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#24 Post by John Johnson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:52 pm

sprocket wrote:I just picked up season 1 of The Professionals. Although listed at £27, they strip out the VAT for foreign orders, so it actually costs £22. 8)

It's even cheaper on Amazon.co.uk (£21 with a probable VAT discount off that), but I prefer to buy from other sources. Amazon gets too easy a ride IMO.
Season 2 is on my list. Prices seems to waver depending on where you go. Nice to have this series finally on blu ray, including the 'banned' episode from season 1. Hopefully, Network will have The New Avengers on their schedule sometime.
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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#25 Post by sprocket » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:40 pm

Are there other, decent alternatives to Amazon.co.uk who ship internationally?

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#26 Post by AndyDursin » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:47 pm

Just curious Sprocket but what's your issue with Amazon Uk? Just today they adjusted my 55 days at Peking order so I saved $6. For shipment to the US they are by far the best option bar none though perhaps you've had problems?

The only other UK dealer I used to work with was Bensons World but they closed down years ago.

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#27 Post by sprocket » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:14 pm

No issue, really. I shop there happily when I have no other choices or the price is too good to ignore, as is often the case. 8)

I just like to encourage competition. Amazon has a lot of advantages, including locating in low tax regimes like Luxembourg, no sales staff (in the traditional sense anyway) or store front rent to pay ... it's sort of the Walmart of the Internet - and as potentially devastating to the competition.

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#28 Post by John Johnson » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:11 pm

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John Johnson wrote: The Quiller Memorandum

George Segal gives a bravura performance as an unorthodox secret agent on the run from a neo-Nazi organisation in this stylish espionage thriller directed in West Berlin by Michael Anderson. Tautly scripted by Harold Pinter, this multiple BAFTA-nominated film also features Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow and Senta Berger. The Quiller Memorandum is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Quiller is assigned by the head of Berlin Control to uncover the operations of a neo-Nazi organisation. Sentenced to death by the menacing 'Oktober', Reichsfuhrer of the new Nazis, he finds himself on the run and trapped in a web of intrigue, lies and deceit...

STREET DATE: JUNE 2014

Special Features: •Contemporary interviews recorded on location in Berlin with George Segal, Alec Guinness, Senta Berger, Max Von Sydow, director Michael Anderson and producer Ivan Foxwell
• Music audio track featuring John Barry's score
•Original theatrical trailer
•Textless material
•Four image galleries, including extensive promotional and behind-the-scenes shots
•Promotional material PDFs


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A friend of mine in the UK picked up The Quiller Memorandum. He was less than impressed. I have cleaned it up, so it doesn't offend anyone. lol

" Networks version of the Quiller Memorandum on Bluray was a fiasco - so much digital noise it made the night scenes look like a snowstorm."

It will be interesting to see what others say.
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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#29 Post by AndyDursin » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:28 pm

The issue is the print they used -- it seemed pretty banged up with scratches and nicks, and to my eyes, it looked like the lack of detail was because of the source. There may have been some DNR applied but that wasn't the big problem.

It still looks pretty good, but the elements looked faded...just not because of digital manipulation.

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Re: Network DVD/BD - New Releases.

#30 Post by John Johnson » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:03 pm

John Johnson wrote:
sprocket wrote:I just picked up season 1 of The Professionals. Although listed at £27, they strip out the VAT for foreign orders, so it actually costs £22. 8)

It's even cheaper on Amazon.co.uk (£21 with a probable VAT discount off that), but I prefer to buy from other sources. Amazon gets too easy a ride IMO.
Season 2 is on my list. Prices seems to waver depending on where you go. Nice to have this series finally on blu ray, including the 'banned' episode from season 1. Hopefully, Network will have The New Avengers on their schedule sometime.
Hopefully, Season 2 will also be region free.
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