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July’s Blu-ray Reissues

Fopp's Picks

with blu-ray reissues for Get Carter, Pink Flamingoes and more, july is shaping up to be a great month for film collector’s. here’s our picks for july.

Get Carter

 

Release Date: 25th july  Pushed back to 1st August

 

Michael Caine is Jack Carter, the London gangland enforcer who returns to his hometown of Newcastle to investigate his brother’s death. Rarely has the criminal underworld been so realistically portrayed as in this 1971 masterpiece. Shot on location, resulting in a devastatingly authentic snapshot of life in the north east of England, Get Carter remains arguably the grittiest and greatest of all British crime films. Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative by the BFI, and approved by director Mike Hodges, Get Carter is back, and looking and sounding better than ever.

 

  • Limited edition 2-disc set (10,000 copies)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Newly recorded introduction by Michael Caine (2022, 3 mins)
  • Audio commentary featuring Mike Hodges, Michael Caine and Wolfgang Suschitzky (2000)
  • Newly recorded audio commentary featuring Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
  • Isolated score by Roy Budd

Okja

 

release date:  18th July 2022

 

Master genre exploder BONG JOON HO (Parasite) swirls pathos, dark satire, action, and horror into an exhilarating twenty-first-century fairy tale. An all-star cast including TILDA SWINTON (The French Dispatch), PAUL DANO (There Will Be Blood), STEVEN YEUN (Minari), and JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Spider-Man: Far from Home) is led by AN SEO HYUN (The Housemaid) as Mija, a South Korean girl growing up on an Edenic mountainside with her grandfather and best friend: Okja, a giant, empathetic “superpig” created as part of a secret GMO experiment. When Okja is abruptly torn away from her, Mija embarks on a perilous rescue mission that places her at the center of a sinister corporate conspiracy. While Bong’s trademark virtuosic set pieces dazzle, Okja’s beating heart is the connection between a girl and her superpig, made all the more poignant by the brilliant special effects that bring the animal star to unforgettable life.

 

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with Dolby Atmos sound
  • New conversation between Bong and producer Dooho Choi
  • New interviews with actors An Seo Hyun and Byun Heebong
  • New interviews with members of the crew about the film’s cinematography, visual effects, and costume and production design

Pink Flamingoes

 

release date:  25th July 2022

 

JOHN WATERS (Hairspray) made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva DIVINE (Female Trouble) is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (MINK STOLE and DAVID LOCHARY) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending—Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

 

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release
  • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
  • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters
  • Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage
PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

Knife of Ice

 

release date:  25th July 2022

 

When the mute Martha Caldwell (Carroll Baker) discovers her famous cousin Jenny Ascot (Evelyn Stewart) has been brutally murdered, apparently by a strange man who had been stalking them, her world becomes one of nightmare and disturbing revelation. Directed by Italian legend Umberto Lenzi, (So Sweet, So Perverse, The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist, Cannibal Ferox) Knife of Ice (1972) is a quintessential piece of early 70s Gialli creepiness. Dreamlike, brutal and beautifully presented Lenzi’s movie delivers a wonderfully creative mystery replete with a typically European twist in the tail.

 

  • 2K Transfer from the Original Negative in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Hight Definition (1080p) Presentation
  • 2.0 English LPCM Mono
  • 2.0 Italian LPCM Mono with Newly Translated Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Giallo Expert Troy Howarth and Critic Nathaniel Thomson from Mondo-Digital.com
  • “Yellow is the Colour of Fear”- An Interview with Critic Marcus Stiglegger
  • “Dressing to KIll” – An Interview with Costume Designer Silvio Laurenzi
  • Il Cinema Kriminal Di Umberto Lenzi – Part 1
  • Italian Credits Sequence
  • English Theatrical Trailer

Pickpocket

 

release date:  25th July 2022

 

In one of Robert Bresson’s most admired, intriguing and influential films, resolute drifter Michel spends his days learning the art of pickpocketing and targeting the unsuspecting citizens of 1950s Paris. After his inevitable arrest (and almost immediate release), Michel reflects on the morality of crime, developing a vague theory that exceptional individuals are above the law. Lost in another world, he rejects his friends in favour of a life of crime and is seemingly set on finding his place in the world by engineering a head-on collision with society.

 

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Robert Bresson Q&A (1971, audio only, 47 mins): the director in conversationwith John Russell Taylor, recorded on stage at the NFT during the 15th London Film Festival
  • Paul Schrader on Pickpocket (2022, 11 mins): Schrader discusses his relationship with Bresson’s film and how it has influenced him
  • The Models of Pickpocket (2003, 52 mins): Babette Mangolte’s documentary tracks down Pickpocket’s performersto discuss their experiences of working with Bresson
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reissue trailer (2022)
  • Archive shorts: Thefts From Handbags (1961, 1 min):British television spot warning women to watch out for thieves; Snatch of the Day (1975, 1 min): John Krish’s sporty public information film on the tricks of the pickpocketing trade; Four Men in Prison (1950, 41 mins): controversialdrama-documentary from the Crown Film Unit using real-life prison situations to address the purpose of incarceration

The Curious Dr. Humpp

 

release date:  18th July 2022

 

THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP isn’t a movie – it’s a rite of passage. Easily one of the most brainbreaking sensory overloads in exploitation history, the story follows Dr. Humpp and his army of grotesque monsters as they kidnap couples and drain their “blood forces of sex” to keep the doctor eternally young. Directed by the prolific Emilio Vieyra in Argentina, this movie combines artful gothic horror with unhinged sex, comic book pulp, and a talking brain in a jar. Plus a monster who plays the guitar. Basically, this is what might have happened if Mario Bava collaborated with Doris Wishman after an acid binge. AGFA + Something Weird are thrilled to present a brand new restoration of this iconic sex-horror classic, complete with a new commentary track from filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE). Plus LA VENGANZA DEL SEXO, Vieyra’s original “horror” cut of THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP in its original Spanish language with English subtitles.

 

  • newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm internegative
  • commentary track with filmmaker frank henenlotter (basket case)
  • bonus movie: la venganza del sexo – 2k restoration of the original cut of the curious dr. humpp from a 35mm fine grain lab print
  • brain damaged shorts and trailers from dr. humpp’s laboratory
  • reversible cover artwork
  • newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm internegative

Tenebrae

 

release date:  18th July 2022

 

In the early 1980s, Dario Argento (Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Italy’s legendary master of horror, returned to the giallo thriller genre in which he originally made his name for his most blood-drenched and self-reflexive offering to date: Tenebrae. A razor-wielding psychopath is stalking the thriller writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa, Death Wish II), in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebrae. But the author isn’t the obsessive killer’s only target: the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as, one by one, they fall victim to the murderer’s slashing blade. Co-starring Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena) and John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and featuring stark, modernist photography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria), this one-time Video Nasty updates the classic giallo blueprint for a new decade – now fully restored in 4K alongside a plethora of extras old and new and including, for the first time ever, the alternate US cut, Unsane.

 

  • New 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

Mary Queen of Scots

 

release date:  11th July 2022

 

The historical rivalry between two of Britain’s most fascinating monarchs is brought brilliantly to life in this thrilling period drama. When the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave) returns to her homeland to claim her throne, the court of her cousin, the Protestant Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson) in neighbouring England, is thrown into turmoil, as the question of succession becomes an ever-pressing concern to the ‘Virgin Queen’. Political machinations and intrigue abound as the competing camps jostle for dominance, with the threat of the executioner’s axe looming large. Stunning performances by Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson are supported by a stellar ensemble cast including Trevor Howard, Ian Holm and Timothy Dalton.

 

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Audio commentary by film historian and critic Sergio Mims (2020)
  • Isolated John Barry score with commentary from film historians Nick Redman and Jon Burlingame
  • Original overture and musical intermission
  • Riding High (2022, 6 mins): actor Frances White recalls a few of her most memorable experiences on location
  • The Guardian Lecture: Glenda Jackson (1982, 77 mins, audio only): the actor interviewed at the National Film Theatre

Giallo Essentials

 

release date:  11th July 2022

 

This volume of Giallo Essentials celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from its early 1970s heyday.
In Silvio Amadio’s Smile Before Death, familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy (Jenny Tamburi, The Suspicious Death of a Minor) returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes to suspect that her stepfather (Silvano Tranquilli, The Bloodstained Butterfly) and his mistress (Rosalba Neri, The French Sex Murders) are to blame. Next, Horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei’s The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive, as police commissioner Franco Boito (Renzo Montagnani, Massacre in Rome) investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an affair with the dead man’s lover (Bedy Moratti, Calling All Police Cars). Finally, in Giuseppe Bennati’s The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, an assortment of wealthy degenerates – including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti (Django, Prepare a Coffin) and Howard Ross (The Pyjama Girl Case) – answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman (Chris Avram, A Bay of Blood) and assemble in the theatre attached to his ancestral home, only to find themselves trapped in the decaying building while a savage killer picks them off Agatha Christie-style!
With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives – including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive – alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.

 

 

 


Summertime

 

release date:  25th July 2022

 

With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, director DAVID LEAN (Lawrence of Arabia) left behind the British soundstage to capture in radiant Technicolor the sunsplashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, KATHARINE HEPBURN (The Philadelphia Story) embodies the conflicting emotions that stir the heart of a lonely, middle-aged American tourist who is forced to confront her deep-seated insecurities when she is drawn into a seemingly impossible affair with a charming Italian shopkeeper (South Pacific’s ROSSANO BRAZZI) amid the ancient city’s canals and piazzas. Lean’s personal favorite among his own films, Summertime is an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance.

 

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on
  • New interview with film historian Melanie Williams
  • Interview with director David Lean from 1963
  • Audio excerpts of a 1988 interview with cinematographer Jack Hildyard
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek

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