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with collector’s edition releases for the wolf of wall street, reservoir dogs and more, november is shaping up to be a great month for film collector’s. here’s our picks for november.

the Internal affairs trilogy

release date: 28th november 2022

 

The explosively stylish, gripping saga of two rival moles that jolted the Hong Kong crime drama to new life is now available in one box set. The Hong Kong crime drama was jolted to new life with the release of the Infernal Affairs trilogy, a bracing, explosively stylish critical and commercial triumph that introduced a dazzling level of narrative and thematic complexity to the genre with its gripping saga of two rival moles—played by superstars TONY LEUNG CHIU-WAI (In the Mood for Love) and ANDY LAU TAK-WAH (As Tears Go By)— who navigate slippery moral choices as they move between the intersecting territories of Hong Kong’s police force and its criminal underworld. Set during the uncertainty of the city-state’s handover from Britain to China and steeped in Buddhist philosophy, these ingeniously crafted tales of self-deception and betrayal mirror Hong Kong’s own fractured identity and the psychic schisms of life in a postcolonial purgatory.

 

• New 4K digital restorations, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
• Audio commentaries for Infernal Affairs and Infernal Affairs II featuring codirectors Andrew Lau Wai-keung and Alan Mak and screenwriter Felix Chong Man-keung
• Alternate ending for Infernal Affairs
• New interview with Lau and Mak
• Archival interviews with Lau, Mak, Chong, and actors Andy Lau Tak-wah, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Kelly Chen Wai-lam, Edison Chen Koon-hei, Eric Tsang Chi-wai, and Chapman To Man-chak
• Making-of programmes
• Behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and outtakes

wim wenders: a curzon collection limited edition

release date: 28th november 2022

 

This authoritative 22-disc collection encompasses the 50-year career of award-winning filmmaker Wim Wenders. Alongside his masterpieces Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire, the collection features his electrifying debut The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, his classic road movie trilogy (Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move and Kings of the Road), the director’s cut of Until the End of the World and the acclaimed documentaries Buena Vista Social Club, Pina and The Salt of the Earth. The collection also features a wealth of extras, an illustrated booklet, film posters and four Polaroid images shot by the filmmaker.

 

  • Hardcover lay flat book in a canvas slipcase
  • New 4K digital restorations of Wings of Desire, Kings of the Road, The American Friend, The State of Things, Tokyo-Ga, Notebook on Cities and Clothes, Until the End of the World, Lisbon Story, The Million Dollar Hotel, Wrong Move and The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty approved by director Wim Wenders.
  • New 2K digital restorations of Paris, Texas and Alice in the Cities.

in the mood for love

release date: 14th november 2022

 

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-Wan (Chungking Express’s TONY LEUNG CHIU-WAI) and Su Li-Zhen (Irma Vep’s MAGGIE CHEUNG MAN-YUK) move into neighbouring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, WONG KAR WAI’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by CHRISTOPHER DOYLE and MARK LEE PING-BING, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past two decades of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

 

  • 4k Digital restoration with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, both supervised and approved by director Wong Kar Wai
  • Documentary from 2001 by Wong, chronicling the making of the film
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Interview and cinema lesson from 2001 featuring Wong
  • Press conference from the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival with actors Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Interview from 2012 with critic Tony Rayns about the soundtrack
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Wong

the draughtsmans contract

release date: 14th november 2022

 

Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised and erotic English country house murder mystery. In an apparently idyllic 17th-century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by the wife of an aristocrat to produce 12 drawings depicting her husband’s estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and bed – hers. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind.

 

  • Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive and presented in High Definition
  • Audio commentary by Peter Greenaway (2003)
  • Introduction by Peter Greenaway (2003, 10 mins): the director discusses the genesis of The Draughtsman’s Contract, his creative choices and the film’s central themes
  • Visions: A Film Comment by Angela Carter (1982, 21 mins):the novelist’s contemporary TV review of The Draughtsman’s Contract
  • The Guardian Interview: Michael Nyman (2002, audio only, 7 mins): the composer discusses his work on The Draughtsman’s Contract 
  • The Greenaway Alphabet (2017, 60 mins): Saskia Boddeke’s deeply personal portrait of her husbandPeter Greenaway, his art and his relationship with his daughter
  • H is For House (1976, 9 mins): an early short film by Peter Greenaway

Essential Becker Collection

release date: 28th november 2022

 

Jacques Becker was an important and influential French filmmaker who was admired by the directors that led the French New Wave movement. He made his directorial debut in 1942 after a year in a German prisoner-of war camp. The entire output of his working career was only 13 films including some of the greatest French masterpieces. Becker had a very strong presence in French cinema and constantly tried to create something different, which is noticeable in his films as each is unique and very different in style and genre. This essential collection includes five films from the prestigious filmmaker: Falbalas (1944), Edward and Caroline (1951), Casque d’Or (1952), Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954) and Le Trou (1960).

Ingmar Bergman: Volume 4

release date: 21st november 2022

 

For more than 50 years, Ingmar Bergman produced ground breaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world’s most acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers. By the 1970s and 80s, Bergman was recognised as the doyen of directors but continued to produce trailblazing films throughout the latter period of his career. This final volume includes Cries and Whispers (1972), his examination of suffering and the female psyche, Autumn Sonata (1978), his heralded collaboration with Ingrid Bergman, and his epic, Oscar-winning and deeply personal Fanny and Alexander (1982) (presented in both its theatrical and television versions).
  • Cries and Whispers (1972)
  • Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
  • Autumn Sonata (1978)
  • Faro Document (1979)
  • From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
  • Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  • Fanny and Alexander (TV Series), (1983)
  • After the Rehearsal (1984)
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Andrew Bannister
  • Limited edition of 5,000

wings of desire

release date: 28th november 2022

 

This stunning new 4K restoration of Wim Wenders’ heartbreaking Berlin masterpiece Wings of Desire was overseen by the acclaimed filmmaker himself, and includes a variety of special features such as deleted scenes, an in-depth conversation with Wenders, audio commentary and more. The film is a glorious love letter to a city and a time capsule of a bygone era. Set in the 1980s, Wings of Desire is a fantastical romance that follows Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel who yearns to feel when he becomes enraptured by Solveig Dommartin’s Marion, an acrobat in a circus.

 


the wolf of wall street

release date: 7th november 2022

 

Few filmmakers depict greed and amorality on screen like Martin Scorsese. Thrilling, glamourous, seductive: his unflinching eye sees all and refuses to look away. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street is a monstrous masterpiece, equal parts hilarious and horrifying. Leonardo DiCaprio is on dazzling form in the frenetic true life tale of New York stock-broker Jordan Belfort and his rise from boiler room brokerage firm to a decadent life of obscene wealth, stratospheric drug-use, and rampant corruption. Spiralling out of control as government investigators close in, Belfort’s fall is as spectacular as his meteoric rise. Arrow Video is proud to present a director-approved 4K transfer (making its UK premiere) of this extraordinary ode to American excess, in a special edition as sleek and sharp as the Wolf himself.

 

  • Fully illustrated 60-page collectors book containing new writing by film critics Sean Hogan, Will Menaker, and Jourdain Searles 
  • Limited Edition packaging featuring The Wolf of Wall Street luxury ‘wallet’, American Excess Credit Card, Business Card, and Stratton Oakmont Banknote
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of a director-approved 4K transfer 
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Brand new audio commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pin

reservoir dogs

release date: 21st november 2022

 

Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (I.E. a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino’s mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco–and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal.

rambo: First Blood 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook

release date: 21st november 2022

 

When small town Washington sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) detains a vagrant drifter for resisting arrest, little does he realise that he has set in motion a series of events that bring mayhem and bloody reckoning to his community. The shabby vagrant is in fact former Green Beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone – Rocky, Creed, The Expendables), a hero of the Vietnam War who has returned home to find America no longer wants him. Responding to brutal treatment from Teasle’s Deputies with sudden ferociousness, Rambo makes a daring escape from the town jail, steals a motorcycle and roars off towards the wilderness with the sheriffs not far behind. First Blood is the explosive action-thriller that started it all! A breathtaking portrayal of America at odds with itself.

 

  • Rambo takes the ’80s Part 1
  • Drawing First Blood – Making Of
  • Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted scene: Dream in Saigon

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