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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:21

New BD reviews, a War of the Worlds/Imprint update, Coate’s new column & Kino Lorber’s April slate

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All right, we’ve got a couple things for you today here at The Bits...

We begin with a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews, the first from Dennis, who checks out Girl on the Third Floor from Dark Sky Films.

Tim also has a new review for you: Deadly Manor, newly released on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

And as promised today, our own Michael Coate returns with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship film retrospective. This time, he’s joined by historians Robert A. Caplen, Lisa Funnell, and John Cork in looking back at the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. The piece is presented in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary in 2019, but was unavoidably delayed from last year. But great content is great content, and we think you’ll enjoy Michael’s work as always. You’ll find it here. [Read on here...]

Also today, a quick update on that Australian The War of the Worlds (1953) Blu-ray we mentioned yesterday. It’s actually Via Vision Entertainment releasing the title on a new label called Imprint (and you can read more here). And The War of the Worlds (due on 5/27) is not to only title in their debut line-up. Also coming are I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958), Sorry, Wrong Number (1949), Ridley Scott’s The Duellists (1977), and Sergei Bondarchuk’s Waterloo (1970). And man, those last two have me VERY excited. The Duellists has been out of print for a while now and Waterloo is essentially Bondarchuk’s sequel to War and Peace. All are due on 5/27. They’re likely region locked, but if you have all-region playback capability, they should be worth the effort.

And Kino Lorber has announced their April Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include Erik Nelson’s documentary The Color Blue (BD and DVD), Arnold Fanck’s The Great Leap (1927) (BD and DVD), Alison Reid’s The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2019) (BD and DVD), Alex Gibney’s Citizen K (2019) (DVD), and Roger Spottiswoode’s Terror Train (1980) (BD) on 4/7, Nicola Alice Hens’ documentary Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (DVD), Paul Wegener’s The Golem (1920) (BD and DVD), Jean van de Velde’s An Act of Defiance (2017) (BD and DVD), and Frank Q. Dobbs’ Uphill All the Way (1986) (BD and DVD) on 4/14, G.W. Pabst’s The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) (BD and DVD) and Éva Gárdos’ Budapest Noir (2017) (BD and DVD) on 4/21, and Jia Zhangke’s documentary I Wish I Knew (BD and DVD), F.W. Murnau’s Tartuffle (1925) (BD and DVD), and Astrid Schult’s Winter Hunt (2017) (DVD) on 4/28.

And that’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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