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Adam Grikepelis
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Re: Third Window Films

#226 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:29 pm

Ironically, Curzon received a BAFTA last year for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
It seems more likely a case of one hand not talking to the other, though it’d be dismaying either way.
Terracotta Distribution are mentioned in the facebook post, but I agree it’d be interesting to know who else has been affected by this. Despite the number of labels in the UK, things do seem rather incestuous on the distribution end - which is inevitable I suppose, given the shrinking audience for such things. If CAV, for example, went under, a number of US labels’d be left hanging.

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#227 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:05 am

I remember wondering if Arrow might be a possible lifeboat... Great news! There would've been a small but noticeable hole left by their absence.
Third Window Films wrote:THIRD WINDOW ARE BACK IN BUSINESS!
After all the troubles we found ourselves put into during 2017, we thought we have turned a corner in 2018, though as soon as we started to pick ourselves up came the very bad news that Fusion Media Sales, the sales agent which handled us as well as many other great indie distributors, were closed down by their parent company. This totally screwed us as well as many other labels like ours who are not big enough to negotiate directly with Amazon, HMV, SONY, etc and therefore need to rely on a third-party agent like Fusion who can handle such deals. Though in the case of a company like that being closed it leaves us with no control over our stock or sales, and in a terrible state of limbo.
Though no more! Thanks to the great ARROW FILMS!
Both Third Window and our longtime partners Terracotta Distribution have been rescued by Arrow Films, and we cannot think of a better company to partner with! Arrow Films and Arrow Video have been one of the last few saviors in keeping physical media and indie film distribution alive, as we have been trying to do with Asian cinema, so it's really the perfect match and a wonderful new family to be a part of!

We will soon have all our stock available through their website and other outlets, but this merger has allowed us to keep our upcoming schedule in tact...

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#228 Post by Ribs » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:18 am

Huh - wonder, if these are being added to the Arrow store, that means the Second Run titles which are in a similar situation might come back too?

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#229 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:24 am

I wouldn’t be surprised to see titles from both labels turn up on Arrow’s site at the same time. Quite likely, they’re still working on the back end in order to suit all concerned.

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#230 Post by agnamaracs » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:25 pm

Announcement and question:

Third Window is releasing 1001 Nights and Cleopatra, the first two films in the Animerama trilogy (which concluded with the now-famous Belladonna of Sadness).

Now, the question: Region B or region-free? Third Window seems to deal in both.

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#231 Post by swo17 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:20 pm

Arrow is having a sale on Third Window and Terracotta titles

For example, all of TW's Takeshi Kitano releases are £7.50.

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#232 Post by dda1996a » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:48 pm

Seeing the sale on Arrow's site, are there any recommendations for any of the film's? I've seen one Sono which I didn't like but found at least interesting, and no Takeshi. Are they worth buying or just watching once?

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#233 Post by swo17 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:03 pm

I'd recommend Kitano's Hana-bi and Scene at the Sea at least

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#234 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:30 pm

Scene at the Sea (my favorite along with Sonatine), Kikujiro, Hana-bi, Kids Return, Dolls -- all are worthwhile (Dolls is the darkest of these, Kikujiro the lightest).

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#235 Post by swo17 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:32 pm

It would have taken you less time to say "all of them except Getting Any?" :wink:

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#236 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:59 pm

Hell no! Getting Any? is wonderfully stream of conscious and bonkers. It's captures the "Beat" Kitano that's more famous in Japan rather than the auteur Takeshi Kitano. It only could've only come from the creator of the masochistic game show, Takeshi's Castle and not from the director of A Scene by the Sea. It really does explore Kitano's duality that's often ignored by western cinephiles.

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#237 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:52 pm

All of Shinya Tsukamoto's films are worthwhile but my absolute favourite is the underrated Bullet Ballet. Its relatively less extreme than his other films and arguably more grounded in its action, but I think its his very best and very thematically linked to the more celebrated works. I wrote about it a bit here.

It also features an amazingly edited weaponary fetishism-in-media montage (the story involves a man after his girlfriend's gun-based suicide trying to make or purchase a gun of his own either to figure out her motivations or follow her example, and this leads him off into the criminal underworld and lots of other adventures) to a poundingly abrasive score that I sometimes wonder had any influence on Leftfield's 6/8 War track from an album that came out a year later. Probably not, but they work well together!

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#238 Post by yoshimori » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:02 pm

> Getting Any? is wonderfully stream of conscious and bonkers.

Agreed! Though I'd add it actually looks pretty well-controlled à la Kitano compared to that TV work. And the new blu-ray shows it in its best light.

It has lots of kinda-pre-cursors (Morita's first film, Something Like ... comes to mind) and somewhat-progeny (Matsumoto Hitoshi's stuff, etc). I laughed out loud several times when I re-watched it a few months ago.

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#239 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:08 pm

Hana-bi is excellent. I watched it for the first this month actually and its blend of blood and pathos was quite adept. Kitano anchors the film obviously but the rest of the cast and the overall tone was very impressive to me. I still haven't seen Fires on the Plain but I'm told it's very good indeed. And early Shinya Tsukamoto is a must-see so I second that rec!

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#240 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:05 pm

swo17 wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:32 pm
It would have taken you less time to say "all of them except Getting Any?" :wink:
I re-bought Getting Any, upgrading to the 3rd Window Blu-Ray -- and enjoy it. Just wouldn't recommend it as an initial blind-buy purchase. ;-)

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#241 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:39 am

It is amazing and very amusing to me that Getting Any? went from one of Kitano's more obscure films to one of his best available! It has left me hoping that one day Third Window might get around to releasing the other meta-"Beat" Takeshi works - Takeshis' (though that is currently on DVD from Artificial Eye in the UK) and Glory To The Filmmaker! (which does not appear to have had any UK release as yet). Not to mention Achilles and the Tortoise!
Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:08 pm
And early Shinya Tsukamoto is a must-see so I second that rec!
Scorsese also glowingly mentions Tsukamoto's A Snake of June and Tetsuo: The Iron Man in interviews around the casting of Tsukamoto in a role in Silence. Plus of course the lead of A Snake of June, Asuka Kurosawa, turns up in the final scene of Silence!

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#242 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:51 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:39 am
It has left me hoping that one day Third Window might get around to releasing the other meta-"Beat" Takeshi works - Takeshis' (though that is currently on DVD from Artificial Eye in the UK) and Glory To The Filmmaker! (which does not appear to have had any UK release as yet). Not to mention Achilles and the Tortoise!
I've been slowly getting the Japanese Kitano Blu-rays that Third Window probably won't put out like Sonatine and Takeshis'. The Bandai Visual transfers aren't perfect, but they're a million times better than any previous DVD. I actually think the releases are from the same masters Third Window has been using, but Third Window to my eyes has better encoding. They are all subtitled in English (except the special features) and are absolutely worth ordering.

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#243 Post by rapta » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:13 am

According to Third Window, titles like Boiling Point, Violent Cop and Sonatine have been picked up by another UK label who offered a much higher price (most likely Arrow).

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