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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:30 pm 
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Release dates for the next three Vestron Video Collector's Series releases:
10/18 - Waxwork & Waxwork 2 Double Feature
11/22 - Return of the Living Dead 3
11/22 - C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:17 am 
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JSC wrote:
As long as they're dipping into the Vestron catalogue, how about a set of
Ken Russell's films from the late 80s?

(Lair of the White Worm, The Rainbow, Salome's Last Dance)

You get part of your wish: Lair of the White Worm coming up next, and also Bob Balaban's Parents-- hope they plan to upgrade the Ally Sheedy-Fear that shared the disc with it!


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:28 pm 
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More Vestron titles:

1/31/17 - The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
1/31/17 - Parents (1989)


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Cronenfly wrote:
Michael Kerpan wrote:
GringoTex wrote:
I like the video essays where the critic speaks over relevant sections of the film. The most brilliant by far is Tag Gallagher's on the R2 Letter From an Unknown Woman.

Seconded -- on average, far better than either commentaries or talking heads interviews/ speeches

It does seem to be the best solution; let's just hope that more releases start including them. It would be nice if they moved out of mostly being included on boutique releases like Criterions, but I'm not sure that'll ever happen; I think that, if they're even on their radar at all, most mainstream studios seem to view them as too much work.

Bit of thread necroing, but this extra is on Carlotta's Blu-ray of the film and it's really good. I just watched it and feel kind of stupid for not appreciating the film more on first glance. So many clever touches, that I completely overlooked.


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:41 am 

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I watched Bob Balaban's Parents last night and am amazed at the dearth of critical standing it has. Seemingly dismissed at the altar of genre as a failed hybrid - 'providing neither laughs nor scares,' which on the whole sidesteps Balaban's decidedly anti-genre ambitions; mining the subjective viewpoint of a child in a Rockwellian family for quasi-political, surrealist, sometimes creepy crawly effects. Unfortunately it shies away from greatness by abandoning ambiguity for lame horror movie conventions in the third act - its figurative charms betrayed by a bloody material reality - and finally flatlines with an insipid, telegraphed coda involving grandparents.

The two lead children provide some of the best child performances I've seen (Bryan Madorsky in the central performance - shockingly his only credit on IMDB - and London Juno as his girl friend). They are naturalistic, honest, and delightful onscreen together, although this relationship is again shamefully shirked for a late kamikaze of commercial script mechanics. Interestingly, Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt as the parents work in a very difference mode from the child duo - all caricature and theater - further encouraging the audience to identify with the children.

Given Balaban is a rather prolific actor, the polished performances are not surprising - but perhaps the level of formal inventiveness is. In addition to the use of wide angle lenses and split diopters that continually alienate our protagonist in his environs, there is a fun set piece in which a simple shot/reverse takes place at a dinner table that begins to spin like a merry-go-round during the height of dramatic tension. And even as the deflating climax unfurls Balaban sometimes employs the blurry, stop-and-go stutter of step printed film; almost as though he is rushing these weaker points off the screen whilst simultaneously exulting the pictorial interest of individual frames.

Highly recommend this one and I'm eager to delve into Balaban's commentary on the Vestron disc (incidentally the PQ is very good if not excellent).


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:46 am 
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Parents is a truly bizarre film with some great moments (I love that montage of 1950s suburbia set to "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"). I wish it were less uneven. But I do remember laughing at that ending. If you see the movie as a black comedy about a child's fears about adult sexuality (as I do), the ending seems to say "you're freaked out to think about your parents having sex? Just imagine your grandparents doing it!"


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:52 pm 

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Parents is a truly bizarre film with some great moments (I love that montage of 1950s suburbia set to "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"). I wish it were less uneven. But I do remember laughing at that ending. If you see the movie as a black comedy about a child's fears about adult sexuality (as I do), the ending seems to say "you're freaked out to think about your parents having sex? Just imagine your grandparents doing it!"



It's a really solid dark comedy. What I remember most about it is a dream sequence that strongly recalls the opening of Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:48 pm 
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The Big Kahuna (1999) - 5/30/17


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:26 pm 
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beamish13 wrote:
ianthemovie wrote:
Parents is a truly bizarre film with some great moments (I love that montage of 1950s suburbia set to "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"). I wish it were less uneven. But I do remember laughing at that ending. If you see the movie as a black comedy about a child's fears about adult sexuality (as I do), the ending seems to say "you're freaked out to think about your parents having sex? Just imagine your grandparents doing it!"

It's a really solid dark comedy. What I remember most about it is a dream sequence that strongly recalls the opening of Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express

Parents is really great (I bracket in with something like The Lady In White) and I second the great use of period appropriate records on the soundtrack!


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:06 pm 
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Also on 5/30/17:

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:40 pm 
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captveg wrote:
Also on 5/30/17:

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Soon to be available at Starbucks!


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:42 pm 

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The Unholy* - 6/27/17

*Spine #10 in the Vestron Video Collectors Series (in case anyone was wondering)


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:43 pm 

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every time this thread reappears, I think there's going to be an announcement for Paperhouse finally coming out on Blu. :|


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:20 am 
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Amores Perros - 10/10


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:24 am 
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After a quick start it seems the Vestron line has stalled a little, but Slaughter High (#12) is coming out on October 31st. That will be it for the rest of this year, with releases resuming with two titles in January.

On the off chance that anybody who cares missed it, the following three Vestron Video Collection releases have not been mentioned in this thread but have already been released:
#8) The Gate
#9) Wishmaster Collection (Wishmaster / Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies / Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell / Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled)
#11) Warlock Collection (Warlock / Warlock: The Armageddon / Warlock III: The End of Innocence)


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:46 am 
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Amores Perros - 10/10
I hope this release will be better than the UK Optimum release.
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This being said, mild to moderate edge-enhancement is occasionally easy to spot.


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 Post subject: Re: Lionsgate
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:42 am 

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http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-ray_ ... lu-ray.htm

Major fuck-up with the transfer, the bleach-bypass-look is gone. Does not look at all as it looked in theaters. The dvds, although crappy in in quality otherwise, represent the original look more loyally tha this new, neutral transfer. Amores Perros is Iñárritu's best movie, a shame.


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