The Rutles: 30th Anniversary Edition
Celebrating a legacy etched into the pages of history, The Rutles: 30th Anniversary Edition sees a definitive release of the Pre-Fab Four's groundbreaking mockumentary All You Need Is Cash, along with a host of extras that celebrate the epic trail blazed by the original super group. One of the first ever spoof music documentary, which lampooned The Beatles' career from beginning to end - and a direct inspiration for Ron Howard's seminal This Is Spinal Tap - All You Need Is Cash features a Grammy nominated soundtrack and a plethora of iconic figures from across the worlds of both music and comedy, including George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Ronnie Wood, Michael Palin, John Belushi, Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd. The Rutles: 30th Anniversary Edition will be released on 27 October 2008 courtesy of Second Sight.
Acclaimed French director Amos Gitai explores the bitter realities of Middle Eastern conflict in the fascinating, award-winning road movie that gives a rare glimpse into a part of the world, from Jerusalem's Wailing Wall to Jordan, that is often seen on news broadcasts but seldom seen in the movies. Free Zone, the first Israeli movie filmed in an Arab country, stars the Jerusalem born, Hollywood beauty Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta, Star Wars), as Rebecca, an American Jewish woman, who, having just split from her Spanish-Israeli fiance, embarks on a road trip with an unlikely group. Celebrated actress Carmen Maura also makes an appearance.
Sometime in the 1950s legendary Hollywood character Samuel Fuller, who directed Naked Kiss, Shock Corridor and a host of other groundbreaking films, journeyed deep into the heart of Brazil to research a film for notorious studio boss Darryl F Zanuck. The film never came to fruition, but some 40 years later, Fuller, accompanied by latter day American auteur Jim Jarmusch retraced his steps to meet again with the indigenous tribes people. The tale of that return journey is told in the ambitious, beautiful and truly fascinating film Tigrero. Subtitled A Film That Was Never Made and directed by Mika Kaurismaki (Zombie And The Ghost Train), it will be released for the first time on DVD in the UK on 17 November 2008, courtesy of Bluebell Films.
Visionary director Ron Fricke's breathtaking masterpiece Baraka has been restored and re-mastered using the latest technology available to the filmmakers. Believed to be a first, the original negative was scanned frame by frame for 3 weeks at the maximum possible resolution of 8K rather than the standard 2K. Then the frame-by-frame restoration work began! The results are remarkable to witness and this incredible film can be seen as never before. Baraka: Remastered will be available as a stunning two disc special edition DVD release and Blu-Ray release on 10 November 2008 courtesy of Second Sight.
Bloody Moon / Devil Hunter
From the infamous king of Eurosleaze, Jess Franco (Sadomania, Mansion Of The Living Dead), come two of the most gruesome, grizzly and perverse X rated horrors ever made. Previously banned by the BBFC and placed on the DDP list of official video nasties, Bloody Moon and Devil Hunter bring more slaughtered schoolgirls, shocking violence and gratuitous nudity than any film should be willing to admit, let alone revel in. Both films are released in fully restored and totally uncensored cuts, each featuring in depth extra interviews with director Jess Franco, and presented in stunning new high definition transfers. Both Devil Hunter and Bloody Moon will be receiving their worldwide DVD debut courtesy of Severin Films on 10 November 2008.
To coincide with its 20th Anniversary visionary director Derek Jarman's (Jubilee, Caravaggio) epic and moving War Requiem is finally released on DVD for the first time. Digitally remastered from a stunning new high definition transfer, the film is as powerful and poignant now as it was at the time of its release. War Requiem will be released on 10 November 2008 courtesy of Second Sight.
Following on from the huge success of The Saragossa Manuscript, Mr Bongo Films is delighted to announce the release of an epic, imaginative, dreamlike stream-of-consciousness; Hourglass Sanatorium, legendary Polish master-director Wojciech Has' cinematic adaptation of renowned writer Bruno Schulz' Sanatorium Under The Sign Of The Hourglass. An award-winning, groundbreaking picture, Hourglass Sanatorium is a cinematic feast, featuring superb performances, atmospheric flair and other-worldly sets. Hourglass Sanatorium will be released on DVD courtesy of Mr Bongo Films on 10 November 2008.
Black God White Devil
Widely considered to be the greatest Brazilian film of all time, Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) influenced such major filmmakers as Martin Scorsese and Sergio Leone and is Glauber Rocha's finest and most moving work. An epic and moving work, Black God, White Devil blends mysticism, religion, and popular culture, into a powerful, bleak and cruel epic, that unashamedly expresses its frustration with many of the major institutions of Brazilian life - government, Church and corrupt landowners. This masterpiece of cinema makes its UK DVD debut, courtesy of Mr Bongo Films on 3 November 2008.