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#1451 Post by Ribs » Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:25 pm

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Wow, totally missed this, but I'm thrilled they're releasing Targets. Last I checked the OOP DVD was pretty expensive, so if you're a U.S. consumer who owns it and is region-free, now's the time to unload it.

I may get Blue Sky, which I've never seen in its entirety. What a crazy history - I think Orion produced it but went under before releasing it, sending it in limbo for a good two or three years. Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones were both great IIRC.
The craziest thing to me is that Richardson died shortly after production in late 1991 - and the film continued to sit on the shelf and ultimately win a Major Oscar in the fall and winter of 1994/1995, over three full years later.

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#1452 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:38 pm

Ribs wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:25 pm
hearthesilence wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:01 pm
Wow, totally missed this, but I'm thrilled they're releasing Targets. Last I checked the OOP DVD was pretty expensive, so if you're a U.S. consumer who owns it and is region-free, now's the time to unload it.

I may get Blue Sky, which I've never seen in its entirety. What a crazy history - I think Orion produced it but went under before releasing it, sending it in limbo for a good two or three years. Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones were both great IIRC.
The craziest thing to me is that Richardson died shortly after production in late 1991 - and the film continued to sit on the shelf and ultimately win a Major Oscar in the fall and winter of 1994/1995, over three full years later.
Probably worked out for Lange. If it came out in 1991 or 1992, it would have been tough going up against Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 1991 (tough year!) or up against Emma Thompson's star-making turn in 1992 when the Academy was swooning over Merchant-Ivory productions. Hell 1993 would have been tougher (Holly Hunter in The Piano with Miramax's notorious publicity machine).

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#1453 Post by domino harvey » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:29 am

Def go for Blue Sky— here’s my writeup from the War List
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Blue Sky (Tony Richardson 1994) Tony Richardson joined the elite club of esteemed directors who went out on a high note here, even if he didn't know it-- the film's release was held up for three years after his death thanks to the bankruptcy of the original studio. But as many of you no doubt recall, once it did come out, Jessica Lange flipped a switch and all of the year's major acting awards came rushing towards her person. And it probably goes without saying but Lange deserved it for her truly manic performance of a deeply troubled military wife who confuses her troubles with outward sexual energy and self-conscious aping of Hollywood starlets (the film takes place in the late 50s)-- one of the funniest moments in the movie comes from Lange greeting her new Alabama military home with Bette Davis' infamous line from Beyond the Forrest, and she often slips into a breathy Marilyn Monroe "Daddy." But I found the whole cast uniformly excellent, particularly the two young girls playing Lange and Tommy Lee Jones' children. Amy Locane as the older and more skeptical of the two is especially good at conveying what her character would be going through, and there's a great moment in the film where Locane and Lange get into an emotional fight and you'd swear she was her blood relation daughter! I also liked the scene where she and Chris O'Donnell sneak off to have sex and their impulsive act is preempted by a far more violent symbolic manifestation! The nuclear coverup storyline of the film is properly twisty, the cast provide grand entertainment along the way, and Richardson films it all with great verve. Highly recommended.

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#1455 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:43 pm

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10 great films about dreaming
I love the inclusion of Nobody’s Daughter Haewon on such a shortlist(!) but will admit that I never considered it a film about dreaming, though it's fitting for a Hong film, where the stand-in protagonist is both fated to be a dreamer and trapped in self-conscious reality even within their dreams!

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#1457 Post by Finch » Tue May 11, 2021 3:06 pm

We don't seem to have a Ordering BFI discs thread so this seemed the best place to put my question: which UK retailer are US based folks using for BFI? Their own website and Amazon UK are charging an extortionate amount for shipping, and HMV sadly don't ship to the US so it looks like Zavvi may be the only sort of reasonable option?

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#1458 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 11, 2021 4:11 pm

Rarewaves, which also sells through Amazon.co.uk and ebay, and for some reason they can offer much lower shipping on Amazon.co.uk. (With ebay and Amazon, you have the additional buyer protection that comes from those sites, but since they take a cut, the prices will be a bit higher.)

Also, if any US citizens ever take a trip to the UK, go to Fopp, and don't forget to get a VAT exempt form and save your receipts. When you get to Heathrow, you can get those taxes back that way. But even with taxes, the prices at Fopp are great, and I splurged while I was there.

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#1459 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 11, 2021 4:52 pm

Rarewaves can offer cheaper shipping because they just drop your Blu-ray into a plastic bag and call it a mailer

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#1460 Post by swo17 » Tue May 11, 2021 4:55 pm

I've actually received some orders from them in boxes. And I've received refunds/replacements for items that have come damaged

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#1461 Post by Cash Flagg » Tue May 11, 2021 5:01 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
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Rarewaves, which also sells through Amazon.co.uk and ebay, and for some reason they can offer much lower shipping on Amazon.co.uk.
The prices (at least for the titles I browsed/purchased) were slightly cheaper on Rarewaves site, as opposed to Amazon UK. And my Dietrich BFI set arrived (undamaged) in a box. Also, if you subscribe to their mailing list, you can get 10% off your first order.

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#1462 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 11, 2021 5:48 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 4:52 pm
Rarewaves can offer cheaper shipping because they just drop your Blu-ray into a plastic bag and call it a mailer
swo17 wrote:
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I've actually received some orders from them in boxes. And I've received refunds/replacements for items that have come damaged
What swo said. They've been using boxes for the past few years, though for some reason they ship all items individually rather than a whole order in one box.

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#1463 Post by DeprongMori » Tue May 11, 2021 6:14 pm

I’ve literally received scores of disc shipments from Rarewaves, and despite their inexplicable habit of shipping 90% of them individually in cardboard sleeves rather than boxes, I don’t think I’ve ever received anything damaged. Their shipping rates are incredibly affordable. I used to order a lot more from Amazon UK and from BFI directly before the shipping rates skyrocketed.

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#1464 Post by Finch » Wed May 12, 2021 12:26 am

Thank you guys for your replies! I should have remembered Rarewaves because I actually ordered one of four recent UK imports through them! I'll bookmark them now.

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#1465 Post by L.A. » Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:46 am


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#1466 Post by beamish14 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:24 am

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10 great horror sequels
No Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, no dice.

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#1467 Post by Glowingwabbit » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:36 am

beamish14 wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:24 am
L.A. wrote:
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10 great horror sequels
No Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, no dice.
Hello Mary Lou is an improvement over the original in just about anyway you can imagine. How can you leave that off? On that note, why hasn't that one gotten a blu-ray release? Who has those rights?

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#1468 Post by beamish14 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:46 am

Glowingwabbit wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:36 am
beamish14 wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:24 am
L.A. wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:46 am
10 great horror sequels
No Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, no dice.
Hello Mary Lou is an improvement over the original in just about anyway you can imagine. How can you leave that off? On that note, why hasn't that one gotten a blu-ray release? Who has those rights?

It's still with MGM. It has aired on MGM HD, so I hope it can get a Blu-Ray release.

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#1469 Post by Maltic » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:30 pm

Some obvious picks, but good ones (the two Frankensteins, Dawn of the Dead, Aliens, ED2, Gremlins 2). Scream 2 is perhaps debatable, I know quite a few who would choose one of the other Craven sequels, e.g. New Nightmare (edit: oh doh, that's not a first sequel). I haven't seen the last three picks.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 also has a following. I guess I respect the conceit (making the "subtext" of the original very explicit), though I have to admit I still find the film mostly just unpleasant.

Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters is also known as Zombi 2, an off-brand sequel to Dawn of the Dead. :D There's also his unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, where The Beyond (arguably his best and most famous film) being the sequel to City of the Living Dead. Of course, you have Carpenter's unofficial Apocalypse Trilogy, where Prince of Darkness is the first sequel to The Thing.

The Pit and the Pendulum followed the House of Usher in Corman's Poe Cycle, so I guess that counts. Good fun.

... and some have argued The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a horror film...

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#1470 Post by beamish14 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:39 pm

Maltic wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:30 pm
Some obvious picks, but good ones (the two Frankensteins, Dawn of the Dead, Aliens, ED2, Gremlins 2). Scream 2 is perhaps debatable, I know quite a few who would choose one of the other Craven sequels, e.g. New Nightmare (edit: oh doh, that's not a first sequel). I haven't seen the last three picks.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 also has a following. I guess I respect the conceit (making the "subtext" of the original very explicit), though I have to admit I still find the film mostly just unpleasant.

Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters is also known as Zombi 2, an off-brand sequel to Dawn of the Dead. :D There's also his unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, where The Beyond (arguably his best and most famous film) being the sequel to City of the Living Dead. Of course, you have Carpenter's unofficial Apocalypse Trilogy, where Prince of Darkness is the first sequel to The Thing.

The Pit and the Pendulum followed the House of Usher in Corman's Poe Cycle, so I guess that counts. Good fun.

... and some have argued The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a horror film...

New Nightmare is definitely a big omission, and I'm extremely partial to Jack Sholder's very polarizing first sequel, which deals with themes that were never being explored in horror films up to that point.

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#1471 Post by Glowingwabbit » Fri Jun 04, 2021 3:07 pm

It's a promotion piece for Quiet Place 2 so they're just talking about the follow up film. So New Nightmare isn't an omission (as Maltic realized)..

Even as an unofficial trilogy, I don't think most people would ever think to call Prince of Darkness a sequel.

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#1472 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Jun 04, 2021 3:15 pm

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse is missing, but very glad to see Doctor Sleep on there (though I can only recommend the Director's Cut)

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#1473 Post by MichaelB » Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:58 am

Maltic wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:30 pm
Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters is also known as Zombi 2, an off-brand sequel to Dawn of the Dead. :D
It really isn't any kind of sequel, though, except in the producers' fevered imagination. Screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti wrote the first draft a few months before Dawn of the Dead had opened commercially anywhere, and was far more inspired by the likes of I Walked With a Zombie and Island of Lost Souls. By the time Lucio Fulci came on board, the producers had decided that it would be marketed as a sequel to the Romero film under the title Zombi 2, but this seems to have had minimal impact on the film's content, and Fulci pretty much made it along the lines originally laid down by Sacchetti.

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