Non-Criterion Boutique Home Video Discussion (Kino, Warner Archive, Arrow, Indicator, Vinegar Syndrome, Code Red, etc.)

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The notion was floated a while back of starting a thread to cover the myriad of non-Criterion boutique physical media distributors, and this bit of (potentially sad? although opinions are divided as to what it actually means) Warner Archive news finally prompted me to undertake the daunting process of clicking 'New Question':

QUE SERA SE-SAVINGS!
2021 is here, and with it comes change. So we and our friends at the Araca Group that manage WBShop wanted to say thank you for your support with a final 4 for 44 sale! Start your lists and get ready to save on the weekend of March 12th, 2021! See you then!

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:33 (one month ago) link

Oh good, that sale's still like three weeks away.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:37 (one month ago) link

Olive Films puts out a lot of good stuff. Can't seem to find a proper home page.

https://www.deepdiscount.com/olive-films/b236587

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:43 (one month ago) link

A small and arthouse-centric Kino sale started today alongside Criterion's: https://www.kinolorber.com/list/view/code/feb-brrr-ary-sale_2021

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:46 (one month ago) link

xpost I appreciate the titles that Olive releases but I'm not crazy about the fact that they're mostly bare-bones releases (usually just the film itself).

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:48 (one month ago) link

Agreed. Olive releases tend to make me frustrated Criterion or someone else didn't get them.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:55 (one month ago) link

Sometimes I stream from Kino Now, does that count?

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:00 (one month ago) link

Weekend before last I watched some Hungarian mind game thriller that I liked, title is really long and hard to remember.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:00 (one month ago) link

Huh, I didn't even know they had their own streaming service. It seems like a lot of their physical releases wind up streaming on Criterion Channel.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:04 (one month ago) link

Wait, I misspoke. Kino Lorber does have its own streaming service called Kino Now, but I streamed PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME from Film Forum.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:43 (one month ago) link

Really hope that's not really the final Warner Archive sale! I didn't buy that often, but it was a nice thing to have around.

Nhex, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:03 (one month ago) link

Streaming the latest Philippe Garrel from Film Forum now before it goes away.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:39 (one month ago) link

xpost My understanding is that WB is parting ways with the company that runs WB Shop. There has been speculation running the gamut from 'so this is just the final 4 for $44 with that particular distributor' to 'so this means that WB is shuttering Warner Archive altogether'. Given that WB often demonstrates the sound business acumen of a downed power line whipping madly across a roadway, the real answer could fall anywhere within that continuum.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:56 (one month ago) link

I recommend this Philippe Garrel film.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 05:07 (one month ago) link

I'm sad about the possible demise of WB Archive but to be honest I could never be bothered with bare bones releases, even if the transfers are very good. Without the contextualization I'd rather just stream it or, in the before times, wait until it hits a repertory cinema.

Can heartily recommend the first volume of Indicator's Columbia Noir boxes. Bought it kinda expecting scraps, but the overall level is actually pretty good, and Drive A Crooked Road might make it on a hypothetical list of my all-time fave noirs.

Second Run is another one to look out for - they specialise in Eastern European cinema, so I end up giving them less of my money than I should because I'm just not very savvy on that topic yet. But a recent release that I loved is Tomorrow I'll Wake Up And Scald Myself With Tea, which is a nazi time travel comedy (!) from Czechoslovakia. Very much official state cinema, not a Czech New Wave kind of thing, but really clever with its time travel conceit; can't think of another movie that uses it so well this side of Back To The Future.

Finally, 88 Films, headed by Nicky Wire in a banana suit, have just had British censors refuse them permission to release a blu-ray for some Italian nazisploitation orgy thing, which is dumb but also very funny if you immediatley think of dude's ilx days.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:58 (one month ago) link

i've been eyeing up the Second Run dvds for a while now, always meaning to buy more, but i only have the Jancso box.

koogs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:42 (one month ago) link

(and Daisies. but then everyone has Daisies)

koogs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:43 (one month ago) link

I'm sad about the possible demise of WB Archive but to be honest I could never be bothered with bare bones releases, even if the transfers are very good.


It's worth researching what's actually included each release, as some of their releases are completely feature-free while others are positively laden with features and occasionally even an entire extra film.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:12 (one month ago) link

Huh. Are the latter regular Warner DVD releases that went OOP?

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:39 (one month ago) link

Some are. They just released Curse of Frankenstein which I think got a crummy snapcase DVD release 20 years ago in the US but was otherwise only ever available in multipacks. The new blu-ray is a two-disc set with the film in three different aspect ratios and a whole lot of new features.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:44 (one month ago) link

Looking over my recent purchases (Curse, Shop Around the Corner, Meet Me in St. Louis, Best Years of our Lives), only Best Years is fairly stingy with the extras.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:54 (one month ago) link

Second Run's Goodbye Dragon Inn might be my favorite release of the last year. Or at least my favorite movie that finally got a decent set.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:59 (one month ago) link

Didn't realise Nicky Wire Bananaman actually ran 88 Films, but did watch one of his documentaries on a release - might have been Massacre In Dinosaur Valley? - so it makes sense.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:00 (one month ago) link

I have never understood what "nicky wire in a banana suit" means and had no idea he was a poster...is there some reasonable reason his company has that name?

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:03 (one month ago) link

Big Hitler fan and cinephile

jammy mcnullity (wins), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:06 (one month ago) link

One of those more believable than the other.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:09 (one month ago) link

ugh hitler stans are so annoying

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link

Just did a nostalgic search through thread titles started by his most frequent identity and that was a wild ride. I didn't realise there were just so many of them.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:16 (one month ago) link

In actually relevant news I went to order that Czech film from Second Run but I can't check out the shopping cart. Oh well.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:18 (one month ago) link

yeah sorry for derail (also embarrassingly realized I've figured this out before)

still, I would probably avoid releasing nazisploitation movies with that company name

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:34 (one month ago) link

I wasn't having a go except at myself because I thought I was derailing.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:17 (one month ago) link

there are lots of WB Archives Blu-Rays with extras. Off the top of my head, a couple Michael Curtiz movies (Dodge City + Adventures of Robin Hood) have newsreels, cartoons, short films (by Curtiz!), trailers, and multiple radio broadcasts of the film in question. Usually some contemporary interviews with scholars/critics, too.

Dunno about entire extra films though, I've only ever encountered that with Criterion. They should really emphasize that more imo, I mean the Stranger Than Paradise disc for example: it has Permanent Vacation! That's hardly an extra. Stranger Than Paradise is an extra on that disc!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:06 (one month ago) link

Gaslight at least has both the 1940 and 1944 versions of the film. I could swear I have at least one other with a bonus film.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:11 (one month ago) link

But yeah, Criterion (and others who do likewise) should make a bigger deal about that. I bought The Front Page from Kino not realizing that it was included on Criterion's release of His Girl Friday.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:13 (one month ago) link

Most (if not all) of the Warner Archive Blu extras are ported over from the original DVDs.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:13 (one month ago) link

The first Gaslight with Anton Walbrook is grebt.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:16 (one month ago) link

Wow, I had no idea about Gaslight. Yeah, I had the same reaction with His Girl Friday, tbh I didn't even know it had the extra movie when I bought it. I went to watch HGF again like 2 years ago and was like "what's this extra disc...? ...oh..... wtf?!!"

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:22 (one month ago) link

It Happened One Night has a feature length Capra silent (haven't watched yet), and the Stagecoach release has one of the best Ford silents I've seen, Bucking Broadway.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:22 (one month ago) link

Killer's Kiss included with The Killing...The Report included with Certified Copy...yeah...

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:24 (one month ago) link

I'd imagine with Criterion that it has to do with them gatekeeping what gets the official "prestige" of being included in the Collection, which kinda makes since for stuff like De Palma's Murder A La Mod (bonus for Blow Out) or the 30s version of Magnificent Obsession on the Sirk disc, but is pretty baffling choice when it comes to Permanent Vacation.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:26 (one month ago) link

Killer's Kiss included with The Killing...The Report included with Certified Copy...yeah...

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flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:29 (one month ago) link

I'VE HAD THE REPORT THIS WHOLE TIME.....?

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:29 (one month ago) link

xxp Yeah that does make sense, it just feels like they should advertise them more, I mean I had NO idea Certified Copy came with The Report-- and I've had that disc for years!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:31 (one month ago) link

But, then again, I don't read stickers!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:31 (one month ago) link

My birthday present to you!

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:35 (one month ago) link

I love you

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:36 (one month ago) link

The studio killed the original UK Gaslight in various ways such as renaming it so as not to compete with the US remake, iirc..

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:41 (one month ago) link

Okay, MGM destroyed the negative at the time, and one or both versions were variously known as Angel Street and The Murder in Thornton Square.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:51 (one month ago) link

Bonus films are indeed an awesome feature, though tbh I'm not sure I'll ever get around to the earlier version of Holiday

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:55 (one month ago) link

I haven't looked at the Warner Archive site in years, but I remember being wary because the DVDs (and maybe the blu-rays?) were sometimes DVD-Rs/MOD. The fact that a even some factory-pressed Warner titles from about fifteen years ago became unplayable over time helped sour me on buying Warner releases. But I also just rarely watch physical discs any more, unfortunately.

xxp Another bonus feature IIRC is The Traveler on Criterion's Close-Up.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:57 (one month ago) link

since they've not been mentioned here yet, just wanna give a shout out to milestone films, who've done a beautiful job restoring and releasing dvds of films by shirley clarke, charles burnett, kathleen collins, lotte reininger, evgeni bauer and many others

donna rouge, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 22:00 (three weeks ago) link

I tried the first Yakuza Papers and couldn't keep up at all - so many different dudes shooting up different places to keep track of.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:18 (two weeks ago) link

Good news for poliziotteschi fans (so I guess aldo and me) - Arrow are releasing a box set for the genre.

Bad news - I've never heard of any of the films in it and there's no Di Leo, Castellari, Martino, Lenzi or Damiani to be seen amongst them.

https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/years-of-lead-five-classic-italian-crime-thrillers-1973-1977-blu-ray/FCD2123

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:20 (two weeks ago) link

I can't say that it maintains across the line, but I've yet to be disappointed by any of the Arrow releases that I've bought sight unseen*, so I'm starting to rely on their judgment more.

*although I've knowingly bought box sets knowing they contained some garbage (see: Hellraiser IIII)

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:15 (two weeks ago) link

I've seen Highway Star, which is a spectacular if not particularly plot heavy heist movie, and Colt 38 Special Squad (mainly because I'm a fan of What Have You Done To Solange) which is much more what you'd expect and great fun. I might have to pre-order this one

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:30 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of poliziotteschi, the record label that put out some of my soundtrack-y stuff (among others) is moving into film releases now. Probably haven't done enough to call it a boutique distributor yet though tbh but these releases seem to be popular:
https://www.cineploit.com/?page_id=2470

tonto's expanding waistband (Matt #2), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:31 (two weeks ago) link

That's cool!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:49 (two weeks ago) link

I think the Lady Scorpion set came out in a cheaper version, so that one I'm glad I didn't jump at the first version

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:35 (two weeks ago) link

It's all streaming on Prime in the US, but I still kind of want the physical copy when they inevitably disappear (same with the Stray Cat Rock set).

Nhex, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 22:51 (two weeks ago) link

Stray Cat Rock is a must-buy (also have the Lady Scorpion set but have yet to dive in), thank u 2 Arrow for hipping me to '60s & '70s Japanese exploitation cinema generally and the fierce wonder of Meiko Kaji specifically.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, here's another thing if my sale announcements haven't already bled you dry. So there's this bookstore ( https://hamiltonbook.com ) whose blu-ray buyer gets his hands on some pretty good stuff which is occasionally out of print (eg a bunch of Twilight Time stock just after they closed shop) and often at some really good discount prices. They do a new drop every fourth Monday evening and will be doing so this coming Monday. It's a real grab bag but it's worth checking out when the drop comes (particularly since he sometimes only gets a handful of copies of something good that sells out that night).

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:52 (two weeks ago) link

I had the Arrow Gamera sets (each for about $20 cheaper than I'd seen them anywhere else) sitting in my Hamilton Book shopping cart for too long and they disappeared. 😢

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

I've been tempted by Hamilton many a time, but always forget to buy before the item I really want disappears, just as in your case. The prices often seem too good to be true for brand new merchandise.

Nhex, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:39 (two weeks ago) link

They're totally legit, I've ordered a bunch of stuff from them. I think they just function like a remaindered bookseller (although I've never understood exactly how the economics of remaindered bookselling works). It occurred to me after my last post that that was where I got my Stray Cat Rock and Lady Scorpion sets. There's almost always something from the boutique labels included in their drops. One of the more recent deals I recall was marked-down copies of Severin's Andy Milligan box set after the thing was already out of print and fetching high prices from the scalpers. Naturally, those didn't stick around long.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:03 (two weeks ago) link

They seem to know what's up with their boutique labels - all the Vinegar Syndrome/Arrow stuff etc. pretty much match the seasonal sale prices, so usually ~$20-30. But there's lots of <$10 BRs that are uncommon

Nhex, Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:02 (two weeks ago) link

Damn, Arrow sent me someone else's order!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 08:18 (two weeks ago) link

Hamilton Books hooked me up with a discounted copy of the John Ford at Fox box set. Much recommended.

I don't follow Daedalus Books, but I got a discounted copy of the Murnau & Borzage box set from them.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 10:55 (two weeks ago) link

Whoa, I thought for a second you meant that you recently bought a copy. Had to double check, that thing's been on my list for a while.

Hamilton drop was last night, btw. Pretty light month but some Arrows, some Code Reds, worth a browse.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:08 (two weeks ago) link

Ford at Fox I mean. Probably should just pull the trigger, as those prices keep creepin' but never in the direction I'd prefer.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:09 (two weeks ago) link

I tell myself I'm going to watch all of both boxes and then flip them. In the event I actually do this, shall I offer them here at special ILX prices?

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 12:37 (two weeks ago) link

Indicator releasing Ishtar!

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:34 (five days ago) link

A combination between lockdown boredom and paranoia about sets selling out meant I have pre-ordered the poliziotteschi set but also threw in the Bill Rebane and William Grefé sets because I'll only be upset when I miss them (actually I had read somewhere the William Grefé was OOP already so ordered it purely because I could).

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 07:49 (four days ago) link

Yeah, limited edition paranoia is the bane of the physical media enthusiast in 2021.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 April 2021 08:40 (four days ago) link

Zavvi buys Arrow:

https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/040621-1500

Ward Fowler, Friday, 16 April 2021 08:48 (four days ago) link

I've got it worst with the Indicator Hammer sets - can't risk buying any since I have no chance of getting the early ones.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 09:20 (four days ago) link

I dithered about the Hammer box sets until the first one was about to go out of print - Indicator are good about warning when titles are nearly sold out - and then hurriedly pulled the trigger. Have managed to keep up to date with them since - looking forward to volume six, shortly. I was too late on Indicator's Harryhausen sets though, and they seem to command mostly mad prices on Ebay etc now.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 16 April 2021 10:14 (four days ago) link

Missing out on the Harryhausen and Sinbad sets really hurts since there's no way of getting to them.

Kind of wish I'd tried harder to get the Norman Warren coffin box rather than the Indicator set so it matched my other three anchor bay boxes (Pete Walker, Amicus, Tigon).

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 10:36 (four days ago) link

CriterionForum thread says Indicator are working on a Harryhausen Centenary Collection which should include all his films; not sure where they got that info but there's ppl from Indicator on that board so false rumors usually get shot down fast.

https://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=15362&p=727840&hilit=harryhausen#p727840

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 April 2021 13:08 (four days ago) link

Took 30 days exactly but I finally got a shipping confirmation on my Warner Archive 4 for $44 order.

Nhex, Friday, 16 April 2021 14:29 (four days ago) link

Sounds like that's a chronic problem. I guess there were lots of layoffs at WB around the time they shuttered the store.

Some of these boutiques and specialty stores are amazing with their shipping (Kino is great, and the Ronin Flix store is so unbelievably efficient that I can't say with certainty that they don't immediately drop what they're doing and drive your package to your home), but others...prrrrobably should focus on their product and leave the shipping and handling to someone else. Severin, I'm looking at you. And Mondo Macabro is a great label but my Halloween sale package arrived sometime in early 2021, lol.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:45 (four days ago) link

Finally decided to get the Severin Christopher Lee box pre-order and it looks like the Andy Milligan box is delayed because it's still a pre-order too.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:56 (four days ago) link

I thought the Milligan box was long OOP. Unless they're reissuing it.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:57 (four days ago) link

Well they've just let me order one with a pre-order date of last month.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 15:02 (four days ago) link

Not really boutique but Studio Canal's Vintage Classics line is worth a look. Mostly old timey Brit classics - Ealing, the Archers, kitchen sink stuff - but they seem to be branching out in interesting ways. Anyone seen Restless Natives?

https://vintageclassicsfilm.co.uk/films/

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 April 2021 15:57 (four days ago) link

Restless Natives used to be compulsory viewing on STV, seemed to be screened every month. Haven't seen it in a long while but I remember it as being more fun than either Gregory's Girl or Local Hero (which I suppose are the nearest touchstones, even if they aren't much alike).

I'm tempted by the That'll Be The Day/Stardust double header. Can anybody vouch for Sparrows Can't Sing as I've been curious about that for years.

It's a great transfer of And Soon The Darkness, but the surprise standout for me is Tales of Hoffmann, which is absolutely beautiful and well worthy of the format.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 16:26 (four days ago) link

Sparrows Can't Sing is another of those things that's seemingly on all the time on freeview, but it might be London Live which doesn't help you. i watched it a couple of years ago when it was on but the only thing i remember about it is Barbara Windsor is in it.

koogs, Friday, 16 April 2021 17:08 (four days ago) link

It's something I always seem to miss though, no matter how well intentioned I am about definitely watching it this time.

Written by Stephen Lewis, who of course went on to be Blakey, so the casting of Bob Grant in it might be connected.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 16 April 2021 17:27 (four days ago) link

Sparrows Can't Sing is good but you have to have a high tolerance for couples bickering, it's like a working class cockney comedy Who's Afraid Of Virgina Woolf.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:02 (three days ago) link

is there a scene on a strange swing bridge in docklands somewhere?

koogs, Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:50 (three days ago) link

Anyone else feel Arrow's output has been a bit underwhelming in recent years? What happened?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 17 April 2021 20:12 (three days ago) link

I don't personally feel like there's been much of a drop-off (although they're certainly putting out more mainstream stuff of late) but there's a lot more competition these days, a lot of other boutique labels covering similar ground. So they're probably getting snaked on the rights to release some things they would've had a clear and easy path to a few years back.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Saturday, 17 April 2021 20:40 (three days ago) link

I have to wonder if it has been difficult getting some rights, Jasper Sharp often works with them and I'm sure he has a skyscraper wishlist of japanese films but it's been a trickle and usually films that have already been on dvd.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 17 April 2021 20:51 (three days ago) link

I dunno, Japanese cinema seems like the one area where they're still dilligently at it - the Gamera boxes, Yasuzo Masumura's works, the Invisible Man series.

I do think Arrow's taste is less than reliable, so whenever they release some z-grade horror it's as likely to be a poor generic offering within the genre as something special.

Also the Arrow Academy brand getting subsumed into the main line makes me worry that they're going to almost totally neglect arthouse stuff outside of like huge names/guaranteed sellers. Can't imagine anything like the Taviani Bros box set getting released anytime soon.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:16 (two days ago) link

Annoyed at mostly-non-response from arrow customer services. Give me my discs!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 19 April 2021 13:17 (yesterday) link

Kino Lorber having a sale.

https://www.familyvideo.com/deals/kino-lorber-deals

nickn, Monday, 19 April 2021 21:50 (yesterday) link

might be better off waiting until the next sale from Kino directly, prices all seem a bit higher since it's through FV

Nhex, Monday, 19 April 2021 22:18 (yesterday) link

Yeah, the prices aren't great and I'm not seeing much that hasn't shown up on recent Kino sales. Maybe like The Barbarians, if you're into total trash (nb, I'm way into total trash).

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 01:15 (four hours ago) link

I don't think anyone on this thread will judge anyone else, lol

Nhex, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 01:18 (four hours ago) link

bad news for Australian lovers of unusual cinema: "Unfortunately we do not have any more copies of "The Boys" available - we may have been able to source one a month or so back, however we have recently moved warehouses and any obsolete/out of print titles were destroyed prior to the move."

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 05:54 (seventeen minutes ago) link

sorry, that was an email from Madman Entertainment

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 05:54 (sixteen minutes ago) link


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