Packed inside the slipcase for Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto alongside the four individual jewel cases is a double-sided, foldout poster with newly commissioned cover art on one side and fresh artwork for Tetsuo: The Iron Man on the other. Shot during the ‘Prague Spring’ in 1968 The Cremator was banned by the Soviet system right after completion. Meanwhile, the 2.0 Master Audio track is rich and very nuanced, lending particular, disturbing body and vitality to the violent scenes, though the small sounds are also pristinely rendered. , The director Juraj Herz was allowed to see many western films before making this one, especially those by Alfred Hitchcock, Victor Sjostrom, Ingmar Bergman and also Luis Buñuel. Gamera vs. Barugon and Gamera vs. Gyaos, the second and third films, respectively, excoriate greed on both the individual and collective level. As it turns out, the unusual-looking rocks are part of the giant ball of fire we saw toasting the "Indian". The twists in this narrative also activate some of Bong’s more inspired and sociopolitically loaded visual ideas. The first of two commentary tracks consists of a newly recorded and lively discussion between film historians Troy Howarth and Daniel Kremer, who profess their fondness for the film and make a compelling case for the value of director Sidney J. Furie’s lesser known work, like Leather Boys. Before sampling, a Teflon membrane was placed in a constant temperature and humidity chamber for 24 h of equilibration and then weighed with a precision electronic balance (0.00001 g resolution). When the film is focused on Harry as he goes about the legwork of tracking down a missing British scientist (Aubrey Richards) or sussing out a potential mole in his office, it’s firmly grounded in the workaday life of a secret agent. Kopfrkingl gives a speech to the guests and reads excerpts from a book about Tibetan mysticism by David-Neel. The cremator is ready to sacrifice anything to stay powerful, strong and liked by the mass. This disc sheds light on an underrated, mournful western that anticipated the genre’s revisionism roughly a decade later. No more, as the 4K restoration practically reinvents Daughters of Darkness right out the gate as rosy-faced Stefan and Valerie screw on the night train to Belgium, their compartment bathed in warm, naturalistic hues. We first meet Kidd in jail, doing time for poaching on Native American land in the small town of Sinola, New Mexico, and resembling nothing so much as a country bumpkin with his ill-fitting bowler hat and half-sprung celluloid collar. King’s film is a tall tale—or, more accurately, a resonant celebrity myth constructed by a person who no longer wishes to play it. On the other hand his family is mostly “vegetarian”. Most of his former friends leave but Reinke and his Nazi comrades are overjoyed and give him the Sieg Heil salute. (“Mighty pretty thing for human gladness,” muttered by Granny Becky when she sees a friend’s joyful tear after a medical miracle restores her sight, is an especially memorable nugget.) As the film develops his characteristics come forward. There’s also a nicely illustrated hardcover book with typically incisive essays from Kat Ellinger and Jasper Sharp on certain overarching aspects of Tsukamoto’s filmography. Audio comes in Japanese and English Master Audio mono for the first eight films, sometimes accompanied by either an English dub prepared for American television or an alternate U.K. English dub. Jasper Sharp’s visual essay “An Assault on the Senses” lays the groundwork for an appreciation of Tsukamoto’s themes and techniques.  This effect is also used when Kopfrkingl gives a present to his favorite prostitute and then stands on a chair which then leads to him hanging a picture on his wife's bedroom wall, when he is looking at pictures of prostitutes and then turns around to serve Christmas Eve dinner and several other times throughout the film. It’s in these scenes of the patriarch turned murderous “liberator” that The Cremator most queasily treads the line between horror and black comedy. Here Karl feels a part of society and is easily seduced.  The leaflets the Nazis use in this film are also modelled after the ones the Communist party in Czechoslovakia used at the time. Kino’s 1080p transfer of Joe Kidd looks terrific, capturing Bruce Surtees’s evocative cinematography in all its painterly, magic-hour glory. We keep hearing of how violent Ringo once was, yet what we see is a likable, tentative, assured person who desperately wishes to be left alone. Karel then takes Mili on a trip to see his father's crematorium business, cutting through a "scenic" shortcut through the graveyard. and Score, to name two great and, to be more direct, intensely homophiliac debasements of the sanctity of heterosexual newlywed-lock. The Cremator is a dark, very surreal black comedy, a disturbingly morbid revisit of The Loved One mixed with the historical dread of the well known Czech film The Shop On Main Street. The screenplay was written by Herz and Fuks. While it may be ill-advised to cast our nets too deeply into the waters of thematic interpretation when it comes to movies with a giant monster turtle at their center, it’s nevertheless clear that the Gamera series has a few things on its mind, often enough announced at film’s end in the form of a neatly beribboned moral lesson (at least in the original Showa-era films from 1965 to 1980). Kino Lorber outfits High Plains Drifter, one of Clint Eastwood’s bleakest westerns, with a sturdy transfer that honors its savage beauty. Humor was also a way to keep it from being censored by the Czechoslovakian government. Upon hearing that his wife's part-Jewish blood cannot be allowed to get in the way of his destiny, Karl makes plans to "correct the situation.". The drifter’s callousness is never soft-soaped, as this character suggests the apotheosis of the resentment that drives various Eastwood heroes who are constantly tasked with saving people who can’t stick up for themselves and—worse—have no gratitude for the services provided. The gathering has many elderly people and people interested in funeral preparations. “No one will suffer I will save them all”. Herz cast actors in different, contradictory roles within the film in order to confuse. In certain places, such as a closing shot of grazing sheep that drips off the screen with magic-hour dewiness, Hathaway’s reverence for his milieu very nearly borders on kitsch. He tells Karel that it will be impossible for him to get better positions within the party if he remains married to her. The later films add Japanese and English 5.1 Master Audio surround tracks, which are thunderous wonders, rocking the side and rear channels, and giving real presence and depth to the kaiju battle scenes.  The fisheye lens combined with closeups to Kopfrkingl make his face very elongated and creepy at points like when Kopfrkingl makes sexual advances on a female coworker at the morgue before another employee stops him. Despite claiming to be moral and abstinent, Kopfrkingl sexually harasses a coworker at the morgue, visits a brothel run by "Mrs. Iris" (comically, the prostitute he chooses named "Dagmar" is played by Vlasta Chramostová, the same actress as his wife) and drinks (though he assures his compatriots that it is only a "ceremonial glass"). Karl takes a rain check; he must first put his house in order. Liska was forced to buy Milota the wine after it was completed. At one point in the film, Harry is described by his boss, Major Dalby (Nigel Green), as “insubordinate, insolent, and a trickster, perhaps with criminal tendencies.” But Caine’s performance is so muted, his face rarely changing from a placid expression, that he comes across more as aloof and unflappable than the cad that Dalby describes. He’s a solitary and regretful man in his mid-30s and carries the weight of his reputation in his anguished angular frame. Reinke comes over to Kopfrkingl's house and describes in greater detail his support of Hitler and the good things the Nazis have done in Austria. As the speech becomes more frantic, what follows next is a montage of other Bosch paintings including; Christ Carrying the Cross, Ascent of the Blessed and The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things. But the film’s most subversive stance is the way it proposes that all parties are alike in this regard. A handicapped grocery delivery boy named Matthew (Richard Pace) joins the trio from the gas station, and as the men emerge from the woods, the moment is striking for its lack of editorial buildup. Setting itself apart from other early Technicolor films that privileged pops of vibrant primary color, The Shepherd of the Hills is painted in delicate, earthy tones, giving the impression that we’re viewing its images through one of the bottles of illicit moonshine produced by its cantankerous central family, the Matthews clan. There’s no glory or honor to be found anywhere in this tale of an older samurai, Sawamura (Tsukamoto), recruiting a younger man, Mokunoshin (Sosuke Ikematsu), to go off and fight for their kind in the imperial city of Edo. Whatever the cost for artsploitation perverts’ future enjoyment, Kümel’s impulse to remain on the waning edge of eroticism turns what could’ve been another cheap thrill into a genuinely unsettling examination of the human race’s most happily sanctioned form of vampirism: man-woman couplings. Despite this description, the film plays for long stretches as a demented romantic comedy, after Kotoko meets famed novelist Seitaro Tanaka (Tsukamoto). The Director, Juraj Herz and Fuks both worked on the script to tell the story of Mr Karl Koperfrkingl, a devoted cremator living in 1930s Czechoslovakia. He also has some qualms with his assistant Mr. Dvorak's frequent smoking. Karel kills his son, Mili, that an iron bar. What’s more, he’s something of a one-man band—acting in, writing, directing, editing, and production designing his films. Stylistically, use of wide-angle lenses, deep focus cinematography, subliminal cuts and virtuoso scene transitions recall Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) in their flair and playfulness. The man wouldn’t be out of a place in the minimalist noir world of Jean-Pierre Melville, but the absurd, convoluted story of The Ipcress File, complete with a high-tech MacGuffin, and its high stylization couldn’t be further from Melville’s stripped-down aesthetic approach to the crime film. High Plains Drifter is a more bitter brew, suggesting that violence begets violence indiscriminately, due to authority that’s derived from the acquiescence of populations who’d rather be comfortable than righteous. During this period of time he becomes more and more involved with himself. Gingold also provides very well-researched liner notes in a sturdily mounted book that comes with the set. He puts his son in a coffin with a dead German soldier that won't be open for viewing to the public and goes straight into the oven on the next Monday. It is possible to see the influence of these directors in the film but Herz firmly denied he copied them but only enjoyed watching them.. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was looking into the issue. After the shoot and the premiere, the film was banned by the Socialist government. Reinke tells Karel that quarter Jews will not be allowed to go to school or pursue careers in the Third Reich so it is best to be rid of him. But it’s precisely that sometimes goofy, handmade quality of the “suitmation” effects and set design that gives them their charm. The film was released on DVD by Second Run on April 10, 2006. Environmental concerns crop up in the seventh and final film of the Showa period, Gamera vs. Zigra, which is set in and around the Kamogawa Sea World facility. And this contrast—between what we hear and what we see of Ringo—is intensified immeasurably by Peck’s performance.
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