Robert may be a pig, but he understands that subjugation has a primordial grip on the sex drive of a species that feigns enlightenment while remaining enthralled with alpha/beta dynamics. The disc is rounded out by an original trailer and a sturdy essay by A.S. Hamrah, at once thoroughly researched and sharply analytical. At its worst, deep scratches are so apparent that they nearly outnumber that areas of the screen that don’t have them, leaving one to assume that those responsible for the restoration had to work with multiple prints of vastly varying quality.
El Topo is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen for the first time ever, an aspect ratio meant as homage to Sergio Leone. Walken speaks of the challenge of performing Pinter’s austere dialogue, which is complemented by an archive interview with Natasha Richardson from 2001.
Cast: Eiji Okada, Yumeji Tsukioka, Yoshi Katô, Masayuki Tsukida, Takashi Kanda, Isuzu Yamada Director: Hideo Sekigawa Screenwriter: Yasutarô Yagi Distributor: Arrow Academy Running Time: 104 min Rating: NR Year: 1983 Release Date: July 14, 2020 Buy: Video. It’s a sly way to signify Joe’s understanding of the woman who less than 24 hours earlier he was looking to exploit for a scoop. Until the End of the World (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Roma (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], 1984 (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Local Hero (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Häxan (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Cold War (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Betty Blue (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], The Dark Knight Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [UK Import], Avengers Infinity War [Blu-ray 3D]  [Region Free]. Criterion offers 4K digital restorations of most of these films, though the special edition of Enter the Dragon was undertaken in 2K. Colin and Mary are young, affluent, and gorgeous, and seem to be trapped in the sort of situation that grips either unconfident wallflowers or people old enough to truly understand what a rut is.
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2015.
Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. He recognizes that good intentions sometimes leave as many victims dead on the street as greed. Unable to add item to List. Adaptation is the theme of his films and the guiding philosophy of his own school of martial arts. Criterion does the film full justice with a rich 4K scan that saturates the earthen tones of West Virginia, emphasizing the verdant landscape that the miners call home. Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920.
Maybe the budget was not so great but the quality of the actors and acting sure makes up for it .
Instead of arguing about the subject, I invite them to watch Matewan. When we finally see Lee, he’s ascending a stairway to a fight, in a gesture that in this context suggests resurrection. Despite plenty of bizarro flourishes, the first part of the film is its most conventional. There's not a weak performance in the film, but I especially admired the work of Mr. Cooper, Mr. Tighe, Miss McDonnell, Miss Mette, Mr. Gunton, Mr. Strathairn and Mr. Mostel.
MATEWAN ~ John Sayles ~ Widescreen Version 1.85:1. Written and directed by John Sayles (Lone Star), this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all out war in 1920. The supplements may not be new, but they’re still meaty, and the 4K restoration accentuates the brutal, beautiful punch of an essential noir.
By Vincent Canby. We get to watch the transition of the main characters from unorganized miners to a solidarity as union members only through forced violence. A few workers step out into the street and begin pounding away at the concrete. Never thought this would come out on Blu-Ray - which was such a shame. Most of the extras here are fairly cursory, never really digging too deep into the pre-production and making of the film.
(Even stranger: Brandon’s death, caused by a gun shot from a faulty blank on the set of The Crow, uncomfortably echoes the attempted murder of a Lee stand-in in Game of Death.). And MacDonald, who probably died wishing she could’ve widened her already ample tremolo a bit more, doesn’t so much change her approach to singing but is for once blessed with a character whose unfeasible romantic ideals are met with a touch of scorn (contrast this with her portrayal of the holier-than-thou Mary in San Francisco).
There’s an element of authentic warmth and eroticism here, complicated by the fact that this union was brokered in part by Robert and Caroline’s perverse and retrograde energy, which Colin and Mary can’t entirely allow themselves to fathom. This is a keeper - Excellent Movie based on a true story.
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The most didactic of such moments occurs near the film’s end, as Yukio Endo (Yoshi Katô) explains to his teacher, Kitagawa (Eiji Okada), that a local factory has begun producing artillery shells. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Colin’s responses betray the aura of a man who isn’t willing to commit to either commitment or explicit dissolution; he projects a self-protective vanity that drives the audience’s sympathy toward Mary. As Ann and Joe jet around Rome aboard that now-iconic Vespa scooter, Roman Holiday revels in the beauty of the city, with the film’s long takes and deep-focus photography savoring everything from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps to, in a scene that finds Hepburn and Peck at a pinnacle of charisma, the Mouth of Truth. Five Graves to Cairo, though, is first and foremost an espionage thriller, and it spends much of its 96-minute running time ramping up white-knuckle tension as Bramble, with the help of Mouche and Farid, seeks to uncover how Rommel is able to secretly access fuel and other supplies so quickly out in the middle of the desert. This tension—are Colin and Mary friends considering romantic possibilities or lovers on a downward trajectory?—is intensified by external factors. The setting of the killing is a prison factory, and the sounds of metal pounding metal are symphonic, suggesting a death dirge. Based upon a True Story - the trials, tribulations, injustices, and pain our Miners underwent during the 1920's prior to, and during the advent of Miners finally being treated equally for their hard and dangerous work, and formation of Miner's Unions. Most interesting are his thoughts on digital, swimming against the notion of the technology making filmmaking easier by pointing out how much more difficult it can be to wring cinematic imagery from digital than celluloid. What a shame that such an important, beautiful film was such a disappointment from a technical standpoint, thus just 2 stars. and, certainly, had never heard of the story of this West Va mining town's struggle against the unfair treatment by the Coal Company that "paid" them. The exceptional new transfer highlights the aesthetic charms of one of the first great comedies of the talkie era. While the transfer certainly leaves a lot to be desired, it’s thrilling to have Hideo Sekigawa’s little-seen drama finally available on Blu-ray for the first time. Venice is also often strangely underpopulated here, especially at night, suggesting the empty New York City that Kubrick would later conjure in Eyes Wide Shut, or the haunted cityscapes of Dario Argento’s Deep Red.
The floors, walls, and bars of the prison really pop here. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In another featurette, produced in 2006, criminologist Paul Mason discusses the tropes of prison movies while alluding to the relationship between the media and the prison complex in real life—an idea that could’ve been plumbed at greater length. Independent filmmaker John Sayles creates one of his more artistic works with this period feature about a volatile 1920s labor dispute in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. He gets his point across in five words or less. Industrial Workers of the World organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, unflappable in his first film role) is the one man who recognizes this stark reality from the onset.
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