Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible - professional basketball glory - in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighbourhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema. Special Features New high-definition digital restoration Additional Scenes Theatrical Trailer
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film's chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again. At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding...Incalculably influential, the film's nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone - now more mesmerising than ever in this new Dual-Format special edition. Special Features: Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by historian David Kalat Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War - a new 52-minute documentary on the cultural and historical context of the film You Must Become Caligari - a new video essay by David Cairns On The Restoration - three short video pieces on the film's restoration Theatrical trailer for 2014 reissue Plus: A 56-page booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery
Based on his own successful 2007 short Dennis, Mads Matthiesen's award-winning Teddy Bear is an intense piece of cinema verite-style realism, showcasing a strong cast comprised of both amateur and professional actors. Contrasting both Danish and Thai cultures, this emotional drama plays with viewers expectations, preconceptions and prejudices as it examines different aspects of love, and the search for happiness. 38 year-old Dennis is a painfully shy bodybuilder who still lives at home with his overbearing mother. When his socially awkward uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis is inspired to go and do the same. Quickly thrown into the seedy underbelly of Thailand's sex tourism scene, he nearly gives up on finding a bride of his own. When a visit to a local gym turns into an unexpected night on the town, however, Dennis finds that there may be hope for him yet.
The year was 1977 and kung-fu fighting was still blasting out of discotheques, the spectre of Bruce Lee continued to haunt Hong Kong cinema and a young Jackie Chan was fast on his way to superstardom. TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE is undoubtedly one of the martial arts legend's finest moments - with confident direction from the legendary Lo Wei, who had given Bruce Lee his break with THE BIG BOSS in 1971! Shot in South Korea, when the country was still a curious entity to the West and under tyrannical one-party rule, TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE highlights a fast-paced tale of doomed romance and revenge that gives Chan's token stunts and chopsocky mayhem plenty of space to showcase themselves! Finally available to UK viewers, in a new 4k scan, one of Chan's most underrated motion pictures is ready to fight its way into your collection of 88 Asia gems! Extras: Interivew with Rick Baker
The gripping saga of former shogunate executioner Itto Ogami and his son Daigoro, better known as Lone Wolf and Cub. Betrayed and exiled by the treacherous Yagyu clan, they wander feudal Japan as assassins on the road to hell. An epic, multi million-selling manga that spanned six years and nearly 9000 pages. A longrunning television series that is one of the staples of Japanese broadcasting. And six ferocious, inimitable films that are among the best that Japanese cinema has to offer. More than 40 years after they were made, these films continue to fascinate and enthral viewers the world over. Lone Wolf and Cub and the Baby Cart films are among the true classics of Japanese pop culture. Read and watched all across the globe, they inspired countless filmmakers, comic book artists, and writers, including Quentin Tarantino, Frank Miller, John Carpenter, John Woo, and Takashi Miike. Written by Japanese film expert Tom Mes, Father, Son, Sword is the full story behind the films, the manga, and the phenomenon Lone Wolf and Cub. PAPERBACK Amount of pages: 163
One of the most beloved and iconic British films of all time (voted in the top 10 of all time by the British Film Institute), Ken Loach's breakthrough cinematic feature Kes is a cornerstone of naturalistic filmmaking whose influence is felt up to the present day. Portraying with remarkable detail and empathy the day-to-day existence of a working-class 15-year-old boy in Barnsley (an unforgettable performance by David Bradley), and the profound change that the rearing of a kestrel brings to his otherwise troubled home life, Kes has enchanted generations of viewers since its release. A rich, gently poetic work, filled with Loach s trademark respect for his characters and astonishing skill at eliciting outstanding performances, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in a definitive Blu-ray special edition. SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautiful high-definition restoration, supervised by Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges. Uncompressed PCM audio, Original British soundtrack and international, partially dubbed soundtrack, Original theatrical trailer, New and archival interviews with cast and crew, a booklet featuring new writing on the film and archival material.
The Shaw Brothers veered into outright fantasy territory with HUMAN GODDESS - and often hilarious and very timely look at the state of Hong Kong in the early 1970s! Released in 1972 to adoring audiences, and directed by the iconic Meng Hua Ho (BLACK MAGIC/ MIGHTY PEKING MAN) this is an oddball outing even by the estoric standards of 88 Films and our immortal Asian film line! Taking audiences back to an era of troubled romance, painful poverty and greedy land tycoons - all of whom have to answer to an angel (played by the gorgeous Shanghai-born Li Ching) who has been sent from heaven to look after the residents of the former British colony - HUMAN GODDESS holds up as a riotious viewing experience even today. A mash-up of several genres - from sex comedy to space-age optimism and even political satire - HUMAN GODDESS is one of the most astute Hong Kong movies of its decade and a must-see for anyone curious about the golden age of Hong Kong cinema! Only 88 Films could have brought this true obscurity back from the vaults in a stunning HD transfer that will surely win over a new generation of vixen-enthusiastic viewers.
An exemplary entry in the filmography of master director John Ford, The Quiet Man contains all the aspects that mark Ford’s work: a poetic, deeply felt sentiment for an unregainable past, for tradition and ceremony, for the country of Ireland and its emigrant bloodlines, for the camaraderie within community, and for the profound yet mutable bond of the marital union. Within a seven-decade career filled with high points, The Quiet Man represents one of Ford's highest, and from his richest period. Set in the 1920s, The Quiet Man stars John Wayne as Sean Thornton, an Irish-born American who has travelled to his birthplace of Innisfree to lay claim to his family farm. Although warmly embraced by the denizens of the village, Thornton’s outsider status is thrown into relief when the abrasive landowner Squire Will Danahan (Victor McLaglen) objects both to the turnover of the land, and to the handing over of his sister Mary Kate’s (Maureen O’Hara) dowry to the man whose community stature now threatens to show up his own. What follows is a confrontation with custom and with the personal past, all before an unforgettable extended brawl sprawling the entire very countryside whereupon nothing less hinges than the peace of Innisfree itself. Winton Hoch’s astonishing Technicolor cinematography (for which he won an Academy Award) has cemented the images of The Quiet Man within the minds and hearts of viewers across the decades. This is a film that, with its epic, yet intimate, canvas and its near-Shakespearean sense of character only grows in power over time and the more times it is seen. It is an ideal entry-point into Ford’s massive body of work, and a summation of his art; as a result, Ford was awarded the 1952 Oscar for Best Director. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Quiet Man on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.
Contemporary Political Cinema By Matthew Holtmeier The political films that have emerged on the global film festival circuit since the 1990s mark a shift in cinematic strategies for critically addressing dominant, militant, or otherwise repressive ideologies. From a focus on the representation of oppression in films like The Battle of Algiers, films such as Timbuktu, Nobody Knows About Persian Cats and Chop Shop now contribute to the active formation of political characters and viewers, a form not fully realized until the 21st century due to shifts in information technologies and resulting political organization. This book demonstrates that a contemporary form of political cinema has emerged, centered on the production of subjectivity and networks of protest, which depicts the active formation of political identities that resonates with off-screen protest movements. Matthew Holtmeier is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Film Studies at East Tennessee State University