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  • #46
    Yeah, I love LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM. Only saw it once, would be good for a revisit. Gothic is a bit of a blur too.

    Are his D.H. Lawrence adaptations any good?

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Randy G View Post
      Yeah, I love LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM. Only saw it once, would be good for a revisit. Gothic is a bit of a blur too.

      Are his D.H. Lawrence adaptations any good?
      WOMEN IN LOVE is exceptional. I'm not so keen on THE RAINBOW but that's not to say it's a bad film by any stretch of the imagination.
      'You know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. Still the same. Pissholes in the snow'

      http://www.paul-a-j-lewis.com (my photography website)
      'All explaining in movies can be thrown out, I think': Elmore Leonard

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      • #48
        Press release from the BFI!

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        Valentino

        A film by Ken Russell

        Starring Rudolf Nureyev

        With Seymour Cassel, Felicity Kendal, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carole Kane

        Controversial British director Ken Russell (Women in Love, The Devils) tells the story of one of the silver screen's greatest legends, Rudolph Valentino, in this flamboyant and sexually charged film. Made in 1977 and previously unavailable on Blu-ray, it will be released in a Dual Format Edition (contains both Blu-ray and DVD discs) by the BFI on 29 February 2016. The film is presented with numerous special features including an audio commentary, a new interview with cast member Dudley Sutton and other interviews.

        Starring world-famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev alongside Seymour Cassel (Faces, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Rosemary & Thyme), Leslie Caron (Gigi, An American in Paris), Michelle Phillips (Knots Landing, Forest Gump) and Carole Kane (Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon), Valentino traces the adored silent film actor's journey from humble beginnings as an Italian immigrant in New York, where he worked as a gigolo, to Hollywood, where he seduces famous lovers and ascends to stardom. Despite such towering success, tragedy beckons however, as Rudy falls prey the mass-hysteria of his audience, the blood-thirsty press and his own indulgent lifestyle.

        Valentino is an enthralling biopic from one of Britain's most distinctive and celebrated filmmakers and is the first of three DVD/Blu-ray releases of Ken Russell films by the BFI this year, five years after his death in 2011. On 28 March, Ken Russell: The Great Composers (containing Elgar, The Debussy Film and Song of Summer) and Ken Russell: The Great Passions (containing Always on Sunday, Isadora and Dante's Inferno) will be released in Dual Format Editions.

        Special features

        Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
        Audio commentary with Tim Lucas
        Original TV spots and trailers
        Dudley Sutton Remembers Ken Russell and Filming Valentino (2016, 22 mins)
        The Guardian Lecture: Ken Russell in conversation with Derek Malcolm (1987, 89 mins, audio with stills)
        Lynn Seymour remembers Rudolf Nureyev (2003, 9 mins, audio with stills)
        Tonight: Nureyev on Ken Russell and Valentino (1977, 10 mins)
        Stills and Special Collections gallery (2016, 10 mins)
        The Funeral of Valentino (1926, 9 mins)
        Textless opening and closing credits
        Isolated music and effects track
        Illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays

        Product details
        RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1234 / Cert 18
        UK / 1977 / colour and black and white / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 128 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM stereo audio (48k/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (224kbps)

        BFI releases are available from all good home entertainment retailers or by mail order from the BFI Shop Tel: 020 7815 1350 or online at www.bfi.org.uk/shop
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        • #49
          Also, the email that included that press release stated "The first of three Ken Russell DVD/Blu-ray releases from the BFI this year is the flamboyant and sexually charged Valentino (1977)."

          No idea what the other two releases are yet, but that's good news regardless.
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            • #51
              Ken Russell The Great Composers: Elgar; The Debussy Film; Song of Summer

              These astonishing documentaries, by ground-breaking director Ken Russell (Valentino, The Devils) were originally broadcast in the BBC TV arts documentary strands Monitor and Omnibus during the 1960s. On 28 March 2016 they will be released together on DVD and Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI.

              Each film has an audio commentary, and in a new filmed interview, film editor Michael Bradsell talks about working with Ken Russell. Also included is rarely-seen archival footage of Sir Edward Elgar.

              Elgar (1962), Russell's tribute to the music he loved, is remarkable for its sensitive portrayal of the rise of a young musician from an underprivileged background to international fame. The Debussy Film (1965), co-written by Melvyn Bragg, is a truly experimental work that culminates in a sublimely ethereal finale. Perhaps the finest of Russell's 1960s biographical BBC productions, Song of Summer (1968) is an immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius which charts the final five years in the life of Frederick Delius.

              Special features

              Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
              Land of Hope and Glory (1931, 3 mins): footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting the LSO at the opening of the new HMV (now Abbey Road) studios
              Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival (Harold Brooke, 1929-1932, 9 mins): amateur footage of Elgar at home and at the Three Choirs Festival
              Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 10 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
              Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy audio commentary for Elgar (2002)
              Newly commissioned commentary by Kevin M Flanagan for The Debussy Film
              Ken Russell audio commentary for Song of Summer (2002)
              30-page illustrated booklet with new essays by Kevin M Flanagan, John Hill, John C Tibbetts, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke, and full film credits

              Product details

              RRP: £29.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1244 / Cert 12 / 3-disc set

              UK / 1962 + 1965 + 1968 / black and white / English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 56 mins + 82 mins + 73 mins / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

              1 x BD50: 1080/50i, LPCM 2.0 audio (48kHz/16-bit) / 2 x DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)

              Ken Russell The Great Passions: Always on Sunday; Isadora; Dante's Inferno

              These three spectacular documentaries by controversial director Ken Russell (Valentino, The Devils) were originally broadcast in the BBC TV arts documentary strands Monitor and Omnibus in the 1960s.

              On 28 March 2016 they will be released together on DVD and Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI. Among the many extras, each film has an audio commentary, and in a new interview, film editor Michael Bradsell talks about working with Ken Russell.

              Always on Sunday (1965), a dramatised exploration of the naif painter Henri Rousseau, sees Russell reunited with Melvyn Bragg and Oliver Reed in one of his most charming and delightful documentaries. Isadora (1966), Russell's exuberant study of the outrageous American dancer Isadora Duncan, is probably the film that best encapsulates the director's attitude to art and creativity. In Dante's Inferno (1967) Oliver Reed gives a smouldering performance as the Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This startling and bold film is one of the most ambitious that Russell made for the BBC.

              Special features

              Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
              Late Night Line-Up: Russell at Work (Ian Keill, 1966, 31 mins): documentary shot during the making of Isadora
              Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 18 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
              Brian Hoyle audio commentary for Always on Sunday
              Paul Sutton audio commentary for Isadora
              Brian Hoyle audio commentary for Dante's Inferno
              The Paul Sutton Tapes: alternative audio track to Isadora, comprising interviews which Paul Sutton conducted with the cast and crew between 2008 and 2012
              30-page illustrated booklet featuring new essays by John Wyver, Kevin Jackson, Christophe Van Eecke, Brian Hoyle, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke, and full credits

              Product details

              RRP: £29.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1245 / Cert 12 / 3-disc set

              UK / 1965 + 1966 + 1967 / black and white / English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 45 mins + 64 mins + 88 mins / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

              1 x BD50: 1080/50i, LPCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit) / 2 x DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)
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              • #52
                Coming From Warner Archive 2/21/17...

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                • #53
                  Aria is coming to BLu-ray soon.

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                  • #55
                    Lisi Tribble on the latest Criterion Now podcast. Lots of Ken talk. https://criterioncast.com/podcast/cr...ts-ken-russell
                    LA PASIÓN ESPAÑOL: THE EROTIC MELODRAMAS OF VICENTE ARANDA (1991-1999)

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                    • #56
                      I'd really love to see the longer version of Altered States. Ken is really underrepresented on R1 DVD.
                      "His lives inside of his own heart. That's an awful big place to live in."
                      -Billy Bob Thornton, 'Sling Blade' (1996)

                      "Some roads you shouldn't go down."
                      -Billy Bob Thornton, 'Fargo' (2014)

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                      • #57
                        Good News: The Devils is streaming on FilmStruck. Bad News: it is the 108 minute censored cut.

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                        • #58
                          I don't wanna get my hopes up or anything but...

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                          • #59
                            Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
                            I don't wanna get my hopes up or anything but...

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                            I will keep my hopes in check as well. For now...
                            "His lives inside of his own heart. That's an awful big place to live in."
                            -Billy Bob Thornton, 'Sling Blade' (1996)

                            "Some roads you shouldn't go down."
                            -Billy Bob Thornton, 'Fargo' (2014)

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                            • #60
                              I assume it'll be the same cut that streamed on FilmStruck.

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