The next Eureka Classics?

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Suggest films you'd like to see us pick up for the Eureka Classics line. Who knows, you may see it on the release schedule. 

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Kevin,

I've already given my opinion on The Phantom Carriage which as you said is with Tartan unfortunately.

 

I wonder if a release of Intolerance isn't out of the question. There is a region 2 release from Divisa but I wonder if that stops Eureka from giving us a release in the UK. 

Other requests:

More Lang and Murnau, especially Spione and Phantom.

The Unknown  - Are MGM that keen on exploiting their back catalogue on Blu-ray?

Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen - the advantage here being that FWMS hold the rights.

Would Turner allow Eureka to sell The Unholy Three (a Chaney & Browning fan, sorry)? 

I'm sure some of these are stupid suggestions, but I guess most of us don't know what pull Eureka have with right holders. 

In my opinion, Eureka can't go wrong with more Weimar cinema. 

 

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Sorry Kevin, this belongs in the MoC thread. If you could move it  (or delete!) it will stop me annoying everyone else with off-topic discussion.

One where decent master

One where decent master material or an uncut version may be a problem - especially since Fox released a poor panned and scanned MOD disc Stateside - but the Robert Aldrich/Sergio Leone Sodom and Gomorrah could do with a decent release. High art it's not, but it has its merits amid the madness. And Flight of the Phoenix and Emperor of the North are a couple of more respectable Aldrich's to consider.

 

Eureka Classics

It's hard to separate in my mind what I would consider 'MoC worthy' and what I would put under Eureka Classics, but these come to mind:

Vigil (Vincent Ward) - The first Kiwi film to go to Cannes, Vincent Ward's Vigil is a really beautiful film that deserves to be more well known. 

The Navigator (Vincent Ward) - Another of Ward's films, a group of people from the Dark Ages wind up in (then) modern day Auckland. To quote Philip French: "This short, intense picture is like a collaboration between William Golding and Gene Roddenberry, The Spire meets Star Trek, and is the work of someone with a distinctive talent and vision. Ward is an antipodean Werner Herzog."

Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper) - This could well belong in the MoC series, but as long as it gets a release by someone I don't care what label it's under! Hopper's first film since the disaster of The Last Movie (which I'd love to see get an MoC release), Out of the Blue is a film that grows on me every time I see it. 

Phase IV (Saul Bass) - Saul Bass' only feature film is the best film I've ever seen that features superintelligent ants. I'd love to see a release with the recently rediscovered original ending.

Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross) - I'd love to see some Woody Allen in the MoC series, but it would be great if this film could be released as an Eureka Classic

Something Wild (Jack Garfein) - A curio, starring Carroll Baker (Kazan's Baby Doll) as a rape victim, is a bit of a forgotten gem of American independent cinema. It is a film of two halves - the first one of stark, almost documentary-like, realism and the second dream-like set-bound symbolism - and it's a film worth watching for Baker's performance alone. It also has one of my favourite Saul Bass title sequences.

'It's hard to separate in my

'It's hard to separate in my mind what I would consider 'MoC worthy' and what I would put under Eureka Classics'

Same problem here with some foreign films. For example, it may be a classic in France but could the original Borsalino really fit in the MoC range when you can't really call Jacques Deray a master even if La Piscine is a classic? I doubt that Maurizio Nichetti would be considered a master either, but with the films unavailable in an English-friendly release since the days of Tartan laserdisc it would be nice to see Volere Volare - in which a sound-effects man starts turning into a cartoon - and The Icicle Thief - a wry parody of neo-realist films with a modern TV actress from a commercial finding herself inside a black and white movie while none of the audience watching seem to notice. 

 

Since Aldrich is mentioned -

Since Aldrich is mentioned - i would like very much to see Ten Seconds to Hell and World For Ransom...Anthony Mann's Noirs but even more so - his Men in War or God's Little Acre with superb Robert Ryan....some of old Costa Gavras movies - L'Aveau, L'etait du siege, Section speciale....L'Attentat from Yves Boisset, Il Caso Mattei from Francesco Rossi...so many more titles come to mind but you're already doing a superb job

God's Little Acre would be

God's Little Acre would be great - the old Image US DVD and the French DVD included both the censored and uncensored versions, but the Region A-locked Olive Bluray in the States only has one cut.

Eureka Classics

Abraham Polonsky's Force Of Evil

William Wellman's Westward The Women

André De Toth's Ramrod

Elia Kazan's A Face In The Crowd

Eureka classics

I would really like CARNIVAL OF SOULS (from Herk Harvey) to be released under the Eureka classics line.

It's an amazing black & white horror film that had a pretty big influence on the horror genre.

Criterion released a DVD edition in 2000 that looks quite old now.

I read on wikipedia that a new fine grain master positive was apparently created from the original negative in 2012.

The perfect bluray would propose both cuts of the movie: the original theatrical version (78 min.) and the extended director's cut (83 min.).

A huge plus would be the isolated score track from Gene Moore (the soundtrack was remastered by Steve Hoffman in 2006 and released on a now OOP CD).

 

Eureka Classics

I would really like

Lady from Shangai (Orson welles)

Fury (Fritz Lang)

Shangai Gesture (josef von Steinberg)

Viva Maria (Louis Malle)

 

Bertolucci

Please consider Bertolucci's 'The Sheltering Sky' in HD. There is plenty of perfect HD mastering around, of this beautiful, absorbing film. BBC TWO have screened it twice in HD this year - perfect quality. There are four  (audio original English) versions on the market (check Blu ray.com - US option)  but none with English subtitles. The French version french-only subtitling is burned in allegedly and presents even when the English audio is selected. . Strangely the BBC are on IMDB's distributor list, but no UK DVD / BD release.

 

How about his Stealing Beauty in Blu ray?

Would you also consider his 5-hour epic 1900 (Novecento) in Blu ray? I have watched this right through many times. Only the Italian version Blu ray has a decent rating for video quality.

Eureka Classics

I would love to see some of these picked up by Eureka, perhaps for their Classics range:

Cat People (Paul Schrader, 1982)

 

Death Rides A Horse (Guilio Petroni, 1967)

 

A Fistful of Dynamite (Sergio Leone, 1971)

The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)

 

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957)

 

Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967)

 

A Fistful of Dynamite (Sergio Leone, 1971)

 

The Keep (Michael Mann, 1983)

 

Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969)

 

The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)

 

Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)

 

Phase IV (Saul Bass, 1974)

 

Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)

 

Antonio Margheriti

His sci-fi output of the sixties would be perfect for Eureka Classics. Some hidden gems in there, notably:

-Space-Men (Assignment Outer Space);
-Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (Battle of the Worlds);
-I diafanoidi vengono da marte (War of the Planets);
-iI criminali della Galassia (Wild, Wild Planet);

Even a good DVD boxset would be great for these; but also his scifi-meets-eurospy Operazione Goldman (aka Lightning Bolt) would be perfect material for a very intriguing bluray.

Tarkovsky

The most recent transfer released by Artificial Eye is rather washed out and could do with a good cleaning. The audio could be a lot better also. It is the main title selection screen and the extras however which really frustrates me: it all looks and sounds cheap, and I assume that it is a direct copy from the Mosfilm release. I think Andrei Tarkovsky deserves a great presentation, but none of these past releases really do him and his collaborators justice. I reckon you folks could easily release a much better transfer of this film and the rest of his works than what has been released so far, in the UK and internationally.

Eureka Classics

just an oversight: La Maman et la Putain, Jean Eustache, some chef d oeuvre of Yilmaz Guney...

Joseph Losey + Hammer

It occurred to me that Eureka released Paranoiac - so why not trying with "The Damned" by Losey? Terrific movie, recently restored iirc, and has both Hammer production and Joseph Losey as selling points.

(of course, if you want to add Losey to MoC with King and Country, I'd be even happier).

 

Falena's 'Giuliano'

I've already mention in MoC, I'd love to see a digital restoration and release of Ugo Falena's Giuliano l'Apostata (1919). Art Nouveau take on Byzantine design, specially composed score. Havign recently re-watched Lang's Die Nibelungen, I wonder if it influenced him?

Music films

I'd also love to see some of Titus Leber's music films released: I saw Anima: Symphonie Fantastique on TV in the days when C4 was good. His Kindertotenlieder and Schubert films were good, too.

Chaplin

Amother film that's came to mind is Charlie Chaplin's A Countess in Hong Kong (rights are with Universal). His final film and not his best by a long shot, but I do think it's underrated and you could out together a great set of extras for it. Rohmer wrote a bit about it. 

mixed mortar

Perhaps... The Maze (1953) my italian disc is a touch soft.  Or Dark Eyes of London (1939) needs a going over with a stiff brush.

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Robert Wiene's Crime and Punishment (1923) is pleading for merciful treatment...

Erich von Stroheim

Just looked for some Erich von Stroheim-Films (Greed, Great Gabbo, Lost Squadron). Seems there are some Stroheim-Films, but they are focused on only some of his works, and most of them without any extras. Restored material with informative benefits would be nice.

Hi there,

Hi there,

I'm afraid I wasn't able to make my own topic in the forum but I'm trying to find more specifics with regards to how classics are brought to blu-ray. I mean, I know the technical side of things having worked to some degree on restoration projects as well as working in a digital intermediate department but is it really a case of someone making a suggestion and then you go off and hunt down the film cans to be restored?I have so many questions about this as I'm sick of my experience (working for companies that demand speed over quality) and I dream of setting up my own team to restore animation in particular. I was brought to the attention of Eureka! by the excellent Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage). I would loved to have worked on something like that. Keep up the good work. Who does all the scanning and digital restoration work, by the way? I may go beg them for a job, haha.As far as film suggestions, well, I can't offer any but I'm desperate to see Batman: The Animated Series  restored to HD/UHD. A man can dream! :D

Title for Eureka release

Hi Kevin,

I'm new to the whole Masters of Cinema, Monster Pictures and Eureka Classics release umbrella but I'd like to suggest a title I'd like to see get a UK release. The 1971 Italian film Sacco e Vanzetti (Sacco and Vanzetti). This film has never been released in the UK to my knowledge and I don't know who currently owns the rights. There has only been one US release and it is very rare thanks to it being out of print. There is an Italian release but it is very expensive thanks to importing costs. 

I'd like to know if there is any chance this could be released as a Eureka Classics as I don't know if it would fit into the Masters of Cinema brand.

 

 

Amicus & Hammer

I bought "The Skull" and "The Man Who Could Cheat Death". Great movies! Thanks Eureka!

I would love to see more Blu-ray from Hammer and Amicus and Tigon. (with English subtitles)

Some suggestions:

The Creeping Flesh

The House That Dripped Blood

Lust for a Vampire

Torture Garden

City of the Dead

Scars of Dracula

Revenge of Frankenstein

The Gorgon

Legend of the Werewolf

The Ghoul

Thanks a lot.

Never-released Bertolucci

Hi

Surprisingly, the achingly-beautiful and atmospheric 'Spider's Stratagem' has never been released on DVD or blu ray. The VHS print - unobtainable anyway - is decades-old.

Time for a rediscovery? I think you'd find many people beating a path to your door to get hold of a good blu ray of this.

Cheers

Mike

More Zen?

Hello,

A re-release of the Touch of Zen blu-ray would be nice, can't seem to buy it anymore.

In terms of film suggestions, how about Grounded God, the 1975 Thai movie by 'Prince' Chatri Chalerm Yukol? 

Jean-Pierre Melville

Le samouraï would be nice on Blu-Ray

Broken Arrow

 I hope to see Delmer Daves' "Broken Arrow" (1950) as a Eureka Classic soon.  It deserves a Blu-ray release.

Mike Leigh's BBC productions

Especially "Grown-Ups"!

Metropolis (Moroder version)

Hi. Will the Giorgio Moroder version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis been available in a Stand alone Blu-ray ? If possible, could you include it with the documentary "Metropolis Refound" (like you did for your limited steelbook "ultimate Collector's Edition" back in 2015) ?

Thanks to answer

*Be available as a stand

*Be available as a stand alone... Sorry for the confusion

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The Phantom Carriage is

The Phantom Carriage is really great film! We watched it with the whole team of handmadewritings.

How about John Woo's A Better

How about John Woo's A Better Tomorrow (1986)?

It was remastered by L’Immagine Ritrovata last year (the same company who restored A Touch of Zen and New Dragon Inn).  I hope we do see it get a MoC release (with the original Mono Cantonese soundtrack)

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