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MoC wish list part 37

Im Kwon-taek: Painted Fire (2002)

Claude Chabrol: The Ceremony (1995)

Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridane: A Tale of the Wind (1988)

Michelangelo Antonioni: Il Grido (1957)

Lee Chang-dong: Poetry (2010)

Ebrahim Golestan: Brick and Mirror (1964)

Parviz Kimiavi: The Mongols (1973)

Yuliya Solntseva: The Enchanted Desna (1964)

Johan van der Keuken: The White Castle (1973)

Jean Grémillon: Summer Light (1943)

MoC wish list part 38

Wang Bing: Man with No Name (2009)

Jia Zhangke: 24 City (2008)

Jacques Tourneur: Berlin Express (1948)

Jean Grémillon: Le Ciel est à vous (1944)

Ridley Scott: Blade Runner (1982)

Manoel de Oliveira: Inquietude (1998)

Emir Kustorica: Underground (1995)

Akira Kurosawa: Ikiru (1952)

Robert Flaherty: Moana (1926)

Jafar Panahi: Taxi (2015)

Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is easy to get hold of on blu-ray.  How about The Duellists instead?  Only available on US region A import, or a Spanish region B release.

MoC wish list part 39

Yoshimitsu Morita: The Family Game (1983)

Douglas Sirk: All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Margarethe von Trotta: Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

Kihachi Okamoto: All About Marriage (1958)

Jonas Mekas: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)

Tadashi Imai: The Rice People (1957)

Jacques Rivette: Love on the Ground (1984)

Michael Glawogger: Megacities (1998)

Miklos Jancso: Red Psalm (1972)

Elio Petri: The 10th Victim (1965)

MoC wish list part 40

Robert Bresson: L'Argent (1983)

Alfred E. Green: Baby Face (1933)

John Carpenter: In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger: Black Narcissus (1947)

Dimitri Kirsanoff: Ménilmontant (1926)

Aleksandr Medvedkin: Happiness (1934)

Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Chris Marker: Level Five (1997)

Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman: The General (1926)

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

MoC wish list part 41

Abel Gance: Napoléon (1927)

Peter Watkins: Evening Land (1977)

Jacques Tourneur: Out of the Past (1947)

Roberto Rossellini: Paisà (1946)

Charles Burnett: Killer of Sheep (1978)

Robert Bresson: The Devil Probably (1977)

Agnès Varda: Vagabond (1985)

Haile Gerima: Harvest: 3000 Years (1976)

Allen Fong: Ah Ying (1983)

Luc Moullet and Antonietta Pizzorno: Anatomy of a Relationship (1976)

Sammy and Rosie get laid

I wonder whether I'm the only person in the world who dearly misses this early Stephen Frears film "Sammy & Rosie" (1987) as a DVD-release. I even can't remember it beeing broadcasted on TV (speaking for Germany) in nearly 30 years. Are there not a bunch of addicts in Britain as well? Did I miss something related to censorship or copyright...? Happy to hear anything about publishing history, licencies, ownership etc.

The Human Condition

I would love for you to release a restored Blu-ray boxset of Masaki Kobayashi's magnum opus The Human Condition, which is easily one of the finest war films ever released but which does not have an HD release anywhere in the world.

MoC wish list part 42

Kaneto Shindo: Postcard (2010)

Jia Zhangke: Still Life (2006) + Dong (2006)

Mario O'Hara: Three Godless Years (1976)

Akira Kurosawa: Yojimbo (1961)

Tsui Hark: Peking Opera Blues (1986)

Lou Ye: Suzhou River (2000)

Wang Xiaoshuai: Beijing Bicycle (2001)

Tian Zhuangzhuang: September (1984)

Wang Bing: He Fengming (2007)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Flowers of Shanghai (1998)

MoC wish list part 43

Charlie Chaplin: Limelight (1952)

John Huston: The Dead (1987)

Jean-Luc Godard: A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

John Ford: Stagecoach (1939)

Fritz Lang: Moonfleet (1955)

Francois Truffaut: The Wild Child (1970)

Djibril Diop Mambéty: La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (1999)

Orson Welles: The Trial (1962)

Alfred Hitchcock: Spellbound (1945)

Jacques Tati: Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953)

MoC wish list part 44

Ching Siu-tung: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Zhou Xiaowen: Ermo (1994)

Wu Ziniu: Evening Bell (1988)

Xie Jin: The Red Detachment of Women (1960)

Jia Zhangke: Useless (2007)

Tian Zhuangzhuang: The Street Players (1987)

He Jianjun: Postman (1995)

Lu Chuan: Kekexili (2004)

Zhu Shilin: Festival Moon (1953)

Fei Mu: Remorse at Death (1948)

MoC wish list part 45

Krzysztof Zanussi: A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)

Lav Diaz: The Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004)

Ingmar Bergman: Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Stanley Kubrick: The Shining (1980)

Jonas Mekas: Walden (1969)

Erich von Stroheim: Greed (1924)

David Cronenberg: Videodrome (1983)

Mitchell Leisen: Easy Living (1937)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Daughter of the Nile (1987)

Fritz Lang: Der müde Tod (1921)

MoC wish list part 46

Yasujiro Ozu: Early Summer (1951)

Heiner Carow: The Russians are Coming (1968)

Robert Aldrich: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Nicolas Roeg: Walkabout (1971)

Ernst Lubitsch: Design for Living (1933)

Max Ophüls: Caught (1949)

Ingmar Bergman: The Silence (1963)

Samuel Fuller: House of Bamboo (1955)

Robert Bresson: Pickpocket (1959)

Barbara Loden: Wanda (1970)

MoC wish list part 47

Alfred Hitchcock: Suspicion (1941)

Sam Peckinpah: Ride the High Country (1962)

Adrian Cowell: Raid into Tibet (1966)

Lester James Peries: The Treasure (1973)

Edward Yang: A Confucian Confusion (1994)

Victor Heerman: Animal Crackers (1930)

Fritz Lang: The Woman in the Window (1944)

Howard Hawks: Ball of Fire (1941)

Josef von Sternberg: The Devil is a Woman (1935)

Peter Watkins: The Journey (1987)

MoC wish list part 48

Chantel Akerman: No Home Movie (2015)

Jonas Mekas: Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (2013)

Haroun Tazieff: Le Volcan interdit (1966)

Yann Le Masson and Bénie Deswarte: Kashima Paradise (1973)

Safaa Fathy: Derrida's Elsewhere (1999)

Pierre-André Boutang and Annie Chevallay: Claude Lévi-Strauss (2008)

Pierre-André Boutang: L'abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze (1988-89)

Haifaa al-Mansour: Wadjda (2012)

Pierre Carles: La sociologie est un sport de combat (2001)

Sophie Fiennes: The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

MoC wish list part 49

Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Elio Petri: Property Is No Longer A Theft (1973)

Ousmane Sembène: Black Girl (1966)

Agnès Varda: La Pointe Courte (1955)

Peter Chan: Comrades (1994)

Fei Mu: Confucius (1940)

Sun Yu: The Big Road (1934)

Ritwik Ghatak: A River Called Titas (1973)

Ying Yunwei: Taoli jie (1934)

Bu Wancang: Three Modern Women (1932)

MoC wish list part 50

Cai Chusheng: New Women (1935)

Wan Laiming and Wan Guchan: Princess Iron Fan (1941)

Tian Zhuangzhuang: Illegal Lives (1990)

Jans Rautenbach: The Candidate (1968)

Tikoy Aguiluz: Boatman (1984)

Im Kwon-taek: The Surrogate Woman (1986)

Kim Ki-young: Woman of Fire (1971)

Jang Sun-woo: From Me To You (1994)

Li Han-hsiang: Illicit Desire (1973)

Chu Yuan: Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

MoC wish list part 51

Márta Mészáros: Diary for my Children (1984)

Im Kwon-taek: Fly High, Run Far (1991)

Lee Jang-ho: Declaration of Fools (1984)

Yu Hyun-mok: The Aimless Bullet (1960)

Park Kwan-su: Black Republic (1990)

Yeo Kyun-Dong: Out to the World (1994)

Kang Dae-Jin: Mr. Park (1960)

Lee Man-Hee: Late Autumn (1966)

Kim Soo-yong: Mist (1967)

Jang Seon-woo: Gagman (1988)

Dark Water

I'd love to see a decent blu-ray of Hideo Nakata's DARK WATER (a.k.a.FROM THE DEPTHS OF DARK WATER), 2002. Such a quiet, scary, moving little film.

MoC wish list part 52

Li Chenfeng: The Tragedy of the Poet King (1968)

Sun Yu: Daybreak (1933)

Zhang Yuan: The Square (1994)

Wu Yonggang: Waves Washing the Sand (1936)

Ma-Xu Weibang: Song at Midnight (1937)

Xie Jin: Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (1957)

Allen Fong: Father and Son (1981)

Wong Kar-wai: Fallen Angels (1995)

Im Kwon-taek: Ticket (1987)

Park Kwang-Su: Chilsu and Mansu (1988)

MoC wish list part 53

Keisuke Kinoshita: The Garden of Women (1954)

Akira Kurosawa: No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

Tadashi Imai: Blue Mountain Range (1949)

Senkichi Taniguchi: Escape at Dawn (1950)

Yoshishige Yoshida: Rokudenashi (1960)

Kon Ichikawa: Shokei no heya (1956)

Daisuke Ito: A Diary of Chuji's Travels (1927)

Kenji Mizoguchi: Osaka Elegy (1936)

Tetsuji Takechi: Daydream (1964)

Shuji Terayama: Fruits of Passion (1981)

MoC wish list part 54

Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine (1993)

Joji Matsuoka: Kirakira Hikaru (1992)

Akira Kurosawa: Drunken Angel (1948)

Shinji Somai: Typhoon Club (1985)

Lee Man-hee: A Road to Sampo (1975)

Park Kwang-su: Berlin Report (1991)

Lee Jang-ho: A Fine, Windy Day (1980)

Im Kwon-taek: Village in the Mist (1983)

Tian Zhuangzhuang: Li Lianying (1991)

Wang Bing: Three Sisters (2012)

MoC wish list part 55

Ousmane Sembène: Moolaadé (2004)

Béla Tarr: The Man from London (2007)

Yuki Tanada: Moon and Cherry (2004)

Wong Kar-wai: In the Mood for Love (2000)

Satoshi Kon: Perfect Blue (1997)

Marco Tullio Giordana: Who Killed Pasolini? (1995)

Hong Sang-soo: The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)

Nobuhiro Yamashita: A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007)

Shinji Somai: Love Hotel (1985)

Toshiaki Toyoda: Hanging Garden (2005)

Great Films not available

Yilmaz Güney: Yol (Not available at all)


Elia Kazan: A Face in the Crowd  (Available in Italy/Used/or Region 1)

also "Baby Face" is difficult to get

"Baby Doll" I've meant....


 other Films:

Carlos Saura: La caccia

Samuel Fuller: Shock corridor

Lina Wertmüller: Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore and Film d'amore e d'anarchia (...)

Mario Monicelli: un borghese piccolo, piccolo

Billy Wilder: 1,2,3 (I think it's not released on Bluray)

William Wyler: Dead End



Juan Antonio Bardem: Death of a Cyclist

Costa-Gavras: Z and The confession

Guy Green: A Patch of Blue

Víctor Erice: El espíritu de la colmena

Der Tiger von Eschnapur

Both Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das indische Grabmal are available on DVD from Eureka. Please release them on blu-ray, the vibrant colours would benefit!

Any plans for re-issues?

Are there likely to be any plans for a re-issue of Ugetsu Monogatari? Or a Dual-Format release of Twenty Four Eyes?

Started learning Japanese this year and I've been on the look out for any books, films, etc. that I could use to help me study. Mainly looking for older Japanese films rather than modern anime as I'm guessing that they would be less likely to be full of slang and use more 'correct' grammar (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC accent?)

I appreciate that you are a relatively small publisher specialising in very selective releases, so I completely understand that it is impossible for you to keep everything in print all of the time.

I notice that it seems all of the films by Kenji Mizoguchi are now out-of-print. Gearing up for a box-set release? ::hopefull face::

I've already got a few of your other releases in this selection (Onibaba, Kuroneko, the Shohei Imamura box-set, etc.) so I have plenty to keep me going for a while.

Thanks for your efforts in preserving these films.

A Matter Of Life & Death

I would echo others here and think Powell & Pressburger would fit perfectly with the Masters of Cinema ethos.  I have been waiting a long time for A Matter Of Life & Death to be released on blu-ray.  The omission is surprising since many of their titles have had widespread blu-ray releases.  This film would be an obvious collectable for enthusiasts and the cinematography (mainly black & white) is of course, gorgeous.

French cinema

Nearly forgot!  Still waiting for some French cinema classics such as Cyrano De Bergerac (1990), and a double-pack of Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources would be great too!

  "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940

  "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) Alexander Korda

  "The Jungle Book" (1942) Alexander Korda

Films from the '30s

  Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Michael Curtiz

  The Roaring Twenties (1939) Raoul Walsh

  The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) James Whale

  The Drum (1938) Zoltan Korda

  Stanley and Livingstone (1939) Henry King

  Top Hat (1935) Mark Sandrich

  Follow the Fleet (1936) Mark Sandrich

  The Last of the Mohicans (1936) George B. Seitz

  David Copperfield (1935) George Cukor

  Lost Horizon (1937) Frank Capra

  The Lives of A Bengal Lancer (1935) Henry Hathaway

  Beau Geste (1939) William A. Wellman

  The Real Glory (1939) Henry Hathaway

  Union Pacific (1939) Cecil B. DeMille

  Alexander Nevsky (1938) Sergei Eisenstein

  Captain Blood (1935) Michael Curtiz

  Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) John Ford

  San Francisco (1936) W. S. Van Dyke

  A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Jack Conway

  The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) John Cromwell

  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) Norman Taurog

  The Hurricane (1937) John Ford

  Stagecoach (1939) John Ford



The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

This has already been released as part of the Mabuse trilogy DVD box set, but as both Der Spieler and Das Testament have been released on blu-ray, I'd love to see a re-release of Die 1000 Eyes in Full HD.

Films from the '40s

 The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Ernst Lubitsch

 White Heat (1949) Raoul Walsh

 Thirty Seconds  Over Tokyo (1944) Mervyn LeRoy

 The Sea of Grass (1947) Elia Kazan

 The Sky's the Limit (1943) Edward H. Griffith

 North West Mounted Police (1940) Cecil B. DeMille

 Sergeant York (1941) Howard Hawks

 The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Sam Wood

 Reap the Wild Wind (1942) Cecil B. DeMille

 Virginia City (1940) Michael Curtiz

 The Sea Hawk (1940) Michael Curtiz

 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Michael Curtiz

 My Darling Clementine (1946) John Ford

 The Long Voyage Home (1940) John Ford

 They Were Expendable (1945) John Ford

 Three Godfathers (1949) John Ford

 I Was a Male War Bride (1949) Howard Hawks

 The Story of G. I. Joe (1945) William A. Wellman

 Objective Burma (1945) Raoul Walsh

 La Belle et la Bete (1946) Jean Cocteau

 High Sierrea (1941) Raoul Walsh

 They Drive by Night (1940) Raoul Walsh

 Action in the North Atlantic (1943) Lloyd Bacon

 Pursued (1947) Raoul Walsh

 This Gun for Hire (1942) Frank Tuttle

 The Blue Dahlia (1946) George Marshall

 Blue Skies (1946) Stuart Heisler

 Strike Up the Band (1940) Busby Berkeley

 Yellow Sky (1948) William A. Wellman

 The Road to Rio (1947) Norman Z. McLeod

 They Died With Their Boots On (1942) Raoul Walsh

 Unconquered (1947) Cecil B. DeMille



I'd pay anything for proper releases of films by Luchino Visconti, including a re-release in Dual Format of Bellissima (1951).

I'd be most keen on titles currently unavailable (or barely available) in the UK: Senso (1954), Le notti bianche (1957), Vaghe stelle dell'orsa (1965), Lo straniero (1967), La caduta degli dei (1969) and Ludwig (1972) - all absolute masterpieces of European cinema.

McCabe and Mrs Miller

Obviously Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs Miller should be included in the MoC series (after its release in the Criterion Collection). William Friedkin's Wages Of Fear, Otto Preminger's Daisy Kenyon, William Fraker's Monte Walsh, Robert Montgomery's Ride The Pink Horse, Powell and Pressburger's Gone To Earth, Carol Reed's The Key

Howard Hawks

I hope these films of Howard Hawks will be released on Blu-ray in The Master of Cinema series:

Scarface (1931)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Sergeant York (1941)

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

The Big Sky (1952)


William A. Wellman

Here are some films by William A. Wellman I hope to see on Blu-ray in The Master of Cinema series:

Beau Geste (1939)

The Story of G. I. Joe (1945)

Yellow Sky (1948)

Battleground (1949)

Westward the Women (1951)

Island in the Sky (1953)

Darby's Rangers (1957)

A Face in the Crowd

In the context of Trump's ascension in the US and the rise of populism in the UK, I think we'll *all* benefit from getting Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd released here.

Mary Pickford Films

To my knowledge not one Mary Pickford silent film has ever been released in the UK. Even in America some of her films are becoming hard to find (some of the out of print DVD's from Milestone are going for silly prices). I know that many people who have never seen one of her films just dismiss her and think often (incorrectly) that all she played was little girls, but Mary Pickford was so much more. You have only to watch classics like 'My Best Girl', Stella Maris, Sparrows, Tess of the Storm Country, Suds (the list goes on and on) to realise just what a versatile acctress she was. She was the first great movie star and is almost forgotten today mainly because of the unavailablilty of her films (at least in good prints). The Mary Pickford Foundation have mastered a number of her films in HD, could not the Masters of Cinema bring some these classics to Blu- Ray and let this forgotten genius be rediscovered

Terence Davies, Chantal Akerman

Would love to see some of Terence Davies' films given the MoC-treatment, especially Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes

Fritz Lang's You And Me, his curious American social drama

Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman. Golden Eighties and Nuit et jour. Jeanne Dielman was recently restored by the Belgian Film Archive and should be available on Blu-ray in Europe.


Future MoC additions

There must be thousands of films I wish to see join the MoC collection. Here are some:


'Greed' (1924)

'The Crowd' (1928)

'Dodsworth' (1936)

'The Naked Spur' (1953)

'Tokyo Olympiad' (1965)

'Sorcerer' (1977) - 40th anniversary is coming up next year

'After Hours' (1985)

'Hoop Dreams' (1994)


In fact any classic film that doesn't already have a UK Home Entertainment release...

A couple more suggestions

Youssef Chahine's 'Cairo Station' (1958)


Francesco Rosi' 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' (1979)

If I may also tempt madames

If I may also tempt madames and monsieurs with the suggestion of Robert Montgomery's 'Ride the Pink Horse' (1947) as a future MoC addition?

My list

Bela Tarr - Satantango

Edward Yang - Tapei Story

Hou Hsiao-Hsien - A City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, The Flowers of Shanghai, The Flight of the Red Balloon

Alfred Hitchcock - The Ring, Blackmail (silent version preferable, maybe include the inferior sound version in a deluxe package), The Birds (only if you can solve the overprocessed look of the US release), Marnie (fix the bad encode that plagues the US release)

Luchino Visconti - The Leopard (the Film Foundation restoration - still not available on an English language BD for no good reason)

Jacques Demy - Lola (without the horrible DNR on the current BD edition in the U.S.)

The Big Parade (solve the frame rate issue on the U.S. release)

Alain Resnais - Muriel (new 4k restoration but fix the bad color timing seen on the US release)

Gus Van Sant - My Own Private Idaho (4k scan, but fix the incorrect color timing on the US release)

Akira Kurosawa - Ran (4k scan, but again fix the incorrect color timing on the US release)

Orson Welles - The Trial (fix the bad DNR on the current release)

Michael Powell - Peeping Tom (Film Foundation restoration - still not available on a BD anywhere)

Max Ophüls - The Earrings of Madame de... (fix the DNR issues plaguing the US BD release)

Grown-Ups (Mike Leigh's BBC film)

René Clair - The Italian Straw Hat

Terence Davies - Distant Voices, Still Lives

Bill Forsyth - Housekeeping, Local Hero

Frank Borzage - Man's Castle

Elaine May - Mikey and Nicky

Luis Buñuel - Los Olvidados

Barbara Loden - Wanda (recent restoration)

made a typo - should be

made a typo - should be "Taipei Story" by Edward Yang.

A few suggestions

May I suggest these films:

Child's Play (dir Sidney Lumet - on Olive Films in the US)

One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando - on Criterion in the US)

Oh! Rosalinda (Powell and Pressburger - available nowhere!)

Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)

Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)

Thanks for reading this!


What about a re-batch

Hi. Since the film Metropolis is turning 90 this year, will it be possible to do a re-release (limited or not) of the "Special Collector's Edition" like you did back in 2015 ? Which included (in a steelbook box) both the completed film, the Moroder version & the documentary "Metropolis Refound" (as special elements  with the regular "complete" version) ? I think it'll be a nice way to mark this release anniversary (and also a nice way for new collectors to jump in this band wagon). Any new additions with this will be welcome, I'm sure.

So ? Will this be bossible to achieve ?

Thanks to answer

Der Tiger von Eschnapur

Although MoC released Der Tiger von Eschnapur & Der Tiger von Eschnapur on DVD a blu-ray version was hinted at. The two films have a marvelous colour palette that would benefit from a remastered blu-ray release.


We were expecting some announcements yesterday, what happened?


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