Indicator / Powerhouse Films - Blu-ray Release Thread

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  1. maybrick

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    3 months and 1 day. THAT is how long it took to reach my house from when they shipped it out. The box was crushed on one side and the case of my Wolf blu ray is cracked along the top edge, but at least I have it now. I just wish it was easy to buy replacement cases but it always seems that the ones that break are uniquely made.
     
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    THE FU MANCHU CYCLE, 1965-1969

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    https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/products/the-fu-manchu-cycle-1965-1969-le

    *Includes an exclusive poster only available with direct orders from this website (poster features the famous FU MANCHU FOR MAYOR design, originally printed to coincide with the 1965 mayoral elections in New York, see image on this page).

    THE FACE OF FU MANCHU (Don Sharp, 1965)
    THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU (Don Sharp, 1966)
    THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU (Jeremy Summers, 1967)
    THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU (Jesús Franco, 1968)
    THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU (Jesús Franco, 1969)

    Release date: 19 October 2020
    Limited Blu-ray Edition (2 x UK & 3 x World Blu-ray premieres)

    In 1965, maverick British producer and writer Harry Alan Towers (The Bloody Judge) scored a hit with The Face of Fu Manchu, a thrilling revival of Sax Rohmer’s super-villain imperiously portrayed by Christopher Lee (The Terror of the Tongs). Over the next four years, Lee and Towers would collaborate with directors Don Sharp (Psychomania), Jeremy Summers and Jesús Franco (Venus in Furs) on four ever more delirious tales of attempted world domination (The Brides of Fu Manchu, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu, The Blood of Fu Manchu, The Castle of Fu Manchu), each pitting the criminal mastermind against his arch-nemesis Nayland Smith, as played variously by Nigel Green (Play Dirty), Douglas Wilmer (Sherlock Holmes) and Richard Greene (The Adventures of Robin Hood).

    Now, all five classic Fu Manchu films are presented on Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored from original negatives and containing a wealth of new and archival extras, including critical appreciations, cast and crew interviews and audio commentaries. This stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units, and is presented with an exclusive, fully illustrated 120-page book, featuring new writing by Tim Lucas.

     
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    COLUMBIA NOIR #1 - Limited Edition Boxset

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    ESCAPE IN THE FOG (Budd Boetticher, 1945)
    THE UNDERCOVER MAN (Joseph H Lewis, 1949)
    DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (Richard Quine, 1954)
    5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (Phil Karlson, 1955)
    THE GARMENT JUNGLE (Vincent Sherman and Robert Aldrich, 1957)
    THE LINEUP (Don Siegel, 1958)

    Release date: 16 November 2020
    Limited Blu-ray Edition (4 x UK & 2 x World Blu-ray premieres)

    £49.99

    Six tough, no-nonsense noirs from six of the genre’s toughest, no-nonsense directors: Budd Boetticher’s Escape in the Fog, in which a nurse and a war veteran take on Nazi spies in San Francisco; Joseph H Lewis’ The Undercover Man, inspired by the real-life case against Al Capone; Richard Quine’s Drive a Crooked Road, which finds Mickey Rooney moving away from comedies and musicals to a tougher persona; Phil Karlson’s 5 Against the House, starring Kim Novak as a nightclub singer embroiled in a casino heist; Vincent Sherman’s The Garment Jungle, from which Kiss Me Deadly director Robert Aldrich was famously fired; and Don Siegel’s police procedural The Lineup, based on the radio and television series, and as brutal a film as he ever made.

    All six films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Undercover Man and Drive a Crooked Road making their world Blu-ray premieres. This stunning collection also boasts a 120-page book, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

    INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • 2K restorations of Escape in the Fog, The Undercover Man and The Garment Jungle
    • High Definition presentations of Drive a Crooked Road, 5 Against the House and The Lineup
    • Original mono soundtracks
    • Audio commentary with film historian Pamela Hutchinson on Escape in the Fog (2020)
    • Audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns on The Undercover Man (2020)
    • Audio commentary with critic Nick Pinkerton on Drive a Crooked Road (2020)
    • Audio commentary with critic David Jenkins on 5 Against the House (2020)
    • Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons on The Garment Jungle (2020)
    • Audio commentary with author James Ellroy and the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller on The Lineup (2009)
    • Audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author and screenwriter C Courtney Joyner on The Lineup (2020)
    • Introduction to Drive a Crooked Road by Martin Scorsese (2014)
    • It’s a Jungle Out There (2007): archival interview with actor Robert Loggia conducted after a screening of The Garment Jungle
    • Appreciation of The Garment Jungle by Tony Rayns (2020)
    • The Influence of Noir (2009): appreciation of The Lineup by filmmaker Christopher Nolan
    • Two episodes of The Lineup radio series: The Candy Store Murder (1950), written by Blake Edwards and Richard Quine; and The Case of Frankie and Joyce (1951)
    • Screen Snapshots: Mickey Rooney, Then and Now (1953): Columbia Pictures promotional short featuring the famed performer looking back at his series of Mickey Maguire comedies
    • Man on a Bus (1955): short film directed by Joseph H Lewis for the United Jewish Appeal, featuring a star-studded cast, including Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Lassie, and Ruth Roman, and presented in High Definition
    • Original theatrical trailers for Drive a Crooked Road, 5 Against the House, The Garment Jungle and The Lineup
    • The Lineup trailer commentary: short critical appreciation by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson
    • Image galleries: promotional and publicity materials
    • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Iris Veysey, Paul Duane, Jill Blake, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Nathalie Morris, and Sergio Angelini; archival interview extracts with Budd Boetticher, Joseph H Lewis, Phil Karlson, and Robert Aldrich; extracts from the autobiographies of Don Siegel and Vincent Sherman; and film credits
    • World and UK premieres on Blu-ray
    • Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units
    • MORE EXTRAS TO BE ANNOUNCED
    • All extras subject to change
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    BBFC cert: 12
    REGION B
    EAN: 5060697921205
     
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    With the new Columbia boxset bundle discount the Fu Manchu bundle discount may be ending presently as their bundle page states, "Offer runs until the next new-release announcement." Making Fu Manchu a release announcement behind.

    So I cracked and ordered Fu Manchu. I'll read anything by Tim Lucas and love the Fu Manchu For Mayor poster so I had to get it. If it's still around for a sale I'll just buy another one. :D
     
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    The beast must die is a must buy!
     
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    ROADGAMES - Limited Edition Blu-ray

    https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/products/roadgames-le


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    (Richard Franklin, 1981)
    Release date: 14 December 2020
    Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere)


    Stacy Keach (Fat City) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) star in Richard Franklin’s 1981 Australian slasher classic, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Keach plays Quid, an American trucker who, with the help of Curtis’s hitchhiker, tracks down a serial killer active on the long, empty roads of southern Australia. This deluxe, extras-laden edition boasts an all-new 2020 restoration from a 4K scan of the duplicate negative, produced exclusively for this release.


    INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    • New 2020 restoration from a 4K scan of the duplicate negative, produced exclusively for this release
    • Original mono audio
    • Audio commentary with director Richard Franklin (2003)
    • Audio commentary with cinematographer Vincent Monton, costume designer Aphrodite Kondos, production secretary Helen Watts, and film historian Mark Hartley (2019)
    • Audio commentary with writers and programmers Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe (2020)
    • Kangaroo Hitchcock (2003): archival documentary on the making of Roadgames featuring interviews with Franklin and actor Stacy Keach
    • Australian Long Haul (2019): actor Stacy Keach discusses the role of Pat Quid and working in Australia
    • Audio interview with Stacy Keach (2016): further thoughts on the film by the actor
    • Audio interview with Richard Franklin (2001): the director recalls his early career as a filmmaker and the production of Roadgames
    • Archival Interview with Richard Franklin (1981): documentary profile of the director
    • Audio interview with Grant Page (2016): an in-depth discussion with the actor and stunt co-ordinator
    • ‘Not Quite Hollywood’ Interview Excerpts (2008): over an hour of outtakes from Hartley’s acclaimed documentary on Australian cinema, featuring Franklin, Page, actors Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, screenwriter Everett De Roche, and assistant director Tom Burstall
    • Roadgames: A Lecture (1980): archival recording of Franklin, co-producer Barbi Taylor and composer Brian May discussing the making of the film
    • Neil Sinyard on ‘Roadgames’ (2020): newly filmed appreciation by the British film historian
    • …And His Ghost May Be Heard (1973): rare short film by Franklin, marking his first collaboration with Roadgames cinematographer Monton
    • Script Read (1980): audio recording of a pre-production read-through, featuring Franklin and actors Keach and Marion Edward
    • Music demos: excerpts from the Brian May score in demo form
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
    • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Lee Gambin, extensive archival interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, Franklin’s 1980 Alfred Hitchcock obituary, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Mark Hartley on …And His Ghost May Be Heard, and film credits
    • Limited edition exclusive double-sided poster
    • UK premiere on Blu-ray
    • Limited edition of 3,000 copies
    #PHILTD198
    BBFC cert: 15
    REGION B
    EAN: 5060697920635
     
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    Interesting. What is meant by a 'duplicate negative'? I own the Australian release and I've not watched it yet so the chances of me updating are pretty slim but I'm curious about this. I believe the Australian release (and shout) were taking from a theatrical print..
     
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    It's 1 or 2 generations away from the OCN, depending on how it was created, but should be closer to the OCN than a theatrical print.

    https://www.nfsa.gov.au/preservation/preservation-glossary/duplicate-negative
     
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    I didn't want to blind buy Road Games, so I watched a blu-ray rip.
    After about 45 minutes, I fell asleep.
    How is this a slasher movie, as mentioned on the Powerhouse cover?
    It just felt like a road movie, with some slapstick carchase moments, like the one with the boat.
    Feel like it doesn't really know if it wants to be a comedy or a thriller.

    Does it improve and actually turn into a proper slasher?
    I found out it's PG rated, so I wasn't really surprised that the opening murder was off screen.
     
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    Was going to skip triple dipping on Road Games, but then I was looking for something on Diabolik to add to my cart with Tremors and saw this for only $25 so....

    At least it appears I can sell my Scream Factory version with slip for about that price.
     
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    Heh, I just recently sold off my Australian Blu-ray for a little more than I paid for it originally, so selling off my Shout with the Slipcover should at least pretty much pay for the Indicator release.

    Annoying that better versions keep getting released, but at least it's not really hurting my pocketbook. :cool:
     
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    I never grabbed the Shout edition of Road Games because it had the same master as the Australian release. Looks like I made the right choice. For some films I think it's worth holding out for a better release - people who search for elements are always on deadlines and aren't really as thorough as they could be. Many Australian films have received very good to excellent Blu-ray releases because they always seem to come from good elements - no reason to think this film wouldn't be any different. And that packaging! Who wouldn't salivate at having that in their collections? :)
     
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