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Political intrigue, betrayal, peril and forbidden romance play out in this lavish, critically acclaimed, epic drama set in the royal palace of Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty.
DVD Review FEAR AND DESIRE (BLU-RAY)
The legendary Stanley Kubrick's first feature film finally makes its way to Blu-ray, after being virtually unseen since it first showed up in theaters back in 1953. The fact that Kino has thrown in a documentary short by Kubrick as well, makes this realease one of the easier purchasing decisions of the year.
Sal Landau filmed Castro using a 16mm camera in a variety of settings, from military camps to a pickup baseball game to Castro's speech on the 15th anniversary of his attack on Fort Moncada which marked the beginning of the Revolution. Landau captured an unparalleled time into the relationship of the Cuban people with their popular leader, at a time when the country was being transformed internally while internationally vilified.
During the final days of Slobodan Milosevic's Serbian rule, a young film student named Marko becomes desperate to make a feature film. Finally getting a job as an adult film director, he quickly runs afoul of the mob and needs to get out of town fast! Assembling a traveling group of misfits, Marko and his new friends drive though the quiet countryside in a beat-up van performing live sex acts for peasants and farmers. But life is hard on the road, and they find it hard to earn enough money to survive.
DVD Review THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY
A challenging travelogue walks in the footsteps of Russia's biggest troublemaker.
From legendary Japanese director Shinsuke Ogawa (A Summer in Narita, Peasants of the Second Fortress, The Building of the Iwayama Tower) and his disciple, feminist filmmaker Peng Xiolian (Shanghai Story, A Woman of Substance). Red Persimmons is a visually elegant paean to the cultivation and harvesting of the sweet red fruit in the tiny Japanese village of Kaminoyama. The film's larger subject, however, is the disappearance of Japan's traditional culture, the end of a centuries-old way of life. Begun by Ogawa in the late 1980s.
With special features, including "The World According to Bruegel", an in-depth documentary exploring the making of the film; an interview with director Lech Majewski; trailers and a stills gallery. A fascinating reflection upon the world (and creative process) of acclaimed Flemish renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel.
Legendary martial arts star Jackie Chan is the writer, producer and star of the comic martial arts extravaganza Little Big Soldier, debuting on Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 23 from Well Go USA. Chan co-stars with Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution) as a peasant soldier in ancient China who kidnaps a young enemy, then escorts him home in hopes of collecting a reward. The extensive bonus features include two featurettes and a Jackie Chan music video.
DVD Review KAGEMUSHA (BLU-RAY)
Yet another of the master's amazing films sees the light of day on Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. Keep 'em coming, Criterion!
DVD Review TEMPEST
The fall of the Tsars has proven to be fertile ground for filmic drama, but one of the earlier of these efforts was John Barrymore's Tempest, produced only a decade after the events depicted. With a story written by a Russian, and a screenplay co-written by an uncredited Erich von Stroheim, it certainly promises to be interesting.
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