British distributors Eureka Entertainment have revealed the titles they are planning to release during the months of October and November. Amongst them are Howard Hawks' legendary film Red River (1948), Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), and a box set with eight films directed by Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi.
Red River will be unleashed into the Masters of Cinema Series on 28 October 2013. Hollywood legend Howard Hawks directs one of the most iconic of all Westerns, featuring the inimitable John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in his very first leading role. Released in Blu-ray and special Blu-ray SteelBook editions. UK Blu-ray premiere.
A ravishing 1080p release of eight late-career works by Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi. Released in a limited-edition Blu-ray box-set; worldwide Blu-ray premiere of four of the eight films. Featuring Oyū-sama [Miss Oyū] (1951), Ugetsu Monogatari [Tales of the Rain and Moon] (1953), Gion Bayashi [Gion Festival Music, aka A Geisha] (1953), Sanshō Dayū [Sanshō the Steward, aka Sanshō the Bailiff] (1954), Uwasa no Onna [The Woman in the Rumour] (1954), Chikamatsu Monogatari [A Tale From Chikamatsu, aka The Crucified Lovers] (1954), Yōkihi [Imperial Concubine Yang, aka Yang Kwei Fei] (1955) & Akasen Chitai [Red Light District, aka Street of Shame] (1956). Street date: October 21.
Immaculate 1080p release of the defining first feature of what would become a classic trilogy of Fritz Lang films featuring master criminal Dr. Mabuse. Released on 28 October in a Blu-ray edition; worldwide Blu-ray premiere.
World Cinema Foundation: Volume One will be released as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format edition on 25 November 2013. A three-film set produced in official partnership with Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation and featuring rediscovered gems from Turkey, Morocco, and Kazakhstan. Released in a three-film Blu-ray edition; worldwide Blu-ray premieres of all three films. Vol. 1 includes Dry Summer [Susuz Yaz] (Metin Erksan, 1964), Trances [Transes] (Ahmed El Maanouni, 1981) & Revenge [Mest] (Ermek Shinarbaev, 1989).
Following a UK theatrical run, F.W. Murnau's genre-defining vampire horror classic Nosferatu (1922) presented in a gorgeous new restoration from the world-renowned FWMS [Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung] in Germany will be released in DVD, Blu-ray, and special Blu-ray SteelBook editions – all from newly restored materials; UK Blu-ray première and simultaneous worldwide Blu-ray première.
As I already have the Sansho and Ugetsu discs, I hope that they'll eventually make separate releases for the two other twofers in the Mizoguchi collection.
Strange that there are no plans for a Dr Mabuse steelbook. There's some inconsistency at Eureka about their Lang titles. Metropolis and Das Testament got great steelbooks while Die Niebelungen only got a crystal standard release.
Otherwise... Va va voom! This is a killer announcement with a bunch of premieres and delights for film buffs.
great Eureka....4 titles by kenji Mizoguchi you have allready released with 4 in that new 8 disc set,you want us to buy the 8 disc set just to get the 4 that most likely will not be released seperatly?
Whoa, lot of heavy hitters there. I'll definitely be springing for the Murnau and Lang movies...can never have enough of old-skool expressionist cinema . I quite liked Red River when I saw it, great performance by John Wayne (Apparently had John Ford after seeing this film said, "Never knew the sonofabitch could act!"). The WCF sounds like an interesting gamble to take.
Pleasantly surprised that Kino will be releasing Nosferatu here in the States about the same time as MoC. I believe it's public domain here (as is anything released before 1923), but Kino's prior connections with FWMS (Metropolis) apparently got it a simultaneous release here anyway.
@Rockitrock: I understand Indonesia is Region A, so you can get the Kino version of Nosferatu if it doesn't show up near you. Depending on your local connections you might even be able to get a BD player from Australia or Papua New Guinea (both Region B) which should play anything Eureka/MoC makes.
This is a solid lineup from Eureka. I'm especially interested in Red River.
Nosferatu and the three films in the World Cinema Foundation set are also of particular interest. It's great to see films from areas that don't often have their films showcased in the west make it to a prestigious western label like the Masters of Cinema series.
I'm also interested in the Mabuse film as well as the Mizoguchi films (even though I own standalone copies of a few of the films in that box).
Gee I'm so glad I already bought the 4 Mizoguchi movies a few months ago. WTF Eureka? Nice job excluding me from buying that 8 film set! Go ahead and punish your most loyal customers - see how that works out for you.