Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Blu-ray – Region B

Explosive Media

1992/ 2:35:1 / 113 Min. / Street Date December 1, 2016

Starring Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn

Cinematography by Stephen Burum

Written by David Rabe

Music by Ennio Morricone

Edited by Bill Pankow

Produced by Fred C. Caruso, Art Linson

Directed by Brian De Palma

In 1969 The New Yorker published a detailed exposé by Daniel Lang concerning four soldiers deployed in the Phu My district of Vietnam who abducted a young woman and raped her repeatedly over the course of the next 24 hours. The following day, fearing discovery by incoming American helicopters, the sergeant in command of the squad ordered her killed.

There was a fifth soldier traveling with that crew, Max Erickson, the only man in Lang’s reporting with anything resembling a moral compass, who observed the actions of his sidekicks with a mix of helplessness and horror. His accusations lead to courts martial
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8 Million Ways to Die

Tonight on ‘movies we really want to like’ we have Hal Ashby’s final feature, an L.A.- based crime saga with a great cast and spirited direction and . . . and not much else. It isn’t the train wreck described in Kino’s candid actor interviews, but we can see only too well why it wasn’t a big winner when new. Any day that a Jeff Bridges picture doesn’t shine, is a dark day in my book.

8 Million Ways to Die


Kl Studio Classics

1986 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Andy Garcia, Alexandra Paul, Randy Brooks.

Cinematography: Stephen H. Burum

Film Editor: Robert Lawrence, Stuart H. Pappé

Original Music: James Newton Howard

Written by Oliver Stone, David Lee Henry (R. Lance Hill) from the book by Lawrence Block

Produced by Steve Roth

Directed by Hal Ashby

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Kees van Oostrum Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers

The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization.

The Amsterdam native was elected a year ago to a one-year term, succeeding Richard Crudo. The organization, now in its 98th year, has 370-plus active members and 200 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. Membership is by invitation only.

The Asc board also elected officers for the 2017-2018 term, including Bill Bennett, John Simmons, and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

“As an organization, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity, and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class program internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine.”

He also noted that the Asc is preparing for
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Kees van Oostrum re-elected Asc president

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Cinematographers guild board also votes in officers for 2017-18 term.

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has re-elected Kees van Oostrum for a second term as president.

The Asc board met on Monday night and also voted in the officers for the 2017-18 term.

They are: Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice-presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

“As an organisation, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class programme internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine. We are preparing for a third International Cinematography Summit, which sees attendees from several other societies around the world.

“And our Vision Committee has many initiatives planned after presenting two very successful ‘Day of Inspiration’ events in Los Angeles and New York, which were designed
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Rumble Fish / Edgar Wallace Collection

Rumble Fish



1940 / B&W / 1:85 / Street Date April 25, 2017

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane.

Cinematography: Stephen Burum

Film Editor: Barry Malkin

Written by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s Young Adult tone poem, unspools in a black and white never-never land of sullen teens, pool tables and pompadours. It may take a moment for the audience to suss out that we’re not in the Eisenhower era with Chuck Berry, Marilyn Monroe and the Cold War but squarely in Reagan’s domain of MTV, Madonna and the Cold War.

Set in a destitute Oklahoma town with the ghost of The Last Picture Show whistling through its empty streets, Matt Dillon plays Rusty, an inveterate gang-banger growing up in the shadow of his older brother played by Mickey Rourke, a reformed juvenile
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Kaili Blues,’ ‘La La Land,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)

Josef von Sternberg called Anatahan his best film. Borne from more than a decade’s worth of frustration with the studio system, it was, as the last picture he completed, his stamp on his time as a director. Even then, when released in 1953, it was only released in a butchered format, and, as it often goes in such cases, was subsequently abandoned by popular consciousness. But a few times each year, cinephiles (at least
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‘Snake Eyes’: Brian De Palma’s Funhouse of Facades and Fabrications

In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before
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Review: Brian De Palma's "Body Double" (1984); Blu-ray Special Edition From Twilight Time

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“Voyeurs And Victims”

By Raymond Benson

Just when everyone thought director Brian De Palma’s work couldn’t get more controversial than 1983’s Scarface, out came 1984’s Body Double, which was simultaneously praised and reviled. Just as they had with 1980’s Dressed to Kill, feminist groups protested Double with even more vitriol due to the picture’s perceived violence against women. Many critics and audiences dismissed the movie as merely a small step above porn, given the fact that much of the plot does deal with Hollywood’s “other industry” that was soaring to new heights in the mid-80s thanks to the rise of home video and VHS. And yet, Body Double is now a certified cult classic, a De Palma fan favorite, and, frankly, in this reviewer’s opinion, one of his most accomplished and stylish efforts.

Still working in full Hitchcock Homage Mode, De Palma borrowed some of the plot of Vertigo,
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De Palma’s ‘Snake Eyes’ is more than meets the eye

Snake Eyes

Written by David Koepp

Directed by Brian De Palma

USA/Canada, 1998

Snake Eyes is not one of Brian De Palma’s bad films – and yes, he has a few; the man has been making films since the 1960s, of course he’s had some misfires. It pains to read complaints about how ill-conceived Snake Eyes is, though. One can take little issue with someone claiming to dislike the film based on personal preference or a disdain for the subject matter, but it is unfair to base claims around how ineptly artificial and forced the whole thing is, as if punishing the film for failing to attain to some sort of authenticity. It’s a b-movie directed by Brian De Palma, starring a wildly over-the-top Nicolas Cage, and featuring not one, but two mind-blowing sequences. At what point does it need to be realistic and sincere? It’s a
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Shout! Factory Unveils 20th Anniversary Edition of The Shadow

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The Shadow, the template for most of comic books’ mystery men, captured America’s imagination in radio and pulp magazines for decades. His paperback revival in the 1960s and 1970s (the latter with spectacular covers from Steranko) led to his brilliant portrayal by Denny O’Neil and Michael William Kaluta in the short-lived DC Comics adaptation. Currently, he’s cutting down the weed of crime for Dynamite Entertainment but this overlooked gem of a film is worth a look. Here are the official details:

Who knows what evil lurks in the shadow of men? The Shadow knows! Adapted from the long-running classic radio program and Walter B. Gibson’s popular pulp fiction, legendary crime-fighting superhero The Shadow comes to life in the 1994 film adaptation The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) from visionary filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander). Brimming with non-stop action and suspense, this wildly entertaining cinematic adventure
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The Shout! Factory Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men

Fans of old time radio will remember The Shadow fondly! People who saw the 1994 film starring Alec Baldwin as Lamont Cranston, everyone's favorite crime fighter with supernatural powers... eh... not so much. Has time been kind to this feature film? Only The Shadow knows!

From the Press Release

Who knows what evil lurks in the shadow of men? The Shadow knows! Adapted from the long-running classic radio program and Walter B. Gibson’s popular pulp fiction, legendary crime-fighting superhero The Shadow comes to life in the 1994 film adaptation The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") from visionary filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander). Brimming with non-stop action and suspense, this wildly entertaining cinematic adventure also stars John Lone (The Last Emperor), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Peter Boyle ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Ian McKellen (X-Men), Jonathan Winters (The Smurfs), and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

On February 25, 2014, Shout!
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Asc offers Master Class for Aspiring DPs

Aspiring cinematographers with some knowledge and experience with the medium have just been given another opportunity to advance their skills by learning from the brahmins of the biz. The American Society of Cinematographers will host an inaugural series of Master Classes, taught by such pros as Stephen Burum, the program advisor, and Caleb Deschanel, both recipients of Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Taking place Oct. 21-25 at the Asc Clubhouse in Hollywood, classes will be limited to 20 students. This is the first in a series of planned quarterly, week-long seminars. Subjects will include lighting, integrating photography with visual effects and workflow practices.

The organization’s site warns that these are not introductory-level courses. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and the tuition is $2,800.

According to Asc president Richard Crudo, classes “will be augmented by field trips to nearby state-of-the-art facilities. No one else can give such access to
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A Property of Movies: A Conversation with Brian De Palma

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Brian De Palma's new film Passion was one of our favorites at the Toronto International Film Festival. I raved and rambled on about the film in one of our correspondences (though, as you'll see, I was wrong about one key facet of the film's production):

A remake of the solid Alain Corneau corporate thriller Love Crime, De Palma plunges without hesitation into the iconography, audience expectations, and conventions of noirs, sex thrillers, corporate intrigue, post-Hitchcock films and Brian De Palma movies themselves, retaining the shell appearance of all of these things but hollowing them from the inside out. The result is something out of late Resnais—a study of a study. And that study, of course, is of the cinema image. Remember how Rebecca Romijn watches Stanwyck in Double Indemnity at the beginning of Femme Fatale, as if taking notes? The characters in Passion have taken notes from
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Blu-ray Review: 'Rumble Fish' (Masters of Cinema rerelease)

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★★★☆☆ Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1983's Rumble Fish is the latest cult favourite to be given the Blu-ray treatment, courtesy of Masters of Cinema. It's easy to see why Coppola's teen odyssey has been given precedence, with its artful monochrome cinematography (courtesy of Stephen H. Burum) and menagerie of American talent, including the likes of Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Nicholas Cage and Diane Lane. Yet it's also a difficult film to truly grasp, with S. E. Hinton's authorial voice as resonant as that of its auteur director.

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How we made ... Francis Ford Coppola and Stewart Copeland on Rumble Fish

The director explains why his film about gangs and brothers needed fast clouds and fake sweat

Francis Ford Coppola (director)

I shot Rumble Fish back-to-back with The Outsiders, in the same location. Both were set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and based on novels by Se Hinton – who has a small part in Rumble Fish as a hooker who approaches Rusty James, the hero, while he's out walking with his brother. Hinton's book appealed to me because of the focus on brotherly relationships. August, my older brother, was a major influence on me, and I was intrigued by the adoration Rusty (Matt Dillon) has for his own older brother, the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke).

There were some great performances, especially from Matt, Mickey and Dennis Hopper. I prepped Mickey by giving him a copy of Albert Camus's The Outsider. He had a reputation for volatility, but he's actually very sweet, so odd and interesting,
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15 Great Films About Failing Relationships

After doing the rounds on VoD for a few weeks, where many of you will have seen it, Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" starts to roll out in theaters from tomorrow, and we can't recommend it enough; it's a messy, sometimes frustrating film, but a deeply felt, beautifully made and wonderfully acted one, and we named it last week as one of the best of the year so far. It is not, however, recommended as a date movie, fitting into a long cinematic tradition of painful examinations of broken, decaying, collapsing or dead relationships.

After all, it's one of the more universal human experiences; unless you get very lucky, everyone who falls in love will at some point have the wrenching experience of falling out of it, or being fallen out of love with. And when done best in film, it can be bruising and borderline torturous for a filmmaker and an audience,
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Films by Peter Tscherkassky

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"Tscherkassky sculpts with time and space, rhythms and arrhythmia in a way that feels like an entirely new film space, a new language altogether," wrote Rhys Graham in Senses of Cinema back in 2001 and the declaration stands ten years on, well into our current era of digital filmmaking. With Films by Peter Tscherkassky, we're proud to team up with Index to present a selection of early and later work by one of the most important figures in the Austrian avant-garde (see, for example, Alexander Horwath's essay from SoC 28), both as a practitioner and theorist. Even as he was writing his doctoral thesis in the mid-80s ("Film as Art. Towards a Critical Aesthetics of Cinematography"), Tscherkassky created Miniatures (1983), Motion Picture (1984) and Manufraktur (1985) and would eventually co-found the distribution collective Sixpack Film, lecture and program for a variety of festivals. That's just scratching the surface; be sure to explore his site.
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Cinematographer Burum earns ASC award

Stephen H. Burum will receive the American Society of Cinematographers 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented at the 22nd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland on Jan. 26.

Burum earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award and an Oscar nomination for Hoffa in 1993. He collected additional ASC Award nominations for The Untouchables in 1988 and The War of the Roses in 1990.

Earlier in his career, he earned a share of a technical craft Emmy for Cosmos, a PBS TV special that explored outer space.

Burum's credits include The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; and Casualties of War, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes and Mission to Mars, among his eight projects with helmer Brian De Palma.

Said ASC president Daryn Okada: "Stephen Burum was in the front ranks of a new generation of talented cinematographers who entered the industry during the 1970s. His innovative cinematography has made a deep impression on a constantly evolving art form."

George Spiro Dibie will receive the 2008 ASC Career Achievement in Television Award.

Burum takes up residence in UCLA shop

DP Stephen Burum has been named the Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The annual residency program was inaugurated by professor William McDonald in 2000 and is sponsored by Kodak. Burum's residency program will begin with a screening of a 70mm print of Casualties of War on April 16 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in Westwood. Burum, an alumnus of the UCLA undergraduate and graduate Theater Arts programs, also will conduct eight lighting workshops for students.

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