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'All That Jazz', 'Blended', 'The Double', 'Vengeance is Mine' and More on DVD & Blu-ray Today

26 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

All That Jazz (Criterion Collection) I've only seen Bob Fosse's All That Jazz once and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a lot for its excellent photography, but I'm not sure I feel any need to purchase it. I didn't even ask for a review copy, but I will say were it to come on television I'm pretty sure it would be an easy movie to sink back into. One thing I will add, however, is Roy Scheider crushes this performance; a stand out, dripping with intensity performance that's certainly worth seeing. This new Criterion release comes loaded to the gills, here are the features: New 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Vengeance is Mine’ exposes a real-life monster

16 June 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This must be how people escape the pull of the earth, the gravitational leaf-flutter that brings us hourly closer to dying.  Simply stop obeying.  Steal instead of buy, shoot instead of talk.

Don Delillo, White Noise

Sometimes while looking through my old notebooks and blogs, I wonder what kind of picture the media would paint of me if I ever committed an overly violent act. I’ve spent many years gushing over horror films, playing violent video games, indulging in various mind-altering substances, and writing about the ways in which I’m frustrated by society.  So in other words, I’d be up shit creek – destined to go down as one of society’s crazies. Never mind that I am cognitively sound and have never displayed any tendencies of antisocial behaviour; yet I’d be made into a monster simply for the benefit of keeping up appearances. I mean, ‘normal »

- Griffin Bell

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Blu-ray Release: Vengeance Is Mine

23 May 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Serial killer Ken Ogata gets down to business in Vengeance Is Mine.

Director Shohei Imamura’s (The Pornographers) 1979 crime thriller Vengeance Is Mine is one of the greatest Japanese imports of the Seventies.

The film revolves around Iwao Enokizu (Mishima’s Ken Ogata), a thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer who is on the run from the police.

Shohei turns the fact-based story about a seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern.

Critically lauded around the world, Vengeance is more than just a true-crime tale—it’s a work that bares humanity’s snarling id.

Criterion’s Blu-ray edition of the movie includes the following features:

• Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

• Audio commentary from 2005 featuring »

- Laurence

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The Demon the film that breaks the last cinematic taboo

18 April 2014 6:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Yoshitaro Nomura's realist 1978 child-abuse drama is as shocking as ever, and makes us rethink the limits of what can be shown on screen

The little boy is lying back in a woman's arms. "Eat, you brat!" His screams are stifled because she is palming clods of rice into his mouth. "I said eat!" There's rice smeared about his face, in his eyelashes, his hair. She glares at her husband, who is standing impotently back. "You spoil him. I'm teaching him a lesson."

That's the first of several highly distressing scenes from Yoshitaro Nomura's 1978 melodrama The Demon, which stars Ken Ogata as a pathetic, philandering printer whose wife is outraged when his mistress dumps three illegitimate children on them. The wife initially vents her anger, then bullies him into abandoning his offspring, and worse. Scenes like the above are an utter shock to the modern cultural palate. With extreme violence ubiquitous, »

- Phil Hoad

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