Titan Comics announce new imprint – Statix Press

From Michael Moorcock’s Elric, and Enki Bilal’s The Nikopol Trilogy, to Snowpiercer and The Death of Stalin, which inspired major movies, Titan Comics has led the way in high quality, innovative translated editions aimed at a Us audience. Now Titan Comics have announced a brand-new international imprint: Statix Press – a new line which will showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe.

With the new Statix Press line, Titan will continue their rich history of publishing English language versions of classic material such as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’ Showman Killer, while introducing audiences to fresh new creators and titles from the best international creators. The first titles kicking-off the new Statix Press line are: Doctor Radar, The Beautiful Death, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens, and Under: Scourge of the Sewer.

From the press release:

Hitting stores November 22, 2017, Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s,
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Beauty on the Diagonal: Hélène Surgère, Emmanuel Lemoine and "Les belles manières"

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Les belles manièresJean-Claude Guiguet’s Les belles manières (1978) is a beautiful film, but, more to the point, it is one that has taken beauty as its subject. Not content with merely exemplifying, or with setting itself the all-too-easy task of finding beauty in the world, it is a film about feeling beauty, about the effects and significance of an adored object, the whys and hows of it. The setting for this investigation is neither here nor there: a grande-bourgeois apartment enveloped in curtains, dark wood, and the comforting presence of family heirlooms, the precious as well as the worthless. It is a space resignedly past decadence, one which has dried out, but that has preserved some of the aroma of its past. A woman and her son live there. The son, overcome with apathy, has become an anchorite; in hopes of luring him out, and to lend an occasional hand with the housework,
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne | Blu-ray Review

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary horror classic Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886, just a decade before the birth of cinema and only two decades prior to its first screen adaptation (William N. Selig’s now lost Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Since then a lengthy list of cinematic interpretations have come to fruition, from the 1931 film directed by Rouben Mamoulian which earned Fredric March an Oscar for his performance in the starring role, to the 1941 remake that boasted of names like Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner, through a TV movie featuring Mickey Rooney in his very last screen performance. Despite the lengthy list, there is certainly no adaptation quite like Walerian Borowczyk’s hyper sexualized The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne.

By 1981, the year of the film’s release, Borowczyk had (somewhat unwillingly) been pegged as an art house
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Arrow Video Expanding to Us, Announces Mark of the Devil & Blind Woman’s Curse Blu-ray / DVDs

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UK residents have been enjoying Arrow Video Blu-ray releases of cult films like Maniac Cop and The Funhouse for years, and soon horror hounds living stateside can enjoy the diligent distributor’s offerings now that Arrow Video is expanding to the Us. To commemorate their growth, Arrow Video has announced upcoming North American Blu-ray releases of Mark of the Devil, Blind Woman’s Curse, and more.

Making their Blu-ray debuts in the Us, 1970’s Mark of the Devil will come out on March 17th and 1971’s Blind Woman’s Curse (aka Black Cat’s Revenge on March 24th. Arrow Video will also release the Blu-ray of Blood and Black Lace on April 14th and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne to Blu-ray on April 21st. All four releases will include a DVD copy, as well. We have the official press release with full details, as well as
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Daily Briefing. Sampling Trailers for Films @ Sfiff + Tribeca

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The San Francisco International Film Festival unveiled the lineup and program for its 55th edition yesterday, 174 films in all, from 45 countries. Sfiff's not a festival that places much emphasis on premieres, but one that it is touting is The Fourth Dimension, a collection of three shorts by Harmony Korine, Alexsei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) and Jan Kwiecinski, screening April 20 and four days later at the Tribeca Film Festival (Sfiff runs from April 19 through May 3, Tribeca from April 18 through 29).

The Hollywood Reporter debuted the trailer on Monday; and, for Sfiff, Cheryl Eddy fills us in: "Created under a 'manifesto' whose directives would make Lars von Trier shudder, this three-part film might look on paper like an exercise in forced hipness…. Working under orders tall, whimsical (according to the manifesto, a stuffed animal must make an appearance no matter what) and surreal, Korine's Lotus Community Workshop drops Val Kilmer in an alternate-universe existence
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Criterion New Release Tuesday – April 20, 2010 – Summer Hours and Vivre Sa Vie [Criterion Collection New Releases]

A truly grand Tuesday is upon us, with Criterion releasing a classic film from Jean-Luc Godard, as well as a modern film (a classic in the making?) from Olivier Assayas. Both films are being released on DVD and Blu-ray, showing the world that the transition to high-definition doesn’t have to leave behind those of us who either can’t afford the transition, or simply don’t feel confident enough in it’s future. We discussed these April releases back in January, when they were announced. You can hear our discussion of them, along with some brief tangents on the cover art, and Criterion Posters in general, here.

Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie is a film that we have brought up on the podcast from our earliest beginnings, as it has been a rumored release for some time. It is one Travis was especially excited for, either because of
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