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The Human Condition

15 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Want a nine-hour dose of the truth of existence so harrowing that it will make you feel grateful no matter how humble your situation? Masaki Kobayshi's epic of the real cost of war boggles the mind with its creeping revelations of cosmic bleakness. Yet all the way through you know you're experiencing a truth far beyond slogans and sentiments. The Human Condition Region B Blu-ray Arrow Academy (UK) 1959-61 / B&W / 2:35 anamorphic widescreen / 574 min. / Ningen no jôken / Street Date September 19, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £ 39.99 Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada, So Yamamura, Kunie Tanaka, Kei Sato, Chishu Ryu, Taketoshi Naito. Cinematography Yoshio Miyajima Art Direction Kazue Hirataka <Film Editor Keiichi Uraoka Original Music Chuji Kinoshita Written by Zenzo Matsuyama, Masaki Kobayashi from the novel by Jumpei Gomikawa Produced by Shigeru Wakatsuki Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 7 – August 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

18 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, and Scott Nye to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for August 2016.

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Episode Links Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words on iTunes Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words: A Full Picture of a Life – From the Current Ingrid Bergman, Filmmaker – From the Current A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey (1961) A Taste of Honey on iTunes A Taste of Honey: Northern Accents – From the Current Morrissey’s Taste for Shelagh Delaney – From the Current 10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey – From the Current Woman in the Dunes Woman in the Dunes (1964) Woman in the Dunes on iTunes Watch Woman in the Dunes | Hulu Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and »

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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Woman In The Dunes

1 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Criterion Collection have just released 1964's Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna), which was --- and is --- heralded as one of the art house films of the 1960s. As a result, Teshigahara earn an Academy Award nomination for best director. A ton has been written on this film by film scholars far more knowledgable than I, so I'll stick to the basics here.   Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Woman in the Dunes stars Eiji Okada as a teacher and amateur entomologist from Tokyo who gets trapped at the bottom of sand dune. He's on the hunt to find and classify a rare beetle, but the last bus out leaves him stranded.The man finds a place to stay for the night, but unbeknown to...

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Off The Shelf – Episode 101 – New Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

24 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 23rd, 2016.

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Episode Notes & Links News The Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Upcoming Indicator Blu-ray Releases Indicator Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray Kino Lorber: Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise Prepped for Blu-ray Metropolis (2001) Blu-ray Death in the Garden Blu-ray Upcoming 88 Films Blu-ray Releases The DePatie-Freleng Blu-ray Collection Sony Announces First Waves of Mod (Manufacture on Demand) Blu-ray Releases. The Venture Bros: Season Six Blu-ray The Almodóvar Blu-ray Collection Detailed Links to Amazon 3 Bad Men American Dreamer The Bloodstained Butterfly City on Fire The Huntsman: Winter’s War Midnight Run Modesty Blaise Psycho IV: The Beginning Ratchet & Clank The Spiders The Strain Season 2 Sunset Song A Taste of Honey The Walking Dead, Season 6 Wiener-Dog Woman in the Dunes »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Sunset Song,’ ‘Woman in the Dunes,’ and More

23 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

The Nice Guys (Shane Black)

It’s been over 40 years since Chinatown, and roughly the same amount of time separates the events of that film from those of The Nice Guys, another tale of a private detective in Los Angeles taking on an initially simple case which leads him to a vast, environmentally centered criminal conspiracy. The Nice Guys even carries on Chinatown’s heartbeat of individual helplessness when confronted with the casual body disposal of profit-hungry industrialists. »

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Review: “Woman In The Dunes” (1964) Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

10 August 2016 3:34 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Raymond Benson

“Sand In Your...”

By Raymond Benson

One of the hallmarks of 1960s art house cinema was Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes, adapted by Japanese author/playwright Kōbō Abe from his own 1962 novel. The picture won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1964 and was nominated that same year for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The following year, Teshigahara was nominated for Best Director (but lost to Robert Wise for The Sound of Music).

This is avant-garde cinema at its finest—or perhaps its most tedious, depending on your taste.

The story is straight-forward. Niki (played by Eiji Okada, the male lead from Hiroshima mon amour), a schoolteacher and amateur entomologist (he studies bugs), has ventured to a desert-like area of Japan (does one exist?) near the sea to find specific species of insects. He is stranded and needs a place to stay overnight. »

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Woman in the Dunes

9 August 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Japanese art filmmaking writ large by director Hiroshi Teshigahara: a strange allegorical fantasy about a man imprisoned in a sand pit, and compelled to make a primitive living with the woman who lives there. Perhaps it's about marriage... Woman in the Dunes Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 394 1964 / B&W / 1:33 full frame / 148 min. / Suna no onna / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida, Hiroko Ito Production Design Totetsu Hirakawa, Masao Yamazaki Produced by Tadashi Oono, Iichi Ichikawa Cinematography Hiroshi Segawa Film Editor Fuzako Shuzui Original Music Toru Takemitsu Written by Kobo Abe Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the 1960s the public interest in art cinema reached out beyond France and Italy, finally giving an opening for more exotic fare from Japan. Director Hiroshi Teshigahara earned his moment in the spotlight with 1964's Woman in the Dunes, an adaptation of a book by Kobo Abe. »

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Cyberpunk Classics and Kinky Sex Fables: 5 Must-See Japanese Films At Japan Cuts 2016

14 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

North America’s largest festival of new Japanese cinema, and pound-for-pound one of the most consistently rewarding film festivals on the planet, Japan Cuts grows more vital with every passing year. In part, that’s because Manhattan’s Japan Society has done a stellar job of cultivating a local audience, pouring resources into the annual celebration, and programming their slates in a way that appeals equally to cinephiles, otaku, and people who just want to see a movie about a guy who falls in love with his goldfish.

Unfortunately, Japan Cuts also grows more vital with every passing year because the domestic market for foreign film is withering away at a terrible rate, lowering the odds that you’ll ever get a second chance at seeing any of these exhilarating dispatches from the Land of the Rising Sun on the big screen.

This year’s fest, which runs from July »

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The Newsstand – Episode 59 – The August 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up, Cat People, Cannes, and More!

20 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Scott Nye and Arik Devens to discuss a few pieces of Criterion Collection news.

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Topics & Links The August 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up Cat People cover art Ugetsu restoration shows at Cannes, very favorable response Seattle listeners – Scarecrow Video is holding a 50% off sale on select titles through the 31st Cannes Film Fest – Sundance Selects picked up new Ken Loach movie, “I, Daniel Blake”; Amazon making a big mark McCabe & Mrs. Miller McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) – The Criterion Collection McCabe & Mrs. Miller on iTunes McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) – IMDb McCabe & Mrs. Miller – Wikipedia The making and unmaking of McCabe & Mrs. Miller The art of the deal in McCabe & Mrs. Miller AFI: 10 Top 10 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) – Rotten Tomatoes Cover by Jon Contino (his first) Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Ingrid Bergman »

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