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Details on Argento’s ‘Opera’ on Blu-Ray to Open Your Eyes

Little over a week ago, we shared details that the Argento-directed, Opera, and Argento-produced films, The Sect and The Church, would be hitting Blu-Ray by Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing. We finally got some specific details today on the Opera Blu-Ray!

While we had some details back in 2016 about the Opera release, we’re not sure if they are still using the cover art displayed in that post.

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From the Press Release:

Best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s 1987 cult classic film Opera will make a fresh new reprise in the new year. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will present a remastered/restored edition in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction, brand new 5.1 soundtrack,
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Class of 1987: The Eyes Have It – Opera, Dario Argento’s Last Masterpiece

1987 may be the year of the last great Argento movie.

The horror genre has known few voices greater or more influential than Dario Argento, a master craftsman and revolutionary stylist who, from his debut feature The Bird With the Crystal Plumage in 1970 through the late 1980s, is responsible for some of the best horror movies ever made: Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Phenomena. In 1987, he wrote and directed what might be his final masterpiece, the giallo-tinged slasher Opera, arguably his most technically accomplished—and bloodiest—film. While more of a standard whodunit than his abstract supernatural efforts, there is such precision to the photography, such expertly staged choreography both in front of and behind the camera, that the movie deserves to be named among his greatest works if only for the dazzling purity of the filmmaking on display.

Opera was my first exposure to Dario Argento, but it wasn't the full
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Picturehouse Handles International Rights to Royal Opera House Season

Picturehouse Handles International Rights to Royal Opera House Season
London — Picturehouse Entertainment is to handle sales, distribution and marketing of London’s Royal Opera House Live Cinema program from the 2016/17 season.

The program brings opera and ballet to movie theaters live and in high-definition direct from the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to countries around the world, including U.S., France, Spain, Italy, German, Japan and Australia.

The 2016/17 Roh Live Cinema season will feature 12 live broadcasts, six operas and six ballets, including 2016 Olivier Award winner “Woolf Works,” Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. Other productions include Peter Wright’s Royal Ballet classic “The Nutcracker”; the return of “The Sleeping Beauty” (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946); a new production of Bellini’s “Norma,” starring internationally renowned soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role; Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s “Otello
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Us briefs: 'Visaaranai' and 'Parched' prevail at 14th Iffla

Us briefs: 'Visaaranai' and 'Parched' prevail at 14th Iffla
Plus: FilmRise to release White Girl; Jesse Eisenberg in CinemaCon honour; and more…

Visaaranai and Parched were awarded top feature film honours as the 14th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles came to a close at the weekend.

Visaaranai (Interrogation) was awarded the grand jury prize for best feature and the corresponding short film award went to Playgrounds.

Sanjay Mishra was presented with the best actor award for his performance in Masaan, and the best actress award honoured the cast of Parched, namely Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan.

Iffla Audience awards went to Parched, and Daaravtha (The Threshold). For more information click here.

FilmRise has acquired Us rights from CAA to Elizabeth Wood’s Sundance selection White Girl starring Morgan Saylor and Brian Marc. Killer FilmsChristine Vachon is executive producer and the film will open theatrically in late summer / early autumn.Italian opera promoter All’Opera has struck a Us distribution deal with
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Fox Germany Inks Deal With Italy’s Rai Com To Release Live Italian Operas Theatrically

Rome – Twentieth Century Fox Germany has inked a deal with Italy’s Rai Com to distribute live Italian operas in movie theatres throughout Germany and Austria in a move that reflects the growing importance of live events beamed in theatrical venues.

Rai Com, which is the sales arm of Italian pubcaster Rai, will provide Fox Germany its All’Opera series, which brings Italian opera performances from famous theaters including La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and the Arena in Verona to worldwide audiences.

The 2015/16 package offers works including Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola,” Puccini’s “The Girl of the West,” Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Joan of Arc,” and Donizetti’s “La Favorita.” The live performances are shot with HD cameras that allow viewers to view the larger stage as well as minute detail. The project is also touted as helping
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Mipcom: Rai Com Does Brisk Biz Selling Live Italian Operas For Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

Reflecting the growing importance of live events content Italo pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com has inked a slew of deals on its All’Opera series which brings top live Italian opera productions to theatrical audiences around the world.

At Mipcom Rai Com has inked theatrical distribution deals for France (Cgr); Spain (Filmax), Australia (Palace) and South Korea (Sdc). They are in advanced talks to close Italy, the U.S., and the U.K.

All’Opera brings worldwide audiences Italian opera performances from famous theaters including La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Fenice in Venice, and the Arena in Verona. The 2015/16 season offers works including Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola,” Puccini’s “The Girl of the West,” Verdi’s “La Traviata” (pictured) and “Joan of Arc” and Donizetti’s “La Favorita.”

The live performances
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Mipcom: Rai Com Does Brisk Biz Selling Live Italian Operas For Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

Reflecting the growing importance of live events content Italo pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com has inked a slew of deals on its All’Opera series which brings top live Italian opera productions to theatrical audiences around the world.

At Mipcom Rai Com has inked theatrical distribution deals for France (Cgr); Spain (Filmax), Australia (Palace) and South Korea (Sdc). They are in advanced talks to close Italy, the U.S., and the U.K.

All’Opera brings worldwide audiences Italian opera performances from famous theaters including La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Fenice in Venice, and the Arena in Verona. The 2015/16 season offers works including Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola,” Puccini’s “The Girl of the West,” Verdi’s “La Traviata” (pictured) and “Joan of Arc” and Donizetti’s “La Favorita.”

The live performances
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Royal Opera Nabucco with Placido Domingo Screens This Sunday at The Tivoli in St. Louis

Nabucco will screen in St. Louis this Sunday, May 18th at 12 noon at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater

Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated talents of our time, makes a major role debut in an unmissable new production of Nabucco, the Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi. Nabucco follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,” Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate / “Fly, thought, on golden wings,” a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today.

In this production, recorded earlier this year, Domingo takes another thrilling step into baritone repertory as he sings the title role of Nabucco for the first time.
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Cannes: Wide House takes Magicarena

Doc specialist has also taken on sales of Before You Know It about group of trailblazing gay seniors.

Paris-based documentary specialist Wide House has acquired international sales rights to Magicarena, capturing behind-the-scenes of a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida at the world famous Arena of Verona in Italy.

The work, by Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolò Bruna, revolves around a 2013 performance of Verdi’s Egypt-set masterpiece, featuring stage design by avant-garde Spanish theatre company La Fura dels Baus.

Both the performance and the documentary were commissioned to mark the centenary of Verona’s Opera Festival and the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth in 2013.

Rather than following the famous singers and directors, Magicarena recounts the stories of the men and women who have worked behind the scenes at the festival year after year, contributing in their own individual ways to its renown.

Andrea Prandstraller’s previous work includes the 2013 fiction No one is ever to blame, which
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Wide House takes Magicarena for Cannes

Doc specialist has also taken on sales of Before You Know It about group of trailblazing gay seniors.

Paris-based documentary specialist Wide House has acquired international sales rights to Magicarena, capturing behind-the-scenes of a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida at the world famous Arena of Verona in Italy.

The work, by Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolò Bruna, revolves around a 2013 performance of Verdi’s Egypt-set masterpiece, featuring stage design by avant-garde Spanish theatre company La Fura dels Baus.

Both the performance and the documentary were commissioned to mark the centenary of Verona’s Opera Festival and the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth in 2013.

Rather than following the famous singers and directors, Magicarena recounts the stories of the men and women who have worked behind the scenes at the festival year after year, contributing in their own individual ways to its renown.

Andrea Prandstraller’s previous work includes the 2013 fiction No one is ever to blame, which
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who
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Marta Eggerth obituary

Viennese operetta and film star of the 30s who fled to America after the Anschluss

Between the two world wars, during the so-called "silver age" of Viennese operetta, the coloratura soprano Marta Eggerth, who has died aged 101, reigned supreme on stage and, above all, on screen. In the films of the 1930s, the blonde, wide-eyed beauty's bright bell-like tones and charming personality provided a welcome relief from ruinous inflation, world depression and the approaching sound of Nazi jackboots.

The leading operetta composers of the day, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, Oscar Straus, Robert Stolz and Paul Abraham, all wrote songs for her films. However, by 1938, after the Anschluss, with the exception of Lehár, all of them, being Jewish, had fled Vienna for the Us. Eggerth and her husband, Jan Kiepura, the celebrated Polish tenor, who both had Jewish mothers, also left Austria for America, where they continued their singing careers.

Hitler loved Viennese operetta,
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Patrice Chéreau: 'It's Ok to be hated'

From outraging Wagner purists to snubbing Hollywood, Patrice Chéreau is forever going against the grain. Now the great French director has turned his sights on British theatre.

Patrice Chéreau, the great French theatre, opera and film director, is in London to rehearse the first play he has ever directed in the UK. It's a coup for the Young Vic, and its artistic director, David Lan, tells me people are hanging about near the rehearsal rooms just to feel the presence, touch the hem. I am not ashamed to admit I am one of those hem-touchers, fascinated to meet the man who changed the face of modern opera with his centenary Ring cycle at Bayreuth in 1976, when he infuriated traditionalists by replacing Wagnerian horns and bearskins with the trappings of 19th-century plutocracy.

That Ring made the then 31-year-old Chéreau's career. It remains the achievement with which he is most often linked,
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DVD Playhouse--March 2011

DVD Playhouse—March 2011

By

Allen Gardner

127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
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