Masters of Cinema May 2012 – Pasolini, Coppola, DeMille & Lang Plus Win! Masters of Cinema Posters

Welcome to Masters of Cinema Monthly.

It’s announcements day in the world of Masters of Cinema but before I get to the news I have a rather exciting competition to announce.

Masters of Cinema have recently begun selling a small selection of the Quad posters that they create for their releases. The three posters currently available are for Metropolis, Touch of Evil and Double Indemnity. The posters can be purchased here and are highly limited editions. MoC have been kind enough to give us one copy of each and one Masters of Cinema Monthly reader has the chance to win all three. To let everyone get a chance to be in with a shot there are three ways to enter. You can enter by Tweeting me @cskinner, leaving a comment below or emailing me directly – craigskinnerfilm (at) gmail.com – with ‘MoCM Competition’ in the email subject line. One winner will be randomly selected on the 1st of June 2012 and will be sent all three posters.

Masters of Cinema announced today their release schedule for July through to September and although not a Masters of Cinema release, Eureka also announced that they will be releasing the Giorgio Moroder version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. I am not a fan of this version of the film at all but I understand that it has its supporters and many will, I’m sure, welcome news of its release in the UK. On the subject of Metropolis and its many versions I can highly recommend David Kalat’s recent piece at Movie Morlocks on the film. Kalat was involved in the MoC edition and has a few things to say regarding the concept of there only being one definitive version.

MoC will be releasing a Lang film in September though with The Testament of Dr. Mabuse getting the Blu-ray upgrade treatment in September (the film is currently only available in the ‘Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set’ on DVD). Presumably we will also still be getting another Lang this year, with the long delayed Die Nibelungen getting a release “before Xmas”.

Confirmed for a July release is the previously announced dual format release of RoGoPaG. I’m very much looking forward to upgrading my VHS and checking out the film again. It has been some time since I last saw it but I remember being very fond of at least two of the four films that make up the feature.

MoC’s deal with Universal continues to be fruitful, with another title announced this month. Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish will get a release in August. Rumble Fish was one film that I have been hoping for since the deal was announced last year and the news is very welcome. Beautifully directed Rumble Fish is a real treat and features a fantastic pre-boxing-career performance from Mickey Rourke.

Also announced are three new Pasolini titles, following last month’s Pasolini Blu-ray double, and Cecil B. DeMille epic Cleopatra. I look forward to bringing my thoughts on these and the other new releases in the coming months.

You can read the full press release for this month’s announcement and check out the covers below (click on the images to enlarge them).

Released on 23 July 2012
HAWKS AND SPARROWS [UCCELLACCI E UCCELLINI] (Masters of Cinema) DVD
Featuring a score by the legendary Ennio Morricone, and starring Italy’s popular comic actor Totò, Pasolini’s “Palme d’or”-nominated anarchic comedy depicts the adventures of two men and a talking crow – a picaresque fable that lampoons politics, religion, and the legacy of neorealism. DVD edition from a new HD master.

PIGSTY [PORCILE] (Masters of Cinema) DVD
With an all-star cast (Jean-Pierre Léaud, Anne Wiazemsky, Franco Citti, Pierre Clémenti, Marco Ferreri), Pasolini aims fire at the corruption of modern life via twin tales of cannibalism and bestiality, anticipating his own SALO in its concern with bourgeois degradation. DVD edition from a new HD master.

Released on 27 August 2012
RUMBLE FISH (Masters of Cinema) BLU-RAY & BLU-RAY SteelBook)
Adapted from the S.E. Hinton novel, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this cult classic of teen angst tells the tale of street hoodlum Rusty James and his older brother The Motorcycle Boy, starring Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, and Tom Waits, with a soundtrack by Stewart Copeland of the band The Police. First time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray; limited-edition Blu-ray and limited-edition SteelBook packaging options.

RoGoPaG (Masters of Cinema)
Bringing together four greats of European art cinema – Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ugo Gregoretti – this celebrated portmanteau collection of shorts lives up to its subtitle: “Let’s Wash Our Brains”! Dual Format edition from a new HD master; first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

Released on 24 September 2012
CLEOPATRA (Masters of Cinema)
Claudette Colbert stars as the eponymous Egyptian pharaoh queen in this pulse-thumping sumptuous Cecil B. DeMille epic, which won the Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for several more, including “Best Picture”. First time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray; Blu-ray and limited-edition SteelBook packaging options.

OEDIPUS REX [EDIPO RE]
Pasolini’s personal take on the ancient Sophocles Greek tragedy of patricide and incest (Sigmund Freud would later write of “the Oedipus complex”), starring Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, and Alida Valli, and nominated for the “Golden Lion” at Venice. Dual Format edition from a new HD master; first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE [DAS TESTAMENT DES DR. MABUSE]
Fritz Lang’s tour-de-force crime thriller rife with supernatural elements, all converging around an attempt by the eponymous Mabuse (or someone acting under his name… and possibly his will), confined to an insane asylum, but intent on establishing an “Empire of Crime”. Dual Format edition from an HD master; first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

This past month Eureka Entertainment also announced that the Founder and Director of its Masters of Cinema Series, Nick Wrigley, will be stepping down from the company at the end of May. I would like to extend my thanks to Nick for all the great films he helped get released and I wish him well in his future endeavours.

Eureka are currently asking for feedback on the MoC dual format releases on their Facebook page. Dual formats have been a point of contention for some and a common talking point about MoC’s recent releases, so here is an opportunity to give Eureka some direct feedback on the subject.

Coming up later this week, an extra column with reviews of some of the new releases, as soon as Brendon is well enough to finish writing them up.

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