The Vincent Price Collection II (Various, 1959-1972)

vincentpricecollection2brThe Vincent Price Collection II trumps the sophomore slump through the inclusion of several top-notch films, an overall excellent audio-visual presentation, and a bevy of bonus materials from Shout! Factory.”

Read my whole review of Shout! Factory’s admirable followup, out last week on a deluxe four-disc Blu-ray set, at Slant Magazine.

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Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

venusinfur“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.”

Read my whole review of Polanski’s perversely engrossing new film, out now in a lamentably barebones DVD edition from MPI, at Slant Magazine.

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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

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“Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Marguerite Duras’s oblique script builds on an ever-shifting groundwork of spatial and temporal indeterminacies, a structural technique borrowed from the French ‘new novel,’ in order to suture together past and present, private and public, desire and trauma.”

Read my whole review of Hiroshima Mon Amour, out this Friday in a stunning new 4K restoration at the Film Forum in NYC and other repertory houses across the country, at Slant Magazine.

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Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis, 1970)

cottoncomestoharlembrCotton Comes to Harlem swaggers onto Blu-ray with a superfly transfer from Kino, accompanied, unfortunately, by nothing more contextual than the trailer.”

Read my whole review of this entry in Kino’s ongoing Studio Classics series, out last month on Blu-ray, at Slant Magazine.

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Stagefright (Michele Soavi, 1987)

stagefrightbr“Birds of a fiendish feather will flock to Blue Underground’s sterling new Blu-ray transfer of Michele Soavi’s Stagefright, especially given the gaggle of bonus materials new to this presentation.”

Read my entire review of Soavi’s smashing slasher debut, out recently from Blue Underground, at Slant Magazine.

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Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

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“Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, doubles down on the dysfunction with its tragicomic take on the intersecting fortunes of two Tinseltown dynasties and the hidden histories of violence that continue to haunt them.”

Read my entire review of Cronenberg’s etched-in-acid new comedy, now playing the New York Film Festival and opening wide next month, at Slant Magazine.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

texaschainsawmassacrebr“Accept no substitutes: Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still cuts the competition to the bone. Dark Sky Films’ deluxe four-disc package offers fans an ideal way to celebrate 40 years of bloody mayhem.”

Read my entire review of the new 40th Anniversary Edition of TCM, out this week from Dark Sky Films, at Slant Magazine.

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