At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold) rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control. Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard (The Go-Between, The Picnic at Hanging Rock) Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover (Kes, Jabberwocky, Alien 3), and written by the great Anthony Shaffer (The Wicker Man, Sleuth), Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton. Special Features: High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television Interview with director Anthony Page (2018): a new interview with the great theatre, film and television director Interview with actor Dominic Guard (2018): a new interview with the young star of the film Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
Susan Seidelman’s electrifying debut, a vivid dispatch from eighties New York and a benchmark for independent film SUSAN SEIDELMAN (Desperately Seeking Susan) established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo‐fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (SUSAN BERMAN)—a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown—moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she’s getting involved with Paul (BRAD RIJN), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (RICHARD HELL), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, Smithereens— the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d’Or—is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era. Features: New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman New interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman And You Act Like One Too (1976) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director PLUS: An essay by critic Rebecca Bengal
BFI Flipside presents… acclaimed director Bill Forsyth’s (Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero) hilarious directorial debut. Unemployed teenager Ronnie (Robert Buchanan, Gregory’s Girl) and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes of Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich by stealing a job-lot of stainless steel sinks. Hilarious and inventive, this zero budget debut from celebrated director Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl, Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) provides an authentic depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture, and is presented here for the first time in a new HD transfer complete with the original Glaswegian dialogue track Contents: Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition New Audio Commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode Interview with actor Robert Buchanan (Douglas Weir, 2014, 20 mins) Kermode Uncut (2012, 9min): film critic Mark Kermode discusses the budget for That Sinking Feeling with Bill Forsyth KH-4 (John Schorstein, 1969, 13min): a young artist (Forsyth) struggles to seek inspiration from a slowly crumbling cityscape Mirror (John Schorstein, 1970, 30 mins): a young would-be writer (Forsyth) searches the streets of Glasgow for his missing girlfriend Glasgow 1980 (Oscar Marzaroli, 1971, 30mins): documentary, edited by Bill Forsyth, promoting the proposed development of Glasgow in the 1970s Islands of the West (Bill Forsyth, 1972, 30 mins): promoting the scenic beauty of the Scottish Hebrides Bill Forsyth’s Lifetime Achievement Film (Bill Forsyth, 2009, 7min): short acceptance film made for BAFTA Optional alternative dubbed dialogue track Cast and Crew: Directed by Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero, Comfort and Joy). Starring John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Robert Buchanan (Gregory’s Girl)
From the Italian godfather of gore, Lucio Fulci, comes City of the Living Dead, a notoriously nauseating, compellingly corporeal masterpiece of apocalyptic zombie horror! A medium has a mysterious vision of a priest hanging himself... A seemingly dead woman awakes screaming in her coffin... And in the sleepy New England town of Dunwich, a girl vomits up her intestines and a local misfit has a drill bit ploughed into his cranium... These hallucinogenic, often grotesque visions punctuate a skeletal story telling of a reporter (Christopher George, The Exterminator, Pieces) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl, The House by the Cemetary, The Beyond) who must race agaisnt time to prevent hordes of rotting corpses spewing forth from the gates of hell... Stridently going beyond the clacssical stylings of his horror hit Zombie Flesh Eaters, City of the Living Dead sees Fulci eschew conventional narrative logic in favour of a delirious, oneiric mode of storytelling which stresses visuals, surrealism and atmosphere (as well as offering up bucket-loads of brains, blood and guts!). Presented here in an exclusive 4K restoration with a wealth of extras, Fulci'dsgor -drenched classic can now be devoured as never before! Special Edition Contents: New restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative by Arrow Films High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed 1.0 mono, 2.0 stereo and optional 5.1 DTS-HD MA Master Audio Original English and Italian soundtracks Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack Audio commentary with star Catriona MacColl and journalist Jay Slater Audio commentary with star Giovanni Lombardo Radice and writer Callum Waddell We Are the Apocalypse, new interview with writer Dardano Sacchetti Through Your Eyes, new interview with Catriona MacColl Dust in the Wind, New interview with cameraman Roberto Foges Davanzati The Art of Dreaming, new interview with production designer Massimo Antonello Geleng Tales of Friendship, new interview with cinematographer Sergio Salvati I Walked with a Zombie, new interview with actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice They Call Him Bombardone , new interview with special effects artist Gino De Rossi The Horror Family, new interview with father and son actors Venantino and Luca Venantini Songs from Beyond, a previously unseen interview with composer Fabio Frizzi Carlo of the Living Dead, an archival interview with actor Carlo De Mejo Building Fulci's City, a new video appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of the definitive tome, Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci Reflections on Fulci, a new appraisal of Fulci's Gothic period by actor, writer and director Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories) The Dead Are Alive!, a new video essay by Kat Hellinger on Lucio Fulci and the Italian zombie cycle Behind the Fear, behind the scenes 8mm footage with Roberto Forges Davanzati audio commentary The Gates of Hell, alternative US theatrical release opening titles Original trailers and radio spots Extensive image gallery featuring over 150 stills, poster and other ephemera from the FAB press and Mike Siegel archives Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
David Bowie stars in Nagisa Oshima’s 1983 Palme d’Or-nominated portrait of resilience, pride, friendship and obsession among four very different men confined in the stifling jungle heat of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java during World War II. In 1942, British officer Major Jack Celliers (Bowie) is captured by Japanese soldiers, and after a brutal trial sent, physically debilitated but indomitable in mind, to a POW camp overseen by the zealous Captain Yonoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Celliers’ stubbornness sees him locked in a battle of wills with the camp’s new commandant, a man obsessed with discipline and the glory of Imperial Japan who becomes unnaturally preoccupied with the young Major, while Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence (Tom Conti), the only inmate with a degree of sympathy for Japanese culture and an understanding of the language, attempts to bridge the divide through his friendship with Yonoi’s second-in-command, Sergeant Hara (Takeshi Kitano), a man possessing a surprising degree of compassion beneath his cruel façade. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky), it was the first English-language film by Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses, Gohatto), a leading light of Japanese New Wave cinema, and provided breakthrough big-screen roles for comedian Takeshi Kitano and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film’s hauntingly memorable BAFTA-winning score. This powerful wartime drama was adapted from Laurens van der Post’s autobiographical novel ‘The Seed and the Sower’ (1963) by screenwriter Paul Mayersberg (The Man Who Fell to Earth). SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed stereo audio The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1983), Paul Joyce’s 82-minute documentary profile of Nagisa Oshima The Oshima Gang (1983), a 30-minute documentary following the film’s cast and makers at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival Video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Exclusive newly filmed interview with critic Tony Rayns Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp
After the massive success of The Street Fighter, the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei’s typical formula. In 1974’s Sister Street Fighter, Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. Li discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, and must penetrate his evil lair with the help of a fellow karate master (played by Chiba). Shihomi and director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Wolf Guy) made two additional films based on the same character over the next year, Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread and Return Of The Sister Street Fighter, with a final unrelated follow-up (Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist) helmed by original Street Fighter director Shigehiro Ozawa appearing in 1976. Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition digital transfers of all four films High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio Original English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter New optional English subtitle translation for all four films English SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter New video interviews with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda Original Japanese theatrical trailers for all four films Original U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original English opening titles to the film Original German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original German opening titles to the film Stills and poster gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O’Brien FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei’s karate films by Chris Poggiali
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hangman's Song, the third in the phenomenally successful Inspector McLean series by James Oswald. Read by the actor Ian Hanmore. The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As Inspector McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and where the most irrational answers become the only explanations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Hanmore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000461/bk_pauk_000461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the spirit of Mindy Kaling's best-seller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS' number-one hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. Of all the charming misfits on television, there's no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory - the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian American astrophysicist - ranks among the misfittingest. Now we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV's most-watched sitcom since Friends. Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kunal Nayyar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007180/bk_sans_007180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners? If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.