MoC Forthcoming, Wishlist and Random Speculation

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Re: MoC Forthcoming, Wishlist and Random Speculation

#3751 Post by rapta » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:13 pm

Cronenfly wrote:I do not understand some of these Columbia picks at all. Has Indicator already snatched up the cream of the crop?
Indicator have picked up about 80 Sony titles apparently, but there are still plenty they don't yet have. I asked them, and they don't have any of these yet:

The Big Gundown (Sollima)
Starman (Carpenter)*
Night of the Demon (Tourneur)
The Swimmer (Perry)
Beat the Devil (Huston)
Major Dundee (Peckinpah)
Born Yesterday (Cukor)
All the King's Men (Rossen)
The Member of the Wedding (Zinnemann)
Suddenly, Last Summer (Mankiewicz)
Fail-Safe (Lumet)
The Chase (Penn)*
Hard Times (Hill)
California Split (Altman)
The Front (Ritt)*
Husbands (Cassavetes)
Shampoo (Ashby)
Peggy Sue Got Married (Coppola)
Used Cars (Zemeckis)
Devil in a Blue Dress (Franklin)
Gattaca (Niccol)
To Sleep with Anger (Burnett)
Donnie Brasco (Newell)
Hope and Glory (Boorman)
King Lear (Brook)
Mothra (Honda)

I'm happy about both Drunken Master and Two Rode Together, and kinda suspected Born Free would come from Eureka too.

They're certainly not terrible choices, but others have been a bit more questionable - La Bamba, for example, or a barebones release of Roxanne. Just comes down to taste though...I personally love Lords of Dogtown, and Fright Night is certainly a popular title for them to have acquired (Indicator will have wanted that in particular).

Can't have 'em all though, I guess. Besides, Indicator have recently confirmed they have The Big Heat, Hardcore, The Deadly Affair and Mickey One, all of which could've easily been released under MoC. Question is how many of the above titles will Eureka get hold of?

EDIT: confirmed by Indicator that they will be releasing these*
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#3752 Post by Randall Maysin » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:08 pm

Hope and Glory! Hope and Glory! Hope and Glory! Please.

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#3753 Post by Orlac » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:09 am

Some Shaw Brothers titles would be nice. 88Films is mostly doing the horror and Venoms titles, so the ideal route for MOC would be the late 60s pictures. There are a couple of King Hus there for a start.

These are the Celestial HD transfers not owned by Dragon Dynasty or 88 Films. I've bolded the ones that I think would be good for Eureka.


Martial Arts
14 Amazons
All Men Are Brothers
The Assassin
Bastard Swordsman
The Brave Archer
The Brave Archer 2
The Brave Archer 3
Challenge of the Masters
The Dragon Creek
The Dragon Missile
The Flag of Iron
Four Riders
Full Moon Scimitar
Invincible Shaolin
Kid From Kwangtung
Kid With The Golden Arm
Lady of Steel
Legendary Weapons of China
Life Gamble
Martial Club
The Master of Kung Fu
The Master Strikes Back
Men from the Monastery
Monkey Kung Fu
The New Shaolin Boxers
Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman
The Pirate
Pursuit of Vengeance
The Sentimental Swordsman
Shaolin Abbott
The Shadow Boxing
Shaolin Hand Lock
Shaolin Martial Arts
Shaolin Prince
Shaolin Rescuers
The Spiritual Boxer
The Tigress of Shaolin
The Treasure Hunters
The Twin Swords
Valley of the Fangs
The Water Margin
The Weird Man
Wits of the Brats
The Young Vagabond

Action

7 Man Army
The Bare Footed Kid
Casino Tycoon
Casino Tycoon 2
Chinatown Kid
The Duel

Godfather of Canton
Hero
Loving You
The New Game of Death
Super Inframan


Erotica

An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty
Facets of Love
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan

Comedy

Doubles Cause Troubles
The Happiest Moment
Justice, My Foot!
Look Out, Officer!
Love on Delivery
The Mad Monk
Out of the Dark
Prince Charming
The Warlord

Drama

The Blue and the Black
Lifeline
Love in a Fallen City
Painted Faces
Sons of Good Earth [King Hu]

Women

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#3754 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:41 pm

Last week MoC tweets that their April announcements will be Feb 7, 4PM London time. The time comes and goes and nothing. Radio silence. (Unless they posted something on FB) Strange way of doing things over there now.

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#3755 Post by Askew » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:48 pm

They posted this earlier on Facebook
Unfortunately our planned announcements later today, which included our April releases, have had to be postponed until later this week, or early next week, date to be confirmed. Sorry for any disappointment this might cause.

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#3756 Post by rockysds » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:06 am

April pre-orders for a Dual Format Hard Times MoC and a Eureka release of The Blue Lagoon up on Amazon.

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#3757 Post by rapta » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:07 am

Psyched about Hard Times, being a fan of Walter Hill and having asking Indicator if they had it (they recently confirmed they didn't, so I suspected Eureka might have picked it up).

There should be at least one other April title. I suspect it could even be Drunken Master, based on a recent Facebook response from Eureka.

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#3758 Post by tenia » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:52 am

Drunken Master is the 3rd one to pop up on Amazon.

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#3759 Post by rapta » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:07 am

Excellent! Well that's me sorted for April then - I'll be pre-ordering both of those MoC titles (unless it turns out there's some reason I shouldn't).

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#3760 Post by Finch » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:10 pm

I'm baffled by the lukewarm response or downright bitching from some quarters (not this site, mind). A Jackie Chan classic with the Cantonese track added and in 4k, and the combo of Walter Hill and Charles Bronson. What's not to like? Harmonium and the Keaton set still to come, and the hitherto definitive release of Variete. Got to say I'm more impressed by MoC's 2017 slate to date than I'm with Indicator's or even Arrow Video's (Alfredo Garcia, We are the Flesh and Raising Cain notwithstanding).

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#3761 Post by TMDaines » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:35 pm

Lack of interest here probably says even more than the bitching elsewhere.

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#3762 Post by Cronenfly » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:58 pm

Drunken Master at least looks like it has some love put into it, the same of which cannot be said for a lot of their other Sony/Columbia picks so far. Their silent and some of their contemporary holdings, and the way in which those are being handled, represents a lot more their strong suit right now, IMO.

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#3763 Post by Tommaso » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:57 pm

There must be a reason why they release so many not exactly exciting, somewhat second-tier American films these days. And I suppose the reason is: they sell, and probably much better than "Varieté" or "Der müde Tod" ever will.

Still, if they want to retain - or rather, regain - the status as the undoubtedly best UK label which they once had some five or seven years ago, they simply need to return to a much more adventurous release schedule. It's very difficult to understand why there are still no releases of films like "A Page of Madness", "Moana", or "Limite" even though all of these fabulous films had fine new TV showings or even commercial releases in other parts of the world. I just mention these three films because they'd fit into everything MoC once stood for.

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#3764 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:10 pm

I, and many others have become much less interested and excited by their announcements. I think there are several factors. The UK competition for film rights have grown expotentially over the last several years because of new labels or rejuvenated labels. I think the other factor is MoC's loss of personnel that were largely responsible for their halcyon days.

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#3765 Post by aewb » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:55 am

FrauBlucher wrote:I, and many others have become much less interested and excited by their announcements. I think there are several factors. The UK competition for film rights have grown expotentially over the last several years because of new labels or rejuvenated labels. I think the other factor is MoC's loss of personnel that were largely responsible for their halcyon days.
You're probably right about the personnel departures but I'm not so sure about the increased competition. No one is releasing the kind of films Eureka were 4-5 years ago or on dvd. Obviously American films sell but having been to well attended Gremillon and 'French Film Noir' retrospectives in London recently it makes me wonder if there really is no market for films like Panique or Pattes blanches?

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#3766 Post by TMDaines » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:18 am

I think it probably just boils down to less risk and effort involved in releasing studio titles.

Unless you have key individuals spuring on their passion projects, you're never going to get diverse releases.

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#3767 Post by MichaelB » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:44 am

Part of the issue is that passion projects, almost by definition, demand people willing to put more hours in than have been budgeted for.

As a current case in point, I've just been exploring Arrow's Story of Sin, and it's an astonishing labour of love on Daniel Bird's part, easily matching and arguably even exceeding The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne in 2015 - and yet I know that the production budget was much lower. Pretty much any other producer would have delivered something virtually barebones for what he had to play with.

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#3768 Post by Drucker » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:05 am

Your job is to give us the blu-rays we crave, not make a stable living, Michael.

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#3769 Post by Ribs » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:39 pm

We can also confirm rumours that DEATH IN THE GARDEN, The Luis Buñuel Classic featuring Simone Signoret will be joining the Masters of Cinema Series later this year. Details about its June release, will be revealed very soon...
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#3770 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:40 am

Sorry Kino.

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#3771 Post by Ribs » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:12 am

Yeah, this one seemed inevitable. Between this and the Keaton 4K remastered set, we've got the makings of MoC having a great back half of the year after lagging a bit.

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#3772 Post by rapta » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:50 pm

Thought they were most likely of the UK labels to get this one, and very happy to hear them confirm it! :D

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#3773 Post by Costa » Thu May 04, 2017 4:14 pm

When is the new announcement?

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#3774 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:04 pm

Glenn Kenny posted a picture on Twitter of him prepping to record an audio commentary for a Blu-ray of Force of Evil. When someone remarked that they "have to buy that AGAIN?" he responded "Not unless you have an all-region player." Assuming MoC?

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#3775 Post by rapta » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:23 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:Glenn Kenny posted a picture on Twitter of him prepping to record an audio commentary for a Blu-ray of Force of Evil. When someone remarked that they "have to buy that AGAIN?" he responded "Not unless you have an all-region player." Assuming MoC?
I think it's MGM so it could be basically any boutique label in the UK (well, any that have licensed from Fox-MGM before). Reckon most likely is actually Arrow Academy or Signal One, followed by MoC, but I'll buy it whoever it turns out to be released by. I only say 'most likely' because both labels have been releasing more noir recently, and Eureka might still be sorting through their Sony deal whilst Arrow have active deals with MGM and Universal (and Signal One have been solely MGM/Fox to date).

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