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Italy’s True Colours Scores Slew of Cannes Sales, Including Two Titles to U.S. (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Leading Italian sales company True Colors has closed a slew of sales at the Cannes Market and landed North American deals on horror pic “In The Trap” and gay-themed comedy “An Almost Ordinary Summer,” acquired respectively by Mpi Media Group and Wolfe Releasing.

The English-language “In The Trap” (pictured) directed by Italy’s Alessio Liguori as his feature-film debut, and produced by Italian shingles Dreamworld Movies and Mad Rocket Entertainment generated a flurry of deals, confirming the growing global appetite for horror titles and the resurgence of Italy’s capability to churn out chillers that can travel.

“In The Trap,” which features an international cast comprising South Africa’s David Bailie (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”), and Sonya Cullingford (“The Mummy”), is about a solitary proof reader trapped by fear in his apartment where he is tortured by an unknown evil force. Besides the U.S. and Canada,
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Arrow Video’s January Blu-ray Releases Include The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Re-animator, The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

  • DailyDead
The holidays may be over by the time January rolls around, but Arrow Video will still have gifts in store for horror fans with Blu-ray releases that include Dario Argento's The Cat O' Nine Tails, Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes.

We have release details and images of Arrow Video's January Blu-ray releases below. The Cat O' Nine Tails is a limited edition item, and while Re-Animator and The Hills Have Eyes were previously released as limited editions by Arrow Video, they will be hitting shelves as re-releases in January (with slightly less goodies, but still plenty of bonus features and eye-popping 4K restorations to enjoy).

From Arrow Video: "New UK/Us Title: The Cat o’ Nine Tails (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Limited Edition

Pre-order The Cat O’ Nine Tails in the UK: http://bit.ly/2i9y0cp

Pre-order The Cat
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A Fine Pair And The Limits Of Claudia Love

This fall semester I started taking an Italian language class two evenings a week with my daughter, and Thursday night I was looking to decompress after our first big quiz. (Scores haven’t been revealed yet, but I think we did just fine.) So I started rummaging through my shelves and came across the Warner Archives DVD of Francesco Maselli’s A Fine Pair (1968), an ostensibly breezy romantic caper comedy which reteams Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, a pairing their public was presumably clamoring for after their previous outing together in Blindfold (1965), a Universal programmer written and directed by Phillip Dunne, the screenwriter of, among many other notable movies, How Green Was My Valley. I’ve had a mad crush on Claudia ever since I first saw her in Circus World (1964) with John Wayne when I was but a youngster, and I always welcome the chance to visit movies of
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Criterion Collection: I Knew Her Well | Blu-ray Review

Love is most definitely not a many splendored thing in the bedazzled artifice of Rome’s swinging 60s, at least as far as the good time gal depicted in Antonio Pietrangeli’s obscure 1965 title I Knew Her Well is concerned. A director lost in the shadows of other 60s Italian auteurs, where names like Antonioni, Fellini, Petri, Pasolini, Risi, or Visconti dominate contemporary conversations of the cinematic period, Criterion enables the resuscitation of Pietrangeli, a director whose filmography, notable for his complex portraits of women (sort of like the Italian version of later period Mizoguchi), is deserving of wider renown.

Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli) is a young, beautiful woman who thrusts herself into the burgeoning social scene of Rome after fleeing her rural roots. A series of random lovers finds her elevating her occupational merits through a variety of professions before she begins to land opportunities as a model and budding actress,
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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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Criterion Collection: A Special Day | Blu-ray Review

A testament to the importance of restoration, the new digital transfer of Ettore Scola’s 1977 title A Special Day is a beauty to behold. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, it went on to collect a number of accolades, winning a Golden Globe and a Cesar for Best Foreign Film, and scoring Marcello Mastroianni an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Scola is one of the great Italian auteurs who hasn’t received the same international renown as Fellini, Pasolini, Petri, and others, all considerable forces by the time Scola’s career was taking off in the early 1970s. He’s played in competition at Cannes eight times (winning Best Director in 1976 for Ugly, Dirty and Bad and Best Screenplay in 1980 for La Terrazza), and his most recent film, 2013’s How Strange to Be Named Federico was a playful homage to Scola’s friend, Fellini. In 2014, Criterion restored his 1962 title Il Sorpasso,
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DVD Review: Criterion Release of 1960s Italian Road Trip Film ‘Il Sorpasso’

Chicago – With the recent popularity of road trip movies in both mainstream films and the art house, it is a fitting pleasure that the Criterion Collection has released Dino Risi’s “Il Sorpasso,” a jazzy road trip movie that takes the story structure to its basics. Two opposing types meet unexpectedly, travel to random exotic locations, and interact with people who are rest stops in themselves.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film has two great performances from leads Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and various bits of Italian culture from a different time. For those who find road movies to be repetitious (especially considering the movies that use the formula like a crutch), “Il Sorpasso” is enlightening to an intriguing type of wild fun that can be had when watching characters throw their fate and sense of direction into the wind. While the movie might seem like the foundation for many that follow,
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Criterion Collection: Il Sorpasso | Blu-ray Review

In the spirit of spring, Dino Rici’s tragicomedy Il Sorpasso from 1962 has been given a vibrant rebirth courtesy of Criterion. Rarely seen and largely forgotten in recent years, Il Sorpasso retains many structures of the classic road movie, seasoned with glimpses of the era’s growing sense of rebellious dissatisfaction. Over the years, it has proven to be an influential work; its descendant branches laced throughout any analysis of the classic film genre of wandering heroes. Artistically, Il Sorpasso may not rank among the best of the category, but its seductive amalgam of bildungsroman, social commentary and cautionary tale make for a compelling and infectious watch.

Il Sorpasso’s unlikely odyssey orbits around the burgeoning friendship between Bruno (Vittorio Gassman), a zesty 40 year old raconteur and Roberto (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a quiet, bookish law student half his age. Bruno dashes about the ancient streets of Rome in a battered Lancia
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Watch: Alexander Payne Talks Dino Risi's 'Il Sorpasso' For The Criterion Collection

Dino Risi’s 1962 Italian comedy “Il Sorpasso” is finally making its way to The Criterion Collection after years of being unavailable in a high-quality print. This is the late Dino Risi’s first entry into the Collection, much to the excitement of director Alexander Payne, who cites “Il Sorpasso” as being a major influence on “Sideways.” Payne talks about the movie’s influence and the brilliance of director Dino Risi in a three-minute video of which you can see below. The clip, presumably, is an excerpt of Alexander Payne’s introduction of the film, which you can find as a special feature on the Criterion DVD/Blu-ray. “I found ‘Il Sorpasso’ through a friend of mine, Bernard Friedman, even before ‘Sideways,’ ” says Payne, “He and I were looking for something to do together, he was producing at the time. And he said, ‘What about a remake of Il Sorpasso, The Easy Life?
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Il Sorpasso

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Vittorio Gassman hit the road in Il Sorpasso.

The ultimate Italian road comedy, the 1962 film Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman (Big Deal on Madonna Street) and Jean-Louis Trintignant (Le Combat dans l’ile, Amour) as, respectively, a waggish, free-wheeling bachelor and the bookish law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to rural Southern Italy.

An unpredictable journey that careens from slapstick to tragedy, Il sorpasso, directed by Dino Risi (the original Scent of a Woman), is a wildly entertaining commentary on the pleasures and consequences of the good life.

Considered by many to be a holy grail of commedia all’italiana, Il sorpasso remains a fresh and lively entertainment, and one that has long been adored in its native Italy.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles Criterion’s Blu-ray
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'Breaking the Waves', 'Riot in Cell Block 11' & More Coming From Criterion in April 2014

Criterion has announced the new titles coming in April 2014 and among them are two titles teased on their New Years 2014 illustration, those being Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves (4/15) and Don Siegel's prison drama Riot in Cell Block 11 (4/22). Breaking the Waves has long been one of von Trier's more acclaimed films starring Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgaard, a wonderful faith-based drama you might not expect if you're only familiar with von Trier from films such as Antichrist, Melancholia and the upcoming Nymphomaniac. Personally I would love to see Dancer in the Dark get the Criterion treatment, but this should be a good one with a selection of features that includes a selected-scene audio commentary featuring von Trier, editor Anders Refn and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle, as well as new and old interviews, Watson's audition tape and more. As for Siegel's Riot in Cell Block 11, I've
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Horror Icon Catherine Spaak Dies The Thousand And One Deaths

Veteran actress Catherine Spaak - star of Italian classics like Dino Risi's The Easy Life and Dario Argento's The Cat O' Nine Tails - will star in a new gore movie, The Thousand And One Deaths (Le Mille e Una Morte) directed by Elisabetta Marchetti. The story is about a  horror film-maker who decides to explore the world of snuff movies, with real torture and death. Spaak will play the mother of the protagonist while the legendary Sergio Stivaletti - who worked with all the major genre directors of Italy, from Lamberto Bava to Michele Soavi, Dario Argento and Sergio Martino - will take care of the bloody special effects....

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Film Review: Fast & Furious 6

Against all better judgment, the Fast and Furious series has become the de facto action film franchise of a generation. It’s come this far because of the willingness of the actors and directors to let it remain malleable, often tinkering with the fundamental notions of what each film should be much in the same way Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner and Vin Diesel’s Dom Torreto are constantly tinkering with their endless array of cars. After the ridiculously fun jolt of energy that was 2011’s heist extravaganza Fast Five, the gang is back again for another go-round with Fast and Furious 6 (or as the title card rightfully calls it, Furious 6).

After their big score in Rio from Fast Five, each member has gone their separate ways with the loot. Some, like Tyrese’s Roman, have flaunted their cash while others like O’Conner have tried to change their
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TCM Remembers 2008, or How the Oscars Should Learn to Do an “In Memoriam” Segment

In the 2008 TCM Remembers clip above, you’ll find a collection of film personalities, from Ingmar Bergman star Eva Dahlbeck to JawsRoy Scheider, from Rear Window screenwriter John Michael Hayes to Il Sorpasso director Dino Risi, from silent film actress Anita Page (seen with Joan Crawford) to Black OrpheusBreno Mello and Marpessa Dawn, from Oscar winner Paul Scofield to schlock goddess Vampira. I dare you not to get choked up even if you don’t recognize most of them.
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