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Robert Crawford

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Coming August 13th on 4KUHD!
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BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1956)
• UHD SDR Master by StudioCanal – From 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
• Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton
Diary of a Villain: Documentary by Dominique Maillet (25:45)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
• In French with Optional English Subtitles

LE DOULOS (1962)
• UHD SDR Master by StudioCanal – From 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
Melville - The Demon Within Him: Interview with First Assistant Director Volker Schlöndorff (29:34)
Birth of the Detective Story Melville Style: Documentary (32:46)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
• In French with Optional English Subtitles

BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1956) B&W 98 Minutes 1.37:1 Not Rated
From Jean-Pierre Melville, the legendary director of Le Doulos, Le Samouraï, Army of Shadows and Un Flic, comes this classic heist film noir, in the tradition of Rififi. Suffused with wry humor, Bob Le Flambeur melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay the roadmap for the French New Wave. As the neon is extinguished for another dawn, an aging gambler (Roger Duchesne) navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen and naïve associates while plotting one last score—the heist of the Deauville casino. This underworld comedy of manners possesses all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize. Boasting a beautifully written screenplay by Melville and Auguste Le Breton (Razzia Sur la Chnouf) and stunning black-and-white cinematography by Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows, Purple Noon).

LE DOULOS (1962) B&W 108 Minutes 1.66:1 Not Rated
From Jean-Pierre Melville, the legendary director of Bob Le Flambeur, Le Deuxième Souffle, Le Cercle Rouge and Un Flic, comes this highly influential film noir classic. The backstabbing criminals in the shadowy underworld of Le Doulos have only one guiding principle: “Lie or die.” A stone-faced Jean-Paul Belmondo (Classe Tous Risques) stars as enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Faugel (Serge Reggiani, Army of Shadows), just released from the slammer and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end of this brutal, twisty, and multilayered policier, who will be left to trust? Shot and edited with Melville’s trademark cool and featuring masterfully stylized dialogue and performances, Le Doulos(slang for an informant) is one of the filmmaker’s most gripping crime films. Co-starring Jean Desailly (Un Flic) and Michel Piccoli (Max and the Junkmen), written by Melville, from the best-selling novel by Pierre Lesou (The Cop) and beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by Nicolas Hayer (Le Corbeau).

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I have all of these French films from prior Kino releases but I’ll vouch for all 3, they are amazing films. Alphaville is actually one of my favorite Godard films. I’ll eventually upgrade all 3.
 

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Thanks - you just saved me about thirty bucks :)

Godard is not for everyone. Alphaville is a personal fave of mine and I've owned it in every incarnation. There is nothing like it and depending on one's "politics" that's either a good or a bad thing,

FWIW, Alphaville is one of Godard's most accessible films. A lot of his movies feel like they were made for an audience of about five people, at least two of whom Godard holds in open contempt. Alphaville and Breathless are just about the only of his movies I feel comfortable recommending to someone outside his existing coterie of devotees.
 

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Coming August 20th!
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THE FOOD OF THE GODS (1976) KINO CULT #10
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critics/Authors Lee Gambin and John Harrison, Author of WILDCAT!: The Films of Marjoe Gortner
• Audio Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Bert I. Gordon
• Interview with Actress Belinda Balaski
• 3 Radio Spots and 2 TV Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) KINO CULT #11
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker/Historian Michael Varrati
• Audio Commentary by Producer/Director Bert I. Gordon
• Radio Spot
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

THE FOOD OF THE GODS (1976) Color 88 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated PG
Get ready for a taste of HELL! B-movie maestro Bert I. Gordon (Village of the Giants, Empire of the Ants)—the godfather of the “gigantic creature” genre—delivers the biggest Midnight Movie of all with this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells’ classic tale of sci-fi terror, The Food of the Gods predicts a future where animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain…and eager to get their fill! On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants! Now, it’s up to the island’s few residents and visitors (including Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher and Ida Lupino) to destroy “the food of the gods”…before the animals take over for good!

EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) Color 89 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated PG
It’s no PICNIC! From sci-fi mastermind H.G. Wells and B-movie bigwig Bert I. Gordon (Village of the Giants, The Food of the Gods)—brace yourself for mutant mayhem and pestilent payback in this cult classic creature feature about good bugs gone BAD! Starring queen of mean Joan Collins (The Stud), this incredible insect extravaganza is swarming with flesh-crawling chills, hair-raising thrills and spine-tingling terror...with a venge-ANTS! A heavenly paradise becomes a hellish nightmare when a toxic spill turns harmless ants into rampaging, radioactive reprobates! Stumbling into their creepy lair, a sleazy land developer (Collins) and her clients (including Robert Lansing and John David Carson) are horrified to realize that the ants are having a picnic...and humans are on the menu! Fleeing for their lives—only to be squashed underfoot—they soon discover that these bad-boy bugs are hell-bent on exterminating mankind, and building an evil empire where humans check in...but they can’t check out!

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I too have the Kino BD, the same Actor (Eddie Constantine) was much better in Attack of the Robots.


The funny thing is that a lot of people who are familiar with Alphaville don't realize that Constantine played Lemmy Caution in a total of ten films. The only one (other than Alphaville) that I know of on BD (which I have) is the first one, from 1953:

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It's a French release, but it includes English subtitles.

I never got around to picking up Attack of the Robots (to be honest, I'm not a big fan of Jesus Franco), but FWIW, it's available on Blu-ray or DVD from Kino (it's on the Redemption label).

 

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Coming August 20th!
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FROGS (1972) KINO CULT #12
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Historian/Producer Dan Marino (son of NFL legend)
• Interview with Actress Joan Van Ark
• 4 TV Spots and 3 Radio Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 91 Minutes 1.78:1 Rated PG
Today the pond…Tomorrow the world!
A shocker reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds, this amphibious horror flick is teeming with thousands of nasty-tempered creatures that are hopping mad—and murderous. Jumping with action, suspense, revenge and Southern Gothic charm, Frogs stars Ray Milland (The Thing with Two Heads), Sam Elliott (The Legacy) and Joan Van Ark (The Last Dinosaur) are constantly a lily pad away from croaking! Jason Crockett (Milland) is an aging, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday party. The old man is more than crotchety…he’s crazy! Hating nature, Crockett poisons anything that crawls on his property. But on the night of his shindig, it’s nature’s payback time, and thousands of frogs whip up every bug and slimy thing into a toxic frenzy until the entire environment goes environ-mental. Directed by George McCowan (H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come).

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Coming August 20th!
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FROGS (1972) KINO CULT #12
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Historian/Producer Dan Marino (son of NFL legend)
• Interview with Actress Joan Van Ark
• 4 TV Spots and 3 Radio Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 91 Minutes 1.78:1 Rated PG
Today the pond…Tomorrow the world!
A shocker reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds, this amphibious horror flick is teeming with thousands of nasty-tempered creatures that are hopping mad—and murderous. Jumping with action, suspense, revenge and Southern Gothic charm, Frogs stars Ray Milland (The Thing with Two Heads), Sam Elliott (The Legacy) and Joan Van Ark (The Last Dinosaur) are constantly a lily pad away from croaking! Jason Crockett (Milland) is an aging, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday party. The old man is more than crotchety…he’s crazy! Hating nature, Crockett poisons anything that crawls on his property. But on the night of his shindig, it’s nature’s payback time, and thousands of frogs whip up every bug and slimy thing into a toxic frenzy until the entire environment goes environ-mental. Directed by George McCowan (H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come).

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Coming August 20th!
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SQUIRM (1976) KINO CULT #13
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critics/Authors Lee Gambin and John Harrison
• Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman
Digging In - The Making of Squirm: Documentary with Jeff Lieberman, Actor Don Scardino and Special Effects Artist Bill Milling (33:11)
Eureka: A Tour of Locations with Jeff Lieberman
• TV and Radio Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 92 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated PG
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out…and to their ravenous intent, they leave no doubt! A truly frightening account of an infestation of biting worms, Squirm is guaranteed to make you do just that! When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia’s power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface—and then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage—before becoming tilled under themselves! Try to sit still for Squirm, the cult eco-horror classic from director Jeff Lieberman (Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn) and makeup F/X legend Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London)!

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Coming August 20th!
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FROGS (1972) KINO CULT #12
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Historian/Producer Dan Marino (son of NFL legend)
• Interview with Actress Joan Van Ark
• 4 TV Spots and 3 Radio Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Reversible Art and O-Card Slipcase
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 91 Minutes 1.78:1 Rated PG
Today the pond…Tomorrow the world!
A shocker reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds, this amphibious horror flick is teeming with thousands of nasty-tempered creatures that are hopping mad—and murderous. Jumping with action, suspense, revenge and Southern Gothic charm, Frogs stars Ray Milland (The Thing with Two Heads), Sam Elliott (The Legacy) and Joan Van Ark (The Last Dinosaur) are constantly a lily pad away from croaking! Jason Crockett (Milland) is an aging, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday party. The old man is more than crotchety…he’s crazy! Hating nature, Crockett poisons anything that crawls on his property. But on the night of his shindig, it’s nature’s payback time, and thousands of frogs whip up every bug and slimy thing into a toxic frenzy until the entire environment goes environ-mental. Directed by George McCowan (H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come).

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When I bought this magazine, the cover alone made me want to see this movie. 😂
 

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Squirm is a longtime favorite but I have to question the wisdom of Blu-ray purchases while we're neck deep into the 4K format. Snazzy slipcovers and new extras are nice but recycled masters take some of the fun out. Even if it were a fresh scan, Blu-ray is beginning to feel like a quaint older uncle who is still using a flip phone :)
 

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I'd guess it's financial/economic reasons. From what I've heard, it's significantly more expensive to master/replicate a 4K disc than blu-ray. I think the potential market for blu-ray is also larger, as there are a significant number of people on this HT forum that have not yet upgraded to 4K and sound like they don't really have any desire to do so. Blu-ray would also sell for a lower price point and may entice some that may not be willing to spend extra on a 4K for this film even if they have that capability.
 

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Squirm is a longtime favorite but I have to question the wisdom of Blu-ray purchases while we're neck deep into the 4K format. Snazzy slipcovers and new extras are nice but recycled masters take some of the fun out. Even if it were a fresh scan, Blu-ray is beginning to feel like a quaint older uncle who is still using a flip phone :)

I think Blu Ray is just taking the place of DVD as the go-to format for most people who still buy physical media unless DVD is the only option. The cost of the 4K players and the UHD‘s themselves are what I think are the main reasons that 4K is still really only for the collectors and not the mainstream buyers. I would guess most people only have a DVD/ Blu Ray player and not a 4K player .
 

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Squirm is a longtime favorite but I have to question the wisdom of Blu-ray purchases while we're neck deep into the 4K format. Snazzy slipcovers and new extras are nice but recycled masters take some of the fun out. Even if it were a fresh scan, Blu-ray is beginning to feel like a quaint older uncle who is still using a flip phone :)
It's economics and that's the short of it.
 

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Also what I find interesting is that if you look on the dvd/Reddit forums , a lot of the young kids that buy from pawn shops and thrift stores buy the DVD’s because they are cheap , Which I think is great bc it keeps the hobby alive and not going to waste in landfills . that’s exactly what I did (and still do) when I was their age and had less $$ to buy new blu rays & 4K. It also gets them interested in the older movies and not just todays blockbusters or the newest horror title. In time , they’ll buy the new stuff to keep our niche hobby alive
 

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