June 2018 Powerhouse/Indicator Films Releases

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SAMUEL FULLER AT COLUMBIA, 1937-1961

IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (Harry Lachman, 1937)
ADVENTURE IN SAHARA (D Ross Lederman, 1938)
POWER OF THE PRESS (Lew Landers, 1943)
SHOCKPROOF (Douglas Sirk, 1949)
SCANDAL SHEET (Phil Karlson, 1952)
THE CRIMSON KIMONO (Samuel Fuller, 1959)
UNDERWORLD U.S.A. (Samuel Fuller, 1961)

Release date: 18 JUNE 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (Blu-ray premieres)

The daring and provocative films of maverick American filmmaker Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) were some of the most hard-hitting, outspoken, politically progressive and visually audacious of the Hollywood studio era. This seven-film Blu-ray box set brings together Fuller’s entire output as a writer and director for Columbia Pictures: IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (1937), a witty satire on the movie-making business, co-written by Fuller; ADVENTURE IN SAHARA (1938), a gripping thriller based on a Fuller story; POWER OF THE PRESS (1943), a daring drama about a corrupt newspaper publisher, based on a Fuller story; SHOCKPROOF (1949), a brooding film noir written by Fuller and directed by the great Douglas Sirk; SCANDAL SHEET, a tense drama about a compromised newspaper editor, based on Fuller’s acclaimed novel The Dark Page; THE CRIMSON KIMONO (1959), Fuller’s frank and unsentimental detective thriller which attacked the prejudice, ignorance and bigotry that Fuller saw all around him; and UNDERWORLD U.S.A. (1961), Fuller’s unflinching depiction of the brutal world of organised crime. This collectable four-disc box set also contains an array of new and archival extra features, limited edition booklets with newly commissioned essays, archival material, contemporary reviews, and full film credits, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remasters of all seven films
• Original mono audio
Sam Fuller in Conversation with Henry Chapier (1989): archival recording from the French TV series Le divan d’Henry Chapier
Sam Fuller Storyteller (2009): Christa and Samantha Fuller, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Tim Robbins and Curtis Hanson on the life and work of Sam Fuller
Sam Fuller’s Search for Truth (2009): celebrated actor and director Tim Robbins discusses Fuller’s philosophy of cinema
The Culture of ‘The Crimson Kimono’ (2009, 10 mins): filmmaker Curtis Hanson considers the impact of The Crimson Kimono
Martin Scorsese on ‘Underworld U.S.A’ (2009, 6 mins): the renowned filmmaker discusses one of his favourite Fuller works
Barry Forshaw on ‘Underworld U.S.A.’ (2018, tbc mins): an appreciation by the author of American Noir
• Original theatrical trailers
• Limited Edition exclusive booklets containing newly commissioned essays by Pamela Hutchinson and Lindsay Ann Hallam, archival interviews with director Sam Fuller, historic articles, a critical anthology, and full film credits
• World Blu-ray premieres of It Happened in Hollywood, Adventure in Sahara, Power of the Press, Shockproof and Scandal Sheet
• UK Blu-ray premieres of The Crimson Kimono and Underworld U.S.A.
• Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies
• …AND MORE
• All extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: 12
REGION FREE
EAN: 5037899071458

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THE CHINA SYNDROME
(James Bridges, 1979)
Release date: 18 June 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

When a reporter and cameraman are assigned to cover the daily routine of a nuclear power plant, they witness and record an accident which could have wiped out the whole of Southern California, but their bosses refuse to broadcast the footage. Starring Jane Fonda (The Chase, Klute) Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot, Missing) and Michael Douglas (Basic Instinct, The Game), this daring and controversial thriller was nominated for four Academy Awards®, and proved to be horrifyingly prescient when the real-life Three Mile Island accident happened at a nuclear generator in Pennsylvania just 12 days after it was released in US cinemas.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track
A Fusion of Talent (1999, 28 mins): documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including Jane Fonda, actor-producer Michael Douglas, executive producer Bruce Gilbert, and actor Jack Larson, partner of director James Bridges
Creating a Controversy (1999, 30 mins): documentary about the controversy surrounding the film and the real-life events which occurred just after its release
• Deleted scenes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• 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 and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• …MORE TBC
• All extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: PG
REGION FREE
EAN: 5037899071496

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MODERN ROMANCE

Albert Brooks, 1981)
Release date: 18 June 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)

Neurotic, self-obsessed Robert Cole (Albert Brooks) is a successful film editor who splits up with his on-off girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold), only to try and win her back when he finds he can’t live without her. Considered by many to be one of America’s greatest comic talents, and sought out by filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Judd Apatow, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, actor-writer-director Brooks created what is perhaps his most caustic and excruciatingly honest film in Modern Romance.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• New audio commentary with critic and film historian Nick Pinkerton
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Isabel Stevens, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• …MORE TBC
• All extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: 15
REGION FREE
EAN: 5037899071465

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15 Comments

  1. This is outstanding stuff, indeed. Love that Indicator seems to have taken over the now-abandoned Warner Bros. box set model, adding even more elaborate extras. If you receive the company's newsletter, scroll to the very bottom and you will find a photo and a tag saying, "Coming later this year." The picture is from THESE ARE THE DAMNED, which to me suggests yet another Hammer set in the works, with perhaps a sci-fi theme. Might we finally get QUATERMASS II? I have emailed them to see if they might drop me a clue…

  2. Just like the Budd Boetticher set, there are some Sam Fuller films I wouldnt watch..so I am hoping for some single or double features down the line. Yes the box sets are beautiful but I don't collect for aesthetics 😀

  3. Bob Cashill

    Does is make more sense to order these direct from Indicator/PH, or from Amazon UK?

    Amazon is a little cheaper on shipping. Indicator shipping to US is $8.95, Amazon UK shipping to US on a box set like this (I used the Boetticher set as example since Amazon doesn't have the listing for the Sam Fuller set yet) is 3.07 GBP, or $4.37. I've always used Amazon UK.

  4. Bob Cashill

    Does is make more sense to order these direct from Indicator/PH, or from Amazon UK?

    Amazon UK drops the VAT for orders from non UK customers, and I believe that Indicator charges the VAT no matter where you are ordering from, so ordering from Amazon UK will be less expensive.

  5. skylark68

    Interesting box set. I don't think I've seen any of those films which is odd for me. I usually have seen at least one or two. Any that are highly recommended?

    I have The Crimson Kimono from Twilight Time, very good movie. Underworld USA is also out from TT, I've heard good things about the disc but don't have it. The film, IMO, is ok. I have not seen the others in that set.

  6. battlebeast

    Ive never seen The China Syndrome so I’d like to get that.

    One of my favorite films of the 1970’s. And it was VERY prescient about where TV news, especially local news, was headed.

  7. atfree

    I have The Crimson Kimono from Twilight Time, very good movie. Underworld USA is also out from TT, I've heard good things about the disc but don't have it. The film, IMO, is ok. I have not seen the others in that set.

    This is basically a replication of this (fine) Sony DVD set, with the "Blu-ray bump" (maybe) and new extras. Shockproof and Scandal Sheet are good: https://www.amazon.com/Collection-H…3569533&sr=8-1&keywords=sam+fuller+collection

  8. Dick

    This is outstanding stuff, indeed. Love that Indicator seems to have taken over the now-abandoned Warner Bros. box set model, adding even more elaborate extras. If you receive the company's newsletter, scroll to the very bottom and you will find a photo and a tag saying, "Coming later this year." The picture is from THESE ARE THE DAMNED, which to me suggests yet another Hammer set in the works, with perhaps a sci-fi theme. Might we finally get QUATERMASS II? I have emailed them to see if they might drop me a clue…

    When they announced the 1st Hammer box set they announced that they would be releasing 4 Hammer box sets 4 months apart. But they found that getting all the extras ready and multiple cuts of some of the films was more time consuming than they originally thought so they are being released 6-8 months apart. The 3rd box should be out somewhere between August -October and the 4th set 6-8 months after that. They haven't announced the titles yet but they will be the Columbia Hammers only. They said if the 1st four sell well enough there maybe a 5th set since there will be enough Colombia Hammers left. They unfortunately do not have Quatermass II. It belongs to Studio Canal.
    Besides These are the Damned these are the Sony Hammers that they could release: Terror of the Tongs, Camp on Blood Island, Yesterdays Enemy, Sword of Sherwood Forest, Revenge of Frankenstein, Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Stranglers of Bombay, Taste of Fear, Devil Ship Pirates, The Crimson Blade, Brghand of Khandahar and Creatures the World Forgot. They reportedly do not have the rights to Pirates of Blood River.

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