Rodney Perkins

Michelangelo Antonioni's RED DESERT Blu-Ray Review

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 film Red Desert is a bleak exploration of mental illness, alienation and environmental decay. The film is abstract, challenging and is arguably one of the most beautifully composed and photographed cinematic works of the past 5 decades.... More »
  

Abbas Kiarostami's CLOSE-UP Blu-Ray Review

The DVD and Blu-Ray of Abbas Kiarastomi's 1990 film Close-up serendipitously follows the premiere of his latest work, Certified Copy, at Cannes in 2010. Close-up is a subtle, complex film that demands multiple viewings in order to fully grasp its themes and... More »
  

Win a Signed CROPSEY Poster [UPDATED]

[Update: Cropsey's run at the IFC Center in New York has been extended another week. As a result, there is still time to enter the poster contest. Look for another update in about a week.] The theatrical release for Cropsey is... More »
  

BY BRAKHAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY Blu-Ray Review

On one level, reviewing Criterion's By Brakhage: An Anthology Blu-Ray box set is a straightforward task. This three Blu-Ray set is the largest collection of Stan Brakhage's works available on home video. Whats more, the presentation is of the highest possible quality.... More »
  

Pink Eiga Starts the Summer with DEEP CONTACT and NINJA PUSSYCAT

The description for Ninja Pussycat, which was directed Akira Fukamachi, is as follows:In 16th century Japan, Kotaro the Ninja is murdered after discovering that the Shogun and his son - the heir apparent - are not related. Now it is up... More »
  

Official Specs for the U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray of THE HORSEMAN

[Updated with image of the U.S. Blu-Ray Cover] Specifications for the U.S. home video release of the Australian bruiser The Horseman have been floating around the Internet for a little while. However, those specs have been either incomplete or wrong. Director Steven Kastrissios... More »
  

OSHIMA'S OUTLAW SIXTIES DVD Box Set Review

Eclipse's Oshima's Outlaw Sixties DVD box set is the first serious attempt to represent Nagisa Oshima's 1960s filmography on North American home video. The marketing of this box tends to make Oshima seem like a Eastern Jean Luc-Godard, but like other members of... More »
  

The Criterion Column: August 2010 Releases, Rumors of Hausu, Videodrome and More

Fall 2010 brings very interesting news and rumors about releases from The Criterion Collection. First, the label has issued the official list of films for August release. These include two essential documentaries by Terry Zwigoff, Black Orpheus, a box of... More »
  

Remastered SHOGUN ASSASSIN Blu-Ray is On the Way

Anyone looking for an excuse to upgrade to Blu-Ray might want to pay attention. AnimEigo is releasing a new Shogun Assassin Blu-Ray disc in August using "uncompressed 1080p 24p source materials." Other features include a brand new audio commentary and... More »
  

CROPSEY Gets Theatrical Release, New Teaser

The fascinatingly creepy documentary Cropsey is hitting the road for series of theatrical dates after a successful festival run in 2009. The film's theatrical run kicks off on June 4th, 2010 with a screening on the grounds of Willowbrook Mental... More »
  

Nicolas Roeg's WALKABOUT DVD Review

Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is an atmospheric tale of self-discovery that welds lush sound and visuals to a cryptic narrative. A new Criterion DVD and Blu-Ray release represents the third time the company has released Walkabout in the past 13 years. Those who... More »
  

The VICE GUIDE TO FILM Concludes With NORTH KOREAN FILM MADNESS

The first two episodes of the Vice Guide to Film where solid, but VBS.TV saved the best material in the final episode: North Korean Film Madness. The crew traveled to North Korea where they were able to get inside Pyongyang... More »
  

Ang Lee's RIDE WITH THE DEVIL Blu-Ray Review

Ang Lee's first American studio film Ride with the Devil was released, albeit briefly, in 1999 with numerous cuts that were either ordered by the studio or made by the director himself. The Criterion Collection has released a restored director's... More »
  

The Criterion Column: July 2010 New Releases, Free Online Streaming

Another month brings another set of titles from The Criterion Collection. July 2010 releases include two early films by Yasujrio Ozu, Secrets of the Grain, a Sacha Guitry box set, and long awaited digitally-restored versions of The Red Shoes and... More »
  

BIRDEMIC:SHOCK AND TERROR Blows Up With Theatrical Dates Across North America

Since the early screenings in Los Angeles and Austin, Birdemic has blossomed into a full-fledged phenomenon. Even mainstream outlets like the New York Times and the BBC are touting the film's "virtues." Now, Severin Films is bringing the plague to... More »
  

Contest: Win a Signed DVD of HAPPY NEGATIVE CHAINSAW EDGE [UPDATED]

The winners have been picked and notified. Thanks for participating in the contest.Well Go USA is releasing a Region 1 DVD of Happy Negative Chainsaw Edge on March 30th, 2010. Twitch readers have shot at winning one of five copies... More »
  

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW Finally Receiving an International DVD Release

After a strong international festival run in 2007 and 2008, the documentary I Think We're Alone Now is receiving a well-deserved DVD release. The film is available right now in the United Kingdom from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. Music Video Distributors... More »
  

Harmony Korine's TRASH HUMPERS Lands U.S. Distribution from Drag City

SXSW 2010 wrapped up what turned out to be a rather light North American festival run for Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers. Now, venerable indie record label Drag City is set to bring the film to a broader audience by handling... More »
  

JAPAN AT WAR DVD Box Set Looks at World War 2 From a Different Angle

AnimEigo has released a massive DVD box set titled Japan at the War. The set compiles four previously released AnimEigo titles with the intent of providing a Japanese perspective on the Second World War. Kihachi Okamoto's Japan's Longest Day (1967)... More »
  

THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS is Coming to North America

North Americans take heed! Kino has announced theatrical dates and a DVD/Blu-Ray release of the restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis  (now called The Complete Metropolis). This 147 minute version, which played at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, includes... More »
  
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