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Vestron Video and Lionsgate Home Entertainment will bring to Blu-ray Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13 (1963), starring William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel, and Patrick Magee. The release will be available for purchase on September 21.

Following his recent director's cuts for Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut and The Cotton Club Encore, Coppola went into his own private collection to restore his directorial debut from 1963.

Over the years, the film was shown on poor quality 16MM prints or transfers from whatever found its way into film collectors hands, but never properly presented as it was intended by the director.

Now fully restored and remastered in Coppola's original vision for the film, this is now the definitive version for fans of this cult classic.

"DEMENTIA 13 obviously occupies a place in my heart as my first film and I'm very proud that it can now exist as I intended it," said Coppola.

Coming to the Vestron Video Collector's Series and presented in 4K for the first time in almost 60 years, Francis Ford Coppola's remastered "Dementia 13: Director's Cut" is quintessential gothic horror, wrapped in the twisted mysteries of a family's deepest, darkest secrets. A widow deceives her late husband's mother and brothers into thinking he's still alive when she attends the yearly memorial to his drowned sister, hoping to secure his inheritance. But her cunning is no match for the demented, axe-wielding thing roaming the grounds of the family's Irish estate in this cult favorite featuring Patrick Magee, Luana Anders, William Campbell, and Bart Patton.


Special Features and Technical Specs:
BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THE FILM SUPERVISED BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
Prologue (Dementia 13 Test)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature





Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release on 4K Blu-ray Stanley Kubrick's classic film A Clockwork Orange (1971), starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, and John Clive. The release will be available for purchase on September 21.

Description: Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating. Derby-topped teddy-boy hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has his own way of having a good time - at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel. Controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won New York Film Critics Best Picture and Director awards and earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture. Its power still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM*
Malcolm McDowell Looks Back
Audio Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Historian Nick Redman
Theatrical Trailer
Channel Four Documentary Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange
Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
*The 4K restoration was conducted by Warner Bros.' Motion Picture Imaging (MPI). Kubrick's former right-hand man Leon Vitali and the Kubrick Estate worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the mastering process.




One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo.

Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls—a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom—collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption.

Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, Sanshiro Sugata, To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship.




What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatize any child that sees it!

A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall?

Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut and its home video premiere outside Japan, this rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu’s comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Brand new commentary by film historian David Kalat
This Charming Woman, a newly filmed interview with manga and folklore scholar Zack Davisson
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery

Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Mike Lee-Graham

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Raffael Coronelli




Skillful and suspenseful, Paramount’s beloved thriller BREAKDOWN comes to Blu-ray in a director-approved remaster, from a new 4K film scan.

Kurt Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true.



This limited-edition also includes new special features, including a look at the never-before-seen alternate opening, and an audio commentary with director Jonathan Mostow and star Kurt Russell.





Walerian Borowczyk's most notorious film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into an adult fairy tale.

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a insatiable American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda's (Sirpa Lane) relationship with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history.

A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, The Beast broke new ground in sensual cinema and remains a truly startling experience even today.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles
Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noel Very provides a commentary on footage shot during the film's production
Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk's sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk's crew
Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
Behind Enemy Lines - The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills







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