Friday, July 18, 2014

THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (1985)


THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (1985) 
'Fair is Fair' Edition Blu-ray

Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
Region Code: A
Rating: PG-13
Duration: 95 Minutes
Video: 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 
Director: Matthew Robins
Cast: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Peter Coyote, Keith Gordon, Yeardley Smith, Martha Gehman

I completely remember watching this for the first-time on VHS seated on my grandmother's floor soaking in the glow of the TV as I lusted after Helen Slater (SUPERGIRL) for ninety-five minutes. To say that this most recent viewing was not laced with warm nostalgia and and adolescent lust would be a straight-up lie.

In a small Corpus Christi neighborhood Binx (Christian Slater) stands-up for his sister Billie Jean (Helen Slater) who is being harassed by a group of popped-collar styled jerks the 80's were so full of. In retaliation they trash Binx's prized motor scooter and smash-up his face. Outraged by the incident Billie Jean approaches the father of the teen responsible who in turn forces himself on the young woman when her brother walks-in and accidentally shoots the dirt bag. Scared and not believing anyone will believe poor kids from the trailer park the teens hit the road with friends Ophelia (Martha Gehman) and Putter (Yeardley Smith, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE). While fleeing authorities the teens gain notoriety and the public sympathy as the authorities - lead by Lt. Ringwald (Peter Coyote, SOUTHERN COMFORT) -  launch a statewide manhunt. 

While on the run Billie Jean watches a Joan of Arc film and is inspired to cut her hair short. afterward make a video proclaiming her innocence which goes viral and young women across the state start cutting their hair short as show of support. Christian Slater made his feature film debut with this one before going onto teen-glory with HEATHER, GLEAMING THE CUBE an my favorite PUMP UP THE VOLUME! Fans of THE SIMPSONS will spot Yeardley Smith as the foul-mouthed Putter and I am pleased  to say her character is nowhere near as annoying as her screeching turn in Stephen King's MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. 

While on the run the group make friends with a wealthy horror-nerd named Lloyd who ends up a very willing hostage with a sweet spot for Billie Jean and who can blame him? The scene with her on coming out the water and laying on the raft at the top of the film makes me tingly all over. Unfortunately Lloyd neglects to mention that his father (Dean Stockwell, WILD AT HEART) is running for State Attorney General which complicates matters. There's also a small cameo from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 screamer Caroline Williams  who screams quite a bit in a very tiny role. 

The hi-def presentation from Mill Creek Entertainment is pretty decent and while there's no lossless audio option the Dolby Digital stereo supports it quite nicely with a soundtrack featuring the Divinyls, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol and even Wendy O. Williams. 

THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN is pretty ridiculous but it works for me in a nostalgic 
fist-pumping teen sort of way. It's certainly a bit silly watching it now but when I was twelve it felt like a fucking battle cry - haha. While it's no Reagan-era classic it's certainly worth a revisit and you can pick it up for just a few bucks plus there's a commentary from Helen Slater and Yeardley Smith. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing Announce First Eight Releases in New Multi-Year Distribution Deal in August


Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing Announce First Eight Titles to be Released Under New Multi-Year Distribution Deal in August 
Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing are pleased to announce the inaugural releases of eight films under the companies' new multi-year distribution deal. Over the next year and after, there will be additional releases by Kino Lorber from the Scorpion library, including new acquisitions that will be available for the first time.

Among the first selection of titles to be released in August are Green Ice, starring Ryan O'Neal and Omar Sharif; Grizzly, starring Christopher George (both streeting on DVDAugust 5th with individual SRPs of $19.95); A Summer Story, starring Susannah York (streeting August 12th with a SRP of $24.95), the award-winning Australian dramaCareful He Might Hear You (streeting on August 12th, with a SRP of $19.95), Jack Hill's Sorceress, produced by Roger Corman (streeting on August 19th on Blu-ray [SRP: $29.95]) and DVD [SRP: $24.95]); The Girl in a Swing, starring Meg Tilly (streeting on DVD on August 19th with a SRP of $19.95); the acclaimed drama Friendly Fire, starring Carol Burnett, and the 1982 TV movie version of The Elephant Man (both streeting on DVD on August 26th with individual SRPs of $24.95).
GREEN ICE (1981)
Director: ERNEST DAY
Cast: RYAN O'NEAL, ANNE ARCHER, OMAR SHARIF, JOHN LARROQUETTE

In the Andes mountains a group of archaeologists are murdered after they discover uncut emeralds. Back in New York, Joseph Wiley (Ryan O'Neal, Love Story) is down on his luck and runs off to Mexico where he meets Lilian Holbrook (Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction). The two are instantly attracted to each other, but Lilian is on her way to meet Meno Argenti (Omar Sharif, Doctor Zhivago), the man who intends to marry her. Wiley is mistakenly drawn into perilous adventure when a mysterious caller tells him to look at the samples - stolen emeralds. Lilian's sister is killed and, suspecting Argenti, Wiley and Lilian, in a bid to avenge her murder, plan a daring raid on Argenti's vault of emeralds - green ice. Also starring John Larroquette (TV'sNight Court).


1981 * Color * 115 Minutes * 16x9 Widescreen (1.85:1) * Rated PG *
Genre: Action / Adventure
DVD UPC# 853765005229  $19.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/8  STREET 8/5
Special Feature: Isolated M&E track
GRIZZLY (1976) 
Director: WILLIAM GIRDLER
Cast: CHRISTOPHER GEORGE, ANDRE PRINE, RICHARD JAECKEL, JOAN McCALL

When an eighteen-foot, two-thousand-pound grizzly bear starts mauling campers and hikers at a state park, a park ranger (Christopher George, The Exterminator) springs into action. But the job is too big to tackle alone, so he enlists the aid of a naturalist (Richard Jaeckel,The Dirty Dozen) and a helicopter pilot (Andrew Prine, The Evil) to take this freak of nature down. Meanwhile, the giant grizzly, not content with picnic baskets, continues to kill indiscriminately, leaving pools of blood and piles of body parts in his wake. Can the ranger and his cronies end the grizzly's reign of terror without resorting to excessively extreme measures? This post-Jaws, nature-runs-rampant thriller was directed by William Girdler (Day of the Animals), and was a box office hit and the top-grossing independent film of 1976.
 

1976 * Color * 89 Minutes * 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1) * Rated PG *
Genre: Horror
DVD UPC# 853765005076  $19.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/8  STREET 8/5

Special Features:
* JAWS WITH THE CLAWS Featurette with Producer David Sheldon, Writer Harvey Flaxman, Actors Joan McCall and Andrew Prine
* New Beverly Screening Q&A with Andrew Prine and producer Richard Sheldon
* Fun Facts and Trivia Segment 
* Brand New 5.1 Surround Sound
* Original Theatrical Trailer

A SUMMER STORY (1988)
Director: PIERS HAGGARD
Cast: JAMES WILBY, SUSANNAH YORK, JEROME FLYNN

A country girl has a brief, life-shattering moment when she falls for a young lawyer. Adapted from John Galsworthy's The Apple Tree, the film tells of the relationship between a young London lawyer, Frank Ashton (James Wilby, Handful of Dust) and Megan David (Imogen Stubbs, True Colors), the innocent girl who helps him during his recovery from a twisted ankle at the farm where she lives. The attraction between the two is overpowering; they make love in the farm hayloft and vow never to be parted. But Frank goes to Torquay where he meets an old schoolfriend and his lovely sister Stella (Sophie Ward). Thus, Frank's plans become muddled and Megan comes looking for him. A Summer Story of young love. Also starring Susannah York (Tom Jones) and Jerome Flynn (TV's Game of Thrones).


1988 * Color * 95 Minutes * Rated PG-13 *
Genre: Drama / Romance
DVD UPC# 853765005137  $24.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/15  STREET 8/12

CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU (1983) 
Director: CARL SCHULTZ
Cast: WENDY HUGHES, ROBYN NEVIN, NICHOLAS GLEDHILL
Winner of 8 Australian Film Institute Awards - Nominated for 5 more - National Board of Reviews: Winner (Top 10 Films)

Set in Australia in the 1930s, this drama stars Nicholas Gledhill as P.S., a six-year old boy who lives with his Aunt Lila (Robyn Nevin, The Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix Revolutions) and Uncle George (Peter Whitford, Strictly Ballroom). P.S.'s mother died in childbirth, so her sister Lila took him in, and while George and Lila don't have much money, they always done the best they could to the give the boy a good home. One day, Lila's older sister, Venessa (Wendy Hughes, My Brilliant Career) arrives from a trip around the world; Vanessa is quiet wealthy, and upon her return to Australia, she expresses interest in taking custody of the child. Lila is willing to let the boy meet his aunt, but decides to fight her in court when she decides that she wants the boy full time. The case becomes more complicated by the arrival of the boy's long-absent father, Logan (John Hargreaves, Emerald City), an alcoholic who loves his son, but is incapable of caring for him. Careful He Might Hear You won 8 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Hughes) and Best Supporting Actor (Hargreaves).


1983 * Color * 110 Minutes * 16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1) * Rated PG *
Genre: Drama
DVD UPC# 853765005069 $19.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/15  STREET 8/12

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* A CHILD'S JOURNEY FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN: 74 Minute Featurette with all new interviews with actors Wendy Hughes, Nicholas Gledhill and Producer Jill Robb
* A 35 minute 1985 Interview with Author Summer Locke
* Stills Gallery

SORCERESS (1982)
Director JACK HILL
Cast: LEIGH HARRIS, LYNETTE HARRIS, DAVID MILLBERN

From legendary producer Roger Corman (Bloody Mama) comes the box office hit of 1982,Sorceress. When an evil Wizard Traigon makes a pact with the dark forces to sacrifice his first born to his God Caligara to gain the highest degree of power, but things get complicated when his gives birth to twin. Having knowledge of her husband's plan she runs away and her two daughters grow up to be beautiful warriors played by playboy playmates Leigh and Lynette Harris. After the death of their mother and adopted families at the hands of Traigon and his army, the twins blessed with the forces of light and strength given to them by the magical warrior Krona, join forces with Baldar the Viking and Erlik the Barbarian to take down Traigon and avenge their mother's death. Standing in their way is all sorts of Traigon's minions, from an army of ape man to undead zombies which leads us to a climax in an all out battle between good and evil! Now watch this cult classic, not only from a brand new HD master, but from a previously never-before-seen longer version!


1982 * Color * 83 Minutes * 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1) * Rated R *
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
DVD UPC# 853765005250 $24.95 SRP
BLU-RAY UPC# 853765005236 $29.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/22  STREET 8/19

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Brand New 16x9 Master of the Longer Cut
* On Camera Interview with Producer Roger Corman
* On Camera Interview with Special Effects Artist John Carl Buechler
* On Camera Interview with Writer Jim Wynorski
* On Camera Interview with Post Production Supervisor Clark Henderson
* Original Theatrical Trailer

GIRL IN A SWING (1988) 
Director: GORDON HESSLER
Cast: MEG TILLY, RUPERT FRAZER, NICHOLAS LE PREVOST, ELSPET GRAY

A London art broker (Rupert Frazer, Empire of the Sun) goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman (Meg Tilly, The Big Chill), despite the fact that he knows virtually nothing about her. She insists on not being married in a church, and after they are married, some bad things from her past begin surfacing in subtly supernatural ways, and he must find the best way to deal with them without destroying their relationship. Based on the best selling novel by Richard Adams (Watership Down) and directed by horror specialist Gordon Hessler (Cry of the BansheeThe Oblong Box).


1988 * Color * 119 Minutes * Widescreen (1.66:1) * Rated R *
Genre: Thriller / Romance
DVD UPC# 853765005359 $19.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/22  STREET 8/19

FRIENDLY FIRE (1979 TV MOVIE) 
Director: DAVID GREENE
Cast: Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Timothy Hutton, David Keith

The true story of Peg (Carol Burnett, The Four Seasons) and Gene Mullen (Ned Beatty,Deliverance) who pursue the truth over their son's death in Vietnam. After their son is killed in Vietnam the couple's on-going enquiries eventually establish he was killed by 'artillery fire from friendly forces'. This beautifully orchestrated, harrowing story, assembled with uncommon sensitivity, is one of the most dramatic works ever made about the Vietnam War. Directed by David Greene (Hard Country) and based on the novel by C.D.B. Bryan (So Much Unfairness of Things) The wonderful cast includes Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) and David Keith (An Officer and a Gentleman). Winner of 4 Emmy Award® including Best Director and nominated for 3 more including Best Actor and Best Actress. 1980 Peabody Award Winner and DGA nominee foe Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials or Movies Made for TV.


1979 * Color * 147 Minutes * Full Screen (1.33:1) * Not Rated *
Genre: Drama
DVD UPC# 853765005144 $24.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/29  STREET 8/26

THE ELEPHANT MAN (1982 TV MOVIE)
Director: JACK HOFSISS
Cast: PHILIP ANGLIM, KEVIN CONWAY, GLENN CLOSE

The story of John Merrick (Philip Anglim), The Elephant Man, and of his triumph over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic; an exultation of the humanity of a man trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease. We see John Merrick as a man with many admirers, beginning with the witty and beautiful actress, Mrs. Kendal (Penny Fuller), who, so taken with Merrick, brought a who's who of English society to visit him regularly. The stellar cast includes Glenn Close as Princess Alexandra and Kevin Conway. Directed by DGA nominee Jack Hofsiss (1984 TV Movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Winner of 1 Emmy Award® for Best Supporting Actress (Fuller) and nominated for 3 more including Best Actor, Philip Anglim who also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Motion Picture.


1982 * Color * 90 Minutes * Full Screen (1.33:1) * Not Rated *
Genre: Drama
DVD UPC# 853765005243 $24.95 SRP
PREBOOK 7/29  STREET 8/26

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* On Camera Interview with co-star Kevin Conway
* On Camera Interview with director Jack Hofsiss

88 FILMS Presents the SLASHER CLASSICS COLLECTION


88 Films Goes Back to the Golden Age of Gore…

THE SLASHER CLASSICS COLLECTION

A CELEBRATION OF TEEN-KILL CARNAGE – UNCUT, UNLEASHED AND UNHINGED!

Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?

Hence, 88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “SLASHER CLASSICS” line –
kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods is a catalogue of splatter-slapstick craziness which lines up a group of campers and crushes them in increasingly comical ways. Take it from us: this maddening mash-up of absurdity and arteries really does have to be seen to be believed!

Following on from this bout of bad-actor bludgeoning will be a new BluRay bow for Herb Freed’s student-filleting frightener Graduation Day (1981), in which high school pupils meet a sticky end from a mysterious stalker in a fencing mask. Adding to the onscreen allure of Graduation Day is a cast of cult veterans that includes Christopher George (City of the Living Dead, Pieces), beloved Scream Queen Linnea Quigley (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Return of the Living Dead) and future small screen celebrity, and Playboy cover girl, Vanna White.


Finally (at least for now) 88 Films is proud to present
Charles Kaufman's Mother’s Day (1980) – a macabre movie so effective that Hollywood A-lister Brett Ratner (director of the Rush Hour series and this summer’s Hercules) produced a 2010 remake headlined by Rebecca De Mornay. As usual, though, it is the original which packs the biggest punch. Boasting a tone that is both sinister and satirical – Mother’s Day has three female friends accidentally stumble upon the land of the most dysfunctional family this side of Leatherface and his clan. What follows is not for the faint-hearted – indeed, in his original review the late, great Roger Ebert accused this controversial creeper of wallowing in “images of vile and depraved sadism”!!! You can make up your own minds when Mother’s Day arrives on UK BluRay in early 2015.

Each release in this very special collection will boast a numbered spine, additional features, a reversible sleeve and an informative new booklet, with writing on each respective film, from author Calum Waddell – the erstwhile producer of such documentaries as 88 Films’ own SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER. Most importantly, of course, we can promise uncut and uncensored prints – with each hack em’ up epic looking bloodier and better than ever before!

ABOUT 88 FILMS:

88 Films, named in homage to the Back to the Future franchise, was launched in 2012 and has become one of Britain’s leading boutique labels – dedicated to the loving presentation and restoration of both classic and marginal genre movies. Choice cuts from the 88 Films’ vaults include HD releases of several features from Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment including the Puppet Master and Subspecies series, Stuart Gordon’s crimson-caked creature feature Castle Freak (1995), Demonic Toys (1992) and the pint-sized superhero thriller Dollman (1991). In 2014, 88 Films debuted an uncut print of Alfred Sole’s masterpiece Alice Sweet Alice (1976), unleashed the controversial killer-kids chiller Bloody Birthday (1981) and gave a long-awaited UK BluRay bow to Maniac star Joe Spinell’s frequently misunderstood postmodern coup d'état The Last Horror Film (1982). Along with offerings from Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders/ The Doll Squad), the Sherilyn Fenn-starring softcore romance Two Moon Junction (1988) and the 42nd Street staple Bloodsucking Freaks (1976), 88 Films continues to brings an eclectic mix of movies to the UK home video market. The very first 88 Films’ BluRay steelbook also made an appearance this year thanks to a wonderfully presented pressing of the Troma terror-trademark The Toxic Avenger (1984), which has become the company’s best selling release to date. Forthcoming fright-flicks from 88 Films include the Sam Raimi-produced zombie nightmare The Dead Next Door (1989), directed by J.R. Bookwalter, all three sequels to The Toxic Avenger and some more stuff we would love to tell you about but, if we did, we just might have to kill you…

TRANCERS (1984) Available Now on Remastered Blu-ray from FULL MOON FEATURES

TRANCERS (1984) 

TRANCERS is available NOW on Blu-ray for the first time and has been remastered with in anamorphic widescreen with a new color correction plus 5.1 surround sound with a host of extras!

Special Features:
- Audio Commentary by Tim Thomerson and Charles Band
- Daniel Griffith's Trancers Featurette
- Rare Interview with Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, and Megan Ward
- Complete Trancers: City of Lost Angels segment from the Pulsepounders Trilogy 

- Rare Stills Gallery 
- Rare Full Moon Trailers
- 5.1 surround sound
- 16:9 widescreen
- Region Free
- Remastered release 2014


Check out '9 MINUTES' – A SCI-FI SHORT FILM BY DIRECTOR P.J. WOLFF

9 MINUTES – A SCI-FI SHORT FILM BY DIRECTOR P.J. WOLFF
GAINS CRITICAL ACCLAIM AND OVER 200,000 VIEWS

"A spine tingling short about an alien encounter in the age of iPhones" 
- Lauren Davis, io9 


"9 Minutes is fantastically crafted. The camera work is smooth and purposeful,
truly conducting the steady suspense felt throughout the film."
- Jeanette Bonds - Short of The Week

SINNERS HOLIDAY Kickstarter campaign launched

Los Angeles, CA – July 16, 2014 – Rock 'n' roller turned filmmaker, P.J. Wolff's new sci-fi short film, 9 Minutes, is taking the web by storm. As a Vimeo staff pick, 9 Minutes, has already racked up over 200k views in less than two weeks and has been featured on shortoftheweek.comio9.com, Geek Tyrant and more. The film stars Joshua Leonard (Blair Witch Project, If I Stay) as a man completing the construction of his vacation home. His dog Jett, is his only companion in a remote area of Joshua Tree, California. Strange occurrences throughout the day culminate in a night that will affect them both forever.

Wolff directed the well received DIY rock documentary Badsville and dozens of music videos for artists like The Cramps, John Doe, and Billy Idol. He is a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene and well known as co-founder of L.A. based indie label Acetate Records (Supersuckers, Throwrag, Prima Donna). Wolff now turns his directorial sights on narrative film projects, 9 Minutes, being the first.

The grind-house style feature film, Sinners Holiday -- a celebration of B-movie bad girls, motor-psycho outlaws, switchblades, kinky cops and rock 'n' roll – is the next project slated for completion. Wolff just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get the cameras rolling. He's already got a teaser for the film in the can which features recent Emmy nominee, Natasha Lyonne (OITNB), famed musician/actor John Doe (X, Boogie Nights) and a host of notorious rock n' roll luminaries like Corey Parks of Nashville Pussy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE BALLAD OF THE WORMS COMING FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR/BLOGGER/PODCASTER CHUCK CONRY


As you may know by now, horror writer/director Chuck Conry’s (zombiesdontrun.net) film MORBID will be released on August 26 on DVD from Wild Eye Releasing. However, Chuck is about to once again get things rolling on his next film, an action/horror/exploitation hybrid titled, THE BALLAD OF THE WORMS

While little details can be given at this time, what we do know is that it will apparently pit a supernatural ninja against a woman-hating cult and is set in the backwoods of Manchester Tennessee, which is known for being the yearly home of the Bonnaroo music festival.

Pre-production is said to be starting soon with filming hopefully starting before the end of the year. The intention is to have it ready by early 2015 with a release soon after.

For more details visit the Grundy Nation Films Facebook page or follow Chuck himself on Twitter.

Be sure to pre-order MORBID available on DVD from WILD EYE RELEASING on 8/26th 

Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release Love in the City on Blu-ray and DVD July 22nd

Raro 
Kino Lorber
Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release the classic Italian omnibus film Love in the City,
featuring six short works directed by some of the greatest names in world cinema including
Fellini and Antonioni

This rarely-seen collaboration by some of Italy's greatest filmmakers to finally become available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22nd packed with special features, including audio commentaries, interviews and more! 

  
Raro Video and Kino Lorber are pleased to announce the release of LOVE IN THE CITY, an anthology of six short works by some of the greatest directors in world cinema, including Federico Fellini (8 ½La Dolce Vita) and Michelangelo Antonioni (L'AvventuraBlow-Up).

LOVE IN THE CITY comes to Blu-ray (SRP: $34.95) and DVD (SRP: $29.95) on July 22nd, presented in a new HD transfer and packed with special features, including audio commentaries on each segment by Carlo Lizzani, Francesco Maselli, Giudo Chiesa, Silvano Agosti, Mario Brenta, and Mimmo Calopresti; interviews with film critics Paolo Mereghetti, Luca Bandirali, and Angelo Pasquini; and the original theatrical trailer.

A precursor to anthology films such as Boccaccio '70, where several renowned filmmakers each create their own chapters in a grand compilation, LOVE IN THE CITYpresents six segments crafted by a slew of Italian filmmakers: Fellini, Antonioni, Cesare Zavattini (writer of Bicycle Thieves), Dino Risi (Il Sorpasso), Alberto Lattuada (Mafioso), Carlo Lizzani (writer of Bitter Rice), and Francesco Maselli.
Love for Money (Amore che si Paga)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 11 min., b&w
director: Carlo Lizzani
Attempted Suicide (Tentato Suicidio)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 22 min., b&w
director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Paradise for Three Hours (Paradiso per Tre Ore)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 12 min., b&w
director: Dino Risi
Marriage Agency (Agenzia Matrimoniale)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 16 min., b&w
director: Federico Fellini
Story of Caterina (Storia di Caterina)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 27 min., b&w
director: Francesco Maselli, Cesare Zavattini
Italians Turn Their Heads (Gli Italiani si Voltano)
Italy, 1953, 35mm, 14 min., b&w
director: Alberto Lattuada
L'AMORE IN CITTA'-rare original Italian theatrical trailer
L'AMORE IN CITTA'- rare original Italian theatrical trailer
LOVE IN THE CITY
Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada,
Carlo Lizzani, Francesco Maselli, Dino Risi, Cesare Zavattini
Genre: Drama/Foreign
Blu-ray Street Date: July 22nd, 2014
DVD Street Date: July 22nd, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Technical Specs:
1953 * 105 minutes * Italian w/ optional English subtitles
* B&W * 4:3 letterbox * linear PCM dual mono
Special Features:
Audio commentary on LOVE FOR MONEY by Carlo Lizzani
Audio commentary on STORY OF CATERINA by Francesco Maselli
Audio commentary on ATTEMPTED SUICIDE by Giudo Chiesa
Audio commentary on MARRIAGE AGENCY by Silvano Agosti
Audio commentary on ITALIANS TURN THEIR HEADS by Mario Brenta
Audio commentary on PARADISE FOR THREE HOURS by Mimmo Calopresti
Interview with Paolo Mereghetti, film critic
Interview with Luca Bandirali, film critic 
Interview with Angelo Pasquini
Original Theatrical Trailer