Cohen Film Collection’s April Slate Includes ‘Jigsaw,’ ‘Dementia’

Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection have announced their April 2022 Blu-ray Disc releases. The slate includes Jigsaw on April 5, Oranges and Sunshine April 12, My Afternoons with Marguerite April 19, and Dementia April 26.

In the newly restored 1962 Brit Noir classic, Jigsaw follows an absorbing murder mystery based on the Hillary Waugh novel Sleep Long, My Love and inspired by the Brighton Trunk Murders of the 1930s. After discovering a woman’s body in a lonely beach house, a pair of Brighton detectives painstakingly assemble a jigsaw puzzle of clues as they attempt to track down the murderer.

The 2010 Australian drama Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Through her work, Humphreys reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account, and drew worldwide attention to the issue.

Set in a small French town, My Afternoon with Margueritte is a story of life’s random encounters. The 2010 French film follows the story of a nearly illiterate man in his 50s named Germain, who is considered the village idiot. He goes to the park one day and meets Margueritte, an intelligent little old lady with a passion for life that inspires Germain, who realizes he is more of an intellectual than he’s made himself out to be.

A 1950s style foray into the mind of psycho-sexual madness, Dementia follows a young woman who is haunted by the horrors of her youth, which transformed her into a stiletto-wielding, man-hating beatnik. The original film contained no dialogue, but narration was added two years later and the title changed to Daughter of Horror. This edition presents the original cut of Dementia, the complete Daughter of Horror, and the original theatrical trailer.

Cohen Media Group Sets January 2022 Blu-ray Disc Release Slate

The Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection have announced their January 2022 Blu-ray Disc release slate.

The three releases are Only the Animals, Expresso Bongo and Dancing With Crime/The Green Cockatoo.

First up is 2019’s Only the Animals, arriving Jan. 4. The thriller, from director Dominik Moll (With A Friend Like Harry), tells the story of two depressed farmers, an unfaithful wife, a lovelorn waitress and an African con artist who are drawn together in a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s glamorous Evelyne Ducat. The action switches between international locations as the links between the characters are gradually revealed. The film is in French, with English subtitles. Cast members include Denis Menochet, Laure Calamy and Damien Bonnard. 

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Expresso Bondo, coming to Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 18, is a 1959 British rock ‘n’ roll classic about an opportunistic Soho talent agent (Laurence Harvey) who always looks for the quick buck. When he picks up amateur singer and bongo player (Cliff Richard) in a  Soho espresso bar, he uses a little bit of luck and tons of chutzpah to transform the kid into a highly-regarded international singing sensation. This 2K restoration from the original negative was done in collaboration with the British Film Institute and its Unlocking Film Heritage program. The Blu-ray Disc feature the original theatrical release, which includes a number of songs that were cut out of the later and more commonly available 1962 version that was released at the time to capitalize on the popularity of Cliff Richard.

The third release, due on Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 25, contains a double feature, Dancing With Crime and The Green Cockatoo, two early Brit Noirs from the Cohen Film Collection.

In 1947’s Dancing With Crime, Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim, who at the time were married in real life, put themselves in harms way when they go undercover to investigate the murder of a friend with ties to black market racketeers.

William Cameron Menzies’ The Green Cockatoo was completed in 1937, but not released until 1940. It is often cited as one of the earliest of the British Noirs and helped set the stage for the classical period of Brit Noir which flourished in the years following World War II. The film is based on a Graham Greene story. After witnessing the murder of a racketeer, a young woman is pursued by both gangsters and the police. She is aided by a Soho entertainer, who is the brother of the victim.