‘The Awakening,’ ‘Casanova Last Love’ Arriving on Blu-ray Disc in October

The Cohen Media Group has set October release dates for The Awakening and Casanova Last Love, which are coming to Blu-ray. The Awakening will release Oct. 5 and Casanova Last Love, Oct. 12

The Awakening is a 2011 mystery about the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), The Awakening is filled with haunting twists.

Casanova, Last Love is the latest romantic period piece from director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen). Set in 18th century London, the film is centered on Casanova (Vincent Lindon), famous for his taste of pleasure and gambling. Exiled from Paris, Casanova in this city he knows nothing about meets on several occasions a young prostitute, Marianne de Charpillon (Stacy Martin). She attracts him to the point he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. She challenges Casanova: “You will only have me if you stop desiring me!”

Classic British Drama ‘Corridor of Mirrors,’ With Christopher Lee, Heads to Blu-ray Disc, DVD Oct. 19

Cohen Media Group has announced the Oct. 19 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Corridor of Mirrors, a 1948 British drama that marks the directorial debut of Terence Young, who would later go on to helm Dr. No and Wait Until Dark.

The film has been newly restored for its disc release.

In Corridor of Mirrors, Eric Portman (A Canterbury Tale) plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Edana Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. Corridor of Mirrors incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. It was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and David Lean’s Brief Encounter.

Corridor of Mirrors also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings).

Tubi Inks Exclusive Content Deal With Indie Distributor Cohen Media Group

Fox Entertainment’s ad-supported streaming service Tubi has entered into a content deal with Cohen Media Group, adding more than 80 titles from the distributor exclusively for AVOD. Tubi will be the free streaming home to award-winning titles such as James Ivory’s Howards End, starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter; Julie Dash’s modern classic Daughters of the Dust; Agnès Varda and JR’s collaboration Faces Places; and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang.

Tubi viewers can currently stream Cohen Media Group titles as Maurice, starring Hugh Grant; Farewell My Queen, starring Diane Kruger and Léa Seydoux; and François Ozon’s Double Lover and The New Girlfriend, with the entire slate rolling out throughout the month of June.

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“Our collaboration with Cohen Media makes available some of the most compelling storytelling in contemporary and classic cinema free to our viewers,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer for Tubi, said in a statement.

Tubi will be home to a wide array of independent, foreign and arthouse films that includes such titles as: 3 Hearts, Blancanieves, Breathe In, Capital, Chinese Puzzle, Churchill, Come What May, Confession of a Child of the Century, Corridor of Mirrors, Daughter of the Nile, Daughters of the Dust, Delicacy, Diary of a Chambermaid, Farewell, My Queen, Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti, Going Away, Heal the Living, Heat and Dust, Howards End, In the House, In the Name of My Daughter, Jigsaw, Joan the Maid, Just Like a Woman, Les Cowboys, Marguerite, Maurice, Mustang, Oranges and Sunshine, Outside the Law, Padre Padrone, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Quartet, Rams, Rodin, Standing Tall, The Aspern Papers, The Attack, The Beautiful Troublemaker, The Bostonians, The Europeans, The Insult, The Lady, The Liberator, The New Girlfriend, The Night of the Shooting Stars, The Official Story, The Other Son, The People vs. Fritz Bauer, The Prey, The Return of Martin Guerre, Timbuktu, Tristana, Two Men in Town and You Will Be My Son.

Comedy titles coming to Tubi include A Fish in the Bathtub, Between the Lines, Dancing with Crime, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Godard Mon Amour, It Happened Tomorrow, May in the Summer, My Old Lady, Peppermint Soda, That Man From Rio, The Chef, and The Old Dark House. Thriller titles include Cast a Dark Shadow, Dementia, Double Lover, Jet Storm, Lured, Sudden Fear, Swerve, The Awakening, The Last Diamond, The Last Passenger and Wanted for Murder. Tubi will also be home to such documentaries as Chasing Madoff, Faces Places, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Shoah: Four Sisters, The Great Buster and The Last of the Unjust.

Tubi has more than 30,000 movies and television series from more than 250 content partners, including every major studio, in addition to the largest live local and national news channels.

‘Journeys Through French Cinema’ Gets March 30 Blu-ray Disc Release Date

Cohen Media Group has set a March 30 Blu-ray Disc release date for  Journeys Through French Cinema, a three-and-one-half-hour tour through French film history from director Bertrand Tavernier.

A follow-up to Tavernier’s documentary My Journey Through French Cinema (2017), this eight-part series includes two episodes of Tavernier’s favorite directors, an episode on musicals by Julien Duvivier, two episodes on forgotten French directors, and one episode titled “My 1960s.” The series explores how his country’s cinema was shaped by German occupation and changed again through the New Wave, spotlights little-known female filmmakers, and more.

Subjects include René Clément, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Julien Duvivier, Henri Decoin, Claude Autant-Lara, as well as composers who made music for movies — an art in and of itself that is far from the Hollywood spotlight.

Cohen’s ‘Buster Keaton Collection Vol. 4’ Coming to Blu-ray Dec. 8

Cohen Film Collection Dec. 8 will release The Buster Keaton Collection Vol. 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The set will include legendary comedian Buster Keaton’s films Go West and College, both of which he starred in and directed.

In 1925’s Go West, Keaton plays an idealistic young man who heeds the expansionist call of Horace Greeley and hops a freight train westward to meet his destiny, first in a teeming metropolis — where he is roundly trampled by rush-hour foot traffic — then into the ranch lands of Arizona. His attempts at bronco busting, cattle wrangling, and even dairy farming all end in hilarious failure, but when a trainload of steer are unleashed on the streets of Los Angeles, the young man decides to undertake an unorthodox, single-handed round-up.

In 1927’s College, Keaton’s ode to varsity life, he stars as Ronald, a small-town, academically-inclined freshman who applies his wiry physique to a series of sports, in order to impress a fellow student (Anne Cornwall). He seems destined for failure, but when Mary is accosted by an overzealous rival (Harold Goodwin), Ronald discovers within himself an untapped wellspring of athleticism.

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Cohen Media Enters Distribution Deal With Kino Lorber

Cohen Media Group Oct. 28 announced it has signed a deal for Kino Lorber to distribute all Cohen Blu-ray and DVD titles.

A leading producer and distributor of independent, foreign and arthouse films, Cohen releases special-edition Blu-rays and DVDs of the films in its library under the Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection labels as well on as its streaming service Cohen Media Channel.

The new arrangement will begin with Cohen’s Dec. 8 release of Buster Keaton Collection Vol 4: ‘Go West’ andCollege.’ More than 200 Cohen titles will be available through Kino Lorber and on Kino’s transactional VOD platform, Kino Now, including cinema landmarks such as the Merchant Ivory Collection.

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Two Classics on the Way From Cohen Film Collection

Cohen Film Collection has announced the April 21 release of Pandora & The Flying Dutchman and The Europeans, coming to Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital platforms.

Shot on location in Spain, Pandora & The Flying Dutchman is a 1951 British Technicolor drama film directed and written by Albert Lewin, and starring Ava Gardner and James Mason.

Lewin, who specialized in fine literary adaptations (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Moon and Sixpence), based this 1951 film on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In this tale, however, the Flying Dutchman is not a ship but rather a man with a sinister yet romantic mission. The story begins when a yacht arrives in the Spanish seaport of Esperanza carrying just one person, the mysterious captain Hendrick van der Zee (Mason). There he meets American nightclub singer Pandora Reynolds (Gardner), a beauty who men will kill and die for but who has never loved anyone.

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Bonus features on the double-disc Blu-ray and DVD include director Albert Lewin’s final film, the 1957 adventure movie The Living Idol; a Hedda Hopper trailer; restoration trailers; alternate openings; restoration comparisons; and the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode “The Death of Monolete.”

The Academy Award-nominated The Europeans, originally released in 1979, marked the first Merchant Ivory adaptation of a novel by Henry James. The film stars Oscar nominee Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses), Robin Ellis (star of the original and remake of the series “Poldark”) and Lisa Eichhorn (cult classic Cutter’s Way, The Talented Mr. Ripley).

Set in the 1850s just outside of Boston, the film follows the wealthy and puritanical Wentworth family as their lives are upended by the not-so-welcome arrival of two of their European cousins Felix and Eugenia. Although suspicious about the reason for their visit, they are set up in a neighboring house on the property. While Felix enjoys the company of his cousins, Eugenia is a bit more standoffish when it comes to the real reason for her trip, as it becomes more and more apparent that she hopes to make an advantageous marriage with one of her wealthy cousins.

In addition to its Oscars recognition, The Europeans was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and best foreign film at the 1980 Golden Globes, among other awards worldwide.

Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD releases include the original trailer, the restoration trailer, a conversation with filmmakers, and “Conversation on the Quad,” in which James Ivory discusses the making of the film.

Cohen Media Group Sets March 24 Home Release Date for ‘Shooting the Mafia’ Doc

Independent distribution and production company Cohen Media Group has set a March 24 home release date for Shooting the Mafia, a documentary by award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

The documentary will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD at suggested retail prices of $34.98 and $22.98, respectively. It also will be available on digital platforms.

Shooting the Mafia details the story of Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s — she the first female photographer to be employed by a daily Italian newspaper — Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history as she continues to document the life and crimes of the Mafia.

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She fearlessly captured everyday Sicilian life — from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens — to tell the story of how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.

Nominated for best documentary at nine international film festivals, Shooting the Mafia won awards at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy, and the Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival in Georgia.

Both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions of Shooting the Mafia include the featurette “Conversation with Director Kim Longinotto.”

‘Serendipity,’ About Breast Cancer Battle, Due on Blu-ray, DVD on Feb. 4

Cohen Media Group has announced a Feb. 4 release date for Serendipity, an adaption of the book by French-born and New York-based artist Prune Nourry detailing her battle with breast cancer — a battle she ultimately won.

The film will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, at suggested retail prices of $30.99 and $25.99, respectively.

Angelina Jolie and Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) serve as executive producers, while Alastair Siddons (Tomb Raider) produced and wrote the film.

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The documentary follows Nourry who, after her breast cancer diagnosis, chronicles her treatment and its effect on her body, work, mind, and soul. The experience turns her medical odyssey into serendipity, an intimate artistic undertaking that leads her to find new meaning in her work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival.

Bonus material includes the featurette Conversations at The Quad, with director Nourry.

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Curzon Cinemas, Including VOD Service

Independent production house Cohen Media Group has purchased Curzon Cinemas, a specialty theatrical chain operating in the United Kingdom for 85 years.

The acquisition includes the Curzon’s Artificial Eye distribution arm as well as the Curzon Home Cinema streaming service.

“Among exhibitors and distributors of great films, there are few names in the international marketplace as important as Curzon and Curzon’s Artificial Eye,” Cohen Media Group chairman and owner Charles S. Cohen said in a statement.

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Cohen in December 2018 acquired Landmark Theaters, the largest specialized theater chain in the United States dedicated to independent cinema with 51 theaters and 251 screens in 27 markets.

Curzon currently operates 20 theaters and 46 screens in and around London.

Curzon’s Artificial Eye’s is the company’s film distribution operation, releasing about 20 new theatrical films and 30 DVD/Blu-ray titles in the U.K. each year. The award-winning line-up includes seven of the past eight Best Foreign-Language Oscar winners: A Separation, Amour, The Great Beauty, Ida, Son of Saul, The Salesman and A Fantastic Woman. In 2017 Curzon was honored with a special BAFTA award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Cohen Media Group has released many of the same films in the U.S. that Curzon’s Artificial Eye has in the U.K.

Curzon Home Cinema is Curzon’s video-on-demand streaming service that brings the distributor’s catalog and other titles, as well as day-and-date availability for brand-new theatrical releases — to viewers in the U.K. and Ireland. Curzon Home Cinema is available to customers through TV, mobile apps and over-the-top platforms.

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“The Curzon brand is uniquely placed to take advantage of the rapidly changing landscape in film and is easily transportable and scalable outside the U.K.,” Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull said in a statement. “With Charles Cohen’s proven dedication and track record for quality film together with his recent acquisition of the Landmark theatre chain and now the addition of Curzon he has created an important group of companies with opportunities to grow a unified platform for an ever-increasing demand for filmed content. I look forward to helping Charles fulfill that potential.”

“We are thrilled to unite with this honored brand and I look forward to working with Philip and Curzon’s highly experienced senior management team,” Cohen said. “Together, we will carry forward the Curzon brand with plans to expand it in a thoughtful and measured way.”