The Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit, the cult film Story of a Cloistered Nun and the drama Clearcut are coming to Blu-ray Disc in October from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
The 1974 Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit is due Oct. 10. In what remains the most obscure, bizarre and wildly misunderstood film of her entire career — and perhaps even ’70s Italian cinema — Taylor stars as a disturbed woman who arrives in Rome to find a city fragmented by autocratic law, leftist violence and her own increasingly unhinged mission to find the most dangerous liaison of all. Academy Award nominee Ian Bannen (The Offence), Mona Washbourne (The Collector) and Andy Warhol co-star in this neo noir — barely released in America as The Driver’s Seat — directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), adapted from the novella by Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and featuring cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor), restored in 4K by Severin Films. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; audio commentary with TCM Underground curator Millie De Chirico; “A Lack Of Absence,” with writer and literary historian Chandra Mayor on Muriel Spark and The Driver’s Seat; The Driver’s Seat credit sequences; and a trailer.
Also due Oct. 10 is Story of a Cloistered Nun. In 1973, director/co-writer Domenico Paolella — having launched the genre a year earlier with The Nuns of Saint Archangel — established a new Nunsploitation standard via superior production values, an impressive international cast and a lurid narrative “adapted from authentic 17th Century chronicles.” In the film, forced into a strict convent by her parents, an aristocratic maiden (Eleonora Giorgi of Inferno fame) will discover a catechism of depravity that includes savage floggings, lesbian roleplay, illicit sex and murder. Suzy Kendall (Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Torso), Catherine Spaak (The Cat O’ Nine Tails), Martine Brochard (Eyeball) and Umberto Orsini (The Damned) co-star in the film also known as The Unholy Convent and Love Story of a Nun, scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Down the Well,” an interview with actress Martine Brochard; “A Nun’s Story,” an interview with actress Eleonora Giorgi; “Within a Cloister,” an interview with camera operator Daniele Nannuzzi; and the trailer.
The drama Clearcut comes out Oct. 24. From émigré director Ryszard Bugajski — whose infamous debut feature Interrogation enraged Poland’s Communist regime — comes the 1991 Canadian shocker. When the pacifist lawyer for an Indigenous tribe fails to protect their land against the racist owner of a lumber mill, both white men will be forced by a rogue Native man (Academy Award nominee Graham Greene of Dances With Wolves) into a wilderness nightmare of violence, vengeance and supernatural horror. Ron Lea (Punisher: War Zone), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Floyd Red Crow Westerman (The Doors) co-star in the film, restored in 4K from a 35mm answer print. Special features include an archival video introduction by director Ryszard Bugajski; audio commentary with scholar and anthropologist Shaawano Chad Uran (White Earth Anishinaabe); an archival audio interview with director Ryszard Bugajski and journalist Allan MacInnis; “A Dream Like Arthur’s,” an audio interview with actor Graham Greene; “Composing Clearcut”; “The Ballad of Crowfoot” short film; audio commentary for “The Ballad of Crowfoot” with Kevin Howes and Lawrence Dunn; the “You Are on Indian Land” short film; and the short film “Consume.”