‘My Father’s Glory’/’My Mother’s Castle’ Due on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital From Film Movement

Film Movement Classics will release a pair of Yves Robert films, My Father’s Glory and its sequel My Mother’s Castle, as a double feature on Blu-ray (plus DVD) combo pack and individually on digital Oct. 25.

Based on the bestselling memoirs of French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol (the acclaimed author of Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring), the pair of films recount the nostalgic memories of Pagnol’s youth growing up in Provence at the turn of the 20th century.

During one idyllic summer, 11-year-old Marcel (Julien Ciamaca) discovers friendship and wonder amid the rocky peaks surrounding his family’s countryside home while learning new respect for his gentle and caring schoolmaster father Joseph (Philippe Caubère). Upon his return to Marseilles, Marcel longs to escape back to his beloved hills and is granted his wish when his adoring mother Augustine (Nathalie Roussel) devises a plan that allows them to visit the cottage more frequently. 

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My Mother’s Castle

Special features include:

  • a Heritage and Nostalgia video essay by Ludovic Cortade, associate professor in French literature, thought and culture at New York University;
  • the A Question of Tribe featurette with director Yves Robert’s son Jean-Denis Robert, grandson Martin Drescher, and cinematographer Robert Alazraki; and
  • a 16-page booklet with a new essay by filmmaker, producer and writer Kat Ellinger.

French Crime Thriller ‘The Night of the 12th’ Due on DVD and Digital Oct. 17 From Film Movement

Film Movement will release the French crime thriller The Night of the 12th on DVD and digital Oct. 17.

The Night of the 12th is based on a true crime book by Pauline Guéna about a detective who is haunted by an unsolved case. Yohan Vivès — a young, recently promoted police Captain — begins investigating the gruesome murder of a young women named Clara in the town of Grenoble. It’s clear that the attack was pre-meditated, and the violent nature of the crime suggests revenge. Vivés’ team methodically digs through the details of Clara’s life, uncovering her secrets in hopes of weeding out the killer. Certain their suspect is a scorned ex-lover, Vivés is confronted with another, more complicated question: which one?

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The film poses uneasy questions about the male-dominated world of law enforcement, and their ability to handle the violent crimes routinely perpetrated against women victims.

Following its international premiere at Cannes, The Night of the 12th would go on to be nominated for 11 César Awards and capture seven, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Bouli Lanners), Most Promising Actor (Bastien Bouillon) and Best Sound. Also nominated for six 2023 Lumiere Awards, the thriller would win two, including Best Film and Best Screenplay. It also won two 2023 Magritte Awards for Best Actor (Bouli Lanners) and Best Foreign Film in a Co-Production.

The release includes the bonus French short film Harbor, directed by Paul Marques Duarte, which follows an English teacher and her colleague who must make a bold decision when they inadvertently smuggle a teenage refugee hiding among their students on board a ferry to England.

 

French Crime Thriller ‘The Night of the 12th’ Due Digitally Aug. 1 From Film Movement

The French crime thriller The Night of the 12th will arrive on digital and VOD Aug. 1 from Film Movement.

The film will be available on Vudu, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox and cable VOD.

In nearly every police precinct, detectives are inevitably confronted with a case that goes unsolved. The more heinous the crime, the more it haunts those whose duty it is solve it. In The Night of the 12th, based on a true crime book by Pauline Guéna, such is the dilemma for Yohan Vivès — a young, recently promoted police Captain — when he begins investigating the gruesome murder of a young women named Clara in the town of Grenoble. It’s clear that the attack was pre-meditated, and the violent nature of the crime suggests revenge. Vivés’ team methodically digs through the details of Clara’s life, uncovering her secrets in hopes of weeding out the killer. Certain their suspect is a scorned ex-lover, Vivés is confronted with another, more complicated question: which one?

The film poses uneasy questions about the male-dominated world of law enforcement, and their ability to handle the violent crimes routinely perpetrated against women victims.

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Following its international premiere at Cannes, The Night of the 12th would go on to be nominated for 11 César Awards and capture seven, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Bouli Lanners), Most Promising Actor (Bastien Bouillon) and Best Sound. Also nominated for six 2023 Lumiere Awards, the gripping thriller would win two, including Best Film and Best Screenplay. It also won two 2023 Magritte Awards for Best Actor (Bouli Lanners) and Best Foreign Film in a Co-Production.

 

French Drama ‘One Fine Morning’ Due on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray April 11

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the French drama One Fine Morning digitally and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc April 11.

In the film, Sandra (Léa Seydoux) is a widowed young mother raising her daughter alone, while also caring for her sick father Georg (Pascal Greggory). She’s dealing with the loss of the relationship she once had with her father, while fighting to get him the care he requires. At the same time, Sandra reconnects with Clément (Melvil Poupaud), a friend she hasn’t seen in a while and, although he’s married, their friendship soon blossoms into a passionate affair.

Directed and written by Mia Hansen-Løve, the film also stars Nicole Garcia and Camille Leban Martins.

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2014’s ‘Amira & Sam,’ ‘The Connection’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray From MVD and Drafthouse Aug. 9

The 2014 romantic drama Amira & Sam and the 2014 French crime thriller The Connection will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Drafthouse Films.

In Amira & Sam (2014), to help adjust to coming home from war, former Green Beret Sam Seneca takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, Amira, who fled Iraq after her brother was killed by U.S. soldiers, has a run-in with the police, so Sam takes her under his wing. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to combat their feelings for one another. The film stars Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley,” Spider-Man: No Way Home), Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan,” Netflix/Marvel’s “Daredevil”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), David Rasche (Men in Black 3) and Ross Marquand (“The Walking Dead'”). Amira & Sam won awards at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival, 2014 Savannah Film Festival, 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival, 2015 Irvine International Film Festival and 2015 Prescott Film Festival.

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The Connection (2014), set in Marseilles in 1975, is inspired by true events. It tells the story of real-life magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: The French Connection. The film also stars Céline Sallette (Marie Antoinette) and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher). The Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” film from producer Alain Goldman (Babylon A.D., La Vie en Rose) was a 2015 César Awards nominee for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Claude Chabrol Collection, Slasher ‘Deadly Games’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 22 From Arrow and MVD

The 1982 horror film Deadly Games and the five-disc collection Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol are heading to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Director Scott Mansfield’s oft-overlooked slasher Deadly Games is making its disc-debut. In the film, in a small American town, women fall victim to an unhinged masked maniac with a fondness for board games. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Jo Ann Harris stars as a woman that gets caught up in the killer’s sadistic games after she returns home to mourn the murder of her sister. Sam Groom and Steve Railsback co-star. Made in 1980 but not released until 1982, Deadly Games has languished in relative obscurity for the last 40 years. The release includes a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and new interviews with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield and special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett. The first pressing includes a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes.
 
A staple of the French New Wave scene, Claude Chabrol established himself as one of French cinema’s most influential directors despite often being overlooked throughout a career spanning more than 50 years. The set Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol highlights five of the director’s best films.
 
Entered into the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Cop Au Vin is a crime film set in a small provincial French town. A butcher, a doctor and a lawyer agree to go into business with one another. But after obnoxious behavior leads to one of them ending up dead, the town’s police detective Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret) shows up to investigate. 
 
In 1986, Jean Poiret reprised his police detective role from Cop Au Vin in the sequel Inspector Lavardin. In the film, after a wealthy Roman Catholic writer is found dead on the beach of a small coastal town, Lavardin heads to the scene to solve the mystery. When Lavardin discovers that the victim’s widow is an old flame that he hasn’t seen in more than two decades, the investigation takes a turn. 
 
Based on Gustave Flaubert’s novel of the same name, Madame Bovary is the story of an attractive young woman (Isabelle Huppert) stuck in a lackluster marriage with a country doctor. To spice things up and escape the boredom of married life, she enters into multiple affairs, runs up countless debts and meets a tragic end. Madame Bovary earned a 1992 Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film and an Oscar nod for Best Costume Design.
 
Betty follows a young, attractive alcoholic (Marie Trintignant) who spends her evenings hopping from bar to bar. One night she meets Laure (Stéphane Audran), an older alcoholic that decides to take Betty in and help her get her life back on track. Betty eventually becomes jealous of her new friend’s relationship and attempts to steal her lover. 
 
Torment is the story of a man who appears to have it all before obsession drives him mad. Paul (François Cluzet) owns and runs the successful Hotel Del Lac and is married to the beautiful Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), a woman he believes to be way out of his league. After witnessing Nelly being friendly to a handsome hotel guest, Paul becomes convinced that she’s unfaithful and begins to follow his wife. His delusion and paranoia lead to tragedy. 

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The set comes loaded with archived and new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentaries, trailers, image galleries and video essays. Also included is an 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley.

French Family Comedy ‘Operation Portugal’ Due on Digital and On Demand Nov. 2

The French family comedy Operation Portugal will be available for digital purchase and on demand Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.

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The film stars comedian D’Jal, Sarah Perles, Pierre Azéma, Farida Ouchani, Carmen Santos, Éric Da Costa, José Da Silva, Serge Da Silva and Antonia de Rendinger.

‘Le Choc Du Futur’ Coming to DVD Nov. 10 From MVD

Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group will release the electronic music drama Le Choc Du Futur (The Shock of the Future) Nov. 10.

The film, which premiered at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old formulas do not charm listeners anymore, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.

The DVD release also includes an exclusive interview with director Marc Collin, a slide show and other bonus features.

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Comedy ‘Zombie for Sale,’ Thriller ‘Black Rainbow’ and Atomic Bomb Drama ‘Hiroshima’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray in July from Arrow and MVD

The Korean comedy Zombie for Sale, the British thriller Black Rainbow and the Japanese atomic bomb drama Hiroshima are among the titles coming to Blu-ray Disc in July from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

In 2019’s Zombie for Sale, due July 7, the illegal human experiments of Korea’s biggest pharmaceutical company go wrong, and one of their “undead” test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family — a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the family uncovers their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life. The family then hatches a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten, too, until things go wrong. Extras include an audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin; a Q&A with director Lee Min-jae from a 2019 screening at Asian Pop-Up Cinema in Chicago, moderated by film critic and author Darcy Paquet; “Eat Together, Kill Together: The Family-in-Peril Comedy,” a video essay by critic and producer Pierce Conran exploring Korea’s unique social satires; a making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes footage; the trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Mike Lee-Graham; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Josh Hurtado.

Also coming July 7 is the British thriller Black Rainbow (1989). Mike Hodges (Flash Gordon, Get Carter) wrote and directed this supernatural chiller as a meditation on the human race’s ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult. Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette, Pulp Fiction, Crash) is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West, Magnolia). During a séance, Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events journalist Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce, Amadeus, Animal House) follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story with catastrophically eerie results. Sent direct to cable by its struggling distributor on initial release, Black Rainbow never got wide exposure. It is newly restored from the original negative. Extras include new audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan; archival audio commentary by Hodges; an archival making-of documentary; several archival featurettes; the trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh; and for the first pressing only, a booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Hodges and more, illustrated with stills.

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Also on tap July 7 is 1969’s Inferno of Torture. Japanese exploitation legend Teruo Ishii (Horrors of Malformed Men, Orgies of Edo) delivers one of his most extreme visions of violent eroticism in the sixth in his abnormal love series, in which tattoos and torture await women forced into servitude. Unable to repay a local lender, Yumi (Yumika Katayama) takes up an offer to serve as a geisha for two years with a promise of freedom once her debt is repaid. She quickly realizes that this is less a house of geishas than an extremely cruel brothel specializing in supplying Western visitors with tattooed playthings. Extras include audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes; “Erotic Grotesque Nonsense & the Foundations of Japan’s Cult Counterculture,” a condensed version of Jasper Sharp’s Miskatonic Institute lecture; the trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris D.

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Due July 14 is Hiroshima (1953), about the devastation wrought by the world’s first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children of the A Bomb: Testament of the Boys and Girls of Hiroshima. Adapted for the screen by independent director Hideo Sekigawa (Listen to the Voices of the Sea, Tokyo Untouchable) and screenwriter Yasutaro Yagi (Theatre of Life, Rice), Hiroshima combines a harrowing documentary realism with human drama in a tale of the suffering, endurance and survival of a group of teachers, their students and their families. It boasts a score composed by Akira Ifukube (Godzilla) and stars Yumeji Tsukioka (Late Spring, The Eternal Breasts), Isuzu Yamada (Throne of Blood, Yojimbo) and Eiji Okada (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Woman in the Dunes), appearing alongside an estimated 90,000 residents from the city as extras, including many survivors from that fateful day on Aug. 6, 1945. Hiroshima was produced and distributed outside of the studio system by the Japan Teachers’ Union following the mixed critical reception to Children of Hiroshima (1952), directed by Kaneto Shindo the previous year, the first dramatic feature to deal directly with the atomic bombing. Although sequences from the film were used in Alain Resnais’ classic of French New Wave cinema, Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), it has been effectively out of circulation in Japan and the rest of the world since its original release due to the force and political sensitivity of its message. This new HD presentation is the complete version, restoring the footage from the international edit that was released in the United States in 1955. Extras include an archive interview with actress Yumeji Tsukioka; Hiroshima Nagasaki Download (2011), a 73-minute documentary featuring interviews with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings now residing in the United States, with an introduction by the director Shinpei Takeda; a new video essay by Jasper Sharp; newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mick Broderick.

Coming July 21 are two films from 1988, Bloodstone and Life Is a Long Quiet River.

In Bloodstone, a man of action and a cab driver pair up to save a young girl from the clutches of an evil criminal magnate. The Bloodstone, a priceless stolen ruby, accidentally ends up in the possession of American newlyweds Sandy (Brett Stimely, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death) and Stephanie (Anna Nicholas, “Remington Steele”). Now, their honeymoon in India is interrupted as they become the target of international fence Van Hoeven (Christopher Neame, The Prestige) and his evil henchmen. When Van Hoeven kidnaps Stephanie and ransoms her for the jewel, Sandy joins forces with the cabby and dormant stunt-driver Shyam Sabu (Rajinikanth, 2.0) to rescue his young bride. Co-written and produced by Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, The Wind), the film features a performance by legendary Tamil megastar Rajinikanth in his first English-language role. Extras include new audio commentary by Bryan Reesman; “Keeping it to Myself,” a new interview with producer and co-writer Nico Mastorakis; a new video essay on Rajinikanth by Indian cinema expert Josh Hurtado; trailers; an image gallery; the original screenplay; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; and for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe.

Life Is a Long Quiet River is a fast-paced French satire. The radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys, with their immaculate children and perfect manners, and the grubby, disreputable Groseilles are thrown together in absurd chaos by an act of revenge as they discover that 12 years prior their babies were switched at birth. A witty send up of class relations and family ties, Life Is a Long Quiet River was celebrated with a host of trophies at France’s César Awards ceremony, winning best screenplay, best debut work and acting prizes for Héléne Vincent and Catherine Jacob. Extras include archival interviews with director Étienne Chatiliez, actor André Wilms, co-writer/co-producer Florence Quentin and producer Charles Gassot; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Romney.

‘Manon,’ ‘One Missed Call Trilogy’ and Slasher ‘Deadly Manor’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 25 From MVD and Arrow

Three titles are coming on Blu-ray Feb. 25 from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Manon, the Japanese “One Missed Call Trilogy” and the slasher Deadly Manor.

Manon comes via Arrow Academy. Loosely adapted from Antoine François Prévost’s 1731 novel, this French drama is the story of a French Resistance fighter that rescues and falls in love with a woman accused of working with the Nazi’s. The couple moves to Paris where their life begins to spiral out of control as they get caught up in prostitution and murder. The film took home the Golden Lion award at the 1949 Venice Film Festival. The new high definition release includes a new video appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew and an archival documentary that features Clouzot discussing his love for literature.

The multi-disc “One Missed Call Trilogy” features a legendary trio of J-horror films launched with Takashi Miike’s 2003 film about people who receive strange voicemails from their future selves predicting their deaths. Yumi Nakamura, a young psychology student, begins to investigate the calls and discovers this terrifying circumstance has been plaguing Japan for centuries. The original was followed by two more films, One Missed Called 2 and One Missed Call: The Final Call. Special features include interviews, documentaries, a TV special and a short film.

Also on tap is José Ramón Larraz’s slasher Deadly Manor (1990), also known as Savage Lust. This final genre effort from Larraz follows teens who stay the night in an abandoned mansion that happens to be home to a lunatic killer. Restored in 2K using the original elements, Deadly Manor is making its Blu-ray debut. Special features include a new interview with actress Jennifer Delora and the original VHS trailer.