March 25, 2020
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.
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.