The title of this post does not lie, I really do need another bookcase to hold all my new purchases. In the past few months there have been some very good sales and I have taken full advantage, well, as much as my wallet would allow.
I shall start with the films I have purchased from Eureka. A new website was launched (long overdue) and to celebrate they had a sale, yippee. 2 films were purchased, both Japanese and both brand new to me.
Twenty-Four Eyes – The film that beat Seven Samurai to the Blue Ribbon Award in 1955. The life of a teacher along with her class of 12 pupils is shown through the years, starting in Post-war Japan.
Tokyo Sonata – A man’s pride and his shame hidden from the family.
My next purchase was the celebrated and long-awaited release of this German classic.
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – All the fun of the fair, not! Silent but deadly, not the kind Dr you ever want to meet.
Next are my purchases from Arrow. I once again went back to my “favourite films” list and bought 3 that I have already seen. I think these are absolute master-class and deserve a place in any film collection. They are 3 very different films but each one has stayed with me since my initial viewing.
Bicycle Thieves – Post-war Rome and the heartbreaking story of a man who loses the only means he has to work.
Rififi – A heist film that contains 28 minutes of silence but is 122 minutes of pure adrenaline.
Les Diabolques – A cruel Headmaster, his Mistress, long suffering Wife and a bathtub
I went back a few weeks later and bought another title.
Sullivan’s Travels – An early cinema classic from Preston Sturges, a roadtrip taken by a Hobo.
The next 3 films came from Moviemail, 2 of which I had intended to watch at the cinema during the last 12 months. For one reason or another I never got around to going.
In The Fog – Ever since my friend Cine_Scope wrote a review for this film I have wanted to watch. Now I am region free I didn’t have to wait for a North America Blu.
Michael Kohlhaas – Who can resist a little bit of Mads, especially when he is mad?
Jeune & Jolie – Translated as Young & Beautiful, this film follows a young girl during her secret life.
We now come to Amazon.co.uk and the bizarre case of the empty cardboard box and plastic bag! I ordered 4 films from Amazon during their 2 for £10 offer. Instead of being delivered the films I received an empty box enclosed in a Royal Mail plastic bag. The printed writing on the bag informed me that my box was damaged (Sherlock is alive & well and working at Royal Mail) and if any contents were missing I was to inform Royal Mail. Missing, the whole box was EMPTY. This was one of those wraparound cardboard mailers, it was FLAT, you could open it up at the sides and see there was NOTHING in there. Yet it was placed in the plastic bag and shipped to CANADA!! Given that this is the level of intelligence at Royal Mail I decided to not take them up on the offer to contact them and I went direct to Amazon, who very quickly and efficiently re-ordered all my items for me. The items were:
How The West Was Won – Never seen this, heard it is a classic.
Spartacus – “I’m Spartacus” “I’m Spartacus” Ok, everyone stand up ! This is a film I have seen the majority of, just never in one sitting (or standing 🙂 ). That will now change.
Scarface – Those who read my Post about going to see Al Pacino last year will remember the best scene, I sure do. Tony and his “little friend”.
Full Metal Jacket – You have bullying, brutality, blood and ultra-killing bullets. Added together and you are Born To Kill.
My order from Amazon.ca went a lot more smoothly and my 2 films arrived without delay. 2 more classics from my “favourite films” list.
The King’s Speech – Fantastic film about a social stigma that can affect anyone.
The Big Lebowski – Get out your bowling ball and watch out where you pee.
And that is you up to date with all the purchases I have made that are not Criterion. Once I get around to watching the films I will share my thoughts with you here.