Eureka Masters of Cinema

Spione / Spies (1928) [Masters of Cinema #9] [Re-UP]  Video

Posted by Someonelse at Nov. 19, 2013
Spione / Spies (1928) [Masters of Cinema #9] [Re-UP]

Spione (1928)
A Film by Fritz Lang
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL 4:3 | Cover+Booklet | 02:24:35 | 6,80 Gb
Score AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps with German intertitles and English subs
Genre: Thriller, Classics | Masters of Cinema #9

An international spy ring, headed by Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), uses technology, threats, and murder to obtain government secrets. As master spy, president of a bank, and music hall clown, Haghi leads several lives using instruments of modern technology to spearhead a mad rush for secrets — secrets that assert his power over others.

Michael (1924) [Masters of Cinema #3]  Video

Posted by Someonelse at Oct. 13, 2012
Michael (1924) [Masters of Cinema #3]

Michael (1924) [Masters of Cinema #3]
A Film by Carl Theodor Dreyer
2xDVD5 | ISO+MDS | PAL 4:3 | Artwork | 86 and 89 mins | 4,24 Gb + 4,18 Gb
Score AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps with English or German intertitles and English subs
Genre: Drama, Romance

Based on Herman Bang’s 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer’s film is a fascinating fin-de-siècle study of a “decadent” elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protégé and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo Häring (his only film work), this Kammerspiel, or “intimate theatre”, foreshadows Dreyer’s magnificent final film Gertrud by precisely forty years.
The Insect Woman (1963) + Nishi Ginza Station (1958) [Masters of Cinema #22] [Re-UP]

The Insect Woman (1963) + Nishi Ginza Station (1958)
Two Films by Shôhei Imamura
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | Cover | 02:02:38 + 00:52:19 | 7,42 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 320 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #22

Comparing his heroine, Tome Matsuki (played by Sachiko Hidari, who won the “Best Actress” award at the 1964 Berlin Film Festival for the role) to the restlessness and survival instincts of worker insects, the film is an unsparing study of working-class female life. Beginning with Tome’s birth in 1918, it follows her through five decades of social change, several improvised careers, and male-inflicted cruelty. Elliptically plotted, brimming over with black humour and taboo material, and immaculately staged in crystalline NikkatsuScope, The Insect Woman is arguably Imamura’s most radical and emphatic testament to female resilience.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) [Masters of Cinema #66] [Re-UP]

Tabu (1931) [Masters of Cinema #66]
A Film by F.W. Murnau
DVD9 | ISO+MDS | PAL 4:3 | Cover | 01:22:37 | 5,00 Gb
Musical Score AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps with English intertitles
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure

In 1929, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust, Sunrise), one of the greatest of all film directors, invited leading documentarist Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran) to collaborate on a film to be be shot on location in Tahiti, a Polynesian idyll in which Murnau imagined a cast of island actors would provide a new form of authentic drama and offer rare insight into their “primitive” culture. The result of their collaboration was Tabu, a film that depicts the details of indigenous island life to tell a mythical tale that is rich in the universal themes of desire and loss.

Akasen Chitai (1956) + Yokihi (1955) [Masters of Cinema #58, #59]  Video

Posted by Someonelse at Oct. 25, 2011
Akasen Chitai (1956) + Yokihi (1955) [Masters of Cinema #58, #59]

Akasen Chitai (1956) + Yokihi (1955) [Masters of Cinema #59, #58]
Two Films by Kenji Mizoguchi
2xDVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | Cover | 01:25:58 + 01:31:34 | 6,17 Gb + 5,77 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance | Japan

The latest Eureka two disc set of Kenji Mizoguchi films includes two of the last three films that the director made, and includes one of the only two films that the director shot in colour. Akasen Chitai and Yokihi show the director's continuing interest in the role of women in the changing world around them. Akasen Chitai represents somewhat of a change of style for Mizoguchi and, ironically, was his final film, whilst Yokihi was a rare journey into non-Japanese history which upholds the sumptuous settings of his other works whilst providing an opportunity for the film-maker to experiment visually courtesy of the Eastmancolor process.

Profound Desires of the Gods (1968) [Masters of Cinema #102] [Re-UP]

Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
A Film by Shôhei Imamura
DVD9 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 16:9 | 02:53:36 | 7,42 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #102

Presenting a vast chronicle of life on the remote Kurage Island, the film centres on the disgraced, superstitious, interbred Futori family and the Tokyo engineer sent to supervise the creation of a new well - an encounter which leads to both conflict and complicity in strange and powerful ways.
La signora di tutti (1934) Everybody's Woman [Masters of Cinema #100] [Re-UP]

La signora di tutti (1934)
A Film by Max Ophüls
DVD9 | ISO | PAL 4:3 | 01:26:27 | 5,95 Gb
Audio: Italian AC3 2.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #100

Isa Miranda, one of Italy’s greatest stars, plays the role of a star revisiting her life in flashback after a suicide attempt leaves her comatose. From the record revolving on a turntable in the picture’s opening moments, Ophuls sets into motion one of those roundelays with fate that he alone could pull off with such eminent elegance.
Miss Oyu / Oyu-Sama (1951) + Ugetsu / Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) [Masters of Cinema #52, #53] [Re-UP]

Miss Oyu (1951) + Ugetsu (1953)
A Films by Kenji Mizoguchi
2xDVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:33:48 + 01:36:51 | 6,23 Gb + 7,50 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #52, #53

Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari [Tales of the Rain and Moon] is a highly acclaimed masterwork of Japanese cinema. Based on a pair of 18th century ghost stories by Ueda Akinari, the film’s release continued Mizoguchi’s introduction to the West, where it was nominated for an Oscar (for Best Costume Design) and won the the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion award (for Best Direction).
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Mizoguchi’s films for the first time on home video in the UK - Ugetsu Monogatari is only available as a twinpack with Oyu-sama.

Harakiri / Seppuku (1962) [Masters of Cinema #20] [Re-UP]  Video

Posted by Someonelse at Oct. 18, 2011
Harakiri / Seppuku (1962) [Masters of Cinema #20] [Re-UP]

Harakiri (1962)
A Film by Masaki Kobayashi
DVD9 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 16:9 | 02:13:03 | 7,26 Gb
Audio: Japanese 2.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #20

Of all Masaki Kobayashi’s attacks on the cruelty and inhumanity perpetrated by authoritarian power (including The Human Condition and Samurai Rebellion), perhaps none are more brilliant than his visceral, mesmerising Harakiri [aka Seppuku].
In a magnificent performance, Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, The Face of Another, Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi, requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity, Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request – but Hanshiro will not be moved…
La vie de Jesus / The Life of Jesus (1997) [Masters of Cinema #60] [ReUp]

La vie de Jésus (1997)
DVD5 | IMG | PAL 16:9 | Cover | 01:32:23 | 4,27 Gb
Audio: French AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #60

One of the great debut films of recent times, Bruno Dumont’s La vie de Jésus [The Life of Jesus] presents life’s brutality and exhilaration played out by turns within the quarters of a tiny Flemish country town. Here, positioned in relative isolation from the rest of so-called cultural Europe, the connections between individuals will take on a physical power inflected by boredom, by desperation, and by urges as raw as the earth.