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Eureka's DVD and Blu-ray line up for early 2012

5 October 2011

No doubt about it, when Eureka announce a new set of upcoming releases, everyone here starts running around in a state of excitement that suggests they've drunk far too much coffee. I was late picking up this one due to shooting interviews at the Raindance Film Festival, but having suffered a nightmare journey home (multiple signal failure my arse), the list of upcoming Eureka releases really lifted my heart.

What follows is the full line up of releases from Eureka Entertainment and its UK distributed labels Bounty Films & ISIS for January, February & March 2012. Full details of individual releases will follow nearer the release date.

January

Two Lane Blacktop
Masters of Cinema – Blu-ray & Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, 23 January 2012
Perhaps the greatest road movie ever made, Monte Hellman's counter-culture masterpiece from the early 1970s, starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, and Warren Oates, on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world.

Le Silence de la mer
Masters of Cinema – Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 23 January 2012
One of the most important French films to deal with World War II, and a landmark in Melville's distinguished oeuvre, Le Silence de la mer is a lyrical, timeless depiction of the experiences and struggles of occupation and resistance available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.
(DVD review)

Punishment Park
Masters of Cinema – Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 23 January 2012
Both controversial and relentless in its depiction of suppression and brutality, Punishment Park was heavily attacked by the mainstream press and permitted only the barest of releases in 1971. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to celebrate Punishment Park's 40th anniversary with its first ever release on Blu-ray.
(DVD review)

Who Pays the Ferryman?
Eureka Entertainment, DVD, 23 January 2012
Much loved 1977 BBC British drama series, created by Michael J. Bird, set on the Mediterranean island of Crete starring Jack Hedley as Alan Haldane.

Tomie: Unlimited
Bounty Films (Monster Pictures), Blu-ray & DVD, 23 January 2012
Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, Mutant Girls Squad) brings his brand of mayhem to the Japanese cult Tomie series.

Zift
I.S.I.S. Ltd, DVD, 23 January 2012
Zift is a genre mixture of neo-noir and soviet non-conformist art from director Javor Gardev.

Cano Dorado DORADO,
I.S.I.S. Ltd, DVD, 23 January 2012
The story of Panceta, a young labourer from one of the poorer suburbs in Buenos Aires, whose unbounded ambition for money leads him to manufacture and sell home–made arms in the neighbourhood.


February

Repo Man
Masters of Cinema, Blu-ray & Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, 20 February 2012
Alex Cox's legendary cult classic debut - a post-punk, sci-fi, crime-ridden, apocalyptic comedy - returns for the first time anywhere in the world as a glorious, new special edition Blu-ray.

The Insect Woman / Nishi-Ginza Station
Masters of Cinema, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 20 February 2012
Shohei Imamura's epic spans 40 years in the life of a working class woman ever-adapting to a changing Japan, alongside an earlier Imamura feature.

The Yellow Sea
Bounty Films (Monster Pictures), Blu-ray & DVD, 20 February 2012
Korean crime drama starring Yun-seok Kim and directed by Hong-jin Na who won critical acclaim for his previous film The Chaser. Premiered at this year's Cambridge Film Festival and to be released theatrically on 21 October 2011.


March

Yakuza Weapon
Bounty Films (Monster Pictures), Blu-ray & DVD, 26 March 2012
A wild combination of hard-boiled gangster action, manga-style comedy and splatterific special effects, from director and star Tak Sakaguchi.

Deadball
Bounty Films (Monster Pictures), DVD, 26 March 2012
Hilariously offensive, politically incorrect sports splatter comedy, Deadball is director Yudai Yamaguchi's follow-up to his earlier zombie baseball classic Battlefield Baseball, and once again features action star Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Be a Man! Samurai School).

The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Masters of Cinema, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 26 March 2012
Pasolini's masterpiece is one of the most revered and influential religious films ever made, now fully restored in HD.

Accattone
Masters of Cinema, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 26 March 2012
Pasolini's gritty study of a pimp in the slums of Rome is one of the most explosive debuts in world cinema, now fully restored in HD.