Eureka Entertainment have announced via their twitter feeds (@eurekavideo and @mastersofcinema) and via their new website www.eurekavideo.co.uk forthcoming releases in The Masters of Cinema series and Eureka Classics collection for the rest of the year 2014.
The latest slate of films from Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series & Eureka! Classics collection bring together some of the most heralded masterpieces of the 20th century. Releases in the Masters of Cinema Series include one of Fellini’s final masterpieces I Clowns; the breakthrough film from director Seijun Suzuki, Youth of the Beast; Fritz Lang’s hugely influential story of intrigue, espionage, and blackmail, Spione; Raoul Walsh’s spectacular and award winning 1924 silent masterpiece The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks; G.W Pabst’s 1929 masterwork starring screen icon Louise Brooks, Diary of a Lost Girl; the acclaimed silent era masterpiece from D.W. Griffith, Intolerance; and the 1934 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, Raymond Bernard’s Les Misérables, starring Harry Baur. The Eureka Classics Collection sees the arrival of Blacula – the Complete Collection, the legacy of Dracula’s Soul Brother in a perfect midnight double bill featuring William Crain’s Blacula and Bob Kelljan’s Scream Blacula Scream starring Pam Grier (Jackie Brown).
On 20 October 2014, joining existing Fellini films Roma, Il Bidone and City of Women on the label, Eureka will be releasing a new digitally restored version of I Clowns on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition. The film reflects Fellini’s childhood obsession with clowns, exploring deeper human conditions that resonate through various clowns who vary from a local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple.
A week later on 27 October 2014, Youth of the Beast [Yajû no seishun] shall be unleashed in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition. Jo Shisido’s raw performance and Seijun Suzuki’s stylish cinematic artistry complement one another perfectly. Out of the mass-produced array of Japanese action films, this movie stands out like a radiant gem. Based on the hard-boiled Japanese novel “Man Hunt” written by Haruhiko Oyabu, Suzuki’s visceral depiction transports the viewer into a merciless world of crime.
The final Monday of the month will also see the release in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition of Blacula – The Complete Collection starring Pam Grier, the 1972 American Blaxploitation horror film (Blacula) produced for American International Pictures which became one of the top grossing films of the year, inspiring a sequel (Scream Blacula Scream) and a small wave of Blaxploitation themed horror films. The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood.
Expected later in the quarter, Fritz Lang’s penultimate silent film, Spione [Spies] will receive its worldwide premiere on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series. Spione is a flawlessly constructed labyrinthine spy thriller. Hugely influential, Lang’s famous passion for meticulous detail combines with masterful storytelling and editing skills to form a relentless story of intrigue, espionage, and blackmail.
Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch einer Verlorenen] traces the journey of a young woman from the pit of despair to the moment of personal awakening. Directed with virtuoso flair by the great G. W. Pabst, Diary of a Lost Girl represents the final pairing of the filmmaker with screen icon Louise Brooks, mere months after their first collaboration in the now-legendary Pandora’s Box [Die Büchse der Pandora]. Diary of a Lost Girl will be released for the very first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray and DVD) edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series.
The Thief of Bagdad, one of the most imaginative of all silent movies, is a glittering Arabian Nights adventure fantasy set in the city of Bagdad. Douglas Fairbanks plays a handsome rogue of a thief whose heart is stolen by the beautiful daughter of the Caliph. The Thief of Bagdad will be released for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a stunning 2K restoration, featuring a magnificent score from maestro Carl Davis conducting the Phiharmonia Orchestra.
From one of the greatest little-known directors of all time, Raymond Bernard’s nearly five hour tour de force that is Les Misérables is widely considered to be the greatest adaptation of the story. With unforgettable performances and stunning art direction, Les Misérables will be released on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series.
Last, but not least, from Ancient Babylon and Biblical Judea to Medieval Paris and Modern America, four stories of intolerance and inhumanity interweave to form an amazing spectacle that gains momentum as it moves towards a powerful and memorable climax. D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece Intolerance restored in HD will be available on Blu-ray in a stunning 2K restoration for the first time in the UK as part of the Masters of Cinema Series.
Managing Director of Eureka Entertainment, Ron Benson stated:
“New restorations and home viewing and Blu-ray premières abound - we continue our quest to release the very finest in world cinema, using the very best available materials, all with a meticulous attention to detail."
Further details for the November and December releases will be announced later in the year. In the meantime, full details of each of the titles announced can be found on Eureka’s website www.eurekavideo.co.uk which has recently had a facelift in celebration of it being ten years since the first Masters of Cinema release (Holy Mountain). The new website features an integrated store, forum and lots more.
Below is a trailer for Blacula...
...and one for Scream Blacula Scream...