Monday, November 25, 2013

A Day on the Grand Canal with the emperor of China, or, Surface is illusion but so is depth

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Surface is illusion but so is depth
World famous artist David Hockney invites the viewer to join him on a magical journey down a 72-foot-long legendary 17th-century Chinese scroll. Hockney traces the Emperor Kangxi's grand tour of his southern domains. As Hockney compares this oriental masterpiece to a Canaletto painting, he teaches us the differences between Western and Eastern artistic perspective.
Written and presented by David Hockney; produced and directed by Philip Haas.
Photography, Curtis Clark; editor, Curtiss Clayton; consultant, Maxwell K. Hearn; music, Marc Wilkinson.
"Produced for The Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust."
Philip Haas documentary film collection
Painting, Chinese, Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912.

Askwith Media Library 56696-D 1988 48 minutes

Âs nutayuneân (We Still Live Here)

The Wampanoag are celebrated at Thanksgiving as the Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, but their linguistic heritage remained largely forgotten until Jessie Little Doe Baird discovered hundreds of documents written in their ancient language. Her efforts, which led to the reclamation of the Wampanoag language and culture, are explored in this documentary film.
The dream- A language vanishes- The plague- Bringing the language home- Voices on paper- Finding a linguist- New Wampanoag songs- Creation story- Losing the land- Fight for the language- The Wampanoag bible- Tears of repentance- Creating a dictionary- Reconstructing a lost language- Teach the children- First native speaker in a century- Language camp- Language creates community
Cinematography by Stephen McCarthy and Allie Humenuk; animation by Ruth Lingford; edited by Mary Lampson and Anne Makepeace; composer, Joel Goodman.

In English and Wampanoag.
Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Askwith Media Library 55625-D 2010 56 minutes

Returning Fire

No Trailer Available

"Fair use notice: The use of the following media material is protected by the Fair Use Clause of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary, criticism, and education."
Video games like Modern Warfare, America's Army, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield are part of an exploding market of war games whose revenues now far outpace even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The sophistication of these games is undeniable, offering users a stunningly realistic experience of ground combat and a glimpse into the increasingly virtual world of long-distance, push-button warfare. Far less clear, though, is what these games are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the actual trauma of war. For the culture-jamming activists featured in this film, these uncertainties were a call to action. In three separate vignettes, we see how Anne-Marie Schleiner, Wafaa Bilal, and Joseph Delappe moved dissent from the streets to our screens, infiltrating war games in an attempt to break the hypnotic spell of "militainment." Their work forces all of us -- gamers and non-gamers alike -- to think critically about what it means when the clinical tools of real-world killing become forms of consumer play.
Introduction (4:18)- Dead in Iraq (13:08)- Velvet-Strike (7:42)- Domestic tension (18:20)- Conclusion (1:00).
interventions in video game culture Roger Stahl production ; in collaboration with the Media Education Foundation ; written, Roger Stahl.
Editor, Roger Stahl ; original music, Roger Stahl, Andrew Killoy.
Northampton, MA : Media Education Foundation

Askwith Media Library 56363-D 2011 44 minutes

Scared Sacred

Documents the five-year journey initiated by filmmaker Velcrow Ripper in order to document humanity's ability to transform crisis into possibility. Ripper travels to the "ground zero's" of the world: Bhopal, India; the minefields of Cambodia; Bosnia; Hiroshima; Afghanistan; post-9/11 New York City; Israel and Palestine, documenting stories of survival and hope in the wake of disaster.
Special features: optional audio director's commentary; director's Q & A (13 min.); photo slide show (15 min.); Forgiveness, justice and genocide panel session (15 min.); Guided meditation featurette (30 min.); Theatrical trailer; Downloadable user's guide; Filmmaker bios and weblinks.
Unwrap the darkness, reveal the light  Producers on Davie in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada present in association with Vision TV; National Film Board of Canada producer, Tracey Friesen ; producers, Cari Green & Harry Sutherland; a film by Velcrow Ripper.

Askwith Media Library 43593-D 2004 105 minutes

Dil Se

A young man meets an enigmatic girl who later seeks his help without revealing that she is part of a terrorist organization.
Director/screenplay, Mani Ratnam; executive producers, Shekhar Kapur, Ramgopal Varma, Mani Ratnam; cinematography, Santosh Sivan; music, A.R. Rahman; lyrics, Gulzar.
London Eros International; Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Eros Entertainment, 1998.
Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta.

English subtitles

Askwith Media Library 33804-D 1998

Tees Maar Khan

Only once in a blue moon is such a great criminal born who is fearless as well as shameless. Now is the blue moon and the great criminal is Tees Maar Khan. He steals, cons, and cheats all with such alarming audacity that even shame shies away from him. He and his gang comprising of Dollar, Soda, and Burger have managed to keep the police, world over, on their toes. Then one fine day international antique smugglers, the Johri Brothers, assign Tees Maar Khan the biggest con job of his life.
Bonus features: Making of TMK; making of the songs; delected scenes; theatrical trailor; outtakes; laughter riot.
Hari Om Entertainment; UTV Motion Pictures; Three's Company Production; directed by Farah Khan ; produced by Twinkle Khanna, Shrish Kunder, Ronnie Screwvala; written by Shirish & Ashmith Kunder.
Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar.
Music by Vishal & Shekhar.

Hindi dialogue; Arabic or English subtitles; summary in English.

Askwith Media Library 55614-D 2010 186 minutes.

Munna bhai M.B.B.S.

Comedy film about Munnabhai, a Bombay goonda, who lives happily with his gang, threatening people. During his upright father's annual visit, the gang pretends to be running a charity hospital. When his father tries to arrange a marriage, the ruse is discovered. So Munna enrolls in medical college
Produced by Vir Chopra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra in association with Entertainment One; [directed by] Rajkumar Hirani; written by Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Gracy Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Arshad Warsi, Rohini Hattangady, Boman Irani.

In Hindi with English subtitles.

DVD, anamorphic widescreen presentation, 16x9 enhanced; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

Askwith Media Library 45652-D 2004 146 minutes


No trailer available

A documentary film about the life of Freya von Moltke (1911-2010), based on her last English language interview conducted in 2002. Freya von Moltke (1911-2010) and her husband, Helmuth James von Moltke (1907-1945), were leading figures in the Kreisau Circle, a group of Germans who opposed Hitler on democratic and humanitarian grounds.--Publisher description.
a film by Rachel Freudenburg.

To us a little know family who resisted Hitler's Nazis, with bravery and sacrifice. ~Mike 

Askwith Media Library 59980-D  2013 45 minutes

Fela: Music is the Weapon

Filmed in 1982 in Lagos, Nigeria, the documentary mixes footage of Fela Anikulapo Kuti performing at his Shrine nightclub, interviews with the controversial musician, glimpses of life at his not-so-palatial Kalakuta Republic compound, and scenes of Lagos street life.
Special feature: Footage of Fela Kuti in concert, as presented by actor Sahr Ngaujah (52 min.).
musique au poing Leo and Vincent Courtois present; executive producer, Danielle Gegauff; a co-production of Antenne 2 - K.I.C.S. - Ministere de la Culture; directed by Stéphane Tchal-Gadjieff and Jean Jacques Flori; Narration by Patrice Van Eersel, Jean-Pierre Lentin. Cameramen, Jean Clave, Elisabeth Prouvost; editor, Annie Yonnet; Music by Fela Kuti.

A voice for the people of Nigeria and all of Africa. Fela Kuti 1938-1997  ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52613-D 1982 53 minutes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cats of Mirikitani

Linda Hattendorf and Jimmy Mirikitani
One of the best documentaries ever made. ~Mike
IMDB Link 

Askwith Media Library 46464-D Released in 2006

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Big Trouble in Little China

Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped.
Special features include commentary by John Carpenter and Kurt Russell; all new 5.1 DTS isolated score track; deleted scenes; extended ending; vintage featurette; music video; Richard Edlund interview; trailers and TV spots; behind-the-scenes gallery.
20th Century Fox; a Taft/Barish/Monash production; written by Gary Goldman & David Z. Weinstein; adaptation by W.D. Richter; produced by Larry J. Franco; directed by John Carpenter.
Music, John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth ; director of photography, Dean Cundey ; edited by Mark Warner, Steve Mirkovich, Edward A. Warschilka.
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax.
Closed captioned; audio in English 5.1 DTSand Dolby Surround, Spanish 5.1, French 5.1; with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean or Thai.

Askwith Media Library 58242-B Blu-ray 

Special Edition
DVD 32931-D
Disc 1. Feature (99 min.) ; commentary by John Carpenter & Kurt Russell -- Disc 2. Deleted scenes ; featurette ; interview with Richard Edlund ; still gallery ; production notes ; magazine articles ; music video ; trailers & TV spots.

In English and French. |Closed-captioned.

Released in 1986 

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Immaculate Edition
Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view.
Special features: An all-new hour-long revelation "The story of Brian" from Monty Python; an original illustrated 110-minute recording by The Pythons of their early screenplay in progress; commentary by Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle & Terry Jones; commentary by John Cleese & Michael Palin; original radio ads by Mrs. Cleese, Mrs. Idle, Mrs. Gilliam & Michael Palin's dentist; deleted scenes: "Shepherds" (digitally enhanced), "Pilate's wife," "Otto," "The sign that is the sign," "The souvenir salesman."
Python (Monty) Pictures Limited ; written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin ; produced by John Goldstone ; designed by Terry Gilliam ; directed by Terry Jones.
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.
English dialogue, English or Portuguese subtitles; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 47749-D 1979 93 minutes

Garbage Warrior

Using empty beer cans, old tires, plastic bottles and other garbage, iconoclastic architect Michael Reynolds, based in New Mexico, has been building ecologically sustainable structures for 35 years. Calling his structures "earthships," Reynolds has had conflicts with government officials over inflexible zoning and housing laws, but his architectural ideas were put to use in the Andaman Islands following the 2005 tsunami.
Open Eye Media International presents a coproduction of Open Eye Media UK, ITVS International & Sundance Channel; an Oliver Hodge film ; producer, Rachel Wexler; filmed and directed by Oliver Hodge.
Music, Patrick Wilson; editor, Phil Reynolds.

Askwith Media Library 48316-D 2007 87 minutes

The Purity Myth

"In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on "the virginity movement" -- an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women's sexuality to roll back women's rights"
The virginity movement's war against women Media Education Foundation; directed by Jeremy Earp; written by Jessica Valenti & Jeremy Earp; produced by Jeremy Earp, Scott Morris & Jason Young. Camera, David Rabinovitz; editor, Jason Young.
Based on the book: The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women / Jessica Valenti.
Narrator: Jessica Valenti.

U. Michigan public performance rights obtained.

Askwith Media Library 56564-D 2011 45 minutes

Touch of Evil

50 Anniversary Edition
A narcotics officer and a corrupt cop are involved in a murder investigation in a small border town. See all three versions of the film: the theatrical version, the preview version, and the restored version. Features include commentaries and featurettes.
Special features: Bringing evil to life; Evil lost and found; preview version feature commentary; restored version feature commentary; theatrical version feature commentary.
Disc 1. Restored version (1 hr., 51 min.) Disc 2. Theatrical version (1 hr., 36 min.) and Preview version (1 hr., 49 min.).
Directed and screen play by Orson Welles; produced by Albert Zugsmith.
Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles.
Based on the novel "Badge of evil" by Whit Masterson.
DVD, anamphoric widescreen; Dolby Digital 2.0.

English dialogue; English, Spanish or French subtitles; subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Askwith Media Library 49027-D 1958 111 minutes

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Library Acquires Archive of Filmmaker John Sayles

The videos below and more from John Sayles are available at the Askwith Media Library

Eight Men Out

20th Anniversary Edition
Film about the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal. The young, idealistic White Sox players who, despite being pennant winners, are treated with disdain by their penny-pinching owner/manager. Ripe for a money-making scheme, the demoralized team agrees to throw the World Series. But when they're defeated, a couple of sports writers smell a fix and a national scandal explodes.
Special features: Audio commentary by director John Sayles; Two-part retrospective documentary; "The story behind the movie" featurette; "DB, the bat & the 2005 World Series" featurette.
Orion Pictures Corporation; a Sanford/Pillsbury production; produced by Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford ; written for the screen and directed by John Sayles. Director of photography, Robert Richardson; editor, John Tintori; music, Mason Daring; production designer, Nora Chavooshian.
John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, D.B. Sweeney.
Based on the book by Eliot Asinof.
English (5.1 Dolby surround, mono.), dubbed Spanish (mono.) or dubbed French (mono.) dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 47678-D 1988 120 minutes

Battle Beyond the Stars

30th Anniversary Special Edition
Seven mercenaries are recruited from throughout the galaxy to save a peaceful planet from the threat of an evil tyrant bent on dominating the entire universe. Among them are a lizard-like humanoid, a space cowboy, a female warrior, and a brooding killer-for-hire.
Special features: Commentary by writer John Sayles and Roger Corman; commentary by production manager Gale Anne Hurd; The man who would be Shad: new interview with actor Richard Thomas; Space opera on a shoestring: a comprehensive look at the technical challenges and postproduction of the film with Aaron Lipstadt, Alec Gills, Alex Hajdu, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse and Tony Randel; trailer, TV and radio spots.
New World Pictures; produced by Ed Carlin; screenplay by John Sayles; story by John Sayles and Anne Dyer; directed by Jimmy T. Murakami. Director of photography, Daniel Lacambre; editor, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer; music, James Horner.
Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard.
NTSC, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.

Askwith Media Library 56011-B (Blu-ray) 53627-D (DVD) 1980 104 minutes


"Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael's brother is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country."
Extra features: John Sayles on research and writing; John Sayles on directing, shooting and editing; The untold history: Amigo and the Philippine-American War; About the director; John Sayles' film gallery, Trailers, Photo gallery, Research photos; DVD ROM access to PDF classroom resource guide, including English and Tagalog screenplays. Music, Mason Daring.
Written, directed & edited by John Sayles; produced by Maggie Renzi; director of photography, Lee Briones-Meily; co-producers, Mario Ontal, Joel Torre; Anarchists' Convention presents.
Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Garret Dillahunt, Ronnie Lazaro, Rio Locsin, DJ Qualls, Bembo Rocco, Joel Torre, Yul Vazquez.
In English, Spanish, Cantonese & Tagalog; with optional English SDH or Spanish subtitles; cloded-captioned.

U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained

Askwith Media Library 59464-D 2010 124 minutes

Silver City

Grammatically challenged, "user friendly" gubernatorial candidate Dicky Pilager has just launched a rosy campaign for the citizens of the New West. But things take an unexpected turn when the taping of an environmental political ad ends up with Pilager reeling in a corpse. His ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate. Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers.
Special features: audio commentary with writer/director John Sayles and producer, Maggie Renzi; the making of Silver city; bonus previews.
Newmarket Films and Anarchists' Convention present; produced by Maggie Renzi; written, directed and edited by John Sayles. Director of photography, Haskell Wexler; music, Mason Daring.
Maria Bello, Thora Birch, David Clennon, Chris Cooper, Alma Delfina, Richard Dreyfuss, Miguel Ferrer, James Gammon, Daryl Hannah.

Askwith Media Library 39145-D 2004 129 minutes

Casa de los Babys

Six women -- dreamy Eileen, abrasive Nan, athletic Skipper, brusque Leslie, vivacious Jennifer and patient Gayle -- are staying at a hotel in South America. Focus on the turbulent emotions these American women face surrounding the adoption of foreign babies. The six women are fed up with the long delays of the adoption system in the United States and have the common desire to adopt a child. Includes a Latina mother who is certain that her baby will enjoy a better life with adoptive American parents, but still struggling with the anguish of her sacrifice.
Special features: audio commentary by director John Sayles; "The making-of 'Casa de los babys'" featurette; "Beyond borders" documentary; "On location with John Sayles" documentary; original theatrical trailer.
IFC Films presents a Syvan/Springall production ; produced by Lemore Syvan, Alejandro Springall; written, directed and edited by John Sayles. Director of photography, Mauricio Rubinstein; original music, Mason Daring; costume designer, Mayes C. Rubeo; production designer, Felipe Fernández Del Paso.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Rita Moreno, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor.
English or dubbed Spanish dialogue, Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 37843-D 2003 96 minutes

The Secret of Roan Inish

A magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life.
Special features include director's commentary and theatrical trailers.
First Look Pictures releasing; Jones Entertainment Group Ltd. in association with Peter Newman Productions present a Skerry Movies production; produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi; written for the screen, directed and edited by John Sayles. Director of photography, Haskell Wexler; production design, Adrian Smith; music, Mason Daring.
Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, John Lynch, Jeni Courtney, Richard Sheridan, Cillian Byrne.
In English with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.

Widescreen version on Side A, full screen version on Side B.

Askwith Media Library 31743-D 1994 102 minutes

Monday, November 18, 2013

Night on Earth

Five cities, five taxis, and a group of strangers make for an interesting night. A collection of 5 stories that span continents, time zones, and languages.
Special features: selected-scene commentary by director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin; Q&A with Jim Jarmusch; 1992 Belgian television interview with Jarmusch.
JVC presents; a Locus Solus production; written, produced, and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
Director of photography, Frederick Elmes; editor, Jay Rabinowitz; music by Tom Waits.
Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Giancarlo Esposito, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rosie Perez, Isaach De Bankolé, Béatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni, Paolo Bonacelli, Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Tomi Salmela.
Dialogue in English, French, Italian, and Finnish, with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Criterion collection; v 401 Released in 2007

One of the best. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 45821-D 1991 128 mintues

200 Pounds Beauty

A singer resorts to drastic 'head-to-toe' plastic surgery in order to fulfill her dreams of pop stardom.
Producer, Park Mu-Seung; written by Kim Yong-hwa, Noh Hye-yeong, Suzuki Yumiko; director, Kim Yong-hwa. 
Dong-Il Song, Jin-Mo Ju, Ah-Jung Kim.
Korean dialogue; English subtitles.

A sweet comedy and reminder that looks aren't everything. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 62036-D 2006 120 minutes

The Clash: Westway to the World

A documentary about the Clash, composed entirely of interviews and footage.
Bonus features: "Clash on Broadway" (previously unseen footage from the band's personal collection of their 1981-1982 trip to New York); exclusive interview footage; discography; photo gallery.
Sony Music Entertainment/Dorisimo Ltd. in association with Uptown Films presents; produced by Rick Elgood; directed by Don Letts. Editor, Denes Ujvari; lighting cameraman, Louis Mulvey; interviews by Mal Peachey.
Interview participants: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, Terry Chimes, and others.

A lot of great work and a trip down memory lane for some of us. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 62019-D 2000 80 minutes

The Green Wave

Green is the color of hope. Green was the color of Islam and the symbol of respect among the supporters of presidential runner Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who became the figure of the Green Revolution. The election in 2009 was about change, but contrary to all expectations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was set in office. A collage illustrating the events and the stance of the people behind the rebellion: their initial hope and curiosity, fear, and the courage to continue to fight.
a Dreamer Joint Venture production; producers, Jan Krueger & Oliver Stoltz; written and directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi. Art director, Ali Soozandeh; editors, Barbara Toennieshew, Andreas Menn; music, Ali N. Askin.
Featuring, Pegah Ferydoni, Navid Akhavan.
In Farsi with English subtitles.

This is a very important documentary. It is a lesson for citizens of the world to learn and remember. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 62020-D 2010 80 minutes

Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire

A documentary that brings audiences to the center of the controversy over the issue that is dividing our nation: gun control. Narrated by Ice-T, a critically acclaimed rapper and actor, the film takes a critical look at current gun laws and the rising movement to restrict the rights guaranteed by our Second Amendment.
Written and directed by Kris Koenig; produced by Anita Ingrao.

This is a very well thought out documentary. A reasonable approach to the discussion of gun ownership. The documentary also looks at the historical impact guns have had on American society. ~Mike

Askwith 62039-D 2013 80 minutes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wu jian dao (Infernal Affairs 1,2,3)

Wu jian dao (Infernal Affairs)
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.
Media Asia Group, Basic Pictures; presented by Nansun Shi, John Chong; written by Alan Mak, Felix Chong; produced & directed by Andrew Law, Alan Mak. Director of photography, Andrew Lau, Lai Yiu Fai; editor, Danny Pang, Pang Ching Hei; original music, Chan Kwong Wing.
Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Eric Tsang.
Special features: The making of infernal affairs, confidential file: behind-the-scenes look at infernal affairs.
In Cantonese and English with optional subtitles in English and Spanish; closed captioned.

Askwith Media library 38434-D 2002 101 minutes

Infernal Affairs 2
a Prequel to: Infernal affairs.
Dragon  Dynasty
Special Collector's Edition
An cop in torn in the middle of hunting down a triad and preventing an all out war between other triads as disagreements and actions are involved in all the parties.
Media Asia Films presents, in association with Raintree Pictures, Eastern Dragon Film Co., a Basic Pictures production; produced by Andrew Lau; directed by Andrew Lau, Alan Mak; screenplay by Alan Mak, Felix Chong. Editor, Danny Pang, Pang Ching Hei; directors of photography, Andrew Lau, Ng Man Ching; music, Chan Kwong Wing.
Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Francis Ng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Hu Jun.
Special features: Deleted scenes; The making-of Internal affairs 2; confidential file; feature commentary by the filmmakers and cast (in Cantonese with English subtitles); teaser; theatrical trailer.
Cantonese or dubbed English language tracks with optional English or Spanish subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 48060-D 2002 119 minutes 

Infernal Affairs 3
Collector's Edition 
In the third edition to the Internal Affairs series, the unit has their hands full again. The conclusion to the groundbreaking trilogy that inspired 'The Departed'.
Media Asia Films, Tianjin Film Studio, in association with Eastern Dragon Film CMC Group; a Basic Pictures production; produced by Andrew Lau, Gao Feng Juin; screenplay by Alan Mak, Felix Chong; directed by Andrew Lau, Alan Mak. Edited by Danny Pang, Pang Ching Hei; original music by Chan Kwong Wing.
Tony Leung, Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau, Leoni Lai, Chen Daoming, Kelly Chen, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang.
Soundtracks in Cantonese Dolby 5.1, English stereo ; subtitles in English and Spanish.

Askwith Media Library 48048-D 2007 118 minutes

Alfred Hitchcock, The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)

Shadow of a Doubt

Rear Window

Masterpiece Collection Trailer

Contains 15 motion pictures directed by Alfred Hitchcock, originally released between 1942 and 1976.
1. Saboteur- 2. Shadow of a doubt- 3. Rope- 4. Rear window- 5. The trouble with Harry- 6. The man who knew too much- 7. Vertigo- 8. North by Northwest- 9. Psycho- 10. The birds- 11. Marnie- 12. Torn curtain- 13. Topaz- 14. Frenzy- 15. Family plot
Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, 'Tippi" Hedren, Sean Connery, Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Frederick Stafford, Jon Finch, Karen Black, Bruce Dern... [et al].

English and French language soundtracks with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired and optional Spanish subtitles.

Each disc has documentaries of the film and interviews. A wonderful source of information for each film. I've watched most of them and they are dazzling. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58929-B

The DEFA sci-fi collection

Silent Star


In the Dust of Stars

Silent star 1960 (Schweigende stern) director, Kurt Maetzig; script, Jan Fethke, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Günter Reisch
Silent star: an international team is dispatched to Venus to discover the origin of a mysterious magnetic spool found in the Gobi desert.
Special features (Silent star): historical essay, Socialists in outer space; newsreel about The silent star; biographies of director, set designer & special effects artist; gallery of set design.

Eolomea 1972 director, Herrmann Zschoche; producer, Dorothea Hildbrandt; screenplay, Angel Wagenstein
Space transports are disappearing without a trace and the space council must determine why.
Special features (Eolomea): introductory essay; interview with special effects cameraman; interview with costume designer; photo gallery; director, cast biographies & filmographies.

In the dust of stars 1976 (Im staub der sterne) director, Gottfried Kolditz; producer, Helmut Klein; screenplay, Gottfried Kolditz.
When spaceship Cyrno responds to a distress signal from TEM 4, the crew finds that the inhabitants of the planet deny having sent the message, but there is something mysterious going on underground.
Special features (In the dust of the stars): introductory essay; interview with director of photography; photo gallery; director, cast biographies & filmographies.

Askwith Media Library 44497-D

Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh (No One Knows about the Persian Cats)

Follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.
IFC Films presents a MIJ Film production screenplay by Bahman Ghobadi, Hossein Abkenar; directed by Bahman Ghobadi.
Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Aamed Behdad, Babak Mirkhani.
Persian dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Bonus material: "Making of"; trailer.

This is a great documentary. During the oppressive regime these artists were very brave trying to get their sound heard. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55825-D 2009 107 minutes 

Batman The Movie (1966)

No trailer available

When Batman and Robin get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp is in danger aboard his yacht, they launch a rescue mission. But the tip is a set-up by four of the most powerful villains ever, who seek to defeat the Dynamic Duo once and for all.
Special features: audio commentary by Adam West and Burt Ward; tour of the Batmobile; all-new Batman featurette; still gallery; theatrical trailer & teaser.
Twentieth Century Fox presents a William Dozier production; producer, William Dozier; director, Leslie H. Martinson; writer, Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin.
Closed-captioned; audio in English stereo, English mono, French mom; optional subtitles in English and Spanish.

A Bat-ravaganza, in Bat-color, feature length movie with the television series actors. Lots of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library  45404-D 1966 105 minutes

Big Lebowski

10th anniversary edition
Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski doesn't want any complications in his life. He can't even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug. Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy bowling buddies to make things right and get that rug back. Their journey blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, and White Russians.
Special features: Disc 1: An exclusive introduction; The Dude's life; The Dude abides: the Big Lebowski ten years later; Production notes; Theatrical trailer. Disc 2: Making of The Big Lebowski; The Lebowski fest: an achiever's story; Flying carpets and bowling pin dreams: the dream sequences of the Dude; Interactive map; Jeff Bridges photo book; Photo gallery.
Universal; Polygram Filmed Entertainment presents a Working Title production; director of photography, Roger Deakins; executive producers, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner; produced by Ethan Coen; written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; directed by Joel Coen.
English (Dolby 5.1), dubbed French (Dolby 5.1) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby 2.0) dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Flea, Leon Russom, Sam Elliott, John Turturro, Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Casting by John Lyons; supervising sound editor, Skip Lievsay; edited by Roderick Jaynes and Tricia Cooke; original music by Carter Burwell; musical archivist, T-Bone Burnett; costume designer, Mary Zophres; production designer, Rick Heinrichs; co-producer, John Cameron.
DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digtital 2.0 stereo. surround.

One of the funniest films. "She's my lady friend, not my special lady." made me laugh all week. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50110-D 2-discs 1998 118 minutes (Blu-ray 55102-B 119 minutes 1 disc without the special features listed above)

On the Double

I couldn't find a trailer for the movie. This is a Fan Tribute to Danny Kaye

A timid American soldier bears a striking resemblance to a famous British Colonel. The Military Intelligence decides to use the poor chap as a pawn and recruit the naive soldier to impersonate the legendary Colonel, who's highly targeted by the Nazi assassins.
Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors.
Parmount; produced by Jack Rose; directed by Melville Shavelson; written by Jack Rose and Melville Shavelson.

One of the most versatile and beloved showmen to grace the silver screen. Danny Kaye has provided at least two generations with laughter, joy and music. If you are not familiar with him, check out our collection, you'll be amazed. The film is really good also. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 62059-D 1961 92 minutes

Phil Spector

HBO Films: David Mamet on Making of Phil Spector

Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in this production written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwright David Mamet. An exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.
Originally broadcast on television as a made-for-TV movie by HBO in 2013.
Music, Marcelo Zarvos; editor, Barbara Tulliver; director of photography, Juan Ruiz Anchia.
a Levinson/Fontana production; produced by Michael Hausman; executive producer Barry Leivinson, David Mamet; written and directed by David Mamet.
Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Pidgeon.
In English or dubbed Spanish; English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean subtitles.

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino truly amazing and putting them together is a stroke of genius. Along with them are top of line supporting cast, direction and production this is a great movie. An excellent character study of a man who had everything and lived a very secluded life. ~Mike   

Askwith Media Library 61994-D 2013 92 minutes

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Europa Report

An international crew of six astronauts, undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon, Europa. As the journey proceeds, unexpected catastrophic developments test the crew far beyond anything they expected.

Special Features Exploring the visual effects of Europa Report, The Musical Journey of Europa Report, Behind the scenes photo gallery and Theatrical trailer.

An outstanding film. Based somewhat on designs of today. If we were to travel to Europe in the near future our technology would look very similar. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 62050-D DVD and (62029-B Blu-ray)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, about Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in the U.S. history. Paralleling Assange's rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, and multi-layered expose about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
Special features: Deleted scenes; Manning testifies.

I wouldn't call the documentary "a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller" but it is thoughtful and very insightful. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61492-D 2011 130 minutes

Two Men in Manhattan

The dark shadows of New York come to life in this rarely-seen, moody, jazz-soaked noir classic. A film by the great Jean-Pierre Melville, who cast himself as a journalist on an ethically fraught mission to track down a missing French diplomat.
Bonus features: Conversation between critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky ; new essay by Melville scholar Ginette Vincendeau; trailers.

This has a great noir feeling, amazing shots of New York of the 1950s, the very stark and seedy side. Great story about lust, greed and politics. With lots of jazz. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61962-D 

Godzilla (Gojira)

I think this is the most comprehensive Godzilla collection on the planet. I used to watch these on fuzzy, broadcast television on Saturday afternoons. It's wonderful to see the DVD and Blu-ray quality. ~Mike

Gojira 45022-D (DVD) 57412-B (Blu-ray) Master Collection; 2-disc collector's edition 1954
Testing of nuclear weapons over the Pacific Ocean triggers the awakening of a 400-foot, fire-breathing prehistoric lizard who begins to wreak havoc on the city of Tokyo.
Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle, author of "Japan's favorite mon-star" and Ed Godziszewski, editor and publisher of "Japanese Giants" magazine; Slide show featurette of original movie posters in multiple languages; "Making of the Godzilla suit" featurette; Disc 2: U.S. version (Godzilla, King of the monsters ; 1956; b&w; English language; full screen (1.33) presentation; starring Raymond Burr); Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle, author of "Japan's favorite mon-star" and Ed Godziszewski, editor and publisher of "Japanese giants" magazine; Slide show featurette of original movie posters; Booklet.
Includes the 1956 U.S. theatrical release, Godzilla, King of the Monsters, starring Raymond Burr (disc 2).

Godzilla 56040-D 1998
Nuclear testing resurrects Godzilla and it's up to a select group of people to stop him before he completely destroys New York City and perhaps the world.
Special features: Theatrical trailers, scene selections, featurette, special FX supervisor commentary, director/producer biographies, cast filmographies, photo gallery, music video, and Godzilla takes New York (before and after shots).

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 56044-D 1991, 1992 205 minutes
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ca. 103 min.): A time travel device carrying representatives from the 23rd century lands in present-day Tokyo with the message that Godzilla is about to destroy the nation. The time travellers return to the past to stop the birth of Godzilla and are confronted by King Ghidorah, a three-headed reptile with breath of fire.
Godzilla and Mothra: the battle for Earth (ca. 102 min.): Island explorers discover the egg of Mothra and attempt attempt to take it to the mainland. Godzilla awakens and attacks the party, causing the egg to hatch and forcing its newborn larvae to fend off the gigantic reptile.

Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla 56042-D 1994 1995 210 minutes
Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: Scientists implant a telepathic amplifier in the brain of Godzilla to bring him under control. When earth is threatened by a mutant Spacegodzilla, Godzilla may become it's greatest ally!
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: With a super-charged blast from his nuclear past, a new Godzilla emerges from his own ashes, radioactive and ready to take on Tokyo. The great lizard's nuclear energy is increasing by the minute, and a monster meltdown threatens to vaporize the planet. But when mutant micro-organisms unleash a plague of destruction, Godzilla is Japan's only hope to destroy them. This victory creates Godzilla's deadliest challenge yet: the Oxygen Destroyer. And with Godzilla Junior pulled into the ring, only the Super X III can put the deep freeze on this three-way monster melee.

Rodan and War of the Gargantuas 48427-D 2 discs 1956 1966
"Ishiro Honda's Rodan (Sora no daikaiju Radon) is among the most popular films from the era of vintage science fiction cinema. A small village is besieged by deadly man-eating insects. When Shigeru (Kenji Sahara) travels deep into a mineshaft to exterminate the beasts, he makes an even more horrifying discovery, Rodan, the flying monster!. Two giant pterodactyls terrorize Japan, soaring through the sky and blowing away cities with wing-whipped gusts. How will the world survive this seemingly unstoppable threat?."
"War of the gargantuas (Furankenshutain no kaijû-- Sanda tai Gaira) is one of director Ishiro Honda's masterpieces of monster mayhem. A deadly giant terrorizes Japan, sinking ships and attacking fisherman. Using a space-age ray cannon, the military nearly kills the monster before its enormous brother comes to the rescue. The two gargantuas don't see eye-to-eye and their monster-sized sibling rivalry leads to a death match in the streets of Tokyo with civilization hanging in the balance."

Godzilla 2000 56039-D 2000 99 minutes
A UFO reveals itself as an alien monster with awesome destructive powers. Godzilla, the alien monster, and the citizens of Japan battle for survival.
Special features include: digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; widescreen presentation; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical trailers; talent files; interactive animated menus; production notes ; scene selections.

Godzilla vs. Mothra 35033-D 1964 87 minutes
A giant egg washes ashore in Japan and becomes an instant tourist attraction. The only problem is, it belongs to a giant butterfly-like creature from Monster Island named Mothra - and she wants it back!

Godzilla's Revenge 35034-D 1969 70 minutes
Little boy Ichiro is tired of being beat up by the local bully and imagines what Godzilla's son Minilla would do in the same situation, so he imagines traveling to Monster Island where he's befriended by Minilla in person!

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 35030-D 1956 78 miutes
Injured in a disaster that has destroyed most of Tokyo, foreign correspondent Steve Martin recounts the events leading up to the catastrophe. Arriving in Tokyo to visit his friend, Dr. Serizawa, Martin learns that ships in the vicinity of Oto Island are being mysteriously destroyed. Martin joins a team of scientists and security officers who go to Oto to investigate. The natives insist that a giant creature, Godzilla, is responsible for the disasters. Martin then joins a scientific expedition, which a witnesses Godzilla rising from the ocean. An apparently successful mission is undertaken to kill Godzilla using depth bombs, but Godzilla appears in Tokyo Bay and embarks upon a destructive rampage across the city.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah 56041-D 2001 105 minutes
The three sacred guardian beasts of Yamato are awakened to protect Japan against the deadly Godzilla.

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 56036-D 2000 106 minutes 2001 105 minutes

Five years after Godzilla terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan's monster nemesis. They have created the world's first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace: giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula. Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus, is also on a hunt for Godzilla, needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city's underground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus, Godzilla, and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah 54932-D 1971 86 minutes
From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Godzilla against Mechagodzilla 56032-D 2005 88 minutes
Battle between Godzilla and an armed mechanized Godzilla.

Godzilla 57530-D 2 discs, 1954 96 minutes
It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire populations fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. Here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking.
Special features: audio commentary for both movies by film historian David Kalat; new interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and special effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai; interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube; featurette detailing Godzilla's photographic effects, introduced by special effects director Koichi Kawakita and special effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka; New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato; The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay; Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters; booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman.

Godzilla vs. Biollante 61512-B Blu-ray 1989 104 minutes
A genetically engineered plant, the indestructible Biollante, must fight Godzilla to save her creator and the land she loves.
Special features: Making of Godzilla vs. Biollante; behind the design.