Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Into Eternity

Into Eternity is the first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term storage poses. Structured as a message to the future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo underground waste repository now being built in Finland, one of the first nuclear waste strorage facilities. Once the repository is full in about 100 years, it will be closed and sealed 'forever'.

Magic Hour Films in co-production with Mouka Filmi, Atmo, Film i Vast; by Michael Madsen; scriptwriter and director, Michael Madsen; producer Lise Lense-Moller. Editors Daniel Dencik, Stefan Sundlof; director of photography, Heikki Farm.
With Michael Madsen, Tim Aikas, Tim Seppala, Juhani Vira, Esko Ruokola, Wendla Paile, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lindqvist, Peter Wikberg, Carl Reinhold Brakenhielm, Sami Savonrinne.
Originally co-produced in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden as a motion picture/television program and released in 2010.
Includes TV version (58 minutes), theatrical version (78 minutes) and trailer.

English with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 56972-D 2010

Monday, December 30, 2013

Synecdoche, New York

Theatre director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, he gathers an ensemble of cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He instructs each to live out their constructed lives in a small mockup of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Canden's own life veers wildly off track. His daughter, Olive, is growing up under questionable guidance. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. His daughter, Ariel, is mentally handicapped. He steadily blurs, the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs.
Special features: In and around Synecdoche, New York; The story of Caden Cotrd: in conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman; Infectious diseases in cattle: Blogger's roundtable; Screen animations; NFTS/Script factory masterclass with Charlie Kaufman.
A Sony Pictures Classics release, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment presents a Likely Story/Projective Testing Service/Russia, Inc. production; produced by Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel; written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. Director of photography, Frederick Elmes; editor, Robert Frazen; music by, Jon Brion.
Philip Seymour-Hoffman, Catherine Keemer, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Dianne wiest, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan.

English dialogue; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 48998-D 2008 124 minutes 



In this beautifully filmed movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. A planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth and threatening to collide. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting and relationships are fraying as the family deals with their fears.
Written and directed by Lars Von Trier.
Alexander Skarsgard, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
English dialogue; Spanish subtitles. 

Askwith Media Library DVD 57078-D Blu-ray 57073-B 2012 135 minutes

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Maiku Hama Private Eye Trilogy

The Most Terrible Time of My Life
(Waga jinsei saiaku no toki)
Detective Maiku Hama navigates the Yokohama underworld with super cool threads and two-fisted street smarts. But when he comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter at a local parlor, the unflappable Hama has no idea what he's in for. Though seemingly a luckless immigrant on the threshold of Yokomama's gutter, Hama's client holds the secret to a ferocious gangland revenge triangle that soon has bullets, fists, and severed fingers flying.
Produced by For Life Records, Film Detective Office, endorsed by Assoc. Detective Agencies, Japan; Tidepoint Pictures; produced by Shunsuke Koga, Kaizo Hayashi, Kazutoshi Wadakura; written by Kaizo Hayashi, Daisuke Tengan; director, Kaizo Hayashi.
Direct of photography, Yuichi Nagata; art director, Takeo Kimura; editor, Mobuko Tomita; original music, Yoko Kumagai and Hidenhiko Urayama.
Masatoshi Magase, Jo Shishido, Yu Wei Yan, Caroline Lu, Wu Kao Hsiung, Haruko Wanibuchi, Noriko Sengoku, Kaho Minami.

Japanese dialogue, English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 42394-D 1993 92 minutes 

Stairway to a Distant Past
(Haruka na jidai no kaidan o)
I get 50,000 yen a day plus expenses... private eye Mike Hama is reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront... when Lily ... returns to town.
Produced by For Life Records, Film Dective Office, endorsed by Assoc. Detective Agencies, Japan; Tidepoint Pictures; produced by Shunsuke Koga, Kaizo Hayashi, Kazutoshi Wadakura; written by Kaizo Hayashi. Daisuke Tengan; director, Kaizo Hayashi.
Direct of photography, Yuichi Nagata; art director, Takeo Kimura; editor, Mobuko Tomita; original music, Yoko Kumagai and Hidenhiko Urayama.
Masatoshi Magase, Jo Shishido, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Haruko Wanibuchi, Shiro Sano, Eiji Okada, Tetta Sugimoto, Mika Ohmine, Shinya Tsukamoto, Jeiji Matsuda.

Japanese dialogue, English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 42393-D 1994 100 minutes 


The Trap (Wana)
In love for the first time, cases booked solidly for months and a brand new fax machine prodding his office into the nineties, down-on-his-luck private eye 'Maiku' Mike Hama has the world on a string at least. Or does he? Things are not as they seem.
Produced by For Life Records, Film Detective Office, endorsed by Assoc.  Dective Agencies, Japan; Tidepoint Pictures; produced by Shunsuke Koga, Kaizo Hayashi, Tsutomu, Sakurai; written by Kaizo Hayashi, Daisuke Tengan; director Kaizo Hayashi. Director of photography, Yuichi Nagata; art director, Takeo Kimura; editor, Nobuko Tomita, original music, Yoko Kumagai and Hidehiko Urayama. 
Masatoshi Nagase, Jo Shishido, Yui Natsukawa, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Akaji Maro.

Japanese dialogue, English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 41450-D 1995 100 minutes

Elia Kazan Collection

A Face in the Crowd

Globalist.it: A Letter to Elia
Martin Scorsese (Promotional Clips)

Andy Griffith stars as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a drunken drifter who stumbles into fame and power on a new medium called television. But will he be unmasked as a fraud?
Director, Elia Kazan; director of photography, Harry Stradling, Gayne Rescher; editor, Gene Milford; songs, Tom Glazer and Budd Schulberg; score composed by Tomm Glazer.
Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, Paul McGrath, Rod Brasfield, Marshal Nielan, Alexander Kirkland, Charles Irving, Howard Smith, Kay Medford, Big Jeff Bess, Henry Sharp. 

Issued as part of a 16-title, 18-disc boxed set (Elia Kazan collection) with: 

 A Letter to Elia (documentary); 

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; 


 Gentleman's Agreement; 


 Panic in the Streets; 

 A Streetcar Named Desire; 

 Viva Zapata!; 

 Man on a Tightrope; 

 On the Waterfront; 

 East of Eden; 

 Baby Doll; 

 Wild River; 

 Splendor in the Grass; 

America, America. 

Mary and Max

Mary is a lonely eight-year-old in the suburbs of Melbourne. Struggling with questions that no one can answer, she writes to Max, an obese 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York City, which starts a friendship that spans 20 years and two continents. 
Special features: US trailer; international trailer; Making of; Alternate scenes; Casting call; Short film: Harvie Krumpet.

Screen Australia presents a Melodrama Pictures Production in association with Film Victoria, SBS Television Australia, Adirondack Pictures; produced by Melanie Coombs; written, directed and designed by Adam Elliot.
Director of photography, Gerald Thompson. 
Voices: Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collete, Barry Humphries.

English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and heard of hearing.

Askwith Media Library 52492-D 2010 92 minutes

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Bro Code: How contemporary culture creates sexist men

"Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood. Even as epidemic levels of men's violence against women persist in the real world, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Arguing that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this mentality, The Bro Code challenges young people, young men and women alike, to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means being sexist"--From publisher's website.
Introduction (2:15) -- Step 1. Train men to womanize (18:03) -- Step 2. Immerse men in porn (13:25) -- Step 3. Make rape jokes (11:33) -- Step 4. Obey the masculinity cops (12:22).
A presentation of the Media Education Foundation ; written and produced by Thomas Keith. 
With Thomas Keith; interviewees: Douglas Rushkoff, Michael Leahy, Rory Reid, Robert Jensen, Michael Kimmel, Shirat Tarrant, Gilbert Pete, Neal King, Richard Taklender, Gonzalo Rucobo, J.W. Wiley, Also includes a recorded clip of Tony Porter.

In English, with optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 55593-D 2011 58 minutes

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal

When Moist von Lipwig is caught for his trickery, he is given the option of becoming the next postmaster or falling down a deep pit.
Bonus features include: Terry Pratchett video introduction; commentary by director Jon Jones; cast, crew, and fan interviews; deleted scenes; blooper reel; image galleries.
All 3 Media International presents in association with British Sky Broadcasting, [and] The Mob Film Co.; written for screen by Richard Kurti & Bev Doyle; mucked about by Terry Pratchett; producer, Sue de Beauvoir; directed by Jon Jones. Director of photography, Gavin Finney; editor, Alex Mackie; music, John Lunn.
Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Claire Foy, Andrew Sachs, Charles Dance.

Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett.

Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Askwith Media Library 56246-D 2012 185 minutes (2 DVDs)

The Tales of Hoffman

A lavish screen adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's phantasmal opera. Included are performances form some of the greatest ballet dancers and opera singers ever to grace the stage or screen.
Special features: new, restored high-definition digital transfer; audio commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film-music historian Bruce Eder; new video interview with director George A. Romero; The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1956), a short musical film directed by Michael Powell, based on the Goethe story; rare collection of production designer Hein Heckroth's sketches and paintings; gallery of archival production and publicity photographs; original theatrical trailer; a new essay by film historian Ian Christie.
London Films presents a Powell & Pressburger production; written, produced & directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Leonide Massine, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tcherina.

I don't know if there exists a more beautiful film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 42306-D 1951 127 minutes

Let's Talk About Sex: A revealing look at sex and American youth

This film takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today's teenagers.
Film by James Houston; created in collaboration with Advocates for Youth; producer, Neal Weisman; director, James Houston. Director of photography, Claudia Raschke-Robinson; editor, Richard Hankin; music, The Rumor Mil.

Askwith Media Library 59709-D 2009 63 minutes

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Odd Couple

Two divorced men, one obsessed with cleanliness, the other a messy slob, share a New York apartment.
A Howard W. Koch production; Paramount Pictures Corp.
Directed by Gene Saks; screenplay by Neil Simon; music by Neal Hefti.
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau.

Based on a play of the same title by Neil Simon.

English and French language tracks with optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 31348-D 1967 105 minutes 

Being There

Circumstances propel a feeble-minded gardener, whose entire knowledge of life comes from watching television, into becoming adviser to a powerful but dying tycoon.
Special features: interactive menus. cast/filmmaker profiles, theatrical trailer, scene access.
Warner Brothers; produced by Andrew Braunsberg; directed by Hal Ashby; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski.
Music, Johnny Mandel; executive producer, Jack Schwartzman.
Peter Sellers, Shirley Maclaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Ricahrd Dysart, Richard Basehart.
Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.

In English or French with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.

Askwith Media Library 31817-D 1979 130 minutes 

The Artist


In 1927, George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. However, the advent of the talkies will kill his career and he will sink into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky's the limit as major movie stardom awaits. Though their careers are taking different paths their destinies will become entwined.
Director Michel Hazanavicius; producer, Thomas Langmann; screenplay, Michel Hazanavicius.
Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Joel Murray, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant. 

Askwith Media Library  Blu-ray 56197-B , DVD 56196-D 2012 100 minutes

Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari: A Film in Six Acts

Restored Authorized Edition
In the film a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement. 
Supplemental features: 43-minute condensation of Robert Wiene's "Genuine: the tale of vampire" (1920); behind-the-scenes footage of Robert Wiene on the set of I.N.R.I.; two musical scores to choose from; gallery of more than 40 photos, posters and production sketches.
Written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz; Decla Film-Gesellschaft; directed by Robert Wiene. Photographed by Willy Hameister; music, Timothy Brock; reconstructed by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv of Germany..
Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Hainz V. Twardowsky, Rudolph Lettinger, Genuine: Fern Andra.

Silent films with English title cards and musical accompaniment. 

Askwith Media Library 47155-D 1919 74 minutes

Monday, December 23, 2013

It Might Get Loud

Documents the day three generations of electric guitar players met to share their own stories on how they developed their own unique sound and playing style. Viewers will hear fresh music form each artist and witness intimate moments as they discuss what influences how they write and play. Includes Toronto Film Festival press conference. 
A Sony Pictures Classic release, a Thomas Tull production, a film by Davis Guggenheim; produced by Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott; directed by Davis Guggenheim. editor, Greg Finton; original music by Jimmy Page, U2, Jack White.
The Edge, Jack White, Jimmy Page.


Askwith Media Library 51154-D 3008 98 minutes

Sorry, Wrong Number.

Young, rich, bedridden Barbara Stanwyck dials a telephone number one night and overhears two men plotting the murder of an unidentified woman. She becomes frantic. Her terror is intensified by mysterious calls from an old college rival and a friend of her father. With time running out, Stanwyck pieces evidence together that leads her to suspect that it is her husband who wants her murdered. 
Bonus feature: theatrical trailer.
Paramount picture; produced by Hal Wallis and Anatole Livak; directed by Anatole Litvak; screenplay by Lucille Fletcher. Director of photography, Sol Polito; editorial supervision by Waren Low; music score, Franz Waxman.
Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea, Ed Begley.

Based on the radio play by Lucille Fletcher. 

In English with optional French soundtrack and English subtitles. 
Closed-captioned in English.

Askwith Media Library 34496-D 1948 88 minutes

Yume (Dreams)

Eight episodes exploring many aspects of humankind and man's need to harmonize with nature. Based on Akira Kurosawa's actual dreams.
Sunshine Through the Rain - The Peach Orchard - The Blizzard - The Tunnel - Crows - Mount Fuji in Red - The Weeping Demon - Village of the watermills.

Produced by Hisao Kurosawa and Mike Y. Inoue; written and directed by Akira Kurosawa.

In Japanese with optional English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean.

Askwith Media Library 35459-D 1990 120 minutes 

In a Lonely Place

A hotheaded Hollywood screenwriter, questioned for murder, is drawn to his neighbor when she confirms his alibi. His volatile nature eventually threatens to destroy their one last chance for real love. 
Special features: Featurette, in a lonely place: revisited; restoration story; The Bogart Collection montage; theatrical trailers. 
Columbia Pictures, Inc. Screenplay by Andrew Solt; produced by Robert Lord; directed by Nicholas Ray.
Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart.

Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Huges.

In English with optional French soundtrack and English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese subtitles. 
Closed-captioned in English.

Askwith Media Library 35452-D 1950 94 minutes

The Wooden Camera

Trailer unavailable. 

From South Africa comes a compelling story of fate and friendship as two boys make a simple choice that alters their lives forever... this richly multilayered story offers an insightful look into the challenges facing post-Apartheid South Africa while telling an enchanting tale of a sweet artistic soul finding his true self. 
Special features: director's biography and stills gallery. 
Fortissimo Films; produced by Oliver Delehaye; directed by Ntshanheni Wa Luruli. Original script, Yves Buclet; director of photography, Gordon Spooner; music, Phil Sawyer.
Junior Singo, Innocent Msimango, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Dana De Agrella. 

English language. Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. 

Askwith Media Library 39632-D 2003 105 minutes


"Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? ... This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles and up, this ... documentary follows the bottled water trail through the communities which are the unwitting chips on the corporate table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, This ... film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water."
Included appearances by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Jim Wilfong, Ruth Caplan, Eugene Brown, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Melissa Jarrell.
Bullfrog Films presents; Atlas Films presents; executive producers, Michael Walrath, Michelle Walrath; produced by Sarah Gibson, Stephanie Soechtig; co-produced by Jessie Deeter, Ellen Mai; written by Josh David, Jason Lindsey; co-directed by Jason Lindsey; directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

In English with optional English SDH subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 49795-D 2009 75 minutes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jacques Tati

Modern Paris, a city of glass, steel and the encroaching age of technology. Amidst the babble of tourists, the endearingly clumsy Monsieur Hulot tries to reconcile the old-fashioned ways with the confusing new ways.
Special features include video introduction by Terry Jones; selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp; alternate international soundtrack; Au-dela de "Playtime", short documentary with behind-the-scenes footage; Tati story, short biographical film about Tati; "Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot's work," 1 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati; audio interview with Tati; video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot; Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati; new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Jacques Tati, Barbar Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle, Valerie Camille, Erika Dentzler, Nicole Ray, Yvette Duereux, Nathalie Jem. 

In French with optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library DVD 1967 124 minutes 4551-D , Blu-ray 48524-B

The bumbling Monsieur Hulot, outfitted with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris's highways and byways. Bonus disc features: A two-hour documentary; The Comedy of Jacques Tati; Theatrical trailer and more.
Jacques Tati, Maria Kimberly, Tony Kepper, Marcel Franval, Hononre Bostel, Franco Ressel, Mario Zanuelli.

French dialogue; English subtitles. 

Askwith Media Library DVD 1971 97 minutes 47712-D 

Las Vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort involving the accident-prone Mr. Hulot. Principally visual humor. There is no story: simply a series of comic mix-ups and casual caricatures. Soundtrack is mostly ambient sound. 
Special features include: Video introduction by Terry Jones; Soigne ton gauche, 1936 short film by Rene Clement starring Jacques Tati.
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michele Rolla, Raymond Carl, Lucien Fregis. 

In French with optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 1953 97 minutes 32559-D