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Masters of Cinema in August

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of two films as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 22nd August 2011. Coming to DVD only, they are…

Schloss Vogelöd: Die Enthüllung eines Geheimnisses [Castle Vogelöd: The Revelation of a Secret] - One of the earliest (and eeriest) works by the legendary filmmaker F. W. Murnau, often referred to as The Haunted Castle. In the film a party of aristocrats assemble at a country manor for an autumn hunt. But a long-lingering question threatens once more to rear its head: who really murdered the Baroness's late husband?

Features include:

  • Original German-language intertitles with newly translated English-language subtitles
  • The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute documentary featurette by Luciano Berriatua on the early works of Murnau
  • An illustrated booklet containing a newly translated essay on the film, vintage writings on Murnau, and more!

Colossal Youth [Juventude em Marcha] - Pedro Costa’s intimate epic wherein present and past move as one, Colossal Youth chronicles Ventura, the towering Cape Verdean who has assumed the role of surrogate "father" to an untold number of characters around Lisbon and its now-razed neighbourhood of Fontaínhas. Through Ventura's ghost-like visitations to figures such as Vanda Duarte (the central personage of Costa's previous In Vanda's Room) and repeated recollections of his past life as a newly migrated manual labourer, Costa explores the nature, and necessity, of storytelling in the course of the human adventure.

Features on this 2-disc set include:
  • Director-approved transfer of the feature, presented in its original 25fps playback speed
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • New and exclusive 17-minute video piece filmed at the Tate Modern, London, featuring Pedro Costa discussing Colossal Youth
  • Original trailer for the film
  • Three shorter works by Pedro Costa which complement Colossal Youth: Tarrafal (2007, 17 minutes); The Rabbit Hunters (2007, 27 minutes); and the first home video release of Costa's most recent work, Our Man (2010, approx. 23 minutes)
  • Finding the Criminal (2010, 120 minutes) — a new film by Craig Keller, featuring Pedro Costa in a 2008 conversation with Keller and Andy Rector on the history of cinema, cinema aesthetics, politics, music, and discovery
  • A 56-page full-colour booklet containing writing on the film by French philosopher Jacques Rancière; an essay by the legendary Portuguese critic João Bénard da Costa; a facsimile reproduction of Ventura's letter from the film; and more

Below we have artwork for these August releases followed by art for two other MOC titles due later this year…


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