New UK Label: Second Run DVD (Updated)
Launching this Summer Second Run is a new UK-based DVD company specialising in the release of important and award-winning films from all around the world.
The films encompass many genres and languages and what Second Run believes distinguishes them is their quality and their ethos. They are niche-market films which they hope anyone who seriously cares about cinema would want in their collection - but which, crucially, have never before been available anywhere in the world on DVD; and now are, additionally, being presented with English subtitles.
DVDTimes already has plans to cover Second Run's launch titles so expect reviews to appear over the next couple of weeks. For now though, here is more from the press release including full details on their initial August 2005 line-up...
Each Second Run film is our personal selection reflecting significant films which we love and care about, and which we believe should be seen by others for their quality and importance.
Every Second Run release is re-mastered to the best possible sound and picture quality and, wherever possible, incorporates a range of original extras. Our films will always appear in their original aspect ratio and in their original language version with English subtitles only.
Second Run DVD launches in Summer 2005. You can find the full details of our first set of releases on www.secondrundvd.com. We hope that these films convey to you the ethos of Second Run. Following our launch this Summer, we will regularly release equally significant films from South America, India, Japan, Iran, Africa and many other parts of the world.
Launch Releases: August 2005
In The Land Of The Deaf (Le Pays des sourds) director Nicolas Philibert - France 1992
The films and methods of Nicolas Philibert, maker of Etre et avoir, have shown him to be one of contemporary cinema’s most
acclaimed documentarists. In The Land of the Deaf is an elegantly spare and thoughtful portrait of the rich, diverse, but often isolated culture of the deaf community.
Read Mark Boydell's full review.
Nighthawks a film by Ron Peck and Paul Hallam - UK 1978
Nighthawks is the story of Jim, a geography teacher at a London comprehensive school. Living alone in a cramped flat, his sexuality a half-open secret to everyone but his pupils and his parents, he spends the evenings at gay bars and discos looking vainly for ‘Mr. Right’.
A newly commissioned 30-minute documentary on the making and impact of Nighthawks, presented by Matt Lucas.
Improvisation and Working with Non-professional Actors. A new short film by director Ron Peck.
Strip Jack Naked: Nighthawks II director Ron Peck - UK 1991
Strip Jack Naked is a companion piece to Ron Peck and Paul Hallam’s ground-breaking Nighthawks. It is an autobiographical film that tells not only of the struggle to make Nighthawks but also of the director's life as a gay man growing up in late 20th century Britain. Its unusual honesty marks Strip Jack Naked as not just a lucid account of the responsibilities of a gay filmmaker, but as one of the most honest and abrasive British biographies ever made.
"Soho" - A short film by Ron Peck and Paul Hallam
"King's Cross" - A short film by Paul Hallam
"149" - A home movie by Ron Peck
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniolow) director Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland 1961
One of the landmarks of Polish cinema, this film is based on the documented story of the ‘possession’ of a group of nuns that led to the burning of a priest at the stake in Loudun, France in 1634.
Available for the first time ever on DVD, Mother Joan of the Angels is a spare, visually rigorous, and profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism, and eros. Anyone who is a fan of classics of the strange will find much to savour in Mother Joan of the Angels.
Love (Szerelem) director Karoly Makk - Hungary 1971
“One of the loveliest manifestations of romantic imagination I have seen on the screen” - New York Times “Makk's haunting, atmospheric and beautifully performed film, brilliantly shot by Janos Toth...” - Derek Malcolm (The Guardian) Voted one of The Guardians Top 100 films of the 20th Century.
Audition/Talent Competition (Konkurs) director Milos Forman - Czech Republic 1963
KONKURS is Milos Forman’s debut film and launched what became known internationally as the Czech New Wave. Although made as two separate ‘featurettes’, the style and themes were very similar and they were released as one film. KONKURS is important as the first work of a world-renowned director because it clearly shows the beginnings of the style and pre-occupations prominent in many of Forman’s subsequently acclaimed films including ‘Loves of a Blonde’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus’.
All titles retail at just £12.99 each. Artwork follows...