17 November 2009

The First Werner Schroeter DVD Release in the US? DVD Update 17 November

By my research, Facets' upcoming release of Werner Schroeter's Palermo or Wolfsburg [Palermo oder Wolfsburg] through Filmgalerie 451 will be the first Schroeter film to see a DVD release in the US. Schroeter's three-hour epic won the Golden Bear at the 1980 Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to Palermo or Wolfsburg, Facets will release through Polart Tadeusz Konwicki's Salto, which stars Zbigniew Cybulski (Ashes and Diamonds), and reannounced Ning Ying's For Fun, all for 23 February.

here! Films will finally be releasing Brillante Mendoza's Serbis and György Pálfi's Taxidermia in March, on the 9th and 23rd respectively. No word yet on whether the DVD of Serbis will be uncut, as here!/Regent cut some of the explicit sex from the film for its US theatrical run. Also, for those of you with Sundance Channel OnDemand, Steven Soderbergh's Che and Steve McQueen's Hunger are both available for free right now before Criterion releases them both on DVD and Blu-ray next year.

- Paranormal Activity, 2007, d. Oren Peli, Paramount, also on Blu-ray, 29 December
- The Brothers Bloom, 2008, d. Rian Johnson, Summit, also on Blu-ray, 12 January
- Bright Star, 2009, d. Jane Campion, Apparation/Sony, 26 January
- On the Line [Río abajo], 1984, d. José Luis Borau, Vanguard, 26 January, w. Victoria Abril, David Carradine
- Soul Power, 2008, d. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Sony, also on Blu-ray, 26 January
- St. Trinian's, 2007, d. Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson, Sony, 26 January
- Black Dynamite, 2009, d. Scott Sanders, Apparation/Sony, also on Blu-ray, 2 February
- New York, I Love You, 2009, d. Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randall Balsmeyer, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Vivendi, also on Blu-ray, 2 February
- Palermo or Wolfsburg [Palermo oder Wolfsburg], 1980, d. Werner Schroeter, Filmgalerie 451/Facets, 23 February
- Salto, 1965, d. Tadeusz Konwicki, Polart/Facets, 23 February
- Serbis, 2008, d. Brillante Mendoza, here! Films, 9 March
- Ciao, 2008, d. Yen Tan, here! Films, 23 March
- Taxidermia, 2006, d. György Pálfi, here! Films, 23 march

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