Monday 27 October 2014

American Sniper New International One Sheet poster and two new pictures

Warner Bros have released the latest poster design for Eastwood's upcoming film American Sniper. Whilst it is described as the 'international' one sheet, it is clearly still a teaser design with the 'coming soon' text tagged onto the bottom. Anyway, it's a rather nice design and appears to do its job very well. There have also been a couple of new photos released which I have included below. Expectations are high on this one, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it. 

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Two Rare U.S. Documentaries found on DVD... in Japan!

My friend in Japan Philip McLean contacted me recently, like any serious film fan; he enjoys searching through back street shops in order to perhaps find a little treasure or two. Luck was in last week when Philip sent me a message containing a photo of a DVD case, which was very new to me. At just ¥480 (approx £2.77) Philip took the plunge. Turns out there were two documentaries on the disc, 'Hollywood Remembers: Clint Eastwood'. As Philip explained:
'There are two separate episodes in what was clearly a series for TV broadcast focusing on the stars. The quality of clips is poor at times, some material is repeated over both shows and oddly the chronology does jump about between movies, without explanation. Anyway, it’s an interesting overview and find. You never know what'll pop up do you?'
In deed you don't! There's certainly something really nice about seeing these trailers, transferred directly from a film source, complete with dust, spots and tram line scratches - rather than pristine transfers. As I said to Philip, it's much like revisiting them back in the days of those glorious old flea pits!

Anyway, I really appreciate the copy Philip and it was a fabulous 50mins. Philip was kind enough to also send me full scans, so I have posted them here, should the DVD ever raise its head on eBay...


Friday 3 October 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER Trailer #1 & US 1 Sheet poster (2014)

Great to see Warner Bros have wasted little time in releasing this teaser trailer for Clint's new film American Sniper. In cinema's December 25th 2014, UK release January 16th 2015. 

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms.  His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.”  However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents.  He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.”  But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller (HBO’s “The Girl”), Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) is directing “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan.  The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.

Below: Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood on the set of the 2014 film, which was based on the true story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle

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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Fistful of Dollars 50th Anniversary Japanese Blu Ray

Here is the Japanese 50th Anniversary Blu Ray set of Fistful of Dollars due for release on October 22nd 2014. I do like the front design slip case, whist the 2 discs appear to be housed in their own individual cases containing the Japanese artwork. I have tried to take a translation of the contents, but still have a little difficulty in understanding exactly what is included. I have copied it below.
First Blu-ray of the eagerly-awaited masterpiece of spaghetti Western, in the ultimate specification! 's ultimate specification Korezo! ● Italian version Opening & Italian dubbing Japan's first recorded! voice ● Italy Ripley's Film Company has Remix Italian voice and restoration of video in 2007, using a high-quality and high-quality HD Master! ● main subtitles Italian, film critic, Nikaido Takuya Mr. completely new translation! of charge! "spaghetti western clause" explosion seven recorded ● main voice! (Italy 5.1ch, Italy 2.0ch, English 5.1ch, English 2.0ch, commentary, Japanese dub 1, Japanese dub 2) ● "Japanese dub version Kankoe" recorded! The DVD Special Edition Uncut to dub additional recording there was a part missing the "Sunday Movie theater" version TV dub! The (additional recording cast: C · Eastwood = Tadano曜平, G · M · Vu~oronte = Yusaku Yara, S · Rupp = Michio Hazama, etc.) first recorded dub version of another ● the "Monday roadshow" version TV dub voice! (C-Eastwood = Yasuo Yamada, J · Calvo = Imanishi Masao, S · Rupp = Tanaka Yasuo, etc.) ! addition to the benefits ● DVD Special Edition, add recorded special video of the new more than 120 more minutes it!

● inclusion (writing special booklet and (32 Pages): (film critic), Zousu Kinsuke Takuya Nikaido (macaroni firearms expert), etc.) [cast] Clint Eastwood Jean Maria Vu~oronte (Johnny Wells name) / Marianne Koch / Wolfgang Rusuki / Jikuharuto Rupp / Jose Calvo [staff] Producer: Harry Colombo, George Papi / Director, Screenplay: Sergio Leone (Bob Robertson name) / Music: Ennio Morricone (Leo Nichols name) [privilege] [main disk] mark = new recorded Benefits (about 17 minutes scheduled benefits) Commentary by (Leone Biography author) C · Frey ring trailer (USA version, two-standing box office version · Italy Version), radio spots Collection [bonus disc] (about 247-minute plan) mark = new recorded benefits Interview Collection (Tonino Valerie / Franco Girardi / Ennio Morricone / "memoirs, testimony-story") and Roque Carlo Gaberusheku by (Western movie historians) earth commentary Making video for restore the birth of New Hero says Eastwood Sergio Leone supervision TV broadcasting in the United States prologue "visionary" Hiwa production Best Master revisit areas location "Sergio Leone / world of Western " per schedule all, there is a possibility to change. Production: 1964 Italy Disc number 2: 100 minutes: Duration Kurosawa Production / (C) 1964 UNIDIS SARI might be subject to change without notice video award, Product Specifications, such as jacket photograph.

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