In Ethiopia, two young men are racing to make their dreams come true.

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Two twelve-year-old boys grow up together in a remote rural village. That is until a single photograph forever changes their lives. Solomon (Mikiyas Wolde) heads for Addis Ababa to become a photographer. Abdi (Ashenafi Nigusu) remains at home to train as a long-distance runner in the hope of emulating national sporting hero, the legendary Haile Gebreselassie. Ten years later, Abdi is nominated for the Ethiopian National running team and himself moves to the sprawling capital. He feels that Solomon may be lost to him, but an inner voice tells him to keep the flicker of hope alive and to search out his boyhood companion. In fact, Solomon is still living, but trapped in a world rife with crime, poverty and suffering. Abdi’s source of power is his running shoes, Solomon survives thanks to his wife Genet (Samrawit Desalegn), the love of his three-year-old daughter, and his abiding passion for photography.

A labour of love for German-born filmmaker Jan Philipp Weyl, Running Against The Wind is a gritty, authentic and endearing portrait of friendship, ambition and the realities of social deprivation in contemporary society. Ethiopia’s official submission to the Academy Awards, the film, which boasts impressive production values and immersive cinematography pulls no punches in its portrayal of hardship and how easy it is to be consigned to the margins once neglected by government and civil society.

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Eureka! has announced its August 2021 line-up today which will feature three early silent features from legendary studio, Universal Pictures; a beautiful and uplifting film about love, loyalty, and friendship; and a thrilling and unflinching creature feature from John Frankenheimer.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present three early silent features from Universal Pictures, all fully restored as part of the studio’s ongoing restoration program.  The 2-Disc Blu-ray edition will feature a 4K Restoration of Skinner’s Dress Suit, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Reginald Denny; a 2K Restoration and worldwide Blu-ray debut of The Shield Of Honor, directed by Emory Johnson and starringNeil Hamilton; and a 4K Restoration of The Shakedown, directed by William Wyler and starring James Murray. The first print run of 2000 copies will be presented with a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase from 16 August 2021.

The debut feature film from German Director Jan Philipp Weyl, Running Against The Wind is shot in Ethiopia’s native language Amharic, with polished cinematography and impressive production design.  The film presents a clear portrayal of the vicious lifestyle that many children in Ethiopia struggle with daily, neglected by both government and civil society. The film was selected as the Ethiopian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, and features a cameo by Ethiopian Olympic Gold Medal-winning Long-distance Runner Haile Gebrselassie.  Released on Digital Platforms from 11 June 2021 (Prime Video & The BFI Player) and on Blu-ray as a part of the Montage Pictures range from 9 August 2021.

A graphically violent piece of environmental horror from director John FrankenheimerProphecy comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK. Stars Oscar-nominated Actress Talia Shire (Rocky, The Godfather) and Robert Foxworth (Falcon Crest). The film will be released on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK from16 August 2021. Presented as part of the Eureka Classics range with a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet [First Print Run of 2000 copies only].

A bittersweet coming-of-age drama that explores the complications of family bonds and the cost of separation.

[A] moving drama, filled with black humour and empathy, that would make Ken Loach proud.”— Cineuropa

A moving, raw, and beautifully paced film…with a gritty, true-to-life tone that digs deep into the personal experiences of its young female protagonist.” — amplifyfilm.uk

Writer-director Piotr Domalewski’s (Silent Night) dark comedy has won acclaim and numerous awards in his native Poland. A Polish-Irish co-production, I Never Cry explores the cruelly ubiquitous loss of a parent through the eyes of a young woman, and prompts the viewer to reconsider their role in the lives of others.

Ola (Zofia Stafiej), a rebellious teenager from a small city, sets off to a foreign country on her own. It will turn out to be the trip of her lifetime, a trip into the unknown, on which she will try to reconnect with her estranged father. In Ireland, she will come to know a different world and meet people who will change her approach to life.

Inspired by films such as Manchester By The Sea and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and set-in modern-day Poland and Ireland, I Never Cry is a piercing, realistic look at the difficulties faced by families separated by emigration, told against the backdrop of the life of Polish workers abroad.

I Never Cry will be released in cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) from 23 July 2021.

 

 

Eureka! has announced its July 2021 line-up today which will feature a blistering blend of action and comedy from Sammo Hung; an intense hardboiled love story-thriller from the director of City on Fire; and a re-issue of a three-film set from one of the greats of cinema operating at the height of his powers.  A Standard Edition re-issue of Viy was also revealed for May.

The Far East meets the Old West in this iconic action-packed adventure from the inimitable Sammo Hung. Hung plays a loveable rogue who teams up with an incorruptible Sheriff (Yuen BiaoProject A, Wheels On Meals) to save their home town from certain destruction. The Millionaires’ Express will be released in its UK debut as a Limited-Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only) as part of the Eureka Classics range from 26 July 2021. The Definitive Limited 2-Disc Collector’s Edition will feature 4 versions of the film (all as brand new 2K restorations), O-Card Slipcase, Reversible Poster and Collectors Booklet.

Chow Yun-fat gives a career best performance in Wild Search, his third collaboration with director Ringo Lam (City On Fire, Full Contact). A loose reimagining of Peter Weir’s 1985 film WitnessWild Search showcases Ringo Lam’s often underrated versatility as a director. With beautiful cinematography by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and a dreamy score by Lowell Lo, Eureka Classics is proud to present Wild Search in its UK debut on Blu-ray.  Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK featuring a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase & Collector’s Booklet (First Print Run of 2000 copies only). Available as a part of the Eureka Classics range from 19 July 2021.

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Collected here are three further films from that era; Our Hospitality, Go West and CollegeBuster Keaton: 3 Films (Volume 3) will be re-issued on Blu-ray from 19 July 2021.

Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko (the legendary special effects artist whose spectacular stop-motion effects and innovative colour cinematography has seen him referred to as the Soviet equivalent of Willis O’Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and even Mario Bava), Viy has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century.  The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present Viy on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements. Viy will be re-issued on Blu-ray as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 24 May 2021.

In addition to confirming its home video slate, Eureka! also confirmed that I Never Cry, the second feature from one of the most awarded young Polish directors, Piotr Domalewski (Silent Night) will be released in Cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 23 July 2021.  The film explores the cruelly ubiquitous loss of a parent through the eyes of a young woman, and prompts the viewer to reconsider their role in the lives of others.  Inspired by films such as Manchester By The Sea and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and set-in modern-day Poland and IrelandI Never Cry is a piercing, realistic look at the difficulties faced by families separated by emigration, told against the backdrop of the life of Polish workers abroad.  I Never Cry will feature on home video as part of the Montage Pictures range later in the year.

 

Eureka! has announced its June 2021 line-up today which will feature Robert Wiene’s mesmerising expressionist thriller starring Conrad Veidt; an immersive crime thriller from Johnnie To; and a ground-breaking action-horror comedy from legendary director Sammo Hung.

Reuniting the star and director of Das Cabinet Des Dr. CaligariThe Hands Of Orlac [Orlac’s Hände] is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism. Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Hands Of Orlac for the first time on home video in the UK in a special Blu-ray edition. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on 14 June 2021.

Gripping and unpredictable, PTU is a masterpiece of stylized cool and explosive action, from acclaimed director Johnnie To. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present PTU in its UK debut on Blu-ray. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on 21 June 2021.

A defining film in Hong Kong genre cinema, Encounter Of The Spooky Kind blended kung fu, special effects, and Chinese folklore to invent a whole new sub-genre of Asian cinema, the Jiangshi film, which only a few years later would spawn the iconic and hugely successful MR. VAMPIRE. Not content with delivering a bucket load of supernatural chills and thrills, Sammo Hung also delivers some of the finest action choreography of his career. Eureka Classics is proud to present Encounter Of The Spooky Kind on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, from a brand new 2K restoration! The First Print Run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, Collector’s Booklet and Reversible Poster, and will be released on 21 June 2021.

 

Eureka! has announced its May 2021 line-up today which will feature an ice-cold, calculating espionage thriller starring Richard Burton; Jimmy Wang Yu’s spectacular, action-packed grindhouse flick; and an exhilarating opera of Hong Kong action cinema.

The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.  Available from 17 May 2021, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase.


 

Featuring a multitude of unique and inventive fight scenes against opponents from around the world including Japanese and Okinawan karate experts, Tibetan monks, Thai kick-boxers, and Indian Yoga experts, One Armed Boxer is one of the most influential and exciting martial arts films of the 70s. Eureka Classics is proud to present the worldwide debut of a brand-new restoration from the original film elements on Blu-ray. Available from 24 May 2021, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, Collector’s Booklet and Reversible Poster.

A noir infused Hong Kong action thriller from Tsui Hark (Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain; Once Upon a Time in China) starring Nicholas Tse and Wu Bai (who would later appear together in New Police Story), Time and Tide is notable for its spectacular stunts and elaborate shoot-outs among double-crossing crooks. The film was nominated for six Hong Kong film awards and remains one of Hark’s most acclaimed features. Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as a part of the Eureka Classics range on 24 May 2021, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

 

 

Eureka have announced an addition to its March line-up today along with its full April 2021 schedule. Featured amongst this line-up are a collection of essential films from one of the most recognisable figures in Horror; two early films from arguably the greatest Western director of all time; a high-octane action thriller; and a re-issue of Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi.

One of the most recognisable faces in horror, Boris Karloff has been described as “to the horror movie what Fred Astaire was to the musical”. Presented in Karloff at Columbia are the six films (The Black Room, The Man They Could Not HangThe Man With Nine LivesBefore I Hang, The Devil Commands, and The Boogie Man Will Get You) he made for Columbia Pictures, a collaboration which produced some of Karloff’s finest acting roles. Eureka Classics is proud to present all six films in their worldwide debut on Blu-ray on 19 April 2021, this release is also the first time they have been available on home video in the UK. Released as a Limited-Edition set featuring an O-card Slipcase & Collector’s Booklet (3000 copies ONLY).

The Masters of Cinema Series is also proud to present this month two early features from John Ford in their UK debuts on home video, fully restored in 4K.  A landmark in the history of the Western, Straight Shooting, will be featured alongside Hell Bent, both films star Harry Carey. Released on 19 April, Straight Shooting & Hell Bent: Two Films by John Ford will be presented with a Limited-Edition O-Card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 copies ONLY) and reversible sleeve artwork.

Inspired by Gareth Evans’ 2011 martial-arts hit The Raid, the hotly anticipated MMA thriller Russian Raid is a rapid-fire action tour de force, featuring ground-breaking techniques in the world of martial-arts filming and editing. Marking the directorial debut of Denis Kryuchkov, the film’s cast is led by Ivan Kotic and includes some of the best-known MMA fighters in Russia. Powerlifting world record holder Kirill Sarychev and world heavyweight kickboxing champion Vladimir Mineev also star.  Released on 22 March 2021, the film will also be available digitally.

The horror films Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Black Cat, and The Raven—are distinguished by a trio of factors regarding their production. Most notably, each film is based on a work by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the legendary wave of horror films made by Universal Pictures in the 30s, all three feature dynamic performances from Dracula‘s Bela Lugosi, with two of them also enlivened by the appearance of Frankenstein‘s Boris Karloff. And finally, all three benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes-startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code’s rigid guidelines for moral content. Significant and still unsettling early works of American studio horror filmmaking, these three chillers demonstrate the enduring power of Poe’s work, and the equally continuous appeal of classic Universal horror’s two most iconic stars. Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi will be re-issued on Blu-ray from 19 April 2021.

 

 

Eureka have announced its February and March 2021 line-up today which will feature a sinister bio-hacking thriller; the final film from one of German cinema’s great filmmakers; a slick, suspenseful techno-horror, and VHS favourite; a post-apocalyptic gore-filled sci-fi horror classic of the early 90s; a 1970s killer creature double feature; a ground-breaking gothic folktale; and three action comedy classics from Hong Kong’s brightest stars.

Drawing comparisons to the New French Extreme films of the early 2000s, Breeder is a brutal modernist survival horror directed by Pusher screenwriter Jens Dahl. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on the 15 February 2021.  The film will also be available digitally.

Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon’s 1922 Broadway play of the same name, The Last Warning is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centres on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim’s body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theatre is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new “producer” arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew. Part of Universal’s ongoing silent restoration initiative, The Last Warning honours the studio’s rich film history that has spanned more than a century. Universal’s team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for The Last Warning’s available elements, ultimately working with materials from the Cinémathèque française and the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the completed 4K restoration on Blu-ray, the first time the film has ever been available on home video in the UK. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on 15 February 2021.

In every second of every day, it improves our lives. And in a flash, it can end them. In today’s world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Starring Cliff De Young (Shock Treatment, Flight of the Navigator), Joey Lawrence and Roxanne Hart, Pulse was a VHS favourite, and returns to home video on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 22 February 2021.

In the future, life will be a dream. And reality a nightmare. The first film produced as part of the Fangoria Films label, Mindwarp is a gore-filled sci-fi horror classic of the early ‘90s, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 22 February 2021.

Up next, a 1970s Killer Creature Double Feature: Is a wave of mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation being caused by killer vampire bats, or a curse from beyond the grave? Featuring special effects work by Carlo Rambaldi (Alien, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial), Nightwing was one of many creature features produced to cash in on the success of Jaws, but director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) also imbues the film with a humanitarian edge.

An ageing medicine man recruits his sceptical grandson to aid him in a spiritual battle against evil spirits and black magic. Filmed in the forests of British Columbia to stunning effect, Shadow of the Hawk features a number of eerie and effective sequences of supernatural terror.  Both films will be released together as a ‘1970s Killer creature double feature’ as part of the Eureka Classics range. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 15 March 2021.

Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko(the legendary special effects artist whose spectacular stop-motion effects and innovative colour cinematography has seen him referred to as the Soviet equivalent of Willis O’Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and even Mario Bava), VIY has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present VIY in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements. The Limited-Edition release (3000 copies only) will feature a Bonus Disc containing A Holy Place (1990, dir. Djordje Kadijevic) and an exclusive O-Card Slipcase, and will be available from 22 March 2021.

Three action packed comedy classics: The Lucky Stars 3-Film CollectionWinners and SinnersMy Lucky Stars; and Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars; come to Blu-ray for the first in the UK from brand new restorations! The original trilogy of Lucky Stars films were massively successful both in Hong Kong and internationally. Featuring star-studded ensemble casts including Sammo Hung (also directing), Jackie ChanYuen Biao, and appearances from Richard Ng, Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan, Moon Lee, Dick Wei, James Tien and many more! The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be release as part of the Eureka Classics range from 22 March 2021.

Eureka have announced their January 2021 line up today which will feature re-issues of The African Queen and Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Vol. 2) alongside the bloodiest carnival of murder in the history of American crime!

Three movie giants come together in the cinematic classic The African Queen, combining the masterful direction of John Huston with the fabulous chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only onscreen pairing. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, this wartime romantic adventure sees the pair forced to travel together down a hazardous East African river after the outbreak of World War I. The African Queen is one of the most beloved films in the history of cinema, and may well be the perfect adventure film. With a roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars, and masterful direction from John Huston, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The African Queen on Blu-ray. Re-issued on Blu-ray as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 18 January 2021.

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Now, collected together are three further films from that era; The Navigator, Seven Chances and Battling Butler. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films on Blu-ray from stunning 4K restorations from 18 January 2021.

A criminally underrated and explosively violent gangster saga from director Richard FleischerThe Don Is Dead features one of the all-time great casts of tough guy actors: legendary multiple Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn, Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), and Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now) are joined by Al Lettieri (The Getaway), Joe Santos (The Friends of Eddie Coyle), Abe Vigoda (The Godfather), Vic Tayback (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Victor Argo (Taxi Driver), and Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses). Riddled with as many double crosses as bullet hits, The Don Is Dead is like a gritty 70s pulp paperback come to bloody life. Fleischer directed The Don Is Dead just after his science fiction classic from the same year, Soylent Green, and this just demonstrates the eclectic filmmaker’s versatility. Also responsible for everything from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Fantastic Voyage (1966) to Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Fleischer could clearly do it all, but he was at his best with riveting thrillers like The Boston Strangler (1968), Compulsion (1959), and the noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952). The Don Is Dead fits in with those suspenseful shockers, and is ripe for rediscovery. The Don is Deadis released on Blu-ray as a part of the Eureka Classics range from 18 January 2021.

Eureka have announced an addition to its November line-up today, along their full December 2020 schedule. Featured amongst this line-up is the movie adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial novel; a must-own for every classic mystery and horror fan; a white-knuckle Cold War thriller starring Richard Widmark; a sharp detective thriller set in post-World War II Tokyo; and a re-issue of the Once Upon A Time in China Trilogy.

Featuring a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry PepperThe Painted Bird has won ecstatic acclaim, with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks describing the film as “a monumental piece of work” rewarding the film with a five-star review. Shot in crisp black and white 35mm – Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird does far more than simply depict the horror of war. It is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity. The Blu-ray will include the feature-length documentary Eleven Colours Of The Bird, a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible 11-year process it took director Václav Marhoul to create the film. The first print run of 1000 copies will include a Limited-edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet. Released as part of the Montage Pictures range on 16 November 2020.

Death, dementia, dark arts… it’s just another day in the forbidding and fascinating world of the Inner Sanctum! Get ready for unlimited thrills and chills as all six classic Inner Sanctum Mysteries come to Blu-ray in the UK for the first time ever! Based on the popular radio shows of the 1940s, horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man), gives timeless performances in six spooky feature-length films. Released on Blu-ray as a part of the Eureka Classics range from 7 December 2020.

An early scoper which mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics, Hell and High Water has had a huge influence on blockbuster cinema over the years. (Steven Spielberg was so enamoured with the film that he kept a print in his car for many years). Presented on Blu-ray from a stunning 4K restoration, as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series. The release will be available from 7 December 2020, and will be limited to 1000 copies only.

When offered the opportunity to film an entire movie in Japan, Samuel Fuller jumped at the opportunity and the result is House of Bamboo, a lushly photographed, cold-as-ice film noir like no other. Starring Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Cameron Mitchell and the beautiful Shirley YamaguchiHouse of Bamboo is a stunning, brutal masterpiece, featuring incredible widescreen photography by Joe MacDonald, and hard-boiled dialogue and action that is the Fuller trademark. Released on Blu-ray as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 7 December 2020. The release will be limited to 1000 copies only

Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a martial arts epic that charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures. With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to re-issue Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four-year gap). All three films will be presented on Blu-ray, sourced from 4K restorations, and re-issued on 7 December 2020.