Featured in this month’s contest: William Dieterle’s tribute to the evolution of jazz, Sidney Lumet’s epic and emotional adaptation of one the great American stage plays, a further collection of essential films from a genius of silent comedy, plus a re-issue of High Noon.
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. All presented from stunning 4K restorations in their UK debuts on Blu-ray.
Adapted directly from the play by Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Starring Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr. and Dean Stockwell) is a four-act study of addiction and recrimination that the playwright claimed was written “in tears and blood”. Directed by Sidney Lumet (Serpico, The Offence), whose instinctive understanding of adaptation and near-telepathic rapport with actors made him the perfect director for the material.
Covering a quarter-century of American “syncopated” music (ragtime, jazz, swing, blues, and boogie woogie), Syncopation features music from the turn of the 20th century through prohibition, the Great Depression, and the outbreak of WWII. Featuring jazz greats Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Gene Krupa, Harry James, and more, Syncopation will be released on 16 March 2020, presented from a stunning 2K restoration and available for the first time in the UK on home video, in a special Dual-Format edition as part of the Eureka Classics range.
ALSO a re-release of Fred Zinnemann’s iconic western High Noon starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. This standard edition may be minus all the Limited Edition’s bells & whistles but the disc with its stunning 4k restoration & extras remains.
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March 2020 Releases