Eureka’s August 2019 line up is announced with hits from the 20s, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and the present day!
Eureka’s August 2019 release schedule has been confirmed and is set to feature one of Australian Cinema’s most powerful and influential stories; Robert Zemeckis’ classic 80s screwball comedy starring Kurt Russell and Jack Warden; a raw and intense thriller starring Martin Sheen and an iconic 60s cast; a tale of love and self-discovery in a time when women were rarely given a voice; plus a standard edition re-issue of Buster Keaton: 3 Films.
One of the most important films in all of Australian cinema, and perhaps the key critical work of that country’s internationally acclaimed film movement of the 1970s, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is nothing short of a masterpiece – a bracing and emotionally wrenching study of the effects of institutionalised racism and colonialism on a land’s indigenous peoples, and an unflinching look at the repercussions of violence for both aggressors and victims. Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation) from a Booker-nominated novel by Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s Arc – the book on which the film Schindler’s List was based), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith stands alongside The Harder They Come and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song as one of the most powerful 1970s cinema explorations of rebellion and uprising, and the costs that are paid on both sides. The film will be released as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 August 2019, presented with a Limited Edition slipcase [2000 copies only]
A hilarious cult favourite from director Robert Zemeckis (The Back to the Future Trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Used Cars is a high-octane comic salute to the supersalesmen whose persuasive pitches transformed rattling wrecks into your dream car. Under-appreciated on release, Used Cars is now recognised as one of the funniest comedies of the 1980s. Eureka Classics is delighted to present Used Cars in its UK debut on Blu-ray, available from 12 August 2019.
A riveting urban tension thriller, and a fantastic snapshot of 1967 New York City in all its seedy, black-and-white glory, The Incident also features an iconic 60s cast that must be seen to be believed. Martin Sheen makes his feature film debut as one of two small-time hoods – the other is Tony Musante (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) in one of his earliest roles – terrorising a subway car full of trapped passengers, portrayed by an ensemble cast including Thelma Ritter (Rear Window), Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Ed McMahon, Donna Mills (Play Misty for Me), Jack Gilford (Save the Tiger), Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird), Ruby Dee (A Raisin in the Sun), and a host of other instantly recognisable faces from NYC films and television of the era. A high-velocity “home invasion”-styled hostage drama on rails, The Incident is a NYC transit suspense film that precedes the better-known The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by seven years. The Incident will make its worldwide debut on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 12 August 2019.
A winner at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and inspired by the history of director Ash Mayfair’s family, The Third Wife is a coming-of-age story; a tale of love and self-discovery in a time when women were rarely given a voice. This exquisite-looking and critically acclaimed first feature, will be released as part of the Montage Pictures range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 August 2019.
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 key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning 4K restorations, with a re-issue of the Buster Keaton: 3 Films, 3-disc Blu-ray set on 12 August 2019