On 19 August, Indicator presents a six-disc limited edition Blu-ray box set dedicated to the unique collaborative relationship between one of cinema’s greatest visual stylists and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars: Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935. Also available is Indicator’s delayed release of the Michael Palin comedy The Missionary.
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
In the final days of World War 1 a shell-shocked tunneller leads an Allied team into a hidden German base… 100 hundred feet below the trenches. The Germans have lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into deranged killers. The Allies find themselves trapped underground with hordes of the infected, a rapidly spreading disease and a team of German Stormtroopers dispatched to clean up the mess. The only thing more terrifying, is what lies beneath it!
“A fate worse than death!”
Slasher Pack XI: Tarantino Vol. 2 includes four Japanese inspired exploitation tees from Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; available for pre-order now!
“This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!”
Indicator pride themselves on championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of their first restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, their presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range which will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever. March’s selection also includes Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic, and John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers.
“Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?”
Indicator ushers in 2019 with an eclectic quartet of distinctive American films directed by and starring some of the most iconic and celebrated talents of their day: Gardens of Stone (1987); R.P.M. (1970); and Breakout (1975).
However, 2018 is not over yet. Indicator are delighted to announce that Powerhouse Films will present its first ever theatrical release on 14 December – Dennis Hopper’s visionary The Last Movie (1971).
“There is a time to die and a time not to.”
This July, Indicator presents a chilling selection of classic British genre cinema, all packaged in lovingly produced Limited Editions, including Blu-ray premieres and extensive collector’s booklets. On 23 July, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Three: Blood & Terror, the next volume in its acclaimed series of limited edition Blu-ray box sets dedicated to British cinema’s most iconic film production company. Also available on 23 July, Indicator presents Arthur Lubin’s Gothic thriller Footsteps in the Fog (1955).
“Close enough to kiss…or kill!”
On 18 June, Indicator presents a collection of films by the legendary Samuel Fuller, as well as two uncompromising works directed by and starring some of American cinema’s most iconic names.
Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 brings together the maverick director’s hard-hitting crime dramas, along with a series of films made for Columbia Pictures which were based on stories by Fuller.
“If it’s not love, what is it?”
With the dark days of winter well and truly upon us, Indicator dares once again to venture into the vaults of the UK’s most celebrated purveyor of chills…
Available 19 February 2018, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent, and Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning drama Ship of Fools.
“Explorer, Mistress, Vagrant, Loafer, Artist, Tramp… They are all at the Captain’s table!”
There are worse ways to spend an evening than in a darkened room with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, watching a movie. In this case we were watching the Premiere of the Sean Ellis WWII thriller Anthropoid in which they both star.
Ellis’s film is a labour of love – he produced, co-wrote and directed the movie and, as if wearing all those hats was not enough work, he was also his own cinematographer.
“Resistance Has a Code Name.”
The Mission (1986): Other than the all-star cast—Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson—the score of this historical drama by Ennio Morricone alone makes it material for a best of list, and while it’s not the only great reason to watch the film, it’s definitely one of the reasons you’ll come back for more.
“If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don’t have the strength to live in a world like that…”
In 1971 JVC put together a team to develop a consumer-based VTR, but by early 1972 the video recording industry in Japan began to struggle financially. JVC was forced to restructure their video division, effectively shelving the VCR project. However, JVC engineers Yuma Shiraishi and Shizuo Takano continued to work on the project in secret. By 1973 the two engineers had produced a functional prototype.