For every MMC! proposal that turns into an actual spine numbered release, there are numerous other films that get swanky editions before this blog ever gets to imagine one. These films are unfortunately struck from MMC!‘s list of potential titles with no fanfare, never achieving the glory of stepping into our fantasized spotlight. Today’s “Trailer Tuesday” post celebrates a few of these films recently denied the chance to shine MMC!, but first we’ll celebrate an overdue title proposed for a spine number 6½ years ago!
As a longstanding favourite of MMC!, we’re naturally overjoyed with news that Severin Films is debuting a new 4K restoration of Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango (1997) at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival and that a Blu-ray release is expected to be announced later this year! Personally, I can’t wait to decommission my two bootleg copies of the film and finally get to discuss with others the genius that is Rosie Pérez and the further proof that the quality of a film is directly proportional to the craziness of Javier Bardem’s hair. Thank you Severin! Better late than never!
Martin Scorsese’s After Hours is an MMC! first-time watch for this year and readers should not be surprised to find it among my top film discoveries of 2019. Naturally, this black comedy was poised for an MMC! proposal until word came out last month that After Hours would be getting a release by the Criterion Collection. If you’re not familiar with Griffin Dunne’s entry to the “yuppie nightmare cycle,” get ready for one wild night in SoHo!
MMC! had always intended on proposing Marcell Jankovics’ stunning animated feature Son of the White Mare (1981) as part of a larger Jankovics collection, but that got sidelined once the good folks at Arbelos Films announced that a new restoration had been struck from camera negatives and was also set to screen at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. This psychedelic Hungarian fantasy will undoubtedly sing with this new restoration and I can look forward to replacing yet another bootleg copy. Perhaps another Jankovics title will make an appearance at MMC! or perhaps even more “Gems of Hungarian Animation” will be announced as making their way to hard media!
The Australian film most likely to have next appeared on MMC! was Fred Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978). This grimly told adaptation of the harrowing true story of Jimmy Governor follows a young aboriginal man who goes on a murderous rampage and then flees into the countryside. Eureka’s Masters of Cinema label has announced a new edition of the film with a bounty of special features including two versions of the film and an audio commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, so it’s hard to imagine improving on that release!
A quick note on MMC!‘s status: It might look a bit like MMC! is on hiatus but the truth is that travel and professional demands has slowed my activity. Still, all is not lost! A new short film post is coming later this week, hopefully followed by a new Arrow Video proposal and a post responding to Tony Nash’s “Coffee Film Tag” post. Thanks Tony!