Invasion (Hugo Santiago, 1969)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Invasion.

criterion logoIn 1957, a small group of middle-aged men fight a clandestine battle against forces quietly invading and taking control of their city, Aquilea.  Enigmatic in its story-telling, Hugo Santiago’s once-lost film obscures the motivations of either side, leaving only a series of moves and counter-moves that evokes past dictatorial oppression and those still to come.  With stark, spare cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich, a lively and unnerving score by Edgardo Canton, and a screenplay written by Santiago with Argentine literary titans Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, Invasion is a tense and timeless portrait of resistance and an unheralded classic of international art house cinema and Latin American filmmaking.

Disc Features:

  • New, digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • New interview with Hugo Santiago
  • Los Contrabandistas (1967) and Los Taitas (1968), two short films by Santiago
  • The Others (1974), Santiago’s follow-up feature to Invasion, also co-written with Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares
  • Profile of a Writer: Jorge Luis Borges, an 80-minute documentary on the writer including dramatized sequences from his stories and interviews with Borges in the author’s home
  • Bioy, a 38-minute interview with the author
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring a new essay by Argentinian film scholar Maria de los Angeles Sanz

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Dead Set (Yann Demange, 2008)

“Four Words: Best. Eviction. Show. Ever.” – Dalton Ross, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.

Drafthouse Films LogoBritain has been hit by an epic problem.  The dead are returning to life and attacking the living.  The people they kill get up and kill.  And it’s spreading like wildfire.  Within 48 hours, England’s entire social structure has collapsed, news channels have dropped their broadcasts, and tiny enclaves of people struggle to survive, fighting around the clock against the growing hordes of the living dead.  Blissfully unaware of these horrific events are the current contestants of the reality TV program Big Brother, safely cocooned within the show’s house until eviction night when the zombie apocalypse descends on the studio.  In a cruel reflection of the game show they are cast in, they fall one by one, devoured by the hungry, unthinking masses outside.  Staying alive requires teamwork, a tricky job when the housemates have been specifically selected by the show’s producers to drive one another crazy.  From the imagination of Charlie Brooker comes Dead Set, a chilling black comedy drenched in the blood and gore of a horror masterpiece.

Special Features:

  • Viewable as all 5 episodes or as a single, uninterrupted feature
  • Interviews with director Yann Demange and writer/creator Charlie Brooker
  • On the Set with Dead Set, cast interviews from the set of the series
  • Davina McKill, a behind the scenes look at the performance of Davina McCall, host of Big Brother
  • House of the Dead, a guided tour of Dead Set‘s Big Brother House with Charlie Brooker
  • I Am Patrick, Here Me Roar, an interview with actor Andy Nyman
  • Army of the Dead, interviews with extras and footage of filming the series’ climax
  • SFX episodes You’ve Got to Get Them in the Head, Davina, Head Shots, and Patrick Gives Head, interviews and behind the scenes featurettes on the special effects work of Dead Set
  • Deleted and extended scenes, including Pippa’s eviction and an 8 Out of 10 Cats segment specially recorded for Dead Set
  • TV spots
  • 20 page booklet of photos, production stills, and promotional materials, plus Simon Pegg’s article for The Guardian denouncing running zombies and Charlie Brooker’s responding article

Housemate Edition – Package Includes:

  • Dead Set on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High Quality 720p Digital Download Available on Street Date
  • 27″ x 40″ Poster
  • Dead Set T-shirt with Big Brother logo designed specially for the series

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Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker, 2011/2013)

“Beg.  Borrow.  Steal.  It doesn’t matter what you do, but find a way to watch Black Mirror.” – Andy Greenwald, GRANTLAND.

Drafthouse Films LogoCharlie Brooker’s Black Mirror gazes into the depths of our dormant device screens and finds the dark side of life and technology staring back.  A worthy heir to The Twilight Zone, Brooker’s six twisted tales of techno-paranoia, separated into two seasons, examines everything from viral videos and TV talent contests to artificial intelligence, media pervasiveness, and total memory, and, in doing so, explores how digital culture may aggravate our moral failings and human frailties.  Imagined by its creator as “the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy,” Black Mirror is sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always intelligently conceived, revealing that no smart device is smart enough to save us from ourselves.

Special Features:

No More Edition – Package Includes:

  • Black Mirror Seasons 1 and 2 on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 5 hours of bonus material
  • High Quality 720p Digital Download Available on Street Date
  • 27″ x 40″ Posters for Seasons 1 and 2
  • Digital Download of the Collected Scripts with foreword by Charlie Brooker
  • White Bear T-shirt

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Aachi & Ssipak (Jo Beom-jin, 2006)

“Violence, drugs, porn, and poo – It’s extreme!” – SEATTLE WEEKLY

Drafthouse Films LogoIn the future, the only energy source is human excrement.  Citizens are microchipped and rewarded for defecation with addictive Juicybars.  In Shit City, two small-time hoods team up with a would-be porn actress and become major traffickers in the Government-issued treat.  Hunted by the notorious Diaper Gang, a collection of blue, constipated, mutant Juicybar addicts led by the dangerous Diaper King, and with a superhuman Government agent out to stop them all, the trio may have bitten off more Juicybars than they can chew.  Welcome to the insane world of Aachi & Ssipak.

Warning: This movie is unsuitable for teenagers, pregnant women, and those with heart trouble.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with Jo Beom-jin and jTeam Staff
  • Introduction by Todd Brown of Twitchfilm
  • Making of documentary
  • Cast interviews
  • Character featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original Flashanimated Aachi & Ssipak webisodes
  • Music video
  • Teasers and trailers
  • 16-page booklet with stills and production art

Juicybar Edition – Package Includes:

  • Aachi & Ssipak on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film Available on Street Date
  • Instant Download of the 13-track Aachi & Ssipak Soundtrack
  • 27″ x 40″ Theatrical Poster
  • Juicybar Popsicle Molds

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La Antena (Esteban Sapir, 2007)

“Inventive, elegiac, gently surreal.  If David Lynch had been around in the 1920s, it’s exactly the kind of film he would have made.” – Ian Berriman, SFX.CO.UK

Drafthouse Films LogoIn the year XX, an entire city has lost the ability to speak save for the mysterious Voice (Florencia Raggi), a hooded singer whose soothing songs are heard on a program broadcast under the media monopoly of Mr. TV (Alejandro Urdapilleta).  When Mr. TV’s nefarious schemes escalate and he kidnaps the Voice with plans to use her vocal chords to extend his power, her eyeless son Tomás, also gifted with the power of speech, becomes the only hope for her and the voiceless city.  An inventor (Rafael Ferro), his ex-wife (Julieta Cardinali), and their devoted daughter Ana (Sol Moreno) race to save Tomás, the Voice, and the city from Mr. TV’s despotic plot, dodging the mogul’s silhouetted henchmen and his evil righthand, the Mouse Man.  A cautionary tale on media control, Esteban Sapir’s La Antena is a stylized sci-fi thriller drawing heavily on silent cinema, film noir, and German expressionism that is “in a word: Unmissable” (Kat Brown, Empire Online).

Special Features:

  • Interview with filmmaker Esteban Sapir
  • Making of La Antena: a documentary featurette on the making of the film
  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • Picado fino, Sapir’s 1996 debut feature
  • Trailers
  • 42-page booklet of script excerpts and storyboard art

“Calle Eclipse” Edition – Package includes:

  • La Antena on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film Available on Street Date
  • Instant Download of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Leo Sujatovich in Apple MP4
  • 27″ x 40″ Theatrical Poster Autographed by Sapir
  • 27″ x 40″ Mondo Poster by Tyler Stout
  • Alimentos TV Dinner Biscuits

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