Criterion’s announcement of new releases for May was a landslide of titles with a stunning nine new films joining the Collection and two blu-grades thrown in for good measure. It’s pretty impressive for a month without any titles including the name “Zatoichi.” And while Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 is an amazing addition that includes titles by Edward Yang, Lino Brocka, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, MMC! is most excited by the new edition of Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning (1959), a delightful film with a very dated DVD. Here’s hoping that Shochiku’s 4K restoration is as great an up-grade as Tatsuro Kiuchi’s new cover treatment!
Designed for the film lover in mind, SHOUT SELECT shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, SHOUT SELECT celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.
Oscar-winning* director Jean-Jacques Annaud transports audiences 80,000 years straight back in time to the last Ice Age with this accomplished prehistoric spectacle. Three Neanderthal men (Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi) go on an epic journey of survival to bring fire back to their tribe, encountering along the way savage predators, dangerous cannibals, and a mysterious woman unlike any they have seen before (Rae Dawn Chong). Shot on location in Scotland, Iceland, Canada, and Kenya, this award-winning drama of early man’s survival is a singular cinematic experience and “a first-rate, compelling film about the dawn of man” (Video & DVD Guide).
* 1977: Best Foreign Language Film, Black and White in Color, Jean-Jacques Annaud
- NEW Hi-Def Transfer From The Negative, Scanned At 4K And Supervised By Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
- NEW Interviews With Director Jean-Jacques Annaud And Actors Ron Perlman, Everett McGill, Nicholas Kadi And Rae Dawn Chong
- Audio Commentaries With Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
- Audio Commentary With Producer Michael Gruskoff and Actors Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong
- The Quest for Fire Adventure – TV Featurette With Orson Welles
- 15 Video Galleries With Director’s Commentary
- Interview With Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
- Backstage of Quest for Fire, a featurette for French television by Michel Parbot
- Trailers and TV Spots
Designed with the film lover in mind, SHOUT SELECT shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favourites to unheralded gems, SHOUT SELECT celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.
Jonathan Demme adapts the stranger-than-fiction life of Melvin Dummar to the big screen, celebrating the fair-weather fortunes of an affable everyman who offers a late-night ride to the world’s richest man, Howard Hughes. Dummar returns to his workaday life, struggling to get ahead with dead-end jobs and game show fantasies until a letter arrives out of the blue naming him as a possible heir to Hughes’ fortune. Being poor was hard, but Dummar discovers in this slice-of-life satire that the prospect of being rich is even harder.
Melvin and Howard is a feel-good story about tough luck starring Paul Le Mat and Jason Robards as Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes, a pair of scruffy outcasts at opposite ends of the economy. Featuring an Academy Award-winning screenplay by Bo Goldman and supporting performances by Pamela Reed, Michael J. Pollard, Gloria Grahame, Charles Napier, Dabney Coleman, and Mary Steenburgen in an Oscar-winning role as Melvin’s first and second wife, Jonathan Demme’s tale of hard work and easy money is an under-appreciated American classic.
- Audio Commentary With Director Jonathan Demme And Cinematographer Tak Fujimoto
- Being Melvin – An Interview With Actor Paul Le Mat
- Living Lynda – An Interview With Actress Mary Steenburgen
- A Bonnie Situation – An Interview With Actress Pamela Reed
- I Am Melvin – Interview Excerpts With Writer Bo Goldman
- Melvin And The Master – Director Paul Thomas Anderson On Melvin And Howard
- “Melvin And Howards” – An SCTV Parody Sketch
- Theatrical Trailer
Presenting Shout Select, a Blu-ray, DVD & Digital imprint of SHOUT! FACTORY. Shining a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf, Shout Select Titles are handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.
Already announced as receiving the Shout Select treatment are W. D. Richter’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), John Carpenter’s Elvis (1979), Martin Brest’s Midnight Run (1988), Rowdy Herrington’s Road House (1989), and both Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Peter Hewitt, 1991).
This line is still in its infancy and it will be interesting to see in what directions Shout! takes the imprint and if it decides to pull some existing titles into the fold. At the moment, Shout Select looks like a label devoted to paracinematic favourites (but no horror movies) released by Hollywood in or around the 1980s and starring high profile talent. MMC! has a few favourites of its own that fit this description, so don’t be surprised if some suggestions for Shout Select canonization appear in the near future!