Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
The Tales of Hoffman (1951) (restoration): A poet dreams about three women who broke his heart in this phantasmagorical opera. This newly restored print is playing in L.A. (Cinefamily) and N.Y. (Film Forum) this week only. A Blu-ray is scheduled for release in the U.K., but nothing on these shores (yet… the Criterion Collection put out a DVD in 2005 which has gone out of print). Find more info on The Film Foundation’s Facebook page.
SCREENINGS – (Austin, TX, Thursday, Mar. 19):
Human Highway (1982): The apocalyptic comedy done by folk rocker Neil Young on a lark, featuring insurance fraud, flying saucers, and DEVO. The slate at SXSW film festival was so non-weird this year that this re-release (which has been going around to festivals for about a year now) was the only thing we could find to highlight. Perhaps Neil will finally put this out on DVD soon. Human Highway at SXSW film festival.
AAAAAAAAH! (post-production., 2015 release): The directing debut from comedian and Sightseers star Steve Oram is described as “Romeo and Juliet” meets Planet of the Apes, and is not supposed to have any recognizable dialogue. There’s not much information available, but Twitch does have a preview of the poster. Thanks to L. Rob Hubbard for the tip.
NEW ON DVD:
R100 (2013): A sadomasochistic sex comedy from Hitoshi Matsumoto about a businessman who joins a secret club that arranges for dominatrices to attack its members in public places. The quote on the cover (from Eric Kohn) calls it “Fight Club directed by Luis Buñuel.” (!) Buy R100.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
R100 (2013): See description in DVD above. Buy R100 [Blu-ray].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON SHOUTFACTORYTV:
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974): Based on the true story of Kaspar Hauser, who was kept locked in a dungeon throughout his childhood and then released onto the streets of Nuremberg to integrate into society with the help of a professor intrigued by his plight. Part of Shout! Factory’s recently acquired Watch The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser free.collection that they are graciously putting up on the Internet for free (with only one pre-roll commercial).
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.