Matt Damon was right: the movie world was better off when DVDs were mainstream, selling millions of copies, allowing studios to monetize nonprofit films when they hit theaters. We don’t say that buying physical format is a form of activism, but almost. Don’t believe what you read here and there, collecting is not a form of fetishism. Whether it’s a matter of wanting to keep the films you love close to you, of being sure to be able to watch them when you want (let’s not forget that the platforms can weigh down the films on their schedule at will , even their own); whether it’s because we like the object, that we want to support an industry, that we like to lend films… It doesn’t matter. Buying films is always good. Every month, Konbini looks back on the most significant releases of the last few days. Since the beginning of January, we have had a lot of beautiful editions, new releases, 4K releases or rare films finally brought up to date. Whether you like blockbusters or auteur proposals, French, American or elsewhere films, horror or comedy, documentaries or nanars: there will be something for everyone. Wait for you, by George Miller (Metropolitan FilmExport, 4K, Blu-ray/DVD)Also see on KonbiniBetween two Mad Max, George Miller returns with a more intimate story — well, with Miller sauce, so a grandiose, immense work , which will dig into mythology to question the art of storytelling, and the mechanics that flow from it. Against the backdrop of an impossible love story. With bursts in the History of a rare beauty. Coming from a director who is 77 years old, there is something to be disconcerted. Review: Three thousand years to wait for you, a breathtaking love tale by George Miller Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (Sony, DVD) And say that some people still think that Breaking Bad is the best series in history? People who have not yet understood that its spin-off was richer, better written and even more fascinating… This complete six-season box set should do the trick to change the minds of the most recalcitrant. Chronicle of a temporary liaison, by Emmanuel Mouret (Pyramide, Blu-ray/DVD) Coup de torchon, by Bertrand Tavernier (StudioCanal, Blu-ray) Imagine a western, but French, in a former sub-Saharan colony. A western where the sheriff is replaced by a policeman with very little power, played by Philippe Noiret. Imagine adding Jean-Pierre Marielle, Isabelle Huppert or even a certain Eddy Mitchell. This is the beauty of Bertrand Tavernier’s gesture who, without doubt realizing it, has thus produced one of his most beautiful films. Don’t Worry Darling, by Olivia Wilde (Warner, 4K/Blu- ray/DVD)Let’s forget the polemics and watch this ambitious and rich film, please.Driver, by Walter Hill (StudioCanal, 4K/Blu-ray)You may not know Walter Hill’s name, or even this film. Besides the fact that this is the first (and one of the rare) Hollywood experiences of our national Isabelle Adjani, it is above all a film that inspired Nicolas Winding Refn a lot for his Drive. A heist film with impressive car chases, which well deserved a 4K release. Et j’aime à la fureur, by André Bonzel (L’atelier d’images, Blu-ray/DVD) thing, and that’s quite normal: he is one of the co-directors of It happened near you. 30 years later, this last returns to the cinema, after having had many projects fallen through, with a long mixing fiction and reality. A documentary that partially traces the history of his family in a universal story, carried by the music of Benjamin Biolay quite sublime. A jewel of sensitivity and delicacy.Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Daniel (Originals Factory, 4K/Blu-ray/DVD)One of the best films of 2022. An Oscar favorite. One of the most ambitious and crazy films of recent times. One of those films that we are delighted to have at home in 4K or Blu-ray, that we show or that we lend to our loved ones. The best films of 2022 according to the editorial staff of KonbiniJust a gigolo, by David Hemmings (L’atelier d’images, Blu-ray)The mere presence of David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich in the same film should be enough to immerse you in this little-known film and which comes out on Blu-ray in a superb editing. But that’s without taking into account the beauty and harshness of the story of a German officer after the First World War, forced to gigolo with well-to-do women to try to reintegrate into a society that no longer wants him. A great film, too little known. In pursuit of happiness, by Louis Malle (Gaumont, DVD) What is more beautiful than seeing the great Louis Malle wandering around the United States to interview immigrants newly arrived in the promised land? It’s short, but it’s the biggest slap in the face of this selection. Probably Le Diable, by Robert Bresson (Gaumont, Blu-ray/DVD) One of the most important filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s in French cinema (the sequence A Death Row Inmate Escaped, Pickpocket, Trial of Joan of Arc and At Random Balthazar is Unmatched), Robert Bresson also released lesser-known nuggets decades later. Starting with his penultimate film, which Gaumont is re-releasing in a sublime restored edition. Surprising that we probably talk so little about the Devil — all the more reason to have it in your library, and lend it to anyone who accepts it. Le Flambeau, by Jonathan Cohen (StudioCanal, DVD) channels can make some of our favorite programs disappear at any time — coincidentally. So, you will have what support to shout “MARC”, huh? The beauty of having this series on DVD. Les Cinq Diables, by Léa Mysius (Le Pacte, Blu-ray/DVD) “Gnagnagna genre cinema does not exist in France, we don’t know how to do it”. No, and if a film was needed to prove it, to show the power of what we can provide in France, the second feature film (after the very strong Ava) by Léa Mysius should be enough to win your argument/debate sterile. And if not, you will have discovered at least one nugget. Win-win. The Children of Others, by Rebecca Zlotwoski (Ad Vitam, Blu-ray/DVD) The members of the Académie des César did not have the foresight or the intelligence to highlight one of the most beautiful, most heartbreaking, best movies of 2022. Don’t be like the members of the Académie des César. Go ahead, buy, look at this beauty.Les Galettes de Pont-Aven, by Joël Séria (StudioCanal, Blu-ray)A great French film, by a great filmmaker, carried by a great actor, which was only available until then in an antiquated DVD edition. Indispensable, therefore. Little Odessa, by James Gray (Metropolitan, Blu-ray/DVD) James Gray’s first feature film (which will later make The Night Belongs to Us, The Lost City of Z, Ad Astra, Armageddon Time) already set the tone: this filmmaker is a future great. He captures violence and New York like few artists of his generation. Accompanied by a Tim Roth already celebrated thanks to Tarantino, this film is the least known of the filmmaker while, like the rest of his filmography, it is a nugget to see and see again and again.Monika and the Desire, by Ingmar Bergman (StudioCanal, Blu-ray)Bergman’s cinema may be cult, not everyone knows him. Each has their gateways into their great filmography – for some, including the author of his words, it is Wild Strawberries, while for others it will be The Seventh Seal, Cries and Whispers, Persona. But one thing is certain: starting with Monika is the best way to understand and fall in love with Bergman. For its freedom, its false lightness, and its inventiveness. Now on Blu-ray. The Painted Bird, by Václav Marhoul (Spectrum, Blu-ray/DVD) We wondered if it would be released legally in France one day. It must be said that Marhoul’s film, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, is a filmic object apart. A film that follows, for almost three hours, an almost mute kid in the horror of war, without ever really showing it, in chilling black and white. Like that, it can be scary. This is without counting the performance of the young Petr Kotlár and a hypnotic story, damn important.The Wiz, by Sidney Lumet (Elephant, Blu-ray/DVD)See the great Sidney Lumet (12 angry men, Serpico, Network, dog afternoon) outside his comfort zone is funny, but to imagine that this one could have done a new version of the Wizard of Oz musical with Motown sauce with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in kitsch costumes as possible – a musical direction carried by Quincy Jones and taking place in a mystical and mythical Harlem – seems crazy. Too crazy to be true. An essential cult film in your library. Pitch Black, by David Twohy (L’atelier d’images, 4K/Blu-ray) We tend to forget that the start of the Riddick saga was a little dark SF slap. L’atelier d’images would like to remind you of this in two different ways: with a new 4K master that recalls the beauty of the company, and by offering the director’s cut (which does not change much, let’s be honest, but everything likewise). A rare edition that is worth the detour.Rodéo, by Lola Quivoron (Blaq Out, DVD)One of our big slaps at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Brooks (Gaumont, Blu-ray) If Mel Brooks is a director who could not be more cult, we know less about the works of the end of his career. Gaumont is reissuing these last two features, including the hilarious and incredibly enjoyable Sacré Robin des bois. Indispensable.Groundhog Day, by Harold Ramis (Sony Pictures, 4K/Blu-ray)A cult film, which started a movement, solidified the cool stature of a certain Bill Murray, who is much less stupid and well smarter than it looks. A new essential anniversary version — yes, we already had the 25th anniversary version, so what?
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