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Eureka Entertainment Partners with Universal Pictures for Masters of Cinema Series

Eureka Entertainment Ltd. has partnered with Universal Pictures to release select catalogue titles in Eureka’s The Masters of Cinema Series in coordination with Universal’s centenary celebrations in 2012. A number of releases are slated for this October and November, before Christmas including the never-before-released-on-DVD Universal horror ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932), starring Charles Laughton, on DVD in October, and Orson Welles’s TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) and Douglas Trumbull’s SILENT RUNNING (1971) in November on limited edition Blu-ray only. Further releases are planned for Universal’s centenary celebrations in 2012.

See a complete list of the initial releases in the press release below.

Press Release

Eureka Entertainment Ltd have struck a unique partnership with Universal Pictures to release select catalogue titles in Eureka’s The Masters of Cinema Series in coordination with Universal’s centenary celebrations in 2012. With the first releases coming this October and November – in time for Christmas – they will release the never-before-released-on-DVD Universal horror ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932), starring Charles Laughton, on DVD in October, and Orson Welles’s TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) and Douglas Trumbull’s SILENT RUNNING (1971) in November on limited edition Blu-ray only. A number of other titles are planned for Universal’s centenary year in 2012.

Here is the full line up of releases from Eureka Entertainment and its UK distributed label Bounty Films for October and November 2011.

October

THE YELLOW SEA, Bounty Films, In UK cinemas from 21 October 2011
Korean crime drama starring Yun-seok Kim and directed by Hong-jin Na who won critical acclaim for his previous film The Chaser.  DVD & Blu-ray release planned for February 2012.

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 24 October 2011
The infamous, once-banned, Universal horror classic – nightmarish surgical experiments take place on a remote island with Charles Laughton holding the scalpel (also starring Bela Lugosi).

THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Dual Format: Blu-ray/DVD, 24 October 2011
Shohei Imamura’s transcendent saga of mountain life hardships won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1983. Not to be confused with Kinoshita’s version from the 1950s.

A MAN VANISHES (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 24 October 2011
What begins as a factual investigation by Shohei Imamura soon goes radically off-path, resulting in one of the most unusual – and much-requested – “documentaries” ever made.

GUILTY OF ROMANCE, Eureka Entertainment, In UK cinemas from 30 September 2011, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
An erotic thriller by cult Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) which premiered with a Gala Screening during Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It will get its UK premiere at  this year’s Cambridge Film Festival.

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, Eureka Entertainment, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
The first full length feature film in the magic of claymation.  It’s an amazing journey of imagination, humour and heart. A must for fans of Aardman Studios.

LOVELY BY SURPRISE,  Eureka Entertainment, DVD only, 31 October 2011
A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, which follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel. At turns funny, lyrical, dark and mysterious, this enigmatic film explores past and present, art and reality, life and death, ultimately revealing the strength and beauty of the human heart.

HELLDRIVER, Bounty Films, DVD & Blu-ray, 31 October 2011
The absolutely insane Yoshihiro Nishimura, director of Tokyo Gore Police and the amazing Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl, is back with another foray into disturbing wonder with a Japanese zombie movie.

November

TOUCH OF EVIL (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, 2 x Blu-ray, 14 November 2011
Orson Welles’s iconic film noir masterpiece in a ridiculously deluxe new edition, offering three versions of the film in both of its intended aspect ratios (1.37:1 and 1.85:1) for the first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

SILENT RUNNING (Masters of Cinema), Eureka Entertainment, Blu-ray, 14 November 2011
One of the most beloved science fiction films ever made – directed by Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and The Tree of Life visual effects supervisor) – in a new Blu-ray special edition for the first time anywhere in the world (Blu-ray only).

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