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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
PODCAST: GELDERBLOM DISCUSSES 'RAISING CAIN'
SPECIAL GUEST ON "PODCASTING THEM SOFTLY"


Peet Gelderblom is the special guest on episode 33 of Podcasting Them Softly. The podcast and host seem to avoid referring to Peet's Re-Cut of Brian De Palma's Raising Cain as a "director's cut" (I've always thought "Re-Cut" is the perfect name for what Peet has put together), and the discussion is fun and engaging at a relatively lean 37 minutes (most podcasts these days seem to go on and on for over two hours). Well worth a listen, as both hosts and Peet obviously enjoy the chance to discuss De Palma's work.

Posted by Geoff at 4:32 AM CST
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
CAIN & CARLITO PART OF STEADICAM FEST IN NY
CAIN TONIGHT AND FRIDAY; CARLITO ALSO FRIDAY AT LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York began a series on Friday (December 16th) titled "Going Steadi: 40 Years of Steadicam." Brian De Palma's Raising Cain screens tonight at 8:45 as part of the series, and again on Friday December 23rd, at 4:30pm. On Friday, you can make it a De Palma double feature by sticking around for the 6:30pm screening that day of Carlito's Way, also part of the series.

"Combining the freedom of a handheld camera with the stability of a dolly," reads the series program description, "Steadicam made its groundbreaking debut in Hal Ashby’s 1976 film Bound for Glory, which won the Oscar for best cinematography. Since then, it has become an essential tool of filmmaking and has allowed cinematographers to execute some of their most iconic, astonishing camera movements. And while Steadicam has left an indelible mark on Hollywood filmmaking (especially in the films of Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Brian De Palma, and Quentin Tarantino), it has also been used to striking effect in works by international filmmakers such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, and many others. Steadicam enabled the camera to move with the same grace as the bodies, objects, and spaces that it films, expanding the medium’s visual possibilities in ways that many of the key filmmakers of the past four decades have found indispensable. The Film Society is proud to celebrate 40 years of Steadicam’s usage, with Steadicam inventor and cinematographer Garrett Brown appearing in person."

Here is the program description of Raising Cain:

"Brian De Palma’s darkly comic, hall-of-mirrors thriller stars a deliciously deranged John Lithgow in a diabolical double role: as a mild-mannered child psychiatrist and his evil twin brother, who both take to kidnapping and murder in order to procure toddlers for a bizarre psychological study. Out-of-left-field plot twists, electrifying set pieces, and Hitchcockian doubles (and triples and quadruples) abound, while the film’s labyrinthine plot and disorienting, dreamlike tone are enhanced by the intricate, maze-like Steadicam shots."

I'll do a couple more brief posts centered around this fest in the next couple of days.


Posted by Geoff at 5:45 PM CST
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Monday, November 7, 2016
LITHGOW DISCUSSES HIS ROLES FOR DE PALMA
'BLOW OUT'/'BLOW-UP' - "BRIAN DOESN'T DO ADAPTATIONS-- HE SORT OF DOES RIFFS"
John Lithgow was interviewed by A.V. Club's Will Harris for the site's "Random Roles" series, in which actors discuss various roles without knowing in advance which roles they will be asked about. There is a nice segment about Lithgow's work with Brian De Palma:
Obsession (1976)—“Robert LaSalle”

AVC: How did you and Brian De Palma first cross paths?

JL: I was in a little summer theater workshop in Princeton, New Jersey. I was at Harvard at the time, and I was working with a bunch of Brian’s Columbia pals. It was sort of a college summer workshop. And we did a Molière farce, and they invited this friend of theirs, Brian De Palma, down to see it. And the first I ever knew of Brian was hearing him roar with laughter out in the audience. Brian has a huge cackling laugh that you don’t hear very often. And then backstage I met him for the first time. We were all about 20 years old back then. That’s how far back we go. In fact, Dealing—the movie that you mentioned—it was Brian’s idea! He suggested me to the director. So he’s part of my origin story as a movie actor! And then two years later, he cast me in my first major film role: Obsession. I’ve worked with him three times now.

Blow Out (1981)—“Burke”

AVC: Of the three, Blow Out is probably the most critically acclaimed.

JL: Yes! Yeah, it really is a terrific film. It really holds up. And it’s one of [John] Travolta’s really good performances.

AVC: It was also sort of an adaptation of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up.

JL: Well, Brian doesn’t do adaptations. He sort of does riffs. Or homages, if you want to be pretentious. [Laughs.] You know, you could say that Obsession was his Vertigo film, and I can’t remember what the very, very precise references are in his movies, but those were his Hitchcock tributes. But they’re very distinctly De Palma’s.

AVC: Blow Out certainly has an ending that’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a bit dark.

JL: Oh, yeah! [Laughs.] He kills the people you’re really interested in!

Raising Cain (1992)—“Carter”/”Cain”/”Dr. Nix”/”Josh”/”Margo”

AVC: Raising Cain, meanwhile, has gotten a reappraisal recently as a result of a new director’s cut of the film that, oddly enough, wasn’t actually done by De Palma.

JL: Now you’re actually telling me news I didn’t know. I don’t keep up on these things! Who did the cut?

AVC: His name is Peet Gelderblom, and he took the film and created a new cut based on the original script, and De Palma thought it was great.

JL: Oh, Brian liked it? Wow! No, I haven’t heard anything about it. I’ll have to see it! Maybe he’s made a little bit more sense of it. [Laughs.] Brian’s movies are like Chinese puzzles. They’re incredibly intricate, and sometimes they’re so intricate that he has to edit them differently when it comes times to finish them. I remember a couple of my scenes being cut in two and separated by about 20 minutes.

AVC: That’s almost certainly the film where you play the most roles.

JL: Yeah. I think there’s five. It was kind of my Faces Of Eve. I loved it. It was really fun.


Posted by Geoff at 11:23 PM CST
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
'RAISING CAIN' RE-CUT ON NEW FRENCH EDITION
"RESTORED" VERSION INCLUDED ON BLU-RAY FROM ELEPHANT FILMS

Posted by Geoff at 8:13 AM CDT
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Monday, August 8, 2016
ARROW POSTPONES 'RAISING CAIN' TO JAN 2017
ON THE HEELS OF SCREAM'S BLU-RAY EXCITEMENT, PROMISES "YOU WILL BE PLEASED"
Arrow Video posted the following message today on its Facebook page:
***RAISING CAIN RELEASE DATE UPDATE***

Unfortunately we are having to postpone our release of Raising Cain to January 2017 whilst we continue to work on our release. We are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but we are sure you will be pleased with the final package once it arrives.

Previously:

SHOUT'S 'RAISING CAIN' BLU TO INCLUDE GELDERBLOM RE-CUT


Posted by Geoff at 9:53 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:35 PM CDT
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
SHOUT'S 'RAISING CAIN' BLU TO INCLUDE RE-CUT
PEET GELDERBLOM'S RE-CUT ACCORDING TO DE PALMA'S ORIGINAL VISION; NEW INTERVIEWS, MORE
Shout! Factory yesterday finally revealed the extras that will be included on its collector's edition Blu-ray of Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, and they are fantastic. There will be a second disc, which will include a so-called "Director's Cut" of the film "Featuring Scenes Reordered As Originally Intended," which was put together by our old friend Peet Gelderblom (the same friend, by the way, who designed the "De Palma a la Mod" logo at the top of this very page). Also included will be an updated version of Peet's video essay about the Re-Cut (as it was originally called), as well as "Changing Cain: Brian De Palma's Cult Classic Restored Featurette," which you can actually watch right now at Directorama, along with a new written essay by Peet describing how it all came together. Other extras include brand new interviews with cast and Paul Hirsch-- check it out in full below. The collection will be released September 13th.

Bonus Features

DISC ONE:

-Theatrical Version Of The Film
-NEW Interviews With Actors John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris And Editor Paul Hirsch
-Original Theatrical Trailer

DISC TWO:

-Director's Cut Of The Film Featuring Scenes Reordered As Originally Intended
-NEW Changing Cain: Brian De Palma's Cult Classic Restored Featurette
-NEW Raising Cain Re-Cut – A Video Essay By Peet Gelderblom


Posted by Geoff at 8:31 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:46 PM CDT
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. ON 'RAISING CAIN'
"A FORMAL MARVEL THAT IS IN DIALOGUE" w/THE THRILLER DIALECT DE PALMA HAD ALREADY PERFECTED
As we gear up for the upcoming Blu-ray sets of Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, Birth. Movies. Death.'s Jacob Knight writes about the film in the latest edition of his bi-weekly column, "Everybody's Into Weirdness"...
Brian De Palma loves to make movies that act as funhouse mirror reflections of one another. Carlito’s Way could be interpreted as he and Al Pacino’s tear soaked apology letter, pleading for redemption after the wanton, bloated excess of Scarface. Redacted is a found footage update of Casualties of War, reminding us that combat can often act as a warm blanket for society’s greatest monsters. Obsession and Body Double find De Palma returning to the well of Vertigo, the motion picture that helped his brain fuse its understanding of functional mechanics with a need to tell tales of possessive madness. Nevertheless, none of the pairings quite complement each other like Raising Cain and Dressed to Kill. Building on his tendency toward first-person trash art with reckless abandon, Cain is a dream state rehash of Hithcock’s Psycho, tossed into a cinematic blender with Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. An in-joke seemingly told only for the hardcore heads and his own amusement, De Palma’s nineteenth feature is a formal marvel that is in dialogue with the thriller dialect its author had perfected over the past twenty years.

Posted by Geoff at 10:12 PM CDT
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Monday, June 13, 2016
ARROW TO RELEASE 'RAISING CAIN' BLU-RAY/DVD
COMING SEPT 12 - SHOUTFACTORY EDITION NOW MOVED TO SEPT 13


Arrow Films from the U.K. announced last week that it will release its own Blu-ray (plus DVD in a dual format set) of Brian De Palma's Raising Cain on September 12, one day before ShoutFactory's previously announced Blu-ray edition, which has now been moved to September 13th (it had originally been slated for June 28th, and then August 9th). The beautiful art (seen above) for Arrow's edition is by designer Nathanael Marsh. It would have been even better had it been a stuffed rabbit rather than a bear, but still a perfectly creepy interpretation of the film. Here are the details for Arrow's release, for now (with more to be announced later):

Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Brand new interview with John Lithgow
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
MORE to be announced!

First pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by David Jenkins


Posted by Geoff at 7:52 PM CDT
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
'RAISING CAIN' BLU-RAY MOVED TO AUGUST 8
BUT 2 WEEKS EARLY IF YOU ORDER FROM SHOUTFACTORY, PLUS POSTER OF COVER (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
As they still appear to be working on the extras for the upcoming Blu-ray edition of Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, the release date has moved from June 28, 2016, to August 8, 2016. "We apologize for the inconvenience," reads the listing at ShoutFactory. If you pre-order straight from ShoutFactory, they'll send it to you two weeks early. Also on the page is a "Special Offer: Order from ShoutFactory.com and get a FREE 18" x 24" poster of our new cover art (while supplies last), plus get it TWO WEEKS EARLY!"

Posted by Geoff at 5:16 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:18 PM CDT
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Saturday, April 23, 2016
DOUG KRANER HAS DIED
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ON 'RAISING CAIN', ALSO WORKED ON 'THE UNTOUCHABLES'
Doug Kraner, the production designer on Raising Cain, died on April 4 at the age of 65, according to Variety's Maria Cavassuto, who adds that Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, California.

Prior to working on Raising Cain, Kraner was officially listed as a technical advisor on Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, apparently having worked in the art department for that film. His other credits include Louis Malle's My Dinner With Andre (set decorator), Mike Nichols' Working Girl (art director), and Phil Joanou's State Of Grace (production designer).

Posted by Geoff at 1:34 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2016 1:38 AM CDT
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