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Ian Jane
11-28-2011, 10:40 AM
There have been rumors about this for a few weeks now, but here's the cover art:

http://thehut.pantherssl.com/productimg/0/600/600/21/10573021-1321890094-856336.jpg

Ian Jane
11-28-2011, 10:41 AM
It'll be a double feature with The Body Beneath (previously available through SWV).

Toyboy
11-28-2011, 12:55 PM
Rad. I've been wanting to see NIGHTBIRDS for a while.

Ian Jane
11-28-2011, 01:02 PM
It's pretty inspiring to see someone like the BFI tackle a movie like this. It's also interesting to see it getting released for the UK market before any hint of a stateside release. Maybe Andy's more popular overseas than I thought or maybe it's just the allure of putting out a 'lost' film (that wasn't actually lost at all - hasn't McDonagh had a print for a few years at least?). Either way, I'd love to see more stuff like this from the BFI, they generally do them up right.

Toyboy
11-28-2011, 01:06 PM
Well, that is the one movie that he actually filmed in Britain so I can sort of see why a UK company would grab it.

Miller has a story about NIGHTBIRDS but I don't remember the details. Something about going to McDonagh's book signing and Jimmy giving the guy in line in front of Miller some sort of NIGHTBIRDS thing - it was either the trailer or an original poster.

Ian Jane
11-28-2011, 01:20 PM
Well, that is the one movie that he actually filmed in Britain so I can sort of see why a UK company would grab it.

Ah, you're right on that. I'd forgotten and thought it was another one of his Staten Island epics.

Kevin Coed
11-28-2011, 02:21 PM
There were a few films Milligan shot in England; most of his early-70s output in fact. But Nightbirds and Body Beneath were the only UK financed films.

Toyboy
11-29-2011, 12:44 AM
You're correct, Kevin. I was thinking back to the first time I'd read about Milligan in Fangoria and they made a statement about how people assumed his films were made in the UK but were in fact Staten Island productions. However, it looks like 5 were shot in London. My mistake.

I think it was also in London where Milligan supposedly killed a man, or at least left him for dead.

Randy G
11-29-2011, 02:52 AM
I'm very excited for this, what's the best source for BFI in North America, Diabolik?

Barry M
11-29-2011, 09:34 AM
Amazon.co.uk when the price hits the sweet spot; or the cheapass sites like thehut.com, zavvi.com (they're affiliated/the same), blahdvd.com, which have shipping to Canada for a pound or sometimes free. Hmv.com's shipping is £££, but sometimes the prices'll make up for it. I've never had any problem ordering from the UK directly.

Diabolik sure came through when I needed some Alpha french love, though.

Ian Jane
11-29-2011, 10:08 AM
Yeah, if you don't want to deal with importing, Diabolik is always reliable. They've done a nice job of picking up the slack since Xploited went away.

Randy G
11-29-2011, 08:18 PM
I expected the shipping from Amazon.co.uk to be deadly but I'll check it out, otherwise I'll go with Diabolik, either way this will be mine!

Jimmy Simard
11-30-2011, 04:09 AM
Not really compare with what I've to pay when I order from Amazon.com or Amazon France, the shipping is only £3.08 or 4,79 $US.

Ian Jane
05-18-2012, 01:22 PM
Review tomorrow, possibly later tonight depending on how long the screen caps take but here's a teaser...

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/03-2.jpg

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/04-2.jpg

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/07-2.jpg

george n
05-18-2012, 03:05 PM
Review tomorrow, possibly later tonight depending on how long the screen caps take but here's a teaser...

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/03-2.jpg

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/04-2.jpg

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Nightbirds/07-2.jpg

Fucking amazing, i am more stoked for this than any other release in the last few years, finally get to see it

s.chivers
06-17-2012, 05:34 AM
I have to say that I found this to be pretty dull. It looked beautiful but really tried my patience towards the end . . . and I like slow films. I just don't think it had the depth to pull off such a set-bound, relationship study.

george n
06-17-2012, 07:54 AM
I have to say that I found this to be pretty dull. It looked beautiful but really tried my patience towards the end . . . and I like slow films. I just don't think it had the depth to pull off such a set-bound, relationship study.

I think its one of his best,as you say quite slow at times but i was hooked,i guess a part of that must be the excitement of finally getting to see it. I do think however that he was much better at sexploitation/gritty drama than horror pictures. Lets hope that some of his early films turn up at some point

Paul L
06-17-2012, 04:30 PM
I really loved NIGHTBIRDS; it has a profoundly bleak view of relationships, which Milligan seems to suggest are based solely on exploitation. I find Milligan's worldview fascinating. Honestly, I found the movie absolutely gripping in its depiction of the downward spiral of the two 'lovers'. I saw the 'twist' coming a mile off, but it's the fatalism of the piece that fascinated me. I haven't listened to the commentary yet or watched the new transfer of THE BODY BENEATH.

Lars Jacobsson
06-18-2012, 01:09 AM
I loved NIGHTBIRDS too, definitively one of my Milligan favorites. Very odd (and very misogynist), fascinating drama that shows a lot more restraint and directoral skill than the films Milligan is mostly (in)famous for. Berwick Kaler, love the guy - what an odd-looking, otherworldly actor and what a weird (but awesome) choice of a lead! Julie Shaw was really good as the Crazy Evil Bitch too, sometimes her performance almost reached Isabelle Adjani in POSSESSION levels of Nervous & Crazy. Strange that she never acted in other films.

Much as I like trashy horror films like BLOOD and THE MAN WITH TWO HEADS I think he was much better director of twisted, dark dramas like this one, VAPORS, FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET and SEEDS (even the bastardized, very rough looking/sounding version avaliable). I don't think his heart was really in the horror genre, although he surely made it his own.

Lars Jacobsson
06-18-2012, 01:21 AM
By the way, speaking of VAPORS - does anybody know how/if the version on the new BFI "Encounters: Four Ground-Breaking Classics of Gay Cinema" differs from the old SW disc? Not that interested in the other films in the set (but perhaps I should be?) but if it's a noticable upgrade i'd consider getting it, I really do love this film.

Randy G
06-18-2012, 02:44 AM
All of Milligan's films are boring and slow, that's pretty much his signature style, but I agree that Nightbirds is among the best thing he has done that I've seen, up there with Fleshpot on 42nd St. Too bad so many of his sexploitation titles are lost currently, you'd think that some copies would be floating around Europe.

As for Vapors on the Encounter disc, I have it but haven't given it a look yet, I will and report back Lars (btw the title short by Peter De Rome is great Kenneth Angerish homo-psychedelia).

Jimmy Simard
06-18-2012, 03:41 AM
By the way, speaking of VAPORS - does anybody know how/if the version on the new BFI "Encounters: Four Ground-Breaking Classics of Gay Cinema" differs from the old SW disc?
Never seen the SWV version but this is some capture I just took from the BFI DVD

I don't understand why I can't link the picture directly from my own Picasa album...

https://picasaweb.google.com/104640165589041110738/18Juin2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCICGqovX08vpkQE (4 captures are included in the album)

Randy G
06-18-2012, 04:44 PM
The link's not working for me Jimmy, here are some screen captures from the release:

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Jimmy Simard
06-18-2012, 05:13 PM
Now it should worked (https://picasaweb.google.com/104640165589041110738/18Juin2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCICGqovX08vpkQE). Forgot to change the access autorization as I normally link the image and not the album...

But it doesn't change the fact I can't link the image dirrectly here.

Ian Jane
06-18-2012, 05:15 PM
Maybe you're trying to link to the URL and not directly to the image?

If you right click on the image, select properties and cut and paste the address from there it works just fine.

See?

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Wn5WpQuutcI/T97aHA3PXPI/AAAAAAAAArs/n86l1hEPl8A/s640/Clipboard01.jpg

If you link the URL, it won't work because vBulletin is looking for an image file and not finding it.

Jimmy Simard
06-18-2012, 05:31 PM
Even if I copy and paste the link of the one you place in your message it continue to say the link is invalid... VBulletin doesn't like me or want me to look like a fool :funny:

Ian Jane
06-18-2012, 05:34 PM
If you're using the picture button to post the images from a URL, make sure you have the 'Retrieve remote file and reference locally' box unchecked.

Jimmy Simard
06-18-2012, 06:30 PM
Thanks Ian it was the problem :up: