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Cat City

Cat City Lowest used price: $95.95

Meet the coolest Cats in the criminal underworld in this edgy and funny satire on modern life. Times are tough for the mice living in Cat City. But they have a plan: a scientist has created a powerful weapon to shrink cats down to mice-sized. If the plan works, Cat City will become Mouseville.

Cat City is an outdated James Bond spoof supposedly involving cats and mice, but the characters are just humans with animal heads and tails. Although the animation is a bit more polished, this 95-minute feature recalls the worst kidvid shows of the '70s and '80s. One pointless scene follows another as the characters natter in amateurish voices, mistimed gags fall flat, and the inane plot involving plans for the ultimate anticat weapon stumbles to its conclusion. Hispanic viewers will understandably take offense at the stereotypical depiction of the Mexican vampire bats. The jacket calls Cat City the "animated sensation that rocked critics and censors around the world." But except for a few brief shots of a rat in pasties and a G-string, and the possible double-entendre of the inept musical number "Pussy Talk," sung by a cat in baby-doll pajamas, the film would have a hard time qualifying for a PG rating. If Cat City were genuinely shocking, it'd be more fun. The film was made by the talented artists at the Pannonia Studio in Budapest in 1987. It's regrettable that this drivel is appearing on video instead of their brilliant, challenging features, The White Mare's Son and Heroic Times. --Charles Solomon


The Red and The White

The  Red and The White Lowest used price: $199.95
Brand: Kino Video

Banned for many years in the USSR, Hungarian director Miklos Jancso's masterful The Red and the White is a haunting, powerful film about the absurdity and evil of war. Set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918, the story details the murderous entanglements between Russia's Red soldiers and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga. The epic conflict moves with skillful speed from a deserted monastery to a riverbank hospital to a final, unforgettable hillside massacre. The director of such Hungarian cinema classics as Silence and Cry (1968), My Way Home (1967), Jancso here creates what many believe to be his finest work. The Red and the White is a moving visual feast where very inch of the cinemascope frame is used to magnificent effect. With his brilliant use of exceptionally long takes, vast and unchanging landscapes and Tames Somlo's hypnotic black and white photography, Jancso gives the film the quality of a surreal nightmare. In the director's uncompromising world, people lose all sense of identity and become hopeless pawns in the ultimate game of chance.

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  • RED & THE WHITE, THE CSILLAGOSOK, KATON (DVD MOVIE)

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Forbidden Relations

Forbidden Relations Lowest new price: $29.95
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Brand: FACETS VIDEO

In this astonishing film based on a true story, a brother and a sister fall in love and become lovers. But for "Forbidden Relations" - a shocking, original, and beautiful film - incest is just a beginning. Juli becomes pregnant and Gyorgy is sentenced t

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Damnation

Damnation List price: $29.95
Brand: FACETS VIDEO

DAMNATION is the film that first brought universal acclaim to Europe's most daring filmmaker, Béla Tarr. His films are notable for long takes and atmospheric cinematography, and DAMNATION seethes with the director's existential melancholy and apocalyptic view of the world. Karrer, a hapless human wreck, is in love with a married cabaret singer in a Hungarian mining town. He longs for a better life with the singer, who wants to escape to work the nightclubs of the big cities. In a plot designed to give him more time with her, Karrer involves the singer's husband in a smuggling scheme, but his plans go awry. Béla Tarr (Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies) has been compared to Tarkovsky and Antonioni and hailed as one of the most significant contemporary filmmakers in Europe.

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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Family Nest

Family Nest Lowest new price: $249.75
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List price: $29.95
Brand: FACETS VIDEO

In this gritty family drama, a young couple are forced to live with the husband’s parents in a one-room apartment because of the housing shortage faced by most Eastern European countries under communism. The proximity of too many people in a small space results in endless arguments and bleak consequences. Shot in a cinema verite documentary style, this impressive first film by Tarr captures the lives of an ordinary family in a broken society.

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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Steve Hackett - Hungarian Horizons (Live in Budapest)

Steve Hackett - Hungarian Horizons (Live in Budapest) Lowest new price: $13.67
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Brand: Music Video Dist

Join the audience at Budapest's Petofi Hall for an evening of acoustic arrangements of many Hackett and Genesis favourites. "A Weekend In Budapest" includes exclusive interviews and rehearsal footage. Songs include Horizons, Gnossienne #1, Bour‚e/Bacchu

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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The Porcelain Doll

The Porcelain Doll Lowest new price: $21.99
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List price: $29.95
Brand: MPI

Director Peter Gardos (THE LAST BLUES) interweaves three whimsical fables of Hungarian rural life in this award-winning drama. Adapted Taken from the novel STAR FARM by Hungarian writer Ervin Lazar, the stories focus on life, death, and resurrection. The first involves a gawky but athletic teenager who bests a series of visiting soldiers in various athletic competitions. In the second, a visiting state official promises he can resurrect the dead, prompting the villagers to exhume four bodies with startling results. Finally, an elderly couple outwits the authorities who want them to relocate with a highly unusual trick. Gardos combines a variety of camera tricks and visual techniques to produce a trio of tales with thought-provoking endings reminiscent of O.Henry or Rod Serling. Taking place between the 1930s and 1950s, the tales serve as allegories for the historical events of the 20th century.

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  • Factory sealed DVD


Stop Mom Theresa!

Stop Mom Theresa! Lowest new price: $23.76
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Brand: FACETS VIDEO

A smash comedy hit in Hungary, STOP MOM THERESA! follows the misadventures of career girl Kata Keki, who decides to stop doing good for others and focus on her quest for Mr. Right. Her brother Miki and her gaggle of gal pals keep her on the right track, while her mom pressures her to settle down. Adapted from a contemporary Hungarian best-seller by Zsuzsa Racz, this breezy romantic comedy features rising star Gabriella Hamori as cute, kooky Kata

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  • Factory sealed DVD


Adoption

Adoption Lowest new price: $6.99
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List price: $29.98
Brand: Kino International
Model: Adoption

Widowed, financially secure and involved with a married man, forty-three year old Kata yearns for the motherhood she instinctively knows will push her out of personal ambivalence. Though having little in common, Kata befriends Anna, a rebellious teenage girl consigned to a woman's shelter and unaccustomed to anything more than perfunctory charity. In spite of mind games and harsh words, an unlikely bond grows between the two women. Kata's yearning for the clarity of motherhood inadvertently exposes the vulnerability underneath Anna's cynical bad-girl exterior: As their relationship grows, Kata probes the limits of her middle-aged limbo just as Anna resists the suffocation of a youth stripped of hope.

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  • Factory sealed DVD


H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy)

H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy) Lowest new price: $11.92
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List price: $19.95
Brand: FACETS VIDEO

This fantastic comedy begins when a bunch of "politically suspected" soldiers of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, whose job it is to guard a camp for Italian POW's, desert from their duties. A long string of adventures soon follows. In Polish with English subtitles. Janusz Majewski---Poland---1986---166 mins.

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  • Factory sealed DVD


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