The Grifters and eXistenZ launch 101 Films’ Black Label

❉ 101 Films launch their new Black Label on 21 May with Stephen Frears’ The Grifters and David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ

101 Films launch their new Black Label with two modern classics of cinema, Stephen Frears’ The Grifters (1990) and David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999).

John Cusack in The Grifters (101 Films)


101 Films is committed to seeking out cult and catalogue films and giving them the best releases possible. With their new Black Label, 101 Films is curating a numbered series of dual format limited editions, complete with original artwork and newly-commissioned extras. The Black Label is dedicated to fully doing justice to the very best cult and classic films from some of cinema’s most renowned directors, and unearthing hidden gems in luxury packages for the first time. The first 3,000 copies of each title will come complete with a slipcase, and include a booklet featuring newly written material.

THE GRIFTERS (Stephen Frears, 1990)

From director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) and producer Martin Scorsese, comes The Grifters, a taut thriller in which seduction and betrayal could lead to murder. When small-time cheat Roy Dillon winds up in hospitalfo l lowing an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly and alluring girlfriend Myra. Both Lilly and Myra are con artists playing the game in a league far above Roy, and always looking fortheir next victim. As Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust, the question is who’s conning who?

The Grifters features a stellar cast including John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank), Anjelica Huston (Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Addams Family) and Annette Bening (American Beauty, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool).



Brand New Extras

• Seduction. Betrayal. Murder: The Making of The Grifters: A brand new feature length documentary on the film’s production, including new interviews with director Stephen Frears, cinematographer Oliver Stapleton, editor Mick Audsley, executive producer Barbara De Fina and co-producer Peggy Rajski.

• Limited edition booklet includes: ‘Jim Thompson, Noir, and the Popular Front’, an essay by David Cochran, and ‘Elmer Bernstein: Grit not Grift’, a review of the legendary composer’s career by Charlie Brigden

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law in eXistenZ (101 Films)

EXISTENZ (David Cronenberg, 1999) UK Blu-ray debut

Visionary director David Cronenberg (Videodrome) challenges the boundaries of reality in sci-fi thriller eXistenZ. During a closed-door demonstrat ion of  hernew virtual reality video game, brilliant game designer Allegra Geller survives an attempt on her life by a crazed assassin. On the run with Ted Pikul, ayoung marketing trainee who falls into the role of bodyguard, Allegra convinces Ted to join her in her game, eXistenZ. As the line between fantasyand reality begins to blur, the real-life dangers they sought to escape start to
merge with their virtual world.

eXistenZ stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annihilation), Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and a stellar supporting cast including Ian Holm (Alien), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Christopher Eccleston (28 Days Later) and Sarah Polley (Splice).


Brand New Extras

• The Leader: An interview with Christopher Eccleston
• Commentary with Kim Newman and Ryan Lambie
• Commentary with Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson
• Limited edition booklet includes: ‘Enemy of Reality: David Cronenberg’seXistenZ’ by Alex Morris, and  ‘Of  Fabrics and Flesh: An interview with DeniseCronenberg’ by Phillip Escott.

Additional Extras

• Audio commentary by David Cronenberg
• Making-of documentary
• Promo Featurette
• Special Effects Featurette
• Backstage interviews with Jude Law, Jennifer  Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe,Jim Isaac (visual effects) and David Cronenberg
• Trailer

101 Films presents The Grifters on 35mm

Q&A with director Stephen Frears, DoP Oliver Stapleton and editor Mick Audsley

Prince Charles Cinema, London, WC2H 7BY
Tuesday 15 May, 18:15
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❉ 101 Films launch their new Black Label with The Grifters and eXistenZ both on dual format on 21 May 2018. Pre-order both for £25 direct from 101 Films:

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