Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark Black Test Car, which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films. In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, The Last Emperor) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor's familiar-looking new model. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, Black Test Car is paired here with the English-language video premiere of its follow-up The Black Report, also directed by Masumura. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation of Black Test Car and The Black Report Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio on both films Optional newly translated English subtitles on both films Newly recorded critical appreciation by Jonathan Rosenbaum Theatrical trailers for both films Image galleries for both films Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the films by Mark Downing Roberts
Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history. In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson's attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000781/bk_blak_000781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.