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Old 10-09-2020, 07:45 PM   #1
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Shocked this isn’t a thread already! Peccadillo is a UK distributor primarily focused on LGBT films, often with a focus on world cinema - although they cross over outside of LGBT cinema too - that’s existed for the past twenty years or so. Many of their releases are listed on Amazon and the database as Saffron Hill, but they’ve traded under several names including Petit Péche and Parasol Peccadillo. They have greater visibility than TLA Releasing (mostly DVD only, without cinema releases). Unfortunately their films are often small enough to end up only on DVD, but they’ve released many titles on Blu-ray and often do a great job. Plus their releases are often cheap and always slimline!

Some of their older releases are OOP unfortunately.

They also do the Boys on Films series of short films on DVD.

Their website is here:

https://www.peccapics.com/

Their webstore is here:

https://shop.peccapics.com/

Some people may have a negative view of them for the transfer on Heavenly Creatures - but the half hour featurette Looking Back interviewing Kim Newman, Alan Jones and Rosie Fletcher is quite worthwhile.

Their Blu-ray release of Our Children is stacked, with an additional feature Private Madness and a short film, Avant les mots.

Their DVD releases of The Watermelon Woman is an improvement upon the barebones US release, including three very engaging short films by Cheryl Dunye, Greetings from Africa, The Potluck and the Passion & She Don't Fade.

Their DVD of I Got Life! features an interview with the director and Monsieur l’Abbe short film.

Taking a look at the Blu-ray of A White, White Day as it was only £9 to preorder - Peccadillo released it to virtual cinemas in July. It comes on a BD-50 in a slimline blue case, and starts with skippable trailers for Monsoon and And Then We Danced. The extras have a “play all” option.

Scenes from a Process - Making A White, White Day runs 45:47. This has some 4:3 production footage, rehearsals, still photos, even a curved widescreen frame - it’s quite artfully done, in English and Icelandic with subtitles.

A Conversation With Director Hylnur Pálmason - 16:18

UK Theatrical Trailer - 1:55

The disc also has a trailer gallery that is selectable or plays automatically after the menu is left idle, with trailers for Papicha, The Ciambara, The Treatment, Sócrates, Girls Lost, Embrace of the Serpent, Monsoon, And Then We Danced

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Thanks for pointing out their shop, I have wanted A White, White Day for a while, but the situation with shipping at Amazon is something of a fiasco, so I've been ordering from label sites where possible instead. I find several (though not all) have reasonable shipping fees to the USA and while VAT is almost never removed, in the short term I am happy to throw a little extra directly to the labels to support them.

Peccadillo is no exception, as it is only £3.60 for 1 disc and £5.35 for 2 discs, so with the £9 pre-order price on Monsoon, it was an easy decision to add that to my order. I watched the trailer and it looks interesting, mainly because of the Vietnam setting, and it is with Strand in the USA so a Blu-ray here seems unlikely. In any event, it is a UK production.

I also added Monsoon to the database. True to pandemic form, those shipping to the USA cannot pre-order it from Amazon, even though it is out in less than two weeks:

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Another good thing about Peccadillo is that all of their releases seem to be region-free.
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Another good thing about Peccadillo is that all of their releases seem to be region-free.
That would mainly depend on the rights-holders. They may have been lucky that the licensors of their catalog so far have not insisted on region-locking.
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I wonder if they are still intending to release And Then We Danced on Blu Ray. It was supposed to be released on Blu Ray but got pushed back.

Must admit I just went ahead and purchased the U.S. edition, which is region locked and the film certainly deserves a Region B release.
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I wonder if they are still intending to release And Then We Danced on Blu Ray. It was supposed to be released on Blu Ray but got pushed back.

Must admit I just went ahead and purchased the U.S. edition, which is region locked and the film certainly deserves a Region B release.
Their DVD at least has some unique extras

The Inspiration Behind And Then We Danced
Making And Then We Danced
LBGTQ+ Issues in Georgia

Although the Region A Blu-ray is probably more attractive with the commentary, interview, Q&A, dance tutorial

But I’ve no idea if they’re of any substance. Most of their extras bundles end up mirrored on the Vimeo On Demand pages, but it won’t show you runtimes for extras or anything like that.

Basically what they said in their newsletter if I remember correctly is their plans for both cinema release and BD vs. DVD was affected by the pandemic
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Buddies is fantastic, I'd urge anyone to give that one a go.
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I’m so glad Monsoon is getting a Blu-ray release. The trailer looks incredible and I’m always so happy to see LGBTQ+ representation on Blu-ray. Must jump on that £9 pre-order!
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Thanks for this thread, they put out some fantastic films. I got A White White Day from HMV for about £14 I think. Great film.
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I’m so glad Monsoon is getting a Blu-ray release. The trailer looks incredible and I’m always so happy to see LGBTQ+ representation on Blu-ray. Must jump on that £9 pre-order!
It doesn’t get as updated as much as one would like, but I’d recommend this thread in the US section.

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=182250
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It doesn’t get as updated as much as one would like, but I’d recommend this thread in the US section.

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=182250
Thanks! I’ve checked it out quite a few times previously, but tend to forget it’s there, I appreciate it
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Looking at the sort of thing they're releasing, I wonder if they might try to get hold of Ozon's Swimming Pool?
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Looking at the sort of thing they're releasing, I wonder if they might try to get hold of Ozon's Swimming Pool?
They would have go firstly acquire the rights. I can't remember who the UK distributor was though a Blu Ray was releasing of Swimming Pool in Germany last year but only German subtitles for the French language scenes (and English ones too).

Maybe Studio Canal will release it in the near future in the UK. Would be a day one buy for me.

A number of Ozon films would certainly be a good fit for Peccadillo.
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Looking at the sort of thing they're releasing, I wonder if they might try to get hold of Ozon's Swimming Pool?
Peccadillo is much more focused on releasing new films than back catalogue, the only older films I’m aware of them doing is Taxi Zum Klo, Buddies, Totally F***ed Up, Heavenly Creatures, The Watermelon Woman. It’s not really their prerogative. It Pathé’s rights lapsed, probably by about 2023, I could more see it going to Curzon, StudioCanal or BFI.
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Although the website didn’t mention any, the back cover of Monsoon actually lists several extras.


Peccadillo Sofa Club
Interview with Director Hong Khaou
Deleted Scenes

The film will be broadcast on BBC and iPlayer soon also.
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Although the website didn’t mention any, the back cover of Monsoon actually lists several extras.



Peccadillo Sofa Club
Interview with Director Hong Khaou
Deleted Scenes

The film will be broadcast on BBC and iPlayer soon also.
Excellent. My copy of A White, White Day showed up yesterday, and I got confirmation from Peccadillo that Monsoon shipped this morning.

I had to take a break, but I am in the middle of A White, White Day right now. I will report back on it once I have finished.
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Peccadillo’s most recent email reminds us why we can’t trust digital platforms. (The film features scenes of unsimulated sex).

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Our film THE PRINCE, which received a nationwide cinema release in its home country of Chile and won the Venice Film Festival Queer Lion Award has been banned on Amazon Prime Video USA. It has currently been rejected by Amazon Prime Video in the UK, Peccadillo Pictures are working hard to overturn this decision for the UK audience.

Throughout history the LGBT community has become accustomed to censorship. In the past Peccadillo has faced a battle for our films to be made available on mainstream platforms. This should not be an issue we continue to face in 2020.

Lucky for you, we wont be silenced. THE PRINCE will be available on DVD from December 11th on the Peccadillo Shop, as well as stream in the UK & Ireland on the Peccadillo Player, Google Play, Sky on Demand and Apple TV.
Cocoon Blu-ray is currently dated on Amazon for 25th January.

Two of Us cinema release delayed into 2021.

The documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is streaming free for the next week.

https://cinema.raindance.org/film/wh...eid=14aeca31b9
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30% off until 11th Jan, so Monsoon is only £8.40. Paired it with Sauvage and 1985 (£6.29, £5.59).

HMV website has some £5.99 titles also, just search Saffron Hill

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“Throughout history the LGBT community has become accustomed to censorship. In the past Peccadillo has faced a battle for our films to be made available on mainstream platforms. This should not be an issue we continue to face in 2020.”

What a pathetic whine! They make actual pornography and think that Amazon has no choice but to screen it.

They do have that choice and in my view they’ve exercised it correctly.
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While Amazon does have a questionable attitude to LGBT content, it does seem that way when Amazon's platforms aren't exactly known for unsimulated hetrosexual sex scenes either. Even though they carry films like Nymphomaniac on Prime it's only the censored cut without the unsimulated straight sex.
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