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Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:01 am
by Precious Doll
Jacques Rivette's The Nun (1966) (French title La Religieuse) finally makes it English language Blu Ray debut (I don't think it was every released on DVD) in the UK on 17 September. It is easily his most assessable film and was remade only a few years ago with Isabelle Huppert, though to be fair it wasn't really a remake as it was really simply just another (lesser) adaptation of the novel.

The possible bad news is that the restoration may have been undertaken by someone with a liking for teal and recently there has been some controversy about the correct colour coding for older films. Anyone who browses the Criterion forum or Blu will have seen the discussions in relation to Midnight Cowboy & Bull Durham. Someone of one of those sites had seen a big screen presentation of the restoration of Rivette's The Nun and stated that is was teal.

If the rumours about The Nun turn out to be true it will be very disappointing. I haven't seen the film since the 1980's and the print I saw was already turning pink. A few years ago Gaumont released a number of Louis Malle films that had been restored. There was some grumbling about them on the Blu Ray sites but having seen most of them I was more than happy with the restorations. The exception was Atlantic City which was teal. I don't ever recall it looking like that back in 1981 at the cinema, or on VHS soon after and the American DVD edition certainly isn't teal, it has a honey tone as I recall it had always had. Anyway, just have to wait and see what The Nun looks like but this tendency towards teal is putting me off upgrading titles that have had their colour tinkered with in such way. One doesn't have much choice though if that is all that is available.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:52 am
by dws1982
Criterion's DVD/Blu-Ray of Costa-Gavras' The Confession is out of print. State of Siege, from the same licensor, is still in print, so it may be due to them losing rights to one of the supplements rather than the film itself.

Also, Arrow has a pretty good sale going. I probably won't get anything this time though--kind of tapped out on spending between the Criterion sale and then some back-to-school supplies I'm buying for my classroom (if I wait on supply money, I'll be waiting until Christmas...on a related note, if anyone wants to make a donation to help out some kids at an under-funded, low-income school, hit me up!).

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:19 am
by Precious Doll
I dipped into the B&N Criterion sale for the first time and picked up a whole lot of upgrades, basically stuff that I only had on DVD: Female Trouble, Naked, Rushmore, The Naked Lunch, Tokyo Drifter & A Christmas Take.

Also took advantage of the sale at Twilight Time and grabbed Husbands & Wives and The Crimson Kimono for $15 and added Private Property, Manhattan Murder Mystery & Auto Focus to that order.

Also worth noting is that Arrow in the US are only releasing the Blu Ray Distant Voice, Still Lives and the BFI are will be doing the same for the UK market. Hopefully more earlier Davies films will follow.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:16 am
by dws1982
Precious Doll wrote: I haven't purchased any of the Criterion Blu Ray releases over the last few years because I was hoping for a comprehensive set and here it is!

I just bought The VIrgin Spring in the Barnes & Noble sale. I've got a few of the others, but I'll probably give them to a friend or donate them to the local library (which I've never done before, but might be a good way to cull my collection and get rid of duplicates without going through the trouble of selling on eBay).

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:47 am
by Precious Doll
Probably THE release of the year. Will be interesting to see if Criterion release a similar boxset in the UK. The Touch & The Magic Flute are already out via BFI, Artificial Eye released a small box set five earlier films in 2012 all of which expect for It Rains on Our Love, are included in the U.S. set.

I understand the Artificial Eye no longer hold the UK rights. The long defunct Tartan hold the UK rights to most of the other Bergman titles, so we will see what happens there. Actually a UK edition could snag Face to Face, expect that I understand no suitable HD master exists. I real shame we could get the original TV version of that one.

Something of a stroke of luck that I only have purchased one Bergman film on Blu Ray which was The Touch but sold it because my second viewing was little better than my first. I haven't purchased any of the Criterion Blu Ray releases over the last few years because I was hoping for a comprehensive set and here it is!

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:39 am
by dws1982
Yesterday Criterion announced a box set of several Bergman films. There was speculation that they would do something for his centennial, but this announcement is beyond what was expecting. Most were expecting that it would be like the Kurosawa set, which had the movies without any extra features, and had a higher retail price. It's not everything he ever made--Face to Face is the most notable film missing, and a couple of his late TV dramas aren't here--but it's pretty great overview of his career, and several of these movies have never had a proper video release in the States. And at a retail of $299.99, you'll be able to get it on release day for half price from Barnes & Noble, so it's a no-brainer.

Ingmar Bergman, the visionary storyteller who startled generations of art-house moviegoers with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical questions, was born on July 14, 1918. In honor of the legendary Swedish filmmaker's one hundredth birthday, the Criterion Collection is launching an array of releases and programming to celebrate this incomparable body of work.

At the heart of this centennial celebration is Ingmar Bergman's Cinema, a thirty-Blu-ray collector's set, the most comprehensive collection of Bergman's work ever released on home video. Organized as a film festival-with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces-this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films, including such celebrated classics as The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander alongside previously unavailable works like Dreams, The Rite, and Brink of Life. Accompanied by a 248-page book with essays on each program, as well as by more than thirty hours of supplemental features, Ingmar Bergman's Cinema traces themes and images across Bergman's career, blazing trails through the films for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Additionally, Criterion will be releasing a series of Blu-ray editions of some of Bergman's most essential films, beginning with upgrades of The Virgin Spring (now available) and Scenes from a Marriage (available September 4) and continuing with new editions of Shame and The Magic Flute, as well as a Blu-ray upgrade of the box set A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman: "Through a Glass Darkly," "Winter Light," and "The Silence."

As previously announced, the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck will be celebrating the month of Bergman's birthday with a variety of programming, including a new entry in the original series Creative Marriages on the filmmaker's intimate collaboration with actor Liv Ullmann, and a series of Friday-night double features that pair some of Bergman's most influential works with the films they've inspired.



Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Crisis (1946)
A Ship to India (1947)

Wild Strawberries (1957)

To Joy (1950)
Summer Interlude (1951)

Summer with Monika (1953)

Dreams (1955)
A Lesson in Love (1954)


Scenes from a Marriage-
Television version (1973) | U.S. theatrical version (1974)
Saraband (2003)

From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Shame (1968)
The Passion of Anna (1969)

Fårö Document (1970)
Fårö Document 1979 (1979)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Winter Light (1963)
The Silence (1963)

The Virgin Spring (1960)


The Seventh Seal (1957)

The Devil's Eye (1960)
All These Women (1964)

Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
The Rite (1969)

The Magician (1958)

The Magic Flute (1975)
After the Rehearsal (1984)

The Touch (1971)
The Serpent's Egg (1977)


Persona (1966)

Thirst (1949)
Port of Call (1948)

Cries and Whispers (1972)

Waiting Women (1952)
Brink of Life (1958)

Autumn Sonata (1978)


Fanny and Alexander- Television version (1983) | Theatrical version (1982)

Thirty-nine films, including eighteen never before released by Criterion
Digital restorations, including a new 4K restoration of The Seventh Seal and new 2K restorations of Shame, The Touch, Waiting Women, and The Serpent's Egg, among many others, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks
Introductions to eleven of the films by director Ingmar Bergman
Six audio commentaries featuring film scholars Peter Cowie and Birgitta Steene
Over five hours of interviews with Bergman
Interviews with many of Bergman's key collaborators, including actors Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Bergman, Erland Josephson, Gunnel Lindblom, Liv Ullmann, and Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist
Daniel and Karin's Face, two rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman
Documentaries about the making of Autumn Sonata, Fanny and Alexander, The Magic Flute, The Serpent's Egg, The Touch, and Winter Light
Extensive programs about Bergman's life and work, including Bergman Island, . . . But Film Is My Mistress, Laterna Magica, Liv & Ingmar, and others
Behind-the-scenes footage, video essays, trailers, stills galleries, and more
PLUS: A lavishly illustrated 248-page book, featuring essays on the films by critics, scholars, and authors including Cowie, Alexander Chee, Molly Haskell, Karan Mahajan, Fernanda Solórzano, and many others; selections from Bergman's own writing and remarks on his work; and detailed guides to the feature films and supplements included in the set.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:17 am
by Big Magilla
I wasn't sure I would buy the Woodfall set as I already have the Criterion sets of Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey but the set was reasonable enough to spend the money to get the other six films. I waited until Monday to order as I wanted Nothing Like a Dame to be released to order both in the same package. I received them yesterday thanks to DHL global mail express.

I love the packaging, was able to break up the set and squeeze the other six films between other Blu-rays alphabetically - I only had to remove one other Blu-ray to make room as two of the films had to fit on the same shelf, would have been too much of a squeeze otherwise.

I watched Saturday Night and Sunday Morning plus the audio interview with Albert Finney from 1982 and the on-camera interview with Shirley Anne Field from 2009. Started on The Entertainer. It looks great.

I also watched Nothing Like a Dame, which was apparently produced for British TV but was released theatrically in an extended version. The extendted version is only 80 minutes long - the old gals seem to have tired easily. Not a lot of new information, but the funniest tidbit was Maggie Smith's revelation about Edith Evans' teeth: "Dame Edith had two sets of teeth, one for speaking and one for eating. She kept the set she wasn't using in her dressing room. One day after filming (Young Cassidy ?), she was hungry, but too tired to go to her dressing room, so she sent someone to fetch her eating teeth."

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:10 am
by Precious Doll
I received my Woodfall boxset last Tuesday as expected. I flicked through the the discs and am most impressed. I haven't seen most of the films since the 1980s at repertory cinemas and already owned five of the films on DVD and funnily enough all of them were 4x3 letter boxed, so it nice to have them in anamorphic widescreen.

I have the Melbourne Film Festival in August and then off to Europe of 6 weeks during Sep/Oct and have so many discs that are high on my 'want to view' list. I hope to fit these in during July.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:03 am
by dws1982
Have not had a chance to watch anything yet, but my Woodfall set arrived on Thursday. It's a great-looking package, and I have to give BBC credit for the really sturdy box, and also glad that each film got its own (thin) case, unlike Indicator's Boettecher set or Arrow's Rohmer set, where each case housed two movies, with a reversible sleeve.

Can't wait to dig in and watch several of these. I still haven't touched my Rohmer set either (and I've had it since April), so I need to get on that one too.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:51 am
by Precious Doll
dws1982 wrote:Got an e-mail yesterday that my Woodall set has shipped. Hopefully it comes as fast as the Boetticher set did.

My Woodall if due next Tuesday. Really looking forward to visiting those film, most which I haven't seen since the 1980s.

I also received the Hirokazu Koreeda films on Blu Ray from Maborosi to Still Walking inclusive. Very impressed with the lot of them and most of the films have never looked better. I'll still keep my Criterion Still Walking because the Japanese one is scant on extras and don't have English subtitles for those anyway.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:29 pm
by dws1982
Got an e-mail yesterday that my Woodall set has shipped. Hopefully it comes as fast as the Boetticher set did.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 12:58 pm
by dws1982
It doesn't mean anything definitive yet, but the artwork for Casualties of War posted on Amazon has the Blu-Ray logo. BDR's can't use the official Blu-Ray logo.

Ordered the Woodfall set from yesterday, as well as Indicator's Budd Boetticher's set.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 am
by Precious Doll
I had read Summertime was available or coming soon somewhere, and to be honest I thought is was in Germany. One of David Lean's gems and funnily enough I have ear marked The Rose Tattoo was a revisit soon.

I'll definitely consider an upgrade. Never trust Spanish discs unless it's something new or a restored Spanish film. I had my fingers burnt a couple of months ago when I purchased the Blu Ray of Crimes of the Heart. The pictures quality was sensational but the first two chapters were out of sync. It also had Spanish subtitles which could not be removed via the menu or remote control - that's always a chance though with an foreign language discs.

Got a package today of six blu rays from the UK. A Fantastic Woman, The Square (which I can now watch without English subtitles included on the English language sections of the film), Black Venus, Metropolitan and two I intend to revisit soon that I wasn't too keen on when I first saw them, The Return & The Banishment.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 12:14 pm
by Big Magilla
I just watched a beautiful Blu-ray of David Lean's Summertime from Paramount Japan (Region A) with perfect picture and sound. Menu is in English - Japanese subtitles are removable. IMDb. lists a 2018 German Blu-ray, but it's not available on which just lists the washed out Spanish and UK DVD transfers.

The Japanese import is light-years beyond the now twenty-year-old Criterion DVD. I had given up hope of ever seeing a Blu-ray restoration but here it is.

I still don't understand how this one failed to receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing and how it failed to win in the two categories for which it was nominated - Best Director and Actress. I'll always prefer Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Venice to Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster in New Orleans.

Re: Coming DVDs

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 4:27 am
by Precious Doll
I've got a horrible feeling Sony will release Casualties of War on BDR. They have such poor form with their back catalogue and I still can't believe that they released Toni Erdmann on BDR. I think the definitive Blu Ray edition will end up coming from Arrow or Indicator in the UK sometime in the future.

One can imagine most of the Kore-eda Hirokazu's finding their way to Blu Ray in the US/UK. Though I've bitten the bullet and purchased the Japanese editions. I can't remember Distance but I know that I didn't think much of it the first round. After Life is wonderful, such a novel and original film.

The BFI have some interesting films coming in July/August: The Comfort of Strangers, It Happened Here, Separate Tables & Eye of the Needle though I won't double dip on that one as I purchased the Twilight Edition.

Tender Mercies is coming to Blu Ray in August in Australia - hopefully in a decent transfer. Umbrella who are releasing it are hit and miss with their most recent Blu Ray release of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith coming under a lot of criticism. I watched it the other week and there is something 'off' with the transfer but I couldn't pinpoint what but one would expect better from a 'restoration'.