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Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:41 am
I know, I know. But this means that the B-day is just around the corner.
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:41 am
Good news indeed. My poverty though will have to keep me with my VHS copies for a while. However I expect no excuse from everyone here in regards to why they haven't seen it.
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:50 pm
Heh, I have been seeing the beautiful new german DVD box during the festival, but 50 euros is a bit much for me at the moment. Shame on me for not having the guts to sit through it at the cinema.
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:39 pm
A marathon of Berlin Alexanderplatz would probably overwhelm me, I think I spent three days getting through it.
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:06 am
ARMY OF SHADOWS
SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
New high-definition digital transfer of the recent full restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme.
Audio commentary by Jean-Pierre Melville historian Ginette Vincendeau.
New interviews with Lhomme and editor Franoise Bonnot.
Archival excerpts from French television programs, including on-set footage from the films production and interviews with Melville; actors Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Crauchet, Paul Meurisse, and Simone Signoret; writer Joseph Kessel; and real-life Resistance fighters Andr Dewavrin (a.k.a. Colonel Passy) and Lucie Aubrac, among others.
Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'Arme des ombres" (2006), a short documentary including interviews with Bonnot, Lhomme, Cassel, composer Eric Demarsan, writer and filmmaker Philippe Labro, and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.
Le journal de la Rsistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days of the French Resistance.
Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme.
PLUS: A booklet featuring critic Amy Taubin, historian Robert Paxton, and excerpts from Rui Nogueiras Melville on Melville.
SANSHO THE BAILIFF
Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles.
New video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokugo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance.
PLUS: A book featuring a new essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu; the story on which the film was based, Mori Ogais "Sansho dayu," from 1915, in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer; and a written form of an oral variation of the same tale, dating back to the fifteenth century, in a rare English translation.
VENGEANCE IS MINE
Excerpts from a video interview with Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan.
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by writer Toichi Nakata, and writings from Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to filmmaking.
THE THIRD MAN (re-issue)
SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich.
Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by film scholar Dana Polan.
Shadowing "The Third Man", a ninety-minute 2005 feature documentary on the making of the film.
Abridged recording of Graham Greenes treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke.
"Graham Greene: The Hunted Man," an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC's Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist.
Who Was the Third Man? (2000), a thirty-minute German documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew.
The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 "A Ticket to Tangiers" episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles; and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man.
Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer.
Actor Joseph Cottens alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version.
Archival footage and photos of postwar Vienna.
A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr.
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:15 am
Well again I'm glad I never got the Third Man DVD, as this edition seems like a vast improvement. Great to see more Immamura and Mizoguchi coming out, and not too surprised about Army of Shadows, which although slightly over praised was still pretty damn good.
Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:57 am
I'm a little disappointed by the extra features on the two Japanese films, but at least they're being made available on DVD. Sansho might also get a release in the U.K. from Eureka/MoC.
Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:19 am
Well Sansho has enough special features to satisfy me, and Vengeance is Mine at least has more than The Pornographers did. Again I'd say the more important thing is getting these directors out there, particularly Immamura especially in light of his recent death.
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 3:00 pm
I jost got the new Criterion news for June.
I'll only say two words: Chris Marker
The other releases should be:
Claude Berri: The Two of Us
Dusan Makavejev: WR and Sweet Movie
Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:24 am
Personally, I would've been ecstatic if the two Marker films being released weren't titled La Jete and Sans Soleil. These two have been in circulation around me for so long that I feel like they already exist in Region-1. I'm being selfish, of course; now many more will get an opportunity, a proper one, to watch these masterpieces. (I guess I could still hold some hope for a few pertinent extra features.)