UK Releases

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Re: UK Releases

Postby wpqx » Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:06 pm

More Naruse there only gives me hope that this country will follow suit. I've only seen two of his film and both were VHS, so here's hoping.

Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:24 am

If they don't get a US release then I'd thoroughly recommend the Eureka MoC range, I can't think of another dvd distributor that has increased the quality of its products both in terms of the actual films and their presentation.

Top marks to them so far, the Masters of Cinema range is a real gem in a market drowning in poor films and penny pinching.

Cheers Trev

Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:46 am

Details of "The Bergman Collection" Tartan Video

This nicely presented set includes these previous releases:

Torment 1944 Written by Bergman, directed by Alf Sjberg
Crisis 1946
Port of Call 1948
Music in Darkness 1948
Prison 1949
Three Strange Loves 1949
To Joy 1950
Summer Interlude 1951
Waiting Women 1952
Summer with Monika 1953
A Lesson in Love 1954
Dreams 1955
Smiles of a Summer Night 1955
The Seventh Seal 1957
Wild Strawberries 1957
The Magician 1958
The Virgin Spring 1960
Through a Glass Darkly 1961
Winter Light 1962
The Silence 1963
All These Women 1964
Persona 1966
The Rite 1969
Cries and Whispers 1972
Scenes from a Marriage 1973
Autumn Sonata 1978
From the Life of the Marionettes 1980
After the Rehearsal 1984
Saraband 2003

Plus 2 releases exclusive (in the UK) to this set:

Faro-Dokument 1979 and Dreams 1955.

This handsome collection also includes a copy of David Parkinson's book 'Bergman: A Life in Films'

The only surprise for me is that they omitted to include Faithless 2000, directed by Liv Ullmann. Like Torment, this was written by Bergman and clearly bears all the hallmarks of his later films. Still, I suppose you cant have it all, not even for the retail price of 299.99 GBP.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

Postby A » Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:26 pm

Impressive. Hope they will also be available seperately. I'm sure those discs will come in handy when i decide to check out more Bergman.

Re: UK Releases

Postby wpqx » Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:14 pm

That set is almost too much Bergman. Can someone explain why Face to Face is so impossible to find? I know there were two versions of it shot (similar to Scenes From a Marriage and Fanny and Alexander), but neither version has been available anywhere for ages.

Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:10 pm

The first list for 2007, a decent mix but as usual for January, a slow start to the year.

Jan 15

Marronier - Terra - Put back to Feb.
Patlabor 2 Mamoru Oshii Pinnacle Vision

Jan 22

Belle De Jour (40th Anniversary Edition) - Luis Bunuel Optimum Releasing
Eros - Wong Kar-Wai, Stephen Soderbergh, Michelangeolo Antonioni Artificial Eye
Fighting Elegy Seijun Suzuki Yume Pictures
Luis Bunuel collection - Optimum Releasing:
Cet obscur objet du dsir - That Obscure Object of Desire
Le fantme de la libert - The Phantom of Liberty
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
La voie lacte - The Milky Way
Belle de jour
Le journal d'une femme de chambre - Diary of a Chambermaid
La joven - The Young One

Ozu - Vol 4 Tartan Video:
Late Autumn
An Autumn Afternoon

Russian Dolls - Pot Luck 2 - Cedric Klapisch - Cinefile
Shanghai Dreams (Qing Hong) - Wang Xiaoshuai Artificial Eye
Tokyo Drifter Seijun Suzuki Yume Pictures

Quite why Optimum are releasing Belle de jour twice in the same week is beyond me.

Jan 29

Angel-A Luc Besson - Optimum Releasing
The Cranes Are Flying - Mikheil Kalatozishvili Nouveaux Pictures
Ghost Of Mae Nak - Mark Duffield Tartan Video
Ridicule Patrice Leconte Second Sight
Romeo, Juliet And Darkness - Jiri Weiss Second Run
Zidane - A 21st Century Portrait - Philippe Parreno Artificial Eye

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

Postby wpqx » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:28 pm

I'm assuming one Belle du Jour is separate and the other is part of the boxed set, just my guess.

Re: UK Releases

Postby trevor826 » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:38 pm

Just seems pointless especially since there appears to be no difference between the previous release and the 40th anniversary version apart from the cover. As it is the box set is an amalgamation of two previous box sets plus the previously released Tristana with La Joven as the only new draw. So in essence, Belle de Jour is on its 4th issue with no improvement from the initial release.

Cheers Trev.

Re: UK Releases

Postby wpqx » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:48 pm

There's a decent edition here in the US, that I never picked up. I imagine some of the same features. Odd to think that film is 40 years old, it still seems fresh to me. The Young One is the only film in that set I haven't yet seen, but I'll take care of that before too long. It, along with Tristana haven't been released on DVD here, but thankfully Bunuel was rather well represented on VHS. I guess though for every worthwhile film that comes out there, we have one as well to covet.

The blatant re-releasing though is something of a problem. So many films are available in glorious editions and then get re-released with nothing more than an additional featurette of self congratulatory bullshit, like the "special" edition of Office Space.

Re: UK Releases

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:50 am

The fine Spanish DVD of La Joven has also been available for a couple of years now.

A few more interesting January releases/re-releases:

Thank You for Smoking (Jan 8th)
A Scanner Darkly (22nd)
Caravaggio (22nd)
F for Fake (22nd)
Keane (22nd)
The Angelic Conversation (22nd)
The Go-Between (22nd)
Wittgentein (22nd)


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