Anyone seen any reviews re quality of these transfers? OAR? 16x9? They all have English subtitles!
Manoel de Oliveira 5 dvd set (https://www.blueplanetdvd.com/app/cliapp/ItemTitle/Info.tea?parId=1739)
update: they seem to all be 16x9 anamorphic
11-24-03, 04:33 PM
No - or The Vainglory of Command (http://reviews.imdb.com/Reviews/09/0998)
La Lettre (Manoel de Oliveira, 1999)
Prime evidence for placing de Oliveira along with Angelopoulos and Kundera in the category of European artists who probably refer to their own works as masterpieces. The symptoms: an enervated, solemn and ultimately self-reverential pace often mistaken for stateliness and gravitas, allusions and quotations that are just plain old name-dropping (presumably the ideal viewer of this film will congratulate himself with "Ah, of course! Jansenism! How exquisite!" having had his cultural literacy so fondled) and a meta-fictional idea, setting the 17th century novel "The Princess of Cleves" now, that fails on any level other than "Yes, they did act differently back then." Nearly all of the novel's action is narrated in lengthy intertitles and the space between the intertitles is done with nearly no camera movement so this feels like the worst possible film of 1912.
(Revenge of the Audience - Erik Gregersen)
Vou para casa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2002/05/01/i_am_going_home_2002_review.shtml)
Palavra y Utopia (http://spacefinder.chicagoreader.com/movies/capsules/21447_WORD_AND_UTOPIA_PALAVRA_E_UTOPIA.html)
...FYI... I own the French releases of "I'm Going Home (http://www.dvd-fr.com/dvd/dvd.php?id=5490)" and "The Letter (http://www.dvd-fr.com/dvd/dvd.php?id=2418)", both of which are French-language movies, btw, and both of which feature clean anamorphic 1.66:1 transfers...
...de Oliveira is very much an acquired taste, I fear... I doubt they'll be selling tons of these sets...
. . . :o . . .
11-24-03, 05:53 PM
so this feels like the worst possible film of 1912.
11-25-03, 03:42 PM
...incidentally, I note that "No... (http://www.dvd-fr.com/dvd/dvd.php?id=6300)" (but not "Vale abraao", nor "Palavra...") is also available on French DVD with an anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer... French subs only...