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May 2008 Criterion Releases: Malle and More

Old 02-21-08, 03:18 PM
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May 2008 Criterion Releases: Malle and More

429 : The Lovers
SRP: $29.95




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Louis Malle unveiled the natural beauty of Jeanne Moreau in his breakthrough, Elevator to the Gallows. With his follow-up, the scandalous smash The Lovers (Les amants), he made her a star once and for all. A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, perched on the edge between classical and New Wave cinemas, The Lovers presents Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger (Jean-Marc Bory). Thanks to its frank sexuality, The Lovers caused quite a stir, being censored and attacked for obscenity around the world. If today its shock has worn off, its glistening sensuality and seductive storytelling haven't aged a day.

Special Features

* - New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version
* - Selection of archival interviews with Louis Malle, actors Jeanne Moreau and José Luis de Villalonga, and writer Louise de Vilmorin
* - Gallery of promotional material from the U.S. theatrical release
* - New and improved English subtitle translation
* - PLUS: A new essay by film historian Ginette Vincendeau


430 : The Fire Within
SRP: $29.95




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After rising to international stardom with such seminal crowd-pleasers as The Lovers and Zazie dans le métro, Louis Malle gave his fans a shock with The Fire Within (Le feu follet), a penetrating study of individual and social inertia. Maurice Ronet (Elevator to the Gallows), in an implosive, haunted performance, plays Alain Leroy, a self-destructive writer who resolves to kill himself and spends the next twenty-four hours trying to reconnect with a host of wayward friends. Unsparing in its portrait of Alain’s inner turmoil and shot with remarkable clarity, The Fire Within is one of Malle's darkest and most personal films.

Special Features

* - New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* - Archival interviews with director Louis Malle and actor Maurice Ronet
* - Malle's Fire Within, a new video program featuring interviews with actor Alexandra Stewart and filmmakers Philippe Collin and Volker Schlöndorff
* - Jusqu'au 23 Juillet, a 2005 documentary short about Pierre Drieu la Rochelle's novel Le feu follet and dadaist writer Jacques Rigaut (the inspiration for the main character), featuring actor Mathieu Amalric, writer Didier Daeninckx, and Cannes festival curator Pierre-Henri Deleau
* - New and improved English subtitle translation
* - PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critic Michel Ciment and historian Peter Cowie


431 : The Thief of Bagdad
SRP: $39.95 Two Discs




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The Thief of Bagdad, legendary producer Alexander Korda's Arabian Nights marvel, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal position, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades.

Special Features

* - SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
* - Restored digital transfer
* - Two audio commentaries: one featuring renowned directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, and one with film and music historian Bruce Eder
* - New interviews with special-effects experts Ray Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, and Craig Barron about the technical achievements of The Thief of Bagdad
* - The Lion Has Wings (1940), Alexander Korda's propaganda film for the English war effort, during The Thief of Bagdad's production hiatus
* - Excerpts from codirector Michael Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography
* - Selections of music by composer Miklos Rózsa not used in the final film
* - Stills gallery featuring rare Dufaycolor images of the film's production
* - Theatrical trailer
* - PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholars Andrew Moor and Ian Christie

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Old 02-21-08, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by starecase
431: The Thief of Bagdad
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Might have to blind buy The Thief of Bagdad just to hear the commentaries.
This is made by the guys who did The Tales of Hoffman right?
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77
Might have to blind buy The Thief of Bagdad just to hear the commentaries.
This is made by the guys who did The Tales of Hoffman right?
Yes, it was co-directed by Michael Powell (without his frequent collaborator/screenwriter Emeric Pressburger) who directed The Tales of Hoffmann. He is one of six credited and uncredited directors that served on the film and shot, according to some sources, the bulk of the principal photography. Powell also co-directed The Lion Has Wings, the feature length R.A.F. film that will be included on the second disc, during the production hiatus of The Thief of Bagdad at the onset of World War II. The original director of The Thief of Bagdad, Dr. Ludwig Berger, collaborated with the Kordas on the script and designs for the film, but he was replaced by Powell and others when Vincent and Alexander Korda retailored the project as a Technicolor extravaganza. Berger wanted to shoot in black and white and filmed various test shots. When Powell was asked if he made The Thief of Bagdad, he replied, "I had something to do with it." He continues in his autobiography,
"It is true that my name is on the picture, as one of the directors, together with poor Dr Berger, who was still hovering about Denham, puzzled and perplexed, when the film was nine-tenths finished. But the film is really the swan-song of the Korda brothers - Alex, Vincent and Zoli. I don't remember that Zoli shot much of the film, except, of course, the Hollywood sequences. But Vincent's masterful hand and his eye for colour were visible throughout the film. As for Alex, in those days he was everywhere at once."

The Thief of Bagdad is easily one the best looking color films I have seen. It is worth buying blind.

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Thief of Baghdad is a definite for me, not so much on the Malles.
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I'll eventually pick up all of these, but none are particularly earth-shattering.
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Thief of Bagdad!!!!!! Yes, been waiting for this!
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This has been a pretty "small" year for Criterion so far. Still, I'm quite excited about all of these, especially "The Thief of Bagdad" (though I've heard the current MGM disc has one of the best transfers of a Technicolor film ever.) The Scorsese/Coppola commentary alone makes it worthwhile.
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77
This is made by the guys who did The Tales of Hoffman right?
While Michael Powell is a co-director, Alexander Korda is more rightly known as the auteur of The Thief of Baghdad.

Thumbs up for The Fire Within!
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THE THIEF OF BAGDHAD is probably the perfect fantasy film - great fun, and gorgeous to look at!
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You guys and having just seen and enjoyed The Tales of Hoffman (and the image from the film at the Criterion website) has me really excited to see this one.
This Sporting Life, The Ice Storm, The Last Emperor and now the Thief of Baghdad will already having buying more this year in the first 5 months than all of last year.
I think this is shaping up to be a great year for Criterion collectors.
Any chance we will get a double dip on Kwaidan from them?
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Where is Bottle Rocket?

Can't wait for The Thief of Bagdad. Malle is always good too.
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I have the Aussie release of The Lovers already but more than likely will sell it and pick all three.

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I've been hearig that Before the Rain was on the site yesterday but was then pulled. I'm not sure why that is but we might not be done yet for May. Does anyone know for sure?
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Thief of Baghdad is fantastic... however, the current release looks pretty great. I will probably wait on this.
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I too have Les Amants on r4 but will get that and Fire Within.

Could somebody offer a suitable comparison for Thief of Baghdad (if one exists)?
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It's Shazzang!
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Another month without "White Dog". Damn.
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This has been a pretty "small" year for Criterion so far. Still, I'm quite excited about all of these, especially "The Thief of Bagdad" (though I've heard the current MGM disc has one of the best transfers of a Technicolor film ever.)
MGM's transfer of 'The Thief of Bagdad' was stunning, quite stunning, but having said that there are a few minutes where it's slightly out of register so there is room for (even a small) improvement - I only hope that the print Criterion has found transfers to DVD with the same breathtaking vibrancy. I'm very happy that they've included 'The Lion Has Wings' amongst the extras too.
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Still waiting for Salo... :\
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Salo is coming in august/september
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Still waiting for Salo... :\
It's been recently confirmed that the Salo rerelease will hit stores in August. One of the supplements will be a documentary on Pasolini's career.

As for Before the Rain, acccording to someone who saw the solict before it was taken down. :

I can recall mentions of a commentary with Manchevski and Annette Insdorf, an interview with Rade Serbedzija, Manchevski's video for Arrested Development's "Tennessee" and sections of the English-language pressbook. I know there was more, but that's all I got.

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A hip hop musical video seems like a bit of a strange extra IMO. I also wonder why it was pulled at the last minute:
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The Thief of Baghdad looks terrific.
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I'm a big Malle fan so one of those I'll blind-buy, and the other I'll rent along with Thief of Baghdad (just for the commentary, though the film is pretty good if I remember correctly).
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Another month without "White Dog". Damn.
Or Good Burger.

Hey! No Criterion thread is complete without that reference!

Seriously, I'm hoping the rumors about 'Friends of Eddie Coyle' on Criterion are true.
And I'd die if 'Man of the West' ended up on Criterion.
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