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Foreign Cinema in BLU (part 2)

Old 09-15-10, 10:05 AM
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Update: Spirits of the Dead is region-free.
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Old 09-16-10, 09:50 AM
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...And the pre-order is only £12.99, or 40% off on Amazon, for those interested. Stamp is the definition of "elegantly wasted" in Toby Dammit.
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Old 09-27-10, 01:20 PM
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11/15 from Eureka:



SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Beautiful 1080p high-definition presentation
- Original English dubbed audio
- Optional subtitles (SDH),
- Original Italian audio with newly translated English subtitles
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Mine should be coming in the mail any day now.
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Old 10-28-10, 08:03 AM
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Final specs on the two Tati titles:

BFI releases world premiere High Definition editions of Jacques Tati’s best-loved films

Two of the BFI’s best-selling titles, Jacques Tati’s Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Playtime (previously released by the BFI on VHS and DVD) are to be released in new Dual Format Editions, which include both DVD and Blu-ray discs, on 29 November.

The films have been lovingly remastered in High Definition and the lavish selection of extras on each release includes never-before released alternative versions of the films, amongst which is the rarely seen original 1953 theatrical version of Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot.

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday)

The film that brought Jacques Tati international acclaim also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning, eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot with whom Tati would from now on be inseparably associated.

The film is set in a sleepy French coastal resort, which is seasonally disrupted by holidaymakers in energetic pursuit of fun. At the centre of the chaos is the eccentric Hulot, struggling at all times to maintain appearances, but somehow entirely divorced from his immediate surroundings.

Tati’s beautifully orchestrated comic ‘ballet’ is a seamless succession of gently mocking studies of human absurdity.

Special features

* Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
* Fully restored version of Jacques Tati’s definitive 1978 final cut
* Alternative ‘international’ soundtrack (revised to include more English dialogue)
* Original theatrical release version (1953, 95 mins)
* Original theatrical trailer (DVD only)
* Richard Lester interview (DVD only, 2004, 36 mins): the acclaimed filmmaker discusses Les Vacances de M. Hulot with film historian Philip Kemp
* Illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by film historian Philip Kemp

Cat no: BFIB1050 / France / 1953/1978 / Cert U / black and white / French language, optional English subtitles / 88 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 / Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) and Dolby Digital (320 kbps) / Region B // Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital mono (192 kbps)

Playtime

Regarded by many as Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Playtime is a surreal comic vision of modern life in which the director’s much-loved character, Monsieur Hulot – accompanied by a cast of tourists and well-heeled Parisians – turns unintentional anarchist when set loose in an unrecognisable Paris of steel skyscrapers, chrome-plated shopping malls and futuristic night spots.

Special features

* Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
* Alternative ‘international’ soundtrack (revised by Tati to include more English dialogue)
* Feature commentary by Philip Kemp
* Rare audio interview with Jacques Tati recorded at the NFT in 1968, accompanied by stills and images from the BFI’s collections
* Original theatrical trailer (DVD only)
* Au-delà de Playtime (DVD only, 2002, 6 mins): documentary about the making and unmaking of Playtime
* Script-girl (DVD only, 2003, 12 mins): Continuity Supervisor Sylvette Baudrot on working with Tati
* Tati Story (DVD only, 21 mins, c. 2003): short biographical film
* Illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by David Furnham and Kevin Brownlow’s memories of interviewing Tati

Cat no: BFIB1051 / France / 1967 / Cert U / colour / French language (some English), optional English subtitles / 124 mins / Original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM stereo audio (48k/24-bit) and Dolby Digital stereo (320kbps) / Region B // Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital Stereo (192 kbps)

Each title has an RRP of £19.99.
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In January 2011, the BFI will publish two more Ozu editions: Good Morning / I was Born But... and Equinox Flower / There was a Father.
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I don't have screens in my review, but you can find it here:

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As this is one of my all-time favorites, hopefully we'll get a Lionsgate release stateside soon.
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Stunning. Got this one coming along with Battle Royale
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so wait (I'm confused) as I read it, the commentary track on the Criterion release is only select scene as the UK bluray edition states 'feature' - does the UK version have a longer commentary track or is the same as the Criterion disc??
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so wait (I'm confused) as I read it, the commentary track on the Criterion release is only select scene as the UK bluray edition states 'feature' - does the UK version have a longer commentary track or is the same as the Criterion disc??
They're identical. I was hoping the BFI would have a superior transfer, but it's the same as the Criterion.
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Someone mentioned The Wicker Man on an earlier page in this thread, did anything come of that (quality of the elements aside, both cuts, too, I would hope)?
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Someone mentioned The Wicker Man on an earlier page in this thread, did anything come of that (quality of the elements aside, both cuts, too, I would hope)?
On the Blu-ray.com forums, someone stated (without providing a source) that the release had been postponed due to a full restoration, but that was back in August.
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They're identical. I was hoping the BFI would have a superior transfer, but it's the same as the Criterion.
why does this NOT surprise me

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Old 11-19-10, 12:34 PM
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FACCIA A FACCIA to be released on DVD ONLY Cat No: EKA40324
Please note that FACCIA A FACCIA will now be released on DVD ONLY
DVD Catalogue No: EKA40324 – to be released on 24 January 2011
The title was originally due to be released on blu-ray as well as DVD , but due to HD material not being available the blu-ray format has had to be pulled from the release schedule
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^ booo!!!!
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^ Double boo! I was just going to ask about region coding on that one.
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Old 12-01-10, 09:36 AM
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Upcoming BFI releases:

1/17 and region-free:



1/17 and Region B:





2/14 and region-free:



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I"m all over that 'Good Morning' disc
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I"m all over that 'Good Morning' disc
But not the other Ozus? BFI is in the process of releasing his complete catalog. Also, didn't know where else to put this - here's DVD Beaver's review of Arrow's Bay of Blood Blu-ray.
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Great news for Antonioni fans: I, Vinti (The Vanquished) is being released by E1 Distribution on 3/15!
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