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Foreign Cinema in BLU (part 2)

Old 10-06-09, 05:07 PM
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Is it really going to look any better? It is what it is.
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Old 10-13-09, 10:49 AM
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Re: Foreign Cinema in BLU (part 2)

I know it doesn't matter quite as much for US buyers with Criterion's release within grasp and of outstanding quality, but the UK Last Year at Marienbad release looks to be Region A/B as per Blu-ray Region Code Info (aka bluray.liesinc.net).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Marienb...5448917&sr=8-1
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Old 10-21-09, 08:49 PM
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I'll hold off my excitement until I see some reviews of the image quality, but at that price it looks very tempting.
Skip it.
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Old 11-07-09, 02:55 PM
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More Optimum Blu-rays in early 2010, no region info as of yet. Highlights (for me anyway) include Breathless, The Ladykillers (1955) and The Wicker Man (1973).
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More Optimum Blu-rays in early 2010, no region info as of yet. Highlights (for me anyway) include Breathless, The Ladykillers (1955) and The Wicker Man (1973).
Emmanuelle in Blu-Ray?

I just ordered a Region-Free BD Player, so I can actually look at this thread now!
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Old 11-09-09, 04:28 PM
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Old 11-14-09, 06:15 PM
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Both "The Deer Hunter" and "The Elephant Man" Region B are coded both for Regions A and B. And both have great reviews on DVDBeaver.com
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Re: Foreign Cinema in BLU (part 2)

DVDTimes is reporting that Palisades/Tartan will be releasing Park Chan-wook's Thirst on January 12th, hopefully (and likely) region-free for the film and menus.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=71797

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Priced at £19.99 RRP on DVD and £24.99 RRP on Blu-ray Disc, features are outlined below…

* DVD: Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 and half-rate DTS 5.1 audio options
* Blu-ray: Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio options*
* Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook
* Trailer
* UK exclusive interview with Park Chan-wook

*Probably DTS-HD MA but still TBC.
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Old 11-20-09, 07:29 AM
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Both "The Deer Hunter" and "The Elephant Man" Region B are coded both for Regions A and B. And both have great reviews on DVDBeaver.com
Doesn't the UK Deer Hunter have audio pitch issues?
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Doesn't the UK Deer Hunter have audio pitch issues?
That's what I've heard.
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Old 11-28-09, 09:53 AM
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Two more region-free offerings from BFI on 1/25:



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Old 12-02-09, 03:16 PM
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Russia's first CG-animated film The Adventures of Alenushka and Yerioma is on Russian Blu Ray with English subtitles:



Review of the film: http://www.kinokultura.com/2009/24r-alenushka.shtml
Trailer of the film: http://www.alena-erema.ru/full/trailer.html

It's sold here http://www.bolero.ru/product-69384906.html but good luck trying to buy it. It's probably easier just to buy it when you take a trip to Russia!
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Old 12-02-09, 11:18 PM
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I just wish Criterion would go ahead and release this stateside- come on, this was supposed to have been a first batch release.
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Emmanuelle in Blu-Ray?
I think it's blu-ray.com that has a review for this with some gorgeous screen caps.
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Old 12-03-09, 03:51 AM
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I just wish Criterion would go ahead and release this stateside- come on, this was supposed to have been a first batch release.
i doubt it'll happen since lionsgate is releasing it in feb. http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Le-mepris-Blu-ray/8405/
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Old 12-03-09, 04:59 AM
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I think it's blu-ray.com that has a review for this with some gorgeous screen caps.
Yup. I believe they reviewed the French BD. Looked great!

DiabolikDVD just got in the French BD on their site.
http://diabolikdvd.com/category/Cult...-A-and-B).html

Little pricey, but getting the BD through Amazon.FR comes out to about the same after shipping.
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Old 12-20-09, 03:52 PM
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From this interview:
(DVD and Blu-ray producer Bret) Wood informs.... the “elaborate restorations” of Battleship Potemkin and Metropolis.... will be released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in 2010.
A BFI BD of Potemkin would be preferable, but any such release would probably be Region B. Hopefully the MoC Metropolis BD won't be region-locked.
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Old 01-26-10, 04:49 PM
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From Blu-ray.com--
Independent distributor E1 Entertainment has announced that it has acquired all North American rights to 'La Dolce Vita', as well as other classic Italian films by Vittorio de Sica and Luchino Visconti. A theatrical re-release and a 50th Anniversary Blu-ray of Federico Fellini's 1960 masterpiece are planned for later this year.

As part of this new deal with International Media Films, E1 has also acquired rights to Vittorio de Sica's 'Shoe-Shine' (Sciuscià; 1946), plus three important early films by Luchino Visconti: 'Bellissima' (1951), 'La terra trema' (1948), and 'Ossessione' (1943).
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Old 01-26-10, 10:18 PM
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Are there any reviews of the Optimum release of Emmanuelle yet? I was thinking about importing from France, but I was wondering if there might be any reason to hold out a month for the UK release (like say non-PAL special features).
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Old 01-29-10, 05:14 PM
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From Blu-ray.com--
Kino Video is set to release the classic of silent cinema Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein, on April 10. For this 1080p restoration, Kino has joined the Deutsche Kinematek in association with Russia's Goskinofilm, the British Film Institute, Bundesfilm Archive Berlin, and the Munich Film Museum. Dozens of missing shots have been replaced, and all 146-title cards restored to Eisenstein's specifications.

Edmund Meisel's definitive 1926 score, rendered by the 55-piece Deutches Filmorchestra in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, returns Eisenstein's masterwork to a form as close to its creator's bold vision as has been seen since the film's triumphant 1925 Moscow premiere.

The restored film has newly-translated English intertitles as well as original Russian intertitles (and optional English subtitles).

Special features include:

* "Tracing Battleship Potemkin," a 42-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film
* Photo gallery
I'm pleased to see the original intertitles will be included.
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Old 01-30-10, 01:07 PM
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This was posted on the Criterion Forum, in the Artificial Eye thread:
I haven't had time to watch the whole thing yet, but a quick glance at the Double Life of Véronique Blu-ray suggests that it really is as gorgeous as I hoped - and I first saw this in a gigantic cinema in Paris back in 1991, so my expectations were pretty high.

It's 1080p, framed at the correct 1.66:1 - and, crucially with this film, the sound is particularly good, especially in the all-important music scenes.

According to the box (I don't have the equipment to confirm from the disc) it's region-free. However, the extras all appear to be PAL, so there may be compatibility issues outside Europe/Australia.
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Old 04-24-10, 09:00 AM
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Region-free from BFI on 5/17:



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Old 04-24-10, 10:25 AM
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I hope dual format editions become the norm. As for the Double Life of Veronique, I know as soon as I get it, Criterion will announce it. (The Red Desert, The Seventh Seal)
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Old 04-24-10, 11:08 AM
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I hope dual format editions become the norm. As for the Double Life of Veronique, I know as soon as I get it, Criterion will announce it. (The Red Desert, The Seventh Seal)
This just happened to me with Fish Tank

I got Veronique as well though since it'll probably be quite some time until they get around to that one.
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