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Old 01-19-12, 11:21 AM
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I guess I can't justify putting off Profound Desires of the Gods any longer - $17 for a dual-format edition of what is apparently one of Imamura's best films is a steal.
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Announcement day!



Plus dual-format upgrades:



Lifeboat will include Hitchcock's two French WWII propaganda short films Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache.

Plus official announcements for dual-format releases of Island of Lost Souls and Ruggles of Red Gap.

Plus The Passion of Joan of Arc will be getting an HD release next year.
Released on 23 April 2012

LIFEBOAT (Masters of Cinema) DUAL FORMAT (STEELBOOK EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE)
Alfred Hitchcock’s only film for Fox, made at the height of WW2, stars a first-rate ensemble cast, led by grande dame of the stage Tallulah Bankhead, as the survivors of a Nazi attack set adrift on a lifeboat in the Atlantic Ocean, pitted against interpersonal animosities, creeping paranoia, and the captain of the Nazi sub that placed them in their current predicament…

Special Features:
New high-definition master, officially licensed from Twentieth Century Fox
New high-definition transfers of Hitchcock’s little-seen French-language 1944 wartime films, Bon voyage (26 minutes) and Aventure malgache (31 minutes) officially licensed from the British Film Institute
Optional English subtitles on all three films
20-minute documentary on the making of Lifeboat
12-minute excerpt from the legendary 1962 audio interviews between Hitchcock and François Truffaut, discussing Lifeboat and the wartime shorts
PLUS: A 36-page booklet featuring archival imagery alongside new writing by critics Bill Krohn, Arthur Mas, and Martial Pisani

UGETSU MONOGATARI (Masters of Cinema) DUAL FORMAT
Mizoguchi’s intensely poetic tragedy consistently features on polls of the best films ever made. This new HD restoration is the film’s first appearance on Blu-ray anywhere in the world, and is accompanied by an HD presentation of Mizouguchi’s 1951 classic OYÛ-SAMA.

Special Features:
Newly restored high-definition transfer of Ugetsu Monogatari
Mizoguchi’s Oyū-sama (also in 1080p on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles on both features
Tony Rayns video discussions of Ugetsu Monogatari [9:00] and Oyū-sama [13:00]
Original Japanese and Spanish theatrical trailers for Ugetsu Monogatari
Ugetsu Monogatari restoration demonstration
Illustrated booklet featuring rare archival imagery and award-winning translations of the 18th century Ueda Akinari stories adapted in Ugetsu Monogatari

SANSHO DAYU (Masters of Cinema) DUAL FORMAT
One of the most critically revered films in Japanese cinema history, Mizoguchi’s deeply affecting classic has been newly restored in HD and appears here on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, and is accompanied by an HD presentation of Mizoguchi’s 1953 classic GION BAYASHI.

Special Features:
Newly restored high-definition transfer of Sanshō Dayū
Mizoguchi’s Gion Bayashi (also in 1080p on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles on both features
Tony Rayns video discussion of Sanshō Dayū [29:00] and Gion Bayashi [11:00]
Original Japanese theatrical trailer for Sanshō Dayū and original Japanese theatrical teaser for Gion Bayashi
Before-and-after Sanshō Dayū restoration demonstration
Illustrated booklet featuring rare archival imagery and a full reprint of the 1915 Mori Ōgai story adapted in Sanshō Dayū

Released on 28 May 2012

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Masters of Cinema) DUAL FORMAT (STEELBOOK EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE)
For the first time in the UK, one of the most imaginative and nightmarish fantasies from Hollywood’s golden age of horror – starring the legendary Charles Laughton. Originally rejected by the BBFC, this first and best screen adaptation of H. G. Wells’ THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU, is one of Hollywood’s wildest pre-Code pictures.

Special Features:
New high-definition restoration of the uncut theatrical version, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
Newly created SDH subtitles on the feature for the deaf and hard of hearing
Uncompressed original monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
An exclusive video piece in which horror critic and historian Jonathan Rigby discusses the film and its source novel
Original theatrical trailer
More extras to be announced nearer the release date
A lavish booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more!

RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Masters of Cinema) DUAL FORMAT
The UK home viewing premiere of one of the finest films of Leo McCarey (MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER) finds Charles Laughton in one of his greatest roles as a personal valet shipped off to America in the service of the brash and wealthy Egbert Floud (played, coincidentally enough, by Charlie Ruggles); a sophisticated comedy of rude manners ensues.

Special Features:
Beautiful new high-definition master, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Optional music and effects track
Ruggles on the Radio: three adaptations made for radio broadcast, all featuring Charles Laughton and Charlie Ruggles in a reprisal of their famous roles
Laughton reciting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, originally released as a 78-rpm record in 1937.
PLUS: A booklet featuring rare archival imagery, and more!

Released on 25 June 2012

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Masters of Cinema) BLU-RAY (STEELBOOK EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE)
Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler team up to create one of the greatest, and quintessential, films noirs of the studio era, a classic of the hard-boiled genre nominated for seven Oscars, and whose performances by Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson have been leaving audiences breathless for almost 70 years. Now, exclusively restored by The Masters of Cinema Series for its first ever release on Blu-ray anywhere in the world.

Special Features:
Exclusive new high-definition restoration, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
1950 Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck
The original theatrical trailer
More extras to be announced nearer the release date!
PLUS: A 36-page booklet featuring rare articles, images, and more!

THE LOST WEEKEND (Masters of Cinema) BLU-RAY (STEELBOOK EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE)
An Academy-Award-winning (including Best Picture) triumph from the great Billy Wilder, with Ray Milland as a writer’s-block-ridden and booze-sodden author spiralling into a days’-long rock-bottom binge crafted by Wilder with expressionist fervour. This gorgeous Blu-ray edition is the first available anywhere in the world.

Special Features:
New high-definition master, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Exclusive new video introduction by director Alex Cox
The 1946 Screen Guild Theater radio adaptation of The Lost Weekend – starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, and Frankie Faylen
The original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring rare archival imagery, and more!

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/...february-2012/

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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

Wow.

Absolutely in for Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, and Lifeboat. I'm not familiar with Mizouguchi but may take a look at those as well.
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I want all of those! So happy to finally get some Mizoguchi in HD. I wonder if I should hold off on Double Indemnity and Lost Weekend to see if Universal releases them stateside later this year.
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Holy shit! That just trumped anything Criterion has announced in the last year!
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
Holy shit! That just trumped anything Criterion has announced in the last year!
Well, I wouldn't go that far - while I do generally agree that the last year of Criterion announcements was a bit of a disappointment (especially compared to the incredible year they had in 2010,) I'm actually more excited about Criterion's most recent announcement, mainly because I think these companies are at their best and most useful when they put out high-quality editions of films that don't already have decent DVD releases (the MoC releases of films like Humanity and Paper Balloons, Toni, L'argent, Coueur fidele and Le silence de lar mer are among my favorite DVDs in my entire collection.)

With that said, this is a fantastic set of really big titles, and, with the exception of The Lost Weekend, I'll be getting all of them. I'm especially excited for Mizoguchi in HD and to finally get to see the two Hitchcock shorts, which are among the small handful of his films I've never seen.

It's cool to see MoC getting major films like these (and Touch of Evil) and giving them the deluxe treatment - and hopefully the presumably strong sales will help fund future restorations/releases of less well-known titles.

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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

Wow. Great announcements.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
I wonder if I should hold off on Double Indemnity and Lost Weekend to see if Universal releases them stateside later this year.
Double Indemnity is supposed to be arriving on 9/4, so unless the MoC extras are excellent, I'll just wait for the US disc, as the Legacy disc was pretty stacked. Lost Weekend wasn't on the 2012 release schedule, so I'm probably safe ordering the MoC disc. It's a film that really deserves the upgrade, as the current bare-bones DVD is pretty lousy-looking. I'm in for the limited steelbooks of Lifeboat and Lost Weekend for sure. 2012 is shaping up to be a very expensive year!
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Originally Posted by Sondheim
Well, I wouldn't go that far - while I do generally agree that the last year of Criterion announcements was a bit of a disappointment (especially compared to the incredible year they had in 2010,) I'm actually more excited about Criterion's most recent announcement, mainly because I think these companies are at their best and most useful when they put out high-quality editions of films that don't already have decent DVD releases (the MoC releases of films like Humanity and Paper Balloons, Toni, L'argent, Coueur fidele and Le silence de lar mer are among my favorite DVDs in my entire collection.)

With that said, this is a fantastic set of really big titles, and, with the exception of The Lost Weekend, I'll be getting all of them. I'm especially excited for Mizoguchi in HD and to finally get to see the two Hitchcock shorts, which are among the small handful of his films I've never seen.

It's cool to see MoC getting major films like these (and Touch of Evil) and giving them the deluxe treatment - and hopefully the presumably strong sales will help fund future restorations/releases of less well-known titles.
I agree but I also love seeing big titles get treated this way.

No chance these will be region free?
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No chance these will be region free?
The Universals definitely won't be.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
The Universals definitely won't be.
Damn. My region free player doesn't work too well.
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Just found out about this collection, why are many of them OOP?
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
No chance these will be region free?
Have all their recent BD releases been region locked? I believe they are. Anway...I really need to downgrade the firmware on my Insignia BD player as I want all of those titles and more.
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On a side note, I'm really glad they're releasing dual-format versions of most titles now, since I'm a slacker and still haven't picked up a region-free Blu-ray player. (It's one of the first things I plan to buy when I get a real job.)
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So in for:

Lost Weekend
Double Indemnity (didn't realize Universal was releasing this here this year, but I KNOW MOC will release a great version with excellent video/audio/extras)
Lifeboat
Ruggles Of Red Gap

I feel like I'll probably wait for Criterion to upgrade the Mizoguchis & Passion.
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Originally Posted by jrsl76
I feel like I'll probably wait for Criterion to upgrade the Mizoguchis & Passion.
The MoC Mizoguchis are actually double-feature discs, with both films in HD. Criterion's potential Blu-rays would only have one film each, though with more extensive extras.
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Just found out about this collection, why are many of them OOP?
If you are talking about their Blu-rays, the ones that are OOP are the Blu-ray only releases. They are re-releasing them as combos.
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Oh, I did not know that! For some reason, the Sunrise dual format edition pops up as the first result on Amazon, but I can't seem to find Mad Detective for example.
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Originally Posted by LPMA
Oh, I did not know that! For some reason, the Sunrise dual format edition pops up as the first result on Amazon, but I can't seem to find Mad Detective for example.
I'm not sure why it's not showing up on Amazon, but if you want to order it directly from MoC itself it's currently only £10.99 (so about $17) with free shipping anywhere in the world.

http://www.eurekavideo.co.uk/offers/df.html
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Perfect, thanks for the link! I was just looking into their titles in general and the first 5 or 6 I have tried to find on Amazon all looked out of print, with dual editions nowhere to be found.
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It's really nice to see Ruggles of Red Gap being released by MOC as Universal crapped all over it here in the U.S. by releasing it only on DVD-R.
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Originally Posted by LPMA
Perfect, thanks for the link! I was just looking into their titles in general and the first 5 or 6 I have tried to find on Amazon all looked out of print, with dual editions nowhere to be found.
If you're interested in Sunrise I'd also recommend City Girl, another fantastic Murnau film with an equally gorgeous transfer.
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I'm afraid DF upgrades of CHIKAMATSU and AKASEN CHITAI would rely very heavily on these new UGETSU and SANSHO DFs performing well. We would, of course, love to do them in 1080p.
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Thanks for the advice NoirFan, I ordered both of them.
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