Arrow Films have announced that they are releasing Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition (Ningen no joken) on dual format DVD and blu-ray. It’s eagerly anticipated as the first blu-ray release of the high definition print from a good vendor – to date, Criterion have only released it as a four-disc DVD set.
The current published release date is the end of May 2016.
The features of the release include:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations;
Original Japanese soundtrack (uncompressed mono on the Blu-ray);
Optional English subtitles;
Introduction to the film by critic Philip Kemp;
Selected-scene commentary by Philip Kemp;
Booklet with new writing on the film by David Desser
Mickey Rourke stars with Jacqueline Bisset and Carre Otis in this “adventure of the senses”, an erotic drama from the creators of 9 1/2 weeks.
This is a dual-format edition containing both the DVD and blu-ray editions courtesy of Eureka Entertainment.
The Times gave Wild Orchid the accolade of Classic Film Of The Week, whilst DVDBeaver says that this release from Eureka is the version to buy of this film.
“Tacky? Definitely, but there is a woozy, dream-like decadence to the movie that is more European art-house than American cheesecake. The result is an entertaining and sultry piece of retro cinema” – Kate Muir, The Times
Possibly one of the greatest martial arts films ever, A Touch Of Zen is now available, released by Eureka Entertainment as a part of their acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema Series. It’s a dual-format presentation with both the DVD and the Blu-Ray, and there’s a limited edition third disc featuring bonus content.
DVDBeaver says that the Eureka blu ray is “absolutely gorgeous… a rich, mesmerizing 1080P presentation. Exceptional…”
The run time is 180 minutes, and some of the cinephiles on the forums suggest that the accompanying booklet hints that longer run-times were achieved by other releases by repeating the bamboo forest fight scene again at the start of part 2.
Limited Edition with bonus disc and slipcase
Limited Edition exclusive: King Hu 1932-1997, a 47-minute documentary on the director featuring interviews with colleagues, collaborators and historians
Limited Edition exclusive: Golden Blood, a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
Newly translated English subtitles
Select scene commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring:
– King Hu’s director statement from the Cannes Film Festival
– A 1975 interview with King Hu by Tony Rayns
– The original short story the film is based on
– The eight characteristics of “the swordswoman” in King Hu’s films
Eureka Entertainment have released the 1960s classic science fiction film Robinson Crusoe On Mars on a dual format DVD and Blu Ray Disc set.
I love good science fiction, and this was one of my favourite films growing up, – it was always on TV during the Christmas holidays, something that The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw observed as well. Perhaps The Times put it better, when they selected this film as their Classic Film Of The Week, describing it as “more kitsch curio than classic movie”. They too drew comparisons between this film, and Matt Damon’s The Martian.