The Olive Tree

Eureka Entertainment have announced that they are releasing The Olive Tree on dual-format DVD and Blu Ray Disc.

Directed by Iciar Bollain, and starring Anna Castillo, Javier Gutierrez, and Pep Ambros, The Olive Tree follows a wilful and spirited young woman on her journey to retrieve an ancident olive tree that is precious to her ailing grandfather. The screenplay was written by Paul Laverty, who is well-known for his works with Ken Loach, particularly The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

Resistance

Eureka Entertainment have announced that they are releasing the complete series of Resistance, the French TV series about the war-time resistance movement. Originally shown on TF1 in France, the Guardian calls it “… the actual real deal”, going on to call it “smouldering stuff” and “terrific”.

It’s DVD only, and contains English subtitles.

The release date is 12th September 2016.

Ran – Akira Kurosawa

Studio Canal are releasing Akira Kurosawa’s legendary film Ran on 2nd May on blu-ray, which boasts a new 4k restoration.

Extras & Features:

  •     AK
  •     Akira Kurosawa: The Epic and The Intimate
  •     Akira Kurosawa by Catherine Cadou
  •     Art of the Samurai
  •     Interview with the Director of Photography – Mr Ueda
  •     Interview with Micheal Brooke
  •     Interview with Ms Mieko Harada
  •     Stage appereance at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015
  •     The Samurai

Include set of 4 artcards and booklet

The Criterion Collection Expands Into The UK – Media Reaction

The Guardian has done an interesting article on the news that The Criterion Collection is expanding into the UK.

I had a number of takeaways from the piece – that Criterion’s relationship with Sony was critical to the decision; that the UK market for boutique classics releases is already well served by a number of respected independents; and that there is disappointment that the current plans are only for two or three releases a month after the initial burst. Some of the Below The Line comments were interesting – clearly some people with closer knowledge than we have.

Variety magazine’s take is that Criterion have formed a “Pact” with Sony. It’s a very American word, something that is not heavily used in Europe, in my opinion, as it tends to either military agreements!

Home Cinema Choice’s article confirms that the UK releases will share the same spine numbers as the US originals.

Rocco And His Brothers

Luchino Visconti’s 1960 masterpiece Rocco And His Brothers has finally come to blu -ray, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment. As it is part of the acclaimed The Masters Of Cinema series, it comes fully-loaded with extra features, most notably the 40 page booklet.

Christopher Bray in The Mail On Sunday loves it, giving it 5 stars and saying “it is one of cinema’s greatest achievements.”

DVDBeaver says that they were blown away by the blu-ray as it looks so impressive.

 

Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation from a new 4K restoration

  • Optional English subtitles
  • Two audio choices; the original Italian, and the French dub
  • “Les coulisses du tournage” – a 2003 French documentary about the film
  • A 1999 interview with Visconti’s cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
  • An interview with actress Claudia Cardinale
  • A 2002 interview with actress Annie Giradot
  • “Luchino Visconti” – an hour long documentary about the life and work of Visconti
  • Two vintage newsreels
  • Original Italian trailer
  • Plus: A 40 page booklet featuring:
  • – Writing by Guido Aristarco
  • – An essay written by the director in 1960
  • – A vintage interview with Visconti
  • – Rare archival imagery

Trapped – The Complete Series One

Arrow Films are releasing the complete first series (ie “season”) of the Icelandic television drama Trapped on either a four disc DVD set or a three disc blu ray set as a part of their Nordic Noir collection.

Synopsis:
As a ferry carrying 300 passengers from Denmark pulls into an Icelandic town’s small port, heavy snow begins to fall. The ferry can’t leave until the storm passes and the main road into town is impassable. A mutilated and dismembered body washes on the shore, an unidentifiable man murdered only hours ago. The local police chief, Andri Olafssun, whose personal life is in shatters, realises a killer has descended into his town. As word spreads, order disintegrates into chaos as the ferry’s passengers and the town’s residents realise they are all possible suspects and that a killer is trapped among them.