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.

Journey To The Shore

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi) is scheduled for release on 23rd May, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment and their The Masters Of Cinema Series. It’s a dual format edition, which means it contains both DVD and blu ray versions.

To quote Eureka, it’s “a beautifully shot supernatural love story” which confirms Kurosawa’s place as a contemporary auteur.

Man With A Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera gets The Masters Of Cinema treatment from Eureka Entertainment, namely a four disc limited edition release featuring both the DVD and blu ray discs.

Man With A Movie Camera is often heralded as one of the greatest documentaries of all time. The London Evening Standard says of the Eureka release: “Often described as the best documentary ever made, Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film – shot in Russia as Stalin got busy – is even more astonishing in this great restoration”.

DVD Beaver says “Trust Masters of Cinema to do this to the max. This 4-disc set is the best, IMO and a must own. Our absolute highest recommendation!” They also mentioned that the 100 page booklet is a real gem.

Man With A Movie Camera 4 Disc Blu Ray Set
Man With A Movie Camera 4 Disc Blu Ray Set

Special Features:

  • Four disc Limited Edition set, with all content on Blu-ray and DVD
  • New high-definition restored transfers of all five films
  • Uncompressed PCM audio on all films
  • Score by The Alloy Orchestra for Man with a Movie Camera
  • Score by Robert Israel for Kino-Eye
  • New audio commentary on Man with a Movie Camera by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • The Life and Times of Dziga Vertov – an exclusive, lengthy video interview with film scholar Ian Christie on Vertov’s career and the films in this set
  • Optional English subtitles on all films
  • 100-page limited edition book featuring the words of Dziga Vertov, archival imagery and more!

 

Does This Edition Feature The Michael Nyman Score?

No, this is not Michael Nyman’s Man With A Movie Camera. This edition is released by the BFI.