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.

Farewell My Concubine

The BFI are scheduled to release Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine towards the end of March 2016 in a dual format edition that contains both the DVD and blu-ray discs. Farewell My Concubine is the only Chinese film ever to win the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

It’s eagerly anticipated by film lovers, as this will be the first blu-ray release of the film by a distributor with a mostly-excellent track record. To date, the only blu-ray release of note of this classic film has been from South Korea.

The Human Condition Trilogy

 

The Human Condition Trilogy

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;
Theatrical trailers;
Booklet with new writing on the film by David Desser

Original “Dummy” Artwork: