Infos zur Seconds Dual-Format-Edition von Masters of Cinema

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Erst vor wenigen Tagen wurde die am 26. Oktober 2015 anstehende Veröffentlichung einer Dual-Format-Edition von John Frankenheimers „Der Mann, der zweimal lebte / Seconds“ [USA 1966] durch Masters of Cinema bekannt gegeben. Mittlerweile sind Infos zur Ausstattung auf amazon.co.uk aufgetaucht.
Gegenüber der US-Blu-ray von Criterion bietet MoC neben dem John-Frankenheimer-Audiokommentar einen zweiten Audiokommentar des australischen Filmkritikers Adrian Martin und ein Video-Interview mit Kim Newman. Criterion hingegen bietet den Frankenheimer-Kommentar, ein 15-minütiges Interview mit Alec Baldwin, 5 Minuten der TV-Sendung „Hollywood on the Hudson“ aus dem Jahre 1965, ein 11-minütiges Interview mit Frankenheimer aus dem Jahre 1971, die 19-minütige Dokumentation „A Second Look“ und das 13-minütige Video-Essay „Palmer and Pomerance on Seconds“.
 
To the enigmatic question Who are SECONDS? , the film s original poster responded: The answer is almost too terrifying for words…. The story of a man who buys for himself a totally new life. A man who lives the age-old dream If only I could live my life all over again.

John Frankenheimer directs Rock Hudson as a second : that is, the newly plastic-surgery altered reboot of, in this instance, a listless banker named Arthur Hamilton. Such procedures are carried out by a secret organization known only as The Company, with the promise of giving an individual a chance at making a fresh start at life… but at what cost?

Master lighting cameraman James Wong Howe provides the paranoiac atmosphere to the skewed reality of what came to be widely considered one of Frankenheimer s very best films. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Seconds on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time.
Who are seconds? Where are seconds? Seconds might be all around you. Even Now!

A second chance to live. A second chance to die

SPECIAL FEATURES including:

  • Gorgeous restoration from a 4K transfer, in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray
  • Two Feature-length audio commentaries: one by director John Frankenheimer, and one by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • New video interview with novelist and critic Kim Newman
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Booklet featuring new essays by critics David Cairns and Mike Sutton

Seconds und The Naked Prey erscheinen im Oktober 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Masters of Cinema hat heute per Facebook zwei Dual-Format-Editionen angekündigt, die im Oktober 2015 erscheinen werden.

Am 19. Oktober 2015 wird „Der Todesmutige / The Naked Prey“ [ZA / USA 1965, Cornel Wilde] als Nummer 126 der Blu-ray-Reihe in den Handel kommen. Infos zur Ausstattung liegen noch nicht vor.
In den USA ist der Film bei Criterion erschienen, bisher jedoch nur auf DVD.

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Die Ausstattung der Medium Cool Dual-Format-Edition von Masters of Cinema

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Seit einiger Zeit ist bekannt, dass Masters of Cinema Haskell Waxlers „Medium Cool“ [USA 1969] am 24. August 2015 als Dual-Format-Edition auf den Markt bringen wird. Bisher nicht bekannt war die Ausstattung, die aber nun veröffentlicht wurde. Leider wird das MoC-Set – wie schon die US-amerikanische Criterion-Disc – nicht die vollständige „Look Out Haskell, It’s Real: The Making of Medium Cool„-Dokumentation enthalten. Diese wird – wie auch die „Sooner or Later„-Dokumentation – nur in einer kürzeren Fassung enthalten sein.
Gegenüber der US-Disc bietet die britische nur ein exklusives Extra, Paul Cronins Featurette „Haskell and the Cameras„. Das andere Bonusmaterial ist ebenfalls auf der Criterion-Disc enthalten, zusätzlich erhält man noch einen zweiten Audiokommentar, ein 15-minütiges Interview und eine halbstündige Featurette mit Wexler.

Die Dokus „Look Out Haskell, it’s Real!“ und „Sooner or Later“ habe ich in ihren vollständigen Fassungen weiter unten als Videos eingebettet, außerdem auch die „Haskell and the Cameras„-Featurette.

  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray from the 4K digital film transfer approved by director Haskell Wexler
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer and director Haskell Wexler, editorial consultant Paul Golding, and actor Marianna Hill
  • Look Out Haskell, It’s Real!, extended excerpts from Paul Cronin’s documentary
  • Excerpts from Sooner or Later, Harold Blankenship is interviewed almost 40 years after appearing in Medium Cool
  • Haskell and the Cameras, Wexler demonstrates the cameras used to make Medium Cool
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 28-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a summary of the government-commissioned report on the Democratic National Convention riot of 1968 illustrated with archival imagery

Das „Haskell and the Cameras„-Video von Paul Cronin ist vor zwei Wochen bei Vimeo online gestellt worden.

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Masters of Cinema äussert sich zum angeblichen OOP-Status dreier Blu-ray-Sets

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Derzeit macht die Nachricht die Runde, die Masters of Cinema-Dual-Format-Sets von „Sirene in blond / Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?“ [USA 1957, Frank Tashlin], „Die Ballade von Narayama / Narayama bushikô / The Ballad of Narayama“ [JP 1983, Shôhei Imamura] und „Edipo Re – Bett der Gewalt / Edipo Re / Oedipus Rex“ [IT / MA 1967, Pier Paolo Pasolini] wären Out-of-Print. MoC hat sich dazu im Blu-ray.com-Forum geäußert.

Zu „Will Sucess Spoil Rock Hunter?„:

We often don’t decide until something is out of stock when we look again and reassess the release’s viability. In the case of ROCK HUNTER it’s just not worth repressing them, based on the past 12 months it would take us three years to shift the minimum order quantity, and we’ve only got two months left on the licence which we won’t be renewing because it hasn’t performed.

Zu „The Ballad of Narayama„:

And for those panic buying NARAYAMA, I wouldn’t bother if I were you, it’ll probably find its way back into circulation in another incarnation before the end of the year, hint hint.

Zu „Oedipus Rex„:

We’ve not decided on the dual format yet, we will most likely repress it when the DVD stock runs out, if not we might (although doubtful) make a Pasolini box set, that’s very doubtful though. It’ll be back in the future though.

Demnächst auf Blu-ray

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James White von Arrow Films / Arrow Video hat den Artikel „Nightmare City and the Limitations of Restoration“ über die Restaurierung von Umberto Lenzis „Großangriff der Zombies / Incubo sulla città contaminata / Nightmare City“ [IT / MX / ES 1980] auf dem Arrow-Video-Blog The Video Deck veröffentlicht. Darin geht er auf Schwierigkeiten bei der Restaurierung ein, die durch den Zustand des Techniscope-Kameranegativs aufgetreten sind. Vor allem macht sich ein auffälliges Flackern über längere Strecken des Films bemerkbar. Als möglichen Ausweg zog man auch das einzige noch existente Intermediate heran, welches diese Probleme nicht besitzt, dafür aber in der Detailzeichnung und Schärfe nicht an das Kameranegativ heranreicht. Auf diesem Material beruhte auch schon das bisher erhältliche HD-Master. Auf der am 3. August 2015 erscheinenden Dual-Format-Edition werden beide Transfers – der neue vom Kameranegativ und der alte vom Intermediate – enthalten sein.

Beim britischen Label Mr. Bongo erscheinen am 7. September 2015 Federico Fellinis „Fellinis Casanova / Il Casanova di Federico Fellini / Casanova“ [IT / USA 1976] und Wojciech Has‘ „Das Sanatorium zur Todesanzeige / Sanatorium pod klepsydra / The Hourglass Sanatorium“ [PL 1973] und „Die Handschrift von Saragossa / Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie / The Saragossa Manuscript“ [PL 1965].

Wie es aussieht, wird die britische Masters of Cinema-Dual-Format-Edition von Haskell Waxlers „Medium Cool“ [USA 1969] als Bonus wohl nur den Trailer aufweisen. Hier hatte ich noch auf das vollständige Making Of „Look out Haskell, it’s real: The Making of Medium Cool“ gehofft. Bleibt noch die Criterion-Disc mit Bonusmaterial.

Not sure if this list is final, but according to today’s press release Medium Cool has the following supplements.

  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray from the 4K digital film transfer approved by director Haskell Wexler
  • Original trailer
  • Booklet featuring new and archival writings and imagery

 
UPDATE 18.06.2015
Eureka Entertainment hat sich im Forum von Blu-ray.com zum Bonusmaterial des „Medium Cool„-Sets geäußert. Die Dual-Format-Edition wird demnach doch über mehrere Stunden an Extras verfügen. Vielleicht besteht ja doch die Möglichkeit, dass die vollständige „Look out Haskell, it’s real: The Making of Medium Cool„-Doku enthalten ist. Ich bin gespannt.

Don’t worry, that’s far from what will actually be on the disc. There is a tonne more that’s in progress, they’re just the things we have in house right now. Currently working out how to effectively compress several hours of extras.

Listen Up Philip von Alex Ross Perry erscheint im Juli 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Die Komödie „Listen Up Philip“ [USA 2013] von Alex Ross Perry mit Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter und Jonathan Pryce erscheint am 27. Juli 2015 bei Masters of Cinema als Dual-Format-Edition. Auf der MoC-WebSite ist seit längerem diese inhaltliche Zusammenfassung zu finden:

Combining intellectual ambition with a singular comic sensibility, the third feature film by writer-director Alex Ross Perry marked a defining moment for the American independent cinema of the 2010s. As with his previous features Impolex and The Color Wheel, the blackly hilarious Listen Up Philip is distinguished as much by its literary pedigree as by its fine attunement to atmosphere, sense of place, and, enabled by the camerawork of Sean Price Williams, the texture of the image.

Jason Schwartzman, in one of his most accomplished roles since such Wes Anderson collaborations as Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, achieves the height of comic verbal violence as the novelist Philip Lewis Friedman who, having received his first taste of literary acclaim, embarks upon the publicity campaign for his soon-to-be-published second novel, Obidant. The attention of his literary hero Ike Zimmerman (played by the first-rate Jonathan Pryce), a major novelist some decades his elder, leads to an open invitation to abscond from Brooklyn and work from Zimmerman’s small-town home upstate. And so the stage is set for all-out warfare between Philip’s seemingly irrepressible ego and the emotionality of his talented photographer girlfriend Ashley who, in a brilliant performance by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, exhibits the kind of dynamism that could dull Philip’s edge for good.

Put into relief by a cast including Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Keith Poulson, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Bree Hemingway, Schwartzman-as-Friedman embodies what must be one of the most charmingly loathsome or most diabolically winning personalities in recent films. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Listen Up Philip, the picture Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called “a masterwork about what it is to live for love and not just the self,“ in its UK debut on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format edition.

In Robbarb’s Forum wurden nun die Infos zur Ausstattung veröffentlicht:

  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • New and exclusive video conversation between director Alex Ross Perry and cinematographer Sean Price Williams
  • New and exclusive video interview with graphic designer Teddy Blanks, the creator of the Zimmerman and Friedman book jackets featured in the film
  • Feature-length audio commentary with Alex Ross Perry
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • The making of Listen Up Philip
  • Jason & Sean vs The Cops
  • 36-PAGE FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET containing writing on the film and full-colour reproductions of the Zimmerman and Friedman book jackets, accompanied by never-before-published synopses of each novel written by Perry

Nagisa Ôshimas Cruel Story of Youth erscheint im August 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Am 17. August 2015 erscheint Nagisa Ôshimas „Nackte Jugend / Seishun zankoku monogatari / Cruel Story of Youth“ [J 1960] bei Masters of Cinema als Dual-Format-Edition.
 
This second feature by the Japanese cinema-insurgent Nagisa Ôshima (In the Realm of the Senses, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) galvanised its home-turf with its topsy-turvy directorial dexterity and stinging castigation of an indolent, self-indulgent youth culture reposing on the eve of the turbulent 1960s.

When high-schooler Makoto is saved from the advances of a lecherous middle-aged man by uni student Kiyoshi, the pair embark on a fits-and-starts affair that finally settles into a sexually extortionary, mutually exploitative dependency that promises to spell their relationship’s doom.

Ôshima’s breakthrough portrait of alienated youth comes courtesy of the 2014 Shochiku 4K scan that resurrected the film’s glorious color palette, recently described by critic and programmer James Quandt as „running riot with retro: pulsing neon, turquoise telephones, hair teased into shellacked grandeur.“ The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Cruel Story of Youth in a Dual Format edition, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

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Elia Kazans Wild River erscheint im Februar 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Elia Kazans „Wilder Strom / Wild River“ [USA 1960] wird am 23. Februar 2015 bei Masters of Cinema als Dual-Format-Edition erscheinen.
In den USA ist der Film im Januar 2013 direkt über 20th Century Fox in den Handel gekommen und bietet neben dem Trailer einen Audiokommentar von Richard Schickel. Das britische MoC-Set hingegen bietet einen Audiokommentar von Glenn Kenny und Farran Smith Nehme, eine Bildergalerie, ein Booklet und ebenfalls den Trailer.
 
Regarded as one of the crowning achievements in the career of both director Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront) and actor Montgomery Clift, Wild River charted new territory for cinema at the dawn of the 1960s, combining psychology, eroticism, documentary realism, and exquisite pictorial beauty within the CinemaScope frame.

In the early 1930s, an administrator for the Tennessee Valley Authority (Clift) arrives in the small town of Garthville with the business of convincing an elderly landowner to sell her land to the government. Soon afterward, he’s thrown into conflicts emotional (falling in love with the landowner’s widowed granddaughter, played by Lee Remick, who is expected to marry another man) and societal (the employment of black labour on the authority’s river project).

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Masters of Cinema und Eureka Entertainment kündigen weitere Titel für 2015 an

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Neben „Two for the Road„, „Metropolis“ und „Shoah“ hat Masters of Cinema noch fünf weitere Titel von Anthony Mann, Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet, Raymond Bernard und Federico Fellini für 2015 angekündigt, allerdings liegen hierfür noch keine Termine vor.

Der Mann aus dem Westen / Man of the West“ [USA 1958, Anthony Mann]
MAN OF THE WEST to be released on Blu-ray in the UK. Regarded by Jean-Luc Godard as Mann’s greatest film Anthony Mann’s final foray into the western genre is a disturbing examination of man’s baser instincts, rising in intensity to the level of Shakespearean tragedy. Starring the legendary actor Gary Cooper Man of the West is the story of Link (Cooper) who tried to forget his killer past until an old evil man and a ruthless gang made him remember. MAN OF THE WEST will be released for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in early 2015.

Wilder Strom / Wild River“ [USA 1960, Elia Kazan]
WILD RIVER will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in early 2015. Elia Kazan’s WILD RIVER was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being „culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick (Anatomy of a Murder, The Omen).

Sein Leben in meiner Gewalt / The Offence“ [GB / USA 1972, Sidney Lumet]
Sidney Lumet’s THE OFFENCE will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in early 2015. Sean Connery stars as a burned out British Police Detective Sergeant who finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester, played by Ian Bannen. Also starring Trevor Howard (Gandhi, The Third Man) and Vivien Merchant (Frenzy, Alfie)

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Claude Lanzmanns Shoah (and 4 Films after Shoah) im Januar 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Claude Lanzmann Dokumentarfilm „Shoah“ [F 1985] ist bei Masters of Cinema bereits seit Februar 2007 auf DVD erhältlich. Am 26. Januar 2015 folgt der Film nun endlich als 100. Blu-ray-Titel des Labels. In dem Set sind auch noch vier weitere Dokumentarfilme Lanzmanns enthalten: „A Visitor from the Living / Un vivant qui passe“ [F / BRD 1999], „Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4pm / Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures“ [F 2001], „The Karski Report / Le rapport Karski“  [F 2010] und „The Last of the Unjust / Le dernier des injustes“ [F / A 2013].
 
SHOAH AND 4 FILMS AFTER SHOAH, a series of films made by Claude Lanzmann as follow-ups to SHOAH (including THE LAST OF THE UNJUST) to be released on 26 January 2015.

Shoah is a work of genius from Claude Lanzmann, an heroic endeavour to humanise the inhuman, to tell the untellable, and to explore in unprecedented detail the horrors of the past. It is one of the most powerful and important, and greatest, films of all time. Premiering on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, alongside the four films Lanzmann made as follow-ups to Shoah, each of which explore in further depth specific aspects and events of the Nazis‘ extermination programme. These four films (including The Last of the Unjust, released theatrically on 9 January) will also be released as a standalone DVD set, entitled 4 Films After Shoah. Both Lanzmann box sets will be released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

UPDATE vom 29. November 2014
Das Blu-ray-Set wird übrigens mit einem 300-seitigem Buch ausgeliefert. Dies wurde von MoC auf Twitter verbreitet:

Also, in case this slipped by: Our Blu-ray box set SHOAH AND 4 FILMS AFTER SHOAH will include a 300-page book.

Stanley Donens Two for the Road erscheint im Januar 2015 bei Masters of Cinema

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Stanley Donens „Zwei auf gleichem Weg / Two for the Road“ [GB 1967] mit Audrey Hepburn und Albert Finney erscheint am 19. Januar 2015 bei Masters of Cinema als Dual-Format-Edition. Als Bonus gibt es den von der US-DVD bekannten Audiokommentar mit Stanley Donen und ein Interview mit Frederic Raphael, dem Drehbuchautoren des Films.
 
One of the great fims by Stanley Donen (Singin‘ in the Rain, Charade) after the studio era had come to a close, Two for the Road was a break-off with the old system, one which allowed Donen to further stretch his art, aided by screenwriter Frederic Raphael (Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut), in this tale of a couple voluntarily stretching themselves through the long period of their relationship.

Portrayed in fragments that span the couple’s time together in marriage, Two for the Road runs the course of a relationship (between Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) that finds a circumstantial come-together escalate into newlywed-status and, through a series of travails, into the serious situation of bearing a daughter. The disturbance of marriage, and/or life, is chronicled from here on.

After so many studio-system smash-hits, Two for the Road marked a reckoning for director Donen — which went on to influence directors like Jacques Rivette for its portrayal of a couple in interaction and its keen sense of duration across the length of their time together. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Stanley Donen’s Two for the Road for the first time on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition.

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Raymond Bernards Les misérables erscheint im Dezember 2014 bei Masters of Cinema

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Raymond Bernards “Die Verdammten / Les Misérables” [F 1934] wurde bereits bei der Verkündung der Titel für das 4. Quartal 2014 durch Masters of Cinema genannt. Mittlerweile sind weitere Details bekannt geworden. Der Film – der in 4K restauriert wurde – erscheint nun nicht mehr als Dual-Format-Edition, sondern als einzelne Blu-ray- und DVD-Sets. Diese werden am 8. Dezember 2014 in den Handel kommen. Details zur Bonusausstattung liegen derzeit leider nicht vor und werden vom Label zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nachgereicht.
 
The most thorough of all film adaptations of Victor Hugo’s immortal novel, Les misérables [The Wretched] was a triumph for director Raymond Bernard, one of the more overlooked filmmakers of the early French cinema.

Originally released in quick succession as three separate features in 1934, Bernard’s film recounts the story of the ex-convict Jean Valjean (Harry Baur) harried by the wicked Inspector Javert (Charles Vanel); of the virtuous Fantine (Florelle, née Odette Rousseau) who sells herself into prostitution for the welfare of her daughter Cosette (Gaby Triquet as the young girl Cosette, and Josseline Gaël as the young woman); and of intersections of these threads and more in an impressive rendering of Hugo’s stately tapestry.

Newly restored in 4K at its original length by Pathé, Les misérables is a major accomplishment on the level of storytelling, and a major component in the history of French film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Raymond Bernard’s magnum opus for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK, in a Dual Format edition.

DISC FEATURES

  • New presentation of the film in its complete length from the new Pathé 4K digital restoration
  • 40-PAGE BOOKLET with new and vintage writing, rare archival material, and more!
  • A host of extras to be announced soon

Die Masters of Cinema-Titel für das 4. Quartal 2014

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Eureka Entertainment hat heute die kommenden Masters of Cinema-Titel für das 4. Quartal 2014 bekannt gegeben.
 
Am 20. Oktober 2014 erscheint Federico Fellinis Fernseh-Film „Die Clowns / I clowns / The Clowns“ [I / F / BRD 1970] als Dual-Format-Edition.

One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the last several decades since its release as among the Maestro’s finest works — a thrilling spectacle once seen for the first time, and a picture which after multiple viewings easily takes its place alongside such classics as La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, La dolce vita, Satyricon, Amarcord… but in a register all its own.

I clowns plays out in dazzling colour and in episodic cascade, just as in Fellini’s late-60s-and-beyond films. As the circus rolls into town, and the big-tent is erected, the clowns execute their acts with feverish can-you-believe-it bravado. It’s all true — and yet not a „documentary“ per se; rather, something inbetween a dramatic-comedic portrayal of gags-at-play and the memoria of all that makes the spark for childhood inspiration to ignite into creative virtuosity… and/or into something like Federico Fellini.

One of the great and underacknowledged treasures of the cinema, I clowns takes its place alongside such films as Bergman’s Carnies‘ Twilight, Ophuls‘ Lola Montès, Étaix’s Yoyo, and Tati’s Parade as one of the grand portraits of the clowning circus, of a bygone era of the wandering entertainer. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Federico Fellini’s I clowns in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time in the UK.

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of feature on the Blu-ray, and in a progressive encode on the DVD
  • Fellini’s Circus — an essay-film about the picture by the great Italian critic and scholar Adriano Aprà
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • A 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring new writing about the film, rare archival imagery, and more!

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Die Details zur Madame DuBarry Dual-Format-Edition von Masters of Cinema

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Mittlerweile hat Masters of Cinema die Details zur hier bereits genannten Dual-Format-Edition von „Madame DuBarry„[D 1919, Ernst Lubitsch] bekannt gegeben. Das Set wird am 22. September 2014 in den Handel gelangen.
 
Before Ernst Lubitsch created his eminently sophisticated Hollywood sex comedies, he was at work in Germany perfecting his earliest entries into the genre, alongside sweeping ironic dramas based on historical events and often set in exotic locales. One of his earliest successes merged elements of both modes: Madame DuBarry.

A recounting-à-la-Lubitsch of the torrid affair between the title character (Pola Negri) and France’s King Louis XV (Emil Jannings, who would go on to portray Henry VIII in Lubitsch’s Anna Boleyn of the following year – a film that neatly bookends Madame DuBarry), the picture spans scandalous intrigue at the court and the ring of the guillotine among the riotous mobs of the Revolution.

Also included in this edition is Lubitsch’s earliest surviving film, the 1916 Als ich tot war [When I Was Dead], which stars the director himself in a lead role that involves his faked suicide and (prefiguring the later Die Puppe.) an infiltration of the domestic space whilst in disguise (not as an automaton, but as a servant). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Madame DuBarry and Als ich tot war in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of the main feature on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD
  • Original French/German intertitles with newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Lubitsch’s earliest surviving film, Als ich tot war [1916]
  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET

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Weitere Infos zu den Extras des Caligari-Sets von Masters of Cinema

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Mitte Juni hatte ich bereits über die am 29. September 2014 bevorstehende Veröffentlichung von Robert Wienes Stummfilmklassiker „Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari“ [D 1920] durch Masters of Cinema geschrieben. Zu dem Zeitpunkt war noch nicht bekannt, ob das Dual-Format-Set die Dokumentation „Dr. Caligari – Die Geburt des Horrors im Ersten Weltkrieg [aka: Caligari – Wie der Horror ins Kino kam]“ [D 2014, Rüdiger Suchsland], die auf der deutschen Blu-ray von Universum Film enthalten ist, aufweisen wird. Dies kann nun bejaht werden. Somit bietet die deutsche Blu-ray zwar ein exklusives Making of über die Restaurierung, das bessere Bonuspaket beinhaltet meiner Meinung nach jedoch das britische Set.

  • New high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
  • Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
  • Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema: a new 52 Minute documentary on the film.
  • Re-release trailer
  • PLUS: A 56-page booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery