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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:58 pm 
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I've been putting off these sets because I didn't want too much overlap with some of my R1 titles. However, I've just noticed that Optimum will be releasing most of the individual titles from these sets separately in late January. Here, for example, is the entry for the excellent Ice Cold in Alex. (Unfortunately, however, they don't seem to have any plans for releasing the films available only trhough the 12-disc set: The Way Ahead, etc.) So looks like it won't be until early February that I get around to checking these discs out.

If they're anything like the Ealing titles I've gotten so far though, they should be fine.


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Being the owner of Gaumont's LE DVDs of Louis Feuillade's FANTOMAS (1913-14) and Marcel L'Herbier's EL DORADO (1921), I know that only too well but, in the case of these upcoming Bunuels, since they are originally in Spanish and these are ostensibly French releases, I suppose that at least French subtitles will be included so that "Aucun Sous-Titre" bit must be wrong. I guess this is yet another case when all those French-language lessons in secondary school of 15 years ago come in handy...

You're certainly right about the Spanish Language titles - I'll buy them with French subs. But the French language pictures - la Mort en ce Jardin and la Fievre Monte a el Pao - will almost certainly not carry French subs. Just like the excellent Rene Chateau release of Cela s'Appelle l'Aurore - in fact all Rene Chateau's French language titles never carry French subs, although a couple, like en Cas de Malheur do have English subs!

Those wacky French folks!


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mario gauci wrote:
I'd like to ask about DEATH IN THE GARDEN (1956), however: since this one isn't in the Box Set, has this been cancelled or was it never officially announced anywhere? For the record, I still haven't gotten hold of the two latest Bunuel DVDs from Yume because of their hefty price tag. Does anybody know if the Yume catalogue gets discounted during one of those ongoing "World Cinema" offers from Play.com, Bensonsworld, HMV, etc.
Mario - Apologies for starting a hare on Death in the Garden - DVD Reviewer's news item included it in the boxset contents, wrongly it seems. As a London resident, I console myself with the news that it can be seen at the NFT Bunuel season in January 2007.

Other Yume Pictures' DVDs (Blind Beast, After Midnight) are reduced in current bargain sales at Play and Amazon UK, so presumably the Bunuels will be at some point.

P&p aside, the Bunuel box pre-order is even cheaper at Benson, HMV and Amazon UK than at Play.


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Optimum is releasing Besson's new flick Angel-A in january, anyone here seen it? I'm solely interested because of Rie Rasmussen at this point, just wondering if anyone can say it's worth the plunge.

http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/angel-a2.html


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Upcoming Optimum releases:

John Schlesinger's, Darling (hopefully with an anamorphic transfer this time)

The L-Shaped Room (hopefully with an anamorphic transfer this time)

Night Of The Eagle (aka. Burn, Witch... Burn!) (previously available as part of an expensive boxed set)

The Go-Between

John Sayles Collection: Lianna; Return of the Secaucus Seven; Brother from Another Planet (hopefully with the R1 commentaries)


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just a heads up: optimum titles are drastically reduced at sendit.com. Now's your chance to pick up some Godard...and of course if you don't have it yet, Whiskey Galore.

Also concerning Godard (albeit not Optimum), they have the AEye Weekend for under 7 pounds (finally ordered it).


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Thanks, skuhn! By the way, folks, here's the direct link


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Optimum's new double disc of Ran (with a new transfer) was hardly anticipated or, one would have thought, much needed, but DVD Beaver compares it and says "It also differs from Criterion Region 1 transfer, as Criterion has a richer, darker image, yet is more compressed than Optimum, as when you zoom in, Criterion reveals more visible compression artifacts than Optimum. To be honest, I do not recall the deep colors of Criterion from my theatrical experience many years ago. To me, there always have been a pale element to the colors, thus I am inclined to favor the Optimum."

Any thoughts on this pale element?

Added: DVD Times goes further in its comparison and comes out in favour of the Optimum


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Amazon.co.uk list an Optimum Godard boxset for March 5th 2007, containing:

ALPHAVILLE, PIERROT LE FOU, UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME, LE PETIT SOLDAT, A BOUT DE SOUFFLE, LA CHINOISE and MADE IN THE USA.

Six of these were available on two 3-disc 'Godard' sets, Warner with Canal logo at front of the films, gone out of print fast, and A bout de souffle was already an optimum. I presume this will just bump them all together at a bargain price, but who knows, will be interesting to see the Optimum website when the details are loaded.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:29 pm 
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Amazon.co.uk list an Optimum Godard boxset for March 5th 2007, containing:

ALPHAVILLE, PIERROT LE FOU, UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME, LE PETIT SOLDAT, A BOUT DE SOUFFLE, LA CHINOISE and MADE IN THE USA.

Thanks for the info - I was expecting this. That's four Warner boxsets I've got to sell on ebay now.

At first I wondered why Prenom Carmen isn't included since it was on the 2nd Warner set, but then I looked on amazon and it says this will be Vol.1. La Chinoise and A Bout de Souffle are already available as single discs from Optimum. Perhaps these sets will be collections of their existing Godard dvds with the addition of the films from the 2 Warner sets and a few others. Maybe Vol.2 will be a collection of later films - Detective, Prenom Carmen, Eloge de L'Amour, Notre Musique and more?


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That would be a perfect mix for volume two....

I really would like to see something done with Alphaville...

The other Warner box was Renoir. Perhaps Optimum will do that, with added Boudu & unknown others? Fingers crossed.


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DVDTimes posted Opitimum will be releasing the 9-Disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years on Feb 26th. Contents include:

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The films in this 9-disc set are: The Ring, Champagne, The Farmer's Wife, The Manxman, Blackmail, Murder!, The Skin Game, Rich and Strange and Number Seventeen.
Special features:
# Re-mastered with new soundtracks for The Ring, Champagne, The Farmer's Wife and The Manxman
# Alternative ending to Murder!
# Introductions to all films by Director / Film Historian Noel Simsolo
# Blackmail: Takes with Anny Ondra (Hitchcock's first ‘Blonde')
# 52-minute documentary: Hitchcock's Early Works with Claude Chabrol and Bernard Eisenschitz
# Scenes from the original silent version of Blackmail
# Picture galleries for all films

This looks to be the same as the Studio Canal 3 boxset release with the sole exclusion of Foreign Correspondent.


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i wrote a review of the Optimum "Ran" disc up now - basically, I prefer this transfer very slightly to the Criterion, for much the same reasons as on the DVD Beaver comparison.


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the hitchcock boxset looks like a dream! i got the first studio canal boxset so i know its wonderful! but it will be nice to have the introductions subtitled and the movies without forced french subtitles. and i will finaly ge skin game without buying the whole french box.


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Make of this what you will, but the new Optimum schedule has Gance's Napoleon and Austerlitz down as 28 May releases. Both £15.99.


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Make of this what you will, but the new Optimum schedule has Gance's Napoleon and Austerlitz down as 28 May releases. Both £15.99.

Which version of Napoléon? Something tells me this won't be the full Brownlow restoration with Carl Davis score in 5.1 surround...


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The Australian DVD of the Coppola version of Napoléon begins with the Studio Canal logo. Considering the connection between Optimum and Studio Canal I would think it has to be that version. It will still be a very welcome release but I'm dreaming of a DVD of the full Brownlow restoration. I'll most likely stick with my Australian DVD.


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Hopefully they really start pumping out HD titles. Their La Haine disc looks SO good.


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Optimum appear to be releasing Le Jour se lève later this year. I'm assuming that this will be a port of the gorgeous Studio Canal transfer on the French disc (making this release very welcome indeed). Also, there's a special edition of Peeping Tom on the way too.


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Given the Optimum/Universal/Studio Canal nexus the Carne will undoubtedly be a port of the Studio Canal.

Peeping Tom however is a problematic title - both the Criterion and the R2/R4 Universal discs (from the same master) are cropped to 1.78, poorly encoded, riddled with artefacting, and totally inferior to the French restoration DVD . Point is which one will Optimum get?

I feel extremely wary of UK Universal titles these days, after the Sirk box debacle with Magnificent Obsession. The other titles, including Tarnished Angels are not great transfers either, and look like they are tape sourced, and not progressive. Beaver's screencaps of the two Alan Ladd Noirs are similarly soft and underwhelming.
The question that arises is does Optimum get premium source prints, and/ or undertake substantial effort in encoding the sources? Certainly a label like Carlotta in France, which has been picking up "spare" Warner and Fox titles is delivering the goods bigtime with great transfers from beautiful source elements. And French Universal is doing nice work with titles unreleased in the UK or the US like Under Capricorn or the forthcoming Phantom Lady and Cobra Woman, both thru Carlotta.

Re Gary's caps - I can only say when I sent him caps for the Soda UK issue of Hotel du Nord he initially hesitated to use them because my images only rendered 80% of native resoluation. They did go through but his standards for caps are the highest on the net (whatever you think of his reviews). As anyone who's done caps themselves will know still frames in no way convery the same impression as the moving image and stils from, for instance Madame de which look superb, are belied by the cripplingly artefacted blurry image in motion.


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davidhare wrote:
Given the Optimum/Universal/Studio Canal nexus the Carne will undoubtedly be a port of the Studio Canal.

And the great thing about it is that Optimum releases drop in price pretty quickly in the UK and become very affordable (unlike this).


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Christ!

But it's been reissued in new packaging here - MINUS the English subs.

And the studios wonder why there's so much piracy.


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Peeping Tom however is a problematic title - both the Criterion and the R2/R4 Universal discs (from the same master) are cropped to 1.78, poorly encoded, riddled with artefacting, and totally inferior to the French restoration DVD . Point is which one will Optimum get?

Maybe I don't understand you but the institut lumiere edition had no restoration work done that I'm aware of, and review sites indicate that it's almost identical to the studio canal transfer.

Whatever shows up can't be worse than what's out there-- the Ian Christie commentary is sure to make it the best version available.


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Maybe my mind is disintegrating (like Maria Montez in Cobra Woman) but I recall TomPeeping (the evil twin of Peeping Tom?) either posted caps or attached links to DVDClassik caps which looked infintely nicer and cleaner (and correctly masked) than the Criterion/Universal (and presumably Studio Canal) versions. Certainly Institut Lumiere's versions of Red Shoes or Blimp don't appear to be restorations at all.


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Also Diary of a Country Priest in May. Interesting...


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