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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:57 pm 
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Jeux Interdits / Forbidden Games - French Studio Canal disc

It must be around 2 years ago now that I saw the French disc of this wonderful Clement film. I remember a thread on one of the old Criterion boards about how there were missing scenes from the end of the film.

I seem to remember it was Flixy who first brought this up? Can't remember.

I saw the film again recently, along with the alternate ending extra, and wondered exactly what the beef was again? Anybody?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:12 pm 
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Wasn't me Nick (maybe you were thinking of the Studio Canal Bete Humaine with the Hakim Bros "alternative" murder scene. )

In fact I never got around to picking up the Clement - is this a subbed disc also? And what were the missing scenes? (More detective work?)

A propos I did notice a new (?) St Canal disc of Gervaise in Paris in June but again didn't notice if it was subbed (if a recent Studio Canal title almost certainly not.)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:15 pm 
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I'm not getting it confused with the murder scene in LA BETE HUMAINE. I definitely remember hearing about missing scenes in Studio Canal's JEUX INTERDITS, to do with the little girl, I think. Can anybody remember?

(Yes, the French disc has English subs)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:38 am 
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Studio Canal

Along with MK2, this is my absolute favorite labels of French classics and contemporaries. Well worth a thread by itself.


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This week they release what might be the definitive edition of My name is nobody, with commentary track by Valerii in Italian, documenatries, etc.


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This new edition of Partie de campagne looks rather lovely. Loads more extras (including twice the quantity of tests, alternate & discarded takes) than the BFI (forced subtitles) version.


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i make it over 3 hours of extras, very nice.

the standard for extras is definitely continuing to rise, i think largely thanks to criterion setting the standard others now feel they have to match.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:29 pm 
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Studio Canal seem to have high standards in regard to transfers - and extras, when they put their minds to it. Also, when they release certain titles in France, it is sometimes a good indication that we will see a similar DVD release in the USA or the UK, from the same hi-def master. Quite a few Criterion transfers have actually originated from SC masters, with some subtle tweaking, I believe.

Their Bunuel Collection looks amazing, but their La Belle et la Bete isn't listed yet.


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Wow - the Bunuel coffrets look a gas - It would be marvellous to replace the Spanish DVD of The Young One and the very disappointing BFI Tristana with good transfers!! (more shopping money for June!)

Of course Studio Canal are now doing little, if any English sub-titling.


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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 6:29 pm 
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Optimum Releasing

Have just been bought by Canal +


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Will this mean eventually all Studio Canal titles will be released thru Optimum in UK/Ireland, rather than licensing to other distribution companies, I wonder?


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 12:01 pm 
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Yes, that's the whole point.

Studio Canal haven't been licensing anything to UK companies for over a year because they had been working out how they could setup themselves in the UK.


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 12:34 pm 
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So they will be able to use the same transfers and masters as their French issues, just altering menus and packaging and adding Eng subs...

Things like their recent Coffret Renoir could be ported across easily...

[quote]StudioCanal deal will help Optimum become bigger

Geoffrey Macnab in London 05 May 2006 09:00

Further details have emerged of how UK distributor Optimum Releasing is going to expand following its acquisition by French major, StudioCanal.

Optimum's managing director Will Clarke refused to say how much StudioCanal paid for the company he founded in 1999, but rival distributors were speculating that it could have been as much as $31.7m (Euros 25m). Whatever the true figure, it is a huge return on the $22,190 (£12,000) that Chairman Paul Higgins invested to get the company off the ground seven years ago.

“It's a decent amount of money for the operation we've built,â€


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:18 pm 
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ellipsis7 wrote:
Note: Optimum said it now plans to release up to 400 DVD titles this year alone.

This will take a small bite out of that number:

DVD Times wrote:
Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection for 2nd October 2006 priced at £119.99. Made in the 1940s and 1950s, the films in this set feature the best of British actors such as Alec Guinness, Sid James, Dennis Price, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Frankie Howard, James Fox, Michael Redgrave and Joan Greenwood. As well as the much-loved classic comedies, this definitive collection includes less well known Ealing efforts such as spooky thriller Dead of Night and Dickens' classic Nicholas Nickleby. These English classics have hugely influenced filmmaking in the UK and around the world and have become an important part of world celluloid history.

The films included in this 16-disc set are: Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man in the White Suit, The Magnet, Passport to Pimlico, The Titfield Thunderbolt, Whisky Galore, Champagne Charlie, Dead of Night, The Maggie, Scott of the Antarctic, Nicholas Nickleby, Went the Day Well, Hue and Cry and It Always Rains on a Sunday.

Each title comes to this box set fully restored and will also be available separately on 13th November 2006.

Source: DVD Times


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Thanks for that, Matt. I wonder if the set will include the special edition of Whisky Galore with all the extras? If some of them remain bare-bones, then there's probably no reason to update the fine R1 Anchor Bays, but quite a few have not seen light in R1 (Scott of the Antarctic, It Always Rains on Sunday, etc.).

BTW, Optimum's Classics page has been updated, and they list the Ealing stuff. Apparently, there will be several smaller boxsets in addtion to the big one. Also, they're re-releasing some of the war films that Warner gave rather disappointing R2 releases (Ice Cold in Alex, etc.). Hope these re-releases will be markedly improved.


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Optimum appear to be releasing Night and the City next year. Wasn't this supposed to be released in the UK by BFI? I remember seeing it in one of their catalogues a while ago.


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But thats not the Dassin, its the so-called remake!


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I wouldn't be too hopeful here. Universal has been releasing Studio/Canal DVDs for a while in Australia, and most of the time we get no extras and edited films (just bought Cronenberg's "The Brood" yesterday, only to discover after a quick search of the internet that it's the edited version. Needless to say, I'll be taking that back to the store and getting the Region 1)


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But thats not the Dassin, its the so-called remake!

This is very true. I have no idea why I didn't check the link. #-o


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Recently received and watched Optimum's (re-)release of the classic and influential Ealing crime drama The Blue Lamp, and I must say I was very pleased. Unedited print in near-pristine condition, though no extras for one of the key post-war British films. Looks like it's superior to the earlier R2 release by Warner. This bodes well for the Optimum-StudioCanal partnership, and I'll be picking up some more of the Ealing titles they're releasing individually next week.


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I have been meaning to check out The Blue Lamp, since I read the DVD Beaver review. Gordon Dines (The Cruel Sea) was the cinematographer and the art direction was by Jim Morahan (The Ladykillers, The Cruel Sea, The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore!, Witchfinder General). According to the IMDb, this was the first (British? what about USA?) film to include the word "bastard", which wouldn't surprise me for 1950.


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Two quick announcements:

1.) I've posted in the Joseph Losey thread that Optimum will be releasing The Go-Between in late January.

2.) For Gordon and anyone else who's interested, BlahDVD seem to be having a special on the individual Ealing titles Optimum released on Monday. Most of the titles are 5.99 (with free shipping).


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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...


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Since that link doesn't give an audio language and format, I'm guessing the entry hasn't been completed yet.

Because if it genuinely had no subtitles whatsoever, this means that the set must be in dubbed French - and I can't see that being too popular with what I presume is Gaumont's target market!


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Can anyone comment on the quality of the recently released War Collection sets (3 x 3 films, or 1 x 12 films)?


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