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knives
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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#51 Post by knives » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:41 am

About ten seconds into the Peter Hames appreciation on my disc the audio is cutting out. Anyone have this problem or a solution?

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#52 Post by Bikey » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:21 pm

knives wrote:About ten seconds into the Peter Hames appreciation on my disc the audio is cutting out. Anyone have this problem or a solution?
Don't know why you might be having this issue, knives; no one has mentioned it to us before and we've checked a few of the DIAMONDS discs here with us and there is no problem with the audio.
If your problem isn't resolved, let us know and we'll happily send you a fresh disc.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#53 Post by Cremildo » Wed May 09, 2018 10:19 pm


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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#54 Post by theflirtydozen » Wed May 09, 2018 10:20 pm

According to the Second Run Facebook page a blu-ray upgrade is coming later in 2018!

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#55 Post by Calvin » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:38 am


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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#56 Post by bunuelian » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:21 pm

This looks great.

I don't often double dip, but when I do, it's Second Run.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#57 Post by MichaelB » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:37 pm

I'm not at liberty to reveal full specs, but I understand that the package will be a fair bit more extensive than the old DVD in terms of extras.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#58 Post by MichaelB » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:19 pm

The Blu-ray is now confirmed for January 2019.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#59 Post by Boosmahn » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:29 pm

I really ought to start researching these Second Run releases... I've never bought anything from them before.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#60 Post by zedz » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:14 pm

You really should. Diamonds of the Night is one of the best films ever made, and it’s far from alone in the Second Run catalogue.

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45 Diamonds of the Night

#61 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:16 pm

In all seriousness, I don’t think you can go wrong with any Second Run Blu-Ray, although the likes of Horse Money and Mysterious Object at Noon might be a challenge to the unprepared (outstanding though they are). But you absolutely can’t go wrong with any of their Czech and Hungarian titles, or indeed the superb Marc Isaacs box.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#62 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:13 pm

Specs from Amazon.

• Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci, 196) presented from a new 4K restoration from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive
• Jan Nemec s debut short film A Loaf of Bread (Sousto, 1960)
• All-new audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke.
• New filmed interview with Eva Lustigova, daughter of author Arno t Lustig.
• A filmed appreciation by Peter Hames
• Booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film.
• Trailer (2018)
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere on Blu-ray.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#63 Post by Boosmahn » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:32 am

What A Disgrace wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:13 pm
• Booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film.
I wonder who that could be??

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#64 Post by MichaelB » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:04 am

It's mostly the same essay as the one in the 2010 DVD edition, but updated to reflect Jan Němec's post-2010 career.

I re-read it for the first time in over eight years the other day and was pleasantly surprised - it's definitely one of the better booklets that I wrote for Second Run, with lots of stuff about Němec that was hard to get hold of elsewhere at the time. I still worked at the BFI then, so was able to call up tapes of ultra-rare things like his 1988 Channel 4 film Peace In Our Time?, which had the inspired idea of hiring a Czech director to present a decidedly jaundiced viewpoint on Neville Chamberlain (played by John Cleese).

Thankfully, I've dug up a fair bit more material since (not least a lot more behind-the-scenes production material, courtesy of post-2010 interviews with Němec and co-cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček), so I've been able to keep content overlap between booklet and commentary to a minimum.


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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#66 Post by RossyG » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:09 am

Not being listed on the HMV site for some reason.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#67 Post by Bikey » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:17 pm

Full details of our release now at our website

Special Features
• Presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Jan Němec’s debut short film A Loaf of Bread (Sousto, 1960).
• Audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke.
• New filmed interview with Eva Lustigová, daughter of author Arnošt Lustig.
• A filmed appreciation by Peter Hames.
• Trailer (2018).
• 20-page booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film.
• World Premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region Free Blu-ray (A/B/C).

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#68 Post by Bikey » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:14 am

"This multi-region Blu-ray release (a world premiere) marks a serious upgrade in the form of a new 4K digital restoration from the original negative. [...]

There’s also an exhaustive commentary from film historian Michael Brooke, who does an impressive job of directly comparing scenes in Diamonds with Lustig’s novella, reading out several passages from the latter. He traces Nemec’s cinematic influences – Robert Bresson, Luis Buñuel and Alain Resnais – and how they impacted the film. He’s also very good on the director’s life and career"

The first review of our new Blu-ray edition of DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT is in from The Digital Fix

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#69 Post by MichaelB » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:22 am

I really cannot stress enough how big an upgrade this is. I initially developed the commentary to a rip of the old DVD, and when Second Run sent me an MP4 of the restoration it was like scraping a thick layer of dust off the screen - and it looks even better in the final version. Detail and texture are critically important when it comes to full appreciation of this film as Jan Němec intended - it's a really extraordinarily tactile piece of work.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#70 Post by nitin » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:30 pm

Is it possible to buy this directly from somewhere as amazon, HMV, base do not ship to Australia?

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#71 Post by Cremildo » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:12 am

nitin wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:30 pm
Is it possible to buy this directly from somewhere as amazon, HMV, base do not ship to Australia?
Second Run have their own online store.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#72 Post by charal » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:55 am

I ordered it direct from SR before its release date and received it here in Adelaide on Friday care of Royal Mail. Like other boutique UK labels SR will ship the item much earlier than its retail release date. In this instance my order was posted 10 days ago. My copy of Indicator’s LAST MOVIE shipped the following day. You get nominal postage to Oz but you pay full price (no GST however).

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#73 Post by nitin » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:42 pm

Thank you both.

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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#74 Post by Bikey » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:10 am


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Re: 45 Diamonds of the Night

#75 Post by Bikey » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:54 pm

"We get an excellent new audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke and he gives some overwhelmingly deep analysis mentioning Bresson, Bunuel, Tarkovsky and his comments substantially enhanced by feelings toward the film. Great work, Michael. Probably the best commentary I've heard of the early year. [...]
The 4K restoration is a must-own for any world-cinema fans. The extensively improved Blu-ray a/v and Brooke commentary make this one of my favourite releases of the year - and it gets our strongest endorsement."
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