I also think it should be enforced only for films produced (in part, or wholly) in the UK, since that is really all the UK should be concerned about.
Following that line of reasoning to its logical conclusion:
No. You have not understood my posts. But I do not wish to hijack this thread further.
Now, Michael, forgive my confusion, but here you seem to say Mother Joan of the Angels is
from a restoration...
But since the Kadr Film Unit that produced this and many other Polish classics was rejuvenated a few years ago, they've embarked upon an ambitious digital restoration programme based on the 35mm materials in their vaults. This has already seen the reissue of twenty titles on unsubtitled Polish DVDs (see my earlier post
for a list), eight of which have been picked up for UK distribution, with at least one more to follow this year. Thankfully, because many of the directors and cinematographers are still alive, they've been extensively involved - in the case of Mother Joan
, the new restoration was signed off by the film's original cinematographer Jerzy Wójcik. I haven't seen the new restoration myself yet, but going from clips and the dramatic difference wrought by the transfers in Second Run's recent Polish Cinema Classics box compared with earlier VHS-quality releases I'm expecting a colossal improvement - certainly, it's unlikely that Second Run would have gone to the expense of their first reissue if they didn't have something to shout about.
And then here you seem to say it is not
Certainly, the transfers of Eroica, Night Train and Goodbye, See You Tomorrow in the box sets are noticeably inferior to the ones in Second Run's Polish Cinema Classics box, and the one for Mother Joan of the Angels, while certainly an advance on the old Second Run edition (somewhat heretically, I used it as my reference when preparing the video intro for the new Second Run edition!), clearly isn't any kind of restoration: it's just a better transfer of a still pretty ropey old print.
And then, in the same post:
To the best of my knowledge, the only other DVD release of this new restoration is the one that came out roughly a year ago in an unsubtitled book+DVD edition released by Gazeta Wyborcza.
But all this comes with the caveat that I haven't seen the new restoration myself yet.
And so I am confused, is this new DVD mastered from a restored source, or is this just a remaster transferred from the same source as the original Second Run DVD?