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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:49 am 
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Five disc Blu-ray boxed set to be released March 26.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:42 am 
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Wonderful and long overdue. I hope it includes his short films and not just features.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:55 am 
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From Amazon:

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Derek Jarman Volume 1: 1976-1986 (Blu-ray)

Derek Jarman sadly passed away from HIV-related complications in February 1994, but his legacy lives on. In the twenty years since his death, his work has lost none of its relevance.

Jarman's multi-faceted work is inspirational in its fearlessness, yet remains touchingly personal. The dynamism of these features evokes comparison with the bold romanticism of directors Ken Russell (an early champion) and Michael Powell, as well as artists Paul Nash and John Piper. But Jarman was also a subversive force in film. Through the provocativeness of Jubilee, The Tempest and The Angelic Conversation, he invoked Elizabethan occultist Dr John Dee and explored alchemical imagery, a subject in which he was well versed, while in Sebastiane and Caravaggio he revived key gay and homo-erotic figures from the past with edgy and unmistakeable style.

Derek Jarman's enduring legacy is celebrated in this lavish box set containing his first five features, newly scanned at 2K from original film elements, alongside an exciting array of new and archival extras.

Special features
Presented in High Definition for the first time
Extensive new and archive extras (Details TBC)
Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film, and full film credits
UK | 1976 - 1986 | colour | 461 minutes (+ extras) | 5 x BD50, Region B


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:04 pm 

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So, Sebastianeo through Caravaggio? I hope this includes his short. Aside from a disappointing view of Jubilee (which I've been meaning to rewatch) I've only seen and liked a few of his shorts so this is a welcome surprise


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:11 pm 
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It's outside the advertised timeframe, but Garden of Luxor (included on Kino's edition of The Tempest) would be a nice addition.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:16 pm 

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I really do hope they either include his shorts as extras, or release a stand alone set of his extras. BTW where are all these BFI releases announced?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:55 pm 
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Sebastiane is my favourite of all Jarman's films, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it getting the upgrade to Blu-ray, as it has always looked stunning even on VHS and DVD. Though of course you have to not be too ruffled by the eye-popping orgy sequence that kicks off the film (which I think is Jarman's all-male take on the riotous naughty nuns from Ken Russell's The Devils!) and be fully on board with the somewhat idyllic vision (at least until jealousy ruins it) of lots of buff and bearded naked men lying around in the sun, playing sports, making dirty jokes and washing each other, with long lingering shots of water (and finally blood) flowing down muscled bodies for the bulk of the running time! I have a sneaking suspicion that it was a big influence on Claire Denis' film Beau Travail also!

I'm assuming Caravaggio and The Angelic Conversation will be at the very least just an upgrade of the existing BFI DVDs, so I'll be especially curious as to what extras will be found for Sebastiane, The Tempest and Jubilee, all of which were released by Second Sight on DVD previously.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:09 pm 
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The most important extra would be "Imagining October", his 1984 short film made in the USSR. Apparently a very oblique homage to Eisenstein (but unfortunately I've not been able to see it anywhere so far).


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:38 am 
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(SEBASTIANE has been available on blu ray for years.)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:13 am 
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R0lf wrote:
(SEBASTIANE has been available on blu ray for years.)


True, but it's Region A locked so for those Region B locked folks this is no-brainer. I never bothered with the US release as I read sometime ago that the BFI was working on releasing Jarman's work and here is it. Can't wait for this set, not to mention volume two.

I'll sell off most of my DVDs. I say most because I have two copies of Jubilee. The Criterion and the British release. The Criterion looks better but is cropped and the British release has way more information in the frame so I have always kept the two. I'm hoping the BFI go with the British framing because the cropping in the Criterion is just so obvious - tops of hair do's cut off, etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:23 am 
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The PQ on both Kino BD-25s (The Tempest & Sebastiane) are pretty poor, but I'm not sure how much is due to the quality of the 8 & 16mm stock he used in his early films. Regardless, I don't doubt that BFI can improve on the quality & I'd love to ditch my Kino discs. After revisiting a few of his earlier works after not having seen them in over 2 decades, I'm not sure how much I want his complete output, as much of it felt dated & I had begun to wonder why I was so enamored in the 80s of his output, but I'm glad to see BFI giving it a proper treatment. I'd like to see solo releases of Caravaggio & Edward II on blu, maybe Sebastiane. It would also be nice if they did a stand-alone stacked blu-ray for Blue, the film that probably has the most potential for extras added to it, w/ perhaps the live performance, complete musical contributions that were used, perhaps alternate presentations with options for both a (pure) digital presentation of the color blue or the actual film (with imperfections in the film), as well as interviews with all involved in this project, as I don't see Mute doing anything with it. I also wonder if we'll get a separate shorts collection, as they predate 1976 & perhaps include the "home videos." I passed on the Raro DVDs, so I wouldn't mind seeing those. But that also begs the question if any of his music videos would be included. A separate issue of just the music videos would be nice, but I'm sure rights-clearing would make it difficult, so maybe only a few could be included.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:20 pm 
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Clearing the rights for music videos can sometimes be eye-watering. I remember the BFI wasn't at all happy with the price being asked for Jan Švankmajer's Another Kind of Love (which was owned by whichever UK record company commissioned it) and the then Head of Content summoned me to his office to ask whether it was absolutely essential that it be included. I said "Well, it's part of the official short-film canon, so how much do you want to be able to put the word 'Complete' on the box?". Thankfully, he agreed.

But that was just one music video; had it been more than one I suspect he'd have baulked - and I honestly wouldn't have blamed him. I forget the exact amount, but per second it was by far the most expensive item on those discs.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:54 pm 
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Lowry_Sam wrote:
It would also be nice if they did a stand-alone stacked blu-ray for Blue

Imagine the colour timing arguments!

I think Blue could usefully be paired with his other final film, Glitterbug, which works well as a complementary bookend.


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