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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:28 am 
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Jia Zhangke has become widely regarded as one of world cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers and a leading figure of the Sixth Generation movement of Chinese cinema. This collection presents three of Jia’s most compelling works together on DVD and Blu-ray.

In 24 City (2008) Jia skilfully combines documentary and fiction film as he charts the transformation of a military hardware factory into a complex of luxury flats, and the social impact this has.

The Cannes prize-winner A Touch of Sin (2013) focuses on four people living across China who are driven to acts of violence. An angry miner, enraged by corruption in his village; a migrant who discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm; a receptionist at a sauna who is pushed to the limit by a client, and a young factory worker drifting through the foreign-owned factories and nightclubs of the south.

Jia’s eighth feature film, Mountains May Depart (2015) is an intimate and moving drama spanning several decades which charts the impact of China’s capitalist experiment on the lives of one family.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Limited Edition Dual Format collection featuring exclusive content [2000 copies]
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of each film
Original 5.1 surround sound audio (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-rays) for each film
Three interviews with director Jia Zhangke on each film, by critics including Scott Foundas and Tony Rayns
Introductions to each film by Tony Rayns
From Fenyang to the World: a visual essay on Jia Zhangke, looking in particular at his style and evolution as a filmmaker, by author Michael Berry
Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (2014, 105 mins), a feature length documentary on the life and work of the director by celebrated filmmaker Walter Salles [Limited Edition Exclusive]
Trailers
Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow for all films
Booklet featuring new writing on the films by Chris Berry, Geoffrey Macnab, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Tony Rayns [Limited Edition Exclusive]

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:49 am 

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This just might be worth it for Salles documentary. I wish they managed to obtain the rights to his earlier films though


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:15 pm 
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dda1996a wrote:
This just might be worth it for Salles documentary. I wish they managed to obtain the rights to his earlier films though


Last I checked, Still Life is with BFI and the Hometown Trilogy (Unknown Pleasures/Platform/Pickpocket) are with Artificial Eye. Perhaps they will upgrade them to Blu-ray at some point, or lose the rights and a label like Arrow can pick them up.

In the meantime, this is great news. No idea why the original distributor of Mountains May Depart and the Salles doc - New Wave Films - lost the rights to them, and same goes for 24 City (which they released on DVD). Perhaps Arrow made them an offer for them, so they could reissue A Touch of Sin alongside them and produce this box set. Either way I'm happy to get them, especially since it means new extras and a booklet as well. Even the price is very agreeable!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:50 pm 
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Also, the three Artificial Eye titles probably aren't "HD-ready," so to speak (i.e. no existing HD masters). There was also that Tony Rayns piece in Cinema Scope saying that Jia was planning a definitive cut of Platform, but it's been five years since and I've heard nothing else about it. Both this and Xiao Wu strike me as the sort of thing the Film Foundation might take on if Jia weren't so damned busy these days.

The Salles documentary is okay but frankly feels redundant after Damien Ounouri's Xiao Jia Going Home. Maybe I should regard them both as part of an overarching Up-type project where some documentarian accompanies Jia back to his hometown every ten years and we get to see how it's changed. I do wish they had added one or two of Jia's many shorts (am I ever going to see The Hedonists?).


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:12 pm 

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Well I didn't know where I could see either doc, so getting at least one of them released is an improvement


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:03 pm 
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Kino Lorber released the Salles doc in the U.S., though they issued it as a standalone DVD-only release instead of doing the nice thing and including it as an extra on Mountains May Depart. (It's also on Netflix U.S.) Xiao Jia Going Home is on the French DVD of Still Life but doesn't seem to have had any English-subbed release outside of the festival/retrospective circuit.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:19 pm 

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Never seen any of his films. Very eager to get this box.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:33 pm 
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Some of his earlier films might be a better starting point...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:59 pm 
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Touch of Sin wouldn't be a bad place to start, but 24 City is a non-narrative hybrid of documentary and scripted interviews (with actors you may or may not recognize depending on your familiarity with Chinese film). It's actually closer to Jia's other work than sounds on paper, but I would not recommend starting with it.

The first two segments of Mountains May Depart aren't a bad entry point, but even the film's fans (of which I count myself) have to acknowledge the cringeworthy ESL dialogue and acting in the last segment.

The World (available on a region free Blu from MoC) is a better starting point, or Still Life.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:38 pm 
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I actually loved the use of ESL in it. Still, on narrative grounds, its a mess. A super compelling mess, but a mess all the same.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:17 pm 
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There are a number of movies that feature natural sounding English dialog by characters who are not entirely comfortable with English. In all these, the directors clearly told the performers not to worry about memorizing lines or making mistakes, but just to convey what needed to be conveyed in the way that seemed most comfortable to them. Consequently, the dialog feels "real" despite any imperfections. Best of these -- HUR Jin-ho's A Good Rain Knows. Unfortunately, Jia does not seems to have used this sort of method in MMD.


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