Luis Buñuel on DVD

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#176 Post by david hare » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:30 pm

A link to the Oz disc.

Note it's an NTSC encode, and ORT 80 minutes. I cant' get my hands on a rental copy at the moment, but I can only say Shock's Chien Andalou and Las Hurdes was a terrific disc - best print of Hurdes Ive seen, and with optional subs.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#177 Post by tavernier » Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:06 pm

Las Hurdes is (finally) coming from Microcinema in 2011

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#178 Post by blvdducinema » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:12 am

Some of the DVDs mentioned seem outated (posts from almost 2 years ago). But...

I'm on a huge Buñuel kick right now. Own everything Criterion has released. What are the best quality DVDs with English Subtitles that I can get for the rest of his available filmography? Been swimming through Amazon and most of the descriptions don't say much.

Anyone know anything about these?

And then there's also this available copy of El Bruto.
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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#179 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:12 pm

Death in the Garden is currently viewable on Fandor.

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#180 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:02 pm

blvdducinema wrote:And then there's also this available copy of El Bruto.
I haven't seen that version, but framegrab comparisons make it clear that Mr Bongo's PAL edition is far superior. I posted framegrabs here.

Same goes for Susana.

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#181 Post by Gregory » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:31 pm

Death in the Garden is also on a pretty decent DVD from Microcinema. I just checked Amazon to make sure it's still available and saw that it's on sale for 60% off.

I'd second the recommendation for the Mr. Bongo editions of El Bruto and Susana and recommend them, especially with their prices, and exchange rates being what they are.

The BFI dual-format is very probably the best release L'Age d'Or and Chien Andalou will ever get.

This Australian disc, has Las Hurdes (Land WIthout Bread) and is probably well worth buying, now that it's seems Microcinema may not release it in R1 after all.

The Lionsgate 2-fer of Gran Casino and The Young Ones is worth picking up, especially if you don't mind buying from Amazon Marketplace sellers, which have it pretty cheaply.
Same goes for the VCI disc of Robinson Crusoe.

The situation with a lot of the Mexican films not mentioned is a bit more complicated, and I'd have to review what's currently available. Or maybe someone else who's look for those recently can fill that in.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#182 Post by swo17 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Despite not being in HD, I think the version of Un chien andalou that comes with this book is better than the BFI. Compare: BFI vs. Filmoteca Española

And you can get Las Hurdes cheaper here. It's a different release than the one Gregory linked to, but it looks like it's by the same company, just excluding Un chien andalou.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#183 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:48 pm

Gregory wrote:The BFI dual-format is very probably the best release L'Age d'Or and Chien Andalou will ever get.
No argument at all about L'âge d'or. Unless an absolutely pristine source print comes to light, which is wildly implausible given this film's production and suppression history, it's hard to see how the BFI version could seriously be improved upon - it's in the correct aspect ratio, obviously from a 35mm source, and is the best I've ever seen the film look, including cinema screenings.

On the other hand, there's certainly room for improvement with Un chien andalou. The BFI's version was sourced from a visibly cropped 16mm dupe of Buñuel's own 1960 sonorised version, so even a 35mm source would improve matters. It's certainly not bad, and since L'âge d'or is an essential purchase anyway there's no chance of wasting your money on the BFI edition - but it's not definitive.

Incidentally, the BFI dual-format release is region-free, so the Blu-ray should play on any player. The DVD is PAL, so might struggle with some non-European players/TVs, but should play fine on a computer.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#184 Post by Gregory » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:55 pm

Yep, Un Chien Andalou definitely could be improved on, but at this stage in the history of home video, I was doubtful sure it ever would be, especially with Facets holding it in R1. But then I'd missed the caps swo17 had posted from the Filmoteca Española disc, which seems like a great option (for those who can afford that book!).

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#185 Post by Documaniaque » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:44 am

Espagne 36, the compilation documentary about the Spanish civil war he supervised and wrote the commentary for (the montage itself is by Jean-Paul Le Chanois) is available on the Filmoteca box-set La Guerra Filmada. I have to say the image quality on this DVD is unbelievably bad, so much so I wondered if I might not be playing it wrong on my computer (though I'm guessing it's because the DVD was made out of a TV-show?). Anyway I was still grateful to see it.

Now if someone would only put out Triumph of Will...

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#186 Post by JPJ » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:18 pm

If you are talking about Riefenstahl documentary Synapse films released it years ago,still available as far as I know.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#187 Post by Documaniaque » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:47 pm

JPJ wrote:If you are talking about Riefenstahl documentary Synapse films released it years ago,still available as far as I know.
I was talking about the Bunuel mashup montage-documentary (made during the war while he worked at MoMA) alternating scenes from the Riefenstahl with Bertram's Feueurtaufe, the latter contradicting Hitler's talk about peace in the former...

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#188 Post by antnield » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Documaniaque wrote:
JPJ wrote:If you are talking about Riefenstahl documentary Synapse films released it years ago,still available as far as I know.
I was talking about the Bunuel mashup montage-documentary (made during the war while he worked at MoMA) alternating scenes from the Riefenstahl with Bertram's Feueurtaufe, the latter contradicting Hitler's talk about peace in the former...
Off-topic slightly, but Dylan Thomas also did his own take on Triumph of the Will, entitled These Are the Men (1943, co-directed with Alan Osbiston). Over footage of Hitler, et al he provides his own voice-overs detailing the real truths of life under Nazi rule which the assembled crowds nonetheless wildly applaud. It's a strikingly angry piece of British propaganda filmmaking made with the full endorsement of the Ministry of Information.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#189 Post by Kilgore » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:16 pm

Does anyone own the 26 dvd Bunuel boxset found currently on ebay? Cost is $60 and it only has english subs on about 18 of the dvds. But it includes a 2 disc Discreet Charm. I wonder whats on the 2nd disc.

Does anyone have any experience with this or any of the shady Chinese imports fornd on ebay? Do they have accurate subs? Do they just bootleg Criterion prints? Special features? Etc?

Thanks y'all!

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#190 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:34 am

Well, I'd assume the second disc is the second disc from the Criterion edition. They're just bootlegs of retail discs with added Chinese subs. They may have missing special features and re-encoded, lower-quality video, depending on whether they're DVD-5s or DVD-9s.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#191 Post by L.A. » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:01 am

Pathé has released La Fièvre Monte à El Pao (1959) on Blu-ray and English subtitles are promised.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#192 Post by Fred Holywell » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:38 am


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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#193 Post by motefuzz » Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:06 pm

Los Olvidados is screening at the Aero in LA this afternoon. Kino is listed under the title here. COULD IT BE THIS COULD ACTUALLY COME OUT OFFICIALLY IN THE US THIS DECADE?

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#194 Post by videozor » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:15 pm

Did anyone see or otherwise have an opinion on this edition of Land Without Bread (found on Amazon)?

https://www.amazon.com/Land-Without-Bre ... GM12BE&me=

Is there any other DVD edition advisable to buy?

Thanks!

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