Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#326 Post by swo17 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:21 pm

foe wrote:Unfortunately it wasn't packed by a sensible human being (put inside a huge box with a piece of paper scattered next to) which resulted in 2 small dents. On top of that the cover is scratched ](*,) Due to the fact that now amazon.es doesn't want to send the replacement and the only option I can go for is a refund after sending the box set back to them I decided to keep it.
I was able to get a replacement for this item recently from Amazon.es, though I had to email customer service about it directly as opposed to requesting a return within "my orders."

I wonder how many people have received copies of this set where the black box at the end that contains the teabags isn't hopelessly crushed. It almost seems as if the box were designed by a team of engineers for this specific purpose.

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#327 Post by perkizitore » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:57 pm

Amazon.es has atrocious customer service compared to its British and American counterparts, I had to beg them for a refund on a bootleg blu-ray while kindly explaining why returning it is a waste of both my time and their money!

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#328 Post by Perkins Cobb » Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:24 am

Is this out of print now? It seems to have suddenly gone missing from all the Amazons, apart from some pricy third party sellers.

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#329 Post by perkizitore » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:41 am

Technically this was OOP from the beginning since it's a limited edition, although it seems Amazon is OOS atm, Potemkine still has stock.

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#330 Post by rrenault » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:38 am

Potemkine's going to be releasing a standalone blu of Ma Nuit chez Maud next week. I'm assuming only the set that contains his entire filmography is a limited edition. FWIW, it's in stock on Amazon France at the moment.

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#331 Post by rrenault » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:15 am

I don't know where else to ask this, but does Potemkine have its own thread on here?

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#332 Post by GaryC » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:27 am

This thread is as good as any to note that the BFI Southbank in London will be holding a Rohmer retrospective in January. How complete it will be, I don't know yet - twenty-three cinema features plus quite a few shorts is a lot to fit into a month's schedule. I do know that if they do show The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediathèque I will see that if it's at all possible for me to get there, as that's the one of the twenty-three I haven't seen before. (And I've seen fourteen of the others in a cinema in 35mm.)

Given the recent Blu-ray releases, meaning that HD masters exist, I suspect many of the films will be shown in DCP rather than 35mm, but we'll see.

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#333 Post by GaryC » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:11 am

As an addendum to the above, the Rohmer retrospective is over two months. January covers the first half of his career, up to The Marquise of O... and an extended run of The Green Ray. There's a note saying they had hoped to show Perceval in January but can't for unexplained reasons, but hope to in March.

Also in the season is a talk by Geoff Andrew and a programme of two shorts (Bérénice and The Kreutzer Sonata), with the Place de l'Etoile section of Paris vu par... showing with The Sign of Leo. Also showing are four programmes of Rohmer's TV documentaries, which it bills as "first UK screenings" - which I suppose is accurate, though three of them (Entretien sur Pascal, Metamorphoses du paysage and Louis Lumière) have appeared as extras on UK DVDs.

Given the recent Blu-ray restorations and French boxset, it's not a surprise that everything is apparently showing as DCPs - no 35mm prints at least so far.

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#334 Post by criterionsnob » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:13 pm

Huge price drop on Coffret Rohmer intégral - EUR 146,23 at amazon.fr. This is by far the cheapest I've ever seen it, so I finally splurged.

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#335 Post by GaryC » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:10 am

GaryC wrote:As an addendum to the above, the Rohmer retrospective is over two months. January covers the first half of his career, up to The Marquise of O... and an extended run of The Green Ray. There's a note saying they had hoped to show Perceval in January but can't for unexplained reasons, but hope to in March.

Also in the season is a talk by Geoff Andrew and a programme of two shorts (Bérénice and The Kreutzer Sonata), with the Place de l'Etoile section of Paris vu par... showing with The Sign of Leo. Also showing are four programmes of Rohmer's TV documentaries, which it bills as "first UK screenings" - which I suppose is accurate, though three of them (Entretien sur Pascal, Metamorphoses du paysage and Louis Lumière) have appeared as extras on UK DVDs.

Given the recent Blu-ray restorations and French boxset, it's not a surprise that everything is apparently showing as DCPs - no 35mm prints at least so far.
Make that three months - the season concludes in March, and I'm not sure if the showings of The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque are the first ones available to the public in the UK. I don't remember it showing at the London Film Festival, but it may have shown elsewhere. I'm intending to see that one, as it's the only Rohmer cinema feature I haven't yet seen.

It has been all DCPs so far, though the March showings of The Lady and the Duke, Triple Agent and The Romance of Astréa and Celadon will be from 35mm prints.

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#336 Post by Cronenfly » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:39 pm

criterionsnob wrote:Huge price drop on Coffret Rohmer intégral - EUR 146,23 at amazon.fr. This is by far the cheapest I've ever seen it, so I finally splurged.
Has this been a satisfying purchase for most? I already have the Arrow and Criterion sets, and my French skills are non-existent, so this has been a hard sell for me up until this point. I like Rohmer well enough, but this seems like a bit of a faberge egg for the non-French speaker, at least on paper (and unless the transfers are more definitive than reports so far would indicate).

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#337 Post by warren oates » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:46 pm

Um, yeah, like, extremely satisfying. Have you not read any of the many other posts about it? All the feature films have English subs. Most are on Blu-ray, especially some of the smaller titles I'd imagine are least likely candidates for U.S. or U.K. Blu releases, like The Aviator's Wife.

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#338 Post by Cronenfly » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:02 am

I guess I was a bit concerned by the interlacing/questionable aspect ratio discussions that have swirled around the release. The reports about the set I've read, here and elsewhere, seem more enthused about the set as a beautiful object in itself than as a fully competent rendering of the films themselves, so I just wanted to double check that the transfers measure up.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#339 Post by warren oates » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:06 am

Well, it's hardly "demo" material, especially given the limitations of the way many of these films were shot, but it's not some A/V debacle either. So many of the films look better than they ever have, a lot of them likely -- for a long while at least -- better than they ever will. I wouldn't hesitate to the pull the trigger if you're a Rohmer fan, which to me at least means someone looking for beautiful films rather than pristine images.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#340 Post by swo17 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:43 am

Some of the transfers could be improved upon, yes, but this set still warms my heart whenever I'm near it.

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#341 Post by Cronenfly » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:57 am

Good to hear-I know it can come off as pedantic to raise such concerns, but when one already owns a good chunk of the films in watchable editions, and when so many of the bonus features are out-of-bounds due to language constraints, it is hard not to look for reasons to avoid laying down what is still a fairly large sum of money (almost certainly with customs sting to boot, potential postal destruction, etc). Might just have to do with a contact high on this one...

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#342 Post by jsteffe » Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:10 am

I purchased this set for our library and have looked at many of the films on Blu-ray. In just about every case they are a marked improvement compared to other editions, even taking into account the valid concerns about aspect ratios and encoding for a few titles. I'm really picky about these things, and I'm still very glad we went through the trouble to acquire it. Sure, some of the discs could have been done better, but there is so much here to admire!

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#343 Post by StevenJ0001 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:54 am

criterionsnob wrote:Huge price drop on Coffret Rohmer intégral - EUR 146,23 at amazon.fr. This is by far the cheapest I've ever seen it, so I finally splurged.
Thanks for the tipoff!!! I splurged as well--finally!

I can't imagine a set like this ever being produced again, given the uncertain future of physical media.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#344 Post by StevenJ0001 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:57 pm

While I anxiously await my set's arrival (hopefully in good condition after its long journey!), I'm wondering which films are considered to be in the incorrect aspect ratio. I have read this whole thread but my memory is failing me, and going through the thread again is a daunting proposition.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#345 Post by domino harvey » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:16 pm

Pretty much everything but Pauline at the Beach is supposed to be Academy, with Pauline at 1.66, I think? My memory of this from years back (before this box set even happened) could be faulty

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#346 Post by cinemartin » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:31 pm

I think Signe du Lion is correct at 1:66 as well.

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#347 Post by swo17 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:32 pm

Aviator's Wife is incorrectly at 1.66:1 in this set.

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#348 Post by criterionsnob » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:56 pm

My set arrived and I had to share a few pictures.

What a thing of beauty this is in person! A few discs were dislodged in transit, but no scratches. I'm looking forward to this set giving me years of viewing pleasure.

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#349 Post by EddieLarkin » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:13 pm

A Tale of Springtime, The Green Ray and Rendez-vous in Paris are also 1.66:1 in the set, though I wouldn't know if they are right. Are there any resources for what the correct aspect ratios are?

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#350 Post by GaryC » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:14 pm

EddieLarkin wrote:A Tale of Springtime, The Green Ray and Rendez-vous in Paris are also 1.66:1 in the set, though I wouldn't know if they are right. Are there any resources for what the correct aspect ratios are?
I've only ever seen A Tale of Springtime in 1.66:1, which was shot in 35mm. According to the film can when it was shown at University, The Green Ray (shot in 16mm) should be 1.37:1, but I did see it in 1.66:1 in the cinema. If I remember rightly, I did see Rendez-vous in Paris (another 16mm-shot film) in 1.66:1 in the cinema but the Artificial Eye DVD is 4:3. The film can for The Aviator's Wife (also 16mm-originated) said 1.37:1, so that's the ratio I projected in, also at University.

All the Nestor Almendros-shot features are 1.37:1 except Pauline at the Beach, which is indeed 1.66:1 - as per the filmography in his book A Man with a Camera.

The Lady and the Duke is the widest Rohmer feature - shot digitally, intended for 1.85:1.

The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque, which I saw tonight, was shot in 16mm and the DCP was in 1.37:1 and that did look correct.

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