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Re: Arrow Films

#1351 Post by Anthony Thorne » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:05 pm

What re-release? Where was this mentioned? They could benefit from doing a new scan, it's true.

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#1352 Post by Cronenfly » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:26 pm

I would say that, until proven otherwise, it is most likely a Blu-only slim-down of their old release. Otherwise I imagine there would have been quite a bit more fanfare surrounding the news. Link here.

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#1353 Post by rapta » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:25 pm

colinr0380 wrote:Maybe also a Blu-ray release of Lucile Hadzihalilovic's film Evolution. It was one of Metrodome's last releases, but they only managed to get it out on DVD. Perhaps pair it with Innocence, which was an old Tartan Video release!
Yes! Sorry, that's another I hope gets picked up (or has been picked up). I have been meaning to see it all year, and saw the DVD in my local Sainsbury's at one point (for a fiver), but held off when I realised a title like this might get snatched up by a more caring distributor.

I say "more caring" because I bought the Metrodome DVD release of Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve) recently and the encode was pretty rough for a modern film. Would be grateful for a UK Blu-ray of that one, as well as The Chaser (Na Hong-jin), Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green), The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella), and Palo Alto (Gia Coppola), but not sure any of those would come from any of the major UK labels (though perhaps Artificial Eye or Soda may be interested).

One other Metrodome title I'd like to see Arrow Video pick up is De Palma's Passion. I wonder how likely that is though, given that it is quite a recent title and they might be stuck as far as extras go, having put so much into their previous releases of his films. He is pretty popular at the moment though, so they would be wise to go for it and find an angle to make it an Arrow Video release.

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#1354 Post by Ribs » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:15 pm

Here's a brief sizzle reel for Arrow Academy US showing some peeks at the new restos (Ludwig doesn't look great, sadly), but most tantalizing is a series of short clips of what's to come at the end, presumably including some unannounced releases (some of which, based on appearances, seem likely to be the follow-up to Yoshida.) Can anyone identify any of them?

(Or are they all just past UK releases? Two of the snippets are certainly from Three Brothers.)
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#1355 Post by domino harvey » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:16 pm

I guarantee Ludwig looks better than it ever did shoved onto one DVD

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#1356 Post by criterionsnob » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:37 pm

Does anyone know what film it is with Joe Dallesandro on the motorcycle in this clip?

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#1357 Post by rockysds » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:05 pm

It's Merry-Go-Round which will presumably either get a US standalone or get packaged with Duelle/Noroit.

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#1358 Post by Ribs » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:08 pm

The images of Mariko Okada are from Eros + Massacre, which is strange, considering I have a hard time imagining the set being rereleased would get many more sales than the currently region free release which seems to have had sales slow to a halt.

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#1359 Post by Calvin » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:11 pm

I wonder if the Academy expansion will lead to Arrow doing more of their own restorations for that line?

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#1360 Post by domino harvey » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:48 pm

That just leaves a shot of a bearded Phillippe Noiret

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#1361 Post by Ribs » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:52 pm

As I said, that was from Three Brothers (as is the preceding shot of the older man). So I guess there's no update, really - just stuff we already have coming to the US!

Considering this month's huge slate I hope the Academy range is able to really thrive in the US but I hope it's not just a bunch of rereleases for a few months.

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#1362 Post by kekid » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:48 pm

I have two box sets of Claude Chabrol films from Arrow. Is there a reason they have not considered these for Blu-ray?
For me, these are the vintage Chabrols. So many of the lesser Chabrols have been released on Blu-ray, while these have suffered neglect.
A boxed set of 10 or more Chabrols from Arrow, similar to their Fassbinder collection, would be wonderful. Let us hope this happens in 2017.
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#1363 Post by domino harvey » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:59 pm

I'm with you. I'd love to see a massive Chabrol Blu-ray box. Now there's a huge box I'd gladly take a mortgage out for. I think the reason is obvious though-- these films all look like garbage in every home video release and would need some massive restoration

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#1364 Post by jsteffe » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:28 am

I have Arrow's Fassbinder box set and love it dearly, but it couldn't hope to compete with a Blu-ray set of prime Chabrol films from 1968-1975.

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#1365 Post by swo17 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:18 am

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#1366 Post by MichaelB » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:02 am

domino harvey wrote:I'm with you. I'd love to see a massive Chabrol Blu-ray box. Now there's a huge box I'd gladly take a mortgage out for. I think the reason is obvious though-- these films all look like garbage in every home video release and would need some massive restoration
Nail on head. Presumably the French will get round to it at some point.

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#1367 Post by Cronenfly » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:22 am

Is there any reason, beyond maybe just being poorly cared for overall, that so many of the Chabrols have appeared in such dire shape on home video?

Never ceases to amaze me the gap that can exist in terms of how much better/worse off a given set of films can be handled, even those otherwise emerging from the same country/time period. I guess there have been some shitty Godard and Truffaut releases as well (memories of Pox Lorber...), but most of those have long since been rectified.

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#1368 Post by kekid » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:27 am

I believe Chabrol has a lot broader appeal to filmgoers than say someone like Godard (named here only as one example). This is not to minimize Godard's achievements, but a large corpus of his work is mostly of interest to critics and serious film students, not ordinary public. Hence I am astonished that the people who allocate resources to restoring various films have neglected Chabrol. It makes neither artistic nor commercial sense. Time to recognize this and correct it!

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#1369 Post by Ribs » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:49 am

I get the impression Chabrol has never been especially strong commercially, nor have any of his individual films really become these all-time classics from critics' spheres to provoke much more interest. Weirdly, Rivette's now much better represented on BD (and this will only grow what with the Cohen deal for most of his later stuff). I'm fairly surprised more hasn't happened with Chabrol given the CNF had enough money to do two separate HD restorations of all of Rohmer's films so you'd think they'd find room in their budget for these films that should have at least broadly similar appeal.

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#1370 Post by MichaelB » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:30 pm

kekid wrote:I believe Chabrol has a lot broader appeal to filmgoers than say someone like Godard (named here only as one example). This is not to minimize Godard's achievements, but a large corpus of his work is mostly of interest to critics and serious film students, not ordinary public. Hence I am astonished that the people who allocate resources to restoring various films have neglected Chabrol. It makes neither artistic nor commercial sense. Time to recognize this and correct it!
You'll need to lobby French cultural bodies; it's very very unlikely that a label operating in an English-speaking territory would take on the job single-handed.

The overwhelming majority of Arrow's big Blu-ray boxes (and Eureka's, and the BFI's non-UK titles) have been derived from existing HD restorations carried out by others. Walerian Borowczyk is a significant exception because it was clear that he was falling between two stools (too Polish for French cultural organisations to back, and vice versa), but that obviously doesn't apply to Chabrol.

Also, a big arthouse title/name may well have more commercial appeal today than a more mainstream title from the same era, simply because they're more likely to catch the eye of people you describe as "critics and serious film students" in sufficient numbers to justify the investment. There may be "ordinary public" appeal for Chabrol's films in France, but all signs are that his UK appeal is to precisely the same "critics and serious film students" - but to a lesser degree, as befits Chabrol's lesser general reputation. (It also doesn't help that he was so prolific!)

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Re: Arrow Films

#1371 Post by domino harvey » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:49 pm

I think Chabrol's middlebrow appeal with American art house patrons on the theatrical release circuit for most of his later career doesn't necessarily translate to boffo Blu-ray sales, especially now that he's no longer with us and no longer receiving constant exposure to these audiences every year

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#1372 Post by MichaelB » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:21 pm

I suspect you're probably right. Or rather, I haven't seen any obvious sign that you're wrong.

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#1373 Post by Cronenfly » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:22 pm

This has already been pretty much confirmed anyways, what with Cinema Paradiso having been announced, but I just wanted to point out that the Hellraiser box has a big old Miramax logo on the outer cover. Let the speculation commence, as well as the hope that this might mean Criterion is back in play as well.

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#1374 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:08 pm

The thing that struck me about Chabrol when I was going through that Pathfinder set of his films a few years ago was that they're almost deceptively thriller-ish and more character studies. There can feel like a slightly disturbing lack of any imposed morality onto the actions occurring. And the relatively intense chamber dramas within each of the individual films really compliment each other and add up into one stunning body of work as a whole. The marketable hook that makes something like The Unfaithful Wife prime material for a one off 2002 Diane Lane and Richard Gere remake doesn't entirely get at the unshakeably unique atmosphere that Chabrol's films create. Their relationships are never neat and always leave the audience's sympathies torn between numerous characters in what I could imagine in other hands turning into a story with far too neatly delineated heroes and villains. It is the spectacular, psychological long take sequences and the almost flat affect towards tone (dialogue and murder are all treated the same) and culpability that linger far longer in the memory than even the plot in Chabrol's best films.

After all who else could have ended a film like The Unfaithful Wife with that simple yet devastating retreating, obscuring tracking shot? Or bookend the otherwise low key divorce drama La Rupture with this harrowing opening and psychadelic drug-trip (if just as horrific in its implications for our heroine and her hospitalised child) ending?

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#1375 Post by swo17 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:50 pm

UK availability, still no mention of Dekalog:

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