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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:04 pm 
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The Color of Pomegranates

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A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov's masterwork overflows with images and sounds that burn into the memory. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranates revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film's tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov's original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema's most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
• New video essay on the film's symbols and references, featuring scholar James Steffen
• New interview with Steffen detailing the production of the film
Sergei Parajanov: The Rebel, a 2003 documentary about the filmmaker, featuring him and actor Sofiko Chiaureli
The Life of Sayat-Nova, a 1977 documentary about the Armenian poet who inspired The Color of Pomegranates
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:43 pm 
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The long-overdue introduction to the collection of Paradzhanov and jsteffe!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:54 pm 

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I waited on CC for this one, but the Second Sight UK disc has the amazing 11-minute Kiev Frescoes, which is for me the most exciting extra in either set. And only the Armenian version? SS has both. "Sad!"


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:57 pm 
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Plus both cuts and a 100 page book


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:58 pm 
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Disappointed by lack of some features that are on Second Sight's release like Levon Grigoryan's Memories About Sayat Nova (2006) or Parajanov's short Kiev Frescoes


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:01 pm 
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I'm probably getting both. The Second Sight has both versions of the film and a lot more critical and contextual content as well as the short and a big book.

EDIT: As everybody has already pointed out!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:06 pm 
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The Criterion at least has an exclusive Tony Rayns commentary.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Honestly, I recommend getting both if you can afford it, since they have non-overlapping and complementary special features. Personally, I'm excited by the new, more complete subtitle translation that Criterion has commissioned.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Is the transfer going to be pretty similar on both releases? I see a 4k restoration vs a 2k restoration on the Second Sight.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:02 pm 
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This review suggests the Second Sight is also 4K sourced.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:07 pm 
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The “2K restoration” in the Second Sight only refers to the short film Kiev Frescoes, not to the feature film, which is a 4K restoration.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:35 pm 
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Both Criterion and Second Sight editions use the same Film Foundation/World Cinema Project 4K restoration of the original Armenian release version. The great majority of it comes directly from the camera negative. I think the most obvious improvement from what we have seen before is in the revelation of fine detail and texture, some of which I have not seen before even on 35mm prints.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:31 pm 
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Damn, zedz made me buy the Second Sight for the biopics list.

Just kidding, zedz - though I'll probably end up getting the Criterion also for the commentary.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:55 am 

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Two new documentaries by Mikhail Vartanov have been added to this release.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:36 am 
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SSF wrote:
Two new documentaries by Mikhail Vartanov have been added to this release.


That's great news, thanks for the alert!


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