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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 15, 2011.
I loved this film when I was taken to see in as a kid. It astounded me that it seemed so - forgotten that only a poor quality, non-anamorphic DVD finally limped into being in the UK.
When I heard that Criterion might be doing this, I was thrilled. I will have to buy this straightaway on release.
... and "Cathy Come Home" as an extra! This is a wonderful film in its own right. I wonder if it will actually be an HD transfer. If it is, this set is an embarrassment of riches!
This is splendid news. Kes was a firm favourite with me in my younger years (and still is) and I now work in a school less then 8 miles from the one where this was shot, with a lot of our pupils the same background.
Cathy Come Home in HD? I'm not sure whether it was shot on 16mm or PAL video. Still, a smashing film in its own right, let alone as an 'extra'.
Well done Criterion.
ps. If there are no subtitles I'll be happy to translate. If you struggled with The Red Riding Trilogy this one might as well be in Chinese.
"Oo are you today, sir? Liverpool?"
"Don't you know your club colours? - Manchester United this."
"Are you playing Denis Law, striker?"
"No. Charlton today, lad. All over the field. Too cold for striker."
"Charlton's not as quick ont' turn as Law, is ee?"
"You tryin' to tell me about football?"
"You trying to tell ME? Anyway. Denis Law's in the wash this week..."
Cathy Come Home I'm pretty certain was 16mm; if it's not in HD I'll be highly surprised.
EDIT; ...with VT inserts; we might be looking at SD after all.
In the UK, for the original cinema release, there was a choice of original English or an American soundtrack. What a choice!
I wonder which they will use for the Blu Ray.
Kes was dubbed for the American market but not for home consumption surely? I saw it on release and don't recall there ever being anything other than the original soundtrack being on offer; there was simply no need,
Criterion will not use the dubbed track; you can bet on that.
Cathy Come Home was shot at 25fps like most British 16mm productions so getting it into 1080p might be a little tricky. That said the BFI's dvd was sourced from film so I guess the inserts were the titles for The Wednesday Play.