Criterion Press Release: Tess (Dual Format)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Tess (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Paris, Texas’s Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse. With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers—Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) and Ghislain Cloquet (Au hasard Balthazar)—Tess is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling.
     
    1979 • 172 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
     
    DIRECTOR-APPROVED DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Roman Polanski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Once Upon a Time . . . “Tess,” a 2006 documentary on the film
    • Three programs on the making of the film—From Novel to Screen, Filming “Tess,” and “Tess”: The Experience— featuring interviews with Polanski, actors Nastassja Kinski and Leigh Lawson, producer Claude Berri, costume designer Anthony Powell, composer Philippe Sarde, and others
    • Interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of The South Bank Show
    • Forty-five-minute documentary shot on location for French television during the making of the film
    • Trailer
    • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Colin MacCabe
     
    TITLE: Tess (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2338BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11401-1
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-827-9
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 1/28/14
    STREET: 2/25/14
     
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    If you don't want to wait until the end of January, you can pick up Tess with the new Blu-ray transfer at Amazon.de for $12.33 plus shipping!

    It is region-free and will play anywhere!
     
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    Be careful on this. I own the (usually reliable) BFI transfer from the UK, and it's pretty bad. The Criterion appears to have a new and (one would assume) much better one. Don't know about the German one, as I have seen no reviews.
     
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    Also the features make this well worth a wait.
     
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    I was going to add this to the "little known Region B" thread...glad I don't have to.Criterion picked up a few more I'm shocked about. Maybe they, along with Kino/Lorber/whoever else, are getting tired of getting bitched at over what other countries get via MOC/BFI.
     
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    I have not seen this since the 80's on HBO. I think it's due another viewing.
     
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    I've loved this film since I saw it in the theater in its initial release. I've been waiting a long time for a great home video edition.
     
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    Figures, since I just bought the BFI blu!
     
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    Yep. Same.

    You can all count on me. Just let me know what you want released next.
     
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