Image Press Release: A Private Function (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    On February 8, Image Entertainment will release from the esteemed Handmade Films library: A Private Function on DVD and Blu-ray™, with an SRP of $17.97 for the Blu-ray and $14.98 for the DVD. Prebook is January 11.


    A Private Function is an outrageous comedy of manners taking place during a time of extreme food rationing in England following World War II. One town’s upper class bends the rules by illegally fattening a prize pig for a feast to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, but when a timid podiatrist (Michael Palin, A Fish Called Wanda) and his bossy wife (two-time Academy Award winner Maggie Smith, A Room with a View) learn of the plan, they seize the chance to climb the social ladder by kidnapping the pig…who has a few unpleasant surprises of its own in store. This hilarious, critically-acclaimed British cult comedy offers proof that some people will truly do anything to get ahead!



    A Private Function Blu-ray™

    Genre: Comedy, 80s, Screwball, United Kingdom

    Rating: R

    Rating Reason: N/A

    Languages: English

    Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

    Audio: PCM 2.0

    Subtitles: English

    Year: 1984

    SRP: $17.97

    Street Date: February 8, 2011

    Pre-Book: January 11, 11

    Length: 92 minutes

    UPC: 014381658354

    Cat#: ID6583HHBD

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  2. goteam007

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    Does anyone know if this will have extras?
     
  3. 24fpssean

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    No extras to even speak of, except a few other Handmade Films trailers taken from VHS or some dowdy tape source. One cannot even negotiate chapters unless one is watching the movie. The image is a nice upgrade from even the DVD and the sound, that awful boxy low budget British sound, is at least audible on the blu ray, though very hollow sounding. It seems a print was used and no clean up work has been done, so white hits and some other anomalies speckle throughout. Worse, for me at least with my obsession about proper aspect ratios, is that the film, originally framed and shot for 1.66:1 British Flat is here cropped to 1.78:1. Most scenes work nicely in 1.78 but a lot of shots are very crowded, with heads moving off the top of the frame. Still, after all these strikes against it, I would rather watch this blu ray than the old DVD. Colors are very nice and Tony Pierce-Roberts aged and atmospheric cinematography (which he would soon use to make A Room With a View, Howards End and The Remains of the Day so beautiful) really comes through.
     
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    Didn't framing for 1.85 become standard practice in Britain by the late 60s-early 70s?
     
  5. 24fpssean

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    No. 1.66: remained up until the 1990's. Even David Lean's A Passage to India (1984) is 1.66:1. Excalibur is 1.66:1 as well. Where Angels Fear to Tread, too, is 1.66, and so on. They also drive on the wrong side of the road. :)


    Anything framed 1.85 can open up nicely for 1.78, unless it's hard matted, then it either has to be released 1.85 or cropped in a bit for 1.78.
     

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