THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993)

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  1. Jon Hertzberg

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    Just saw a very nice 35mm print of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE last week, with Scorsese in attendance, and was reminded again of what an utter masterpiece this film is and, of course, how much I'd like to own a Blu-ray edition of it. Has an HD version shown up on any of the cable channels? I'd imagine Sony, even with their not very encouraging track record vis-a-vis catalog Blu-ray discs, would do this one one their own at some point, rather than outsourcing it to Twilight Time or Image. Have there been any rumblings as of yet?
    Would be a day 1 purchase for me regardless of who puts it out, but I am somewhat surprised we haven't seen it yet given its pedigree and the fact that its reputation should only grow as the years go on...the fact that it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress is more than a little flabbergasting to say the least.
     
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    They outsourced the re-issue of the DVD to Image a couple years ago, so who knows if Image, Mill Creek, Twilight or (can we hope?) Criterion may get it.
     
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    Can you imagine Mill Creek getting THE AGE OF INNOCENCE for Blu-ray?! :D Can't say that would be my first choice, but it would no doubt be quite a feather in their cap. That said, if it isn't Sony themselves, I'd imagine they'd go with Image...just don't think they'd limit this to 3000 units, but who knows...
    Did not realize that Image had handled the re-issue of the DVD.
     
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    If Sony doesn't think it can sell more than 3000 copies of a Julia Roberts chick-flick classic like Steel Magnolias, or a film (As Good As It Gets) which brought home Best Actor & Actress awards for its leads, I can't imagine they'd have higher hopes for a stately art-house costume drama, even if it was helmed by America's Greatest Living Director - especially since Age Of Innocence was significantly outgrossed at the box office by each of those titles.

    Sad to say, but I actually think Twilight Time is our best hope to see this great film on Blu.
     
  5. Jon Hertzberg

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    Sad, indeed. I don't really disagree with anything you're saying, Craig. I do, however, think the audience for STEEL MAGNOLIAS and AS GOOD AS IT GETS is different than the audience for an auteur-driven piece such as THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. It's an audience--largely composed of cinephiles--that I think is more likely to double-dip / go for a Blu-ray edition
     
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    Amazon now has a high definition master of The Age of Innocence that's available for free streaming for prime members. Just watched it and it looks very good to my eyes. What an exquisite film. Even though I saw it before a long, long time ago, and even read the novel, the emotional effect at the end was still a surprise. This should be on blu-ray.
     
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    It certainly should be. It's one of those films people tend to forget about for some reason, but I enjoy it every time I watch it.
     
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    Yes, it's an under-appreciated Scorsese film. I would love to see Criterion acquire the rights, as my appetite was whetted recently by an HD airing on TV. It rankles me when I encounter people who think Scorsese made only gangster films (sigh).
     
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    The Age of Innocence is visually sumptuous and impeccably staged and acted. It is also Scorsese's most erotic film (when Archer unbuttons the Countess' glove and kisses the back of her hand sparks fly) as well as one of his most violent films without spilling a single drop of blood. Society's conventions can be deadly cruel.
     
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    Image Entertainment will release The Age of Innocence on Blu-ray sometime this year.
     
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    If Image is going to be releasing The Age of Innocence on Blu, then I hope they continue the trend with more Sony films from the 90s such as The Prince of Tides, Philadelphia, and The Remains of the Day.
     
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    I noticed that "Age of Innocence" is available for download from iTunes UK store in HD. It would be great to know what this looks like? But no-one is reviewing iTunes movie downloads from what I can see. What really concerns me is what is the source for the iTunes version, in comparison to any future BRD release. If the iTunes HD download uses an old DVD master then I'd rather stick with my DVD, but when it comes to comparing iTunes HD downloads vs BRD where they have the same master, then for me decision is not so clear cut. In this instance there is no UK BRD version of "Age of Innocence" currently available and I feel like watching the best version available, but is that the iTunes HD release? My curiosity is sure to get the better of me, if that is the case I will report back.
     
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    Looks gorgeous. Is that European blu-ray region-free? If so, where can one find it?
     
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    It's a Sony release so it's region-free...and available for about 15 Euros at Amazon's German website...coming early October.
     
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    Thanks, Luke!
     

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