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PHE Press Release: Chinatown (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 10 2012 - 04:19 AM




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DIRECTOR ROMAN POLANSKI’S SEMINAL NEO-NOIR CLASSIC DEBUTS IN HIGH DEFINITION

                                                                         

CHINATOWN


Renowned Tour de Force Arrives on Blu-ray™ April 3, 2012 Overflowing with Special Features Including Commentary by Screenwriter Robert Towne and Director David Fincher, a Three-Part Documentary, Personal Reflections from Leading Filmmakers and More


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HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. —Teeming with murder, corruption, greed and sex, director Roman Polanski’s unforgettable classicCHINATOWN arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray April 3, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, the film follows an intricate web of deception as private investigator Jake Gittes (Nicholson) unravels a mystery involving water rights that are critical to the development of Los Angeles, as well as unspeakable family secrets.  Written by Academy Award® winner Robert Towne, CHINATOWN was nominated for 11 Oscars® and was named by the AFI as one of the top 25 American films ever made.

With a new high definition transfer, the CHINATOWN Blu-ray sports packaging that features the original theatrical poster and includes a collectible booklet.  The disc includes over 2 ½ hours of bonus material such as an illuminating, feature-length commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne and director David Fincher (Zodiac); an in-depth, three-part documentary on the history and impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the continuing efforts to cultivate water resources for the metropolis; an appreciation of the film by prominent filmmakers; a look at the filming; an exploration of the legacy of this cinematic masterpiece; and more.


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            The CHINATOWN Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Restored Mono Dolby TrueHD, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital and Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital, as well as English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Special features are presented in high definition as indicated:           
o  Commentary with Robert Towne and David Fincher Towne and Fincher offer unique insights into this classic film.  No matter how many times you’ve watched Chinatown, this commentary will open your eyes to a whole new experience.

o  Water and Power (HD) In this three-part documentary, Robert Towne visits sites along the original Los Angeles Aqueduct for the first time.  He is informed of the social and environmental impacts and given insight into the major issues around the creation and ongoing operation of the aqueduct.

o   The Aqueduct (HD) The City of Los Angeles completed the 233-mile gravity-fed aqueduct from the Owens Valley in 1913, under the leadership of a self-taught engineer named William Mulholland. L.A. Department of Water and Power representatives along with Catherine Mulholland, granddaughter of the engineer, discuss the development of the aqueduct and its contribution to the growth of the nation’s second-largest city. 

o   The Aftermath (HD) For decades a large rural community was desiccated under the management of water rights by the City of Los Angeles over a vast area of the Owens Valley.  Legal victories beginning in the 1970’s lead to successful reductions in environmental damages and the restoration of some natural habitats.  Historians, local ranchers and activists discuss the up-to-date impacts of the aqueduct and struggle to maintain a stable environment and community.

o   The River & Beyond (HD) Prior to the building of the first aqueduct a century ago Los Angeles relied solely on its own local water supply: the Los Angeles River and its aquifer.  Today the river as a water resource is largely forgotten. Currently there are plans to re-develop the river to reduce L.A.’s dependence on imported water, reducing the environmental impact on distant communities, while creating parks and open spaces for the city.

o  Chinatown: An Appreciation Chinatown has been hailed as a perfect film. Robert Towne’s cynical labyrinth of secrets and sin, Roman Polanski at the top of his form, Jack Nicholson in all his glory, Faye Dunaway at her sexiest and most mysterious, John Huston as one of the creepiest and most unrepentant villains of all time, the great cinematography, the wonderful score, the bandage on the nose…

      In this featurette, prominent filmmakers express their personal admiration for the film:

o   Steven Soderbergh – Director – Traffic

o   James Newton Howard – Composer – The Dark Knight

o   Kimberly Peirce – Writer/Director – Boys Don’t Cry

o   Roger Deakins – Cinematographer – No Country For Old Men

o   Chinatown: The Beginning and the End

  • Chinatown: Filming
  • Chinatown: The Legacy
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.


CHINATOWN Blu-ray

Street date:                April 3, 2012

SRP:                            $24.99 U.S.

Runtime:                     130 minutes

.                                   U.S. Rating:                  R

Canadian Rating:       14A

         


 

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#2 of 11 ONLINE   dpippel

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Posted January 10 2012 - 04:26 AM

Awesome news!

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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Dale MA

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Posted January 10 2012 - 04:55 AM

Great stuff. Hope they release The Two Jakes sooner rather than later as well.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted January 10 2012 - 05:56 AM

Good news. I hope that Robert Towne will explain, in his commentary, who gave the "love nest" photos to the newspapers. Jake swears in the barber's chair that he didn't do it. If he didn't do it, who did? Later, when Ida Sessions is killed (she impersonated Mrs Mulwray), Jake finds the "love nest" photos in her apartment. How did she get them? Nothing is said or shown about Jake giving them to her. Were they planted there by the murderer to incriminate her and Jake? If so, by whom and how did he get them? I know the film is perfect, but these plot points have bothered me ever since I first saw Chinatown in the summer of 1974, and in countless screenings since. It is time the author cleared the matter up ...

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Posted January 10 2012 - 06:54 AM

The commentary is from the DVD they released maybe a year ago, or probably two at this point. It isn't new.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:03 AM

I assumed it was a new commentary. Oh well. Never mind. Now would be a good time for Varese Saraband, or some other label, to reissue the soundtrack CD by Jerry Goldsmith. It's been oop for several years. Perhaps they could look to the original tapes for additional cues.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:56 AM



Originally Posted by Richard--W 

I assumed it was a new commentary. Oh well. Never mind.
Now would be a good time for Varese Saraband, or some other label, to reissue the soundtrack CD by Jerry Goldsmith. It's been oop for several years. Perhaps they could look to the original tapes for additional cues.



Agree with you on the soundtrack.  Goldsmith wrote a great haunting score that lifted the film up several notches.  Missed getting the CD, but still have LP, pops and all.


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Posted January 10 2012 - 08:46 AM

Agree with you on the soundtrack.  Goldsmith wrote a great haunting score that lifted the film up several notches.  Missed getting the CD, but still have LP, pops and all. 

For what it's worth, the soundtrack was quietly reissued for MP3 download in mid-2011. It's still OOP on CD, but if you want it now, this may be your only option for a while. Here's the link to the Amazon download page: http://www.amazon.co...26231701&sr=1-1

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Posted January 10 2012 - 08:52 AM

Great news on this blu-ray release. I'm looking forward to the commentary from Towne and Fincher as my old dvd version doesn't have it.

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Posted January 10 2012 - 09:45 AM

For what it's worth, the soundtrack was quietly reissued for MP3 download in mid-2011. It's still OOP on CD, but if you want it now, this may be your only option for a while. Here's the link to the Amazon download page: http://www.amazon.co...26231701&sr=1-1

Thanks for the heads up. My PC and connection can't do downloads. Besides, I hate the unnatural sound of mp3's. I need the hard copy media in my hands or I'm not happy.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 03:09 PM

^Not like it matters. The Varese CD sounded terrible to begin with. One must wonder if the master tapes are still extant since all the non-lp material on the dvd's 5.1 remix used rechannel'd mono instead.