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Criterion Press Release: Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project (Blu-ray Combo)

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 16 2013 - 10:48 PM

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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (3-BLU-RAY/6-DVD DUAL-FORMAT EDITION)
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project expands the horizons of moviegoers everywhere. The mission of the WCP is to preserve and present marginalized and infrequently screened films from regions of the world ill equipped to provide funding for major restorations. This collector’s set brings together six superb films from various countries, including Bangladesh/India (A River Called Titas), Mexico (Redes), Morocco (Trances), Senegal (Touki bouki), South Korea (The Housemaid), and Turkey (Dry Summer); each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders.
 
TOUKI BOUKI
With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of Europe, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Marked by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki bouki is widely admired as one of the most important African films ever made.
 
1973 · 89 minutes · Color · Monaural · In Wolof with English subtitles · 1.37:1 aspect ratio
 
REDES
Early in his career, the Austrian-born, future Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) codirected with Emilio Gómez Muriel the politically and emotionally searing Redes. In this vivid, documentary-like dramatization of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing on the Gulf of Mexico (mostly played by real-life fishermen), one worker’s terrible loss instigates a political awakening among him and his fellow laborers. A singular coming together of stunning talents, Redes, commissioned by a progressive Mexican government, was gorgeously shot and cowritten by the legendary photographer Paul Strand.
 
1936 · 59 minutes · Black & White · Monaural · In Spanish with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio
 
A RIVER CALLED TITAS
The Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s stunningly beautiful, elegiac saga concerns the tumultuous lives of people in fishing villages along the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal. Focusing on the tragic intertwining fates of a series of fascinating characters, in particular the indomitable widow Basanti, Ghatak tells the poignant story of an entire community’s vanishing way of life. Made soon after Bangladesh became an independent nation, the elliptical, stylized, painterly A River Called Titas is a grand epic from a director who has had a devoted following for decades.
 
1973 · 156 minutes · Black & White · Monaural · In Bengali with English subtitles · 1.37:1 aspect ratio
 
DRY SUMMER
Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 1964 Berlin International Film Festival, Metin Erksan’s wallop of a melodrama concerns the machinations of an unrepentantly selfish tobacco farmer who builds a dam to prevent water from flowing downhill to nourish his neighbors’ crops. Alongside this tale of soul-devouring competition is one of overheated desire, as a love triangle develops between the farmer, his more decent brother, and the beautiful villager the latter takes as his bride, resulting in a Cain and Abel–like struggle. A benchmark of Turkish cinema, this is a visceral, innovatively shot and vibrantly acted depiction of the horrors of greed.
 
1964 · 90 minutes · Black & White · Monaural · In Turkish with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio
 
TRANCES
The beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating musical documentary. Storytellers through song, some with a background in political theater, the band’s members became an international sensation (Western rock critics have often referred to them as “the Rolling Stones of North Africa”), thanks to their political lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on the Moroccan trance music tradition. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, Ahmed El Maânouni’s Trances is cinematic poetry.
 
1981 · 88 minutes · Color · Monaural · In Arabic with English subtitles · 1.66:1 aspect ratio
 
THE HOUSEMAID
A torrent of sexual obsession, revenge, and betrayal is unleashed under one roof in this venomous melodrama from South Korean master Kim Ki-young. Immensely popular in its home country when it was released, The Housemaid is the thrilling, at times jaw-dropping story of the devastating effect an unstable housemaid has on the domestic cocoon of a bourgeois, morally dubious music teacher, his devoted wife, and their precocious young children. Grim and taut yet perched on the border of the absurd, Kim’s film is an engrossing tale of class warfare and familial disintegration that has been hugely influential on the new generation of South Korean directors.
 
1960 · 108 minutes · Black & White · Monaural · In Korean with English subtitles · 1.66:1 aspect ratio

DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restorations of all six films, undertaken by the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
• New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese
• New interview programs featuring filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako (on Touki bouki), Kumar Shahani (on A River Called Titas), Metin Erksan and Fatih Akın (on Dry Summer), and Bong Joon-ho (on The Housemaid)
• New visual essay on Redes by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones
• New interview program on Trances featuring filmmaker Ahmed El Maânouni, producer Izza Génini, and musician Omar Sayed
• New English subtitle translations
• Three Blu-rays and six DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays on the films by Charles Ramirez Berg, Bilge Ebiri, Kyung Hyun Kim, Adrian Martin, Richard Porton, and Sally Shafto
 
TITLE: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (3-BLU-RAY/6-DVD DUAL-FORMAT EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2333BDDVD
UPC: 7-15515-11231-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-802-6
SRP: $124.95                            
PREBOOK: 11/12/13
STREET: 12/10/13
 
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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Martin_Teller

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Posted September 17 2013 - 10:15 AM

Touki Bouki is one of my favorites, and The Housemaid is superb.  Titas is actually my least favorite by Ghatak, but all of his films are interesting enough to warrant repeat viewings.  This set is a must-buy for me, although I'll probably wait for B&N sale.



#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 18 2013 - 09:20 AM

Now Available for Preorder

 

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