Anchor Bay UK Polanski Box Set Specs

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  1. Damin J Toell

    Damin J Toell Producer

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    AB UK have finally announced the specs of their 4-disc Roman Polanski box set on their website. The specs are beautiful:

    Disc 1: Knife in the Water
    # Original 4:3 full frame version
    # Optional DTS Audio
    # Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
    # A Ticket to the West - An all-new featurette
    # Theatrical Trailer
    # Liner Notes
    # Talent Bios
    # Poster and Stills Gallery
    # Collector's Booklet

    Disc 2: Repulsion
    # Widescreen Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
    # Optional DTS Audio
    # Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
    # Audio Commentary with Roman Polanski and Catherine Deneuve
    # A British Horror Film - An all-new featurette
    # Theatrical Trailer
    # Original Script Extracts
    # Original Drawings by Art Director Seamus Flannery
    # Eye and Brain (audio) by Professor Richard Gregory
    # Liner Notes
    # Talent Bios
    # Poster and Stills Gallery
    # Collector's Booklet

    Disc 3: Cul-de-Sac
    # Widescreen Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
    # Optional DTS Audio
    # Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
    # Two Gangsters and an Island - An all-new featurette
    # Theatrical Trailer
    # Liner Notes
    # Talent Bios
    # Poster and Stills Gallery
    # Collector's Booklet

    Disc 4: Early Shorts
    # Teethful Smile (Usmiech zebiczny, 1957)
    # A Murderer (Morderstwo, 1957)
    # Two Men and a Wardrobe (Dwaj ludzie z szafa, 1958)
    # Lamp, The (Lampa, 1959)
    # When Angels Fall (Gdy spadaja anioly, 1959)
    # Fat and the Lean, The (Gruby i chudy, 1961)
    # Mammals, The (Ssaki, 1962)
    # Let's Break the Ball (Rozbijemy zabawe, 1957)

    Note that the commentary track on Repulsion is almost certainly the same commentary as on the hard-to-come-by Criterion laserdisc, so I am sold based on that alone. Marc Morris from AB UK has also confirmed that Knife in the Water will have the same English subtitle track personally traslated by Polanski that the forthcoming US Criterion DVD will have. Hopefully AB UK will also be providing the original mono tracks for all of these films in addition to the DD/DTS 5.1 tracks listed, since AB UK's remixes are generally unlistenable to me (and I don't consider myself to have the most critical of ears).

    The wait between 8/25 and the time it takes for this box to cross the Atlantic to my living room will be a difficult one for me. [​IMG]

    DJ
     
  2. Jon Robertson

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    They've provided the original mono (or stereo, depending on the film) tracks for all their 5.1 releases thus far, so I can't see why they'd stop now for these films. I think even they realise there's no merit in their worthless DD/DTS remixes aside from the enticement factor of putting it on the back of the box.

    Sorry Criterion - Anchor Bay UK have you beat this time.
     
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    F*** ME SIDEWAYS !!
    I was expecting just the shorts. A commentary on REPULSION would be fantastic ! It should also be noted that www.play.com lists the films as getting individual releases as well. Like I care. [​IMG]
     
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    Ga-ha-hmmmmm! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Crikey! Like Anthony, I was just expecting the shorts at first, then I heard about the featurettes, but DTS and the Criterion commentary on Repulsion! Don't be denied! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm sure I was not alone in buying The Tenant, and I was quite pleased with the transfer and English/French tracks - what a weird film, but brilliantly crafted.

    This boxset is a must-have for followers of the Great Pole.

    It's going to be interesting watching Cul-De-Sac again. I caught a few minutes of Halloween 4 of all films last night, and one thing struck me: Pleasance was a superb actor, no matter what dreck he was in. Fantastic actor.

    Roll on 25th of August! [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
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    Douglas R Cinematographer

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    Fantastic! I can't wait for this boxset either. I thought Polanski's commentary for The Ninth Gate was excellent and It's good to know that his commentary is on the new Repulsion DVD. A pity he didn't do one for The Pianist.
     
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    very good news indeed, and with so much coming out, just might wait a while for this

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  7. Brian PB

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    I will also be taking a pass on Criterion spine # 215, and opting for this great set (which we can safely say will never get released in Region 1--since Anchor Bay doesn't own the rights to all three films here).
     
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    Ive got the box set here. There are definitely mono tracks (although the menu states them as Dolby 2.0), DD5.1 and DTS.

    The set looks gorogeous, the transfers excellent.

    You can see screen shots of the menus here.
     
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    Looks great and its hard to resist, but its about $55.00 plus shipping to the US at Benson's. Anybody have it cheaper than Benson's?
     
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    Thanks for the link, Mark! [​IMG]

    Great, great stuff. This truly is one of the best releases of the year - certainly one of Anchor's best releases ever. Comprehensive extras, well-transfered, 3 audio options, all those short films. And all packed nicely. All for under £40, too - great value.

    Fans of Pleasence ought to check out MGM's Raw Meat (aka. Death Line) DVD next week, as it contains on of his very best performances: hilarious; lively; drinks lots of tea! [​IMG]

    Bring that box set on!


    Gordy
     
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    We've just put up our full review of the set here.
     
  14. Enrique B Chamorro

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    A few questions;

    1) Does the UK version of "Knife in the Water" have
    English subtitle translation by Roman Polanski like
    the US Criterion version?

    2) Is the Criterion "video interview" the same thing
    as the UK 30-minute featurette "A Ticket to the West"?

    3) It looks like both Criterion and AB will have the
    short films. Is this another case of AB using Criterion's
    supplements for a UK edition (e.g. Mona Lisa, Long Good
    Friday), or is this a first and Criterion is using AB's
    supplements for the US edition?

    4) It there a plan for Criterion to release "Repulsion"?
    Since Criterion has done serveral box sets (like Bergman,
    Dreyer, and Fassbinder), it would seem logical to make
    a box set of Polanski in the US like AB did in the UK.
    Maybe Criterion wants to sell each one seperate for more
    sales or is it a rights issue in the US concerning
    "Repulsion" and "Cul-de-Sac".

    5) Knife in the Water UK vs. US would be a great comparison
    for www.dvdbeaver.com to work on.
     
  15. Jeff Kuykendall

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    Here are a few answers. Hopefully others can help you out too.

    1) Reportedly yes, this is Polanski's translation.
    4) No plans to release Repulsion and Cul-de-sac at all. Rights issues.

    I just finished watching the short films last night--great stuff. I can't believe how young Polanski looks in "Two Men and a Wardrobe." He looks like he's fourteen...
     
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  17. Werner Heimmer

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    Criterion are using AB elements.

    Although, not the pricing.

    I have the United Kingdom box set and it's wonderful!
     
  18. Enrique B Chamorro

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    I would like to go with the best print.
    The AB UK version of Mona Lisa has just a bit more
    on the extras side but the transfer
    was not as good as the Criterion US DVD's.

    See;
    http://207.136.67.23/film/dvdcompare/mona-lisa.htm


    I would like to see was dvdbeaver comes up with when
    Knife in the Water is done, but the benefit of having
    the commentary from the old laserdisc of Repulsion
    in a box set may be too much of a temptation.

    The commentary track got a good review at;

    http://www.dvdlaser.com/search/detail.cfm?ID=22292
     
  19. Werner Heimmer

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    I notice the interviews (very good they are too) are produced and directed by Blue Underground.

    Maybe they'll have something to do with the Region 1 releases of Repulsion and Cul-de-sac.
     
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    Can anyone who has the set yet tell me whether Shade Rupe is thanked in the liner notes? Thanks.

    DJ
     

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