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Press Release Criterion Press Release: A Matter of Life and Death (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlife arrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.


    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Ian Christie
    • New interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, director Michael Powell’s widow
    • New interview with film historian Craig Barron on the film’s visual effects and production design
    • Interview from 2009 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
    • The Colour Merchant, a 1998 short film by Craig McCall featuring cinematographer Jack Cardiff
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek
      • United Kingdom
      • 1946
      • 104 minutes
      • Color
      • 1.37:1
      • English
      • Spine #939

        July 24, 2018
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
  3. RMajidi

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    Thanks for this brilliant news, Ron.

    This isn’t just a release I’ve been waiting for... it is the release I’ve been hoping for!
     
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    Been waiting for this release; cannot wait to add it to my Criterion collection! Now, if Criterion could just get their hands on the 2015 restoration of The Tales of Hoffmann....
     
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    So excited to get this! Thank you, Criterion!
     
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    Worthy of a blind purchase?
     
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    YES! Unadulterated bliss!
     
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    Second greatest release announcement in the history of Blu-ray.
     
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    I’m inclined to agree... after A Man For All Seasons for me.

    OK - I’ll bite. Which for you was the first greatest?
     
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    Finally.
     
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    Never seen the film but the plot sounds like a mash up of Here Comes Mr. Jordan and A Guy Named Joe.
     
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    Thank you, Criterion !!!
    As usual for us all, one amazing release announcement seems never to suffice; as it is the gateway to our further greed and delights; but, one can only hope that all other Criterion DVDs of P & P will soon be following.:)
     
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    and the third would be....the recovery of either the lost Chan films, or Erich von Stroheim's original cut of Greed? :)

    i agree with both of your choices by the way
     
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    Second only to FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL? ;)
     
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    Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade, but this would actually be of much more significance to me.
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    With respect, Will, I believe I already said that:


    Never the same when you have to spell out these things <he wrote, with a smile distorted by tongue firmly pressing on cheek>
     
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    In some ways [e.g. the leading character’s external outcome depending on the resolution of the internal battle and perhaps vice versa; the character and viewer never really being sure as to what’s real and what’s not etc.] this film may be closer to the outstanding UK BBC series Life On Mars.

    But the thing is, in its imagery and artistry, this film stands unique.
     
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    Day one purchase. Anyone on the fence should just go ahead and get it because you won't be disappointed.


    Especially if one is starved for Technicolor...
     
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