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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Barry Lyndon (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 17, 2017.

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    Ronald Epstein

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    Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to his own will in this dazzling vision of brutal aristocracy, adapted from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. In picaresque detail, Barry Lyndon chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster (Ryan O’Neal) whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the battlefields of the Seven Years’ War and the parlors of high society. For the most sumptuously crafted film of his career, Kubrick recreated the decadent surfaces and intricate social codes of the period, evoking the light and texture of eighteenth-century painting with the help of pioneering cinematographic techniques and lavish costume and production design, all of which earned Academy Awards. The result is a masterpiece—a sardonic, devastating portrait of a vanishing world whose opulence conceals the moral vacancy at its heart.

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
    • New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as excerpts from a 1976 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
    • New program about the film’s groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue, as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott
    • New program about Academy Award–winning production designer Ken Adam with historian Sir Christopher Frayling
    • New interview with editor Anthony Lawson
    • French television interview from 1976 with Oscar-winning costume designer Ulla-Britt Söderlund
    • New interview with critic Michel Ciment
    • New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised
    • New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with art curator Adam Eaker
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and two pieces about the film from the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer
      • United Kingdom, United States
      • 1975
      • 184 minutes
      • Color
      • 1.66:1
      • English
      • Spine #897

        October 17, 2017


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  2. Dick

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    I have always revered this film, Didn't bore me for a second...it's just too much eye candy to wear out its welcome for me. This, second only to 2001, would have been my choice for a Criterion release.

    As of this writing, it isn't even posted on Criterion's own web site!
     
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    Where's the press release?
     
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    When Criterion actually announces the thing, which they haven't yet (the only reason we have a thread is because Amazon snitched).
     
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    Well this is interesting. The master used on the WB disc is fine; let's see what, if anything, Criterion can bring to the table in supplements.
     
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    1:66.1
     
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    Wow, that looks a bit extreme. Yes, the picture should be a little narrower than the Warner release, but having it be 66.1 times as high as it is wide doesn't seem quite right to me... Maybe 1.66:1 instead? ;)
     
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    sometimes i get backwards, god that stretch would be worse than what The Big Country has
     
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    This was near the top of my list of most-wanted Criterion releases, especially after Warner's own very good, but sparse release. Even better that it'll be in 1.66:1 and have the original mono track. If Being There and Day for Night are any indication, I'd expect the original logo intact, too.
     
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    Looking forward to this one, for sure. I have the BD from Warners in the Kubrick set, but I'll take an upgrade on this title.
     
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    Same here. It has everything I'm looking for if I'm upgrading... a new scan, the correct aspect ratio, original audio, and new special features.

    I'm sold on it.
     
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    Nice but I'll wait for the definitive UHD versions of all these new 4K scans. I'm done updating 1080p with more 1080p when it's based on a 4K master.
     
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    Yet another pet peeve of mine in regards to the ever irrelevant DVDBeaver... how Tooze uses the term "bastardized" to describe the 1.78:1 ratio. Spare me the purple prose, its barely any different from 1.66!
     
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    It's a little silly.

    I know Kubrick's preference was for 1.66:1, but the reality is that many US theaters in 1975 could have only shown it in 1.85:1 and Kubrick would have known that. I'm all for putting this out at 1.66:1 as he preferred, but the 1.78:1 BD didn't exactly ruin my life.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    I concur: the previous disc was very nice indeed. But we're talking favourite films here. The second disc with supplements is a good enough reason for me to upgrade. And the wee storm-in-a-teacup regarding various aspect ratios from last time around

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/a-few-words-about-™-barry-lyndon-in-blu-ray.305465/

    shows that it didn't really make much of a difference, one way or another - if DVDBeaver's screenshots are anything to go by.
     
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    It was worth the upgrade for me just to get the original Saul Bass WB logo restored.
     
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    I'll bet most of the big-city movie houses ran it at 1.66. When it played in smaller markets, you are probably correct. Here is the letter that Kubrick submitted with the prints:

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