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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Until The End of the World (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Conceived as the ultimate road movie, this decades-in-the-making science-fiction epic from Wim Wenders follows the restless Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) across continents as she pursues a mysterious stranger (William Hurt) in possession of a device that can make the blind see and bring dream images to waking life. With an eclectic soundtrack that gathers a host of the director’s favorite musicians, along with gorgeous cinematography by Robby Müller, this breathless adventure in the shadow of Armageddon takes its heroes to the ends of the earth and into the oneiric depths of their own souls. Presented here in its triumphant 287-minute director’s cut, Until the End of the World assumes its rightful place as Wenders’ magnum opus, a cosmic ode to the pleasures and perils of the image and a prescient meditation on cinema’s digital future.

    FILM INFO
    • Wim Wenders
    • Germany, France, Australia
    • 1991
    • 287 minutes
    • Color
    • 1.66:1
    • English, French, German
    • Spine #1007

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
      • New 4K digital restoration, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • New introduction by Wenders
      • New interview with Wenders about the film’s soundtrack
      • New conversation between Wenders and musician David Byrne
      • Behind-the-scenes program detailing the creation of the film’s high-definition sequences
      • Interview with Wenders from 2001
      • Up Down Under Roma, a 1993 interview with Wenders on his experiences in Australia
      • The Song, a short film by Uli M Schueppel detailing the recording of “(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
      • Deleted scenes
      • Trailer
      • PLUS: Essays by critics Bilge Ebiri and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on the film and its soundtrack

      December 10, 2019
     
  2. Message #2 of 13 Sep 16, 2019
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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.

     
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    Count me in for this one. I can think of a few online reviewers who have been itching for the release of this directors cut.
     
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    Easily, I would buy this just on a Wim.;)
     
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    This is exciting!

    The German DVD version was the first disc I bought when I got my first region free DVD player a thousand years ago - my entire reason for going region free the first time around.

    And just in time to make it onto a Christmas list!
     
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    Wow! One of my 'wish list' films that felt like it would never be released, rumors to the contrary.

    - Walter.
     
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    Been waiting for this to come to BR! I like that cover.
     
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    Wow! Great news. I saw UTEOTW a couple of times back in '93, on the old VHS tape - and haven't seen the film since. Superb movie. Part road-trip & part sci-fi film (involving a device being able to "view" people's dreams), IMHO this is one of Wenders' best movies. I also liked the not-too-futuristic time period; the movie was set on the cusp of the then-forthcoming 21st century, so there was a lot of concern/angst about this as well.

    I remember I had the soundtrack on CD years ago (I may still have this), and it was definitely one of the best film soundtracks I've ever heard. It featured great songs by U2, Lou Reed, REM, etc. - fantastic.
     
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  9. Walter Kittel

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    I agree with every word. :) One of the really interesting things about the film was its "forward looking" perspective, embracing technologies that were about to emerge. It created a very intriguing back drop for the film. I always liked the soundtracks in Wim Wenders' films and this one is pretty terrific.

    - Walter.
     
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    Agreed. UTEOTW was one of those films that I really wanted to watch again after I got my first DVD player in 2003 (hadn't had a working VHS player for years at that point). And, it's unavailability on modern home video was very frustrating. Over the years, I would read rumors online about a supposed longer cut of the film, and would also hear about non-Region 1 DVD/Blu releases - but nothing that I wanted to go out of my way to search for.

    I wonder why this has taken so long to hit DVD/Blu - the relative obscurity of the title? Music copyright issues?! Well, in any case - glad we are finally getting this.
     
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    My guess would be all of the above, plus Wenders owns full copyright on the title, ensuring he could release it on his own terms.
     
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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.

     
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    Turner Classic Movies screened the full version once--and only once--early last year. Even at that time it was rumored as being readied by Criterion.
     
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