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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 15, 2019.
Speaking of Russian and 70mm I hope Criterion will release Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala this year.
But this is not the Nicholas Ray epic from 1961, but rather the Cecil B. DeMille silent from 1927, which to my knowledge has never before released to Blu-ray, especially in this country.
I don't know how many people here cross over to the blu-ray.com forums but when this movie came up there and it was announced as two BluRay's, there were concerns about compression.
Here's what I chipped in.
I will definitely be blind buying this. I read the novel 5 years ago and subsequently bought both the 1956 Hollywood version and the recent mini-series from a few years ago, but I have yet to watch either. Lazy me! But I will be trying harder to view this one right after I get it.
If you're looking for a cinematic equivalent to Tolstoy's novel, the Sergey Bondarchuk is the one to watch.
I’m very excited about this.
The French Lobster isn't the 1961 Nick Ray King of Kings but the Cecil B. DeMille 1927 King of Kings (Roi des Rois). I love the '61 one, too, and agree that it's a perfect transfer from WB.
For some, to commit to "War and Peace" as a single-day 7-hour theatrical viewing could understandably be daunting. I mean, you're stuck with the investment of the ticket and there's no turning back. But the greatness of viewing a 7-hour film at home changes the whole deal; or, as Robert had indicated, one can spread it out. And this approach, I feel, would make the "War and Peace" experience no less different than someone attempting to read the book, itself. After all, I have never met a single person who has been able to read Tolstoy's work from start to finish - in a single sit - let alone, in 7 collective hours. Really looking forward to this release.
This has been my absolute dream Criterion release ever since I first saw the movie in the Ruscico edition DVD. I can't believe it's actually happening.
The film was not, of course, originally shown as a one day full-length presentation. It was presented in two parts which meant returning to the theater the following week to pay and see part 2.
I just had to throw this in (forgive me in advance)...
“In Soviet Russia, War and Peace film watches you!”
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War and Peace was orginally released one part at a time:
14 March 1966 (Part I)
20 July 1966 (Part II)
21 July 1967 (Part III)
4 November 1967 (Part IV)
So when first released it was not intended to be seen in one day.
Still I have seen it all in one day - and in 70mm - a few years ago. It was a rather monumental occasion!
Tried to order it, but forgot Criterion does not ship overseas.
Will have to wait and look for alternatives nearer launch date.
Very short sighted.
I'm not sure where you are you can try deepdiscount that has the pre-order up for $39.03 USD
Short-sightedness has nothing to do with it – but rights issues do. If Criterion had a licensing agreement to sell it in all territories, they'd be making the discs region free and shipping them everywhere. That's why we're stuck with this and this.
Fascinating and historical clarification, Oliver.
So, in actuality, "War and Peace" was no differently designed than "Lord of the Rings" was for its theatrical runs of 3 plus hours per chapter. Or "The Godfather" trilogy, for that matter.
So, once again, this is the beauty of home theater; as we get to decide and custom design our own program;
and, if we so choose, we can make a marathon of it or opt to break it up.
Still, if I knew of a theatrical showing of "War and Peace" within my region, I'd be game for the one day challenge.
I must say, the Criterion price is colossally fair.
Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders.
Thanks for all the tips guys.
Will investigate .
I know in the 1970s a 70mm print was shown at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank on there lovely DP70s on a Saturday, that must have been a long day.