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Press Release Criterion Press Release: War and Peace (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. atcolomb

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    Speaking of Russian and 70mm I hope Criterion will release Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala this year.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

     
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    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.
     
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    If you're looking for a cinematic equivalent to Tolstoy's novel, the Sergey Bondarchuk is the one to watch.
     
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    I’m very excited about this.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I just had to throw this in (forgive me in advance)...

    “In Soviet Russia, War and Peace film watches you!”
     
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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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    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)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace_(film_series)

    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm not sure where you are you can try deepdiscount that has the pre-order up for $39.03 USD
     
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    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.
     
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    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.:thumbs-up-smiley:
     
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    Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips guys.
    Will investigate .
     
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    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.
     

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