Criterion's 8 1/2 - full specs right here

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  1. Jon Robertson

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    From Criterion's Coming Soon page: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/coming_soon.asp
    One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film—and life—is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award™ winner for Best Foreign-Language Film—one of the most written about, talked about, and imitated movies of all time—in a beautifully restored new digital transfer.
    Disc two features a rarely seen film Fellini made for television in 1969, Fellini: A Director’s Notebook. This “notebook” of ideas, sketches, and unfinished projects provides a fascinating window on Fellini’s creative process. Also, Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concertgives a compelling portrait of the understated maestro behind the music of Fellini’s films.
    SPECIAL FEATURES
    Disc One
    New digital transfer of restored film elements, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
    Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda
    Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys
    Booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and Alexander Sesonske
    Theatrical trailer
    New and improved English subtitles
    Digital image restoration
    Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    Disc Two
    Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
    Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a 48-minute documentary
    Interviews with actress Sandra Milo (“Carla”), director Lina Wertmüller, whose career began on the set of 8 1/2, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo
    Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
    Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
    Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
     
  2. Alex Larman

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    It looks like yet another winner from Criterion. I'm especially pleased at the Terry Gilliam introduction; I believe he's doing one for the upcoming edition of Les Enfants du Paradis as well, which is something to look forward to.
     
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    Sounds great! I just hope they lavish the same kind of attention on La Strada... [​IMG]
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    Does anyone have an idea when this will be released?
    Fourth quarter, early 2002 ??
     
  5. Jussi Tarvainen

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    www.criteriondvd.com gives 11/13 as the release date. Who knows, maybe it'll actually turn out to be true.
    BTW, any news on Rashomon?
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    And does anyone know the retail price? $50? $40?
     
  7. Jon Robertson

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    It's $40 - check my link at the top of the page.
     
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    Stupid me. (I just checked the criteriondvd.com link.)
    But that's nice news. Thanks.
     
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    Excellent, this is my favorite Fellini film so I have been eagerly awaiting this information.
    Too bad they didn't lavish the same attention on Rashomon
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  10. Jon Robertson

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    That's not concrete. Many titles featured in the booklet have had serious overhauls in regards to special features - look at Haxan, Sisters and Coup de Torchon. Jon Mulvaney has described Rashomon as a "special edition" recently, so there is still hope.
     
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    Rashomon an SE? I hadn't heard that. Excellent news if true and possibly the reason it hasn't been announced yet.
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  13. Jon Robertson

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    Often, Criterion will announce a title, then either change the press release as more is added (Sisters - which was utterly bare bones originally) or just put stuff on the disc no-one expecting (the Cannes press conference & music video on Do The Right Thing, the Blob-a-bilia on The Blob).
    Given the outstanding treatment given to other Toho titles recently (Kwaidan, The Hidden Fortress), I think it's fair to assume that Criterion aren't going to screw this up, even if the special edition eventually doesn't materialise.
    [Edited last by Jon Robertson on September 04, 2001 at 04:49 PM]
     

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