Egoyan DVDs

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  1. Tom Tsai

    Tom Tsai Supporting Actor

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    Hi, I'm interested in buying a few of his movies and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the differences between the Canadian and American releases of any of the following movies in terms of audio/video qualities and extras:

    Exotica
    Miramax (US) vs. Alliance (CDN)
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    Felicia's Journey
    Artisan (US) vs. Alliance (CDN)
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    The Adjuster
    MGM (US) vs. Alliance (CDN)
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    Calender
    Zeitgeist (US) vs. Alliance (CDN)
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    Thanks so much. I've tried looking for information on them but websites keep mixing info between the US and Canadian versions...
     
  2. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

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    Regarding The Adjuster:

    I have heard that the US release has slightly better
    picture quality, but the Canadian release sports a
    commentary track, so do you go for the one with extra(s)
    or a marginally better picture?



    Mark
     
  3. Tom Tsai

    Tom Tsai Supporting Actor

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    ^ thanx. I think the US release is anamorphic while the Canadian one is not. However, the Canadian one has lots of making of features and commentaries. I think I'll go for the anamorphic picture.

    Canadian features:
    Feature commentary by Atom Egoyan
    "En Passant" featurette
    Scene access
    Interview with director Atom Egoyan
    Atom Egoyan biography & filmography
    Trailer
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    The U.S. release of Exotica is a weak, non-anamorphic transfer that I can't recommend. I'd be interested to know whether the Canadian release is any different.

    M.
     
  5. Will K

    Will K Screenwriter

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  6. James Roberts

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    Aside from the Canadian theatrical poster cover artwork, the Alliance "Exotica" is the same disc as the Miramax disc.
     
  7. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

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    Just verifying what James said: Exotica from Alliance is simply the US Miramax DVD placed inside a much better cover.

    Still, that's reason enough to choose the Canadian Alliance version.

    Exotica deserves a full commentary track (or two - I'd want one from the director and one from the cast). But it has nothing. The disc is bare.
     
  8. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

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    Oh, I should also mention there is a Canadian box set of several of his DVDs, with a nice slipcase cover featuring the director. Not sure if it is still available. But if you plan to buy several of the Canadian versions it may be worth tracking down. Same DVDs - the only extra is the slipcase.
     
  9. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

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    Here's what on the Zeitgeist (US) releases of a few of them:

    FAMILY VIEWING/NEXT OF KIN Double Feature
    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
    > DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY
    > INTERVIEW AND BIO
    > MOTION MENUS
    INCLUDES THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SHORT FILMS:
    Howard in Particular (1979);
    Peepshow (1981)
    Open House (1982)


    SPEAKING PARTS
    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
    > DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY
    > DELETED SCENES
    > INTERVIEW AND BIO
    > MOTION MENUS (oooh, motion menus! and don't forget the plastic box the DVD comes in!)


    CALENDAR
    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
    > DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY
    > INTERVIEW AND BIO
    > MOTION MENUS
    > SPECIAL PHOTO ESSAY
    > DOCUMENTARY ON ATOM EGOYAN


    http://www.zeitgeistvideo.com/essent...an/egoyan.html


    Now you've just got to track down what's on the Canadian versions...
     
  10. Tom Tsai

    Tom Tsai Supporting Actor

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    Thanks Will, I saw the Atom Egoyan boxset at www.cnl.com. However, I already have superior US release of The Sweet Hereafter so I don't plan to buy the boxset. Plus, it looks like I will be buying the US release of The Adjuster since I want the anamorphic transfer.

    I'm currently still having trouble tracking down the contents for the Canadian releases of Felicia's Journey and Calendar. Also, I don't know if there is a separate Canadian release of Speaking Parts or not.

    Anyone has the Egoyan boxset? Please help. [​IMG]
     
  11. MichaelPe

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    Since we're on the topic... any idea when Ararat is coming out on DVD?
     
  12. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    There was talk a while back that Egoyan wanted to revisit Exotica on DVD with a brand new transfer and a healthy amount of supplements. Haven't heard anything since though.

    I'm dying for a re-release of Exotica. Such an amazing film.
     
  13. Tom Tsai

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    No one has anymore information on the Canadian release of Calendar, Felicia's Journey, and Speaking Parts?

    Thanks.
     
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    The Artisan disc of "Felicia's Journey" is the same as the Alliance disc except for the artwork (same transfer and features: Egoyan commentary, Additional Footage, Trailers, TV Spots, Recipes, Cast/Crew Information). I haven't seen the Zeitgeist disc for "Calendar" but it does seem like a duplicate of the Alliance disc, which is quite good (Commentary with Egoyan and Khanjian, "Formulas for Seduction" documentary, Armenian Church Photo Gallery with commentary, Egoyan Television Interview, Egoyan Filmography & Bio, 1.33:1 full frame- produced by German Television).
     
  15. Tom Tsai

    Tom Tsai Supporting Actor

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    I just got the Alliance version of Calendar. However, mine says that it's 1 hours 25 mins (85 minutes). I checked Amazon.com and Dvdplanet.com and both list the US version as 75 minutes. Is that a typo? or is there really a difference?
     

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