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International How Cool Is This? DON'T LOOK NOW Coming In 4K! (And To Theaters)

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  1. Dick

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    https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=25216

    Criterion's release is very good, but this sounds like it's worth an upgrade...and also includes the Nicolas Roeg commentary that did not appear there.
     
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    This is one of my favorite films, though, at times, I don't understand some of the character interactions.

    I have the Criterion edition still in shrink wrap. Have no idea how it looks.

    However, depending on reviews, I would consider upgrading to 4k.
     
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    The first ever 4K restoration of DON'T LOOK NOW which was Nicolas Roeg's finest film and, arguably, one of the best British films ever made. Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, this is a brilliant adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier short story. On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond - the daughter of John and Laura Baxter . Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church. In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and skeptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a little girl in a red mackintosh disappearing into the Venetian alleys.

    As Venice and his fate closes in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax, as the design in director Nicolas Roeg's mosaic becomes unforgettably clear.

    Available as part of a 4 disc Collector's Edition, with brand new artwork by Jeremy Enecio, inlcuding UHD, Blu-ray Feature, Blu-ray bonus disc with brand new extras and the original haunting Pino Donnagio CD soundtrack. Also contains 5 artcards, new theatrical poster and booklet with essays and original articles.

    For the 2019 restoration of DON'T LOOK NOW, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original camera negative which was scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit and created the following: 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today's biggest international film releases. The restoration and new UHD version was colour graded and approved in London by the BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer, Anthony B Richmond.

    Extras:
    • Pass the Warning: Taking A Look Back at Nic Roeg's Masterpiece
    • A kaleidoscope of meaning: colour in Don't Look Now
    • 4k Restoration featurette
    • Audio Commentary with Nic Roeg
    • Death in Venice: Interview with Pino Donaggio
    • Interview with Donald Sutherland
    • Interview with Allan Scott
    • Interview with Tony Richmond
    • Interview with Danny Boyle
    • Don't Look Now: Looking Back
    • Behind the scenes stills gallery
    • Plus: 5 artcards, theatrical poster, CD of Pino Donnagio Soundtrack and Booklet with essays and original articles







     
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    I have to say, the first time I saw Don't Look Now at the movies, it haunted me for DAYS afterwards. Instilled in me a kind of dread to ever see it again for fear of reliving that overwhelming sense of doom and sorrow and shock. I resisted seeing it for a long, long time, but I finally bought a Region B Blu-ray several years ago and rewatched it, and the SAME thing happened.

    There are just some movies that get truly under your skin, and this is one of them.
     
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    Agreed, Matt!

    I am really thinking of picking this up in 4k, but waiting for reviews first.
     
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    I first saw this in a college film class, and like Matt, it haunted me for days. It's a terrific, eerie film. I already own the Criterion BD, though, so I not sure if I will upgrade. Like Ron, I will wait for reviews to see if there is a significant difference between the BD and UHD.
     
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    The Criterion is quite good, many steps up from any previous edition including European Blu-rays. But this new one is simply going to be an instant purchase for me. I've loved this film since I saw it in a small theater in 1973, and I drove a hundred miles two days in a row to see it again years later (in 16mm) at a revival cinema (all pre-video). So glad it is now accessible with such ease.
     

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