More excellent titles from the BFI on the 26th of April!

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

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    Le Circle Rouge
    - Will it be the same as the Criterion edition?

    Leon Morin, Pretre
    - I have never seen this - is it good?

    Le Doulos
    - I haven't seen this either. I don't think I have seen any Melville, actually! [​IMG]

    A Is For Autism
    - A great short film about people suffering from the illness. Beautiful and inspiring.


    Also, Otto Preminger's The Fallen Angel is released on the 29th of this month.

    And finally, which the better edition of George Washington, the Criterion or the BFI edition?
     
  2. John Hodson

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    Looking forward to both the Melvilles - Le Doulos, Leon Morin, Pretre - which I haven't seen, and the Preminger noir; Gordon, the Melville Criterions Le Cercle Rouge, Bob Le Flambeur, and Anchor Bay's Un Flic are terrific as is the French R2 of the stunning Le Samouraï.

    BTW:

    Le Doulos extras:
    • Selected Scene Commentary
    • Ginette Vincendeau Introduction
    • Interview With Assistant Director Volker Schlondorff
    • Original Trailer
    • Director Biography
    • Subtitles: English

    Le Cercle Rouge extras:
    • Ginette Vincendeau Commentary And An Introduction
    • Interview With The Assistant Director Bernard Stora
    • Original Trailer
    • Directors Biography
    • Subtitles: English

    Leon Morin, Pretre extras:
    • Selected Scene Commentary
    • Ginette Vincendeau Introduction
    • Interview With Assistant Director Volker Schlondorff
    • Original Trailer
    • Director Biography
    • Subtitles: English


    No news on the BFI disc of Tony Richardson's The Charge of the Light Brigade?

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  3. Dave B Ferris

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    Thanks to Gordon for the link. However, as a U.S. resident,
    I was disappointed PLAY.COM's U.K. site apparently declines
    to ship to the U.S.

    Thus, I was hoping to pre-order the Melville's at AMAZON.UK
    or BLACKSTAR, but the titles are evidently too new to be
    included in their databases.

    Two quick questions, then:

    1. Can the Melville's be pre-ordered at any other U.K.
    etailers who ship to the U.S.?

    or

    2. Any ideas when these titles will be available for
    pre-order at Amazon or Blackstar?

    Thanks.
     
  4. John Hodson

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    Dave, just keep checking a useful multi-region price checker like www.dvdpricecheck.co.uk and they should turn up (though it doesn't check blackstar). The specs above I got from www.dvdconcept.com, who do ship to the USA IIRC.

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  5. Gordon McMurphy

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    The region 1 MGM disc has a very good transfer. It's an okay film, it would be better without the silly animation, I feel - others may love that kinda style - it's a good pointer towards where British filmmaking was at in the late 60s, that's for sure. I don't think I would double-dip. Where did you hear about a BFI edition of this film? Isn't it also owned by MGM in the UK?

    BENSON'S WORLD ships to the UK

    The search function isn't great, so here's a direct link to Fritz Lang's "M" - Special Edition
     
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    English subs, beautiful PQ, decent extras (French only).

    It appears to be going OOP, but was in stock at www.cinestore.fr last time I looked, but try a search at www.kelkoo.fr

    The announcement on Light Brigade was made on the BFI website last year (I believe it's still there!) as a coming release. I held off the R1 specifically because of that, one of the best films about the period and men at war, with a terrific peformance from Trevor Howard.

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  7. Gordon McMurphy

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    It seems to be OOP, indeed. What a bummer. [​IMG]

    Oh well, hopefully, the BFI or Criterion or Kino or any decent company will get their hands on it and release a great edition in the near future.

    Light Brigade would be better film for me without the animation - for me it just tarnishes a beautiful film with a serious message about war. Beautifully shot by the great David Watkin in natural light. The Charge itself is one of Cinema's greatest action set-pieces.

    Thanks for your help, John. [​IMG]
     
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    No problem Gordon, sorry that you missed out.

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  9. Gordon McMurphy

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    Ah-ha! Don't be denied: http://www.xploitedcinema.com/dvds/dvds.asp?title=899

    Cost plus postage was $36.95 / £20.01 as of 15:40 today. Not bad, not bad at all. Let's hope the exchange rate stays this way for the rest of the year! [​IMG] (Unlikely)

    Order now, Cinema lovers! [​IMG]
     
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    The setting Sun will always rise again, John. [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG] Really pleased for you Gordy; can I suggest your next step to be the AB Un Flic followed by the Criterion Le Cercle Rouge - you will not be disappointed.

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    Thanks, John.

    I'll be making time for all of Melville's films on DVD over the coming months.

    Great stuff.
     
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    Thanks to John also for the link to DVDConcept. As they do
    indeed appear to ship to the U.S.,I pre-ordered Leon Morin,
    Pretre and Le Doulos.

    By the way, in John's spec's, I noticed the name of the
    lady providing the commentary is Vincendeau. Melville
    fans may be interested to know Vincendeau is the
    author of a full-length book on Melville, titled
    'An American in Paris'. The book is billed as
    the first English-language biography of
    Melville.

    I ordered and received the book from AMAZON.UK about
    three months ago. I think the book is excellent.
    I particularly liked a short appendix, which
    consisted of a list of the 64 American
    directors Melville cited as his influences.
     

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