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Anthony Thorne

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Just as the heading says, DVD Drive-In's release schedule has been newly updated with the info that Columbia are (apparently) releasing Roman Polanski's magnificent MACBETH on DVD in May.

I've heard nothing about this from elsewhere, and wasn't even sure that the film was still owned by Columbia, but this is great if true. I'm not sure if this 2.35:1 production has been released in widescreen on video anywhere in the world, (aside from perhaps a long-deleted Japanese LD).

I'd love to see TESS and THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS get a similar treatment. Heck, Warner can throw in Ken Russell's THE DEVILS while they're at it...
 

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Oh, I hope this information is correct!
(Are you talking about region 1, Anthony?)
Columbia Tri-Star but a trailer for
Macbeth on their DVD of
Taming of the Shrew when it came
out well over a year ago now. I thought it was
cruel to put that there, since we could not
buy Macbeth on DVD, and stupid
of Columbia to promote a title they couldn't sell.
Such a great version of the Scotish play!
Francesca Annis was particularly good as Lady Macbeth.
Mark
 

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This the Columbia-PLAYBOY Co-Production with the OST by the Third Ear Band...?

gads.

And TESS...they must release TESS soon...
 

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At least we're getting Knife in the Water from Criterion.
 

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At least we're getting Knife in the Water from Criterion.
Hasn't this been planned for two years now? Is it still set for release in 2008?

Pardon my sarcasm... Estimated release dates have no meaning to me when they come from Criterion. Seriously, are these guys waiting for Leni Riefenstahl to die to do the Olympia DVDs?
 

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Mark_TS-

I am not quite sure why you are underlining

the fact that this was a Playboy co-production.

It is a damn good film, and one would never know

from the content that Hef had anything to do with

it: while the witches get nude, narry one of them

would EVER qualify for playmate status.

And, I recall about a year or two ago, Ebert was

raving about this version of the Scottish play,

and I was thinking, "Oh good. I'm not the only

one who loved this dark dank bit of cinema!"


Mark
 

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I also hope the MacBeth news is true, as I'd love to pick this one up. Great film.
...Knife has been delayed for Polanski's schedule. Olympia, actually, I misspoke, is not on the slate
 
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The Playboy comment was made, I believe, because not only the witches were naked in the film, but Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene was visualized as Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene.

A letterboxed transfer of this film was shown on Bravo (edited) and the Independent Film Channel a few years ago, when I recorded it on VHS.

The visuals of this film are ruined by cropping; many scenes use details in the periphery of the frame to complement or comment on the primary action.

It's definitely an interesting film, and somewhat neglected in terms of Polanski's body of work. A new, widescreen video release would be nice.

(Along with "Repulsion" and "The Tenant," of course.)
 

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