The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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  1. felipenor

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    According to DVDAnswers:

    Warner has also sent over artwork for a special edition of The Unbearable Lightness of Being which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. This Philip Kaufman film will arrive as a two-disc set from the 7th February. The retail price will be around $26.99. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with English and French Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround tracks. Extras will include a commentary by director/screenwriter Philip Kaufman, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, co-star Lena Olin and editor Walter Murch, an Emotional History: The Making of The Unbearable Lightness of Being documentary, and the trailer. We've attached the official region one package artwork below:

    http://www.dvdanswers.com/images/scr...einr1artpi.jpg


    Here's the link: http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?...8134&n=1&burl=


    I don't know if you agree, but that's one of the best covers Warner has ever done.
     
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    I wonder if it will be worth it to double-dip on the previous single-disk Criterion edition. The commentary looks to be a port from that disk (at least the participants are the same). The docu & trailer are new features.

    Will have to wait on reviews to see if the tranfer is improved (the Criterion disk is pretty good, and was one of their 1st anamorphic transfers).
     
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    They've got the cover art for Ryan's Daughter, too. Original poster art...
     
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    I thought that Criterion never licensed out their commentaries (or any special features). Has this changed?
     
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    Yes. The Raging Bull criterion laserdisc commentary is on the new MGM dvd (thank heaven). I am all over this title. I've been waiting to purchase it for years. Coverart won't load, though.

    Regards,
    Nathan
     
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    I never bought the Criterion DVD, I have the laser disc and the MGM DVD. I have heard the Criterion transfer was better. Is this true? If, so, I wonder which they will use.
     
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    It's possible they'll use a new transfer.
     
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    Regarding the picture of Lena Olin on the cover:

    HELLO, NURSE!

    Seriously, though, I've heard a lot about this movie (I know it was declared one of the 100 Greatest romantic movies of all time in AFI's "100 Years...100 Passions" list), but what's it all about?

    Also, I review movies for the 80s Movies Rewind (check the link in my sig). Would this be worth a blind buy?

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Killer cover.
     
  9. CraigF

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    I'm not seeing the cover art in the links...from the comments I bet I'm missing something...

    Yeah, I'd sure buy a new version of this DVD if the PQ is greatly improved...
     
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    John,

    it's about Daniel Day-Lewis, sex, and politics, and it's edited by Walter Murch. So yeah, it is worth a blind buy [​IMG]

    Here are some reviews-

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/...802050305/1023

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...essofbeing.htm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...ingkempley.htm

    and some screenshots courtesy of dvdbeaver-

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...elightness.htm

    I should note that the film isn't universally loved, but I personally think it's outstanding, with great characters in fascinating situations, brilliant acting and writing, and a pitch-perfect ending.

    Regards,
    Nathan

    PS- when the hell did Warner get this title??
     
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    Not exactly on topic, but anyone who's interested in this movie may be interested that it is on HDNet movies in December. I believe the first showing is the 13th.

    SMK
     
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    Why? It was already Warner's, wasn't it?
     
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    Isn't the commentary on The Day the Earth Stood Still from a Criterion laserdisc?
     
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    No, it's from a Fox laserdisc.

    That said, Criterion has been licensing out commentaries for years now. They have licensed commentaries to Columbia, Image, New Line, MGM...

    DJ
     
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    This title is still the only Criterion I own, but that cover alone is worth a double dip! I wonder what could be on the second disc besides the documentary?
     
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    What I've been able to piece together:

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being was produced by the Saul Zaentz Company, and distributed by Orion Pictures (which also apparently held the home video rights).

    It was released on VHS by Orion Home Video in 1994.

    Prior to 1997, Criterion/Voyager licensed the home video rights from Orion and released the film on laserdisc in 1998.

    MGM purchased the Orion library in 1997, and released the film on VHS in 2000.

    MGM honored the Orion license to Criterion, which allowed Criterion to release the film not only on laserdisc in 1998, but also on DVD in 2001.

    In 2002, Criterion's video license to the film expired and their DVD went OOP. Soon after, MGM/UA released a barebones DVD of their own, which subsequently went OOP.

    Within the last few years, Time Warner purchased the rights to most of the films of the Saul Zaentz Company. I suspect this voided the distribution agreement with Orion/MGM/UA.

    Warner plans to release the film on DVD in February 2006.
     
  17. Jeff Adkins

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    That wasn't within the past few years. They had the rights to Amadeus and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest back in the mid-90's. I'm not sure why this film just suddenly showed up in Warner's hands.
     
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    The Saul Zaentz Company must own the film outright. They must have licensed the film to Orion in 1988 for VHS; Image Entertainment in 1989 for Laserdisc; Criterion in 1998 for thier Special Edition Laserdisc, the license must have lasted until early 2002, when MGM's DVD came out in September.

    Now that MGM are owned by Sony, perhaps Zaentz, presupposing that he has the power to do so, cancelled or didn't renew the license to Sony. There may be conflict between Zaentz and Sony.

    To be honest, I don't really care. The Criterion DVD is OOP and I tried to obtain a legit, sealed copy this year, but the prices were too high. I am huge admirer of the film and the people who made it, especially Murch and after reading the book The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje and I have longed to hear the Criterion commentary. So, it's great that the film was licensed to Warner and that the cash was laid on Criterion's table. A shame that this didn't happen for Bad Day at Black Rock. And a new documentary on disc 2? Great! I hope that Jean-Claude Carrière was interviewed, as he is an amazing talent and speaks very eloquently on all the Criterion interviews and the recent UK DVD of Cyrano de Bergerac.

    This is, for me, the first great surprise DVD of 2006.
     
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