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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD $39.95
A strong-willed peasant girl (Cat People’s Nastassja Kinski, in a star-making breakthrough performance) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse.
With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers—Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) and Ghislain Cloquet (Au hasard Balthazar)—Tess is a work of great pastoral beauty and vivid storytelling.
Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the film includes the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, »
Criterion has announced their February 2014 titles and among them is the lone Wes Anderson film that was previously missing from the collection (edit: aside from Moonrise Kingdom and yes, this is Criterion's first animated film, post laserdisc era), Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was previously released by Fox Searchlight, but is now getting the full Criterion treatment. Here's a look at the features: New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Anderson Storyboard animatics for the entire film Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score Interviews with cast and crew Puppet animation tests Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets Animated awards acceptance speeches Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based Gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts Discussion and analysis of the »
- Brad Brevet
He had a huge success with false paedophile-thriller The Hunt but Thomas Vinterberg has always been an enormously talented Dutch film maker. He’s been working for a long time, associated at first with the Dogme 95 movement but, since the success of The Hunt, he’s slowly become vastly more “internationally known” – as in, “known in America”.
The news that a hero of Dutch cinema is acheiving fame in the Us is exciting enough, but his big-budget adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd is looking like it could be the cherry on top of a slow-burning cake. Most likely set for release in 2014, his adaptation stars Carey Mulligan and Bullhead and Rust & Bone‘s Matthias Schoenaerts in the story of what you could call a love square, being Mulligan’s enticement of three different suitors – played by Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen.
The screenplay »
- Rob Batchelor
More news is coming out of the sexy creatures who populate the hallways of the Scream Factory. Two more Blu-rays are on their way which deserve a spot in your collection and on your shelf. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for a generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with the “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie. »
- Uncle Creepy
“It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition of Cat People features anamorphic »
- Jonathan James
Gist: Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner stars in this off-Broadway play adaptation about an actress trying to convince a director that she is perfect for a part in an upcoming production. Mathieu Amalric co-stars as the director.
Prediction: Polanski has been on the Croisette on a handful of occasions dating back to Macbeth in ’72, he of course won the 2002 Palme d’Or for The Pianist, and was actually at the fest last year with 79′s Tess as a Cannes Classics selected Director. This is poised for a Out of Comp or Special Screening slot.
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- Eric Lavallee
Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell, who gave us the sumptuous sartorial designs in Roman Polanski's "Tess," Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films "Temple of Doom" and "Last Crusade" and William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," sat down recently with the BFI to discuss his career. Highlights below, with photos of his many costuming feats. On working with Roman Polanski: Roman's extraordinary. He could do the job of anyone on the set, except, possibly the costumes. He says he knows nothing about costumes but I don't think it's true; he always knows instinctively if something is right or not. In real life, we have very little in common, but in work, we have this extraordinary telepathy. Every time we've worked together, he just rings me up and gives me one sentence, and I just go away and do it, because I see exactly what he's got in his mind.On »
- Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
(Roman Polanski, 1979, BFI, 12)
This adaptation of Thomas Hardy's tragic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, completed in 1891, was Roman Polanski's first movie after jumping bail in the Us in 1978, having pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. This prevented him ever working in the States or Britain again and may have introduced a note of caution into his handling of a story about an innocent young woman. It certainly made it impossible to shoot the picture in Hardy's Wessex. In the event the film (originally thought of as a vehicle for his late wife, Sharon Tate, to whom it's dedicated) is an outstanding piece of work.
Sensitively staged on well-chosen locations in Normandy and Brittany, it revolves around a deeply moving performance by Polanski's former lover and protege, the German actress Nastassja Kinski, as the country girl Tess. She was the victim, as Hardy saw it, »
- Philip French
Coming after his innovative, genre-hopping thriller Kill List, director Ben Wheatley's latest is even more worthy of praise. We follow a pair of misfits on a caravanning holiday that becomes a killing spree, one that stops to take in such sights as Crich Tramway Village and Cumberland Pencil Museum.
As it's largely a comedy, many of the film's other qualities seem to get overlooked, such as a casual way with violence, which arguably makes it more upsetting than the explicit mayhem in Kill List. However, Wheatley is a master of mixing moods: he can deliver a film that's strong enough to be read in different ways, and is great value as a result. Sightseers is complex without appearing complicated, which is quite some trick to pull off. It helps here that the two lead characters, Tina and Chris, »
- Phelim O'Neill
75th Annual Oscars ~ 10th Anniversary Special
On this very day 10 years ago, one of only two posthumous Oscars for the past decade in film was handed out. It went to Conrad Hall for his lensing of Road to Perdition (the other was Heath Ledger's). So here's one from the vaults since we did a Hit Me With Your Best Shot on it just last year. If you click on these shots, deemed best by our 'hit me' club and arranged here in narrative order, you can read more about them and why they were chosen.
It's a strange symmetry that a film as funereal as Road to Perdition would be a member of the Posthumous Oscar wins club. Here's a list of all 13 of them:
- NATHANIEL R
★★★☆☆ Following on from their retrospective earlier in the year, this week the BFI rerelease Roman Polanski's award-winning period drama Tess (1979) on DVD and - for the first time in the UK - Blu-ray, mastered from a crisp new 4K restoration of the film. A faithful, yet perhaps overly reverential screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, it's easy to see why the Polish-French director's sweeping drama dominated the design categories at the 1981 Academy Awards - especially in this new high resolution presentation. However, its languid pace and unwillingness to innovate with Hardy's text do still detract.
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- CineVue UK
On March 18th the BFI are releasing Roman Polanski’s critically acclaimed and triple Oscar-winning 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles starring Nastassia Kinski as the ill-fated peasant girl of noble origin, whose beauty is both her fortune and her undoing.
Mastered from a stunning new 4K ultra high resolution digital restoration, Tess is presented in a Dual Format Edition (DVD and Blu-ray discs) with extensive special features including three documentaries covering the adaptation, the technical challenges and the filming experience.
To celebrate the release, we have a copy of the film to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the BFI; read on for details of how to enter the competition...
To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)...
...Then complete your details below, using the subject heading "Tess". The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, »
- Flickering Myth
Editor's Note: You may have figured out over the years that The Film Experience is more than a little fond of France and French cinema. Sadly I've never been to France. This year I've asked my friend in Paris, Julien to keep us up to date so he sent in the following article about this year's nominations. You should follow Julien Kojfer on Twitter because he's great. Just pretend you understand French whenever he goes there! - Nathaniel R
Julien takes it from here.
Three Films that also made waves Stateside
Here’s one for all you francophiles out there. France’s very own AMPAS, the César Academy, revealed its own set of nominees this morning. Since I’m guessing a lot of you won’t be familiar with most of the anointed films and performers, I’ll guide you through the major categories - a usual mixed bag of auteurist fare, »
- NATHANIEL R
13 items from 2013
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