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The Ladykillers Blu-ray Review

3 March 2010 12:09 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The most underrated facet and best aspect of the Blu-ray revolution is seeing a classic film in a great 1080p transfer. The pleasures of a modern films transferred to the format is almost redundant as few modern films on Blu-ray look anything less than pristine. But you get a classic color movie, and it’s the one that’s going to benefit the most from the clearer picture, if the quality in the transfer is there. So seeing Alec Guiness, Hebert Lom and Peter Sellers playing bank robbers whose greatest foe is an elderly lady (Katie Johnson) in a classic Ealing black comedy is one of the better Blu-ray experiences. My review of the Alexander Mackendrick triumph The Ladykillers after the jump.

The premise of the film is that Alec Guiness’s Professor Marcus needs a perfect location to spot his heist and rents a room from the old lady »

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StudioCanal Blu-ray Round-Up: Ran, The Ladykillers and Contempt

26 February 2010 9:38 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It began with a tweet.

As only one of many Kurosawa fans excited by the Criterion Collection's announcement last year that they would soon release Ran on Blu-ray, I was shocked when @criterion, which I follow, suddenly sent out a tweet last April saying that the release had been scrapped. I can't remember if I was sipping liquid at the time or not, but rest assured that if I was, a legendary spit-take must have occurred.

At the time, I didn't know that the cancellation was due to the licensing of certain Criterion-released films being pulled by rights-owner StudioCanal, who are now putting these films out on Blu-ray under their own umbrella, distributed in the Us by Lionsgate home video. The first wave of this collection is made up of three celebrated classics from three different countries: Akira Kurosawa's Ran, Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and the original The Ladykillers. »

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StudioCanal Blu-ray Round-Up: Ran, The Ladykillers and Contempt

26 February 2010 9:38 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It began with a tweet.

As only one of many Kurosawa fans excited by the Criterion Collection's announcement last year that they would soon release Ran on Blu-ray, I was shocked when @criterion, which I follow, suddenly sent out a tweet last April saying that the release had been scrapped. I can't remember if I was sipping liquid at the time or not, but rest assured that if I was, a legendary spit-take must have occurred.

At the time, I didn't know that the cancellation was due to the licensing of certain Criterion-released films being pulled by rights-owner StudioCanal, who are now putting these films out on Blu-ray under their own umbrella, distributed in the Us by Lionsgate home video. The first wave of this collection is made up of three celebrated classics from three different countries: Akira Kurosawa's Ran, Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and the original The Ladykillers. »

- Arya Ponto

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Godard, Guinness and Christie: Blu-ray Winners Announced!

21 February 2010 10:34 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Congratulations to Jamie Ellis, Christine Russell and Tim Newsome - a set is on its way to each you!

As the hi-def assault gathers momentum, Optimum Home Entertainment are releasing some bona fide classics on Blu-ray via The Studio Canal Collection. Revisiting Studio Canal's back catalogue, the 15th Feb sees a wonderfully eclectic trio released exclusively on Blu-ray for the first time. What's more, Optimum have 3 sets to give away for lucky Twitch readers in the UK.

 

First up is The Go-Between, based on LP Hartley's novel of the same name, starring Julie Christie, Edward Fox and Alan Bates in a magnificently English period drama, of lusty Victorians and adolescent confusion. This was probably the first film that gave me faith in movies being able to interpret novels successfully, having read the book at school and subsequently dug out the film. An in-her-prime Christie probably helped too...

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Contempt,’ ‘The Ladykillers,’ ‘Ran’

19 February 2010 10:01 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I have to admit to a bit of trepidation every time a studio outside of the widely acknowledged masters tries their hand at catalog releases but the Lionsgate/StudioCanal Blu-ray releases of “Contempt,” “The Ladykillers,” and “Ran” are spectacular. Not only do the films look amazing in HD but they’ve been given copious special features. Don’t miss them.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

What do Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt,” Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran,” and Alexander Mackendrick’s “The Ladykillers” have in common? Basically nothing other than loyal followings and, apparently, the same production company that allows them to be released on Blu-ray on the same day. They’re all films well worth adding to any collection of classic titles, especially in packages this lavish and lovingly produced.

Contempt was released on Blu-ray on February 16th, 2010.

Photo credit: Lionsgate Home Video

Four words - “Brigitte Bardot in HD”. For movie lovers who know their classics, »

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