Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

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Re: Bertollucci

#51 Post by King Prendergast » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:17 pm

in the March/April issue of Film Comment they have La Luna and Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man as forthcoming from a company called "Opening". Can anyone confirm this? Where is this company from?

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#52 Post by ptmd » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:47 pm

It's a new French release available here

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#53 Post by tojoed » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:48 am

It's also mentioned on the previous page of this thread.

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#54 Post by videozor » Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:04 am

I'm sure that I read sometime last year that Tango would be getting an Anniversary Special Edition in 2008. Well, it's almost September 2008. Does anyone has an update on this? Thanks

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#55 Post by videozor » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:52 pm

This edition of Tango:

http://www.italica.rai.it/eng/principal ... /tango.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

is already OOP.

Any new about UK or US editions coming?

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#56 Post by Calvin » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:54 am

Artificial Eye will be releasing Me and You on DVDand Blu-Ray July 8th.

I contacted Arrow regarding The Spider's Stratagem seeing as they released The Conformist and they informed be that they tried to get it but the rights are a "mess". So it appears that it isn't uninterested distributors to blame for its absence on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#57 Post by Calvin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:59 pm

Blu-Ray of The Spider's Stratagem out in Japan next week, from a new 2K restoration from the original negative.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#58 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:39 pm

Have watched it and can vouch for its very good quality, despite a remakrably low bitrate. It is unrestored but also not technically meddled with and from what looks like a first rate Eastman recomb 35mm. It is not quite as vibrant as original Tech prints but close. It's still a favorite Berto indeed. No English subs.

Calvin in which direction are the rights a problem? Is it the Borges estate?

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#59 Post by Calvin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:45 pm

david hare wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:39 pm
Calvin in which direction are the rights a problem? Is it the Borges estate?
Arrow never told me anything more than that I'm afraid. Thank you for the assessment of the Japanese Blu-Ray. Google Translate seemed to indicate it would be a more promising transfer than that, but it certainly sounds like a step in the right direction!

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#60 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:11 pm

It's better than anything around previously and that goes back to the old BFI VHS tape whch was taken from a Tech IB element. SO it ahd good color values but of course totally shit VHS rez. THe BFi and every other one I've seen are all in Academy ratio open matte. The Jap disc is in matted 1.66 and I think it looks great. This and Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man have been the hardest Bertos to see in any decent presentation since forever. If you speak Italian then go for the Jap disc.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#61 Post by jsteffe » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:29 pm

There are actually two new Blu-ray editions of The Spider's Stratagem: one already released in Germany in addition to the one in Japan.

David, do you think that the Blu-ray is a reasonably good representation of the film's color based on your experience? I've never seen the film on 35mm, only on VHS. I did notice that the flesh tones and overall color spectrum are unusual on the Blu-ray transfer, and I wonder whether that reflects the specific color effects that Bertolucci and Storaro were going for. Among other things, it looks to me as if yellow has been suppressed in many shots, pushing the image more toward cyan/magenta combinations. This is not a complaint, I'm just curious.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#62 Post by david hare » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:45 pm

Jim I cannot get the image capture here to work so here is a link to seven screens on my FB wall.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id ... YQ&fref=nf

EDIT: Having now rechecked and watched from the top, this prints carries German Credit titles and is presumably identical to the new German disc, but with Jap subs.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#63 Post by jsteffe » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:35 pm

I just received the Japanese Blu-ray released by Cinefil and it looks dramatically different from the German Blu-ray. The source is altogether different. The German Blu-ray looks OK in terms of detail, but lacks a full color range - yellows are fairly weak. Maybe the Germans were working off a faded copy?

The Japanese disc is from the 2018 restoration overseen by Storaro (if I am not mistaken), with Italian credits, including a separate credit for RAI at the opening. It features bold, rich, and well-balanced color. It is also in the 1.33 aspect ratio, unlike the German Blu-ray. It lacks English subtitles, but frankly I don't care.

When I have some time later I'll post screen captures.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#64 Post by andyli » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:58 pm

Great news! Nice to hear confirmation that the Japanese release is the one that features the new 2K restoration, because from what I gathered the German release is only 15 gigs, in addition to some of the issues outlined above.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#65 Post by jsteffe » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:42 pm

The Japanese Blu-ray is dual-layer, and the main feature is about 32 gigs. Please excuse me for being selfish if I wallow about in the film for the next few days before publishing any screen caps! I've been waiting for many years to see a decent copy of this film and am beside myself...

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#66 Post by andyli » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:57 pm

Take your time, James. By the way the Japanese release is from Kadokawa, not Cinefil, not that it matters.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#67 Post by jsteffe » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:04 pm

andyli wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:57 pm
Take your time, James. By the way the Japanese release is from Kadokawa, not Cinefil, not that it matters.
Correct. I double-checked and It has both Kadokawa and Cinefil listed on the case, so maybe it is some kind of joint release.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#68 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:29 pm

Cinefil is the home video label of the satellite channel Cinefil WOWOW (formerly Cinefil Imagica, which was also the old name of the label). Their titles have been distributed by a few companies over the years, but it looks like the main ones are Pioneer, Kinokuniya, and now Kadokawa. I don't know if Cinefil WOWOW actually works on releases published under their label or it's just a branding agreement. Either way they've put out a ton of stuff, but I appreciate them mainly for releasing the only OAR DVD of A City of Sadness.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#69 Post by andyli » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:04 pm

Good to learn something! They are also behind the irreplaceable Yuriy Norshteyn blu-ray set.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#70 Post by jsteffe » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:11 pm

As promised, here are some screen captures from the Japanese Blu-ray of THE SPIDER'S STRATAGEM.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#71 Post by kekid » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:04 pm

Which labels are most likely to pick this up in regions A and B? I have been looking for this for years.

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Re: Bernardo Bertolucci on DVD

#72 Post by jsteffe » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:20 pm

That's hard to say. There could be some underlying rights issues that have prevented a DVD release over the years, since I imagine that Bertolucci is a marketable director. But there may be some momentum for an English-friendly release now that a new restoration is available.

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