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david hare
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#76 Post by david hare » Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:03 pm

Don Lope de Aguirre wrote:
Rich Malloy wrote:Not sure. I noticed that many months ago, and went ahead and purchased the one with "Belle de jour", "La Voie lactee", and "Chambermaid", reasoning that it was unlikely for "Belle de jour" to receive a better transfer on an English-friendly disc anytime soon, and likely never by Criterion.
I saw in the BFI guide that a new print of Belle de Jour was being shown courtesy of Optimum. As the R2 DVD is scarce and (presumably) out of print, I thought an Optimum release might be on the cards... [-o<
If the source is still Studio Canal they will presumably release it given their "takeover" of Optimum in the UK.

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#77 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:38 pm

davidhare wrote:If the source is still Studio Canal they will presumably release it given their "takeover" of Optimum in the UK.
Something called "Yume Pictures" is releasing Bunuel's The Great Madcap and Ascent to Heaven in the UK on October 23. Apparently, their disc of Nazarin is already out.

Can anyone vouch for the quality?

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#78 Post by kekid » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:56 pm

Matt wrote:Can anyone vouch for the quality?
I saw "Ascent to Heaven". The 4:3 frame is cropped on all sides as evidenced by the opening titles. Otherwise the image quality is quite good. It is a delightful film, and while I have no other reference to judge by, I found the Yume version more than acceptable. This is unlikely to ever show up on Criterion, so if you love Bunuel in Mexico (I do), get this.

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#79 Post by Hashi » Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:53 am

Matt wrote:Something called "Yume Pictures" is releasing Bunuel's The Great Madcap and Ascent to Heaven in the UK on October 23. Apparently, their disc of Nazarin is already out.

Can anyone vouch for the quality?
Received these on monday. I only took a glimpse of them but neither of them didn't convince me. Not really good, but watchable imo (my friend commented that they border on watchable, but I'm not that picky). If no one beats me to it, I could post grabs later today.

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#80 Post by david hare » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:35 am

Very VERY grateful if you can post caps of Subida al Cielo, including some subs?

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#81 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:40 am

Matt wrote:Something called "Yume Pictures" is releasing Bunuel's The Great Madcap and Ascent to Heaven in the UK on October 23. Apparently, their disc of Nazarin is already out.

Can anyone vouch for the quality?
Can't vouch for the quality yet but this Yume Pictures company has also just released Yasuo Masumura's Red Angel (which I think DVD Beaver has compared with the Fantoma disc) and Seijun Suzuki's Princess Raccoon.

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#82 Post by kekid » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:17 pm

davidhare wrote:Very VERY grateful if you can post caps of Subida al Cielo, including some subs?
I would be happy to do this if I knew how it is done. If you can send me a personal e'mail giving some instructions, I will do it. It will also be useful for future use. Thank you.

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Bunuel 8-disc set

#83 Post by Cobalt60 » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:47 am

Optimum's upcoming Bunuel set seems to be the most comprehensive collection of his work in one set. I don't have any of their other releases so I am not sure what their track record is for quality.

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#84 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:52 am

Reviving a Bunuel thread after a long hiatus seems rather appropriate.

There's a series of Bunuel's put out on the Japanese Imagica label. Unfortunately they only have Japanese and Chinese subtitles, despite having English menus. Still I picked up La Hurdes/Terre Sans Pain and El Rio y La Muerte, as I have no other versions available ... and some very rusty Spanish language ability. I wish they had Spanish sub-titles, as I would comprehend more that way.

Quality seems reasonably good, though they are cropped slightly on the sides, not so sharp at times, and somewhat high contrast There was at least one or two more titles in the series, but I can't recall which at the moment.

Not exactly useful for English-speakers, but might be worth noting for Asians and Spanish speakers.

Otherwise, I have a number of the Yume Bunuels and I'd agree that they are pretty decent and definitely watchable.

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#85 Post by Steven H » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:33 am

FACETS is releasing El Bruto on Oct. 23rd. The previous R1 version of this film is OOP, I assume because it's going for about $135 on amazon.com.

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#86 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:32 am

Today I spotted a 26-disc box of Bunuel. His complete filmography apparently. Being in China, it is almost assuredly not a proper release. The shop thought that it only had French subtitles. Seemed to be a guess, but I doubt it has English subs. I'll try to get someone to open it and check for me, if possible. Anyway, it was kind of cool (if frustrating) to just hold such an item in my hand for a minute or two.

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#87 Post by dx23 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:23 pm

Steven H wrote:FACETS is releasing El Bruto on Oct. 23rd. The previous R1 version of this film is OOP, I assume because it's going for about $135 on amazon.com.
sorry for that. I just got married and need some spare cash.

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#88 Post by Steven H » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:34 pm

dx23 wrote:
Steven H wrote:FACETS is releasing El Bruto on Oct. 23rd. The previous R1 version of this film is OOP, I assume because it's going for about $135 on amazon.com.
sorry for that. I just got married and need some spare cash.
Yours is the best deal. Good luck!

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#89 Post by Kinsayder » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:02 pm

Simon of the Desert in a French twofer with Exterminating Angel.

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#90 Post by david hare » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:24 pm

Worthwhile review K. I see the Angel disc restores the miscut opening scenes with the servants and guests. But the caps clearly show brightness boosting ("surexposure". ) Dommage!

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#91 Post by dx23 » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:23 pm

Any reviews on the new Facets release of El Bruto (The Brute)?

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#92 Post by eez28 » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:43 pm

dx23 wrote:Any reviews on the new Facets release of El Bruto (The Brute)?
Beaver on El Bruto

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#93 Post by tavernier » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:35 am

eez28 wrote:
dx23 wrote:Any reviews on the new Facets release of El Bruto (The Brute)?
Beaver on El Bruto
Christ, that looks like shit....even for Facets.

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#94 Post by Cold Bishop » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:48 am

tavernier wrote:Christ, that looks like shit....even for Facets.
I disagree... for Facets, this is quite decent.

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#95 Post by bunuelian » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:42 am

While surfing Amazon the other day I was surprised to see some new Bunuel releases. Una Mujer Sin Amor and Susana are two titles that are available now. I strongly suspect that from a technical perspective the releases aren't very strong, but these films likely will never receive much more than a passing treatment anyway. They are minor Bunuel no matter how you cut it, unless you happen to cut with a well-used spatula. Mujer is an especially mundane soap opera.

Susana does have some wonderfully humorous moments, however. One shot in particular stands out in my mind, when we watch Susana bending over doing some scrubbing, with her tits giggling, and she looks up sharply at the manboy she's seducing. It's one of the sexiest moments in all of Bunuel's work - her look goes right to the hearts/dicks of the men watching the film for the titty payoff.

Although I'm a completist about Bunuel, I'm not sure I'll ever drop the cash for these unless I can get them very cheap indeed. I guess that makes me a faux completist.

As for El Bruto, even a bad disc is worth it to see this film. It's a gem on par with his best Mexican work.


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#97 Post by david hare » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:47 pm

Michael this looks on a par, if not identical to the Films sans Frontieres disc (forced French subs only).

But for all the crappines of the image I still enjoy the movie immensely.

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#98 Post by domino harvey » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:54 pm

there's plenty of discussion of the new Bunuel Facets releases in the Facets thread

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#99 Post by jesus the mexican boi » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:51 pm

bunuelian wrote:Susana does have some wonderfully humorous moments, however. One shot in particular stands out in my mind, when we watch Susana bending over doing some scrubbing, with her tits giggling, and she looks up sharply at the manboy she's seducing. It's one of the sexiest moments in all of Bunuel's work - her look goes right to the hearts/dicks of the men watching the film for the titty payoff.
There are several of these Susana-uses-her-sex-as-a-weapon scenes in the movie. My favorite is when Susana is cleaning the panes on the glass doors of the bookcase, bosom heaving, while Don Fernando Soler polishes the barrel of his shotgun.

I disagree about this being minor Bunuel. Perhaps I'm biased -- I actually enjoy Bunuel's Mexican output as a whole much more than his earliest and latest works. But Susana is a film I can watch endlessly. It's charming and, I think, note-perfect in its portrayal of the reform school girl come to wreck the peaceful rancho by seducing anyone with a scrotum. I think it's a great doublefeature with El Bruto, as Susana and Katy Jurado's character in that film share certain affinities as lustful creatures. Also, I think it's interesting to see Bunuel's characterizations of the elderly in both films -- the slumlord's practically diapered dad in Bruto, and the dicho-spouting housekeeper in Susana. This film is especially about the subversion of order and even when order is seemingly restored, there's more subversion in the subtext.

Again, I highly recommend it to fans of epoca de oro Mexican cinema, Bunuelophiles and Russ Meyer fans. Ok, maybe they'll find it tame. But I dig it.

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#100 Post by david hare » Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:12 pm

I agree Susana is far from minor. Among other things she becomes a catalytic agent who plays off labor and capital - and the way Bunuel embeds politics into his great Mexican pictures (Illusion Travels, etc) is wildly more sophisticated than the dominant play of political themes in the mid fifties French pics, notably La Fievre Monte a el Pao.

Speaking of Mexican Bunuel does anyone else have a soft spot for Abismos de Pasion? Along with the Rivette it's surely the best Wuthering Heights around. And light years ahead of the Wyler.

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