Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

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domino harvey
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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#476 Post by domino harvey » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:47 pm

I’m very nervous that KL will fuck up the aspect ratios, which are unambiguously Academy. The LionsGate DVDs respected this, hopefully these do too

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#477 Post by whaleallright » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:36 pm

There's so much stuff out there about how Godard prefers the Academy ratio that Kino would have to work hard to fuck it up, not that stranger things haven't happened. If these discs are being drawn from the same masters as other regions' BD releases, we should be OK.

IIRC the Lionsgate DVDs respected the aspect ratio but managed to include only mono soundtracks? Which is its own sort of disaster.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#478 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:05 pm

R. Emmet Sweeney will be producing those and I'd trust him to get it right.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#479 Post by domino harvey » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:24 pm

What previous Godard releases has Sweeney produced? I'll be more than happy to have faith restored if indeed the disc producer knows what they're doing!

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#480 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:36 pm

I'm unsure if he has previously produced any Godard releases (but he is also in charge of the upcoming The Image Book), but I know that he has previously written on Histoire(s) du cinema as a critic. My main point is that he has produced some of Kino's banner releases over the past few years - Lost Lost Lost & Walden: Two Diary Films by Jonas Mekas, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, among others - so I'd certainly have more faith in him than any other producer that Kino works with.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#481 Post by Scott Nye » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:43 pm

Robert Sweeney did LA CHINOISE and LE GAI SAVOIR, which are A-OK as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#482 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:20 pm

Kino Lorber recently added Hélas pour moi and Prénom Carmen to Kanopy, so someone with a participating library account can check them out now (and perhaps give us a heads-up on aspect ratios and general quality).

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#483 Post by Kirkinson » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:24 pm

Just checked them out and skipped around a bit. Both are in Academy and image quality looks generally good. I don't think I'm getting full HD resolution (Kanopy doesn't give you an obvious way to tell) but if I am it's still compressed so much as to not really give you a sense of what the BDs will look like. Carmen especially has a very healthy amount of grain that's wreaking havoc on the compression algorithms. Color looks consistent with what I remember of the Lionsgate DVDs and the print of Helas I saw ten or so years ago (I don't think I've seen Carmen projected). Helas has some edge enhancement visible in the intertitles, but again since I'm not sure I'm actually seeing a 1080p transfer I wouldn't get worried about it yet.

EDITED TO ADD: Both have mono soundtracks as far as I can tell. Studio Canal's own page for Prénom Carmen suggests that's correct, FWIW. They don't specify a sound mix for Hélas pour moi.

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#484 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:20 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:11 pm
This Adrian Martin commentary is actually different than the excellent one that appeared on Madman's edition FYI
Can anyone speak to the strength of the Martin commentary on Kino’s Le Gai Savoir release? How does it compare to the Madman?

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#485 Post by Ovader » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:00 pm

therewillbeblus wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Can anyone speak to the strength of the Martin commentary on Kino’s Le Gai Savoir release? How does it compare to the Madman?
I don't have the KINO edition but here is what the man himself told me in 2017 when I asked about the two commentaries. No details of the content but only his enthusiasm for the new version.
I was gratified to have a second opportunity to talk about this fascinating film. There has been more material to draw upon since I did my first version in Australia some 8 or more years ago. Also, I use a more precise technique these days: in the past (for the Madman DVDs) I was often doing a well-prepared, 90 minute single-take in a studio; today, I break my commentary up into blocks, record them at my computer, and then the master-montage hands of Cristina Álvarez López get to work on the audio, fitting it exactly to the image, sometimes moving (and removing) things around. I think the result is far superior.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#486 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:46 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#487 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:57 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:47 pm
I’m very nervous that KL will fuck up the aspect ratios, which are unambiguously Academy. The LionsGate DVDs respected this, hopefully these do too
DVDBeaver’s reviews of Detective and Prenom Carmen confirm they’re in Academy— and they look incredible

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#488 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:07 am

The Lionsgate DVDs were exceptionally good (IMHO). I wonder if one can tell any difference between those and the new BDs on a 50 in screen at a normal viewing distance. ;-)

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#489 Post by Glowingwabbit » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:09 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:07 am
The Lionsgate DVDs were exceptionally good (IMHO). I wonder if one can tell any difference between those and the new BDs on a 50 in screen at a normal viewing distance. ;-)
The Lionsgate DVDs were in mono, whereas the Kino's have corrected this issue (Detective was Godard's first film in stereo I believe). So there is that if it matters to you.

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#490 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:09 am

I got my copy in of Helas pour moi and it’s also Academy, just to close the book on worrying about these KL releases. That dastardly MGM DVD of King Lear has left me a lifetime legacy of worrying about this kind of thing

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Re: Godard on DVD and Blu-ray

#491 Post by Glowingwabbit » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:35 am

domino harvey wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:09 am
I got my copy in of Helas pour moi and it’s also Academy, just to close the book on worrying about these KL releases. That dastardly MGM DVD of King Lear has left me a lifetime legacy of worrying about this kind of thing
Wasnt it speculated that Criterion had plans for King Lear? Or am I thinking of something else.

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