The Fifth Cord

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The Fifth Cord

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:03 am

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#2 Post by Telstar » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:26 pm

Just watched this and was very impressed by both the film and by Arrow's treatment of it. In both the liner notes and commentary track, however, there's such a strong emphasis on links between Fifth Cord, Possessed and Footsteps on the Moon, that Arrow's not having gone the Box Set route seems more than ever like a real missed opportunity. A Fifth Cord/Possessed set would have been a natural and fascinating pairing; a Box containing the entire "trilogy" (although I've no idea about rights to Footsteps) would have been amazing.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:54 pm

Footsteps is on DVD from Shameless in the UK, so that would be unlikely unfortunately (I hope that it is the next candidate for Shameless to upgrade to Blu-ray), but hopefully someone might get to The Possessed in its own right at some point.
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Re: The Fifth Cord

#4 Post by dwk » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:33 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:54 pm
Footsteps is on DVD from Shameless in the UK, so that would be unlikely unfortunately (I hope that it is the next candidate for Shameless to upgrade to Blu-ray), but hopefully someone might get to The Possessed in its own right at some point.
Arrow is releasing The Possessed on the same day as The Fifth Cord

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#5 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:18 pm

Ah, I had missed that. Thanks dwk!

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#6 Post by Telstar » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:02 pm

dwk wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:33 pm
Arrow is releasing The Possessed on the same day as The Fifth Cord
Exactly. So why didn't Arrow just go the extra half-mile and combine these two films into a nice set? They've certainly paired less naturally related films before.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#7 Post by MichaelB » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:28 pm

Are they from the same rightsholder? If not, it’s more of a challenge.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#8 Post by dwk » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:56 pm

They both appear on Surf Films' site.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#9 Post by M Sanderson » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:38 am

Re Footprints: Don’t Arrow own Shameless now? If so isn’t it possible that they will take over the rights (if Shameless still have it) and give it the better treatment, if not in the UK then at least Stateside?

What are the available materials? Could this be highly problematic? Given that the Shameless DVD was a “fan edition” (or something) compiled from apparently bootleg sources? Has anyone been digging and found adequate materials - and what would be the extent of restoration work required?

Footprints is definitely essential and of all the fascinating Italian genre / art films, most in need of upgrade (given terrible earlier editions) along with, say, lost Italian treasure Spider Labyrinth (last seen in an amateur DVD-R edition).

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#10 Post by nitin » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:22 am

I believe Arrow only distribute for Shameless.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#11 Post by zedz » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:37 pm

This is a great giallo (despite, or maybe because of, a plot that's almost arbitrary enough to be classed as a post-modern joke). Bazzoni once again demonstrates a sharp visual eye, and this film is full of classic 'modernist alienation' cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. It might also be the cinema's grandest example of staircase porn. Multiple examples of arresting staircases or steps, or staircases / steps shot in an arresting way (e.g. a frame filled top to toe with a single vast set of steps, a tiny Franco Nero in long shot the only other element of the composition, floating in abstract architectural space), plus a near obsessive need to include spiral staircases in the backgrounds of otherwise stair-free scenes. This is a lethal drinking game just waiting to happen.

As for the mystery of why Arrow didn't package the "trilogy" together, once you've seen the films it's no mystery, because it's no trilogy. Bazzoni directed five films. Two were westerns. This doesn't make the remaining three a trilogy!

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#12 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:06 am

You clearly don't work in marketing.

I would love to see a good edition of Footsteps on the Moon, though.

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Re: The Fifth Cord

#13 Post by M Sanderson » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:36 am

This is brilliant, I must rewatch,have to get The Possessed, and Footprints is on my “wish list” near the top.

Very positive work from Arrow.

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