478 Last Year at Marienbad

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#201 Post by jwd5275 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:25 am

andyli wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:55 pm
Great. I hope they port over the two bonus shorts and make them 1080p. (The new Studio Canal blu-ray included both shorts in new restorations but encoded them in 1080i.)
Le chant du styrène is a Janus film, so it's not likely to be ported over.

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#202 Post by Omensetter » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:21 pm

This also seemed like a Criterion title, but obviously it's great it's just getting back out there; it's only been in-print in an acceptable version stateside for roughly three years.

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#203 Post by Clarence » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:25 am

I caught the new restoration of this over the weekend and it looks absolutely fantastic. I've never seen this before, but compared to the screenshots from the Criterion Blu-Ray on this site the new restoration looks a tad bit brighter, especially this shot. I couldn't even begin to comment on how correct or incorrect this new presentation is, but to my eyes it was beautiful and razor sharp, often looking like it could have been filmed recently. As for the film itself, it was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in a theater. We were told beforehand to not actively try to figure out what's going on and instead just let it wash over us, and I think this allowed me to appreciate the film more as an abstract dreamlike piece rather than a more straightforward mystery (which was what I was expecting going into it).

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#204 Post by tenia » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:56 am

The new restoration definitely has poor black levels. It's OK when it's just a bit high and not perfectly 0 0 0 everywhere, but here, if I recall correctly, it's stuck quite high (above 10). I'm not sure if it's a disc issue, but it could be a choice made at the restoration level. Eclair often does that, for instance (Marienbad was restored by Hiventy). I don't think it's that much of a problem here, but it is noticeable very easily as soon as the shot is low-lit.

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#205 Post by dustybooks » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:58 am

I shamefully only saw this for the first time a few months ago so I never owned the Criterion. But the Kino that was just released is pretty solid; Tim Lucas’ commentary belabors the obvious a bit for my taste but is acceptable, and all the material from Volker Schlondorff is really enlightening. The presentation is very good, though with all the issues Kino’s been having I could easily be missing some problem.

The disc only includes one Resnais short, Toute la memoire du monde which I gather was also on the Criterion release, and I just want to say I found it positively enchanting... maybe because I am a librarian, I loved the mystical, awestruck quality it displayed toward the Bibliotechque. Perhaps this is flippant but it kind of serves as a concise interpretation of the same basic points made by Frederick Wiseman in his recent, sprawling documentary about the NYPL.. in the same way that Night and Fog somewhat more artfully supplements Shoah. In both cases it’s a fascinating study of how Resnais and a more “grounded” (for lack of a better word) filmmaker can approach similar subject matter in such sharply divergent, almost conflicting — but equally engrossing — ways.

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#206 Post by domino harvey » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:50 pm

You don’t mention the only extra from that release I’m interested in, though: the nearly hour-long James Quandt visual essay!

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#207 Post by dustybooks » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:24 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:50 pm
You don’t mention the only extra from that release I’m interested in, though: the nearly hour-long James Quandt visual essay!
Sorry, I forgot! I liked it a lot, it was more informative and better-paced than the commentary. There was a bit of padding to cover every letter of the alphabet (H for Hitchcock...), which seemed like kind of a contrived format for it, but otherwise -- high marks.

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Re: 478 Last Year at Marienbad

#208 Post by domino harvey » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:30 pm

Thanks, I really liked the A-Z he did for L’argent, though it similarly had some leaps in order to use all 26 letters

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