Luis Buñuel on DVD

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#151 Post by MichaelB » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:42 pm

zedz wrote:The ever-reliable David Hare!

My understanding is that 1.66 was always much more common in Europe than the US, particularly through the 60s and 70s, and I've seen a lot of European films from the period misframed at 1.85 because projectionists were unwilling or unable to mask to 1.66.
Barry Lyndon was famously/notoriously in 1.66 - and Kubrick made a point of ringing up cinemas in advance and sending them compatible 1.66 masks if they weren't already equipped to show it properly.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#152 Post by david hare » Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:48 pm

THe Rene Chateau/TFI unsubbed DVD from a few years ago of Cela s'appelle l'Aurore seems to be circulating (from the same pristine transfer) in Spanish and other Euro editions. Somone posted - not exactly handmade fansubs - but a google translation of the dialogue recently somewhere or other. As they'd gone to the trouble of rendering it as an srt file I went to the further trouble of demuxing and remuxing a rip of the French disc with a new sup file from the srt. Apart form being one of the funniest mishmash Franglishes I've ever read, it appears to be time coded against 24fps true speed, rather than for 25 fps PAL so that by the 45 minute mark diaolgue lines are a couple of minutes out of synch. One of the most bizarrely wasted afternnons of my life, although the surreality of the new titles and fractured translation would surely have given Don Luis a few laughs.

I'm still hoping someone comes up with a decent PAL compatible srt for this. While I don't think it's any more major than the other French works from the mid fities, it's far less "politically" motivated than the others, and it has at least the presence of George Marchal, and the image of a Dali crucixion hanging on the wall behind him as he writes off furious correspondence to the communists and the landowners.

Does anone else have any thoughts about this title?

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#153 Post by patricio00 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:06 pm

I'm amazed nobody has released a reputable copy of Él/This Strange Passion on DVD. For my money along with Exterminating Angel, it is among the greatest of Buñuel's Mexican period films, and yet it is one of his least known works. I saw it in 35mm in Mexico about 6 or 7 years ago, and the print was quite spectacular showcasing Gabriel Figueroa's crisp photography (it was a Figueroa festival); I think it was in even better shape than the Exterminating Angel dvd from Criterion.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#154 Post by Ashirg » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:49 pm

It was released in France and Spain (NTSC and region 0), but is out of print now. Here's DVD Beaver review from the olden days.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#155 Post by patricio00 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:57 pm

I bought a copy that was released in Mexico two years ago by "Z Films", saw about four minutes of it and threw it away. Probably the worst dvd transfer I have ever seen.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#156 Post by david hare » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:23 am

El was, and is still available on a respectable French double disc (from the dreaded Films sans Frontieres) with Archibaldo de la Cruz. Both titles are subtitled, and Single layer (around 3.5 gigs eac) and the El transfer in particualr is quite good. Fnac or alapage has it. It's been an indispensible desert island disc since god knows when.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#157 Post by der_Artur » Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:36 am

There's a good German DVD of Él, too. Alas, only subtitled in German.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#158 Post by Documaniaque » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:16 pm

Can anyone here comment on the newish French release of l'Age d'Or that the Centre Pompidou put out last year? Better than the BFI or not? Any impressions would be welcome...

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#159 Post by david hare » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:15 pm

Don't know about L'Age d'Or but Madman or Shock last year released a R4 disc including Chien Andalou, the A Proposito de ...documentary we've seen on everything else and a near first gen like print of Las Hurdes with optional English subs!!! I've never seen it look this good - there's some damage and the soundtrack is noisy as ever (it's pretty pushed anyway with the Brahms symphony grinding away in the background). But the disc is worth buying for the copy of Las Hurdes alone.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#160 Post by Documaniaque » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:40 pm

I have the Film Sans Frontières DVD with Las Hurdes, and the copy used is definitely in pretty poor condition, so this sounds tempting...

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#161 Post by david hare » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:06 pm

It's miles better than the FsansF/CinFran print. It's actually better than any I've ever seen theatrically screened in fact.

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Los Olvidados

#162 Post by Davidspector » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:41 pm

Speaking of Los Olvidados, has anyone gotten reports on the R4 version recently issued by Shock? I like the film very much but am not aware of any English-friendly good transfer of the film and am hoping this might be it.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#163 Post by manicsounds » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:47 am

Los Olvidados UK DVD September 13th

60th Anniversary edition
Special Features include a specially commissioned interview with internationally renowned film critic, Derek Malcolm

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#164 Post by Lemmy Caution » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:10 pm

Would love to get a copy of Los Olvidados.
I saw a good quality restored print at the Shanghai Film Festival 3 or 4 years back.

The little seen La Fièvre Monte à El Pao (1959) just turned up here on dvd. Unfortunately, it's an Arthaus release and doesn't have English subs (German and Chinese only). It's originally part of a 10 film boxset of Bunuels which Arthaus released late last year. With the further exception of Gran Casino, the rest of the set consists of '60's and '70's Bunuels which are readily available from Criterion and elsewhere.
If anyone can manage German or Chinese subs, and wants a cheap copy of Fievre Monte a El Pao, let me know.
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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#165 Post by tojoed » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:58 pm

I received the UK "Los Olvidados" today. It's DVD 9, Region 0.
Here are some caps.
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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#166 Post by david hare » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:21 pm

Yes Pleeuz.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#167 Post by tojoed » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:26 pm

David, I've edited the above post with some caps. Looks serviceable, but I'd like to hear what you think, especially if you have seen a decent DVD of it yourself.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#168 Post by david hare » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:44 am

To I couldn't bring myself to do more than one cap from the Galeshka/Cin Fran rubbish: this is the sort of shit we were all buying ten years ago:

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#169 Post by tojoed » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:59 am

Thanks David. I see what you mean.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#170 Post by perkizitore » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:01 am

There was a French Films sans Frontieres release, does anyone own it?

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#171 Post by Jonathan S » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:17 am

Yes, I have the FSF release - the caps on Beaver show similar combing to the frame David posted. My main problem with it (at least when projected) is its softness, probably caused by the PAL-NTSC conversion Beaver mentions. Indeed, I have an off-air PAL VHS, apparently of the same transfer, which is sharper than the FSF DVD.

If anybody has the FSF and the new release I'd love to know how they compare, especially for definition. Also what is the running time of the new one? Some sources list 85 minutes but I think I've only seen an 80 minute print (shorter with PAL speed-up).

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#172 Post by tojoed » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:51 pm

Jon, the new DVD running time is 77 minutes approx.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#173 Post by Jonathan S » Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:26 pm

Thanks. Most of my books actually list it as 88 minutes (before PAL speed-up) - almost a whole reel longer but both the BBC broadcast of 1983 (in a tribute season after Bunuel died) and the FilmFour one about 20 years later were approximately 77 minutes.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#174 Post by david hare » Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:56 pm

MY cap above IS from the Films sans Frontieres - the disc si credited to the appalling Galeshka Moriavoff and the prints are freuqnetly shockers held by the Cin Fran.

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Re: Luis Buñuel on DVD

#175 Post by perkizitore » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:27 pm

I am sorry, i meant to ask if anyone has the Spanish releases to compare... :-"

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