It’s a solid if unremarkable week for new releases, with a raft of Artificial Eye titles leading the way. Hungary, France, Greece Poland, Russia are amongst the national cinemas represented, in a Europe heavy roster of titles.
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Disc Of The Week
The Miklós Jancsó Collection
My Way Home might just be the finest film to have ever come out of Hungary, and the other films alongside it in this box set from the fantastic Second Run DVD are just as impressive. The black and white photography of My Way Home’s inverted odyssey is some of the very best ever filmed, with Jancsó’s eye for detail one that is far too often overlooked.
The Big Picture
Eric Lartigau’s high concept Gallic thriller might suffer from a bloated running time and a slightly confused outlook, but the lead performance from the always appealing Romain Duris is more than enough to hold The Big Picture. It’s great to see Duris line up next to his The Beat That My Heart Skipped co-star Niels Arestrup too.
There’s still time to win a copy of Asghar Farhadi’s well received Iranian film over on last weeks Monday Blu(e)s and DVD.
Ivan The Terrible
It’s a bumper week for Artificial Eye releases, with a number of catalogue releases sitting next the above detailed new kids on the block. Top of the pile is this belated release of Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan The Terrible.
The Theo Angelopoulos Collection – Volume 1
This box set contains four of the Greek filmmakers movies, The Reconstruction, Days Of ’36, The Travelling Players and The Hinters.
The Three Colours Trilogy
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s seminal trilogy of loosely connected films revolving around the colours of the French flag and the attached themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity makes its bow in high definition. Staples of European Cinema 101, The Three Colours Trilogy is certainly well regarded, if not necessarily for everyone (what I’m trying to say is, is I’m not a fan; I’m trying to be diplomatic).
Taking home with it the dubious title of most hated upon Pixar flick, Cars 2 didn’t change the world upon release, an occurrence made all the more noticeable when one considers that it followed in the wake of the holy triptych of Wall-E, UP and Toy Story 3. We didn’t think it was that bad; inconsequential sure, but that was its greatest crime.