Monday Blu(e)s And DVD

A fantastic week of Blu-ray and DVD releases stands before us, with a number of boutique releases surrounding what is perhaps our most anticipated home video release of all time…

Disc Of The Week

Die Nibelungen – Fritz Lang’s 5-hour masterpiece finally makes it’s way to home video, in an edition that was first announced over five years ago. Full restoration has delayed the project, but to say it was worth it would be the grossest of understatements. While the film itself is unusual in it’s ubiquitousness (it’s never been “lost” like many films of it’s age), to see it being treated so lavishly is an utter joy. As usual Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema imprint have really gone all out with this release, with a 1 hour+ documentary on the film and a huge booklet accompanying. The film itself, which is told in two parts, is spread across two discs, ensuring that the highest quality transfer possible is at the fore.

A Pair Of Tati’s – The BFI complete the transition of their Jacques Tati features to HD (bar Parade, which was shot in SD for Swedish television) with his debut Jour de Fete and Mon Oncle joining the previously released M. Hulot’s Holiday and Playtime. Tati stands unique on the cinematic landscape, with Mon Oncle and it’s minutely planned visual details making for quite the treat on Blu-ray. We’ve written extensively on Tati in the past, here’s an old piece on Mon Oncle.

A Couple From Artificial Eye –  The Hunter was on the receiving end of quite a bit of lofty praise upon the films thatrical release a few months ago, with the film having gathered steam on the festival circuit, while Polisse, from Maïwenn proved to be quite the relief from the Besson Factory leanings of much of the mainstream French film industry. Shame that the latter is DVD-only.

The Night Child (And Arrow’s 2013 schedule) – While Massimo Dallamano’s The Night Child doesn’t particularly appeal, we thought it worthy of mention if not only to link to Arrow’s recently announced slate for 2013. Here’s a link to a more apt source.

Your Sister’s SisterJeff, Who Lives At Home showed that Mumblecore is still moderately relevent in 2012, and while we’re yet to sample Your Sister’s Sister it does appeal based on the involvement of director Lynn Shelton and omnipresent Mumblecore deity Mark Duplass. 


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