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Bertolucci's La Luna - Brazilian edition

#1 Post by Dylan » Sun Feb 06, 2005 5:15 pm

Thank you "Annie!" This indeed is wonderful news, I can't wait! Hopefully somebody will also pick up "Spider's Stratagem," "Conformist," and other Bertolucci's soon!

Annie, any recent information on this release? I hope it hasn't been delayed.

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Bertolucci's La Luna - Brazilian edition

#2 Post by Lino » Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:16 am

I've checked Versatil's site and it doesn't have a date yet. They said first semester, so I guess we can expect it to come out somewhere between now and June...

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Bertolucci's La Luna - Brazilian edition

#3 Post by Dylan » Thu May 26, 2005 9:03 pm

Well, it's almost June and no release date announcement yet (or cover art, or even an update stating that English audio will be included). I wonder if they came across some rights trouble?

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Bertolucci's La Luna - Brazilian edition

#4 Post by kazantzakis » Thu May 26, 2005 11:17 pm

All their "em breve" announcements are held back for some reason. I dont think their schedule is to be trusted. Their Rocha releases have been "coming soon" for years...

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#5 Post by hellboytr » Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:09 am

This was the most pleasing discovery for me in the past months; Bertolucci's The Spider's Stratagem (1970) and La Luna (1979) will be released on DVD in Brazil by DVD Versátil in February :) , who also released Prima della rivoluzione (1964) before. The only brazilian web site i know (with an english interface) that ships to international addresses.

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#6 Post by Lino » Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:26 am

Versatil is a very reliable label so I'm sure the DVDs will be top notch. For my part, I'm waiting for a R1 release of La Luna as I've got my uncut version on a TV taped VHS to keep me satisfied until an announcement is made.

Thanks for the heads up, hellboy!

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#7 Post by Ashirg » Sun Jan 29, 2006 6:59 am

Criterion Film from Denmark released it on DVD in region 2, but it's full screen and in English.

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#8 Post by Dylan » Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:09 am

Wonderful news!

"La Luna" was filmed in English, and I believe it was reported last year that Versatil was going to include the English audio. If they followed through and included the English audio, I'm purchasing a copy of "La Luna" the minute it becomes available.

As for "Spider's Stratagem," equally great news as this is a really great film and I eagerly await to see it restored (as the New Yorker VHS is pretty sub par), but I will have to hold back if Versatil's DVD doesn't include English subtitles.

Despite my immense Bertolucci enthusiasm that has risen from two of his most hard to find films being released (one of which I haven't seen), I need to find out more technical details about these releases. "La Luna," at the very least, must include English audio.

Dylan

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#9 Post by Gordon » Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:40 pm

Do many Versatil titles feature english subtitles?

Was La Luna shot in 2.35:1 Technovision?

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#10 Post by Dylan » Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:22 pm

According to the "Bernardo Bertolucci Interviews" book, "La Luna" was shot in 1.85:1 (and "Spider's Stratagem" in 1.66:1, which it presently isn't available in). And it doesn't appear that any Versatil releases so far have had English subtitles, but I'm crossing my fingers for the original English audio for "La Luna."

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#11 Post by david hare » Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:07 pm

Luna is definitely 1.85.

BTW isn't the title actually just "Luna"?

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#12 Post by hellboytr » Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:23 am

As Ashirg said above, its aspect ratio is terribly wrong...

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#13 Post by Dylan » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:01 am

Has anybody ordered this yet (re: the Brazilian disc of "Luna")? Was it actually released in February? Does it have English audio and removable subtitles?

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#14 Post by Lino » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:28 am

Dylan, according to this site it comes out this coming Monday

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#15 Post by thomega » Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:29 am

La Luna will be released in Germany by Arthaus with english and german soundtracks (the latter hopefully without forced german subtitles) as 1.85@16:9 on April 21, 2006.

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#16 Post by Gordon » Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:07 pm

thomega wrote:La Luna will be released in Germany by Arthaus with english and german soundtracks (the latter hopefully without forced german subtitles) as 1.85@16:9 on April 21, 2006.
Good scouting, brother! Here's the Amazon.de link: La Luna

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#17 Post by Dylan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 5:15 pm

I think I'll wait for the German edition, since that's probably cheaper to Import (from Amazon), but has anybody obtained the Versatil disc yet?

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#18 Post by david hare » Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:01 pm

I agree - the price is excellent, and I hope it coincides with the German disc of Under Capricorn, which will hopefully be an improvement on the weak old Image disc. (EDIT Beav will be doing a comp of the Kinowelt Hitchcock and the old Image in a couple of weeks.)

EDIT: If people are interested I'll post caps from the superb French disc of Sheltering Sky tonight, under a separate thread. This disc is STRONGLY recommended (French title "un The au Sahara.")

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#19 Post by Dylan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:10 pm

I'd certainly be interested in seeing those caps. I've been told that the French disc is quite an outstanding transfer. I know the German disc of "La Luna" is coming, but has anybody looked at the Brazilian release yet? What about the release of "The Spider's Stratagem" (a great film that I would love to see restored)?

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#20 Post by hellboytr » Wed Apr 05, 2006 12:26 pm

Random screenshots from the Brazilian La Luna DVD from Versatil Home Video:

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#21 Post by Dylan » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:12 am

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The German DVD came out last Tuesday. Has anybody seen it yet? Are there forced English subtitles when accessing the English audio? I haven't ordered it yet but will soon, though I hope there aren't forced English subs.

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#22 Post by david hare » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:22 pm

Dylan my order mailed from Germany Thursday. Given public holidays I should have it Wednesday.

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#23 Post by Dylan » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:55 pm

Excellent, I look forward to your thoughts on the disc. I really should order it myself, a newly released Bertolucci (and one I haven't seen at that) is quite the deal for me. Though I'll probably wait. Here's hoping for no unremovable subs.

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#24 Post by david hare » Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:09 pm

Partner (Bertolucci, 1968)

This is without doubt Bertolucci's most challenging movie thematically and formally, loosely adapted from Dostoyevsky's "the Double". Pierre Clementi gives an astonishing (post Belle de Jour) bravura performance as a virtual solo which seems to exist only in relation to the stunning mise-en scene - a vision of schizophrenic compulsion. I am far too short on insights to presently offer any worhtwhile comment on it, having now only seen it once 30 years ago, and again yesterday.

The movie was orignally printed in Technicolor (like the Conformist) and the new transfer while not quite replicating that esteemed process is very good, although I think there is a slight blue bias in the color balance.

Caps from the No Shame R0 disc:

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Partner (Bertolucci, 1968)

#25 Post by Dylan » Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:33 am

This is an excellent movie, my favorite NoShame release so far. It is a challenging film...angry, politically-driven, absorbingly literal. Like you, I found it very overwhelming, but I will study its intentions and psychology in the future, as I have with many of his films.

It was Bertolucci's first of four feature films shot in 2.35:1, and it's loaded with gorgeously unique panoramic compositions and Godardian use of objects, furniture, and color. Pierre Clementi is wonderful, sort of a hybrid of Delon and Leaud, with a dash of pure insanity thrown in (that brief scene where he confronts the giant shadow is wonderful). And that interesting, fragmented score by Ennio Morricone.

Most of all, it's part of one of Bertolucci's most interesting periods (his "Italian New Wave," which lasted from 1964-69 with two features and one short). Meanwhile, I think "Before the Revolution" is one of the most beautiful movies ever made, and I think many here will be awe-struck when Criterion finally releases it.

Anyway, yeah, "Partner" is a hell of a movie. Any other fans here?
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