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 Posted:   Jul 29, 2013 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The British Film Institute will add three titles to its Blu-ray catalog in November: Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight (1940), Leslie Megahey's Schalcken the Painter (1979), and Rupert Julian's The Phantom of the Opera (1925).

Gaslight

Based on Patrick Hamilton's celebrated stage play Gaslight is a harrowing and claustrophobic film about domestic fear. Anton Walbrook (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes) stars as the terrifying husband who puts the sanity of his fragile and tortured wife (Diana Wynyard) under siege. The success of Gaslight on stage and film encouraged Hollywood studio MGM to buy the remake rights in the early 1940s, with a clause insisting that all existing prints of Dickinson's British version be destroyed. Unseen for many decades, this definitive version has been digitally restored by the BFI.

Content:
First ever High Definition presentation
Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive
Extras to be confirmed
Fully illustrated booklet with original essays

Schalcken the Painter

World premiere of this highly sought-after ghost story from the BBC, released in the BFI's acclaimed Flipside series. Based on a short story by Sheridan Le Fanu, Schalcken the Painter was originally shown in the Omnibus strand on BBC 2 during Christmas 1979. The story follows a young seventeenth century Flemish painter Godfried Schalcken, who forsakes love for ambition, but discovers that there is still a terrible price to pay for his choice. The superb cast includes Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denman and Cheryl Kennedy.

Newly transferred to High Definition from the film materials preserved in the BFI National Archive, the release includes such as the rare, experimental Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, The Pit (1962), assistant directed by Peter Collinson.

Content:
World premiere release on Blu-ray
Interview with Director Leslie Megahey
The Pit (1962, Edward Abraham, 25 mins): experimental film based on the classic Poe tale The Pit and the Pendulum
Fully illustrated booklet with original essays
Extras to be confirmed

The Phantom of the Opera

Definitive three-disc Dual Format Edition of this celebrated classic of the silent era and horror cinema.

Lon Chaney, 'the man of a thousand faces', gives his most famous performance in this first version of the oft-filmed tale. Based on Gaston Leroux's novel, Chaney stars as the Phantom , who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, and falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him.

Directed by Rupert Julian, this lavish 1925 production launched the Hollywood Gothic style which would become the trademark of Universal horror films.

Original prints of the film were fully tinted, with some sequences in Technicolor, and a rooftop scene using a special process that enabled the Phantom s cloak to show red against the blue night sky. This Photoplay restoration replicates all these effects, and is accompanied by Carl Davis celebrated score that draws heavily on Gounod's Faust, which is the opera being performed in the film.

Content:
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
Newly restored presentation of the tinted and toned 1929 version, with Carl Davis score
High Definition presentation of the 1925 version, with newly-commissioned piano accompaniment
Original trailers from the 1925 and 1929 versions
The Man with the Lantern sequence
Sequences from the sound version
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000, Kevin Brownlow, 86 mins, DVD only): Kevin Brownlow's definitive documentary
Fully illustrated booklet with essays, films notes and credits

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11768

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The British Film Institute has detailed its upcoming Dual Format edition of Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight (1940), starring Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, and Frank Pettingell. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on November 18th.

Based on Patrick Hamilton's celebrated stage play, Thorold Dickinson's (The Queen of Spades, The Next of Kin) Gaslight (1940) is a harrowing and claustrophobic study of murder, abuse and lust in Victorian London.

By turns charming and cruel, Anton Walbrook (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp) excels as the sadistic husband who attempts to drive his wife (Diana Wynyard) mad to prevent her disclosing his dark past.

The success of Gaslight on stage and film encouraged Hollywood studio MGM to buy the remake rights, with a clause insisting that all existing prints of Dickinson's version be destroyed. Fortunately, Dickinson had made a 'secret' print, which was donated to the BFI and used for reference when the film was digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive.

Special Features:
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition;
Spanish A B C (Thorold Dickinson and Sidney Cole, 1938, 20 mins): a short film on the Republican efforts to improve education standards during the Spanish Civil War;
Behind the Spanish Lines (Sidney Cole and Thorold Dickinson, 1938, 20 mins): a companion piece to Spanish Civil War;
Westward Ho! (Thorold Dickinson, 1940, 9 mins): a short film to promote the evacuation of urban children to rural areas;
Miss Grant Goes to the Door (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940, 7 mins): a short film about a German invasion from a story by Thorold Dickinson;
Yesterday is Over Your Shoulder (Thorold Dickinson, 1940, 9 mins): a short film encouraging unskilled workers to join free, government organised, engineering training schemes;
Original promotional materials and documents from the BFI National Archive Special Collections (downloadable PDF, DVD only);
Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays from Henry K Miller, Iain Sinclair, Philip Horne, Peter Swaab and Michael Brooke.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12453

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The British Film Institute has detailed its upcoming Dual Format edition of Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight (1940), starring Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, and Frank Pettingell. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on November 18th.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12453


Review.

http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77259/gaslight.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is being prepared for a new celebratory Blu-ray release by the BFI to mark the film's 60th Anniversary.

The £19.99 disc includes the following additional features:

- Original Japanese theatrical trailer
- The Art of Akira Kurosawa (2013, 47 mins): Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns discusses Kurosawa’s career and influence
- 16-page booklet containing an essay and biographies by Philip Kemp, original review, and cast and credits

You can also choose to watch the film with our without the original intermission and the Blu-ray is presented in a steelbook case. A DVD edition is also being released on the same day with the same features.


http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77419/bfi-to-release-new-blu-ray-edition-of-seven-samurai-in-april.html

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The original British version of "Gaslight" can be seen on the U.S. D.V.D..

 
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