It premiered at a running time of 117 minutes, but was cut for reissue to a length of around 93 minutes. Robert Fischer discusses the making of the French- and English-language versions of M. While not a Hollywood film, M is distinctly Pre-Code in sensibility. January: February: Links: Region Free: City Girl Mad Detective Soul Power Sunrise Tokyo Sonata Une femme mariée The World Region B: The Burmese Harp For All Mankind M La Planete Sauvage Profound Desires of the Gods Vengeance is Mine Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Just about to order M after finding out about this Masters of Cinema release recently. The brilliance of the direction is it subtly detailing the story with minimal dialogue and like its protagonists preferring more to work within a certain unspoken code of behavior. Yes, absolutely, to all three -- especially Kwaidan.
With the police investigation going nowhere, although a handwriting expert has identified many of the murderer's character traits from the letters he has written, they crack down on petty criminal hangouts and arrest prostitutes, thieves and those without identification. Carl Buckley Broderick Crawford needs his gorgeous wife Vicki Gloria Grahame to intercede on his behalf to keep his job. An item that is used but still in very good condition. Another memorable score by Victor Young , , , , , etc. The sound is little boxy but ultimately satisfying and free from plenty of noise and crackle.
M is immensely powerful and stands up to repeated viewings and academic scrutiny as one of the greatest German films ever made and the first one about a serial killer. The English version marks his debut acting in that language. Even today, nearly 40 years after it first hit screens, Drunken Master remains as fresh and funny as ever; the outrageous physicality of the comedy and breathtaking staging of the action making it an irresistible treat for lovers of old-school kung fu cinema. The subject matter is undoubtedly explosive and emotive and the film is all the more powerful for it, with a powerhouse performance by Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert who ends up pleading for his life with such conviction and emotion that the audience's moral compass is skewed to the point where you feel sympathy for the murderer. Masters of Cinema include the same audio commentary by George Stevens, Jr.
The set also includes a superb 56-page booklet containing various essays about the film, plus a piece about the discovery of the new footage. The Sound Emphasising the documentary style is the absence of a score, with the only music being the Grieg tune that is actually whistled by Lang and the film uses subjective sound so, if a character can't hear something, neither can you. Metropolis is certainly one of the most important films ever made; there are plenty of Fritz Lang films I prefer, but the thought of not having this on my shelf just feels somehow wrong. Lang himself thought it his best film. The whole package comes wrapped in a new steelbook edition, limited to 4000 units. Made in the twilight of the silent era, it became both a swan song for a vanishing medium and one of the few films to instantly achieve legendary status. They are serial-esque yarns at heart, full of shady villains and noble warriors; heroines and temptresses.
Lang discusses the inspiration for M and his approach to making the film, especially in the use of sound. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Re-issued in Dual Format 054 1953 19 November 2007 Released in 2-disc set with Sanshō Dayū. To answer your question -- I am unaware of any such upcoming release. It feels completely of a piece with the trajectory that included , , and, shortly after this film, and.
Lonely men in lonely towns with neighbors on homesteads miles apart. Rob worked on a number of online music magazines, both as a writer and editor, before concentrating on his first love - film. However, Jeff and Vicki begin their own lurid affair, Carl, still overcome with jealousy, blackmails Vicki with the letter she wrote to Owens, and Jeff promises to protect her. Re-issued in Dual Format 053 1953 21 April 2008 Released in 2-disc set with Oyū-sama. We will post your review within a day or so as long as it meets our and. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. However, the interview is in German and the checkdisc I'm reviewing from had no subtitles available, so more I cannot say.
I don't see any significant cropping. This is a mix of the two with Lorre performing in English, other actors being dubbed and some being replaced with English thespians. Drunken Master launched the star onto a world stage, showcasing his mix of inventively choreographed action sequences and irrepressible humour. Hard-of-hearing subtitles on the English-language version of M would have been good too. The first recorded in 2004 for Criterion's edition is by scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler, which is a thorough look at the making of the film, its visual and aural style and the crucial contribution of Peter Lorre. Rounding out the disc-based extras is a trailer.
This is a list of all Blu-ray releases from in all formats. Also part of the Shohei Imamura box-set Limited Dual Format Edition 1500 pieces 023 1972 14 November 2011 Blu-ray Also available as a steelbook 024 1983 24 October 2011 Dual-format Also part of the Shohei Imamura box-set Limited Dual Format Edition 1500 pieces 025 1958 14 November 2011 Blu-ray Also available as a steelbook 026 1971 23 January 2012 Blu-ray Also available as a steelbook 027 1984 20 February 2012 Blu-ray Also available as a steelbook 028 1949 23 January 2012 046 Dual-format 029 1971 23 January 2012 021 Dual-format 030 1944 23 April 2012 Dual-format Also available as a steelbook. The difference between the restored version and the English version is startling and makes you appreciate the work that went into restoring it all the more. A 40-page booklet with in-depth essays and rare archival images is also included. Demonic is the word, yet his Beckert is pathetic too, driven to kill by forces he cannot control nor comprehend.
There are a few source-related issues along the way not least the odd out-of-focus shot , but these are hardly unexpected in Hong Kong cinema of the time. The latter is a fairly dry, academic affair from film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler who do provide insights into the film and its historical significance but the track is blighted by too much dead air. They probably just haven't been announced, yet, would be my guess. Older titles, that have been superceeded with newer, better versions of the same film, e. Upcoming releases of note: Double Indemnity Island of Lost Souls Ugetsu Monogatari Sansho Dayu Lifeboat Click to expand. This article needs additional citations for.
Disc Two features two further extras, but are both substantial. Like those two classics, Human Desire finds Lang casting a pitiless eye on all of the human weaknesses that define film noir: deception, infidelity, passion, and murder. You can tell what came from the original nitrate and what has been inserted from the camera negatives but that is only because the nitrate material is of such a high quality and, though they have both undergone a fair amount of digital treatment, removing scratches and grain picked up over the years, you can't beat the original nitrate. When I was taught the film in 2005, the disc and professor both held the position, obvious to anyone at the time, that whole sections of the film were lost forever, never to be recovered, and we better make do with a handful of title cards explaining what happens amidst those missing reels. This two Blu-ray set is limited to only 2000 copies, so it would be prudent to act now if you are keen.