Bringing together the very best of cinema, the Studiocanal Collection is a series of acclaimed and influential films on Blu-ray with unique special features and accompanying booklets, available in HD so as to present the best possible picture and sound quality. A really easy way to discover or re-connect with all the great classics, iconic contemporary works or adaptations from literary masterpieces. Such as The Trial (1962) which is available on Blu-ray from September 10th, 2012. Based on the influential Franz Kafka novel, The Trial is a paranoid masterpiece directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil). Josef K (played by Anthony Perkins) is arrested, but has no idea what crime he is accused of. In order to find out what offence he is meant to have committed, and to protest his innocence, Josef K must go through the machinations of the judicial system. However, he soon finds himself trapped in a dehumanized nightmare.
Welles claimed that The Trial was the best film he ever made. As you’d expect, just like A Touch of Evil, The Trial is awash with Welles’ trademark style and a visual feast. The icy black and white photography strikingly depicts the spider-and-fly games of an ineffectual man struggling against his inescapable fate. Using the cracked labyrinthine corridors of Paris’ ruined Gare D’Orsay as his set, Welles perfectly captures Kafka’s terrifying skewed world. A masterclass in building tension, this film aptly illustrates why Welles is often cited as the greatest director of all time.
On a different note it’s also fun to hear Welles’ voice emanating from several of the supporting characters (his post-dubbing budget was nil).
Welles, Kafka and The Trial documentary
Welles, Architect of Light documentary
Orson Welles, Tempo interview
Interview with Steven Berkoff: adaptations of Kafka’s The Trial and Metamorphosis
Booklet on the movie written by Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles (2007), the editor of This is Orson Welles (1998) and consultant on the 1998 re-edit of Touch of Evil
Blu-ray Tech Specs:
Cert: 12 / Region B / Total Running Time: approx 119 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 / Feature Audio: DTS-HD Master 2.0/ English, French and German Language with Subtitles / Catalogue No: OPTBD1008 / RRP: £24.99
Adapted from Pierre Louÿs’ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire marked Buñuel’s final film. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favourite Fernando Rey), a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita (a super young but instantly recognizable Carole Bouquet).
Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl’s affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other. Brimming with the subversive wit which characterizes Buñuel’s finest work, That Obscure Object of Desire takes satiric aim at a decadent, decaying society riddled with political unrest and moral bankruptcy.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) is available on Blu-ray from September 10th, 2012.
Arbitrary Desire (Interview with Jean-Claude Carrière)
Interview with Carlos Saura
Double Dames (Interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina)
A portrait of Luis Buñuel (Interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard)
Booklet on the movie written by Peter William Evans, Author of The Film of Luis Buñuel: Subjectivity and Desire.
Blu-ray Tech Specs:
Cert: 15 / Region B / Total Running Time: approx 102 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio: 16/9 1.66 / Feature Audio: 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master/ French Language with English Subtitles / Catalogue No: OPTBD2354 / RRP: £24.99
Le Quai Des Brumes is Marcel Carné’s controversial adaptation of the Pierre Mac Orlan novel of the same name, today regarded as one of the greatest French classical movies. Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter, arrives in Le Havre and looks for a shelter before leaving the French territory. Housed in a shed on the harbour, at the end of the docks, he meets an eccentric painter (Michel Simon) and a mysterious and beautiful girl called Nelly (Michele Morgan)… From then on he will be trapped in a tragic destiny, in spite of his passion for Nelly and his will to live…
Le Quai Des Brumes is a magnificent film that oozes style, drama, romance and gloom. Its every frame is flawlessly composed as its dialogue reaches nearly poetic heights. This is the true beginning of film noir, and it doesn’t get much better than this. This Studiocanal Collection release restores the film to its director’s cut.
Le Quai des Brumes (1938) is available on Blu-ray from September 10th, 2012
On The Port Of Shadows
Introduction to Le Quai Des Brumes by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic
Restoring Le Quai Des Brumes
Booklet on the movie written by Ginette Vincendeau
Blu-ray Tech Specs:
Cert: 15 / Region B / Total Running Time: approx 102 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio: 16/9 1.66 / Feature Audio: 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master/ French Language with English Subtitles / Catalogue No: OPTBD0904 / RRP: £24.99
Digitally restored and available on Blu-ray
September 10th, 2012
THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
QUAI DES BRUMES
THE TRIAL and THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE will also be available on DVD on September 10th. QUAI DES BRUMES is out on DVD now.
Words by Anna Bang
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