StudioCanal: Melville: the Essential Collection

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StudioCanal: Melville: the Essential Collection

#1 Post by Calvin » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:50 am

In a BFI Press Release from a few weeks ago, announcing the Southbank's upcoming season Jean-Pierre Melville: Visions of the Underworld:
STUDIOCANAL will also release of a brand-new boxset of six key films by Jean-Pierre Melville, in celebration of his centenary. Featuring several brand new 4k restorations as well as exclusive new extras, MELVILLE, THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION will include Le Doulos, Bob Le Flambeur, Léon Morin, Prêtre, L'Armée Des Ombres and Le Cercle Rouge and will be available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time on September 12.
It's not listed, but I would bet on Un flic being the 6th film given that it's the only other Melville SC owns and those 6 films made up the old DVD box set.

Le Doulos, Bob le flambeur and Léon Morin, Prêtre have all had 4K restorations.

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#2 Post by oldsheperd » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:12 pm

Calvin wrote:In a BFI Press Release from a few weeks ago, announcing the Southbank's upcoming season Jean-Pierre Melville: Visions of the Underworld:
STUDIOCANAL will also release of a brand-new boxset of six key films by Jean-Pierre Melville, in celebration of his centenary. Featuring several brand new 4k restorations as well as exclusive new extras, MELVILLE, THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION will include Le Doulos, Bob Le Flambeur, Léon Morin, Prêtre, L'Armée Des Ombres and Le Cercle Rouge and will be available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time on September 12.
It's not listed, but I would bet on Un flic being the 6th film given that it's the only other Melville SC owns and those 6 films made up the old DVD box set.

Le Doulos, Bob le flambeur and Léon Morin, Prêtre have all had 4K restorations.

Really looking forward to this. Wish it was up for preorder so I could wish list it.

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:14 pm

I finally bought the UK Blu of Le cercle rouge recently, so you're all welcome

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#4 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:53 am

The French Studio Canal Melville box set will have 10 blus and 2 DVds. Not listed yet how that breaks down but will possibly add Deuxieme souffle and Silence de la mer. Quand tu liras cette lettre is coming on blu from Gaumont. Deux hommes en Mahattan already on Gaumont blu. Anybody's guess what happens with Le Samourai which is still in the morgue courtesy of Pathé

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#5 Post by tenia » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:50 am

The bet so far is for Le deuxième souffle (still with René Chateau and very unlikely to be included in HD) and Les enfants terribles to be the 2 missing movies on BD.
No one knows yet if 24h dans la vie d'un clown will be included too.
New upgrades would thus be Le doulos and Un flic. The rest is already available individually on BD.

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#6 Post by perkizitore » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:09 am

domino harvey wrote:I finally bought the UK Blu of Le cercle rouge recently, so you're all welcome
Me too! :P

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#7 Post by Calvin » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:17 pm

tenia wrote:The bet so far is for Le deuxième souffle (still with René Chateau and very unlikely to be included in HD) and Les enfants terribles to be the 2 missing movies on BD.
Magnet of Doom probably the least likely, no?

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#8 Post by oldsheperd » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:21 pm

perkizitore wrote:
domino harvey wrote:I finally bought the UK Blu of Le cercle rouge recently, so you're all welcome
Me too! :P

I got Army of Shadows a few days ago so let me piggy-back on that.

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#9 Post by ALLCAPSAREBASTARDS » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:19 pm

So a different release for the UK and France. What are the chances of SC releasing either in the US?

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#10 Post by dwk » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:37 pm

ALLCAPSAREBASTARDS wrote:So a different release for the UK and France. What are the chances of SC releasing either in the US?
I wouldn't hold out much hope of Lionsgate releasing an US version of the Melville set.

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#11 Post by oldsheperd » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:16 pm

dwk wrote:
ALLCAPSAREBASTARDS wrote:So a different release for the UK and France. What are the chances of SC releasing either in the US?
I wouldn't hold out much hope of Lionsgate releasing an US version of the Melville set.

This is what region free players are for

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#12 Post by domino harvey » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:44 pm

kompromiss wrote:Some great releases are up for pre-order on amazon.co.uk:
Melville Boxset
As speculated above, Un flic is indeed the sixth title

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#13 Post by domino harvey » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:23 pm

Bob Le Flambeur (1956)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville directs this pre-New Wave classic, chronicling a raid on a Parisian casino. Bob the Gambler (Roger Duchesne) reverts to his old trade as a bank robber after several bad rolls of the dice. However, his plans to rip off a casino are thrown into chaos by an unforeseen murder and the duplicitous scheming of his criminal colleagues.

Special Features:

Retrospective documentary by film historian and critic Dominique Maillet (20 min)

Léon Morin, Pretre (1961)

Synopsis: The most commercially successful film from Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Emmanuele Riva and Jean-Paul Belmondo, it is the story of an unfulfilled love affair set against the troubled backdrop of the Occupation.

Special Features:

Master class with Philippe Labro (friend and apprentice of Melville) + Rimmyme Grumbach (Melville's nephew) (59 min)

Le Doulos (1962)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville writes and directs this French crime thriller starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Serge Reggiani. After serial burglar Maurice Faugel (Reggiani) is released from his latest stint behind bars, he quickly returns to his criminal ways and plans a robbery with Silien (Belmondo) and Rémy (Philippe Nahon). After murdering an old associate in retaliation for the killing of his former girlfriend, Maurice becomes racked with suspicion and distrust of everyone around him amid rumours that Silien has become a police informant. When Maurice and Rémy carry out a robbery of their own, the police quickly close in on them and Maurice begins to unravel the deadly web of deceit that has formed around him.

Special Features:

Interview with first assistant director Volker Schlondorff (20 min)

Army of Shadows (1969)

Synopsis: French war drama directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and based on the novel by Joseph Kessel. Drawing on the director's own experiences in World War II, the film follows a band of resistance fighters in German-controlled France. As the war continues, the grip of the occupying force tightens, and friendships, loyalty and trust give way to suspicion, secrecy and loss.

Special Features:

Army of Shadows: the hidden side of the story - documentary feature (87 min)

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Synopsis: A gangster film from Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon as a master thief, Yves Montand as an alcoholic ex-cop and Italian star Gian-Maria Volonté as an escaped criminal, the trio plot a daring heist of an upmarket Parisian jewellery story against impossible odds.

Interview with Le Cercle Rouge's first assistant director Bernard Stora (30 min)
Code Name Melville (76 min)
Interview with first assistant director Bernard Stora (30 min)
Interview with novelist Josi Giovanni (15 min)
Presentation by Ginette Vincendeau (22 min)

Un Flic (1972)

Synopsis: Jean-Pierre Melville's last film stars Alain Delon as Police Commissioner Coleman who finds himself playing a game of cat and mouse with a gang of thieves after a bank robbery in a small Riviera town goes wrong. The gang is led by Coleman's friend, Simon (Richard Crenna), a night-club owner and whose girlfriend (Catherine Deneuve) is also having an affair with Coleman. The two men find the rivalry between them increasing as the net begins to surround Simon. A stylish European take on the Hollywood storylines of the Seventies.

Special Features:

Documentary featuring interviews with Un Flic's script supervisor Florence Moncorg-Gabin and first assistant director Jean-François Delon (24 min)

BONUS DVD INCLUDED IN THE BLU-RAY BOX SET

In the mood for Melville - documentary feature (52 min)
24 Heures de la vie d'un clown – Melville short (22 min)

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#14 Post by kompromiss » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:57 am

domino harvey wrote:Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Interview with Le Cercle Rouge's first assistant director Bernard Stora (30 min)
Interview with first assistant director Bernard Stora (30 min)
Are there really 2 Interviews with Bernard Stora?
And if Interview with Rui Nogueira was dropped and Studio Canal re-authored the disk, it's possibly can be different transfer too.

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#15 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:24 am

With absolute final specs still outstanding on the 12 disc French SC set- particularly regarding subs of any description and what format Les Enfants terrible will be- and Criterion's Samourai still being the joker in the pack it's getting quite complicated to see what might be the best combo between purely individual releases and using the UK SC set as a core to supplement.
Quand tu liras cette lettre will apparently have english subs on the Gaumont blu so there's one crossed off for starters.

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#16 Post by domino harvey » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:26 am

Excellent news on Lettre, hopefully it will be made available as a single release

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#17 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:59 am

Yes it is a single release because it's coming direct from Gaumont

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#18 Post by domino harvey » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:01 pm

Oh, duh! Thanks

Also worth noting that both the discs in this set and the ones in the UK Bunuel SC set add new extras to even existing discs, so they won't be the same releases (though transfers/encodes may be)

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#19 Post by knives » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:04 pm

Presumably Cohen has the American rights?

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#20 Post by frankiecrisp » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:18 am

No Le samouraï

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#21 Post by accatone » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:23 am

There will be a German release too. The website says engl. subtitles but i would not count on that: http://www.arthaus.de/jean-pierre_melvi ... ry_edition" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Das Schweigen des Meeres (1949) / Le silence de la mer
Die schrecklichen Kinder (1950) / Les enfants terribles
Und keine blieb verschont (1953) / Quand tu liras cette lettre
Drei Uhr nachts (1956) / Bob le flambeur
Zwei Männer in Manhattan (1959) / Deux hommes dans Manhattan
Eva und der Priester (1961) / Léon Morin, prêtre
Der Teufel mit der weißen Weste (1962) / Le doulos
Armee im Schatten (1969) / L'armée des ombres
Vier im roten Kreis (1970) / Le cercle rouge
Der Chef (1972) / Un flic

Funny that these Sets are mixed Bags/Boxes all over Europe i.e. also with the Godard set(s) but for obvious reasons.

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#22 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:12 am

Update on the French set, 10 blus and 2 dvds. Les Enfants and Clown are dvd only. Extras have been upped to 9 hours but it rather looks that there will be no subs at all like the latest Godard set.

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#23 Post by MichaelB » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 am

Surely StudioCanal will simply be releasing the same discs in the UK, France and Germany, as per usual practice?

There's obviously no guarantee that the films restricted to the French box will have English subtitles, but I'd have thought it was a reasonably safe bet that the six films getting UK releases will be English-friendly regardless of where you purchase them. Why create two or more masters for a single film when it's far cheaper to create one master and mass-produce the same discs for multiple territories?

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#24 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:34 am

Well there are 6 more films in the French box that possibly have different UK rights holders. Silence de la mer, Le Samourai for starters. Also there are way more extras slated for the French box than its UK counterpart. Furthermore Studio Canal haven't even provided HoH French subs on recent releases and there are none on the 7 film new Godard box so I don't share your optimism bit would love to be proved wrong.

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#25 Post by tenia » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:28 am

Touchez pas au grisbi is also a very recent release that turned out to yield 2 different discs in France and the UK (notably, the UK disc has extras the French release doesn't).

For Melville, sure, the masters will be the same and I also guess that for Le cercle rouge and Army of shadows, since they already have UK/FR/DE discs (and I'd bet the set will simply repack these), these will be shared across the countries. But I'm not so sure anymore for the other 4.

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