Agreed. I know they generally release obscure films, but bid be shocked if HD/2K masters aren't approaching bog standard even for most of them by now. More and more of EF's counterparts in other countries have made the transition to Blu-ray at least to some extent, but EF remain stuck on DVDs even though they are situated right in Europe's largest Blu-ray market, and more than one of their recent (in relative terms) film releases has a Blu-ray edition made available elsewhere. Unless the elements are in particularly poor condition, this particular Ophüls release would have seemed an ideal candidate for Blu-ray. I'll still probably get the DVD once it goes to general distribution through Alive in a few months, but I'd have gladly paid double the EF price and bought direct for a 2xBD-50 set with the same content.denti alligator wrote:Well, yet another DVD order is necessary. Wish they would do Blu-ray!Tommaso wrote:Now available: the 2-disc release of Ophuls' "Liebelei" and "Lola Montez". And "Lola" finally is the German-language version! If that alone wasn't reason to rejoice: the extras look spectacular.
Milestone, Flicker Alley, Oscilloscope, Cinema Guild...they're all here.
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The reconstruction of the German premiere version of Lola Montez was done in Full HD back in 2001/2002. It was the first complete digital film restoration in Germany.McCrutchy wrote:Unless the elements are in particularly poor condition, this particular Ophüls release would have seemed an ideal candidate for Blu-ray. I'll still probably get the DVD once it goes to general distribution through Alive in a few months, but I'd have gladly paid double the EF price and bought direct for a 2xBD-50 set with the same content.
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A couple of August 2018 new releases...
'Tender are the Feet' (Maung Wunna, 1972, Burma)
Sein Lin, a drummer of a traditional Burmese theatre group, falls in love with the beautiful dancer, Khin San. When she leaves the theatre to pursue a career as a film actress, he gives her a small figure as a keepsake, a symbol of traditional theatre. They part ways and he watches her from a distance as she appears to lose her way in the ultra-glamourous world of commercial cinema. This black and white classic comes with an important message: true art is as private and as intense as the love between a drummer and his dancer. Based on meticulous research of Burmese travelling theatre groups, Tender are the Feet was made in 1972. It is one of the first films of Maung Wunna, a director who developed his artistic style during the golden age of Burmese cinema and continued to do so despite the oppressive policies of the military dic tatorship. An important reference point for contemporary filmmakers, it has now been restored from the only sur - viving source material, a DVCPro archive tape provided by Myanmar's national broadcaster MRTV.
'Das Luftschiff' (Rainer Simon, 1983, East Germany) & 'Unbändiges Spanien' (Kurt & Jeanne Stern, 1962, East Germany)
Rainer Simon's adaptation of Fritz Rudolf Fries' novel "The Airship" is one of the most unconventional feature films ever produced in East Germany. Featuring a complex flashback structure and animated dream sequences painted directly on the film by artist Lutz Dammbeck, Das Luftschiff tells the story of an inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new airship. When Civil War breaks out in Spain, the inventor refuses to allow his work to be abused for sinister political purposes.
Unbändiges Spanien is an expanded version of Spanish Earth by Joris Ivens, who authorized Jeanne and Kurt Stern to update his work for a new audience.