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Colpeper
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Re: Michael Powell

#26 Post by Colpeper » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:55 am

mteller wrote:Mister Lime confirmed on HTF it's the Selznick butcher job. A shame.
Although I would not rank Gone to Earth very high among The Archers' output, it has a special significance for me because I grew up near its filming locations in the Shropshire countryside. As a child, I knew about the film many years before eventually seeing it, when it was restored in the 1980s.

There really isn't anything to recommend in the Selznick US version over the UK original, despite Rouben Mamoulian's involvement as director of some reshot scenes. The only positive I can point to is that Selznick at least had the decency (or perhaps it was a contractual requirement) to rename the butchered product. Since the forthcoming release appears to be under that US title, The Wild Heart, it tells us what to expect. I presume the roadshow overture will be new to home video though.

In exceptional cases, I might defend a producer's wishes taking precedence over the director's, if the producer is risking his or her own money whilst the director is not. However, Powell & Pressburger always did have a financial stake as co-producers, so they were entitled to object when Selznick's interference became unreasonable.

I feel sorry for contemporary US audiences who were denied a chance to see the original film, but at least that still exists and perhaps one day we can look forward to it on Blu.

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Re: Michael Powell

#27 Post by JSC » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:55 am

Mill Creek is releasing Powell's Age of Consent as a double feature with Cactus Flower.
Pretty awful cover, though.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Age-of-Co ... ay/207017/

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Re: Michael Powell

#28 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:27 am

Great news, thanks. I wonder if this will include the commentary by Kent Jones.

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Re: Michael Powell

#29 Post by nolanoe » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:25 am

Werewolf by Night wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:23 pm
nolanoe wrote:Really, all I care about is when a BD of "Down to Earth" comes out.
Good news! It’s coming, thanks to Kino Lorber. A restored “roadshow” version, apparently, though I’m not quite sure what that means. The uncut UK version, one would hope.
I missed this - I'm very happy to see this is indeed being released this September!!

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Michael Powell

#30 Post by MichaelB » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:36 am

Full specs for Indicator’s region-free Blu-ray of Age of Consent, which also includes Powell’s 1972 fiction swansong The Boy Who Turned Yellow (making its HD debut) and over three hours of archival audio interviews (one solo from 1971, one jointly with Emeric Pressburger from 1985).

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Re: Michael Powell

#31 Post by whaleallright » Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:29 am

Out of curiosity, are there rights issues preventing some of Powell's later work (by which I mean after Hoffmann I suppose) from release or is it simply lack of interest? I'm thinking in particular of Oh... Rosalinda and Bluebeard's Castle, but there are a few others that are quite hard to see (in decent versions anyhow).

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Re: Michael Powell

#32 Post by MichaelB » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:46 am

Oh... Rosalinda!! is with StudioCanal, and I suspect it’s pretty low priority for them. The Bartók was recently restored by the BFI and the Film Foundation, so I’m hoping that this means some kind of release, but I haven’t heard of any concrete plans.

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