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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:56 am 
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A limited edition Blu-ray box set featuring award-winning classics Day of Wrath, Ordet, Gertrud and alternative presentations of Master of the House, as well as seven of Dreyer’s celebrated short films. Special features include Torben Skjødt Jensen’s fascinating 1995 documentary My Métier and extensive archival and outtake interview footage with those who knew and worked with the legendary director.


Out in April.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:03 am 
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Alternative presentations of Master of the House sounds potentially like they're retaining the Danish intertitles. Which is news (as is the inclusion of My Métier)!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:23 am 
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It's probably a vain hope, but it would be fantastic if they got Casper Tybjerg back in- his commentaries on Day of Wrath and so forth are amongst my favorite scholarly commentaries, and his video lecture on Dreyer was so good I have it on my phone.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:42 am 
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EddieLarkin wrote:
Alternative presentations of Master of the House sounds potentially like they're retaining the Danish intertitles. Which is news (as is the inclusion of My Métier)!

That would be fantastic news considering the tweet I got when I asked.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:52 am 
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BFI have oh-so quietly been releasing some amazing stuff the last few years, and I'm thrilled about this.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:26 pm 
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Since I'm sure that the disc presentation will be exemplary across the board, I'll just chime in for now with a plea that this set be packaged in thick cardboard.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:39 pm 

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Out in April.

Hopefully April 2015.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:41 pm 

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Yes, 2015. It's being encoded now ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:47 pm 
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Yes, 2015. It's being encoded now ;)


You inadvertently answered my own question before I even had a chance to ask it! :-) (i.e., who is working on it...)

This is going to the top of my to-purchase list!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:09 pm 
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Is that cover for it the one Nick Wrigley made for the Ordet restoration? Looks similar.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:19 pm 

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What is limited about these BFI "limited" sets? Are they really intended to go out of production after the initial run, or are the films repackaged and extras removed for an unlimited run later on?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:21 pm 
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If the Jeff Keen set and Riddles of the Sphinx are any guide, they become DVD-only releases after the Blu-rays have sold out.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:02 pm 
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Does that mean it'll initially be a dual-format release, like Riddles of the Sphinx, or is it Blu-ray only?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:42 pm 
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otis wrote:
Does that mean it'll initially be a dual-format release, like Riddles of the Sphinx, or is it Blu-ray only?


Given that the press release calls it a 'Blu-ray box set' and that these are already widely available from the BFI on DVD, I'd be extremely surprised if this turns out to be a Dual-Format box.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:12 pm 
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Good point!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:07 am 
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As per twitter, the BFI to release Master of the House in both Danish- and English-intertitled versions.

\:D/


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:47 am 
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...as I know many us others will greatly value the Danish intertitles.
*chuckles* And then I realize, I belong to that group. I had no idea when I woke up this morning...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:02 am 
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TMDaines wrote:
As per twitter, the BFI to release Master of the House in both Danish- and English-intertitled versions.

\:D/

Excellent news!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:03 am 
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It looks like that I got so excited that I suddenly lost command of the English language when replying to them on twitter.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:56 am 
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otis wrote:
Does that mean it'll initially be a dual-format release, like Riddles of the Sphinx, or is it Blu-ray only?


They seem to be phasing out Dual Format...Eyes Without A Face will likely be their last one, unless there's something where they can only fit some shorts or extras on the DVD and not the blu-ray (or they're simply just of SD quality).


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:20 pm 
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Amazon product description wrote:
Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection (Limited Edition Blu-ray box set)

Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of world cinema's most celebrated and enduringly praised filmmakers. His visually arresting, pared-down style has been a major influence on such contemporary directors as Carlos Reygadas and Lars von Trier. This strictly limited edition Blu-ray box set collects a number of his most revered, award-winning films, some of his lesser-known works, and an extensive selection of extra features.

Alongside award-winning classics Day of Wrath (1943), Ordet (1955) and Gertrud (1964), the silent Master of the House (1925) is presented here for the first time in both its Danish and English inter-titles versions. In addition, seven of Dreyer's short films made between 1942 and 1955 are presented in full High Definition for the first time.

Special features include Torben Skjødt Jensen's fascinating 1995 documentary My Métier and extensive archival and outtake interview footage with those who knew and worked with the legendary director.

Special features:

• High Definition presentations
• Alternative English and Danish inter-title versions of Master of the House
• Seven short films by Dreyer (1943-1955)
My Métier (Torben Skjødt Jensen, 1995, 90 mins, Standard Definition)
My Métier interview outtakes (Standard Definition)
• Archival footage and interviews (Standard Definition)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:32 pm 
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Looks like I can pencil in #1 on my Best of 2015 list.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:22 pm 
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The short films are presumably the films he made for the Danish government, so curiosities at best. Here's the list from wikipedia:

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Good Mothers (Mødrehjælpen, 12 min, 1942)
Water from the Land (Vandet på landet, 1946)
The Struggle Against Cancer (Kampen mod kræften, 15 min, 1947)
The Danish Village Church (Landsbykirken, 14 min, 1947)
They Caught the Ferry (De nåede færgen, 11 min, 1948)
Thorvaldsen (10 min, 1949)
The Storstrom Bridge (Storstrømsbroen, 7 min, 1950)
The Castle Within the Castle (Et Slot i et slot, 1955)


Does that mean all completed films are now going to be available on home video?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:35 pm 
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I wonder if one of those eight will be missing, or if the seven quoted is erroneous.

It's unfortunate that Love One Another and The Bride of Glomdal aren't going to be included, even though the DFI hold HD masters (assuming their Blu-ray isn't an upscale or anything). I know it'd require an additional disc, but I can't imagine a better opportunity will come up for these films to see a localised release.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:47 pm 
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They look great on the DFI blu-ray. I'm pretty sure it's region free and don't think it's an upscale. Just buy it from them!


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