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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:50 am 
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La Belle et la Bête (Blu-ray)
Directed by Jean Cocteau

La Belle et la bête is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled.

Josette Day is luminous yet feisty as Beauty, and Jean Marais gives one of his best performances as the Beast, at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust. Henri Alekan's subtle black and white cinematography combine with Christian Bérard's masterly costumes and set designs to create a magical piece of cinema, a children's fairy tale refashioned into a stylised and highly sophisticated dream.

The BFI is proud to present this world cinema classic in High Definition for the first time in the UK.

Special features
Presented in High Definition
Audio commentary with cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film, and full film credits
Other extras TBC
1946 | black & white | 94 minutes | 1 x BD50 / Region B | Cert PG

Release date 26 March 2018, according to Amazon


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:34 am 
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Thought this was a safe Criterion import. At least the Criterion is stacked.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:38 am 
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Was expecting BFI will put a Blu-ray out eventually. I’m confident the extras won’t disappoint when they are announced, hopefully something from both Criterion and Gaumont’s discs are included.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:13 pm 
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The Criterion disc is based on their older restoration. M6 / SND had it restored in 4K in 2013. I suppose the BFI will use the newer restoration (even if it's not specified).


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:00 pm 

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I really wanted to love this (Disney's Beauty and the beast is my favourite animation film of all time), but I didn't.
Maybe i'll watch it again to re-evaulate.
From caps-a-holic comparisons though I've seen this new restoration is too dark.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:06 am 

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Out of pendantry, the Criterion BD transfer lacks an authentic "FIN" end title card, instead using a new one crediting the restorers. Did other home video versions have an original end title card, or did the film fade to black?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:23 am 
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TMDaines wrote:
Thought this was a safe Criterion import. At least the Criterion is stacked.

The press release says Other extras TBC


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:43 am 
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Delayed until 23 July 2018....


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