Irma Vep

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Irma Vep

#1 Post by swo17 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:36 am

Irma Vep

UK-only release


Ten years after he made his feature debut with Disorder in 1986, Olivier Assayas decided it was time to turn his attentions to the French film industry for his sixth picture. Written in ten days, and shot in less than a month, Irma Vep provides a mid-nineties' amalgam of François Truffaut's Day for Night and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Beware of a Holy Whore.

French filmmaker René Vidal (Day for Night's Jean-Pierre Léaud) is commissioned by a TV company to direct a remake of Louis Feuillade's classic silent-era serial, Les Vampires. Maggie Cheung (playing a version of herself) is cast in the central role and heads to Paris for filming – where she finds herself amid the chaos of artistic differences, petty rivalries and the immense egos which make up a film set.

Irma Vep is Assayas at his lightest and most playful – simultaneously a gently satirical dig at the state of French cinema and a love letter to his female star.


• 2K restoration from the original negative, supervised and approved by Olivier Assayas
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Audio commentary by writer-director Olivier Assayas and critic Jean-Michel Frodon
On the Set of Irma Vep, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with optional commentary by Assayas and Frodon
• Interview with Assayas and critic Charles Tesson
• Interview with actors Maggie Cheung and Nathalie Richard
Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, a 1997 short film by Assayas
• Black and white rushes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Neil Young

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#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:39 am

Day one purchase.

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#3 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:10 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:Day one purchase.
For the 3rd time...

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#4 Post by zedz » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:58 pm


And that's a nice cover
that only people who have seen the movie will recognise as a spoiler

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#5 Post by senseabove » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:57 pm

This is very tempting, but I wonder if we can expect an equivalent US release in the near future, since there are no newly commissioned extras (except the essay, presumably). Looks like Zeitgeist, who released the US DVD in 2008, was the print/permissions source for a US screening late last year, and the previous DVD release was in 1998, so it would probably be safe to assume US rights were a 10-year block and are/will soon be up for grabs again?

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#6 Post by furbicide » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:55 pm

I think we can all agree that Arrow does the best covers, right?

I already have this on DVD, but this is, indeed, tempting...

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#7 Post by Grand Wazoo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:21 pm

furbicide wrote:I think we can all agree that Arrow does the best covers, right?
*cough* Second Run...

Excited to see this one in HD.

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#8 Post by furbicide » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:19 am

Oh yeah, love them too! But they have a design formula to fall back on – all of Arrow's look different and cool in their own way. The more DVDs from each company on my shelf, the better!

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#9 Post by Apperson » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:06 am


Looks fantastic!

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#10 Post by Peter McM » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:50 pm

zedz wrote:Magnificent!

And that's a nice cover
that only people who have seen the movie will recognize as a spoiler
Just like the original Planet of the Apes--showing the half-buried Statue of Liberty on the shore as cover art.

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#11 Post by DeprongMori » Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:48 pm

Irma Vep seems to be a Janus title as it just went up on their web page, with indication that it is available in Blu-ray. This might explain why the Arrow release was UK-only,

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