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102 Ministry of Fear

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:11 am

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MINISTRY OF FEAR
(Fritz Lang, 1944)
Release date: 20 August 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Set during Blitz-torn wartime England, Ray Milland (Dial M for Murder, The Lost Weekend) stars as a man just released from a sanatorium who stumbles into an elaborate and murderous Nazi plot. Reminiscent of Lang's early expressionist films (The Spiders, Dr Mabuse the Gambler, M) and full of bravura set pieces and hallucinatory visuals, Ministry of Fear is one of Lang’s finest films – a mature and beautifully crafted thriller, and a vivid adaptation of Graham Greene’s celebrated novel.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• 2K Restoration
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with author and film historian Neil Sinyard
• Tony Rayns on Fritz Lang and ‘Ministry of Fear’ (2018): a newly filmed appreciation and analysis by the film historian
• Graham Greene and ‘Ministry of Fear’ (2018): Adrian Wootton, OBE, author of The Films of Graham Greene and CEO of Film London, discusses Greene's long and rich relationship with the cinema.
• 1949 NBC University Theatre radio play adaptation
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• All extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: PG
REGION B
EAN: 5037899071564

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Re: 102 Ministry of Fear

#2 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:57 am

Great cover and nice set of extras. Shame I'm not wild about the film

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#3 Post by rapta » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:21 am

First real clash with Criterion's catalogue here. Well done Powerhouse!

Will definitely be pre-ordering this. Lang, Milland, Greene, and Rayns on the extras. Sounds good to me...

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Re: 102 Ministry of Fear

#4 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:29 am

Damn! I actually liked this enough to have to seriously consider double-dipping to improve on the bare bones Criterion.

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#5 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:35 am

I mean, you could recoup at least 2/3 of the Indicator cost by reselling your Criterion

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#6 Post by Lowry_Sam » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:26 pm

I love Lang, but for me this was one of his biggest disappointments. With the subject matter, the actors involved & Lang's ability to create suspense & atmosphere, this had such potential & yet the end product falls so very far short of what it could have been.

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#7 Post by whaleallright » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:16 pm

when does Tony Rayns sleep?

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102 Ministry of Fear

#8 Post by MichaelB » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:46 am

Tony is one of those people like Kim Newman who can just turn up and reel off a word-perfect piece in a single take. A talent like that is beyond price for a Blu-ray producer, which is why Tony and Kim keep getting these gigs (and it’s also why Kat Ellinger’s recent rise has been so meteoric).

That lengthy piece about Audition on the Arrow edition? He rattled that off in the same session as recording the commentary for A Touch of Zen for Eureka - I don’t imagine he intended it to be as long as it turned out, as he did it at very short notice, but that’s what happened.

(See also horror musicologist extraordinaire David Huckvale, who recently recorded enough material for multiple pieces across two labels in a single day - I’m editing three of them for Indicator, but I know he covered something for Anolis in the same session.)

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