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112 Age of Consent

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:55 am

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(Michael Powell, 1969)
Release date: 19 November 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

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Based on Norman Lindsay's controversial autobiographical 1935 novel, Age of Consent is the story of an artist (James Mason), grown tired of producing art for wealthy Americans, who moves to the wilds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where he meets Cora (Helen Mirren), a teenage girl who inspires him and becomes his muse – as well as the object of his desire.

The penultimate film from the great Michael Powell (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom), Age of Consent explores the obsessive nature of an artist approaching the twilight of his career. Misjudged and mis-handled on its initial release (when the distributor removed key scenes and re-scored the film), Age of Consent is now regarded as one of Powell’s key works.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Two presentations of the film: The Film Foundation's 2005 restoration of the original 106-minute Director's Cut; and the 96-minute 1969 Theatrical Version
• The John Player Lecture with Michael Powell: The Beauty of the Image (1971): archival audio recording of the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with Kevin Gough-Yates at London’s National Film Theatre
• The Guardian Interview with Michael Powell (1986): archival audio recording of the filmmaker in conversation with Sheila Whitaker at the National Film Theatre
• Audio commentary with film historian Kent Jones (2009)
• Ian Christie on Michael Powell and ‘Age of Consent’ (2018): the respected academic and author of Arrows of Desire: Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger discusses Powell’s life and work
• Making 'Age of Consent' (2009, 17 mins): Kevin Powell, composer Peter Sculthorpe and editor Anthony Buckley recall the turbulent production and release history of the film
• Martin Scorsese on ‘Age of Consent’ (2009, 6 mins): the acclaimed director discusses the impact and legacy of Powell’s film
• Helen Mirren: A Conversation with Cora (2009, 13 mins): the award-winning actor reflects on one of her earliest and most memorable film roles
• Down Under with Ron and Valerie Taylor (2009, 10 mins): a conversation with the celebrated underwater photographers
• 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 Samm Deighan, 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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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:05 am

It would be nice if Powell's The Boy Who Turned Yellow manifested on this disc, the way Guillermin's Adventures in the Hopfields turned up on his Indicator entry. Particularly as it is the last film directed by Powell, and this is his penultimate feature.

Otherwise, really happy about this release.

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#3 Post by Calvin » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:22 am

What A Disgrace wrote:It would be nice if Powell's The Boy Who Turned Yellow manifested on this disc, the way Guillermin's Adventures in the Hopfields turned up on his Indicator entry. Particularly as it is the last film directed by Powell, and this is his penultimate feature.

Otherwise, really happy about this release.

I couldn’t agree more, I really hope they manage to fit it on before release.

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#4 Post by swo17 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:13 am

You guys know that's on one of the BFI's Children's Film Foundation collections, right?

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#5 Post by Calvin » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:36 am

For some reason I thought that the Guillermin was too, but having looked it up now I think I was mistaken. But, nevertheless, the BFI's HD transfer of The Boy Who Turned Yellow is quite lovely and I have a feeling it would benefit from the format upgrade that I'm quite sure it will never receive otherwise other than as an extra.

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#6 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:37 am

Yes, I'd rather have the films in HD. I'd absolutely get the newest volume of the series if it were a Blu-ray, but no such luck.

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#7 Post by M Sanderson » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:21 pm

Wasn’t even aware of this Powell film. Sounds an essential buy, especially coming from a Film Foundation restoration.

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#8 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:28 pm

It's worth noting, as I don't think the specs spell this out in much detail, that the two cuts don't merely differ in terms of running time but they also have completely different scores.

Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe was originally hired, but, in echoes of the Bernard Herrmann/John Addison brouhaha over Hitchock's Torn Curtain three years earlier, his score was rejected in favour of a more commercially appealing one by prolific British film composer Stanley Myers.

But because Sculthorpe's score had at least got to the performance and recording stage, when the Film Foundation restored the film a decade or so ago they were also able to reinstate the score that Michael Powell originally intended to include. In fact, ironically, it's now the Myers score that's the obscure rarity, but since that's the score that you'd have heard for the first four decades of the film's existence, it seemed appropriate to include it as well.

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#9 Post by david hare » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:40 pm

I saw this opening week in Sydney and Sculthorpe’s (very fine) score was on the track. I could not vouch for running time but I suspect it was 96 minutes. I can find out from AFTRS easily enough. I am almost certain the other score was subsituted for “foreign” release. As you must know the frontal nudity in this got it a grindhouse release in the States.

I think while the movie is likeable it’s extremely marginal to Powell's’ career. More centrally it was a vanity project for Mason who produced it. His line readings are the worst of his career. I really wish someone would pick up Weird Mob for. BD. Much better movie.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#10 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:51 pm

In which case I stand slightly corrected - we're clearly talking about the Australian version versus the international version. Anyway, both are included.

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#11 Post by david hare » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:07 pm

I also recall very distantly quite some kerfuffke when it was decded to change the score. I am almost certain (99.99%) it was Oz based outrage over the change for foreign releases. Powell certainly had nothing like final cut. I (or you guys) really need to confirm all this with someone at Screensound or AFTRS. Peter’s score is perhaps the best thing in the movie, apart from Helen in her nekkid glory. There is another ubiquitous tale of the projectionist raking the bottom matte down from 1.85 to 1.66 if you’re interested. To everone’s total disbelief this got the then equivalent of a PG rating in then censor haunted Australia.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#12 Post by Calvin » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:12 pm

The specs have now been updated to confirm that The Boy Who Turned Yellow will be included.

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#13 Post by domino harvey » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:18 pm

Incredible value in this release! Will it stay one disc?

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#14 Post by MichaelB » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:31 pm

Yes. The Boy Who Turned Yellow is only 54 mins, and even Age of Consent only needs about two hours' worth of video to service seamlessly-branched versions of both cuts. (The differences are primarily to do with the soundtrack, since each version has a wholly different score.) And of course the other extras can be compressed much more as they're mainly talking-heads pieces against static backgrounds - although we were pleasantly surprised that the extras that Sony created for their old DVD turned out to be in HD. And the most substantial extras - the Kent Jones commentary, a whopping 190 minutes of archival interviews with Powell and Pressburger - are audio.

So it's certainly a packed disc, but not to the extent of compromising anything - both the main features look pretty terrific.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#15 Post by david hare » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:00 pm

The supplementary content obviously now totally outclasses the film itself which IMO still remains minor and barely more than a footnote to his career. I know Kent Jones likes it a lot (god knows why) but he has apparently neve seen the earlier They're a Weird Mob which was written by Emeric under a nom-de plume and which has quite a bit of genuinely Powellian material. I am possibly the only person on the planet who would argue a case for Mob but there you go.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#16 Post by MichaelB » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:01 pm

I had an intern a couple of decades back who was a huge fan of They're a Weird Mob. You can probably guess what part of the world she hailed from.

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#17 Post by Calvin » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:36 pm

Will the booklet have any content relating to The Boy Who Turned Yellow? I understand that it's an extra, but it's an interesting production in and of itself.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#18 Post by MichaelB » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:44 pm

There’s a three-page (I think) essay by the BFI’s Vic Pratt.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#19 Post by tojoed » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:28 am

david hare wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:00 pm
I am possibly the only person on the planet who would argue a case for Mob but there you go.
Not quite. I like Mob a good deal.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#20 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:34 pm

A truly splendid actor and comedian like Walter Chiari for one thing. And Sydney before it was ruined by rich bastards and their filthy financial market money, and when middle and working class people still lived in Victorian cottages in Coogee and Balmain with harbor views. Rafferty is particularly interesting. Powell directs him to play the arch white racist bigot very hard which he does to a tee. Perhpas one reason people don't like it much is they think Powell is endorsing this kind of racist "wog" material. His balancing act with comedy and the serious undertones is extremely deft. ANyway I'm glad you like it too.

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#21 Post by GaryC » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:28 am

Another one for Mob here, though I haven't seen it for coming up to ten years, when I reviewed it on DVD.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#22 Post by DeprongMori » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:43 am

I’m kind of surprised that, rather than The Boy Who Turned Yellow, They’re a Weird Mob wasn’t included as the supplemental film here, given its chronological adjacency to The Age of Consent and its shared Australian setting.

As I haven’t seen either, I’m glad to get the bonus of seeing at least one of them here.

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#23 Post by MichaelB » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:30 am

DeprongMori wrote:I’m kind of surprised that, rather than The Boy Who Turned Yellow, They’re a Weird Mob wasn’t included as the supplemental film here, given its chronological adjacency to The Age of Consent and its shared Australian setting.
This would have been impractical for multiple reasons, the fact that it’s more than twice as long as The Boy Who Turned Yellow merely being one of them.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#24 Post by david hare » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:12 am

Michael I will say bluntly, given whatever rights there may be in the way, Weird Mob would have made the perfect auteurial double. I honestly would have killed for this if only you would ever have considered it, whatever your post colonialist position The only remaining Powell to really fuss about of course is Bluebeard’s Castle.

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Re: 112 Age of Consent

#25 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:19 am

David I thought you would have rooted for the Queen's Guards as well.

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