111 A Dandy in Aspic

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111 A Dandy in Aspic

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:12 am

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A DANDY IN ASPIC
(Anthony Mann, 1968)
Release date: 18 March 2019
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)


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The final film by the great Anthony Mann (Winchester '73, El Cid), A Dandy in Aspic is a stylish and complex cold-war thriller starring Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, The Manchurian Candidate) as a Russian double-agent working for British Intelligence who is assigned to track down and kill an unusual target.

Falling between the outlandish exploits of James Bond and the dour realism of John le Carré’s ‘circus of spies’, this paranoid thriller is a dark and refined affair, with a superb supporting cast headed by Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby, See No Evil) and Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Otley), wonderful cinematography by regular Powell and Pressburger cameraman Christopher Challis, and with a terrific score by Quincy Jones.


INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with author and critic Samm Deighan
• BFI Seminar with Anthony Mann (1978): an archival audio recording of the great director
• The BEHP Interview with Christopher Challis (1988): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the renowned cinematographer in conversation with Kevin Gough-Yates
• Berlin: The Swinging City (1968): original promotional film
• Interview with titles designer Michael Graham-Smith (2019)
• Richard Combs on ‘A Dandy in Aspic’(2019): a new appreciation by the renowned critic, lecturer and broadcaster
• Theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Ian Penman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• All extras subject to change


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BBFC cert: 12
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EAN: 5037899071670

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#2 Post by KJones77 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:48 am

Very intrigued by this one. Anyone have any thoughts on it?

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#3 Post by alacal2 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:33 pm

"And the new excitement of Mia Farrow"!!

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#4 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:51 pm

KJones77 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:48 am
Very intrigued by this one. Anyone have any thoughts on it?
It's of a piece with all the other international spy movies of the era. I'd rank it somewhere in the middle of those, and pretty far down for Mann. Not a high note to go out on, at least

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#5 Post by Drucker » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:21 pm

Based on Dom's comment it almost sounds like a pass, and then you see the Mann interview as an extra and welp.

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#6 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:25 pm

While on a lot of movies, Indicator releases or otherwise, I'm not always in lockstep with the overall consensus, on this one I may actually be more charitable than most

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#7 Post by knives » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:58 pm

I actually love it a lot, but I also enjoy well above the average the weird spy films or the era like this and Preminger's Rosebud.

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Re: 111 A Dandy in Aspic

#8 Post by Cold Bishop » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:41 pm

I like it, and do think it could have been possibly a very good film had Mann finished it. Granted, I love the po-faced wave of unglamorous spy films (I think Kremlin Letter is a masterpiece).

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