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Re: Janus Films

#451 Post by Never Cursed » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:44 pm

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:
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If a theater were to pay for a DCP in such a manner as described above, how long would they retain the actual hardware for? More importantly (at least to my interests), what besides the ludicrous cost is stopping an individual (rather than a cinema) from purchasing something in this manner?
DCPs are encrypted and run off exclusive Linux based operating systems. You injest DCPs into the computer and upload each film onto the server then mail the DCP back to the studio. Unless you have a computer with the hard drive, you’re looking at each 4K master easily being 100-300gb. A DCP projection system goes for at least $50K (these are the lower end Sony projectors). They also have keys that unlock the file for a specific amount that you have to get directly from the studio.

Unless you have a home theater system and projectionist ready to which I would ask if I can come over and watch movies with you!
Well those are certainly some obstacles! I thought there were some types of DCP software that could run natively on Windows, though, would those not work around at least the OS issues?

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Re: Janus Films

#452 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:17 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:44 pm
Well those are certainly some obstacles! I thought there were some types of DCP software that could run natively on Windows, though, would those not work around at least the OS issues?
I’m not sure about software for DCP playback without the key. I could only the fear from Hollywood studios if the encryption was cracked and films could just be uploaded online. I also don’t believe DCPs are standard playback of a single compressed video file and actually have multiple components to them. I have made my own DCPs to play on cinema projectors, but never have got one to play back on a computer.

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Re: Janus Films

#453 Post by jwd5275 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:12 pm

Janus now has a page up for Smooth Talk.

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Re: Janus Films

#454 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:14 pm

jwd5275 wrote:
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Janus now has a page up for Smooth Talk.
A wonderful film. I guess Olive lost the rights?

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#455 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:18 pm

Great news! I came close to buying that Olive release multiple times and now will await patiently for the Criterion. I have to echo Domino and say it’s excellent.

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#456 Post by CSM126 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:21 pm

Great news indeed. Hopefully they pull together the rich special edition this film deserves. Smooth Talk is exceptional.

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#457 Post by dwk » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:55 am

Flowers of Shanghai has been added to Janus' site (credit to Scottie at the Blu-ray.com forum for pointing this out)

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#458 Post by tenia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:30 pm

I've seen the new 4k restoration a few days ago and while it definitely looks like a recent work, I can't say I was convinced by its smooth aspect.
I also quite disliked the movie, which I find was spending a lot of energy frustrating and keeping at distance the viewer, in an almost punishing manner.

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#459 Post by Big Ben » Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:35 pm

I mean getting a good quality release of something by Hou Hsiao-Hsien is good right? I long for a better release of A City of Sadness.

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#460 Post by tenia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:12 pm

I'm quite sure this will be a major upgrade over whatever was the previous video release (if any) of the movie. But still, it seemed noticeably DNRed.

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#461 Post by goblinfootballs » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:28 pm

Big Ben wrote:
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I mean getting a good quality release of something by Hou Hsiao-Hsien is good right? I long for a better release of A City of Sadness.
Good quality + not letterboxed for 4:3 televisions!

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#462 Post by Glowingwabbit » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:34 pm

tenia wrote:
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I also quite disliked the movie, which I find was spending a lot of energy frustrating and keeping at distance the viewer, in an almost punishing manner.
I take it you're not a Hou fan in general then.

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#463 Post by tenia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:41 pm

Loved The Boys from Fengkuei, quite liked Green Green Grass of Home, got bored by Cute Girl, hated The Assassin.
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#464 Post by cowboydan » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:44 pm

tenia wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:12 pm
I'm quite sure this will be a major upgrade over whatever was the previous video release (if any) of the movie. But still, it seemed noticeably DNRed.
Did you watch the Taiwan blu-ray? I have it and it has poor encoding with tons of banding. Criterion will absolutely do a much better job with it and likely (hopefully) not utilize DNR.

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Re: Janus Films

#465 Post by tenia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:52 pm

No, I've seen the 4k restoration in theaters (so DCP).


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Re: Janus Films

#467 Post by Lowry_Sam » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:25 am

tenia wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:12 pm
I'm quite sure this will be a major upgrade over whatever was the previous video release (if any) of the movie. But still, it seemed noticeably DNRed.
I remember it being dimly lit & a bit hazy when I saw it in the 90s at the PFA. From the look, I assumed it was shot on (90s) digital. I loved it & picked up the US dvd when it came out, but felt the severity of the letterboxing really diminished the film's impact. Its been one of several titles on my Criterion wishlist of 90s letterboxed dvds (along with L'Humanite, Beau Travail, For Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train, Indochine, Father and Son, & Raise The Red Lantern). So here's hoping.

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Re: Janus Films

#468 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:00 am

Lowry_Sam wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:25 am
I remember it being dimly lit & a bit hazy when I saw it in the 90s at the PFA. From the look, I assumed it was shot on (90s) digital.
It's very much 35mm (and in fact Hou is yet to make a feature on anything else). The dimness and haziness is by design; Lee Ping-bing has told of being directed by Hou to turn the lights down until Lee warned him that anything lower would risk nothing registering on the film, at which point Hou would focus on something else for a few minutes before going back to Lee and directing him to turn the lights down again.

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#469 Post by headacheboy » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:42 pm

The 1975 Hungarian film Örökbefogadás (Adoption), directed by Márta Mészáros and previously through Kino, showed up last night on TCM with a Janus Films opening. It was also a new restoration. (I failed to write down who did said restoration.) I checked Janus Films website and found nothing regarding the film.

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#470 Post by Boosmahn » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:17 pm

The poster for Smooth Talk, which will surely be the Criterion cover:

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And the description:
Janus Films wrote:Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming of age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

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#472 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:39 pm

2046 better be in the box or we riot

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Re: Janus Films

#473 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:55 pm

That might honestly be the dealbreaker for me

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#474 Post by jwo17 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:49 am

Rest easy, I assure you 2046 will be in the box.

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Re: Janus Films

#475 Post by black&huge » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:15 am

yes but what about my blueberry nights?

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