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Bleak Moments & Naked

#1 Post by swo17 » Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:18 am

Bleak Moments

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Sylvia (Anne Raitt) leads a quiet life caring for her sister Hilda (Sarah Stephenson) who has complex care needs. Their lonely suburban existence is accentuated by a social awkwardness that detaches them from the community and fuels a life of seclusion and despair.

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim, Mike Leigh's debut feature film is a haunting study of social isolation. Uncompromising and deeply affecting, the film introduced Leigh's unique and highly influential natural style that he has continued to develop over a 50 year career.

A true landmark in the history of British film, Bleak Moments has been newly remastered by the BFI and is presented on Blu-ray for the very first time.
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Johnny (David Thewlis) is a frenetic and destructive outsider who tears through the lives of others like an emotional tornado. On the run from Manchester, he seeks sanctuary with his ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp) in London, where he immediately targets her vulnerable housemate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge) with his unique blend of predatory charm.

From there he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey across the city, dragging other disaffected souls into his orbit as he spirals towards his own personal apocalypse. Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning film is a masterful, controversial, and totally unforgettable exploration of society in free-fall at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain.

Naked has been newly remastered by the BFI National Archive and is available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#2 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 05, 2021 8:30 am

Full specs announced:
BLEAK MOMENTS
A film by Mike Leigh


Released on Blu-ray and digitally, including BFI Player, on 29 November 2021

Released in 1971 to widespread acclaim, Mike Leigh’s debut feature film is a haunting study of social isolation. Uncompromising and deeply affecting, the film introduced the director’s unique and highly influential natural style that he has continued to develop over a 50 year film career.

A true landmark in the history of British film, Bleak Moments has been newly remastered in 4K by the BFI and is presented on Blu-ray for the very first time. Its release on 29 November is part of the BFI’s major celebration of Mike Leigh this autumn which includes the Blu-ray release of Naked (1993) in November (after its theatrical release on 12 November), a complete retrospective of Mike Leigh’s work at BFI Southbank from 18 October – 30 November, a Mike Leigh collection on BFI Player, a season of Leigh’s work at HOME, Manchester and more. Full details here.

Sylvia (Anne Raitt) leads a quiet life, working as a secretary in an office with her friend Pat (Joolia Cappleman) and caring for her sister Hilda (Sarah Stephenson), who has complex care needs, in the evening. Into Sylvia’s life come two men, Peter (Eric Allan), a reserved teacher she knows slightly, and Norman (Mike Bradwell), a painfully shy, long haired young man who rents her garage to print an underground magazine.

Imbued with a fragile tenderness, and strong seam of buried humour, the characters in Mike Leigh’s assured feature debut, are struck with an inability to express their inner feelings. Marvellous central performances from Anne Raitt, Eric Allan, Joolia Cappleman. Sarah Stephenson and Mike Bradwell highlight the smallest nuances of human behaviour in Leigh’s masterful study of unfulfilled lives and frustrated desires. Trapped by the grinding continuity of their daily life, the detached and lonely suburban existence, accentuated by paralysing social awkwardness fuels the characters’ sense of seclusion, pain and feeds a general mood of despair.

Special features
• Newly remastered in 4K by the BFI, overseen by Dick Pope and Lee Herrick, approved by Mike Leigh
• Audio commentary by writer and director Mike Leigh (2015)
Bleak Moments: 50 Years On (2021, 9 mins): a short interview with Mike Leigh as he looks back on his debut feature
• In Conversation: Mike Leigh and Les Blair (1972, 28 mins): in this rare archive interview director Mike Leigh and producer and editor Les Blair discuss Bleak Moments
• Interview with Mike Leigh (2019, 36 mins): filmed after a screening of his 1976 film Nuts in May, Mike Leigh discusses his approach to filmmaking with film researcher and programmer Neil McGlone
• Image gallery
• ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Ellen Cheshire, an archival review from Sight & Sound and cast and credits

Product details
RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1433 / PG
UK / 1971 / colour / 111 mins / English language, with optional subtitles for the Deaf and partial hearing / original aspect ratio 1.66:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit), PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
NAKED
A film by Mike Leigh
David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge


Released on Blu-ray and digitally, including BFI Player, on 29 November 2021

See the new trailer here

Featuring a razor-sharp script and direction by Mike Leigh and brilliantly claustrophobic cinematography by Dick Pope, this Cannes-winning film is a masterful, controversial and totally unforgettable exploration of society in free-fall at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain.

Naked has been newly remastered in 4K by the BFI National Archive and is presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Its release on 29 November (following its UK-wide theatrical release on 12 November) is part of the BFI’s major celebration of Mike Leigh this autumn, which includes the Blu-ray and digital release of Bleak Moments (1971) on the same date, a complete retrospective of Mike Leigh’s work at BFI Southbank from 18 October – 30 November, a collection on BFI Player, a season of Leigh’s work at HOME, Manchester and more. Full details at here.

Johnny (David Thewlis) is a frenetic and destructive outsider who tears through the lives of others like an emotional tornado. On the run from Manchester, he seeks sanctuary with his ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp) in London, where he immediately targets her vulnerable housemate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge) with his unique blend of predatory charm. From there he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey across the city, dragging other disaffected souls into his orbit as he spirals towards his own personal apocalypse.

Naked’s remastering in 4K took place under the full supervision of cinematographer on every Leigh film since 1990, Dick Pope, and was approved by Mike Leigh. Scanning of the original camera negative and the magnetic track master was carried out at the BFI National Archive’s Conservation Centre. Colour grading is based on the original bleach bypass process, referring to a contemporary release print held in the BFI’s collections. The 4K remastering of Naked received its world premiere at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival. It opens for an extended run at BFI Southbank on 12 November with a sold out screening and Q&A with Mike Leigh, David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp taking place on Saturday 13 November in NFT1.

Special features
• Newly remastered in 4K by the BFI National Archive under the supervision of cinematographer Dick Pope and approved by Mike Leigh
• Audio commentary with Mike Leigh, David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge
The Short & Curlies (1987, 18 mins): Mike Leigh’s short film starring Alison Steadman and David Thewlis centres on a hairdresser and her daughter and the romance between a woman who works in a chemist and a man who mainly communicates through jokes
• Mike Leigh and Dick Pope on Naked (2021, 26 mins): newly recorded interview with Mike Leigh and his long-time cinematographer
The Guardian Interview: Mike Leigh (2002, 45 mins): the director is interviewed by film critic Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre
• Image gallery
• Trailer (2021)
• ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Caitlin Quinlan and Lou Thomas and notes on the special features

Product details
RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1432 / 18
UK / 1993 / 131 mins / English language, with optional subtitles for the Deaf and partial hearing, and audio description / aspect ratio 1.66:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz/24-bit)

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#3 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:24 pm

Whoah, totally missed this. Wish it was a UHD, but if the new transfer's still a significant upgrade over Criterion's release, I'll probably get it. I'm sure it is as Criterion's doesn't seem to be created from a 4K transfer.

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#4 Post by tenia » Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:14 pm

The Criterion disc was from 2011 anyway. It was actually sourced from a HD restoration made from an interpositive scanned on a Spirit DataCine. It's thus quite likely to be buried by the BFI disc (save for a huge issue).

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#5 Post by Billy Beta » Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:27 am

The BFI restoration has been personally overseen by Dick Pope. The Criterion version of Naked he hates as they graded it without
his input (something they altered for subsequent Mike Leigh films he shot). He mentioned this at an evening I was at a few years ago.

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#6 Post by Finch » Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:20 am

Bleak Moments and Naked reviewed at Cineoutsider

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

#7 Post by cdnchris » Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:57 pm

Billy Beta wrote:
Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:27 am
The BFI restoration has been personally overseen by Dick Pope. The Criterion version of Naked he hates as they graded it without
his input (something they altered for subsequent Mike Leigh films he shot). He mentioned this at an evening I was at a few years ago.
This does look very different from Criterion's. Pope and Leigh talk about employing a skip-bleach process on the film, which the Criterion doesn't capture at all, and this one does, though digitally since it's from the negative. It looks more natural here compared to Memories of Murder, which does have a digitally altered look to it. Naked's new restoration is very contrasty, very cold compared to Criterion's.

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Re: Bleak Moments & Naked

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