The next MoC?

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Suggest films you'd like to us in The Masters of Cinema Series. Who knows, your wish could come true. 

Shoah, Claude Lanzmann

Shoah, Claude Lanzmann

Kwaidan, Masaki Kobayashi

Spione, Fritz Lang

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, Fritz Lang

Gandahar, Rene Laloux

The Exterminating Angel, Luis Bunuel

My Wish List

 

Wong Kar Wai - Fa Yeung Nin Wa

Edward Yang - Yi Yi

Alain Resnais - Hiroshima Mon Amour

Carl Theodor Dreyer - Vampyr: Der Traum des Allan Grey

Jean Renoir - La Règle du jeu

Georges Méliès - Le Voyage dans la Lune 

Andrei Tarkovsky - Zerkalo

Bela Tarr - Satantango

Ernst Lubitsch - Trouble in Paradise

Terrence Malick - Badlands 

 

A real shame Artificial Eye

A real shame Artificial Eye seem to have the rights to most thing Wong-related (and Tartan own the others last I checked). AE also have the rights to most Tarkovsky films too, plus Bela Tarr's Satantango.Warner Bros. have the rights to Badlands which is a real shame because we might not see a blu-ray release of that for some time. I'm begging for Eureka to try and acquire Days Of Heaven instead as it's a Paramount title - a studio they've dealt with many times in the past. It would probably be my most treasured MoC release (maybe even more so than Silent Running) if they were to get it!

I'd add Yang's "That Day, On

I'd add Yang's "That Day, On the Beach," to your list.

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Since no-one's released an

Since no-one's released an English-language friendly version of Jean-Pierre Melville's L'Aine des Ferchaux, that may be worth looking into.

 Costa-Gavras' classics has been overlooked on Blu-ray: State of Siege has only been released on VHS in an English-language friendly version while I don't think Section Speciale has ever been released in an English-friendly version.

Pierre Schoendoerffer is completely overlooked outside of France these days, but Le Crabe-Tambour and La 317eme Section are certainly worthy of more attention (in fact his filmography is short enough for most of the major features to make up a boxed set).

Anthony Mann's not fared well on Bluray so far, but a decent copy of his extraordinary French Revolution as German Expressionist Film Noir Reign of Terror would be most welcome: the only decent copy among many public domain issues is Columbia's MOD DVD-R in the States, though they don't hold the UK rights. And if Universal ever remastered them decently, The Far Country and Bend in the River would be great.

Sam Fuller's Run of the Arrow could also do with a decent release, but with the RKO library split up between various different owners in various countries finding good master material may be asking too much.

Claude Lelouche's version of Les Miserables would be a welcome rediscovery if Warners no longer hold the UK rights.

And one from leftfield: Anthony Asquith's forgotten Tell England. The first half is pretty stodgy public school stuff, but once it reaches Gallipoli it's remarkably powerful.

 

 

 

MoC Wishes

With Une femme mariée now OOP, there's no Godard in print from MoC. I'd love to see releases of La chinoiseKing LearSauve Qui Peut (la vie)Nouvelle Vague and Germany Year 90 Nine Zero. A truly definitive relesse of Histoire(s) du cinéma would also be incredible.

Given the amount of Fellini that MoC have been releasing lately, I hope that his final film, The Voice of the Moon (La voce della luna) is also in the pipeline. I don't think it has ever been released with English subtitles and ali ugh I haven't read too many good things about it, I'd at least like the opportunity to make up my own mind and have a complete Fellini collection. 

I see Edward Yang mentioned above and I agree that it would be great to see MoC release his work, however I already have Yi Yi so I would much prefer any of those other films. I've read there's rights issues with A Brighter Summer Day (one of my favourite films of all time) but any of his other films would be a godsend, I'd especially love to see Taipei Story, which stars Hou Hsiao-Hsien - another giant of the Taiwanese New Wave. His work would also be perfect for MoC and I'd pay top dollar for good Blu-Rays. I'd single out A Time to Live, A Time to Die  and A City of Sadness as being the Hou films I'm most desperate for. 

Keeping in Asia, MoC has released a lot of Japanese films but that's still fertile ground for relatively unknown masterpieces. I'd love to see releases of Yoshishige Yoshida's Eros Plus Massacre and the works of Shuji Terayama. Given the amount of Japanese films and silent films in the MoC catalog, it's surprising that those two categories wouldn't intersect in a Venn diagram - this should be rectified with Teinosuke Kinugasa's remarkable A Page of Madness and Jujiro

 

MY MOC WISHES

Billy Budd - By Peter Ustinov would be nice addition,

Laughton's Night of the Hunter deserves to be under this label

Alain Resnais - La Guerre est finie

Alain Corneau - Police Python 357, Le Choix des Armes, La Menace in one box

Vittorio De la Sica - Il Generale Della Rovere

Masaki Kobayashi - Samurai Rebellion

Zoltan Fabri - A Pál-utcai fiúk

 

Arrow Academy released The

Arrow Academy released The Night Of The Hunter and it's a great transfer! You can pick it up for under a tenner at the moment :)

Ambersons

I feel like I beat a dead horse on this one, posting it as a reply to all social media posts, but is there a chance MOC could be the company that brings us the definitive copy of Ambersons? A beautiful presentation of the main feature with copious extras?

Pasolini

I think Mamma Roma is one of the movies that hasn't got a bluray release yet. And I saw that you coupled the two Chabrols with shorts by the same director, taken from episode movies. This was something awesome of course, and you could replicate this with Pasolini, as two very powerful shorts from him are still in need of a release: "La sequenza del fiore di carta" and "Cosa sono le nuvole".

Bottom line: I can't have enough of Pasolini on bluray! :)

 

I was thinking of having

I was thinking of having boxsets catogorised by time, theme and style. Two a year.

Japanese Cinema Vol 1: Samurai

Samurai Rebellion

Sword of Doom

A Bloody Spear at Mt Fuji

Japanese Cinema Vol 2: Silents

A Page of Madness

I Was Born But...

Apart From You

Japanese Cinema Vol 3: New Wave

Pastoral: To Die in the Country

Nanami: The Inferno of First Love

Eros Plus Massacre

Japanese Cinema Vol 4: High School

The Girl who Lept Through Time (1983)

Love Letter

Linda Linda Linda

Japanese Cinema Vol 5: Family

A Distant Cry From Spring

The Family Game

The Inugami Family

Japanese Cinema Vol 6: Crime

The Castle of Sand

A Fugitive from the Past

Death by Hanging

Japanese Cinema Vol 7: Yakuzza

Yakuzza Papers

Why Don't you Play in Hell?

Pale Flower

Japanese Cinema Vol 8: Youth

Muddy River

The Kids Return

Kikujiro

Japanese Cinema Vol 9: Forgotten Classics from the Golden Age

Immortal Love

Yearning

The Rickshaw Man

Japanese Cinema Vol 10: Documentary

Emporer's Naked Army Marches On

Tokyo Olympiad

White Light & Black Rain

etc etc. It's all I could think of, off the top of my head. You could do it for Italian of French cinema as well.

great selection

Of Japanese movies. 

I'd love to add "Japan's Longest Day" by Okamoto to your list.

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MoC wishes

Robert Altman's McCabe And Mrs Miller

Victor Sjöstrom's The Wind

Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men

Would love to see films directed by Ida Lupino: Outrage, The Bigamist and The Hitch-Hiker, although I think they would make an even better boxset. The same goes for Alexei German's films Trial On The Road, Twenty Days Without War and My Friend Ivan Lapshin.

I wonder what is the

I wonder what is the situation with High Noon? It was sublicensed to Olive of all labels in US, and it looks like it's Universal title in UK, but they don't seem to be interested enough to release it themselves. 

Juzo Itami's Tampopo also would be nice ;)

German Edition

StudioCanal have released an excellent edition of High Noon in Germany if yoy want a region B Blu-Ray, its available from Amazon.de. and looks and sounds amazing. The disc also includes the 50 min documentary 'Inside High Noon' and the 22 documentary 'Making of High Noon'. You can turn the German subtitles off from the main menu. The only down side is that the 16 page booklet which looks really interesting is printed in German (as you would expect coming from Germany!).

Antonioni

Antonioni's wonderful three-parts documentary on China, Chung-Kuo would really need an Eureka treatment. I watched an italian dvd but I'm sure it could look much, much better!

Pialat!

Please release some more of Maurice Pialat's on BluRay. Van Gogh is amazing and since they have already been released in France why not pop out Sous le Soleil de Satan, Police, A nos amours, Loulou, Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble?

Late MGM Silents

I know that it will never happen but how about releasing some of the late MGM silent on Blu-Ray (or even DVD), to my knowledge none of the following titles have ever been released on any home video format in the UK, and of the rest only three have made it to DVD anywhere else the world:

The Wind (1928), The Scarlet Letter (1926) both Victor Sjöström

La bohème (1926),  The Crowd (1928) both King Vidor

The Cameraman (1928), Spite Marriage (1929) both Buster Keaton /  Edward Sedgwick

The Wind and The Crowd are

The Wind and The Crowd are both on DVD in Spain, but I wouldn't answer for the quality - with Spain it'll either be surprisingly good or a fourth generation video dupe.

Spanish Releases

I totally agree, I have the Spanish DVD version of The Wind. Its the Turner Classic Movies version with a score by Carl Davis. However the picture and sound quality are really bad, the best version on any home video format remains the 1980's American VHS version unfortunately.

On the other hand, as you say there are some really good Blu-Ray's available from Spain, I have seen Hitchcock's Downhill (which is the BFI restored Version),  The General (which features the superior Cohen Collection version) and the Big Parade (which is exactly the same as the American release minus the digibook) . With the exception of the Big Parade all these good Spanish releases seem to come from one company - called Divisa.

 

Cheers

Thanks for this, I plan to get  The General and Big Parade whwn i get paid!

Jan Švankmajer

I would love to see a Jan Švankmajer movie up next especially Faust (Lekce Faust) or Little Otik (Otesánek) 

Soviet cinema

is completely absent from MoC's catalogue, I believe? And since this label proudly champions silent movies, I think it should look into it.

I would happily pay for any

I would happily pay for any of these. I'm no expert on rights and such, but so far I've failed to find these for the B-region from a reliable source. It would be sweet to find even one of them here one day.

 

Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara), and Pitfall.

Just about anything by Mizoguchi or Ozu

Häxan

A box set of The Human Condition 1-3

Rififi chez les hommes (Jules Dassin)

Flicka och Hyacinter (Hasse Ekman)

Kuroi Ame (Shohei Imamura)

Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov)

Kanal (Andrzej Wajda)

Cat People (1942)

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Elia Kazan)

My MoC wishlist

More than anything in the world I would love Eureka/MoC to work their magic on some of my favourite films. Last time I checked they're either from studios they've worked with before (Paramount, Universal, MGM/Fox) or are otherwise attainable (though I obviously don't know the specifics - i.e. are the prints of worthy quality to be restored). Anyway, here are my 'wants':

Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven (1978)

Werner Herzog's Where The Green Ants Dream (1984), Signs Of Life (1968), Invincible (2001) and Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis (1996)

King Hu's Dragon Inn (1967)

David Gordon Green's George Washington (2000)

Peter Weir's Witness (1985), The Last Wave (1977) and Galippoli (1982)

Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973)

Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World (2000)

Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1983) and La Jetée (1962)

John Sayles' Lone Star (1996)

Apitchatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Djibril Diop Mambety's Touki Bouki (1973)

Wu Yonggang's The Goddess (1934)

Andrew Dominik's Chopper (2000)

Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969)

Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (1950)

Sidnet Lumet's Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982)

Shadi Abdel Salam's The Night of Counting the Years (1969)

Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1998)

Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages Of Fear (1953)

Souleymane Cissé's Yeelen (1987)

Takeshi Kitano's Hana-Bi (1998)

Peter Bogdanovich's Targets (1968) and Paper Moon (1973)

Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Errol Morris' A Brief History Of Time (1991)

Mario Peixato's Limite (1931)

Richard Linklater's Waking Life (2002)

Saul Bass' Phase IV (1974)

Kim Ki-young's The Housemaid (1960)

Hal Ashby's Bound For Glory (1976) and Coming Home (1978)

Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth (1996)

Fred Zinnemann and Emilio Gomez Muriel's Redes (1936)

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï (1967)

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's A Matter Of Life and Death (1946)

Gregory Nava's El Norte (1983)

Fei Mu's Spring In A Small Town (1948)

Takashi Koizumi's After The Rain (1999)

Dragon inn

King Hu's Dragon inn seems to be the first one from your list to make it to Moc collection.

Also...

Forgot to mention...anything by Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Stan Brakhage, Oskar Fischinger, Lotte Reiniger, Jan Svankmajer, Jiri Trnka etc would be a blessing! That's if the BFI don't get there first :)

And ...

Johnny Guitar would be a great choice.

Great Photography, colours are amazing and it has been restored a while ago.

also Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford as well as David Miller's Sudden Fear.

Fritz Lang's Fury

Louis Malles's Viva Maria

Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca

 

Woo!

According to Eureka's Facebook, a couple of the next MoC titles will be Claude Lanzmann's Shoah (an upgrade from the DVD release), and more excitingly King Hu's Dragon Inn! So that's one off my list above already :D

Rushmore

I've registered just so I can say I would love you forever if you did Wes Anderson's Rushmore. There's no Region B version. It's killing me!

Chinese cinema

There have to be many Chinese classic films just dying for a top notch restoration and issue on Blu-ray that would be ideal for release in the MoC series. "Lian hua jiao xiang qu" is one I would love to see, especially as Mu Fei's "Xiao cheng zhi chun" is apprently coming on another label.  Equally there are more recent films from China from the likes of Kaige Chen ("Ba wang bie ji"for instance) and Yimou Zhang ("Da hong deng long gao gao gua" for instance) that are currently not available on Blu-ray outside of Region C. Heck anything from those two or featuring Li Gong would do, especially Yimou Zhang's earlier films which are criminally lacking from the Blu-ray catalogue right now.

Definitely more Kobayashi...

Masaki Kobayashi's The Human Condition 1-3 & Samarai Rébellion

Powell and Pressburger's Tales Of Hoffman & A Matter Of Life And Death

Jaques Rivette's Out 1

John Cassavetes' Husbands

Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger

I can't wait to see Fellini's I Clowns, but I'd very much like to see you release La Dolce Vita & Amarcord also

Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo, Santa Sangre,  & The Holy Mountain

Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 

Anything from Andrei Tarkovsky

I bet a collection of The Marx Brothers' works would make a great box set too

Also I would love to see a documentary showing how you actually find, restore and distribute films. I suspect that would be rather fascinating. 

 

ps

More Max Ophuls would be appreciated also ;)

PUTNEY SWOPE

Robert Downey Sr.'s classic advertising satire PUTNEY SWOPE needs some MoC love!

MoC wishes

I see a real -and Moc will be the first!- edition with films of Susumu Hani (what a dream!), why not, a good, fine, the best one you d make  Foolish Wives of Stroheim with excellent transfers, L Amour Fou of Rivette -hard to find!-, a beautiful edition of Donzoko,Kurosawa spirit,and Mizoguchi of course, Aien kyo The street of love and hate...After all, Criterion collection and Artificial eye: we don t care... 

A few new directors

Directors not yet in the MoC collection and my top wish blu ray for each:

Erich Von Strohiem: The wedding march

Frank Capra: It happened one night

Fritz Lang (american period) Fury

Woody Allen: The purple rose of Cairo

Ingmar Bergman: Wild strawberries

King Vidor: The Crowd

Powell & Pressburger: A matter of life and death

Oh hell just kep on releasing films as you are doing!

It's a shame that MGM/Fox

It's a shame that MGM/Fox hasn't released their big Woody Allen Collection on Blu-Ray - I'm a big fan of his work, but I would grudge paying £25 per film to import the Twilight Time editions. I doubt that there could be any video extras, considering Allen's opinion of them, so it would probably be possible to fit 2 films on a disc without any compression issues. 

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Take The Money and Run

Bananas

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Sleeper

Love and Death

Interiors

Stardust Memories

A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy

Zelig

Broadway Danny Rose

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Hannah and Her Sisters

Radio Days

September

Another Woman

Crimes and Misdemeanours

Alice

Shadows and Fog

19 films (presuming that Annie Hall and Manhattan are unlicensable) = 10-15 discs? Potentially 2-3 box sets each with 5 discs? It's admittedly unlikely, but would be amazing.

MoC Wish…

Ugo Falena, Giuliano l'Apostata (1919). I've only seen a taped-from-TV copy, but it's visually stunning (Art Nouveau meets Byzantine designs by Duilio Cambellotti), with a specially-composed orchestral and choral score by Luigi Mancinelli. I would love to see a proper digital restoration of it. OK, it's tosh historically (much of the plotline is reduced to love-triangles), but it is a beautiful film that puts me in mind of Lang's Die Nibelungen.

Forgot link…

There's a good article on it here:

G. Pucci: Peplum, Melodrama and Musicality.

The Saragossa Manuscript 

The Saragossa Manuscript  Wojciech Has

Thundercrack! - Curt McDowell

Thundercrack! - Curt McDowell

The Boxer's Omen - Kuei Chih-Hung

 

The next MoC

Love to see some Jean Gremillon come to the collection. There is a restoration of La Petite lise on the horizon from Pathe which needs some contextual back up since it's revolutionary use of sound is  up there with M and Blackmail. (Maybe also David Cairns film on Natan the producer ?) Other Grem gems are the silent Maldone and Gabin in Gueule d'Amour

Suggestions

  The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles, 1942)

  Duck Soup or Horse Feathers (Marx Brothers, et al.)

  The Big Sky (Howard Hawks, 1952)

  Gone to Earth (Powell & Pressburger, 1950)

  The Devil is a Woman (Josef von Sternberg, 1935)

 

  Anything by Max Ophuls . . . .

 

 

Yes for The Big Sky.  I've

Yes for The Big Sky.  I've just seen it but on a horrible dvd, that I think used a VHS transfer.  I really loved the film, it needs better treatment.

Yes, I agree. The Big Sky

Yes, I agree. The Big Sky needs a Blu-ray release.

One more

Yolanda and the Thief (Minnelli, 1945)

 

 

MoC

The Maze (1953)

Dark Eyes of London (1939)

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