Anna Karenina on DVD
Posted 04 September 2002 - 01:16 PM
I think it's ALL Regions, but check to make sure. They also seem to have it on PAL VHS, but not NTSC.
They also have released a DVD of the major bio-pic of Tchaikovsky from 1970 which has some added features, including what appears to be an interview? with Plisetskaya.
This appears to be only Region 2
Gosh I wish they'd DVD more ballet! I'll bet they have not hours, but DAYS of it rotting in film cans and oxydizing on old vhs masters. When I think of what's being lost I could just cry...
What an irony that it was the horrendous Soviet sytem that preserved Russian Ballet (because of its rampant failures in almost all other endeavors, excluding Space, it had to), but now the new capitalists need to know there's a market before preserving these pieces of ballet history. Meanwile, the clock keeps ticking, and the image vanishes...
Maybe if a few of us buy the Anna K...?
Posted 04 September 2002 - 04:10 PM
I think I will definitely have a look at the Tchaikovsky film as well. I admired Innokenty Smoktunovsky's movie Hamlet way back when, and haven't seen him in a long time.
Posted 04 September 2002 - 06:26 PM
Seriously, I resisted my braying children for years before buying one and now I knock them out of the way to get the best seat.
I especially enjoy the letterboxing and the added features. I mostly borrow from our library so I don't spend much aside from occasional rentings.
Kosintsev's Hamlet with Smoktunovsy in the title role is one of the greatest film adaptations of that great play. I saw a restored print on a big screen and was nearly overwhelmed by the power of it. One of the reasons I'd love to see this Tchaikovsky film...
Posted 05 September 2002 - 06:33 AM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 09:29 AM
One thing I don't like about DVD versions of movies, however, is this Director's Cut thing – interpolating scenes omitted from the theatrical release. Sometimes it's better, sometimes not (usually not, because directors hate to cut anything no matter how superfluous), but I do think that it's important for viewers at least to have the option of seeing what people in theatres saw originally.
Posted 05 September 2002 - 10:26 AM
I have to admit, I spent way too much money on my DVD player, but I got one when they first came out.
I've upgraded to the machine that has both a vcr/dvd on one machine.
I'd rather have my disc tray get jammed, or stuck than my tape eaten and lost forever.
Posted 05 September 2002 - 11:55 AM
dirac, you are very amusing: these "new gizmos" have been out for 12 years (...and I though I was bad!)
Know what you mean about the director's cut: often a showcase of indulgence. (Ex: Apocalypse Now)
But sometimes the corporate studios hack things to death and you don't get to see the REAL film until the director's cut. (EX: Once upon a Time in America.)
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