Home Vision Entertainment in February

Home Vision Entertainment have announced the following Region 1 DVD releases for February 2004. The details are...

3rd February 2004:

Allegro non troppo - In a riot of colour and music, master animator Bruno Bozzetto offers his irreverent tribute to Disney’s Fantasia. Retail is $29.95 and the features on the disc are:

  • New digital transfer (1.33:1 Full Frame)
  • Italian DD2.0 Stereo with optional English subtitles
  • Bonus feature The Best of Bruno Bozzetto: 10 short films by Bozzetto
  • I Mondi di Bozzetto: Italian television documentary that includes interviews with Bozzetto and actor Maurizio Nichetti
  • Liner notes by film critic Phil Hall (Film Threat, Wired Magazine)
Arthur Cohn Presents...(Exclusive DVD Boxed Set) - Arthur Cohn has received more Oscars than any other producer and is the only foreign film producer to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. In this homage to his work Home Vision Entertainment have brought about an unprecedented collaboration among six of the largest film studios to present this unique collection of highly acclaimed films produced by the legendary producer, available exclusively from HVe in this special nine-disc collector’s set. The following films are featured: American Dream, Behind the Sun, Black and White in Color, Sky Above Mud Below, A Brief Vacation ,The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, One Day in September, Two Bits, and Dangerous Moves. Retail is $199.95.

The Art of Romare Bearden - This film traces Bearden’s entire career, including his paintings and watercolours of the 1940s, experimental collages of 1964, mature collages of the next two decades, large-scale public murals, and late landscapes. The documentary also features commentary by art historians, artists, and others who knew Bearden, including Wynton Marsalis, Albert Murray, and Emma Amos. Retail is $19.95.

24th February 2004:

Wisconsin Death Trip - Inspired by the Michael Lesy book of the same name, director James Marsh brings you an intimate, shocking, and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the 1890s.
  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer
  • English DD2.0 Stereo
  • Commentary by the director and director of photography
  • Deleted scenes
  • Midwestern Gothic: The Making of Wisconsin Death Trip
  • Featuring music by Debussy, Blind Mellon Jefferson, John Cale, and DJ Shadow
  • Essay by Greil Marcus (ROLLING STONE, VILLAGE VOICE, and NEW YORK TIMES contributor)
Maurice - Part of The Merchant Ivory Collection, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding.
  • Luminous new high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video interview with director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, actors Hugh Grant, James Wilby and Rupert Graves, and screenwriter Kit Hesketh-Harvey
  • Over 30 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes, including a reconstructed opening sequence
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Quartet - Also part of The Merchant Ivory Collection, Quartet is the story of a girl who, adrift with her feckless husband amid the literati of glittering Paris in the 1920s, becomes entrapped by a rich and sybaritic English couple.
  • New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Conversations with the Filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhablava, and Richard Robbins
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Retail is $29.95 each on these last three.

Here is the cover art for each title while you can find full synopses on the official website...

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