Masters of Cinema Blu-rays in August

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of two films as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 23rd August 2010. Priced at £22.99 each are…

The Burmese Harp - Directed by Kon Ichikawa (Alone Across the Pacific, Tokyo Olympiad), The Burmese Harp [Biruma no tategoto] was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and honoured at the Venice Film Festival. Features include:

  • New, restored high-definition 1080p transfer officially licenced from Nikkatsu
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Exclusive video interview with scholar and filmmaker Tony Rayns
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer
  • 40-page booklet with an essay by Keiko I. McDonald and rare archival stills

The World - The fourth feature by internationally acclaimed auteur Jia Zhangke was also his breakout success, an epic with a canvas as vast, and intimate, as its title suggests: a state-of-the-modern-world address, and a look at the insular world of a troupe of Chinese stage-performers dreaming of freedom. Features include:
  • Gorgeous 24fps transfer of the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • Tony Rayns on THE WORLD: a new and exclusive 21-minute video introduction to the film by scholar and critic Tony Rayns
  • Made in China: a 68-minute documentary on the making of The World
  • The World According to Jia Zhangke: a 25-minute video interview with the director
  • A lengthy booklet containing a new essay about the film by Tony Rayns; an essay by Jia Zhangke; and a special dossier-afterword with further commentary on certain elements of the film and its ending


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