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Studiocanal Collection in September

Studiocanal have announced a trio of films to be released on Blu-ray as part of their Studiocanal Collection. Available from 10 September 2012 are The Trial, That Obscure Object of Desire and Le Quai Des Brumes. The first two will also be released on DVD the same day, with the third title already available on DVD. The DVD editions do not contain any of the extras.

The Trial (1962)
Based on the influential Franz Kafka novel, The Trial is a paranoid masterpiece directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil). Josef K (Anthony Perkins – Psycho) is arrested, but has no idea what crime he is accused of. In order to find out what offence he is meant to have committed, and to protest his innocence, Josef K must go through the machinations of the judicial system, but he soon finds himself trapped in a dehumanized nightmare.

Extras:

  • Welles, Kafka and The Trial documentary
  • Welles, Architect of Light documentary
  • Orson Welles, Tempo interview
  • Interview with Steven Berkoff: adaptations of Kafka’s The Trial and Metamorphosis
  • Deleted Scene
  • Trailer
  • Booklet on the movie written by Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles (2007), the editor of This is Orson Welles (1998) and consultant on the 1998 re-edit of Touch of Evil

Blu-ray Tech Specs:
  • Region B
  • 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • English, French and German Language with Subtitles

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Adapted from Pierre Louÿs’ 1898 novel ‘La Femme et le Pantin’, That Obscure Object of Desire marked Buñuel’s final film. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favourite Fernando Rey), a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita (Carole Bouquet).

Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl’s affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other.

Extras:
  • Arbitrary Desire (Interview with Jean-Claude Carrière)
  • Interview with Carlos Saura
  • Double Dames (Interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina)
  • A portrait of Luis Buñuel (Interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard)
  • Booklet on the movie written by Peter William Evans, Author of The Film of Luis Buñuel: Subjectivity and Desire.

Blu-ray Tech Specs:
  • Region B
  • 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • French Language with English Subtitles

Le Quai Des Brumes (1938)
Le Quai Des Brumes is Marcel Carné’s controversial adaptation of the Pierre Mac Orlan novel of the same name, today regarded as one of the greatest French classical movies. Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter, arrives in Le Havre and looks for a shelter before leaving the French territory. Housed in a shed on the harbour, at the end of the docks, he meets an eccentric painter (Michel Simon) and a mysterious and beautiful girl called Nelly (Michele Morgan)… From then on he will be trapped in a tragic destiny, in spite of his passion for Nelly and his will to live…

Extras:
  • On The Port Of Shadows
  • Introduction to Le Quai Des Brumes by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic
  • Restoring Le Quai Des Brumes
  • Booklet on the movie written by Ginette Vincendeau

Blu-ray Tech Specs:
  • Region B
  • 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • French Language with English Subtitles

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