Studio Canal Collection in September

7 new titles available here in the UK including The Third Man, Mulholland Drive, Breathless and more…

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the next wave of titles in the Studio Canal Collection. Exclusively on Blu-ray and arriving on 13th September 2010 are The Third Man, Delicatessen, Mulholland Drive, The Graduate, Le Cercle Rouge, The Pianist and Breathless.

RRP is £24.99 each. Full details follow…

The Third Man is a British cinematic icon from director Carol Reed, author Graham Greene. An undisputed all-time classic, the film features some of cinema’s most memorable set pieces — the chase through the sewers, the enormous ferris wheel, the elm-lined cemetery — and Anton Karas’ zither score, a worldwide phenomenon in itself. Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

Features include:

  • Region B
  • 1080P 1.33:1
  • English, French and German DTS-HD MA 2.0 (mono)
  • German, French, Spanish and Dutch subtitles
  • New or previously unreleased material:
    • Guardian NFT Interview with Joseph Cotten (audio only: 47’13)
    • Guardian NFT Interview with Graham Greene (audio only: 8’05)
    • Audio Commentary by Guy Hamilton (Assistant Director), Angela Allen (2nd Unit Continuity) & Simon Callow (audio only: 1’44)
    • 2 x original trailers (1’46 mins & 2’19) (HD)
    • Stills gallery (2’24) (HD)
    • Interview and performance by zither player Cornelia Mayer (4’44) (HD)
    • The Third Man Interactive Vienna Tour (49’50) (HD)
  • The Third Man on the Radio (an episode of The Lives of Harry Lime: Ticket to Tangiers (1951) written by and performed by Orson Welles) (audio only: 28’45)
  • Shadowing The Third Man –retrospective documentary (1hr29) (SD)
  • US alternative prologue by Joseph Cotton (1’20) (SD)
  • Booklet Essay by Charles Drazin, film historian / biographer – Charles Drazin is a film historian and biographer. His books include Korda: Britain’s Only Movie Mogul, The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s and In Search of The Third Man. He lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London.

Delicatessen was the distinctive, spell-binding and never less than surreal debut of the partnership between Jeunet & Caro. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where food is scarce, Dominique Pinon stars an ex-clown who gets a handyman job in an apartment building and then falls for the daughter of the building’s owner – an imposing butcher who has resorted to murderous ways to get his meat. Below that, down in the sewers, live the Troglodistes. These are the rebels: vegetarians.

Features include:

  • Region A & B
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • French, German and Spanish 2.0 DTS-HD MA
  • English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Japanese subtitles
  • NEW: Main Course Pieces (1h05’28) – brand new retrospective documentary (SD)
  • The Archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet: actor’s Casting tests (Callbacks) and rehearsals, behind the scenes etc (8’43) (SD)
  • Audio Commentary by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Making Of: Fine Cooker Pork Meats making of/short film by Diane Bertrand (13’30) (SD)
  • Trailer (2’08) (SD)
  • Teasers (1’06) (SD)
  • Booklet Essay by Adam Woodward, Journalist – Adam Woodward has worked as online editor for Little White Lies magazine since 2009 and currently writes for a number of film-related publications, including Playground magazine and Eye For Film.

In Mulholland Drive, David Lynch takes the viewer on a memorable neo-noir trip through Hollywood’s dark underbelly in a mystery that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality and features astonishing performances from Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring. In Hollywood Rita, a young woman, looses her memory after a car accident. She meets Betty, an Australian actress who just arrived in Los Angeles. With her help, Rita tries to find her memory, and identity, back. Lynch dispenses with a conventional narrative in favour of an hallucinogenic assault on the senses that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Features include:

  • Region B
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English, French and Italian 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • Italian, French and Dutch subtitles
  • New or previously unreleased material:
    • Angelo Badalamenti: audio interview 10 years on (audio only: 16’30)
    • Back to Mulholland Drive (21’) (new to DVD / blu-ray) (SD)
    • Introduction by Thierry Jousse (10’) (HD)
    • In the Blue Box (27’) – retrospective documentary featuring directors and critics (HD)
  • Interview with Angelo Badalamenti (Music Composer) (16’46) (SD)
  • Interview with Mary Sweeney (Editor and Producer) (6’03) (SD)
  • Making of (23’) (SD)
  • Booklet Essay by Adam Woodward, Journalist

The Graduate – Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, as the eponymous graduate, opposite Katherine Ross and Anne Bancroft in this iconic 60s meditation on life, love, and the older woman.

Features include:

  • Region A & B
  • English, French and German 2.0 DTS-HD MA
  • English; French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Japanese subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Prof. Koebner, film historian (new to UK)
  • About The Music (7’55) – analysis of music by Prof.Koebner & Helga La Motte-Haber, music professor & author (new to UK) (SD)
  • Analysis of the Seduction Scene (12’10) (new to UK) (SD)
  • Trailer (1’48) (SD)
  • The Graduate at 25 (22’21) (SD)
  • Interview with Charles Webb (20’07) (SD)
  • The Graduate: Looking Back (12.56) (SD)
  • The Music in the Film – 4 tracks: The Sound of Silence, April Come She Will, Scarborough Fair, Mrs. Robinson as they appear in the film (HD)
  • Booklet Essay by Marc Webb, writer / director – Marc Webb is the writer/director of 500 Days of Summer and the director of the forthcoming Spider-man reboot

A perfect combination of the Hollywood heist film and Melville’s trademark existentialism, Le Cercle Rouge is a masterful study of the French Underworld and a uniquely stylish Gallic film noir, starring Alain Delon as an aristocratic master-thief who joins forces with a fugitive and alcoholic ex-cop in order to carry out the ultimate robbery, with each of the mismatched trio determined to cheat fate. They are successful, but the fence, shaken by the value of the loot, suggests they go to a specialist, who is none other than the inspector handling the case.

Features include:

  • Region B
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • French, English and German 2.0 DTS-HD MA
  • English, French and German subtitles
  • New or previously unreleased material:
    • Codename Melville Documentary directed by Olivier Bohler (76’35) (SD)
    • Interview with José Giovanni (15’03) (SD)
  • Interview with Rui Nogueira (author of Melville on Melville, produced by the Criterion Collection) (26’11) (SD)
  • Introduction by Ginette Vincendeau (12’30) (SD)
  • Interview with assistant director Bernard Stora (30’45) (SD)
  • Trailer (’45) (HD)
  • Booklet Essay by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor / Author – Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. Among her works on French cinema are Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (2000) and Jean-Pierre Melville, An American in Paris (2003)

Based on a true story, The Pianist tells the story of brilliant Polish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Jew, who escapes deportation. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he shares the humiliation and the struggles of the occupation whilst hiding in hiding in the ruins of the capital. A German officer comes to his aid and helps him to survive …

Features include:

  • Region B
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English, French and Italian 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • French, Italien, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles
  • New or previously unreleased material:
    • Interview with Ronald Harwood (20’45) (SD)
    • Interview with Andrzej Szpilman (29’49) (SD)
    • Interview with Daniel Szpilman (2’28) (SD)
  • A Story of Survival: behind the scenes of The Pianist (39’43) (SD)
  • Trailer (1’30) (SD)
  • Booklet Essay by Anwar Brett, journalist – Anwar Brett is a journalist specialising in cinema, who has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines over the years, publications such as BAFTA’s Academy magazine, Total Film, Film Review and The South London Press. He is also a freelance interviewer for film and DVD, occasional moderator of audience Q&As and has recently finished his first book on the rarefied theme of films shot in his native county of Dorset.

Breathless (A Bout De Souffle) – A small time crook, Michel Poiccard, chased by the police after stealing a car, shoots one of them and flees. Back in Paris he finds an American girlfriend and succeeds in seducing her. He convinces her to go to Italy with him. But the police have discovered the murderer’s identity and are on his trail…

Features include:

  • Region A & B
  • French, German and Spanish Dual Mono DTS-HD MA
  • English, German, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Castilian Spanish subtitles
  • Introduction by Colin McCabe (4’42) (SD)
  • Room 12, Hôtel de Suède (1hr18’46) (SD)
  • Jean-Luc According To Luc (8’30) (SD)
  • Photo Gallery (SD)
  • Trailer (2’05) (SD)
  • Poster (SD)
  • Booklet Essay by Yves Alion, journalist from L’avant scène cinema

Updated: Aug 13, 2010

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