Argent Films - New UK DVD Label
Yesterday we brought you the details on the Argent Films DVD release of The Battle of Algiers, and here is the press release announcing the launch of this new DVD label and the plans they have for the future...
November 3rd 2003 sees the launch of ARGENT FILMS, a brand new DVD label dedicated to releasing fully restored and carefully remastered versions of classic films by European cinema's greatest and most respected directors. Forthcoming releases will include works from luminaries such as Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, the Taviani Brothers, Luchino Visconti, Roger Vadim, Claude Chabrol, Marco Ferreri and Vittorio De Sica.
As an indication of the kind of quality releases to be expected, the premier release from ARGENT FILMS will be Gillo Pontecorvo's highly acclaimed masterpiece, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, digitally remastered from a new print, incorporating previously unseen footage and featuring a brand new interview with the director.
The primary source of ARGENT's forthcoming releases will be the renowned Italian Surf-Ponti library, to which ARGENT will have exclusive access. For an Italian company such as Surf, UK DVD production and manufacture is regarded as the most prestigious in the world in terms of material quality.
Announcing the launch of the new label, Garwin Davison of Argent Films said, "With the participation of Surf, ARGENT's intention is to employ UK expertise to produce the most complete and highest quality DVD editions of some of the finest examples of European cinema, many of which will be released uncut for the first time in the UK."
As well as featuring the works of the world's great directors, ARGENT's future releases will also include early and little-seen films starring the likes of Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Richard Burton, Joan Collins, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Barbara Steele.
Among the list of highly anticipated forthcoming titles from ARGENT FILMS are cult favourites such as Baba Yaga and Salon Kitty, many seminal giallo thrillers and slashers (including Lucio Fulci's "The New York Ripper" and "Manhattan Baby" and Aldo Lado's "Short Night Of The Glass Dolls") and the definitive spaghetti western collection, including the classic "Django".