Blow-Up, The Damned and Death In Venice - Full specs revealed

Further to our previous report we now have the full details on a trio of titles from two of Italy's most respected directors. Coming your way on Region 1 DVD through Warner Home Video complete with all-new widescreen digital transfers on 17th February 2004 are...

Winner of 1966 Best Picture and Director Awards from the National Society of Film Critics, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up is an influential, stylish study of paranoid intrigue and disorientation. It is also a time capsule look at mod London, a mindscape of the era’s fashions, free love, parties, music (Herbie Hancock wrote the score and The Yardbirds riff at a club) and hip languor. David Hemmings (Gangs of New York, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) plays a jaded photographer enlivened by the mysteries in his photos. Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howard’s End, Girl Interrupted) is the elusive woman pictured in them. And the enigma of what is seen, what is not seen, what the camera sees is waiting to be solved.

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer
  • English and French DD1.0 Mono tracks
  • English, French and Italian subtitles
  • Commentary by Peter Brunette, author of The Films of Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Music only audio track
  • Theatrical trailers
Luchino Visconti’s The Damned follows a German family’s decline as the Nazi party rises. Dirk Bogarde (Oh What a Lovely War, Blythe Spirit) stars as a schemer who makes a Macbeth-like move to take over a steelworks and munitions empire on the eve of Hitler’s campaign to eliminate all opposition. Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem and Charlotte Rampling play others ensnared in family and political turmoil. And Helmut Berger makes his startling debut as the family heir, a handsome dandy who evolves into a sinister embodiment of unrepentant evil.

The story begins on the night of the Reichstag Fire in February 1933 and ends shortly after the infamous “Night of the Long Knives” in June 1934. In between it’s one of the most spellbinding studies of corruption ever, noted for hypnotic moods and overwhelming visual splendour.
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer
  • English DD1.0 Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Visconti featurette, profiling the master director at work on the set
  • Theatrical Trailer
Earning its creator a Cannes Film Festival Special 25th Anniversary Prize, Death in Venice shows Visconti at his best. Director Luchino Visconti’s (Rocco and His Brothers, The Damned) stirring transformation of Thomas Mann’s classic novel -- with a soundtrack feast of Gustav Mahler music and another haunting Bogarde performance -- is “a masterwork of power and beauty” (critic William Wolf).

Abroad on a rest holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach (Bogarde) is to all the world reserved and civilized. But when he glimpses someone who inspires him to give way to a secret passion, it foreshadows his doom. Like Aschenbach, the hero of the film, Visconti is an artist obsessed: his movies are awash in mood, period detail and seething emotions beneath placid surfaces.
  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer
  • English DD1.0 Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette: Visconti’s Venice
  • A Tour of Venice stills Gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
Retail is $19.98 each.

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