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The Ballad of Narayama (MOC) in October

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK Dual Format Edition release of Shohei Imamura’s The Ballad of Narayama as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 24th October 2011. Imamura won his first Palme d'Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival for this transcendent adaptation of two classic stories by Shichirō Fukazawa.

In a small village in a remote valley where the harshness of life dictates that survival overrules compassion, elderly widow Orin is approaching her 70th birthday –– the age when village law says she must go up to the mythic Mount Narayama to die. But there are several loose ends within her own family to tie up first.

RRP is £23.48. Features include:

  • New, restored high-definition transfer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Exclusive new video interview with scholar Tony Rayns
  • Four original Japanese theatrical trailers, including behind-the-scenes footage
  • PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring an interview with Shōhei Imamura, excerpts from the producer's on-set diary, rare promotional material and stills, and more!

Also of interest to MOC fans:

-The Ballad of Narayama will also be screened exclusively at the ICA in London between 28-29th Sept. Please see box office for details.

-Check out their full line-up of releases here.

-Eureka/MOC have recently announced via Twitter that - following the Sony DADC fire - several of their existing titles available on separate Blu-ray and DVD editions will eventually by replaced with a single Dual Format Edition. The tiitles are: Sunrise, City Girl, Profound Desires of the Gods, The Burmese Harp, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, La Planete Sauvage, For All Mankind, Tokyo Sonata, Mad Detective, Une Femme Mariee, Make Way For Tomorrow and The World.

The separate DVD and Blu-ray only versions of these titles will be deleted, leaving only the DFE versions on the market.

-Two MOC DVD releases are to be deleted. They are: Naruse Collection and Toni. Once retailer stock is gone they will no longer be available.


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