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Old 02-06-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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United Kingdom Far From The Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger) - 1st June 2015

Far From The Madding Crowd is also coming out as part of the Studio Canal Vintage Classics range on the 1st June 2015

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Old 02-08-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
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This release was scanned at 4K and restored at 2K from the original 35mm negatives: http://press.optimumreleasing.net/press/?id=831

I've cancelled my Warner pre-order!
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:52 AM   #3
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This release was scanned at 4K and restored at 2K from the original 35mm negatives: http://press.optimumreleasing.net/press/?id=831

I've cancelled my Warner pre-order!
The UK release could be cut from 171 to 158 min.
I wouldn't have cancelled a US pre-order so quickly, personally...
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:44 AM   #4
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The UK release could be cut from 171 to 158 min.
I wouldn't have cancelled a US pre-order so quickly, personally...
BFI wouldn't sanction that, I don't think. However, what will be interesting is whether the BBFC cuts will be restored ie the cock-fight scene. I hope so because I don't like cuts for home video releases in any shape or form

Looking forward to seeing this great 60's film in HD with it's spectacular Wessex widescreen vista's
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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This release was scanned at 4K and restored at 2K from the original 35mm negatives: http://press.optimumreleasing.net/press/?id=831

I've cancelled my Warner pre-order!
Well we don't know about the Warner Archive release yet, there should be a review of it over at HTF this week. I'm thinking they're both from the same 4K scan of the original negatives. I'll report when I see a review.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:45 AM   #6
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Review of Warner's US version is up on this site, looks very good though they might have employed a reviewer who appreciates the story a little more ! Disappointing extra's and this is where SC normally scores quite highly but will the SC edition have cuts ??

Hmm, to import or not, very tempted
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:43 AM   #7
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Hmm, to import or not, very tempted
No brainer for me, I should be able to import the US release for £10-12, the Studio Canal release is currently £21.91 on Amazon. Plus the US release will be uncut with original poster art on the cover.

Plus there always a risk with Studio Canal, that it will be DNR'd.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:33 PM   #8
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...will the SC edition have cuts ??
Aren't UK distributors legally obliged to cut the cock fight scene because it's animal cruelty?

Animal Cinematograph Act of 1937 or somesuch?
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Aren't UK distributors legally obliged to cut the cock fight scene because it's animal cruelty?

Animal Cinematograph Act of 1937 or somesuch?
Yes. It's why the negative for the cockfight sequence has 'international version only' on it.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:21 PM   #10
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I personally trust that the illegal scene of animal cruelty has indeed been omitted.

What I'd be more interested to see is if anybody, either on here or at Studio Canal, notices that they've mis-spelled the director's surname in block capitals on the front cover before it gets released.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:25 AM   #11
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Aren't UK distributors legally obliged to cut the cock fight scene because it's animal cruelty?

Animal Cinematograph Act of 1937 or somesuch?
There are numerous scenes in Roeg's uncut version of Walkabout which are really tough to watch for animal lovers which were passed? Also, the kangaroo hunt in Wake in Fright got through.

Possibly as these films portray Aboriginal / Australian culture, not sure.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:40 AM   #12
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There are numerous scenes in Roeg's uncut version of Walkabout which are really tough to watch for animal lovers which were passed? Also, the kangaroo hunt in Wake in Fright got through.

Possibly as these films portray Aboriginal / Australian culture, not sure.
It's when cruelty has been specifically staged for the purpose of the film. With Walkabout the BBFC weren't convinced there was any genuine cruelty involved:

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With Walk in Fright they took cameras along on hunt that were going to happen anyway whether there was a camera there or not, and were able to claim it was documentary footage. Which is a bit harder to do in something like Far from the Madding Crowd or The First Great Train Robbery where it's happening in a specially built set surrounded by a hundred extras in period costume.
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It's when cruelty has been specifically staged for the purpose of the film. With Walkabout the BBFC weren't convinced there was any genuine cruelty involved:




With Walk in Fright they took cameras along on hunt that were going to happen anyway whether there was a camera there or not, and were able to claim it was documentary footage. Which is a bit harder to do in something like Far from the Madding Crowd or The First Great Train Robbery where it's happening in a specially built set surrounded by a hundred extras in period costume.
Suspected as much, that's why I implied the cultural reference. The sequence in 'Hearts of Darkness' where the pigs and water buffalo are slaughtered (pigs look like they're being tortured actually) were obviously passed using the same criteria.
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Interesting. Apparently the new transfer was overseen by DP Nicolas Roeg, so will hopefully be the full 170m version. Of course, the cock fight scene will be gone, so perhaps SC will see fit to release a French disc as well. That or include the uncut version on the UK disc when the BD player is set to a non-UK country (like Conan the Barbarian was).
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That or include the uncut version on the UK disc when the BD player is set to a non-UK country (like Conan the Barbarian was).
We are unlikely to see that again as that was Fox sailing very close to the wind on legality of intentionally including a non BBFC approved version on the BD, and then mentioning it in the press release (I remember DVD Active quoted this prior to release), so everyone knew it was there.

No surprise for the reissue Fox were forced to only include the BBFC approved version on the UK BD.

This was a deliberate decision probably to reduce cost so they could use one disk in Europe and even encoding seamless branching for a UK version of the film was obviously cheaper than doing a whole separate disk.

Is in a different category to the more accidental (well you can be more trusting as never publicised), such as Universal releasing the uncut non BBFC approved version of True Lies on UK DVD as they used their European mastered disk here as well.
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No brainer for me, I should be able to import the US release for £10-12, the Studio Canal release is currently £21.91 on Amazon. Plus the US release will be uncut with original poster art on the cover.

Plus there always a risk with Studio Canal, that it will be DNR'd.
Well the Warner release appears to have varying verdicts and looks like the SC release will win easily on extra's so on this occasion, I'm going to wait. With a decent restoration and transfer, this film should look marvellous

Unsure of what you mean by DNR with SC; the only SC vintage classic BD I own is Quatermass and the Pit, which is regarded as one of the best 60's transfers out there: it certainly looks fantastic on my set-up
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Aren't UK distributors legally obliged to cut the cock fight scene because it's animal cruelty?

Animal Cinematograph Act of 1937 or somesuch?
Believe I've seen somewhere a previous SC DVD edition of this film has had the cock fight sequence included....though I suppose this could have been a mainland europe edition. I've always known that most censors are very hot on horse falls but in principle, I'm very against any cuts on home video use

However, not a deal breaker for me; I'm more interested in the restoration and transfer !
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Are Studio Canal Vintage Classics Region B locked?
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are studio canal vintage classics region b locked?
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