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Old 08-01-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books (1991) is set to be released in Sweden on August 18th. Courtesy of Atlantic Film. Nominated for Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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Shakespeare definitely seems to be in for 1996/7 but being the awkward bastards that we are E.U.F.S. bring you a Shakespeare adaptation (The Tempest) from 1991 and in doing so brings you possibly the finest and most adventurous one of all; Prospero's Books.

Like most Greenaway films the keyword to this film is ambition. While the film may remain faithful to the text, its treatment and delivery could hardly be more different. Greenaway equates Prospero (Sir John Gielgud) with Shakespeare himself by having Prospero invent and speak the lines for all the other characters, until the final act. visually Greenaway takes Shakespeare into a realm only badly explored by others (until Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet) - the future. As ever the screen is bombarded with images, both superimposed and cut, cinematically new territory is explored via the use of high-definition video. The locations are breathtaking and dazzling (despite being shot entirely indooors) and the sheer volume of naked flesh on display is almost surreal.

However, as the concept belongs to Greenaway, so the screen belongs to Gielgud. Greenaway uses the 24 books Prospero took into exile for the title of his film (his personal vision of Prospero's exile). He then structures the film around the subject matter of these books * water, cosmology, pornography, ruins, hell, music etc. Contained in these books is all the knowledge the Duke needs to take his revenge but, as in the original, knowledge and power is contained and signified by speech. Gielgud's role is exemplifed by this as the originator and constuctor of all action. Gielgud himself plays Prospero as a grand wizard, stranded but hugely powerful; Prospero is a magician extraordinare in a world of magic. We see Gielgud, at the end of his screen career, exploiting and enhancing the words of the Bard to an almost unimaginable degree. Michael Nyman was, incidentally, responsible for the music, adding in no small way to the affecting nature of the film.

The film essentially deals with issues of power, yet its trick lies in the power it holds over its audience: It captivates and hypnotises with every second and leaves you begging for more.
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I will pre-order these just to see them. I never thought they'd be on 16:9 DVD, let alone BD!

Uh-oh, can't order from Discshop in the USA...

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http://www.discshop.se/shop/ds_produ...e=bluray&&ref=
sorry i know this out of topic but need someone who knows swedish.Whats the release date for these Studio Canal titles? Wondering PQ vs Criterion releases
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Hello kemalettin

Last Year at Marienbad is already available in a number of different territories as part of the Studio Canal Collection.

UK Release:
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Last-...y/5801/#Review

U.S. Release:
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Last-...y/4775/#Review

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:56 PM   #5
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If the just-posted back DVD cover is correct for the BD, it would seem that Prospero's Books will be presented in 1.77:1, technically, not the apparent OAR of 1.78:1, so this is either a misprint or some very slight cropping. Note that most/all of the few international DVD releases prior to this presented the film in 4:3 fullscreen.


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Old 08-07-2010, 12:39 AM   #6
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Who on earth is going to quibble about that? Or even notice?

In any case, I imagine it's probably bang on - I suspect the correct aspect ratio is 16:9, given that the post-production was done on high-definition video - in other words 1.77777777777 (recurring):1. So whether you write it as 1.77:1 or 1.78:1 depends on whether you're rounding up or down.
I just thought it was odd, that's all. Perhaps, if anything, it has something to do with the video overlays in the image and the restoration? I dunno, just thought it was worth noting for completeness...never seen it written as 1.77:1 before.
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I wouldn't count on Atlantic Films. They totally sucks. They are all liars. Atleast 6 of their swedish Blu-rays are stated to be 1080p but are 1080i.
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If any of our Swedish users are in the shops tomorrow, can you please confirm that this title (and also The Baby of M‚con) is released? There is only one, rather dubious-looking pre-order for them from a site that ships to the USA...
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This is quite concerning. It's now past release day, few stores even have listings for the discs, let alone show stock, and the Prospero's Books BD has disappeared from the Atlantic Film listings and can only be found directly at this link. Note that the DVD listing is far more complete. It would seem that, if anything, Prospero's Books is now DVD-only...

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:01 PM   #10
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A post on Criterionforum.org seems to confirm that this will not be released. However, it would seem that The Baby of M‚con is available.
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I'm not sure if the title has been revoked but they've changed the releasedate at Discshop.se to "Unsure releasedate"
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Hi folks,

I'm from Germany and today I received the swedish disks. Well I'm not an authority on those matters, but the Baby of Macon is a 1080p (!!!) blu ray in 2,35:1 aspect ratio. It has no extras, but the print looks quite strong to me. The running time clocks in at just under 2h2m. Prospero's books on the other hand was released on dvd only. The aspect ratio seems to be correct 1,77:1 - so there are very slight pillars on both sides of your 16:9 TV. The print is far from fine. It certainly lacks in sharpness and the colours look a little washed out. What took me by surprise was that the print starts with a Miramax logo. The running time ist about 2h1m.

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Default Propero's Books on Blu-ray finally.

It's available from Japan.
I'm sure by now everyone knows this, I'm just posting so I can be "an active forum user".
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Where can I find the Swedish "Prospero's Books" Blu-ray?
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Where can I find the Swedish "Prospero's Books" Blu-ray?
It didnít come out on Blu-Ray. As for as I know it was changed to dvd only.
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It didnít come out on Blu-Ray. As for as I know it was changed to dvd only.
So it's only available in Japan...
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