The Cohen Film Collection is focuses on spotlighting and preserving some of cinema’s most seminal works (they did wonderful work with Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn), and on May 29 they are releasing The Two of Us on Blu-ray and DVD.
Director Claude Berri is primarily known stateside for his resonant epics Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, and The Two of Us marks Berri’s directing debut. Centering on an 8-year-old Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) who forms a bond with an anti-Semitic elderly man (Michel Simon), the picture was inspired by Berri’s upbringing in wartime France. Berri was also an accomplished producer, with Milos Forman’sValmont and Jean-Jacques Annaud’sThe Lover among his credits.
The feature is presented with a new 4K restoration, and both versions come with an audio commentary with film critic Wade Major, and the 2017 rerelease trailer.
As far as holiday gift ideas go, grabbing a Blu-ray or DVD set of Olympic themed discs is a great choice. On December 5, Criterion will release 100 Years of Olympic Films which features 53 newly restored movies and 41 editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games. The iconic Olympics work of filmmakers Milos Forman, Claude Lelouch, Leni Riefenstahl and Kon Ichikawa are included in the set.
Documentaries in the set include spotlights on Jesse Owens’ world breaking run in 1936 Berlin, Ski racer Jean Claude-Killy winning three gold medals in 1968, and Joan Benoit winning the first ever women’s marathon in 1984.
Special features on the collection include a 216 page hardcover book featuring essays from film historian Peter Cowie, new scores for the silent films (composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek), and 4K restorations of Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad and Visions of Eight.
Check out Criterion’s evocative and beautifully edited trailer below for 100 Years of Olympic Films and feel free to leave a comment!!
Whether it is the clamorous car chase from The French Connection or the claustrophobic, terrifying final scenes from The Silence of the Lambs, sound plays an integral part in bringing films to life.
To explore and explain how a soundtrack is created, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar®” series will present An Evening of Sound with Chris Newman and Tom Fleischman on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.
The program will present film clips demonstrating how the raw tracks recorded on a set become part of the finished soundtrack. Among the clips to be featured are The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, along with the presenters’ stories of working with directors Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, Milos Forman and others. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.
For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.
On this day in 1981, PARAMOUNT PICTURES released RAGTIME. Directed by MILOS FORMAN and based on the bestseller by E.L. DOCTOROW, this tale of violence and racism in 1910 New York was a critical and commercial hit. In addition to being the final film performance by Hollywood legend JAMES CAGNEY, the cast included BRAD DOURIF, MOSES GUNN, ELIZABETH McGOVERN, KENNETH McMILLAN, PAT O’BRIEN, MANDY PATINKIN, HOWARD E. ROLLINS and MARY STEENBERGEN.