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Re: Czech DVDs

#726 Post by L.A. » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:49 pm

eerik wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:21 am
tenia wrote:
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L.A. wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:54 am
The Cremator BD coming this month.
This is out by Second Run in the UK since Dec 17, based on the same restoration, though.
But the Czech release is based on a new 4K restoration which premiered earlier this year, no?
My friend in the Czech Republic informed that this is indeed 4K.

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Re: Czech DVDs

#727 Post by petoluk » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:08 pm

furbicide wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:30 pm
Is there a link for that Švankmajer box set? Any suggestion it will become available beyond the Indiegogo campaign?
Available now from the Švankmajer website; tech. specs / screenshots from the discs [didn't do Alice]:

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Edit: The above are links to the comparisons. :wink:
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Re: Czech DVDs

#728 Post by petoluk » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:16 pm

L.A. wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:49 pm
eerik wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:21 am
tenia wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:54 am
This is out by Second Run in the UK since Dec 17, based on the same restoration, though.
But the Czech release is based on a new 4K restoration which premiered earlier this year, no?
My friend in the Czech Republic informed that this is indeed 4K.
Yep, it's the new 4K resto that premièred at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this July - the older master that SR got [which also aired on Czech TV] was not restored, just newly scanned...
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Re: Czech DVDs

#729 Post by swo17 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:24 pm

petoluk wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:08 pm
furbicide wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:30 pm
Is there a link for that Švankmajer box set? Any suggestion it will become available beyond the Indiegogo campaign?
Available now from the Švankmajer website
Kind of a steep price. I contributed $150 to the Indiegogo project in exchange for one

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Re: Czech DVDs

#730 Post by furbicide » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:14 pm

Yep. No way I'm going to be able to afford that, sadly! :( Thanks for the link though!

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Re: Czech DVDs

#731 Post by petoluk » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:00 pm

The 2019 resto of The Cremator:

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Completely barebones, though... :(

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#732 Post by furbicide » Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:38 pm

Back on Svankmajer, I noticed that each of the films in the set is available by itself (on DVD only) for €12 each, which isn't too bad (unfortunately, the postage to anywhere outside of Europe is a whopping €47, to which I can only say ... lol, no thanks). Still, I'd be interested in how the DVD of Faust stacks up, given that it's only otherwise been available in the old, interlaced English-dub-only Kino release (most of his other films have had decent releases elsewhere). Has anyone else checked this out, or at least know whether it's comparable to the transfers in the new Blu-ray set?

https://svankmajerjan.com/z467-lekce-faust/?kosik=1

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Re: Czech DVDs

#733 Post by petoluk » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:44 am

furbicide wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:38 pm
Back on Svankmajer, I noticed that each of the films in the set is available by itself (on DVD only) for €12 each, which isn't too bad (unfortunately, the postage to anywhere outside of Europe is a whopping €47, to which I can only say ... lol, no thanks). Still, I'd be interested in how the DVD of Faust stacks up, given that it's only otherwise been available in the old, interlaced English-dub-only Kino release (most of his other films have had decent releases elsewhere). Has anyone else checked this out, or at least know whether it's comparable to the transfers in the new Blu-ray set?

https://svankmajerjan.com/z467-lekce-faust/?kosik=1
The DVD is included in my comparison - just click the Faust cover / link a couple of posts back...

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Re: Czech DVDs

#734 Post by furbicide » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:38 am

Thanks petoluk – sorry I missed that! Looks so good.

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Re: Czech DVDs

#735 Post by L.A. » Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:04 am

The latest DVD/Blu-ray release from Národní filmový archiv is a collection of silents from Czech filmmaker Jan Kříženecký.

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#736 Post by senseabove » Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:17 am

I saw the fantastic The Fifth Horseman is Fear tonight, and in reading about it afterwards, it sounds like the print, from the Czech National Film Archive, was cut, missing a brothel/shower scene involving the main character's sister. That scene is apparently also missing from the Facets DVD, and the DVDSavant review commenter who noted the missing scene there mentioned that it was in a pan & scan presentation on TCM.

Does anyone know whether there are any DVDs or other sources that are uncut (and English friendly)? And at what point in the story that scene occurs?

I found a back-channel copy that seems to be from a PAL source with burned in English subs, but a quick skip around seems like the scene isn't there either.

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Re: Czech DVDs

#737 Post by petoluk » Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:39 am

L.A. wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:04 am
The latest DVD/Blu-ray release from Národní filmový archiv is a collection of silents from Czech filmmaker Jan Kříženecký.
This has finally come out - some more details about the release here...

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#738 Post by petoluk » Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:10 am

senseabove wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:17 am
I saw the fantastic The Fifth Horseman is Fear tonight, and in reading about it afterwards, it sounds like the print, from the Czech National Film Archive, was cut, missing a brothel/shower scene involving the main character's sister. That scene is apparently also missing from the Facets DVD, and the DVDSavant review commenter who noted the missing scene there mentioned that it was in a pan & scan presentation on TCM.

Does anyone know whether there are any DVDs or other sources that are uncut (and English friendly)? And at what point in the story that scene occurs?

I found a back-channel copy that seems to be from a PAL source with burned in English subs, but a quick skip around seems like the scene isn't there either.
Hmm, the Czech Feature Film catalogue gives the length of the OCN of The Fifth Horseman as 2,687.4m, which should translate to ~1:37:58 @ 24fps or ~1:34:03 @ 25fps - the Czech DVD is 1:34:04, and I could not find the scene in question there. Moreover, the catalogue also gives a full synopsis of the plot, but does not mention any brothel / shower scene either:
SpoilerShow
... But the patient needs morphine. To get it, Braun meets his former colleague Wiener, a doctor working in a mental home, in a bar and is appalled that some people are able to enjoy themselves even in the time of mortal danger. Eventually, Braun succeeds in getting the medicine from the mental home...
:-k

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Re: Czech DVDs

#739 Post by Saturnome » Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:12 am

petoluk wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:39 am
L.A. wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:04 am
The latest DVD/Blu-ray release from Národní filmový archiv is a collection of silents from Czech filmmaker Jan Kříženecký.
This has finally come out - some more details about the release here...
That's a pretty amazing collection of screenshots.

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Re: Czech DVDs

#740 Post by senseabove » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:35 pm

petoluk wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:10 am
Hmm, the Czech Feature Film catalogue gives the length of the OCN of The Fifth Horseman as 2,687.4m, which should translate to ~1:37:58 @ 24fps or ~1:34:03 @ 25fps - the Czech DVD is 1:34:04, and I could not find the scene in question there. Moreover, the catalogue also gives a full synopsis of the plot, but does not mention any brothel / shower scene either:
SpoilerShow
... But the patient needs morphine. To get it, Braun meets his former colleague Wiener, a doctor working in a mental home, in a bar and is appalled that some people are able to enjoy themselves even in the time of mortal danger. Eventually, Braun succeeds in getting the medicine from the mental home...
:-k
Renata Adler's May 1968 review of the movie from the NY Times also mentions it:
In a forced brothel for soldiers where the doctor's sister works, there is a long scene of naked women under the shower heads, with baroque music playing and a sense of imminence of death.
Unfortunately for our purposes, her review jumbles the timeline when describing scenes so it doesn't help us figure out where in the movie it comes...

BAMPFA's summary from a 2003 showing also mentions it. Another review from October 1968 mentions it. And Ebert's review from July 1968 mentions it: "His trip is like a journey through the underworld. It takes him to a house of prostitution, to a madhouse and to a nightclub known as the Desperation Bar..." (which also doesn't confirm its order in the story, because the doctor visits the bar before the madhouse!)

Someone in a comment on another blog says a "Czech film expert" from Facets insists there never was a brothel scene. (Which sounds about par for the course for Facets, from what I've read...)

But there's at least one review on Letterboxed that mentions it in reviewing a 35mm screening in September 2019 in Melbourne of a print also from the NFA in Prague.

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Re: Czech DVDs

#741 Post by uajii » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:59 am

senseabove wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:17 am
I saw the fantastic The Fifth Horseman is Fear tonight, and in reading about it afterwards, it sounds like the print, from the Czech National Film Archive, was cut, missing a brothel/shower scene involving the main character's sister. That scene is apparently also missing from the Facets DVD, and the DVDSavant review commenter who noted the missing scene there mentioned that it was in a pan & scan presentation on TCM.

Does anyone know whether there are any DVDs or other sources that are uncut (and English friendly)? And at what point in the story that scene occurs?

I found a back-channel copy that seems to be from a PAL source with burned in English subs, but a quick skip around seems like the scene isn't there either.
This is what Škvorecký says in his book about Czech cinema.
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TLDR; The scene was not cut. Rather it was added. Carlo Ponti requested more nudity for the international release. I remember reading something similar happened to Forman with Loves of a Blonde.

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#742 Post by senseabove » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:04 pm

Well I do love a good twist!

Is that book "All the Bright Young Men and Women: A Personal History of the Czech Cinema"?

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#743 Post by petoluk » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:43 pm

Interesting development indeed! :o

Meanwhile, I've been reorganizing my archive of Czech TV broadcast recordings, and found one of The Fifth Horseman which I never did anything with because it's heavily cropped, but a quick check reveals it's actually 2m 44s longer than the Czech DVD (which, as I've already mentioned, matches the length of the OCN as listed in the Czech Feature Film catalogue). Unfortunately, the extra footage is not the "infamous" brothel scene - it consists of:

- additional 2m 25s of Braun talking to Wiener's wife, Helena, who rants about having a child to "spite" Wiener, and then goes on screaming at some children playing in what I assume is a Jewish cemetery right under their windows

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- there are ~19s of extra footage at the beginning of the mental home sequence

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Re: Czech DVDs

#744 Post by MichaelB » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:23 am

uajii wrote:TLDR; The scene was not cut. Rather it was added. Carlo Ponti requested more nudity for the international release. I remember reading something similar happened to Forman with Loves of a Blonde.
Ah, that makes perfect sense! And would also explain why Czech versions don’t include it and why a restoration most likely won’t either.

(I’ve never seen the scene myself because every version of the film I’ve seen originated from the Czech NFA.)

If I remember rightly, Black Peter also had additional nudity imposed by foreign rightsholders, much against Miloš Forman’s wishes as this wasn’t at all the kind of film he intended to make.

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#745 Post by uajii » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:05 am

MichaelB wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:23 am
uajii wrote:TLDR; The scene was not cut. Rather it was added. Carlo Ponti requested more nudity for the international release. I remember reading something similar happened to Forman with Loves of a Blonde.
Ah, that makes perfect sense! And would also explain why Czech versions don’t include it and why a restoration most likely won’t either.

(I’ve never seen the scene myself because every version of the film I’ve seen originated from the Czech NFA.)

If I remember rightly, Black Peter also had additional nudity imposed by foreign rightsholders, much against Miloš Forman’s wishes as this wasn’t at all the kind of film he intended to make.
Don't know about Black Peter, but this is what Forman says about Loves of a Blonde

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and The Firemen's Ball

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