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The Trial 50th Anniversary (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray] [1962]


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Product details

  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085MXPLG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the influential Franz Kafka novel, The Trial is a paranoid masterpiece directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil). Josef K (Anthony Perkins – Psycho) is arrested, but has no idea what crime he is accused of. In order to find out what offence he is meant to have committed, and to protest his innocence, Josef K must go through the machinations of the judicial system, but he soon finds himself trapped in a dehumanised nightmare.

Welles’ claimed that The Trial was the best film he ever made. Rich with Welles’ trademark style, The Trial is a visual feast. The icy black and white photography strikingly depicts the spider-and-fly games of an ineffectual man struggling against his inescapable fate. Using the cracked labyrinthine corridors of Paris’ ruined Gare D’Orsay as his set, Welles perfectly captures Kafka’s terrifying skewed world. A masterclass in building tension, The Trial aptly illustrates why Welles is often cited as the greatest director of all time.

Bonus Content

- Welles, Kafka and The Trial documentary
- Welles, Architect Of Light documentary
- Orson Welles, Tempo interview
- Interview with Steven Berkoff (actor, playwright) – adaptations of Kafka’s The Trial and Metamorphosis
- Deleted scene
- Trailer
- Booklet on the movie written by Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles (2007), the editor of This Is Orosn Welles (1998) and consultant on the 1998 re-edit of Touch Of Evil

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Anthony Hagl on 20 Sep 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Watching this film on Blu ray is a new experience for me. I have only seen it on bad 4:3 public domain copies and have never thought of it in the same regard as "Citizen Kane", "Touch of Evil" or even "Othello". All that has change now. This wonderful HD 16:9 version really highlights the wonderful Welles camera angles and tracking shots which have always gone without notice previously. The image is sharp and detailed. For the first time you can actually see the sweat on Anthony Perkins forhead while he deals with the nightmare he finds himself in. It's not as perfect as some blu ray remasters but it's no disappointment by any measure. Some sync issues still remain but not to the point that it ruins the film. This is truly a great film containing the genius of Orson Welles. Images were his strong point, so blu ray really makes him shine.

Special Features:

Welles, Kafka and The Trial (30 minutes)
This is in French with English subtitles which shows Welles previous films, radio productions and an analysis on "The Trial"

Orson Welles, architect of light (24 minutes)
An interview with Edmond Richard, director of photography of "The Trial" in French with english subtitles.

Tempo Profile (30 minutes)
Interview with Orson Welles from circa 1965. What interview with Welles isn't worth watching! Great for fans.

Interview with Steven Berkoff (13 minutes)
Berkoff discusses Kafka and "The Trial"

Deleted Scene (6 minutes)
This scene with Katina Paxinou was cut by Welles in the final editing. It originally came after the scene where Josef K is talking with his cousin, before he enters his office building. No audio exists, the subtitles that are included were taken from Welles own script.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron G on 4 Sep 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A great movie - not to be missed. If it helps -
The 2012 50th anniversary DVD from Studio Canal has the 'Before the Law' prologue, but doesn't have the extras that are on the Blu-Ray. Excellent picture quality, 1.66 - 1.
The 2007 Studio Canal DVD doesn't have the 'Before the Law' prologue, but does have some of the extras. Excellent picture quality, 1.66 - 1.
The Elstree Hill DVD from 2005 is dreadful fuzzy picture quality and is 4 x 3 pan and scan. It does have the prologue.
The version without the prologue was prepared for French TV by Orson Welles himself in the 1980s.
I first saw The Trial in the cinema with the prologue, so I was expecting to see the prologue and was initially disappointed when I saw the DVD without it. But when I saw the 2012 DVD I had second thoughts. After all there is no prologue in Kafka's novel - it starts with K waking up. Before the Law is a separate short story altogether ( from Wedding Preparations in the Country ).
Welles' voiceover reading Before the Law is a bit ponderous and preachy, and there are a couple of extra comments that make it seem as if you are in a lecture theatre. I think I may prefer the movie without the prologue after all.
However, the picture quality is stunning ! The photography and lighting will take your breath away ! It is a fantastic adaptation of the novel, and Anthony Perkins is fantastic.
Whether you want the prologue or not - just sit back and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JULIAN on 3 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
BEST BLU-RAY RESTORATION I HAVE SEEN TO DATE
WELLS WOULD BE SO PLEASED WITH THIS SUPERB MASTERPIECE
CAN NOW BE ENJOYED AT LAST AS INTENDED
JULIAN
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By s on 21 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
Just a reminder that this standard DVD doesn't any extras, which are apparently only on the Blu-Ray version. It's still Orson Welles best film, but if you're hoping for an improved package over previous versions, don't bother.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Anderson on 24 Sep 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I can't add much to the previous review. His views are mine exactly. I did have a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD at one time, but this is sooo much better. Surreal, disturbing and if you like Orson Welles, as an actor or director, you will like this.
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