on 27 October 2013
An excellent collection that includes three key films from the 1960's from the long and influential career Miklós Jancsó, the often overlooked, Hungarian filmmaker. The collection also includes a lengthy interview with the director and two of his many documentaries, plus the reprint of an important appreciation of Jancsó's work by former "Sight & Sound" editor, Penelope Houston, published in 1969.
My one reservation, however, is the transfer of THE RED AND THE WHITE [Csillagosok, katonák] which is noticeably soft throughout. The U.S. release on Kino is sharper, but with a different translation and subtitles that are a tad too large.
That noted, this is a valuable addition to any collection, not likely to be replaced or surpassed, on DVD or Blu-ray, anytime soon.
on 15 November 2011
These three films from legendary Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso are amazing, poignant, beautiful and emotionally shattering tales of war, loss, humanity and corruption.
THE ROUND-UP itself is worth it at this price, but with the addition of THE RED AND THE WHITE and MY WAY HOME this is an absolute bargain!