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The Passion Of Joan Of Arc [La Passion De Jeanne D'Arc]- Masters Of Cinema - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) - Steelbook [1928]

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  • Actors: Renée Maria Falconetti
  • Directors: Carl Th. DREYER
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LUICGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,703 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: One of the most emotional film experiences of any era, Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc is a miracle of the cinema, an enigmatic and profoundly moving work that merges the worlds of the viewer and of saintly Joan herself into one shared experience of hushed delirium.

Dreyer's film charts the final days of Joan of Arc as she undergoes the degradation that accompanies her trial for charges of heresy - through her imprisonment and execution at the stake.

The portrayal of Joan by Renée Maria Falconetti is frequently heralded as the all-time finest performance in the history of film, and Dreyer's unusual and virtuosic method, in seeming to render the very soul of his actress, vaulted the director decisively into the ranks of the art form's supreme geniuses.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Passion of Joan of Arc in its worldwide Blu-ray première, in an exclusive new restoration, presented in both 20fps and 24fps playback speeds, and featuring Dreyer's own original Danish-language intertitles, available in THREE formats-Blu-ray, DVD, and Ltd Edition Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray) SteelBook editions.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Exclusively restored high-definition master presented in the film's original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
  • Presented in both 20fps and 24fps playback speeds
  • Optional audio tracks: a piano score performed by Japanese silent film composer Mie Yanashita (for the 20fps option), and a radical accompaniment by esteemed American avant-garde musician Loren Connors (for the 24fps option)
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles for Dreyer's original Danish intertitles
  • The complete "Lo Duca" version of the film - the version (featuring an alternate edit and soundtrack) that circulated in France and around the world for decades before the rediscovery of Dreyer's "director's cut"
  • Extended illustrated booklet featuring the words of Dreyer, rare archival imagery, and more
  • Further details to be announced nearer the release date!

Review

"One of the most inspired and inspiring films ever made. " -- - Empire Magazine

"Stunning in its power, uncompromising in its severity and seriousness, Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen. " -- - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Stunning in its power, uncompromising in its severity and seriousness, Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen. " -- - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Stunning in its power, uncompromising in its severity and seriousness, Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen. " -- - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Stunning in its power, uncompromising in its severity and seriousness, Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent masterpiece from 1928 all but scorches a hole in the screen. " -- - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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This is a really beautiful and chunky steelbook package from MoC. Housed in an extremely stout card slip case, printed in colour, is the steelbook case, adorned only with black and white images of Joan. Along side the disc comes a beautifully produced book that's heaving with photos, illustrations and articles of analysis and appreciations by other artists.

Of the restoration itself, a short sequence of before and after images provides ample evidence of the deplorable condition of the original material and the astonishing detail and clarity that has been revealed by the restoration process. While there remains a considerable amount of surface scratching [which is not intrusive during viewing] most of the damage associated with age and neglect has been successfully and sympathetically eradicated. There are only a few images not up to the standard of the majority; these largely appearing in the final 'riot' sequence.

This end sequence I find strangely incongruous coming at the end of a film renowned for its exceptional composition of continuous close-up shots. While providing a rabble rousing climax leading to the burning at the stake, the sequence is rather disappointing in its conception by comparison with what has gone before.

Of the disc; the viewing options are very generous: of the 24fps and the 20fps versions I certainly find that viewing at 20fps is more satisfactory. Human motion does appear to be rendered accurately at this speed and it certainly wouldn't have been shot at 24fps.

It is thought that Dreyer's intention was that the film be unaccompanied and a silent presentation is the default option at both speeds.
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Thanks MASTERS OF CINEMA for this utterly impressive edition of one of the great masterpieces of movie history.

Every aspect of the release is simply stunning. Great picture quality. Terrific extras, if you count the "Lo duca version" as an "extra". Interesting scores. And a seriously impressive package design including a lavish 100 page booklet.

Kudos! Continue the great work.
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The Passion of Joan of Arc is based on the records of the 1431 trial that led to Joan of Arc being convicted of heresy and burned at the stake. In the film, the month-long process is condensed into a much shorter time frame. Alone, Jeanne must face a large assembly of priests and monks who bombard her with questions to pressure her into admitting that her visions were not sent by God, but even under threat of torture she stands fast. She is so ill that the judges dare not torture her, but under threat of burning at the stake they make her sign a statement that her visions were false. She soon retracts, however, and she is burned alive. Her death impresses the onlookers as martyrdom and the crowd rises up in rebellion against their oppressors.
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Quite possibly the best Blu-Ray release for 2012. Steelbook Package is absolutely superb, the film looks amazing. Masters of Cinema should be praised to the skies for their work in restoring this masterpiece with the obvious care they have for classic cinema. No noticeable DNR or edge enhancement that can blight many a restored film, a fantastic Blu Ray that's very easy to recommend.
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Utterly amazing film. It is difficult to believe when it was made given the stunning visual style and the structure of the film. The restoration of this film is fantastic and the entire package has been put together with loving care. This Masters of Cinema release rivals the quality normally associated with Criterion in the US.
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This Masters of Cinema release of Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic 1928 French silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a five star presentation of a five star film and is simply a mandatory purchase for anyone really interested in cinema. Presented in a stout cardboard box with a 100 page book (featuring articles by Jean/Dale D. Drum and Hilda Doolittle together with writing by Luis Buñuel, Chris Marker, André Bazin, Dreyer himself, an interview with Antonin Artaud, notes on the restoration by Casper Tybjerg and rare production photographs), there are two DVDs containing no less than three different versions of the film. The first disc has the 20fps version which Dreyer scholars now agree to be about the right speed for the film to be shown. Dreyer stipulated that his film should be shown mute with no music at all and that remains for me the best way to experience this remarkably concentrated work of art. That said MoC do include an optional Mie Yanashita piano score which (to my surprise) I found very moving. Watching it mute forces you to concentrate hard without any help and leaves you feeling exhausted by the end. The music of course subconsciously manipulates one's emotional response undoubtedly making for an easier watch, but one which is not as directly confrontational as Dreyer intended – for him we have to really 'feel' Joan's pain as if it is our own. My conclusion is that while watching this film mute is ideal, it is also worth experiencing Yanashita's subtle scoring for its beauty and quiet sensitivity.

The second disc has the same print as the first but shown at the faster speed of 24fps and with an altogether less attractive (indeed distractive) aggressively modern Loren Connors score.
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