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L'Age d'or + Un Chien Andalou [DVD + Blu-ray] [1930]
L'Age d'or + Un Chien Andalou [DVD + Blu-ray] [1930]
Dvd ~ Luis Buñuel
Price: £10.07

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra image, a little less print, 21 Feb. 2013
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Great to get the hi-res clarity on the Bluray of course - but a comparison with the DVD (also in this package) reveals another advantage: the DVD aspect is cropped top and bottom, probably to widen the ratio out to standard 4:3.

In fact the original aspect ratio is 1.19:1, quite close to square. This was common to early sound films, I understand, when room had to be made for the soundtrack, on the side (as projected). Best comparison is with the early images of the scorpions: the iris around the images is a complete circle on the bluray but cropped on the DVD version.

The booklet too, is slightly smaller than the earlier BFI DVD-only edition - format aside, there are fewer illustrations and the facsimile of the original L'Age D'Or program is missing. A bibliography for the key essay is also missing.

The movie material is sterling, of course, though bonus material appears only on the DVD. Robert Short's introduction is informative and worth a listen, though you should mind the commentary for L'Age D'Or: it actually abbreviates the movie - so leave it off until you've watched it at least once.

The documentary A Proposito de Bunuel also well worth while - one of the few places you'll find photo evidence of Marilyn Monroe's visit to the set of Exterminating Angel (with Jacqueline Andere's anecdote on the occasion).
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Salome's Last Dance
Salome's Last Dance
Dvd ~ Nickolas Grace
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £10.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caution, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Salome's Last Dance (DVD)
Mind the aspect ratio - no mention of it in the specs here but this one's 4x3 only (IMDB quotes original aspect as 1.85:1).

Russell's movie is well worth a look - I'd rate it 4 stars if I could see it all - but not this disc at this price.

Fillmore East, June 1971
Fillmore East, June 1971
Offered by GMFT
Price: £17.56

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Willie..?, 5 Sept. 2011
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Evidently not an 'FZ approved master' this one: disappointed to find track 1, side 2 (Willie the Pimp Part 2) missing.

Part 1 used to fade out at the end of side 1 of the long-player ..and fade in again on the flipside as Part 2, effectively an overture to the resumption of dialogue between Flo & Eddie. Probably an administrative oversight, a clerical error - why bother to mess with Willie..?

Still, nice to have it playing again - one of the few we'd play right through in '72. A scabrous classic.

An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Bunuel
An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Bunuel
by Luis Buñuel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Details on that obscure object, 21 April 2010
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Excellent anthology - fills out the material offered last (in English) by Francisco Aranda's critical biography Luis Bunuel (Da Capo Paperback# in 1976: movie reviews, poetical texts (including the complete Andalusian Dog), screenplays, articles and a lecture ..with an insightful foreword by his script collaborator (1964-77) Jean-Claude Carriere, excerpts from the autobiography and an afterword signed off by his two sons, Juan and Rafael. Check the table of contents, then buy it. Indispensable.

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