We’re very excited to be releasing two of Michelangelo Antonioni’s long-unavailable, and most stunning, ’50s works as our very first Dual Format releases. Each package contains two discs: a Blu-ray version of the film, and a standard-definition DVD version.
La signora senza camelie [The Lady Without Camelias] is a deeply expressive chronicle of an Italian movie starlet’s career-ascent — and of her subsequent emotional chastening. Le amiche [The Girlfriends] decalibrates the ‘ensemble drama’, mapping the psychic fissures that variously divide — and bind — a group of Torino women to one another in the face of envy, suicide, and sexual voracity.
Both films arrive in gorgeous new transfers (in 1080p AVC HD encodes on Blu-ray, and progressive encodes on DVD; Le amiche sources the recent restoration by Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation) with newly translated optional English subtitles. Each release sports a video introduction for the respective film alongside new videos on Antonioni’s career and influence, and feature critic and teacher Gabe Klinger, shot and recorded by filmmaker Joe Swanberg in Chicago. In addition to the original Italian theatrical trailer for the film included with La signora senza camelie, both titles feature lengthy booklets containing newly translated vintage criticism, excerpts from period interviews with Antonioni, and more.
Next up from The Masters of Cinema Series: April releases of F. W. Murnau’s breathtaking City Girl (made available on DVD for the first time in the Series) and a two-DVD set of Fritz Lang’s jaw-dropping 1959 “Indian epic”: Der Tiger von Eschnapur [The Tiger of Eschnapur] and Das indische Grabmal [The Indian Tomb].
Last but certainly not least: check out our current March sale! Not only can you pre-order new releases and save up to 60% on certain titles — you also get a chance to nab remaining inventory of out-of-print titles while it lasts. Full details here.
And with that: happy viewing!