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Criterion reveals The Complete Agnès Varda, plus Top Gun 4K reviewed, and farewell Twilight Time

May 11, 2020 - 3:38 pm   |   by
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All right, to get things started this week, I’ve posted an in-depth review of Paramount’s new Top Gun 4K Ultra HD release. It’s a major picture and sound upgrade of this film on disc. If you go back and compare its image to the 2008 Blu-ray release, I think you’ll really be surprised at how much of a difference the new 4K remaster makes.

Also today, Dennis has turned in a look at Reed Morano’s The Rhythm Section (2020) on Blu-ray, also from Paramount.

Note that reviews of War of the Worlds and Days of Thunder 4K are coming later this week as well, along with several more regular Blu-ray reviews. So be sure to watch for them.

Now then... in announcement news, Criterion has just announced an amazing 15-disc, 39-film Blu-ray box set for release on 8/11: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda! [Read on here...]

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Here’s a bit more, from Criterion’s press release: “We’re celebrating the boundless creative vision of Agnès Varda with a comprehensive collection of her genre-blurring, culture-shaping films. Bringing together all thirty-nine of her features, shorts, and documentaries for the first time, this fifteen-Blu-ray box set also contains extensive special features—many created by Varda herself—including introductions to the films, interviews with and tributes from family and friends, once-banned and unfinished works, behind-the-scenes footage, archival programs, and more. The edition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 200-page book, with notes on the films and essays on Varda’s life and work, as well as a selection of her photography and images of her installation art. The Complete Films of Agnès Varda captures the restless curiosity and radical imagination of a true original who invented a new cinematic language.”

Here’s a complete list of the programs and films:

  • Agnès ForeverVarda by Agnès (2019), Les 3 boutons (2015)
  • Early VardaLa Pointe Courte (1955), Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958), Du côté de la côte (1958)
  • Around ParisCléo from 5 to 7 (1962), Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1962), L’opéra-mouffe (1958), Les dites cariatides (1984), T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986)
  • Rue DaguerreDaguerréotypes (1975), Le lion volatil (2003)
  • Married LifeLe bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Elsa la Rose (1966)
  • In CaliforniaUncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981)
  • Her Body, HerselfOne Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977)
  • No ShelterVagabond (1985), 7 p., cuis., s. de b... (à saisir) (1985)
  • Jane B.Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988)
  • Jacques DemyJacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), The World of Jacques Demy (1995)
  • Simon CinémaOne Hundred and One Nights (1995)
  • La glaneuseThe Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002)
  • Visual ArtistFaces Places, codirected with JR (2017), Salut les cubains (1964), Ulysse (1982), Ydessa, les ours et etc... (2004)
  • Here and ThereAgnès de ci de là Varda (2011)
  • BeachesThe Beaches of Agnès (2008)

More details are available here. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

You can pre-order The Complete Films of Agnès Varda now on by clicking on the cover, along with some of the recent Scream Factory titles and more...

The Complete Agnès Varda (Blu-ray Disc) Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Blu-ray Disc) Star Trek: Short Treks (Blu-ray Disc)

Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6 (Blu-ray Disc) The Phantom of the Opera (1962) (Blu-ray Disc) Ghost Ship (Blu-ray Disc)

Finally today, we have some sad (but probably inevitable) news: Our friends at Twilight Time are closing up shop. They’re currently having a sale on all existing titles on their website while supplies last (click here for that). The company has sent us this press release, announcing their decision...

Twilight Time

From all of us here at The Digital Bits, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the late great Nick Redman, along with the entire Twilight Team: Brian Jamieson, Julie Kirgo, Louis Falzarano, Mike Matessino, Jeff Jewett, and Mike Finnegan. Your service to film history, to cinephiles, and to home theater fans has been beyond the call and it’s greatly appreciated. We’re very sorry to see you go. But thank you all.

Farewell Twilight Time

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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