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Haunting First UK Trailer Rust & Bone (De rouille et d’os)

First UK trailer for Jacques Audiard‘s French drama Rust & Bone (De rouille et d’os) starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaert, and apparently M83


Ali suddenly finds himself with a five-year-old child on his hands. Sam is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister in Antibes where things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage and takes the child under her wing. Ali first runs into Stephanie during a night club brawl.
He is poor, she is beautiful and self-assured and trains killer whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together.

[via FirstShowing.net]

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Johnnie To’s Vengance: French DVD & Blu-ray Disc in December

Sometimes, but just sometimes it must be great to live in a film-loving nation like France, because our friendly south-western neighbors were not only the first that could see Johnnie To’s Vengeance on the big screen back in May, but will also be the first to get a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release. On December 11th, TF1 Video will release the film in three flavors, a standard one disc edition, a two disc collector’s edition and of a Blu-ray Disc edition in a nice looking steelbook.

Sadly none of these releases will included English subtitles and TF1 Video also has the bad habit to enforce the French subtitles when the original (mostly english in Vengeance) language track is selected. But since Vengeance opened in Hong Kong on August 20th, I bet English friendly HK DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases will pop up by the end of the year as well. Until then, enjoy the film’s (ironically French subbed) trailer below.

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[via @wildgrounds]


Chan-wook Park to remake Le Couperet (The Ax)

Variety reports that Mr. Vengeance, Korean director Chan-wook Park will remake the dark French comedy thriller Le Couperet (The Ax). Costa-Gavras, director of the 2005 original said he’s glad that Park wants to remake his film and that he will support him as much as possible. Le Couperet tells the story of a chemist (played by José Garcia in the original version) who gets fired after a merging operation of his company. After several years of unemployment, the loss of his middle-class standards for his family and his self-esteem, he decides to improve his chances on the job market by killing of his competitors. Sounds like perfect material for somebody like Chan-wook Park, don’t you think?


La Main des Maîtres

La Main des Maîtres is an animated short film from the three EESA students Adrien Toupet, Clément Delatre and Looky. It isn’t exacly brand new since it already premiered last August but I only discovered this little gem today over at Opium.org.pl.

A HD download (720p) is available at the English website.
[via Opium.org.pl]


Footage from French-Korean Anime Princess Bari

I have no idea how old the footage for the French-Korean anime production Princess Bari by director Baek-yeob Seong (Oseam) really is, but I thinks it’s (still) pretty nice to look at.
The film is based on a Korean folk tale and has been in production since 2001. In November 2007 Animation Insider reported that the production has been completed, but so far nothing has been released or even announced. I only found this gem thanks to Cinema Beacon. This guy has been posting (and tweeting) some great stuff lately so I just couldn’t help but to borrow one of his stories again. ;)

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Here’s a summary taken from a Korean picture book that’s based on the same tale:

Once upon a time, a king and a queen hand six princess brought up most delicately yet no prince. When the queen bore another child in her womb, they wished it to be a boy. But the seventh child turned out to be a princess. The king and the queen, greatly disappointed, abandoned the princess.
Few years later, the king came down with a sickness which could only be cured with the medicine from the world of the dead. As none of six princesses agreed to go to the world of the dead to fetch the medicine, they found the seventh princess whom they had abandoned, and asked her for the favor. The abandoned princess, who had been reared by a poor and wretched couple, was thankful to the king and the queen for merely bringing her into this world. So she embarks on an adventure into the world of the dead to get the medicine for the king. The story is full of fantasy, adventure and heroic deeds, all of which are characteristics of the Korean epic poetry of the shamans.


Six Clips and a new Trailer for Miyazaki’s Ponyo!

Even in the internet age, Studio Ghibli is one of the few animation studios that’s still very passive when it comes to release promotion material on their latest films. Luckily some international distributors aren’t that close-lipped and so BVI France uploaded six clips from Hayao Miyazaki latest Ponyo (on the Cliff by the Sea) [Gake no ue no Ponyo] to their YouTube Channel. They also have a new french Trailer that shows that Ponyo is still marketable without shouting out the main characters (new) name all the time!

[via Conversations on Ghibli]

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Bilder der US Freedom Blu-ray Box

Vor über einem Jahr hatte ich das erste mal von Freedom, der ersten Anime Serie die hochauflösend auf HD DVD (Review und Bildvergleich) veröffentlich wurde, berichtet. Inzwischen gehört das HD DVD Format der Vergangenheit an, die Serie hat sich in den USA offenbar miserabel verkauft und trotzdem hat Bandai Visual sich dazu entschlossen Freedom auf Blu-ray Disc noch eine Chance zu geben. Das Resultat ist die Freedom Blu-ray Box, die nahezu zeit- und ausstattungsgleich in Japan, den USA, Großbritannien und Frankreich veröffentlicht wurde bzw. noch wird.
Meine US Box wurde Anfang der Woche geliefert und durfte sich gleich einem kleinen Fotoshooting und einer Durchsuchung mit neugierigen Affengriffeln unterziehen. Die Freedom Blu-ray Disc Box enthält die sieben Episoden der Serie auf vier Discs die in schwarzen Amarays ausgeliefert werden und ausgezeichnet zum zweilagigen Schuber passen. Der Schuber besteht aus einem Kunststoffteil mit aufgeprägter Schrift und einem ausklappbaren Pappteil mit Motiven aus der Serie.
Anstelle eines Booklets liegt dem Set ein 12-seitiges Mangaheftchen bei, das kurz die Geschehnisse vor der ersten Episode erzählt. Die Sprechblasen enthalten dabei englische Texte, die französische und japanische Übersetzung steht am Rand. Das Mangabooklet und die Amaraycover sind aus dickem Karton mit mattem Golddruck gefertigt und lassen das ganze Set recht hochwertig wirken.
Im Gegensatz zur HD DVD Variante bekamen alle Episoden neben der japanischen Originalspur auch englische und französische Synchros mit jeweiligen Untertiteln verpasst, die in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (auf HD DVD nur 5.1 DD+ und 2.0 LPCM) vorliegen. Dafür fehlen einige Extras wie etwa der Bild-in-Bild Vergleich während der Pod Racing Rennszenen. Die Scheiben selbst tragen das britische Ratinglogo, es dürfte sich also weltweit um die gleiche Veröffentlichung handeln. Erfreulicherweise kommt das ganze Set (deshalb) ohne Regionalcode aus und lässt sich auf allen Playern abspielen.