Silent : Napoleon coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Napoleon coming to Blu-ray and DVD

...as long as the BFI have an ironclad contract in case Coppola changes his mind again:

http://www.theartsshelf.com/2016/01/28/abel-gances-napoleon-to-receive-nationwide-theatrical-and-home-entertainment-releases/

BFI NATIONAL ARCHIVE & PHOTOPLAY PRODUCTIONS
PRESENT
ABEL GANCE’S NAPOLEON (1927)
ENTERING THE DIGITAL ERA FOR UK-WIDE THEATRICAL AND BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE

The BFI today announces a new chapter in the epic history of one of the world’s greatest films: Abel Gance’s Napoleon (1927).

In the culmination of a 50-year project, Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National Archive have completed a new digitally restored version of Abel Gance’s cinematic triumph.

From Autumn 2016, for the first time ever, audiences across the UK will be able to experience this extraordinary cinematic masterpiece with Carl Davis’ magnificent score when the film goes on theatrical release in UK cinemas and is available on BFI DVD/Blu-ray and BFI Player.

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This legendary 5 ½ hour film was first presented, partially restored, at the BFI London Film Festival in 1980. The latest digital restoration of Napoleon will have its premiere screening with a live performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra of Carl Davis’ score (the longest ever composed for a silent film) in early November 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.

This project has been achieved thanks to major work undertaken by the experts of the BFI National Archive and Photoplay Productions working with Dragon DI post-production in Wales, and to the generosity of Carl Davis and Jean Boht, who have made possible the recording of the score by the Philharmonia. The original restoration of the 35mm film elements in 2000 was funded by the generous support of the Eric Anker-Petersen charity, with the support of many archives around the world but especially the Cinémathèque Française and the Centre Nationale de la Cinématographie in Paris.

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Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said, “Several generations of staff at the BFI have worked on this project. Napoleon is a landmark in the history of cinema and we are grateful to all of the great talents who have helped us along the way but especially, of course, Kevin Brownlow for his indefatigable championing of the film and Carl Davis for his amazing score.”

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Kevin Brownlow, Photoplay Productions said, “’This is a tremendous step forward for film history.’

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Carl Davis, composer said, ““Thanks to the BFI we have this splendid DVD (Blu-Ray). In the words of Napoleon ‘At last!’ “

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This new version of Napoleon will allow audiences to see the film’s original tinting and toning, including colour combinations which could not be achieved in the existing 35mm print. Integration of sections sourced from a wide range of elements have also been improved by detailed digital image repair and alignment.

The film has been entirely re-graded and received extensive digital clean-up throughout, all of which offers significant improvements in overall picture quality. This is the most complete version of the film available, compiled by Academy Award-winning film-maker, archivist and historian Kevin Brownlow who spent over 50 years tracking down surviving prints from archives around the world since he first saw a 9.5mm version as a schoolboy in 1954. Brownlow and his colleagues at Photoplay, initially the late David Gill, and then Patrick Stanbury, worked with the BFI National Archive on a series of restorations. The film version has been screened only 4 times in the UK since the year 2000 at memorable events with full orchestra performing the original score by composer Carl Davis.

Running at over 5½ hours on screen, the film demands a huge investment of resources, from projectionists, musicians, conductor and audiences; in a live performance with intervals the experience adds up to over 8 hours from start to finish. Napoleon offers one of the most richly rewarding and thrilling experiences in the history of cinema, a brilliant pairing of music and film, comparable to grand opera in its intensity, offering dazzling scenes of unparalleled brilliance, with full scale historical recreations of episodes from the personal and political life of Napoleon from the French Revolution to the heroic arrival of French troops in Italy marking the beginning of the First Italian campaign of 1796.

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Following the premiere of the digital restoration of Napoleon it will be released in cinemas UK-wide in its music-synched version.

The simultaneous BFI Blu-ray/DVD release of the film is the first, of this full version, anywhere in the world and will include the recording of the score and a significant package of extras.

Napoleon will also be available to view on BFI Player.


http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/28/napoleon-epic-five-hour-silent-film-released-on-dvd

Napoleon, Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half-hour epic from the silent-movie era, has been digitally restored and is to be released on DVD and in cinemas.

The BFI has announced details of a new chapter in the remarkable history of the 1927 French film, which was feared lost until the film historian Kevin Brownlow set about piecing it together by tracking down surviving prints more than 60 years ago.

The film will be shown in cinemas, on DVD and will become available on the BFI Player this autumn, accompanied by Carl Davis’s score, which he wrote for the then-partially restored film’s screening at the London Film Festival in 1980.

In November the film, which dramatises Napoleon’s youth and early career, will be screened at the Festival Hall with a live performance of Davis’s score – the longest ever composed for a silent film – by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Heather Stewart, the BFI’s creative director, paid tribute to several generations of staff at the BFI who have worked on the project. “Napoleon is a landmark in the history of cinema and we are grateful to all of the great talents who have helped us along the way but especially, of course, Kevin Brownlow for his indefatigable championing of the film and Carl Davis for his amazing score.”

Brownlow is far from being a household name but he is a significant figure in his field. A film-maker, historian and archivist, he received an honorary Academy Award in 2010, nominated by Martin Scorsese, who wrote: “Mr Brownlow is a giant among film historians and preservationists, known and justifiably respected throughout the world for his multiple achievements … On a broader level, you might say that Mr Brownlow is film history.”

Brownlow first saw a 9.5mm version of the film as a schoolboy in 1954 and it changed his life. He spent more than 50 years tracking down surviving prints of Napoleon from archives around the world.

The DVD and theatrical release represents the culmination of the project, with Brownlow calling it “a tremendous step forward for film history”.



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Re: Napoleon coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Hope this spurs restorations and releases of other silent classics like King Vidor's THE CROWD and Victor Sjostrom's THE WIND.

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Re: Napoleon coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Thanks, I have heard about this movie referenced several times on critics 'Legendary' Silent movies to watch list, I am looking forward to this one.
Plus, I have a keen interest in the Napoleonic era.
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