Black Narcissus DVD winner

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Who said Wednesday was a dull day? Time to pick the winner of the Black Narcissus DVD giveaway. Using a random number selector at random.org, today’s winner and the new owner of the beautiful restored edition of Black Narcissus is….

Simon Andrews

Congrats Simon, I’ll be in touch and you’ll have it faster than you can say “the repressed sexual desires of nuns”.

In related news, Chris (the winner of the last DVD – A Matter of Life and Death) dropped me a mail last night and gave his thoughts on the film;

“…having read the synopsis on the back, I must admit I was expecting something excessively cheesy and perhaps a bit weak, despite what you’d said about enjoying it. I was glad to be proven wrong. Within the first few minutes of the film I was drawn into the emotion between Peter and June, and for me, the very “real” connection between them that remained throughout was a nice contrast to the somewhat surreal overall theme of the film. I think there were several contrasting elements like this that added to the overall impact of the film, such as the shift between black and white, and colour, sometimes vivid colour, to represent Heaven and Earth respectively.

I could go on and write a lot more, but as it’s getting late/early, I’ll just finish by saying that I can see why this is considered by many to be a classic, and has reminded me that I really should hunt down and watch a few more like it, if for no other reason than to indulge in a bit of classic British dialogue.”

Thanks for letting me know your thoughts Chris, glad you liked it and could appreciate the oh-so-British “tally-ho” delivery of English gent David Niven.

Thanks for reading everyone. As I said last time you can unsubscribe now but it would be great if you stayed around – I’ll have another DVD giveaway lined up for a few weeks time. I’ll perhaps make the next one more of a contest/quiz.

Take care.

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Win “Black Narcissus” on DVD

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Contest closed see here

It’s been a few weeks since the last give-away, where subscriber Chris became the owner of Powell & Pressburger’s “A Matter of Life and Death”. To Chris – if you have watched the film it would be great if you could let me know your thoughts on it, and I’ll publish it on the blog. To all the other people who subscribed then and are still sticking around – I thank you and applaud your masochistic tendencies.

So it’s about time for another give-away. This time round it’s another film by the Archers – the Oscar winning Black Narcissus, a story of sexual tension, suppressed desire, and corruption of faith. The film is shot in the unsurpassed Technicolor style of the Archers and painted with the beautiful cinematography of legendary Jack Cardiff. Take a look at this 1FPS for a few example shots >>

The Region 2 DVD – released by Network – is a superb package. It’s a digitally restored, colour-corrected transfer, and is the best possible representation of the film currently available on R2 DVD. Here’s a link to the DVD on Amazon.

Features :

  • “Painting with Light” – a Jack Cardiff documentary
  • Film commentary with Martin Scorcese and an aged but insightful Michael Powell
  • “A profile of Black Narcissus” – movie documentary
  • A nice little commemorative booklet.

Contest closed see here

All you have to do to win this copy is subscribe to this blog by email. On the menu on the right enter your email address to subscribe. Make sure you use a valid email address or I will not be able to contact you should you win. Once subscribed you will be sent an email, click the link, and the following button to confirm your subscription. Current subscribers are also eligible to win, no need to do anything extra. You will need to stay subscribed or I will not have access to your details when the contest closes. Once the contest closes you are free to unsubscribe should my ramblings offend or bore you.

  • Some boring but important notes.
  • Only people who can play Region 2 / PAL discs should apply, but the contest is not limited to geographical location.
  • The contest will remain open until the 20th October, when I will select at random a winner from the current blog subscribers.
  • I will obviously need the postal address of the winner to send the DVD to. If you are at all paranoid or concerned about this then please do not enter. You can trust me. I’m too lazy to do any damage with it. This address will only be required once I have selected a winner, so other than your email address no information will be collected by me until this point.
  • I personally promise your email address will not be used outside of this contest, or passed to any 3rd parties. I don’t have any way of proving this, you will just have to trust me. If you are concerned, don’t enter.
  • I can accept no liability once I have posted this DVD. I will get a receipt that I can provide as proof-of-postage, but for financial reasons am unable to send it registered delivery. If the winner doesn’t get the DVD, blame the mail service.
  • This is meant to be a fun, informal exercise. All correspondence in both directions should be taken as informal and not legally binding. I forfeit any costs or liability above and beyond postage of the prize.

While I realise it may lessen your own odds, it would be great if you could let others know about the contest. To reiterate, a winner will be selected on 20th October Good luck and thanks for reading!

Contest closed see here

DVD Contest Winner

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It’s the 16th and time to pick a winner for the DVD contest. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how many people signed up, so thank you all for that.

So now, using a number selector on random.org, the winner is….

drum roll……

Chris Hodgson

Congrats Chris, I’ll be in touch to gather your postal details and send the DVD on its way. I hope you enjoy it, and would be great if you let us know your thoughts on the film once you’ve watched it.

Thanks for everyone who signed up, feel free to unsubscribe now, but it would be great if you stayed. In a week or so I will announce a new contest, so stay tuned if you would like a chance to win more freebies.

Thanks for playing, and congrats again Chris.

Win “A Matter of Life and Death” on DVD

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CONTEST CLOSED : For details of the winner, click here.

Calling all classic movie fans! Due to reasons too dull to mention, I have in my possession a spare region 2 copy of the excellent Powell & Pressburger film “A Matter of Life and Death” . David Niven stars in this spiritual (or is it psychological?) wartime drama, as a rare clerical error in heaven leaves him pleading his case to continue his life on earth. Industry leading set design, tongue in cheek humour, and an oh-so-British stiff upper lip make this a great introduction to the work of The Archers.

All you have to do to win this copy is subscribe to this blog by email! On the menu on the right enter your email address to subscribe. Make sure you use a valid email address or I will not be able to contact you should you win. Once subscribed you will be sent an email, click the link, and the following button to confirm your subscription. Current subscribers are also eligible to win, no need to do anything extra. You will need to stay subscribed or I will not have access to your details when the contest closes. Once the contest closes you are free to unsubscribe should you choose.

CONTEST CLOSED : For details of the winner, click here.

  • Some important notes.
  • Only people who can play Region 2 / PAL discs should apply, but the contest is not limited to geographical location.
  • The contest will remain open until the 16th September, when I will select at random a winner from the current blog subscribers.
  • I will obviously need the postal address of the winner to send the DVD to. If you are at all paranoid or concerned about this then please do not enter. You can trust me. I’m too lazy to do any damage with it. This address will only be required once I have selected a winner, so other than your email address no information will be collected by me until this point.
  • I personally promise your email address will not be used outside of this contest, or passed to any 3rd parties. I don’t have any way of proving this, you will just have to trust me. If you are concerned, don’t enter.
  • I can accept no liability once I have posted this DVD. I will get a receipt that I can provide as proof-of-postage, but for financial reasons am unable to send it registered delivery. If the winner doesn’t get the DVD, blame the mail service.
  • This is meant to be a fun, informal exercise. All correspondence in both directions should be taken as informal and not legally binding. I forfeit any costs or liability above and beyond postage of the prize.

Words of doom aside, I hope everyone can take this in the spirit it is intended, and wish you all good luck!

CONTEST CLOSED : For details of the winner, click here.

DVD collection

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aka the spoils of an obsession

As I’m  currently stuck at home feeling rather unwell, I thought I would finally get round to taking some pictures of my DVD collection. I have added a link to the top menu, or you can click here .

Eureka release of 2010 Metropolis

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a.k.a I’m a sucker for targeted advertising.

I’m a huge fan of early German film, especially Fritz Lang and FW Murnau. I’m also a huge fan of the Eureka! Masters of Cinema DVD and BluRay releases.

Combine the two, and my world explodes. So when Eureka just mailed me about their upcoming release of the finally fully-restored “Metropolis” it was an insta-purchase. I already own the best version currently available (the previous Eureka! release) but this new release has all the previously missing footage, remastered at 1080p for BD, some incredible extras and is generally one of the sexiest steelbooks I have ever seen :

The Holy Grail

Special Features:

  • • 150-minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world)
  • • Separate DVD and BD editions with wraparound embossed sleeve, or Ltd Ed Steelbook Dual Format edition
  • • Pristine new HD transfer (1080p on Blu-ray)
  • • New 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1
  • • Newly translated optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles
  • • Full-length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • • Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film
  • • 2010 re-release trailer
  • • 56-page booklet featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang, a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel, articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf, and restoration notes by Martin Koerber.

And more!

These are limited edition, first come first served. To order your own click here . It’s a bargain at 25 pounds for the dual-format BD + 2 DVDs. I can’t wait for this to take its place in my DVD collection.