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Kundun 2019 Kino Lorber blu-ray release (3 replies and 11 comments)

ingmarbergmanz
7 days ago
ingmarbergmanz 7 days ago

Dear Roger

I know that Kundun, your single collaboration with Martin Scorsese, never had a blu-ray release in America, but rather a release in Germany that was, by all accounts subpar.

However, it seems Kino Lorber has attained the North American rights to the film, and I wished to know if they tried to contact you in order to help with the transfer, akin to the way you aided in helping remaster 1984 for The Criterion Collection.

I eagerly await this release, as Kundun has been a long favorite of mine, especially of your work, and I wished to know your thoughts on the upcoming release.

Roger Deakins
6 days ago
Roger Deakins 6 days ago

I haven't hear about any new transfer but I hope I am contacted if there is one.

ingmarbergmanz
6 days ago

Interesting. Well, hopefully Kino does a good job transferring it.

I’m honestly quite glad it’s getting a blu-ray at all, frankly. Beautiful film.

Canuck
6 days ago
Canuck 6 days ago

Sadly, there will be no new remaster. Here's what Kino Lorber said about the October release:

"No, late 2010s HD transfer. We performed some additional DRS and dirt removal. The master was viewed by Thelma Schoonmaker and she was very happy with it. We tried to do a new 4K master, but the studio would only green light a full restorations, which would cost high six figures to low seven."

Yeah, why would Disney spend money on restoring a film that they buried to appease the Chinese government?

Then-Disney boss Eisner called this Scorsese/Deakins masterpiece "a stupid mistake." And he went further: "This film was a form of insult to our friends, but other than journalists, very few people in the world ever saw it."

I'm not expecting much from Kino as they botched their recent remaster of Polanski's underrated "Bitter Moon." The audio is incorrectly pitched but Kino refuses to acknowledge the error.

ingmarbergmanz
6 days ago

Of course Eisner would say that, the jerk. Thank God he’s no longer in charge.

And that is a legit shame. It does seem that Kino has a nasty habit of cutting corners (look how they botched Lost Highway’s release... yikes!)

Maybe it’s because they’re a relatively small company, but Shout! Factory for instance tends to do a fine job at transfers, and heck, even WB does better with their Warner Archive Line.

At least we’ll have the Criterion Collection when all else fails. I might still get the Kino for Kundun, but only if the transfer is at the very least decent.

Or else what’s the darn point?

Roger Deakins
6 days ago
Roger Deakins 6 days ago

'A form of insult to our friends'. I am rapidly loosing the little faith I had left in humanity.

Peter.Sz
6 days ago

especially those in power! so sad to hear it 🙁 I can happily say though when the film came out I was able to see it at the cinemas!

The Byre
6 days ago

Quote "I am rapidly losing the little faith I had left in humanity."

What little faith I had was rapidly removed during my first tour of Northern Ireland. Subsequent tours there and elsewhere made sure that I never actually had it restored.

Now I'm just a spectator at the freak-show - and lately, I feel as if I've been given a front-row seat!

Mike
5 days ago

We thought you were from Germany! British Army?

The Byre
5 days ago

I'm both. I was born in the UK but my first language was German as that is what my parents spoke at home (a bit like the Marx Brothers, but a different era!) Here at Byre Towers, we speak both languages - or bizarrely mix the two!

"Ja, ich werde ein Bisschen Fruit and Veg einkaufen und dann I'll drive to Wickes and get some Isolationsmaterial for the backroom."

Yes, the British Army. One of the many, many things I have done in my life (so far!) Off the top of my head - Trash collector, truck driver, cook, news reporter, sound tech, managed a giant chicken farm, teacher, music shop owner, CEO of a news agency, translator, stage lighting tech, economist and market researcher.

I've probably missed a few funky ones - Oh yes, Club DJ and fortune teller, factory worker and the bloke that calculates additives for steel manufacture.

Mike
5 days ago

You may as well add, Future Film studios owner, Producer, Director, DP, AD, AC, DC, Soundman, Boom boy, Clapper boy, Carpenter, Set striker, Gaffa, Tea boy!
You are going to be wearing many hats, and you thought you were just going to prune your roses. Let us know when you are hiring!

The Byre
4 days ago

We actually have a boom boy and a clapper boy. We also have a second camerawoman/girl who is at the moment doing a short gig at the BBC somewhere. I don't do tea - beer or coffee to maintain energy levels! We also have a making-of cameraman and we should be able to rustle-up a continuity person armed with a stills camera.

Tuesday sees the arrival of 40 sheets of plasterboard and timber for set-building. Wednesday sees me driving the length of the UK scrounging lights and a large projector.

This is a real bootstrap operation! A smile, a song and a begging bowl!

Mike
4 days ago

Ah! You don’t have a “Best Boy”!

The Byre
3 days ago

Does a best dog count?

Mike
3 days ago

Perhaps, only if he can make the tea and not put his ‘wet’ nose where the sun doesnt shine!

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