942 The Tree of Life

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1251 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:03 pm

I'll probably catch a theatrical screening if possible, but outside of the extended cut, what about the rest of the set in terms of extras and PQ - worth upgrading even if you don't like the extended cut?

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1252 Post by tenia » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:28 pm

PQ seems pretty much identical considering the technical stems of the movie and its very young age.

The new extras seem rather short to me but Chris' wrote rather positively about them in his review, so I guess that for US consumers, considering how even shorter the original extras were, it's probably a plus.

However, I feel it's a missed opportunity not to include the extras from the French release : on top of the 30 min Exploring The Tree of Life extras (also included in the original US release and in the Criterion one), there is a 22 min ITW with Desplat, a 25 min one with Michel Ciment about Malick (Ciment having interviewed Malick quite early in his career) and a 2-part 19 min ITW with Yvonne Baby, who is a journalist but also a friend of Malick. Maybe Criterion felt they were redundant with their own new extras (though the Desplat one probably wasn't) or maybe they were too expensive even for Criterion to license ?

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1253 Post by cdnchris » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:56 pm

I did like the features on here, though it's easily the extended cut that will be the biggest draw. But I was especially pleased with Seitz's essays and really wish they included all of them on here (butit makes sense, obviously, to just have the ones around The Tree of Life).

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1254 Post by PfR73 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:46 pm

tenia wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:28 pm
PQ seems pretty much identical considering the technical stems of the movie and its very young age.

The new extras seem rather short to me but Chris' wrote rather positively about them in his review, so I guess that for US consumers, considering how even shorter the original extras were, it's probably a plus.

However, I feel it's a missed opportunity not to include the extras from the French release : on top of the 30 min Exploring The Tree of Life extras (also included in the original US release and in the Criterion one), there is a 22 min ITW with Desplat, a 25 min one with Michel Ciment about Malick (Ciment having interviewed Malick quite early in his career) and a 2-part 19 min ITW with Yvonne Baby, who is a journalist but also a friend of Malick. Maybe Criterion felt they were redundant with their own new extras (though the Desplat one probably wasn't) or maybe they were too expensive even for Criterion to license ?
I'm confused, isn't the Desplat interview on the Criterion release?

"Interview from 2011 with composer Alexandre Desplat about the film, and a new interview with music critic Alex Ross about Malick's approach to music"

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1255 Post by cdnchris » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:49 pm

Oh shit I didn't even notice that but no, Desplat's interview isn't on the disc. Just the Ross interview. Desplat only appears in the making of.

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1256 Post by dwk » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:53 pm

tenia wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:28 pm
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However, I feel it's a missed opportunity not to include the extras from the French release : on top of the 30 min Exploring The Tree of Life extras (also included in the original US release and in the Criterion one), there is a 22 min ITW with Desplat, a 25 min one with Michel Ciment about Malick (Ciment having interviewed Malick quite early in his career) and a 2-part 19 min ITW with Yvonne Baby, who is a journalist but also a friend of Malick. Maybe Criterion felt they were redundant with their own new extras (though the Desplat one probably wasn't) or maybe they were too expensive even for Criterion to license ?
Since they went over budget on creating the recut, they may have had to forgo licensing (or even attempting to license) those extras.

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Re: 942 The Tree of Life

#1257 Post by tenia » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:38 pm

Something I forgot : I'm surprised the 7.1 track was dropped in favor of a 5.1 one instead. I thought it was theatrically mixed that way (which IMDB currently indicates, for what it's worth) and while a minor thing, I remain surprised it has been replaced by a less spatialized one.

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