Arrow Academy’s April releases are bound to put a spring into the step of adventurous cineastes with Blu-ray releases from masterful French and Russian directors Alain Resnais and Aleksei German. Beautifully restored and packaged with new extras, specially commissioned artwork and lavishly booklets, these luminary films are ripe for rediscovery.
First up is Mélo from master director Alain Resnais, the Bafta and Cannes-winning talent behind Last Year in Marienbad. Pierre Arditi and André Dussollier are celebrated concert violinists and lifelong friends who clash over Sabine Azéma, in a film adapted from Henri Bernstein’s classic play, that blurs the line between cinematic technique and theatrical artifice.
Also in April is Khrustalyov, My Car! from Hard To Be a God director Aleksei German, here delivering a blackly funny, deliriously immersive satire that distils the anticipation and anxiety in the Moscow air as the Soviet despot Stalin lay dying. Yuri Georgievich Klensky, a military surgeon is targeted by an anti-Semitic conspiracy in a one-of-a-kind collision of nightmare and realism.
Mélo | Blu-ray | 8 April 2019
A thrillingly intimate film about a doomed love triangle in 1920s Paris, in a stunning new restoration, revealing a hidden gem in legendary director Alain Resnais’ celebrated body of work, with superb performances from the three leads. The brand new 2K restoration includes archive interviews with cast and crew, newly-commissioned sleeve artwork and an Illustrated collector’s booklet with the first pressing, featuring new writing on the film.
SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restoration of the film
• High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 2.0 Stereo soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles
• Newly-filmed introduction by critic Jonathan Romney
• Archive interview with director Alain Resnais
• Archive interview with producer Marin Karmitz
• Archive interviews with actors Pierre Arditi and André Dussolier
• Archive interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot
• Archive interview with set designer Jacques Saulnier
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Bilge Ebiri
France | 1986 | PG | 110 Mins | 1.66:1 | Drama | Subtitles
Khrustalyov, My Car! | Blu-ray | 29 April 2019
Late winter 1953. The lives of nearly half the planet are in Stalin’s hands. A military surgeon, General Yuri Georgievich Klensky (Yuri Tsurilo), finds himself a target of the “Doctors’ Plot”: the anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors in Moscow of planning to assassinate the Soviet elite. Pursued, abused, and marked for the gulags, Yuri is chased and dragged through a Stalinist Soviet nightmare. His desperate, jolting journey encapsulates the madness of the era.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• New 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original uncompressed 2.0 stereo Russian audio soundtrack
• Newly translated English subtitles
• Audio commentary by producer Daniel Bird
• Between Realism and Nightmare, a new video essay on Khrustalyov, My Car! and the films of Aleksei German by historian and film critic Eugénie Zvonkine
• Diagnosis Murder: Jonathan Brent on The Doctors’ Plot, the academic talks about Stalin’s anti-Semitic campaign which provides the backdrop for Khrustalyov, My Car!
• Aleksei German, the veteran film historian and critic Ron Holloway interviews the Russian director
• German… At Last, an interview with Aleksei German by producer Guy Séligmann
• Re-release trailer
• Double-sided fold-out poster
• Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Gianna D’Emilio, an archival essay by Joël Chaperon and original reviews
Russia | 1998 | 18 | 150 Mins | 1.37:1 | Drama | Subtitles