Wednesday 29 January 2020

On Blu-ray - David Hare recommends LANCELOT DU LAC (Robert Bresson, France, 1974)

Bresson in his most elemental formal mode for vision and sound. 
Four neighs from four horses announce each very rapid shot in this dazzling montage of four striking colors of saddles as attendants sheathe the four horses for battle, and in the last screen Luc Simon, centre, as Lancelot in the first act of the staggering Lancelot du Lac from 1974. 
These are from a newly released Jap IVC BD of Gaumont's absolutely superb 4K restoration, performed with Lab Eclair in 2018.
This is not only a celebration of Gaumont's release of the movie in this fantastic quality, but also to Eclair, who seem to have finally overcome the curse of their Magenta biased LUT color grading work from the last 10 plus years.
What a beauty, this new 4K is screaming out for retro theatrical and Anglophone disc release, Gaumont's onerous leasing fees notwithstanding.

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