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    And with an Earth-shattering kaboom, now there is this:

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    Release Date: 30 June 2014
    Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
    Directed by: Walerian Borowczyk

    Synopsis:This groundbreaking collection brings together Walerian Borowczyk’s key films from a twenty-five-year period stretching from 1959 through to 1984.

    This unique release includes five of Borowczyk’s provocative feature films: Theatre de M et Mme Kabal, Goto, l’ile d’amour, Blanche, Contes Immoraux and La Bete as well as his groundbreaking short films from this period.

    Not only are many of these films available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time, but also in new digital high definition restorations approved by the director’s widow, Ligia Branice.

    In addition to exclusive documentaries featuring cast and crew, an hour long portrait of Borowczyk is to be included, featuring the director’s musings on painting, animation and sex.

    Accompanying this seminal release is a book edited by Borowczyk experts Daniel Bird and Michael Brooke featuring newly commissioned essays on Borowczyk’s films and art, as well as an account of the meticulous restoration process involved.

    To round off the release is, for the first time, an English translation of Borowczyk’s 1992 collection of short stories, Anatomy of the Devil, translated by the director’s assistant, Michael Levy.

    Arrow Academy’s Walerian Borowczyk Collection is a vital addition to anyone interested in either world cinema, animation or experimental film.

    LIMITED EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

    Brand new 2K restorations of Borowczyk films
    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the films and extras.

    THE SHORT FILMS & THEATRE OF MR AND MRS KABAL

    Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
    Film is not a Sausage: Borowczyk’s Short Films – A new interview programme featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani
    Blow Ups – A new visual essay by Daniel Bird concerning Borowczyk’s works on paper
    Borowczyk’s commercials

    GOTO, ISLE OF LOVE

    Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
    The Concentration Universe: Goto, Isle of Love – A new interview programme featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, co-writer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel
    The Profligate Door – A new documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet

    BLANCHE

    Introduction by director Leslie Megahey
    Ballad of Imprisonment: Blanche – A new interview programme featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
    Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk – A newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
    Gun Point – A documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk

    IMMORAL TALES

    Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
    Immoral Tales: L’Age d’Or Cut – featuring a fifth episode, The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan
    Love Reveals Itself: Immoral Tales – A new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
    Boro Brunch: A reunion meal recorded in February 2014 re-uniting members of Borowczyk’s crew, featuring Philippe D’Argila, Florence Dauman, Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, Dominique Ruspoli, Noël Véry and Zoe Zurstrassen
    A Private Collection
    A Private Collection: Oberhausen Cut

    THE BEAST

    Introduction by critic Peter Bradshaw
    The Making of The Beast: Camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the making of The Beast
    Frenzy of Ecstasy – A new visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk’s beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
    Venus on the Half Shell

    CAMERA OBSCURA [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

    A generously illustrated book edited by Daniel Bird and Michael Brooke featuring new essays, landmark articles by Raymond Durgnat, Philip Strick, Patrice Leconte, David Thompson and Chris Newby, Boro’s Dictionary, an account of the restoration of Borowczyk films and Anatomy of the Devil, a collection of Borowczyk’s short stories translated from the original French by the filmmaker’s assistant, Michael Levy

    LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES

    RRP: £149.99 (pre-order price is currently £74.99)
    Region: B
    Rating: TBC
    Cat No: FCD923
    Duration: TBC
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: TBC
    Audio: TBC
    Colour: Colour
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    I LOVE La Bete to death, but no way can I get behind shelling out for an entire box set of his films. I truly hope they'll be available separately as well. I e-mailed them to ask but they ignored me. Anyone here in the loop?
    One of the producers of the set recently confirmed over on Criterion Forum that at least LA BETE and IMMORAL TALES will be getting stand-alone releases further down the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius View Post
    One of the producers of the set recently confirmed over on Criterion Forum that at least LA BETE and IMMORAL TALES will be getting stand-alone releases further down the line.
    That is very good to hear. A guaranteed buy.
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    I think a stand-alone GOTO ISLAND OF LOVE release was listed as a Kickstarter incentive, so I imagine that's coming at some point as well.

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    From Arrow's FB page:

    "Just when you thought that Borowczyk's The Beast could not get any more outrageous...

    While remastering the alternative five-episode version of Immoral Tales, we received not the 17-minute version of The Beast (that would later be turned into a full-length feature), but the original 22-minute cut that caused such a scandal at the 1973 London Film Festival."
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    Additionally, this bad boy is £69.99 on Zavvi.com right now and Arrow says it's currently 60% sold out with two more months until it's released.

    I can't imagine this is going to be in print very long at that rate.
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    Can anyone provide a direct link to the boxset on the zavvi page . My searches on Zavvi don't bring up the boxset or the director.

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    A few more details by way of some posts here:

    Re: the packaging:

    "Five Amaray cases, each containing a single BD and however many DVDs are necessary to duplicate the content (in most cases one, but the shorts will probably need two)."

    In regards to single film releases:

    "I'm just copy-editing the manuscript of Borowczyk's Anatomy of the Devil, a collection of nine short stories which is appearing in English for the first time (in a translation by Borowczyk's former assistant Michael Levy, who has also written an introduction-cum-memoir).

    It's fascinating stuff: as with Jan Švankmajer's work in other media, Borowczyk's artistic personality is so strong that you could have a fair stab at guessing the author even without prior warning. As you might expect, all the antiquarian obsessions, fetishism, voyeurism and occasional but ultra-graphic sexual material are present and (in)correct - in fact, in one story the explicit element is deliberately typeset in mirrored form, presumably to force the reader to go to some effort in order to read it.

    Whatever Arrow decides to do with regard to separate releases of individual films (The Beast and Immoral Tales are pretty certain, the rest unconfirmed), this will be exclusive to the box set - we only cleared the rights to reproduce a strictly limited number of copies."

    And in regards to the BBFC tinkering with things:

    "This was just about the most pleasant surprise we've had on this project so far! When the 35mm print of the "Beast short" was sent over, we assumed it would be the same as the version included in the German reconstruction of the five-part Immoral Tales (on the three-disc limited edition). Our suspicions were first aroused when it didn't have the Immoral Tales-style introductory title card, but it was only when comparing the two that it became clear that our 2K scan was much ruder, including some shots that didn't even make it into the final version of The Beast.

    So as a result, we've dropped plans to include a "deleted scenes" section on The Beast's disc, as there's something like a 90% overlap - so in its place we'll be including the 22-minute short film, with the slightly politer 17-minute cut being featured on the Immoral Tales disc. BBFC permitting, of course, but they've been very supportive and sympathetic so far.

    (This does not, of course, mean that they're going to pass the Oberhausen cut of A Private Collection without modification, but I accept that their hands are tied. In fact, we sought informal advice prior to submission and it turns out that we'd be breaking the law even if we submitted the unexpurgated version to them, because of the laws on possession of images of actual bestiality.) "
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