Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT by Tom Landy
Michelangelo Antonioni's 1953 drama headed to Blu-ray in July is available for pre-orders at Amazon.
As previously reported, Raro Video is preparing 'The Vanquished' for Blu-ray this summer, and now the date has been set for July 8.
Challenging the linear narrative by weaving multiple story lines and exploring a directorial style way ahead of his time, Director Michelangelo Antonioni's unique triptych film, features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for dubious motives. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don’t need it; in the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman’s body and tries to profit from the discovery; and in the Italian segment, a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results. With elements that serve as a precursor to 'Blowup,' Antonioni explores how modern society can produce nihilistic tendencies in the least likely characters.
Screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1953, I Vinti highlights the talent and sensibility of Michelangelo Antonioni, who would go on to direct some of the world's most lauded films such as L'Avventura and Blow-Up, early in his career. Now Antonioni's exploration of violence set across Europe can be seen in a newly remastered Blu-ray edition.
Specs have yet to be revealed, but the Blu-ray will include: The original exclusive, uncut and elongated version of the Italian Episode as presented at the 1953 Venice Film Festival; An interview with the producer, Turi Vasile; An interview with one of the protagonists, Franco Interlenghi; An exclusive rare short film by Michelangelo Antonioni: Tentato Suicidio (23 min, 1953), an episode from L'Amore in Citta; Director biography and filmography; and a fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film.
Suggested list price for the release is $34.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'The Vanquished' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under July 8.
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