Fantastic 4K Box Set Captures Legacy of Sony Pictures Classics | TV/Streaming

As for the transfers, they’re beautiful. “City of Lost Children” is one in all my favourite motion pictures of the ‘90s. I can vividly bear in mind the expertise of seeing it for the primary time in a small theater in London, and I used to be the form of film geek who had a British poster for it on his dorm room wall once I returned from that international research program. It’s a surprising film that appears superb in 4K. Darius Khondji’s use of shadows to actually give depth to Jeunet and Caro’s vividly-rendered world might be higher appreciated than ever earlier than with this switch’s wealthy variations in black. (And, man, does Badalamenti’s rating sound higher than ever.) 

I sampled most of this set and couldn’t discover a flawed switch. All of them appeared to suit the movie. For instance, the 4K work on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the one movie within the set beforehand obtainable in 4K by itself, maintains the old style movie look of Ang Lee’s aesthetic as an alternative of over-polishing it into one thing that would have appeared like a cartoon. The colours of “Volver” pop off the display. The affection of SPC normally has translated to the movies on this set.

As for the flicks themselves, not solely are ten of them making their 4K debuts, together with a current Best Picture nominee, however the charming “SLC Punk!” has by no means been on Blu-ray in any respect prior to now. It’s a bit disappointing that SPC hasn’t made any of them obtainable standalone given the large price ticket on the complete set. If somebody needs to personal “Call Me by Your Name” or “Synecdoche, New York” in 4K with out having to purchase ten different movies, they need to give you the option to take action. However, critical collectors will adore this set, simply among the finest of the yr, and a reminder that we must always at all times take note of Sony Pictures Classics.

Click via for critiques of the 11 movies within the set:


The Celluloid Closet

The City of Lost Children

Run Lola Run

SLC Punk!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Devil’s Backbone


Synecdoche, New York

Still Alice

Call Me by Your Name

And right here’s a enjoyable recreation, my strategies for a sequel 4K field set of 11 extra important SPC movies, following the identical guidelines of making an attempt to signify their whole historical past (and with no administrators repeated from the primary set):

Henry Fool

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control


An Education

Take Shelter

A Prophet

The White Ribbon

Only Lovers Left Alive

Mr. Turner

The Father



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