Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Roeg and Cammell's Performance, January 19th

Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell's 1970 film Performance is finally set for North American distribution on DVD in mid-February, via Warner Brothers. Since previous versions of the film available here looked utterly lousy, had scenes cut, and, I'm told tho' do not personally recall, had a few voices re-dubbed, people have been a little uncertain what to expect, though I'm told the runtime of the announced disc (105 minutes) corresponds with the runtime of the most complete version previously available. Thing is, there WAS an excellent version of the film - in widescreen format, with colours much deeper and richer than the North American VHS -- issued in Japan (also running 105 minutes) on VHS some time ago. I'm interested in looking at that again, to set the standard of comparison for the upcoming DVD. Those interested should join me on January 19th.

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