IL CINEMA RITROVATO
DVD AWARDS 2012
Jurors: Lorenzo Codelli, Alexander Horwath, Mark
McElhatten, Paolo Mereghetti, Jonathan Rosenbaum
BEST DVD 2011 / 2012
THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS (BFI). An ongoing
series that has recently released the second of its three prefigured
volumes. Jennings was the documentarian who witnessed
British history with a deep and poetic gaze during the 30s
and the 40s.
BEST BLU-RAY 2011 / 2012
A HOLLIS FRAMPTON ODYSSEY (Criterion). Including
early films from 1966 to 1969, films from 1966 to 1969,
films from HAPAX LEGOMENA, and selected films from
the unfinished MAGELLAN series.
BEST SPECIAL FEATURES (BONUS)
GODZILLA (Criterion), for its historical contextualization.
MOSES UND ARON (New Yorker Video), especially for
inclusion of the libretto in German and English).
THE DEVILS (BFI), for documentation of the various
controversies surrounding the film.
PROVOKING REALITY: DIE “OBERHAUSENER” (Editions
Filmmuseum München), for a “famous” moment in film history
–- The Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962 –- a presentation of 19
forgotten shorts made by artists who signed this manifesto.
LANDSCAPE OF POSTWAR PERIOD (Korean Film
Archive), for four Korean features (THE WIDOW,
THE FLOWER IN HELL, THE MONEY, A DRIFTING
STORY) by four major directors during a very
troubled era–an era which is analyzed in the
BEST DVD SERIES/BEST BOX SET
TREASURES 5: THE WEST 1898-1938 (National
Film Preservation Foundation), for its exceptional
creative scholarship in presenting and annotating
many neglected films by or with Broncho Billy
Anderson, Clara Bow, Victor Fleming, D.W.
Griffith, Thomas Ince, Gregory La Cava, Tom
Mix, and Mack Sennett, among others.
WORLD CINEMA FOUNDATION BOX
SET (Carlotta Films), for resurrecting
major works from neglected national
cinemas: THE WAVE (1936) from
Mexico, TOUKI BOUKI (1973) from
Senegal, TRANCES (1981) from Morocco,
Because the jurors would like to stress that none of us
is in a position to know all the important DVD releases,
even though all of us have encountered important
examples, some of which were not nominated for awards
but deserve in any case to be far better known, each of
us has selected a personal favorite that he would like
Lorenzo Codelli would like to call attention to Renown
Pictures, a British company which releases extremely
rare British movies:http://www.renownpicturesltd.com/
Alexander Horwath has selected THE COMPLETE JEAN
VIGO on Criterion, for its brilliant, multifaceted
reconstruction of a great filmmaker’s cosmos via
essays, commentaries, documentaries, conversations,
alternate edits, and, of course, beautiful transfers of
the films themselves.
Mark McElhatten cites MYSTERIES OF LISBON (Music
Box Films Home Entertainment), the late Raúl Ruiz’s
labyrinthine adaption of a 19th century novel shot
digitally, available here in its four hour and 17 minute
theatrical version in a stunning Blu-ray rendition.
Paolo Mereghetti has selected William Dieterle’s
VULCANO (Ripley’s Home Video), which finally offers
the possibility to see in a superb restoration the film
with Anna Magnani that was made specifically “against”
the STROMBOLI of Roberto Rossellini.
Jonathan Rosenbaum has picked THE BIG TRAIL (20th
Century-Fox), a two-disc Blu-Ray and DVD set devoted
to Raoul Walsh’s 1930 masterpiece, captured in much
of its original splendor and chronicled in considerable