With new 4K prints of Chinatown, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and High Noon all appearing in October’s update to our digital catalogue, it’d be easy for this month’s selections to focus on established favourites. Instead, we’re going a little further afield and digging a little deeper through the dozens of newly available DCPs to uncover a number of interesting titles that lie outside the Hollywood mainstream, as well as an international cohort of titles from beyond America’s shores.
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Adapted from Daniel Clowes’ cult graphic novel about two misfit teenagers struggling to navigate modern life after graduating, Ghost World arrives on DCP hot on the heels of the recent theatrical release of another Clowes adaptation, Wilson.
Our band of outsiders is completed by work from three modern masters of American independent cinema: Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset finally join the digital catalogue alongside Before Midnight, they’re joined in turn by another American-in-Europe drama - Whit Stillman’s caustic Catalunya-set character study, Barcelona, while Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale is newly available in 4K.
This month’s BFI London Film Festival brings with it two new 4K restorations from the canon of classic European cinema. First up is Henri-Georges Clouzot’s courtroom drama La Verité, featuring a career-best performance from Brigitte Bardot, followed by Powell and Pressburger’s heaven-sent fantasy romance, A Matter of Life and Death, which will receive a UK release after its festival premiere.
Two more British titles - To Sir, With Love and Oh, Mr. Porter! - make the leap to digital too, while the cinemas of Japan and France also feature in this month’s update with new digital prints of Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams and La Cage aux Folles now available.