The Tales of Hoffmann (Powell & Pressburger, Criterion USA Blu-ray, June 2022)


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UPC: 715515272810

Nice to see this getting an upgrade (thanks partly to UK lottery players) but if they can do a 4K scan where's the 4K Blu-ray?

No way I'm buying this, then. There's a UK Blu-ray already review by Chris McEneany here and DVDBeaver here which I have and that'll do nicely especially since I own the old Criterion DVD for the extras.


  • 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive, in association with STUDIOCANAL, featuring newly rediscovered footage and with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1992 by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Bruce Eder, newly updated by Eder
  • Interview with filmmaker George A. Romero from 2005
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1956), a short musical film based on the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe story and directed by Michael Powell
  • Collection of production designer Hein Heckroth’s design sketches and paintings
  • Gallery of production and publicity photographs
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: An essay by film historian Ian Christie

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