There’s no question that DVDs and Blu-rays are fostering new viewing habits and also new critical protocols and processes in sizing up what we’re watching.A perfect example of what I mean is Criterion’s brilliant idea to release Kurosawa Akira’s Throne of Blood (1957) with two alternative sets of subtitles by Linda Hoaglund and the late Donald Richie, both of whom were also commissioned to write essays explaining the rationales and methodologies of their very different translations—a move that I already wrote about and praised in my fourth DVD column for this magazine, just over a decade ago.• Staffing Challenges and Strategies for Organizations Serving Individuals who have Experienced Chronic Homelessness by C4’s Jeffrey Olivet, Megan Grandin, and Ellen L. • Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States: A Systematic Review by C4’s Ellen L. • Integrating Addiction and Mental Health Treatment within a National Addiction Treatment System: Using Multiple Statistical Methods to Analyze Client and Interviewer Assessment of Co-Occurring Mental Health Problems by C4’s Catriona Wilkey as well as Lena Lundgren, Deborah Chassler, Mikael Sandlund, Bengt-Ake Armelius, Kerstin Armelius, and Jan Brännström in in September 2013.Bassuk as well as Sarah Mc Graw was published in in January 2006. • Mental Health, Substance Use, and Criminal Justice Characteristics of Males with a History of Abuse in a Swedish National Sample by C4’s Catriona Wilkey as well as Lena Lundgren, Jan Brännström, Deborah Chassler, Lisa Sullivan, and Annika Nordstrom in in April 2010. Isakson, Brandon Baca, Martin Ndayisenga, and Cece Shantzek in the in 2014. Richard was published in Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy in February 2017.Another look at 25th Hour (2003), which I’ve gradually come to regard as Spike Lee’s best fiction feature (taking into account the handful I’ve missed), is similarly enhanced by all the extras provided on the Touchstone DVD, including not only documentaries but audio commentaries from both Lee and writer David Benioff and deleted scenes.
It seems to me that if you’re going to go to the trouble of subtitling something—and I’m well aware from my own past experiences as a subtitler that these are generally rush jobs—the least you can do is some basic research about whatever it is you’re subtitling.
I regret this option isn’t readily available today, but I have to admit that in Criterion’s new dual-format edition, I have many other things I can turn to—I’m especially grateful for the dialogue between Dudley Andrew and Robert Stam, an interview with Truffaut’s co-writer Jean Gruault, and a fascinating documentary about the film’s real-life models, all of which, perversely or not, held my interest longer than seeing the film all the way through for the umpteenth time.
Here’s another example: I welcomed the opportunity to revisit André Téchiné’s The Bronte Sisters (1979) afforded by its release as a Blu-ray in the Cohen Film Collection, even though, here again, I wound up getting more absorbed in Dominique Maillet’s hour-long documentary about the film, The Ghosts of Haworth, than in the two-hour feature itself—an interesting effort that gets seriously derailed by the fatal miscasting of Roland Barthes as William Thackeray in the film’s closing stretches.
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Patrick Sullivan and Frances Fisher) a psychotic pair of drug runners and libertines; and Stoodie and Spider (Stephan Morrow and John Snyder), local thugs. It's well known what a yo-ho-ho pirate ship the building was, but Menahem Yoram and Yolan Globus could also be taken for a ride.