Masters of Cinema has some great releases that are on a par with Criterion. Most of the releases are region 0 or region 2, as well as being PAL. I’ve been picking up some of the MoC discs with a plan of buying a region free player that converts PAL. However, the region 0 releases play on my Toshiba laptop that I bought at Best Buy, so it’s nice to watch these until I get a region free player.
DVDBeaver has tons of reviews of this series and lists what region the disc is. I picked up Bellissima, Il Grido, La Notte, L’Enfance-nue, Rocco and His Brothers, The Savage Innocents, and Shoeshine. These are all region 0 and play on my laptop without a hitch. However, they may not play on all laptops. I also have Nightmare Alley, which is region 2, and it does not play on my laptop. Amazon UK has some pretty good prices. Most of the MoC Japanese releases are region 2. Most of the Italian stuff is region 0 and the French releases are either region 0 or region 2. Satyajit Ray’s Abhijan is region 0. Even for a laptop, the picture quality on these releases was very nice and the extras plus booklets are really solid.
As i’ve said before, region free players run under the price of a Criterion release so there is no reason anyone who wants those films shouldn’t have them. When I hear people complaining about some film being unavailable that is out in a beautiful MOC edition I wonder why they are so regionally challenged. Maybe people think there is some complicated process you have to go through but it’s simple and essential if you like certain films.
My average price for the MoC discs I bought from Amazon UK was about $18, including shipping. Not too bad considering the exchange rate. Most of the MoC stuff is discounted on Amazon UK, but the conversion rate adds about 65% to the price when converting to US dollars. The Savage Innocents was about $37 after the currency conversion and shipping since it is out of print and I bought it new and sealed from another UK vendor. Every film I bought I thought was at least good. I found Il Grido and L’Enfance-nue to be excellent.
If you’d rather not spend for a region-free player, hit google. There are easy instructions for converting one’s player to region-free.
I love Masters of Cinema, they’ve had a better hit rate than Criterion this year, and I’ve actually bought every one of their releases since January. Monday sees Sunrise hit blu-ray and DVD, as well as Georges Franju’s La Tête contre les murs on DVD. Their original release of Sunrise is still a thing of greatness, but I’ve double dipped as its a favourite film of mine anyway. Interestingly its the first silent blu-ray anywhere in the world. I can’t wait to see what they do with next years Metropolis restoration and their eventual release of Die Nibelungen too. Oh and there treatment of Maurice Pialat’s work is just perfect.
anybody know if either “city girl” or “m” blu-rays are going to be region free?
I think MoC tend to favour region free releases, but there can be exceptions especially when Criterion intend to release their own Blu-Ray of the same film: For All Mankind is Region B locked, and according to the Criterion Org forum, “M” will be region B locked as well.
But City Girl will probably be region free; there’s currently nothing to suggest it will be locked.
If you want the Blu-ray release of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Order Une Femme Mariee”, they are offering people at Blu-ray.com a deal that you can order it now and get free shipping:
They are also hinting a possible upcoming sale for “Sunrise” on BD…
Anyone know why MOC releases never appear on Amazon?
i get them off amazon.uk
I thought you had to go through some special process to order from amazon.uk. Is it just as simple as entering information and clicking?
and shipping will surprise you. I got 2 BDs from there and they came in about a week. I was VERY shocked.
At least it was pretty easy last time i did it.
Here is the latest newsletter and Eureka!/MoC sale:
It says May offers but it’s actually for June.
Eureka!/Masters of Cinema (MoC) has posted their latest July newsletter for their latest sale. Once again, the URL says May but it’s actually July.
MoC #14 and #15 announcement…Thanks to Rezpekt for posting the images on Blu-ray.com:
Oh fuck, Make Way for Tomorrow? If that is region free I have to pick it up. And I just bought it for like $26, what potentially bad timing. Though I must say, the Criterion has one of the best essays I’ve seen with frames from the film to demonstrate points. Excellent.
So I just bought myself a region free dvd player and I’m trying to make a decision on what dvd from Masters of Cinema that I should buy. I’ve always told myself I would buy one if I ever get a region free player. I basically want all of them as I haven’t been able to see most of them in the US. I’ve kind of narrowed it down to a handful but I just can’t decide.
I’m thinking of:
Any of the Maurice Pialat films beside A Nos Amours and L’Enfance Nue
Alone Across The Pacific
Prisoner of shark Island
Any of The Goerges Franju films
Silence De La Mer
Funeral Parade of Roses
Humanity and Paper Balloons
So If anyone who has an opinion on the Masters of Cinema dvds such as transfer or supplements or anything like that, or just anyone who has seen the films and liked them, help me make a decision.
Hold tight, we should be seeing the next newsletter from Eureka/MoC soon. They usually have sales every month on many of their DVD’s.
As for supplements, they are awesome but I recommend checking out this forum for more information on MoC titles.
Definitely sign up for the newsletter on the MoC site.
Savage Planet (Fantastic Planet in US) on BLURAY!!!!!
That is a must buy for me. I watched that film after trying DMT one time and….man….wow, that’s all I can say
I wouldn’t mind having Fantastic Planet, it’s just a good film anyway. But what I’m looking to buy are DVDs that I wouldn’t normally be able to see in the US. some of the films on MOC I wouldn’t know if ever, I’d be able to see.
This month’s Masters of Cinema August Sales Newsletter is now up!
Many good deals this month!
I’ve purchased only one DVD from MoC / Eureka. Great sale price, but when it hit the border, I got charged handling, duty and tax on the item. It added 60% to the original cost.
I live in Canada, so the rules may be different in the USA. Do you Yanks get hit with these types of charges?
@Maverick – I live in California and US residents pay NO extra charges because it is sent via regular United States Postal mail. No duty, no taxes, what you pay via paypal is all you pay.
How do you get charged extra, do they hold it at your post office and you have to pay these charges to get it?
For those who pre-ordered the Blu-rays in July, MoC said that people who did, should have received an e-mail for a free Blu-ray. From Kevin of Eureka! on Blu-ray.com
I sent out an email to everyone that pre-ordered, I may have missed out few people accidentally. If you did pre-order and didn’t get the mail, please email me and I’ll resend it. Basically because they were very late we were offering a free BD (from 3 options) to those who had paid for releases and had to wait ages for them.
So, If you pre-ordered the July releases before a certain date (will confirm the exact date when I’m back in the office tomorrow) you’re entitled to a BD on us.
Does the free shipping apply to orders made from the US?
More additions to the August MoC sale
Definitely get Franju’s Judex/Nuit Rouges, Pialat’s We Won’t Grow Old Together and Under Satan’s Sun, as well as Police. I’ve not seen the others like The Mouth Agape and Graduate First, but generally MoC’s Pialat releases are stacked wirh extras, particularly Under Satan’s Sun. Also get Le silence de la Mer.
Alone Across the Pacific and Humanity and Paper Balloons are good, but I’m not sure that they are essential purchases. I cannot comment on the rest as I’ve not seen them.
However, I can highly recommend other MoC releases – the Shoah and Mikio Naruse boxsets are incredible, particularly for their booklets. I also loved Murnau’’s Tabu and Lang’s Spione.
I think the free shipping may apply worldwide, but to be absolutely safe, check out the Blu-ray.com forum – as KNDY pointed out above, Kevin from Eureka/MoC regularly posts there and he may be able to answer this.
The postman knocked on my door and said I owe him $$$$. I paid him cash on the spot, didn’t argue, didn’t scream in pain. Maybe the money goes into his pocket and I should have negotiated,
The DVD was ‘Sunrise’ (blu-ray) and I don;t recall the exact amount.
Typically, when does the MoC newsletter come out?
It varies. September newsletter should be out hopefully soon.
Btw… it has been confirmed that the Blu-ray releases of Make Way for Tomorrow, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and Metropolis will be region-locked (REGION B).