Two newly restored, acclaimed foreign films will come out July 10 from Milestone Film and Video.
Maborosi, the first feature film from the director of this year’s Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda, is available on Blu-ray ($39.95) and DVD ($34.95). In the film, Yumiko is a happy young wife and mother who is haunted by the childhood memory of watching her grandmother walk away from the family home, never to be seen again. When her husband dies through a mysterious suicide, Yumiko struggles to care for her toddler son. Years later, mother and son travel to the home of her new husband, Tamio, and his daughter — a remote village on the Sea of Japan — where Yumiko tries to come to terms with both deaths. Tamio tells his distraught wife about the maboroshi no hikari — phantom lights that can lure fishermen to their deaths. With time, Yumiko finds love, understanding and peace with her new family.
Bonus features include a new HD master authorized by the director; commentary by Linda Ehrlich, independent film scholar and Associate Professor Emerita from Case Western Reserve University; “Birthplace,” a video doc with lead actress Makiko Esumi; and improved English subtitles by Linda Hoaglund with Judith Aley and assistance from Ehrlich.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960), a film from director Luchino Visconti that influenced Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, is due on Blu-ray ($39.95) and DVD ($34.95). The restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory is a Martin Scorsese and Milestone Films presentation. In this work of Italian neorealism, joining the exodus of millions from Italy’s impoverished south, the formidable matriarch of the Parondi clan and her five children emerge from Milan’s looming Stazione Centrale in search of a better life in the industrial north. But, as they inch up the social ladder, family bonds are shredded.
Bonus features include a new 4K restoration by the Film Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna; a video introduction by Scorsese with a before-and-after restoration featurette; an exclusive video interview with Caterina d’Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico (Rocco, The Leopard, Bicycle Thieves); d’Amico’s video interviews with cast and crew; and original production outtakes.