The Trial 60th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Edition

Posted October 27, 2022 03:33 AM by

Studio CanalStudioCanal has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray Orson Welles’ The Trial (1962), starring Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, and Akim Tamiroff. The two releases will be available for purchase on November 21.

Official description: Based on the novel by Franz Kafka, The Trial is a masterclass in tension-building and avant-garde filmmaking featuring outstanding performances from a stellar cast — Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider.

One morning, Josef K. (Perkins) is arrested but has no idea what crime he is accused of. Completely stunned, K. slowly finds himself trapped in a dehumanized nightmare and realizes he is the victim of a grotesque plot. He is accused by everyone, friends and enemies, until, worn down, he ends up doubting his own innocence.

Welles brilliantly captured the oppressive and nightmarish qualities of Kafka’s fictional world. Using the cracked labyrinthine corridors of Paris’ ruined Gare D’Orsay as his set, with icy black and white photography full of disorientating camera angles and unconventional use of focus, Welles’ strikingly depicts the spider-and-fly games of an ineffectual man struggling against his inescapable fate. The Trial aptly illustrates why Welles is often cited as the greatest director of all time and on completing the film he himself stated “The Trial is the best film I have ever made”.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW This is Orson Welles – Featurette
  • Welles – Architect of Light – archival program with director of photography Edmond Richard
  • Interview with actor and playwright Steven Berkoff
  • Deleted Scene
  • 4K Restoration Trailer
  • Vintage Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

*The Trial was restored by StudioCanal and la Cinmathque franaise. The image and sound restorations were carried out in 4K at L’immagine Ritrovata from the original 35mm negative. The project was supervised by StudioCanal’s Sophie Boyer, responsible for library restoration at StudioCanal, and Jean-Pierre Boiget, EVP distribution Services & IT at StudioCanal.

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