The Red Shoes (5 stars)

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes (restoration edition)
(U) 128min
(Granada Ventures Ltd DVD retail)

Martin Scorsese proclaimed Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s masterpiece ‘truly the most beautiful Technicolor film ever made.’ Marty should know, given he oversaw the restoration of the 1948 classic through his Film Foundation and then premiered the spanking new digital print first at Cannes then at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. At the latter screening the audience was treated to before-and-after screen wipes showing various murky old prints and the dazzling new one. It’s a shame that the DVD and Blu-ray release of the beautifully restored version doesn’t do likewise, because the difference is staggering. If you’re one of the many who has previously enjoyed Powell and Pressburger’s spellbinding tale of artistic obsession you’ll nevertheless feel like you’re watching it for the first time all over again. If you’ve never seen The Red Shoes this is the time to treat yourself to it. Extras: featurette, trailer, photo galleries, Scorsese’s Cannes intro.

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