A passionate and captivating tale to the glory of Ava Gardner
At the end of the summer of 1930, two bodies were recovered off the village of Esperanza, Spain. A few months earlier, the American singer Pandora Reynolds ignited the hearts of all the men of the region. One evening, she observes a yacht moored in the bay and decides to swim there. She then meets her owner, Hendrick van der Zee, who is none other than the legendary Flying Dutchman: a man condemned to wander the oceans for eternity, until he finds a wife. willing to die for him...
The third production by Albert Lewin, an American filmmaker fond of European literature and surrealist painting, Pandora is a grandiose reinterpretation of mythology through the figures of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. James Mason and Ava Gardner star in this sophisticated, romantic tale of flamboyant aesthetics, filmed by Technicolor master Jack Cardiff. Now available in its sublime 4K restoration, Pandora will have made an impression with its deliberately surreal poetic atmosphere and the grace of its rising star, the divine Ava Gardner!
PANDORA by Albert Lewin
(1951 - Colors - 124 mn)
New 4K restoration
Original version with subtitles + French version
CUC (ULTRA COLLECTOR BOX) #20
THE BOX CONTAINS
// THE FILM ON BLU-RAY & DVD (NEW 4K RESTORATION)
// SUPPLEMENTS (IN HD)*
. A CINEMA DREAM (7 mins)
A look back at this legendary film, the fruit of the imagination of esthete Albert Lewin, who here fulfills a dream of cinema, as baroque, fantastic as it is poetic.
. JACK CARDIFF OPENS PANDORA'S BOX (12 mins)
Memories of the shooting by the famous director of photography in a few selected excerpts.
. “THE BULLFIGHTER OF CORDOBA” (17 mins)
A newsreel about the legendary Spanish bullfighter Manuel Rodriguez “ Manolete ”.
. ALTERNATE OPENING (2 mins)
. RESTORATION (5 mins)
A comparison before/after restoration of certain scenes of the film.
. ORIGINAL TRAILER
. TRAILER PRESENTED BY HEDDA HOPPER
. RESTORATION TRAILER
// A 160-PAGE BOOK (INCLUDING 50 PHOTOS AND MANY RARE ARCHIVES) > read an extract
“ Pandora belongs to those timeless works whose heroes can precisely pass from one era to another thanks to a love that defies the ages. -Patrick Brion
An unpublished work written by the historian of the cinema Patrick Brion on the genesis and the turning of Pandora , accompanied by the testimonies and memories of those which took part in it. In addition to a critical panorama spanning several decades, this book is also embellished with many rare photos and archives!
// AN EXCLUSIVE VISUAL CREATED BY STEPHEN MILLERSHIP
Manchester-based Stephen Millership is a freelance illustrator whose work draws inspiration from the golden age of the tourist poster revisited with a modern twist. He has notably worked for the National Trust and for many museums and galleries such as the National Museum of Scotland, and has also illustrated books for the publishing house Thames & Hudson.
Find all the creations of Stephen Millership on www.stephenmillership.com
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING
Original Version DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 1.0 / French Version DTS-HD MA 1.0 • French Subtitles • 1.37 format respected • Colors • Length of Film: 124 mn
DVD 9 • NEW RESTORED MASTER • PAL • MPEG-2 ENCODING
Original Dolby Digital 5.1 & 1.0 Version / French Version Dolby Digital 1.0 • French Subtitles • 1.33 format respected • 4/3 • Colors • Length of Film: 119 mins
Released October 27, 2021