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Title: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 16, 2003, 06:18:19 PM
*******FOR UPDATED NEWS, PLEASE SEE LAST PAGE********





Ok, annoucements have come for the April releases from the Criterion Collection, along with other things. This isn't confirmed by Criterion Collection website but dvdtalk has this:

Coming on 04/29/03:

The White Shiek ($29.95): Federico Fellini's 1952 comedy about a young woman dreaming of a comic-book hero who can make her happier than her new husband.

The Adventures Of Antoine Doinel Box Set ($99.95): A 5-disc set covering four features by Francois Truffaut, detailing the multi-movie adventures of a character based on the director himself. Beginning with The 400 Blows (1959) and continuing through the 1960s and 70s with the short film Antoine and Colette and the features Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board? and Love on the Run, Truffaut collaborated with actor Jean-Pierre Leaud to create a long-running cinematic character and follow him through marriage, children, divorce and adulthood.

and then there are these links to the pre order of these movies from dvdplanet.com:


www.dvdplanet.com/product...format=DVD

www.dvdplanet.com/product...format=DVD

Next does come news from Criterion Collection itself of three dvds that are going to see the light of day come this late fall, and this for me personally is huge news because it contains two movies that are on the top of my list of movies to see.

Criterion Honors the Centennial of Ozu's Birth

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of renowned Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (b: December 12, 2003; d: December 12, 1963), Criterion has acquired several of his most highly-regarded films. Among the Ozu films slated for DVD release in 2003 and 2004 are such classics as Floating Weeds, Early Summer, and Tokyo Story. Look for the first of Criterion's upcoming Ozu titles in the fall of 2003. Look also for an Ozu theatrical retrospective, travelling the world in 2003 and appearing as part of the 2003 New York Film Festival (Oct. 5 - Nov. 6).

Then there are some rumors that have been pushed with air of truth to it. It has been rumored that some Fox titles will be making their way to the Criterion Collection - namely Russ Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"; Robert Altman's "3 Women" and Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha". These three movies were rumored together part of a deal between the two companies. With Beyond the Valley of the Dollls, someone wrote an email to Roger Ebert (screenwriter of the film) if he going to do anything for the dvd release. Roger Ebert responded in an interview that a live discussion of BVD that included him was recorded for Criterion. This is a majoy indication that these dvds are going forth.

Also for more news on Ebert's front, when he was asked if he was doing any more commentaries, he said he had a commentary coming out for Casablanca and was going to do one for Ozu's Floating Weeds!

I AM FUCKING PUMPED BEYOND BELIEF.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on January 22, 2003, 01:53:53 AM
wow, 'tokyo story' and 'kagemusha.'  i am very much looking forward to seeing them on DVD. yay for me!  :P
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 10, 2003, 10:14:16 PM
Here are links to the covers for almost all the Trauffaut films. Personally, I love the idea for the films as it shows one man's life as it grows and how the cover tries to convey that idea itself:

The 400 Blows w/ Antoine and Colette

www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/5_box_348x490.jpg

Stolen Kisses

www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/186_box_348x490.jpg

Bed and Board

www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/187_box_348x490.jpg

Love on the Run

www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/188_box_348x490.jpg


Then there is a very good cover and info for a very early subpar Fellini film, The White Sheik:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=189

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on February 11, 2003, 09:08:21 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Here are links to the covers for almost all the Trauffaut films. Personally, I love the idea for the films as it shows one man's life as it grows and how the cover tries to convey that idea itself:

The 400 Blows w/ Antoine and Colette
Stolen Kisses
Bed and Board
Love on the Run


Looking forward to these.  The covers look like J. Crew catalogs, but they're still nice.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 11, 2003, 10:13:10 PM
full info for the Trauffaut box set:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=185

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Teen Wolf on February 11, 2003, 11:20:58 PM
You're right about the J Crew look... my sister gets that catalogue. I'm so fucking excited about the Doinel series, though. All I gotta say is About fucking time!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 19, 2003, 10:02:18 PM
Criterion to Release Wrong Men & Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946

Criterion is currently preparing Wrong Men & Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946, a single-package gift set containing The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca, Spellbound, and Notorious, to be sold together at a reduced price. The individual releases of these five titles will continue to be available separately, featuring the same transfers and extras as the discs in the gift pack. Look for Wrong Men & Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946 in May.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on February 19, 2003, 10:09:07 PM
I guess I would cream my pants, if I didn't have them all already. File under "Double Dipping Makes Sphinx MacGuffin Sad."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on February 19, 2003, 11:03:50 PM
What's with this whole creaming pants thing? I've been meaning to ask for a long time because I think I've been left in the dark.

Anyway, the plot description alone of The White Sheik is almost cool enough for me to blind buy it. That movie sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 19, 2003, 11:10:55 PM
Quote from: ebeaman69
What's with this whole creaming pants thing? I've been meaning to ask for a long time because I think I've been left in the dark.


I'm sure MacGuffin is working on this redirect as we speak. It could be his magnum opus.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on February 20, 2003, 02:49:50 AM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Quote from: ebeaman69
What's with this whole creaming pants thing? I've been meaning to ask for a long time because I think I've been left in the dark.


I'm sure MacGuffin is working on this redirect as we speak. It could be his magnum opus.


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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 20, 2003, 12:15:44 PM
don't ebeam, it is a movie that can only really be appreciated and liked by hard core enthusiasts of Fellini himself, like me who get giddy when any of his films get royal treatment though we identify fellini has made some of the best films ever, and some of the worst ever. White Shiek isn't one of the worst ever, but its a film in Fellini's early day where very little sign of his mastery was evident. Even La Strada, a good film, but very overrated when being called "a classic", is with only some small signs of the director's mastery.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 20, 2003, 02:25:51 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
it is a movie that can only really be appreciated and liked by hard core enthusiasts of Fellini himself, like me


 :?  Well, I bet Picolas would understand it, and he'd probably give you a new perspective, like.. what's with the giant octopus?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 24, 2003, 10:25:24 PM
There are rumors swirling around that along with the Trauffaut box set and The White Sheik, Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru may also be released for that month as well. Rumors for now, though. This would be a major release considering it is the biggest Kurosawa film maybe ever and the biggest to not get a dvd release yet. Stay tuned.....

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: picolas on February 24, 2003, 11:49:41 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
.. what's with the giant octopus?


(http://www.liveandlearn.com/eden/octopus.jpg)

what isn't with the octopus?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on February 26, 2003, 03:51:14 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
There are rumors swirling around that... Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru may also be released...
~rougerum


that is the best thing i've ever heard... please tell me it's true
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 26, 2003, 05:18:25 PM
I don't know if April will be the month (that will be found out soon if true) but various news reports have said that a dvd of Ikiru is expected for release sometime this year, with Criterion being the likely candidate to release. Even that is hopeful because I am dying dying to get my hands on this movie.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on February 26, 2003, 07:03:26 PM
The Digital Bits has confirmed that Wellspring will finally release their Ran: Masterworks Edition on DVD on 4/15 (SRP $34.98 ). This is the same disc that was previously available only in the Kurosawa DVD Collection box set from Amazon. It features anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary by Peter Grilli, audio commentary by Steven Prince), English subtitles, a restoration demo, the European trailer, the home video trailer, filmographies, production notes and weblinks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 26, 2003, 07:07:22 PM
i ordered that box set off someone from ebay a few months ago and it hasn't come in......am i fucked?

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on February 26, 2003, 07:28:12 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
i ordered that box set off someone from ebay a few months ago and it hasn't come in......am i fucked?

~rougerum


not if you complain to ebay. they'll get him to send it or refund your money.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Duck Sauce on February 26, 2003, 08:00:02 PM
Thank god for a new Ran. I had never seen a DVD where both parts of there was only 1 letterbox bar at the bottom.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on February 28, 2003, 02:07:26 AM
Rounding out this week's news, Criterion has just announced two new additions to their ever-expanding collection, due May 13th. First up is another Akira Kurosawa classic, Throne of Blood. Coming complete in a newly-remastered transfer with the original Japanese mono track, extras include an audio commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck, a new essay by Stephen Prince, two alternative subtitle translations, and the trailer. Retail is $39.95.

Paired with the Kurosawa epic is Quai Des Orfevres, also presented in a newly-remastered transfer with its original French mono track, plus French television interview excerpts with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and the cast, plus the film's original theatrical trailer. Retail is $29.95.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on February 28, 2003, 03:20:34 AM
so no ikiru news mac???
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: THC on March 01, 2003, 10:16:40 AM
What about "3 Women"?  Isn't anyone excited about that?  I can't wait.  This is the first time I have heard this rumour and I am thrilled.  The movie was never even released on VHS and I have never seen it.   Now if only Criterion could get the rights to the rest of Altman's films that have been disrespected by all of the studios that own them.  Shame on them.  I would like to see "Secret Honour" (it was a Criterion laserdisc) and I would love a DVD copy of "Short Cuts" (also a Criterion laserdisc).
 :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on March 01, 2003, 10:51:11 AM
Quote from: THC
What about "3 Women"?  Isn't anyone excited about that?  I can't wait.  This is the first time I have heard this rumour and I am thrilled.  The movie was never even released on VHS and I have never seen it.   Now if only Criterion could get the rights to the rest of Altman's films that have been disrespected by all of the studios that own them.  Shame on them.  I would like to see "Secret Honour" (it was a Criterion laserdisc) and I would love a DVD copy of "Short Cuts" (also a Criterion laserdisc).
 :)


I've always wanted to see 3 Women myself for some reason, don't really know why. I am an Altman fan (excluding Gosford Park and Dr. T) and I just think it looks like a cool movie, it's oddly intriguing. I'm pretty damn excited but, at the same time, worried that it's just a rumor. I really hope it's true!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: phil marlowe on March 01, 2003, 11:06:14 AM
Why is it that everyone is dizzing Gosford Park? I haven't seen it, but i've allways heard it should be awesome...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on March 01, 2003, 11:32:27 AM
Quote from: Phil Marlowe
Why is it that everyone is dizzing Gosford Park? I haven't seen it, but i've allways heard it should be awesome...


It should have been but it really wasn't in my eyes. I hate to sound like a lazy critic but....it was just boring. I love The Long Goodbye and MASH and Nashville and Mccabe & Mrs. Miller.

Gosford Park and Dr T are the only two altman films I've seen that I truly didn't like.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cecil on March 01, 2003, 11:32:53 AM
i thought it was only barely above average
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on March 01, 2003, 12:06:58 PM
The only parts I liked in Gosford Park were the parts where Maggie Smith makes out with Vin Diesel.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on March 01, 2003, 12:34:09 PM
"Gosford Park" is wonderful, but it took me a second viewing to realize that. But I hated "Cookie's Fortune" (I even liked "Gingerbread Man" better). And "Ready To Wear," the only good parts were the Julia Roberts/Tim Robbins sections.


Proud owner of the Criterion Short Cuts laser.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Duck Sauce on March 01, 2003, 12:42:24 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
"Gosford Park" is wonderful, but it took me a second viewing to realize that. But I hated "Cookie's Fortune" (I even liked "Gingerbread Man" better). And "Ready To Wear," the only good parts were the Julia Roberts/Tim Robbins sections.


I actually hated Gingerbread Man and liked Cookie's Fortune.... Probably because CF was sort of gentle and laid back while GBM seemed like an original Showtime movie...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: phil marlowe on March 01, 2003, 12:58:18 PM
Quote from: bonanzataz
The only parts I liked in Gosford Park were the parts where Maggie Smith makes out with Vin Diesel.


Now there's a reason to go see it. And another wonderful film he did was the player. Just pure awesome.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 07, 2003, 07:23:05 PM
OK, more news, with Kurosawa titles and Todd Haynes headlining:

Todd Haynes has confirmed, at a screening of All that Heaven Allows at UC Santa Barbara, that he did an interview or a commentary (source couldn't remember) for the movie, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, which is likely to be a Criterion dvd release.

The woman doing the new subtitles for the upcoming Throne of Blood Criterion dvd by Kurosawa, has confirmed that she has also re subtitled 6 other Kurosawa films for Criterion, with one already being in the collection but likely being rereleased: Seven Samuari, Ikiru, Stray Dog, The Bad Sleep Well, Drunken Angels and I Live in Fear. These new subtitles are being printed onto newly restored prints for a traveling reptrospective of Kurosawa films and also for release on dvd with the Kurosawa/Mifune focus section at the website.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on March 07, 2003, 08:36:47 PM
that was a great retrospective, although i wished they kept it around a little longer... each film only played about one or two days here, so i only got to see a couple of them


...criterion better get moving with those releases
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on March 12, 2003, 10:04:52 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Criterion has just announced two new additions to their ever-expanding collection, due May 13th. First up is another Akira Kurosawa classic, Throne of Blood. Coming complete in a newly-remastered transfer with the original Japanese mono track, extras include an audio commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck, a new essay by Stephen Prince, two alternative subtitle translations, and the trailer. Retail is $39.95.

Paired with the Kurosawa epic is Quai Des Orfevres, also presented in a newly-remastered transfer with its original French mono track, plus French television interview excerpts with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and the cast, plus the film's original theatrical trailer. Retail is $29.95.


Cover art:

(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers2/throneofbloodcriteriondvd.jpg)(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers2/quaidescriteriondvd.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ©brad on March 12, 2003, 01:00:39 PM
Quote from: Duck Sauce
Quote from: MacGuffin
"Gosford Park" is wonderful, but it took me a second viewing to realize that. But I hated "Cookie's Fortune" (I even liked "Gingerbread Man" better). And "Ready To Wear," the only good parts were the Julia Roberts/Tim Robbins sections.


I actually hated Gingerbread Man and liked Cookie's Fortune.... Probably because CF was sort of gentle and laid back while GBM seemed like an original Showtime movie...


i actually just watched the gingerbread man for the first time ther other day and really enjoyed it. pretty good thriller. gosford park gets better everytime u watch it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 17, 2003, 07:29:23 PM
Two films by the Italian director Ermano Olmi, at spine number 194 and 195 have been announced by Criterion. The first, an announced one, Il Posto and the second, I Findanzanti. Here are the covers Criterion will be going with:

Il Posto: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=194

I Findazanti: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=195

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sphinx on March 17, 2003, 07:35:57 PM
wraa...this #200 business is driving me crazy...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pedro on March 17, 2003, 08:31:53 PM
Nice avatar....beautiful dog.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 26, 2003, 04:22:25 PM
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul is confirmed for a summer release.....possible #200 spine? But confirmation also goes for another director being involved in the dvd.

Todd Haynes Interview To Appear on Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

A new video interview with celebrated director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven; Velvet Goldmine;Safe) will be included on Criterion's upcoming DVD of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. In it, Haynes discusses Fassbinder's importance as a filmmaker, his influence on Haynes' work, and the influence of Douglas Sirk on both directors (Sirk's All That Heaven Allows served as an inspiration for both Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Haynes' Far From Heaven). Look for Criterion's DVD of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul this summer.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 29, 2003, 09:26:23 PM
Looks like we may be seeing two films from Alain Resnais in June from The Criterion Collection. Facets is reporting that "Night and Fog" and "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" may get released. Speculation though, suggests that "Night and Fog" may be a HVE release instead of Criterion. But this is major news on the world cinema level, and will likely have me revisit Hiroshima to see if I can get more out of it than I did with the crappy vhs edition I saw. Rumor still, folks.

Edit, Facets has removed listings of both films from website completely. Instead of debunking the rumor, for Criterion, it only makes it all the more likely Criterion will be releasing these titles. Criterion likely pressured them to pull it.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 01, 2003, 12:00:46 PM
Both Resnais films have been confirmed for a June release By the answer man, John Mulvaney, with dvdplanet stating this for special features on Hiroshima, Mon Amour:

Special Features:
New high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; 1961 Cinepanorama interview with Alain Resnais; Archival interview footage of Emmanuelle Riva; Excerpts from Duras' annotations to the screenplay; Music and effects track; New essay by Kent Jones; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition.

look for cover art and more details to be up on the website this week.

Also, full descriptions of the two Olmi films are now up at the website:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=194  IL POSTO

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=195 I FIDANZATI

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on April 01, 2003, 12:28:09 PM
Getting back to "Ali".. I must say again that I'm disappointed I purchased the VHS knowing its not going to be released on DVD.. that the first and last time that happens. the subtitles are weird and I would just adore the DVD so much more.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 01, 2003, 08:12:50 PM
OK, official info for three June releases are up and spine number #200 is nearing. Here they are:

ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL #198 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=198

NIGHT AND FOG #197 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=197

HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR #196 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=196

Speaking on level of importance, Criterion is definitely moving into more important release of world cinema. I've been personally waiting years to see Ali: Fear Eats The Soul and Hiroshima, Mon Amour is one of the three founding movies of the French New Wave. One of the others, The 400 Blows, is getting released this April. I'm pretty sure the most obvious #200 guess would have to be The Rules of the Game, which stands as one of the most famous movies of world cinema in general and is being confirmed to getting released this summer. It is becoming an interesting for Criterion, especially with the greatest works by one of the masters of cinema, Yasijuo Ozu, promised for this year and maybe even some more Ingmar Bergman titles. Rumor on the Bergman titles is that a box set may be approaching, being the "Faith" trilogy, including the titles, "Winter Light", "The Silence" and "Through a Glass Darkly". Should be a good year.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 15, 2003, 10:12:22 PM
Roger Ebert Commentary to Appear on Floating Weeds

Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert will contribute audio commentary to Criterion's upcoming DVD release of Yasujiro Ozu's classic Floating Weeds (Ukigusa, 1959). Also included in this release will be Ozu's original, silent The Story of Floating Weeds (Ukigusa monogatari, 1934). The release of Criterion's Floating Weeds will follow the the celebration of Ozu's centennial at this year's New York Film Festival.

Great news considering for me, he is one of the only reasons actually to listen to any commentary. I've never actually fully listened to any commentary besides his two (Dark City, Citizen Kane) because I'm not very good in attention span on listening to someone talk about a movie when I rather just be watching it. And usually, what they say is never that interesting and revealing in more bad ways than anything else to the movie. And yes, that does mean I've never listened to an entire PTA commentary. Actually, I've never gotten past 20 minutes on one of his.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on April 15, 2003, 10:33:30 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

Great news considering for me, he is one of the only reasons actually to listen to any commentary. I've never actually fully listened to any commentary besides his two (Dark City, Citizen Kane) because I'm not very good in attention span on listening to someone talk about a movie when I rather just be watching it. And usually, what they say is never that interesting and revealing in more bad ways than anything else to the movie. And yes, that does mean I've never listened to an entire PTA commentary. Actually, I've never gotten past 20 minutes on one of his.

~rougerum


I'm just the opposite.  Even if I rent a movie that turns out not to be very good, I listen to the commentary if I have time.  Some commentaries, of course, are crap, but I turn those off pretty quickly.

Listen to the Bogdanovich commentary on CK.  It's pretty good.  Didn't he personally know Orson Welles?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: russiasusha on April 15, 2003, 10:47:47 PM
Quote
Roger Ebert Commentary to Appear on Floating Weeds


He just came here, colorado University in Boulder, last week doing his commentary of floating weeds.  It was pretty cool, but he let other people comment on it which was absolutly worthless.  I ended up leaving only after the first five minutes because those people were just annoying.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Camel Lights on April 15, 2003, 11:46:46 PM
Quote from: Ravi

Listen to the Bogdanovich commentary on CK.  It's pretty good.  Didn't he personally know Orson Welles?


Yes. Buy this (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/030680834X/qid=1050468166/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-0745678-6047068?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) book. It's great.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 16, 2003, 07:11:19 AM
I listened to 10 minutes of Bogdonavich's commentary and shut if off after he took so long between talking so I felt like I was watching the movie more than him and when he talked, he just interrupted my viewing experience.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: EL__SCORCHO on April 16, 2003, 05:03:24 PM
[/quote]


Listen to the Bogdanovich commentary on CK.  It's pretty good.  Didn't he personally know Orson Welles?[/quote]


Welles lived on and off in Bogdanovich's house on and off for a few years of his life. Bogdanovich even has a few  unproduced shooting scripts that Welles just left in his house.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: dufresne on April 17, 2003, 02:05:43 AM
the Bogdonovich commentary on Citizen Kane is pretty good.  

and i'm glad to see all the other Ebert fans here.  he is by far my favorite.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 26, 2003, 06:57:19 PM
Criterion is turning out likely have a great year. First, comes the official news that Criterion will be releasing Ikiru this year. Here is the news report, courtesy of DVDFile:

More Kurosawa - 12:01am

Home Vision Entertainment, one of the leading distributors of foreign and classic films on DVD, announced at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival Critic's Choice on October 10th that they will be releasing Akira Kurosawa's classic Ikiru in 2003. Roger Ebert hosted a screening of the acclaimed drama at the festival, and remarked "I first saw Ikiru in 1960 or 1961... Over the years I have seen Ikiru every five years or so, and each time it has moved me, and made me think."

"Criterion has not yet announced any definitive specs or a street date for the release, but based on their past Kurosawa DVD releases, this should be another winner. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more..."

 
And now the hints from Sphinx's fav man, Jon Mulvaney, who gave them in a recent interview to other titles that will be hitting shelves this year. This is courtesy and an excerpt of a recent interview he did with a fan site of Criterion:

"We have high hopes that the second half of the year will see the release of a number of long-awaited, long labored over titles, as well as a box of Swedes, three German women, two American psychos, an old man, a devil, and a club-footed hunchback king."

Now, the people at the fansite then went down the possibilities of what those hints could be exactly referring to, some are obvious but some mysterious. Here is what they got:

A box of Swedes = Ingmar Bergman's Faith Trilogy ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light", & "The Silence")

Three German women =  the Fassbinder films Lola, The Marriage of Maria Bruan, and Veronika Voss.

Two American psychos = The Honeymoon Killers? F for Fake?

Club-footed hunchback king = Richard III.

a devil = The Devil and Daniel Webster? Equinox?

old man = Ikiru (confirmed)

ones with question marks seem more toss ups while ones without have been suspected for a while and likely are correct.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sphinx on April 26, 2003, 07:31:38 PM
where are those two soderbergh titles!  gimme gimme gimme
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 29, 2003, 02:17:31 PM
Looks like some releases for July were momentarily announced over the Home Vision site then promptly removed. The three movies are as follow:

Shohei Imamura's "The Pornographers"
"The Honeymoon Killers"
"Umberto D"

Umberto D really is the classic one of these three and the others, especially The Pornographers, are fairly unkown. With the release of the Japanese film release of The Pornographers, Criterion may be delving even more into older Japanese cinema considering many Ozu movies are getting released this year too. The Honeymoon Killers is a confirmation to a titled already believed to be coming anytime soon.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on May 05, 2003, 11:08:45 AM
Van Sant's 'Gerry' is gonna be Criterion. Hooray!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on May 06, 2003, 12:37:40 PM
The Los Angeles Times reviewed the Truffaut "Antoine Doinel" box set:

Inside the mind of a master
With 'The 400 Blows,' director François Truffaut and his screen alter ego were off and running. Now they're together again in a new five-disc package.

Criterion's remarkable new five-disc "The Adventures of Antoine Doinel" DVD set offers indelible insight into the psyche of the late French director François Truffaut. The set features all five of Truffaut's films that explore the life and loves of his semiautobiographical character, Antoine Doinel, whom he introduced in his landmark first feature, "The 400 Blows," in 1959 and bid farewell to in his 1979 comedy "Love on the Run."

However, during the two decades between the first and last films, Truffaut matured and evolved, whereas Doinel remained the ultimate Peter Pan, a charming child-man who refused to grow up. Even in an interview conducted shortly after the release of "Love on the Run," Truffaut confessed he was dissatisfied with the film and Doinel's evolution. His alter ego, Truffaut acknowledged, had turned into a portrait of a failure. And Jean-Pierre Léaud, who played Doinel, is so linked to the role that he ran into typecasting problems.

Truffaut, who was born in 1932, had a rough childhood. Unloved by his parents, Truffaut found solace in the cinema and would spend more time at film clubs and Parisian movie theaters than at school. Though an avid reader, he quit school at 14, and the following year began his own film club and met his mentor, critic André Bazin. The older man even came to Truffaut's aid when he was jailed for deserting the army. Shortly after his release from prison in 1953, Truffaut began writing for the landmark publication Cahiers du Cinema. Truffaut, along with such future filmmakers as Jean-Luc Godard, extolled the virtues of directors whom they considered auteurs — Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray and John Ford, for example — who put their personal stamp on their films.

At age 27, he made his first feature-length film, "The 400 Blows," which put Truffaut on the international map. The haunting, humanistic drama revolved around 14-year-old Antoine — virtually ignored by his parents and misunderstood by his teachers — who enters into petty crime and eventually is sent to a bleak reform school. Antoine's oblique gaze into the camera in the final freeze-frame of the film is just one reason he has intrigued and fascinated audiences and critics for the past 44 years.

The first disc of the DVD set, which retails for $100, includes a new digital transfer of "The 400 Blows" and two audio commentaries: an overanalytic discussion with cinema professor Brian Stonehill and a far more satisfying one with Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay. There's also terrific, rare audition footage with Léaud and his co-stars Patrick Auffay and Richard Kanayan and newsreel footage of Léaud at the Cannes screening of "The 400 Blows."

The disc also includes an interview from a French TV program with Truffaut discussing the origins of Antoine and another TV interview in which he talks about the box office in America for "The 400 Blows" and gives his own critical impression of the film.

Rounding out the disc is a new transfer of "Antoine and Colette," the second chapter in the saga — a short film that appeared in the 1962 omnibus film "Love at Twenty." This time around, teenage Doinel is out of reform school, living on his own and falling in love for the first time with a beautiful young woman (Marie-France Pisier), who sees him more as a friend.

By the time Truffaut made his third Antoine Doinel film, the enchanting 1968 "Stolen Kisses," he was 35, the father of two daughters and one of the top international directors. Unlike the first two Antoine films, "Stolen Kisses" is far sunnier and funnier. It is also the first shot in color. In this outing, the sweet but clueless Antoine is dishonorably discharged from the army, back in Paris and looking for work. He ends up at a detective agency, where he proves to be one of the most inept shamuses in the City of Light.

The DVD of "Stolen Kisses" features a crisp new digital transfer and an introduction by film historian Serge Toubiana, who discusses the turmoil going on in the film community in France in 1968. Henri Langlois was fired as director of the Cinematheque Français that year, which caused several filmmakers and actors — including Truffaut and Léaud — to protest. There's newsreel footage of one of the protests that turned violent and promotional spots and newsreel footage from that tumultuous year in France.

Two years later, Truffaut revisited Antoine in the bittersweet comedy "Bed and Board." This time, the perplexed Antoine is married, expecting his first child and still attempting to find gainful employment. But his life threatens to unravel when he becomes involved with a beautiful Japanese woman.

Besides a new digital transfer, the disc features behind-the-scenes footage of Truffaut directing a comedic scene with Léaud, as well as an interview with the director and co-star Claude Jade. Truffaut and co-writer Bernard Revon appear in a documentary in which they illustrate how they get their ideas for their scripts and the soft-spoken Léaud appears in a rare TV interview, discussing Truffaut and Antoine.

When "Bed and Board" was released, both Truffaut and Léaud said the book was finished on Antoine Doinel. But Truffaut admitted it was difficult to give him up, and nine years later he unfortunately decided to resurrect Antoine for "Love on the Run." The final chapter finds Antoine divorced, a semi-successful novelist and an incurable romantic. As he pursues a new woman, a young record store sales clerk, he encounters previous loves and examines his life via flashbacks of the other films. "Love on the Run," however, plays more like a clip episode of a TV reunion special, and Léaud, who seems tired and bloated, lacks the charm and passion of the previous four films.

Like the others, "Love on the Run" features a new digital transfer, a TV interview with Truffaut and the film's co-star and co-writer Marie-France Pisier and an excerpt from a 1980 French TV show in which Truffaut talks about his disappointment with the film.

The fifth disc of the collection includes a lovely new transfer of "Les Mistons," Truffaut's acclaimed 1957 short film about adolescent boys, with informative commentary by then-assistant director and future writing collaborator Claude de Givray and an early TV interview with Truffaut.

Truffaut died of a brain tumor in 1984 at age 52. Léaud, who turns 59 today, suffered a nervous breakdown after the death of his mentor. The actor, though, seems to have recovered from his personal problems and continues to work, most notably in the acclaimed 1996 film "Irma Vep." But to the international film world, he will always be known as Antoine Doinel.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on May 06, 2003, 12:54:10 PM
oh boy o' boy
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 06, 2003, 01:23:40 PM
Two new ones officially announced, including a classic major work:

UMBERTO D
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=201

THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=200

and yes, #200 does belong to the Honeymoon Killers. The important release though is Umberto D, which not only has one of the best covers by Criterion ever imo, but also has a great extra feature with an essay by my favorite writer, Umberto Eco, on the film. This is a definite buy for me.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 06, 2003, 01:37:18 PM
GT, I hadn't really heard about Umberto D until today (I mean, I've heard the title mentioned, but never knew anything about the movie). I just went to the Criterion website & read the synopsis. Sounds great! Now, I love to buy flicks I've never seen before, but this disc will probably cost. Would you recommend getting it, or should I preview a shitty VHS copy first?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 06, 2003, 03:07:40 PM
Honestly buy it. It really is a must have kind of movie and even if you aren't use to it on first viewing and/or put off by the pure simplicity of Italian Neo Realism at first, it is nice to have to watch on future times and be able to let the story grow on you. And if you buy it from a website like www.deepdiscountdvd.com you can get a good deal like it being a little over $20. Take a chance and buy it!

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 06, 2003, 03:34:15 PM
Cool, thanks, I will.

I've got a place I order from that has amazing DVD sales about 4 times a year, usually their Criterion's are about 20% off. Check it out: www.cnl.com

(canadian $'s)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 06, 2003, 08:14:34 PM
Big annoucement from the new Criterion catalog that lists titles and spine numbers for them. Here is how the picture looks on the future:

#199 - Schizopolis (Soderbergh) $39.95
#200 - The Honeymoon Killers
#201 - Umberto D (De Sica)
#202 - Two titles - Terminal Station/Indiscretion of an American Wife ( De Sica) $39.95 *

Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy $79.95
Box - #203
#204 - The Marriage of Maria Braun
#205 - Lola
#206 - Veronika Voss

* This looks to be one film by De Sica, released in 1953. The difference though is the disc includes both the European cut of the film and then the film's truncated American release version. Guess which one is which.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on May 07, 2003, 11:04:33 AM
(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers2/honeymoonkillerscriteriondvd.jpg)(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers2/umbertodcriteriondvd.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on May 07, 2003, 05:48:05 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

#199 - Schizopolis (Soderbergh) $39.95


im curious about everyone's view on schizopolis -- i thought it  was garbage -- i feel many people say they liek it becuase  soderbergh directed it-- i feel there opinions would be different if it was a first time film from an unkown director -- i respect him for making a film like this after his step into higher scale, big budget films  -- it's very clear he was having fun with it-- however when putting intentions aside, i just dont like the film, i found it extremely one dimensional and boring.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: dufresne on May 07, 2003, 11:33:41 PM
that cover for The Honeymoon Killers is awesome.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on May 07, 2003, 11:35:01 PM
Quote from: dufresne
that cover for The Honeymoon Killers is awesome.


right on
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 08, 2003, 01:58:57 PM
Hey, GT, whadda you think about the two Olmi films Criterion is putting out soon? Should I take a chance on those as well, because they sound great...

Man, I just love buying new Criterions I haven't ever seen before. I did this with Rififi, and I didn't really get much out of it, but then did it again with Big Deal On Madonna Street, and it blew me away. Of course, I never would have got Big Deal unless I had seen Rififi. So I make it a practise to buy at least one Criterion a month that I know nothing about.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 08, 2003, 08:44:42 PM
I've never seen the Olmi films in question so I can't say. I think I am going to buy them just because I am curious and am a collector of Italian cinema/Criterion in general. Word of mouth though, the big release of a great film that is getting released this month definitely belongs to Throne of Blood. If you haven't seen that, see it. I haven't myself, but word of mouth is way too big on this one. I suggest though looking back into the collection and if you ever come upon Kurosawa's High and Low, definitely pick it up. More unkown Kurosawa but one of my favorites and one of his best. Lots of past Criterions that should be looked at.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 08, 2003, 09:52:27 PM
Officially announced: The Pornographers (Imamura) http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=207§ion=feature

no box art yet and a more rare and unkown title like The Honeymoon Killers.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: dufresne on May 12, 2003, 01:48:24 PM
i just bought the Criterion Collection of Robocop at the Virgin store.  i thought it was out of print?  anyways, glad i finally have a copy of it.  from the looks of it, it's not a reprint.

anyone know why?

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/23_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on May 12, 2003, 02:16:49 PM
Quote from: dufresne
that cover for The Honeymoon Killers is awesome.


Yeah, it makes me wanna see it. I wish it had been directed by Scorsese like IMDB said it was supposed to be....hope it'll still be good.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 12, 2003, 04:21:20 PM
Quote from: THC
What about "3 Women"?  Isn't anyone excited about that?  I can't wait.  This is the first time I have heard this rumour and I am thrilled.  The movie was never even released on VHS and I have never seen it.   Now if only Criterion could get the rights to the rest of Altman's films that have been disrespected by all of the studios that own them.  Shame on them.  I would like to see "Secret Honour" (it was a Criterion laserdisc) and I would love a DVD copy of "Short Cuts" (also a Criterion laserdisc).
 :)


I, for one, would really love to see 3 Women as a Criterion edition DVD.

Where did you hear this rumour? It doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility, but I'd hate to get my hopes up...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 12, 2003, 04:28:04 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
OK, official info for three June releases are up and spine number #200 is nearing. Here they are:

ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL #198 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=198

NIGHT AND FOG #197 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=197

HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR #196 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=196

Speaking on level of importance, Criterion is definitely moving into more important release of world cinema. I've been personally waiting years to see Ali: Fear Eats The Soul and Hiroshima, Mon Amour is one of the three founding movies of the French New Wave. .

~rougerum


I really agree with you here... especially about Ali (it'll be great to finally see the Missing Link between Sirk and Haynes). I have Fassbinder's Fox and His Friends (one of my favorites) and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant on DVD, also. Even though they're not Criterion, they're very nicely done and worth checking out.

Nobody has mentioned the Criterion Jubilee, which I'm excited for. Derek Jarman is a singular filmmaker, and I say that only having read some of his books and having only seen The Last of England, his Smiths music vids, and a short he did with Tilda Swinton and Judi Dench narrating.

Jarman was, of course, the first film director to bring Tilda Swinton to international attention. And regardless of how "indie" Adaptation might feel to some, it's a far cry from The Last of England to Adaptation, lemme tell ya.

So has anyone ever seen Jubilee? Anyone else excited for it?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 12, 2003, 06:14:03 PM
The 3 Women rumor originated from a chat session with a spokesperson for all the Fox titles that would or would not hit dvd. A bunch of people started bombarding him with questions and for three titles, "3 Women" "Kagemusha" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" the spokesperson said he could not comment on anything specific but said they were going to be released, but not by Fox and that once they were announced, it will be very exciting. Now this could mean anyone oculd be releasing the films but more likely than not it seems to be Criterion given they are the only company who can raise excitement anything about a dvd release and also, these films fit their motto very easily. Altman recently commented that he had just recorded a commentary track for the film but didn't say anything about Criterion releasing it. The thing though that keeps ringing Criterion is how much the spokesperson emphazied the word "exciting" in speaking about these films on getting released to dvd. Even Jon Mulvaney in responding to this idea, has been vague in answering. His vagueness is like an answer yes. Either way though, the dvd release should be something special if Criterion is able to touch it or not.

And do not expect Short Cuts to get released by Criterion. That seems to stand no chance is continually refuted by all people following Criterion as dead in the ground.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on May 12, 2003, 08:39:01 PM
I can't wait for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. There's going to be a screening at my local cinema arts centre in june.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 15, 2003, 12:00:34 PM
So... it's really true that nobody else is looking forward to Jubilee??

It even has Adam Ant. Adam Ant! (In the spirit of Homer Simpson's, "But F. Murray Abraham is going to be on Inside the Actor's Studio tonight! F. Murray Abraham!")
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sphinx on May 22, 2003, 07:25:19 PM
from dvdfile:

» CRITERION COLLECTION
 
I just received my copy of the Criterion Collection's Throne of Blood in the mail and saw a nice little surprise inside in the Criterion catalog brochure: Steven Soderbergh's highly experimental Schizopolis will be coming to DVD later this year. There's no date or details yet, other than it will be spine #119. Great news for fans of this odd film!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 23, 2003, 05:53:41 PM
I thought macguffin would have done this by now, but sphinx, please step back a page.

and for more steam to the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls rumor:

http://www.mhvf.net/forum/cult/posts/19052.html

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 03, 2003, 03:28:27 PM
Some new dvds announced, with details on one already confirmed. First, the specific details to the already confirmed title of Indiscretion of an American Wife/ Terminal Station which is one film, but two different versions of it. Terminal Station is the director's cut by Vittorio De Sica. The plot detail lists it as controversial and given how unkown the film is, even among De Sica films, it may be a choice for mainly the controversy that two films were made out of one. I am curious though to see it because it can shed light to the times in how each world saw how to make a film and I am an avid collector of Italian Cinema anyways so I may boggle down and buy it. Specs are here: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=202

Then there is the major discovery that Ingmar Bergman's "Faith" Trilogy has been announced as covering spine numbers #208 to 211. This was found out when someone discovered the cover titles were up on the site without being officially posted. 208 is the box cover. 209 is for "Through a Glass Darkly. 210 is for Winter Light. 211 is for The Silence.

#208 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=208

#209 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=209

#210 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=210

#211 http://www.criterionco.com/asp/full_cover_display.asp?id=211

This is a good return to a focus on some more important titles that are available to Criterion but felt to be sadly unused. Any fan of Max Ophuls can understand Criterion is not really reaching to release its important films first and foremost at all, but also, it runs in Criterion tradition to release a Bergman disc of somewhat a year with Fellini and Kurosawa. Any work by these men are important just for who they are so this is an anticipated work.

And now to some surprisements:

Kurosawa's The Lower Depths and Donzoko have been officially announced for August. The specs have been found for The Lower Depths, which are this:

DVD $39.95
Cat no. LOW030
ISBN 0-78002-699-3
UPC 0-37429-18132-4


- New high-definition digital transfer

- Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Donald Richie (A Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema)

- Original theatrical trailer

- New essay by Keiko McDonald (From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films) and Thomas Rimer (A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature)

- Cast biographies by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)

- New and improved English subtitle translation by renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoaglund

- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

I can't say much on Donzoko because even as a major fan of Kurosawa, I've never heard of it. I'm guessing it is very early work or something. Who knows. The Lower Depths is a welcome choice and will be anticipated. Anyways, good day of annoucements by way of Criterion.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 03, 2003, 03:41:38 PM
The Silence.

That puts one of the two best-by-far Bergman films on DVD...

...maybe they'll eventually release Persona?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 03, 2003, 05:15:30 PM
Persona stands no chance to be released by Criterion. MGM holds the rights to the film is notorious for not cooperating with Criterion in the dvd age, so much so that everyone who follows Criterion dismisses the notion Persona ever will be released by them. Though, there is good news because it has been confirmed that Persona, Hour of the Wolf and The Passion of Anna will at least get a bare bones release sometime this year by MGM in some non excitement way, which could have been achieved by Criterion in an amazing way.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 03, 2003, 05:35:18 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Persona stands no chance to be released by Criterion. MGM holds the rights to the film is notorious for not cooperating with Criterion in the dvd age, so much so that everyone who follows Criterion dismisses the notion Persona ever will be released by them. Though, there is good news because it has been confirmed that Persona, Hour of the Wolf and The Passion of Anna will at least get a bare bones release sometime this year by MGM in some non excitement way, which could have been achieved by Criterion in an amazing way.

~rougerum


Some sort of Persona DVD would be better than nothing...

MGM doesn't do any extras or fanfare, but most of their DVDs that I have are okay for what they are. And they're usually quite inexpensive, too.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 04, 2003, 12:09:00 PM
(http://207.136.67.23/film/7/trilogy.jpg)
(http://207.136.67.23/film/7/winterlight.jpg)
(http://207.136.67.23/film/7/throughaglasdarkly.jpg)
(http://207.136.67.23/film/7/silence.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on June 04, 2003, 12:11:00 PM
Where do you get that from? I can't find it on the Criterion Home Page
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 04, 2003, 12:15:02 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Where do you get that from? I can't find it on the Criterion Home Page


http://207.136.67.23/film/dvdcovers.htm#c
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on June 04, 2003, 12:18:47 PM
Sweet
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 04, 2003, 02:49:21 PM
The covers haven't been posted yet on the board but savy fans know the code to type in to see if they have been unofficially posted. Which they have.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on June 04, 2003, 02:51:54 PM
Please, please , please tell me this mystical Criterion code. PM if you prefer, but PLEASE. I hate not being privy to new Criterion stuff. The website seems to have nothing on it. Open my mind to the secrets, I must have them....



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on June 04, 2003, 03:00:54 PM
Okay, I think I cracked it.  Are you ready?

The code is: mulvaneyluvssphinx
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 04, 2003, 10:01:16 PM
no real secret code SoNowThen, its just knowing what all the cover adresses are and instead of typing an already established one, you type in ones for upcoming spine numbers and when you know a box set is likely coming (like it was with this Bergman trilogy), you switch to typing it for box cover like ones before. Its just being a good follower and continually checking near beginning and end of months to see if anything comes from it. Sometimes things do but sometimes they dont. I don't do this personally, but usually post it on here within a day or less when it is found.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 05, 2003, 01:48:59 PM
The Lower Depths has been officially posted on the Criterion website and not only does it have the best cover art for any Kurosawa film, but one of the best covers for the entire collection imo, but anyways, here is the link: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=212

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 05, 2003, 10:21:21 PM
Confirmed by Mulvaney via customer questions as future possibilities:

Criterion hopes to release, but nothing is definite at this time:

A Mizoguchi title (4/17/03)
An Ophuls film (5/5/03)
Eisenstein silent films (4/17/03)
Films by Rohmer, specifically the 6 Moral Tales as a box set (5/13/03)
L’Eclisse (3/21/03)
More documentaries in 2003 (5/1/03)
More Hitchcock in 2004 (4/28/03)
More Truffaut in 2003 (3/26/03)

For the Hitchcock, expect likely Blackmail. That seems the obvious right now for him.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on June 06, 2003, 03:43:17 AM
what ever happened to ikiru???
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 06, 2003, 10:46:25 AM
Latest on Ikiru is that it has been postponed for release til 2004. Its dissapointing because it is the most anticipated of the Kurosawa releases for me too.

And to add to my previous post, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" has been announced as an official release sometime this year.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on June 06, 2003, 10:56:02 AM
A while ago, Mulvaney replied to an email of mine and stated that La Strada will be out before the end of 2003. Fucking finally.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 06, 2003, 12:11:13 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
A while ago, Mulvaney replied to an email of mine and stated that La Strada will be out before the end of 2003. Fucking finally.


Yeah, they actually had that one listed on some of their inserts a while back, as I recall.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on June 06, 2003, 12:13:39 PM
As far back as 2001, if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 10, 2003, 06:29:26 PM
Expect Floating Weeds and Diary of a Country Priest in 2004, source is from JM himself.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 11, 2003, 09:30:29 AM
Sad sad news on Floating Weeds. With the Ozu centennial coming later this year, I completely thought it would be released late in the year like originally planned. This was the most anticipated of for sure releases coming up for me.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on June 12, 2003, 02:04:23 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Confirmed by Mulvaney via customer questions as future possibilities:

Criterion hopes to release, but nothing is definite at this time:

A Mizoguchi title (4/17/03)
An Ophuls film (5/5/03)
Eisenstein silent films (4/17/03)
Films by Rohmer, specifically the 6 Moral Tales as a box set (5/13/03)

~rougerum


I'm very happy about the Rohmer films, and I hope the Mizoguchi film is "Princess Yang Kwei Fei" and the Ophuls film is "The Earrings of Madame de..." I also wouldn't mind a Criterion Potemkin.
These would make me quite a happy camper.
-Cinephile
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 12, 2003, 02:10:22 AM
Diary of a Country Priest is probably my favorite Bresson... I can't wait for that. It's really an experience.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 16, 2003, 08:43:01 PM
Major major major rumor here. Don't wanna say anything is definite, but rumor has it Criterion is planning to release Visconti's The Leopard on dvd, which is considered one of the very best movies of all time (never seen it) and one of the most anticipated works to get on dvd. This was sent to a member on the Criterion forum by someone from Italy in the dvd business:

Big news, Criterion is remastering Il gattopardo and while the edition we got before was struck from a newly printed 35mm but positive, their master will be HD and strucked by the 8 FRAMES ORIGINAL TECHNIRAMA NEGATIVE!!! it will be gorgeous, as always their dvds are...

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on June 18, 2003, 11:20:34 AM
This piques the interest of part of me... and makes the other part wish somebody would watch that damn Blood Simple commentary already, so we could discuss (yes, there is a Merchant/Ivory connection...)

Merchant Ivory films slated for DVD Release

The filmmaking collaboration of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory has spanned three continents over four decades, and now The Merchant Ivory Collection is being released on DVD. The series, produced in association with Criterion and distributed by Home Vision Cinema, will debut in August with two adaptations of Henry James directed by James Ivory—The Europeans (1979), starring Lee Remick, and The Bostonians (1984), starring Christopher Reeveand Vanessa Redgrave. Bombay Talkie (1970), Heat and Dust (1983), Maurice (1987), and Quartet (1981) will follow later in the year, and the series will continue into 2004. For more information about Merchant Ivory Productions, visit their website.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 18, 2003, 09:28:30 PM
Weird news to be on Criterion website considering they aren't even releasing the films listed but instead will be released by Home Vision (different company).

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 29, 2003, 02:25:30 PM
Releases by Criterion for September have been announced and packs a nice list of films which include Knife in the Water, the anticipated Polanski release and The Devil and Daniel Webster, which also was in rumor stage for a few years. Then finally is Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy getting the confirmation on when it will be released considering it was already officially announced.

Original announcement here:
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/index.cgi?page=News&id=4679

HVE website info (links may be removed)

Knife in the Water:
http://www.homevision.com/film.php?id=KNI020

The Devil and Daniel Webster:
http://www.homevision.com/film.php?id=DEV040

Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy:
http://www.homevision.com/film.php?id=CC1594

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 30, 2003, 02:46:24 PM
Covers for September releases:

Knife in the Water:
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/215_box_348x490.jpg

From Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy.......

The Marriage of Maria Braun
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/204_box_348x490.jpg

Veronika Voss
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/205_box_348x490.jpg

Lola
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/206_box_348x490.jpg

Missing so far is the box set cover for Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy and cover for The Devil and Daniel Webster.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 30, 2003, 08:53:08 PM
Official info posted on the website........

Knife in the Water:
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=215

Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy:
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=203

The Devil and Daniel Webster:
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=214

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on July 02, 2003, 12:15:26 PM
So I'd really like to blind buy Knife In The Water. Anyone seen it, care to comment on why I should/shouldn't???
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 02, 2003, 01:20:38 PM
I think Knife in the Water is great. Not because it is just an excellent thriller, but what it can do with what seems like use of one camera only for a good portion of the time and how that can be used effectively by itself instead of just manic desperation to make it like a typical film. The obvious use of one camera and the environment it creates is a great example of what little equipment can give you when you use it right. I think this movie should be seen by everyone just starting out on how a movie can be made effectively with little resources.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on July 02, 2003, 01:29:38 PM
You're a rep for Criterion aren't you GT?   :yabbse-wink:
They are going to drive me to the poor house.

Oh well. Sounds good to me. I will most likely buy this!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: jokerspath on July 02, 2003, 01:32:23 PM
Anyone have the entire Criterion DVD line?

aw
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sphinx on July 02, 2003, 02:01:19 PM
yeah, i do.  when you put all the spines together in the correct order they make a picture of mulvaney's face
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: jokerspath on July 02, 2003, 02:27:57 PM
Quote from: mogwai
Quote from: jokerspath
Anyone have the entire Criterion DVD line?

aw

GT seems to.

aw.


Wow, your initials are "aw" as well?

aw
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: phil marlowe on July 03, 2003, 02:19:08 PM
BWWWWHAAAAAAAAAA HAA HA ha

funny funny.

why did gt get banned? i'd love some sort of briefing.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Comte de Saint Germain on July 03, 2003, 06:38:08 PM
I would love a briefing as well. I'm stuck with this name for the time being. My suspicion with my old name getting banned was likely over something stupid and one of the administrators just not liking me and thinking it would be insanely funny to ban me and see how long he could pull it off for. I really don't mind because the inconveniance only added up to creating a new name which took around 2 minutes total time.

I'm not really rich, but I'm at a moment in my life where i have little expenses and can work a great deal of time and hobbies mainly include books and movies. If you wanna talk about rich, I see good ol' Mac as having one major collection on his hands that a lot of people, including me, would be envious of.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on July 03, 2003, 07:11:05 PM
Quote from: Cmte de Saint Germain
If you wanna talk about rich, I see good ol' Mac as having one major collection on his hands that a lot of people, including me, would be envious of.


Quote from: MacGuffin
Too many to list, but let me tell you, being a film/video reviewer for a magazine has it's rewards.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on July 03, 2003, 09:47:35 PM
I doubt GT would want my collection, however big it is. We don't have the same taste.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 04, 2003, 01:10:03 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
I doubt GT would want my collection, however big it is. We don't have the same taste.

yeah, u like chicks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pozer on July 04, 2003, 01:56:41 AM
you really hate that Gold Trumpet don'tcha
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Comte de Saint Germain on July 04, 2003, 10:21:34 AM
Quote from: P
Quote from: MacGuffin
I doubt GT would want my collection, however big it is. We don't have the same taste.

yeah, u like chicks.


Quote from: poser
you really hate that Gold Trumpet don'tcha


Yes, he does. When he talks about how something is cool, I have no problem with him. When he tries to intimidate and "humor".....insult other people, he is just running a bad joke in my opinion. P is as intimidating as a red headed step child that talks back all the time but will be crying his ass off when smacked around a little. After he is done crying, he just comes back for more and when shit doesn't happen to him, the illusion that he is intimidating comes into place.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cecil on July 04, 2003, 11:49:33 AM
that sounds about right.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 04, 2003, 12:00:17 PM
let me predict: duck sauce will agree, so will ebeaman, and sexterrossa if he reads it, and so will godardian, silver bullet, mesh, and punchdrunk23. the usual bitches.

cry, cry again.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cecil on July 04, 2003, 12:21:28 PM
Quote from: P
cry, cry again.


i saw that movie. the ending made no sense
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on July 04, 2003, 12:23:53 PM
I thought the joke was that P thinks I have a huge porn collection.  :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pozer on July 04, 2003, 12:32:13 PM
I'll admit that Sauce annoys me, and that I realized he was 12 when he called me a pussy (which I still don't understand). I try to ignore his posts and not say something mean, but sometimes it's like, why do you even come here? and I can't hold back.
so I feel ya a bit on that.
at any rate, happy 4th O' July everyone.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on July 04, 2003, 12:32:38 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
I thought the joke was that P thinks I have a huge porn collection.  :yabbse-undecided:


Don't you?


don't we all?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 09, 2003, 11:34:43 PM
Soderbergh to Interview Soderbergh for Schizopolis

An audio commentary featuring esteemed director Steven Soderbergh interviewing esteemed director Steven Soderbergh will appear on Criterion's upcoming DVD edition of his 1996 smash hit, Schizopolis. In the interview, Soderbergh discusses his meteoric rise to fame and his continued vitality and importance in the world of contemporary cinema. Look for Criterion’s Schizopolis this fall.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on July 10, 2003, 09:33:30 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
...esteemed director Steven Soderbergh will appear on Criterion's upcoming DVD edition of his 1996 smash hit, Schizopolis...


Is that a joke?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on July 10, 2003, 10:16:12 AM
Oh, that cheeky Soderbergh!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on July 10, 2003, 04:46:40 PM
david byrne does this on the talking heads stop making sense dvd.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 11, 2003, 07:24:13 AM
Quote from: bonanzataz
david byrne does this on the talking heads stop making sense dvd.


yes yes yes he does
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 14, 2003, 11:21:31 AM
Beyond the Valley of Dolls seems now confirmed for release by Criterion via Cynthia Meyer's website:

http://www.cynthiamyers.com/news.html

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: chainsmoking insomniac on July 14, 2003, 11:38:46 AM
Quote from: P
let me predict: duck sauce will agree, so will ebeaman, and sexterrossa if he reads it, and so will godardian, silver bullet, mesh, and punchdrunk23. the usual bitches.

cry, cry again.


Uh huh, and the usual asshole.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on July 14, 2003, 12:14:39 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Beyond the Valley of Dolls seems now confirmed for release by Criterion via Cynthia Meyer's website:

http://www.cynthiamyers.com/news.html

~rougerum


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: chainsmoking insomniac on July 14, 2003, 02:05:31 PM
Bonanzataz, this movie's so bad it's good!  You know you wanna buy it!  :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: phil marlowe on July 14, 2003, 04:23:56 PM
didn't ebert co-write it or something?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 15, 2003, 10:27:32 PM
INGMAR BERGMAN IS MAKING A MOVIE

Its a documentary. Its been added to the upcoming Ingmar Bergman Trilogy and to add upon that, it officially has a spine number now:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=212

and phil, yep. look for a special feature on the movie with him as well.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on July 15, 2003, 11:15:00 PM
Quote from: Ghoulardi Goon
Bonanzataz, this movie's so bad it's good!  You know you wanna buy it!  :-D


i'm afraid you've got it all wrong, ghoulardi goon. this movie is so good it's great. looks like my bootleg dvd is going out of commission!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on July 17, 2003, 12:40:36 AM
Quote from: P
let me predict: duck sauce will agree, so will ebeaman, and sexterrossa if he reads it, and so will godardian, silver bullet, mesh, and punchdrunk23. the usual bitches.

cry, cry again.


Correct. That pretty well summed it up for me. It's that "digging chicks" thing. The same old bullshit implication that sexual orientation is a character issue and that homosexuality is inferior in some way to heterosexuality. If something's actually funny, it can always pass no matter how offensive, but that's way too retrograde and dull-minded to be really funny.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 17, 2003, 09:29:25 PM
Usually wouldn't post this as official news, but the revelation of the cover for Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy has been revealed and in my mind, is Criterion's sexiest and most unique cover to date. Not to say it is the best, but this is worth fucking noting:

http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/203_box_348x490.jpg

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on July 19, 2003, 12:29:14 PM
Criterion cover art is often really primo. The Olmis are the best recently (also Jubilee, which I insist on mentioning as often as possible because I think it's really criminally ignored here and everywhere).

I love the cover art for Brief Encounter and Pygmalion. And Ratcatcher. Those always spring to mind first when thinking of great Criterion covers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 27, 2003, 07:51:22 PM
Rumors: You're going to see more films from Robert Bresson released by Criterion, if Paul Schrader is right. From a post in another forum.........

"Paul Schrader, during a Q&A after the screening of Pickpocket last night at the Skirball center in L.A., casually mentioned that Criterion has recently acquired "a bunch of Bresson films" and that he's doing some work with them for the releases."

Now, Diary of a Country Priest already belonged to Criterion. Criterion has already been announced as releasing to theatres again, via Rialto, these films: Mouchard and Au hazard, Balthazar.

Another post summed up other possibilities and dvd rights logistics for future releases of Bresson by Criterion:

"So, for the record, the ones that could possibly be coming from Criterion (except for the 3 we assume and the 1 we already have) are Les Anges du péché (1943) and Le Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962). I suppose it's possible that they could have wrested control of some other films away from New Yorker the way they apparently did the Ozus. New Yorker have already announced or alluded to releases of A Man Escaped, Lancelot du Lac, and L'Argent, but have not mentioned Pickpocket, Une Femme douce, or Le Diable probablement. They also seem to hold or to have held at one time the US rights to Quatre nuits d'un rêveur, but these seem to be very problematic. As www.robert-bresson.com reports, a print could not be rented for an upcoming Bresson retrospective. I know that one exists, however, because I saw a pristine new print but a few years ago.

Procès is a Pathé film (from whom Criterion have licensed films before) that seems to have no current US rights-holder, so this is a definite possibility.

MGM, of all people, seem to hold the US rights to Les Anges, but who knows, they may have lapsed. Unlikely to be released anyhow, as it's probably Bresson's least popular and least 'Bressonian' film"

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on July 30, 2003, 04:41:13 PM
Rounding out today's news are three new additions to The Criterion Collection, set for release on October 11th.

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge gets the two-disc treatment, complete with a remastered 1.37:1 transfer and the original French mono track, plus tons of extras including excerpts from Cinéastes de notres temps, the 1970 documentary Jean-Pierre Melville (Portrait en 9 Poses), new video interviews with Melville friend and editor of Melville on Melville, Rui Nogueira, and assistant director Bernard Stora, 30 minutes of rare on-set footage featuring interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville and cast, French television interview footage with Melville and Delon, the original theatrical and 2002 re-release trailers, a still gallery, new essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, plus an introduction from filmmaker John Woo. Retail is $39.95.

Next is Yasujiro Ozu 's Tokyo Story, also newly remastered in 1.37:1 full screen and Japanese mono. Extras include an audio commentary by Ozu-film scholar David Desser, the 120-minute documentary "I Lived, But..." about the life and career of Ozu, "Talking with Ozu," a 30-minute tribute to featuring reflections from his fellow filmmakers, the original theatrical trailer, and a new essay by David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema. Retail is also $39.95.

Last but not least is Steven Soderbergh's little-seen Schizopolis, which gets a new 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and English mono soundtrack. Supplements include two audio commentaries, one with Soderbergh interviewing himself, the other with producer John Hardy, actor and casting director David Jensen, production sound mixer Paul Ledford, and actor Michael Malone, deleted scenes, the original theatrical trailer and a new essay by Village Voice critic Dennis Lim. Retail is $39.95.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on July 30, 2003, 05:04:50 PM
Alright, cool. I've been wanting to see Le Cercle Rouge. I was such an idiot, I passed up on the re-release when it actually came here cause it was before I had really heard a lot about him (Melville). Like the month after that I hear Tarantino calling him a genius...bad luck. Anyway, I think I'll like Jean Pierre Melville. Sounds awesome. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on July 31, 2003, 09:18:35 AM
you will, Ebs. He's so fucking good!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on August 01, 2003, 06:10:16 PM
(http://members.fortunecity.com/themodernage/boxcover.jpg)

schizopolis cover art in the soderbergh thread.

also: not sure if this is posted elsewhere...

Criterion's upcoming DVD release of Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water has been expanded to include a collection of Polanski's short films from 1957-1962. This two-disc set now includes the films Murder, Teeth Smile, Break Up the Dance, Two Men and a Wardrobe, The Lamp, When Angels Fall, The Fat and the Lean, and Mammals. Look for Knife in the Water in September.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 18, 2003, 10:47:18 AM
November Releases announced: http://dvdtimes.co.uk/index.cgi?page=News&id=4975

In it, Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game; Federico Fellini's La Strada; Laurence Olivier's Richard III; David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. All going for $39.95 and special editions. Stay tuned for more details.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on August 18, 2003, 10:56:41 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Federico Fellini's La Strada


...have been waiting for almost two years, when it first appeared on a Criterion new release booklet.

Finally.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on August 18, 2003, 12:06:56 PM
right on.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 18, 2003, 01:31:27 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch


I can think of two things wrong with that title.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 27, 2003, 04:14:56 PM
From Criterionco.com:

New Film Find Changes Rules of the Game

Jean Renoir's classic The Rules of the Game had been slated for release at the end of 2003, but that will change thanks to the discovery this week of a film element previously thought to be lost. Criterion's staff had already spent months on the new high-definition master that was to be at the heart of a two-disc special edition when a French lab finally unearthed the fine-grain master of the reconstructed version, one generation closer to the original than anything previously available. A similar discovery delayed the release of another Renoir classic, Grand Illusion, intended to be Criterion's first release. Expect The Rules of the Game in early 2004.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on August 27, 2003, 10:56:38 PM
I was originally going to ask if anyone knew the scoop on when "Ikiru" was going to finally hit DVD (I assume Criterion will do it).

But then, I decided to do a Google news search first to find it myself, and I stumbled across the news that Dreamworks is remaking "Ikiru" with Tom Hanks in the lead.

So now I guess I have three questions:

(1) Does anyone know the status of the "Ikiru" DVD?
(2) Did we already know about the Dreamworks/Hanks remake?
(3) What do we think of that remake...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on August 27, 2003, 11:02:11 PM
Quote from: Find Your Magali
(2) Did we already know about the Dreamworks/Hanks remake?
(3) What do we think of that remake...


http://xixax.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=16942
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 27, 2003, 11:32:16 PM
Look for Ikiru (by Criterion) on dvd in 2004.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 29, 2003, 08:41:08 PM
Covers for Naked Lunch and Richard III.

Naked Lunch: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/220_box_348x490.jpg

Richard III: (scroll down) http://pub125.ezboard.com/fcriterioncollectionforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=449.topic

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: AlguienEstolamiPantalones on August 30, 2003, 01:41:35 AM
i just got home and im lit as fuck and i just mis read your title and i thought you said that criterion  is coming out with naked gun 33 and a third

i was like

" Ohh my"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ©brad on August 30, 2003, 12:53:00 PM
33&1/3 was the best one.

fuck this richard III shit- gt any word on a die hard criterion?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 30, 2003, 02:19:44 PM
Quote from: ©brad

fuck this richard III shit- gt any word on a die hard criterion?


I know you're kidding, but:

a) Fox doesn't license out titles to Criterion
b) Each film already has two discs.  What more could be done?  A Peter Cowie commentary? A Die Hard radio show reenactment?  :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on August 30, 2003, 03:43:20 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: ©brad

fuck this richard III shit- gt any word on a die hard criterion?


I know you're kidding, but:

a) Fox doesn't license out titles to Criterion
  :)



Isnt Naked Lunch from Fox?

and ive also heard word that Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is in the works from Criterion, another Fox title.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 30, 2003, 04:26:52 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102511/companycreditsProduction

Quote

Companies
Film Trustees Ltd.
Naked Lunch Productions
Nippon Film Development and Finance, Inc. [jp]
Recorded Picture Company (RPC) [gb]
The Ontario Film Development Corporation [ca]
Téléfilm Canada [ca]

Distributors
20th Century Fox Film Corporation [us] (USA)


So perhaps Fox doesn't own the US rights anymore.

IMDB lists Fox as the the producer and distributor of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.  So this is surprising to me.  Maybe they are now licensing only select titles like BVD.  They never licensed their titles out in the LD days.  Fox licensed Visions of Light and some Planet of the Apes documentary to Image.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 30, 2003, 09:01:10 PM
Fox has begun to license films to Criterion by the looks of it. Thought is that even if companies are making tons of money off dvds and it is so easy that many film studios still have vaults too deep to come close to touching nearly all of it anytime soon. Criterion's interest in films usually pertains to ones farther back in the vault so it looks as if some companies (as Fox) are starting to lend out titles to Criterion who can bring a good profit on more unkown titles.

Fox Titles under suspicion of getting released by Criterion soon:

The Leopard
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Kagemusha
3 Women

Die Hard would be great as Criterion, but a great two disc special edition of it already exists so not much need for another special edition.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 30, 2003, 11:23:42 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

The Leopard


 :shock:
GREAT NEWS!

 :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on August 31, 2003, 12:47:19 AM
Heres some more Fox/Criterion talk

http://pub125.ezboard.com/fcriterioncollectionforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=429.topic
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 31, 2003, 01:35:43 AM
Criterion Baby's Day Out, yes!!!

Okay, no.

Fox does a terrific job with SEs.  Their now-dead Five Star Collection label was terrific, but they continue to make great 2-disc titles.  The Studio Classics DVDs have excellent extras.  You would never think that a major studio would lavish so much attention on a silent film like Sunrise, but they did it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 31, 2003, 11:35:41 AM
Cover for Tokyo Story:

http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/217_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 01, 2003, 11:47:39 AM
La Strada has been announced. A movie that is considered a classic while being debated on quality. I, personally, don't consider it to be that great of a film. Fellini still in his beginnings and only showing minor hints of who he would be later on. But, it had to be released sooner or later: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=219

Further details Cronenberg's Naked Lunch:

* Audio Commentary by David Cronenberg and Peter Weller

* Special Effects Stills Gallery

* Production Stills Gallery

* Examples of the marketing campaign for "Naked Lunch," including a featurette, B-roll montage, TV spots, and theatrical trailer.

* Excerpts from the novel "Naked Lunch" read by author William S. Burroughs.

And add this to the rumor block, the program for the Telluride Film Festival has a blurb About Jean Renoir's "French Cancun" (1955) and says that Peter Bogdanovich is "... providing the commentary for Criterion's forthcoming DVD release of the film" So, more Renoir?

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 01, 2003, 04:06:47 PM
Gold Trumpet, do you post over on the criterion board?.....if so, under what name?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cecil on September 01, 2003, 04:14:34 PM
criterion board?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 01, 2003, 09:50:28 PM
Quote from: Cecil B. Demented
criterion board?


http://pub125.ezboard.com/bcriterioncollectionforum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 02, 2003, 10:55:38 AM
I do post on the board, occasionally. My name is Jerry Bruckheimer. Not the most popular.

Gus Van Sant's Gerry is now spring boarding into discussion as possible November release. Analysis by more developed minds on the subject here:
http://pub125.ezboard.com/fcriterioncollectionforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=456.topic
All in all, a possibility but nothing seems set in stone. Stay tuned, sports fans.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 02, 2003, 12:41:26 PM
(http://www.davisdvd.com/images/covers/nakedlunch.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 02, 2003, 01:49:00 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I do post on the board, occasionally. My name is Jerry Bruckheimer. Not the most popular.
~rougerum


Ah, ive read some of you and dvdane's little argument. funny stuff.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 13, 2003, 02:07:23 AM
Cover for La Strada:

http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/219_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 15, 2003, 07:50:49 PM
Looks like Gerry is a no go for Criterion upon immediate release, as shown here by the revealing of the dvd cover here: http://www.davisdvd.com/images/covers/gerry_lg.jpg

This doesn't exclude the movie from a further future release in a big special edition dvd of sorts like Rushmore had. It just isn't going to be released now.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 17, 2003, 11:15:47 AM
Criterion starting a working relationship with MGM? Once thought an impossible idea for the dvd age, but it seems true now when Jon Mulvaney answered this to the possibility of Bergman's 'Fanny and Alexander' getting released, "We hope to release FANNY AND ALEXANDER in the future, but nothing is certain at this time."

To say the least, this is major news. Fanny and Alexander, an MGM film, was never thought of getting any Criterion release on dvd. There was no working relationship between the two companies. Now, among other films such as Persona also by Bergman and Paths of Glory by Kubrick, a lot of films may finally get opened up to Criterion special edition touch.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 17, 2003, 02:41:00 PM
Great News. I was just thinking yesterday about Persona being released by M&M and/or Criterion and hoping SOMETHING would be resolved soon. I own F&A on VHS, but not dying to see that on DVD like I am Persona, probably my favourite Bergman film with Seventh Seal..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 17, 2003, 02:46:15 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Criterion starting a working relationship with MGM? Once thought an impossible idea for the dvd age, but it seems true now when Jon Mulvaney answered this to the possibility of Bergman's 'Fanny and Alexander' getting released, "We hope to release FANNY AND ALEXANDER in the future, but nothing is certain at this time."

To say the least, this is major news. Fanny and Alexander, an MGM film, was never thought of getting any Criterion release on dvd. There was no working relationship between the two companies. Now, among other films such as Persona also by Bergman and Paths of Glory by Kubrick, a lot of films may finally get opened up to Criterion special edition touch.

~rougerum


Who knows if MGM will license out MGM or UA labeled films.  IIRC Fanny and Alexander was an Embassy release.  MGM acquired the Orion and Embassy films a few years ago, possibly the Hemdale releases too.  Criterion did release some Orions early on (Sid and Nancy, This is Spinal Tap, Robocop).

Was Paths of Glory released by MGM or UA in its initial release or did they acquire it later?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 23, 2003, 07:09:04 PM
A list and status of films Criterion may or may not release in the future. Also, a gift for SoNowThen:



1.) Certainties: (Titles that Criterion have indicated are under way for DVD issue)


RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Renoir) (2 x disc set was due late 2003 but has been postponed due to the recent find in France of a fine-grain master of the reconstructed version, one generation closer to the original than anything previously available. New release date is sometime in 2004.)
DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (1950, Robert Bresson) ("we plan to release this next year" - Mulvaney, June 2003)
FLOATING WEEDS* (1959, Yasujiro Ozu) to be released in 2004 with a Roger Ebert commentary *and* Ozu's THE STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS (1934)
EARLY SUMMER* (1951, Yasujiro Ozu)
more Yasujiro Ozu
EISENSTEIN SILENT YEARS boxset (looking like 2004) (probably containing STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, OCTOBER and others?)
JULES ET JIM (1962, Truffaut) via Wellspring
MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969, Rohmer) via Wellspring
CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Rohmer) via Wellspring

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2.) Stalled ex-certainties: (Officially announced titles that have run into some kind of technical hitch and are now in limbo)

DODES'KA-DEN (1970, Kurosawa)
SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943, Kurosawa)
IVANS CHILDHOOD (1962, Tarkovsky)
COCKTAIL MOLOTOV (1980, Kurys)
COUSIN, COUSINE (1975, Tacchella)
TALES OF HOFFMAN (1951, Powell & Pressburger) "postponed indefinitely due to problems with elements. Hope to release in 2003"
SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932, von Sternberg) indefinitely postponed. As of Feb 2003 it's looking bleak - Mulvaney says its not on the schedule.

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3.) Distinct Possibilities: (Titles that haven't been fully confirmed yet (but have either been mentioned by Criterion or linked to Criterion by other events/companies))

BATTLE OF ALGIERS * (Pontecorvo, 1965) Rialto are preparing this for re-release. "We hope to release it in the future." - Mulvaney, Sept 2003
SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS * (Parajanov, 1964) "We hope to release it in the future." - Mulvaney, Sept 2003.
EYES WITHOUT A FACE * (Franju, 1959) the Rialto Pictures theatrical release of a Janus Pictures title suggests a Criterion DVD.
FRENCH CANCAN * (Renoir, 1955) Peter Bogdanovich is recording a commentary for the Criterion edition of FRENCH CANCAN (according to the programme for Telluride 2003)
LE BONHEUR * (1965, Agnès Varda) "We hope to release LE BONHEUR sometime in the future, but nothing is definite at this time." - Mulvaney, Aug 2003
M (1931, Lang) "We do hope to revisit M sometime in the future, but nothing is definite at this time." - Mulvaney, Aug 2003
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970, Meyer)
Kenji Mizoguchi ("We hope to release a Mizoguchi title or two in 2003/4, but nothing is definite at the moment." - Mulvaney, April 2003)
THE STORY OF A PROSTITUTE * (1965, Seijun Suzuki)
EQUINOX * (1970, Jack Woods & Dennis Muren) (mentioned in an HTF chat in 2001, and again by Mulvaney in March 2003 as "upcoming")
L'ECLISSE * (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni) "We hope to release L'Eclisse in the future, but nothing is definite at the moment." - Mulvaney, March 2003
SEVEN SAMURAI (1954, Akira Kurosawa) reissue / new transfer (probably 2 x disc set)
IKIRU (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
STRAY DOG (1949, Akira Kurosawa)
THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1946, Akira Kurosawa)
DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948, Akira Kurosawa)
I LIVE IN FEAR (1955, Akira Kurosawa)
THE BURMESE HARP * (Harp Of Burma) (1957, Kon Ichikawa) "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.
FIRES ON THE PLAIN * (Nobi) (1965, Kon Ichikawa) "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT * (1955, Ingmar Bergman) (from a mention in a Cowboy Pictures press release (July 2002))
AU HASARD BALTHAZAR * (1966, Robert Bresson) via Rialto
MASCULIN, FÉMININ * (1966, Jean-Luc Godard) via Rialto
MOUCHETTE * (1967, Robert Bresson) via Rialto
TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle) * (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) via Rialto
more MARCEL CARNE ("We hope to release more Carne in 2003, but there are no definite plans at this time.")
more Renoir (LA BETE HUMAINE?)
a Welles title or two (F IS FOR FAKE?) ("No Welles in 2003. Maybe in 2004." - Mulvaney April 2003)
Dreyer (Mulvaney, Oct 2002 - "We have no plans for VAMPYR or MASTER OF THE HOUSE at this time.")
Tarkovsky (NOSTALGHIA via Wellspring?)
TIN DRUM (1979, Schlondorff)
PANDORA'S BOX (1929, G. W. Pabst)
THREEPENNY OPERA (1931, G. W. Pabst)
GRAY'S ANATOMY (1996, Soderbergh) via Wellspring
THE LAST METRO (1982, Truffaut) via Wellspring
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (1960, Truffaut) via Wellspring
ARMY OF SHADOWS (1959, Melville) via Rialto
GOLD OF NAPLES (1954, De Sica) via Rialto
LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961, Resnais) via Rialto
LE DOULOS (1961, Melville) via Rialto
LÉON MORIN, PRÊTRE (1961, Melville) via Rialto
MAFIOSO (1962, Lattuada) via Rialto
THE MILKY WAY (1969, Buñuel) via Rialto
THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974, Buñuel) via Rialto
TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1953, Becker) via Rialto
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961, Godard) via Rialto
LE CORBEAU (THE RAVEN) (1943, Clouzot) via Rialto


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4.) No Plans Right Now (Titles that have been ruled out for the moment by Criterion or by other companies with rights to certain titles):

no Satyajit Ray ("I'm afraid we have no plans for any Ray films. The DVD rights to these titles are currently unavailable to us." - Mulvaney, August 2003)
no more Vilgot Sjoman (as of March 2003)
no more Lars Von Trier (as of March 2003)
CREMASTER SERIES (Matthew Barney) "The Cremaster Series is sold/distributed exclusively through Barney and Barbara Gladstone Gallery and is unavailable to Criterion" - Mulvaney, March 2003.
MORVERN CALLAR (2002, Lynne Ramsay) "It looks pretty unlikely that we'll be releasing it." - Mulvaney, March 2003.
REPULSION (Roman Polanski, 1965)
BOTTLE ROCKET (1996, Wes Anderson) "Criterion does not hold the DVD rights at this time. Therefore, we have no plans for release." - Mulvaney, March 2003.
ROMA ORE 11 (1952, Giuseppe de Santis)
OLYMPIA (Feyder or Reifenstahl) Mulvaney = "We spoke too soon."
no more Preston Sturges (Mulvaney, Feb 2003)
no more W. C. Fields (Mulvaney, Feb 2003)
no more Douglas Sirk (Mulvaney, Jan 2003)
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (1936, Jean Renoir)
KILLER OF SHEEP (1977, Charles Burnett)
CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (1978, Fred Schepisi)
DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND (1976, Fred Schepisi)
ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958, Andrzej Wajda)
JU DOU (1990, Zhang Yimou)
RED SORGHUM (1987, Zhang Yimou)
RAISE THE RED LANTERN (1991, Zhang Yimou)
ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1973, Pennebaker) ("no plans I'm afraid")
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942, Welles)
LA DOLCE VITA (1960, Fellini) (Mulvaney, Jan 2003 - "No plans")
ITALIAN-AMERICAN (Scorsese)
FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952, Rene Clement)
SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (1973, Erice)
HOUR OF THE FURNACES (Hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación, La) (1968, Getino, etc)
SET ME FREE (EMPORTE-MOI) (Lea Pool)
JUMP TOMORROW (2001, Joel Hopkins)
ROGOPAG (Laviamoci il cervello) (1962, Godard etc)
no Pasolini
TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 1994)
THE GAME (David Fincher)

**EDIT: Recent word has a Preston Sturges film appearing sometime next year.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on September 23, 2003, 10:53:53 PM
Wow, thanks for the great update! There are a couple of bummers on there, but mostly I am just drooling right now at the thought of the next 18 months. I'm going to have to get a second job to pay for these babies.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on September 24, 2003, 09:16:34 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Renoir) (2 x disc set was due late 2003 but has been postponed due to the recent find in France of a fine-grain master of the reconstructed version, one generation closer to the original than anything previously available. New release date is sometime in 2004.)
DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (1950, Robert Bresson) ("we plan to release this next year" - Mulvaney, June 2003)
JULES ET JIM (1962, Truffaut) via Wellspring
MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969, Rohmer) via Wellspring
CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Rohmer) via Wellspring


I kid you not, my fucking dick is hard just thinking about this. It's gonna be a hell of a next year for dvd buying.

And the rumors are that Woman Is A Woman, Masuline Feminine, and L'Eclisse are gonna get moved up to this certainty list very soon...

thanks GT!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 24, 2003, 11:09:47 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
EISENSTEIN SILENT YEARS boxset (looking like 2004) (probably containing STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, OCTOBER and others?)
 


I'm actually looking forward to this a great deal as well. And Criterion NEEDS more Ozu. Well, at least I do.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on September 26, 2003, 02:19:11 PM
BREAKING NEWS OVER AT THE CRITERION WEBSITE!

(http://members.fortunecity.com/themodernage/schoolofrock.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 26, 2003, 02:49:52 PM
I just checked. nothing. What breaking news?

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on September 26, 2003, 03:19:26 PM
Dude, School Of Rock director approved triple disc special edition coming next year!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 26, 2003, 03:26:06 PM
only if my computer loaded the image in time for me to get the joke........

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 26, 2003, 05:50:53 PM
themodernage02, I am digging your avatar!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: rustinglass on September 26, 2003, 06:00:33 PM
rules of the game! great! that's one of kusturica's favourite films!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 02, 2003, 09:51:00 AM
From Variety:

Mon., Sep. 29, 2003, 6:16pm PT

Rialto to re-release '65's 'Algiers'

Pic to be revamped, slated for January release

By GABRIELLE MITCHELL-MARELL

Rialto Pictures will re-release "The Battle of Algiers," Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 film depicting the Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the late 1950s.

Pic will be revamped with more detailed subtitles.

Rialto will theatrically release the film for the Classic Collection, which acquired the rights from Casbah Films of Algiers.

It is slated for release in Gotham, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., in January.

The Classic Collection will handle DVD release for the fall of 2004.

"Algiers" was originally released in the U.S. and Europe but was banned in France for its negative representation of French colonialism.

It picked up the grand prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1965 and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

"It's a very famous film in cinema circles, but you cannot find the tape or get it online," said Rialto Pictures co-prexy Bruce Goldstein.

"There is a tremendous demand for this film that goes beyond a cinephile audience because it offers an incredible parallel to what is going on today," he added.

"Algiers" will be the sixth film Rialto and the Classic Connection have partnered on to re-release.

Previous ventures include Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion" and Georges Franju's stylized horror pic "Eyes Without a Face," slated to open in Gotham, L.A. and Chicago on Halloween.
--------------------------------

As note, the Classic Collection refers to Criterion. Not just bad journalism, but on the back covers of some discs, they even refer to themselves as The Classic Collection.

And also, it was mentioned the horror pic "Eyes Without a Face is coming to Rialto which automatically suggests a Criterion release in the future. No cute article from Variety on that one, but here's the site for it at film forum with more info: http://www.filmforum.com/films/eyes.html

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on October 02, 2003, 10:35:08 AM
Groovy news! :-D

PTA, of course, called "Algiers" one of his inspirations for Boogie Nights and, in his introduction to the published script, tells readers to, "stop reading this stupid introduction and see ... Battle of Algiers."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 03, 2003, 11:39:22 AM
Claire's Knee is Rohmer at his best. Diary of a Country Priest is my personal favorite Bresson. The list above is mouth-watering. l

Anyone who picked up or has otherwise had a chance to watch any of the Fassbinder BDR box, please post to the Fassbinder item in the "Director's Chair" board!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on October 09, 2003, 03:56:52 PM
From Criterion's site:

"The Battle of Algiers," Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo's legendary re-telling of the struggle for Algerian independence from France, will be re-released in January 2004 by Rialto Pictures and Janus Films. New 35mm prints featuring a new subtitle translation will open in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. Look also for a Criterion DVD of "The Battle of Algiers" in 2004.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 14, 2003, 09:22:59 AM
Rumor had it a little while that yet another Preston Sturges movie would be released through Criterion to join his other films in the collection (The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels) and now it is finally confirmed: Unfaithfully Yours is the title that will be released.

Confirmation of its Criterion release (scroll to bottom): http://www.prestonsturges.com/bulletin_dvd.html

Info on film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040919/

Reason why I look forward to this and will likely pick it up is because Sturges is always reliable for good humor and word has it that Rex Harrison was one of the best at what he did then. Its just hard a lot of his films in my location of acquiring hard to get movies.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on October 14, 2003, 03:37:02 PM
sullivan's travels rocks. i can't wait for this one and i'm now compelled to put the lady eve on my netflix.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 14, 2003, 03:49:29 PM
Quote from: bonanzataz
sullivan's travels rocks. i can't wait for this one and i'm now compelled to put the lady eve on my netflix.


Both completely excellent. Another great Sturges: Christmas in July. It would make a prime Criterion release for a holiday season sometime...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 24, 2003, 02:19:33 PM
Major annoucement in the Tokyo Story dvd. It has releases announced for January or early next year in its catalog. Here's the rundown along with spine numbers:

#216: Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game
#221: Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru
#222: Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest
#223: Barbet Schroeder's Maitress
#224: Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street.

All, besides Maitress, are priced at $39.95. This could indicate 2 disc special editions or some very meaty single discs. Some of these films are movies that fans have been waiting on for a while. For me, I'm getting all of them besides Maitress. I've been waiting for Criterion to release these films and this is major news.

(only changed title to "Major News!" because couldn't fit all title or director names in slot. And it is major news anyways)

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on October 24, 2003, 02:22:42 PM
I see that was on the CC message board, but where is the official announcement? Nothing on the CC website as of yet...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 24, 2003, 02:25:35 PM
I'd guess they'll show on the website sometime next week.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on October 24, 2003, 02:39:28 PM
anyway, Rules and Diary are must-haves for me. Funnily enough, I had Pickup rented from the library last week, but didn't get a chance to watch it. Is it worth buying? I've enjoyed bits of Fuller before, but never really loved the whole product...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on October 24, 2003, 06:03:36 PM
Oh cool, I've always wanted to see a Bresson movie. He sounds good. Good news, thanks a lot.

I'll check out this Algiers movie, never heard of it. PTA must be right though, he doesn't much like mistakes, you know...he really has always been more into perfection so I guess a recommendation from him couldn't hurt.

Still want to see at least on Sturges movie, he's always been a must see.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 24, 2003, 06:44:56 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
anyway, Rules and Diary are must-haves for me.


Me, too. Bresson is fantastic, and Diary is possibly my favorite of his.

I actually suggesed to Jon Mulvaney that Criterion release some Bresson... this was quite a while back, though. Still, is it possible that they actually came through (for once) with a title suggestion??
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on October 24, 2003, 06:49:31 PM
Quote from: godardian
I actually suggesed to Jon Mulvaney that Criterion release some Bresson... this was quite a while back, though. Still, is it possible that they actually came through (for once) with a title suggestion??


If so, then good job!  :-D  .... Everything I've read about "Diary" makes it sound like a wonderful film. Can't wait for 2004!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 27, 2003, 08:10:46 PM
TATI Returns!! From the official site:

 Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday Back In Print for 2004

At long last Criterion has succeeded in renewing its rights in Jacques Tati's classic films Mon Oncle, M. Hulot's Holiday, Jour de Fête and Playtime. The original Criterion editions of Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday will be back in print starting in January of 2004. Watch this space for further news about Playtime and Jour de Fête

And long rumored title The Tin Drum seems to have been confirmed with this post:

Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning "Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum" [1979], based on the novel by Günter Grass, will be getting the Criterion-treatment.

Joerg Bauer, who worked for the german DVD-label Kinowelt and made some exclusive supplemental materials for this company (audio commentary with Sydney Pollack on "Three Days of the Condor", documentary on "The Hitcher") and for other companies like Blue Underground (documentary "Daughters of Darkness") and MGM (not credited but responsible for the interviews on the "The Fog" and "Escape from New York" special editions), has founded his own DVD-company. On the website of J.B. DVD & Media Productions he announces his co-operation with Criterion on "Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum".

The site is only available in German at this time, but at "Allgemeines" you can find this entry:

Zusätzlich arbeitet er im Moment mit CRITERION an der US-DVD von "DIE BLECHTROMMEL".

It has been a rumor for a long time, but now this seems to be the proof for a Criterion-release.

more good news, indeed.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 27, 2003, 08:39:06 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
TATI Returns!! From the official site:

 Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday Back In Print for 2004

At long last Criterion has succeeded in renewing its rights in Jacques Tati's classic films Mon Oncle, M. Hulot's Holiday, Jour de Fête and Playtime. The original Criterion editions of Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday will be back in print starting in January of 2004. Watch this space for further news about Playtime and Jour de Fête

And long rumored title The Tin Drum seems to have been confirmed with this post:

Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning "Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum" [1979], based on the novel by Günter Grass, will be getting the Criterion-treatment.

Joerg Bauer, who worked for the german DVD-label Kinowelt and made some exclusive supplemental materials for this company (audio commentary with Sydney Pollack on "Three Days of the Condor", documentary on "The Hitcher") and for other companies like Blue Underground (documentary "Daughters of Darkness") and MGM (not credited but responsible for the interviews on the "The Fog" and "Escape from New York" special editions), has founded his own DVD-company. On the website of J.B. DVD & Media Productions he announces his co-operation with Criterion on "Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum".

The site is only available in German at this time, but at "Allgemeines" you can find this entry:

Zusätzlich arbeitet er im Moment mit CRITERION an der US-DVD von "DIE BLECHTROMMEL".

It has been a rumor for a long time, but now this seems to be the proof for a Criterion-release.

more good news, indeed.

~rougerum



Oh. My. God.

Tin Drum is ANOTHER title suggestion I made a while back! I can't wait. That's an excellent, excellent film.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on October 27, 2003, 09:16:48 PM
Tati!!!! Tati!!! i'm so happy...........now if i can get someone to burn my OOP ones and sell them jacked up on eBay??
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on October 27, 2003, 11:31:04 PM
Quote from: bigideas
Tati!!!! Tati!!! i'm so happy...........now if i can get someone to burn my OOP ones and sell them jacked up on eBay??



That "whoosh" you just heard was the air going out of the market for all those Criterion Tatis on eBay that were going for $100+

I'm glad I never went that route...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 27, 2003, 11:33:37 PM
Quote from: Find Your Magali
Quote from: bigideas
Tati!!!! Tati!!! i'm so happy...........now if i can get someone to burn my OOP ones and sell them jacked up on eBay??



That "whoosh" you just heard was the air going out of the market for all those Criterion Tatis on eBay that were going for $100+

I'm glad I never went that route...


Now, I wonder if they're going to do anything to make those of us who bought them the first time they came out buy them AGAIN? New extras, better mastering, etc?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on October 27, 2003, 11:56:11 PM
weird because i just sold my playtime, for a decent sum, feel sorry for that guy.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 28, 2003, 10:12:52 AM
January releases are up on the site! Not all the new ones learnt, but some great ones (Ikiru, Rules of the Game) along with the Tati reissues (Hulot, Mon Oncle).

IKIRU: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=221

THE RULES OF THE GAME: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=216

MONSIEUR HULOT'S HOLIDAY: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=110

MON ONCLE: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=111

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on October 28, 2003, 12:54:17 PM
Yeah, thank god I didn't give in and pay for Mon Oncle on Ebay. This is fantastic news.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: xerxes on October 28, 2003, 02:52:38 PM
ikiru... finally... i've been waiting so long



i think i'm gonna cry
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on October 28, 2003, 10:44:22 PM
i don't know.........is there any value to a first printing maybe? probably not..........i got Mon Oncle from ebeaman for close to retail........Playtime was the one i payed up the butt for.........by the way Criterion worded their statement, it seems that Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday will be the same releases.......maybe only Playtime will be different........i remember reading somewhere that the ratio still wasn't right on it
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 29, 2003, 09:42:39 AM
Originally posted elsewhere:

from the bfi website:

www.bfi.org.uk/videocat/index.php


bfi Video - In Production

The Leopard

Luchino Visconti’s epic film will be released on DVD and VHS in spring 2004

bfi Video is currently working on the production of The Leopard in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox and the Criterion Collection, for release on both DVD and VHS formats.

Although we had initially hoped to release The Leopard this November, we have recently had the unforeseen opportunity to access original 70mm elements of the film. This will enable us to release the best possible version with superb picture and sound quality, but the technical process has meant that it will not be ready until early 2004.

The DVD will contain several extras. Currently confirmed are a full feature commentary by David Forgacs, Professor of Italian at University College London, extracts from an interview with Claudia Cardinale and the original trailer.

As soon as we can confirm the release date we will announce it here.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on October 29, 2003, 09:54:01 AM
High Fives all around
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on October 29, 2003, 11:17:22 AM
Quote from: bigideas
i don't know.........is there any value to a first printing maybe? probably not..........i got Mon Oncle from ebeaman for close to retail........Playtime was the one i payed up the butt for.........by the way Criterion worded their statement, it seems that Mon Oncle and M. Hulot's Holiday will be the same releases.......maybe only Playtime will be different........i remember reading somewhere that the ratio still wasn't right on it


The first edition of Seven Samurai is sought after because it has a restoration featurette that Toho requested to be removed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 29, 2003, 05:02:11 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

The Leopard

Luchino Visconti’s epic film will be released on DVD and VHS in spring 2004

This makes me so happy. Criterion has been on a roll with pleasing me as of late. 2004 is going to a spectacular year. :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Redlum on October 31, 2003, 11:53:12 AM
I just read that the following titles are going OOP at the end of the year.

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
Rebecca
pellbound
and Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.

Also, I know PTA swears by it but could anyone give me the lowdown on 'Mon Oncle' (maybe GT)?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 31, 2003, 01:30:36 PM
Quote from: ®edlum
I just read that the following titles are going OOP at the end of the year.

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
Rebecca
pellbound
and Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.

Also, I know PTA swears by it but could anyone give me the lowdown on 'Mon Oncle' (maybe GT)?


Thumbnail description of Mon Oncle: Bright, colorful, playful, mild, funny, slapstick, mostly silent (or dialogue-free, I should say), gentle critique of technological encroachment. Godardian's favorite Tati. Beautifully shot. Tati = The French Chaplin; M. Hulot = The French Little Tramp.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Redlum on October 31, 2003, 02:37:00 PM
Quote from: godardian

Tati = The French Chaplin; M. Hulot = The French Little Tramp.


Thats all you need to say. I love Chaplin. No region 2 exists as far as I know, so I'll think I'll have to dig deep for the Criterion when it comes out again.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 31, 2003, 02:46:36 PM
Mon Onle is the only one of the three Tati films I haven't seen. I'm guessing though Godardian did a fair job in describing it.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 01, 2003, 10:35:50 PM
Unheard of to me before today, recent posting at a movie board suggests this little known 1960s japanese art house film is going to get the Criterion treatment. In the posting, a guy mentions how this is likely coming and in his reasoning reverts back to a mailing list he is apart of where the guy who is supposebly doing the essay for the film mentioned it there that he was doing it. Also, the film is under "Home Vision Cinema" so odds are likely.

Links of info to film:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0058430/

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0780019172/qid=1067747266/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-7942989-2717647

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 02, 2003, 03:22:06 PM
Usually, much is to thank from the local criterion collection forum because they provide all the news and rumors that appear on this thread. In a very shallow move, they have announced their first annual award show and what is especially low of this is the categories on which to vote on:

Criterion producer of the year
Criterion designer of the year
Criterion release of the year
Best commentary
Best single supplement
Best box set or multiple title release
Best single-title release
Best surprise (film, not announcement)
CCF member of the year
The Richard Cranium memorial award for CCF worst member of the year

From my limited experience of posting, a lot of people there are just downright foreign film snobs. This award deal only makes the snobbery official. And considering I have posted there and posted to create discussions by giving negative reviews on "classic movies", you can call me a high candidate for "worst member of the year" because they don't take well to people who speak against accepted things of their country club. Usually, though, the forum is excellent in just the amount of news they can give to Criterion Collection, but they are "Snobs 'R' Us" with this move. *Spits*

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on November 02, 2003, 07:13:51 PM
Hey, let's do our OWN snobby thing here. We'll show them!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 02, 2003, 07:23:07 PM
Quote from: Find Your Magali
Hey, let's do our OWN snobby thing here. We'll show them!!


I'll start.  Armageddon?  The Rock?  What the hell were they thinking?

In reality, I don't mind if they released these, if they help to make money so that they can do releases like By Brakhage and more Kurosawa films.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on November 02, 2003, 08:57:50 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: Find Your Magali
Hey, let's do our OWN snobby thing here. We'll show them!!


I'll start.  Armageddon?  The Rock?  What the hell were they thinking?



Well, clearly they are 2/3 of the way toward that amazing Michael Bay three-movie box set they will be offering us some day. Sure to include a fourth disc of special features on which film historians and critics babble on endlessly about the brilliance of Bay. ... Can't WAIT!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 02, 2003, 11:16:59 PM
the rock is good, but what about the blob?  it was like a bad rebel without a cause wannabe with jello.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on November 02, 2003, 11:22:05 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
the rock is good, but what about the blob?  it was like a bad rebel without a cause wannabe with jello.


Oh, hell no! Tell me you did not just dump on "The Blob". That's a 50's sci-fi classic. One of the best drive-in movies.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2003, 09:20:27 AM
From a post at criterion board:

I heard about this a few weeks ago from a friend of mine, but didn't want to post anything until I had the info from more than one source. Well, now I do. Producer Richard Gordon, whose film FIEND WITHOUT A FACE is already part of the Criterion Collection, told me this weekend that the upcoming Special Editions of the films CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER, FIRST MAN INTO SPACE and THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE will also be released as part of the Criterion Collection, sometime in 2004.

Since it's a little hard to imagine THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (Criterion Special Edition), I asked him if maybe some of these titles will be coming out through HVE but not under the CC banner. He insists all will be Criterion releases. Perhaps this isn't so amazing, since the CC also includes CARNIVAL OF SOULS, THE BLOB, the "Andy Warhol" horror films and will soon include EQUINOX, as well.

In any case, this is extremely cool, at least imho. All the supplemental materials -- audio commentaries, interviews, etc. -- for these discs is complete (two friends of mine helped compile these materials) but I'm not sure if the transfers are finished yet or not (I forgot to ask).

Anyhow, there it is. Believe it or not.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on November 03, 2003, 01:46:52 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: themodernage02
the rock is good, but what about the blob?  it was like a bad rebel without a cause wannabe with jello.


Oh, hell no! Tell me you did not just dump on "The Blob". That's a 50's sci-fi classic. One of the best drive-in movies.


The best explanation of Criterion's seemingly inconsistent, um, criteria for what they release is that each film they decide to give the Criterion treatment to is placed within its context of cinematic/social/cultural history and is offered by them as something indicative/exemplary of its era/genre. The fact that they cast their net so wide and offend everyone means that their body of knowledge and understanding of film history is, indeed, expansive and to be trusted.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 03, 2003, 02:23:23 PM
I dunno about you guys, but I'm happy when Criterion releases a movie I hate, because it means my wallet gets a little break that month...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on November 03, 2003, 04:54:26 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I dunno about you guys, but I'm happy when Criterion releases a movie I hate, because it means my wallet gets a little break that month...

That's exactly what I was thinking. With all this amazing DVD news, I need a downtime with releases I won't have to worry about getting. :wink:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2003, 08:12:52 PM
I'm definitely one who believes Criterion is inconsistent in the releases of quality films. Sure, some are given reasons of influence and importance under certain terms, but they are still shit films. And I include many art films under this classification.

this is also a good thing, because yes, my wallet desperately needs a break.

~rougerum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2003, 10:14:37 PM
Is Godzilla going to hit Criterion? If the idea of anything that touches Rialto pictures goes Criterion means anything, here's the heads up of a future release sometime down the line (and yes, the 1954 version):

www.rialtopictures.com/godzilla.html

Also, word has it that at the end of NYC Ozu retrospective at Lincoln Center, Richard Pena (who heads up the Film Society) thanked its sponsors, which included Criterion and spoke of how Criterion planned to release 12 Ozu dvds. Only Tokyo Story, Early Summer and Floating Weeds are confirmed from the retrospective, so quite the number and considering it is so large, smell a box set or two set up to break up that large number of future releases. Speculation to which ones, please.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 03, 2003, 10:42:19 PM
mac i just could not get into the blob.  i dont know, not enought blob for me, too much 50's teen angst.  maybe there just wasnt enough horror (or cheese) for me, since it was one of the 50 horror/sci fi flicks i watched during last month.  

fuck, godzilla?  what about KING KONG!?!  that needs a goddamn region 1 release period. it could use a boss transfer so criterion oughta get them rights from RKO.  that'd be the king fucking dvd right there.  does anyone know why it hasnt been released on dvd yet?  you'd think it being harry knowles like favorite movie ever would speed things up?  theres money to be made.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2003, 10:47:05 PM
KING KONG - Special edition dvd from Warners in 2004. Likely then. The criterion fans cried, though. They cried for Criterion to release it. Just not happening.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on November 04, 2003, 12:19:31 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Criterion planned to release 12 Ozu dvds.

12!?  Where's GDIDM?  I'm about to cream my pants.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: nix on November 04, 2003, 12:24:29 PM
We cream our pants a lot on this forum.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on November 04, 2003, 04:11:08 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
KING KONG - Special edition dvd from Warners in 2004. Likely then. The criterion fans cried, though. They cried for Criterion to release it. Just not happening.


warner's releases awesome discs, though. look at matrixes, citizen kane, singin in the rain. and their transfers are always top notch. so, nobody should be complaining.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 04, 2003, 05:11:38 PM
if kane, rain, and the recent three: treasure, robin hood, yankee are any indication, then I CANT WAIT> :shock:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 04, 2003, 06:01:37 PM
Earlier, I posted about producer Richard Gordon and the major rumor that he was going to get 4 of his films released by Criterion all in this year. This was met with boos from the criterion forum and shock Criterion would devote time to old camp horror films. Well, a controversy has come about in which good and bad news comes for the people hoping to see these cult horror films released. First, the good news:

(From a post at the board)
Here are some more details on these DVDs, from Tom Weaver, which were posted on a classic horror message board. Tom's a friend of mine, so I hope I didn't get him any hot water. (If so, sorry, Tom!):

"The four releases, which'll dribble out throughout next year, are Richard Gordon's FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER and CORRIDORS OF BLOOD and Alex Gordon's THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE.

I interviewed Alex (not long before he passed away) for the commentary track of ATOMIC SUBMARINE and, in Memphis(!), I had star Brett Halsey sit down in front of a camera and talk about ATOMIC and some of his other sci-fi/horror credits.

Richard and I are on the commentary of FIRST MAN INTO SPACE. Alex worked on that movie too (very briefly) so I did a 10-minute interview with him for that DVD. Also, in England, I had leading lady Marla Landi sit down in front of a camera and talk a little about it.

Richard and I are on the commentary of HAUNTED STRANGLER. In England, I got co-stars Vera Day and Jean Kent to talk about it (and other career highlights) on-camera, and in Scotland I got the screenwriter Jan Read to talk about it (and other career highlights) on-camera.

Richard and I are on the commentary of CORRIDORS OF BLOOD. I also had Alex talk about Karloff for 15 or 20 minutes for this DVD. I did a commentary (about 40, 45 minutes) with actress Yvonne Romain. In England, I had co-star Francis Matthews sit down in front of a camera and talk about it (and his other horror/SF credits). I also did a print interview with co-star Betta St. John that I'll use quotes from in my liner notes.

I also arranged for my friend Bryan Senn to visit director Robert Day and have HIM talk on-camera about the three he directed (FIRST MAN, HAUNTED, CORRIDORS).

And, who knows, maybe we'll come up with some more bonus materials and interviewees in the time we've got left."

BTW, Bryan Senn is also a friend of mine and I have a VHS dupe of the interviews he conducted with Robert Day. He has nice things to say about Karloff and, um, not-as-nice things to say about Christopher Lee.
-----------------------------

Then the bad news:

Criterion's reply to this rumor: (courtesy of Spokesman, Jon Mulvaney)

I'm am aware of no such project. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance.

Best,
JM
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And finally, with the news Criterion would be handling 12 Ozu films in all, comes the further news on the timeline to which Criterion will dish them out: Not all at once, but expect 2 or 3 a year. This comes also from Jon Mulvaney. Kinda dissapointing, but expected news also.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 04, 2003, 09:49:35 PM
okay, so, what's the deal with Ozu? I saw Good Morning and thought it was fine, but nothing to rave about and sorely lacking in style (which is cool, but doesn't have much re-watch value for me). I'd love to blind buy either Tokyo Story or Floating Weeds, but of course they are hella expensive. Now I could rent them from the library, but because of their age, the quality will be poo. Anyone wanna wax about why I should watch more Ozu, and why CC seems to love him so much?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 04, 2003, 09:57:35 PM
SoNowThen:
Don't base Ozu off Good Morning. I agree it is weak. Thing is, most everyone else does too in comparison to his major works. Ozu is not perfect and Criterion released Good Morning more on the basis of what was first available to them to release. I haven't seen Tokyo Story, but in my gut feeling, you really do need to see this film so take the plunge, man. I got Tokyo Story and (because of your raving) Le Cercle Rouge on order right now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 04, 2003, 10:21:56 PM
Haha, I haven't even seen Red Circle yet!! But it's Melville, and it's got Delon in it, which I think pretty much equals brilliance.

Well, you let me know on Ozu, GT. You steered me right with Umberto D.

Also, I think it's almost time for me to blind buy In The Mood For Love...


On another note, I hope everyone here has seen Coup De Torchon? It's just fucking awesome. I gotta locate that bad boy for a good price...

*Whew*
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on November 04, 2003, 10:45:27 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I'd love to blind buy either Tokyo Story or Floating Weeds, but of course they are hella expensive. Now I could rent them from the library, but because of their age, the quality will be poo. Anyone wanna wax about why I should watch more Ozu, and why CC seems to love him so much?

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/6302969670.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
I bought this sometime last year because I knew Ebert praised it a lot. I shelled out the money for it and let me tell you, it's well worth it. The quality is very good as well. Based on the other stuff I've seen of Yasujiro Ozu, I can conclude that he has a very distinctive style unlike any other director. (Ebert had called him the softest of directors.. something like that.) Anyway, if you like Japanese cinema, see Ozu.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 11, 2003, 09:39:10 PM
Major update here. Lots to cover so lets begin with the second Annual CCF (Criterion Collection Forum) interview with Criterion spokesman Jon Mulvaney. Great great interview:

Can you describe for us a typical day at the Criterion offices?

The only thing typical about a day at Criterion is its unpredictability. Like most New Yorkers, we're overflowing the limited space we occupy and don't have enough time in the day to do everything we need to. In the summer, we talk about softball; in the winter, we talk about our Christmas card. Any given day can find a consulting producer from Europe camped out in our conference room or one of the Criterion babies, spouses, or dogs roaming the halls. We're a close-knit company and we work hard and play hard, though the office mood is very casual. And while you're here, you're never more than seven feet from a TV screen.

How long, on average, does it take for a title to make if from the idea stage to the street date? What was the shortest window of time for a release (and which release was it) and what was the longest?

Once a master is made, it is usually about a four-month process for production, authoring, compression, and design. There is, however, quite a bit of variation. Naturally, production periods are shorter for those titles with less original content, or for studio releases where hard and fast release dates are imposed from the outside, such as with The Royal Tenenbaums. The releases that demand the most time are those that require extensive restoration and/or archival research, such as Grand Illusion or Rules of the Game. Or the Eisenstein silents, which we’ve been working on for quite a long time now.

Are there any plans to celebrate publicly the twentieth anniversary of Criterion? A special release, perhaps? Those hotly anticipated t-shirts? Might we suggest a DVD sampler similar to the old "Criterion Goes to the Movies" Voyager CD-ROM that would include trailers and clips from all of the available Criterion DVDs and perhaps a brief introduction by Peter Becker and video interviews with the staff? This could be made available as a mail-order item or as a premium with selected purchases.

Thanks for reminding us of the upcoming anniversary. You’re right—it would make a good occasion for something. However, nothing is currently in the works. Making Criterion merchandise (t-shirts, hats etc.) has been on our minds for some time, but we still haven’t committed to it. If and when we do make such merchandise available, you’ll be the first to know.

What kind of backgrounds, educational or otherwise, do your producers have? What kind of preparation makes for a good producer?

The producers at Criterion come from a variety of backgrounds. Most have a background in film, be it a degree in film production or studies and/or experience in film production or distribution. Certain producers joined the company in entry-level positions and worked their way up through the ranks.

To be a good producer, one must capable of doing and being many things at once. One need not necessarily be an expert on a particular film or filmmaker, yet one must know how to surround oneself with the right resources and how to best exploit those resources. The producer must be canny, patient, and discerning when sifting through vast amounts of archival materials. They must simultaneously act as sleuth, diplomat, and wrangler in an effort to generate a coherent overall presentation of a particular film, one that is accessible and interesting to both the casual viewer and the expert. It is a difficult balancing act between purist idealism on the one hand and commercial realities on the other. A good producer is able to find the right spot between these two poles.

How does Criterion decide whom to approach for recording commentary tracks? Is it based on reputation, availability, interest, past working relationships, or what?

Often the choice of a commentarist is self-evident. A Terry Gilliam film needs a Terry Gilliam commentary. Similarly, certain scholars have such dominant reputations in their fields —Peter Cowie on Bergman, say, or Donald Richie on Ozu and Kurosawa, that we would be remiss not to turn to them on occasion. Other films seem to require experts from outside the film industry (e.g., serial-killer profiling pioneer John Douglas on Silence of the Lambs, former DEA intelligence chief Craig Chretien and Pulitzer-winning reporter Tim Golden on Traffic) to address the real-life underpinnings of the story. But for the most part, the choice of commentarist emerges from an internal discussion that takes into account many of the criteria you mention in your question. Suffice it to say that the process of developing a commentary itself, whether scripted or drawn from a number of interviews, is quite grueling, and sheer familiarity with the subject is never enough. It takes energy, clarity, and an ability to organize thoughts not based on their own linear logic, but based on the rhythm and structure of the film being annotated. Those who do it well are a rare breed and we consider ourselves lucky when we find them.

What are Criterion's plans for revisiting the earlier titles in the collection, specifically the non-anamorphic titles, titles that have been restored since their initial release, and titles lacking in special features that are still priced at $39.95 MSRP?

We do hope to re-release certain non-anamorphic titles in the future, but it will be a very gradual process. Because we have access to so many great films that have not received our attention at all, we are more inclined to work on new films than re-release existing titles. However, there is a strong likelihood that we’ll be re-releasing a disc or two in 2004, though none of the titles we’re considering are widescreen films (i.e. they are 1.33:1).

Thanks for asking about the early, 39.95 straight titles (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and High and Low). The 39.95 price tag for these titles was an anomaly, and one that should be corrected. I’ve been discussing this issue with the senior staff and, if I have my way, you will see a price adjustment is in our future.

The November release of David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch gives credence to the rumor that Criterion is now able to license titles from Fox. Can you shed any light on this and possibly give us an idea of the kinds of Criterion titles we might expect to see as a result of this new relationship?

It is true—we plan to release a handful of Fox titles in 2004/5. But you guys know that I am not at liberty to divulge specifics! Suffice it to say that, if everything goes according to plan, you will be pleased. Several highly regarded directors and films from all periods of Fox studio history.

Celestial Pictures, a Hong Kong-based company, has been releasing beautifully restored and remastered titles from the classic Shaw Brothers film library. Miramax has licensed a few of these titles for US release, but many excellent films have not been picked up. Has Criterion considered licensing a couple of these titles as a way of expanding their coverage of Asian cinema?

We are very aware of the remarkable Celestial Pictures collection of Chinese Cinema. I am not a Hong Kong cinema expert, but it is my understanding that the Celestial/Shaw Brothers library consists of some 700 films. This is far too large a library for Criterion to handle. However, if there are certain Celestial titles that you think would be especially suited to a Criterion releases, please write in and inform us of them. We’re eager to hear what you think.

TV on DVD has become a cash cow for the big studios. Criterion, as usual, was there first with "Fishing With John", but has Criterion considered revisiting TV as a source for titles? Errol Morris' "First Person" seems like it would be a great fit in the Collection.

We are currently exploring certain projects, but there are no television programs in our current schedule. That’s about all I can say on this one. As always, we welcome any suggestions you might have.

The Brakhage release seems to have been phenomenally popular. Has this encouraged Criterion to look into releasing more avant-garde and experimental works, or was the experience so trying that once is more than enough?

The by Brakhage release was certainly a challenge, but we’ve been very heartened by the public response. We are very proud of this DVD and its reception. We are very hopeful that more avant-garde/non-narrative cinema (including more Brakhage, perhaps) will find its way into the collection. I wouldn’t expect anything in the very near future, but the experience with Brakhage was nothing if not encouraging.

Are there any plans to release more silent films? An animated film? More genre films?

In addition to an exciting slate of classics, we are planning more silents and more genre fare in 2004. No animated films are on the schedule, but we encourage suggestions for high-quality animated films outside of major studio releases.

2003 was a very strong year for Criterion and fans expect 2004 to bring just as many great titles, including ones by Criterion stalwarts Bergman, Buñuel, Godard, Kurosawa, Ozu, Renoir, Truffaut, and Varda, new favorites Bresson and Melville, as well as rumored debut entries in the Collection from Franju, Russ Meyer, Rohmer, and Visconti. That's already quite a slate of big names, but can you give us any hints about some other exciting upcoming titles?

Hmmm... well, at the moment, 2004 looks terrific. Very eclectic. A number of tried-and-true favorites and quite a few new names. Some monstrous classics of world cinema and some more obscure gems. I would say a number of surprises, but the folks at the Criterion Forum are so resourceful that we can rarely catch you unawares.

What’s in the works? One dog, one cat, one bird, two Sicilians, three women, four cops, five films never before on home video (at least), and six hours of suffering. Not to mention a couple of masks, a mamma, and a messiah. And The Lower Depths.

All the best to all of you at The Criterion Forum from all of us at The Criterion Collection!

Respectfully,

Jon Mulvaney
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also, a nice article appeared in the Chicago Tribune about Criterion AND its upcoming projects. The article is below, but here is the exciting news of who Criterion plans to cover this year:

we'll be doing some Robert Altman this year
Fritz Lang's `The Testament of Dr. Mobuse'
and some work on [John] Cassavetes
and John Ford
plus more Godard
Kurosawa
Renoir
and a long-awaited Italian masterpiece.
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article:

Criterion set the criteria for special features

By Joshua Klein
Special to the Tribune
Published November 11, 2003

Back in the laserdisc era, Criterion was one of the first companies to recognize the demand for films shown in their proper aspect ratios, so you can thank them for the black bars that preserve a film's original theatrical image. Criterion also pioneered the use of supplementary material, so you can thank them for audio commentaries and still galleries as well. But all of this came at a price for the independent company, inevitably passed on to the tiny laserdisc consumer base.

"It used to be that we had to scale our work very, very carefully, since there were barely enough laserdisc players to break even after just making a decent master," says Criterion president Peter Becker. "We were certainly early, aggressive pioneers in the development of the special features that have become the standard bells and whistles on a lot of DVDs, but in those days, we could afford to do, say, an elaborate edition of `Silence of the Lambs,' but our edition of `La Strada' really had nothing on it. In fact, if you go back and look at our laserdiscs of the great international classics, many of them have little on them at all in terms of special features."

"I also go back and look at what we sold of certain releases," he added. "`Andrei Rublyov' is a very important film, arguably Tarkovsky's masterpiece, and I think we sold maybe 660 copies of that on laserdisc. When you have to break even on 660 copies, let alone make a profit, it tells you why the list price on something like that had to be $99."

Restoring classic films

Given the massive success of the DVD format, Criterion has had an easier time restoring and distributing classic films from their catalog. "At the height of the laserdisc market, there were maybe a couple of million active players," says Becker. "DVD outstripped that number in its first year. On DVD, the cost barriers aren't nearly as high as they were on laserdisc, so there's the possibility of introducing a lot of new customers to these films and for us to do a level of work that we could never have afforded to do on laserdisc. We didn't have the tools to do nearly as much restoration work then as we do now. Now we're doing most of our digital restoration on a high-definition level and contributing to actual film restoration, so that films can be brought back out in theaters. All of that was [previously] beyond our reach."

In fact, a restored print of Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" hits theaters this January before an eventual DVD release. In the meantime, Criterion's most recent DVD releases are as impressive and eclectic as ever. David Cronenberg's mind-bending "Naked Lunch" arrives as a two-disc edition, while Steven Soderbergh's strange "Schizopolis" comes as a single disc packed with special features as surreal as the film itself, such as a commentary track with the director interviewing himself. Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge" and Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece "Tokyo Story" get the double-disc treatment. "A Film Trilogy" and "The BRD Trilogy" are extensively packaged boxed sets dedicated to Ingmar Bergman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, respectively. Each justifies the long-standing Criterion nickname "film school in a box."

Everyone benefits

Of course, nowadays Criterion is just one of many companies releasing special editions on DVD, but Becker thinks the high standards Criterion set and continues to maintain benefits everyone. "Important preservation work, which was once done by the Academy or under not-for-profit circumstances, is now being carried out by for-profit institutions," he says. "It's really a quite extraordinary moment in that way. Because people are now putting on supplements and seeking out archival elements, and it's really re-invigorated the archives. Everybody's improving their catalog systems and in turn taking in a fair amount of licensing capital that wasn't there before, just because people are taking an interest. It's going to be hugely important for film history."

Given the constant search for the best possible materials -- a pristine print of Carl Dryer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc" was famously found in a Norwegian asylum, and a DVD edition of Jean Renoir's "The Rules of the Game" was postponed until early next year after an original negative was discovered at the last minute -- Becker isn't always at liberty to say just what will and will not show up on DVD from year to year.

"[Laurence Olivier's] `Richard III' has been a monumental effort, and we'll be doing some Robert Altman this year, Samuel Fuller's `Pickup on South Street,' Fritz Lang's `The Testament of Dr. Mobuse' and a dual edition of Ozu's `Floating Weeds' and `A Story of Floating Weeds.' Then we'll be doing some work on [John] Cassavetes and John Ford, plus more Godard, Kurosawa, Renoir . . . and a long-awaited Italian masterpiece. But I don't want to jinx myself, because we haven't got all the stuff we need to finish it."

Finally, word has it that Floating Weeds will appear in March.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Finn on November 11, 2003, 10:16:24 PM
Did anyone pick up Naked Lunch on Criterion?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 12, 2003, 12:13:36 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

and a long-awaited Italian masterpiece.


La Dolce Vita?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 12, 2003, 08:09:27 AM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

and a long-awaited Italian masterpiece.


La Dolce Vita?


Likely not. There's already a 2 disc dvd of La Dolce Vita planned for June of next year, but that does keep on getting pushed back. It is likely The Leopard, which is long awaited in its own right.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on November 12, 2003, 04:46:59 PM
The Altman one is probably 3 Women, right? Hopefully?

I'm looking forward to Ford and Cassavetes too, didn't expect them to be priorities, that's cool.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 12, 2003, 07:50:42 PM
The Altman one will definitely be 3 Women, but also, they're could be more. The quote was "some Altman". That entitles more than just one so who knows, but 3 Women is a near lock.

Ford........I'm guessing Young Mr. Lincoln or The Informer. More known classics of his are locked up and these two stand as major works still even if general public doesn't know them well. I'd guess The Informer edging out Young Mr. Lincoln solely because it is more on greatest lists.

Cassavetes, though, has the guess mainly of "Husbands" right now because it really has no dvd release here at all.

But, since the flood gates of Fox and Criterion doing deals has emerged, other major names are being thrown around as potential films, mainly Paris, Texas and even Bottle Rocket.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on November 12, 2003, 08:35:56 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
okay, so, what's the deal with Ozu? I saw Good Morning and thought it was fine, but nothing to rave about and sorely lacking in style (which is cool, but doesn't have much re-watch value for me). I'd love to blind buy either Tokyo Story or Floating Weeds, but of course they are hella expensive. Now I could rent them from the library, but because of their age, the quality will be poo. Anyone wanna wax about why I should watch more Ozu, and why CC seems to love him so much?


I don't agree that there is no style in Good Morning, or that it's really that weak. It's probably a minor work for Ozu, but I think it comes off rather well. At the very least, it has color and charm to spare.

The thing with Ozu (and Bresson... and Dreyer... yes, I'm revving up to read Schrader's Transcendental Style in Film) is the plainness of the style, which is probably your real complaint. We usually think of a "style" as something that wows us, impresses us, dances all around us and dazzles us, but that's only one kind of style: Style is the word we use to indicate specific choices of technique and presentation we associate with certain directors, the way the choices are made, why they're made, etc. Clearly, these "transcendental" filmmakers have a different style than that, but every frame and composition and edit seem all the more clear and determined a choice for being so ascetic and restrained.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 12, 2003, 08:38:09 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Likely not. There's already a 2 disc dvd of La Dolce Vita planned for June of next year, but that does keep on getting pushed back. It is likely The Leopard, which is long awaited in its own right.


really?  where was this discussed? criterion is putting this out? or somebody else?  the last time i asked there was no work on a region one. http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=1663
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 12, 2003, 10:14:29 PM
I found this from another forum. The guy who posted it knows his shit on the subject. I trust him.

"Koch Lorber owns the US rights to La Dolce vita. They are preparing a 2-disc special edition, that was to be released in September, but has since been postponed until July 2004."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 13, 2003, 10:13:06 AM
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: SoNowThen
okay, so, what's the deal with Ozu? I saw Good Morning and thought it was fine, but nothing to rave about and sorely lacking in style (which is cool, but doesn't have much re-watch value for me). I'd love to blind buy either Tokyo Story or Floating Weeds, but of course they are hella expensive. Now I could rent them from the library, but because of their age, the quality will be poo. Anyone wanna wax about why I should watch more Ozu, and why CC seems to love him so much?


I don't agree that there is no style in Good Morning, or that it's really that weak. It's probably a minor work for Ozu, but I think it comes off rather well. At the very least, it has color and charm to spare.

The thing with Ozu (and Bresson... and Dreyer... yes, I'm revving up to read Schrader's Transcendental Style in Film) is the plainness of the style, which is probably your real complaint. We usually think of a "style" as something that wows us, impresses us, dances all around us and dazzles us, but that's only one kind of style: Style is the word we use to indicate specific choices of technique and presentation we associate with certain directors, the way the choices are made, why they're made, etc. Clearly, these "transcendental" filmmakers have a different style than that, but every frame and composition and edit seem all the more clear and determined a choice for being so ascetic and restrained.


Ah, but I can see clear style at work in every frame of a Bresson film. Whereas Good Morning just played like a tv sitcom. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was cute, but it didn't blow me away. I'm hoping Tokyo Story and Floating Weeds will. But they're expensive, and I dunno if I wanna blind buy...

Oh, and GT, Bottle Rocket will never come out Criterion. They said that awhile ago.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on November 13, 2003, 05:07:26 PM
I'm especially looking forward to 3 Women. Probably not the most original Altman, but certainly my favorite.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 13, 2003, 09:02:19 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Oh, and GT, Bottle Rocket will never come out Criterion. They said that awhile ago.


A while ago....things have changed significantly in what Criterion is able to release and what not to release. And Criterion knows this is their most requested dvd title of any, so they'll pursue it if they can.

And rumors continue: Word has it that Secret Honor is owned by Altman himself. This is very much Criterion worthy and is already being tossed around as possible future release.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 16, 2003, 05:37:17 PM
Floating Weeds and The Story of Floating Weeds are the two Ozu films known to be released in 2004, but now comes official word that the other Ozu for the year will be "The Only Son". I don't know what this means about the previously announced, "Early Summer", but this is the news. Link here (confirmation is at end of article): http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fb20031116dr.htm
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on November 16, 2003, 11:56:55 PM
Well, it's better for my wallet, anyway, to space this stuff out. ...

I'm already looking at a big outlay for Ikiru and the two Tatis in January.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 25, 2003, 09:44:55 PM
Here are some new leaked titles along with their covers. Some of the new titles are dissapointing or interesting for certain foreign film buffs, but here they are anyways. Also, covers for some previously announced are up as well. Information not yet up on each:

LE CORBEAU: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/227_box_348x490.jpg

SALVATORE GUILIANO: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/228_box_348x490.jpg (nice cover, just never heard of the movie)

TUNES OF GLORY: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/225_box_348x490.jpg

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/224_box_348x490.jpg

MAITRESSE: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/223_box_348x490.jpg

DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/222_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on November 25, 2003, 09:58:37 PM
I certainly won't complain about more Ronald Neame. I never heard of him (or The Horse's Mouth or Hopscotch) until the Criterion releases, and I absolutely adored them, particularly The Horse's Mouth.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: freakerdude on November 25, 2003, 10:53:41 PM
Okay, say you know this person who who has never rented any Criterion movies and they were looking for some good ones to start off with.

Say this dude has Naked Lunch on his rental list and needs some more rental recs. I guess Blockbuster and Hollywood Video may only carry a few of these so I'll make sure I tell him to check the indie stores.

Thanks......from the guy
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Slick Shoes on November 26, 2003, 02:53:47 PM
Nobody does covers like Criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on November 26, 2003, 03:06:54 PM
Quote from: freakerdude
Okay, say you know this person who who has never rented any Criterion movies and they were looking for some good ones to start off with.

Say this dude has Naked Lunch on his rental list and needs some more rental recs. I guess Blockbuster and Hollywood Video may only carry a few of these so I'll make sure I tell him to check the indie stores.

Thanks......from the guy


Sullivan's Travels is a great starter... almost anyone has to love the movie, and it's packede with extras.

Walkabout is a personal favorite of mine.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 26, 2003, 03:10:29 PM
seconding Walkabout


Last Temptation Of Christ
and
8 1/2

are probably my favorite CC's, along with the Doinel box set.

ohh, and Salesman. More people need to watch this.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on November 26, 2003, 03:42:27 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
ohh, and Salesman. More people need to watch this.


Agreed. Just a jaw-dropping documentary.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on November 26, 2003, 03:48:10 PM
all the new specs are up on the official CC site, if anyone's interested:

www.criterionco.com
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 26, 2003, 03:57:06 PM
Quote from: freakerdude
Okay, say you know this person who who has never rented any Criterion movies and they were looking for some good ones to start off with.


Rushmore <<<<essential
Royal Tenenbaums
8 1/2
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas <<<pretty awesome design and extras
Robocop << OOP, but you can still find it for pretty cheap.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on November 26, 2003, 05:01:33 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: freakerdude
Okay, say you know this person who who has never rented any Criterion movies and they were looking for some good ones to start off with.


Rushmore <<<<essential
Royal Tenenbaums
8 1/2
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas <<<pretty awesome design and extras
Robocop << OOP, but you can still find it for pretty cheap.


I'd add Seven Samurai, just because it's essential and Jeck's commentary is really, really good.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on November 26, 2003, 05:10:10 PM
Le Trou
Insomnia
The Vanishing
Traffic
George Washington

all good stuff to also begin with.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on November 26, 2003, 05:20:09 PM
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Third Man
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on November 26, 2003, 05:27:30 PM
Rebecca
Notorious
Brazil
Rashomon
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on November 26, 2003, 06:07:22 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin


Brazil


we have a winnner.....nice three disk..good price at best buy also.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: freakerdude on November 27, 2003, 01:01:02 AM
I have only seen a few of all of your recs like Royal Tbaums, Insomnia, Traffic, Chasing Amy, and Fear & L In LV. I just saw Brazil and Baron Von M.

I need to give F&L In LV another shot and my friend loves it.

I really want to see the Last Temptation Of Christ and will take all of your recs and see what pans out at the mainstream places.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pedro on November 27, 2003, 01:51:16 AM
Last Temptation is wonderful.  Blind Bought it with no regrets.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 27, 2003, 03:54:30 PM
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie
Do The Right Thing
Nights of Cabiria
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 27, 2003, 05:07:07 PM
The information for all the new releases are up. Richard III , which was scheduled for this fall but delayed, is now coming out in February. The major titles of the bunch are by far Diary of a Country Priest and Pickup on South Street. The most interesting title with prolly the best special features belongs to Salvatore Guilano. I'll prolly buy it on blind buy and the Bresson and Fuller one as well.

Maitresse: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=223

Diary of a Country Priest: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=222

Tunes of Glory: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=225

Pickup on South Street: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=224

Le Corbeau: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=227

Salvatore Giuliano: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=228

Richard III: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=213
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on November 27, 2003, 09:46:00 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The major titles of the bunch are by far Diary of a Country Priest and Pickup on South Street.


Wow. It's not like I need anymore expensive blind buys but I will definitely be getting these.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on November 27, 2003, 11:06:55 PM
wow, i'm totally poor.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 09, 2003, 11:15:54 AM
WOMAN IN THE DUNES COMING?

From a post at the CC forum (which they got from DVD Talk Forum):

I recieved this soon after registering for my long-overdue subscription to Milestone's mailing list. It was short, too the point, and apparently personal. I had listed Woman in the Dunes as a primary concern upon subscribing, as I felt the current DVD was lackluster.

"Dear (customer).

Criterion will be putting out a new edition of WOMAN IN THE DUNES in the next year or so.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video"

Straight from the other horse's mouth.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 17, 2003, 10:37:14 PM
This past fall, Akira Kurosawa's The Lower Depths was delayed in release by Criterion. It seems like the reason why has been discovered. To the hapiness of many, it seems it is to add Jean Renoir's own film,  The Lower Depths (1936) to the dvd package. This news comes from a member at the CC forum who writes this exactly:

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!! I spoke with Keiko McDonald (who had written the booklet essay) about the delay, and she confirmed that it was because of the addition of Renoir's Les Bas-fonds (1936).

This isn't hard to believe. Many assumed (and hoped) this would happen.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on December 22, 2003, 10:54:47 PM
226 Onibaba:
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/226_box_348x490.jpg


229 Scenes from a Marriage: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/229_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on December 22, 2003, 11:16:30 PM
Quote from: EEz28
226 Onibaba:
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/226_box_348x490.jpg


229 Scenes from a Marriage: http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/229_box_348x490.jpg


Goddamn, sometimes I think I wanna buy Criterion's just for their covers. That first one is so great.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on December 23, 2003, 11:30:22 AM
Quote from: EEz28
Scenes from a Marriage

Ingmar Bergman is driving me to the poor house.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on January 07, 2004, 10:54:16 PM
the beginning of 2004 is an insane DVD time!
they just rereleased the Tatis - i need M. Hulot
i still want BAnd of OUtsiders
Rules of the Game
Tokyo Story
Le Circle Rouge(sp?)
Buneul, Fellini
i know most of these were released in 2003, but i'm behind!!

now, if they'll release the restored A Woman is a Woman!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 08, 2004, 12:31:14 AM
Criterion really needs to take a year off so I can catch up.

Those fuckers and their alluring covers...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 09, 2004, 09:08:50 PM
Quote from: bigideas
now, if they'll release the restored A Woman is a Woman!!!


Expect it sometime later this year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on January 16, 2004, 08:01:50 PM
Wow, I'm really looking forward to Onibaba. Sounds amazing....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on January 16, 2004, 08:10:33 PM
does anyone happend to know what the deal is with the other Tati's (like Playtime)? i remember reading that Criterion used the wrong aspect ratio......or maybe they found new footage or something.......it kinda sucks for me because i was in a Tati frenzy before the news and paid a hefty price for Playtime
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fernando on January 20, 2004, 01:29:22 PM
The Criterion Crime Wave to Air on IFC.

A weekend film festival presenting some of the greatest crime films from The
Criterion Collection will appear on The Independent Film Channel (IFC) on
January 30th and 31st. "IFC presents The Criterion Crime Wave" will feature
such classics as High and Low, Tokyo Drifter, The Honeymoon Killers, Branded
to Kill, Alphaville and Man Bites Dog. A complete listing of the films,
dates and times appears on the IFC website . Viewers are encouraged to
participate in the Criterion Crime Wave Sweepstakes and play to win a home
theater system, a selection of DVDs and other prizes from IFC, The Criterion
Collection, Home Vision Entertainment and Amazon.com. Enter to win at
Amazon.com from now until February 16th.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on January 30, 2004, 11:42:59 AM
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/232_box_348x490.jpg

http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/230_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SHAFTR on January 30, 2004, 11:53:49 AM
Quote from: EEz28


http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/230_box_348x490.jpg


I only see 2.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: abuck1220 on January 30, 2004, 02:02:34 PM
woo hoo! altman!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on January 30, 2004, 06:31:28 PM
Out-of-print for some time now, The Criterion Collection will re-release their terrific version of director Stanley Donen's Charade (spine #57) in April. The film, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, has been available in countless cheapo disc releases and even as a double feature to Universal remake The Truth About Charlie, but Criterion's edition is the one to get. The disc features a new 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (Criterion's original release was letterboxed), a Dolby Digital mono soundtrack, an audio commentary with Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone and "The Films of Stanley Donen" filmography, with an introduction by Donen biographer Stephen M. Silverman. Retail is $39.95.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on January 31, 2004, 12:42:39 AM
Fuck yes, I've always always always wanted to see "3 Women"! Altman is the man!!! Thanks so much for the great news EEz....even with the couple rumors circulating, I still never thought they'd release it, I underestimated criterion. So is there any release date info yet??? It's enough to know it's coming out sooner or later anyway.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: abuck1220 on January 31, 2004, 11:54:44 AM
i've heard the release date as being in the spring...april maybe. the only extra is the altman commentary.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 06, 2004, 03:43:51 PM
More Godard on the horizon? From the CC forum:

New Godards + Dziga Vertov on the horizon?
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 A friend of JP Gorin has told me that JP's in New York right now recording audio commentary for Criterion releases of "Letter to Jane" and also possibly "Tout va bien."
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from Craig Keller, on the Godard list:

It seems only natural that Criterion would put these two films together in a single release (a single fantastically daring release at that!) as, well, that's the way Criterion have proven themselves to operate. They don't release a single Antoine Doinel film when the whole series will do, nor 'I Am Curious: Yellow' without 'I Am Curious: Blue.' And it's almost certain that their upcoming 'Jour de fête' will include both the black and white and the color versions of the film. As such, these "sister films" by Godard and Gorin constitute what is almost certainly the most "progressive" release from Criterion since the Brakhage anthology or, indeed, the 'I Am Curious' box. Never mind the coupling of related films -- that Criterion are choosing these films at all (especially before their slated release of the much lighter 'Une femme est une femme' (1961)) is the most daring aspect of this scenario. (Does one dare even to speculate that a Godard+Gorin Dziga-Vertov-Group Films 1969-1971 box could also be a(n even unlikelier) possibility? -- i.e., a box consisting of: 'Un film comme les autres' (1968), 'Pravda' (1968), 'Le Vent d'est' (1969), 'Luttes en Italie' (1969), 'Jusqu'à la victoire' (1970), and 'Vladimir et Rosa' (1971).)

For those of you unfamiliar with 'Tout va bien' ['Everything's Going Fine'] (1972) and 'Lettre à Jane' (also 1972), allow me to paste from my Godard profile at Senses of Cinema:

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"...'Tout va bien sees' star-cum-revolutionary Jane Fonda in the role of a disenchanted American radio reporter stationed in Paris who attempts to reconcile both her occupation and relationship with Yves Montand with Marxist ideology. 'Lettre à Jane,' on the other hand, documents a tag-team analysis between Godard and Gorin in voice-over of the notorious photo taken of Fonda commiserating with a group of Communist North Vietnamese. The film brings Fonda's activities and history into relief as, among other things, just another variety of bourgeois dilettantism; the same could be (and has been) argued of 'Lettre à Jane' itself, although the strain of self-questioning that runs through both films signals perhaps a feeling within Godard (if not Gorin) that he had arrived at an ideological impasse, whereby the practice of “revolutionary” filmmaking itself might also be perceived as a form of opportunism.

And so Godard's “retreat” from film. ..."
====

That only scratches the surface in regard to both films, of course. 'Letter to Jane' continues to be hugely controversial due to the fact that the two filmmakers essentially wrapped shooting on one film, then went forth directly thereafter with the unprecedented action of making another picture whose central focus is an out-and-out lambasting of the star of their previous film. Whether the attack is fair or savage is up for debate, but what's certain is that Godard and Gorin, at the height of their Marxist vitriol in 1972, felt that Fonda (whose star status and revolutionary interests were exploited for 'Tout va bien') was not above reproach, nor was the image of her with the North Vietnamese above ideological-aesthetic analysis. (Indeed, 'Letter to Jane' is perhaps Godard's purest meditation of that period on the idea of "the Image" -- rivaled only by his 'Le Gai savoir' (1968), which starred Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto.) In later years, Jean Seberg (no less) would remark that what Godard and Gorin did to Fonda in 'Letter to Jane' was "unforgivable."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 06, 2004, 03:49:04 PM
I know, I read that this morning. News like this makes me go a big rubbery one.

So this year is looking to be:

Rohmer Moral Tales box set
Welles (either F For Fake, Falstaff, or The Trial)
Godard (Woman Is A Woman, Masculine/Feminine, 2 Or 3 Things I Know About Her, and now the Dziga Vertov group stuff).

If this all happens, I will glady take up robbery and/or drug dealing to buy all this stuff.

Good times.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on February 06, 2004, 03:54:13 PM
Don't forget The Battle of Algiers.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/thebattleofalgiers.html
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on February 06, 2004, 09:30:57 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Masculine/Feminine


Oh man, that's been one of my most anticipated films to see for like the past 2 years now, I would kill for them to release that. I actually can't remember hearing anything about a criterion release ever, what specifically was the rumor?

That's a great quote by the way SoNowThen. I was this close to getting that book but I ended up finding a copy of "Godard on Godard" just recently after getting gipped back in December with it being out of print and all. Some prick told me he had it but it never showed up. Anyway, I hope I get it this time, it's not unbelievable to me that there's some copies floating around somewhere out there. Either way, even if it's nowhere to be found, I want to get as immersed in Godard's work as possible. It's probably true, he may very well be the best ever.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on February 06, 2004, 11:18:04 PM
Quote from: ebeaman
It's probably true, he may very well be the best ever.

no, that's not very likely.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 07, 2004, 02:56:50 PM
who is releasing the Welles' films?
i have a really cheap DVD of The Trial. very interesting shots and sets.....which is standard with Welles........someone frickin' cough up the lost print of the Magnificent Ambersons......now!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 08, 2004, 10:40:02 PM
Quote from: ebeaman
It's probably true, he may very well be the best ever.


Yep, like the credit says, Godard=Cinema.

Masculine is a fairly easy rent around here, but I'm waiting 'til it comes out on dvd. I saw the vhs tape a few and a half ago, my first Godard movie really, and couldn't make it through half an hour. Oh how times have changed!!


As to Welles, I doubt the CC is gonna be The Trial, but it would be my preferred one, as it's my fav of his. bigideas, I heard the current dvd is brutal. Confirm?

Oh, and fuck Ambersons, I wanna see a full version of his movies, which means that getting the other two mentioned would be much happier.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on February 08, 2004, 10:50:43 PM
Masculin/Feminin is one of Godard's best and would make a great Criterion release... I have the VHS, and I think it belongs to New Yorker films... which I don't think has collaborated with Criterion at all thus far.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 09, 2004, 07:00:31 PM
i got it in a bargin bin for 6 bucks or so.
it say, "digitally mastered from the best available sources for the highest quality possible." it's a LaserLight DVD. i guess what sets Criterion apart is that they actually restore things, or purchase rights to films that have been.
i think The Trial was made on a very low budget. none of the voices are synched because it was all dont post i believe. i think Welles even had to do some of the other people's voices because of cash. i haven't watched it in a really long time, i just remember thinking the transfer was crappy......but who knows, they might not have had much to go from.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 09, 2004, 07:39:09 PM
Quote from: godardian
Masculin/Feminin is one of Godard's best and would make a great Criterion release... I have the VHS, and I think it belongs to New Yorker films... which I don't think has collaborated with Criterion at all thus far.


OK...I'll prove that wrong: Tokyo Story was a New Yorker.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 09, 2004, 07:47:10 PM
Potential CC covers for the much rumored title, The Tin Drum? Criterion do sometimes get artists to do cover designs who are profiled enough to have their own websites and sometimes are generous enough to put up many versions of the final CC cover. This was the case before with Naked Lunch and all the covers available to see of it. But, for The Tin Drum, we are getting it before the release:

http://pub125.ezboard.com/fcriterioncollectionforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=649.topic
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on February 09, 2004, 07:51:16 PM
Tin Drum is an excellent film and one of many CC titles I submitted as requests well before they were released. It couldn't have been just me... could it? Not on this film, but I also nagged them about Bresson before.

You know, when I think about it GT, New Yorker also released lots of Fassbinder on VHS. So, I was completely wrong.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 09, 2004, 07:57:15 PM
Quote from: godardian
Tin Drum is an excellent film and one of many CC titles I submitted as requests well before they were released. It couldn't have been just me... could it? Not on this film, but I also nagged them about Bresson before.


I think The Tin Drum is pretty popular. I mean, I can rent it at my video store! (I'll be watching it shortly). I only bug Criterion about How I Won the War and if that ever gets released, I'll likely claim a personal victory as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on February 12, 2004, 06:28:32 PM
For those interested:

A chat on the technical aspects of The Criterion Company

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/ronsreviews/announce.html
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on February 12, 2004, 11:48:04 PM
Part of me would really like to get on there.

The other part of me wants to avoid the geek parade of ultra-esoteric queries about the actual manufacturing of discs, etc.

Is anyone else gonna do this chat?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 13, 2004, 12:52:47 AM
Quote from: godardian

The other part of me wants to avoid the geek parade of ultra-esoteric queries about the actual manufacturing of discs, etc.


That's the best part!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: You Never Got Me Down Ray on February 13, 2004, 01:05:28 AM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: godardian

The other part of me wants to avoid the geek parade of ultra-esoteric queries about the actual manufacturing of discs, etc.


That's the best part!


Yeah, you wouldn't want to abandon THIS geek parade, would ya?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 13, 2004, 11:40:48 AM
News is coming around that Werner Herzog may be potentially entering the collection. This is news for a making of Fitzcarraldo film, titled "Burden of Dreams", entering the collection, but there is the fact that Anchor Bay will be losing the rights to the Werner Herzog films they released in their box set so Criterion may be doubling up on Fitzcarraldo and a making of documentary.

Here's the official story: http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=346646

"For me, the finest flick shown at the festival by far was Les Blank's BURDEN OF DREAMS, a 1982 documentary shot in Brazil and Peru about the making of Werner Herzog's FITZCARRALDO. It's one of the three best making-of-a-movie docs ever made, along with George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr's HEARTS OF DARKNESS (about the tortured filming of APOCALYPSE NOW) and Keith Fulton and Luis Pepe's LOST IN LA MANCHA. Blank said a Criterion-produced DVD of this film will be in stores come November or December"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 13, 2004, 11:47:35 AM
I thought Coppola's wife did Hearts Of Darkness...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: meatwad on February 13, 2004, 12:17:00 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I thought Coppola's wife did Hearts Of Darkness...


she directed it with George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr. Hickenlooper and Bahr also share writing credits
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: pete on February 13, 2004, 12:23:20 PM
yeah but fitzcarraldo took herzog three entire years, yet burden of dream was only there for five weeks.  in the dvd commentary commentary for fitzcarraldo herzog talked about so much drama that befell the production--all the times kinski threw his tantrum, the indians who wanted to kill kinski, the lumberjack who sawed his own foot off because he was bitten by a snake, the grip who became paralyzed...etc. etc.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 17, 2004, 01:38:02 AM
Just tonight, there was a live chat held with Lee Kline who gave away some titles that will be released in the imminent future. Some that were already known, some that weren't. I wasn't there, but the list runs like this:

UGETSU (1954, Mizoguchi) (Lee Kline mentioned he's about to start work on it at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
F FOR FAKE (1973, Welles) (Lee Kline mentioned they're going to release it in 2004 at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
PANDORA'S BOX (1929, G. W. Pabst) "In the program for a screening with Gillian Anderson's score in 2003 - it said Criterion would be releasing a freshly restored version with the Anderson score in 2004". Confirmed by Lee Kline at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
THE LEOPARD (1963, Visconti) (Lee Kline mentioned he's done the transfer already (at HTF chat Feb 2004))
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961, Godard) via Rialto (Lee Kline mentioned as definite at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT * (1955, Ingmar Bergman) (Lee Kline mentioned as definite at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
STRAY DOG (1949, Akira Kurosawa) (Lee Kline mentioned at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
TIN DRUM (1979, Schlondorff) (Lee Kline mentioned at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 17, 2004, 10:11:59 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Just tonight, there was a live chat held with Lee Kline who gave away some titles that will be released in the imminent future. Some that were already known, some that weren't. I wasn't there, but the list runs like this:


F FOR FAKE (1973, Welles) (Lee Kline mentioned they're going to release it in 2004 at HTF chat (Feb 2004))
THE LEOPARD (1963, Visconti) (Lee Kline mentioned he's done the transfer already (at HTF chat Feb 2004))
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961, Godard) via Rialto (Lee Kline mentioned as definite at HTF chat (Feb 2004))



this is the sound of SoNowThen dancing
*pitterpatterpitterpatter pit pit pat*

Joy
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 17, 2004, 01:09:23 PM
More news from the Criterion chat......

First off, a link to the chat transcript: www.dvduell.de/_news_arch...n_chat.htm

The chat read was excellent, but to summarize some more news, expect a Max Ophuls film to be coming out in the near future (finally!) and an Alfred Hitchcock film as well. Cassavette's Shadows was discussed but nothing promised. Seven Samuari was confirmed to getting a rerelease sometime soon. Also, films for release this summer were confirmed and they follow as these:
Stray Dog, Tin Drum, Testament of Dr Mabuse, The Leopard, Mamma Roma, Smiles of a Summer Night, A Woman is a Woman

In a nice comment, Spike Lee spoke recently mentioned Criterion in regards to a future Malcom X dvd release:

"Question: It's strange to find you haven't done a commentary for Malcom X. After all, that's the movie you're most proud of...

Answer: We need to go back and do a nice package for that. I wanted to do a commentary but Warner Bros didn't wanna spend the money for the extra disc. The movie's three hours long so it would have to be two discs. Thanks for reminding me. It's a good idea. I'm gonna call those m***f***'s and say, "Come on, lets do the right thing and reissue." If they don't wanna do it, let Criterion do it..."

(Courtesy of Total Film in the UK [March 2004])
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on February 17, 2004, 02:07:20 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
and an Alfred Hitchcock film as well.

 :!:  :-D  :!:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 17, 2004, 02:15:15 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The movie's three hours long so it would have to be two discs. Thanks for reminding me. It's a good idea. I'm gonna call those m***f***'s and say, "Come on, lets do the right thing and reissue." If they don't wanna do it, let Criterion do it..."

(Courtesy of Total Film in the UK [March 2004])


Hehehe, the more I hear Spike say, the more I love him.

One thing: do they have to always put 3hrs over two discs? I mean, there's not technology yet to get this onto one dvd?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on February 17, 2004, 02:32:11 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The movie's three hours long so it would have to be two discs. Thanks for reminding me. It's a good idea. I'm gonna call those m***f***'s and say, "Come on, lets do the right thing and reissue." If they don't wanna do it, let Criterion do it..."

(Courtesy of Total Film in the UK [March 2004])


Hehehe, the more I hear Spike say, the more I love him.

One thing: do they have to always put 3hrs over two discs? I mean, there's not technology yet to get this onto one dvd?


Obviously there is, with Magnolia being the example. You just probably can't do 3 hours of movie PLUS extras on one disc, so if you want commentary 'n stuff, maybe you have to have the 2 discs for that...?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ©brad on February 17, 2004, 05:15:05 PM
yeah, i would assume 3 hours commentary would require a second disc. either that or you would compromise the quality of the transfer, so i'm learning.

i am not a fan of this double disc shit. (gangs of ny is really annoying, as is the extended edition LOTRs) maybe i'm just lazy though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on February 17, 2004, 05:18:21 PM
There's a simple solution to all of this that the laziness inherent in humans will soon create: multiple-disc DVD players.  That is, if it hasn't already happened.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on February 17, 2004, 05:26:50 PM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
That is, if it hasn't already happened.

And it has:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/category/type/2
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 17, 2004, 06:54:29 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
and an Alfred Hitchcock film as well.

 :!:  :-D  :!:


the likely candidate is an oldie: Blackmail
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 21, 2004, 10:17:39 AM
An interesting tidbit to the upcoming dvd release of Tin Drum:
http://www.mhvf.net/forum/general/posts/124252075.html
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SmellyBoobFungus on February 25, 2004, 07:53:53 PM
does anyone know how criterion gets all the extra footage on old 60's films, and how come the only criterion for kubrick is spartacus?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 25, 2004, 07:59:13 PM
Any word on I Live in Fear/Record of a Living Being (http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/cjs/films/reviews/iliveinfear.html)?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on February 25, 2004, 11:35:28 PM
Quote from: SmellyBoobFungus
does anyone know how criterion gets all the extra footage on old 60's films, and how come the only criterion for kubrick is spartacus?


because they know how to do some great research

and because Spartacus was from Universal and Criterion had a deal with them and his other films are from WB and they (WB) dont license out their film to anyone.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 27, 2004, 02:27:20 PM
Criterion website just got all the May updates:

Tin Drum
Testament of Dr Mabuse
Smiles Of A Summer Night
The Leopard (3 discs!!)
Stray Dog
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 27, 2004, 04:24:06 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Criterion website just got all the May updates:

Tin Drum
Testament of Dr Mabuse
Smiles Of A Summer Night
The Leopard (3 discs!!)
Stray Dog


The Tin Drum: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=234

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse:  http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=231

Smiles of a Summer Night: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=237

The Leopard: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=235

Stray Dog: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=233

As it stands now, The Leopard is a must buy. Important release. I'll likely get The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. Also likely will get Smiles of a Summer Night because I am a completist for Bergman. I heard it wasn't very good. Ignmar Bergman approving the dvd personally is rare considering he is famous for keeping out of most dvd releases. Stray Dog is a Kurosawa I can skip. Its not that good. The Tin Drum will solely depend on how I like the movie. I'm seeing it shortly. All in all, no unexpected titles and the most plentiful of releases so far this year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 27, 2004, 04:28:02 PM
Welles seems to think Smiles Of A Summer Night was the best Bergman film...


As to Leopard, I agree, GT -- a must buy. Mostly on the cast and the CC treatment and the Scorsese recommendation. Cos I'm not a very big Visconti fan (Ossessione was easily one of the most boring movies I've ever seen), but I am a Claudia Cardinale completist...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 29, 2004, 11:47:32 PM
(http://www.sinkingboat.org/schwab/billpix/empty_wallet.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 01, 2004, 01:19:34 AM
and you certainly wont get to use that condom by watching all those movies
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on March 01, 2004, 01:29:53 AM
Quote from: EEz28
and you certainly wont get to use that condom by watching all those movies


You misunderstood. Ravi is telling us, he's f*cked.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: picolas on March 01, 2004, 01:47:07 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Ravi is telling us, he's f*cked.

well played.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 01, 2004, 01:26:03 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: EEz28
and you certainly wont get to use that condom by watching all those movies


You misunderstood. Ravi is telling us, he's f*cked.


ah, i see, sorry Ravi.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on March 01, 2004, 02:07:34 PM
I think Ravi threw in the condom at the last minute for effect.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 01, 2004, 08:57:47 PM
That's just a picture I found online.  In reality I'm always running out of condoms.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Henry Hill on March 02, 2004, 10:31:12 AM
The Game, The Game, where is The Game?  :twisted:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 03, 2004, 10:20:15 AM
An interesting Gift Box Set is coming out for the Samuari Trilogy in May. For me, this is gratifying news because the films have always interested me but they were released such a long time ago I never trusted vendors to really have them in stock. (I've had similiar problems with other older Criterions) What this does is rerelease the trilogy and save me 23% on the price as well. Sometime over the summer, I'm definitely buying the box set.

info here: Arriving on 4th May 2004 is the Samurai Trilogy: Three-Disc Boxed Set with a retail price of $69.95. Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai Trilogy is a sweeping saga of the legendary 17th-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (powerfully portrayed by Toshiro Mifune) set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war, and follows Musashi’s odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. This specially priced gift pack contains the three DVDs previously only available separately: Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island.

(Courtesy of DVDTimes)

Also, a criterion forum member struck gold when he incquired about Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings and got the responce that means a release of the film is iminment:

Quote:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Will Criterion be releasing DeMille's version of "King of Kings?"
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Jon replied:

Quote:
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I'm afraid I am not at liberty to discuss our production schedule beyond
those titles that have been officially announced. Sorry I can't be of
greater assistance.

best,
JM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 03, 2004, 05:49:55 PM
Good news. M will be rereleased later this year. This is one of the major titles always rumored to be getting a major release and making me hold off on buying the dvd because of it (Andrei Rublev the other). Hopefully the excellent Stanley Kauffmann essay stays and a new cover is implemented over the old one. Official news block from the Criterion website:

Fritz Lang's M to be Re-Released in 2004

The original Criterion edition of Fritz Lang's groundbreaking suspense masterwork M will be taken out of print on March 31 to make room for an all new DVD edition of the film, slated for release late in 2004. The upcoming re-release of M will feature a pristine transfer from newly restored film elements, as well as a host of new special features. Keep an eye on this space for more details in the coming months.

Also, info and cover image for the Samurai Trilogy Box Set: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/connections.asp?id=63
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on March 03, 2004, 05:59:53 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Fritz Lang's M to be Re-Released in 2004

thats great.  actually about 3 days ago i was putting this on my wish-list, i will make sure to remove it to the waiting for a better edition pile.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on March 03, 2004, 06:14:57 PM
I don't know... I was worried enough with regular re-releases from studios, I always considered Criterion the ultimate. Now them too! I mean, a better DVD is great, but...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on March 03, 2004, 09:57:21 PM
Yeah, I don't know.... :?

I'm quite happy with my current edition of M. ... I don't see any reason to let them double-dip me on this one.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 03, 2004, 10:34:16 PM
Go to http://www.dvdbeaver.com and look at the graphic comparison of the current Criterion version of M and the region 2 Eureka DVD.  I got really pissed off when I saw it (as will you... I think).  Plus, "a host of new special features"?  How can you resist?  Plus M was one of my first Criterions and in all honesty, I wasn't pleased with it.  Excellent film but definitely could use the re-release, especially since there's a print that's 4512657986 times better.

But far and away, the Criterion DVD for The Leopard -- a film I haven't even seen -- is a release that has by balls turning blue.  Floating Weeds too... I need more Ozu in my life.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 13, 2004, 09:26:45 AM
Recent posts at the Criterion forum from "inside" sources speak on possible future titles they claim Criterion is either working on now or will no doubt be working on in the future. The disbelief in this is that anyone could post this information. The belief is that these titles are believable and one of the posters has been correct before on foretelling future titles. The titles include Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, Francesco Rosi's Hands Over the City and Pedro Almodóvar's Matador. Jon Mulvaney has confirmed that Criterion would like to do the Life Aquatic, but nothing is certain. Criterion did work with Anderson while he was working on Tennebaums so this is possible and more works from the barely touched Francesco Rosi just seemed inevitable. What gives the Pedro Almodóvar rumor credit is just the poster has been correct before on future titles.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 25, 2004, 03:22:58 PM
Janus Films, parent company of The Criterion Collection, has finally secured rights to Ingmar Bergman's final film, Fanny and Alexander, a film owned by MGM before. The news isn't on a DVD coming, but the sight of this definitely sets a future DVD from Criterion:

On May 21st through the 27th, Janus Films will present a theatrical run of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning film "Fanny and Alexander" at New York's Film Forum, as part of a six week-long Bergman retrospective. The film will be shown with a new 35mm print.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 30, 2004, 12:30:51 PM
Through the HVE website, Mamma Roma and A Woman is a Woman have been announced for June release. Details are as follows:

Mamma Roma (Special Edition Double-Disc Set)
street date: 6/22/04. Retail: $39.95

• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
• Three new interviews about director Pier Paolo Pasolini: Bernardo Bertolucci, an assistant to Pasolini on his early films; Tonino Delli Colli, cinematographer on eleven of Pasolini’s fourteen films; and Enzo Siciliano, author of Pasolini: A Biography
• Pier Paolo Pasolini (1995), a 55-minute documentary by filmmaker Ivo Barnabò Micheli covering the career of the controversial artist
• La Ricotta (1963), a 35-minute film by Pasolini about a director who sets out to make a film about the Passion of Jesus
• Original theatrical trailer
• Poster gallery
• New essay by novelist and cultural critic Gary Indiana
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
• 1.33:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural

A Woman is a Woman
Street Date: 6/22/04; Retail: $29.95

• New digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
• An early short film by director Jean-Luc Godard
• Qui êtes-vous Anna Karina: Excerpts from a 1966 French television interview with Karina, Brialy, and Serge Gainsbourg
• Collection of A Woman Is a Woman posters from around the world
• Original theatrical trailer
• New essay by film critic J. Hoberman, author of The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
• 2.35:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on March 30, 2004, 12:36:04 PM
Get out yer wallets, chaps.

June's a go month!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 30, 2004, 01:46:45 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/238_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/236_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on March 30, 2004, 01:51:44 PM
I'm much too unfamiliar with the films of Pier Paolo ("I am a Catholic. I am a Communist. I am a homosexual.") Pasolini, having only seen The Gospel According to St. Matthew and Teorema. It'll be nice to finally get some more in a high-quality version.

I've had Woman is a Woman on DVD for quite some time, but it'll be really nice to have the great print and extras, esp. the Hoberman and the posters. The box art is most excellent, as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 30, 2004, 03:32:28 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

A Woman is a Woman
Street Date: 6/22/04; Retail: $29.95
• 2.35:1 aspect ratio


Is it really 2.35:1?  The Fox Lorber DVD is 1.33:1 and it didn't look panned and scanned.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on March 30, 2004, 03:39:17 PM
Quote from: godardian
I'm much too unfamiliar with the films of Pier Paolo ("I am a Catholic. I am a Communist. I am a homosexual.") Pasolini, having only seen The Gospel According to St. Matthew and Teorema. It'll be nice to finally get some more in a high-quality version.


Quote from: Pawbloe, in the Video Rental thread,
Arabian Nights:  This was my first Pasolini film.  Sucked.  Using nonprofessional actors and dubbing will get you nowhere fast.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on March 30, 2004, 03:41:31 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

A Woman is a Woman
Street Date: 6/22/04; Retail: $29.95
• 2.35:1 aspect ratio


Is it really 2.35:1?  The Fox Lorber DVD is 1.33:1 and it didn't look panned and scanned.


Yep, it was shot wide wide wide.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 30, 2004, 06:22:46 PM
wow. A Woman is a Woman looks like it will be amazing!
i wonder what the Godard short will be like?

i figured Fox Lorber always had the original ration aspects, too........but i believe Godard follows this format on his films as far as i know:
B & W - Fullscreen
color - widescreen
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 30, 2004, 06:33:49 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen

Yep, it was shot wide wide wide.


D'oh!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on March 30, 2004, 07:07:09 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

A Woman is a Woman
Street Date: 6/22/04; Retail: $29.95
• 2.35:1 aspect ratio


Is it really 2.35:1?  The Fox Lorber DVD is 1.33:1 and it didn't look panned and scanned.


Yep, it was shot wide wide wide.


My Fox Lorber DVD is widescreen....    :?:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on March 30, 2004, 07:09:05 PM
Quote from: Pawbloe
Quote from: godardian
I'm much too unfamiliar with the films of Pier Paolo ("I am a Catholic. I am a Communist. I am a homosexual.") Pasolini, having only seen The Gospel According to St. Matthew and Teorema. It'll be nice to finally get some more in a high-quality version.


Quote from: Pawbloe, in the Video Rental thread,
Arabian Nights:  This was my first Pasolini film.  Sucked.  Using nonprofessional actors and dubbing will get you nowhere fast.


Those elements in the two I saw worked well enough... though Teorema did have the benefit of Terrence Stamp...

Also, all Italian cinema before a certain '70s-ish turning point is dubbed, so... can't be picky about that if you wanna enjoy Fellini or any of the rest of it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 30, 2004, 07:58:19 PM
D'oh, I'm stupid, I got this confused with My Life To Live, which is indeed 1.33:1  :oops:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on March 30, 2004, 08:34:50 PM
Quote from: godardian
Also, all Italian cinema before a certain '70s-ish turning point is dubbed, so... can't be picky about that if you wanna enjoy Fellini or any of the rest of it.

That always distracted me, even in 8 1/2.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 31, 2004, 11:48:15 AM
Quote from: bigideas
i wonder what the Godard short will be like?



The Criterion website confirms the short film is:

Charlotte et Véronique ou Tous les garçons s’appellent Patrick (All Boys Are Called Patrick, 1957), an early short film by director Jean-Luc Godard

----------------
Another annoucement for June:

The Lower Depths: Two Films (Special Edition Double-Disc Boxed Set) The Criterion Collection ($39.95)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir

• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
• Original theatrical trailer
• A documentary on the making of The Lower Depths, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
• Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Donald Richie (A Hundred Years of Japanese Film)
• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
• New essay by Keiko McDonald (From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Film) and Thomas Rimer (A Reader’s Guide to Japanese Literature)
• New and improved English subtitle translation by renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoaglund
• Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
• Cast biographies by Stephen Prince (The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
• 1.33:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural

• Jean Renoir's The Lower Depths features:
• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
• Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
• New essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske, author of Jean Renoir: The French Films 1924–1939
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• 1.33:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural

The Criterion Collection is proud to present two dramatically different interpretations of Maxim Gorsky's classic play by two of cinema's greatest masters.

Jean Renoir's The Lower Depths
(Les Bas-fonds—1936)
Made in the 1930s, amidst the rise of Hitler in Germany and the Popular Front in France, Jean Renoir took license with Maxim Gorky’s source material for The Lower Depths. Aware that the plight of Gorky’s desperates might sit uneasily in his own country on the edge of war, Renoir never lets his derelicts sink quite to the depths, offering them—like in so many of his other films—the possibility of hope. Marking the first time the director would work with Jean Gabin (Grand Illusion) and featuring the great Louis Jouvet (Quai des Orfèvres, Carnival in Flanders), The Lower Depths demonstrates one of cinema’s greatest directors transforming a classic play into his own terms for a distinct time.

Akira Kurosawa's The Lower Depths (Donzoko—1957)
Director Akira Kurosawa’s transformation of Maxim Gorky’s classic proletarian play, The Lower Depths, demonstrates another side of the acclaimed filmmaker’s remarkable versatility. In contrast to his usual broad canvas and kinetic filmmaking style, here he explores the possibilities of the stage, finding intimacy in his examination of a group of destitutes set, ironically, within Japan’s prosperous Edo period. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, and Minoru Chiaki, this adaptation is a Buddhist meditation on the human condition, a poignant yet comic investigation of one of Kurosawa’s favorite themes—the conflict between illusion and reality.


1957 • Japan • Runtime 85 / 125 min. • BW • DVD • In French / Japanese with optional English subtitles •
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: (kelvin) on March 31, 2004, 12:16:10 PM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on March 31, 2004, 12:42:47 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The Lower Depths: Two Films (Special Edition Double-Disc Boxed Set) The Criterion Collection ($39.95)

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=239
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/239_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: You Never Got Me Down Ray on March 31, 2004, 01:06:40 PM
Quote from: EEz28
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/238_box_348x490.jpg


Quote from: cinephile
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/239_box_348x490.jpg


I am currently creaming my pants.


And check out my collection btw, I've been going Criterion crazy lately.  :shock:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on March 31, 2004, 01:19:35 PM
Mogwai has already made a post about it; please don't quote covers that are right above on the same page.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on March 31, 2004, 01:57:00 PM
thanks 'phile.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 31, 2004, 02:17:12 PM
I think Criterion is supported mostly by young film buffs who can't help but spend money.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 05, 2004, 05:58:34 PM
Out of all the rumors going around, a seemingly credible one has arisen in conjucture with Criterion releasing Richard Linklater's Slacker. From the CC forum, here's the original post:

"I recall that a little while back , there was a rumor about Criterion prepping Linklater's "Slacker" for DVD release. As I recall, the rumour was based on "Slacker" allegedly appearing briefly on the "Coming Soon" section of Criterion's website.

Whether or not that info about the "coming soon" section was true, there is now another potential reason to believe that the rumour of a Criterion edition of "Slacker" is true. I was just looking over the list of Film Classes for Spring/Summer at Facets in Chicago, and found a entry for a class on the films of Louis Malle to be taught by an instructor named Dan Mucha. In the biographical capsule for Mucha, we find the following text:

"Dan Mucha is an independent filmmaker who served as the video archivist for the Austin Film Society from 1996-2002. He is currently involved with the post-production of the forthcoming Criterion DVD release of Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater. "

The original link is here:

www.facets.org/asticat?fu...rsession04

An interesting development.

Phil"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on April 05, 2004, 06:06:28 PM
If they released slacker that would be awesome. Just awesome = underrated.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on April 05, 2004, 06:22:09 PM
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on April 05, 2004, 06:30:15 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.


How could you say that? you haven't even seen the cover yet  :-D

Criterion is the best at making me want to get movies I could care less about. Only cause of the covers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on April 05, 2004, 06:45:01 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.

Funny, this is like one of the times I'm actually excited about a Criterion decision.  Only other Criterions I've bothered to own so far, oddly enough, are Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.  I've been eyeing Schizopolis for a while, but really, their DVDs are way to expensive to merit buying most of the time.  Slacker is one I've wanted to look at again for a while.  So good decision, that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 05, 2004, 08:09:50 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.


I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on April 05, 2004, 08:11:42 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: SoNowThen
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.


I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.


Did someone just get owned?

(http://godd.no-ip.org/-=pics=-/forum/owned%20dog.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on April 05, 2004, 08:12:27 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.


That would be me.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on April 05, 2004, 09:18:36 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.

That would be me.

Stefen,

do you have any "Double Owned" pictures?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on April 05, 2004, 09:23:17 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.

That would be me.

Stefen,

do you have any "Double Owned" pictures?


This one is for Macguffin

(http://home.t-online.de/home/520067442393/owned.jpg)

My custom rank should be Director Of OWNEDography.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: matt35mm on April 05, 2004, 09:55:35 PM
That is such a damn funny picture... my first reaction was laughter, my second immediate reaction was to show it to friends...  which is a lot more trouble than I usually go to, so... y'know, it's... really funny is what I'm getting at.

GOOD JOB!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on April 05, 2004, 10:34:08 PM
Quote from: Stefen
My custom rank should be Director Of OWNEDography.

no that would kill the joke.

like shanghai did with  :(
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on April 06, 2004, 09:35:36 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: SoNowThen
Ugh. This might be the one time I frown on a Criterion decision.


I figured you were the only proud owner of the Criterion editions of The Rock and Armageddon.


The Rock for sure. But it's a solid action flick.

I'm sorry, but Linklater has always been trash for me, and the 10 mintues or so I was forced to sit through of Slacker were some of the most painful minutes of my film-watching life. If you're gonna make a movie that looks/sounds shittier than mine, it better be damn amazing.

I'm reminded of when Scorsese saw Clerks for the first time, and he saw Smith's dedication to Linklater (among others), saying "they paved the way", and Marty laughed and said "oh yeah, they really paved the way".  :roll:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: puddnanners on April 06, 2004, 09:55:53 PM
I just got back from a Spike Lee lecture and Q & A at my school, and someone asked him if there are any talks of Criterion doing another one of his movies, and he said that She's Gotta Have It will be the next.  I can't recall if this has all ready been mentioned in this thread, and if it has, i apologize, but I figured that this is pretty solid info being that it is straight from Mr. Lee's mouth.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 08, 2004, 07:23:10 AM
Quote from: puddnanners
I just got back from a Spike Lee lecture and Q & A at my school, and someone asked him if there are any talks of Criterion doing another one of his movies, and he said that She's Gotta Have It will be the next.  I can't recall if this has all ready been mentioned in this thread, and if it has, i apologize, but I figured that this is pretty solid info being that it is straight from Mr. Lee's mouth.


Awesome news. I posted this at the CC forum and not only are they happy, but they believe it too. The forum is a tough crowd in dealing with rumors and She's Gotta Have It has been on the edge of a likely candidate for a while now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 21, 2004, 04:05:10 PM
Interesting development to The Battle of Algiers dvd forthcoming by Criterion, which is the announcement of a 3 disc set and many modern directors to pay tribute to the film. Courtesy of www.criterionco.com :

The Battle of Algiers 3-DVD Set Coming in Autumn

Criterion’s upcoming release of Gillo Pontecorvo’s landmark 1965 film The Battle of Algiers will be a three DVD set. This special edition will include a new transfer supervised by cinematographer Marcello Gatti and a number of features created specifically for the Criterion release, including new interviews with writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo, producer/actor Saadi Yacef, actor Jean Martin, Marcello Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and historians Benjamin Stora and Alistair Horne. Also featured will be filmmakers speaking to the film's importance, including directors Steven Soderbergh, Julian Schnabel, and Spike Lee. Look for Criterion’s The Battle of Algiers this autumn
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on April 21, 2004, 04:22:05 PM
OH... MY...GOD.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on April 21, 2004, 11:42:44 PM
Wow. That sounds awesome. So much cool people involved with that release.

Wasn't criterion supposed to release bressons au hasard balthazar?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on April 22, 2004, 04:45:24 PM
O' my lack of money! Alack!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 22, 2004, 07:49:31 PM
Quote from: Stefen
Wasn't criterion supposed to release bressons au hasard balthazar?


Yea, expect it in the near future....like next 6 months I'm guessing.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on April 22, 2004, 11:00:46 PM
Quote from: Chest Rockwell
O' my lack of money! Alack!


If it is money you lack,
You can always sell crack.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on April 23, 2004, 10:36:04 AM
Wonder if PTA will be included among the directors commenting on Algiers. He really should be. ... He lists it in his introduction to the Boogie Nights script when talking about his various "templates" for that movie.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: puddnanners on April 23, 2004, 01:34:47 PM
Coincidentally enough, I am going to a screening of the remastered Battle of Algiers tonight...I'm fucking psyhed!  It's a movie that has been on my "to see" list for a long time, so now I can finally scratch if off.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on April 23, 2004, 02:00:22 PM
Quote from: Find Your Magali
Wonder if PTA will be included among the directors commenting on Algiers. He really should be. ...

You know who really should be?   Greedo.

...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on April 23, 2004, 03:10:07 PM
Quote from: puddnanners
Coincidentally enough, I am going to a screening of the remastered Battle of Algiers tonight...I'm fucking psyhed!  It's a movie that has been on my "to see" list for a long time, so now I can finally scratch if off.


Doesn't play here till May 14, dagnabit.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 26, 2004, 04:34:35 PM
David Lean Criterions to go OOP soon?

Appearing on the Digital Bits' "Rumor Mill" today....

"Speaking of MGM... we've got a heads-up on some of the titles the studio is tentatively planning for September release. Look for a Judgement at Nuremberg: Special Edition, a David Lean Collection featuring Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, In Which We Serve, Madeleine, Oliver Twist, Passionate Friends and This Happy Breed."

With announcements of major companies to release new dvds of old Criterions, comes the likelihood rights have expired for Criterion so, for me, it is likely that very soon all the David Lean films are going OOP. They were MGM anyways and Criterion has already lost so many films to this same deal. Buy them while you still can!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on April 26, 2004, 05:52:36 PM
i keep going back and forth over whether i actually want Brief Encounter or not.  i liked it, but i'm hesitant to own it.  although, going OOP pushes me in that direction.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on April 29, 2004, 05:32:33 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
i keep going back and forth over whether i actually want Brief Encounter or not.  i liked it, but i'm hesitant to own it.  although, going OOP pushes me in that direction.


Oh, it's sooooo good! You really have to own it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 01, 2004, 08:35:02 PM
In the catalog to The Tin Drum dvd, Ozu's Early Summer has been confirmed as spine # 240 and will likely be released in July. Expect more July releases to be announced shortly.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 03, 2004, 03:31:20 PM
July releases are up with a box set from Jean Renoir leading the way (all of the individual film covers yet have box art, just the box). The other new annoucement is Marcel Carne's Port of Shadows. Ozu's Early Summer was put up on the site but then taken down almost immediately. Don't know what the story is for that but expect more news and all the covers up soon.

Renoir box set:
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=241

Port of Shadows:
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=247

The Renoir box set is a must, likely sizing up to be a big dvd release when Criterion is done listing all the special features to it. Port of Shadows will be a toss up given the word on it before it comes out. And when Early Summer is finally up, it'll be a must too.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 03, 2004, 03:47:13 PM
I'd like to hear some specific opinions on the Renoir films. I'm considering a blind buy, and have so far enjoyed the two of his I've seen (Rules and Grand Illusion).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on May 03, 2004, 04:39:30 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I'd like to hear some specific opinions on the Renoir films. I'm considering a blind buy, and have so far enjoyed the two of his I've seen (Rules and Grand Illusion).


I'm reading Truffaut's The Films in My Life right now and just finished up the Renoir section.  He called The Golden Coach Renoir's masterpiece ("the noblest and most refined film ever made") and speaks adoringly about the other two.  As for me, had I not read that part of the book, I still would've blind bought simply because it's Renoir.

Criterion seriously needs to drop their retail price 50%....  I won't have any money for the next few months.   :(
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on May 03, 2004, 05:49:34 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Ozu's Early Summer was put up on the site but then taken down almost immediately.

Well if it was taken down, it's back up.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 03, 2004, 06:47:31 PM
Quote from: samsong

Criterion seriously needs to drop their retail price 50%....  I won't have any money for the next few months.   :(


Xixax is paying for all those restored HD transfers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 06, 2004, 02:58:45 PM
MAJOR NEWS:

Courtesy of www.criterionco.com

John Cassavetes Box Set Slated for Fall 2004

Criterion is preparing a boxed set of five films by legendary American independent John Cassavetes. In addition to new high-definition transfers of Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night, the set will include Charles Kiselyak’s award-winning 200 minute documentary, A Constant Forge, along with exclusive new interviews with Cassavetes collaborators Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Lelia Goldoni, and others. The set is slated for fall release. Watch this space for more details
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on May 06, 2004, 03:01:28 PM
If one film averages around, what, $30 from Criterion, one can only imagine how expensive this is going to be.  Probably somewhere between $150 and $180?  Still, sounds interesting.  It'd be nice if they'd release it for under $100, though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 06, 2004, 03:04:08 PM
Quote from: Onomatopita
If one film averages around, what, $30 from Criterion, one can only imagine how expensive this is going to be.  Probably somewhere between $150 and $180?  Still, sounds interesting.  It'd be nice if they'd release it for under $100, though.


It'll probably go for $100. No other box set has been more expensive than that and Adventures of Antoine Doinel was a pretty stacked box set (likely very comparable to how big this one will be). So, if you go through online retailers, you can get it around $80 or so.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 06, 2004, 03:36:15 PM
Any strong opinions on these Cassavetes movies? I've always wanted to see Shadows, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Husbands (which I wish was in this set), but I got through about 10 minutes of A Woman Under The Influence before I had to turn it off because I hated it so much. This was a few days after I was forced to watch his son's piece of shit She's So Lovely, which I think is on my top 5 most hated of all time list.

But this was almost four years ago now, maybe I'd really like it...


So, anybody wanna sell me on it?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 06, 2004, 03:56:11 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Any strong opinions on these Cassavetes movies? I've always wanted to see Shadows, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Husbands (which I wish was in this set), but I got through about 10 minutes of A Woman Under The Influence before I had to turn it off because I hated it so much. This was a few days after I was forced to watch his son's piece of shit She's So Lovely, which I think is on my top 5 most hated of all time list.

But this was almost four years ago now, maybe I'd really like it...


So, anybody wanna sell me on it?


I'm equivocal on Cassavetes... Pauline Kael liked him (as a person), but despised his work and his entire credo.

However, reading this gives some perspective (though this is written by a guy who recently said in Film Comment that Mulholland Dr. was terrible):

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0521388155.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on May 06, 2004, 04:46:08 PM
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: SoNowThen
Any strong opinions on these


 Pauline Kael liked him (as a person), but despised his work and his entire credo.


not a fan of p kaels opinions
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 06, 2004, 04:55:59 PM
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: SoNowThen
Any strong opinions on these


 Pauline Kael liked him (as a person), but despised his work and his entire credo.


not a fan of p kaels opinions


Me neither, most often (though I think she's a brilliant writer), but I do find myself agreeing with some of what she says about Cassavetes... what really separates "immediacy," "honesty," and "spontaneity" of the Cassavetes variety from the merely amateurish? It's a valid question when analyzing his works.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SHAFTR on May 06, 2004, 07:09:19 PM
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: SoNowThen
Any strong opinions on these


 Pauline Kael liked him (as a person), but despised his work and his entire credo.


not a fan of p kaels opinions


Me neither, most often (though I think she's a brilliant writer), but I do find myself agreeing with some of what she says about Cassavetes... what really separates "immediacy," "honesty," and "spontaneity" of the Cassavetes variety from the merely amateurish? It's a valid question when analyzing his works.


I've seen Shadows and I was very unimpressed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 06, 2004, 07:12:40 PM
Quote from: SHAFTR
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: SoNowThen
Any strong opinions on these


 Pauline Kael liked him (as a person), but despised his work and his entire credo.


not a fan of p kaels opinions


Me neither, most often (though I think she's a brilliant writer), but I do find myself agreeing with some of what she says about Cassavetes... what really separates "immediacy," "honesty," and "spontaneity" of the Cassavetes variety from the merely amateurish? It's a valid question when analyzing his works.


I've seen Shadows and I was very unimpressed.



Faces and, to a lesser degree, A Woman Under the Influence (despite what SNT says) are the ones to see, much more so than Shadows.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: soixante on May 07, 2004, 01:59:01 PM
Cassavetes is an important film artist, and every serious student of cinema should be familiar with his work.  You may not like his films, but you should still see them -- especially Shadows and Faces, which were ground-breaking independent films in the 1960's, a decade in which there was no independent film scene like there is now.

Cassavetes' work has been hugely influential, especially on Martin Scorsese.  In fact, Scorsese was Cassavetes' protege.  Cassavetes took Scorsese under his wing when Scorsese came out to Hollywood in the early 70's, and gave Scorsese a job cutting Minnie and Moskowitz.  The influence of Cassavetes is quite apparent on Mean Streets.  In fact, Cassavetes wrote Killing of a Chinese Bookie for Scorsese to direct, but Cassavetes ended up directing it himself.  If nothing else, the close ties between Cassavetes and Scorsese should indicate Cassavetes' importance.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 07, 2004, 02:15:30 PM
I know. Which is why I feel guilty about not wanting to buy this box set.


Part of me will always think of John as the goofy race-car driver taking fake corners in front of the worst back-projection of all time, in The Killers. Somehow that (unfairly) hurts any seriousness his movies might have...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 07, 2004, 02:48:40 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I know. Which is why I feel guilty about not wanting to buy this box set.


Part of me will always think of John as the goofy race-car driver taking fake corners in front of the worst back-projection of all time, in The Killers. Somehow that (unfairly) hurts any seriousness his movies might have...


The more preferred (or at least kinder) Cassavetes performance to remember is Rosemary's Baby.

My fave Cassavetes-influenced film is Husbands and Wives, which is actually much better (to me- anyone 'round here knows it's easily in my top 5 of all time and also unequivocally my favorite Woody Allen film) than any Cassavetes film I've seen.

What does everyone think of the Renoir box? They sound really good, though they have much less renown than Renoirs that are already part of the Criterion catalog.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SHAFTR on May 07, 2004, 05:57:54 PM
Quote from: soixante
Cassavetes is an important film artist, and every serious student of cinema should be familiar with his work.  You may not like his films, but you should still see them -- especially Shadows and Faces, which were ground-breaking independent films in the 1960's, a decade in which there was no independent film scene like there is now.

Cassavetes' work has been hugely influential, especially on Martin Scorsese.  In fact, Scorsese was Cassavetes' protege.  Cassavetes took Scorsese under his wing when Scorsese came out to Hollywood in the early 70's, and gave Scorsese a job cutting Minnie and Moskowitz.  The influence of Cassavetes is quite apparent on Mean Streets.  In fact, Cassavetes wrote Killing of a Chinese Bookie for Scorsese to direct, but Cassavetes ended up directing it himself.  If nothing else, the close ties between Cassavetes and Scorsese should indicate Cassavetes' importance.


I know all this, but I still am unimpressed with his films.

EDIT: films = film (shadows)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 07, 2004, 06:04:22 PM
I went and got Faces from the library, fellow Criterion whores.

So we shall see...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 15, 2004, 10:23:08 AM
Quote from: godardian
What does everyone think of the Renoir box? They sound really good, though they have much less renown than Renoirs that are already part of the Criterion catalog.


From what I've heard, (haven't seen the movies) is that by Renoir's late career, he became more of a structural filmmaker relying on his advancing filmmaking skills instead of the stories he was known for in Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game. I'm really excited for this box set. Added upon that, Criterion has given the enticement of buying their dvds with some very beautiful (and just released) cover work for each film:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=243&bid=241

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=244&bid=241

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=242&bid=241

Also, there is news that Criterion is planning to release Jean Renoir's The River. For people here, this is mentionable because it is the Renoir film that Scorsese admitted to being his favorite by Renoir. From a post on the CC forum:

"A little over a week ago, I attended a screening of Jean Renoir's 'The River' at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC as part of the Walking Picture Palace series. In his introduction to the film, programmer Mark McElhatten mentioned that Criterion was working on a DVD of the film. 'The River' is a truly amazing film and I am sure that Criterion will do it justice."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 15, 2004, 01:09:28 PM
Has anyone here seen the films in the Renoir box set?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on May 15, 2004, 03:34:32 PM
Quote from: Raffi
Has anyone here seen the films in the Renoir box set?

No and I won't be buying this box set either. But I will certainly put my money down for The River.  :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 15, 2004, 10:21:03 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
But I will certainly put my money down for The River.  :-D

Same Here.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 16, 2004, 05:33:53 PM
Really?!


I got through 15 minutes of it last night and just couldn't take anymore. Does it pick up or get more interesting or do the actors learn how to act later in the movie?



ANyway....

I saw Faces this weekend. Amazing. Will be buying the Cassavetes set now. Boom.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: FeloniousFunk on May 20, 2004, 04:23:54 PM
Davisdvd.com:

Fangoria reports the Criterion Collection is set to release a brand new two-disc special edition of David Cronenberg's Videodrome in August. In addition to a new director-approved transfer of the unrated version, look for the following extras:

• Audio commentary by Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
• Audio commentary by stars James Woods and Deborah Harry
• Cronenberg's short film "Camera," created for the Toronto Film Festival in 2000 and starring Les Carlson
• A new 30-minute documentary by video effects artist Michael Lennick about the movie's landmark makeup and special FX
• "Fear on Film," a half-hour roundtable discussion from 1982 between Cronenberg, John Carpenter and John Landis (all of whom were working on Universal horror films at the time), hosted by director-to-be Mick Garris
• Short promotional featurette from 1982, also created by Garris
• "Samurai Dreams" - the fake Japanese soft-core porn film seen in the movie, presented in its entirety
• Extensive galleries with makeup test shots, behind-the-scenes photos, publicity stills, marketing materials, trailers, etc. and more!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 20, 2004, 04:40:35 PM
Is this movie worth a blind buy?




Also, to those who were talking about how excited they are about The River, I haven't got any answer yet. What made that movie so great?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 20, 2004, 05:28:54 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Also, to those who were talking about how excited they are about The River, I haven't got any answer yet. What made that movie so great?

I kept hearing lots of good things about it but perhaps I was jumping to cunclusions when I said I was going to buy it. So I'll probably now rent it first.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 21, 2004, 12:57:15 AM
Anyone else having problems with the "pillar-boxing" for Testament of Dr. Mabuse? Neither of my DVD players let it work without me altering the image by shrinking it a bit, but my computer plays it as intended just by running it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on May 21, 2004, 01:07:10 AM
Quote from: FeloniousFunk
Davisdvd.com:

Fangoria reports the Criterion Collection is set to release a brand new two-disc special edition of David Cronenberg's Videodrome in August.

could this be the first criterion i purchase? yes.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 21, 2004, 01:05:24 PM
Quote from: godardian
Anyone else having problems with the "pillar-boxing" for Testament of Dr. Mabuse? Neither of my DVD players let it work without me altering the image by shrinking it a bit, but my computer plays it as intended just by running it.


Your TV is probably overscanning that area.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on May 21, 2004, 02:46:16 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: godardian
Anyone else having problems with the "pillar-boxing" for Testament of Dr. Mabuse? Neither of my DVD players let it work without me altering the image by shrinking it a bit, but my computer plays it as intended just by running it.


Your TV is probably overscanning that area.


Any common TV setting I can do to change that? Or is shrinking the image a little my best bet for the correct aspect ratio? My DVD player's zoom option just shrinks it a little, and I believe it keeps the entire image intact, and I have a 35" TV, so it's not microscopic when I do that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on May 21, 2004, 03:22:35 PM
Quote from: FeloniousFunk

? "Samurai Dreams" - the fake Japanese soft-core porn film seen in the movie, presented in its entirety
\
when they say 'fake' do they mean it won t show tits and/or bush........or do they mean the tits or bush they show will be fake??......
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on May 21, 2004, 03:24:13 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
Quote from: FeloniousFunk

? "Samurai Dreams" - the fake Japanese soft-core porn film seen in the movie, presented in its entirety
\
when they say 'fake' do they mean it won t show tits and/or bush........or do they mean the tits or bush they show will be fake??......


although i have absolutely nothing to do with this , i'm guessing it's because Samurai Dreams is a ficticious movie inside Videodrome.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 28, 2004, 09:09:54 PM
August. First, the much anticipated (at least for me) release of Fellini's early film I Vitelloni. $29.99 asking price. Details are as follows:

-New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound

-The Making of I Vitelloni: an exclusive documentary featuring interviews with late actor Leopoldo Trieste, actor Franco Interlenghi, assistant director Moraldo Rossi, Fellini biographer Tullio Kezich, Fellini friend Vincenzo Mollica, and director of the Fellini Foundation, Vittorio Boarini

-Collection of stills, posters, and memorabilia

-Original theatrical trailer and movie newsreels from the time of the film’s release

-New essay by Grammy Award-winning writer Tom Piazza (Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey)

-New and improved English subtitle translation

-Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

-More!

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=246

I've never seen this Fellini film, but its the one I want to see most. Considered by many to be one of his bests, this film is usually spoken as an early work comparable in structure of story to Amarcord. Then, Videodrome was confirmed: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=248 Finally, like it or not, Slacker is getting released in a very big way. The details to this are enormous, plus the huge tease of a lot more. Single film wise, this may be one of Criterion's biggest stacked discs ever: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=247


 New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound supervised by director Richard Linklater and directory of photography Lee Daniel, made from the original 16mm film element

 Audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew

 It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by Linklater, available here for the first time on home video

 Rare casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the over one hundred member cast

 Deleted scenes and on-set footage

 Footage from the Slacker 10th Anniversary Reunion in Austin, Texas in 2001

 Original theatrical trailer

 Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos, and early script versions  

 History of the Austin Film Society, founded by Linklater with Lee Daniel, including early flyers from screenings

 Booklet featuring reviews, essays, production notes, an introduction to Plow by director Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop, The Shooting), an essay by John Pierson (Spike Mike Reloaded: A Guided Tour Across a decade of American Independent Cinema) and a complete cast and crew listing

 English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

 Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

 Much more!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on May 28, 2004, 09:45:41 PM
Very excited about the Linklater news.  I've always wanted to see his first flick.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on May 29, 2004, 08:58:44 AM
awesome, awesome...if they did this with dazed and confused id be the happiest man alive
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on May 30, 2004, 12:02:02 AM
Quote from: Donamatopoeia
Very excited about the Linklater news.  I've always wanted to see his first flick.


Ha ha! When you get to see it, make sure to PM me when you discover how mind-numbingly boring it is.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 30, 2004, 02:22:20 AM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Quote from: Donamatopoeia
Very excited about the Linklater news.  I've always wanted to see his first flick.


Ha ha! When you get to see it, make sure to PM me when you discover how mind-numbingly boring it is.


I can see why you find it boring (some of it is), but I like the rambling, lazy nature of Slacker.  The dialogue isn't profound or anything, but sometimes I just like hearing people talk.  If I find the DVD for a good price I will buy it.  Donamatopoeia and others who haven't seen it, don't blind buy it.  Rent it if you can, or find a used VHS copy first.  You might like it or you might find it interminable.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on May 30, 2004, 02:36:17 AM
I've already seen Slacker and liked it.  That's not his first film.  It's impossible to learn to plow by reading books is.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on May 30, 2004, 02:38:28 AM
yeah, well, it's impossible to learn to read by plowing fields.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on May 30, 2004, 04:22:03 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
yeah, well, it's impossible to learn to read by plowing fields.


It's that kind of mentality that allows authors to publish whatever garbage they want!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on May 31, 2004, 10:15:16 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
August. First, the much anticipated (at least for me) release of Fellini's early film I Vitelloni.


 :yabbse-thumbup:

For me, too.


I think that could be CC's most beautiful cover...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on June 01, 2004, 08:06:02 PM
Quote from: eward
awesome, awesome...if they did this with dazed and confused id be the happiest man alive


Just announced from Universal is a much-requested new reissue of Richard Linklater's Dazed & Confused: Flashback Edition, which will hit the streets on September 14th. Remastered in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1, extras include a new audio commentary with Linklater, deleted scenes and trailers. Retail will be $19.95.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on June 01, 2004, 08:57:04 PM
i...oh my go-...sf.kjbd.kjh.....i....thank you god....thank you
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on June 01, 2004, 10:04:48 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin

Just announced from Universal is a much-requested new reissue of Richard Linklater's Dazed & Confused: Flashback Edition, which will hit the streets on September 14th. Remastered in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1, extras include a new audio commentary with Linklater, deleted scenes and trailers. Retail will be $19.95.


They had a D&C aniversary party here in Austin where they showed the movie at a Kegger.  The whole thing was shot and will be on this DVD.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on June 01, 2004, 10:10:09 PM
did you attend this party by any chance?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on June 01, 2004, 10:39:09 PM
no, I didn't... I know people that did.

I was never a big Linklater fan.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on June 01, 2004, 10:39:30 PM
is I, Vitteloni(sp?) better than the White Sheik?

i rented that, and while it was a nice little film with some nice cinematography, it's not one i have any desire of owning or probably revisiting any time soon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on June 01, 2004, 11:05:02 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate
They had a D&C aniversary party here in Austin where they showed the movie at a Kegger.  The whole thing was shot and will be on this DVD.

hopefully it will be better than the Camp Hackenslash featurette which was just horrible.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on June 02, 2004, 01:05:30 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
hopefully it will be better than the Camp Hackenslash featurette which was just horrible.


Well the two events were organized by the same people, but the featurettes are done by a different set of folks.  

I didn't watch the Hackenslash featurette, but I know that there were some events that had to be cancelled because of some assholes getting out of hand, so they may not have had enough good material for it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: FeloniousFunk on June 19, 2004, 02:54:44 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/247_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/248_box_348x490.jpg)

I believe they are both being released on the same day: August 31st, 2004.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on June 29, 2004, 06:27:39 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/249_box_348x490.jpg)

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=249

SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET FEATURES:

DISC 1: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Marcello Gratti, with restored image and sound, and enhanced for widescreen televisions

Return to Algiers (1992, 55 minutes): three decades following its emergence as a nation, director Gillo Pontecorvo and his son return to Algeria to talk with its people about independence

Theatrical and re-release trailers

Poster gallery

New and improved English subtitle translation

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

DISC 2: PONTECORVO AND THE FILM

The Making of The Battle of Algiers: an exclusive new documentary created for this release guided by Pontecorvo biographer Irene Bignardi and featuring interviews with the director himself, cinematographer Marcello Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, editor Mario Morra, actors Jean Martin and Saadi Yacef, and film critic Tullio Kezich

The Dictatorship of Truth: a 37-minute documentary narrated by Edward Said about the relationship between Pontecorvo’s politics and filmmaking style

Directors on The Battle of Algiers: a discussion about the film’s influence, style, and importance featuring, Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone

DISC 3: THE FILM AND HISTORY

The Battle of Algiers and History: a new documentary featuring interviews with historians Alistair Horne, Hugh Roberts and Benjamin Stora, former FLN members Zohra Drif-Bitat, Mohammed Harbi and Saadi Yacef, and writer and torture victim, Henri Alleg (The Question)

“Etats d’Armies”—a 30-minute excerpt from Patrick Rotman’s 3-part documentary, L’Ennemi Intime, which focuses on the horror of the French-Algerian War. It features interviews with various members of the French military during the French-Algerian War, including General Jacques Massu, General Roger Trinquier, General Paul Aussaresses, and others

How to Win the Battle But Lose the War of Ideas: a conversation about the contemporary relevance of The Battle of Algiers between former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and author of Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, Richard A. Clarke, former State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Michael A. Sheehan, and Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News, Christopher E. Isham

Plus: a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, a reprinted interview with writer Franco Solinas, brief biographies on the key figures in the French-Algerian War, and more

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/250_box_348x490.jpg)

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=250

Includes: Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night, A Constant Forge.

SPECIAL EDITION EIGHT DISC BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES

New high-definition digital transfers of all films, with restored image and sound and (where applicable) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

New video interviews with Cassavetes collaborators Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, Lelia Goldoni, Lynn Carlin, and Al Ruban

Two versions of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: Cassavetes’ original 135-minute cut as well as his subsequent 108-minute re-edit

Faces alternate opening: 17 minutes of footage revealing the most significant differences of the two version’s opening sequences

Cinéastes de notre temps: an episode from the French television series, dedicated to Cassavetes

Audio commentary on A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris

Stills galleries with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, publicity shots, and posters

Booklet featuring new essays on Cassavetes and the films by writers/critics Jonathan Lethem, Gary Giddins, Stuart Klawans, Kent Jones, Philip Lopate, Dennis Lim, and director Charles Kiselyak, as well as reprinted writings by and interviews with Cassavetes, a tribute to Cassavetes by director Martin Scorsese, and more

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

More!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on July 01, 2004, 03:53:49 PM
I'm sorry...drunk and having no other words to describe this...right now the only one to do this justice is Wicked!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 09, 2004, 09:47:42 PM
CRITERION RELEASES FANNY & ALEXANDER

Renowned distributor Criterion will release a lavish Fanny and Alexander DVD this fall with newly produced bonus features.

Criterion is the American distributor of a large number of Bergman films and their DVD editions are famous all over the world for their bonus features and their high technical standards. In Sweden some critics have compared the American DVD editions with those released by SF and Sandrews, which sadly has meant that our Swedish editions have been slammed.

A couple of years ago Criterion acquired the American rights to Fanny and Alexander, which after twenty years was given a new premiere at the Film Forum cinema in New York in May this year. Criterion is now preparing a DVD release of the film which will contain the theatrical version as well as the TV version and Dokument Fanny och Alexander plus so-called bonus features in the form of interviews. Johanna Schiller, DVD producer at Criterion, was in Sweden during the fall last year and conducted interviews with Erland Josephson and Jörn Donner, among others. Early July she was back to interview Anna Asp, Katinka Faragó, Ewa Fröling and Pernilla August.

The Swedish Film Institute archive has at Criterion's request delivered in total 64 reels of film master material and more than 40 reels of final mixes for the theatrical and TV versions, teaser and documentary. A technician from Criterion will spend the whole week overseeing the transfer to HD format at Frithiof Film To Video. On Friday, July 2, Johanna Schiller visited the Film Institute's equipment and costume storage in Bro where she and a photographer filmed Anna Asp's set design models for Fanny and Alexander (see picture above) and a selection of Marik Vos's costumes for the film.

Criterion's Fanny and Alexander will tentatively be available for purchase in November. You can read more about Criterion at www.criterionco.com.

Text: Lena Enquist

Published July 6, 2004
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 11, 2004, 03:37:20 AM
I've only seen the 2-tape MGM version, so this should be a real treat  :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 11, 2004, 11:45:50 AM
Going back to the Cassavetes box for a second, why isn't that recently discovered workprint version of Shadows making it to this set?  That's a little disappointing.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: LostEraser on July 12, 2004, 12:51:27 AM
Quote from: hacksparrow
Going back to the Cassavetes box for a second, why isn't that recently discovered workprint version of Shadows making it to this set?  That's a little disappointing.


That's because for some reason Gena Rowlands doesn't want it to be seen. She apparantly doesn't get a long with the guy who discovered it, Ray Carney (who I seem to be talking about a lot tonight). I guess she thinks that some of the stuff he's written about Cassavetes doesn't exactly portray him in the best possible way. Though he does claim that Cassavetes is one of the greatest american artists who ever lived, he also goes into great detail about his faults and talks a lot about his and Rowlands personal life (they were married of course, in case you didn't know. So she owns all the rights to his movies now). In other words, he wrote an honest biography about the man. And Rowlands didn't want that so she has been upset with Carney ever since. Carney was actually going to provide commentaries and write some brand new essays about Cassavetes to be included in the dvd set, but Rowlands wouldn't allow it. You can read more about all this here:

http://people.bu.edu/rcarney/shadows/chasing.shtml

Scroll down to the bottom to hear about the Carney/Rowlands fiasco. And I'd also encourage everyone to read more of his writings thorughout his website:

http://people.bu.edu/rcarney

Some of it is a real eye opener, wether you agre with him or not.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 12, 2004, 12:12:15 PM
Quote from: LostEraser
That's because for some reason Gena Rowlands doesn't want it to be seen.


I just read some of that bit on Shadows.  Wow!  You have to respect Gena Rowlands' viewpoint on the matter (I mean she was married to Cassavetes, after all) but it seems to me that comparisons of rough-cuts to final cuts would show a lot more about a filmmaker's process than any one version of a film on its own.  Considering that Cassavetes had complete control over his films, that sort of comparison would offer a great deal more insight than any studio filmmaker.  Fortunately, they have alternate footage/cuts of Faces and Chinese Bookie.  But that exclusion of the rough Shadows is disappointing.

Thanks for the info, LostEraser.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 28, 2004, 12:52:07 PM
Tanner '88. Cover up. Specs to follow shortly. Expect an October release.

http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/258_box_348x490.jpg
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 28, 2004, 10:24:40 PM
that tagline is total bulworth.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on July 30, 2004, 06:51:16 PM
Time to update the thread title:

257: Secret Honor (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=257)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/257_box_348x490.jpg)

259: Fat Girl (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=259)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/259_box_348x490.jpg)

260: Eyes Without a face (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=260)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/260_box_348x490.jpg)


Fuck, that Secret Honor disc looks mighty tempting.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: matt35mm on July 30, 2004, 07:23:20 PM
Ahhh... I've been waiting for Fat Girl on DVD and I didn't know why it wasn't released.  I guess now I know.  But that cover makes the title look like Girl Fat.  Hmm.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 30, 2004, 07:28:40 PM
Man, these Criterion covers just keep getting better and better!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: picolas on July 30, 2004, 08:06:05 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Man, these Criterion covers just keep getting better and better!

either that or everything else keeps getting twowordreviewinger and twowordreviewinger.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on July 30, 2004, 10:16:23 PM
Quote from: FeloniousFunk

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/248_box_348x490.jpg)


......... :shock: ..that is phucking wicked........i have never seen this before and besides the fact this is a cronen film.i would buy it just for the cover............damn, thats.......thats nice....all you pimps need to buy this ....even if its just to look cool and show your friends that you got culture.......
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on July 30, 2004, 11:20:49 PM
Know what really sucks?  Huh?  Huh?  Huh?  I imported an all-region version of Fat Girl from like Hong Kong, and I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.  Sucks.  At least this one will probably be like $30 and I got mine for $11 or so.  (lolz@girlfat)  That Secret Honor flick is a definite must see.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Disco Kid on July 31, 2004, 02:49:45 PM
Anybody know the deal with the rerelease of Tati's Playtime? Months ago I read on Criterion's site that they renewed the rights but they still havent set a date. Whats going on?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 01, 2004, 03:20:03 PM
Specs for October releases:

FAT GIRL: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=259

EYES WITHOUT A FACE: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=260

SECRET HONOR: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=257

TANNER '88: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=258

The film that jumps out the most for purchase is Eyes Without a Face, a film I've heard so much about in the last year and highly anticipated for a Criterion release. Secret Honor I've heard about a lot and am looking to for maybe a purchase while Fat Girl, mostly unkown to me, sounds interesting just on premise. I'll have to hear about Tanner '88 more to become interested. Its considered a minor work by even most Altman fans I know.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on August 01, 2004, 03:28:42 PM
i'm definitely buying secret honor.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 01, 2004, 03:37:39 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
FAT GIRL: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=259

Hey, that movie was banned in Ontario! I'm buyin' it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on August 01, 2004, 04:19:00 PM
Quote from: mogwai
i'm definitely buying secret honor.

Me too. Finally, the film that PTA has been raving about because of Philip Baker Hall, is getting the criterion treatment.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Vivian Darkbloom on August 03, 2004, 11:19:55 AM
SECRET HONOR !!!

And most of all : TANNER 88 !!!!!!!!!

I'm so happy. Being a huge altman fan I was tracking the laserdisc editions of this great miniseries. So far I just managed to purchase volume 1 with the first 3 episodes. Although I'm not american and not really aware of what happened during the 88' elections I was really drawn into it. Great characters and great story. A true Altman movie. A long one indeed but he said on many occcasions this was one of his favourite works. Actually he was planning to do another one during the next elections but never was actually able to do so. I would have loved to see Tanner 2004... Now if Criterion could just get the rights to Breswter Mc Cloud or even if MGM rehashed their old laserdisc transfer i'd be the happiest man (well not really but a lot happier anyway).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Finn on August 03, 2004, 01:06:59 PM
Secret Honor?!

It's a great film! It'll be even better on dvd!  :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 04, 2004, 06:25:59 PM
Looks like the premiere Altman film missing from dvd may be actually coming out through Criterion.........

(From a post at CC Forum)

"I saw Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune film critic) today and mentioned to him that I'd seen that his essays were gonna be on the new Criterion Altman discs, Tanner '88 and Secret Honor. He told me that they used three of his writings for three discs, those two and one for Short Cuts. He kind of said it quickly and under his breath, like he wasn't supposed to say anything, but then again, he didn't know that Tanner and Secret Honor had been announced yet."

This does make sense. Over the past 2 years, Criterion has been licensing commentaries and other extras to New Line for various dvds that came from Criterion's laser discs and so far, nothing in return has come Criterion's way. So, considering that many people have expected something like this and Altman is a big fan of Criterion's promise to excellence, I believe in this rumor.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on August 05, 2004, 12:28:21 AM
So you're saying, in the course of two days, we get rumblings of PTA writing again and a Short Cuts Criterion? I feel like laughing a lot.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 05, 2004, 12:29:47 AM
Quote from: ...& I
So you're saying, in the course of two days, we get rumblings of PTA writing again and a Short Cuts Criterion? I feel like laughing a lot.

Why? Because the inevitable/obvious is happening?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on August 05, 2004, 05:53:19 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: ...& I
So you're saying, in the course of two days, we get rumblings of PTA writing again and a Short Cuts Criterion? I feel like laughing a lot.

Why? Because the inevitable/obvious is happening?


Yes, because it's finally happening.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pedro on August 05, 2004, 01:36:26 PM
Quote from: ...& I
So you're saying, in the course of two days, we get rumblings of PTA writing again and a Short Cuts Criterion? I feel like laughing a lot.

where's the pta writing again?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on August 05, 2004, 02:09:01 PM
in the pta forum under the thread entitled: fact...or fiction
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 06, 2004, 10:50:37 AM
Does Criterion own the films Hoop Dreams, Mike Leigh's Naked and An Angel at My Table? This post at another forum seems to say...... http://www.wehateyouandyourhorrendoustasteineverything.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=323

Here is the interesting extract:

"I did learn about several titles that seemed to be in R1 limbo. Mr. Deutchman, who is a big part of FIne Line, and the only truly direct and honest of the speakers, had made a deal with Criterion many years ago and they were the ones who would be putting out the DVDs for Hoop Dreams, An Angel at My Table, one other title, and one of my favorites, Mike Leigh's Naked."

Later in the thread, the author of the post also mentions Short Cuts being part of that deal and that he forgot to mention it. Now, Short Cuts already seems to have been verified as forthcoming, but with these 3 titles, very high demand films for the Criterion crowd, it seems odd that Criterion would have purchased them years ago and not released them yet. Thing is, though, Criterion may own the rights to distribute these films on dvd but not the source materials which would interfere in them making a new digital transfer and so slow down the process of releasing any of these films til they got the rights they needed. In any even, even if the news is somewhat questionable to me, its optimistic nonetheless.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on August 17, 2004, 10:24:00 AM
What about Jules and Jim? Is criterion still doing that?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 17, 2004, 02:41:18 PM
Quote from: A Matter Of Chance
What about Jules and Jim? Is criterion still doing that?


Likely in 2005. It has been confirmed that Criterion will release more Truffaut in 2005 and Jules and Jim is on top of of the short list of films they plan to release by him.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on August 17, 2004, 03:03:40 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: A Matter Of Chance
What about Jules and Jim? Is criterion still doing that?


Likely in 2005. It has been confirmed that Criterion will release more Truffaut in 2005 and Jules and Jim is on top of of the short list of films they plan to release by him.


nice, thanks
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 18, 2004, 06:29:09 PM
Two Releases of Fanny and Alexander Coming This Fall

The Criterion Collection is currently working on two separate editions of the Ingmar Bergman masterpiece Fanny and Alexander. The theatrical edition ($29.95) presents the Academy Award-winning 188-minute version of the film in a two-disc set with audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie, a collection of introductions by Bergman to eleven of his films, and an assortment of trailers. The special-edition five-disc boxed set ($59.95) includes the complete contents of the theatrical edition as well as the five-hour director’s cut of the film, Bergman’s own feature-length documentary The Making of Fanny and Alexander, a new 40-minute video of exclusive interviews with cast and crew, and Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film—a one-hour filmed interview with the famed director. Look for both editions of Fanny and Alexander in November!

http://www.criterionco.com
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on August 18, 2004, 08:14:17 PM
Holy profanity! I like Fanny as much as the next guy, but I don't think I can afford to shell out that kinda money for it. This one's a saver-up'er. Wonder if there'll be two different spines? I'm betting yes.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Thrindle on August 18, 2004, 08:52:20 PM
Quote from: ...& I
Holy profanity! I like Fanny as much as the next guy, but I don't think I can afford to shell out that kinda money for it. This one's a saver-up'er.


GT won't have to save up. I've already decided I'm buying him this DVD (the expensive one, of course) because isn't that how you show someone you love them?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on August 18, 2004, 09:02:20 PM
Quote from: Thrindle

GT won't have to save up. I've already decided I'm buying him this DVD (the expensive one, of course) because isn't that how you show someone you love them?

Yes, it is....At least I think so....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on August 26, 2004, 02:01:07 PM
Put some ice between the legs before clicking this one:

Surprise (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=265)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 26, 2004, 02:08:02 PM
As Withnail nicely alluded to, Short Cuts has been announced for November!

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=265

And also is Fanny and Alexander in both the theatrical and television versions........

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=262&bid=261

Let the saving of money begin!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 26, 2004, 02:10:53 PM
I'm giving out hand jobs in exchange for all these DVDs.  PM me if you are interested.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 26, 2004, 02:15:17 PM
Quote from: Ravi
I'm giving out hand jobs in exchange for all these DVDs.  PM me if you are interested.


Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs. The site sells solely criterions and while i have not yet used it, it focusing just on 200 and some DVDs suggest the quality of shipping should be better.

I hope people here use the website and also can get back to me on whether it works or not. I plan to very soon, but I want to know anyways. I'll keep it in my signature also for a little while and in case it sucks, just remove it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on August 26, 2004, 02:22:09 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
As Withnail nicely alluded to, Short Cuts has been announced for November!

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=265


The only extra that looks like it is missing from the laserdisc is an Interview with Pauline Kael (unless that falls under the More! heading)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on August 26, 2004, 03:05:37 PM
Quote from: ...& I
Holy profanity!

:yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on August 26, 2004, 03:58:58 PM
Yeah, great.  

Now that it's Criterion, you have to pay twice as much as you should.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on August 26, 2004, 05:34:43 PM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Yeah, great.  

Now that it's Criterion, you have to pay twice as much as you should.


you ungrateful son of a bitch
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on August 26, 2004, 06:03:52 PM
Damn!  Criterion is going Altman ka-ray-zee!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on August 27, 2004, 02:09:04 AM
I was literally smiling from ear to ear when I heard about the Criterion vesrion of "Short Cuts"...I am so psyched. November is going to be a tough month. With this and Seinfeld seasons 1-3 three coming out.....Jeez ok. I'll stop talking now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 27, 2004, 02:16:52 AM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
I was literally smiling from ear to ear when I heard about the Criterion vesrion of "Short Cuts"...

literally, eh? did you get a picture of it?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on August 27, 2004, 02:21:02 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: SiliasRuby
I was literally smiling from ear to ear when I heard about the Criterion vesrion of "Short Cuts"...

literally, eh? did you get a picture of it?

Nope, my room mate forgot to take one.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 28, 2004, 03:29:40 PM
Is Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho coming to Criterion? Here's a post at the CC forum hints at the title being involved in a deal between New Line, Criterion and Image. (this would be another New Line title with Short Cuts and potentially Naked coming out from Criterion soon.

------------------------------------------------------
Andre Jurieux:
"I just received notification that New Line recently made a deal between Image and Criterion regarding certain titles deemed "non-profitable" (similar to the post in the previous Short Cuts thread). I'm not going into specifics, because I was asked not to, but another title was mentioned that some around here have requested in the past. I'll just say it concerns a very "Personal Secretive State". Man, I've been posting alot lately?!?!"

"Personal Secretive State".......My Own Private Idaho! Honestly, not surprised and definitely a film that would fit with all the other films in the collection.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on August 28, 2004, 11:44:25 PM
*insert cheap joke about thread title relating to opening scene of film here...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on August 30, 2004, 06:26:13 PM
Yeah I read about that. Exiting as hell, but I'll keep calm until we hear some more.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: djs222 on September 03, 2004, 04:44:56 PM
hey, i'm new here -- this is my first post --but recently i worked for a day at gus van sant's portland office moving boxes to his storage facility (i got the job through a co-worker of my dad's whose daughter runs the office for van sant).

anyway, she mentioned to me that van sant had just turned over a bunch of footage from "idaho" to criterion.  so i'm guessing the dvd is really in the works.

and just to mention, even though i only worked one day in his office, it was definitely impressive...with his own private screening room and editing facilty.  large-scale photos from "elephant" hanging everywhere.  the boxes we were moving actually wardrobe from his new film, "last days" about the life of kurt cobain.  plus, in his storage facility, i saw where he keeps prints of all his films.  theyre just stacked up on shelves, but nonetheless, very cool.  a totally worthwhile experience.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on September 03, 2004, 10:50:50 PM
welcome - and what a cool fucking job!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on September 04, 2004, 08:19:50 AM
And such a fascinating username  :-D Fantastic news concerning Idaho.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 04, 2004, 09:59:39 AM
Some rumored titles (including a personal favorite for me).................


So, It looks like Criterion may soon be dipping back into Cronenberg and even get their first touch of Louis Malle is this post from the CC forum has any validity:

"I just asked Image Entertainment if they had any plans for either Cronenberg's Crash or Louis Malle's Damage and they told me to contact Criterion about those two. Hmmm..."

For news really exciting (for moi at leat), looks like Criterion may be releasing "This Sporting Life", a highly underrated film of personal anguish in rugby that not only should draw comparisons to Raging Bull as a precursor film of influence, but should at least be right up there with Raging Bull in pure quality. In fact, I think This Sporting Life tops Raging Bull. It deepens the subject by not making it chronological and focusing on telling the story from the pysche of the athlete. Beautiful and masterful film the 1960s. Anyways, this news came from a recent interview: http://one-summer.tv83.net/spencerinterview.htm

Do the Criterion releases get released in the UK, or only America?

No it doesn't get released outside the US, but because it is such a well known collection, a lot of people that know about movies know Criterion. The Criterion Collection are dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world.and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality. I remember Dave and I would discuss films, we were both very keen on the British 'kitchen sink' dramas from the early sixties, the likes of Saturday Night Sunday Morning, This Sporting Life,and A Kind of Loving. These films appealed to me for many reasons. They were working class dramas, brilliantly acted with people like Allen Bates, Albert Finney and Richard Harris. Criterion will be releasing This Sporting Life, so I'm very excited about that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on September 04, 2004, 01:02:47 PM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: SiliasRuby
I was literally smiling from ear to ear when I heard about the Criterion vesrion of "Short Cuts"...

literally, eh? did you get a picture of it?

Nope, my room mate forgot to take one.


i literally just shat my pants... LITERALLY!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Florya Naoki on September 06, 2004, 10:04:20 AM
Wow, This Sporting life is on my to see list. And that title gives me hope thet Criterion will do Lindsay Anderson's If... as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on September 06, 2004, 10:20:22 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: Ravi
I'm giving out hand jobs in exchange for all these DVDs.  PM me if you are interested.


Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs. The site sells solely criterions and while i have not yet used it, it focusing just on 200 and some DVDs suggest the quality of shipping should be better.

I hope people here use the website and also can get back to me on whether it works or not. I plan to very soon, but I want to know anyways. I'll keep it in my signature also for a little while and in case it sucks, just remove it.

I just ordered Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie from the website. When it comes in I'll make sure to give details on how fast the shipping was (I ordered with regular USPS cuz it's free). I will say that the website is very easy to use, not to mention the DVDs are about $5 cheaper than at Amazon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fernando on September 06, 2004, 10:31:51 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs.


Isn't dvdplanet cheaper? Go here (http://www.dvdplanet.com/criterion/default.asp).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on September 06, 2004, 11:19:20 AM
Quote from: Fernando
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs.


Isn't dvdplanet cheaper? Go here (http://www.dvdplanet.com/criterion/default.asp).

Is that a new sale? I didn't think they were that cheap before...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on September 06, 2004, 11:33:21 AM
Quote from: Chest Rockwell
Quote from: Fernando
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs.


Isn't dvdplanet cheaper? Go here (http://www.dvdplanet.com/criterion/default.asp).

Is that a new sale? I didn't think they were that cheap before...


DVD Planet has always sold Criteiron discs for 35% off.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 06, 2004, 04:21:49 PM
I heard something about a Graduate Criterion...

I couldn't find it on search, and not on the site, but my friend is so adamant in thinking there will be one...anyone know anything on that?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 06, 2004, 04:46:05 PM
Quote from: samsong
Quote from: Chest Rockwell
Quote from: Fernando
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

Wait wait......you may not have to give hand jobs after all! If anyone is interested, there is a newly started website called http://www.criteriondvd.com that has the best deals I've ever seen on the net for the purchase of Criterion DVDs.


Isn't dvdplanet cheaper? Go here (http://www.dvdplanet.com/criterion/default.asp).

Is that a new sale? I didn't think they were that cheap before...


DVD Planet has always sold Criteiron discs for 35% off.


The reason I omitted DVD Planet from special nodification is that I've had a terrible history with them. I can probably count over 30 DVDs I've ordered from them that never came and then was a hassle to get my money back. I kept going back because the price was so good for the Criterions that I thought the trend wouldn't continue for long. I was wrong. They seem to be of good depedence only when ordering one or two dvds, but still, thats not so great.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 06, 2004, 04:54:57 PM
Quote from: Walrus, Kookookajoob
I heard something about a Graduate Criterion...

I couldn't find it on search, and not on the site, but my friend is so adamant in thinking there will be one...anyone know anything on that?


Highly doubtful. One because it is MGM (very stingy with what films they license out) and two because there has not been any good rumor in the last two years that would say Criterion was planning such a release. Only way I could see this happening if Mike Nichols took personal interest in making it happen.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: meatball on September 06, 2004, 05:00:30 PM
Imagine collecting the entire Criterion Collection.  :shock:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 07, 2004, 01:09:07 AM
Quote from: meatball
Imagine collecting the entire Criterion Collection.  :shock:


and having Salo (one of their worst produced discs) costing over $2000 easy.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on September 07, 2004, 01:54:36 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: Walrus, Kookookajoob
I heard something about a Graduate Criterion...

I couldn't find it on search, and not on the site, but my friend is so adamant in thinking there will be one...anyone know anything on that?


Highly doubtful. One because it is MGM (very stingy with what films they license out) and two because there has not been any good rumor in the last two years that would say Criterion was planning such a release. Only way I could see this happening if Mike Nichols took personal interest in making it happen.


GT is correct. While Criterion did release The Graduate on Laserdisc (with commentary by professor Howard Suber, production photos, costume tests, pieces of the producer's original notebook, excerpts from unused screenplay drafts, screen tests, interviews and reviews and a comparison of the novel and film), MGM will most definitely keep the rights and release all DVD versions, as they did with Robocop.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 07, 2004, 02:23:34 AM
Speaking of MGM, it's film library is going to be bought out by Warner Bros soon. So what will that do for future MGM films or old MGM DVD releases? Will the big Woody Allen box sets be re-released? Will Midnight Cowboy finally come in a 2-disc box set? So many questions.. tell me everything.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 07, 2004, 11:48:45 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Speaking of MGM, it's film library is going to be bought out by Warner Bros soon. So what will that do for future MGM films or old MGM DVD releases? Will the big Woody Allen box sets be re-released? Will Midnight Cowboy finally come in a 2-disc box set? So many questions.. tell me everything.


For better special editions of the films you listed.....a distinct possibility. Warners has much better care of the special editions they release on DVD from old Hollywood classics to new. What is really bad about this deal is that there is no way for Criterion to get a hold of any of MGM's films anymore. The small hope was that even though DVDs are a total cash cow, the studios would realize they'd never be able to release their entire vault at a proximity they'd like so with each year they'd look at companies like Criterion as beneficial for them in releasing films that weren't easily marketable. Recent deals with Well Spring and New Line attest to this new fact. With Warners, its not just they are stingy like MGM was, but they flat out refuse to license any film to third companies. It just puts lesser known classics (like foreign films and such) on a back burner where it is doubtful they'll ever get the attention they deserve.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 07, 2004, 12:44:09 PM
I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, but

1) Why didn't Criterion carry their Laserdiscs over to DVD?

2) Why do Criterions go out of print if they're such pivotal films in film history?

3) What is on Laserdisc but not on DVD for Criterions?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 07, 2004, 01:26:54 PM
Quote from: Walrus, Kookookajoob
I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, but

1) Why didn't Criterion carry their Laserdiscs over to DVD?

2) Why do Criterions go out of print if they're such pivotal films in film history?

3) What is on Laserdisc but not on DVD for Criterions?


1.) They don't hold rights to a lot of the films anymore. The only company they directly get films from is Janus (mainly foreign films) and so with DVDs, film studios see potential for money they had not seen in laser discs and usually just keep the films to themselves.

2.) Studios sometime license films out to Criterion, but on a 2 year contract only or something. The studio will feel that the film can benefit from a release from Criterion because of its acclaim in the world but yet that after two years or so, whoever hadn't bought the Criterion edition prolly never were going to so they release a cheap version to try to lure everyone else in. All about the money.

3.) Its hard to find a source of what laser discs they never released, but here's a link saying all the ones they did: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/laserdisc_browse.asp
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fernando on September 07, 2004, 04:36:26 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

3.) Its hard to find a source of what laser discs they never released, but here's a link saying all the ones they did: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/laserdisc_browse.asp


Damn! They had several Kubrick films there, were those had special features?

Hey Mac, how many LDs do you have? You're always bragging about it, come on tell us, you must increase our envy level.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on September 07, 2004, 06:02:00 PM
Quote from: Fernando
Hey Mac, how many LDs do you have? You're always bragging about it, come on tell us, you must increase our envy level.


*coughaboutthreehundredcough*
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on September 07, 2004, 09:38:40 PM
That's quite a large, disgusting cold you have.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on September 07, 2004, 10:33:48 PM
MacGuffin, where do you buy them?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on September 07, 2004, 11:00:31 PM
Quote from: Hedwig
MacGuffin, where do you buy them?


LaserBlazer in West Los Angeles.
http://www.laserblazer.com/
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 08, 2004, 01:02:52 PM
All New Edition of Fritz Lang's M Coming in December

Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece M returns to the Collection in an all new 2-disc special edition this December. This release will feature a new transfer from fully restored film elements, as well as a host of new special features, including audio commentary by film scholars Eric Rentschler and Anton Kaes, a filmed interview with Fritz Lang conducted by director William Friedkin, Claude Chabrol’s M-inspired short film M le Maudit, classroom tapes of M editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history, and much more.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 08, 2004, 01:22:37 PM
Holy snappers!

Pulp Fiction?
2001?
Princess Bride?
Fisher King?
Dr. Strangelove?
Citizen Kane?
Raging Bull?
Taxi Driver?
Sex, Lies and Videotape?
Annie Hall?
Ghostbusters?

I need a Laserdisc player...and these discs...I'm feeling very left out on these criterions...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 08, 2004, 01:48:35 PM
I hear the PF Criterion doesn't really have anything of value not on the current DVD.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on September 08, 2004, 02:36:38 PM
Quote from: Ravi
I hear the PF Criterion doesn't really have anything of value not on the current DVD.


It's the same content, yes.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on September 09, 2004, 06:39:19 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: meatball
Imagine collecting the entire Criterion Collection.  :shock:


and having Salo (one of their worst produced discs) costing over $2000 easy.

one of the dudes on my episode of Ultimate Film Fanatic had it with him.   :shock:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on September 10, 2004, 03:37:40 PM
So Discreet Charm came in today. Pretty fast shipping for regular USPS (I ordered it Monday).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 14, 2004, 09:57:13 PM
Fanny and Alexander details (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=261)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 15, 2004, 10:50:53 PM
Robert Bresson's Pickpocket coming soon? From a CCF post:

"I just got back from a lecture by Paul Schrader at the University of Iowa and, amongst showing us a short clip of his Exorcist: The Beginning and informing us that it will in fact get released (DVD or Film is uncertain at the moment), he informed us that he just got done "doing" an introduction for a Criterion Collection release of Bresson's Pickpocket! By "doing", I didn't know if he meant written or taped; nevertheless, it is quite exciting news."

To say the least, a highly anticipated release for the Criterion crowd. Also, there is word that the Criterion website has put Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein on the status of OOP. Just an early word. No confirmation yet from Criterion to why this has come about so it still may be a mistake, but OOP nonetheless.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on September 15, 2004, 11:47:25 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Robert Bresson's Pickpocket


holy fucking shit.

anything on Au Hasard Balthazar?  anything?!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 15, 2004, 11:49:17 PM
Ah, I was waiting for samsong to cream his pants.


And now he has.


And I can die now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on September 15, 2004, 11:56:24 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
And I can die now.


you sure can, motherfucker.  when are you writing/saying something about 3-Iron?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on September 15, 2004, 11:59:12 PM
Quote from: samsong
Quote from: Cinephile
And I can die now.

you sure can, motherfucker.  when are you writing/saying something about 3-Iron?

The movie was just so great, it left me speechless.  :twisted:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 16, 2004, 01:49:55 AM
Quote from: samsong
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Robert Bresson's Pickpocket


holy fucking shit.

anything on Au Hasard Balthazar?  anything?!


Au Hasard Balthazar is coming very very soon. Likely next year of course with the limited window left in 2004, but most people call that film one of the most likely films to be announced soon, maybe well before Pickpocket. Its just with the Pickpocket news here comes an actual word production on it is moving and it should also be out soon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: 03 on September 16, 2004, 02:08:51 AM
that is amazing news.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 23, 2004, 10:55:04 PM
Is Dazed and Confused coming to the Criterion Collection? Here's a very interesting and exciting email by Richard Linklater to cast member Wiley Wiggin's who put it on his blog:


 Hi Wiley,

Just to let you know - there has been some trouble with Universal regarding their upcoming release of the DAZED AND CONFUSED DVD. I feel like I'm in an 11-year echo chamber with these idiots. There was a cool disk in the works with extended interviews, Kahane Corn's documentary MAKING DAZED, footage from the reunion, etc. but it turns out that these won't be on it any longer because, after all these years, they're rushing the title out to make some sort of deadline. Because of this I will not be doing a commentary or helping with anything else.

I wanted everybody to know the scoop and that I am pushing Universal to license the title to the Criterion Collection in a year or so and they would put out a fantastic disk.

I am withholding doing any press on the Universal disk and will not be affiliated with it in any way because of their continuing lameness toward this title.

Hope all's well in your world. Take care,

Rick

Courtesy of: http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1471
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on September 26, 2004, 09:01:50 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
3.) Distinct Possibilities: (Titles that haven't been fully confirmed yet (but have either been mentioned by Criterion or linked to Criterion by other events/companies))

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970, Meyer)


On this week's Ebert & Roeper, in his Meyer tribute, Ebert mentioned that he recorded a commentary track for the Criterion release due some time next year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on September 26, 2004, 09:54:48 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Here's a very interesting and exciting email by Richard Linklater to cast member Wiley Wiggin's who put it on his blog:

Heh.  What's Wiley Wiggins doing posting private e-mails from Linklater in his blog?  Doesn't really seem like something Linklater wanted to be made public (his contempt for Universal and all).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 26, 2004, 11:24:38 PM
Battle of Algiers Review (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews5/battleofalgiers.htm)

:yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 27, 2004, 08:01:46 PM
This is just a small tidbit, rumor that could be easily true and not, but someone who posts on the CC Forum with supposed "sources" is claiming that Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha was supposed to be released this december and is instead going to be released in January. I'd love it, but Jon Mulvaney (answer-and-question guy) has continually stated for the last 3 months that no more Kurosawa films even had a chance for release this year and to believe this story would mean he was wrong (or lying in usual fashion) and that Criterion was planning, until very recently, to maybe release a Kurosawa in December. Again, a contradiction could follow as the explanation for that is that they wanted to release M earlier but were too stacked in releases and so with deciding to release M on the month of their usual vacation, they could speed up a release they were planning for next year to co-inside with it. Honestly, who knows.... this could be true but also not, but I do believe Criterion is on the near verge of releasing Kagemusha regardless.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 29, 2004, 02:47:36 PM
HVE website has listed King of Kings as forthcoming in December. Details are as follow:

The King of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with the biggest budget in the history of Hollywood, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and a cinematic bag of tricks that could belong to none other than Hollywood’s greatest showman, The King of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic. Criterion is proud to present one of the best-loved films ever made in a two-disc edition featuring both the 112-minute general release version and the rarely seen 155-minute cut that premiered at the grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

SPECIAL FEATURES
New, restored digital transfers of both versions of The King of Kings: DeMille’s 155-minute roadshow version and his subsequent 112-minute general release
New Dolby Digital 5.1 scores by composers Donald Sosin (1927 version) and Timothy J. Tikker (1931 version), plus the original score for the 1931 release by Hugo Riesenfeld
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of The King of Kings
Cast portraits by photographer W.M. Mortensen
Production and costume sketches by renowned artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck
Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
Original illustrated program and press book featuring photographs from the film’s gala premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and studio correspondence from DeMille
Original theatrical trailers
Plus: a booklet featuring a 1927 essay by DeMille, an excerpt from Robert S. Birchard’s new book Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, production notes, and a new essay by film critic Peter Matthews

http://www.homevision.com/users/folder.asp?FolderID=1374&id=KIN190

and finally, the details for the re-issue of M:

A simple, haunting phrase whistled off-screen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who is the murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann… In his harrowing masterwork , Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. The Criterion Collection is proud to present a new restoration of this landmark film.

SPECIAL FEATURES

New, restored high-definition digital transfer (1.19:1)
Audio commentary by German film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, and Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M
Conversation with Fritz Lang, an interview film by William Friedkin
Claude Chabrol’s M le Maudit, a short film inspired by M
Classroom tapes of M editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history
Interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
A physical history of M
Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos, and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler
New and improved English subtitle translation
Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, a 1963 interview with Lang, and the script for a missing scene

http://www.homevision.com/users/folder.asp?FolderID=1374&id=MMM030

Don't know what all of this says about the previous Kagemusha rumor, but we'll have to see.....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 01, 2004, 03:02:41 PM
Full specs and covers for both Decemember releases (with an excellent cover for M):

King of Kings: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=266

M: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=30
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 01, 2004, 03:15:32 PM
thats cool, but they should've just used the original poster art...

(http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/29/29_images/m1.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 01, 2004, 03:35:00 PM
I'm not seeing this great M cover... can somebody post it?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 01, 2004, 03:43:35 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/30_box_100x140.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 01, 2004, 03:51:01 PM
Ah thanks. I have no idea why I just see the old cover.  :?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 01, 2004, 03:58:00 PM
yeah for some reason i cant see the bigger one, so maybe they have the webaddress for it incorectly entered or something.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on October 12, 2004, 08:50:36 PM
Good news about Au Hasard Balthasar.  Been wanting to see it for a while.  Anything on Last Year at Marienbad?  It's been out of print for a while, or something, it seems.  Netflix, at least, lists the (re-)release date as being unknown.  Saw something in this thread about it earlier, so I was just curious.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 13, 2004, 11:44:15 PM
Quote from: ono.
Anything on Last Year at Marienbad?  It's been out of print for a while, or something, it seems.


That title is still up in the air. Yes, Criterion will likely release it, but rumors have been so vague that someone can only say confidentally just that Criterion is releasing it. It could be as eary as next year and as late as 3 years down the road. It being a high priority release for them can only suggest they may speed up the process, but people have been waiting 5 years for a quality Max Ophuls title with no luck and he has to be one of the most requested filmmakers of them all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 15, 2004, 12:41:00 PM
From www.criterionco.com :

"Criterion's soon-to-be-announced DVD edition of Akira Kurosawa's epic Kagemusha will feature exclusive new video interviews with filmmakers George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola discuss how they contributed to the production of Kagemusha and the experience of working with the legendary Japanese director, a longtime inspiration to both men."

I'm sure this isn't the only details that will be on the DVD. Expect a packed 2 disc special edition with the original 180 minute running time that was only in Japan.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: 03 on October 16, 2004, 12:37:11 PM
is your handle a foucault's pendulum reference?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 16, 2004, 10:44:20 PM
Quote from: 03
is your handle a foucault's pendulum reference?


Yep. You're the first person to get that. I'm actually stunned.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 19, 2004, 02:37:15 PM
Quote from: ono.
Good news about Au Hasard Balthasar.  Been wanting to see it for a while.  Anything on Last Year at Marienbad?  It's been out of print for a while, or something, it seems.  Netflix, at least, lists the (re-)release date as being unknown.  Saw something in this thread about it earlier, so I was just curious.


Balthazar is a more important film than Marienbad, but both are eminently worthy of the Criterion treatment. They were right to do Hiroshima first when it came to Resnais, though. And they should really think about Muriel (a Resnais box set really wouldn't have been out of order, especially since they did one for Cassavetes).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 23, 2004, 11:21:02 AM
Well, this may be the greatest or most absurd offering ever......but Amazon is giving you the first chance to own (well, not really) the entire Criterion Collection set, 208 discs and all. But, by December Criterion will be hitting spine #266 and even if you counted by individual spines, some releases have more than one disc and so who really fucking knows how complete this set is. Prolly not very, but let this be a notice to every new cinephile with rich parents that you can be one of the likely 3 people actually buying this. The ridiculousness can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006A05RM/002-7973692-1064047
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on October 23, 2004, 11:27:34 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Well, this may be the greatest or most absurd offering ever......but Amazon is giving you the first chance to own (well, not really) the entire Criterion Collection set, 208 discs and all. But, by December Criterion will be hitting spine #266 and even if you counted by individual spines, some releases have more than one disc and so who really fucking knows how complete this set is. Prolly not very, but let this be a notice to every new cinephile with rich parents that you can be one of the likely 3 people actually buying this. The ridiculousness can be found here: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=266


That link just takes me to the King of Kings page at Criterion... no info about buying the complete set at Amazon. I'm curious to know whether that will include Sid and Nancy or Salo...?? Where can I see more info about this entire-collection offer?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 23, 2004, 11:37:11 AM
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Well, this may be the greatest or most absurd offering ever......but Amazon is giving you the first chance to own (well, not really) the entire Criterion Collection set, 208 discs and all. But, by December Criterion will be hitting spine #266 and even if you counted by individual spines, some releases have more than one disc and so who really fucking knows how complete this set is. Prolly not very, but let this be a notice to every new cinephile with rich parents that you can be one of the likely 3 people actually buying this. The ridiculousness can be found here: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=266


That link just takes me to the King of Kings page at Criterion... no info about buying the complete set at Amazon. I'm curious to know whether that will include Sid and Nancy or Salo...?? Where can I see more info about this entire-collection offer?


Ahh....my apologies. I think that is my mistake. As of now, though, no details on what discs it will include. Doubtful an official retailer will dig out out of print discs. Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006A05RM/002-7973692-1064047
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on October 23, 2004, 11:41:56 AM
i got king of kings when i clicked

EDIT - but it's fixed now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on October 23, 2004, 12:22:11 PM
thats a chunk of change
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on October 23, 2004, 12:56:45 PM
Holy crap.  Is there anyone out there who likes every single movie Criterion has released on DVD?  Or is this just for jerks who want to be able to brag about owning every Criterion DVD?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on October 23, 2004, 01:05:59 PM
Just For Jerks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 24, 2004, 01:03:45 AM
Quote from: Ravi
Is there anyone out there who likes every single movie Criterion has released on DVD?  Or is this just for jerks who want to be able to brag about owning every Criterion DVD?

The world's largest film snobs.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 25, 2004, 12:09:30 AM
I did this last year when all the film titles that were going to be released for the year were announced and now I am doing this again this year with the official list of what films to expect in the future, from the "gurantees" to the "distinct possibilities" and even to the "remastered", it's all here. (And yes, I know some of this list may be out of date)

1.) Certainties: (Titles that Criterion have indicated are under way for DVD issue)

UGETSU (1954, Mizoguchi) (Lee Kline mentioned he's about to start work on it at HTF chat (Feb 2004))

F FOR FAKE (1973, Welles) (Lee Kline mentioned they're going to release it in 2004 at HTF chat (Feb 2004)) - looks like CONFIDENTIAL REPORT will be joining it too (Criterion logo at American Cinematheque).

PANDORA'S BOX (1929, G. W. Pabst) "In the program for a screening with Gillian Anderson's score in 2003 - it said Criterion would be releasing a freshly restored version with the Anderson score in 2004". Confirmed by Lee Kline at HTF chat (Feb 2004))

some John Ford

PLAYTIME (Tati, 1967) new version

JOUR DE FETE (Tati, 1949)

more Yasujiro Ozu (as of Nov 2003 they are planning to release 12 Ozu DVDs, Donald Richie has mentioned that THE ONLY SON is coming soon; EQUINOX FLOWER and AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON have been mooted too.)

EISENSTEIN SILENT YEARS boxset (looking like 2005) (probably containing STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, OCTOBER and others?)

JULES ET JIM (1962, Truffaut) via Wellspring

MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969, Rohmer) via Wellspring

CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Rohmer) via Wellspring

-----------------------------------------------------------------------


2.) Stalled ex-certainties: (Officially announced titles that have run into some kind of technical hitch and are now in limbo)


DODES'KA-DEN (1970, Kurosawa)

SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943, Kurosawa)

IVANS CHILDHOOD (1962, Tarkovsky)

COCKTAIL MOLOTOV (1980, Kurys)

COUSIN, COUSINE (1975, Tacchella)

TALES OF HOFFMAN (1951, Powell & Pressburger) "postponed indefinitely due to problems with elements. Hope to release in 2003" --- UPDATE-"I would say TALES OF HOFFMAN has been postponed indefinitely. I wouldn't expect it until 2005 at the earliest." - Mulvaney, Oct 2003.

SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932, von Sternberg) indefinitely postponed. As of Feb 2003 it's looking bleak - Mulvaney says its not on the schedule.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------


3.) Distinct Possibilities: (Titles that haven't been fully confirmed yet (but have either been mentioned by Criterion or linked to Criterion by other events/companies))


DAMAGE (Malle, 1992) - Image Entertainment are advising enquirers about this film to contact CRITERION.

CRASH (Cronenberg, 1996) - Image Entertainment are advising enquirers about this film to contact CRITERION.

THIS SPORTING LIFE (Lindsay Anderson, 1963) - Spencer Leigh says it's coming here

HOOP DREAMS (Steve James, 1994) - Fine Line/New Line deal, mooted by Ira Deutchman in April 2004 here

NAKED (Mike Leigh, 1993) - Fine Line/New Line deal, mooted by Ira Deutchman in April 2004 here

AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (Jane Campion, 1990) - Fine Line/New Line deal, mooted by Ira Deutchman in April 2004 here

ASHES AND DIAMONDS (Wajda) - from a CCF post: "I was talking to Annette Insdorf this afternoon, and she's apparently prepping a commentary for a Criterion Ashes and Diamonds." (June 2004)

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (1962, Ozu)

EQUINOX FLOWER (1958, Ozu)

THE ONLY SON (1936, Ozu) Ozu's first talkie, mentioned in an article by Donald Richie in the Japan Times as being Criterion's next release after EARLY SUMMER.

THE TWO OF US [Le Vieil homme et l'enfant] (Berri, 1967) via Rialto

THE RIVER (Renoir) programmer Mark McElhatten of Anthology Film Archives in NYC mentioned that Criterion was working on "The River" in an introduction to a theatrical screening.

HANDS OVER THE CITY (Rosi, 1963) rumoured to be underway by Criterion (by a friend of a friend).

Richard GORDON boxset containing THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (Bennet, 1959); THE HAUNTED STRANGLER (Day, 1958); FIRST MAN INTO SPACE (Day, 1959); CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (Day, 1962) (showing up on the Classic Horror DVD website as coming soon)

JIGOKU (Nakagawa, 1960) mentioned in a post in another forum as a rumor that Criterion was eager to purchase entire Shintoho catalog to release this year (sourced from the KineJapan list).

PIERROT LE FOU (Godard, 1965) Rialto intimated that Criterion have the rights.

more Dassin

SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT (Lee, 1986) mentioned by Lee as coming soon.

some Rivette - "We hope to introduce Rivette to the collection in the future, but nothing is certain at this time." - Mulvaney, April 2004.

CONFIDENTIAL REPORT (Welles, 1955) showing at American Cinematheque and Film Forum with Janus logos.

FANFAN LA TULIPE (1952, Christian-Jaque) via Rialto

CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (1960, Sautet) via Rialto

PANIQUE (1946, Duvivier) via Rialto

THE LIFE AQUATIC (2004, Wes Anderson) - "We hope to release Wes Anderson's next feature, but nothing is certain at this time." - Mulvaney, Jan 2004

THE PHANTOM CHARIOT (1921, Victor Sjöström) Currently appearing with Criterion/Janus logos in a Sjöström theatrical retrospective (Jan 2004)

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964, Teshigahara) Milestone are saying that Criterion will release it in the next year (Dec 2003)

GODZILLA (Honda, 1954) Rialto are preparing the restored version.

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (Erice, 1973) "We'd love to release SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE. No plans for this one in 2004, but hopefully someday." - Mulvaney, Oct 2003.

more Seijun Suzuki ("We hope to release more Suzuki in the coming year, but nothing is certain at this time." - Mulvaney, Oct 2003)

UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (Sturges, 1948)

SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Parajanov, 1964) "We hope to release it in the future." - Mulvaney, Sept 2003.

KAGEMUSHA (1980, Kurosawa) supposedly a done deal with Fox.

LE BONHEUR (1965, Agnès Varda) "We hope to release LE BONHEUR sometime in the future, but nothing is definite at this time." - Mulvaney, Aug 2003

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970, Meyer)

Kenji Mizoguchi ("We hope to release a Mizoguchi title or two in 2003/4, but nothing is definite at the moment." - Mulvaney, April 2003)

THE STORY OF A PROSTITUTE (1965, Seijun Suzuki)

EQUINOX (1970, Jack Woods & Dennis Muren) (mentioned in an HTF chat in 2001, and again by Mulvaney in March 2003 as "upcoming")

L'ECLISSE (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni) "We hope to release L'Eclisse in the future, but nothing is definite at the moment." - Mulvaney, March 2003

SEVEN SAMURAI (1954, Akira Kurosawa) reissue / new transfer (probably 2 x disc set)

THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1946, Akira Kurosawa)

DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948, Akira Kurosawa)

I LIVE IN FEAR (1955, Akira Kurosawa)

THE BURMESE HARP (Harp Of Burma) (1957, Kon Ichikawa) "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.

FIRES ON THE PLAIN (Nobi) (1965, Kon Ichikawa) "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.

MASCULIN, FÉMININ (1966, Jean-Luc Godard) via Rialto

PICKPOCKET (1959, Bresson) - Paul Schrader's working on it.

AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (1966, Robert Bresson) via Rialto

MOUCHETTE * (1967, Robert Bresson) via Rialto

TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle) (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) via Rialto

more Renoir (LA BETE HUMAINE?)

Dreyer (Mulvaney, Oct 2002 - "We have no plans for VAMPYR or MASTER OF THE HOUSE at this time.")

Tarkovsky (NOSTALGHIA via Wellspring?)

THREEPENNY OPERA (1931, G. W. Pabst)

GRAY'S ANATOMY (1996, Soderbergh) via Wellspring

THE LAST METRO (1982, Truffaut) via Wellspring

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (1960, Truffaut) via Wellspring

ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969, Melville) via Rialto

GOLD OF NAPLES (1954, De Sica) via Rialto

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961, Resnais) via Rialto

LE DOULOS (1961, Melville) via Rialto

LÉON MORIN, PRÊTRE (1961, Melville) via Rialto

MAFIOSO (1962, Lattuada) via Rialto

THE MILKY WAY (1969, Buñuel) via Rialto

THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974, Buñuel) via Rialto

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1953, Becker) via Rialto



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4.) Remasters (Titles that have been released in the CC but are/maybe being reissued because new, better materials have come to light in the years since release.):

PLAYTIME (1967, Tati) - announced, this is definitely going to happen soon, probably a 2 x disc set.

SEVEN SAMURAI (1953, Kurosawa) - not announced, but new subtitles have been done, and new, better materials are available.

M (1931, Lang) - officially announced for Dec 2004

CHARADE (1963, Donen) The 3rd CC remaster - ALREADY AVAILABLE

THE 400 BLOWS (1959, Truffaut) The 2nd CC remaster - ALREADY AVAILABLE

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946, Cocteau) The 1st CC remaster - ALREADY AVAILABLE
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sickfins on October 25, 2004, 01:33:44 AM
(http://ambulance.planet1337.com/fuckyes.gif)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Myxo on October 25, 2004, 04:50:38 AM
CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Rohmer) via Wellspring

Yay..

:D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on October 25, 2004, 09:22:29 AM
Xixax should have a field trip to CriterionForum.org.

Man it just hurts knowing not half of all the great titles on that list will be released next year. Too little time.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on October 25, 2004, 11:19:37 AM
Well, I don't see no "Good Burger."  What the hell?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on October 25, 2004, 04:00:52 PM
I'd really like to get some of those.Sadly most of the ones I was excited about were in the "distinct possiblities", meaning chances are they wont get released, probably.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 25, 2004, 11:32:54 PM
i'm really excited that i've heard of a few of these.  :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: rustinglass on October 26, 2004, 10:48:03 AM
fine, criterion people, never make an outstanding edition of underground, see if I care.

:: walks away depressed::
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on October 26, 2004, 04:19:43 PM
Quote from: rustinglass
fine, criterion people, never make an outstanding edition of underground, see if I care.

:: walks away depressed::


I'll join the club.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 26, 2004, 04:30:24 PM
Quote from: Chest Rockwell
I'd really like to get some of those.Sadly most of the ones I was excited about were in the "distinct possiblities", meaning chances are they wont get released, probably.


Actually, quite the opposite. The films I expect to be released anytime all come from the "distinct possibility" portion. But, each film title is hotter than the other in the rumor mill so it all depends. Which ones were you thinking of?

Quote from: rustinglass
fine, criterion people, never make an outstanding edition of underground, see if I care.

:: walks away depressed::


It's one of the most requested titles for them. Its just in rights limbo and doesn't look like Criterion would even have a chance to release it if they wanted to.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: rustinglass on October 26, 2004, 04:47:29 PM
My local newspaper released it and I'm not even joking.It would be just perfect if they got the rights, 10th aniversary next year.... sniff.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on October 26, 2004, 10:18:43 PM
i asked JM about Playtime and this is what he said Tuesday:

"Dear Thomas,

We look forward to re-releasing PLAYTIME in the future, but we have no
definite plans at this time.

Thanks for your mail and please feel free to contact me with any
future questions or concerns.

                Best,
                    JM"

what makes you think it's a 2 disc? i guess this means i need to unload my copy on eBay?
i'm also excited about the Godard's and Shoot the Piano Player. i hope they have some extras for that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 26, 2004, 11:36:31 PM
Quote from: bigideas
i asked JM about Playtime and this is what he said Tuesday:

"Dear Thomas,

We look forward to re-releasing PLAYTIME in the future, but we have no
definite plans at this time.

Thanks for your mail and please feel free to contact me with any
future questions or concerns.

                Best,
                    JM"

what makes you think it's a 2 disc? i guess this means i need to unload my copy on eBay?
i'm also excited about the Godard's and Shoot the Piano Player. i hope they have some extras for that.


Playtime will probably be a 2 disc because for Criterion to feel the need to improve a title most people don't complain that much about on picture quality would mean they have a shit load of extras to contribute. I would have expected Playtime by now, but its been a year since they announced it and things may be on a halt right now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on October 30, 2004, 09:15:38 AM
JANUARY RELEASES


#267: Kagemusha (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=267)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/267_box_100x140.jpg)


#268: Youth of the Beast (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=268)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/268_box_100x140.jpg)


#269: Fighting Elegy (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=269)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/269_box_100x140.jpg)


#270: Casque d'or (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=270)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/270_box_100x140.jpg)

#271: Touchez pas au grisbi (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=271)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/large_boxshot/271_box_100x140.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on October 30, 2004, 03:32:05 PM
YAY! Suzuki Seijun Movies YAY!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on October 30, 2004, 09:29:45 PM
http://www.compare.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare2/playtiime.htm

Why is the Criterion DVD shorter ?

 

As quoted in the Guardian article located HERE (http://film.guardian.co.uk/cannes2002/story/0,11895,719296,00.html)

 

Playtime was finally released in 1967, but was seen throughout most of the world in a shortened 35mm cut. Jerome Deschamps (a distant cousin of Tati who is behind the restoration) says there were many versions of the film in circulation. "Tati had enormous financial difficulties. The financial partners who rescued the film insisted it be released in a version under two hours long that would be more commercial."

The restored cut lasts two hours and six minutes. "That was the last length he chose," Deschamps says. The new version - which cost 5.5 million francs - was paid for by everybody from designer Agnès B to various banks and cultural organisations.

Many critics see Playtime as Tati's masterpiece. Fremaux says there was something prophetic about it: "What is interesting about him is that in his early films, he looked at the France of holidays, of something very light; but in Playtime, he took a look at the future. He is or he was a victim of the future because the film was a failure.


So the 126 minute version fits well with the 01:59:06 Future film version (pal speed-up). So there are missing about 4-5 minutes from the Criterion version. I once more try to find if there are some minor cuts missing from the Criterion.

The new title-credits, missing 1:34 and the longer end music, makes that I suppose that there are left some 1,30 - 2,30 minutes missing

The Criterion is a shorter (international?) version.

At the time at 22:47 in the Criterion disc the following scenes is shortened  by approx. 1:34 min. It's not only that there are missing something:  the following moments in the two versions  are different. Before the re-matching scene, there are few seconds of a picture (Tati running) that the longer version don't have. It's a continuing shot were the man with the blue folder appear just after that Tati run out from the picture (see below).

Here's screen caps: Two caps that the Criterion disc misses, and  one cap that reunion the two versions (and misses from the Futurefilm). And the final frame (man runing with the blue folder are in the both.

I think there is three versions of the film. The French 155 minutes, that don't longer exist(?) and the shorter version and a version made for the North American market. But I can't confirm it!

 

*******

PLAYTIME   In speaking of sound, PLAYTIME was not only a 70mm-shot film, but I recent found out that Tati actually recorded an 8-track soundtrack for the film instead of the usual 6-track (with five speakers behind the screen, as is always the pre-Dolby case.  Being in Pittsburgh, I am fortunate to be in contact with Lucy Fisher, who is not only the head of the University Of Pittsburgh Film School, but an authority on Tati.  Your site was the ONLY one who has agreed with me on how AWFUL the Criterion DVD was.  It encountered my wrath when I used to write for e-tailer DVDEmpire, a review still posted for used copies.



Picture:

The first time I watched Playtime in a Cinema,  the copy was all red, like the first color photos in everyone's albums. From that stage these two prints are a big improvement, but none of these two DVD's are as good one could hope!

The Criterion has more sharpness, the black level is better, but the picture is so much cropped on every side, that it destroys many comically  framed scenes, and for certain it destroys almost every picture composition in the film. I can't really recommend it!

But then again, the Nordic disc  has less sharpness,  and some pictures are so dark that you don't even know what happens in them. The black level is very green / grey. The Nordic DVD has more colors than the faded Criterion and overall it  seems otherwise better. I wonder if the Nordic disc is the same print that the currently released in France! Hope not!
DRAW. My suggestion is to wait for the new Criterion release in 2004.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on October 31, 2004, 12:35:44 AM
thanks for that info on Playtime!
why do you think Criterion would chop up the picture like that?
the color in the Criterion looks a lot better to me.
i love that shot of the glass waiting room with the pictures.
i wonder if that inspired the picture of Barry framed through the glass door in PDL.
so i guess i should try and sell my OOP version now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pas on November 01, 2004, 10:05:29 AM
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006A05RM/002-4209986-5598468

weep
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on November 01, 2004, 10:44:30 AM
Quote from: Pas Rapport
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006A05RM/002-4209986-5598468

weep

http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=161079&highlight=#161079
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: rustinglass on November 01, 2004, 12:18:01 PM
If I win the lottery.... screw touring asia.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 01, 2004, 12:47:24 PM
Quote from: rustinglass
If I win the lottery.... screw touring asia.


That's what a lot of American businessmen do.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on November 25, 2004, 09:11:57 AM
Edit: Looks like Godardian beat me to it in the Todd Haynes thread, but I still think it should be mentioned here.

Quote from: Criterionco.com

Conversation with Gus Vant Sant and Todd Haynes to Appear on My Own Private Idaho

A wide-ranging new audio conversation between director Gus Van Sant and acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) and will be included on Criterion’s upcoming release of My Own Private Idaho. Also included on this special edition two-disc set will be a new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with key crew members, and many additional supplemental features. Look for My Own Private Idaho in early 2005.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on November 27, 2004, 12:58:55 AM
Kagemusha cover:

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/267_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on November 27, 2004, 10:42:26 AM
I swear to god...these covers are so gorgeous, that shit just made my day
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on November 27, 2004, 11:24:52 AM
Does anyone know how Criterion does finacially? As dvd moves more towards soccer moms and less towards peeps like us I can see Criterions profits getting lower and lower. The day Criterion releases full screen will be the day that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Weak2ndAct on November 27, 2004, 12:03:53 PM
Quote from: Stefen
Does anyone know how Criterion does finacially? As dvd moves more towards soccer moms and less towards peeps like us I can see Criterions profits getting lower and lower. The day Criterion releases full screen will be the day that.

I think they do okay.  One thing's for sure, they're notoriously cheap about their production costs-- they often demand everything for free (when I was in college, they wanted our school's print of 'The Third Man,' which was said to one of the best in existence-- they were bitches about shipping costs and said they'd *consider* giving a couple of copies of the dvd for the trouble when it was done).  Also, most of their discs are region zero, and since they don't have any deals w/ any other countries, everyone in the world has to import them from here.  I actually see Criterions a lot more than I used to.  In the library, at Best Buy, and the evil corporate video stores... a couple years ago, I had to special order everything, now I can walk into BB and pick up 'Short Cuts' and 'Fanny and Alexander' if it suits me.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 27, 2004, 12:51:40 PM
Recently, The American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria hosted a panel with Criterion president Peter Becker and Technical Director Lee Kline. From another film forum, here is a brief summary of what was talked about (including some future releases):


"The panel was good and informative. I didn't take any notes so I'll briefly summarize it here as best as I could.

Quick news for readers who don't want to go through this long (and disorganized) post looking for upcoming titles : Renoir's THE RIVER, Antonioni's THE ECLIPSE, and re-release of SEVEN SAMURAI from a new HD transfer. More Powell-Pressberger: 49TH PARALLEL and A CANTERBURY TALE ("not transferred yet"). A hint of possible new HIGH AND LOW as Peter Becker mentions that it would be good that this gets a new improved transfer.

Becker started off the session by going over how it was founded by Bob Stein (a great pioneer in digital media who was covered by Wired in this memorable profile) in similar terms as in this old interview with Todd Doogan at the Digital Bits.

The company has a staff of around 45 people who work hand-in-hand on all the ongoing projects.

Current video restorations are all done on high-def. Currently, this work cannot be printed back to film since this is too expensive (from $100,000 up) to do.

Good negatives of THE LEOPARD that were considered lost for years were located in England due to Lee Kline's persistence for high quality. He even rejected the materials from the earlier Italian restoration (presented on the previous R2 Italian DVD). He evaded from talking too much to Giuseppe Rotunno about not using the old work that the DP supervised; but once Kline told that better materials were located, Rotunno was more than happy to go through the movie once again, giving very detailed notes ("he gave like 15 pages of notes for every shot") from Italy as Kline sent him tests as he worked on the transfer in England. Not only the movie looks better on DVD, it's now better preserved since the quality of the negatives that were found was superior than all the previously available materials.

The missing fine-grained print of THE RULES OF THE GAME listed in lab inventory but lost for years was found after lots of prodding of various labs in France. Before that, available materials of the famous 50's restoration were already much faded and so fragile that splice tapes were coming off.

Each film on the Brakhage set used a different encoding program that gives each one the best picture quality.

Sven Nykist was not available to supervise the transfer for FANNY AND ALEXANDER due to health problems.

Transfer of THE RIVER will be done by digitally re-compositing the original 3-strip Technicolor negative, which has problems lining up together due to shrinkage. This expensive project is co-financed with help from BFI.

Some answers to audience's questions:

Criterion will continue to make laserdisc supplements to titles they've lost rights to available to studios as they make deals on a title-by-title basis. The upcoming MGM Raging Bull SE will have the LD commentary.

They forego doing anamorphic transfers at first because the former technical director (unnamed, could be Sean Wright-Anderson) was not satisfied with the results of the downcoversion done by various player chipsets at the time. The tests were done with an anamorphically encoded image of a circle: no downconversion looked the same as the other.

Earlier non-anamorphic release will gradually be re-released in better transfers. But then Becker notes that most early titles were shot in standard Academy.

KING KONG can be considered as one of the "titles that got away" on DVD. The nitrate negative that was used in the transfer of the 1984 Criterion LD is currently lost and Becker guessed that it's one of the reason why it's still MIA on DVD.

BULLET IN THE HEAD was considered to be the Criterion title at one point. Usual problems with rights made this impossible, especially now since the rights have just changed hands to Fortune Star. But Becker still keeps in constant contact with Woo and producer Terence Chang and continues to "knock on the door" of the rights holder every year for a possible release.

Tower was the first store chain that started a separate section devoted to Criterion LD's in the video department. This was mostly due to knowledgeable store managers than from corporate mandate. Criterion was too happy to obliged to support these efforts with banners, ads, etc."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on November 27, 2004, 01:14:14 PM
A new high and low? The one that I have is lacking, no features hardly, any word on whats on this new one?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Weak2ndAct on November 27, 2004, 07:03:08 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
BULLET IN THE HEAD was considered to be the Criterion title at one point. Usual problems with rights made this impossible, especially now since the rights have just changed hands to Fortune Star. But Becker still keeps in constant contact with Woo and producer Terence Chang and continues to "knock on the door" of the rights holder every year for a possible release.

God, I hope they finally get this title.  I'm watching my Tai Seng video right now, and it's a disgrace: white subtitles (often undreadable and at times just flat-out missing over some scenes), and a hazy image full of scracthes :yabbse-thumbdown:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 28, 2004, 12:06:57 AM
Quote from: Stefen
A new high and low? The one that I have is lacking, no features hardly, any word on whats on this new one?


No word. Its just discussion of a potential title to be released. I'd expect a Seven Samuari release well before High and Low so hold tight to the dvd you have now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on November 29, 2004, 11:44:37 AM
a criterion "my own private idaho" has been announced to be released sometime in february 2005, just in case anybody didn't know and was interested. i couldn't find it posted about anywhere around here, but it is the latest news on their main website so maybe it's too obvious to post about, i don't know. it was very surprising, as a choice tho, i thought anyway, so i figured i'd mention it. can't wait for that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on November 29, 2004, 12:45:08 PM
Quote from: ebeaman
i couldn't find it posted about anywhere around here


Counting mine, scroll up eleven posts.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on November 29, 2004, 11:17:56 PM
February releases just announced... some cover art was posted

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/274_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/272_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/275_box_348x490.jpg)


Jules Dassin's Thieves Highway is also being released in February (no cover art available).



No cover art available for My Own Private Idaho either, which will also be release in February, but the specs are enticing in themselves...

 DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:

 New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions and approved by director Gus Van Sant

 New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack

 Exclusive new audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine)

 The Making of My Own Private Idaho, a new documentary featuring interviews with key crew members  

 New video interview with film critic Paul Arthur on the adaptation of Shakespeare in My Own Private Idaho

 Video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and Rain Phoenix  

 Outtakes

 Original theatrical trailer

 English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

 More!

Plus: a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and Reeves  
 





mmmm.... I'll be blind buying many come February
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on November 30, 2004, 10:50:30 AM
I wish I was a good enough of a writer to justify the feelings I have towards Criterion right now, through words.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on November 30, 2004, 02:20:52 PM
"Overrated" comes to mind.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on November 30, 2004, 02:57:40 PM
BANNED.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on December 01, 2004, 09:31:28 AM
Have any of you seen those 3 movies Samsong posted?  Do you know what they are even about?  Would you even watch those movies if Criterion didn't put them out?

I'll answer all these questions for you: "No"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on December 01, 2004, 01:02:39 PM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Have any of you seen those 3 movies Samsong posted?  Do you know what they are even about?  Would you even watch those movies if Criterion didn't put them out?

I'll answer all these questions for you: "No"


Actually, I've seen Night And The City. It's a film noir classic and was the original movie that the Deniro/Lange remake was based on.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 01, 2004, 01:06:05 PM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Have any of you seen those 3 movies Samsong posted?  Do you know what they are even about?  Would you even watch those movies if Criterion didn't put them out?

I'll answer all these questions for you: "No"


i agree...
sometimes almost always do people buy criterions b/c of the name.
i think that if criterion released "the core" then film geeks would be like "well, if criterion releases it then it must be good/overlooked/avant-garde/missunderstood masterpiece,  i think i'll give the core a second chance"

my philosophy is buy what you know is for you.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on December 01, 2004, 01:08:42 PM
So... Criterion is "overrated" because they put out films that you haven't seen?  Brilliant logic there.

They bring films that not everyone has watched to people's attention and make films most people haven't seen on anything but a full-screen VHS available in the best quality possible.  How is broadening horizons make a company overrated?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 01, 2004, 01:11:43 PM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Have any of you seen those 3 movies Samsong posted?  Do you know what they are even about?  Would you even watch those movies if Criterion didn't put them out?

I'll answer all these questions for you: "No"


What I do is scope out the Criterion collection, then go to my library and pick up a VHS version of it (their DVD's usually skip, and they dont' have many foreign DVD's) and I watch them.  If I like them, I go pick up the Criterion if it has a lot of features.

In a sense, Criterion serves as a gateway for me to find movies that don't get a lot of press until they're Criterioned.

You can say that film geeks just buy Criterions to say they have them (which, I know those people.  I told my friend that Pulp Fiction was released on Criterion on laserdisc, but when they made the SE DVD, it had all the same features, my friend said he still wishes he could see the word Criterion on it) but to me, Criterion helps bring foreign movies to the light for me (since I have no idea where to start).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 01, 2004, 01:19:54 PM
its all about the name.

i will agree 100% that criterions do offer exellent audio/visual/supplements and nice cover art , yadda yadda.

but what i am saying is that people will buy these films because criterion puts them out.  if kino  put these out or some other distributer put them out instead of critrerion then none of us would still have newer heard of them or soon enough-buy them.

we are slaves to criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on December 01, 2004, 01:21:52 PM
We're totally going against our banners, which praise The Criterion Collection. Now we're saying maybe it's just for 'assholes'? Oh... my...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on December 01, 2004, 01:22:38 PM
yeah man, i've never even actually watched the movies i bought from criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 01, 2004, 01:31:44 PM
Quote from: eward
yeah man, i've never even actually watched the movies i bought from criterion.


Gotta keep them mint, man.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on December 01, 2004, 01:34:55 PM
Actually, Pwaybloe, I'm happy because, 1) There's a Bertolucci I've been dying to see, 2) There's a Godard I already love, and one of my very favorite films; My Own Private Idaho. No other studio would give any of these the treatment Criterion does, and if they did, I'd buy them. And as a few posters already mentioned, how does bringing generally unknown quality films to the public make them overrated?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on December 01, 2004, 02:04:08 PM
and yes, seriously, i've heard that tout va bien is teriffic, criterion or not i'd spend money on it .

and yea sure, perhaps some people buy them simply because they're criterions, but why do we need to talk about them?  it's not me and i doubt it's any of the better people on this board.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on December 01, 2004, 02:38:53 PM
Ha ha.  I'd never expected to garner this kind of response.  

My initial response was to Withnail's goofy reaction to the 3 announced Criterion releases.

My fault for not taking it to PM.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on December 01, 2004, 03:39:34 PM
Goofy or not, that was what I felt. Let's not spend any more time on this.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on December 01, 2004, 04:08:51 PM
Quote from: Withnail & Garfunkel
Goofy or not, that was what I felt. Let's not spend any more time on this.

Amen to that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on December 01, 2004, 05:53:31 PM
going back to what mercury said for a second, let me just say that lots of people have completely forgotten the simple idea that movies are either good, bad, or ok regardless of their label. i think that was, maybe, what he was trying to say, in pertience to criterion, specifically. there are of course those that are a whore to criterions, for whatever reason. usually a completely understandable reason, like the guarantee for good quality. there are those that are a whore to art houses, starbucks, gap, tic-tacs...there's all kinds of label whores. i myself am a whore to hot pockets and mountain dew.

the bottom line is that every label has its whores. we can only be thankful that the only thing we're all guilty of is being xixax whores, really, as a whole. i think some of us actually might have heard about "nigeria's election", after all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on December 01, 2004, 06:03:00 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
its all about the name.

i will agree 100% that criterions do offer exellent audio/visual/supplements and nice cover art , yadda yadda.

but what i am saying is that people will buy these films because criterion puts them out.  if kino  put these out or some other distributer put them out instead of critrerion then none of us would still have newer heard of them or soon enough-buy them.

we are slaves to criterion.

yes, i agree with this.  kino needs some better graphic designers/more help in the marketing dept, and they too could have a massive following.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ernie on December 01, 2004, 06:04:58 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
its all about the name.

i will agree 100% that criterions do offer exellent audio/visual/supplements and nice cover art , yadda yadda.

but what i am saying is that people will buy these films because criterion puts them out.  if kino  put these out or some other distributer put them out instead of critrerion then none of us would still have newer heard of them or soon enough-buy them.

we are slaves to criterion.

yes, i agree with this.  kino needs some better graphic designers/more help in the marketing dept, and they too could have a massive following.


there's a very small demographic of kino whores, yes. it needs to grow.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 02, 2004, 02:55:13 AM
I understand the criterion snob label. Shockingly, I don't think I am one. Blind buy purchases I have made from them, but really only when the title interests me or is by a certain filmmaker. I've always been the first to admit that some of the films they release really are shit and I wish I could trade in some of their dvds I own. As far as I know I can't, but fuck, I'm so limited on just seeing these types of movies I sometimes have to give in to a blind purchase. And yes, I know Netflix is available and all, but I have yet to try it. Mailing DVDs back and forth always struck me as not reliable for some reason.

That being said, the February release slate is excellent. I'll pick up the Jules Dassin discs simply because of the genius of Rififi and Tout Va Bien because I am interested in tapping Godard post '67, but to the person who buys all Criterions, you are insane. They definitely have the best collection of films, far better than Kino or any other company, but they are not perfect.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on December 02, 2004, 02:04:45 PM
Kino has a pretty good collection too, including the Buster Keaton films and some from Murnau and Lang.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on December 02, 2004, 10:15:18 PM
Quote from: ebeaman
going back to what mercury said for a second, let me just say that lots of people have completely forgotten the simple idea that movies are either good, bad, or ok regardless of their label. i think that was, maybe, what he was trying to say, in pertience to criterion, specifically. there are of course those that are a whore to criterions, for whatever reason. usually a completely understandable reason, like the guarantee for good quality. there are those that are a whore to art houses, starbucks, gap, tic-tacs...there's all kinds of label whores. i myself am a whore to hot pockets and mountain dew.

the bottom line is that every label has its whores. we can only be thankful that the only thing we're all guilty of is being xixax whores, really, as a whole. i think some of us actually might have heard about "nigeria's election", after all.



a shower thought:

if happiness was a label, would all of us be happiness whores?

think about that. think about that issue.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 03, 2004, 12:33:19 PM
Is Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo on the horizon? An article in the Chicago Tribune has some interesting things to say about the future of Criterion. Here's the quote:

"Criterion keeps its upcoming slate under pretty tight wraps, and release dates are indeed prone to delay for numerous reasons. But Hendrickson is willing to confirm a few new titles for the Criterion faithful and hint about several more in store for 2005 and beyond. These include Powell/Pressburger's "The 49th Parallel" and "A Canterbury Tale," Antonioni's "L'Eclisse," Les Blank's riveting Werner Herzog documentary "Burden of Dreams," and a new edition of "Seven Samurai" (plus possibly other re-released Kurosawa titles as well).

"We're always addressing the issues of the library and getting out new filmmakers that we haven't been able to put out before," Hendrickson says. "I feel like 2005 is the introduction of a lot of people to the Criterion library that you haven't seen before. John Ford is possibly on the horizon. There will be Mizoguchi and a few more women inserted into the collection. But we're driven as much by what the collection is missing and how we're going to address those gaps."

Fitzcarraldo isn't mentioned per say, but Burden of Dreams pairs up well with the film like "The Making of Fanny and Alexander" would pair up well with Fanny and Alexander. Most people doubt that Criterion would release Burden of Dreams on its own and other foreign dvds have released the documentary and film together already. Its odd Fitzcarraldo wasn't mentioned at all, but its safe money to bet Criterion will do everything in its power to release both films in one dvd special edition.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on December 03, 2004, 05:31:59 PM
damn, how many times are they gonna make cinephile buy this movie?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on December 04, 2004, 12:50:42 AM
Oh, I think "Burden of Dreams" could definitely stand on its own. Criterion has certainly released documentaries that were more obscure -- and just as brilliant -- as that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on December 04, 2004, 12:51:37 AM
Where have you been, sir..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on December 04, 2004, 01:02:33 AM
Oh, it's been a looooooooooooong year. ... It would make an interesting documentary. If Errol Morris is interested.

Then again, maybe it's not very interesting at all. Which is fascinating in and of itself.

Oh, bother....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on December 10, 2004, 07:31:24 PM
Cover art for My Own Private Idaho is now posted and it's beautiful.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/277_box_348x490.jpg)

I must see this movie... very very soon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on December 10, 2004, 08:57:03 PM
Quote from: samsong
I must see this movie... very very soon.


And here's to you liking/ loving it!

Two thumps up for the film, two for the cover, and two for finally not just getting a DVD after years of shoddy VHS viewing, but on top of everything getting it Criterioned.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on December 10, 2004, 09:44:54 PM
That Cover For My Own Private Idaho is sooooo badass....Sorry for like an imature little kid but that is one cool cover. I love the film as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on December 11, 2004, 12:38:19 AM
here's to river phoenix getting blown FINALLY in widescreen!  :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 16, 2004, 12:17:48 PM
According to a sourse who overheard critic John Simon discussing it outside The Merchant of Venice premiere, it looks like he will provide an essay for the film Kanal in the upcoming Criterion box set for Andrzej Wajda's War Trilogy, (Ashes and Diamonds/ A Generation/ Kanal) I guess the news means to look for the box set to come out shortly.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 17, 2004, 05:17:44 PM
Hoop Dreams in April?

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=493&e=1&u=/ap/20041217/ap_en_mo/hoop_dreams_death

A news story talking about how the father of the Hoop Dreams star was recently shot to death. Considering how private and impactful the film was for me, this is news in itself. The news that relates to this thread is that in the article the family says they were interviewed for an upcoming DVD that is to come out in April. No names were mentioned, but 99% its Criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on December 17, 2004, 06:31:18 PM
that means YAY!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on December 17, 2004, 07:41:34 PM
A hoops dreams criterion would be the greatest release known to man. more info GT, more info!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 17, 2004, 08:06:32 PM
Quote from: Stefen
A hoops dreams criterion would be the greatest release known to man. more info GT, more info!


Someone just has to email Roger Ebert and ask him if he's providing a commentary.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 18, 2004, 12:14:37 AM
L'ECLISSE CONFIRMED!

From the main website:

Criterion to Release Antonioni's L'eclisse

Michelangelo Antonioni's classic examination of modern alienation, L'eclisse, will be released by Criterion in early 2005. The two-disc special edition will feature a new transfer from restored film elements, as well as a number of supplemental features, including audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña, a 56-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career, an exclusive new video piece featuring Italian film critic Adriano Apra and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo, and more. Look for L’eclisse this March!

http://www.criterionco.com
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 22, 2004, 01:47:53 PM
MARCH RELEASES ARE UP, INCLUDING MANY LEFT FIELD SURPRISES AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DVDS...........


FIRST, THE BIG ONES:

JULES AND JIM: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=281

L'ECLISSE: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=278


also,

THE RIVER: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=276

YOUNG TORLESS: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=279

THE SWORD OF DOOM: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=280

The first two are "musts" for me while The River is very intriguing considering I've wanted to see it for a while and top of that, its at a decent price with a Scorsese interview. The film that I think will be a blind buy is The Sword of Doom. There's a really good essay on it (from the original laser disc release) that is very good.

http://chaumurky.net/criterion/indepth-238.html

If Akira Kurosawa is the John Ford of Japanese samurai dramas, then Sword of Doom director Kihachi Okamoto is the samurai film's Sam Fuller.

A specialist in action films, with a particulat accent on violence and raw characterizations, Okomoto made his name in the late 1960's with Samurai Assassin (1965), Kill (1968), and Zato Ichi Meets Yojimbo (1970). These movies, and The Sword of Doom, all starred a featured Toshiro Mifune, who had appeared frequently in the films of Akira Kurosawa. But like Sam Fuller, Okamoto (who spent three years in a uniform during the Pacific War) specialized in blood-and-guts World War II battle films.

The Sword of Doom is considered Okamoto's masterpiece, but when it opened here in 1967, it had the effect of separating the sheep from the goats. Perhaps western critics expected a more lyrical drama in the manner of Kurosawa, or a thoughtfull examination of bushido (samurai chivalric code.). They were agast at Sword's ballet of violence in two bravura and gory martial arts pieces that climax in the film's first and second thirds (neatly dividing it into "acts"), not to mention the finale, one of the most violent in cinema history.

The plot at first look was simpler than those of most Japanese films that have been received as classics ( The Seven Samurai, The 47 Ronin, Samurai Rebellion, etc.). Set in the 1860s, it's the story of Ryunosuke Tsukue, a samurai who is hated for his savagery and disregarded for the law. Ryunosuke is an outcast, surviving as a hired assassin of political figures. He also lives in fear of the revenge set in motion by his late father and the brother of his first samurai victim, as well as the enemy of Toranosuke Shimada (Toshiro Mifune), the only samurai who might best him as a swordsman.

If this seems superficial, it's supposed to be--Okamoto is less interested in philosophy than in entertainment. And as to narrative, Okamoto looks to the Western for his characterizations. The portrayal of madness embodied in Ryunosuke Tsukue (Tatsuya Nakadai, another Kurosawa alumnus from Yojimbo and Sanjuro) evokes, to this writer, the Stephen McNally or Don Duryea characters in Anthony Mann's Winchester '73, men who kill for the pleasure of it.

The Sword of Doom took years to achieve critical acceptance, but audience members not wedded to scholarly pretensions immediately seized upon the vitality of Okamoto's direction and Nakadai's performance. His Ryunosuke ("a man from hell," as one character puts it) is one of the screen's more memorable psychopaths, a passive-aggressive whose bloodlust is portrayed with dead calm, revealed by the tiniest motion of an eye, the trace of a smile, or the tense position of his body as he poders killing.

For lack of a full-fledged opponent to Ryunosuke, Okamoto establishes Shimada as Ryunosuke's moral opposite, a thoughtful, introspective samurai--the film's conscience. He tells Ryunosuke, "The sword is the soul. Study the soul to study the sword," after regretfully dispatching two dozen samurai for an assassination attempt. In a flurry of savage action (including several hands and blood splattering on newly fallen snow) every single samurai falls by the wayside. As Ryunosuke watches Shimada in action against his cohorts, the barest flicker of an expression indicates that he has been shaken by this sight. One has the chilling sense of a man who has seen the means of his own demise.

Okamoto and cinematographer Hiroshi Murai (Samurai Assassin, The Emperor and the General, The Submergence of Japan, a.k.a. Tidal Wave) make splendid use of the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The close-ups are never artificially imposing, and the action scenes, almost all involving dozens of combatants, are dazzling in their complexity and scope. The finale, one of the longest, bloodiest samurai duels in history, makes incredibly evocative use of shadow and space. Impressive, also, are the little details, such as the samurai practicing with his sword, his blade interposed against shafts of sunlight that seem almost solid.

The Sword of Doom doesn't pretend to be anything more than a study of madness and violence at the extreme edges. It is the finest movie from a filmmaker who deserves to be more widely known in America.

-Bruce Eder

(Bruce Eder is a film historian and frequent contributor to Criterion commentary tracks.)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on December 22, 2004, 01:55:53 PM
i'm definitely getting Jules and Jim! the special features look great!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on December 22, 2004, 02:02:09 PM
all this leaves me asking one question....

WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE BRESSON FILMS?!?!
and Playtime...

Jules and Jim + new Antonioni = sam being broke... well, maybe not.  my birthday's in March.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 22, 2004, 02:11:24 PM
Quote from: samsong
all this leaves me asking one question....

WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE BRESSON FILMS?!?!
and Playtime...

Jules and Jim + new Antonioni = sam being broke... well, maybe not.  my birthday's in March.


Patience!!!!!

I actually envy your situation because its more likely the new Bressons and Playtime will drop before my anticipated release of the Eisenstein Silents does. The Bressons will be anytime while Criterion acknowledged that the earliest we'll see the Eisensteins is at the end of 2005 or sometime in 2006. And they've been saying that release should be coming "shortly" for almost two years now!

Also, if its of any importance, The Wadja War Trilogy has been confirmed as the next release after this wave of newly announced titles. They will occupy spine #'s 282-285. For anyone curious to what will be included in The Wadja War Trilogy, look back a little in this thread because I mentioned it being a possibility. I guess its now confirmed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 22, 2004, 11:20:05 PM
Criterion has officially gone overboard with the releases. The Wadja War Trilogy will be included for release in March,

The Wadja War Trilogy: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=282

Its official...I'm getting a second job because this release also tempts me!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on December 23, 2004, 12:02:13 AM
Quote from: samsong
and Playtime...


haHA! the lincoln center film society is screening a newly made 70mm print of this and I'M GOING! i hope it's as good as y'all say.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on December 23, 2004, 01:49:34 AM
Quote from: bonanzataz
Quote from: samsong
and Playtime...


haHA! the lincoln center film society is screening a newly made 70mm print of this and I'M GOING! i hope it's as good as y'all say.


Fuck you.  just kidding... I missed it when it was screened here but the Cinematheque is doing a 70 MM Film Festival again so hopefully they'll have a print.

Don't doubt the greatness of Jacques Tati.

By the way, I've been anticipating Eisenstein: The Silent Years for a long time as well... admittedly not as much as I am the Bresson pictures but Battleship Potemkin changed my life... sort of.  I guess I should buy/watch The Sound Years while I'm waiting...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 23, 2004, 01:53:02 AM
Quote from: samsong
I guess I should buy/watch The Sound Years while I'm waiting...


Ivan The Terrible alone is the worth the price.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on December 23, 2004, 06:52:47 AM
Quote from: bonanzataz
Quote from: samsong
and Playtime...


haHA! the lincoln center film society is screening a newly made 70mm print of this and I'M GOING! i hope it's as good as y'all say.


the first time i watched it was on a Saturday morning, so i got sleepy, but i imagine you won't have that problem seeing it on the big screen as there is so much going on in each frame.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on January 06, 2005, 07:51:05 PM
Jules and Jim coveart posted

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/281_box_348x490.jpg)

me likes, me likes (all except the black bar at the top... reminds me of the old logo)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on January 06, 2005, 07:57:48 PM
Feh.  One of the least exciting pieces of cover art I've seen.  You'd think their trying to copy the major studios' humongous heads fetish in hopes of selling a few more copies.  Only problem is, it's not a famous head.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on January 06, 2005, 08:58:00 PM
I haven't been so impressed with their recent new cover art.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on January 06, 2005, 10:26:49 PM
is this all new artwork or something from the original artwork?
you would think Jules and Jim would be represented somehow.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 06, 2005, 11:27:25 PM
Quote from: samsong
Jules and Jim coveart posted

me likes, me likes

You're not alone.
I think it's nice with its minimalist aesthetic. :-D
I give it a yabbse-thumbup
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on January 09, 2005, 01:32:05 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/277_box_348x490.jpg)

They changed the original cover of Phoenix walking down a road to this junk
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on January 09, 2005, 01:37:15 PM
Oh god....big head syndrome

I do like the font and the aged, worn photo look, but geez
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on January 09, 2005, 02:17:53 PM
They're only doing that, of course, to sell a few more copies.  Only reason is to cash in on any Keanu Reeves (haha, hate to see the unassuming Matrix fanboy stumble on this) or River Phoenix fans (Are there still even such a thing?).  Anyway, it's shameful, but if it lets them put out a few more quality titles than normal, fine, whatever.  It would be interesting if they actually got some complaints about this, though I doubt it will make too much of a difference.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: picolas on January 09, 2005, 05:44:18 PM
for the record

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005JLHW.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Florya Naoki on January 09, 2005, 08:56:28 PM
Too bad. The original was a lot better.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on January 09, 2005, 10:14:05 PM
Jules and Jim is missing Kevin Smith grinning at the top.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on January 10, 2005, 12:55:45 AM
yep, this is the beginning.  first just a little cover change, before you know it, it will be BLOCKBUSTER CRITERION VIDEO.   :(
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on January 10, 2005, 11:24:38 AM
do not speak of such things!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 20, 2005, 11:09:46 PM
OK, here's a rumor saying David Fincher's The Game is coming in April:  http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0&s=1&c=354&n=1&k=The+Game&burl=r%3D0%26g%3Dinfo%26s%3D1%26k%3DThe%2BGame

Personally, I don't buy it. It says potential release on April 25th, but thats a Monday. And I couldn't find a DavidFincher.net at all. I would love for it to be true because its the best film Fincher made. Annoucements of April titles should be sometime next week.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on January 20, 2005, 11:12:22 PM
i'm pretty sure that article is 3 years old practically, back when the rumors were around and there was a davidfincher.net.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 20, 2005, 11:17:00 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
i'm pretty sure that article is 3 years old practically, back when the rumors were around and there was a davidfincher.net.


I think you're right. At the top, I saw the 2002 date, but it was dated July and for an annoucment to say its coming in April didn't make sense either. Well, fuck it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on January 20, 2005, 11:35:53 PM
Oh David Fincher... it feels like only yesterday when you had the most popular forum..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 26, 2005, 02:31:26 AM
Introducing Orson Welles as director to the Criterion Collection............


according to Amazon.ca, Orson Welles F for Fake is coming in April. Also coming is Divorce, Italian Style.

F for Fake: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007M2234/701-7672624-8680334

Divorce, Italian Style: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007M222A/701-7672624-8680334

Official annoucements coming soon!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on January 26, 2005, 11:22:40 AM
i wish they would put all their energy into finding the mysterious rumored original version of the Magnificent Ambersons.

hell, i would just love a DVD of the butchered version!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 26, 2005, 12:14:51 PM
Quote from: bigideas
i wish they would put all their energy into finding the mysterious rumored original version of the Magnificent Ambersons.

hell, i would just love a DVD of the butchered version!


Blame Warners. Though the original is likely lost, they hold all rights to the film and are sitting on it with a policy of not leasing to to third companies at all. I'm sure Criterion gets a number of replies asking for it with nothing to do.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on January 26, 2005, 05:55:46 PM
Please please PLEASE, all of you who haven't seen Divorce, Italian Style -- make sure you blind buy it! Such a fantastic, funny film...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on January 31, 2005, 04:27:43 PM
cover art for F for Fake (gorgeous) and Divorce, Italian Style

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/288_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/286_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on January 31, 2005, 04:58:52 PM
F is For Fake

I'm interested in this extra:

Orson Welles: One-Man Band (1988), an hour-long investigation of Welles’s unfinished projects
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on January 31, 2005, 05:12:19 PM
my my, what excellent covers those are.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on January 31, 2005, 05:16:15 PM
Anything for proof that the bad My Own Private Idaho and Jules et Jim covers were flukes.  Me likey.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on January 31, 2005, 07:32:06 PM
YES! That it is...just amazing. I want them!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 02, 2005, 12:02:41 PM
In the pipeline, a new array of films join the prestigious rumor mill list. Come one, come all, but let us assume maybe only one will care. Enjoy:

THE 49th PARALLEL (Powell & Pressburger) - mentioned at AMMI talk

A CANTERBURY TALE (Powell & Pressburger) - mentioned at AMMI talk

HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Lubitsch, 1943) - somebody's Prof is working on it (if he hasn't been sacked).

KAPÒ (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1959) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH [Il Momento della verità] (Francesco Rosi, 1965) - verified solid source.

YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (Ford, 1939) - TCM website review of Peter Cowie's new book says he has recorded a commentary for the film.

LE PROCES DE JEANNE D'ARC (1962, Robert Bresson) shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: john on February 02, 2005, 08:04:12 PM
More Powell and Pressburger? Best Criterion news so far this year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 02, 2005, 09:31:42 PM
As expected a rumored Bresson release has gotten me all giddy inside, but where the FUCK are Au Hasard Balthazar and Mouchette... and Playtime?!

After seeing The Battle of Algiers, anything Pontecorvo is welcomed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 02, 2005, 09:42:20 PM
le proces de jean d'arc and heaven can wait are two of the best rumored titles to reach my ears in quite some time
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 04, 2005, 05:52:52 PM
More Welles and Bertolucci coming from Criterion?

First, word from a USA Today article that Criterion will release Bertolucci's early film, "Before The Revolution":

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2005-02-03-bertolucci-dvd_x.htm

"And Criterion is restoring another of his films, Before the Revolution (1964). At 64, he jokes, 'I wish they could restore the directors.'"

Also, look for a release soon on Orson Welles' Confidential Report if this post is any indication:

Next week, Jim Naremore and I are recording a joint commentary for
the Criterion DVD of ARKADIN (the Corinth version),; Stefan's
version will also be on the disc.

Jonathan

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/a_film_by/message/22199
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on February 04, 2005, 10:40:30 PM
you had me holding my breath thinking The Conformist was coming.  thanks for nothing.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 04, 2005, 11:21:31 PM
Quote from: lamas
you had me holding my breath thinking The Conformist was coming.  thanks for nothing.


The Conformist is an annoucement all on its own. No way could it ever be disguised as just a Bertolucci release. That being said, there's almost no way Criterion will get their hands on it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 04, 2005, 11:28:34 PM
why's that?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 05, 2005, 11:47:13 AM
Universal has kindly decided they will strangle hold that title with no release in the near future even by them. And if they even do release, it will be likely just the chopped up and dubbed american version with the international version still left looking for a release. The one hope is that Bertolucci campaigns himself for getting it to Criterion but its been evident for a while that Bertolucci is playing nice with Criterion and no word of him being nice with The Conformist at all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 05, 2005, 12:05:05 PM
that's shitty.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on February 05, 2005, 12:25:31 PM
i've still got that tivo'd from like 6 months ago.  i have yet to work up the desire to watch it.  maybe soon...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 05, 2005, 02:00:16 PM
do so.  dammit, this needs a dvd release, it doesn't even have to be criterion! my vhs copy is crappy and it aint getting any younger.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 05, 2005, 05:33:44 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Universal has kindly decided they will strangle hold that title with no release in the near future even by them. And if they even do release, it will be likely just the chopped up and dubbed american version with the international version still left looking for a release. The one hope is that Bertolucci campaigns himself for getting it to Criterion but its been evident for a while that Bertolucci is playing nice with Criterion and no word of him being nice with The Conformist at all.


Universal has licensed titles to Criterion before.  Why would they be stingy with The Conformist?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on February 05, 2005, 09:23:22 PM
i'm kinda shocked we haven't been redirected yet.

http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=3560&highlight=conformist
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 05, 2005, 11:07:00 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Universal has kindly decided they will strangle hold that title with no release in the near future even by them. And if they even do release, it will be likely just the chopped up and dubbed american version with the international version still left looking for a release. The one hope is that Bertolucci campaigns himself for getting it to Criterion but its been evident for a while that Bertolucci is playing nice with Criterion and no word of him being nice with The Conformist at all.


Universal has licensed titles to Criterion before.  Why would they be stingy with The Conformist?


My apologies, the studio in question is actually Paramount.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 08, 2005, 01:50:12 PM
I just saw the full Italian version of the Conformist in a theatre here in London.  :twisted: Beautiful. It'd be nice to have on disc...

BUT STILL, Before The Rev is fucking great. Fantastic news. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 08, 2005, 10:06:05 PM
Quote
I just saw the full Italian version of the Conformist in a theatre here in London.


i need to leave the suburbs.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 08, 2005, 10:14:11 PM
Quote from: eward
Quote
I just saw the full Italian version of the Conformist in a theatre here in London.


i need to leave the suburbs.


I know, right?  David Sedaris' description of seeing a ton of movies in France made me want to move there.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 08, 2005, 11:08:35 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
I just saw the full Italian version of the Conformist in a theatre here in London.  :twisted: Beautiful. It'd be nice to have on disc...

BUT STILL, Before The Rev is fucking great. Fantastic news. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!


mmm the same print (full length Italian cut) was shown here in LA last year; i'm having withdrawals.  at this point i don't give a shit who does it, someone needs to put this movie on dvd. one that would do the film justice of course which i guess only leaves criterion.  :yabbse-undecided:

criterion... bresson.... NOW
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 08, 2005, 11:15:14 PM
Quote from: samsong
criterion... bresson.... NOW


The moment I get the word, I'll PM you before even posting it. I really fear you may lose it sooner or later.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 08, 2005, 11:46:35 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: samsong
criterion... bresson.... NOW


The moment I get the word, I'll PM you before even posting it. I really fear you may lose it sooner or later.


 :crazyeyes:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 11, 2005, 04:36:06 PM
Get a multiregion player. Brand new R2 versions of Mouchette and Balthazar came out last year, and they're acceptable. There's rumors of a box set from France with three more, including Pickpocket. I doubt CC will get much more Bresson in the near future (of course there is that rumor about Paul Schrader doing a commentary for Pickpocket...).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 11, 2005, 04:54:45 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Get a multiregion player. Brand new R2 versions of Mouchette and Balthazar came out last year, and they're acceptable. There's rumors of a box set from France with three more, including Pickpocket. I doubt CC will get much more Bresson in the near future (of course there is that rumor about Paul Schrader doing a commentary for Pickpocket...).


Criterion officially confirmed more Bresson this year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 11, 2005, 07:19:19 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Get a multiregion player. Brand new R2 versions of Mouchette and Balthazar came out last year, and they're acceptable. There's rumors of a box set from France with three more, including Pickpocket. I doubt CC will get much more Bresson in the near future (of course there is that rumor about Paul Schrader doing a commentary for Pickpocket...).


i have a multi-region player and i knew about the bresson films that have recently been release and how good the transfers are but gt posted something about rumored bresson titles to be released in the near future and just now confirmed it with his post right before mine.  besides it was re-released by rialto pictures and all things rialto turn criterion, it seems.  just wondering what the FUCK is taking so long since Battle of Algiers and Eyes Without a Face have gotten the criterion treatment.

speaking of rialto pictures, i'm gonna go watch Masculine Feminine tonight... fucking excited!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on February 11, 2005, 09:25:02 PM
i don't know how someone could stand to listen to a Schrader commentary for a whole film.  that guy sounds like he's constantly sucking back so much spit and drool.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on February 12, 2005, 03:27:53 AM
But he is one of the only guys working in film who has something consistently interesting to say.


And we'll see about the CC Bressons. Maybe one, MAYBE two more. Why not get nearly all of them with the decent R2 versions?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 12, 2005, 11:13:17 AM
Quote from: SoNowThen
But he is one of the only guys working in film who has something consistently interesting to say.


I think Scorcese stays pretty interesting, and Soderberg's commentaries are always informative to me.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 15, 2005, 06:26:34 PM
May releases already leaked? The source is highly questionable, but I heard he predicted the two Tati's from last year and that was almost impossible to forsee. Also, the language in the description seems like it was lifted from an early trade report. Link:  http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htforum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=226303

May 10

Burden Of Dreams
Les Blank's extraordinary documentary about the making of Werner Herzog's epic film Fitzcarraldo details the desperate conditions of the production and how real-life events sometimes mirrored the plot of the film, which is about a mad plan to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Fighting the weather, morale problems, the loss of two major cast members, and even a war between Peru and Ecuador, Herzog and crew struggle to complete the film.

Hoop Dreams
The stirring true story of two ordinary inner-city kids who dare to dream the impossible - professional basketball glory. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates on their odysseys to overcome not only the harsh realities of the Chicago streets but also all the complexities and competitiveness of scholastic athletics in America. This award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary is making its DVD debut.

May 24

The Phantom Of Liberty
Director Luis Buñuel’s anarchic comedy of non-sequiturs moves from constantly interrupted highlight to highlight: the elegant soirée with guests seated on gleaming toilet bowls, one man excusing himself to use the dining room; hard-drinking, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips; a leather-clad maîtresse whipping a bourgeois businessman; a missing little girl who provides helpful tips to the cops searching for her; and a police crackdown at the zoo bringing everything full circle: “Long live chains!”
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on February 15, 2005, 08:41:20 PM
I predict a Roger Ebert commentary for Hoop Dreams.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 15, 2005, 08:56:33 PM
I hope that Phantom of Liberty is more than a rumor.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on February 15, 2005, 09:03:59 PM
Quote from: Walrus
I hope that Phantom of Liberty is more than a rumor.

i'm pretty sure its an actual film.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 15, 2005, 09:06:40 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: Walrus
I hope that Phantom of Liberty is more than a rumor.

i'm pretty sure its an actual film.


*Ahem* I hope it's Criterion release is more than a rumor.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 18, 2005, 01:01:00 AM
From a post at CC forum:

"I asked Roger Ebert tonight at his book signing if he would be involved with the upcoming Hoop Dreams dvd and he said that the essay from his "The Great Movies" series would be included. He also said he wasn't doing the commentary but that the filmmakers and two subjects of the film would be on it.

On a related note, he made reference to Beyond the Valley of the Dolls as "coming later this year.""
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 18, 2005, 01:24:09 AM
unless you have any news of a Bresson release, stop updating  :evil:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on February 18, 2005, 01:38:18 AM
(http://www.lancewood.co.za/products/images/hardcheese.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 19, 2005, 10:49:53 AM
Life Aquatic has been announced for May, details and cover here: http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0&s=1&c=5888&n=1&burl=


Two interesting facts:

- There obviously is a second cover with the reverse cover flap shown on the single disc and the fact the two disc is shown in a case. Expect the other cover to be the covers like the other Criterion releases.

-This is announced as #300. That means for Criterion to catch up to #300 from the number it is at now they would have to release 11 titles to just catch up. Burden of Dreams, Hoop Dreams and The Phantom of Liberty bring that just down to 8.

Expect Bunuel's The Milky Way also to be announced and maybe a box set of some kind (Eisenstein? Bresson? Mizoguchi? Ozu?)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on February 19, 2005, 11:29:07 AM
sweet.  i'm interested to see the other cover.  the poster is okay, but would've been much cooler had they actually staged a photo session to get a picture of everyone inside the ship instead of the rush-job photoshop thing where everyones faces glow and dont look attached to their bodies properly.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on February 19, 2005, 11:47:48 AM
Hmm. I hope the other cover is Eric Chase Anderson's.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on February 19, 2005, 12:52:20 PM
Strange... has Criterion ever done this before?  Released a one disc and a two disc?  I don't get why they would do that since they shoot for the ultimate version.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 19, 2005, 01:17:37 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate
Strange... has Criterion ever done this before?  Released a one disc and a two disc?  I don't get why they would do that since they shoot for the ultimate version.


They released two versions of Fanny and Alexander that included one that was just the theatrical version and then the ultimate disc of the theatrical with the television cut. Then, with the Tennebaums dvd, they took a disc that would have been easily priced at $40 and released it at $30 because  they didn't handle distribution and thus did not control costs (reason why Chasing Amy is now $20).

I think this way they are trying to do both worlds. They want to release a  two disc that falls into their standards of quality and price and then a one disc to satisfy the other company that is distributing the film.

Quote from: A Matter Of Chance
Hmm. I hope the other cover is Eric Chase Anderson's.


It will be.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on February 20, 2005, 12:52:25 AM
Quote from: A Matter Of Chance
Hmm. I hope the other cover is Eric Chase Anderson's.


something like this?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v117/trackaghost/RM1/Pastecover1.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Myxo on February 20, 2005, 01:35:18 AM
Yay!

Life Aquatic..

I guess Criterion has to release 1 fanatic film for every 10 obscure foreign films it releases.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on February 20, 2005, 03:15:44 AM
Yeah.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on February 20, 2005, 07:17:47 AM
hahaha. . . that makes me so giddy.

yes, i am pathetic.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 20, 2005, 09:49:41 AM
yeah, another Wes Anderson commentary.
i like those.

what is that "going deep with wes anderson" pic from?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on February 20, 2005, 09:58:18 AM
It's from an interview in Paste Magazine from a few months back.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: pete on February 20, 2005, 12:47:53 PM
Quote from: Myxomatosis
Yay!

Life Aquatic..

I guess Criterion has to release 1 fanatic film for every 10 obscure foreign films it releases.


obscure foreign films?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 20, 2005, 02:09:29 PM
i just did a search for the Paste interview and came up wit nuddin.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on February 20, 2005, 02:16:03 PM
Quote from: bigideas
i just did a search for the Paste interview and came up wit nuddin.


Never fear, my archiving skills are coming to the rescue. (http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/article?article_id=1301)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 20, 2005, 05:28:48 PM
good job.

"it's the effing cover."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: sickfins on February 21, 2005, 07:18:59 PM
to clarify, children

i believe the cover art you see on that site is the box and inside cover of the criterion 2 disc edition.  the single disc edition is not being released by criterion
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 21, 2005, 08:43:58 PM
Quote from: sickfins
to clarify, children

i believe the cover art you see on that site is the box and inside cover of the criterion 2 disc edition.


Off what information? All signs point to different cover art on the inside cover.

Quote from: sickfins
the single disc edition is not being released by criterion


That would make sense.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Orteous on February 21, 2005, 09:36:38 PM
(http://xixax.com/files/orteous/revers.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on February 21, 2005, 09:39:42 PM
now, who's gonna photoshop our old pal kevin into that?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 21, 2005, 10:47:05 PM
I love the fact they're Criterionizing it, but the cover is slightly crappy... good thing it's reversible.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Julius Orange on February 22, 2005, 12:25:24 AM
Quote from: Walrus
I love the fact they're Criterionizing it, but the cover is slightly crappy... good thing it's reversible.


Thanks for the summurization .

Thanks
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 22, 2005, 12:30:11 AM
I don't believe that will be the final cover. It may be for the single disc, but its ominous that Criterion would release a dvd that advertised "Special Edition 2 Disc Set" at the bottom. I'm expecting this is a Paramount job of adding the Criterion label when Criterion hasn't had their say yet.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on February 22, 2005, 12:49:12 AM
i think it's the end of criterion, and in effect ur life, as we know it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on February 23, 2005, 09:00:37 AM
Quote from: RegularKarate
Strange... has Criterion ever done this before?  Released a one disc and a two disc?  I don't get why they would do that since they shoot for the ultimate version.


Buena Vista is releasing the one-disc. Criterion is putting out the 2 disc with their their moniker. So Criterion is only releasing the 2 disc.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 23, 2005, 09:03:34 AM
Quote from: Julius Orange
Quote from: Walrus
I love the fact they're Criterionizing it, but the cover is slightly crappy... good thing it's reversible.


Thanks for the summurization .

Thanks


My avatar kicks your avatar's ass.

Bring it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 23, 2005, 04:08:44 PM
dvdanswers.com

Touchstone Home Entertainment has sent over artwork for the Wes Anderson directed The Life Aquatic which stars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Gambon. The film tells the story of internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou, who sets sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, and quite possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner. The film will be available in both single and a double-disc Criterion edition from the 10th May. Extras on the single-disc will include director commentary on select scenes, deleted scenes with director commentary, interviews with cast and crew with behind-the-scenes footage and the original theatrical trailer. The two-disc Criterion edition will include all of the above features along with a video journal of the on-the-set intern, a video journal of Waris Ahluwalia (Vikram), Seu Jorge musical performances: The Songs of David Bowie and The Life Aquatic: A Movie - an Albert Maysles documentary. Completing the package will be cast and crew interviews, an interview with the screenwriters and Antonio Monda and an interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 23, 2005, 06:04:18 PM
glad Mothersbaugh gets some time. my dream is that they would do a doc on him following from the first ideas Anderson gives him to working up melodies/arrangements to getting a cut of the film and recording, etc.
too bad it's not just the Criterion, then the price would be cheaper. i think Tenenbaums was under $20.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Julius Orange on February 24, 2005, 12:59:27 AM
Quote from: Walrus
Quote from: Julius Orange
Quote from: Walrus
I love the fact they're Criterionizing it, but the cover is slightly crappy... good thing it's reversible.


Thanks for the summurization .

Thanks


My avatar kicks your avatar's ass.

Bring it.

I don't want to compete for their love

THanks
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: socketlevel on February 24, 2005, 09:26:38 AM
criterion dvds only really work when it's an older film, the beautiful thing is they give it the treatment that a contemporary film would get.  Restoring these old films is great.  i don't see the difference if the studio just released a two versions, a single disc and a double disc for the life aquatic.  this way, all we get is the life aquatic for a slightly increased price.

not really a deal.  mind you it's alway nice to have another criterion beside the rest.

-sl-
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on February 24, 2005, 11:20:14 AM
Well Wadja know:

New covers:

A Generation (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=283)

Kanal (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=284)

Ashes & Diamonds (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=285)

The box (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=282)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 24, 2005, 01:20:21 PM
I bought Royal Tenenbaums in its second week of release for $20.  Since studios have started charging extra for some two-disc releases when a one-disc is also released, who knows what the price for this one will be.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on February 27, 2005, 05:45:33 PM
caps from my private idaho are available here (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews10/my_own_private_idaho.htm)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 28, 2005, 12:41:11 AM
Quote from: flagpolespecial
i don't really care how much life aquatic ends up being. as long as it's not over $40 i think that'll be fair. i'm guessing something around $27 though.


As it stands now, it will be even better. the 2 disc will be priced at $32.99 while the 1 disc $29.99. The small price difference is for rental places and Wal Mart type stores that will carry the 1 disc longer. This means the 2 disc will be as low as $20, give or take a few dollars.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on February 28, 2005, 03:55:12 PM
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/coming_soon.asp
Burden of Dreams, Hoop Dreams and The Phantom of Liberty announced in May!! :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 03, 2005, 10:48:47 AM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/300_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on March 03, 2005, 10:52:25 AM
THANK GOD

I was buying it anyway but see above.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on March 03, 2005, 11:38:03 AM
That's really an amazing cover.  Beautiful.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on March 03, 2005, 12:08:57 PM
amen amen amen amen
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on March 03, 2005, 10:30:37 PM
i probably won't be buying it but excellent cover.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: planet_jake on March 04, 2005, 11:51:41 AM
I still can't figure out if this movie represents the evolution or de-evolution of Wes Anderson. I suppose the fact that it provokes that kind of question means it's evolution... But just to play it safe I'm buying this DVD! Along with F For Fake, Burden of Dreams and the sweet ass Wadja Boxed set!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 04, 2005, 01:40:28 PM
CULT LINE COMING?

From a post at CC Forum:

"I just interviewed Criterion producer Susan Arosteguy for the Velvet Light Trap film journal and she mentioned Criterion was working on launching a new cult movie line. It seems likely that the Gordon films (and possibly the Japanese horror films recently bought) will be released under this new banner, whenever it comes out. She didn't offer any details, unfortunately."

There has been talk of this for a few years now with titles that have appeared in the collection that were suppose to be part of it (Carnival of Souls), but with a bunch of new films they have acquired, it finally seems they will make it a go finally to launch their own cult line. Whats most interesting to speculate is how many titles a year will go into this line and if this line will take away from the number of titles they release for the regular Criterion label. Also if there will be a price drop at all for these titles because their demand is even less than the obscure titles they release now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on March 04, 2005, 02:44:46 PM
All Right!! :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 05, 2005, 01:49:24 AM
LIFE AQAUTIC UP!

Official details: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=300&section=feature
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 05, 2005, 10:51:58 AM
so i guess Criterion is releasing both versions.
the 2 disc extras look like they will be great.
the foldout insert of the Belafonte drawn by ECA should be nice.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 07, 2005, 03:39:25 PM
(http://criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/289_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on March 07, 2005, 05:49:45 PM
thats a really nice cover - gotta give it to em'
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on March 08, 2005, 01:51:55 AM
criterion puts out a nice cover.. fancy that
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on March 08, 2005, 09:40:04 AM
it's a little bit pretentious though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Two Lane Blacktop on March 08, 2005, 09:57:23 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
CULT LINE COMING?

"I just interviewed Criterion producer Susan Arosteguy for the Velvet Light Trap film journal and she mentioned Criterion was working on launching a new cult movie line.


I'm DOOMED.  My finances, especially, are DOOMED.

2LB
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on March 08, 2005, 04:00:15 PM
Quote from: mogwai
it's a little bit pretentious though.


how so?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on March 09, 2005, 09:45:47 PM
yeah, i don't get that either...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Mavis on March 10, 2005, 09:43:17 AM
me too.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on March 11, 2005, 02:20:43 PM
that is the greatest cover i have ever seen. fitting it would come from criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 12, 2005, 09:55:11 AM
i was browsing Criterion's website and ssaw that Jules et Jim has a May release date. i could have sworn that the last time i checked it said March. anywho, i can't wait for that.

how about Sword of Doom, L' eclisse and Kagemusha? anyone looking forward to any of these? they look pretty interesting.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 12, 2005, 12:23:56 PM
Quote from: bigideas
L' eclisse...?


dvd beaver's review of L'Eclisse is glowing: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews10/eclisse_.htm

<3 antonioni
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 12, 2005, 10:58:15 PM
Sorry, but it is May release. and worse, very end of May. I think the 29th.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 13, 2005, 04:50:31 AM
Well that is really disapointing, if it is true but May 31st is a Tuesday. There is no tuesday May 29th. So, um, yeah.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 13, 2005, 12:55:59 PM
From a post at the CC Forum:

"Someone on www.dvdinside.de (biggest german-speaking DVD website) posted the last Newsletter from the "Fassbinder Foundation":

http://forum.dvd-inside.de/showthread.php?t=132655

It says that the Fassbinder Foundation, after 3 years of negotiation with the Fassbinder and Alfred Döblin heirs, finally got the rights for the film.

They calculate that the restoration will cost around 750.000 € and they hope they complete it till the end of 2006.

They also say, they plan a Cinema-rerelease and that the "biggest and most ambitious DVD company of the world" The Criterion Collection got the rights for the american market and will release Berlin Alexanderplatz in a Special Edition.

EDIT: I made a big mistake, Criterion is TRYING to get the rights for the american market. I read it too fast the first time, sorry  ."




If Criterion gets their hand on this film, it will be a major release. I can't imagine a bigger one besides Antoine Doinel and likely the upcoming Eisenstein Silents Box Set. Its sad this may not come til around 2007, but knowing that this film will be available for Criterion to get, I imagine they will. They have too many cards on their side right now. I've wanted to see this film for a while. The running time is 15 and half hours. It will likely be broken up in TV episode segments.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 13, 2005, 07:40:47 PM
yum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 13, 2005, 09:41:27 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The running time is 15 and half hours. It will likely be broken up in TV episode segments.

Holy Crudball's on Ice!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on March 14, 2005, 12:03:10 AM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
The running time is 15 and half hours. It will likely be broken up in TV episode segments.

Holy Crudball's on Ice!

My sentiments exactly.

But I am quite intrigued by this.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on March 14, 2005, 02:16:27 PM
cool, i've been wanting to see it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 14, 2005, 06:03:54 PM
has anyone seen Sword of Doom?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Two Lane Blacktop on March 14, 2005, 06:18:12 PM
Alexanderplatz sounds really intriguing and incredibly daunting at the same time.  

2LB
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 15, 2005, 09:12:21 PM
covert art for The Phantom of Liberty is up

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/290_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 16, 2005, 12:48:18 AM
Kagemusha Screenshots (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews10/kagemusha_.htm)

Hear that?  It's the sound of $40 running out of my wallet.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 30, 2005, 12:17:34 PM
http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/294_box_348x490.jpg

Spine #294 belongs to Anthony Asquith's The Browning Version. I've never heard of the film but the director has been represented twice already in the Criterion Collevtion (with PYGMALION & THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST) The review at IMDB has really gotten me interested, but as news develops with this title, we'll see. The cover though is beautiful.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 31, 2005, 04:49:17 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/297_box_348x490.jpg)

 :shock:

YES
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on March 31, 2005, 04:53:29 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 31, 2005, 04:55:49 PM
JUNES RELEASES ARE UP! It includes some many, many anticipated releases....

Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch) : http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=291

The Browning Version (Asquith) : http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=294

au hasard Balthazar (Bresson) : http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=297

Crazed Fruit (Nakahira) : http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=295

First off, Samsong better be rejoicing. What is interesting about the latest releases is that discs with commentaries are showing up priced $29.95 instead of $39.95. (all four films here are $29.95) Big packed double disced films still are $40, but ones with just commentaries and some extras have gone down. Thats good. It will get me to purchase a film like Crazed Fruit just because Donald Richie deemed it worthy enough to have a commentary for.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on March 31, 2005, 10:40:17 PM
Quote from: onomataviva
You took the words right out of my mouth!

he took the look right out of my face.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on April 01, 2005, 04:37:32 AM
"Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha rides into stores

This week saw the release of Criterion's new DVD edition of Akira Kurosawa's epic Kagemusha, featuring exclusive new video interviews with filmmakers George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince, a 41 minute documentary on the making of the film, and much more. Kurosawa fans can also look forward to Criterion's upcoming edition of Ran, due out in late 2005 in a special edition which includes, among other features, an exclusive interview recently conducted in Tokyo with star Tatsuya Nakadai."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 02, 2005, 01:38:55 AM
Great News on Kurosawa's Ran heading to the Criterion banner. Every DVD review of the film has been poor. Being such a visual film, I don't know of a better company than Criterion to release it.

Also, just found on the 2005 booklet are the missing spine numbers:

#292 Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges) 1948 $29.95
#293 Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle) 1987 $39.95
#296 Le Notte Bianche (Luchino Visconti) 1957 $29.95
#298 Gate of Fleash (Seijun Suzuki) 1964 $29.95
#299 Story of a Prostitute (Seijun Suzuki) 1965 $29.95
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 02, 2005, 11:42:35 AM
rumor is spreading the Ran news may have been just an April Fool's joke. The news has been taken down from the site and many people are questioning the legitimacy of Criterion getting a title that was just given a special edition release by another company. Its still a toss up for me with me thinking they will release it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on April 04, 2005, 03:46:13 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
rumor is spreading the Ran news may have been just an April Fool's joke. The news has been taken down from the site and many people are questioning the legitimacy of Criterion getting a title that was just given a special edition release by another company. Its still a toss up for me with me thinking they will release it.

Nope, it seems to be true since Criterion put it back on. :-D

Plus, cover art Strange Fruit revealed:
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/295_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on April 22, 2005, 04:22:11 PM
from dvd beaver...

Upcoming Criterion's (CONFIRMED)

"Le Notti Bianche" (White Nights) 7/12/05 $29.95
"Au Revoir Les Enfants" 7/15/05 $29.95
"Unfaithfully Yours" 7/15/2005 $29.95

and 2 Seijun Suzuki's:
"Story of a Prostitute" 7/26/2005 $29.95
"Gate of Flesh" 7/26/2005 $29.95

 PLUS:

THE 49th PARALLEL (1941, Powell & Pressburger)
A CANTEBURY TALE (1944, Powell & Pressburger)
UGETSU MONOGATARI (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
MR. ARKADIN (1955, Orson Welles) - possibly two or three of the plethora edits of the film.
John Ford Films
PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati, 1967) new version
JOUR DE FETE (Jacques Tati, 1949)
More Yasujiro Ozu
EISENSTEIN SILENT YEARS boxset (probably containing STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, OCTOBER and others?)
MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969, Eric Rohmer) via Wellspring
CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Eric Rohmer) via Wellspring
SEVEN SAMURAI (1954, Akira Kurosawa) Re-Release
HIGH & LOW (1963, Akira Kurosawa) Re-Release
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 22, 2005, 08:30:42 PM
The real news there is the specific release dates for 5 confirmed films. Plus, Au Revoir Les Enfants (a near promised double disc special edition) has been pushed down to $29.95 instead of $39.95 as originally marked.

For the others, they all can come anytime. The Eisenstein Silent Box Set though has been confirmed as not going to be released this year. 2006 at the earliest. And damn, its the one I was waiting for the most.

Also, for Tati fans, also add Trafic to that list. It's been confirmed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on April 22, 2005, 10:14:13 PM
But where are the masterworks of Bob Clark?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on April 22, 2005, 10:39:22 PM
Trafic too?   :drool:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 22, 2005, 10:42:48 PM
Quote from: samsong
Trafic too?   :drool:


Also, for clarity on "John Ford films", it looks like it will be only one: Young Mr. Lincoln
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 23, 2005, 02:45:18 PM
Here's a rumor to end all rumors. Courtesy of two posts at the CC forum....

"According to the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, F for Fake is going to contain a 60 Minutes II interview with Clifford Irving. Since CBS (which produces 60 Minutes II) and Paramount are owned by Viacom, I am wondering if Criterion and Viacom have forged a new relationship and will release classics like Il Conformista, 1900, Reds, and The Africa Queen (not really sure if Viacom or Fox owns the rights to this one. Just know it should be released on DVD.). Anyone have any info?"

"During my chat with Tony Rayns, the words "Criterion" and "Il Conformista" were mentioned in one sentence. The implications are obvious."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on April 24, 2005, 01:39:13 AM
i love the drama behind the criterion label.

it's all paranoia and political intrigue.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: lamas on April 24, 2005, 04:28:47 PM
The Conformist, 1900 and Reds?  seems way too good to be true...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Just Withnail on April 26, 2005, 12:11:39 PM
Any source?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 02, 2005, 05:03:42 PM
JULY RELEASES AND DETAILS

To those who follow this thread, the titles are no shock but all are welcome because all follow Criterion's latest trend of premiere releases at just $29.95. Official Links:


Unfaithfully Yours: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=292

Le notti bianche: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=296

Story of a Prostitute: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=299

Gate of Flesh: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=298

Having seen none of these films, La notti bianche is the only one that really stands out as worth a blind buy pruchase. Viva Marcello Mastroianni!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on May 02, 2005, 10:15:19 PM
Viva La Sturges!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 02, 2005, 10:47:41 PM
i wonder why Criterion won't put the actual release dates on the site.
is there a place where the actual dates for all Criterions are posted in one convenient place?

the two i am interested in:
Jules et Jim - May 31st
The Life Aquatic - May 10th

i looked these up, but for future reference, please.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 03, 2005, 12:09:01 AM
Quote from: bigideas
i wonder why Criterion won't put the actual release dates on the site.
is there a place where the actual dates for all Criterions are posted in one convenient place?

the two i am interested in:
Jules et Jim - May 31st
The Life Aquatic - May 10th

i looked these up, but for future reference, please.


Amazon has most of the dates for the films just announced. Oddly enough, Malle's Au Revoir Les Enfants, which was suppose to be released in July but seemingly is being held back til August, has a July 12th release date according to Amazon.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on May 06, 2005, 01:43:58 PM
Hoop Dreams is going to be $17.99 at Best Buy on Tuesday, according to the DVD Talk bargain forum.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 08, 2005, 10:46:31 AM
It looks like two very anticipated Luis Bunuel films may actually go to Criterion with recent developments. Even I didn't think Criterion would get a hold of these ones, but some large talk about these films not getting a DVD release may soon be over:

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Buñuel, 1962) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.

SIMON OF THE DESERT (Buñuel, 1965) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 08, 2005, 01:29:03 PM
Quote from: AwkwardAsIAm
Hoop Dreams is going to be $17.99 at Best Buy on Tuesday, according to the DVD Talk bargain forum.


yes, it was advertised today.

the cheapest price i saw for the 2 Disc edition of The Life Aquatic was $22.99 at Circuit City.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on May 08, 2005, 04:11:29 PM
Can a film snob give me a Hoop Dreams overview?  I mean I'm sure it's good and all, for what it is, but from the perspective of "there's a lot of movies that need to be bought" does it stack up?  Is it something I absolutely need to see?  Enrich my tastes, etc?

Also:  FYE is advertising the 2-disc The Life Aquatic for $14.99 after a $5 rebate.  Even if you're too lazy for the rebate you can get the 2-disc for $20.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 08, 2005, 10:38:55 PM
Quote from: AwkwardAsIAm
Can a film snob give me a Hoop Dreams overview?  I mean I'm sure it's good and all, for what it is, but from the perspective of "there's a lot of movies that need to be bought" does it stack up?  Is it something I absolutely need to see?  Enrich my tastes, etc?


i never saw the film essential the way others do. I think one of the key elements to the film's success is that it is a modern documentary that was heralded by a few critics and transpired into a certain financial and cultural success. I really like the film myself. With the cost around $20 online, I also don't see how anyone can go wrong blind buying it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 08, 2005, 10:39:03 PM
Quote from: AwkwardAsIAm
Also:  FYE is advertising the 2-disc The Life Aquatic for $14.99 after a $5 rebate.  Even if you're too lazy for the rebate you can get the 2-disc for $20.


so will all FYE's have this price? the only FYE around here is in a mall, so it seems the prices reflect that. i never even thought of it as a place where i could buy things at the lowest price.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Bethie on May 10, 2005, 01:21:39 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Buñuel, 1962) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.

SIMON OF THE DESERT (Buñuel, 1965) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.



They were on shown on TCM last week. I taped those two along with Los Olvidados, Nazarin, and Viridiana. Five Bunuel films in one day. Prettttty pretttty prettty good.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on May 10, 2005, 06:01:22 PM
Clouzot's "Wages Of Fear" will become Kaput from The Criterion collection as of May 16th to make way for a supposedly superior transfer and better packed edition, that or Davisdvd.com is trying to say that they no longer own rights to it,

Nehoo, just letting you guys know before it becomes OOP and hence, more expensive


 :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on May 10, 2005, 11:16:41 PM
yeah its a pretty crappy edition.  it needs to be redone.  (by them or ANYone who will make it better).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 10, 2005, 11:28:54 PM
Criterion Official Annoucment:

Wages of Fear to Be Rereleased in Late 2005

The original Criterion edition of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece of suspense Wages of Fear will be taken out of print on May 16 to make room for an all new DVD edition of the film. The rerelease, due out in late 2005, will feature a brilliant transfer from newly restored film elements. Keep an eye on this space for more details in the coming months!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: meatball on May 10, 2005, 11:38:02 PM
..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Weak2ndAct on May 10, 2005, 11:42:03 PM
Quit trying to be Mr. Jokester.  It's growing quite tiresome.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on May 11, 2005, 02:28:45 AM
I'm going to say it:  Criterion double dips fucking piss me off.  When I buy Criterion I'm assuming I'm getting the best, that I'm not going to have to worry about another edition.  That's why I pay the money I do to get them.

I'm just bitter I guess, bitter and poor.  I realize that they put out the best editions that they can at the time that they put out an edition.

But still, my M and Wages of Fear are staying exactly as they are.  Fuck it.

End mini-meaningless-rant.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Weak2ndAct on May 11, 2005, 02:37:58 AM
Well, considering that WoF dvd (extra-less, right?) has been out for at least 4 or 5 years, it's nothing compared to the rapings that say Fox or Sony pull these days.  And if they do end up doing a re-release b/c of newly discovered elements, celebrate!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on May 11, 2005, 09:38:53 AM
yeah, look at the disc before you buy it.  if there are ZERO extras and the transfer isnt that great.  and it has a spine number between 1-100, then theres a good chance its not the greatest edition or up to the usual (current) criterion standards.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 11, 2005, 11:51:31 AM
Quote from: themodernage02
and it has a spine number between 1-100,

I thought if it was a reissue they kept the original spine number, they did that with M.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 11, 2005, 01:35:45 PM
Every re-issue has kept the same spine number, even the 400 Blows when it had a single digit number and boxed on re-issue with films in the hundred-somethings for spine number.

Criterion isn't double dipping to double dip. They are re-issuing films that are just coming out with better transfers. The transfers for the original DVDs are the best they could have gotten at the time. For a company that specilizes in older films, better transfers popping up is bound to happen. Just be happy they have never re-issed a modern film when elements to produce the best DVD possible are available.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 11, 2005, 01:54:44 PM
Quote from: Bethie
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Buñuel, 1962) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.

SIMON OF THE DESERT (Buñuel, 1965) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo.



They were on shown on TCM last week. I taped those two along with Los Olvidados, Nazarin, and Viridiana. Five Bunuel films in one day. Prettttty pretttty prettty good.


That's why someone needs to catch The Conformist in July on TCM to see if it is also preceded by the Janus Films logo. Would mean great things and odds are good it could be true.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 13, 2005, 12:31:02 AM
Criterion's best cover yet?

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/299_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 13, 2005, 12:43:06 AM
Oh, that is gorgeous. That really makes me want to Blind buy it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on May 13, 2005, 07:20:46 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Criterion's best cover yet?

(http://www.thedvdinsider.com/reviews/covers/amy.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on May 14, 2005, 11:50:45 PM
Does anyone remember the site or thread that had fan-created covers for Criterion DVDs that will probably never be? I remember some PTAs, etc. ... Some of those were neat.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on June 03, 2005, 05:34:32 PM
august releases posted... i'm underwhelmed.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/293_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/305_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/302_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on June 03, 2005, 05:43:44 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/305_box_348x490.jpg)
ARGH!  the bane of my existence!  if only they had released this two years ago.  did you know this was remade into a 1986 Nick Nolte film, "Down And Out In Beverly Hills"?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on June 04, 2005, 05:48:43 AM
those are the 3 best movies criterion has ever released.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on June 15, 2005, 10:55:38 AM
Scroll Down for new releases.
(http://img300.echo.cx/img300/7439/folder20scan6er.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on June 15, 2005, 11:29:58 AM
The most Man underpraised Who classic Fell of To all Earth time ???!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on June 15, 2005, 11:41:50 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
The most Man underpraised Who classic Fell of To all Earth time ???!

it seems so, yes :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on June 15, 2005, 01:34:35 PM
well that is most certainly good news.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on June 15, 2005, 02:01:21 PM
where was that "new releases" list found?

are you sure that's accurate?

if so, I've been waiting for a good transfer of Man Who Fell... for  years now.

N Roeg's films are way to overlooked. I waited for Don't Look Now for years as well. I wish Criterion would do a better transfer - the current release is sub-par.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on June 15, 2005, 02:32:20 PM
More Preston Sturges, yes!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: soixante on June 17, 2005, 01:49:56 PM
Bad Timing has never even been released on video, as far as I know.  It is just as edgy as Roeg's other films.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 29, 2005, 07:06:03 PM
Major onslaught of Louis Malle coming? Apparently so. All these titles have now come back to the surface with much of the credit going to Criterion for doing so and Criterion promising to release them. To release all these titles at once in single editions is tough, on top of Damage being released in conjucture to one Malle already confirmed. Just expect to see a box set coming.

From a post at CCF:

NEW!!!

And the Pursuit of Happiness w/Vive le Tour
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000867&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Zazie dans le Metro
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000868&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Calcutta
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000872&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Lacombe, Lucian
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000871&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

God's Country
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000874&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Human, Too Human
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000873&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Murmur of the Heart
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000870&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

The Fire Within
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000869&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

Place de la République w/Vive le Tour
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/FMPro?-db=WebDB.fp5&-Token=CW11000978&-Token.2=malle&-Token.3=CW11000866&-format=currentfilmnote.html&-error=error.html&-lay=WebForm&-find

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Quote:
Long out of circulation, PHANTOM INDIA will soon once again be available to new generations of scholars, critics and audiences, thanks to the great work of our friends at Criterion.  


http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/programs/6-2005/malle05.htm

Phantom India
Capsule by Jonathan Rosenbaum
From the Chicago Reader


The only time I've watched Louis Malle's six-hour, seven-part 1968 documentary series in its entirety was 27 years ago, but seeing two sections again recently reminded me why this may be my favorite of all of his films. Malle's upper-class misanthropy and morbidity has generally alienated me from his work, but this essayistic travel diary avoids any pretense of objectivity in order to present itself as a highly personal search, narrated in excellent English by Malle himself. In the first episode, "The Impossible Camera," Malle addresses the problem of everyone he meets in India describing the country in Western terms, then goes on to reflect on how his filmmaking affects his subjects; from there he takes in everything from a water buffalo being devoured by vultures to interviews with a few European hippies about why they'e in India. "Dream and Reality," the fourth part, is centered on Kerala and considers the use of elephants as a workforce, Indians' reverence for life, the destruction of the environment, and the three political parties comprising Kerala's communist majority. With his wide-ranging but rambling approach Malle undoubtedly misses or skimps on certain topics, but his mercurial intelligence keeps this lively and fascinating
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on June 29, 2005, 07:37:35 PM
dvdbeaver recently posted the following:

Criterion's September Releases:

“Masculin Feminin” (Jean Luc Godard)

“The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Nicolas Roeg, including commentary with Nicolas Roeg, Bowie, and Buck Henry!)

“Bad Timing” (Nicolas Roeg)

“Naked” (Mike Leigh, including commentary with Mike Leigh and David Thewlis!)

“An Angel at My Table” (Jane Campion, with commentary by Campion

 :crazyeyes:  :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on June 29, 2005, 09:15:22 PM
im getting naked
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on June 29, 2005, 09:23:41 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
im getting naked

Can I get naked with you?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on June 29, 2005, 10:59:32 PM
Quote from: samsong

“The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Nicolas Roeg, including commentary with Nicolas Roeg, Bowie, and Buck Henry!)


thats pretty amazing
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 05, 2005, 02:19:50 PM
Quote from: onomataviva
Quote from: Cinephile
im getting naked

Can I get naked with you?


I'm not asking, I'm telling: I'm totally getting naked with the both of you.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on July 07, 2005, 03:54:15 PM
awesome, i hope everyone gets naked.  :yabbse-thumbup:


(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/303_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/304_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 07, 2005, 04:21:16 PM
way to go criterion!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 07, 2005, 05:31:53 PM
great fucking covers
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 08, 2005, 11:35:13 AM
From a post at the CCForum:

"I would take this rumor with an exceptionally large grain of salt, but some interesting information was posted earlier this afternoon on criterionforum.com. I usually don't bother visiting the site, but this caught my attention.

Quote:
...I have a friend who works for Humanoids Publishing, who told me that Criterion will be releasing El Topo/The Holy Mountain/Santa Sangre tenatively in the spring of next year, as well as Tusk under the cult label or whatever (more details on that label can apparently be found on criterionforum.org) I emailed Mulvaney who gave one of his general "no plans at this time" responses...which of course means nothing and a change from the "we don't have the rights to Jodorowsky's films" that he used to give.


Even if this amounts to nothing, it should at least make for some interesting discussion. Now if Criterion would just get around to releasing Jigoku and the rest of the Shintoho Studio titles..."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 08, 2005, 11:37:47 AM
Can we all get Naked and have a cuddle party?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on July 08, 2005, 11:48:07 AM
wowowowowowowowowowowowowow!

El Topo is just fantabulous, hopefuly my vcd copy will die
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 08, 2005, 01:00:45 PM
I'm probably going to buy at least three of the September titles.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on July 08, 2005, 03:03:23 PM
I've stayed away from this thread for some time cause I don't have any money. I don't know why I clicked it just now. Depression sets in.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 09, 2005, 01:24:26 AM
From a post at the CCForum:

"I spoke with Dick Gordon this weekend about the fate of the CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, HAUNTED STRANGLER, FIRST MAN INTO SPACE and ATOMIC SUBMARINE discs, then confirmed those details with 2 other sources intimate with Criterion.

I was told that the Gordon films, as well as EQUINOX, GOKE: BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL and some other titles, will be released under a new CC imprint that known as "Eclipse," and that we could see its first batch of releases as early as October. However, the details have not yet been finalized. There's still a chance they could pull the plug on Eclipse, and issue these titles under the CC and/or HVE banners instead.

And in a very surprising (to me) turn, I was further informed that the CC is also exploring the possibility of an erotica imprint."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 09, 2005, 01:49:14 AM
If the cult titles aren't cheaper than I say fuck 'em.  It's hard enough to get me to shell out that kind of money for great movies.  HVE titles are like $15 bucks though, so I shouldn't even worry over such things.

They should rerelease The Blob as a cult title.  Cheaper, you know.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 09, 2005, 12:14:30 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
erotica imprint


*Crosses fingers*
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 10, 2005, 11:16:32 PM
In an effort of economic interest, I'm considering purchasing the Anchor Bay release of The Man Who Fell to Earth before the Criterion version is released.  I know if I continue waiting until September that I will not be able to help myself, and I'm not sure I really need the CC version anyway.  However, if there is something of great interest that I am missing, well, that's what I want to know about.  The way I see it:

Anchor Bay:
139 minutes.  Same length.
2.35:1 Anamorphic.  Same picture.
THX certified.
At least the average 70s movie transfer.
2 disc set with nothing really special.
Under $20.

Criterion:
Cooler cover.
Probably better transfer.
Middle $30s.

Is there any reason I should not purchase the Anchor Bay, aside from the clout and cover of Criterion?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on July 11, 2005, 12:03:25 AM
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
In an effort of economic interest, I'm considering purchasing the Anchor Bay release of The Man Who Fell to Earth before the Criterion version is released.  Is there any reason I should not purchase the Anchor Bay, aside from the clout and cover of Criterion?

yes, you should wait.  criterion will be better and its only a few months.  pre-order it soon to take your mind off the decision if you must or netflix it in the meantime.  a better question would be: if you already owned the anchor bay version would it be worth an upgrade?  then, it might be up in the air whether it was worth throwing away your previous 20$ investment and then throwing down ANOTHER 30$ for the cc.  that probably a tougher situation.  but in this case, you've waited this long and there is an official criterion announcement that its on its way.  even if it was some longtime rumor i'd say maybe consider the anchor bay.  but as the situation stands, just wait.  i've had a dvd player for like 7 years and have never upgraded my Batman VHS cause i knew that eventually a bomb dvd would come out and damnit if i'm not still waiting for it.  but in a few months my 7 years of careful planning will pay off when i'm finally rewarded with my deluxe editions.  patience is a virtue.   :-D
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 11, 2005, 12:31:52 AM
Fuck you're right.  I guess I don't need to immediately purchase the movie in September either.  Thanks for the sound advice, for talking me down.  It might save me an immediate $15 to buy the movie now, but down the line I might as well have the best version.

Still, the Anchor Bay title is anamorphic and THX.  The only thing that really bugs me is that it doesn't have subtitles, which I can get over.  Why is the Criterion release better, because of an extra feature I probably won't watch or because of a slightly better transfer?  Does anyone know what is going to be on the disc.

I have a 25% off coupon for Borders that I want to use tomorrow.  And by that I mean it expires tomorrow.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 11, 2005, 03:14:14 AM
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
Why is the Criterion release better, because of an extra feature I probably won't watch or because of a slightly better transfer?

all the features u'd ever want to ignore, a definitive transfer, plus it will hav subtitles (an underrated necessity).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 11, 2005, 12:15:48 PM
as everyonehas said - i'd wait - if only for the transfer - the image quality of the anchor bay disc is pretty bad.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 11, 2005, 01:07:59 PM
All right, I'm waiting for sure.  Haha.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 11, 2005, 02:12:12 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
plus it will hav subtitles (an underrated necessity).


Agreed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 12, 2005, 12:36:30 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
Why is the Criterion release better, because of an extra feature I probably won't watch or because of a slightly better transfer?

all the features u'd ever want to ignore, a definitive transfer, plus it will hav subtitles (an underrated necessity).


has been quite some time since i saw this - the version i say definately did not have subtitles - what scenes were supposed to be subtitles - the flashbacks I assume?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 12, 2005, 12:51:57 AM
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
 The only thing that really bugs me is that it doesn't have subtitles.


I think he was repsonding to that, and by that I meant that there are no subtitles period for any part of the movie.  If there is a part in which another language is spoken that would only make it worse.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 12, 2005, 01:27:08 AM
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
Quote from: Losing the Horse:
 The only thing that really bugs me is that it doesn't have subtitles.


I think he was repsonding to that, and by that I meant that there are no subtitles period for any part of the movie.  If there is a part in which another language is spoken that would only make it worse.


i gotcha - as i said, my memory of this film is a bit hazy - i thought there could have been some flashbacks were bowie's family was quietly speaking  that could have been intended with subtitles to understand what they were saying to eachother in their native language.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on July 12, 2005, 11:46:07 AM
Quote from: cowboykurtis
as everyonehas said - i'd wait - if only for the transfer - the image quality of the anchor bay disc is pretty bad.


fuck yeah, that ancho rbay shit sucks.....and i thought iwas released recently,, ...[with in th epast year or so] so they could hav emade that shit better.....and i am looking forward to th ecommentary track ......i am glad that criterion is puttign out something worth th epric einstead of soem random obscure foreign film.....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fjodor on July 15, 2005, 03:33:20 AM
New coverart revealed
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/301_box_348x490.jpg)
 :yabbse-thumbdown:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 15, 2005, 11:38:30 AM
haha jane campion sucks
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 15, 2005, 12:21:11 PM
Quote from: eward
haha jane campion sucks


"Well I have a Criterion DVD and you don't, so nyah nyah nyah"


-Jane Campion
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 15, 2005, 01:39:36 PM
yeah but so does catherine breillat!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 15, 2005, 05:42:23 PM
thats a beautiful cover
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on July 15, 2005, 06:40:28 PM
Quote from: Ravi
"Well I have a Criterion DVD and you don't, so nyah nyah nyah"

-Jane Campion


"I have two, so bite me."

-Michael Bay
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on July 15, 2005, 07:23:56 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: Ravi
"Well I have a Criterion DVD and you don't, so nyah nyah nyah"

-Jane Campion


"I have two, so bite me."

-Michael Bay

but thats an actual Bay quote.  he was talking about his balls though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 18, 2005, 10:57:34 PM
He was saying he had two balls, or wanted them bitten?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on July 18, 2005, 11:04:18 PM
both.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Sleuth on July 18, 2005, 11:07:49 PM
Both balls or just one?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on July 18, 2005, 11:09:22 PM
both.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 18, 2005, 11:11:55 PM
"I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime."

Michael Bay
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on July 18, 2005, 11:53:08 PM
"hi, michael bay"
-cronopio
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 18, 2005, 11:59:10 PM
"i'm soooo virile"
-michael bay's chest hair

Quote from: MacGuffin
(http://www.calendarlive.com/media/photo/2005-07/18478642.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Stefen on July 19, 2005, 12:07:22 AM
haha god, look at that Zoolander mug.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on July 19, 2005, 12:35:52 PM
Bay is such a cheese dick
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on July 19, 2005, 06:19:49 PM
cover art for Masculin feminin is up

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/308_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on July 21, 2005, 01:28:36 PM
any Godard is mine.

if you didn't know, there is now a Criterion e-mail newsletter that gives announcements, etc. i've only gotten one so far and it was because i had sent questions/suggestions to the site.

if this has already been mentioned, sorry. for some reason i stopped getting notified on this topic.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 23, 2005, 01:09:10 AM
"Great News Criterion Fans. The following news are from Robert Bresson's website: http://www.mastersofcinema.org/bresson/TheNews.html


July 12, 2005
Criterion is poised to release Pickpocket (R1/NTSC) in November. There will be no commentary track, but a new documentary will be included as a bonus feature on the DVD [ Thanks to Antony Sellers for the update ]. We note that this release was hinted about by Paul Schrader in various fora already back in late 2003. It is thus reasonable to expect that he is involved somehow in the aforementioned documentary feature (instead of what many thought would be a commentary track).

It appears to be a great year after all for criterion collectors."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on July 23, 2005, 01:29:19 AM
yes.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 23, 2005, 01:35:28 AM
That's fucking tits.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 26, 2005, 03:53:46 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/307_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 26, 2005, 04:16:48 PM
shit, criterions on a roll...masculine feminine, pickpocket and naked deserve the criterion treatment above most others in the entire fucking catalogue!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Rudie Obias on July 26, 2005, 05:09:44 PM
Quote from: samsong

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/308_box_348x490.jpg)


i don't like this cover so much.  i like the film poster better.

(http://www.rialtopictures.com/images_4/mf_keiko.gif)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 27, 2005, 06:56:56 AM
Agreed.

I'm surprised they opted(?) for the photo instead. Maybe they'll change it.

But, I'll take what I can get.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 27, 2005, 01:59:58 PM
I like mine...

(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/6912/masculine0lc.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on July 27, 2005, 02:06:33 PM
I like the photo better.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on July 27, 2005, 02:39:34 PM
Here's mine.

(http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/5989/masculinfeminin5ll.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 27, 2005, 06:37:28 PM
Quote from: Pwaybloe
Here's mine.

(http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/5989/masculinfeminin5ll.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


It's missing Godard smiling in the corner.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on July 27, 2005, 06:53:13 PM
Quote from: hacksparrow
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/307_box_348x490.jpg)


life_boy!!! look!!

or did you already know this?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 28, 2005, 10:27:03 AM
Well... it is at the top of the page...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: life_boy on July 28, 2005, 11:03:17 AM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
[Naked: Criterion Cover]

life_boy!!! look!!


Thanks Neon, I'm pretty excited about that one too.  I'll finally get to see the film in a far better transfer than the shitty Blockbuster VHS been-here-since-1993 video tape transfer that is my only experience with the film so far.  I've been doing the "ask Jon Mulvaney" email thing suggesting a great Criterion release of Naked for a while.  Not that I had anything to do with the release at all...I'm just happy they finally got around to releasing this wonderful film.  It's one of the best of the 90's, last I checked.

I haven't seen Pickpocket or Masculin Feminin but I look forward to those as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 28, 2005, 12:06:21 PM
Quote from: life_boy
It's one of the best of the 90's, last I checked.

3rd, last i checked.. http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=116735#116735
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 28, 2005, 02:37:32 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: life_boy
It's one of the best of the 90's, last I checked.

3rd, last i checked.. http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=116735#116735


A second opinion:  http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=189982&highlight=#189982
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on July 28, 2005, 09:27:52 PM
Quote from: The W
Well... it is at the top of the page...


this is why i posted the pic [again]

..........

Quote from: in the what dvds should criterion release thread life_boy
Well, this sounds fun so I'm just gonna let my imagination go on these.  I'd love to see some nice special (or Criterion) editions of some of these films.

The Fisher King featuring commentary track with director Terry Gilliam, deleted scenes, access to storyboards and production notes, a making-of featurette, a featurette on the Holy Grail and it's role in the cinema through history, a set direction featurette, production notes

The Game featuring commentary track by David Fincher and DP Harris Savides, commentary track by screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, a making-of featurette, the phsychological test film used in the movie, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, storyboards and concept art, featurette on the visual effects used in the film

Midnight Cowboy featuring commentary track by director John Schlesinger, behind-the-scenes footage, Midnight Cowboy Revisited television documentary, interviews with John Schlesinger, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Sylvia Miles, Academy Award acceptance speeches, storyboards or concept art, original shooting script, a special dvd easter egg: What the hell happened to Schlesinger's career after this fuckin' movie?!?!? featuring interviews with Schlesinger, members of his family, and movie critics

Naked featuring commentary by Mike Leigh and David Thewlis, Award-winning Mike Leigh short, The Short and Curlies, Complete radio drama Too Much of a Good Thing, a featurette on the homeless in England, interviews with Mike Leigh, David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlige, Lesley Sharp and various members of the production crew, a special dvd easter egg: exclusive interview with Timothy Spall talking about why he wasn't in the film

Secrets and Lies featuring commentary by Mike Leigh, commentary track by film critic Roger Ebert, interviews with cast and crew on the making of the film, original shooting script, a couple of short films by Mike Leigh, a behind the scenes featurette

Sling Blade featuring commentary by Billy Bob Thornton, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes with optional commentary by Billy Bob Thornton, Mr. Thornton Goes to Hollywood: an award winning documentary on the making of the film, interviews with cast and crew, Billy Bob's Oscar acceptance speech, original shooting script, a special dvd easter egg: ex-wife Angelina Jolie sex tape, a special dvd eater egg: documentary John Ritter: Life After Three's Company

Naked Lunch featuring commentary by David Cronenberg, interviews with David Cronenberg, Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Roy Schieder,  Ian Holm and various members of the production crew, deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, Naked Making Lunch: a documentary on the making of the film, interview with William S. Burroughs (taken before his 1997 death) in which he talks about the book, film, and Cronenberg, original shooting script, production notes and storyboards, a featurette on the sets and costumes in Naked Lunch, a featurette on Burroughs and other 'beat' writers

Boyz N the Hood featuring commentary by John Singleton, commentary by film critic Roger Ebert, making-of featurette, screen tests, original shooting script, featurette on life in South Central Los Angeles, deleted scenes, interviews with cast and crew, production notes

Goodfellas featuring commentary by Martin Scorsese, commentary by film critic Roger Ebert, commentary by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco, making-of featurette, interview with Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino on the making of Goodfellas, Joe Pesci's Oscar acceptance speech, deleted scenes with optional Martin Scorsese commentary, After Goodfellas a short documentary featuring interviews with various filmmakers and the impact Goodfellas/Scorsese had on their lives, original shooting script, production notes and storyboards, a special dvd easter egg: exclusive interview with Joe Pesci talking about his two "overlooked" performances of 1990, Home Alone and Betsy's Wedding

Paris, Texas featuring commentary by Wim Wenders, commentary by film critic Roger Ebert, interviews with Wim Wenders, L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard, Harry Dean Stanton, Natasha Kinski, Dean Stockwell and members of the production crew, a special documentary on independent films before Paris, Texas, original shooting script, production notes

Raging Bull[/b] featuring commentary by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, commentary by film critic Roger Ebert, featurette on the editing in the film, interviews with cast and crew looking back on Raging Bull, historic boxing footage of Jake LaMotta, original shooting script, production notes and storyboards, making of Raging Bull, documentary Easy Riders Raging Bulls

Hey, it's okay to dream.


essentailly, hes got what hes wished for..which is cool.....i know that there is a current criterion of naked lunch.and now naked...

there are very solid versions of raging bull, boys in the hood, sling blade, amd goodfellas.......

al he needs now are.....fisher king, the game,  midnight cowboy, secret and lies, paris/texas......
its a good list thats being close to completion.......
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: life_boy on July 28, 2005, 11:39:17 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
Quote from: in the what dvds should criterion release thread life_boy


Naked.......a special dvd easter egg: exclusive interview with Timothy Spall talking about why he wasn't in the film

Sling Blade......a special dvd easter egg: ex-wife Angelina Jolie sex tape, a special dvd eater egg: documentary John Ritter: Life After Three's Company

Goodfellas.......a special dvd easter egg: exclusive interview with Joe Pesci talking about his two "overlooked" performances of 1990, Home Alone and Betsy's Wedding


Wow...that is crazy.  I had completely forgotten about that list.  It's funny to look back at something like that after 2 years.  At that time I had seen the Dark City commentary by Roger Ebert and wanted him to do commentary tracks for all of his favorite films...particularly those I really enjoyed also.  Now I would have a variety of authors, essayists and theorists comment (in addition to directors).  The films I would choose now would be completely different, not only because many of those films listed above have since found newer and better DVD releases, but also my cinematic interests have changed noticably over time.  I may have to revisit that thread and dream a little (updated) dream.  Thanks Neon for the step back in time.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 30, 2005, 01:09:54 AM
According to a post at the CCForum, Sam Fuller's early works (I Shot Jesse James, The Baron of Arizona, and The Steel Helmet) will be released next year. A box set is likely. Though one title is in dispute to being Criterion worthy, the idea of Criterion releasing a box set completing Fuller's early work is very worthy. We'll see.....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 30, 2005, 10:10:11 AM
criterion-worthy, fuck that.  if fucking juliet of the spirits, fat girl, and spellbound are criterion worthy than ANY fuller title shouldn't be in question.  even hell and high water (my least favorite fuller) deserves it above those three pieces of shit.  but anyway, awesome news.  this continues the roll of awesomeness that criterion seems to be on this summer.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on July 30, 2005, 11:35:21 AM
Quote from: eward
criterion-worthy, fuck that.  if fucking juliet of the spirits, fat girl, and spellbound are criterion worthy than ANY fuller title shouldn't be in question.  even hell and high water (my least favorite fuller) deserves it above those three pieces of shit.

please, tell us what u really think.. over here. (http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=7888&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on July 30, 2005, 02:12:11 PM
oh, i've said enough.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on August 02, 2005, 12:30:18 AM
from dvdbeaver, as usual:

October Criterions Announced

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville), The Wages of Fear (All-New Restored Special Edition, Henri-Georges Clouzot), Kill! (Kihachi Okamoto), Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi), Samurai Spy (Masahiro Shinoda), Sword of the Beast (Hideo Gosha)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: I Don't Believe in Beatles on August 02, 2005, 12:41:48 AM
Quote from: samsong
from dvdbeaver, as usual:

October Criterions Announced

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville)


YES!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on August 02, 2005, 10:56:21 AM
Quote from: eward
fat girl


I would disagree and say Fat Girl was Criterion worthy.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on August 02, 2005, 02:24:09 PM
Quote from: Ginger
Quote from: samsong
from dvdbeaver, as usual:

October Criterions Announced

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville)


YES!


X2.

Fuck the theater, it's been a good year for DVD releases.

Oh right, that's what everyone is saying.  Woops box office.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 02, 2005, 06:17:17 PM
http://www.dvdexclusive.com/article.asp?articleID=2298

IMAGE GAINS CRITERION
As part of Home Vision acquisition
By Scott Hettrick  8/2/2005  


AUG. 2 | DVD distributor Image Entertainment has acquired 19-year-old Chicago-based publisher/distributor Home Vision Entertainment.

The $8 million deal--one of the largest ever for Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image--also gives the former laserdisc company exclusive distribution rights to the prestigious Criterion Collection of esoteric, foreign and critically acclaimed movies on DVD.

For the past eight years, Image had split retail distribution of Criterion titles with Home Vision, which had a separate 50/50 joint venture with Criterion. With that arrangement, Image was never able to include Criterion titles in its overall national marketing efforts.

With this week's deal, Home Vision sells its 50% stake in the joint venture back to Criterion, freeing up Criterion to sign an exclusive output deal with Image for its 280 active catalog titles and three to four monthly new releases through 2010.

Image will now be able to mount full-fledged marketing campaigns for DVDs from Criterion, which is credited with creating the market for today's DVD bonus features and audio commentaries when the company first produced those features for laserdiscs in the '80s. Criterion licenses selected titles such as The Life Aquatic and Hoop Dreams from studios and producers, paying a royalty fee that is often comparable to the wholesale price realized by suppliers on the titles. The Criterion Collection contains approximately 280 active DVD titles in its library and typically releases three or four new titles each month.

The privately held Home Vision, which specializes in independent and foreign films on DVD such as the BBC production of The Chronicles of Narnia, the animated classic Animal Farm, Allegro Non Troppo and the George C. Scott starrer The Day of the Dolphin, had net revenue of $29 million last year on more than 130 active titles, according to the companies.

With the acquisition of all outstanding capital stock, Image is expected to eventually lay off about 40 of Home Vision's 45 employees and shutter Home Vision's Chicago headquarters and warehouse facility, consolidating those operations into its newly renovated facilities by the end of the year.

Home Vision's president and CEO, Adrianne Furniss, will remain as a consultant for three years, assisting with Image's consolidation and content acquisition efforts. Others will likely come from Home Vision's acquisition and production areas.

The Home Vision Entertainment name will remain as a label under which Image will continue to release new titles on a monthly basis.

Image execs believe the deal will allow the combined companies to realize at least $2 million in cost savings.

Image COO David Borshell said the company intends to use the deal as a springboard to make additional acquisitions, perhaps further expanding its re-entry into the fine arts and foreign film category as well as others.

"We have a physical and personnel infrastructure that we are in a great position to leverage," Borshell said.

"Now that the transaction has been concluded, we plan to intensify efforts to identify and pursue further opportunities," said Image president and CEO Martin Greenwald.

Criterion president Peter Becker said, "After well over a decade's experience with us and our brand, Image understands what The Criterion Collection means, both to our core customers and to the retailers who help us reach a wider audience."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on August 04, 2005, 06:45:57 PM
the covert art for the above mentioned october releases are up.

 :inlove:
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/306_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 06, 2005, 01:28:29 AM
Many thanks to those who have kept the news coming here. The recent Criterion newsletter has given us the tip that Criterion is wrapping up production on the long awaited DVD of Powell and Pressburger's Tales of Hoffmann. Speculate to the role Scorsesse will have in the DVD, if any.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 13, 2005, 01:20:25 AM
(http://criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/308_box_348x490.jpg)

They changed the artwork.  I like the old one better.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on August 13, 2005, 01:24:27 AM
that was always the artwork.
Quote from: samsong
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/308_box_348x490.jpg)

and u've always been the caretaker.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on August 13, 2005, 01:25:39 AM
He meant he liked the:

Quote from: Pwaybloe
Here's mine.

(http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/5989/masculinfeminin5ll.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 14, 2005, 10:31:29 PM
Pubrick, Criterion must have uploaded the new artwork to the same URL as the old one.  The old artwork was this:

(http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/3589/1306871qy.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on August 15, 2005, 03:56:52 AM
Quote from: Ravi
Pubrick, Criterion must have uploaded the new artwork to the same URL as the old one.  The old artwork was this:

(http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/3589/1306871qy.jpg)

oh, in that case, they both suck.. the new one has a totally unco smile and the other one was plain jane.

criterion has jumped the shark. trust it to be godard's fault..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 15, 2005, 06:13:29 PM
According to the CCForum, Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player is on tap for a January release. Its by the same source who correctly pinned the release of Heaven Can Wait. No one really is bickering on the board about this news so the outlook seems good. Expect more Truffaut to co-inside or follow.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on August 15, 2005, 09:22:10 PM
bah, shoot the piano player was boring...they should release the soft skin or small change...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on August 15, 2005, 11:33:34 PM
Quote from: eward
bah, shoot the piano player was boring...they should release the soft skin or small change...

I loved it!!! But to each his own...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: killafilm on August 16, 2005, 02:53:56 AM
I really liked it.  Can't wait to see a decent copy.  I saw it on a busted dvd where it wasn't centered, rather it was on the top 2/3.  That bugged me.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on August 16, 2005, 11:10:31 AM
just because pta digs it doesn't mean you have to....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: polkablues on August 16, 2005, 01:40:40 PM
Quote from: eward
just because pta digs it doesn't mean you have to....


Cheap shot.  No need to go there.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on August 16, 2005, 01:51:56 PM
I always wondered why there wasn't a Shoot The Piano Player criterion yet.

I hope there are some tasty features on this.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on August 16, 2005, 04:53:13 PM
Quote from: polkablues
Quote from: eward
just because pta digs it doesn't mean you have to....


Cheap shot.  No need to go there.


ha, i think he was joking
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on August 23, 2005, 04:34:16 PM
from dvdbeaver:

November Criterions
 
Ugetsu Monogatori (Mizoguchi, 1953)
Ran (Kurasawa, 1985)
Tales of Hoffman (Powell & Pressburger, 1951)
and possibly Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959)

what's this "possibly" business?!
yay for mizoguchi... hopefully The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums will be released not too far after Ugetsu.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on August 24, 2005, 10:50:08 PM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
Quote from: eward
bah, shoot the piano player was boring...they should release the soft skin or small change...

I loved it!!! But to each his own...


you need to watch it more than once.
i blind bought it and just thought it was ok, but when i went back to it, my feeling totally changed.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SHAFTR on August 25, 2005, 02:38:37 AM
Not entirely the right thread, but i've always wanted to see Arthur Penn's "Mickey One" and I'm pretty sure it isn't on DVD.  That would seem like a film that would make sense on Criterion, given it's influence.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 25, 2005, 06:46:49 PM
Quote from: samsong
from dvdbeaver:

November Criterions
 
Ugetsu Monogatori (Mizoguchi, 1953)
Ran (Kurasawa, 1985)
Tales of Hoffman (Powell & Pressburger, 1951)
and possibly Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959)

what's this "possibly" business?!
yay for mizoguchi... hopefully The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums will be released not too far after Ugetsu.


My christmas list. Yay for Criterion!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 26, 2005, 12:15:47 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/309_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/316_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/317_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on August 26, 2005, 12:47:32 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/309_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/316_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/317_box_348x490.jpg)

a good time to be gay and japanese!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 01, 2005, 10:26:18 AM
From the newsletter:

"Louis Malle's Murmur of the Heart, Lacombe Lucien, and Au revoir les enfants coming in early 2006."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 01, 2005, 01:36:03 PM
Also, according to CCforum, Clement's Forbidden Games and Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player are the titles to drop in December. Same policy as last year with just two titles for the entire month.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on September 04, 2005, 02:12:32 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
December. Same policy as last year with just two titles for the entire month.


good, I can catch up from the past few months.

I wonder if their decision to release only a couple in december is related to the fact that, that's when a lot of the prestiege Oscar contenders are released. I mean, there will actually be films in theaters competing for the the Criterion obsessive's dollars.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 05, 2005, 01:32:38 AM
Quote from: analogzombie
I wonder if their decision to release only a couple in december is related to the fact that, that's when a lot of the prestiege Oscar contenders are released. I mean, there will actually be films in theaters competing for the the Criterion obsessive's dollars.


Criterion says it is to give the producers vacation time.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 05, 2005, 11:16:12 AM
Catching up with the latest. Every now and then, events all around the country highlight films likely to be part of the Criterion fold sooner or later. These are some films showing around the country in special engagements waving the Criterion banner, plus a special honoring of certain members of Criterion at Telluride.


Barbara Kopple presents
HARLAN COUNTY, USA
Tues., Oct. 11 at 7:00
NEW RESTORED PRINT
Barbara Kopple. 1976. 103 min. PG. US. Criterion/Janus.
Acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Kopple is best known for her brilliant documentaries on tough subjects from labor disputes to the assassination of a president. She won her first Academy Award in 1977 for Harlan County, U.S.A., and became the only female documentary filmmaker ever to have won two Oscars when a second came in 1991 for American Dream, which explored the human cost of the economic decline of America's industrial heartland.

Harlan County, U.S.A. is on everyone's list of greatest documentaries ever made - a tight, taut, timeless story of union strife in a Kentucky coal-mining town. Full of dramatic confrontations, labor songs and bluegrass music, violence, surprise, and a hard-won wisdom born of struggle, this magnificent, vastly influential film was named to the National Film Registry by Congress and designated an American Film Classic.
Q&A with filmmaker Barbara Kopple & New York Times critic Janet Maslin


MIRACLE IN MILAN, 1951, Criterion/Janus, 92 min. Director Vittorio de Sica fable-like classic describes the chaotic postwar Italian society with an ironic and satirical approach. Little Toto is found in a cabbage patch by Lolotta and raised to become a socially devoted young man dedicated to the improvement of health and wealth among the poor in Milan. The film offers a very clear message, but the bizarre and imaginative structure of the film (at one point, the poor townspeople fly on the brooms of street-cleaners to a better land!) stunned the critics and the public. "Radiates a strong and fascinating aura of bitter-sweet humor…" – New York Herald Tribune. Written by de Sica and Cesare Zavattini, from Zavattini's novel Toto Il Buono. Starring Francesco Golisano, Emma Gramatica, Guglielmo Barnabo, Paolo Stoppa, Brunella Bovo.

plus, courtesy of a post at CCForum.....

"Criterion is putting in an appearance at Telluride. Besides the fact that the Beckers and Turell will be receiving a "special medallion," the program guide refers to Spirit of the Beehive as "a Criterion/Janus" film. Rialto's new print of Army of Shadows will also be shown for the first time."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on September 07, 2005, 01:44:16 AM
cover art for pickpocket and shoot the piano player

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/314_box_348x490.jpg)
lazy but fine

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/315_box_348x490.jpg)
wtf
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 07, 2005, 10:56:48 AM
WHAT!?!?!

Shoot The Piano Player has just received one of the worst Criterion covers ever.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on September 07, 2005, 11:12:28 AM
Quote from: samsong
cover art for pickpocket and shoot the piano player

haha it's like sumone at the criterion office just discovered pictionary.

"hey, how bout for pickpocket we hav sum dude's pocket being picked!"
"that's pictorrific!"
"oooh man i'm on fire here, how bout for shoot the piano player we have a dude playing piano -- WAIT BUT NO PIANO, cos that might confuse ppl into thinking we want to shoot the PIANO itself -- and then put a target on him like he's gonna be shot!"
"dude, we're so fucking abstract.."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 07, 2005, 12:05:36 PM
Quote from: Walrus
WHAT!?!?!

Shoot The Piano Player has just received one of the worst Criterion covers ever.


(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/IMAGES/MG/196288.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 07, 2005, 01:26:08 PM
Oh shit, that one's much cooler.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on September 07, 2005, 01:34:44 PM
Quote from: Walrus
Oh shit, that one's much cooler.


how the hell is it cooler? its the same fucking image
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 07, 2005, 01:44:08 PM
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: Walrus
Oh shit, that one's much cooler.


how the hell is it cooler? its the same fucking image


I'VE BEEN DUPED!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on September 07, 2005, 02:52:58 PM
Quote from: Walrus
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: Walrus
Oh shit, that one's much cooler.


how the hell is it cooler? its the same fucking image


I'VE BEEN DUPED!!


you sure have - how does it feel?

whats that image on your avatar - is that from a film you made? i hope not
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on September 07, 2005, 02:55:53 PM
I like the Pickpocket image, except it looks like he only has four fingers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Red Vine on September 07, 2005, 03:14:53 PM
I like the Pickpocket cover too. Has anybody seen the movie?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on September 07, 2005, 03:15:57 PM
Quote from: cowboykurtis


whats that image on your avatar - is that from a film you made? i hope not


its an episode of stella.

and i have a crappy copy of pickpocket on vhs....bresson's masterpiece, i think, that and devil, probably (which i also have a crappy vhs copy of)....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 12, 2005, 01:26:07 AM
What are the chances of Criterion releasing Dersu Uzala?  Has Criterion ever re-released a Kino title?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 12, 2005, 12:50:49 PM
Quote from: Ravi
What are the chances of Criterion releasing Dersu Uzala?  Has Criterion ever re-released a Kino title?


I would say not very good. There may be a few Kino titles that transferred to Criterion, but I don't know of any. Also, for a filmmaker as widely discussed in Criterion rumor circles for possible releases as Kurosawa is, Dersu Uzala never hits even the radar.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on September 13, 2005, 11:39:02 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Quote from: Ravi
What are the chances of Criterion releasing Dersu Uzala?  Has Criterion ever re-released a Kino title?


I would say not very good. There may be a few Kino titles that transferred to Criterion, but I don't know of any. Also, for a filmmaker as widely discussed in Criterion rumor circles for possible releases as Kurosawa is, Dersu Uzala never hits even the radar.


Besides, they've got Drunken Angel, The Bad Sleep Well and a Seven Samurai reissue to work on before they even begin to think about that garbage.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on September 13, 2005, 12:30:17 PM
Garbage???
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on September 13, 2005, 10:38:15 PM
a tidbit of old news from the just released Director's Label Series compilation with Mark Romanek...

Spike Jonze: So you've been working on this for a long time, this compilation.  How many years?

Mark Romanek: Well, I was asked to do one with Criterion initially, like over five years ago. We spent a year and a half working on that, but then it fell apart.  So it's been, I don't know, well over seix oe seven years.  It's good that it took so long, because there's way more stuff on hte DVD now.

interesting.  i wonder why it fell through, and i wonder if outside of the beastie boys and romanek if crierion had intended to release more music video compilations before directors label was formed?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on September 21, 2005, 11:10:05 PM
dvdbeaver.com's review of "the man who fell to earth" (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews17/man_who_fell_to_earth_dvd_review.htm)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 23, 2005, 09:58:33 PM
question:  i got naked.  is the comm. track from the criterion laserdisc?  hasnt one of the participants passed away?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on September 25, 2005, 07:53:12 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
question:  i got naked.  is the comm. track from the criterion laserdisc?  hasnt one of the participants passed away?


yes, i do believe it is a port from the laserdisc.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 02, 2005, 11:22:53 AM
Attention Jodorowsky fans!

So... I went on a job interview last week.  The job was for restoring a "70s cult movie" as the ad said.  It turns out that the movie in question was El Topo.  

I didn't get the job  :yabbse-angry: but at least I came away from the whole thing with some bit of useful information.  The job would have entailed scanning all sorts of pics, drawings, etc., for the eventual Criterion edition of the movie; the film itself is already restored.  Their target for finishing all of this is early November.  So, it looks like sometime in 2006, El Topo Criterion will be hitting the shelves.  

They may be working on The Holy Mountain as well but I'm not 100% on that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on October 02, 2005, 01:11:39 PM
Quote from: hacksparrow
Attention Jodorowsky fans!

So... I went on a job interview last week.  The job was for restoring a "70s cult movie" as the ad said.  It turns out that the movie in question was El Topo.  

I didn't get the job  :yabbse-angry: but at least I came away from the whole thing with some bit of useful information.  The job would have entailed scanning all sorts of pics, drawings, etc., for the eventual Criterion edition of the movie; the film itself is already restored.  Their target for finishing all of this is early November.  So, it looks like sometime in 2006, El Topo Criterion will be hitting the shelves.  

They may be working on The Holy Mountain as well but I'm not 100% on that.


thats pretty amazing - I've heard rumblings about Sante Sangre getting the treatment as well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 02, 2005, 07:43:14 PM
January Releases:


The Bad Sleep Well ($29.95):
New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
36 Minute Documentary on the Making-Of Bad Sleep Well
Original Theatrical Trailer
New and Improved Subtitle Translation
New Essays by Richard Combs and Michael Almereyda

Young Mr Lincoln ($29.95):
New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
Archival Audio Interviews with John Ford and Henry Fonda
Academy Award Theater Radio Dramatization, Downloadable as an MP3 File
Stills Gallery
Optional English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
New Essay by Film Critic Geoffrey O'Brien
More!

The Children Are Watching Us ($29.95):
New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
New Video Interviews with Luciano de Ambrosis and Cesare Zavattini
New and Improved Subtitle Translation
Booklet Featuring Robert Cardullo and Stuart Klawans on Cesare Zavattini

The Virgin Spring ($39.95):
New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
Audio Commentary by Ingmar Bergman Scholar Birgitta Steene
New Video Interviews With Gunnel Linblom and Birgitta Petersson
New Essay by Film Historian and Bergman Scholar Peter Cowie
New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
More!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on October 02, 2005, 07:52:21 PM
Fuck what a good month that's going to be.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 02, 2005, 10:56:45 PM
So is Shoot The Piano Player coming out in February?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 03, 2005, 01:33:07 AM
Quote from: Walrus
So is Shoot The Piano Player coming out in February?


December. Details at http://www.criterionco.com
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 03, 2005, 11:20:04 AM
Ahh, thanks... I thought I read it was sleighted for January earlier in this thread.  

This is going to be one hell of a Christmas!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 03, 2005, 02:14:10 PM
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS GETTING SHORT CHANGED?

"Posted Today at 5:58am by Mark Edward Heuck
Terrible, terrible news from Siouxzan Perry, liason to the Russ Meyer starlets:
After months of negotiations, petitions, and often unanswered questions, Fox has decided not to enlist the participation of any surviving cast members or personnel of Meyer's BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS for its upcoming DVD release. At this time, the only extra will be the oft-mentioned Roger Ebert commentary track that had been recorded for The Criterion Collection. Criterion will not be releasing the film on their label; Fox apparently bought back the commentary when they decided to do the disc themselves.
This easily represents the mother of blown opportunities in catalog DVD presentations. Siouxzan had lined up almost every surviving cast member, plus vocalist Lynn Carey and music director Stu Phillips, and a treasure trove of photos and memorabilia, to make this the blown-out special edition which Meyer's fans have clamored for, which the UK Arrow Films DVDs have aspired to, and which we will currently never see from the current stewards of Meyer's assets (see Matt Allison's thread for those sad details). But it would appear Fox is more interested in trying to spend as little time, effort, and money possible into releasing this enduring cult classic.
The Meyer alumni are naturally very upset about this decision, and urge fans both to send polite letters of complaint to Fox's DVD division, and not to buy this barebones disc when it is released."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 03, 2005, 09:19:02 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/319_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on October 03, 2005, 11:03:18 PM
omg, that is some creative shit!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on October 04, 2005, 01:22:32 AM
Hey now!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on October 04, 2005, 11:34:30 AM
An actual picture of the cake might have been cooler, but I'm just glad this film is going to be out on DVD.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 04, 2005, 08:37:23 PM
Criterion Newsletter...................

Jacques Tati boxset due in 2006. Playtime confirmed with Trafic very likely.

Whit Stillman's cult favorite, Metropolitan (1990), will be released early '06 as well.

That is all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 04, 2005, 10:49:54 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
Criterion Newsletter...................

Jacques Tati boxset due in 2006. Playtime confirmed with Trafic very likely.


Mother fucker.

I will be broke, it is confirmed.  Becoming a prostitute and selling my body to science very likely.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: CCBaxter on October 05, 2005, 07:22:02 AM
yeah!

i've suggested "Metropolitan" several times to Criterion.  i am psyched for this.  definitely one of my all time favorite films!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on October 05, 2005, 07:34:17 AM
who the hell..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cron on October 05, 2005, 04:05:20 PM
Quote from: Pubrick


criterion has jumped the shark.



hahaha why hadn't i read this. so true.  let's wait until they release el topo and berlin alexanderplatz because i'm curious about the last one and then hope they just stop. that's the problem with collections.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 16, 2005, 01:38:19 AM
A revealing interview with Linklater:

"Do you plan to release a DVD with deleted scenes?

Criterion is going to do a really kick ass DVD of Dazed. It is something to look forward to in July. It is going to have commentary tracks, it’s going to have hours more of additional footage and interviews it is going to be so cool."

the entire deal:

http://www.filmradar.com/index.php/weblog/entry/making_dazed_catch_you_later_dude_ten_years_later/
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on October 16, 2005, 02:54:25 AM
That might just be the biggest waste of a Criterion dvd ever...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 16, 2005, 02:58:06 AM
wait, what the fuck was Armageddon?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 16, 2005, 10:35:15 AM
i've been holding out for years for a decent edition of D&C so i guess this will finally be it.  i had a feeling the 'flashback edition' wasnt going to cut it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on October 16, 2005, 12:10:51 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
wait, what the fuck was Armageddon?


It sold a shit-load of copies and financed lots of good, real dvds.

Seems to me (I could be wrong), that D&C isn't that popular to justify as a sell-out disc, and well, the point of the collection is important, hard-to-find films, not totally unimportant already-several-versions-available drek. Now, I know hating D&C (well, really, most of Linklater, period), is a complete personal call, but is it such a good looking movie that it needs some kinda remastering, the dvds that are alreay out aren't good enough? Leave that to the studios, and have good old CC mine the vaults for some more forgotten gems like Touchez Pas Au Grisbi and Night And The City... that's what they're here to do.

Imo.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on October 16, 2005, 12:28:12 PM
I think it's more of a case of just trying to be completist, you know? Get the director's whole ouveure? I've noticed them doing that more and more lately.

Dazed And Confused is the only Linklater film I haven't seen, so I'm sorta excited about having the chance to see it in this context, rather than the bare bones DVD that was put out last year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 16, 2005, 01:13:59 PM
I really liked Dazed and Confused.  In some weird way it made me nostalgiac for a time I wasn't even around for.

I've held out on buying it for a while because I have the VHS and the DVD's don't offer much, but if the Criterion turns out even a little of how he described it, I'll be picking it up.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 16, 2005, 05:36:53 PM
Quote from: SoNowThen
Quote from: Cinephile
wait, what the fuck was Armageddon?


It sold a shit-load of copies and financed lots of good, real dvds.

Seems to me (I could be wrong), that D&C isn't that popular to justify as a sell-out disc, and well, the point of the collection is important, hard-to-find films, not totally unimportant already-several-versions-available drek. Now, I know hating D&C (well, really, most of Linklater, period), is a complete personal call, but is it such a good looking movie that it needs some kinda remastering, the dvds that are alreay out aren't good enough? Leave that to the studios, and have good old CC mine the vaults for some more forgotten gems like Touchez Pas Au Grisbi and Night And The City... that's what they're here to do.

Imo.


You really shouldn't be too bothered. Production shouldn't be a hassle. It's really an acquisition on Criterion's part because little has to be done for getting the image perfect and the only job will be editing the extra features. Linklater may even be in control of most of that. Who knows. I just know for the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls dvd, much of the work is being done by Fox. They will then license the work to Criterion to approve and release.

This disc will sell. Probably more so than Armageddon. Armageddon was a general film for a general audience. I'm sure the one disc set sufficed for most people. Dazed and Confused does have a larger following likely to care about a better release because it has been out for so long and already has had a history of trying to get an adaquate dvd released.

I imagine the films that really take up a lot of Criterion's time are Ugetsu and the upcoming Eisenstein Silent box set considering the prints alone need much work.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 16, 2005, 05:59:46 PM
i thought fox wasnt letting criterion release valley of the dolls?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 16, 2005, 06:26:41 PM
Quote from: modage
i thought fox wasnt letting criterion release valley of the dolls?


They are, but only on a limited special edition. Its been confirmed here recently on these pages.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: classical gas on October 16, 2005, 10:25:22 PM
:cry:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on October 16, 2005, 10:34:56 PM
(http://www.gawker.com/news/big_gay_al.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: RegularKarate on October 16, 2005, 10:42:46 PM
Quote from: md

"But you know what? Behind every good man there's a woman. And that woman was Martha Washington man. And every day George would come home. She'd have a big fat bowl waiting for him man when he'd come in the door man."


haha... oh man, that's so not funny.

This movie was one of the most overrated, overwatched movie of it's time.  I remember people left and right quoting it... jesus, it drove me nuts.

It has it's moments, but it's definitely not his best.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 16, 2005, 11:19:12 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate

It has it's moments, but it's definitely not his best.


I really liked D&C, but I agree it's not his best. I don't really know Criterion worthy this is, but i'm very excited about the features.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on October 17, 2005, 01:51:53 AM
Quote from: RegularKarate
Quote from: md

"But you know what? Behind every good man there's a woman. And that woman was Martha Washington man. And every day George would come home. She'd have a big fat bowl waiting for him man when he'd come in the door man."


haha... oh man, that's so not funny.

This movie was one of the most overrated, overwatched movie of it's time.  I remember people left and right quoting it... jesus, it drove me nuts.

agreed to the max. all 3 times i've tried to watch this, once stoned, it failed to impress. what's so good about it? it put me to sleep and i felt bad cos my friends were like "oh u gotta see it man" fuck that, i'd rather watch half baked at least that's entertaining.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: 72teeth on October 17, 2005, 02:45:55 AM
eh...i'd be happier with a criterion "Stoned Age" rather than this...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: life_boy on October 17, 2005, 10:02:23 AM
Quote from: md
It is alot deeper, in my opinion, than just a simple stoner flick, although it serves that purpose as well.  You guys are right though....


You're welcome to give an "in defense of" instead of caving to peer pressure.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: md on October 17, 2005, 11:05:59 AM
ok ill take a hit, just a small one...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: life_boy on October 17, 2005, 12:27:28 PM
Young Mr. Lincoln cover is up...

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/320_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 17, 2005, 02:34:04 PM
Wow, that even impressed me. Maybe the most emotional cover they've done.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 27, 2005, 01:00:37 PM
OK, in the new insert catalogue, 3 titles are confirmed for a 2006 release. Could this be in Febuary?

322- Mr. Arkadin $39.95
324 - La bete humaine $29.95
325 - Kind Hearts and Coronets $29.95

Another Welles, a long anticipated Renoir and finally an Ealing comedy. Providing I have money, I may pick up a few.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 27, 2005, 07:17:40 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/326_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on October 28, 2005, 12:51:32 AM
Did Wes Anderson's bro draw that?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 28, 2005, 12:57:20 AM
I wish they sold posters.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 28, 2005, 01:02:46 AM
Quote from: rené
I wish they sold posters.


The biggest wish by some. I say we get a petition going.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 01, 2005, 12:15:04 PM
Is Criterion going to begin releasing films of experimental black cinema? The title in question is Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. This could be a future release of Eclipse, but for now we'll have to go by the Criterion tag it has. Here is the official report:


"In addition to numerous documentaries, the company has also produced several feature films including the classic Ali, The Fighter and the critically-acclaimed under-ground film, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, which is currently being released theatrically by Janus Films and will be distributed to the home video market by The Criterion Collection."


http://www.williamgreaves.com/about.htm

Finally, looks like Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin (AKA Confidential Report) will be getting the royal treatment of a 3 disc set. Jonathan Rosenbaum confirms with this:

It will be a three-disc set including the Corinth version of the film
(with a commentary by James Naremore and myself), CONFIDENTIAL REPORT, and a new edit by Stefan Droessler (of the Munich Film Archives) that will draw material from a variety of sources. Each version will have separate liner notes--by me, Francois Thomas, and Stefan, respectively--and I believe the set will also include some radio shows and a reprint of the novel (although there's new and more conclusive
evidence, that will be cited, that Welles didn't write the latter).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 01, 2005, 02:32:20 PM
Releases for Febuary?


La Bête Humaine - One of Jean Renoir's most successful films, La bête humaine stars icon Jean Gabin in a role that captured the dark mood of a nation. In this blend of poetic realism and film noir, Gabin plays a train engineer whose chance for love is doomed by the tainted blood of his forefathers. Based on the popular Emile Zola novel and filmed aboard the trains of Le Havre, Renoir delivers a suspenseful ride into the psyche of a working-class tragedy.

Metropolitan - In an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, a group of upwardly-mobile, twentysomething friends get together frequently to talk about social climbing, play bridge and discuss politics. Cynic Nick, philosophical Charlie, party girl Sally and Jane Austen-loving Audrey are joined by the much simpler Tom, who is critical of their way of life. A brilliant film of words and ideas, and one of the most important American independent films of the 1990s.

Kind Hearts and Coronets - A humorous satire on the British aristocracy, and one of the most sophisticated black comedies ever filmed. Louis Manzzini's mother told him as a child about how she was rejected by her aristocratic D'Ascoyne family. Once an adult, Louis avenges her by becoming the next Duke of the family and murdering every potential successor to the title. Alec Guinness's deft handling of eight different roles earned him worldwide acclaim.

Viridiana - Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, surrealist genius Luis Buñuel's hilarious vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. Young novice Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d'or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, this anticlerical free-for-all is as shocking today as ever.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 01, 2005, 11:52:23 PM
No Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for Criterion?

A long story gets longer.....

"Other "Cinema Classics Collection" titles coming in early 2006 from Fox include The Charlie Chan Collection: Volume One (a box set with different titles that those MGM released in their Chanthology set), The Jayne Mansfield Collection (a box set including The Wayward Bus, The Girl Can't Help It and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?), and new special editions of Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/rumormill.html#1102

The latest news has been that Criterion would release the film, but on a slimmer special edition disc. Reports surfaced of many special features being dropped. Question came into whether the Ebert commentary would even make it. And after all of this, word was Criterion was still going to release the film or hand it over to the Eclipse label.

With this announcement, maybe Criterion will not be releasing it after all. Maybe they weren't going to stomach a slim release as Fox wasn't going to go after getting the special features.

I have a feeling the story hasn't ended here though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 02, 2005, 02:04:59 AM
My work never stops here.

Someone at CCForum is reporting the reason MGM has taken Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise out of print is because Criterion is currently working on a special edition. This is an enticing rumor.

Stay tuned, fellow geeks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on November 02, 2005, 02:33:43 AM
awesome if it's true. the down by law criterion is crazily cool. (its coolly crazy, too. the shit's weird, it's got recorded telephone conversations between waits and jarmusch, stuff like that. i love that dvd.)

GT is the Mac of the Criterion thread.   :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2005, 01:10:58 AM
END OF THE YEAR RUNDOWN OF RUMORED TITLES

When all the releases are announced for a given year for sure, I run down the large list of titles on the horizon for a potential Criterion release. With Eclipse now a part of the fray, I think you will see more of the titles listed here actually released.

So, here it is:





1.) Certainties: (Titles that Criterion have indicated are under way for DVD issue)

PHANTOM INDIA (1968-9, Malle) - confirmed here

MURMUR OF THE HEART (1971, Malle) - confirmed in September Criterion newsletter

LACOMBE, LUCIEN (1974, Malle) - confirmed in September Criterion newsletter

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987, Malle) -d elayed for release from June 2005.

THE 49th PARALLEL (Powell & Pressburger) - mentioned at AMMI talk

A CANTERBURY TALE (Powell & Pressburger) - mentioned at AMMI talk

JOUR DE FETE (Tati, 1949)

more Yasujiro Ozu - as of Nov 2003 they are planning to release 12 Ozu DVDs, Donald Richie has mentioned that THE ONLY SON is coming soon; EQUINOX FLOWER and AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON have been mooted too. - Strong rumours of an Ozu silents box too

MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969, Rohmer) - via Wellspring

CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970, Rohmer) - via Wellspring

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2.) Stalled ex-certainties: (Officially announced titles that have run into some kind of technical hitch and are now in limbo)

EISENSTEIN SILENT YEARS boxset - from December 1999 Cineaste interview with Peter Becker: "We're now working on Potemkin, October, Strike, Old and New, also known as The General Line, plus Glumov's Diary, a short that's never been seen here. These are enormous projects, so what we try to do is to ally ourselves with a small group of scholars. On the Eisensteins, we're being helped by David Bordwell, Naum Kleimann, Annette Michelson, Ian Christie, Richard Taylor, and Yuri Tsivian. The idea basically is that if all of these people help us find our way, we won't be too far off."

PANDORA'S BOX (1929, G. W. Pabst) "In the program for a screening with Gillian Anderson's score in 2003 - it said Criterion would be releasing a freshly restored version with the Anderson score in 2004". Confirmed by Lee Kline at HTF chat (Feb 2004) --- UPDATE FEB 2005: currently off the production schedule.

DODES'KA-DEN (1970, Kurosawa)

SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943, Kurosawa)

IVANS CHILDHOOD (1962, Tarkovsky)

COCKTAIL MOLOTOV (1980, Kurys)

COUSIN, COUSINE (1975, Tacchella)

SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932, von Sternberg) - indefinitely postponed. As of Feb 2003 it's looking bleak - Mulvaney says its not on the schedule.

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3.) Distinct Possibilities: (Titles that haven't been officially confirmed yet but have either been mentioned by Criterion or linked to Criterion by other events/companies)

PRINCESS FROM THE MOON (Ichikawa, 1987) - mentioned here

THE FACE OF ANOTHER (Teshigahara, 1966) - listed at Japan Society website with courtesy credits to Janus

YOTSUYA GHOST STORY - PARTS I & II (Kinoshita, 1949) - listed at Japan Society website with courtesy credits to Janus

LA NOTTE (Antonioni, 1961) - mentioned by Kim Hendrickson on "The Speakeasy with Dorian" as forthcoming

HARLAN COUNTY, USA (Koppel, 1976) - confirmed here

CARMEN (1983, Carlos Saura) - screening at Images of Flamenco photo exhibit & film series held in Boston, courtesy Janus Films

BODAS DE SANGRE (aka Blood Wedding)(1981, Carlos Saura) - screening at Images of Flamenco photo exhibit & film series held in Boston, courtesy Janus Films

BANDITS VS. SAMURAI SQUADRON (Hideo Gosha, 1978) - showing at Film Forum, courtesy Janus Films

SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE/SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE 2 1/2 (William Greaves, 1968/2005) Listed at American Cinematheque's site with Janus/Criterion credits, confirmed at williamgreaves.com

THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI (Hideo Gosha, 1964) - listed at American Cinematheque's site with Janus credits w/brand new 35mm print

ASSASSINATION (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964) - listed at American Cinematheque's site with Janus credits

SAMUEL FULLER EARLY FILMS (I Shot Jesse James, 1949; The Baron of Arizona, 1950; The Steel Helmet, 1951) - licensed from Kit Parker Films

TWENTY-FOUR EYES (1954, Kinoshita) - played as part of Susan Sontag Tribute retrospective at The Japan Foundation, courtesy Janus Films

EUROPA '51 (1952, Rossellini) - aired on TCM featuring Janus Films logo

A NOS AMOURS (1983, Pialat) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

MILOU EN MAI (aka May Fools)(1990, Malle) - playing at Walter Reade retrospective with Janus Films logo

AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (1986, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE (1962, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

THE FIRE WITHIN (1964, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

CALCUTTA (1969, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

HUMAN, TOO HUMAN (1972, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

GOD'S COUNTRY (1985, Malle) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

SANS SOLEIL (1983, Marker) - New Yorker confirmed it will be released by Criterion

LA JETEE (1962, Marker) - via Argos Films/New Yorker

ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1957, Malle) - via Rialto

LES AMANTS (1958, Malle) - told to member by source that Criterion has aquired it along with Elevator to the Gallows via New Yorker.

REMORQUES (1941, Grémillion) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

THE MAGICIAN (1958, Bergman) - via Janus Films, new prints showing at various screenings

SISTERS OF THE GION (1936, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

OSAKA ELEGY (1936, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUM (1939, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

SANSHO THE BAILIFF (1954, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

THE LOYAL 47 RONIN, PARTS I & II (1941, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

MY LOVE HAS BEEN BURNING (1949, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, playing at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (1960, Naruse) - listed on Center for Japanese Studies as permission: Janus Films

STREET OF SHAME (1956, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, playing at American Cinematheque and Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

LIFE OF OHARU (1952, Mizoguchi) - a Janus Films title, at Center for Japanese Studies as "permission: Janus/Criterion

SAMURAI SAGA (1959, Inagaki) - playing at Film Forum, courtesy Janus Films

WESTFRONT 1918 (G.W. Pabst, 1930) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Buñuel, 1962) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo

SIMON OF THE DESERT (Buñuel, 1965) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo

PIERROT LE FOU (Godard, 1965) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection

BEFORE THE REVOLUTION (Bertolucci, 1964) - mentioned in USA Today Bertolucci article

KAPÓ (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1959) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH [Il Momento della verité] (Francesco Rosi, 1965) - verified solid source

DAMAGE (Malle, 1992) - Image Entertainment are advising enquirers about this film to contact Criterion

CRASH (Cronenberg, 1996) - Image Entertainment are advising enquirers about this film to contact Criterion

THIS SPORTING LIFE (Lindsay Anderson, 1963) - Spencer Leigh says it's coming here

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (1962, Ozu)

EQUINOX FLOWER (1958, Ozu)

THE ONLY SON (1936, Ozu) - mentioned in an article by Donald Richie in the Japan Times as being Criterion's next release after EARLY SUMMER

THE TWO OF US [Le Vieil homme et l'enfant] (Berri, 1967) - via Rialto

HANDS OVER THE CITY (Rosi, 1963) - rumoured to be underway by Criterion (by a friend of a friend).

Richard GORDON boxset containing THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (Bennet, 1959); THE HAUNTED STRANGLER (Day, 1958); FIRST MAN INTO SPACE (Day, 1959); CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (Day, 1962) - showing up on the Classic Horror DVD website as coming soon

JIGOKU (Nakagawa, 1960) - mentioned in a post in another forum as a rumor that Criterion was eager to purchase entire Shintoho catalog to release this year (sourced from the KineJapan list)

SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT (Lee, 1986) - mentioned by Lee, confirmed independently by Lee's assistant as coming soon

some Rivette - "We hope to introduce Rivette to the collection in the future, but nothing is certain at this time." - Mulvaney, April 2004.

FANFAN LA TULIPE (1952, Christian-Jaque) - via Rialto

CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (1960, Sautet) - via Rialto

PANIQUE (1946, Duvivier) - via Rialto

THE PHANTOM CHARIOT (1921, Victor Sjöström) -c urrently appearing with Criterion/Janus logos in a Sjöström theatrical retrospective (Jan 2004)

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964, Teshigahara) - Milestone are saying that Criterion will release it in the next year (Dec 2003)

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (Erice, 1973) - "We'd love to release SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE. No plans for this one in 2004, but hopefully someday." - Mulvaney, Oct 2003

SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Parajanov, 1964) - "We hope to release it in the future." - Mulvaney, Sept 2003

LE BONHEUR (1965, Agnès Varda) - "We hope to release LE BONHEUR sometime in the future, but nothing is definite at this time." - Mulvaney, Aug 2003

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970, Meyer)

EQUINOX (1970, Jack Woods & Dennis Muren) - mentioned in an HTF chat in 2001, and again by Mulvaney in March 2003 as "upcoming"

SEVEN SAMURAI (1954, Akira Kurosawa) - reissue / new transfer (probably 2 x disc set)

DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948, Akira Kurosawa)

I LIVE IN FEAR (1955, Akira Kurosawa)

THE BURMESE HARP (Harp Of Burma) (1957, Kon Ichikawa) - "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.

FIRES ON THE PLAIN (Nobi) (1965, Kon Ichikawa) - "somewhere down the line" - Mulvaney, Feb 2003.

MOUCHETTE (1967, Robert Bresson) - via Rialto

LE PROCES DE JEANNE D'ARC (1962, Robert Bresson) - shown in a new transfer on TCM preceded by Janus Films logo

TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle) (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) - via Rialto

THREEPENNY OPERA (1931, G. W. Pabst)

GRAY'S ANATOMY (1996, Soderbergh) - via Wellspring

THE LAST METRO (1982, Truffaut) - via Wellspring

ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969, Melville) - via Rialto

GOLD OF NAPLES (1954, De Sica) - via Rialto

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961, Resnais) - via Rialto

LE DOULOS (1961, Melville) - via Rialto

LÉON MORIN, PRÊTRE (1961, Melville) - via Rialto

MAFIOSO (1962, Lattuada) - via Rialto

THE MILKY WAY (1969, Buñuel) - via Rialto

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4.) Remasters (Titles that have been released in the CC but are/maybe being reissued because new, better materials have come to light in the years since initial release)

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975, Weir) - as confirmed by Peter Weir in an interview with DVD Talk Radio.

HIGH AND LOW (1963, Kurosawa) - announced as a possibility at AMMI talk (Nov 2004).

SEVEN SAMURAI (1953, Kurosawa) - announced at AMMI talk (Nov 2004), new subtitles have been done.

PLAYTIME (1967, Tati) - The 6th CC remaster - announced for 2006.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cowboykurtis on November 03, 2005, 01:20:15 AM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961, Resnais) - via Rialto



I really hope this happens
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on November 03, 2005, 01:31:57 AM
a "she's gotta have it" criterion (for that matter, any DVD version of the film at all) is looooong overdue.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 03, 2005, 02:54:18 AM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/324_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: killafilm on November 03, 2005, 12:48:40 PM
Quote from: cowboykurtis
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961, Resnais) - via Rialto



I really hope this happens


Seconded.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 07, 2005, 01:05:23 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/321_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: rustinglass on November 07, 2005, 05:45:02 PM
I love that movie so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 11, 2005, 01:40:52 AM
Give up religion, because God finally has answered every prayer. A post at the CCForum:

Not really much of an update...

I heard from a friend that..eep...Marilyn Manson may be involved with the El Topo dvd to some extent, that they were talking to him about writing a bit for the booklet about the film, and maybe even including his music video "the man without fear" or something from Universal which is suppose to be inspired by El Topo....so yeah it sounds like it might be an Eclipse release. Was told by my friend at Humanoids that it was an early 06 release...but obviously we are almost on March solicts from Criterion., so I guess whenever they want to launch eclipse...grrr well at least the eclipse website is up even if nothing's on it.

The Mark Morris post to me pretty much verifies that we will see criterion release this in the next year, as he was the one who brokered the deal for the UK release of Santa Sangre, so he obviously has insight into the situation; which is telling.

I also asked my buddy Rich Johnston (for those who read comic books he writes the column Lying in the Gutters) and he pretty much verified what I originally posted back in the summer with his sources that it will be released through Criterion in 06, but he didn't even have the details my friend from Humanoids had...but got it from other inside sources.

Anyways I almost feel bad about posting this so many months ago since there seems to be so little news on it, I just want to say that I'm not lying or anything...and I think it's suppose to be one of those "aren't you surprised to see us solict that dvd" releases from criterion....

Ah well....it's coming

peace, Ian
 
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haha man, you could learn a thing or two about copy/paste from Mac.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: JG on November 13, 2005, 08:18:50 PM
you know what deserves the criterion treatment--the ice storm.  I have a feeling that that would be amazing. 

For you criterion experts, is there ever a possibility?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on November 13, 2005, 08:23:19 PM
you know what deserves the criterion treatment--the ice storm.  I have a feeling that that would be amazing. 

there's a thread about that (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=844.0)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 14, 2005, 12:29:41 AM
you know what deserves the criterion treatment--the ice storm.  I have a feeling that that would be amazing. 

For you criterion experts, is there ever a possibility?

A possibility, but not a very good one. It was released by Fox Searchlight and Fox has done deals lately with Criterion in licensing films, but Criterion went after the ones that hadn't had a dvd release. Not only has the Ice Storm had one, but what can Criterion really do with it to warrant a special edition? I think Ang Lee would have to push for it to happen and I don't think he will.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 16, 2005, 10:20:52 AM
Easier to just copy the entire post:

In the commentary for Xan Cassavetes documentary "Z Channnel: A Magnifient Obsession," Cassavetes and crew state that Stuart Cooper's "Overlord" will be released on DVD from Criterion. Here's the exchange which starts about the 21:30 mark in the commentary:

Xan: "Stuart Cooper . . ."
Crew Member 1: "Here's the greatest movie you've never seen."
Crew Member 2: "But will see soon on Criterion Collection."
Xan: "Yeah, it's coming up on Criterion."

The crew then goes on to compliment Criterion generally:

Crew Member 4: "Shall we talk about Criterion at this point?"
Xan: "Yeah, let's talk about the Masters. . ."
Crew Member 1: "Yeah, let's make a toast to Criterion. . ."
Xan: "Wait a minute. What Z Channel was in its era, Criterion is in this area [sic]. Everybody lift your wine glasses right now. Criterion!"
Crew Members: "Criterion!"
Xan: "Jonathan and Peter and everybody at Criterion, you're the modern heros of the cinematic world, among with others, but you lead it."

I'd never heard of Overlord before seeing this film, but it looks great. It's a D-Day war film done in B&W that seamlessly interweaves real newsreel footage into the narrative. Here's a brief overview from film historian Clyde Jeavons written for the "London Time's 49th London Film Festival" -

"Who remembers Overlord? In 1975, this remarkable war film ('Overlord' was the code-name for the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944) enjoyed high critical praise, won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and then drifted quietly into obscurity. In the USA, it never even got off the ground. Perhaps the film was just too modest, too understated to achieve an indelible impact. Suddenly, though - 30 years later - following a revival at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, Overlord has taken the American art-house circuit by storm. Americans seem to see it as a welcome antidote to the gung-ho pyrotechnics of their own depictions of WWII, such as Saving Private Ryan. Certainly, the film warrants re-appraisal for its timeless, very British qualities of monochrome realism and self-effacement. Its American director, Stuart Cooper, spent three years studying WWII documentary and newsreel footage at London's Imperial War Museum (subsequently co-producers of the film). With Kubrick's favourite cinematographer, John Alcott, he fashioned a narrative of an ordinary British soldier preparing for D-Day: his basic training, his boredom, his fears and his fatalism. The film's triumph is in its seamless interweaving of dramatic footage and the real thing, to the point where even Alcott couldn't tell which was which. This screening of a brand new print will be introduced by the director, preceded by actual combat footage and colour amateur film of D-Day from the IWM's collection, presented by Roger Smither, keeper of film and video."

Directed by Stuart Cooper
Written by Christopher Hudson, Stuart Cooper
With Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball
Country UK
Year of Production 1975
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 03, 2005, 01:38:59 PM
rumor rumor rumor rumor: CCForum is reporting through second hand sources that Last Year at Marienbad will finally debut in the Criterion Collection in the first half of '06. That is all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ghostboy on December 03, 2005, 01:52:34 PM
That would be so wonderful - I've been waiting to see that film forever.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on December 05, 2005, 08:03:27 PM
What's the name/URL of that website dedicated to selling Criterion DVDs?  (not criterionco.com)  Thanks.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 05, 2005, 08:15:13 PM
Traffic
SRP: $39.95
Prebook date: 1/31/06
Street date: 3/7/06

3 Films by Louis Malle (4 disc box set)
SRP: $79.95
Prebook date: 2/7/06
Street date: 3/14/06
Includes---MURMUR OF THE HEART ---LACOMBE, LUCIEN ----AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS

FISTS IN THE POCKET
SRP: $29.95
Prebook date: 2/21/06
Street date: 3/26/06

MR. ARKADIN - Orson Welles's elusive film presented in three different versions.
SRP: $49.95
Prebook date: 2/21/06
Street date: 3/26/06

There is a reason for the Traffic re-release. It pertains to the Image take over and the rumor back in October (before Image acquired Criterion) they were going to release their own DVD of Traffic anyways. Don't expect a more substantial special edition disc. From what I am reading the only update will be the print. This release is just a consequence of the new situation for Criterion, but a great month of releases. I'm in particular excited for Fists in the Pocket. Their previous releases of unkown Italian works have been superb.

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 05, 2005, 08:15:53 PM
What's the name/URL of that website dedicated to selling Criterion DVDs?  (not criterionco.com)  Thanks.

www.criteriondvd.com Great site, excellent speed for shipping DVDs.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 05, 2005, 09:34:49 PM
According to the recent Newsletter, new editions of Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro will be out in 2006. I'm actually dissapointed. Seven Samurai is a worthy title, but High and Low is worthier than Yojimbo and Sanjuro. I smell a box set and more time ignored on other films being released.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on December 06, 2005, 02:17:48 AM
They're decent.  DeepDiscountDVD and Amazon usually have better prices, depending on the timing.  In the past, if you've pre-ordered from Amazon, the discount is pretty substantial (they're known to discount Criterions as pre-orders -- I got Slacker and Short Cuts for a good deal), and there are always 20% off sales from DeepDiscountDVD to count on too.  This place is nice to have, though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Figure 8 on December 06, 2005, 03:43:42 PM
How is dvdplanet?  They have all criterions for 35% off and their prices are better than deepdiscountdvd.  I've never used them, but I'm curious.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on December 06, 2005, 08:39:00 PM
According to the recent Newsletter, new editions of Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro will be out in 2006. I'm actually dissapointed. Seven Samurai is a worthy title, but High and Low is worthier than Yojimbo and Sanjuro. I smell a box set and more time ignored on other films being released.

All four direly need new transfers.  I too was waiting for a new High and Low.  Maybe later in 2006.  At least we have a new edition of Ran.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on December 06, 2005, 08:43:54 PM
How is dvdplanet?  They have all criterions for 35% off and their prices are better than deepdiscountdvd.  I've never used them, but I'm curious.
they're good.  i used to buy all my criterions from them until i started just waiting to get them till twice a year when deepdiscount has their 20% off sale.  but for the most part, you cant beat them.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 07, 2005, 02:15:46 AM
OK, I was reluctant to give in and buy the Malle box set, but now I will look for criticism to justify buying it due to these beautiful covers. The Welles cover isn't too shabby either.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/322_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/327_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/328_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/329_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/330_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 07, 2005, 05:07:55 PM
Criterion ain't messin' around.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gamblour. on December 07, 2005, 10:22:24 PM
That motif for the covers is great.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 11, 2005, 02:04:43 PM
Looks like Criterion will pass on the Alejandro Jodorowsky releases that are upcoming of [guranteed] El Topo and The Holy Mountain. Reasons are still unclear, but it is a stunning development and quite frankly pretty sad. At least the films look to still have a North American release.

http://www.anchorbay.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?p=110067#post110067
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on December 15, 2005, 01:50:46 AM
So Warner Bros. is releasing a two-disc SE of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.  I've wanted to get this flick for a long time.  Just looking for opinions.  Should I dig for the old Criterion, or the new?  I guess extras are the main thing I'm curious about.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on December 15, 2005, 02:16:46 AM
So Warner Bros. is releasing a two-disc SE of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.  I've wanted to get this flick for a long time.  Just looking for opinions.  Should I dig for the old Criterion, or the new?  I guess extras are the main thing I'm curious about.
this is the first i've heard about it. does anyone have any details? that movie is criminally under-watched.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 15, 2005, 02:27:33 AM
Get this new special edition. No doubt it. When Criterion released it, they were taking from an MGM transfer and typical of MGM, the transfer was not up to snuff. Warners is stellar for brand new transfers. Add on that the commentary for the new disc is the same as the one for Criterion. Then add a few more decent extra features in a documentary and you have a much improved special edition package.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on December 15, 2005, 02:30:46 AM
So Warner Bros. is releasing a two-disc SE of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.  I've wanted to get this flick for a long time.  Just looking for opinions.  Should I dig for the old Criterion, or the new?  I guess extras are the main thing I'm curious about.
this is the first i've heard about it. does anyone have any details? that movie is criminally under-watched.
(Thanks, GT.)

This is where I read about it, just browsing around: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CBG5PG/ref=pd_cmp_rvi_2/103-9704404-5223866?n=130
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 15, 2005, 02:33:25 AM
I guess Warners has another going for them: the cover is better too!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on December 15, 2005, 07:14:26 PM
Get this new special edition. No doubt it. When Criterion released it, they were taking from an MGM transfer and typical of MGM, the transfer was not up to snuff. Warners is stellar for brand new transfers. Add on that the commentary for the new disc is the same as the one for Criterion. Then add a few more decent extra features in a documentary and you have a much improved special edition package.
Thanks I was wondering about it too.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: planet_jake on December 16, 2005, 12:32:06 AM
Looks like Criterion will pass on the Alejandro Jodorowsky releases that are upcoming of [guranteed] El Topo and The Holy Mountain. Reasons are still unclear, but it is a stunning development and quite frankly pretty sad. At least the films look to still have a North American release.

http://www.anchorbay.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?p=110067#post110067

Ok... SO did I miss something?

It seems to be this is about an R2 release. Does this effect the Criterion Collection in someway? Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to some sweet-ass Alejandro on Criterion more than anyone, but I still don;t see the evidence disproving it. Maybe I should read the thread again...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on December 16, 2005, 12:36:35 AM
Ok... SO did I miss something?

around 9 months worth, yeah.

hmm. 9 months, u and sara go missing.. :shock: congratulations! :bravo:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: planet_jake on December 16, 2005, 01:22:40 AM
Dear god, I can't believe anyone would remember me... us.

That Arkadin cover art looks totally radical btw.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ono on December 18, 2005, 10:09:15 PM
Any word on if She's Gotta Have it or Girl 6 will be a Criterion any time soon?  Seem to recall something about at least one of them a while back.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 18, 2005, 10:33:31 PM
Any word on if She's Gotta Have it or Girl 6 will be a Criterion any time soon?  Seem to recall something about at least one of them a while back.

Spike Lee denied everything reported soon after it hit the web.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 23, 2005, 11:02:56 AM
A Post at CCForum:

"I just got the newest issue of Premiere magazine in the mail and was looking at their Best DVDs of 2005 section. One of their selections was "The Criterion Bressons" and towards the bottom of the blurb, they write, "Criterion has Bresson's Mouchette on tap for 2006. Keep 'em coming, guys.""
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 23, 2005, 04:39:41 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/333_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 29, 2005, 07:49:38 PM
Looks like one of the most famous Italian Neo Realist films is due for a release. Reports are going around that Criterion will release Rosselini's Rome, Open City very soon. The first source is Slate's "Movie Club" where Jonathan Rosenbaum dishes the following:

"Michelangelo Antonioni's Michelangelo Eye to Eye and Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini's My Dad Is 100 Years Old—two very singular shorts that I would bet most readers haven't even heard about...The latter film—Madden's supple mise en scène of Rossellini's heartfelt yet highly ambivalent effort to "place" her troublesome father Roberto in terms of film history, which she wrote, and in which she plays all the parts, including such figures as Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick—will most likely turn up as a DVD bonus (I've heard that Criterion's Open City is a distinct possibility)."

http://www.slate.com/id/2132498/entry/2133399/

Another reason to believe the hype is that Rossellini will celebrate his 100th birthday in 2006. Criterion in the past has released films according to a director's such birthday. I'd expect a major Rossellini release. Also, it should be noted that Billy Wilder too turns 100 in the summer of 2006. Let Double Indeminity rumors continue.

Also, in a side note, it has been confirmed that Criterion recently has interviewed Jeanne Moreau for a future release. What release, we don't know. We all should be grateful for Criterion getting word from the only woman in film even comparable to Louise Brooks. The rumored titles she could be speaking for are as follows:

Elevator to the Gallows
Les Amants
and more....


Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: JG on December 29, 2005, 08:09:38 PM
Elevator to the Gallows

this would make me very happy. 
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 30, 2005, 05:38:11 PM
Nevermind the centennial birthdays of both Billy Wilder and Roberto Rossellini, it looks like 2006 will be the year of Louis Malle for Criterion. Numerous films of his have already gotten theatrical re-releases with Criterion DVD rumors on top of it. Now add one more title. Jenni Olson, of the San Francisco Bay Guardian is reporting that Criterion will release God's Country by Malle in '06.

Link: (scroll to bottom) http://www.sfbg.com/40/13/art_film_top10.html
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 03, 2006, 02:24:58 PM
The weakest set of releases yet from Criterion. Their April slate is very telling to how much pressure they are under to sell more discs. More re-issues than actual new releases. It is obvious Criterion is just relinquishing certain titles from the thresholds of their forbidding box sets to get more people to buy. What a fucking shame if this grows into a trend that will no doubt be oppressive to future titles.

Monterey Pop (single-disc edition)
SRP: $29.95

Jimi Plays Monterey/Shake! Otis at Monterey
SRP: $29.95

The 400 Blows -
SRP: $29.95

Elevator to the Gallows
SRP: $39.95

Harlan County, U.S.A. -
SRP: $39.95

Grey Gardens (two-disc edition)
SRP: $39.95
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on January 03, 2006, 08:01:48 PM
So, the April 400 Blows is the OOP one and the one from Antoine boxset?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Find Your Magali on January 04, 2006, 03:43:35 PM
Well, the re-releases are discouraging, but I'm looking forward to Harlan County USA
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on January 07, 2006, 01:13:11 PM
Just a bit of a warning to all you blind buyers out there: Elevator To The Gallows has one, count 'em, ONE decent feature to it, and that's the Miles Davis score (which you can buy on its own). This is a very mediocre movie.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Astrostic on January 13, 2006, 12:48:27 AM
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=22186

I know this has been all but confirmed by now, but just thought I would drop this in.



[concerning a conversation between Harry Knowles and Richard Linklater]

"He's also told me that FAST FOOD NATION is coming along great and at the same time he's working on the script for his next project - along with a Criterion Edition of DAZED & CONFUSED!!! That's the shit right there!"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: john on January 18, 2006, 11:39:24 PM
Elevator to the Gallows, Harlan County U.S.A.....great, great.....but what I want to know is this:

Why the fuck can I no longer get a deal on ANY Criterion title on amazon any more? They used to discount pretty good on pre-orders, new releases, and even the good selling catalogue stuff....now every Criterion disc is hiked up to list price.

I'm glad I got my Virgin Spring order in on the cheap....but, goddamn, this shit is gonna hurt if they keep it up.

Is it because Criterion is switching/switched hands?

Is it transisitory?

Anyone?

Bueller? Bueller?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 19, 2006, 01:31:41 AM
Elevator to the Gallows, Harlan County U.S.A.....great, great.....but what I want to know is this:

Why the fuck can I no longer get a deal on ANY Criterion title on amazon any more? They used to discount pretty good on pre-orders, new releases, and even the good selling catalogue stuff....now every Criterion disc is hiked up to list price.

I'm glad I got my Virgin Spring order in on the cheap....but, goddamn, this shit is gonna hurt if they keep it up.

Is it because Criterion is switching/switched hands?

Is it transisitory?

Anyone?

Bueller? Bueller?

Criterion noticed your pain......

"A number of Criterion collectors who shop at Amazon.com have written in to let us know that Amazon is not currently offering its regular discount on Criterion Collection discs. We have no control over Amazon's pricing, but we do encourage customers to shop around, because there are plenty of good deals out there. Tower Records is offering 10 to 25 percent off most Criterion titles, and you'll find discounts of up to 30 percent on selected titles at Barnes&Noble.com. CriterionDVD.com is an entire online store dedicated to Criterion discs, with most priced at 25 to 28 percent off SRP. At DVDpricesearch.com, you can quickly compare prices and shipping rates at a number of leading online retailers, and one store that consistently stands out for great prices is DVD Planet, where the entire Criterion catalog is 35 percent off and shipping is free on orders over $25.

We recognize that Criterion discs are a significant investment, and we're determined to do what we can to help our customers build their collections. If you find a retailer you think is doing an especially good job supporting Criterion customers, please don't hesitate to let us know, so we can spread the word."

www.criterionco.com

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 01, 2006, 09:45:03 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/331_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: eward on February 01, 2006, 11:23:34 PM
i almost cried
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 02, 2006, 01:14:38 AM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/331_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://xixax.com/index.php?action=dlattach;id=741;type=avatar)

Rip off.  Get your act together, Criterion  :yabbse-thumbdown:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on February 02, 2006, 08:30:44 AM
oh didnt i tell you guys?  i'm a designer at criterion now.  (just kidding, but man.  that would be a dream, right?)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fernando on February 02, 2006, 11:44:41 AM
(just kidding, but man.  that would be a dream, right?)

But then you spoilatar them all!

Unless you make deka-like caps of them.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on February 02, 2006, 12:05:07 PM
Unless you make deka-like caps of them.
then he'd Close-Uptar them all.. :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 07, 2006, 04:01:43 AM
MAY:

Viridiana
Late Spring
À nos amours
Harlan County USA
Grey Gardens 2-disc

Yep, I know. If June is to continue this bad trend it will be just two unannounced films plus two titles here. God forbid any Criterion title be released on schedule anymore.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on February 07, 2006, 01:20:41 PM
Hell yeah Late Spring.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: 03 on February 14, 2006, 04:19:56 PM
_ (http://youtube.com/w/The-Stalin---Benkyou-ga-Dekinai?v=m-f3X3kJYAk&search=stalin)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: polkablues on February 14, 2006, 07:29:06 PM
_ (http://youtube.com/w/The-Stalin---Benkyou-ga-Dekinai?v=m-f3X3kJYAk&search=stalin)

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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on February 17, 2006, 11:45:31 PM
any more news on the Godard titles: Pierrot le Fou and 2 or 3 Things?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 02, 2006, 06:56:26 PM
First, about the two Godard mentioned above, no word yet on either two. Criterion releases a few Godard a year and I think only 2 or 3 Things I Know About You is (of the two mentioned) even on the radar for a Criterion release. Checking Rialto release patterns is the best way to know what Godard we will see.

As for news, Criterion is continuing their releasing of US independent films. Coming this year (as confirmed by the recent Newsletter) will be 1995's Kicking and Screaming.

All brushing up on the title can be linked here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113537/

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 02, 2006, 08:28:20 PM
I prefer the 10th anniversay remake.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 02, 2006, 09:43:03 PM
i got Pierrot from that long list you posted in Nov of last year:

PIERROT LE FOU (Godard, 1965) - playing at Pacific Film Archive, courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on March 09, 2006, 11:24:21 AM


As for news, Criterion is continuing their releasing of US independent films. Coming this year (as confirmed by the recent Newsletter) will be 1995's Kicking and Screaming.

WHo cares about Kicking & Screaming? It's lacklustre at best. Even the director has declared that his newest film, The Squid and The WHale, his third feature, feels like his first film. If he's disavowing his previous work then so am I.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 16, 2006, 10:47:02 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/338_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/337_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 17, 2006, 04:45:16 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/336_box_348x490.jpg)

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 17, 2006, 06:43:58 PM
I have not seen Equinox, but that cover has sparked my interest.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 21, 2006, 04:31:47 AM
According to Dvdaficionado.com Dazed and Confused Comes out June 6th
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on March 21, 2006, 11:58:00 AM
That Dazed and Confused cover is painful.  Like a piss-poor Ralph Steadman ripoff.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 22, 2006, 02:44:59 PM
I don't think it's that bad, I actually kind of like it.  It fits the nostalgiac mood of the film pretty well. 
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on April 13, 2006, 05:00:13 PM
#339:

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/339_box_348x490.jpg)

#340:

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/340_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on April 13, 2006, 07:50:14 PM
#339:

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/339_box_348x490.jpg)

Holy shit!  I wasn't expecting this!  And that is such a fucking perfect cover!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: godardian on April 13, 2006, 08:32:31 PM
I'm excited for both, and yes, the Yi Yi cover is gorgeous.

I learned all about Koko in my Physical Anthropology class last quarter, but I didn't know Barbet Schroeder had made a film about her.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on April 13, 2006, 09:37:38 PM
Who here has wached Yi Yi twice.

And why.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on April 15, 2006, 12:19:00 PM
Who here has wached Yi Yi twice.
why, i!

And why.
why, i..
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Flannery on April 22, 2006, 09:17:18 PM
Here's what else is coming in July

Olivier's Shakespeare
**SPECIALLY PRICED BOX SET**
Sir Laurence Olivier directed only five films in his sixty-year acting career, yet his three Shakespeare adaptations are still widely considered the definitive film adaptations: his thrilling directorial debut, Henry V, stunned 1944 audiences with its vivid Technicolor and full-throttle battle scenes; Hamlet, which won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Actor, in 1948, brought to stunning life literature's greatest protagonist; and his legendary Richard III, thought by many to feature Olivier's most magnetic performance. All three are presented for the first time together on DVD in this deluxe gift set.
 
Info:
Includes three classic features:
* Henry V
* Hamlet
* Richard III

Specially priced box set features:
* All high-definition digital transfers
* Audio commentaries by film historian Bruce Eder on Henry V and playwright and stage director Russell Lees on Richard III
* A 1966 BBC interview with Olivier, featured on Richard III
* Original theatrical trailers of Henry V and Richard III
* Galleries of production stills and posters on Henry V and Richard III

Title: Olivier's Shakespeare
CAT: CC1638D
UPC: 7-15515-01882-1
ISBN: 1-55940-986-X
SRP: $79.95
Prebook: 6/13/06
Street date: 7/18/06


A Canterbury Tale
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell's bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amidst the tumult of the Second World War, the film follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer's pilgrims-a melancholy "landgirl," a plainspoken American GI, and a resourceful British sergeant-who are waylaid in the English countryside and forced to solve a bizarre village crime en route to the mythical town. A Canterbury Tale has acquired a following of devotees passionate enough to qualify as pilgrims themselves. 
 
Info:
* Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus)
* Starring Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Ten Little Indians)

Special double-disc set features:
* All-new high-definition digital transfer
* Scenes from Michael Powell's re-edited American version
* Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
* John Sweet: A Pilgrim's Return, a short documentary on actor John Sweet's 2001 return to Canterbury
* Humphrey Jennings's landmark documentary Listen to Britain
* Artist Victor Burgin's impressionistic video piece Listen to Britain, inspired by Jennings's film and A Canterbury Tale.

Title: A Canterbury Tale
CAT: CC1639D
UPC: 7-15515-01892-0
ISBN: 1-55940-987-8
SRP: $39.95
Prebook: 6/20/06
Street date: 7/25/06


Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: life_boy on April 28, 2006, 09:09:08 AM
A Canterbury Tale cover is up......

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/341_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on May 07, 2006, 04:47:34 PM
so i hear Rohmer's Six Moral Tales are coming in a box set this august.

i'm there.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 17, 2006, 03:35:44 PM
so i hear Rohmer's Six Moral Tales are coming in a box set this august.

i'm there.

Considering I already own a few of the films, I was on the fence with the box set. Now seeing the specs, this is a must buy.

 * New, restored high-definition digital transfers supervised by Eric Rohmer
* Exclusive new video conversation with Eric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder
* Short film: "Nadja in Paris"
* Short film: "Charlotte and Her Steak"
* Short film: "Une etudiante d'aujourd'hui"
* Short film: "The Camber"
* Short film: "Veronique and Her Dunce"
* Video afterword with filmmaker and writer Neil LaBute
* Original theatrical trailers
* A book featuring the original stories by Eric Rohmer
* A memoir from Nestor Almendros
* Six new essays
* Essay: "For a Talking Cinema" by Eric Rohmer

I really don't think I've ever seen a better line up of extras for a DVD. The inclusion of the original short stories by Rohmer is fabulous plus the memoir by Nestor Almendros. This is a must buy. I'm already saving money to get it the first day.

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Jordorowsky is back!

Also, there is word that that Criterion will indeed by releasing the newly re-mastered works of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The films are getting shown everyhere in the world (including Cannes) and all carry The Criterion Collection logo. Here some more information (including DVD release information):

"Stumbling upon a screening of Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” in Madison last November, Bill Rouleau and Dan DuChaine, film buffs and owners of Rush-Mor Records in Milwaukee’s absurdly hip South Side, decided to bring the film to town.

Rouleau and DuChaine began butting heads with ABKCO records and Criterion for several moths in order to obtain the print of the film and screen it here. After gaining the approval of Jodorowsky himself, the two acquired the film and secured the screen at the Union Theater for one night.
Before we received the print, the film had shown in Argentina, France and Sweden,” says DuChaine. “Criterion, who now owns the distribution rights to the film, didn’t want to send it back to the Midwest, so again we had to contact Jodorowsky himself. After showing him how enthusiastic we were about wanting to show the film, he gave us the thumbs up and got the film sent to us.”

In 2007 The Criterion Collection will be releasing the film on DVD. "



Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: I Don't Believe in Beatles on May 17, 2006, 05:51:38 PM
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Jordorowsky is back!

Also, there is word that that Criterion will indeed by releasing the newly re-mastered works of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The films are getting shown everyhere in the world (including Cannes) and all carry The Criterion Collection logo. Here some more information (including DVD release information):

"Stumbling upon a screening of Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” in Madison last November, Bill Rouleau and Dan DuChaine, film buffs and owners of Rush-Mor Records in Milwaukee’s absurdly hip South Side, decided to bring the film to town.

Rouleau and DuChaine began butting heads with ABKCO records and Criterion for several moths in order to obtain the print of the film and screen it here. After gaining the approval of Jodorowsky himself, the two acquired the film and secured the screen at the Union Theater for one night.
Before we received the print, the film had shown in Argentina, France and Sweden,” says DuChaine. “Criterion, who now owns the distribution rights to the film, didn’t want to send it back to the Midwest, so again we had to contact Jodorowsky himself. After showing him how enthusiastic we were about wanting to show the film, he gave us the thumbs up and got the film sent to us.”

In 2007 The Criterion Collection will be releasing the film on DVD. "





I hope that's true.  This site made me think otherwise: http://www.abkcofilms.com/
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 18, 2006, 01:08:45 PM
OK, new looking website....new looking covers.....August titles all announced.

First, new cover:

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/350_box_348x490.jpg)

The august Titles are Seduced and Abandoned, (above) Kicking and Screaming and The Six Moral Tales by Eric Rohmer Boxset

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=349 - Kicking and Screaming

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=350 - Seduced and Abandoned

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=342 - The Six Moral Tales
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on May 18, 2006, 01:40:25 PM
wow, best cover yet.  mike allred designs for criterion now?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 18, 2006, 06:35:29 PM
wow, best cover yet.  mike alfred designs for criterion now?

Yes. Much more comic book looking than any other Criterion cover. Kicking and Screaming has a similiar (only small pic of it exists) feeling so we'll see if Criterion is capable of subtlety in this new format once the Rohmer covers hit.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on May 18, 2006, 10:21:18 PM
How is Kicking and Screaming? If I liked Squid and the Whale will I also like this one? From reading the description on the criterion website, it sounds interesting, mainly because I'm in that similar post-college what-to-do stage.

I like the redesigned website but I'm not too sure about the new covers (having that new logo and criterion collection on the left side) yet, wonder what the spine will look like.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: pete on May 19, 2006, 12:31:08 AM
losing the horse, good to know that you didn't dig Yiyi much either.  it was like magnolia on a tripod.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 19, 2006, 06:16:00 PM
All doubt of the new cover design is gone. These covers are gorgeous and shows the range Criterion is able to present with their diverse titles. Easily the most anticipated DVD set of the year for me.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/342_box_348x490.jpg)

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(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/347_box_348x490.jpg)

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(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/349_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on May 19, 2006, 08:00:30 PM
anyone else not a fan of the new logo?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 19, 2006, 08:09:47 PM
anyone else not a fan of the new logo?

I probably wouldn't mind it if it was at the top like the old one.  I hope the C is not on the actual covers.  It feels like a network logo.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on May 19, 2006, 09:18:23 PM
the one in the corner of the rohmer box-set cover makes it look like he's eating a cartoon horseshoe.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on June 10, 2006, 01:35:57 PM
I hope they at least keep the criterion collection insignia down the spine.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 10, 2006, 09:20:14 PM
Randon news and rumors from the world of Criterion. Don't miss anything.

-The announcement in the June newsletter is: "Criterion Couture Coming Soon" A few other DVD companies have released apparrel so it looks like Criterion will also get into the game. Hope for Director/Film apparrel besides just general Criterion logo threads.

-USA Today recently reported that Stuart Cooper's cult hit Overlord will be released by Criterion in 2007.

-Clean, Shaven(1994) will be released by Criterion in the new future. It continues the 90s American Indie focus that Criterion has been doing for the last year. The director is Lodge H. Kerrigan, who directed Keane last year, one of the best films of 2005.

-With a Rialto release this past April, expect the Criterion DVD of Army of Shadows in 2007. Rialto theatrical releases usually take 8-9 months for a transition to Criterion release.

-Also, expect the release of Fanfan la Tulip in 2007 as well. Rialto will begin showing the film in July.

- Criteriondvd.com is reporting that Criterion will reissue Amarcord, The Third Man, Sanjuro, Yojimbo and Seven Samurai before the end of the years. That news is astounding because it is so many reissues for a short period of time and also focuses on titles (like The Third Man) that many feel have no reason to be re-done. This news item could also be false as it is known all these titles were first rumored on criterionforum.org and then appeared on criteriondvd.com right after. Was criteriondvd.com using rumors as a news item or just confirming the rumors? Who knows. Seven Samurai, Sanjuro and Yojimbo were confirmed for re-issue earlier in the year though.

- Expect The Spirit of the Beehive to be released before the end of the year.

- A source also reports that Criterion is working on Maysle's doc Meeting Marlon Brando currently.

That's all.


Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on June 10, 2006, 10:37:29 PM
so there are no new prints, new extras or anything, they're just reissuing the titles?

i just bought Amarcord earlier this year. :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on June 10, 2006, 11:23:44 PM
Coming soon to Blu Ray and HD and perspective on the quantity of reissues versus the ability to see the movies.

I have a knack, an inborn, blessed be talent to purchase titles soon to be reissued.  I savor the fallen dollars.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 10, 2006, 11:34:16 PM
so there are no new prints, new extras or anything, they're just reissuing the titles?

i just bought Amarcord earlier this year. :yabbse-sad:

Sorry. Let me clarify that re-issue means new print, new extras and new everything. Seven Samurai has already been confirmed to be a 2 disc set.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 14, 2006, 11:36:09 AM
Seven Samurai has already been confirmed to be a 2 disc set.

Actually its a 3-disc!!!!!!

The Spirit of the Beehive

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57582

Jigoku

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57584

Seven Samurai re-release 3-Discs

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57572

Amarcord re-release 2-Discs 

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57574

Brazil re-release individual

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57576

Brazil re-release 3-Discs

http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57580
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on June 14, 2006, 11:47:10 AM
brazil... yay! is it in 16x9 anamorphic this time then? or is it in george lucas letterbox?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on June 14, 2006, 11:49:46 AM
i prefer the old Amarcord cover. the kids ruin the new one.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on June 14, 2006, 12:25:26 PM
I'm digging the new Seven Samurai cover.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on June 14, 2006, 12:46:30 PM
I'm digging the new Seven Samurai cover.
when you say this i picture you as pierre delacroix.
(http://www.filmfodder.com/movies/reviews/bamboozled/images/bamboozled.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on June 14, 2006, 01:33:43 PM
brazil... yay! is it in 16x9 anamorphic this time then? or is it in george lucas letterbox?

Is anyone else going to just buy that 1-disc Brazil and leave the other 2 non-anamorphic discs alone?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on June 14, 2006, 02:07:45 PM
Is anyone else going to just buy that 1-disc Brazil and leave the other 2 non-anamorphic discs alone?
what?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on June 14, 2006, 02:53:42 PM
yay, finally i will buy seven samurai.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 14, 2006, 03:29:49 PM
Is anyone else going to just buy that 1-disc Brazil and leave the other 2 non-anamorphic discs alone?
what?

He means for those who already have the box set
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on June 14, 2006, 03:54:49 PM
what?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on June 14, 2006, 04:16:11 PM
exactly. i was wondering if there is a single disc version released. or there already is because people like me need to ask. :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pwaybloe on June 14, 2006, 04:25:19 PM
what?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 15, 2006, 03:34:53 PM
Holy Hell!!!! I just creamed my pants

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/112_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on June 15, 2006, 08:53:30 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/112_box_348x490.jpg)

YES.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on June 15, 2006, 10:50:39 PM
they kept that one pretty much the same.

are there any new features on Playtime?

i paid a high price on eBay to get it 2 or 3 years ago.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 16, 2006, 12:33:38 AM
My excitement about Playtime was just kicked in the nads

Playtime special features
- Spectacular digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
- Video introduction by writer, director and performer Terry Jones
- Cours du Soir, a 1967 short written by and starring Jacques Tati
- New and improved English subtitle translation

Same stuff, which really sucks, I guess there is not a whole lot of extra stuff about Tati. Could be saving most of it for the Traffic release at some point but it really does blow when every other re-release gets the 2-3 disc treatment.

Oh yeah, and if you go to the criterion website (http://criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=4) you will see that they accidently placed information about Heat and Dust, http://imdb.com/title/tt0084058/ , weird.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on June 16, 2006, 10:55:39 AM
On the first Criterion DVD of Play Time the video was cropped on all sides.  I bet this disc will correct that.

http://dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare2/playtiime.htm
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 16, 2006, 01:07:20 PM
My excitement about Playtime was just kicked in the nads

I figured those details were off.

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES

All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones

Selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp

Au-delà de "Playtime," a short documentary featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage from the set

Tati Story, a short biographical film about Tati

“Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot’s Work,” a 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati

Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival

Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot

Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati

Alternate international soundtrack

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on June 16, 2006, 07:55:15 PM
and thats why one always has to wait until criterion updates their site before one opens their big fat mouth.....awesome specs, can't wait
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on June 17, 2006, 04:31:44 AM
My excitement about Playtime was just kicked in the nads

I figured those details were off.

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES

All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones

Selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp

Au-delà de "Playtime," a short documentary featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage from the set

Tati Story, a short biographical film about Tati

“Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot’s Work,” a 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati

Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival

Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot

Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati

Alternate international soundtrack

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum


YES.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on June 17, 2006, 10:46:24 PM
from now on i'm going to have to stay away from barebones Criterions if they've been out a while
[see Amarcord re-release]

i think i'm going to have to buy this new Playtime edition though.

we need a Criterion review thread (unless i'm looking over one). we have this thread that builds up all the anticipation and then no one says what they think about it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 17, 2006, 11:42:18 PM
we need a Criterion review thread (unless i'm looking over one). we have this thread that builds up all the anticipation and then no one says what they think about it.

A few reviews have been posted on this thread so I don't know if another thread is really necessary. If you want, I could follow the output of reviews with every new release and post links on this thread for everyone.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on June 18, 2006, 01:34:34 AM
we need a Criterion review thread (unless i'm looking over one). we have this thread that builds up all the anticipation and then no one says what they think about it.

A few reviews have been posted on this thread so I don't know if another thread is really necessary. If you want, I could follow the output of reviews with every new release and post links on this thread for everyone.

that seems like it would be a lot of work, but if you want to do it that would be cool.

what did everyone who bought the Shoot the Piano Player release think?
i have the Fox Lorber and love the film, i just haven't gotten around to getting it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 25, 2006, 10:25:36 PM
Big Ideas,

Ignore the Fox Lorber DVD. They were excellent for putting out the movies but notorious for their mediocre quality. The only major film they did release that stands as having a good look is Godard's My Life to Live.



But, the big news is The Double Life of Veronique will be released by Criterion. Someone sent a question to JM on Kieslowski and got this reply:

"We are actually currently working on a Double Life of Veronique release. As a lot of work still needs to be done, we do not currently have and estimated release date. If you check the "Coming Soon" page on our website you can see planned future release dates once they have been determined. I have provided a link to this page below."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on June 28, 2006, 01:01:18 PM
My main incentive towards purchasing a Region 2 player just became my most anticipated dvd of the year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on June 29, 2006, 06:19:02 AM
NEWSFLASH: ANY DVD PLAYER CAN BE MADE REGION FREE.

"how?" you ask,
"but region code encryption is more unbreakable than a twinky!!" you exclaim,
"MY GOD WHAT WIZARDRY IS THIS?!!" calm down.

let's say you own a home theatre system manufactured by Sony, named Sony Home Theatre System DAV-BC150. the "internets" enable you to apply this search string: "region free DAV-BC150" ok so that's a bad example. it's already region free. let's just search for "region free codes"... what is this that comes up? a million sites devoted to unlocking dvd players??

"but my dvd player is too old to even play DVDs!" buy a new one for $50 or less. now, prepare yourself, for it will be obvious to even the most dim-witted individual with an advanced degree in hyperbolic topology..

you have now stumbled into the third dimension
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/pubrick/simps/SimpsFrink3D.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on July 10, 2006, 04:23:03 PM
From The Digital Bits:

Criterion is hinting in their latest e-mail newsletter that their first titles from director Krzysztof Kieslowski will become part of the Collection this fall.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 10, 2006, 05:04:31 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/news706/images/koko.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on July 10, 2006, 06:15:31 PM
i just got word, guys! this fall KIESLOWSKI is coming to criterion collection!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on July 10, 2006, 10:36:13 PM
i just got word, guys! this fall KIESLOWSKI is coming to criterion collection!

Its more credible when Koko says it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 12, 2006, 11:35:01 AM
Yea, the rare time Macguffin and others pop their head in to give news, it becomes the non-news event of the entire thread. Discussion is going on at the Criterion board whether they will stop with The Double Life of Veronique or continue to release titles like The Decalogue and other early works. The Three Colors Trilogy is considered the only definitive DVD for Kieslowski out there.


In actual news, Roger Ebert confirmed in his latest Great Movies article that Criterion will release the classic Italian film, Cabira(1914) No date on exactly when they will.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on July 12, 2006, 12:23:22 PM
"We are actually currently working on a Double Life of Veronique release. As a lot of work still needs to be done, we do not currently have and estimated release date. If you check the "Coming Soon" page on our website you can see planned future release dates once they have been determined. I have provided a link to this page below."

From The Digital Bits:

Criterion is hinting in their latest e-mail newsletter that their first titles from director Krzysztof Kieslowski will become part of the Collection this fall.

Sorry. Thought I was trying to help.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 12, 2006, 12:26:34 PM
Aw. I take it back.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: JG on July 12, 2006, 01:13:18 PM
We can probably expect an Army of Shadows DVD release sometime soon, right? 
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 12, 2006, 03:09:23 PM
Well, I believe Rialto re-released it around April. The Criterion transition usually takes 8-9 months so I'm expecting late this year or early next year. The disc could be delayed a little longer if they choose to release a special edition.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SoNowThen on July 13, 2006, 09:53:37 PM
Double Life Of Veronique R2 dvd is good. I'm sure it will be the same as the Criterion transfer, but I have yet again fucked myself out of potential good extras, covers, and essays, by impatiently purchasing London-based discs.

Anyway, if the BFI/NFT/Rialto release strategy as in Army Of Shadows is any indication, we can expect Criterion to put out Rivette's Paris Belongs To Us and Celine And Julie Go Boating in the near future, as I (like the materialist little monkey I am) will be buying the BFI's versions of them this fall -- so you know that automatically means I will probably get screwed with a double-dip, for no other reason than being a loyal Criterion completist (although the 10 minute Schrader intro to the CC Pickpocket seemed like a good reason to lay down an extra $40...).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 17, 2006, 05:42:08 PM
Criterion continues to introduce more directors. Lodge Kerrigan was announced already, but October will bring another new one in Alfonso Cuarón. As far as releases go, all are potential rentals with Hands Over The City as the only one I may buy.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/355_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/354_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/356_box_348x490.jpg)

the links:

Sólo con tu pareja (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=353)

Hands Over the City (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=355)

Clean Shaven (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=354)

Sweetie (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=356)

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 28, 2006, 10:54:22 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/353_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on August 03, 2006, 09:08:49 AM
Oh god I hope Criterion makes Kieslowski a regular director. Double Life of Veronique was fantastic though.

If they made double-disc sets of that and Blind Chance, and, what the hell, released them at the same time, I'd cream three pairs of pants.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on August 04, 2006, 12:56:11 AM
Oh god I hope Criterion makes Kieslowski a regular director. Double Life of Veronique was fantastic though.

If they made double-disc sets of that and Blind Chance, and, what the hell, released them at the same time, I'd cream three pairs of pants.

On to other things, I've noticed it's a big hassle to cum in your pants. I was sucking her tits and got her to react, and for some reason the pleasure really turned me on. I had to keep taking breathers to suppress the incoming ejaculation, but eventually I wasn't able to hold it in any longer and creamed my pants

seriously, dude. you need to learn to control yourself.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 04, 2006, 01:03:00 AM
seriously, dude. you need to learn to control yourself.
Chest Rockwell is back. he can cream wherever he wants. :onfire:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on August 04, 2006, 01:14:07 AM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on August 04, 2006, 01:55:48 AM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on August 04, 2006, 01:58:47 AM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on August 04, 2006, 08:52:45 AM
C'mon guys, you're thinking small. Give me some credit.

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(I can't swim  :oops: )
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 07, 2006, 08:38:01 PM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on August 07, 2006, 08:49:28 PM
Do you folks think it's worth it to buy the new Brazil? Hmmmm?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on August 10, 2006, 11:28:41 AM
I'm bored and nobody's written nething new or interesting so here out of previous boredom is my criterion collages of spines 1- 350!

One day, i'll own them all, one day!

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Well, its a bit cramped but meh!

WOOOOOP! can't wait for the new transfer of Amarcord!!!!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Sunrise on August 10, 2006, 02:57:00 PM
Do you folks think it's worth it to buy the new Brazil? Hmmmm?

If you already own the original release, just get the single-disc with the new transfer. Absolutely buy the new 3-disc set if the original isn't in your library. But if you don't own the original 3-disc set in the first place...what's wrong?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on August 14, 2006, 07:30:43 PM
November Criterions and they are fantastic!!

All of them have beautiful covers

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/357_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/358_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/359_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on August 14, 2006, 10:27:41 PM
great covers!
The Fallen Idol... so good.
i want Mouchette.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 14, 2006, 10:38:01 PM
Oh man, Pandora's Box.....

Louise Brooks makes her major DVD debut. I can only imagine how great the features will be.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on August 14, 2006, 11:08:24 PM
Oh man, Pandora's Box.....

Louise Brooks makes her major DVD debut. I can only imagine how great the features will be.

I'll answer my own post

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the definitive Munich Film Museum restoration 

 Four different musical scores, each with its own unique stylistic interpretation of the film

 Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane

 Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu, a 1998 documentary

 Lulu in Berlin (48 minutes), a rare 1971 interview with Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock 

 A new video interview with Leacock

 A new interview with G. W. Pabst's son, Michael

 New and improved English subtitle translation

 PLUS: A book including Kenneth Tynan's famous essay "The Girl in the Black Helmet," a chapter from Louise Brooks's evocative memoir discussing her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by film critic J. Hoberman 

(Better than I expected!)

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on August 15, 2006, 09:55:18 AM
I would have expected a better cover for Double Life (it's not bad, mind you), but I'll still buy it the day it comes out.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: last days of gerry the elephant on August 15, 2006, 10:54:29 AM
I would have expected a better cover for Double Life (it's not bad, mind you), but I'll still buy it the day it comes out.

I will have to agree with you on that. Especially the typography really bothers me.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on August 21, 2006, 01:00:39 AM
DVDBeaver comparison of new Seven Samurai and old discs (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/sevensamurai.htm)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on August 31, 2006, 12:15:53 AM
http://store.prostores.com/servlet/criterionco/StoreFront

This is the 50 film box set they alluded to in a past newsletter.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on August 31, 2006, 07:02:29 AM
If that wasn't like half the money I made over the summer then I'd be all over that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 18, 2006, 02:17:32 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/360_box_348x490.jpg)
“Here is an open-ended film, with no plot we can see, no end that we can see, and action we can’t follow,” frets a sound man in William Greaves’s one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One. Director Greaves presides over his beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park in 1968, leaving them to try to glean what kind of movie they’re making from what they’re seeing: a strange, bickering couple enacting a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew filming a crew filming the crew, locals wandering casually into the frame. Multilayered and wildly entertaining, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One defies easy description yet remains one of the most tightly focused movies ever made about making movies. Criterion presents this long-unreleased gem in a special two-disc edition, along with its sequel, made thirty-five years later, which revisits the same “characters” and further blurs the line between reality and fiction.


Re-Release with new documentary The Beales of Grey Gardens
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on September 19, 2006, 02:48:12 AM
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
i had never heard of that film. i feel like such a fool.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 19, 2006, 04:04:45 AM
I mentioned it some pages ago as coming. As far as December goes, I'm grateful for the titles. I won't have to kill my bank account.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on September 25, 2006, 12:22:46 PM
I was looking at the 50 Years of Janus Films series that will soon be a-coming to the Brattle Theatre and for lots of the films it said things like 'brand new transfer' or 'newly restored.' Some of these were 'The Rules of the Game' and 'The Seventh Seal.' Does that mean even more Criterion Rereleases are in the works?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on September 25, 2006, 02:02:41 PM
I was looking at the 50 Years of Janus Films series that will soon be a-coming to the Brattle Theatre and for lots of the films it said things like 'brand new transfer' or 'newly restored.' Some of these were 'The Rules of the Game' and 'The Seventh Seal.' Does that mean even more Criterion Rereleases are in the works?

Not necessarily. The Janus book implies so many films not even released by Criterion that its obvious Criterion won't be running to catch up with all the titles anytime soon. I think that also means they won't be trying to reissue every film that got a brand new transfer. There is reason to re-issue the spotty version of The Seventh Seal that they released, but the Rules of the Game still stands up. Plus there is little dialogue in either film getting a re release anyways. Usually the rumor circuits pick up the titles before they become likely.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on September 26, 2006, 08:16:09 PM
How 'Seven Samurai' was saved
By Todd Leopold
CNN

(CNN) -- The process of restoring a classic film -- indeed a film considered one of the greatest in movie history -- conjures up the old joke about how to feed a hungry lion.

The answer: very carefully.

Such was the challenge to the folks at the Criterion Collection when they embarked on a project to reissue Akira Kurosawa's 1954 work "Seven Samurai." The film had been the second the company had ever released on DVD, in 1998, in an edition that duplicated a version the company had put out in the now-defunct laserdisc format.

But technology had greatly improved in the ensuing decade, and when the opportunity came to clean up a release that Criterion executive producer Kim Hendrickson describes as "substandard" by the company's lights, they dove in.

"It was a huge opportunity to tackle a great film," she said.

Not that it was easy.

"Samurai" is one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, a 207-minute epic of 16th-century Japan. Villagers, terrorized by bandits, asks an old samurai if he'll defend their town. He finds six other samurai -- as well as an apprentice -- and the group does battle with the bandits.

The simple plot doesn't do justice to the movie, which includes an energetic and almost feral performance by Toshiro Mifune and concludes with a messy, gloriously shot and edited confrontation in the rain.

"Complicated tracking shots compete with equally elaborate and fast-paced editing to create a film whose constant prevailing tempo is that of war punctuated by ever shorter intervals of peace," wrote film historian David Cook in "A History of Narrative Film," describing "Samurai" as "a stunning achievement."

The film inspired "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), along with a number of other American (and spaghetti) Westerns.

"This is a special film," said Lee Kline, the technical director on the "Samurai" reissue, which came out at the beginning of September.

But special or not, it had been more than a half-century since "Samurai" was made, and the original negative -- the source material for printing the finished product on celluloid -- was missing.

To begin the process, Criterion located an early negative and an early positive and determined the positive was the closest to the original. So the company made a new negative, using "Wetgate processing," a chemical system that fills in flaws in the original material.

That was just for starters. The technical team had to cope with the fact that the positive had shrunk, meaning that light could get in around the edges of the frame; that scenes contained black frames or missing frames, making transitions jarring; even that the original mono soundtrack had to be restored. (Click here for before-and-after versions of frame details.)

Some issues were dealt with through technology; others took painstaking research, as with a search to find existing versions of the film's shots without the black frames.

In some cases, the Criterion crew had to ask itself what the filmmaker intended. (Kurosawa died in 1998.) One scene shows a very obvious hair at the top of the frame, a hair that probably existed in Kurosawa's camera -- and has been seen in the film since its release.

"They opted not to reshoot, and we had to honor that," Kline said. The crew is constantly asking itself, he said, "When we fix something, are we doing something we shouldn't do?"

The result -- which took two years and thousands of hours -- has earned raves from cinephiles. "This is my vote for release of the year," wrote reviewer Pat Wahlquist on HomeTheaterForum.comexternal link.

Kline said he is pleased as well, though he always wishes he had more time.

"For the most part, you wish you had a few more weeks," he said. "People are used to pristine. But if we did that, we'd never get it out."

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: I Don't Believe in Beatles on September 26, 2006, 08:31:49 PM
How 'Seven Samurai' was saved
By Todd Leopold
CNN

(CNN) -- The process of restoring a classic film -- indeed a film considered one of the greatest in movie history -- conjures up the old joke about how to feed a hungry lion.

The answer: very carefully.

Such was the challenge to the folks at the Criterion Collection when they embarked on a project to reissue Akira Kurosawa's 1954 work "Seven Samurai." The film had been the second the company had ever released on DVD, in 1998, in an edition that duplicated a version the company had put out in the now-defunct laserdisc format.

But technology had greatly improved in the ensuing decade, and when the opportunity came to clean up a release that Criterion executive producer Kim Hendrickson describes as "substandard" by the company's lights, they dove in.

"It was a huge opportunity to tackle a great film," she said.

Not that it was easy.

"Samurai" is one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, a 207-minute epic of 16th-century Japan. Villagers, terrorized by bandits, asks an old samurai if he'll defend their town. He finds six other samurai -- as well as an apprentice -- and the group does battle with the bandits.

The simple plot doesn't do justice to the movie, which includes an energetic and almost feral performance by Toshiro Mifune and concludes with a messy, gloriously shot and edited confrontation in the rain.

"Complicated tracking shots compete with equally elaborate and fast-paced editing to create a film whose constant prevailing tempo is that of war punctuated by ever shorter intervals of peace," wrote film historian David Cook in "A History of Narrative Film," describing "Samurai" as "a stunning achievement."

The film inspired "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), along with a number of other American (and spaghetti) Westerns.

"This is a special film," said Lee Kline, the technical director on the "Samurai" reissue, which came out at the beginning of September.

But special or not, it had been more than a half-century since "Samurai" was made, and the original negative -- the source material for printing the finished product on celluloid -- was missing.

To begin the process, Criterion located an early negative and an early positive and determined the positive was the closest to the original. So the company made a new negative, using "Wetgate processing," a chemical system that fills in flaws in the original material.

That was just for starters. The technical team had to cope with the fact that the positive had shrunk, meaning that light could get in around the edges of the frame; that scenes contained black frames or missing frames, making transitions jarring; even that the original mono soundtrack had to be restored. (Click here for before-and-after versions of frame details.)

Some issues were dealt with through technology; others took painstaking research, as with a search to find existing versions of the film's shots without the black frames.

In some cases, the Criterion crew had to ask itself what the filmmaker intended. (Kurosawa died in 1998.) One scene shows a very obvious hair at the top of the frame, a hair that probably existed in Kurosawa's camera -- and has been seen in the film since its release.

"They opted not to reshoot, and we had to honor that," Kline said. The crew is constantly asking itself, he said, "When we fix something, are we doing something we shouldn't do?"

The result -- which took two years and thousands of hours -- has earned raves from cinephiles. "This is my vote for release of the year," wrote reviewer Pat Wahlquist on HomeTheaterForum.comexternal link.

Kline said he is pleased as well, though he always wishes he had more time.

"For the most part, you wish you had a few more weeks," he said. "People are used to pristine. But if we did that, we'd never get it out."



http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=72.msg232879#msg232879
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on October 05, 2006, 09:58:40 PM
From www.fangoria.com

Fango just got the scoop that Criterion will release a trio of genre movies from veteran producer Richard Gordon and one by his brother Alex in either a pair of double-features or a four-disc set in January. Two of the films, 1958’s THE HAUNTED STRANGLER and 1962’s CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, star Boris Karloff; the other duo—1959’s FIRST MAN INTO SPACE and Alex’s THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE—are more sci-fi-oriented but still contain monstrous elements. All the discs will feature restored transfers, and the supplements are as follows:

• Audio commentary on STRANGLER by Richard and Alex Gordon and horror historian/Fango scribe Tom Weaver
• Audio commentary on CORRIDORS by Richard, actress Yvonne Romain and Weaver
• Audio commentary on FIRST MAN by Richard and Weaver
• Audio commentary on ATOMIC by Alex and Weaver
• Making-of featurettes on all four films
• Featurette on CORRIDORS’ censored footage
• Liner notes/Fango article by John Croydon with STRANGLER and CORRIDORS
• Trailers, radio spots, etc.

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 05, 2006, 11:16:53 PM
Yea, this was coming. The news has been out for a while. Everyone has given a collective "so what" responce. I don't think anyone cares and it seems like no one thinks this is Criterion-worthy, especially considering Eclipse is in near future. But, that's the greater question. With Eclipse coming, why have Criterion release it? Speculation is that Eclipse may be a bust. It was supposed to debut last year and again this October, so the rumors said. Nada so far. Barely a hint from Criterion at all. Who knows sports fans, a beloved second line could be hitting the bench before it even suited up.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on October 11, 2006, 01:33:01 AM
Yea, this was coming. The news has been out for a while. Everyone has given a collective "so what" responce. I don't think anyone cares and it seems like no one thinks this is Criterion-worthy, especially considering Eclipse is in near future. But, that's the greater question. With Eclipse coming, why have Criterion release it? Speculation is that Eclipse may be a bust. It was supposed to debut last year and again this October, so the rumors said. Nada so far. Barely a hint from Criterion at all. Who knows sports fans, a beloved second line could be hitting the bench before it even suited up.

I thought it was all but official that Eclipse is defunct in the wake of the Image Entertainment buyout, and the reason Criterion has released Equinox, Jigoku, and now these films is precisely for that reason.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 11, 2006, 10:18:35 AM
It's almost defunct. Sources still say the label is only on the backburner, but yea, it doesn't look very good.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: analogzombie on October 11, 2006, 08:54:05 PM
I say Criterion should just keep putting out the odd cult piece every month or so. Add to the release calender instead of spreading their efforts across two labels. Either way we get the films, in new transfers, with lots of criterion quality extras. what's the need for a sub-label except to dillute the brand.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on October 11, 2006, 09:46:32 PM
I say Criterion should just keep putting out the odd cult piece every month or so. Add to the release calender instead of spreading their efforts across two labels. Either way we get the films, in new transfers, with lots of criterion quality extras. what's the need for a sub-label except to dillute the brand.

Yes.
Bring on Monster Squad - The Director's Cut
 :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 11, 2006, 10:05:33 PM
I say Criterion should just keep putting out the odd cult piece every month or so. Add to the release calender instead of spreading their efforts across two labels. Either way we get the films, in new transfers, with lots of criterion quality extras. what's the need for a sub-label except to dillute the brand.

They won't increase the number of DVDs a month. They want the label to be a premiere collection. If they increase the number of DVDs they release, people take less notice of each individual release and assume they are just trying to cover all bases of the film market. That's why the Eclipse label made so much sense. Let the genre and cults get their own label and then allow Criterion to finally release some Max Ophuls.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on October 12, 2006, 11:47:25 PM
From Oct newsletter
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49th Parallel is coming soon it seems
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 17, 2006, 12:17:14 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/364_box_348x490.jpg)

Richie Gordon specs up. It's official. At least the cover is decent, but $80 I will not fork over. Genre geeks pervail!

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/boxed_set.asp?id=364
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: cine on October 17, 2006, 07:49:09 PM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/363_box_348x490.jpg)

Mouchette coming: JANUARY

Samsong coming: NOW
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 18, 2006, 03:26:19 PM
As indicated above, the long anticipated release of Robert Bresson's Mouchette headlines the January slate for Criterion. Added is the re-release of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Sanjuro! Both can be bought in a box or separately. Then, finally, is Allison Ander's debut Border Radio.

For those who care, yes, the Richard Gordon set is still on tap.

Yojimbo: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=52

Sanjuro: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=53

Mouchette: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=363

Border Radio: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=362

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/52_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/53_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: gob on October 18, 2006, 03:28:17 PM
I knew there was a reason I hadn't bought Yojimbo and Sanjuro yet. Huzzah.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on October 18, 2006, 04:53:32 PM
this has probably been said a million times, but fuck this new design. the awkward C and intrusive labelling is ruining the covers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: hedwig on October 18, 2006, 04:56:07 PM
agreed. they're losing their touch. even the Mouchette cover would be so much better if it didn't look like the awkward C was about to have a really big lunch..

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/363_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on October 18, 2006, 05:17:17 PM
I don't mind the side-label so much. I do mind the pacman peek-a-boo.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 19, 2006, 08:33:17 PM
i don't mind the new design that much. but why are there guns on the cover of yojimbo? have i completely misremembered that movie or what?

The villian wields a pistol.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on October 19, 2006, 10:19:34 PM
genres are for nerds!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on October 20, 2006, 02:47:43 AM
artwork for border radio is up.

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/362_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on October 23, 2006, 03:03:25 PM
Janus Presents 50 Years of Foreign Films

You need only hear their last names Bergman, Fellini, Truffaut, Kurosawa to know you're in the company of the giants of international cinema. The pioneering distributor that has kept good company with these and other premier filmmakers is celebrating half a century of foreign classics with Tuesday's release of the mammoth DVD collection "Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films."

The set gathers 50 DVDs of films Janus has brought to U.S. audiences, among them Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" and "Wild Strawberries," Federico Fellini's "The White Sheik" and "La Strada" Francois Truffaut's "The Four Hundred Blows" and "Jules and Jim" and Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" and "Seven Samurai."

The set comes with a 240-page book with background on the movies and Janus Films, including an essay of appreciation by Martin Scorsese.

"We wanted to put something up on the shelves to really get a sense of what that film heritage means," said Peter Becker, president of DVD label Criterion, the sister company of Janus. "It's so staggeringly impressive, the group of films that this company over the course of 50 years had the honor and responsibility of representing here in the U.S."

Other films in the set include Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" and "The Thirty-Nine Steps" Luis Bunuel's "Viridiana," Jean Renoir's "The Rules of the Game" Sergei Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky," Fritz Lang's "M," Yasujiro Ozu's "Floating Weeds" and Marcel Camus' "Black Orpheus."

The set is expensive, with a list price of $850, though it's available in the $600 to $650 range at various online retailers, including Janus' own Web site. Given the breadth of the package, it works out to a bargain price of $12 to $13 a film, said Becker and Jonathan Turell, managing director of Janus Films and chief executive officer of Criterion.

Most films in the set are available separately in Criterion editions. The "Essential Art House" versions are just the movies, though, without the audio commentaries, background documentaries and other extras in the elaborate Criterion releases.

"We didn't make it for the true Criterion fan. It wasn't our goal for the people who had 80 percent of the films to make them buy this to get the other 20 percent," Turell said.

Criterion will continue to release its own editions of films in the "Essential Art House" set, Turell said. The set was created for cinema lovers who want an instant collection of some of the world's greatest films, Turell and Becker said.

Janus was founded in 1956 by Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey, who had begun showing foreign films a few years earlier at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. They quickly established Janus as the top domestic distributor of overseas cinema, releasing films by Bergman, Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Andrzej Wajda.

Saul Turell and William Becker, fathers of Janus Films' current caretakers, bought the company in 1965, continuing to release new foreign films as well as acquiring classics from decades past for the Janus library.

"Essential Art House" features three documentaries made by Saul Turell, "The Great Chase" presenting classic pursuit sequences from silent films; "The Love Goddesses," examining sexy screen sirens; and the portrait "Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist."

Selections from the company's catalog have been playing in a Janus Films retrospective at New York's Lincoln Center. A Janus retrospective opens Wednesday at Cambridge's Brattle, with similar Janus film series touring through next year in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Toronto and other cities.

One of the hardest tasks in assembling the set was narrowing the film selection down from about 90 Janus titles initially considered for the package, Becker and Turell said.

"You never want to leave any of your children out, but it was easier since we weren't putting the children up for adoption. The films we didn't include were still in the library," Turell said. "I haven't lost any sleep thinking, oh my God, `Lord of the Flies' isn't in here, `Three Penny Opera' isn't in here.

"It's not that this list is the 50 greatest. It's a great introduction to some of the greatest movies of all time."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on November 02, 2006, 07:10:22 PM
They finally jump on the blog bandwagon:

http://www.criterionco.com/blog/index.html

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on November 03, 2006, 06:44:01 AM
As cool as it is, all I'm seeing is people's hopes being crushed every time they mention a movie that they don't end up releasing.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: gob on November 03, 2006, 12:10:56 PM
(http://store01.prostores.com/criterionco/catalog/4janusproduct1.jpg)

I'm heavily considering this for Christmas...

To anyone that owns it, is there enough to justify multiple double dipping? I've got 8 of the films already but it's so enticing...

 
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: squints on November 03, 2006, 12:13:57 PM
The book that comes along is a great read with awesome photography, I only previously owned two or three so i think it was worth it, but...the lack of special features is shitty.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on November 03, 2006, 12:17:36 PM
To anyone that owns it, is there enough to justify multiple double dipping? I've got 8 of the films already but it's so enticing...

Most films in the set are available separately in Criterion editions. The "Essential Art House" versions are just the movies, though, without the audio commentaries, background documentaries and other extras in the elaborate Criterion releases.

"We didn't make it for the true Criterion fan. It wasn't our goal for the people who had 80 percent of the films to make them buy this to get the other 20 percent," Turell said.

Criterion will continue to release its own editions of films in the "Essential Art House" set, Turell said. The set was created for cinema lovers who want an instant collection of some of the world's greatest films, Turell and Becker said.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: gob on November 03, 2006, 02:49:19 PM
Might just get the book and then get the dvds of these movies as and when as I'm a whore for special features.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 04, 2006, 11:07:10 AM
They finally jump on the blog bandwagon:

http://www.criterionco.com/blog/index.html



And (so far) it's a good blog. They promise updates twice a week and recently did a great entry on the battle between HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray Disc and why Criterion stays out of the battle. The posts are candid and thoughtful and try to deal with the questions Jon Mulvaney ignores.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on November 06, 2006, 04:47:28 PM
From criterionforum.com -

At a lecture last Friday evening on Cinema Nova, Udigrudi and Tropicalia, NYU Professor Robert Stam mentioned that Criterion will be releasing Macunaíma, the 1969 Cinema Novo classic by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. He showed clips from a beautifully restored DVD copy of the film that he said was given to him by the family of the filmmaker.

Stam is a reliable source as he has provided commentaries for the Criterion edition of Contempt and an interview for Jules and Jim. He mentioned that every time he's worked with Criterion he's pressured them to release Macunaíma, and it looks as if they've come around.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on November 06, 2006, 07:32:41 PM
From criterionforum.com -

At a lecture last Friday evening on Cinema Nova, Udigrudi and Tropicalia, NYU Professor Robert Stam mentioned that Criterion will be releasing Macunaíma, the 1969 Cinema Novo classic by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. He showed clips from a beautifully restored DVD copy of the film that he said was given to him by the family of the filmmaker.

Stam is a reliable source as he has provided commentaries for the Criterion edition of Contempt and an interview for Jules and Jim. He mentioned that every time he's worked with Criterion he's pressured them to release Macunaíma, and it looks as if they've come around.


This makes me very happy. Now all they have to do is release 'Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol' and all will be well.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on November 07, 2006, 01:15:02 AM
New DVDs: Formidable 50: A DVD Collection Drawn From the Janus Vaults
Source: New York Times

In 1909 P. F. Collier & Son published a 50-volume set of the world’s great literature as chosen by Charles William Eliot, the president of Harvard. For the ambitious, go-getting Americans of the time, always eager to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, the collection became an immediate success, and Mr. Eliot’s “five-foot shelf” found a place in countless American homes as it was published and republished over much of the 20th century.
 
Almost 100 years later, the Criterion Collection has issued a parallel compilation, “Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films.” Though it requires significantly less shelf space (about three and a half inches), this collection is just as useful as Mr. Eliot’s for cinematically curious Americans. Packaged in a brown fabric binder, the set includes an album of 50 DVDs drawn from the holdings of Janus Films, the distinguished distribution company founded in 1956, as well as a 240-page book of notes, credits and stills on all 50 titles.

Janus Films does not have quite the clout of Harvard, but it says a lot about the central role Janus has played in American film culture that the selections made by a modestly staffed for-profit distribution house have come to assume almost as much canonical authority as Mr. Eliot’s choices. Jean Renoir (“The Rules of the Game”) may have replaced Jean Racine, and Ingmar Bergman (“The Seventh Seal”) may have stepped in for Martin Luther, but it’s hard to argue with the artistic significance and historical importance of the great majority of the movies in this volume, an amazing number of which continue to figure on critics’ polls of the best films of all time.

There isn’t enough space here to catalog every title in “Essential Art House” (a complete list, along with a discount price on the set, can be found at the Criterion Collection Store, at store01.prostores.com/servlet/criterionco/Detail?no=31). Suffice it to say that if you attended a repertory theater in the 1960s or ’70s, took a film course in college or have seen more than one movie by Woody Allen, you have been exposed to at least some of the films in this collection: films like Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Avventura,” François Truffaut’s “400 Blows,” Fritz Lang’s “M,” Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and Luis Buñuel’s “Viridiana,” along with dozens of others that constitute the backbone of the art house tradition.

These are movies to be returned to again and again — justification enough for owning Janus’s three-and-a-half-inch shelf, even with its breathtaking suggested retail price of $850. (In fairness, that breaks down to $17 a title, about half of what Criterion’s releases generally go for — though the discs in this collection don’t include the commentaries and other supplementary materials that give the Criterion discs their extra value.)

Janus Films was formed in Boston by Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey. They were friends from Harvard who had acquired the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass., and the 55th Street Playhouse in Manhattan but were having trouble filling their schedules with the small number of films available from early specialized distributors like Walter Reade and Richard Davis.

Janus’s first acquisition was Pierre Braunberger’s documentary “Bullfight,” followed by two early films by an unknown Italian director named Federico Fellini, “The White Sheik” and “I Vitelloni.” All of them lost money (though “The White Sheik” is still part of the Janus library and is in the current set). Janus’s first hit came in 1958 in the unlikely form of “The Seventh Seal,” with its indelible image of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) engaged in a chess game with Death (Bengt Ekerot).

Other Bergman films followed — “Wild Strawberries” and “The Virgin Spring” are also part of the set — and then critical successes like Sergei Eisenstein’s “Ivan the Terrible, Part II,” “The 400 Blows” and “L’Avventura.” But actual profits remained elusive.

For help, Mr. Haliday and Mr. Harvey turned to an old Harvard friend, William Becker, who in turn contacted an acquaintance of his own: Saul J. Turell, a documentary filmmaker who had been working in acquisitions for Walter Reade. “I asked Saul if he wanted to join me in taking over Janus Films,” said Mr. Becker, speaking from Los Angeles, where he was searching for new acquisitions at the American Film Market. “And he said yes, and that’s how it all happened.”

Janus might have remained just another independent distribution company, but its new owners had a eureka moment. The landscape was littered with important European films that had never been distributed in the United States or had had their original licensing deals expire. With new public television outlets and revival theaters springing up around the country, these films seemed unlikely to lose their value over the years. At a time when rights to a foreign film in the United States could be had for less than $50,000, Mr. Becker and Mr. Turell (who died in 1986) set about systematically acquiring the most prestigious films available, including some Hollywood classics.

“We made a deal with RKO for a few little films like ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘King Kong’ and ‘Top Hat,’ ” Mr. Becker recalled. “The principal buyer was me, but we all put our heads together.”

Armed with its formidable library, Janus no longer had to depend on theatrical bookings to do business: the 16-millimeter, nontheatrical business — aimed at colleges and local film societies — exploded as the 60s gave way to the 70s. In the 1980s, when the nontheatrical business collapsed in the face of competition from home video, Janus was ready again. In 1983 it formed a partnership with a start-up laser disc company, the Criterion Collection, and pioneered the use of supplementary materials and filmmakers’ commentaries. By the time Jonathan Turell and Peter Becker, sons of the founders, joined Janus in 1993, DVDs were about to take off, and Criterion, thanks to its experience in laser discs, was already ahead of the game.

Peter Becker, who became the president of Criterion in 1997 and helped to introduce the DVD line a year later, credits his forebears with the company’s success. “The whole Criterion idea is a direct outgrowth of the philosophy that Janus developed” over its history, he said from his New York office. “Janus had the insight that, much like the Penguin Classics or the Modern Library, there is a place for a curated collection of classic films — that cinema art is there to be collected like any other art.”

“The reason we created this 50-disc set was as much for ourselves as anything else,” Mr. Becker said. “We felt that we needed to create an appropriate and substantial milestone for this legacy. There aren’t a lot of small, independent companies, especially in the media business, that get to be 50 years old at all.”
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 07, 2006, 12:15:24 PM
From the latest newsletter:

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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on November 07, 2006, 04:18:15 PM
Dassin's The Naked City?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 07, 2006, 04:59:41 PM
The complete works of Kevin Bacon?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on November 17, 2006, 12:28:50 PM
Feburary Criterion's are up:

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(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/374_box_348x490.jpg)

(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/377_box_348x490.jpg)

No covers for these:
Powell and Pressburger's 49th Parallel
Paul Robeson 4 disc set with 8 films


     
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 17, 2006, 01:57:01 PM
whoa!  Bicycle Thieves?!  first, i'd never heard it called that so i had to look it up to make sure it wasnt like a sequel or something!   i'm glad i held off buying this for so long.  i didnt even realize they were planning to release this.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 17, 2006, 05:36:08 PM
Whoa :shock:, those are great. And the last one is ESPECIALLY gorgeous.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on November 17, 2006, 08:47:49 PM
Whoa :shock:, those are great. And the last one is ESPECIALLY gorgeous.
i'm assuming you mean without that fucking C. jesus christ that's intrusive, it doesn't belong ANYWHERE on those covers. if criterion jumped the shark with the Shoot The Piano Player cover, this is like season 13+ of the simpsons.

and yeah thieves is weird.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 17, 2006, 08:50:26 PM
Whoa :shock:, those are great. And the last one is ESPECIALLY gorgeous.
i'm assuming you mean without that fucking C. jesus christ that's intrusive, it doesn't belong ANYWHERE on those covers.
I hadn't paid attention to it before, honestly, but now I can't. stop. staring. at. it. :shock:


But the cover's still gorgeous.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 17, 2006, 10:39:53 PM
whoa!  Bicycle Thieves?!  first, i'd never heard it called that so i had to look it up to make sure it wasnt like a sequel or something!   i'm glad i held off buying this for so long.  i didnt even realize they were planning to release this.

It has been on the menu for a while, but today's Criterion blog bodes well for another classic Italian Neo Realism film being released soon,

"Everything I had always thought about the look of Rome, Open City turns out to be wrong. It is not gritty and grainy and mismatched. This print is smooth and even with tight, fine grain. There is only one dupe-y shot in the entire film. It seems impossible that Rossellini made such a professional, almost studio-looking image when working with mismatched stocks, short ends of leftover military film, and even some rolls (at least apocryphally) intended for still cameras. "

The release I'm interested in is the Paul Robeson set. They really are taking a chance with this release and it looks like it could be a very important release. Criterion sometimes gets too obscure for my own interest, but there is a lot to this release that goes beyond just being a rare film.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: puddnanners on November 18, 2006, 01:04:00 AM
about Bicycle THIEVES, I can't tell from the previous few posts if you guys know the story behind the English title of the film, but just in case, the literal translation is Bicycle Thieves, but was changed for American distribution (not so much a story, just a sentence, really.)  I suppose the singular "Thief" makes it more a tale about the troubles of one man and his own attempts to survive (a Hollywood story) rather than "Thieves," which says more about post-war societal troubles in Italy and how they affected the whole of the working class (a society of thieves?)  which seems to be more in line with the neo-realist ideology.  I think that sounds right, but I don't know. 

I enjoy the work of the Criterion Collection. 

   
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on November 18, 2006, 07:09:03 PM
I have never heard of Green for Danger but I'll buy it just to support awesome DVD covers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 19, 2006, 12:00:16 AM
i'm assuming you mean without that fucking C. jesus christ that's intrusive, it doesn't belong ANYWHERE on those covers. if criterion jumped the shark with the Shoot The Piano Player cover, this is like season 13+ of the simpsons.

I agree about the C, but what's wrong with the cover of Shoot the Piano Player?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on November 19, 2006, 07:35:58 AM
I agree about the C, but what's wrong with the cover of Shoot the Piano Player?
i can't find where i mentioned it, i remember thinking it was obvious and boring. i think there was a brief period of underwhelming covers.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 19, 2006, 04:09:04 PM
The cover of STPP was pretty literal but that was the original poster design so I didn't mind.

I like my cover of Bicycle Thieves better.

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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on November 19, 2006, 04:34:38 PM
It annoys me how the 'C' in Bicycle Thieves in inside the 'B' from Bicycle.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on November 19, 2006, 05:12:38 PM
It annoys me how the 'C' in Bicycle Thieves in inside the 'B' from Bicycle.
yes, big time.  i dont mind the C in general, but the placement on that cover is annoying.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on November 19, 2006, 06:06:35 PM
PS, does anyone know if criterion has any more Mizoguchi on its slate? Because that would break the bank for me in a good way
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 19, 2006, 07:42:07 PM
PS, does anyone know if criterion has any more Mizoguchi on its slate? Because that would break the bank for me in a good way

Yes, they do. They hold rights to much of his work and have said they want to release more. They just wanted to get Ugetsu out before any of his other films. What I think they will do as they did with filmmakers like Yasurijo Ozu is start with one and then start releasing the DVDs in conjecture with nation wide releases honoring the director. I think with the desire for more Mizoguchi I'd say the releasing of more of his films on DVD would come sooner than later. I'd expect more in '07.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on November 19, 2006, 08:15:41 PM
Thanks, GT. This news + the La Notte news + Rome, Open City, awesome. you're practically my accountant.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 22, 2006, 02:23:27 AM
The Criterion Blog continues to be priceless for its information:

"Salò:
Have we been able to renew our rights? Well, here’s the answer you weren’t expecting. Yes. We’re working on a brand new HD transfer now. It’ll be a totally new release and be out in 2007."

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: squints on November 22, 2006, 12:01:09 PM
High Definition shit eating!!! I can't wait
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: last days of gerry the elephant on November 22, 2006, 12:12:53 PM
The cover of STPP was pretty literal but that was the original poster design so I didn't mind.

I like my cover of Bicycle Thieves better.

(http://i7.tinypic.com/42k7b7o.gif)

...gold.

It annoys me how the 'C' in Bicycle Thieves in inside the 'B' from Bicycle.
yes, big time.  i dont mind the C in general, but the placement on that cover is annoying.

& me too.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 23, 2006, 12:35:07 PM
Continuing the role of accountant for the cinema fan in everyone, this news is quite stunning. It is an email from Criterion sent to someone inquiring about Breathless.


"Dear Edgar,

We do in fact hold the rights to release Breathless. While the film is not on our current release schedule, we hope to have a finished product available some time next year.

I hope this helps, and please feel free to contact us with any future questions or concerns.

Best,

Matt Lipson
The Criterion Collection"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: nix on November 24, 2006, 02:09:19 PM
If these past few pieces of news aren't motivation enough for me to get a job then I guess it's never gonna happen.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Rudie Obias on November 28, 2006, 10:46:04 PM
what does the "white ring" mean on out of print criterion dvds?  is it on all out of print criterion dvds?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: matt35mm on November 28, 2006, 11:50:14 PM
How long is that "C" gonna be on the XIXAX banner at the top?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on November 28, 2006, 11:58:41 PM
as long as anyone here still thinks it's not awkard at all.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on November 29, 2006, 02:41:06 PM
what does the "white ring" mean on out of print criterion dvds?  is it on all out of print criterion dvds?

OOPs- Getting the real thing (http://www.criterionforum.com/index.php?showtopic=399)

You'd be better off waiting for SEs/anamorphic transfers or buying a better quality in a different region (if it exists) for most of the OOP titles.  Spinal Tap had a commentary that I really want to hear, though.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: bonanzataz on December 07, 2006, 05:35:02 PM
what does the "white ring" mean on out of print criterion dvds?  is it on all out of print criterion dvds?

OOPs- Getting the real thing (http://www.criterionforum.com/index.php?showtopic=399)

You'd be better off waiting for SEs/anamorphic transfers or buying a better quality in a different region (if it exists) for most of the OOP titles.  Spinal Tap had a commentary that I really want to hear, though.

i was gonna offer to give you an mp3 of it b/c i'm bored and have nothing better to do than rip criterion dvd's and make mp3's of them, but i lost the disc. whoops.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on December 09, 2006, 07:35:34 PM
i was gonna offer to give you an mp3 of it b/c i'm bored and have nothing better to do than rip criterion dvd's and make mp3's of them

:yabbse-smiley:

Quote
but i lost the disc. whoops.

:yabbse-angry:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on December 19, 2006, 08:45:56 PM
from the blog...

Well, it’s not exactly writer’s block, but it’s related. I’ve been trying to get this blog entry posted since Tuesday afternoon, but there’s always something that takes me away from the task at hand. I’m procrastinating, and I know why: It’s really kind of a momentous occasion. We are launching a new line. The news will be official on Friday when we ship out PDFs of the first sell sheets for Series 1: Early Bergman. For the past couple of days, we’ve been ironing out the last details of the packaging and finalizing the twenty-six words that will appear on the back of every cover: “Eclipse presents a selection of lost, forgotten, or overshadowed films in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer.”

There’s something perilous about writing mission statements. Jon mentioned the famous one from Kane in an earlier blog. That one comes up in conversation a lot. It’s hard to walk the line between idealism and practicality, but that is exactly what we are trying to do with this new line. We’re nine years into the DVD market, and there are still hundreds of important films that can only be seen in old VHS versions or, if you’re lucky enough to live in a town with a good repertory theater, a new print might come around once every ten years or so.

We want those films to be more readily available, and that’s why we’re creating Eclipse. Each month we’ll present a short series, usually three to five films, focusing on a particular director or theme. There will be no supplements and the master materials will be the best we can find, but they won’t be full Criterion restorations. Retail pricing for each set will average under $15 per disc, and we are examining the logistics of making the sets available at an even more favorable rate on a subscriber or club basis. The goal here is to make these films available, to make sure that Criterion’s own work style doesn’t contribute to the continuing unavailability of these films. Once our producers and restoration crew get started on a Criterion edition, the project takes on a life of its own. Months later, with a little luck, we’ll have something really special to show for it, but at that rate we can’t make a dent in the number of important unreleased films that we’d like people to be able to see.

The early films of Ingmar Bergman, the documentaries of Louis Malle—these are extraordinary and important films that are very hard to find outside the revival-house circuit. At the moment, you’ll find more Mizoguchis in theaters (thanks to a traveling retrospective) than in the video store, and that’s certainly also true for Naruse, Ozu, and Imamura. While Criterion is working on new special editions of individual pictures by all of these filmmakers, at a rate of maybe one or two a year, we’ll never be able to represent the breadth of their bodies of work. Eclipse will help to fill that gap.

And then there will be discoveries. When you work at Criterion, everyone introduces you to films you’ve never seen, many of which have never been released in the United States It’s surprising how many films of extraordinary quality have never been seen here. (If you don’t believe it, just check out the New York Film Critics’ Circle awards, where Army of Shadows, a 1969 film, was selected as best foreign film of 2006. Congratulations to our friends at Rialto on doing a spectacular job bringing this film out from the shadows!) We’re looking forward to introducing quite a few new filmmakers to U.S. audiences, starting with Raymond Bernard whose 1935 Les miserables is the best version of Victor Hugo’s novel ever brought to the screen, and it deserves to be seen alongside his antiwar masterpiece, Wooden Crosses.

Okay I’m going to post this now before I start tinkering with the mission language again.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on December 22, 2006, 02:21:24 AM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/380_box_348x490.jpg)

Yeah
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Chest Rockwell on December 22, 2006, 04:13:44 PM
Love it. I'm not even gonna bother to bring up the C.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: gob on December 22, 2006, 06:56:51 PM
That's the way to do it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on January 14, 2007, 05:58:00 PM
GT I got another one for you: can we count on 'Pierrot le Fou', 'Two or Three Things I know about her', or 'La Chinoise' anytime soon? After that 'Breathless talk...
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 14, 2007, 08:44:25 PM
GT I got another one for you: can we count on 'Pierrot le Fou', 'Two or Three Things I know about her', or 'La Chinoise' anytime soon? After that 'Breathless talk...

Considering the madness in which Godard gets his releases: First, the movie gets the rerelease (Rialto), tours the country and then 9 months later, gets Criterion DVD treatment. There has only been one Godard that was released that was an exception. As it stands now, only Two or Three Things I Know About Her has been released by Rialto (it is currently going around the country) so expect a DVD sometime late this year or early next year. There has been talk about Pierrot le Fou, but it has been going on forever and nothing has come about yet. I think that is more hopeful commentary. La Chinoise is the one that does not register on any timetable.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 16, 2007, 12:18:15 PM
Criterion and Paramount have recently completed a deal for Criterion to begin releasing from their library. Many titles are up in the air (discussion should be interesting on which ones), but the confirmed ones are as follow:

Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face
Sam Fuller's White Dog
Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole
and Robinson Crusoe on Mars

The major title is obviously Sam Fuller's White Dog. Not available for many years in the US and very controversial, it will be making its debut on DVD from Criterion who will likely clean up the quality from the splotty bootleg editions and old VHS versions that are the only copies available.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on January 17, 2007, 07:46:16 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 17, 2007, 08:56:55 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*

I'd consider a release of the television version a gurantee.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on January 18, 2007, 02:36:48 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*

I'd consider a release of the television version a gurantee.

:multi: Yay! Can't wait, now its all a matter of anxiously waiting for a release date, artwork etc.

I wonder if theres any news on Fassbinder's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" release, anyone know anything?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 18, 2007, 10:34:22 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*

I'd consider a release of the television version a gurantee.

:multi: Yay! Can't wait, now its all a matter of anxiously waiting for a release date, artwork etc.

I wonder if theres any news on Fassbinder's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" release, anyone know anything?

The news last year from independent sources was that it would be released in 2007. As far as I know, that still stands.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on January 18, 2007, 10:40:53 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*

I'd consider a release of the television version a gurantee.

:multi: Yay! Can't wait, now its all a matter of anxiously waiting for a release date, artwork etc.

I wonder if theres any news on Fassbinder's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" release, anyone know anything?

The news last year from independent sources was that it would be released in 2007. As far as I know, that still stands.

Well yes, but from what i remember they said early 2007 (i.e. no later than March/April) and if that was still the case theyd probably have a release date, im guessing its prob still in the final finishing touches, prob late 2007 now, one would assume :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 18, 2007, 10:45:52 AM
Quote
Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face

OMG! Been waiting years for this title!! Do you reckon Criterion will release it with both the theatrical and the television versions? They did with "Scenes From A Marriage" and "Fanny And Alexander"

*fingers crossed*

I'd consider a release of the television version a gurantee.

:multi: Yay! Can't wait, now its all a matter of anxiously waiting for a release date, artwork etc.

I wonder if theres any news on Fassbinder's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" release, anyone know anything?

The news last year from independent sources was that it would be released in 2007. As far as I know, that still stands.

Well yes, but from what i remember they said early 2007 (i.e. no later than March/April) and if that was still the case theyd probably have a release date, im guessing its prob still in the final finishing touches, prob late 2007 now, one would assume :)

Sometime in 2007 is more appropriate. Just because it hasn't been announced, doesn't mean it will be coming in the last few months of the year. Besides, April should be announced in the next day or so.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on January 18, 2007, 01:55:57 PM
There was also a pic of La Haine, but that is now removed from their site.

(http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/2007/382box348x490qz2.jpg)
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 18, 2007, 01:58:38 PM
There was also a pic of La Haine, but that is now removed from their site.
Now, that's something to cream about!! :shock:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 18, 2007, 02:20:44 PM
There was also a pic of La Haine, but that is now removed from their site.
Now, that's something to cream about!! :shock:

Surprising, but an easy film to ignore since I didn't care much for it. The good news is Brute Force getting a release, plus I'm interested in Overlord.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 18, 2007, 02:56:48 PM
There was also a pic of La Haine, but that is now removed from their site.
Now, that's something to cream about!! :shock:

Surprising, but an easy film to ignore since I didn't care much for it.
Tant pis.
I've been trying to get it for a while now, considered even the R2 version, but it seems that I gladly won't have to succumb to that kind of desperation.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on January 18, 2007, 04:38:06 PM
from the latest newsletter:
(http://www.criterionco.com/newsletters/jan07/images/wacky12monkeys.jpg)

La Jetee and Sans Soleil this year it looks like.

There was also a pic of La Haine, but that is now removed from their site.

Thanks for the heads up.  I was considering buying the Region 2 of this recently.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on January 19, 2007, 03:36:37 PM
I was just looking on amazon.com - did The Third Man go out of print?  did criterion pull it to rerelease it? or did I just miss my chance to own it?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Sunrise on January 19, 2007, 03:37:48 PM
Pretty sure they're doing a remaster/reprint to be released this year.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: MacGuffin on January 19, 2007, 05:23:49 PM
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Jordorowsky is back!

Also, there is word that that Criterion will indeed by releasing the newly re-mastered works of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The films are getting shown everyhere in the world (including Cannes) and all carry The Criterion Collection logo. Here some more information (including DVD release information):

"Stumbling upon a screening of Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” in Madison last November, Bill Rouleau and Dan DuChaine, film buffs and owners of Rush-Mor Records in Milwaukee’s absurdly hip South Side, decided to bring the film to town.

Rouleau and DuChaine began butting heads with ABKCO records and Criterion for several moths in order to obtain the print of the film and screen it here. After gaining the approval of Jodorowsky himself, the two acquired the film and secured the screen at the Union Theater for one night.
Before we received the print, the film had shown in Argentina, France and Sweden,” says DuChaine. “Criterion, who now owns the distribution rights to the film, didn’t want to send it back to the Midwest, so again we had to contact Jodorowsky himself. After showing him how enthusiastic we were about wanting to show the film, he gave us the thumbs up and got the film sent to us.”

In 2007 The Criterion Collection will be releasing the film on DVD. "

I hope that's true.  This site made me think otherwise: http://www.abkcofilms.com/

Boy have we got some great DVD news for you film geeks today! ABKCO Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment have just announced a pair of titles that we've been waiting for on DVD since Day One of this format... El Topo and The Holy Mountain! No kidding! Anchor Bay will release a special limited edition collector's box set, The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, on DVD on 5/1 (SRP $49.98). The set will contain El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis on DVD, fully restored and remastered from new HD transfers in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio (El Topo is 125 minutes in Spanish, The Holy Mountain is 114 minutes in English, Fando Y Lis is 93 minutes in Spanish). The box set will also include 2 music CDs containing the soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain, as well as a DVD of Jodorowsky's never-before-released first film, La Cravate. El Topo and The Holy Mountain will also be available separately (SRP $24.98 each). The El Topo DVD will contain audio commentary by the director, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), a 2006 on-camera interview with the director as well as an exclusive new interview, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. The Holy Mountain DVD will include audio commentary with the director, deleted scenes with commentary, the original theatrical trailer (with English voice-over), the Tarot short with commentary, a restoration process short, restoration credits, a photo gallery and original script excerpts. Fando Y Lis will include audio commentary with the director and the La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary. Subtitles on the discs will be available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers3/jodorowskyboxdvd.jpg)(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx/covers3/eltopodvd.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Xx on January 19, 2007, 05:44:24 PM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 21, 2007, 04:29:49 PM
la haine is confirmed for april. it's on the criterion site again. hopefully that's not the final cover art cos i fucking hate it.
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/381_box_348x490.jpg)
You mean this?

Ha ha, yeah. I think it's kind of funny.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on January 22, 2007, 04:49:44 AM
that cover wants nothing to do with the awkward C.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 02, 2007, 05:30:04 PM
FROM THE CRITERION SITE:


"Ask Jim Jarmusch"
When we released Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law a few years back, the "Ask Jim" feature was so popular that we've decided to do it again. We are currently working on a special edition DVD of Jarmusch's Night on Earth, and we're wondering what questions about the film you would like to have answered on the DVD. We can't guarantee Jarmusch will answer all (or any) of your questions, but if you have some, please send them to: noe@criterionco.com.

We will be accepting your questions through February 19. Please do not send any personal requests; they will not be answered. Please do send thoughtful and creative questions, as many as you like. Remember to include your full name, city, state, and country of residence. Thanks for participating and look out for the Night on Earth on DVD this fall!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on February 03, 2007, 02:02:30 AM
FROM THE CRITERION SITE:


"Ask Jim Jarmusch"
When we released Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law a few years back, the "Ask Jim" feature was so popular that we've decided to do it again. We are currently working on a special edition DVD of Jarmusch's Night on Earth, and we're wondering what questions about the film you would like to have answered on the DVD. We can't guarantee Jarmusch will answer all (or any) of your questions, but if you have some, please send them to: noe@criterionco.com.

We will be accepting your questions through February 19. Please do not send any personal requests; they will not be answered. Please do send thoughtful and creative questions, as many as you like. Remember to include your full name, city, state, and country of residence. Thanks for participating and look out for the Night on Earth on DVD this fall!

definitely something i'm looking forward to buying. i have the region 0 dvd which has nothing extra.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 06, 2007, 09:32:42 AM
Some filmmakers have always been desired to debut on Criterion. Maybe none more so than Satyajit Ray, who has gone by the way side of getting special editions for any of his films. Now it looks like his catalogue (beyond the Apu Trilogy) will finally see major audiences. This comes from the Criterion forum and kindly represents "inside info". But, who knows if it is true:

"According to a friend, in correspondence with staff at UCSC, "Criterion has been negotiating with UCSC to acquire several Satyajit Ray films."
The email specifically said that "things are moving slowly," but some more title-specific announcement may be forthcoming later on in 2007."
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on February 06, 2007, 01:18:35 PM
I hope they release some of his lesser-known works, such as the documentaries he made.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: matt35mm on February 06, 2007, 07:51:31 PM
"According to a friend, in correspondence with staff at UCSC, "Criterion has been negotiating with UCSC to acquire several Satyajit Ray films."
The email specifically said that "things are moving slowly," but some more title-specific announcement may be forthcoming later on in 2007."

Hey, I go to that school!  I took a class from the head of the Satyajit Ray film preservation thingy, and it's true that we've got the best available prints.  I got to see them for the class.  They're good.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 09, 2007, 01:38:35 PM
This information should by the side of the Ray news, but Criterion is also (this time admittedly) looking into acquiring rights to Kiewslowski's The Decalogue. Here is a response they gave to someone who asked about the chances of Criterion releasing the 10 hour film:

"Jonathan Turell forwarded your note to me.

As much as we'd love to release the DECALOGUE on Criterion, we don't currently own the rights. We are looking into this, though, so perhaps things will change in the next year or so.

Thanks for your interest and have a happy holiday.

Warm regards,
Kim Hendrickson
Executive Producer"
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on February 09, 2007, 10:10:52 PM
Finally confirmation of Berlin Alexanderplatz! Very interested in this one but it's going to be very expensive.
(http://www.criterionco.com/newsletters/feb07/images/wackyanimal-boar.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on February 16, 2007, 09:55:57 AM
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/386_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/384_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/385_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/64_box_348x490.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 16, 2007, 11:55:48 AM
Sansho the Bailiff http://www.image-entertainment.com/dvd/detail.cfm?productID=64346
Vengence is Mine http://www.image-entertainment.com/dvd/detail.cfm?productID=64342
Army of Shadows - 2 disc http://www.image-entertainment.com/dvd/detail.cfm?productID=64346
The Third Man Re-issue 2 disc http://www.image-entertainment.com/dvd/detail.cfm?productID=64344

Good find. The details have yet to hit the Criterion site (I imagine it will later today). The major news is finally that Army of Shadows has a release date and that Third Man is being re-issued. The original was a very good DVD so it will be interesting to see what they add onto it. But, the dvd I am most excited for is Vengence is Mine. I've heard great things about it for a while and have been anticipating Criterion to release it.

In other news, it has been confirmed that Criterion is currently in production to release Lindsay Anderson's If... Anderson goes by the wayside of popular comment, but as far as I'm concerned he's one of the very best British filmmakers of all time. If... could be released alongside his first film, This Sporting Life, which has been rumored as a future title for Criterion for over a year now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 16, 2007, 03:51:01 PM
The Army of Shadows one is a little weak but the other covers are extraordinary.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on February 17, 2007, 01:54:00 PM
The Army of Shadows one is a little weak but the other covers are extraordinary.

word.

the may releases are almost too good.  Vengeance Is Mine is a great, great film.  hopefully there's more imamura to come, namely The Ballad of Narayama... the only other one i've seen.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on February 26, 2007, 05:19:29 PM
Ok, shocker time:


"Dear Miles,

Unfortunately we don't have the rights to NOSTALGHIA, but we will be
releasing IVAN'S CHILDHOOD this summer.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for your interest in Criterion.

Best regards,
Kim Hendrickson"

News of the day for me. I've been excited to see this film released for a while. Sad about Nostalghia, but they still can get the rights sometime in the future.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 06, 2007, 12:37:43 AM
The main filmmaker I wanted introduced in the Collection is finally going to be introduced! And in a big way: [news courtesy of a Criterion email]


"Apologies for the delay in response.
We will be releasing an Ophuls box in late 2007/early 2008. It will contain several films, including THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . AND LA PLAISIR.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for your interest in Criterion.

Best regards,
Kim Hendrickson"

Other potential titles could include La Ronde, Letter from an Unkown Woman and Lola Montes. Max Ophuls was Stanley Kubrick's favorite filmmaker. He was one of the premiere influences for Martin Scorsese (also admitted by Scorsese himself). I can't think of another filmmaker before 1960 who had a perspective to storytelling and filmmaking that seems so modern today the way Max Ophuls did. I don't even expect to love all of his films, but the fact he's been ignored for so long makes no sense. I hope other members on the board show some interest. The films of his I've seen are still easy to enjoy and very relatable to modern audiences.


Now I'm going to focus my attention on getting Hans Jurgen Syberberg and Margarethe Von Trotta in the collection. My job for Max Ophuls is done.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on March 06, 2007, 04:42:33 PM
praise be jesus
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on March 07, 2007, 03:51:46 AM
Now I'm going to focus my attention on getting Hans Jurgen Syberberg and Margarethe Von Trotta in the collection. My job for Max Ophuls is done.
are you saying you were personally responsible for getting ophuls to be released on criterion? or was that whole post just a cut and paste including that part.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on March 07, 2007, 12:25:37 PM
Pubrick, The Gold Trumpet is actually Criterion Q. Collection, the benevolent old bear of a man who decides what movies get Criterion treatment.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 09, 2007, 12:53:54 PM
Haha, I knew I'd get a comment for that wording, but yes, I control Criterion!



News? Looks like more Melville is in the lines. Rialto has announced a new film, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Doulos," which opens June 29th at Film Forum.

That would suggest a 2008 release by Criterion
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on March 09, 2007, 01:45:59 PM
Rialto has announced a new film, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Doulos," which opens June 29th at Film Forum.
oh great.  then its already topping critics lists for Best Film of 2007 (so far).
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: w/o horse on March 09, 2007, 02:42:11 PM
modage you drive the loooong way home.

Who ordered one of those Janus shirts?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: I Don't Believe in Beatles on March 09, 2007, 05:27:43 PM
GT, do you know if Criterion has any plans to release The Mother and the Whore in the future?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 09, 2007, 05:34:23 PM
I remember it being mentioned a few times years ago, but no word recently no. I'd email them about it. They are very forthcoming about their plans.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Fernando on March 09, 2007, 05:53:04 PM
Now I'm going to focus my attention on getting Hans Jurgen Syberberg and Margarethe Von Trotta in the collection. My job for Max Ophuls is done.
are you saying you were personally responsible for getting ophuls to be released on criterion? or was that whole post just a cut and paste including that part.

I thought he was more like:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y251/fbv/gtrek1.jpg)
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y251/fbv/gtrek2.jpg)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 09, 2007, 06:21:21 PM
More Melville?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Magnificent!
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: JG on March 09, 2007, 07:11:30 PM
Melville is great news.   :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Cobz on March 11, 2007, 06:53:34 AM
So, any news on Bergmans "Face to Face"?

highly anticipating that one! :)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 11, 2007, 02:08:36 PM
So, any news on Bergmans "Face to Face"?

highly anticipating that one! :)

Yea, Criterion recently inked a deal with Paramount to acquire rights so it should be in production and released sometime soon. Bergman is one filmmaker they like to release something by every year. I want to see and I'll likely pick it up, but it is curious that Bergman himself considers it an artistic failure.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 11, 2007, 08:08:14 PM
GT, is there any plans for criterion coming up and doing any more Truffaut?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 11, 2007, 08:28:13 PM
GT, is there any plans for criterion coming up and doing any more Truffaut?

Truffaut is very tricky. Criterion acquired the rights to a lot of his later films when they got the Rohmer titles (yes, that long ago) but have sat on them. The problem is that many of his later films aren't that highly regarded at all. Criterion may not release them individually because many believe they don't deserve such recognition. I think the only one everyone agrees should be released and individually is The Bride Who Wore Black. The film is OOP and has been over due for a rerelease.

Also, I heard some of his other films have gone OOP. It could be a forewarning to a future release. I'd expect many of his later films to be packaged for a box set on either Criterion or even Eclipse.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on March 12, 2007, 08:59:54 PM
Being that Melville is pretty hot right now, is there any word on a special edition Bob le Flambeur or Les Enfants terribles?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 12, 2007, 09:12:21 PM
Being that Melville is pretty hot right now, is there any word on a special edition Bob le Flambeur or Les Enfants terribles?

Bad news for you.

Bob le Flambeur is not on the radar for a re-issue, and considering about 15 other titles are, it doesn't look good. About Les Enfants terribles, Criterion does not own rights. Water Bearer owns the rights and is said to be working on their own special edition. That isn't good news because they could be the worst DVD company around.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on March 15, 2007, 05:23:29 PM
(http://www.criterion.com/newsletters/march07/wackypenguin.gif)

as GT has probably already pointed out the new newsletter confirms that Billy Wilders Ace In The Hole (The Big Carnival) will be released by Criterion at some point.  TCM is also rerunning it this weekend if your DVR deleted it before you had a chance to watch it like mine did last time they played it.

and in the BEST CRITERION BLOG EVER! they give a peek behind the curtain and show how they came up with the dvd artwork for one of their releases...

http://www.criterionco.com/blog/2007_03_01_archive.html#2514877504297839578
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Flannery on March 16, 2007, 06:13:38 PM
JUNE ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!! :yabbse-grin:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=388

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=389

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=390

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=391

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=387
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on March 16, 2007, 07:00:40 PM
having to click on the links for each release is so impersonal, i prefer having it revealed all in one post with the pics and everything like it has been done for 85 pages.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 16, 2007, 08:11:07 PM
Being that Melville is pretty hot right now, is there any word on a special edition Bob le Flambeur or Les Enfants terribles?

Bad news for you.

Bob le Flambeur is not on the radar for a re-issue, and considering about 15 other titles are, it doesn't look good. About Les Enfants terribles, Criterion does not own rights. Water Bearer owns the rights and is said to be working on their own special edition. That isn't good news because they could be the worst DVD company around.

I have to speak again.

Les Enfants terrible will be released by Criterion this July.

Here is the confirmation (courtesy of an email):

A month ago I sent Criterion an e-mail asking if they had planned any Melville titles to release (this is before they announced Army of Shadows.) Anyway, here's the email:

Dear Martin,

We have a few Melville titles on the schedule at the moment - his brilliant ARMY OF SHADOWS is due out in stores in May, and LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is due out in July.

Thanks for your interest.

Best regards,
Kim Hendrickson "

and also, more Kurosawa:

I wrote in asking if we would get any new Kurosawa anytime soon.

Kim Hendrickson wrote me back with in 15 minutes and said this:

Dear Bobby,

We are currently working on DRUNKEN ANGEL. Should be in stores late summer.
Thanks for your note.

All best,
Kim Hendrickson




The June releases are good. If...is a must buy. The others are all a Netflix rental to check quality.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 16, 2007, 11:43:44 PM
I'm thinking about using some tax refund for some Criterions.
Are there any titles (other than The Third Man) that have been out awhile that are about to be updated?
Last time I bought some, I bought Amarcord only to find that it was being rereleased soon after.  :yabbse-sad:
It seems any that have been out for awhile with little to no extras are typical prime candidates.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 17, 2007, 02:19:25 AM
I'm thinking about using some tax refund for some Criterions.
Are there any titles (other than The Third Man) that have been out awhile that are about to be updated?
Last time I bought some, I bought Amarcord only to find that it was being rereleased soon after.  :yabbse-sad:
It seems any that have been out for awhile with little to no extras are typical prime candidates.

As the Criterionforum sees it,

 DISTINCT REMASTERS [Titles that are in the CC that is said to be re-issued because new, better materials have come to light in the years since initial release]

CRITERION BLOG: 11/21/06 - "We know there are a good two-dozen early releases (Andrei Rublev and Shock Corridor, to name just a couple) that need to be redone, and we’ll probably get to them at a rate of three to four a year".

ANDREI RUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1965) - Mentioned in Criterion's blog by Jonathan Turrell

HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa, 1963, Japan) - Announced as a possibility at AMMI talk (Nov 2004).

THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) - Appears remastered in the Janus book/box set from the original release. May indicate a possible re-issue in the future.

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Peter Weir, 1975, Australia) - as confirmed by Peter Weir in an interview with DVD Talk Radio.

SHOCK CORRIDOR (Samuel Fuller, 1963, USA) - - Mentioned in Criterion's blog by Jonathan Turrell
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Flannery on March 17, 2007, 10:46:40 AM
Does anyone if know if Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes is in the works?  I have seen it mentioned as a possible release but I have yet to hear anything definitive.  It's the one title that I've been waiting on.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 17, 2007, 12:06:31 PM
thanks GT.
Several Kurosawa have recently been re-issued, right?
(i think Sanjuro, Yojimbo, 7 Sam)
All the others are relatively new and packed with extras I think.
Juliet of the Spirits is one I've wanted to see, but I noticed it is an early release and has little to no extras.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on March 17, 2007, 12:42:36 PM
transfer quality seems to be the biggest reason for the re-issues, and Juliet of the Spirits has an amazing one that's anamorphic to boot.  i worry about the same thing (i'm hesitant to by Children of Paradise), but for this one i say just get it. 
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 17, 2007, 01:06:43 PM
Does anyone if know if Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes is in the works?  I have seen it mentioned as a possible release but I have yet to hear anything definitive.  It's the one title that I've been waiting on.

Yea, it is in the works. That isn't speculation. It is confirmation. The DVD company who released the region 1 DVD said Criterion had rights. I wouldn't be surprised to see it released sometime this year.

Also, I forgot one film that is confirmed for rerelease. It is Salo: 120 Days of Sodomy. I doubt anyone would have found that disc though.

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on March 17, 2007, 08:45:55 PM

Les Enfants terrible will be released by Criterion this July.

Here is the confirmation (courtesy of an email):

A month ago I sent Criterion an e-mail asking if they had planned any Melville titles to release (this is before they announced Army of Shadows.) Anyway, here's the email:

Dear Martin,

We have a few Melville titles on the schedule at the moment - his brilliant ARMY OF SHADOWS is due out in stores in May, and LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is due out in July.

Thanks for your interest.

Best regards,
Kim Hendrickson " 

I nearly plotzed when i saw this.....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on March 17, 2007, 09:29:52 PM
I nearly plotzed when i saw this.....

Sodomy
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 18, 2007, 11:09:01 AM
Criterion seems to have acquired the taste for double dipping.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: A Matter Of Chance on March 18, 2007, 03:33:00 PM
Yeah - it's pretty frustrating, but I think it's actually a good thing. Lots of the movies they pick actually need cleaning up, and, as we saw with Seven Samurai, the newer edition was just infinitely better than the first.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 18, 2007, 06:32:37 PM
Criterion seems to have acquired the taste for double dipping.

oh come on, it's not that bad (not like those major studios) and there is plenty of time to sell off an old edition (for decent money) before the new one ever comes out. The great thing about criterions is that their sell back value hardly drops which is why I don't mind blind buying one of their discs and then not liking it.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 19, 2007, 02:53:30 PM
Sellback still doesn't provide much of a discount for getting the newer one.  Maybe you have more charitable merchants near you than are near me, but if I were to sell a copy I'd probably get $10 in trade for it if I was lucky, but that's considering the fact that its value would drop once the new one comes out, so the trade wouldn't be too useful anyway.

Basically, the newer editions will still be $39.99, so I'll have spent about $80 on the same movie (if I buy it at retail price, but it's not like I'd save a lot if I got it for $32.99 at Best Buy prices) just for some extra features.  I mean, I'm more comfortable buying ONE version of an out of print movie with minimal features if it's the kind of movie I'd like to watch over and over again.  But really, if Criterion can't manage the best features the first time, they should leave the versions alone so it isn't so insulting to buy the same top dollar DVD's more than once.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 19, 2007, 03:00:33 PM
But really, if Criterion can't manage the best features the first time, they should leave the versions alone so it isn't so insulting to buy the same top dollar DVD's more than once.

Usually it is more than that. They are mainly dealing with finding better transfers. Some of their DVDs just really had poor transfers when first released so when they go back to re-do the film with a better print, they try to add as many extra features as possible so the person who is re-buying isn't just re-buying a new transfer.

I think there are exceptions. Charade was quietly re-released without anything added and I don't think The Third Man re-release has that much of a better print than the original.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 20, 2007, 01:19:02 AM
Sellback still doesn't provide much of a discount for getting the newer one.

You should talk to those who sold back their old Third Man on ebay for about 70-80 bucks. Now of course it has dropped (happens once new edition is confirmed through website) but before a disc is said to be re-released, the old one goes OOP and then the price skyrockets. It happened with Playtime, Beauty and the Beast, 400 Blows.

Maybe you have more charitable merchants near you than are near me, but if I were to sell a copy I'd probably get $10 in trade for it if I was lucky, but that's considering the fact that its value would drop once the new one comes out, so the trade wouldn't be too useful anyway.

I sell mine back through ebay, never through a b&m store. You should open an account and try it one day, you'd be very surprised.

Basically, the newer editions will still be $39.99

Anyone who pays full price for a criterion is a fool, no offense, but one pays full price because they want to, so they shouldn't complain because there are plenty of better options. The internet always has the best deal, look into it.

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 20, 2007, 09:31:04 AM
I usually get mine in secondhand stores on rare occasions or pick them up cheaper online, as well.  I guess I just assumed there has to be people buying them at retail price who are getting reemed here.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: The Red Vine on March 21, 2007, 11:31:50 PM
"If..." is a great title for Criterion. Lindsay Anderson was probably misunderstood for his time. Now if they can only put out "O Lucky Man".....
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on March 22, 2007, 04:00:11 PM
I usually get mine in secondhand stores on rare occasions or pick them up cheaper online, as well.  I guess I just assumed there has to be people buying them at retail price who are getting reemed here.

deepdiscount.com usually has a sale once or twice a year. one is ending today. 40% off i think.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on March 22, 2007, 11:05:32 PM
I usually get mine in secondhand stores on rare occasions or pick them up cheaper online, as well.  I guess I just assumed there has to be people buying them at retail price who are getting reemed here.

deepdiscount.com usually has a sale once or twice a year. one is ending today. 40% off i think.

dvdplanet.com is having the same sale but it is ending 3/31.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on April 07, 2007, 05:16:20 PM
any updates on the 'night on earth' dvd, gt?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 07, 2007, 05:44:31 PM
any updates on the 'night on earth' dvd, gt?

Nothing since the initial annoucement. Usually when a film is announced for a specific time slot (like this fall) the DVD is about set and ready for release. There are no major concerns. When Criterion privately announced the Eisenstein Silent Box set, they were vague about details and a projected release. No one knows when that will be released. It is excellent news that they have come out out like this about Night on Earth. The one question of concern though is whether Jarmusch will answer the questions fans sent in and Criterion has been mum on that but I think because of that, he did answer the questions. They more likely would have reported if he didn't.

I'm guessing Night on Earth will be released around October or November. I also think this will allow Criterion to get at Jarmusch's other films. Stranger than Paradise is tapped for Sony, but I'd love to see other less available films by him released. Mystery Train tops that list.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: mogwai on April 08, 2007, 02:18:38 AM
okay, thanks a lot for that.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on April 12, 2007, 12:50:59 AM
http://www.image-entertainment.com/about_us/investors/index.cfm

Image Entertainment Acquires Film Slate from Jeremy Thomas' Recorded Picture Company, Including ``The Last Emperor,'' Winner of 9 Academy Awards

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE, THE HIT and INSIGNIFICANCE also Acquired through Agreement
CHATSWORTH, Calif., Apr 11, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Image Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:DISK), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, today announced the acquisition of The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Hit, and Insignificance, four Jeremy Thomas-produced films, through an exclusive North America license agreement with Recorded Picture Company's sales agent, UK-based dreamachine.

The agreement grants Image home video, digital and broadcast rights to each of the four titles. For home video, Image will release movie-only versions while Criterion, also distributed through Image, will release definitive special editions of the films as part of the renowned Criterion Collection. Criterion and dreamachine will work together to create new high-definition masters assuring film aficionados the highest quality possible. Broadcast availability, home video and digital distribution plans will be announced later in the year.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won each of the nine Academy Awards for which it was nominated. Along with Best Picture, it won Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score, Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The 1987 film chronicles the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, played by John Lone, with Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Vivian Wu, and Chen Kaige. It was the first motion picture filmed inside the walls of China's Forbidden City. The Last Emperor premiered theatrically on December 18, 1987, thus celebrating its 20th Anniversary at the end of this year.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, deals with the bonds between four men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. The Hit, directed by Stephen Frears, features Terrence Stamp as a former gangster living under an alias in Spain. Insignificance, a drama/comedy directed by Nicolas Roeg, is a fictional account of the interactions of four iconic figures; Marilyn Monroe, Joseph McCarthy, Joe di Maggio and Albert Einstein.

"We are thrilled with this acquisition and look forward to developing and expanding this relationship. These films certainly enhance our library and heighten the profile of films Image will acquire and distribute in the future," stated David Borshell, Image's Chief Operating Officer.

London-based Wendy Rutland brokered the agreement on behalf of Image Entertainment.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 13, 2007, 05:15:05 AM
Criterion has always been trying to get The Last Emperor. Primarily because they are in good standing with Bertolucci and it is a film that fits well in their boutique style and will be recognizable to mainstream audiences. That said, I expect a large special edition that will actually price out most people.

The news is that other films have been picked up in this deal as well. They are, as follow: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Hit and Insignificance. The last is a Nicolas Roeg film and will become a favorite for many. The Hit will introduce Stephen Frears into the collection. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence will introduce Nagisa Oshima, director of In the Realm of the Senses. It also provides an unlikely performance by David Bowie. Neither are considered to be great works for either director, but it again proves that Criterion want to try to get as many directors as possible introduced.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on April 16, 2007, 05:04:30 PM
July titles will be:

#392, 393, 394, 395: Three Films by Teshigahara (Pitfall, Face of Another, Woman in the Dunes)
#396 - Ace in the Hole
#397 - Ivan's Childhood
#398 - Les Enfants Terribles

from this site: http://kurutta.net/covers.php?startSpine=350&endSpine=400

They sure are killing my bank account with all these great titles. Very interested in the Teshigahra box, Ivan, and Les Enfants.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 16, 2007, 05:17:43 PM
July titles will be:

#392, 393, 394, 395: Three Films by Teshigahara (Pitfall, Face of Another, Woman in the Dunes)
#396 - Ace in the Hole
#397 - Ivan's Childhood
#398 - Les Enfants Terribles

from this site: http://kurutta.net/covers.php?startSpine=350&endSpine=400

They sure are killing my bank account with all these great titles. Very interested in the Teshigahra box, Ivan, and Les Enfants.

Excellent find. The specs and covers (beside the cover of Ivan's Childhood) have been posted on the site already. The only one that is a must buy for me is Ivan's Childhood. I may netflix and burn some of the other DVDs, but not all of them. Ace In the Hole would likely be my exemption.

What's surprising is that they are releasing Woman in the Dunes in a box set. The film is very recognizable on DVD and many people have been anticipating a rerelease but may be dismayed to see it part of a box set with films they never heard of. When Image took over Criterion, one policy they had was to separate known titles from bigger box sets and rerelease them individully. Image no longer owns Criterion, but it isn't a bad policy considering I could have been considering purchasing Woman in the Dunes but I certainly am not now.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on April 16, 2007, 05:28:50 PM
Why don't you get the BFI Dunes?

(http://criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/392_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/395_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/393_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/394_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/397_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/396_box_348x490.jpg)
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/398_box_348x490.jpg)

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 16, 2007, 05:38:47 PM
Why don't you get the BFI Dunes?

I thought about it, but I was waiting for the Criterion edition. Now I may go for that one.



(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/397_box_348x490.jpg)

Alright, I usually don't say this, because every month seems to have a new candidate for "best ever", but that is the best Criterion cover yet.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: last days of gerry the elephant on April 16, 2007, 06:06:12 PM
That C finally looks half decent on those Teshigahara dvds.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Pubrick on April 17, 2007, 11:59:05 AM
That C finally looks half decent on those Teshigahara dvds.
maybe cos there's a huge white border around the actual image protecting it from the (hepatitis) C.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: modage on April 17, 2007, 04:15:34 PM
(http://www.criterion.com/newsletters/apr07/wackyanimal-dodo.gif)
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 17, 2007, 04:27:33 PM
It is Pabst's Threepenny Opera.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on April 17, 2007, 07:39:22 PM
From new newsletter:

"Also, we wanted to let you know that our special edition of Kon
Ichikawa’s astonishing documentary "Tokyo Olympiad" is now out of
print. If you haven’t yet seen it, check with your favorite
retailer—there may be a few copies left! You can read more about the
film below in From the Collection."

Just picked one up from dvdplanet.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on April 17, 2007, 08:40:37 PM
Tokyo Olympiad is one of the more underrated films Criterion has ever released. Those who can pick it up really should before it is completely gone. I don't see retailers always having this copy around forever like certain other titles.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: grand theft sparrow on May 15, 2007, 11:15:48 AM
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Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: samsong on May 15, 2007, 11:24:37 AM
(http://tedstrong.com/jeansebpix/jeanandpaper.jpg)
:inlove:
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 15, 2007, 11:29:05 AM
Hmm, this is a curve ball. I thought 2 or 3 Things would be next as it is going the Rialto route.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: edison on May 15, 2007, 07:48:57 PM
(http://www.criterion.com/content/images/full_boxshot/399_box_348x490.jpg)
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia
• Audio commentary by director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay
• New video interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna
• David Mamet on "House of Games," a short documentary shot on location during the film's preparation and production
• Storyboard detail from the deleted scene "The Tap"
• Theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet’s introduction to the published screenplay

(http://www.criterion.com/content/images/full_boxshot/401_box_348x490.jpg)
Special Features

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Portrait of Carlos Saura, a documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur
• New interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent
• Original theatrical trailer
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith

and Bunuel's The Milky Way - which doesn't have a cover yet
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 15, 2007, 08:17:58 PM
I didn't expect House of Games. Seems like no one did, but it is a great sign.

House of Games is an MGM acquisition. That company before had a policy of not licensing any films to Criterion. Many companies took that policy at the beginning of the DVD era wanting to protect their products, but now they are starting to understand that certain titles will not get exciting releases unless handled by Criterion.

Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise, an MGM film, will also be released by Criterion in the near future. That has been confirmed. Some thought the rights just went back to Jarmusch because it was MGM property and everyone understood their policy, but now it looks like MGM is opening their doors to Criterion.

This means a lot. Most of Billy Wilder's films will now be available as well as many great unreleased musicals. Then there are titles like The Sweet Smell of Success and Richard Lester masterpieces like The Knack and How to Get It and How I Won the War.

It is very exciting news.

Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 15, 2007, 08:26:29 PM
Yes, so excited about House of Games and the hope for sweet smell of success.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 15, 2007, 10:03:36 PM
I didn't expect House of Games. Seems like no one did, but it is a great sign.

What about Breathless?
Does this mean a lot of these Godard films with Fox Lorber releases can be acquired by Criterion as well?
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Gold Trumpet on May 15, 2007, 10:41:13 PM
I didn't expect House of Games. Seems like no one did, but it is a great sign.

What about Breathless?
Does this mean a lot of these Godard films with Fox Lorber releases can be acquired by Criterion as well?

Since they have made deals with Fox Lorber already, the other Godards should come as well. This is how they got the Rohmer and Truffaut films. I think the reason you aren't seeing a greater quantity quicker is because they want to gradually release them. I think two Godard's a year is the basic policy. He is one of their premiere filmmakers so yes, I'd expect the other Godard's to eventually follow.

The only major Godard film in question is Weekend considering rights are elswhere.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: Ravi on May 16, 2007, 12:14:15 AM
House of Games is an MGM acquisition. That company before had a policy of not licensing any films to Criterion. Many companies took that policy at the beginning of the DVD era wanting to protect their products, but now they are starting to understand that certain titles will not get exciting releases unless handled by Criterion.

Fox now controls domestic home video distribution of MGM titles, which would probably explain the licensing of MGM titles to Criterion.
Title: Re: Criterion News and Discussion
Post by: tpfkabi on May 16, 2007, 11:48:13 AM