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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #60 on: May 06, 2003, 03:34:15 PM »
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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

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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #61 on: May 06, 2003, 08:14:34 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #62 on: May 07, 2003, 11:04:33 AM »
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2003, 05:48:05 PM »
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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.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #64 on: May 07, 2003, 11:33:41 PM »
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that cover for The Honeymoon Killers is awesome.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #65 on: May 07, 2003, 11:35:01 PM »
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that cover for The Honeymoon Killers is awesome.


right on
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #66 on: May 08, 2003, 01:58:57 PM »
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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.
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #67 on: May 08, 2003, 08:44:42 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #68 on: May 08, 2003, 09:52:27 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #69 on: May 12, 2003, 01:48:24 PM »
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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?

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #70 on: May 12, 2003, 02:16:49 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #71 on: May 12, 2003, 04:21:20 PM »
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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).
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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...
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #72 on: May 12, 2003, 04:28:04 PM »
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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. .

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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?
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"Lacan stressed more and more in his work the power and organizing principle of the symbolic, understood as the networks, social, cultural, and linguistic, into which a child is born. These precede the birth of a child, which is why Lacan can say that language is there from before the actual moment of birth. It is there in the social structures which are at play in the family and, of course, in the ideals, goals, and histories of the parents. This world of language can hardly be grasped by the newborn and yet it will act on the whole of the child's existence."

Stay informed on protecting your freedom of speech and civil rights.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #73 on: May 12, 2003, 06:14:03 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #74 on: May 12, 2003, 08:39:01 PM »
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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.
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