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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #420 on: May 16, 2004, 05:33:53 PM »
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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?



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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 #421 on: May 20, 2004, 04:23:54 PM »
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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!

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #422 on: May 20, 2004, 04:40:35 PM »
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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?
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 #423 on: May 20, 2004, 05:28:54 PM »
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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.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #424 on: May 21, 2004, 12:57:15 AM »
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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.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #425 on: May 21, 2004, 01:07:10 AM »
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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.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #426 on: May 21, 2004, 01:05:24 PM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #427 on: May 21, 2004, 02:46:16 PM »
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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.
""Money doesn't come into it. It never has. I do what I do because it's all that I am." - Morrissey

"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 #428 on: May 21, 2004, 03:22:35 PM »
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? "Samurai Dreams" - the fake Japanese soft-core porn film seen in the movie, presented in its entirety
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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??......

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #429 on: May 21, 2004, 03:24:13 PM »
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? "Samurai Dreams" - the fake Japanese soft-core porn film seen in the movie, presented in its entirety
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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.
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #430 on: May 28, 2004, 09:09:54 PM »
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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!

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #431 on: May 28, 2004, 09:45:41 PM »
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Very excited about the Linklater news.  I've always wanted to see his first flick.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #432 on: May 29, 2004, 08:58:44 AM »
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awesome, awesome...if they did this with dazed and confused id be the happiest man alive
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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #433 on: May 30, 2004, 12:02:02 AM »
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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.

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Re: Criterion News and Discussion
« Reply #434 on: May 30, 2004, 02:22:20 AM »
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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.

 

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