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Derrick King
01-15-2009, 11:48 PM
Since we have this section, I figure we should have a thread devoted to Criterion's, so far, great releases.

OUT NOW:
Bottle Rocket (http://www.criterion.com/films/594)
Chungking Express (http://www.criterion.com/films/226)
The Third Man (http://www.criterion.com/films/236)
The Man Who Fell To Earth (http://www.criterion.com/films/755)
The Last Emperor (http://www.criterion.com/films/254)

Upcoming releases:

JAN 20
El Norte (http://www.criterion.com/films/972)

MARCH 24
The 400 Blows (http://www.criterion.com/films/151)
The Last Metro (http://www.criterion.com/films/1084)

April 21
The Wages of Fear (http://www.criterion.com/films/370)

April 28
In the Realm of the Senses (http://www.criterion.com/films/1287)

When Criterion announced that they were going to start releasing Blu-Rays they gave this list of 13 titles. Of these 13 titles, 8 have been released or have a release date (The Last Metro and In the Realm of the Senses were not on this initial list). The 5 unreleased/unscheduled titles are Gimme Shelter, The Complete Monterey Pop, Contempt, Walkabout and For All Mankind.

Steve P.
01-16-2009, 05:56 AM
When Criterion announced that they were going to start releasing Blu-Rays they gave this list of 13 titles. Of these 13 titles, 8 have been released or have a release date (The Last Metro and In the Realm of the Senses were not on this initial list). The 5 unreleased/unscheduled titles are Gimme Shelter, The Complete Monterey Pop, Contempt, Walkabout and For All Mankind.

Yeah and 3 out of the 5 unreleased/unscheduled titles I was looking forward to most! (Monterey Pop, Gimme Shelter and Walkabout). I hope these are rescheduled soon. I'm also hoping for a super duper hi-def 40th anniversary of Woodstock this summer too.

Matt Bauer
01-16-2009, 04:22 PM
In the Realm of the Senses should be drool-worthy!

Ian Jane
01-16-2009, 05:26 PM
Both the Bottle Rocket and Chunkung Express releases are great. Haven't seen the other ones yet.

Kristian R
01-16-2009, 05:31 PM
I picked up Bottle Rocket as well. Nice disk.

I remember reading somewhere that when Criterion does upgrades on previous releases you can send them the old DVD, plus X amount of bucks and they will send you the new blu-ray version. Is that true?

Derrick King
01-16-2009, 11:38 PM
I picked up Bottle Rocket as well. Nice disk.

I remember reading somewhere that when Criterion does upgrades on previous releases you can send them the old DVD, plus X amount of bucks and they will send you the new blu-ray version. Is that true?

Yes, from their FAQ:

28. I want to replace my Criterion Collection DVDs with new Blu-ray editions. Do you have an upgrade program?

We offer a $20 Blu-ray upgrade program for customers who have already bought the equivalent edition on DVD. Just mail your disc, along with a check or money order for $20 (plus $5 shipping and handling), made payable to the Criterion Collection, to:

The Criterion Collection
Attn: Jon Mulvaney
215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003

You can also pay by PayPal by making a payment to store@criterion.com (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover welcome). Please include a printout of your Paypal receipt with your disc.
Be sure to include your U.S. or Canadian mailing address inside the package, as we cannot ship outside North America. Please also include your e-mail address in case we need to contact you. You can send in your disc for exchange anytime, but we won’t be sending out the Blu-ray discs until their release dates.
If you exchange multiple DVD editions at the same time, you only need to pay for shipping once. But your order will not be shipped until all the Blu-ray discs have been released.
We’ll mail the Blu-ray disc in a sleeve, and you’ll be able to place the new disc in your existing packaging. This offer only applies to “like” editions. For example, you can return disc 1 of the rerelease of The Third Man but not the earlier, out-of-print edition.
If you have any questions about the Blu-ray upgrade offer, please e-mail Jon Mulvaney at mulvaney@criterion.com. We reserve the right to change or discontinue this program at any time.
------------------------------

Honestly, since you can get a decent amount selling a used Criterion DVD, I'd just sell the DVD and buy the Blu-Ray from Amazon. Although, the upgrade program might be worth it if you have the 4-DVD set of The Last Emperor, since the Blu-Ray loses the television cut.

David Levine
01-17-2009, 02:59 PM
I can't see why anyone would do that.

25.00 + your SD disc for a BR disc that you get to put in your SD packaging?

I'd rather pay the extra 2-5.00 online and get the whole thing.

Strikes me as a move that sounds good for PR, but they really don't want to deal with the hassle.

Kristian R
01-17-2009, 03:30 PM
Yeah, not such a good deal mostly. But some standard def printed extras/packaging are not getting ported over so it might be worth a disk swap on those. For example The Man Who Fell To Earth comes with the source novel in standard def, but not with the blu reissue.

Rich K
01-17-2009, 03:32 PM
I had a similar situation with them when I went to return my single disc copy of Amacord which had gone bad sitting on the shelf. They explained that since Amacord had been repressed as a 2 disc edition they couidn't make an even exchange and would upgrade for me by sending my defective disc and $20.00.
Either that or I could exchange it for any of their single disc titles. I decided to take that option and get Amacord again for a few dollars more from Deep Discount.

David Levine
01-17-2009, 07:51 PM
Yeah, not such a good deal mostly. But some standard def printed extras/packaging are not getting ported over so it might be worth a disk swap on those. For example The Man Who Fell To Earth comes with the source novel in standard def, but not with the blu reissue.

That's a good point, same with Last Emperor.

Although for the price difference I'd rather still just pay a couple extra bucks and buy the BR AND keep the SD instead of just having a "bastardized" combination of the 2.

cworkman
01-19-2009, 02:15 PM
I would like to see Criterion releases of the following on Blu-ray:

A Night to Remember
Vampyr
Carnival of Souls
Kwaidan
Jigoku
Onibaba
Fiend Without a Face
Corridor of Blood
The Haunted Strangler
First Man into Space
Les Diaboliques
Salo - The 120 Days of Sodom
The Most Dangerous Game

Troy Howarth
01-19-2009, 03:36 PM
I most would like to see 8 1/2, I Vitelloni, Mr. Arkadin, F For Fake, 49th Parallel, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Peeping Tom, The Leopard and Le Notte Bianchi.

cworkman
01-19-2009, 10:57 PM
Ah yes, I had forgotten about PEEPING TOM.

I look forward to a release of 8 1/2. What a wonderful movie.

Troy Howarth
01-20-2009, 07:22 AM
Juliet of the Spirits is one of the most gorgeous color films ever made - that would be another one to wish for.

MATT DER
01-20-2009, 10:21 AM
i only have about 50 criterion dvds and often don't understand what all the fuss is about. ok, their artwork is mostly wonderfull, the movies and the extra's interesting but i can't say that i was always very impressed by the image / sound quality
i am often not very convinced by the price - quality ratio

i would have bought certain releases again if it wasn't for the region coding. untill i get a region free blu-ray player it's no more criterion for me

cworkman
01-20-2009, 10:39 AM
Yes, the letterboxing on THE HONEYMOON KILLERS is sometimes off, and the sound is absolutely terrible.

Troy Howarth
01-20-2009, 06:19 PM
The fuss, I think, comes from the fact that 99.9% of their releases are superlative. They've dropped the ball a few times, yes, but when it comes to providing a top notch transfer and providing the best supplementary materials, I firmly believe they can't be beat. (I *do* wish they were cheaper, but it's possible to get them far below the sticker price online, so I can't complain too much.)

mark t
01-21-2009, 08:28 AM
I like Criterion, and have no complaints about the releases that I own, and it's nice to offer the upgrade....but 25 bucks plus 5 bucks S&H is a little excessive, when some of us have paid upwards of 40 dollars for the standard releases. Easier to sell the standard DVDs for some cash and hopefully pick up the BR discs a little cheaper.

cworkman
01-22-2009, 12:14 AM
I don't know if I agree, Troy. I think they're releases vary widely, as do the extras they offer. That said, they do offer titles that no one else does, and simply to get some of those films is a wonderous thing.

Troy Howarth
01-23-2009, 12:35 PM
I dunno, Chris - maybe I'm just easier to please than yourself. :)

cworkman
01-24-2009, 11:38 AM
I am hard to please, I must admit! But I never let that stop me from buying anything. (Which is probably why I'm broke all the time.) :)

Troy Howarth
01-24-2009, 12:18 PM
I can sympathize, believe me. :D

Derrick King
02-13-2009, 07:37 PM
Ran Blu-Ray coming May 12 (http://www.criterion.com/films/754)

Matt Bauer
02-14-2009, 03:30 AM
Ran Blu-Ray coming May 12 (http://www.criterion.com/films/754)

Annnnnnd, now I have to change my pants :p

Mark C.
02-14-2009, 10:07 PM
Im really excited for this:
http://www.criterion.com/films/1285

Excellent film with Terrance Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth.


Edit
oops I posted this in the wrong thread...sorry

Eric B
02-15-2009, 12:11 AM
Holy crap! RAN is one of the movies that really got me into cinema in the '80s when I was a teen. So far I've got THE THIRD MAN and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH on Blu-ray. Both were upgrades from the standard DVD and worth every penny. The packaging for Criterion's Blu-rays are made of cardboard and both mine got damaged during shipping from Amazon. I haven't decided whether to order from Amazon again or just buy local to avoid the possibility (and pay 5-10 dollars more). I have my eye on EL NORTE.

djvaso
02-15-2009, 07:22 AM
Finally something to replace atrocious German Universal HD-DVD which has no English option.

Derrick King
02-15-2009, 02:56 PM
The packaging for Criterion's Blu-rays are made of cardboard and both mine got damaged during shipping from Amazon. I haven't decided whether to order from Amazon again or just buy local to avoid the possibility (and pay 5-10 dollars more). I have my eye on EL NORTE.

I've got five of criterion's blu-rays, three were bought at Amazon and two were from the local Barnes & Noble. The two from B&N were smashed, so the spines were not straight. Two of the three from Amazon were perfect (including the one they shipped in a padded envelope), while the third from Amazon was like the two from B&N.

If the problem with the cases is that the spines are not straight, I was able to get the spines on the three to be pretty much back to normal by holding them so the spine was not straight in the other direction and eventually they straightened out.

Or to put it plainly:
if the spine sloped this way: \
I'd hold the case so it sloped like this: /
and it'd eventually be close to this: |

Eric B
02-15-2009, 04:33 PM
I'll give Amazon another chance because I have Prime shipping. The two I received with damage (scatched covers and crushed corners) were shipped by themselves in a padded envelope. Next time I will make the Blu-rays part of a larger order so that they hopefully get securely shipped in a box.

Derrick King
02-15-2009, 07:06 PM
I guess I'm lucky that I just had crooked spines. :)

Derrick King
03-16-2009, 07:13 PM
The Seventh Seal Blu-ray due June 16 (http://www.criterion.com/films/173)

and

Last Year at Marienbad Blu-Ray due June 23 (http://www.criterion.com/films/1517)

cworkman
03-16-2009, 10:19 PM
THE SEVENTH SEAL. Awesome. I always meant to pick that up on standard DVD but never got around to it. Now I can just pick it up on Blu-ray and not have to feel guilty that I'm double dipping.

Ian Z.
03-17-2009, 04:24 PM
The Seventh Seal Blu-ray due June 16 (http://www.criterion.com/films/173)

Damn! I still haven't seen the first six!!!

(Alright, ONE of you guys was going to say it if I didn't...)

Ian Jane
03-17-2009, 04:35 PM
They did a fantastic job with The Last Metro. It looks stunning.

Derrick King
03-26-2009, 01:35 PM
Bad news about the Ran Blu-Ray, a poster at criterionforum.org posted the follwing email they got from Criterion

Hello,

I hope this email finds you well. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray release of RAN has been cancelled indefinitely due to rights issues.

Sincerely,
Jon Mulvaney

Eric B
03-26-2009, 03:00 PM
:(Glad I didn't jump the gun and sell my SD DVD. There's an extra that wasn't making it to the Blu-ray, so I held on to it.

cworkman
03-26-2009, 06:20 PM
Wtih Warner cutting a deal with Criterion to release some of their titles through Criterion, I wonder if we'll see any of these titles on Blu-ray.

Eric B
03-26-2009, 08:07 PM
I hoped that Zabriskie Point would be part of that deal, but Warner will be releasing it in May on SD DVD only (AFAIK).

Eric B
03-28-2009, 05:17 PM
I decided to sell my old Fox/Lorber copy of Last Year at Marienbad, in anticipation of the new Criterion Blu-ray. Second Spin gave me $30.00 for it. Sweet!

Eric Hand
03-30-2009, 01:22 PM
Any word on "Naked Prey" gettign a Blu-ray release. I love the SD DVD but that film NEEDS to be on Blu-ray.

Eric

cworkman
03-30-2009, 01:42 PM
I've yet to see NAKED PREY, but I may have to soon. I've always wanted to see it anyway.

Eric Hand
03-30-2009, 03:01 PM
I've yet to see NAKED PREY, but I may have to soon. I've always wanted to see it anyway.


It's an absolute must!

Derrick King
04-16-2009, 03:24 PM
54 For All Mankind Blu-Ray due July 14 (http://www.criterion.com/films/599)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2257/54_box_348x490_BD.jpg



483 Repulsion due July 28 (http://www.criterion.com/films/404)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2269/483_box_348x490_BD.jpg

Kristian R
04-16-2009, 03:49 PM
Repulsion? Yes!

Eric B
04-16-2009, 08:24 PM
I've been waiting over ten years to see Repulsion, almost ordering the ABUK DVD many times. Glad I held off and can see it the first time in a nice edition.

cworkman
04-17-2009, 05:34 PM
I can finally trade in my old crap semi-grey market version of REPULSION. Finally, a Blu-ray release to get excited about!!! Now, Criterion, how about releasing Blu-rays of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, M, CARNIVAL OF SOULS, VAMPYR, PEEPING TOM, SALO-THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, and sooooo many others.

cworkman
04-19-2009, 11:13 AM
And, while they're at it, maybe they can release JIGOKU, ONIBABA, and KWAIDAN on Blu-ray as well. Can you imagine what those films would look like on BD???

Eric B
04-19-2009, 11:54 AM
Thankfully, they started using plastic cases for BD. I didn't like the cardboard they used before, it was too susceptible to getting damaged during shipping. I stopped buying them because of that.

Eric B
04-19-2009, 11:56 AM
And, while they're at it, maybe they can release JIGOKU, ONIBABA, and KWAIDAN on Blu-ray as well. Can you imagine what those films would look like on BD???
An uncut remastered Kwaidan in BD would be sweet. I've had the Eureka DVD in my Amazon UK wishlist forever.

Wayne Schmidt
04-19-2009, 06:25 PM
I can finally trade in my old crap semi-grey market version of REPULSION. Finally, a Blu-ray release to get excited about!!! Now, Criterion, how about releasing Blu-rays of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, M, CARNIVAL OF SOULS, VAMPYR, PEEPING TOM, SALO-THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, and sooooo many others.Most of those would be nice upgrades, but I'm not sure how much VAMPYR would show improvement. Between being intentionally shot soft and multi-generationally printed the current dvd (which is awesome compared to all that have come before) is probably good enough. The improvement would most likely be minimal.

Derrick King
04-19-2009, 10:18 PM
It is going to be a long time before the Japanese licensed films are released. I think I mentioned this before in the asian films section, but I'll post it again. Over at the criterionforum.org's thread for Kwaidan, a person that works for MoC (I think that is the company he works for) said (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=194351#p194351) that the Japanese companies are not letting them release their titles on Blu-Ray until the Japanese version has been on the market for 6 months. This is with the UK being in a different Blu-Ray region than Japan. Now, with the US in the same region as Japan, I'd guess that Criterion will have to wait even longer than the UK companies. (I know that In the Realm of the Senses is a Japanese film, but it was made with money from and the rights belong to a French company.)

Wim C.
04-20-2009, 12:18 PM
While that does sound plausible - how come Tokyo Shock is releasing Ichi the Killer this summer with no Japanese Blu-Ray in sight?
Also - BCI did release the Sister Streetfighter films and some Sonny Chiba on Blu-Ray. Those aren't really high-profile movies, though - I guess.
But there's also a British Blu-Ray of Zatoichi, while I don't think there's a Japanese release yet.

Derrick King
04-20-2009, 01:45 PM
While that does sound plausible - how come Tokyo Shock is releasing Ichi the Killer this summer with no Japanese Blu-Ray in sight?
Also - BCI did release the Sister Streetfighter films and some Sonny Chiba on Blu-Ray. Those aren't really high-profile movies, though - I guess.
But there's also a British Blu-Ray of Zatoichi, while I don't think there's a Japanese release yet.

Don't know. None of those titles are licensed from Toho. Maybe that person was talking about Toho films.

I think if Criterion had the green light on Japanese films, stuff like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo would have been released before any of the titles that they have released. (I believe that Seven Samurai is their best selling, non-Major US studio title. Their best selling title is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.)

cworkman
04-20-2009, 04:15 PM
That sounds believable about Toho, and I really wouldn't mind, if Toho has sense enough to release their films in Japan WITH ENGLISH SUBS. I'd probably just buy them from there to get them at an earlier date.

Wayne, I have yet to see the recent Criterion release of VAMPYR, but plan on buying it soon. I still have the old Image release, which wasn't bad for its time, but I'm sure there's great improvement in the Criterion, and the Criterion has a host of terrific extras that makes the upgrade worthwhile.

Derrick King
04-20-2009, 06:11 PM
The following quote from an interview with Stuart Galbraith IV (http://www.ryuganji.net/2008/09/25/interview-stuart-galbraith-iv-author-of-the-toho-studios-story-a-history-and-complete-filmography/) sheds some light on just how bad it can be dealing with Toho and why they do not include english subs on their dvds

SG: I don’t think anywhere in the world there’s a company quite as perversely self-defeating as Toho, though to some degree this attitude is industry-wide. In Toho International’s case, they’ve got obscenely expensive digs in Century City, a big office in some of the priciest real estate in Tokyo — I was in their older offices before they moved, but that was huge –and high-priced attorneys on retainer in L.A. I suspect they have to justify all those salaries somehow, yet one suspects the money generated from American sales is disproportionately small. I mean, how money can U.S. DVD rights on The War in Space really generate? But if they can sue Subway Sandwiches for a gazillion dollars they look like they’re at least protecting their company’s interests, even if most of these lawsuits over the years have been pretty ridiculous.

Incidentally, there’s a stark contrast between these front office types and the folks actually in the trenches making the movies. Toho’s ever-shrinking studio is some distance away in Setagaya, and many of the older directors, actors and the like I’ve interviewed over the years live or lived nearby. They were always, without fail, extremely courteous and generous with their time, and always happy to help foreign researchers. It’s the front office - people that really had nothing to do with the production of these films we love - that’s so meddlesome.

The sad thing is Toho and the other studios are really shooting themselves in the foot. For several years I tried launching my own boutique DVD label, hoping to release some of the very same films I’ve described, basically movies 50-60 years old probably no westerner ever even inquired about before, and which in most cases their international departments never even bothered trying to sell abroad. I met with representatives from Shochiku, Kokusai Hoei (keepers of the Shintoho library), Toho and others but they all made outrageous demands on the most obscure of movies, as if we were negotiating the rights to Star Wars instead of some obscure Tony Tani comedy three people in the U.S. have vaguely heard of.

I kept trying to explain that the titles I was asking about required the kind of special nurturing someone like myself could provide, but even so you’re still talking about DVDs that would in all likelihood sell less than 5,000 units apiece – actually, probably closer to 1,500 units. Adding insult to injury, on top of the obscene licensing fees some also charge a separate rate, several thousand dollars as I recall, to access their video masters, even though big American companies routinely provide those for free or at cost to licensees. I know. I worked at MGM and was involved in exactly that.

What this means is that only a few companies with deep pockets like Sony or Janus Films can afford to deal with companies like Toho, and that they aren’t likely to take chances with marginal titles, even ones of exceptional interest to classic Japanese film fans.

I think also there’s a proprietary attitude by the Japanese toward their own cinema, a feeling by some Japanese that, for instance, foreigners can never truly understand Ozu, that movies like that are really for their consumption alone, and not the world’s. Here in Japan, you can routinely buy DVDs of Hollywood movies for under 1,000 yen while most Japanese DVDs are ludicrously expensive, usually 4,800 to 6,000 yen apiece. I asked Donald Richie once why he thought Japanese home video labels almost never provide English subtitles on their DVDs, and he had a very interesting answer: “Battaa kusai” (”stinks like butter”). In other words, by putting English subtitles on the disc, you ran the risk of “tainting” it with the whiff of Americaness, a foreigner accessibility, therefore somehow making it less purely “Japanese.” I tend to agree with Donald Richie.

Troy Howarth
04-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Wait a minute... is Repulsion coming to DVD or is it just Blu Ray?

EDIT: Never mind - checked the Criterion site and it's coming to both formats. Whew... :)

Derrick King
04-20-2009, 06:14 PM
Wait a minute... is Repulsion coming to DVD or is it just Blu Ray?
Both DVD and Blu-Ray

Wayne Schmidt
04-20-2009, 08:37 PM
Wayne, I have yet to see the recent Criterion release of VAMPYR, but plan on buying it soon. I still have the old Image release, which wasn't bad for its time, but I'm sure there's great improvement in the Criterion, and the Criterion has a host of terrific extras that makes the upgrade worthwhile.You're in for a major treat, Chris. It's a HUGE improvement. Unless better elements are found (unlikely) this is most likely as good as it's ever going to get.

Eric B
04-20-2009, 10:42 PM
For what it's worth, the MoC edition of VAMPYR has a commentary by Guillermo del Toro. That convinced me to get the MoC over the Criterion.

Ramon V.
05-14-2009, 05:06 PM
Does anyone know what happened to Criterion’s BluRay for Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt?

Derrick King
05-14-2009, 06:37 PM
Rumor is that they do not have the Blu-ray rights. My guess is, that if this is true, it comes from the same issue that resulted in the loss of the rights for Ran. (That being Lionsgate's deal with Studio Canal.)

Ramon V.
05-14-2009, 07:47 PM
Rumor is that they do not have the Blu-ray rights. My guess is, that if this is true, it comes from the same issue that resulted in the loss of the rights for Ran. (That being Lionsgate's deal with Studio Canal.)

When Criterion fist announced they were going to release BuRay’s, they announced Contempt as one of their potential BluRay releases. I really hate when companies announce titles and then back peddle. The possibility of seeing Contempt in Hi Def was one of the reasons why I bought a BluRay player. You are probably right since Criterion has two more Jean-Luc Godard films coming out this summer that are only being released on DVD.

Derrick King
05-14-2009, 10:31 PM
If it is a rights issue, then I don't think it is fair to say they are back peddling.

Off topic, but Studio Canal's deal with Lionsgate is just awful. You have stuff like Anchor Bay's 2-disc Near Dark and 2-Disc The Wicker Man going out of print and being replaced with barebones Lionsgate dvds.

Just look at this awful cover for Lionsgate's Near Dark DVD
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CNCEVzx4L._SS500_.jpg

Derrick King
05-14-2009, 10:57 PM
Well, the Contempt dvd is OOP (http://www.criterion.com/films/239), so the Blu-Ray is officially dead.

John Egan
05-15-2009, 06:22 AM
Just look at this awful cover for Lionsgate's Near Dark DVD
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CNCEVzx4L._SS500_.jpg

If people think it's a prequel to Twilight they'll be checking out a decent movie. And thanks for the dope on Contempt. I was wondering whether to hold on to my SD.

Derrick King
05-16-2009, 02:45 AM
Both due out on Aug 18 2009
#112 Playtime (http://www.criterion.com/films/651)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2287/112_BD_box_348x490.jpg

#267 Kagemusha (http://www.criterion.com/films/948)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2284/267_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Michael Leslie
05-18-2009, 11:09 AM
Just got the Blu-ray for The 400 Blows... and it looks absolutely fantastic. A great improvement on the already good DVD.

Derrick King
06-15-2009, 07:31 PM
All due on Sept 22
167 The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/326)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2320/167_BD_box_348x490.jpg
168 Monterey Pop (http://www.criterion.com/films/720)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2326/168_BD_box_348x490.jpg
169 Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at Monterey (http://www.criterion.com/films/722)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2323/169_BD_box_348x490.jpg

421 Pierrot Le Fou (http://www.criterion.com/films/149)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2329/421_BD_box_348x490.jpg

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival Blu-Ray set is $10 less than the DVD set, so I don't know if it is missing anything. However, the Monterey Pop Blu-Ray is $20 more than the DVD release

Ramon V.
06-15-2009, 07:54 PM
Great news, I almost picked up their Pierrot Le Fou DVD the other day.

Blake L.
06-22-2009, 02:16 PM
I'd like to see a Blu-Ray of Brazil, myself. Maybe Criterion can sweeten the pot with a new extra where Terry Gilliam repeatedly kicks Sid Sheinberg in the nuts.

Scott MacDonald
06-22-2009, 11:09 PM
I'd like to see a Blu-Ray of Brazil, myself. Maybe Criterion can sweeten the pot with a new extra where Terry Gilliam repeatedly kicks Sid Sheinberg in the nuts.

I would pay MSRP to see that.

Derrick King
07-16-2009, 07:05 PM
Criterion's October '09 Blu-Ray Releases

The Blu-Rays are listed at $10 more than their dvd counterparts.:mad:

#488 Howards End (http://www.criterion.com/films/1515) (if only you bastards had voted for Kwaidan)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2380/488_BD_box_348x490.jpg

#489 Monsoon Wedding (http://www.criterion.com/films/2364)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2377/489_box_348x490.jpg

#490 Wings of Desire (http://www.criterion.com/films/200)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2371/490_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Derrick King
07-17-2009, 03:37 PM
The blu-rays are back to having the same price as the dvds. So it was either a screw up or feedback on a price increase was really bad.

N Boros
07-17-2009, 05:05 PM
I'm confused. I just checked a couple of back catalog Criterion releases and the Blu-ray is $15 cheaper than the DVD.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_0_5?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=chungking+express&sprefix=chung


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bottle+rocket

I think that this is a great policy. Talk about incentive to get a Blu-ray player. If all the studios did such a thing Blu-ray would be the dominate format in a couple of years (that is if downloads don't take off within that time).

Derrick King
07-17-2009, 08:47 PM
When Criterion posted the specs for October's releases, the blu-rays had an MSRP of $49.95, $10 more than the dvds and the previous blu-rays. It only affected October's releases. But, this morning they fixed the prices for the blu-rays, so they both have the same MSRP.

The reason amazon has the blu-rays so cheap is because they are price matching Barnes & Noble's 50% off Criterion dvds/blu-rays sale (well the blu-ray part of B&N sale.)

jeff henry
07-24-2009, 11:43 AM
Ugh... my copy of THIRD MAN arrived today in a smashed digipak case... :mad:

Didn't they learn anything from Warner Bros and Image's flimsy packaging a decade ago?

Ramon V.
07-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Ugh... my copy of THIRD MAN arrived today in a smashed digipak case... :mad:

Didn't they learn anything from Warner Bros and Image's flimsy packaging a decade ago?

My copy of The Third Man also ahd a smashed digipak. :(

Does anyone know if all Criterion BluRay's are in digipak's or if they are going to start releasing their titles in keepcases?

Derrick King
07-24-2009, 07:11 PM
The following titles are in a digipak:
Bottle Rocket
Chungking Express
The Third Man
The Man Who Fell To Earth
The Last Emperor
El Norte
The 400 Blows
The Last Metro
Last Year at Marienbad

The following are in a clear keepcase:
The Wages of Fear
In the Realm of the Senses
The Seventh Seal
For All Mankind
Repulsion
Playtime
Kagemusha

and the following is in a regular, blue blu-ray case:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Going forward most titles will be in the clear keepcase.

Derrick King
08-14-2009, 07:25 PM
November's Blu-Ray release
#493 Gomorrah (http://www.criterion.com/films/1590)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2413/Gomorrah_web.jpg

Armando Hernandez
08-15-2009, 01:51 AM
is The Honeymoon Killers from Criterion worth getting?

Jeffrey Allen Rydell
08-15-2009, 02:47 AM
is The Honeymoon Killers from Criterion worth getting?
Of course. It's not on Blu, though...

Mark C.
08-15-2009, 12:39 PM
November's Blu-Ray release
#493 Gomorrah (http://www.criterion.com/films/1590)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2413/Gomorrah_web.jpg

OOH this is really a fantastic film.

Kenneth M
08-16-2009, 03:18 PM
OOH this is really a fantastic film.

Depressing as hell, but good, yes.

cworkman
08-16-2009, 05:36 PM
THE HONEYMOON KILLERS is one of those titles I want most from Criterion on Blu-ray, but if they ever release it that way, they'll need to fix the terrible sound quality that can be found on their standard def release.

Jeffrey Allen Rydell
08-16-2009, 09:44 PM
THE HONEYMOON KILLERS is one of those titles I want most from Criterion on Blu-ray, but if they ever release it that way, they'll need to fix the terrible sound quality that can be found on their standard def release.
You'll want to take that up with HONEYMOON's original sound recordists, I would think.

Derrick King
09-17-2009, 06:26 PM
As has been mentioned in its own thread, Criterion announced Gimme Shelter Blu-Ray for Dec.1, they also announced A Christmas Tale Blu-Ray for the same day

Gimme Shelter (http://www.criterion.com/films/637)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2425/99_BD_box_348x490.jpg


A Christmas Tale (http://www.criterion.com/films/474)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2422/492_BD_box_348x490.jpg

A Christmas Tale is the third film starring Catherine Deneuve that Criterion has issued on Blu-Ray.

With the release of Gimme Shelter, only two titles on the initial list of 13 remain unreleased, Contempt (which they lost the rights to) and Walkabout.

Criterion hinted that their upcoming/unannounced Stagecoach will be released on both Blu-Ray and DVD, they confirmed CHE will be getting a Blu-Ray release and that in about a month or so they will announce a Blu-Ray release of a Fellini classic.

Jonathan D. Cox
09-17-2009, 08:10 PM
A Fellini classic, eh? I hope against hope that it is FELLINI CASANOVA which is already available in a R2 Blu Ray with astonishing PQ.

Eric B
09-17-2009, 11:23 PM
A Fellini classic, eh? I hope against hope that it is FELLINI CASANOVA which is already available in a R2 Blu Ray with astonishing PQ.
I'm this close to getting the RB Blu of FELLINI CASANOVA. I'm gonna hold on a few months to see what Criterion comes up with.

Derrick King
09-18-2009, 12:31 AM
If I had to guess the Fellini classic will probably be either 8 1/2 (to try and tie in the the movie adaptation of 9) or Amarcord (they re-released this in 2006, so the transfer is ready to go.)

Although, Fellini Casanova would be nice, as I don't think it has been release on dvd in the US. Hell, I don't even know who owns the US rights. Universal did the theatrical release, do they still own the US rights?

Derrick King
09-20-2009, 07:51 PM
Rumor is that they do not have the Blu-ray rights. My guess is, that if this is true, it comes from the same issue that resulted in the loss of the rights for Ran. (That being Lionsgate's deal with Studio Canal.)

My guess was correct, Lionsgate has the rights to RAN and CONTEMPT and that is why Criterion had to cancel their Blu-rays and the DVDs went OOP (not, as the completely useless digitalbits would have you believe, because the Weinsteins wanted more money.)

DVD Times looks at The Studio Canal Collection Blu-Rays (http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/70957/the-studio-canal-collection-uk-blu-rays-in-september-updated.html) and found

The 3 discs we've got all open with a list of countries to choose from which determines what studio logos are played, what piracy warnings you see and of course the language the menu is displayed in. I mention this because it's worth noting that Ran and Le Mepris both have a 'USA' option which leads to the Lionsgate logo suggesting you'll see some of these released in North America through them at some point.

Good news is that the three titles they tried (RAN, Le Mepris, and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum) played in both Region A and B machines, so you can import (at least these 3) Blu-Rays or wait for Lionsgate.

Derrick King
10-15-2009, 10:39 PM
Criterion announced their January 2010 releases

#496 Che (http://www.criterion.com/films/20987)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2524/496_BD_box_348x490.jpg


#501 Paris, Texas (http://www.criterion.com/films/1502)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2518/501_BD_box_348x490.jpg

#140 8 1/2 (http://www.criterion.com/films/150)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2512/140_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Derrick King
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
Criterion's Website (http://www.criterion.com/films/236) says The Third Man Blu-Ray and DVD are Out of Print. So, if you want it, you might want to pick it up sooner rather than later.

Ian Jane
10-23-2009, 05:44 PM
Man, I'm all over 8 1/2.

Just gave their Repulsion BD a glance the other night. Gorgeous transfer.

AdamAskov
10-23-2009, 06:09 PM
Need some if these titles. Maybe this is the time to start collecting Criterion releases.

Derrick King
10-24-2009, 07:19 PM
Criterion confirmed that The Third Man is OOP, buy it now before the only option is the sure to be mediocre Studio Canal Collection Blu-Ray

Derrick King
11-13-2009, 04:25 PM
Criterion's Feb. Blu-Rays
Revanche (http://www.criterion.com/films/85)
Lola Montès (http://www.criterion.com/films/938)
Hunger (http://www.criterion.com/films/477)

D Norliss
11-14-2009, 03:43 AM
I curse Criterion for region-locking their Blu-ray releases. Unlike with DVD where I've always been multi-region, I am currently Reg-B only for BD and frankly Criterion are the only releases that make me wish I was all-region :(

BrentLeeW
11-14-2009, 08:37 AM
I curse Criterion for region-locking their Blu-ray releases. Unlike with DVD where I've always been multi-region, I am currently Reg-B only for BD and frankly Criterion are the only releases that make me wish I was all-region :(

You might want to direct at least some of those curses towards the owners of the films. I'm sure Criterion would be glad to release BD for all regions if allowed by their contracts. You might want to look into getting a cheap blu-ray drive for your computer if your system can handle it and add AnyDVD HD to your system. Then you can watch blus from any region.

Vincent Pereira
11-14-2009, 12:53 PM
Barnes & Noble has a sale going on right now- all Criterion titles 50% off, including their Blu-rays.

Vincent

Ehren H.
11-17-2009, 04:19 PM
More Bergman on blu please, and hows about a BD release of the Criterion Dazed & Confused?

Shane K
11-27-2009, 06:19 PM
It looks like Lionsgate will be releasing their BD version of Contempt on 2/16. I'm not expecting too much from them, but maybe, just maybe, I'll be pleasantly surprised.

http://www.dvdaf.com/search.html?has=contempt&rgn=us&med=b&init_form=str0_has_contempt*rgn_us*med_b

Derrick King
11-27-2009, 07:43 PM
The Lionsgate releases of Contempt and RAN are the exact same discs as Optimum released in the UK. (The consensus is that Contempt looks ok, but not great, and RAN is an abomination.)

S. Chivers
11-28-2009, 05:59 AM
I'm still waiting for L'Avventura and L'Eclisse to make it onto Blu-ray. Maybe these didn't sell well in their SD incarnations?

Derrick King
11-28-2009, 03:18 PM
L'Avventura and L'Eclisse may need new transfers (Criterion said that when they looked at some of the older HD transfers they did, they found that they weren't good enough for Blu-Ray - for example, the 8 1/2 Blu-Ray will have a new transfer)

S. Chivers
11-28-2009, 03:48 PM
That's the very reason I want them on Blu-ray. L'Avventura in particular looks weak when upscaled.

Derrick King
11-28-2009, 11:44 PM
ah, I've not seen either DVD. Is the L'Avventura DVD from an HD transfer?

S. Chivers
11-29-2009, 02:32 PM
No, I don't think so. L'Eclisse is though.

Shane K
12-05-2009, 05:46 PM
Universal will be releasing Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on BD Region A on 2/2. I'll definitely be holding on to my Criterion though.

http://www.dvdaf.com/search.html?imdb=0141534-0&rgn=us&med=b&init_form=str0_imdb_0141534-0*rgn_us*med_b

Eric B
12-05-2009, 06:41 PM
I'll definitely be holding on to my Criterion though.]

Same here. Love the packaging.

Derrick King
12-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Yojimbo and Sanjuro Blu-Rays are coming in March

Great news (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1330)

As for other Kurosawa plans, we had hoped to celebrate the actual centenary, in March, with a Blu-ray edition of Seven Samurai, but weeks of additional restoration have turned into months—yes, it looks really amazing—and the release won’t be until later in 2010. Instead, on March 23, we’ll be releasing Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Sanjuro. They look great, too.

Derrick King
12-15-2009, 02:14 PM
in addition to the Yojimbo (http://www.criterion.com/films/597) and Sanjuro (http://www.criterion.com/films/598) blu-rays (which are also available together in a box (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/590)) Criteiron is also releasing Days of Heaven (http://www.criterion.com/films/213) and Bigger Than Life (http://www.criterion.com/films/1929). All titles are scheduled for March 23.

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2608/-2.jpg
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2605/-3.jpg
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2602/-1.jpg

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2611/-4.jpg

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2596/507_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Aaron G
12-15-2009, 05:24 PM
This makes my blood boil!!!!!

ALL THESE EXCELLENT TITLES COMING ON BD AND NOT REGION FREE!!! AAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I CURSE YOU OUT TO THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE CRITERION!

Wayne Schmidt
12-15-2009, 07:04 PM
Region coding blows. I may almost never use it, but it's one of the main reasons I went with the cheapie Curtis Mathes Momitsu clone.

I'm looking forward to DAYS OF HEAVEN on blu! That should look amazing.

Aaron G
12-15-2009, 07:44 PM
Yeah I was thinking getting an el-cheapo Kogan, but I already have another DVD player ontop of the PS3 Blu-Ray, it would be an indulgence to get a region free just for Criterions.

Region coding is bullshit money grubbing.

Wayne Schmidt
12-15-2009, 07:50 PM
And it doesn't even work. Give it a few years and they'll be a number of machines to choose from that will be cracked. The ridiculously small amount of cross importation it stops isn't worth it. All it does is piss off film fans who like small or art films but can't get them because of the idiotic restriction. Yet those films might never be offered in their neck of the woods. Annoying beyond words.

I know what you mean about building a pillar of players, though. I've been trying like hell to get it down to one or at worst two, but right now three is the best I can do. (One is a recorder, though).

Zachary Stahlman
01-09-2010, 11:50 PM
I'm looking forward to HUNGER and BIGGER THAN LIFE

Derrick King
01-15-2010, 12:12 PM
Criterion's April Blu-Rays
512 Vivre sa vie (http://www.criterion.com/films/3060) (due April 20)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2653/512_BD_box_348x490.jpg

513 Summer Hours (http://www.criterion.com/films/473)(due April 20)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2650/513_BD_box_348x490.jpg

514 Ride With the Devil (http://www.criterion.com/films/17282)(due April 27)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2665/514_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Mark C.
01-15-2010, 02:54 PM
Excellent news, Criterion is really releasing some cool stuff in the upcomng months.
BIGGER THAN LIFE, VIVRE SA VIE are must buys for me.

Jonathan D. Cox
01-15-2010, 07:59 PM
I think I was one of the 7 or 8 people who actually saw RIDE WITH THE DEVIL in the theater. Interesting story arch and from what I understand the film is quite historically arccurate. Battle scenes are superbly choreographed and I am very excited that this film is coming to blu ray.

Derrick King
02-02-2010, 01:44 PM
Criterion's Pierrot le fou Blu-Ray & dvd (and a whole lotta of other dvds) are going OOP at the end of March (FUCK YOU STUDIOCANAL & LIONSGATE)

Luis Domenech
02-02-2010, 03:53 PM
I read somewhere they may licence some MGM titles including the 1986 Meg Ryan film Something Wild. Anyone else hear anything?

Derrick King
02-02-2010, 04:34 PM
The rumor is they've licensed around 15 titles from MGM, but the only known titles are The Fugitive Kind and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Some titles that they've strongly hinted are coming are:
The Black Stallion
Burn!
Cul-de-sac
Kes
The Killing
Kiss Me Deadly
Love Streams
Night of the Hunter
Park Row
Paths of Glory
Red River
Satyricon
Something Wild
Sweet Smell of Success

Don't know if any of those will happen, but that is the rumor.

They have an earlier deal with MGM for 5 films, 2 have been released (Salo and House of Games) and 3 are in the worls (Pasolini's Trilogy of Life)

Ian Jane
02-03-2010, 09:32 AM
A Criterion Cul-De-Sac would be great, not to mention Night of the Hunter, Paths of Glory and The Killing? And Satyricon? If any of this is true, I'm all over them.

jefff
02-03-2010, 02:41 PM
A Blu Ray of Kiss Me Deadly would be incredible! Va Va Va Voom!

RichardDoyle
02-03-2010, 02:45 PM
Oh my ... we absolutely must have Criterion releases of "Cul-de-Sac" and "Kes".

Derrick King
02-03-2010, 02:57 PM
I should've said that I don't know if the rumored MGM titles are DVD only (I hope not, because Kiss Me Deadly, Park Row and the Kubricks would be great on Blu-Ray)

Matthew Cleary
02-03-2010, 08:55 PM
Blu of Night of the Hunter? Wow, I'd love to see that.

Aaron G
02-05-2010, 01:29 AM
Blu of Night of the Hunter? Wow, I'd love to see that.

same here, and KISS ME DEADLY, and an upgrade of LOVE STREAMS.

Big shame is none of them will be fucken Blu Ray region free, so I immediately have a soft-on.:(

Derrick King
02-07-2010, 03:29 PM
Criterion confirms Stagecoach Blu-Ray

John Ford, Harvard Man

Boston-area cinema lovers should saddle up and head over to the Harvard Film Archives this weekend, when a major series, Classic Ford: A John Ford Retrospective, begins. The first installment of this multipart celebration of a singularly American auteur will run from February 6 to March 29 and feature twenty-two films, including a certain Monument-al western coming soon in Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions and Young Mr. Lincoln (what better way to spend Presidents’ Day?)

Luis Domenech
02-10-2010, 03:05 PM
My most eagerly anticipated Criterion Blu-rays would be Walkabout and The Element of Crime. The latter would be a visual treat in hi-def.

Derrick King
02-12-2010, 06:32 PM
May 11
M (http://www.criterion.com/films/558)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2689/30_BD_A_box_348x490.jpg

May 18
Walkabout (http://www.criterion.com/films/522)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2701/walkabout-BD.jpg

May 25
Stagecoach (http://www.criterion.com/films/980)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2695/516_BD_box_348x490.jpg

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/722)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2710/518_box_348x490.jpg

Scott MacDonald
02-12-2010, 08:30 PM
May 11
M (http://www.criterion.com/films/558)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2689/30_BD_A_box_348x490.jpg

May 18
Walkabout (http://www.criterion.com/films/522)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2701/walkabout-BD.jpg

May 25
Stagecoach (http://www.criterion.com/films/980)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2695/516_BD_box_348x490.jpg

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/722)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2710/518_box_348x490.jpg

I would happily buy all of those, with the Brakhage coming in first place.

Aaron G
02-12-2010, 10:16 PM
I would happily buy all of those, with the Brakhage coming in first place.

Me too, Brakhage Blu-Ray would be a trip like 2001 Blu Ray.

Hopefully some of these are Region ALL and don't have fucking bullshit rights issues!!!!!

Ian F
03-02-2010, 01:49 AM
Shit, I had no idea about Stagecoach until I stumbled across it on another page. Man May 25th with Stagecoach and City of the Living Dead is going to be awesome!

Derrick King
03-08-2010, 02:09 AM
According to this Q&A with Thelma Schoonmaker (http://www.filmforum.org/films/redshoes.html) Criterion's re-release of THE RED SHOES is coming in June and that a restoration of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP is almost finished.

Ben Gart
03-08-2010, 02:37 AM
Disappointed that THE THIRD MAN is oop now that I have a blu-ray player. Not willing to spend more than its MSRP right now too.

Jeremy Slate
03-08-2010, 03:23 AM
According to this Q&A with Thelma Schoonmaker (http://www.filmforum.org/films/redshoes.html) Criterion's re-release of THE RED SHOES is coming in June and that a restoration of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP is almost finished.

Oh hell yeah. Damn shame about the rights loss for the 2 Powell and Pressburgers. I'd like to have them all on Blu.

Derrick King
03-08-2010, 12:57 PM
Disappointed that THE THIRD MAN is oop now that I have a blu-ray player. Not willing to spend more than its MSRP right now too.

People on other forums have said that they still have seen some copies at stores like Boarders and Barnes and Noble. It is a long shot, but if you have any of them near you you should run in and check.

Derrick King
03-10-2010, 02:32 PM
Criterion's newsletter clue for their upcoming (& still unannounced) THIN RED LINE Blu-Ray
http://i4.createsend5.com/ei/r/4C/F8B/C2F/052221/wacky-thinredlion.jpg

Vincent Pereira
03-10-2010, 04:31 PM
Robert Harris hinted about THE THIN RED LINE in his hometheaterforum thread on DAYS OF HEAVEN. Hopefully we'll get to see some of the 3-plus hours worth of deleted footage. It would be great if Criterion could get the rights to BADLANDS, too, and release it with the Blue Underground extras from the overseas DVD. BU previously licensed their REPULSION documentary to Criterion, so they have a working relationship.

Vincent

Derrick King
03-10-2010, 05:26 PM
There were those rumors from last year that Criterion was able to get a few films from Warner Brothers (BADLANDS, Kurosawa's DREAMS, and Linklater's SUBURBIA.)

Derrick King
03-15-2010, 02:27 PM
June 15
Mystery Train (http://www.criterion.com/films/2057-mystery-train)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2719/521_BD_box_348x490.jpg

June 22
Red Desert (http://www.criterion.com/films/1454-red-desert)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2734/522_BD_box_348x490.jpg

June 29
The Leopard (http://www.criterion.com/films/790-the-leopard)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2713/235_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Derrick King
03-16-2010, 08:45 PM
Criteiron added two more June Blu-Rays
June 22
Close-Up (http://www.criterion.com/films/1092-close-up)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2737/519_BD_box_348x490.jpg

June 29
Everlasting Moments (http://www.criterion.com/films/21118-everlasting-moments)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2740/520_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Aaron G
03-21-2010, 05:26 PM
I have the BFI version of the RED DESERT, but sheeit, you know the Criterion will be better. I guess I'll hafta wait until a 100dollar region free blu ray player comes out :(

Matthew BB
03-23-2010, 06:03 PM
I would happily buy all of those, with the Brakhage coming in first place.

Anyone who has seen Mothlight knows that it is the one Brakhage work that screams for HD BD treatment.

Ok, I'm done being a smart-ass for now. The Brakhage collection is terrific. I'll be sure to save up for it.

Eric B
03-23-2010, 08:05 PM
You can pre-order the Brakhage BD for $47.97 at the Criterion website. Enter AFS in the promotion code field and recieve a further 25% off the already discounted price. I used that code to pre-order the March-June BD releases, free shipping after $50.00. Beats my Amazon Prime.

Also, Amazon has the upcoming Oshima box set for 37 bucks. The MSR on the Criterion website is $69.95. Amazon has the MSR at $44.95. Either way, it's a great price.

Matthew BB
03-23-2010, 08:31 PM
You can pre-order the Brakhage BD for $47.97 at the Criterion website. Enter AFS in the promotion code field and recieve a further 25% off the already discounted price.

Excellent!

Aaron G
03-23-2010, 09:34 PM
I'd buy the Brakhage thing in a sneeze. Unfortunately it's region locked to A.

Brian Saur
04-06-2010, 07:53 PM
Damn! How did I miss the announcement of RED DESERT and MYSTERY TRAIN! Just pre-ordered both blu-rays!

Derrick King
04-15-2010, 02:26 PM
Criterion's July Blu-Rays
July 20:
The Red Shoes (http://www.criterion.com/films/233-the-red-shoes)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2764/44_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Black Narcissus (http://www.criterion.com/films/632-black-narcissus)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2758/93_BD_box_348x490.jpg

July 27
The Secret of the Grain (http://www.criterion.com/films/1344-the-secret-of-the-grain)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2770/526_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Aaron G
04-16-2010, 08:47 AM
. I guess I'll hafta wait until a 100dollar region free blu ray player comes out :(

Ha-ha-haa! Not even a month later! (but I still don't having a fucking job!!) fucken capitalist market cunts!)

Derrick King
05-02-2010, 02:52 AM
So a recent NY Times article mentions that Criterion is releasing a collection of Josef von Sternberg silents that includes The Docks of New York, The Last Command, and Underworld on Aug. 10. Which is cool, but even better is this post from TheCriteionForum.org (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=286804#p286804) that says they will be released in either August or September and are likely to be released on Blu-Ray.

Eric B
05-05-2010, 11:17 AM
Up for pre-order (no release date yet):

Antichrist
The Darjeeling Limited
Seven Samurai
The Thin Red Line
Videodrome

Link: Criterion news (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4563)

I wonder if VIDEODROME will retain the faux videotape packaging. Does a Blu-ray case more resemble a Beta tape than a DVD case?:p

Derrick King
05-05-2010, 01:30 PM
According to the playlist (http://theplaylistnation.blogspot.com/2010/05/criterion-confirms-thin-red-line.html) Criterion is releasing CHARADE on Blu-Ray too.

This is great news as it means that Universal is letting Criterion release (some of) their titles on Blu-Ray.

Jeremy Slate
05-05-2010, 09:02 PM
I'm in for all of them from Antichrist to Charade. It will be nice to upgrade a few of these. Can't wait. I just knew Darjeeling would eventually hit Blu (here's hoping all the other Wes Anderson films do too, particularly Tennebaums and Rushmore!). I also hope that Criterion figures out a way to maintain the videotape packaging for Videodrome, one of my favorite films in the collection and one of my favorite bits of packaging in my entire collection (along with BU's Blind Dead, Panik House's Pinky Violence Collection and the Japanese Grindhouse Box Set). Good stuff.

Aaron G
05-05-2010, 10:29 PM
Geez I'm glad I got that $99 Region Free BD player now! WOOT!

Shane K
05-05-2010, 10:58 PM
Videodrome and The Antichrist, whoa boy! I'm going to be all over those like stink on shit.

Erik David Herrera
05-05-2010, 11:29 PM
So where is Altman's "3 Women" on blu-ray???

Would be f'ing GORGEOUS in 1080p!!!!!

Derrick King
05-13-2010, 05:16 PM
Criterion's latest newsletter hints at an upcoming BREATHLESS Blu-ray
http://i4.createsend1.com/ei/r/9C/FDA/A00/034745/wacky50th.jpg

and confirms that they now have the rights to Chaplin's films (and will undoubtedly be releasing them on Blu-Ray)

Some exciting news for Charlie Chaplin fans (and who doesn’t that include?): Janus Films has acquired the rights to the Chaplin catalogue and will start rolling the films out, all in new 35 mm prints, for a traveling theatrical retrospective this summer. The series, called Chaplin, will start July 16 at New York’s Film Forum with a weeklong run of the 1928 comedy The Circus. Other films screening will include, naturally, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Limelight, and A King in New York, plus a wealth of classic comic shorts.

Derrick King
05-14-2010, 01:21 PM
Given the titles they've confirmed that they are releasing, August's announced Blu-Rays are pretty underwhelming

Black Orpheus (http://www.criterion.com/films/344-black-orpheus)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2779/48_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Crumb (http://www.criterion.com/films/2104-crumb)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2788/533_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Shane K
05-15-2010, 11:45 AM
Crumb is probably the best thing they've announced with a concrete date aside from Walkabout. I'm really excited about the prospects of Videodrome and Breathless, although no release dates have been set yet.

Nick H.
05-15-2010, 03:41 PM
Where the EFFF is PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK already??!!!

Shane K
05-15-2010, 04:39 PM
So where is Altman's "3 Women" on blu-ray???

Would be f'ing GORGEOUS in 1080p!!!!!

I'd love to see that on BD. A very overlooked Altman film, might I add.

Derrick King
06-05-2010, 03:16 PM
I posted this in the regular Criterion thread, but since it involves Blu-Ray it should be posted here as well.

Sony was working on a box set called THE NEW HOLLYWOOD and it was to include the following films: Five Easy Pieces/ Head/ King of Marvin Gardens/ The Last Picture Show/ Easy Rider/ A Safe Place/ Drive, He Said. The set never came out. It turns out that they licensed it to Criterion (The first rumor of Criterion releasing this set (http://criterioncast.com/2010/06/02/rumor-criterion-to-release-new-hollywood-box-set-this-november/#more-3993) and a second source confirming the rumor (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=291680#p291680)), who will be releasing it, probably, in November on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Jonathan D. Cox
06-05-2010, 06:15 PM
Where the EFFF is PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK already??!!!

Dunno if this helps but it is coming out in the UK next month. http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.co.uk/content/id/72610/picnic-at-hanging-rock-uk-bd-in-july.html

Nick H.
06-07-2010, 01:34 PM
Thank you for that! I think I may just get that U.K. import. It looks reallllly nice. I need to find out if it's region coded.

Derrick King
06-11-2010, 12:51 PM
Criterion's THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Blu-Ray(& DVD along with 10 other Studio Canal titles) is going OOP on June 30th

Ben Gart
06-11-2010, 03:10 PM
What is the full roster of these titles going OOP?

Shane K
06-11-2010, 03:12 PM
The other titles are:

Billy Liar
Bob le flambeur
Diary of a Chambermaid
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Milky Way
The Phantom of Liberty
That Obscure Object of Desire
Touchez pas au grisbi
A Woman is a Woman

Derrick King
06-11-2010, 03:24 PM
Oops, I forgot to include the link to Criterion's announcement. (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1487-out-of-print-announcement)

Here are, I think, the only In Print StudioCanal titles:
113 Big Deal on Madonna Street
163 Hopscotch
218 Le Cercle Rouge
244 Elena And Her Men (Part of Stage and Spectacle Box Set)
373 The Proud Valley & Native Land (Part of Paul Robeson: Portraits of an Artist Box Set)
381 La Haine (Licensed from Universal)
385 Army of Shadows
424 Mafioso
447 Le doulos
478 Last Year at Marienbad

To stay on topic, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD is the only one on Blu-Ray.

Troy Howarth
06-11-2010, 07:14 PM
I pre-ordered Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes - these should be pretty mind blowing on BR....

Wayne Schmidt
06-11-2010, 08:35 PM
I have the UK import blu of BLACK NARCISSUS and it is fantastic. I really don't want to start double dipping on BDs but at some point I'll have to pick up the Criterion. It looks to have great extras. RED SHOES I don't have yet, but the 35mm restoration looked excellent and I'm sure Criterion's transfer is from that. So it's a no brainer.

Wayne Schmidt
06-11-2010, 08:36 PM
Criterion's THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Blu-Ray(& DVD along with 10 other Studio Canal titles) is going OOP on June 30thYiiikes. Gotta pick that up, then.

Derrick King
06-12-2010, 02:07 AM
Happy news. Amazon has a couple of covers up for some unannounced, but confirmed Blu-Rays
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41834VKXGVL.__.jpg
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51gPAOQSqJL._.jpg

Derrick King
06-12-2010, 02:14 AM
I pre-ordered Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes - these should be pretty mind blowing on BR....

I don't know what kind of deal you got on those, but word is that Barnes & Noble's 50% off Criterion DVDs/Blu-Rays sale will start July 20th, which is the release date for both BLACK NARCISSUS and THE RED SHOES.

Troy Howarth
06-12-2010, 02:00 PM
Hmmm... I may have to look into that!

Derrick King
06-15-2010, 12:32 PM
September's Blu-Rays:
Sept. 14
Breathless (http://www.criterion.com/films/268-breathless)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2815/408_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Spet 21
Charade (http://www.criterion.com/films/603-charade)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2821/57_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Sept 28
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (http://www.criterion.com/films/27512-merry-christmas-mr-lawrence)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2803/535_BD_box_348x490.jpg

The Thin Red Line (http://www.criterion.com/films/27513-the-thin-red-line)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2809/999_box_348x490.jpg

Vincent Pereira
06-16-2010, 05:24 PM
So THE THIN RED LINE will feature "Outtakes"- very cool! I wonder just how much of the 3-plus hours of deleted footage Mallick will allow us to see.

Vincent

Derrick King
06-18-2010, 12:27 PM
From Criterion's latest newsletter

http://i1.createsend3.com/ei/r/73/C48/59E/005058/wackybunny.jpg

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER on Blu-Ray.

Kristian R
06-18-2010, 12:32 PM
From Criterion's latest newsletter

http://i1.createsend3.com/ei/r/73/C48/59E/005058/wackybunny.jpg

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER on Blu-Ray.

Oh shit!!! :cool:

Ben Gart
06-18-2010, 02:53 PM
Hmm...maybe they'll release that other Charles Laughton film we're waiting for...

Derrick King
06-29-2010, 11:55 AM
Criterion supposedly said the following on their facebook page (I haven't been able to find the post)

It is likely that PANDORA's BOX and PASSION OF THE JOAN OF ARC will make it to Blu-ray before too long, though they won't make 2010. 2011 is a possibility...

clinton t
06-29-2010, 05:09 PM
I've almost bought The Passion of Joan of Arc numerous times but held off thinking this news was around the corner. Finally!
Now if they could start on the Bresson films.

Derrick King
07-09-2010, 04:31 PM
Criterion finally posted the cover art for THE THIN RED LINE

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2971/536_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Vincent Pereira
07-10-2010, 03:01 AM
Criterion finally posted the cover art for THE THIN RED LINE

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2971/536_BD_box_348x490.jpg

I guess that's supposed to look like the bent spine of a book or something...?

Wow, that looks really fucking stupid.

I'll still get the disc, but a big THUMBS DOWN for that stupid artwork. Why the hell don't they just use the original, very evocative theatrical poster which was never used on any home video versions?

Also interesting that it only says "BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION" as opposed to the usual "Director Approved".

Vincent

Derrick King
07-10-2010, 03:30 AM
Also interesting that it only says "BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION" as opposed to the usual "Director Approved".

Vincent

All the images on their site use the generic "BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION," even the one's that have the "Director Approved" signature sticker.

Vincent Pereira
07-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Ah, gottcha.

Still hate the artwork though.

Vincent

Derrick King
07-10-2010, 01:09 PM
I'm alright with the picture, but eh on the crease. A poster on criterionforum.org pointed out, correctly I think, that the crease is meant to evoke a wartime magazine spread.

Derrick King
07-15-2010, 01:24 PM
Oct 12
The Magician (http://www.criterion.com/films/27521-the-magician)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2980/537_BD_box_348x490.jpg

The Darjeeling Limited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27520-the-darjeeling-limited)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2974/999_box_348x490.jpg

OCt 19
Seven Samurai (http://www.criterion.com/films/165-seven-samurai)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2998/2_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Oct 26
Paths of Glory (http://www.criterion.com/films/27522-paths-of-glory)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2986/999_box_348x490.jpg

House (http://www.criterion.com/films/27523-house)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3019/539_BD_box_348x490.jpg

James Erickke
07-15-2010, 01:48 PM
Criterion's are 50% off at barnes and noble at the moment.

Terry Carpenter
07-15-2010, 02:11 PM
I guess that's supposed to look like the bent spine of a book or something...?

Wow, that looks really fucking stupid.

I'll still get the disc, but a big THUMBS DOWN for that stupid artwork. Why the hell don't they just use the original, very evocative theatrical poster which was never used on any home video versions?

Also interesting that it only says "BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION" as opposed to the usual "Director Approved".

Vincent

Glad I'm not the only one. What the hell is that supposed to represent? The book?

Derrick King
07-15-2010, 02:35 PM
Glad I'm not the only one. What the hell is that supposed to represent? The book?

Answer to your question (http://www.avmaniacs.com/forums/showpost.php?p=820371&postcount=188)

RichardDoyle
07-15-2010, 03:59 PM
I guess that's supposed to look like the bent spine of a book or something...?

Wow, that looks really fucking stupid.

I'll still get the disc, but a big THUMBS DOWN for that stupid artwork. Why the hell don't they just use the original, very evocative theatrical poster which was never used on any home video versions?

Also interesting that it only says "BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION" as opposed to the usual "Director Approved".

Vincent

I think they're trying to invoke the fact that "The Thin Red Line" is based on a book. That's a weird thing to do since MANY of the films they release are based on books, yet they don't feel the need to make them look like books.

RichardDoyle
07-15-2010, 04:01 PM
I'm alright with the picture, but eh on the crease. A poster on criterionforum.org pointed out, correctly I think, that the crease is meant to evoke a wartime magazine spread.

I think it's more likely meant to invoke "from the pages" of James Jones' novel.

Vincent Pereira
07-15-2010, 05:33 PM
I think it's more likely meant to invoke "from the pages" of James Jones' novel.

It evokes in me the desire to smack the graphic artist who designed it across the face.

I really wish they'd use this original artwork instead:

http://69.16.184.172/x9z7i7v3/cds/oldimg/posters/5625/The_Thin_Red_Line_-_Poster_1__1998_.jpg?dopvhost=hwcdn.themoviedb.org&doppl=3dc39b7e71fc1b9271ac1bc234bca3ece579a43c&dopsig=bd45f7c165b2d3474feb8f4bbcfab1d4

Vincent

Wayne Schmidt
07-15-2010, 05:49 PM
Criterion's video and audio presentation are rarely botched, but sometimes they go off the rails on their covers. Art is subjective, of course but I think this looks stupid as well. I hated their cover for THE THIEF OF BAGDAD too, which also has a beautiful one sheet.

Vincent Pereira
07-15-2010, 05:51 PM
What's especially annoying is that the original THE THIN RED LINE artwork has never been used on any home video version, so this would have been the perfect oppurtunity to use it. I remember how striking that poster looked to me the first time I ever saw it and was always disappointed with the DVD covers.

Vincent

Aaron G
07-15-2010, 07:02 PM
Who gives a shit about artwork? The fucken thing sits on your shelf after you've watched it along with all your other drek. You're not gonna frame it and stick it on your wall are you? Sheeeit!

But I'm so glad I got my $99 Allure BluRay, my BRAKHAGE BD turned up and now I can orgamasmate in the Criterion BluRays, and the upcoming titles look very ograsm inducing!

Wayne Schmidt
07-15-2010, 09:03 PM
Hey, packaging is part of the fun, just like it is with movie posters, book jackets and (in the old days) LP jackets. Sure, it's the sizzle and not the steak, and nobody here is NOT going to buy it because they think the cover looks like shit. But Derrick put the graphics up and this is a discussion forum. They're fair game to give an opinion on.

Troy Howarth
07-15-2010, 09:09 PM
It's all fair game to offer opinion on, of course, though I find it to be the least significant part of the package... for what it's worth, I don't have a problem with the cover art (and I didn't mind the art for Thief of Bagdad, either).

Derrick King
07-15-2010, 11:40 PM
Lets be positive and talk about how great the cover art for THE MAGICIAN is. :)

Wayne Schmidt
07-16-2010, 01:03 AM
Agreed. That one's beautiful! The majority of their covers I like (VAMPYR is fantastic, and the Cocteaus), there's only a few that are stinkers.

Vincent Pereira
07-16-2010, 01:10 AM
Who gives a shit about artwork? ...

I do. It's part of the package, especially when talking about a "collectible, prestige" company like Criterion. If the artwork means nothing, we might as well all be watching bootleg BD-Rs with no artwork at alls=.

Vincent

Jeremy Slate
07-16-2010, 02:02 AM
Criterion supposedly said the following on their facebook page (I haven't been able to find the post)

Pandora's Box? Hell, yes!!!

Troy Howarth
07-16-2010, 07:24 AM
I do. It's part of the package, especially when talking about a "collectible, prestige" company like Criterion. If the artwork means nothing, we might as well all be watching bootleg BD-Rs with no artwork at alls=.

Vincent

Well, surely there's more to the Criterion experience than just packaging. You won't get their level of mastering and supplements on bootleg BD-Rs.

Vincent Pereira
07-16-2010, 08:33 AM
Well, surely there's more to the Criterion experience than just packaging. You won't get their level of mastering and supplements on bootleg BD-Rs.

My comment was in response to Aaron implying that the artwork doesn't matter, which I disagree with. I've never attacked Criterion for the content of their discs, I was expressing dislike for the artwork on one of their titles.

Vincent

Troy Howarth
07-16-2010, 08:53 AM
I understand that... I'm not knocking you for disliking it. I think it looks OK, but beauty's in the eye of the beholder.

RichardDoyle
07-16-2010, 04:21 PM
Well, surely there's more to the Criterion experience than just packaging. You won't get their level of mastering and supplements on bootleg BD-Rs.

No, but if artwork were irrelevant, we might as well all be buying the same discs in plain cases.

All things being equal, I'd rather own this:

http://goregirl.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/near-dark.jpg

Than this:

http://geek.thinkunique.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/near-dark-new.jpg

Shane K
07-16-2010, 05:19 PM
Hopefully a Criterion release for The Killing isn't too far off.

Troy Howarth
07-16-2010, 05:58 PM
No, but if artwork were irrelevant, we might as well all be buying the same discs in plain cases.
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That might facilitate things! :D

Troy Howarth
07-16-2010, 05:59 PM
Hopefully a Criterion release for The Killing isn't too far off.

I read here that they're planning to do that and Paths of Glory - I'd buy both in a New York minute.

Derrick King
07-16-2010, 06:39 PM
I want them to hurry up and release KISS ME DEADLY.


Regarding the cover art, I think they succeed more than they fail, so I've got no problems with Criterion not always using the pre-existing poster art. Even their worst cover art is usually better than most of the art you get from the major studios.

Troy Howarth
07-16-2010, 07:08 PM
I will say I think their covers for the upcoming BRs of The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus are improvements over the art used for the old DVD releases.

Shane K
07-16-2010, 11:34 PM
<img src="http://b.dv1.us/p1/476/152476-d1.jpg">

Ben Gart
07-17-2010, 12:23 AM
MGM did a new HD transfer of THE KILLING, I think it was premiered last year on MGM HD. Would be nice to see it released for regular home usage, though -- that and QUATERMASS XPERIMENT... Sigh.

Derrick King
07-17-2010, 03:49 AM
That PATHS OF GLORY art isn't the final cover, it is just the temp image they included in the press release.

Shane K
07-26-2010, 09:17 PM
Here's the finalized cover art...


<img src="http://b.dv1.us/p1/476/152476-d2.jpg">

Shane K
07-26-2010, 09:18 PM
I can't wait to watch my favorite chronic masturbator in 1080!

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/crumb_blu-ray.htm

Derrick King
08-09-2010, 10:51 PM
The Darjeeling Limited cover art has finally been posted
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3028/540_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Troy Howarth
08-10-2010, 07:24 AM
When is Paths supposed to street?

Shane K
08-10-2010, 12:12 PM
October 26th.

Marshall Crist
08-10-2010, 12:35 PM
I can't wait to watch my favorite chronic masturbator in 1080!

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/crumb_blu-ray.htm

Define "chronic" in this context.

Shane K
08-10-2010, 12:52 PM
<img src="http://hometestingblog.testcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/marijuana.jpg">

Pete Bogh
08-10-2010, 03:02 PM
Alright, that looks delicious.

In other news, I watched the blu-ray of Black Narcissus last night and it was pants-shittingly gorgeous. The only other Powell film I'd seen was Peeping Tom (which I like very much), and to be frank, Narcissus started off a bit rocky, with me wondering if I was in for a pretty, but over-wrought, snooze-fest. Despite myself, every worry I had was obliterated by the intensely stunning, each-shot better-than the-last cinematography, and as the story progressed I was pulled deeper and deeper into the thing until I found it.. well, almost unbearably intense (It struck me how unused-to close-ups I've become!). Funny as it may sound, I felt absolutely over-powered by the movie, and I can't wait to see The Red Shoes next.

Wayne Schmidt
08-10-2010, 03:27 PM
It's one of my favorite movies of all time, and Powell / Pressburger certainly in my top five film makers. The slow rev-up is typical of many of their films, and it can take a bit of time to settle in but once they do they're amazing. I'm hoping Stairway to Heaven and Gone to Earth get blu-ray releases as well. The standard dvds of both are really excellent and will get me by until they do.

Troy Howarth
08-10-2010, 03:43 PM
I've only spot checked the BRs of Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, but yeah - they look amazing. I'm hoping Peeping Tom, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and the rest will be forthcoming. There are very few Powell films I'm "meh" on (Tales of Hoffman simply isn't my cup of tea, for example).

Wayne Schmidt
08-10-2010, 04:34 PM
I've got to look at BLIMP again. I've got it, just haven't found the time. I found it very long winded but I'm certainly willing to give it another go. Canterbury Tale didn't do all that much for me, either. I've never seen Hoffman.

Jonathan D. Cox
08-10-2010, 04:37 PM
I LOVE that Criterion uses Eric Chase Anderson's art to illustrate their Wes Anderson releases. Personally I wish to see all of Anderson's films on Criterion BR even though the PQ of the current BR of FANTASTIC MR. FOX could hardly be improved upon.

Troy Howarth
08-10-2010, 05:30 PM
I've got to look at BLIMP again. I've got it, just haven't found the time. I found it very long winded but I'm certainly willing to give it another go. Canterbury Tale didn't do all that much for me, either. I've never seen Hoffman.

The main reason I sought out Canterbury was for Dennis Price - this was pre-my interest in Powell and Pressburger. I find the lead actor rather grating - there's only so many "folksy" I can stomach - but it's an odd, haunting little film. I think Blimp is a little overrated in some quarters - I'd agree that it's simply too long - but it's still a wonderful movie.

Derrick King
08-10-2010, 05:36 PM
Well Criterion no longer has the rights to PEEPING TOM and TALES OF HOFFMANN, you can expect StudioCanal to release them some time in the future in their typically mediocre fashion.

As for LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, Thelma Schoonmaker has said that it is currently being restored. So, when that restoration is done, I'd expect Criterion to re-release it.

Troy Howarth
08-10-2010, 05:42 PM
Damn! I forgot about them losing Peeping Tom. That's probably my favorite Powell film, too. I guess if I had to rank the Archers films, it'd be something like this:

Black Narcissus
The Red Shoes
A Matter of Life and Death
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
I Know Where I'm Going!
Contraband*
The Small Back Room
The 49th Parallel
Gone to Earth
A Canterbury Tale
Ill Met by Moonlight
Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Tales of Hoffman

*Not a proper Archers film, but still Powell and Pressburger. I have Spy in Black and One of Our Aircraft is Missing, but haven't watched them yet; seems like they'd be ideal for Criterion to tackle...

Pete Bogh
08-10-2010, 06:34 PM
Argh... well if Studio Canal has the rights, any idea on what the odds are that Peeping Tom would be region-locked or not? I was all safe and secure in the idea it would be an eventual Criterion thing, and I have been fighting against shelling out for an all-region blu-ray player. Drat.

Derrick King
08-10-2010, 10:08 PM
I'd guess that SC's PEEPING TOM will be all region (almost all of their StudioCanal collection titles are region free, because they make one disc for the entire world), but I don't know for sure.

Gary B.
08-11-2010, 12:10 AM
More Antonioni on Blu please. I'd love to see anything/everything else in addition to Criterion's great looking RED DESERT on R1 blu.

Criterion also needs to reissue corrected versions of TOKYO DRIFTER and BRANDED TO KILL...their DVDs are both non-anamorphic and incorrectly framed. Pretty rough looking early releases that are long overdue for an improved version.

Ben Gart
08-11-2010, 12:48 AM
PEEPING TOM is being released on blu-ray in the UK on Nov. 1st. A US release should follow shortly.

Derrick King
08-11-2010, 03:09 AM
Criterion has already done new transfers for both TOKYO DRIFTER and BRANDED TO KILL. If I were forced to guess as to why they haven't re-released them, I'd guess that they are waiting for the ok from Nikkatsu to issue them on Blu-Ray.

They also need to re-release NAKED KISS and SHOCK CORRIDOR.

cworkman
08-11-2010, 07:44 AM
Personally, I'd love to see Criterion release THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME or THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE on BD.

Of course, I still need to pick up M.

BrianS
08-11-2010, 09:06 AM
So, has anyone seen their upcoming release, House? It sounds intriguing.


SYNOPSIS: How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

Ian Jane
08-11-2010, 09:30 AM
House is a trip. One of the strangest films I've seen in recent years. It's equal parts hilarious and oddly unsettling. Very childish in a lot of ways, but by childish I don't mean immature, more like it takes a sort of fairy tale tone and perverts into something.... I dunno.

It's fucked up and rad.

http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3019/539_BD_box_348x490.jpg

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Jason K
08-11-2010, 01:09 PM
House is a trip. One of the strangest films I've seen in recent years. It's equal parts hilarious and oddly unsettling. Very childish in a lot of ways, but by childish I don't mean immature, more like it takes a sort of fairy tale tone and perverts into something.... I dunno.

It's fucked up and rad.
Wow thanks for posting the trailer. It does indeed look pretty rad. I'll have to try and pick up a copy.

Pete Bogh
08-11-2010, 01:09 PM
"Unsettling" fits! A generous fellow-maniac sent me a copy of HAUSU and it was awesome and batshit-crazy. Totally unhinged, drenched in colored-lighting, wall to wall special effects; well worth a look if you are into weird cinema.

Ian, how does that blu-ray look? I'm having a hard time imagining what it would be like in HD.

Ian Jane
08-11-2010, 01:14 PM
Ian, how does that blu-ray look? I'm having a hard time imagining what it would be like in HD.

No idea, I thought he was inquiring if anyone had seen the movie, not the transfer itself :o

Hopefully it looks great. Their BD track record is impressive so far so I've no reason to suspect it won't.

Pete Bogh
08-11-2010, 02:02 PM
Oh damn, I didn't realize it was still so far from street-date. Thought maybe you had a super-secret review copy!

BrianS
08-11-2010, 06:54 PM
House is a trip. One of the strangest films I've seen in recent years. It's equal parts hilarious and oddly unsettling. Very childish in a lot of ways, but by childish I don't mean immature, more like it takes a sort of fairy tale tone and perverts into something.... I dunno.

It's fucked up and rad.




"Unsettling" fits! A generous fellow-maniac sent me a copy of HAUSU and it was awesome and batshit-crazy. Totally unhinged, drenched in colored-lighting, wall to wall special effects; well worth a look if you are into weird cinema.



Fantastic!! It's going on my Halloween list! :cool:



No idea, I thought he was inquiring if anyone had seen the movie, not the transfer itself :o

Correctamundo!

:)


Hopefully it looks great. Their BD track record is impressive so far so I've no reason to suspect it won't.

Outside of their one Walkabout blu-ray screwup/recall, I agree. Picture quality has been top notch on their blu-rays.

Derrick King
08-16-2010, 04:10 PM
November 9
Antichrist (http://www.criterion.com/films/27524-antichrist)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3046/542_BD_box_348x490.jpg

November 16
The Night of the Hunter (http://www.criterion.com/films/27525-the-night-of-the-hunter)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3052/540_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Modern Times (http://www.criterion.com/films/27526-modern-times)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3058/543_BD_box_348x490.jpg

November 23
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/769-america-lost-and-found-the-bbs-story)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3040/Sonybox_BD_348x490.jpg

BrianS
08-16-2010, 05:17 PM
So, they're finally releasing The New Hollywood Box set!! aka America Lost and Found

James Flower
08-16-2010, 08:55 PM
November 16
The Night of the Hunter (http://www.criterion.com/films/27525-the-night-of-the-hunter)
http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3052/540_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Mark C.
08-17-2010, 01:35 AM
OMG HEAD on Bluray, FANTASTIC!!! all those are for sure purchases.^^^

Aaron G
08-17-2010, 03:18 AM
Awww fark! NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, VIDEODROME, HAUSU, 'new America boxset'..Thank fuck I bought that 99 dorra region-free Bru-Ray player! Oy vey! Criterion and Blue Underwear will take all my hard earned kessef!

I need a new girlfriend to distract me from spending all my money on this "stuff"!

John G.
08-17-2010, 05:32 AM
Dammit... Criterion is releasing too many good things for me to afford to keep up! :)