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Derrick King
04-28-2009, 01:32 PM
Vote for the latest Criterion Blu-Ray (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=pe_20890_11940820_as_img_5/?docId=1000368291) (and it better be a vote for Kwaidan)

Alex M
04-28-2009, 01:46 PM
I'm going for Au Revoir Les Enfants, thank you.

Ian F
04-28-2009, 02:13 PM
I'm torn. :)

http://img145.exs.cx/img145/4024/commando29fp.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/jerkwod_djh/TROLL2.jpg
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/114/manoscriterionva6.jpg

Seriously, I would love to see General Idi Amin Dada.

I'm surprised Kwaidan is up there, I figured anything Japanese would be on hold if the RAN issue. I'm still surprised any major Japanese firm will allow a Region A Blu-ray ahead of their own.

Derrick King
04-28-2009, 02:31 PM
I too was surprised to see Kwaidan on the list. However, I think the Ran issue is from the US rights holders.

And people, please don't be like Alex. Be a winner, Vote Kwaidan!

Ian F
04-28-2009, 02:44 PM
I too was surprised to see Kwaidan on the list. However, I think the Ran issue is from the US rights holders.

And people, please don't be like Alex. Be a winner, Vote Kwaidan!

Your right. I forget who its sublicened from, Fox Lorber or someone who put out an older one. I know Kagemusha was sublicened via 20th Century Fox.

I don't get how CC goofs up on things like this. They put out far less releases than a major company. It just seems like something you would want to make sure is locked up before production.

Alex M
04-28-2009, 02:48 PM
I too was surprised to see Kwaidan on the list. However, I think the Ran issue is from the US rights holders.

And people, please don't be like Alex. Be a winner, Vote Kwaidan!

Yeah I'm a loser (in your eyes), but I'll vote for what I want. Cheers.

Vincent Pereira
04-28-2009, 03:00 PM
I was torn between AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS and PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, but ultimately choose PICNIC.

Vincent

Derrick King
04-28-2009, 03:05 PM
Your right. I forget who its sublicened from, Fox Lorber or someone who put out an older one. I know Kagemusha was sublicened via 20th Century Fox.

I don't get how CC goofs up on things like this. They put out far less releases than a major company. It just seems like something you would want to make sure is locked up before production.

They licensed it from Wellspring (who used to be Fox Lorber and are now Genius. The Weinsteins had owned, I think, a majority of Genius for a while, but some other company now owns Genius.) The thing is, I'm not sure that Genius has the US rights anymore. I think Lionsgate might own the US rights via their deal with StudioCanal.

There are some rumors that the deal for Ran is pretty close to being straightened out, but who knows if they are true.

And Alex, it was just a joke.

Alex M
04-28-2009, 03:09 PM
I know :)

Derrick King
04-28-2009, 04:33 PM
good, as this vote, in the end, doesn't really matter 'cause all the titles will eventually be released.

(and the real losers are the ones who vote for Howards End)

Don May Jr
04-28-2009, 05:49 PM
It's DOWN BY LAW all the way for me...

Paul Casey
04-28-2009, 06:07 PM
I went with Picnic as well, but I would've like to have voted for the Teshigahara films. However, I don't even have a blu-ray, so it's moot.

Eric B
04-28-2009, 06:19 PM
Would this be the uncut KWAIDAN, or the truncated version previously released?

cworkman
04-28-2009, 06:43 PM
Dammit, I want three of those titles: HOWARD'S END, KWAIDAN, and PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. But, despite how tough it was, I ultimately decided on KWAIDAN.

Kristian R
04-28-2009, 07:02 PM
I voted Kwaidan and wrote in Picnic as my second choice.

Vincent Pereira
04-28-2009, 07:25 PM
It's DOWN BY LAW all the way for me...

"It is a sad and beautiful world!"

Frankly I'd take all five films on the list. For the "write in", I put a film not on the list- DAYS OF HEAVEN. I'd also love to see VIDEODROME on Criterion BD.

Vincent

Eric B
04-28-2009, 08:17 PM
I'll vote KWAIDAN if the Blu-ray has the uncut version, or PICNIC if it doesn't. I still have to make up my mind.

J.L. Carrozza
04-28-2009, 09:56 PM
Whoops, please delete.

J.L. Carrozza
04-28-2009, 09:59 PM
Totally torn between Kwaidan and Picnic, but in the end I chose Kwaidan since that film would benefit from BluRay more than pretty much any film I can think of. I'm going BluRay soon and along with 2001 and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, if Kwaidan is out by then it's going to be one my very first purchases on the format.

Both Picnic at Hanging Rock and Kwaidan need redeuxs on DVD as well anyways, as Picnic is non-anamorphic and Kwaidan is the shortened Cannes cut and has an inferior print and not negative-sourced transfer. Hopefully they'll both get released sooner or later.

cworkman
05-02-2009, 07:42 PM
2001 is available and looks phenomenal. It made me reconsider the film in its entirety, and what I once thought a boring piece of hype is now one of the greatest science fiction films ever made.

Steve L1
05-08-2009, 09:18 AM
Hanging Rock would be nice, but any Criterion Blu that is all-region would get my vote.

Ehren H.
05-11-2009, 04:13 PM
The upcoming Seventh Seal blu-ray release is tempting be towards getting a BD player.

Hey Criterion! More Bergman on Blu would DEFINITELY sway me. Virgin Spring, Cries & Whispers, and Wild Strawberries please!

I think I'm gonna vote for Down By Law, though.

Eric B
05-11-2009, 07:50 PM
Just voted for KWAIDAN, and hope it would be uncut.

cworkman
05-13-2009, 07:48 PM
When are we going to learn the results?

Derrick King
05-13-2009, 08:50 PM
Voting ends on the 25th, so sometime after that.

Derrick King
06-04-2009, 11:56 AM
Arggggggggggg, of course the least interesting of the titles wins.

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Arif Khan
06-04-2009, 06:51 PM
Weak...

Jonathan D. Cox
06-12-2009, 07:46 PM
Crap.

cworkman
06-13-2009, 08:35 AM
While I didn't vote for it, I can't be disappointed in HOWARD'S END, because it's a four-star film. Not quite the masterpiece that Merchant Ivory's REMAINS OF THE DAY is, but close. Hopkins and Thompson are both phenomenal. I LOVE this movie and can't wait to see it on Blu-ray.

Jeffrey Allen Rydell
06-13-2009, 03:11 PM
What the hell's Howard's End?
http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/020823/175614__stern_l.jpg

cworkman
06-14-2009, 01:55 PM
It's probably Merchant Ivory's second best film, behind THE REMAINS OF THE DAY. Other great ones include THE BOSTONIANS, ROOM WITH A VIEW, and MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE. They also made the sleezy Raquel Welch film about Fatty Arbuckle, THE WILD PARTY, in the 1970s, but I'm not sure if that's available even on standard DVD. If so, I'd love to see it, as it's one of their rarer films.