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Ian Jane
05-19-2011, 11:08 AM
For some reason the last one was erroring out.

At any rate, picking up where we left off, cover art for their upcoming releases came out today:

1463

1462

1461

1460

1459

1458

1457

Nolando
05-20-2011, 01:58 PM
Wow - dig that art for The Killing...

Ian Jane
05-20-2011, 02:01 PM
It's pretty creepy.

Ian Jane
06-15-2011, 03:52 PM
September titles announced today:

1576

1575

1574

1573

1572

1571

I'm all over those Chabrol Blu-ray's.

Ian Jane
08-15-2011, 05:48 PM
Just announced today...

12 Angry Men (http://www.criterion.com/films/27871-12-angry-men)

Three Colors Trilogy (http://ow.ly/63OVw)

The Rules Of The Game (http://ow.ly/63NYL)

Fanny & Alexander (http://ow.ly/63Nci)

Todd Jordan
08-15-2011, 06:11 PM
12 Angry Men is a good movie. Haven't seen it in a long time, but I remember it had a pretty good impact. And I;m talking the 1950s B+W movie, not the gay bondage porn.

Ian Jane
08-15-2011, 07:00 PM
Fanny & Alexander is excellent too. Though most Bergman stuff is.

Ian Jane
09-15-2011, 05:18 PM
Coming in December... some good ones!

Design For Living
The Lady Vanishes

And....

Tokyo Drifter & Branded To Kill (FINALLY!)

2104

2105

Dom D
09-17-2011, 09:54 PM
Won't be buying any of these because a) I already have most of these on DVD and b) I don't have a blu ray player but I just have to say that these covers are awesome! Very creative stuff.

Ian Jane
10-12-2011, 04:01 PM
Um, holy shit, I want that Island of Lost Souls Blu-ray like yesterday. Review here (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews55/island_of_lost_souls_blu-ray.htm).

The Silly Swede
10-12-2011, 05:07 PM
Buy "my life as a dog" Ian. Best swedish film ever made. I might even buy it myself, as the swedish DVD is pretty crappy. Is the BD region free or will criterion assfuck me out of this simple request?

Ian Jane
10-13-2011, 09:03 AM
I have no idea but if it's region locked, blame the rights holder, not the releasing company, as it's almost always done out of contractual obligation.

The Silly Swede
10-13-2011, 11:42 AM
I thought you were the expert. I demand you find out for me. You have 24 hours and counting to do so. :bat:

Ian Jane
10-13-2011, 12:29 PM
Blu-ray.com says it's region locked to A.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/My-Life-as-a-Dog-Blu-ray/25337/

The Silly Swede
10-13-2011, 12:44 PM
See, that wasnt so difficult now was it? ;)

So, have you bought it yet?

Ian Jane
10-13-2011, 12:47 PM
I have not, I don't really know very much about it.

The Silly Swede
10-13-2011, 01:25 PM
Well it is Swedish, and it is very good. So there. Case closed. Buy it.

Ian Jane
10-14-2011, 11:44 AM
So it has much in common with the War Dog then?

Ian Jane
10-14-2011, 05:41 PM
So they officially announced Godzilla for DVD/Blu-ray today:

http://www.criterion.com/films/27755-godzilla

New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series)
New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr
Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat
New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects
New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla
Theatrical trailers
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

Due out 1/24/2012.

Ian Jane
10-14-2011, 05:43 PM
I'm not a big fan of the cover, but here it is.

2285

The Silly Swede
10-14-2011, 06:25 PM
So it has much in common with the War Dog then?

In a way yes, but it is not a gory film at all. It does contain nudity though.

Ian Jane
11-01-2011, 03:15 PM
The Barnes & Noble 50% Criterion sale has started, runs through 11/24.

Ian Jane
11-21-2011, 12:34 PM
DROOL.....

Reviews for Tokyo Drifter (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews10/tokyo_drifter_.htm) and Branded To Kill (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare11/brandedtokill.htm), and for The Lady Vanishes (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/ladyvanishes4.htm).

I am all over those Suzuki discs.

Ian Jane
12-27-2011, 10:38 AM
First review I've seen for the upcoming Gojira/Godzilla Blu-ray:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Gojira-Blu-ray/31499/#Review

sgtpeppers
12-30-2011, 08:28 AM
I recently got The Lady Vanishes.

Ian Jane
02-14-2012, 01:15 PM
In case anyone's interested:

From today's CC newsletter:

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If you’re looking for ways to explore titles in the collection, check out a selection of great film noirs, (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/r/) samurai movies, (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/y/) and collector’s sets. (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/j/) And since it’s Oscar season, look at our array of Academy Award winners, (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/t/) from Hamlet (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/i/) to Howards End (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/d/)to The Last Emperor. (http://thecriterioncollection.createsend1.com/t/r/l/dlkrhkt/ukudjilrl/h/)

The code expires at noon tomorrow, so don’t delay!

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 06:44 PM
May releases just announced (http://www.criterion.com/library/expanded_view?f=1&s=release_date):

La Haine
Being John Malkovich
Certified Copy
Eclipse Series: Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr.
Summer Interlude
Summer With Monika

Ian Jane
04-17-2012, 09:58 AM
July titles announced:

Down By Law (July 17th, 2012):
-High-definition digital restoration
-Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
-Thoughts and reflections on the making of the film from director Jim Jarmusch in 2002
-Interview with director of photography Robby Müller from 2002
-Footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference featuring Jarmusch and actors John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, and Nicoletta Braschi, and an interview with Lurie, with commentary
-Sixteen outtakes
-Music video for Tom Waits's cover of Cole Porter's "It's All Right with Me," directed by Jarmusch
-Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to fans' questions
-Recordings of phone conversations between Jarmusch and Waits, Benigni, and Lurie
-Production Polaroids and location stills
-Isolated music track
-Optional French dub track, featuring Benigni
-Trailer
-An essay by critic Luc Sante

Metropolitan (July 24th, 2012):
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas
-Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
-Audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
-Rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante

The Last Days of Disco (July 24th, 2012):
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Whit Stillman
-5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
-Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chloë Sevigny and Chris Eigeman
-Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny
-Audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards
-Behind-the-scenes featurette
-Stills gallery with captions by Stillman
-Original theatrical trailer
-An essay by novelist David Schickler

Le Havre (July 31st, 2012):
-New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki
-5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
-New interview with actor André Wilms
-Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2011, featuring cast and crew
-French television interview with Kaurismäki, Wilms, and actors Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Kati Outinen
-Concert footage of Little Bob, the rock group featured in the film
-Trailer
-New English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sicinski

s.chivers
04-20-2012, 05:07 AM
Guys, apologies for asking dumb, tangentially related questions: does anyone know how to replace a damaged Criterion blu case? My copy of The Double Life of Veronique has superficial damage to the case, but as they seem to use custom packaging, it's not clear to me how to replace it. I have contacted Criterion themselves but don't have high hopes.

Ian Jane
05-15-2012, 03:29 PM
August Releases:

Rosetta
La Promesse
Weekend
Lonesome
Quadrophenia
Eclipse Series #35: Maidstone And Other Films By Norman Mailer

Details here (http://www.criterion.com/library/expanded_view?f=1&s=release_date).

I am all over Quadrophenia.

Barry M
05-15-2012, 04:03 PM
Guys, apologies for asking dumb, tangentially related questions: does anyone know how to replace a damaged Criterion blu case? My copy of The Double Life of Veronique has superficial damage to the case, but as they seem to use custom packaging, it's not clear to me how to replace it. I have contacted Criterion themselves but don't have high hopes.

http://www.criterion.com/shop/other

They have them for some other releases, so you might get lucky. Failing that, maybe the plain clear blu-ray amaray case would do.

Derrick King
06-01-2012, 01:38 AM
Kim Newman wrote on his facebook page that he has written an essay for THE BLOB blu-ray. So, that'll probably be released this September or October.

Ian Jane
06-01-2012, 09:21 AM
Oh nice! We were just talking about that the other week, that CC should put it out on Blu. Will gladly upgrade on that one.

Ian Jane
06-20-2012, 01:41 PM
Announced (http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Criterion/Disc_Announcements/Eating_Raoul_Dated_and_Detailed_for_Blu-ray/9650?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+highdefdigestbluraynews+%28Hi gh+Def+Digest%3A+Blu-ray+Disc+News%29) for 9/25/12...

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"The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Richard Blackburn, art director Robert Schulenberg, and editor Alan Toomayan; The Secret Cinema (1968) and Naughty Nurse (1969), two short films by director Paul Bartel; Cooking Up Raoul, a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with stars Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, and Edie McClurg; Gag reel of outtakes from the film; Archival interview with Bartel and Woronov; Trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein."

Ian Jane
07-16-2012, 03:53 PM
Criterion Corner confirmed via Twitter (https://twitter.com/CriterionCorner?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=scottneumyer&utm_content=224953203043733504) that Rosemary's Baby is coming in October.

Andrew Monroe
07-16-2012, 04:30 PM
I know they had been hinting it was coming but it's still sweet news. The perfect movie to release in October! Can't wait to see what kind of extras they come up with.

Alison Jane
07-16-2012, 05:18 PM
Box o' Criterions today!

Ian Jane
07-16-2012, 05:20 PM
I know they had been hinting it was coming but it's still sweet news. The perfect movie to release in October! Can't wait to see what kind of extras they come up with.

-New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-New interviews with Polanski, actor Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans
-Komeda, Komeda, a feature-length documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary’s Baby
-1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin from Leonard Lopate’s WNYC program New York and Company on the 1967 novel, the sequel, and the film
-Booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park and Levin’s afterword for the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel, in which he discusses its and the film’s origins

Ian Jane
07-16-2012, 05:20 PM
3514

Alison Jane
07-16-2012, 05:23 PM
Ooooh. I love that movie. Meant to pick it up on DVD for years but never got around to it.

Derrick King
07-16-2012, 11:42 PM
There is a four number gap between the SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY spine number and the ROSEMARY'S BABY spine number, meaning that they were planning on releasing a box set in October and there is some cover art for Pasolini's TRILOGY OF LIFE that is floating around (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=396464#p396464). So, if that art is legit, TRILOGY OF LIFE should be coming in November or December.

Ian Jane
07-17-2012, 11:16 AM
There's some speculation and potential controversy regarding the aspect ratio for Rosemary's Baby discussed here (http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/07/criterion_cleav.php).

Ian Jane
08-15-2012, 04:57 PM
November titles announced, DVD & Blu-ray:

Godard's Weekend
Kurosawa's Rashomon
Pasolini's Trilogy Of Life
Cimino's Heaven's Gate

And on DVD only:

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came To Shochicku which will include the following films:
-The X From Outer Space
-Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell
-The Living Skeleton
-Genocide

Damn you for not doing those Japanese horror films on Blu-ray, Criterion!

Roderick
08-15-2012, 05:02 PM
And on DVD only:

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came To Shochicku which will include the following films:
-The X From Outer Space
-Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell
-The Living Skeleton
-Genocide

Damn you for not doing those Japanese horror films on Blu-ray, Criterion!

Stoked! But yeah, boo hoo on the no blu.

Derrick King
08-26-2012, 07:42 PM
Jameson281 posted at the Criterion forums (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=401975#p401975) that after Lee Kline's AMIA: The Reel Thing presentation, he confirmed that they are working on BRAZIL.

paul h.
08-26-2012, 08:52 PM
And on DVD only:

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came To Shochicku which will include the following films:
-The X From Outer Space
-Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell
-The Living Skeleton
-Genocide

Damn you for not doing those Japanese horror films on Blu-ray, Criterion!

Dear Quentin Tarantino, Please make Criterion release Goke in Blu.

:bat:

Ian Jane
09-17-2012, 07:34 PM
December titles announced! Nothing as cool as the Shochicku horror set, but the 'good cut' of Brazil on Blu-ray would be nice...


4284

4285

4286

4287

Barry M
09-17-2012, 07:52 PM
Purple Noon's pretty cool for Patricia Highsmith fans. I don't think I ever hunted this down in its previous releases.

Andrew Monroe
09-18-2012, 09:31 AM
Yeah, really excited about PURPLE NOON. It's not the best HIghsmith adaptation - the Ripley books seem to be somewhat difficult to do truly great adaptations. It's good though and all I have is the vhs so I'm game.

Derrick King
09-24-2012, 12:56 AM
CHUNGKING EXPRESS is OOP. If you want it you better order it from someone now.

Derrick King
09-27-2012, 11:37 PM
latest newsletter clue
https://i10.createsend1.com/ei/r/BC/DC3/8AA/065339/images/wacky_lambs.png
best guess seems to be bad lambs = Badlands

Derrick King
10-02-2012, 03:11 PM
from Criterion's facebook page
"Check out who stopped by the office yesterday!"
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/c156.0.403.403/p403x403/246787_10152179620180565_1041282484_n.jpg

another sign that Badlands is happening.

Ian Jane
10-04-2012, 12:02 PM
First review I've seen pop up for Rosemary's Baby:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Rosemarys-Baby-Blu-ray/37146/#Review

Mark Tolch
10-04-2012, 02:37 PM
I hated this film when I first saw it. Warmed up to it considerably on a subsequent viewing. The BD looks pretty rad.

Derrick King
10-05-2012, 05:57 PM
Rumor is that the Barnes and Noble 50% off Criterion DVDs/Blu-rays sale will start on October 30th and end on November 19th (ending just before the release of the Shochiku set :()

Koukol
10-05-2012, 06:22 PM
Rumor is that the Barnes and Noble 50% off Criterion DVDs/Blu-rays sale will start on October 30th and end on November 19th (ending just before the release of the Shochiku set :()


I hope so.
There have been rumours that there won't be another.

Ian Jane
10-06-2012, 12:33 PM
Rumor is that the Barnes and Noble 50% off Criterion DVDs/Blu-rays sale will start on October 30th and end on November 19th (ending just before the release of the Shochiku set :()

I'll buy it anyway. It's be awesome to get it for half off, but I honestly don't think that I can live without that set.

Derrick King
10-06-2012, 01:15 PM
I'll be getting it too (although I think I can wait and see if I get it for Christmas before I buy it myself.) At least the RASHOMON Blu-ray and Pasolini's TRILOGY OF LIFE Blu-ray box set are getting released during the sale.

Ian Jane
10-15-2012, 03:04 PM
January releases just announced:

Two Lane Blacktop BD
The Tin Drum
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Pina
Ivan's Childhood

Derrick King
10-15-2012, 10:23 PM
A couple of Criterion rumors: one of the guys from the Criterion Cast tweeted a rumor that Guillermo del Toro told The Nerdist podcast that Criterion will be releasing THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (the podcast hasn't been posted, as soon as it is I'll give it a listen) and Edward Yang's widow confirmed that Criterion will be releasing A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (http://criterioncast.com/news/edward-yangs-a-brighter-summer-day-confirmed-for-a-criterion-blu-ray-release-and-new-theatrical-run/) (this has been tied up because they needed to clear the Elvis songs featured in the film.)

Derrick King
10-16-2012, 08:14 PM
Criterion producer Curtis Tsui just confirmed THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE during an interview at the Wexner Center.

Some other confirmations at the talk: BADLANDS, ON THE WATERFRONT (presented in 3 aspect ratios: 1.66, 1.33, 1.85), SHOAH, a Satyajit Ray release (maybe the APU trilogy depending on the elements), maybe Bernard's LES MISERABLES, a pre-code title they couldn't talk about (maybe a Warner Brothers title as the discussion occurred when they were asked if they finally had a deal with WB), and Blu-ray upgrades of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP and RICHARD III.

Derrick King
10-17-2012, 11:44 PM
A bit more news from the Wexner Center event. A mod at the criterionforum got a tweet from the Wexner Center (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=408184#p408184) that said that Kim Hendrickson told them that FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT will "likely" be released next year and they hope to release I MARRIED A WITCH in 2013 as well.

Andrew Monroe
11-05-2012, 03:25 PM
Watched the ROSEMARY'S BABY BD over the weekend. It truly is a thing of beauty. I'm looking forward to watching the documentaries, particularly the one on Komeda. This film is one of those that gets better every time I watch it, the quality of the performances as a whole is pretty amazing. One of those rare perfect adaptations of a good book.

You know what one of the weirdest things about the film is? Seeing Miss Clara from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW saying "Hail Satan!"...wow....I can't imagine how downright Lynchian that must have been at the time for someone who regularly watched TAGS.

Richard--W
11-08-2012, 09:34 AM
DVDbeaver uploaded screen captures from HEAVEN'S GATE:


http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_58/heavens_gate_blu-ray.htm


A confused and frustrating film, but fascinating and emotionally gripping.

Bad history, wrong-headed and inaccurate, but a good western.
Kristofferson never gets enough credit.


how come there's a Spaghetti Westerns thread but no Westerns thread here?

Ian Jane
11-08-2012, 10:07 AM
Kristofferson never gets enough credit.

True in both music and film. He's very underrated. I've never seen Heaven's Gate. I should probably remedy that.


how come there's a Spaghetti Westerns thread but no Westerns thread here?

Because you haven't started one.

Richard--W
11-08-2012, 10:23 AM
Well ... I'll start one, or chime in if someone else gets there first.

HEAVEN'S GATE is an unforgettable experience on the big screen. If the opportunity arises to see it with an audience in a darkened theater don't hesitate to travel vast distances and brave adverse weather and smash through police barriers if that's what it takes. Although the film is frustrating and in some ways annoying it is pure cinema. There's no other western like it.

I understand Cimino's new mix removes a lot of the filters and gels Vilmos Szigmond applied when shooting the film. I'm curious to see how it will look on November 20. The blu-ray is an absolute must.

Derrick King
11-09-2012, 05:46 PM
Criterion posted the following hint for next week's announcement on facebook

Sure, a film with Kyoko Kagawa is getting a Blu-ray upgrade.
Kyoko Kagawa titles that Criterion has released on DVD:
TOKYO STORY
SANSHO THE BAILIFF
THE LOWER DEPTHS
THE BAD SLEEP WELL
RED BEARD
MADADAYO

Ian Jane
11-15-2012, 04:51 PM
The Feb. 2013 titles for DVD & Blu-ray are:

The Ballad Of Narayama
The Kid With A Bike
On The Waterfront
Chronicle Of A Summer
Sansho The Baliff

Randy G
11-16-2012, 06:05 AM
Sansho is great, if you haven't seen it check it out.

Derrick King
11-27-2012, 06:48 PM
http://i2.createsend4.com/ei/r/C4/269/B66/081046/images/wacky_aaay.png
Medium Cool

Ian Jane
12-17-2012, 05:54 PM
March releases:

Ministry Of Fear
The Blob
Badlands
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp
A Man Escaped
Monsieur Verdoux

Terry C
12-17-2012, 05:59 PM
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http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4059/91_BD_box_348x490.jpg?1355779781
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4051/651_BD_box_348x490.jpg?1355768740
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Nolando
12-17-2012, 07:49 PM
Haha - I see what you did there...

Andrew Monroe
12-18-2012, 10:27 AM
That's great news about MINISTRY OF FEAR. I love that film. Fritz Lang, Ray Milland, and Dan Duryea...good stuff.

Derrick King
12-20-2012, 03:36 PM
Latest newsletter clue is for REPO MAN
https://i5.createsend1.com/ei/r/84/E1B/230/033419/images/wacky_movie.jpg

Damin J. Toell
12-21-2012, 01:18 AM
Latest newsletter clue is for REPO MAN

Very excited, and I hope it has the TV cut.

Derrick King
12-21-2012, 01:53 PM
It is supposed to include the TV version. In fact, about a week before the newsletter clue, a poster over at the Criterion forum claimed that they talked to Alex Cox and he told them that Criterion was going to release REPO MAN and it would include all the stuff on the MoC release plus some newly created special feature.

Derrick King
12-29-2012, 11:06 PM
Looks like Criterion has the Harold Lloyd films (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=416408#p416408)

Terry C
12-30-2012, 01:08 PM
It is supposed to include the TV version. In fact, about a week before the newsletter clue, a poster over at the Criterion forum claimed that they talked to Alex Cox and he told them that Criterion was going to release REPO MAN and it would include all the stuff on the MoC release plus some newly created special feature.

Repo Man is one of my favorite films, so the night I get the Blu I'll treat it to a nice romantic dinner. Soft lit candles with a nice pasta dish and some fine wine, then steal a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu.

Derrick King
01-01-2013, 10:54 PM
Criterion's New Years Day drawing
http://criterion-images.s3.amazonaws.com/current/Wacky_New_Years_2012_Current.jpg
Here seems to be the consensus:
Man hanging from clock = SAFETY LAST/HAROLD LLOYD FILMS
clock reading 3:10 = 3:10 TO YUMA
music notes and leaves = AUTUMN SONATA
clown on highwire = PIERRE ETAIX FILMS
woman eating candy = LIFE IS SWEET
screaming guy = SCANNERS (also means Criterion has THE BROOD)
fire and gate = GATE OF HELL
devil = THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE
conch shell the devil is holding = THE LORD OF THE FLIES
naked woman eating = BABETTE'S FEAST and NAKED LUNCH
woman with the curtains pulled back = ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
guy with eraser for head = ERASERHEAD
kid and guy holding samurai sword and birdcage = THE KID, LE SAMOURAI, BARTON FINK, ZATOICHI, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Alex K.
01-01-2013, 11:13 PM
screaming guy = SCANNERS (also means Criterion has THE BROOD)
naked woman eating = BABETTE'S FEAST and NAKED LUNCH
guy with eraser for head = ERASERHEAD


Looking forward to these. To think we've had to wait for over a decade for a special edition of Scanners and The Brood.

Ian Jane
01-02-2013, 11:06 AM
Looking forward to these. To think we've had to wait for over a decade for a special edition of Scanners and The Brood.

Crazy, right? I'm all over these. And will definitely upgrade to Naked Lunch and Eraserhead on Blu-ray. Criterion seems to be rolling out some very welcome genre titles lately. Nice to see that.

Derrick King
01-02-2013, 05:30 PM
I'm just happy that the picture of Cronenberg with a bag full of Criterion swag actually was a clue that they were working on SCANNERS and not that he just stopped by to get some free stuff.

Terry C
01-03-2013, 02:30 PM
This sounds like our type of year.

Mark Tolch
01-06-2013, 12:30 PM
The ROSEMARY'S BABY blu is ridiculously good looking. What an amazing presentation.

Derrick King
01-14-2013, 05:08 AM
It turns out that the Easter Eggs from the DVDs have been carried over to the Blu-rays and they are accessible. You just have to have it on the right menu and hit the blue button on the remote. For Example, on the ISLAND ON LOST SOULS Blu, go to the Casale and Mothersbaugh menu, hit the blue button and you bring up the short clip of Ernie Anderson talking to Ghoulardi.

Ian Jane
01-15-2013, 05:42 PM
April titles just announced:

Richard III
Gate Of Hell
Naked Lunch
Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against The System
Repo Man
Pierre Etaix

Ian Jane
01-15-2013, 05:53 PM
Cover art!

5319

5320

5321

5322

5323

Ian Jane
01-15-2013, 05:55 PM
5324

Richard--W
01-15-2013, 09:39 PM
Yet another Japanese set and more Japanese singles. I love Japanese cinema, too, but somebody at Criterion is obsessesed.

I want Criterion to release RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND and THE SHOOTING (both 1965), the two Monte Hellman westerns they'e been sitting on for several years.

Criterion discriminates against westerns. Only six westerns out of 500 releases since they converted to DVD and blu-ray in 1997 -- not a good record.

So many artful and breakthrough westerns from the earliest days of cinema up through the 1980s that haven't been released on home video and that are more than up to Criterion standards.

Derrick King
01-16-2013, 12:43 AM
According to Hellman, both of those films are coming this year. As for the Japanese films, Criterion has the rights to over 200 Shochiku films, so you'll be seeing a lot of them.

Richard--W
01-16-2013, 07:51 AM
I've seen a lot of great Japanese films and some not-so-great (I'm a big fan of Zero Woman), and I'm burned out on them for now. I do wish Criterion would look toward other countries, including the USA its own country. After several years of delay I would be just as happy if any company released the Hellman westerns. One of the most important westerns, no less great if not more so than the Hellmans, is The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) which is obtainable. Criterion is just not interested in the genre.

They did a spectacularly good job on Heaven's Gate (1980) last year. So good I want to see them release more westerns. There are so many great westerns available, especially from the early years of cinema right up through the 1950s.

Derrick King
01-26-2013, 01:01 AM
Kent Williams just tweeted (https://twitter.com/KentWms/status/295030894090141697) the following

Been hunkered down this whole week doing drawings for the new Criterion Lord of the Flies DVD.

Derrick King
01-29-2013, 07:39 PM
Latest newsletter clue confirms Kent Williams' tweet:
https://i6.createsend1.com/ei/r/E9/81A/6CC/064725/images/wacky_piggy.jpg

Derrick King
02-06-2013, 02:08 PM
the DVDs of M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle, and the DVD and BD of Playtime are OOP.

Randy G
02-07-2013, 05:47 AM
One of the most important westerns, no less great if not more so than the Hellmans, is The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) which is obtainable. Criterion is just not interested in the genre.


Hadn't heard of this one, love Westerns from the 70s and it's directed by Robert Young with Edward James Almos starring! Will have to check it out. Thanks Richard.

Derrick King
02-07-2013, 04:05 PM
Someone on Criterion's facebook page said that Mulvaney emailed him the following re: the Tati films


"Regarding Tati, we have recently renewed the rights and they will be going back in print with a new restoration sometime in the future. I hope this helps!"

Paul L
02-08-2013, 09:33 PM
Just stumbled across this: http://fakecriterions.tumblr.com/ Maybe old news to some, but still.

A topical one:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/bece4a6322490fbd85027829006d8cf1/tumblr_mg2azgLdBc1rt8levo1_500.jpg

My fave:
http://www.ecranlarge.com/upload/wiki/article/small_528909.jpg

Ian Jane
02-15-2013, 04:04 PM
May titles announced today:

3:10 To Yuma
Jubal
Medium Cool
Life Is Sweet

5706

5707

5708

5709

Apronikoff
02-15-2013, 04:20 PM
I bet Richard W will be excited -- more westerns from Criterion.

Nothing there for me though...

Derrick King
02-15-2013, 04:57 PM
They are also releasing a Blu-ray upgrade of BAND OF OUTSIDERS in May

Derrick King
02-20-2013, 02:22 PM
Looks like Criterion has the rights to Hitchcock’s SABOTAGE and YOUNG AND INNOCENT (http://blog.criterioncast.com/post/43554474164/alfred-hitchcocks-foreign-correspondent)

Ian Jane
02-20-2013, 02:41 PM
Excellent news. The more Hitchcock on Blu-ray the better.

Richard--W
02-20-2013, 02:59 PM
Plus FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT.

These are downloads. Criterion doesn't mention if they have DVD / blu-ray rights. The images look so good, I hope a hard media release isn't too far off.

There's nothing quite like watching a worried Sylvia Sidney in a sailor suit.

Derrick King
02-20-2013, 05:35 PM
I don't think it is much of a stretch to assume that they also have DVD/Blu-ray rights for the films that they offer as downloads/streaming.

They've had FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT on their Hulu channel for quite awhile.

Derrick King
03-15-2013, 02:45 PM
The announcement of June's titles has been delayed until Monday, but it seems that a WILD STRAWBERRIES upgrade will be announced.

Richard--W
03-15-2013, 03:21 PM
Ingmar Bergman upgrades are always welcome. I'd love to see Wild Strawberries in hi-def.

Criterion has been withholding The Shooting and Ride In the Whirlwind from release for about eight years. Time to take these Monte Hellman westerns off the back-burner before they start sticking to the bottom of the pan. Or let somebody else release them on blu-ray.

Derrick King
03-15-2013, 08:23 PM
Hellman said on twitter last year that they should be coming out this year (2013)

Richard--W
03-15-2013, 08:27 PM
I don't doubt he thinks so, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Ian Jane
03-18-2013, 04:43 PM
June Releases:

Wild Strawberries (http://www.criterion.com/films/175-wild-strawberries)

Things To Come (http://www.criterion.com/films/27552-things-to-come)

Marketa Lazarova (http://www.criterion.com/films/27876-marketa-lazarova)

Safety Last! (http://www.criterion.com/films/28446-safety-last)

Shoah (http://www.criterion.com/films/27968-shoah)

Terry C
03-18-2013, 07:19 PM
Never seen Shoah, but color me very very interested.

Derrick King
03-29-2013, 12:30 AM
Blu-ray.com has a review (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Repo-Man-Blu-ray/64060/#Review) of Criterion's REPO MAN Blu-ray. The extras are identical to those on the MoC release except Criterion doesn't have the Isolated music and effects track or the All-new 2012 video piece by Cox offering further thoughts on the film (10:35 in 1080P), but it does have the newly created Plate O' Shrimp - "a video piece featuring interviews with musician Keith Morris and actors Dick Rude, Olivia Barash, and Miguel Sandoval. The interviewees discuss the film's influential soundtrack, its unique themes, the audition process, the main characters in the film, etc. The interviews were conducted in 2012. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080p)." Most importantly, it seems that the Criterion has a new, better transfer.

Derrick King
03-29-2013, 11:39 AM
More StudioCanal titles are going OOP on the 31st (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2711-out-of-print-announcement)

Dear Criterion collectors,

We wanted to let you know that the following titles are going out of print effective March 31:

Army of Shadows

Le Cercle rouge

Le doulos

Last Year at Marienbad

Leon Morin, Priest

Mafioso

We have limited stock on hand, and will be selling copies through the 31st, while supplies last. As in the past, we hope to relicense the films so that they can rejoin the collection sometime in the future.

Sincerely,
The Criterion Collection

Horace Cordier
03-29-2013, 12:12 PM
Interesting seeing as their has been a bit of a mini controversy over Criterion's color timing vs. the Studio Canal version of ARMY OF SHADOWS.

Makes me wonder if Criterion end up re-licensing it if it'll have a different USA territories transfer.

Derrick King
03-29-2013, 01:01 PM
You are thinking of Criterion's Le cercle rouge, not Army of Shadows. These are with Lionsgate now, so the transfers on their releases (if they release them at all) will be identical to the StudioCanal releases.

Horace Cordier
03-29-2013, 01:36 PM
You are thinking of Criterion's Le cercle rouge, not Army of Shadows. These are with Lionsgate now, so the transfers on their releases (if they release them at all) will be identical to the StudioCanal releases.

No - I am talking about ARMY OF SHADOWS. it's discussed in the Bluray.com review from yesterday.

Derrick King
03-29-2013, 08:05 PM
Interesting, I never heard anyone complain about the color timing on Army of Shadows. I'll go read the Blu-ray.com review.

Ok, I read it and looked at the screencaps. The StudioCanal release looks like it has a yellow-green tint that the Criterion doesn't have (which would explain why they think it has its reds boosted), and knowing that Melville preferred cooler color timing, I'd guess that the Criterion is closer to how it should be. (Unlike Criterion's Le cercle rouge, which is a little to warm)

Derrick King
03-30-2013, 07:00 PM
Criterion has the rights to 18 Satyajit Ray films and are currently restoring them (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-03-26/news-interviews/38039375_1_pather-panchali-apur-sansar-sandip-ray)

Having bought the home video rights of The Apu Trilogy, Charulata, Mahanagar and Nayak among others, they are set to do "frame by frame" restoration before distributing them in the US and Canada. What's more, director Abbey Lustgartern is in town to film personal accounts shared by artistes who have worked with Ray, to go with each film.
...
Location coordinator Abhra Bhattacharya, who is helping Abbey, says the only film whose restoration is complete so far is Jalsaghar. "From colour correction to scratch removal, the team working on this project is going all out to ensure that the films' longevity is improved. By April 2014, all other films will be restored...

Andrew Monroe
04-02-2013, 09:04 AM
I watched the BD of MINSTRY OF FEAR last night. After seeing it quite a few times, this one surprisingly continues to grow on me and it's become one of my favorite Lang films. Marjorie Reynolds never became a star but I love her in this, she's very natural and gives a quiet, luminous performance. Ray Milland is very good too, and Dan Duryea starts his Lang run here, playing a suave and menacing tailor - there's a great scene where he's making a phone call with a huge pair of scissors in his hand, standing near Milland, and you really wonder if he's gonna stab him. The cinematography is top notch, very shadowy and nightmarish. The disc is a little light on supplements, there is an interview with a Lang scholar on the film and a perceptive essay that makes a fine case for the film. The film looks very nice too. One of my favorite discs of the year so far.

Derrick King
04-04-2013, 12:25 AM
Criterionforum.org has posted pictures of the REPO MAN packaging (http://www.criterionforum.org/DVD-packaging/repo-man-blu-ray/the-criterion-collection/1139) and it is great

Derrick King
04-05-2013, 02:29 PM
Menu animations for Criterion's REPO MAN Blu-ray

http://vimeo.com/63400563

and some shots of the booklet (http://blog.criterioncast.com/post/47198888732/shots-of-the-repo-man-booklet-art-director)

Derrick King
04-05-2013, 06:46 PM
Criterion news:

According to Whit Stillman (https://twitter.com/WhitStillman/status/320236235169869825), Criterion is currently negotiating with Warner Brothers about releasing BARCELONA on Blu-ray.

BABETTE'S FEAST to be delayed because of a lawsuit regarding the rights to the film (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/oscar-winning-danish-film-at-433272).

Paul L
04-05-2013, 06:56 PM
I watched the BD of MINSTRY OF FEAR last night. After seeing it quite a few times, this one surprisingly continues to grow on me and it's become one of my favorite Lang films. Marjorie Reynolds never became a star but I love her in this, she's very natural and gives a quiet, luminous performance. Ray Milland is very good too, and Dan Duryea starts his Lang run here, playing a suave and menacing tailor - there's a great scene where he's making a phone call with a huge pair of scissors in his hand, standing near Milland, and you really wonder if he's gonna stab him. The cinematography is top notch, very shadowy and nightmarish. The disc is a little light on supplements, there is an interview with a Lang scholar on the film and a perceptive essay that makes a fine case for the film. The film looks very nice too. One of my favorite discs of the year so far.
Ah, didn't know this was out on BD yet. It's a 'must buy' for me. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrew :)

Andrew Monroe
04-06-2013, 12:00 PM
Ah, didn't know this was out on BD yet. It's a 'must buy' for me. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrew :)

I watched the Lang scholar interview this morning, Paul. It's a fascinating and pretty thorough discussion of the film, I wish it had been a little longer though. I think you'll be happy with the disc.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_94wGm5Prdv0/TEEN2qOhBLI/AAAAAAAAH2k/bGZ07049Wxs/s1600/Marjorie+Reynolds+in+Ministry+of+Fear+(1944).jpg

Derrick King
04-10-2013, 05:21 PM
Looks like THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE Blu-ray will be announced on Monday. Criterion was asked the following question on their facebook page

Big C, for the July announcements, can you give us a hint as for what spine #666 will be? Pretty please?
and they responded
There may be a backbone involved.

Derrick King
04-15-2013, 02:14 PM
July 9
The Life of Oharu (http://www.criterion.com/films/27705-the-life-of-oharu)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4109/664_BD_box_348x490.jpg

July 16
Lord of the Flies (http://www.criterion.com/films/563-lord-of-the-flies)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4115/43_BD_box_348x490.jpg

July 23
The Ice Storm (http://www.criterion.com/films/336-the-ice-storm)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4117/426_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Babette's Feast (http://www.criterion.com/films/27894-babette-s-feast)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4111/665_BD_box_348x490.jpg

July 30
The Devil's Backbone (http://www.criterion.com/films/27914-the-devil-s-backbone)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4113/666_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Ian Jane
04-15-2013, 02:17 PM
That looks like Mike Mignola artwork on the Del Toro movie. Cool.

Horace Cordier
04-15-2013, 02:49 PM
LORD OF THE FLIES.

Nice.

Derrick King
04-15-2013, 03:01 PM
It is Mignola. He did the CRONOS cover too (I like that both covers use the same fonts).
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/3076/551_BD_box_348x490.jpghttp://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4113/666_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Derrick King
04-15-2013, 11:26 PM
I guess I was wrong, according to this post at the CHFB (http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/sreply/938061/The-Devils-Backbone-coming-from-Criterion), Mignola didn't draw THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE cover.

Guy Davis confirmed on twitter (https://twitter.com/GuyDavisART/status/324261055385718784) that he did THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE cover (and booklet cover) art.

Derrick King
04-25-2013, 01:42 PM
So, Criterion is clearly fucking with us because they've added empty person pages for Sergio Leone (http://www.criterion.com/people/120836) and a number of the cast of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. This needs a new release, but there is no way in hell that MGM would license it out.

They also have added empty person pages for Shintarô Katsu (http://www.criterion.com/people/120832) and some of the other actors from THE MAN WITHOUT A MAP. A much more likely release.

Derrick King
04-29-2013, 11:24 PM
There is an easter egg on the REPO MAN Blu-ray. To access it, select the Supplements menu and then press the blue button on your remote. It is an 11 minute featurette called The Secret Truths of Repo Man.

Derrick King
04-30-2013, 06:58 PM
Latest newsletter clue
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/4006/newsletterj.jpg

I Married A Witch (obviously)

Derrick King
05-14-2013, 10:41 PM
Someone at the Criterion forum found this Wall Street Journal clip about films that got booed at Cannes on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/watch/489595?playlist_id=1031&asset_scope=all) and at the 2:40 mark they show CRASH and credit it to Criterion. It is entirely possible that they've mistakenly credited Criterion with it, but who knows, maybe New Line's rights have expired or Warner licensed the film to Criterion.

Derrick King
05-14-2013, 11:58 PM
A bunch of Jacques Demy films playing at BAM/Pacific later this year are credited to Janus/Criterion:
Donkey Skin
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
A Room in Town
A Slightly Pregnant Man
Bay of Angels
Lola

Theodore J. Flicker's The Troublemaker is also playing there and credited to Janus/Criterion

47lab
05-15-2013, 01:26 AM
I wish more Korean films were getting the Criterion treatment. Hard to believe that SECRET SUNSHINE is the only film in their current catalog and nary a mention of any future titles either.

Derrick King
05-15-2013, 04:20 PM
August 6
The Earrings of Madame de ... (http://www.criterion.com/films/571-the-earrings-of-madame-de)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4131/445_BD_box_348x490.jpg


August 13
Seconds (http://www.criterion.com/films/28428-seconds)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4136/667_BD_box_348x490.jpg

August 20
The Big City (http://www.criterion.com/films/28448-the-big-city)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4134/668_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Charulata (http://www.criterion.com/films/28447-charulata)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4132/669_BD_box_348x490.jpg

August 27
To Be or Not to Be (http://www.criterion.com/films/27690-to-be-or-not-to-be)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4138/670_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/978-eclipse-series-39-early-fassbinder)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4140/Fassbinder_3D_box1.png

Paul L
05-15-2013, 04:44 PM
SECONDS on Blu-ray! Hubba hubba! :)

Andrew Monroe
05-16-2013, 12:24 PM
Yeah, SECONDS is a must-have. One of the most unnerving endings...still give me the creeps when I think about it.

Richard--W
05-16-2013, 03:38 PM
http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a432/Richard--W/Seconds-1966_zps654dfb81.jpg

Deep focus.
Long sets with visible ceiling, floors and walls.
Blocking from BG to FG.
Fixed leses (primaries).
Pushes and pulls, no zooms.
Extreme wide angles.
Alternating POV's for first-person singular camera.
Man, you are there in a Frankenheimer film. I love his work and I love this film. Criterion, what's got into you?

Paul L
05-16-2013, 04:36 PM
Man, you are there in a Frankenheimer film. I love his work and I love this film. Criterion, what's got into you?
I don't know, but... more please, Criterion. (THE TRAIN would be a dream come true.)

Derrick King
05-22-2013, 12:50 AM
Slacker Blu-ray in the works (http://collider.com/slacker-blu-ray-criterion-richard-linklater/)

“I just had a thing from Criterion today that they’re gonna do a Blu-ray of Slacker, which isn’t kind of an obvious Blu-ray title but I’m glad they’re doing it."

Jimmy Simard
05-22-2013, 01:06 AM
Everytime I see a new message here I hope it's because Scanners is finally announced... guess I won't watch the trilogy on blu for halloween this year.

Derrick King
05-22-2013, 02:41 AM
Sorry Jimmy. Remember official announcements are made on the 15th of every month, unless the 15th falls on the weekend, then the announcements are made on the following Monday.

In other news, Criterion is looking for a Digital restoration artist (http://www.mandy.com/1/jobs3.cfm?v=54785241) to work on their "night and weekend crew ( 4.30pm to 12.30pm Monday through Thursday and on Sundays)." So, if you have the skill set, and don't mind working a 20-hour day, apply away.

Jens Thomsen
05-22-2013, 06:42 AM
Sorry Jimmy. Remember official announcements are made on the 15th of every month, unless the 15th falls on the weekend, then the announcements are made on the following Monday.


Yes, and they only announce titles to come out three months away. So they have just announced the titles for August. My guess is, in July we will see Scanners and The Brood announced for October.

Derrick King
05-29-2013, 04:58 PM
http://i6.cmail1.com/ei/r/AF/D5F/837/062911/images/wackytuna.jpg
STROMBOLI/VOYAGE TO ITALY/EUROPA '51

Derrick King
06-12-2013, 05:11 PM
Criterion is now listing the cover artist and/or designer under the "Disc Features" section for each film on their website. They've always credited them in the booklets, but I think it is cool they've started to do this on their website.

Derrick King
06-17-2013, 04:35 PM
September 10
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (http://www.criterion.com/films/860-the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4149/452_BD_box_348x490.jpg

La cage aux folles (http://www.criterion.com/films/28045-la-cage-aux-folles)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4145/671_BD_box_348x490.jpg


September 17
Autumn Sonata (http://www.criterion.com/films/605-autumn-sonata)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4147/60_box_BD_348x490.jpg

Slacker (http://www.criterion.com/films/408-slacker)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4150/247_BD_box_348x490.jpg

September 24
3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Stromboli, Europe '51, Journey to Italy) (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/982-3-films-by-roberto-rossellini-starring-ingrid-bergman)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/4143/672_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Paul L
06-17-2013, 04:44 PM
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD! That's a pleasant surprise :)

Derrick King
06-25-2013, 05:17 PM
HOWARDS END Blu-ray and the Merchant Ivory Collection DVDs are going OOP at the end of this month (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153021071130565&set=a.267108010564.311536.24856820564&type=1&theater)

Derrick King
06-25-2013, 05:53 PM
Latest newsletter clue
https://i1.createsend1.com/ei/r/6F/003/164/073439/images/wackyearths.jpg

Mark Tolch
06-26-2013, 08:56 AM
Even I got that one.

Derrick King
06-26-2013, 01:20 PM
A poster at the Criterion forum mentioned this, and I'm starting to hope it is true, since Criterion is releasing IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (which already has a Blu-ray from MGM), maybe those phantom cast and crew pages for THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN and CARNAL KNOWLEDGE are true.

Ian Jane
06-26-2013, 02:30 PM
I would shoot loads and loads of geek jizz all over the place if they did TGTBATU up right. Both cuts. Loads of extras. Pristine film like transfer. Big fat booklet of liners. Include the score as a bonus CD.

Mark Tolch
06-26-2013, 02:44 PM
I would shoot loads and loads of geek jizz all over the place if they did TGTBATU up right. Both cuts. Loads of extras. Pristine film like transfer. Big fat booklet of liners. Include the score as a bonus CD.

Indeed, I would give to that gorilla girl gobs and gobs of love.

Scott MacDonald
06-26-2013, 06:29 PM
Criterion is doing The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, an unused page for it was found on their website months ago.

Richard--W
06-26-2013, 09:04 PM
If that's true let's hope Criterion includes a hi-def transfer of the superior 161-minute theatrical version. The version to match my memory.

As for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World ... not interested.

7001

Richard--W
06-26-2013, 09:09 PM
I would shoot loads and loads of geek jizz all over the place if they did TGTBATU up right. Both cuts. Loads of extras. Pristine film like transfer. Big fat booklet of liners. Include the score as a bonus CD.


Righteous! But how likely is it Criterion would release THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY while the Warner Brothers blu-ray is still being sold for under $10 everywhere you look?

Derrick King
06-26-2013, 11:36 PM
MGM, Richard. If you were Criterion and MGM had TGTBATU (or any of Leone's films) on the table would you pass it(them) up?
Here are the empty (or phantom) people pages for TGTBATU:
Sergio Leone (http://www.criterion.com/people/120836)
Eli Wallach (http://www.criterion.com/people/120837)
Clint Eastwood (http://www.criterion.com/people/120838)
Lee Van Cleef (http://www.criterion.com/people/120839)
Aldo Giuffrè (http://www.criterion.com/people/120840)
Mario Brega (http://www.criterion.com/people/120841)
Luigi Pistilli (http://www.criterion.com/people/120842)
Al Mulock (http://www.criterion.com/people/120843)

I thought that these were just somebody at Criterion messing around, but with them working on IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (even though it has a cheap MGM Blu on the market), I'm starting to reconsider.

Andrew Monroe
06-27-2013, 07:47 AM
Very strange that they're doing MAD MAD ...WORLD with an existing BD already out there. I predict this will be one of their least selling titles. I mean, is there much of a market for the film in the first place? It's worth seeing once but mainly for the many stars - who are probably not well known to a vast majority of the under 40 crowd. It's hardly a cult item these days...

Derrick King
07-02-2013, 03:44 AM
To erase any doubt, the following are now available in HD from iTunes. I suspect that Blus will be announced sooner rather than later
http://i41.tinypic.com/flk3sn.pnghttp://i44.tinypic.com/308ffy0.png

Scott MacDonald
07-09-2013, 11:03 AM
Anyone else hit up the Criterion sale at BN? Here is what I picked up with some gift cards I've had kicking around.......

Vivre Sa Vie
The Killing
Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.
The Complete Jean Vigo
Dazed and Confused
Blow Out
Eyes without a Face
The Blob
Harold and Maude
Rules of the Game
The Gold Rush

Ian Jane
07-09-2013, 11:11 AM
To erase any doubt, the following are now available in HD from iTunes. I suspect that Blus will be announced sooner rather than later
http://i41.tinypic.com/flk3sn.pnghttp://i44.tinypic.com/308ffy0.png

Just saw this now. AWESOME news.

Derrick King
07-11-2013, 04:44 PM
Yuko Shimizu, who has done a few criterion covers, posted this drawing of Shintaro Katsu‬ ‪as Zatoichi‬ on her facebook page, so maybe some Zatoichi Blu-rays are happening.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/971139_10152992249400291_815684553_n.jpg

Ian Jane
07-11-2013, 05:03 PM
Or maybe Hanzo (wishful thinking - his eyes look kinda closed and blind guyish there).

47lab
07-11-2013, 05:12 PM
Or maybe Hanzo (wishful thinking - his eyes look kinda closed and blind guyish there).
HA! Can you imagine Hanzo getting the CC treatment? That would be so fucking over the top! :woot: I'd much rather see another Katsu picture receive the CC treatment & that's Teshigahara's THE MAN WITHOUT A MAP. It's much more worthy than any of the Zatoichi flicks IMO.

http://primolandiaproductions.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/man-without-a-map-2-promo.jpg?w=600http://primolandiaproductions.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/man-without-a-map-2.jpg?w=1000&h=672

Derrick King
07-11-2013, 07:21 PM
She mentioned it was a drawing of Zatoichi.

Criterion does have the rights to Hanzo.

I think they have a run of those empty "Explore > People >" pages that correspond to the cast of THE MAN WITHOUT A MAP

47lab
07-11-2013, 11:27 PM
yeah, I know. I've watched the entire Hanzo trilogy on Hulu not too long ago. On a related footnote, I'm hoping CC can release more Gosha too. I've been waiting for someone to release TENCHU on R1 DVD/Blu ray for years. Not sure if Criterion has secured the rights to this masterpiece though? The other Gosha two films in Criterion's catalog were also from Shochiku, so I figure it wouldn't be a big deal for Criterion to acquire TENCHU. I know Criterion has the distribution rights to BANDITS VS SAMURAI SQUADRON, HUNTER IN THE DARK & DEATH SHADOWS and that would make a lovely future Eclipse box set IMO. :up:

Derrick King
07-12-2013, 02:14 AM
Criterion also has Kagerô (aka Heat Wave), Tracked, and The Oil-Hell Murder. So they have, at least, about a third of Gosha's films.

47lab
07-12-2013, 11:15 PM
Criterion also has Kagerô (aka Heat Wave), Tracked, and The Oil-Hell Murder. So they have, at least, about a third of Gosha's films.
yeah plenty of material for a future Eclipse box set of his later works as well. I also really want to see CASH CALLS HELL get the full CC treatment too. Just a great early film noir thriller from Gosha.

Derrick King
07-13-2013, 01:55 PM
I think I've mentioned this before, but one of Criterion's producers mentioned at a talk that they have the rights to around 200+ Shochiku films. So if they own Tenchu, maybe Criterion does have it.

I think Criterion still has four or five Nikkatsu action pictures. I want those, as the NIKKATSU NOIR set is my favorite Eclipse release.

Derrick King
07-13-2013, 05:55 PM
Going back to Zatoichi for a second, I can't believe I forgot that it was one of the hints on this year's New Year's Day drawing (third floor, guy holding the birdcage [Barton Fink?] is holding a cane sword the way that Zatoichi holds his sword.)
http://criterion-images.s3.amazonaws.com/current/Wacky_New_Years_2012_Current.jpg

Richard--W
07-13-2013, 06:23 PM
I think I've mentioned this before, but one of Criterion's producers mentioned at a talk that they have the rights to around 200+ Shochiku films. So if they own Tenchu, maybe Criterion does have it.

Did the Criterion producer mention if they ever intend to release RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND and THE SHOOTING? They've kept both films tied up and out of circulation for several years.


I think Criterion still has four or five Nikkatsu action pictures. I want those, as the NIKKATSU NOIR set is my favorite Eclipse release.

One of my favorites, too. If Criterion releases another NIKKATSU NOIR collection I'll buy it.

Derrick King
07-13-2013, 07:54 PM
No, I don't think they mentioned RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND and/or THE SHOOTING (the Wexner Center talk I referenced was a year or two ago.) The last mention of RIDE and THE SHOOTING I've seen was when Monte Hellman tweeted (https://twitter.com/MonteHellman/status/207213441293881345) last year that they were coming this year.

Going back to Zatoichi for a second, Yuko Shimizu posted her Zatoichi drawing on Instagram (http://instagram.com/p/bofmDvrYgq/#) and Caitlin Kuhwald (riverwater) replied
I'm doing one too! ;). If Caitlin is talking about doing a Zatoichi, I'm not sure the Shimizu is for a release as they don't really mix artists on releases like this.

47lab
07-13-2013, 11:00 PM
yeah, the Nikkatsu Noir Eclipse set is one of the better ones in the series for sure. I always used to favor TAKE AIM AT THE POLICE VAN as my pick of the litter but upon several viewings, I have to say A COLT IS MY PASSPORT is now my definitive fave of the 5. Yes! It would be a godsend if Criterion ever releases a companion volume of Nikkatsu Action films. Been waiting forever to see a legit R1 version of Kurahara's GLASS JOHNNY: LOOKS LIKE A BEAST & Buichi Sato's PLAINS WANDERER. Make it happen Criterion! :up:


http://youtu.be/yTU8iVOAGA0


http://youtu.be/JNiV4KcjWg8

Derrick King
07-14-2013, 02:38 AM
Here is what Marc Walkow said back in 2008,
as Criterion plans at least two Eclipse box sets of Nikkatsu titles (one of them to include A Colt is My Passport), and most likely two individual, full-on Criterion Collection releases of two additional films from the genre. Four of the films came from the screening series, and I'm happy to say that I had a significant part in brokering the deal and choosing the titles. And with all luck, Criterion will be coming back to the well for more titles, if these initial ones do well enough. Rest assured that you'll have the first news here of any future title announcements or plans from them regarding these films.

I wonder if the Kurahara set was the other Nikkatsu Eclipse release that he was talking about?

He also confirmed in 2009 that Criterion has RED HANDKERCHIEF and THE VELVET HUSTLER and that "Criterion has..two more early Suzukis." Maybe these four will get individual Criterion releases instead of being put into another Eclipse set.

Nikkatsu was, and maybe still is, selling Gangster VIP in a package with the 6 other films in the series and, at the time, Criterion didn't want to release the whole series so they passed.

47lab
07-14-2013, 03:25 AM
Here is what Marc Walkow said back in 2008,

I wonder if the Kurahara set was the other Nikkatsu Eclipse release that he was talking about?

He also confirmed in 2009 that Criterion has RED HANDKERCHIEF and THE VELVET HUSTLER and that "Criterion has..two more early Suzukis." Maybe these four will get individual Criterion releases instead of being put into another Eclipse set.

Nikkatsu was, and maybe still is, selling Gangster VIP in a package with the 6 other films in the series and, at the time, Criterion didn't want to release the whole series so they passed.
How well did this Nikkatsu Noir series do in terms of sales? Considering 5 yrs have elapsed since that statement regarding a second Nikkatsu Eclipse set, I would venture to say the likelihood is high that the second release in question is THE WARPED WORLD OF KK boxset. yeah, I would love to see the 2 Toshio Masuda films released in another Eclipse set at the very least. Shame Criterion passed on Gangster VIP though as that was Watari's breakout role. I will always be pleased if Criterion decides to release more Suzuki but I feel that Hasebe is sadly neglected. It would be awesome if Criterion were able to put together an Eclipse set of his early Nikkatsu action flicks like SLAUGHTER GUN, SAVAGE WOLF PACK, RETALIATION, etc.

Derrick King
07-14-2013, 04:31 AM
I've never seen any comment about how the Nikkatsu Noir set sold. I remember there seemed to be some buzz around it, but who knows how much of that translated into sales.

Anyway, back when the Nikkatsu Noir set came out, Walkow posted on his blog about giving a copy to Joe Shishido (http://outcastcinema.blogspot.com/2009_09_01_archive.html)

47lab
07-14-2013, 01:52 PM
Jo seems like a great guy and quite a character too. I'll have to make a note to visit that izakaya next time I stop over in Tokyo. If I see him, I'll tell him that it's a great pleasure to finally meet Japan's #1 Nikkatsu "golden era" star, Akira Kobayashi. :biggrin:

Richard--W
07-15-2013, 01:24 PM
I wish Criterion could get its hands on ONE-EYED JACKS (Paramount, 1961) and PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (MGM, 1973).

Peckinpah's workprint of PAT GARRETT needs a hi-def scan, a basic clean-up, a scene reinstated, the audio tuned up, and a grading that conforms to the theatrical release. The theatrical release is also needed. Wouldn't it be nice if they included a commentary by Stephen Prince who did a fine job on Criterion's edition of STRAW DOGS. A supplement that includes all the various outtakes and alternate takes that are floating around would also be welcome.

ONE-EYED JACKS fell into public domain somehow. For picture quality, the only decent edition remains the Paramount laser-disc. All the cheap DVD's are ported from that. Front Row Entertainment's oop DVD is best of the ports but that's not saying much. Considerable outtake footage is rumored to survive including an entire prison and prison break scene.

Derrick King
07-15-2013, 01:46 PM
I seem to recall that there was some speculation on the Criterion forum that they would release ONE-EYED JACKS, but that obviously hasn't happened. I think PAT GARRETT might end up with Twilight Time.

There is a strong possibility that Criterion will announce I MARRIED A WITCH, THE UNINVITED, and LA NOTTE later today.

Derrick King
07-15-2013, 05:43 PM
October 8
I Married a Witch (http://www.criterion.com/films/27771-i-married-a-witch)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4161-7223725b276236563804f20d3ca884b5/676_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

October 15
Eyes Without a Face (http://www.criterion.com/films/950-eyes-without-a-face)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4160-0260f7405f055973af3ae2d46ee36c96/260_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

October 22
John Cassavetes: Five Films (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/558-john-cassavetes-five-films)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4159-1300ca2deac691df0f0c03375a7fa1ad/250_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

The Uninvited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4163-67704f771f4d29a63882ee47f09a8bbf/677_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

Ocober 29
La notte (http://www.criterion.com/films/28111-la-notte)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4165-c01d2b9ac55ccfcaef27fc1790604d18/678_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

Ian Jane
07-15-2013, 05:56 PM
Some seriously great titles there. Finally... Eyes Without A Face! And The Uninvited (awesome cover). Woot!

Richard--W
07-15-2013, 06:03 PM
What, no westerns?

Derrick was right.

A particularly good batch of titles. I want all of them. Yes, I do.

Now I'm going to have to buy the John Cassavetes box-set all over again. Who wants my DVD set? Anybody? It's like new.

Derrick King
07-15-2013, 06:10 PM
All credit goes to the Criterionforum for discovering that Criterion had added the casts for those three films earlier today.

I think if THE BROOD and SCANNERS are part of a Cronenberg box set, they'll a November release. If they are going to be released by themselves, they'll be coming in December.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE Blu-ray has a new extra: New interview with actor Edith Scob, but it loses: Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material.

Richard--W
07-15-2013, 06:27 PM
I Married a Witch and The Uninvited have never been on DVD in the USA. Consumers have been screaming for them for over a decade. I predict both titles will enjoy brisk sales. I'll order them first, come October.

Andrew Monroe
07-16-2013, 08:57 AM
Man, that is fantastic news about THE UNINVITED! I bought the PAL dvd but I'll happily upgrade. What a great ghost story. I think I'll hang on to the dvd too though, it had some extras that might not be on the Criterion and anyway, it's very handsomely packaged. Love that cover too. Spooky! I'll get I MARRIED A WITCH too, totally charming romantic comedy with a crush-worthy performance from Veronica Lake.

Derrick King
07-16-2013, 04:49 PM
Heads up about THE UNINVITED and I MARRIED A WITCH, Criterion lowered the MSRP on both of these from $39.95 to $29.95

bgart13
07-16-2013, 05:52 PM
Hopefully EYES will be uncut. Turns out the French bd is missing some bits.

http://thelatarniaforums.yuku.com/topic/11867/Eyes-Without-a-Face-French-DVDs-and-BluRay-CUT

Killer Meteor
07-16-2013, 07:14 PM
Part of me wants to see the US version transferred to BD

Derrick King
07-18-2013, 08:16 PM
Nicolas Winding Refn stopped by Criterion's office.
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1078807_10153105046620565_1513917330_o.jpg

Derrick King
07-19-2013, 03:48 AM
The History of the Criterion Collection with Peter Becker and Jonathan Turrel (http://vimeo.com/69581129)
During the piece, they mention that the Tati films are coming back, and they will be releasing La vérité, Sundays and Cybele, and, the already confirmed, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Derrick King
07-19-2013, 05:41 PM
Here is the video of Refn in the closet (http://criterioncollection.tumblr.com/post/55901524353/nicolas-winding-refn-a-man-capable-of-great)

Derrick King
07-19-2013, 09:31 PM
Found two more artists that are drawing Zatoichi. I'm pretty sure neither one has done work for Criterion, and the only connection I can find is that Eric Skillman follows them on twitter. So these may not be for Criterion, but someone is commissioning ZATOICHI art for, it looks like, every film.

Andrew MacLean ‏(@Andrew_MacLean)
@Andrew_MacLean (https://twitter.com/Andrew_MacLean/status/356786446792798210)

Tis is today's "work": Watch Zatoichi #22: Zatoichi Meets The One-Armed Swordsman (1971)... God I love this job.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/a832e825684471acbe06a64f36f597e6/tumblr_mq1e0aJCw41r2bc14o1_500.jpg

Ricardo Venâncio (@PressV)
@PressV's reply to @Andrew_MacLean (https://twitter.com/PressV/status/356788221583175682)

@Andrew_MacLean Nice! I have to take care of a storyboard gig today and tomorrow I'll get into my piece for #7. Good luck.

@PressV's first tweet (https://twitter.com/PressV/status/358211969540558849)

Photo: Ambushing the blind masseur… #Zatoichi #ShintaroKatsu #drawing #process http://tmblr.co/Zci4txq20rL5
http://24.media.tumblr.com/2bdc72a0d46d28f0b5120878e70a6a2f/tumblr_mq6pvl6zdx1qgsdp6o1_500.jpg

@PressV's 2nd tweet (https://twitter.com/PressV/status/358291775414222849)

I think this is the actual first time I'm using real black when coloring a pencilled piece. Let's see how it works out... #Zatoichi

Derrick King
07-22-2013, 09:40 PM
Ricardo Venâncio(@PressV) tweeted out the following

Take two on Zatoichi. Into a very long night… #Drawing #Pencils #BlindSwordsman #Jidaigeki #ShintaruKatsu
http://24.media.tumblr.com/d9e742a46ec7a7a6160c167ee34de3f2/tumblr_mqd7r0CWwe1qgsdp6o1_500.jpg

Derrick King
07-23-2013, 06:35 PM
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE Blu-ray (& dvd) is out at Barnes and Noble (online and in store).

Derrick King
07-25-2013, 01:49 AM
a member of the criterion forum found this Zatoichi art by Polly Guo, which originally had this note: "an unused illustration for a Zatoichi film series boxset for the Criterion Collection"
http://24.media.tumblr.com/78f3e5ed3b107b7fcc0b3a6efca4cf7e/tumblr_mqeru4zJCN1rzbpp3o1_1280.png

So Criterion has hired a different artist for every Zatoichi film and some sort of box set is in the works. After seeing Caitlin Kuhwald comment on Yuko Shimizu's Zatoichi drawing that she was doing one too, I knew some sort of box set was in the works, but still it boggles my mind.

47lab
07-25-2013, 03:33 AM
So looks like CC is just going to release the 7 titles that went out of print from Animeigo right? I have to say none of the artwork is particularly inspiring and that last one with the fetus is just....no comment. Too bad Criterion couldn't just acquire the original artwork from the one shot manga by Hiroshi Hirata.

Derrick King
07-25-2013, 04:26 AM
No, those 7 in addition to the ones they already have. Ricardo Venâncio mentioned that he is doing #7 ZATOICHI'S FLASHING SWORD (which is one that is up on Hulu) and Andrew MacLean said he is doing #22 ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (which was one of the AnimEigo 7.)

That one with the fetus one isn't going to be used.

I'm not sure if any of these will be cover art as (assuming these will be Blu-rays) they can, for most of the series, fit 2 to 3 films on a single disc, so there is no need for 25 or 26 pieces of art. I figure this stuff will be used for a booklet or for the inner cases of a massive digipak.

Here is a more finished version of Ricardo Venâncio's piece
http://24.media.tumblr.com/687e904a767a1bfe93958045efaa5d0d/tumblr_mqdxabKuxR1qgsdp6o1_500.jpg

And Criterion Cast posted another ZATOICHI drawing (this one is by Simon Kercz)
http://24.media.tumblr.com/75e11e16575cedc76b84a42f37af876b/tumblr_mqheoczaKy1qa6obyo6_r1_1280.jpg

47lab
07-25-2013, 09:04 PM
ah I see...ok, I was a bit confused there. I will definitely upgrade my HVE single discs for the Criterion editions if they manage to release all the HVE/Animeigo films on blu ray. I know it's wishful thinking but is there any possibility of Criterion obtaining the one film in the series (Zatoichi's Pilgrimage) that HVE wasn't able to secure the rights due to the fiasco with Miramax?

Smegma
07-25-2013, 09:19 PM
I know a few posters here always seem to know about who owns what film rights and when those rights expire. Curious if anyone thinks a Criterion re-issue of Paul Morrissey's ("Andy Warhol's") Blood for Dracula & Flesh for Frankenstein could be possible in the near future. Both have been OoP for quite a while. Would be nice to see a double disc of "Flesh" with a 3-D version (field sequential or anaglyph version)

Derrick King
07-25-2013, 11:40 PM
I think BLOOD FOR DRACULA and FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN are possible. I'm pretty sure that Cliff said he tried to get them for Scream and they had already been licensed out. I though the US rightsholder was Westchester Films, and they have licensed a number of titles to Criterion (STAGECOACH, QUADROPHENIA, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, I MARRIED A WITCH, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, BREAKER MORANT), but they are redoing their website and BLOOD and FLESH are no longer on there (neither is QUADROPHENIA, so they may still have those two).

Derrick King
07-25-2013, 11:52 PM
ah I see...ok, I was a bit confused there. I will definitely upgrade my HVE single discs for the Criterion editions if they manage to release all the HVE/Animeigo films on blu ray. I know it's wishful thinking but is there any possibility of Criterion obtaining the one film in the series (Zatoichi's Pilgrimage) that HVE wasn't able to secure the rights due to the fiasco with Miramax?

They have ZATOICHI'S PILGRIMAGE and it is on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/watch/141805) (for free, but it has commercial interruptions.)

The only one I'm not sure about is #26 ZATOICHI (1989), which was released by Media Blasters.

47lab
07-26-2013, 12:15 AM
Thanks! I've been out of the loop about Zatoichi on Hulu and didn't even realize Criterion had acquired the rights to #14 but guess it should be no surprise since the HVE/Janus releases were years ago. i have the "bootleg" version lying around here somewhere & thankfully, the PQ & the quality of the subs was on par with the official HVE DVDs but a Criterion version would most certainly be a welcome addition especially a blu ray version. I have no idea about the Media Blasters 1989 movie either?

Derrick King
07-28-2013, 06:19 PM
I've found another Zatoichi sketch from Simon Kercz
http://distilleryimage1.s3.amazonaws.com/1760835af72e11e2ad1322000a9e28e6_7.jpg

More zatoichi. Plotting an illustration on the blind swordsman's extrasensory perception. #zatoichi #criterionfilmcollection

And here is Andrew MacLean's finished (?) piece
http://distilleryimage10.s3.amazonaws.com/f37656f8eefa11e2ac4722000a9f393d_7.jpg

Barry M
07-28-2013, 06:27 PM
Too lazy to draw feet. Or more than one arm.

Derrick King
07-28-2013, 07:09 PM
Ha. Maybe the left foot is visible on the original uncropped drawing.(probably not) About the arm, he is a one-armed swordsman.

Horace Cordier
07-28-2013, 07:34 PM
Righteous! But how likely is it Criterion would release THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY while the Warner Brothers blu-ray is still being sold for under $10 everywhere you look?

They issued DAZED AND CONFUSED in an SE while a cheap version on Blu was out there. And that title sold ok. So it's possible.

Roderick
07-28-2013, 07:40 PM
About the arm, he is a one-armed swordsman. And why is he a one-armed swordsman? Because two arms is too much work.

Toyboy
07-28-2013, 07:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AckxOWz868k

Barry M
07-28-2013, 10:16 PM
Is "one-armed swordsman" a euphemism for that thing where you sit on your hand until it goes to sleep?

Derrick King
07-30-2013, 05:50 PM
http://i1.createsend5.com/ei/r/E7/B87/F1E/054000/images/wackyosprey.jpg
and the answer from the Criterion Forum: Grand Old Osprey = Nashville

Derrick King
08-07-2013, 02:17 PM
Criterion posted Fukasaku's FALL GUY on their Hulu page.

Derrick King
08-15-2013, 02:42 PM
No details yet, but Zatoichi (http://www.criterion.com/films/28300-the-tale-of-zatoichi) has a page (and a spine number: 4001 (http://t.co/aymdHYBGpG) :haha:)

Derrick King
08-15-2013, 05:15 PM
November 19
Tokyo Story (http://www.criterion.com/films/284-tokyo-story)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4176-1596c6fb4e51866c1e98f619f83fa6ba/217_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

November 12
City Lights (http://www.criterion.com/films/27558-city-lights)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4175-23d666c9ce4d797b4e29b105c6cc6b76/680_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

Frances Ha (http://www.criterion.com/films/28560-frances-ha)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4174-4d9d06ea85d5763ab963d4c2dfe0e632/681_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

November 26
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/1012-zatoichi-the-blind-swordsman)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/product_images/1647-99179e44c01d4318de1256db1c8600f5/Film_679_ZatoichiSet_original.jpg

God that Zatoichi set is so gorgeous.:love:

Derrick King
08-15-2013, 05:36 PM
Criterion Cast is posting larger versions of the Zatoichi art
1-9 (http://blog.criterioncast.com/post/58360653652/a-better-look-at-the-first-9-covers-in-the)
10-18 (http://blog.criterioncast.com/post/58361370961/a-better-look-at-covers-10-through-18-of-the)
19-25 (http://blog.criterioncast.com/post/58361935057/a-better-look-at-the-last-seven-covers-19-25-in)

Richard--W
08-16-2013, 05:13 AM
Color me impressed.

Where are the Monte Hellman westerns?

Derrick King
08-16-2013, 10:46 AM
I'd guess next year for the Hellman westerns. I suspect that December will see the releases of 4 titles: SCANNERS, THE BROOD, ITS A MAD MAD MAD WORLD (or ERASERHEAD), and a Blu-ray upgrade (either ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, THRONE OF BLOOD or LIFE AQUATIC.)

Richard--W
08-16-2013, 12:32 PM
Yeah, but people have been saying they'll come out "next year" for seven years.

Release delayed for seven years is release denied.

I want the Monte Hellman westerns NOW.

Derrick King
08-16-2013, 02:14 PM
Well, in 2001 a Criterion insert promised Kurosawa's DODES'KA-DEN, a release that didn't happen until 2008 or 2009. I've got the insert somewhere, later tonight I'll find it and post some more coming soon titles that either never happened or happened many years later.

Richard--W
08-16-2013, 05:34 PM
Regarding THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE -- buy it. Throw out previous editions. No matter how many times you've seen it or if you haven't seen it at all, just buy it. All horror films should look like this, and all horror films should get a transfer like this. Just buy it and watch it. It's a knockout blu-ray.

Derrick King
08-20-2013, 01:32 PM
Bergman's PERSONA is available for pre-order on Criterion's iTunes channel. It will be available on September 17th.

Richard--W
08-20-2013, 04:16 PM
I suppose a blu-ray release for PERSONA is not far off, then.

PERSONA is a god among movies. Everybody knows that.

Derrick King
08-20-2013, 05:44 PM
First half of next year would be my guess. They've already released two Bergman films this year and I'm not sure December is a big enough month for them to release PERSONA (which I guess is gonna be a big release.)

I wanted to add that the ZATOICHI box set is up for pre-order at amazon for $157.

Richard--W
08-21-2013, 06:31 AM
I'm glad Criterion wrestled PERSONA away from MGM. The transfers in MGM's Bergman box-set were no more than adequate even for DVD. Criterion will do it right.

The real question, of course, is how many women are really on the island -- one, or two.

Derrick King
08-21-2013, 01:36 PM
I'm curious about the other MGM Bergmans. I know that their rights to PERSONA expired, which is how Janus/Criterion picked it up, but does MGM outright own the rights to the rest or will their license on them also expire? Maybe it doesn't matter and, in exchange for doing ITS A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, they did another deal with MGM and picked up their remaining Bergmans. (although from their second MGM deal, we are still waiting for RED RIVER, THIEF and couple other titles.)

Derrick King
08-29-2013, 06:32 PM
latest newsletter hint is for PERSONA
https://i1.createsend1.com/ei/r/4E/BF6/B6D/075804/images/wackypeople.jpg

Derrick King
09-05-2013, 07:41 PM
According to MMM Criterion has discontinued their BREATHLESS Blu-ray (http://dvdlist.kazart.com/queryDVDList2.php3?id=186228) and DVD (http://dvdlist.kazart.com/queryDVDList2.php3?id=117235). They are still available from their website/Hulu Plus channel/iTunes channel, so I don't know if they've lost the rights or if these have been discontinued to make way for a dual-format release. If you are interested in the film and want to be on the safe side, Amazon is selling the Blu-ray for $23.99, but it is out of stock. There is a third party seller, fulfilled by amazon, selling it for $25.40.

Derrick King
09-13-2013, 03:58 PM
We interviewed Werner Herzog about one of his favorite filmmakers at @TheLondonWeHo! Here’s a photo: http://ow.ly/oQHv1
https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBheaHR0cDovLzMxLm1lZGlhLnR1bWJsci5jb2 0vOTRjYmZkZWY4NTU5YmE4MTFlYzc0ZTUyY2ZhMDFkN2EvdHVt YmxyX210MnRlbExiSVgxcWQzbGJibzFfNTAwLmpwZxToBxSyBA AWABIA&s=RYbw82bTqDyD-wKHSkftNcBz9-dve_SIKzWkVb81EMc

Derrick King
09-16-2013, 02:14 PM
December 3
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (http://www.criterion.com/films/27911-investigation-of-a-citizen-above-suspicion)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4183-6101b383f8d1a6e5ba78a84403d28e1d/682_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

Nashville (http://www.criterion.com/films/28427-nashville)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4184-1fab9697d8326b717c4225ce1c9a879e/683_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

December 10
Grey Gardens (http://www.criterion.com/films/664-grey-gardens)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4186-782cd51e3df55fe66db9d9bdcb0fdeca/123_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/1021-martin-scorsese-s-world-cinema-project)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4185-f865536a093ba43584c2fd2e22d105d1/684_DF_box_348x480_original.jpg

Derrick King
10-04-2013, 06:34 PM
Criterion just posted a video of Alfonso Cuarón (and Pawel Pawlikowski) raiding their Blu-ray/DVD closet (they don't really talk about their picks, so the video isn't that interesting), so it is a good bet that Y Tu Mama Tambien is finally happening.

Richard--W
10-07-2013, 09:15 AM
latest newsletter hint is for PERSONA
https://i1.createsend1.com/ei/r/4E/BF6/B6D/075804/images/wackypeople.jpg

I don't get it. How does this sketch suggest PERSONA?

Derrick King
10-07-2013, 06:21 PM
person A

I never posted the last newsletter clue
https://i6.createsend1.com/ei/r/8D/567/41E/075752/images/wackybird.jpg

it is a hawk king (Stephen Hawking) = A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

Richard--W
10-07-2013, 10:12 PM
I'm tired of waiting for Criterion to release RED RIVER on blu-ray. They've had it for years and have done nothing with it. So I just bought the Masters of Cinema edition, October 18 release, which will be just as fine a transfer and probably have a better booklet.

8163

Derrick King
10-12-2013, 03:16 AM
Criterion's president and one of their producers are giving a Q&A at the Wexner Center on November 19 and the Wexner Center's page for the event (http://wexarts.org/film-video/spotlight-criterion-collection) confirms that they'll be releasing THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX.

Derrick King
10-15-2013, 06:40 PM
January 2014's titles will be announced tomorrow, but THIEF will be one of the titles (a link to its page was briefly up on Criterion's site)

Derrick King
10-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Jan 7
Throne of Blood (Dual-format) (http://www.criterion.com/films/735-throne-of-blood)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4196-cd79196637d97de860e78366fa0663b7/190_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

Jan 14
Rififi (http://www.criterion.com/films/654-rififi)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4195-9d92e324cf88da3b425c2c87d99cdc2c/115_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

Thief (http://www.criterion.com/films/28024-thief)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4191-560cd65f1ec2a91f6e3ffccb67d6d7eb/691_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (http://www.criterion.com/films/28579-it-s-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4190-d57b07f46fa7d01be380f825751c7f23/692_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

La vie de bohème (http://www.criterion.com/films/28086-la-vie-de-boheme)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4192-7e4909481bc80832b44c9cba4ed1b7ed/693_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

Jan 21
The Long Day Closes (http://www.criterion.com/films/27984-the-long-day-closes)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4193-c0595263f3b0524efc4007ac14ee61bf/694_box_348x490_DF_original.jpg

Eclipse:
Jan 7
Series 40: Late Ray (http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/1027-eclipse-series-40-late-ray)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4194-aa53a9d63ecdad04af43138c5e98d4e3/LateRay_3D_Box_original.png

Ian Jane
10-16-2013, 03:49 PM
I'm definitely down for Throne Of Blood, Thief and Rififi.

Derrick King
10-16-2013, 03:52 PM
Ha, same three I plan on picking up.

47lab
10-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Throne of Blood & the Satyajit Ray Eclipse set for me. I was only planning on picking up the Zatoichi box set during the next B&N 50% off sale but looks like I'm going to have to stretch my budget to include these for the 2014 sale.

Andrew Monroe
10-17-2013, 02:26 PM
RIFIFI is good, if not surprising news, but THIEF is a real shock to me anyway. I love that movie. Easily their most exciting new release as far as I'm concerned.

Rakesh R.
10-17-2013, 05:35 PM
Those are some really great titles. All of them are worthy to be in a blu ray collection.

Derrick King
10-19-2013, 04:30 PM
According to Mike Figgis, Criterion might be releasing LEAVING LAS VEGAS next year (http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=455478#p455478)

Derrick King
11-05-2013, 11:56 AM
Interesting news, Criterion has left Image and will now be distributed by Sony (http://www.homemediamagazine.com/sony-pictures/sony-inks-distribution-admin-deal-criterion-31792)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Criterion Nov. 4 said they have signed a multi-year distribution and administrative deal. Under terms of the agreement, Sony will handle distribution, replication, inventory management, shipping and accounts receivable for Criterion.

David Bishop, president of SPHE, said Criterion’s 30-year legacy of delivering important classic and contemporary films into the home entertainment market is buttressed by the exacting standards each Blu-ray Disc and DVD release must meet.

“This is why SPHE is honored that Criterion has chosen to partner with us to ensure its future legacy by duplicating and efficiently distributing products equal to the high standards it demands,” Bishop said.

The Criterion Collection features more than 150 movies. Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its filmmaker intended it to be seen. Criterion uses state-of-the-art telecine equipment and select colorists during the film-to-video digital transfer, according to CEO Jonathan Turell.

Whenever possible, Criterion works with the original directors and cinematographers to ensure that the look of the releases does justice to their intentions.

Turell said Criterion’s bonus material enables viewers to appreciate the films in context, through audio commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director’s cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts and storyboards.

“We’re proud to release many great films from Sony’s library in Criterion and very much look forward to continuing our long relationship,” Turell said. “We think they are an ideal partner as we look forward to expanding our direct relationships with our key customers.”

Richard--W
11-05-2013, 12:20 PM
anyone figure out the last newsletter clue?

Derrick King
11-05-2013, 12:39 PM
Harold Lloyd's THE FRESHMAN

Derrick King
11-15-2013, 05:57 PM
Feb 4
Jules and Jim (http://www.criterion.com/films/218-jules-and-jim)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4206-d2fa64478345d401b1d9670812311bd4/281_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

Feb 11
Blue is the Warmest Color (http://www.criterion.com/films/28603-blue-is-the-warmest-color)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4208-86996ada9166c04cfb1ae3f732f2fb04/695_BD_box_348x490_original.jpg

Feb 18
Foreign Correspondent (http://www.criterion.com/films/27692-foreign-correspondent)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4211-1d45999c3c55e97407d5c98c158d444e/696_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

Fantastic Mr. Fox (http://www.criterion.com/films/28565-fantastic-mr-fox)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4210-eba0640940d7c3b6a0d9ca142a06f6c9/700_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

Feb 25
Breathless (dual-format) (http://www.criterion.com/films/268-breathless)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4207-86baf6c4d9c75fe785ebfb7e14b2a723/408_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

Tess (http://www.criterion.com/films/28594-tess)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4213-4708c6bd766e6556df3d7fd99087699e/697_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

King of the Hill (with The Underneath included as a bonus) (http://www.criterion.com/films/27965-king-of-the-hill)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_boxshots/4212-76e8b32f39533d0e4d8f6f69b4d546e3/698_DF_box_348x490_original.jpg

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR includes the following note "A full special edition treatment of this film will follow at a later date."

Derrick King
11-15-2013, 10:51 PM
It is not a surprise, given Raro recently released it on Blu, Criterion's Il Generale Della Rovere DVD is OOP.

Ian Jane
11-16-2013, 12:10 PM
I'd be down for Foreign Correspondent and maybe Tess if I've got a bit of extra cash that month. Already have the last Breathless Blu, I'm not double dipping on that again.

Derrick King
11-19-2013, 10:52 PM
Some news from the Criterion Q&A at the Wexner Center:

They will be releasing Todd Haynes’ SAFE.
Gance's NAPOLEON might happen.
They've been in talks with Warner Brothers about letting them release Jan Troell's THE EMIGRANTS and THE NEW LAND.
They will be releasing Troell's HERE IS YOUR LIFE
Rossilini's THE WAR TRILOGY will eventually get a Blu-ray as will THE BICYCLE THIEVES (which has a new 4K master waiting for them to use for the Blu)
Some more Oshima is in the works.
They continue to have talks with WB about letting them release Russell's THE DEVILS (WB hasn't said yes yet, but they haven't exactly told them no either.)
They teased the Cronenberg films and RED RIVER, saying that the Hawks film will have both cuts.
A deal is almost inked to add another animated film, but Becker wouldn't say what it was.
They are constantly talking to Lionsgate and StudioCanal about reacquiring the titles they've lost.
They are waiting for Lynch to be happy with ERASERHEAD and the Short films before they release them (it sounds like the short films will be getting their own release and come out before ERASERHEAD)