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mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006

I was living a doritos and mt dew incel life locked in my room. Then covid happened and I could pretend I was some sort of special hero for that. Now I spend all day worrying that could get ruined.I guarantee the post next to this message is me talking in baby talk while hyping up fake doomer news.

Sort of related to Criterion movies, I just noticed Fellini's 8 1/2 is free on Amazon's unbox video rental service. I keep meaning to watch this flick and this is the perfect opportunity.

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Cacator
Aug 6, 2005

You're quite good at turning me on.



SubG posted:

I mean, if Criterion is going to start poaching material from Anchor Bay, I'd way rather they pick up the Django films than the Evil Dead films.

If that's the case then I would definitely want some Herzog on Criterion. Maybe a reissue of Aguirre will not have the " *** - Video Movie Guide" quote on the case.

SubG posted:

Or how about a blacksploitation set from Criterion (I'd pay a lot for a Criterion Coonskin (1975) or Boss friend of the family (1975))?
Just imagine the cover art!!

Skrewtape
Sep 9, 2003
I like pie

I assume most people who read this thread also read Take 5, but just in case, there was just an interesting post there:

http://www.criterion.com/blog/2007_12_01_archive.html#8783218335688029824

Long story short: Criterion hosed up their recent releases of Mala Noche and the Ingmar Bergman: Four Masterworks boxed set. If you bought either of those recently, you can return the bad discs as described in the blog post and get a new copy, although it looks like new versions of Mala Noche won't be available for a while.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


Looks like The Last Emperor will be cropped from 2.35:1 to 2:1 per Storaro's preference for 2:1

http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=422

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


God, Storaro is such a douchebag.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


Criminal Minded posted:

God, Storaro is such a douchebag.

I understand his reasoning, as it adds a little more resolution, but it's not much. Sorry for the irrelevant image, but it has the varied levels of detail for a comparison:





Does the 2:1 image really look sharper enough to justify the cropping? Looking at Apocalypse Now, he cropped to 2:1 for sharpness, yet still applied a lot of edge enhancement to fake sharpness.

Sheldrake
Jul 19, 2006


Og Oggilby posted:

I understand his reasoning, as it adds a little more resolution, but it's not much.

This is really loving annoying. I was thinking about dropping the veritable wad of cash on this one, but this just seems like a screw up. Isn't Criterion supposed to use the best version of the film out there? What say does the cinematographer really have in it at this point?

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



I dunno, when a man has shot arguably the most gorgeous movie ever made (The Conformist), I'm willing to cut him some slack. And Bertolucci approved it. Still, it is disappointing.

frumpsnake
Jan 30, 2001

The sad part is, he wasn't always evil.

The Artisan release is pretty severely cropped to begin with. It'd probably be about equivalent to ~2.10:1 widthwise, plus more cropped off top+bottom.
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/lastemperor.htm

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


March Criterions:

Mafioso (1962, Alberto Lattuada)
Antonio Gaudí (1984, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
The Ice Storm (1997, Ang Lee)



- 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
- Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- A 1996 interview with director Alberto Lattuada by filmmaker Daniele Luchetti
- New video interviews with the director's son, Alessandro Lattuada, and wife, actress Carla Del Poggio (Variety Lights)
- Italian and U.S. theatrical trailers
- Stills gallery of promotional caricatures by artist Keiko Kimura
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- $29.95 MSRP



- 1.33:1 standard
- Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- New video interview with architect Arata Isozaki
- Gaudí, Catalunya 1959, a short film by Hiroshi Teshigahara featuring footage from his first trip to Spain
- Monitor: Antonio Gaudí (1961), a short film essay by director Ken Russell
- VITA, a short film by Teshigahara on the sculpture work of his father, Sofu Teshigahara
- Original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by art historian Dore Ashton, and reprinted writings by Hiroshi and Sofu
- $39.95 MSRP



- 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes
- Audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus
- New documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood
- New video interview with novelist Rick Moody
- Deleted scenes
- Footage from an event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York's Museum of the Moving Image
- Production designs and sketches, with commentary by the designers
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A new essay by film critic Bill Krohn

$39.95 MSRP

and Eclipse Series 9....

The Delirious Fictions of William Klein

- Who Are You, Polly Magoo? (1966)
- Mr. Freedom (1969)
- The Model Couple (1977)

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



A very odd month.

Mafioso - First I've heard of it. The other Italian comedies from Criterion have been pretty good, so chances are I'll like (but not love) this one.

Antonio Gaudí - Eh. I love the features in the Teshigahara box, but the documentary shorts didn't do much for me. I'll rent it, but expectations are low.

The Ice Storm - A decent movie, but why? I guess it'll generate some revenue. I'm not liking that cover at all. IIRC, there's some special features from the previous disc that are missing here.

The Delirious Fictions of William Klein - Sounds like it could be interesting.


It's nice to see Criterion dip into more obscure waters, they've been hitting the canon pretty hard lately. Still, none of it really excites me.

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


The editor for Roger Ebert's site reviewed Mafioso! when he was out recuperating from surgery.

Link

El Graplurado
Mar 24, 2004
I do backflips when you're not looking.

I actually squealed upon announcement of that William Klein set. Although i'm sure not too everyone's taste, Polly Maggoo has been a favourite of mine for a while now and i've always wanted to see more of his stuff.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


December newsletter is out and the hinted film is Anthony Mann's The Furies (1950).

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



New features added for The Last Emperor:

- The Chinese Adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci, a 52-minute documentary that revisits the film's making

- A 66-minute BBC documentary exploring Bertolucci's creative process and the making of The Last Emperor

- A new interview with Ian Buruma examining the historical period of the film

And the booklet now includes interviews with production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and actor Ying Ruocheng, and a reminiscence by Bertolucci.

IndieRockLance
Jan 29, 2003

The devourer of worlds demands a Moon Pie to satiate his hunger!

It's about drat time that Mafioso got put out on DVD.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


http://www.criterion.com/blog/index.html

Criterion explains The Last Emperor. It turns out that the shorter 165 min. cut is the real director's cut and the 4-hour cut was part of the contract for allowing a 4-part miniseries to be shown. So, it'll have both the theatrical cut (director's cut) and the extended director's cut (really the television version). Of course, Storaro supervised the 2K transfers.

It's also worth mentioning that a bare-bones DVD will be out from Image around the same time.

Starscream
Aug 17, 2000


FitFortDanga posted:

The Ice Storm - A decent movie, but why? I guess it'll generate some revenue. I'm not liking that cover at all. IIRC, there's some special features from the previous disc that are missing here.

When I first saw it, I thought Criterion was doing the third "Works of Director" boxset. That IS an ugly cover. I can't remember the last Criterion cover art I really liked.

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zandert33
Sep 20, 2002



Starscream posted:

When I first saw it, I thought Criterion was doing the third "Works of Director" boxset. That IS an ugly cover. I can't remember the last Criterion cover art I really liked.

"Drunken Angel"? I really love that cover.

Macrame_God
Sep 1, 2005

The stairs lead down in both directions.



zandert33 posted:

"Drunken Angel"? I really love that cover.

Personally, I loved the cover to "Robinson Crusoe on Mars". The picture on the website doesn't do it justice as it makes it looks to be more colorful than it really is. When you get the actual disc you can see that it has a much darker tone giving it a bold and striking look.

I was looking at the first page of this thread from late 2006 to read that I only had two Criterions back then ("Seven Samurai" three-disc reissue and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"). poo poo's changed a little since then...

* Seven Samurai (Three-Disc Reissue)
* Brazil (Three-Disc Special Edition)
* Yojimbo
* Sanjuro
* The Third Man
* Haxan
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
* Ran
* Equinox
* Pandora's Box
* Robinson Crusoe on Mars

I've got a birthday coming up soon and I've been interested in picking up the "Samurai" trilogy. Can anyone here testify to it's awesomeness?

zandert33
Sep 20, 2002



Macrame_God posted:



I've got a birthday coming up soon and I've been interested in picking up the "Samurai" trilogy. Can anyone here testify to it's awesomeness?

The movies are great, you should be aware though that they are not Anamorphic. Criterion has slowly but surely been rereleasing their older non-anamorphic DVDs, so tt may be possible that the movies COULD be released again in a few years, but then again you could be waiting for nothing.

Jack Does Jihad
Jun 18, 2003

Yeah, this is just right. Has a nice feel, too.

Macrame_God posted:


I've got a birthday coming up soon and I've been interested in picking up the "Samurai" trilogy. Can anyone here testify to it's awesomeness?

Are you talking about the Musashi Miyamoto films with Toshiro Mifune, or the Rebel Samurai pack?

Macrame_God
Sep 1, 2005

The stairs lead down in both directions.



Jack Does Jihad posted:

Are you talking about the Musashi Miyamoto films with Toshiro Mifune, or the Rebel Samurai pack?

The Musashi Miyamoto films.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



The new announcements should come tomorrow, I wonder what we'll see. Seems like it's about time for Bottle Rocket and/or Mishima.

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


Ebert's new review of Mishima has me interested. I need to see some of Schrader's directorial efforts too.

Green Vulture
Jun 9, 2007
Just a neighborly reminder that you're a goddamned retard.

Mishima is incredibly beautiful, and has an equally lovely score to match it, but I remember it leaving me cold. But it's been awhile since I've seen the film, so I should Netflix it and give the movie another shot.

As for Schrader in general, his output is pretty erratic, and I think he's a better writer than director, but I think the best movie he's made was his debut, Blue Collar. The DVD is out of print, but if you can find it, I highly recommend watching it.

Actually, checking various sites, it looks like a bunch of Schrader's films are OOP. Maybe Criterion can put together a box set?

SubG
Aug 19, 2004

It's a hard world for little things.


Green Vulture posted:

Mishima is incredibly beautiful, and has an equally lovely score to match it, but I remember it leaving me cold.
For whatever it's worth this is more or less exactly my impression as well.

Come to think of it, I think this is a pretty good summary of my feelings for about three quarters of all anthology films.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



First hints of the new announcements...

#427:


This looks familiar, but maybe it's just one of those shots that always looks familiar.

#428:

Someone at criterionforum.org says this is Blast of Silence.


EDIT: looks like once again they're going to post the new releases while I'm driving home from work.

FitFortDanga fucked around with this message at 00:07 on Jan 16, 2008

Love Rat
Jan 15, 2008

I've made a psycho call to the woman I love, I've kicked a dog to death, and now I'm going to pepper spray an acquaintance. Something... I mean, what's happened to me?

Inspired by some of the other lists, I decided to list the Criterions I already own:

400 Blows and its sequels
8 1/2
Alphaville
Autumn Sonata
The Beauty and the Beast
Branded to Kill
Chasing Amy
Cries and Whispers
Dairy of a Chambermaid
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Double Suicide
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Fireman's Ball
High and Low
Hiroshima mon amour
Ikiru
Juliet of the Spirits
Kwaidan
The Last Temptation of Christ
Late Spring
Loves of a Blonde
Mona Lisa
My Own Private Idaho
Naked Lunch
Night and Fog
The Night Porter
The Passion of Anna
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Pornographers
Rashomon
Red Beard
Robocop
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Ruling Class
Through a Glass Darkly
The Silence
Slacker
Solaris
Story of a Prostitute
That Obscure Object of Desire
This is Spinal Tap (actually on laserdisc)
Throne of Blood
Through a Glass Darkly
Tokyo Drifter
Tokyo Story
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Videodrome
Wild Strawberries
Winterlight
Withnail and I

My collection is not so bad, but I've definitely fallen behind. Of course, being here isn't going to help my wallet any.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Apparently #427 is Death of a Cyclist. I admire Criterion's ability to keep whipping out these interesting-looking films that I've never heard of.

Starscream
Aug 17, 2000


BranceMulliganPI posted:

Videodrome

drat you. I want a copy of this but DVDPlanet won't sell me one because they think it's a porno and I don't have a credit card with which to buy "pornos" :confused:

IndieRockLance
Jan 29, 2003

The devourer of worlds demands a Moon Pie to satiate his hunger!

FitFortDanga posted:

Apparently #427 is Death of a Cyclist. I admire Criterion's ability to keep whipping out these interesting-looking films that I've never heard of.

Death of a Cyclist is fantastic. I loved every moment of it when I saw it in the big Janus Films film series I caught last year. I'm surprised it's not on DVD yet.

Exree
Oct 7, 2000


Starscream posted:

drat you. I want a copy of this but DVDPlanet won't sell me one because they think it's a porno and I don't have a credit card with which to buy "pornos" :confused:

Why not pay seven dollars more then, and get it from some other site?

Macrame_God
Sep 1, 2005

The stairs lead down in both directions.



I picked up three new Criterions today: "If...", "Man Bites Dog", and "The Hidden Fortress". I've seen "Man Bites Dog" before, but I haven't seen the others. "If..." was very nice and, even though I haven't seen "The Hidden Fortress" yet, I'm certain that it's wonderful. I mean, Kurosawa directed it for crying out loud!

Green Vulture
Jun 9, 2007
Just a neighborly reminder that you're a goddamned retard.

Macrame_God posted:

I haven't seen "The Hidden Fortress" yet, I'm certain that it's wonderful. I mean, Kurosawa directed it for crying out loud!
For someone with over 30 movies to his name, this is a dangerous attitude to have, especially if you're paying $20 to $40 per film. I mean, I have a major hard-on for Martin Scorsese's work, and am about as biased with him as Darko is with Steven Spielberg, but even I'll admit he's had a few duffers in his career.

That said, The Hidden Fortress is pretty drat good.

zandert33
Sep 20, 2002



Green Vulture posted:

For someone with over 30 movies to his name, this is a dangerous attitude to have, especially if you're paying $20 to $40 per film. I mean, I have a major hard-on for Martin Scorsese's work, and am about as biased with him as Darko is with Steven Spielberg, but even I'll admit he's had a few duffers in his career.

That said, The Hidden Fortress is pretty drat good.

I hate to be the Kurosawa freak, but please tell us what Kurosawa movies from the 50's/60's (14 movies total) that are not worth owning? The "The Idiot" may be your answer, but that movie is part of the Eclipse boxset.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



zandert33 posted:

I hate to be the Kurosawa freak, but please tell us what Kurosawa movies from the 50's/60's (14 movies total) that are not worth owning? The "The Idiot" may be your answer, but that movie is part of the Eclipse boxset.

"Worth owning" is relative to the viewer. I own The Lower Depths because I like having all of Kurosawa's films, but I don't consider it essential part of his work. Not that it's bad (it's good, I like Renoir's version a little more), but I probably wouldn't ever put it on unless I had planned a marathon of all his movies.

I'm not sure why you qualified your question with the "50's/60's" limitation either. That wasn't part of what Green Vulture said. I certainly wouldn't recommend Dodesukaden or Dersu Uzala as blind buys.

zandert33
Sep 20, 2002



FitFortDanga posted:

"Worth owning" is relative to the viewer. I own The Lower Depths because I like having all of Kurosawa's films, but I don't consider it essential part of his work. Not that it's bad (it's good, I like Renoir's version a little more), but I probably wouldn't ever put it on unless I had planned a marathon of all his movies.

I'm not sure why you qualified your question with the "50's/60's" limitation either. That wasn't part of what Green Vulture said. I certainly wouldn't recommend Dodesukaden or Dersu Uzala as blind buys.

I wouldn't recommend those two movies as "blind buys" either. We've got to remember here, he did say "Hidden Fortress", anybody who's a real movie fan has heard about the movie and knows it's ranked as worthwhile.

Also, what I really meant is that if you've purchased any film from those two decades you really can't go too far off. Even though "Lower Depths" isn't his best film, it's still an excellent film that is beautifully shot with some great acting.

I do understand it's not always wise to just buy anything "blind" just because the director has done good stuff in the past... but with Kurosawa, I'd say without a doubt that he's only make 3 or 4 films that I would rank as a "bad buy".

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



#427 - DEATH OF A CYCLIST



- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Calle Bardem (2005), a documentary on the revolutionary life and career of director Juan Antonio Bardem
- Theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by scholar Marsha Kinder and a 1955 essay by Bardem on Spanish cinema


#428 - BLAST OF SILENCE



- DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
- New, restored digital transfer
- Requiem for a Killer: The Making of “Blast of Silence” (2007)
- Rare on-set Polaroids
- Locations revisited in 2008
- Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by award-winning artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Batman: Jekyll & Hyde)


ECLIPSE SERIES 10: SILENT OZU



Includes:
I Was Born, But...
Passing Fancy
Tokyo Chorus


No other April announcements yet. Seems like another blah month to me, but I haven't seen most of them so I should shut up. I have seen I Was Born, But... which is okay, but I don't have any interest in seeing it again. Also, kinda lame that they're only on the 10th Eclipse release and they're already repeating directors. I know a lot of Criterion fans go apeshit for Ozu, but I'm dying for the rumored Mizoguchi set.

FitFortDanga fucked around with this message at 22:31 on Jan 16, 2008

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Green Vulture
Jun 9, 2007
Just a neighborly reminder that you're a goddamned retard.

FitFortDanga posted:

I'm not sure why you qualified your question with the "50's/60's" limitation either. That wasn't part of what Green Vulture said. I certainly wouldn't recommend Dodesukaden or Dersu Uzala as blind buys.
Me neither. So taking in his entire career, the ones I didn't particularly like or was unimpressed by include: Scandal, Dodes-ka-den, The Lower Depths, Sanjuro (awesome final duel aside), Rhapsody in August, Madaddayo, certain segments from Dreams and Dersu Uzala. Even some movies of his I really like, such as Red Beard and High and Low, I really can't see watching more than once.

I'm saying that in this age of Netflix, you shouldn't just blind buy a film because it has a director's name on it...and especially if it's a Criterion, due to their higher prices. For the life of me, I honestly can't think of one director with over a dozen films that hasn't made a bad movie somewhere down the line (and before you throw his name out, let me say I have a major dislike of Kubrick's The Shining, so there. :colbert: )

As for the new Criterions, the art is again quite beautiful and looking them up on IMDb, the movies sound interesting (especially Blast of Silence), but, going back to Scorsese in my first post, I wish Criterion would stop dicking around and release a compilation of his short films like they said they would, a long time ago.

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