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Cacator
Aug 6, 2005

You're quite good at turning me on.



STEVIE B 4EVA posted:



A man after my own heart

LtKenFrankenstein posted:

I take it you didn't see Blade 2.

Now now, Blade 2 is by far the best/least worst of the Blade movies.

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Starscream
Aug 17, 2000


LtKenFrankenstein posted:

I take it you didn't see Blade 2.

Like my friend above me points out, I take it you haven't seen 1 or 3?

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Jack Does Jihad posted:

Haha, FFD, you might've gotten hosed. Criterion is listing the SD DVD of Ran as out of print. It might be like those Rialto films that went out of print, and will come back in print in a few months, or it might be a few years.

I guess if you were curious about Ran, now is the time to rent it/buy it.

Yeah I definitely got boned this time. I didn't even get the eBay OOP bonus from it. Still, I'm not gonna snap up the SD version again. Ran has got to be a hugely important film to them, I think they'll work it out pretty soon.

Speaking of getting boned on eBay, I finally found someone selling a copy of Criterion's Kanal outside of the box set, but got outbid in the final seconds. loving snipers.

I have no feelings one way or the other about Cronos. Blade 2 was awful, but Pan's Labyrinth was okay.

Uncle Boogeyman
Jul 22, 2007



Cacator posted:

Now now, Blade 2 is by far the best/least worst of the Blade movies.

I take it you didn't see Blade.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



List of films for the second Brakhage set:

The Wonder Ring (3)
The Dead (5)
Two: Creeley/McClure
23rd Psalm Branch (7)
Scenes from Under Childhood (Part One)
The Machine of Eden
Star Garden
Desert
The Process
Burial Path
The Domain of the Moment
Murder Psalm (7)
Duplicity III
Arabic 12
Visions in Meditation 1-4
Unconscious London Strata
Boulder Blues and Pearls and...
The Mammals of Victoria
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis
I Take These Truths
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind
Ellipsis #5
Persians 1-3
Chinese Series


The bold numbers are my ratings for the few that I've seen. I'm glad there's not too much of his early work on here, although I'd like to see all of Scenes from Under Childhood.

STEVIE B 4EVA
Nov 12, 2005

girl in the slayer jacket            i am searching for you

Magic Hate Ball
May 6, 2007

ha ha ha!
you've already paid for this


Sounds like Monsoon Wedding.

Action Jacktion
Jun 3, 2003


STEVIE B 4EVA posted:

Monsoon Wedding? I didn't like that movie.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Nor did I, but I only watched the first half hour or so. Salaam Bombay is a better choice if they're going to release any Nair. Not too wild about that one either, though.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



#54 - For All Mankind (reissue, DVD/Blu-Ray) (Jul 14)



* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinert (with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
* Audio commentary featuring Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon
* An Accidental Gift: The Making of “For All Mankind,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists Don Pickard, Mike Gentry, Morris Williams, and Chuck Welch
On Camera, a collection of excerpted on-screen interviews with fifteen of the Apollo astronauts
* New video program about Bean’s artwork, accompanied by a gallery of his paintings
* NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage
* Optional on-screen identification of astronauts and mission control specialists
* PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critic Terrence Rafferty and Reinert


#480 - The Human Condition (DVD box set) (Jul 14)



FOUR-DISC SPECIAL EDITION:
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide)
* New video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai
* Video appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Condition featuring Shinoda
* Japanese theatrical trailers
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp


#481 - Made in USA (DVD) (Jul 21)



* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Interviews with stars Anna Karina and Lászlo Szábó
* A video piece on the personal and the political in Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, featuring Godard biographers Richard Brody and Colin MacCabe
* A visual essay cataloguing the multiple references in the film
* Original and rerelease theatrical trailers
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A new essay by film critic J. Hoberman


#483 - Repulsion (DVD/Blu-Ray) (Jul 28)



* New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
* Audio commentary featuring director Roman Polanski and actress Catherine Deneuve
* A British Horror Film (2003), a documentary on the making of Repulsion, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor
* A 1964 television documentary filmed on the set of Repulsion, featuring rare footage of Polanski and Deneuve at work
* Theatrical trailer
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and curator Bill Horrigan


Excellent month!

For All Mankind - I like it, should look amazing on Blu. Not sure if I'll buy it though.

The Human Condition - About loving time! An incredible, soul-crushing trilogy. I wish it was on Blu, and there could certainly be more extras, but it's a no-brainer for me.

Made in USA - Haven't seen this yet, but pretty sure I won't like it, based on my past experience with Godard.

Repulsion - Polanski and Denueve commentary? Sold. I like The Tenant a little more, but yeah, I'll buy this.

No sign yet of #482, or an Eclipse set.

Uncle Boogeyman
Jul 22, 2007



loving yes! Repulsion is by far my favorite Polanski movie and I've been waiting for a decent DVD release of it for a long-rear end time now. I haven't sprung for a Criterion in a while now, but I have to have this one.

Great cover, too.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Speculation at cf.org is that #482 has to be 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her. One of my least favorite Godards.

STEVIE B 4EVA
Nov 12, 2005

girl in the slayer jacket            i am searching for you

FitFortDanga posted:

Speculation at cf.org is that #482 has to be 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her. One of my least favorite Godards.

Makes sense since the print was touring with Made in U.S.A.

robix smash
Jul 21, 2003

Mario is Missing

It's been a long time since I was as excited for Criterion solicits as I am for the Human Condition and For All Mankind BR. Hopefully all of that 8mm and 16mm film looks okay in the upgrade.

STEVIE B 4EVA posted:

Makes sense since the print was touring with Made in U.S.A.
Vivre Sa Vie was recently making the rounds from Janus, too.

Well, poo poo. I just realized I missed the Human Condition at Film Forum today. I was even in the Village. Dammit.

robix smash fucked around with this message at 02:11 on Apr 17, 2009

Peaceful Anarchy
Sep 18, 2005
sXe
I am the math man.



FitFortDanga posted:

Made in USA - Haven't seen this yet, but pretty sure I won't like it, based on my past experience with Godard.

While I kind of agree with you, this description at Criterion:

quote:

Like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave, this chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism features Anna Karina as the most brightly dressed private investigator in film history, searching for a former lover who might have been assassinated.
makes me really want to see it. If Godard integrated his critique of consumerism into the actual plot, as opposed to having it be a slew of quotations from his characters, it could be really cool. Then again, cool concepts are what make me keep watching Godard despite my very mixed reactions to his films.

Jack Does Jihad
Jun 18, 2003

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

LtKenFrankenstein posted:

loving yes! Repulsion is by far my favorite Polanski movie and I've been waiting for a decent DVD release of it for a long-rear end time now. I haven't sprung for a Criterion in a while now, but I have to have this one.

Great cover, too.

I JUST watched this a few days ago. I was very surprised it'd be announced so suddenly. There was a fan cover made at criterion forum that was loving badass too.

Peaceful Anarchy posted:

While I kind of agree with you, this description at Criterion:

makes me really want to see it. If Godard integrated his critique of consumerism into the actual plot, as opposed to having it be a slew of quotations from his characters, it could be really cool. Then again, cool concepts are what make me keep watching Godard despite my very mixed reactions to his films.

Gotta be honest with you. Next to Petit Soldat, it's the most boring Godard film I've watched from the 60's. It's not as zany and out there to me as Pierrot or Alphaville. The movie looks great but it really feels like Godard is half asleep behind the camera, or atleast behind the idea of the movie.

I'm pretty certain I wouldn't call it "chaotic" either.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



According to Image, #482 is indeed 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her:



- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Archival television interviews: the first featuring Vlady on the set of the film, the second with Godard engaged in debate with a government official on the subject of prostitution
- New video interview with Godard friend Antoine Bourseiller
- A visual essay cataloguing the multiple references in the film
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A new essay by Sasha Frere-Jones

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Amazon is offering customers the chance to vote on a title for Criterion to release on Blu-Ray later this year. The choices are:

Au Revoir Les Enfants
Down By Law
Howards End
Kwaidan
Picnic at Hanging Rock



For me, the easy choice was Picnic at Hanging Rock... but Kwaidan would be nice too.

ClydeUmney
May 13, 2004

One can hardly ignore the Taoist implications of "Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling."



FitFortDanga posted:

Amazon is offering customers the chance to vote on a title for Criterion to release on Blu-Ray later this year. The choices are:

Au Revoir Les Enfants
Down By Law
Howards End
Kwaidan
Picnic at Hanging Rock



For me, the easy choice was Picnic at Hanging Rock... but Kwaidan would be nice too.

I love Picnic, but Kwaidan in Blu-Ray is a no-brainer for me. That movie is beautiful already.

zandert33
Sep 20, 2002



FitFortDanga posted:

Amazon is offering customers the chance to vote on a title for Criterion to release on Blu-Ray later this year. The choices are:

Au Revoir Les Enfants
Down By Law
Howards End
Kwaidan
Picnic at Hanging Rock



For me, the easy choice was Picnic at Hanging Rock... but Kwaidan would be nice too.

They NEED to completely redo Kwaidan. It's not even the full version of the movie, and the quality of the transfer is seriously lacking.

Egbert Souse
Nov 6, 2008



I voted for Kwaidan since it looks like a visually stunning movie from stills I've seen... but I put in the comment box that it would be nice to get 8 1/2, F for Fake, Spartacus, and The Passion of Joan of Arc out as well.

DevCore
Jul 16, 2003

Schooled by Satan

I picked up Science is Fiction but I haven't opened it yet because I'm confused about the packaging.

I work at Barnes & Nobel and our computer shows a cardboard/paper type case in the search results (I'm a fan, I think the colors look a lot better). Is there any word on them changing the cases around?

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



David Mamet's Homicide "will be released later this year".

The date on Wings of Desire appears to be September 8th.

Pedro De Heredia
May 30, 2006


Peaceful Anarchy posted:

While I kind of agree with you, this description at Criterion:

makes me really want to see it. If Godard integrated his critique of consumerism into the actual plot, as opposed to having it be a slew of quotations from his characters, it could be really cool. Then again, cool concepts are what make me keep watching Godard despite my very mixed reactions to his films.

I like Criterion a lot, but their descriptions of what a movie criticizes and whatnot always paint a picture of the movie being far smarter than it is.

The last high-concept colorful film that criticized culture put out by them that I saw was Mister Freedom. It was incredibly stupid.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Pedro De Heredia posted:

I like Criterion a lot, but their descriptions of what a movie criticizes and whatnot always paint a picture of the movie being far smarter than it is.

The last high-concept colorful film that criticized culture put out by them that I saw was Mister Freedom. It was incredibly stupid.

Oh yes, Mister Freedom is horrible. But don't give up on Klein... Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? is a real treat. The Model Couple is pretty good, too.

Cacator
Aug 6, 2005

You're quite good at turning me on.



Magic Hate Ball
May 6, 2007

ha ha ha!
you've already paid for this


The people at criterionforum.org figure it's Rossellini's War Trilogy, but are stumped by the bunnies and chickens.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Magic Hate Ball posted:

The people at criterionforum.org figure it's Rossellini's War Trilogy, but are stumped by the bunnies and chickens.

Ugh, more Rossellini. Paisa is okay, but I think the other two are very overrated.

Hasn't it been long established that the animals in the hint are usually meaningless? I think it's just an Easter theme.

STEVIE B 4EVA
Nov 12, 2005

girl in the slayer jacket            i am searching for you

FitFortDanga posted:

Hasn't it been long established that the animals in the hint are usually meaningless?

Well, the Buńuel animals threw everyone for a loop. Also the image name specifically notes "Parisian bunnies."

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



For those that don't visit criterionforum.org (and I don't blame you), some more news from Mulvaney.

* Jeanne Dielman is confirmed for September. Yay! I love/hate that movie.

* Vivre Sa Vie is the next likely Godard release. A Godard film I actually like, cool.

* "We hope to release a box set with the early short works of Martin Scorsese sometime next year."

Jack Does Jihad
Jun 18, 2003

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

Also apparently Criterion may have lost the rights to blu-ray Contempt, for those who were looking forward to it.

I don't really care that Contempt isn't gunna happen but it still sucks about Ran.

Friedpundit
May 6, 2009

Merry Christmas Scary Wormhole!


FitFortDanga posted:

* "We hope to release a box set with the early short works of Martin Scorsese sometime next year."

I hope this comes to fruition. I've always wanted all Scorsese's shorts in a nice, simple collection.

Bande apartheid
Feb 11, 2008

Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.

Jack Does Jihad posted:

Also apparently Criterion may have lost the rights to blu-ray Contempt, for those who were looking forward to it.

I don't really care that Contempt isn't gunna happen but it still sucks about Ran.

That really sucks. I was really looking forward to that (Godard). I guess I need to go ahead and get it on DVD then. That movie owns.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



It's the 15th, and a Friday, which means we'll likely see the August announcements today. If past experience is any indicator, it'll probably happen while I'm driving home from work (sometime between 3:40 and 5:00 Pacific).

Jack Does Jihad
Jun 18, 2003

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

FitFortDanga posted:

It's the 15th, and a Friday, which means we'll likely see the August announcements today. If past experience is any indicator, it'll probably happen while I'm driving home from work (sometime between 3:40 and 5:00 Pacific).

Doesn't look like it happened. :[

Bande apartheid posted:

That really sucks. I was really looking forward to that (Godard). I guess I need to go ahead and get it on DVD then. That movie owns.

Godard owns and all but I'd rather see other films of his on blu-ray. Contempt is cool but he has better ones.

TheYellowFog
Oct 16, 2008

grain alcohol and rainwater


Yea but Contempt is the one that would look the best on Bluray. Plus they are just releasing a few more of his movies already, Contempt is from 2002 I think.

Jack Does Jihad
Jun 18, 2003

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

Jack Does Jihad posted:

Doesn't look like it happened. :[


look how wrong you are!!

Last Days of Disco



- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Whit Stillman
- Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chloë Sevigny and Chris Eigeman
- Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny
- Stills gallery with production notes by Stillman
- Stillman reading a chapter from The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at - - ---- Petrossian Afterwards, his novelization of the movie
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: An essay by novelist David Schickler

and JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

- Restored digital transfer, approved by director Chantal Akerman
- Autour de “Jeanne Dielman,” a 70-minute documentary, shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez, made during the filming of Jeanne Dielman
- New interviews with Akerman and cinematographer Babette Mangolte
- Excerpt from “Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman,” a 1997 episode of the French television program Cinéma de notre temps
- An interview with Akerman’s mother, Natalia
- Archival television interview excerpt featuring Akerman and star Delphine Seyrig
- Saute ma ville (1968), Akerman’s first film, with an introduction by the director
- New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholars Ivone Margulies and Janet Bergstrom

We're also getting Kagemusha and Playtime on blu-ray. Kagemusha is a little disappointing, wish they had picked a good Kurosawa film.

oh poo poo and a new Eclipse

NIKKATSU NOIR



Hell yes. I can't wait for more of these kinds of themed sets.

Jack Does Jihad fucked around with this message at 03:32 on May 16, 2009

Peaceful Anarchy
Sep 18, 2005
sXe
I am the math man.



Jack Does Jihad posted:

and JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
We knew this was coming but I'm still happy and it looks to have some good extras. I'm anxious to read people complain that it's boring.

That eclipse set looks pretty cool too.

Egbert Souse
Nov 6, 2008



Preording Playtime without a tiny bit of hesitation. :iamafag:

I'm hoping Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle aren't too far away, especially since they recently restored the "My Uncle" cut.

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Magic Hate Ball
May 6, 2007

ha ha ha!
you've already paid for this


Jack Does Jihad posted:

Playtime on blu-ray

Oh thank god finally.

(I know, I know, they've only been doing this for like six months, but still)

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