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FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Bah, beaten by 20 minutes!

La Haine: been wanting to see this for a long time, actually the previous release is already in my Netflix queue.

Overlord: I know nothing about this or its director.

Brute Force: The only Dassin movie I've seen so far is Rififi, but I'm interested in all the others.

So three entirely new ones for me, that's pretty cool.

The people at criterionforum.org are speculating from a recent blog that Eclipse Series 2 will be Louis Malle documentaries, but I haven't seen any real evidence to support that.

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FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Also, the newsletter apparently (I'm STILL not getting mine, argh!) hints at an upcoming release of San Soleil, possibly with La Jetee, and maybe even 12 Monkeys. The current disc for 12 Monkeys is pretty excellent, although Criterion does have a relationship with Gilliam so it's not out of the question.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


A little off-topic, but the Jodorowsky films (El Topo and The Holy Mountain) are finally coming to DVD from Anchor Bay on May 1st: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1907834&pagenumber=3#post321542621

FirstCongoWar
Aug 21, 2002

It feels so 80's or early 90's to be political.


FitFortDanga posted:

The people at criterionforum.org are speculating from a recent blog that Eclipse Series 2 will be Louis Malle documentaries, but I haven't seen any real evidence to support that.

It's pretty explicit in the blog.

Peter Becker posted:

The “vacation in your living room!” approach may be a cliché at this point, but it’s also a rather fitting introduction to a body of work that did indeed transport me: Louis Malle’s documentaries, which we’ll be releasing as the second Eclipse series this Spring, and which have been somewhat under the radar over the past forty-odd years, certainly in comparison to his fiction films.

Unless he's lying about it, I don't see any reason to belive that Malle's documentaries won't be the second release.

Blog Post:
http://www.criterionco.com/blog/2007_01_01_archive.html#116867439469807160

fishing with therapy
Aug 9, 2005

by Lowtax


FitFortDanga posted:

La Haine: been wanting to see this for a long time, actually the previous release is already in my Netflix queue.

This is a great movie, and I'm really happy to see it get a criterion release. Hopefully they don't change too much of the awesome cover.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Triphos posted:

It's pretty explicit in the blog.

Jeez. That's what I get for only skimming the blog. Thanks for pointing that out.

vertov
Jun 14, 2003

hello

FitFortDanga posted:

Overlord: I know nothing about this or its director.

It was featured in the Z-Channel documentary. It's about D-Day, and it mixes documentary footage of the actual event with fictionalized material. I'm not a WW2 addict, but I think it sounds really cool.

edit - Tower Records is having a sale on some Criterion titles right now.

STEVIE B 4EVA
Nov 12, 2005

girl in the slayer jacket            i am searching for you

Semi-random: does anyone know what the quality of the Fox Lorber La Collectioneusse DVD is? I really don't think I can afford the Criterion Rohmer box anytime soon, but I don't want to buy a DVD with a poo poo transfer just because I'm impatient.

InfiniteZero
Sep 11, 2004

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vertov posted:

It was featured in the Z-Channel documentary. It's about D-Day, and it mixes documentary footage of the actual event with fictionalized material. I'm not a WW2 addict, but I think it sounds really cool.
Yeah, ever since seeing Z-Channel, I've been really wanting to see this.

Yay Criterion!

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



vertov posted:

It was featured in the Z-Channel documentary.

Ah okay, I thought it sounded familiar but I couldn't place it.

vertov posted:

edit - Tower Records is having a sale on some Criterion titles right now.

If they have any left, they've been doing out-of-business sales for months now. I was at the Lincoln Park Tower Records in Chicago around Thanksgiving and the DVD section was looking mighty lean.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



I was going to post the covers, but WaffleImages seems to be having problems. Here's the specs, though:


#381: La Haine

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* New English-language audio commentary by writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz
* Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 track
* Video introduction by Jodie Foster
* Social Dynamite, a new video featurette on the film’s banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum
* Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
* Theatrical trailers
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and notes by acclaimed director Costa-Gavras
* and MORE!!

#382: Overlord

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Audio commentary featuring director Stuart Cooper and actor Brian Stirner
* Mining the Archive, a new video featuring Imperial War Museum film archivists detailing the war footage used in the film
* “Capa Influences Cooper,” a new photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa
* Cameramen at War, the British Ministry of Information’s 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen
* Germany Calling, a 1941 British Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in Overlord
* Journals from two D-day soldiers, read by Brian Stirner Theatrical trailer
* English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* PLUS: A new essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization, by Cooper and Christopher Hudson

#383: Brute Force

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
* A new interview with Paul Mason, author of Capturing the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture
* Theatrical trailer
* Stills gallery
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson, and more!

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Some details about the Malle documentary set (Eclipse Series 2)

MrGrieves
Jan 19, 2007

apres tout chui idiot

I think I'm most excited about the two Kon Ichikawa films being released, The Burmese Harp and Fires on the Plain. Has anybody heard any rumors or speculation that Criterion will continue releasing Ichikawa's films, particularly An Actor's Revenge, which is one of the best movies I've seen that remains unavailable on DVD?

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



MrGrieves posted:

I think I'm most excited about the two Kon Ichikawa films being released, The Burmese Harp and Fires on the Plain. Has anybody heard any rumors or speculation that Criterion will continue releasing Ichikawa's films, particularly An Actor's Revenge, which is one of the best movies I've seen that remains unavailable on DVD?

I haven't heard anything, but An Actor's Revenge would be extremely welcome. There is a region 2 DVD of it, I think.

vertov
Jun 14, 2003

hello

FitFortDanga posted:

I haven't heard anything, but An Actor's Revenge would be extremely welcome. There is a region 2 DVD of it, I think.

I have the R2 DVD by BFI. It's okay. The image has some compression artifacts, but the subtitles are nice.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



vertov
Jun 14, 2003

hello

Criterion offered me an interview for a position today, but I had to turn it down. Stupid graduate school :( Anyway, I tried begging them to release some Oshima and Yoshida. No, I don't have any shame.

zeroordie
Aug 27, 2004



vertov posted:

Criterion offered me an interview for a position today, but I had to turn it down. Stupid graduate school :( Anyway, I tried begging them to release some Oshima and Yoshida. No, I don't have any shame.

This may be slightly personal, but where do you live and how did all of this come about?

MrGrieves
Jan 19, 2007

apres tout chui idiot

Are Malle's documentaries any good? I've never seen any of them.

vertov
Jun 14, 2003

hello

zeroordie posted:

This may be slightly personal, but where do you live and how did all of this come about?

I live in Chicago and I have "connections"

Also, Criterion is doing another "Ask Jarmusch" bit, this time for 'Night on Earth'. NE might want to get in on this, but I don't know if he reads this thread.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



From the Criterion website:

quote:

When we released Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law a few years back, the "Ask Jim" feature was so popular that we've decided to do it again. We are currently working on a special edition DVD of Jarmusch's Night on Earth, and we're wondering what questions about the film you would like to have answered on the DVD. We can't guarantee Jarmusch will answer all (or any) of your questions, but if you have some, please send them to: noe@criterion.com.

We will be accepting your questions through February 19. Please do not send any personal requests; they will not be answered. Please do send thoughtful and creative questions, as many as you like. Remember to include your full name, city, state, and country of residence. Thanks for participating and look out for the Night on Earth on DVD this fall!

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005




I guess this means Berlin Alexanderplatz?

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



Og Oggilby posted:



I guess this means Berlin Alexanderplatz?

It must. Some people are gonna be very happy about this. I'm not a big Fassbinder fan, but I need to check out more of his work. I've heard great things about this one.

Hollywood Reporter confirms that "Future releases in the Eclipse line include rarely seen films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Yasujiro Ozu and Raymond Bernard." I wonder if the Mizoguchi set will be early stuff, or more canonical titles like Sansho and Oharu. Either way, that's a definite purchase for me.

FitFortDanga fucked around with this message at 23:14 on Feb 9, 2007

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


A 15 1/2 hour film on Criterion? That's gonna run a pretty penny...that's, what, five discs for the film alone?

profbobo
May 22, 2004

Vivat Buster!

I wonder if La Haine is different from the newer release that R2 had (in the Steelbook packaging). I'm not at home to check, and I'd hate to have to triple dip on it.

Slackerish
Jan 1, 2007

Hail Boognish


vertov posted:

Criterion offered me an interview for a position today, but I had to turn it down. Stupid graduate school :( Anyway, I tried begging them to release some Oshima and Yoshida. No, I don't have any shame.

What are their prerequisites like? A job like that would be amazing, I imagine.

ScooterMcTiny
Apr 7, 2004



Slackerish posted:

What are their prerequisites like? A job like that would be amazing, I imagine.

These are the qualifications as sent to me in one of their job postings for a post-production engineer:

Criterion posted:

Job Description:
*Perform audio restorations on feature soundtracks using Pro Tools
HD, Sonic Solutions NoNoise, CEDAR and/or AudioCube restoration tools.
*Edit, mix and master audio commentaries and special features.
*Lay back and load in audio from HD-D5 and NTSC Digibeta VTRs.
*Quality Control of soundtracks, commentaries and other special
features.
*Sound design of audio loops for DVD menus
*Entry-level freelance position (35-40 hours a week)
*Union Square, NYC location

Job Qualifications:
*Audio engineering/editing: Pro Tools, EQ, Compression. Familiary
with NoNoise, CEDAR or AudioCube a plus. Dialog editing experience a
plus.
*Computers: Mac, PC. Filemaker Pro experience a plus.
*Knowledge of video, audio and film. Familiarity with Broadcast type
VTR machines including Digibeta and D5 a plus.
*Strong appreciation for world cinema.
*Good attention to detail.
*Strong language, writing skills.
*Ability to work well with others. Reliable & responsible.
*Ability to problem-solve and/or troubleshoot technical equipment.

Yardsale
Jun 25, 2006
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Og Oggilby posted:



I guess this means Berlin Alexanderplatz?

Oh wow...I'm excited if that's true!

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



5/15/07: Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine. I've seen a couple of Imamura films, and wasn't especially blown away, but of course I'll watch this one anyway. Stars Ken Ogata, who was excellent in Mishima.

5/15/07: Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows, in a 2-disc special edition. This ought to make some folks happy. I missed the recent theatrical release, but I'll definitely check out the DVD.

5/22/07: Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff. One of Mizoguchi's best, really looking forward to this one.

Also, David Ehrenstein posted at criterionforum.org that he's written the liner notes for a Criterion release of If.... Not one of my favorites, but I'll give it another look.

FitFortDanga
Nov 19, 2004

Nice try, asshole



#384: Vengeance is Mine

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Excerpts from a video interview with Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
* Theatrical trailer and teaser
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by writer Toichi Nakata, and writings from Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to filmmaking

#385: Army of Shadows


* SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
* New high-definition digital transfer of the recent full restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme
* Optional Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 soundtrack
* Audio commentary by Jean-Pierre Melville historian Ginette Vincendeau
* New interviews with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
* Archival excerpts from French television programs, including on-set footage from the film’s production and interviews with Melville; actors Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Crauchet, Paul Meurisse, and Simone Signoret; writer Joseph Kessel; and real-life Resistance fighters André Dewavrin (a.k.a. Colonel Passy) and Lucie Aubrac, among others
* Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'Armée des ombres" (2006), a short documentary including interviews with Bonnot, Lhomme, Cassel, composer Eric Demarsan, writer and filmmaker Philippe Labro, and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
* Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days of the French Resistance
* Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme
* Theatrical trailers
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring critic Amy Taubin, historian Robert Paxton, and excerpts from Rui Nogueira’s Melville on Melville
* More!

#386: Sansho the Bailiff


* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
* New video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokugo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A book featuring a new essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu; the story on which the film was based, Mori Ogai’s “Sansho dayu,” from 1915, in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer; and a written form of an oral variation of the same tale, dating back to the fifteenth century, in a rare English translation


#64: The Third Man (re-release)


* SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
* Audio commentary by film scholar Dana Polan
* Shadowing "The Third Man", a ninety-minute 2005 feature documentary on the making of the film
* Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
* The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 “A Ticket to Tangiers” episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles; and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man
* Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer
* Actor Joseph Cotten’s alternate opening voiceover narration for the U.S. version
* Archival footage and photos of postwar Vienna
* A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
* PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr
* More!

FitFortDanga fucked around with this message at 20:32 on Feb 16, 2007

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


So it looks like Criterion is getting If...? This bodes well since that means Paramount may be licensing some titles finally. Maybe they'll finally license their silents... especially the von Sternbergs (Underworld, Docks of New York, and The Last Command) and The Wedding March (von Stroheim). Not to mention the first Best Picture winner Wings.

FitFortDanga posted:

#64: The Third Man (re-release)


* SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
* Audio commentary by film scholar Dana Polan
* Shadowing "The Third Man", a ninety-minute 2005 feature documentary on the making of the film
* Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
* The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 “A Ticket to Tangiers” episode of
The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles; and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man
* Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer
* Actor Joseph Cotten’s alternate opening voiceover narration for the U.S. version
* Archival footage and photos of postwar Vienna
* A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
* PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr
* More!

Off to eBay my DVD goes! The "Shadowing the Third Man" documentary is awesome (saw it on TCM). I can't wait to see the new restoration.

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


Holy poo poo. I was in a lovely mood today, but this...this...

Army of Shadows? The Third Man reissue? A release of If...? And another Mizoguchi that I'm interested in?

OVERLOAD OF loving AWESOME

InfiniteZero
Sep 11, 2004

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FitFortDanga posted:

Pure Criterion Goodness
Holy poo poo, those are some amazing films and amazing box art to go with.

I was going to go and buy a PVR after work, but now I'm thinking I might need to save my money for some upcoming DVD purchases.

IndieRockLance
Jan 29, 2003

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

I saw Sansho the Bailiff during the Janus Films touring series and it was pretty good, I was surprised to hear that it hadn't been released on DVD yet.

vertov
Jun 14, 2003

hello

These movies are all piss-yourself-good, but as someone who isn't region locked I feel a little disappointed that they're essentially all rereleases of available films (which exist in excellent editions to boot). Only 'Sansho dayu' isn't out yet, but that's been a known future MoC release for awhile, and it's coming in a box-set with four other Mizoguchi films.

'If....' is, of course, wonderful news. It's hard to believe such an important film has never been released on DVD anywhere. I kind of wish it had stayed with Paramount, since they've been doing great work lately and it would cost less than half of what I expect the Criterion will go for.

Horseface
Jun 29, 2003

Please put your hands together for Homosexuals the Gorilla!

FitFortDanga posted:

#64: The Third Man (re-release)

Oh god I need this image framed and hanging on my wall.

Oubliette
Jun 20, 2005


FitFortDanga posted:

Also, David Ehrenstein posted at criterionforum.org that he's written the liner notes for a Criterion release of If.... Not one of my favorites, but I'll give it another look.

I was having a terrible day, until I read this. Thank you, FitFortDanga!

Criminal Minded
Jan 4, 2005

Spring break forever


Also, both Le doulos and Last Year at Marienbad are listed as future releases on Rialto's site, so those are likely future Criterions, which would kick serious rear end.

Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


Horseface posted:

Oh god I need this image framed and hanging on my wall.

I'm going to rasterbate that shot for my wall. :hellyeah:

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dancehall
Sep 28, 2001

You say you want a revolution


Just got my "Seven Samurai" reissue. drat -- beautiful box set, beautiful transfer.

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