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LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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I've been very happy with the 2 Criterions (Videodrome and Last Temptation of Christ) that I've purchased so far. I need to go get Dazed and Confused. I just wish they'd do more movies I like. Not that I don't like obscure movies, but I'd like something I can get into.

Must. Get. Seven. Samurai.

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LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

mikeraskol posted:

Edit: I also bought Ikiru, The Royal Tenenbaums, Spartacus, and The Silence of the Lambs (from Ebay). I can't wait until they come in the mail.

I was going to ask "Didn't most of the special features from the Silence of the Lambs Criterion release get put onto the MGM Special Edition?" Turns out I was wrong. Doesn't have the commentary track done by like everyone on the film and some random text interviews with real serial killers. That commentary sounds great. Maybe I'll take a look.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Og Oggilby posted:

B&N is going to rip you off. I've seen copies in Best Buy for $28.

I've found that Best Buy stores in major cities keep a lot of Criterions on hand. Although, I'll be impressed when I can walk into a Wal-Mart to pick up the Louis Malle box set.

I use to work for Best Buy. Stores that had the upscale Magnolia Home Theater usually got sent Criterion movies to stock. From what I've seen, it's pretty random what each store gets with regards to the catalog. Suffice to say the movies have to have _some_ mainstream recognition. My store had Videodrome for $28. The employee discount didn't knock a lot off either.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

ScooterMcTiny posted:

I actually sent in an application to Criterion yesterday as for an audio restoration position. Doubt I'll get it, but who knows.

Good luck. If you do make it I hope you get to work on some of your favorite films.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

I just went and bought the multidisc Brazil on Deep Discount. Unfortunately it's out of stock right now :(, but I decided it was worth the wait to lock in the discount price :signings: . Ships 3/19. It looks like some other Criterions are also on back order. Thanks guys for the heads up. I wish this site had some of the out of print ones like Silence of the Lambs, but I'll take what I got.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Slackerish posted:

Have fun watching Love Conquers All!

Seriously though, great purchase.

I couldn't justify buying the single disc one. At those prices I figured I might as well get the 2 disc set. Plus it came out to like the normal price of the single disc set anyway.

Ok I admit it. I really want to see that Love Conquers All trainwreck.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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zeroordie posted:

Anyway, I'm considering one more order, I've been contemplating that Olivier's Shakespeare box set. I really love Shakespeare work but I haven't seen any of these films, so I really don't know. Fires on a Plain sounds pretty interesting as well.

I got to see parts of Hamlet for my senior year of high school Brit Lit class. I liked it enough to go out and rent the VHS (I think that or Christopher Walken's Macebeth in 1970's Burger King :) was the last VHS I ever rented). I got to be honest, I thought Laurence Olivier was fantastic as Hamlet. However he was kind of "off kilter" to me in one scene. It's weird but it's like there are two different movies. Hamlet undergoes seemingly random levels of depression. I really didn't like the "To be or not to be" scene- far to melancholy even for Hamlet. Mind you the rest of the movie is fantastic, but this one scene really hurt my impression of the movie as a whole. I got to be honest my favorite movie version is Ken Branah's (boy I can't spell) from the mid 90's. Luckily Warner is bringing that to DVD this summer.

I have no idea about the rest of his movies. I will say this about Olivier- he's the one guy I've seen act (or simply read) Shakespeare who manages to make every word out of his mouth sound and FEEL real. Like this isn't scripting- like he's the Prince of Denmark musing, ploting, lamenting, and screaming in real time. That alone makes him the best Hamlet I've seen.

So yeah, this is a long winded go ahead and buy it.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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No trouble at all, zeroordie. I hope you enjoy your purchases.

I would like to see La Jennee, if for no other reason that it inspired 12 Monkeys (amoung other things). Sadly I'm not thrilled by any other of these upcomming releases. Sorry, I must be an uncultured stupid American. :tinfoil: Though I hope you guys enjoy them.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Sounds like I'm getting my money's worth. YEAH!

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Brazil came in the mail today. :) Don't know if I'll have time to watch it this weekend, but I'm pumped.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

cryme posted:

Terrific. Cronenberg always gives fantastic commentaries, and the James Woods/Deborah Harry track is pretty good too. The booklet has some very good essays that will increase your appreciation for the movie (there is a lot to be gained by multiple viewings). The second disc has a great documentary on the awesome practical effects used in the movie, as well as uncut 'broadcasts' of the Samurai Dreams film as well as the videodrome 'transmissions'. The Cronenberg short is interesting, and the rountable disscussion and promotional materials are all worth a look. It's one of Criterion's best discs.

I second this. It was actually the first Criterion I ever bough when I worked at Best Buy. I didn't save a lot, but totally satisfied. The extras are great. I guess the one thing I kinda shrugged on was having no stereo presentation, but I guess the mono is the original audio. I have a surround sound system and wish it offered 5.1 blah-blah-blah yet I realize that could end up with mixed results. Still it sounds fantastic for as old and as low budget as it is.

I gotta say when I heard Cronenberg say he really shot a softcore porno for the movie I thought he was kidding. Then when I watched the Samurai Dreams, :sonia: and then you get to the part that didn't get into the theatrical engagement at all...

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

True story- an friend asked me what was teh difference between the actual look of VHS and Beta. As I know no one who owns any Beta, I showed them the inner case of the set. :) He was like, "Oh, so they look very similar..."

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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caiman posted:

Heh, I've been following that auction for about 24 hours. Congrats!

I too just decided to bite the bullet and get Hard Boiled from the previous mentioned deal I was considering. The final deal was $30 plus my Bottle Rocket dvd (which can be had for about $6 on DeepdiscountDVD :) ). The guy told me he purchased it at the store back when it was announced to be OOP, and it's in great condition. I'll post an update in this thread once I get it to let you guys know if I got an awesome deal, or if I was totally raped in the rear end.

If you did it could have been a lot worse. This auction seems to have less of a risk than most of the others, though slayn666 is the most legit looking so far. It's only $36 so I'd say it's reasonable.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Brazil made my head hurt. In a good way. :20bux: :20bux: well spent. I was laughing hysterically throughout, both for the comedy :roflolmao: and nervous "Did I just loving see THAT?" :psylon: . Loved it. The packaging is also the most beautiful packaging in my DVD collection.

Here be ending spoilers of both Brazil and another movie : Second best ending fakeout I've ever seen- sorry I love The Departed. I was getting nervous with all of those "fake climaxes" but I love the ultimate pay off. And yeah the Love Conquer's All version lame, but important for all of those great reasons others have said. It also could be what is going on inside Sam's head as he sits broken in that chair. What he sees in a slightly more messed up way than is present in the "real" movie. . I'm glad Gilliam got what he wanted.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Sorry to hear that slayn666 . I hope the world stops loving you over.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

slayn666 posted:

Haha, man, I'm not that emo about it :). At this point, knowing that a fundamentally better release is coming out later this year, it's just my stubborness and OCD making me keep at it :v:.

Good luck buddy. :cheers:

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Slackerish posted:

Just got Videodrome in the mail :shlick:

Enjoy. Long live the new flesh and all that jazz. Wait! That's a strangely appropriate emote for that movie...

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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slayn666 posted:

Yep, a fellow goon sold me his copy. My lust for OOP Criterions is sated (for the moment).

That's always the problem with Criterion. You find what you want and think are satisfied... until you browse Ebay or this here fine forum.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

I'd probably buy 12 Angry Men as well. Right now I'm spending on money I've allocated on other movies, but we'll see how Criterion goes.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Daunte, I agree with with all of Danga's recomendations. I especially recommend Brazil and The Third Man. To contribute others:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (someone was bound to say it)
The Last Temptation of Christ
Ran (Hell, I like all three Kurasuwas here)
Throne of Blood (I love Macbeth, so maybe I'm a bit too attached to this one)
Traffic
Yojimbo
Videodrone

Brazil for my money is the greatest DVD release I have ever seen, let alone the best Criterion. I know some may disagree with me, but I really feel it is worth every cent. Of course, I didn't pay full price thanks to a sale I heard about through this humble thread...

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

My collection sadly does not measure up to the others, but to hell with it

Brazil (3 disc, remastered,reloaded, whatever you want to call it)
The Last Temptation of Christ
Traffic
Videodrome
Yojimbo/Sanjoro (old ones)

I think thats all of them. Will probably grab The Third Man at somepoint. Wish they'd do some more Hitchcock as well.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Mferkinwalter posted:

Edit: So the moral of the story is that we all own Brazil.

If this were Kindergatern, I'd give you a gold star.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Oh I forgot to add that I have the Criterion laserdisc releases of Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. I think I mentioned that before in here, but for those not familiar with them each disc has a commentary track of edited together interviews that isn't exactly politically correct. EON (the Bond studio) wanted them removed but Criterion balked- needless to say, Criterion will never get another Bond movie. From what I understand, they are also significant because they for the longest time the only widescreen releases of the three that were actually in the correct aspect ratio (allbeit letterbox). Some pearls of wisdom (Im gonna self censor both for plot and common decency):

Cast members of Dr. No were local pot dealers who parlayed their success into a massive radio station (sold for a metric ton of money in the 80's), the producers basically became Sean Connery's bitch when it came to contract negotiations, (for those who didn't read the book) Pussy Galore is a lesbian, and Connery probably dated if not beded most of his Bond girls who weren't married.

Yeah these 3 or Brazil would be considered my collection's crown jewels ;)

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Equinox and Green for Danger have both had their prices returned to normal. I think Amazon is on to us...

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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FitFortDanga posted:

Angel at My Table is back up to $35.99. Glad I placed my order in time, looks like they're still honoring the price.

They have to as long as you physically clicked "submit" on the final review screen that had the lower price. Amazon claims its their super-duper protect the customer policy to ensure they get the lower price; in reality, if they didn't honor it they would be liable for a false advertisement/bait&switch investigation form the Better Business Burrow. There are exceptions to the rule (most of them perfectly reasonable), but this on the surface doesn't seem to be one. Amazon isn't Ebay- they have to follow actual laws you know. ;)

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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IndieRockLance posted:

They could have, however, canceled the orders and claimed computer error.

Yeah I didn't think of that.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Would that not then make sense? Securing the license is kinda important.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

All I'm going to get out of him is a snappy one-liner and, if I'm real lucky, a brand new nickname.

Yeah Im out of money after rading amazon's various DVD sales

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Jack Does Jihad posted:

What kind of sales has Amazon had?

The ongoing classic DVD sale, my legendary quest for the Holy Grail... I mean Kubrick set, Hitchcock set, horror movies... ergo the kind of things that makes me spend my limited money not ear-marked for college, booze, or food like PacMan Jones at a Las Vegas stripclub.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Og Oggilby posted:

Also, the old Artisan DVD for The Last Emperor has to be seen to believed:http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/lastemperor.htm

That maybe one of the ugliest non-Anchor Bay produced DVD's I've ever seen. It's letterboxed, pillarboxed, dirt-boxed and Mike-Tyson-circa 1989-boxed. I don't care for the movie, but no movie loved by any single person deserves a release like that. I imagine the Criterion will be a "tad" better.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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I haven't seen any of those 900 movies on one disc compilations so I would not be able to comment on their.

The problem I have with Anchor Bay is exactly what you said- they put hard work on movies that no one cares about and utterly butcher movies popular for more than ten people. Anyone remember that anniversary DVD for Halloween that was in the DivMax series? It looked like someone didnt take compression 101 and it was incredibly dark. Like worse than that Last Emperor, video incomprehensable, sunglasses at midnight DARK. I remember seeing like ten of those in a supermarket discount movie stand in Nantuckett like a couple months after they came out. The Book of the Dead Evil Dead is great, so isnt their DiviMax circa 2003 Day of the Dead, but Anchor Bay usually has more issues than a newstand.

Now that I think of it, I wish Criterion would do a Night of the Living Dead or Evil Dead release. Those would be pretty cool.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Sorry I thought the Elite Millenium Edition Night was out of print, so all the Discount Dan releases were the only ones availible. I already own it, but I was saying for the benefit of others. Turns out I'm wrong, it's just I havent seen it on store shelves in seriously a year or 2. It's availble online at a decent price (average more than I remember paying, however). Regardless, that transfer is literally ancient (even if it looks fantastic)- what would a new restoration look like? I'd imagine substantially better.

Criterion hasn't done a lot of horror movies, and that maybe a good thing. Still I'd like my "Groovy" Criterion release of Evil Dead. Won't happen, and certainly not the #1 movie I want to have a Criterion release, but I'd like it nonetheless.

Edit: Blacksploitation flicks would be a cool Eclipse release. That or a set of grindhouse-fodder would be something I'd consider.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Holy poo poo. I've been seriously thinking about buying Gimme Shelter. My parents are buying a 42 inch plasma. And I've been considering buying a PS3. Hell, The Third Man and The Man who Fell to Earth are also on my wish list. Decisions, decisions. If they really are the same price as the DVD's, well I'm gonna seriously consider it.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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1. Is the original (OoP and expensive on Ebay) Salo anamorphic or just letterbox widescreen? I may grab the old one on the cheap when they flood the market for the new one. I would just grab the new one when it is one sale, but the BluRay would definately be just around the corner.
2. I agree with I Am Awful. I intially thought it was the 1927 movie Wings. The WW2-era plane on the cover utterly confused me until I Googled to see it's not the same movie.

In non-criterion news, Target is selling the BluRay ultimate Blade Runner set for $25. This set includesthe Final Cut, 3 archival, worprint version, and the metic ton of featurettes and stills. It's essentially the "briefcase without the briefcase." I've been meaning to pick up the new Blade Runner, and since I was there to take advantage of some of the PS3 games on sale, I figured what the hell. This may become standard opperating procedure about buying Blu and waiting for June. I will buy the 80 gig PS3 (this one has PS1/2 compatability) with Metal Gear Solid 4 when it comes out.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Thanks for the info. Shows what I know. I'll keep the rarity factor in mind, FitFortDanga. The whole movie seems like a sick joke from what I've read, but there's a part of me that really enjoys watching the proverbial trainwreck.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Arghh... I am no match for sales: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gimme Shelter, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Monty Python's Life of Brian. Yeah I know Gimme Shelter is due on BluRay but I figured for free I'll bite the bullet. Life and Tempation were two I've always been meaning to pickup. Vegas is a movie I like.

I feel poor and I only was drained of $64. :(

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Update. DeepDiscount shipped one of my 4 backordered Criterions- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That should be a good sign for us wondering how long it will take for them to replenish their stocks. Who cares if it's 4 separate shipments since they are paying for it!

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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fear and loathing showed up today. Still no word on the others.

LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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They are finally shipping my last 3.

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LaptopGun
Sep 2, 2006

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Cacator posted:

I'm just wondering what it was about early-80's downtown Toronto in Videodrome that was so attractive to someone that would make them want to move to Canada, even if you ignore all the hallucinations and human cancer blobs.

Debbie Harry? Sleazy softcore porn channels?

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