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trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Heaven Can Wait is the best Lubitsch that isnít To Be Or Not To Be, so I will happily pick that one up

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trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

6/12 Spetters (4K)

gently caress YES. Everyone buy this so that more Dutch Verhoevens get BD releases.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


My copy of Heimat that came out in Europe showed up last weekend (and only two weeks late!) and holy crap it owns. I bought it blind bc I read that Kubrick loved the hell out of it and after two episodes (roughly four hours) and I am v. glad that I did. Now Second Sight needs to put out the second one!

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I never saw The Lost World, but I've watched this clip at least four hundred times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGs4dcUg-MY

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Iron Crowned posted:

The Wizard of Oz is the same way, and it must have been mind blowing at the time to walk into a movie, and suddenly it's in color.

I've told this story before, but one of my parents' first dates was to go see The Wizard of Oz. They'd both seen it before, but my mom had only ever seen it on her family's lovely 1950s TV, so she thought the whole thing was in black & white. My dad said that when Dorothy opened the door after the tornado my mom gasped so loud that people were turning around to see where the noise was coming from.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

I really wish more avant-garde film was on Blu-ray. Not much besides this, Criterion's Brakhage and Frampton sets, and Kino's Mekas double feature.

I assume the Bill Morrison set is good; I bought Decasia solo so I can only speak for it but itís gorgeous in motion.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

Waiting for payday before placing my Arrow order, but a lot of my July blind-buys are Criterions from the B&N sale:

Tom Jones, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, In the Mood for Love, Dietrich and Von Sternberg in Hollywood (except for The Scarlet Empress), Naked Lunch, Blow Out, King of Jazz, and One Eyed Jacks.

One Eyed Jacks is unbelievably good, I bought it blind since I was intrigued by the notion of a movie Kubrick walked away from and it bowled me the gently caress over. Blow Out is easily my favorite De Palma. In The Mood For Love is basically the most beautiful movie ever. Mishima is maybe my favorite movie ever (Criterion's packaging is also extremely awesome) . tl;dr these are all very good purchases.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Pirate Jet posted:

Where can a dude legally get a copy of Funny Games that plays in the US? Either version is fine but I'd prefer the 2007 American remake. Blu-Ray only, get that DVD nonsense out of my face. I'm trying to buy a copy for my friend too so I'd appreciate if the price isn't ridiculous but if there's nothing that can be done I understand.

It seems like Amazon has several copies available, but they're all through third-party sellers and not through Amazon's warehouses, so the answers as to which region they are are absurdly inconsistent.

Speaking of Haneke, I sprang for that big French blu ray box a while back and it was a Very Good Decision. It doesnít have all his movies and the ones included donít all have subs, but everything not found in the box (which I believe is just everything from The White Ribbon onward) or lacking English subs is readily available on subtitled blu separately. I think the only one he directed that I havenít seen so far is that opera. Highly recommended for anyone who can play region B blus and enjoys extraordinary movies.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Spatulater bro! posted:

How in god's holy hell did I miss the news that SŠtŠntangů is getting a 4K restoration, a Blu-ray release AND A THEATRICAL RUN next year?

I'm already prepping how to inform my wife that she needs to watch the kids for 7 hours because I'm going to see a movie.

THIS NEWS OWNS SO MUCH. Satantango is loving amazing and I will move heaven and earth for the chance to see it in an actual theater.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008



Love Children of Men but not nearly as much as I love Gosford Park. Top 5 Altman, easily.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


M*A*S*H just bounces off me, but the great thing about Altman is that he directed so many goddamn movies that there's something for everyone (well, at least everyone who likes good movies), and even the stuff I don't like has interesting elements (for instance, the way M*A*S*H handles its closing credits).

Except for Tanner 88, arguably the ugliest-looking thing ever to get a Criterion release.

EDIT:

Spatulater bro! posted:

I can't imagine not being enraptured by Nashville regardless of ones film experience. I wish I had seen that one first.

The correct answer. It boggles my mind that so many of the songs in that movie were written by the actors.

trdn89 fucked around with this message at 16:27 on Aug 10, 2018

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


oneforthevine posted:

Indicator set to release Altmanís California Split, probably in January.
http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/california-split-1974

gently caress YES, an easy top 10/very arguable top 5 Altman finally comes to blu.

Speaking of Altman, I finally watched the copy of Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and that is also a top 5 movie of his. I went in completely blind and nearly fell out of my chair when he started introducing the invisible mirror stuff.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


They should do a seamlessly branching collection with all the cuts so that people can watch them all.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


The Bergman box is, uh, extremely large.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


one of the sad ironies of getting interested in film history is that you're basically obligated to confront a bunch of decidedly racist stuff:

- I forget who said it first (I want to say Mark Cousins in his deeply enlightening series The Story of Film) but pre-narrative cinema was a lot more inclusive - if you could make something spectacular happen, the camera loved you
- the most preeminent piece of popular filmed entertainment before BOAN was arguably the recording of the Jack Johnson/Jim Jeffries boxing match, which most audiences went to see because they were terrified of the black guy and wanted to see the white guy knock him out. the movie ends abruptly because Johnson beat the poo poo out of Jeffries and the footage owners thought audiences would be unable to cope with how badly the white guy lost
- thanks to The Jazz Singer, the first synced sound (most?) people heard was an actor in blackface doing a minstrel show
- Gone With The Wind doesn't get screened very often any more either since it's almost as problematic as BOAN

having said all that, I will not be buying a copy because I have always found BOAN to be dull and campy. Intolerance is a little more interesting due to the way it's structured but even then I still struggle to see it as anything other than the first ever expression of SO MUCH FOR THE TOLERANT LEFT

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Indicator is awesome. Housekeeping, Little Murders, and The 5000 Fingers of Dr T are all deeply excellent movies that I would never have seen if not for them. Plus they're putting out California Split next year!

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


60s Bedazzled owns immensely, I will 100% buy that

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


also The Human Condition, Images, Miracle Mile, The Ox-Bow Incident, and The Conformist

Arrow good.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

The Great McGinty

Here for this, if mainly to prod them into releasing better Sturges movies like The Great Moment or Morgan's Creek. I reeeeeeeally don't want to have to shell out for that French box set.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

In the latest Warner Archive podcast, they confirmed the silent films The Crowd and The Wind are in the works.

The Crowd is so so so so great, I will buy the poo poo out of it

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I will get whichever one carries over the Tony Wilson commentary from the R2 dvd, and I will get it the moment it becomes available to purchase. Love that movie so much, not least because it led me to discover Alan Partridge

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

plus their new release of Bedazzled.

I love this movie so much. Comedies that are five decades old rarely hold up well (I cringed myself into a singularity when I watched The Party) but this one owns immensely.

EDIT: is there any update on when the Warner Archive blu of The Crowd might be landing? That's probably my #1 most anticipated release of this year so far.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Matinee is an A+++ good time, particularly the first time you see it, but I can't see Joe Dante's name without screaming about how much Second Civil War towers over everything else he did. It's a profound shame that that movie only exists on an ultra barebones DVD at this point, because it's getting increasingly relevant by the hour.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


TheScott2K posted:

Nixon is a hell of a watch nowadays

It really is. Definitely Stoneís best work, too.

Egbert Souse posted:

The Image Book (Godard)

I saw this in the theater and I have never seen so many people walk out of a movie in my life; I saw 8 people leave, and I heard more people leaving the seats behind me.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I, Butthole posted:

Eureka has a sale on early German cinema, including a bunch of Murnau and Lang: https://eurekavideo.co.uk/promotions/weimar-sale/

Grabbed Nosferatu and Die Nibelungen, personally.

It's a good chance to pick up Metropolis or The Blue Angel for cheap, too.

God dammit I just bought that Early Murnau set like three weeks ago. At least it's really good! Obviously The Last Laugh towers over everything else in the set (and it's available as a solo disc in Region A if you don't want the whole set) but every title in the box has at least something worth seeing in it.

Echoing the praise for the Metropolis BD; it's up there with Man With A Movie Camera on the list of stuff I wrote off after screening hugely hosed-up prints all through film school and then later discovered that it's a whole different ballgame when it looks pristine. I have the Lubitsch set on DVD and haven't felt compelled to upgrade it (I'm relatively lukewarm on Lubitsch outside of To Be Or Not To Be and Heaven Can Wait), but everything in the set was worth watching at least once.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I love Lost Horizon, itís obviously extremely antiquated but itís probably tied for my second-favorite Capra with Arsenic & Old Lace. The fact that so much of it survives as stills actually adds to it imo. Reminds me of Greed in that way.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


anyone reading this thread should go region free IMO, the only audience it doesn't benefit is "people who want to save their money"

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Boywhiz88 posted:

Casino UHD announced for 9/10. Not my favorite Scorcese by a long shot but probably his last good one.

I read that Goodfellas had a pretty bad transfer, hope this goes better.

I have to ask why you donít think the Aviator or Hugo are good.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Boywhiz88 posted:

Iíve never seen Hugo although I got it free from iTunes awhile back. Iíve read that itís Scorceseís actual last good movie, but I donít consider it in the same canon as all his R-rated stuff, ya know?

Aviator I saw years back and it had good performances, but I remember it being kind of paint by numbers and some sloppy editing. If I should re-visit, let me know, but thatís how I remember it. Iíve also gotten a lot shittier about biopics as Iíve gotten older.

There are moments when I call Hugo his best movie full stop; itís never left my top 5 since I saw it in 3D. To me itís the perfect summary of Scorseseís film historian career track - itís him explaining why he spends all that energy restoring stuff or producing archive-driven music docs through a parable about why this stuff matters in the first place. The framing story of the kid in the train station obviously isnít as thrilling as, say, Goodfellas turning out to be narrated by Ray Liotta from the witness stand the whole time, but if youíre expecting simpering kid stuff it will wildly exceed your expectations.

The Aviator bored me when I watched it the theater, but I found myself going back to it and liking it more each time. The way he presents each era in terms of how movies in that era looked in color is exceedingly cool; to me itís the best example of digital color balancing as an expressive choice since O Brother drained all the green to make things feel old. And Iíve come to like how messy the story is too - Hughes was a messy dude, and it tracks that a movie about him should leave you struggling to keep up. Iíd put it on the same level as his Cape Fear - an extremely good movie which gets lost in the shuffle of the vastly superior movies surrounding it.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


TheScott2K posted:

I remember the weird Affleck failure Surviving Christmas coming out in the fall then hitting video like six weeks later

I unironically love this movie. Legitimately funny script written by the folks who wrote Can't Hardly Wait & Josie and the Pussycats, killer supporting cast, and the whole story is all about everyone desperately wanting to beat Ben Affleck's character to death.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


A Scanner Darkly owns though

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

The Great McGinty (new 4K master)

Great McGinty is not one of my favorite Sturgeseseseseses but I will buy it in the hopes that it convinces them to redo this whole box in 4K

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Egbert Souse posted:

Looks like we're getting Eyes Wide Shut on UHD by the end of the year:
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=25794

My favorite Kubrick.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


not quite sure where to brag about this but holy poo poo I am actually going to be seeing the Satantango restoration this month

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Steen71 posted:

Do you know if they're projecting it digitally?

I'd bet anything that it's going to be a DCP; the other screening in town is listed as such, and it can't be cost-effective for a small outfit like Arbelos to strike prints of a 450 minute movie. Either way, it's the 4K restoration so I'm sure it'll look a billion times better than the DVDs I've been watching for a decade.

Fun story: the first time I tried to watch Satantango I was about three hours into a :lsd: experience. Don't do this.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


speaking of miraculous theatrical screenings, if you live in SF, please go see all of this extremely long, apparently outrageously awesome movie:

https://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/la-flor/?instance_id=36788

it drives me CRAZY that the only BD release of this so far doesn't have English subs. CRAZY.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I mean, when I wat saw Out 1 (a 13 hour movie) it was screened over the course of a weekend. It was basically like marathoning two seasons (or so) of a tv show. It was exhausting but that exhaustion is part of the experience of the movie.

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


I, Butthole posted:

I'm seriously considering going to a film festival to watch the entire 7ish hours of War and Peace on Monday.

You should 10000000% do this, I saw W&P in the theater earlier this year and it was incredible

trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


Five Came Back was super good. It really moved through history effectively; I keep going back and rewatching it because it's just such a brisk, pleasant viewing experience. Plus it got me to watch The Best Years Of Our Lives, which is just a brutally devastating movie (and a heavyweight candidate for THE movie anyone interested in classical composition for the screen should watch).

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trdn89
Aug 16, 2008


CPL593H posted:

Anyway I'm wondering if Disney + is going to go down in flames because that would be really funny.

They're claiming 10 million signups yesterday so they're probably good

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