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I not going to say it was "just updated" because i got in trouble for saying that last time, but there are new "coming soons" on the Criterion web page...

...including Godard's "A Woman is a Woman"!!!!!

now if only they'll do "Weekend"....

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Sunday, 4 April 2004 15:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I have been wishing for a Chris Marker set myself (i've seen very little of his stuff)

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 4 April 2004 15:40 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm waiting patiently for the eisenstein silents set and a dvd of 'au hasard balthazar'

amateur!st (amateurist), Sunday, 4 April 2004 15:46 (fifteen years ago) link

A Marker set would be incredible & would be a nice continuation of Criterion's embrace of experimental shorts, started with the "By Brakhage" collection.

I would love to see a collection of Jem Cohen's films released by Criterion, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 5 April 2004 00:49 (fifteen years ago) link

au hasard was playing at the music box last week, i was speechless.

todd swiss (eliti), Monday, 5 April 2004 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't wait for the Battle of Algiers release that should be soon enough.

Once again, I refer you all to the wonderfully great Criterion messageboard of http://pub125.ezboard.com/bcriterioncollectionforum/

Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 5 April 2004 02:48 (fifteen years ago) link

http://pub125.ezboard.com/bcriterioncollectionforum

Try that...

Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 5 April 2004 02:49 (fifteen years ago) link

its reached easier at http://www.criterionforum.org fyi

todd swiss (eliti), Monday, 5 April 2004 04:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks for the tip...that makes things so much eaiser.

Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 5 April 2004 14:12 (fifteen years ago) link

the problem with criterion is that i am always tempted to buy them even if i dont like or havent seen the movie because the packaging is so nice.

ryan (ryan), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:34 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, but you really can't go wrong--nearly everything they release is golden.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 5 April 2004 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link

that reminds me, is The Leopard any good? because i have pre-ordered it already!

ryan (ryan), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link

<em>au hasard was playing at the music box last week, i was speechless. </em>

I just ordered my copy - $18. on DVD-R. Natch. - along with a copy of <em> F is for Fake </em> from
www.pimpadelicwonderland.com

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 02:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Bad, bad HTML skills.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 02:49 (fifteen years ago) link

The Leopard is amazing! Burt Lancaster's is one of the classic performance.s It is, however, very long and even more difficult to follow than The Big Sleep.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

watch "last year at marienbad" and nothing will be hard to follow afterwards... except for subsequent viewings of "last year at marienbad"

todd swiss (eliti), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 05:24 (fifteen years ago) link

your em tags are just fine and would have worked up until a month or so ago when in the face of html abuse they also disabled any number of legitimate standards-compliant tags too.

andrew s (andrew s), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Au Hasard Balthazar will be out in Criterion before the year is out.

Weekend is owned by New Yorker films but no plans for a DVD have been made. It may come on Region 2 at some point.

Rashomon, Friday, 16 April 2004 23:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I got the Floating Weeds DVDs today, yay.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 16 April 2004 23:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, I bought that as well -- also grabbed 3 Women -- I can't wait to watch it!

BabyBuddha (BabyBuddha), Saturday, 17 April 2004 05:01 (fifteen years ago) link

could someone explain to me why criterion collection dvds cost so much?! even the single discs can be 40 bucks. im missing something, i know it.

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Saturday, 17 April 2004 20:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Not many sold per title, lots of extras, costs of transfer and cleaning.

And because they can - they've got the name and the identity to hook in film geeks, where else are you going to turn, New Yorker?

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Sunday, 18 April 2004 01:42 (fifteen years ago) link

They're really not $40, that's just the MSRP. Most of them go for just a bit more than you'd probably want to pay for an average, if you know where to look. I highly recommend DVD Price Search - but if you want to take the short route, usually Deep Discount DVD tends to the have the best prices on Criterions (and free shipping to boot!).

Girolamo Savonarola, Sunday, 18 April 2004 02:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Rumor at those Criterion forums, though, seems to indicate Criterion is gently phasing out their $29/$39 pricing patterns and easing into an appalling $39/$49 structure (which explains their rather excessive double-disc sets lately). If this turns out to be true, I'm afraid I'll have to put my foot down and refuse to buy more than one a month from these people.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 18 April 2004 06:31 (fifteen years ago) link

alright alright. this ones a little harder:
why does Armageddon have its own criterion version?

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 02:01 (fifteen years ago) link

why does Armageddon have its own criterion version?

I haven't seen it, but supposedly it was aimed at the special effects mavens out there. Also I recall reading an interview with one of the Criterion folks who said that the revenues from the Armageddon allowed them to fund a lot of other less-popular titles.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 03:51 (fifteen years ago) link

balthazar getty needs some $$$$$$$ give it to him now luv me.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 06:23 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a salon interview with Criterion's Peter Becker that directly addresses the Armageddon question. (Which 2 dvd set, by the way, I have and it's great. I love the movie though.)

Here's just the start of the relevant section:

Specifically, with "Armageddon": You'd be silly to overlook blockbusters as a genre and leave them out of a film library. They drive so much. They drive tastes and shooting styles and visual references that appear all over the world in commercials and on TV as well as on movie screens. They're part of a huge cultural cross-pollination. And special effects are one of the most important aspects of a certain kind of contemporary filmmaking.

andrew s (andrew s), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

How true is that today? I can't think of the last Armageddon-esque blockbuster that visually influential on film/tv/commercials (incl. Armageddon).

Is The Rock Criterion still in print? I'd much rather have that than Armageddon.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

The Rock criterion is still available. When I think of visually influential blockbusters (for good or ill), I have trouble getting past The Matrix. The interview is like 4 years old now, but he has more to say following that though. Part of me wishes the answer had simply been "just to piss you off" though.

Those were the days when you actually got your $140 million dollars worth out of your production budget.

andrew s (andrew s), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I forgot about the Matrix (and don't think of it as a blockbuster in the Independence Day mold, didn't it kind of come out of nowhere?), that would be one.

I miss the days when a budget topping $80mln was big news and a reason to go see the film. Now that barely buys you a romantic comedy.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

thats because the romantic sunsent that juxtaposes meg ryan's silhouette at the end has to be done in CGI by ILM.

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Wednesday, 21 April 2004 00:17 (fifteen years ago) link

In regards to blockbuster films influencing TV commercial/music video styles (re: "Armaggedon"), I think in the majority of instances that it's the other way around. Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham being a good example, and Mark Romanek's early NIN videos were a huge influence on David Fincher when he made "Seven". In my experience, true innovation usually comes from the avant-garde/indie/short format arenas, simply because it's easier to take risks on a short or cheap project than a studio produced narrative feature.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Wednesday, 21 April 2004 22:25 (fifteen years ago) link

but does that innovation ever really catch on to be something bigger? it doesnt quite seem possible these days (in any sort of creative endeavor).

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Thursday, 22 April 2004 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

personally i prefer dvds with a good transfer of the film and few if any bonus, presuming that this way they would be priced a bit lower. but criterion has a big network of fans who like exactly what they do, and purchase accordingly. there are a number of criterion titles i'd like to buy if i had the money, and should i ever have the money i will buy them. but for now i'll stick to the more inexpensive titles. sometimes the bfi in the uk or studiocanal in france will release the same titles for a cheaper sticker price, with fewer extras.

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't think I've watched the extras on 95% of the DVDs I own. A funny commentary here and there, but that's about it.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Thursday, 22 April 2004 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

absolutely. the idea of extras is a lot more interesting than actually sitting through a thousand production photos. commentaries and perhaps documentaries are about the extent of my interest.

ryan (ryan), Thursday, 22 April 2004 21:01 (fifteen years ago) link

"but does that innovation ever really catch on to be something bigger? it doesnt quite seem possible these days (in any sort of creative endeavor). "

it depends on how you look at it. it my mind, there's no need for it to necessarily become somethi@5{te the suggestion that short films/music videos/avant-garde & experimental work are just a "warm-up" for a feature length narrative. it's kind of absurd to but a limitation of film that it has to be 90-180 minutes long with actors, dialogue & a plot. at least 50% of my favorite cinematic works don't fit into the categorization, and whenever i hear about people complaining about a lack of innovation in film, it's usually because all they watch are feature length narratives.

but as for the idea of the innovation in these works not "catching on" in the mainstream, you simply have to look around you to see their influence: magazines, billboards, popular films and music, even architecture. it's everywhere, and most of the good, innovative feature filmmakers will be the first to admit that they've been influenced by someone like michel gondry, spike jonze, jem cohen, etc.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 22 April 2004 21:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Battle of Algiers confirmed on the main page. Yay!

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 22 April 2004 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

And holy shit, three discs?!?!?

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 22 April 2004 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

haha, was just going to make a post about that on a separate thread but whatev.

two words: HOLY SHIT.

joseph (joseph), Friday, 23 April 2004 20:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Like I said... I'd expect these three-disc sets to become something of a norm. This is the third in the space of a half year, whereas the first roughly five years of Criterion DVDs brought only one (Brazil).

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 23 April 2004 23:57 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Slacker!

ryan (ryan), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 04:48 (fifteen years ago) link

and Videdrome! It's good to see that Criterion has been adding more focus on contemporary works lately.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 10:20 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
can i just say that The Leopard is fucking awesome. thanks.

ryan (ryan), Friday, 6 August 2004 19:25 (fifteen years ago) link

newest ones include "eyes without a face"!

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Friday, 6 August 2004 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

(i'm happy to see more $29.95s in this latest batch, because they've been getting too rich for my blood. i'll definitely pick up "eyes" for that price, however, and probably "tanner '88".)

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Friday, 6 August 2004 21:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Is I, Vitelloni worth buying sight unseen? (For someone who luvs neo-realism and Dazed & Confused)

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Saturday, 7 August 2004 14:27 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
short cuts two-disc set (with reprint of the carver book!) and the fanny and alexander two- AND five-disc sets coming out in november (like with scenes from a marriage, the television and theatrical versions are both getting a release).

so rejoice, damn you.

joseph (joseph), Friday, 27 August 2004 21:25 (fifteen years ago) link

six months pass...
burden of dreams, hoop dreams, the phantom of liberty set to come out in may.

joseph (joseph), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 06:53 (fourteen years ago) link

better shorter!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:24 (two months ago) link

disagree, wish he'd release the 20-hour series edit he says he started with, want to live in this film

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:41 (two months ago) link

Fail-Safe confirmed in latest newsletter.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:19 (one month ago) link

in Until the End, I thought that's how long it would take Jeanne Moreau to die.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Flash sale is once again upon us.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:27 (one month ago) link

Oh cool, site's down.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:28 (one month ago) link

FYI Spike Lee confirmed Bamboozled out on CC in February

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:59 (one month ago) link

sadly can't the discount on the Godzilla set

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:16 (one month ago) link

Snapped up a copy of Cluny Brown at last.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:20 (one month ago) link

Only allowed myself one this time around, albeit one with three titles (Koker trilogy).

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:28 (one month ago) link

probably gonna get the BBS set despite some movies I don't care about (5EP & Easy Rider). afaik it's the only way to get The Last Picture Show on blu ray

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:50 (one month ago) link

I love that set, except those two are my favorites on there so ymmv. Easy Rider in particular looks stunning on blu ray.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:54 (one month ago) link

I keep waiting in vain for them to spin Head off into a single release.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:09 (one month ago) link

I like both of em but don't care to watch 5EP again anytime soon. Easy Rider, maybe in a few years (I rented the standalone CC br and it does look great)

yeah Head is the one I'm curious about. also Drive, He Said

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:19 (one month ago) link

Hope you got Cluny Brown, Alfred. it's sold out now unfortunately

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 22:19 (one month ago) link

Damn, the Koker Trilogy blu is sold out too. I'll have to wait for the November BN sale.

WmC, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 23:05 (one month ago) link

January looks great

flappy bird, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:46 (one month ago) link

JANUARY: All About My Mother; Fail-Safe; Le Petit Soldat; Holiday; and a Blu upgrade of The Fugitive Kind.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:11 (one month ago) link

Holiday also comes with the 1930 version.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:12 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

B&N sale is go.

Feed Me Wheat Thins (Old Lunch), Friday, 1 November 2019 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

And (goddamnit) Godzilla is included! Which might be all I buy. My wallet thanks you, B&N. Sincerely.

Feed Me Wheat Thins (Old Lunch), Friday, 1 November 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

Got the Koker trilogy from the flash sale, so I think I'm limiting myself to one or two random pickups/upgrades.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Friday, 1 November 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

An Unmarried Woman is the best guess I've seen for that.

WmC, Friday, 1 November 2019 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

Diva seems as plausible.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Friday, 1 November 2019 16:45 (two weeks ago) link

Diva is certainly plausible, but since it's the "Single Ladies" Bey, and Unmarried Woman has been OOP for several years.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 November 2019 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

Sweet! Doing some Christmas shopping.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

anyone seen The Baker's Wife? worth checking out a screening?

flappy bird, Monday, 4 November 2019 19:05 (two weeks ago) link

Definitely worth seeing at a screening.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:23 (two weeks ago) link

Apparently another reason Criterion released The Daytrippers is that Janus Films now holds the rights.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

Love the cover art. Also, that cast.

OUT TODAY! @Criterion release of my first indie movie, THE DAYTRIPPERS, starring Anne Meara, @RealHopeDavis, @parkerposey, @LievSchreiber, Campbell Scott and @tucci_stanley pic.twitter.com/6zvUlmtLgF

— greg mottola (@gregmottola) November 12, 2019

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:47 (one week ago) link

What, were Catherine Keener and James Le Gros busy simultaneously filming four other '90s indie flicks? (I kid, I kid)

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:52 (one week ago) link

is that Jaime on the cover art?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:01 (one week ago) link

my first thought was Adrian Tomine but i haven't checked.

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:04 (one week ago) link

"New cover by R. Kikuo Johnson"

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:06 (one week ago) link

ah, the new yorker guy.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:07 (one week ago) link

as opposed to new yorker guy Jaime and new yorker guy Tomine :)

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

im gonna go out on a limb here and guess that.......... Mother Kusters' Goes to Heaven or Chinese Roulette will be announced on Friday.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:40 (one week ago) link

weirdly i don't think of Jaime as "the new yorker guy"
fair play on tomine tho

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:46 (one week ago) link

FEBRUARY: Paris Is Burning; Three Fantastic Journeys By Karel Zemen; Roma (Cuaron); Teorema; and a Blu upgrade of Antonio Gaudi.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:09 (six days ago) link

As noted by literally every person I follow on Twitter, Roma means that maybe Criterion will put out The Other Side of the Wind.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:44 (six days ago) link

Zemen set looks like tons of fun

Evan, Friday, 15 November 2019 19:45 (six days ago) link

XP and Buster Scruggs and High-Flying Bird and The Irishman and Dolemite Is My Name and...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:38 (six days ago) link

Sure, but there's clearly one Netflix title that's hanging out there like a big overripe Criterion target.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:51 (six days ago) link

Yeah, but it's part of the game to speculate about what'll come out the floodgates after only one title from a new partner gets announced.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 15 November 2019 21:09 (six days ago) link

Second Run just announced they are releasing zeman’s ‘journey to the beginning of time’. And yes, he is lots of fun!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 15 November 2019 21:39 (six days ago) link

Second Run just announced they are releasing zeman’s ‘journey to the beginning of time’. And yes, he is lots of fun!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 15 November 2019 21:39 (six days ago) link

Surprised by no Bamboozled, SL said it was coming out in February

flappy bird, Friday, 15 November 2019 21:56 (six days ago) link

Second Run just announced they are releasing zeman’s ‘journey to the beginning of time’. And yes, he is lots of fun!

Second Run have done a great job on Zemen so far.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 16 November 2019 12:47 (five days ago) link


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