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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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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

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

Try that...

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

its reached easier at fyi

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

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

Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 5 April 2004 14:12 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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

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

Bad, bad HTML skills.

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

I got the Floating Weeds DVDs today, yay.

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

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

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

Battle of Algiers confirmed on the main page. Yay!

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

And holy shit, three discs?!?!?

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

one month passes...

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

newest ones include "eyes without a face"!

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

lol that Jackie set is some real barrel scraping

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 15 August 2023 18:14 (six months ago) link

boy, La Cérémonie continues to grow in esteem.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 August 2023 18:18 (six months ago) link

This probably means nothing other than a new new deal with the rights holders, but La ceremonie is a rare upgrade from the old Home Vision line. The only others I can think of are Pale Flower and Toby Dammit from Spirits of The Dead (and Putney Swope ended up as the centerpiece of the Eclipse RDSr set).

Nice...I'll get "Days of Heaven" and maybe "The Last Picture Show". I remember thinking when I got the (non-CC) "Days of Heaven" Blu-ray one month ago (to upgrade my DVD), "the moment I get this, CC is going to put out a 4K edition" - so that's exactly what happened, but I'm glad it's coming out in 4K and don't even mind getting it again, ha.

ernestp, Saturday, 19 August 2023 23:12 (six months ago) link

Oh yeah, the same exact thing happened with "Don't Look Now" a month ago...I have the power...if you want something to come out in 4K, they'll announce it a month after I get the Blu-Ray.

ernestp, Saturday, 19 August 2023 23:15 (six months ago) link

Janus Contemporaries November: Godland; Tori and Lokita; and The Eight Mountains

three weeks pass...

DECEMBER: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio*; The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse; and a Blu upgrade of Blast of Silence.

*4K available

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 18 September 2023 17:52 (five months ago) link

The new Blast of Silence presents the film in two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen). The now-OOP DVD only had the latter.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 18 September 2023 18:04 (five months ago) link

Having watched the DVD I assumed that was the proper aspect ratio, what's the story behind that?

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 September 2023 13:52 (five months ago) link

I don't think full screen is EVER the proper ratio for a film unless it was originally made for TV or something?

Evan, Wednesday, 20 September 2023 14:56 (five months ago) link

If you mean 1.33:1, that (or close to it) was the aspect ratio for most films from the silent era to the mid-50s or so. But I think by Blast's day, most films were shot and shown in one of a few wider formats. I'd be curious to know why there are two versions - maybe there's evidence that it was shown both ways?

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Thursday, 21 September 2023 05:18 (five months ago) link

Sometimes films were shot “open matte” so composed for widescreen but with image above and below on the negative, often masked at projection time. THE SHINING is an example - the full frame 4:3 was the default LD/VHS/DVD presentation up until 2012 or so.

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 21 September 2023 08:53 (five months ago) link

i'm ok with open matte since you're not "missing" anything (vs. pan & scan) but it's safe to assume that it was put together to be seeing in the wider format on the big screen. those just tend to feel a little too "airy" unless there are obvious mistakes in the intended matte

The Shining reminds me of some hullabaloo when the Kubricks first came to DVD and there was some talk about what aspect ratio was most correct there

Nhex, Thursday, 21 September 2023 15:26 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

JANUARY: Trainspotting*; Mudbound; Lone Star*; Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968-1978 (Blu Upgrade of the Eclipse set, plus Jeanne Dielman and extras), and 4K upgrades of Blood Simple and The Apu Trilogy.

*4K available

Ooooh, a Blu-ray upgrade of an Eclipse set piques my interest. Have they done that before? There are a number of those sets I've been waiting on in the event that they started making that a regular practice.

Prop Dramedy (Old Lunch), Monday, 16 October 2023 18:55 (four months ago) link

They upgraded the Varda set as part of her Blu box set. IIRC, there have been maybe a couple films they've broken out and upgraded from other sets (Daisies for one).

This slate's got so much it almost feels like they, against their will, had to hold some December titles last-minute

Dwigt Rortugal (Eric H.), Monday, 16 October 2023 19:45 (four months ago) link

24 hour 50% off sale on the CC site is live.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 16:41 (four months ago) link

Oh no.

peace, man, Tuesday, 17 October 2023 16:58 (four months ago) link


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 16:59 (four months ago) link

Funds not sufficiently shored up for this one. Passing and holding onto the coupon for spring.

Dwigt Rortugal (Eric H.), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:16 (four months ago) link

I'm in the same boat, lots of stuff I want, but I have to remind myself that this will come up again

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:22 (four months ago) link

I'm also edging pretty close to a $50 certificate, so I feel good about sitting tight and waiting

Dwigt Rortugal (Eric H.), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:39 (four months ago) link

Poor little flow-ah.

hat trick of trashiness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:43 (four months ago) link

Going to let my coupons pile up for a couple of years for a direct CC purchase, and get a few things in the Nov B&N sale in the meantime.

WmC, Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:54 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the sale is on

omar little, Monday, 6 November 2023 17:37 (three months ago) link

I'm limiting myself to one per paycheck, so two total: The Trial and likely the Tod Browning set

Dwigt Rortugal (Eric H.), Monday, 6 November 2023 18:02 (three months ago) link

Shit, might have to pick up the Ranown Cycle 4k box on the way home today.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 6 November 2023 19:22 (three months ago) link

FEBRUARY: The Roaring Twenties*; Nothing But A Man; The Heroic Trio + The Executioners set*; Eric Rohmer's Tales of The Four Seasons; and a 4K upgrade of McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

*4K available

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 November 2023 17:43 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Janus Contemporaries February: Afire

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:08 (three months ago) link

Petzold's one of those filmmakers I should get into; didn't see Afire but really liked Transit from 2018

Nhex, Thursday, 30 November 2023 13:20 (three months ago) link

I am five minutes into Mark Lewis's "The Natural History of the Chicken." This is not and yet exactly what I should have been expecting.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 2 December 2023 04:09 (three months ago) link

SMARCH: To Die For*; Saint Omer; The Runner; All The Beauty And The Bloodshed; and an upgrade of All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster).

*4K available

Really awesome month there. A little surprising that they're not using the Janus Contemporaries for either of those new movies.

stephen miller is not your friend (Eric H.), Friday, 15 December 2023 17:17 (two months ago) link

Are they eeeeeever going to upgrade Trouble in Paradise? (The answer is yes, no more than a couple of weeks after I finally relent and buy the DVD.)

Great-Tasting Burger Perceptions (Old Lunch), Friday, 15 December 2023 17:19 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

(Yester)Day of Missing Jason Polan & His New Year's Drawings

Back on topic: Perhaps Trouble In Paradise will be a Blu/4K upgrade? It's been available on Blu overseas for years.

Janus Contemporaries March: Lynch/Oz

this has been on the criterion channel, I tried watching it and got about 5 minutes in before turning it off, it was way too silly

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 5 January 2024 14:24 (one month ago) link


formerly abanana (dat), Sunday, 7 January 2024 00:11 (one month ago) link

APRIL: Dogfight; I Am Cuba*; Werckmeister Harmonies*; and 4Ks of Picnic At Hanging Rock & La haine

*4K available

I would loooove to see Soy Cuba (possibly bundled with the documentary they did about it)

― Stevie D, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:24 PM (sixteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Your wish is their command (sixteen years later)

For I Am Cuba and Werckmeister alone, a massive month

Wack Snyder (Eric H.), Tuesday, 16 January 2024 18:09 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

LOL, oops

Rich E. (Eric H.), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

I love the later Weeds so much. But I already have the BFI BD.

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 15 February 2024 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

Girlfight was a nice surprise, i thought.
No 4K on Anatomy is a little surprising but i hear that's because it wasn't sourced in 4K? Or maybe they just didn't think it was worth the expense (which seems doubtful considering the recent clearly uncommercial stuff they've given 4K)

Nhex, Friday, 16 February 2024 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

Planning a double dip maybe. It's such a great film.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 16 February 2024 00:46 (two weeks ago) link

Criterion Channel subscribers just got their $10 GC codes emailed to them, which means that sometime next week is probably going to be flash sale day

Rich E. (Eric H.), Friday, 23 February 2024 17:06 (one week ago) link

did I ever say that I got the towel? It's a nice towel!

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 23 February 2024 20:10 (one week ago) link

Janus Contemporaries May: All That Breathes

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