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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

MARCH: The Prince of Tides; Show Boat (1936); Leave Her To Heaven; Bamboozled; and upgrades of The Cranes Are Flying and Salesman.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:11 (two months ago) link

Come and See (1985) rumored, as Janus Films is releasing the restoration theatrically in 2020.

полезный инструмент (Sanpaku), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:53 (two months ago) link

I didn't know The Cranes Are Flying wasn't already on BR, great movie, + really glad Bamboozled has finally been announced.

where tf is Taste of Cherry? 😔

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 01:09 (two months ago) link

The Prince of Tides. Seriously. On Criterion. The Prince of Tides.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 01:11 (two months ago) link

good god, they gave Streisand total creative control even

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 03:11 (two months ago) link

Both The Rock and Armageddon have Criterion spine numbers. Film restoration funding has to come from somewhere.

Still not a perplexing as Jellyfish Eyes.

полезный инструмент (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 09:14 (two months ago) link

Both The Rock and Armageddon have Criterion spine numbers.

Not to mention releasing every Wes Anderson movie. I like the guy but there's no way he has that many films that deserve to be in the collection, but as you said, it's what funds their more esoteric work, no complaints.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 12:42 (two months ago) link

PoT: directed by a famous woman; that's all you need

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 13:09 (two months ago) link

Wait, Criterion puts out a yearbook?

The annual yearbook has arrived.
And what a year it was. ❤️🙏
Looking forward to 2020 with my brain reattached. pic.twitter.com/JluiOHMqKT

— Jonathan Keogh (@CoveRoadKiller) December 28, 2019

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 December 2019 16:31 (one month ago) link

2 COOL 2 B REISSUED

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:53 (one month ago) link

New Year's Doodle:

https://i.imgur.com/F2JOeHt.jpg

That's It.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 17:50 (one month ago) link

All boxsets: Fellini, Wong Kar Wai, Agnes Varda, and Bruce Lee.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 18:02 (one month ago) link

Guess they're giving Fellini the Bergman treatment.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 18:48 (one month ago) link

yuck

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 19:50 (one month ago) link

easy money

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 22:38 (one month ago) link

yup

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 January 2020 00:51 (one month ago) link

and those other three boxes are A+ anyway

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 01:13 (one month ago) link

I'm assuming the Varda box will just be an upgrade of the "4" set. I think the WKW box is his entire body of work.

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 01:15 (one month ago) link

I think the Varda set will be bigger than just upgrading the old box. Her estate controls most if not all of her films, and I believe they are working with Janus on a touring retrospective, so there's a lot in play.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:02 (one month ago) link

well gooooood! 😏

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 04:57 (one month ago) link

has anyone watched Chinese Roulette on the Criterion Channel? I don't have it. How does it look? old Pathfinder (?) DVD looks iffy. they've put out something by Fassbinder every year for the past decade or so, haven't they?

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 January 2020 04:58 (one month ago) link

what's the likelihood the WKW set is all 9 features? I'd plonk down for that fer sure.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:52 (one month ago) link

WKIW WKW

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:56 (one month ago) link

APRIL: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Me and You and Everyone We Know; The Cremator; Destry Rides Again; and a reissue of Army Of Shadows.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

Fucking seriously w/that hot Me and You... trash, Criterion? Seriously?

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:35 (one month ago) link

I'm shocked they hadn't put it out yet tbh. I never saw it, never appealed to me, kinda seems of a piece with Wes Anderson (Budapest Hotel finally gets a disc release after 5 years?)

flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:05 (one month ago) link

))<>((

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:06 (one month ago) link

Anderson had to sign off on GBH, and obviously was delayed making two movies.

MAYAEWK too has been in the pipeline for a long time. Vintage IFC title, IIRC.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:10 (one month ago) link

I haven't screened MAYAEWK in like 10 years, but upon that viewing I realized if you toned down a lot of it, the film isn't that far removed from a Drew Barrymore Romcom.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:13 (one month ago) link

I haven't seen Me and You and... but ... maybe this makes me a shit worthless toxic male but, The Future was maybe among the 3 or 4 worst movies I've seen in my entire life.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:38 (one month ago) link

Me and You... sucks. Hard. It made me angry.

I was finally coaxed past my distaste and watched The Future. Much better July.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

LOL, xpost (got distracted mid-post)

If you thought The Future was that bad I want you to liveblog your reaction to watching Me and You when/if that happens.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:59 (one month ago) link

The Cremator is very good! Might have to save up for that.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:02 (one month ago) link

xposted from another Criterion thread -- Target.com is doing a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale on video games, movies and books through Saturday. Comes out a good bit cheaper than the B&N half price sale if you work it right. (Their price for single Criterion blu-rays is $23)

Miami weisse (WmC), Monday, 20 January 2020 00:22 (one month ago) link

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/01/netflix-criterion-the-irishman-marriage-story-1202205790/

Criterion will be issuing discs of Marriage Story, The Irishman, Atlantics, and American Factory.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:08 (one month ago) link

First Scorsese in CC?

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

(never mind; shoulda read link. forgot those other two were in there.)

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:21 (one month ago) link

ugh I'm having a full on "why tf is criterion putting out the prince of tides/armaggedon/breakfast club/princess bride" but with American Factory

I get it. It'll sell... maybe
the narrative Netflix movies make sense to me

flappy bird, Friday, 24 January 2020 23:41 (one month ago) link

xxp no, I have Age of Innocence (a UK region Criterion disc, no less!)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:09 (one month ago) link

Jason Polan died yesterday, he designed a number of covers for CC and drew the NYE & email doodles.

flappy bird, Monday, 27 January 2020 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Parasite and Memories of Murder, though no release date announced.
https://www.thewrap.com/parasite-and-memories-of-murder-from-bong-joon-ho-to-join-criterion-collection/

Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:27 (one week ago) link

Perhaps there's a chance of Okja as well, given Criterion's licencing of 5 other Netflix studios titles.

forgotten even to the sea (Sanpaku), Thursday, 13 February 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

nice been wanting to pick up Memories of Murder forever but it's been prohibitively expensive since it's OOP RARE

omar little, Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:51 (one week ago) link

MAY: Husbands; Wildlife; Dance, Girl, Dance; The Great Escape; Scorsese Shorts (ItalianAmerican; American Boy; The Big Shave; It's Not Just You, Murray!; and What's A Nice Girl Like You...); and a Blu upgrade of Rohmer's Six Morals Tales box.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:52 (one week ago) link

We've all seen movies become Criterion display cases. But we've never seen a Criterion display case become a movie. WILDLIFE... coming soon

flappy bird, Friday, 14 February 2020 19:35 (one week ago) link

The Great Escape! Is this a new addition to the Criterion Collection??

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:19 (one week ago) link

Yes. I wonder if they will include the Rick Dalton screen test.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:03 (one week ago) link

XP The CC did it as a laserdisc back in the day (that's where that 1991 commentary comes from).

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:45 (one week ago) link

Ugh, I was hoping this would happen a few weeks from now tbh:

⚡️Our Flash Sale has begun! For the next 24 hours, all Criterion Blu-rays and DVDs are 50% off! Shop now to save big on new titles and collection favorites until 12pm ET tomorrow! https://t.co/BPV0mR4gLr ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/M4Tu6qzFYn

— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) February 25, 2020

🚶‍♂️💨 (Eric H.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:08 (one hour ago) link


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