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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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

Try that...

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

its reached easier at fyi

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

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

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

Bad, bad HTML skills.

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

I got the Floating Weeds DVDs today, yay.

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

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

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

Battle of Algiers confirmed on the main page. Yay!

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

And holy shit, three discs?!?!?

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

one month passes...

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 (fifteen years ago) link

xposted from another Criterion thread -- 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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

First Scorsese in CC?

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:18 (four months ago) link

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

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:21 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Parasite and Memories of Murder, though no release date announced.

Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:27 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

flappy bird, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:03 (three months 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 (three months 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! ⚡️

— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) February 25, 2020

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

I wish they took paypal.

Miami weisse (WmC), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:42 (three months ago) link


Guess I'm getting the Mailer Eclipse

flappy bird, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:44 (three months ago) link

In stock and underrated Eclipse sets--go!

flappy bird, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:45 (three months ago) link

I find it hilarious that people respond to this news with despair (and I am one of them).

Expart of Languidge (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:46 (three months ago) link

The despair is compounded by the fact that I'm compelled to spend the amount it takes to get me to the next $50 gift certificate and then buy three more.

🚶‍♂️💨 (Eric H.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:03 (three months ago) link

I can't see those Mailer films being ... heavily rewatchable

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:17 (three months ago) link

Is the Larisa Shepitko underrated? I keep waiting for The Ascent to get a blu...

Prep for coronavirus. Seriously. (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:49 (three months ago) link

Ordered my copy of All About My Mother.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:53 (three months ago) link

xxp me neither, I'm going to watch them and donate the set to Beyond Video

xp I was disappointed by the Larisa Shepitko films

flappy bird, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:15 (three months ago) link

Karel Zeman set looks lush but feels kinda shitty that they rode into town after smaller label Second Run did much of the work of popularizing Zeman to contemporary audiences with region 0 blus.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:59 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

June's releases traverse the vast spectrum of the human condition, from the all-consuming romance between two women to the slapstick pleasures of silent cinema’s great stone face; from the pain and joy of one woman’s self-discovery to the horrors of war.

— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) March 18, 2020

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:39 (two months ago) link

and all in-stock discs 30% off thru April 30

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:43 (two months ago) link

How I know I have highly and accurately curated which avenues of Film Twitter I follow ... way more people are amped about An Unmarried Woman than Come and See.

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:46 (two months ago) link

The Cameraman comes with its follow-up, Spite Marriage, as a bonus.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:50 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

JULY: Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (The Big Boss; Fist of Fury; The Way of The Dragon; Enter The Dragon (two cuts); Game of Death; Game of Death II; and Game of Death Redux (new cut of the surviving Lee footage from said film)), a Blu-only box.

This looks like maybe the only release for this month. Covid-19 has presumably slowed down work on everything else.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 April 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

Although I now see some speculation elsewhere from folks who've seen press releases & such that further announcements about July titles will be forthcoming.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 April 2020 20:13 (one month ago) link

Isn't the 15th the usual day for new releases announcements?

WmC, Monday, 13 April 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

On or around the 15th. It's speculated that the Lee announcement is separate from the usual announcements (ala the Olympic or Bergman sets).

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 April 2020 20:31 (one month ago) link

MORE JULY: Marriage Story; The War of The Worlds (1953); and upgrades of Taste of Cherry & The Lady Eve.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

taste of cherry!!!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:16 (one month ago) link


Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:22 (one month ago) link

The end-June B&N sale (and Come and See, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Roma, Cold War and Taste of Cherry) can't come soon enough for me.

speaking moistly (Sanpaku), Saturday, 18 April 2020 22:55 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

This August, we're celebrating the boundless creative vision of Agnès Varda with a comprehensive collection of her genre-blurring, culture-shaping films, bringing together all thirty-nine of her features, shorts, and documentaries for the first time! 🧡💜💗

— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) May 11, 2020

flappy bird, Monday, 11 May 2020 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

Awesome news! (Cinévardaphoto appears to be missing tho?)

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Monday, 11 May 2020 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

MORE AUGUST: Toni; The Comfort of Strangers; Town Bloody Hall; and a Blu upgrade of The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 15 May 2020 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

If The Comfort of Strangers is the early 90s Canadian film, I've been wanting to see that one for a while.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 15 May 2020 17:27 (two weeks ago) link

...except that film is The Company of Strangers. This is the Paul Schrader movie (oddly enough, both are from 1990).

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 15 May 2020 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

Vegemite Is My Grrl wrote: Cinévardaphoto appears to be missing tho?

It's there, just listed as the three individual films that comprise it.

ernestp, Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:01 (one week ago) link

like the Bergman set, it's "programmed" out of chronological order which is sort of annoying

flappy bird, Saturday, 16 May 2020 22:17 (one week ago) link

I think it's neat tbh

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 01:15 (two days ago) link

tbf I haven't tried watching any of the films "as programmed" in the Bergman set, it's just a pain to find a certain movie in the thing all out of order, but I should try it, I haven't dug back into it for a few months. a theater here was supposed to show A Lesson in Love sometime in April, I'll watch whatever batch that's in soon.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 03:08 (two days ago) link

30% off until May 31 on discs from the CC store

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 03:09 (two days ago) link

I only saw Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers once, probably around the the time it came out, I mostly remember being really impressed by the visuals of the lantern-lit scenes

Dan S, Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:53 (yesterday) link

I could be completely misremembering it, would like to see it again

Dan S, Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:54 (yesterday) link

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