November Criterion releases

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Brian PB, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Brian PB

    Brian PB Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2003
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    0
    Release dates, specs, and prices are available on the Image website (but no artwork yet):

    Ugetsu 11/08/05 $39.95
     
  2. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, I heard about this over at the Criterion Forums. An amazing line up and, hopefully, Bresson's, Pickpocket will also be part of the November line-up.
     
  3. Haggai

    Haggai Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Messages:
    3,883
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great news! Ran is certainly a favorite, and I'm definitely excited to get to see Ugetsu and Tales of Hoffman.

    I wonder what commentary track(s) they'll have on Ran. The Wellspring edition (which I never saw) had a couple, including one by Stephen Prince. I guess it remains to be seen if they'll get either of those?
     
  4. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2000
    Messages:
    9,468
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'll be buying all 3. Great to hear they're including Marker's documentary as well.
     
  5. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2000
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    I'll be picking up Ran for sure. [​IMG] Now where's that Seven Samurai redux?!!

    As much as I liked Ugetsu I don't know if I'll be shelling out the big Criterion bucks for it. Especially with so much other stuff coming out in the fall.

    Don't think Tales of the Hoffmann would be my cup 'o tea even though I'm a big fan of the Archer's. Definitely a rental.
     
  6. PaulP

    PaulP Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2001
    Messages:
    3,291
    Likes Received:
    0
    YES YES HOLY FUCKING SHIT!

    Man, this fall is EXPENSIVE...
     
  7. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2002
    Messages:
    7,632
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ran is the one that springs to mind so far
     
  8. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2001
    Messages:
    13,064
    Likes Received:
    2
    Sigh.
     
  9. Tim_C

    Tim_C Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    1
    Wow, best month for Criterion releases I've seen in quite awhile. All three of these are definite buys for me.
     
  10. Damin J Toell

    Damin J Toell Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2001
    Messages:
    3,762
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Real Name:
    Damin J. Toell
    Tales of Hoffman is a spectacular announcement, and I'm very pleased that they've gotten George Romero to participate, as this is his favorite film.

    DJ
     
  11. Adam_S

    Adam_S Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2001
    Messages:
    6,281
    Likes Received:
    113
    Real Name:
    Adam_S
    oh man am I excited, I could only be happier if they'd also announced A Matter of Life and Death, but I saw Ugetsu and let out a whoop of joy. Ran I'm not as excited about but both those titles just hopped to the top of my fall list, it's a shame I can't get them all, damn this fall will be hard with all the great releases coming out... I may have to knock off Ben Hur from my christmas list in favor of Ugestsu since it's technically half a double dip (I don't have the silent, but I have the regular release). Tales of Hoffman I really want to see, but I think I'll netflix it or catch it on TCM's michael powell tribute (if it plays) first.

    wow, after months of 'eh' titles (see George's sigh) a really incredible lineup!

    Now where's those Ozu and Mizoguchi thirties films, Sisters of Gion and I was Born But... please please criterion?
     
  12. Steve Y

    Steve Y Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2000
    Messages:
    704
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wow, am I glad I sold both my versions of Ran! The first was horrendous and the "remastered" was mediocre. Here's hoping for the third-time charm -- we are talking about Criterion, after all.

    I haven't seen "Ugetsu" but it comes highly recommended. "Tales of Hoffman" is also a must-buy ... especially if you liked "The Red Shoes". Damn, this is going to be an expensive Fall. This happens to me every year...

    ~s
     
  13. Lord Dalek

    Lord Dalek Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2005
    Messages:
    2,913
    Likes Received:
    383
    Real Name:
    Joel Henderson
    I wonder how Ran's color pallet will turn out this time seeing as all other releases look quite different from each other.
     
  14. David Jay

    David Jay Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2004
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was hoping for more, like the Pickpocket that was announced on the Bresson site for November. I saw Ugetsu on IFC a while back and wasn't too impressed, but maybe I need to see it again because I barely remember anything about it. I just sold my Ran Masterworks disc to a friend, so it's nice to know I can replace it soon. Haven't seen many Powell and Pressburger films, but Tales of Hoffman sounds good, so I may give it a spin.

    November is right before Christmas, I hope that they have more than 3 titles lined up. (Wow, am I a Criterion whore or what?)
     
  15. Jeff Newcomb

    Jeff Newcomb Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    0
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Brian PB

    Brian PB Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2003
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    0

    In addition to the posted artwork for Ugetsu (Spine #309), Ran (#316), and The Tales of Hoffmann (#317), there is a generic "Artwork Coming Soon" image for Spine #314 (though not for #315).

    Speculation is that #314 will be either Pickpocket or Louis Malle's Au Revoir les enfants though, personally, I'm hoping for Tati's Playtime (if not in November, then as a bonus December release).
     
  17. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    WOW! Love the covers for Ugetsu and The Tales of Hoffmann. Not so sure about Ran, though.
     
  18. Brian PB

    Brian PB Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2003
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have to say that I love all three covers. The Ugetsu artwork may just displace my all-time favorite Criterion cover, for Kurosawa's The Lower Depths. Extraordinarily beautiful.

    As for the Ran cover, I find it very inventive. Yes, it has that Jackson Pollack-cum-Rorschach vibe, but the way the red Kanji characters of the title (which means "Chaos") emerge from within the 'chaotic' splatters of paint is quite creative. The paint blobs are also suggestive of the splattering of blood through war, while using the three primary colors represents the three sons of the story. Give it a while, Gordon: it'll grow on you.
     
  19. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2000
    Messages:
    1,424
    Likes Received:
    0
    Fantastic news. The Ran cover is my favorite in a long time.
     
  20. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    4,798
    Likes Received:
    1
    Brian, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for "Au Revor Les Enfants"!


    And I think all the covers look fantastic as usual!
     

Share This Page