What would you like to see next from criterion?

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  1. bujaki

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    While I lived in Manhattan, I was able to see The Thief of Bagdad (1940) in 35mm Tech. Superb.
    MoMA also showed Docks of New York in a 35mm nitrate print, a little worn, but luminous. The Last Command was in better shape.
    Radio City Music Hall showed Blonde Venus, uncut and in its OAR, in a then newly struck 35mm print.
    I caught Anatahan somewhere in NY, but my memory fails me. I agree with your assessment of it.
    I saw a magnificent 35mm safety print of Scarlet Empress in Dallas.
    As a matter of fact, I've seen all the surviving Sternberg movies, some in excellent prints; some in somewhat battered condition. His movies need to be seen in the best possible condition because he was a superb visual artist.
     
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    The Virgin Spring
    Hour of the Wolf
    Elevator to the Gallows
    Beastie Boys!
     
  3. Will Krupp

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    I was understandably confused by your use of the term "originally"
     
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  4. Dave MJ

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    Mullholland Drive (with the unreleased TV pilot version as bonus)

    Early John Waters - Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester
    Early shorts and Mondo Trasho would be nice bonuses

    Susperia (though I read that it is being prepped for blu by another company)

    Hitchcock - pretty much anything.

    Maya Deren films


    And while we are talking dream titles:

    Star Wars (restored 1977 version with mono, dolby and 6 track mixes)

    The Abyss (restored extended version)

    Cleopatra (restored extended version. Apparently a lot of footage is in the hands of collectors)

    Vertigo (properly restored by Robert Harris)

    Death Becomes Her (a personal favorite, never even given a proper anamorophic DVD release and with lots of cut footage that could be included as a supplement)
     
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  5. Paul Rossen

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    Where have you heard and/or seen the deleted CLEOPATRA footage?
     
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    I once read that the original first cut of the film ran for 6 hours and it was to have been released in two parts. All films have longer first cuts when they are completed. In most cases they are re-edited to their final release version. It was common for 70mm roadshow releases to be shortened for their general release in the sixties. This was an abomination that I deplored. Often they also made it to dvd in the shortened version.
     
  7. Dave MJ

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    The documentary on the existing DVD mentions that a lot of the cut footage is in the hands of private collectors who are reluctant to make it available to the public. It seems like some kind of arrangement could be made to preserve it and present an extended version (in the style of mad, mad world). If it really does exist.
     
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    I second:

    The Saragossa Manuscript
    Fellini Satyricon
    The Tenant
    Mulholland Drive
    Lost Highway
    Eraserhead
    The Devils

    Also, Until the End of the World - European cut needs a stateside release badly.
     
  9. Jari K

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    "Suspiria" is indeed coming from Synapse, 2K restoration probably next year (?).Let's hope that we'll see those early films from Cronenberg (Shivers, Rabid, The Brood). I guess Blue Underground owns Fast Company?
     
  10. Paul Rossen

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    I believe that documentary is getting now quite old. Old news. If the footage existed FOX would be all over it.
     
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    The making of Cleopatra is well known. The director Joseph Mankiewicz wanted a 5-6hr 2 part presentation. The head of FOX Darryl Zanuck (which was on the verge of closing down) balked and ultimately it was cut to the 4hr one film version we now have. About a month or so after it's June 1963 premiere it was cut to 3hr 40 minutes and then after that to 3hr 20 min and ultimately to 3 hrs. Now that was a mess.

    You are correct in stating many of the Roadshows were cut after their original premiere. Sometimes within days, sometimes months. Sometimes years later!

    Some of the more well known shortened Roadshows...

    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    Lawrence of Arabia...restored
    It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    The Alamo
    Hawaii
    Diary Of Anne Frank..restored


    The list goes on and on...some other well known Roadshows were shortened only to be quickly brought back to full length such as Ben-Hur.
     
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    My most wanted Criterion would be these:

    - Maurice, Remains of the Day, Room with a view (although I think it's impossible because Janus film was sued, so I don't think they'll release another Ivory film)
    - Gandahar (Rene Laloux animation - again impossible)
    - Farewell to my Concubine and Raise the Red Lantern
    - The Age of Innocence (my favourite period film ever)
    - Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    - Indochine
    - Camile Claudel
    - La Reine Margot (there is a French release coming, although I don't know if subtitles will be included)
    - The Tree of Life (I know there is already a Bluray, but I'm hoping for Criterion with a classy designed menu and a better cover, and also to match the other Mallick Criterion films)
    -Some upgrades like Written on the Wind and Magnificent Obsession
    -any other Rock Hudson, Cary Grant or Marlon Brando film that hasn't been released and they could release
     
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    Is it really necessary to be condescending? I did say it was a dream project and you don't have any more information than I do apparently so why be rude and dismissive? If it was in the hands of collectors then it might still be. In the doc they expressed frustration in not being able to get it. Dunno if it has been pursued since but neither do you.
     
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    Didn't mean to come off that way. If I did...an apology is in order. FYI one of the biggest collectors of film classics happened to have been Cleopatra's own Roddy McDowell-whose role was severely slashed in the final 4 hr product. Too bad he didn't have the trims as we would now have the original Director's vision.

    I believe that documentary which was done for the dvd release is now 13 years old and nothing has surfaced since. There is a great Elizabeth Taylor website(don't recall which one) that has a complete run through of parts of the script with photos of the deleted scenes. If you are interested in Cleopatra it would be worth your time to investigate further.
     
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    If you really love THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (REKOPIS ZNALEZIONY SARGOSSIE), you should consider the Polish BD that can be purchased through Paypal from Bluedvd.pl (look under filmy Blu-ray-Filmy Polskie), it has English subs and the image is dazzling. Also available and as nice is Wojciech Has' THE HOURGLASS SANITORIUM (SANATORIUM POD KLEPSYDRA). They are Region B, however, if that is an issue. Coming soon is a restored FARAON which was directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. The company Rekonstrukcja Cyfrowa has done a wonderful job with these and Bluedvd.pl is easy to deal with and the price is right.
     
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    Those would be wonderful. I'm especially feeling the loss of MAURICE as the DVD was fantastic and it would have made a stunning blu-ray if it hadn't gotten caught up in the Merchant-Ivory/Criterion mess.

    ROOM WITH A VIEW looks very nice indeed on the BBC blu-ray from a few years ago (much much better than the really old DVD and without the PAL speedup of the newer Warner/BBC DVD) and I would highly recommend grabbing it if you can.
     
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    I have seen that, it is tantalizing. I did find this more recent article, which indicates Fox did continue to search to no avail:

    http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/05/21/queen-of-the-nile-inside-20th-century-foxs-restoration-of-cleopatra/

    Sad that they had stored all of the trims then destroyed them to make space.
     
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    More roadshow films that were later cut. LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ; and in 70mm: HAMLET ; THE BOY FRIEND ; STAR ; 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY ; THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY ; HEAVEN'S GATE; SOUTH PACIFIC ;THE SAND PEBBLES etc.
     
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    Would also like to see Criterion release some more of Pedro Almodovar's catalog on BD especially All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
     
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    A real classic for either Criterion or Twilight Time to grab ...
    The 1972 'Sleuth' starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    I've also made this recommendation in the 'what would you like to see in Twilight Time' thread .. I don't care who brings it out .. I just want it!
     

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