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May Criterions & Eclipse: Huston, Yates, Imamura and Korda

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Thomas T, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Thomas T

    Thomas T Well-Known Member

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    Since no one has yet posted it, I will.

    The Criterion May slate consists of John Huston's Wise Blood, Peter Yates' Friends Of Eddie Coyle and a Shoehei Imamura set consisting of Pigs And Battleships, The Insect Woman and Intentions Of Murder. The May Eclipse set is devoted to the films of Alexander Korda: Private Life Of Henry VIII, Rembrandt, The Rise Of Catherine The Great and Private Life Of Don Juan.
     
  2. Justin_S

    Justin_S Well-Known Member

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    Wise Blood is a must-have, way overdue. I love the cover art despite them spelling Huston's name wrong. [​IMG]

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  3. Sergio A

    Sergio A Well-Known Member

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    No, that really is the way you spell writer-director-actor John Huston's name, although I remember reading reviews of Huston's PHOBIA and VICTORY, which followed this adaptattion of O'Connor's novel, which dearly hoped that these were the works of someone else but with a similar name...
     
  4. Justin_S

    Justin_S Well-Known Member

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    ^ Oh, I know. It was just a little joking reference to how he was billed as "Jhon Huston" for this particular film.
     
  5. Jim_K

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    Several in this batch that I've wanted to see for a long time such as Wise Blood, Friends Of Eddie Coyle, The Rise Of Catherine The Great and Private Life Of Don Juan.

    I rarely blind buy, especially pricey Criterions but these will definitely be added to my Netflix queue when the time comes.
     
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    As a resident of the Boston area, I have been told time and again that I had to see 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle'. Finally, a chance to do so. Thanks Criterion! [​IMG]
     
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    Columbia/Sony used to have licensing deals with Criterion (e.g., SILVERADO, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW). My favorite John Huston film is FAT CITY (it is Huston's and Conrad Hall's also). The Sony dvd is out of print, and now that there is a more enlightened attitude towards classics at Sony, I would hope that they would consider licensing again to Criterion. FAT CITY is a masterpiece that deseves a Special Edition. Also a non-pd of BEAT THE DEVIL.
     
  8. Charles H

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    I'm surprised that CATHERINE THE GREAT is included in the Korda box. Korda only produced it. AN IDEAL HUSBAND or THAT HAMILTON WOMAN in particular would have been more relevant.
     
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    Finally, Wise Blood. No hundred dollar VHS for me!

    I like the cover art, how it looks like a 1960s paperback.
     
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    Sony has licensed some titles to Criterion, but, other than the already released Bottle Rocket, I don't think any of the titles are known.
     
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    Too bad Criterion didnt get the right to include the surviving footage from Korda's "The Private Life of Helen of Troy." It would have fit nicely with the theme even though only less than half and hour survives.
     
  12. Mike*HTF

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    My thoughts exactly.

    Including The Private Life of Don Juan is very welcome, but why double dip Rembrandt when That Hamilton Woman or The Lion Has Wings languish?


     
  13. Charles H

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    THE LION HAS WINGS doesn't languish: it's on the second disc of the Criterion THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.
     
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    Been waiting for the Imamura titles for a while. It is a pleasant surprise to see them get the full Criterion treatment rather than the rumored Eclipse treatment. Will pick up Eddie Coyle too and maybe Wise Blood.

    -D
     
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    $100? Damn, late again to the sell-off party. . . .

    Glad to finally be able to get a DVD of this one!
     
  16. Mike*HTF

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    Thanks for that, Charles.

    I never upgraded my MGM disc but believe I will now.

     

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