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Withnail & I Criterion is not anamorphic

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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted July 02 2001 - 02:35 PM


Same with How to Get Ahead in Advertising

This is a big blow to Bruce Robinson fans...

The Channel Four UK documentary that I was told *might* be on there hasn't been included either. A shame.

However, somewhat bizarrely, I still recommend the disc as Withnail and I can only shine through, whatever its presentation.

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted July 02 2001 - 04:01 PM

Criterion has really been dropping the ball lately. Quality has been on the decline for some time now. There's no excuse for non-anamorphic transfers.

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Posted July 02 2001 - 04:13 PM

That is too bad. Any commentary track on this one? I assure you officer, I've only had a few ales.

#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Dan Brecher

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Posted July 02 2001 - 04:17 PM

This has slipped way down on my priority purchases list thanks to this sad news. Posted Image

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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave F

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Posted July 02 2001 - 08:21 PM

It fell right off my list.


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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Duncan Harvey

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Posted July 02 2001 - 09:04 PM

This is pretty poor, wonder what their excuse is? I thought that Anchor Bay had the Handmade library and hence would be releasing this - we'd probably have got anamorphic from them... Still, it will be better than the old Criterion LD, so I'll be buying it. Remember - all hairdressers are in the employment of the government!

#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted July 02 2001 - 09:54 PM

I'm really surprised-- and will also be holding onto my Criterion LDs instead of trading up.

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   PhilipG



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Posted July 02 2001 - 10:50 PM

Uh-oh, looks like Criterion have been getting advice from MGM... Posted Image

Another one off my list. Posted Image

#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Alister Willis

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Posted July 02 2001 - 11:03 PM

This is disappointing Posted Image
I was hoping that the sites that listed it as non-anamorphic were incorrect, but I guess they weren't.

With no real extras so to speak, (a poster is a nice idea but...) I'm not sure whether I will be buying this now...

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#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Don Myles

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Posted July 03 2001 - 02:01 AM

Damn - I have been looking forward to trading up from my old worn out VHS copy. Guess I'll have to wait a few years until the Criterion contract runs out and hope that somebody does the movie the justice it deserves. Don

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Posted July 03 2001 - 04:26 AM

Dan - According to an R2 Project "Rumour Control" (http://www.r2-dvd.org/Rumours.jsp ) item of 21 June, a UK release is tentatively planned for 5 November. Maybe this will be anamorphic?

#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted July 03 2001 - 04:29 AM

Oh, come on! I'm sure we've all seen worse, and it's not the kind of film that would benefit hugely from a 5th-Element-quality transfer, anyway. Some of you really need to concentrate more on the film and less on the picture. I know it's a principal thing, and I admire you most of the time by sticking to your guns, but is it really worth denying yourself many, many painfully funny viewings of the film, until a new version is released? How many of you have ruined perfectly good sofas beyond dry-cleaning by screaming with laughter at worn-out pan-and-scan VHS tapes of it? BTW, Bruce Robinson refuses to do a commentary for it, as he's sick of talking about it, and has made nothing from it except a very low writing/directing fee during the film's production, and others seem to be cashing in on it. And as for comments regarding Criterion dropping the ball recently - nonsense! I admit these two are pretty big smudges on their reputation, but nearly all of their recent work (The Hidden Fortress, The Blob, Do The Right Thing, Written on the Wind, Diary of a Chambermaid, etc.) puts their earlier release to shame. Buy it! ------------------ "Here lies Ash Buchanan, protected by the Ejaculation of Serpents" - coming to DVD on 21st August 2001

#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted July 03 2001 - 05:53 AM

Yes, Criterion's recent work has been extraordinary, but this is unfortunate. I only know Withnail by reputation and I was considering buying it. I'll rent it now and save my $ for that amazing Dreyer Boxset!
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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Tony Terlecki

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Posted July 03 2001 - 06:02 AM

The only reason I was going to buy this DVD was because it was anamorphic and so would be a better presentation than my current widescreen SVHS copy (also anamorphic) which I taped recently from Film Four. Sorry Criterion - not good enough. I won't be buying this one. Tony

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Clay H

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Posted July 03 2001 - 11:01 AM

Looks like you'll get the "Withnail & Us" doc after all...

Here's a link to the updated review. Seems that a tricky menu caused the reviewer to miss it's inclusion on the disc.
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#16 of 18 OFFLINE   ChristopherM


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Posted July 06 2001 - 01:26 AM

R2 Project has published an item on how the new "Anchor Bay UK" outfit would like to release Withnail & I in the UK:

Seems far from certain, though.

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Posted October 03 2001 - 03:17 AM

More news from R2 Project on the Anchor Bay UK release:

No mention of an anamorphic transfer, but a 5.1 mix (hmmm...) and Paul McGann commentary seem likely, and the documentary may yet be included.

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Posted October 17 2001 - 03:18 AM

R2 Project is now saying that the UK edition will carry a commentary by both Paul McGann and Ralph Brown, and that the release will be on 12 November. Still no word on whether the picture will be anamorphic though...

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