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#1 of 92 OFFLINE   oscar_merkx

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Posted January 31 2004 - 01:11 AM

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/

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After being unavailable for nearly three years, Criterion's DVD of Stanley Donen's classic spy thriller Charade is coming back in print this spring. The Charade re-release will feature an all-new 16x9-enhanced high-definition digital transfer, in addition to all the supplements featured on the original release. Look for Charade in April of this year.

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#2 of 92 OFFLINE   Howard Glenn

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Posted January 31 2004 - 01:55 AM

Thanks for the heads up! Great news!

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#3 of 92 OFFLINE   Anthony Neilson

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Posted January 31 2004 - 02:26 AM

Of course I'm glad that those who didn't buy this first time out will now have a chance to own it. It's a great (and under-rated) film imo and the commentary on the disc is one of the best I've ever heard.

However, it does piss me off that I'll have to buy it again for the anamorphic. The increased tendency for double-dips on Criterion discs is a bit alarming. This is a company that should be presenting their films in the best possible condition first time out, especially at the prices they charge ; or at least giving us some extra features to soften the blow ( as with LA BELLE ET LA BETE ).
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Posted January 31 2004 - 02:31 AM

Well, I won't be triple dipping; THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE has a very good anamorphic CHARADE which only lacks the supplements from Criterion.
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Posted January 31 2004 - 02:57 AM

Wow, anamorphic Charade with that commentary, I'm definitely in for the double dip. I never saw Truth About Charlie, so I'm not in Tony Dale's position of not needing to triple dip.

Anthony, I agree that any double-dipping is unfortunate, but Criterion's been all 16X9 for at least a couple of years now. I'm more happy about the possibility of getting new anamorphic transfers from them for some of the old non-anamorphic titles than I'm upset about double-dipping. Although, in this case I picked up Charade largely because it was going OOP, and it would have been nice to know that they were eventually going to try to go back and re-do it in anamorphic, if indeed they knew that at the time it went OOP (I guess it's possible that they didn't know they'd get that chance).

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Posted January 31 2004 - 02:59 AM

Well, I won't be triple dipping; THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE has a very good anamorphic CHARADE which only lacks the supplements from Criterion.

The same for me. I have both of the previously released dvds and I'm happy with them.





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#7 of 92 OFFLINE   Matt_H

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Posted January 31 2004 - 03:26 AM

Now if we can only get Brazil in anamorphic (also universal). I imagine all the earlier MGM licenses(spinal tap,silence of the lambs) will be hard to get now but i'd want them too.

#8 of 92 OFFLINE   Peter Kline

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Posted January 31 2004 - 03:35 AM

I wouldn't say Charade is underated at all.

#9 of 92 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted January 31 2004 - 03:37 AM

I have no interest in purchasing Charade, but this gives me hope that Criterion will re-release some of their non-anamorphic releases in the future with a anamorphic transfer.

I'd love to see re-releases of Amarcord, Andrei Rublev and Picnic at Hanging Rock.

#10 of 92 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted January 31 2004 - 03:42 AM

I also hope this will possibly lead to more re-releases of non-anamorphic titles from 1997-1999.

As for me rebuying Charade right away - I'll have other priorities. But I'll pick it up eventually.

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Posted January 31 2004 - 03:43 AM

And some Kurosawa, like Yojimbo, let's hope that gets re-released anamorphic. 1:85 non-anamorphic movies can work fine on 16X9 TVs with zooming--Vertigo looks great on mine--but it really is quite absurd that any 2:35:1 movie was ever released with a non-anamorphic transfer.

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Posted January 31 2004 - 04:18 AM

I have to disent on the quality of the transfer of the '63 version of Charade Universal included with The Truth About Charlie. Although enhanced for 16:9, the colors are weak and the image is rather soft and lacking in fine detail. Criterion's non-enhanced transfer actually looks better in these areas, only lacking 16:9 enhancement.

If one is using a 4:3 display, I'm not sure replacing the previous Criterion version is even necessary. Alas, in my position, buying yet a third version of this film for a newer, better 16:9 transfer is a foregone conclusion.

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Posted January 31 2004 - 04:22 AM

Excellent.

I wonder if it's the same transfer as the one used for "The Truth About Charlie"? It says "all-new", but I wonder if that means "all-new to the Criterion Collection"?

Either way, it will be nice to have a pressing that combines the excellent picture quality of the "Truth Aboutu Charlie" edition and the supplements of the Criterion version. The commentary still cracks me up.

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#14 of 92 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted January 31 2004 - 04:39 AM

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I wonder if it's the same transfer as the one used for "The Truth About Charlie"? It says "all-new", but I wonder if that means "all-new to the Criterion Collection"?


It just might be the same transfer.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: CC has the same transfer as the Universal release - yet people were boasting at how amazing the transfer was on the Criterion disc. Posted Image

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Posted January 31 2004 - 04:42 AM

I have to disent on the quality of the transfer of the '63 version of Charade Universal included with The Truth About Charlie. Although enhanced for 16:9, the colors are weak and the image is rather soft and lacking in fine detail. Criterion's non-enhanced transfer actually looks better in these areas, only lacking 16:9 enhancement.


I'm more than willing to wager that Universal's anamorphic transfer will be the one that Criterion uses.
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Posted January 31 2004 - 04:51 AM

I won't bother getting the new Criterion disc. I just picked up the Universal Charade DVD which comes with some extra feature that has Mark Wahlberg.
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#17 of 92 OFFLINE   Roger J

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Posted January 31 2004 - 05:13 AM

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I'm more than willing to wager that Universal's anamorphic transfer will be the one that Criterion uses.

I very much hope not. It so, that would be a waste of good plastic.

Hopefully, there will be additional details about this from Home Vision (Criterion) soon.

#18 of 92 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted January 31 2004 - 05:27 AM

Cool! I picked up THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE previously viewed for ten bucks, then swapped my OOP edition of CHARADE for Criterion's spectacular NAKED LUNCH. It'll be nice to see that nifty CHARADE spine on my shelf once again.... Posted Image

#19 of 92 OFFLINE   Anthony Neilson

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Posted January 31 2004 - 06:21 AM

With reference to Peter's comment that CHARADE isn't under-rated, I think that it has gained in stature recently; ironically because of the stark contrast thrown up by the remake. Prior to that, however, I DO think it tended to slip under peoples' radars and I have seen many lukewarm reviews of it.

Of course, it depends on how good a film you think it is. Personally, I think it's ALMOST on the level of movies like NORTH BY NORTHWEST ; Peter Stone's clever script, the photography, the locations and a cast that includes Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, James Coburn and the only screen-pairing of debatably the two Greatest Stars Hollywood ever produced - it all adds up to a virtually perfect piece of entertainment that I've always thought should be regarded amongst the 100 greatest American films.

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#20 of 92 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted January 31 2004 - 06:52 AM

Great news! Posted Image

Now, please give us an remastered anamorphic edition of Andrei Rublev, Criterion! Posted Image






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