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May Criterion Releases


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#1 of 89 OFFLINE   ChristianB

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Posted February 14 2005 - 06:31 AM

May 10

Burden Of Dreams
Les Blank's extraordinary documentary about the making of Werner Herzog's epic film Fitzcarraldo details the desperate conditions of the production and how real-life events sometimes mirrored the plot of the film, which is about a mad plan to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Fighting the weather, morale problems, the loss of two major cast members, and even a war between Peru and Ecuador, Herzog and crew struggle to complete the film.

Hoop Dreams
The stirring true story of two ordinary inner-city kids who dare to dream the impossible - professional basketball glory. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates on their odysseys to overcome not only the harsh realities of the Chicago streets but also all the complexities and competitiveness of scholastic athletics in America. This award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary is making its DVD debut.

May 24

The Phantom Of Liberty
Director Luis Buñuel’s anarchic comedy of non-sequiturs moves from constantly interrupted highlight to highlight: the elegant soirée with guests seated on gleaming toilet bowls, one man excusing himself to use the dining room; hard-drinking, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips; a leather-clad maîtresse whipping a bourgeois businessman; a missing little girl who provides helpful tips to the cops searching for her; and a police crackdown at the zoo bringing everything full circle: “Long live chains!”

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#2 of 89 OFFLINE   Prentice Cotham

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Posted February 14 2005 - 06:43 AM

Hoop Dreams finally
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#3 of 89 OFFLINE   Anthony Wolfe

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Posted February 14 2005 - 06:46 AM

LOL, that's what I said as I read that, and there is not a more fitting way to release than on Criterion. That's awesome, can't wait.

#4 of 89 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted February 14 2005 - 07:19 AM

Great to finally see Hoop Dreams and some new Bunuel.
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#5 of 89 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted February 14 2005 - 07:30 AM

Oh, my! Yes!

Absolutely awesome news.


#6 of 89 OFFLINE   Jesse Blough

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Posted February 14 2005 - 07:31 AM

I'm interested in Burden Of Dreams... I love Fitzcarraldo.

#7 of 89 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted February 14 2005 - 07:58 AM

Talk about hitting three homers in a row... and only the Bunuel was expected!
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#8 of 89 OFFLINE   Mario Gauci

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Posted February 14 2005 - 08:11 AM

Christian,

I nearly shat my pants when I read that one of my favorite of all films, THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974), has finally been given a release date after being long-rumored as a Criterion DVD - and getting BURDEN OF DREAMS (1982) in the same month is sweet too...but would you mind telling me where you've got the info from???

#9 of 89 OFFLINE   ChristianB

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Posted February 14 2005 - 08:32 AM

Can't really say but I have my sources Posted Image

#10 of 89 OFFLINE   Ike

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Posted February 14 2005 - 08:32 AM

I didn't know the Bunuel was coming, and I must say that I am psyched. I was all prepared to get the box set that is coming out in Region 2, containing 2 other films I already have, just to get Phantom of Liberty. Looking forward to Hoop Dreams too. Killer month for Criterion.

#11 of 89 OFFLINE   Deepak Shenoy

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Posted February 14 2005 - 10:52 AM

Phantom of Liberty ?! Yes !! Finally !! I've been waiting for this one for a long time.

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#12 of 89 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted February 14 2005 - 11:41 AM

Hoop Dreams!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

It's about time!

This film should be shown to every young person involved in competitive athletics in every high school in America.

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#13 of 89 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted February 14 2005 - 12:30 PM

Darn, I was hoping to see Late Spring released, considering that May is late spring time of year. Posted Image I wonder what Ozu criterionhas in store for us this year?
 

#14 of 89 OFFLINE   Daniel P

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Posted February 14 2005 - 02:52 PM

how reliable is this?

#15 of 89 OFFLINE   Deepak Shenoy

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Posted February 15 2005 - 12:04 AM

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Darn, I was hoping to see Late Spring released, considering that May is late spring time of year. I wonder what Ozu criterionhas in store for us this year?

Me too. But it is rumored that Criterion will release other Ozus (The Only Son) before they release Late Spring.

#16 of 89 OFFLINE   ZacharyTait

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Posted February 15 2005 - 03:36 AM

Awesome! Finally, I can own Hoop Dreams on DVD. I've caught it a couple of times in the past two months on cable and it never fails to fascinate. Truly, one of the best documentaries ever made.

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#17 of 89 OFFLINE   Jay E

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Posted February 15 2005 - 04:10 AM

Burden of Dreams & Phantom of Liberty are definite buys for me!

#18 of 89 OFFLINE   ChristianB

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Posted February 15 2005 - 04:29 AM

And for Wes Anderson fans, I heard that The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou will be a Criterion DVD, just like The Royal Tenenbaums.

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#19 of 89 OFFLINE   Ike

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Posted February 15 2005 - 07:12 AM

When is Zissou supposed to arrive? The set would be complete if they would just do Bottle Rocket.

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Posted February 15 2005 - 07:39 AM

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The set would be complete if they would just do Bottle Rocket.


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