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Which great/favorite directors are underrepresented on R1 DVD?

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   SteveGon


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Posted November 03 2005 - 04:18 AM

Basing this on a comment from a thread in Software. I'll pick Aki Kaurismaki, whom I've added to my list of favorite directors - only one of his films (The Man Without a Past) is available on R1 DVD. (Fortunately I have the rest of his films on R2 discs.) Jim Jarmusch on Kaurismaki: "He's one of my favourite film-makers. I love his films, I love the simplicity of them, I love the dry sense of humour of them, I love the bleakness. Here is a film-maker who uses limitations as a strength, and that's something I've tried to learn to do myself. I get very moved by Kaurismaki's films."

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Posted November 03 2005 - 04:52 AM

Mizoguchi - only Ugetsu and only this month, damn shame Ozu - four films and most of those only in the last year

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 03 2005 - 05:38 AM

Ken Russell - with a few exceptions, only his more recent and inferior direct-to-video work are available in R1. Still waiting on an official release of The Devils, The Music Lovers, The Boyfriend, Savage Messiah, Valentino, Lisztomania and others.

Michael Haneke - only his 3 of his French-financed films are available. All but one of his Austrian films are unavailable.

Lindsay Anderson - his major films are still missing, most notably If... and O Lucky Man!

Matthew Barney - his 5-film Cremaster cycle was announced for DVD...then immediately cancelled.
His films exist on DVD only in special very-limited edition versions which were auctioned off at $10,000 each.
I've only seen one of these films (Cremaster 3) and it was an absolute stunner!!

Mikio Naruse - I'm just starting to see some of his films for the first time via a travelling film retrospective...90-odd films and not one is available on DVD!

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted November 03 2005 - 05:42 AM

Edward Yang (I think Yi Yi is the only one of his films available anywhere. Would love to see his earlier work, especially Brighter Summer Day)
Roberto Rosselini (Hide nor hare of key films like Paisa, Stromboli and Journey in Italy or any of his later historical films.)
Max Ophuls
Alain Resnais (Crits and one or two others available that don't reflect the stylistic and thematic variations in his career.)
Jean Eustache (I'm not sure there are any of his films available anywhere. I've only seen The Mother and the Whore and would love to own it and see more of his films)
Mikhail Kalatozov aka Mikheil Kalatozishvili (Based on The Cranes are Flying and I Am Cuba, I'd love to see anything else by this director)
Mikio Naruse (Never seen one of his films, but he's mentioned in the same breath with Kurosawa, Ozu, and Mizoguchi)
Satyajit Ray
Hiroshi Teshigahara (Only 2 available but we'll probably see a re-release of Woman in the Dunes before any of his other films. There is a box set in other regions)
Ermanno Olmi (2 Crits and The Tree of Wooden Clogs are it)
Viktor Sjostrom (Could we at least have The Wind?)
Hans Jurgen Syberberg (haven't seen any of his films, but would really like to. A contemporary of Fassbinder/Herzog/Wenders/Schlondorff relatively unknown in the US)

I could probably keep going all day...
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#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 03 2005 - 05:57 AM

Forgot one...

Peter Watkins - specialist in fake documentaries/gritty re-enactments and political films (Privilege, Culloden, Punishment Park, The War Game, The Gladiators, La Commune (Paris, 1871) and others).

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted November 03 2005 - 06:48 AM

Agree with Adam - Kenji Mizoguchi is way under-represented.

I'd love to see more films from directors on Brook and Bill's lists. I'll add...

Kon Ichikawa - I believe only Tokyo Olympiad in Region 1.

The following all have some releases but still have a number of films that remain to be released.

Jean-Pierre Melville
Vincente Minnelli
Ernst Lubitsch
Robert Siodmak
Anthony Mann

- Walter.

Fidelity to the source should always be the goal for Blu-ray releases.

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