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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 13 2008 - 09:32 AM

TITLE: THE THIRD MAN (BLU-RAY)
CAT: CC1780BD
UPC: 7-15515-03382-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-100-3
SRP: $39.95
OLD STREET DATE: 11/18/08
NEW STREET DATE: 12/16/08

TITLE: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (BLU-RAY)
CAT: CC1781BD
UPC: 715515-03412-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-103-4
SRP: $39.95
OLD STREET DATE: 11/18/08
NEW STREET DATE: 12/16/08

TITLE: CHUNGKING EXPRESS (BLU-RAY)
CAT: CC1778BD
UPC: 715515-03332-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-091-4
SRP: $39.95
OLD STREET DATE: 11/25/08
NEW STREET DATE: 12/16/08

TITLE: BOTTLE ROCKET (BLU-RAY)
CAT: CC1777BD
UPC: 71551-503342-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-092-1
SRP: $39.95
OLD STREET DATE: 11/25/08
NEW STREET DATE: 12/16/08

TITLE: THE LAST EMPEROR (BLU-RAY)
CAT: CC1779BD
UPC: 715515-03372-5
ISBN: 978-1-60465-095-2
SRP: $39.95
OLD STREET DATE: 11/18/08
NEW STREET DATE: 1/6/09

THE THIRD MAN (BLU-RAY)
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, just continues to grow in stature as the years pass.

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_ Directed by Carol Reed (Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol, Oliver!)
_ Starring Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt)
_ Starring Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Mr. Arkadin, F for Fake)
_ Starring Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol, The End of the Affair)

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
_ Restored high-definition digital transfer
_ Uncompressed mono soundtrack
_ Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
_ Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by film scholar Dana Polan
_ Shadowing “The Third Man” (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of the film
_ Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
_ “Graham Greene: The Hunted Man,” an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC’s Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist
_ Who Was the Third Man? (2000), a thirty-minute Austrian documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
_ The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 “A Ticket to Tangiers” episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles, and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man
_ Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer
_ Actor Joseph Cotten’s alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version
_ Archival footage of postwar Vienna
_ A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
_ PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Luc Sante


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (BLU-RAY)
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in terrific supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Roeg’s full uncut version, in this exclusive director-approved high-definition widescreen transfer.

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_ Directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing)
_ Starring David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Prestige)
_ Starring Rip Torn (Cross Creek, Tropic of Cancer, The Larry Sanders Show)
_ Cinematography by Anthony RIchmond (Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing)

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES:
_ High-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg
_ Uncompressed stereo soundtrack
_ Audio commentary by Roeg and actors David Bowie and Buck Henry
_ Video interview with screenwriter Paul Mayersberg
_ Performance, video interviews with actors Candy Clark and
Rip Torn
_ Audio interviews with costume designer May Routh and production designer Brian Eatwell
_ Audio interview from 1984 with author Walter Tevis, conducted by Don Swaim
_ Multiple stills galleries, including Routh’s costume sketches; behind-the-scenes photos; and production and publicity stills, introduced by set photographer David James
_ Gallery of posters from Roeg’s films
_ Trailers
_ PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Graham Fuller


CHUNGKING EXPRESS
The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing.

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_ Directed by Wong Kar-wai (Ashes of Time, In the Mood for Love, 2046)
_ Starring Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs, In the Mood for Love, Lust Caution)
_ Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro (Fallen Angels, House of Flying Daggers)

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
_ New, restored high-definition digital transfer
_ Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack supervised by director
Wong Kar-wai (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray)
_ Audio commentary by noted Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns
_ U.S. theatrical trailer
_ New and improved English subtitle translation
_ PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from a 1996 Sight and Sound interview with Wong by Rayns
_ More!

BOTTLE ROCKET
Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore—then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.

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_ Directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
_ Starring Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Armageddon, Wedding Crashers)
_ Starring Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Legally Blonde, 3:10 to Yuma)
_ Cinematography by Robert Yeoman (Drugstore Cowboy, Rushmore, The Squid and the Whale)

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
_ New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman
_ Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray)
_ Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/star Owen Wilson
_ The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, James L. Brooks, James Caan, Temple Nash Jr., Kumar Pallana, Polly Platt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Musgrave, Richard Sakai, David and Sandy Wasco, Andrew and Luke and Owen Wilson, and Robert Yeoman
_ The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
_ Eleven deleted scenes
_ Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
_ Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
_ The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket
_ PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by executive producer James L. Brooks, an appreciation by Martin Scorsese, and original artwork by Ian Dingman


THE LAST EMPEROR (BLU-RAY)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated—quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable—the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

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_ Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Le commare secca, The Conformist, Last Tango
in Paris)
_ Starring John Lone (Year of the Dragon, M Butterfly, War)
_ Starring Joan Chen (Twin Peaks, Heaven and Earth, Lust Caution)
_ Starring Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, The Ruling Class, My Favorite Year)
_ Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist, Apocalypse Now, Reds)

 

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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Chris S

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Posted November 13 2008 - 01:18 PM

Worth a little extra wait. Posted Image
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#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted November 14 2008 - 08:44 AM

So much for getting these in the DDD sale. . .
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Posted November 20 2008 - 09:30 AM

Actually, you CAN get them in the DDD sale and more! Just search "criterion" and "t-shirt" and you can order the blu-ray+t-shirt, WITH the discount applied. Posted Image

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Posted November 21 2008 - 01:19 AM

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Actually, you CAN get them in the DDD sale and more! Just search "criterion" and "t-shirt" and you can order the blu-ray+t-shirt, WITH the discount applied. Posted Image

I ordered three of these from DD. I have received cancellation notices on two of them.

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Posted November 21 2008 - 02:53 AM

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Actually, you CAN get them in the DDD sale and more! Just search "criterion" and "t-shirt" and you can order the blu-ray+t-shirt, WITH the discount applied. Posted Image

DDD doesn't give the discount on preorders. How did you manage it?

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Posted November 21 2008 - 04:17 AM

That's too bad. For some reason, DDD had listed these items as either available or "out of stock". I think I was able to order The Last Emperor early on the 6th listed as available and Chungking Express on the 12th listed as out of stock. My status is still open.

When you put these in your basket, they aren't labeled as pre-orders but "out of stock". Maybe it depends on the item, but sounds like Bleddyn was able to get at least one out of three. Try it!

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Posted November 21 2008 - 06:21 AM

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That's too bad. For some reason, DDD had listed these items as either available or "out of stock". I think I was able to order The Last Emperor early on the 6th listed as available and Chungking Express on the 12th listed as out of stock. My status is still open.

When you put these in your basket, they aren't labeled as pre-orders but "out of stock". Maybe it depends on the item, but sounds like Bleddyn was able to get at least one out of three. Try it!

Chungking is my only one still open. I received the cancellation emails for the others, but they never updated my status in my order account, where the orders still exist.

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#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted November 21 2008 - 09:24 AM

Just wanted to mention that my first review copy of a Criterion Blu-ray disc arrived today: CHUNGKING EXPRESS. Since it doesn't street until mid-December, it's going to have to go in the pile below other upcoming releases (PRINCE CASPIAN, LOST-Season 4), but it was a thrill to finally hold in my hands a Blu-ray from this wonderful company.

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted November 21 2008 - 11:20 AM

Matt - could you make a quick comment about the packaging? Regular DVD size Criterion? Blu-ray keepcase?

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted November 21 2008 - 03:29 PM

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Matt - could you make a quick comment about the packaging? Regular DVD size Criterion? Blu-ray keepcase?

Sure.

Actually, neither of the above! It's not DVD size, but it's not in a regular Blu-ray case either. There's a cardboard sleeve that has the same cover art as the regular Criterion release. Inside is a Blu-ray sized book-type case (different artwork) When you open it, the disc is on the right and a pocket is on the left for the Criterion booklet.

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Posted November 21 2008 - 05:55 PM

Cool! Thanks, man.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted November 22 2008 - 02:57 PM

A review of Chungking Express is out:

Blu-ray.com - Chungking Express (Chung Hing sam lam) - Criterion Collection (Blu-ray) - Blu-ray Review

There are links to images of the packaging in this review. I'm not impressed with it at all. Don't know why they couldn't just stick with the regular Blu-Ray cases, or at least something less flimsy. Here's one the screenshots:

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