Posted March 12 2009 - 03:04 PM
| Originally Posted by zackscott5 |
THe first edition of THe Third Man was Released on DVD 3-23-2001 and then remastered in Hi-Def and re-released on 5-22-2007. THe Seventh Seal was released on DVD on January 29, 1999 and has since not been given a high def remastering. These remasters both still have specs and scrapes on their original pressings. The master work of Lowry Digital (the restoration company that supervises the restoration of CErtain classic films) Didn't debut until the release of Citizen Kane in 9-25-2001. This created a new high water mark for film restoration and gave Criterion on their restoration process a run for their money.
The original releases of THE SEVENTH SEAL and THE THIRD MAN actually hold up quite well even by today's standards. The same cannot be said of some other early Criterions. As I said before, it's obvious that Criterion doesn't apply the same standards to all films, even though they charge you the same high prices for everything.
| Kwaidan was released on october 10, 2000. Now was there an avaliable print of the longer version avaliable then that wasn't deteriorated? I don't know. HOwever I do know that Criterion released the longer version at 162 minutes compared to the original US Release of 125 minutes. So maybe (and I am assuming here) that Criterion did try to find the longer version and only came up with the 162 minute print. THen later someone found the longer print and was releassed on the Masters of Cinema collection in R2. |
In the early days, Criterion supposedly had trouble getting quality elements from Toho, which would explain why KWAIDAN, the SAMURAI trilogy, and some of their original Kurosawa offerings look worse than other DVDs they produced at the time. Unfortunately, Criterion was (and is) charging the same price for these poor quality DVDs that they charged for DVDs that were produced from better film elements.
| Criterion has been around for quite a while. almost 30 years. THat name has become synominous with quality in their video releases.... They were always expensive (I paid $70.00 for a laser disc of Blade runner) but you knew what you were getting. |
In recent years, I've bought countless studio releases that rival or exceed the quality of the Criterion discs I own, and for a lot less money. Again, the claim that Criterion = higher quality just doesn't hold anymore, not unless you're judging DVDs only by extras and not actual video quality.
BTW, do you actually like paying higher prices for Criterions?
| Sorry for the rant but when you are complaining about the $40.00 MSRP (cause you can buy them at the Criterion Store for $30.00, DVD Planet and Amazon for around $25.00 plus the Essental Art House collection for less than $15.00) I just have to laugh. Sorry. |