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Will Criterion Release Alexander Korda's The Four Feathers (1939)?


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 08 2011 - 01:58 AM

It has been a few years since Criterion licensed the Alexander Korda library.  Since that time, it has released on DVD Thief of Bagdad, That Hamilton Woman, and a four film collection of various biopics.  My hope is that that Criterion will release The Four Feathers (1939) on blue ray/dvd.  The Four Feathers (1939) was released by MGM back in 2005, but that release was discontinued along with MGM's release of Thief of Bagdad when the Criterion license came into effect.  The Four Feathers is my favorite Korda film and the technicolor would look brilliant in blue ray.  I also would be pleased with a simple DVD as the old MGM release is hard to come by and very expensive.  I sent Criterion an email to ask about this, but I got no response.  Does anyone have any insights?

#2 of 17 OFFLINE   MLamarre

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Posted February 08 2011 - 05:24 AM

It was hinted at in the Criterion New Year's Newsletter hint:


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There are four feathers coming out of the pillow the boy is holding above his head.



#3 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 08 2011 - 06:23 AM

I don't get the crtierion newsletter, is this for real?

#4 of 17 OFFLINE   mgdvd0

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Posted February 08 2011 - 06:42 AM

Oh yea !

#5 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 08 2011 - 07:20 AM

Well then, let's hope that Matthew's interpretation of Criterion's cryptogram is correct.

#6 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 08 2011 - 02:05 PM

Any other decryptions from this photo?

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted February 08 2011 - 02:25 PM

Wild Strawberries looks pretty obvious.



#8 of 17 OFFLINE   mdnitoil

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Posted February 08 2011 - 02:40 PM



Originally Posted by JoeDoakes 

Any other decryptions from this photo?


There's an entire thread in the Criterion forums devoted to nothing but guesses as to everything being hinted at in the picture.



#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted February 09 2011 - 01:14 AM

SEVEN YEAR ITCH?  SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY?
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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   MLamarre

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Posted February 09 2011 - 01:37 AM

Solaris Kiss Me Deadly White Material The Great Dictator Insignificance Bitter Rice Zero de Conduite The Four Feathers Kuroneko Carlos Le Cercle Rouge People on Sunday Wild Strawberries Cul-de-sac L'Atalante Y Tu Mama Tambien Breaking the Waves Diabolique The Snowflakes are still unknown. Maybe a Blu upgrade for The Ice Storm.

#11 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 09 2011 - 06:02 AM

Well, it looks good then.  I looked at the Criterion Forums and someone said that the 2010 cryptogram showed one feather and people guessed The Four Feathers but were wrong.  Now, this cryptogram shows four feathers.  Glad I asked about this, and I am cautiously optimistic.

#12 of 17 OFFLINE   ajabrams

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Posted February 09 2011 - 04:23 PM

Well it might be a reference to FOUR FEATHERS or it could just be referring to the snowstorm of feathers during the pillow fight in ZERO DE CONDUITE.  Or then again it could be both!!

#13 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 11 2011 - 03:14 AM

Looking at the blue ray folder, I see that WHV is releasing The Man Who Would be King on blue ray this year.  Consequenlty, it is probably a good time for Criterion to release the Four Feathers if they are going to put it on Blue Ray.  Amazon would probably group the two films together.

#14 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeffrey:K

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Posted February 13 2011 - 12:29 PM


They also released SANDERS OF THE RIVER as part of their Paul Robeson collection.

Originally Posted by JoeDoakes 

It has been a few years since Criterion licensed the Alexander Korda library.  Since that time, it has released on DVD Thief of Bagdad, That Hamilton Woman, and a four film collection of various biopics. 



#15 of 17 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted February 14 2011 - 10:50 PM

Looks like Criterion will definatley be releasing it, it is already on Hulu (not that people outside of the U.S. can watch it). http://www.hulu.com/...e-four-feathers

#16 of 17 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted February 15 2011 - 01:29 AM



Originally Posted by BethHarrison 

Looks like Criterion will definatley be releasing it, it is already on Hulu (not that people outside of the U.S. can watch it).


http://www.hulu.com/...e-four-feathers



 What determines what goes on Hulu?


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Posted February 15 2011 - 05:17 AM

I wonder if the Korda titles Criterion has access to include the now-in-public-domain-hell JUNGLE BOOK (1942).




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