3 New Criterions Announced (More Kurosawa!)

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  1. Jim Rankin

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    Just checked out Criterion's official website - they have 3 new releases for July - including the eagerly anticipated Red Beard directed by Akira Kurosawa. Also on the slate are two films from Rene Clair - A Nous la Liberte and Under the Roofs of Paris.
     
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    Yes!

    I'll probably only get A Nous la librete since I liked Modern Times.
     
  3. Jim Rankin

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    Hmmm, Red Beard looks to have the famous Criterion restoration and includes a commentary - sounds pretty interesting. Looks like Dodes 'ka-den will be released later in the year.
     
  4. Marc Colella

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    I wish Criterion would spread it around a little.

    Seems like the majority of the collection is made up of about 15 directors.
     
  5. Jack Briggs

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    Even so, more Kurosawa is a good thing.
     
  6. Martin G

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    Now if they or whomever has the rights to it would only release Ikiru on DVD.
     
  7. Seth Paxton

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    speaking of Kurosawa, I picked up some region free Hong Kong imports that were part of some 17 disc set I believe.

    They have English subs and the picture looks okay, just one problem. The subs are in EngRish at best, most of the time I can only barely make out what the intended dialog is.

    Also, I think the transfer came straight from the LD transfer (I believe the company was just releasing to DVD what it had already put out on LD before).

    So I have Ikuru and Throne of Blood, but it's far from optimal. I count them as satisfactory stop-gaps for now, but that's about it. I can't really recommend them if you come across them.

    But how about that Rashomon Criterion, that freakin kicks ass. An excellent version and solid extras.
     
  8. Eric Paddon

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    Speaking of Criterion, what the heck ever happened to "Spellbound"?
     
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    Red Beard is one of my favorite Kurosawas! YAY!

    YAY!!!!!
     
  10. Roderick Gauci

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    I was very surprised to read this piece of news today regarding the release of these 2 Rene` Clair classics on DVD. Criterion have even managed to surpass their previous Clair title, LE MILLION (one of the very first DVDs I bought), by including two famous shorts - PARIS QUI DORT and ENTR’ ACTE – on the two upcoming discs. I have never watched any of the four films but A` NOUS LA LIBERTE` usually vies with LE MILLION for the title of Clair’s best film. I would now like see Criterion (or perhaps Kino On Video or Image Entertainment) get their hands on other important Clair films like AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT (1927), THE GHOST GOES WEST (1935), I MARRIED A WITCH (1942), IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944), LA BEAUTE` DU DIABLE (1949) and LES BELLES DE NUIT (1952). In fact, Image has already put out their DVD edition of Clair’s finest American movie, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945), and IT HAPPENED TOMORROW was released on video by Kino – so, I guess, there is some ray of hope for these titles.

    So Akira Kurosawa’s RED BEARD has finally been confirmed - and I am certainly glad it will be afforded a Special Edition release by Criterion, considering it is not among his most famous works. It is a pity that most of the other Kurosawas in the Collection were not treated so respectfully (THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, YOJIMBO, SANJURO and HIGH AND LOW), and perhaps in time some of these may be revisited, as in the case of Jean Cocteau’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
     
  11. LarryDavenport

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    Speaking of whatever happened to?
    Whatever happened to Trainspotting and theMonterey Pop box set?
     
  12. Scott Leopold

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    This is some of the best news I've had all day! Now I can remove the Mei-Ah version from my "to buy" list. I'll be preordering this one for sure.

    Regarding the Mei-Ah discs, while they may not be the best, they are the only source for some of his titles on DVD right now. I'm fairly sick at the moment, so I think I may use tomorrow to recuperate and watch at least one of the four I've been meaning to get to for a while now.
     
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    Whatever happened to Trainspotting and theMonterey Pop box set?
    Trainspotting was cancelled. The rumor I heard was that Criterion announced it too soon and Miramax yanked the rights after that. Whatever the case I very much doubt we'll be seeing any more Buena Vista titles from Criterion, especially since the BV Royal Tenenbaums looks to be a special edition. Monterey Pop was supposed to be out in the fall, I think. It's a three-disc set, give them some time [​IMG]
     
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