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Criterion Blu-ray titles!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brandon Conway, May 7, 2008.

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    Did Criterion restore or remaster Rashomon at all? It was one of their earlier releases and they have already rereleased a few of their Kurosawa titles they own.
     
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    Cynthia last I heard a major restoration of Rashomon was undertaken recently between american and japanese companies (I forget who), it was featured at a recent restoration festival. I think its safe to assume that one is coming to blu ray soon, though no official announcements have been made.
     
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    Very classy.

    I really hope they come through on their allusions of having mail-in replacement clear cases like the new releases for the earlier cardboard case releases. I have a few of those (The 400 Blows, The Last Emperor, The Third Man) and would like to upgrade 'em.
     
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    After some rumination, here would be my guesses as far as likelihood of some previously released DVDs getting the BD upgrade:

    Confirmed

    Gimme Shelter
    Walkabout

    Inevitable

    Seven Samurai

    Highly Probable

    Au Revoir Les Enfants (amazon.com poll)
    Down by Law (amazon.com poll)
    Kwaidan (amazon.com poll)
    Picnic at Hanging Rock (amazon.com poll)

    Possible

    Amarcord (recent remaster)
    Andrei Rublev (remaster in the works)
    Bicycle Thieves
    Black Narcissus (BD released in UK)
    Brazil (recent remaster; Universal might not re-license for BD)
    Breathless
    Diabolique (remaster in the works)

    High and Low (recent remaster)
    Jules and Jim
    The Lady Vanishes (recent remaster)
    The Naked Kiss (remaster in the works)
    Rashomon (new restoration; some stated interest in revisiting)
    The Red Shoes (BD released in UK)
    Sanjuro (recent remaster)
    Shock Corridor (remaster in the works)
    Yojimbo (recent remaster)

    Perhaps

    Army of Shadows
    Beauty and the Beast (2 DVD releases; master notably older, however)
    Black Orpheus (Oscar winner)
    Charade (2 DVD releases; master notably older, however; Universal might not re-license for BD)
    Cléo from 5 to 7 (recent remaster, but supposedly a low seller)
    Days of Heaven (Paramount might not re-license for BD)
    Dazed and Confused (Universal HD-DVD; might not re-license for BD)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Universal HD-DVD; might not re-license for BD)
    Hamlet (Oscar winner)
    The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese well represented on Blu; Universal might not re-license for BD)
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Disney might not re-license for BD)
    M (2 DVD releases; master notably older, however)
    Nights of Cabiria (Oscar winner)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (Disney might not re-license for BD)
    Rushmore (Disney might not re-license for BD)
    Spartacus (Universal HD-DVD; might not re-license for BD)
    The 39 Steps (BD release in UK)
    The Tin Drum (Oscar winner)
    Tokyo Story
    Traffic (Universal HD-DVD; might not re-license for BD)
    Vagabond (recent remaster, but supposedly a low seller)
    Wild Strawberries

    Outside Chance (mostly due to being more well-known by the general public)

    L'avventura
    Contempt (definite if rights get straightened out)
    Cries and Whispers
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
    Fanny & Alexander
    Grand Illusion
    Hearts & Minds
    The Hidden Fortress
    The Ice Storm
    In the Mood for Love
    M. Hulot's Holiday
    Mon oncle (Oscar winner)
    My Life as a Dog
    Ran (definite if rights get straightened out)
    The Rules of the Game
    Le samouraï
    Short Cuts
    Solaris
    Throne of Blood
    The Vanishing

    Of course, before they announced it I would not have expected Pierrot le fou, so this is a totally arbitrary list. They might decide to go with, say, a film like Onibaba, Pickpocket, or Elevator to the Gallows. I also think anything that has been released on DVD only since the first wave of BD titles (Nov '08) is essentially not coming, until they break precedent and show that they'd release such a title. That means this is limited to the non-OOP titles up through Spine #449 (Missing).
     
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    Criterion+BD is a marriage made in heaven =P
     
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    Thanks for that info, Jesse.
     
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    Brandon:
    I noticed that you didn't mention Great Expectations out on BD in the UK, are you thinking that MGM will release in US?
     
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    Yeah, I'm not sure what the situation is with Lean's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. While the Criterion DVDs are still in print, I thought MGM (or Disney via ABC?) had US rights now.

    If Criterion can still release those I can see it happening.
     
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    Well, Universal didn't re-license Do The Right Thing to Criterion, so I'm not all that hopeful that future Universal titles will appear on Blu from Criterion. The Blu release of DTRT looks stellar and has MOST of the Criterion supplements onboard. A Criterion edition of Sparatcus on BLU (supervised by RAH) would be great, but for some reason, I don' think we'll be seeing this one anytime soon.
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    It's interesting that ITV didn't release Oliver Twist on Blu when they released Great Expectations.
    I don't know if any of these are on the radar from Criterion. Also, I Think that Nights of Cabiria is now oop.
     
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    Nights of Cabiria is not OOP. It went OOP for about 2 weeks but they re-secured the rights.

    I have my doubts about Universal allowing certain titles to be licensed to Criterion for BD, which is why I added that note. Buena Vista (Chungking Express), Fox (Kagemusha), and Sony (Bottle Rocket) have already done so, so you never know. Maybe Universal will do so for the Gilliam films, but not the others. It will be interesting to see.
     
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    I don't know how you can say this when Criterion's site still shows "Nights Of Cabiria" as being out-of-print. Criterion's site has listed it as being out-of-print for quite a few months now.
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    You're right. I was confusing it with Variety Lights, which has an OOP Criterion, but an in-print Essential Art House.

    Well, scratch that one off my list of possible BDs, I guess.
     
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    Shame you didn't mention If... (1968) I just saw it for the first time and loved the pants off of it. I was expecting to admire it, but I had no idea how much I would actually enjoy it. Thoroughly recommended.

    Le Mepris, Ran, Last Year at Marienbad, The Elephant Man, Lost Honour of Katharaina Blum and The Deer Hunter, are all being released by Studio Canal on Blu in region B countries currently in Criterion-BD-esque digi-book packaging, so i'm not sure how that effects rights for Criterion in Region A, but hopefully it'll be a good thing not a bad thing for region A countries seeing a release (or re-release in the case of Deer Hunter) soon.
     
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    The Deer Hunter is owned by Universal in the US, and was released by them on HD-DVD, so I'd expect Universal to release it on BD eventually. The Elephant Man is Paramount in the US, and while it's possible Criterion could get it, I see Paramount keeping it.

    Contempt and Ran were going to get Criterion BDs, but then they lost the rights.

    Last Year at Marienbad is already out.

    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum is an interesting possibility, however....
     
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    With December titles likely to be up on the website tomorrow, here are my guesses for what will be released:

    - AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa (DVD only box set; similar to Janus box set)
    - Che (DVD and BD)
    - Gimme Shelter (BD)
    - Stagecoach (DVD and BD)
    - Cronos (DVD only)
    - Eclipse Series 19 - Either French New Wave or more Bergman

    I'm probably 50% off. A lot of the newsletter clues have been getting delayed a month or two from what the clue indicated, so I can see Stagecoach getting pushed to Jan-Feb. Personally, I don't care as long as there's a BD.
     
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    Guillermo del Toro has stated in the past that the blu-ray of "Cronos" was being worked on, so I imagine that would go hand-in-hand with Criterion's DVD release.
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