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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brandon Conway, May 7, 2008.
Very happy about Salesman which is just as good as Grey Gardens & Gimme Shelter.
Also Show Boat
I was hoping for The Great Escape. : ( ...April ??
Bamboozled deserves more love. Hopefully with Criterion behind it, more eyes well get on it.
I'm very happy that a terrific doc. like "Salesman" will be a Criterion Blu-ray release, because the only version of that film that I ever saw, or owned (but sadly, lost), was a VHS recording of "Salesman", that I captured off of a PBS telecast of that doc. more than 30 years ago.
I fully agree with every word you've expressed, since I'm also a huge fan of The Great Escape. But unfortunately, I found the Blu-ray released of that film, a few years ago, to be a major disappointment, as its PQ is easily outclassed by the PQ found on the BD of The Bridge On The River Kwai, which was also a 35mm widescreen film. And even though "Bridge" was an older movie than "Escape", with the former being a 1957 film, that was 6 years older than 1963's The Great Escape, what's obvious in comparing the 2 Blu-rays is that the Blu-ray for "Bridge" benefitted from Columbia/Sony having done a major restoration of the film, while viewing the BD for The Great Escape makes it obvious to the viewer that MGM/Fox did no such restoration for what was originally a film made by United Artists.
So if Criterion has done a restoration of The Great Escape that yields a major PQ improvement on its Blu-ray version, compared to the BD previously available to the film's fans, such a reality, to me, will be one of the very best pieces of news regarding the classic film category, that I'll have been lucky enough to encounter, in quite a while.
I'm sure glad to have received the email notification of Criterion Collection releases, this evening. Because the news about that terrific documentary Salesman, as well, of course, the info concerning The Great Escape, really has me jazzed up now!!
I am so very excited about Show Boat. No, we're not getting the three-film box set we always hoped Warners was working on, but I will be able to shed that old Criterion laserdisc.
I'll pick up Bamboozled, Leave Her To Heaven and Showboat.
What was the information about The Great Escape, Mike?
Guess I overstated things by using the word "information". What I meant is that with it having been stated on this thread that a certain clue makes it obvious (to someone anyway) that one of Criterion's upcoming releases will be a new Blu-ray edition of The Great Escape, I thought the assumption that such a Criterion Blu-ray is in the works, seemed so likely to be an accurate guess (wishful thinking on my part?) that as far as I was concerned, a fellow HTF member had just arrived at a conclusion that provided me with information, almost as good, as Criterion itself, openly stating that it would be issuing a new BD release of The Great Escape.
I apologize for my post's lack of clarity, that I should have seen as something which could easily cause confusion, especially since I was only basing the idea of a Criterion BD release of TGE on an educated guess, while having no official information.
After all this, I'll be doubly disappointed if the assumption that Criterion is preparing a new BD release of The Great Escape, just turns out to have been wishful thinking, with the sad reality being that Criterion has no intent to produce such a Blu-ray.
Anyhow, I regret the unintended confusion that my post led to, just as I can now easily see why it caused such confusion.
Thank you Mike. Let us hope that the both of us (and many others as well) can celebrate a first class release of The Great Escape via Criterion in the near future. Best wishes to you, Mike.
I'm excited about The Great Escape. I truly wish that Criterion would do Sam Fuller's The Big Red One and get the restoration of Fuller's longer cut on blu-ray. Probably the greatest disappoint to me on blu-ray was that they released The Big Red One on blu but only the shortened version after all the work was done to restore the picture to Sam's intended vision. That one really ticked me off because the long cut is a brilliant film.
The Prince of Tides is also on the March list.
This year’s New Year newsletter:
The tides of March.
And it will be happily added to my collection. I can’t wait to hear Streisand’s commentary.
Fellini Box Set (Fallen E)
Wong Kar-wai Box set (one car ?)
Agnes Varda box set (on yes)
Bruce Lee Box set (Bruised Lee)
How did last year fare?
Children of Men