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Patrick McCart

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August titles are up:

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (August 4th)
Town Bloody Hall (August 18th)
The Comfort of Strangers (August 18th)
Toni (August 25th)

Plus the previously announced Agnès Varda box set on August 11th.
This is one of the rare slates, other than the Varda box, where I'm not familiar with any of the titles - but they're all filmmakers I've liked everything I've seen from them so far.
 
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This subject has likely been beaten to death before now, but...with multiple “boutique” studios now releasing UHD’s, how much longer can Criterion hold out? I understand the packaging vexation, seeing as how they struggled with it during their rollout of BD... but still. Time and the marketplace move on. Seems to me that the leap should be somewhat easier than with BD, since fewer sales now depend upon shelf space in brick and mortar stores. And as the potential packaging relates to cost...well, fans generally expect to pay a few more dollars for Criterion titles anyway.

At this point, their failure to jump onboard is affecting my purchase of their BD titles. As time moves on, willingness to double and triple dip grows dimmer.
 
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I thought both versions (1962 and 1997 are pretty well served at present .. though I'm not sure if the 1997 version has a Region A release. They're both worth seeking out even if not in a Criterion edition.
 

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I thought both versions (1962 and 1997 are pretty well served at present .. though I'm not sure if the 1997 version has a Region A release. They're both worth seeking out even if not in a Criterion edition.
The 1997 Lolita is a German release and is Zone Free.
 

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For those who are interested, Roger Deakins has interviewed Lee Kline of Criterion for his podcast. In the podcast, Kline talks about the upcoming release of The Lady Eve (warning that while it looks good, it could have been even better) and reveals that Criterion are working on a new release of The Man Who Wasn’t There as well as a Bollywood boxset, which sounds very intriguing.

 

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That's a terrific podcast. Kline's interview for HTF was also great. It doesn't seem that often that cinematographers are brought into the conversation about preservation and restoration like this, so hearing Deakins give his thoughts is a treat.
 
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Kline talks about the upcoming release of The Lady Eve (warning that while it looks good, it could have been even better)
Just to clarify, he says that it could look better IF they can ever find better source material. After lots of searching, they were not able to turn up anything really good looking for it, so they did the best with what they had. He says the disc looks good enough, but not really great; clearly, he's disappointed that he wasn't able to make it look better. But he feels most people will be satisfied with it.
 

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Based on a Scream Factory response about one of their releases, I don't think Paramount is licensing UHD rights. So even if they were releasing UHDs, they likely couldn't do The Elephant Man. I don't know what people expect Criterion to do, ignore the massive market because they can't release a title on UHD.
 
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