- Nov 7, 2012
- Real Name
- Kevin Oppegaard
Chances are slim, unfortunately. Never say never, of course, but there are quite a few titles in the the collection with ageing or poor masters - especially first 200 releases, before 2013. These were done before 4k remastered scans started to become the benchmark. Some of Criterion's older titles now have had better equivalents released in other regions or companies. The only time Criterion seems to upgrade their masters these days, is if they issue a large box set, containing previously issued titles (The Seventh Seal, the upcoming Fellinis and the rumoured upcoming Wong Kar Wai box set).A few days ago I re-watched the Criterion Blu Ray of DAYS OF HEAVEN, largely due to Linda Manz's recent death. It looked OK but I think they need to do an upgrade on it. I wonder what the chances are of that or if it would be possible for a UHD of it. Any thoughts?
I have a list of titles I wish they would revise: Children Of Paradise, Earrings Of Madam de..., Ride With The Devil, The Third Man, Don't Look Now, Walkabout, Throne Of Blood, Ikuru, M, Harold and Maude, Charade, The Last Emperor, Insomnia, Red Desert, Man Who Fell To Earth, Last Year At Marianbad, Three Colors Blue, to name a few.
But it seems a bit churlish to complain - there aren't many titles from the more than 1000 films that look truly terrible, even when projected onto a large screen. Criterion raised the bar, really. They started making it acceptable to have visible film grain in a picture. There were vast quantities of more terrible transfers released by other companies from 2007 - 2013. I estimate that I have replaced more than 500 films from my 5000 strong blu ray collection with upgraded transfers since 2007!