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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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  1. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

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    I suppose this is as good a place as any to remind people in the US, that Barnes & Noble should be having a couple of sales this summer- a Buy 2 Get 1 sale in June and a Criterion 50% off sale in July. The $5 off coupons are already available and run through July 25. For anyone not familiar with the sale in the past, using the $5 coupon , along with a member discount, you can get $40 Criterions for $13 (+ tax). If you can't wait till July, the B2G1 sale will average out to $22 for each $40 msrp title.

    I've been chomping at the bit to pick up Days Of Heaven and Bigger Than Life (not to mention the upcoming Walkabout), but for those kinds of discounts, I'm willing to bide my time.

    Of course things could change, but the sales have been verbally confirmed for the summer by several different store managers.
     
  2. Brandon Conway

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    I think that's because the DVDs for those three also had re-releases around or at the same time, so they discounted the DVDs to encourage people without Blu-ray players to re-purchase the remasters on DVD. But I may be wrong. Howards End as well, though the DVD came out a few months later and was mainly to satisfy DVD spine # enthusiasts.
    I also remembered that Benjamin Button is also $5 more on Blu ($39.95 BD, $34.95 DVD), but I suspect that is a Paramount licensing requirement.
    So, nearly always, with $39.95 being the standard price of a 1-disc Blu-ray, which is also the usual price for a 2-disc or loaded 1-disc Criterion DVD.
     
  3. Brandon Conway

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    I suspect we'll only learn what titles they officially picked up when the releases are announced. Until then educated guesses are probably the best we'll be able to do.
     
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    Actually, they've been the same as well, or in the case of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival, $10 less.
     
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    well Red River is rumored, as well as 2 Kubrick's The Killing and Paths of Glory, but i wonder if the would have a chance of Carpenter's Escape From New York, would love to see what they could do with that.
     
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    Here is the list of "confirmed" MGM titles that I got from one of the Criterion forums (I can't find the post anymore, so I don't know if they were asked to take it down or if some of it is wrong, but I present it here for entertainment purposes only)

     
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    I also remember that there was also a strong, almost confirmed response on Criterion's Facebook late last year in regards to The Black Stallion.

    The Misfits has also been rumored, though I believe the rumors for it have been considered less reliable.


    Personally, if true, from that list I'll purchase:

    The Black Stallion
    Paths of Glory
    The Killing
    Sweet Smell of Success
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Red River

    So I can only hope all of them on released on Blu.
     
  8. Derrick King

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    According to this post www.criterionforums.com/forums/index.php THE BLACK STALLION isn't happening.

    Over at criterionforum.org, there is someone who, I think, works at MGM and he said that he has seen the list and all he would confirm is that it included no films from the Goldwyn library, no Bergman films, and no Truffaut films.

    Also, it should be noted that separate from this deal, Criterion has licensed Pasolini's Trilogy of Life.

    Apart from the MGM stuff, but there is one other rumor of note over at criterionforum.org and that is that the upcoming Josef von Sternberg set might get released on Blu-Ray.
     
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    if that list is remotely true,
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    the 3 Kubrick's
    Red River
    Night of the Hunter
    Sweet Smell of Success
    17-24 has me intrigued though, if Goldwin is out, i wonder if AIP titles are in that mix, or older UA titles like 12 Angry Men, The Apartment, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Mad Max
     
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    HOLY *!~%&[email protected]&
    Night of the Hunter on Criterion!!! Maybe, we'll finally see the like of the on-set documentary that was released a few years ago, but only shown in a handful of theaters.
    PLUS the two best Kubrick movies - "Paths of Glory" & "The Killing" are easily my favorites of his and to have them on Criterion would be amazing.
    .......and one of Howard Hawks' best films toooo!!
    This better not be an Internet prank!!!
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    Criterion and AIP? It's a nice dream. Well, if they released Armageddon then I suppose anything is possible :). A Criterion version of Something Wild would be very nice, if not strange. When I think of Criterion I think pre-1980 material. Lets hope this all pans out.
     
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    I never understood Criterion releasing Armageddon, it seemed to defy everything they're about.
     
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    Armageddon was necessary to subsidize many of the titles they really do care about, but which either don't move, or move barely enough units to cover the cost of production.
    This is just the way a lot of Hollywood studios function- the idea is the exploitable popcorn movie rakes in enough to subsidize 2 or 3 lower budget, 'quality' films that may not find their audience but deserve to be made.


    Somehow I forgot The Apartment was a UA film. Billy Wilder & Criterion seems like a no-brainer to me- especially when they could get it out on Blu ray. One of the best films ever made, imo. If they didn't go for that one, they'd be nuts.
    The AIP connection could yield several desirable packages that I could envision including a boxed Corman/Poe set, and a Bd of Planet Of the Vampires which would likely look stunning and which would be an opportunity for some great supplements centered around the work/career of Bava.
    Personally I would love to see Criterion release Who'll Stop The Rain. The non anamorphic dvd is out of print now, and MGM HD has been running it lately from a new master that is leaps and bounds better. Good film too that deserves wider appreciation.
    Would love to see It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World too. The glimpse I saw of it of it on MGM HD was mouth watering.
     
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    I should've noted that only two of those are 100% confirmed, the already released FUGITIVE KIND and FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, the rest are based on answers from Criterion's Facebookpage and as such should be taken with a grain of salt.
     
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    Bummer. Someone needs to do this right, even if it's just on DVD. The 10+ year-old disc just doesn't cut it anymore,
     
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    I've been waiting for another B&N Criterion sale as well. Good to hear some word that one is likely coming in July.
     
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    Yeah I stumbled on J&R's Criterion sale last night - they also have most of their DVDs marked down as well. Problem is, the selection is so limited its hard to get excited over it. Still, you gotta love these blink-or-you'll-miss-it sales.
     
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    Corman/Price/Poe, is what i was thinking as well, and Mad Max, Criterion is outstandind at showcasing Directors, and this is really good Miller.
     
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    By the way, the Qatsi movies (at least the first two) are also part of the MGM package, I believe. Criterion's working on the entire trilogy, and those movies should look very good on Blu as well.
     
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    I thought that the rights to the first two Qatsi movies belong to American Zoetrope and they licensed the films to Criterion.
     

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