Criterion "Great Adaptations" Box Set

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  1. ShaunS

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    Only one I've seen is The Most Dangerous Game, which was campy and fun. Probably would never pick it up individualy, but I do enjoy my Criterion Box Sets.

    Comments on the other films appreciated.

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  2. Ken_McAlinden

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    Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are fantastic films with great direction and performances, and the cherry on the sundae is that they also feature some of the most gorgeous black and white cinematography (by Guy Green under the direction of David Lean) I have ever seen.

    Both of these titles were slated to be part of the David Lean collection coming from MGM which was announced and then postponed without a new date.

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    And this boxset, which may be an end of license ploy by Criterion, could go some way to explaining why. I've held off buying the Leans because I was always hoping for some extras stuffed re-releases (fat chance from MGM I think), I did get The Most Dangerous Game which is fantastic. I suppose if the box is priced right...
     
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    Hi John

    I am in the same boat as you are re pricing

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    If Criterion don't sell their current stocks of these titles, then pretty soon, they won't be able to sell them at all, so it makes sense to do this.

    But I'd rather wait to see the transfers of Lean films from MGM. The Criterion DVDs are ports of the Laserdiscs are they not?
     
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    I believe they are, but their quite good transfers, if I recall. Certainly not bad transfers.

    The real question is if MGM will put any effort into making their DVDs look better.
     
  7. John Hodson

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    If the Criterions are then OOP, do they need to? My guess is that MGM will simply license Carlton's transfers...but we'll see.
     
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    I'm waiting for the boxset from MGM, it's the better choice.
     
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    I'm so happy I've held off on these titles, I was considering picking up Lord Of The Flies Criterion last week.

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    I don't remember any visual evidence that the Criterion DVDs are from a composite source. I tend to believe they are from new transfers.

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    I believe that the David Lean set from MGM has been postponed.
     
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    So did I in post #2 in this thread. [​IMG]

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