Criterion in October

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  1. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    According to www.homevision.com:

    Kill!
    Directed By: Kihachi Okamoto

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=KIL060

    Samurai Rebellion
    Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=SAM170

    Samurai Spy
    Directed By: Masahiro Shinoda

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=SAM160

    Sword of the Beast
    Directed By: Hideo Gosha

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=SWO040

    All 4 are offered in a boxset:

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=SWO050

    Plus:

    Le Samouraï
    Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=SAM150

    The Wages of Fear (All-New Restored Special Edition)
    Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot

    http://homevision.com/users/folder.a...1374&id=WAG110

    I'm personally excited about Melville's Le Samouraï. I've been waiting a while for this one.
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

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    I wonder when Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is scheduled?
     
  3. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Wow, Le Samourai!! I'll finally get to see it.
     
  4. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    What Brook said. Great news. Easily one of my most anticipated releases.

    - Walter.
     
  5. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
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    I am very enthused for Le Samourai as well. I saw it at the Detroit Film Theater a few years ago when a spiffy new print was doing the rounds, but was surprised when no DVD/home video release followed.

    Regards,
     
  6. Mike Wadkins

    Mike Wadkins Supporting Actor

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    guess there is chance of a repeat of the great pulp fiction laser with kill bill 1+2 combined?.
    i thought with the wienstiens leaving they could farm it out to a proven dvd company
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Still waiting for Tati. [​IMG]
     
  8. Adrian R

    Adrian R Auditioning

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    excellent news about Le Samourai, was going to get the French DVD, but then it went expensive and (I think) OOP...
     
  9. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Le Samourai? What a surprise. Well, not really, seeing as how I bought the French disc awhile back. Oy.
     
  10. David Lawrence

    David Lawrence Stunt Coordinator

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    I sympathise Steve; after five years of waiting for a R1 release, I finally stumped up the cash and bought the French R2 a couple of weeks ago...

    Karma [​IMG]
     
  11. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

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    I don't see a lot of enthusiasm for the rebel samurai boxset. Ive never seen any of the films but they sure sound interesting. Are these flicks any good?
     
  12. Bob Cashill

    Bob Cashill Producer

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    The samurai films are fairly obscure in the States, except for buffs. But NY's Film Forum is allowing (some of) us to play catch up by holding a "Samurai Summer" series from 8/19-9/15, including SAMURAI REBELLION, KILL!, and HARAKIRI, a Criterion release this month.

    Good news, too, about LE SAMOURAI and THE WAGES OF FEAR.

    Now if only Criterion would get ahold of THE CONFORMIST, which I first saw at Film Forum in 1995, and, a decade later, it's back, with no intervening home video release...
     
  13. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Marco,

    Out of the four films I've only seen Samurai Rebellion, which is a quality film. I think it's the only film in this set starring Toshiro Mifune. Masaki Kobayashi also directed Kwaidan & the up-coming Criterion Harikiri.

    The other three (Kill!, Samurai Spy & Sword of the Beast) I know only by reputation & I've wanted to check them out for a while. Kihachi Okamoto (Kill!) also directed Sword of Doom & Samurai Assassin.
     
  14. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

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    I'm excited for all these, but Le Samouraï is probably at the top of the "must buy" list for me. The French DVD (reviewed at DVD Beaver) looks good, but is OOP. It isn't expensive used-around $25-but I fear dealing with used sellers who are selling in a language I don't speak.

    One of the nice things about Criterion is they have quietly gotten less expensive. The bad thing about them is that this is a 1.66:1 film, which often get cropped to 1.78.
     
  15. Bruce Morrison

    Bruce Morrison Supporting Actor

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    I doubt that Criterion will get it, though I'd love to be proved wrong. It's owned by Paramount, and they appear to have a firm policy of not licensing out their titles.

    Paramount must surely be aware of the degree of interest in this title, so I would hope they will release it next year if not this. I don't know what they've been waiting for.
     

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