Criterion Laserdisc Commentaries NOT on DVD (Yet)

vadermccandless

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Love this list! Been using it to track down worthwhile OOP LDs with commentaries for a little over a year. So far I've collected the Criterion editions of Cat People, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Graduate.
Also, I'm sure everyone now knows Criterion is putting The Game out on DVD and Blu-ray, so that's exciting.
Anyways, wanted to say thanks to Gordon for making this list available here!
 

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Another item is the edited version of "Exhausted" on the Boogie Nights LD, due to rights, this wasn't ported over to the DVD/BD versions from New Line
 

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Being a HUGE collector/archiver of audio commentaries, I have a good portion of these available for listening, along with hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray ones as well. Right now, I'm close to having 2,000 commentaries up for fans to enjoy over on another forum, including the Criterion laserdisc ones I've been sent by contributors. If you would like to get them, please e-mail me and I'll share the site link for my thread. Then you can browse to your hearts content. I update at least twice month with more commentaries. I have around 250 ready and waiting to post at this time, nearly three quarters of them contributed by friends of the thread. Hope to hear from you.
 

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Like to see Warner Bros give the rights to The Magnificent Ambersons to Criterion. I have the Criterion laserdisc with the excellent commentary on the movie's history and cuts made to it.
 

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Love this list! Been using it to track down worthwhile OOP LDs with commentaries for a little over a year. So far I've collected the Criterion editions of Cat People, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Graduate.
Also, I'm sure everyone now knows Criterion is putting The Game out on DVD and Blu-ray, so that's exciting.
Anyways, wanted to say thanks to Gordon for making this list available here!
Where do I go to see the list?
 

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This is probably the most up to date list:

King Kong (1931) – Ronald Haver
High Noon (1951) – Howard Suber
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) – Maurice Yacowar
A Night at the Opera (1935) -- Leonard Maltin
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) – Jeanine Basinger
Scaramouche (1952) – Rudy Behlmer
Singin' in The Rain (1952) – Ronald Haver
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Ronald Haver
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Rudy Behlmer (not same as Warner dvd/bluray)
Show Boat (1936) – Miles Kreuger
Darling (1965) – John Schlesinger (selected scene)
West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise
Casablanca (1942) – Ronald Haver
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) -- Ray Harryhausen and Bruce Eder

THE BANNED JAMES BOND COMMENTARIES:
Dr. No (1961) – Bruce Eder, Terence Young, Richard Maibaum, Peter Hunt, Ken Adam
From Russia With Love (1962) – Steven Jay Rubin, Terence Young, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum
Goldfinger (1963) – Steven Jay Rubin, Guy Hamilton, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum, Ken Adam

Bad Day at Black Rock (1956) – John Sturges
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Singleton (rerecorded in 2006)
The Great Escape (1966) – John Sturges (for the moment)
Carrie (1976) – Laurent Bourzereau and Lawrence D. Cohen
The Prince of Tides (1991) – Barbara Streisand (for the moment)
Damage (1992) – Louis Malle
Bodies, Rest, & Motion (1993) – Michael Steinberg, Eric Stoltz, Roger Hedden
Menace II Society (1993) – Alan Hughes
Menace II Society (1993) – Albert Hughes
Cat People (1942) – Bruce Eder (a rare example of Criterion dumping their own commentary track)
She's Gotta Have It (1986) – Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Brown, Monty Ross
Crash (1996) -- David Cronenberg
Se7en (1995) – David Fincher, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Andrew Kevin Walker, Arthur Max, Rob Bottin (rerecorded in 2001)
Dead Presidents (1995) – Hughes Brothers, Lisa Rinzler, Larenz Tate, Keith David, Dr. Todd Boyd, Ari Merretazon
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) – Melvin Van Peebles
Shine (1996) – Scott Hicks, Geoffrey Rush
Evita (1996) -- Alan Parker
Blackmail (1929) -- Charles Bennett, Stuart Birnbaum
Pink Flamingos (1972) -- John Waters (rerecorded in 2001)

Godzilla (1954) -- Bruce Eder (this commentary may or may not have ever been recorded due to the abrupt cancellation of Criterion's planned laserdisc box)

CRITERION LASERDISC COMMENTARIES THAT APPEARED ON NON CRITERION DVDS:

Boogie Nights
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Trainspotting
The English Patient
Sling Blade (with new content spliced in)
Halloween
 
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Jeffrey Lee Pressman

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This is probably the most up to date list:

King Kong (1931) – Ronald Haver
High Noon (1951) – Howard Suber
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) – Maurice Yacowar
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) – Jeanine Basinger
Scaramouche (1952) – Rudy Behlmer
Singin' in The Rain (1952) – Ronald Haver
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Ronald Haver
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Rudy Behlmer (not same as Warner dvd/bluray)
Show Boat (1936) – Miles Kreuger
Darling (1965) – John Schlesinger (selected scene)
West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise
Casablanca (1942) – Ronald Haver

THE BANNED JAMES BOND COMMENTARIES:
Dr. No (1961) – Bruce Eder, Terence Young, Richard Maibaum, Peter Hunt, Ken Adam
From Russia With Love (1962) – Steven Jay Rubin, Terence Young, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum
Goldfinger (1963) – Steven Jay Rubin, Guy Hamilton, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum, Ken Adam

Bad Day at Black Rock (1956) – John Sturges
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Singleton
The Great Escape (1966) – John Sturges (for the moment)
Carrie (1976) – Laurent Bourzereau and Lawrence D. Cohen
The Prince of Tides (1991) – Barbara Streisand (for the moment)
Damage (1992) – Louis Malle
Bodies, Rest, & Motion (1993) – Michael Steinberg, Eric Stoltz, Roger Hedden
Menace II Society (1993) – Alan Hughes
Menace II Society (1993) – Albert Hughes
Cat People (1942) – Bruce Eder (a rare example of Criterion dumping their own commentary track)
She's Gotta Have It (1986) – Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Brown, Monty Ross
Crash (1996) -- David Cronenberg
Se7en (1995) – David Fincher, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Andrew Kevin Walker, Arthur Max, Rob Bottin
Dead Presidents (1995) – Hughes Brothers, Lisa Rinzler, Larenz Tate, Keith David, Dr. Todd Boyd, Ari Merretazon
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) – Melvin Van Peebles
Shine (1996) – Scott Hicks, Geoffrey Rush
Evita (1996) -- Alan Parker

Godzilla (1954) -- Bruce Eder (this commentary may or may not have ever been recorded due to the abrupt cancellation of Criterion's planned laserdisc box)
Superb. Just what I needed, thanks. - JLP
 

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This is probably the most up to date list:

King Kong (1931) – Ronald Haver
High Noon (1951) – Howard Suber
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) – Maurice Yacowar
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) – Jeanine Basinger
Scaramouche (1952) – Rudy Behlmer
Singin' in The Rain (1952) – Ronald Haver
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Ronald Haver
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Rudy Behlmer (not same as Warner dvd/bluray)
Show Boat (1936) – Miles Kreuger
Darling (1965) – John Schlesinger (selected scene)
West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise
Casablanca (1942) – Ronald Haver

THE BANNED JAMES BOND COMMENTARIES:
Dr. No (1961) – Bruce Eder, Terence Young, Richard Maibaum, Peter Hunt, Ken Adam
From Russia With Love (1962) – Steven Jay Rubin, Terence Young, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum
Goldfinger (1963) – Steven Jay Rubin, Guy Hamilton, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum, Ken Adam

Bad Day at Black Rock (1956) – John Sturges
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Singleton
The Great Escape (1966) – John Sturges (for the moment)
Carrie (1976) – Laurent Bourzereau and Lawrence D. Cohen
The Prince of Tides (1991) – Barbara Streisand (for the moment)
Damage (1992) – Louis Malle
Bodies, Rest, & Motion (1993) – Michael Steinberg, Eric Stoltz, Roger Hedden
Menace II Society (1993) – Alan Hughes
Menace II Society (1993) – Albert Hughes
Cat People (1942) – Bruce Eder (a rare example of Criterion dumping their own commentary track)
She's Gotta Have It (1986) – Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Brown, Monty Ross
Crash (1996) -- David Cronenberg
Se7en (1995) – David Fincher, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Andrew Kevin Walker, Arthur Max, Rob Bottin
Dead Presidents (1995) – Hughes Brothers, Lisa Rinzler, Larenz Tate, Keith David, Dr. Todd Boyd, Ari Merretazon
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) – Melvin Van Peebles
Shine (1996) – Scott Hicks, Geoffrey Rush
Evita (1996) -- Alan Parker

Godzilla (1954) -- Bruce Eder (this commentary may or may not have ever been recorded due to the abrupt cancellation of Criterion's planned laserdisc box)
A John Singleton audio commentary is on the 2011 Blu-ray. Also, it's getting a 4K/UHD release on February 4th with that Blu-ray and commentary.

Also, I have a 2010 BD release with the Se7en audio commentary.
 

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A John Singleton audio commentary is on the 2011 Blu-ray. Also, it's getting a 4K/UHD release on February 4th with that Blu-ray and commentary.

Also, I have a 2010 BD release with the Se7en audio commentary.
Neither of those commentaries are the same from the Criterion laserdiscs.
 

Jeffrey D

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I haven’t heard the original Criterion laserdisc commentary for SE7EN, but I enjoy the track on the New Line DVD/BluRay (great discussion between Fincher and Pitt about the test screening of the film, and Fincher’s views on
the job of the people assigned to promote a film).
 

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I was quite surprised that Warner Archive didn't arrange to get Sturges's commentary from the Bad Day at Black Rock LD for their Blu-ray.
 

Lord Dalek

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Since the post is so old I can't edit anymore... UPDATED LIST:

King Kong (1931) – Ronald Haver
High Noon (1951) – Howard Suber
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) – Maurice Yacowar
A Night at the Opera (1935) -- Leonard Maltin
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) – Jeanine Basinger
Scaramouche (1952) – Rudy Behlmer
Singin' in The Rain (1952) – Ronald Haver
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Ronald Haver
Darling (1965) – John Schlesinger (selected scene)
West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise
Casablanca (1942) – Ronald Haver
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) -- Ray Harryhausen and Bruce Eder

THE BANNED JAMES BOND COMMENTARIES:
Dr. No (1961) – Bruce Eder, Terence Young, Richard Maibaum, Peter Hunt, Ken Adam
From Russia With Love (1962) – Steven Jay Rubin, Terence Young, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum
Goldfinger (1963) – Steven Jay Rubin, Guy Hamilton, Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum, Ken Adam

Bad Day at Black Rock (1956) – John Sturges
Carrie (1976) – Laurent Bouzereau and Lawrence D. Cohen
Damage (1992) – Louis Malle
Bodies, Rest, & Motion (1993) – Michael Steinberg, Eric Stoltz, Roger Hedden
Menace II Society (1993) – Alan Hughes
Menace II Society (1993) – Albert Hughes
Cat People (1942) – Bruce Eder (a rare example of Criterion dumping their own commentary track)
She's Gotta Have It (1986) – Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Brown, Monty Ross
Crash (1996) -- David Cronenberg
Dead Presidents (1995) – Hughes Brothers, Lisa Rinzler, Larenz Tate, Keith David, Dr. Todd Boyd, Ari Merretazon
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) – Melvin Van Peebles
Shine (1996) – Scott Hicks, Geoffrey Rush
Evita (1996) -- Alan Parker
Blackmail (1929) -- Charles Bennett, Stuart Birnbaum

Godzilla (1954) -- Bruce Eder (this commentary may or may not have ever been recorded due to the abrupt cancellation of Criterion's planned laserdisc box)

CRITERION LASERDISC COMMENTARIES THAT APPEARED ON NON CRITERION DVDS:

Boogie Nights
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Trainspotting
The English Patient
Sling Blade (with new content spliced in)
Halloween

COMMENTARIES THAT WERE LATER RERECORDED FOR NON-CRITERION RELEASES

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Rudy Behlmer
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Singleton
Se7en (1995) – David Fincher, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Andrew Kevin Walker, Arthur Max, Rob Bottin
Pink Flamingos (1972) -- John Waters
 
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