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Matthew_Millheiser

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Check out Criterion's website .
In a nutshell, Peter Cowie is recording a brand new commentary for the upcoming Wild Strawberries disc. Furthermore, Donald Richie, whose The Films of Akira Kurosawa is an absolute must read for Kurosawa geeks (like myself) and film fans alike, is recording a commentary for Rashomon.
*Ahem*
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Dammit, when I saw this thread title, I thought "Please oh please, let it not be Peter Cowie". His commentary on the Seventh Seal was beyond disappointing, amounting to little more than a narration of the on-screen action.
At least the rest of the disc will be great. :)
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If you have to get your DVDs on the street date, buy them in person at Best Buy or Costco. If you have to get your DVDs at the lowest bargain price available, order them online. Pick one and shut the fuck up.
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Matthew_Millheiser

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Dammit, when I saw this thread title, I thought "Please oh please, let it not be Peter Cowie". His commentary on the Seventh Seal was beyond disappointing, amounting to little more than a narration of the on-screen action.
I rather enjoyed Cowie's commentary track on Seventh Seal, as well as the one he recorded for Grand Illusion. I thought he provided some rather fascinating insights into both films.
Although I was really praying for another Michael Jeck commentary on Rashomon. His Seven Samurai commentary is probably the best one out there. But I can't wait to hear what Richie has to say...
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I also liked Cowie's Seventh Seal commentary. I'm very pleased that Rashomon will have one. It's about time, too many of the Criterion Kurosawa discs are bare bones.
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Based on the few critic/historian commentaries I have heard, I prefer them to most "artist" commentaries, primarily because the critic/historian focuses much more on the art and science of film making and what the images on screen tell us.
This is in contrast to so many artists' commentaries in which they either narrate the action or ramble through some pointless story. Hey, I love a good anecdote, but I also want to hear their thoughts on the film at hand. They should use INTERVIEWS for the anecdotes and commentaries to comment on the film.
Just my opinion.
One of my favorite commentaries is on The Lady Vanishes Criterion.
2 strong artist commentaries for film lovers are on Elizabeth and on Bram Stokers Dracula (LD). They take time to discuss imagery and mood, which enhance my enjoyment of their efforts more than the funny thing that happened with the craft service. :)
 

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Great news indeed, especially for Richie's involvement. His book on the films of Kurosawa is very insightful. I believe I have asked this before, but never did I feel that I got an answer, so I'll mention it again. Is it possible that Criterion will ever go back to the bare-bones Kurosawa discs and add more material and enhanced widescreen?
 

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Most excellent news on the upcoming Rashomon. I enjoyed the commentary on Seven Samurai and always wondered why the other Kurosawa discs didn't come with commentaries or "audio essays" (though I really don't know what the difference between the two is).
By the way Matthew: that's the first time I've seen that sig file...and I friggin' love it. :)
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From what I've heard, it will be a long time before Criterion revisits any discs. If they do revisit any, it will probably mean that they'd been out of print for a while. That is to say, they would probably revisit 400 Blows if they got it back. They've mentioned that they want to work on as many different films as they can, and don't really have the time to redo titles that they've already worked on, so you'll just have to wait for the next format.
 

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If you take a look at the wonderful "Bergman filmography" on THE SEVENTH SEAL disc, you can get a taste of Cowie's upcoming commentary (though it sounds like it's all new). At any rate, in that filmography Cowie provides an excellent analysis of the complete dream sequence that opens WILD STRAWBERRIES.
This is great news - I was hoping these weren't gonna be bare-bones releases! :)
 

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One of my favorite commentaries is on The Lady Vanishes Criterion.
Agreed. This is a superb commentary, and one of my favorite DVDs. For The Seventh Seal, I don't remember Cowie offering any significant insight and instead just narrated the onscreen events. I'll give the disc another whirl soon, though. I'd be very happy to walk away with a different impression this time. :)
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