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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 16, 2010.
Can't wait to pick this one up. This is my favorite Kubrick film, but I've always had a soft-spot for his early work. Maybe we can get a Criterion for "The Killing" too!!!! To be honest, this is one of my least favorite Criterion cover-artworks, but that's a minor detail. By the way, you posted the back cover artwork for "Seven Samurai"
Corrected. Thanks, Eric.
Eric that is not the final cover. Criterion hasn't posted the final art yet.
Yeah, same thing happened with Thin Red Line. I'm hoping it happens again, because that would be an awful cover. No-brainer purchase for me, one of my favorite Kubricks.
I have never seen this before
It's Kubrick. I'll buy it. Wouldn't it be something if Criterion could find a way to include Fear and Desire as a bonus feature on one of their Kubrick releases? I know it will probably never happen, but one can hope. - Mark
first of all great news, hopefuly they will pick up the other two from MGM as well, just wish that they could have done Spartacus instead of what we got from Universal. One of my favorite Kubricks period. Now maybe this will give WB the indication to do Bary Lyndon and Lolita on Blu?
WB will release Lolita and Barry Lyndon eventually, probably when their next Kubrick promotion comes along. I don't see them giving either title (or any title for that matter) to Criterion. As for The Killing and Killer's Kiss - the former is all but confirmed to be in Criterion's hands, and the latter hasn't really been mentioned.
This is the first time "Paths of Glory" will be released in widescreen on home video (at least in the US). I am very happy about this as I believe this is one of the Kubrick films that has always been open-matte on video because the director perferred them to be MAR'd for home viewing.
Between this and the other tread announcing Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" as a 2-disc Criterion BD, my WHOLE MONTH has just been made!!!
Oh, it's in 1.66? As with all the relevant Kubrick films, I'll keep the 4:3 DVD for completeness' sake. But it's great to have this tremendous film given a bit of home video loving at last. C'mon Warners, where are Lolita and Barry Lyndon? It's a damn shame that they're just gonna sit on them instead of giving Criterion a crack.
This was screened on TV in the UK recently in all it's stunning HD glory; it looked absolutely magnificent at 1080i, and perfectly framed at 1.66:1.
actualy if Criterion was to do all three MGM properties, you are talking about bonus features, what i could see is "day of the fight" going with killers kiss, aside from that Fear and Desire could be released as a stand alone with the rest of Kubrick's eary work "the Seafares" Flying Padre" and released as "Early Kubrick" if a second tier Bergman can rate treatment i think Kubrick's Fear with legitimate release will do great
Criterion released this on Laserdisc 20 years ago. I was one of my first, and greatest, blind buys on that format. Pricey disc - I think it must have been $40 or $50 for a bare bones disc. It will be great to have this in HD. I wish their arrangement with MGM was even broader though. 10 titles just isn't enough given how deep their catalog is, how many lousy non-anamorphic releases they put out in their life, and few new discs we will see from them in the next few years given their situation. Criterion should have (or should be) able to negotiate a real sweetheart deal given they are in such dire straits. You would think they would jump at any offer to get money coming in.
I use sections of this in several of my classes and I enjoy it quite a bit so I will be happy to get it for all the extras alone (the hi-def will be icing on the cake).
You're going to have to expand on that for those in the dark; 10 titles? And which 10 titles?
The rumor on the various Criterion forums is that Criterion was able to license at least a dozen and possibly around 2 dozen titles from MGM. (Note: this deal does not include House of Games, Salo, or Pasolini's Trilogy of Life, which Criterion got from MGM in exchange for the Raging Bull commentary.)
Apart from this there should be Night Of The Hunter Sweet Smell Of Success The Killing Possibly Some Like It Hot Can't remember some of the other ones mentioned, but I haven't seen any mention of things I was hoping they would score like The Apartment, Jean De Florette/Manon amongst many, many others. The titles I saw mentioned seemed to have a lot of overlap with what they released on Laserdisc, so if you know what they put out then you'll likely be able to anticipate what's coming.
Ah; it was the mention of 10 that intrigued, as if the titles were known to all, but I'm aware there are a number of titles. You can add Red River BTW.