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CRITERION: What about DVD's of these laser releases...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dick, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. Dick

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    Still MIA on DVD from your laser catalog (and I only mention foeign titles as I know major studios are not keen on licensing for DVD):

    THE 49TH PARALLEL
    IN WHICH WE SERVE
    FORBIDDEN GAMES
    GATE OF HELL
    FIRES ON THE PLAIN
    UGETSU

    Any chance of DVD release?
     
  2. Donald W

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    yeah I second this list....I just hope that sooner or latter more companys will get off there asses and let Criterion redo some of the films that they had in there laser line...I'd love to get a hold of Trainspoting, Evita, and Bram Stokers Dracula...all of which came out as Criterion lasers years ago with some nice SE stuff, but on DVD all they are are bare bones....no extras or anything....I'd love to see Criterion get the go ahead and get these SE back out on DVD
     
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    I hope Criterion will be able to release a top-class DVD version of Seven. The New Line SE was ruined by a soundtrack that was a pale shadow of the original laserdisc, and was also distinctly inferior even to their first DVD release, which was a flipper. I guess that's what happens when you include no less than four commentary tracks on the disc - something has to give. Criterion could hopefully give us their equivalent of a "superbit" release, concentrating on maximising the video and audio quality of the film.
     
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    Get the region 1 Se7en. It looks like a great set. (you may have the original issue, rather than the 2-disc SE released by New Line)

    Criterion doesn't release anything from Columbia or New Line at the moment.
     
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    Patrick, it's New Line's R1 2-disc set that I was complaining about. It might appear to be a great set from the contents, but the soundtrack is so weak that it completely ruins the experience for me. I have the laserdisc (the Image release, not the Criterion one), and that really rocks. And the audio on the first New Line DVD release (the flipper) wasn't too bad. But that 2-disc SE release was really disappointing. I wasn't too thrilled with the interventionist approach to the video transfer either - I preferred the original look on the first DVD version. If only that one hadn't been a flipper...
     
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    Dick, nice list - I'd buy 'em all! You listening, Criterion? [​IMG]
     
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    Bruce - (or anyone for that matter) can you tell me if the commentaries on the New Line release are the same as the Criterion Laser? As a completeist I would be interested to know if anything was lost.
     

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