Someone mentioned this article at DVDTalk so I went to the website www.hive4media.com/index.cfm?search=Criterion§ion=2-1&sec_id=search&image.x=12&image.y=12 and posted it here as I thought it would make happy reading. Some movies just can’t stay out of the Criterion Collection. The DVD label has just been signed by Wellspring Media to produce new editions of titles in Wellspring’s catalog -- including one that was among Criterion’s earliest DVD releases. They include films by French New Wave directors François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Steven Soderbergh, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Wellspring, formerly Winstar TV & Video, wants to take advantage of the standards and technology that have improved so much in the four years since DVD appeared on the scene, said Al Cattabiani, Wellspring’s president and CEO. “Our catalog is just too big for us to do everything at once and we want to make sure when we want to put out a DVD it’s the best it can be, both aesthetically and technically,” Cattabiani said. “We needed a partner in order to do this, and who better than Criterion?” Criterion, which started the whole special-edition-on-disc trend back in the laserdisc days, has been lauded for producing high-quality DVDs of digitally cleaned-up versions of movies that are often packed with unique special features. USA Home Entertainment recently licensed one of its top titles, the Academy Award-winning Traffic, to Criterion, which will produce a two-disc special edition slated for release May 28. Criterion, part of foreign and classic film distributor Public Media Inc., will also produce a disc edition of USA’s In the Mood for Love. Special features on the Wellspring title discs might include audio commentaries, director’s cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, scripts, filmmakers’ early shorts and storyboards, according to Wellspring. Eight titles are on the burner for the Criterion treatment, but others will likely follow, according to Cattabiani. Among the initial titles under the deal are Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim, Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, and Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s and Claire’s Knee. The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, My Night at Maud’s and Claire’s Knee are on DVD under the Winstar label. The 400 Blows was among Criterion’s first half dozen DVDs. That edition quickly went out of print and the title was subsequently released on disc by Wellspring when it was still Winstar. Wellspring’s previous discs have been criticized by DVD fans. Now Wellspring is making an effort to bring out better quality discs, either in partnership with a company like Criterion or on its own, Cattabiani said. For instance, Wellspring itself will reissue an improved, remastered edition of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, as well as other European classics such as the political thriller Z and Jacques Demy’s Lola and Bay of Angels. All new titles will use remastered, restored prints at the very least, and some will contain extras such as audio commentaries and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound remixes. “We’re not getting out of the DVD business ourselves,” Cattabiani said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time upgrading our DVDs ourselves.” This is one of the greatest partnerships in the history of DVD!!!! Great to hear that Wellspring has finally seen the light.