I would hope that Criterion/Eclipse would look into bringing some of the remaing Michael Powells out on dvd: ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT ARE MISSING, OH, ROSALINDA!, THE SMALL BACK ROOM, THE QUEEN'S GUARD, HONEYMOON, and GONE TO EARTH (in its original format/coupled with the Selznick/Mamoulian truncated version THE WILD HEART). I also hope that they portal their remaining Home Vision/Janus VHS films (Powell's THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNAL, MAJOR BARBARA, ANDROCLES AND THE LION, Ophuls' LE PLASIR, THREE CASES OF MURDER, THE WOMAN IN QUESTION, LAST HOLIDAY (without Queen Latifah), THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE (the second funniest film ever made), THE WOMAN IN QUESTION, SPITFIRE, STORM IN A TEACUP, LA RONDE, CORRIDOR OF MIRRORS) onto dvd. Two other points: Whatever happened to the long delayed until never Criterion's ld of Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT? (and would a Criterion dvd be possible for Welles' BLACK MAGIC?) Since Image is doing a deluxe edition of Dassin's THE NAKED CITY, can a revisit to Dassin's BRUTE FORCE be far off?
I hope Criterion gives us plenty more of the British titles that are controlled by Janus.......
THE PRIVATE OF HENRY VIII (a decent print....once and for all) THE PASSING OF THE THIRD FLOOR BACK - a film I have always wanted to see THE STARS LOOK DOWN MAJOR BARBARA THE MAN IN GREY PERFECT STRANGERS THE SEVENTH VEIL I SEE A DARK STRANGER THE BLUE LAMP THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIFE THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S
....and those are only titles taken from "The Great British Films".
If MGM never gets around ti issueing the David Lean DVD set with "This Happy Breed" and "In Which We Serve", you can add those too.
I would love it if Criterion would bring out a double-discer of THE MAGIC BOX (1951) biography of William Friese Greene, the inventor of the motion picture camera (or a pioneer at the very least). The cast was amazing: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Rutherford, Glynis Johns, Stanley Holloway, Leo Genn, Joan Hickson, Emlyn Williams, Eric Portman, Roland Culver. From an historical context alone, it merits a Special Edition. Does anyone know who owns it? The imdb mentions Viacom. Would that mean Paramount?
It has been stated that Eclipse's films will almost exclusively be barebones with minimal restoarion. These will be films from Janus and any package deals they can put together for licensing, it is doubtful that they will get their films from any of the Hollywood majors considering that these will be sold at an MSRP of $15 each.
and the fourth series is "three films by Raymond Bernard, an unknown master of 1930s French cinema, whose Les Misérables is considered by many to be the finest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, and whose Wooden Crosses is one of cinema’s strongest antiwar films."