Criterion's Jacques Tati titles back in print for 2004!

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Jon Robertson, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 19, 2001
    Messages:
    1,568
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Splendid news!

    I presume they're going to utilise the recent 70mm restoration for the new Playtime DVD - it's about six minutes longer than the version on the DVD, and the leap in picture quality combined with the original 4-track stereo sound design should be wonderful. Here's hoping they get both the colour and black & white editions of Jour de Fête onto the new DVD as well!
     
  2. Simon_Lepine

    Simon_Lepine Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2003
    Messages:
    601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Allrighty! Glad I didn't shell out big bucks to buy these, I was always hoping they would get the rights back [​IMG]
     
  3. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 1999
    Messages:
    2,601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Perhaps it's time to "Ebay" my Playtime DVD for a nice little profit.
     
  4. Matthew_Millheiser

    Matthew_Millheiser Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2000
    Messages:
    656
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Glad I eBayed my set when I got the chance. I enjoyed the Tati films, but not enough to keep when I was able to sell the lot for over $300. The discs didn't have much in terms of special features, so I figured I'd buy them again when the studio which had the future DVD rights would release them, without missing too much.

    And that distributor happens to be Criterion! Sweet! [​IMG] Oh happy day. Say! Who likes cake?
     
  5. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062136/technical

    If it was shot on 65mm, how can the aspect ratio be 1.85:1? [​IMG]

    I have never seen any of Tati's films, but I like slapstick, silly characters and deep pathos in comedy, so would a blind-buy of this set be worth it?

    Cheers. [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  7. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks, Lew! [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
  8. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 19, 2001
    Messages:
    1,568
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The correct aspect ratio of Playtime is definitely 1.85:1 - I saw the newly restored 70mm print (with DTS sound, no less) this past August in London, and it was simply mouthwatering. I would imagine Tati masked the camera aperture at either side to produce the ratio - please correct me if I'm wrong though.
     
  9. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I’m very envious Jon. I’ve always wanted to see this in 70mm and never had the chance.

    I have been quite pleased with my copy of Playtime, but I may one who purchases yet another.
     
  10. Todd Phillips

    Todd Phillips Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2000
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Great! I hope to see these soon.

    Looks like the Tati estate finally woke from their slumber. Their website (www.tativille.com ) hasn't been updated since early 2002 when they announced the Playtime restoration, so I had kinda given up on these.

    It's funny that they pulled Criterion's distribution rights only to give it back to them (I suppose the rights were probably renegotiated).


    BTW, the website is certainly interesting...but what a nightmare of navigation, especially since it is only partially translated.
     
  11. rich_d

    rich_d Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2001
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    50
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Real Name:
    Rich
    Thanks for the website info - it is a mess but it is still fun.

    I'm a big Tati fan so this is excellent news.

    I also would love to have the opportunity to see Playtime in 70 mm ....
     
  12. Brandon Conway

    Brandon Conway captveg

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2002
    Messages:
    8,798
    Likes Received:
    1,491
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    North Hollywood, CA
    Real Name:
    Brandon Conway
    Great news about Jour de fête. I just saw this in film class a few weeks back and liked it a lot. [​IMG]
     
  13. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Does anyone know what camera system was used for Playtime? Was it Super Panavision, Todd-AO...?


    Gordy
     
  14. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2001
    Messages:
    5,015
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm pleased to hear that Play Time (which, incidentally, is two words, not one :p) ) is being redone. Though I'm sure Criterion did the best they could at the time, the original disc leaves much room for improvement.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to run out and spend money I can't afford on Spellbound.
     
  15. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2001
    Messages:
    13,063
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Excellent news. I have the 3 oop films, but will gladly upgrade if there are improved versions released. I've never seen Jour de fete, so that's especially exciting.
     
  16. Brian PB

    Brian PB Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2003
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0


    I believe you're wrong on this one, Rain. Graphically, it's often written as "PlayTime", but it's one word, not two.
     
  17. Joseph Young

    Joseph Young Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2001
    Messages:
    1,352
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Great news! I skipped on buying these initially, and the week they were announced OOP, every copy I had seen littering the area's shelves was instantly gone (somebody apparently made the rounds for an Ebay binge). Nice to hear this news! [​IMG]
     
  18. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The Criterion cover has capitalized both the ‘P’ and ‘T’ and has Play in black and Time in red. But in their listing it is one word and as they write about it, one word.

    I can’t remember the opening credits.
     
  19. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2001
    Messages:
    5,015
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  20. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2000
    Messages:
    1,672
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Can't wait. [​IMG]
     

Share This Page