Criterion's January 2006 slate: Kurosawa, Ford, DeSica and Bergman...

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  1. John Hodson

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    From the Criterion Forum, news of the New Year releases:

    Akira Kurosawa's "The Bad Sleep Well"
    http://www.image-entertainment.com/d...roductID=43700

    John Ford's "Young Mr. Lincoln"
    http://www.image-entertainment.com/d...roductID=43702

    Vittorio DeSica's "The Children Are Watching Us"
    http://www.image-entertainment.com/d...roductID=43704

    Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring"
    http://www.image-entertainment.com/d...roductID=43706

    ...and detail from Jon...

    The Bad Sleep Well ($29.95):
    New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
    36 Minute Documentary on the Making-Of Bad Sleep Well
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    New and Improved Subtitle Translation
    New Essays by Richard Combs and Michael Almereyda

    Young Mr Lincoln ($29.95):
    New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
    Archival Audio Interviews with John Ford and Henry Fonda
    Academy Award Theater Radio Dramatization, Downloadable as an MP3 File
    Stills Gallery
    Optional English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    New Essay by Film Critic Geoffrey O'Brien
    More!

    The Children Are Watching Us ($29.95):
    New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
    New Video Interviews with Luciano de Ambrosis and Cesare Zavattini
    New and Improved Subtitle Translation
    Booklet Featuring Robert Cardullo and Stuart Klawans on Cesare Zavattini

    The Virgin Spring ($39.95):
    New, Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer
    Audio Commentary by Ingmar Bergman Scholar Birgitta Steene
    New Video Interviews With Gunnel Linblom and Birgitta Petersson
    New Essay by Film Historian and Bergman Scholar Peter Cowie
    New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
    More!
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    I've been expecting "Young Mr. Lincoln" for a long time and I'm glad that Fox is allowing this film to be released on dvd through Criterion.





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  3. David Jay

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    Yes yes yes yes yes yes.

    I just saw The Virgin Spring, unfortunately it was dubbed, but another great Bergman film. I've had the Bad Sleep Well on my DVR for a while, and can't wait to see it. Always awesome to have some Ford in the collection and more De Sica is always welcome.

    Happy New Year indeed! [​IMG]
     
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    Interesting line-up. Virgin Spring should look particularly good. I saw a museum screening of it in the summer of '04 as part of a Bergman festival, and it was one of the best-looking 35mm prints I've ever seen of any movie.
     
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  6. Gordon McMurphy

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    A-ha ha ha ha! Will George Kaplan ever be satisfied with Criterion's releases?! This is bordering on absurd, George!

    Which films would you like Criterion release? Try and be reasonable. Spirit of the Beehive will be a 2006 release.
     
  7. Jon Martin

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    I just finished renting most of Kurosawa's films from Netflix and if any director deserves more of his films getting the Criterion treatment, it is Kurosawa. Not that all of his films are masterpieces, but the only versions available today are just about unwatchable.

    They are all by the same DVD company (forgetting the name, but it had laser disc in the title). There aren't even time counters on the films. And, the transfers leave a lot to be desired.

    I could barely make it through the DVD of THE BAD SLEEP WELL, so I will definitely give it another chance on DVD.
     
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    Mei Ah.
     
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    Sweet! I'll be getting 2,3 and 4 [​IMG]
     
  10. george kaplan

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    Playtime
    Night Train to Munich
    The Farmer's Daughter
    The Sea Wolf
    The Blue Dahlia
    The Prisoner of Zenda
    Up in Arms
    Hail the Conquering Hero
    The Great McGinty
    Ball of Fire
    The Major & the Minor
    The Devil & Miss Jones
    Berlin Express
    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
     
  11. Michael Elliott

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    I just bought the R2 disc of THE VIRGIN SPRING so I guess that's what I get for not waiting longer. [​IMG] I'm not a fan of commentaries so I guess I'll hold onto it since the V/A is great.

    I would have bought YOUNG MR. LINCOLN had it been released by Fox. This deal with Criterion just looks like a way to charge a higher price.
     
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    A January release for THE BAD SLEEP WELL? Excellent! Consider it purchased!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. Gordon McMurphy

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    Playtime - coming soon
    Night Train to Munich - Owned by Kino
    The Farmer's Daughter - Not sure who owns this
    The Sea Wolf - Warner
    The Blue Dahlia - Universal; possible it may be licensed, but I doubt it
    The Prisoner of Zenda - Warner
    Up in Arms - HBO put out a DVD in 1999, now OOP; I'm not sure who now owns the rights
    Hail the Conquering Hero - Universal; it's possible it may be licensed like Unfaithfully Yours
    The Great McGinty - Universal; it's possible it may be licensed like Unfaithfully Yours
    Ball of Fire - HBO put out a DVD in 1998, now OOP; I'm not sure who now owns the rights
    The Major & the Minor - Universal; possible it may be licensed, but I doubt it
    The Devil & Miss Jones - Republic, now part of Viacom, ie Paramount
    Berlin Express - RKO film, so it's with Warner
    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford - RKO film, so it's with Warner

    You do understand how Criterion 'works' don't you, George? They liscense films from Janus, Rialto (they have total access to these libraries) and certain titles from Waterbearer, Carlton/Granada (for British films) and liscense the odd title from Anchor Bay, Fox and Universal, with whom they have working relationships. The same cannot be said for Warner Bros. or Paramount - or Sony/Columbia/MGM.

    So their access to American films of the 30s, 40s and 50s is very restricted. However, they have three Preston Sturges films and the excellent recent Heaven Can Wait in the collection, for starters. You are expecting the impossible in asking or most of those titles. They mostly belong to the 'Big Studios', who will eventually release them for $10-15. If they went to Criterion, they would set you back $20-35 apiece.

    Criterion, not entirely through circumstance, specialises in foreign and independent and often obscure, neglected (to some, "arty") films that they acquire from long-established clients, contacts, etc. Your taste is your own concern, of course, George and it is not inquestion at all; on the contrary, in fact, but your taste in films seems predominantly American and 'mainstream', so no wonder you are disappointed with Criterion's releases over the past few years. The crazy Laserdisc licensing days are over, so forget about Warner, MGM/UA, Columbia, Paramount and 99.9% of the Fox and Universal libraries. You have also stated that you never 'blind-buy' DVDs and that is going to be a very detrimental factor in your appreciation of the types of films Criterion release.

    Maybe a better question would be: Which foreign or independent films from 1930-1990 would you like Criterion to release in 2006? Playtime is coming, just be patient, it will be well worth it. Have you ever visted the Criterion Forum? Have you ever emailed Jon Mulvaney with recommendations?

    I'm not having a go at you, George. I respect your tastes and opinions and share some of them, but I just can't understand your constant voicing of your disappointment with the films that Criterion releases, which I feel are diverse, prestigious, surprising and always have optimal transfers and illuminating extras. The DVD landscape would be a sorrier place if Criterion closed its doors tomorrow. You'd be better off lobbying Warner, Paramount etc for the films you want it seems and letting Criterion be. You must be the only guy I know who loves classic films but does not buy Criterion DVDs! Do you not even rent Criterions?

    Respectfully,

    Gordon
     
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    I keep waiting for Criterion to give my credit card a break by announcing a batch of titles out of which I don't find any worth buying. Unfortunately that hasn't happened in the last few years. I find at least one title worth buying every month and Jan 2006 is really bad with 3 titles on my wish list.

    -D
     
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    Wow, this was fast. All are already up on Criterion's ste and we already have one ultra-cool cover:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. george kaplan

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    First of all Gordon, I was "sighing" since Playtime still wasn't here.

    When you asked me to name some titles I'd like to see them do, I simply listed some (I'm not up on who owns what), that are similar to ones they have already released.

    The Criterion collection is a mixture of some great films and some horrible films (IMO). Rights may be the reason, but I think it's a shame they can't release more movies like the following that they have in the past:

    The Killers
    M
    The Most Dangerous Game
    Trouble in Paradise
    The 39 Steps
    My Man Godfrey
    Pepe Le Moko
    The Lady Vanishes
    Rebecca
    Sullivan's Travels
    The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp
    Spellbound
    Notorious
    The Third Man
    Rashomon
    M Hulot's Holiday
    Diabolique
    Rififi
    Throne of Blood
    The Seventh Seal
    Mon Oncle
    The Horse's Mouth
    Spartacus
    Charade
    Closely Watched Trains
    Hopscotch
    The Killer
    Silence of the Lambs

    I don't know how they got the rights to films like Charade, Hopscotch, The Third Man, My Man Godfrey, etc., but it's a shame if they can't continue to find a way to release great movies like those.

    And if they would just come out with Playtime, at least that would be something.

    Until then, :sigh:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. SteveGon

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    Sigh. Of course I just bought the R2 DVD of The Bad Sleep Well. Had the R2 The Virgin Spring as well but sold it off - it's good but not a movie I'd watch again. Might pick up Young Mr. Lincoln but I'm not familiar with the DeSica so I don't know about that one.

    George, ya really should get a multi-region player - the R2 Hail the Conquering Hero is pretty good. [​IMG]
     
  18. george kaplan

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    I don't want to take this off-topic, but I have a problem with Pal speedup.
     
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    Does this indicate DVD-ROM content? Would this be a Criterion first?
     
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    Nope, the dvd for La Notti Bianche had an MP3 of the short story it was based on, Dostoevsky's White Nights.
     

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