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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, May 17, 2019.
NIGHTS OF CABIRIA?
Are there plans to restore the Korda-Michael Powell version of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940)? Restored photo-chemically many years ago, it's badly in need of sophisticated digital restoration. I thank the Criterion Collection for remaining (the recent release of THE HEIRESS demonstrates this) in every way exemplary. We're very lucky.
Name: Allen Hollis
While several labels mostly release transfers that are sent them, Criterion seems to give extra to their releases. How much additional work do you do on the transfers and what percentage of the titles do you work on.
First Name: Philip
In creating "Ingmar Bergman's Cinema", what was the greatest challenge faced;
and, from concept to completion, how many years did the entire project take?
Name: Andy Budgell
I'm also curious to know whether we might see A Place in the Sun, or another Elizabeth Taylor film, released by Criterion?
With the dearth of Paramount catalogue titles, I wonder if they have any Paramount's in the pipeline, & also there's rumours about a new Great Escape coming from Criterion, any chance of a yea or nay on that one.
As a collector who regularly buys Region B and C titles, I am always excited when a title that has never had an HD release anywhere comes along. Any chance you might consider releasing the wonderfully restored 1916 Cabiria now residing in the Turin Museo Nazionale del Cinema vault? I'd love to see other silent gems owned by WB/Photoplay like Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Wind, The Crowd, The Student Prince or Greed. WB classics like Raoul Walsh's Land of the Pharaohs or Scaramouche would be a delight, too.
Name: Angelo Colombus
Any more Fellini or Truffaut coming soon?
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.
My film suggestions/queries would also be about older Laserdisc titles returning to the collection such as the John Woo classics. Otherwise it would be about titles with restored prints in archives but no video releases as of yet such as Holiday but also the Film foundation restored The Lusty Men, Anthony Mann westerns, the longer reconstructed version of Greed since the only video release is the shorter cut on Laserdisc, The Crowd which is only on Laserdisc, and perhaps the biggest missing one: an HD restoration of the compiled preservation print of Meet John Doe which has not had a single proper video release as even the vci disc is a copy of a not so good pal master.
My technical question would be: how does Criterion go about its audio cleanup and how does the label feel about the issue of overzealous noise reduction and loudness compression. In this day and age many will raise the cry of color timing issues or DNR overusage but very few take the time to study the audio track and compare it to original intents and earlier video releases. Audio for films has become so endangered in terms of overzealous cleanup that it resembles the early days of no noise for music on CDs and in some cases the loudness wars that continue in modern music mastering.
It is this issue that has driven me into collecting so many laserdiscs which do not suffer this problem and the vast majority sound better than later format releases.
Full name: Nick Zegarac
First, sincere thanks for finally releasing Bondarchuk's War and Peace to Blu-ray. Also, kind regards for the eclectic blend of deep catalog spanning many studio archives. Great work. Please keep it up. Can Criterion confirm a new deal with Warners to release more vintage MGM/RKO,WB product. Of particular interest here - The Great Ziegfeld, Around the World in 80 Days, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Advise and Consent, Camille, National Velvet, Scaramouche, Show Boat, Marie Antoinette, Random Harvest, Rosalie.
Is Criterion planning on releasing the remaining David Lean movies, Summertime, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Madeleine, and the Samuel Bronston epics, El Cid, Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World and 55 Days in Peking.
Also, are the Fox movies still in play, post-Disney's acquisition of Fox? Would love to see Robert Wise's Star! and The Rains Came finally get their long overdue release.
Finally, I would really love for Criterion to get its hands on Kevin Brownlow's 11-part documentary series from 1980: Hollywood: A celebration of the American silent cinema - one of the finest documentaries ever made about the silent era. This deserves a Blu-ray release!!!
Thanks for your time.
Full name: Scott Saslow
Question: what decisions go into extras, specifically when to carry over old extras vs. producing new ones...? (I suppose the shift from text- to video-based supplements plays a part in that.)
Also: any chance of The Parallax View getting the Criterion treatment?
Full name: Louis Helman
Since Criterion did such an outstanding job with their release of Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" (1959), I was wondering if there was any chance you might release another Marilyn Monroe film, that being John Huston's "The Misfits" (1961)? If so, it would be great if you could include the fine 2001 PBS documentary "Making 'The Misfits'" that was released on DVD by Image Entertainment. Thanks!
What are the plans (if any) for Erich von Stroheim's 1928 silent classic The Wedding March?
Is there any chance that (rights permitting) the monthly schedule of Criterion UK releases will one day match the US one?
Id like to know if there are plans for Blu ray releases for
Fiend without a Face
The Devil and Daniel Webster
The Showa era Godzilla movies (which has already been asked but Im adding my 2 cents) Ive heard you may have acquired the Kraken Releasing Godzilla titles (Hedorah, GIgan, Ebirah) along with the good chance of getting King Kong vs Godzilla making it a complete set along with Rodan and War of the Gargantuas
Yup, The Devil & Daniel Webster, a genuine film masterpiece, & I'm sure I read somewhere that Criterion owns it. Can we have it please, on both sides of the Atlantic.
You may refer to me as Matt B. Any of these questions can be asked if they haven't already.
What have been the projects that made you want to smash your head against the wall?
That's number one. Number two; how does a "teal lean" happen?
Full name Anthony Clarke
Will Criterion consider releasing as a stand-alone Blu ray Leni Riefenstahl's 1936 classic 'Olympia'?
Some of us simply cannot afford the massive Olympic Games blu ray set.
Mr.Kline: Please consider offering 4K UHD blu-rays. I will support you.
What criteria is used to add a film to their collection? For example, would they ever consider doing a 70's disaster film (Earthquake, Airport, The Swarm) given those film's particular niche in filmmaking history?