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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, May 17, 2019.

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  1. bubuwest

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    Are you going to give a blu-ray upgrade to Anthony Mann's The Furies? Speaking of Mann & westerns, would you consider (if you haven't already done so) giving the Criterion treatment to both Winchester 73 and The Naked Spur? Thank you so much.
     
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    I loved "The Art of Subtitling" extra on Panique--Several years ago, SMPTE updated their _Title Safe_ requirements for 16:9 Televisions from the traditional 20% down a title safe of only 10%. Does criterion have any plans on making use of these modernized title safe standards for their blu ray releases?

    Even if not implemented across the board, would criterion consider using the more generous title safe option selectively if subtitles are excessively impinging upon the image (such as in very tight close ups)?

    I adore the eclipse series, can I produce it? joking aside, is criterion planning on dedicating resources (or hiring a producer) to return the eclipse series to the steady schedule it had from 2007-2012, or is it going to remain a sporadic afterthought with releases occurring very rarely and irregularly?

    And finally, criterion has only ever released one spine numbered box set by a woman director, are you ever going to issue the 4 by Varda box set on bluray?
     
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    Question: Any plans for Criterion to embrace Dolby Atmos on the blu rays for any titles?
    Also, anymore Scorsese titles on the horizon? An upgraded Raging Bull with a new 4K transfer which would be better than the MGM/UA version.
     
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    RE: the Paramount license issue. Any plans to release the original Bad News Bears? Seems criminal that its never had a physical blu ray (never mind 4k) release or a proper remastering for what is one of the most subversive and funny movies of the 1970s.
     
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    Thank you so much for doing this! I have a release question and a technical question.

    1. Are there plans to release SAHARA (1943) with Humphrey Bogart? Sony/Columbia. A fantastic and underrated film, and not great looking on the existing DVD.

    2. To piggyback on the Atmos question somewhat... are there plans to standardize audio going forward? Right now some releases are uncompressed PCM while others are DTS-HD MA. What is the reasoning behind the inconsistency anyway?
     
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    Would you be able to release a definitive 4K set of SUPERMAN II with all the cuts, or maybe a 4K remaster/restoration of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS or THE ALAMO (John Wayne version)?
     
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    Q: When you restored films in 4k as detailed by the booklet disc linear notes, do you also master it with HDR like Dolby Vision or not at all for when 4k and/or HDR is eventually released?
     
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    Q: Any plans to reissue any of the Bergman films that received new transfers in the Ingmar Bergman's Cinema boxset (eg. Autumn Sonata) or will they remain exclusive to the boxset?
     
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    I was disappointed in the quality of Criterion's DVD release of The Lady Eve. Any chance this film could be restored to Blu-ray? Also, I'd love to have 1957's A Hatful of Rain restored to Blu-ray! Currently, it's only available in a poor pan-and-scan print from Fox Cinema Archives MOD.
     
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    Looking to the technological horizons, do you forsee a time when future Criterion releases of past spine numbers could include the LaserDisc-era text and still-photo archives that were such a tremendous asset to those releases? I’m thinking in particular of the kinds of archives included in the stellar Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dr. Strangelove, and RoboCop LaserDisc releases. Blu-ray obviously doesn’t have those LD CAV features. Will they ever make a return on some future disc or streaming format?
     
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    Many members at HTF get into strongly felt debates on the topic of "Teal". I was wondering if Criterion has read any of those past discussions and would be able to supply some of their own technical input and observations.
     
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    What areas of film would you like to have more of in the collection, or, what do you see as your "unknowns"?
     
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    Dear Criterion:
    As you may know, there has been considerable discussion going on in the home entertainment community about the classic Disney movie Song Of The South (1948) and whether we would ever see a new home video release of this artistic treasure (though flawed due to some purported racial stereotyping).

    My question is would it be possible for a company like Criterion to license this film from Disney and release it on Blu-ray (with of course all the necessary disclaimers)? We know that Disney at this time will not release this film themselves but might possibly (but not confirmed) be open to farming it out.

    Sincerely
    Bradley Gittings
     
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    Dear Criterion:
    With the recent announcement that the Disney Movie Club will soon be releasing the long-awaited Blu-ray for 20000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) would your people at Criterion see an increased interest in two later films connected to the Jules Verne classic, Mysterious Island (1961) and Captain Nemo And The Underwater City (1969) to a point where we might see some additional Blu-ray releases?

    (Note I'm not asking if Criterion would release these two films on Blu-ray but do you see some interest in these films in the home entertainment market?)

    As we know, Twilight Time has already twice released Mysterious Island, selling out both print runs. Captain Nemo And The Underwater City has been released on DVD.
     
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    Have you any plans to reissue the DVD box set in BD and in the OAR of MONSTERS and MADMEN which contained: FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER and CORRIDORS OF BLOOD.
     
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    The title I'm most excited to hear news about is Sam Peckinpah's 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' which given Criterion's handling of McCabe and Mrs Miller makes me feel that in your hands this film would finally get a release that would handle the problematic A/V the best it could be. Any morsel of information on this title?
     
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    Is there any interest in Greek cinema for the future which is entirely absent from the collection?
     
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    A couple of decades ago, Criterion released Flesh For Frankenstein on DVD. In the early 80s, I had the pleasure of seeing this film in 3D, in a midnight showing at the theater. It was an impressive 3D showing. Does Criterion still have the license for this film? If not, could it be reattained and most of all, could a 3D blu-ray be produced for sale (along with standard blu-ray)?
     
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    First, thank you Criterion for the GREAT discs you have put out! Being a Technicolor nut, I would love to see Criterion take on blu-rays of:

    Sweethearts (1938) Surely MGM's first 3-strip Technicolor feature deserves to be presented in the best possible way.
    Summertime (1955)
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    Scaramouche (1952)
    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
    The Tales Of Hoffmann (1951)

    And some B&W:

    Holiday (1938)
    The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
    Maytime (1937)
    The Lady Eve (1941)
     
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    Any chance of a blu-ray of "Missing"
     
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