Four more from Criterion

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  1. Jean-Michel

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    Wow. I currently don't have Straw Dogs, so I'll wait for this edition.

    I wish by some miracle that Criterion would reconsider Fincher's The Game.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

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    Yes, the artwork has been taken down - I suspect Criterion have realised they've been rumbled!
     
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    The cover art is back up, courtesy of some guys at the Criterion boards:
    by Brakhage
    Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
    My Life as a Dog
    Straw Dogs
    The Straw Dogs cover looks like placeholder art to me (notice that the Criterion logo doesn't extend all the way across the top of the image like it should). The others look pretty good. All we need now are some specs......
     
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    Bear with me, but this is kind of amusing.

    I've never seen The Killers, but I'm wanting to watch the film before I make a decision on Criterion's impending release. I check out specs for it, and lo and behold, the film has a running time of 0 minutes. Sweet!!! It'll be the easiest movie I've ever seen!!!

    :p)
     
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    > Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne


    *gasp*

    Finally! A Robert Bresson movie on DVD!

    Could this possibly be the beginning of a series of Criterion releases of Bresson films? Please, please, let it be... oh, to have Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, etc., etc... on DVD.
     
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    My Life as a Dog [​IMG]
     
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    I'm excited about Bresson, but I'm very excited about MY LIVE AS A DOG. The current Paramount DVD is absolutely horrible. Not only is it a horrid pan and scan job, but it is quite soft. It never had a good LD release either. Hopefully they get Lasse to do a commentary. He's a great talker.

    -greg
     
  11. Jean-Michel

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    Okay folks.......the specs are up.
    My Life as a Dog ($39.95)
    -New digital transfer, approved by director Lasse Hallström and enhanced for widescreen televisions
    -Shall We Go To My Place or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone? (1973), a 45-minute film by Lasse Hallström
    -New video interview with Lasse Hallström
    -Reflections on My Life as a Dog by Kurt Vonnegut
    -Original theatrical trailer
    -New and improved English subtitle translation
    -Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    by Brakhage-An Anthology ($39.95)
    -Two DVD set includes the films:
    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
    Black Ice
    Cat's Cradle
    Commingled Containers
    Crack Glass Eulogy
    The Dante Quartet
    The Dark Tower
    Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse
    Desistfilm
    Dog Star Man
    Eye Myth
    For Marilyn
    The Garden of Earthly Delights
    I...Dreaming
    Kindering
    Love Song
    Mothlight
    The Stars are Beautiful
    Stellar
    Study in color and Black and White

    Three hand-painted films: Nightmusic; Rage Net; Glaze of Cathexis
    Wedlock House: An Intercourse
    Window Water Baby Moving
    The Wold Shadow

    -New high-definition digital transfers of all films, approved by Stan Brakhage
    -Interview with the filmmaker
    -Essay by Brakhage expert Fred Camper
    -Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    Straw Dogs ($39.95)
    -New high-definition digital transfer of the uncut version, enhanced for widescreen televisions
    -Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
    -Dustin Hoffman on the set of Straw Dogs
    -Behind-the-scenes footage
    -Video interviews with Susan George and Daniel Melnick
    -Original theatrical and television trailers
    -Isolated music and effects track
    -English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
    -Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    -More!
    Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne ($29.95)
    -New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
    -Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos
    -Essays by François Truffaut and David Thomson
    -New and improved English subtitle translation
     
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    The specs of the recently released R2 Straw Dogs:

    -Deleted scene
    -'On Location' documentary by Television South West (1971)
    -Original U.S. theatrical trailer and TV & Radio spots
    -Audio commentary from Peckinpah biographers Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle
    -Audio commentary from Katy Haber, Dialogue Director and Peckinpah's lover/assistant
    -Interview with Peckinpah's biographer Garner Simmons
    -Interview with actress Susan George
    -Information on the deleted scenes (via shooting script & stills)
    -A history of 'Straw Dogs' and the British Censor
    -On location and publicity stills gallery
    -Trivia and film facts
    -Re-printed letters/memos from the filmmakers and the BBFC
    -Biographies of Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Sam Peckinpah, Dan Melnick and Jerry Fielding
     
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    thanks Jean Michel & Mark for both specs for r1 & r2, so which one is the one to go for
    Oscar
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    The one to go for is clearly the Criterion.
     
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    The R2 DVD was supposedly restored by the same team that did Snow White, according to this raving Dvd Times review!
    (QUOTE:
    "The film has been hacked about for so long that it's a credit to the restoration team that it looks as good as it does on this release. Restored by the team who did, bizarrely, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, it looks wonderful, especially if you're familiar only with fuzzy video copies or the R1 Anchor Bay DVD. There is some minor damage here and there and occasional artifacting but given the condition of the materials and the age of the film, this is a stunning achievement. The image, in Anamorphic 1.85:1, is crystal clear, sharp and detailed with the atmospheric blue tinge to the night exteriors that was intended coming across very well. The colours are rich, the contrast is just right and there is no problem with over-enhancement.
    The soundtrack is the original mono track which has also been restored and it's clear and well balanced. Dialogue is always clear and the music is well integrated. The score, one of Jerry Fielding's best, can also be heard on an 2.0 Stereo isolated music track.")

    I was just about to order it, hesitated when I heard of the Criterion release, but the (cheaper) R2 seems difficult to top....
    Maybe I'll just buy 'm both and keep the best. [​IMG]
     
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    The cover for Criterion's Straw Dogs is completely different than R2 and more disturbing imo

    oscar
     

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