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Brent Hutto

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I have a pre-order in for Chungking Express as I'm a Kar-Wei Wong fan but have never seen that movie. Which of the other initial Criterion titles are a good bet? I've seen Bottle Rocket (two snaps, "hated it") and probably caught Man Who Fell To Earth on TV at some point but don't recall it in detail. I'm tempted to go with The Third Man since that is a touchpiece that's been referenced so often in other works.
 

Ed St. Clair

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Claire Panke

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For me...the must haves are The Third Man, 400 Blows, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell To Earth.

The Third Man is one of the best movies ever made.
 

Brent Hutto

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OK, so I've preordered Chungking Express and The Third Man and would definitely like to get Walkabout which I've always read about but never seen. I'll think about The Man Who Fell to Earth one day but the prospect isn't really thrilling at the moment. And 400 Blows is one I ought to see before I die but have never worked up any great urge, maybe the Criterion Blu-Ray will provide the impetus.

Thanks, Claire.
 

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The orcs, led by Thrall, suffered a series of setbacks on their journey across Kalimdor’s Barrens. Though they befriended Cairne Bloodhoof and his mighty tauren warriors, many

orcs began to succumb to the demonic bloodlust that had plagued them for years. Thrall’s greatest lieutenant, Grom Hellscream, even betrayed the Horde by giving himself over to

his baser instincts. As Hellscream and his loyal Warsong warriors stalked through the forests of Ashenvale, they clashed with the ancient night elf Sentinels. Certain that the

orcs had returned to their warlike ways, the demigod Cenarius came forth to drive Hellscream and his orcs back. Yet Hellscream and his orcs, overcome with supernatural hate and

rage, managed to kill Cenarius and corrupt theWOW Gold ancient forestlands. Ultimately, Hellscream redeemed his

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Derrick King

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The following is speculation my part.

If you have any interest in The Man Who Fell to Earth, you should pick it up sooner rather than later, because I don't think Criterion will have the rights to it for very much longer.

Criterion licensed the film from Anchor Bay, who licensed the film from Studio Canal. Anchor Bay had licensed a lot of Studio Canal films and most of them are now, or will soon be, OOP and have been/or will be rereleased by Lionsgate. (In fact, on the SD DVD front, Lionsgate will be rereleasing The Wicker Man in January and I expect Anchor Bay's editions to go OOP. So, if anyone wants the 2-DVD version you should pick it up now because it seems like Lionsgate is only releasing the 88 minute version.)

Now, if The Man Who Fell to Earth is one of the Studio Canal titles that is now, or will soon be, with Lionsgate, Criterion's release will go OOP. (Unless, Criterion was able renew the license directly from Studio Canal or Lionsgate, but I wouldn't risk it.)
 

Brent Hutto

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Well I redid my Amazon pre-order to get The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Third Man and of course Chungking Express which is the real prize of the bunch. I also added The Last Emporer, aspect ratio cavils notwithstanding, because I remember it being quite a spectacle in its original release and even with its framing squeezed down it should be awesome. My wife has never seen it.

When the next batch come available I'll get Walkabout and probably 400 Blows and that ought to just about tap out my classic movie budget for the next good many months. Thanks to all for the suggestions.
 

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