Must have Special Editions of Classics?

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  1. Ryan_Walsh

    Ryan_Walsh Stunt Coordinator

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    I am trying to create a Christmas list for friends and family. I have almost every movie I want released after 1980, and a fair amount of classics. I am looking for suggestions of titles that already exist in nice special editions with careful restoration and passable sound quality.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, and I will include my list below, to give you a sense of what I might like.

    Adventures of Robin Hood and Billy Liar: Criterion are already on my list, and I ordered the criterion hitchcock box along with to catch a thief, psycho, and vertigo from the DDD sale.

    http://www.dvdprofiler.com/mycollect...lias=deadlax97
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Well, you already have The Third Man... [​IMG]

    I'll just recommend some Criterion comedies:

    Sullivan's Travels
    The Lady Eve
    My Man Godfrey


    And Columbia's His Girl Friday is very nice as well.
     
  3. Haggai

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    You might want to go for the whole Warners Legends collection, with Yankee Doodle Dandy and Treasure of the Sierra Madre included along with Robin Hood. All of those SEs are fabulously well done.

    I'll also suggest Sunset Boulevard. On the musical side, along with the aforementioned Yankee Doodle, the SEs of Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story are great. Singin' in the Rain has a particularly good set of extras.
     
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    CASABLANCA and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO are essential.
     
  5. Ryan_Walsh

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    thanks guys, keep em coming.

    i already have sierra madre, casblanca, and zhivago, i'm on the fence on the musicals.
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Check out the collection of Fox classics packaged under the title, Studio Classics—Best Picture Collection. It consists of these films:

    All About Eve
    How Green Was My Valley
    Gentleman’s Agreement
    Sunrise


    All the disks contain commentaries and other features. This is also the only way to get the silent classic, Sunrise on DVD.

    In another vein altogether, you might put Kwaidan on your list. This collection of four short Japanese ghost/horror films should not be missed. There are no extras, but the transfer is up to Criterion’s usual standards.
     
  7. Alistair_M

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    North by Northwest
    Citizen Kane - 2 disk version
    Ben Hur
    Wizard of Oz
    Rebecca Criterion
    Time Machine (1960s version)
    Singin in the Rain - 2 disk version
    Paper Moon
    Fox Studio classics - most are worth getting
    Metropolis 2 disk (Fritz Lang)
    Sherlock Holmes Collection (Basil Rathbone - mpi version)

    all the above have very good picture quality
     
  8. Kevin M

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    Hmm...well, even though they are not really in the category that you were asking for I will suggest two Criterion's that I didn't see in your collection that I think you might enjoy (after looking at your collection that is)...

    Seven Samurai : not an SE by any stretch and not offering the best A/V quality by any means but IMO the incredible quality of the film raises itself above any A/V issues you might have until a better version might be released. The commentary is of the highest quality and truly reveals some interesting facts about the film and Akira Kurosawa himself (also it is worth mentioning that it is the oldest commentary that I have in my collection, originally recorded in 1988).

    The Wages Of Fear : Henri-Georges Clouzot classic story of the desperate extremes men will go to in order to escape the personal "prison" that they find themselves trapped in. The A/V quality is fairly good but the only extra is the theatrical trailer. You might want to rent this one from Netflix first.
     
  9. Raymond_H

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    Modern Times


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  10. Ryan_Walsh

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    thanks all, i might rent a bunch of them from netflix first. i appreciate all the suggestions so far.
     
  11. Brian PB

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    Nice collection. Hard to dislike anyone with an obvious love for Soderbergh, P.T, & Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers.


    These would be my picks (though much of it depends upon your personal interests):


    ESSENTIAL CRITERIONS*:
    *the ones I've selected are very much "Special Editions" (mostly excellent films with great extras). Some of these films are very polarizing: many love them/some hate them--I have listed these films as CONTROVERSIAL.

    Recent Films--since 1985
    In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai/2000)
    Naked Lunch (Cronenberg/1991)--CONTROVERSIAL
    Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee/1989)

    Avant-garde
    by Brakhage--an anthology (Stan Brakhage)--CONTROVERSIAL
    The Orphic Trilogy: The Blood of a Poet / Orpheus / Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)--CONTROVERSIAL

    Seminal Sixties and Seventies Films
    L'Avventura (Michelagelo Antonioni/1960)
    Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick/1960)
    Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard/1963)
    (Federico Fellini/1963)
    Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky/1966)
    Le Cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville/1970)
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel/1972)
    Solaris (Tarkovsky/1972)--CONTROVERSIAL


    Hitchcock
    The 39 Steps (1935)
    Rebecca (1940)
    Notorious (1946)
    Spellbound (1945)--CONTROVERSIAL

    Kurosawa
    Rashomon (1950)
    Seven Samurai (1954)
    Throne of Blood (1957)
    Red Beard (1965)

    Ozu
    Tokyo Story (Yosijiro Ozu/1953)

    Bergman
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Wild Strawberries (1957)
    A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman: Through a Glass Darkly / Winter Light / The Silence (1961/1962/1963)

    Classic American Films
    Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch/1932)
    My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava/1936)
    The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges/1941)
    The Devil and Daniel Webster (William Dieterle/1941)
    Sullivan's Travels (P. Sturges/1942)
    The Killers (Robert Siodmak/1946 + Don Siegel/1964)

    Great European Directors
    The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer/1928)
    Carl Th. Dreyer Box Set: Day of Wrath / Ordet / Gertrud (Dreyer/1943/1955/1964)
    Eisenstein: The Sound Years: Alexander Nevsky / Ivan the Terrible I & II (Sergei Eisenstein/1938/1945/1946)
    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder/1974)
    Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy: The Marriage of Maria Braun / Veronika Voss / Lola (Rainer Maria Fassbinder/1978/1982/1981)
    Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir/1938)
    Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné/1945)
    Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau/1946)
    Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica/1952)
    La Strada (Fellini/1954)
    Night and Fog (Alain Resnais/1955)
    Hiroshima mon amour (Resnais/1959)--CONTROVERSIAL
    The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: The 400 Blows / Antoine and Colette / Stolen Kisses / Love on the Run / Bed and Board (François Truffaut/1959/1962/1968/1970/1979)

    A Few Brits
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger/1943)
    Black Narcissus (Powell & Pressburger/1947)
    The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger/1948)
    Brief Encounter (David Lean/1946)

    Horror
    Häxan (Benjamin Christensen/1922)
    Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey/1962)--CONTROVERSIAL


    Looking at the specs for upcoming releases, I would expect the following to enter my "essential" pantheon as well:

    The Rules of the Game (Renoir/1939)--my single, most-anticipated release
    Ikiru (Kurosawa/1952)
    Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson/1951)
    Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi/1961)
    Richard III (Laurence Olivier/1955)


    Some non-Criterions Special Editions that I highly recommend:

    Michael Curtiz (both Warner): Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); Mildred Pierce (1945)
    Werner Herzog: Herzog/Kinski Collection (Anchor Bay)
    Krzysztof Kieslowski: Three Colors: Blue/White/Red (1993/1994/1994/Miramax)
    Fritz Lang: Metropolis (1927/Kino)
    David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia SE (1962/Columbia TriStar)
    F.W. Murnau: Sunrise (1927/Fox); Tabu (1931/Image)
    Dziga Vertov: Man with the Movie Camera (1929/Image)
     
  12. Ryan_Walsh

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    thanks brian, i appreciate the time you took, and will look into some of those titles. a few were on my radar, but most were not.
     
  13. Dave H

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    Is The Diary of Anne Frank coming this Feb.?
     
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  15. Haggai

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    I never saw the original release, but yes, they did a new transfer for the SE. As mentioned on a couple of other threads, the Singin' In The Rain SE was the first Warners release where they used their new "Ultra Resolution" process. They also did that for Adventures of Robin Hood and the upcoming Meet Me In St. Louis SE.

    If you're wondering, as I would guess from your question, if it's worth a double dip on Singin' In The Rain, I say unequivocally yes, and I'm really not a double dipper myself. The extras are fabulous. One of my most frequently watched extras on any DVD has been the awesome documentary on the Freed unit MGM musicals on disc 2 of this SE.
     
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    Excellent, thanks for the info Haggai. I will be buying the SE this coming payday.
     

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