new Criterion covers: Naked Lunch and Richard III

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  1. MartinTeller

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    and they've put the Tokyo Story art back up:

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  2. Mark Cappelletty

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    Oh that Naked Lunch cover is SWEET. Any news on features, etc.?
     
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    all I can say is wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Will K

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    OMNEG! Naked Lunch????!!! Well spank a babboon's ass and call me Charlie, this came out of nowhere! What a sublime way to cap off a crappy day at work.

    When's it comin? When's it comin?
     
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    Is Naked Lunch the first Criterion to feature a tagline on the cover? An awesome cover nontheless. I wish I could buy it now. Richard III doesn't work though.
     
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  7. MartinTeller

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    Looks like they took down Richard III. I'll try to remember it... it was a painting, yellow background I believe, of a guy (Richard, I assume) wielding a lance, riding a horse that was rearing up. It was a bit ugly, IMO, but distinctive.
     
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    There is no cover art posted yet, but the specs are up for La Strada on Criterion's website:

    * New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound

    * Video introduction by Martin Scorsese

    * Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of The Cinema of Federico Fellini

    * Federico Fellini’s Autobiography, a 2000 documentary originally broadcast on Italian television

    * Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart

    * New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews

    * New and improved English subtitle translation

    * Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
     
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    the extras for La Strada are impressive indeed

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    Thanks Mark for that link, gorgeous cover indeed

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    *GASP* Wow, that Naked Lunch cover is dope! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    It's a great way-out-there book/movie. Just... beyond. I can't wait to read the specs. What was the original sound mix - stereo?

    Damn nice to see that Uncle Marty has recorded an intro for La Strada, that's a great movie and he's that dude to introduce it.

    Richard III is pretty good, I guess, a bit stagey. Shot in VistaVision (call Bill Burns! [​IMG] ) so I wonder what elements were used.

    I've never seen Tokyo Story, but I have been meaning to for years. It's, like... ultra-great, yeah?

    Exceptional work from Criterion, as ever. Bring 'em on.


    Gordy
     
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    The Naked Lunch cover is nice, but it's not like Criterion created it - it's essentially the orginal artwork.

    Someone on the Criterion forum was kind enough to post the Richard III cover on his server:

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    Naked Lunch.

    1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital audio tracks. Extras will include an audio commentary by Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller, special effects and production stills galleries, examples of the marketing campaign for Naked Lunch (including a featurette, B-roll montage, TV spots, and theatrical trailer), and excerpts from the novel read by author William S. Burroughs. Retail is $39.95.
     
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    I tried watching Naked Lunch once, but didn't really get into it. I'll be buying the Criterion DVD to see if maybe it doesn't give me a new appreciation for the film (just like the excellent Fear and Loathing disc).
     
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    I think the Naked Lunch cover is either temporary or a fake. The two basic clues are

    1) Criterion never puts "a film by ..." on their covers. It always reads "So-and-so's ...". In this case it would read "David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch."

    2) They rarely use original poster art as they have some of the best graphic designers in-house to do their own covers. One of the appeals of Criterion releases are the covers they design to compliment the film.

    Just my opinion.
     
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    I can't believe no one made mention of the fact that this appears to be the first Fox title ever licensed to Criterion in the history of DVD and Laserdisc. It's possible that Fox no longer owns this one, but I think Fox hinted at a possible affiliation with Criterion on The Fly. Can anyone confirm if Fox still owns the rights?

    Jeff
     
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    Jarrod - why would Criterion post a fake cover on their own website?

    Jeff - it seems Criterion are now hooking up with Fox for various upcoming releases (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Robert Altman's 3 Women, Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha and Luchino Visconti's The Leopard for starters). It's perfect, because Fox are really devoting their attention to their own vintage classics and new releases, while Criterion can handle those films they wouldn't know what the hell to do with, or are of extremely minority interest.
     
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