Recommended 'sight unseen' Criterion discs?

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  1. Daniel P

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    I'm interested in 8 1/2, Children of Paradise, Passion of Joan of Arc - among about 50 others...

    Give me your recommendations...film and informative extras are the criteria for me - over transfers...
     
  2. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Charade
    Notorious
    The Killer
    The Third Man
    Playtime
    The Killers
    Rashomon
    Throne of Blood
    The 39 Steps
    Rebecca
    The Lady Vanishes
    Trouble in Paradise
    Rififi
    Alexander Nevsky
    The Rock
    M
    The Seventh Seal
    Diabolique
    Silence of the Lambs
    Mr. Hulot's Holiday
    Spartacus
    Hard Boiled
    Spellbound
    Mon Oncle
    Hopscotch
    Sullivan's Travels
    My Man Godfrey
    The Horse's Mouth
     
  3. George See

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    My wife got me the Criterion Complete Monterey Pop festival for Xmass, if your a fan of music i'd say this ones definently a must have. And i'll second about half of George's list, and i'd most likely second the whole thing if I had seen them all. Too many DVD's too little money.
     
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    I'll make this simple:

    The Third Man
    Sullivan's Travels
     
  5. Walter Kittel

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    Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound and Straw Dogs are going out of print on December 31st, 2003. If you have any interest in any of those titles I'd act now.

    Kind of tough to give recomendations without knowing your interests, in a more specific manner. (I certainly believe that all of the titles you listed Daniel, are worth your while. ) Here are some of my favorites, mostly on the basis of the film; although the supplements on some of these are quite good.

    Bob le Flambeur
    Brazil
    Brief Encounter
    Do The Right Thing
    For All Mankind
    Great Expectations
    The Hidden Fortress
    The Killers
    My Man Godfrey
    Notorious
    Oliver Twist
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Rashomon
    Rebecca
    Seven Samurai
    Spartacus
    Sullivan's Travels
    Taste of Cherry
    The Third Man

    - Walter.
     
  6. Haggai

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    Many of the above recommendations are great. You know, one that I rented once but don't own is The Red Shoes, which is a nice movie, and has FANTASTIC extras. It's absolutely one of the best special editions I've ever seen for any movie. Passion of Joan is one that I should own, too. Great movie, and some of the extras are really brilliant.

    One of my most recent acquisitions is Wild Strawberries, awesome movie, and with a good commentary track. There's also a long interview/documentary with Bergman that I haven't watched yet, which is highly praised in the disc reviews that I've read.

    I also strongly recommend Grand Illusion.
     
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    Ali: Fear Eats The Soul
    The Fireman's Ball
    The Shop On Main Street
    Red Beard
    Carl Th. Dreyer box
    8 1/2
    That Obscure Object Of Desire
     
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    Picnic at Hanging Rock is a favorite of mine.
     
  9. Mark_vdH

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    I'm interested in 8 1/2, Children of Paradise, Passion of Joan of Arc I'd definitely go for Children Of Paradise and The Passion of Joan of Arc - two of my favorite dvd's. Other Criterion favorites are:

    Grand Illusion
    Picnic At Hanging Rock
    The Seventh Seal
     
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    Fassbinder BRD Box set
    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
    Tokyo Story
    La Strada

    Hearts and Minds

    are some of my recent acquisitions and they're all remarkable.
     
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    film and informative extras are the criteria for me - over transfers...

    Then the answer is: BRAZIL



    For piccy and sound, though, and if you like action stuff: The Rock

    We need to know your taste and genre likes, lots of good Criterions in most categories, but the above two are pretty hard to fault for the reasons mentioned.
     
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    If you liked Apollo 13 and/or From The Earth To The Moon, get the "real thing": For All Mankind (#54). A documentary using real footage shot by the Apollo astronauts
     
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    Black Narcissus is superior in just about every area. Disclaimer - it's one of my favorites, maybe my one favorite.
     
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    I'll second your vote for Black Narcissus Larry. Wonderful film and a great disc. Another Criterion I'd recommend that hasn't been mentioned yet is The Cranes Are Flying. A touching film that's just brilliantly shot. Worth owning for the cinematography alone. And like other posters have mentioned, Notorious and Straw Dogs are must-haves that are going OOP soon, and Brazil simply cannot be beat for extras and depth of supplemental material (if only the film transfer was anamorphic!).
     
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    The 39 Steps
    The Lady Vanishes
    Rebecca
    The Lady Eve
    Sullivan's Travels
    Spellbound
    The Killers
    Do The Right Thing
    Hard Boiled
     
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    which of the 3 Hitchcock is truly essential to purchase ?

    Cheers

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  17. george kaplan

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    which of the 3 Hitchcock is truly essential to purchase ?
    All 5 are truly essential! [​IMG]

    If I had to rank order them:

    The Lady Vanishes
    The 39 Steps
    Rebecca
    Notorious
    Spellbound
     
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    just watched Lady Vanishes this morning (for the first time).
    entertaining movie, although like 90% of Hitchs films, many contrivances are needed to wring out the suspense, and if you aren't willing to suppress some groans and eye rolls at the plot holes, you may have a hard time enjoying it.
    that said, the 'holes' in LV are relatively small, and the Criterion presentation is top notch.

    not being a big Hitchcock fan, i was still impressed with Notorious- both film and disc.
    i would definitely try to snag that one before they disappear off the shelf.

    Rebecca was a good film, but i think i enjoyed the first two more. the disc however is probably the best devoted to a Hitchcock film in terms of a/v quality and supplements.

    my favorite Criterion at the moment would probably be Walkabout. only extra is a commentary, but from what i've read its a good one (don't listen to them much myself).
    the film is truly unique, but i really wish it would get an anamorphic remaster to pump it up a notch.

    Carnival Of Souls and the Killers are both great, substanative discs.

    Black Narcicuss is a great film, just beautiful to look at.

    lots of good choices-hard to go wrong with any of them
     
  19. Mark_vdH

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    I would rank the Hitchcocks:

    Movie:

    Rebecca
    The 39 Steps
    The Lady Vanishes
    Notorious
    Spellbound

    DVD:

    Rebecca
    Notorious
    Spellbound & The 39 Steps
    [Little gap [​IMG] ]
    The Lady Vanishes

    Just buy the box....
     
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    I don't believe it - not one of you seems to have mentioned Belle et la Bete. [​IMG]
     

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