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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Chas_Michael, Feb 18, 2002.
Criterion Release Date? Really can't wait for this one!
Just glad I still have my Criterion LD with all its yummy extras.
Stop that gloating!
There are some of us still deprived of this wonderful film.
But knowing it's firmly in Criterion's hands is certainly a relief.
wow I didn't even know it was coming to DVD, I loved this movie and was hoping there would be a DVD release.
Criterion's laserdisc edition restored 20 minutes of lost footage removed on its original release, along with an audio commentary by Bruce Eder.
They still have the same rare elements used for their laserdisc transfer, but are trying to search for better ones, as good quality elements with a bit of digital cleanup look a lot better than poor quality prints with tons of digital restoration.
They've confirmed that they'll be doing it in the future - it's only a question of when, and Criterion are quite the perfectionists when it comes to this sort of thing, so be prepared for a quite a wait.
Criterion is presently in the process of tracking down a recently-discovered, complete 35-mm print belonging to the William Dieterle estate, which reputedly includes footage not even included on the "restored" Criterion LD.
Count me as another who can't wait for this long-anticipated release.
Are you serious?!
Whoa, I'm going have to sit down and catch my breath. Where did you find out this spectacular news?
Way to go on your sig, by the way. Written on the Wind is absolutely one of my all-time faves.
Is it just me, or are Criterion hitting an all-time high right about now?
Many, many thanks for the info. That knowledge'll keep me warm at night (which is just as well...)
Let's cross our fingers they can track down this print. Supposedly, Mr. Morgan's acquaintance has put Criterion in the know as to it's location.
Waiting patiently in his warm bed at night...
As an aside, I've heard (actually from an e-mail from the Kino president a friend of mine received) that Kino and Criterion have teamed up to put out The Tin Drum at some stage in the future for an improved re-release to replace the OOP disc.
Back to DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER for a moment....How is it that Criterion is able to do this title? It was an RKO film and therefore now belongs to Warner Bros, which I had understood had a stringent policy against licensing titles. Anyone?
Janus Films (which I think owns Criterion, or is corporately aligned in some fashion to them) owns this film. Janus has been distributing it for years. RKO sold off their rights to it years ago, decades before Turner purchased the RKO library, and Warner's subsequent distribution of Turner's product.
I believe it's the same situation with The Most Dangerous Game, is it not, or is that title just public domain?
Let's not forget Notorious, Rebecca or Spellbound which are all 100% RKO productions.
Great news about The Devil and Daniel Webster. I'm so excited!
Jon may be right about THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. I am not sure if it's P.D., and kind of doubt it is, as if that were the case there would be 400 different DVDs available of it
As to NOTORIOUS, yes, that was a 100% RKO production, except it was developed by David O. Selznick who couldn't afford to produce it at the time (he was in the midst of producing DUEL IN THE SUN) and Selznick sold the property to RKO who actually produced the film. Years later, he bought the rights back from them and it became part of his library. However, SPELLBOUND and REBECCA were NEVER associated with RKO in any way. They were Selznick productions originally released by United Artists. The reason why Buena Vista (Disney) has them now is that Selznick's library was sold in the 1960s to ABC. When ABC was purchased by Disney, the Selznick library fell under Disney's distribution control.
wow the tin drum? heh, I wonder if Oklahoma will let it be shipped into the state (didn't they ban it because of the minor/adult sexuality?)
I have a feeling Criterion will coordinate their release date with the remake's theatrical release, if it ever get's released (see http://www.corona.bc.ca/films/detail...elwebster.html for more dteails).