Criterion Releases for 2019

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Let the guessing begin…

That’s not a sled, but ‘Citizen Cane’?

Astaire and Rogers in ‘Swing Time’?

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  1. On another forum, one person guessed that the two dads might be for the film 'One Sings, The Other Doesn't'. It's a 1977 film but the story is about two women, not two men. However, it is a French film and those definitely look like Euro symbols on the baby slings.

    Mark

  2. dana martin

    the papoose pouch=Bringing up Baby?

    and could the White Rabbit be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972 film) ?

    If it was Alice in Wonderland (1933), then I'd be interested. As for Klute, I've never seen it, the pictures of the two stars on the film poster looking very po-faced was enough to put me off.

  3. A few people on the other forums have suggested that the rabbit hole is actually for Bondarchuk’s War and Peace (the little pebble-like specks are apparently peas). And considering Janus tweeted about doing a tour of that one a few weeks ago, it kinda makes sense that Criterion would be hinting at that one.

  4. Mark Booth

    On another forum, one person guessed that the two dads might be for the film 'One Sings, The Other Doesn't'. It's a 1977 film but the story is about two women, not two men. However, it is a French film and those definitely look like Euro symbols on the baby slings.

    Mark

    I think the Euro symbols on the babies the two papas are holding hint at Europa, Europa. That’s in addition to One Sings, the Other Doesn’t. And I’m not sure what the “S” balloon is hinting at.

  5. I've seen speculation that the owl and the inch-worm = Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Possibly the rabbit in the hole = Rabbit Hole, another John Cameron Mitchell film (Don't see anything to indicate Shortbus, for a JCM triple feature, however).

    Also, since I'm giving on-the-nose readings of these clues, I'm going to say that angel sitting at the table is hinting at An Angel At My Table.

    Jesus + board game = At Play in the Fields of the Lord?

  6. Billy Batson

    As for Klute, I've never seen it, the pictures of the two stars on the film poster looking very po-faced was enough to put me off.

    If you're at all interested in acting, then you're missing out. Jane Fonda gives one of the greatest performances by an actress put on film. It's a tremendous performance that ranks right up there with Maria Falconetti in Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire, Liv Ullmann in Face To Face and Bette Davis in The Letter. Yes, it's that good.

  7. darkrock17

    The three coke bottles could be One Two Three or The God's Must Be Crazy as for the sled on their Facebook page I guessed it could mean that Criterion might have got the rights to Citizen Kane.

    that would be a really short turnaround, Kino's release of One Two Three, isn't even a year old

  8. I'm guessing that the balloon "S" might be a clue for William Wyler's The Heiress. I recall seeing the Universal DVD (or at least the spine of the DVD) in a previous social media post on upcoming projects that Criterion was working on.

  9. Thomas T

    The diamonds in the sky most likely is Diamonds In The Night, a 1964 Czech by Jan Nemec which is considered a classic of Czech cinema.

    Diamonds in the Night is a possibility. Criterion might also like to "spiff up" The Shining (1980).

  10. I posted something about this elsewhere to see where people went with their guesses.

    My understanding is that Jesus is playing the board game LIFE, which would go right into the thinking of "La Vie de Jesus". And he's sitting across from "An Angel At My Table". I very much enjoyed the cane-shaped sled (Cane's Sled = Kane's Sled = Rosebud). Criterion fans are thinking that spine #1000 or 1001 will be "Citizen Kane", which would be fitting. The "Klute" cue was elegant. Also the Rabbit Warren/Peas to get to "War and Peace". I have seen some guesses that the three Cokes on the table are for the Coker Trilogy. Also that the time on the clock in "Swing Time" may be for "9 1/2 weeks", given where the clock's hands are. The Euro-Pa, Euro-Pa clue made me laugh out loud, so that says these puzzles may be affecting my brain…

  11. SD_Brian

    Jesus + board game = At Play in the Fields of the Lord?

    That would be absolutely wonderful, as this way-y- overlooked film never appeared on legit DVD anywhere. The imports are obviously boots and are unwatchable. The old Uni laser disc was a pan and scan disaster. Why so little respect for this jungle epic?

  12. Keith Cobby

    Please start releasing in UHD.

    Yes, because we know there's a huge market for UHD discs for Criterion titles like Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry, Dreyer's Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Lean's Brief Encounter, Ozu's Good Morning, Bunuel's That Obscure Object Of Desire, Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko, Fassbinder's Ali Fear Eats The Soul, Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, Bergman's Shame, Clouzot's Le Corbeau, Pontecorvo's Battle Of Algiers, Godard's Tout Va Bien etc. I mean think how spectacular Cassavetes' A Woman Under The Influence would look in 4k UHD!!! I mean Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar is just screaming to be released in UHD. Why Criterion could triple its business by going UHD! Criterion going UHD would be an incentive for Walmart and Target do double their UHD kiosks from the usual half hearted dust gathering dozen or so titles on display.

  13. battlebeast

    criterion can’t even upgrade all
    Of their DVDs to Blu Ray. Never mind adding a third format. We don’t need 4k.

    Respects to Tom T and others who feel 4k is the cat's meow, I agree. Criterion's Blu-rays on a big screen look as sharp as a tack and are very film-like. A 4k upgrade would benefit very few of their films, unless you have a theater-size auditorium and a long throw to the screen

  14. Dick

    Respects to Tom T and others who feel 4k is the cat's meow, I agree. Criterion's Blu-rays on a big screen look as sharp as a tack and are very film-like. A 4k upgrade would benefit very few of their films, unless you have a theater-size auditorium and a long throw to the screen

    Dick, that post was firmly tongue in cheek. I thought it was obvious but I guess it wasn't. I suppose I should have added a winking emoji 😉

  15. Thomas T

    Dick, that post was firmly tongue in cheek. I thought it was obvious but I guess it wasn't. I suppose I should have added a winking emoji 😉

    Sorry — it wasn't obvious to me, but my perceptions are aging along with my body. Now that I read it again, it is pretty clear you were being facetious, which makes me happy! 🙂

  16. Thomas T

    Yes, because we know there's a huge market for UHD discs for Criterion titles like Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry, Dreyer's Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Lean's Brief Encounter, Ozu's Good Morning, Bunuel's That Obscure Object Of Desire, Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko, Fassbinder's Ali Fear Eats The Soul, Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, Bergman's Shame, Clouzot's Le Corbeau, Pontecorvo's Battle Of Algiers, Godard's Tout Va Bien etc. I mean think how spectacular Cassavetes' A Woman Under The Influence would look in 4k UHD!!! I mean Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar is just screaming to be released in UHD. Why Criterion could triple its business by going UHD! Criterion going UHD would be an incentive for Walmart and Target do double their UHD kiosks from the usual half hearted dust gathering dozen or so titles on display.

    More to the point, WhereTF are my Chaplin and Lloyd movies in ATMOS!!!!!1

  17. Dick

    Respects to Tom T and others who feel 4k is the cat's meow, I agree. Criterion's Blu-rays on a big screen look as sharp as a tack and are very film-like. A 4k upgrade would benefit very few of their films, unless you have a theater-size auditorium and a long throw to the screen

    The increased resolution is only part of the appeal of 4K. HDR/Dolby Vision plus expanded color gamut would make a big difference on some titles if done correctly. That is effective no matter the size of your screen. For me that is a much more compelling argument for 4K.

  18. Dave MJ

    The increased resolution is only part of the appeal of 4K. HDR/Dolby Vision plus expanded color gamut would make a big difference on some titles if done correctly. That is effective no matter the size of your screen. For me that is a much more compelling argument for 4K.

    The operative phrase in your reply is "if done correctly." To my eyes, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and BLADE RUNNER were not done correctly, thus the absence of true reds. I have pretty much already abandoned the format, despite having 65" OLED that can handle it. Blu-ray, "if done correctly," looks every bits as good to me.

  19. Billy Batson

    If it was Alice in Wonderland (1933), then I'd be interested. As for Klute, I've never seen it, the pictures of the two stars on the film poster looking very po-faced was enough to put me off.

    Klute is a great film, beyond the acting. You should give it a chance.

  20. JoeDoakes

    What version of War and Peace would they release, if any? If its the Bondarchuk, perhaps they could add Waterloo as a bonus feature!

    I think Waterloo should be a standalone release, alongside the Bondarchuk War and Peace, if Criterion does indeed have the rights to the former.

  21. Lord Dalek

    Bondarchuk's War and Peace is apparently a restoration nightmare so who knows what Criterion can (and probably can't) do with it.

    Janus recently announced that the new restoration of War & Peace will be premiering in February at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

  22. Swingtime for sure. At least, that's the wishful thinking part of my brain overpowering reason. Sadly, I can't see Warners relinquishing that title. Just wish they'd do something with it .. and the other F and G titles!

  23. t1g3r5fan

    I think Waterloo should be a standalone release, alongside the Bondarchuk War and Peace, if Criterion does indeed have the rights to the former.

    I quite agree that Waterloo will more than likely be a standalone release (a Criterion War and Peace will probably be expensive enough without adding Waterloo to it). Also, Criterion’s releases from Mosfilm seem to go by what Mosfilm has Janus tour (though we’re still waiting on Come and See) so we’ll probably have to wait for Mosfilm’s okay for Janus to tour it since they already have a transfer waiting to be released judging by Mosfilm’s restoration video.

  24. Ray H

    Didn't Mosfilm post all of their War and Peace restoration on Youtube last year? Or was that an older master?

    They did indeed put the new restoration up on YouTube, though for a while they did have an older transfer, which has been supplanted by the new transfer.

  25. I would like them to release West Side Story. It was rumored a couple of years ago. Would love War and Peace, and it would be nice if they got the rights to Do The Right Thing again. Their transfer had an orange tint that Universal’s doesn’t have.

  26. Thomas T

    Yes, because we know there's a huge market for UHD discs for Criterion titles like Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry, Dreyer's Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Lean's Brief Encounter, Ozu's Good Morning, Bunuel's That Obscure Object Of Desire, Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko, Fassbinder's Ali Fear Eats The Soul, Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, Bergman's Shame, Clouzot's Le Corbeau, Pontecorvo's Battle Of Algiers, Godard's Tout Va Bien etc. I mean think how spectacular Cassavetes' A Woman Under The Influence would look in 4k UHD!!! I mean Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar is just screaming to be released in UHD. Why Criterion could triple its business by going UHD! Criterion going UHD would be an incentive for Walmart and Target do double their UHD kiosks from the usual half hearted dust gathering dozen or so titles on display.

    I agree Thomas, and full Dolby Vision HDR, and new upgraded Dolby Atmos or DTSX sound tracks. Just imagine how much better the new Andrei Rublev could have been. (Sarcasm)

  27. Dick

    The operative phrase in your reply is "if done correctly." To my eyes, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and BLADE RUNNER were not done correctly, thus the absence of true reds. I have pretty much already abandoned the format, despite having 65" OLED that can handle it. Blu-ray, "if done correctly," looks every bits as good to me.

    For me, it's the Atmos sound, but Atmos can be put on Blu Ray, and Warners, Universal, and Paramount are great with putting Atmos for newer titles on blu ray, Disney, Fox, and Sony not so much. Another issue with 4K UHD for me is that a major studio does a new 4K transfer just for UHD disc and will not upgrade the Blu Ray. Universal with the new Schindler's List is a good example. Criterion does new transfers so UHD would not be beneficial and if you have a player, it will upres so you're getting the same thing. I would like them to embrace some of the immersive sound in their 5.1 mixes of some films, but that's because I do like Atmos and I am more of a Dolby guy than DTS and I know Criterion does DTS Master Audio for their 5.1 mixes.

  28. Brian Husar

    I agree Thomas, and full Dolby Vision HDR, and new upgraded Dolby Atmos or DTSX sound tracks. Just imagine how much better the new Andrei Rublev could have been. (Sarcasm)

    By Brakhage in 12.1 or bust.

  29. Brian Husar

    I would like them to release West Side Story. It was rumored a couple of years ago. Would love War and Peace, and it would be nice if they got the rights to Do The Right Thing again. Their transfer had an orange tint that Universal's doesn't have.

    Just to keep the record straight, we had a discussion about the Do The Right Thing transfer when I reviewed the Blu-ray a decade ago. I wound up having an opportunity to speak directly to Ernest Dickerson about it as we were working on stages next door to each other. Dickerson informed me that the Universal Blu-ray transfer was timed by him. He admitted that it wasn't "nuclear" hot, like the Criterion laser and DVD, but said that it was the color timing he wanted. (There were people at that time who were opining that Dickerson and Spike Lee were unaware of what that Blu-ray looked like.)

    It's entirely possible that Criterion could see about getting ahold of a new HD transfer of the movie, but I think the one they used before was not HD. Not sure that they would pay on their own for a new transfer. That being said, I'm happy to own both the Universal Blu that I reviewed and the previously existing Criterion DVD of the title.

  30. Of the guesses mentioned, ‘Swing Time’ is the one that interests me the most.

    As for 4K, since July 1, 2018 I’ve purchased 49 films. 39 of those were 4K titles. Only 10 were standard Blu-Ray. I skipped Criterion’s version of ‘The Princess Bride’ and instead purchased the iTunes 4K version. Had Criterion released it on 4K Blu I would have definitely purchased it.

    Criterion is maling a mistake to not offer 4K versions for titles that can benefit from 4K HDR.

    Mark

  31. Kevin EK

    Just to keep the record straight, we had a discussion about the Do The Right Thing transfer when I reviewed the Blu-ray a decade ago. I wound up having an opportunity to speak directly to Ernest Dickerson about it as we were working on stages next door to each other. Dickerson informed me that the Universal Blu-ray transfer was timed by him. He admitted that it wasn't "nuclear" hot, like the Criterion laser and DVD, but said that it was the color timing he wanted. (There were people at that time who were opining that Dickerson and Spike Lee were unaware of what that Blu-ray looked like.)

    It's entirely possible that Criterion could see about getting ahold of a new HD transfer of the movie, but I think the one they used before was not HD. Not sure that they would pay on their own for a new transfer. That being said, I'm happy to own both the Universal Blu that I reviewed and the previously existing Criterion DVD of the title.

    Thanks for the info on that.

  32. Dick

    The operative phrase in your reply is "if done correctly." To my eyes, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and BLADE RUNNER were not done correctly, thus the absence of true reds. I have pretty much already abandoned the format, despite having 65" OLED that can handle it. Blu-ray, "if done correctly," looks every bits as good to me.

    The same argument applied when going from laserdisc to DVD, then from DVD to Blu-ray. Plenty of people, on this forum, said the older formats were "good enough" at the time. It took quite a bit of time to get things "done correctly" for DVD and blu as well. Why dump a superior format which is more capable of reproducing the qualities of film just because some early releases didn't get it right (in your opinion)?

  33. Dave MJ

    The same argument applied when going from laserdisc to DVD, then from DVD to Blu-ray. Plenty of people, on this forum, said the older formats were "good enough" at the time. It took quite a bit of time to get things "done correctly" for DVD and blu as well. Why dump a superior format which is more capable of reproducing the qualities of film just because some early releases didn't get it right (in your opinion)?

    I did not say that 4K is an inherently inferior format. I've no doubt it is capable of bringing us consistently excellent quality, but so does Blu-ray, which I love. I suppose the fact that I have a very small "theater" with 65" OLED (and 4K, if I choose to use it) display, I am really not in need of that extra resolution. Had I a designated basement and an 80" display or a projector, I am sure 4K would offer a superior image. Primarily I have an issue with the color reproduction on some of the most prodigious so far, and that makes me wary about spending more money on it. I might risk buying 2001, but would worry about the colors during the stargate sequence. Basically, I need more convincing.

  34. Dick

    I did not say that 4K is an inherently inferior format. I've no doubt it is capable of bringing us consistently excellent quality, but so does Blu-ray, which I love. I suppose the fact that I have a very small "theater" with 65" OLED (and 4K, if I choose to use it) display, I am really not in need of that extra resolution. Had I a designated basement and an 80" display or a projector, I am sure 4K would offer a superior image. Primarily I have an issue with the color reproduction on some of the most prodigious so far, and that makes me wary about spending more money on it. I might risk buying 2001, but would worry about the colors during the stargate sequence. Basically, I need more convincing.

    Dick,

    Best Buy has the 4K disc of 2001 for $19.99, perhaps you can take a chance and watch that disc on your OLED as your display is the same size as mine and I think it looks gorgeous.

  35. Robert Crawford

    Dick,

    Best Buy has the 4K disc of 2001 for $19.99, perhaps you can take a chance and watch that disc on your OLED as your display is the same size as mine and I think it looks gorgeous.

    Thanks for the info. Might give it a go at that price.

  36. Some great speculations on the thread. I wonder is the rabbit coming up from the hole is alluding to The Great Escape? I vaguely recall reading some Criterion interest in the title a few years ago.
    I am in for Klute if it is on the schedule- the Jane Fonda performance is superlative.
    I hope that many of our speculations come to fruition in 2019.

  37. Bernard McNair

    Some great speculations on the thread. I wonder is the rabbit coming up from the hole is alluding to The Great Escape? I vaguely recall reading some Criterion interest in the title a few years ago.
    I am in for Klute if it is on the schedule- the Jane Fonda performance is superlative.
    I hope that many of our speculations come to fruition in 2019.

    Great Escape would be good, and it seems MGM/UA is licencing their stuff to the boutique companies anyway, so one could only hope that Great Escape and other UA titles would be picked up by Criterion, or even Arrow, or Kino Lorber Studio Classics, or Shout, and hopefully with restored UA logos.

  38. Robert Crawford

    Dick,

    Best Buy has the 4K disc of 2001 for $19.99, perhaps you can take a chance and watch that disc on your OLED as your display is the same size as mine and I think it looks gorgeous.

    Agreed. I'm no expert on 2001, but the 4K disc with Dolby Vision looks stunning to me on my 65" OLED.

  39. Dick

    Respects to Tom T and others who feel 4k is the cat's meow, I agree. Criterion's Blu-rays on a big screen look as sharp as a tack and are very film-like. A 4k upgrade would benefit very few of their films, unless you have a theater-size auditorium and a long throw to the screen

    UHD would benefit all of their films coming from new 4K restorations independent of auditorium size. And their new stuff is coming now often from 4K scans. I'm done upgrading my BDs to other BDs if the source is a 4K master. Not worth my money and time. I have enough BD backlog yet to watch and UHD as well.

  40. Michel_Hafner

    UHD would benefit all of their films coming from new 4K restorations independent of auditorium size. And their new stuff is coming now often from 4K scans. I'm done upgrading my BDs to other BDs if the source is a 4K master. Not worth my money and time. I have enough BD backlog yet to watch and UHD as well.

    I can see why some will think that way. Furthermore, I remember a similar argument circa 2006, in which certain people on this same forum would say that 1080p wouldn't improve black and white films that much and that DVD was good enough for those films. Anybody else remember those type of comments?

  41. Robert Crawford

    I can see why some will think that way. Furthermore, I remember a similar argument circa 2006, in which certain people on this same forum would say that 1080p wouldn't improve black and white films that much and that DVD was good enough for those films. Anybody else remember those type of comments?

    Yes, I remember comments like that. They're still being made by Amazon "reviewers" who need to educate themselves by visiting this forum.

  42. This is a real stretch, I know, but the female angel sure looks like Faye Dunaway in the face, and I would love for Paramount to give Criterion Mommie Dearest for a blu release. The John Waters commentary from the 2006 dvd is awesome!

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