Criterion Wish Listing 2018

I'm hoping that this is not a doubling-up of something another poster has already done this year, but I hunted through the posts back to New Year's and didn't see one yet. 3 Stars

I’m hoping that this is not a doubling-up of something another poster has already done this year, but I hunted through the posts back to New Year’s and didn’t see one yet. I missed last year’s list for sundry work reasons, but have a minute to indulge in this for the current year. Revisiting my prior lists, regardless of reality, and noting that some of the items from the last couple of years actually have been picked up, just not by Criterion.

1. Hard Eight

2. Croupier

3. Kubrick’s Lolita (I have this feeling Criterion is going to continue making their way through the Kubrick catalogue, and this one feels like a proper next step to take…)

4. Bird (a full-on expanded Criterion examination of this film, and of Charlie Parker)

5. Adaptation4. Popeye (Yes, the Altman one. Just for the bonus features…)

6. David Mamet 3-pack (House of Games, Homicide as upgrades, plus Things Change as a new Criterion)

7. The Magnificent Ambersons (carrying over the bonus material from the laserdisc) – upgrade from laserdisc (and to honor Larry Granberry – also including an archival copy of the lost director’s cut from Rio – assuming one is ever found…)

8. Alec Guiness set (Including Kind Hearts and Coronets)

9. Pinero

10. Dead Calm

11. Never Cry Wolf (yes, it’s Disney and unlikely, but it’s also a worthy film that begs for examination)

12. The Mosquito Coast

13. The Sugarland Express (yes, a bare bones edition was made available by Universal – I’d like to see something far more in depth…)

14. The Day After (providing a good HD transfer and a new commentary with Nicholas Meyer – restoring the audio for the ending)

15. Sticks and Bones (Robert Downey Sr. TV movie adaptation of David Rabe’s play)

16. The Man in the Glass Booth

17. Leaving Las Vegas

18. Shine – upgrade from laserdisc

19. Missing – upgrade

20. Searching for Bobby Fischer (yes, it’s Paramount and unlikely, but still a worthy film)

21. Chinatown

22. Dead Ringers (upgrade from Criterion laserdisc, maybe with some new bonus features)

23. Heaven Can Wait (1978 Warren Beatty film – to my knowledge, not available on Blu)

24. The Year of Living Dangerously

25. Iceman (odd and interesting 1984 film from Fred Schepisi

26. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh film – and I think this one is coming this year – it was included in the Filmstruck Criterion area with the Criterion logo…)

We’re in a different place now, where there isn’t nearly as much material being released on disc as in even the recent past. I’m grateful that Criterion continues to soldier ahead, and that Shout!, Twilight Time and even Kino Lorber at times have been able to bring attention to some interesting titles. No Highway in the Sky at least got a good look from Kino, and several titles that interested me over the years found purchase at Twilight Time. Criterion for its part surprised me with Barry Lyndon last fall, and pleasantly surprised me by revisiting The Breakfast Club with all the materials I had noted were missing from the Universal releases.

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  1. Like to see on blu-ray The Magnificent Ambersons, Andrei Rublev, Antonio Gaudi, And The Ship Sails On, Two English Girls and I think will happen soon Dersu Uzala which was shown on TCM a few days ago with the Janus logo.

  2. Upgrades
    Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    Trouble in Paradise (1932)
    My Man Godfrey (1936)
    W.C. Fields shorts
    Josef von Sternberg silents (with the Gaylord Carter scores for The Docks of New York and The Last Command included this time)

    Rumored and/or confirmed
    The Wedding March (1928)
    Harold Lloyd films (what's taking Criterion so bloody long – we haven't had a Lloyd release since December of 2015)
    Charlie Chaplin films

    Movies that I think are Criterion worthy:
    The Laurel and Hardy silents (somebody has to put them out)
    The Cameraman (1928)
    Spite Marriage (1929)
    The Thin Man series
    Margie (1946)
    Greed (1924)
    The Crowd (1928)

  3. I've had Goodbar on my radar before, but didn't list it as there was a discussion about it here a couple of weeks ago, I think.
    The upshot is that all the pop songs on the soundtrack would need to once again be licensed, and nobody is willing to pay that number for what will be a niche title. Granted, my list includes forcing someone to go to Rio to get the fabled full cut of Magnificent Ambersons, but somehow that seems more possible than Paramount or anyone else ponying up the dough for a bunch of 70s songs in 2018…

  4. Upgrades to Fiend Without A Face, Equinox,The Devil and Daniel Webster and Thief of Bagdad..
    Id love And Then There Were None to replace the VCI release
    In all honesty Id be all for any title that I have in my collection to get a Criterion release this year or any year for that matter, of course many of my wishlist aren't too likely…but to name some anything from Tomorrow At Seven to It Conquered the World to Devil Girl From Mars to Kronos to Will Penny to any Wallace/Mabuse/Krimi films to The Thin Man Series, Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, The Land Unknown,Dr. X, The Narrow Margin, Gaslight, The Kennel Murder Case,The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, Tarantula, Match Point, InfraMan, X the Unknown, Martin, Angel Face, The First Deadly Sin, The Late Show, Pilot X, The Set-Up, Gun Crazy, Rain, Berserk, The Major and the Minor, The Letter, Now Voyager, Plan Nine From Outer Space, The Brainiac,The Trial, Detour, DOA, Angel on my Shoulder, The Glass Key, the Big Clock, Alligator, The Locket, etc etc x 1000 😀

    At least they've got a TON of Godzilla movies on the horizon !

  5. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    A Matter of Life and Death (the 2017 digitally restored version)

    The Scarlet Pimpernel from 1934

    The Tales of Hoffmann (the 2015 restored version that runs 136 minutes and includes a final credits sequence of all the performers and singers not seen in any previous releases; Studio Canal released a Blu-ray of the restored version in Region B on 3/23/15, but the restored version has not been released on DVD or Blu-ray in Region 1/A)

    The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

  6. West Side Story…corrected opening whistles, Saul Bass Overture design corrected and discovered original tracks…

    Summertime

    The Victors…restored to it's 170 minute Roadshow version with Overture.

    The Heiress..with an option for Aaron Coplands complete score with the film. If not Criterion then Universal.

  7. I'd have to second the Mosquito Coast and the Year of Living Dangerously. I'd add Peter Weir's Gallipoli, Matewan, and one that would be extremely interesting supplement wise (I think) is Klaus Kinski's Jesus Christus Erloser. Another interesting title that I don't think has had a proper American release is Alain Cavalier's L'Insoumis (aka The Unvanquished, aka Have I the Right to Kill?)

  8. skylark68

    I'd have to second the Mosquito Coast and the Year of Living Dangerously. I'd add Peter Weir's Gallipoli,

    I'll third and second those! 😉

    Also:

    upgrades:
    Written in the Wind
    Magnificent Obseesion
    The Fugitive Kind
    Summertime
    The Last Emperor (new 4k scan)

    new:
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Raise the Red Lantern
    Mediterraneo
    Farewell my Concubine (new 4K scan)
    Little Buddha
    The Sheltering Sky
    Amadeus (theatrical cut, new 4k scan)
    Brokeback Mountain (new 4K scan)
    The Hours
    La giornata Balorda (original uncut)
    The Girl with the suitcase
    Il Cammino Della Speranza
    Il Giovedi
    Death in Venice

    Greek cinema:
    Theo Angelopoulos films
    Electra (1962)
    The Red Lanterns (1963)
    Blood on the Land (1965)

  9. It's been rumored for years that they would be releasing King Hu's martial arts spectacle, DRAGON INN (1967), but I'm still waiting. It was restored and shown theatrically in 2016, when I saw it at Lincoln Center. I consider it Hu's best film. I recently saw Hu's LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (1979), which was digitally restored by its lead actress, Hsu Feng! It played at the Metrograph in New York and is rumored to be an upcoming Criterion release. Here's hoping.

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  10. With the upcoming release of Ken Russell's WOMEN IN LOVE, how about teaming up with BFI again for a remastering and Blu-Ray release of THE MUSIC LOVERS. Stunning visuals and great soundtrack, thanks to Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra.

  11. David Wilkins

    I'd like to see Robert Altman's 'Images', Lars von Trier's 'Europa' and 'The Element of Crime', Anthony Drazen's 'Hurlyburly', and David Cronenberg's 'Dead Ringers'.

    Robert Altman's Images is coming within the next month or so from Arrow in both a UK and US release. So, that won't be a Criterion. Dead Ringers recently had a US blu-ray release from Shout I think, I have it, so I don't think that would get another release any time soon from Criterion.

  12. For would be:

    Upgrades:
    – Unfaithfully Yours
    – Heaven Can Wait
    – The Lady Eve
    – Magnificent Obsession
    – Written in the wind
    – My Man Godfrey
    – The Furies

    Possibilities:
    – Thin Man (Warner)
    – Kings Row (Warner)
    – A Woman’s Face (Warner)
    – Random Harvest (Warner)
    – Swing Time (Warner)
    – Margie (Fox)
    – In Old Chicago (Fox)
    – Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Fox)
    – Clunny Brown (Fox)
    – Shangai Express ( Universal)
    – Going My Way (Universal)
    – Reap the Wild Wind (Universal)
    – Golden Boy (Sony)
    – Talk of the Town (Sony)
    – the More the Merrier (Sony)
    – A Place in the Sun (Paramount)
    – Roman Holiday (Paramount)

  13. Kevin EK

    I'm hoping that this is not a doubling-up of something another poster has already done this year, but I hunted through the posts back to New Year's and didn't see one yet. I missed last year's list for sundry work reasons, but have a minute to indulge in this for the current year. Revisiting my prior lists, regardless of reality, and noting that some of the items from the last couple of years actually have been picked up, just not by Criterion.

    1. Hard Eight

    2. Croupier

    3. Kubrick's Lolita (I have this feeling Criterion is going to continue making their way through the Kubrick catalogue, and this one feels like a proper next step to take…)

    4. Bird (a full-on expanded Criterion examination of this film, and of Charlie Parker)

    5. Adaptation4. Popeye (Yes, the Altman one. Just for the bonus features…)

    6. David Mamet 3-pack (House of Games, Homicide as upgrades, plus Things Change as a new Criterion)

    7. The Magnificent Ambersons (carrying over the bonus material from the laserdisc) – upgrade from laserdisc (and to honor Larry Granberry – also including an archival copy of the lost director’s cut from Rio – assuming one is ever found…)

    8. Alec Guiness set (Including Kind Hearts and Coronets)

    9. Pinero

    10. Dead Calm

    11. Never Cry Wolf (yes, it's Disney and unlikely, but it's also a worthy film that begs for examination)

    12. The Mosquito Coast

    13. The Sugarland Express (yes, a bare bones edition was made available by Universal – I’d like to see something far more in depth…)

    14. The Day After (providing a good HD transfer and a new commentary with Nicholas Meyer – restoring the audio for the ending)

    15. Sticks and Bones (Robert Downey Sr. TV movie adaptation of David Rabe's play)

    16. The Man in the Glass Booth

    17. Leaving Las Vegas

    18. Shine – upgrade from laserdisc

    19. Missing – upgrade

    20. Searching for Bobby Fischer (yes, it's Paramount and unlikely, but still a worthy film)

    21. Chinatown

    22. Dead Ringers (upgrade from Criterion laserdisc, maybe with some new bonus features)

    23. Heaven Can Wait (1978 Warren Beatty film – to my knowledge, not available on Blu)

    24. The Year of Living Dangerously

    25. Iceman (odd and interesting 1984 film from Fred Schepisi

    26. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh film – and I think this one is coming this year – it was included in the Filmstruck Criterion area with the Criterion logo…)

    We're in a different place now, where there isn't nearly as much material being released on disc as in even the recent past. I'm grateful that Criterion continues to soldier ahead, and that Shout!, Twilight Time and even Kino Lorber at times have been able to bring attention to some interesting titles. No Highway in the Sky at least got a good look from Kino, and several titles that interested me over the years found purchase at Twilight Time. Criterion for its part surprised me with Barry Lyndon last fall, and pleasantly surprised me by revisiting The Breakfast Club with all the materials I had noted were missing from the Universal releases.

    Pretty much stellar choices, Kevin, but only a few are a possibility. LOLITA, The Mamet films, MISSING, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, LEAVING LAS VEGAS and a couple of others might be within the Criterion realm. MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS may well come to Blu, but without the bonus material you are hoping for. THE DAY AFTER is already on its way from Kino. CHINATOWN, BOBBY FISHER and HEAVEN CAN WAIT are Paramount titles, and Criterion hasn't released a title from that studio for a long while. ICEMAN needs a release, I agree, but it is much more likely to appear as a Blu-ray directly from Universal either in the U.S. or Europe. Other titles, such as MOSQUITO COAST, DEAD CALM (both Warner Bros), etc. just don't seem like material that Criterion would be interested in.

  14. schmo

    The Silent Partner
    The Last of Sheila
    My Favorite Year
    And Then There Were None
    Giant

    This is an incredible short list, and I concur 100%. I am assuming you listed GIANT because of visual anomalies found on the extant Blu-ray, but I am not sure those can be fixed. Robert Harris explained this in an earlier post — it has to do with very long scenes on either end of crossfades, and the elements available.

    AND THEN THERE WERE NONE has a terrible existing Blu-ray from VCI — it is a total abomination. The image is as soft as my memory foam mattress, and the contrast is nearly non-existent. I wish they'd redo this the way they did with ONE MILLION B.C. This is a superb Rene Clair film and surely deserves better.

    MY FAVORITE YEAR is my favorite film from 1982. Inexplicably, it is not available on Blu. It's Richard Benjamin's best film, and contains the best comic performance by Peter O'Toole ever (yes, even better than THE RULING CLASS). A perfect fit for the Warner Bros. Archives.

    Speaking of Richard Benjamin, THE LAST OF SHEILA is a delightful murder mystery that is kinda like an Agatha Christie story, except it's a lot more fun.

    THE SILENT PARTNER is, like MURDER BY DECREE and a handful of other crime films of the late 70's, both terrifying and completely absorbing, and their absence on Blu-ray is another elephant in the room.

  15. Upgrades from Criterion DVD's wanted (partial list does not include titles available from Europe):

    THE VIRGIN SPRING
    FIRES ON THE PLAIN
    SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
    UNFAITHFULLY YOURS
    THE LADY EVE
    THE GREAT ESCAPE (with a 4k restoration)
    CHILDREN OF PARADISE (remaster)
    ANNIE HALL (remaster)
    SUMMERTIME
    THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (aka ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY)
    FALEN IDOL
    GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS
    PRINCE OF TIDES
    THE MAGIC FLUTE
    THE ATOMIC CAFE
    BLOOD FOR DRACULA
    FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (3D?)
    THE HORSE'S MOUTH
    DIVA
    BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET
    Z
    THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
    THE RULING CLASS
    VICTIM
    NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
    PANDORA'S BOX
    DAY OF WRATH

    …in other words, Criterion is seriously dragging its butt getting out upgrades of these and many other films. I do understand there are licensing issues and element issues, but damn, every one of these films demand better releases!

    New (suggested):

    GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS
    FIORILE
    EUROPA EUROPA
    BREAD AND CHOCOLATE
    BLACK RAIN (Japanese, 1989)

    THE OFFICIAL STORY
    JU-DOU
    BURNT BY THE SUN (146-minute edition)
    KING OF MASKS
    JOURNEY OF HOPE
    THE DEVILS
    SCARAMOUCHE
    ADAM'S RIB
    SOLDIER OF ORANGE
    THE WILD CHILD
    SMALL CHANGE
    TAE GUK GI
    MEPHISTO
    I'NOT SCARED
    NOBODY KNOWS
    PIXOTE
    PONETTE
    COME AND SEE
    TELL NO ONE
    CHILDREN OF HEAVEN
    CARTOUCHE

  16. For the second half of the year…

    BURNT BY THE SUN (my Russian prediction)
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    THE LOST WEEKEND
    THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
    THE PRINCE OF TIDES
    WOODSTOCK
    BABES IN TOYLAND (1934)
    THIS IS SPINAL TAP
    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
    THE OFFICIAL STORY

    and the biggest wish of all…

    SUPERMAN

  17. Kevin EK

    I
    1. Hard Eight

    2. Croupier

    3. Kubrick's Lolita (I have this feeling Criterion is going to continue making their way through the Kubrick catalogue, and this one feels like a proper next step to take…)

    4. Bird (a full-on expanded Criterion examination of this film, and of Charlie Parker)

    5. Adaptation4. Popeye (Yes, the Altman one. Just for the bonus features…)

    6. David Mamet 3-pack (House of Games, Homicide as upgrades, plus Things Change as a new Criterion)

    7. The Magnificent Ambersons (carrying over the bonus material from the laserdisc) – upgrade from laserdisc (and to honor Larry Granberry – also including an archival copy of the lost director’s cut from Rio – assuming one is ever found…)

    8. Alec Guiness set (Including Kind Hearts and Coronets)

    9. Pinero

    10. Dead Calm

    11. Never Cry Wolf (yes, it's Disney and unlikely, but it's also a worthy film that begs for examination)

    12. The Mosquito Coast

    13. The Sugarland Express (yes, a bare bones edition was made available by Universal – I’d like to see something far more in depth…)

    14. The Day After (providing a good HD transfer and a new commentary with Nicholas Meyer – restoring the audio for the ending)

    15. Sticks and Bones (Robert Downey Sr. TV movie adaptation of David Rabe's play)

    16. The Man in the Glass Booth

    17. Leaving Las Vegas

    18. Shine – upgrade from laserdisc

    19. Missing – upgrade

    20. Searching for Bobby Fischer (yes, it's Paramount and unlikely, but still a worthy film)

    21. Chinatown

    22. Dead Ringers (upgrade from Criterion laserdisc, maybe with some new bonus features)

    23. Heaven Can Wait (1978 Warren Beatty film – to my knowledge, not available on Blu)

    24. The Year of Living Dangerously

    25. Iceman (odd and interesting 1984 film from Fred Schepisi

    26. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh film – and I think this one is coming this year – it was included in the Filmstruck Criterion area with the Criterion logo…)easantly surprised me by revisiting The Breakfast Club with all the materials I had noted were missing from the Universal releases.

    Great list. I especially would like Chinatown and Ambersons. As youi remind me about Warren Beaty, I'd partciularly like to see Reds and Parallax View. The latter has to be the most paranoid film ever made.

  18. -The Parallax View
    -Black Sunday (Frankenheimer)
    -Catch 22
    -Lolita (Kubrick)
    -Eyes Wide Shut
    -Crash (Cronenberg)
    -The Lady Eve
    -The Magnificent Ambersons

    Of course, my biggest goal is to design a title for Criterion! I've done four boxsets for Arrow Academy… Criterion is next on the list. 🙂

  19. I very much would like Criterion to upgrade "Red Beard" to BD. It's on my top-five-of-all-time list, and I would love to have it in HD.

    I'd be interested in further Kubrick upgrades, but only if Criterion is bringing something new to the table. Their Dr. Strangelove was pretty much a copy of the already excellent Sony edition, but their Barry Lyndon was a significant upgrade of the Warner edition.

    I am very pleased that Criterion is issuing another Cary Grant title on BD this year (The Awful Truth), and would be very happy if they would continue working through Cary Grant titles.

    I would also be happy if Criterion continued releasing David Lynch films to BD.

  20. Dick

    This is an incredible short list, and I concur 100%. I am assuming you listed GIANT because of visual anomalies found on the extant Blu-ray, but I am not sure those can be fixed. Robert Harris explained this in an earlier post — it has to do with very long scenes on either end of crossfades, and the elements available.

    I actually bought Giant once but it was the only blu Ray I've ever returned because of the video quality. The white outlining in certain scenes was too distracting to watch.

  21. One of my "holy grail" Criterion releases (besides Napoleon) is a comprehensive set of Norman McLaren films. There was an excellent 7-disc DVD set released through Image back in the 2000s, but it's been out of print for years and was missing his 3-D work (which 3-D Rarities at least includes).

    NFB Canada has a lot of McLaren's films on their website for download in 1080p, so I'm puzzled why not even the DVD set is still in print.

  22. Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean. It's the 70th Anniversary ! Long over due from Criterion. Time to upgrade the old dvd. Am I the only one who loves this movie ? This is the Best version ever made. Great Actors !

  23. fill the seven remaining months,

    pulled 2017's list up and removed the released titles, lets see how this plays out this year
    , so a lot of carry-overs, left the ones from last year to see the progress

    The "Paramount Holdouts"
    Roman Holiday
    A Place in the Sun
    The Court Jester
    War of the Worlds

    should have been included in the boxset
    Zatoichi The Blind Swoardsman (Shintarô Katsu's) last films as the swordsman

    and what is left of the original list with there original numbers of top 20

    2. Detour (finally)
    4. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (upgrade)
    6. A Matter of Life and Death
    7. Oliver’s Shakespeare Box Henry V (upgrade),Hamlet (upgrade)
    8. Kind Hearts and Cornets (upgrade)
    9. The Go-Between
    10. Pandora's Box (upgrade)
    12. The Lady Eve (upgrade)
    13. That Hamilton Woman (upgrade)
    14. Berlin Alexanderplatz (upgrade)
    15. Closely Watched Trains (upgrade)
    16. Howard Hawks Screwball Set, Twentieth Century/ Ball of Fire.
    17. Capra's Platinum Blonde
    20. 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (upgrade)

    the pipe dream that will never happen

    21. Song of the South

    Porgy and Bess, if it is ever going to happen

  24. I'm grateful to have Dick jump into the thread – partly for his list and insights, which are invaluable, and also because I think he started the first thread on this idea a few years ago. So I feel we've been validated by his presence here.

    I had completely blanked on the Shout/Scream release of Dead Ringers from 2016, which I have. It's correct to note that it's unlikely that Criterion will revisit this title so soon after a pretty comprehensive Blu-ray was put out, particularly one that offered the movie both in 1.78:1 and 1.66:1 ratios! That being said, the Criterion disc does have bonus materials I'd love to see them port over, including a fine group commentary. It is for that reason that I continue to happily own the laserdisc of the title – but I hope that at some point, Criterion may make that laserdisc obsolete for me. And they did release a lovely Blu-ray of Brazil within a couple years of the Universal version, so I live in hope on this one…

    I'm glad to know that Kino is tackling The Day After. I think I read that a month ago and then completely forgot about it. This is why I must write things down (and why we cannot have nice things)…

    I adore My Favorite Year, and I agree it would be a wonderful release for Warner Archives. At the same time, it does boast a truly sublime performance from Peter O'Toole.

    I formerly had The Silent Partner on my list, but pulled it. Partly due to seeing it again on Filmstruck, and partly due to the death of Curtis Hanson in 2016 (as well as his struggle with dementia going back a few years before that), which profoundly depressed me.

    I do keep hoping that Criterion will surprise us with a Paramount title, but Dick is correct that this is not particularly likely. Dick's also correct that Year of Living Dangerously is more in the territory of what Criterion would embrace than Mosquito Coast, but I've always had a fondness for the oddity of the latter movie. I had thought its offbeat nature might allow it to claw its way into the hearts of Criterion's programmers…

    My instincts say Missing will wind up getting upgraded sooner rather than later. They already have the material and I suspect we could see a double release of Missing and Z if we're fortunate.

  25. Re: Paramount, Criterion released Election in December and will be releasing The Virgin Suicides in April ('though I don't know if this one is still at Paramount or if the rights are with American Zoetrope.) Also there is a rumor of them releasing Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

  26. Greed (cut-down theatrical release and photo restoration versions)
    The Crowd
    The Wind
    W.C. Fields shorts
    The Black Cat
    (1934)
    Zoo in Budapest
    Diamond Jim
    Q Planes
    (aka Clouds Over Europe)
    A Matter of Life and Death
    I Walk Alone
    Alias Nick Beal
    The Elusive Pimpernel
    War of the Worlds
    (1953)
    Box Set: The Ghost Stories of Nobuo Nakagawa (Ghost of Yotsuya, Jigoku, Black Cat Mansion, Ghost Story of Kisane Swamp, The Vampire Woman, etc)
    Blood and Roses
    The President's Analyst
    (with the Janus Films-owned bonus feature, Theodore J. Flicker's The Troublemaker (1964))
    Unman, Wittering and Zigo
    Charley Varrick
    The Day of the Jackal
    (1973)
    To Live (1994)

  27. Adding to the various titles already mentioned, I would like to see Criterion do new editions of El Cid (my favorite of the Bronston epics) and Dovzhenko’s Earth, especially if it includes a new recording of the Ovchinnikov score (the recording on the Image DVD leaves much to be desired).

  28. My list from last year, which carried over from the previous year:

    1. Time of the Gypsies
    2. anything by Ming-liang Tsai
    3. The Vertical Ray of the Sun
    4. The Trial
    5. The Exterminating Angel (upgrade) released
    6. Nights of Cabiria (upgrade)
    7. An Angel at My Table (upgrade)
    8. Innocence
    9. Drugstore Cowboy
    10. Bergman faith trilogy (upgrade)
    11. Cairo Station
    12. Werckmeister Harmonies
    13. A Page of Madness
    14. Red Beard (upgrade)
    15. Songs from the Second Floor
    16. Syndromes and a Century
    17. Devils on the Doorstep
    18. Devi
    19. A Moment of Innocence
    20. Limite
    21. Linda Linda Linda
    22. Waiting for Happiness
    23. The Lineup
    24. War and Peace (Bondarchuk)
    25. Drowning by Numbers

    In the year since, Criterion released Limite as part of the WCF set, and Flicker Alley released A Page of Madness. Still waiting on all the others. Kino's release of Underground gives me hope for my #1.

    Updated list for 2018:

    1. Time of the Gypsies
    2. anything by Ming-liang Tsai
    3. The Vertical Ray of the Sun
    4. The Trial
    5. Nights of Cabiria (upgrade)
    6. An Angel at My Table (upgrade)
    7. Innocence
    8. Drugstore Cowboy
    9. Bergman faith trilogy (upgrade)
    10. Cairo Station
    11. Werckmeister Harmonies
    12. Red Beard (upgrade)
    13. Songs from the Second Floor
    14. Syndromes and a Century
    15. Devils on the Doorstep
    16. Devi
    17. A Moment of Innocence
    18. Linda Linda Linda
    19. Waiting for Happiness
    20. The Lineup
    21. War and Peace (Bondarchuk)
    22. Drowning by Numbers
    23. All About My Mother
    24. Secrets & Lies
    25. The Burglar

  29. I second the motion on the Laurel and Hardy silents, additional Cary Grant and the possibility of a team-up with Warner Brothers on animation. Imagine Criterion picking up where the Looney Tunes Golden Collections left off. It's well past time those films were licensed out.

    I'd also like to see Criterion delve further into Humphrey Bogart. "Beat the Devil" has never had a proper disc release (at least not in the U.S.) and was finally fully restored in HD not that long ago. It's eclectic, was written by Truman Capote, and was the last pairing of Bogart with John Huston. Ripe for the Collection. An HD upgrade for "Sahara" would also be most welcome.

  30. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
    Citizens Band/Handle With Care

    Paul Mazursky Box Set
    Alex in Wonderland
    Blume in Love
    Harryvand Tonto
    Next Stop Greenwich Village
    An Unmarried Woman
    Willie and Phil
    Tempest

    Quintet

    Peter Bogdonavich Box
    Targets
    Paper Moon
    Daisy Miller
    At Long Last Love
    Nickelodeon

    American Hot Wax(with Fran Drescher and Jay Leno commentary)

    The Turning Point

    Ratboy/Impulse

    Can Hiermyonous …..

    UFOria

    A Dream of Passion

    Mikes Murder

    Myra Breckinridge with Raquel Welch commentary

    Sleuth

    The Heartbreak Kid

    Made For Each Other (1971)

    The Hireling

    All Night Long (Streisand/Hackman)

    Moment By Moment

    Melvin and Howard

    Simon

    Little Murders

  31. Peter M Fitzgerald

    Greed (cut-down theatrical release and photo restoration versions)
    The Crowd
    The Wind
    W.C. Fields shorts
    The Black Cat
    (1934)
    Zoo in Budapest
    Diamond Jim
    Q Planes
    (aka Clouds Over Europe)
    A Matter of Life and Death
    I Walk Alone
    Alias Nick Beal
    The Elusive Pimpernel
    War of the Worlds
    (1953)
    Box Set: The Ghost Stories of Nobuo Nakagawa (Ghost of Yotsuya, Jigoku, Black Cat Mansion, Ghost Story of Kisane Swamp, The Vampire Woman, etc)
    Blood and Roses
    The President's Analyst
    (with the Janus Films-owned bonus feature, Theodore J. Flicker's The Troublemaker (1964))
    Unman, Wittering and Zigo
    Charley Varrick
    The Day of the Jackal
    (1973)
    To Live (1994)

    I certainly agree with your choices of the silent films belonging to Warner Bros. (to which I would add THE CAMERAMAN with Buster Keaton). Wouldn't it be great if they were to be licensed to Criterion? DAY OF THE JACKAL, CHARLEY VARRICK and A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH are out in UK, all are region B, I believe..

  32. deepscan

    Considering Criterion has never done a 4K disc before, this could be an opportunity for them to do so with SUPERMAN.

    oh, i am not interested in 4K discs.
    I meant a new 4K scan released on a regular bluray. 😉

  33. I have one big Criterion wish: A Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich set with all seven films they collaborated on in top-notch Blu-Ray quality. If they can't get rights to The Blue Angel (already available on Blu-Ray from Kino), then the other six would still be fantastic.

  34. Mountains Of The Moon.

    The Lighthorsemen (needs improved transfer).

    The Abyss.

    The Whistle Blower (Caine).

    Narrow Margin (Hackman).

    Blu-rays would be preferred. The existing DVDs are poor. I still have laserdiscs of these.

  35. Bartman

    Mountains Of The Moon.
    Narrow Margin (Hackman).

    These both originally came from Carolco, and are two of the very few really good movies they released that haven't turned up on Blu-ray. There is a non-anamorphic DVD from Europe which I own but it's such a beautiful movie and great adventure that it's a real shame it hasn't come out yet. I've no idea who holds the rights to these two films now.

  36. I'd like to see these Criterion Laserdisc releases upgraded to blu ray
    The Prince of Tides
    Dead Presidents

    I read that the scanning of "Sisters" 1973 was done at Criterion for the Region B Arrow Blu Ray. It would be great if Criterion released it here Region A, with all the extras from the Arrow release.
    Would love to see Looking for Mr. Goodbar released on blu with extras.

  37. Dick

    These both originally came from Carolco, and are two of the very few really good movies they released that haven't turned up on Blu-ray. There is a non-anamorphic DVD from Europe which I own but it's such a beautiful movie and great adventure that it's a real shame it hasn't come out yet. I've no idea who holds the rights to these two films now.

    I use the Film Aficianado website as my source for who controls movies these days. They have Mountains of the Moon and Narrow Margin controlled by Studio Canal/Lionsgate.

  38. Mike2001

    I use the Film Aficianado website as my source for who controls movies these days. They have Mountains of the Moon and Narrow Margin controlled by Studio Canal/Lionsgate.

    Not good news, but thanks for the info. I'll be dead and buried before these see the light on Blu-ray.

  39. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Kundun
    Raging Bull
    Andre Rublev (remaster)
    The Gospel According to St. Matthew
    Alexander Nevsky
    Kafka
    Dead Ringers
    American Graffiti
    Children of Men
    Rhapsody in August
    Madadayo
    That Godzilla Box
    The Grand Budapest Hotel (this one's probably a safe guarantee)

  40. Dick

    Not good news, but thanks for the info. I'll be dead and buried before these see the light on Blu-ray.

    Nice to see interest in my Blu-ray wants. Being Studio Canal we are more likely to see a Region-B release than Criterion/Region-A. Unfortunately my Seiki Region B player is on its last legs and any reliable low-cost replacement does not appear available presently!

  41. Looking at the postings since I last chimed in (and again I'm really appreciating Dick coming in – it's like Papa Bear getting control of the room…):

    To Lord Dalek:
    I think the existing Blu-ray of Raging Bull incorporates the Criterion commentary, although it doesn't have the other materials. I wouldn't mind seeing them generate a Criterion of RB, but something tells me it's unlikely. Not that it's a bad thing devoutly to be wished.

    As for American Graffiti, something tells me you want a new 4K transfer of the original version of the movie, without the CGI sunset that's on the version we currently have from Universal. The bonus features on the Universal Blu are quite good, including the PinP commentary with George Lucas.

    As for Children of Men, I'd be curious to see if they would do a new transfer there, but I honestly was very happy with the bonus features we had. I'll never turn down a commentary on a Cuaron movie, of course.

    Now, for the other poster who included GREED in there, I have to become highly unreasonable again and demand Criterion provide us with the full 8 hour version that I know must be housed in the secret chamber located underneath the MGM vaults. (I believe the next sequel to National Treasure will involve going into that super-secret chamber, which can only be accessed through multiple cypher codes, etc…)

  42. Dick

    Totally inexplicable why this hasn't happened yet. Is Streisand holding it up?

    I doubt Criterion will ever get involved with Ms. Streisand again. Supposedly, the original pressing of Prince of Tides was pressed and ready to ship from the warehouses when Streisand wanted to re-record her commentary track. Criterion, presumably loathe to absorb the cost of scrapping an entire disc run and pressing another, announced the release had been cancelled. ( It was never announced as 'delayed'.) It eventually appeared months later ( either through threat of lawsuit, or Sony stepped in to compensate Criterion for the first run ).
    There are copies of the first pressing with the different commentary that made it into retail, and eventually into collector's hands.

  43. CMitchellHoffman

    No love for 1980’s best Picture Winner “Ordinary People”? It’s never had a blu ray release from Paramount and a commentary by Redford and the surviving cast would be amazing

    Love here! This and THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH are the two Best Picture winners that Paramount has kept under Blu-ray lock and key. I wish that Kino and/or Olive could strike a better deal with this studio so that they could release upgrades for their major missing titles. Otherwise, nobody benefits. Nobody.

  44. For me, the standout Criterion update would be of its Eisenstein sound-years box with the two parts of Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. These should be very possible as Mosfilm appears to have completed remedial work on the film elements.
    With Eisenstein's camera and Prokofiev's music, a BD release of these would be bliss indeed.
    And I hope to see a standalone release of Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia.
    The wonderful Lubitsch musicals of Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier .. and the lone outing of MacDonald and Jack Buchanan, 'Monte Carlo' .. would be great too.
    All the above are possible.
    But in dreamland, and unlikely to happen, how wonderful if Warners gave Criterion a deal to issue the Fred and Ginger movies!

  45. I'm probably dreaming on a lot of what I'd like, but it's a wish list, so here goes:
    -more classic film musicals from the late 20s through the 50s
    -boxsets/ individual releases:

    • the 3 films with Clark Gable/ Spencer Tracy
    • the 3 Cagney/ Bogarts
    • The Show Boat boxset that Warner promised long ago and hasn't delivered (nor will they, if all catalog titles are coming through WAC)
    • the 3 Judy Garland/ Gene Kelly films
    • the 3 Frank Sinatra/ Gene Kelly films (let's face it, Criterion is more likely to give us better transfers on Anchors Aweigh and On The Town than WAC is)
    • upgrade the Ernst Lubitsch set (and since they have a deal with Warner, maybe even add The Merry Widow)
    • I can probably add a lot of others I'd like to see, like the Astaire/ Rogers films, the Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland films, the WB-owned Marx Brothers, but the bigger the set, the more expensive it becomes, and therefore, harder for me to buy, even on sale

    -Arsenic and Old Lace and/or Bringing Up Baby
    -probably some others I'm not currently thinking of, but these should do for a start.

  46. I'm probably dreaming on a lot of what I'd like, but it's a wish list, so here goes:
    -more classic film musicals from the late 20s through the 50s
    -boxsets/ individual releases:

    • the 3 films with Clark Gable/ Spencer Tracy
    • the 3 Cagney/ Bogarts
    • The Show Boat boxset that Warner promised long ago and hasn't delivered (nor will they, if all catalog titles are coming through WAC)
    • the 3 Judy Garland/ Gene Kelly films
    • the 3 Frank Sinatra/ Gene Kelly films (let's face it, Criterion is more likely to give us better transfers on Anchors Aweigh and On The Town than WAC is)
    • upgrade the Ernst Lubitsch set (and since they have a deal with Warner, maybe even add The Merry Widow)
    • I can probably add a lot of others I'd like to see, like the Astaire/ Rogers films, the Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland films, the WB-owned Marx Brothers, but the bigger the set, the more expensive it becomes, and therefore, harder for me to buy, even on sale

    -Arsenic and Old Lace and/or Bringing Up Baby
    -probably some others I'm not currently thinking of, but these should do for a start.

  47. I would like the following upgrades:

    Murmur of the Heart
    Lacombe, Lucien

    Antoine Doinel box set

    Would be great if Criterion could get its paws on these:

    Two Women
    The Sleeping Car Murder
    (Costa-Gavras)
    King of Hearts
    War and Peace
    (Bondarchuk)
    Man on the Roof (Widerberg)
    Looking for Mr. Goodbar
    The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea
    (the Shout! Factory release is an abomination)

  48. I’d like to see Criterion do Richard Williams version of A Christmas Carol (animated), with tons of extras. It’s short but its one of the best versions of Charles Dickens version ever.

    I’d love to see any company do What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?, The Perils of Pauline, and other unreleased films.

    James

  49. I’d love to see a Criterion treatment of the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott’s 7 MEN FROM NOW — a brilliant film.

    Also, a well deserved restoration and scan from the original camera negative of Truffaut’s FAHRENHEIT 451. The current Blu-ray editions leave MUCH room for improvement.

  50. JamesSmith

    I'd like to see Criterion do Richard Williams version of A Christmas Carol (animated), with tons of extras. It's short but its one of the best versions of Charles Dickens classic ever.

    I'd love to see any company do What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, The Perils of Pauline, and other unreleased films.

    James

    Especially What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, which has never been released in any form.

  51. Rick Thompson

    Especially What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, which has never been released in any form.

    I remember when it was scheduled for Saturday Night at the Movies, and I didn't watch it. I don't think I've ever had another chance to see it. It doesn't seem to get played anywhere at any time.

  52. JamesSmith

    I'd like to see Criterion do Richard Williams version of A Christmas Carol (animated), with tons of extras. It's short but its one of the best versions of Charles Dickens classic ever.

    I'd love to see any company do What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, The Perils of Pauline, and other unreleased films.

    James

    Excellent suggestion! I haven't thought about the Williams animated version of A Christmas Carol in years. It's fantastic! And this would be a good opportunity to package it with lots of bonus material since it's only about 25 mins.

  53. JamesSmith

    I'd like to see Criterion do Richard Williams version of A Christmas Carol (animated), with tons of extras. It's short but its one of the best versions of Charles Dickens classic ever./QUOTE]

    I've always wanted Criterion to get their hands on Scrooge with Alastair Sim–preferably licensing the recent BFI restoration–and include the Williams animated film (with Sim reprising his role) as an extra.

    I've always wanted Criterion to get their hands on Scrooge with Alastair Sim–preferably licensing the recent BFI restoration–and include the Williams animated film (with Sim reprising his role) as an extra.

  54. Andrew Budgell

    I've always wanted Criterion to get their hands on Scrooge with Alastair Sim–preferably licensing the recent BFI restoration–and include the Williams animated film (with Sim reprising his role) as an extra.

    Especially since a rep for Renown Pictures has made it known that they'll NEVER release a Blu-ray version because they THINK it won't sell enough copies! :blink::roll:

    Would love for a Criterion release to prove that flawed theory WRONG! 😀

    CHEERS! 🙂

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  56. JoelA

    Excellent suggestion! I haven't thought about the Williams animated version of A Christmas Carol in years. It's fantastic! And this would be a good opportunity to package it with lots of bonus material since it's only about 25 mins.

    There were some AMPAS screenings of his work a few years ago that included new DCPs of his short films, including A Christmas Carol. Williams apparently owns the film after rights with ABC lapsed. No idea why nothing was released to coincide with the Oscar nomination of Prologue.

  57. – A Place in the Sun
    – Roman Holiday
    – Time of the Gypsies
    – The Year of Living Dangerously
    – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    – Subarnarekha
    – Ivan the Terrible 1+2
    – Meghe Dhaka Tara
    – Umrao Jaan (80s)
    – Nights of Cabiria
    – La strada (better than UK version!)
    – Romeo and Juliet (1968, 4K restoration)
    – The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (better than UK version!)

  58. Michel_Hafner

    – Time of the Gypsies
    – Subarnarekha
    – Meghe Dhaka Tara
    – Nights of Cabiria
    – The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (better than UK version!)

    We can be friends.

    I'm not sure how I missed Meghe Dhaka Tara on my own list, it's one of my top 100 films.

  59. A few other things I was thinking of to add to what I listed previously:
    -a set of George Burns and Gracie Allen films (maybe even some of their shorts)
    -one or more sets of the non-monster mash-up Abbott and Costello films (maybe even including a newer transfer for Buck Privates, since the odds of Universal trying again themselves are not that great)

  60. For those who put Andrei Rublev on their wish lists, Janus Films put up a page for the film on their website yesterday, which would seem to indicate that it will be touring soon, as well as the possibility of a Blu upgrade in the not too distant future. The page includes this note as far as which version will be touring:

    “Appearing here in Tarkovsky’s preferred 183-minute cut, as well as the version that was originally censored by Soviet authorities[ck]…”

    http://www.janusfilms.com/films/1827

  61. If we're delving totally into fantasy wish list territory…

    Star!
    Marie Antoinette (1938)
    Wilson (1944)
    The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
    Around the World in 80 Days
    Swing Time
    Tales of Hoffmann
    The Towering Inferno (new 4K scan)
    Summertime (1955)
    Porgy and Bess
    Song of the South
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    High Society
    Camille
    Queen Christina
    When Ladies Meet
    Wife Vs. Secretary
    San Francisco
    The Merry Widow
    Kevin Brownlow's documentary series – Hollywood: a celebration of the silent cinema
    North & South – the ABC miniseries
    The Thornbirds – the ABC miniseries
    Hollywood: The Golden Years – The History of RKO documentary
    MGM: When the Lion Roars (remastered documentary)
    A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert

    plus – a new box set compilation produced in accordance with AMPASS on the entire history of the Academy Awards with highlighted speeches and musical numbers from virtually all of the Oscar telecasts. This item does not exist at present, but it is high time that it did!

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