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The Criterion Collection, Boutique Labels & Film Classics: 2007 Edition
Topic by: Eoliano
Posted: January 29, 2007 - 3:49 PM PST
Last Reply: April 27, 2009 - 11:38 AM PDT

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author topic: The Criterion Collection, Boutique Labels & Film Classics: 2007 Edition
Eoliano
post #1  on January 29, 2007 - 3:49 PM PST  
April releases from Criterion:

Brute Force (Dassin)

Overlord (Cooper)

La Haine (Kassovitz)

ahogue
post #2  on February 4, 2007 - 11:41 AM PST  
> On January 29, 2007 - 3:49 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> La Haine (Kassovitz)
> ---------------------------------

I remember this one. Always wondered what happened to it. As I recall (and it was a long time ago I saw it) the movie was visually striking but a bit on the preachy/schematic side (e.g., three main characters are "a Jew, an African, and an Arab").
ahogue
post #3  on February 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM PST  
...and say, Overlord looks really good. Anyone seen it?
Eoliano
post #4  on February 9, 2007 - 2:40 PM PST  
The Criterion February Newsletter

Coming soon: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Eoliano
post #5  on February 9, 2007 - 2:40 PM PST  
Upcoming Criterion Releases:

Green for Danger

49th Parallel (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Naruse)

Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa)

The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)

The Naked City (Jules Dassin)


From Eclipse:

Series 1: Early Bergman

Series 2: The Documentaries of Louis Malle
Eoliano
post #6  on February 9, 2007 - 2:49 PM PST  
Criterion issuing budget line:

Future releases in the Eclipse line include rarely seen films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Yasujiro Ozu and Raymond Bernard.
Eoliano
post #7  on February 9, 2007 - 3:05 PM PST  
Opla! I forgot the following:

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist (Various)

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
underdog
post #8  on February 9, 2007 - 4:01 PM PST  
Thanks for maintaining these E!

Links to our site on the last two:

Bicycle Thieves - which I've known my whole life as "The Bicycle Thief" but I guess they've decided to officially call it by its other title. At any rate, can't wait!

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist - this'll be a treat, too.
underdog
post #9  on February 9, 2007 - 4:04 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM PST ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ...and say, Overlord looks really good. Anyone seen it?
> ---------------------------------


I did see Overlord last year and it's a fascinating film. Filmed on a low budget and creatively put together, it reminded me in a way of the British film It Happened Here. It's an interesting, not 100% successful work of art that is highly worthy of seeing and even owning.
Eoliano
post #10  on February 9, 2007 - 5:01 PM PST  
> Thanks for maintaining these E!

My pleasure!


Some recent DVD Beaver reviews/comparisons:

49th Parallel

Bicycle Thieves

Green for Danger

Mouchette

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

Sanjuro

Yojimbo

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
DLeonard
post #11  on February 9, 2007 - 6:03 PM PST  
> On February 9, 2007 - 2:40 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Criterion February Newsletter
>
> Coming soon: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
> ---------------------------------

Is that what the drawing of the boar represents?
Eoliano
post #12  on February 9, 2007 - 6:40 PM PST  
> > Coming soon: Berlin Alexanderplatz

> Is that what the drawing of the boar represents?

I doubt the boar is representative of anything, except as the harbinger of news.

This is, however, the Year of the Boar!
Eoliano
post #13  on February 13, 2007 - 10:28 AM PST  
> Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist - this'll be a treat, too.

Dave Kehr review at The NYTimes.

Eoliano
post #14  on February 13, 2007 - 10:49 AM PST  
DVD Beaver reviews Cammell & Roegs Performance:

The good news is that the disc is as uncut as it's ever been (rumours to a longer Donald Cammell print being in the posession of his widow notwithstanding), and the transfer is reportedly outstanding. The soundtrack has also been remastered (though it's not 5.1, so don't get your hopes up there) and the all-important music score is crisp and punchy. There's also a nice doco included.

The bad news is that the audio of a line of dialogue spoken by Mick Jagger during his central Memo from Turner performance is completely missing, even though the shot remains, and you see his lips move, and other dialogue by him from the same scene is there, and that same line of dialogue has been present and correct and easily heard in every other theatrical or home video version of the film that's ever been released. Not here. It's a very visible goof. Maybe someone at Warner bumped the 'mute' button for a few seconds when cleaning up the mix, or something. Oops..
Eoliano
post #15  on February 13, 2007 - 11:44 AM PST  
Berlin Alexanderplatz: Berlinale Pays Homage to Fassbinder's Forgotten 15-Hour Classic

underdog
post #16  on February 13, 2007 - 2:27 PM PST  
> On February 13, 2007 - 10:49 AM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> DVD Beaver reviews Cammell & Roegs Performance:
>
> The good news is that the disc is as uncut as it's ever been (rumours to a longer Donald Cammell print being in the posession of his widow notwithstanding), and the transfer is reportedly outstanding. The soundtrack has also been remastered (though it's not 5.1, so don't get your hopes up there) and the all-important music score is crisp and punchy. There's also a nice doco included.
>
> The bad news is that the audio of a line of dialogue spoken by Mick Jagger during his central Memo from Turner performance is completely missing, even though the shot remains, and you see his lips move, and other dialogue by him from the same scene is there, and that same line of dialogue has been present and correct and easily heard in every other theatrical or home video version of the film that's ever been released. Not here. It's a very visible goof. Maybe someone at Warner bumped the 'mute' button for a few seconds when cleaning up the mix, or something. Oops..
> ---------------------------------

Wow, oops is right. If this is true, that sounds like grounds for a rebate/exchange for anyone who buys this one (like us, for instance) when they get their act together and fix it.
goodyerin
post #17  on February 13, 2007 - 2:27 PM PST  
Whatever, Criterion would make me a lot happier if they would just put all their titles back into print! Specifically: Last Year at Marienbad, seriously Criterion! I have a birthday coming up.

But in the spirit of the discussion... Overlord, woot!

Aren't they doing Army of Shadows as well? Or am I just starting internet rumors?
Eoliano
post #18  on February 13, 2007 - 3:25 PM PST  
> Wow, oops is right. If this is true, that sounds like grounds for a rebate/exchange for anyone who buys this one (like us, for instance) when they get their act together and fix it.

An amazing gaffe. This unfortunately has put a hold on my picking up a copy. Hoping for some response from Warners' George Feltenstein during the upcoming live chat over at Home Theater Forum.

> Whatever, Criterion would make me a lot happier if they would just put all their titles back into print! Specifically: Last Year at Marienbad, seriously Criterion! I have a birthday coming up.

Last Year at Marienbad was never a Criterion title, though your sentiment is in the right place. I believe Fox Lorber once held the video rights, however, the good news is that Rialto Pictures has a new print scheduled for theatrical release along with two more Melvilles (Leon Morin Pretre & Le Doulos, among others), so Happy Birthday!

> Aren't they doing Army of Shadows as well? Or am I just starting internet rumors?

Army of Shadows is more than a distinct possibility thanks in good measure to Criterion's excellent relationship with Rialto.
Eoliano
post #19  on February 14, 2007 - 12:03 PM PST  
Stuart Galbraith reviews the new Criterion release of Mikio Naruse's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs at DVD Talk
Eoliano
post #20  on February 14, 2007 - 12:54 PM PST  
Speaking of Naruse, listed below are three reviews of Masters of Cinema's recent release of Naruse: Volume One, which includes Repast (1951), Sound of the Mountain (1954), and Flowing (1956).

DVD Beaver

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