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Request Thread: Volume Three
Topic by: kaream
Posted: July 28, 2008 - 12:21 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 11, 2009 - 3:02 PM PDT

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author topic: Request Thread: Volume Three
kaream
post #1  on July 28, 2008 - 12:21 AM PDT  
With Eoliano's Request Thread: Volume Two now more than two years old, with 210 posts extending into 11 pages, it may be time now to start this new Volume Three thread.

I don't want to discourage anyone from going back to that Volume Two thread for its interesting discussions of GreenCine's presumed policies on responding to requests for different types of DVDs, but overall that old thread is mostly cluttered with titles that GC has long since added to their catalog.

I did, very briefly, think about actually checking the current status of all the requests from the earlier thread (as I did do when I updated Eoliano's DVD MIA Redux thread a few months ago); but I quickly decided that would be way more time-consuming work than I feel like undertaking.

It's my general impression that many requests are for general commercial films that GC will pick up anyway, even without a request having been made, but for more obscure titles or specialty genres it's well worth posting a request. This may or may not be true of series, especially those made originally for TV.

Note that a Request thread is intended for titles that you have already confirmed are available on DVD and currently in print, or will soon be issued. Before you post to this thread, you should first verify this information, and if you can provide a cite, it will make it all the easier for GC's staff to research it. If, on the other hand, the movie you want isn't available, then the DVD MIA Redux -- 2008 thread is the appropriate place to post. With some exceptions, Amazon is as good a place as any to find this information.

I'm going to lead off this new thread with a few posts brought over from Volume Two that have not yet been responded to by GreenCine Staff.
kaream
post #2  on July 28, 2008 - 12:23 AM PDT  
> On June 21, 2008 - 7:22 PM PDT Cinephile79 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 9, 2008 - 4:14 PM PDT weezy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On June 3, 2008 - 8:24 PM PDT Cinephile79 wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Requests for the works of three filmmakers Chris Marker, Frederick Wiseman, and Allan King.
> > >
> > > Wexner Center has released four Chris Marker DVDs at their online store -
> > >
> > > http://store.wexnercenterstore.com/chrismarkerstore1.html
> >
> >
> > Oooo... Thanks for the tip!
>
> I'm glad to be of help. And kudos to GC for having the two Marker titles - "Cat" and "Bolshevik" - in the catalog so fast. That is first-rate customer service!
>
> > > Lastly, I've read great things about Allan King.
> > >
> > > This site sells his DVDs -
> > >
> > > http://www.allankingfilms.com/
> > > ---------------------------------
> >
> > Sorry that site is down, do you have any specific recommendations you can remember?
>
> If GC can only get one King documentary for now, it would have to be "Warrendale." According to some sources, it prompted Jean Renoir to call it the work of a great artist and the most remarkable documentary he's ever seen.
>
> The second would have to be "A Married Couple" which seems to be the second most mentioned King documentary.
>
> Third would be "Dying at Grace."
>
> Fourth would be "Come On Children" for supposedly being one of King's own favorites.
>
> After those, I think MoMA's King retrospective notes would be a great reference for which ones to add (personally they all sound as amazing as Wiseman's documentaries). Link -
>
> http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/film_exhibitions.php?id=4550
>
> > Also, regarding your question about requesting Non Region 1 DVDs, we will consider them if they are all-region but other than that, no, we can't >rent out non region 1 or all region DVDs. Either way if you sent your requests over to catalog@greencine.com we'll take a look regardless.
>
> I see, thanks.
>
>
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #3  on July 28, 2008 - 12:24 AM PDT  
> On June 26, 2008 - 4:02 PM PDT EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> CAN WE GET THIS http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/5343585/The-Girl-Who-Leapt-Through-Time/Product.html PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #4  on July 28, 2008 - 12:27 AM PDT  
> On July 6, 2008 - 2:00 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 19, 2008 - 11:40 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Underdog has posted at the Criterion thread a new press release from Criterion, listing the following titles to be issued in the next few months:
> >
> > The Earrings of Madame de . . . (Ophuls)
> > La ronde (Ophuls)
> > Le plaisir (Ophuls)
> >
> > An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
> >
> > Shadows in Paradise (Kaurismaki 1986)
> > Ariel (Kaurismaki 1988)
> > The Match Factory Girl (Kaurismaki 1990)
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Criterion has the three Max Ophuls films scheduled for 9/16 release, and Kaurismaki's 'Proletariat Trilogy' and Ozu's Autumn Afternoon for 9/23 release.
>
> I'm having a fainting attack waiting for those Ophuls, in particular.
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #5  on July 28, 2008 - 12:29 AM PDT  
> On July 22, 2008 - 1:33 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 12, 2008 - 11:21 AM PDT weezy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Slowly but surely going through your list! These are ordered:
> >
> > - Bronx Tale, A (De Niro 1993)
> > - Europa/Zentropa (von Trier 1991)
> > - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939)
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Many thanks for these -- I've received the latter two, but whatever happened to A Bronx Tale?
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #6  on July 28, 2008 - 12:30 AM PDT  
> On July 23, 2008 - 5:25 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This isn't a request for myself, because today I received my very own copy as a gift --
>
> but if anyone is interested in watching the most incredible performance of Verdi's La Traviata ever committed to DVD, start bombarding GreenCine's catalog department with requests for this 2005 Salzburg Festival production starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.
>
> This is a very modern staging; it couldn't be more different from the very lush -- even over-the-top -- 1982 Zeffirelli film with Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo. Several clips of Netrebko and Villazon are posted at YouTube; try this one, and go on from there, keeping in mind that the sound quality of the YouTube posts is nothing like what's on the DVD.
>
> I like the Zeffirelli; it's the one I've recommended to people in the past -- but I've always been dissatisfied with several aspects of it, and wished for something better. And now here it is. The singing is superb throughout; and just as important to me, Carlo Rizzi leads the Vienna Philharmonic in the best Verdian interpretation of the score I've ever heard, whether live or on CD.
>
> This is a live stage performance in Salzburg, but there's no audience noise whatever; and the camera work is perfect. I just can't recommend this one highly enough. Subtitles, if you like them, are available in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese (!).
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #7  on July 28, 2008 - 12:31 AM PDT  
> On July 25, 2008 - 6:20 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For quite a long time GreenCine has had available a copy of the wonderful Metropolitan Opera performance of Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), the second of four operas in Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), conducted by James Levine, and starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll.
>
> I'd like to suggest that GreenCine go ahead and pick up the rest of this Metropolitan series, with the same staging, conductor, and principal singers. Many members may recollect their being shown on PBS a number of years ago, which generated a good deal of interest.
>
> The first opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle is Das Rheingold.
>
> Next comes Die Walküre, which you have; then
>
> Siegfried, and finally
>
> Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) for the climactic finale.
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #8  on July 28, 2008 - 12:32 AM PDT  
> On July 27, 2008 - 1:20 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Note the upcoming 8/26 Criterion rerelease of Salò will be on two discs, so again we need separate rent buttons, please.
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #9  on July 28, 2008 - 12:35 AM PDT  
Oops, I missed Underdog's response to EmpressStephanie:


> On June 26, 2008 - 4:36 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 26, 2008 - 4:02 PM PDT EmpressStephanie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > CAN WE GET THIS http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/5343585/The-Girl-Who-Leapt-Through-Time/Product.html PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Can't wait to see that one! But it's only out in a Region 3 (Asia) Dvd at the moment. It's been playing theatrically in a few select US cities, and I am SURE it will come to disc here within the year. But we'll keep our eyes peeled for an all-region release, too. So far, no luck.
> ---------------------------------
kaream
post #10  on July 28, 2008 - 1:09 AM PDT  
> > > On June 9, 2008 - 4:14 PM PDT weezy wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Also, regarding your question about requesting Non Region 1 DVDs, we will consider them if they are all-region but other than that, no, we can't >rent out non region 1 or all region DVDs. Either way if you sent your requests over to catalog@greencine.com we'll take a look regardless.
> > > ---------------------------------


Note that Weezy's phrasing is slightly confusing. What was meant is that a DVD must be either Region 1 or region-free (all-region, sometimes aka 'Region 0') for GreenCine to be able to buy copies for rental, since most subscribers' players cannot play DVDs for other regions.

This is also why although EmpressStephanie did provide a cite for her request, Underdog pointed out that it was currently available only as an unplayable Region 3.
underdog
post #11  on July 28, 2008 - 3:09 PM PDT  
thanks for starting a new thread here, very useful!

We're going through this as best we can. To start things off, here are links to those fall Criterion titles you ask about below:

> On July 28, 2008 - 12:27 AM PDT kaream wrote:

> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Underdog has posted at the Criterion thread a new press release from Criterion, listing the following titles to be issued in the next few months:
> > >
> > > The Earrings of Madame de . . .
La ronde
Le plaisir

An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)

Kaurismaki's 'Proletariat Trilogy' (We shall be breaking this one up individually, manually, shortly)
kaream
post #12  on July 28, 2008 - 7:24 PM PDT  
Does anyone know the actual status of a 2006 Norwegian film called Reprise? Amazon currently has three entries for the title, one of which says 'This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer', and another lists a 'used' copy for $190; but NF seems to think it 'Releases on DVD Sep 02, 2008'.

Whatever, it seems to be getting pretty good reviews.
underdog
post #13  on July 29, 2008 - 6:37 PM PDT  
Reprise is indeed coming out Sept 2. At least, that's fairly certain.

We've added it to the catalog, too. :-)

Great film. Very interesting...
kaream
post #14  on August 8, 2008 - 10:33 AM PDT  
Hey guys, it's time to put up a separate rent button for the bonus disc for Salo, please.
anoirmarie
post #15  on August 8, 2008 - 2:22 PM PDT  
Why is Costa Garvas' Missing missing from GreenCine?
kaream
post #16  on August 8, 2008 - 3:22 PM PDT  
> On August 8, 2008 - 2:22 PM PDT anoirmarie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Why is Costa Garvas' Missing missing from GreenCine?
> ---------------------------------

Good question. Not entirely Missing, but inexplicably red-barred. It's in print, readily available, and inexpensive. So what gives?
underdog
post #17  on August 8, 2008 - 4:21 PM PDT  
> On August 8, 2008 - 3:22 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 8, 2008 - 2:22 PM PDT anoirmarie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Why is Costa Garvas' Missing missing from GreenCine?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Good question. Not entirely Missing, but inexplicably red-barred. It's in print, readily available, and inexpensive. So what gives?
> ---------------------------------

Yep, we have Costa Gavras' Missing as Kaream notes, and we currently have more copies ordered. They've just been backordered, alas. But should have them soon. Thanks for your patience. (Missing is not as hard to find in our catalog as is "Z"! We finally changed the title to Costa Gavras' Z so the search engine wouldn't implode when looking for it.)

oh, and Kaream, we're splitting up Salo tonight. Thanks for the nudge.
DLeonard
post #18  on August 8, 2008 - 6:10 PM PDT  
> On August 8, 2008 - 3:22 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 8, 2008 - 2:22 PM PDT anoirmarie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Why is Costa Garvas' Missing missing from GreenCine?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Good question. Not entirely Missing, but inexplicably red-barred. It's in print, readily available, and inexpensive. So what gives?
> ---------------------------------

Isn't Criterion about to release "Missing"
October maybe
kaream
post #19  on August 9, 2008 - 12:20 PM PDT  
> On August 8, 2008 - 6:10 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Isn't Criterion about to release "Missing"
> October maybe
> ---------------------------------

October 21 -- good to know -- thx. Presumably GC should hold off on the Universal release unless their order has already gone through.
kaream
post #20  on August 9, 2008 - 12:37 PM PDT  
Instead of futzing around with stuff like Missing, already available in a perfectly good Universal transfer, I sure wish Criterion would get cracking on necessities like Last Year at Marienbad, Celine and Julie Go Boating, and a replacement for the various unwatchable copies of Two Women. Craig, do any of you guys know anyone at Criterion, to help along our MIA wishlists?
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