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The Criterion Collection, Boutique Labels & Film Classics
Topic by: Eoliano
Posted: January 5, 2006 - 1:47 PM PST
Last Reply: January 29, 2007 - 3:50 PM PST

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author topic: The Criterion Collection, Boutique Labels & Film Classics
underdog
post #201  on May 24, 2006 - 12:38 PM PDT  
Also, keep checking this page of releases new and coming soon to see Criterion titles that are added each week.

F'rinstance, Yi Yi and Ko Ko, a Talking Gorilla (which seems an unusual choice for Criterion).
Eoliano
post #202  on May 25, 2006 - 12:23 PM PDT  
> Btw, Criterion putting out Equinox has got to be interesting. That film is incredibly low-budget but has a rabid cult following among horror and fantasy aficianados. I'm definitely queueing up for that one!

The Equinox DVD was apparently in the works for some time, no doubt that visual-effects wiz Dennis Muren's contribution being a major factor in its getting the Criterion treatment.

> F'rinstance, Yi Yi and Ko Ko, a Talking Gorilla (which seems an unusual choice for Criterion).

Not all that unusual really, if you consider that Criterion already has two Barbet Schroeder films in the collection, but I think that the Edward Yang is an even bigger surprise.
Eoliano
post #203  on May 27, 2006 - 11:08 AM PDT  
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Bill Gibron reviews Dazed and Confused at DVD Talk.

"Ever since the release of the company's completist version of Linklater's Slacker, fans have hoped that Criterion would tackle this oft-maligned title. When Universal released what it called the "Flashback" addition DVD back in 2004, it seemed like Dazed would never get the proper preservationist treatment. Well, those of us who've waited can now rejoice - Dazed and Confused has received the full blown Criterion Collection revamp and the new look is fantastic. Remastered in a simply sensational 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, the image here is near reference quality. The colors are luminescent and the contrasts create dozens of discernible details. Gone are any hints of grain or muddiness from previous releases, and the whole print has a newly minted feel to it. Proving they are the industry standard when it comes to the technical treatment of film, Criterion definitely does it again.

Easily earning the highest recommendation this critic can grant, the Criterion Collection version of Dazed and Confused is clearly a member of the DVD Talk Collector's Series. But not just for the wealth of added content created by the company. No, the main selling point here is the movie itself. Much more than the superficial teen romps that passed for generational insight during the 1980s, Richard Linklater has crafted the definitive adolescent allegory. Illustrating how music makes our experiences more ethereal and touching on almost every issue inherent in the high school of eras past (and present), this drunken, drugged out comedy is a benchmark in the way young adulthood is illustrated and explained in the modern motion picture. Without gimmicks, it achieves a greatness that few films can ever hope to emulate. Yes, the '70s had their miserable and mediocre moments. Certainly, there was as much bad as there was good in the era. But Linklater is not concentrating on said schisms. Instead, he wanted to rejoice in the notion of personal growth and the formation of individual philosophy. And he managed it magnificently. Without a doubt, Dazed and Confused is a great film."
Eoliano
post #204  on May 28, 2006 - 2:29 PM PDT  
Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales Announced for August!

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The Bakery Girl of Monceau
Claire's Knee
La Collectionneuse
Love in the Afternoon
My Night at Maud's
Suzanne's Career


Synopsis
The multifaceted, deeply personal dramatic universe of Eric Rohmer has had an effect on cinema unlike any other. One of the founding critics of the history-making Cahiers du cinéma, Rohmer began translating his written manifestos to film in the sixties, standing apart from his new-wave contemporaries, like François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, with his patented brand of gently existential, hyperarticulate character studies set against vivid seasonal landscapes. This near genre unto itself was established with his audacious and wildly influential series Six Moral Tales. A succession of jousts between fragile men and the women who tempt them, Six Moral Tales unleashed on the film world a new voice, one that was at once sexy, philosophical, modern, daring, nonjudgmental, and liberating.

Special Features
New, restored high-definition digital transfers, supervised and approved by director Eric Rohmer
Exclusive new video conversation with Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder
Short films: Nadja in Paris; Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak; A Student of Today; The Curve; and Véronique and Her Dunce
Archival interviews with Rohmer, actors Jean-Claude Brialy, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan, and Jean-­Louis Trintignant, film critic Jean Douchet, and producer Pierre Cottrell
Video afterword by filmmaker and writer Neil LaBute
Original theatrical trailers
New and improved English subtitle translations
PLUS: Six Moral Tales, the original stories by Eric Rohmer, and a booklet featuring "For a Talking Cinema," by Eric Rohmer, and new essays by Geoff Andrew, Ginette Vincendeau, Phillip Lopate, Kent Jones, Molly Haskell, and Armond White
Eoliano
post #205  on May 29, 2006 - 10:39 AM PDT  
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John J. Puccio reviews Warner's new DVD of The Searchers: Ultimate Collector's Edition at DVD Town.
Eoliano
post #206  on May 30, 2006 - 1:01 PM PDT  
Shohei Imamura, 1926-2006

Master filmmaker Shohei Imamura died of cancer on Tuesday, May 30, at the age of 79. The first Japanese director to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (in 1983, for the astonishing The Ballad of Narayama, and then again for The Eel, in 1997), Imamura was one of the country's trailblazing new wave auteurs, surveying his society's sexual and social landscape. His dense filmography includes Insect Woman, The Pornographers, Vengeance Is Mine, and Black Rain. He was widely considered Japan's greatest living filmmaker.
Eoliano
post #207  on June 5, 2006 - 4:08 PM PDT  
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DVD Savant, Glenn Erickson reviews The John Wayne-John Ford Film Collection (The Searchers Ultimate Edition / Stagecoach Two-Disc Special Edition / Fort Apache / The Long Voyage Home / The Wings of Eagles / She Wore a Yellow Ribbon / They Were Expendable / 3 Godfathers) at DVD Talk.

"This monster disc set is the dream box for John Wayne fans ... it contains his breakthrough picture with John Ford as well as the lasting masterpiece The Searchers, both in lavish special editions. John Wayne isn't Lawrence Olivier, but neither is Olivier John Wayne -- never was there a personality more fit to appeal to American moviegoers. Wayne is big, sincere and has a natural ease with the camera... those eight years of "Singin' Sandy" and other two-bit westerns gave Wayne the experience, and the tyrannical hand of Ford forced him to stretch his talent as far as it would go. Not always the most commercial of directors, Ford benefited greatly from Wayne's popularity... studios would let Ford do almost anything if Wayne was the star.

The John Wayne / John Ford Collection is yet another pricey box that will entice many a hardcore film fan... considering what it holds, it's a bargain if one does not already own earlier editions of some of its titles. Watching one of these a week, however, would fulfill a couple of months' worth of Friday night screenings - and they look great on a big monitor. What's better is that Warners keeps finding extras for their 2-disc special editions that are worth the extra expense and effort. I think I'll pull down my old Janey Place books on John Ford and see if her analysis still holds up."


Correction and apology: The link to John J. Puccio's DVD Town review of The Searhers: Ultimate Collector's Edition somehow failed to make its way into the above post.
Eoliano
post #208  on June 5, 2006 - 4:19 PM PDT  
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George R. Reis reviews Criterion's new DVD of Equinox at DVD Drive-In.

"EQUINOX has finally made it to DVD in a deluxe two-disc edition; an incredible, loving presentation from The Criterion Collection... Not only is this one of the finest DVD releases of the year, Criterion's tribute to "the little monster movie that could" will go down as one of the all-time best presentations of a cult movie on the format."
Eoliano
post #209  on June 5, 2006 - 4:47 PM PDT  
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DVD Times' Noel Megahey and dOc's Jon Danziger review the new Criterion DVD of Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring.

"In my introduction I described Late Spring as perhaps Ozu's defining film and as far as setting the direction of his films from this period on, it certainly is -- Ozu moving from here to take in various other aspects of family relationships, births, deaths, marriages and conflicting aspirations and examining them in subsequent films from a number of angles and to varying gradations of emphasis. Stripped down to focus all the more clearly on one aspect of family affairs, Late Spring perhaps does not have the complexity of layers and richness of the variety of tones and emotions that can be found in his masterpiece Tokyo Story, but it is no less a great film, examining his characters, their relationships and interactions with tremendous precision, depicting them with utter simplicity and transparency in a way that touches on their purest essence."

"Ozu's film is at once celebratory and mournful, cut from the same bolt of cloth as the rest of his unparalleled work. Watching a movie like this one is much more demanding than allowing the usual mediocre fare at the multiplex to wash over you--it stretches a different, stronger set of your moviegoing muscles, and the experience is enveloping and rewarding. Criterion has made the problematic source material look as good as possible, and has added a package of considered extras. Highly recommended."
Eoliano
post #210  on June 6, 2006 - 11:42 AM PDT  
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DVD Savant, Glenn Erickson reviews Marco Bellocchio's Fists in the Pocket

"Criterion's DVD of Fists in the Pocket is a stunning enhanced transfer of this carefully filmed B&W feature. The movie is technically polished, especially for a first feature.

Disc producer Curtis Tsui assembles a peerless selection of interviews with key creatives on the movie. Director Bellocchio, editor Silvano Agosti and actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora are all still with us. They're eager to talk about the film and its 'shocking' content, as when Castel's Alessandro mocks his mother's body at her funeral. Director (and onetime competitor) Bernardo Bertolucci appears in a separate Afterword to discuss Bellocchio's achievement. Criterion used to call these analytical interviews Introductions, even though they contain terrible spoilers. Renaming them was a good idea.

An original theatrical trailer is a minor work of art in itself. The disc case contains an illustrated booklet with an essay by critic Deborah Young and a printed interview with director Bellocchio."
runawayjim
post #211  on June 6, 2006 - 2:53 PM PDT  
Just a heads-up for everyone. The August Criterion releases have recently been added to the catalog for Buy and Rent.

Six Moral Tales by Eric Rohmer (Criterion Collection)

Kicking and Screaming (Criterion Collection)

Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion Collection)

Eoliano
post #212  on June 6, 2006 - 3:57 PM PDT  
> Just a heads-up for everyone. The August Criterion releases have recently been added to the catalog for Buy and Rent.

Do you think that anyone actually bothers reading this thread? ; - )
underdog
post #213  on June 6, 2006 - 5:08 PM PDT  
> On June 6, 2006 - 3:57 PM PDT Eoliano wrote:
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> > Just a heads-up for everyone. The August Criterion releases have recently been added to the catalog for Buy and Rent.
>
> Do you think that anyone actually bothers reading this thread? ; - )
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Nah, only 1,696 page views. No one else is reading it, though. ;-) This is always one of the most useful threads, thanks again for creating it.

PHavel
post #214  on June 6, 2006 - 5:38 PM PDT  
Hi, I am a new member and I always appreciate up to date news on the Criterion releases! Someone is listening.
Patrick
Eoliano
post #215  on June 6, 2006 - 6:01 PM PDT  
> Nah, only 1,696 page views. No one else is reading it, though. ;-) This is always one of the most useful threads, thanks again for creating it.

You are very welcome. The page view count is attributable to the link on the main page, so thank you, too, Craig!

If you don't mind, would you occasionally update the link to reflect the most recent page?
Eoliano
post #216  on June 6, 2006 - 6:02 PM PDT  
> Hi, I am a new member and I always appreciate up to date news on the Criterion releases! Someone is listening.

Welcome aboard, Patrick. Thanks for the support and feel free to discuss.
PHavel
post #217  on June 6, 2006 - 11:22 PM PDT  
Hey,
I just got Dazed and Confused today in the mail. It is a fantastic box with the cover art and the small poster. My girlfriend and I started watching it, but we kind of got bummed out by the beating the junior high kids stuff. Maybe we are justing having a rough day but it kind of made me blue. I will have to watch the rest of the movie later. Patrick
Eoliano
post #218  on June 7, 2006 - 10:23 AM PDT  
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Noel Megahey reviews the new Eureka/Masters of Cinema DVD of Satyajit Ray's Abhijan (The Expedition) at DVD Times:

"Abhijan seems like a straightforward story with romance, action, car chases and fight sequences - a morality tale of a man who has to make the choice between right and wrong and remain true to his nature rather than who he thinks he ought to be - but there is a lot more to the film than this. That Ray uses every object and character at his disposal to represent various complex aspects of the decisions to be made here is evident, but I suspect that there are even more subtleties and nuances in the social, religious and use of locations that stretch beyond my limited understanding of the film. As ever with Masters of Cinema's releases, it is a joy to discover yet another classic film that has scarcely had the widespread recognition it deserves, and to see it treated so well in this restored print."

artifex
post #219  on June 7, 2006 - 2:20 PM PDT  
> On June 6, 2006 - 2:53 PM PDT runawayjim wrote:
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> Just a heads-up for everyone. The August Criterion releases have recently been added to the catalog for Buy and Rent.

Some hot stuff, there. Thanks, runawayjim! :)
underdog
post #220  on June 8, 2006 - 1:10 PM PDT  
Updating the home page link as we speak, E. Thanks for the reminder!

> On June 6, 2006 - 11:22 PM PDT PHavel wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hey,
> I just got Dazed and Confused today in the mail. It is a fantastic box with the cover art and the small poster. My girlfriend and I started watching it, but we kind of got bummed out by the beating the junior high kids stuff. Maybe we are justing having a rough day but it kind of made me blue. I will have to watch the rest of the movie later. Patrick
> ---------------------------------

Keep watching! Although parts of it are almost too realistic it's really funny. Painful, painfully funny. Keep watching! Then listen to Linklater's commentary. Classic.
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