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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
Eoliano
post #21  on January 16, 2006 - 8:46 AM PST  
Currently at The Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley:

Scattered Clouds: The Films of Mikio Naruse January 12 - February 18

"Happiness is a concept that was invented in the modern world," remarks a character in Mikio Naruse's 1952 film Lightning; the irony is that, more than any of the great Japanese directors whose equal he was--Mizoguchi, Ozu, and Kurosawa--Naruse's world is the modern world. It's just not very happy.

Kurosawa once characterized Naruse's style as being "like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths." Naruse's melodramas are character studies revealed in gestures, plots unfolding in a glance. Raised in poverty, he was drawn to those who live on the edge of society's comforts--whether emotional or economic--and so it is not surprising that his abiding subject is women, from the stultifying oppression of marriage to the tarnished rituals of the anachronistic geisha. The novelist Fumiko Hayashi was his favorite source for plots epitomizing his own vision that modern women are offered only illusory freedom. Audie Bock, who championed this relatively unheralded director years ago in her book Japanese Film Directors and in a monograph, writes of the "condition of trapped awareness" in Naruse's women. It is this awareness that gave actresses like Hideko Takamine, Kinuyo Tanaka, and Setsuko Hara a chance to show their depth.
Eoliano
post #22  on January 16, 2006 - 9:48 PM PST  
Sony Pictures Classics DVD of Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger arrives March 14, though no details as yet.

Sadly, the cover art is rather bland.
Eoliano
post #23  on January 18, 2006 - 3:12 PM PST  
The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles to present a series of Japanese World Classics

The series will include Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Stray Dog and Drunken Angel, Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp, Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes, Ko Nakahira's Crazed Fruit, and Masaki Kobayashi's rarely seen Black River.

Screenings to take place at the Egyptian Theatre (February 2-5) and Aero Theatre (March 2-3).

All films courtesy of Janus Films.
giantrobot
post #24  on January 18, 2006 - 3:32 PM PST  
Not to be a commercial, but DeepDiscountDVD is having a sale on their Criterion titles. 40% off and free shipping. I'm not affiliated, but it seems like a good way to stock up on favorites. If only I didn't already own all my favorites!
Eoliano
post #25  on January 18, 2006 - 3:57 PM PST  
> Not to be a commercial, but DeepDiscountDVD is having a sale on their Criterion titles. 40% off and free shipping. I'm not affiliated...

As are DVDPlanet and DigitalEyes, and they, along with DDD, are affiliated.
Eoliano
post #26  on January 20, 2006 - 12:20 PM PST  
The Criterion Collection - April Releases Update

Elevator to the Gallows

In his mesmerizing debut, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and the now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) is a richly atmospheric thriller of mistaken identity unfolding over one tense night in Paris.

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer
New and archival interviews with Louis Malle, actors Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
Footage of Miles Davis improvising the film's score
New video discussion about the score with jazz critic Gary Giddins and musician Jon Faddis
Theatrical trailers
New and improved English subtitle translation
Essays by critic Terrence Rafferty and producer Vincent Malle
Cinenaut
post #27  on January 20, 2006 - 1:56 PM PST  
Has anybody purchased DVDs from DeepDiscountDVD, DVDPlanet or DigitalEyes? Are they good retailers? Good service?
Eoliano
post #28  on January 20, 2006 - 10:03 PM PST  
> Has anybody purchased DVDs from DeepDiscountDVD, DVDPlanet or DigitalEyes? Are they good retailers? Good service?

Yes, from both DVDPlanet and DigitalEyes (never from DDD), however, DVDPlanet is not what it used to be since moving their operation from California to Illinois, though they generally have the best prices.

Criterion @ DVDEmpire
Criterion @ DVDPlanet
Criterion @ DigitalEyes
Criterion @ DeepDiscountDVD
Eoliano
post #29  on January 23, 2006 - 3:40 PM PST  
No details as yet, but the cover art for Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring is up! Quite lovely.
Eoliano
post #30  on January 23, 2006 - 3:58 PM PST  
Samurai Overtake Nashville!

From January 27 to February 7, Nashville's nonprofit Belcourt Theatre will present the Samurai Film Festival, featuring seven classic jidai-geki from three acclaimed Japanese masters: Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi, and Kihachi Okamoto. Each and every title in the ten-day selection of films can be found in the Criterion catalog: Harakiri, Kill!, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Samurai Rebellion, Sword of Doom, and Throne of Blood.
Eoliano
post #31  on January 25, 2006 - 2:11 PM PST  
MoC's DVD of John Ford's The Prisoner of Shark Island has been delayed until March.
Eoliano
post #32  on January 25, 2006 - 2:18 PM PST  
Metropolitan director Whit Stillman featured in a brief interview in Filmmaker Magazine.
Eoliano
post #33  on January 25, 2006 - 2:28 PM PST  
From Criterion:

Considering Cassavetes

Marshall Fine's Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film hits bookstore shelves this week. An inside look at the maverick filmmaker whose body of work remains essential to the landscape of American film, the book examines Cassavetes's career partly through interviews with members of his inner circle, as well as admirers such as Martin Scorsese. For the essential viewing companion, check out Criterion's John Cassavetes: Five Films box set, featuring stunning new transfers of Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night.
Eoliano
post #34  on January 26, 2006 - 2:32 PM PST  
Midnight Eye's Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp review four recent Kurosawa DVDs

Stray Dog (BFI)
Scandal (Eureka/MoC)
I Live in Fear (BFI)
The Bad Sleep Well (Criterion)
Eoliano
post #35  on January 26, 2006 - 2:38 PM PST  
Also at Midnight Eye:

Jasper Sharp reviews Eureka/Moc's disc of Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine
Eoliano
post #36  on January 27, 2006 - 9:29 AM PST  
Currently at the Film Forum in New York is a new print of Victor Erice's highly acclaimed first film, The Spirit of the Beehive, and coming next month is a new print of Marcel Camus's lovely, samba-infused Black Orpheus.

Both films courtesy of Janus Films.
maigochan
post #37  on January 27, 2006 - 11:43 AM PST  
criterion fans, you can now browse all criterion releases in their own genre.
Eoliano
post #38  on January 28, 2006 - 10:05 AM PST  
> criterion fans, you can now browse all criterion releases in their own genre.

Thanks very much maigochan, that's terrific news!
Eoliano
post #39  on January 28, 2006 - 10:09 AM PST  
Criterion news

Soderbergh Downsizes

After his blockbuster Ocean's Twelve, Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, ever the Hollywood shape-shifter, went in the extreme opposite direction with his teensy-budgeted new movie, Bubble opening today, January 27. The first of a series of films Soderbergh will shoot in high-definition video with HDNet Films in small towns around the country, Bubble, a minimalist murder mystery, charts the mundane daily lives of workers in a baby-doll factory in Ohio. This certainly isnt the first time Soderbergh's gone experimental: check out Criterion's release of his daring and anomalous Schizopolis. Soderbergh fans will also be happy to know that our release of his Oscar-winning Traffic will be widely available again starting in March.
radboy
post #40  on January 28, 2006 - 3:37 PM PST  
> On January 20, 2006 - 1:56 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Has anybody purchased DVDs from DeepDiscountDVD, DVDPlanet or DigitalEyes? Are they good retailers? Good service?
> ---------------------------------

I pretty much use only deepdiscountdvd. I am pretty happy with them. They used to have horrid delivery times when you ordered a single dvd, sometimes four-six weeks for one disc. But in the last month that has improved quite a great deal. I usually order over 5 at a time and the delivery time is about 7 business days, sometimes less. I havent had any problems with their returns and return policy - I often expect to get resistence but I get none at all. With free shipping on any order and no tax charges its hard to beat them. However, you should also before you order from them check out comparative prices at amazon - amazon has lowered their prices substanitally in the last year and sometimes they are quite cheaper on the big time "premium" releases than deepdiscount.

I tend to think of the criterion releases as being overrated in terms of the technical quality aspect of the releases and have not often seen a release that is worth the exhorbitant prices that criterion charges for its much touted and vaunted technical superiority. HOwever, the real problem is that many of their releases arent available from other publishers, so you're pretty much stuck.
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