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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
post #101  on March 4, 2006 - 10:22 AM PST  
I wonder if mention of Teshigahara in the Criterion newsletter is a hint of things to come.

Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another, Pitfall...
post #102  on March 5, 2006 - 12:39 PM PST  
In case you can't seem to get your fill, you can now add Seijun Suzuki's Taisho Trilogy to your queue.



post #103  on March 5, 2006 - 1:03 PM PST  
The Good Life Goes On...

Just when you thought everything had been said about Federico Fellini, out comes another biography: this week, Faber and Faber releases Tullio Kezich's Federico Fellini: His Life and Work, a 464-page treatment of the life of the master Italian filmmaker, from his youth in Rimini and Rome to his dabbling in neorealism and eventual ascension to the heights of international art-house acclaim. In The Nation, Criterion colleague Peter Cowie writes: "He has been graced with a profusion of books--some thirty in English, French and Italian at last count--but Tullio Kezich's biography surpasses them all." Of course, before digging in to his life story, feast upon his life's work: Variety Lights, The White Sheik, I Vitelloni, La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, 8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits, Amarcord, and And the Ship Sails On.
post #104  on March 6, 2006 - 5:02 PM PST  
Warner press release:

The John Ford-John Wayne Collection

The Searchers: Ulitimate Collector's Edition
(Newly Remastered and Restored from VistaVision Film Elements)

Stagecoach: Two-Disc Collector's Edition
(Newly Remastered from Best Available Film Elements)

Fort Apache - The Long Voyage Home - Wings of Eagles (New to DVD)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - They Were Expendable - 3 Godfathers

Collection Arrives June 6 Loaded with Bonus Materials including Introduction by Patrick Wayne, John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaer & the Legend, the New Feature Length American Masters Retrospective Profile, Expert Commentaries and Additional New Featurettes

Burbank, Calif. March 6, 2006 - One of the greatest director-star combinations in the history of Hollywood gets the Warner Home Video deluxe DVD treatment with the June 6 release of The John Wayne-John Ford Collection, a ten-disc set featuring eight of the team's finest collaborations. Anchoring the Collection, and arriving just in time for Father's Day, is The Searchers: Ulitimate Collector's Edition which includes a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD with extensive all-new bonus features, plus a full color 36-page press book, a 36-page reproduction of the original Dell comic book, filmmaker memos and correspondence, several behind-the-scenes photos and a mail-in theatrical poster.

The collection also features Stagecoach: Two Disc Special Edition, newly remastered and restored from original VistaVision film elements and loaded with new bonus content and three titles making their DVD debuts: the classic western Fort Apache, and the stirring war films The Long Voyage Home and Wings of Eagles. Rounding out the set are the timeless classics She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and They Were Expendable (in new Amaray packaging) plus 3 Godfathers, which is available for the first time in wide release with this Collection.

The Searchers will be available individually in both the 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition for $26.99 SRP and the Ultimate Collector's Edition priced at $34.92 SRP. The Stagecoach: Two-Disc Special Edition will be available for $26.99 SRP and the single disc titles will sell individually for various prices from $12.97 - $19.97 SRP. The price for the entire ten-disc Collection is $79.92 SRP.

In the now well-established WHV DVD Classics tradition, The Searchers has been painstakingly remastered and restored from original VistaVision film elements. Also restored from original and best available elements are Fort Apache and Stagecoach, and Wings of Eagles is newly remastered in 16x9 format, enhanced for widescreen televisions (1.85:1 aspect ratio). The Collection bonus materials include an introduction by Patrick Wayne (John's son), an all-new feature length documentary American Masters: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker & the Legend produced by WNET/American Masters, commentaries by noted film director Peter Bogdanovich and Ford biographer Scott Eyman, several new featurettes, audio only segments plus John Wayne home movies.

John Ford was easily one of the greatest, most prolific and versatile directors Hollywood ever produced. Combined with a star of the caliber and magnetism of John Wayne and what emerges is pure cinematic magic.

John Ford was responsible for making John Wayne a star when he cast him in Stagecoach, but their friendship dates back to the silent era. Wayne was a former University of Southern California football player working as a prop boy at Fox, where Ford was one of their top directors. The two were friendly and Ford cast Wayne in bit roles in several of his films (i.e., Mother Machree, Salute, Four Sons). After the arrival of sound, Ford introduced the young actor to director Raoul Walsh, who put him in the super Western The Big Trail and changed his name to John Wayne (he was born Marion Morrison). The Big Trail was a box-office failure and Wayne spent the remainder of the '30s appearing in mostly "B" westerns, while Ford's career soared with such classics as The Lost Patrol, The Informer and The Hurrican.

When Ford purchased the rights to a Saturday Evening Post short story by Earnest Haycox entitled "Stage to Lordsburg," he developed the lead character with Wayne in mind. While Ford fought studio executives to cast Wayne in the role (the studio wanted a star name), their ensuing complicated relationship on the set baffled outsiders. Ford constantly browbeat his star, told him he was a lousy actor, said he walked funny and generally picked on him at every opportunity until Wayne's co-stars came to his rescue. Andy Devine later realized the cast had been fooled to prevent the name actors from being jealous of a newcomer.

Ford's infuriating treatment of John Wayne didn't end with their first film. Throughout Wayne's career -- and he made many films with Ford -- the director continued to taunt him on the set. In fact, he treated many of his actors this way. "If he liked you," Dobie Cary said, "he mistreated you. If he ignored you, then you'd probably never work with him again." The irony of it was that most of Wayne's finest performances were in the 13 films he and Ford made together: Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), How the West Was Won (1962) and the titles included in this Collection.

The Searchers: Ultimate Collector's Edition & The Searchers: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition (1956)

John Wayne and John Ford made The Searchers a landmark Western with an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Although not nominated for any awards at the time of its release, the film has since been widely acknowledged as one of the supreme triumphs of the genre. The Searchers was placed on the National Film Registry in 1989 and ranked number 96 on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Greatest Movies."

Wayne plays an ex-Confederate soldier searching for his niece (Natalie Wood), captured by the Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his five-year search, he encounters something unexpected: his own humanity. Beautifully shot by Winton C. Hoch (four-time Academy Award winner), thrillingly scored by Max Steiner (21 Academy Award nominations, 3 wins) and memorably acted by a wonderful ensemble including Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings, The Longest Day), Vera Miles (The Wrong Man, Psycho), Natalie Wood (Rebel Without a Cause, Gypsy, West Side Story) and frequent Ford cast member Ward Bond (My Darling Clementine, The Quiet Man), The Searchers endures as "a great film of enormous scope and breathtaking physical beauty." (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic).

Special Features:
Disc 1
Newly remastered and restored from original VistaVision film elements
Introduction by Patrick Wayne (John's son)
Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
Theatrical trailer
Disc 2
The Searchers: An Appreciation
A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers
Behind the Cameras
Meet Jeffrey Hunter
Monument Valley
Meet Natalie Wood
Setting Up Production

Stagecoach Two-Disc Special Edition (1939)

Nine disparate travelers are thrown together on a stagecoach destined for Apache territory...and movie immortality. In the lead role of the Ringo Kid, director John Ford cast a lanky veteran of 70 B-movies, serials and shorts named John Wayne. Each rifle shot and close-up rang out the news: a new star is born. This first collaboration between director and star made both their reputations as talents to watch in the Western genre yet focuses on carefully etched character studies. Marked by deft and efficient editing, as well as remarkable camera work, Stagecoach transcends the traditional shoot-'em-up.

Winner of two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor and Best Music, Scoring) and nominated for an additional five (including Best Picture and Best Director), Stagecoach was placed on the National Film Registry in 1995 and ranked number 63 on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Greatest Movies." In addition to a stellar performance by Wayne, Stagecoach boasts an unusually strong cast, including Claire Trevor (Best Supporting Actress winner for Key Largo), Thomas Mitchell (in his Oscar-winning performance), Andy Devine (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath, Satan's Cheerleaders) and silent star George Bancroft (Old Ironsides, 3 Bad Men, Underworld). This adventure ushered in a 30-year era of great Westerns, many featuring its top practitioners - Ford and Wayne.

Special Features:

· Newly remastered from best available film elements.

· New feature-length American Masters: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker & the Legend retrospective profile

· New documentary Stagecoach: A Story of Redemption

· Commentary by Scott Eyman, author of "Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford"
· Audio-only bonus: radio adaptation with Claire Trevor and Randolph Scott

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Fort Apache (1948) - First Time on DVD

John Wayne and many familiar supporting players from master director John Ford's "stock company" saddle up for the first film in the director's famed cavalry trilogy (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande are the others). Roughhouse camaraderie, sentimental vignettes of frontier life, massive action sequences staged in Monument Valley - all are part of Fort Apache. So is Ford's exploration of the West's darker side. Themes of justice, heroism and honor that Ford would revisit in later Westerns are given free rein in this moving, thought-provoking film that, even as it salutes a legend, gives reasons to question it.

The stellar cast includes the distinguished Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath, On Golden Pond), former child star Shirley Temple (reunited with her director from Wee Willie Winkie), Temple's then-current husband John Agar making his film debut and Ford regulars Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond and George O'Brien.

Special Features:

· Digitally remastered and restored from original nitrate elements

· New featurette Monument Valley: John Ford Country

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

The Long Voyage Home (1940) - First Time on DVD

Director John Ford and screenwriter Dudley Nichols adapted four Eugene O'Neill one-act dramas into this compelling, lyrical look at men at sea that O'Neill considered his favorite of all his filmed works. As his sailors, Ford cast members of his so-called "Stock Company": Thomas Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), Barry Fitzgerald (Academy Award winner for Going My Way), Arthur Shields (How Green Was My Valley), Ward Bond (It's a Wonderful Life), John Qualen (Casablanca) and the star of the previous year's Stagecoach, John Wayne. As sunny, sweet-natured Ole Olsen, Wayne does winning work in an atypical role that required the stalwart star to sport a Swedish accent. Nominated for an impressive six Academy Awards incuding Best Picture, The Long Voyage Home is a journey to remember.

Special Features:

· New featurette Serenity at Sea: John Ford and the Araner

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Wings of Eagles (1957) - First Time on DVD

Cmdr. Frank "Spig" Wead was a pioneer aviator, renowned screenwriter (whose work included John Ford's They Were Expendable) and a man of war. The skies beckoned Spig to action; a crippling injury ultimately left him powerless to act, propelling him to discover the power of his pen. He was talented, driven, flawed, a friend of Ford -- and the subject of this compassionate biography.

John Wayne plays Spig and Ford directs The Wings of Eagles, which also offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways and world of Ford. Ward Bond plays moviemaker John Dodge, a role modeled on Ford. Maureen O'Hara, Wayne's five-time co-star (including Ford's The Quiet Man), and Dan Dailey (of Ford's 1952 What Price Glory?) play Spig's indomitable wife Min and cigar-chomping sidekick "Jughead" Carson.

Special Features:

· Newly remastered in 16x9 format, enhanced for widescreen televisions (1.85:1 aspect ratio)

· Theatrical trailer

· Languages: English & Français

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

3 Godfathers (1948)

John Ford remade one of his classic silent Westerns 3 Bad Men (1926), a story of three bandits who come upon a dying mother and child while escaping the law. Two of them die trying to get the child to town and safety. Starring John Wayne (in the role originated by George O'Brien), the cast also features Pedro Armendáriz (The Fugitive, Fort Apache), perennial Ward Bond, the luminous silent star Mae Marsh (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), who frequently appeared in uncredited roles in Ford's films and, making his screen debut, Harry Carey, Jr. (son of Ford's "stock company" regular Harry Carey, in whose memory the film is dedicated).

· Theatrical trailer

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

A masterpiece of mood and heroics, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, was the centerpiece in director John Ford's renowned cavalry trilogy (Fort Apache and Rio Grande bookend it) and features one of John Wayne's most moving performances as a cavalry officer in his final week of service on the frontier.

Under makeup aging him some 20 years, Wayne inhabits the role of a wily veteran who knows the sting of war and vows to make his last mission one of peace. The ritual of outpost life, the sweep of battle, the advance of the patrol beneath ominous skies: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, an Academy Award winner for its color cinematography, paints a memorable portrait of the honor, duty and courage in the finest tradition of the cavalry.

With Wayne in She Wore A Yellow Ribbon are Joanne Dru (Red River, All the King's Men), John Agar (Fort Apache), Ben Johnson (Mighty Joe Young, Shane), Harry Carey, Jr. (3 Godfathers) and Victor McLaglen (The Informer).

Special Features:

· John Ford home movies

· Theatrical trailer

· Languages: English & Français

· Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

They Were Expendable (1945)

Director John Ford's World War II tale knows its battle-scarred topic firsthand: Robert Montgomery (The Big House, Here Comes Mr. Jordan) was a Pacific PT-boat commander and a valorous Bronze Star recipient and Ford filmed the Academy Award-winning documentary Battle of Midway. John Wayne creates a portrait of patriotic resolve as only he can. They Were Expendable salutes all who dedicated themselves to the cause of freedom during some of the war's bleakest hours.

Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat, there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines -- including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (Wayne) -- will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor.

Special Features:

· Theatrical Trailer

· Subtitles: English & Français

The John Ford-John Wayne Collection

Street Date: June 6, 2006

$79.92 SRP
post #105  on March 8, 2006 - 10:12 AM PST  
Recent Criterion reviews at DVD Talk :

La bête humaine

Kind Hearts and Coronets



The Virgin Spring

Young Mr. Lincoln
post #106  on March 8, 2006 - 6:43 PM PST  
From GC support:

"Dear Alberto,

Tokyo-ga, formerly on your Request List, is unfortunately no longer available for rent. At this moment, it appears that this disc will remain unavailable indefinitely. Therein, Tokyo-ga was entirely removed from our catalog. We apologize for this unexpected inconvenience. Please check back periodically to see if this title reappears in our catalog."

No loss, since Wim Wenders' Tokyo-ga, which was originally slated to be on Anchor Bay's Wim Wenders Collection Vol. 2, will now be included on the Criterion DVD of Ozu's Late Spring.
post #107  on March 10, 2006 - 3:01 PM PST  
This looks like it might be forthcoming from Criterion:

Robert Bresson's 1962 film, Le Proces de Jeanne d'Arc will be shown in a new transfer on TCM (preceded by Janus Films logo) at 11pm PST/2am EST.
post #108  on March 13, 2006 - 11:46 AM PST  
DVD Beaver Criterion review update:

The Bad Sleep Well

La bête humaine

Kind Hearts and Coronets



The Virgin Spring

Young Mr. Lincoln
post #109  on March 14, 2006 - 3:29 PM PST  
Siegel Retrospective

The mastery of pulp director extraordinaire Don Siegel (1912-1991) will be back on view starting this Friday, March 17, at New York's Film Forum, where Siegel, a montage expert for Warner Brothers who went on to a four-decade directing career, will be honored with a four-week retrospective. From B noirs like Riot in Cell Block 11 to the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers to indelible action fests like Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz, Siegel's in-your-face approach nearly created a genre all its own. Also playing will be his adaptation of Hemingway's The Killers, one of Criterion's grittiest titles.
post #110  on March 14, 2006 - 4:38 PM PST  
DVD Beaver reviews 3 Films by Louis Malle
post #111  on March 14, 2006 - 4:50 PM PST  
Criterion spine # 337!

Cover art for Maurice Pialat's À nos amours is up!
post #112  on March 14, 2006 - 4:54 PM PST  
OMG! WTF is this!

Shouldn't this be on Criterion's new cult label Eclipse, or is it dead in the water?
post #113  on March 15, 2006 - 9:32 AM PST  
> On March 14, 2006 - 4:38 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> DVD Beaver reviews 3 Films by Louis Malle
> ---------------------------------

Awesome, thanks. And maybe the Equinox cover is an April Fool's joke you stumbled on, early? :)
post #114  on March 15, 2006 - 11:09 AM PST  
> > DVD Beaver reviews 3 Films by Louis Malle

> Awesome, thanks.

You are welcome! These look wonderful, and about time too, n'est-ce pas?

> And maybe the Equinox cover is an April Fool's joke you stumbled on, early? :)

I doubt that it's an April Fools joke since it's still up at Criterion, though it may be slated for an April release. At first I thought perhaps that someone had hacked the Criterion site as had been done before with a notorious picture* of Cary Grant, but I'm afraid such is not the case.

*Adult content - contains nudity
post #115  on March 15, 2006 - 11:12 AM PST  
DVD Savant reviews the new Criterion DVD of Kind Hearts and Coronets.
post #116  on March 16, 2006 - 9:18 AM PST  
Announced for June Release

À nos amours

With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching À nos amours is one of his greatest achievements. In a revelatory film debut, the dynamic, fresh-faced Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a sixteen-year-old Parisian who embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father (played with astonishing magnetism by Pialat himself), ineffectual mother, and brutish brother. A tender character study that can erupt in startling violence, À nos amours is one of the high-water marks of eighties French cinema.

About the Transfer
À nos amours is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1. On standard 4:3 televisions, the image will appear letterboxed. On standard and widescreen televisions, black bars may also be visible on the left and right to maintain the proper screen format. This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from the original camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. To maintain optimal image quality through the compression process, the picture on this dual-layer DVD-9 was encoded at the highest-possible bit rate for the quantity of material included. The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from the 35mm magnetic tracks, and audio restoration tools were used to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle. The Dolby Digital 1.0 signal will be directed to the center channel on surround sound systems, but some viewers may prefer to switch to two-channel playback for a wider dispersal of the mono sound.

Special Features
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
The Human Eye, a 1999 documentary on the film
A 2003 interview with actor Sandrine Bonnaire
New video interviews with Catherine Breillat and Jean-Pierre Gorin
Archival interview with Pialat on the set
Actor auditions
theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
A booklet featuring essays by critics Molly Haskell and Kent Jones and interviews with Pialat and cinematographer Jacques Loiseleux
post #117  on March 16, 2006 - 9:32 AM PST  
Masters of Cinema unofficially announces Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses/Bara no soretsu

No further details as yet.

The cover art features a headshot of Peter, perhaps best known to Western audiences for his portrayal of Kyoami in Akira Kurosawa's late epic masterpiece, Ran.
post #118  on March 16, 2006 - 9:53 AM PST  
For those of you as yet unfamiliar with Funeral Parade of Roses, Matsumoto's groundbreaking and highly influential film, here is a brief review from Time Out and another from Mondo Digital.
post #119  on March 16, 2006 - 10:52 AM PST  
New Yorker Video have just released what is arguably Peter Watkins' finest artistic achievement (albeit in its shorter 174 minute theatrical version), Edvard Munch. However, it is currently unavailable for rent, something of a surprise, considering that two of his lesser-known films, It Happened Here and Punishment Park became immediately available upon their release.

Those of you interested in renting this incredible film, please click here to alter that situation by placing it on your request lists.

Now, what is holding up the release of The War Game and Privilege?
post #120  on March 16, 2006 - 11:16 AM PST  
Second Run DVD are planning to release Frantiaek Vlácils epic 1967 film, Markéta Lazarová sometime this summer.

Mehelli Modi of Second Run says that "plans for our Markéta are going very well. So much extra material to look at that we don't want to rush the release. We want our release, as much as possible, to be fully respectful of this wonderful film and the Czech community for whom this is very important. At the moment, we are in the midst of doing the all-new subtitles."

" remarkable in its own way as Tarkovsky's Andrei Roublev. In short: long overdue on DVD." --Mark Le Fanu
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