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DVD MIA Redux -- 2008
Topic by: kaream
Posted: February 12, 2008 - 2:02 AM PST
Last Reply: November 13, 2009 - 3:38 PM PST

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author topic: DVD MIA Redux -- 2008
underdog
post #41  on April 16, 2008 - 6:08 PM PDT  
I love Jacques Tati so I am thrilled to announce that his previously unreleased "Trafic", the final film in his Hulot series, is going to arrive this summer via Criterion. We don't have the catalog info for the site yet but will add it soon. Meanwhile, here's the details from Criterion's press announcement:

Trafic

In Jacques Tatis Trafic, the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, outfitted as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Pariss highways and byways. For this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto companys director of design, and accompanies his new vehicle (a camper tricked out in all sorts of absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road is paved with modern-age mishaps. This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic geniuss expert timing and sidesplitting visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology run amok.

Info
" Directed by Jacques Tati (M. Hulots Holiday, Mon oncle, Playtime)
" Produced by Robert Dorfmann (Touchez pas au grisbi, Tristana, Le cercle rouge)

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
" New, restored high-definition digital transfer
" In the Footsteps of Monsieur Hulot (1969), a two-hour documentary tracing the evolution of Jacques Tatis beloved alter ego
" Interview from 1971 with the cast of Trafic, from the French television program Le journal de cinema
" The Comedy of Jacques Tati, a 1973 episode from the French television program Morceaux de bravoure
" Theatrical trailer
" New and improved English subtitle translation
" PLUS: A new essay by film critic Jonathan Romney

Title: Trafic
CAT: CC1756D
UPC: 7-15515-03032-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-045-7
SRP: $39.95
Prebook: 6/10/08
Street date: 7/15/08
kaream
post #42  on April 18, 2008 - 3:09 AM PDT  
> On April 16, 2008 - 6:08 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I love Jacques Tati ...
>
> Trafic
>
> Directed by Jacques Tati (M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle, Playtime)


I'm very happy for you, underdog. Personally I have to admit that I've never been able to appreciate or comprehend the hilarity of Tati movies.

However, this next line from the blurb ...

> Produced by Robert Dorfmann (Touchez pas au grisbi, Tristana, Le cercle rouge)


Becker's Touchez pas au grisbi, and Melville's Le cercle rouge, are both great movies -- but where oh where is Bunuel's Tristana, which I've never seen??

Waaa!! :-(
underdog
post #43  on April 18, 2008 - 10:47 AM PDT  
Actually, I rarely have found Tati's films "hilarious," but they put a smile on my face all the same. I just find them charming, if not side-splitting (except for a few scenes in M Hulot's Holiday).

As for the other, well you can always drop a line to Criterion on their web site, they sometimes respond to queries publicly on their blog. "Any chance you'll release [film X]?"
kaream
post #44  on May 5, 2008 - 7:03 PM PDT  
> On March 24, 2008 - 4:51 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 3, 2008 - 9:54 PM PST kaream wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > > U - listed as Used/new in Amazon Marketplace, many in PAL format / non-USA region
> > > > N - Amazon shows as No copies currently available, incl some Not yet released
> > > > X - Amazon has no DVD entry, but some in VHS
> > > > ---------------------------------
>
> > U - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939) -- 11.65 (several sources)
> >
> > ---------------------------------
> ---------------------------------

Going back and looking at Amazon Marketplace entries for this 1939 Wyler/Olivier/Oberon Wuthering Heights, I see the price has since gone up some, but no fewer than seven dealers are now listing the Korean import for $14.99. GreenCine *needs* this. Now aren't you sorry you didn't pick it up at $11.65 when you could? The dollar just keeps on falling against the Won.
kaream
post #45  on May 29, 2008 - 3:39 PM PDT  
I've been noticing since at least several weeks ago that Criterion has a 2-disc reissue of Salo currently available for preorder, but with no release date set as of yet. In the meantime, since GC will assuredly be buying several copies when it does come out, how about posting a Request button so we can start forming a priority line?
underdog
post #46  on May 29, 2008 - 4:07 PM PDT  
> On May 29, 2008 - 3:39 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've been noticing since at least several weeks ago that Criterion has a 2-disc reissue of Salo currently available for preorder, but with no release date set as of yet. In the meantime, since GC will assuredly be buying several copies when it does come out, how about posting a Request button so we can start forming a priority line?
> ---------------------------------

Your wish is our command: Salo.

AMG has no catalog info for it yet, so we can't import the updated information (I've just prodded them about it) but at least it's live now so you can queue it up early. We'll update that as we can. But it's out Aug 28.

Cheers!
kaream
post #47  on May 30, 2008 - 12:31 AM PDT  
> On May 29, 2008 - 4:07 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Your wish is our command
> ---------------------------------


:-)   Thanks!

And how about the upcoming Criterion 2-disc 1932 Dreyer Vampyr, to replace your Image release that everyone says is a poor transfer? Is there a date for this one yet?
underdog
post #48  on May 30, 2008 - 9:45 AM PDT  
Vampyr's coming July 22nd, and we'll be adding to catalog very soon. (Again, waiting for AMG to update their info, but we'll add as soon as they do. Will link here then.)
kaream
post #49  on June 2, 2008 - 6:50 AM PDT  
This present post is an update of the OP and subsequent posts to the thread, showing titles either with changed status since 2/12/08, or providing additional information, as currently noted at Amazon:


> On February 12, 2008 - 2:02 AM PST kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This thread is an update of Eoliano's 2004 DVD MIA Redux thread, itself an update of yulek's 2002 Movies that should be on DVD but aren't.
>
>
> A - now Available directly from Amazon
> U - listed as Used/new in Amazon Marketplace, many in PAL format / non-USA region
> N - Amazon shows as No copies currently available, incl some Not yet released
> X - Amazon has no DVD entry, but some in VHS


U - 1984 (Anderson 1956) new 18.99 R1
A - African Queen, The (Huston 1951) 10.99 UK R0 NTSC Castaway -- get this one!!; also
U - African Queen, The (Huston 1951) new 9.49 Korea R0 NTSC
A - Appartment, L' [The Apartment] (Mimouni 1996) IN PRINT: Lions Gate
A - Ballad of Narayama (Imamura 1983) AVAILABLE AT GC 6/10/08
U - Bhaji on the Beach (Chadha 1993) new 11.95 NTSC
U - Black Belt Jones (Clouse 1974) new 7.79 R1
U - Black Lizard (?? unspecified) new 16.95 NTSC
A - Britannia Hospital (Anderson 1982) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Bronx Tale, A (De Niro 1993) like new 9.99, OOP US release
A - Chimes at Midnight (Welles 1965) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Crimson Pirate, The (Siodmak 1952) new 25.34 Warner OOP US release; also 2.82 Korea R0 NTSC Sky
A - Cronaca di un Amore / Story of a Love Affair (Antonioni 1950) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Desiree (Koster 1954) new 20.00 China R0 NTSC
U - Deuxième Souffle, Le (Melville 1966) new 21.95 Russia R0 NTSC
A - Dodes'ka-den / Clickety-Clack (Kurosawa 1970) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - El (Bunuel 1953) new 19.99 R1 NTSC
A - Electric Dragon 80,000V (Ishii 2001) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Europa/Zentropa (von Trier 1991) new 10.40 Korea R0 NTSC
A - Fall of the Roman Empire (Mann 1964) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
A - Faster Pussycat, Kill!,Kill! (Meyer 1965) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Gas Food Lodging (Anders 1992) new 19.99 Sony OOP US release
U - Go Master[s], The (Duan 1982) new 24.95 China R0 NTSC Deltamac
U - Gordon's War (Davis 1973) new 11.87 Blax OOP US release
A - Grande Bouffe, La (Ferreri 1973) IN PRINT: R0 NTSC Umbrella Ooh, get it now!! I get dibs!!
U - Greetings (De Palma 1968) new 1.75 Platinum OOP US release
U - Innocent, The (Visconti 1976) new 24.99 Russia R0 SomeWax
U - Ipcress File, The (Furie 1965) new 24.99 Russia R0 NTSC Film Prestige
U - Johnny Got His Gun (Trumbo 1971) new 25.90 Portugal R0 NTSC
U - K2 (Roddam 1991) new 6.87 R1 Greatest Sports Legends OOP US release
U - Lady and the Tramp (Disney 1955) new 24.40 Disney OOP US release
U - Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls 1948) new 14.91 China R0 NTSC DVDVideo
U - Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi 1952) new 19.95 Korea R0 NTSC YDM DVDVideo
U - Linguini Incident, The (Shepard 1991) new 13.99 R1 NTSC OOP US release
U - Magnificent Obsession (Sirk 1954) new 12.99 China R1 NTSC
A - Man of a Thousand Faces (Pevney 1957) AVAILABLE AT GC 6/24/08
A - Man of the West (Mann 1958) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Massacre at Central High (Daalder 1976) new 9.67 R0 PAL
U - Meetings With Remarkable Men (Brook 1979) new 29.95 R0 NTSC Morning Light
U - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Oshima 1983) new 16.94 R0 NTSC LW Editora
U - Nazarin (Bunuel 1959) new 26.87 NTSC Continental
U - Night Train to Munich (Reed 1940) new 10.00 NTSC Madacy (w/ 2 add'l films on disc -- probably poor transfer)
U - Planeta Burg (Klushantsev 1962) new 16.99 R1 NTSC
U - Rabid Dogs (Bava 1974) new 15.99 R1 NTSC Lucertola
A - Red Balloon, The (Lamorisse 1956) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Red Desert, The (Antonioni 1964) new 29.99 Russia R0 PAL Prestige
A - Robinson Crusoe (Bunuel 1954) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC (no longer OOP -- entry needs to be corrected)
A - Salo (Pasolini 1975) AVAILABLE AT GC 8/28/08
U - Senso (Visconti 1954) new 24.99 Russia R0 NTSC SomeWax
U - Tamango (Berry 1958) new 9.25 R0 NTSC Blax
A - Thief of Bagdad, The (Powell et al 1940) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
U - Three the Hard Way (Parks 1974) new 9.33 R1
U - Ulisse (Camerini 1954) new 8.45 Korea R0 NTSC
A Vampyr [Criterion] (Dreyer 1932) AVAILABLE AT GC 7/22/08
U - Viva Zapata! (Kazan 1952) new 11.99 Korea? R0 NTSC
U - Voyage in Italy (Rossellini 1954) new 17.99 Korea R0 NTSC
U - Whistle Down The Wind (Forbes 1961) new 16.84 Portugal R0 NTSC LW Editora
U - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939) new 9.95 Korea R0 NTSC
A - Young One, The / La Joven (Bunuel 1960) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC
A - Zabriskie Point (Antonioni 1970) NOW AVAILABLE AT GC

kaream
post #50  on June 2, 2008 - 7:10 AM PDT  
I suppose I really ought to post this over in the Request thread, but I'll give it a try here first -- these specifically are the ones I'm about to lose bladder control over:


> A - African Queen, The (Huston 1951) 10.99 UK R0 NTSC Castaway -- get this one!!

> A - Ballad of Narayama (Imamura 1983) AVAILABLE AT GC 6/10/08

> U - Deuxième Souffle, Le (Melville 1966) new 21.95 Russia R0 NTSC

> U - El (Bunuel 1953) new 19.99 R1 NTSC

> U - Europa/Zentropa (von Trier 1991) new 10.40 Korea R0 NTSC

> A - Grande Bouffe, La (Ferreri 1973) IN PRINT: R0 NTSC Umbrella Ooh, get it now!! I get dibs!!

> U - Innocent, The (Visconti 1976) new 24.99 Russia R0 SomeWax

> U - Ipcress File, The (Furie 1965) new 24.99 Russia R0 NTSC Film Prestige

> U - Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls 1948) new 14.91 China R0 NTSC DVDVideo

> U - Nazarin (Bunuel 1959) new 26.87 NTSC Continental

> U - Red Desert, The (Antonioni 1964) new 29.99 Russia R0 PAL Prestige

> A - Salo (Pasolini 1975) AVAILABLE AT GC 8/28/08

> U - Senso (Visconti 1954) new 24.99 Russia R0 NTSC SomeWax

> A - Vampyr [Criterion] (Dreyer 1932) AVAILABLE AT GC 7/22/08

> U - Voyage in Italy (Rossellini 1954) new 17.99 Korea R0 NTSC

> U - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939) new 9.95 Korea R0 NTSC


My only reservation concerns the various Korean releases -- you don't want to get any Korean DVDs that might be subject to T&A and/or sex censorship; better to just take a pass on any of these.
kaream
post #51  on June 2, 2008 - 2:24 PM PDT  
> On June 2, 2008 - 7:10 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > U - Red Desert, The (Antonioni 1964) new 29.99 Russia R0 PAL Prestige
> ---------------------------------


Scratch this one -- it has Italian and Russian subtitles only (besides being PAL format, which I can play, but apparently some others cannot).


In the meantime I've posted hot links for the other titles at the Request thread, omitting the ones you already have on order.
kaream
post #52  on June 2, 2008 - 2:55 PM PDT  
> On June 2, 2008 - 6:50 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This present post is an update of the OP and subsequent posts to the thread, showing titles either with changed status since 2/12/08, or providing additional information, as currently noted at Amazon
> ---------------------------------


I should get you guys to pay me for this -- it took a big chunk of my weekend to research that entire list.

:-)
kaream
post #53  on June 18, 2008 - 11:55 PM PDT  
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)

Grand Illusion (Renoir)
Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)
Rashomon (Kurosawa)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman)
Knife in the Water (Polanski)
Lord of the Flies (Brook)

The last six of these titles have already been available from Criterion; I'm not sure whether these might be new editions, or simply a reissue in a boxed set.
underdog
post #54  on June 19, 2008 - 5:39 PM PDT  
Thanks for reposting that list. We'll get those up there as soon as we get the data for 'em. Some exciting stuff.

I'm also excited because another one on my own personal DVD MIA list (and those of many other people as well) was also announced as coming out this summer: SPACED, the complete series, is out later in July. Hooray! Hilarious show starring Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg.
kaream
post #55  on June 19, 2008 - 6:54 PM PDT  
> On June 18, 2008 - 11:55 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> 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)
> ---------------------------------

Absolutely exciting stuff, indeed. I've been wanting to see those three Ophuls films since forever; I've never seen any Kaurismaki at all, but am looking forward to these.

On the other hand, while I can certainly appreciate Ozu, maybe it's just me, but I get tired of him after a while (and mightily tired of Setsuko Hara continually playing the long-suffering dutiful daughter, with that faint and fleeting smile of hers, sometimes timid and sometimes hurt, in six Ozus plus two Kurosawas, and I can't think what else). I don't know, though -- maybe I ought to give this final film of Ozu's a try; Hara isn't in it.

Anyone else have the same sort of reactions, to either Ozu or Hara?
kaream
post #56  on June 19, 2008 - 7:06 PM PDT  
> On June 19, 2008 - 5:39 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
another one on my own personal DVD MIA list
> ---------------------------------

White Dog R0 NTSC (UK release), new $19.99

Lemme know if you decide to jump for it.
underdog
post #57  on June 19, 2008 - 9:11 PM PDT  
Hmm, White Dog is tempting. I shall ask. We used to rent out a DVD-Rom that was basically a bootleg and seemed a little shady so we gave up on it. But that was how I've actually seen that film.

And yeah, I'm getting a little burned out on the Ozu releases, too, and frankly, as another reviewer colleague of mine pointed out to me in an email recently: "What's with all the Louis Malle?" I love his stuff but, c'mon Criterion, mix it up a little.

But this other stuff has me very excited, too.
kaream
post #58  on June 20, 2008 - 3:17 AM PDT  
> On June 19, 2008 - 9:11 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And yeah, I'm getting a little burned out on the Ozu releases, too, and frankly, as another reviewer colleague of mine pointed out to me in an email recently: "What's with all the Louis Malle?" I love his stuff but, c'mon Criterion, mix it up a little.
> ---------------------------------

Well, at least Malle made different movies. I'm being terribly philistine, but with a few exceptions, it seems like Ozu mostly just kept making the same movie over and over. Older married couple with grown daughter, and relationships between these three. His body of work (I've seen about 2/3 of what's available) is like an enormous fugue, with variations. I get so I'm nearly in a fugue state myself. Maybe it's just all those Hara movies, and I'm not trying far enough afield.

In a way, of course, many directors keep kneading the same themes, using the same casts. But the great difference is that with these other directors, unlike Ozu, something happens in their movies, there's some action. I can sit and watch ten Fassbinders in a row -- even the dumber ones -- before I hit total burnout (but Chabrol is a little harder for me to do that, and I've taken a break from him while I was still ahead).
kaream
post #59  on June 20, 2008 - 3:53 AM PDT  
> On June 20, 2008 - 3:17 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
... before I hit total burnout (but Chabrol is a little harder for me to do that ...
> ---------------------------------

And I'm not sure I entirely understand my reaction to Chabrol. God knows he's made some not-very-good movies during his enormous output, but he does have this neat trick of stopping the movie just before the end, so that he only suggests what actually happens rather than explicitly showing it. I like this aspect of them, but there's something else going on too that I can't put my finger on, that eventually starts to become tiresome.

It's not that he leaves his stories unresolved, in the sense that Antonioni does, where you sometimes wonder 'what the hell was that all about?' -- no, I don't know what it is.
JGerow
post #60  on June 20, 2008 - 2:20 PM PDT  
I recently reactivated my GreenCine membership, which I had cancelled for a couple years, specifically because I spotted Chimes at Midnight on the New to GreenCine list. Although it was unfortunately scratched and difficult to watch for large chunks of its running time, it still more than justified renewing my membership. I'm delighted that Chris Marker's The Last Bolshevik, another non-Netflix-available title, is now on its way to my mailbox.

Any chance of getting some of the great Frederick Wiseman DVD's now available from his private website, or Ken Jacobs's Star Spangled to Death?
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