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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
kaream
post #61  on June 20, 2008 - 2:27 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2008 - 2:20 PM PDT JGerow wrote:
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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
> ---------------------------------

Did you request a replacement copy? Surely GC has more than just that one, or can get more.

Who is it that scratches up these discs, anyway?
weezy
post #62  on June 20, 2008 - 2:37 PM PDT  
Kaream - we're going to try out that copy of White Dog you listed on Amazon and see how it goes.

JGerow, thanks for the kind words! We are still not allowed to rent out the Wiseman Docs, according to their camp, and we'll keep an eye out for a wider release of Star Spangled Death.
kaream
post #63  on June 20, 2008 - 2:45 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2008 - 2:37 PM PDT weezy wrote:
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> Kaream - we're going to try out that copy of White Dog you listed on Amazon and see how it goes.
> ---------------------------------

Terrific -- I get it after Underdog and you!
kaream
post #64  on June 20, 2008 - 2:54 PM PDT  
And I knew that OOP Chimes at Midnight import would be a winner.

Hopefully you can work out deals on price breaks with some of these importers that advertise at Amazon with R0 NTSC releases.
kaream
post #65  on June 20, 2008 - 4:36 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2008 - 2:27 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 20, 2008 - 2:20 PM PDT JGerow wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> 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
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Who is it that scratches up these discs, anyway?
> ---------------------------------

A lot of bad things can happen to a disc in the mail -- it can get broken, or cracked, or chipped at the edge, or occasionally gouged by something hard and heavy hitting it; or sometimes stolen or lost -- but one thing that can not happen in the mail is for a disc to get scratched. That comes ONLY from careless handling by the person who rented it.

So I assume that GreenCine maintains a shitlist of people who were sent clean discs and return them scratched. That's destructive behavior that affects not just the company, but ALL of us. If scratches ever occur more than once with any member, it's time to cancel that membership and wave goodbye -- let them go scratch up somebody else's inventory.
DLeonard
post #66  on June 21, 2008 - 2:12 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2008 - 2:37 PM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Kaream - we're going to try out that copy of White Dog you listed on Amazon and see how it goes.
>
> ---------------------------------

Word has been that Criterion plans to release "White Dog" at some point this year. I had noticed the Amazon listing a few months back but figured it was best to just wait for the Criterion version to come around.
underdog
post #67  on June 22, 2008 - 11:32 AM PDT  
> On June 21, 2008 - 2:12 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 20, 2008 - 2:37 PM PDT weezy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Kaream - we're going to try out that copy of White Dog you listed on Amazon and see how it goes.
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Word has been that Criterion plans to release "White Dog" at some point this year. I had noticed the Amazon listing a few months back but figured it was best to just wait for the Criterion version to come around.
> ---------------------------------

Yes! You're right, I'd forgotten about that rumor. It sounds like it's as good as done, but I'm still waiting for absolutely official word/confirmation from them. But it seems as if we should hold off on getting any more sketchy versions off the 'net for now, with the promise of Criterion this year.
Vanamonde
post #68  on June 22, 2008 - 7:53 PM PDT  
> On June 21, 2008 - 2:12 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Word has been that Criterion plans to release "White Dog" at some point this year. I had noticed the Amazon listing a few months back but figured it was best to just wait for the Criterion version to come around.
> ---------------------------------
>
We talkin' about an indie film with Kristy McNichol trying to reform a dog trained to attach all black people? That was a GREAT film.

I was still married when I saw that. Had to be before 1984.
kaream
post #69  on June 22, 2008 - 11:27 PM PDT  
> On June 22, 2008 - 11:32 AM PDT underdog wrote:
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But it seems as if we should hold off on getting any more sketchy versions off the 'net for now, with the promise of Criterion this year.
> ---------------------------------

By "any more sketchy versions off the 'net for now" I trust you're referring only to White Dog, and not in general.

I'm still holding out hope for these, at least:

> On June 2, 2008 - 7:10 AM PDT kaream wrote:
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> > U - Deuxième Souffle, Le (Melville 1966) new Russia R0 NTSC
> > U - Innocent, The (Visconti 1976) new Russia R0 SomeWax
> > U - Ipcress File, The (Furie 1965) new Russia R0 NTSC Film Prestige
> > U - Nazarin (Bunuel 1959) new NTSC Continental
> > U - Senso (Visconti 1954) new Russia R0 NTSC SomeWax
> > U - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939) new Korea R0 NTSC
> ---------------------------------

kaream
post #70  on June 23, 2008 - 12:05 AM PDT  
I know it will seem ungracious, with Shohei Imamura just having released his stunning 1983 version of The Ballad of Narayama in a beautiful transfer on the AnimeIgo label, but it just makes me all the more anxious to see Keisuke Kinoshita's original 1958 version again. It's been many years since I saw this earlier film, on VHS, and my recollection is hazy, but this comment in a review at IMDb reminds me of what I specially liked about it in contrast to Imamura's very realistic and literal remake:

"The story is told in a highly theatrical, staged style, and narrated and acted as if it were a kabuki play. It even starts with a curtain parting. This would have been familiar to early Japanese film goers as the roots of Japanese cinema was in filmed theater, rather than in representational forms (i.e. 'moving pictures') as in most other countries. So, while this seems a somewhat contrived and arty approach to a modern western viewer, to the contemporary Japanese audience it would have been familiar and natural."

Amazon does list an R2 PAL DVD of the Kinoshita, which my computer can play, but unfortunately at $35 it's well beyond my price range.

kaream
post #71  on June 23, 2008 - 12:34 AM PDT  
> On June 23, 2008 - 12:05 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Amazon does list an R2 PAL DVD of the Kinoshita, which my computer can play, but unfortunately at $35 it's well beyond my price range.
> ---------------------------------

Hmm .. looking again, I notice that entry doesn't say anything about subtitles, but the issuer, Tartan, is an English company so surely it must have them. Their release of the Imamura version does specify English subtitles.

Hmm again .. now looking at TartanVideo's website -- if that's the right place -- they don't list either of these as being available. I wonder if they've both gone out of print, and the two importers listing them at Amazon just happen to have some stock left. Or possibly their listings are out of date. Damn.
weezy
post #72  on June 23, 2008 - 10:44 AM PDT  
We added Wuthering Heights - this version looks GREAT!

Wuthering Heights - Korean Import Version
kaream
post #73  on June 23, 2008 - 11:32 AM PDT  
> On June 23, 2008 - 10:44 AM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> We added Wuthering Heights - this version looks GREAT!
>
> Wuthering Heights - Korean Import Version
> ---------------------------------

Many thanks, weezy!

I've had very good luck so far with the Korean releases I've seen -- they're very professionally done.

You just need to be careful to avoid any Korean releases of movies that might have any objectionable sex or T&A, because they will either cut these, or apply ugly pasties over the body parts, or both. You can never rely on the stated timing as being accurate when the movie has been cut -- they still report the original timing.

The only Russian import I've seen was your Zabriskie Point, which also looked fine, and appeared to be entirely uncut as far as I could tell.
kaream
post #74  on July 28, 2008 - 1:34 AM PDT  
> > On June 2, 2008 - 7:10 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > U - Deuxième Souffle, Le (Melville 1966) new Russia R0 NTSC
> > > U - Innocent, The (Visconti 1976) new Russia R0 SomeWax
> > > U - Ipcress File, The (Furie 1965) new Russia R0 NTSC Film Prestige
> > > U - Nazarin (Bunuel 1959) new NTSC Continental
> > > U - Senso (Visconti 1954) new Russia R0 NTSC SomeWax
> > > U - Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939) new Korea R0 NTSC
> > ---------------------------------

Thanks for getting the great-looking Korean Wuthering Heights!!

Any further word on some of those Russian releases in the meantime? The Russian Zabriskie Point you picked up was an excellent transfer.
kaream
post #75  on August 16, 2008 - 4:30 PM PDT  
Kanak Attack: currently available only as unplayable Region 2 import, starting at $64.95 ea.
kaream
post #76  on August 18, 2008 - 6:38 PM PDT  
Another update -- GreenCine presently does have the following titles:

- African Queen, The (Huston 1951)
- Ballad of Narayama (Imamura 1983)
- Britannia Hospital (Anderson 1982)
- California Split (Altman 1974)
- Chimes at Midnight (Welles 1965)
- Dodes'ka-den / Clickety-Clack (Kurosawa 1970)
- Fall of the Roman Empire (Mann 1964)
- Man of a Thousand Faces (Pevney 1957)
- Nostalghia (Tarkovsky 1983)
- Red Balloon, The (Lamorisse 1956)
- Robinson Crusoe (Bunuel 1954)
- Satantango (Tarr 1994)
- Story of a Love Affair (Antonioni 1950)
- Thief of Bagdad, The (Powell et al 1940)
- Wuthering Heights (Wyler 1939)
- Zabriskie Point (Antonioni 1970)
- Zentropa (von Trier 1991)
underdog
post #77  on September 11, 2008 - 1:57 PM PDT  
At last, Kiss of the Spider Woman is indeed coming to DVD, next month! And it's on our site now.
underdog
post #78  on September 11, 2008 - 4:00 PM PDT  
The Boys in the Band, at long last, is coming to DVD Nov 11!

Controversial and important film in gay history circles, eagerly awaited by embracers and detractors alike!
underdog
post #79  on November 12, 2008 - 2:26 PM PST  
I'm just posting here to please Kaream. ;-)

No, also to mention I'm concocting another one of my yearly MIA DVD (DVDs we need!) lists for GreenCine and will take suggestions. I have a few sure bets so far. But I'm only going to tease you for now by giving you one: The List of Adrian Messenger.

kaream
post #80  on November 12, 2008 - 2:35 PM PST  
> On November 12, 2008 - 11:34 AM PST weezy wrote:
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> Hey Cinenaut! We deleted that old catalog listing since we're picking up the new version, queue that one up here:
>
> Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
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