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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#76 Post by MichaelB » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:29 am

The AE Blu-ray is currently going for £6.49 (or $10.25 at the current exchange rate).

I believe the phrase is "a no-brainer", though I did at least do Criterion the courtesy of waiting to see if the rumours were true.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#77 Post by The Narrator Returns » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:51 pm

Criterion has addressed the controversy:
Criterion on Twitter wrote:On May 22nd, a major work by Abbas Kiarostami comes to Blu-ray and DVD

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#78 Post by Hail_Cesar » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:54 pm

At this point I haven't seen any minor work from Kiarostami...

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#79 Post by andyli » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:43 pm

Criterion on Twitter wrote:On May 22nd, a major work by Abbas Kiarostami comes to Blu-ray and DVD
They surely winked at us on the minor-major thing.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#80 Post by Matt » Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:58 pm

Oh my god, maybe this has all been a long, drawn-out hint for

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#81 Post by swo17 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:01 pm

That joke wasn't even funny when I told it.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#82 Post by Matt » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:10 pm

You're right.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#83 Post by whaleallright » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:56 pm

At this point I haven't seen any minor work from Kiarostami...
ABC Africa?

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#84 Post by knives » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:58 pm

That blackout scene prevents it just barely from being in contention for 'minor'.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#85 Post by Hail_Cesar » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:11 pm

jonah.77 wrote:
At this point I haven't seen any minor work from Kiarostami...
ABC Africa?
I haven't seen it yet :wink: but the dozen of his films I've seen are all among my all time favorite...

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#86 Post by zedz » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:56 pm

I don't know, I think Kiarostami has actually set out to make 'minor' films on several occasions (Roads of Kiarostami, that boiling-an-egg one, his commentaries on other of his films), and he's usually quite playful about their status as such.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#87 Post by ellipsis7 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:23 pm

ABC AFRICA starts with the fax from the UN agency inviting AK to make the film, and it then unfolds, although it is unclear whether this is the film or the recce to make the film, that then became the film... So the juxtaposition of his films and their parallel 'making of' pieces is apposite...

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#88 Post by Minkin » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:49 pm

Minkin wrote:Sheesh, couldn't they have at least put one of Kiarostami's shorts on this disc? That Interview and booklet had better be worth the extra $30 this thing costs over the AE :|
Well, everyone hold the phone, because we now have a reason to buy this/fall in love with Criterion all over again:
New Special Feature wrote:The rarely seen 1977 Kiarostami film The Report, which deals with similar themes
I'm sold now.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#89 Post by knives » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:01 pm

And purchased.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#90 Post by domino harvey » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:11 pm

Nah, I think the circulating copy shows very little room for improvement:

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#91 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:15 pm

So that's what happened to Nastassja Kinski's jumper from Paris, Texas!

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#92 Post by Jeff » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:35 pm

Wow! That should satiate those who were disappointed in the previously announced specs (myself included). I haven't seen the film, but I love Criterion including early features as supplements. This one stars a young Shohreh Aghdashloo. Can't wait.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#93 Post by AlexHansen » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:46 pm

Watching Peter Labuza's video essay on Copy today got me chomping at the bit to nab the AE but an extra film is more than enough reason to wait for the CC release. They do know how to treat us right *most of the time anyway*.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#94 Post by zedz » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:14 am

Hey, with that sweetener I'm even prepared to say I love the cover.

(though to be honest, domino's screengrab is probably more aesthetically pleasing)

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#95 Post by ellipsis7 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:49 am

THE REPORT is a fascinating film, made while the Shah was still in power, about a marital breakdown...
A corrosive study of the domestic and professional life of a Tehran bureaucratic clerk two years prior to the Islamic Revolution. Corruption and confusion are rife, and the man's relationship with his wife has reached a crisis. Reflecting not only the seismic shifts then affecting Iranian society but also, perhaps, the director's own feelings following a recent divorce, this is one of his darkest and, in many ways, least characteristic films.
From Abbas Kiarostami: Visions of the Artist programme 2005 @ BFI, V&A etc

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#96 Post by Anthony » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:48 pm

AlexHansen wrote:Watching Peter Labuza's video essay on Copy today got me chomping at the bit to nab the AE but an extra film is more than enough reason to wait for the CC release. They do know how to treat us right *most of the time anyway*.
Criterion should include that video piece as an extra. Well done.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#97 Post by Murdoch » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Indeed, that was a worthwhile watch and I find the first theory to be quite compelling.
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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#98 Post by Jeff » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:30 pm

It's a great piece. Every theory seems compelling to me, and I don't think that there's a "answer," but indeed that's the pleasure of the film.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#99 Post by Minkin » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:37 am

Bluray.com

Can't wait to see The Report. Given its' history, it looks amazing (improving on domino's screenshot). Too bad about the print's forced subs. Damn thoseblastards.

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Re: 612 Certified Copy

#100 Post by ellipsis7 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:05 am

THE REPORT is indeed fascinating, with many of Kiarostami's familiar tropes and themes expressed more overtly and directly than in his later work, where a greater level of elision and sublety comes into play, a development driven both by the ensuing political situation and his growth to full artistic maturity... Criterion's inclusion of THE REPORT as an extra on this release is really a great gift, doing a superb service for cinephiles, especially for us followers of Kiarostami etc....

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