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#1376 Post by AquaNarc » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:27 pm

google agrees with you.

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#1377 Post by swo17 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:31 pm

To be clear, they also said that this is something being announced Monday. My avatar approves.

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#1378 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:36 pm

On a side note, the people on the Criterion Facebook page are scavengers for what ever info we post here, huh? A few minutes after posting what I thought was the answer, everyone mentions the bee scene in Rushmore or is it just a coincidence?

Anyways, I think we should start posting erroneous info just so everyone could share wrong info on the Facebook page.

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#1379 Post by Finch » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:41 pm

Rushmore and Renoir Blu upgrades (maybe a Renoir double bill even, Boudu with Rules?) on top of the Kieslowski set almost makes me wish for the sake of my wallet that the two or three as yet unannounced Monday titles won't be of interest to me.

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#1380 Post by domino harvey » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:54 pm

Wes Anderson Blu-ray upgrades are such no-brainers that I wonder what took so long. Bring on Tenenbaums goddammit

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#1381 Post by knives » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:56 pm

Maybe they were doing some major resto work? If I remember correctly Rushmore wasn't even mixed in HD.

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#1382 Post by Gary Gnu » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:23 pm

I told my friend just two weeks ago that it's only a matter of time before Rushmore gets an upgrade... He went ahead and bought it anyway.

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#1383 Post by Oedipax » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:26 pm

Gary Gnu wrote:
Tom Hagen wrote:A month or so back, I seem to remember Criterion asking on Facebook "which would you rather see, Decalogue or "The Three Colors?" This was after we knew that the trilogy would be coming out. Is it too much to dream that both could come out?
Holy Hell! When did this go OOP??
Sweet, I can get a $1 Amazon giftcard for my set.

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#1384 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Gary Gnu wrote:I told my friend just two weeks ago that it's only a matter of time before Rushmore gets an upgrade... He went ahead and bought it anyway.
I'm kinda surprised. They haven't released (to my knowledge, anyway) any Disney titles since Life Aquatic which made me think their deal with them was up.

But VERY glad to see this upgrade coming. Rushmore is one of my all-time favorites and is arguably Wes' best work.

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#1385 Post by Gary Gnu » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Oedipax wrote:Sweet, I can get a $1 Amazon giftcard for my set.
Wow, that sucks. I'd think the value would go up upon it going OOP. I came close to buying it around the time it was pulled. :(
flyonthewall2983 wrote:I'm kinda surprised. They haven't released (to my knowledge, anyway) any Disney titles since Life Aquatic which made me think their deal with them was up.

But VERY glad to see this upgrade coming. Rushmore is one of my all-time favorites and is arguably Wes' best work.
I know, it wasn't very logical of me to have thought that, but I just had a visceral sort feeling that it was coming up. I'm excited, as well!

They're probably going to re-release the two-disc set of Life Aquatic in a clear case, too. They've been doing that with their other two-disc titles from the pre-crazy C years.

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#1386 Post by dwk » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:38 pm

I think Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou all need(ed) new transfers for Blu-ray releases, that may be one reason why it has taken so long to get any of them. We should be happy that Disney renewed the deal with Criterion and didn't license these titles to Mill Creek.

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#1387 Post by Gary Gnu » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:43 pm

Is The Royal Tenenbaums rumored for Monday's announcement? It's going to be a very Wes Anderson Thanksgiving...

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#1388 Post by swo17 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:45 pm

Gary Gnu wrote:Is The Royal Tenenbaums rumored for Monday's announcement?
Only subjectively.

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#1389 Post by Gary Gnu » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:50 pm

swo17 wrote:
Gary Gnu wrote:Is The Royal Tenenbaums rumored for Monday's announcement?
Only subjectively.
Alright, fuck this.

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#1390 Post by Jeff » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:58 pm

Criterion posted these images over a year ago, and nothing ever came of it. If it implied Tenenbaums, as was assumed, there must have been some major production delays. Perhaps it will come alongside Rushmore.

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#1391 Post by ianungstad » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:10 pm

I would imagine that Criterion has licensed the rights to Rushmore and the other Wes Anderson titles owned by Disney this time around. The previous editions were work for hire done for Buena Vista. If this is the case, hopefully that means they'll have the custom blu ray cases, drop the slipcovers and the studio mandated featurettes (Starz on Set! etc)

It could explain why it's taken longer than most people thought to upgrade these titles and the stock issues with Rushmore that has plagued the title for the last few years.

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#1392 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:35 pm

Maybe this means we'll get more than the Anderson titles too. I can think of at least two Touchstone titles that would be perfect additions, The Insider and The Color Of Money.

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#1393 Post by mfunk9786 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:48 pm

Yessssss yes yes. I want more Anderson upgrades, please.

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#1394 Post by dwk » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:10 am

Jeff wrote:Criterion posted these images over a year ago, and nothing ever came of it. If it implied Tenenbaums, as was assumed, there must have been some major production delays. Perhaps it will come alongside Rushmore.
They used that art for The Darjeeling Limited. The Indian, snake, and cactus are in the booklet and the sleeping dog is on the Bengal Lancer menu.

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#1395 Post by Tom Hagen » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:47 am

Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums have to be the two biggest no-brainer upgrades in the catalog from a pure sales standpoint. The fact that we haven't seen them yet suggests that there are distribution/rights issues behind the delays.

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#1396 Post by agnamaracs » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:57 am

Criterion titles owned by Disney.
I'm pretty sure Chasing Amy and Chungking Express are the only two from Miramax.
Straw Dogs and the Hitchcocks are either owned by, or licensed to, MGM.

So this leaves the Wes Andersons, the Michael Bays, and for some reason, Terminal Station? (How did they get it? What branch?)

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#1397 Post by Jeff » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:16 am

dwk wrote:They used that art for The Darjeeling Limited. The Indian, snake, and cactus are in the booklet and the sleeping dog is on the Bengal Lancer menu.
Ah. I guess that puts the kibosh on the notion that The Royal Tenenbaums is necessarily coming soon, but with the path cleared by Rushmore, I still suspect we'll see it eventually.

I know that Buena Vista collaborated and handled the distribution of the Tenenbaums release, but didn't Criterion do Rushmore themselves (with distribution via Image)? It doesn't have the studio-friendly slipcase or Buena Vista price point.
agnamaracs wrote:I'm pretty sure Chasing Amy and Chungking Express are the only two from Miramax.
Straw Dogs and the Hitchcocks are either owned by, or licensed to, MGM.

So this leaves the Wes Andersons, the Michael Bays, and for some reason, Terminal Station? (How did they get it? What branch?
You are correct that those two are the only Miramax titles. The Andersons and Bays came about due to lobbying by their directors. Straw Dogs, the Hitchcocks, and Terminal Station were all David O. Selznick productions. The Selnick library was purchased ABC, whose library was later purchased by Disney. In the past 15 years, Disney has licensed the ABC library to Anchor Bay, then Criterion, and now MGM. Terminal Station remains in print because, although Criterion worked with Disney to get original elements, the film has actually fallen into the public domain.

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#1398 Post by ianungstad » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:06 pm

Not that it really matters but the Image website only lists The Darjeeling Limited and Bottle Rocket. The lack of slipcover and higher price point is probably more a result of Buena Vista keeping the cheaper mass retail version of Rushmore in print and keeping Criterion's pricing structure for the "collector's" edition. Anyone remember when the Criterion version of Armageddon was available in Canada and they priced it at msrp 99.99? Amazon used to have it for sale for $70. (Still doesn't beat In the Mood For Love which originally had a Canadian MSRP of $110)

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#1399 Post by cdnchris » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:31 pm

Jeff wrote:
dwk wrote:They used that art for The Darjeeling Limited. The Indian, snake, and cactus are in the booklet and the sleeping dog is on the Bengal Lancer menu.
Ah. I guess that puts the kibosh on the notion that The Royal Tenenbaums is necessarily coming soon, but with the path cleared by Rushmore, I still suspect we'll see it eventually.

I know that Buena Vista collaborated and handled the distribution of the Tenenbaums release, but didn't Criterion do Rushmore themselves (with distribution via Image)? It doesn't have the studio-friendly slipcase or Buena Vista price point.
Even though Rushmore had an Image UPC number I think Buena Vista handled distribution. It was available on the Disney web store (where they only sold their stuff) and was briefly packaged with High Fidelity (for whatever reason) as one of those combo deals way back when. Also, to get super geeky, all of the contents (the cover, the booklet, the map, and the disc) have Buena Vista item numbers hidden in the corners. I think Criterion ultimately did these editions but Disney handled the manufacturing and distribution (with the ABC films, Terminal Station and Chungking being the exceptions.)

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#1400 Post by andyli » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:41 pm

Criterion just said they will tweet the releases individually.

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