Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#126 Post by swo17 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:21 pm

danieltiger wrote:The Honeymoon Killers?!? There's one out of WAY left field.
We already knew Arrow was working on it, so not too surprising.

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#127 Post by The Narrator Returns » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:22 pm

criterion10 wrote:Criterion better have saved a few secret weapon titles for the end of the year.
I keep hoping against hope that they're releasing Kafka by the end of this year.

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#128 Post by danieltiger » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:27 pm

swo17 wrote:
danieltiger wrote:The Honeymoon Killers?!? There's one out of WAY left field.
We already knew Arrow was working on it, so not too surprising.
Yeah... I guess my surprise is just that so many seem to feel it's a fairly unimpressive entry in the collection. Therefore the idea of it getting upgraded long before so many others is a surprise, at least to me.

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#129 Post by jfish226 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:29 pm

Other than Blind Chance and possibly the Beresford titles this is the first month this year that I felt "meh" about. This year has been another great year for Criterion, for me anyway.

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#130 Post by skeets kelly » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:31 pm

really interested in what they're going to do about the problematic audio on honeymoon killers.

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#131 Post by Minkin » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:22 pm

Well this was one of Criterion's most left-field month for awhile now. Only Room with a View (newsletter + actor confirmation) was a known certainty. Breaker Morant + Honeymoon Killers were just inferred from Hulu offerings.

This essentially confirms that Criterion picked up the rights to the Kino Kieslowski titles (that went OOP a year+ ago). The other films therefore to expect are (I assume some of them will be packaged with The Decalogue):
A Short Film About Love
Camera Buff
No End
The Scar
A Short Film About Killing

I think the Merchant Ivory problems are entirely related to the bond stooges who bought the company after it had financial problems. I assume they demanded more money or a new contract for the titles, despite the films still being under the old contract, thus the lawsuit (which was settled out of court). They have still yet to do anything with the movies, so who knows what will eventually happen.

As a reminder, as it was buried a few pages ago, the following have been confirmed it seems!
The Decalogue: Criterion has the rights and was originally going to release this back in December, but the release has been held back so they can secure either better-quality source materials or more extra material (he didn't specify)
-The Graduate
-In Cold Blood
-The New World (he had suggested that Criterion release all three existing cuts of the film, but nothing was decided at this point)
-Two unfinished films by Orson Welles: It's All True and another film whose name he didn't remember, but which he knew starred Jeanne Moreau and had a running time of approximately one hour, so in all likelihood it's The Immortal Story, though of course that's not unfinished. These will be put out as a single release.
Isn't The Graduate part of the same odd rights package as Straw Dogs?
Also seems strange that Criterion is going after so many Welles titles, but skipped twice (I assume they had the opportunity to pass) on Lady from Shanghai.

Also- A Poem is a Naked Person begins its Janus tour in July. Here is the Janus page.

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#132 Post by ianungstad » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:38 pm

A Room With a View is not owned by the bond holders who purchased the bulk of the Merchant-Ivory rights. It's with Westchester Films. The Bruce Beresford stuff is from Westchester as well. I think they released these two Beresford titles back to back since they are thematically linked. There's also a third title; The Club. I assume Criterion has it as well. Most likely these Beresford titles were picked up as a package.

The Graduate isn't part of the ABC/Selznick library. Not too surprising that The Graduate is forthcoming. Hope they picked up Carnal Knowledge too.

I hope that they also acquire the rights to Capote from MGM and release it back to back with In Cold Blood.

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#133 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:07 pm

Hopefully, Blind Chance means that Criterion has also picked up the Hanekes that went OOP from Kino.

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#134 Post by JimmyTango » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:53 pm

Criterion's 2015 choices are really boring.

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#135 Post by david hare » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:33 am

Amen bro!

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#136 Post by dadaistnun » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:26 am

Blind Chance is part of the "Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema" series that Milestone was involved with; I imagine the rights lie with the original studios (Tor, Kadr, etc.) not Milestone, per se, but I wonder if we'll see more of these titles in the future.

Very happy (and surprised) to see this one get released by Criterion, despite the speculation/wishful thinking regarding the OOP Kinos. I thought at best we might get an Eclipse set of them, with A Short Film About Killing/Love saved for the Decalogue set.

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#137 Post by ianungstad » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:28 am

From the FOX list posted on HTF by James Finn; he notes that Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls will be released next year by one of their partners. Obviously this is Criterion. I don't think there was much debate what the phantom page for Russ Meyer alluded to. I know a lot of people were hoping the Mark Robson page was for Peyton Place. Still good news.

I hope Criterion is the partner who licensed Two for The Road and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. Otherwise most of the titles on Finn's list looks like future Twilight Time or Kino releases.

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#138 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:55 am

What about Cry for the City? Wasn't that up for grabs by Criterion once or maybe even twice upon a time?

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#139 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:58 am

Yes, Cry of the City was widely believed to be in Criterion's holdings (circa Night and the City's release, when Noir fever was gripping the home video market), might have even had a direct confirmation at some point, but it never materialized

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#140 Post by Jeff » Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:25 am

ianungstad wrote:I hope that they also acquire the rights to Capote from MGM and release it back to back with In Cold Blood.
I don't think that's likely, but I imagine In Cold Blood would be a great opportunity for documentary supplements on both the murders and Truman Capote, and the Maysles With Love from Truman seems like a sure thing.

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#141 Post by theflirtydozen » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:33 pm

Is Blind Chance the first time a previous Kino release gets the Criterion treatment?

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#142 Post by thethirdman » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:25 pm

Kino released The Tin Drum in 1999 (distributed by Image Entertainment) before the first Criterion edition in 2004.

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#143 Post by rrenault » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:39 pm

Touki Bouki was with Kino.

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#144 Post by sir_luke » Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:30 am

Criterion linked to a story on Paris is Burning in this week's Did You See This? - I know it isn't exactly concrete evidence, but wasn't this rumored to be forthcoming at one point?


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#146 Post by mfunk9786 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:55 am

Just saw Enter the Void sorted under Criterion on Hulu.

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#147 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:00 pm

I'll start off Octoberfest....
Mulholland Drive (got to be this month)
Young and Innocent
The Brood
In Cold Blood
The Story of Temple Drake
Gods and Monsters

I expect only 3 of these....

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#148 Post by The Narrator Returns » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:11 pm

Mulholland Drive
The Brood
Kafka
My Own Private Idaho upgrade
Red Beard upgrade/reissue

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#149 Post by Newsnayr » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:34 pm

Mulholland Drive
The Brood
The New World
Young and Innocent
Before Trilogy
The Kid

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#150 Post by dwk » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:05 pm

October's releases will be:
The Brood
Mulholland Drive
Le Samouraï (new special edition)
Le deuxième souffle (Blu-ray upgrade)
Kazuo Koike Toho Adaptations box set (Lady Snowblood 1&2, Hanzo the Razor 1-3, Lone Wolf and Cub 1-6, Demon Spies, & Kôkôsei burai hikae 1-3)

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