Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1526 Post by tenia » Wed May 17, 2017 4:03 am

I'm a bit more surprised about how they delayed a bit the announcement and yet ended up with 3 releases having "More !" in the extras.
It's not especially often that Criterion announces titles with an open slate of extras (though I believe it definetly happens more often now than before), but 3 out of 5 announcements (4 if you take out Hopscotch as "just" an upgrade) most certainly is unusual.

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Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1527 Post by movielocke » Wed May 17, 2017 11:34 am

With three new releases in July and in august my suspicions is that something major has gotten bumped now twice, stuff delayed is often contemporary, because they lost a talent availability window or didn't get approvals they're supposed to get from talent

Tree of Life seems most likely to fit that description, but perhaps it is something old like Andre rublev and it's just a really big project, thus the delays.

But I would guess a massive Tree of Life release, ala The New World is waiting in a malick sign off, that for one reason or another keeps not happening.

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#1528 Post by Ribs » Wed May 17, 2017 11:46 am

I am just a little peeved that it means we're taking considerably longer to get to spine #900 then we would otherwise (it'll probably be in October, unless there's some massive 6-film box coming we've not anticipated)

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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1529 Post by swo17 » Wed May 17, 2017 11:52 am

Donald Trump is President of the United States.

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#1530 Post by Malickite » Wed May 17, 2017 12:59 pm

Tree of Life seems most likely
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but perhaps it is something old like Andre rublev
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Donald Trump is President of the United States.
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#1531 Post by Graphist » Wed May 17, 2017 7:03 pm

Can we please not mention that name here?!

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#1532 Post by Gregory » Wed May 17, 2017 8:37 pm

Agreed!

You meant "Andre rublev" right?

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#1533 Post by Graphist » Thu May 18, 2017 2:55 am

Haha! … Speaking of Tarkovsky, went to see the newly restored Stalker at the Lincoln Center earlier today. The restoration work is incredible! I was worried it would be too “clean” but they did just the right thing. Cannot wait for July to add it to my collection.

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#1534 Post by dda1996a » Thu May 18, 2017 3:06 am

It is playing near me in a 35mm print. Hopefully the print won't be too beat up


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Sirk Blu-ray?

#1536 Post by Frumaster » Sun May 28, 2017 11:01 pm

Elephant Studios has just released a ton of Sirk films on region free Blu-ray in France (amazon.fr), including all the ones that Criterion previously issued on DVD. Is this a good sign that Criterion will upgrade soon?

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#1537 Post by Drucker » Sun May 28, 2017 11:50 pm

I don't think so. Sirk films are likely to be upgraded when given a proper restoration...something on the caliber of All That Heaven Allows, which their release of Written on the Wind, for example, certainly isn't.

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#1538 Post by tenia » Mon May 29, 2017 10:59 am

Yes, sadly, many of the Elephant Sirk aren't taken from new restorations. Sign of the Pagan even is a mere SD upscale ! Interlude is quite bad too, it's visibly dated and very limited.

I was unimpressed by Magnificient Obsession and its old poor Technicolor alignment that reminded me of A Matter of Life and Death.
Captain Lightfoot, Written on the Wind and Thunder on the Hill are pre-existing Universal masters. Thunder is OK while Lightfoot and Written show more limitations.

Imitation of Life is the newer 2.0 restoration.
All That Heaven Allows is an older restoration, which is now vastly obsolete compared to the Criterion one.

The Tarnished Angels and A Time to Love and a Time to Die are on-par with the MoC discs, except for inferior encodes. Elephant don't help themselves by sticking with BD-25 without having enough encode skills to compensate.

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#1539 Post by justeleblanc » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:34 pm

This month's wacky clue is seems to be a reference to Michel Gondry's autobiographical documentary THORN IN THE HEART, no?

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#1540 Post by Graphist » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:47 pm

They say it is for Desert Hearts

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#1541 Post by Minkin » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:12 pm

At this point I think its safe to say that anything connected with the World Cinema Project is going to be Criterion bound, but for those wanting confirmation:

Memories of Underdevelopment is with Janus.

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#1542 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:54 am

Yesterday, TCM ran Julien Duvivier's Lydia (1941) and it opened with the Criterion logo. I believe this is on Filmstruck as well.

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#1543 Post by reesepd » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:01 pm

Likelihood of Personal Shopper being announced within the next year?

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#1544 Post by Peter McM » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:49 am

reesepd wrote:Likelihood of Personal Shopper being announced within the next year?
I, for one, hope it's announced *today*!

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#1545 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:51 am

Given how long they sat on Clouds, don't put too much hope into it

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#1546 Post by Ribs » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:00 pm

Paramount took their option on Clouds, tho, which probably meant there was a forced delay of some kind. No sign of this for Personal Shopper so I think it will be around sooner but not exactly soon.

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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1547 Post by starmanof51 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:17 pm

Has there been any hint of their blu upgrade of Tales of Hoffmann being on the schedule?

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#1548 Post by Omensetter » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:47 pm

Posting in the guess thread inspired (I'm scared too) reflection on my part about the whole lot of their IFC slate.

Clouds of Sils Maria was a year and change after its U.S. release and Dheepan was just a week-off of being exactly a year.

The IFC film we should expect within the next six months if not today is Reichardt's Certain Women.

Their films from Cannes 2016 remain a mystery to me. Does Criterion plan on releasing all four? I don't see why not. I, Daniel Blake won the Palme so it was already guaranteed, but it has taken on a second life in light of the putsch attempt on Corbyn and this year's general election. It might well find a third life before the year's end. I hope so, anyway. Anyway, I recall it received a qualifying run in December and I can verify that it's still in theatres as it's in Kansas City (they could only secure it for a week, though). Loach did a fair bit of campaigning and at least one advertisement, so it would seem Criterion could release a fairly endowed package on a film that had and is having a real world impact.

Personal Shopper appears to be Kristen Stewart at her most solo. Combined with Assayas, relative praise, that the film won Assayas his first prize at the festival, and it seems like a no-brainer (it was posted to Instagram as well).

I'd like to think Criterion would just gloriously remove the Mungius off their back, but it's been forever. Forever since Beyond the Hills debuted at Cannes. Forever since it opened in the U.S. Forever since they teased 4 Months on social media. Forever since they hinted at 4 Months in a New Year's Clue. Despite having zero input into Criterion's release schedule, I have nothing but learned helplessness when it comes to Mungiu. If they release the first two, why not Graduation?

They haven't passed on a Dardennes yet, but I guess if they were, The Unknown Girl would be the one. Met with a tepid response at Cannes, apparently re-edited, and being dumped in August of this year. Minor Dardennes is still likely better than whatever the arthouse hit de jour is, but nonetheless.
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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1549 Post by Askew » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:51 pm

starmanof51 wrote:Has there been any hint of their blu upgrade of Tales of Hoffmann being on the schedule?
Criterion no longer holds the rights to that film.

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Re: Forthcoming: Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#1550 Post by swo17 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:11 pm

If you're referring to how the DVD went OOP when StudioCanal took the rights back years ago, there was a more recent rumor that there would be an exception made à la the Tati set.

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