Criterion Random Speculation Vol.1

The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
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#226 Post by Eclisse » Wed May 04, 2005 3:37 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
JusteLeblanc wrote:I'm not that well-versed in Bergman's catalogue, but which films have yet to be released on DVD and could be released by Criterion? I know there was talk of SUMMER WITH MONIKA and maybe FACE TO FACE. Is there anything else?
The Virgin Spring and The Magician are very likely releases, also...I have a feeling the former will be the next Bergman release.
I hope to see "Brink of Life" on the CC.Is one of my favorites.

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#227 Post by godardslave » Wed May 04, 2005 7:16 pm

does anyone know when Playtime is finally going to be re-released by cirterion?

It seems like we have been waiting forever. I might just cave in and buy the BFI disc soon.

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#228 Post by Lino » Thu May 05, 2005 3:36 am

Personally, I'm hoping for a Tati Boxset containing ALL his films and ALL the different versions of them. PLUS documentaries, shorts, interviews, articles, trailers, games, stickers, pins, whatever! I'd buy it in a flash!

Seriously, though - why would they delay Playtime this much, hey?

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#229 Post by Cinephrenic » Thu May 05, 2005 10:02 am

Is Traffic any good? Janus seems to hold the rights.

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#230 Post by Lino » Thu May 05, 2005 12:10 pm

I love Trafic! It's actually one of my favorite Tatis. It may not be as good as Mon Oncle or Playtime but I actually think it's his most funny of the lot.

I own the german DVD and the A/V have been completely restored and the results are very, very good if not excellent. The only way I will double-dip it is indeed if they are planning to release them all in a boxset. It makes perfect sense - he only made 6 features and a few shorts so a complete collection would be affordable and logical. I mean, look at all the Tati boxsets available in Europe! Criterion, jump on the bandwagon!

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#231 Post by Gordon » Thu May 05, 2005 12:52 pm

I asked Mulvaney on 4/17/05:
Criterion's excellent DVDs of "Bob le Flambeur" and "Le Cercle
Rouge" are excellent and were greatly appreciated by Melville fans.

However, there are still many Melville films unavailable on DVD in the
USA:

Army In the Shadows (1969)
Le Samoura� (1967)
*Le Deuxi�me souffle (1966)
*L'A�n� des Ferchaux (1963)
Le Doulos (1962)
*Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
*When You Read This Letter (1953)
Les Enfants terribles (1950)
*Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

* Never on VHS, Laser in the USA

I find it staggering that "Le Samoura�" isn't on DVD in the USA. Who owns
the rights? If it could be acquired, it would surely be one of the best
Criterion DVDs, ever.

So, my question is simply: Will there be any Jean-Pierre Melville films
from Criterion in the near future?

Best,

GM
And today, I got this response:
Dear Gordon,

We look forward to releasing more Melville in the future.

Best,
JM
Wonderful news for Melvillians! But which films could they be?

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#232 Post by Lino » Thu May 05, 2005 1:18 pm

I speculate (and pray) that we will see two 70's obscure and vilified movies get CC's spinal numbers in the future. They are: Bertolucci's La Luna and Louis Malle's Black Moon.

They are both unavailable on DVD (or VHS for that matter) and if that Fox deal hasn't run out of titles yet, these two would fit the bill perfectly being as they belong to them.

I mean, who else apart from Blue Underground or Anchor Bay would tackle them? The former, and oedipal story taken to its last consequences (if you know what I mean...) while the latter is one 70's oddity to rival even Altman's 3 Women in its story treatment and imagery! These two would make fantastic Criterions!

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#233 Post by emcflat » Thu May 05, 2005 1:20 pm

The only way I will double-dip it is indeed if they are planning to release them all in a boxset. It makes perfect sense - he only made 6 features and a few shorts so a complete collection would be affordable and logical. I mean, look at all the Tati boxsets available in Europe! Criterion, jump on the bandwagon!
Absolutely seconded! I've been holding out until "Playtime" resurfaces, a Tati box would make me a more complete person.

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#234 Post by amateurist » Thu May 05, 2005 8:38 pm

The Silence of the Sea was, in fact, released on VHS in the USA--by Water Bearer.

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#235 Post by justeleblanc » Fri May 06, 2005 12:51 pm

Can we speculate that Criterion is holding out on releasing Simon Of The Desert until they have another film to pair it with? -- simply because Simon is only about an hour long.

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#236 Post by swingo » Fri May 06, 2005 4:04 pm

Or they can release it with solid supplements and cheap price just like Nuit et Brouillard...


Axel.

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#237 Post by justeleblanc » Fri May 06, 2005 4:14 pm

Speaking of which, who owns the DVD rights to Land Without Bread?

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#238 Post by Kristoffer4 » Sat May 07, 2005 6:53 am

Can we hope for a alphaville rerelease in the futiure? Or is it safe to buy it now?

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#239 Post by Alain3000 » Sat May 07, 2005 3:06 pm

Response I got on the possibility of More Fassbinder.


Dear Alain,

Not at the moment. Hopefully somewhere down the line.

best,
JM

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#240 Post by Cinephrenic » Sat May 07, 2005 3:57 pm

Can we hope for a alphaville rerelease in the futiure? Or is it safe to buy it now?
You should buy it now because I don't think Criterion would turn their attention towards this one anytime soon. Not speaking of my tastes, but in general it isn't a high priority as to the other lacking discs.

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#241 Post by Kristoffer4 » Sun May 08, 2005 6:24 pm

The Revolution will not be televised.
I think CC should release this super docu, but who has the rights?

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#242 Post by Martha » Fri May 13, 2005 7:48 am

Rolled to here.

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