Janus Films: The Red Balloon and White Mane

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#26 Post by CSM126 » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:19 pm

Cinephrenic wrote:Great! Obviously, it is coming up for a January release by Criterion. They should announce them next week or so.
Uh...Criterion announced January releases months ago. They announce three months in advance, you know.

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#27 Post by Cinephrenic » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:30 pm

Announcements for this month. #-o

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#28 Post by zedz » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:47 pm

Cinephrenic wrote:#-o
Hey! That emoticon is aping your avatar! How do you do that?

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#29 Post by Jeff » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:56 pm

Since Red Envelope (Netflix) co-produced the theatrical reissue with Janus, I wonder if they might have some kind of bare-bones Netflix-exclusive disc available this month.

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#30 Post by ByMarkClark.com » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:12 am

My thought was that maybe it was coming from HVE. But I can't find it available for preorder anywhere. So maybe it is some sort of Netflix exclusive. Very odd.

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#31 Post by tavernier » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:14 pm

Criterion press release for April contains these additional 3 titles, all $14.95:
THE RED BALLOON
Newly restored and available for the first time on DVD, Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

Title: The Red Balloon
CAT: CC1746D
UPC: 7-15515-02882-0
ISBN: 978-1-60465-030-3
SRP: $14.95
Prebook: 3/25/08
Street date: 4/29/08

WHITE MANE
In the south of France, in a near-desert region called La Camargue, lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken in by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, as the two go looking for the freedom that the world of men won’t allow them. Long unavailable in the U.S., this extraordinarily shot wonder from Albert Lamorisse, the director of The Red Balloon, is a work of technical sophistication and immense natural beauty.

Title: White Mane
CAT: CC1747D
UPC: 7-15515-02892-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-031-0
SRP: $14.95
Prebook: 3/25/08
Street date: 4/29/08

PADDLE TO THE SEA
Based on Holling C. Holling’s beloved Caldecott-awarded children’s book, William Mason’s stunning film follows the adventures of a tiny, wood-carved canoe as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean. Buoyed by beautiful photography and a sense of true wonder about the sun, Earth, and water, the Academy Award–nominated Paddle to the Sea is an unforgettable tribute to the forces of the natural world, as well as a thrilling journey across the waves and rapids of North America.

Title: Paddle to the Sea
CAT: CC1748D
UPC: 7-15515-02902-5
ISBN: 978-1-60465-032-7
SRP: $14.95
Prebook: 3/25/08
Street date: 4/29/08

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#32 Post by Cinephrenic » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:19 pm

Wow. Three additional shorts, all sold seperately.

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#33 Post by jbeall » Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:00 pm

So Criterion is branching out into the market for kid's dvds? I suppose someone must have recently become a parent...

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#34 Post by rwaits » Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:23 pm

This is a surprising move. I thought for sure that the two French films would be packaged together. This certainly bodes well for more potential shorts (and online price probably won't exceed $10 per film).

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#35 Post by Tribe » Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:59 pm

I'm confused. Are these three separate releases?

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#36 Post by tavernier » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:00 pm

Yes.

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#37 Post by tryavna » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:39 pm

I wonder if there will be an option to buy all three together as well -- like the Rebel Samurai titles. It would make a lot of sense, and bring the overall price down much further.

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#38 Post by arsonfilms » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:30 pm

The last time (as far as I remember) we got something in the press release that didn't immediately go to the website, it was a re-pressing of a catalogue title (Traffic), and a Collector's Set (Olivier). Anybody think its possible that these three shorts will NOT have spine numbers, and instead be something else entirely?

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#39 Post by Tribe » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:41 pm

arsonfilms wrote:The last time (as far as I remember) we got something in the press release that didn't immediately go to the website, it was a re-pressing of a catalogue title (Traffic), and a Collector's Set (Olivier). Anybody think its possible that these three shorts will NOT have spine numbers, and instead be something else entirely?
The CAT numbers for these follow exactly the CAT numbers for the two releases that have been officially announced...although anything's possible.

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#40 Post by Hail_Cesar » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:36 pm

jbeall wrote:So Criterion is branching out into the market for kid's dvds? I suppose someone must have recently become a parent...
Hum kids DVDs... I hope criterion will release "La guerre des boutons".

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#41 Post by What A Disgrace » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:43 pm

I have a strong feeling that these short film discs are coming in May.

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#42 Post by tavernier » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:38 pm

Street date: 4/29/08

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#43 Post by Lino » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:48 am

Hail_Cesar wrote:
jbeall wrote:So Criterion is branching out into the market for kid's dvds? I suppose someone must have recently become a parent...
Hum kids DVDs... I hope criterion will release "La guerre des boutons".
That one would be mandatory! Bring it on - I love it to bits.

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#44 Post by Matango » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:48 am

Am I the only one who sees the influence of The Red Balloon on The 400 Blows? All that running around the streets of Paris, with extended tracking shots, etc. Lamorisse had his camera on the streets years before Truffaut. I'd be interested to know what the Cahiers du Cinema guys thought of TRB.

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#45 Post by foggy eyes » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:28 am

I don't know about the younger critics at Cahiers, but Bazin loved it. The film inspired one of his most ambitious ontological diatribes, The Virtues and Limitations of Montage. I wonder what he would have thought about Hou's tribute - or Hou in general for that matter. Anyway, a snippet:
Ballon Rouge is a tale told in film, a pure creation of the mind, but the important thing about it is that this story owes everything to the cinema precisely because, essentially, it owes it nothing.

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#46 Post by HerrSchreck » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:33 am

Look back one film further and across the pond for the springboard, not just for these "kids films" but for a vast chunk of the inspiration of the whole vague Vague:

"Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young Morris Engel...with his fine Little Fugitive." - François Truffaut

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#47 Post by Michael » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:55 am

HerrSchreck wrote:"Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young Morris Engel...with his fine Little Fugitive." - François Truffaut
What a fantastic movie that is. A very lovely capture of 1950s Coney Island coming to life through a boy's eyes. He's on the run thinking he has killed his brother and Coney Island becomes his new world. Beautiful stuff.

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#48 Post by Person » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:28 pm

View video clips of both films HERE.

Beautiful films, fully deserving of the Criterion treatment.

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#49 Post by mrschroeder1982 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:09 pm

videoeta.com lists "Paddle to the Sea," "The Red Balloon," and "The White Mane" all as getting separate releases by the Criterion Collection on April 29 (and with a list price of only 14.95 USD). There's nothing on there about a packaged set of those three. I don't know how reliable videoeta.com is, or even if my news is old news, but as of this posting (3:00 PM Pacific time), there's nothing on Criterion's website about any of those three.

Edit: Sorry, looking up a few posts now, I see that my "news" really is old news. My apologies.

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#50 Post by LightBulbFilm » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:09 am

Amazon has the listings up for The Red Balloon & The White Mane

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