I recently sent an e-mail to Turell asking a few questions about titles. I received a very delighting and yet very upsetting reply.
This was my full e-mail. I'll bold the titles so you don't have to read my letter that just screams "brown noser".
Dear Mr. Turell,
I e-mailed you a while back asking about certain titles and you
responded quickly and most informatively. I wanted to thank you. You
recent announcement of Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth has me thoroughly
excited and this is going to be the best release of the year for me.
Now I know it gets on your nerves but I have a few questions about some titles.
I was told awhile ago that you guys at Criterion were working on a
release of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It. I haven't heard anything
since then. Is this coming soon? Or not at all?
Last email you replied to my vague question of the release of any
Jarmusch titles with this "Only things we presently have rights to on
your list are some Jarmusch titles which are probably coming next
year.". Does some denote mulitple titles? If so could the other
title(s) be Permanent Vacation or a new release of Stranger Than Paradise?
Another title I would love to see on DVD is Le Feu Follet by Louis
Malle. I can't seem to find this film anywhere other than Europe and
I heard it had been appearing with the Janus logo in the begining of
it at many showings. Could it be true there is a planned release of
The last films I have questions about are some of the shorts of Martin
Scorsese, such as The Big Shave and ItalianAmericans. I have heard no rumors of this and they are completely out of the blue, but are there any plans to release these or are you guys working on getting the rights or anything?
I really appreciate your focus on keeping the consumers informed and I
really appreciate and look forward to any e-mails I receive even the
newsletter. Thank you for your time.
And this was his response:
Hi Thomas -
Thanks for your note. A couple of quick answers on the what's coming
No for She's Gotta Have It. We don't have DVD rights. Everything else is in the works but don't have any firm dates. Sorry not to be more helpful, but we really try to concentrate only a few months out. It should be a very solid year.
Sad news, guys. No She's Gotta Have It.
Good news, guys and you heard it here first.
Stranger Than Paradise
Le Feu Follet
The Shorts of Martin Scorsese (The Big Shave, Italianamerican, etc.)
Exciting, isn't it?