This deserves it's own thread.
excerpts from the Mizoguchi thread in the Criterion Rumors and News section:
unclehulot wrote:Apparently the following Mizoguchi films are scheduled for production in 2007 by a company called Digital Meme.
Taki no Shiraito (The Water Magician) 1933
Orizuru Osen (Osen of the Paper Cranes) 1934
the dancing kid wrote:That website claims that they're also releasing 'Orochi', which is great news. I don't know if that film has ever been officially released anywhere, but it's a really important piece of film history. I wonder what their source material looks like and whether or not it will include benshi narration.
Steven H wrote:Fantastic news! I can only hope they're paired together, as it might reduce the price. They also have a four disc collection of classic anime listed as "upcoming" which has my name all over it. Great find, unclehulot.
I also received this very encouraging email from Digital Meme:Michael Kerpan wrote:I think Orochi was available on video (with benshi narration -- but not subtitles) from Matsuda in Japan.
Dear Mr. Harrison [that's me]:
Thank you very much for your interest in our upcoming product, Japanese Anime Classic Collection and our future products â€¦ we will definitely be exploring the inclusion of master directors like Gosho, Kinugasa, Shimizu, Shimazu, Uchida, and Ito as you have suggested.
Our subtitles which we will make available not only in English and Japanese but also other European and Asian languages. These subtitles will be removable except where the original film has included inter-titles and the state of the original film.
As for the upcoming DVD anime collection, due to the high level of interest generated by this product we are extremely pleased to announce a pre-launch campaign offering a 10% reduction off the retail price of \12,800 for orders placed by February 1, 2007. As we have already announced the product is due to be released on April 30, but we hope to be able to fulfill pre-launch orders before the official sales release date.
To apply for the special offer, please visit our website to download the pre-launch order form and fax to us.
Please be advised that your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped. Please also note that the price in US dollar is an estimated price based on current exchange rate and that your credit card will be charged in Japanese yen to which your credit card will apply their exchange rate to bill you in US dollar. Please also note that you will be charged \1860 for shipping (postal courier service). We will you advise by email when the order has been fulfilled with a tracking number for the package.
If you have any questions regarding the special campaign offer which ends February 1, 2007 please contact us at email@example.com.