Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
dwk
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:10 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4501 Post by dwk » Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:18 am

Last week, on the same show, they called him and asked about The Devils and, if I remember correctly, at best, he said that with changes in management, it might, possibly, happen. So I'm not holding my breath on that one.

I do remember the time before that, when he was on the entire episode, he mentioned that Criterion wants, and Philip Kaufman wants them to, release The Unbearable Lightness of Being. So now that the Zaentz Company has renewed with WB, I'd expect that.

User avatar
Pavel
Joined: Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:41 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4502 Post by Pavel » Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:44 pm

dwk wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:18 am
he mentioned that Criterion wants, and Philip Kaufman wants them to, release The Unbearable Lightness of Being. So now that the Zaentz Company has renewed with WB, I'd expect that.
You mean an upgrade?

User avatar
CSM126
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:22 am
Location: The Room
Contact:

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4503 Post by CSM126 » Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:47 pm

Pavel wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:44 pm
dwk wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:18 am
he mentioned that Criterion wants, and Philip Kaufman wants them to, release The Unbearable Lightness of Being. So now that the Zaentz Company has renewed with WB, I'd expect that.
You mean an upgrade?
I would hope so, because the alternative is a VHS downgrade and that just seems silly.

Walter Kurtz
Joined: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:03 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4504 Post by Walter Kurtz » Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:58 pm

omegadirective wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:38 am
I'm excited for One Night in Miami.
I'm disappointed it won't be a 4K release, but the movie is fantastic.
Kemp Powers is a name to watch as well.
This and Soul were the best two films of last year.
Poetry month! I thought I'd respond to yours with haiku.

‘Night in Miami’
the movie is fantastic.
but no Monsieur Klein

User avatar
dwk
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:10 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4505 Post by dwk » Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:02 pm

Pavel wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:44 pm
You mean an upgrade?
Yes. I believe the film got a 4K restoration a couple of years back and that has yet to be released on Blu-ray.

Calvin
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:12 am

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4506 Post by Calvin » Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:18 pm

One of these days, someone will ask Feltenstein about when we're finally going to get a restoration for Ford's 7 Women.

chrisandy007
Joined: Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:25 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4507 Post by chrisandy007 » Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:58 pm

According to Bill Hunt, Amadeus is slated for 4K down the pike from Criterion.
Last edited by chrisandy007 on Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
swo17
Bloodthirsty Butcher
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:25 am
Location: SLC, UT

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4508 Post by swo17 » Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:54 pm

Are you referring to this from The Digital Bits website?
We’re also hearing that a new 4K restoration of Miloš Forman’s Amadeus (1984) might be coming in the months ahead from Criterion, licensed to them by Warner Bros. This would include at least the theatrical version, which Forman now considers to be his official director’s cut. (What’s been commonly known as the director’s cut is apparently considered by Forman to be a “DVD Cut” only.)
Why does he only say "might"?

bad future
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:16 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4509 Post by bad future » Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:11 am

hedging in case Miloš Forman changes his mind about which cut he currently prefers :shock:

User avatar
jwd5275
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:26 pm
Location: SF, CA

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4510 Post by jwd5275 » Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:57 am

bad future wrote:
Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:11 am
hedging in case Miloš Forman changes his mind about which cut he currently prefers :shock:
That would certainly be interesting considering Forman has been dead for three years...

bad future
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:16 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4511 Post by bad future » Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:25 am

jwd5275 wrote:
Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:57 am
bad future wrote:
Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:11 am
hedging in case Miloš Forman changes his mind about which cut he currently prefers :shock:
That would certainly be interesting considering Forman has been dead for three years...
That was the joke (or just the unintended eerie underpinning to the digital bits’ inside scoop as phrased there, but maybe that was just me)

omegadirective
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:34 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4512 Post by omegadirective » Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:27 am

Is there a good online Canadian retailer that offers a 50% discount at the same time as B&N?

User avatar
Edw
Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:25 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4513 Post by Edw » Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:50 am

omegadirective wrote:
Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:27 am
Is there a good online Canadian retailer that offers a 50% discount at the same time as B&N?
None, as far as I know. Unobstructed View offers Criterion discounts at about the same time, but 40% is a high as it goes. There's also WowHD. As for "good", I've had no problems with either, but others have had complaints.

User avatar
dwk
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:10 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4514 Post by dwk » Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:06 am

No. I think Unobstructed View runs a 40% off sale concurrent with the B&N sale.

omegadirective
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:34 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4515 Post by omegadirective » Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:13 am

It looks like it may still be cheaper to order out of the States at their 50% off + conversion + shipping versus Canadian amount at 40% off

Chull
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:17 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4516 Post by Chull » Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:17 am

Unobstructed View have run 40-50% sales in the past (and even one where Crits were $20 each, including box sets) but I do find them astoundingly incompetent. I've had every problem with them that you can imagine, yet I still do occasionally place an order. (I placed one for the 4th Cohen Keaton volume as they can be hard to get for a decent price here. It was supposedly in stock 15 days ago, they charged my card a week ago but when I click on order history I get an error screen. God knows what the status of the order is.) They also charge a $10 premium on box sets (e.g. the upcoming Kane) regardless of shipping thresholds. I mostly get my Criterions directly from the Criterion store (this requires a larger order of ~9-10 items or more), Amazon.com (around 5-6 items or more), the rare wowhd sale can be good or, if I feel like gambling on getting hit by customs - deepdiscount (probably the best option for smaller orders as they have the best shipping rates.)

User avatar
FrauBlucher
Joined: Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:28 pm
Location: Greenwich Village

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4517 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:44 pm

Not sure if this old news but someone on the bluray.com Criterion thread said that the KL Insider was asked if Kino has Double Indemnity. He said it's with another label

User avatar
The Fanciful Norwegian
Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:24 pm
Location: Teegeeack

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4518 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:34 pm

With this going on the Channel next month alongside Dim Sum and Eat a Bowl of Tea, I wonder if they're going to be releasing those as well. Strand is distributing Chan and Dim Sum theatrically, and since Wang owns both of those films I would assume he went with the same distributors for each, i.e. Strand for theatrical and Criterion for video. Eat a Bowl of Tea is with Sony so that could be in the mix for Criterion as well. Smoke (but not Blue in the Face, oddly enough) went up on the Channel this month as part of the "New York Stories" collection, so maybe that's coming too, but the other three would make a logical box set if Criterion wanted to go that route.

User avatar
swo17
Bloodthirsty Butcher
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:25 am
Location: SLC, UT

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4519 Post by swo17 » Thu Sep 30, 2021 10:22 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:22 pm
I pledge to buy ten copies if Criterion releases Modern Vampires, though
Just noticed this is coming soon on a Ronin Flix-exclusive Blu-ray!

User avatar
domino harvey
Dot Com Dom
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:42 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4520 Post by domino harvey » Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:29 pm

Finally, they’re releasing the good trash

User avatar
jwd5275
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:26 pm
Location: SF, CA

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4521 Post by jwd5275 » Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:52 am

Not much of a surprise, however Coffee and Cigarettes is playing on the Criterion Channel with Criterion and Janus logos

User avatar
jedgeco
Joined: Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:28 am

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4522 Post by jedgeco » Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:04 pm

dwk wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:18 am
Last week, on the same show, they called him and asked about The Devils and, if I remember correctly, at best, he said that with changes in management, it might, possibly, happen. So I'm not holding my breath on that one.
I think the changes in management bode well. It's really hard for me to believe that anyone at AT&T or the Discovery Channel or whatever conglomerate becomes Warner's next Business Daddy really cares that The Devils remains in a vault.

User avatar
Never Cursed
Such is life on board the Redoutable
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:22 am

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4523 Post by Never Cursed » Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:38 pm

Netflix tweeted out to expect a "surprise" from David Fincher tomorrow - in the absence of any larger ready-to-release projects of his, perhaps this means the announcement of a Mank blu-ray?

User avatar
yoloswegmaster
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:57 pm

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4524 Post by yoloswegmaster » Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:47 pm

They are probably announcing something related to 'The Killer' or maybe an announcement for Mindhunter S3.

On a completely different note, I've noticed that the Forthcoming Criterion titles list hasn't been updated in a while since Minkin wen on hiatus. If possible, I would like to volunteer to clean up the page if no other mod is interested in doing so

User avatar
The Fanciful Norwegian
Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:24 pm
Location: Teegeeack

Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#4525 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:56 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:38 pm
Netflix tweeted out to expect a "surprise" from David Fincher tomorrow - in the absence of any larger ready-to-release projects of his, perhaps this means the announcement of a Mank blu-ray?
Turns out it's Voir, a series of Fincher-produced "visual essays celebrating cinema" by various critics, so far unnamed except for Drew McWeeny who wrote about the experience on his Substack.

Post Reply