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Old 15-12-2008, 10:20   #81
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Bottle Rocket
The Third Man
Man who fell to Earth
Chungking Express

confirm that it is not region free!
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Old 15-12-2008, 10:49   #82
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Yep, region locked

Well I aint buying the SD versions of Bottle Rocket and Chungking Express so will have to hold out until either an affordable multi-region player comes avaliable or they manage to make the ps3 region free!
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:12   #83
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This is encouraging, lifted from AVS Forums....

The April 2009 issue of Home Theater Magazine has a nice story on the Criterion Collection and its move into the world of Blu-ray.

A few highlights:

• Criterion's simultaneous Blu-ray releases have made up 30-50% of the titles' total sales vs. the less than 10% typical for big studio films.

• Lee Kline, technical director: "If there's grain, we'll leave it in. We may tone it down a bit, especially with Blu-ray, where it can show too much. But you'll still see some grain. That's what makes a film look like film."

• Last Year at Marienbad will be released on Blu-ray (and DVD) "this Spring."

• "Coming, in the next few months": Walkabout, For All Mankind, Gimme Shelter, Monterey Pop.

• Peter Becker, president: "We're still figuring it out, deciding month-to-month. But we'll be more aggressive, not less, because sales have been pretty strong. We'll take chances."
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:19   #84
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• Lee Kline, technical director: "If there's grain, we'll leave it in. We may tone it down a bit, especially with Blu-ray, where it can show too much. But you'll still see some grain. That's what makes a film look like film."


Either leave it how it is or remove it. Don't go for half measures.
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Either leave it how it is or remove it. Don't go for half measures.
I knew you'd have something to say about that point
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I heart the grain!!!111
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Criterions Bluray of Repulsion is lovely and it even includes a documentary from 2003 about the making of the film.

Shame they region code everything when they released so many region free dvd's

Come on Criterion - its time for Spartacus although after seeing it on HD DVD , the film needs a bit of work

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Good read this, a response from Criterion president Peter Becker to an email which I think must complain they havent released enough 'classic cinema' this year.

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My name is Peter Becker. I'm the president of Criterion. Thanks for
taking the time to write in.

You're right to call the Criterion schedule a juggling act, and
juggling this year's schedule has been more challenging than any since
laserdisc days. I understand some of the frustration you're feeling
about the balance of new and classic titles, especially in the later
2009 Blu-ray schedule. Making the Criterion schedule is always a
series of impossible compromises, and in the end, some people, some
years, are going to end up unhappy. Clearly this was not a good year
for you. I'm sorry about that. I know it may not solve anything, but I
thought you might appreciate a quick look at some of the factors that
came into play with this year's schedule.

For what it's worth, we've spent much more time on classic film this
year than our announced schedule shows. The single most time consuming
and expensive mastering project in the history of the company was
Kobayashi's THE HUMAN CONDITION -- that is, until we started work on
Rossellini's War Trilogy, which is still not finished. We had
originally hoped to have the Rossellini set ready for October release,
then November, then December. Ironically the easiest of the masters,
the 2007 restoration of ROME, OPEN CITY, is the one that is giving us
the most trouble. PAISAN, which has never been available in a
watchable video version, has taken us three straight months of digital
restoration, an amount of time and an expense that will probably never
come back, but the film will finally, for the first time, look good --
still damaged, but with a beautiful black and white image that will be
a revelation to anyone who has ever seen the old tapes and 16 mm
prints that are still in circulation. Our tech director is about to
make his third trip to Italy on this project, just to try to
straighten out the last master, next week.

You also mention STAGECOACH. We never announced it for December, but
it's true that we had hoped to release it then. Again mastering turned
out to be more complicated than we anticipated. The original negative
of the film is lost, and we have been evaluating a number of different
elements. We are now working closely with UCLA's restoration team to
evaluate all available elements and create a new HD master, starting
from scratch. The bad news is that it's taking a long time. The good
news is that in the time we've been working on the master, we've had
the opportunity to unearth some interesting supplemental materials, so
the edition will be all the better for it. That said, it's frustrating
that it didn't come out -- the cover's been on the wall of our office
for weeks now, and we're looking forward to making it a part of the
collection.

Those two big classics that we've been hard at work on were never
announced, which helped to give disporportionate weight to the
contemporary releases of this fall/winter. I can understand why you
would think we were stepping back from classics in favor of more
contemporary films, but in fact, the opposite has been true. Our
Blu-ray schedule has been heavily weighted toward international
classics with THE SEVENTH SEAL, PLAYTIME, WAGES OF FEAR, THE THIRD
MAN, REPULSION, 400 BLOWS, THE LAST METRO, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES,
LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD. And when you throw in our DVD schedule with Z,
JEANNE DIELMAN, 2 OR 3 THINGS..., HUMAN CONDITION, MY DINNNER WITH
ANDRE, the Imamura box, Painlevé, etc., I don't think we pulled any
punches or spared any expense where classics were concerned.

Integrating Blu-ray production into our workflow has been challenging
in its own right. Adding an existing DVD upgrade is about equivalent
to adding a new DVD production to the schedule, at least where our
technical team is concerned, and that is where our capacity is most
constrained. New Blu-rays released day and date with the DVD editions
are marginally more efficient, and many of our customers are avidly
urging us not to release DVD-only editions anymore, but each
simultaneous release we do is one more DVD catalog classic we aren't
revisiting that month. Right now we're struggling to bring our Blu-ray
capacity up from one to two a month to three or four. As our capacity
increases, it will be easier to keep a balance, but in the meantime
it's an inexact science.

The other title that you say you were expecting, but which we didn't
officially announce for December, is CHE. It's coming, and as you can
imagine there's a wealth of great content getting developed. We wanted
to be ready for December, but Steven Soderbergh needed time to
reconstruct some deleted scenes, and we were also able, in what we
think is going to be a controversial coup, to persuade Che biographer
Jon Lee Anderson to do commentaries on both films, but he also needed
more time to prepare. In short, it became clear that if we delayed the
release a month we would be able to make a much better set. That's a
trade we will always make, even if it means we don't get the benefit
of sales in the holiday season, and we think that's the kind of
decision our collectors would want us to make.

To touch briefly on some of the other things you mention: more Eclipse
is a goal for us too. Again, this is a capacity issue. Each disc in a
set represents multiple passes for our QC department, and when we're
working on large-scale projects like Rossellini, HUMAN CONDITION, or
the Imamura box, that has a tendency to cramp our capacity to handle
multi-disc Eclipse sets at the same time. Still, we're proud of what
we've been able to do in Eclipse this year, but we are definitely
looking forward to getting more out next year. As for "two-release
months," by which I assume we're referring to December, I've already
mentioned that we intended to have STAGECOACH and CHE ready for
December as well but we delayed them to make them better rather than
sooner. That said, when one of the two releases is a 25-disc set,
that also factors in. I'm sorry you don't like the Kurosawa box idea,
but we felt that his centennial was an important opportunity to draw
attention to his monumental body of work, and so far we've had some
very positive feedback from people who have not been as diligently
collecting his work as you have.

I don't expect anything I've said will change your mind about our
slate, but I hope at least you'll know that we have no desire to
dismiss your concerns. We do value feedback from our customers,
especially longtime supporters like you, and we hope we'll earn your
loyalty again in 2010.

All the best,
Peter Becker
From the newsletter the Rossellini trilogy, Che and Stagecoach were all clearly future releases- good to know plenty of effort is going into them and they dont want to rush the release for the sake of a packed release schedule and the christmas sale period. All of those releases are of interest to me
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Good read this, a response from Criterion president Peter Becker to an email which I think must complain they havent released enough 'classic cinema' this year.
Maybe someone should email him to complain about that damn region locking.
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Seven Samurai

Got it yesterday, watched it yesterday. It looks pretty good, though the print has some damage. I thought I spotted a bit of EE in a couple of places but the next second it would be gone, so maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. The grain looked a bit lumpy in places - particularly in shots with a lot of sky - and I was thinking that Criterion probably should have spread the movie over two discs to give the compression more room to breathe. Still, it's mostly fine and looks very much like film (unlike, say, Psycho).

The movie is of course the greatest ever made and I often find myself wondering why I even bother watching anything else.
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Seven Samurai

Got it yesterday, watched it yesterday. It looks pretty good, though the print has some damage. I thought I spotted a bit of EE in a couple of places but the next second it would be gone, so maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. The grain looked a bit lumpy in places - particularly in shots with a lot of sky - and I was thinking that Criterion probably should have spread the movie over two discs to give the compression more room to breathe. Still, it's mostly fine and looks very much like film (unlike, say, Psycho).

The movie is of course the greatest ever made and I often find myself wondering why I even bother watching anything else.
I have the criterion Sp Ed DVD. Worth upgrading?
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I have the criterion Sp Ed DVD. Worth upgrading?
I was surprised at how close (at the beginning of the movie) this PQ resembled the 2006 Criterion DVD, which probably goes to show how good DVD can be, more than anything. But there are other sections later on when the Blu-Ray looks much better, facial expressions are captured much more accurately. The trouble with EE (and espcially with Criterion discs) is you can tend to look for it, though as Aardvark_DK says above, it seems to come and then be swiped/removed - don't quite know what they were doing, though. All the special features have been carried over form the 2006 release and up-scaled. It's a fantastic movie, so it's well worth having on Blu-Ray.
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I have the criterion Sp Ed DVD. Worth upgrading?
As always with HD it depends on the size of your TV and how close you sit, but I'd say it's a pretty big difference even on 42".
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Have any of you seen the Japanese HD TV version anytime? the shots I viewed of that looked lovely compared to the dvd. Will be interesting to know how it compares to that version
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As always with HD it depends on the size of your TV and how close you sit, but I'd say it's a pretty big difference even on 42".
I have a fiddy incher and sit about 3 meters away so im guessing I would reap the rewards. Very tempted, I just need a multi-region blu player first!! Where can one buy a cheapo all region player? Seem to remember buy.com having them?
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Any word from you DVDF-ers on 'The Thin Red Line'?
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Any word from you DVDF-ers on 'The Thin Red Line'?
It's ******* stupendous.
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Not sure where to put this but Solaris is coming in May.

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