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Old 31-03-2005, 20:48   #81
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Coming June; Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait ( ), Asquith's The Browning Version, Ko Nakahira's Crazed Fruit, Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar - details here;

Heaven Can Wait;
Special Features
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
New video conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
Audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
Lubitsch home piano recordings
Original theatrical trailer
A new essay by film scholar William Paul
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
More!

Au hasard Balthazar
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Video interview with film scholar Donald Richie
“Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French TV program about the film featuring Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Au hasard Balthazar’s cast and crew
Original theatrical trailer
A new essay by Bresson scholar James Quandt
New and improved English subtitle translation

Crazed Fruit
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary by renowned Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie
New essay by film scholar Michael Raines
New and improved English subtitle translation
More!

The Browning Version
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
New video interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake
Archival interview with Michael Redgrave from 1958
A new essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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Old 01-04-2005, 08:49   #82
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Au hasard Balthazar
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Video interview with film scholar Donald Richie
“Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French TV program about the film featuring Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Au hasard Balthazar’s cast and crew
Original theatrical trailer
A new essay by Bresson scholar James Quandt
New and improved English subtitle translation
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Damn! I just purchased the Nouveaux Region 2 Edition of this film (wonderful transfer, but no extras). If it was any producer other than Criterion, I would think the Nouveaux transfer would be tough to beat, now I'll just have to wait and see...

Also, over at DVD Beaver they mention an upcoming boxset of Fassbinder's 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' which, if true, will become my most anticipated DVD release of the year.

Can't find any details about this elsewhere though, anybody have any more info?
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:06   #83
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From the DVD Talk Forum:

The information comes from a newsletter sent out by the Fassbinder Foundation in Germany, which is performing the restoration (at an estimated cost of € 750,000). The reference to Criterion is as follows:

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Not only does the Museum of Modern Art wish to get involved, but also the biggest and most aspiring DVD company in the world, the New-York-based Criterion, is keen to acquire Berlin Alexanderplatz in a special edition for its Criterion Collection and the US market. Our French distribution partner Carlotta Films has also declared a serious interest, and we receive e-mails and enquiries every day asking about the DVD edition.
So it sounds like Criterion has expressed a strong interest in releasing Berlin Alexanderplatz (frankly, I can't imagine any other company releasing this masterpiece, especially after their stellar Fassbinder boxset of a few years ago).

Now the kicker:

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Completion of the project should take place at the end of 2006.
So don't expect a Criterion edition until at least 2007 ....
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Thank you, John.

I won't hold my breath then
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And more news from the CC - they are planning to release Kurosawa's Ran by the end of the year. (See Criterion homepage)
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And more news from the CC - they are planning to release Kurosawa's Ran by the end of the year. (See Criterion homepage)
I bought the R2 Version last year! Oh well better sell it and get this one, thats of course if it'll be better, which I presume it will.
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I bought the R2 Version last year! Oh well better sell it and get this one, thats of course if it'll be better, which I presume it will.
Not neccesarily, the excellent documentary on Kurosawa included on the second disc will be hard to top, as will the transfer quality of the main feature.

It is one of my favourite DVDs and so I will almost certainly be double-dipping with this one.
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Not neccesarily, the excellent documentary on Kurosawa included on the second disc will be hard to top, as will the transfer quality of the main feature.

It is one of my favourite DVDs and so I will almost certainly be double-dipping with this one.
Hadn't thought about that. I seem to be double dipping alot lately and was wondering whether it would be worth hanging onto this version. If the Criterion ends up having a copy of the doco on their disc, doubtful though, then I will sell the R2 copy.
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The new Criterion collection pamphlet has appears to have announced the July titles a little early:

Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle)
Le Notte Bianche (Luchino Visconti)
Gate of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki)
Story of a Prostitute (Seijun Suzuki)

Source: criterionforum.org

The status of Ran is looking a little unclear now as the news item has been pulled from the site. A poor April Fools prank from the CC? Or at the request of current DVD producers; Wellsprings? Who knows.

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The new Criterion collection pamphlet has appears to have announced the July titles a little early:

Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges)
I knew - I just knew - the moment I bought the R2 what would happen...
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I've waited a LONG time for the Crit Unfaithfully Yours, and I'll buy all the Suzuki they can throw out. Fighting Elegy and Youth of the Beast are great DVD's!
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I knew - I just knew - the moment I bought the R2 what would happen...
Same here - although the R2 Unfaithfully Yours was quite lovely and also cheap, so the Criterion would have to be something remarkable in order to provoke a switch.
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Does this indicate that Sturges' "Unfaithfully Yours" is now fully re-evaluated after a long time of being classed as a 'disappointment' ? I've always loved it ever since I saw it as a kid - Edgar Kennedy in particular.

Watched the remake again the other day. Not even remotely in the same class, with the honourable exception of Albert Brooks who apparently improvised his own dialogue. Richard B. Shull as the detective speaks some lines from the original.
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I'd never seen Unfaithfully Yours before a fortnight ago - indeed, apart from Sullivan's Travels and one dimly remembered viewing of The Palm Beach Story I've not seen any Preston Sturges at all. His films are never on tv, it seems... But I am a convert now, and intend to track down the rest as soon as I can.

Interestingly, Terry Jones voices similar memories of Unfaithfully Yours as disappointing, before admitting that he found it wonderful on rewatching. I adored it!
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Same here - although the R2 Unfaithfully Yours was quite lovely and also cheap, so the Criterion would have to be something remarkable in order to provoke a switch.
It's my only comfort
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Does anybody know anything about Crazed Fruit? Sounds intriging but I can't seem to find a lot of info on it...
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The status of Ran is looking a little unclear now as the news item has been pulled from the site. A poor April Fools prank from the CC? Or at the request of current DVD producers; Wellsprings? Who knows.
It's back up now.......

"Kurosawa fans can also look forward to Criterion's upcoming edition of Ran, due out in late 2005 in a special edition that includes, among other features, an exclusive interview recently conducted in Tokyo with star Tatsuya Nakadai."
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Fropm www.davisdvd.com:

The original Criterion edition of Henri-Georges Clouzot's masterpiece of suspense Wages of Fear (spine #36) will be taken out of print on May 16th to make room for an all new DVD edition of the film. The re-release, due out in late 2005, will feature a brilliant transfer from newly restored film elements. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
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Fropm www.davisdvd.com:

The original Criterion edition of Henri-Georges Clouzot's masterpiece of suspense Wages of Fear (spine #36) will be taken out of print on May 16th to make room for an all new DVD edition of the film. The re-release, due out in late 2005, will feature a brilliant transfer from newly restored film elements. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
This is typical......I just bought the current release.
I wonder will the Ebay muppets fall over eachother for another OOP Criterion??
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Is there anymore news on the Reissue of Seven Samurai yet? Its definetly this year.
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