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Old 24-03-2006, 09:24   #81
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Robert Harris, at the HTF, on Mr. Arkadin:

Packaged along with a paperbound copy of the novel, Criterion's new DVD release of Mr. Welles' Mr. Arkadin shows precisely how far, in an industry gone mad with continuous triple and quadruple dips into known territory, one can take a project in the name of quality, art and love of the cinema.

Offered as "The Complete Mr. Arkadin," this new DVD is much more than that.

As a project that was never officially completed by Mr. Welles, various versions have been available for decades, ranging from quite good to rather emasculated.

Offering three interestingly different versions of the film on three separate discs, we can now follow the editorial changes, and finally view for the first time, a new version which seems to be the closest to what might have been an "official" version had there been one.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Mr. Arkadin / Confidential Agent turf, this is a package containing many delights, put together with consummate care.

Mr. Arkadin is Criterion at its highest level.

Very Highly Recommended.

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Old 24-03-2006, 16:01   #82
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This is absolutely not a slight against Jackal for posting it, but why does Robert Harris keep posting those sorts of comments? They tell us nothing that can't be deduced from the back of the case.

In any case, here's a recent interview at Reel.com with Criterion head Peter Becker that doesn't really say a lot, but does hint at a possible re-release of Salo sometime soon.
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Old 24-03-2006, 17:21   #83
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I know that this is not the ideal place to post this but whilst out looking for books today, I picked up a couple of Criterions in a charity shop for £2.99 each!!

The titles were 'Written on the Wind' and 'All that Heaven Allows' (I still can't quite believe that someone would give these two superb films away)

I am sad enough to say that it made my day.

Apologies again, but I really had to tell somebody who would understand.
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Old 24-03-2006, 22:07   #84
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I once saw And God Created Woman sealed in a dingy second hand 'shop' for £4.99. Didn't get it but I bought the Beastie Boys Anthology for the same price. I was pretty happy too
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Old 25-03-2006, 09:58   #85
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Got my Louis Malle box set yesterday from Criterion DVD - they packed it beautifully too - one of those stout USPS boxes inside a heavy carboard envelope
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Old 25-03-2006, 20:31   #86
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I wonder what the American ending is - all I've been able to find is that "the American censor demanded changes" because of the "brilliantly ambiguous" ending. The mind boggles: wife or lover shoots Dennis when he gets into the wrong carriage? The prison governor poring over the memoirs?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041546/...hread/37072062
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Old 01-04-2006, 18:28   #87
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Some decent Criterion bargains to be had in the Deep Discount DVD Up to 45% off Criterions sale - ends April 6.

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Mr Arkadin at DVD Beaver here.
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Some decent Criterion bargains to be had in the Deep Discount DVD Up to 45% off Criterions sale - ends April 6.
You fiend. I just spent the last half hour creating a nice list of Crits only to find out that after adding the shipping to all the orders is wouldn't be worthwhile

I'm now wallowing in sorrow but my at least my bank account is still in a relativly healthy state. Unless that is someone out there in the USA wants to accept delivery and post them on to me (I'll make it worth your while, promise).
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It's too late to look and I'm far too tired. What are their shipping rates, if you would kind sir?
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Cut and pasted from the site:

Order Total 10 - 20 Business Days
$0 - $25 $5.95
$25.01 - $50.00 $8.95
$50.01 - $100.00 $11.95
Over $100 $14.95
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DVD Savant on The Complete 'Mr Arkadin'
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Two new releases have gone up on the site:

Edward Yang's Yi Yi
Barbet Schroeder's Koko: A Talking Gorilla
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The Image site also has more Criterion news (if lacking detail), coming July:

A Canterbury Tale
Olivier's Shakespeare Boxset (Hamlet, Henry V, Richard III)

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A Canterbury Tale - 2 disk set

Let's hope that's right - it'll be a dream come true, my favourite film in a Criterion 2 disker
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Specs for A Canterbury Tale, nicked from kappoka at criterionforum.org:

Special double-disc set features:
• All-new high-definition digital transfer
• Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
• Scenes from Michael Powell’s re-edited American version
John Sweet: A Pilgrim’s Return, a short documentary on actor John Sweet’s 2001 return to Canterbury
• Humphrey Jennings’s landmark documentary Listen to Britain
• Artist Victor Burgin’s impressionistic video piece Listen to Britain, inspired by Jennings’s film and A Canterbury Tale
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And from Digitally Obsessed:

Olivier's Shakespeare
**SPECIALLY PRICED BOX SET**
Sir Laurence Olivier directed only five films in his sixty-year acting career, yet his three Shakespeare adaptations are still widely considered the definitive film adaptations: his thrilling directorial debut, Henry V, stunned 1944 audiences with its vivid Technicolor and full-throttle battle scenes; Hamlet, which won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Actor, in 1948, brought to stunning life literature's greatest protagonist; and his legendary Richard III, thought by many to feature Olivier's most magnetic performance. All three are presented for the first time together on DVD in this deluxe gift set.

Info:
Includes three classic features:
* Henry V
* Hamlet
* Richard III

Specially priced box set features:
* All high-definition digital transfers
* Audio commentaries by film historian Bruce Eder on Henry V and playwright and stage director Russell Lees on Richard III
* A 1966 BBC interview with Olivier, featured on Richard III
* Original theatrical trailers of Henry V and Richard III
* Galleries of production stills and posters on Henry V and Richard III

Title: Olivier's Shakespeare
CAT: CC1638D
UPC: 7-15515-01882-1
ISBN: 1-55940-986-X
SRP: $79.95
Prebook: 6/13/06
Street date: 7/18/06


That's a tad disappointing; I have Richard III (which is spanking) but I've held off the other two in the hope that they were on Criterion's 'do again' list. And of course, Criterion's 'specially priced' still means, 'draw deep breath...'
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Full specs for A Canterbury Tale are up at the site.
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