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Re: Criterion UK

#426 Post by nitin » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:30 am

Why not L’assassino? That’s right in their wheelhouse IMHO.

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Re: Criterion UK

#427 Post by tenia » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:21 am

This is probably me nitpicking a bit, but it's just that looking at how many movies they're releasing and what they're currently doing, sure Criterion could release it, but in how many years ?

It remains a darker crime movie which doesn't to me seems spontaneously belonging to Criterion's style, but also (IMO) a lesser Petri movie. (IMO again) Petri later made superior movies that would/should be picked first by Criterion before L'assassino. Investigation of course was the logical first choice, but I'd argue The Working Class Goes to Heaven would be 2nd (and IIRC, this one was recently restored). And tons of other italian movies they still haven't released, or upgraded. I mean, they still haven't upgraded Salvatore Giuliano, and I'd say it's a more important movie than L'assassino.

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Re: Criterion UK

#428 Post by nitin » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:38 pm

True, but they have rights to plenty they haven’t released!

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Re: Criterion UK

#429 Post by tenia » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:37 am

That's also part of my reasoning. Criterion has been sitting on tons of titles they could release but still haven't, and I strongly believe that they would prioritise other stuff over what Arrow has been releasing.
Again, it's not to say what Arrow has released isn't good, and it's just my overall feeling (and I might be completely wrong), but that's how I see this kind of things.

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Re: Criterion UK

#430 Post by Finch » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:28 pm

Ambersons and Chikamatsu Monogatari for November please (I think MoC's rights expired so Chikamatsu should be feasible?). Fuck Some like it Hot.

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Re: Criterion UK

#431 Post by dwk » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:24 am

November releases:
Zatoichi
Shampoo
Tree of Life

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Re: Criterion UK

#432 Post by rapta » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:36 am

Want all three November titles, but only Shampoo is sensibly priced so will likely be pre-ordered by me. Will wait to see if The Tree of Life is 2 for £25 eventually with sex, lies, and videotape (since both will be double-dips). Reckon it'll be a long while before a Zatoichi price-drop but I'll get it eventually! :)

Shame we don't get The Magnificent Ambersons, True Stories or Chikamatsu Monogatari, but maybe they'll be for the next month (December). Surprised they haven't announced Moonrise, Young Mr. Lincoln or The Breakfast Club yet though - any reason what's stopping them? Ditto Le Samouraï...

Still curious to see if The Silence of the Lambs and Some Like it Hot come from another UK label.

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Re: Criterion UK

#433 Post by Finch » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:59 pm

Ambersons may still be with Universal in the UK since they released the DVD but considering Uni released this on a barebones disc they probably wouldn't give a shit about Crit taking it off their hands. Happy about not having to import Tree of Life Extended. Ambersons and Chikamatsu for December would do me nicely.

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Re: Criterion UK

#434 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:07 pm

Supposedly Universal's UK rights to the RKO library have expired and reverted to the owners, which means Warner Bros. Supporting this is the fact that the current UK releases of Citizen Kane and the '33 King Kong are from WB rather than Universal, though theoretically WB could've just licensed those titles.

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Re: Criterion UK

#435 Post by TMDaines » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:26 am


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Re: Criterion UK

#436 Post by Jonathan S » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:57 am

Great to see the Welles releases here (Ambersons seemed more likely after the recent discovery that several more Warner Archive RKO titles are being added to HMV's Premium Collection). A pity Criterion's Chimes at Midnight is apparently silenced in the UK where are expected to make do with Bongs!

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Re: Criterion UK

#437 Post by tenia » Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:17 am

Product pages are also up on Amazon.co.uk.

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Re: Criterion UK

#438 Post by Billy Beta » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:50 pm

Sorry if this has been answered yet but;

Why is Mishima and Sex, lies and Videotape £25 and they're both single disc Bluray's and most of the rest are £17.99?

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Re: Criterion UK

#439 Post by mistakaninja » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:58 pm

Recent digipak releases have been at the higher price point. Ambersons will be too. No idea why, and Strangelove and NOTLD weren't.

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Re: Criterion UK

#440 Post by tenia » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:05 pm

Could it be linked to the amount of extras and the price it cost because of the BBFC fees ?

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Re: Criterion UK

#441 Post by Billy Beta » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:19 pm

It's strange because the US versions don't show any price increase with the digipacs.
I thought the inclusion of the BBC documentary on Mishima might have pushed that up, but it's happened on the others too.

I'm being greedy though, I just want these films included in the 2x£25 deals that keep happening. :lol:

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Re: Criterion UK

#442 Post by reaky » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:05 am

I had to scour eBay for a while before I found Mishima at a more reasonable price.

It’s infuriating that in the UK, Ambersons is the same higher price as Othello, when the latter is two discs and the former a single.

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Re: Criterion UK

#443 Post by tenia » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:17 am

Note that these still are sometimes at the usual £17.99 on Amazon. They're just much more rarely at this price, but Mishima had been for roughly 2 months around its release date, while Sex lies and videotape was for about a month during its preorder run.
Strangely, Dont Look Back and Dr Strangelove didn't have this issue.

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Re: Criterion UK

#444 Post by Billy Beta » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:29 pm

I thought that UK announcements were normally on 21st of the month? Any news?

Is the next announcement going to be "We've decided to stop doing UK releases"?

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Re: Criterion UK

#445 Post by rapta » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:08 pm

Last few announcements were on a Friday (September 21st), Monday (August 20th) and Thursday (July 26th). I guess we could get them either tomorrow or early next week - best to keep your eye on Sony UK's Twitter. Surprised listings haven't shown up at Amazon or Zoom yet though.

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Re: Criterion UK

#446 Post by dwk » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:09 am

January 2019's release are
Sawdust & Tinsel
True Stories
Panique

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Re: Criterion UK

#447 Post by Finch » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:57 pm

Sawdust & Tinsel is a strange choice given the Bergman set is region-free.

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Re: Criterion UK

#448 Post by rapta » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:46 pm

Probably because Artificial Eye already released it (so in a way, similar to the Tarkovsky titles). Presumably, they want to compete with UK labels whenever they can - also, many people may not want to import such a large/expensive set.

Anyway, I'm very happy about True Stories and will maybe even pre-order it (due to it including the soundtrack as well).

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Re: Criterion UK

#449 Post by L.A. » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:04 pm

I’m grateful for Panique. Isn’t it regarded as one of Duvivier’s best films?

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