Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
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Morbii
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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2676 Post by Morbii » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:52 am

Does anyone know if there's a resource out there for determining which of my Criterion DVD editions to keep and which to sell because there are no missing features on the blu-ray?

I assume anything that came out on tandem wouldn't have this issue, but I'm wondering about other titles (without having to spend hours to research).

For the moment, if anyone knows if I should keep or part with my Bergman Trilogy due to the Bergman box, please speak up.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2677 Post by dwk » Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:16 am

Honestly for all the issues with their caps, DVD Beaver is the best resource when comparing on disc special features across releases.

And to answer your question it appears that all the on disc content was carried over: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, & The Silence. (I'm not sure about the written essays, as I don't think anyone has created a definitive list of what is and isn't in the book.)

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#2678 Post by Morbii » Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:45 am

Thank you for the suggestion!

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2679 Post by Finch » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:13 pm

I also think Netflix don't have anything to lose from allowing a disc release of their films. A fair compromise might be to say to the filmmakers, your film will be a streaming exclusive for the first six months after which it's free to be sold on disc as well. I'd absolutely buy Mudbound.

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#2680 Post by jedgeco » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:19 pm

Isn't this almost always going to hinge on the production financing and what bundle of rights Nexflix ends up with? Most of Netflix's "original" content is licensed from another production company for Netflix to have an exclusive first run on Netflix, so it's going to vary from license-to-license what the exclusivity period is. "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" have had physical media releases. Participant Media financed "Roma," so it might have only sold the streaming rights to Netflix but held back the rights for a future disc release after some period of exclusivity with Netflix ends.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2681 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:09 pm

Could the monthly Newsletter be a thing of the past? It seems like Criterion sent out weekly Newsletters the weeks they had releases this past month. I didn't think anything of it but now maybe that's their new way.

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#2682 Post by soundchaser » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:26 pm

I think we'll get a new hint at the end of this month, with the New Year's Drawing a sort of December/January crossover.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2683 Post by What A Disgrace » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:52 pm

Not having a newsletter is a clue for Midnight Cowboy.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2684 Post by Big Ben » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:02 pm

I can't imagine Criterion would get rid of their Newsletter folks. It's entirely possible Criterion just didn't do it in January.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2685 Post by Minkin » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:51 am

They used to do the monthly newsletter which was a bit of a recap of stuff from the current, newly announced films, coming soon stuff, then the drawing at the bottom. Then since they got their new website, they switched to sending out emails highlighting films that come out that week - for each of the month's announcements (unless they came out on the same day). These would talk about that film, then include Current stuff at the bottom; then the last one of these emails of the month had the clue at the bottom.

It seems that the email with the title: "Sidney Poitier smolders in a Hollywood landmark" - should have had the clue at the bottom. Perhaps they just forgot and goofed it up with all the goings-on with the Criterion Channel stuff they're working on. They have been doing this newsletter clue thing for like ten years now (someone can look up when it exactly started).

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2686 Post by Morbii » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:13 am

I kinda like the idea that they left it out AS a clue, though obviously not for Midnight Cowboy.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2687 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:21 am

Morbii wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:13 am
I kinda like the idea that they left it out AS a clue, though obviously not for Midnight Cowboy.
Amy Heckerling's Clueless makes the most sense then. :-P

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2688 Post by Luke M » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:05 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Morbii wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:13 am
I kinda like the idea that they left it out AS a clue, though obviously not for Midnight Cowboy.
Amy Heckerling's Clueless makes the most sense then. :-P
Now I miss Happy Endings

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2689 Post by yoloswegmaster » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:50 pm

Spike Lee confirmed on his latest instagram post that 'Bamboozled' is indeed being released by Criterion.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2690 Post by The Narrator Returns » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:07 pm

Where he does say that in it?

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2691 Post by Big Ben » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:15 pm

All I see is him rightfully calling out the current Governor of Virginia for wearing blackface.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2692 Post by DRW.mov » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:31 pm

Big Ben wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:15 pm
All I see is him rightfully calling out the current Governor of Virginia for wearing blackface.
He confirmed in the comments.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2693 Post by Yaanu » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:12 am

Instagram lacks a good desktop interface, so I dug through the 800+ comments so that you didn't have to:
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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2694 Post by dwk » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:52 pm

Not news, but
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John Cameron Mitchell and I are supervising the 4K restoration of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Criterion with colorist Lee Kline. It’s been 20 years and Hedwig is more gorgeous than ever dahling!


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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2696 Post by yoloswegmaster » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:37 pm

James Ivory's The Guru is listed as a 20th Century Fox/Criterion film: https://bampfa.org/event/guru

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2697 Post by CSM126 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:42 pm

yoloswegmaster wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:37 pm
James Ivory's The Guru is listed as a 20th Century Fox/Criterion film: https://bampfa.org/event/guru
I think Fox has a division called “Criterion Films” that isn’t actually the Criterion Collection.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2698 Post by Timec » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:51 am

I'm not sure how much interest this would hold for someone who isn't already a fan of Company (or interested in the process of making a cast album in general), but as a Sondheim devotee I'd be ecstatic if this happens.

I don't know how much the A/V quality could really be upgraded over the 18-year old Docurama DVD, but I'm sure they could put together some interesting extras about Michael Bennett and Elaine Stritch, as well as interviews/commentaries with Sondheim, Hal Prince, and some of the surviving cast members.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2699 Post by Minkin » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:45 am

Perhaps they could do a "Les Blank" style boxset with all of the loose ends of Pennebaker films they have the rights to - boxing together the films which wouldn't really work as stand-alone releases or as supplements to other films.
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I've never heard of the film or the director, but the Bolivian film Lo peor de los deseos lists "Diabla Cine en co-produccion con Agentes Secretos y Janus Films." Here's a trailer. Perhaps somebody can figure out what's going on with this film.

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Digging a little further: there's a "Janus Films de Colombia" ??? I guess Colombia has a film company also called Janus Films. Strange.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#2700 Post by yoloswegmaster » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:30 pm

'House of Games' just showed up in the upcoming releases section before being quickly taken down.

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