The Film Office wrote:
Since my company, The Film Office, was instrumental in selling the top 16 Czech New Wave films to Criterion (a three year long process) I know that there will be many more treasures still coming in the future months. The plan is for a release of three box sets total.
That's fabulous news, and I'll publicise it as much as I can. I think Criterion automatically sends Eclipse box sets to Sight & Sound, and while I have no editorial say in the length of the final piece it's a pretty safe bet that they'll be running a review - and hopefully it'll be by someone like myself or Peter Hames who has a solid grounding in Czech film history.
For those of you complaining of overlap with other companies, just one note: CRITERION COLLECTION/JANUS is the only US company legally assigned distribution rights to all these films. Yes, that is exactly where the other companies stand. Sad and shocking.
I should probably make it clear that Second Run isn't one of those "other companies", since it's UK-based and licenses all its titles entirely legitimately. But they've run into similar situations: in fact, Valerie and her Week of Wonders
nearly didn't happen because it was out on another label - handily, the other label tacitly admitted that they didn't have any rights (I don't know if they ever did, but they'd certainly have expired by the late 2000s) and quietly withdrew their DVD as soon as Second Run announced their plans.