The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
- Yes We Cannes
- Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:17 pm
- Location: Lawrence, KS, U.S.
Essentially, yes, but this appears to be the first instance of a DVD release going out-of-print while the Blu release remains in print. I suppose Teshigahara is the closest comparison, although I do hope the entire box does eventually come back in print on both formats, with Pitfall and The Face of Another making their Blu debut.
- Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:14 pm
Guys, Z is a Janus title still streaming on Filmstruck. Film Forum has a playdate booked through Janus in October. It’s not going anywhere, its licensing is basically totally different than The Confession’s (and the same is true of Missing). Panicing won’t achieve anything. It was restored in 4K over 3 years ago; it’s a title that probably sells pretty well for what it is, all things being equal, so a Blu-ray’s always been a when rather than an if.
- Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:13 pm
Missing is with Universal, so there's a 0% chance it would be affected by any of this.
I'm still incredibly wary about any of these Costa-Gavras OOP titles - and I suspect a Z upgrade is the most likely outcome (sounds like the sort of random upgrade that would be destined for a Dec release anyway).
- Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:56 pm
Perhaps the cost to reset the machines that manufacture the boxes is too prohibitive, without any guarantee of a return. Some of these DVDs must be gathering dust in the warehouse, and once the inventory is depleted, they determine it's not worth the cost to print another run. That may be why the Eisenstein, Antoine Doinel, BRD Trilogy, and now Dreyer boxes are OOP. They still have the rights to all of those films. And they never even published a DVD edition of the new version of THE COMPLETE MONTEREY POP, the Zatoichi box, the combined Brakhage anthologies, and the forthcoming Bergman box.
So to answer your question, I think they are phasing out DVD box sets.
- Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:57 am
- Location: East Coast, USA
As I've posted before, I strongly suspect that Criterion's DVD sales have been steadily decreasing since they dropped the dual-format releases, and I would think that by now, the majority of Criterion's remaining DVD sales are library/institutional, and that those buyers prefer individual titles in individual packaging for obvious reasons.
- The Elegant Dandy Fop
- Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:25 am
- Location: Los Angeles, CA
It must be getting reissued in some form considering that Criterion seems to have licensed the entire Flower Films library. I'll forever hang onto my copy as it's signed by the late Les Blank himself.
- Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:07 am
I'm a bit confused about editions with 'books'. I have Short Cuts, Two Lane Blacktop, Man Who Fell To Earth, and maybe a few more with books. And from what I'm garnering here is that if Criterion continues and/or reissues them, the books will always be omitted? Is there a list here or elsewhere of Criterion releases with books at one point, but have been sacrificed due to OOP or reissue?
- Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:13 pm
It needs some updating for 2018 and such, but I maintain this list.StevenWest wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:33 amI'm a bit confused about editions with 'books'. I have Short Cuts, Two Lane Blacktop, Man Who Fell To Earth, and maybe a few more with books. And from what I'm garnering here is that if Criterion continues and/or reissues them, the books will always be omitted? Is there a list here or elsewhere of Criterion releases with books at one point, but have been sacrificed due to OOP or reissue?
In regards to the above about Vampyr - the DVD was reissued without the book, but then the blu-ray came out with the book. So the Blu has it, but the DVD does not (anymore).