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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Blutarsky
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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3826 Post by Blutarsky » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:37 pm

Calvin wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:16 pm
After Rocky, UA did win again with Annie Hall - another film (with a recent restoration, not yet released) that could go to Criterion if they ignore Film Twitter.
If by some miracle Annie Hall was released by Criterion, it would seem like a waste. Allen is notorious on having no special features. Maybe he’ll relent if Criterion decide to release his most popular film.

I know this isn’t related to the UA discussion but is Mean Streets OOP by Warner Bros. ? Could we assume Criterion has access to early Scorsese features sans Taxi Driver?

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#3827 Post by Luke M » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:51 pm

I was reading up on the controversies surrounding West Side Story, the original movie was plagued with the brownface and problematic stereotypes. The 2020 Broadway revival faced protests for it's casting of an actor accused of sexual harassment. And the new upcoming movie will likely meet protests because lead star Ansel Elgort has been accused of sexual assault.

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#3828 Post by soundchaser » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:10 pm

Denying the world Rita Moreno’s performance would be a far worse sin than anything the movie does. (Although I don’t see why Criterion necessarily needs to release it? The current Blu is pretty good and just needs a repressing.)

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3829 Post by whaleallright » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:22 pm

CSM126 wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:56 pm
domino harvey wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:46 pm
Not a surprise, was hinted in the new year’s clue a few years ago, but one I think many assumed was stalled
To be fair, the clue was a Cuban flag and some music notes, which could just as easily have been referencing Buena Vista Social Club.
??? West Side Story features Puerto Ricans (well, some of them are pretending to be Puerto Ricans, as noted above).


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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3831 Post by whaleallright » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:44 pm

Ah... Oddly, one of those appears to have more stripes than the flags of either place. Maybe Criterion is releasing a film from some other, hitherto unknown Spanish-speaking island in the Caribbean?

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#3832 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:54 am

Look for Criterion to announce a boxset before the end of the week and maybe as early as tomorrow. I suspect it will be the Wong Kar-wai box. The restorations of La Strada and Juliet of the Spirits haven't hit the Janus site yet.

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#3833 Post by yoloswegmaster » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:22 am

FrauBlucher wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:54 am
Look for Criterion to announce a boxset before the end of the week and maybe as early as tomorrow. I suspect it will be the Wong Kar-wai box. The restorations of La Strada and Juliet of the Spirits haven't hit the Janus site yet.
Do you know something or is this just a hunch?

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#3834 Post by swo17 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:32 am

Probably just that we're due

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#3835 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:08 pm

Deduction
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#3836 Post by beamish14 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:45 pm

Kino just said they don't have Marat/Sade. Fingers crossed for an eventual Criterion.

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#3837 Post by therewillbeblus » Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:45 pm

With the WB blu of The Best Years of Our Lives skyrocketing in OOP prices since I checked back even last month, I’d imagine Criterion or Warner Archives will jump on a release sooner rather than later. Maybe I’m too optimistic but this doesn’t feel like a title destined for longterm OOP status

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#3838 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:55 pm

I think if it was Warner Archive they would have put it out the same time it went OOP from the big company. Criterion releasing this seems more likely

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#3839 Post by therewillbeblus » Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:04 pm

I won’t even pretend to imagine what goes on behind the scenes in WA release-picking rooms, but their choices are perplexing enough that I’d go the opposite route of the sensible option! Either way, I won’t complain tho


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#3841 Post by yoloswegmaster » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:28 pm

It sounds like it's come back to Criterion. The only other U.S distributor that has a deal with Fortune Star is Film Movement but I highly doubt that they would have gotten the rights to both films.

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#3842 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:31 pm

Woo box

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#3843 Post by yoloswegmaster » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:35 pm

They do have the rights to 'The Last Hurrah for Chivalry', so you could be onto something. I would also like to see a proper release of 'A Better Tomorrow' 1 and 2.

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#3844 Post by willoneill » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:38 pm

I have a soft spot for Bullet in the Head; a nice looking copy of that would be grand.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3845 Post by Supporting_Character » Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:56 pm

In the announcement for the 58th New York Film Festival Revivals lineup, in addition to the restored version of In The Mood For Love, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flowers of Shanghai is listed as being a Janus Films release, "restored in 4K in 2019 from the 35mm original negative by Shochiku in collaboration with the Shanghai International Film Festival at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory."

Joyce Chopra's Smooth Talk is also billed as being a Janus release, a "new 4K restoration undertaken by the Criterion Collection".

https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020/daily ... -festival/

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3846 Post by Yaanu » Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:58 pm

Supporting_Character wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:56 pm
In the announcement for the 58th New York Film Festival Revivals lineup, in addition to the restored version of In The Mood For Love, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flowers of Shanghai is listed as being a Janus Films release, "restored in 4K in 2019 from the 35mm original negative by Shochiku in collaboration with the Shanghai International Film Festival at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory."

Joyce Chopra's Smooth Talk is also billed as being a Janus release, a "new 4K restoration undertaken by the Criterion Collection".

https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020/daily ... -festival/
We also have Mohammad Reza Aslani's The Chess Game of the Wind and Jia Zhangke's Xiao Wu as World Cinema Project restorations, which means a Criterion release could happen in the future.

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3847 Post by Minkin » Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:10 pm

With the shot of a gun ringing out in the distance, we round the pass and find ourselves at another Speculation Rodeo (Nov 2020 edition).

The Irishman - Confirmed as part of the Netflix deal

Girlfriends - No speculation, a surprise!

Moonstruck - There were some rumors when there was the Jewison page, but otherwise this is a surprise!

Ghost Dog - Confirmed via email asking for Qs for a Q&A

Essential Fellini - Confirmed via New Years clue (Fell E box)
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-218 upgrades remain (7 upgrades are part of the Fellini box)

-49 Criterion titles remain OOP (3 were rescued as part of the Fellini box)

-Only the Wong Kar Wai Boxset remains of Jason Polan clues
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And that brings us to our month's All-Around Cowpoke. It was a tough battle with plenty of people getting twos, but only one person prevailed with a three second ride, and that winner is:

kcota17!

You can pick up your golden lariat at the concession stand.

And with that, we have another successful Rodeo, until next time, let's all have some kale

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3848 Post by black&huge » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:12 pm

Something I realized that aside from the Fellini set which is its own special circumatance every main release in the month is a film from the US. Has this ever happened before?

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Re: Criterion Discussion and Random Speculation Volume 7

#3849 Post by The Pachyderminator » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:33 pm

Yes, multiple times I believe, including May of this year. (The Great Escape, Dance Girl Dance, Husbands, Scorsese Shorts, and Wildlife.)

EDIT: And also March this year: Bamboozled, Leave Her To Heaven, Show Boat, The Prince of Tides.

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#3850 Post by black&huge » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:44 pm

Wow..... i did not even notice.

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