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Old 03-27-2009, 12:39 PM
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just placed my order with amazon for the 400 blows. so i should have that by the end of next week. yeah
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Now that some of you are starting to receive the copies of The 400 Blows that you bought, I am wondering what is going on at Blockbuster. The 400 Blows BD has been in my queue at BB for some time but is still "Unavailable."

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I thought I heard that Criterion was going to change the packaging of their Blu-Rays from these crappy cardboard cases to the standard Blue plastic ones, but this one came in the ol' flimsy paper case, and it's angular at that so it won't even fit in with the rest of my movies right (are all the movies like this).

Yes, so far all of Criterion's blu-rays are packaged this way.

It's been mentioned in e-mails from Criterion that they are, indeed, working on a plastic case of their own for later in the year, which means we might see it in the 4th quarter.

And, as far as the angled cardboard... it is possible to angle it in the opposite direction so that it straightens out, ya know? I don't want you to think that you can't bend the cardboard straight. That's an easy fix.

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It'll be here Friday from amazon. My first Criterion BD for a movie I heard lots about but never actually seen or owned.

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Same here, just got mine in the mail from Amazon today...Anyway they really need to change the packaging, as much as we pay for these movies I think they can spring the extra couple of cents for plastic cases.

Another reason why I jumped on amazon's "400 Blows" offer (for the BD movie not... sigh... ) is that I want to reward Criterion and amazon for selling this movie at or near what a new DVD would cost on release week. The more sellers and home video publishers see that catalog titles priced low sell better than those priced much higher the more they will adjust their prices accordingly. If "400 Blows" had cost almost thirty bucks... (giggles)... I'm not sure it would have been as easy a purchase as it sure was at $23.
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You can pre-order once again on Criterion's site. Seventh Seal here I come.
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Why not just order it from Amazon, it's a couple bucks cheaper with free shipping too.
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I'll be interested to see how the Criterion version of the Seventh Seal holds up against the Tartan Blu-ray. If it's close then I'll probably hold onto the Tartan for the video and the old Criterion dvd for the special features.
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About two-thirds down the posts is an e-mail response from Jon Mulvaney...

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On top of having a horrible bout of bronchitis, now this.

FML.
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A member over on blu-ray.com has posted pics of the packaging for "The Wages Of Fear" blu-ray. It looks to be one of Criterion's first blu-rays with the new clear plastic case.

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Gee, thank God they made the investment in that case. It's soooooooo much nicer than standard Blu-ray cases.


At least they're giving us something that can't really be rain-damaged now.

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Caught "400 Blows" Blu-ray over the weekend. I saw a bunch of movies but Truffaut's film debut is the one that left me coldest at the end ('is that it'? I thought after the famous final frame faded to black) and not just because the high-def transfer didn't look special or different-enough from other Criterion DVD's from that era (like Truffaut's own "Jules and Jim"). In the days afterwards though "400 Blows" is the one movie that has stayed with me the longest (can't get Jean Constantin's piano theme off my head) and the one I continue to seek out opinions on.

The personal and autobiographical nature of the misadventures of Antoine Doinel appeared to this viewer as insignificant and predictable. It took a viewing of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (on HD-DVD) and reading more about Truffaut's life for me to make the generational connection with "400 Blows" that what I perceived as insignificant and predictable events were the world that Doinel knew and lived to its fullest (warts and all). Plus, as someone that accidentally set the curtains of his bedroom on fire nearly burning down my mother's house (where she still lives) and also lied in school about her dying, the scenes where Doinel did similar things in school touched a personal nerve with me. It's almost disappointing to know Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud went on to do more movies about the Doinel character because the power of this movie's last shot (like the 'cut-to-black' "Sopranos" ending) seems that would be more lasting if we didn't know what ever became of him. Oh well, Netflix here I come!
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Caught "400 Blows" Blu-ray over the weekend. I saw a bunch of movies but Truffaut's film debut is the one that left me coldest at the end ('is that it'? I thought after the famous final frame faded to black) and not just because the high-def transfer didn't look special or different-enough from other Criterion DVD's from that era (like Truffaut's own "Jules and Jim"). In the days afterwards though "400 Blows" is the one movie that has stayed with me the longest (can't get Jean Constantin's piano theme off my head) and the one I continue to seek out opinions on.

The personal and autobiographical nature of the misadventures of Antoine Doinel appeared to this viewer as insignificant and predictable. It took a viewing of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (on HD-DVD) and reading more about Truffaut's life for me to make the generational connection with "400 Blows" that what I perceived as insignificant and predictable events were the world that Doinel knew and lived to its fullest (warts and all). Plus, as someone that accidentally set the curtains of his bedroom on fire nearly burning down my mother's house (where she still lives) and also lied in school about her dying, the scenes where Doinel did similar things in school touched a personal nerve with me. It's almost disappointing to know Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud went on to do more movies about the Doinel character because the power of this movie's last shot (like the 'cut-to-black' "Sopranos" ending) seems that would be more lasting if we didn't know what ever became of him. Oh well, Netflix here I come!

For me, the final shot is what makes The 400 Blows complete. It actually makes the movie.
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The 400 Blows is definitely a masterpiece. I'd have to disagree with you though about the Blu-ray transfer though. The Blu-ray is so much more detailed than the DVD, and contrast is better preserved.

I know what you're saying about the final shot of The 400 Blows acting as a perfect end to the Doinel story, but Stolen Kisses and Bed and Board are definitely worth checking out. They make a nice double feature. Antoine & Colette is also nice, but slight. If I could erase Love on the Run from my memory, I would. On the DVD supplements for Love on the Run, Truffaut even mentions that he wasn't satisfied with it and found it "too experimental." The Doinel saga ends with Bed and Board for me.

After Bed and Board, check out Day for Night. It's probably the greatest film about filmmaking ever made, and lends a lot of insight to the Truffaut/Léaud working relationship.
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After Bed and Board, check out Day for Night. It's probably the greatest film about filmmaking ever made, and lends a lot of insight to the Truffaut/Léaud working relationship.

Nope. Fellini's 8 1/2 is far superior.
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Nope. Fellini's 8 1/2 is far superior.

I came sooooooo close to posting the very same statement!

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I came sooooooo close to posting the very same statement!

Suuuuuuurrre you did!

Please, stop trying to pretend that you have the same good taste in movies that I do.
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I'll stand by my statement about Day for Night.

But then again, Fellini has never done anything for me, so call me a philistine
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I'll stand by my statement about Day for Night.

But then again, Fellini has never done anything for me, so call me a philistine

Philistine!!!

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as far as the end of "400 Blows", there are 4 more movies remember.
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as far as the end of "400 Blows", there are 4 more movies remember.

I don't remember the answer to this: did Truffaut always intend to make this a series?
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A little disappointed that The 400 Blows did not contain the Antoine et Collette and Les Mistons shorts. Other than that, VERY pleased with this release.
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Ran is still "indefinitely canceled," but Criterion have confirmed another Kurosawa BD through their Twitter blog:

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Another late, great, color Kurosawa BLU-RAY is on its way—it hasn't been announced, but stay tuned!

Most likely Kagemusha, although Dreams is a possibility now that Criterion has a relationship with WB. Maybe Dodes'kaden but I dunno if that really counts as "late." Dersu Uzala desperately needs a decent release, but I don't think Hell has frozen over quite yet.

It'd be pretty funny if it turned out to be Rhapsody in August or Madadayo.
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It'd be pretty funny if it turned out to be Rhapsody in August or Madadayo.

I wouldn't laugh.

Kagemusha, onegaishimasu!

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Dersu Uzala desperately needs a decent release, but I don't think Hell has frozen over quite yet.

Isn't that the truth!
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Took slightly better pics of "The 400 Blows" Blu-ray:


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A member over on blu-ray.com has posted pics of the packaging for "The Wages Of Fear" blu-ray. It looks to be one of Criterion's first blu-rays with the new clear plastic case.

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Any word on whether they are going to start shipping the current releases with these new cases or not? I recently picked up and watched 400 blows, and it's got me tempted to order up a few more, but I would much rather have the plastic cases. Hopefully they offer up the ability to swap so my Criterion collection can be uniform.
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Hopefully they offer up the ability to swap so my Criterion collection can be uniform.

I don't see it happening but it'd sure be nice. I've already got five of the cardboard digipacks and while they didn't bother me I'm a bit of a shelf uniformity freak.
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If anyone hasn't seen it, yet, a review for "In The Realm Of The Senses" is up over at blu-ray.com.

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If anyone hasn't seen it, yet, a review for "In The Realm Of The Senses" is up over at blu-ray.com.

Thanks, man!

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