Originally Posted by wuther
So are you saying you are unsure Criterion actually did the scans? Criterion is rather vague about this sometimes.
Easiest way to tell is to look for the telecine supervisor credited in the booklet. If it says Maria Palazzola or Lee Kline, then Criterion were directly involved. The Malkovich
telecine is credited to Kline, Spike Jonze and Lance Acord. Design for Living
was handled by Palazzola. Kline and Palazzola are both credited for Island of Lost Souls
. Ride With the Devil
lists Kline, Palazzola, Ang Lee, and Frederick Elmes. For Videodrome
they appear to have reused the same scan Palazzola supervised for the 2004 DVD release. Criterion also reused their DVD transfer for Dazed and Confused
, though I can't find the credits for this one.
Being John Malkovich
Originally Posted by dvdmike007
The first three, can you point me to the Universal Blu-ray version? oh no there is not one, so they neither prove nor disprove.
Also Being, is a USA release and not a direct Universal title, same as the Buena Vista releases and the Disney ones.
was licensed directly from Universal, per the copyright info on the packaging. USA Films no longer exists, even as a brand. I'm also fairly certain that "Buena Vista" doesn't exist as a separate entity -- "Buena Vista Home Entertainment" is simply the label that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment uses for some of their non-Disney-branded releases. (Criterion's relationship with BV/Disney is almost nonexistent anyway, since the only BDs they've licensed from them since Chungking Express
are Wes Anderson titles.)