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post #2101 of 2486
February titles:
La Jetée/Sans Soleil
Three Outlaw Samurai
Tiny Furniture
World on a Wire
Anatomy of a Murder
Vanya on 42nd Street
post #2102 of 2486
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I couldn't ignore the sale any longer. I picked up Kuroneko, Fanny & Alexander and Three Colors. Rushmore and Twelve Angry Men will be here next week from Amazon. I'm going to need to take a couple of days off work to watch them all.

The Criterion Collection Kuroneko BD is on its way to me from Blockbuster. I am looking forward to seeing it.
post #2103 of 2486
There must not be many Kieślowski fans around here, I'm surprised that there's no discussion of the wonderful new Three Colors Trilogy box set.

Criterion has done a great job with the restoration on these films, they look fantastic and sound good too. There's close to 2 hours of new bonus content in addition to the original extras and features. Plus a nice 80 page booklet.
post #2104 of 2486
I'm pretty sure Criterion had nothing to do with the "restorations" (they're not even 20 years old.)

I am looking forward to getting my set, as I really liked The Double Life of Veronique. Hopefully BN keep their estimated shipping date next week, seems some people are randomly getting items canceled this time as well.
post #2105 of 2486
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I'm pretty sure Criterion had nothing to do with the "restorations" (they're not even 20 years old.)

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post #2106 of 2486
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There must not be many Kie?lowski fans around here, I'm surprised that there's no discussion of the wonderful new Three Colors Trilogy box set.

Criterion has done a great job with the restoration on these films, they look fantastic and sound good too. There's close to 2 hours of new bonus content in addition to the original extras and features. Plus a nice 80 page booklet.

It is an amazing set. Just saw Blue last night and it's just wonderful a/v quality.

Blue and White were transferred from interpositives and Red from the orig negative.

The stars must have been in alignment for me because I rec'd a 30% off coupon in an email from B & N the day I was going to pick it up during the current 50% off Criterion sale. Had no expectation the coupon would work on top of the 50% sale but sure enough it did. So I got the set for $29 and change.
post #2107 of 2486
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Originally Posted by rdgrimes View Post

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Those are simply details of the transfer and mastering (which, by the way, Criterion didn't do). Simply transfering the film into the digital domain and then tweaking from there is not a "restoration", which these films don't need anyway.

I find that studio released BDs are more often better quality than what Criterion puts out, simply because Criterion is at the mercy of whatever they are given from their licensors, and often they do harmful (imo) video tweaks on top of that.
post #2108 of 2486
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Look at the transfer details, they were done by MK2 in Paris, not Criterion.
post #2109 of 2486
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Originally Posted by Strevlac View Post

Those are simply details of the transfer and mastering (which, by the way, Criterion didn't do). Simply transfering the film into the digital domain and then tweaking from there is not a "restoration", which these films don't need anyway.
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Ah, so you have seen the original film elements and negatives so you know they don't need a restoration?

The age of a film has little to do with whether it needs a restoration, the condition of the film elements does. But since Criterion calls it a restoration, and the description includes: "Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter and flicker were manually removed", I'm guessing this fits most folks idea of "restoration".
post #2110 of 2486
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It is an amazing set. Just saw Blue last night and it's just wonderful a/v quality.

Blue and White were transferred from interpositives and Red from the orig negative.

I feel like White has the sharpest image, but it may just be that it's brighter and has more daylight.

Also good to note that each film had a different DP, and it's own unique look.
post #2111 of 2486
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Originally Posted by rdgrimes View Post

Ah, so you have seen the original film elements and negatives so you know they don't need a restoration?

The age of a film has little to do with whether it needs a restoration, the condition of the film elements does. But since Criterion calls it a restoration, and the description includes: "Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter and flicker were manually removed", I'm guessing this fits most folks idea of "restoration".

It's Criterion's boilerplate text. If the film has the occasional lil' speck of dust, that could easily add up to thousands over the course of a film, and I'd call that clean-up.
Robert Harris has complained in the past about how "restoration" and "remaster" tends to be used interchangeably, when many so-called restorations involve little other than a new scan and some dust-busting. Whether that's the case here, I don't know, but it hardly seems probable that the film is in some kind of horrible shape.
post #2112 of 2486
Looking at the screenshots I'd have to say the Blu-ray of Branded to Kill shows the biggest improvement over its DVD counterpart that I have ever seen.
post #2113 of 2486
No response on the "Carlos" glitch...
post #2114 of 2486
Picked up Harakiri, Dazed & Confused and Rushmore (was already out in the bin tonight).

Still a lot left on my CC list!
post #2115 of 2486
Ooof...looks like there's a defect with White - glad I haven't spun that one up yet...
post #2116 of 2486
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Ooof...looks like there's a defect with White - glad I haven't spun that one up yet...

Who did they contact?
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post #2118 of 2486
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Who did they contact?

I sent an email to Jon Mulvaney. Replacement discs for "White" should be available shortly according to the reply I rec'd a few weeks ago.
post #2119 of 2486
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My guess is that the Universal release just ignores all of Cronenberg's framing. Wild guess though. Any way to confirm the framing on this film?
post #2120 of 2486
Dunno, to Ebay! Laserdiscs never let us down!!

Also Criterion March line up:
http://www.criterion.com/library/exp...s=release_date

Last temptation of Christ
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Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1*DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs Location production footage shot by Scorsese Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score PLUS: An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein


A Night to Remember
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New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of*"Titanic:" An Illustrated History The Making of "A Night to Remember"*(1993), a sixty-minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage Archival interview with*Titanic*survivor Eva Hart En natt att minas,*a forty-five-minute Swedish documentary from 1962 featuring interviews withTitanic*survivors Trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow

I thought Christ was a Sony title?
post #2121 of 2486
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I thought Christ was a Sony title?

Yes, Christ is Sony; Fox has Buddha and Mohammed.
post #2122 of 2486
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Yes, Christ is Sony; Fox has Buddha and Mohammed.

Brum pum pum!
Is this the first Sony title from bluray criterion? Do I grey my hopes up?
post #2123 of 2486
It's not Sony it's Universal.
post #2124 of 2486
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Is this the first Sony title from bluray criterion? Do I grey my hopes up?

Bottle Rocket, Repulsion and the BBS set.
post #2125 of 2486
AIC.com has a overview/review of the upcoming Godzilla/Gojira Blu-ray release.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52400

Clearly I'm guessing here, but based on the reviewer's comments and the credits on the booklet page reproduced in the article, it sounds very much like the transfer for the Japanese "Gojira" on this release is the same one done several years ago by Toho for Japanese HD channel broadcast and the Japanese Blu-ray release. That's not necessarily a bad thing as the Japanese Blu-ray released about 2 years ago looks pretty good, if lacking in any real solid blacks ( or conversly, black crush). That transfer still blows the horrible, up scaled US Classic Media Blu-ray (someone in the comments laughably suggested the CM release looked excellent) out of the water, but it's not anything close to perfect.

I would be happily shocked if this release improves upon the Japanese Blu-ray, especially as it sounds like Toho simply licensed a good number of the bonus features from the Japanese Blu-ray and older dvd releases of the film to Criterion. I'm actually much more curious how the English language cut looks with the new print as it's always looked really rough on all home video formats.
post #2126 of 2486
According to that booklet, the telecine for the Japanese version was supervised by Criterion's Lee Kline, which makes it extremely unlikely (to say the least) that they're using the old Toho transfer. And the reviewer says there are exactly two extras carried over from previous releases -- the Ifukube interview (which goes back to the original Japanese DVD, though AFAIK it's never been released in the U.S. before) and the special effects featurette (not sure what this is, maybe the "Designing Godzilla" short from the BFI and Classic Media editions?). And of course the trailers too, but that goes without saying. I'm unaware of any of the other extras being released before.

Edit: Here's the Blu-ray.com review, which says everything except the stuff mentioned above was recorded in 2011. It also sounds like the SFX featurette isn't "Designing Godzilla," but I can't recall anything like this on any existing release, so I still don't know where that came from. There's plenty of screenshots if anyone wants to try a comparison with the Classic Media or Toho versions.
post #2127 of 2486
Looks like someone messed up the scaling. I can see a grid pattern in the grain on most of those shots.

I don't know what happened to Criterion. Even if they didn't always use the most modern transfer their compression was usually flawless. But the last year or so there have been all kinds of screw-ups and artifacted and bit-starved encodes.
post #2128 of 2486
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I don't know what happened to Criterion. Even if they didn't always use the most modern transfer their compression was usually flawless. But the last year or so there have been all kinds of screw-ups and artifacted and bit-starved encodes.

Yeah, me either. Criterion needs to slow down their releases and clamp down on quality control or something.
post #2129 of 2486
The Criterion Godzilla is certainly not a port of the Toho Blu-Ray master:

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/100491
post #2130 of 2486
Just watched The Thin Red Line. Has to be the best PQ I have seen on my setup (not including test discs). Just amazing.
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