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post #31 of 2486
For me this is the best news in HDM so far for 2008.
post #32 of 2486
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Originally Posted by bferr1 View Post

Just got this e-mail from Criterion:

Dear Criterion Collection Newsletter subscriber,

We've got some exciting news for this fall, and we wanted you to hear it first.

Our first Blu-ray discs are coming! We've picked a little over a dozen titles from the collection for Blu-ray treatment, and we'll begin rolling them out in October. These new editions will feature glorious high-definition picture and sound, all the supplemental content of the DVD releases, and they will be priced to match our standard-def editions.

Here's what's in the pipeline:

The Third Man
Bottle Rocket
Chungking Express
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Last Emperor
El Norte
The 400 Blows
Gimme Shelter
The Complete Monterey Pop
Contempt
Walkabout
For All Mankind
The Wages of Fear

Alongside our DVD and Blu-ray box sets of The Last Emperor, we'll also be putting out the theatrical version as a stand-alone release in both formats, priced at $39.95. Our Blu-ray release of Walkabout will be an all-new edition, featuring new supplements as well as a new transfer; we will also release an updated anamorphic DVD of Nicolas Roeg's outback masterpiece at the same time.

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Originally Posted by mhanlen1 View Post

Dammit... that means it'll be $60 now for a Blu-ray edition...

Seriously though... anyone heard any concrete pricing info? I finally upgraded to Blu-ray today (after getting a PS3) so this is good news. Good news other than the fact I bought The Third Man a few months ago for 30+ dollars.


reading is fundamental

can't wait for Bottle Rocket
ca caw ca caw
post #33 of 2486
I am happy I waited to get The Last Emperor....This is some great news
post #34 of 2486
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Originally Posted by facesnorth View Post

For me this is the best news in HDM so far for 2008.

Nothing on the blu horizon tops this. If Criterion releases titles in a hardcover book style case a la Warner Bros. Bonnie and Clyde, that would be a nice touch.
post #35 of 2486
This is great news. The holidays are really looking like the time when we might see Blu-Ray really take off, with a slew of new players, more PS3 games, all of the major studios releasing titles, and numerous niche distributors, including high-end ones like Criterion. The sweet spot for all of this will be about Thanksgiving.

The wild-card is the economy.

And I'll be double-dipping on several of the Criterion titles. The price equality with DVD is particularly appreciated.
post #36 of 2486
Is that the Wilson Bros. "Bottle Rocket"? WTF??

Never thought I would see that on BD. I guess it's a bit much to ask for Kurosawa. Wes Anderson is just as good.
I'll pick this one up.

Since Criterion is famous for its supplements will they be doing HD extras wherever they can?
post #37 of 2486
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Originally Posted by SirDrexl View Post

You won't get TSOTL from Criterion. MGM/Fox owns that now and they produce their own special editions. The Criterion disc went OOP around the time the 2001 SE DVD came out.

I'm really wanting Brazil, hopefully at a lower price since it won't need 3 discs.

Me too, Universal's track record on catalog titles is.....iffy. They have announced that Brazil is in the pipeline, but that was almost a year ago.

And please, please Criterion, DON'T USE BLUE CASES! In fact I think I'll email them about that right now....

And what's this about Funai BD players under $300? When?
post #38 of 2486
excellent, excellent, excellent... Between this and the Neil Young stuff I'm genuinely pumped about the future in a Blu-only world.

I had curtailed much of my Criterion shopping in the last couple years waiting for this, so this couldn't come at a better time...

Kudos, Criterion, live up to you high standards and bring us some of the finest films with comparably excellent supplementary materials!
post #39 of 2486
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Originally Posted by HiramAbiff View Post

Me too, Universal's track record on catalog titles is.....iffy. They have announced that Brazil is in the pipeline, but that was almost a year ago.

And please, please Criterion, DON'T USE BLUE CASES! In fact I think I'll email them about that right now....

And what's this about Funai BD players under $300? When?

now at walmart.
post #40 of 2486
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Originally Posted by HiramAbiff View Post

And please, please Criterion, DON'T USE BLUE CASES! In fact I think I'll email them about that right now....

Booooo.

Don't break tradition Criterion. My hair was once that case color.
post #41 of 2486
Salo....where the hell is freaking SALO!!!!!

post #42 of 2486
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Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post

Salo....where the hell is freaking SALO!!!!!


Dude. That was number one on my list of films that should never be put on to any HD format. Ever.
No. But if it was released I would watch it out of curiosity in HD.
NO. That's not funny. What if Criterion were to really think about it. Now I can't sleep. In HD?!

P.S. If any body doesn't know what Salo is, go rent it and watch it as soon as possible. You'll hate me later.
post #43 of 2486
I want them to release their Director's Cut of Armageddon on BD.

No, I'm not kidding.
post #44 of 2486
I call THE LAST EMPEROR!
post #45 of 2486
CHUNGKING EXPRESS!!!!! (didn't even know Criterion was doing this one)
LAST EMPEROR!!!!!
FOR ALL MANKIND!!!!!

Now, please, PLEASE put the remastered "High and Low" on BD before the end of the year.
post #46 of 2486
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post

I am happy I waited to get The Last Emperor....This is some great news

I would love to see this on Blu Ray. However, if Criterion releases it in the butchered 2:1 aspect ratio as they did the DVD release, I will not buy it. It should be in the original 2.35:1 ratio.
post #47 of 2486
I don't understand, what's wrong with the blue disc cases?
post #48 of 2486
Amazing news! Def getting CONTEMPT, GIMME SHELTER, PERFORMANCE, MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, LAST EMPEROR, 400 BLOWS, CHUNGKING EXPRESS, WALKABOUT and WAGES OF FEAR. This is absolutely the best HiDef news I've heard since the BLADE RUNNER set. Wow!
post #49 of 2486
I'm all over this, and eagerly awaiting an announcement for my holy grail of the Criterion Collection, Brazil.
post #50 of 2486
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Originally Posted by facesnorth View Post

I would love to see this on Blu Ray. However, if Criterion releases it in the butchered 2:1 aspect ratio as they did the DVD release, I will not buy it. It should be in the original 2.35:1 ratio.

I believe it was framed in keeping with the 70mm presentation, hence the different aspect ratio (normally 2.20:1 for 70mm)
post #51 of 2486
Can't wait for them to release Robinson Cruesoe on Mars in HD.
post #52 of 2486
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Originally Posted by kucharsk View Post

I want them to release their Director's Cut of Armageddon on BD.

No, I'm not kidding.

In all seriousness, Armageddon was actually not a bad film. I own the Criterion DVD, and I would upgrade to the Blu-ray.

However I think Disney will probably be handling the Blu-ray release of that film. I'll pick it up when it's released, no matter who releases it. It is very much the definition of big, stupid fun done extremely well.
post #53 of 2486
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Originally Posted by wakashizuma View Post

I'll be getting The Last Emperor!

Cropped to 2.0:1? No thanks. Hidef or not.
post #54 of 2486
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Originally Posted by facesnorth View Post

I would love to see this on Blu Ray. However, if Criterion releases it in the butchered 2:1 aspect ratio as they did the DVD release, I will not buy it. It should be in the original 2.35:1 ratio.

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Originally Posted by txfilmguy View Post

I believe it was framed in keeping with the 70mm presentation, hence the different aspect ratio (normally 2.20:1 for 70mm)

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Originally Posted by Grubert View Post

Cropped to 2.0:1? No thanks. Hidef or not.

I could of sworn that the film was intended to be shown as 2:1.......
http://www.criterion.com/blog/2008_0...42570263302949

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From the start of this project, Bertolucci has insisted that Storaro have ultimate approval of the mastering of the feature. This master was made in Rome under Storaro's direct supervision, with Bertolucci's approval. When we asked Storaro about the framing of the film, he unhesitatingly told us that the correct aspect ratio for The Last Emperor was 2:1. He told us that The Last Emperor was the first film he shot specifically for 2.0 framing, and Bertolucci backs him up.

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I recently had the pleasure of joining producer Jeremy Thomas at a screening of The Last Emperor, and I asked him about this issue. Was it really true that they had envisioned the film less wide than the 2.35:1 aspect ratio in which it was commonly screened? Thomas said that they had originally hoped that all of the original release prints would be in 70 mm, framed at 2.2:1 or 2:1, but not 2.35:1 or 2.33:1.

Even if we have always known it to be 2:35 is it not our hope that the directors intended (OAR) vision is shown?...JMHO, Ill still buy it as that is one of my favorite classics.
post #55 of 2486
No HD windowboxing plase because of 'overscan'.
post #56 of 2486
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post

I could of sworn that the film was intended to be shown as 2:1.......
http://www.criterion.com/blog/2008_0...42570263302949





Even if we have always known it to be 2:35 is it not our hope that the directors intended (OAR) vision is shown?...JMHO, Ill still buy it as that is one of my favorite classics.

It's all because Vittorio Storaro decided that he now only likes the 2.0:1 aspect ratio. Not only is he only shooting in that AR (which is perfectly all right) but also he is going back to all of his previous titles and imposing a 2.0:1 reframing (which is NOT all right), at the expense of discarding picture information. We saw that happen with Apocalypse Now and we saw it with The Last Emperor.

Discussion on Hollywood Salon: http://www.phpbber.com/phpbb/viewtop...saloon&p=14353
post #57 of 2486
As for packaging, I hope they look to what Sony did for Close Encounters. Sweet digipak!

Mitch
post #58 of 2486
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Originally Posted by Grubert View Post

It's all because Vittorio Storaro decided that he now only likes the 2.0:1 aspect ratio. Not only is he only shooting in that AR (which is perfectly all right) but also he is going back to all of his previous titles and imposing a 2.0:1 reframing (which is NOT all right), at the expense of discarding picture information. We saw that happen with Apocalypse Now and we saw it with The Last Emperor.

Discussion on Hollywood Salon: http://www.phpbber.com/phpbb/viewtop...saloon&p=14353

I find it hilarious you are telling the director and the cinematographer, the people who actually made the film, that the way they want it framed is wrong.
post #59 of 2486
Nice!

Man this next year and a half should bring us tons of good BD's
post #60 of 2486
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Originally Posted by Faceless Rebel View Post

I find it hilarious you are telling the director and the cinematographer, the people who actually made the film, that the way they want it framed is wrong.

If a filmmaker has a revisionist fit and decides to defile his previous work, we film lovers have every right to disapprove of it.

Just because Spielberg suddenly decides that walkie-talkies are less disturbing than guns doesn't mean I have to agree with his modifying E.T.

For a studio that prides itself in preserving the films uncut, to release them with 15% of the picture chopped off is a travesty.
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