I think this film is truly special, it has a style all its own, and the DVD was so botched, I think Criterion could do a great job with this. A True Stories Blu-ray would be amazing, anyone agree?
Guess that’s a no…
I like True Stories, but it has dated a fair bit in the quarter century since he made it. Of course, it dated in a distinctive David Byrne kind of way which has its own interest. What is wrong with the DVD? I watched it about a year ago and don’t remember any particular issues with it. As for your question, I wouldn’t want to pay the opportunity costs of having Criterion do it since there are so many other films I’d love to see them do.
Wouldn’t be bad.
Hell, isn’t the dvd full frame? I still have it on vhs. A letterbox one would be enough of an improvement.
I think the opportunity costs wouldn’t be THAT bad…I mean, I’d much rather see True Stories on Criterion DVD/Blu than The Darjeeling Limited.
Love that “Wild, Wild Life” part. They use to air it on MTV as a video. I watch it all the time on Youtube,
If they could package it along with Stop Making Sense, I’m in.
The Palm Pictures release of Stop Making Sense is phenomenal on Blu-ray, one of my favorite films ever.
Talking Heads are my favorite band, so I suppose I’m a bit biased….I think True Stories is just a great, quaint look at traditional Americana in an increasingly modern world. Byrne’s disdain for modernization, highways and the like, makes it all the more puzzling. And like Downbylaw said, it HAS dated. But I agree, it’s dated in a very Byrne-esque way.
Also, I think Ride, Rise, Roar is looking for a distributor. David Byrne three-pack? :D
Would much rather see a Criterion edition of Woodstock.
Look, you got Monterey Pop and Gimmie Shelter. That’s enough 1960’s for any publisher. Criterion needs some 80’s love.
Double Post: Gimmie Shelter was 1970, but it was filmed in ‘69, so it’s 60’s.
It’s a triology, when you think about it – putting the historical context of the last three years of the 60s and the “Decade of Free Concerts” in perspective. It was a monumental three years, and Woodstock is the missing middle link. It would make perfect sense that Criterion get its hands on the rights and fill in that missing link, with some nice literature/essays to round it out. I’d much rather have that than the 40th anniversary edition that’s out now. Not to mention it would be a great marketing ploy: Criterion could sell all three in a set. Cha ching!
That’s not to downplay True Stories in any way. Love those Talking Heads!
No, I agree, that’d be a great idea. I really need to pick those up.
What occurred during those last three years of the 60s was truly epic. Some great history there. If you haven’t seen them, definitely check them out. Sit back with some popcorn and make an evening of it.
I’ll make those my next Criterion purchases, excluding any potential OOPs.
That Blu-ray of Stop Making Sense is in my Netflix queue, I’m looking forward to it.
^^ It’s great. The audio is top-notch!
Too bad you missed the Barnes and Noble 50% off sale. I finally picked up “Gimme Shelter.” Magnificent transfer and some great essays.
I got by Brakhage, The Seventh Seal and Stagecoach. I don’t mind picking them up individually at full price, but the Monterey Pop set and Yojimbo/Sanjuro are going to be hard on the wallet..
Yeah, time ti hit up the Amazon “like new” list.
Yeah, I don’t really mind buying used DVDs, but if a Blu-ray has one scratch, it’s likely there’s going to be some major playback issues….
Beloved character actor Stephen Tobolowsky and then-girlfriend Beth Henley wrote the first draft for TRUE STORIES. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of that: http://www.slashfilm.com/tobolowsky-files-ep-44-the-voice-from-another-room/.