Can’t wait for the Czech New Wave set. Here’s hoping it creates a precedent. Would LOVE to see more Eclipse series curated on the basis of movements/eras/aesthetics.
The Allen King box set is hands down the best. By far. Larisa Shepitko comes in a close second, with Louis Malle’s Documentaries rounding out the top 3.
My vote goes to Aki Kaurismaki’s Proletariat Trilogy. All three of those films are great, and they work really well together as a whole!
Although, I haven’t finished the Allen King set, but I’m not as excited about the later films in the set…
The Gorin set is fantastic.
Want it. Bad.
Didn’t see all of them, not even the majority, but Fuller’s first film is really solid; The Steel Helmet is no less than a masterpiece, while Baron of Arizona was surprisingly excellent and I Shot Jesse James is good fun too.
Another set I’d love to see. I watched “Jesse James” an eternity ago when I was first getting into Fuller but don’t really remember it at all.
Just got my first one yesterday, Late Ozu.
Of Early Ozu I’ve seen Tokyo Chorus and Passing Fancy on TCM, which were more impressive than I expected. I’ll definitely get this one sometime.
Haven’t seen I Shot Jesse James, but The Steel Helmet is maybe my favorite war movie, and my favorite of Fuller’s. The Baron of Arizona is very fun and unusual.
I’ve heard great things about the Gorin collection, and that might be my next one. There’s been great praise for this, and I doubt people were expecting it.
okay all you gents and ladies, welcome to the muy weirdos and best of best from the world of me, my self and i.
1) Larisha Shepiko
2) Nikkatsu Noir
3) Raymomd Bernard
4) Koreyoshi Kurahara
5) Late Bergman
6) Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties
7) Silent Ozu
8) Rafello Matarazzo
9) Samuel Fuller
10) Basil Dearden
“Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.” and “The Actuality Dramas of Allan King” are possibly the best ones. that “A Married Couple” by King was something spectacular. it became one of my all time favorites. and gems like “No More Excuses” and “Chafed Elbows” from Downey Sr. are real discoveries. I also suggest “Basil Dearden’s London Underground” and I’m dying to watch the whole pack of “Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer” which will release @28 Aug 2012.
I had never really even heard anything of the work of Downey Sr. until the Eclipse set was announced. I love Criterion for being able to spark new knowledge and excitement around films and directors.
The ones I’ve gotten the most from are the Shepitko one and the Proletariat Trilogy.
Though I have a few I bought but haven’t touched yet, including the Czech one.
Speaking of Czech New Wave, it’s been driving me crazy trying to find The Devil’s Trap on DVD. It’s not even in the European Vlacil set. Anyone know how to find it?
Ok, now my answer has changed, the Mizoguchi set, Silent Ozu and Raffaello Matarazzo sets are solid gold. Also what little I saw of the Malle docus really impressed me.
If I had to rate faves:
Worst, and the only Eclipse I regret having bought, Sabu!