Justin: well, I can’t say that I was enthralled by every release but I never was REALLY disappointed by one of them. I just had the chance to start to collect them as the DVDs were released. I guess I wouldn’t start to buy them one by one now. At that time (1997-1998), Criterion was the only company releasing classics on a regular basis in the DVD standard. True that I wouldn’t have bought a Beastie Boy anthology (I even didn’t know that this band existed then!) or a Seijun Suzuki movie (I also hadn’t heard of this director back in the 90’s) if they hadn’t been released by Criterion but I thank this company for having shaken my laziness then and waken up in me the envy to discover new interesting directors, that’s all.
I was trying to post a picture and it didn’t work. And now i’d like to delete this post but I don’t see where I have that option.
Kaiser: If you are trying to post a picture, try putting exclamations on either side of the url – no spaces, like this:
! url ! (I left a space intentionally, as otherwise it wouldn’t show up in this example)
Once you post something, you can edit it for about 30 mins., but you can’t delete it. Give it another try – you have 30 mins. to make it work. Good luck!
It’s an expensive habit.
hey, that was way easy! thanks Bob!
Kaiser’s stacks are SO familiar. I just went crazy at the recent B&N 50% off CC sale; had never bought a CC disk before because of the cost; only rented on Netflix and was always so happy when that little spinning CC showed up on the disk. I always regretted not having the second disk if there was one for the supplements. I will not admit how many titles I bought, but between the local store and online, I spent hours perusing the selections trying to be somewhat fiscally discrete. I became an addict, and had friends stand and hold copies of what I wanted at the store as I picked a title up, then put it back, then picked it up again. I finally gave in, and bought just about everything I cared about. Why? Is it the desire to truly understand film history; the wonderful commentaries that usually explain it all? I have not yet begun my trip into the infinity of the CC universe I just indulged in. The stacks sit there waiting for me. I fear I may disappear from the real world when I start my journey. To justify the expense, I pretended to myself that I was taking a film history course at the local private university and these disks were the tuition. Now, I just need a 0% credit card offer to transfer the balance to.
I’m definitely addicted…. Because I’m on the prowl for Criterions DVD’s and Blu-ray at various stores at times, I recently had to create a spreadsheet list to keep in track on my cell phone. I don’t mind sharing it with others if it can be helpful (note: the ratings are based off of Leonard Maltin’s movie guide…it is of course subjective but it helps me decide which ones to prioritize at times). And yes, it is an expensive hobby but my feeling is I have friends who do the same for video games. That’s expensive too I suppose. And as for viewability, I truly understand where some people are coming from. But for me it’s the same with many non-Criterion titles I have.
As much as I would love to watch every title, I’m not rich…so, I’ll have to be selective. Although, I have a dozen or so Criterion titles in my collection, LD, DVD and Blu-ray…I realize a few I purchased over the years were commercially popular films (in the US) and definitely want to experience other titles of films around the world.
Here is my spreadsheet if anyone wants to utilize it on their cell phone: http://www.nt2099.com/downloads/criterion-list1_0.xls (MS Excel) / PDF Version: http://www.nt2099.com/downloads/criterion-list1_0.pdf