They need to stop dicking around with films like The Darjeeling Limited, which isn’t necessarily a bad film, its just that there are so many essential works that need restoration, as seen below:
Michael (1924) by Carl Th. Dreyer
The Apu Trilogy (1955-59) by Satyajit Ray
The Trial (1962) by Orson Welles
Marat/Sade (1967) by Peter Brook
Privilege (1967) by Peter Watkins
Who’s that Knocking at My Door? (1967) by Martin Scorsese
The Last Movie (1971) by Dennis Hopper
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971) by R.W. Fassbinder
The Mother and the Whore (1973) by Jean Eustache
O Lucky Man! (1973) by Lindsay Anderson
World on a Wire (1973) by R.W. Fassbinder
Alice in the Cities (1974) by Wim Wenders
The Man Who Sleeps (1974) by Bernard Queysanne
Fox and His Friends (1975) by R.W. Fassbinder
The Naked Civil Servant (1975) by Jack Gold
Kings of the Road (1976) by Wim Wenders
The Tenant (1976) by Roman Polanski
Hardcore (1979) by Paul Schrader
Scum (1979) by Alan Clarke
Loulou (1980) by Maurice Pialat
Platform (2000) by Jia Zhang-Ke
Second ‘The Trial’, the DVD I watched was terrible quality.
Also, and I’m sure this has been mentioned by now, Godard’s Week-end. Such a beautiful film should not be allowed to exist in such a fugly transfer.
My Brother Tom (2001)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Because I want to watch them.
Some Woody Allen titles (with special features) would be great. Definitely Annie Hall, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Stardust Memories, and Husbands & Wives.
Also, Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean – not the best of Altman’s films, but it certainly belongs on DVD.
And PLEASE – some early Bogdanovich. The Last Picture Show (as a stand-alone title), What’s Up, Doc, and Paper Moon all deserve the two-disc treatment!
And… how about an Almodovar box set??? I’d gladly take out a loan to have all his films – complete with critical commentaries, essays, remastered transfers, etc. – in one well-crafted, handsome, shelf-enhancing set.
Some directors whose work is long overdue for the Criterion treatment:
Claude Chabrol (!)
Todd Haynes (early)
Hou Hsiao-Hsien (!)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf (!)
Jacques Rivette (!)
Frederick Wiseman (Eclipse)
Jia Zhang-Ke (!)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
A Murnau Box Set…..
Nosferatu, Phantom, Sunrise, The Last Laugh, Faust, City Girl, and Tabu
Apparently Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room has just been added to the slate. Its a good start, but hopefully this means that The Apu Trilogy is not far off.
cabinet of dr. caligari!
Last Exit to Brooklyn
The City of Lost Children
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Two for the Road
The King of Comedy
Harold & Maude
City of God
Elevator to the Gallows
Instead of wishing there were all these disparate films and directors in the Criterion Collection, I wish there were other home video companies that both did the proper job in transferring/presenting/contextualizing films (there definitely are) and had the kind of following that Criterion does (there unfortunately is not).
… I mean, I know it is — but I was wishing for a Blu Ray release of ELEVATOR.
… and Herbie, I second that observation.
The Mother and the Whore(Jean Eustache)
Lovers on the Bridge(Leos Carax)
Last Summer(Frank Perry)
Play It as It Lays(Frank Perry)
The Landlord (Hal Ashby)
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs( Bertrand Blier)
The Lusty Men (Nicolas Ray)
Park Row (Samuel Fuller)
Greaser’s Palace (Robert Downey Sr.)
Word is Out (doc by Adair, Brown and Epstein)
Zabriskie Point (Antonioni)
The Tenant (Roman Polanski)
The Shooting (Monte Hellman)
Sorcerer (William Friedkin)
A Pure Formality ( Giuseppe Tornatore)
The King (James Marsh)
The Anniversary (Roy Ward Baker)
The Unknown (Tod Browning)
Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper)
Alamar ( Pedro González-Rubio)
The Killer and Hard Boiled. For God’s sake Criterion put them back in print cause I sure as hell am not going to pay 150 bucks on Amazon for them, or risk buying some bootleg on Ebay.
The Criterion version is 13 dollars used and 50 dollars new on Amazon.
I concur with T. J. Hartman with regard to The Lusty Men, Park Row, and The Unknown. All are excellent films. Unfortunately, as they are all currently available in non-Criterion editions, it is not clear to me whether Criterion can get acess to them.
I urge once again that Criterion release Raymond Rouleau’s Lovers of Teruel (Les Amants de Teruel), hands down the finest dance film ever made and, never released, except on VHS in a pathetic mutilated version.
how about a arne sucksdorff series. he’s only got a few of his joints in print and theyre all PAL format on some bootleg looking shit out of sweden. heres a jacked up clip i found on youtube if youre unfamiliar.
its either misattributed or chopped down for encyclopaedia brittanica and labeled “tale of the fjords”, but its actually called “a divided world” or en kluven varld.
i was also hoping for maybe a newsreel comp by some pre-fame hollywood big dogs. dont know who that would be but thats where criterion would come in and earn that $50 a disc or whatevers.
Pasolini Gospel According to St Matthew and Trilogy of Life
Preminger’s Porgy and Bess
here’s 3: pontecorvo’s ‘burn’, tornatore’s ‘a pure formality’, and fellini’s ‘casanova’