I’m torn, Branded to Kill was the first Criterion I ever bought. Tokyo Drifter was probably the next one I bought.; i love both films, but i’m not sure I’m going to rebuy. is there anything really different in the new release? Suzuki was probably the first Japanese director that ’got me" if you know what I mean. I have all of his films from the collection save the Eclipse Series (to be added to my collection eventually)
The older releases were bare bones right? Or at least they had very minimal special features, which kept me from buying them, in hopes that they would re-release them. I’ll almost definitely be buying both of them in the next Criterion sale since I think the interviews will be pretty cool. I guess I’m not sure if I would re-buy if I already had the bare-bones discs, though… It would probably be worth it to just rent the dvd’s and watch the interviews.
Weren’t these incredibly early Criterion DVD releases? I’Il bet they’ll look a million times better, which counts for a ton with such a stylist. I’m excited for these…it’s about time. Granted, we’ll have to see if they do it right, but I bet they will.
Is it a different transfer than the older dvd’s? I know it says new transfer but I’m not sure if that means new as in new or new as in old.
It’s gotta be…they wouldn’t fib about that…Criterion’s SALO sure got a facelift between 1997 and 2009
That first one sure looks a little…sallow.
Did those screengrabs really not show up in the post above? Frick. Screw it. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, so here goes:
Do not be torn.
Even Criterion was at the mercy of inferior masters in the early days.