I’d like to here what everyone thinks while I get my list together.
The films of Sharunas Bartas. That’d make a great Eclipse Set.
There’s rumors of an Eclipse Imamura set being released alongside the full-Criterion treatment of Pigs & Battleships, which would be 100% awesome.
As for a wish-list, I’d love to see them release more themed sets, as opposed to picking one director. They mentioned doing this when the Eclipse line was announced, but haven’t delivered so far. A New Wave set is supposedly in the works, as well as Japanese horror and a Samurai set.
They’ve also had the rights to a bunch of Eisenstein’s films for years. What I want from Eclipse; The Silent Films of Sergei Eisenstein and Eisenstein in Mexico.
I would love to see an Eisenstein set… also I would love to see a mid to later Godard set, since I haven’t had the opportunity to see a lot of those films, they just aren’t as readily available as his early work… Also the early Dreyer films!
Some themed sets:
A Japanese New Wave set would make me very happy indeed.
Or a b-westerns set.
Or some ‘Golden Age’ Mexican films – Fernandez, Gout, et. al.
My choice, but they probably can’t secure the rights, but it would be nice to see an excellent print of these on dvd:
Robert Siodmak noir:
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE
THE FILE ON THELMA JORDAN
I’m pretty sure they all exist on DVD already (except PHANTOM LADY and THE FILE ON THELMA JORDAN) but nice editions would be the best.
Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing a regular Criterion release of them either, Siodmak is not getting a fair shake on DVD.
a “forgotten” godard series would be excellent. he’s got a ton of films that could use more exposure.
maybe 60s work like “les carabiniers”, “a married woman”, or “le petit soldat”.
maybe late 60s/early 70s works like the dziga vertov period, or “cine-tracts”, or his short efforts in compilation films.
maybe a series on his television/video art work.
I’d like to see a collection of all of the “Groupe Dziga-Vertov” films, not just “Ici et Ailleurs”
Films by: Juraj Jakubisko, Emir Kusturica and Agnès Varda (not criterion releases of course)
actually, kusturica deserves the full criterion treatment for one of his films. the guys won two palme d’ors for god’s sake. very good chance that your favorite filmmaker can’t say that, whoever it may be!
Rohmer seasonal films….although they do deserve the full criterion treatment…
I don’t care, I just wish they would update their release calendar a little more frequently!!! The wait is killing me!
Early Bunel maybe? Late Truffaut? Late Fellini? These would be great sets but I would like a new set focusing on a director I never herd of and finding ne cinematic images.
bobby wise- yeah,full criterion treatment or whatever,i just want them release,maybe a criterion collection release…and other works via: eclipse series… for jebus sake!
I would like to see some more Edward Yang on Eclipse if not full-Criterion treatment.
amen to the Yang request!
the films of José Luis Guerín
or a box of films by Joaquim Jordà
these might work, but the missing out on special features is never fun
Crispin Glover (as dir.)
thats a great point. missing out on the special features is tough. that kind of thing is what makes criterion special to begin with. how else would we have seen godard and gorin’s “letter to jane”, or tarkovsky’s student film of “the killers”?
More Satyajit Ray, in decent prints
I would like to see Hou Hsiao Hsien films with criterion/eclipse treatment.
Boys from Fengkuei
Summer at grandpas
Dust in the wind
A time to live and a time to die
City of sadness
Good men good women
-Les Anges Du Peche
-Proces de Jeanne d’Arc
-Une Femme Douce
-Quatre Nuits d’un reveur
-Lancelot du Lac
-Le Diable Probablement
If Malle can get an extensive Eclipse set, let’s see one for the person he apprenticed for.
A set with Hitchcock’s early British films would be nice. I loved The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. I’d like to see Sabotage and the original Man Who Knew Too Much get the Eclipse treatment.
The films of Jacques-Yves Cousteau
A Werner Herzog set of some lesser known documentaries would be great. This man is so crazily prolific that some of his work can sometimes slip under the radar.
The documentaries of Nicolas Philibert.
Another Aki Kaurismäki set that includes DRIFTING CLOUDS, JUHA, & I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER.
Douglas Sirk’s B & W films: SHOCKPROOF, THUNDER ON THE HILL, THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW, NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM, & WEEK-END WITH FATHER
Douglas Sirk’s Period Pieces: TAZA SON OF COCHISE, SIGN OF THE PAGAN, & CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT
Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Period:
Ilusión viaja en tranvía, La (1954)
Bruto, El (1953)
Mujer sin amor, Una (1952)
Subida al cielo (1952)
Robinson Crusoe (1954)
Abismos de pasión (1954)
Ensayo de un crimen (1955)
Mort en ce jardin, La (1956)
Olvidados, Los (1950) (in Criterion Release on its own)
Pedro Costa and Edward Yang’s complete catalog of films, please!
I’d like to see treatment for:( My top 10 most wanted Directors)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan- Ascent(1977), Rat-Trap(1981), The Walls(1990), The Servile(1994), Man of the Story(1996), Shadow Kill(2002)
Miklós Jancsó- My Way Home(1965), The Round-Up(1966), The Red and the White(1967)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf- The Peddler(1987), The Cyclist(1987), Marriage of the Blessed(1989), Gabbeh(1996), A Moment of Innocence(1996)
Budd Boetticher- Bullfighter and the Lady(1951), Seven Men from Now(1956), The Tall T(1957), Ride Lonesome(1959), The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond(1960)
Frantisek Vlácil- The White Dove(1960), The Devil’s Trap(1962), Marketa Lazarová(1967), The Valley of the Bees(1968), Shadows of a Hot Summer(1978)
Nagisa Oshima- The Sun’s Burial(1960), Night and Fog in Japan(1960), Death by Hanging(1968), The Man Who Left His Will on Film(1970), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence(1983)
Masahiro Shinoda- Pale Flower(1964), The Assassin(1964), With Beauty and Sorrow(1965), Punishment Island(1966), Outlaws(1970), Silence(1971), The Petrified Forest(1973), Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees(1975), Banished(1977), Demon Pond(1979)
René Laloux- The Fantastic Planet(1973), Time Masters(1982), Gandahar(1988)
Kaneto Shindo- The Naked Island(1960), Kuroneko(1968), along with the already out(Onibaba)
Ritwik Ghatak- Runaway(1958), The Cloud-Capped Star(1960), A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale(1961), The Golden Thread(1965), A River Called Titas(1973)
I know both Pedro Costa and Nagisa Oshima are getting an Eclipse set at some point, Criterion has said that both are in the works for an eventual release. But remember, it took them more than five years to finally release Dodes’ka-den after announcing it, so who knows when we’ll see them.