Here’s a hypothetical box set.
Desperate Youth: Five films by Larry Clark.
Films would include:
Kids, with commentary by Clark, Korine, Christine Vachone and Sevigney, BTS making of, and retrospective of the controversy surrounding the release that caused Miramax to self distribute under excalibur films banner.
Another Day in Paradise, commentary by Clark and James Woods
Bully, commentary with Clark and Nick Stahl, retro of Brad Renfro and BTS of the original true life story that inspired the movie.
Ken Park (available for the first time in the US) commentary by Clark, Ed Lachman and kids. Feature on films controversy
Wassup Rockers, Commentary with Clark and Boys from film. Feature including original photo spread that inspired the film and DV interviews that led Larry Clark to make the film.
Bonus Disc featuring interviews with Larry Clark and Larry Clark’s entry into the short film series Destricted.
Additional 48pg booklet with essays and reprinted photos from Larry Clark’s photography books “Tulsa” and “Teenage Lust”
that would probably be the best.
Kids would probably be the only film included in that set that would actually be socially important, and worthy of a Criterion release. I think it would be incredible to package it with an AIDS doc, and some other documents of the mid-90s.
Wassup Rockers was so incredibly bad.
Diane Kurys definately
Probably been said a thousand times by now (I haven’t bothered looking through the entire thread), but: Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen and ALMODOVAR. I would (almost) kill for a nice Blu-ray release of either Bad Education, Talk To Her, or All About My Mother.
Ram Gopal Varma (SATYA, COMPANY)…
Sergio Corbucci (THE MERCENARY)….
marguerite duras as director, criterion collection could begin with india song… i would say that duras deserves an eclipse serie but i hate that movies without extras, so, it’s better if it shows in regular editions full of extras
Theo Angelopolous, and Bela Tarr (if they’re not enough room, I’m willing to make the sacrifice of kicking michael bay out of the collection)
Eric Kusturica, more Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda
Don Siegel. Charley Varrick got a terrible Warner’s release…
Lucrecia Martel,Tsai Ming-Liang,Shuji Terayama,Apichtong Weerastakhul,Theo Angelopoulos,Werner Herzog,Alejandro Jodorowsky,Philippe Garrel,Marguerite Duras,Jean Eustache(The Mother and the Whore is crying for a Criterion release),Yoshishige Yoshida,Luc Moullet,Jacques Rivette,Emir Kusturica,Danielle Arbid,Sergei Paradjanov etc.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Gaspar Noe (overrated yes, but innovative in the art of shock)
Satyajit Ray It’s actually somewhat embarrassing on Criterion’s part not to have him already. Anyone else agree?
@Matthew: A John Waters early films box-set would be fantastic (won’t happen but a man is allowed to dream)
Also would love a Jack Smith box-set.
Rivette, Bela Tarr, Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel…
I email Criterion at their “suggestions” email address every so often with recommendations.. I did recommend Wings of Desire earlier this year and that one came true at least. :)
Oh, did I say Sergei Parajanov before?
where’s jean epstein, not even one movie! shame on criterion
I would buy an Eclipse package of Bill Forsyth’s movies just to get Housekeeping, which now only exists on VHS (to my knowledge).
I know many Alain Resnais films are available (at least in Region 2), but Providence, the film John Gielgud considered his best performance, is nowhere to be found. (Yes, there are $200 copies, but let’s get serious. And besides, the $200 DVD is dubbed into French, eliminating one of the great voices of the theatre.) I can’t get Providence out of my head, and would do many desperate things to have a quality copy.
William WellmanWings (Criterion could use more silents)
Patrick — I could go for a Forsyth package, too. Pristine copies of THAT SINKING FEELING and COMFORT AND JOY would be excellent. Not too fussed about GREGORY sequel. HOUSEKEEPER, yes.
Arturo Ripstein is criminally underrepresented on English subtitled DVD. A set should include CASTLE OF PURITY, of course.
Also: Aleksey Balabanov… MORPHINE, CARGO 200, BLIND MAN’S BLUFF, WAR, THE CASTLE
Was watching a great doco last night about George and Mike Kuchar and John Waters was interviewed and I thought would love it if one of his films got the Criterion treatment. Maybe Female Trouble or Serial Mom.
Victor Graviria From Colombia, Movies like Rodrigo D No Futuro, La Vendedora de Rosas, Sumas y Restas
“I can’t get Providence out of my head, and would do many desperate things to have a quality copy.”
If you find it, let us know. I would very much like to see this film.
Who gives a fucking rat’s ass as long as their work is available on DVD?
Blue K, For me it isn’t about the name, but the quality I associate with the name. I’m sorry but you would never see a Criterion release be like Kino’s Stalker. Availability is the most important thing, but quality comes right after.
@ Drew, yeah I know where you’re coming from. There’s no denying Criterion’s quality. I just get cranky about this whole obsession with Criterion because so-so films released by Criterion are liable to get much more attention and notoriety than truly great films released by other companies. No matter how great the transfer is Last Days of Disco is not masterpiece cinema. No matter how shitty the transfer is Hyenas is masterpiece cinema.
Ok that I can agree with. However it is good to know there is a DVD company out there that I can put my absolute trust in. I really feel like they care about the films as much as I do.
But of course just because something is released by Criterion, doesn’t mean it is a great film. (overall I’d say they do a pretty good job at choosing their films though)
Absolutely agreeing with Blue and Drew here. All these “CRITERION SHOULD RELEASE (FAMOUS DIRECTOR WHOSE WORKS ARE ALREADY ON DVD)’S FILMS” ought to stop. In my opinion, the film alone > special features anyway. What’s the point of commentary> Why can’t we appreciate the work on our own without guidance or knowing about the technical details. Or do we all like Brecht that much.