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Werner Must get CRITERIONED!!! over 3 years ago
El fantasma del cine: I agree! The Kino “Stalker” DVD was a major disappointment! The picture quality was worse than many old videotapes I have, and in fact, worse than the old Anchor Bay “Dawn of the Dead” cassette (which in my opinion is one of the worst VHS transfers ever)! Criterion has a magnificent version of “Solaris”, with absolutely gorgeous picture and sound, so I do not understand how “Stalker” (the more superior film, in my opinion) got such a horrific transfer. That being said, I truly think that Herzog deserves a Criterion release of many of his films, if for no other reason than the wealth of bonus materials that Criterion usually loads their DVD’s with, not to mention the care with which they restore the films. I agree that Kino has by far the most impressive catalogue, but Criterion gets the edge for trying to present the films in the best picture and sound quality available. The recent Criterion release of Polanski’s “Repulsion” is one of the most beautiful black and white transfers I’ve EVER seen! Kino may have the better selection, but Criterion truly cares more about the films themselves!