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My Criterion Blues

by Five Inches
At the end of 2010 I realized I had collected a serious amount of Criterion Blu-rays, some of which I hadn’t even unwrapped, so I decided to watch them all, in order of release, starting January 2011. In the case several titles were released on the same day I start with the title with the lowest spine#. My Criterion DVDs, aching for Blu-ray release (rights issues notwithstanding): • Insomnia (#47) • Rushmore (#65) UPGRADED • The Last Temptation of Christ (#70) UPGRADED • Chasing Amy (#75) OOP • Do the right Thing (#97) • Beastie Boys Video Anthology (#100) • Spartacus (#105) • The Rock (#108) • Rebecca (#135) OOP • Spellbound (#136) OOP •… Read more

At the end of 2010 I realized I had collected a serious amount of Criterion Blu-rays, some of which I hadn’t even unwrapped, so I decided to watch them all, in order of release, starting January 2011. In the case several titles were released on the same day I start with the title with the lowest spine#.

My Criterion DVDs, aching for Blu-ray release (rights issues notwithstanding):
• Insomnia (#47)
• Rushmore (#65) UPGRADED
• The Last Temptation of Christ (#70) UPGRADED
• Chasing Amy (#75) OOP
• Do the right Thing (#97)
• Beastie Boys Video Anthology (#100)
• Spartacus (#105)
• The Rock (#108)
• Rebecca (#135) OOP
• Spellbound (#136) OOP
• Notorious (#137) OOP
• Traffic (#151) UPGRADED
• The Royal Tenenbaums (#157) UPGRADED
• Man Bites Dog (#165)
• Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (#175) UPGRADED
• My Life as a Dog (#178) UPGRADED
• Fanny and Alexander (#261) UPGRADED
• The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (#300)
• Ran (#316) OOP

Top ten upgrade wishlist (by Spine#)
• Picnic at Hanging Rock (#29)
• Element of Crime (#80)
• M. Hulot’s Holiday (#110)
• The Vanishing (#133)
• Short Cuts (#265)
• An Angel at my Table (#301)
• Night on Earth (#401)
• The Ice Storm (#426)
• Europa (#454)
• The Hit (#469)

Got my wish!
• Brazil (#51) Blu-ray upgrade December 2012
• Rashômon (#138) Blu-ray upgrade November 2012
• In the Mood for Love (#147) Blu-ray upgrade October 2012
• Down by Law (#166) Blu-ray upgrade July 2012
• La Haine (#381) Blu-ray upgrade May 2012
• Ivan’s Childhood (#397) Blu-ray upgrade January 2012
• The Game (#625) New to CC September 2012

Top ten titles I’m interested in, but haven’t seen (by Spine#)
• The Passion of Joan of Arc (#62)
• Rififi (#115)
• The Hidden Fortress (#116)
• Hiroshima mon amour (#196)
• The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (#231)
• F for Fake (#288)
• Bicycle Thieves (#374)
• Berlin Alexanderplatz (#411)
• Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (#432)
• Le deuxième souffle (#448)

Top ten wishlist (Films not in the CC)
• Schindler’s List (I can dream, can’t I?)
• Elephant (Gus van Sant)
• Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson)
• You, the Living (Roy Andersson)
• The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam) released on Blu by IMAGE
• Underground (Emir Kusturica)
• Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier)
• Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
• Faraway, so close (Wim Wenders)
• Remains of the Day (James Ivory)

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