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Criterion Coming Soon and Discussion Redux

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 3 years ago

The newsletter picture made me instantly think of Slumdog Millionaire but that might be a bit too obvious. How does it tie into The Killing?

Joseph Bridges

about 3 years ago

It’s been a long time since I saw The Killing, but I believe the dog runs through the money fluttering in the wind at the end of the movie

Erik Villase​nor

about 3 years ago

No, I think we all know what this hint means. Jerry Maguire is gonna finally get it’s long awaited criterion three disc special edition release! SHOW ME THE BLURAY!!!

Renault2011

about 3 years ago

This is merely speculation, but I honestly believe the reason most of their new additions seem less interesting now than they did in the past is their desire to release everything they add to the main line on blu ray. This gives them less flexibility with regard to what they release, since they have to concern themselves more extensively with financial feasibility, since blu rays are far more expensive to produce. After all, they need to stay in business. Perhaps they took some risks with their blu ray releases, such as putting out a blu ray of Red Desert, which by most standards is relatively obscure, but it would be a crime not give that film BD treatment, considering it’s visually poetic nature. All in all, however, they seem intent on developing blu rays for all their new additions, and while I’m sure releases like La Notte, Satantango, or the Apu Trilogy would receive blu ray treatment upon joining the collection, I doubt they’d be willing to take the financial risk of giving the blu ray treatment to more obscure yet interesting releases, such as Beau Travail, The Power of Kangwon Province, Before the Revolution, or Marketa Lazarova. If they were still willing to put out as many non-BD releases as BR releases, we may some interesting additions that otherwise would never receive the deserved treatment in North America.

CineSna​g

about 3 years ago

http://www.criterion.com/films/27656-c-h-u-d

yeah, that’s right…

not formally announced as of yet – but CHUD’s a-coming!

Chris Knudsen

about 3 years ago

Whoa there, CHUD? Alright then.

EDIT: April’s Fools. Damn it.

Erik Villase​nor

about 3 years ago

What the hell does CHUD have in common with French Can Can?

Sad thing is I would have bought this!

funny stuff

Renault2011

about 3 years ago

Are you sure CHUD is an April Fool’s joke?

Criteri​onRefs

about 3 years ago

Maybe the April Fools joke is that we’re supposed to think that the CHUD announcement is just an April Fools joke.

House 0f Leaves

-moderator-
about 3 years ago

Have y’all seen CHUD? Bruce Dern’s incredibly earnest performance is unfortunately undercut at every turn by his gigantic nest of hair.

Drunken Father Figure of Old

about 3 years ago

“This Reagan-era chiller remains one of the truest depictions of Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers yet put on film.”

Yeah, I think it’s probably a joke… I do like the cover though.

Timothy Boyer

about 3 years ago

It’s a shame, I would have bought the shit out of a C.H.U.D. Blu-ray! Especially with an MP3 radio broadcast starring Bogosian. Could have been Criterion of the year!

Nathan M.

about 3 years ago

Does anyone honestly think this is not a joke? Let’s do the math.

1. They always make their announcements on the 15th (give or take) of the month.

2. Today is April 1st, which is April Fool’s Day.

These two facts alone should clue us in. But, just for good measure, look at the special features for the “release”. Visual essay by Tag Gallagher. Commentary by Pedro Costa.

It’s funny.

CineSna​g

about 3 years ago

April Fool’s Day always pisses me off

Drunken Father Figure of Old

about 3 years ago

Nathan M. – I also like that the booklet includes sheet music for the original score. And that there’s an optional dub in the language of CHUD. but….

It’s still there – is it a joke or what?? I’m freaking out!!

Ben.

about 3 years ago

It’s a joke. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray Editions are listed as being Out of Print. Look at the entire page before you panic.

Jaspar Lamar Crabb

about 3 years ago

I’ll see anything confession:

I saw C.H.U.D. in the theater when it came out…not only saw it, but WAITED for it to come out, saw it, loved it and recommended to all.

not nearly as horrifying a confession as the fact that I also saw Rhinestone (on opening day!)

eeghad.

Ben D.

about 3 years ago

From the horses mouth (president of IFC) a few future CC releases (no dates): Following, Tiny Furniture, Vernon Florida, Thin Blue Line, and Gates of Heaven.

Rudy

about 3 years ago

WHAT ABOUT CHUD! Criterion should release some cheesy video nasties ahem like some of Fulci’s movies or Argento’s the covers would be awesome and many directors are fans of these Italian B movie maestros.

Criterion needs to release more of Fassbinder’s movies, although not a film directed by Fassbinder himself Kamikaze 89 needs a Criterion release.

Z. Bart

about 3 years ago

I agree about Fassbinder, Rudy, but I think Criterion should leave the “cheesy video nasties” to companies that can sell them more economically.

Drunken Father Figure of Old

about 3 years ago

:( They changed the Makioka Sisters cover.

I probably would have bought it just for the cover during the barnes and noble sale, but now I just don’t know…

Smither​eens

about 3 years ago

Apart from the old wish for Andrej Rublev on bluray, any wishes for releases today? I am still hoping for Werckmeister Harmonies and Harold and Maude.

Nathan M.

about 3 years ago

Rossellini-Bergman trilogy. It ain’t gonna happen, but…

CineSna​g

about 3 years ago

I have to wonder – what would happen when/if they DID release Andrej Rublev. That film is referenced almost 800 times on this board. Let’s assume for a moment they release it and …

Then what? Will the incessant repetitious whining end or will we move on to some other film?

I just don’t get the fixation with this one particular film. It’s a good film, sure. But my God…

Roscoe

about 3 years ago

Well, if Kino can release THE SACRIFICE on Blu-Ray….

J.P.

about 3 years ago

IMy dream announcement would include Kieślowski’s The Three Colours Trilogy, they could announce anything else I just wouldn’t care what it was.

Well…perhaps some of von Trier’s work, particularly the Europa Trilogy.

It would also be nice to have some films that I’ve never heard so that I feel I’m taking a bit of a risk buying them and hopefully pleasantly surprised when I watch them.

I actually prefer the amended Makioka Sisters cover although I had no issues with the first version. Maybe I’m imagining it but Criterion now seem far more likely to publish a cover and then change it or at least change parts of it than they ever did in the past?

Roscoe

about 3 years ago

Very good news about HIGH AND LOW and NAKED on Blu-Ray.

Mark Penny

about 3 years ago

Great fro KINO; let’s hope they don’t screw up SACRIFICE blu like they did their DVD which sucked.
In their DVD days, it seems to me and a lot of people too! that KINO went out of their way to disappoint fans of their catalog titles by releasing sub par non-anamorphic titles years after other crappier studios were completely anamorphic; what about hard burned subs.
STRAND releasing were also awful with important films such as I STAND ALONE; they seemed to be competing with KINO on how to frustrate fans of important classic films.
I have a Region 2 PAL DVD of LA NOTTE which is the best transfer I have seen so far; blew KINO’s version right out.

Renault2011

about 3 years ago

Kino never released La Notte as far as I know. The R1 is Lorber.

Sean Keeley

about 3 years ago

And Satyajit Ray enters the collection with The Music Room! I would’ve preferred The Apu Trilogy but this is still great news.