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    The Criterion Collection

    http://www.criterion.com/
    This thread last time around was quickly becoming one of my favorites, time to resurrect it.

    My collection
    Blu-Ray:
    Salo Or The 120 Days of Sodom
    Diabolique
    Dazed And Confused
    If...
    Black Moon
    For All Mankind
    Fish Tank
    Fat Girl
    Solaris
    The 400 Blows
    Au Revoir Les Enfants
    The Killing
    House
    Videodrome
    Paths Of Glory
    The Seventh Seal
    The Night Of The Hunter

    DVD:
    Shock Corridor
    The Red Balloon

    Upcoming releases I'm looking forward to:
    Godzilla
    Tiny Furniture

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    On Blu-Ray I only have Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bottle Rocket, and Videodrome. I have many more on DVD, but I'm too drunk/lazy to get up and look at my collection at the moment. . .

    On the topic of the Criterion Videodrome Blu-Ray, I think it is awesome that the soundtrack is mono on that one. I recently had an argument with a friend of mine who thinks that is lame. . .

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    So far on what I have from Criterion...

    Bottle Rocket
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisssou
    The Darjeeling Limited
    Mouchette
    Solo con tu Pareja
    Cronos
    Brazil
    George Washington
    Chungking Express
    In the Mood for Love
    The Double Life of Veronique
    Naked
    Days of Heaven
    The Thin Red Line
    Hunger
    The Red Shoes
    Ratcatcher
    The Music Room
    Last Year at Marienbad
    The Man Who Fell to Earth
    Ivan's Childhood
    Andrei Rublev
    Solaris
    Leopard
    The Element of Crime
    Europa
    Antichrist
    Mala Noche
    My Own Private Idaho
    Last edited by thevoid99; 12-05-2011 at 01:54 AM. Reason: Forgot a couple of titles that I own.

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    My Criterion Collection edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was one of the best movie purchases I have ever made. Love that film and love all the special features that come along with it.

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    Traffic (on Blu-ray) and Belle du Jour are coming out next month.

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    Man, I wish Criterion would hop on Cronenberg's 'Crash'. The DVD's been out of print for ages and the movie's well-deserving of the Criterion treatment.

    Their 'The Red Shoes' looks AMAZING. Hard to imagine how much more life it brought to what was already one of my favorites. Highly recommended to EVERYONE.

    I'll have to put together a list of mine.

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    I'm still waiting for Y Tu Mama Tambien to come to Criterion. They said they were working on a special release for that film. Plus, I heard rumors that Badlands might be coming thru Criterion due to new transfer that was supervised by Malick and his longtime editor Billy Weber. That needs to come out on Criterion.

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    I really wish they'd hop on a Blu-Ray edition of Brazil... the current Blu-Ray printing is quite incomplete.

    Fear and Loathing on BD looks ridiculous.

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    My Blu-Ray Collection:
    Antichrist
    Black Moon
    Blow Out
    Bottle Rocket
    Cronos
    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    The Darjeeling Limited
    Days Of Heaven
    Dazed And Confused
    Diabolique
    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
    Fish Tank
    For All Mankind
    The Great Dictator
    House
    Island Of Lost Souls
    The Killing
    Life During Wartime
    Modern Times
    Naked
    Paths Of Glory
    The Phantom Carriage
    Solaris
    Something Wild
    The Thin Red Line
    The Times Of Harvey Milk
    Videodrome

    I also own all of the Wes Anderson flicks that are currently NOT on Criterion Blu-Ray.

    I'm still bitter that B&N ended their most recent 50% off sale the day before Rushmore and 12 Angry Men came out. I got close to buying the Three Colors trilogy during the sale, but I didn't know enough about it to make the purchase. Very much looking forward to the Godzilla release, though. It's awesome that Criterion seems to be releasing a bit more horror/monster films lately. The release of Island Of Lost Souls was fucking phenomenal.

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    Criterion's bluray releases have really amazing picture. I bought Blow Out recently and it looks so much like film stock it is just like watching a projected movie.

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    Really wish they'd start doing Region 2 releases.

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    Fox released The Thin Red Line in the UK on Blu-Ray with the same extras as the Criterion disc here, and it's region free. Not sure how many others have been released like that but I'm sure it's not the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    My Blu-Ray Collection....
    mine's pretty close to that! (I won't bother listing my DVD collection, heh)

    BLU-RAY:

    Amarcord [the reprint where the case matches the rest of the collection]
    Antichrist
    Army Of Shadows
    Black Moon
    Blow Out
    By Brakhage: An Anthology (Vol. 1 & 2) (Box Set)
    Charade
    Che (Box Set)
    Cronos
    Cul-De-Sac
    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    Days Of Heaven
    Diabolique
    Fanny And Alexander (Box Set)
    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
    Fish Tank
    Harakiri
    House
    Kagemusha
    The Killing
    Kuroneko
    Le Cercle Rouge
    The Magician
    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
    My Life As A Dog
    Naked
    Paths Of Glory
    The Phantom Carriage
    Repulsion
    Seven Samurai
    The Seventh Seal
    Salo
    Solaris
    The Thin Red Line
    Three Colors (Box Set)
    Videodrome
    Yojimbo / Sanjuro (Box Set)

    I'm sure I'm missing a few (this is off the top of my head)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3:15 View Post
    Really wish they'd start doing Region 2 releases.

    You have the BFI, I have their bluray of Herostratus and the Kenneth Anger shorts, they are exceptional.

    Also region free bluray players are so cheap these days why don't you just go that way? I got a $150 Kogan bluray player and it is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutz View Post
    You have the BFI, I have their bluray of Herostratus and the Kenneth Anger shorts, they are exceptional.

    Also region free bluray players are so cheap these days why don't you just go that way? I got a $150 Kogan bluray player and it is great.
    BFI and the Masters of Cinema series are pretty good, I've got to say. Criterion just seem to put out such nice editions.

    I'm living without a television at the moment and watching everything from my mac. I'm a bit reluctant to flash the drive to enable it to play region free (I have a reverse Midas touch with technology). Thanks for the recommendation though, a TV and bluray player would be a good investment.

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    For those who have been waiting since the laserdisc days...


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    So stoked that it's getting a slipcase.

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    I can't remember where I saw it online, but I think Criterion may be releasing Badlands. I had bought The Thin Red Line on bluray when Barnes and Noble had their Criterion sale last month and I thought it was a beautiful movie. I haven't seen Badlands nor Days of Heaven but if Criterion does release Badlands, I'll definitely buy those two films next.

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    Criterion just made bragging about our collections a whole lot easier.

    http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion

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    My friend works at the post-production/film restoration department of Criterion. I have serious job envy.

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    A few years back I picked up the Criterion of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The documentaries on Thompson are amazing. Especially when the scene slate is hiding him doing a line of coke before an interview.

    Johnny Depp nailed his mannerisms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    Criterion just made bragging about our collections a whole lot easier.

    http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion
    yay, this makes having to use blu-ray.com (and its bloated entries) a thing of the past.

    i'll work on my collection, and post a link.

    EDIT: this is just the blu-ray
    Last edited by Jon; 12-10-2011 at 02:40 AM.

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    I really like how it personalizes your page by letting you add your favorite Criterion title, and including a screen shot from it. Naturally, criterion has just nailed the art of "Collection Lists".

    Here's mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    I really like how it personalizes your page by letting you add your favorite Criterion title, and including a screen shot from it. Naturally, criterion has just nailed the art of "Collection Lists".

    Here's mine.
    The Fountain would be an excellent choice to add to the CC; I was trying to think of newer movies that would possibly be easier to get into the collection

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    The Fountain already has a bluray release you can buy for below $10! Why would Criterion release it and why would you buy it?

    I believe Criterion's goal is to release films in a quality edition that would otherwise not receive one or may not get a release at all.

    You can tell my bias on this issue from my Criterion list on the old forum - the large portion of Criterion films I own are from other labels who also did an excellent release (eg. The four Fassbinder sets from the UK where you get twenty-five movies for the price of the Criterion BRD trilogy and Fear Eats the Soul. There is no difference in the quality as both sources come from the Fassbinder Foundation.).

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    I heard that Darren Aronofsky wants to release The Fountain on Criterion not just for the commentary he made but also reveal more about its production. I think it deserves a Criterion release though my opinion on the film is quite mixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutz View Post
    The Fountain already has a bluray release you can buy for below $10! Why would Criterion release it and why would you buy it?
    Because it's one of my favorite films, and the current bare bones blu-ray release sucks. I believe it could definitely be given a better transfer. Also, as TheVoid said, Aronofsky is sitting on a ton of special features that Sony just wasn't interested in because it flopped at the box office. It's a remarkably beautiful piece of art, in my opinion.

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    My list isn't anywhere near as vast as most of the others on this page. I didn't buy my first (Au revoir les enfants) until May of this year, and was unable to get anything during the Barnes and Nobel November sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutz View Post
    The Fountain already has a bluray release you can buy for below $10! Why would Criterion release it and why would you buy it?
    Supplements. Look at Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas... the cheap Universal transfer isn't THAT bad; the CC transfer certainly isn't leaps and bounds better (unless the color correction on the Universal disc really bothers you).

    People still want the Criterion edition because it's Criterion and because of the supplements.
    Last edited by Jon; 12-11-2011 at 11:15 PM. Reason: I realized I really hate the term "special features"

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    Criterion just hinted at a Blu-Ray release of A Night To Remember. Unbelievably stoked about this. I've been waiting for this to go back in print for years.

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