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Old 08-10-17, 08:22 PM   #8901
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Re: Criterion releases on Blu-Rays, Part II

The Piano Teacher is compelling and thematic, but also really dark, disturbing, and ultimately tough to watch.
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Old 08-10-17, 08:22 PM   #8902
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Like watching Star Trek. Classic stuff on film, TNG era on tape.
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Well, not quite, considering they were both shot on film.
Yeah, did Milo somehow miss the fact that CBS Films reconstructed and restored the entirety of Star Trek: TNG in high definition?

DS9 and Voyager have not been restored yet because CBS and Paramount don't want to spend the money on less popular properties (and allegedly the TNG Blu-rays didn't sell as well as hoped), but they were also shot on film and could be restored at some point.
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Old 08-10-17, 09:11 PM   #8903
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Kind of scratching my head with the Olympic films. Does Criterion really think there's a big enough market that'll want to spend that much on films that probably has a very low re-watchability factor?

Not sure this lines up with the interests of the average Criterion customer either.
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The Piano Teacher is compelling and thematic, but also really dark, disturbing, and ultimately tough to watch.
sounds good.
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Old 08-10-17, 09:39 PM   #8905
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Yeah, did Milo somehow miss the fact that CBS Films reconstructed and restored the entirety of Star Trek: TNG in high definition?

DS9 and Voyager have not been restored yet because CBS and Paramount don't want to spend the money on less popular properties (and allegedly the TNG Blu-rays didn't sell as well as hoped), but they were also shot on film and could be restored at some point.
I'm aware of the TNG remasters but I'm also aware it's not likely we'll see DS9 and VOY done anytime soon.

I was actually thinking about how I've been rewatching TOS lately, the first DVD release versions before they were remastered and there was something in how the film grain gave it such a different texture than the other series. It really helped give it an ephemeral quality, like you were really seeing documentary footage of those people out on the frontier.

What we were talking about again? ��
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sounds good.
I'd recommend watching the movie, but it's not a movie to ever watch again, much less own.
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anyone see this movie? any good? for reference i loved Elle and Haneke's original Funny Games (is this available on streaming or anything? couldn't find it anywhere)...

Excellent film about a very disturbed individual. I would not compare this to Funny Games, it is more like The Seventh Continent or Benny's Video.
If you liked those two then you will like The Piano Teacher. I revisit it every once in a while because I'm a huge fan of Michael Haneke.
Now if only Criterion can get their hands on Cache.

I still have to upgrade my old Kino dvd's of The Piano Teacher and Code Unknown.

Elle is Paul Verhoeven who IMO is nothing like Haneke.
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Kind of scratching my head with the Olympic films. Does Criterion really think there's a big enough market that'll want to spend that much on films that probably has a very low re-watchability factor?

Not sure this lines up with the interests of the average Criterion customer either.
It sounds to me like this project was instigated by the International Olympic Committee, who did all the restoration work and later signed up Criterion to be the distributor, largely for the prestige of the Criterion branding. I doubt that Criterion themselves were much involved. (The company is barely mentioned in the announcement.)

If the deal with Criterion hadn't worked out, I'm sure that a virtually identical set would have been released through a different label.

I have a feeling that the set will sell extremely well to schools and universities, who will screen the movies to students for the historical value.
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Now if only Criterion can get their hands on Cache.
The UK blu of Cache (or "Hidden") has a near-perfect transfer, is all-region and cheap. I don't know what a Criterion edition could add besides some unnecessary extras.
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Old 08-11-17, 01:34 PM   #8911
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I've never cared much for national team sports, but I fucking love the Olympics. I'm getting that set.
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Old 08-11-17, 01:38 PM   #8912
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The UK blu of Cache (or "Hidden") has a near-perfect transfer, is all-region and cheap.
Did not know, thanks for that info.
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Old 08-11-17, 02:09 PM   #8913
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I'm excited about the Olympics set but understand why others might be put off by it - because of content or price. I'll wait for a Criterion sale at Barnes and Noble for 50% off, plus member discount, plus B&N credit card cash back. That will at least lessen the pain.
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Old 08-16-17, 03:26 PM   #8914
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Looks like Le Samourai is getting a Bluray reissue for November.

Jabberwocky, Desert Hearts, and The Philadelphia Story are others.
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Old 08-16-17, 03:29 PM   #8915
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Old 08-16-17, 03:31 PM   #8916
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Definitely in for Samourai and Philly Story.

I love Gilliam, but Jabberwocky was... weird, even for him. Maybe a good transfer would improve it, as I've only seen it on a terrible looking VHS pan-n-scan.
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Definitely in for Samourai and Philly Story.
Ditto.
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Probably Jabberwocky (Gilliam movies can be hit and miss for me though), looks like that might be just in time for the B&N November sale. I would like to know more about Desert Hearts though. I'm a sucker for good road movies.
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Jabberwocky looks neat. Just how gory is it?
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Jabberwocky is like a less funny, more weird version of a Monty Python movie. It's been many years since I saw it, but my recollection is that there are a few classic moments, but overall it's pretty much a slog.

It will be interesting to see what Criterion is able to do with Le Samourai. Hopefully they learned their lesson with Children of Paradise and Madame De and don't just pass along the crappy European transfer.
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Le Samourai should be getting a 4k remaster, after all this wait it seems like they're slapping the old master onto a BD.
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It will be interesting to see what Criterion is able to do with Le Samourai. Hopefully they learned their lesson with Children of Paradise and Madame De and don't just pass along the crappy European transfer.
They wont, but it will be the 2005 HD master that they used for their DVD (presumably because they cant get access to do a new master from Pathe).
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