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Old 08-10-08, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by wergo

It was pretty awful a few years back. I recall paying 124.99 for 'In The Mood For Love' and 89.99 for 'Naked Lunch' back when they first came out. Nowadays 69.99 is pretty much the highest price I see around and, in those cases, I just mailorder from amazon.com. That's only cheaper in the cases where I'm NOT charged an extra $50 in customs charges, though - it's always a crap shoot.
That's strange. I never get charged by customs when I order from Amazon.com since I think they have a Distribution center in Canada for the orders. Now shipping charge is another story...
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Criterionforum.org's administrator posted his review for the SalÚ re-release.

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Old 08-10-08, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Spiral Staircase
Criterionforum.org's administrator posted his review for the SalÚ re-release.
Thanks! Good to the see the P/Q is getting a thumbs up.

Can't wait for this release.
Old 08-17-08, 10:35 AM
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Here's DVD Beaver's comparison. It's like night and day.

Old (original) Criterion




New (REISSUE) Criterion

Old 08-17-08, 04:30 PM
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O_O Holy crap! That just might be the best improved transfer I've ever seen.
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Wow. Whoever paid big bucks for that old Criterion got screwed. That is indeed a terrible looking transfer that looks greatly improved.
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I can't wait to pick this up. 80 page booklet, mmm!
Old 08-18-08, 08:52 PM
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I'm excited about the new transfer. Looks great!

What is this "alchemist transfer method" that DVD Beaver mentions is used on the new Criterion disc?

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...20PDVD_003.jpg
Old 08-18-08, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Here's DVD Beaver's comparison. It's like night and day.

Old (original) Criterion




New (REISSUE) Criterion

yet the prior UK release still has a smidgen of more footage - or is in the new edition. I thought awhile back Criterion announced that a longer cut of the film might debut with the new edition from them. Oh I can't wait for the upcoming Bluray BFI edition !!!
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Does anybody know why I can't find Brand Upon the Brain anywhere in Canada?
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Originally Posted by Frozenhamster View Post
Does anybody know why I can't find Brand Upon the Brain anywhere in Canada?
ironic since Guy Maddin IS Canadian
Old 08-20-08, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
What is this "alchemist transfer method" that DVD Beaver mentions is used on the new Criterion disc?
From the Criterion Forum:
Originally Posted by arsonfilms
Someone can correct me if I'm off base at all, but the Alchemist process was the old standard technology for converting PAL to NTSC. Since PAL is 25 fps and NTSC is a little under 30 fps, roughly five new frames would need to be created every second by interlacing two frames together. Within the last few years, a new process (UFC, or universal format converter, I believe) was created that eliminates the interlacing. It looks a lot better and stays much more faithful to the look of the original PAL source. How it does this though... I couldn't actually tell you.
Old 08-25-08, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
From the Criterion Forum:
Wow that sounds like all sorts of bad. I won't mind as long as I don't notice it on viewings.

Tomorrow!
Old 08-25-08, 06:19 PM
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That's strange. I never get charged by customs when I order from Amazon.com since I think they have a Distribution center in Canada for the orders. Now shipping charge is another story...
But the whole POINT of ordering from the States is to get the American discs (especially when I want to avoid those horrific bilingual Artisan covers). If I wanted Canadian discs, I'd just pick 'em up at the local retail store, or order from Amazon.ca.
Old 08-25-08, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
Wow that sounds like all sorts of bad. I won't mind as long as I don't notice it on viewings.
If it's really distracting, you can still score a copy of the OOP edition for only $63.00 on Ebay. 9 bids and counting!
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
If it's really distracting, you can still score a copy of the OOP edition for only $63.00 on Ebay. 9 bids and counting!
I was wondering about that the other day. Why are people still bidding on the original Criterion release? It's ridiculously inferior to the new Criterion disc isn't it?

Collectors maybe?
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Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
I was wondering about that the other day. Why are people still bidding on the original Criterion release? It's ridiculously inferior to the new Criterion disc isn't it? Collectors maybe?
You'd have to be an insanely obsessive collector to knowingly shell out a wad of cash for a overwhelmingly inferior product simply for completion's sake, but the key word is "knowingly". It always amazes me how unaware people are of newer editions of films. I sold my first run edition of The Third Man for $17.98 on Amazon after the newer edition was released. I also sold a couple of R2 titles for around $50.00 each, when both could be had for $12.00 per from Amazon's UK site. You'd think people savvy enough to own a region-free player would at least check a title's price on Amazon.co.uk first.
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As a completist, I'm looking to buy the The Killer Criterion. It hasn't come down in price.

I got Salo over the weekend. Haven't watched it yet. There's a sticker on it saying "Warning: Explicit Content" The cover art isn't as clear as looks on the internet. I think it's one of those things that can be seen better from farther away.
Old 08-26-08, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
I was wondering about that the other day. Why are people still bidding on the original Criterion release? It's ridiculously inferior to the new Criterion disc isn't it?

Collectors maybe?
That does strike me as strange. Maybe just the sheer rarity of that edition?
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Anyone pick up Salo today? :O
Old 08-26-08, 06:33 PM
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Anyone pick up Salo today? :O
According to this week's purchase poll, 12 people did.
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Well I mean, I voted for that but that was just a general "yes I'm going to get it soon" but I didn't get it TODAY.
Old 08-26-08, 08:23 PM
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Anyone pick up Salo today? :O
I looked at the weekend ads and none of the stores seem to be carrying it. Does anyone know of any off line stores that would carry it? I mean its not a xxx rated film so i dont see why this isnt being sold???
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^ I would check Barnes & Nobles. They seem to have a pretty extensive up-to-date criterion section.
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Originally Posted by TheDuke View Post
Anyone pick up Salo today? :O
You mean like in the store? Who does that?


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