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Old 02-17-09, 05:50 PM
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Criterion and WB are in cahoots!

http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/...php?f=2&t=9359

Someone posted the item about subUrbia (excellent news!), but here's the deal:

Tonight, Criterion Collection exec. producer Kim Hendrickson spoke at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH, as part of a "DVD release party" for Simon of the Desert. Hendrickson confirmed several releases for the coming year (none of which are really surprising, but still cool to hear straight from someone inside CC)...

...Furthermore, she said they’d love to do more Linklater and more Malick since they’ve established relationships with them and their studios, and that Paul Schrader was “fun and easy to work with." New deals have apparently been made with Warner Brothers and Fox. She didn't elaborate on what's being picked up, but when asked if it could include “classics from the 30’s,” she said yes (whatever that means).
The number of stuff I'd love to see them put out through them...endless.

I'll start by nominating Barfly, Pretty Maids All in a Row, and Cobra for the royal treatment. Well, maybe not Cobra...
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Old 02-17-09, 06:26 PM
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I'd love to see them do The Thin Red Line/ Badlands
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I'd like to see them get to some movies that have never been released on DVD first.
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lol at Cobra....

I agree with Barfly....
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But still no Viacomm. Oh well, Good Burger is going to have to wait for the Criterion treatment.

This is actually great news all around.

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Old 02-17-09, 06:46 PM
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As far as films that aren't available on DVD in R1 yet, Party Girl would be utterly fabulous, along with The Wind and The Rain People. I believe somewhere in the above-mentioned thread is an official no on The Devils. I'd love to see Greed get the Criterion treatment, since WB seem to have abandoned silents completely. Then again, Criterion's track record in that department is pretty lackluster. Worthy double dips:

The Big Sleep
Blow-Up
Day for Night
Klute
The Late Show
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Night Moves
Performance
Wolfen
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I want a Criterion Snow Angels asap.
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Since Aronofsky had been pushing Warner to give The Fountain Criterion treatment, I wouldn't be surprised to see that one pop up.
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The Fountain and The Thin Red Line....god, I want to see as much of the cut footage from TTRL as possible.
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But still no Viacomm. Oh well, Good Burger is going to have to wait for the Criterion treatment.

This is actually great news all around.
Seriously, Criterion has a relationship with Paramount, Universal and Fox. WB was the only big studio that eluded them due to their former policy of not licensing their films to third party companies during the DVD era.
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The Fountain and The Thin Red Line....god, I want to see as much of the cut footage from TTRL as possible.
Thin Red Line is from Fox.
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Originally Posted by droidguy1119 View Post
Since Aronofsky had been pushing Warner to give The Fountain Criterion treatment, I wouldn't be surprised to see that one pop up.
Hopefully it would include the "alternate version" (alongside the theatrical cut) that Aronofsky talked about wanting to make awhile ago.
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Yes, I know that..but someone mentioned that and those 2 are my modern film picks to would be greatly appreciated on Criterion..besides any and all Kurosawa remaining films
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There are a number of older titles that have slipped into the public domain over the years that the big studios still hold the film elements for. Typically, they hate to invest money into these films due to the low budget competition. Perhaps Criterion will make the effort, ala My Man Godfrey.
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From page 3 of the Criterion Forum thread:
Originally Posted by austinfilm
The Facts on Warner/ CC releases (as I've been told by the filmmakers):

Linklater's Suburbia is in the process of the Criterion treatment. He also told me that when he met with them to discuss what he would like done for that they asked if he could contribute to their versions of Badlands and Zabriskie Point. Linklater is a good friend of fellow Austin resident Malick (there are collectible Malick posters littering his office).

I can also tell you that Linklater informed me that Steven Soderbergh has recorded a commentary track for Zabriskie Point. a friend interviewed Soderbergh for an article on Che and the filmmaker confirmed this with him.

As for the Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset is also on the way. I am not sure who is releasing it. I saw proofs by designer Marc English (Austin based graphic artist who did the DVD art for both Dazed and Confused and Slacker). Based on the proofs (though no criterion logo on the set), it would seem that they are also being released by Criterion. I asked if any of his other films would get the CC treatment and he said the after BS/BS and Suburbia, Newton Boys and Tape would be a possibility but that release is still a ways down the road.
This is all unconfirmed officially, of course. Zabriske Point in particular is surprising given that WB is releasing a bare-bones disc in May.
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I really hope this means some of their silents were licensed out. Criterion apparently licensed The Wedding March from Paramount, so it would be neat to have another Von Stroheim film out - Greed. They'd be able to justify the high price for including both cuts and extras.

But they need to work on films that have not had releases yet before films like Blowup that already have DVDs with commentaries. Come on, Blowup has a commentary, music-only track, A+ remaster, and trailers. How about unreleased stuff like The Crowd or the Valentino film Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
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Come on, Blowup has a commentary, music-only track, A+ remaster, and trailers.
But...it's a snapper! As far as unreleased silents, The Crowd would be ideal, as would Vidor's other 1920's masterpiece, The Big Parade, which MGM owns the rights to. Vidor's noir Beyond the Forest would be welcome as well.
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As soon as I saw Linklater and Malick mentioned, the first ones that came to mind were Before Sunrise/Sunset, and Badlands. I'd love for Criterion to do SEs of those.

Especially Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, which are, in my opinion, two of the best romantic movies of all time.
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As far as films that aren't available on DVD in R1 yet, Party Girl would be utterly fabulous, along with The Wind and The Rain People. I believe somewhere in the above-mentioned thread is an official no on The Devils. I'd love to see Greed get the Criterion treatment, since WB seem to have abandoned silents completely. Then again, Criterion's track record in that department is pretty lackluster. Worthy double dips:

The Big Sleep
Blow-Up
Day for Night
Klute
The Late Show
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Night Moves
Performance
Wolfen
Oh, could Day For Night use a cleanup process. Such a great film such a poor looking DVD.
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But...it's a snapper! As far as unreleased silents, The Crowd would be ideal, as would Vidor's other 1920's masterpiece, The Big Parade, which MGM owns the rights to.
Or his other, other 1920's masterpiece, Show People.
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This is good news.

I saw that they mentioned Paul Schrader. It made me think: who owns the rights to Blue Collar? If that movie were to be released by CC it would make me all sorts of happy.
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Wonder if we'll finally get The Devils this way...

And Zabriskie Point.
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I believe somewhere in the above-mentioned thread is an official no on The Devils.
So Warner won't put it out on DVD, nor will they let Criterion...total BS and really frustrating.
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Wonder if we'll finally get The Devils this way...

And Zabriskie Point.
Like mentioned above, Zabriskie Point is getting a barebones release from WB.

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The Newton Boys? Um . . . no . . .
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