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Old 08-01-09, 01:00 PM
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What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

I love Criterion, but I often find that many of their movies I watch once or twice and then don't get the urge to see again for years. What are the most rewatchable, both in terms of the films and the extras? I particularly find myself going back to Two Lane Blacktop, Dazed and Confused, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, My Own Private Idaho, Down By Law, Man Bites Dog, etc.. I still appreciate films like Andrei Rublev (which I've actually seen several times) and L'Avventura, but I don't feel the urge to watch them nearly as much. What else fits the bill for you?
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I only own five Criterions, but the most rewatchable one for me is definitely The Royal Tenenbaums. I've seen it several times, and never get tired of watching it. I haven't checked out any of the extras yet, but I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually.

As for the others I own, I'd rank them by rewatchability as follows:

Sisters (I watch this every year for the horror challenge, very rewatchable)
The Importance of Being Earnest (somewhat rewatchable, just not as much)
Ace in the Hole (I've only seen it once, it's not one I'll watch very often)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (ditto)

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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (easily the most re-watched Criterion and one of the most if not THE most re-watched title in my collection of 4000-4500 dvd's.)
Royal Tenenbaums
Brazil
Do the Right Thing
Traffic
The Rock
Armageddon
The Silence of the Lambs
Short Cuts
Time Bandits
Videodrome
The RUling Class
Rushmore
The Ice Storm
Rebecca
Walker
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Tm Drum
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

That I can remember of the top of my head...

Le Samourai
Le Cercle Rouge
Traffic
Pickup on South Street
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Bottle Rocket
Rushmore
Royal Tenenbaums
Robocop
Wild Strawberries
The Virgin Spring
Youth of the Beast
Silence of the Lambs
Videdrome
Eyes Without a Face
Hidden Fortress
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

The most watchable?
Life Aquatic w/ Steve Zissou
Royal Tenenbaums
The Rock
Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Band of Outsiders
Chasing Amy
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

The 39 Steps
The 400 Blows
Ali, Fear Eats the Soul
Chungking Express
Naked
The Royal Tenenbaums
Le Samourai
Solaris
I Vitelloni
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Out of the 50 or so I have, the ones I keep going back to are...

Do the Right Thing
The Vanishing
Empire of Passion
Days of Heaven
Blast of Silence
Last Temptation of Christ
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

I'm at a stage where I don't re-watch very often. I have an unwatched mountain that will keep me busy for another few years at least. My OCD is making me get thru the majority of those until I get back to re-watching favorite on a regular basis.

But I do plan to re-watch some Bergman, and The Vanishing this year, and I watch Chasing Amy almost every year.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

I watch Dazed and Confused and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a lot.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Considering Wes Anderson is my favourite director:

The Royal Tenenbaums
Rushmore
Life Aquatic
Bottle Rocket

(In that order)
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

What do you guys think about the watchability of the following (some discs I was considering doing a blind buy on)?

Sweet Movie
The Battle of Algiers
Mala Noche
The Hiroshi Teshigahara box set
My Dinner with Andre
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Last Emperor
Haxan
Amarcord
Honeymoon Killers
Spirit of the Beehive or Cria Cuervos
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

In addition, will Le Samourai be ruined if I know that
Spoiler:
Delon dies in the end
? Some idiot reviewer on another site posted that information without warning.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Originally Posted by nowigotworry View Post
In addition, will Le Samourai be ruined if I know that
Spoiler:
Delon dies in the end
? Some idiot reviewer on another site posted that information without warning.
Spoiler:
I don't think it would make any difference at all. The title itself clues you in on Delon's code of conduct, with all it implies. Go ahead and watch, this is a wonderful stripped-to-the-bone distillation of classic crime and noir film elements, with plenty to enjoy even if you have some hint about the end (just knowing if he dies doesn't really tell you much about the finale at all).

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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

THE THIRD MAN
DIABOLIQUE
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
MY MAN GODFREY
PEEPING TOM
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
CONTEMPT
CHARADE
RULES OF THE GAME


...anything by Fritz Lang, Powell & Pressburger

....and of course, THE BLOB
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Silence of the Lambs
Rebecca
Robocop
The Red Shoes
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

I would think:

The Last Temptation of Christ (previously referred) and Time Bandits would be automatic re-watches.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Originally Posted by chris_sc77 View Post
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (easily the most re-watched Criterion and one of the most if not THE most re-watched title in my collection of 4000-4500 dvd's.)
Really? I had a hard time getting through that movie once without almost falling asleep. It's probably my least favorite Wes Anderson film. Granted, I'm not implying it's bad, necessarily, just that it didn't do anything for me, personally. Maybe I'll have to give it another shot sometime.


Anyway, mine would be Dazed & Confused - easily one of the most re-watched Criterions, and one of the most if not THE most re-watched title in MY collection of DVDs.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

The Blob, Robocop, Beauty and the Beast, Equinox, Charade, The Third Man, Brazil, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Videodrome.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

I don't have too many Criterions yet but from my list
I would say

- Sword of doom !!!!!!
- the 39 steps
- the killers (John Woo)
- Chungking express
- Last emperor (it's long but gets the urge to watch it again every now and then..)
- Brazil
- Videodrome
- Grand Illusion

on the contrary, here are some I couldn't bring myself to watch again

- In the realm of the senses (my senses are still in shock)
- for all mankind (interesting for sure but subject is bit boring for me..)
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

The Third Man
Chasing Amy
Armaggedon
The Royal Tenenbaums


have been my most watched.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Originally Posted by doob View Post
I don't have too many Criterions yet but from my list
I would say
- the killers (John Woo)
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers and John Woo's The Killer are two very different movies and Criterions.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

My most rewatchable Criterion DVD is 1963 Charade. It's probably my most watched DVD.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Wes Anderson movies
Dazed and Confused
Le Samourai
Videodrome
Third Man
Brazil
The Vanishing

I just bought and watched Friends of Eddie Coyle for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I could see returning to it on a fairly regular basis.

Originally Posted by nowigotworry View Post
In addition, will Le Samourai be ruined if I know that
Spoiler:
Delon dies in the end
? Some idiot reviewer on another site posted that information without warning.
Not at all, in my opinion.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Brazil, The Royal Tennenbaums, and Life Aquatic get the most spins out of me.
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Re: What are the most rewatchable Criterion DVDs?

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers and John Woo's The Killer are two very different movies and Criterions.
yea that's why I put (John Woo). Haven't seen Hemingway's yet

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