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Old 05-15-24, 12:48 PM
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Coming in August: two long-suppressed features by a fearless Ukrainian iconoclast, a metacinematic experiment in recreating trauma, a satirical mockumentary about attempting to document the life of an ordinary American family, and a comic portrait of a struggling novelist who decides to move back in with his mother. Plus: a powerful Academy Award–winning epic set in Qing-dynasty China—now on 4K UHD.



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I love Albert Brooks but I donít remember anything particularly great about Mother. Itís just a bland, forgettable 90s comedy.

I also could have sworn Brooks died within the last year or two. I think I confused him with Charles Grodin. Iím pleasantly surprised Albert Brooks is still with us!
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I love Albert Brooks but I donít remember anything particularly great about Mother. Itís just a bland, forgettable 90s comedy.
This was my thought exactly when I saw this one listed. I recall it getting very good reviews, but I found it very middle-of-the-road when I saw it on video later, with a few strong laughs in the Brooks tradition, but overall kinda bland, as you say. According to Wikipedia, though, it was his most financially successful picture (even with just a $20 million gross), so maybe that was a factor in their decision to pick it up, or maybe it was a package deal with REAL LIFE? I see they were both Paramount releases. I wouldnít call either of them Ďimportantí in the Criterion sense, but thatís just me.
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None of the new stuff for me, and I still have the DVD set of The Last Emperor I haven't watched yet.
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I don't want to be one of those "Why isn't Criterion releasing _________ on 4K or blu" people, but there are a lot of Kurosawa titles Criterion hasn't revisited since DVD or even LD days. I'd love to see Stray Dog, The Bad Sleep Well, or Red Beard in HD (and from Criterion, natch).
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I don't want to be one of those "Why isn't Criterion releasing _________ on 4K or blu" people, but there are a lot of Kurosawa titles Criterion hasn't revisited since DVD or even LD days. I'd love to see Stray Dog, The Bad Sleep Well, or Red Beard in HD (and from Criterion, natch).
I was just thinking about that the other day. I'm stunned that Criterion hasn't upgraded any of those. Drunken Angel is another.
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Lack of Criterion HD upgrades for Kurosawa could be more of an issue from Toho.
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Lack of Criterion HD upgrades for Kurosawa could be more of an issue from Toho.
That certainly tracks.
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Lack of Criterion HD upgrades for Kurosawa could be more of an issue from Toho.
Probably, but it seems odd because those titles mentioned above all had Blu-rays in Japan back around the same time as all the ones Criterion did eventually release. Criterion definitely prioritized the more popular titles, so maybe by the time they got around to some of the lesser ones, Toho had changed their tune. Or maybe they're waiting for 4k. Who knows.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
Probably, but it seems odd because those titles mentioned above all had Blu-rays in Japan back around the same time as all the ones Criterion did eventually release. Criterion definitely prioritized the more popular titles, so maybe by the time they got around to some of the lesser ones, Toho had changed their tune. Or maybe they're waiting for 4k. Who knows.
Some of them don’t even stream remastered versions on the channel.

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