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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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Old 05-15-24, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
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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Originally Posted by dex14
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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Criterion and Janus acquired by Steven Rales.

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^Can someone tell me how I should feel about that? Change makes me uneasy.

Then there's the side of me that hopes that means more variety in releases. Still hoping to see some John Duigan films (Flirting!!), and The Station Agent.

I just hope this doesn't provide a way for them to weasel out of the Charter Subscriber's rate guarantee for The Criterion Channel.
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Iíd go with probably a good thing, primarily because itís another private company/person buying them and not some major conglomerate. My guess is not that they were made some offer they couldnít refuse, but rather that they wanted to sell, and found a buyer with aligned goals.
Iím hoping the sale is more about upper management being ready to retire, and less because of market forces, though I suspect that margins for Criterion and other boutique labels can be pretty thin at times.
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Yeah, feels like Criterion management selling as they believe their best salad days are over in terms of sales. No one is getting rich anymore running a home video label based strictly off physical sales.
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...acquired by Steven Rales, founder of Indian Paintbrush, longtime producer and financier of the films of Wes Anderson.
Criterion already starts work on a new Wes Anderson release while the movies are being filmed, so I guess now we should also expect his home videos and footage from his Ring doorbell to be released.
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Criterion already starts work on a new Wes Anderson release while the movies are being filmed, so I guess now we should also expect his home videos and footage from his Ring doorbell to be released.
And people will still be exclaiming how great it is.
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Yeah, feels like Criterion management selling as they believe their best salad days are over in terms of sales. No one is getting rich anymore running a home video label based strictly off physical sales.
He also bought Janus Films as part of this, the theatrical distribution arm that pre-dates Criterion by several decades. More recently, Drive My Car was a Janus release stateside, and they just acquired All We Imagine As Light at Cannes.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
I was just thinking about that the other day. I'm stunned that Criterion hasn't upgraded any of those. Drunken Angel is another.
They also never released Madadayo as a standalone despite it being in the AK100 box set.

Iíve pieced together every Kurosawa movie (Criterion or not), upgrading whenever available. Of 31 titles, 15 are Criterion (or Eclipse) DVDs.
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Criterion and Janus Films have acquired four of auteur Michael Haneke‘s never before seen catalog titles that have been restored in 4K by Les Films du Losange, it was revealed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Initially produced and shot for Austria’s TV ORF, the four titles were directed by Haneke between 1976 and 1993. This is the first time these films have been restored and brought to the rest of the world. Les Films du Losange cleared the rights and restored the films, with the support of the Austrian Film Institute. Haneke led the restorations himself.

The titles include 1979 pair “Lemmings Tale 1: Arcadia” that follows the coming-of-age of teenagers in a small town in Austria in the fall of 1959 and “Lemmings Tale 2: Injuries” that follows the same characters 20 years later.

In “Three Paths to the Lake” (1976), Elisabeth Matrei comes to Klagenfurt, in Austria, to vacation with her widowed father. There, she reflects about her childhood and her romantic life.

“Rebellion” (1993) follows Andreas Pum who returns from the Great War with one leg amputated. Proud of serving his Emperor on the battlefield, he looks forward to enjoying a decent life, but things don’t go according to plan.

Alice Lesort, head of international sales at Les Films du Losange, said: “Criterion and Janus Films is a exceptional house for heritage films. Partners for decades, whether on the films of Rohmer, Barbet Schroeder, or more recently Jean Eustache, we are delighted that these new restorations by Michael Haneke are being brought to the American public by Criterion and Janus, in whom Haneke has complete confidence.”

“Michael Haneke is one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers. Producers of his films for over 20 years, and distributors of his catalog in France and abroad, it is a great joy for the Losange team to continue to showcase his work through these restorations. These films, initially made for television, carry within them the genesis of everything that would make Michael Haneke’s cinema great,” Lesort added.
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Very excited for Real Life.
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One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. In theaters 7/5/24!

70th anniversary 4K restoration by Toho Co. Ltd.
I guess a disc will be forthcoming at the end of the year.
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If the Seven Samurai 4k UHD isn't colorized with an ATMOS soundtrack and zoomed in to fill my TV screen or I will have to pass.
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If the Seven Samurai 4k UHD isn't colorized with an ATMOS soundtrack and zoomed in to fill my TV screen or I will have to pass.
Don't forget using AI to make those colors POP and get rid of that pesky film-grain!
Also dubbed with current famous actors, again using AI to make the characters' lips sync accordingly.
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Don't forget using AI to make those colors POP and get rid of that pesky film-grain!
Also dubbed with current famous actors, again using AI to make the characters' lips sync accordingly.
Sold!
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And there better be skin and plenty of it!


I still have the re-issue DVD set, I should give it another spin sometime.

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