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Since 1984, the Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Over the years, as we moved from laserdisc to DVD, Blu-ray disc, and online streaming, we’ve seen a lot of things change, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to publishing the defining moments of cinema for a wider and wider audience. The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Ozu, Sirk, Buñuel, Powell and Pressburger. Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be seen. Every time we start work on a film, we track down the best available film elements in the world, use state-of-the-art telecine equipment and a select few colorists capable of meeting our rigorous standards, then take time during the film-to-video digital transfer to create the most pristine possible image and sound. Whenever possible, we work with directors and cinematographers to ensure that the look of our releases does justice to their intentions. Our supplements enable viewers to appreciate Criterion films in context, through audio commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director’s cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts, and storyboards. To date, more than 150 filmmakers have made our library of Director Approved DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and laserdiscs the most significant archive of contemporary filmmaking available to the home viewer.
I know that there are a lot of film lovers on this forum that love classic movies, cult movies, iconic movies or simply movies they have enjoyed a lot and many are collecting movies in various formats. DVD, Blu-ray, Laserdisc, streaming or downloads.
Many of those movies you have may actually be Criterion's or of course, you even collect Criterion's on principle.
So here it is, the discussion thread for films that have been released as Criterion's. Talk about those movies, the quality of restoration, the special features etc, or simply the movie itself.
Here's my list of Criterions, too, for anyone interested:
- 'The Big Chill'
- 'Che: Part One and Part Two'
- 'The Darjeeling Limited'
- 'Dressed To Kill'
- 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
- 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'
- 'The Game'
- 'The Great Beauty'
- 'Hearts and Minds'
- Kwaidan' (releases Oct. 21st)
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'
- 'Moonrise Kingdom'
- 'The Royal Tenenbaums'
- 'The Samurai Trilogy'
- 'Seven Samurai'
- 'The Sword of Doom'
- 'Three Outlaw Samurai'
- 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'
- 'Yojimbo'/'Sanjuro' Box Set
Which ones do you own, @BondJasonBond006?
The 39 Steps
The Lady Vanishes
The Great Dictator
My Darling Clementine
The Red Shoes
12 Angry Men
3:10 To Yuma
On The Waterfront
La Dolce Vita
A Hard Day's Night
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
All That Jazz
Days Of Heaven
Harold And Maude
Picnic At Hanging Rock
Dressed To Kill
The Last Emperor
A Room With A View
The Double Life Of Veronique
My Own Private Idaho
The Thin Red Line
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Darjeeling Limited
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
The Royal Tenenbaums
Y Tu Mama También
Picnic At Hanging Rock is a fascinating movie for sure. I actually got that one only this year and haven't seen it yet (those Bondathons get in the way :)) ) and I'm doing an Avengers Marathon too which includes everything from Iron Man to Ant-Man and that's a lot.
In-between I watch some horror flicks as well. I wish I had more time...but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. I think you are married with kids too, if I'm not mistaken.
Your list is very interesting and seeing that you also have Wes Anderson's work delights me.
I'm actually inspired by this and will re-watch one or two of his movies soon.
I don't have any documentaries but if it concerns history like Hearts And Minds (just checked this out on wiki) it could be interesting to me.
The Vietnam war and its fallout always puzzled me and I think maybe I'll get this.
I'm going to do a review of sorts on one of my Criterion's. Maybe there's one you're interested in particularly?
One I certainly will discuss/review here is The 39 Steps which I have seen this year for the first time, which is astonishing considering I'm a big fan of Hitchcock's.
And it has immediately become one of my favourites, as far as I can tell after seeing it once.
No marriage and kids for me just yet! Wrapping up my second degree in college at 24 now, but I've been in a relationship for almost two years now.
Happy to find another Wes Anderson fan, as well! I love his work: his art style, the editing, the symmetry, the color of his movies, it's so fascinating and the plots and returning actors are always so delightful. He just announced that his next movie will be another stop motion one (ala 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'), but this time it'll be about dogs! If you're going to rewatch some of his work, check out 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.' My favorite of his is 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' and since he has a deal with Criterion, that should be out on blu-ray and DVD through them in 2016 at some point.
I've always been a huge fan of history in general, but in terms of war, I've only recently been heavily into the Vietnam War (after discovering and rewatching the beautiful 'Full Metal Jacket' 1,000x). 'Hearts and Minds' is definitely a must see, but it does contain some raw footage where you see American soldiers having sex with Vietnamese prostitutes and other shots of corpses and people being murdered. Very intense.
If you're going to review a select one, go with 'Eraserhead.' I've always loved the idea of it, it looks very, very creepy and unique, and I'm a David Lynch fan; however, I tried to sit through it one time and it wasn't for me. Then again, I could've just not been in the mood for it at the time, which has happened before.
Classic samurai film and a Michael Bay movie. Strange combination, indeed!
Pick up 'Yojimbo' while you're at it!!
The Samurai Trilogy is on my very short list for buying. I'm almost ashamed I don't have it yet :))
I actually do have Armageddon as a Criterion too, I only listed the Blu-ray Criterion's I have above.
I will add the DVD's as well at one point. Thanks for unintentionally reminding me :D
Should've gone with the blu-ray, but excellent choice, either way! I love, love, love that movie.
It is expensive good God, I'd have to pay 270 CHF (which equals 280 USD or 183 British Pounds).
Just checked this out and hot damn, that box is beautiful with book and all.
@chrisisall, happy to know that I was the driving force behind you picking it up! I hope you enjoy it and let me know your thoughts on it. If you do any more spontaneous Criterion purchasing throughout the day, go ahead and pick up another one for me, too. ;)
My VoD service has 5 Zatoichi episodes from 1962/1963 online, imagine that. Therefore I'm going to watch one tomorrow. I may like it.
I'm sure it's nothing like Charlie Chan but just to mention that I absolutely love such movie series of the past.
I'm watching 'Hausu' for the first time right now, the 1977 Japanese Criterion, and I've got to say it's one of the strangest bits of cinema I've ever laid my eyes upon. Not finished with it yet, so I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing, but damn, is it weird.
Yeah, I'm old-fashioned I actually buy music and movies and stream legally :)) but of course every now and then to check something out I download it elsewhere, which strangely enough is not at all illegal in Switzerland! Only if I would provide someone else the file it would make it illegal.
Netflix has changed my life really (it started in Switzerland in September 2014). And there is also Amazon Prime and Watchever which I all pay for. Hulu, sadly doesn't stream into German-language territory.
I haven't been a big Netflix fan lately; they have some great, complete television shows on there, but that's about it. The rest is littered with generic movie releases and tons of B-grade garbage, definitely not worth the price (and now the new price hike, putting its most popular plan at $10/month). Hulu is where it's at for Criterions, at least, can't say much on the rest of it since it only has a few original programs and the rest is reality television.
- The Complete Lady Snowblood
- Bitter Rice
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- The American Friend
Gilda will definitely end up in my collection :)
I just watched 'Wild Strawberries' for the first time and absolutely loved it, one of the better films I've seen in a very long while. It's about time I got around to watching and appreciating Bergman's work; the only other movie I've seen of his is 'The Magician,' and it was good - not bad, not great.
Twelve Angry Men
Wages of Fear
Last Temptation of Christ
Being John Malkovich
I've also got Mulholland Drive on pre order.
Usually, buyers of Criterion's already know the movie, but it is unfortunate anyway if in a booklet there is a major plot spoiler.
There is something about that Coen Brothers. Somehow I can't find myself enjoying their films.
Fargo was one of those films that left me breathless in 1996 and every new film of them disappointed me since, True Grit maybe the only one that I found almost as good.
No Country For Old Men is a mystery to me. How on earth could that boring nothing win Oscars. Bardem is ridiculous in that movie and without the wig his character would fall apart. But I know I'm probably the only human walking this earth with that opinion :))
I do like some of their earlier work though, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink.
I am willing to give Inside Llewyn Davis a try. The story sounds interesting enough.
I have actually never seen that one. But if you consider that a masterpiece I will check it out!