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Post by flaiky » December 15th, 2018, 7:33 pm

Minkin wrote:
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Off the top of my head - there's also: Carnival of Souls, Most Dangerous Game, 39 Steps, Lady Vanishes, Man Who Knew Too Much, His Girl Friday, Night of the Living Dead, Nanook of the North, Detour, etc.
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Post by Knaldskalle » December 15th, 2018, 8:11 pm

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Had no idea this was available, but Rosenbaum list official check The Adventures of Hajji Baba has been out on a Twilight Time BD since last January - there's a new review on DVD Beaver which isn't super-enthusiastic, but given that it has only previously been available in a mediocre DVD with Spanish hard subs, it's worth noting. TT stuff is always limited so I'm gonna order mine ASAP.
ScreenArchives is having an end-of-year sale of TT titles right now. They're seilling it for $25, but I don't know if that's the best price available:

http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_de ... PROMOTION/
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Post by Minkin » December 16th, 2018, 6:00 am

I'd argue against ever buying anything from Twilight Time. The vast majority of their stuff ends up way cheaper + in actual quality editions from a UK company (usually Indicator).

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Post by Coryn » December 21st, 2018, 12:16 pm

I've neverbeen so impulsive as 10 minutes ago but it feels good.

I bought the 'blue is the warmest color' criterion blu ray from ebay for 18 USD without having seen the movie and better yet, I don't even have a blu ray player.

Can anyone suggest me a decent but cheap region free blu ray player ?
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Post by weirdboy » December 21st, 2018, 4:56 pm

I have a portable USB bluray reader/writer that connects to PC. Lots of region free software for that.

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Post by funkybusiness » December 26th, 2018, 6:44 am

finally opened my copy of The Magnificent Ambersons, criterion, and noticed that the inner packaging, the plastic disc holder, is both upside down and on the wrong side (left, as opposed to the typical right side). anyone else have it yet/have this "issue"?

oh but I'll also add the booklet is one of their best packaging designs yet. it's printed as a typed screenplay with raw paper edge inside of a binding, held together by two staples punched through the front rather than the side. very nifty. you can see a picture of it here:
http://criterionforum.org/DVD-packaging ... ction/2047

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » January 2nd, 2019, 3:20 pm

As they do each New Year, Criterion posted their drawing that's full of hints at their upcoming releases. I could see clues for Swing Time and Klute right away; need to analyze it for more:

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Post by OldAle1 » January 2nd, 2019, 3:39 pm

Démanty noci would seem an obvious guess (which would make me very happy).

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » January 2nd, 2019, 4:32 pm

Cool.

Not the most exciting release IMO, but Hedwig and the Angry Inch appears to be in there, the owl in the tree (Hedwig, as in Harry Potter's owl) and an "angry" inchworm next to it.

According to some user comments I've seen, the sled that appears to be made of bamboo seems to point towards Spike Lee's Bamboozled (bamboo-sled, heh).
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Post by OldAle1 » January 2nd, 2019, 4:50 pm

Yes but what do Jesus and the angel represent, and why are they playing a board game (is it Candyland)? I feel like it must be something really obvious but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe another cup of coffee will help.

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Post by Coryn » January 2nd, 2019, 4:55 pm

Found this. Not too exciting.

Sled = Citizen Kane and or Bamboozled

Angel at a table = An Angel at My Table upgrade

Owl in the tree with a worm = Hedwig & the Angry Inch

Lute with a K on it = Klute

Rabbit and peas = War & Peace

Diamonds in the sky = Diamonds of the Night

Clock swinging = Swing Time (which could signify a Fred & Ginger boxset)

Two guys standing together with one singing = One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

Two guys with babies = Children Of Men and or Bringing Up Baby (one of the guys looks like Cary Grant)

3 Coke bottles = Koker Trilogy

Jesus with V = La Vie de Jesus

S balloon = The Heiress

Euro signs on babies = Europa Europa

Time on clock = After Hours?
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Post by GruesomeTwosome » January 2nd, 2019, 4:56 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 4:50 pm
Yes but what do Jesus and the angel represent, and why are they playing a board game (is it Candyland)? I feel like it must be something really obvious but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe another cup of coffee will help.
I think there are probably clues to multiple films in that busy angel/Jesus at the table image; but maybe Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table is one of the films referenced there? (an upgrade to Blu-ray since they already released it on DVD). But yeah, the presence of the board game and Jesus must mean there's more going on there.
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Post by Timec » January 2nd, 2019, 4:57 pm

The angel is probably for "An Angel at My Table" Blu-ray upgrade.

"La Vie de Jesus" was suggested on another forum for that figure.

Not sure about the board game and table tho.

Bamboozled and a certain famous movie about a sled seem equally probable for the sled made of cane.

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Post by Timec » January 2nd, 2019, 5:00 pm

I would be very excited about a restored Blu-ray of Bondarchuk's War and Peace. I read the book a few years ago, but have been holding off on watching the not-great Ruscico DVD in my collection.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 2nd, 2019, 5:21 pm

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January 2nd, 2019, 5:00 pm
I would be very excited about a restored Blu-ray of Bondarchuk's War and Peace. I read the book a few years ago, but have been holding off on watching the not-great Ruscico DVD in my collection.
Janus Films will be touring the newly restored version theatrically, so a Criterion release is almost guaranteed.
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Post by Knaldskalle » January 2nd, 2019, 5:22 pm

Someone suggested that the 19 stars represent the 19th US State (Indiana) and that apparently stands for Kogonada's "Columbus."
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Post by weirdboy » January 2nd, 2019, 7:02 pm

Totally excited to see a restored War and Peace. The existing releases in US market really suck (pan & scan, missing stuff).


Filmstruck had a version on streaming but they did something really stupid with the transfer related to aspect ratio--and when watching the film on computer the image ended up being about the size of a postcard due to multiple nested levels of black bars.

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » January 15th, 2019, 10:36 pm

Criterion announces April releases:

Police Story and Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan)
My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong)
Diamonds of the Night (Jan Nemec)
A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan)
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch) - upgrade
Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch) - upgrade
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Post by OldAle1 » January 15th, 2019, 10:41 pm

Cool. I would buy all of those if I could afford the space/cash but as is the Jackie Chans and the Nemec are probably pre-orders. I really need to see both Jarmsch films and Face in the Crowd again. Actually apart from Dead Man and Paterson I've only watched each Jarmusch film once I think, most when they came out.

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Post by funkybusiness » January 15th, 2019, 11:12 pm

yep, same here, the Jackie Chans + Diamonds of the Night.
Haven't seen My Brilliant Career or A Face in the Crowd (the Kazan boxset is sitting on a table at my place, staring at me constantly, insulted that I haven't watched all the films yet).

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Post by funkybusiness » January 16th, 2019, 12:09 am

yeah Arrow Academy is releasing Mélo as well!

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Post by OldAle1 » January 16th, 2019, 12:26 am

funkybusiness wrote:
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yeah Arrow Academy is releasing Mélo as well!
Oh that's cool. I'd have to see both of those again before buying probably - saw them both on initial release which has been a long time - though I love virtually all of Resnais so maybe not in that case. Haven't really loved any of the 3 German films I've see though and Khroustalyov just left me bewildered at the time.

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 16th, 2019, 1:11 am

All of German's films have left me bewildered so far (sucks not being Russian I guess), but I've seen very few films with that level of verisimilitude, the way his camera moves around in confined spaces(e.g. a tiny room with like 50 people in it) has got to be some kind of witchcraft.

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Post by OldAle1 » January 16th, 2019, 2:33 am

Yeah, I don't disagree that his films are impressive in many ways, I just haven't been able to unlock enough keys to figure out what I've seen, let alone whether I liked them or not - although Ivan Lapshin made a little more sense and was a little easier to "enjoy".

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Post by Coryn » January 16th, 2019, 4:35 pm

Finally my region free blu ray player arrived, following films were bought:

Criterion :
12 angry men
Stalker
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Arrow:
The human condition trilogy
Network
Donnie Darko (steelbook)
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Post by Knaldskalle » January 17th, 2019, 5:02 am

OH. MY. GOD! :circle:

Who Killed Captain Alex? on blu-ray!!?

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Post by Nathan Treadway » January 17th, 2019, 9:13 am

That poster looks completely over the top and awful. Am I correct in my assessment?

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 17th, 2019, 2:35 pm

I'm very intrigued and don't think I can wait until May.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
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That poster looks completely over the top and awful. Am I correct in my assessment?
Who killed Captain Alex has the worst production values you've ever seen in any movie. But it also has a ton of heart and is clearly a labor of love. It's a lot of fun!


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Post by Ivan0716 » January 21st, 2019, 4:29 pm

Fuck me, Who Killed Captain Alex? is like the most rewatchable film ever (mostly thanks to the VJ). I've played it about 5 times in just as many days (though most of the time only in the background while I'm doing other stuff). I was expecting "so bad it's good", but I don't think it would be fair to call it bad considering the limitations, I even thought the editing and action choreography were somewhat decent. :lol: The most appropriate word I would use to describe the film would be - as odd as it may sound - endearing! Can't wait for Bad Black.

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Post by peeptoad » February 5th, 2019, 11:49 am

Just preordered this
It's expensive but I don't splurge all that often, esp when 2 of 3 are blind buys. But... Larraz :wub:

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » February 15th, 2019, 11:36 pm

Criterion announced their May releases:

Blue Velvet (David Lynch)

The Heiress (William Wyler)

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnes Varda)

Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)

Funny Games (Michael Haneke)

And an upgrade of David Mamet’s House of Games
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Post by Knaldskalle » February 16th, 2019, 1:45 am

GruesomeTwosome wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Criterion announced their May releases:

Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
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Post by zuma » February 16th, 2019, 2:31 am

Knaldskalle wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 1:45 am
GruesomeTwosome wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Criterion announced their May releases:

Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
Ugh!
Yay!

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Post by OldAle1 » February 16th, 2019, 3:56 am

Knaldskalle wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 1:45 am
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February 15th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Criterion announced their May releases:

Funny Games (Michael Haneke)
Ugh!
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Post by Timec » February 16th, 2019, 4:24 am

I don't have much use for Haneke's finger-wagging moralizing - but the sense of helplessness Funny Games evokes still makes it one of the most viscerally effective horror films I've ever seen. The violence in the movie feels much more impactful and "real" (for lack of a better word) than is usually the case in the genre.

In fact, the film is so effective that I find the experience of watching it deeply unpleasant. I doubt I'll feel the need to own it on Blu-ray.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » February 16th, 2019, 3:39 pm

Timec wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 4:24 am
I don't have much use for Haneke's finger-wagging moralizing - but the sense of helplessness Funny Games evokes still makes it one of the most viscerally effective horror films I've ever seen. The violence in the movie feels much more impactful and "real" (for lack of a better word) than is usually the case in the genre.

In fact, the film is so effective that I find the experience of watching it deeply unpleasant. I doubt I'll feel the need to own it on Blu-ray.
Excellent put. :thumbsup:

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 16th, 2019, 6:29 pm

Timec wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 4:24 am
I don't have much use for Haneke's finger-wagging moralizing - but the sense of helplessness Funny Games evokes still makes it one of the most viscerally effective horror films I've ever seen. The violence in the movie feels much more impactful and "real" (for lack of a better word) than is usually the case in the genre.

In fact, the film is so effective that I find the experience of watching it deeply unpleasant. I doubt I'll feel the need to own it on Blu-ray.
Well put, but my problem is more that Haneke cheats. In the movie the two psychos implicate the audience in the "games" and if you accept that premise you, as a viewer, basically have two choices: You can either stop watching or continue watching. The implied consequence being that you somehow become complicit in the violence if you continue watching - and that you don't if you stop. However, if you stop watching, do you somehow "extricate" yourself from what happens in the movie? Of course not, because what happens in the movie was predetermined at the script level before a single image was shot and was filmed before an audience ever had the choice of participating or not. In other words, it's a trap that Haneke sets up - if you accept the premise that watching is somehow becoming complicit in the crimes put on display. But that's like blaming people who watch the evening news for the violence that's being reported in those news. One does not cause the other and you can't do a damn thing about something that has already happened. That's the biggest problem I have with Funny Games, it cheats. I can live with the rest, viscerally repulsive as it is, but I refuse to accept that I as a viewer am somehow complicit in what Haneke decided to put in a movie.
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Post by PeacefulAnarchy » February 16th, 2019, 6:55 pm

Maybe keep thinking about the relatioships between viewer choices and what gets made on a less specific level. The audience's choice to watch the movie doesn't create it, but the audience's previous sequence of choices to watch similar movies fostered the atmosphere and media landscape to inspire Haneke to make the movie. In that sense the audience did create the movie because it was not a personal movie, it was a reactive movie whose existence was borne out of a preexisting audience and their choices. The film doesn't depict action and reaction, it depicts a spiral of interconnected choices and responses between the audience and the media they consume.

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