I have googled it and I didn't find a lot. Yesterday, I was in a hurry and I relied on wikipedia for the numbers I quoted, and this morning I discovered they got it wrong (as a librarian I usually don't trust them for research but sometimes it's the fastest and only info you can find). It looks like they released around 300 titles on laserdisc and around 100 have never been reissued. According to a list on Letterboxed by Michael Hutchens they released 305 titles on laser, 204 have been re-released on DVD and 119 on BLU leaving 101 of the original laserdisc Criterion Collection still unreleased. This includes the first two titles that they initially made their name with: Citizen Kane and King Kong (1933). I own this original KK release and it's a beauty - great supplements and at the time the film looked better than ever although the later image release on laserdisc improved on the restoration quite a bit, I still held onto my Criterion for all the extras.maxwelldeux wrote: ↑November 7th, 2018, 7:48 amI get your point, and I had a similarly-motivated question earlier (about whether all Bergman films were available, since the full collection was on Criterion now), but ultimately, we're going with the official lists.psychotronicbeatnik wrote: ↑November 7th, 2018, 12:33 amIf that's sol's ruling then that's sol's ruling, but it does make me wonder about all the official lists that we use here. If the Criterion list chooses to ignore 100s of the original titles that made the label significant (only 19 % of the 954 titles released on laser have been rereleased on DVD or BLU) then that's a very bogus list. Letterboxing, commentary tracks, and even special features were all things that Criterion pioneered the use of on laserdisc. Their reputation for quality releases was founded in the laserdisc era. That many of those laserdiscs are still collected and valued, primarily for commentary tracks and special features that are no longer available, shows just how important they still are.funkybusiness wrote: ↑November 7th, 2018, 12:12 amIt's a challenge for the official Criterion Collection, Eclipse and Masters of Cinema lists. These lists are linked in the OP. I'm not the big boss but I can guess that sol will tell you the same thing; it's on one of those three lists or it doesn't count.
Though you brought up some issues I was unaware of regarding Criterion and laserdiscs. Kinda interesting - out of sheer curiosity, do you have any links on Criterion history, or are you just going to tell me to JFGI?
Criterion was even more unique in the laserdisc era when very few other companies bothered with commentaries and special features (something that has become de rigueur in the DVD era). In a way they paved the way for the collectible nature of DVDs by providing more than just a way to watch the film. Criterion also often released their laserdiscs in two speeds - CAV and CLV. the former provided the best image quality but relied upon flipping the discs more often as less info could be compressed. But, and this was fantastic for a stop-motion film like King Kong, the CAV versions allowed for a frame by frame analysis of the film - advancing frame by frame at your own speed with no loss of clarity from image to image. Some of my fondest memories of the laserdisc era involve studying the climax of Bride of Frankenstein and many of the action scenes in John Woo's The Killer and Hardboiled in this fashion, but I also went through much of Kong frame by frame a number of times.
But getting back to your question, here's a few links to info on the Criterion Collection on laserdisc:
A short 18 minute history of the Criterion Collection that begins with a history of Janus films with whom they have been closely allied:
The Wikipedia article which makes some interesting points about their history - I noted that almost all the innovations listed occured when they were being released on laserdiscs:
Wikipedia's list of titles released on laserdisc (with annotations showing which have been re-released on DVD):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_C ... c_releases
A listing of both Criterion lasers and DVDs which is sortable by title, director, country, genre and year:
http://www.dvduell.de/criterion_website ... talog.html
The list on Letterboxed which shows the 101 titles still to be re-released:
https://letterboxd.com/michaelhutchins/ ... sc-titles/
And because you live nearish to Seattle, a link to the world's greatest video store, Scarecrow. I managed this store for most of the laserdisc era - we were just adding DVDs when I left, and at that time we had the complete Criterion Collection for rent on laserdisc.