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  • By Cinemacannon
    March 29, 2013
    10:39 PM

    Whew..got them!
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  • By Dylon
    March 29, 2013
    10:53 PM

    Shame about the Melville films. Good thing I only have one to buy. Le Circle Rouge is fantastic. Shame about Marienbad and Mafioso as well.
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  • By RR
    March 30, 2013
    12:12 AM

    strange that such good movies are not being licensed
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    • By SamWizeGanji
      July 30, 2014
      08:55 PM

      And a shame. Hopefully the releases of other oop help make up for it a bit! Lots of fish out there to catch
  • By Billy
    March 30, 2013
    01:53 AM

    Glad both Last Year at Marienbad and Army of Shadows have found a spot in my collection!
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  • By John J.
    March 30, 2013
    01:58 AM

    How about giving a discount on these films? Most people are buying them on Amazon for cheaper (sure they are going to go out of print but I rather buy them here but it's hard since I can get them cheaper elsewhere.)
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  • By RR
    March 30, 2013
    07:11 AM

    With respect to OOP Criterions, how much would it affect the value of the overall item if the booklet is somewhat dog-eared, say 7.5/10 condition-wise, while the disc and case artwork are still in essentially perfect condition?
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  • By David
    March 30, 2013
    10:15 AM

    Oh, Mafioso. Isn't that the one with Robert DeNiro cover illustration? ;) Well, now all the nutjob Criterion "collectors" can go buy copies, put the away in their secret safes, and wait to put on Amazon for $200 a piece. Ha!
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    • By The Narrator Returns
      March 30, 2013
      10:24 AM

      Or, maybe, us wacky Criterion collectors will watch the films.
  • By DJ
    March 30, 2013
    11:50 AM

    Has a film ever come back from OOP before? Just curious.
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    • By The Narrator Returns
      March 30, 2013
      01:11 PM

      There were Salo and The 400 Blows. Orpheus also came back, but that's because it wasn't owned by StudioCanal, while the other box set titles were.
    • By Michael English
      March 30, 2013
      02:11 PM

      I wonder what will be done in the event that a BD title comes back into print, since they can't just do a surprise upgrade as was likely the case with SALO and THE 400 BLOWS. Will they announce it in a regular press release like the one above, or would they still add it to their monthly list of announced titles?
    • By David Kelly
      December 17, 2013
      07:57 PM

      When Salo was re-issued as a standard, special edition DVD back in 2008, it was announced as a regular monthly title. The blu ray upgrade came later, also as a monthly announcement, in Sept. 2011.
  • By RR
    March 30, 2013
    02:33 PM

    If the Tati films are simply being upgraded then why did Playtime need to go? Was it for the sake of synchronicity? In response to Michael English, if it's a film like Grand Illusion or Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie that's only been issued by Criterion on DVD it would probably be added to a monthly announcement, but something that's already been released on BD would warrant a press release like this one I would think.
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    • By Michael English
      March 30, 2013
      06:23 PM

      My guess regarding Tati is that their current contract didn't allow for them to sell the titles past a certain date, despite renewing the rights. Think of it as a hiatus of sorts.
    • By Ted Wilkinson
      April 03, 2013
      02:19 PM

      Playtime may be being upgraded too!
  • By nativewizard
    April 01, 2013
    08:52 PM

    is it that damn studiocanal again? they make they're criterions OOP just so they can make there own crappy special editions on blu-ray!
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  • By Gord
    April 02, 2013
    06:04 PM

    Could someone in love with Army of Shadows, as I am, tell me if the Blu-ray provides a large enough reason to double-dip. I own the great DVD Criterion released a year or two before the Blu- Before you say "if I love it I should already own the Blu-" let me just say the DVD looks good to me. Thanks.
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    • By Ted Wilkinson
      April 03, 2013
      02:21 PM

      perhaps if you love the film, you might wait for the Lionsgate reissue, if it has new bonus features then you will own all the possible features and get your blu upgrade that way. As an owner of the Criterion AoS BD, however it looks stunning, and you won't ever find it cheaper than you can get it for right now...
    • By Gord
      April 03, 2013
      07:22 PM

      Ted I am very happy with the DVD; in fact I've never watched a well done DVD and said to myself "I wish this were Blu-ray" while watching the movie. I would consider getting the StudioCanal/Lionsgate, but the only source of info about it's extras showed that there were almost none. Hopefully that's incorrect. I've pretty much moved on anyway - have more "wants" than I can afford as it is : )
  • By Gloria Stitts
    April 03, 2013
    07:50 AM

    Anyone else disgusted by the obvious concerted and underhanded move of giving Criterion fans only a few days to buy these titles? It is certainly an effort to protect the sales of Studio Canal's soon-to-be-released versions of these titles. I for one would rather watch Tyler Perry's new film before buying Studio Canal's Army of Shadows Blu-ray on Apr. 8.
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    • By Craig J. Clark
      April 03, 2013
      09:20 AM

      You can complain all you like, but I'm happy they gave us enough warning that I was able to grab Last Year at Marienbad for a reasonable price.
    • By Cezary_C
      April 03, 2013
      04:09 PM

      Well, if they made these announcements any earlier, the films would be sold out far sooner than the date that their distribution deal expires. There may also be other factors that Criterion can't mention. Perhaps their distribution deal doesn't allow them to announce the expiration any sooner than they do. It's also possible that Criterion holds out until the last moment before attempting to bargain for extending distribution contracts, so that they can get a better deal. We really can't know if this was an exploitative tactic if we don't have any knowledge of the specifics of these distribution deals.
    • By Gloria Stitts Haha
      April 03, 2013
      07:16 PM

      Craig: that's so incredibly selfless of you thanks for helping out (I have that title too it's pretty good) and complaining is better than bending over; Cezary_C: we had 3 days that's pretty damning proof right there that this was a "tactic" and as for being "exploitative" you DO know what American business in built on right? And *no kidding* they would have sold out early, but more people would have had a chance. And how about the huge batch in 2010 - we had around 3 weeks more or less.
    • By StewRay
      April 04, 2013
      12:28 AM

      I agree. They should have given more time. If Criterion truly is film school in a box, they had better go ahead and cancel the Melville course. Ps. Some Tyler Perry is good.
  • By Jake McB
    April 04, 2013
    01:14 PM

    Gloria has a real grasp on the particulars of Criterion's business. and of business in general.
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  • By Michael English
    April 04, 2013
    03:33 PM

    The worst part is that StudioCanal has little to no presence in America. They buy the worldwide rights and then put their focus entirely overseas. The worst worst part is that their logo splash animations are stupid as hell. All of them.
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    • By Mark R. Young
      April 04, 2013
      03:58 PM

      Agreed. I press "mute" during those tacky SC logos.
  • By Adam Piercy
    April 10, 2013
    09:37 PM

    Phew. Picked up AoS Blu today.
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  • By vog
    April 30, 2013
    04:21 PM

    Missed this announcement...Army of Shadows and Cercle Rouge had been at the top of my wish list. I bought them online last week at a steep mark-up and then found them in a bookstore today still at retail...whups. I only like Melville more as time goes by, and I really hope more Melville will be available from Criterion in the future!
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  • By Scott1311
    May 04, 2013
    09:11 AM

    Stroke of incredible luck yesterday. Found Le Cercle Rouge at a 'used' shop in perfect condition for $15.00. For the Win....!
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  • By Wesley Ball
    July 12, 2013
    08:44 AM

    Just picked up Marienbad on blu-ray yesterday at Barnes & Noble for 20 bucks. Hah!
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  • By Steve
    October 24, 2013
    05:35 AM

    Wow, I actually have all of those besides Mafioso, nice relief about not having to rush out and pick so many up unlike the other OOP announcements I've encountered in the past. Shame about all the Melvilles though, especially Leon as it is such a recent release.
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  • By Will
    June 16, 2014
    04:18 AM

    Cercle Rouge for $15? Hate to compare but I hit the motherlode last Friday. That and about 250 other Criterion Titles (all older DVDs including OOPs but no Blurays) for $8 each. Pure Heaven even if I had to sport over $2500 for the bunch (a handful of the box sets were $40). That just about doubled my criterion collection so now I just need to find some time. But perfect timing to do research for my book on film and philosophy later this year.
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