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My most-wished-for upgrades. Criterion, hear my prayer.
Also the following titles are confirmed new titles for forthcoming release (if there is any doubt, ask and I will cite my sources):
Barton Fink (Coen Brothers)
A Brighter Summer Day and Limite
Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy
David Cronenberg's The Brood
Nagisha Oshima's Boy
Wim Wenders Road Movies box set (Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, Kings of the Road)
Le Silence de la mer (Jean-Pierre Melville)
Peppermint Frappé (Carlos Saura)
I Was a Teenage Zombie
L'Argent (Robert Bresson)
The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson)
Paris Nous Appartient (Jacques Rivette)
The Koker Trilogy (Abbas Kiarostami)
Arguably the single title in the Criterion Collection most worthy of a revisit and remaster. Not only one of the best films ever made, but one of the important masterpieces of art period. It's unfortunate the DVD hasn't been updated; it's in dire need of attention.
This is a personal favorite with three excellent films in crisp black and white. Teshigahara's films are so aesthetically striking and elegant there is no reason the set wouldn't benefit from an upgrade.
With the European uncut version of The Silence
Complete with both restored cuts: the 161 minute Japanese version and the 185 minute international version.
No one except Fritz Lang can make thrillers like Melville. Melville directs his films to mirror the obsessive rigor of a heist plot. Or a hit.
Note: This has undergone a recent restoration by Pathé in France, so a blu-ray upgrade is imminent for 2013. The question is, will it be a debacle like The Children of Paradise restoration?
Instead of tailspinning into flights of fantasy, Buñuel knew the real and the imaginary exist in the same space.
The films collected here have apparently all undergone 2k restorations by the Danish Film Institute.
We're all dying to see what super-8 looks like in HD, right?
The most cynical movie I know. A film that says even when you have your heart in the right place, you do everything right, you can still be taken advantage of. Devastating by the final shot, and the more it lingers in your thoughts, the more disturbing it grows.
According to blu-ray.com, this is a forthcoming upgrade
They have HD transfers already. Criterion, please get the blu-ray rights from Paramount!
Why this was skipped over for blu-ray candidacy is a great mystery. They have HD transfers already.
Both Les Misérables and Wooden Crosses exist in 4k restorations. Les Mis has a blu-ray in France from this restoration. The restoration of Wooden Crosses will premiere at the 2014 Cannes film festival in the Cannes Classics series.
This HD restoration was a botch job by Pathé on all accounts, but has been revised in an improved restoration by Pathé. Criterion, please, use the new restoration.