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Dear Criterion: Blu-ray Upgrade Requests

by AP

Created 07/02/12

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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)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuarón)
Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
Punch-Drunk Love (P.T. Anderson)
A Brighter Summer Day and Limite
Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy
David Lynch's Eraserhead (with short films)
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)
Midnight Cowboy
Tootsie

22 comments

  • By DrawOhUa
    July 03, 2012
    01:02 PM

    Should add Autumn Sonata. I've never seen it but always looking forward to it.
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    • By AP
      June 02, 2013
      01:23 PM

      Autumn Sonata will be coming, quite fittingly, in autumn of 2013.
  • By locke
    July 06, 2012
    08:18 PM

    I often wish they'd double the output of upgrading films to bluray, so many catalog titles need it!
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    • By ggfanjase
      July 08, 2012
      05:41 PM

      Agreed. Within the first 200 spine numbers alone, you have so many in dire need of upgrading.
  • By TheAfterHours
    October 14, 2012
    10:07 PM

    Passion of Joan of Arc & Throne of Blood definitely need an upgrade to Blu!
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  • By Bad-Dad
    December 08, 2012
    07:36 PM

    And of course... "The Mother and the Whore" by Jean Eustache "Walden" by Jonas Mekas Murnau's 'Der Letzte Mann' and 'Faust' Tarkovsky's 'Mirror' Visconti's 'Ludwig and 'The Damned' Werner Herzog's 'Kaspar Hauser' Agnes Varda's 'The Gleaners' 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders' from Mars by D.A. Pennebaker. and 'Punch and Judy' by Jan Švankmajer.
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    • By AP
      June 02, 2013
      01:18 PM

      Well, none of those are even in the Collection. I was focusing on films that exist in DVD incarnations already in the Criterion Collection that I believe need to be upgraded to blu-ray, not new titles.
  • By Erich Wagner
    January 08, 2013
    01:27 AM

    La Dolce Vita needs to be upgraded I have no idea why it has not yet. Also The Bicycle Thief or Thieves should be put in blu-ray format
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    • By AP
      June 02, 2013
      01:20 PM

      La Dolce Vita isn't even in the Collection on DVD. You'd have to take up that with Kino-Lorber, the publisher of the existing DVD.
    • By AP
      July 01, 2013
      12:24 AM

      Actually, the outcome of the recent lawsuit was in favor of Paramount, so maybe they will license it to Criterion. That wish may just come true...
  • By Derek
    February 28, 2013
    02:37 PM

    A second for Cries and Whispers. It's logical.
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  • By AP
    March 18, 2013
    06:35 PM

    List updated to reflect changes. Thank you Criterion for listening to our request to upgrade Wild Strawberries!
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  • By John527
    June 22, 2013
    12:09 AM

    I really wish Criterion still had the rights to Robocop and This Is Spinal Tap.
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    • By AP
      July 01, 2013
      12:26 AM

      I think they should negotiate to get back the rights to Robocop from MGM. I've heard the current blu-ray from 20th Century Fox sucks and is rendered plastic with DNR. One of the early MGM/Fox blu-ray botch jobs. I totally agree. But This Is Spinal Tap has a good blu-ray already with all of Criterion's supplements plus more.
  • By TheAfterHours
    July 08, 2013
    05:44 PM

    Samurai Rebellion and The Third Shadow Warrior on Blu-Ray please!
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  • By AP
    August 15, 2013
    05:28 PM

    Thank you Criterion for announcing Tokyo Story in not only a blu-ray upgrade from the 4k restoration, but a blu-ray/DVD combo edition! Coming this November, 2013.
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  • By Del
    August 20, 2013
    02:05 AM

    I really wish Criterion gets the license for Bondarchuk's "War and Peace" (1968). That mammoth movie screams blu-ray.
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    • By Ken Henderson
      August 29, 2013
      07:21 PM

      I have been thinking this again yesterday and I also want this. There should be a problem with the start of this film. Apparently, the original opening was a war explosion sequence but later releases had this section as a farm scene with either mass flowers or wheat. A friend took his ex-wife to this many years ago at a suburban Melbourne/Australia theatre that specialized in screening classics and when it started a a patron exclaimed :"They have used the tame opening!". The friend's wife was not impressed with the length of the film, telling him that he had better "not so that again".It was not the cause of their divorce!!!!! Another good Russian film is "The Cranes Are Flying" which has a very nice Jazz score which I have on Laserdisc. There must be a few other classic from Russian Cinema worth a look in Blu Ray. A Czech film, I liked but not seen since the 1970s in 16mm is Saddled with Five Girls(& other variations besie the original Czech-language name). A fun film, the storyline has a lot to do with Peter Sellers US film, The World of Henry Orient. Never found a DVD or VHS release of this film.
    • By AP
      September 02, 2013
      08:46 PM

      Ken Henderson, are you familiar with the unfortunate history of War and Peace (the Bondarchuk adaptation)? From what I've read, it was originally shot in 65mm, but Soviet authorities mandated such a "Russian" story should be shot on Russian film. Unfortunately, the Russian-made film stock was of such poor brittle quality, it would often be destroyed just running through the camera. In the original shoot, they lost approximately 10% of all the footage just from the negatives being ruined in just this way. The budget had to then be accommodating for three backup cameras and extra film to shoot every scene simultaneously. The 65mm camera negatives did not survive for long in storage, and has been considered lost forever, but the version that survived was pasted together from the other 35mm 4:3 B/C/D-roll negatives. I would think from what you've said the version that might be in circulation could be different than the original version, in terms of content.
  • By AP
    October 16, 2013
    04:27 PM

    Thank you Criterion for releasing Throne of Blood on blu-ray!
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  • By David Ayoob
    February 11, 2014
    10:47 AM

    Waiting for years for Love with the Proper Stranger, Paramount 1963. Thought there might be a 50th anniversary release last year, but no luck. Great Pakula /Mulligan production with Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in top form. Beautiful Elmer Berstein score and black white cinematography.
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  • By M.
    February 13, 2014
    12:02 PM

    Please investigate releasing Paul Cox's wonderful van Gogh documentary: "Vincent" (1987). It's hidden gem that deserves the Criterion treatment.
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