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Every month Criterion announces its new Blu-Ray releases. Here are 10 films that ought to be high on Criterion's list of priorities for upgrading...
The current Criterion edition of this film is dated and downright shameful. The DVD fails to even be anamorphic/16:9 compatible. This is one of the greatest films ever made and deserves better treatment, and it is an introduction for my theory on how Criterion should be prioritizing its Blu-Ray release schedule: Every film in the collection with an original aspect ratio of greater than 1.37:1 that has not ever had an anamorphic release should be top priority for upgrading to Blu-Ray. End of story.
So far, the only Bunuel film to get a Criterion Blu-Ray is Belle de Jour. A fine film but far from Bunuel's masterworks. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is an acknowledged classic, a popular title, and certainly deserving of the deluxe Blu-Ray treatment.
One of the 10 finest pieces of cinema ever created. Certainly worthy of the royal treatment.
An older Criterion release which looks fine on DVD, but could be so much more on Blu. See also La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, etc.
This film is in competition for the greatest adaptation of a novel EVER. I just want to see how much better it could possibly look on Blu-Ray. (Actually, I'd like to see Criterion translating their DVD collectors' sets into Blu-Ray collectors' sets, and the Hiroshi Teshigahara set would be a good place to start. I was annoyed to see Cocteau's Orpheus released on Blu without either of the other films in the Orphic Trilogy DVD box.)
Every piece of film Sven Nykvist ever shot should be restored and made available on Blu-Ray. I mean it. Every single frame.
There is an irritating dearth of Cronenberg's oeuvre available on Blu. This is among his finest films. I'd love to see Criterion add to the high def canon.
Perhaps the most important film that most people know nothing about. It wants the deluxe treatment.
May actually be Godard's greatest film. Anna Karina is positively magnetic. The race through the Louvre is absolutely iconic. This film desperately wants the finest treatment possible.
Returning to Tarkovsky. What can I say? There is no director whose work is more visually stunning than Tarkovsky's. I repeat: There is no director whose work is more visually stunning than Tarkovsky's. Rublev should get a Blu, Ivan should get a Blu, and if Criterion can swing it, Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia, and even the Steamroller and the Violin should all get deluxe Blu-Ray editions. The fact that Solaris and the Sacrifice are the only Tarkovsky films available on Blu is downright criminal.