15 comments

  • By Kenn Rabin
    February 02, 2010
    01:46 PM

    Yes, it's great that you're giving us fair warning. I'm taking as full advantage as my wallet will allow me to!
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  • By RyanP
    February 02, 2010
    04:06 PM

    Thanks for the info! Give Lionsgate all its worth!
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  • By Robprince
    February 02, 2010
    04:24 PM

    Ok. Now if only Barnes and Noble would start the 50 per cent sale!
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  • By Nikos L.
    February 02, 2010
    07:07 PM

    Sad news but it is indeed great that you are notifying us well in advance. This gives us a chance to go out and purchase the titles before they become collectible (& expensive). Hopefully you can reclaim right from Lionsgate and get them back in your collection.
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  • By Philip M.
    February 03, 2010
    01:44 AM

    I'm sure that any of your hard work with picture quality and extras will NOT be included in the Lionsgate versions. Thanks for the advanced notice. I've just ordered The Small Back Room, Forbidden Games and The Last Holiday, the first two I've seen and enjoyed, and the third I'm going on Alec Guiness and reputation. Fortunately, I've long had The Fallen Idol and the beautiful and beautifully restored Grand Illusion, a film I saw in college in the early 80's in a poor, truncated print. Your disc was a revelation to me, and I remain grateful. I bought my first Criterion when A Night to Remember was released, and before these next 3 arrive, I have 72 of your fine editions. I hope you get all of these back, but thanks for your work, regardless.
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  • By Michael L.
    February 03, 2010
    07:07 AM

    Sad to see them go, but at least I bought Le Trou (a great film that I saw a while ago) for cheap.
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  • By Maltobizz
    February 06, 2010
    10:25 PM

    Are there any examples of existing releases that went out of print and were relicensed and put back into print?
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  • By Maltobizz
    February 09, 2010
    03:28 PM

    Haven't each of those Essential Art House titles been released in the last 6 months? That seems bizarre.
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  • By Alexander F.
    February 12, 2010
    10:06 AM

    Obtaining a Criterion release and opening it is akin to a self declared holiday, the bar has been set for any future release of these titles.
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  • By Enrique H.
    February 17, 2010
    04:16 AM

    What happens to the Criterion box sets that contain some of these soon to be OOP titles? Are the box sets -- for instance, the Janus 50 DVD box set -- also going?
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  • By mietha
    March 02, 2010
    11:31 AM

    Little late to the party here, but 400 Blows is another film that was OOP and then came back. I literally paid $196 for it back in ~2001, $200 for The Killer, and $125 for This Is Spinal Tap. I never was able to acquire Salo back then because it was going for about $450 and there were as many bootlegs and real ones (or more) around at the time. Thankfully those obscenely high prices seem to mostly be gone (although I do already own most of the OOP stuff). I just came back to trying to complete the collection after about 8 years, and was only missing 12 OOPs. I believe the most I've paid (and I have all of them at least ordered at this point) is about $64. I thank criterion for bringing back into print anything they can, and especially Salo, because otherwise a complete collection would have basically never been possible for me. As for the going OOP stuff, I have bought all of them (only waiting for the last three to be shipped from Criterion) and I would strongly advise anyone who can, and has interest, to do so as well. You just never know how absurb the aftermarket is going to get. One of the Hitchcock OOP film's (Rebecca, I believe) average price went up 50% in just a matter of days while I was tracking it. It doesn't take much to make this stuff skyrocket.
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  • By Enrique H.
    March 31, 2010
    03:14 AM

    Brandon, TAXI DRIVER is not the only release to feature a commentary track by Martin Scorsese. Criterion's edition of TALES OF HOFFMANN (one of the titles going OOP this month) also has audio commentary by Scorsese. (Talk about a great bonus feature!) Other Criterion titles owned by StudioCanal include CRISIS, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, THE SILENCE, WILD STRAWBERRIES, DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID, THE MILKY WAY, ICE STORM, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII, THAT HAMILTON WOMAN, TRAFFIC, and THIEF OF BAGHDAD. No word yet as to whether Criterion will lose those titles. Some of the movies that Criterion lost to Lionsgate are being re-released as part of the StudioCanal Collection, which, as far as I can tell, includes only Blu-ray, so those who want the DVD versions might be out of luck after Criterion stops making them. Thanks to Shaun for answering my question. I e-mailed Criterion's press division with the same question (whether the box sets are also going OOP), but they never answered. It makes sense that the box sets would be going though. Have a good one.
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  • By Enrique H.
    April 01, 2010
    02:02 AM

    Godardi: Thanks for the correction about Taxi Driver. By the way, I finally heard back from Criterion about the box sets, and this is an exact quotation: "For the time being, the Essential Art House box sets that include soon-to-be out of print titles will not be going out of production." Does anyone understand how Criterion could be losing these StudioCanal films to Lionsgate -- and yet continue producing box sets that include those very titles?
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  • By WoodenLens
    June 07, 2012
    11:22 PM

    God, It's been over two years and these OOP announcements still haunt me. Imagine CC Bluray Upgrades of some of these titles. Really just sad. I do hope that Criterion can strike a deal with Lionsgate & Studio Canal to take these titles (which they obviously seem unable or wanting to put out) and have a new go with them again!
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  • By ComicsCinema
    August 06, 2012
    03:58 PM

    How can I find an updated list of soon-to-be OOP titles in Blu-Ray format?
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