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February Criterion Announced: 'Three Outlaw Samurai,' 'Tiny Furniture' & 'World On A Wire' Lead A Stacked Month | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | indieWIRE
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Criterion Blu-ray in March: Scorsese, Kalatozov, Hegedus & Pennebaker, Baker, Lean (Updated)
Titles include Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent, Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room, the David Lean Directs NoŽl Coward boxset - which bundles together In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Brief Encounter, and Blithe Spirit - and Roy Ward Baker's A Night to Remember.
Of those, A Night to Remember, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Brief Encounter are the only previously available Criterion entries receiving Blu-ray upgrades; the rest are new to the Criterion Collection.
Amazon Blu-ray Deal of the Week: Selected Criterion Titles
Amazon's Blu-ray Deal of the Week affects selected films from the Criterion Collection. Through December 31st, Amazon is offering each Blu-ray for 46% off its standard MSRP.
The five sale titles include:
The Rules of the Game
12 Angry Men
The individual Blu-rays contain a wide assortment of bonus supplements, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews with cast and crew members, archival historical footage, and audio commentaries.
With the exception of Carlos, these Criterion discs are $21.49 each; Carlos is on sale for $26.99.
Deals expire at 12 AM PST/3 AM EST next Sunday, January 1st.
GODZILLA Oops: Has CRITERION ****ed Up The King Of Monsters..? | CHUD.com
Criterion didn’t waste much time commenting in the Facebook photo thread that started the controversy, with a clarification that basically points to the artist who interpreted Criterion’s instructions as creating a composite of many design ideas that represent Godzilla…
Artist Bill Sienkiewicz used the original, ’54 Godzilla as reference for his artwork, but all of the renderings are nevertheless, in the end, Bill’s personal vision of the creature, albeit one that is Toho approved. We can see why some viewers consider it to be more akin to the 2002 incarnation of Godzilla because the back plates seem more sharp-pointed and jagged than the curved tips of the ’54 original, for example, or the tail tapers more to a point, but those plates don’t exactly mirror the ones from the 2002-3 monster either.
We pushed Bill to address Godzilla as a force of destruction, an elemental being, to step away from a rendering that would be purely literal and fetishistic in detail, and think he came up with a terrific interpretation. This is also why there is color in the packaging art. Although the movie is a beautifully-photographed B&W work, we kept leaning towards the elemental aspects of fire and water and wanted the color palette to evoke that.
I’m not sure I’m really convinced they made the best call here, as there’s no reason poor ole 1954 Gojira couldn’t have been interpreted as a badass without running to the modern designs for inspiration. The original suit had a more rounded, stop-motion-esque feel that is lost in today’s sharp, aerodynamic suits that are also very cool, but lack the naive charm of the ’54 version. Alas, this is the very definition of a first world geek’s problem, and it’s ultimately minor if the actual disc and its contents are as well put-together as one would expect.
Still, a bit out of character for Criterion, no?
A few commenter have pointed out that this is akin to releasing a DVD of the ’31 Dracula with a Gary Oldman interpretation on the cover, or perhaps a Dr. No pressing with a caricature that resembles Daniel Craig. My nose usually shoots sky high when nerds get their dander up over something like this, but you know, I think they may have a point on this one.
Of course, I by no means think anybody should be picketing the Criterion offices or boycotting the release… we need to support what this organization does, especially in a time when VOD and instant streaming are dragging picture quality and attention to cinematic context through the mud. Hopefully they’ll just keep a closer eye out next time…
I had no idea Sienkiewicz was responsible for that cover and now I want that Blu even more.
Criterion Teases 'Being John Malkovich,' 'Y Tu Mama Tambien,' 'Harold & Maude,' 'Quadrophenia' & More In New Year's Clue | The Playlist
That would actually be the already mentioned Three Outlaw Samurai.So, what can we expect? Among the obvious is the already announced re-issue of "A Night To Remember" evidenced by the giant iceberg (though some say it's a wet rock pointing to Wim Wenders' "Pina"). The trio of lovers in an embrace hints at Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," long rumored to be added to the collection. The old woman on a motorcycle points to Hal Ashby's classic "Harold & Maude" (awesome) while the standalone bike suggests The Who's grand rock opera "Quadrophenia." And let's not forget the honking for Jean-Luc Godard's "Week End" (which was inevitable after sister company Janus re-released the movie to arthouses this year).
The female marionette ties into "Being John Malkovich," while the gravedigger hints at "Shallow Grave" (a great genre movie, but Criterion material?). Meanwhile, the smiling billboard points to the bonkers "Eating Raoul."
Other movies coming down the pike include "My Summer With Monika" (girl lying on top of the car) and the silent "Lonesome" (the Coney Island sign) while the big question mark still to be filled is what is up with the three oysters and the samurai dudes.