Author Topic: Criterion Discs discusion thread  (Read 62260 times)

Offline petetherock

  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 22277
  • Sidere Mens Eadem Mutato
    • My Music, Movie and Equipment Musings...
Criterion Discs discusion thread
« on: May 16, 2011, 15:09 »
The Criterion selection gives you top notch PQ and SQ, but the selections don't conform to mainstream most times and you need to appreciate these ecletic shows.

But for those who enjoy the shows, this is your thread...

If there are sales on these, as they do pop up here and there, lets post them here, and not clog up the other threads..

Cheers

Here is a list of titles:
http://www.criterion.com/library/expanded_view?m=bluray&p=1&pp=25&s=title

Quote
OUR MISSION
Since 1984, the Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Over the years, as we moved from laserdisc to DVD, Blu-ray disc, and online streaming, we’ve seen a lot of things change, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to publishing the defining moments of cinema for a wider and wider audience. The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Ozu, Sirk, Buñuel, Powell and Pressburger. Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be seen. Every time we start work on a film, we track down the best available film elements in the world, use state-of-the-art telecine equipment and a select few colorists capable of meeting our rigorous standards, then take time during the film-to-video digital transfer to create the most pristine possible image and sound. Whenever possible, we work with directors and cinematographers to ensure that the look of our releases does justice to their intentions. Our supplements enable viewers to appreciate Criterion films in context, through audio commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director’s cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts, and storyboards. To date, more than 150 filmmakers have made our library of Director Approved DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and laserdiscs the most significant archive of contemporary filmmaking available to the home viewer.
Please post instead of sending a pm, so more can learn.

My gear:
https://peteswrite.blogspot.com/2020/02/my-setup-22020.html

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 10:20 »
Thanks Pete for the heads up on e B&N Criterion sale  ;)

Just placed an order for:
Kissed Me Deadly
Cronos
Videodrome
The Great Dictator
Zazie Dans Le Metro
Fat Girl
Insignificance
Topsy-Turvy
Naked
Makioka Sisters
Still Walking
Leon Morin, Prêtre

What about you, InnocentBlood?  You getting ALL right  ;).  Any other dudes into these Criterion stuff ???

Can't wait to shock my wifey with Fat Girl and Videodrome...  ;D After watching Anti-Christ, she pleaded with me no more please  :'(  In fact, in our home "Anti-Christ" has become a word to rep a distinctive genre... stomach-churning sickie ART!!
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 10:47 by westendboy »
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline naglfar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 3318
  • Forever Underground
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 11:01 »
Just ordered Fear and Loathing, Naked, Videodrome. Cronos will only be available in 3 weeks. Might do Fat Girl, Hunger, Topsy Turvy, and White Material too...

Broke man...but happy :)
Love your music, not your equipment.

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 11:08 »
Just ordered Fear and Loathing, Naked, Videodrome. Cronos will only be available in 3 weeks. Might do Fat Girl, Hunger, Topsy Turvy, and White Material too...

Broke man...but happy :)


Ya... my stuff will only be shipping on 3rd Aug... It's ok, got time to earn moola first

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is better enjoyed if one is HIGH or in a drunken stupor  ;D  Seriously, after awhile I couldn't make out what's real and what's surreal anymore.  A darn interesting experience!!!

Hunger is amazing... my first intro to a superb actor, Michael Fassbender (Mr Magneto).  I also recommend KES and Fish Tank unreservingly  ;)
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 11:11 by westendboy »
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline naglfar

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 3318
  • Forever Underground
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 11:21 »
I have Fish Tank and just caught it last weekend with wifey. Loved the movie, very hard hitting and edgy. Agreed, Fassbender is a darned good actor.

What is KES?
Love your music, not your equipment.

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 11:29 »
Kes is a coming of age movie... I think it was done in 1960s but till now it has always remained in British top film lists.  Like Fish tank, it's edgy but with such a quiet eloquence.  I was very moved by the boy's performance who is NOT a professional actor at all. 

If u r a football fan, there's a re-enactment of a Man U and Spurs match by a PE teacher and his kids that's just frickin' hilarious... I was rolling in laughter.  There are so many scenes that I find really breath-taking but I won't say anymore.  My wife loves it too  ;D We both agreed that lots of modern movies in the same genre couldn't even raise a candle next to KES... there's something really honest about it and it feels not scripted at all.  A very 'quiet' film but absolutely powerful stuff
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 11:44 by westendboy »
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline InnocentBlood

  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 6466
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 13:30 »
this sale ends on Aug 1 i think so i intend to place my orders once i get paid this month - need to clear my CC bills first so that i don't feel guilty about splurging some more during this sale :p

yeah i do intend to get all the BDs that've been released since the last 50% sale that were not available during the Amazon 50% sale that happened earlier this year.



Sex N' Violence

Undesirable Publications

Blu Ray Discs for sale from $10 & DVDs @ $5 - contact 94595907, thank you

Offline InnocentBlood

  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 6466
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 13:59 »
Not everything in the CC is “deep” stuff. There are some “lighter” fare like Monsoon Wedding and the Wes Anderson movies. This link breaks down the collection in various themes that will be helpful to folks who are exploring the collection:

http://www.criterion.com/explore/themes
Sex N' Violence

Undesirable Publications

Blu Ray Discs for sale from $10 & DVDs @ $5 - contact 94595907, thank you

Offline petetherock

  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 22277
  • Sidere Mens Eadem Mutato
    • My Music, Movie and Equipment Musings...
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 14:00 »
I bought one disc previously... Thin Red Line... nearly bored the death of me ;)
I guess I should stick to the "transformers /M Bay" genre....
Please post instead of sending a pm, so more can learn.

My gear:
https://peteswrite.blogspot.com/2020/02/my-setup-22020.html

Offline francis wu

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 16796
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 14:07 »
How much is a disc cost for this Sales!... ::)

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 14:12 »
US$19.99 usually it's US$39.99

It's kinda like EMM Labs cd player of cinema bro Haha

Or if u prefer - Criterion is like an acquired taste. Kinda like e Pioneer LX83- POWER!!
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 14:17 by westendboy »
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 14:37 »
I bought one disc previously... Thin Red Line... nearly bored the death of me ;)
I guess I should stick to the "transformers /M Bay" genre....

IIRC The Thin Red Line came out at e same time as Saving Private Ryan at e cinemas.  Both nominated for Best Picture but of course, both lost to Shakespeare in Love. If SPR is in-your-face pure brutal relenting terror of war then to me tTRL is all about the poetry of war. I was always held captive in Terence Malick's assured hands as he maneuvered e cyclic nature of violence and how violence and nature collide together in e visage of war.  If u ask me which one is my desert island war movie, I would take SPR but it cannot beat tTRL in terms of eloquence and it's elusiveness.  I came out of e cinema thinking I am that much closer to Heaven.

« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 15:06 by westendboy »
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline francis wu

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 16796
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 15:05 »
US$19.99 usually it's US$39.99

It's kinda like EMM Labs cd player of cinema bro Haha

Or if u prefer - Criterion is like an acquired taste. Kinda like e Pioneer LX83- POWER!!

Hmmh...that's too expensive for me.  I can get around 6 discs for that kind of cost!!!.... :P  Curious, do you have 500 BRs thereabout in your collection already!!  Seems to be on a buying spree!!..... 8)
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 15:10 by francis wu »

Offline westendboy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 8565
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 15:19 »
500 Blu-rays? I think surpass that a long time ago but my collection is not as much as other bro in XP. I am a books, music and film lover ever since a kid so collecting all these are just an extention of me... Just like u collecting hifi equipment  ;)
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

My movie and music blog:
http://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com

All things books:
http://fictionmattersfromageek.wordpress.com

Offline francis wu

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • Posts: 16796
Re: Criterion Discs discusion thread
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2011, 15:38 »
Wow, the whole wall shelves full, eh!!!........ ;D

 

SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal