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Criterion Announces June Titles

Posted March 18, 2013 04:55 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in June. On June 11, the studio will release Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957). On June 18th, it will release William Cameron Menzies' Things to Come (1936), František Vlácil's Marketa Lazarová (1967), and Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor's Safety Last! (1923). And on June 25th, it will release Claude Lanzmann's Shoah (1985).

Wild Strawberries

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man's remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman
  • Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work, a ninety-minute documentary by filmmaker and author Jörn Donner
  • Behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu
Things to Come

A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, Things to Come bears witness to world war, dictatorship, disease, the rise of television, and finally, utopia. Conceived, written, and overseen by Wells himself as an adaptation of his own work, this megabudgeted production, the most ambitious ever from Korda's London Films, is a triumph of imagination and technical audacity.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat
  • Interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film's design
  • Film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss's musical score
  • Audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H. G. Wells's writing about the "wandering sickness," the plague in Things to Come
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
  • More!
Marketa Lazarová

In its home country, František Vlácil's Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vlácil's approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with actors Magda Vášáryová, Ivan Palúch, and Vlastimil Harapes and costume designer Theodor Pištek
  • New interviews with film historian Peter Hames and journalist and critic Antonín Liehm
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholar Tom Gunning and author and translator Alex Zucker and a 1969 interview with Vlácil by Liehm
  • More!
Safety Last!

The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration
  • Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate score by organist Gaylord Carter from the late 1960s, presented in uncompressed monaural on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic Leonard Maltin and director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll
  • Introduction by Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd's granddaughter and president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment
  • Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, a 104-minute documentary from 1989
  • Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919), and His Royal Slyness (1920), with commentary by Correll and film writer John Bengtson
  • Locations and Effects, a new documentary featuring Bengtson and special effects expert Craig Barron
  • New interview with Davis
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park
Shoah

Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, as well as other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: A Visitor from the Living (1999, 68 minutes), Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001, 102 minutes), and The Karski Report (2010, 54 minutes)
  • New conversation between critic Serge Toubiana and Lanzmann
  • Interview with Lanzmann about A Visitor from the Living and Sobibor
  • New conversation between associate director of photography Caroline Champetier and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann



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Disturbed Blu 1
  Mar 18, 2013
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I am very interested in Shoah and Things To Come. Both would be blind buys.

rollinwith26s
  Mar 18, 2013
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I enjoy me some Wild Strawberries.

the revelator
  Mar 18, 2013
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Wild Strawberries for me!

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jwerk
  Mar 18, 2013
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Tried getting through Shoah, but over 9 hours on VHS I think I'll give it another shot on blu

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jacobb1313
  Mar 18, 2013
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Criterion blind buyers: prepare to be shocked by Marketa Lazarova. It's ridiculously good.

Looking at the "Coming Soon" page of Criterion.com is like seeing a Cinema 101 screening list. Fantastic job.

Arkadin
  Mar 18, 2013
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wow, already got Marketa Lazarova from Poland. oh well.

Atreyu
  Mar 18, 2013
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Safety Last!!! Yes! Harold Lloyd finally on blu.

Anthrowolf
  Mar 18, 2013
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More Early Hitchcock Criterion Please! Nothing of particular interest for me in June Sorry

Aclea
  Mar 18, 2013
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As if the film wasn't enough of an incentive, the Harold Lloyd - The Third Genius documentary by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow is worth the purchase price on its own. A shame it doesn't look like the're carrying over the reconstruction of the original version of Things to Come with stills and script extracts for the missing scenes that Network released, though.

spanky87
  Mar 18, 2013
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Tess should have been in this batch to prevent North American collectors from importing the UK edition.

JHas
  Mar 18, 2013
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Very surprised to see "Things To Come" get a release. Hopefully it will be a significant upgrade over the Legend release (I'm sure it will).

Lino11
  Mar 18, 2013
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Wild Strawberries is a classic!

rotatingfish
  Mar 18, 2013
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Strange there's no mention of Claude Lanzmann supervising the transfer of Shoah.

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zoodermin
  Mar 18, 2013
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Wild Strawberries is a must buy. I'm very interested in Shoah and Safety Last! as well

Roy Batty
  Mar 18, 2013
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Other than SHOAH, I think I will be getting all from this Criterion batch!

wllm995
  Mar 18, 2013
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Always appreciate more Bergman!
Abdrewes
  Mar 18, 2013
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Shoah!!!!

L0xNS0cks
  Mar 18, 2013
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At least three here I will be getting. Criterion's coming soon list is just amazing. I am truly excited.

DukeOfPrunes
  Mar 18, 2013
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Incredible line-up for June!
Filmninja
  Mar 18, 2013
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Yes to Marketa Lazarova! Finally this gets a region 1 release. May be your greatest blind buy ever, in case you are on the fence.

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TheHighRoller
  Mar 18, 2013
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Does anyone know what the clue this time was?

Angel Eyes
  Mar 18, 2013
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Ok great nice titles...but where is La Dolce Vita? La Strada? Nights of Cabiria? I think it's sad that It as taken this long for Criterion to get around to doing more Fellini!

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Crimson King
  Mar 18, 2013
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Legend Films has already released Things To Come on blu-ray

Jr7936
  Mar 18, 2013
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just shoah for me which is good since lately to me the annoucements have been meh. nothing to get too excited about

EricJ
  Mar 18, 2013
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Nobody's happy about Safety Last? Harold Lloyd is back from DVD limbo!
(And even though the clock-hanging is in the last half hour, the first half hour is pure Lloyd comedy-of-embarrassment Chaplin and Keaton couldn't make you -cringe- the way Lloyd's character could.)

RogueKnite
  Mar 18, 2013
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Still no Eraserhead? Too bad.

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Mar 18, 2013
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again nothing for me

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deepbreathsanddeath
  Mar 18, 2013
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Seen a couple of these, haven't heard of the rest. Good news for people who want these titles but I won't be buying any of them which is disappointing but on the other hand, it means that I can save up more money for titles I actually do want to buy.

I know a lot of people don't agree with me but I wish Criterion would mix more "mainstream" classics and "cult classics" into their collection rather than focus so heavily on artsy fartsy films. Don't get me wrong, I have over 80 of their blu-ray's so far. Marvelous stuff. But most of it I'll only watch once a year. I'd like some fantastic movies with a little more "fun" behind them.
SteveBriz
  Mar 18, 2013
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What a month. The MOC release of Shoah was monumental enough, but the new Criterion edition looks to be far more comprehensive. The current Network edition of Things to Come has an excellent reconstruction piece, extensive gallery and a detailed commentary, but that impressive roster of contributors (Sir Christopher Frayling & a David Kalat commentary) makes it a must own. Second Run’s edition of Marketa Lazarova was a revelation, but I’m certain that Criterions edition with an HD upgrade & video supplements should open up this masterpiece to an even wider audience
I’m looking forward to revisiting Harold Lloyd without the trite “Here’s Harold” hokey narration that used to accompany the UK television broadcasts in the early 1980’s. It blighted my enjoyment of him even as a child back then.

phillyfilmbuff
  Mar 18, 2013
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Why no notify for Safety Last????
win04017
  Mar 18, 2013
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Wow, what a month. Best slate of releases so far this year from the best distributor out there.

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prkprkprk
  Mar 18, 2013
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Shoah! Safety Last! Things to Come!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

Good night, sweet wallet.

CandyStalker
  Mar 18, 2013
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Fuck you, Criterion. Give me more of that WACKY shit! (e.g. Equinox, Sisters, Robinson Crusoe on Mars and the Cronenberg stuff.)
nitin
  Mar 18, 2013
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great releases
Genji Press
  Mar 18, 2013
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Excellent that we get "Shoah." It would also be nice to get "Hotel Terminus" as a follow-up.

vader4
  Mar 18, 2013
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Wild Strawberries!!! Also gonna check out Things to Come before the big sale in July. Not all what I was expecting, but still a pretty good month!

Mr. Joshua
  Mar 18, 2013
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Where is Time Bandits? And how about Solaris the remake on Criterion?
jonmayo15
  Mar 18, 2013
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Things To Come's transfer from Legend is seemingly from a weak 16mm print with some missing footage. A decent transfer of very weak elements, but I'm positive the Criterion will blow it away.

I*heart*Criterion
  Mar 18, 2013
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Hoo-ray for Harold!

dmarvin
  Mar 18, 2013
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Holy cow...Things to Come, Shoah, and Safety Last! What a knockout month.

rafaelsalguero
  Mar 19, 2013
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Still no "GIGLI" ????
peterraes
  Mar 19, 2013
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Things to come...i have from MOC in a absolutely fantastic transfer,checkout the review for that...so i'll stick to that one,same extra's aswell:))
however i am interested by "Safety Last",wich is a surprise tbh as i would have tought that we would see Harold
Lloyd in some sort of box set....in the near future.
Like we had Buster Keaton titles first and then a compleet box set.

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rockstarnati
  Mar 19, 2013
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In for Shoah. I'm a sucker for blus that are packed full of content, as long as it's GOOD content. Nine hours plus "Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: A Visitor from the Living (1999, 68 minutes), Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001, 102 minutes), and The Karski Report (2010, 54 minutes)"? I'm all over this.

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Blu-Velvet
  Mar 19, 2013
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Two intriguing-sounding blind buys there with MARKETA LAZAROVA and SHOAH, plus three classics well-deserving of Criterion-quality Blu-ray upgrades. SAFETY LAST is Lloyd's most iconic film, and an excellent introduction for newbies, although THE KID BROTHER, THE FRESHMAN, and GIRL SHY often go over better with audiences. WILD STRAWBERRIES now puts most of the major Bergman titles on Blu, although I still want THE VIRGIN SPRING and the WINTER LIGHT trilogy (and all the rest, for that matter!). Looking forward to reviews of THINGS TO COME, which I've seen in a variety of 16mm editions of various lengths with bad to truly excellent quality and video editions of bad to mediocre quality. The Legend Blu-ray of THINGS TO COME is barely adequate, if that, and the only reason I got it was for the better but still not spectacualr transfer of SHE.

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Gardenofstone10
  Mar 19, 2013
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eh...EH....nothing to be excited over
DrewPa
  Mar 19, 2013
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wild strawberries will be mine FOR SURE.

jw007
  Mar 19, 2013
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Criterion is going back in time with some fine releases (Things to Come, Safety Last and Marketa Lazarova) and a more contemporary but historical release (Shoah) and just when you thought every Bergman film was on Blu-ray, here comes Wild Strawberries. Criterion once again proves to be Planet Earth's #1 movie distributor.

mjcavinder
  Mar 19, 2013
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First Harold Lloyd on Bluray?
Snake in my Boots
  Mar 19, 2013
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I am very happy for Wild Strawberries.

goforwand123
  Mar 19, 2013
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"Shoah" is probably the most devastating thing I have ever seen. I remember long ago watching it on PBS and not being able to continue to watch it because I was so overwhelmed (well, I was 13), but I watched it later as an adult and am still incredibly moved by it. I kind of wish Criterion would release "Winter Light" (my fav Bergman film), but "Wild Strawberries" is a good one too.

ShellOilJunior
  Mar 19, 2013
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@Angel Eyes

La Dolce Vita's rights are being disputed. Both sides are going to trial in September.

retask
  Mar 19, 2013
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Wild strawberries! Hands down

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The Great Artiste
  Mar 19, 2013
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What a lineup! I can't believe that Harold Lloyd's best know iconic silent film will be getting the Criterion Collection treatment. I will wait until the July Barnes and Noble 50% sale for this title, and the other other excellent films coming out in time to save big $$$.
faornelas
  Mar 19, 2013
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@ShellOilJunior and @Angel Eyes

Anyways, it's about time they bring Nights of Cabiria, La Strada, The Bicycle Thieves, The White Nights and other Italian classics.

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repete66211
  Mar 19, 2013
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Hopefully TCM shows Marketa Lazarova so I can see if it's worth a purchase. I'd like to see Shoah but I have no intention of buying a 9 hour documentary I know I would only watch once. Safety Last is iconic Harold Lloyd but it's also a good example of why he's generally considered to be 3rd behind Chaplin and Keaton. Things to Come just looks awful. Wild Strawberries is classic art house fare and one of Bergman's best IMO. It's worth a rent for those who want an intro.

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repete66211
  Mar 19, 2013
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@faornelas: Those are classics indeed, but they're also EVERYWHERE. If I wanted to see Bicycle Theives I could find it on DVD, online or on cable no problem. I'd rather see Criterion release movies that aren't quite so ubiquitous.

dannalexcon
  Mar 19, 2013
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@angel eyes

Hear, hear. Especially La Strada since they own the rights.

This months line up is at least better than lasts months mediocre selection. I have never seen Shoah and will be buying somewhere down the line. Anyone here seen "Things To Come"? Is it any good? I'm a sci-fi buff so it got me interested.

phillyfilmbuff
  Mar 19, 2013
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Regarding the legal battle over 'La Dolce Vita' (btw..one of my personal favs and one I've been anxious for Criterion to get to include in their library and make Blu):

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/why-hollywood-should-fear-legal-269533

and as a side note: http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=4083

superx13
  Mar 19, 2013
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Finally Wild Strawberries! Hopefully the Virgin Spring is on the horizon.
peterraes
  Mar 19, 2013
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the good news is well be getting Harold Lloyd on blu(first blu ray release!)wich is a good thing considering criterions work.
the bad thing about this is...does this mean nothing else is planned for future releases concerning Harold Lloyd?
And what about Laurel & Hardy...still waiting for those...there is a awesome 10 dvd set of them with nice transfers,why not work with the material they used for those and give us a box set on blu...

PBateman87
  Mar 19, 2013
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Only heard of two of these...Wells' Things To Come has me intrigued.

BDAcolyte
  Mar 19, 2013
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I can only hope "Things to Come" was mastered from a well-preserved 35mm source. Want to see a review of "Safety Last" before I buy; I'm picky when it comes to silent film.

Bolty
  Mar 19, 2013
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Just bring on Spartacus.

DFS61
  Mar 19, 2013
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Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters, PLEASE!!! This film demands Blu-ray upgrade!!! The Ice Storm and Dead Ringers also demand upgrades, tout-de-suite...!!! More Fellini, as well; esp., Satyricon...!!! Short Cuts, and howz'bout Nashville...!!! Roeg's Don't Look Now is a Blu-ray must-have...!!! Oh, poop, I guess there won't be any Criterion titles for my birthday in June....
Guy Incognito
  Mar 19, 2013
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Hooray for Harold Lloyd!

grundy
  Mar 19, 2013
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In for all. During a 50% off sale, of course :0)

hpDeskjet600C
  Mar 20, 2013
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Yes! Safety Last!

alien2010
  Mar 20, 2013
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No sign of Le Samourai, and also no sign of La Dolce Vita. Great to see Wild Strawberries though.

ShellOilJunior
  Mar 20, 2013
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@faornelas

Couldn't agree more!
jaaguir
  Mar 20, 2013
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Harold Lloyd comes to blu-ray at last!!! (Safety last) I thought I would never see that.
DVD Phreak
  Mar 20, 2013
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Wow, how many discs is Shoah going to have? A 9-hour film plus close to 4 hours of extras.

Handy guide to Criterion Blu-ray pricing:

4 discs - $99.95
3 discs - $69.95
2 discs - $49.95
1 disc - $39.95
1 barebone disc - $29.95

BluPix
  Mar 20, 2013
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Wild Strawberries, which I've long coveted on blu, is clearly a must-own. And I'm very interested in the remaining titles, especially Things to Come, Shoah and Marketa Lazarová.

I've never seen a Harold Lloyd performance, so I'm curious to see how he compares to Charles Chaplin, so Safety Last! will also be on my list.

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John Brune
  Mar 20, 2013
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Wow more films I'll never watch--except Safety Last. I'll stick with Days of Heaven, Thin Red Line, Blowout, and Benjamin Button. If Criterion wanted to impress me with obscure cinema they'd buy the rights to Universal's Cat People (1982) and remaster that. Or The Fisher King like they did on Laserdisc.

doctorsteve
  Mar 20, 2013
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still waiting for "Fishing with John"

blury17
  Mar 21, 2013
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Very interested in Wild Strawberries and Shoah. These would be blind buys for me.

SleazyForWeasley
  Mar 21, 2013
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I was interested (as a blind buy) in Shoah...until I saw the price. Looks like that one will wait for the B&N 50% off sale. Come on, Criterion!
Steven_101
  Mar 21, 2013
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WILD STRAWBERRIES! Thank you, Lord!
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Wooden Lens
  Mar 22, 2013
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John Brune for the 'I refuse to care about anything I don't know anything about' win!

These releases are magnificent. Stick to crap catalog releases from major studios if you're bummed and uninspired. While these releases may not be culty or what was on your bucket list... If you open your mind you can be insanely impressed its the variety and importance of many of Criterion's slate!

Blu-Dog
  Mar 22, 2013
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Shoah will stop your heart, and restart it, time after time. It is a stunning achievement, all the more so for being a simple presentation of stories, from real people. I saw it many years ago, and the impact stays with me. A must buy for anyone wanting to understand the human condition.
faornelas
  Mar 22, 2013
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@repete66211

I understand your point of view and I agree about the rare films, but we all know by now that DVD is no Blu-ray, and every collector that loves films want to have classics like La Dolce Vita or Nights of Cabiria on blu, even though you can find it everywhere on other medias.

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nathanp
  Mar 22, 2013
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Looks like I'll be in for Safety Last, Shoah and Things to Come, see no need to upgrade my Wild Strawberries DVD.


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