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Criterion Announces July Titles

Posted April 15, 2013 03:21 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in July. On July 9th, the studio will release Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu (1952). On July 16th, it will release Peter Brook's Lord of the Flies (1963). On July 23rd, it will release Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast (1987) and Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997). And on July 30th, it will release Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone (2001).

The Life of Oharu

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew
  • Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez
Lord of the Flies

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot Lord of the Flies with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' ids. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material.

Special Features:
  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cameraman and editor Gerald Feil, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and Feil
  • Audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel Lord of the Flies, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film
  • Deleted scene, with optional commentary and reading by Golding
  • Interview with Brook from 2008
  • Collection of behind-the-scenes material, featuring home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills
  • New interview with Feil
  • Excerpt from Feil's 1972 documentary The Empty Space, showcasing Brook's theater methods
  • Something Queer in the Warehouse, a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by Tom Gaman, who played Simon
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook's book The Shifting Point
Babette's Feast

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a deeply beloved cinematic treasure. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, this is the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette's Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with actor Stéphane Audran
  • Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author of the film's source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen
  • New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu and Dinesen's 1950 story
The Ice Storm

Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion. With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody's acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and rising stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes) The Ice Storm is among the finest films of the 1990s.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus
  • Documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood
  • Interview with novelist Rick Moody
  • Deleted scenes
  • Footage from a 2007 event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York's Museum of the Moving Image
  • Visual essays featuring interviews with the film's cinematographer and production and costume designers
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Bill Krohn
The Devil's Backbone

The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil's Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan's Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Del Toro
  • Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010
  • New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film
  • ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
  • Spanish Gothic, a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work
  • Interactive director's notebook, with Del Toro's drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker
  • Four deleted scenes, with optional commentary
  • New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film
  • Program comparing Del Toro's thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez's storyboards with the final film
  • Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro's thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray edition only)
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode



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News comments (100 comments)


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hotrods4ben
  Apr 15, 2013
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Yeah, Ice Storm! Ang Lee has gotten some hype lately...

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nathanp
  Apr 15, 2013
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Great titles for July, I might want them all!

the new scum
  Apr 15, 2013
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great month, I'll probably have to buy them all

GC Riot
  Apr 15, 2013
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I just might get The Devil's Backbone. I found it surprisingly good and the supplements seem stellar.

bingtau
  Apr 15, 2013
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Not sure why the Ice Storm didn't get the blu treatment when it was first released. Sure glad they got around to it now however.

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repete66211
  Apr 15, 2013
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Best month in a while but stilll...meh. Babette's Feast is a fantastic is the best of the lot IMO but I'm not sure it's worth owning.

RASchuette
  Apr 15, 2013
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The Life of Oharu is on my all-time Top 10 list so July couldn't be any sweeter.

Bruisermoore
  Apr 15, 2013
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Wow, spectacular lineup! Babette's Feast, Ice Storm, and The Life of Oharu? Yes, please.

ravenus
  Apr 15, 2013
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Haha so even Criterion could not resist the juxtaposition
Gosh, this is a very all-famous-movies list, a lot of people are going to be happy with this announcement.

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BHolst
  Apr 15, 2013
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Devil's Backbone and Babette's Feast are fantastic!
I have never seen the others but I'm looking forward to seeing them, especially Ice Storm and Lord of the Flies!
BluRayNut
  Apr 15, 2013
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Great titles. It will be Babette's Feast and Ice Storm for me.

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MrClarke
  Apr 15, 2013
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The Ice Storm for me
Genji Press
  Apr 15, 2013
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Oharu, yes! More Mizoguchi, please. Babette's Feast and Devil's Backbone are also nice, but Oharu is a blind buy.

ifireun
  Apr 15, 2013
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Oharu and Devil's Backbone, each story chilling in it's own way.

Ray O. Blu
  Apr 15, 2013
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The Devil's Backbone! FINALLY
Great cover art.

alien2010
  Apr 15, 2013
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A big yes to The Devil's Backbone. One of Del Toro's best films.

Gonna get a lot of hate here... but The Ice Storm? Seriously? Was it really one of the quintessential films of the 1990s?

dannalexcon
  Apr 15, 2013
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Lord Of The Flies is an excellent choice for a special BD edition, Great film and adaptation. One more I can cross of my wishlist, Fantastic news!
FremenDar
  Apr 15, 2013
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Now Criterion shall wrest Pan's Labyrinth away from the clutches of New Line Cinema for a most proper release. Most duly for a boxset for del Toro.

Lino11
  Apr 15, 2013
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Each announcement tops the previous!! I love CC

DFS61
  Apr 15, 2013
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HOORAY!!! July will be a bountiful month for me -- finally! "The Ice Storm" and "Babette's Feast" are at the top of my list! (Been holding on to both of these DVD titles forever, and itchin' to upgrade.... Still waiting for "Mishima," though....) Never seen "The Life of Oharu," but it might be worth a shot. Seen "Lord of the Flies" a couple of times and that was enough; caught "The Devil's Backbone" on IFC or some cable channel once and it was worth seeing once, in my opinion. Two out of five films is pretty terrific, if you ask me...!!

And, to "alien2010": YES, SERIOUSLY!!! It's devastating and emotionally tumultuous.... That said, it's definitely not for everyone -- maybe you had to have lived in the 70's to fully appreciate the zeitgeist of that decade....
Trux
  Apr 15, 2013
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Dang! Still no Life Aquatic. The wait continues.

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Octavio
  Apr 15, 2013
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El espinazo del diablo (The Devil's Backbone) YooHoo!!! Day 1 purchase! Great, great news.

PBateman87
  Apr 15, 2013
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Great month! Lord of the Flies, The Ice Storm, and The Devil's Backbone will be mine.
cbono
  Apr 15, 2013
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I wonder how long Criterion might have delayed The Devil's Bone so it could be Spine# 666

BobbyPeru
  Apr 15, 2013
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Wow... Lord of the Flies is a damn good movie. Never thought Criterion would release it. And The devil's Backbone- one of Del Toro's better movies.

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aimforsilence
  Apr 15, 2013
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Still waiting for Life Aquatic.....

dannalexcon
  Apr 15, 2013
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"I wonder how long Criterion might have delayed The Devil's Bone so it could be Spine# 666".

Interesting that they chose spine 666 for the Devil's backbone since it has nothing to do with the devil, it's a "haunted house" movie. The obvious choice should have been Rosemary's Baby, too bad they didn't reserve the spine number for it, that would have been cool.
insomniac013
  Apr 15, 2013
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Finally some punchy titles from Criterion! I'll be getting The Ice Storm, Devil's Backbone and Lord of the Flies

Network23
  Apr 15, 2013
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Geez Aimforsilence, as much as i love Wes Anderson, Criterion has been more than kind to him over the years and on Blu, whearas other directors are still waiting for just one of their titles to be on criterion Blu. Wes has like four out of Six on Criterion Blu.
sopranosfan44
  Apr 15, 2013
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I agree about Life Aquatic, I'm waiting to be able to have my Wes Anderson film festival weekend

Tybo28
  Apr 15, 2013
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Devil's backbone im excited for. Still waiting on Grey Gardens...
nitin
  Apr 15, 2013
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nice lineup.
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bluknight1
  Apr 15, 2013
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This is the best line-up I've seen in a while!
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-jonny-
  Apr 15, 2013
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THE ICE STORM!

Boothill Gunslinger
  Apr 15, 2013
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Lord of the Flies
The Devil's Backbone
The Ice Storm

esko1
  Apr 15, 2013
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Lord Of The Flies, and Devils Back Bone For me!

madmojo
  Apr 15, 2013
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I wonder if the Del Toro commentary is from the original Devil's Backbone American release in the early 2000s, or from the re-release from the late 2000s.
kineticsolace
  Apr 15, 2013
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Cannot wait for The Ice Storm and Devil's Backbone!!!
Devil is phenomenal!!
AmazingRando
  Apr 15, 2013
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I have to admit, after last month, I find this set of announcements a letdown. Ah, well, at least others are getting some enjoyment out of it.

PBateman87
  Apr 15, 2013
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@ Network23

Exactly what I've thought...I see the pleas for Life Aquatic every month during the Criterion announcements. Wes Anderson's first 5 movies are already in the Collection (including Aquatic, only on DVD so far). I like Anderson myself but the guy has gotten more than his share of respect from Criterion, as you say it's nice to see new movies and new directors to this label.

PrestonXI
  Apr 15, 2013
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Christina Ricci in a Richard Nixon mask in high def = SOLD! haha...

vader4
  Apr 15, 2013
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Lord of the Flies!!!

Anthrowolf
  Apr 15, 2013
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Yet Again an unimpressive slate from Criterion...Nothing for me again!....."Insomnia" Where are you? More Hitchcock??

Philly Q
  Apr 15, 2013
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More great films, but I must also compliment Criterion on their cover art, it's absolutely stunning.

Atreyu
  Apr 15, 2013
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Lord Of The Flies...a must!!!!

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zoodermin
  Apr 15, 2013
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This is one of those rare months that I want all the titles and with the B&N sale it will be an easier purchase!

bunkz323
  Apr 15, 2013
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Well it looks like i might be getting my first Criterion with The Devil's Backbone
Daytripper
  Apr 15, 2013
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Oh dear God, Criterion's best monthly release ever. I have "The Devil's Backbone" region 2 and the PQ is just o.k. So I'm really looking forward to the Criterion release. It is a great great film. And "The Ice Storm"? Sublime. Ditto on "Babette's Feast". I'm a very happy Blu Ray person now.

chillwill92
  Apr 15, 2013
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I've never seen Devil's Backbone, but from the way GDT talks about it as if sharing a thematic kinship with Pan's Labyrinth, I'll probably spring.

technique
  Apr 15, 2013
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Love the ice storm and glad to see it get a criterion release. It's a beautifully shot and very haunting film.
Daytripper
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Technique, I agree. It's criminal that it didn't get one Oscar nomination. Not one. And Chillwill92, "The Devil's Backbone" could be GDT's best film. Definitely his most mature.

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Mao
  Apr 15, 2013
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I don't usually get too jazzed about a Criterion announcement.

But "The Ice Storm" just made my day!

BluMonday
  Apr 15, 2013
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No "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" again! but happy about "The Devil's Backbone" with Mike Mignola artwork for the motherf*ckin' win.

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Blu Titan
  Apr 16, 2013
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Oharu and El Espinazo del Diablo
DrewPa
  Apr 16, 2013
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The Ice Storm ! Great !
Bruce Morrison
  Apr 16, 2013
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Definitely in for four of these titles! I've never seen 'Babette's Feast' but may be tempted to make it five.
Snake in my Boots
  Apr 16, 2013
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Devil's Backbone is exciting. If I'm not mistaken, that's now all GDT films on blu, right?

mjcavinder
  Apr 16, 2013
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The Devil's Backbone and Lord of the Flies...sweet!

SlayersCouncil
  Apr 16, 2013
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I got excited when I saw Lord of the Flies..... then I got sad when I saw that it was not the remake.
jarmitage
  Apr 16, 2013
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i never heard of these movie. when will they release boondock saints!!!!!!!!
cizel21
  Apr 16, 2013
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All of these titles are on Hulu Plus except The Devils Backbone, for those that can't wait.

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Apr 16, 2013
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I'll get The Devil's Backbone and The Ice Storm but can wait until a B&N sale

tonylopez
  Apr 16, 2013
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This months announcements are very nice indeed. There are several gotta have titles and others that I'll eventually pick up during a sale. The art work on Lord Of The Flies and The Devils Backbone are both fantastic. The Ice Storm I remember liking a lot and will get get during a sale later. The other films have my interest but I will wait for reviews before passing judgment.

BluPix
  Apr 16, 2013
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I'm quite pleased to see Criterion is upgrading its edition of Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. It's a blu-ray release I've been awaiting for years and will be mine on release day.

The rest of the lineup is quite strong, particularly The Devil's Backbone, The Life of Oharu and The Lord of the Flies. I'll preorder all of them (though I'll also plan to buy them at 50% off during Barnes & Noble's sale, if it happens).

Nice illustration & design work on the covers, too, especially for The Lord of the Flies and The Devil's Backbone.

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repete66211
  Apr 16, 2013
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I never understood the appeal of The Ice Storm. (I always thought it was most loved by those who were nostalgic about a decade, being too young, that they didn't remember.) My opinion of it vis a vis the generally positive public reception reminded me of The Sweet Hereafter.

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MikaLove
  Apr 16, 2013
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Interesting to see them take on LOtF.
However it's my opinion that that is only a "mainstream-controversial" movie.
If you really want controversial movies you have to look broader and to international movie making. I can list quite a few movies that have barely made it to DVD.
So I wish Criterion could get a little braver and not only nurture those who only think they are connoisseurs. At least take on one or two obscure titles a year... Movies which are much less known, but still either very controversial or gems.
One controversial movie could be the Hungarian "Árvácska" (Nobody's daughter) and a gem could be Malèna, uncut, of course.
Sure, the first movie is unknown to most people, and when I saw it, I was quite shocked and disgusted by it. However, since we're talking controversy.
Or how about releasing Maladolescenza?
People are even upset by Pretty Baby. But I guess we live in the wrong time and age for all that to happen and maybe it'd bury Criterion to release such movies.
Anyway, a real connoisseur would be familiar with the titles I mentioned. Or maybe people just wanna watch Citizen Kane over and over?

PBateman87
  Apr 16, 2013
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@ MikaLove

You sound like an ass.

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nathanp
  Apr 16, 2013
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jarmitage - you might be waiting a loooooong time for Criterion to release Boondock Saints since they try to only release important/great films, Boondock doesn't come close to meeting either of those criteria.
Devilutionary
  Apr 16, 2013
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is there something wrong with the 1990 edition of Lord of The Flies? I really liked that film and have been searching for a blu release.

Leonidas_King
  Apr 16, 2013
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FINALLY! Devil's Backbone.

cdiver
  Apr 16, 2013
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Yay! Five more titles... I've never heard of..... add that to the other 98% they've released.

One4Deuce
  Apr 16, 2013
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Is Y Tu Mama Tambien ever coming?!?!

Darrin S.
  Apr 16, 2013
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Now I can upgrade my dvd copy of The Ice Storm. Ang Lee's underrated masterpiece. Will
also pick up The Devil's Backbone.

AKORIS
  Apr 16, 2013
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in for THE ICE STORM and DEVIL'S BACKBONE....
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melodicenmity
  Apr 16, 2013
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Yes! I have been waiting for The Devil's Backbone!!
RICKBONDOO7
  Apr 17, 2013
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Is Oliver Twist 1948. and Spartacus 1960 ever comming ????? Still waiting !!

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MikaLove
  Apr 17, 2013
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PBateman87: yeah, and you're a tight ass know-it-all fucking cunt.

The people voted negatively on my comment have no clue either. You think you're high society, I bet. So go back to your damn Bergman dramas then while I enjoy the really good, meaningful movies.
PS. I didn't "take a dump" on Criterion, I just meant that they could sometimes release a few movies that so few know about and that are truly gems or if you want controversial titles.

Proghog
  Apr 17, 2013
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Want to see the original Insomnia get put on bluray since Criterion already has the it on DVD.

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repete66211
  Apr 17, 2013
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@Mika: I'd argue a significant number of Criterion releases could be classified as "controversial" or hidden gems. I'd also argue that just because a movie is controversial doesn't mean it's good. Sometimes obscure movies remain obscure for a reason.

growler
  Apr 17, 2013
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Lord Of The Flies is a great film! And an even better book.
TheJeff
  Apr 17, 2013
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@cdiver: If you haven't heard of these films, something's wrong with you, not Criterion.

dmarvin
  Apr 18, 2013
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MikaLove - Act like you know something about Criterion. They first "took on" Lord of the Flies many years ago when it was released by them on DVD. And if you don't think they take on challenging fare, how do you explain last month's announcement of Shoah?

thrillmygorilla
  Apr 18, 2013
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These Criterion annoucement comments brings out the best of humanity. LOL

PBateman87
  Apr 18, 2013
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@ dmarvin

Indeed. Not to mention Salo and In the Realm of the Senses, among others.

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MikaLove
  Apr 18, 2013
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repete66211:
Well, I have a lot of titles that may be obscure, but definitely not "for a reason". Just take "A Swedish Lovestory"/"En kärlekshistoria". Fantastic movie! And there are many others. None of those I think about are at least "forgettable" or not important. And that's what I mean about Criterion. Most often, the titles they release are not really that fascinating.
Like "dmarvin" here mentioning "Shoah". What's controversial about it? How many times haven't we debated and analyzed the Holocaust? And there are more shocking things there to consider that happened.
But the themes are often the same over and over. That's why I want a a breath of fresh air. Something more and new that movies so rarely revolve about. Because it's the politically correct that rules people.
And why is it assumed that I don't know anything because it is supposed I hadn't a clue that Criterion have released LotF once before, but on DVD? We're talking BD news here. Not DVD.
So easy to harass someone when you don't know where they're coming from. And you don't listen any way! So why bother.
I have a list of movies I'd like to see released. If Criterion does it or another company, I don't care so much. But the bottom line is that it's mostly a certain kind of movies that are favored and that some gems may be forever forgotten for several reasons! Which is unfair.
I wish I had the money myself to release a bunch of movies and TV series that I think are true art and fantastically made, and more brave in it's portraying and story than many other mainstream movies that only "frighten" the general norm, who rarely peek outside their own bubbles but aren't as close to real life and in touch with human nature as they think.

SleazyForWeasley
  Apr 18, 2013
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I think this will be Criterion's first re-issue of Lord of the Flies since the LaserDisc days. Am I wrong?! As a bonus feature, they should include the poorly-received remake from 1990

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MikaLove
  Apr 18, 2013
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Not very difficult nowadays to get movies about "sexual perversion" released. As long as they demonize it and show "how cruel and filthy perverted sex is"... Plus, people love to see such things nowadays. And perhaps read about it as much as they can. It's the spice of their lives. That is more perverted to me than the "perverted sex" itself.
Anyway. How about releasing some movies that are about sexuality but that portrays it positively? I see that people want more movies about hate, sex crimes, violence and so on and so forth. Like, real life isn't providing that enough.
Release loving movies like Sunday's and Cybele instead. Or maybe Alice in den Städten?
My example, "A Swedish Love Story", would however be a title that could suit Criterion! Since they released the not at all as good movie "Summer with Monika" (but, hey, it's Bergman, uhh).

Donnie D
  Apr 18, 2013
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I am getting all of them. Babette's Feast is a very special movie to me. Brings back fond memories of Freshman year in college.

My best friend was visiting me in college during Thanksgiving. I really missed home and it was so good to have someone special visit from home. I wanted to take her to see a film at my favorite cinema. Didn't know anything about Babette's Feast and didn't interest me at all but that was playing at the time. It turned out to be such an amazing and pleasant surprise.
Plasma Girl
  Apr 19, 2013
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The Ice Storm!! Finally YES!! Day one purchase as well as Lord Of The Flies.

Ray_Rogers
  Apr 19, 2013
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For me it'll be:
The Devil's Backbone
The Ice Storm
Lord of the Flies

Awesome The Devil's Backbone is spine #666.

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repete66211
  Apr 19, 2013
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As someone who appreciates controversy I'd think you'd know that Salo is about a lot more than simple sexual perversion. You want sex presented in a sensual, positive way? I'm not sure if I've seen it done better than in In the Mood for Love, a recent Criterion release.

There's nothing wrong with having a pet movie you'd like to see released by Criterion. We all have them, which is abundantly in every Criterion thread both here and on Facebook (mine is Matewan) but the fact is that Criterion can't keep everyone happy. Personally, I think they've wasted a lot of choices too--Closeup, Pierre le fou, Vivre sa Vie, Heaven's Gate, Fear and Loathing, Blow Out, Videodrome are just a few that come to mind, but then they've also released some really great movies that probably would never see the light of day with any other distributor.
rogadepa
  Apr 19, 2013
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The Devil's Backbone for me
Adrian Brown
  Apr 20, 2013
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@repete66211
What do you mean by "wasted a lot of choices"? Pierre le Fou, Vivre sa Vie, Heaven's Gate are great films that have fortunately been issued by Criterion with deserved care! What comes to my mind, however, is The Rock, Armageddon!

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repete66211
  Apr 20, 2013
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@Adrian: Armageddon is shit but The Rock actually isn't that bad, given the type of movie it is. In listing those movies I was just illustrating to Mika what he/she already knows, that everyone has examples of Criterion movies they think are "unworthy' just as everyone has their pet favorites they wish Criterion would honor. I listed some Criterion movies that in my opinion are a waste of time. You disagree. Mika probably has a very different idea. That's the way it goes.

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MikaLove
  Apr 20, 2013
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There are definitely some bullies and haters here, judging by how my comments are voted down so often. But do I give a shit? No. Why give a shit about haters and bullies? You don't deserve any of my time.
repete66211: I wasn't talking about typical, heterosexual sexuality. I was talking about sex being portrayed as either perverted and evil, or it is just most often giving a fairly stereotypical question which the audience have to face. I haven't seen Salo, just read the synopsis. But it seems that even Eyes Wide Shut is more "controversial", in that sense. Since it questions whether love and marriage is meant to last forever and if we are not in essence "just" sexual beings.
There are hundreds of crappy movies being made, such as Human Trafficking, Taken (1/2/3/5000), Hard Candy.
Some may think these are "controversial", when they rather are based on lies and prejudice. But they sell! People watch this crap. And movies that are about positive things and love are shunned.
Anyway, it seems I'm not getting through.
I want these movies to be released, among others:
Malèna (uncensored!)
Sundays & Cybele
Pretty Baby (uncensored!)
En kärlekshistoria
Tom and Lola (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098488/)
and "What Remains", even if that is a documentary (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483836/), but they've released other documentaries before.

Other than that, I have other movies and TV-series as well, mostly Swedish ones, that I want to have released, but I don't think Criterion can help there.
All I'm saying is that there are a lot of true beauty and art that is about to be lost because people ignore them, most often because they are afraid or are trying to be politically correct. And let's face it, it's more politically correct to make "Human Trafficking" something that everyone "must see", while people are disgusted by the scenes that for example the uncut Malèna includes.
watchmen32
  Apr 20, 2013
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The Ice Storm, 3:10 to Yuma and the Devil's Backbone! Woo!
plasmo
  Apr 23, 2013
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Nice to see Mike Mignola doing the cover art for The Devil's Backbone! Also nice to see more Criterion love for Guillermo and overall a great slate of films getting released by Criterion once again.

joie
  Apr 23, 2013
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I wish people could get over the idea that Criterion is the Bee's Knees. There is nothing that deserves or does not deserve to be in "The Collection." A film given the "Criterion Treatment" may not even look like it looked when it was projected in a theatre with a fresh print.
kevin_y
  Apr 25, 2013
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Excited about Devil's Backbone and the 4k print of Lord of the Flies.
Danny-Stefano
  Apr 26, 2013
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Where is "Kwaidan"? Criterion's 2000 transfer was really shoddy and it was missing over 20 minutes of footage! I know I will give in if The Masters of Cinema releases a Blu-ray (their DVD wiped the floor with Criterion's). I want American viewers to see the film how it was meant to be seen... It's really, really sad that such a masterpiece is on IMDb for free (in the cut version and atrocious print). This is one of the most beautiful movies ever made and should be re-release in HD! I really respect Criterion, but their treatment of "Kwaidan" is truly awful. I want to see Bergman's "Cries and Whispers" on Blu-ray as well. It would also be great if they got the rights to "The Elephant Man", "Persona" and "Raise the Red Lantern".


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