Nicolas Winding Refn Visits the Criterion Collection
Posted July 19, 2013 06:03 PM by Webmaster
The folks at Criterion have released a video showing director Nicolas Winding Refn visiting their office and picking up some of his favorite films from the now rather famous DVD/Blu-ray room.
The Danish director's latest film, Only God Forgives (2013), which was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival, became available for pre-order at Amazon earlier today. A preliminary street date for this upcoming Blu-ray release, however, is yet to be revealed. You can see our listing of Only God Forgiveshere.
Criterion really should consider doing a trilogy set for his Pusher trilogy. They are great dark movies that would fit right in with their collection. They should also do Only God Forgives! (Which i have still yet to see)
He definitely comes across like an extreme Euro-art-house hipster, but that's okay, I guess. I'm really not a big fan of his films or his particular filmmaking attitude and style (I prefer Mann and S. Coppola in his place any day), but I do appreciate how he takes the time to craft a scene or set piece, with genuine in-camera direction, careful shot design and whatnot.
Douchey? Do Americans always assume anyone that's slightly introverted, like NWR, is a "douche" or something if they're not jumping up and down? You can see his pure joy and interest as he browses the various films - a true lover of film. Power to the introvert.
I guess the wearing of sunglasses indoors and the name-dropping is what is causing some to call him douchey...I mean, I could do without that stuff too but he doesn't seem like a "douche," he seems like a pretty genuine film fan.
He sounds to me like a kid in a sweet shop. I mean if I was there, I too would be the same. Any Refn film is worthy of a Criterion release, and Drive would be a real treat since the extras on the UK release is awful.