Usually, titles from The Criterion Collection are first officially announced and then come up for preorder. But this time, the opposite has happened and five major titles are apparently coming soon from the studio: Antichrist (Lars Von Trier, 2009); The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, 2007); The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954); The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998); and Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1982).
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wow, what a nice selection!! darjeeling limited, thin red line & 7 samurai day 1 for sure!
these are 3 excellent movies! I already have the japanese import of 7 samurai but will double dip for this criterion release, I would bet a hand this will get a magnific treatment
Just like Hunger Thin Red Line will not be mine, I don't have a region free player so I will need to wait till the UK gets it's act together with these, surely it's time Criterion started making there titles available over in the UK or some other studio gave as much care an attention and catered for us who wanted these films in good old blighty.
already preordered Antichrist, Seven Samurai (one of my fav movies ever and the one I've been waiting to get on Blu since I first got a BD playr,) and Videodrome. Though I enjoyed Darjeeling Unlimited I will wait to order that one. Have never seen The Thin Red Line, but have only heard great things about it.
I wish I had enough money to buy every single Criterion release. I still need to get Wings Of Desire, Hunger, A Christmas Tale, Bottle Rocket and M. Then later I will hopefully begin to get the rest as cash permits.
I'll be getting Thin Red Line for sure. It'll go good with SPR and HBO's The Pacific. The assault on the grassy hill ought to be awesome on Blu. Did anybody notice that the DVD version is from 2001, so it's one of those relatively early DVDs with probably sub-par transfers. I need to pop it in to double-check it though. Haven't watched it in years.
Easily the worst month releases yet by Criterion. Where are the French, Italian or Spanish classics.? Antichrist surely isn't a Criterion type film? One of the poorer Anderson films. Least I will save some money, maybe Kino will give us some real classics.
Thin Red Line, finally!! Although i'm hoping Criterion were able to acquire some if not all of the 2+ hours of filmed/cut footage featuring many of the actors who never appear in the film (From wikipedia: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, Bill Pullman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen and Mickey Rourke)
Or better yet, an extended cut supervised by Malick himself a la his "New World" extended cut on blu-ray? The heavy lastminute editing-down of the film was widely publicized at the time, and i'm sure Malick would've been waiting for an opportunity to revisit it at some point. (Many of the cut-out actors listed above are even listed in the theatrical version's end credits, which were likely completed before the new shortened cut had to be produced a week before release)
i didn't realize there were so many people who hated Antichrist.
can anyone confirm this will be the longer cut of The Seven Samurai which will be available? for some reason i seem to remember seeing a shorter running time listed for the original Criterion release of this movie: not the 3 disc edition.
I thought Darjeeling was never gonna come out from Criterion so I got the DVD for like $10 around Christmas time....hrm....I'll still upgrade. Antichrist is a hell of a pretentious mind-f**k but I would consider buying it if the price is right. Seven Samurai, even though I have not seen it is a definite as well as The Thin Red Line. Thankfully I haven't picked that up on DVD yet.
Not surprised about Darjeeling since Anderson has some kind of deal with Criterion, though its kind of unfortunate that it took up the place of another film considering its so mediocre (don't flame me Andersonites; I eagerly await The Fantastic Mr. Fox). I don't have too much desire to own Videodrome and I think Antichrist is going to be a "Rent Only," but the Seven Samurai? Now we're talking. I own the original Criterion release and was tempted to get the 3-disk re-release for the longest time. I'm glad I didn't so I can go with the Blu-ray.
Nice to see The Thin Red Line on there too. Does this mean Badlands is just around the corner?
Wow, this is going to get expensive. Antichrist, Seven Samurai and Videodrome are some of my favorite films ever. Darjeeling was fantastic... haven't seen Thin Red Line since it played theatrically. Fantastic news, time to start saving.
placed preorders for 3 of these. around 95 dollars. i guess i will have to slow down for at least another month and a half until after these come out. i have so many preorders coming up.
Criterion has been great with everything they have released so far. I have been waiting for The Seven Samurai for years. I even Emailed them like a year ago asking about any news of a BD release. I heard back saying they had been working on it, so I have been waiting since and now it is finally coming up. Based on its price I am assuming it will be a 2 disc release. Might as well: it is a pretty long film and the more quality for it the better. I never owned the 3disc SD release, but I heard the extra features were great.
The Criterion Videodrome SD release was great. Probably one of my most overplayed DVDs. I think I have played it so much the disc has some cracks starting to show.
I wish there was a release date for the movie Naked on BD. We should have a feature on the site where we could add the titles we would like to see on BD, but which have not been released yet.
Anyway, I think this list is amazing and with exception of Thin Red Line (which I have not seen yet) feel they are all worth the purchase.
Any chance at all that Seven Samurai has the movie on one disc and the extras on the second disc? That is the only thing I don't like about the previous 3 disc set is having the movie spread out over 2 discs. Yes its long but other movies of similar length, such as Return of the King are on one disc and look spectacular and Seven Samurai can do the same.
I'll definitely pick up The Thin Red Line (preorder if the price is right), which would complete my Terrence Malick collection -- small but powerful and all but one on blu. (At least it would complete it until his next film appears, which won't be too long, I think).
I'll likely also buy The Darjeeling Limited, maybe with Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have yet to pick up. I'm still waiting for the first Anderson movie I saw, The Royal Tennenbaums, to come out on Criterion blu.
Down the line I may blind-buy Criterion's Videodrome, since I very much like the few films I've seen from David Cronenberg. I may buy The Seven Samurai, especially after seeing it on the big screen in theaters not that long ago, but I'm hoping the big Kurosawa box set Criterion released late last year on SDVD will be given a Blu-ray treatment in the not too distant future. Or, maybe the BD box of Kurosawa films that was released in Japan can be given subtitles and released stateside, but I think it's more likely that Criterion will release its collection in region A territory. Then I'll just have to pick up Ran on blu plus a few others, I believe.
Other Criterion releases that I want to buy when the price is right or when I'm ready: Hunger, Che, Bigger than Life, Ride with the Devil, Stagecoach (already on preorder), M, Walkabout and several others. This year seems to be the biggest for Criterion in terms of Blu-ray releases. That's always a good thing.
What fantastic news! (I didn't see anything posted on Criterion's Web site, but I presume this is official.) How magnificent to FINALLY have Malick's "A Thin Red Line" on Blu-ray -- and from Criterion no less!!! That one's a must-have! I'm definitely interested in von Trier's "Antichrist," as it was originally announced earlier in the year to be out. Would've loved to have seen "Dogville" on Blu from Criterion; but, maybe next time.... (What an astonishing and overlooked masterwork!) Cronenberg's "Videodrome" will be of high interest, too; although, "Dead Ringers" would've been a winner for me.... By the way, for the person who asked about "Walkabout," it comes out on Blu-ray in a couple of weeks.... (Another must-have! One of the greatest films ever made -- in my opinion, of course....)
Thin Red Line finally gets the treatment it deserves. Since the first cut of the movie was 6 hours long, perhaps a possible new cut? And I hope we get a quality documentary about the million feet of film shot, and the experience doing it.
The Thin Red Line released on blu ray by Criterion is simply the most wonderful news I've read in this site as of yet, one of my favorite motion pictures (a true woik of contemplative art focusing like few films do on human condition) is receiving the Criterion treatment. I wonder if the length will be the same as the Fox dvd release and theatrical versions, I've read Malick shot more than six hours of footage and I'd love to see at least some of that re-incorporated or as an added extra. What I really wish for now is a Criterion release for The English Patient. I remember the Criterion laserdisc for that film, absolutley wonderful content and presentation for its time.