Also, anyone have any info on what spine number these are going to be? Because, I can't be alone in hoping that Rosemary's Baby will be spine number 666. I know the numbers are approaching that area too...
@insomniac013: that's titled Bloody Sunday, even though I thought of that as well for a second.
I've been waiting for Rosemary's Baby since the format was launched, and seeing this is a new, director-approved transfer... well, that made my day. Odd enough, I was also thinking about In the Mood for Love just right before I read the news.
Well, I'm beating a dead horse by saying I'm sad that Brazil, Throne of Blood, and Rashomon are still MIA, but I've been meaning to see Rosemary's Baby for quite a while, and can't do better than Criterion. And in October even... but I may wait until the next 50% off sale ;-p
This is a terrific lineup of films. I've seen two of them: In the Mood for Love and Rosemary's Baby.
However, both of the two I haven't seen are from directors whose other work I admire: Joshua Marston, who directed one of the best films on class and the experience of immigrants, Maria Full of Grace, plus many episodes of popular TV series; and John Schlesinger, who directed one of the best buddy film masterpieces of all time, Midnight Cowboy, plus the classic crime drama Marathon Man.
So, I definitely plan to own all four of these films, if not on their release dates, then shortly thereafter.
Just saw In the Mood for Love and it was a complete breathtaking experience! Such beautiful images with a wonderful score and top-notch performances! Now is at the top of my list and I will definitely get it in the Nov. B&N sale alongside Rosemary's Baby
Two of the greatest movies of all-time: Rosemary's Baby and In the Mood for Love. Brilliant set. Heard good things about Forgiveness of Blood as well. Can't wait for Rashomon, I hope that will be soon!
Awesome announcement, although short of MoC's recent classic cinema announcement. Definitely leaping on In The Mood for Love - as per Criterion's site, the extras and booklet essays appear to be different on the DVD and BD editions. Should get the OCD collectors all jittery
Yes, definitely MoC has trumped Criterion this month! Seeing them put out things like Die Nibelungen reminds me that Criterion passed on a BluRay release of their Von Sternberg silent box just before they started releasing everything in both formats. MoC is doing it right! Don't get me wrong, I will be in the mood to see you Rosemarys Baby again sometime, but I'd rather see them put out the films where Cassavetes is also behind the camera. In the Mood for Love is a fine film, but I can't watch it again because of the annoying musical score, which endlessly repeats the same cues! Oh well, I'm just kvetching....over the course of time Criterion is great, but I hate to see a month with no pre-1950 films, and I hope it doesn't happen too often. One of these months I hope to see the Eisenstein sound films box redone, since that was one of their weaker DVD efforts (interlaced problems and a retouched soundtrack for Nevsky that they don't seem to know about).
2046 is a Sony title. I doubt we'll see a Criterion treatment. And Wong Kar-wai's last name is Wong (He lists his English names the Chinese way, which is last name before first name). Can we change the headline to Wong, Marston,..." please?
There is a rare Criterion easter egg in the DVD version of "In the Mood for Love". I wonder if it will be carried over to the BD. The BD could also use some involvement from the other cinamatographer by the name of Christopher Doyle.
@Tatifan - I agree with you. MoC releases some of the finest cinema on Blu. Criterion so far is just not exciting right now. MOC have early films of Michelangelo Antonioni, Kenji Mizoguchi, Fritz Lang, etc. Criterion bring it on! release the box set of John Cassavetes!!!! and more important cinema!