||05-26-2011 07:37 AM
Originally Posted by Volume11
I like to think they are special...considering the vast majority of other "distributors" wouldn't touch 3/4 of their library, let alone remaster them, commission an accompanying essay, or present them in a spiffy package...
Originally Posted by Darkcritic
Well, they probably just are a bunch of distributors but they cannot be touch my most of the so called "competence" (In this case, other distributors) at the top of their game. While other distributors see "art cinema" as something that doesn't hold a market, Criterion see something else. The catalog they hold on is full of true jewels and most of the films included in the Collection have great attributes to be there. They probably aren't more than simply distributors but when I spot the brand at a store I only see excellence :D.
These two responses must be skewed for the North American market and not the International one. I don't even think the current Criterion would even consider the titles they released in their Laserdisc days with very few exceptions of revisiting a bunch again on the two more current formats.
Speaking of their Laserdisc output, there's still many extras from their Laserdisc days which aren't even available on current sized media disc formats. Sure there've been Laserdisc to DVD preservations but nothing beats a properly stamped/pressed disc which has been thoroughly worked on.
Case in point is BLADE RUNNER. The special features alone from the Criterion LD could essentially be part of a sixth disc to go along with the 5-Disc Complete Collector's disc if said disc was a DVD9 (if I had the resources and knowledge, I'd make 5 more discs devoted to extras for BLADE RUNNER). These LD-to-DVD, along with professional looking menus, are my "companion pieces" for titles which I own from a release studio. One which immediately springs to mind is Bram Stoker's DRACULA which is befitting to the Sony release. Some of the preservations are only single discs so I figure might as well stick them in with the officially released title.
Sure I own ARMAGEDDON, Silence of the Lambs, RoboCop and a few other OOP Criterion DVDs for their extras and where applicable thick booklet. In fact sometime I own a few different releases of a title just to have the most thorough output of extras and content available.
For example, I own three releases of LÉON. The International Version (Corrected) with 5.1 Isolated Score and South Korean DVDs along with the Blu-ray. Hell, I still own quite alot of HD DVDs which are put into the second disc spot for several Blu-rays I own. For the Bourne series as an example and several others. Yes this will go for the Universal Studios release for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which I'll have the HD DVD as the second disc. For the Criterion, if they offer 2-Disc cases which I'm sure they won't, I'd put the soundtrack as the second disc.
Have any Criterion titles on DVD or Blu-ray offered isolated scores? It's a feature I'm extra privy of since I am a film score/soundtrack collector and enjoy the complete film scores as an alternate track for several releases.
If that 5-Disc BLADE RUNNER release would have been released by Criterion, they probably MSRP'd it with $69.99 or more, knowing them. So yes my bargain searching still applies for Criterion.