||08-02-2012 10:12 AM
Originally Posted by joie
There may be some doubt about whether Criterion will do Heaven's Gate. Won't they attend the Venice screening and make their decision based on audience reaction? That would seem to make business sense. If they do release it, it will be a controversial release and sales may benefit from the controversy. Are they prepared for a siege from the animal rights people?
Restoring the print for the Venice screening must have been expensive (the only prints previously avalaible for the extended cut were quite damaged). I don't think I would make sense (nor be profitable) to restore a movie for just one screening and not releasing it on Blu-ray/DVD after that, so I think they will release it on Blu-ray whatever the audience reaction could be.
Anyway, Criterion is not the kind of company which releases a movie based on audience reaction: they release independant and art house films, not blockbusters.
Anyway, I'm glad Criterion finally releases Heaven's Gate
on Blu-ray (I can't imagine any other company getting this on Blu with that level of quality, considering that the previous DVDs from MGM were of poor quality). I hope the picture quality will be great and the discs loaded with special features.
is a great film (as good as The Deer Hunter
) that deserves serious re-appreciation. I saw the extended cut on theater during a re-release some years ago in Paris, and I can tell that the film is seriously underrated in the States (here in France the film is much more apreciated than it is in America). I hope the Criterion Blu-ray will do justice to it, at last.