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Old 02-28-2013, 02:42 AM   #63661
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Sorry. I couldn't resist.

I've got a free day on Saturday after my morning training run, though, so I'm going to go for it. When I had my old DVD copy of Fanny and Alexander, I only watched the full 312-minute television version a couple of times, so this will be my first time watching this version on Blu-ray. It's a sprawling and comprehensive, yet beautiful and engaging film, and I expect that it will be twice as fascinating in the new format.

I was fortunate to grab the Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray for 40% off a few weeks ago at Barnes & Noble, and I've been wanting the time window to watch it for a while. It's my favorite Bergman film, although there are quite a few to choose from.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:52 AM   #63662
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For anyone passing through wondering about dealing through the Criterion website...

Joined the flash-sale frenzy yesterday and for the first time opened an account and ordered five releases. Unfortunately I assumed that by going to the Criterion-Blu-ray section I would be dealing exclusively with Blu-rays and in my girlish excitement rather stupidly neglected to notice that the DVD edition was listed as well and just went for the first green 'add to basket' button that scrolled up. With the unfortunate result that three of my five selections showed as DVD's when I glanced at the order again after checking out. Despite that the mistake dawned within five minutes of the order being placed, the acknowledging e-mail was already in my in-box indicating that no changes were possible. Needless to say I was not a happy camper...

Sent an e-mail to 'order support' this morning and within ten minutes received the following response...

Hello Mr. (ElliesDad),

Thanks for your email, though I'm sorry to learn of the trouble. Orders from the sale have already processed, and we are not able to edit. When you receive your order please send the incorrect items to us at the address below with a copy of this correspondence and we will refund you or exchange your items.

The Criterion Collection
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215 Park Avenue South 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Thanks for supporting Criterion and enjoy your movies!

Best,

Claire

Now that's customer service!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:53 AM   #63663
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The Third Man is going to be on at 10:00pm (est) tonight on TCMHD.
Thanks! Heading down right now to watch...!
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:55 AM   #63664
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It was pretty but beyond that not all that appealing in this Blu-ray Age, so no tears shed here. I'll be much happier with the 8 or 10 feature-laden Blu-ray editions of the films I actually want, once they get around to them.
They don't have all the movies' rights still do they? I thought also that some of them were only available in AK 100 and not separately otherwise we would have seen them on BD or at least a possibility
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:10 AM   #63665
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It was pretty but beyond that not all that appealing in this Blu-ray Age, so no tears shed here. I'll be much happier with the 8 or 10 feature-laden Blu-ray editions of the films I actually want, once they get around to them.
This. I had a passing fancy about that box set yesterday when I got the notice that it was selling out, but I've owned most of those on DVD already, and am awaiting better Blu-ray transfers in the future.

What's the word around the campfire on the StudioCanal release of Ran, by the way. I thought about buying it a couple weeks back when I bought Fellini's 8 1/2 and Bergman's The Seventh Seal, but, in a rare showing of fiscal restraint, I decided not to pull the trigger. My impression after reading the review is that it's considered a less-than-stellar high definition transfer, but that it is still better than any existing DVD picture quality.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:46 AM   #63666
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Just as I suspected - La Promesse was fantastic.

A strong recommendation, in my opinion.
Would you place it above their other films in the collection?
Waiting for the all female blu-ray.com reboot.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:53 AM   #63667
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I finally finished Bigger Than Life.

It was an exceptionally made film. Too bad it isn't talked about much around here. I was actually surprised on how much I liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Night Of The Hunter during some instances.
It's a great film and it deals with an important subject, both then and now. There was a fair amount of discussion when it first came out, but it is worth revisiting so it's good you brought it up. And it makes us yearn for more Nicholas Ray - particularly In a Lonely Place.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:58 AM   #63668
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I noticed the same thing at my local Walmart ... their bluray section has been cut way way back. Bummer.
Really?! What did they replace the Blurays with? DVD's? We are talking about WalMart here.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:59 AM   #63669
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Pre-ordered Badlands from Amazon.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:02 AM   #63670
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Pre-ordered Badlands from Amazon.
Nice, hoping to grab it at BB on its release day for sub $10 with the help of a few RZ certificates.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:03 AM   #63671
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I noticed the same thing at my local Walmart ... their bluray section has been cut way way back. Bummer.
I visited a Walmart down the street a few weeks back to glance through their $7.88 bin. I was not expecting much, but I was astounded at all of the actual good movies that were available in that bin. In fact, I was downright upset at myself for paying twice as much for movies like Stand By Me and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory weeks before at other stores instead of looking through that bin first.

It's an irritation to sift through the scattered pile of Blu-rays in the $7.88 bin, though, so I probably missed out on even more great finds.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:03 AM   #63672
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Really?! What did they replace the Blurays with? DVD's? We are talking about WalMart here.
I'm not sure as I don't pay much attention to the DVD racks anymore. I just know that there are less blurays now. Maybe it's a YMMV kind of thing. ??

Some of the racks were still marked/labeled as bluray racks, even though they held DVDs now.
So many blurays, so little time.

First blu-ray purchase - "Jason and the Argonauts" on July 6, 2010.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:04 AM   #63673
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Nice, hoping to grab it at BB on its release day for sub $10 with the help of a few RZ certificates.
Same. I'll have some Best Buy rewards points racked up if Badlands shows up at Best Buy.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:05 AM   #63674
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I concluded the night with Eating Raoul.

What a hilarious film. I can't remember a time that I wasn't laughing during it. I can see how it's a cult classic, as it is fun as hell.

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Would you place it above their other films in the collection?
I've only seen The Kid With A Bike and La Promesse and I'm torn between the two. I have Rosetta still which I probably will watch tomorrow so I will give you my order then.

Part of me liked The Kid With A Bike better, but La Promesse was fantastic as well.

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It's a great film and it deals with an important subject, both then and now. There was a fair amount of discussion when it first came out, but it is worth revisiting so it's good you brought it up. And it makes us yearn for more Nicholas Ray - particularly In a Lonely Place.
I believe they credited a New York Times article for the film idea. That's pretty impressive, in my opinion. The movie turned out to be great, so kudos to them.

I'm glad I watched it because I can definitely see how it was an important film, especially during its time. Medicine has always been a tricky thing to discuss in our culture and I think the film does a great job at portraying it and the side effects.
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I've only seen The Kid With A Bike and La Promesse and I'm torn between the two. I have Rosetta still which I probably will watch tomorrow so I will give you my order then.

Part of me liked The Kid With A Bike better, but La Promesse was fantastic as well.
Rosetta is my favorite of theirs that I've seen.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:13 AM   #63676
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I just looked under My account on the Criterion website and it says the estimated ship date for my three Flash Sale movies, On the Waterfront, Videodrome and Thin Red Line is March 20. Hmmm...I got the discounted price for all three films so it's not like any were out when I ordered. And to think I bought three to avoid $5.95 4-7 day shipping. Anybody have a guess at an explanation for this?

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:20 AM   #63677
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I've only seen The Kid With A Bike and La Promesse and I'm torn between the two. I have Rosetta still which I probably will watch tomorrow so I will give you my order then.

Part of me liked The Kid With A Bike better, but La Promesse was fantastic as well.
Been going through their films ever since I watched The Kid With a Bike. I watched The Son earlier today.

From what I've seen, I'd rank them like this:

The Son
The Kid With a Bike
Rosetta


Going to pick up La Promesse during the next sale.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:32 AM   #63678
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I have not given much thought to The Kid with a Bike, but I loved Cécile De France in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter (a criminally underrated movie, in my opinion, and one that I need to grab on Blu-ray before it leaves the cheap used racks around here).

I'll give The Kid with a Bike more thought after reading the raves here.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:41 AM   #63679
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I have not given much thought to The Kid with a Bike, but I loved Cécile De France in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter (a criminally underrated movie, in my opinion, and one that I need to grab on Blu-ray before it leaves the cheap used racks around here).

I'll give The Kid with a Bike more thought after reading the raves here.
It honestly didn't appeal to me based off of the description. I'm really happy that I watched it, though.

I'd recommend giving it a watch
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:47 AM   #63680
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Went into Best Buy to see if they had The Master (they didn't, had to go to three other stores), I saw this on the shelf and had to buy it. I've been wanting to see it for so long and just couldn't pass it up!

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