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Old 10-26-2009, 11:09 PM   #1
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Criterion has confirmed they no longer own the rights to this classic movie from 1949 anymore, so whatever stock is out there in the world is it for the Criterion Blu-ray.

Once Criterion titles go out of print, they usually command a premium on the secondary used market once new copies are completely sold out. I have already made my order at Amazon, who has the best pricing currently. There is some discussion of this topic in the Criterion thread but thought a separate post might alert forum readers who do not regularly check that thread.

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Old 10-26-2009, 11:12 PM   #2
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wow! good to know this! Thanks. Luckily I already have a copy.
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Ahg, I haven't seen the movie yet and I don't want to make a blind buy.
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Thanks for the heads up. Criterion now has the title listed as "out of print" on their webpage. I just placed my order with Amazon. Thanks again!
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:21 AM   #5
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Thanks OP. Love the movie, rented the BD and the quality is excellent. Just ordered it!
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Might be orderin this on Thurs.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:44 AM   #7
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thanks for the heads up, ordered my copy
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I'll have to see if I can pick up a copy before they are all gone.
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I wonder how many people will buy multiple copies of the film just to sell on ebay a little ways down the road when all the new copies of it are gone.
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Does this include not being able to buy the new replacement case for the movie?
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I haven't seen the film...this tread is beginning to tell me that it is a must own lol.
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I haven't seen the film...this tread is beginning to tell me that it is a must own lol.
It's a must own because it's a.) Criterion and b.) out of print. Out of print Criterion discs, especially better-known titles, are practically collector's items.
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think ill grab 4 or 5 for the resale value a year or so down the road.
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Criterion has confirmed they no longer own the rights to this classic movie from 1949 anymore, so whatever stock is out there in the world is it for the Criterion Blu-ray.

Once Criterion titles go out of print, they usually command a premium on the secondary used market once new copies are completely sold out. I have already made my order at Amazon, who has the best pricing currently. There is some discussion of this topic in the Criterion thread but thought a separate post might alert forum readers who do not regularly check that thread.
Thanks for the heads up. Need to get my copy of this great classic.
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Can I still get one of those keep case replacements? If so how would I go about that?

Also are the current versions being sold by amazon keep case?
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Can I still get one of those keep case replacements? If so how would I go about that?

Also are the current versions being sold by amazon keep case?

Replacement covers are sold out at the moment. I would like to know as well when/if they are getting more.
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Very strange that Criterion will take this out of circulation, THE FILM LAPSED INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!
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Out of curiosity what is the appeal of criterion when it comes to blu-ray, i always regarded them as putting out very fine dvd's because at that time quality was not normally a concern with other companies releases, but in the blu arena what do they bring to the table other then the titles they have rights to?
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Wonder if this will be available by thursday.
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Out of curiosity what is the appeal of criterion when it comes to blu-ray, i always regarded them as putting out very fine dvd's because at that time quality was not normally a concern with other companies releases, but in the blu arena what do they bring to the table other then the titles they have rights to?
Right now, they are putting out:

1. A film by the "big-named" directors in their collection (Bergman, Godard, Fellini, Tati, Truffaut, Polanski, Kurosawa, etc.) Though don't know why they have 2 Truffaut and Wenders. Weird.
2. They have a IFC deal, so you're going to see newer films. (Che, Gomorrah, etc.)

Those are pretty much the 2 things that they are using to determine the blu-rays they put out right now. They are spreading it around right now for $. Give it another year, and you will start seeing more into their collection.

They appeal as they did in dvd, laserdiscs, etc, so I don't see any difference other than improving everytime.

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