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Old 11-15-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Criterion Mildred Pierce (1945)

https://www.criterion.com/films/29025-mildred-pierce



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New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New conversation about Mildred Pierce with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
Excerpt from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary on Crawford’s life and career
Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller
Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring novelist James M. Cain
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Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional.

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Old 11-15-2016, 08:15 PM   #2
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This is such great news. I like the cover art, too.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:16 PM   #3
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What an awesome and unexpected surprise! I thought WAC was going to release it eventually.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:18 PM   #4
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This is excellent news.

Between the Warner Archives Collection and this new deal with Criterion Warner has really stepped up catalog releases. And they're doing it without skimping on quality.

This should look gorgeous.
And I have been fortunate to escape what has been called “that form of snobbery which can accept the Literature of Entertainment in the Past, but only the Literature of the Enlightenment in the Present.” - Raymond Chandler

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Old 11-15-2016, 08:18 PM   #5
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Oh man, that new cover art is killer!!

I hope Criterion gets Gun Crazy too!
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:18 PM   #6
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Great news.
I just wish we could have a great commentary track for the film.

Day one!
Stop the Replacing of original Studio Opening / Closing logos! These are becoming endangered and should be kept intact. They are part of film history.

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Old 11-15-2016, 08:19 PM   #7
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Wonderful!
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:20 PM   #8
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This is the best news that I've read all week.

Here's to retiring another one of my film noir DVDs.
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Hopefully a mod will fix the year.
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This is the best news that I've read all week.

Here's to retiring another one of my film noir DVDs.
TCM has taken to airing it every Mother's Day and for the past three or so years I've dutifully DVR'ed it only to let it sit there unwatched because I was sure it would be coming out 'any day now'.
And I have been fortunate to escape what has been called “that form of snobbery which can accept the Literature of Entertainment in the Past, but only the Literature of the Enlightenment in the Present.” - Raymond Chandler

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BTW, if anybody's curious, the HBO mini-series with Kate Winslet is also extremely good.

It doesn't try to recreate the noir feel (or even a Chinatown-ish neo-noir feel) but it's very faithful to the book and very, very well done.

Winslet is great (duh) but so is pretty much everybody else.
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GREAT film.
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Mildred, Before Trilogy and Women On The Verge...February is taking a toll on my wallet, but certainly lifting my soul!
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FINALLY, I've been wanting this movie on Blu-ray for the longest time.



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Sudden Fear in December and now Mildred Pierce in February. Can't wait! I wonder what other goodies WB has licensed to Criterion?
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Day One!
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Sudden Fear in December and now Mildred Pierce in February. Can't wait! I wonder what other goodies WB has licensed to Criterion?
Yeah, whatever lingering doubts I might have had about the extent of this new partnership have been shattered by The Asphalt Jungle and now this.

Arsenic and Old Lace? Why not. 7 Days in May? Perfect fit. Thin Man box set? Not nearly as crazy as it seemed a couple months ago.

Hell, even something like Ken Russell's The Devils doesn't seem totally crazy anymore.
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Yeah, whatever lingering doubts I might have had about the extent of this new partnership have been shattered by The Asphalt Jungle and now this.

Arsenic and Old Lace? Why not. 7 Days in May? Perfect fit. Thin Man box set? Not nearly as crazy as it seemed a couple months ago.

Hell, even something like Ken Russell's The Devils doesn't seem totally crazy anymore.
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Can't wait. Really piercing cover

edit: I just realized I made a bit of a pun there. Totally unintentional, but probably a subconscious thing

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