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Old 12-12-2017, 05:07 PM   #172081
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Old 12-12-2017, 05:43 PM   #172082
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Hi I wrote the below post to "Lady Snowblood thread", after I saw this Criterion thread

"Hello, I purchased from amazon.com the complete lady snowblood on bluray by criterion,
unfortunately it arrives without the poster insert inside (was sealed and with blue sticker of criterion) , amazon refund me, but I sent one email to criterion asking a chance to have the insert .... anyone contact them ? how is the customer service ? thanks"

EDIT : I have a kind reply by Criterion, very professional Thanks Criterion !

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Old 12-12-2017, 07:31 PM   #172083
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just received monterey pop in the mail. i thought i had ordered the complete set, but it is the standard release. i checked my amazon account, i was def in error. however, now that i'm looking into the differences, i'm a bit unsure as to the contents. dvdbeaver's review makes it sound like the complete edition has a bonus disc of content, in addition to the Jimi/Otis disc:

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To clear up the packages; There are two in 2017 being released by Criterion. "The Complete Monterey Pop Festival" is a three Blu-ray disc package. There is also a 2017 single Blu-ray disc new release that is only the first disc of the 'Complete'. Both have 'New 16-bit 4K digital restorations'. The 'Complete' has a second disc of two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop...
however, the criterion.com page shows the standard release as a two-disc set, and it shows the two hours of bonus footage as extra content. looking at criterion and this site, it appears the only difference between the two sets (other than packaging), is that the complete set contains the Jimi/Otis disc...? Can anyone confirm if that is the case?

i've already got the old set from 2009, and it looks like the Jimi/Otis disc are identical between the new and old releases. if that's the case, it looks like my error with amazon was actually rather fortuitous.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:49 PM   #172084
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That's the problem. Ten's just too restrictive.

A friend asked me for my ten favorite films of all-time on Facebook. I gave her thirty, and even that was a challenge.
I'm guessing that she probably didn't read through the list or that she felt that she didn't get what she was hoping for. (that is, if she was looking for recommendations.)

I think a 'top ten' is only ten for a reason. unless its some kind of comprehensive list published by Sight and Sound, AFI, or whomever, I think it really becomes uninteresting after 10.
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:15 PM   #172085
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I'm guessing that she probably didn't read through the list or that she felt that she didn't get what she was hoping for. (that is, if she was looking for recommendations.)

I think a 'top ten' is only ten for a reason. unless its some kind of comprehensive list published by Sight and Sound, AFI, or whomever, I think it really becomes uninteresting after 10.
I completely disagree.

But anyway, my feeling is lists like these need to be limited somehow. Top 10 Russian language films; Top 10 films from the 1960s; Top 10 silent films; Top 10 French New Wave films. Etc.

There have been so many films released, in so many languages, from so many decades, in so many different styles and movements -- at some point asking for a list of Top 10 of all-time just gets ... not sure of the word to use, but insane might be one.
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:31 PM   #172086
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I completely disagree.

But anyway, my feeling is lists like these need to be limited somehow. Top 10 Russian language films; Top 10 films from the 1960s; Top 10 silent films; Top 10 French New Wave films. Etc.

There have been so many films released, in so many languages, from so many decades, in so many different styles and movements -- at some point asking for a list of Top 10 of all-time just gets ... not sure of the word to use, but insane might be one.
I agree. Lists without context don't do anything for me. When I see pages and pages of lists I skip over them. Many of the films in the collection are already recognized world classics so seeing them appear on someone's list is not surprising.

I think something that would be more constructive is adding why one enjoys these films. I believe in Howard Hawks' theory that a great movie will have 3 scenes that really stand out and are unforgettable.

For example, The Red Shoes:

1. The dazzling ballet sequence
2. "Why do you want to live?" (For me this is the easiest way to describe the film - its topic sentence)
3. Julian and Vicky in a heated argument. The camera shifts to Boris with a devilish grin on his face.

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Old 12-12-2017, 08:35 PM   #172087
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I completely disagree.

But anyway, my feeling is lists like these need to be limited somehow. Top 10 Russian language films; Top 10 films from the 1960s; Top 10 silent films; Top 10 French New Wave films. Etc.
or your top 10 films.

there's a lot of things I can eat for lunch, too, but that doesn't make the decision making process that difficult. pastrami on rye's feelings won't be hurt and neither will the films that get left off of AaronJ from Michigan's list or bwdowiak from Chicago's list.

just give 10 films.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:02 PM   #172088
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I'm fairly new to collecting/watching Criterion movies, but here's my top 10.

10. The Lady Vanishes
9. Night of the Living Dead
8. Robocop
7. Following
6. Pan's Labyrinth
5. Crisis (The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates)
4. The Devil's Backbone
3. Rebecca
2. Eraserhead
1. 12 Angry Men
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:07 PM   #172089
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I agree. Lists without context don't do anything for me. When I see pages and pages of lists I skip over them. Many of the films in the collection are already recognized world classics so seeing them appear on someone's list is not surprising.

I think something that would be more constructive is adding why one enjoys these films. I believe in Howard Hawks' theory that a great movie will have 3 scenes that really stand out and are unforgettable.

For example, The Red Shoes:

1. The dazzling ballet sequence
2. "Why do you want to live?" (For me this is the easiest way to describe the film - it's topic sentence)
3. Julian and Vicky in a heated argument. The camera shifts to Boris with a devilish grin on his face.
Lord, it's been way too long since I've watched The Red Shoes. I truly need to change that, soon.

I had never heard that theory by Hawks, but that makes a lot of sense.

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or your top 10 films.

there's a lot of things I can eat for lunch, too, but that doesn't make the decision making process that difficult. pastrami on rye's feelings won't be hurt and neither will the films that get left off of AaronJ from Michigan's list or bwdowiak from Chicago's list.

just give 10 films.
I can't. I mean, I've done it in the past but ... I really have no idea where to start. Now, my Top 10 Criterion releases I can do, but that's because I would address it as what are my favorite 10 releases based on more than the quality of the film -- things like extra features, packaging, artwork, booklet and the quality of the essay contained. etc.

I just haven't gotten around to it, yet.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:15 PM   #172090
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My Top 11 (in no order):
Eraserhead
The Royal Tenenbaums
Modern Times
Hausu
Brazil
The Fisher King
Gojira
Mulholland Drive
The Life Aquatic
Following
Breathless
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:21 PM   #172091
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just received monterey pop in the mail. i thought i had ordered the complete set, but it is the standard release. i checked my amazon account, i was def in error. however, now that i'm looking into the differences, i'm a bit unsure as to the contents. dvdbeaver's review makes it sound like the complete edition has a bonus disc of content, in addition to the Jimi/Otis disc:



however, the criterion.com page shows the standard release as a two-disc set, and it shows the two hours of bonus footage as extra content. looking at criterion and this site, it appears the only difference between the two sets (other than packaging), is that the complete set contains the Jimi/Otis disc...? Can anyone confirm if that is the case?

i've already got the old set from 2009, and it looks like the Jimi/Otis disc are identical between the new and old releases. if that's the case, it looks like my error with amazon was actually rather fortuitous.
I don't have it yet, but The Complete Monterey Pop Festival has 3 discs:

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-C...9/#Screenshots

Looks like the 2 hours of extra footage gets its own BD, which I assume is also the case in the 2-disc Monterey Pop.

I think Beaver's description is confused. Hendrix and Redding appear in the main documentary, and their respective complete performances in the third disc of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival.

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OK, here is a preliminary Top 10 Criterions. These are ones I own, and I'm limiting it to Blu-rays. This was very difficult btw. In no order:

Breathless
Mulholland Dr.
The Before Trilogy
Persona
3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman
L’Avventura
Dekalog
Last Year at Marienbad
Rosemary’s Baby
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Maybe this has been talked about before, but I wonder what Criterion title people have been most disappointed with, at least regarding the amount/quality of special features? For me, it would be Heaven's Gate - it was great to have the movie restored and in high def, but the special features were sparse and very much a letdown (understandable, given that Michael Cimino had to approve everything and probably didn't want any of the features to address the movie's financial issues).
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I don't have it yet, but The Complete Monterey Pop Festival has 3 discs:

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-C...9/#Screenshots

Looks like the 2 hours of extra footage gets its own BD, which I assume is also the case in the 2-disc Monterey Pop.

I think Beaver's description is confused. Hendrix and Redding appear in the main documentary, and their respective complete performances in the third disc of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival.
i believe that the Monterey Pop Festival film has abridged 'highlights' of each artist's set. In the old set, there was a separate disc containing "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey," which contains their full performances.
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:14 PM   #172095
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Maybe this has been talked about before, but I wonder what Criterion title people have been most disappointed with, at least regarding the amount/quality of special features? For me, it would be Heaven's Gate - it was great to have the movie restored and in high def, but the special features were sparse and very much a letdown (understandable, given that Michael Cimino had to approve everything and probably didn't want any of the features to address the movie's financial issues).
"Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate" would have been incredible to have on that disc, but obviously Cimino would never have approved of that.
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Maybe this has been talked about before, but I wonder what Criterion title people have been most disappointed with, at least regarding the amount/quality of special features? For me, it would be Heaven's Gate - it was great to have the movie restored and in high def, but the special features were sparse and very much a letdown (understandable, given that Michael Cimino had to approve everything and probably didn't want any of the features to address the movie's financial issues).
Stalker for sure, especially because it is such a high-profile title.
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"Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate" would have been incredible to have on that disc, but obviously Cimino would never have approved of that.
Yeah, and it's too bad (the doc wasn't quite as good as the book Final Cut, but it was still really good). I also read that a feature that discussed the real Johnson County War was also deleted from the Criterion edition.

Still, even a relatively weak Criterion edition is usually more loaded than a typical studio offering (although even Criterion can't compete with the Blade Runner 5-disc or the Wizard of Oz 70th anniversary edition).
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Maybe this has been talked about before, but I wonder what Criterion title people have been most disappointed with, at least regarding the amount/quality of special features? For me, it would be Heaven's Gate - it was great to have the movie restored and in high def, but the special features were sparse and very much a letdown (understandable, given that Michael Cimino had to approve everything and probably didn't want any of the features to address the movie's financial issues).
Considering the titles I thought the special features for Gilda and The Palm Beach Story were quite disappointing.
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[QUOTE=cropduster;14453412]Mill Creek released a blu-ray of 5000 Fingers of Dr T last June.

Yeah, I bought that one too and just traded it. I was kind of hoping it might be a Night of the Living Dead or a Dr Strangelove situation, but its probably wishful thinking on my part. Such a weird clue for Othello but I guess there have been weirder clues ...
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Yeah, and it's too bad (the doc wasn't quite as good as the book Final Cut, but it was still really good). I also read that a feature that discussed the real Johnson County War was also deleted from the Criterion edition.
I wonder why?

Or is it obvious, and I'm an idiot?
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