Criterion 2016 Clues

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  1. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Hell yes! Lone Wolf and Cub is probably my favourite Japanese samurai/revenge series. If you're at all a fan of the Zatoichi films, Lady Snowblood, or even anything that came after that was clearly influenced by Lone Wolf (ie. Pinky Violence) you should love 'em!
     
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    Glad I got my $40 preorder in. Looks like I'll sell my Shogun Assassin blu-ray and make this set even cheaper!
     
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    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I agree, but I grew up in a different time. I've never been able to fully appreciate, say, Mommie Dearest as more than just a movie that almost makes light of domestic abuse in favor of focusing on the hysterical melodramatic personal life trimmings and absurd "don't fuck with me, fellas!" public image glamour of Crawford's life.

    Meanwhile: I get that there's a whole other group of gay men for whom Valley of the Dolls is nothing short of essential. Like Mommie Dearest. For its time, it was a hugely important film.
     
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    I know I'd hold on to the Shogun Assassin edit. It's better in that "quick fix" kind of way than watching the first two episodes. And, I really love the kids narration. But, that's just me.
     
  5. satans-sadists

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    Shogun Assassin is being included as a special feature. I too am very glad to have gotten an order in for $39.99!

    • New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
    • High-definition presentation of Shogun Assassin, the 1980 English-dubbed reedit of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films
    • New interview with Kazuo Koike, writer of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga series and screenwriter on five of the films
    • Lame d’un père, l’âme d’un sabre, a 2005 documentary about the making of the series
    • New interview in which Sensei Yoshimitsu Katsuse discusses and demonstrates the real Suio-ryu sword techniques that inspired those in the manga and films
    • New interview with biographer Kazuma Nozawa about filmmaker Kenji Misumi, director of four of the six Lone Wolf and Cub films
    • Silent documentary from 1937 about the making of samurai swords, with an optional new ambient score by Ryan Francis
    • Trailers
    • New English subtitle translations
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay and film synopses by Japanese pop culture writer Patrick Macias
     
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    Yeah, my understanding is that Valley of the Dolls' notoriety is due primarily to it's position as a camp classic within the gay community. Does that justify it's inclusion within the Criterion collection? I don't know, I guess that's one way of interpreting their credo of preserving "important" films. But on it's own merits as a piece of film...well, like i said...it's pretty damn silly. Not unenjoyable, though, even from the perspective of a straight guy.
     
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    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    touche
     
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    I agree. Shogun Assassin is one of the few films that is probably more entertaining dubbed in English that the original Japanese language.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Both of the VALLEY films are camp classics, are quite silly, and quite enjoyable to certain demographics. I'm ecstatic that CC are digging into some more "underground" types of titles--their release of MULTIPLE MANIACS can't come soon enough!
     
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    Thank god the proper contrast has been restored on this version. I saw part of a rip of the IVC Blu-ray disc. The contrast is so blown-out that there are no blacks, just different shades of grey. It totally destroyed the mood of scenes like the swimming pool encounter.
     
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    Hot damn, Cat People looks GOOD.
     
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    Sure does. I picked up the laserdisc cheap on eBay for the commentary that didn't port over.
     
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    This is now making me consider selling my steelbook of this to fund this new set now I know Shogun Assassin is included as an extra.
     
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    Do it! I sold my Shogun Assassin blu-ray on eBay for $15. Now I'm spending $25 on this set!
     
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    The UK steelbook is worth quite abit now on eBay. Maybe enough to pay for the whole Criterion set
     

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