Criterion 2017 Clues

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    Caught screenings of the new restorations of both Solaris and Stalker the last two nights at a local theatre, and both look and sound gorgeous. I'd previously only seen Stalker on VHS, so it was a revelation on the big screen.
     
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    DVDBeaver on Criterion's new Stalker Blu-ray and they are at a loss for words: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_73/stalker_blu-ray.htm

    "The Criterion is advertised as a 'New 2K digital restoration'. OMG. This is just my first pass through the Blu-ray but... this is sick how much better the Criterion image is than the AE [Artificial Eye Blu-ray].

    I'm going to write some comments later - I have to watch it again. I'm afraid some Tarkovsky fans are going to soil their pants... and it's available on both sides of the pond. Sick... I can't believe the detail and colors... stay tuned.

    The film looks so beautiful... it's the most dramatic comparison of the past few years!"
     
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    Rebecca
    Alfred Hitchcock

    5 Sep 2017
    Blu-Ray 2 Discs
    SRP: $39.95

    Film Info

    SYNOPSIS
    CAST/CREDITS

    United States
    1940
    130 minutes
    Black and White
    1.33:1
    English

    Spine #135

    Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley—her groom’s baroque ancestral mansion—she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography.

    Disc Features:

    New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    Audio commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
    Isolated music and effects track
    New conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
    New interview with special effects historian Craig Barron on the visual effects in Rebecca
    Documentary from 2007 on the making of Rebecca
    Screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests including actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter,
    Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
    Casting gallery annotated by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick
    Television interviews with Hitchcock and Fontaine from 1973 and 1980
    Audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
    Three radio adaptations of Rebecca, from 1938, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welles’s version for the Mercury Theatre
    Theatrical rerelease trailer
    PLUS: An essay by critic and Selznick biographer David Thomson and selected production correspondence, including letters between Hitchcock and Selznick

    Cover painting by Robert Hunt
     
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    I love Rebecca, but I already have the original criterion DVD and the MGM Blu Ray. I'm sure this transfer will be an improvement, but...you can't buy everything. I'll almost certainly pass on this. Picking up The Lodger, though.
     
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    I'm definitely buying Rebecca and Othello. Not a fan of the three MGM Hitchcock blu-ray's, so Criterion can't release them fast enough.
     
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    Seems like something that should probably should have been included as an extra, given all the Lynch films they've released or have yet to release.
     
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    who knows, it might...they released Bergman Island as a standalone, and then incorporated it as an extra in the Seventh Seal blu ray.
     
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    I'm hoping for an October 2017 release, but I'll take what I can get.
     
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    I'm still pretty sure that tombstone hint (THEY 8 PM - 5 AM) at the beginning of the year was, at least, a dual hint for They Live by Night and Night of the Living Dead.
     
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    bring it.
     
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    "Its first major restoration ever." Is it even accurate? It's the third in my opinion (1994 Elite Laserdisc and 2008 Weinstein DVD).
     
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    Has there been any more word on Sixteen Candles?
     
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    You stop that this minute.
     
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    Obviously this is all the worst kept secret since Romero and other spilled many of the beans pointing straight at Criterion to begin with. But I'm happy for the confirmation all the same. I'm sure Criterion slanted their clue for They Live By Night with every intention of trying to keep us guessing.

    October may not be the lock we like to think it is though, as they're not going to compete with their own screenings! And Criterion has consistently stated they do not take seasonal timing into consideration with titles.

    Yeah I was thinking that too. But then there are those who define a film restoration as requiring restoration of the film elements. So not just a digital scan that's tweaked on a computer, but actual maintenance of the physical materials like re-splicing every cut, and new safety prints being made. I can believe MoMA is the first to do that (if that was done).
     
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    FUCK. YES.

    It's hard to keep up with Criterion, they've been releasing some great titles lately. And their restorations (as much as people on blu-ray.com like to nitpick) have been stellar. I'm so happy this is finally being done right.

    Suspiria from Synapse, Night of the Living Dead from Criterion. Bring it on.

    ~Matt
     
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    How is NOTLD not part of this line-up?
     

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