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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1750 on: December 15, 2017, 05:11:55 PM »
I'll probably upgrade Passion. One of four Criterions I still own while I hold out for a Bluray release.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1751 on: January 01, 2018, 01:51:46 PM »


And of course I just bought a UK edition of the latest Kaurismäki...
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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1752 on: January 01, 2018, 02:00:39 PM »
I'm excited about The Scarlet Empress. Can't imagine how good a Blu of that would look.
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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1753 on: January 17, 2018, 11:42:20 AM »
It's time again:

The Virgin Suicides - never seen it, it's probably worth watching but I doubt I'll get around to it. Pass.

The Color of Pomegranates - Seen it twice, I feel like that's enough. I'd rather it was Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, but even then I'm not sure I'd buy it. I find Parajanov very interesting, but he's not really one of my guys. Pass.

Dead Man - Even though I liked it more than I thought I would, no desire for a second viewing. Pass.

The Awful Truth - It's fine, but not a favorite by any means. Wake me when they released Holiday. Pass.

Ingrid Bergman's Swedish Years - Of course I read this as INGMAR at first and was excited but confused. Like, most of them were Swedish years. But no, it was Ingrid and I've seen none of these. And no thanks. Pass.


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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1754 on: January 17, 2018, 07:07:10 PM »
I only own one Criterion Collection BR so never really had a chance to compare them to the standard Blu-ray. Are they a much better presentation or is it more on extras that they may put in.

I love New World and Dead Man but have them both on Blu-ray, I just am not sure it would ever be worth the investment unless there was a lot of work done on the film.
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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1755 on: January 17, 2018, 10:50:46 PM »
My understanding is that they're usually better quality-wise than most of the major studios, but sometimes boutique studios in other regions do a better job with the same titles. I've never had a complaint but I'm not super technical about video quality (and I still use the TV speakers for audio).

Often their releases are stacked with extras, with a focus on scholarly analysis. Not always though... a lot of their releases are pretty barebones.

Criterion has become synonymous with "top of the line DVD/Blu-Ray release" which is not always warranted. There are a lot of studios doing great work but Criterion's name has gathered a lot of prestige because they've released a lot of the canonical heavy-hitters, and the spine numbers give them extra cachet with "gotta catch 'em all!" collector types.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1756 on: January 17, 2018, 11:21:14 PM »
My understanding is that they're usually better quality-wise than most of the major studios, but sometimes boutique studios in other regions do a better job with the same titles. I've never had a complaint but I'm not super technical about video quality (and I still use the TV speakers for audio).

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Criterion has become synonymous with "top of the line DVD/Blu-Ray release" which is not always warranted. There are a lot of studios doing great work but Criterion's name has gathered a lot of prestige because they've released a lot of the canonical heavy-hitters, and the spine numbers give them extra cachet with "gotta catch 'em all!" collector types.

I'm not the collector type or completist type. Will spare the double dip and only look out for something that I don't already have and really want it.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1757 on: February 13, 2018, 11:44:47 AM »
50% Flash Sale on criterion.com. Use code: GOLD

I probably won't be buying anything at this time, but thought there might be some here how would want to take advantage.
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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1758 on: February 13, 2018, 12:28:20 PM »
I only own one Criterion Collection BR so never really had a chance to compare them to the standard Blu-ray. Are they a much better presentation or is it more on extras that they may put in.

Just saw this and want to say that the color quality between the Criterion blu-ray of Charade and every other version I've seen made me literally cry.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1759 on: February 13, 2018, 06:50:04 PM »
well, I certainly do not want to cry so may have to pass on that one.  I've told myself not to buy any more BR's for the moment. At least not until I watch all the others that just sit around unwatched
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