Criterion Collection

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Eyenixon, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Also, owning Criterion DVDs makes you feel like you're part of an exclusive, really sophisticated club.
     
  2. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    Yeah, I have the Criterion edition of Robocop.

    Most of the Criterion movies I've seen are like Kurosawa types, so the image quality is never that great to begin with.

    Last Criterion Collection I saw were Cassovetes' Death of A Chinese Bookie & Tarkovsky's Solaris.

    We just got a Criterion Cinema theater down the street from us, haven't been there yet, just a high-end theater I guess.
     
  3. Eyenixon

    Eyenixon Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 11, 2008
    Pretty much, but you're also getting the best DVDs out of it.

    I saw a big boost in quality with Ran, comparing the Criterion with another DVD release (I can't remember which studio).
     
  4. Brother None

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    Apr 3, 2003
    Don't be dissing the artistic merit of Robocop.
     
  5. Eyenixon

    Eyenixon Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 11, 2008
    Bitches leave.
     
  6. Noneoftheabove

    Noneoftheabove First time out of the vault

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    May 2, 2007
    I haven't seen many of the Criterion versions of the films I like. The only one I have is RoboCop. Judging the quality of that, I'd love to get more.

    There's a small problem though, the Criterion version of RoboCop advertises commentary by Paul M. Sammon, the film buff historian, and his track is not included!? What gives?
     
  7. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    I hadn't noticed on mine. I did (and always do) enjoy Paul Verhoven's commentary though.

    Well Ran isn't that old, and it's in color. The black and white stuff - there's only so much you can do to improve it.
    Janus used to distribute the old Kurosawa films IIRC.
     
  8. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Jan 31, 2008
    When "Armageddon" and "The Rock" made it into the collection, I stopped taking it seriously.
     
  9. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Jul 26, 2003
    . . . I'm sorry, did I say it was all class?

    Well, they're still one of the best places to go for what the average consumer would consider to be "obscure." I guess sneaking those two in is a pretty small cloud to have to bear for such an appreciable silver lining.
     
  10. Noneoftheabove

    Noneoftheabove First time out of the vault

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    It is a bit unusual to see The Rock and Armageddon as a Criterion collection. I was under the impression that any Criterion film went through a vetting process to select a film that had cinematic significance to the art.
     
  11. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    I may just try and order The Seventh Seal then, to see what the fuzz is about.
     
  12. TwinkieGorilla

    TwinkieGorilla This ghoul has seen it all

    Oct 19, 2007
    i had reservations about that as well. i wondered if merely having a recognizable style, even if that style is shit, is enough for Criterion to consider you a worthy "auteur".

    the thing is, i don't buy Criterion films because i take them seriously or listen to their opinions on what is or is not good. i buy them because they offer a superior product. if i have a choice of purchasing a weird french import of Salo or the Criterion version, i'm not thinking twice about which version is going to be the better version.
     
  13. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Jan 31, 2008
    Are the CC available in Blu-Ray now? If so, then it may be worth looking into, as DVD (in my eyes) is finished.
     
  14. TwinkieGorilla

    TwinkieGorilla This ghoul has seen it all

    Oct 19, 2007
    yep.
     
  15. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Grrrlol. If you can give me a solid practical reason for the existence of Blu-Ray I'll buy the whole DVD is finished.

    Blu-Ray has been around for years now, with no real success. And no wonder. What the hell is the point, beyond videogaming storage room potential?
     
  16. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
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    Jul 5, 2003
    Full HD (1080p).
    Yes please.
     
  17. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    I mean actual reasons. Not just stuff PR managed to somehow smear into the public consciousness until everyone just bought it hook, line 'n sinker.
     
  18. Eyenixon

    Eyenixon Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 11, 2008
    It can hold more shit?
    I don't know anything about Blu-ray at all, I didn't even pay attention to the supposed Blu-ray Vs. HD-DVD "war" that had supposedly occurred.
     
  19. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Jan 31, 2008
    Simple. Higher resolution.

    Blu-Ray is better for the exact same reasons that DVD was better than VHS. It simply looks better.

    I have a large, plasma television, and I want to use it to it's fullest potential.
     
  20. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
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    Jul 5, 2003
    DVD was also better than VHS because it was more convenient, could hold more film and could be interactive.

    Also, a lot of people won't notice the difference between 720p and 1080p, even when they have the monitor for it. I do, but it is often rather marginal and there aren't that many movies where it's real added value.

    I do think that it's useful, but to most of the buying public it won't add that much.