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Criterion is going BluRay!!!

YESSSSSSSSSSSS! Hey folks, Harry here. As a high def junkie - I've been dying waiting for Criterion to commit and start offering us there ubercoolness in 1080p glory! As for the line up... It's just about as outstanding as you could hope for from Criterion. THIRD MAN! MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH! CHUNGKING EXPRESS! WALKABOUT! WAGES OF FEAR! I can not friggin wait! Great news for all of us that love Criterion and HD!

Dear Criterion Collection Newsletter subscriber, We’ve got some exciting news for this fall, and we wanted you to hear it first. Our first Blu-ray discs are coming! We’ve picked a little over a dozen titles from the collection for Blu-ray treatment, and we’ll begin rolling them out in October. These new editions will feature glorious high-definition picture and sound, all the supplemental content of the DVD releases, and they will be priced to match our standard-def editions. Here’s what’s in the pipeline: The Third Man Bottle Rocket Chungking Express The Man Who Fell to Earth The Last Emperor El Norte The 400 Blows Gimme Shelter The Complete Monterey Pop Contempt Walkabout For All Mankind The Wages of Fear Alongside our DVD and Blu-ray box sets of The Last Emperor, we’ll also be putting out the theatrical version as a stand-alone release in both formats, priced at $39.95. Our Blu-ray release of Walkabout will be an all-new edition, featuring new supplements as well as a new transfer; we will also release an updated anamorphic DVD of Nicolas Roeg’s outback masterpiece at the same time.
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  • May 7, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Zerath

    Wooot!

  • May 7, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Damn, was second:

    by Zerath

    Good news for Criterion fans, though.

  • May 7, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I love Criterion movies

    by toadkillerdog

    This may spur me to buy Blu Ray

  • May 7, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by Shawn F.

    That is pretty much the final nail in the coffin that is my SD DVD purchasing.

  • May 7, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Where's Armageddon?!

    by TallBoy66

    Now there's a Criteron disc that'll fly off the shelves...right?

  • May 7, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Hi Purpa Sadu!

    by Money Daniels

    This news rocks!

  • May 7, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    400 Blows

    by SPECTRE007

    It's a French flick. Truffaut did it. Sadly, a very deceptive title, even for the French.

  • May 7, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    enough...

    by Noddy93

    I'm done spending insane amounts of money for overrated films... I've collected Criterion for years but I'd rather have new regular DVD than the same old shit rehashed in a slightly better than my upconverting dvd player will show. Kafka is still nowhere to be seen but you want to give me Bowie in the man who fell to earth which came out in Criteon only last year? How about you give us Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence first so I can dump my PAL dvd? Jackoffs

  • May 7, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Blu Ray Still Priced Too High.

    by Underoos Hero

    I can't see jumping on the bandwagon right now and being one of the first of the idiots to pay top dollar for this new format just because I'm an American and that's how we do things. How's that for a run on sentence. Anywhoo, I'll wait till BluGay discs come down to $15 and the players hit around the $150 range. By then the 1080 TV's will have come way down. I know I won't be cool by then, but hey, fuck off.

  • May 7, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Criterion has gone Blu-ray and here's why...

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>What the hell are you looking here for?</p> <p>I dunno why.</p> <p>I'm just playfully mocking Harry's HD-DVD statement.</p> <p>But you knew that....didn't you?</p> <p>MT</p>

  • May 7, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    RE: Armageddon?!

    by Noddy93

    It'll be right up there with The Rock.... If any director is due the Criterion treatment it's Michael Bay!

  • May 7, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Underoos?

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>As far as I'm concerned you're cool.</p> <p>Now fuck off.</p> <p>;-)</p> <p>MT</p>

  • May 7, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Mistahtibbs

    by Underoos Hero

    haha

  • May 7, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    gotham_night

    by Underoos Hero

    STAR WARS? Who cares anymore? ahah

  • May 7, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    2 of Roeg's right out of the gate...

    by Alfred_Packer

    Me likey!

  • May 7, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Did Martians eat the Hi-Def, Harry?

    by Stephen OKeefe

    Beats the big Blue getting the death ray.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    whats the deal with criterion?

    by Bouncy X

    like what made them better than "regular" dvds? i recently got The Rock blu-ray and it has all the extras that were only available on the criterion version and i gotta say, it wasnt a lot and not that informative, so why was the dvd 40$ and up? what made them better?

  • May 7, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Well Duh Yeah...

    by tolomey

    Blu Ray is the new format, what else were Criterion gonna release on, paper plates? Not cool news, just sort of obvious really.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Can they please release The Last Emperor in 2.35:1

    by Mr_ant

    And not in this bullshit Univisium format Storaro has been forcing the films he shot into. Seriously.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE --CRITERION

    by la_sith

    make it happen, cunts

  • May 7, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    without Star Wars or LOTR or Harry Potter or Trek

    by sith_rising

    it's just an expensive novelty item that will end up in the HD-DVD / Laserdisk / VHS pile in the corner. Call me in 5 years, maybe I'll upgrade.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I just creamed in my pants

    by Mattyboy122

    At the thought of Brigitte Bardot's perfect ass in 1080p high definition. Worth the price for Contempt on blu-ray, most definitely. Pretty great flick, even without Bardot's hotness; she just adds to it with that sweet ass. These are some awesome titles announced, I just wish I'd held off on the standard definition DVDs.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Dammit, I just bought The Third Man CC

    by Greenleaf1

    But I watched it three times and f'n loved the movie, so I'll probably pick up the bluray version (unless it costs 100 bucks).

  • May 7, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Salò?

    by FraDolcino

    I'm still awaiting the supposed HD re-release of Pasolini's "Salò, o le 120 giornate di sodoma", that was promised in their "on five" blog to come out sometime "in late 2007". Apparently several people have gotten email responses saying that Criterion is still planning a re-release, but there's still no date yet! ARG! Maybe this signals the beginning of my perverse quest for a high quality edition (old criterion bootlegs and the BFI are pretty dark and grimy, and the Gaumont edition has no subtitles - not that that stopped me from getting all 3) of my favorite film. Yes, I have issues. I await your assault...

  • May 7, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I'm not investing in Blu-ray until we get The Black Hole in 1080

    by KnightShift

    'nuff said.

  • May 7, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Don't be so gloomy, Greenleaf

    by Mattyboy122

    After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    by cousindave

    They better release Armageddon and The Rock in Blu Ray format!

  • May 7, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    HOT DAMN!

    by FarSky

    Fantastic news.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    FUCK YOU, HARRY.

    by Frankenblogger

    Go buy more HD DVD. Idiot. Moron. (High-Def retard is more like it.)

  • May 7, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray??? YAWN

    by Gungan Slayer

  • May 7, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    This is the

    by RyanEsta

    Best news I've heard in a long time. I am an avid Criterion junkie and this makes me very happy. Looks like I'll have to sell my current version of Contempt so I can see Brigette Bardot in HD.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    BLU-BAY!!!!! BABY!!!

    by sonnyhooper

    thats what they should call it when they get around to releasing Armageddon in hi-def. you got BLU-BAYED. *BBBOOOOMMMM*

  • May 7, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    The Last Emperor criterion edition in 1080p

    by Thenon

    Omg I can't wait.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean

    by Mattyboy122

    Yeah, with a good transfer the difference is definitely noticeable. In high definition the image typically has a greater sense of depth to it. It's a bit hard to describe beyond that, but I'd love to see more black and white films on blu-ray.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Walkabout is Genius

    by odysseus

    One of my all-time faves....

  • May 7, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Oh hell yes

    by knowthyself

    This is great news.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Blu Ray is the next Laser Disc

    by jae683

    It'll linger around, but it'll never replace DVD.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Kurosawa?????

    by picardsucks

  • May 7, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    HD DVD is the new laser disc.

    by knowthyself

    Bah. Plenty of folks thought nothing would replace VHS. Usual detractors. Yawn.

  • May 7, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    There's nothing wrong with standard def

    by beetlegeuse

    Blu-ray is just a cash grab, bullshit excuse to charge $40 for a movie, and prevent pirating. Movies are just as funny or suspenseful on DVDs. Sure the picture is a little bit better, but not $20 better, (maybe like $5 better). HD is for chumps with too much money.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Standard def hahah.

    by knowthyself

    Is for poor people with too little money. Get a better paying job beetlegeuse.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Underoos Hero

    You should take your own advise.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Lets see.

    by knowthyself

    40 inch HD TV. Check. PS3 check. Bluray movies. Check. I did take my own advice.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I recently saw some black and white in HD

    by RAVENL0RD

    It looked marvelous. I never would have thought that it would make such a big difference on old B&W movies, but it sure does.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Criterion Blu Ray

    by darkkelt

    Criterion films already cost $40 because they tend to be niche films for collectors. black and white looks amazing in hi def ,the hd version of casablanca was stellar. resolution has nothing to do with colour. black and white films shot are at least 2k in resolution sometimes higher. like young frankenstein in b & w is probably pretty cool

  • May 7, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray may be the next LD, but...

    by hamster factor

    it is a hell of a lot better than LD could have ever dreamed of being, and it is the perfect format for collectors, therefore the perfect format for Criterion. Downloadable might be the future, but not for collectors. Old movies can look PHENOMENAL in HD if they are captured and restored properly.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Bottle Rocket Criterion

    by Accordion27

    No one else here is excited that the Criterion edition of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket will be one of the first Blu-Ray titles to be released? It's old news that Criterion was giving it an overhaul, but this not only gives the release a date but also shows how much Criterion continues to support Anderson.

  • May 7, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    SWEET!

    by Sakurai

    I love Chungking Express and Bottle Rocket.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    BOTTLE ROCKET MOTHERFUCKER

    by haggardatbest

    Criterion, you've just sold me a BluRay player.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Sakurai

    by Jonesey1111

    Those are the two I am most excited about too...two of my faves!

  • May 7, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Are you people like 80 years old?

    by knowthyself

    Rejecting new technology is for old farts.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Criterion hates poor people and minorities

    by Gozu

    If you're not willing to blow 60 bucks on a DVD, then you'll never own "Seven Samurai." I'm pretty sure they're also Holocaust Deniers. Spread that one around. I wonder how much they'll fucking charge now for "Brazil." Probably well over $100. I'm pretty sure on their website they take Paypal. And babies.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    The next time some of you are at...

    by poeticwarriorII

    Skywalker Ranch please kick Georgie in the fucking nuts and ask him why he's behind Criterion in putting movies out on Blu-ray. What a complete fucknut.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    The 400 Blows

    by Ageoffroyi

    Very excited to see it in High Def, but I think I'll have to wait and see if they'll release the whole antoine doinel series on blu ray...If we get stolen kisses in 1080p I may start re-buying my collection.

  • May 7, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Christine Darbon

    by Ageoffroyi

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  • May 7, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Hooray!

    by Osmosis Jones

    Now we can pay EIGHTY dollars for a two-disc set, instead of only forty!

  • May 7, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    oh yeah (Kool Aid Man voice)

    by wash

    Suck it down "digital downloads are the future!" and "upscaling is good enough!" pleebs.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by johne5

    I plan on buying a PS3 soon. While I have an extensive DVD collection, I do intend to buy my favorite movies on bluray, for some films I'll stick to regular dvd, but for others, including ones with great directing or cinematography I'll buy HiDef as it relates to work and I use for research.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Last Emperor in Correct Aspect Ratio Please

    by chrisboy

    I hope what they mean by releasing the theatrical versions of The Last Emperor as stand-alone copies as the Correct 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio as opposed to Vittorio Storaro's fascination with 3:2 non-digital CRT television sets. Perhaps Storaro wants to re-release all his movies in 3:2 pan & scan. The horror. The horror.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    People complaining about the price of Blu-Rays...

    by wash

    aren't the target Criterion audience first of all. Second, they say they will be charging THE SAME PRICE for their BRs as their normal DVDs. Which naturally are pricier than standard DVDs of course, but at least you aren't getting screwed here.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Wages of Fear

    by lensproject

    is one of the best action movies ever. I'm so f***ing excited.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Didn't anyone actually READ the article?

    by half vader

    They'll be priced commensurate with current standard-def DVDs. Sure, that's more expensive than the regular shit, but they're a small company without the resources to leverage the final price like the majors, yet they offer the same (or better) quality, and give us titles we'd never even see otherwise. I love 'em because they DON'T generally give us the regular shit. <p> The next Laserdisc argument is still dragging on? You know what? Fine! Laserdisc offered over TEN THOUSAND titles. Big stuff, obscure stuff, classic stuff, and all in much better quality (including Dolby Digital and DTS sound) than anything else available for about a DECADE. And no, you didn't have to flip discs the whole time. Although I don't know why DVD players couldn't "flip" the discs when LD players could, actual disc replication shenanigans aside. <p> And Criterion costs NOTHING compared to the old Laser days. I poured thousands into LD - and don't regret all those Criterion box sets one bit. Still cheaper than film school and gave me the same knowledge that got me into the film biz in the same way. <p> LD rocked. So did DVD. So does HD. DDL will (maybe, if they don't squeeze bandwidth & give us 720/half the pixels 'til kingdom come), but in 5 to 10. <p> Haters/closet jealous types/deaf & blind types who can't see an appreciable difference/myopic tits fuck off.

  • May 7, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    exactly, vader

    by Holodigm

    "derdeeder, blu-ray criterion will be so expensive" yeah, except it's going for the same price as the standard def discs. for a company that always charges an extra 10 bucks, that's damn decent of them. and plus anyone who's ever bought a DVD knows that it's not going to sell at MSRP (unless you're sam goody or barnes and noble). who here has actually bought a standard criterion movie for 40 bucks? probably no one, because they're almost always marked down to 30.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Chungking in HD?

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    What's the point? There's nothing to improve, once you take the grit out of that film it loses its feel. Chungking won't look any different in HD than its $10 DVD counterpart. Still not convinced it's worth it to move to Blu-Ray, not even Criterion can make me budge yet. Though my ears did twitch slightly at the news.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    I also love how

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    the existence of Blu-Ray has led to a huge group of elitist consumers who appreciate formate more than content. It's just decadence. I'm more interested in seeing the movies period and there are not a lot of them on Blue Ray and I've seen most of the ones that are out in stores on Blue Ray. The ones that I haven't are half-price for brand new DVDs.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    and of course by formate

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    I meant just what I typed.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Don't have a Blu-Ray yet, but

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I'm happy that Criterion has joined the fold. The idea of one day owning HD versions of "The Third Man," "The 400 Blows" and plenty of Kurosawa's films makes me a very very happy man.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Brazil or GTFO

    by EskNerd

    I'm sick of watching the letterboxed (non-anamorphic widescreen) Criterion box set. The quality is abysmal. Time to get out of the laserdisc age, folks!

  • May 8, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Fiend without a face!

    by Ommadawn1959

    Excellent...

  • May 8, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    What else would they have gone?

    by thebearovingian

    Criterion had no choice but Blu-ray. This is not news. It is only confirmation of what everyone knew.<p>The only Criterion Collection movie I own is Armageddon. Yes, a Michael Bay film. Glad to see some others givin' it some love.<p> Damn you, MCMLXXVI!

  • May 8, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Anyone who still doesn't get...

    by eggart

    ...why HD is a good thing isn't worth trying to convince.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    The blu-ray war is not yet won

    by BendersShinyAss

    mark my words. blu-ray is on the decline

  • May 8, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    COOLEST NEWS EVER!

    by warsinthesun

  • May 8, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    2008 is the year of Blu-Ray

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    I will finally have a reason to own a PlayStation 3 -- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Resident Evil 5, 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the best films ever made, and The Wages of Fear, one of the greatest thrillers ever made, period. The only caveat: fucking DRM. HDTV is the way to go. Now I need Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line issued in glorious 1080 resolution with a kick-ass uncompressed DTS-MA soundtrack for Terrence Malick marathon. HD is the wave of the future. Must work with HD in shooting production and editing i.e. Final Cut Pro. The wait is worth it. Goodbye LaserDisc, hello HD video!

  • May 8, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Bearovingian

    by half vader

    I don't think it's the what else thing so much as the FINALLY! thing that we're jumping for joy. You could have said this was going to happen months ago, but Criterion waited 'til they were good and ready (it wasn't for want of questioning about the matter). <p> BadWaldo, slightly off-topic, but I wonder if the Red will finally change Spielberg's mind about HD? Not the 5k rez so much, as the incredibly improved dynamic range.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Could we PLEASE skip the Blu-Ray

    by Boromir

    wallet raping and get straight to the point at which I can get these goodies without having to buy more overpriced-yet-cheap plastic crap? High-capacity digital transmission technologies and the interface to make it all seamless can't get here fast enough for me. I want BOOKS on my freakin' shelves; when I want film or music, I want it on demand and with all of the extras, delivered to me invisibly and when I'm ready for it, without the need to buy or store all the STUFF that these companies keep pushing on everyone.

  • May 8, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    What's a DVD?

    by Lashlarue

    I still love my VHS. TRACKING...TRACKING... Please be Kind, Rewind.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I thought the Criterion Armageddon was a joke

    by Boromir

    But after looking it up on their website and seeing that it's for real, I've E-mailed them to ask when they plan to release Mr. Deeds and Showgirls.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    About time.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Glad I never bought a lot of these because now I can get the right editions in high def.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Bottle Rocket

    by psychedelic

    I have to chime in on this one. I've been waiting for Criterion Bottle Rocket foooor-ever. It's been rumored as in the works for years. Every time I see Bottle Rocket in a store I just know I'll get screwed if I get it. It's my favorite Wes Anderson movie and now my wait has been validated. Sweeeet!

  • May 8, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    sour grapes

    by sajarrow

    HD-DVD sucks the very last drop of Blu Rays jizzz...swallow or spit...stop talkin keep suckin XBOTS !!!

  • May 8, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I love the defense of Armageddon on the Criterion DVD

    by BitterMan23

    It's like, Bay's old professor and she is like 'fuck you, it's a worthy entry'. I agree 100%, of course, but I like to picture Bay haters reading it with smoke pouring from their ears...<br> <br> Also, Armageddon's master negative was destroyed in a fire (which is why the film was never re-released with an anamorphic transfer on standard def). It is being rebuilt, but i imagine it's not a priority. Then again this year is the 10th anniv, so hopefully it will see a Blu release, if not necessarily the Criterion (Buena Vista put out the Rock Blu Ray with all of the original Criterion extras, I imagine the 'geddon will get the same treatment).

  • May 8, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Brazil

    by HarryTuttle

    Gaggin' for it in HD.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    by the way

    WOW. I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS MICHAEL BAY DAY. DOH!!

  • May 8, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Walkabout im HI-DEF!

    by FILMFUNK

    nice! refuse to buy any Blue-rays yet as they are £20+ and it'll be a while before they drop and i'm only gonna get ones that come out which I haven't already got on DVD.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    fuck the geek tech...spirit gets an xmas release

    by bacci40

    thats right bitches...thanks to the fan boy and grrl reaction at the nyc comicon, they bumped up the project...if it's a blockbuster, will miller's ego explode??

  • May 8, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    HOTT FUCKIN' SPIT ON A HANKY!!!!

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    A PEE MY PANTS IN HAPPYNESS OF THIS NEWS!!!!! NOW CRITERION CAN GET ON WORKING ON SOME SERIOUS TITLES IN NEED OF THE BLUS...HOW BOUT "SALO", "THE KILLER" "HARD BOILED" "SPINAL TAP" "DEAD RINGERS" AND SOME OF THE CLASSIC LASERS THAT NEVER CROSSED OVER LIKE THEIR VERSIONS OF "SEVEN" AND "BOOGIE KNIGHTS" AND SOME OF THE CLASSIC NUGGETS LIKE "NOSTALGHIA" AND ALL THE KUBRICK TITLES THAT STAN HIMSELF REMASTERED!!!! CUSE MEWHILE I GO GHANGE MY SOGGY BRITCHES!!!!....And thus, I wet 'em again! - - - George, the 7th Chicken!!!!

  • May 8, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Surely it should be...

    by snappy

    ..."The 4400 Blows"? Not so much a DVD, more an accurate assessment.

  • May 8, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Do you know??

    by Michael9911

    Recently, quite a few celebrities and pro athletes were said to appear on the millionaire luxury club "RICHLOVING.COM" to hook up with hot girs and models. OMG!!! Are these famous guys fond of internet dating for now?? Maybe they are indeed so rich that they feel boring sometimes to need new things?

  • May 8, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Holy crap!

    by UltimaRex

    George is back!!! Glad to see you busted out of the coop.

  • May 8, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    On Blu-Ray...

    by UltimaRex

    I'm waiting for the now inevitable Blu-Ray xbox 380. Oh well, I'm finishing off my FCP setup. I'll be making my own HD movies soon.

  • May 8, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    To those saying Blu Ray = Laser Disc

    by ZoeFan

    Or will never replace DVD haven't ever watched a full film on the format. And thus really have no clue what they're talking about.

  • May 8, 2008, 5:08 a.m. CST

    ugh I hate El Norte

    by troutpencil

    I do not understand the appreciation that movie gets. It's a fucking tv movie. I laughed endlessly at that stupid rat scene, and then again when that bitch died of a belated rat bite infection, and also at her inability to shut up while dying. Awful.

  • May 8, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 8, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Direct Download will kill Blue Ray

    by Gozu

    You're going to have a generation of kids who will have never bought a CD in their lives and can't understand the idea of having a bunch of clunky disks around. As storage options and bandwidth improve, so will video quality.

  • May 8, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Michael Biehn in Avatar!

    by Paulseta

    You hear it here first! Leak from 20th's branch office... I for one am one happy happy camper!

  • May 8, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    No Kurosawas?

    by Nordling

    That's lame. C'mon.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Direct Download will kill Blu Ray...

    by ZoeFan

    In like 10-12 years from now.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    I hate the fact my lovingly collected DVDs are not no better tha

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    VHS. I'm steering well clear of Blu Ray, I'll wait for the digial download revolution.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Criterion is like good sex.

    by Knuckleduster

    In fact, every time I feel like having sex, I say to my girlfriend: "Let's have Criterion" or "Let's make Criterion" or "Let's Criterion like monkeys". Sometimes it works. Sometimes she just puts a DVD on and falls asleep on the couch... while I Criterion as I look at her sleep.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    In more important news ...

    by jae683

    That red-head in the Bustedtees ad is just plain hot!

  • May 8, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    UltimaRex

    by Bouncy X

    well the xbox 360 with built in blu-ray is coming soon so that future 380 is bound to have it as well. lol

  • May 8, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by christophermoltosante

    40" HD TV....check.....PS3....Check....High Def DVD's........Check.......but alas, no girlfriend.

  • May 8, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Zoefan

    by jae683

    Actually, I have a ps3. It's a decent player, lousy game machine. But as for Blu-Ray, your average consumer, ie not geeks like us that obsessive over every little pixel, isn't buying into it. The movies are almost always twice as much as slandered def, and on a normal tv, the difference isn't that great. I mean, lets be real here. You can get a good dvd player for well under $100 and movies for $5, if you look around. That's a pretty hard margin to beat.

  • May 8, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    What's funny is..

    by Stalkeye

    ..despite Blu-ray winning the format wars, sales for the players are still low.The PS3 is the only viable option, a Blu-ray player that also functions as a game machine. What's funny is that most PS3 games are only 720p compared to Xbox 360's 1080i-p.Not to mention the lack of exclusives.Well atleast there's MGS4 which I already pre-ordered.

  • May 8, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Criterion

    by foree forehead

    give us STALKER by tarkovsky please. even on regular dvd would be nice

  • May 8, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Your right. I don't have a girlfriend.

    by knowthyself

    I have a wife. Check.

  • May 8, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Speaking of my lovely wife...

    by knowthyself

    ..during Iron Man she turned to me and whispered. "I love this movie. This is going to look awesome on bluray." I swear I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

  • May 8, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Anti-Blu Ray people will change their mind come Q4

    by ZoeFan

    As they push HDTV's like crazy. They'll include free Blu Ray players with HDTVs. DVDs will be made out to be obsolete. But that's in Q4. So wait until then.

  • May 8, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Anti-bluray people were once Anti-DVD people

    by knowthyself

    And those of us who were early adopters of DVD are the reason you punks have your super cheap DVD's in the first place. Without early adopters no format survives to hit the mainstream. I paid 27 bucks for my first DVD movie and 200 for my first DVD player. So excuse me if I just don't take anti-bluray people seriously.

  • May 8, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    The truth about blu-ray detractors

    by Johnno

    They're cheap, blind, poor, unintelligable morons who were convinced HD-DVD would win, that are convinced that Digital Downloading will suddenly become the next standard thing by the end of this year and bought a broken Xbox 360 because it's cheaper and now are swapping out for their 6th one.

  • May 8, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    And DVD buyers will feel really stupid...

    by Johnno

    Once the pricing of blu-ray drops to exactly that of DVD and DVD prices do not change. But let them be stubborn and miss out. They're probably still using some shitty bunny eared antennae TV because they thought cable and digital was a passing fad that wouldn't last until the next big thing...

  • May 8, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Johnno

    by jae683

    You really are one bitter dude, aren't you? Oh, we'll miss out! First off, DVD was light years ahead of VHS when it came out, and the idea of not rewinding a tape was selling point in itself. That's not the case with Blu-Ray. It's not leaps and bounds better for the average veiwer. I just don't see it ever replacing DVD. But hey, that's my humble opinion.

  • May 8, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Some people actually don't have a lot of money to spare.

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Hard to imagine. There is a gas crisis, mortgage crisis and recession going on. Doesn't make them "cheap" for not wanting to spend $40 on a DVD. I don't like having to spend $60 on a video game. Won't be long before it's $65. When Blu-Ray prices drop people will buy them more.

  • May 8, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    ZoeFan, it's not a putdown but a fact

    by Mace Tofu

    Laserdisc was around for over 20 years and there was plenty of cool stuff coming out every week. People still stuck with VHS. Today when people walk into Walmart they see one rack of HD movies and 50 racks of DVD many only $1 or $5 They may of made the jump from a 25 inch Tube TV or crappy projection TV with a 640X480 5 foot picture. So to them when they pick up a DVD player and a LCD HDTV the jump in quality is so great going from the old VHS/Tube they had it is hard to convince them that they should drop another $300 and buy $30 special HD movies they cannot share with friends and family unless they get a BR system. Movie collectors will be all over HD but the average person will not.

  • May 8, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    This is huge!

    by T 1000 xp professional

    Yes sir, I like it...I want me some Fellini

  • May 8, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    This is great news

    by mr.brownstone

    I'll be getting almost all of those I think. Chunking and Contempt especially.

  • May 8, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Gozu

    by mr.brownstone

    Criterion are a relatively small company that do all these restorations and remasters in-house and then package them (for the most part) beautifully. They also produce all their own extras. They are a boutique company for film buffs. The pricing reflects that.

  • May 8, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Gozu II

    by mr.brownstone

    Direct download will challenge Blu-ray eventually there's no doubt but that doesn't mean it's better or even comparable. Downloads are way more heavily compressed and don't hold a candle to Blu-ray audio and video wise in my opinion. Blu-ray is as close to theatrical projection in a home format as has ever existed! I just don't get why you're so averse to it. Seriously try watching the Blade Runner BD on a 1080p projector with surround sound and then tell me you don't think it's the shit. By the way I love the movie Gozu. Can't wait to watch it in HD.

  • May 8, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    half vader

    by mr.brownstone

    well said sir.

  • They say 'get a new job' as if people should run in service to Sony. Sorry, I'm not doing that. A lot of people have more pressing issues, like sending their kids through college, rather than re-buying a movie at $40 a pop.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I agree about Salo

    by drakeavenue

    That was the first Criterion release (I think) and now is SO hard to get! Also, why hasn't Criterion cracked out any Czech new wave films like DAISIES!! With the exception of a couple Milos Forman titles, though.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    40? Amazon has bluray movies for 20 dollars a pop.

    by knowthyself

    But of course you did all your research and already know that, right? So not enough money for bluray but enough for an HD TV? Why buy the TV and not utilize its # 1 feature? Waste of money if you ask me. Especially when you consider how few channels are in HD. I may as well watch all my movies and games in HD.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Joe Sixpack doesn't give a shit about lossless audio...

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    ....or full 1080p, etc. That's shit for the avsforum crowd to flood their shorts about. Most HD channels are 720p, compressed, and yet still blow away standard broadcasting, so J6P is happy with that. Besides, the difference between 480p to 720p is much more noticeable than 720 to 1080...and I think most J6P families don't have A/V receivers capable of handling the TruHD audio. I think another format is in the works, and between that and d/l content, BluRay will only have a lifespan of a few years. Those wearing their Sony kneepads may disagree.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Lemme download LOTR: TTT Extended Edition in HD!

    by knowthyself

    One week later. Oh right. Downloading movies sucks ass. I forgot.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Knowthyself: SHIT bluray movies for $20

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Twister...check....Short Circuit....check....Men in Black....check. Most are $28 a pop, including classics like Jumper, Hitman, 10,000 BC. SUPER!

  • May 8, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    If price is such a problem...Try Netflix

    by ZoeFan

    For all your Blu Ray needs.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    So 2001 a space odyssey is shit?

    by knowthyself

    Riiiight. I've never paid more than 24 dollars for a bluray and I own over 20 movies right now. And they are mostly brand new movies. You better learn to shop buddy.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    i've said it before but..

    by Bouncy X

    i wish i lived somewhere where blu-rays are 28 and under....then i might actually buy them in stores and not from a different country online.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Aww, Seven Samurai please...

    by LittleDudes

    Aww, Seven Samurai please...

  • May 8, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Well look what i found...

    by knowthyself

    300 is 19.99 Ratatouille is 24. 5th Element is 15 dollars. Casino Royale is 24. I am legend is 18.99. No COuntry for Old men 21.99.Batman Begins 19.99. And prices fluctuate all the time. So no title stays at 27 all the time. And their are plenty of sales like right now buy two get one free.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Congrats knowthyself...you found the one kernel

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    of corn in the pile of shit. All that said, you're still a fail-burrito smothered in delicious pwn sauce.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Oh look some more...

    by knowthyself

    Pans Labyrinth 19.99. V for Vendetta 19.99. What are you fucking blind? That was just a quick search.

  • May 8, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Oh look Gattaca 18.99...Walk Har 23.95...

    by knowthyself

    ...gosh. SO EXPENSIVE. ME SO POORZ NO BLURAZY FOR MEZ!

  • May 8, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Ultron...how can you even afford a broadband connection?

    by knowthyself

    Seriously. 6 dollars seems like alot of money to you. Whats wrong..McDonalds not paying you enough?

  • May 8, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    All the shit-tastic movies for $28:

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Independence day I Robot Fucking Fantastic 4 Part Deux Xmen 3 Commando Pathfinder Cloverfield Alien Vs Predator Aragon AvsP Requim Windtalkers Hitman Alvin and the Chipmunks <p> Casino Royale has been out for quite some time, and they still want $25 dollars. <p> EPIC FAIL

  • May 8, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Guess what... YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE BAD MOVIES MORON.

    by knowthyself

  • May 8, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    McDonalds? lol....your kung-fu is weak.

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Can't argue with Sony Bluboys...they have their kneepads on and bottle of throat-desensitizing gel handy.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    oh sorry...bestbuy? gamestop?

    by knowthyself

    Theirs plenty of minimum wage jobs out there. Unless of course...maybe your stuck with mom and dad still buying all your stuff.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Why charge $28 for shit movies?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Why? Is that the way to entice people to new technology/format? More importantly, do people need to see Short Circuit in 1080p?

  • May 8, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    i dont get it

    by Bouncy X

    people have no problem spending 50-60$ on a videogame, but think 25$ for a movie is expensive?

  • May 8, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I work at White Castle....and get %50 off Crave Cases.

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    :/

  • May 8, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    HD is a premium.

    by knowthyself

    Plain and simple. Like anything thats not mainstream you pay a little more to enjoy it before others.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Bouncy

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    For the most part, movies last about 2 hours and most have limited replayability (is that a word?). Games can range between 10-80 hours, and have more shelflife with multiplayer.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    knowthyself....isn't Sony trying to make BluRay "mainstream"?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    They want to compete with DVD. That just kinda shat on your whole "premium" arguement. *burp*

  • May 8, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Most 60 dollar games are 4 hours long.

    by knowthyself

    Look at Army of Two and Heavenly Sword. Some movies are longer than those games. 80 hours? Most games average somewhere between 8-12 hours long. Tending to mostly be on the low end of that spectrum. Only RPG's are 40 hours and up.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    "Most 60 dollar games are 4 hours long."

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    more fail from knowthyself <p>GTAIV is wee bit more than 4 hours...so is Mass Effect, Bioshock, Burnout Paradise, Crackdown, blah blah blah.

  • May 8, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Wankabout

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Hooray! Naked teenage Jenny Agutter in hi-def! She makes my cock go big.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Ultron...

    by pdennett316

    Sony are 'trying' to make BD mainstream, that means it currently isn't, hence is still premium. <p> Also, no-one pays the rrp price for BD or DVD or Games unless they're spectacularly retarded - £20 odd quid for a BD is stupid money for the morons who frequent HMV, but they will come down. <p> As for downloads, fuck that right off for a start!! If movies, games, music, magazines etc. all become digital downloads we'll all have to own dedicated servers to keep the content WE fucking paid for. Or racks and racks of external drives - fuck that shit. Data becomes lost and corrupted for unknown reasons far too often for me to trust my movies to a fucking PC. Downloading will become about renting content at extortionate prices, never being allowed the simple pleasure of owning your favourite movie. Fuck that...BD or DVD, I want a physical copy of what I buy thanks, that way I know it's safe.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE

    by Evil Hobbit

    please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE please be REGION FREE <br> <br> Like, be REGION FREE plzzz

  • The players should be affordable by then. Hooray! I'm just glad I have my immediately affordable HD DVD player to keep me company in the meantime. Ha. I'm not a BR hater, just wish they'd hurry up and come down to like $200. Keep checking ebay I guess.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I just... don't have any desire for this yet

    by turketron

    I have a 32" hdtv, but I'm fine with simply using my 360 or old modded xbox for watching dvd's and movies or shows i've downloaded. If MGS4 is all it's cracked up to be I will someday buy a PS3, but still I doubt I would start a collection of Blu Ray titles. Maybe an occasional rental, but that's about it.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Phantasy Star was 70 bucks

    by Samuel Fulmer

    For the Sega Master system back in 1988. Street Fighter II Turbo went for around the same price (or higher) in 1993. At least games aren't that expensive...yet.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    What the hell does Black and White have to do with HD?

    by Harry Weinstein

    It's not in color, therefore I don't think that using more pixels to make up the image would result in a higher quality picture? I can't possibly twist that into making sense in any way. Now that we've taken the color-raping NTSC out of the equation for the first time, B&W has a fighting chance of looking as glorious as it does projected directly from Kodak stock.

  • FOR CRITERION!!!!

  • May 8, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    MIXED UP ZOMBIES!!?

    by Prossor

  • May 8, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Army of Two is actually 6 hours long

    by Stalkeye

    But dammit i find myself replaying it every now and then. there's more ways to beat this game as oppossed to watching the same movie over and over and over.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    EXPLAIN CRITERION TO TYLER DURDEN

    by Ethan Big Nuts McKinley

    You know something dudes, I love Movies (sorry Film), I have many Criterion DVD's. I like David Lean Felini, blah Blah BLah. But You know what....I looked at my Criterion Collection the other day and I thought Hey, Beyond watching them (once on day purchase) I NEVER FUCKING WATCHED ANY OF THEM SINCE!!!! AND I WATCHED SWAYZE IN ROADHOUSE TWICE LAST WEEK!!! I realized I got them just to fool myself I was some sort of Cinifile, I mean I got "The Killer" by john Woo off e-bay for £100 pounds!!! WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING???!!! Just so I could Complete the "CRITERION WING" of my DVD library???!!! CRITERION IS JUST FOR ASSHOLES, I mean they do some cool old movies, But 60 bucks??!! For a DVD??!! and mostly zero extras??!! WE'VE BEEN HAD FOLKS. LOOK DEEP INSIDE YOURSELVES AND TRY TO EXPLAIN AND JUSTIFY YOUR CRITERION COLLECTION, NO IN 1080 TO TYLER DURDEN.............YOU COULD'NT COULD YOU. STOP LETTING THESE FUCKERS PANDER TO YOUR CINEMA TROLL, LIVING UNDER CINEMA EGO BRIDGE. AND BOYCOTT THIS CRAZINESS. I MEAN HOW FUCKING GOOD CAN THEY MAKE A FILM FROM 1876 LOOK FOR FUCK SAKE??!!! OR ANY FILM FOR THAT MATTER?? UNLESS YOU HAVE A SUPER HI-DEF WIDE-SCREEN TV, THE BEST PLAYER WITH GOLD FITTING LADEN HMDI CONNECTORS, THEN IT,S FUCKING POINTLESS ANYWAY!!! BRIGIT BARDOT IN 1080??!! WHAT?, ARE FUCKIN' STUPID??? I CANT EVEN SEE REAL PEOPLE IN 1080!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 8, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Sword of Doom, Please????

    by picardsucks

    Kagemusha, Sword of Doom, Sanjiro, Yojimbo, Red Beard, Ran, 7 Samurai, Harakiri, Fuck anything with Mifune or Nakedai!!! God damn I will have to repurchase a shit load of films. If you guys never saw Sword of Doom you are missing out on true artistic badassedness!!!

  • May 8, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    You idiot Harry Weinstein...

    by half vader

    Like Darkkelt said up there, colour is NOT resolution. Try reading some other posts. And if you don't understand something or are uncertain, WTF are you being so pissy about it? Again, colour is NOT resolution. Even with NTSC, picture info/detail and chroma/colour info were two separate things. <p> If you can't make sense of it, go find out 'til you DO understand it, don't wave your dick around here. Here's a quick example for you. Draw a (pixel-based not structured/bezier) diagonal line in say, photoshop, or a circle. B & W. At really low rez. Now do the same at really high rez. Now blow the small one up to the size of the big one. See? Jesus!

  • May 8, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Criterion is absolutely wonderful

    by Proman1984

    This is absolutley awesome news for movie lowers

  • May 8, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I would never pay 14 cents for Cloverfield

    by wash

    However, I'd pay whatever Criterion would charge for a new BR of Brazil

  • May 9, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Criterion = overpriced consumer exploitation

    by JackRabbitSlim

    And that from a devoted republican too. Criterion is for those who refer to moobies as "cinema" and pretend that Hal Ashby's last movie was "Being There".

  • May 9, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Oh yes - Salo

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Fuck Criterion for re-releasing that kiddie-raper shit, giving pedophiliac fantasy images the glossy veneer of respectability. And seriously - spare me the inevitable "Its really a commentary on fascism" - it indulges in Pasolinis own tastes for masochistic cherry-banging chicken-boys. Undoubtedly, the man had singular vision - Gospel of Saint Matthew or Michael or whatever was astonishing in its stunning imagery (how much did Scorsese borrow from him?) but Salo is depraved, reprehensible sludgery. Oh yeah - and he was killed by a gay prostitute - to paraphrase Mr Malcolm X "The chickens came home to roost" End rant now.

  • May 9, 2008, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Pasolini being killed by gay prostitute

    by drakeavenue

    What does Pasolini being murdered by a gay prostitute have anything to do with what you're talking about? Not trying to argue about your rant, just why'd you bring that up? Are you trying to say that act of violence to him was some sort of retaliation with larger implications than just an isolated lust crime? Just wondering - again not trying to be confrontational.

  • May 9, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    I can't afford BLU-RAY...

    by sajarrow

    I am a minority who is 3rd generation Section 8 and 5th generation Welfare... I am jealous of all white people who can afford HD content...boo-hoo...I am stuck with Microsoft X-Box...X-Box rules...yay poor peeps...I hate BLU-RAY...

  • May 9, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Jackrabbit you need to read other posts too.

    by half vader

    - As to why Criterion titles cost more (and if you're buying them full price then more fool you). Exploitation my arse. 15 versions of Men in Black and Ice Age is consumer exploitation.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Criterion: Releasing movies no other studio would ever touch.

    by knowthyself

    What studio would remaster, restore, and release with such beautiful cover art such films as Ikuru or Third Man? Only Criterion. You want film history in perfect form, you gotta pay the premium for it. Or...just netflix them like I do.

  • May 9, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    half vader is right. B&W movies look stellar in HD

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    my HD copy of Casablanca is STUNNING. It's almost shocking how good that movie looks. Shocking, I say!

  • May 9, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    me thinks Jackrabbit doth protest too much

    by wash

    Sounds like you enjoy that movie much more than you would care to admit.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    EXPLAIN CRITERION TO TYLER DURDEN

    by Ethan Big Nuts McKinley

    You know something dudes, I love Movies (sorry Film), I have many Criterion DVD's. I like David Lean Felini, blah Blah BLah. But You know what....I looked at my Criterion Collection the other day and I thought Hey, Beyond watching them (once on day purchase) I NEVER FUCKING WATCHED ANY OF THEM SINCE!!!! AND I WATCHED SWAYZE IN ROADHOUSE TWICE LAST WEEK!!! I realized I got them just to fool myself I was some sort of Cinifile, I mean I got "The Killer" by john Woo off e-bay for £100 pounds!!! WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING???!!! Just so I could Complete the "CRITERION WING" of my DVD library???!!! CRITERION IS JUST FOR ASSHOLES, I mean they do some cool old movies, But 60 bucks??!! For a DVD??!! and mostly zero extras??!! WE'VE BEEN HAD FOLKS. LOOK DEEP INSIDE YOURSELVES AND TRY TO EXPLAIN AND JUSTIFY YOUR CRITERION COLLECTION, NO IN 1080 TO TYLER DURDEN.............YOU COULD'NT COULD YOU. STOP LETTING THESE FUCKERS PANDER TO YOUR CINEMA TROLL, LIVING UNDER CINEMA EGO BRIDGE. AND BOYCOTT THIS CRAZINESS. I MEAN HOW FUCKING GOOD CAN THEY MAKE A FILM FROM 1876 LOOK FOR FUCK SAKE??!!! OR ANY FILM FOR THAT MATTER?? UNLESS YOU HAVE A SUPER HI-DEF WIDE-SCREEN TV, THE BEST PLAYER WITH GOLD FITTING LADEN HMDI CONNECTORS, THEN IT,S FUCKING POINTLESS ANYWAY!!! BRIGIT BARDOT IN 1080??!! WHAT?, ARE FUCKIN' STUPID??? I CANT EVEN SEE REAL PEOPLE IN 1080!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 11, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Ethan Bugnuts

    by half vader

    Explain why you'd paste the same stupid SHOUTING post twice a day apart? You deserve a chemical burn, especially for the Roadhouse thing. The 60 bucks thing is bullshit. 100 pounds? Ya tool. Of course you don't mention about it being out of print. Typical. <p> Yeah, WTF were you thinking? I'll buy 'em off ya, as you'll obviously sell 'em dirt cheap.