Criterion and Paramount

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captveg
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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#701 Post by captveg » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:11 pm

An update for the first post:

Miracle of Morgan's Creek getting re-issued on DVD by Warner Archive, so scratch that one from Criterion's "maybe list.

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#702 Post by AfterTheRain » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:01 am

Has anyone thought of the possibility of Lynne Littman's Testament as being released by Criterion? Last time I checked it has been OOP - going for high prices - and I don't think that Warner Bros. acquired this as part of their distribution deal with Paramount. This year is the film's 30th anniversary, by the way.

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#703 Post by warren oates » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:40 pm

Testament is an excellent film. One of the all-time greatest TV movies ever made (yeah, I know it got something of theatrical release too). Based on a story by a virtually unknown writing teacher with the prophetic sounding name of Carol Amen, it's really the anti-The Day After -- where we're denied widescreen images of mass destruction and instead the scourge of nuclear fallout comes slowly and quietly into the everyday life of rural American suburbia with an almost Bressonian restraint and a creeping Haneke-like horror. I wouldn't hold your breath for it ever entering the collection, but stranger things have happened.

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#704 Post by Anthony » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:35 am

Wow, has it been 30 years now. I remember watching Testament on PBS late one night way back when I was just a teen... I think it was part of their American Masters series. Very moving film, indeed. I remember watching this film again a few years back and felt it held up well. If I recall correctly, Jane Alexander was the national director of the NEA at the time also. While watching it again a few years ago, I was amused to discover that Rebecca De Morney and Kevin Costner both had bit parts in this film.

This would definitely be a great addition to the CC.

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#705 Post by ianungstad » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:52 am

I wouldn't be surprised if Bugsy Malone is on the list of titles licensed from Paramount. It has a strong cult following (especially in the UK) but has never been released in North America. They also worked with Alan Parker before on Evita.

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#706 Post by Stefan Andersson » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:01 am

I´d like The Assassination Bureau on Blu!

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#707 Post by JamesF » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:23 pm

I haven't gone through the whole thread so not sure if the answer is elsewhere, but does anyone know why all the Criterion/Paramount titles I have so far (which admittedly is limited to Days Of Heaven, Harold & Maude and Rosemary's Baby) are missing those films' trailers? As a big fan of trailers, it's a big annoyance that keeps each disc from being definitive for me - not least in the case of Harold & Maude, where one of the trailers pretty much entirely consists of alternate takes/footage cut out of the film.

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#708 Post by dwk » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:32 pm

For some unknown reason, Paramount will not let them include the trailers.

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#709 Post by med » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:42 pm

Medium Cool includes the trailer.

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#710 Post by Matt » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:52 pm

dwk wrote:For some unknown reason, Paramount will not let them include the trailers.
Maybe Paramount doesn't want to incur the expense of doing an HD scan of something for which most people YouTube is good enough.

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#711 Post by dwk » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:52 pm

med I didn't know that Medium Cool had the trailer, maybe Paramount has come to its senses.
Matt wrote:Maybe Paramount doesn't want to incur the expense of doing an HD scan of something for which most people YouTube is good enough.
That could be, but I think people would be fine with the trailers in standard def if that was the only way that they could be included.

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#712 Post by Dylan » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:09 pm

does anyone know why all the Criterion/Paramount titles I have so far (which admittedly is limited to Days Of Heaven, Harold & Maude and Rosemary's Baby) are missing those films' trailers?
Another Paramount/Criterion, Seconds, is also missing the trailer.

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#713 Post by Harmonov » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:30 pm

ianungstad wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Bugsy Malone is on the list of titles licensed from Paramount. It has a strong cult following (especially in the UK) but has never been released in North America. They also worked with Alan Parker before on Evita.
This would be an absolute dream come true. This is one of my all-time favorite films and I'm really tired of watching my Japanese import of it. It's coming up on it's 40th anniversary (40th!?!?!) in 2016. There is a multi-part where-are-they-now doc on YouTube that could be a fun inclusion on any edition they put out. Damn, Ian, you have me salivating...

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#714 Post by criterion10 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:35 pm

Harmonov wrote:
ianungstad wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Bugsy Malone is on the list of titles licensed from Paramount. It has a strong cult following (especially in the UK) but has never been released in North America. They also worked with Alan Parker before on Evita.
This would be an absolute dream come true. This is one of my all-time favorite films and I'm really tired of watching my Japanese import of it. It's coming up on it's 40th anniversary (40th!?!?!) in 2016. There is a multi-part where-are-they-now doc on YouTube that could be a fun inclusion on any edition they put out. Damn, Ian, you have me salivating...
I believe there is a UK Blu-Ray of Bugsy Malone... It's region free too.

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#715 Post by Harmonov » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:48 pm

criterion10 wrote:
Harmonov wrote:
ianungstad wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Bugsy Malone is on the list of titles licensed from Paramount. It has a strong cult following (especially in the UK) but has never been released in North America. They also worked with Alan Parker before on Evita.
This would be an absolute dream come true. This is one of my all-time favorite films and I'm really tired of watching my Japanese import of it. It's coming up on it's 40th anniversary (40th!?!?!) in 2016. There is a multi-part where-are-they-now doc on YouTube that could be a fun inclusion on any edition they put out. Damn, Ian, you have me salivating...
I believe there is a UK Blu-Ray of Bugsy Malone... It's region free too.
I didn't know this was available. Thanks for the heads up. I would still love to see it enshrined in the Collection, though.

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#716 Post by britcom68 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:16 pm

After recently sitting through a one-night showing of "The Kid Stays In the Picture" at my undergrad alma mater, I am curious as to why there has not been much chatter about Evans as a key person that got so many of the US New Wave/anti-establishment films made at Paramount. Last year we saw Harold and Maude, Medium Cool, Rosemary's Baby. These firms are not his in terms of copyright ownership or even necessarily direct production oversight, still, without Evans tenure at Paramount, it would have been much harder to see these films released as they were. Does anyone else wonder why Criterion keeps Evans at a distance? It just seems odd that Evans was such a showman and constantly promoting Paramount during his tenure there and yet now his involvement is minimal with regard to these recent Criterion Paramount acquisitions.

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#717 Post by warren oates » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:30 pm

Wait, you're telling us that you've seen The Kid Stays in the Picture and you're aware of the kind of hell Criterion deliberately puts itself through to appease directors like Michael Cimino but yet you're still confused about why an egomaniacal producer like Robert Evans isn't way more involved in their releases?

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#718 Post by chatterjees » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:52 pm

I hope I am not the only Bob Dylan fan here and this could be the only thread, where I can ask about it. I wonder if there is any chance that Paramount will lease Scorsese's No Direction Home (2005) to CC. Criterion does release documentary films on music, why not this one. It seems that Paramount is not really interested to upgrade this film. I would love to have a blu-ray of this film loaded with extras!

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#719 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:53 pm

I second that. It would be great to see all that archival material in HD too, and hell, they've already done HD releases of D. A. Pennebaker's films, so I imagine it wouldn't be difficult for them to get a hold of the film elements for the '66 tour and do a fresh scan in high-def if it hasn't already been done.

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#720 Post by mfunk9786 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:24 pm

chatterjees wrote:I hope I am not the only Bob Dylan fan here and this could be the only thread, where I can ask about it.
There's a Bob Dylan thread, you know

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#721 Post by chatterjees » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:04 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
chatterjees wrote:I hope I am not the only Bob Dylan fan here and this could be the only thread, where I can ask about it.
There's a Bob Dylan thread, you know
Wow, glad to see a whole thread on him, thanks mfunk9786, I really appreciate the information!

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#722 Post by stroszeck » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:49 am

I heard today that Paramount had released Samson and Delilah a couple months ago in a restored 4k copy but apparently after checking Amazon and every other retailer I could only locate a DVD and not Blu ray. Does anyone know what the story is or am I just searching in the wrong area?

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#723 Post by fdm » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:46 am

Samson and Delilah will be having blu-ray releases in several (other) countries in September and October. Cannot say whether they are restored 4k. (Checked blu-ray.com) Maybe this is something WB will eventually get to here?

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#724 Post by BillWatkins » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:39 pm

For reasons unknown, Paramount decided to only release the 4K restoration on DVD in the US. They were criticized heavily for that decision when it was released back in March.

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#725 Post by zedz » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:51 pm

captveg wrote:An update for the first post:

Miracle of Morgan's Creek getting re-issued on DVD by Warner Archive, so scratch that one from Criterion's "maybe list.
Oof. I only just noticed this. A film that's arguably the greatest American comedy ever made, and Warners can't figure out how to sell it?

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