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My Criterion Collection for Bluray (or Lack of)
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The Criterion Collection is dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. No matter the medium, Criterion has maintained its pioneering commitment to presenting each film as its maker would want it seen, in state-of-the-art restorations with special features designed to encourage repeated watching and deepen the viewer’s appreciation of the art of film.
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There isn't a whole lot released in the UK, and of those that are currently available, very few are the sort of classics that would actually merit such painstaking efforts towards their restoration. I mean, did people actually vote for The Blob as opposed to say a crisper and cleaner version of Blade Runner? I get that they're targeting these Blurays towards 'film aficionados', but I believe they would much prefer something like Citizen Kane getting the royal treatment than stuff that barely anyone gives a damn about. It's clear that they want to expand the range of films in the market, but I think with the advanced technology that they've got, it would've been put to better use in actual classics than wasted on obscure titles aimed at a niche audience. It's incredible to this day that people still have to put up with things like dirt, graininess, and noise in order to enjoy a film with fantastic cinematography such as Hitchcock's Rope.
I already have "On the Waterfront" for VHS and normal Bluray, but this one looks like it has more features and I'm very much interested in the legend behind the movie's development, probably more than the film itself. For "The Magnificent Ambersons", I own a DVD copy of it but the transfer is shoddy; in purchasing Criterion version, I feel I would get the most out of it. Soy Cuba was a fantastic film so I'm definitely looking forward to the release of "The Cranes Are Flying" in April.
Proposals for Restoration
As of now, there's yet to be a UK Criterion release of any Max Ophuls film. A small section of his filmography is covered by Powerhouse Films, BFI and Arrow Films, so that leaves Criterion to deal with the rest, and LFAUW is begging for a revival.
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