Criterion - Blu-ray Release Thread

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  1. baggio

    baggio Well-Known Member

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    Coming in April 30th 2019:

    Holy hell, I want this.


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    Special Features and Technical Specs:
    • NEW 4K RESTORATIONS OF BOTH FILMS
    • Alternate 5.1 surround and English-dubbed soundtracks for both films
    • Hong Kong-release version of Police Story 2, presented in a high-definition digital transfer for the first time
    • New programs on Chan's screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques featuring author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix
    • Archival interviews with Chan and actor and stuntman Benny Lai
    • Television program from 1964 detailing the rigors of Peking-opera training, akin to the education that Chan received as a child
    • Chan stunt reel
    • Trailers
    • New English subtitle translations
    • More!
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Nick Pinkerton

     
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    I've already got the limited edition Eureka Region B box set: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jackie-Cha...47654959&sr=8-1&keywords=police+story+blu+ray

    I'm assuming the Criterion edition will be utilizing those same 4K restorations of the films so they'll likely be the same transfers (which you can see what they look like on Caps-A-Holic here: https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?d1=12241&d2=12242&c=4822 & https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?d1=12243&d2=12244&c=4823 ). But there is a few differences in the special features/alternate cuts available on both editions.

    Here's the specs for the UK Region B-locked boxset:

    Special Features Disc 1
    • Police Story (100 mins) 1080p presentation sourced from the incredible new 4K restoration
    • Four unique Audio options: Original Cantonese Mono audio track; Restored Cantonese 5.1; Restored English 5.1 dub track AND an additional audio track featuring an alternate English dub sourced from a rare Dutch VHS release of Police Story that has never been officially released on any other version of the film
    • Newly translated English subtitles
    • Police Story: The Japanese Cut (105 mins - HD) Originally released exclusively to Japanese home video, this extended cut of the film was transferred to HD from a film print in 2012 and makes its UK debut here with it s original Cantonese audio and English subtitles for the first time ever
    • Police Story: The Police Force Cut (84 mins - SD) A unique version of the film edited exclusively for the American home video market, featuring a unique dub track and electronic score
    • Police Story Alternate and Deleted Scenes, including alternate opening and ending sequences
    • Archival Interview with Jackie Chan (20 mins)
    • "Jackie Chan Stunts" Promotional trailer
    • Trailers
    • Collectors Booklet feat new writing on the film & rare archival material

    Disc 2
    • Police Story 2 (121 mins) 1080p presentation of the extended version of the film, sourced from the incredible new 4K restoration
    • Original Cantonese Mono audio, along with restored Cantonese and English 5.1 options
    • Newly translated English subtitles
    • Police Story 2: The Original Hong Kong Version (101 mins - SD) The original cut of Police Story 2, presented with it s original Cantonese mono audio track and optional English subtitles
    • Optional Audio Commentary with Miles Wood and Jude Poyer (Hong Kong Version of the film)
    • Police Story 2: Original UK Version (90 mins - SD) An alternate cut of the film created for the film s UK VHS release, featuring a unique English dub track
    • "Jackie Chan" - Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show (40 mins)
    • Archival Interview with Benny Lai (15 mins)
    • Outtakes
    • Trailers
    • Collectors Booklet feat new writing on the film & rare archival material
    So for major differences between the Criterion and UK releases on the UK set you get the addition of the Japanese (HD) and the American home video (SD) cuts of the first film which aren't on the Criterion, but on the Criterion the additional Hong Kong cut for Police Story 2 is in HD where as on the UK set that version is just SD but you do also get the inclusion of the UK home video version (SD) of PS2 on the UK disc.
     
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  3. baggio

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    Will see how it all turns out in the end. Still rather go with Criterion and their new restorations.
     
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    I have the Eureka edition too, but this is a movie I'll happily double dip for even if it's just one extra feature.

    The Chan episode of The Incredibly Strange Film Show is literally my first exposure to him, and I immediately began searching out his movies. The only one I could find was Police Force (the American edit of Police Story), and I knew I'd found something special.
     
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    It's not an extra feature, the Hong King cut of Part 2 just happens to be in HD on the Criterion where as is SD on the Eureka. The Eureka's the one with the extra cuts of each movie.
     
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    The Eureka disks were a quick buy decision for the Iron Monkey and Once Upon a Time in China sets. And I'd pounce on a Chinese Ghost Story set. Or Bride With White Hair, Heroic Trio, or Mr. Vampire upgrades.

    But I'll have to review my Jackie Chan preferences, I don't remember being as keen on his Police Story films as I was on Drunken Master I/II (although the Police Story series was significantly better than the Project A series) , so I've held off upgrading them via Eureka. Maybe when the half off sale hits on the Criterion editions I may change my mind.
     
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    I just meant that unless the discs are exactly the same, I'm double dipping on it, and happily. All it takes for me to buy it again is one more thing, whether it's an extra or another cut of the films.

    Wow. Police Story and Project A are my favorite Chan works. Project A Part II is especially amazing, showcasing Chan's skill as a director in addition to his stunts. There's like six plots going on at once, and they all intersect in one fantastic scene in Maggie Cheung's apartment. The first one is great too, with Chan, Yuen Biao, and Sammo Hung. There's a fantastic fight scene with Chan and Hung fighting side by side, sometimes mirroring one another.
     
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    David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) is coming to Criterion.

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    Meh. I love Lynch but, as with FWWM, Criterion is releasing titles that already have good editions with amazing features. I'd rather have INLAND EMPIRE, LOST HIGHWAY or THE ELEPHANT MAN.
     
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    Yes to all of those and add THE STRAIGHT STORY! I never upgraded BLUE VELVET from DVD so I'll probably pick it up during one of the Barnes and Noble sales at some point
     
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    I had thought they just did a 4K scan of Blue Velvet in 2016 for a 30th anniversary theatrical re-release.

    I guess they're doing another?
     
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    Blue Velvet was officially announced on February 15th. Here are the specs for the Criterion release:

    Synopsis: Home from college, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) makes an unsettling discovery: a severed human ear, lying in a field. In the mystery that follows, by turns terrifying and darkly funny, David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life. Driven to investigate, Jeffrey finds himself drawing closer to his fellow amateur sleuth, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), as well as their prime suspect, lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini)—and facing the fury of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep Dorothy in his grasp. With intense performances and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, Blue Velvet is an unforgettable vision of innocence lost, and one of the most influential American films of the past few decades.

    Special Features and Technical Specs:
    • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch
    • Alternate original stereo soundtrack
    • "Blue Velvet" Revisited, a feature-length meditation on the making of the film by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production
    • The Lost Footage, fifty-one minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
    • Mysteries of Love, a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film
    • Trailer
    • AND MORE...
    STREET DATE: MAY 28.
     
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    They also announced Michael Haneke's Austrian home invasion thriller, Funny Games.

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    https://www.criterion.com/films/28836-funny-games
     
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    They should have included the remake as a bonus, since there's really no need to pay for both.
     
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    The bi-annual 50% off sale is active once again at Barnes & Noble, online and in stores: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/criterion/_/N-1p0i

    I picked up Blue Velvet last night at the local store here. They usually stock tons of various Criterions at this particular store and rarely ever even sell out of anything on the sales, but I was surprised that they had about 15 copies of BV readily on the shelf.

    1984 & Europa, Europa are released out during the sale, so I'll definitely be picking those up as well.
     
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    I'm going to get the Ingmar Bergman set this time around and maybe a couple more towards the end of the sale since that one is so expensive.
     
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    Per my usual, I cannot help but partake. Picked up THE HEIRESS, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, NOTORIOUS, NIGHT ON EARTH, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, TIME BANDITS. I also picked up some Arrow titles, which are also 50% off: THE BABY and GOSFORD PARK--the Arrow items get an extra 10% with the code SUNSHINE.
     
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    Street date: October 15th, 2019

    Special Features
    • On the Blu-ray: New 2K digital restoration
    • On the DVD: Digital transfer
    • Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film-music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra in 2001, presented in 5.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray and in Dolby Digital 5.0 on the DVD
    • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Casper Tybjerg
    • Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the seventy-six-minute version of Häxan, narrated by author William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring violinist Jean-Luc Ponty
    • Director Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease
    • Short selection of outtakes
    • Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sourcesNew English translation of intertitles
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, remarks on the score by Anderson, and (Blu-ray only) an essay by scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley
     
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