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17 hours ago, smac said:

 

Just picked up the Criterion releases of Stalker and Solaris at HMV, only to find they were on the 2 for 25 quid offer when not labelled as such.

 

Bargain!

 

I've watched the Artificial Eye releases of Stalker and Mirror and the US Criterion of Solaris. All are at least ten shades of wtf.

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Stalker I've watched a couple of times over the years, but it's been a long time since I've watched Tarkovsky's Solaris.

 

Hardest is getting used to the pace of the cinematography after watching so many modern movies. I have Mirror recorded to watch, I think; we might roll onto that.

 

What colour cast are the monochrome sections of the Artificial Eye release? Sepia? I'm sure the old VHS I had was corrected to greys, unless I'm just mis-remembering.

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On 22/09/2017 at 00:08, Sabreman said:

Maybe I'm the only one who cares, but Friedkin's Sorcerer is making its UK bloo debut soon (I'm pretty sure it's never had a home release over here):

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sorcerer-Blu-ray/dp/B075SL1YN1?tag=bluraycom-21

 

The movie is superb, a remake that's better than the original as far as I'm concerned.

 

Nowhere near better, but a wonderful film in its own right.

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I prefer it. I might struggle to argue it's better objectively, but Sorcerer's blend of 70s bleakness, Tangerine Dream synth and jaw-dropping practical effects make it utterly fabulous to me. 

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The original being The Wages of Fear, right?

 

Great movies - I think I must have seen Sorcerer first, because I remember that soundtrack.

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9 hours ago, Treble said:

I prefer it. I might struggle to argue it's better objectively, but Sorcerer's blend of 70s bleakness, Tangerine Dream synth and jaw-dropping practical effects make it utterly fabulous to me. 

 

It is utterly fabulous. It’s a perfect lesson in sumptuous film-making.

 

It can’t match the original for the examination and suspense of the journey, though - and Friedkin chooses to strip the ‘assassin’ character of any real meaning, most likely just for sake of time due to his alternative character building (which I love, by the way). He creates some issues with this when compared to The Wages of Fear, and that in particular is a real misstep in my view.

 

Of course, Friedkin wouldn’t consider it a remake anyway.

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Neither would I, as it's not one ;) They're both adaptations of the same novel. 

 

I remember in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Siskind recounts a tale where supposedly Friedkin invited Clouzot to a screening (the first? Can't remember) and fauned all over him, calling him 'master' with Clouzot lapping it up like a massive narcissist.

 

Neither of them come out well from that particular anecdote, but as most stuff in that stuff is meant to be bollocks, I choose to ignore it :)

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Absolutely no idea if they're any good, but Third Window's blu-ray release of Osamu Tezuka's Animerama: 1001 Nights / Cleopatra is currently 14.99 on Amazon.

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Amazon.com usually price match the B&N sales though, if that's any good? Plus it usually works out cheaper to pay them the customs fees up front.

 

I don't know who has the rights here but I suppose a Criterion UK release might also be possible somewhere down the line.

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Yeah, they're well haphazard. Including announcing things that they actually can't release here due to rights issues or because the films contain animal cruelty which would require cuts.

 

It gives the impression that Criterion UK is just one bloke whose internet has been cut off and he just sort of guesses which releases might work.

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I guess I've got to figure out how to watch US region Blu-Rays because I need those 1970s Godzilla movies in my life and I can't see it making it over here.

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So is it likely that Godzilla set will make it to Amazon.com? I realised in sheer excitement after registering on Criterion that they only ship within the US :( . If Amazon don't is there a service that can ship to US addresses? I used to use a site called Bongo  International a few years ago but it seems to have completely changed the way its service works.

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4 hours ago, John Edward Gammell said:

These guys come recommended:

https://www.stackry.com/

 

Thanks, are they good for import charges? Is that all included? When I used Bongo they never bothered to include the import fees and then I was left with a threatening DHL letter a few months later for it. Considering the cost of this set I'm expecting hefty fee on top of it.

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