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Netflix have confirmed several future disc releases from Criterion:   👍

A godzilla set had been rumoured for 1000 and it turns out to be true.     Godzilla (1954) Godzilla Raids Again (1955) King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964

October:          1.66:1 too, unlike the Warner disc. I wonder if Warner will let Criterion have any of their other Kubrick titles?        

There's a 2 for £25 sale on UK Criterions right now, but it's an expensive month for me so I may have to pass. Criterion and Warner Bros have also teamed up and launched Filmstruck in the UK in association with Curzon here in the UK now too which is nice (the library is not as diverse as the US filmstruck, but looks promising nevertheless).

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The Night of the Living Dead disc is just superb. I’ve watched the movie more than a hundred times and never has it looked or sounded so good. Gorgeous black levels, amazing detail and just spot-on perfect grain structure throughout. I can only imagine what a proper and well done HDR pass would do for the film if it were release in UHD format.


If you have a properly calibrated OLED, you’re in for a particular treat. Well done. Well done, indeed.

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Criterion have said that all the extras from previous released Bergman films featured in the set are all included in the collection release (plus new extras for some titles making their DVD > Blu transition for the first time), so time for me to offload a bunch of individual titles to help fund importing it I guess (bought Persona earlier in the year too, damn it). 

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Amazon have dropped the pre-order price of the Bergman set to match Barnes and Noble's 50% off sale. Have had it on order with Amazon for a while but am really pleased to see the price drop ($149!). In a rare turn of events the entire contents of the set also mark the first time Criterion have ever published a region free Blu-ray.


Tempted to also get the Dietrich and von Sternberg set from Amazon too as it's down to $62. 

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Bergman set arrived. IT'S HUGE, and utterly beautiful. Think this is the first time I've ever felt that a blu-ray release has evoked the brilliance of an older laserdisc box set. (I also grabbed the Dietrich and von Sternberg box and A Matter of life and Death as Criterion's plan to release A Matter of Life and Death in the UK was killed by ITV).

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A godzilla set had been rumoured for 1000 and it turns out to be true.




Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)




Curiously it is indeed just the one spine number for the fifteen movies included.


I'd yet to pick up the 1954 disc so it'll be good to get this instead at some point (be surprised if it gets a UK release but will import if not).

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2 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:

There's some discussion that it might indeed be getting a UK release, so hopefully that pans out.



Criterion's Do the Right Thing, available in both US and UK, is a night and day difference over Universal's old Blu:





incredible difference!

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Roma has been announced as part of Criterion’s February slate (with its Dolby Atmos mix). That’s wonderful news and may increase the chances of Netflix letting them have The Irishman too. Have had to look it up to remind myself that Netflix did not actually fund Roma though, so I’m not 100% sure if they actually had a say in it being licensed for physical release. That could be why we’re getting it, but hopefully there are discussions going on.

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Apparently Noah Baumbach has commented that Criterion will be doing a disc of Marriage Story, so there is perhaps indeed a good chance that they have done a deal on some films Netflix actually produced rather than ones like Roma that they only acquired. So my hope for a disc of The Irishman has gone up again. Just a damn shame Criterion isn't showing interest in UHD discs.




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