Criterion and Paramount

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#826 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:25 pm

Just tested it under Region A. The BFI Deep End Dual Format is in fact Region Free (or at least A and B compatible.)

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#827 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:48 pm

This bears watching, as this could lead to another batch of Paramount titles coming to Criterion...

A question to Kino insider on the other forum....
Kino Insider - with Scream announcing 7 Paramount titles at the weekend (and presumably more to come), I was wondering now if you could say more about Paramount finally relenting and licencing out their higher profile titles (i.e., those which they previously released on DVD). Will Kino now try for the same kind of access, if they haven't already? Scream will cover much of the horror side of things sure, but a mammoth Kino deal including westerns, thrillers, war films, some John Wayne, action, a little more horror and much more besides is what we could really do with if the Paramount vaults are now wide open.
His answer...
Yes, they are and we've had discussions with them. They're now willing to license SOME of the "previously released on DVD" titles now.

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#828 Post by captveg » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:58 pm

KL Insider also stated they are less likely to pick up older comedies and dramas, as those don't sell as well as genre titles (Westerns, Action, Sci-Fi, Noir), which means titles like The Miracle of Morgan's Creek would likely need to come from Criterion or maybe Shout Factory through their Shout Select line.

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#829 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:00 pm

That’s a shame, one of the few inarguably good things KL has been doing lately is releasing studio era films that are unlikely to be upgrade material from other labels. Now they too are capitulating to an audience that only wants genre works

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#830 Post by DeprongMori » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:21 pm

Just watched a German-import DVD of Michael Schorr's 2003 award-winning debut Schultze Gets the Blues, and since it is so beautifully shot I was hoping this would see a Blu-ray release somewhere. Given that it is a Paramount Classics release, perhaps that opens up the option to Criterion. Composed almost entirely of static shots and containing bone-dry humor, this would likely appeal to fans of Kaurismaki and Jarmusch.

Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End was mentioned earlier. Just watched it last night for the first time, and can highly recommend the BFI Flipside region-free release.

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#831 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:56 pm

Martin Scorsese announces the release of 24 films in the ‘Republic Rediscovered’ collection. The films will be made available for rental or purchase through the Apple TV app. Until September 16, they are available for purchase for only $5 each. After that, they go up to $14. The titles includes such well-known films as Johnny Guitar and The Quiet Man as well as some lesser-known favorites of Scorsese such as That Brennan Girl and City That Never Sleeps. They expect to restore over 100 films from Republic Pictures in all.

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#832 Post by Rayon Vert » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:13 am

The 24 films are listed here.

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#833 Post by domino harvey » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:32 am

That Brennan Girl is in danger of becoming a cult classic due to some recent revival screenings, but it's really not merited. I like Mona Freeman in a lot of other movies, but hoo boy she was pitchin' waay out of her league here

EDIT: Looking at the list, Hell's Half Acre and I, Jane Doe awful, I wouldn't waste your money on those. The best films I've seen from this lot are the ones you've all heard of, though there's a few I haven't seen yet

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#834 Post by mteller » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:55 pm

City That Never Sleeps has some good stuff going for it. Not great, but interesting.

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#835 Post by domino harvey » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:00 pm

Yeah, it's worth a watch at least. The movie itself is just okay but that mechanical man stuff is wild!

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#836 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm

Is there a reason this was posted in this thread? Is Criterion rumored to release any of these or is this just random with no where else to put this?

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#837 Post by jwd5275 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 pm

When you look at the list, Criterion has already released one of the titles...

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#838 Post by DeprongMori » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:49 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Is there a reason this was posted in this thread? Is Criterion rumored to release any of these or is this just random with no where else to put this?
Apology if this is not the right place. I couldn’t find a dedicated Paramount or Republic thread. Feel free to move the discussion if there is a more appropriate place.

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#839 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:42 pm

ViacomCBS acquires a 49% stake in Miramax, with Paramount getting "an exclusive long-term deal for worldwide distribution rights to Miramax’s library." Fingers crossed this also includes the ability to sublicense.

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#840 Post by captveg » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:41 pm

Great to see Criterion has jumped on the new wave of Paramount licensing with The War of the Worlds.

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#841 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Hopefully this is the beginning of at least a half a dozen titles.

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#842 Post by FlickeringWindow » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:15 pm

These all have new 4K restorations from Paramount without any US Blu-ray yet:

A Place in the Sun
Roman Holiday
The Court Jester
Romeo and Juliet (Zefferelli)
The Italian Job

Park Circus also lists 2K DCPs available for The Wedding March, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Sorry Wrong Number, and Hud (among others).

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#843 Post by Finch » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:58 pm

I could be wrong but I thought Kino had Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Of other Paramount titles, I feel Targets would be an obvious choice for Criterion. I mean, Karloff and Bogdanovich!

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#844 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:46 pm

Atlantic City as well, although I haven’t heard of any major restoration

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#845 Post by captveg » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:51 pm

Finch wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:58 pm
I could be wrong but I thought Kino had Miracle of Morgan's Creek.
Kino's initial deal with Paramount has concluded, and it was not a part of it. They were exploring another deal, but as of yet they have not announced that one has occurred.

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#846 Post by Finch » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:10 pm

Thanks captveg!

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#847 Post by Drucker » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:46 pm

Please give us Parallax View. Since they went for Klute hopefully this is obvious!

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#848 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:56 pm

Drucker wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Please give us Parallax View. Since they went for Klute hopefully this is obvious!
My thoughts exactly, there’s no way this hasn’t been discussed at least. It’s also my favorite of the trilogy.

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#849 Post by swo17 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:59 pm

Meanwhile the first thing that comes to my mind is Popeye

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Re: Criterion and Paramount

#850 Post by RSTooley » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:07 pm

If there is, in fact, a new Paramount deal, then my money is on The Elephant Man.

I know a lot of you will be getting the 4k Studiocanal Blu-ray, but you know Criterion will want to slap a wacky C on another David Lynch release. Who knows, we may even get an Inland Empire or a 'Twin Peaks' related release down the road, considering the nods they keep dropping on Twitter.

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