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XShagrath
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(06-14-2014, 12:39 PM)
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Criterion is abandoning their dual-format releases starting in September.

http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3195-re-format

I thought it made sense, financially, but still didn't care for it. I had no use for the dvds, and even though it didn't cost anymore, it was taking up additional space on my shelves that could be used for more titles.
Son of Cervantes
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(06-15-2014, 04:13 AM)
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Wow, that's actually great news if it means their Blu-Ray prices will go down.

Speaking of which...I hope there's another Criterion sale soon, I really want to get a few more of the Kurosawa Blus to upgrade my old DVD editions.
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(06-15-2014, 04:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Wow, that's actually great news if it means their Blu-Ray prices will go down.

lol
mojiimbo
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(06-15-2014, 06:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Wow, that's actually great news if it means their Blu-Ray prices will go down.

Doubtful since they didn't jack the prices up on Blu-rays when they started throwing in DVDs.
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(06-15-2014, 09:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by XShagrath

Criterion is abandoning their dual-format releases starting in September.

http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3195-re-format

I thought it made sense, financially, but still didn't care for it. I had no use for the dvds, and even though it didn't cost anymore, it was taking up additional space on my shelves that could be used for more titles.

the case is wider than ordinary cases for these dual releases? I had no idea, I just thought they used ordinary dual disc cases.
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So are the current new dual-format releases going to be re-released as single blu and regular DVD editions?
XShagrath
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(06-15-2014, 11:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Speaking of which...I hope there's another Criterion sale soon, I really want to get a few more of the Kurosawa Blus to upgrade my old DVD editions.

Barnes & Noble should be having one sometime around July 4th. I've heard rumors that it might be late June, but can't find that information at the moment.

Originally Posted by obin_gam

the case is wider than ordinary cases for these dual releases? I had no idea, I just thought they used ordinary dual disc cases.

Every dual format release that I've picked up has been in a digipak. They're probably 1.5x the size of your standard blu-ray case.

Originally Posted by DiscoJon

So are the current new dual-format releases going to be re-released as single blu and regular DVD editions?

Probably only once the current stock runs out, which could be quite a while for some titles.


I'm wondering what's going to happen with the Zatoichi set. It's an awesome little box, but I'd much rather have something simpler and space-saving. That would go from being a 27 disc behemoth down to just a large 9 disc set.
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(06-16-2014, 11:06 PM)
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I'd post images, but I'm at work, so you'll have to do with text: Eraserhead, The Innocents, Sundays and Cybele, Polanski's MacBeth, and a Blu-ray upgrade for Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Not that there aren't big titles there, but given how much noise they usually make in September, the slate doesn't seem too splashy.
TheKaeptain
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(06-16-2014, 11:56 PM)
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a DVD release.
Ridley327
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(06-16-2014, 11:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by TheKaeptain

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a DVD release.

I'm looking at the Blu-ray sticker on the cover art as we speak!
TheKaeptain
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(06-17-2014, 12:22 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

I'm looking at the Blu-ray sticker on the cover art as we speak!




http://www.criterion.com/library/exp...s=release_date'



EDIT: The main page says blu though.
BenjaminBirdie
(06-17-2014, 12:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by TheKaeptain




http://www.criterion.com/library/exp...s=release_date'



EDIT: The main page says blu though.

Yeah but that's been out since I was a kid...
Ridley327
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(06-17-2014, 12:29 AM)
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I think you're going crazy, Yamato.
Dragoon En Regalia
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(06-17-2014, 12:42 AM)
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Not as good as previous September slates, but it'll do. Covers could be better (Macbeth looka to be an emulation of paperback Shakespeare covers, Innocents is bland, Eraserhead is what it is, S&C actually looks cool). and that "More" bullet rears its head for a couple of understocked discs. Excited most for Macbeth and S&C, though Eraserhead's the sure purchase (and Innocents will be on Blu for the first).
TheKaeptain
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(06-17-2014, 12:47 AM)
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CC releases really do nothing for me anymore.
swoon
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(06-17-2014, 01:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

I'd post images, but I'm at work, so you'll have to do with text: Eraserhead, The Innocents, Sundays and Cybele, Polanski's MacBeth, and a Blu-ray upgrade for Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Not that there aren't big titles there, but given how much noise they usually make in September, the slate doesn't seem too splashy.

sundays and cybele is incredible like top 50 incredible. ali is right there with it and the innocents is good, though it's funny how the cover hides how trashy that film is.
Ridley327
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(06-17-2014, 01:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by swoon

sundays and cybele is incredible like top 50 incredible. ali is right there with it and the innocents is good, though it's funny how the cover hides how trashy that film is.

I think you just sold me on The Innocents!
BaronLundi
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(06-17-2014, 07:45 AM)
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Will definitely get Ali and maybe The Innocents.

Already got a UK dvd for Sundays and Cybčle which incidentally is a surprisingly obscure film in its native country.
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(06-18-2014, 06:43 PM)
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The moment you've all been waiting for.

http://amazon.com/dp/B00KE3B9US/

July 29
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^

Yay. I really wish someone would put A Face In The Crowd and a few other oldies on bluray, this one was on that list though.
Ridley327
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(06-25-2014, 10:37 PM)
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Some future releases to look forward to:

Criterion Corner: Those folks at Criterion are up to their old tricks, pushing out gems on DVD and Blu-ray that collectors simply can’t live without. Down the road, we’ve learned that the company has slated David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., the 2001 Hollywood-set mystery that actually started life as a pilot for a TV series. The film deals with an aspiring actress, an amnesiac woman, a film director, and a lesbian liaison and stars Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Robert Forster and Justin Theroux. This will be a nice companion piece to Criterion’s upcoming Eraserhead. Also due from the company is Terry Gilliam’s fantasy Time Bandits, available in a mega-deluxe edition. Just licensed for future release is Federico Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. This will make a nice companion with The Great Beauty, the recent Oscar winner inspired by La Dolce Vita

This is from the same source that leaked out The Innocents as an imminent release a month before it was announced. Perhaps we'll be seeing all three by the year's end?
Son of Cervantes
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(06-25-2014, 10:52 PM)
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I actually dread when Criterion gets their hands on certain of these titles. The Koch Lorber DVD edition of La Dolce Vita was excellent and was decently priced. I wish Criterion would stick to releasing stuff that wasn't previously licensed. I want more Ozu and Mizoguchi...

Thank God Warner's tends to release their own stuff and they tend not to price gouge on their regular editions (I never buy those ridiculous boxes they put out for stuff like Casablanca).
Dragoon En Regalia
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(06-26-2014, 03:08 AM)
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Now that Wallach's left us, a Blu of TGTB&TU would be greatly appreciated.

Can't wait to use my B&N card for the July sale!
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(06-26-2014, 03:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by Dragoon En Regalia

Now that Wallach's left us, a Blu of TGTB&TU would be greatly appreciated.

Can't wait to use my B&N card for the July sale!

The trilogy has been out on Blu-ray for like five years and MGM just rereleased TGTBATU with a new "sourced from 4k" restoration earlier this month with all the extras from the original Blu-ray.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Ma.../95396/#Review
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TheKaeptain
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(06-26-2014, 03:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

I actually dread when Criterion gets their hands on certain of these titles. The Koch Lorber DVD edition of La Dolce Vita was excellent and was decently priced. I wish Criterion would stick to releasing stuff that wasn't previously licensed. I want more Ozu and Mizoguchi...

Thank God Warner's tends to release their own stuff and they tend not to price gouge on their regular editions (I never buy those ridiculous boxes they put out for stuff like Casablanca).

CC release more Asian movies? hahahahahahaha
Son of Cervantes
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(06-26-2014, 05:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by TheKaeptain

CC release more Asian movies? hahahahahahaha

Wh...why is that funny? ;_;

Originally Posted by mojiimbo

The trilogy has been out on Blu-ray for like five years and MGM just rereleased TGTBATU with a new "sourced from 4k" restoration earlier this month with all the extras from the original Blu-ray.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Ma.../95396/#Review


I heard that the new Blu-Ray has issues with color timing.
Ridley327
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(06-26-2014, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

I actually dread when Criterion gets their hands on certain of these titles. The Koch Lorber DVD edition of La Dolce Vita was excellent and was decently priced. I wish Criterion would stick to releasing stuff that wasn't previously licensed. I want more Ozu and Mizoguchi...

Thank God Warner's tends to release their own stuff and they tend not to price gouge on their regular editions (I never buy those ridiculous boxes they put out for stuff like Casablanca).

I imagine that the big reason for them releasing La Dolce Vita is because it's been out of print for a while, due to legal issues that were only recently resolved. Also, I'm fairly certain that Entertainment One Films (the company Koch-Lorber became) is a Criterion licensor these days, so there's that.
Fjordson
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(06-30-2014, 08:38 AM)
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I just got an email from Barnes & Noble. 50% off sale for Criterion DVD's and blu-rays. On my phone at the moment so haven't checked out the selection yet.

edit: damn, lots of stuff on sale. Wallet is about to be hurting.
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Dragoon En Regalia
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(06-30-2014, 08:48 AM)
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Same here. Gotta love them putting Judex in the top image.
omgkitty
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(06-30-2014, 01:23 PM)
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Round 1:

A Hard Day's Night
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Life Aquatic
L'eclisse
The Hidden Fortress
Like Someone in Love
Judex
Son of Cervantes
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I grabbed the Yojimbo & Sanjuro box, High & Low, and The Hidden Fortress. I basically upgraded all of the old Criterion DVDs I had of these since the transfers were not particularly good.

I also want Kagemusha, Throne of Blood and Rashomon, but Throne of Blood's DVD transfer is quite good, as is Rashomon's (I have the older DVD with the original box art featuring the Rashomon gate). Those can wait for future sales. :)

EDIT: Some of these titles I would really love to have on Blu-Ray, but can't quite motivate myself to pull the trigger. I already have Rififi on DVD (the old yellow and black box art), Kiss Me Deadly (the MGM release), and Paths of Glory (ditto). Unlike the Kurosawas, I don't think I'd re-watch these enough to warrant upgrading. If they did upgrades of all the Kobayashi movies I would be broke, though! He's one of my absolute favorite Japanese movie makers. I love Harakiri, Samurai Rebellion, Kwaidan, The Human Condition, etc.
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Ridley327
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(06-30-2014, 02:04 PM)
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I nabbed:

Eyes Without a Face
A Hard Day's Night
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Royal Tenenbaums
Scanners

It was sure nice of them to extend the offer to all of the July releases! We'll see about more when I get paid on Friday.
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(06-30-2014, 02:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

I nabbed:

Eyes Without a Face
A Hard Day's Night
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Royal Tenenbaums
Scanners

It was sure nice of them to extend the offer to all of the July releases! We'll see about more when I get paid on Friday.

Do you know if the Criterion Scanners fixes the audio issues the old MGM DVD had? The MGM DVD had some weird issue with the voices, it seemed like they were out of sync with the video at some points, but that may have been due to the voices being dubbed over later.
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(06-30-2014, 02:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Do you know if the Criterion Scanners fixes the audio issues the old MGM DVD had? The MGM DVD had some weird issue with the voices, it seemed like they were out of sync with the video at some points, but that may have been due to the voices being dubbed over later.

I think DVDBeaver is the only one with an analysis up for it, and they don't mention it one way or another. You're right that it's an issue that may not be solvable because of the production itself.
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

I think DVDBeaver is the only one with an analysis up for it, and they don't mention it one way or another. You're right that it's an issue that may not be solvable because of the production itself.

I've heard it both ways online. Some people state that it's a production issue and it's been that way since the movie was first released. Other people say "I watched it on VHS/laserdisc and never noticed an issue so it must be something that happened with the DVD."

I'm hesitant to pull the trigger on the Blu-ray before I find out either way, so please keep us updated when you receive your copy! Preferably before the sale is over so I know whether to buy it or not. ;)
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(06-30-2014, 03:15 PM)
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Will do! I can't make any promises, though, since we know how wonky B&N can be with shipping at times. I just got my email confirmation that it's all shipping out on the 15th, so hopefully it sticks to that week.
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

Will do! I can't make any promises, though, since we know how wonky B&N can be with shipping at times. I just got my email confirmation that it's all shipping out on the 15th, so hopefully it sticks to that week.

Why so long? Mine is scheduled to ship today and I ordered this morning.
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(06-30-2014, 04:00 PM)
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Scanners doesn't release until the 15th.
omgkitty
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Scanners doesn't release until the 15th.

Ah didn't think about that.
Fjordson
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(06-30-2014, 05:28 PM)
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Does B&N usually honor these big Criterion sales in store? The location near me usually has a pretty good stock, might check in there instead of waiting for shipping.
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Originally Posted by Fjordson

Does B&N usually honor these big Criterion sales in store? The location near me usually has a pretty good stock, might check in there instead of waiting for shipping.

Yep. Sale starts tomorrow in store.
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(06-30-2014, 07:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ridley327

I think DVDBeaver is the only one with an analysis up for it, and they don't mention it one way or another. You're right that it's an issue that may not be solvable because of the production itself.

Blu-ray.com's review is up too:

The dialog is crisp, stable, and very easy to follow. Also, it appears that some additional work has been done to clean up and rebalance the audio.

Sounds promising but I dunno. I ordered it so we'll see.
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Ridley327
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Originally Posted by Fjordson

Does B&N usually honor these big Criterion sales in store? The location near me usually has a pretty good stock, might check in there instead of waiting for shipping.

Not only that, but if you have a B&N membership, you save an additional 10% when you buy them in the store. That doesn't carry over online, but they make up for it with free expedited shipping.
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Originally Posted by omgkitty

Yep. Sale starts tomorrow in store.

Originally Posted by Ridley327

Not only that, but if you have a B&N membership, you save an additional 10% when you buy them in the store. That doesn't carry over online, but they make up for it with free expedited shipping.

Damn, awesome. Will definitely head in there tomorrow. Already checked through the site and they have a bunch of different titles in stock.

I'm excited to get Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi. I love samurai films, but I've never seen this one. Have heard it's one of the best.
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Originally Posted by Fjordson

Damn, awesome. Will definitely head in there tomorrow. Already checked through the site and they have a bunch of different titles in stock.

I'm excited to get Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi. I love samurai films, but I've never seen this one. Have heard it's one of the best.

Harakiri is amazing. I hear it got a remake a few years back, but I don't see how it can hold a candle to the original with that great Tatsuya Nakadai performance in the center of it.

Samurai Rebellion is another great Kobayashi film if you like samurai stuff. It stars Toshiro Mifune and has Nakadai in a secondary role.
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Heh, with this sale + the Criterion.com sale a few months back, I've already gone past what I usually reserve for Black Friday deals. I'm all tapped out for blu-rays for the rest of the year unless something that I absolutely need day 1 gets announced.
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Originally Posted by Son of Cervantes

Harakiri is amazing. I hear it got a remake a few years back, but I don't see how it can hold a candle to the original with that great Tatsuya Nakadai performance in the center of it.

Samurai Rebellion is another great Kobayashi film if you like samurai stuff. It stars Toshiro Mifune and has Nakadai in a secondary role.

Sweet, I'll look out for that one as well.

And I actually saw that remake. Directed by Takashi Miike who I like a lot so I enjoyed it. Not as good as 13 Assassins, but still a good watch.
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Man, it's a bummer that the Chungking Express blu-ray was seemingly discontinued. Anyone know what's up with that? Can't find it anywhere, except used for like $70.
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Originally Posted by Fjordson

Man, it's a bummer that the Chungking Express blu-ray was seemingly discontinued. Anyone know what's up with that? Can't find it anywhere, except used for like $70.

I got in on that at the last second. Like a day after I received mine it was announced as going OOP.

I never picked up Army of Shadows though :(

Or Ran :(

Or The Third Man :(

Edit: OR LE CERCLE ROUGE :(
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Originally Posted by Net_Wrecker

I got in on that at the last second. Like a day after I received mine it was announced as going OOP.

I never picked up Army of Shadows though :(

Or Ran :(

Or The Third Man :(

Edit: OR LE CERCLE ROUGE :(

Ran is gone too? Shit! I missed Third Man also. I got the DVD, though, which looks decent.

But at least Third Man and Ran are available from other companies on blu. I can't find anything for Chungking.

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