Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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Laserphile

Despite the vast improvements in picture quality that the DVD format (and now HDTV as well) offers, I have to say that I am quite glad that I still have my laserdisc player. There are a few things that I have in this format that I prize.

  • Criterion Collection The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Fisher King with Terry Gilliam commentaries and additional special features. And amazing sound that I know those Columbia DVDs couldn't possibly compete with.

  • Looking for Richard, Al Pacino's riff on playing Richard III isn't available on DVD.

  • Criterion Collection Blade Runner, with the international cut. I also have the Warner edition of the so-called "Director's Cut." Both are in CAV. I've never bought Blade Runner on DVD... I may next year when the big box set gets released.

  • Brewster McCloud, one of Robert Altman's quirkiest films, which needs to be seen in widescreen.

  • Criterion Collection Taxi Driver with terrific commentary by Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader and, even better, Bernard Herrmann's iconic (and final) score isolated.

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Shouldn't that have been part of that "Complete Dossier" package...? Anybody...? Bueller...?

  • Criterion Collection Bram Stoker's Dracula, which may not be my favorite movie ever, but the features sure are a lot of fun.

  • The "Definitive Collection" CAV edition of The Star Wars Trilogy, which has a myriad of great features (although the commentary tracks are badly organized), a copy of The Creative Impulse and linear PCM audio tracks that blow the anemic Dolby Digital sound on the DVDs out of the water. Too bad they don't look that great anymore.

  • Criterion Collection SE7EN and The Game, both of which have fantastic features; both have been issued on DVD, but the former has different material from the "Platinum Series" DVD. I should also mention that the Criterion SE7EN was the only source for a proper transfer of the film until the "Platinum Series" disc came out due to the silver retention process.

  • Pioneer Special Edition Amadeus, which came with the beautiful insert book The Mozart Firmament and the entire soundtrack album on two discs (originally issued as a double LP with an "additional music" LP coming afterwards) remastered in 24 bit sound. I have the DVD of the "Director's Cut," so this is also the only form I own the theatrical version of the film in.

  • Eddie Murphy Delerious, which is not legally available on DVD.




I've been dying to watch Persona for months, but I seem to have loaned my copy out to somebody somewhere. It wasn't here when I organized my DVDs. This is annoying, as I have been planning to write a piece on Bergman and Altman (whose Images and Three Women are among the few American films to really address the concept of identity in such a gritty manner.
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