Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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A few weeks (and a lifetime ago) I made a post about the then-upcoming Criterion release of Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout. The film, lensed by the director himself, is visual and aural poetry, and I have to say that even though I had seen it several times, I was struck dumb by how amazing it looks on the new Blu-ray edition. The image is extremely solid with a spot-on film-like look, with a clarity and depth that just doesn't exist outside of high def.

To put it bluntly, unless you have seen Walkabout projected theatrically, you haven't really seen it until you've seen it on Criterion's Blu-ray. I understand that the transfers of Jack Cardiff's photography for Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger productions Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes are similarly revelatory.

Criterion also has on the boards Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (I still have no idea who has my copy of this and Pierrot Le Fou) and Stanley Donen's Charade, the latter of which has one of Henry Mancini's most propulsive scores alas, not well represented in his re-recorded album, which I have on LP. Neither one of these will have the same "wow" factor as Walkabout (neither one is really that type of film; Breatheless is even 16 millimeter), but it will be nice to have decent transfers of both (I never double-dipped on the Criterion anamorphic remaster for Charade).

Having just organized all of the LPs and laserdiscs I have in their nice new shelf, I saw just how many Criterions I own. I did have a decent hook-up with Voyager when I worked at Tower Records; they offered Criterion discs at a huge discount once a year and I'd clean up each time. As a result, I have a lot of special features that are unique to these particular incarnations for features such as Robert Altman's The Player, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, Orson Welles' Othello and Citizen Kane, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Fisher King the list goes on, and most of my Ingmar Bergman films are Criterion lasers.
Tags: apartment, cinema, henry mancini, high def, ingmar bergman, jean luc godard, laserdiscs, martin scorsese, orson welles, robert altman, stanley kubrick, terry gilliam
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