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Chat Transcript: Criterion
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The following is a complete
transcript of the on-line chat with several staffers from The Criterion
Collection, held on Tuesday, October 23rd on
Home Theater Forum. Thanks to Ron Epstein, Parker Clack and the staff the
HTF for all their hard work, and for providing the transcript for all to read.
Subject: CRITERION COLLECTION live chat
Date: October 23rd, 2001
[RonEpstein] Good evening everyone. As always, we are so appreciative that you
take time out of your evening to join us in these chats. It's a pleasure to have
THE CRITERION COLLECTION here with us tonight. After all, CRITERION is the mark
of quality DVD product, and many of us have known CRITERION since the laserdisc
[ParkerClack] The best laserdiscs I own.
[RonEpstein] With us tonight is Jon Mulvaney and Peter Becker
[PeterBecker] It's a pleasure to be here.
[JonMulvaney] Hi, Ron. Hi, Parker. Hello, everyone. I'm really happy to see such
a big crowd in here tonight.
[RonEpstein] Could you both tell us what your affiliation with CRITERION is?
[JonMulvaney] I am the official Customer Liaison with the company, but I wear
many hats here.
[PeterBecker] I am the president, and I run the production part.
[RonEpstein] Gentlemen, welcome! Okay...We are going to open the floor to
questions. I am sure our participants here have many.
[NeilEdwards] The scope of your catalogue is breathtaking. Thank you! However,
your titles seem to go out of print too quickly. Do you underestimate their
sales potential? What is your policy on doing a second run when you have sold
out of the first one and have to disappoint a lot of people? Thanks for coming.
[JonMulvaney] We actually do many runs of each of our titles and have run into
multiple printings on most of them. But in the case of some titles, we only are
able to release them for a short period time. After that, they have to be
removed from our catalog and can't be repressed.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Hi, thanks for joining us tonight. What determines which
Universal-owned titles you are allowed to licence from them? Cretainly they're
doing the classic monsters and Hitchcock titles themselves...but your Preston
Sturges and Douglas Sirk titles are pretty major too. I'll save my Criterion
wish list for the Studio Feedback forum. Thanks for HIDDEN FORTRESS and RIFIFI!
[PeterBecker] We've had a longstanding working relationship with Universal, and
there are many other films in their vaults that are worthy of great editions.
We'd love to work on more, and we hope we will. The core answer to your question
is that it has to make sense both to Universal and to Criterion. I just wanted
to get this question answered right at the top, because I think it's one of the
most common. We work with studios to find opportunities in their catalogs.
That's the sort of blanket principle that will underlie many of Jon's answers to
questions about title in many major studio libraries. We do appreciate the many
suggestions we receive, and we do often follow up on them in our discussions
with film libraries around the world, but it's never possible for us to work on
every film we'd like to do.
[Terrance] First thanks for releasing the many quality films. There is a whole
genre of film the so-called avant-garde classics that have not yet been
addressed by the dvd world. They are on the verge of being forgotten. Does
Criterion have any plans of looking into releasing say the likes of Stan
Brakhage, Michael Snow, etc. etc.?
[JonMulvaney] We'd love to supplement our catalog with 'avant-garde' cinema
releases. I'm a big fan of them myself, in fact. But the fact of the matter is
that the acquisition and restoration of these titles is often very difficult and
the right opportunity hasn't arisen. But we'll keep our eyes open!
[TerryW] Hello, Criterion. First, thanks for all your great releases over the
years. I've been buying your product since about 1991 and I'm constantly
defending the fact that your company was the first to have all these extras and
commentaries that are now commonplace with most of the big studios. Now, please
tell me you're working on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp for the near
future, and other Powell/Pressburger titles.
[JonMulvaney] Yes! That title is currently in production, but doesn't have a
[Brook_K] My question is when will we see some Kenji Mizoguchi films like
Ugetsu, Oharu and Sansho? He has almost no prescence on DVD right now, a
disservice to such a great director.
[PeterBecker] Well, first of all, I am really grateful for the support of people
like you who have been with us since laser days. Colonel Blimp is in the works.
We are hoping to have a new high def master done before the end of the year. I
don't know how much digital restoration the film will require, but I am certain
that we're going to give it the best we have. Michael Powell was, after all, the
first director whose commentary we ever recorded on a film....although no one
here really remembers which was recorded first, Blimp, or Black Narcissus.
Anyway, to the core of your question, we will bring Mitzoguchi to DVD, and we
hope, in better shape. None are actually in the release schedule, but we are
hoping to have new masters made in the coming year or so on at least one
[MatthewChmiel] Hi, thanks for coming tonight. My question for tonight is do you
have any plans to release Solaris onto DVD anytime soon (rumor has it you'll be
releasing it sometime in late 2002)?
[JonMulvaney] We are planning a 2002 release for this film, but don't have a
definite date yet.
[JamesGarner] Thank You. Will the Criterion version of Evita make its way on DVD
[JonMulvaney] That title currently belongs to another studio, unfortunately.
[Jun-DaiBates] Is there any chance of seeing An Actor's Revenge (esp. w/ Donald
Richie commentary)? Luchino Visconti, Satyajit Ray, Maya Deren, and Robert
Bresson have no films currently available on dvd, will we get to see them on
Criterion? Also, are you hiring?
[JonMulvaney] Are we hiring? How fast can you type? (Joking) I'll let Peter
handle the other part of your question, since it involves so many directors.
[PeterBecker] That certainly is a mouthful of directors...We have some a bit of
Bresson, a sad dearth of Ray, no foreseeable Deren. Visconti is a question mark.
Sorry to be cryptic. The Bresson is likely to be Diary of a Country Priest for
starters, or Dames du Bois du Boulogne. I'd love to do more.
[JonMulvaney] If I can chime in here, I'd like to add that a lot of the titles
we mention tonight may be in the works, but don't currently appear on the
schedule. Just in case I get 12 emails tomorrow asking when DIARY is coming out.
[AgeeBassett] Janus restored the 106 min cut of the Devil and Daniel Webster,
did they not?....that being the case, can Criterion get a hold of this
marvelously imaginative fantasy for DVD restoration?
[JonMulvaney] This is definitely a question for Peter...
[PeterBecker] Yes, and we're still on the lookout for better material, so if you
know anyone.... There's no question. Devil and Daniel Webster will be a Citerion
DVD. When is a question. It wil take a lot of time and effort.
[Gacole] I have recently gotten into DVD's and have acquired some Criterion and
all of your Kurosawa, what is on the table for this year, Throne of Blood? any
chance of Ran? and what is the release date for Rashomon Thanks, looking forward
to exploring more of your titles!
[JonMulvaney] RAN currently belongs to another company. We have several Kurosawa
titles tentatively on the 2002 schedule, including RASHOMON. No set release
dates for them yet, though. Keep an eye on our website for more announcements.
We love Kurosawa here.
[PeterBecker] The new Rashomon master has taken more time than we'd hoped. The
rest of the release is more or less complete. As for more Kurosawa, there is a
great deal of chatter about Red Beard and Ikiru, in addition to Dodeskaden which
has been announced and pushed for too long...
[Joseph_Goodman] for the Kurosawa films, do the film elements you use for your
transfers come straight from Japan, or somewhere else?
[JonMulvaney] Again, I defer to Peter...
[PeterBecker] We work with the Japanese studios to find the best elements
available. Very often we transfer those elements in Japan according to standards
that we make very clear and do additional digital work in the States. In other
cases, we acquire pristine preprint elements, such as fine-grain masters and do
the telecine here under our direct supervision.
[DomeVongvises] Thanks, let me be one of many to congratulate you on your wide
diversity of titles from Hollywood blockbusters to foreign film. This leads to
my question regarding diversity. Is there an explanation for the lack of titles
from the Western and/or animation genre? It seems strange that they're
overlooked. BTW, I'd also like to add a thanks for the Kurosawa films. They
[JonMulvaney] Kurosawa does indeed rock. Thank you. We have considered releasing
some Westerns, but nothing concrete is in the works. There are a lot of American
classics that we'd love to get a chance to work on.
[PeterBecker] I'd like to see more Westerns and animation in the collection, and
we'd always welcome suggestions. We did an edition of High Noon on laser, and
we'd certainly love to work on that again.
[JonMulvaney] As for animation, what kind do you mean?
[DomeVongvises] Anything, cel, clay, or computer
[BenM] Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation of Haxan, and for your
ongoing commitment to the films of Akira Kurosawa. (I MUST second the request
for Throne of Blood). I would like to know if there is any chance that Criterion
may pursue Pink Floyd at Pompeii. The last I knew, Polygram had the rights, but
I'm not sure if they even exist anymore. This is my utmost "want"
title, and has been since dvd came into existence. I would be extremely pleased
if Criterion were able to produce this title on dvd. If nothing else, it would
make a great companion piece for your Beastie Boys dvd, which includes the B.
Boys homage to Pink Floyd at Pompeii, "Gratitude" ;) . So, is there
any hope here for me? Oh, and would either of you have a spare copy of The 400
[JonMulvaney] Pink Floyd is more part of Peter's generation than mine... I hear
there are some 400 BLOWS on eBay.
[PeterBecker] So glad you liked Haxan. I'm very proud of the work on that one...
I have to say, I haven't seen Pink Floyd at Pompei... but I'll check it out. You
might be interested to know that we just made a deal with Eddie Kramer to to the
sound mix on the upcoming Monterey Pop box set. This is a once in a lifetime
opportunity, and I think it's going to be amazing. As to 400 Blows and other
Truffaut, some wishes do come true, so keep hoping. done.
[JonMulvaney] Yes - MONTEREY POP will be one of our biggest and most loaded
releases of 2002.
[Michael_S] Hi, what's the status on re-releasing audio commentaries and
possbibly other supplementary materials that were done for lasers or
out-of-print DVDs? Can we expect a book of transcripts or CDs with mp3 tracks?
I'll put my vote in for the latter, but I'll buy this stuff in any way, shape or
form you release them! I specifically would really like to listen to the late
John Sturges' Great Escape audio commentary.
[JonMulvaney] We hadn't really considered this possibility before.
[PeterBecker] That's not really true. We're always looking for ways that we
might bring the Criterion idea and the content we've developed to new media. We
put movies on laserdics, on cdrom. We've been developing a website that we hope
may someday feature rich content and we're even developing content outside of
our disc releases, or starting to, in the FOCUS section of the website, where
we're currently featuring a gallery of players from Preston Sturges' stock
company, which we hope will complement Criterion viewers' enjoyment of the Lady
Eve and Sullivan's Travels discs we just released. At one point we were even in
discussions with a book publisher to create shot-by-shot books from a number of
our commentaries, but the business reality of small-edition print publishing is
brutal. CDs are an interesting idea, but sync is so important in a commentary. "In
this shot" is hard to get across without the movie.
[SteveRussell] Any plans for a DVD release of one of my personal faves, Victor
Erice's "Spirit of the Beehive"? And thanks for coming!
[PeterBecker] Spirit is a distinct possibility, but we haven't even begun to
look at the film elements, so I have no details or projections about when you
might actually see a Criterion edition.
[PatrickMcCart] Hi Criterion! I don't have any of your excellent DVD's in my
collection yet...but I do have my eyes set on My Man Godfrey and The Third Man.
Now for my question...Do you have any plans to release Shadows of Forgotten
Ancestors (directed by Sergei Parajanov) or the silent animated film from
Germany, The Adventures of Prince Achmed? Both seem like films that would really
benifit from the Criterion treatment.
[JonMulvaney] GODFREY and THIRD MAN would be a terrific start to your
[PeterBecker] Shadows is a very interesting suggestion, and a good possibility
for us. I believe Achmed belongs to Milestone so it may be coming from Image.
[Miguel_Rod] Tell us more about the Pop Festival! What musical goodies might you
be working on after the Pop Fest?I LOVED the Beastie Boys Collection!!!
[JonMulvaney] Thanks for the Beasties. We love them, too. Peter can fill you in
more on the details of MONTEREY...
[PeterBecker] Monterey is the only music-based title that's currently in
production. The current plan is to make a three disc set incorporating as much
of the festival as possible. The Pennebaker crew shot everything, and our hope
is to be able to present the complete Monterey experience. There will be some
extras, but the core of the project is the first-ever complete presentation with
[JustinStokes] Thanks for coming. Could you please tell what horror titles, if
any, you will be releasing in the future? Also, I would like to suggest the
following films for possible release...Videodrome, The Sentinel, and John
Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, all from Universal, and Wes Craven's The Hills
[JonMulvaney] Hi, Justin. These are all great films in their own way, and good
suggestions. We can certainly bring these titles up with Universal - we'd love
to work with David Cronenberg again. HILLS is also a good suggestion, but more
of a problem regarding the rights.
[RobWilley] Thanks for joining us tonight. I wanted to ask about the possibility
of a 75th anniversary release of PANDORA'S BOX in 2003. If so, might we also see
the other brilliant Pabst/Brooks collaboration, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL? Thanks!
[PeterBecker] Oh, my... We were just talking about Pandora today. I was asking
Gillian Anderson, who worked with us on the Haxan score, if there was any info
that would allow us to do Pandora with a historical score... She's going to poke
around for us. I have a very soft spot for Pandora because we never released it
on laser, always hoping for better materials or the grand restoration to
materialize. I am determined to see Pandora out in a strong DVD edition, but it
is another title that won't be ready until it's ready. I know it can be hard to
understand why sometimes we take so long to come out with certain films, but the
answer is almost always that the effort to find, and in certain cases, when we
are fortunate enough to participate in actual film restoration work (as oppoed
to digital) there's no predicting what tiny thing is going to trip up your
carefully laid plans. It takes time to do things right, and though we do make
mistakes, we always try our best to get it right. So don't hold your breath on
Pandora, but rest assured that we will give it the attention it deserves.
[Hunter] Outside of the two John Woo films you released early in your DVD days,
we've seen no modern films from Asia from your company. Right now, there are
some INCREDIBLE movies being made over in Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and South
Korea, but many are unavailable in North America. Is there any chance of you
releasing more recent Asian films? For example, from Japan there are the films
of Takashi Miike ("Audition," "Dead or Alive," "City of
Lost Souls," etc) and Takeshi Kitano. Or perhaps the Milkyway films
[directors Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai] from Hong Kong ("Too Many Ways to
Be No. 1," "A Hero Never Dies," "The Mission," etc.).
There are so many great films being made that we can't see (outside of imports
and "other methods"because no one in North America has purchased the
rights or they are too controversial for most companies to release (Kinji
Fukasaka's "Battle Royale," for example).
[JonMulvaney] Hunter, I'm familiar with a lot of these films but it appears that
you're quite an expert. I'd appreciate it if you could put your thoughts on this
into an email - we often use customer suggestions as a roadmap for research.
Mike in particular is getting a lot of press these days and seems to be a real
discovery. You never know - thanks for the suggestions.
[JasonHughes] When can we expect Spellbound (and any other Hitchcock's (aside
from Rebecca)). Also, what is the status on Children of Paradise and has
Criterion looked into obtaining La Dolce Vita? Artisan (who I think has it)
seems to has no interest...Keep up the awsome work! Thanks for coming!
[JonMulvaney] CHILDREN is due in January - expect an official announcement soon.
SPELLBOUND is later in 2002. Look for REBECCA in a glorious two-disc edition in
the middle of next month.
[PeterBecker] Gorious... please. Spellbound is due midyear. It was delayed for
internal reasons and to make time for additional sound work. As to La Dolce
Vita, we've been in discussons with Artisan... hope for the best.
[Bob_Trumble] First of all, thanks for all the excellent films you've been
releasing over the years. My question is...Is there any chance of acquiring the
rights to release the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall's feature film
Brain Candy? Paramount seems to have no interest. The group has a large cult
following, and fans are anxiously awaiting the movie to arrive on DVD. I would
love to see it treated by Criterion since there are a lot of supplemental
materials out there, including an alternate version. Since the group continues
to work together on projects, I think they would be very interested in
contributing to the making of a DVD. Just something it might be worth looking
into... Also, any chance for Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen?
[JonMulvaney] Unfortunately, we have no plans to release BRAIN CANDY. Despite
the fact that many of us are big Kids in the Hall fans, it hadn't even occurred
[PeterBecker] I'm a Jeunet fan, and I loved Amelie, but... no plans at the
[JonMulvaney] DELICATESSEN would be appropriate given the upcoming release of
AMELIE, but we don't own the rights.
[Mark_Walker] Wow! Well, first of all, I would like to thank you for exposing me
to some great films! THE THIRD MAN, in particular! What I am wondeing is this:
Jon e-mailed me and said that A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH and DOUBLE INDEMNITY
are titles you would persue if you could get the rights. Is there any help we
can give to encourage Universal to let you do these?
[JonMulvaney] These are perennial favorites with the Criterion crew. They're
always possibilities, but so far the opportunity hasn't arisen.
[Ryan_Petrich] First off thanks for coming. I was wondering if there is a chance
that you will release any of Hayao Miyazaki's (Princess Mononoke) works. He is
one of Japan's greatest artists and deserves a place in your collection. Also
are there plans to release any more Japanese Animation in general? Thanks for
[JonMulvaney] The Miyazaki titles are owned by Disney in the US. This doesn't
mean it's out of the question, but we haven't discussed it with them. I
personally think that Miyazaki would fit in perfectly with the rest of the
Criterion Collection. As for other Japanese animation, we're always open to
suggestions and new ideas. Nothing concrete on the schedule right now, though.
[TimFleming] Greetings and salivations... I am wondering now that you have
completed Peter Weir's Last Wave, are there any plans for "The Cars That
Ate Paris" (a far superior film imho). Additionally, is there any chance
that you might be able to get your hands on John Huston's "Wise Blood"
(currently in the possession of New Line I believe) and Kurosawa's "Dreams"?
[JonMulvaney] DREAMS is one of our most-requested titles. We'd love to release
it, but we don't hold the rights.
[PeterBecker] Thanks, and good questions... Last Wave is wrapping up nicely.
We're helping Peter Weir put together new materials for Cars That Ate Paris, and
you should get a good version on DVD soon. I believe it will be coming out from
Home Vision as a part of their line... As to Dreams, perhaps the most requested
title, Jon tells me, we don't have the rights. Wise Blood is a personal favorite
film, and to be honest, I haven't even explored the rights. I appreicate your
asking. I'll check it out.
[joekun] First of all, love the Criterion Collection, especially your Kurosawa
films!! I was going to ask about Miyazaki as well, so I second that idea
especially with the report that Disney has lost interest. Will there be any more
Seijun Suzuki films released by Criterion? Are there any plans to obtain the
rights for his new film "Pistolera Opera"? Also, will we ever see a
Criterion version of the original Japanese "Gojira" that was cancelled
long ago? Thank you.
[JonMulvaney] I just saw PISTOL OPERA the other night, and loved it. It's a
semi-sequel to BRANDED TO KILL (which we did on DVD, of course), but in color.
It's as insane and kinetic as his other late 60s films and we'd love to release
it. But since it is a brand-new title (it was just released in Japan this year),
we don't have a definite plan. But we are looking into it.
[PeterBecker] Gojira, sadly is a no go. We are in discussions about Pistol
Opera, but as a policy we don't talk about negotiations.
[JonMulvaney] There's also the possibility that we may release one or two of the
Suzuki films currently available on tape from Home Vision on DVD in the future.
We'd love to devote our attention to more of his work.
[BrianGHopps] I have your excellent Night at the Opera on LD. Any chance you
will do this on DVD?
[PeterBecker] Not on the slate. Many regrets, but not likely in the near future.
[Jon_Robertson] Many congratulations on your recent releases of The Lady Eve and
Haxan, both of which were exquisite! I await The Last Wave and The Ruling Class
(and now The Cars That Ate Paris) with bated breath. :) Now, I'm sorry to come
to you with a negative question, but can we expect a re-pressing of Discreet
Charm? With all the numerous spelling and grammatical errors in the subtitles
corrected? Nothing seems to be have done so far, and I hate to say it, but it
really rips you out of the film, and is a black mark against an otherwise
terrific set. Thanks very much for coming along this evening.
[JonMulvaney] Thanks for the kind words about LADY EVE and HAXAN. We're aware of
this problem & attention is being devoted to it. Please email me directly
with any technical problems or questions. I'll be able to keep you up-to-date on
the latest developments.
[PeterBecker] If and when we do repress the disc, the subtitles will be fixed.
Do keep in touch through Jon Mulvaney, because he is there to help people out.
[Kenneth_Cummings] First off, many thanks for releasing Rushmore on DVD.
Anyways, is there a chance of releasing a new DVD for "The Game"?
Thanks for coming and also thank you to Ron for this event.
[JonMulvaney] Glad you like RUSHMORE.
[PeterBecker] Game is a distinct possibility. But I can't comment further than
[Chadferguson] First off, thanks for coming!!, My question is, do you have any
plans on rereleasing the John Woo films? Also, if you can comment on this, why
did you guys never release the Buena Vista films you had planned? As a
suggestion I wish you guys can push for some more Japan Anime titles (Cowboy
Bebop), Akira was great on LD. Thanks
[JonMulvaney] Thanks again for the anime suggestion. We'll keep all these titles
in mind. Which Buena Vista titles do you mean, Chad?
[Chadferguson] Trainspotting. English Patient
[JonMulvaney] Those titles were never announced, though we did release them on
laserdisc. They're also commonly-requested titles, though, and some of our
favorite work. We simply don't have the rights - sorry. Same goes for the Woo
films right now - no plans on a re-release at this point.
[GregoryM] What about titles listed in the old cataloge, but not listed in the
new one, like Tales of Hoffman, Knife in the Water, Olympia... And what's the
status of Eisenstein:Sileny Years boxset? Thank you.
[PeterBecker] Well, we were probably being overly optimistic when we announced
these. We've learned our lesson. We're still working on them all. Hoffmann the
issue is the film elements. A new IP may need to be made, so we are far from a
master. Knife has been delayed for Polanski's schedule. Olympia, actually, I
misspoke, is not on the slate, but the Eisenstein Silent box is we hope due
before the end of the year.
[JonMulvaney] That's the end of 2002, of course.
[PeterBecker] There are many bridges to cross between here and there, of course.
New scores to be recorded. Actual film restoration work. Plus additional digital
[Craig_Montoya] I too am a big fan of your music titles and hope there will be
more in the future beyond Monterey Pop -- Bob Dylan's 'Renaldo and Clara' would
make an amazing Criterion release. My question: I was excited to see 'George
Washington' is upcoming, do you have any more modern American films in the works
that you can tell us about?
[JonMulvaney] There are one or two exciting, recent American films on the
schedule for next year, but nothing that we can talk about yet.
[StefanPedersen] I would like ti know if any of the following will be released
by Criterion : Bunuels "The Phantom Of Liberty" , Bergmans "Fanny
And Alexander" and Dreyers "Vampyr" (a Casper Tybjerg commentary
please) ? Thanks for coming. "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" is my all
time favorite DVD!
[JonMulvaney] Hi, Stefan. Glad you like PASSION & we hope you also enjoy the
Dreyer boxed set. Peter can fill you in on the other titles...
[PeterBecker] I think you're likely to see some, but not all from your wishlist.
I'm very glad you like Casper's work and hope you've heard his Haxan commentary
as well as the Passion of Joan one.
[DerekMiner] Could you give us some background how Criterion's commentary from
the Monty Python & the Holy Grail LD ended up on Columbia Tristar's DVD? We
all understand how you like to hold on to your supplement materials as they
represent your company's hard work and brand name. Is this an instance where
Criterion is not the owner of the recording? Also, thanks for being here and my
eternal thanks for the Fishing With John DVD!
[PeterBecker] The Criterion commentary turned up on the Holy Grail because we
made an agreement with Columbia. I'm glad you liked Fishing with John.
[JorgenLaukholm] Beeing a big fan of Lars Von Trier I was wondering if there
were any plans of more Trier films? Any chance of seeing Breaking the waves (so
I can throw the Artisan disc out the window), The Kingdom miniseries (would love
this from Criterion), The idiots, Europa, Epedemic or any other Trier film
released by Criterion? BTW: Really loved the Element of crime disc with the
Tranceformer documentary. Will we be seeing a Man bites dog disc from Criterion?
Keep up the awsome work :o)
[PeterBecker] Many people here share your appreciation of von Trier. We are
looking into more releases, including most of theones you've mentioned, but we
haven't got the deals in place. As to Man Bites Dog, you will see a Criterion
edition, but it hasn't been scheduled yet. Very glad you liked Tranceformer on
Element of Crime.
[AlexGuzeman] Thank you for chatting with us tonight and for exposing us to
truly great films! I am wondering if Criterion plans to expand their output of
Russian titles. You have three Russian films in the catalog, and two films
coming up (as far as I know), but Russian cinema isn't limited to Tarkovsky or
Eisenstein. What are the chances of seeing some others, such as, for example,
Georgi Daneliya and his excellent "Kin-Dza-Dza!" or "Tears were
Falling"? And if I may suggest another anime title, please consider the
classic "Grave of the Fireflies." Thanks.
[JonMulvaney] GRAVE is an extraordinarily moving film - thanks for the
[PeterBecker] We are working on Ballad of a Soldier and Cranes Are Flying right
now, but if you are an aficionado, I would appreciate any input you want to
offer about Russian films you think would make great Criterion editions.
[AlexGuzeman] The two I mentioned from Danelia, especially Kin-Dza-Dza
[PeterBecker] Also, thanks for the suggestion of Graves. Haven't seen it, but
I'll do so.
[RonEpstein] Parker and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon
Mulvaney and Peter Becker of THE CRITERION COLLECTION. We appreciate the fact
that they stopped by tonight to talk to all of us. Thanks for coming, gentlemen!
You are invited back anytime you wish!
[ParkerClack] You guys do a great job. Keep them coming.
[PeterBecker] Thanks for having us here. I really appreciate all of the support
people show Criterion.
[JonMulvaney] Thanks for having us, Parker and Ron. Thanks for listening,
everyone, and keep checking our new website at www.criterionco.com for the
latest in title announcements.
Session Close: Tue Oct 23 23:24:47 2001
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