Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recent And Not So Recent Buys Criterion Blu Edition

It's been quite a while since I did a recent buys post due to a number of reasons including last year's Favourite Hong Kong Movies series and my enforced layoff throughout the winter. Neither of those things prevented me picking up dvds and blu rays however, so here is the first lot centred on Criterion blu rays. Three of them are upgrades and two are blind buys, upgrades first.


Wong Kar Wai's masterful In The Mood For Love was a film crying out for the jump to blu ray and Criterion haven't disappointed us at all with a sumptuous transfer.


David Cronenberg's Videodrome remains not only one of my favourite horror films of all time, but also one of the most important of the modern era. A superb transfer and stellar extras round out a must have package. They even recreated the video tape style packaging for the blu release.


The extras package for Seijun Suzuki's Branded To Kill maybe slim, but the transfer of the stunning monochrome photography featured in the film is well worth the upgrade for what is one of my favourite Japanese movies. Branded To Kill was my first taste of Suzuki, when I caught it on a late night tv screening in the mid 90's. I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing it was so bizarre. As I was watching it I was also recording it and on waking the next day, I had to watch it again to make sure I hadn't dreamt the whole thing. One of the few films I make sure I watch at least once a year.

Onto the blind buys and the first one is a film I really should have seen before but never have, and that is...


A film I've always wanted to see, but never have. Now with the chance to see it looking probably as good as it ever has, there has never been a better time.


Lastly we have Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven, since becoming a fan of Malick's work thanks to The Thin Red Line, Days Of Heaven has intrigued me, yet I found the subject matter unappealing. The chance to see the film on blu rekindled my interest and I'm just waiting for the right moment to see those cornfields in their all their golden glory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Branded to Kill!

YTSL said...

I'm curious: as a fan of Malick, what do you think of "To The Wonder"? I viewed it recently and was distinctly unimpressed.

A hero never dies said...

Hi YTSL, I haven't had a chance to see To The Wonder as yet. I know it's had a decidedly mixed reception, so I'll be interested to see how it is. What were your issues with the film?

Wes M said...

All tremendous purchases Mart... I have the Blu of Branded to Kill, (and Tokyo Drifter) but have yet to watch it - it's one of those movies that demands its own special time and mood... Solaris, astonishing film, one of Tarkovsky's finest. I've seen the film maybe 20 times and it still remains as strange and mysterious with each successive viewing - I love that... Days of Heaven - still the high water mark for magic hour cinematography, and if Nestor Almendros never shot any other film in his career he would still be remembered for this alone. Linda Manz is so good in this film and I love her droll narration ("All three of us been going places. Looking for things, searching for things. Going on adventures") and she was amazing in Dennis Hopper's 1980 masterpiece Out of the Blue... Whenever I see Videodrome it always triggers memories of trying to tune the TV to pick up stray signals, imagining all sorts of contraband and exotica going on underneath the analogue blizzards - it’s still one of Cronenberg's finest achievements... In the Mood For Love is of course a favorite among readers around here and I think I'm right in saying most of us would gladly slip into the film's incredible, sensual world – the fashions, the faces, life choreographed to that theme music...

YTSL said...

Hi again A Hero Never Dies --

Re "To The Wonder": some of the visuals were amazing but the story was weak and the characters unimpressive. Worst was the dialogue -- the lines often made no sense! :(

Grimm said...

This is a great post. I've seen almost every one of those! Videodrome is an all-time great!.

Great blog! I'm now following you.

If you wanna talk horror sometime, swing by my page!

http://grimmreviewz.blogspot.com/

A hero never dies said...

Can't wait to hear you thoughts on Branded To Kill Wes, nice to see that region free player getting a workout!

YTSL, I think it just came out here, so I'll hopefully see it soon (even if it is only for the visuals).

Grimm, Thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog. I'll be sure to check yours out too!

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