Aaron West

Criterion Now 93: Best of the Year So Far

Robert Taylor joins to cover the first half of the year, up through the June Criterion releases. We discuss our favorite films, upgrades, covers, discoveries, wishlists come true, and the best month of releases. Along the way Robert also talks about a fun Jon Mulvaney story, and we cover a number of news items along the way including a tribute to D.A. Pennebaker.

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The Robert Taylor Odyssey – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jacqueline Noval and John Early in the Criterion Closet
Studio Visits: Danielle Mation

Criterion Now 92: Godzilla, The Next Big Box, Venice Classics

David Blakeslee and Keith Enright join to go over the official spine 1000 announcement. Keith eats a little bit of crow after boldly and incorrectly predicting a massive Welles set on a previous episode, but we are all appreciative of the release. We also briefly discuss the rest of the October 2019 slate, speculate what could be the next big box set, talk about Venice Classics, and there’s a Scorsese and California theme that permeates the episode.

Episode Links

Daisuke’s Post about Godzilla
Criterion Now 87 – Keith Enright predicts the Welles set
Venice Classics Lineup

Criterion Now 91: October 2019 Announcements, Lee Kline, Fellini

Dave Eves and Mark Hurne join Aaron to talk through the October 2019 Announcements. Please note that the was recorded prior to the Godzilla reveal, but as you’ll hear, we had an idea. We also dig into the Lee Kline podcast that was recorded for Home Theater Forum and talk about some of the titles that were mentioned, the potential for UHD and also the 2020 year of Fellini. We also talk Kalatazov, Herzog, Losey, Pagnol, Wyler, and even Fleabag.

Episode Links

Bill Plympton coming to Shout Factory
Lee Kline Video about Teal and Cyan
Home Theater Forum Podcast – Visiting Criterion Collection
Monsieur Klein Restoration

Criterion Now 90: Lost Highway, War and Peace, Betty Blue

Daisuke Beppu joins Aaron to discuss the collection. We spend some time speculating on the hopefully soon to be announced spine 1000. We also talk about shelving with Daisuke asking some good questions. We get into the David Lynch and Kino discussion, discuss the Paul Dano closet video, some of the restorations and related blu-ray releases. We get into the Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards, and so much more.

Episode Links

CriterionCast 10th Anniversary PodcastCriterionCast Teespring merchandise
25th Frame Features – David Lynch vs Kino
Paul Dano’s Closet Picks
Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards

Criterion Now 89: September 2019 Announcements, Spine 1000, Barnes & Noble

Brad McDermott, Dave Eves and Michael Hutchins join for what was supposed to be a live episode that would record before Aaron left town. Due to technical difficulties (Aaron’s internet went out), the episode had to be patched together and released late. We talk about the September 2019 announcements, discuss potential other Spine 1000 ideas. We spend a lot of time on news items such as comparing the Dietrich and Sternberg set from Indictor, and the potential upcoming release of Holiday. We also talk about some streaming media news including yet another new subscription service and we go into the July lineup of the Criterion Channel.

Episode Links

Douglas MacLean Kickstarter from Ben Model
Indicator Announces Dietrich / Sternberg Set
Paste Magazine – Holiday Restoration
BFI Announces Streaming Service
One Pricing Tier for Warner Media Streaming Service

25th Frame Feature: David Lynch vs Kino

In this episode, Aaron, Josh, Michael and Will discuss the escalation that took place regarding the Kino release of David Lynch’s Lost Highway. We talk about the tweet heard around the home media world, the response, the methods of David Lynch and how he works, and ultimately how the disc looks. Will even does a live demo of the disc. Will you buy it? Let us know.

Criterion Now – Episode 88 – Cannes 2019, Prince of Tides, iTunes, Kanopy

Cole and Matt return to discuss the latest goings on with the Criterion Collection. We take a look at the Cannes 2019 lineup, how they were received, and which ones we expect will be remembered later. We talk about the Prince of Tides newsletter clue and the interesting history of it being released on LaserDisc. We also talk about the evolving streaming media landscape with the upcoming end to iTunes, and the headwinds libraries are facing with Kanopy.

Episode Links

25th Frame – Criterion Completion
Cannes 2019 Ratings
Janus Films – Streetwise
HomeTheaterForum Interview Opportunity with Lee Cline
Film Quarterly – Kanopy is not just like Netflix and not free

Criterion Now 87: August 2019 Announcements, Bold Spine 1000 Prediction, Janus Restorations

Keith Enright makes his grand return with a bombshell. First we have a nice discussion about the August 2019 announcements, but that’s like the appetizer before the entree. He then drops his major prediction for a Spine 1000 box set. Expect some jaw dropping on this episode. We also talk about a lot of news items such as Terry Gilliam, After Hours, Ikarie XB-1, John Sayles, Odorama, Paris is Burning, Buster Keaton, and a whole lot more.

Episode Links

August 2019 Prediction Poll
Spine 999 Prediction Poll
Terry Gilliam Closet Video
Divine FB talks about Polyester
Paris is Burning – Restoration Trailer

Criterion Now 86: Newsletter, Cannes Classics, Wong Kar Wai

Michael Hutchins joins as the special guest as we do a remote episode in a hotel which appropriately features an interruption from housekeeping. We dissect what is perhaps the most perplexing newsletter clue in months, talk about the Cannes Classics lineup and what is and isn’t likely to come to Criterion, the potential of a Wong Kar Wai set given the 2020 retrospective confirmation, and plenty more. We also dig into the Criterion Channel and discuss the May lineup and system upgrades.

Episode Links

Cannes Classics 2019
Criterion Channel Update – May 2019