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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

Criterion Now 85 – July 2019 Announcements, OOP Comebacks, Criterion Channel

Aaron is joined by David Blakeslee from Criterion Reflections and Jon Laubinger from Film Baby Film. We dig into the Criterion July 2019 slate, tackle some rumors about OOP discs that could potentially come back to Criterion or to another label. Finally we check in with the Criterion Channel and cover a series or title from each as our Short Take. We also talk about Lost Highway, Godzilla, Paris is Burning, Karel Zeman, and we give tribute to the recent passings of Bibi Andersson, Seymour Cassel, and Kazuo Koike.

Episode Links

Do the Right Thing cover time lapse
Paris is Burning Returning to Theaters
Karel Zeman Coming to Criterion

Criterion Now 84 – Criterion Channel Hot Takes

The launch of the Criterion Channel called for an emergency podcast. Josh, Matt and Michael joined to talk about our first impressions, and Josh announces a new cast that’s in development.

Criterion Now 83 – Agnes Varda, Kino Lorber, Criterion Channel

Aaron is joined by Dave Eves and Matt Schlee. We begin the show by paying tribute to a master, the great Agn├Ęs Varda, who we lived a long life yet it still feels like we lost her too soon. We also talk about all of the titles that were announced as part of the Kino Lorber Studio Canal Deal, and we give a brief preview of the Criterion Channel that launches on April 8th. We cover a number of March releases with our Short Takes, and we cover the recent Criterion news.

Episode Links

Kino Lorber Complete List in StudioCanal Deal
Criterion Announces Channel Lineup
Polyester Confirmed

Arrow Now – Episode 4 – Best of 2018

Aaron is joined by Dave Eves and Tim Leggoe. We enjoyed a belated year in review for Arrow Now’s 2018 release slate. We each narrowed down our top 5 from all of Arrow’s catalog including Arrow Video, Arrow Academy, Region A or Region B. We also talk about the recent releases, the upcoming announcements for the next few months, and the titles that have been confirmed or teased in the future.

Episode Links

Criterion Now 82 – June 2019 Announcements, Claire Denis, Documentary Now

Aaron is joined by Brad McDermott and Matt Gasteier. They start with the June 2019 Criterion releases, talk about their flash sale experiences (or lack thereof), discuss the visits to Criterion, the Claire Denis and Mike Leigh screenings, the potential of Buster Keaton, Wong Kar-wai, Abbas Kiarostami, and others to come out. They also talk about Documentary Now! episodes and how the Company episode is not potentially going to be connected to an upcoming Criterion release.

Episode Links

Criterion Now Facebook – June Prediction Poll
Richard E. Grant Closet Visit
Chaz Ebert’s Oral History of the Documentary Now Company Episode

Criterion Now 81 – Oscars 2019, Stanley Donen, Film Festival Season

Doug McCambridge and Josh Hornbeck are back and they talk about the Oscars, Flash Sales, the March Criterion slate, the new My Collection feature on the Criterion website, upcoming film festivals, give tributes to Stanley Donen and Katherine Helmond, and discuss a lot more.

Criterion Now 80 – May 2019 Announcements, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Spike Lee

Cole Roulain and Ericca Long, hosts of the Magic Lantern and partners in this 25th Frame venture, join to get into all sorts of topics. We talk about the May 2019 announcements, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kore-eda, Jia Zhangke, David Bordwell, and we give tributes to Albert Finney and Bruno Ganz.