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Criterion Now 98: Criterion Channel Surfing, Godzilla Preview, Kino

Josh Hornbeck joins to introduce his new show, Criterion Channel Surfing, which should be a great fit on The 25th Frame. We also get into the latest with Criterion, including the trailer for Godzilla and some early expectations. We talk about the newsletter clue that looks to be for Sidney Lumet’s Fail-Safe. We also spend some time talking about Kino’s new streaming service and how that impacts the arthouse streaming scene.

Episode Links

Criterion Collection – Odorama Card Production
Godzilla Trailer/a>
Letterboxd and JustWatch
Kino Releases New VOD Platform

Criterion Now 97: December 2019 Announcements, John Waters, Blue Velvet

Daisuke Beppu and Doug McCambridge join the podcast to talk December 2019 announcements and more. December is usually a lighter month, but there was plenty for us to be happy about. We also talk about the charming John Waters, the potential for the extended cut of The Cotton Club to come, the filmmakers of The Assassination of Jesse James asking to be on Criterion. We also get into Blue Velvet and David Lynch eating quinoa.

Episode Links

Criterion Now Group – December 2019 Predictions
John Waters in the Criterion Closet/a>
The Cotton Club Redux
Roger Deakins asks for Jesse James release

Criterion Now 96: Odorama

Dave Eves joins and we have a little fun with the recent release of Polyester and specifically the Odorama card. This is truly a unique film, and subsequently a unique release for Criterion. We discuss the best way to watch the film, answer questions about the experience, and talk about each of the smells. You could call it a smellebration.

Indicator Now – Episode 1 – Favorite Releases, Business Model, The Big Sale

Matt Schlee and Tim Leggoe join Aaron for the first episode dedicated to Indicator, which follows the Criterion Now format. We discuss the history of the label, how it compares with other labels, how their business model works, the way they handle supplements, and customer service and shipping. We also talk plenty about the films, including the upcoming and recent releases, and we all list three of our favorite releases from the label to this date.

Episode Links

Powerhouse Films
The Indicator / Powerhouse Films Blu Ray Collection Fan Group

Criterion Now 95: Temple Drake, Agnes Varda, RoboCop

Mark Hurne is back! We dig into a number of topics beginning with some of the upcoming Arrow releases that have Criterion crossover, specifically Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and RoboCop. We also talk about the newsletter clue, which is most likely The Story of Temple Drake. We reflect on the July slate now that we’ve had some time to watch them. We also talk about Kim Cattrall, Canadian access to Criterion, Criterion UK, and the potential for an Agnes Varda box set to potentially be released.

Episode Links

Criterion Now Group – Best of July, 2019
Kim Cattrall Criterion Closet Picks
Criterion Charter Card
Interview with Rosalie Varda

Criterion Now 94: November 2019 Announcements, Teal Ray, Olympic Films

Jill Blake and Matt Gasteier join as we get to announcements beyond spine 1000 and found many surprises in the Fall lineup with a stellar Bette Davis duo and more. We also take on the idea of “Teal Ray” which is a phrase we’ve coined based on the continual complaints about teal hues in new transfers. Jill especially has some strong words about that subject. We also talk about Olympic films, gateways into foreign auteurs, Koker Trilogy, and more.

Episode Links

DVD Beaver – Polyester Review
Letterboxd List of Films Premiering on the Criterion Channel in September 2019

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.

Episode Links

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