They're funny people, the Italians. Culture really isn't their thing.share
I think Criterion is saving LYAM for their ultimate release ever, after every other past criterionable film has been put out, otherwise it's some grand comspiracy why they haven't done so yet.share
I think yours is the only conceivable explanation. There is no good reason why Criterion hasn't even announced a release yet. I saw a new print of the film about a year ago in theatres, but not a word from Criterion. Meanwhile, I'm desperate.
Other things I'd really like to see Criterion get their act together about:
Teshigahara's "The Ruined Map" (Inexplicably left out of the Kobo Abe/Teshigahara Box Set)
Godard's "Nouvelle Vague" and "Histoire(s) du cinema"
Carole Reed's "Odd Man Out"
You're not missing much with Godard's "Histoire(s) du Cinema." I saw a lot of clips from it and read the accompanying book (fascinating reading Godard wax on about the cinema). From what I've seen, it's more like a video art installation piece than a film; plus it is several hours long, collectively it's kind of like an Andy Warhol film.
What I'd really like to see come to Criterion is Melville's "Two Men in Manhattan." Also the films of Russ Meyer and Irving Lerner.