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should this film be on criterion?


yeah, i am the only one who feels this movie among some others of course should be made by criterion for dvd?

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Wait are you kidding? Chasing Amy, The Rock, Armageddon and Dazed and Confused are on Criterion?!?

Oh no I get it...You're saying that putting those movies on Criterion would be akin to this one. But I really did think you were serious at first!

Peas,
Ben

P.S. Chasing Amy wasn't bad...Not that it's Criterion material or anything.

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sorry to burst your bubble... all those flicks are have been released by criterion. armageddon might be the worst movie of all time. kudos to the folks at criterion for their baffling sense of irony.

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Oh wow! I just figured that the poster must have been joking. I can't even deal with this...my head...going..to EXPLODE!

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What people seem to forget is that Criterion released Laserdiscs before they branched into DVD. And with the exception of Dazed and Confused, all of those Criterion DVD's mentioned above were originally released on Laserdisc. In 1998 and 1999, while trying to decide which Laserdisc properties they wanted to switch over to DVD first, it may have seemed a logical choice to issue those popular films while they were still "hot". It would seem insane for them to issue Armageddon now, but I'm sure it sold strong in 1999 when they issued it on DVD.

The sad thing is not so much that they transferred those laserdisc properties to DVD, but that they did not (and might never) transfer other more desrving (and just as un-stuffy) Criterion Laserdisc titles such as Annie Hall, Some Like it Hot, Halloween, Blade Runner, The Wizard of Oz, Switchblade Sisters, North by Northwest, Ghostbusters, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Shampoo, Polyester, Jason and the Argonauts, Seven, and Sweet Sweetback's Baadassssss Song, just to name a few!

Some of those might still find their way off a Criterion Laserdisc onto a Criterion DVD near you, as The Man Who Fell to Earth recently did. But I wouldn't hold my breath. And I don't exactly fault them for those early Laserdisc to DVD missteps. Though I'd be pretty confused if they suddenly decided to issue a DVD of their Bram Stoker's Dracula Laserdisc!

See, it could've been worse!

A lot of strange things happen in this world. Things you don't know about in Grand Rapids.

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you're an *beep*

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You forgot all the pretentious crap from Wes Anderson.

I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.

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No it shouldn't be on Criterion, because:

a. John Cusack is arguably my favourite actor and I love Tim Robbins, but... it's not very good. I really wanted to like this film, but it's just throwaway.

b. No-one would buy it. It's not a popular film. It's the kind of film where the dvd ends up in a bargain bin. I bought it on video for about £1 (from the bargain bin) long before I got a dvd player.

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i would love this to be given a criterion treatment... and they should include the soundtrack with it

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I agree. This may not have won any Academy Awards, but it gives us a great look at the '80's. I think it's a great idea to start a petition to get it released on Criterion, or, failing that, some kind of special DVD collection.

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With the aforementioned laserdisc titles, they probably had the rights lapse and couldn't re-license them because the studios wanted to make their own dvds.

I loved Tapeheads, but 'in a world' where Criterion hasn't put out a single Mario Bava film (former LD company Image released many of the films of this underrated director), is Tapeheads really a top notch consideration?

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id rather see high fidelity get the criterion treatment.

"in this world there's two kinds of people ... those with loaded guns, and those who dig."

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...if they can recover the deleted scenes referenced by the other poster...
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In the drive-in of my mind, John Waters' "Hairspray" plays at 7:30, "Tapeheads" at 9:15.

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fak it. put it on criterion. one, it would have great quality for those who appreciate it. two, it would legitimize it in a sense for those boobs who think it's throwaway. three, why keep it off the list? criterion is just a stupid name for a pretty great line of titles - once you're issued, you've qualified - there are no real criteria (witness 'armageddon' and not the 1000000000000s of other worthy unreleased titles).

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not to mention wes anderson and his 'straight to criterion' deal he had for a long time.

"in this world there's two kinds of people ... those with loaded guns, and those who dig."

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right?

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I'd buy it. I have the original DVD, the soundtrack on CD and LP, the VHS and the movie poster.

Hell, yeah, I'd buy the Criterion!

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I agree with the OP. This would be great as a Criterion release, complete with some sort of new 'making of' featuring interviews with anybody willing to sign on.
I'd love to hear Clu Gulager or Don Cornelius or Mary Crosby reflecting on this little film.

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"Film is a mosaic of Time."
-A. Tarkovsky

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Hell Yeah. Repo Man is on Criterion, why not Tapeheads?

I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.

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