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Movie Fans Rejoice!! A NEW ERA is Coming...

It was raining on this particular birthday of mine. I remember that because I left my driver's side window down and my seat was drenched. Ever since then I have been anal of keeping my car windows closed whenever I leave my car..even if for a few minutes at a convenience store. Silly, I know.

Back to my point. My world changed when I unwrapped my gift to find The Criterion Collection: The Seven Samurai. Not because I was just then a budding movie fanatic but because of three things:

A. I never saw The Seven Samurai before this and was blown away by the sheer artistry on display. The epic scope Kurosawa manged to capture on film left me awestruck. My Kurosawa's love-fest began that day.

B. I couldn't believe my wife nailed the perfect present for me then. She knew I was a fan of samurai lore but at the time, only through snippets here and there. While I'm not terribly finicky and appreciate anything given to me, that she just got it right was beyond satisfying.

C. The Criterion Collection on Laser discs, and DVD was and is the end all and be all of excellence on disc form. Period. To say the amount of work they do to preserve film at it's utmost pristine form is an understatement. From new to obscure, to beloved classics, to the sheer amount of foreign films The Criterion Collection introduced me, I was blown away.

Needless to say most of my collection is of their brand. You generally pay more for them. But man is it worth it. Their special editions make other special editions look pitiful. Hell their supplemental material on their regular releases make other special edition look pitiful.
So what's this all leading to? Simple.

Blu ray and movie fans rejoice. The Criterion Collection is moving to Blu ray. I have been chomping at the bit for this to happen ever since I picked up my PS3. Strolling through their website on their banner at top I noticed with glee their Blu ray banner with this announcement:

Starting in October these new editions will feature glorious high-definition picture and sound, all the supplemental content of the DVD releases, and they will be priced to match our standard-def editions.

Here’s what’s in the pipeline:

The Third Man
Bottle Rocket
Chungking Express
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Last Emperor
El Norte
The 400 Blows
Gimme Shelter
The Complete Monterey Pop
For All Mankind
The Wages of Fear

Alongside our DVD and Blu-ray box sets of The Last Emperor, we’ll also be putting out the theatrical version as a stand-alone release in both formats, priced at $39.95. Our Blu-ray release of Walkabout will be an all-new edition, featuring new supplements as well as a new transfer; we will also release an updated anamorphic DVD of Nicolas Roeg’s outback masterpiece at the same time.


BTW: all those movies rock. The 400 blows I will be posting in a future sideblog review.
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About Y0j1mb0one of us since 8:17 PM on 11.17.2007

Veni, vidi, vici.

Name: Francisco *AKA* Y0j1mb0

Age: 38. I'm the residential Old Geezer of Destructoid & You Tube Superstar.

Likes: Poker, Roast Beef Sandwiches, unsolicited sex, video games of all genres.

Dislikes: Elitist Pricks, Hippies, People who use the words "But I digress" and "n00bz"

Consoles I Own: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PSP Slim, DS Lite.
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Founding Member of The Official Destructoid Beard Club and once Proud Reserve Recap Cblogger.

Past proprietor of PS3 Friday Night Fights and PS3's Poker Nights

For those who are weird and may actually want to read more of my stuff here are things off the blog I do. Occasionally I wrote for Flixist, a rad movie site where, get this, we talked about and reviewed movies. I have long since stopped writing there ( and here ) as I feel like I've said all I have had cooped up in my head without sounding redundant.

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