Douglas Bailey (trystero) wrote,
Douglas Bailey

What's 12-and-a-half years between friends?

Back in January 1998, before I ever embarked on the Great DVD Experiment, when I was still a laserdisc collector, I made a brief wishlist of four brilliant films that either had sub-par laserdisc releases or else weren't available on disc at all in the USA. This was my "Criterion wishlist", since Criterion have made a long-standing habit of releasing films that bigger labels don't think are moneymakers (and of re-releasing other labels' films in superior licensed editions, à la their fantastic versions of Brazil and Ran).

Over the years, as DVD took a foothold in the market, three of these four films saw worthwhile releases on the new format, all of which I snapped up: Mike Nichols' Catch-22, Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense, and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. (None of these DVDs actually came out under Criterion's aegis, either, but I was content just to have decent-quality versions of the films.)

And now, a mere 12-and-a-half years later, the last film on my list is finally coming: Criterion is releasing Nagisa Oshima's brutal and brilliant Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence on Blu-ray and DVD in September. Hot *damn*.
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