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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Randall » November 1st, 2019, 8:32 pm

Meanwhile, we have no B&N in Canada. But in my city, we do have a large, wonderful independent bookstore in town that modelled itself off of B&N, and they do carry a nice selection of Criterions (as well as Kinos and even some Warner Archive discs)…. for full (Canadian) retail price. Ouch!

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Dan » November 1st, 2019, 10:29 pm

So I get over to B&N after work. As I feared, they were sold out. They technically had two copies left, but they were pre-paid and waiting to be picked up. I decided to go ahead and pre-pay for a copy as well. I hung around so I could start mentally building up what I want to pick up through the rest of the sale.

Very shortly after I walk away from the counter, a guy walks up. I quickly realize he was one of the folks whose copy was being held and was there to pick up. Quite suddenly, he starts raising his voice in a frustrated tone. It appears he's of the opinion that his copy is damaged. He starts demanding the manager, demanding to know if there are any more copies, making it clear that he drove thirty minutes to get this, wanted it today, and is angry that his copy is damaged. After some very awkward back and forth, in which the guy just keep repeating the same things over and over, he makes his way to the front to get a refund.

After he leaves, I curiously ask what the damage was. The cashier and I examine that it was a silly little imprint from the rubber band used to mark the reserved copy. He got all worked up over that. I figure the only reason he would act out like that was if he was getting an absolute mint copy to never open, but it didn't seem like it to me. The cashier and I then look at one another.

Cashier: "You want it?"

Me: "Hell yeah!"

So I lucked out and got myself a copy of the set right as the sale started. 8)

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Randall » November 2nd, 2019, 2:27 am

Score! :)

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Ben » November 2nd, 2019, 4:51 am

Okay, I’m pretty anal about the state of sets...especially something like this...but that sounds nuts. Good for you!

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by EricJ » November 3rd, 2019, 9:06 pm

Daniel wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla. Note this has with non-removable English subs for the Japanese dialogue and burned-in Japanese subtitles (laserdisc right side style) for the English dialogue
If true, that sounds pretty awful.
Not sure if it is. (Just got the set, and started digging in chronologically--Hey, how about that, our B&N DID still have a Blu/DVD section after all, only reduced to a couple of Criterion Blu shelves in the middle of the store, next to the collector Vinyl LPs...Ordered on Friday, picked up on Saturday.)
The Japanese KKvG cut is on the Bonus Features disc, and the subs seem to be the same as all the others on the set.

My letdown was on the dubs: The "All-new international Toho-approved English dubs" only seem to exist for the four or five "indie" titles that UPA hadn't dubbed in the 60's. (Monster Zero, Destroy All Monsters, Son of, Megalon, etc.)
The classic 60's Ghidrah or Godzilla's Revenge dubs we remember are still part of Henry J. Saperstein's UPA collection owned by Classic Media, which is how CM could put out those dual-language DVD's back in the early 10's. Sony also did new clean dubs of the non-UPA Ebira/Sea Monster and Hedorah/Smog Monster when they put those titles on DVD, and Criterion apparently didn't have access to those either.
It would have been nice if Toho commissioned new anime-era English dubs that they could own for the more famous entries of the Showa era, but either they haven't thought of that, they just haven't bothered, or the involved parties still hold rights.

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Ben » November 4th, 2019, 12:40 pm

So...the English dub for Destroy All Monsters is the totally nuts one that I would have seen in the 80s and 90s, right? Major reason for picking up the set is the inclusion of that one track. "To the right, and down a little bit" is still quoted by friends...

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Re: Criterion Collection

Post by Daniel » November 7th, 2019, 3:34 pm

Someone uploaded the complete Japanese version of Godzilla Vs. King Kong on Youtube. It was good. In some ways, yeah, definitely superior. Enough to had bought the set for? Nah. I know deep down I wouldn't go out of my way to watch again. Still prefer the dub. If I'm not mistaken, the first scene in English has actually been redubbed!? I question the logic...

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