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The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Blu-ray Review

14 November 2010 4:55 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It seems the Criterion Collection will not rest until every Wes Anderson film is under their banner, and with their release of The Darjeeling Limited, they are one title away from having all of his films in their collection. Few modern filmmakers seem to have pursued this goal, and few modern filmmakers seem as deserving. And yet The Darjeeling Limited strikes as a transitional work, a filmmaker trying to re-find his voice after having gone through a cycle of films that worked through the main concerns of a filmmaker. The film stars Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and co-screenwriter Jason Schwartzman as three brothers on a spiritual quest in India to find themselves (and their mother) after their father has passed away. My review of The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray after the jump.

At the beginning, Wes Anderson seemed the most original of the heist movie filmmakers. Even more so than »

- Andre Dellamorte

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James Ivory's passage to mini-India

2 November 2010 2:31 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film-maker James Ivory explains his lifelong obsession with Indian miniature painting – and how it helped unlock the country's secrets

It was the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto who provided the fateful introduction between myself and the art of Indian miniature painting, and thus to India and even my entire life to come. The first film I ever made, in 1956, was a documentary about Venice and the many artists who had painted her. In the course of making this film, I came to admire Canaletto's etchings of the city. Hoping to find one, I went to see a print dealer in San Francisco named Raymond Lewis. I had not been told that he also dealt in Indian miniature paintings.

On the day we met, Lewis had been showing his stock of Indian pictures to a buyer; they were still spread around his gallery when I came in. Years later, when I thought back on that afternoon, »

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A Room With a View: No 9

16 October 2010 3:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Ivory, 1985

Few collaborations are so distinctive that the names of those involved come to denote a genre, rather than just a credit. A Room With a View, the first of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant's Em Forster adaptations, was shot before the term Merchant-Ivory had become an insult; watch it today and you'll blush to have ever smirked at the cliche. This is incredibly fresh and arresting film-making: moving and amusing, swooningly romantic and socially ferocious – nothing less than a full-frontal (in every way) assault on your soul.

Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) is on a Baedeker-led tour of Florence with punctilious cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith) when she encounters, at their pensione, free-thinking Mr Emerson (Denholm Elliott) and his dreamy son, George (Julian Sands). Through a series of bloody physical confrontations and, worse yet, sticky etiquette breaches, Lucy's desire for emotional freedom starts to bubble, coming »

- Catherine Shoard

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Hitching a Ride on the "Darjeeling Limited" and More New DVDs

12 October 2010 7:03 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)

Directed by Wes Anderson

Released by Criterion Collection

Anderson's underappreciated trip to India on the backs of three brothers (Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson) who take a train the country to honor their late father gets a reexamination with this Criterion Collection edition that includes a new documentary, an audio commentary from Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, audition footage, a video essay from Matt Zoller Seitz, a chichat between Anderson and the late James Ivory about the film's music and Anderson's ad for American Express and the short "Hotel Chevalier" with Natalie Portman.

"As Good As Dead" (2010)

Directed by Jonathan Mossek

Released by First Look Entertainment

Andie MacDowell, Frank Whaley and Matt Dallas star as spurned cult members from the South who take a New Yorker (Cary Elwes) hostage years after they believe he's killed their leader in this thriller. »

- Stephen Saito

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Blu-ray Review: The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Collection)

12 October 2010 2:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Darjeeling Limited was the only Wes Anderson film I had yet to see. Thanks to Criterion, I can now scratch that stat off my list, though I'm not sure I'll ever be returning to it. I don't say this because I hated it, simply because I don't feel there is much need to see it twice. I've seen it, I've moved on and there are far too many films I have not seen and others I'd much rather watch again to really give this one much of a second thought.

It should be mentioned I am not one of Anderson's die-hard followers. As much as I love Bottle Rocket and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, most of Anderson's other work (yes, even Rushmore) has done very little to interest me. That said, I can see why his fans are so loyal as most of his work follows a similar tone »

- Brad Brevet

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The Darjeeling Limited Blu Ray Review

11 October 2010 3:30 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Darjeeling Limited Directed by: Wes Anderson Written by: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman Staring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman It took some time, but I did eventually warm up to Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. I still think it's somewhat dominated -- and restricted -- by his obsessive sense of style, but the film holds some genuinely humorous moments that ultimately won me over in the end. Now, three years after it's theatrical release, Criterion has released a fully loaded special collector's edition of the film on blu ray, making up for the lame DVD release that came before it. If you've ever had the urge to revisit Darjeeling Limited, this is definitely the way to do it. I would imagine that most people have seen the film by now so I'll keep the synopsis short. Basically, three estranged brothers plan a trip across India to »

- Jay C.

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[DVD Review] The City of Your Final Destination

16 September 2010 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If I were to judge The City of Your Final Destination only by its credits, it would receive top marks. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney are two of the best actors still on this planet, and director James Ivory is no stranger to cinematic glory. Unfortunately, I watched this film, so the scores are significantly lower than I had imagined.

The basic premise is interesting enough, I suppose. Omar (played by Omar Metwally) is a grad student who desperately wants to write a biography about Jules Gund, a legendary author, and is denied permission in this adaptation of Peter Cameron’s novel of the same name. Omar travels to Ocho Rios, a secluded area in Uruguay, to meet with Gund’s family, including his widow (Laura Linney), brother Adam (Anthony Hopkins) and mistress (Charlotte Gainsbourg), in hopes of convincing them to reconsider. The family is hesitant to let Omar into their house and lives, »

- Jessica Guerrasio

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The Criterion Column: Celebrate the Holidays with Videodrome and Cronos

16 September 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Criterion's December release announcement is brief, but sweet. David Cronenberg's Videodrome is coming to Blu-Ray while Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. 


The Videodrome Blu-Ray seems to be sourced from same master as the 2004 Criterion DVD.  Extras are largely same. Cronos is newly restored and packed with extras, including a previously unreleased short film called Geometria. Check the links in the calendar for full specifications.

Finally, as mentioned in the last Criterion Column, the DVD release of the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story comes out on December 14th. The Blu-Ray will be released on November 23rd.


The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (January through December 2010, up-to-date as of September 16, 2010)


December 2010


David CronenbergVideodrome, Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada

Guillermo del ToroCronos, 2-disc DVD & Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada


November 2010


Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, 2-dsc DVD & Bd, 11/16/10, Us & Canada

Charles Laughton, Night Of The Hunter, 2-disc DVD & 2-disc Bd, »

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The Criterion Column: Chaplin, Laughton, Von Trier, and Some Radical 60s and 70s Cinema

21 August 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In November, The Criterion Collection is set to release an eclectic mix of American classics with a bit of European transgression thrown in. A newly restored version of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times is planned for DVD and Blu-Ray. Charles Laughton's stunning black-and-white noir/horror tale Night of the Hunter (1955) is also on the schedule for DVD and Blu-Ray. Lars Von Trier's Antichrist will invade home video players everywhere.

Those are great releases, but highlight of the November list is the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story box set, which features 6 films from Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's production company Bbs during the 60s-70s.  Titles include: Head, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive He Said, The Last Picture Show, and The King Of Marvin Gardens. Think about the scope of this release for a second. This is six films by Dennis Hopper, Henry Jaglom, Jack Nicholson Bob Rafelson, »

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Ricky Gervais' Buried "Cemetery" and Olga Kurylenko's "Assassin" New on DVD

17 August 2010 2:21 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"The Assassin Next Door" (2009)

Directed by Danny Lerner

Released by First Look Studios

Retitled since its premiere at last year's Toronto Film Festival as "Kirot," Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is the one handling the gun in this thriller about two women -- an assassin and a grocery clerk -- desperate to leave their lot in life who hatch a plan to improve their situation and decidedly won't do the same for the men who stand in their way.

"Black Orpheus" (1959)

Directed by Marcel Camus

Released by Criterion Collection

Marcel Camus' Palme d'Or-winning Brazilian-set retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurdice is reissued by Criterion Collection on Blu-ray and DVD with a completely new set of extras including the French documentary "Looking for 'Black Orpheus'" about the film's legacy and archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn.

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- Stephen Saito

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DVD Review: ‘The City of Your Final Destination’ Fails Spectacular Cast

17 August 2010 12:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s unlikely that there will be a more A-list cast in a more frustrating film this entire year than on display in “The City of Your Final Destination.” Not only does it include a reunion of the great director James Ivory with star Anthony Hopkins (who appeared in the director’s “Howards End” and “Remains of the Day”) but it features two of my favorite actresses alive, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laura Linney. And yet, the only word I can think of to describe the film is “disappointing.”

DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0

The opening scenes of “The City of Your Final Destination” hint at a gorgeously shot film that one hopes will be matched by the incredible insight of Ivory’s best work with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who won Oscars for her adaptation of “A Room With a View” and “Howards End.” Like a leaky balloon, the dramatic weight of »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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High Resolution Look At The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection Cover Art

9 August 2010 10:28 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This October, Wes Anderson’s 2007 film, the Darjeeling Limited, will finally make it’s way into the Criterion Collection. This was a much anticipated release from the earliest days of it’s availability on DVD. As Anderson’s other live action works (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) have all been made available as Criterion editions, many have wondered when the Darjeeling Limited with find it’s place.

When it was announced on July 15th, as has been the case recently, Criterion did not have final artwork ready to put alongside the release details on their website (see also: The Thin Red Line and Paths of Glory). When Criterion sent out their initial press notes for the October releases, they included a temporary piece of art, that was clearly not going to be used as it’s final product release artwork, due to »

- Ryan Gallagher

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The Criterion Column: October Brings Kubrick's Paths Of Glory, The Seven Samurai on Blu-Ray, Ingmar Bergman, House, and More

17 July 2010 7:22 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The October 2010 batch of Criterion titles brings a few surprises. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray as is Ingmar Bergman's film The Magician. Criterion continues its relationship with Wes Anderson by releasing The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-Ray and DVD. Ok.

Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is headed for Blu-Ray with a new restored high-def transfer. If the quality of Criterion's other Kurosawa Blu-Ray discs (e.g. Kagemusha, Sanjuro and Yojimbo) are any indication, it is time to ditch the DVDs. This one should look spectacular.

Finally, Nobuhiko Obayashi's House is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for Halloween. There are a few things to note here. First, the fact that Criterion is releasing this on Blu-Ray with a restored transfer and uncompressed mono sound is kind of a surprise. This is a very good thing. The other curious thing is the extras. »

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Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes The Darjeeling Limited, The Magician, Paths Of Glory, The Darjeeling Limited, House and Seven Samurai

16 July 2010 11:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Criterion has announced their October releases and they’ve lined up some great titles including Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film House.  Criterion has provided us with high resolution front and back cover art as well as details on each release.  Hit the jump to take a look.  All are being released on DVD and Blu-ray:

The Darjeeling Limited

In The Darjeeling Limited, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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October 2010 Criterion Collection New Releases Announced: Seven Samurai Blu-ray, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths Of Glory, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu, And Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited

15 July 2010 8:29 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Here we are again: another mid-month Criterion Collection new release announcement, with some incredible titles to talk about. Many of today’s announced titles have been teased at in one way or another, over the past few months.

First up we are finally going to see Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, Criterion Collection #2, Seven Samurai finally making its high definition debut in the states. This release was something that Criterion mentioned back in December, as the Ak 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa was released, and the Yojimbo / Sanjuro films were about to be announced on Blu-ray. In the post, Jonathan Turell mentioned that they wanted to have Seven Samurai ready on Blu-ray for Kurosawa’s birth month as well, but that it wouldn’t be ready until later in the year. The Seven Samurai Blu-ray was also teased at earlier this year when Amazon suddenly added a pre-order page for it, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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The Criterion Column: September Brings Malick, Oshima, Godard, Donen and King

7 July 2010 7:44 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The September releases of Breathless on Blu-Ray and The Thin Red Line on Blu-Ray and DVD aren't so much of a surprise. A high-def Breathless release was inevitable and the Malick title leaked out a while ago. Also, Charade is the sort of classic Hollywood auterist fare that Criterion often deals in. No, the big surprise here is Oshima's Happy Birthday Mr. Lawrence. Both this release and the recent Oshima DVD box indicate that Criterion is seriously intent to digging deeper into the director's filmography. Finally, it would be a mistake not to mention the Eclipse box set of Allan King films. The Canadian director's documentaries have never been readily available in the U.S. so this box should expose his work to an entirely new audience (including this writer). 

The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (Covers January through September 2010, up-to-date as of July 7, 2010)

September 2010

Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless, DVD & Bd, 9/14/10, Us »

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Merchant Ivory: How the magic died with Ismail

16 June 2010 11:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After four decades of success, the demise of Merchant-Ivory began after the death of its dynamic producer Ismail Merchant

Few collaborations are so distinctive that the names of those involved come to denote a whole genre, rather than just a credit. Not that it always works in their favour – by the mid-90s, Merchant-Ivory had became something of an inverse snobbery insult, signifying something stuffy and dull, all starched waistcoats and askance glances across the class divide, of interest only to Laura Ashley fans.

The pair's critical success seemed, in the end, to work against them, too: they bagged some 31 Academy award nominations over a 44-year career together, including best picture nods for A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day a year later. All three are, still, breathtaking films, extremely moving, impeccably acted, and involving – inaccessible only if you happen to be missing a heart. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Merchant Ivory faces courtroom drama with double lawsuit

16 June 2010 11:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film company in wrangle over money as latest feature, The City of Your Final Destination, opens to mixed reviews

Once upon a time, Merchant Ivory was renowned for its hugely successful and elegantly understated studies of hearts breaking slowly and silently beneath layers of repression and period tailoring.

But five years after the death of its producer, Ismail Merchant, the firm is facing two unseemly lawsuits that have more in common with John Grisham than Em Forster, while its latest film has opened to lukewarm reviews after a financially fraught production.

Director James Ivory is embroiled in a legal battle over a $350,000 (£240,000) contract linked to The City of Your Final Destination, his first feature without the support of his original partner.

In a writ filed at the supreme court in New York, former Merchant Ivory producer Richard Hawley claims he has been airbrushed out of the credits for the film, »

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‘City of Your Final Destination’ Isn’t Worth a Visit

1 June 2010 8:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Chicago – Although “City of Your Final Destination” is not the latest installment of the Rube Goldberg-inspired splatter series, it does seem to be populated with the walking dead. The only similarity shared between the “Final Destination” franchise and this picturesque drama is an overwhelming abundance of tedium, generated by a plot that often seems as stagnant as its listless characters.

In his heyday, director James Ivory made one wonderful, timeless movie after another. His collaboration with producer Ismail Merchant lasted over four decades. The filmmaking duo proved that sophisticated, proudly literate dramas like “A Room With A View,” “Howard’s End” and “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” could find a wide international audience. Their films were understated, deliberately paced and novelistic but never dull. It was exhilarating to observe the subtle, wordless attraction between Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in 1993’s “The Remains of the Day,” which still stands as »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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400 Screens, 400 Blows - Ivory's Tower

30 May 2010 7:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala have a new movie out, The City of Your Final Destination (10 screens), and, no that's not another sequel in the Final Destination horror series. It's about a young professor who is trying to write a biography of a dead author and must travel to Uruguay to get permission from the dead author's wife, brother and mistress. Like almost all the other Ivory films, it's based on a novel. That's just the first of many reasons I have been fighting against Ivory for years.

Ivory and Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, who died in 2005, first teamed up on The Householder (1963), and their partnership continued until The White Countess (2005); the only difference was that The Householder had been based on Jhabvala's own novel, rather than someone else's. At some point in the 1980s, the trio's films came into fashion, coinciding with the first years of the blockbuster era. »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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