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A show telling the story of the legendary film and special features curation done by The Criterion Collection, going all the way back to 1984.
||Clean10: Absurdity and Despair, with Oscar Isaac||Self-described "Cheknov and Shakespeare fan" Oscar Isaac on the distinctly different personalities of the directors he's worked with, mostly focusing on his work with the Coen Brothers for new-to-the-Collection Inside Llewyn Davis.||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Is Spinal Tap (1984): Out of Character||Out of print since 2000, this out-of-character commentary track by stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer was originally recorded in 1994 for Criterion's Laserdisc release.||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Bonsai Chia Pet||This Is Spinal Tap is probably the most-selected OOP title on filmmakers' Criterion Top Ten lists. The 1994 Laserdisc (1998 DVD) features the only out-of-character commentary track ever recorded by the headline trio.||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: From Graduating to Flunking||In the third installment of our ongoing series on the films and career of Yasujiro Ozu, we find a filmmaker in transition, with Ozu finding elements of his voice and themes that will persist over the following three decades. Part 3 in Ozu Seasons, an o||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: The Edge of Regret||In the second installment of our ongoing series on the films and career of Yasujiro Ozu, we blaze through his first eight films (seven of which are competely lost) as we watch a Japanese slacker who loves American movies find his voice. Ozu Seasons Par||4/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Ozu Seasons||Roger Ebert's voice introduces us to a new, "seasonal" (in more than one sense) series focusing on Yasujiro Ozu. Ozu Seasons Part 1||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Fight to Free the World||When you ask someone the name their favorite Charles Chaplin film, I've found that it generally is not The Great Dictator (1940). Popularity be damned, it may be his most culturally significant and important.||3/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Sean Connery's Penis||We look at the "Banned Bond" commentaries from the Laserdisc Era of Criterion, using clips from the Dr. No track as context for why they're important and unique. Listen to them on their own or synced up with the movies.||1/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoldfinger (1964)||The commentary track on Criterion's 1991 laserdisc for Goldfinger so angered producer Albert Broccoli that he had it recalled from sale and reissued, without the offending track. The same went for the commentaries on Dr. No and From Russia With Love.||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Russia With Love (1963)||The commentary track on Criterion's 1991 laserdisc for From Russia With Love so angered producer Albert Broccoli that he had it recalled from sale and reissued, without the offending track. The same went for the commentaries on Dr. No and Goldfinger.||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. No (1962)||The commentary track on Criterion's 1991 laserdisc for Dr. No so angered producer Albert Broccoli that he had it recalled from sale and reissued, without the offending track. The same went for the commentaries on From Russia With Love and Goldfinger tha||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Back to 1984||A look at Criterion Designs, Criterion's first standalone "book" project, which looks at the evolution of their art and design choices and sensibilities over the last 30 years. Don't assume you'll buy it and it'll just sit on a shelf, like an unwrapped||12/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: The Disc-Free Experience||Want to taste-test Criterion movies via streaming, or love their taste and can't afford to buy every disc? Are you likewise not interested in spending a ton renting everything on iTunes? Hulu Plus and Fandor (as of a couple weeks ago) are both great opt||12/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Significant and Important||Our inaugural episode addresses the first question that generally comes out of people's mouths about Criterion: why Armageddon and The Rock? The short answer is that they belong there. Both more than fit the definition of "important" in a very specific||11/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: About Criterion Collected||Moisés Chiullan introduces a new show that examines The Criterion Collection, stretching from the present all the way back to the beginning of Criterion in 1984.||11/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
A Show Worth More than its short runtime
Criterion Collected is a special podcast. There aren’t many podcasts available in short form with high production levels that are not 5 minute morning news updates. What we get with Criterion Collected is a bite sized piece of content that easily fills your walk to the car or morning coffee routine with a bit about movies.
Anyone who likes movies and home video will stumble upon the Criterion Collection at some point in time. They are high quality releases of films that often would not make it to home video, and certainly not in painstakingly restored quality, were it not for this set. Sometimes the films are foreign and had expensive rights for distribution in the US. Sometimes the quality of the original film is severely degraded and only low quality transfers or no transfers at all are available until Criterion decides to rescue it for a wider audience. Often there are deep Special Features, fulfilling the promise of digital video with high quality exclusive commentary tracks or outtakes etc.
In its first episode, Moisés shows how in touch he is with the general audience. He tackles the most surprising thing about the Criterion Collection for those who first come across— what the hell are Michael Bay summer blockbuster extravaganza TNT classic movie hits Armageddon and The Rock doing in the Criterion Collection?
After episode 1 of this podcast, not only am I convinced of their place, I think I might just buy a copy of each.
This is a show that feels like it’s worth 2 hours but respects its audience enough to shoot for 5-10mins. It’s definitely worth fitting into your day.
The first full episode was incredibly informative and interesting, even though it was only around 10 minutes long. I love this show and I really hope that it continues.
i just ran across this podcast. i love movies and with the Criterion collection, i get more out of the movies i love. i understand this is a new podcast and it only has two shows unde their belt. i enjoyed it and it was infromative and a quick listen.