14 April 2009

Fingers Crossed

Eric at Filmbo's Chick Magnet has been hearing some rumors (none of which have been confirmed, mind you) that Criterion and Focus/Universal may be partnering up for a handful of releases, of which Guillermo del Toro's Cronos would be the first. This possible partnership may also include Lars von Trier's The Idiots, Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet, the Dardennes' Rosetta and Pedro Almodóvar's Kika. Some other Universal properties, most from USA/Polygram/October, that have yet to see a R1 DVD release include: Abel Ferrara's The Addiction, Michael Winterbottom's I Want You, Steven Soderbergh's King of the Hill, Ken Loach's Land and Freedom, Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac, Allison Anders' Sugar Town, Tony Bui's Three Seasons and Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon. Can a boy dream that Frank Perry's adaptation of Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays is also part of the deal? I repeat, none of this has been confirmed.

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