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February 2020:
Roma (2018)
Fail Safe (1964)
The Essential Jacques Demy (1961-1982)

January 2020:
Being There (1979)
Holiday (1938)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Classic movie label the Criterion Collection is to launch on Blu-ray in the U.K. on April 18 following a multi-year home entertainment distribution pact with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Until now Criterion has only been available in the U.S. and Canada.

SPHE will bring selected titles from Criterion’s extensive catalog and future new release slate to the U.K. for the first time. The first wave of films, featuring all the supplements from the U.S. editions along with their exclusive artwork and packaging, are “Grey Gardens,” “It Happened One Night,” Roman Polanski’s “Macbeth,” “Only Angels Have Wings,” “Speedy” and “Tootsie.”

Criterion Collection chief executive officer Jonathan Turell said: “We are excited to launch the Criterion Collection in the U.K. Starting with these six great titles, we are happy to be able to bring selections from Criterion to our very devoted audience in the U.K. We are thrilled to build upon our strong relationship with Sony and look forward to expanding the Criterion audience.”

“Criterion represents the very best of classic and contemporary filmmaking and we are delighted to bring this prestigious collection to the U.K. for the first time,” added Aodan Coburn, executive VP, international, SPHE. “This partnership demonstrates SPHE’s continued commitment to growing our distribution business.”

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Not that interested in any of the titles from their first wave to be honest... but then I've never actually seen any of them before. Might pick up Macbeth once the price has dropped a little, and Tootsie looks like fun, so I might check that out too. I'm excited to see Criterion finally appearing in the UK anyway! :D
 
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I'm interested in "Only Angels have Wings", "Tootsie" and "MacBeth" but I'll wait and see if the UK releases are exactly the same like in the US. Would be great to pick up some titles without custom tax and/or expensive shipping :thumbs:
 
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I'm certainly happy to see the Criterion Collection coming to the UK. I've been a long time advocate of their output, hoping for great things to come from them. I picked up all bar Grey Gardens of the first batch. I highly recommend Tootsie, Only Angels Have Wings, and It Happened One Night for people on the fence.
 
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Lollard2002

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can see a bit of friction between Criterion and the UK's Arrow and Masters of Cinema happening. Should be interesting
Doubt it. Arrow have been in the states now for a year and it has caused no problems. Also Criterion is mainly a USA market, The UK is a nice bonus but it's the USA market that is their domain and that is where all their titles are coming out. Also Arrow in particular do a lot of stuff Criterion don't go near. Same with MOC. So I'd say it's an even playing field and you can bet they are very very careful not to thread on each others toes.
 

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Doubt it. Arrow have been in the states now for a year and it has caused no problems. Also Criterion is mainly a USA market, The UK is a nice bonus but it's the USA market that is their domain and that is where all their titles are coming out. Also Arrow in particular do a lot of stuff Criterion don't go near. Same with MOC. So I'd say it's an even playing field and you can bet they are very very careful not to thread on each others toes.
You realise you just quoted and disagreed with yourself mate? :LOL:
 

Lollard2002

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No each know their own markets and what their customers want so I don't see any fighting going on. At least we have a few vanity labels now fighting physical medias corner which is more than we had a few years ago. From Shout factory to Network we've never had it so good.........