the criterion collection makes it worthwhile to still have a regular dvd player. for me there's no choice between, say, the recent criterion release of gus van sant's first feature, mala noche ... or twister on gussied-up hd dvd.
restored, fully loaded criterion versions of godard's breathless, melville's les enfants terribles, + fassbinder's berlin alexanderplatz have been some other recent prized additions to my movie collection.
now i'm wishing criterion would release or re-release some other favorite films of mine from dvd limbo or from languishment in their current weakly restored or extra-less versions.
the gospel according to saint matthew (pier paolo pasolini, 1964)
alice's restaurant (arthur penn, 1969)
harold + maude (hal ashby, 1971)
taking off (milos forman, 1971)
nashville (robert altman, 1975)
manhattan (woody allen, 1979)
the ballad of narayama (shohei imamura, 1983)
the long day closes (terence davies, 1992)
happy together (kar wai wong, 1997)
lost highway (david lynch, 1997)