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Online Film Club 2009 – Schedule

As you may remember, a while back I asked you to vote for the Akira Kurosawa Film Club‘s 2009 schedule. And although there were only three actual votes, it was enough to take me almost a week to ponder over the results.

But good things are worth waiting for, and looking at next year’s schedule I think that the cliché is actually true for a change.

Due to popular demand, we’ll kick off 2009 with Seven Samurai, which is also the film that was most voted for. The other films are the 11 that got the most votes — I gave your votes points so that the one you voted as most preferred got 12 points, the second one 11, and so on — but the order is something that I came up with (instead of voting I took the role of an arranger).

In arranging the schedule, I tried to spread the bigger epics across the year, and create as much month-to-month variety as possible. I also pushed The Lower Depths all the way to October so that we have time to figure out how to get Ugetsu a copy.

Here is the full schedule, with links to the DVD buying guide, which is still more or less up-to-date.

January: Seven Samurai (1954) [35 points]
February: The Quiet Duel (1949) [9 points]
March: Dersu Uzala (1975) [22 points]
April: Throne of Blood (1957) [28 points]
May: The Idiot (1951) [26 points]
June: Kagemusha (1980) [21 points]
July: Record of a Living Being, aka I Live in Fear (1955) [16 points]
August: The Bad Sleep Well (1960) [10 points]
September: Ran (1985) [14 points]
October: The Lower Depths (1957) [14 points]
November: The Hidden Fortress (1958) [22 points]
December: Sanjuro (1962) [14 points]

Should you have any complaints about the schedule, speak now or forever hold your peace.

Thanks for those who voted!


Discussion

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Jeremy Quintanilla

What is Ugetsu’s deal with The Lower Depths?
I can provide a copy, and remove region coding, and convert NTSC to PAL or whatever is needed. I have access to every DVD for this film club and the equipment to do whatever is needed to them.

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Tod Fletcher

Jeremy Quintanilla said “I can provide a copy … I have access to every DVD for this film club and the equipment to do whatever is needed to them.”

Jeremy, I have tried hard but failed to locate a DVD of Dodeskaden (Region 1). If you could make one for me, I would be so grateful! I would happily pay all costs.

My email is todflet@sonic.net.

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Vili Maunula

Guys, I would rather this website didn’t turn into a trading hub for illegal DVD copies. How you get your copies is up to you, but no discussion about copying or trading should be done here publicly.

I do feel your pain, though. To the best of my knowledge, Dodesukaden currently has no English DVD release apart from the out-of-print Mei Ah release. 🙁

If you read French, there is a nice looking French release. Or, try the VHS version, if you have a VHS player.

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Jeremy Quintanilla

As I currently find myself in an abnormal state of mental clarity, I must confess my pathological lying ways, spawned by bipolar disorder with occurrence of extreme manic delusions.
So, not only do I not have any movies, but I haven’t the knowledge nor the will to preform illegal acts with these mediums, that this great nation called The United States of America, has set forth for me: a law abiding, and law loving citizen, that happily and faithfully supports, obeys, and holds to highest esteem these ever so important laws of moral guidance.

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Tod Fletcher

Just shows what a newbie I am. I never thought of the “illegality” of making copies. Sorry I asked! Won’t happen again. By the way, I forgot to say, next year’s schedule looks great to me.

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Ugetsu

Hey Jeremy, thanks for the offer. Hopefully, illegal activities will not be necessary, as by the time we get to those movies I’ll be multi-regioned up, home cinema-wise.

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Tod Fletcher

Technical question: is it illegal to make copies of films that are out of print? If no company is selling a Dodeskaden DVD, is it still illegal to make a copy of an old one?

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Vili Maunula

No biggie, it’s just that there are certain rules that web hosting providers expect you to follow, and although I am paying for the service I still need to stick to the contract.

And yes, it’s still technically illegal to copy a film even if it’s unavailable, as long as it is under copyright. It is a different matter whether anyone would actually come after you. As for whether a film is under copyright, it’s a terribly complicated legal matter (at least for my brain), and I would just assume that most film prints are by default under copyright (which is not the case, but simplifies matters greatly).

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