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The 305 is a podcast series exploring every title in the Criterion Collection released on LaserDisc, from 1984 to 1999, in order of release. Criterion was the first company to introduce special features to home video, including trailers, critical essays, behind the scenes photos, and directors' commentary, and their releases have been referred to as "film school in a box."

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The 305 is a podcast series exploring every title in the Criterion Collection released on LaserDisc, from 1984 to 1999, in order of release. Criterion was the first company to introduce special features to home video, including trailers, critical essays, behind the scenes photos, and directors' commentary, and their releases have been referred to as "film school in a box."

    The Third Man

    The Third Man

    Mild profanity in this episode
    Episode 5 - The Third Man (Spine #5, CC1105L)
    Published 04/17/2020
    1949, Dir. Carol Reed
    Featured Guest: Theron Seckington
    "An excellent film, competently made." Theron and I both agreed that The Third Man is still a wonderful piece of filmmaking, but an interesting debate occurs about just what it is that makes a film "important."
    To check out the prequel radio dramas referenced in our discussion, hop on over to archive.org.
    This movie is available to watch at various online marketplaces.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Lady Vanishes

    The Lady Vanishes

    Episode 4 - The Lady Vanishes (Spine #4, CC1108L)
    Published 03/27/2020
    1938, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
    Featured Guest: Catherine Dvorak
    With this episode we encounter the first movie that both viewers agree doesn't really to seem to fit in The Criterion Collection, despite rave reviews and box office success. This was Hitchcock's final film for Gaumont before transitioning to Hollywood, and according to many critics is the apex of his British comedy-thriller work, (though we found The 39 Steps to be a stronger contender for the title).
    If you'd like to listen to the Truffaut/Hitchcock interview mentioned in this episode, in which Hitchcock seems amusingly dismissive of the film, you can check it out on youtube starting at 18:20.
    This movie is available for streaming on Hulu+Starz and The Criterion Channel, or online at dailymotion.

    • 55 min
    The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    Episode 3 - The 39 Steps (Spine #3, CC1103L)
    Published 03/12/2020
    1935, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
    Featured Guest: Catherine Dvorak
    Watch the full movie here.
    With the third title in the Collection we have our first international movie, British master Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 chase thriller The 39 Steps. This movie caught the attention of famed Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, who would convince Hitchcock to come to America and become the widely revered director we know today.
    Episode Notes: Although I was mistaken about Bond's use of a woman as cover during a train chase, using a parade as cover did appear in both Thunderball and Moonraker.

    • 55 min
    King Kong

    King Kong

    Episode 2 - King Kong (Spine #2, CC102L)
    Published 03/02/2020
    1933, Dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
    Featured Guest: Tim Smyth - Stop-Motion Animator
    In the second episode, we witness the 1933 special effects classic King Kong. Premiering on March 2nd, 1933, King Kong practically created the giant monster genre, and broke all-time attendance records with its two-theater, four-day run in New York City before going into wide release later that month. This episode features tons of great technical behind-the-scenes info thanks to King Kong historian and filmmaker Tim Smyth.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Episode 1 - Citizen Kane (Spine #1/#142, CC101L/CC1259L)
    1941, Dir. Orson Welles
    Featured Guest: Theron Seckington
    In this first episode, host Jonathon Irons and guest Theron Seckington-Philgreen watch and discuss the very first Criterion release on LaserDisc, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane. Often regarded by critics as the "greatest film of all time", we examine whether this classic still has anything to teach us 79 years after its release.
    And don't forget to listen to The White Stripes cover of the script:

    • 45 min

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