I bought my copy on DVD anout 2 years ago for $29.95 Australian dollars (about US$15) but I didn't get the commentary. It does however come with the making of documentary, cast biographies, US and UK trailers.
Over here we pay a Luxury Tax, it's called "Mall Overhead". I have only seen this movie on DVD in two outlets and the other one was sold out of it so a movie like this?, I don't mind paying extra money, the other outlet sold it for 5 dollars less than this one so it was really no big savings.
I have not seen this DVD for less than 30 dollars anywhere!
Just last year I paid $19.99 USD for my Criterion copy of ANTR on DVD at Fred Meyers in Newberg Oregon. So it all depends on where you get your copy, be it a mall, Amazon.com or a smaller local store. I had this exact collection complete with commentaries and the Making Of... on a CDRom set called Total Titanic for the PC. It appears that they went from Laser Disk, to CDRom, to DVD. The image quality on DVD is so clear, but the sound is MONO.
I ordered ANTR at amazon, 180 minutes long, including a 60 minute special. Is this the better edition you spoke about, or should I order at ebay? They have ANTR to(criterion edition), but only 123 minutes long.
What is the better one?
There are two versions available on DVD, by Criterion (Region 1 only) and Carlton (Region 2 only). I have both, and as far as I can see the only difference is that the Carlton version doesn't have the Lynch/Marschall commentary and it's a 'flipper' - you need to turn the disc over to get to the 'making-of' documentary. If you ordered from a European branch of Amazon that's probably the one you will get, because I don't think the Criterion edition was ever made available for region 2.
The Criterion edition would be my choice because it has the commentary, but bear in mind that it is a Region 1 disc made for the American market and will not work if your player is for Region 2 (Europe) only. Most DVD players sold here in the UK are 'region-free' and play all discs - I don't know if that's so in Germany.
I bought my Criterion ANTR from the web-based CD-WOW for £17.99 (26 Euro) post free (it arrived within a few days from somewhere in the Far East!):
I taped the film 7 years ago and have been stuck with a slowly decaying picture. I hopefully will get the dvd sometime this summer. It costs $55 canadian sadly, but this film is one of my favourites. So I will spend the money gladly.
Be careful of the Criterion ANTR DVD, I bought one off E-bay- 2 years old and in good condition.
When I recieved it, it would not play on my player, and my computer will not recognize it as a valid disc. The previous owner reported it was played once and play was normal when he first got it- I have no reason to doubt him.
I returned it for a refund, but I have read at least 3 other list members reporting similar problems with discs 2 years old +.
I filled out a problem report on Criterion's website- if they come back with anything useful I will post it.
If anyone has one of these discs and has not viewed it for a while, you might want to check it and see if it still plays.
My problem with the ANTR DVD is the increasing presence of "technicolor" pixilization, although there's not enough of it to freeze the picture -- as yet. I've checked the disc's surface for nicks and crud, but it looks okay under my microscopic gaze. I'm about to take it in to have it buffed, but now I'm not sure that's the solution.
I really like the Criterion/Voyager Collection, even though their prices are pretty stiff. I'd hate to see them pick up a bad quality-control rep.