August Criterion Blu-Rays Announced

And boy am I excited; for we’re finally getting a quality transfer of Pedro Almodóvar’s Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down! Now if we could just get a Criterion of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. But I digress… Although not a lot of titles, there are five good ones here. I have quite fond memories of Y Tu Mamá También as it was one of the first...

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Blu-Ray Review: Couscous (The Secret of the Grain) [2007]

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Colour, Black Venus, Sweat) Writers: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix Producer: Benoît Pilot Starring: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Bouraouïa Marzouk, Sabrina Ouazani, Olivier Loustau MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 151 min. Country: France/Tunisia     You...

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on Criterion BLU

While I got shut out today at Bay St. Video when I went to grab a copy (something about a flux in Canadian distributors) I shall be ordering it online, as I should have in the first place. Here are my kids wanting to remind you all that this Fantastic animated film is very, very, very re-watchable. (And, yes, it is shameless that I post this video so often in...

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Criterion’s February Blu Releases

I’ve waited four years before purchasing Fantastic Mr. Fox; knowing that someday it would hit Criterion. Looks like all the waiting has paid off. We also get a really underrated Steven Soderbergh film that I had the pleasure of seeing late last year. Polanski’s Tess I’m surprisingly not as big of a fan of. However, though Blue is the Warmest...

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Criterion Collection Flash Sale (50% off everything)

For the next twenty-four hours at Criterion.com, all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs will be 50% off the suggested retail price (SRP). Just enter the promotional code FLASHY on your shopping cart page to apply the discount. If you need some help deciding what to buy, they’ve created a real-time dashboard where you can see top sellers and what’s running low, plus...

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The Criterion Blues [December]

full details for each release beneath the seats… BRAZIL: Special Features: – Restored high-definition digital transfer of Terry Gilliam’s 142-minute director’s cut, supervised by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition – Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam – What Is...

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Cinephilia Française: Children of Paradise (1945)

Within the immense gallery of great French films, Children of Paradise stands out like a grand mural painted with many colors, bold brush strokes, and precise attention to detail. Directed by the great Marcel Carné and written by his regular collaborator Jacques Prévert, it is an ambitious feat of cinema; a period piece set in Paris in the 1820s and ‘30s that...

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Be careful John Woo…Don’t mess with Master Suzuki

One of the early announcements out of Cannes was that of a new picture on its way from director John Woo. Known for over the top action scenes, fine cheese and crates of doves, Woo will be looking to remake one of the classic films from Japanese movie studio Nikkatsu as part of its centenary celebration. Entitled Day Of The Beast, the film will be an English...

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It’s Gonna Be an Awesome Weekend

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Criterion Valentine Sale [50% off everything!]

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! HALF OFF EVERYTHING AT CRITERION.COM! Starting at noon EST today, February 14, all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs will be 50% off the suggested retail price (SRP). Just enter the promotional code SWAK on your shopping cart page at Criterion.com to apply the discount. See you in the poor...

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