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THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)

THE UNINVITED (

The restoration work here will likely be very impressive, as it seems like The Criterion Collection has given this classic spookfest the Blu-ray treatment that it deserves.
Release Date: October 22, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

 

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - December 28, 2013, 11:46 am - DVD Review
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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (BLU-RAY)

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Arguably, Guillermo del Toro's most intimate piece, this film has long-deserved the red carpet treatment that it's been given via this Criterion Collection Blu-ray.
Release Date: July 30, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

     

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THE ICE STORM (BLU-RAY)

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Ang Lee's gripping take on the swinging 70s finally gets The Criterion Collection treatment that it deserves. Taking another look at an incredibly young Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, and Katie Holmes are reason enough to revisit this contemporary classic.
Release Date: July 23, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

     

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THINGS TO COME (BLU-RAY)

THINGS TO COME

This collaboration between H.H. Wells and director William Cameron Menzies has been hailed as a science-fiction film like none before or after it. While it's difficult to believe that films haven't at least borrowed from it since its release back in 1936, thanks to The Criterion Collection, I finally get to see for myself.
Release Date: June 18, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

 

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SANSHO THE BAILIFF (BLU-RAY)

SANSHO THE BAIL

This classic film gets the red carpet treatment, courtesy of the best in the business, The Criterion Collection. While I've yet to experience director Kenjo Mizoguchi's legendary movie, this Blu-ray disc is likely the best way to do so.
Release Date: February 26, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

  

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PIERRE ETAIX (BLU-RAY)

PIERRE ETAIX (B

I'd honestly never heard of Pierre Etaix prior to learning of this Criterion Collection release, but after hearing him compared to legendary physical comedians Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, I can't wait to delve into all eight of the films in this robust, nicely-packaged set.
Release Date: April 23, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

  

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - June 30, 2013, 11:09 am - DVD Review
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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)

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This beautifully restored British comedy has a great deal to say about aging and war without ever losing its light touch.
Release Date: March 19, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

   

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BADLANDS (BLU-RAY)

BADLANDS (BLU-R

Watching Terrence Malick's early-career classic with a young Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen never gets old, as there's always some tiny nuance to discover. Now, thanks to The Criterion Collection, the film sports a brand new 4K digital transfer, which is all the excuse I need to explore the film yet again.
Release Date: March 19, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

    

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THE QATSI TRILOGY (BLU-RAY)

THE QATSI TRILO

I've never experienced director Godfrey Reggio's game-changing, unique trilogy, but there's no better excuse to finally see them than this great new Blu-ray box set from The Criterion Collection.
Release Date: December 11, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

     

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BRAZIL (BLU-RAY)

BRAZIL (BLU-RAY

Without question this is one of my top five favorite films of all time from one of my favorite directors, and Criterion's treatment - now on Blu-Ray - is equally epic.

Highly recommended
Release Date: December 04, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

  

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THE TIN DRUM (BLU-RAY)

THE TIN DRUM (B

I'm excited to finally see this infamous, controversial film, and, given The Criterion Collection's involvement, this disc will make it well worth the wait.
Release Date: January 15, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

     

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (BLU-RAY)

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One of Hitchcock's early thrillers and Peter Lorre's first English-language picture, this is sure to be another excellent effort by The Criterion Collection. I certainly can't wait to see what they've done with the video restoration.
Release Date: January 15, 2013 from The Criterion Collection

  

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PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)

PURPLE NOON (BL

Alain Delon's beautiful and cold Tom Ripley is one of film's all-time great villains, and this new edition of Purple Noon shows off the film's sensuous pleasures to great effect.
Release Date: December 04, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

    

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WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)

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Release Date: August 21, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

    

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RASHOMON (BLU-RAY)

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Release Date: November 06, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

  

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IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (BLU-RAY)

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The great Wong Kar-wai's masterpiece was given the proper Criterion Collection treatment on DVD a few years ago, and is one of their banner releases. It now shows up on a Criterion Blu-ray disc, and I'd be shocked if it wasn't even more special than the first time.
Release Date: October 02, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

     

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CHILDREN OF PARADISE (BLU-RAY) (Les Enfants du paradis)

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Highly recommended, and one of my top ten releases of 2012.
Release Date: September 18, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

  

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QUADROPHENIA (BLU-RAY)

QUADROPHENIA (B

The brand new Who-approved 5.1 surround mix is the selling point here, because it transforms and rejuvenates the overall experience into something wonderfully larger than life. No doubt the way it was intended.

Recommended.
Release Date: August 28, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

 

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HAROLD AND MAUDE (BLU-RAY)

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Highly recommended.
Release Date: June 12, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

 

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ROSETTA (BLU-RAY)

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Release Date: August 14, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

    

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THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)

THE 39 STEPS (B

Alfred Hitchcock was already a successful director when he adapted John Buchan's mystery thriller The Thirty-Nine Step, but this picture is where we see many of the staples of his later career come to fruition and gel in a way that few directors before or since have managed to accomplish. Criterion does this seminal movie proud in a loaded special edition that features a lovely and clean high-definition transfer of very difficult source material.
Release Date: June 26, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

  

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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (BLU-RAY)

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It doesn't matter to me one bit that this Criterion Blu-Ray of Wes Anderson's colorfully brilliant The Royal Tenenbaums has the same extras as their 2002 SD release because the new director-approved transfer is quite simply: stunning.

Highly recommended - and one of the best Blu-Rays of 2012.
Release Date: August 14, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

 

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THE SAMURAI TRILOGY (BLU-RAY)

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As a cumulative tale this is exciting and dramatic, but as three separate films only two manage to hold up all that well.
Release Date: June 26, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

 

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DAVID LEAN DIRECTS NOEL COWARD (BLU-RAY) Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit, In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed

DAVID LEAN DIRE

Criterion's Blu-Ray boxset of four David Lean/Noel Coward films from the 1940s is a winner on all fronts. The films are a varied lot in terms of storylines - ranging from war's brutalities to family drama to playful ghosts to extramarital affairs, but each are awash in Coward's raw wordplay and Lean's visual talents.

Recommended.
Release Date: March 27, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - August 5, 2012, 12:42 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: noel coward, david lean



GRAY'S ANATOMY (BLU-RAY)

GRAY'S ANATOMY

I haven't seen this wonderful film since its first home video release, and I can't wait to relive that experience all over again. Steven Soderbergh has come a long way since, but this is still regarded as one of his best works.
Release Date: June 19, 2012 from The Criterion Collection

     

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