THINGS TO COME: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion’s new Blu-ray edition of “Things to Come” offers a remastered image and a smattering of bonus features, which makes it a worthwhile purchase for fans of the film, which is more of a 1936 treatise warning humanity against war than a conventional story. While I have no problem with unconventional movies, I found this one tedious, saved only by its production design.

Posted on June 24, 2013 in Reviews by

RASHOMON: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion has been giving Kurosawa’s films more lavish treatments, and now it’s time for “Rashomon” to get its due. The bonus features from the previous release have been ported over and are joined by some nice new ones, including an hour-long collection of interviews…

Posted on November 20, 2012 in Reviews by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil checks out what’s playing at Ford’s Theatre…

Posted on November 16, 2012 in Bootleg Files, Features by

THE GAME: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

David Fincher’s underrated deconstruction of the thriller genre is finally available in a more elaborate edition. Unfortunately, it merely ports over most of the extras from Criterion’s laserdisc release of “The Game” in the late 90s, but it’s better than nothing. The video and audio have been upgraded significantly from that version, though, so this is a worthy upgrade from a previous DVD release…

Posted on October 24, 2012 in Reviews by

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This Blu-ray edition of “The Royal Tenenbaums” ports over all of the bonus features from the DVD release of a decade ago, including the insert with an essay by Kent Jones, so this is only a worthwhile upgrade if you have a setup that takes advantage of Blu-ray’s extra resolution…

Posted on August 26, 2012 in Reviews by