JUDEX: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Played by American magician Channing Pollack, Judex does some very fun sleight of hand throughout the film, but when it comes time to kick some butt, he finds himself clobbered over the head frequently…

Posted on June 22, 2014 in Reviews by

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

The upside: This is a straight port of the previous two-DVD release, with stellar video and audio quality. The downside: No new bonus features were thrown in, so if an A/V bump isn’t important to you, there’s nothing to see here.

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Reviews by

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

This new Blu-ray + DVD release of “The Hidden Fortress” from Criterion serves up remastered video, an alternate soundtrack on the Bu-ray disc, a rehash of the George Lucas interview from the original DVD, a making-of documentary from 2003, and a new commentary by film historian Stephen Prince. All the bonus content is found on both discs, which is nice.

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Reviews by

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

This Criterion release of Errol Morris’ classic documentary “A Brief History of Time” features a remastered film transfer as well as new interviews with the director and his DP, John Bailey. A booklet rounds out the set…

Posted on March 19, 2014 in Reviews by

FANTASTIC MR. FOX: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This DVD+Blu-ray release of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is part of Criterion’s effort to have all of Wes Anderson’s movies in its catalog. In addition to an Anderson-approved copy of the film, this set offers copious amounts of bonus features, including an Anderson commentary, plenty of making-of materials, and an excellent hour-long documentary about Roald Dahl’s life…

Posted on March 1, 2014 in Reviews by

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This presentation also has one of the most joyously entertaining commentary tracks ever recorded…

Posted on February 22, 2014 in Reviews by

THRONE OF BLOOD: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion’s Blu-ray + DVD combo release of Akira Kurosawa’s classic “Macbeth” adaptation “Throne of Blood” is a worthwhile upgrade for those moving to Blu, since it carries over all the bonus features from the 2003 DVD, but it also only offers one new documentary piece, so if you’re being selective, you might want to hold off for a while on this one…

Posted on January 8, 2014 in Reviews by

CITY LIGHTS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion’s Blu-ray + DVD combo pack release of “City Lights” continues its “film class in a box” attitude toward classic films, complete with a scholarly commentary track, plenty of documentary and behind-the-scenes materials, and a handsome booklet that features a 1967 interview with Charlie Chaplin…

Posted on November 23, 2013 in Reviews by

3 FILMS BY ROBERTO ROSSELLINI STARRING INGRID BERGMAN: CRITERION COLLECTION

Viewed today, their film collaborations emerge as flawed but intriguing commentaries on the universal human condition…

Posted on October 19, 2013 in Reviews by

CHARULATA: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

This release helps to fill the void of Ray films that are available on U.S. DVD and Blu-ray.

Posted on September 7, 2013 in Reviews by

WILD STRAWBERRIES: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This Blu-ray disc from Criterion features a restored 2K print as well as a nice set of bonus features, including the 91-minute “Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work,” a scholarly commentary, and some intriguing silent behind-the-scenes footage shot by the director…

Posted on July 3, 2013 in Reviews by

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

MONSIEUR VERDOUX: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Charlie Chaplin’s “Monsieur Verdoux” may seem tame today, but in 1947 it was considered controversial because of its political commentary and the way in which it dismantled its star’s legacy as The Little Tramp. This Blu-ray release from Crtierion contains a smattering of bonus features that discuss the history of the film. The print was digitally restored, but it is marred in one spot…

Posted on April 16, 2013 in Reviews by

BRAZIL: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This two-disc Blu-ray release of “Brazil” ports over pretty much everything from the old three-DVD set (except, puzzlingly enough, some text materials and images) and offers a nice video upgrade to boot. Another classic film given first-class treatment by Criterion…

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Reviews by

EATING RAOUL: CRITERION COLLECTION

In an obsessively consumptive culture like America’s, the only way for a common couple to strive is through killing, then consuming…

Posted on November 25, 2012 in Reviews by

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