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

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 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

THE 39 STEPS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of “The 39 Steps” gives this classic film the treatment it deserves, complete with bonus features that put it in the context of Hitchock’s early work in England, before he moved to America and became a household name…

Posted on July 7, 2012 in Reviews by

THE GOLD RUSH: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Criterion’s latest “film class in a box” features an in-depth look at Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 and 1942 versions of “The Gold Rush.” As an added bonus, your professor secured a painstakingly reconstructed copy of the silent edition…

Posted on June 20, 2012 in Reviews by

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

Some movies are clearly a product of their time. You get a sense while watching them that they are a reflection of their era, and they couldn’t have been made a decade earlier or a decade later. I’ve always thought “Being John Malkovich” was one of those films…

Posted on May 27, 2012 in Reviews by

WORLD ON A WIRE: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

The virtual reality explored in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 made-for-German-TV movie “World on a Wire” may seem quaint by today’s standards, but it was a prescient look at where technology was headed at a time when computers confused most people…

Posted on February 28, 2012 in Reviews by

GODZILLA (1954): CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

This Criterion release digs deep into that history, along with the early days of the Godzilla franchise, the differences between the Japanese and 1956 American version of the film, and more…

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Reviews by

TOKYO DRIFTER / BRANDED TO KILL: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Criterion has released two of Seijun Suzuki’s seminal films, “Tokyo Drifter” and “Branded to Kill,” in new editions that feature digital restorations, improved English subtitle translations, new interviews with the director and one of his stars, and an archival interview with Suzuki from 1997…

Posted on December 29, 2011 in Reviews by

THE MUSIC ROOM: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

This production is an extraordinary mixture of distinctive Bengali culture and universal themes of emotional loss…

Posted on December 7, 2011 in Reviews by

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