SCANNERS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

“Scanners” arrives from Criterion in a set that includes the film and the bonus materials on one Blu-ray and two DVDs. The movie has been restored, and the extra stuff includes a smattering of new and old material, including director David Cronenberg’s first movie, “Stereo.”

Posted on July 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

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

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 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