Tag: bluray

Criterion in January 2023: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and Some Other Movies

Also out in the new year: 'Bergman Island,' 'Imitation of Life,' 'This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection' and Lars von Trier's 'Europe Trilogy.'

Review: CURE, Hypnotically Haunting

Masterfully directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, the intense murder mystery stars Yakusho Kôji and Hagiwara Masato, now on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

Criterion in September 2022: EXOTICA, SOUND OF METAL, TAKE OUT Lead the Pack

Brian De Palma's 'Blow Out' should blow everyone away in 4K, as should new editions of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Le Corbeau' and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project.

Blu-ray Review: WRITTEN ON THE WIND

Watching Written on the Wind was my first introduction to the famous auteur of the melodramatic, Douglas Sirk (Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, Hitler’s Madman). The 2K Blu-ray restoration is out now via the Criterion Collection.  Sirk was a German...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Roll-out of MAN PUSH CART

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani debuts with an NYC immigrant story, beautifully told.

Now on Home Video: SUMMER OF 85, Getting Hot in Here

Felix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin star in a film by Francois Ozon, now on Blu-ray and DVD from Music Box Films.

Genre Seeds: A LIFE AT STAKE, Indie Noir Shines Darkly

Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes and Claudia Barrett star in an indie film noir, now available on Blu-ray from The Film Detective.

Coming Soon on Criterion: AFTER LIFE, BEASTS OF NO NATION and More Fine Titles

Also in August 2021: 'Ashes and Diamonds' and 'Company.'

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PARALLAX VIEW Uncovers 1970s Paranoia

Warren Beatty is plenty dirty.  In fact, he’s literally covered with mud.  The venerable leading man finds himself in figurative hot water shortly after nearly being washed away by literal tons of water.  One could conclude that that’s what he gets for snooping...

Criterion in June 2021: THE SIGNIFYIN' WORKS OF MARLON RIGGS, PARIAH and STREETWISE Lead the Way

Plus: 'The Human Condition,' 'Pickup on South Street' and 'Visions of Eight.'

Coming Soon on Criterion: CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, and More Good Things

'Secrets & Lies,' 'Touka bouki' and 'World of Wong Kar Wai' are also heading our way in March 2021.

Blu-Ray Review: Criterion's THE GUNFIGHTER Draws on Western Glory

When did Hollywood’s deconstruction of the American Western myth officially break through? Depending on which aficionado you look to, the answer given may be Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), or Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952), or another venerated film amid the 1950’s great...

Now on Blu-ray: Criterion Unleashes BRUTE FORCE and THE NAKED CITY

By the mid-1940s, “Film Noir” was thoroughly established stylistically, though not yet by name. Undeniably, there was a prevailing mentality rooted in postwar societal darkness, and it had permeated Hollywood studio filmmaking. The movies’ inherent propensity for light and shadow...

Review: Criterion Rediscovers THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM

Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta's tense German political thriller gets a much-needed high-definition upgrade.

Coming Soon on Criterion: THE IRISHMAN Cometh, GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI Restored

Also slated for release in November 2020 from The Criterion Collection: 'Girlfriends,' 'Moonstruck,' 'Essential Fellini.'

Blu-ray Review: Cult Epics Gets Brassy With P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS / ISTINTOBRASS

A new, limited dual edition of Tinto Brass titles examines the erotica auteur's methods and legacy.

Blu-ray Review: TOKYO OLYMPIAD Stands Tall As an Artistic Commentary on Sports

Ichikawa Kon's magnificent film, now available on a splendid, comprehensive Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, transcends its 'sports documentary' premise.

GANGS OF LONDON Heading to Blu-ray

A bloody British gangster series, made for television, is now heading to Blu-ray, which is exciting news for people who live in Region B (and you know who you are) and/or own a multi-region Blu-ray player, not least because Gareth...

Coming Soon on Criterion: THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS From Paul Schrader, TONI From Jean Renoir

Also: 'Town Bloody Hall,' 'The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum' and 'The Complete Films of Agnes Varda' will all see release in August 2020.

Blu-ray Review: THE CRANES ARE FLYING Takes Off as Criterion Blu-ray Upgrade

To come out of the gate pronouncing Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 World War II Soviet Homefront drama The Cranes Are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) as one of the finest films ever made might be an accurate assessment, but it wouldn’t necessarily be bringing anything new...