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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.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Revealing BETTY BLUE

Fair warning... In the interest of taking a more meaningful look, this critique contains references (non-specific) to the ending and various story points of Betty Blue and other films. The central extremism of the Freudian Madonna (mother)/whore dichotomy can, in theory, be...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Puts on SCORSESE SHORTS

Five early short films directed by Martin Scorsese arrive from The Criterion Collection, all sporting 4K restorations.

Coming Soon on Criterion: BEAU TRAVAIL and THE ELEPHANT MAN Lead Packed Lineup

Also: 'Christ Stopped at Eboli,' two Jules Dassin noir classics, plus six new titles in Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 3 all headed to release in September 2020.

Blu-ray Review: AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Hooks Up With Criterion

Writer/director Paul Mazursky guides Jill Claybugrh to an Oscar nomination in this bit of essential 1970s cinema.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Welcomes ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW

As everything is going wonky in the world, it’s only fitting that July is early this year. Even more fitting that it’s not the month, but the filmmaking lady, Miranda July. It bears celebrating that quite recently this past spring,...

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.

Review: WAR AND PEACE Blasts Lavishly as Criterion Blu-ray Set

Director Sergei Bondarchuk's seven-hour Leo Tolstoy adaptation aims to put Hollywood's Audrey Hepburn version to shame.

BRUCE LEE: HIS GREATEST HITS Heading to Criterion Collection

Updated with Criterion's official trailer, which you can now watch below. My original post follows: Two things I love will be united, at last: Bruce Lee movies and the Criterion Collection. Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits, featuring "4K digital restorations...

Now Streaming: Criterion Channel Celebrates Mifune Toshiro

Kicking off the month, The Criterion Channel celebrates the great Mifune Toshiro, who was born on April 1, 1920. (Note: now updated with new trailer for the occasion.) In their collection "Toshiro Mifune Turns 100," the streaming service features 26...

Blu-ray Review: Kiarostami's KOKER TRILOGY Envelopes Cinephiles

Between 1987 and 1994, the late venerated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami released three films that would serve not only as personal commentaries on life in his home territory of Koker, but also as examinations of how an artist’s ongoing work...

Blu-ray Review: Godard's LE PETIT SOLDAT Marches onto Criterion Blu-ray

“Cinema is truth at 24 frames per second.“   Any self-respecting student of deeper film history (casual or otherwise) has no doubt come upon the above quote credited to Jean-Luc Godard, perhaps multiple times.  It’s quick, snappy, and affirming nature makes...

Coming Soon on Criterion: ROMA, PARIS IS BURNING, TEORAMA

A rich variety of word cinema offerings are heading to home video next year, courtesy of the Criterion Collection. In itself, that's not news, since the home video company has been offering well-curated delights from the world cinema scene for...

Criterion October 2019 Highlights Include MATEWAN, HAXAN, WHEN WE WERE KINGS

Three silent features from Josef von Sternberg are also promised.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T, A Fitting Memorial To Agnes Varda

The director's 1977 semi-musical ode to the power and pleasures of womanhood is perfectly supported by worthwhile features on the new Blu-ray.


We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah.  The Beatles have been such  beloved entrenched cultural giants for so long that many a music fan takes them for granted.  Likewise, many a cinephile has long ago reached the point of taking Robert...

Blu-ray Review: FORTY GUNS Rides Out on Criterion

Don’t be surprised to come away from Samuel Fuller’s  Forty Guns a bit dizzy.  And know that with that advice in tow, it may be the only time you aren’t surprised during this senses-shattering 1957 Western. Boldly shot in both...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tells TRUE STORIES

The dream has come true... In the prophetic past of 1986, Talking Heads frontman emeritus David Byrne veered off the promising road of his successful art/rock band long enough to make a movie. Warner Brothers was good enough to provide...

Criterion in February 2019: TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, Plus BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ and More Euro Classics

The Criterion Collection will release Charles Burnett's classic drama To Sleep With Anger on Blu-ray for the first time in February 2019, along with four European classics of varying genres. Of these, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz is the only...


The new calendar year brings a quintet of anguished delights for home video cinephiles from the Criterion Collection. Yes, what better way to recuperate from the expected winter holiday hangovers than by settling back and reassessing your life by watching...