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Blu-ray Review: The Devastating COME AND SEE

What exactly does one say about a film that is without a doubt, one of the greatest anti-war films of all time? It's no small feat to consider when processing the 1985 masterpiece from Soviet director Elem Klimov (Agony).  To...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Paints a PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel star in Céline Sciamma's romantic drama.

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.

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...

Now on Blu-ray: THE GREAT ESCAPE, Tight Spaces, Ripping Adventures

Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance and Richard Attenborough star in John Sturges' wartime adventure, now on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

Blu-ray Review: THE CREMATOR Will Scorch Your Soul

For the most part, films take many years to create, marinate, produce, and release upon the world, in varying steps.  Filmed in 1968 and released in 1970, The Cremator was Czechoslovakia's submission to the 1970 Academy Awards (Foreign Film) before...

Blu-ray Review: LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN Hypnotizes

Murder. Neglect. Jealousy. Oppression. Obsession. These themes collide in Leave Her to Heaven, the oddly sunny drama-turned-film noir directed by John M. Stahl from the book by Ben Ames Williams. I say "oddly sunny" because it's a deceptive opening: the...

Coming Soon on Criterion: TOKYO OLYMPIAD and THE CAMERAMAN

Also: 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire,' 'An Unmarried Woman' and 'Come and See.'

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

Three silent features from Josef von Sternberg are also promised.

Blu-ray Review: STRANGER THAN PARADISE Is An Anti-Trip Worth Taking

The seemingly inevitable time has finally come for Jim Jarmusch's first directorial efforts, Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise, to join the Criterion Collection’s already brimming Jim Jarmusch subsection, thus far consisting of, in order of DVD release: Down By...

Criterion in July 2019: DO THE RIGHT THING, KLUTE, EUROPA EUROPA

Also: '1984,' 'The Baker's Wife' and Fassbinder's fantastic BRD trilogy.

Blu-ray Review: WANDA Quietly Howls in Desperation

Remarkably accomplished, Barbara Loden's directorial debut from 1970 remains cutting and insightful.

Upcoming Criterion: BLUE VELVET, FUNNY GAMES, HOUSE OF GAMES

Also: Denis' 'Let the Sunshine In,' Varda's 'One Sings, The Other Doesn't,' Wyler's 'The Heiress.'

Blu-ray Review: NOTORIOUS Is Glorious

Of course, if you're reading this, you know who Alfred Hitchcock is. If you somehow do not and consider yourself a fan of classic cinema --- Hollywood or otherwise --- you need to rectify that as soon as possible. One...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Dissects MIKEY & NICKY

A lifelong friend is not an easy thing to come by, and the older we get, the more we can appreciate the rarity of such a relationship. Peter Falk articulates this well in a 45-minute radio interview included in the...

Criterion and The Significance of Jackie Chan

Rather unfairly, we expect the Criterion Collection to define significant cinema, all on its own. When the company released Michael Bay's Armageddon on DVD, for example, I recall a great disturbance in the (cinephilia) force. How dare they cheapen Art...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Collection's A STORY FROM CHIKAMATSU

A Story From Chikamatsu is one of Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi's more well-known films, along with Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff, and The Life of Oharu. This 1954 film also goes by The Crucified Lovers here in North America, which refers to an...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NAKED PREY Upgrades the Wild Wilde Life

Cornel Wilde is a colonialist running for his life in 1965’s The Naked Prey, a film he also produced and directed.  The more one knows about the life and career of Wilde, the more unique, and therefore special, The Naked Prey becomes. Unshackled...