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Blu-ray Review: THE LAST WALTZ, An Endless Jamboree

In reviewing the jaw-dropping induction of Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz into the Criterion Collection, one must begin with its remarkable cover art. It’s a photograph that I have never seen before -- this coming from someone who has seen...

Blu-ray Review: BOAT PEOPLE Shows What War Leaves In Its Wake

Ann Hui's devastating 1982 portrait of postwar Vietnam and its refugees is despairingly relevant, even timely, in 2022.

Blu-ray Review: LOVE & BASKETBALL Still A Gem, 20 Years Later

Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps star in director Gina Prince-Blythewood's debut feature, which joins the Criterion Collection.

Blu-ray Review: STREETWISE and TINY, Criterion's Latest Double Feature, Spans A Lifetime

content warning: addiction, child sexual abuse, suicide Devastated by the Boeing Bust in the early 1970s, Seattle remained on shaky economic ground for years -- with a nation-leading unemployment rate and a rock-bottom minimum wage. In the shadow of this...

Blu-ray Review: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI, An Opium-Fogged Reverie

More Hou Hsiao-Hsien in the Criterion Collection, please.

Blu-ray Review: Djibril Diop Mambéty's Formative TOUKI BOUKI from Criterion

Sengelase filmmaking comes through with a one-two punch in back-to-back Blu-rays.

Blu-ray Review: MANDABI, Follow the Money (Order) in Criterion's Release

Following 'Black Girl', a new restoration of Ousmane Sembène's sophomore feature arrives this week.

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: 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: George Cukor's HOLIDAY Is As Alive as Ever

The screwball genre may remember George Cukor most fondly for his Katherine Hepburne / Cary Grant vehicle, 1940’s The Philadelphia Story, which helped to rescue Kat from her cruel ‘box office poison’ tagging. But for my patronage, Cukor’s lesser-known, Holiday,...

Blu-ray Review: UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD Marks The End Of A Movie Decade

A 1991 film about 1999 feels exactly right in 2019, as we round out a decade in which film changed -- and died -- and will live -- forever.

Blu-ray Review: MATEWAN Sticks Up For The Little Guy

The Criterion Collection rounds the corner on its final three-digit spine number (#999) this week with John Sayles' 1987 union drama, Matewan, before busting our collective eyeballs (and wallets) with spine #1000 -- the Godzilla boxed set -- which hits...

Blu-ray Review: Into THE INLAND SEA With Donald Richie

Criterion devours its own tail with a movie based on a book based on a trip by a critic who has provided a lot of Criterion commentaries.

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.

Blu-ray Review: Kazan's Dystopian A FACE IN THE CROWD Is Here!

While I do not own a 4K Blu-ray player, it’s hard to imagine Criterion’s new release of Elia Kazan’s A Face In The Crowd looking any crisper. Its very timely 2019 arrival into the Criterion collection feels almost coincidental given...

Blu-ray Review: MY BRILLIANT CAREER Is On Disc While The Criterion Channel Looms

The era of the Criterion Channel is upon us, and for longtime collectors (like me), the calculation for our walls of Criterion spines is threatening to change. I could not have signed up for the Channel faster upon its launch...

Blu-ray Review: In LA VERITÉ, Brigitte Bardot and Henri-Georges Clouzot Take Aim At Institutional Misogyny

A prisoner enters a courtroom, charged with the murder of her boyfriend. She and her attorneys will argue that the death was not premeditated, but rather occured in a moment of personal anguish -- and that the intended victim was,...

Blu-ray Review: Euzhan Palcy's A DRY WHITE SEASON Is Stunningly Timely

Joining the Criterion Collection at spine #953, Euzhan Palcy's 1989 apartheid drama A Dry White Season is a last-minute must-own from the label, after a preternaturally strong year (even for them). Great art has both specificity and universality, and it's...

Blu-ray Review: Peer Into Cinema's Great Missing Link With Criterion's THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

Has a movie ever had a more compelling opening twenty minutes than Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons? The director's 1942 follow-up to the "best film of all time" Citizen Kane (and, perhaps therefore, the ur-text of the supposed "sophomore curse"...