Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

In the 1990s, independent films were on the rise and studios like Miramax were at the forefront of distribution. Many studios created a separate wing to focus on and gather the independent, documentary, art house and international films under a single banner away from the blockbusters and bigger star studded fare. Sony Pictures developed Sony Pictures Classics for this very reason in 1992. And for the 30th Anniversary of the studio’s formation, they will be putting out a 4K Ultra-HD box set with 11 films from the course of their history, including 10 that are making their debut on the format. Here’s an overview of the entire set, complete with a video showcasing the packaging and links to all the individual reviews. You can order yourself a copy of this impressive box set, which would make a fantastic gift for that special cinephile in your life, using the paid Amazon Associates link below.

Above you’ll see my unboxing video to take a look at how the box and all of the cases come together. This also comes with an insert booklet featuring high resolution pictures, essays and discs/film breakdowns which I flip through a bit.

Here are links to reviews for the individual films included in the set. In addition to my thoughts on the films, you’ll find reviews of the video transfers, audio presentations and extras provided on the release. One thing to know about this set across the board is that no digital codes are included and none of the films come with a standard Blu-ray disc. The only disc included is a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray disc and it includes all extras. With the exception of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, none of the films are available outside this set on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format for individual purchase.

Orland0 (1992)

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

The City Of Lost Children (1995)

SLC Punk! (1998)

Run Lola Run (1998)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Volver (2006)

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Still Alice (2014)

Call me By Your Name (2017)


The Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection really knocks it out of the park. There are some films that would be more favorites of mine I personally would have chosen over a couple in here, but I think they did a rather terrific job of taking a journey through their history. Every film features a transfer that feels like it was lovingly done and some even contain new extras and new audio encoding. This is one of the ultimate physical media film aficionado gift options this holiday season or just one for the collector to pick up on their own. It features a rather cool packaging for the set if you’re still into bulky collections, but also gives those who are down with that some individual cases to make what they want with it. Yes, its a pricey set, but it definitely does its best to prove its worth.

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Brandon is the host, producer, writer and editor of The Brandon Peters Show (thebrandonpetersshow.com). He is also the Moderator/MC of the Live Podcast Stage and on the Podcast Awards Committee for PopCon (popcon.us). In the past 10 years at Why So Blu, Brandon has amassed over 1,500 reviews of 4K, Blu-ray and DVD titles.

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