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Harmony Korine, Val Lewton, Pabst & More Coming to The Criterion Collection October 2024

Coming in October from The Criterion Collection: I Walked with a Zombie / The Seventh Victim, a pair of moody horror milestones from visionary producer Val Lewton; Demon Pond, a folk-horror fantasia from Japanese New Wave renegade Masahiro Shinoda; and Gummo, a transgressive portrait of angelic and devilish souls in America’s rural underbelly from Harmony Korine. Plus: Pandora’s Box, a sensationally modern […]

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Le Samouraï – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

It was an absolute pleasure to review The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of this film back in 2017, and now here we are again with the 4K UHD release. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï is one of a couple of films from this timeframe that brought a modern sense of cool to practically all the movies about contract […]

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Araki, Cox, Solondz 4Ks & More Coming to The Criterion Collection September 2024

Coming in September to the Criterion Collection: Gregg Araki’s Teen Apocalypse Trilogy, a trio of films from the New Queer Cinema renegade; All of Us Strangers, Andrew Haigh’s metaphysical exploration of queer love and loneliness; and Happiness, Todd Solondz’s disturbingly funny portrait of middle-class suburbia. Plus: The Long Good Friday, John Mackenzie’s landmark of British crime cinema, and Repo Man, Alex Cox’s quintessential […]

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Bertolucci, Brooks, Coolidge & More Coming to The Criterion Collection August 2024

Coming in August: Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova, two long-suppressed features by the fearless Ukrainian iconoclast; Not a Pretty Picture, a metacinematic experiment in recreating trauma from Martha Coolidge; Real Life, a satirical mockumentary about attempting to document the life of an ordinary American family, from Albert Brooks; and Mother, a comic portrait of a struggling novelist […]

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La Haine – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Originally released in America as its translated title, “Hate,” director Mathieu Kassovitz’s brilliant 1995 social thriller, La Haine, has endured for a few reasons. It’s not because of the alarming tone the title implies but because the film is a well-produced commentary on urban riots in France, as well as an engaging character piece, expertly […]

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Peckinpah, Wenders, Melville 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection July 2024

Coming to The Criterion Collection in July: Black God, White Devil, Glauber Rocha’s blistering existential western from Brazil; Perfect Days, a serene ode to everyday life in Tokyo directed by Wim Wenders; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Sam Peckinpah’s blood- and dust-caked elegy for the American West; Farewell My Concubine, a breathtakingly intimate saga in twentieth-century China, directed by Chen Kaige; […]

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All That Money Can Buy – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Originally known as The Devil and Daniel Webster, based on the original 1936 short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, All That Money Can Buy was previously released by the Criterion Collection in 2003 on DVD. This Blu-ray release, featuring a brand-new 4K restoration, looks to bring new life to the Oscar-winning 1941 supernatural feature. Its […]

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Underground Railroad, Bound, Blue Velvet 4K, and More Coming to The Criterion Collection June 2024

Coming in June from The Criterion Collection: Bound, Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s hyperstylish, sapphic heist thriller; Querelle, a delirious depiction of gay desire from Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Victims of Sin, a vibrant Mexican musical-melodrama-noir from Emilio Fernández; and The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins’s monumental reimagining of American history through the eyes of an enslaved woman. Plus: Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s unforgettable vision of innocence […]

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The Heroic Trio / Executioners – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

At a time in the 80s/90s, when Hong Kong cinema was making names out of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat, Donnie Yen, and many others, it’s not as though women were left out of the conversation. Already stars in their own right, the combined talents of Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Michelle Yeoh […]

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Anatomy of a Fall, Girlfight, Peeping Tom 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection May 2024

Coming this May: Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène, three powerful 1970s works by the trailblazing Senegalese auteur; Anatomy of a Fall, Justine Triet’s masterful examination of the line between truth and fiction; and Girlfight, Karyn Kusama’s singular tale of a young woman’s path to self-realization. Plus: a Blu-ray upgrade of A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two […]

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Trainspotting – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

One of the best films of 90s British cinema, let alone the 90s in general, Danny Boyle’s sophomore effort, Trainspotting, is a well-respected cult classic for good reason. Along with helping break out Ewan McGregor (among others), this film has a terrific sense of style and kinetic energy that would define much of Boyle’s career […]

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La Haine 4K, Picnic At Hanging Rock 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection April 2024

Coming this April: Werckmeister Harmonies, a hypnotic parable of societal collapse from auteur Béla Tarr and codirector-editor Ágnes Hranitzky; I Am Cuba, Mikhail Kalatozov’s dazzling work of radical political cinema; and Dogfight, a bittersweet tale of love and war in the 1960s, directed by Nancy Savoca. Plus: La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz’s gritty landmark of 1990s French cinema, and Picnic at Hanging Rock, Peter Weir’s disquieting […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

It’s a continual joy to know the Criterion Collection is happy to be in the Guillermo del Toro business, as the Oscar-winning filmmaker is so happy to delve into his films for the sake of having proper transfers, as well as deliver a bevy of extra content. Pinocchio, his latest Oscar-winning feature that was originally […]

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To Die For, Saint Omer, The Runner & More Coming to The Criterion Collection March 2024

Coming in March: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a powerful documentary from Laura Poitras about art and activism; Saint Omer, Alice Diop’s morally and emotionally complex courtroom drama; The Runner, Amir Naderi’s lyrical portrayal of childhood in postrevolutionary Iran, and To Die For, a deliciously subversive media satire from Gus Van Sant. Plus: All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster), William […]

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Heroic Trio, Nothing But a Man, Altman 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection February 2024

Coming in February: Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons, a quartet of bittersweet tales about the follies of the human heart; The Heroic Trio / Executioners, two dazzling superhero sagas from martial-arts auteur Johnnie To; Nothing but a Man, Michael Roemer’s civil rights–era American classic; and The Roaring Twenties, one of the most influential crime films of all time, directed by Raoul […]

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Boyle, Akerman, Sayles, the Coens in 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection January 2024

Coming in January: Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978, the revolutionary first decade of a singular filmmaker; Mudbound, an American tragedy set in the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s, written and directed by Dee Rees; Trainspotting, the 1990s British indie phenomenon directed by Danny Boyle, and John Sayles’s Lone Star, a neo-western mystery set in a small Texas border town. Plus: Satyajit Ray’s milestone of […]

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Del Toro’s Pinocchio 4K, The Red Balloon & More Coming to The Criterion Collection December 2023

Coming this December: The Red Balloon and Other Stories, a collection of wide-eyed fantasies for the whole family, directed by Albert Lamorisse; and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, the classic fable reinvented through boundary-pushing stop-motion animation. Plus: Blast of Silence, Allen Baron’s blackhearted noir set in Manhattan at Christmastime—now on Blu-ray. – –

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Jackie Chan, Socrsese 4K, Malick 4K & More Coming to The Criterion Collection November 2023

Coming this November: Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar, a six-film, early-career celebration of the Hong Kong martial-arts phenom; Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese’s electrifying vision of sin and redemption; and La cérémonie, Claude Chabrol’s riveting study of class dynamics and the psychology of crime. Plus: Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick’s dreamlike turn-of-the-century idyll, and The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich’s […]

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