"...Seen any good movies lately? Better brace yourself, then. Austin's Violet Crown Cinema and DVD/Blu-Ray overlords the Criterion Collection are joining forces to bring you the antidote to whatever Adam Sandler does next...."
"...Having classified the Before Trilogy as both a personal favorite and a mark of excellence in filmmaking, I jumped at the opportunity to write about the collector's set (finally) being released on Blu-ray for the Criterion Collection. Sitting down with the discs, analyzing the special feature conversations, and then rediscovering scenes already seared into my brain, however, reminded me how powerful these films are..."
"...Split Screen, John Pierson’s 1997-2001 TV show about the indie film world makes its streaming premiere today on FilmStruck, the new subscription on-demand service from The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies...."
"...Tokyo StoryCriterion Collection, $39.95 (Blu-ray + DVD)..."
"...NashvilleCriterion Collection, $39.95 (Blu-ray + DVD)..."
"...The Devil's BackboneCriterion Collection; $39.95 (Blu-ray), $29.95 (DVD)..."
"...Martin Scorsese's World Cinema ProjectCriterion Collection, $124.95 (Blu-ray + DVD)..."
"...And speaking of that late, lamented combat rocker, Strummer, oddly enough, turns up – briefly in the flesh, frequently on the soundtrack – in English's newest design job, the packaging for the new Criterion Collection edition of a nearly forgotten slice of thrillingly mad filmmaking called, simply, Walker...."
"...The Criterion Collection, $39.95Thieves' Highway..."
"...SlackerCriterion Collection, $39.95..."
"..."John wouldn't have liked this, but Love Streams is a film that makes a lot more sense when you know a little about it." That's Austin Chronicle columnist Michael Ventura talking about John Cassavetes' next-to-last film, which was, effectively, the last of the director's releases that could be called "a John Cassavetes film." This long-out-of-circulation film from 1984 was released this week in a DVD/Blu-ray triple-disc restoration by the Criterion Collection ($39.95). Michael Ventura, who was on-set throughout the filming, provides the voiceover commentary, and among the package's many supplements is the hourlong documentary Ventura made about the production, "I'm Almost Not Crazy ..." – John Cassavetes: The Man and His Work...."
"...But even I recognize the importance of H.G. Wells' Things to Come, which hits the Criterion Collection on DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($39.95) today..."
"...In the post-war years, Powell and Pressburger made two masterpieces, Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948). (Despite Michael Atkinson's memorable claim in The Village Voice that their composed film The Tales of Hoffman "could seduce a eunuch," I find it overcomposed to the point of fussiness.) Both films screen in Austin this summer, and the Criterion Collection will reissue the films on July 20, newly restored to shockingly good looks..."
"...This is a response to Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree's Our Secret Life in the Movies, the new book from Austin publishing house A Strange Object, wherein the authors wax reminiscent and fantastic during a year in which they watched the entire Criterion Collection of classic films..."
"...The Exterminating AngelThe Criterion Collection, $39.95 Simon of the DesertThe Criterion Collection, $24.95..."
"...Additional screen dates are July 10, 13, 18, and 29. Bring out the Good Stuff Also on the Sundance Channel comes the summer series Classic World Cinema from the Criterion Collection..."
"...In the wake of this country's most recent exercise in colonialism, the Criterion Collection has released, on three DVDs, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, a film so rich in aesthetic and political relevance as to be almost uncanny. Telling the story of the Arab insurgency in French-controlled Algiers in the 1950s, the film is at once explosive and elegiac, exploring in the most direct terms the violence and moral ambiguity endemic to a system of colonial rule and the confusion of despair and hope that guides the lives of colonized people, both in Algeria and around the world...."
"...Le DoulosThe Criterion Collection, $39.95 Le Deuxième SouffleThe Criterion Collection, $39.95..."
"...Berlin AlexanderplatzCriterion Collection, $124.95..."