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This season, give the gift of Criterion. From Hollywood classics to ghost stories, from Three Colors to 12 Angry Men, we have something for every movie lover in your life. Enter the promotion code GIFT11 on your shopping cart to take 35% off the SRP of any of the Blu-rays and DVDs featured below, and 35% off all art prints. Discount expires 12/22. Happy viewing, and happy holidays!
Looking for something deluxe? Dive into one of our collectors’ sets. The latest is Krzysztof Kieślowski’s extraordinary Three Colors trilogy—Blue, White, and Red—called by the Los Angeles Times “one of the most eloquent story cycles ever committed to film,” and now available in packed Blu-ray and DVD editions, featuring a trove of extras: interviews with cast and crew, video essays, documentaries, rare shorts by Kieślowski, and more.
Ring in the New Year with The Phantom Carriage a recently resurrected spooky silent based on a legend that says the last soul to die before the clock strikes midnight on December 31 is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot for the coming year. With its groundbreaking special effects and humane storytelling, this was the film that influenced Ingmar Bergman to make movies. And it’s one of many scary stories in the collection, to raise your holiday spirits and the hair on the back of your neck.
Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Charlie Chaplin . . . the stars are out in some of our recent titles. It’s Henry Fonda who headlines Sidney Lumet’s intense feature debut 12 Angry Men—as a lone man trying to sway his fellow jurors in the morally right direction while deciding the verdict in a murder trial. This is one of the most acclaimed Hollywood films ever made (it currently ranks sixth on IMDb’s list of the top 250 films of all time). Our special edition features the original television version of the film, plus interviews and a rarely seen Lumet teleplay.
Indispensable French Cinema
What’s a film collection without some Gallic classics? We have one of French cinema’s crowning glories, The Rules of the Game, in new special editions, marking our first Blu-ray release of a Jean Renoir film. By turns funny and tragic, this indisputable masterpiece is one of many essential French films we released in 2011, including important works by Jean Cocteau, Claude Chabrol, and Louis Malle.
Fractured Fairy Tales
Bedtime stories with a twist: at Criterion we have a selection of classic titles that flirt with fairy tale conventions but have a flavor all their own. Ingmar Bergman’s holiday-centered masterpiece Fanny and Alexander, for instance, is the Swedish master’s own mix of Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella, complete with a wicked stepfather and a magical rescue.
Fanny and Alexander
Stuff your stockings with the killers and criminals who populate films by De Palma, Kubrick, and Polanski. Particularly chilling is the cold-war-paranoia-suffused noir Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich’s unforgettable Mickey Spillane adaptation, starring Ralph Meeker as the blackhearted private dick Mike Hammer.
Kiss Me Deadly
Contemporary World Cinema
Get acquainted with new works from England, Japan, and France. The continent-skipping Carlos is a special case, seeming to come from everywhere at once. This mind-boggling, multi-award-winning action epic by French director Olivier Assayas delves with thrilling avidity into the life of the infamous international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal and features a star-is-born performance by Édgar Ramírez.
You only need to look at one frame of the Korda brothers’ Jungle Book—available in our Eclipse Series 30: Sabu!—to get enveloped in the lushness and beauty of Technicolor. There’s just nothing in today’s filmmaking that can compare with those emerald greens and sunburst yellows. And check out other titles in the collection that will satisfy your craving for eye candy, from war epic to operetta.
Eclipse Series 30: Sabu!
Some quintessential works of cinema can elude even the most dedicated cinephiles by being hard to see for years. Among other recently restored treasures are the witty, lightly surreal movies in The Complete Jean Vigo—À propos de Nice, Taris, Zéro de conduite, and L’Atalante—important films by one of cinema’s great artists.
The Complete Jean Vigo
Check out our limited-edition digital fine-art prints, like the four-print set spotlighting acclaimed illustrator Darwyn Cooke’s covers for our Monsters and Madmen release. These giclée prints come on archival-quality, acid-free paper. Each is hand-signed by the artist.
Amarcord Art Print