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Favorite Criterion DVDs/Blu-rays

by Daniel W.

Created 10/21/12

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Simply put, My favorite movies on Criterion. Also, Criterion needs to start putting animated films in the collection. The Richard Williams cut of The Thief and the Cobbler and Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg are good places to start.

  • Seven Samurai was my first Criterion purchase (3 disc edition). Seven Samurai is the best screen epic ever made and has never been out done in my opinion. This was my introduction to Kurosawa and all of his movies deserve a blu-ray release. And of course how could you go wrong with having the 25 films box set? All of his movies, (including Dreams, Dersu Uzala and Rhapsody in August) deserve a spot in the collection.

  • To me Wes Anderson can do no wrong (at least he hasn't done so yet). All of his movies are awesome. I love the way he balances comedy and genuine drama. His films are truly unique. By the way Criterion, try to get Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom.

  • Gilliam's best. Don't have much to say about this one. Everything has already been said in my opinion. Let's move on.

  • These two films are my favorite action movies ever (along with Die Hard). Too bad Michael Bay never repeated the success of The Rock. Oh well. Say what you will about his other films, but The Rock is really one of the better examples of the Action movie genre. As for Hard Boiled, this the best. What is cooler than Chow Yun Fat blowing away bad guys in a hospital?

  • I hated Malick at first. I didn't really give these movies a good look at first. I was not used to the way he uses narration of several characters to drive the narrative which is both simple and very complex. Then I tried them again and I now I believe they are among the greatest films ever. The Thin Red Line I think is the best of all of his movies. Very underrated and kinda drowned out by Saving Private Ryan (although I like that film too). Thin Red line is the best war film ever. (How about Tree of Life in the Criterion Collection?)

  • Where do you even begin when talking about Tarkovsky? He has produced some of the most spiritual films I have ever seen and yet they leave me wanting more. Oh well, we need to treasure the films of his we have. They need to reprint Andrei Rublev on blu-ray and they need The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice on Criterion.

  • The best thing that Python has ever made. Sharply written and the humor about religious hysteria is spot on. Too bad all comedies can't be this funny.

  • I love Fincher's work. I'm glad they put The Game back in and I personally loved Benjamin Button (I saw it twice in theaters). Here's hoping he continues to be awesome.

  • These three films were my introduction to Ingmar Bergman. Since then, I have seen a lot. Even though I love them all, my absolute favorite is Fanny and Alexander.

  • I was having a marathon with my brother watching old black and white movies. This was easily the stand out. Everything in this movie is perfect. Enough said.

  • How can you go wrong with this one? It's a classic monster movie up there with King Kong. I have hope for the upcoming remake. It already looks a billion times better than that terrible 1998 movie?

  • Del Toro is awesome. This movie marks the only vampire story that I love. I hope criterion will release The Devil's Backbone on blu-ray

  • I cannot believe that Criterion lost the rights to this. This deserves a Criterion blu-ray. Oh well, this is truly a masterpiece. The attack on Hidetora's Castle is probably the best battle scene I have ever seen.

  • What can I say? Nolan is the man!

  • "I would love to chat, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

  • Gotta love Robert Mitchum.

  • Do I even need to say how cool this film is?

  • He He He. What fun!

  • I can't wait to see this one again. Oddly enough, I watched the Quentin Tarantino/Tony Scott movie "True Romance" recently and that made me want to watch this movie again. I don't know why.

  • I wish we could get a Criterion Blu-ray of this movie. I even wouldn't mind a Criterion blu ray of the Wild Bunch.

  • Ingmar Bergman is so awesome. I like how he examines issues that could happen to all of us. All of his films that I have seen so far are great.

  • Even when I don't understand all the humor in this film, I still love it. My older brother introduced me to this film. He worked in the music industry and so this is a classic to him. I wish I could get the Criterion DVD of this with the two good commentaries. The in-character commentary by the cast on the non-criterion dvd is annoying.

  • All I can say is that I'm glad I rented this on one of my bad days. This one was a joy and a worthy addition to my personal collection.

  • This is a movie that I really felt hit home with me. Something similar happened between my mother and my grandmother. It felt almost as if this movie were really real. Just a great film.

  • I saw this and The Complete Metropolis back to back one day. What fun!!!!

  • I love seeing the first films by famous directors. I'm glad I picked this one up.

  • I think this is my favorite Fritz Lang movie. We need a blu-ray of this one.

  • Criterion lost the rights to this movie?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! The current blu-ray sucks! I will always hold on to my Criterion DVD Edition.

  • More Bergman on blu-ray please!!!!!!

  • del Toro is awesome. I was really hoping for this title. Glad to see it will be in the collection.

  • It is so cool I don't even know where to begin.

  • This movie is nuts!!!!!! I heard one of my friends describe it as the Japanese Evil Dead 2. I couldn't agree more.

  • It is hard to believe that at one point I did not like Stanley Kubrick at all. At the insistence of my friends and family, I looked at all of them again. Of his films in the collection, Paths of Glory is the best (although I really like the Killing. I like Spartacus even if it doesn't quite feel like a Kubrick film). That does not mean I like everything he made. I didn't care for Lolita. Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange are among his best. Barry Lyndon was a bore. The Shining was OK. Full Metal Jacket was awesome. But I really did not like Eyes Wide Shut. On the whole, Kubrick was awesome.

  • Not a Paul Verhoeven fan, but this and Total Recall are fun. I was surprised how funny Robocop was too. The remake is going to suck. I can just tell.

  • These are classics for a reason. These (along with many other movies in the collection) are required viewing for film buffs everywhere!

  • This really hit home with me.

  • Just beautiful!!!! This really needs a blu-ray right now!!!!!

  • Although this is not my favorite John Woo film from his Hong Kong days, this still rocks! I badly need to get a criterion DVD of this bad boy. The shoot out in the church is so cool. I wonder if it was inspired by the ending of The Wild Bunch...

  • I never expected to like this movie at all. Wait scratch that. I love this film! This is a powerful film about dissatisfied people. David Thewlis is amazing in this movie. My favorite Mike Leigh film.

  • This is one of my favorite drama/comedies. A great work of art about creating art. Mike Leigh is one of my favorite directors.

  • More Mike Leigh in the Criterion Collection please!!!!!!

  • HOLY CRAP!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!! An animated film in the collection at last! The first since Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira on Laserdisc in the 90's. How fitting it be a Wes Anderson film. Thank you Criterion! I really hope they don't stop here. Here's hoping that Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg or even the Richard Williams' cut of The Thief and the Cobbler make their way to being in the collection.

  • I admit to having a huge crush on Irene Jacob after watching this film. I just love this film.

  • This is an odd film even for Bergman. I still don't quite know what it is all about. But this is a great film and a great addition to the Criterion Collection.

  • I was a bit late in the game as a film buff getting to view this one, but I can see why it's a classic. It is now one of my favorites.

  • Cronenberg is a mixed bag for me. Some are good, some are bad. But Scanners is cool.

  • And so is Videodrome. This is is Cronenberg's Best.

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