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Logan's Must Own Blu-rays

by Logan Vincent

Created 07/14/12

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  • Wes Anderson has a unique style unlike any other director. This film as well as his newest release, Moonrise Kingdom, is filled with a cast of characters that creates situations of romance, deceit, and craziness that could only be brought to the screen by Anderson. This film is a treat, and it gives me something new to think about after every viewing.

  • An interesting journey of a racetrack robbery brought to the screen by my favorite director, Stanley Kubrick. From the omniscient narrator to the changes in point of view, this film takes you through a story that has an ending that you will never forget.

  • Why do people not use Technicolor anymore? This beautiful film has opened me up to musicals and those involving dance, and the time that Criterion spent restoring this classic is unbelievable. Don't count this one out because it is about ballet.

  • This was the first silent film that I ever owned, and it was the first one that I really was serious about watching all the way through. Chaplin is a master of his art and expresses emotion and humor with his body unlike anything I have ever seen. This film and the Gold Rush are classics, and I hope that City Lights will soon get the Criterion treatment.

  • No other film, in my opinion, does a better job in making you feel more sympathetic about a single character. The story is a pseudobiographical look into the childhood of its director, Francois Truffaut, as he makes his way through the streets of Paris. The young boy is raised in a home with terrible parents and is forced to grow up on his own. He makes many mistakes along the way which usually results in harsh consequences.

  • Legendary story that was brought to the screen by the legendary director, Fritz Lang. Although he may be better known for his classic silent film, Metropolis, Lang delivers the narrative involving local law enforcement and career criminals working together to catch a notorious child rapist played by Peter Lorre. The crew at Criterion has done a wonderful job with the transfer of this classic German film, and they include the rare English language dubbed version in the Blu-ray edition.

  • This is a wonderful edition of the sole feature directed by Charles Laughton that includes a feature-length documentary explaining his direction throughout shooting. Although not a commercial success at the time of its release, The Night of the Hunter has become a cinema classic that deserve to be in everyone's collection.

  • A wonderful story that includes an unforgettable cast of characters. Although a vast majority of the film takes place in single room, the tension and suspense created by the wonderful dialogue give each member of the jury their own personality and brings the film to a great conclusion.

  • If not for the other juggernauts, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, that came out in 1939, this film would have brought home the Academy Award for Best Picture. A cast of characters ranging from a drunken doctor to the wanted Ringo Kid (John Wayne) travel through Apache country en route to their final destination. A great Criterion edition of a classic film that should be in everyone's collection.

  • My first Criterion purchase. This movie was shot digitally by one of my favorite directors, David Fincher, that results in the best film in the Criterion Collection made this millennium. This edition also boasts a complete disc of supplements that give a thorough history of the troubles of getting this story to the big screen to post production.

  • Although this is not the best film or the best transfer in the Criterion Collection there is something unique about this release. The digibook release of this film has a pop-up of Godzilla on the inside of the insert. I have never seen this in a Blu-ray release, and I think it is the coolest thing!

1 comment

  • By Logan Vincent
    July 14, 2012
    10:58 AM

    Reasons why these films make my list will follow in the coming days.
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