JustinDW’s Collection (61)

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  • All That Jazz (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    All That Jazz

    Bob Fosse

    JustinDW: “Like the greatest self-indulgent works of art (e.g. 8 1/2, Manhattan) Fosse takes all his angst and self-doubt and turns it into cinematic magic.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #724 Learn more »
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Pedro Almodóvar

    JustinDW: “What could have become a misogynist male fantasy becomes an oddly feminist romance in the deft hands of Almodovar. Riveting performances all around.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #722 Learn more »
  • Eraserhead (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Eraserhead

    David Lynch

    JustinDW: “No other film has the power to transport me to another dimension like this one. A haunting, unique masterpiece and the ultimate midnight movie.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #725 Learn more »
  • The Complete Mr. Arkadin (Criterion DVD)

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    The Complete Mr. Arkadin

    Orson Welles

    JustinDW: “I've read about this infamous film for years but never watched it. I look forward to delving into the mystery with this epic box set.”

    DVD Spine #322 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 1:   Early Bergman (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 1: Early Bergman

    JustinDW: “Haven't seen enough Bergman. Seems like a good place to start would be the beginning. ”

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  • Scanners (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Scanners

    David Cronenberg

    JustinDW: “Walks the line between grand guignol horror, philisophical sci-fi and espionage thriller with amazing ease. Explosively cerebral!”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #712 Learn more »
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Stanley Kramer

    JustinDW: “Epic comedies usually collapse under their own weight, but Kramer's masterpiece breezes along at a stunning pace and keeps delivering the laughs. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #692 Learn more »
  • Persona (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Persona

    Ingmar Bergman

    JustinDW: “I have not seen this film since college. Before that I saw it on TV at the age of ten. Looking forward to revisiting it.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #701 Learn more »
  • House (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    House

    Nobuhiko Obayashi

    JustinDW: “Evil Dead, Beetlejuice and The Thing all came out years after this demented freak show. A funny, creepy, insane masterpiece way ahead of its time. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #539 Learn more »
  • Wild Strawberries (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wild Strawberries

    Ingmar Bergman

    JustinDW: “Hard to pick just one Bergman film as his masterpiece, but this one just might be it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #139 Learn more »
  • Medium Cool (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Medium Cool

    Haskell Wexler

    JustinDW: “I saw this film in high school and was shocked. Never before had I seen the line between documentary and fiction so brazenly (and angrily) blurred.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #658 Learn more »
  • Sweet Movie (Criterion DVD)

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    Sweet Movie

    Dušan Makavejev

    JustinDW: “This mash-up of Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain and De Sade's 120 Days of Sodom is bizarre enough without throwing Dean Wormer into the mix.”

    DVD Spine #390 Learn more »
  • Things to Come (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Things to Come

    William Cameron Menzies

    JustinDW: “This visually and philosophically rich film is all the more stunning in that H.G. Wells had a hand in its production. That itself is a mind-bender.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #660 Learn more »
  • The 400 Blows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut

    JustinDW: “That such a simple story about a boy growing up in tumultuous surroundings could be so profound is a testament to Truffaut's genius.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #5 Learn more »
  • Naked Lunch (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Naked Lunch

    David Cronenberg

    JustinDW: “Upgraded to Blu Ray courtesy of my brother who bought one for himself and decided there was a rift in time and space if we did not both own it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #220 Learn more »
  • Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rosemary’s Baby

    Roman Polanski

    JustinDW: “One of the very few horror movies that gets scarier with each viewing. It's the little details hidden in every corner that do it. Creepy as hell.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #630 Learn more »
  • America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)
  • 10 Years of Rialto Pictures (Rialto DVD)

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    10 Years of Rialto Pictures

    JustinDW: “I'm lucky enough to live a train ride away from the Film Forum, so this epic box set felt like a must own.”

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  • 4 by Agnès Varda (Criterion DVD)

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    4 by Agnès Varda

    Agnès Varda

    JustinDW: “Vagabond was fascinating. I look forward to exploring more of her work. A female voice in the French New Wave? I'm intrigued.”

    DVD Spine #418 Learn more »
  • Trilogy of Life (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Trilogy of Life

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    JustinDW: “Pasolini was never one for subtlety, compromise or caution. The three steps that led to Salo.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #631 Learn more »
  • Quadrophenia (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Quadrophenia

    Franc Roddam

    JustinDW: “Glorious. Beautifully restored with a clear crisp remastered soundtrack, yet somehow just as damp, grimy and gritty as ever. A fantastic movie.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #624 Learn more »
  • Anatomy of a Murder (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Anatomy of a Murder

    Otto Preminger

    JustinDW: “Otto Preminger, James Stewart, Duke Ellington forever fused together via celluloid. Well that's a no-brainer.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #600 Learn more »
  • Harold and Maude (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Harold and Maude

    Hal Ashby

    JustinDW: “Many people think "cult movies" are only ones like Eraserhead, El Topo and Freaks. Harold and Maude shows what a wide spectrum cult actually has.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #608 Learn more »
  • F for Fake (Criterion DVD)

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    F for Fake

    Orson Welles

    JustinDW: “I love the actual movie, but the extras on Disc 2 are priceless. One of cinema's true geniuses, and maybe the greatest independent filmmaker ever.”

    DVD Spine #288 Learn more »
  • Breathless (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Breathless

    Jean-Luc Godard

    JustinDW: “I found the few Godard films I'd seen to be pretentious and incoherent. Little did I know his debut was a masterpiece of straightforward minimalism.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #408 Learn more »
  • Vampyr (Criterion DVD)

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    Vampyr

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    JustinDW: “One of the moodiest, creepiest and most beautiful movies I've seen. It deserves the epic treatment it received from Criterion!”

    DVD Spine #437 Learn more »
  • Seven Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Seven Samurai

    Akira Kurosawa

    JustinDW: “A phenomenal action adventure classic. Simple story told in the most grandiose fashion. Riveting. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #2 Learn more »
  • Godzilla (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Godzilla

    Ishiro Honda

    JustinDW: “One of the all time greatest monster movies (maybe second only to King Kong). Given the Criterion treatment, it knows no bounds.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #594 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 18:  Dušan Makavejev—Free Radical (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 18: Dušan Makavejev—Free Radical

    Dušan Makavejev

    JustinDW: “Fascinating, funny and tragic exercises in cinema verite filmmaking. Who knew bare buns and a lesson in strudel-making could be so profound?”

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  • Che (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Che

    Steven Soderbergh

    JustinDW: “An amazing, epic and shockingly neutral chronicle of the rise and fall of an iconic figure in contemporary history.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #496 Learn more »
  • Equinox (Criterion DVD)

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    Equinox

    Jack Woods

    JustinDW: “The home movie every 70s monster fan wished they had made. A definitive cult movie, with great stop motion effects and Herb Tarlek before WKRP.”

    DVD Spine #338 Learn more »
  • Peeping Tom (Criterion DVD)

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    Peeping Tom

    Michael Powell

    JustinDW: “Creepy, twisted and devastatingly clever. One of the best movies about cinema and mental illness ever made. A warped masterpiece.”

    DVD Spine #58 Learn more »
  • Dazed and Confused (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Dazed and Confused

    Richard Linklater

    JustinDW: “I'll never forget the night my friends and I went to see it. We wound up driving around the city for hours we were so wound up. Pure entertainment.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #336 Learn more »
  • Kicking and Screaming (Criterion DVD)

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    Kicking and Screaming

    Noah Baumbach

    JustinDW: “Watched this movie on cable multiple times. It was like watching a documentary about me and my friends during those few years when we didn't do shit.”

    DVD Spine #349 Learn more »
  • Black Moon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Black Moon

    Louis Malle

    JustinDW: “I have no idea what the hell this movie is about, but I love it. Malle goes for pure surrealism and throws convention to the wind. Breathtaking.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #571 Learn more »
  • Zazie dans le métro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Zazie dans le métro

    Louis Malle

    JustinDW: “Who directed this movie? Louis Malle or Chuck Jones? A wonderful surreal-slapstick masterpiece. Brilliant.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #570 Learn more »
  • Videodrome (Criterion DVD)

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    Videodrome

    David Cronenberg

    JustinDW: “This sci-fi/horror/satire is arguably Cronenberg's masterpiece. Who knew Marshall Mcluhan-inspired surrealism would be this grotesque?”

    DVD Spine #248 Learn more »
  • Häxan (Criterion DVD)

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    Häxan

    Benjamin Christensen

    JustinDW: “Amazing sensuality, sacrilege and explicitness for its day. How did Christensen get away with it? Oh, yeah. He didn't.”

    DVD Spine #134 Learn more »
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion DVD)

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Terry Gilliam

    JustinDW: “A brilliant achievement in surreal cinema that makes drug use simultaneously look fun and horrifying. Demented, twisted and, unfortunately, truthful.”

    DVD Spine #175 Learn more »
  • Eyes Without a Face (Criterion DVD)

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    Eyes Without a Face

    Georges Franju

    JustinDW: “Edith Scob conveys such amazing emotion and heartache through just her eyes and voice you forget she's wearing a mask. An astonishing horror film.”

    DVD Spine #260 Learn more »
  • Blood for Dracula (Criterion DVD)

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    Blood for Dracula

    Paul Morrissey

    JustinDW: “My copy is signed by Paul Morrissey, Udo Kier and Stefania Casini. Mr. Dallesandro, where are you?”

    DVD Spine #28 Learn more »
  • Pandora’s Box (Criterion DVD)

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    Pandora’s Box

    Georg Wilhelm Pabst

    JustinDW: “G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks were perhaps the greatest ever director and actor team. Easily in my top 10 films. Beautiful, haunting, moving. ”

    DVD Spine #358 Learn more »
  • Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion DVD)

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    JustinDW: “This notorious nightmare movie requires multiple viewings just to get past the gag reflex. I don't think I need to see it in high def.”

    DVD Spine #17 Learn more »
  • Gimme Shelter (Criterion DVD)

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    Gimme Shelter

    David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

    JustinDW: “Perhaps the only concert movie that would make a great double feature with Last House on the Left.”

    DVD Spine #99 Learn more »
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion DVD)

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jonathan Demme

    JustinDW: “Great thriller. Gritty, creepy, brutal... not what I was expecting from Jonathan Demme. ”

    DVD Spine #13 Learn more »
  • Rashomon (Criterion DVD)

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    Rashomon

    Akira Kurosawa

    JustinDW: “Another movie to which I was first introduced at film school. Definitely a case to be made for Kurosawa as best filmmaker of all time. ”

    DVD Spine #138 Learn more »
  • Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Island of Lost Souls

    Erle C. Kenton

    JustinDW: “Rough around the edges and yet somehow perfect. A remarkably macabre and cruel atmosphere for its time and astonishing make up effects for all time.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #586 Learn more »
  • The Rules of the Game (Criterion DVD)

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    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    JustinDW: “Blind bought this after receiving an out-of-print notification from Criterion. A good decision. Great film.”

    DVD Spine #216 Learn more »
  • Antichrist (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Antichrist

    Lars von Trier

    JustinDW: “Not usually a Von Trier fan, but this freak show is just too wonderfully creepy to resist.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #542 Learn more »
  • Repulsion (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Repulsion

    Roman Polanski

    JustinDW: “Another surreal and intensely creepy horror movie. Is there a pattern here?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #483 Learn more »
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Criterion DVD)

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    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    Fritz Lang

    JustinDW: “What an amazing film. German expressionism morphs into film noir before your eyes. And simply a great crime thriller. Don't mess with Mabuse! ”

    DVD Spine #231 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion DVD)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    JustinDW: “Bergman. Film school staple. Don't let it fool you. Far from the cinematic equivalent of Beowulf. A dark, macabre masterpiece with a touch of Poe.”

    DVD Spine #11 Learn more »
  • 8½ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Federico Fellini

    JustinDW: “One of the most uplifting endings for filmmakers, and the journey there is a fascinating ride jam packed with satire, surrealism and love of cinema.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #140 Learn more »
  • This Is Spinal Tap (Criterion DVD)

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Rob Reiner

    JustinDW: “Got this as a Christmas present years ago. Only recently did I find out it is quite the collector's item!”

    DVD Spine #12 Learn more »
  • Closely Watched Trains (Criterion DVD)

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    Closely Watched Trains

    Jiří Menzel

    JustinDW: “Quirky, hypnotic, offbeat, oddball, funny, tragic, and the best damn butt-stamping scene ever committed to film.”

    DVD Spine #131 Learn more »
  • Grand Illusion (Criterion DVD)

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    Grand Illusion

    Jean Renoir

    JustinDW: “I saw this in film school and found it to be profoundly moving. It's strangely appropriate that Spine #1 is the first Criterion DVD I bought!”

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  • Blow Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Blow Out

    Brian De Palma

    JustinDW: “The scene in which John Travolta runs in slow motion through the crowd is possibly the most gut-wrenching sequence ever filmed. Devastating ending.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #562 Learn more »
  • Crumb (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Crumb

    Terry Zwigoff

    JustinDW: “One of the most fascinating biographical documentaries I've seen. Once it starts, you can't stop watching.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #533 Learn more »
  • The Night of the Hunter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Night of the Hunter

    Charles Laughton

    JustinDW: “Southern gothic masterpiece. Robert Mitchum's performance falls somewhere between bravura and psychotic. Lillian Gish? One tough old broad. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #541 Learn more »
  • The Red Balloon (Janus Films DVD)

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    The Red Balloon

    Albert Lamorisse

    JustinDW: “This movie made me cry when I saw a 16mm print projected in my grammar school gymnasium. When I saw this on Criterion I had to pick it up.”

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