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JustinDW: “The Third Man is a favorite of mine. I've never seen anything else by Carol Reed. This film looks riveting.”
I Am Curious—Yellow, one of the most controversial films of all time, is presented here for the first time with its companion piece, I Am Curious—Blue. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both obscene and revolutionary.
JustinDW: “No other filmmaker could have gotten away with putting his own name in the title. A mesmerizing and sometimes goofy gem of cinematic weirdness.”
JustinDW: “I think the authors of Baked Potatoes: A Pot Smokers Guide to Film summed this one up perfectly as "a guaranteed bug out nightmare about rabbits."”
JustinDW: “One of the scariest, most unnerving films ever made. The sense of dread is like a hand around your throat until the chillingly ambiguous finale.”
JustinDW: “My introduction to Terry Gilliam and Monty Python was this PG-rated, shockingly violent mind-fuck. The ending still haunts me. What happened?”
This multilayered comedy from Sydney Pollack follows the elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who poses as a woman to get a soap opera gig.
JustinDW: “One of Capra's best, and two early examples of "natural" acting. No theatricality here, just two people bantering the way people really do.”
JustinDW: “A unique semi-documentary which showed the world that The Beatles were as brilliant at comedy as they were at music.”
Before he turned to the story of Joan of Arc, the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer fashioned this ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life.
JustinDW: “I've enjoyed all Malle's films, it will be interesting to see his documentations of Americana.”
JustinDW: “I've never seen this one. I'm a Rock Hudson fan, and Frankenheimer could make a solid thiller when he tried. Sounds riveting.”
John Cassavetes was a genius, a visionary, and the progenitor of American independent film, but that doesn’t begin to get at the generosity of his art.
At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price.
Criterion is proud to present these Dreyer masterpieces on DVD for the first time, with brand new digital transfers. Each is an intense exploration of the clash between individual desire and social expectations, with Dreyer’s famously perfectionist attention to detail shining throughout.
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him.
Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets.
With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls.
A scientist’s thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree.
One of the great cult classics, The Blob melds ’50s schlock sci-fi and teen delinquency pics even as it transcends these genres with strong performances and ingenious special effects. The Blob helped launch the careers of superstud Steve McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach.
JustinDW: “Hey, any Cronenberg worth owning is worth owning on Blu Ray.”
JustinDW: “Matthau was underused as a dramatic actor. Though Hopscotch is a comedy, it's edgy and dark and Matthau's razor sharp performance shows he knew it.”
JustinDW: “I'd watch this cast under the direction of Sidney Lumet do pretty much anything. I think this one is essential viewing.”
JustinDW: “Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Lorre working together is instant cinematic gold. Weird and creepy gold, but gold nonetheless. ”
A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors.
Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance.
JustinDW: “Never seen this movie, but I've wanted to see it for years. I have not yet been disappointed by any Criterion I've blind bought, so...”
In 1967 and 1968, the company created four certifiably batty, low-budget fantasies, tales haunted by watery ghosts, plagued by angry insects, and stalked by aliens—including one in the form of a giant chicken-lizard.
JustinDW: “A wondrous, beautiful and often hilarious satire which, in its uncut form, is one of the most disturbing movies ever made.”
JustinDW: “This beautiful, haunting and macabre tale is both a tragic love story and creepy ghost story with more than a small dash of Edgar Allan Poe.”
JustinDW: “Just reading about the opening scene makes me want to own this movie. It sounds fascinating.”
A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, Eating Raoul marked the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack.
JustinDW: “I call them "disasterpieces." Exorcist II, Dune, Ishtar, Explorers, 1941 and this. The 70s and 80s were a breeding ground for visionary excess. ”
JustinDW: “A twisted, surreal, Kafkaesque nightmare that turns the genre of the paranoid thriller inside out.”
JustinDW: “This movie introduced me to the warped world of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. ”
JustinDW: “I find Robert Downey Sr to be a fascinating talker. I imagine his writing is equally fascinating. ”
JustinDW: “Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains is one of my favorite movies, so this set is definitely peaking my interest. ”
What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions) in his surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism.
Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, maverick director Robert Altman’s Short Cuts interweaves the lives of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles.
Starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, Missing is political filmmaker extraordinaire Costa-Gavras’s compelling, controversial dramatization of the search for American filmmaker and journalist Charles Horman, who mysteriously disappeared during the 1973 coup in Chile.
JustinDW: “An emotionally shattering, beautiful and moving piece of cinematic art, and it's all so simple.”
Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines.
Thanks to perhaps the most indelible character in Akira Kurosawa’s oeuvre, Yojimbo surpassed even Seven Samurai in popularity when it was released. Made one year later, Sanjuro matches _Yojimbo_’s storytelling dexterity, and brings the duo to a thrilling and unforgettable conclusion.
Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses.
Terrence Malick’s visionary adaptation of James Jones’s 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal is one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence.
JustinDW: “I've always wanted to see this movie, but I'd blind-buy the Criterion edition just for super cool cover art.”
This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list.
Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness.
JustinDW: “I love this movie, which is odd, as it is the only Wes Anderson movie I've seen that I didn't hate.”
Robinson Crusoe on Mars tells the story of U.S. astronaut Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee), who must fight for survival when his spaceship crash-lands on the barren waste of Mars, a pet monkey his only companion.
Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, this extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. This is a haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization.
On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea. This is cinema’s subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.
The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society.
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard).
Peter Lorre stars as serial killer Hans Beckert in Fritz Lang’s harrowing masterwork M, a suspenseful panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, a young woman finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure while traveling across Europe by train. The Lady Vanishes remains one of the master filmmaker’s purest delights.
Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterwork as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.