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  • A cornerstone in the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.

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    Pickpocket (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    15 Jul 2014

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    David MacDonald: “One of the best new covers they've done in a while.”

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    Scanners (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    15 Jul 2014

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  • Erik Skjoldbjærg’s chilling procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial killer fictions, and features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.

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    Insomnia (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    22 Jul 2014

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  • After the shocking suicide of their friend, a group of thirtysomethings reunite for his funeral and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.

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    The Big Chill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    29 Jul 2014

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  • French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world. Demy launched his glorious feature filmmaking career in the sixties, a decade of astonishing invention in his national cinema.

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    The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    22 Jul 2014

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  • A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.

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    A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    24 Jun 2014

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  • This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema.

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    Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    17 Jun 2014

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  • A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis’s landmark 1974 documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronted the United States’ involvement in Vietnam at the height of the controversy that surrounded it.

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    Hearts and Minds (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    17 Jun 2014

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  • Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.

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    Judex (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    17 Jun 2014

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  • The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise, L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon).

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    L’eclisse (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    10 Jun 2014

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  • A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

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    All That Heaven Allows (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    10 Jun 2014

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  • Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure.

    Added 02/19/2014
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    27 May 2014

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  • No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart Red River.

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    Red River (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    27 May 2014

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  • Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful Close-up and Certified Copy in its engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart.

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    Like Someone in Love (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    20 May 2014

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  • 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.

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    Ace in the Hole (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    6 May 2014

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  • The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the straitlaced law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany.

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    Il sorpasso (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    29 Apr 2014

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  • Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary.

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    Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    22 Apr 2014

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  • 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.

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    Master of the House (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    22 Apr 2014

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  • Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence.

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    Breaking the Waves (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    15 Apr 2014

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  • Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.

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    The Great Beauty (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Mar 2014

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  • By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry.

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    Persona (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Mar 2014

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  • Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student.

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    The Freshman (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Mar 2014

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  • The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.

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    The Hidden Fortress (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    18 Mar 2014

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  • Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs.

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    A Brief History of Time (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    18 Mar 2014

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  • This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

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    Tess (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Feb 2014

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  • This evocative period piece, faithfully adapted from the A. E. Hotchner memoir, is among the versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films.

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    King of the Hill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Feb 2014

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  • A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family in a new foxhole in a beautiful tree—directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist.

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    18 Feb 2014

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  • A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces.

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    Foreign Correspondent (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    18 Feb 2014

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  • Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession.

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    Jules and Jim (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    4 Feb 2014

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  • Suffused with both enchantment and melancholy, this autobiographical film takes on the perspective of a quiet, lonely boy growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s.

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    The Long Day Closes (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    28 Jan 2014

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  • This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.

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    La vie de bohème (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    21 Jan 2014

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  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast.

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    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    21 Jan 2014

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  • The revered American auteur Michael Mann burst out of the gate with his bold artistic sensibility fully formed with Thief, his first theatrical feature.

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    Thief (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    14 Jan 2014

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  • A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan.

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    Throne of Blood (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    7 Jan 2014

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  • This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital.

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    Nashville (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    3 Dec 2013

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  • The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (a commanding Gian Maria Volonté) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed.

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    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    3 Dec 2013

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  • A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu.

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    Tokyo Story (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    19 Nov 2013

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  • Greta Gerwig is radiant as Frances, a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her intimate but shifting bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner).

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    Frances Ha (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    12 Nov 2013

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  • Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel.

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    La notte (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    29 Oct 2013

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  • A pair of siblings from London (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price—and soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave.

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    The Uninvited (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    22 Oct 2013

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  • Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic.

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    I Married a Witch (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance.

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    The Earrings of Madame de . . .  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot.

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    To Be or Not to Be (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules.

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    Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (Eclipse DVD)

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  • 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.

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    The Ice Storm (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center.

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    Lord of the Flies (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • This epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

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    The Life of Oharu (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London.

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    Life Is Sweet (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • In Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life

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    Richard III  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • A winner of Academy Awards for best foreign-language film and best costume design, Gate of Hell is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work from Teinosuke Kinugasa.

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    Gate of Hell (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • These are unforgettable depictions of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional.

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    Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Eclipse DVD)

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  • 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.

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  • With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A Man Escaped.

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  • Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

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    Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin would term cinéma verité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France.

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    Chronicle of a Summer (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    David MacDonald: “It's great to see that Criterion listens to their fans. Some months ago they asked us which movie we wanted upgraded next, and this was the #1 answer.”

    Added 10/19/2012
    Brazil (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • This fleet and gripping film is the first of the early thrillers the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, made during the fertile phase of his career spent at the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • The Tin Drum, is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.

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  • These three independent films showed off Samuel Fuller’s genre diversity, gutter wit, and subversive force, and pointed the way to a controversial career in studio moviemaking.

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    Eclipse Series 5:  The First Films of Samuel Fuller (Eclipse DVD)

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  • In The Forgiveness of Blood, American director Joshua Marston turns his camera on another corner of the world: contemporary northern Albania, a place still troubled by the ancient custom of interfamilial blood feuds.

    Added 07/16/2012
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