Grethiwha’s Collection (39)

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

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    Ace in the Hole

    Billy Wilder

    Grethiwha: “Nobody writes dialogue like this; amid classic Hollywood directors BW is unequaled. This, perhaps his darkest film, marks the last of my faves on blu.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #396 Learn more »
  • Throne of Blood (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Throne of Blood

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “Top-rate Kurosawa. Mifune in his most intense performance. A badass Criterion release.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #190 Learn more »
  • Monsieur Verdoux (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Monsieur Verdoux

    Charles Chaplin

    Grethiwha: “My favourite Chaplin film! Who knew he could be so dark? These were not modern times; they were the dark ages, barbarous and cruel.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #652 Learn more »
  • Burden of Dreams (Criterion DVD)

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    Burden of Dreams

    Les Blank

    Grethiwha: “The lengths Herzog goes to to realize his films is ridiculous, and never is that more evident than the chaotic behind-the-scenes for Fitzcarraldo.”

    DVD Spine #287 Learn more »
  • Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

    Grethiwha: “This series is so consistently great it's ridiculous. This is a dream boxset.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #679 Learn more »
  • Tokyo Story (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Tokyo Story

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Grethiwha: “Ozu's simple, gentle style of directing is here at its most effective and affecting. This is his masterpiece.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #217 Learn more »
  • City Lights (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    City Lights

    Charles Chaplin

    Grethiwha: “Where The Gold Rush is probably Chaplin's funniest film, City Lights is his sweetest.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #680 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Grethiwha: “Kobayashi is amazing, yet so many of his films have long been unavailable. These aren't his best, but are great films I'm ecstatic to've finally seen.”

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  • The Life of Oharu (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Life of Oharu

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    Grethiwha: “From those I've seen I conclude that KM has 3 masterpieces. With 2 on blu this year, I'm a happy fan. To top it off, how bout a upgrade of my fave? ;)”

    Blu-Ray Spine #664 Learn more »
  • The Gold Rush (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Gold Rush

    Charles Chaplin

    Grethiwha: “Chaplin's funniest film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #615 Learn more »
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    David Fincher

    Grethiwha: “Even without the fancy case and booklet... oh how I wish every blu-ray I bought at an HMV 2-for-20 sale was this satisfying. A magical film to boot.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #476 Learn more »
  • Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Sansho the Bailiff

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    Grethiwha: “Masterpiece. Perhaps the saddest of all jidaigeki films.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #386 Learn more »
  • Three Outlaw Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Outlaw Samurai

    Hideo Gosha

    Grethiwha: “Gosha's the director of some of the most badass samurai films in the genre, but it's actually this – his first film, remarkably – that's my favourite.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #596 Learn more »
  • Three Colors (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Colors

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Grethiwha: “B is great, but I LOVE W & R. Don't concern yourself too deeply with the liberté/égalité/fraternité thing. Just enjoy them for their immediate beauty.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #587 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 7:  Postwar Kurosawa (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 7: Postwar Kurosawa

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “I Live in Fear is one of Kurosawa's best. There are some must-own gems in here. Recommended, since I can't see these "lesser" films coming to Blu-ray.”

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  • Eclipse Series 23:  The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “The SS films remind me of the first 2 Zatoichi movies – the rise & continued adventures of a folk hero. Not must-own, but those & TMWTotTT are great.”

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  • The Night of the Hunter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Night of the Hunter

    Charles Laughton

    Grethiwha: “Mitchum plays one of the all-time great villains. Further, the film noir visual style has never looked so stunning (or scary) as it does in this film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #541 Learn more »
  • Diabolique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Diabolique

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Grethiwha: “Suspense that easily rivals the very best of Hitchcock. And I have to say, I think this has my favourite cover art in the Criterion Collection.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #35 Learn more »
  • Rashomon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rashomon

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “The idea here threatens to overshadow the film's actual resonance. A lesser 'art film' director would let it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #138 Learn more »
  • Branded to Kill (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Branded to Kill

    Seijun Suzuki

    Grethiwha: “Like a Bond film but with no exposition or sense of time and space. A ludicrously entertaining film whether you do or don't make any sense out of it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #38 Learn more »
  • Shock Corridor (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Shock Corridor

    Samuel Fuller

    Grethiwha: “The nonchalance of the insane as the Pulitzer-obsessed reporter himself descends into madness is ceaselessly amusing.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #19 Learn more »
  • Fanny and Alexander Box Set (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fanny and Alexander Box Set

    Ingmar Bergman

    Grethiwha: “The last half hour (before the epilogue) has a mesmerizing, dream-like quality that no other film I've seen compares to.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #261 Learn more »
  • Being John Malkovich (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Being John Malkovich

    Spike Jonze

    Grethiwha: “The concept for this movie is hilariously silly, and yet it's astoundingly well realized and developed. This is an incredibly fun and inventive film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #611 Learn more »
  • House (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    House

    Nobuhiko Obayashi

    Grethiwha: “Just about the most insane film I've ever seen, second only to the brilliant "The Happiness of the Katakuris". Oh Japan, I love you.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #539 Learn more »
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    Nagisa Oshima

    Grethiwha: “Initially a curiosity because of my love of DB, but I've grown to love it for how intensely the image of TK at the end has been etched into my brain.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #535 Learn more »
  • Ikiru (Essential Art House DVD)

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    Ikiru

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “If I have a tear in my eye throughout most of the film, it's not because it's depressing, exactly, but sentimental in all of the most effective ways.”

    DVD Spine #221 Learn more »
  • The Hidden Fortress (Essential Art House DVD)

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    The Hidden Fortress

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “A true adventure film! The bickering peasant characters are hilarious. This is probably Kurosawa's most purely entertaining movie. It's so good!”

    DVD Spine #116 Learn more »
  • Floating Weeds (Essential Art House DVD)

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    Floating Weeds

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Grethiwha: “A blind buy. I don't do that often because I'm usually disappointed. But this movie was quite good. It reminded me of playing Pokémon for some reason.”

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  • Sanjuro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Sanjuro

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “This movie is actually quite funny, as well as being thoroughly well-crafted and entertaining. And then there's that final scene... A great film!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #53 Learn more »
  • Yojimbo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Yojimbo

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “I saw "A Fistful of Dollars" first and didn't like Yojimbo as much. But after seeing it a second time, I like them both about equally. Both are great!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #52 Learn more »
  • The Human Condition (Criterion DVD)

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    The Human Condition

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Grethiwha: “Probably the greatest movie ever made. Nakadai is fantastic. The character development, and how much you grow attached his character, is staggering.”

    DVD Spine #480 Learn more »
  • Kagemusha (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Kagemusha

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “Watched after Ran, it's an inferior film. But give it another chance. It's really incredible in it's own right, and even more visually spectacular.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #267 Learn more »
  • High and Low (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    High and Low

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “Not as great as the similar Kurosawa/Mifune gendaigeki, "The Bad Sleep Well", but still bloody fantastic. The later parts remind me of M.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #24 Learn more »
  • Harakiri (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Harakiri

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Grethiwha: “Most of it takes place in a single room, with mostly just talking, and yet it is somehow perhaps the most intense film I've ever seen.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #302 Learn more »
  • M (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    M

    Fritz Lang

    Grethiwha: “Though one of the first sound films ever, the sound design is some of the best and most memorable ever. It's insane how well this film has aged.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #30 Learn more »
  • Videodrome (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Videodrome

    David Cronenberg

    Grethiwha: “There is a scene where a man is whipping a pulsating TV set. The lady on the screen screams as he hits it. Enough said? Cronenberg's best movie!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #248 Learn more »
  • Seven Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Seven Samurai

    Akira Kurosawa

    Grethiwha: “This film transports you into a time and place in a way that is believable and appealing while it also effortlessly captures the sadness of that era.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #2 Learn more »
  • Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paris, Texas

    Wim Wenders

    Grethiwha: “The final monologue is the best, most heartbreaking ever. Harry Dean Stanton is incredible. The whole film is one of the most beautiful I've seen.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #501 Learn more »
  • Wings of Desire (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wings of Desire

    Wim Wenders

    Grethiwha: “My first Criterion edition! Beautiful and mesmerizing. Poetry in motion.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #490 Learn more »