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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.

    Added 03/15/2014
    Il sorpasso (Criterion DVD)

    29 Apr 2014

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $24.95

    Criterion Store price:$19.96

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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.

    Added 12/29/2013
    King of the Hill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Feb 2014

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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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.

    Added 12/17/2013
    The Great Beauty (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    25 Mar 2014

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “Seeing as I'm a waiter in the COC's excellent current production of La Boheme, I just have to get this. (Plus I love Kaurismäki.)”

    Added 10/17/2013
    La vie de bohème (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    21 Jan 2014

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Though little known outside of France, Jean Grémillon was a consummate filmmaker from his country’s golden age.

    Added 10/12/2013
    Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

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  • Pépé le moko is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him, and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police, until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life. Pépé le moko is a landmark of poetic realism.

    Added 10/12/2013
    Pépé le moko (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Before he left his mark on cinema forever with the revolutionary The Battle of Algiers, Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo directed this uncompromising World War II drama about a young Jewish woman (Susan Strasberg) in a Nazi concentration camp.

    Added 09/24/2013
    Kapò (Essential Art House DVD)

    Essential Art House DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $19.95

    Criterion Store price:$15.96

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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.

    Added 09/17/2013
    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    3 Dec 2013

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Director Alex Cox balances a bleak evocation of star-crossed love with surreal humor and genuine tenderness in this portrait of the brief, intense attachment of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

    Added 08/02/2013
    Sid & Nancy (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Out of Print
  • A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress.

    Added 06/24/2013
    Things to Come (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so stirred by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents.

    Added 06/17/2013
    3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    5 Discs

    SRP: $99.95

    Criterion Store price:$79.96

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  • Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir’s La bête humaine, a suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman, was one of the director’s greatest popular successes—and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen.

    Added 04/30/2013
    La bête humaine (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners.

    Added 04/24/2013
    The Rules of the Game (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • This selection of Rossellini’s history films presents Blaise Pascal, the three-part The Age of the Medici, and Cartesius—works that don’t just enliven the past but illuminate the ideas that brought us to where we are today.

    Added 04/14/2013
    Eclipse Series 14:  Rossellini’s History Films—Renaissance and Enlightenment (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

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  • Dazzlingly acted by Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Anthony Higgins, and Isabelle Adjani, Quartet is the story of a girl who, adrift with her feckless husband amidst the literati of glittering Paris in the 1920s, becomes entrapped by a rich and sybaritic English couple.

    Added 04/03/2013
    Quartet (Merchant Ivory DVD)

    Merchant Ivory DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Out of Print
  • A startling tale of heartbreak and violence set against the backdrop of bloody revolution, Volker Schlöndorff’s Coup de grâce is a powerful film that explores the interrelation of private passion and political commitment.

    Added 03/22/2013
    Coup de grâce (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.

    Added 03/08/2013
    The Music Room (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. Set to Kurt Weill’s irresistible score, this film remains a benchmark of early sound cinema.

    Added 03/04/2013
    The Threepenny Opera (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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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.

    Added 03/01/2013
    Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • In this beautifully shot, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw (played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford) to the train that will deliver him to prison.

    Added 02/15/2013
    3:10 to Yuma (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.

    Added 02/04/2013
    The Ballad of Narayama (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Koreyoshi Kurahara’s free-form approach to moviemaking was perfectly suited to the radical spirit of the 1960s, when he was one of the biggest hit makers working at the razzle-dazzle, youth-oriented Nikkatsu studios.

    Added 01/13/2013
    Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    5 Discs

    SRP: $69.95

    Criterion Store price:$55.96

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  • Alfonso Cuarón made his mark on Mexican cinema with the lightning-quick Sólo con tu pareja. Don Juan–ish yuppie Tomás Tomás spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can’t keep their names straight—until a spurned nurse gives him a taste of his own medicine.

    Added 01/08/2013
    Sólo con tu pareja (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noël Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema’s greatest writer-director collaborations.

    Added 01/01/2013
    David Lean Directs Noël Coward (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $99.95

    Criterion Store price:$79.96

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  • One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean’s Great Expectations brings Charles Dickens’s masterpiece to robust on-screen life.

    Added 01/01/2013
    Great Expectations (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Vienna-born, New York–raised Josef von Sternberg directed some of the most influential, extraordinarily stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. The titles in this collection, made on the cusp of the sound age, are three of Sternberg’s greatest works.

    Added 12/29/2012
    3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (Criterion DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

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  • Merchant Ivory’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, based on the novella by Carson McCullers and the play by Edward Albee, is both a grotesque black comedy and a prime slice of Southern Gothic set in a poverty-stricken rural community dominated by the curious, androgynous Miss Amelia.

    Added 12/24/2012
    The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Merchant Ivory DVD)

    Merchant Ivory DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $19.95

    Out of Print
  • Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.

    Added 12/18/2012
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • An inept Czech peasant is torn between greed and guilt when the Nazi-backed bosses of his town appoint him “Aryan controller” of an old Jewish widow’s button shop. Humor and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one cowardly man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime.

    Added 12/12/2012
    The Shop on Main Street (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • In these three films, something like social-realist farces, Kaurismäki surveys the working-class outcasts of his native Finland with detached yet disarming amusement.

    Added 12/12/2012
    Eclipse Series 12:  Aki Kaurismäki’s Proletariat Trilogy (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

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  • A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is
    a cautionary tale of science run amok, adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.

    Added 12/10/2012
    Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld. In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in Peter Yates’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

    Added 12/10/2012
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

    Added 11/04/2012
    The Human Condition (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    4 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

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  • Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello.

    Added 11/01/2012
    Belle de jour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “I cannot believe that I have added a Wes Anderson movie to my wish list... But now I'm keen to see it.”

    Added 10/22/2012
    The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.

    Added 10/16/2012
    Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “Kwaidan demands a Blu-Ray release. I will wait until then...”

    Added 10/13/2012
    Kwaidan (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind’s obsession with technological advancement has wreaked on our world.

    Added 09/26/2012
    The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

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  • Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman—plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule—Ryunosuke kills without remorse, without mercy. It’s a way of life that leads to madness.

    Added 08/29/2012
    The Sword of Doom (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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    Aleksi: “This gets better with each viewing -- always the sign of an enduring classic.”

    Added 02/25/2012
    The Wages of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “This looks very cool...”

    Added 01/13/2012
    A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “If I upgrade only one of my discs to BluRay, it's definitely this one (assuming 70mm transfer). (Oh how I wish you had the 155m director's cut!)”

    Added 01/05/2012
    Playtime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Out of Print
  • Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage with a fictional narrative, this immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity.

    Added 01/02/2012
    Overlord (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “One of my favorite movies, and one of the few films from the collection that I already own that I think is worth the upgrade to BluRay.”

    Added 01/02/2012
    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • After an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Cornel Wilde’s marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport. This stripped-to-the-bone narrative is a meditation on the notion of civilization.

    Added 12/24/2011
    The Naked Prey (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “I have it on VHS. Time for an upgrade...”

    Added 12/23/2011
    Pandora’s Box (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s Kes, concerns Billy, a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life.

    Added 12/14/2011
    Kes (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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    Aleksi: “Not my favorite Tarkovsky (can't decide whether that honor belongs to Mirror or Stalker), but hey -- Tarkovsky!”

    Added 12/09/2011
    Solaris (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • 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.

    Added 12/09/2011
    World on a Wire (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

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  • Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Andrzej Wajda’s powerful depiction of the ideological clash between the earthy, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extemist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Revolution.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Danton (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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