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How to Get Your Citizen Kane Blu⁠-⁠ray Disc 1 Replaced
How to Get Your Citizen Kane Blu⁠-⁠ray Disc 1 Replaced

We discovered this weekend that there is a problem with Blu-ray disc 1 in all of our Citizen Kane editions that affects the contrast in the feature film. We’ll be making replacements available to all of our customers!

Menace II Society: The Truth Hurts
Menace II Society: The Truth Hurts

With the candor and rage of many hip-hop albums of the nineties, the Hughes brothers’ controversial debut feature depicts Watts as a pitiless urban war zone with no exit.

By Craig D. Lindsey

Uncut Gems: “Taking It to the Rack”
Uncut Gems: “Taking It to the Rack”

The Safdie brothers explore money, basketball, and racial tensions in this manic tale of a New York City jewelry dealer’s existential meltdown.

By J. Hoberman

Citizen Kane: The Once and Future Kane
Citizen Kane: The Once and Future Kane

Modern in conception but postmodern in effect, the film hailed by many as the greatest ever made has been the subject of cinephilic passion and intense critical analysis since its release in 1941.

By Bilge Ebiri

“It Might Be You” Brings Tootsie’s Queer Potential to the Surface

Songbook

“It Might Be You” Brings Tootsie’s Queer Potential to the Surface

In the context of Sydney Pollack’s gender-crossing comedy, the mellow love theme sung by Stephen Bishop suggests that the plenitude of romantic possibility has the power to break down social boundaries.

By Karen Tongson

Fatal Attraction: Women on the Serial-Killer Movies That Thrill Them
Fatal Attraction: Women on the Serial-Killer Movies That Thrill Them

Six writers confront their fascination with films about murderers, including the true-crime shocker Angst, the quasi-documentary Landscape Suicide, and the erotic thriller In the Cut.

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films: Past Master
Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films: Past Master

Tsui Hark’s epic martial-arts saga revolutionized Hong Kong cinema by presenting a complex portrait of modern Chinese history and setting a gold standard in action choreography.

By Maggie Lee

Life of a Legend: A Brief History of Wong Fei-hung On-Screen
Life of a Legend: A Brief History of Wong Fei-hung On-Screen

Starting with his first movie, in 1949, the Cantonese folk hero became a pop-culture phenomenon whose personality evolved to suit the times.

By Grady Hendrix

The Gleaners and I and I

First Person

The Gleaners and I and I

The author of the acclaimed book Pop Song came to her love of cinema—including the work of Agnès Varda—by trying to watch her partner’s favorite films through his eyes.

By Larissa Pham

Colin Quinn’s Closet Picks
Colin Quinn’s Closet Picks

The veteran New York comedian selects some of his favorite films, including a handful that capture his hometown through the decades.

Mothers and Daughters: A Conversation with Mariana Saffon
Mothers and Daughters: A Conversation with Mariana Saffon

The director of the award-winning short Between You and Milagros, now playing on the Criterion Channel, talks about her personal connection to the film’s portrait of tense familial bonds.

By Beatrice Loayza

10 Things I Learned: The Incredible Shrinking Man
10 Things I Learned: The Incredible Shrinking Man

The producer of our edition of this existentialist sci-fi classic shares what she learned about the film’s eye-popping special effects and its vibrant cast (including feline screen star Orangey).

By Susan Arosteguy

Video

Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life
Inside Criterion  – 13 Sep 2021