• “It’s hard to imagine The Leopard looking much better on home video than it does in the new high-definition version,” writes Dave Kehr in the New York Times this week. What he’s referring to, of course, is Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of Luchino Visconti’s opulent epic, available today. In his in-depth review, Kehr guides us through the 1963 film’s long history of restoration and rediscovery, before taking a closer look at the movie itself, which he calls the director’s “last great work,” concluding, “Visconti achieves a near-perfect balance of personal drama and historical perspective.”

    For more on this masterpiece, see the Los Angeles Times, DVD Talk, and Blu-ray.com (which calls it “a prime contender for a Blu-ray release of the year”).

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