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    For twenty-four hours starting today at noon EST, all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs will be 50% off the suggested retail price (SRP). Just enter the promotional code FLASH on your shopping cart page and click on UPDATE CART to apply the discount. The code expires at noon tomorrow, September 25, so don’t delay!

    If you need some help deciding what to buy (and have two and a half minutes), check out this video by Jonathan Keogh, which features 637 films from the collection, each in the blink of an eye.

23 comments

  • By zensolo
    September 24, 2012
    12:30 PM

    Umm-- could you work on a slomo edit sometime? ;)
    Reply
  • By ggfanjase
    September 24, 2012
    12:58 PM

    Haha killer! I saw this weeks ago and it's just as mesmerizing. He must be so flattered to have this posted here, I know I would.
    Reply
  • By Brian
    September 24, 2012
    01:48 PM

    I'm trying to stray away from buying more movies, and this sale is just bringing me back to the habit.
    Reply
    • By twballew
      September 24, 2012
      03:52 PM

      Same boat, man... I would say resist, but go for it!
  • By arvesda
    September 24, 2012
    03:52 PM

    I can buy out of print titles?!
    Reply
  • By FiveInches
    September 24, 2012
    04:36 PM

    The clip description, for those not computer savvy enough to find it: This video is a series of over 600 clips from over 600 different films from The Criterion Collection library as of September 1st, 2012. There are no repeats, each film is represented by one clip each, in numerical order by Spine number. It begins with Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (spine #1) and ends (technically), with the currently announced release of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" (spine #636). I have not included any of the Janus Art House or Eclipse series, just the straight up Criterions. The last shot is from one of the most famous films ever made, and is an Essential Art House release, but needed to be in the montage...so this is 637 different films in under 2 1/2 minutes. One minor issue is the placements of the films "Downhill Racer" (spine #494), "Secret of the Grain" (spine #527) and "Underworld" of the Josef Von Sternberg trilogy (spine #529). The clips were lost and I was too pleased with the layout of the clips to return them to there chronological order, so they appear after "A Hollis Frampton Odyssey" (spine #607). I did not want to change any of the aspect ratios, so the video should be presented in a 4:3 ratio. This is to honor the diligent efforts of the Criterion Collection, who have devoted decades to restoring, preserving and exposing some of the greatest cinema the world has to offer. If you're not familiar with them, I urge you to check them out and take a look at 637 of the most incredible images cinema has ever displayed, courtesy of The Collection. To follow the ordinance of the films, you can see the complete list of films at www.criterion.com. "Music For A Found Harmonium" performed by Patrick Street. Enjoy....
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    • By Craig J. Clark
      September 25, 2012
      12:01 PM

      I'd like to compliment you on the choice of music. I'm a big Penguin Cafe Orchestra fan and this was a fine cover version.
  • By Cody A.
    September 24, 2012
    04:50 PM

    I'm guessing preorders count as "out of stock". Theres a couple I've been waiting to buy.
    Reply
  • By JaninthePan
    September 24, 2012
    06:21 PM

    Joel, the animated skeleton scene is from House (Hausu). You can find it here: http://www.criterion.com/films/27523-house
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  • By Garry W.
    September 24, 2012
    06:36 PM

    I can't post to the UK.?! It's because of Danny Boyle 'directing' the opening Olympics ceremony isn't it? I'm going to protest by throwing cases of Criterion DVDs in to Plymouth harbour!!!!
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  • By Niels V.
    September 24, 2012
    10:24 PM

    Am I the only one to notice that the sale is actually not 50% off? I wanted to purchase Paul Fejos' Lonesome, which is $23.96 at full price. After the Flash "50%" discount, the DVD comes at $14.97. Perhaps Criterion needs to take some math classes?
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    • By Gord
      September 25, 2012
      05:03 AM

      I paid $40 for that in town so stop complaining and take that very good deal dude! : )
    • By Charlie C.
      September 25, 2012
      11:16 AM

      It's 50% SRP, which is Suggested Retail, which is $29.95. So it *IS* 50%. But warning - you can apparently only use the FLASH coupon once - I forgot 3, tried to buy, and it didn't work. Still waiting to hear why.
  • By Zappafan
    September 25, 2012
    02:03 AM

    If it says back order is it still 50 percent off? Criterion, will you consider still offering 50 percent off Even if it says backorder. Pleeeease....
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    • By Gord
      September 25, 2012
      05:01 AM

      It's those extra 3 Es that'll do it.
  • By Mark S.
    September 24, 2013
    12:12 PM

    Sorry! This code is no longer active.
    Reply
    • By Cleveen D.
      September 24, 2013
      03:08 PM

      I'm getting the same thing ._.
    • By Gord
      September 24, 2013
      03:39 PM

      What?! Did I miss another "flash sale"? Or are you talking about the year old code? In which case...whaaaaaa?