Favorite Criterion DVDs/Blu-rays

by Daniel W.

Created 10/21/12

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Simply put, My favorite movies on Criterion. Also, Criterion needs to start putting animated films in the collection. The Richard Williams cut of The Thief and the Cobbler and Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg are good places to start.

  • Seven Samurai was my first Criterion purchase (3 disc edition). Seven Samurai is the best screen epic ever made and has never been out done in my opinion. This was my introduction to Kurosawa and all of his movies deserve a blu-ray release. And of course how could you go wrong with having the 25 films box set? All of his movies, (including Dreams, Dersu Uzala and Rhapsody in August) deserve a spot in the collection.

  • To me Wes Anderson can do no wrong (at least he hasn't done so yet). All of his movies are awesome. I love the way he balances comedy and genuine drama. His films are truly unique. Glad to see Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom in the collection. Now for Grand Budapest Hotel.

  • Gilliam's best. Don't have much to say about this one. Everything has already been said in my opinion. Let's move on.

  • These two films are my favorite action movies ever (along with Die Hard). Too bad Michael Bay never repeated the success of The Rock. Oh well. Say what you will about his other films, but The Rock is really one of the better examples of the Action movie genre. As for Hard Boiled, this the best. What is cooler than Chow Yun Fat blowing away bad guys in a hospital?

  • Where do you even begin when talking about Tarkovsky? He has produced some of the most spiritual films I have ever seen and yet they leave me wanting more. Oh well, we need to treasure the films of his we have. They need to reprint Andrei Rublev on blu-ray and they need The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice on Criterion.

  • The best thing that Python has ever made. Sharply written and the humor about religious hysteria is spot on. Too bad all comedies can't be this funny.

  • I love Fincher's work. I'm glad they put The Game back in and I personally loved Benjamin Button (I saw it twice in theaters). Here's hoping he continues to be awesome.

  • These three films were my introduction to Ingmar Bergman. Since then, I have seen a lot. Even though I love them all, my absolute favorite is Fanny and Alexander.

  • I was having a marathon with my brother watching old black and white movies. This was easily the stand out. Everything in this movie is perfect. Enough said.

  • How can you go wrong with this one? It's a classic monster movie up there with King Kong. I have hope for the upcoming remake. It already looks a billion times better than that terrible 1998 movie?

  • Del Toro is awesome. This movie marks the only vampire story that I love. I hope criterion will release The Devil's Backbone on blu-ray

  • I cannot believe that Criterion lost the rights to this. This deserves a Criterion blu-ray. Oh well, this is truly a masterpiece. The attack on Hidetora's Castle is probably the best battle scene I have ever seen.

  • What can I say? Nolan is the man!

  • "I would love to chat, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

  • Gotta love Robert Mitchum.

  • Do I even need to say how cool this film is?

  • He He He. What fun!

  • I wish we could get a Criterion Blu-ray of this movie. I even wouldn't mind a Criterion blu ray of the Wild Bunch.

  • Ingmar Bergman is so awesome. I like how he examines issues that could happen to all of us. All of his films that I have seen so far are great.

  • Even when I don't understand all the humor in this film, I still love it. My older brother introduced me to this film. He worked in the music industry and so this is a classic to him. I wish I could get the Criterion DVD of this with the two good commentaries. The in-character commentary by the cast on the non-criterion dvd is annoying.

  • All I can say is that I'm glad I rented this on one of my bad days. This one was a joy and a worthy addition to my personal collection.

  • This is a movie that I really felt hit home with me. Something similar happened between my mother and my grandmother. It felt almost as if this movie were really real. Just a great film.

  • I saw this and The Complete Metropolis back to back one day. What fun!!!!

  • I love seeing the first films by famous directors. I'm glad I picked this one up.

  • I think this is my favorite Fritz Lang movie. We need a blu-ray of this one.

  • Yes!!!! This is another Gilliam film on Criterion blu-ray. I can't wait to own this one. I hope The Fisher King or Tideland will follow soon.

  • More Bergman on blu-ray please!!!!!!

  • del Toro is awesome. I was really hoping for this title. Glad to see it will be in the collection.

  • It is so cool I don't even know where to begin.

  • This movie is nuts!!!!!! I heard one of my friends describe it as the Japanese Evil Dead 2. I couldn't agree more.

  • It is hard to believe that at one point I did not like Stanley Kubrick at all. At the insistence of my friends and family, I looked at all of them again. Of his films in the collection, Paths of Glory is the best (although I really like the Killing. I like Spartacus even if it doesn't quite feel like a Kubrick film). That does not mean I like everything he made. I didn't care for Lolita. Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange are among his best. Barry Lyndon was a bore. The Shining was OK. Full Metal Jacket was awesome. But I really did not like Eyes Wide Shut. On the whole, Kubrick was awesome.

  • Not a Paul Verhoeven fan, but this and Total Recall are fun. I was surprised how funny Robocop was too. The remake is going to suck. I can just tell.

  • These are classics for a reason. These (along with many other movies in the collection) are required viewing for film buffs everywhere!

  • This really hit home with me.

  • Just beautiful!!!! This really needs a blu-ray right now!!!!!

  • Although this is not my favorite John Woo film from his Hong Kong days, this still rocks! I badly need to get a criterion DVD of this bad boy. The shoot out in the church is so cool. I wonder if it was inspired by the ending of The Wild Bunch...

  • I never expected to like this movie at all. Wait scratch that. I love this film! This is a powerful film about dissatisfied people. David Thewlis is amazing in this movie. My favorite Mike Leigh film.

  • This is one of my favorite drama/comedies. A great work of art about creating art. Mike Leigh is one of my favorite directors.

  • More Mike Leigh in the Criterion Collection please!!!!!!

  • HOLY CRAP!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!! An animated film in the collection at last! The first since Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira on Laserdisc in the 90's. How fitting it be a Wes Anderson film. Thank you Criterion! I really hope they don't stop here. Here's hoping that Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg or even the Richard Williams' cut of The Thief and the Cobbler make their way to being in the collection.

  • I admit to having a huge crush on Irene Jacob after watching this film. I just love this film.

  • This is an odd film even for Bergman. I still don't quite know what it is all about. But this is a great film and a great addition to the Criterion Collection.

  • I was a bit late in the game as a film buff getting to view this one, but I can see why it's a classic. It is now one of my favorites.

  • Clouzot was a new discovery for me about a year ago. Both movies had me "on the edge of my seat." I had a blast watching these

  • I never thought I would actually cry at the end. Truly one of a kind. A great film. I like Robert Bresson.

  • A film about the difficulty of teaching God's word minus the melodramatic crap. A truly spiritual and heartfelt movie.

  • My least favorite Bresson film so far, but it is still one worth seeing and owning.

  • Old school Sci-fi. It's dated but I don't care. I love watching this.

  • Would it be unusual for one to call this movie a thriller? I found this to be a very intense movie. Just fantastic!

  • I'll admit, this one is a guilty pleasure and I own a copy of this movie. I enjoy watching this one. I understand putting The Rock or Hard Boiled in the Criterion Collection, but this? What's next? A criterion edition of The Room? (Actually that sounds cool!) Oh well, maybe Criterion has a sense of humor.

  • I was not expecting much from Nagisa Oshima especially after watching In the Realm of the Senses (I don't like that one). I just love every bit of this movie. Some will say that I like this one best because it is Oshima's most mainstream film. There may be some truth to that. I like some other works by Oshima, but this one is just fantastic. I was mesmerized. I could not stop watching. I can't wait to watch it again.

  • It is wonderful to see that Criterion is releasing more animation. I love Watership Down. I would love to see more animated films in the collection like Allegro Non Troppo, Macross Do You Remember Love?, End of Evangelion, Mamoru Oshii's Angel's egg, the Mushi Production Animerama trilogy, the Richard Williams Cut of The Thief and the Cobbler and others deserving of this treatment. This is just fantastic.

  • I have been waiting for a blu-ray update of this one for quite some time. Can't wait to own it.

  • Jean Renoir's first color feature is truly something to behold. I wasn't expecting something like this from him. What a delight. Can't wait for the blu ray.

  • This is a bit of an overlooked Gilliam film. But it is Gilliam at his sweetest. I love it so.

  • My favorite film of 2012. What I love about Wes Anderson is that even though there is a danger to Sam and Suzy running away, this a gentle, fun innocence about it all. The Kids are also allowed to be kids as opposed to the smart mouthed pieces of crap that dominate the disney channel. oh well, this is a great film.

  • It is really nice to see a film like this from a female filmmaker. I was a tad weary of the male perspective on material like this. Katie Jarvis (who I hope to see more of in other films) is superb and along with Michael Fassbender and the rest of the cast made the film have a lasting impact and be powerful. Great film. one of my favorites.

  • Stories of people going terribly wrong is never going out of style and this is no exception. Ken Ogata is just so simultaneously creepy and interesting. I love this.

  • I haven't seen this one in years but it has always left an imprint on me. Can't wait to see it again on blu-ray. I hope criterion also gets Cache or the original Funny Games as well.

  • I love films about families that deal with loss and having to move on. They show us a taste of life on film. It takes talent to pull that off. I love this film.

  • I think everyone has a soft spot for rebels to one degree or another. Malcolm McDowell before (he was Alex DeLarge) showed how lovable (if that is an appropriate word to use) rebels can be. Films like this can be a way to vicariously live out whatever feelings we have about rebelling against the system. I know the film is about more than that but that is what I think most take away from this. Great film.


  • By MDHendrickson
    January 12, 2015
    11:01 AM

    Wonderful list! If you created a list of titles you want added to the Collection what would they be?
  • By Daniel W.
    January 14, 2015
    01:01 AM

    Well... let's see. 1. The Thief and the Cobbler (The Richard Williams cut), 2. Hard Eight by Paul Thomas Anderson, 3. Dersu Uzala and Dreams by Akira Kurosawa, 4. The Sky Crawlers, Angel's Egg and Avalon By Mamoru Oshii, 5. Drive and Only God Forgives by Nicholas Winding Refn, 6. The End of Evangelion by Hideaki Anno, 7. Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise by Hiroyuki Yamaga, 8. Anything by Mike Leigh, 9. The Fisher King and Tideland by Terry Gilliam, 10. Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro. This list could go on. There are so many that need a spot in the collection. Criterion really needs to give more attention to animation. Which is why I have some on the list.
    • By Daniel W.
      January 14, 2015
      01:03 AM

      Oh and I forgot to add everything by Tarkovsky (not to mention a much needed blu-ray upgrade of Andrei Rublev).