Alton’s Collection (189)

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  • George Washington (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    George Washington

    David Gordon Green

    Alton: “In the modern world there are the ones on the social-economic margins and then there are those on the margins of the margin.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #152 Learn more »
  • I, Daniel Blake (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    I, Daniel Blake

    Ken Loach

    Alton: “Life in the modern welfare state among the economically distressed. As Alex said in the film A Clockwork Orange: 'real horror show'.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #906 Learn more »
  • The Piano Teacher (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Piano Teacher

    Michael Haneke

    Alton: “Sexually repressed, masochistic, and cultured. Disturbing portrait of a woman irredeemably, irreparably damaged.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #894 Learn more »
  • Belle de jour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Belle de jour

    Luis Buñuel

    Alton: “Fantasy and reality meet and blend in the upper middle class. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #593 Learn more »
  • Ride with the Devil (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ride with the Devil

    Ang Lee

    Alton: “Other than the stunning scenery the thing that struck me was the 'literary' language of the film's dialog. Highly descriptive and flowery at time.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #514 Learn more »
  • Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rosemary’s Baby

    Roman Polanski

    Alton: “No CG gee-whiz antics or special effects acrobatics, just a thrilling horror story expertly told. Ruth Gordon practically steals the show.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #630 Learn more »
  • Certain Women (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Certain Women

    Kelly Reichardt

    Alton: “Loneliness, the desire to communicate, parallel lives that, even when they intersect, fail to connect. Empty landscapes mirrors an inner emptiness.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #893 Learn more »
  • Woman of the Year (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Woman of the Year

    George Stevens

    Alton: “Classic Hollywood romantic comedy. Tracy and Hepburn are terrific as usual. Pantomime at the end is terrific.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #867 Learn more »
  • Broadcast News (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Broadcast News

    James L. Brooks

    Alton: “Bittersweet, cynically but warmly humorous film of a romantic triangle. Also one of the best films about the media since 'Network'.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #552 Learn more »
  • Fish Tank (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fish Tank

    Andrea Arnold

    Alton: “Referring the sort of dead end lives depicted here a Brit friend once remarked: 'Now it's just Britain, used to be Great." ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #553 Learn more »
  • I Knew Her Well (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    I Knew Her Well

    Antonio Pietrangeli

    Alton: “Small time hustlers, quasi pimps, semi-prostitutes: the vita is not so dolce at the margins. Trials and humiliations on the social periphery. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #801 Learn more »
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    Alton: “Spiritually desiccated old men who've been rewarded by the power structure sacrifice innocence and truth to maintain the status quo. Poetic faces.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #62 Learn more »
  • Lola Montès (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Lola Montès

    Max Ophuls

    Alton: “Sumptuous mid-50's technicolor and 'scope production featuring exuberant theatricality. Highly original story of a life seen as a circus exhibition.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #503 Learn more »
  • The Sword of Doom (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Sword of Doom

    Kihachi Okamoto

    Alton: “Deceit, brooding desire, treachery, swordsmanship and psychotic samurai. Just passing the time in feudal Japan.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #280 Learn more »
  • Lost in America (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Lost in America

    Albert Brooks

    Alton: “Middle class Easy Rider. A couple with limited money and dwindling opportunities. Truly, what it is to be lost in America.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #887 Learn more »
  • Fanny and Alexander Box Set (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fanny and Alexander Box Set

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “Love, loss, God, the past, the theater, relationships - all the great themes revisited by Bergman. Fantastic blu ray transfer.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #261 Learn more »
  • Three Colors (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Colors

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Alton: “The first few frames into Blue (my favorite) and it's evident we're in the presence of an exceptional film-maker. Fantastic.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #587 Learn more »
  • If.... (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    If....

    Lindsay Anderson

    Alton: “The dominant social power group exercises its control on others and creates marginalized individuals who react with violence. Brilliant satire.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #391 Learn more »
  • Three Outlaw Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Outlaw Samurai

    Hideo Gosha

    Alton: “Dark, brutal, gritty, nihilistic - all a samurai film should be. Fun in feudal Japan.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #596 Learn more »
  • Rebecca (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rebecca

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Alton: “Gothic thriller from Hitch. Sinister characters, hidden desires, past misdeeds. Life at Manderley. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #135 Learn more »
  • Like Someone in Love (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Like Someone in Love

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Alton: “The professor, the call girl, her boyfriend. Convergence of the emptiness of three lives.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #708 Learn more »
  • The Complete Jean Vigo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Complete Jean Vigo

    Alton: “Delightfully anarchic film-making celebrating the human spirit while indicting those forces that restrict and limit it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #578 Learn more »
  • Le samouraï (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Le samouraï

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Alton: “The samurai and existentialism: perhaps more in common than first meets the eye. Season with a bit of Bogart and, hey, I'm in.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #306 Learn more »
  • My Life as a Dog (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    My Life as a Dog

    Lasse Hallström

    Alton: “Funny, moving, poignant. Loss: a mother and a beloved pet and life manages to go on. Excellent.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #178 Learn more »
  • The Long Day Closes (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    The Long Day Closes

    Terence Davies

    Alton: “Flows like the grace of memory, cherished and otherwise. The poetry of the tenements; beautifully moving, beautifully realized.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #694 Learn more »
  • Revanche (Criterion DVD)

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    Revanche

    Götz Spielmann

    Alton: “Opens as if it will be a typical well-made thriller but the robbery is used as a set-up for study of relationships. Very, very good.”

    DVD Spine #502 Learn more »
  • Code Unknown (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Code Unknown

    Michael Haneke

    Alton: “Not a traditional narrative but a series of vignettes bound together by the most tenuous of co-incidents. Engaging and very interesting film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #780 Learn more »
  • The Tin Drum (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Tin Drum

    Volker Schlöndorff

    Alton: “In the tradition of the tall tale but with a sharper edge of realism. David Bennent, who was around 10-11 years old at the time is unbelievable.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #234 Learn more »
  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Elio Petri

    Alton: “The real threat to the state is the bureaucrats who control it. The hubris of power - so easily abused, so easily corrupting. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #682 Learn more »
  • Woman in the Dunes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Woman in the Dunes

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    Alton: “If the Twilight Zone and art-house cinema had a baby this would be it. Portrays a Sisyphean task, with photogenic sand. Mesmerizing.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #394 Learn more »
  • Personal Shopper (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Personal Shopper

    Olivier Assayas

    Alton: “A 19th century style ghost story set in modern times. Gripping suspense that builds terrifically. Finally, about loss and the need to just continue.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #899 Learn more »
  • Gate of Hell (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Gate of Hell

    Teinosuke Kinugasa

    Alton: “Obsessive desire in feudal Japan, ending in tragedy. Gorgeous costumes and settings. A spare traditional drama of brutal emotions in brutal times.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #653 Learn more »
  • Autumn Sonata (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Autumn Sonata

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “Two fantastic actresses at the top of their form. And then there's that "other" Bergman. A film that's like a force of nature”

    Blu-Ray Spine #60 Learn more »
  • America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

    Alton: “Accept the bits of self-indulgence as a sign of the times and it's not a bad set, esp. LPS and ER. Good historical extras and a worthwhile set.”

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  • L’eclisse (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    L’eclisse

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Alton: “MA suggests more in a few compositions than some filmmakers do in an entire career. Possibly his best. A magnificent achievement.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #278 Learn more »
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Peter Weir

    Alton: “More about what is imagined might have happened, and its aftermath, than what actually did. Visual lyric poetry. Exceptional.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #29 Learn more »
  • La haine (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    La haine

    Mathieu Kassovitz

    Alton: “It's not how you fall but where you land and these individuals have fallen onto the margins of a society where their lives are without value or hope.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #381 Learn more »
  • Umberto D. (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Umberto D.

    Vittorio De Sica

    Alton: “If war is about coping with death then its aftermath is about coping with living. Brilliantly illustrated in this poignant heart-breaking film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #201 Learn more »
  • Il sorpasso (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Il sorpasso

    Dino Risi

    Alton: “A Commedia all’italiana masterpiece filled with an often brittle wit and laced with tragedy - the definition of the genre.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #707 Learn more »
  • A Taste of Honey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Taste of Honey

    Tony Richardson

    Alton: “The socially marginalized, dysfunctional relationships and coming-of-age. Ground-breaking then and still relevant today. Dora Bryan steals the scene.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #829 Learn more »
  • A Man Escaped (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Man Escaped

    Robert Bresson

    Alton: “Clean, lean simple film-making that keeps the viewer engrossed. Suspense that builds slowly, surely and is fully realized.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #650 Learn more »
  • The Red Shoes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Red Shoes

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Alton: “Could easily have been a standard Hollywood show-biz melodrama but with the characters portrayed it rises above that. Great ballet scenes.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #44 Learn more »
  • Cries and Whispers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Cries and Whispers

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “Does it take the death of one sister to help the others towards some kind of redemption, as suggested by the pieta with Anna and Agnes? Great film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #101 Learn more »
  • The Earrings of Madame de . . .  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Earrings of Madame de . . .

    Max Ophuls

    Alton: “Terrific acting and direction of a really good story. Fully deserving of its classic status and a memorable film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #445 Learn more »
  • Fellini Satyricon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fellini Satyricon

    Federico Fellini

    Alton: “Poco Petronius, molto Fellini. Like walking into a dream or a nightmare. Extravagant, imaginative, colorful. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #747 Learn more »
  • Phoenix (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Phoenix

    Christian Petzold

    Alton: “Did he or didn't he betray her? Survival and possible redemption for both. A rich, original film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #809 Learn more »
  • Letter Never Sent (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Letter Never Sent

    Mikhail Kalatozov

    Alton: “Starts out as if it will be about a love triangle and then becomes something entirely different. Love, loss, yearning, survival, visually stunning.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #601 Learn more »
  • Summer with Monika (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Summer with Monika

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “Youth, dead-end jobs, summer idyll leading to the necessity for a mature outlook on life and acceptance. Some adjust; others do not.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #614 Learn more »
  • La chienne (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    La chienne

    Jean Renoir

    Alton: “No one is who they appear to be; all have an agenda. Remade 1945 by Fritz Lang as Scarlet Street. Renoir places more emphasis on character.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #818 Learn more »
  • The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Kid with a Bike

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

    Alton: “Displacement, hardship, and rising to face the challenges of life; this is Dardenne territory and they excel at showing it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #646 Learn more »
  • Le amiche (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Le amiche

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Alton: “Reads like a typical 50's melodrama but it doesn't play that way. Portrait of largely affluent women facing the social situations of their time.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #817 Learn more »
  • Les cousins (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Les cousins

    Claude Chabrol

    Alton: “A naive young man falls in with a group of cynical, often cruel, people through his cousin. Usual for Chabrol it builds with sure deliberateness.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #581 Learn more »
  • The Emigrants/The New Land (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Emigrants/The New Land

    Jan Troell

    Alton: “Pure cinematic storytelling. Use of montage, compositions, longer takes, etc. are stunning. Sydow and Ullman are beyond superb. A treasure.”

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  • Wild Strawberries (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wild Strawberries

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “Simple story with great impact. A distinguished older man reflects on his life with its public accomplishments and private failures.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #139 Learn more »
  • Red Desert (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Red Desert

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Alton: “Brilliant compositions in brilliant color of spiritual desolation and a decaying world we uncomfortably recognize as our own.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #522 Learn more »
  • Les visiteurs du soir (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Les visiteurs du soir

    Marcel Carné

    Alton: “Human love is a positive thing although it can also generate some real negatives as well: jealousy, revenge, corrupted aspirations - all shown here.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #626 Learn more »
  • Léon Morin, Priest (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Léon Morin, Priest

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Alton: “In WWII Nazi occupied France a woman comes to terms with her spirituality through her budding friendship with a priest. Eros or agape?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #572 Learn more »
  • The Last Emperor (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Last Emperor

    Bernardo Bertolucci

    Alton: “Social disruptions, war, invasion, revolution: twentieth century China, living in interesting times.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #422 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    Alton: “The knight searches for God and the meaning of life while, amid death and chaos, it stubbornly and often joyously goes on all around him.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #11 Learn more »
  • Monsoon Wedding  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Monsoon Wedding

    Mira Nair

    Alton: “Filled with a rich humanity, candid about its flaws, suffused with a wise comic sensibility. A quietly unassuming little masterpiece.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #489 Learn more »