Batzomon’s Collection (248)

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  • The New World (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The New World

    Terrence Malick

    Batzomon: “Malick's journey through America's soul goes back to the country's infancy as a young woman matures and a new world begins to slowly degrade itself.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #826 Learn more »
  • Night and Fog (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Night and Fog

    Alain Resnais

    Batzomon: “It was the first film to confront the horrors of the Holocaust in a way only matched by Shoah. Truly a noble and necessary piece of art.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #197 Learn more »
  • A Touch of Zen (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Touch of Zen

    King Hu

    Batzomon: “Wuxia films are usually gorgeous expressions of human agility and emotion, but this one took it to a level of transcendence that's true enlightenment.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #825 Learn more »
  • Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Stanley Kubrick

    Batzomon: “Mr. Kinolove, or: How I Learned to Stop Waiting and Buy this Newest Criterion Addition So I Could Get The Best Insert of the Entire Collection”

    Blu-Ray Spine #821 Learn more »
  • Bicycle Thieves (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Bicycle Thieves

    Vittorio De Sica

    Batzomon: “Essential for any cinephile, the BD upgrade will make every painful line in Maggiorani's face stand out like the spokes of a bicycle's wheel.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #374 Learn more »
  • Only Angels Have Wings (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Only Angels Have Wings

    Howard Hawks

    Batzomon: “Classic Hollywood film-making from the only director who had wings: Howard Hawks. You got Grant, you got Arthur, you even got Hayworth, hallelujah!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #806 Learn more »
  • Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Batzomon: “Tarkovsky understood the potential for transcendent beauty in his first film. One of the most harrowing portraits of childhood in wartime.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #397 Learn more »
  • Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

    Wim Wenders

    Batzomon: “Before Wenders went to Paris, Texas, he went across Germany to explore that uniquely human condition known as wanderlust. Take a ride with him.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #813 Learn more »
  • In a Lonely Place (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    In a Lonely Place

    Nicholas Ray

    Batzomon: “Bogart at his most vulnerable and Ray at his usual best, it just goes to show that even in the glam and glitz of Hollywood, it can be a lonely place.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #810 Learn more »
  • A Brighter Summer Day (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Brighter Summer Day

    Edward Yang

    Batzomon: “Edward Yang was the master of intimate epics, and this film stands out as the most personal of those. It's been a long wait to enjoy this summer day.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #804 Learn more »
  • The Complete Lady Snowblood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Complete Lady Snowblood

    Toshiya Fujita

    Batzomon: “Even the slightest snowflake can be deadly in a blizzard. Watch yourself, wicked men, for the blade of vengeance is swift and merciless, WISHA-SHA!”

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  • Le Samouraï (Criterion DVD)

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    Le Samouraï

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Batzomon: “It's not just Ghost Dog who follows the Way of the Samurai. It is a belief system forged in steel and marked by impeccable style and coolness.”

    DVD Spine #306 Learn more »
  • Hard Boiled (Criterion DVD)

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    Hard Boiled

    John Woo

    Batzomon: “How did I not add this way back when I snagged it off EBay? Boy, is that egg on my face, flawlessly filmed as if in balletic motion.”

    DVD Spine #9 Learn more »
  • The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

    Robert Drew

    Batzomon: “You know what's as amazing as Robert Drew and his famous associates gaining access to the JFK administration's inner sanctum? An advance copy, y'all!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #808 Learn more »
  • Ikiru (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ikiru

    Akira Kurosawa

    Batzomon: “What is it to live? Is it to live for oneself, or to live for others? Maybe both, but what I live for is Blu-ray upgrades to classic films.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #221 Learn more »
  • The Freshman (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    The Freshman

    Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer

    Batzomon: “As a Tate College graduate, I can relate to this movie completely. They still talk about Harold Lamb the hero in excited intertitles.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #703 Learn more »
  • Dont Look Back (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Dont Look Back

    D. A. Pennebaker

    Batzomon: “Kudos to Criterion for getting the spelling exactly right, and props to Dylan for saying more words when he was young & irreverent than he does now.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #786 Learn more »
  • The Soft Skin (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Soft Skin

    François Truffaut

    Batzomon: “Cheating has never been so suspenseful as when Truffaut made one man's affair the nail-biter of the year. Is it based on personal experience, though?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #749 Learn more »
  • The Apu Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Apu Trilogy

    Satyajit Ray

    Batzomon: “If ever there was a more humane, more insightful, more talented director invested in exploring the human condition, they owe a debt to Satyajit Ray.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #782 Learn more »
  • Blow Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Blow Out

    Brian De Palma

    Batzomon: “De Palma crashes the thrills to the tinkle of Allen and Travolta while Lithgow whispers the death knell. I always shout out at the final scream.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #562 Learn more »
  • Mulholland Dr. (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Mulholland Dr.

    David Lynch

    Batzomon: “There's a blue key, one driver per cart, and no orchestra. The lights of Hollywood flicker and flare as the pink paint rests on a hair. Silencio...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #779 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

    Julien Duvivier

    Batzomon: “I haven't seen Pepe le moko in so long. I know Criterion means quality and Eclipse means underappreciated, so more Duvivier is good with me.”

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  • Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse

    Mikio Naruse

    Batzomon: “Alongside Ozu and Mizoguchi, the gods of silent Japanese cinema include Mikio Naruse. If you want your tears skillfully extracted, watch these films.”

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  • The Fisher King (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Fisher King

    Terry Gilliam

    Batzomon: “Funny, heart-breaking, poignant, irreverent: this film is a series of contradictions that works beautifully. Gilliams finds the humanity in insanity.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #764 Learn more »
  • Hiroshima mon amour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais

    Batzomon: “Now I can experience the pain and passion, the starkness and the darkness in blazing 4K. Is this the result of the atomic age? Then bomb me up!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #196 Learn more »
  • Au revoir les enfants (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Au revoir les enfants

    Louis Malle

    Batzomon: “Malle gives his invisible yet precise style to the heart-breaking tale of youth in a time of death and destruction. Childhood is wrenched apart.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #330 Learn more »
  • Six Moral Tales (Criterion DVD)

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    Six Moral Tales

    Eric Rohmer

    Batzomon: “Rohmer is like watching paint dry, if paint was a deliciously droll and insightful novel with winning characters. Plus, it doesn't dry. It is great.”

    DVD Spine #342 Learn more »
  • Y tu mamá también  (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Y tu mamá también

    Alfonso Cuarón

    Batzomon: “Cuaron made the sexiest movie ever. The steam that comes off the screen can't cover up the beautiful photography. I'm sure my mom also likes it.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #723 Learn more »
  • Cries and Whispers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Cries and Whispers

    Ingmar Bergman

    Batzomon: “The red is so red, the cries are so sorrowful, and the whispers are so quiet that it's no wonder that this Blu-ray brings the best of Bergman to us.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #101 Learn more »
  • The River (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The River

    Jean Renoir

    Batzomon: “Renoir uses colors much like his father did: spectacularly. Criterion uses digital restoration much like its father did: effectively and subtly.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #276 Learn more »
  • The Thin Blue Line (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Thin Blue Line

    Errol Morris

    Batzomon: “Errol Morris freed an innocent man with the simple truth, eloquently constructed out of subjective viewpoints to show just how slippery a fact can be.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #753 Learn more »
  • The Third Man (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Third Man

    Carol Reed

    Batzomon: “A vaunted classic on which I spent a fortune, Vienna has never looked or sounded better. Do they still have that ferris wheel there?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #64 Learn more »
  • Army of Shadows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Army of Shadows

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Batzomon: “The famous French Resistance, everyone likes to claim a part of it yet fewer actually lived it. Melville was one, and he brings the pain to life.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #385 Learn more »
  • Hiroshima mon amour (Criterion DVD)

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    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais

    Batzomon: “Resnais manages to make any romantic encounter a profound and devastating experience. The same could be said for my ex-wife! No, but this is great.”

    DVD Spine #196 Learn more »
  • Red River (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Red River

    Howard Hawks

    Batzomon: “I sure would like to hold Montgomery Clift's gun, and he can hold mine. We could ride hard out on the rough and come back for hot beef with taters.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #709 Learn more »
  • A Day in the Country (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Day in the Country

    Jean Renoir

    Batzomon: “Renoir didn't even need a whole hour to make a masterpiece. I wish I had a portable player to watch this in the countryside, but inside is also good.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #746 Learn more »
  • An Autumn Afternoon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    An Autumn Afternoon

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Batzomon: “An autumn afternoon with the taste of mackerel in your mouth and a big bottle of sake is made better when it's so sharply defined in Blu-ray, NEEEEE?!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #446 Learn more »
  • Do the Right Thing (Criterion DVD)

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    Do the Right Thing

    Spike Lee

    Batzomon: “I've been to Bed-Stuy in the summer, but no riot broke out. Good for me, because my name's Raheem. Spike Lee lit the fire; let it never go out.”

    DVD Spine #97 Learn more »
  • 4 by Agnès Varda (Criterion DVD)

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    4 by Agnès Varda

    Agnès Varda

    Batzomon: “One of the great living directors, Varda can't be barged-a from the canon for these four alone. She even makes infidelity and cancer scares romantic.”

    DVD Spine #418 Learn more »
  • Trouble in Paradise (Criterion DVD)

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    Trouble in Paradise

    Ernst Lubitsch

    Batzomon: “Will there ever be another filmmaker as witty as Lubitsch? He made every romance seem like the classiest affair and every actor a legend...for you.”

    DVD Spine #170 Learn more »
  • Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

    Batzomon: “Who knows how many films are out there in the world waiting to be saved? These are but a few, but if this is only the beginning, let's keep going.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #684 Learn more »
  • The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    The Essential Jacques Demy

    Jacques Demy

    Batzomon: “Demy is a delight deserving of dedication to his dynamite...films. They pop off the screen and melt your heart while sending your ears to heaven.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #713 Learn more »
  • Eisenstein: The Sound Years (Criterion DVD)

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    Eisenstein: The Sound Years

    Sergei Eisenstein

    Batzomon: “Russia was already pretty insane before the Soviet Union, and Eisenstein lets it glow and roil under his impressive camera and new microphone.”

    DVD Spine #86 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II

    Keisuke Kinoshita

    Batzomon: “Let us never forget the glorious Japanese Empire which thought a Japanese sword was a good weapon against machine guns in an open field.”

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  • Eclipse Series 10:  Silent Ozu—Three Family Comedies (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 10: Silent Ozu—Three Family Comedies

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Batzomon: “Ozu was always funny, and he didn't even need all those delightful voices. Families are his passion, and these three show great compassion.”

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  • A Canterbury Tale (Criterion DVD)

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    A Canterbury Tale

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Batzomon: “Remember: you have to glue friendly, or the Nazis will take your glue, and then no one will have any glue to glue with! This is easier than Chaucer.”

    DVD Spine #341 Learn more »
  • The Leopard (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Leopard

    Luchino Visconti

    Batzomon: “Visconti, you lavish bastard! You knew that I wanted to see Burt Lancaster in an Italian epic drama, but how? That's in my private dream journal...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #235 Learn more »
  • Ikiru (Criterion DVD)

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    Ikiru

    Akira Kurosawa

    Batzomon: “Truly an inspirational film, Kurosawa's masterpiece makes me want to do something with my life. That something was buying Ikiru, so that helps me.”

    DVD Spine #221 Learn more »
  • David Lean Directs Noël Coward (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    David Lean Directs Noël Coward

    Batzomon: “The best British duo since tea and crumpets, Lean and Coward provide sumptuous tales of war, family, love, and ghosts. I know there's a pun here.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #603 Learn more »
  • Mouchette (Criterion DVD)

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    Mouchette

    Robert Bresson

    Batzomon: “It's not so much a tearjerker as a soulcrusher. Mouchette never had a chance, and try as you might, you can never save her. Never ever ever. Ever.”

    DVD Spine #363 Learn more »
  • Don't Look Now (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Don't Look Now

    Nicolas Roeg

    Batzomon: “I didn't ask to see Donald Sutherland nude, but I'm not complaining when it's embedded in a tragedy rendered in red dreams like this very one.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #745 Learn more »
  • The Lady Eve (Criterion DVD)

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    The Lady Eve

    Preston Sturges

    Batzomon: “Sturges could make a wake a whopper of a laugh, so when it comes to father-daughter con teams and snake-obsessed heirs, you know that's a good time.”

    DVD Spine #103 Learn more »
  • I Know Where I’m Going! (Criterion DVD)

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    I Know Where I’m Going!

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Batzomon: “Have the Scottish Hebrides ever looked so lovely? Does anyone know where they are? I'll tell you where: under Wendy Hiller's talented feet.”

    DVD Spine #94 Learn more »
  • Diary of a Country Priest (Criterion DVD)

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    Diary of a Country Priest

    Robert Bresson

    Batzomon: “Only Bresson could bring God this close to the screen with such pure image and sound. Hands, feet, silence: they create a portrait of faith wavered.”

    DVD Spine #222 Learn more »
  • Heaven’s Gate (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Heaven’s Gate

    Michael Cimino

    Batzomon: “A film infamous for ruining a studio and a director's reputation, it is now a classic of American cinema. The West has rarely been so brutal-ful.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #636 Learn more »
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Criterion DVD)

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    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    Fritz Lang

    Batzomon: “Can a fiend as insidious as Dr. Mabuse be stopped merely by Death's cold grip? Foolhardy mortals! His reign of crime is eternal! ALL SHALL SUFFER!”

    DVD Spine #231 Learn more »
  • Last Year at Marienbad (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Last Year at Marienbad

    Alain Resnais

    Batzomon: “Remember when we watched this last year, and you said, "I don't understand what's going on"? Really, you don't recall? I don't believe you.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #478 Learn more »
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Criterion DVD)

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    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    Luis Buñuel

    Batzomon: “Is there anything more absurd than people dressing up to eat a meal together? Thank goodness Bunuel has made the activity normal again.”

    DVD Spine #102 Learn more »
  • Notorious (Criterion DVD)

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    Notorious

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Batzomon: “When you watch this film, keep an eye on your drink. I won't say more, but suffice to say, you can blame your sense of unease on Rio.”

    DVD Spine #137 Learn more »
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (Criterion DVD)

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    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Robert Hamer

    Batzomon: “Having this many Guinnesses should make one ill, but rather the opposite happens. You find that all you need is keen wit and a dark sense of humor.”

    DVD Spine #325 Learn more »