Victor Hsu’s Collection (224)

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  • Personal Shopper (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Personal Shopper

    Olivier Assayas

    Victor Hsu: “While not as compelling as it might have been under more daring direction, Stewart’s performance and Assayas’ direction are nonetheless committed. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #899 Learn more »
  • The Piano Teacher (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Piano Teacher

    Michael Haneke

    Victor Hsu: “Strangely one of the tamest depictions by Haneke of familial abuse, probably because it’s adapted from a novel and depicted as an insular desire. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #894 Learn more »
  • Hiroshima mon amour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais

    Victor Hsu: “Alain Resnais was at his best when collaborating with charged screenwriters, and this film - a potent longing and displacement of memory - is proof.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #196 Learn more »
  • Il posto (Criterion DVD)

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    Il posto

    Ermanno Olmi

    Victor Hsu: “Comic grief.”

    DVD Spine #194 Learn more »
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Victor Hsu: “Need to revisit; I believe I watched this, but memory has failed me before.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #173 Learn more »
  • Contempt (Criterion DVD)

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    Contempt

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Victor Hsu: “A film designed to alienate the audience, yet one of J.-L. Godard's most compelling. Features an appearance by Fritz Lang!”

    DVD Spine #171 Learn more »
  • À nous la liberté (Criterion DVD)

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    À nous la liberté

    René Clair

    Victor Hsu: “My favourite of the two René Clair films I own, with lovingly cribbed comic language taken from Charlie Chaplin.”

    DVD Spine #160 Learn more »
  • In the Mood for Love (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-wai

    Victor Hsu: “Wong Kar-Wai moving from his cool, detached camerawork into one of supreme sensuality; a porn film in all but name, and one of the great "longings."”

    Blu-Ray Spine #147 Learn more »
  • Children of Paradise (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Children of Paradise

    Marcel Carné

    Victor Hsu: “Essential French film for romantics especially, but also for film enthusiasts the world over. It produces supremely lush visuals and imagination.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #141 Learn more »
  • The Ruling Class (Criterion DVD)

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    The Ruling Class

    Peter Medak

    Victor Hsu: “Truthfully a bit dull, but Peter O'Toole's madcap performance always elevates by sheer magnetism.”

    DVD Spine #132 Learn more »
  • Grey Gardens  The Beales of Grey Gardens  Box Set (Criterion DVD)

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    Grey Gardens The Beales of Grey Gardens Box Set

    Victor Hsu: “Grey Gardens is an essential Maysles production, along with Gimme Shelter. Beales of... is supplementary, but fine in its own right.”

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  • Le million (Criterion DVD)

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    Le million

    René Clair

    Victor Hsu: “René Clair is a filmmaker whose oeuvre I want to pursue in the future, but so far I'm limited to Le million and À nous la liberté.”

    DVD Spine #72 Learn more »
  • Rushmore (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rushmore

    Wes Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “My favourite Wes Anderson film, largely because it showcases him as a filmmaker concerned equally with artifice and realist attitudes.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #65 Learn more »
  • The 39 Steps (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The 39 Steps

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Victor Hsu: “Bought after watching a theatre-adapted version for local audiences in Vancouver. The story is compelling enough to withstand numerous iterations!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #56 Learn more »
  • Tokyo Drifter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Tokyo Drifter

    Seijun Suzuki

    Victor Hsu: “Seijun Suzuki's offerings to cinema consist of inflating the unreal, often through sound mixes and superimposed images; this best exemplifies that.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #39 Learn more »
  • Branded to Kill (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Branded to Kill

    Seijun Suzuki

    Victor Hsu: “One of the more "sexy" and detached offerings of Japanese New Wave cinema, and hinting at the surface-explosive sheen of Obayashi and T. Murakami.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #38 Learn more »
  • Diabolique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Diabolique

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Victor Hsu: “One of the rare films where both original and remake stand out, and the expert handling by Henri-Georges Clouzot no doubt contributes to that.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #35 Learn more »
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Peter Weir

    Victor Hsu: “A film I longed to see upgraded when I first started building this collection; it's a pervasively haunting film with soft focus lensing throughout.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #29 Learn more »
  • Flesh for Frankenstein (Criterion DVD)

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    Flesh for Frankenstein

    Paul Morrissey

    Victor Hsu: “Not as enthused about this as I was for Blood for Dracula, but I believe I enjoyed this as a surface-level examination on necrophiliac fetishism.”

    DVD Spine #27 Learn more »
  • Blood for Dracula (Criterion DVD)

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    Blood for Dracula

    Paul Morrissey

    Victor Hsu: “Paul Morrissey presents high-caliber shlock. It's hard to imagine the Criterion of 2017-and-onwards releasing this, but it's an expert addition.”

    DVD Spine #28 Learn more »
  • A Night to Remember (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Night to Remember

    Roy Ward Baker

    Victor Hsu: “A British documentary with footage expertly compiled and taken from the German film Titanic. A must-watch for film and/or Titanic enthusiasts.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #7 Learn more »
  • Simon of the Desert (Criterion DVD)

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    Simon of the Desert

    Luis Buñuel

    Victor Hsu: “A parable stretched to its futuristic limits, and one I would highly anticipate watching again if it were to be upgraded. ”

    DVD Spine #460 Learn more »
  • A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    A Hard Day’s Night

    Richard Lester

    Victor Hsu: “A film that channels the hype surrounding the Beatles, the manic energy pervading every frame in a way that few films can even dare to accomplish.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #711 Learn more »
  • Blind Chance (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Blind Chance

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Victor Hsu: “A staggeringly original premise slightly chafed by its pacing. It demonstrates Kieslowski’s ability to juggle narratives, but this is his weakest. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #772 Learn more »
  • The Big Chill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    The Big Chill

    Lawrence Kasdan

    Victor Hsu: “A film with a great, rounded cast. Its conceit, however, leaves you walking away pleasantly surprised, but by no means is it revelatory. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #720 Learn more »
  • The Fisher King (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Fisher King

    Terry Gilliam

    Victor Hsu: “An interesting film to bring to the collection; I’m not sure why it’s included, truthfully, but Bridges and Williams’ performances are excellent.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #764 Learn more »
  • The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    The Essential Jacques Demy

    Jacques Demy

    Victor Hsu: “An incredible value for your buck! The transfers may be a tad controversial (see DVDBeaver on the note of Agnes Varda), but content is substantial.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #713 Learn more »
  • All That Jazz (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    All That Jazz

    Bob Fosse

    Victor Hsu: “A song-and-dance routine of one man’s internal odyssey through his life’s work. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #724 Learn more »
  • Nashville (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Nashville

    Robert Altman

    Victor Hsu: “The musical epic you didn’t know you wanted, and a thoroughly inviting (if always, always cluttered) vision throughout. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #683 Learn more »
  • Black Moon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Black Moon

    Louis Malle

    Victor Hsu: “The kind of cult film that has to be seen to be believed. Your best point of entry is to treat it as a silent narrative vision of Zardoz. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #571 Learn more »
  • The Magic Flute (Criterion DVD)

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    The Magic Flute

    Ingmar Bergman

    Victor Hsu: “Its devious simplicity in adapting the opera is commended, and the performances (both opera and actors) are reliably high-leveled. ”

    DVD Spine #71 Learn more »
  • Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Victor Hsu: “A remarkable feature debut for the young Tarkovsky, and a more humanitarian effort than any emulation by Malick. Combine with Come and See. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #397 Learn more »
  • Stalker (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Victor Hsu: “A much beloved and behooved Criterion release... The transfer alone makes this the definitive edition, but the supplements are a little lacking. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #888 Learn more »
  • 3 Women (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    3 Women

    Robert Altman

    Victor Hsu: “Bizarre and narcoleptic. Very worthy of your time. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #230 Learn more »
  • Tiny Furniture (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Tiny Furniture

    Lena Dunham

    Victor Hsu: “An irritating film to sit through, but it provides a cursory examination into the themes of Lena Durham’s work. A defined voice for mumblecore fans. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #597 Learn more »
  • Code Unknown (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Code Unknown

    Michael Haneke

    Victor Hsu: “A disparate collection of vignettes stretched ludicrously together by a key incident. Also: a loaded game prepared by the dissident Michael Haneke. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #780 Learn more »
  • The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

    Victor Hsu: “I guess it’s time to upgrade!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #167 Learn more »
  • A Touch of Zen (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Touch of Zen

    King Hu

    Victor Hsu: “Classic wuxia. I was disappointed at first that Dragon Inn wasn’t also represented, but rumours abound that it’s coming soon...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #825 Learn more »
  • Hard Boiled (Criterion DVD)

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    Hard Boiled

    John Woo

    Victor Hsu: “Valued for rarity, and frustratingly annoying to watch in this edition. Fingers crossed for some Angela Mao in the future...”

    DVD Spine #9 Learn more »
  • The Killer (Criterion DVD)

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    The Killer

    John Woo

    Victor Hsu: “This edition is likely more valued for its rarity than for its content; it’s an interesting inclusion whose release is sadly of its time. ”

    DVD Spine #8 Learn more »
  • The Complete Mr. Arkadin (Criterion DVD)

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    The Complete Mr. Arkadin

    Orson Welles

    Victor Hsu: “As with most of Welles’ output - a thriller elevated by his excellent sleight of hand; here compiled, almost knowingly, in fragmented narrative. ”

    DVD Spine #322 Learn more »
  • By Brakhage: An Anthology,  Volumes One and Two (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two

    Stan Brakhage

    Victor Hsu: “Will probably never finish this, due to the sheer amount of visual content per capita for tolerance. Where’s my Maya Deren set already!!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #518 Learn more »
  • The American Friend (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The American Friend

    Wim Wenders

    Victor Hsu: “A little lamely structured in terms of plot, as an adapted screenplay tends to be. A fair adaptation with great actors in serviceable roles. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #793 Learn more »
  • Identification of a Woman (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Identification of a Woman

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Victor Hsu: “Isolated and projecting. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #585 Learn more »
  • Punch-Drunk Love (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “A great entry-level Criterion pick-up for the new film connoisseur, though - truth be told - its special features are a little lacking. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #843 Learn more »
  • Being John Malkovich (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Being John Malkovich

    Spike Jonze

    Victor Hsu: “Somehow (to my knowledge) the only instance of Charles Kaufman’s work appearing on the collection. I wonder how appraised it will be in the future...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #611 Learn more »
  • Mulholland Dr. (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Mulholland Dr.

    David Lynch

    Victor Hsu: “The film candidate most likely to be reviled and championed in turn. It holds up remarkably as a testament to the decay of American ideals. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #779 Learn more »
  • Eraserhead (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Eraserhead

    David Lynch

    Victor Hsu: “The best and worst things about Lynch is his evasiveness to answer concretely on his cinematic visions. Film itself is a marvel and a monstrous work. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #725 Learn more »
  • The Complete Jacques Tati (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Complete Jacques Tati

    Jacques Tati

    Victor Hsu: “Adding as a replacement for Trafic, M. Hulot’s Holiday, and Playtime. To be worked on. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #729 Learn more »
  • The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Samurai Trilogy

    Hiroshi Inagaki

    Victor Hsu: “Massive upgrade to the original release, but unfortunately speckled with a bit of green. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a rights and source issue. ”

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  • Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Kiss Me Deadly

    Robert Aldrich

    Victor Hsu: “Apocalyptic crime thriller with avarice and cruelty thrown about. It’s a legitimately nasty slice of noir cinema. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #568 Learn more »
  • Kwaidan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Kwaidan

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Victor Hsu: “Remarkable!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #90 Learn more »
  • Badlands (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Badlands

    Terrence Malick

    Victor Hsu: “Before Malick began his philosophic-tinged narrative cinema, he was a talented newcomer whose bounty film was tinged with an unexpected warmth. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #651 Learn more »
  • The New World (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The New World

    Terrence Malick

    Victor Hsu: “A beautiful transfer, but (as with Malick’s later efforts) rather difficult to digest due to roaming camera work and narrative slumber.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #826 Learn more »
  • Watership Down (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Watership Down

    Martin Rosen

    Victor Hsu: “A close to Biblical-proportioned work in the guise of a family fantasy. Dark and devastating; for incredibly daring viewers. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #748 Learn more »
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Wes Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “To my knowledge, the first “animated” film released on Criterion (though not the only, and hopefully not the last). Little unbalanced. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #700 Learn more »
  • A Brighter Summer Day (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Brighter Summer Day

    Edward Yang

    Victor Hsu: “What a gorgeous film to rescue from the abyss. A personable epic of Yang that features the hallmark isolation of youth against adults; recommended. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #804 Learn more »
  • Barry Lyndon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Barry Lyndon

    Stanley Kubrick

    Victor Hsu: “I haven’t yet checked out the supplements nor the transfer that Criterion has produced, but the list is lavish with extraordinary features. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #897 Learn more »
  • 45 Years (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    45 Years

    Andrew Haigh

    Victor Hsu: “A film about a marriage’s crumbling into tethers due to a revelation; also a strong entry into Andrew Haigh’s filmography. Recommended. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #861 Learn more »
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    David Lynch

    Victor Hsu: “Frightening as hell”

    Blu-Ray Spine #898 Learn more »