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  • Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.

    Added 07/16/2016
    Boyhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    11 Oct 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, Short Cuts interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters as they struggle to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles.

    Added 07/16/2016
    Short Cuts (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    18 Oct 2016

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    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, these gothic-infused stories collected here—populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess—make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time.

    Added 07/16/2016
    Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    18 Oct 2016

    Blu-Ray Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $99.95

    Criterion Store price:$79.96

  • With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, innovative overlapping dialogue, and haunting use of Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres. 

    Added 06/17/2016
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    11 Oct 2016

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  • With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson’s classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.

    Added 06/17/2016
    A Taste of Honey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    23 Aug 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • In this art-house sensation, an amateur entomologist has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he spends the night with a young widow who lives at the bottom of a sand dune.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Woman in the Dunes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    23 Aug 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    16 Aug 2016

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    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Orson Welles’s first color film and final completed fictional feature, The Immortal Story is a moving and wistful adaptation of a tale by Isak Dinesen.

    Added 06/17/2016
    The Immortal Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    30 Aug 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Chimes at Midnight (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    30 Aug 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Blood Simple (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    20 Sep 2016

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  • This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which features Paul Henreid and a clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes—is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the Master of Suspense a run for his money.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Night Train to Munich (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    6 Sep 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    27 Sep 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    27 Sep 2016

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    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • One of RKO Pictures’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Cat People (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    20 Sep 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the first full realization of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define the director’s films.

    Added 06/17/2016
    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    13 Sep 2016

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.

    Added 06/17/2016
    Dekalog (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    27 Sep 2016

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    4 Discs

    SRP: $99.95

    Criterion Store price:$79.96

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    The Narrator Returns: “Malick, Lubezki, and Fisk; whaddya need, a road map?”

    Added 04/19/2016
    The New World (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    26 Jul 2016

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    3 Discs

    SRP: $49.95

    Criterion Store price:$39.96

  • Makavejev’s films about political and sexual liberation were revolutionary, raucous, and ribald. Across these first three films, he investigates love, death, and work; the legacy of war and the absurdity of daily life in a Communist state; criminology and hypnosis; strudels and strongmen.

    Added 07/09/2014
    Eclipse Series 18:  Dušan Makavejev—Free Radical (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • These elegant, bawdy films, made before strict enforcement of the Hays morality code, feature some of the greatest stars of early Hollywood, as well as that elusive style of comedy that would thereafter be known as “the Lubitsch touch.”

    Added 07/09/2014
    Eclipse Series 8:  Lubitsch Musicals (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

  • These three independent films showed off Samuel Fuller’s genre diversity, gutter wit, and subversive force, and pointed the way to a controversial career in studio moviemaking.

    Added 07/09/2014
    Eclipse Series 5:  The First Films of Samuel Fuller (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • Over the past four decades, Belgian director Chantal Akerman has created one of cinema’s most distinctive bodies of work—formally daring, often autobiographical films about people and places, time and space.

    Added 05/04/2014
    Eclipse Series 19:  Chantal Akerman  in the Seventies (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules.

    Added 07/06/2013
    Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    5 Discs

    SRP: $69.95

    Criterion Store price:$55.96

  • Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola, and Veronika Voss—the BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) Trilogy—would garner him the international acclaim he had always yearned for and place his name foremost in the canon of New German Cinema.

    Added 05/18/2013
    The BRD Trilogy (Criterion DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

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  • Years before Akira Kurosawa changed the face of cinema with such iconic works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo, he made his start in the Japanese film industry with four popular and exceptional works, created as World War II raged.

    Added 03/24/2013
    Eclipse Series 23:  The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

  • Amid Japan’s economic collapse and U.S. occupation, Kurosawa managed to find humor and redemption existing alongside despair and anxiety in this series of pensive, topical dramas.

    Added 03/24/2013
    Eclipse Series 7:  Postwar Kurosawa (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    5 Discs

    SRP: $69.95

    Criterion Store price:$55.96

  • One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle’s brave and controversial Lacombe, Lucien traces a young peasant’s journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit.

    Added 09/01/2012
    Lacombe, Lucien (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, René Clément’s mythical and heartbreakingly real Forbidden Games tells the story of a young girl orphaned by war and the farm boy she joins in a fantastical world of macabre play.

    Added 09/01/2012
    Forbidden Games (Criterion DVD)

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  • With its lewd abandon and sketch-comedy perversity, Makavejev’s cult staple Sweet Movie is a full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching.

    Added 09/01/2012
    Sweet Movie (Criterion DVD)

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  • In Seijun Suzuki’s tragic love story, Harumi, volunteering as a “comfort woman” on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita’s direct subordinate.

    Added 09/01/2012
    Story of a Prostitute (Criterion DVD)

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    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff is Ivan, a rural Jamaican musician who journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune in The Harder They Come, which brought the catchy and subversive rhythms of the Rastas to the U.S. in the early 1970s.

    Added 04/14/2012
    The Harder They Come (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

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    The Narrator Returns: “A masterpiece of modern cinema. The scene in which the child asks if Schwarzenegger has a tumor will stay with me forever.”

    Added 04/01/2012
    Kindergarten Cop (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    SRP: $39.95

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  • Shotgun weddings, kidnapping, attempted murder, emergency dental work—the things Don Vincenzo will do to restore his family’s honor! Pietro Germi’s Seduced and Abandoned was the follow-up to his sensation Divorce Italian Style, and in many ways it’s even more audacious.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Maverick filmmaker Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein reevaluates the horror film, infusing it with satiric wit and sexuality. Morrissey’s tale of the mad Baron Frankenstein and his perverse creative urges was heavily edited upon initial release; this is the restored director’s cut.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Flesh for Frankenstein (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

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  • In Paul Morrissey’s brash mixture of humor, horror, and sex, Blood for Dracula, the infamous count searches Italy for virgin blood.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Blood for Dracula (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

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  • Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. Häxan is a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Häxan (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • In his three fiction features—Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, Mr. Freedom, and The Model Couple—William Klein skewers the fashion industry, American empire, and governmental mind control with hilarious, cutting aplomb.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Eclipse Series 9:  The Delirious Fictions of William Klein (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.

    Added 12/08/2011
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • These three groundbreaking films helped usher in the Polish School movement and have often been regarded as a trilogy. But each boldly stands on its own—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the struggle for personal and national freedom.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films (Criterion DVD)

    DVD Collector's Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

  • One of the all-time comedy classics, René Clair’s À nous la liberté tells the story of Louis, an escaped convict who becomes a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns (in the form of old jail pal Emile) to upset his carefully laid plans.

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    À nous la liberté (Criterion DVD)

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    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Director Jean-Luc Godard’s sly, playful “neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms” finds his signature wit and intellectual acumen applied to the story of an exotic dancer attempting to have a child with her unwilling lover.

    Added 12/08/2011
    A Woman Is a Woman (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $29.95

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  • Louis Malle’s critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Murmur of the Heart (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Nights of Cabiria is the tragic story of a naive prostitute searching for true love in the seediest sections of Rome.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Nights of Cabiria (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

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  • In Pietro Germi’s hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca).

    Added 12/08/2011
    Divorce Italian Style (Criterion DVD)

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    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    The Narrator Returns: “StudioCanal had to take the best titles, didn't they?”

    Added 12/08/2011
    The Phantom of Liberty (Criterion DVD)

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  • An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier’s Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief turned heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Coup de torchon (Criterion DVD)

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  • In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric Oscar winner, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.

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    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Criterion DVD)

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  • A frank exploration of voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film is the story of a psychopathic cameraman—his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Peeping Tom (Criterion DVD)

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  • Chow Yun-fat stars as a killer with a conscience in John Woo’s exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society. Replete with balletic, slow-motion gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong, The Killer mixes genres from both the East and the West.

    Added 12/08/2011
    The Killer (Criterion DVD)

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  • With Jubilee, legendary British filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Jubilee (Criterion DVD)

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  • Utilizing glorious widescreen cinematography, Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo. A spectacle of magnificent proportions, Tokyo Olympiad ranks among the greatest documents of sport ever committed to film.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Tokyo Olympiad (Criterion DVD)

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    The Narrator Returns: “Just to snag one of the last remaining StudioCanal titles.”

    Added 12/08/2011
    Big Deal on Madonna Street (Criterion DVD)

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    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Middle-aged Mr. Badii drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, searching for someone to rescue or bury him, in Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s emotionally complex meditation on life and death.

    Added 12/08/2011
    Taste of Cherry (Criterion DVD)

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    Criterion Store price:$23.96