Aleksi’s Wish List (66)

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  • Alain Resnais’s Muriel, or The Time of Return, the director’s follow-up to Last Year at Marienbad, is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor.

    Added 04/18/2016
    Muriel, or The Time of Return (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    19 Jul 2016

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “I am so glad this is in the Collection! A unique animation masterpiece.”

    Added 03/16/2016
    Fantastic Planet (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    21 Jun 2016

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “A masterpiece. The quintessential black comedy. A brilliant political satire. A masterpiece.”

    Added 03/16/2016
    Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    28 Jun 2016

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • People on Sunday, an effervescent, sunlit silent, about a handful of city dwellers (a charming cast of nonprofessionals) enjoying a weekend outing, offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin, would influence generations of film artists around the world.

    Added 02/26/2016
    People on Sunday (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Blacklisted for his daring “anti-French” masterpiece Le corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the 1947 crime-fiction adaptation Quai des Orfèvres, set within the vibrant dance halls and crime corridors of 1940s Paris.

    Added 12/26/2015
    Quai des Orfèvres (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Out of Print
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    Aleksi: “I look forward to the (hopeful) return of this film...”

    Added 12/20/2015
    Forbidden Games (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Out of Print
  • Suffused with a lingering post–World War II disillusionment while also evincing the playfulness and fascination with theatrical performance and conspiracy that would become hallmarks for the director, Paris Belongs to Us marked the provocative start to a brilliant directorial career.

    Added 12/18/2015
    Paris Belongs to Us (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    8 Mar 2016

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend.

    Added 12/15/2015
    Burroughs: The Movie  (Criterion DVD)

    15 Dec 2015

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino’s glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, Gilda is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs.

    Added 10/17/2015
    Gilda (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    19 Jan 2016

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery in Fellini’s first color feature, a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories.

    Added 07/16/2015
    Juliet of the Spirits (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.

    Added 07/16/2015
    Mulholland Dr. (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories.

    Added 07/16/2015
    Kwaidan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • The master of the political thriller, Costa-Gavras became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of Z, and he quickly followed it with the equally riveting The Confession.

    Added 04/30/2015
    The Confession (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Suffused with both enchantment and melancholy, this autobiographical film takes on the perspective of a quiet, lonely boy growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s.

    Added 04/30/2015
    The Long Day Closes (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time.

    Added 04/23/2015
    Hiroshima mon amour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.

    Added 03/23/2015
    Make Way for Tomorrow  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • 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 03/23/2015
    Eclipse Series 8:  Lubitsch Musicals (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

  • A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream.

    Added 03/17/2015
    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, and underseen French New Wave treasure.

    Added 03/12/2015
    The Soft Skin (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • One of the first and best-loved films of this period in his career is The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater.

    Added 01/14/2015
    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiantly intellectual and formally cutting-edge.

    Added 11/19/2014
    Every Man for Himself (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • This is a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces.

    Added 11/19/2014
    Watership Down (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances.

    Added 10/15/2014
    The Palm Beach Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • These haywire hits about splintered love affairs and broken homes, all starring mustachioed matinee idol Amedeo Nazzari and icon of feminine purity Yvonne Sanson, luxuriate in delirious plot twists and overheated religious symbolism.

    Added 10/03/2014
    Eclipse Series 27: Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

  • In René Clair’s irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. An international sensation upon its release, Under the Roofs of Paris is an exhilarating celebration of filmmaking.

    Added 08/02/2014
    Under the Roofs of Paris (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • With a background in music hall and mime performance, Tati steadily built an ever-more-ambitious movie career that ultimately raised sight-gag comedy to the level of high art.

    Added 07/17/2014
    The Complete Jacques Tati (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray Box Set

    7 Discs

    SRP: $124.95

    Criterion Store price:$99.96

  • The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom.

    Added 07/17/2014
    La dolce vita (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges.

    Added 07/05/2014
    The Innocents (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • This trio of rousing action epics reveals a deeply unsettling portrait of the Soviet Union under Stalin, and provided battle-scene blueprints for filmmaking giants from Laurence Olivier in Henry V to Akira Kurosawa in Seven Samurai.

    Added 06/09/2014
    Eisenstein: The Sound Years (Criterion DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

  • Set during Scotland’s national garbage strike of the mid-1970s, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him.

    Added 04/19/2014
    Ratcatcher (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • This evocative period piece, faithfully adapted from the A. E. Hotchner memoir, is among the versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films.

    Added 12/29/2013
    King of the Hill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.

    Added 12/17/2013
    The Great Beauty (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Though little known outside of France, Jean Grémillon was a consummate filmmaker from his country’s golden age.

    Added 10/12/2013
    Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • Pépé le moko is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him, and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police, until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life. Pépé le moko is a landmark of poetic realism.

    Added 10/12/2013
    Pépé le moko (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Before he left his mark on cinema forever with the revolutionary The Battle of Algiers, Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo directed this uncompromising World War II drama about a young Jewish woman (Susan Strasberg) in a Nazi concentration camp.

    Added 09/24/2013
    Kapò (Essential Art House DVD)

    Essential Art House DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $19.95

    Criterion Store price:$15.96

  • The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (a commanding Gian Maria Volonté) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed.

    Added 09/17/2013
    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

    3 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • Director Alex Cox balances a bleak evocation of star-crossed love with surreal humor and genuine tenderness in this portrait of the brief, intense attachment of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

    Added 08/02/2013
    Sid & Nancy (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Out of Print
  • A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress.

    Added 06/24/2013
    Things to Come (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir’s La bête humaine, a suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman, was one of the director’s greatest popular successes—and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen.

    Added 04/30/2013
    La bête humaine (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners.

    Added 04/24/2013
    The Rules of the Game (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • This selection of Rossellini’s history films presents Blaise Pascal, the three-part The Age of the Medici, and Cartesius—works that don’t just enliven the past but illuminate the ideas that brought us to where we are today.

    Added 04/14/2013
    Eclipse Series 14:  Rossellini’s History Films—Renaissance and Enlightenment (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $59.95

    Criterion Store price:$47.96

  • Dazzlingly acted by Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Anthony Higgins, and Isabelle Adjani, Quartet is the story of a girl who, adrift with her feckless husband amidst the literati of glittering Paris in the 1920s, becomes entrapped by a rich and sybaritic English couple.

    Added 04/03/2013
    Quartet (Merchant Ivory DVD)

    Merchant Ivory DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Out of Print
  • Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. Set to Kurt Weill’s irresistible score, this film remains a benchmark of early sound cinema.

    Added 03/04/2013
    The Threepenny Opera (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    2 Discs

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

    Added 03/01/2013
    Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Koreyoshi Kurahara’s free-form approach to moviemaking was perfectly suited to the radical spirit of the 1960s, when he was one of the biggest hit makers working at the razzle-dazzle, youth-oriented Nikkatsu studios.

    Added 01/13/2013
    Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    5 Discs

    SRP: $69.95

    Criterion Store price:$55.96

  • Alfonso Cuarón made his mark on Mexican cinema with the lightning-quick Sólo con tu pareja. Don Juan–ish yuppie Tomás Tomás spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can’t keep their names straight—until a spurned nurse gives him a taste of his own medicine.

    Added 01/08/2013
    Sólo con tu pareja (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noël Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema’s greatest writer-director collaborations.

    Added 01/01/2013
    David Lean Directs Noël Coward (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray Box Set

    4 Discs

    SRP: $99.95

    Criterion Store price:$79.96

  • One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean’s Great Expectations brings Charles Dickens’s masterpiece to robust on-screen life.

    Added 01/01/2013
    Great Expectations (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Merchant Ivory’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, based on the novella by Carson McCullers and the play by Edward Albee, is both a grotesque black comedy and a prime slice of Southern Gothic set in a poverty-stricken rural community dominated by the curious, androgynous Miss Amelia.

    Added 12/24/2012
    The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Merchant Ivory DVD)

    Merchant Ivory DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $19.95

    Out of Print
  • Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.

    Added 12/18/2012
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • In these three films, something like social-realist farces, Kaurismäki surveys the working-class outcasts of his native Finland with detached yet disarming amusement.

    Added 12/12/2012
    Eclipse Series 12:  Aki Kaurismäki’s Proletariat Trilogy (Eclipse DVD)

    DVD Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $44.95

    Criterion Store price:$35.96

  • A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is
    a cautionary tale of science run amok, adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.

    Added 12/10/2012
    Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

    Added 12/10/2012
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    1 Disc

    SRP: $29.95

    Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

    Added 11/04/2012
    The Human Condition (Criterion DVD)

    DVD

    4 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

  • Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello.

    Added 11/01/2012
    Belle de jour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.

    Added 10/16/2012
    Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind’s obsession with technological advancement has wreaked on our world.

    Added 09/26/2012
    The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray Box Set

    3 Discs

    SRP: $79.95

    Criterion Store price:$63.96

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    Aleksi: “This gets better with each viewing -- always the sign of an enduring classic.”

    Added 02/25/2012
    The Wages of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “This looks very cool...”

    Added 01/13/2012
    A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Criterion Store price:$31.96

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    Aleksi: “If I upgrade only one of my discs to BluRay, it's definitely this one (assuming 70mm transfer). (Oh how I wish you had the 155m director's cut!)”

    Added 01/05/2012
    PlayTime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

    Blu-Ray

    1 Disc

    SRP: $39.95

    Out of Print