Criterion’s New June Releases Take You to France, London, Japan, and the Deep South

by Emma Stefansky March 15, 2017 @ 5:33 PM
Daiei Film
It’s Criterion season again, and this June the Criterion Collection is adding a whole bunch of unmissable classics from around the world. Take a trip to Provence with the newly-restored Marseille Trilogy, marvel at Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, and tremble at Kenji Mizoguchi’s wartime ghost story Ugetsu. Then, strap in for Nicholas Ray’s film noir debut They Live By Night, and marvel at a young Dustin Hoffman in Sam Peckinpah’s shocking, controversial Straw Dogs. If you need any more convincing that any one of these movies is worth spending the extra money on (they are), we’ve got the deets from the Criterion press release right here.

Criterion Has Announced Its January 2017 Lineup

by Emma Stefansky October 14, 2016 @ 4:21 PM
Columbia Pictures
It’s that time of year again: Halloween month is the harbinger of the gift-giving season, retail stores throwing up the snowflake decorations before Thanksgiving is even a blip on our radars. But, for cinephiles, October is the month when Criterion announces their new releases for the following January, and next year’s slate, with three directors joining the collection for the first time, looks fantastic.

Criterion’s October Slate Is a Love Letter to Guillermo del Toro

by Matthew Monagle July 16, 2016 @ 12:26 PM
Warner Bros.
There are few things more enjoyable as a cinephile than watching a movie from the Criterion Collection or listening to director Guillermo del Toro talk about art history and his favorite genre films. So with this week’s announcement that the Criterion Collection would be going very heavy on the del Toro films in their October lineup, we may actually be in danger of suffering too much of a good thing. We didn’t know that was possible, either.

Watch Edgar Wright Make Some Selections From the Famous Criterion Closet

by Britt Hayes March 7, 2015 @ 1:51 PM
Criterion continues to add some of the best films in cinema history to their collection year after year, and their releases have become collector’s items for hardcore cinephiles. It’s not just fans like you and me who are into what Criterion’s putting out—many famous directors and stars are also hugely into the releases, and several of them have visited the Criterion Closet over the years to make and recommend some selections to like-minded viewers. The latest famous face to visit the company’s special closet is none other than Edgar Wright, who makes some really great selections.

Criterion's April Slate Includes 'Repo Man' and David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch'

by Damon Houx January 15, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
The Criterion Collection
David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch' -- the film 'The Simpsons' mocked when Bart and his friends snuck into it and Nelson Muntz came out saying "I can think of at least two things wrong with that title" -- is getting the Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment this April, alongside cult classic 'Repo Man' and more.

Criterion's March Slate Includes Terrence Malick's First Film and More

by Damon Houx December 17, 2012 @ 8:45 PM
The Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is ending the year with one of the best months of new announcements in quite some time. For March, we're getting two Blu-ray upgrades, and four new releases of titles by Terrence Malick, Fritz Lang, Charlie Chaplin and Robert Bresson. If you love movies, there's going to be a couple here to excite you.

Criterion's September Slate Features David Fincher's 'The Game'

by Damon Houx June 15, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Criterion Collection
Because David Fincher's 'The Game' was made for the long-defunct Polygram Filmed Entertainment, its home video rights have been rocky. The studio released it on DVD at the format's inception, while Universal released the film on HD-DVD, but has yet to release a Blu-ray. Criterion - who put the film out on Laserdisc - has now set the film for a DVD and Blu-ray release. That and more are coming from the boutique company in September.