Any current Criterion must-haves?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Dusty Chalk, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    I just found out Barnes & Noble is having their annual Criterion sale -- I got the Qatsi trilogy because I revisit the first one every several years, and have thought, "I really should watch the other two more than the once..." I also got Moonrise Kingdom, and was surprised to learn that The Grand Budapest Hotel (my personal favourite Wes Anderson) is not on Criterion! I'll pick up Inside Llewyn Davis when I find it, and I'm waffling on The Complete Monterey Pop and the Guillermo del Toro collection (Cronos/Pan's Labyrinth/Devil's Backbone -- I've seen, and like, the latter two -- is Cronos any good?). I have the 50 DVD Kurosawa box that I still haven't finished, so I should probably pass on any Kurosawa, even though I'm tempted by Yojimbo, and I kind of really want Ikiru. Godzilla?
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  2. enro99

    enro99 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    The Last Emperor
    Mulholland Dr
    Dr. Strangelove
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  3. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    I'd hold off on Monterrey Pop for now, if I were you. See here:

    Monterey Pop on Region B BD?

    Other than that one piece of advice, I don't know what to tell you. Criterion has such a vast, varied catalogue that it's difficult to recommend specific titles without knowing more about your tastes. You'd be better off scanning the catalogue on their website, whittling it down to a shortlist within your budget, then reading a few reviews to find out which ones are for you.
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  4. jkauff

    jkauff Putin-funded Forum Troll

    Doylestown, PA
    If you're into Noir, the recent release of The Asphalt Jungle is well worth having.
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  5. I just picked up, watched and enjoyed One-Eyed Jacks. I need to pick up a copy of The Seventh Seal before the B&N 50% sale ends.
  6. The Hud

    The Hud Seventh Hud of a Seventh Hud

    The Godzilla Criterion is very good, I think you will enjoy it.
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  7. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
    Black Narcissus
    America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
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  8. peteham

    peteham Forum Resident

    Simcoe County
    Harold & Maude
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  9. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Harakiri is in my personal top ten. The Criterion has a really nice set of extras.
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  10. RK2249

    RK2249 Forum Resident

    South Jersey
    Picked up quite a few of these Blu-rays over the past couple of weeks:

    Fanny & Alexander
    Blind Chance
    45 Years
    Mystery Train
    Mullholland Dr.
    The Qatsi Trilogy

    Have a bunch more on Blu-ray and DVD...can't think of any (that I've watched so far) not worth owning.
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  11. RK2249

    RK2249 Forum Resident

    South Jersey
    I take that back...I hated Last Year At Marienbad
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  12. rockerreds

    rockerreds Forum Resident

    Ghost World
    Love Streams
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  13. Claus LH

    Claus LH Forum Resident

    Kurosawa's "Dreams" is visually ravishing and, being a multi-story film, should appeal to people who want to check out the master without indulging in one of his samurai epics.
    For foodies, "Tampopo", now finally on Criterion BR, is an easy recommendation.
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  14. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    So total haul ended up being: Qatsi trilogy, Guillermo del Toro trilogy (Cronos/Pan's Labyrinth/Devil's Backbone), Godzilla, Blood Simple, Inside Llewyn Davis, Heart of a Dog (I adore Laurie Anderson and everything she does, so this is one of the few I haven't seen yet), Seventh Seal and Moonrise Kingdom, and stopped there, despite being tempted by many others, I just didn't feel comfortable buying this many disks when I went without for so long (the last three I purchased before this spending spree were: Under the Skin, Ex Machina, and Anomalisa), so I just had to stop somewhere. Appreciate all the information, feel free to keep posting, I'm sure others appreciate all the lists.
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  15. MYKE

    MYKE Offended By The Easily Offended

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    MYKE Offended By The Easily Offended

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    MYKE Offended By The Easily Offended

  18. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

    Ditto on Strangelove
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  19. tone ded freb

    tone ded freb Forum Resident

    Arizona Snowbowl
    Being There if you like Peter Sellers or dry/dark comedy.
  20. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    In a previous sale picked up a couple Chaplin (Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Kid), and should get those Harold Lloyd titles soon: Safety First, The Freshman

    Kurasawa's film Dreams is a really beautiful release, with a nice Special feature from Japanese television "Making of Dreams" program.
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  21. thxdave

    thxdave Forum Resident

    When does the sale end?
  22. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    8/7, I think.
  23. fr in sc

    fr in sc Forum Resident

    Hanahan, SC
    I heartily recommend Woman On The Run with Ann Sheridan. Great commentary by Eddie Muller!
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  24. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    One Eyed Jacks
    McCabe and Mrs. Miller
    The Graduate
    A Hard Days Night
    His Girl Friday
    Paths of Glory
    The Killing
  25. knob twirler

    knob twirler Forum Resident

    Chapel Hill, NC
    'Chasing Amy'

    I keed, I keed.
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