Criterion’s August Assault on Your Wallet

More Kubrick and Polanski join the Collection, along with a great modern Korean film. They pay tribute to Jean Vigo and Koreyoshi Kurahara with a pair of box sets. Cocteau’s Orpheus, Battle of Algiers, and If… get Blu-ray upgrades. Read on for more details.

The Best from Criterion in 2010

Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but I pay an awful lot of attention to what Criterion releases, announces, and teases each month. Here’s a rundown of the best things they released in 2010, including my favorite extras.

Criterion Teases PALE FLOWER (1964) for Future Release

Criterion sent their monthly newsletter out today, which means another one of their “wacky drawings” that hints at an upcoming title. This one is a simple pun: the below image is a “pail” of “flour”, hence PALE FLOWER. Read on to find out why you should care about this badass Japanese gangster movie from the 60’s.

Discs in a Box: Criterion’s America Lost & Found (The BBS Story)

Criterion’s big box set release of the year hits the street tomorrow (Nov. 23rd), and it’s a tightly-packed journey through a particularly important period in American cinema. Everyone has heard of the big-name movies found here (EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, and THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS), but lesser-known pictures like HEAD (featuring The Monkees), DRIVE, HE SAID (Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut), and Henry Jaglom’s debut A SAFE PLACE (which co-stars Orson Welles) are all equally important parts of the story behind them all.

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