‘White Material’ gets the Criterion treatment

Posted by · 12:36 pm · January 18th, 2011

When you’ve been doggedly championing a film for the better part of 18 months, as I have with Claire Denis’s “White Material,” you do start to feel weirdly parental. So I was oddly touched by the raft of emails and tweets I got from assorted readers to inform me that the film has been revealed […]

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Cover art for ‘Thin Red Line’ Criterion release

Posted by · 12:18 pm · July 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago we told you about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray Criterion release of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” perhaps one of the most anticipated Criterion announcements yet.  The information came with sell sheet cover art, but today we get a look at the actual cover art, and as one would expect, […]

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Malick’s Pacific theatre makes its way to Criterion

Posted by · 11:12 am · June 17th, 2010

I haven’t picked up a copy of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” on DVD because I’m so OCD.  As in, I can’t stand the “Fox war classics” thing at the top of the case.  It’s the same reason I have a love/hate relationship with my “John Wayne classics” version of “The Man Who Shot […]

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Prince of the city

Posted by · 4:17 pm · August 25th, 2009

I have Chad to thank for pointing me to this Criterion DVD cover (pictured left) for Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah,” a film you may remember we kind of liked here at In Contention. Chad is no fan of the cover art (which of course riffs on one of the film’s most widely publicized images), and a […]

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The Auteurs: Your online cinema, anytime, anywhere

Posted by · 11:19 am · June 15th, 2009

I’m quite late to the table on The Auteurs, an on demand film streaming and social networking website mentioned briefly in this morning’s round-up.  I probably should have given it a closer look, since I’ve certainly noticed Glenn Kenny’s continued editorial contributions to the site, but I didn’t really get in there and start digging […]

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Vote on the next Criterion Blu-ray release

Posted by · 9:23 am · May 4th, 2009

I’ve gone head-first into the tank for Blu-ray ever since I broke down and bought a player last year.  And despite a high retail tag in most quarters, Amazon.com remains the number one spot for finding the best deals. Criterion has slowly been putting together a rather varied slate of titles on Blu, from Wes […]

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Too much, too soon?

Posted by · 2:28 am · March 21st, 2009

I’m not as outraged as some are by the news that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is to be granted a Criterion Collection DVD release in May — as has been pointed out, if not one but two Michael Bay films have made the cut in the past, the label’s aesthetic standards are a […]

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