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Metropolitan [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Metropolitan [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Whit Stillman hits a cinematic home run in his debut film, Metropolitan, a spot-on character study of privileged youth in 1980s Manhattan. Grainy film and boxy soundtrack aside, this is an insightful examination of the debutante party scene, with great performances by a cast of largely unknown actors.

Metropolitan [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 11th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Metropolitan [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Whit Stillman’s 1990 peek into the lives of the young and rich socialites of New York arrives in a strong director approved Criterion Collection Blu-ray release.

The Samurai Trilogy [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 3rd, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Samurai Trilogy [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Inagaki Hiroshi’s classic three-part chambara saga in vivid color about Japan’s legendary folk hero Musashi comes to life in this stunning Criterion Collection edition on Blu-ray.

The 39 Steps [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 28th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The 39 Steps [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The 39 Steps, a milestone in Alfred Hitchcock’s early career, is given a superb restoration job by The Criterion Collection. This film has all of the elements that made Hitch a legend in the mystery-thriller genre.

The Gold Rush [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 17th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Gold Rush [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The Gold Rush, an early silent-film era epic that vaulted Charlie Chaplin’s career, is presented in two lovingly restored versions by the Criterion Collection. The remastering efforts result in a triumph of technology over the ravages of time making for an entertaining watch.

La Haine [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 31st, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

La Haine [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Mathieu Kassovitz has created a modern masterpiece of French cinema verite in La Haine, a searing portrayal of the aimless existence of disenfranchised youth living in the projects outside of Paris.

Certified Copy [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 16th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Certified Copy [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

An intellectually stimulating romantic comedy from Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Juliette Binoche was awarded the Best Actress award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for her excellent performance in Certified Copy.

Late Spring [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 28th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Late Spring [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Famed Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and a stellar cast present a domestic drama set in post-World War II Japan. The Criterion Collection’ remastering of the 70-year old film should be applauded as this is, in all respects, a cinematic masterpiece.

The Organizer [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 28th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Organizer [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The Criterion Collection unearths Mario Monicelli’s stark account of the Italian labor movement in this 1963 film noir. Marcello Mastroianni and a strong supporting cast deliver compelling performances while the restoration efforts are reasonably successful.

Being John Malkovich [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 26th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Being John Malkovich [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Spike Jonze’s existential and surreal dark comedy classic from the 90s, Being John Malkovich, arrives in a strong Criterion Collection edition on Blu-ray that cinephiles should grab up while they can.

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