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Just wondering what you guys would recommend?

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There are so many great titles, but here a handful of favorites from my own collection:

In The Mood For Love
Wings Of Desire
Paris, Texas
Yojimbo
Seven Samurai
The Battle Of Algiers
The Wages Of Fear
Quadrophenia
Night And Fog
La Jetee/Sans Soleil
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Z

I could keep listing them off but it would stretch out for a long while. I'm actually trying out Hulu Plus at the moment; they offer an enormous selection of Criterion titles for instant streaming. Still, Criterion titles are worth purchasing on DVD/Bluray, if only for the excellent supplemental features that usually come with them.

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Blonde Almond wrote:
There are so many great titles, but here a handful of favorites from my own collection:

In The Mood For Love
Wings Of Desire
Paris, Texas
Yojimbo
Seven Samurai
The Battle Of Algiers
The Wages Of Fear
Quadrophenia
Night And Fog
La Jetee/Sans Soleil
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Z

I could keep listing them off but it would stretch out for a long while. I'm actually trying out Hulu Plus at the moment



That's what I'm doing as well--I've seen Spy, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Battle, and Wages.

I need to see if Hulu has In The Mood For Love. Have you seen Four Feathers?

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Have you seen Four Feathers?


I haven't, but it's definitely one I plan to catch up on at some point.

Looks like Hulu doesn't have In The Mood For Love, but I would recommend tracking that one down elsewhere if you're interested in it.

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Their newer (read: theatrical release date) films are interesting: Revanche, Certified Copy, Pina, Antichrist, Hunger, Still Walking, Summer Hours, White Material... and those are just the most popular ones!

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The most important question is are you looking for Criterion editions to own or do you just want to watch some of the best movies the collection has to offer? Most editions have fantastic special features, which make the price worth it, but there are some duds. Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, for example, has virutally nothing to offer outside of the movie itself (which I find very good, but not great). The Battle of Algiers, on the other hand, is their best package. It combines one of the best films ever with a plethora of special features for anyone interested in the topic. It's flawless.

It sounds like you're mostly interested in watching some great movies, so here's a bunch from my personal collection that I love (that Blondie didn't mention):

The Rules of the Game
Naked
The Last Metro
F For Fake
The BBS Box Set (specifically The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens)
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Le Cercle Rouge
Throne of Blood


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Truthfully, very few of Criterion's titles are complete duds. Almost everything they've put out is worth viewing for one reason or another. So don't be afraid to dive in.

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I'm very pleased with their Kobayashi films (Harakiri, Samurai Rebellion, Kwaidan and the Human Condition trilogy), as well as Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff by Mizoguchi and M and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse by Lang.

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Not one mention of Brazil? The thing that truly showcases the power of editing?! A Pox on all your houses!


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The Rock :lol:


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Z. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, Z!

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I blind bought Solaris because of our boy Mark. You guys remember majoraphasia? Homeboy has a way with words that persuaded me to get it. I haven't taken the wrapper off yet, but the fact that it's my first Criterion buy has to mean for something, no? (Don't answer that JimmyK)

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I miss that dude. Him and Rob.

And Jory. Remember him? He was great.

We're missing a lot of good people.

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Check out the recently released bluray of Godard's Weekend. Quite something.


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One trend that's emerged with them over the past few years that kind of annoys me: releasing titles that had already been released in a perfectly good special edition (and transfer) by one of the major studios ("On the Waterfront," "Being John Malkovich," "Wings of Desire," "Repo Man," etc.). There are still plenty of great films that still HAVEN'T been released on DVD/Blu-ray in any form, folks. :ugeek:


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patrick wrote:
Not one mention of Brazil? The thing that truly showcases the power of editing?! A Pox on all your houses!


I honestly was going to mention this one, but thought JackBurns had probably already seen it.

Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Truthfully, very few of Criterion's titles are complete duds. Almost everything they've put out is worth viewing for one reason or another. So don't be afraid to dive in.


The movies themselves? Sure. But Criterion's are always a little pricier than other DVDs and every once in a while they'll release a one-disc package with one or two special features that doesn't separate it at all from what would be a normal DVD release. The movie might be fantastic, but paying extra for the Criterion name isn't really worth the price in those cases.

They're fantastic, but they do get lazy sometimes.


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PeachyPete wrote:

Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Truthfully, very few of Criterion's titles are complete duds. Almost everything they've put out is worth viewing for one reason or another. So don't be afraid to dive in.


The movies themselves? Sure. But Criterion's are always a little pricier than other DVDs and every once in a while they'll release a one-disc package with one or two special features that doesn't separate it at all from what would be a normal DVD release. The movie might be fantastic, but paying extra for the Criterion name isn't really worth the price in those cases.

They're fantastic, but they do get lazy sometimes.


In that case, I'll recommend a package I think is truly spectacular, and that's America Lost and Found: The BBS Story. It contains Head, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, A Safe Place, Drive He Said, The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens, plus a lot of great special features. It's one of the best sets they've ever released.

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