Attention, art-house cinephiles,
Mark your calendars and save your sheckles! Barnes and Noble’s Criterion Collection 50% off sale (otherwise known as video hoarder Christmas) is coming July 11th. All Criterion blu-rays, DVDs, and box sets will be discounted at 50% off retail prices.
Video addicts well know that the Criterion Collection is the premiere U.S. art-house blu-ray label; but if you are a more casual movie fan, don’t let that scare you off. Criterion carries numerous titles that will appeal to film geeks of all stripes. Ghost World, His Girl Friday, Rosemary’s Baby, City Lights, Harold and Maude, To Be or Not To Be, Nashville, Time Bandits, Lone Wolf and Cub, The Island of Lost Souls… Their titles are a cornucopia of delights.
As the voice of a movie recommendation site, I feel compelled to recommend a couple of lesser-known titles before I let you go:
Cul-De-Sac (1966) — If you like dark comedies and psychological thrillers, I highly recommend Cul-De-Sac, my favorite Roman Polanski film. When two gangsters (Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran) on the lam invade the isolated, castle home of a young couple (Donald Pleasence and Francoise Dorleac) a battle of wills ensues with constantly shifting power dynamics. Here’s a taste:
The Peirre Etaix Collection (1962-1971) — Fans of classic comedy owe it to themselves to check out this collection of five features and three short subjects from forgotten French comic genius, Pierre Etaix. This set receives my highest recommendation. It is both my favorite Criterion title and my favorite blind buy of all time. If you haven’t heard of Etaix, and you probably haven’t, imagine if Buster Keaton and Ernie Kovacs had a love child in Paris. Better yet, just check out this video: