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Blu Monday: Criterion and The Coen Brothers

28 August 2011 9:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The 5th Quarter: Special Edition (2010)

Synopsis: In February, 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later – just four days before his sixteenth birthday. (

Special Features: Making-of Featurette.

Bereavement (2010)

Synopsis: The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman. (

Special Features:

Commentary track with director/writer Stevan Mena Behind the scenes featurette Deleted »

- Travis Keune

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New Release: Lindsay Anderson’s If… Blu-ray

24 May 2011 12:42 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Malcolm McDowell has been pretty busy lately, and we’re not talking about his recent work in such TV projects as Entourage, Heroes, CSI and The Mentalist, but rather all the promotion he’s been doing for the upcoming Warner Home Video releases of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange on Blu-ray and the DVD and for Never Apologize, a film of his one-man stage show that pays tribute to his mentor, filmmaker/stage director Lindsay Anderson.

Malcolm McDowell is Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's 1969 If...

And speaking of Lindsay Anderson (we call that a segue, in the business), the Criterion Collection will release a Blu-ray version of Lindsay Anderson’s memorable youth-in-revolt drama movie If…, starring Malcolm McDowell as the inimitable Mick Travis, on Aug. 30.

In the film, Mick, with the help of his school buds, challenges authority at every turn and ultimately emerges as a violent savior »

- Laurence

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August 2011 Criterion Collection Titles Announced

18 May 2011 12:38 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s so strange, writing this so long after the announcement yesterday. In today’s internet world of instant information, and twenty four second news cycles, yesterday’s August 2011 Criterion Collection new releases may as well have happened last week, or last month. I’m sure that the page views for this post will be markedly smaller than the usual, as I have tried consistently to have the new release post up within minutes of the pages going live on Criterion’s website. I know this all sounds like inside baseball stuff, but it’s on my mind, and darn it, this is my website.

I had a whole, several paragraph long, write up of the August titles, but since I’m finding myself writing this at 10pm on Tuesday evening, I think it’s better if I just scrap that whole thing and start over. I was going on »

- Ryan Gallagher

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