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Trevor Reviews Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

2 hours ago

In 1967, director Jean-Pierre Melville and actor Alain Delon were at the top of their game. They each had years of experience and critical success, Melville with his films about occupied France (his 1949 feature debut Le Silence de la Mer and 1961’s Léon Morin, Priest) and crime thrillers (such as 1956’s Bob le flambeur, 1963’s Le Doulos, and 1966’s Le deuxième souffle); Delon with a string of films made by various world-class auteurs taking advantage of his nice combination of acting ability and leading-man looks (René Clément’s 1960 film Purple Noon; Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film L’Eclisse; Luchino Viconti’s 1963 film The Leopard). The two would finally work together in 1967’s Le Samouraï, the first of a three-film partnership that would end with Melville’s early death at 55 in 1973.

For my money, Le Samouraï is at the pinnacle for each, as close as other films may be to the pinnacle, and cemented their legacy. »

- Trevor Berrett

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Mondo and Black Dragon Press Unveil New Print for Wings of Desire

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The folks at Mondo and Black Dragon Press are releasing the next print in their series, featuring yet another film from the Criterion Collection: Wim WendersWings of Desire!

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Wim Wender’s Wings Of Desire, and we’re extremely thankful to the Wim Wenders Foundation for their help in making this print happen and to Jeffrey for his sterling work. There will be two versions up for grabs: a UK Variant with gold stars going on sale at 5pm tomorrow via Black Dragon Press, and a Us Variant with metallic silver stars going on sale on the Mondo site tomorrow at a random time. Both editions are limited to 60.

Wings of Desire (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] $22.97 $27.99 16 new from $18.97 10 used from $15.95 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Last updated on November 20, 2017 3:09 pm Wings of Desire $19.99 $39.99 Buy Now barnesandnoble.com »

- Ryan Gallagher

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New UK Home Video Releases for the Week of November 20th, 2017

14 hours ago

This week features several must-own/import titles for our friends in the UK and those with region-free players elsewhere in the world. While there are many more titles out this week, I’ve highlighted nine titles that our readers will appreciate.

This week the Criterion Collection is releasing Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky in the UK and the Us. The BFI is putting out Jacques Rivette’s Celine and Julie Go Boating. Artificial Eye is releasing a mammoth 10-disc box set of the films of Aki Kaurismaki.

The folks from Arrow are releasing a non-limited version of their new 4K restoration of John Carpenter’s The Thing, along with Steve Buscemi’s Animal Factory (this will see a Us release next week from Arrow). Indicator is releasing Wolf and The Eyes of Laura Mars, both region-free. The Masters of Cinema are finally releasing their Buster Keaton box set and

The Aki Kaurismäki »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 6 – Summer 1969 Part 3

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Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe, William Remmers and Cole Roulain to discuss two titles from the Summer of 1969: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows and Marcel Ophuls’s The Sorrow and the Pity.

Episode Time Markers Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:04:39 Army of Shadows: 0:04:40 – 1:34:29 The Sorrow and the Pity: 1:34:30 – 2:49:34  Army of Shadows (9/12/69)

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- David Blakeslee

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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Monday, November 20th

23 hours ago

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon 4K TVs Tcl 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $649.99 $799.99 3 new from $649.99 2 used from $0.00 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Tcl 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $699.99 $899.99 10 new from $688.99 1 used from $699.50 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping LG Electronics OLED55C7P 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Oled TV (2017 Model) $1,696.99 $2,197.00 14 new from $1,696.99 20 used from $1,419.32 Buy Now amazon.com »

- Ryan Gallagher

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