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Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes The Darjeeling Limited, The Magician, Paths Of Glory, The Darjeeling Limited, House and Seven Samurai

16 July 2010 11:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Criterion has announced their October releases and they’ve lined up some great titles including Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film House.  Criterion has provided us with high resolution front and back cover art as well as details on each release.  Hit the jump to take a look.  All are being released on DVD and Blu-ray:

The Darjeeling Limited

In The Darjeeling Limited, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Tiff Cinematheque To Screen Several Criterion Films This Summer

25 May 2010 9:25 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, it appears as though the Tiff Cinematheque is set to pull out all the stops.

According to Criterion, the Tiff, formerly known as the Cinematheque Ontario, will be bringing out a rather superb and cartoonishly awesome summer schedule, that will include films ranging from Kurosawa pieces, to films from Pier Paolo Pasolini. Other films include a month long series dedicated to James Mason, Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales, a tribute to Robin Wood, and most interesting, a retrospective on the works of one Catherine Breillat.

Personally, while the Kurosawa, Pasolini, and Rohmer collections sound amazing, the Breillat series is ultimately the collective that I am most interested in. Ranging from films like the brilliant Fat Girl, to the superb and underrated Anatomy of Hell, these are some of the most interesting and under seen pieces of cinema of recent memory, and are more than »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Criterion New Release Tuesday – April 27, 2010 – Ride With The Devil and The Fugitive Kind [Criterion Collection New Releases]

26 April 2010 9:58 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Another Tuesday is before us, with brand new Criterion Collection titles. It appears that with each pair of the April new releases, we’re treated to films separated by several decades, in both color and black & white. This week Criterion releases the first Sidney Lumet directed film in the Collection, featuring Marlon Brando’s first appearance in the Collection as well. The Fugitive Kind, Criterion # 515, is being released as a 2-Disc DVD. We’re also getting a brand new cut of Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil, Criterion # 514, on DVD and Blu-ray. To read Travis’ initial thoughts on these releases, check out our announcement for the April Releases here.

After we watched Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm for the podcast, I decided that I had not see enough of Lee’s films. I decided to give The Hulk another chance, after several attempts to get through the comic »

- Ryan Gallagher

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'Star Wars,' 'Speed' And Other Movies Inspired By Akira Kurosawa On His 100th Birthday

23 March 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Today is the 100th birthday of Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He died back in 1998, but his films carry on his legacy in many ways. First, obviously, there are the literal titles that continue to be watched and studied religiously (13 of them are being aired on Turner Classic Movies today). Second, there are the upcoming remakes of "Seven Samurai," "High and Low," "Rashomon" and "Ikiru" in development. And third, there are those films directly inspired by Kurosawa's films.

Kurosawa himself had many influences, and a number of his films were loose remakes or direct adaptations of everything from Westerns to Dostoyevsky to films noir to Shakespeare. So it's unlikely he'd be upset about the idea that his work has gone on to influence some of today's most notable filmmakers. He might even be enjoying some of the following blockbuster movies, all owing much to his work, from beyond the grave: »

- Christopher Campbell

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