LEECHES : ‘..and my friends keep telling me I am out of my mind to want to spend $40 on it after they see one of his films.’
Well, Brackhage isn’t exactly for everyone. Go with how you feel about the set. It’s a fantastic set if you like the films/director and it has a lot of interesting special features. If your into Brakhage, its worth a buy.
i’ve decided on going with some of the newer releases that interest me for now. limited it to 10, might not even go for that. but i gotta limit myself or i’ll blow more than i should.
The Great Dictator
beauty and the beast
the music room
life during war time
smiles of a summer night
Delete please, double post.
I’ve been lucky enough over most the previous twelve months to be able to many of the titles that I’ve wanted so I don’t have any major omissions from the Criterion blu-ray catalogue. Sales like this do give me the opportunity to tick off a few titles that I am interested in as I’ve bought almost nothing over the past couple of months.
The timing of the sale is good and/or bad as it covers two pay days for me.
There are a few recent titles that I’m interested in:
-Zazie Dans Le Metro
-People on Sunday
-Smiles of a Summer Night
A few older titles that I’ve missed:
-Wages of Fear
-Ride With The Devil
-Bigger Than Life
Also a few titles on the way which may not be included in the sale:
-Music Room (Never seen this but I’ve heard nothing but good things)
-Life During Wartime
-High & Low
That’s thirteen in my list but that ay well change, it’s but paying half price and having two pay days to spread it across makes it a lot easier.
Having said that, I’m currently in the process of completing my Yasujiro Ozu BFI blu-ray collection so I may return to those. It would make sense to resist them and take advantage of the Criterion sale while it’s on though.
Amazon’s lightning deal today (starting at 5:00 ET) is 50% off the Josef von Sternberg box set. I’m pretty sure it’s 50% of their price, which is only $60, whereas the b&n sale will be 50% off the list price ($80), so it’s $10 cheaper on amazon today. So if you were planning on buying it the b&n sale, go ahead and buy it today, and buy The Makioka Sisters, Simon of the Desert, Night and Fog or any other of Criterion’s bargain-priced dvd’s with the $10 you save!
Annnnnnnd…. the sale’s already over… everybody loses!
Surprised more people didn’t go for it.
Woulda had I seen it in time.
Nooooo. I look up that boxset a couple times a week. Of course I would miss this.
Actually turns out it was really $34.99, so you would have really only saved $5 from the b&n sale.
I just realized that on the Barnes and Noble sit that a lot of Criterion Blu-rays aren’t at list price and right now they have a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale. So you can get 3 for 55.99 instead of 60 dollars. Whoa there little doggie.
Take backs: I only 2 that are at 27.99 on there that are part of this deal. Boo.
one more day…..
There’s no mention whatsoever of the sale on B&N’s website.
Most likely because it hasn’t started yet. Keep your pants on.
How about A Nos Amours? Is it worth waiting for a blu ray release of that film? I’m tempted to buy the DVD, and it’s down low on the list of films I’d expect to be released on blu ray, but one never knows.
i can’t wait!!!!! I’ll be picking up Kiss Me Deadly on blu ray for sure!
how’s the Basil Dearden London Underground Eclipse set? I’d probably get that if it’s recommended by enough people. I’d also consider getting the Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry box.
and yes, by all means, get the Dusan Makeveyev set. Nothing at all like it in the world…socially liberal proletariat movies from behind the Iron Curtain.
Hey I hadn’t seen this one before, soon to be released – Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara. Will be a great match to the Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties and Nikkatsu Noir sets.
Choosing between Dearden and Guitry is a tough call – personally I enjoy Guitry a bit more just because he himself is such an interesting and witty character in his films, but Dearden has more variety and it’s a sharper, more modern style of film-making in that set. Dearden seems a bit more relevant to today’s world, fwiw, and if you just like the British culture and a unique look at England in that era, it’s a winner. So count me as one recommendation!
@ThisLife: speculating on Criterion blu-ray re-issues is kind of a fools errand it seems. While they’ve gone ahead with some of the more obvious “low number” titles that really needed the upgrade, I and a few other semi-pro Criterion prognosticators never saw Sweetie, Naked, My Life as a Dog or 3 Women on the horizon. I expected more Bergman (Fanny & Alexander, Wild Strawberries), Kurosawa (Rashomon), any of the Wes Anderson movies (surefire commercial $$$-makers), Brazil or Ozu (Tokyo Story, Floating Weeds)… not to mention the long awaited, oft-begged for reboot of Andrei Rublev. I suppose they like to go with more recent titles where the restoration work isn’t so extensive, and they probably see opportunities to return some of their middle catalog titles to a new level of prominence as well. A Nos Amours seems to have an audience, based on its popularity rankings on Hulu Plus… perhaps the synopsis of a teenage girl’s rampant nymphomania has something to do with it. :o)
BUY 2 GET 1 FREE at barnes & noble ENDS TONIGHT!!!
Why is My Life As a Dog such a surprise for a people? It was huge success here in the US, considering it was a non-Anglophone film.
I remember hearing a bit about My Life as a Dog some years ago when it hit the theaters but I never saw it and I never heard or saw much chatter about it over the past few years when I started spending a lot more time watching Criterion DVDs, so I didn’t see it as an obvious candidate for Blu-ray release. I’m just not aware of its widespread appeal I guess.
When you go to the BN website, under Buy 1, Get 2 sale they are advertising Criterions, but they don’t show the icon, and at checkout it won’t work. It would be a great deal because they have a bunch of Blu-rays for $23.99, so it would work out to about $16 per disc. Am I doing something wrong?
I don’t believe there’s any trick to it. Just put 3 in your cart and you’ll automatically see the discount when checking out… wait, upon further investigation, it appears that some films aren’t included in the online sale. Anyway, i added it up and it was actually a better deal for me to purchase in-store with my membership discount (10%) and “BN 10% off,” making my final order buy 2 get 1 free and 20% off the final price of each bluray.
so buy2 get 1 ends tonight and 50% starts tomorrow?
@HAL CROVES – I’d love a Buy 1 Get 2 sale. Where’s that at? LOL
Just in case you don’t know! Barnes and Noble has a promotion on their website for a 2 month membership for free!
You do however need to purchase something from them in order to buy it. You can’t buy it alone. I’m going through the Barnes & Noble classics trying to pick a book to get with my order.
This is perfect for those of you who don’t already have a membership and would like an additional 10% off your 50% off Critieron purchases!