We’ve got some great news for you today, which is that Criterion has just announced their November slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases, and it’s truly one of their best line-ups yet!

Starting on 11/8, you’ll get Lone Wolf and Cub (Cat #841 – Blu-ray and DVD) which includes all six films in the series (Sword of Vengeance, Baby Cart at the River Styx, Baby Cart to Hades, Baby Cart in Peril, Baby Cart in the Land of Demons, and White Heaven in Hell) as well as the Shogun Assassin edit of the first two films, plus amazing extras. Next up on 11/15 are Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Cat #842 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love (Cat #843 – Blu-ray and DVD), both with great extras. Dreams will include a 150-minute documentary shot on the set by Nobuhiko Obayashi about the making of the film and more. Then on 11/22, look for Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks (Cat #844 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale (Cat #845 – Blu-ray and DVD), again each with great extras. You can see the cover artwork and pre-order each below. What an amazing slate!  [Read on here…]

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:00

My Favorite Non-Christmas Christmas Films

Most film columnists start writing their Christmas pieces around August, churning out their memories of It’s a Wonderful Life (which is a story in itself – this generation has no idea that the film was considered an oddity and a flop until Jimmy Stewart mentioned it on The Tonight Show and, as it was in the public domain and available for cheap airings, it has since been considered a “classic”) and other routine movies that just happen to tell a Christmas like story.  Movies like Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas in Connecticut still hold up and there are others I’m sure that do as well, but few movies that are singularly about Christmas float my boat.  I’ve seen them a million times and most are creaky.  Here are my favorite Christmas movies, a list my successful and thoughtful brother calls Christmas Movies for People Who Aren’t Enamored with Christmas Movies[Read on here…]

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