Studio: Criterion

Jul 18, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Ken Loach's 1970 film, Kes, about a lonely teenage boy named Billy Casper (David Bradley), who rears and trains a kestrel, is generally considered the second feature film from the esteemed British director. Indeed, Kes was Loach's second film to be distributed in theaters, following 1967's Poor Cow, but Loach had been working in television throughout the '60s and had been making (by today's standards) feature-length films for BBC1's The Wednesday Play. Loach's 1966 film, Cathy Come Home, which chronicles a young mother's descent into homelessness, is included as a special feature with Criterion's Blu-ray/DVD release of Kes. More


Studio: Criterion

Jun 10, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Alfred Hitchcok's Psycho (1960) owes quite a bit to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 horror-thriller masterwork, Les Diaboliques (titled here as Diabolique).  More

White Material

Studio: Criterion

May 24, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Near the beginning of French auteur Claire Denis' latest feature film, White Material, a man from the French army shouts down from a helicopter circling over a barren African road, urging Frenchwoman Maria Vial (Isabelle Huppert) to vacate the area for her own safety. As the copter's rotor blows dust in Maria's face, she gestures an "up yours" skyward, in defiance of the men trying to help her. More

Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray

Studio: Criterion

Apr 22, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Undoubtedly there are Blu-ray fans already familiar with 1957's Sweet Smell of Success looking forward to seeing Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe's vivid Manhattan through Criterion's new presentation. They won't be disappointed. More

127 Hours

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Apr 15, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Best Picture nomination was nice, but was hopefully a product of the ridiculous ten nomination policy and not anyone thinking 127 Hours was actually Best Picture material. It’s a good movie—a surprisingly good one considering the level of difficulty involved in portraying a man who is hiking and has his arm crushed by a boulder as a motion picture. Emphasis on the motion. More

Amarcord Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Apr 12, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

As the vibrant cast of villagers in Amarcord provided moviegoers in the early 70s with director Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical childhood time capsule, Criterion's Blu-Ray edition finds the world of the fictional Borgo charmingly and gorgeously intact. More

Get Low Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Mar 22, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

A phenomenal idea for a movie—a hermit decides to host his own funeral before he dies so he can hear what people think about him—Get Low roars along for a good long while before the audience has the realization the plot's not going to be as exciting as they'd hoped. Despite the best efforts of an excellent Robert Duvall, the film loses steam and eventually collapses.


Broadcast News Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Mar 10, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

More than being a film about the industry it's titled after, Broadcast News is a look into a love triangle in the newsroom. More


Studio: Sony Pictures Classic

Feb 21, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has made a career of exploring outsiders: hunted kids (City of Lost Children), rogue vegetarians (Delicatessen), and, perhaps most famously, shy dreamers (Amélie). Micmacs faithfully follows in these films’ heartfelt, Technicolor footsteps. More