Léon Morin, Priest Blu-ray

Studio: Criterion

Aug 30, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

For his sixth feature, Léon Morin, Priest, France's Jean-Pierre Melville couldn't have stepped further from the fare he's associated with today. Gone are the usual thugs, bank robbers, and freedom fighters that populate his films, replaced with lonely housewives and a hot-under-the-collar clergyman. More

The Music Room Blu-ray

Studio: The Criterion Collection

Aug 16, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

The 1958 film The Music Room was a watershed moment for Indian director/composer/writer/producer Satyajit Ray. The slow-paced drama eschews much of the melodrama and garish musical interludes of normal Bengali films and centers its story on an aging zamindar (feudal landlord) who is fading into obsolescence. More

Aug 08, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

The seventh season of Entourage is frankly only enjoyable if you’re already invested in the characters—and even then, it’s not so sparkly. More

Aug 05, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

This knockoff, straight-to-DVD style documentary is very low-rent, but has some merits by tracing Neil Young's many influences. The Godfather of Grunge once likened himself to a sponge and Here We Are In the Years: Neil Young's Music Box bears that statement out again and again...and again. More

The Great Dictator

Studio: Criterion

Jul 23, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Regarding his father, Charles Chaplin, Jr. once wrote the following: “Their destinies were poles apart. One was to make millions weep, while the other was to set the whole world laughing. Dad could never think of Hitler without a shudder, half of horror, half of fascination. ‘Just think,’ he would say uneasily, ‘he’s the madman, I’m the comic. But it could have been the other way around.’” More

Kes

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

Diabolique

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