Martin Scorsese's intoxicating, sardonic gangster film has, for better and worse, been one of the most influential films of the last three decades. At long last, it receives the home-video treatment it deserves.
Selma may have come out during a renewed period of racial tension, but its lasting relevance lies in its clear-headed depiction of the constant negotiation between inflamed passions and cold-blooded politicking that progresses any kind of social struggle.
Twilight Time's Blu-ray comes with a beautiful transfer and an informative commentary, but its greatest asset is offering the best-to-date home-video presentation of Isabelle Adjani's transfixing performance.
Keeping quiet about the Criterion Collection's must-own Blu-ray release of Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la Mer would be tantamount to committing a cinephilic war crime.
Warner's gorgeous Blu-ray preserves Paul Thomas Anderson's Pynchon adaptation as the director's anti-Magnolia, a work of diaspora and defeat that proves his most haunting, and maybe best, feature.
The red-headed stepchild of Sam Peckinpah's career is accorded an uneven A/V clean-up that's effectively offset by the surprising smorgasbord of informative extras.
The River is another essential Blu-ray release of a Technicolor classic from the Criterion Collection.
An occasionally inconsistent visual transfer notwithstanding, this is easily the best home-video release to date of John Carpenter's sci-fi spectacle, with a near-perfect audio track and enough extras to satisfy any diehard.
Walk Cheerfully, That Night's Wife, and Dragnet Girl are utterly fascinating snapshots of Ozu's early fetishization of American cinema as well as truly singular entries in his body of work, and Criterion has yet again delivered a curatorial package to be cherished.
The film is a must own, though this sparse Criterion edition hasn't been refurbished enough to warrant a double-dip for owners of the prior DVD.
Criterion has affectionately packaged Hollywood's greatest comedy into a must-own Blu-ray, featuring a top-notch audio-visual transfer and a suitable lot of diverse supplements.
Inaugurating a succession of his most popular successes, director Carol Reed's post-war thriller Odd Man Out arrives on Blu-ray from Criterion looking appropriately atmospheric.
The film is overrated by its cult, but has its charms, which are well represented by this attractive and reverent package.
It may overplay its hand, but it's still a harrowing tale of a mother-son haunting that manages to uncomfortably detonate several theoretically reassuring parental platitudes. Probably not the ideal gift for Mother's Day.
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