Del Toro Bleak House

Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.

Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »

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Mondo Repo Man Criterion

Criteron fans who saw the artwork for this week’s release of Alex Cox‘s cult film Repo Man and thought, “That looks familiar” might have been 100% right. The work, commissioned by Criterion, was done by two of Mondo‘s familiar and talented artists: Jay Shaw and Tyler Stout. You can get the artwork on the Criterion release, out Tuesday, or as limited edition screenprints released by Mondo, also on Tuesday. Get the specifics below. Read More »

Criterion’s Catalog Free on Hulu All Weekend

Briefly: Take any plans you have this weekend and flush them down the toilet. All of the Criterion Collection titles currently available on Hulu will be free to watch all weekend.

Available films include Seven Samurai, Breathless, Cronos, The Hidden Fortress, Wings of Desire, The Blob, Modern Times, City Lights, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows. Eraserhead, The Most Dangerous Game, Jules and Jim, Tokyo Story and many more. (Some of these are films that haven’t yet been issued on disc by the company, such as Eraserhead. Others are Criterion or Janus holdings that may never get a release under the Criterion banner.)

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Wes Anderson‘s unique aesthetic may be more in vogue than ever, but since real life doesn’t come with production designers and cinematographers it can be rather difficult to duplicate the look at home. Until now!

As part of their Blu-ray release of The Royal Tenenbaums, the Criterion Collection has unveiled the covers of various book and magazine covers featured in the film. All you need now is a high-quality photo printer at home, and you can replace the embarrassing covers of your Fifty Shades of Grey collection with these stylish designs. (Or, you know, you can just look at them for fun.) In any case, check ‘em out after the jump.

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Fans of monster movies and/or the Criterion Collection probably recall that a couple of months back, rumors began surfacing of a Criterion Collection release of Godzilla — an unusual, though not unprecedented, pick by a video distributor that generally favors artsy pictures over genre flicks. So today’s news won’t come as a surprise, but rather a welcome update. Criterion has officially confirmed a January release for their Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD, and has unveiled a list of the special features we can look forward to. More details after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 135 – Unknown

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In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder about the future of creative storytelling, try to parse David O. Russell’s thoughts on Uncharted, debate the merits of The Fifth Element, and explain why I Am Number Four is a huge steaming pile of number two.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, February 27 at Slashfilm’s live page where we’ll be discussing this year’s Oscar ceremony.

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And with this, Hulu Plus is suddenly an essential subscription. Criterion added 150 titles to the paid subscription service yesterday, and will soon have 800 of the company’s library titles available to stream for those who pay $7.99 per month. Eight. Hundred. Films available now include Hausu, Ikiru, La Strada, Jules and Jim, L’Avventura, The Battle of Algiers, The Blob, George Washington, Grey Gardens, High and Low, and over 100 more.

The details, if you need more than that, are after the break. Read More »

zatoichi-hulu

I love the Zatoichi movies. Love ‘em. One of my shelves has a pile of Zatoichi DVDs thirty cases high. The tale of a blind swordsman with amazing moves and a penchant for gambling certainly has no shortage of material for the dedicated fan: it spawned twenty-seven films and a one hundred and twelve-episode TV series. Zatoichi is remarkable for many reasons, but primarily because actor Shintaro Katsu played the character in every screen appearance but one.

Now, thanks to a deal between Criterion and Hulu, you can watch six of the films, the first chapters in the long series, for free. This looks to be the first of a series of Hulu offerings from Criterion, and it’s a great start.  Read More »

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