the grand budapest hotel animated

Wes Anderson‘s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel is finally joining the Criterion Collection, and with it come a slew of special features befitting the whimsical caper. One of the most exciting features is a set of storyboard animatics narrated by Anderson, turning The Grand Budapest Hotel into a bonafide animated movie.

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Criterion Bruce Lee Box Set

The Criterion Collection just made a surprise announcement that’s bound to excite a lot of people: a Bruce Lee box set. Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits features five of Lee’s iconic films, and comes packed with special features – including alternate versions of the films, interviews, documentaries, and more. The Criterion Bruce Lee box set arrives in July.

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arthouse relief fund

The federal government’s recently-passed $2 trillion economic stimulus includes a $454 billion loan guarantee fund for businesses struggling from the economic blowback of the coronavirus, including movie theaters, which are facing a challenge like never before in the history of Hollywood. But it’s still unclear to me exactly what the timing will be on how the distribution of those funds will play out, and which theaters might be left standing when this pandemic eventually ends.

Today, the Criterion Collection and Janus Films have teamed up to start an arthouse relief fund for independent cinemas in the hopes that more than 150 theaters across the country will be able to pay their essential bills, including “payroll, insurance, rent, non deferrable loans, utilities, fundraising, and mortgages,” until we get through this period. Get the details below. Read More »

parasite criterion collection

#BongHive, assemble! Fresh off the filmmaker’s big Oscar win comes news that Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite and Memories of Murder are both headed to the Criterion Collection. Parasite, which just won Best Picture, was recently given a pretty bare-bones Blu-ray release, while Memories of Murder has never had a U.S. Blu-ray – until now. Neon, who distributed Parasite, also snapped up the rights to Bong’s 2003 film, and plan on re-releasing it in theaters before it arrives on Blu-ray.

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the irishman ratings

Four more Netflix films are being added to the Criterion Collection. Just as Roma is about to make history as the first Netflix release to receive a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release, the streaming giant announced that The Irishman, Marriage Story, American Factory, and Atlantics will also join the prestigious curated collection of designated classics.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, one of 2019’s very best movies, will become the newest addition to the prestigious Criterion Collection library next year. This will mark the first Criterion entry for up-and-coming distributor Neon, which has only been operating since 2017.

You can read more about the inclusion of director Céline Sciamma‘s film in this distinguished group, and find out when you can see it for yourselves below.
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Roma Blu-ray

While a few original Netflix shows have received Blu-ray releases, Netflix movies tend not to get the same treatment. But that’s about to change – in a big way. Roma, the Netflix movie that scored several Oscar nominations and took home Best Foreign Language Film, is getting a Blu-ray release – and not just any old Blu-ray release, either. We’re talking The Criterion Collection here, which is about as fancy as you can get in the Blu-ray world.

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New On Blu-ray Godzilla Criterion

This week’s Blu-ray round-up features a monster box set, both literally and figuratively. We’re talking a massive 15-film Godzilla set from the good folks at the Criterion Collection. If that’s not enough for you, there’s more! Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a long-awaited special edition Blu-ray of The Blob, and a 4K release of Scarface. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Godzilla Criterion Collection Box Set Trailer

In case you missed the news, the Criterion Collection is releasing a massive box set containing high-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time. It’s a big deal, and even to a casual Godzilla fan like myself. The set arrives in October, and ahead of its release, Criterion has cut together a nifty little trailer to show us all what’s in store. Watch the Godzilla Criterion Collection box set trailer below.

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Godzilla Criterion Box Set

The Criterion Collection has finally revealed the contents of their 1000th release, and it’s a doozy. Godzilla: The Showa Era-Films, 1954-1975 collects 15 Godzilla films together on Blu-ray for the very first time, and the results look incredible. This monster-sized Criterion Godzilla box set will feature high-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks – and more. Details below.

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