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'On The Waterfront' On Criterion: Frank Sinatra Was Originally Cast In The Lead, Martin Scorsese's Thoughts & Aspect Ratio Talk

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 21, 2013 6:42 PM
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Elia Kazan's unimpeachable 1954 classic picture "On The Waterfront" is out on Blu-Ray/DVD via the Criterion Collection this week in a beautifully packaged two disc edition. While he was well on his way to becoming known as one of the world's greatest actors -- he was nominated for Best Actor three years in a row between 1952 and 1954 -- Marlon Brando's first Oscar win came for "On The Waterfront" in 1955.

Today's Your Last Day To Watch 250+ Criterion Movies Not In The Criterion Collection Yet... For Free

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 18, 2013 2:55 PM
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Apologies in advance to Criterion Collection-obsessives, hardcore cinephiles, Hulu users and anyone else pre-disposed to getting angry with anything on the internet that's not 100% fresh and new (and or those who assume this is going to be a paid endorsement of Hulu). As you may have heard, Hulu is streaming their entire Criterion Collection for free this long President's Day weekend (today's your last day to take advantage). That's all well and good, but the real draw for us -- and this is what's old news to what we assume are eagle-eyed cinephiles/Criterion-ites -- is the fact that there are some 100+ titles with the Criterion Collection logo on them in Hulu's database that aren't actually in the Criterion Collection on DVD or Blu-Ray yet.

Criterion's May Slate Includes '3:10 To Yuma,' Haskell Wexler's 'Medium Cool,' Mike Leigh's 'Life Is Sweet' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 3:12 PM
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Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in.

'Repo Man' & Laurence Olivier's 'Richard III' Lead Criterion's April Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2013 4:52 PM
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This spring, The Criterion Collection have both cult and classic movies on their mind, and their newly announced April slate will have for something for fans of either category -- or both.

'The Tenant,' 'Eraserhead,' 'Scanners' & More Teased From The Criterion Collection For 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 2, 2013 9:23 AM
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One of the many pleasures of the Criterion Collection comes in the form of their monthly newsletters, in which they make good on a series of crude drawings hinting at upcoming releases (which in 2012 gave us a Robert Downey Sr. retrospective, “Quadrophenia,” and “Harold and Maude” among many others). It's a fun, collaborative peek into the months ahead, and in their fourth-annual Mega-Clue drawing for 2013, the folks over at CriterionCast have parsed out what looks to be a promising year indeed.

5 Things We Learned from Criterion’s Stunning Blu-Ray of René Clément's 'Purple Noon' Starring Alain Delon

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • December 23, 2012 10:45 AM
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Purple Noon" is the smarter, exsistential counterpoint to Anthony Minghella’s adaptation with Matt Damon, forgoing the melodramatic angle for something more profound, while combining elements later seen in films by the Coens, Polanski, Scorsese, and Coppola. In honor of Criterion’s new Blu-Ray, here are five things we learned about the making of this classic:

Criterion Adds Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands,’ Robert Bresson’s ‘A Man Escaped,’ Fritz Lang & More For March 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 5:16 PM
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Going on spring break this year? Well, you might want to shorten the trip or dip into the budget, because Criterion is coming for you in March full throttle with an auteur heavy line up, led by the one and only Terrence Malick.

John Williams Turned Down Scoring 'Heaven's Gate' & More Learned From The Criterion Edition Of Michael Cimino's Cult Film

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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A critical re-assessment of "Heaven's Gate" is now underway thanks in no small part to the Criterion Collection, who just released on DVD and Blu Ray the new 2K restoration of the controversial 1980 Michael Cimino-directed western. The film's notoriously troubled production history, scathing first-run reviews and poor initial box office is the stuff of “movie disaster” legend, and understandably downplayed in this new, director-approved release.

Revolution & Car Crashes: 5 Things Learned About Jean-Luc Godard's 'Weekend' From The Criterion Collection's New Release

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 20, 2012 11:04 AM
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“Weekend” can be retroactively seen as a turning point in Jean-Luc Godard’s still-growing body of work. This is partly because the film’s nightmarish, picaresque plot makes some of Godard’s more recent movies look high-concept.

Criterion Goes 'On The Waterfront' With 'The Kid With The Bike,' 'Sansho The Bailiff' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 4:00 PM
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If you have a girlfriend/boyfriend/partner who's a cinephile, and you already have your Christmas presents figured out, here are some ideas for Valentine's Day, as Criterion has dropped their February slate and as always, there's lots to discover.

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