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The Criterion Collection Mega-Clue Hints At Polanski, Roeg, Cuaron & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2011 6:11 AM
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Continuing a trend they started last year, The Criterion Collection has released a big-ass mega-clue for 2011, tantalizingly teasing us about what's in store from the studio in the months to come. Two interesting things to note about the giant clue, in regards to how things were presented last year. One: most of the releases that Criterion teased with the last New Year's post made their way to stores in the first half of the year (giant releases like Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," Guillermo del Toro's "Cronos" or the BBS box set). In other words: expect these titles sooner rather than later. Secondly, there's an interesting distinction in terms of color choices. Last year, things that were going to be newly reissued in high-definition Blu-ray format were indicated by being scribbled in blue ink. This year, everything (besides the red circle on the calender) is black and white. This seems to indicate what we've suspected -- that all future Criterion collections additions will be issued in both Blu-ray and DVD. (This has been the case in the last few batches of releases.) Exciting stuff.

Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 5:41 AM
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Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good one. It is something that I know they're pleased with as are we. We work very closely with them." Sehring, then revealed some very exciting news about a future Criterion title that also happens to be one of IFC's most highly regarded and acclaimed films of the year.

Criterion's March Titles Include 'Topsy-Turvy,' 'The Times Of Harvey Milk, 'The Mikado' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 7:14 AM
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The Criterion Collection has unveiled their lineup of titles for March and it's a little thin, but still has plenty to make your wallet tremble with fear.

Criterion February 2011 Slate Includes 'Sweet Smell Of Success,' 'Fish Tank,' 'Senso'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2010 8:43 AM
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It looks like Criterion's February 2011 slate is primed to bankrupt us so we'll definitely be socking away the money Grandma sent with her Christmas card this year so we can snag some of these. Split between two classics and two celebrated contemporary films, the February slate is a strong one.

Criterion Clue: Brian DePalma's 'Blow Out' Coming To The Collection?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 5, 2010 6:20 AM
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The Evidence Is Too Great, Don't Bet Against ItSure, any and all speculation about what the Criterion "wacky" clues really mean are going to be aimless and hypothetical (and, as such, have just as likely a probability of being way off-base and wrong), but there are a few from the past that have called to us with their obviousness: the parrot that wore the "Che" T-shirt, for instance; the golden scarab from "Cronos" or the thin red lion standing in for Terrence Malick's "Thin Red Line."

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