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Why The Beatles Matter to the Future of Repertory Film

Currently kicking around repertory theaters and on Blu-ray is a new 4K restoration of "A Hard Day's Night" from The Criterion Collection and distributor Janus Films. What does it mean for the future of classic films on the big screen?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 15, 2014 8:07 PM
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Bong Joon-ho Checks Into Criterion Collection, Lists 10 Favorite Films (VIDEO)

"Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho's brainy bunch of ten favorite Criterion Collections titles runs the gamut from the canonical to the obscure to the cultish.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 10, 2014 3:08 PM
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How Hawks' 1948 Classic 'Red River' Drew a New Map for the Western (NEW CRITERION DVD REVIEW)

"Funny how different you feel," cattleman Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan) relates near the end of "Red River," "when you know you're going somewheres." He's right, but his is a sojourner's satisfaction, marking the conclusion of a long expedition. For viewers of Howard Hawks' mythic 1948 Western, the foremost pleasure is in the odyssey itself.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 18, 2014 6:05 AM
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Cassavetes, Almodovar and Cuaron Top Criterion's Heavenly Late-Summer Lineup

Mark your calendars, cinephiles. From a rarely seen John Cassavetes masterpiece to an iconic 1970s musical, The Criterion Collection's Summer release lineup couldn't be sweeter.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 16, 2014 10:15 AM
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Trailers from Hell and Joe Dante on 'I Married a Witch,' Starring Veronica Lake

A Criterion Grab Bag! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "I Married a Witch."
  • By Trailers From Hell
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  • March 17, 2014 11:45 AM
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WATCH: This Is How Criterion Restores a Film

Ever wonder how your Criterion Blu-rays get to look so damn good? Well, Gizmodo has created a 6-minute video taking you through the renowned company's restoration process. Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent," which arrived in a dual Blu-ray/DVD package on February 18, is used as the example. Watch below as we're guided through how Criterion corrects the color, contrast, audio and picture on the classic film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2014 12:35 PM
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