Criterion’s October line-up is rich indeed

Film fans had best start saving up now for next month’s Criterion Collection Line-up, which includes films from Robert Altman, the Coen Brothers, del Toro and Richard Linklater. I am not going to list the entire roster here, but these are few that have me twitching. BLOOD SIMPLE by Ethan and Joel Coen Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy...

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 Dec19

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

With less than a week before Christmas, times is running short for shopping. As a result, most people find their stress increasing with each passing moment. Always a helpful bunch, a number of the Crimespree Crew have put together some suggestions/ideas for the people on your list. Jon Jordan: FORGIVING MARIELA CAMACHO by AJ Sidransky What starts out as a police procedural takes on the characteristics of full blown thriller as detective Gonzalvez and his partner hunt an international serial killer. Fast paced and twists until the end this is a great read. Sidransky has a wonderful series started and this is a great place to jump in. THE...

Criterion to release RASHOMON in November

Akira Kurosawa’s classic RASHOMON will get The Criterion treatment on November 6th. The Criterion Collection will release RASHOMON on DVD and Blu-ray. A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding...

Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS to get Criterion tr...

The Criterion Collection will be releasing Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, on Blu-ray and DVD, on June 26th. The 39 Steps is a heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, following Richard Hannay (Oscar winner Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains...

DVD Review: BLOW OUT

Criterion Collection Release date: April 26th, 2011 MSRP: $28.98 Director: Brian De Palma Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden The name Brian De Palma holds little meannig to many younger filmgoers. Carilto’s Way and Scarface seem a lifetime ago and more recent films, such as Black Dahlia, have been underwhelming. But one need only watch BLOW OUT to see just how good a dirctor De Palma could be. Jack Terry is a sound engineer for a small-time studio in Philadelphia. Late one night, he is working on a project outside and witnesses, and records, a car accident. In the car is a governor aspiring to...