50% Off Criterion, ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Frances Ha’, ‘Turbo’ and More on DVD and Blu-ray This Week


This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 12, 2013

Before we get to this week’s new releases, it’s that time of year again and Barnes & Noble is offering tons of Criterion titles for 50% off! I have included a few suggested titles below and in some cases including links to my reviews.

The best deal out there right now is for the 25-film Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman DVD/Blu-ray collection, which has a retail price of $224.99, but is on sale right now for $112.49, which is $87 cheaper than Amazon is selling it for right now. If this is at all of interest to you, click through and get a look at this set and I think you’ll begin drooling.

Obviously there’s a lot more to choose from so if you don’t see anything of interest above just click here and see what catches your eye.

[amz asin=”B009L0LEDW” size=”small”]Oh, and you can pick up the [amazon asin=”B009L0LEDW” text=”Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection”] on Blu-ray over at Amazon at 70% off for only $179.99, which is over $400 off and digital copies of each title are also included along with two all-new documentaries.

The set includes the likes of Wizard of Oz, Gone with The Wind, Casablanca, North By Northwest, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dirty Harry, A Clockwork Orange, Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption, The Departed, The Dark Knight,, Inception, the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy and much more.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel on DVD Blu-ray today
Obviously the big title general consumers will be eying is the coming of the latest Superman film, Man of Steel and I only wish I was excited for its release. To that point, I wish I was actually excited to see any of this year’s blockbusters again, but as of right now I can’t think of any I really want to see again.

Buy Man of Steel

Frances Ha (Criterion Collection)
Frances Ha (Criterion Collection) on DVD Blu-ray today
Now this, on the other hand, is more like it. Frances Ha is a little gem of a film and for those of you that tend to shy away from Criterion titles thinking they’re a little too arty for your liking, perhaps this is one that breaks the mold. Yes, it’s in black-and-white and yes, there are no explosions, but if you’re looking to find a way to transition into watching art house films and perhaps exploring the French New Wave, this is a great starting position. You can read my “B+” theatrical review right here.

Oh, and as I noted above, this one is also on sale at Barnes & Noble right now, $15 cheaper than at Amazon. Just [bn url=”http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-frances-ha-greta-gerwig/25106566?ean=715515111218″ text=”click here”] to check it out.

Buy Frances Ha (Criterion Collection)

City Lights (Criterion Collection)
City Lights (Criterion Collection) on DVD Blu-ray today
Charlie Chaplin‘s City Lights is another new Criterion on sale over at Barnes & Noble (buy it here) and a great little film at that. I didn’t receive a review copy of this one (yet), but Criterion has done a great job with Chaplin’s classics and I doubt this one is any different.

Buy City Lights (Criterion Collection)

Turbo on DVD Blu-ray today
Turbo, I think, got a rather unwarranted reception upon its release. In my opinion it suffered from bad release date positioning more than it is a bad film. This isn’t to say I thought it was great, but it definitely didn’t deserve any overly negative critical reaction, but such is the case when sharks smell blood in the water.

Buy Turbo

Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition
Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition on DVD Blu-ray today
I almost had a chance to watch this last night, but other work got in the way. F.W. Murnau‘s classic Nosferatu isn’t a film I would say is one you can sit down and watch out of a want to endure pure entertainment, but in terms of atmosphere and the film’s overall effect on cinema it is certainly something fans of cinema should see. I also like what Kino has done with this one, but injecting English intertitles. However, unlike Criterion’s treatment of Vampyr they aren’t made to match the font of the German intertitles, which is a bit of a shame, but at least they attempted to match the background look.

Additionally, to read DVD Beaver‘s review, this isn’t a release as impressive as the one from Masters of Cinema and is lacking in the features department where a film like this would certainly shine a little more.

Buy Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition

I’ve posted my opinion on this film and had some good conversations in the comments on that post and would urge many of you to see the film for yourself and weigh in as well. Clearly it’s an effective film in getting people talking and I would bet if you check out your CNN listings you’ll probably be able to find it.

Buy Blackfish