First is the dvd of Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle, my review of the film is here. I'm really pleased to finally have the disc and am eager to both re-watch this crime classic and listen to Yates' commentary. Compared to other Criterion releases, there isn't much else in the way of extras on this release but with a film as great as this one, I really don't mind.
The second one is Ishiro Honda's Godzilla, not a film I ever expected to see Criterion release but here it is, and on blu ray too. A much more lavish package this one, and one I cannot wait to dig deep into. It's hard to believe some people are still under the misapprehension that blu ray as a format does nothing for older films. This couldn't be further from the truth, to choose just two of many examples, Criterion's Seven Samurai and Warner's The Searchers prove conclusively just how much of a benefit an older film can receive from the upgrade, not only from the increase in resolution but also in how film like the image can look.