It's been quite a while since I did a recent buys post due to a number of reasons including last year's Favourite Hong Kong Movies series and my enforced layoff throughout the winter. Neither of those things prevented me picking up dvds and blu rays however, so here is the first lot centred on Criterion blu rays. Three of them are upgrades and two are blind buys, upgrades first.
Wong Kar Wai's masterful In The Mood For Love was a film crying out for the jump to blu ray and Criterion haven't disappointed us at all with a sumptuous transfer.
David Cronenberg's Videodrome remains not only one of my favourite horror films of all time, but also one of the most important of the modern era. A superb transfer and stellar extras round out a must have package. They even recreated the video tape style packaging for the blu release.
The extras package for Seijun Suzuki's Branded To Kill maybe slim, but the transfer of the stunning monochrome photography featured in the film is well worth the upgrade for what is one of my favourite Japanese movies. Branded To Kill was my first taste of Suzuki, when I caught it on a late night tv screening in the mid 90's. I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing it was so bizarre. As I was watching it I was also recording it and on waking the next day, I had to watch it again to make sure I hadn't dreamt the whole thing. One of the few films I make sure I watch at least once a year.
Onto the blind buys and the first one is a film I really should have seen before but never have, and that is...
A film I've always wanted to see, but never have. Now with the chance to see it looking probably as good as it ever has, there has never been a better time.
Lastly we have Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven, since becoming a fan of Malick's work thanks to The Thin Red Line, Days Of Heaven has intrigued me, yet I found the subject matter unappealing. The chance to see the film on blu rekindled my interest and I'm just waiting for the right moment to see those cornfields in their all their golden glory.