It feels like it’s been forever since Barnes & Noble ran its last 50% Off Criterion Collection sale. The retailer does this twice annually, in July and November. This year’s first sale starts tomorrow. What will you buy?
The past six months must seem so long because Criterion has considerably ramped up its Blu-ray production in that time. Since the last sale ended on November 21st, the studio has released no less than 38 new titles, including such essentials as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Diabolique‘, Louis Malle’s ‘Au revoir les enfants‘, David Cronenberg’s ‘Videodrome‘, Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator‘, Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Smiles of a Summer Night‘, Federico Fellini’s ‘Amarcord‘, and the outstanding ‘America Lost and Found: The BBS Story‘ box set. That’s of course in addition to all the titles released earlier.
The sale ends August 1st. If the same rules hold true as previous B&N sales, the discount will also apply to any pre-orders scheduled for release during the sale period. That would mean ‘Naked‘, Jean Cocteau’s ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, ‘The Music Room‘, ‘High and Low‘, ‘Léon Morin, Priest‘, and ‘Life During Wartime‘.
A member of the SlickDeals forum offered up these coupon codes that you may be able to stack onto online orders:
L7C8F9D – Exp. 7/12, 15% Off one Item
C7R4R3T – Exp. 7/24, $5 Off $50 or More
AAA members should be able to get an additional 10% discount (on top of the 50% off) by shopping through this link. However, I don’t believe that you can stack the above coupons with the AAA discount.
Even at 50% off, I’m not going to have the budget to get everything I might like this time. I’m going to prioritize ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘Diabolique’, ‘High and Low’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Broadcast News‘ and ‘Cronos‘. How about you?
The sale starts tomorrow both in brick & mortar stores or online at barnesandnoble.com.