Ever since Costco started regularly selling Criterion Collection Blu-rays at 50% off MSRP, the semi-annual Barnes & Noble sale has seemed less essential than it used to. However, Costco typically has a very limited selection of titles, and of course not everyone has a membership to that store. If you’ve been waiting, the new B&N sale starts today. Start emptying your wallets!
At each of these sales, I try to compile a list of recent Criterion titles that are now eligible for the discount pricing. The following is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every Criterion Blu-ray. This is merely a reference to those discs issued since B&N’s previous sale ended on December 1st, 2014. If you plan to buy older Criterion releases during this sale, vote “Other” and tell us which ones in the Comments section.
From now until July 27th, all in-print Criterion Collection titles are 50% off MSRP, both in stores and at barnesandnoble.com. The discounted price applies to upcoming titles that will be released through the end of the sale period, but not to any preorders scheduled for after the sale ends.
These days, I don’t have nearly as much disposable income as I used to before I had kids. As a result, I won’t be able to collect every Criterion disc I might like. Nevertheless, some titles from this list that I would personally consider essentials include: ‘Don’t Look Now’, ‘Fellini Satyricon’, ‘The Fisher King’, ‘Time Bandits’, ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’, ‘My Dinner with Andre’, ‘Hoop Dreams’, ‘Sullivan’s Travels’, ‘Hiroshima mon amour’, ‘The Thin Blue Line’, and the ‘Gates of Heaven / Vernon, Florida’ double-feature. I already picked up a couple of these at Costco. Of the others, I think I will prioritize ‘Satyricon’, ‘Time Bandits’ and ‘The Thin Blue Line’.
Do you expect to part with some dollars at this sale?