The Barnes & Noble summer Criterion Collection sale started a little early this year, and consequently I wasn’t ready for it at all. Forgive my lateness, but here’s our semi-annual update to help you with your shopping.
At each of these B&N 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 November 30th, 2017. If you plan to buy older Criterion releases during this sale, vote “Other” and tell us which ones in the Comments section.
Starting last Friday, June 29th through August 6th, 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.
If anyone’s been holding out for that massive ‘100 Years of Olympic Films’ box set, this may be the best price you’re going to see for it.
As usual, the list of Criterion discs I’d like to own far outpaces my budget for actually buying them. Factoring out the ones I already either bought previously or received for review, high interest titles for me include: ‘The Age of Innocence’, ‘The Awful Truth’, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Mishima’, ‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Tom Jones’, ‘The Virgin Spring’, and the Dietrick & von Sternberg box.
I’m also curious about ‘An Actor’s Revenge’, ‘Dragon Inn’, ‘Au hasard Balthazar’, ‘Dead Man’, ‘Elevator to the Gallows’, ‘King of Jazz’, and ‘Moonrise’.
Realistically, I need to prioritize just a few of these. ‘The Age of Innocence’ will be a must-buy in this round; I’ve been waiting for a good high-def edition of that for a long time. I’m still working on my ordering of the others.
What will go in your shopping cart during this sale?
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