With the start of July comes the latest Criterion Collection sale at Barnes & Noble. As always, this is a great time to stock up on Blu-rays from the label. However, I really wonder whether Criterion’s new streaming service will undermine the sense of urgency fans feel to run out and buy physical media?
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 December 3rd, 2018. If you plan to buy older Criterion releases during this sale, vote “Other” and tell us which ones in the Comments section.
The sale began last Thursday, June 27th, and runs through August 4th. 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.
This is another very impressive slate from Criterion. Among the must-haves on my list are Blue Velvet, Do the Right Thing, Notorious, House of Games, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy and Berlin Alexanderplatz miniseries are also big wants, though might be too expensive for me at the moment, even at the sale pricing.
Regrettably, this Criterion sale comes right on the heels of the Arrow Video BOGO sale at Arrowfilms.com and Zavvi, which is running through July 7th. I just spent a bunch of money there and don’t have much left over to spend on more Blu-rays. Anyone who happens to be a fan of both labels will need to prioritize and make some hard choices. (If you haven’t gotten in on the Arrow sale yet, Zavvi has better prices but Arrowfilms.com has more selection.)