With the imminent demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, owning Criterion Collection titles on physical disc is once again a priority for fans of classic, foreign, or art-house movies. Fortunately, the semi-annual Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble starts this Friday to lessen the burden on your wallet.
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 August 6th. If you plan to buy older Criterion releases during this sale, vote “Other” and tell us which ones in the Comments section.
Starting this Friday, November 2nd through December 3rd, 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.
As is frequently the case, Criterion’s release output has slowed down in the second half of the year compared to the first. Since August, the label has only put out 22 Blu-rays, and two of those were single-disc reissues for titles that had previously been released as Blu-ray/DVD combo packages.
Nevertheless, Criterion once again has some very desirable movies in this bunch, including The Princess Bride, The Tree of Life, Some Like It Hot, the classic screwball comedy My Man Godfrey, and Orson Welles’ almost-masterpiece The Magnificent Ambersons (scheduled for November 20th). Fans of Ingmar Bergman will surely find this a great opportunity to pick up the tremendous 39-film box set of his works.
Sadly, I’m cash-strapped right now, but am very interested in Ambersons, Godfrey, Heaven Can Wait, Princess Bride, and Brian De Palma’s Sisters, along with countless older releases still on my wish list.
What’s your plan for this month’s sale?