Hiroshima mon amour – Blu-ray Unboxing

Next up is Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour, a cornerstone film of the French New Wave. I watched it earlier this year (or perhaps it was last summer), and I absolutely loved it. This new edition has a presentation based off the 4K restoration recently completed, and I’m extremely excited to see the film again knowing this. Here are some photos:


The Bridge – Blu-ray Unboxing

Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge (Die Brücke) is the next film I purchased during the current 50% off sale at Barnes & Noble. Now, I know very little about this film except that it was the first major anti-war film from Germany. I’ve also heard that it’s just flat-out wonderful. Here are some packaging shots:


Autumn Sonata – Blu-ray Unboxing

The next title I purchased was Ingmar Bergman’s wonderful Autumn Sonata, which stars the that other famous Bergman, Ingrid. It also stars Bergman’s multiple time collaborator, and ex-wife, Liv Ullmann. I was lukewarm to it on my first watch, but I’ve decided to give it another go. Plus, there are some great bonus features, including a commentary by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie, a new interview with Ullmann, and a mammoth 207-minute making-of documentary. Here are some packaging shots:


Sundays and Cybèle – Blu-ray Unboxing

The next film I purchased during the current Barnes & Noble sale was the incomparable Sundays and Cybèle by Serge Bourguignon. It’s been a little while since I last saw it (I want to say I saw it last November or December), but I remember absolutely loving it. Here are some packaging shots of the Criterion Collection release:


The Great Dictator – Blu-ray Unboxing

Hey, guys! It’s been quite a few months since I last posted, but I’m finally getting back on the bandwagon. Like every July, there is a 50% off sale at Barnes & Noble on Criterion Collection titles. I purchased five yesterday, and I’m hoping to pick up a few more titles before the sale’s end. First up is Chaplin’s satiric masterpiece, The Great Dictator. It’s very timely that I chose this because I’m currently reading Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, a satirical novel that tells the story of Hitler waking up in 2011 in Berlin. I think, sometimes, we need to laugh a bit at our tragedies in order to fully comprehend what took places. Anyway, here are some photos of The Great Dictator:


Cries and Whispers – Blu-ray Unboxing

Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers (1972) is one of his most heart-wrenching films. The film centers on the dying Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who is being taking care of by her two sisters, Maria and Karin (Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin, respectfully), and her loving maid, Anna (Kari Sylwan). This family drama is reminiscent of a marvelous Ozu film, but its crux is the outward emotions that characterize all of Bergman’s films. It’s a grand film, and I’m glad I finally own it. Here are some packaging shots: