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:

   

           

All That Jazz – Blu-ray Unboxing

I was pleasantly surprised to see Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz enter into the Criterion Collection last year. During Criterion’s last 50% off sale (in October 2014), I decided to pick it up. Here are some packaging shots for you all:





The Lady Vanishes – Blu-ray Unboxing

The Lady Vanishes, Hitchcock’s 1938 film is as good as it gets (though Psycho will undoubtedly reign as the best of his films for me). It’s been a while since I last saw it, so I’m excited to revisit the film and dig through the bonus features. Here are some packaging shots for you:





Cronos – Blu-ray Unboxing

Guillermo del Toro’s first feature, Cronos, is not your typical vampire film fare. Federico Luppi (who we see again in The Devil’s Backbone–Criterion Collection #666–and Pan’s Labyrinth–which will certainly enter the Collection eventually) plays Jesus Gris, an antiques dealer who happens upon a golden device that grants him immortality. For his first film, del Toro definitely delivers, and Criterion’s Blu-ray release is quite a treat. I also picked this one up during the 50% off sale last Tuesday. Here are some packaging shots:





Ministry of Fear – Blu-ray Unboxing

Earlier this week the Criterion Collection had a 50% off flash sale, and I happened to purchase four titles, including Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear. The premise of the film is a little goofy (a fake-blind man steals a cake from Stephen Neale, played by Ray Milland, accidentally wins it), but it turns out to be a pretty good WWII film noir with even a surprising twist at the end (which all good films noir have). Here are some packaging shots for you all: