50% Off Criterion, 'Man of Steel', 'Frances Ha', 'Turbo' and More on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 12, 2013

Before we get to this week's new releases, it's that time of year again and Barnes & Noble is offering tons of Criterion titles for 50% off! I have included a few suggested titles below and in some cases including links to my reviews.

The best deal out there right now is for the 25-film Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman DVD/Blu-ray collection, which has a retail price of $224.99, but is on sale right now for $112.49, which is $87 cheaper than Amazon is selling it for right now. If this is at all of interest to you, click through and get a look at this set and I think you'll begin drooling.

Obviously there's a lot more to choose from so if you don't see anything of interest above just click here and see what catches your eye.

Oh, and you can pick up the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray over at Amazon at 70% off for only $179.99, which is over $400 off and digital copies of each title are also included along with two all-new documentaries.

The set includes the likes of Wizard of Oz, Gone with The Wind, Casablanca, North By Northwest, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dirty Harry, A Clockwork Orange, Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption, The Departed, The Dark Knight,, Inception, the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy and much more.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel on DVD Blu-ray today
Obviously the big title general consumers will be eying is the coming of the latest Superman film, Man of Steel and I only wish I was excited for its release. To that point, I wish I was actually excited to see any of this year's blockbusters again, but as of right now I can't think of any I really want to see again.

Buy Man of Steel

Frances Ha (Criterion Collection)
Frances Ha (Criterion Collection) on DVD Blu-ray today
Now this, on the other hand, is more like it. Frances Ha is a little gem of a film and for those of you that tend to shy away from Criterion titles thinking they're a little too arty for your liking, perhaps this is one that breaks the mold. Yes, it's in black-and-white and yes, there are no explosions, but if you're looking to find a way to transition into watching art house films and perhaps exploring the French New Wave, this is a great starting position. You can read my "B+" theatrical review right here.

Oh, and as I noted above, this one is also on sale at Barnes & Noble right now, $15 cheaper than at Amazon. Just click here to check it out.

Buy Frances Ha (Criterion Collection)

City Lights (Criterion Collection)
City Lights (Criterion Collection) on DVD Blu-ray today
Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is another new Criterion on sale over at Barnes & Noble (buy it here) and a great little film at that. I didn't receive a review copy of this one (yet), but Criterion has done a great job with Chaplin's classics and I doubt this one is any different.

Buy City Lights (Criterion Collection)

Turbo on DVD Blu-ray today
Turbo, I think, got a rather unwarranted reception upon its release. In my opinion it suffered from bad release date positioning more than it is a bad film. This isn't to say I thought it was great, but it definitely didn't deserve any overly negative critical reaction, but such is the case when sharks smell blood in the water.

Buy Turbo

Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition
Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition on DVD Blu-ray today
I almost had a chance to watch this last night, but other work got in the way. F.W. Murnau's classic Nosferatu isn't a film I would say is one you can sit down and watch out of a want to endure pure entertainment, but in terms of atmosphere and the film's overall effect on cinema it is certainly something fans of cinema should see. I also like what Kino has done with this one, but injecting English intertitles. However, unlike Criterion's treatment of Vampyr they aren't made to match the font of the German intertitles, which is a bit of a shame, but at least they attempted to match the background look.

Additionally, to read DVD Beaver's review, this isn't a release as impressive as the one from Masters of Cinema and is lacking in the features department where a film like this would certainly shine a little more.

Buy Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition

I've posted my opinion on this film and had some good conversations in the comments on that post and would urge many of you to see the film for yourself and weigh in as well. Clearly it's an effective film in getting people talking and I would bet if you check out your CNN listings you'll probably be able to find it.

Buy Blackfish



  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    I'm actually going to buy one of the DVD's and Blu-Rays this week! Laremy would be shocked.

    Frances Ha will be my first Criterion purchase. It will definitely be on my year-end top ten list, probably in the top three or so.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    If I was able to, I'd go hog wild on that sale. Alas, I can't. Le sigh.

    At least there's the 250-300 criterions my dad has.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    There are soooo many on here that I want to buy including a bunch of criterion titles and amazon deals... but I just can't. Adding all that up would be wayyy too expensive. Sure I could buy just one criterion title with B&N but I am afraid I will walk out with more than just one which I cannot afford at the moment. My weakness is buying movies and TV shows. Deals are very irresistible. I've gotten much better at not giving in to all the deals and hope to continue it till I have a firm footing financially.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      I cut myself off at two (Frances Ha and the Samurai Trilogy). Most of those other titles look tempting but they'll have to wait for future sales.

  • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

    Frances Ha and City Lights for me. Picked up Fanny and Alexander last week as part of the B&N sale and have considered a few other titles as well (the first two my likeliest purchases, if any):

    The Darjeeling Limited*
    Being John Malkovich*
    To Be Or Not To Be
    The Night of the Hunter

  • gp1086

    Definitely buying the Man of Steel blu-ray.

    Need to check out Blackfish still (have it recorded from CNN a few weeks ago), and plan to rent Frances Ha at some point.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    i caught up with Nosferatu last week and was very impressed by that, one of my fave silents after Battleship Potemkin and Joan Of Arc. I also really liked Frances Ha, there was more to it drama wise than the trailer suggested.
    Of course there's Blackfish, which everyone should see, some scenes will never leave me.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    I'll definitely check out Frances Ha sometime soon.

    I watched about thirty minutes of Blackfish and shut it off. I didn't hate it by any means, but at that point I was like, "Ok, I get it." I wasn't really had no interest in finishing it.

    I won't be purchasing Man of Steel either. I liked it at the time, but every time I think about it, I find more things to dislike. If it's on TV, then I'd probably watch it again. The only blockbusters from this year that I actually want to revisit are Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Lone Ranger.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      I watched Blackfish last night and actually found it to get more gripping as it went along. For the first few minutes I was bored and thought "this is why I rarely watch documentaries" but it eventually got me, and it's very powerful.

  • BradyD

    Just picked up my Man of Steel Blu-Ray 3D and I cannot wait to watch it tonight.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    The "read my review" for The Uninvited is linked to the La notte review.

  • http://letterboxd.com/jchastained/ JessicaChastained

    Already ordered my Criterion of Frances Ha (my first one!) from a store near me that sells Criterions (after I did though, I remembered that B&N does 50% off sales, as they are doing right now hahah. Remember that for the future). I can't wait to get it, it's very probably going to stay 2nd in my year end list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I don't have access to the Criterions anyway and the rest are rentals.

    I'm kinda curious to rent Man of Steel again just to see if it's as soulless and overblown as I remember it being and Frances Ha seems to have elicited some wide ranging responses though generally good.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    Already picked up Man of Steel. May get some from the Criterion collection as well.

  • Rohan Michael Morbey

    Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur, The Exorcist... The Hangover?

  • Trevor Clarke

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    month ago, not sure if it's still valid):
    - if you spend over $25 you'll receive a free $10 gift card:
    - Target's Cartwheel app has a coupon for an addition 10% off

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