Massive, 50% Off Criterion Collection Blu-ray Sale at Amazon

Massive, 50% Off Criterion Collection Sale at Amazon

Amazon is having a massive sale on Criterion Collection titles, virtually all of them listed at 50% off and I have included more than 115 of the available titles directly below along with a selection of ten I consider must owns.

Titles beyond my top ten include Amarcord, Christopher Nolan's Following, David Fincher's The Game, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory and The Killing, Roman Polansk's Rosemary's Baby, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited and plenty of Terrence Malick.

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  1. 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini)
  2. 12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet)
  3. The 400 Blows (dir. Francois Truffaut)
  4. The Battle of Algiers (dir. Gillo Potecorvo)
  5. Breathless (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Diabolique (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  7. The Great Dictator (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
  8. Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  9. Sweet Smell of Success (dir. Alexander Mackendrick)
  10. The Wages Of Fear (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)

25 More

  1. Amarcord
  2. Anatomy of a Murder
  3. Days of Heaven
  4. Dazed and Confused
  5. Down by Law
  6. Fanny and Alexander
  7. Godzilla
  8. Harakiri
  9. The Killing
  10. Kiss Me Deadly
  11. The Last Temptation of Christ
  12. M
  13. Modern Times
  14. On the Waterfront
  15. Paths of Glory
  16. Rashomon
  17. Repulsion
  18. The Rules of the Game
  19. The Samurai Trilogy
  20. Solaris
  21. The Thin Red Line
  22. Three Colors: Blue, White, Red
  23. Topsy-Turvy
  24. Two-Lane Blacktop
  25. Videodrome

The Full List

  • Hudsucker

    I might get one or two!

  • Matt

    I've been saving up for the Barnes & Noble sale in a month, so I'll probably just wait until then. But this is tempting...

  • RagingTaxiDriver

    Oooh, I'll probably try to pick up a few.

  • Mikey

    Of Brad's must owns, I already have the Criterion Blu-rays of 12 Angry Men and Seven Samurai. I definitely want to buy some more, but I just have to decide whether I want to purchase something I've already seen and really liked (Breathless) or take a risk on something I've never seen, but sounds like I could love (Diabolique).

    • Hudsucker

      I recommend the Great Dictator

      • Mikey

        I almost purchased The Great Dictator, but I already own the Criterion Blu-ray of The Gold Rush and I wanted to have a wider variety of directors in my collection before I purchased another Chaplin film. Thanks for the advice though.

        • Jordan B.

          I personally find Gold Rush to be the best Chaplin film in the collection; if you like it, I very much recommend Modern Times, even more so than The Great Dictator.

    • Andrew13

      The nice thing about these 50% off sales is blind buys are relatively risk free. As it's Criterion there's a pretty good chance you'll end up liking the film, but if not, used Criterion's frequently sell for $20+ during non-sale times.

      In addition to those 10, I would definitely recommend the three Powell/Pressburger blu-rays, for me they're all must owns. And you can't go wrong with Badlands or The Thin Red Line, two films that look absolutely gorgeous on blu-ray.

    • Andrew13

      And if you're a fan of Hitchcock the Clouzot films are relatively safe blind buys.

      • Mikey

        Thanks for the advice. As I ended up buying Diabolique (among a few others), I will say the Hitchcock comparison makes it feel like a much safer blind buy. Also, I already own The Thin Red Line, and I have to agree with you. The picture is stunning.

        • Joseph Bridges

          At the same time, Hitchcock and Clouzot were in a bidding war to buy the rights to Diabolique.

  • Jordan B.

    I've got 8 of Brad's 10 "must-owns", the only 2 not in my collection being 8 1/2 and The 400 Blows, both of which have been on my watch list for a while. I've considered pulling the trigger on them, but just never have.

    As for some others, Kiss Me Deadly is one of the more compelling titles I've been eyeing. Thinking I may order that one when I get home tonight.

    For anyone just digging into the collection, for me, the best values in the sale, based on film quality and supplemental features, are:

    12 Angry Men
    Anatomy of a Murder
    The Killing
    Modern Times
    Three Colors Trilogy

    An overlooked favorite of mine would probably be Broadcast News -- damn I love that film.

  • Jake17

    I'm thinking Diabolique, The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors Trilogy, Breathless, Broadcast News, Solaris, Days of Heaven, Shallow Grave, 3 Women, Badlands and Naked Lunch all sound intriguing and that's only a few that interest me), but I'll probably end up buying two or three of those (if I decide to buy any now), and wait until the B&N sale in a month. I might also pick up Harold and Maude and Rushmore, as I really loved both of them.

    • Jordan B.

      Of those, I own Diabolique, Three Colors Trilogy, Breathless, and Broadcast News.

      I'd give Broadcast News the highest recommendation of the bunch (it's up there as one of my favorite films), and would also highly recommend Three Colors Trilogy. Breathless is good too, a very "cool" film, but I like those other two better. Broadcast News is a pretty high-brow or smart comedy, and I think it'd be right up your alley.

      I've heard great things about Diabolique, but although I own it, I unfortunately have yet to watch it. You really can't go wrong with either of the others I mentioned above though, I don't think, based on your tastes/likes that I've gathered from your frequent posting here.

  • Gorjan Markovski

    Got myself


    which I rank among my all-time top 10, as well as the ever excellent and nasty:

    Kiss Me Deadly

    Thanks for the heads-up Brad!

    • Brad Brevet

      I love Repulsion and Kiss Me Deady, couple of great films. Orpheus is good, but those other two you will definitely be happy you added them to your collection.

      • Joseph Bridges

        Do you have an Amazon Associate account where you get commission on a linked sale? If so, I will be clicking though on your links from now on to give some support to one of the best websites/podcasts out there.

        • Brad Brevet

          Yeah, I get a small commission on the sales originating from the links above. Thanks for asking and the support!

  • Xarnis

    I ordered 12 Angry Men, Seven Samurai, On the Waterfront, and Days of Heaven. These are my first Criterion films, so I'm pretty excited!

    • Jordan B.

      Nice pick-ups! I didn't particularly care for Days of Heaven, but I can see why others would like it. Also, if you like 12 Angry Men, I think you could do worse than giving Anatomy of a Murder a look-see.

      • Xarnis

        I didn't praise Days of Heaven as much as some (I have it a 4/5, if I remember correctly), but I imagine it looks gorgeous on Criterion Blu-Ray. I've been meaning to check out Anatomy of a Murder for some time now, I may pick it up, depending on how long the sale lasts.

        • Jordan B.

          Days of Heaven most certainly looks fantastic on blu-ray, and I actually owned it once upon a time (blind buy). I just wasn't taken with it in really any way, so I sold it off about a year ago. To each his own though!

          I imagine the sale will last at least through Saturday, if not longer. It will likely last however long Best Buy's Criterion sale lasts, since Amazon's sale is just a PM of Best Buy's. Can't find any info on how long it lasts on the website though.

  • Xarnis

    I also want to pick up The Killing and Godzilla. I've always liked the Godzilla films for some reason.

    • Jordan B.

      Per The Killing, I say, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

      • Andrew13

        Seconded, plus you get Killer's Kiss as a bonus feature in that set.

        • Xarnis

          I love and have seen The Killing numerous times, so I decided to pick up some other films i really like, but I haven't seen a lot. I'll try to pick it up if I can.

          • Jordan B.

            Fair enough! Hopefully you enjoy your first batch of Criterions, you picked up some good ones and also ones that have a nice selection of special features, if you are into those.

        • Jordan B.

          I actually have yet to see Killer's Kiss, but will hopefully get a chance in the near future.

  • RohanMM

    Thanks for pointing this out, Brad. I live in the UK so can't play region A blurays, so have bought the DVD versions of these (some not on your list)

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    Heaven's Gate

  • george thomas

    how long will this sale last?

  • Clark Kent

    Bookmarked this post as a guide. Trying to see a lot of these this summer!