Reminder: just because you purchased a digital copy of your favorite film, that doesn’t always mean you get to keep it for forever. Thousands of Sony Playstation users woke up to the news that their libraries of films would be gone in a month. Making the case for physical media, yet again. And if you’re looking to hoard DVDs for years to come, try and make it the best version of that medium and go for a Criterion Collection classic. These DVD, Blu-ray and 4K collections are the cream of the crop, often boasting unearthed interviews and adorned with stunning artwork.
And right now, thanks to Amazon Prime Day, many of our favorite films are 50% off. Here’s a list of our favorites currently on sale.
The ‘Before’ Trilogy
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Three iconic romance meditations from director Richard Linklater. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star in “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004) and “Before Midnight” (2013). Each film follows the same two characters as the audience catches up on their lives almost a decade apart from where they left off.
‘The Virgin Suicides’
The movie that started the long, cinematic relationship between Kirsten Dunst and director Sofia Coppola. Based off the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, this film tell the story of five sisters and the boys-next-door who grew up studying them. The star-studded cast includes Kathleen Turner and Josh Hartnett.
Femme Fatale Barbara Stanwyck makes cinema gold with director Billy Wilder in this 1940s classic. You cannot love movies without at least ingesting this staple.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s black-and-white classic. This Criterion Collection package has archival interviews and three audio commentaries featuring Scorsese, cast and crew.
‘Silence of the Lambs’
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins make movie magic in this horror flick for the ages. A young FBI trainee enlists the help of an incarcerated cannibalistic murderer to hunt down the serial killer Buffalo Bill.
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival
The 1967 festival which included career-making performances from Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and The Byrds.
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In David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.,” Naomi Watts stars as Betty Elms as she runs into ominous trouble after moving to Hollywood to become a movie star.
Following the Spanish Civil War, a young Ofelia comes face to face with fascism while taking care of her pregnant mother. The Criterion edition includes audio commentary and interviews with director Guillermo del Toro.
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