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The Top 10 Criterion Blu-rays of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2017 01:57pm | Post a Comment

Top 10 Criterion Blu-rays of 2018

Has Criterion gone punk?? Based on the top selling Blu-rays at Amoeba this year it looks as if the primo purveyors of classic, foreign, and arthouse films found much of their success in alternative and cult-y titles by such provocateurs as Alex Cox, Terry Zwigoff, and John Waters. Perhaps it's a slight exaggeration, but based on the thin presence of films for Francophiles and classic film buffs, it seems that the prestigious label has gotten more angsty and alternative. Regardless, Criterion, as always, released a stellar collection of films in 2017. Here are the 10 best-selling Criterion Blu-rays at Amoeba.

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Sid & Nancy Criterion Blu-ray Amoeba Music

10. Sid & Nancy 
Directed by Alex Cox, 1986
Released Aug 22, 2017

The long overdue Blu-ray release of Sid & Nancy has been one of the most anticipated Criterion releases in recent memory, and it couldn't have come at a more poignant time in lead actor Gary Oldman's career. Now regarded as a Hollywood mainstay, and garnering Oscar buzz for his recent portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hours, Oldman broke through to audiences in Cox's kinetic cult flick about the infamous, short lived, heroin-fueled relationship between Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (played by an equally fascinating Chloe Webb), before her gruesome, unsolved death by stabbing. Packed with extra documentaries, archival interviews of the real Vicious and Spungen, commentaries by the cast and crew, and more, this is the ultimate edition of the beloved punk-classic. 4K digital restoration.
Rebecca Criterion Blu-ray Amoeba Music 9. Rebecca 
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1940
Released Sept 5, 2017

Considered a favorite by many die-hard Alfred Hitchcock fans, Rebecca was the director's first production in Hollywood, after making a name for himself across the Atlantic. Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier star is this psychological melodrama, in which the bliss of their new marriage becomes overshadowed by the memory, and possibly spirit, of Olivier's dead first wife. Filled with visual style, atmospheric special effects, and superb performances, Rebecca signaled the arrival of a new master in Tinseltown, and took home the Academy Award for best picture. The new Blu-ray is filled to the brim with special features, including various archival interviews with cast and crew members, three radio adaptations (including one by Orson Wells), screen tests, and a new conversation by legendary film critic Molly Haskell with Patricia White. 4K digital restoration.

Cyberpunk Action Film The Matrix Live With The Don Davis Conducted SF Symphony

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2013 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area fans of the cyberpunk action film The Matrix are in for a treat this Saturday (July 27th) evening in San Francisco there will be a unique presentation of the acclaimed 1999 Sci-Fi film when Don Davis - the musical score composer of the film (and the others in The Matrix series including The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) - will conduct  the San Francisco Symphony in  a live accompaniment of a screening of the popular film starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving on a giant screen at Davies Symphony Hall.  Reportedly it is an incredibly engaging new way to experience the film as composer Davis guides the SF Symphony through his carefully crafted score. Known for its atonality Davis has said in interviews of the composing The Matrix film score that he based a lot of the musical structure on directors The Wachowski Brothers' frequent use of reflected, mirrored images throughout the film, such as the reflections of the blue and red pills seen in Morpheus's (Laurence Fishburne) glasses, combining full orchestrated sweeps of music with electronic synth components plus vocal choral elements. Note that Davis' score is separate from The Matrix soundtrack that features music from such artists as Rage Against the Machine, Ministry, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Marilyn Manson.

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