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If you’ve never seen ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc,’ you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Simply put, this 1928 landmark still has the power to stun today. The Criterion Blu-ray is a must-have.

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The Criterion Collection has just released a new 4K digital restoration of 1991′s groundbreaking and Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with a 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. And even though it has been ripped off and parodied a thousand times since then, director Jonathan Demme’s unlikely masterpiece retains all of its spooky charm and upholds its torchbearing reputation for having a strong (and complicated) female lead character.

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When it comes to hugely influential independent movies, few can lay claim to having the influence of George Romero’s 1968 labor of love Night of the Living Dead. A new 2-disc Blu-ray of the film from The Criterion Collection is a must-have.

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These two brand-new 2K digital restorations prove that Pabst’s true calling was socially charged drama with a serious anti-war bent.

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The Criterion Collection has just released a new Blu-ray of Young Mr. Lincoln, made from a new 4K digital restoration that looks fantastic.

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Both Haneke and Huppert were clear on their intentions from the start, and this alignment produced a movie that holds up as one of the best arthouse films of the last 20 years, with a nearly unmatched quiet kind of intensity.

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La Poison is the reason I love Criterion. It’s a fresh POV from a filmmaker I knew next to nothing about, and it’s an angry, completely subversive movie about a married couple who’s so fed up with each other that they conspire to kill one another, unbeknownst to their spouse.

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These features and this restoration of Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point make a great case for this overlooked film joining the discussion of classic-era Hollywood all-timers.

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Stalker, released originally in 1979, is a challenging piece of cinema. It’s a lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence.

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Nicholas Ray would go on to make In a Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, and most famously, A Rebel Without A Cause. The new Criterion Blu-ray of They Live by Night proves that his filmmaking was assured and iconoclastic right from the beginning.

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We already knew Ozu’s 1932 silent comedy ‘I Was Born, But…’ was a classic, but a new Criterion Blu-ray of that and his 1959 re-imagining ‘Good Morning’ may restore its reputation as well.

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Made directly following Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, Rumble Fish has similar young adult coming-of-age source material, but Coppola’s approach to the material is very, very different. It’s out on Blu-ray from Criterion now.

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This Criterion Blu-ray from the new 2K restoration, and with all of it’s supplemental features, is the definitive version of the film. For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is Roger Ebert’s sole screenplay credit and it’s gonzo as hell. He takes a bunch of stock characters (and c-list actors and former Playboy playmates) and grinds them through enough ridiculous conflict to put a season of American Horror Story to shame.

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‘Brief Encounter’ is David Lean’s exquisite romantic drama that seems simple on the surface, but even in the face of the extra-marital affair at is heart, it has a heightened sense of morality.

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