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CRITERION loses some crucial titles

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
February 8th, 2010

Last week, the popular classic, foreign, and art house film distribution company the Criterion Collection announced that they will be losing rights to a several StudioCanal films. Criterion, a collector's favorite for their dedication to cinephiles everywhere, has let customers in on the news early in order to allow their followers time to grab any of these films before they go out of print. In addition, they've started a sale which allows fans to purchase these films for even cheaper than before by offering a $5 discount until these titles run out of stock.

The following titles will no longer be available through the Criterion Collection:

-Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy
-Le Corbeau
-Coup de Torchon
-Diary of a Country Priest
-The Fallen Idol
-Forbidden Games
-Grand Illusion
-Le Jour Se Leve
-Last Holiday
-The Orphic Trilogy
-Peeping Tom
-Pierrot Le Fou
-Port of Shadows
-Quai Des Orfevres
-The Small Back Room
-The Tales of Hoffman
-Le Trou
-Variety Lights
-The White Sheik

Of all these films, I'll be sad to see a specific few go. PEEPING TOM, the controversial 1960 Michael Powell film, will sorely be missed. It's the story of a man who has gradually become psychotic after years of childhood abuse and sexual trauma. He develops the goal of capturing the death of a woman on video. The film was met with harsh criticism of its violence and nudity, though I'd argue that it's a pivotal film in the development of the horror genre.

Another fantastic film that will be missed from the Criterion Collection is LAST HOLIDAY. This story of a man's final months showcases one of Alec Guinness' best performances, and that says something. Similar to Kurosawa's IKIRU, Last Holiday speaks volumes about what life is like when the end is in sight. In addition, the movie was remade in 2006 with Queen Latifah. So, obviously it's a must see.

This is also your last chance to grab the Criterion DVD with the #1 spine number! That bit of trivia belongs to Jean Renoir's GRAND ILLUSION So, if you're a die hard collector, be sure to grab this in the last few weeks of its availability.

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