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March of the Auteurs (and a gelatinous alien) CRITERION SALE

We at Scarecrow always look forward to the days when our friends at The Criterion Collection announce a new crop of upcoming releases. Will there be a surprising new indie or an overlooked gem from decades past? Which of their catalog titles will get a Blu-ray upgrade? Can we cross another name off our Criterion Wish List


As we scrolled down the Coming Soon list on Criterion's site, we were particularly drawn to this month's batch of titles--the Blu-ray debut of an infamous extraterrestrial alongside five films from auteurs with shelves in our Directors' section. If you're fuzzy on what exactly an auteur or the auteur theory is, here's Wikipedia with a pretty solid definition:


In film criticism, auteur theory holds that a director's film reflects the director's personal creative vision, as if they were the primary "auteur" (the French word for "author"). In spite of—and sometimes even because of—the production of the film as part of an industrial process, the auteur's creative voice is distinct enough to shine through all kinds of studio interference and through the collective process.


After some fanfare, Scarecrow Video declared this month to be:



what that means...



The March of the Auteurs Sale begins Tuesday, March 12 with the 1944 paranoia-tinged war drama MINISTRY OF FEAR directed by Fritz Lang. It's adapted from the Graham Greene novel and stars Ray Milland.


It's also the day Criterion unleashes the high-definition ooze of THE BLOB on Blu-ray. It's one of the best 1950s sci-fi screamers and stars a young Steve McQueen.


On Tuesday, March 19, Criterion presents the dynamic duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and their 1943 masterpiece THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, widely considered to be one of the best British films ever made. The extras include audio commentary with Powell and Martin Scorsese and featurette Optimism and Sheer Will, a 2012 interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell’s widow (and friend-of-the-store).


Also that day is the title on this list that elicited the most celebration among our staff, Terrence Malick's BADLANDS. Among the extras is a new making-of documentary with stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.


Then on Tuesday, March 26, there's Robert Bresson's 1956 suspense-filled A MAN ESCAPED, which follows an imprisoned member of the French Resistance and his meticulous plot to escape captivity.


And last but not least, there's Charles Chaplin's  MONSIEUR VERDOUX, his 1947 "brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder."


All these titles will be on sale here at Scarecrow through April 10.  You can get them here or from our online store on or after their release date. And we welcome you to further explore the auteur theory in our Directors' section.


Click on the yellow titles to purchase these titles online

March 12

The Blob   Blu-ray $27.95

Ministry of Fear   DVD $15.95  Blu-ray $22.95


March 19

Badlands   DVD $22.95  Blu-ray $27.95

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp   DVD $22.95  Blu-ray $27.95


March 26

A Man Escaped   DVD $22.95  Blu-ray $27.95

Monsieur Verdoux   DVD $22.95  Blu-ray $27.95





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