Competition: Win a ‘Criterion Collection’ Blu-ray Bundle

Criterion Collection UK: October & November Releases

To celebrate the Criterion Collection’s four UK releases for October and November, we have an awesome Blu-ray bundle to give away featuring copies of Day For Night, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, Punch Drunk Love and The Royal Tenenbaums.


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Day For Night

This loving farce from FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT (Jules and Jim) about the joys and turbulence of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films.

Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (The 400 Blows’ JEAN-PIERRE LÉAUD); an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Juliet of the Spirits’ VALENTINA CORTESE) and a British ingénue haunted by personal scandal (Bullitt’s JACQUELINE BISSET).

An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of love and sex, Day for Night is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary GEORGES DELERUE (Contempt).


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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by AKIRA KUROSAWA (Seven Samurai, Ran) brings eight of the beloved director’s own night time visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life.

In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions:

A young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes.

Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by MARTIN SCORSESE), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.


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Punch Drunk Love 

Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights).

Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (ADAM SANDLER, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters.

The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (EMILY WATSON), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN).

Fuelled by the careening momentum of a baroque futurist score by JON BRION (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia), the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.


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The Royal Tenenbaums

Royal Tenenbaum (Unforgiven’s GENE HACKMAN) and his wife, Etheline (Prizzi’s Honor’s ANJELICA HUSTON) had three children – Chas, Margot, and Richie and then they separated.

Chas (Meet the Parents’ BEN STILLER) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Shakespeare in Love’s GWYNETH PALTROW) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade.

Richie (Rushmore’s LUKE WILSON) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster.

The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from WES ANDERSON (The Darjeeling Limited).


To celebrate, we have 1 x Criterion bundle to give away courtesy of our friends at Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Competition closes on Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Winners will be notified by phone / email

Best of luck!


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