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du Garbandier

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  1. Yes, it is absolutely remarkable. Kino Lorber says on its Facebook page that "we doubt we'll ever have a sale of this size ever again."
  2. I would try placing a hold on it at your store via the website. If the employees can't find it, you can often do a ship-to-home order where you still get the membership discount. I'm not sure if you have to be at your store to do that, or if you could do it over the phone.
  3. Kino Lorber is having a massive sale on its line of Studio Classics blu-ray and dvd releases. Many blu-rays are at their lowest prices ever, in the $8-10 range. It is an especially strong sale if you are interested in film noir, westerns, 70s action films, classic thrillers, disaster movies, classic comedies, etc. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more. A number of items show up as out of stock but you can still order these. Some titles that stand out to me: Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema box set Various fun comedies, including several w/ Peter Sellers (The Party, After the Fox, and others), Gene Wilder's Haunted Honeymoon & Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother The Fritz Freleng Collection cartoon box set, along with several other Freleng titles Various classics, such as The Ox-Bow Incident, Broken Arrow, The Enemy Below Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat and The Paradine Case Classic noir titles like Pitfall, 99 River St., Boomerang, The Scar, The House on 92nd St., Witness to Murder
  4. If anyone buys Criterions online, starting today you can get a $10 B&N reward card w/ every $50 you spend on BN.com. July 17 through July 22. Note that the reward card is redeemable only from August 9 through August 19th at 2:59AM EST. Of course, the downside to buying online is that you don't get the 10% membership discount.
  5. ATTENTION SHOPPERS Barnes & Noble's 50% off Criterion sale returns on Tuesday, July 11 and concludes August 7th. Stalker, which I believe releases July 18th, stands atop my wish list. I may also consider the Marseille Trilogy, L'Argent, Woman of the Year, and Ozu's Good Morning. Unfortunately, Sacha Guitry's La Poison will be released a week or so after the sale ends. I like The Story of a Cheat so much I will certainly grab La Poison at a later sale.
  6. There is a 30% off B&N coupon good through this weekend. Here's the instore coupon. The online code is BNBFRIDAY16. Alas, like just about all other coupons this sale, it excludes Criterions. I printed a few and used them on signed books (by Tony Bennett, Billy Collins, and Jon Klassen). You could probably also get some solid discounts on vinyl or non-Criterion films.
  7. I picked up A Brighter Summer Day, Chaplin's The Kid, and the Whit Stillman Trilogy. Also I believe the sale goes through the end of July, so I might snag The New World when it releases on the 26th. I will absolutely draw the line there. But not before considering A Touch of Zen. No more after that. Unless...
  8. Sorry y'all. The 8/40 coupon is indeed no longer working, according to multiple reports. Bizarre, since I used it just yesterday, and was planning to use it a few more times. B&N must have put the kibosh on it. Apologies for leading you astray, my fellow Criterionphiles... I believe you might still get the coupon to work if you get a friendly cashier willing to override the system. Personally I don't like making waves with coupon stacking on Criterions, since they are already worth the money. And also I am a coward in general. The only coupon that seems to be working on Criterions is a $10 off $50, which was emailed this morning. It's an individual specific code, so I don't have a link. If you're a member you may have gotten one in your inbox.
  9. UPDATE: Members at the bluray.com forums are reporting that B&N may have stopped accepting the 8/40 coupon overnight, at least on Criterions. Someone tried to use one this morning and the system didn't accept it. I'll try to see if this is indeed the case. I hope not, but if so, my apologies for unduly raising hopes.
  10. If you've a Barnes & Noble membership, you can use this coupon in store to save another $8 on top of the 50% off and member discount. I picked up The In-Laws blu-ray for about $10.50 with tax.
  11. I think it is a puzzle. How about...Odd Man Out (the Carol Reed noir)?
  12. The Jacques Tati boxset is out now, and looks wonderful.
  13. I'd be willing to trade my unopened Criterion copy of Paris, Texas on blu-ray (which is a great movie, but...let's just say I wouldn't leave Solaris unopened). DEAL! I'll message you to swap shipping addresses.
  14. Well, it was going to happen to me sooner or later. I bought the Solaris blu-ray only to realize I already owned it. Instead of returning it I wonder if anyone would like to trade me some other Criterion blu-ray for it? I don't have any particular titles in mind.
  15. I bought The Hidden Fortress and Il Sorpasso.
  16. Some great C. S. Lewis criticism/literary history ebooks are on sale for $3.99 at Amazon. Incidentally, I wonder if there is a referral link I might use to benefit Image for links like this.
  17. Jason Diamond at Flavorwire predicts Grand Budapest Hotel will help create new interest in Stefan Zwieg's books. I rather hope so. Incidentally, you can find a nice piece on Zwieg in Cultural Amnesia by Clive James. I remember hearing that Lost singlehandedly caused a spike in Flann O'Brien interest when it used his great novel, The Third Policeman. What other examples might there be of movies or shows calling attention to lesser known books?
  18. Let me take a parenthetical moment to recommend a classic Anthony Lane piece about Lego from 1998. Now back to your regular programming.
  19. I'm looking into investing (on my own, modest scale) in ETFs/index funds. Does anyone have any financial resources they enjoy? This could involve anything from blogs, books, apps, particular writers, magazines, etc., no matter what the topic or technical level, though I am at a rudimentary level myself. I have always been repulsed by the grimier sort of monetary obscenity that sometimes dominates the visible world of finance, but I know there must also be advocates for humane and wise stewardship of resources.
  20. Four years gone by, another Winter Olympics arriving, and still no traction for my Interpretive Curling or Cross Country Figure Skating proposals. This is my greatest source of bitterness.
  21. DeepDiscount.com has a sale on Kino dvds and blu-rays, including the Ultimate Buster Keaton blu-ray collection for about $110 w/ shipping ($150 at Amazon).
  22. I'm a rather poor person to defend television. Apart from films on TCM, my watching is mostly limited to live sports. Even with widely lauded shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men or The Sopranos, etc., I prefer books. (And while I'm at it, I don't really Tweet very much at all, but I do enjoy following others who do. And I almost never drink anything strong.) But let me ask this: imagine someone who is downright addicted to romance novels. Is that person any better off than a lonely TV addict? I say not in any meaningful way. Setting aside the obvious genetic and physiological aspects and proclivities of real addiction: is not the proper center of concern whatever state of inward calamity that might drive me in that direction, in conjunction with the complex array of additional communal, social, psychological, and spiritual factors? Certainly the modern world presents moderns with solutions to inner problems that have a way of only compounding the problem. I find myself reflecting on the passage in Mark 7:
  23. Let me quote from a pertinent section of Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy (Kindle version, interestingly enough):
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