Criterion Collection comes to iTunes, sans extras

Criterion Collection comes to iTunes, sans extras (photo)

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It used to be that in order to watch the Criterion Collection’s lovingly put-together film releases, you had to save up the 40 bones required to buy one at the store, or patiently explain to a confused relative why it’s important to get that particular version of a film, not the cheaper one without the big black bars on the top and bottom. These days, however, you can watch Criterion’s selection of restored films online via Hulu, and now on iTunes as well.

Though Criterion Collection films first started showing up on iTunes this month with little-to-no fanfare, the eagle-eyed folks at Slashfilm were quick to pick up on the exciting news. Users can rent a film for $2.99, which while not Red Box cheap is still pretty reasonable considering the higher average quality of Criterion releases. Or, you can purchase a digital version of a flick for only $14.99, which is way beneath the average price for physical versions. There are a few caveats, however…

First up is the fact that as of the writing of this article, there are only fifty Criterion Collection films available to buy or rent. That should be more than enough to keep you and your cinephile friends busy over the next couple months, but it’s nowhere near a full sampling of the company’s expansive line.

Perhaps more troubling to fans of the Criterion Collection, however, is the lack of special features on these digital versions. Yes, the beautiful restorations of classic films is a huge reason people shell out for Criterion Collection releases, and it should be pretty obvious that by purchasing a digital version you’re giving up on what is typically pretty impressive packaging and design-work. But we’re guessing that for a lot of film-lovers, a Criterion Collection release sans commentary, behind-the-scenes looks and other special features, isn’t much of a Criterion Collection release at all.

What do you think? Are you still interested in Criterion Collection releases when they don’t come with all of the special features goodies to which you’re accustomed? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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