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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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