Once you’ve picked out a great new high definition television, you’re going to want to take full advantage of your set’s capabilities, and those old standard definition DVDs you have laying around aren’t going to cut it. To really experience what HD can offer, you’ll need a Blu-ray player, available from major appliances retailers like S&W Appliances. And once you’ve got the equipment, you’ll need something to watch. That’s where the Criterion Collection comes in. Criterion has been curating the world’s greatest film collection for close to 30 years, and they now offer some of the most innovative and beautiful films ever made in stunning high-definition transfers on Blu-Ray. Experience the work of some of these filmmakers like you’ve never seen it before.
- Jean-Luc Godard: With his hyper-saturated colors and masterfully framed compositions, the French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard’s work lends itself particularly well to HD on Blu-Ray. Check out the gorgeous cinematography (and the gorgeous Brigitte Bardot) in Contempt, the masterfully staged sets and shots of Tout va Bien and the stylish visual aesthetic of Pierrot le Fou.
- Ingmar Bergman: The Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (and his frequent collaborator, director of photography Sven Nykvist) is responsible for some of the most visually striking films ever made. Get the full experience on Blu-ray with classics like Winter Light, Through a Glass Darkly and The Seventh Seal.
- Wes Anderson: Immaculately composed and visually dense, Wes Anderson’s films are among the most distinctive in the history of film. Combine his eye for visuals with whip-smart wit and heart-rending melodrama and you can see why Anderson’s films are often considered instant classics. Check out The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Rushmore to really see the difference HD can make.