Sullivan’s Travels: Criterion Collection

April 21, 2015

Sullivan’s Travels (1942) came out of Preston Sturges’ desire to make fun comedies after finding that the genre had become too preachy. He wrote the film with Joel McCrea in mind even though the character he was going to play may have been inspired... 

The Palm Beach Story: Criterion Collection

April 8, 2015

Fresh from his 1941 hit The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges drew partially from his own life for his next film, The Palm Beach Story (1942). His ex-wife was an heiress that traveled among European aristocracy and was even courted by Prince Jerome Rospigliosi-Gioeni.... 

Foreign Correspondent: Criterion Collection

March 4, 2014

While Foreign Correspondent (1940) was Alfred Hitchcock’s second Hollywood film, the director considered it his first, true effort. He regarded Rebecca (1940) as not one of his films because it lacked humor thanks to the meddling of David O. Selznick.... 

Sam Peckinpah’s The Legendary Westerns Collection

March 7, 2006

Sam Peckinpah defines the word “maverick.” He came out of Hollywood with his own unique brand of filmmaking that often clashed with studio executives. This resulted in a career of tough, uncompromising movies that were either loved or hated – there... 

Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection

June 1, 2005

The newly released Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection contains nine of the Master of Suspense’s movies from 1940 to 1959. It’s an intriguing mix of the famous (North by Northwest) and the underrated (Mr. and Mrs. Smith). All of the films in the...