Belle Toujours (New Yorker) Manoel Oliveira's droll Bunuel treatment gets a worthy treatment from a hit-and miss label. Well done.
The Big Trail (Fox) Raoul Walsh, John Wayne, early (1930) 70mm, essential all around.
Blast of Silence (Criterion) A great Noir maudit given its long-overdue due.
The Carmen Miranda Collection (Fox) For the upgraded transer of The Gang's All Here.
Come Drink With Me (TWC/Dragon Dynasty) The Weinstein Company should thrive just to keep its excellent Dragon Dynasty disc line alive. This release in particular is a perfect merging of the seminal and the utterly entertaining.
The Darjeeling Limited (Fox) The first Wes Anderson denied the Criterion treatment! Argh! A great disc anyway!
Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer (Flicker Alley) Really, just buy everything Flicker Alley puts out. No questions.
Easy Living (Universal) Screwball classic from a division of Universal—Studio Classics, they call it—that really ought to accelerate their release sked.
El Cid (TWC) See below.
Fall of Roman Empire (TWC) Two of the last Manns, given exemplary treatment. Beautiful stuff.
The Films of Budd Boetticher (Sony) Just grand, and about frickin' time.
Forbidden Hollywood 2 (Warner)
Fox Western Classics (Fox) For the bizarre, magesterial Garden of Evil alone. Although the other two ain't bad. The Fox horror boxes—featuring Chandu the Magician, among others—also bear buying.
Georges Melies: The Wizard of Cinema (Flicker Alley) Wow. Just wow. Much like the below Murnau/Borzage box, a reminder that miracles really happen. Again: just buy everything that Flicker Alley puts out.
Griffith Masterworks #2 (Kino) Genius at work. Way Down East is a desert island movie, for sure.
Hammer Icons of Horror (Sony) A great piece of archeology, unearthing, among others, The Gorgon, seen above. Famous Monsters kids, rejoice.
Sheptinko Shepitko [oy](Criterion/Eclipse) The Russian filmmaker's The Ascent makes an exemplary diptych with Klimov's later Come and See. War cinema at its most unsparing.
Lubitsch Musicals (Criterion/Eclipse) Unalloyed delight.
Man of the West (MGM) Magnificent Mann.
Mishima (Criterion) Schrader's bold experiment is newly vindicated with every viewing.
Mizoguchi’s Fallen Women (Criterion/Eclipse) These Eclipse boxes pretty much can do no wrong.
Murnau, Borzage and Fox (Fox) A gift from the cinephile gods; so many treasures, including two previously little-seen films that should remake your conception of film history once you see them: Murnau's City Girl and Borzage's Lucky Star. Sublime stuff all around.
Criterion Ophuls (Criterion) Some controversy about the transfers...but nobody says they're bad. Three masterworks (Earrings, Plaisir, La Ronde) from the divine Max in one fell swoop, what's not to like.
Pierrot Le Fou (Criterion)
Quiet City/Dance Party (Benten) Who loves American indie film? Benten loves American indie film. I think their Katz is still the best of the lot, and I look forward to more more more in '09.
Silent Ozu (Criterion/Eclipse)
The Skull (Legend)
Vampyr (Criterion) Another miracle.
Warner Brothers And The Homefront Collection (Warner)
White Dog (Criterion)
An American In Paris (Japanese Warner)
Black Narcissus (ITV)
Criterion: Their first four, Chungking Express, The Third Man, Bottle Rocket, and The Man Who Fell To Earth, all masterpieces and must owns.
From Russia With Love/Dr. No (MGM) Actually, Thunderball's pretty good, too.
The Fall (Sony)
The Godfather Restoration (Paramount)
How The West Was Won (Warner)
Ray Harryhausen Collection (Sony)
Sleeping Beauty (Disney)
Sweeney Todd (Paramount)
Chikamatsu Monogatari/Uwasa No Onna (Eureka!/MOC) Masters of Cinema does a bang-up job with everything, including their multiple
Ozu Mizoguchi sets; this gets a special mention just because none of the films in this particular set have gotten a good U.S. DVD release.
The Devil, Probably (Artificial Eye)
The Last Laugh (Eureka!/MOC)
Love on the Ground (Bluebell) Rare Rivette in a good transfer of a complete version.
Make Way For Tomorrow (BAC) Leo McCarey's legendary masterpiece finally gets on disc. With burned-in subs. Oh well. It'll have to do until, you know, Universal accelerates its Studio Classics line.
La Notte (MOC)
Police (Eureka!/MOC) Or Enfance Nue, MOC's other Pialat of 2008. Collect 'em all, I say.
Phantom Carriage (Tartan)
Shimizu boxes (Shochiku) Perhaps, but maybe not, to be supplanted by an upcoming Eclipse box from the Japanese master.
Sirk Collection 2 (Carlotta) Tomorrow's Foreign Region DVD Report, it happens.