Win a copy of Criterion's December Titles on Blu-ray

Casimir Harlow

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The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are delighted to release three new titles in December 2021

We are giving YOU a chance to win a copy of ALL of them on Blu-ray™!

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In a career-defining performance, ALAIN DELON (Purple Noon) plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armour of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE (Army of Shadows), Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone warrior mythology.


Directors ALBERT and ALLEN HUGHES (The Book of Eli) and screenwriter TYGER WILLIAMS (The Perfect Guy) were barely into their twenties when they sent shock waves through American cinema and hip-hop culture with this fatalistic, unflinching vision of life and death on the streets of Watts, Los Angeles, in the 1990s. There, in the shadow of the riots of 1965 and 1992, young Caine (Panther’s TYRIN TURNER) is growing up under the influence of his ruthless, drugdealing father (Pulp Fiction’s SAMUEL L. JACKSON, in a chilling cameo) and his loose-cannon best friend, O-Dog (Love Jones’ LARENZ TATE), leading him into a spiral of violent crime from which he is not sure he wants to escape, despite the best efforts of his grandparents and the steadfast Ronnie (The Matrix Revolutions’ JADA PINKETT). Fusing grim realism with a propulsively stylish aesthetic honed through the Hughes brothers’ work on rap videos, Menace II Society is a searing cautionary tale about the devastating human toll of hopelessness.


Adapted by KEMP POWERS (Soul) from his acclaimed play, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award–winning actor REGINA KING (If Beale Street Could Talk) puts viewers in a room with four icons at the forefront of Black American culture as they carouse, clash, bare their souls, and grapple with their places within the sweeping change of the civil rights movement. February 25, 1964, has gone down in history as the day that the brash young boxer Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) defeated Sonny Liston, but what happened after the fight was perhaps even more incredible: Ali (Race’s ELI GOREE), civil rights leader Malcolm X (High Fidelity’s KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR), NFL great Jim Brown (Hidden Figures’ ALDIS HODGE), and “King of Soul” Sam Cooke (Hamilton’s LESLIE ODOM JR.) all came together at a Miami motel. Electric with big ideas and activist spirit, One Night in Miami . . . plunges us into the midst of an intimate, ongoing conversation—and a defining moment in American history.

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present LE SAMOURAI and MENACE II SOCIETY on 6th December, and ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... on 20th December, on Blu-ray™

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