I really thought that I had already published Purchases 11 and 12. Obviously that was incorrect so here they are, along with # 13 & 14 which I have also made.
Around the Christmas period Cineplex Store had a great deal on offer for Canadian customers. Not only were the DVD’s & Blu-rays discounted, if you spent $15 or more you received a free movie ticket. I always have Criterions waiting to be bought so in order to maximise the free cinema tickets I placed 2 separate orders.
Purchase # 11 was the Stanley Kubrick anti-war classic, Paths of Glory
Purchase # 12 followed a few days later and again I bought a title from a legendary Director, this time Japanese master, Ozu. The film, family drama Early Summer
A few months went by before I made purchase #13. As they did in October last year, Criterion held another 24 hour “Flash Sale” on their website. My “Wish List” was consulted and I purchased the following:
Louis Malle’s debut
The winner of this years Oscar for Best Foreign Film
Sibling drama set on a French country estate
Kieślowski’s international breakthrough
There is a story to tell about the order from Criterion. As a bonus this year they were going to post 20 Golden Tickets into random orders with the prizes ranging from a free t-shirt to a trip to the Criterion Store room in New York. As I had ordered The Great Beauty and it was not actually released until 25 March this meant that I had no chance of winning a ticket 😦 I enquired with Criterion and they confirmed that I would not be winning a ticket. As a gesture of goodwill they gave me a $10 gift voucher towards my next purchase, a lovely token that will come in useful.
My final purchase comes from a company I never used before, Deep Discount, I have though read reviews from people who have used them to make purchases. Usually their prices are not as good as the 50% offered by the Barnes & Noble sales and occasionally Amazon. When I add on the shipping charges to Canada it is usually not worth ordering. However, on “Tax Day” 15 April they offered 15% off their prices. Quite a few Criterions were already discounted so when I added the additional saving the prices came to 50% or more off. The next Barnes & Noble sale is not due until July so I thought that I may as well take advantage. This is what I bought from Deep Discount:
The Klondike classic
The on-the-run assassin
Great Depression survival story
A Brother & Sister story in a haunted house
I will now give my credit card a rest until the next 50% Barnes & Noble sale which will hopefully be some time in July. Meanwhile, keep checking for my reviews, there will be a new one soon.