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Old 03-07-22, 07:02 PM
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CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Dear Criterion Collectors,

It’s that time again!

Because you’re a loyal criterion.com shopper, we wanted you to be the first to know that our 24-hour Flash Sale starts tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8, at noon ET! All in-stock Blu-rays, DVDs, and 4K UHD discs will be marked down to 50% off the SRP at criterion.com.


https://www.criterion.com/shop

B]If the Sale follows the usual and normal rules (if not I'll update the post ASAP):

50% off MSRP (not current/Usual price) all in-stock movies -- DVD, BD, Includes Eclipse set, but not general merchandise. Backorders and pre-orders usually haven't been allowed. Items will go OOS so don't wait too long though the last few sales, many things did come back into stock at least once if not several times during the sale.

The website usually gets hammered in the first couple hrs so be patient. You can preload your cart and the prices will automatically adjust after the sale goes live, but if you load it too early Criterion will empty it -- never sure if they do it by time of day or number of hrs, but I usually load my cart an hour or two ahead and it works fine. Items and esp new popular item WILL go OOS during the sale. Sometimes they'll come back into stock during the time-frame, but never is a guarantee

Free Shipping at $50 in the Lower 48 US otherwise $6.95 flat rate shipping USPS or $10.95 UPS
Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, PO Box, APO/FPO USPS PRIORITY MAIL ONLY
FREE SHIPPING has always been calculated before applying any promo rewards or Gift Certificates are deducted. I think it's also pre-tax so 49.97 + tax isn't free.

No International orders other than Canada. The last few sales, a CA site obstructedviews.com has run a parallel sale of 40-50% off items with lower shipping costs and shipped from within the borders so faster and no worries about extra customs fees.
DHL Express $23USD Flat Rate
Customs and Brokerage fees added by Delivery Service/Collected at Delivery and are the responsibility of the customer

Sales Tax has been expanded and now required for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Several new states added since last sale

Criterion Loyalty program -- $50 Gift Cert for every cumulative purchase of $500 even if it takes 5 years. In the past those loyal rewards certs are sent via email almost immediately and are eligible for immediate use.

If you are close to $500 and have enough total items, I'd suggest making an order just big enough to qualify for the Loyalty Cert plus FS, then make another $50+ order with the extra money rather than make one large order and then have to wait 6 months for the next flash sale though the GC/Rewards don't expire. You can load them into your account and the $$$ will be there next sale. If you have more than one Reward Code ($50 or $10 Criterion Stream reward or others), these do appear to stack since they function essentially like Gift Cards.


Items released since last Criterion.com Flash Sale in Oct MSRP $40 unless stated otherwise (4K titles in Red)
La strada 2-Nov-2021
Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films 16-Nov-2021 $125
Mulholland Dr. 4KUHD + BD 16-Nov-2021 $50
Citizen Kane 4KUHD + BD 23-Nov-2021 $60

Citizen Kane 23-Nov-2021
Menace II Society 4KUHD + BD 23-Nov-2021 $50
Menace II Society 23-Nov-2021
Uncut Gems 4KUHD + BD 23-Nov-2021 $50
Uncut Gems 23-Nov-2021

Items released since last BN.com Sale ending Nov 30, 2021
One Night in Miami... Blu-ray 7-Dec-2021
The Learning Tree Blu-ray 14-Dec-2021
The Red Shoes 4K Blu-ray 14-Dec-2021 $50
The Celebration Blu-ray 11-Jan-2022
Time Blu-ray 18-Jan-2022
The Piano 4K Blu-ray 25-Jan-2022 $50
The Piano Blu-ray 25-Jan-2022
Dick Johnson Is Dead Blu-ray 25-Jan-2022
Written on the Wind (1956) 1-Feb-22
Miller's Crossing (1990) 8-Feb-2022
Love Affair (1939) 15-Feb-2022
Boat People (投奔怒海 / Tau ban no hoi) (1982) 22-Feb-2022
Adoption (Örökbefogadás) (1975) 8-Mar-2022

Wild Card: EDIT: this item was announced then pulled due to an issue. A couple people are now reporting getting their replacement/corrected discs
3/8 -- Item now available to add to the cart and no longer listed Unavailable (you may have to go to the item page if you have it already in your wishlist
A Hard Day's Night 4K Blu-ray 18-Jan-2022 $50

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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

An aside: I was talking with the manager of my local Barnes & Noble, where they're scrapping their media section completely and moving in new shelving for books and games and plush toys. He believes this is probably the direction of B&N as a whole. So these flash sales might become our sole outlet for cheap Criterions ...
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Originally Posted by FunkDaddy J
An aside: I was talking with the manager of my local Barnes & Noble, where they're scrapping their media section completely and moving in new shelving for books and games and plush toys. He believes this is probably the direction of B&N as a whole. So these flash sales might become our sole outlet for cheap Criterions ...
B&N could still have online sales... or another online retailer.
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That's a bummer to hear that now sales tax will be collected in California. Tax was the main factor for sticking to Criterion vs caving and ordering from price-matched Amazon. Amazon offers much faster shipping and easy returns if items get damaged.
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Hard Day's Night 4K was announced, then pulled due to an issue. A couple people are now reporting getting their replacement/corrected discs
3/8 -- Item now available to add to the cart and no longer listed Unavailable, but you may have to go to the item page if you have it already in your wishlist since my wishlist
still showed Unavailable


Originally Posted by Jfunk1
That's a bummer to hear that now sales tax will be collected in California. Tax was the main factor for sticking to Criterion vs caving and ordering from price-matched Amazon. Amazon offers much faster shipping and easy returns if items get damaged.
Last few sales, my Criterion.com orders I made early Tuesday arrived by the weekend. Pretty good for true Free Shipping
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Plus, when you order from Criterion you get points towards that gift certificate.

I'll likely be sitting out this sale and waiting for October. Not much I need other than Miller's Crossing. Plus February had a bit of a bite on me financially so I'm being frugal for a few weeks to make up for it.
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Originally Posted by Paff
I'll likely be sitting out this sale and waiting for October. Not much I need other than Miller's Crossing.
Are you familiar with the fact that the Criterion Miller's Crossing seems to be edited? I suspect some people won't care, but I prefer the theatrical and (up until this Criterion) home video cut.
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Yeah, the sales tax for Texas is a bummer. The state had passed an internet sales tax what seems like five years, so I've relished thinking I've been getting away with no tax from Criterion for years now. I see the Criterion rewards and buying direct from the source (not Amazon, not B&N) as deciding factors in why I only purchase titles during these flash sales.
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Originally Posted by JasonX
Are you familiar with the fact that the Criterion Miller's Crossing seems to be edited? I suspect some people won't care, but I prefer the theatrical and (up until this Criterion) home video cut.
Yeah, I've been hearing that, but I understand it's the Coens who authorized the new version so it's not like it's a third party "censoring" material they deem "inappropriate". Nor is it a fundamental change like say, Greedo suddenly shooting first.
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting MARCH 8, 2022 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Bought the four 4K sets that I didn’t own on Blu, had an old $10 promo sitting in my account, bonus!
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I picked up

The Incredible Shrinking Man
Defending Your Life
Night of the Hunter

I noticed Shrinking Man and Defending Your Life are both about 50% off at Amazon as well. Amazon seems to have several of the $39.95 Criterions at about 50% off too. I suppose if you have Prime or otherwise hit free shipping at Amazon AND aren't hitting free shipping at Criterion AND don't care about the Criterion loyalty points you maybe could do slightly better at Amazon. But I had 2 of the $10 gift certificates for being a Criterion Channel charter subscriber saved up so that plus the loyalty points made buying direct from Criterion an easy choice.
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Originally Posted by Paff
Yeah, I've been hearing that, but I understand it's the Coens who authorized the new version so it's not like it's a third party "censoring" material they deem "inappropriate". Nor is it a fundamental change like say, Greedo suddenly shooting first.
That is my understanding too, but with a very cheaply available Fox blu-ray with identical (or nearly so) video and audio, the only reason I can see buying the Criterion is for the extra features. I'd rather have the "full" film at a lower cost, but can completely understand wanting the features and not caring about the few trims. Just wanted to bring it to your attention, if you weren't aware. I was looking forward to the Criterion release, but ended up just being content with the old blu-ray.
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Originally Posted by Trevor
Bought the four 4K sets that I didn’t own on Blu, had an old $10 promo sitting in my account, bonus!
Ha! I forgot that I had a $10 GC in there too.

I didn't order a long list:
  • The Red Shoes (UHD)
  • A Hard Day's Night (UHD)
  • Smooth Talk
But not bad for $49.91 shipped!
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Sorry to say there is nothing current I have to have. Hoping for some great new releases during the November Flash Sale.
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Originally Posted by Classic Films
Sorry to say there is nothing current I have to have. Hoping for some great new releases during the November Flash Sale.
Minor Correction -- October.
Best guess October 18 this year
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Boat People
The Celebration
The Naked Kiss
Written on the Wind
The Red Shoes UHD
The Piano UHD

Used $70 in credits.
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Originally Posted by JasonX
That is my understanding too, but with a very cheaply available Fox blu-ray with identical (or nearly so) video and audio, the only reason I can see buying the Criterion is for the extra features. I'd rather have the "full" film at a lower cost, but can completely understand wanting the features and not caring about the few trims. Just wanted to bring it to your attention, if you weren't aware. I was looking forward to the Criterion release, but ended up just being content with the old blu-ray.
In all honesty, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I don't love it, but I also think some people get too persnickety over little details and probably wouldn't notice these things if it wasn't pointed out to them. Yet I do distinctly recall Mike Starr's "Jesus, Tom" line and I understand that was one of the things that was cut. So maybe I'm waiting till October to decide anyway.
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Went for Incredible Shrinking Man, Rebecca, and Phantom Carriage. Forgot I had the $10 coupon but will use it next time
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Originally Posted by Classic Films
Sorry to say there is nothing current I have to have. Hoping for some great new releases during the November Flash Sale.
When does this usually occur? I feel like I have missed them in the past -- I'm signed up for their newsletter, but not super active here, facebook, twitter, etc.
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Originally Posted by cgray
When does this usually occur? I feel like I have missed them in the past -- I'm signed up for their newsletter, but not super active here, facebook, twitter, etc.
October (likely the 11th or 18th) 24-hour flash sale directly through Criterion. November BN sale.
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