Collector’s Corner: Christmas, Criterion, and Cary Grant, oh my!

Yesterday I learned that people have nicknames for the time between Christmas and the new year. I’ve never thought of it as anything but a typical week, but my favorite name of the bunch is “Betwixtmas” — so, I hope you all had a lovely holiday, and hope that Betwixtmas is treating you well, too!

As we wrap up the year, I thought I’d squeeze in one more collection update and share my movie-related Christmas gifts, recent Criterion pick-ups, and other bits and bobs I’ve gathered since I posted my birthday haul back in August.

The list will probably look a bit massive, but keep in mind that all of this was collected over several months, and none of it at full price. (There have been several Criterion sales and a Kino sale since the last Collector’s Corner.) I must also extend a special thank you to my mom, dad, and boss for their generous Christmas gifts!

Films

  • Criterion editions:
    • 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Spine #657 – Blu
    • The Before Trilogy, Spine #856 – DVD
    • A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Spine #711 – DVD
    • Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Spine #819 – DVD
    • Moonrise (1948), Spine #921 – Blu
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(Image via The Criterion Collection)
    • Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Spine #806 – Blu
    • The Red Shoes (1948), Spine #44 – DVD
    • Safety Last (1923), Spine #662 – DVD
    • The Story of Temple Drake (1933), Spine #1006 – Blu
  • Other Blu:
    • The Apartment (1960)
    • Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    • Her (2013)
  • Other DVD:
    • Barefoot in the Park (1967)
    • Blindspotting (2018)
    • The Champagne Murders (1967)
    • Donovan’s Brain (1953)
    • Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
    • The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)
    • House by the River (1950)
    • The House That Would Not Die (1970)
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(Image via Doctor Macro)
    • It’s Love I’m After (1937)
    • Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
    • The Premature Burial (1962)
    • Two for the Road (1967)
    • A Woman’s Devotion (1956)
    • ZPG: Zero Population Growth (1972)

Books

  • Bogey: The Films of Humphrey Bogart by Clifford McCarty (Paperback)
  • Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Hardcover)
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(Image via Amazon)
  • The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara (Hardcover)
  • Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film by Kenneth Turan (Hardcover)

Miscellany

  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) tin movie poster

    arsenic and old lace poster
    (Image via Amazon)

    This was such a delightful surprise to receive from my mom at Christmas! I have an original ad for Once Upon a Honeymoon framed on the wall above my collection of film books; this is going to look great hanging next to it. I now have the beginnings of a Cary Grant tribute wall!

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho long sleeve tee from Studiohouse Designs
    studiohouse psycho shirt
    (Image via Studiohouse Designs)

    This is the only item I’ve ever purchased after seeing it on Instagram, haha. I rarely buy new clothes, but I couldn’t resist! Studiohouse Designs is a small business run by movie enthusiasts — definitely one to check out if you’re a fan of horror films. This particular design is out of stock at the time of this writing, but you can see other shirts, pins, patches, and more at StudiohouseDesigns.com.

  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Holiday Pop-Up Collectible

    miss fisher pop-up
    (Image via The Nerds Templar)

    Another super cool gift from mom! This is a DVD of a Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Christmas episode, which doubles as home decor! When you open it up, it has a pop-up Miss Fisher for display. (If you haven’t watched this series, I highly recommend it.)

Did you receive or buy any neat films/film-related gifts over the holidays? As always, feel free to share your pick-ups in the comments! And best wishes to you all as we forge ahead into 2020.

9 thoughts on “Collector’s Corner: Christmas, Criterion, and Cary Grant, oh my!

    1. Isn’t it great? The design on the back in particular sold me! I’m not sure if/when they plan to restock, but would definitely recommend the brand if you like any of their other designs. I was very impressed with the quality.

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  1. Some very cool scores there for the holidays! I’ve been craving that ‘3:10 to Yuma’ Blu-ray for a while now…I need to wait a bit (i.e. save up) before I jump in and grab it. And yes, a very nice Psycho shirt…too bad they don’t have one for ‘Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory’!

    My holiday scores included a Blu-ray of ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ from my friend and a TCM movie quiz book from my sister, plus two things I bought for myself: a VHS copy of ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’ for $1.99 and a TCM 4-pack DVD set of Edward G. Robinson films for $4.99!

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    1. Have you watched “Once Upon a Time…” yet? I caught that in the theater on a rainy day when I was camping. Not usually a huge Tarantino watcher but I enjoyed it.

      That Edward G. set sounds like a great find! Which films are included?

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      1. I received “Once Upon a Time…” as a Christmas gift, and watched it for the first time on New Year’s Eve, and loved it…especially for the ending! And my E.G. Robinson 4-pack includes Kid Galahad, The Little Giant, Larceny Inc, and Bullets or Ballots…none of which I’ve ever seen.

        And what are you doing up at 2:00 am on a work night?

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        1. Ooh, that’s a great set! I’m a big fan of both Larceny Inc. and Bullets or Ballots.

          Insomnia is the answer to your question. Used the time productively tonight and watched a movie, haha. I do need to go to sleep though!

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