Our friends at the Criterion Collection recently released the 1965 Italian film, I Knew Her Well. The film was directed by Antonio Pietrangeli, a name whom you might know better if not for his 1968 death. Before we get too far into this review, I must say I am a bit of a Criterion fanboy. I love what they do and how they do it. Without them, I fear so many great films would be lost to that cruel maiden known as time. That being said, I do not love all of the films that Criterion has released, and, while I respect the artist and the vision, there are genres and directors that I will not add to my personal collection.
Secretly sliding into retailers, Martyrs (2016) was released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 22, 2016. Martyrs (2016) is an American remake of the French original, Martyrs (2008). The French original is ranked highly on many lists of the most disturbing films, and, as a result, it has quite the cult following. This puts any remake, at any time, at severe disadvantage.
One of the most widely available DVDs has always been Vanilla Sky. It litters the bargain bins and clearance racks at every pawn shop or used media store. This overabundance of availability has worked against this film, so it makes the timing of a new version all the more head-scratching. However, at the end of June last year, Paramount and Warner Brothers released an upgraded version, adopting the Blu-ray format.