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5 Criterion Collection Movie Releases to Pre-Order This Month

Check out the latest Criterion Collection movies to pre-order for the month of June.

PARIAH, Adepero Oduye, 2011, ©Focus Features/courtesy Everett Collection

“Pariah”

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When you think about summer movies, big-budget blockbusters tend to come to mind. But it’s smart to diversify your viewing list. For the movie lovers who enjoy watching films in stunning clarity with bonus-scenes and extra content, all from the comforts of home, Criterion Collection Blu-rays are the way to go. To help with your summer movie list, we rounded up a handful of new Criterion Collection movies due out this month, and that you can pre-order right now. The selection includes LGBTQ stories to celebrate Pride Month, a gripping documentary on homeless teens, and much more. Below, find our selection of Criterion Collection Blu-rays to pre-order for the month of June, and for more movie recommendations check out our list of best Criterion Collection box sets to buy.

“Streetwise”/”Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell”

Release Date: June 8

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark, director Martin Bell, and journalist Cheryl McCall offer up a haunting look at homelessness in this double feature film collection led by the 1983 documentary “Streetwise,” which chronicles the harrowing stories of homeless and runaway teens doing whatever it takes to survive. The follow-up piece, “Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell,” was released 30 years later and details the story of Erin Blackwell, one of the standout figures (then just 14-years old) from the first documentary.

“Pariah”

Release Date: June 29

This critically acclaimed feature film from Dee Rees is a coming-of-age story representing the experiences of queer Black women. Originally released in 2011, “Pariah” follows a Brooklyn teenager, Alike, as she navigates the emotional minefields of finding her first love and the heartache and disapproval of her family as she expresses her gender and sexual identities, within a system that doesn’t make space for either. The film stars Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, and Sahra Mellesse

“The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs”

Release Date: June 22

Another great story for Pride Month, “The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs” features a bold mix of documentary, performance, poetry, and music from the late author, filmmaker, and gay rights activist who died in 1994. The film confronts the devastating legacy of racist stereotypes, the impact of AIDS on his community, and the definition of what it means to be Black.

“Visions of Eight”
Release Date: June 22

Recapture the spirit of the 1972 Olympic Games with “Visions of Eight.” The unique sports movie features a collection of eight short films focusing on different aspects and standout moments from the summer games in Munich that became the site of the infamous terrorist attack. Contributors on the film include Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Juri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, and Mai Zetterling.

“The Human Condition”

Release Date: June 8

If you have some time to spare, “The Human Condition” is a masterpiece that plays out over nine hours. The 1959 Japanese epic film by Masaki Kobayashi tells the story of a Japanese man as he goes from a labor camp supervisor to a soldier, to a Russian prisoner of war. The films works both as a nuanced depiction of a man’s life, and a sweeping commentary on the way corrupt systems can strip us of our humanity. Furthermore, this high-definition restoration represents everything that makes the Criterion Collection so perfect.

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