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Boxwalla Film Subscription Box Review – April 2017

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Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla is a really unique subscription box service that offers four different types of subscriptions: Food, Beauty, Books, and Film. Subscribers can subscribe to multiple boxes, or can hop around among the four boxes from shipment to shipment. Fun! I love movies! Boxwalla’s website states:

‘Art Cinema is Boring.’ The Film Box challenges this notion by demystifying the work of the best filmmakers, by creating a context within which to view them.

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Boxwalla Film, $49.95 every other month, box. 

Boxwalla Film April 2017

The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Film

The Cost: $49.95 per shipment (every two months)

The Products: Two films from The Criterion Collection plus an insert are mailed to you. Additional material is emailed to you before and after you have watched the films.

Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $11.95, Internationally for $18.95

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Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla‘s packaging is beautiful! The box is really high quality and very sturdy. It could easily be used for storage or gifts. This letter was included with information about the films that I was sent. Honestly, I never read it before I watch the movies because I hate any kind of spoiler! I always read it afterward, though, and it is always helpful.

I received a post-film discussion, as promised, which I also read after watching the films. It, too, was very helpful. I have to mention here, that Boxwalla sends their film box at the very end of the month, and the post-film discussion follows 3-4 weeks later.

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

April’s theme was “Ingrid & Roberto.” I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have been a huge fan of both Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini since I was a teenager! I have always been fascinated with their work and their partnership in real life as a married couple, also. In addition to many beautiful films, they produced a daughter, Isabella, who for much of her life was considered among the most beautiful women in the world. It’s all so romantic!

Boxwalla Film April 2017

3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman – Value $79.96

This month, instead of sending two related films, Boxwalla sent a boxed set of three films directed by Rossellini and starring Bergman. I absolutely love that concept! The thing I did not love, though, is that it’s a blu-ray set, and I do not have a blu-ray player. BUT, this is a good opportunity to let you know of a new service that streams movies from the Criterion Collection called Filmstruck. This is the only place you can stream movies from the Criterion Collection, and they have a two week free trial period. The ongoing monthly cost is also quite reasonable if you are a cinephile like myself.

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Film #1: Stromboli

The first film is about a young woman who marries a man in a very spur-of-the-moment fashion to escape a difficult situation and finds herself in an at least equally difficult situation. I don’t like to give away too much of the film in my reviews, but I will say that this one was somewhat difficult to watch. It was very compelling and had a powerful ending!

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Film #2: Europe ’51

Europe ’51 was probably the most complex of the three films. It is the story of a married woman who struggles to find meaning after the death of her child. There is a recurrent theme of maintaining appropriate relationships while balancing an overarching need to love one’s fellow man. It’s a timeless question, and one that speaks to me on a personal level, so I find this movie thoroughly interesting. Additionally, there is a lot going on in this film from a social and cultural perspective that says a great deal about the era.

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Boxwalla Film April 2017

Film #3: Journey to Italy

Journey to Italy is perhaps the most famous of the three films, and it is an easy one to love! It lacks some of the complexity of the previous films, and at its core is simply a love story. Every love story is unique, and this one has some beautiful twists and turns. It is also set in some of the most beautiful scenes throughout Italy, which adds so much to the work itself. The couple in the film is struggling with their marriage, and I read in the post-film discussion that Rossellini would only give them their lines right before shooting the scene to add depth to the awkwardness and disconnection that their characters were feeling. Brilliant!

Boxwalla Film April 2017

This is a peek at the post-film discussion that was sent following the movies via email.

All the movies are part of The Criterion Collection, which is an organization that works to preserve and restore classic and modern films that are considered important. The films are published in editions that offer the highest technical quality as well as fantastic supplemental material.

One other thing I wanted to mention is that Boxwalla Film has finally started a discussion group on Facebook! Subscribers can now meet up online to chat about the movies!

UPDATE: Boxwalla let us know subscribers had the option to choose between Blu-ray and DVD, and were not automatically sent Blu-ray discs.

Verdict: This was another awesome box from Boxwalla Film, but I am sure I was not the only subscriber that was disappointed by the selection of blu-ray as the format. Otherwise, this was an excellent collection of films for the month and a wonderful education in the work of Bergman and Rossellini. I loved all three movies, but in very different ways and for very different reasons. They were very different films! Which is maybe a bit surprising considering they all starred the same actress and had the same director, but nonetheless, I was very pleased. The value this month ($79.96) was outstanding, as the value usually comes in just under the cost of the subscription ($49.95). I can’t wait for my next box at the end of this month!

What do you think of Boxwalla Film?

 

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

5 Comments

  1. I’m with Michelle and Tee – we miss you, Anna! I know you were going to vacation with family to some of the national parks but we hope you’ll come back to reviewing boxes, especially the plus clothing subs!

  2. I miss seeing your reviews, hope you are still around. 🙁

  3. Anna!!! I’ve been wondering where you went. You have been missed!!

  4. Filmstruck looks great! I’d never heard of it before, but will definitely check out the free trial.

    I agree about blu-ray being an issue. They should have given people the option to choose a format. The packaging does look really nice, but I’ll stick to streaming.

    • I have Filmstruck. It’s cool, but it crashes a lot. I hope they make more improvements on it in the future.

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