• The Criterion Collection Announces Its February 2023 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Slate

    Posted Tue Nov 15, 2022 at 02:48 PM PST by

    Criterion isn't taking any time off in 2023 with five releases oncluding Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused and Krzysztof Kielowski's Three Colors trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Two Films By Marguerit wth Duras, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1967) and Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle. 

    Starting things off on February 7, is a trio of films in Kieślowski's Three Colors  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

    Three Colors - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski, was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.

    BLUE
    In the devastating first film of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

    1993 • 98 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

     

    WHITE

    The most playful and also the grittiest of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife (Julie Delpy) sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. White, which goes on to chronicle Karol’s elaborate revenge plot, manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie on twisted love.

    1994 • 91 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French and Polish with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    RED

    Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.

    1994 • 99 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restorations, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
    • One 4K UHD disc of each film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray of each film with special features
    • Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
    • Interviews with cowriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, composer Zbigniew Preisner, and actors Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Zbigniew Zamachowski
    • Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
    • Video essays by film critics Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
    • Documentary from 1995 featuring Kieślowski
    • Three short films by Kieślowski—The Tram (1966), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978), and Talking Heads (1980)—plus the short film The Face (1966), starring Kieślowski
    • Interview programs on Kieślowski’s life and work, featuring Binoche, Insdorf, Jacob, film critic Geoff Andrew, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, producer Marin Karmitz, and editor Jacques Witta
    • Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and a short documentary on Red’s world premiere
    • Trailers
    • PLUS: Essays by film critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans; an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski; and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Idziak, Edward Kłosiński, and Piotr Sobociński 

    Next hitting stores on the 14th is the 1968 adaptation of  Romeo and Juliet  from Franco Zeffirelli.

    Romeo and Juliet - Criterion Collection 

    One of the great Shakespeare adaptations, this sublime take on the Bard’s immortal romantic tragedy by Franco Zeffirelli breathed new life into the oft-told tale by casting actual teenagers in the title roles. As the young lovers whose affair threatens to inflame the tensions between their feuding families in Renaissance Verona, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting vividly capture the mix of adolescent ardor and turmoil that fuels their destiny-driven liaison. A sensory banquet thanks to Nino Rota’s delicate score and the exquisite, Oscar-winning costumes and cinematography, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare at its most deeply felt and passionately alive.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Excerpt from the 2018 documentary Franco Zeffirelli: Directing from Life
    • Interviews with actors Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting from 1967 and 2016
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Ramona Wray

     

    1968 • 138 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    A week later on the 21st comes  Dazed and Confused  on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.

    Dazed and Confused - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, the first studio effort by Richard Linklater also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting . . . for something to happen.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

    • New 4K digital restoration of the director’s cut, supervised and approved by director Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray of the film with special features
    • Audio commentary by Linklater
    • Making “Dazed,” a documentary by Kahane Cooperman
    • Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
    • Footage from the ten-year-anniversary celebration
    • Audition footage and deleted scenes
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: Essays by critics Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman; reprinted recollections of the filming from cast and crew; and character profiles from the Dazed and Confused companion book; as well as the original film poster by Frank Kozik

     

    1993 • 102 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


     Two Films By Marguerite Duras  will be available on Blu-ray on the 24th.

    Two Films By Marguerite Duras - Criterion Collection 

    Marguerite Duras had already established herself as one of the major figures of postwar French literature when she launched an equally fascinating and unclassifiable career in cinema, translating her elliptical, experimental style to the screen through an unprecedented fusion of hypnotic, highly stylized imagery and radically disjunctive sound. Boldly reimagining the possibilities of dialogue, music, silence, and architectural space, the tantalizing, sphinxlike evocations of soul-deep female malaise India Song and Baxter, Vera Baxter embody Duras’s singular multisensory approach, with each opening up new spaces for the expression of women’s interior worlds.

    INDIA SONG
    Marguerite Duras’s most celebrated work is a mesmerizing, almost incantatory experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema. Within the insular walls of a lavish, decaying embassy in 1930s India, the French ambassador’s wife (Delphine Seyrig) staves off ennui through affairs with multiple men—with the overpowering torpor broken only by a startling eruption of madness. Setting her evocatively decadent visuals to a desynchronized chorus of disembodied voices that comment on and counterpoint the action, with India Song Duras creates a haunted-house movie unlike any other.

     

    1975 • 119 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

     

    BAXTER, VERA BAXTER
    Marguerite Duras reunited with India Song collaborators Delphine Seyrig and composer Carlos d’Alessio for Baxter, Vera Baxter, a hypnotically unsettling journey into one woman’s existential emptiness. Ensconced in a sprawling rental villa, the world-weary Vera Baxter (Claudine Gabay) receives visits from two women, including a mysterious stranger (Seyrig) to whom she recounts a shocking story about her marriage, the way she lives, and the reasons for her malaise. Setting her languid images to d’Alessio’s incongruously breezy, endlessly looping score, Duras fashions a quietly shattering portrait of marriage as a kind of prison.

    1977 • 95 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
    • Marguerite as She Was, a 2003 portrait of director Marguerite Duras
    • Interview from 1977 with Duras
    • Excerpt from a 1977 documentary on actor Delphine Seyrig
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies

    Finally and also on the 28th is the satire  Hollywood Shuffle  on Blu-ray.

    Hollywood Shuffle - Criterion Collection 

    This debut feature by Robert Townsend is an ingenious guerrilla satire that takes riotous aim at the typecasting of Black actors in 1980s Hollywood. The writer-director-star’s megawatt charisma propels Hollywood Shuffle, the hilarious tale of a struggling actor attempting to break into an industry where the only roles available to Black performers seem to be hustlers, butlers, slaves, and “Eddie Murphy types”—forcing him to choose between selling out and maintaining his self-respect. Lampooning everything from film noir to zombie flicks to Siskel and Ebert, Townsend and cowriter Keenen Ivory Wayans cannily turn the frustrations of the Black artist into a subversively funny pop-culture critique.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by writer-director-actor Robert Townsend, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New audio commentary featuring Townsend 
    • New interviews with actors Rusty Cundieff, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Bobby McGee
    • Radio program featuring Townsend in conversation with film critic Elvis Mitchell
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Aisha Harris

     

    1987 • 81 minutes • Color/Black & White • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


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  • Criterion Starts Off 2023 with Five Blu-ray Titles (with Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Getting Both a Blu-ray and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

    Posted Mon Oct 17, 2022 at 05:20 PM PDT by

    Besides Gilliam's comedy classic, this assortment of films include Bergman Island, This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection, Imitation of Life, and Lars von Trier's Europe Trilogy. 

    Leading the charge on January 3 is The Adventures of Baron Munchausen  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray.

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Criterion Collection 

    The boundless imagination of Terry Gilliam yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions. Inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen, this spectacle—born of a famously turbulent production—follows the whimsical eighteenth-century nobleman (John Neville) as he embarks on an outlandish quest that takes him from faraway lands to the moon to the belly of a sea monster and beyond, meanwhile waging battle against a vengeful sultan and the tyranny of logic. Packed frame to frame with special effects, mischievous wit, and colorful performances—including a young Sarah Polley as the Baron’s no-nonsense sidekick—the Oscar-nominated The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a lavish celebration of the triumph of make-believe over reality.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
    • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam and his coscreenwriter, Charles McKeown
    • Documentary on the making of the film
    • New video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns about the history of the Baron Munchausen character
    • Behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s special effects, narrated by Gilliam
    • Deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam
    • Storyboards for unfilmed scenes, narrated by Gilliam and McKeown
    • Original marketing materials including a trailer and electronic-press-kit featurettes, as well as preview cards and advertising proposals read by Gilliam
    • Miracle of Flight (1974), an animated short film by Gilliam
    • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1991 on Gilliam
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

    1988 • 126 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    On the 10th comes the 1934 melodrama  Imitation of Life  from Director John M. Stahl.

    Imitation of Life - Criterion Collection 

    Melodrama master John M. Stahl brings his exquisite restraint and almost spiritually pure visual style to this devastating, enduringly relevant story of mothers and daughters. Imitation of Life explores the friendship between two struggling single mothers: one (Claudette Colbert) a working-class white woman who ascends to the top of the business world, the other (Louise Beavers) her Black housekeeper, whose life is shattered by the rejection of her rebellious, white-passing daughter (Fredi Washington). It is this latter relationship—attuned to America’s bitter racial realities and heartbreakingly enacted by trailblazing Black performers Beavers and Washington—that lends the film its transcendent emotional power. This first adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s best-selling novel boldly confronts the complexities and contradictions of racial identity, economic exploitation, and the limits of the American dream.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

    • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Miriam J. Petty, author of Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, about the resonance of Louise Beavers’s and Fredi Washington’s performances
    • New interview with Imogen Sara Smith, contributor to The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama, about director John M. Stahl and his work with actor Claudette Colbert and others
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by Petty

    1934 • 110 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    A three-film set arrives on the 17th -  Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy .

    Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy - Criterion Collection 

    With his dazzling first three features, Lars von Trier sought nothing less than to map the soul of Europe—its troubled past, anxious present, and uncertain future. Linked by a fascination with hypnotic states and the mesmeric possibilities of cinema, the films that make up the Europe Trilogy—The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa—filter the continent’s turbulent history, guilt, and traumas through the Danish provocateur’s audacious deconstructions of genres including film noir, melodrama, horror, and science fiction. Above all, they are bravura showcases for von Trier’s hallucinatory visuals, with each shot a tour de force of technical invention and dark imagination.

    THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

    • 4K digital restoration of Europa, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack, and 3K digital restorations of The Element of Crime and Epidemic, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
    • Audio commentaries featuring director Lars von Trier and others
    • Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997), a documentary by Stig Björkman
    • Interview from 2005 with von Trier about the Europe Trilogy 
    • Making-of documentaries for all three films
    • Programs on the films featuring interviews with many of von Trier’s collaborators
    • Two short student films by von Trier: Nocturne (1980) and Images of Liberation (1982)
    • Danish television interview with von Trier from 1994
    • Trailers 
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton

    THE ELEMENT OF CRIME

    1984 • 103 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.89:1 aspect ratio

     

    Lars von Trier’s stunning debut feature is a grungily expressionistic hallucination—a trancelike trawl through fractured memories, a murder mystery, and the psychic limbo of cultural displacement. From his exile in Cairo, a former police investigator (Michael Elphick) undergoes hypnosis in order to relive his memories of Europe and his last case, for which he went to dangerous lengths to enter into the mind of and catch a serial killer targeting children. Bathed in a sulfurous yellow glow pierced only by startling flashes of electric blue and red, The Element of Crime combines hard-boiled noir, dystopian science fiction, and dazzling operatic flourishes to yield a celluloid nightmare of terrifying beauty.

     

    EPIDEMIC

    1987 • 106 minutes • Color/Black & White • Monaural • In English and Danish with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

     

    A jet-black comedy of contagion, a subversive medical-horror freak-out, and a sly metacinematic prank, Lars von Trier’s sophomore feature—born from a bet that he couldn’t make a film for less than $150,000—finds the director channeling his singular thematic obsessions into an evocatively lo-fi, perversely self-reflexive provocation. The filmmaker himself stars as a harried screenwriter whose efforts to complete a script about the outbreak of a deadly disease coincide with a grisly real-life plague. A twisted reflection on Europe’s haunted past—from the Black Death to World War II—and its scarred present, Epidemic is von Trier at his most idiosyncratic and audaciously experimental.

    EUROPA

    1991 • 112 minutes • Color/Black & White • Stereo • In English and German with English subtitles • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

     

    “You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa.” The ominous, hypnotic induction by Max von Sydow inaugurates the entrancing final installment of Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy. An idealistic American (Jean-Marc Barr) travels to postwar Germany to take a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways—and finds himself plunged into a murky, Kafkaesque world of intrigue and betrayal where the shadow of Nazism hovers menacingly over everything. With its ravishing cinematography (in black and white, color, and at times a stunning mix of both), dreamlike use of rear projections, and lush fusion of melodrama and noir conventions, Europa is a sublimely stylized cinematic fugue.  


     This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection  will be available on the 24th.

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection - Criterion Collection 

    With a poet’s eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress. Grieving and alone following the deaths of her husband and children, elderly Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo, in a soul-shaking end-of-life performance) prepares for her own death and to be buried alongside her ancestors. When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to literally wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. The experience of watching Mosese’s visionary, much-lauded This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is as timeless and elemental as the land itself.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

    • 2K digital master, approved by director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New audio commentary featuring Mosese and producer Cait Pansegrouw
    • Mosese’s short films Mosonngoa (2014) and Behemoth: Or the Game of God (2016), along with his 2019 essay film Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You., with a new introduction by Mosese
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by novelist and playwright Zakes Mda

    2019 • 122 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In Sesotho with English subtitles • 1.40:1 aspect ratio


    And finally on the 31st arrives  Bergman Island  on Blu-ray.

    Bergman Island - Criterion Collection 

    Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve embarks on a luminous summertime odyssey to the home of Ingmar Bergman for her seventh feature, a graceful, shape-shifting tale about the interplay of life and art and the ways in which stories are born. In search of inspiration for their current filmmaking projects, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and her partner (Tim Roth) travel to the remote island of Fårö, Sweden, where Bergman lived and worked for decades. There, the spirit of the cinema master looms as Chris confronts her complicated relationships to work, men, motherhood, and her artistic influences. Also featuring radiant performances from Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie, Bergman Island is a rich deconstruction of the mysteries of the creative process and the journey that every film takes from thought to page to screen.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL FEATURES 

    • 2K digital master, approved by director Mia Hansen-Løve, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Hansen-Løve
    • New interview with actor Vicky Krieps
    • Bergman’s Ghosts (2021), a short film made during the filming of Bergman Island by actor Gabe Klinger
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Devika Girish

     2021 • 113 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.35:1 aspect ratio


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  • Pixar's WALL•E Joins The Criterion Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray November 22

    Posted Thu Sep 8, 2022 at 10:19 AM PDT by

    The big news of the day is Andrew Stanton's Oscar-winning animated feature film is getting an upgraded 4K UHD release courtesy of The Criterion Collection on November 22nd.

    WALL•E - The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    WALL•E - The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    A high-water mark of digital animation, this prescient vision of a dystopian future is packaged within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story, making for an urgent fable for our troubled millennium. It’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space, leaving WALL•E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time. When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth. Transporting us simultaneously back to cinema’s silent origins and forward light-years into the future, WALL•E is a soaring ode to the power of love and art to heal a dying world.

    The release features a 4K master approved by Director Andrew Stanton and will include Dolby Vision/HDR10+ as well as a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack will also come packed with supplements:

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
    • One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
    • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks
    • Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, coproducer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane
    • New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
    • Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
    • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
    • The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
    • More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
    • Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
    • “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon
    • Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton
    • A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton
    • BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane
    • Trailers
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • English descriptive audio
    • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team
    New cover by Jason Raish

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  • Can Ya Dig It? Criterion Announces June Releases With Shaft on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Fri Mar 18, 2022 at 11:21 AM PDT by

    The Criterion Collection has announced their June release slate that includes Gordon Parks blaxploitation classic starring Richard Roundtree on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

    Leading the way is Shaft, which will be getting a 4K UHD and Blu-ray release on June 21.

    Shaft - Criterion Collection 4K UHD 

    While the Black Power movement was reshaping America, trailblazing director Gordon Parks made this groundbreaking blockbuster, which helped launch the blaxploitation era and gave the screen a new kind of badder-than-bad action hero in John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, in a career-defining role), a streetwise New York City private eye who is as tough with criminals as he is tender with his lovers. After Shaft is recruited to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem mob boss (Moses Gunn) from Italian gangsters, he finds himself in the middle of a rapidly escalating uptown vs. downtown turf war. A vivid time capsule of seventies Manhattan in all its gritty glory that has inspired sequels and multimedia reboots galore, the original Shaft is studded with indelible elements—from Roundtree’s sleek leather fashions to the iconic funk and soul score by Isaac Hayes.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features

    Shaft’s Big Score!, the 1972 follow-up to Shaft by director Gordon Parks

    • New documentary on the making of Shaft featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond

    • Behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes

    • Archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree

    • New interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi

    • New program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley

    A Complicated Man: The “Shaft” Legacy (2019)

    • Behind-the-scenes footage from Shaft’s Big Score!

    • Trailers

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri

     1971 • 100 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    Arriving on June 7 on Blu-ray is The Tales of Hoffmann, the fantasy opera by Jacques Offenbach.

    The Tales of Hoffmann 

    Michael Powell And Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

     

    Michael Powell And Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.

     

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive, in association with STUDIOCANAL, featuring newly rediscovered footage and with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • Audio commentary from 1992 by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Bruce Eder, newly updated by Eder

    • Interview with filmmaker George A. Romero from 2005

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1956), a short musical film based on the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe story and directed by Michael Powell 

    • Collection of production designer Hein Heckroth’s design sketches and paintings

    • Gallery of production and publicity photographs

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • Plus: An essay by film historian Ian Christie

     1951 • 133 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    Available on June 14th Farewell Amor from Alain Delon.

    Farewell Amor 

    In her luminous feature debut, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi chronicles a broken family’s journey to wholeness with empathy and insight. Seventeen years after his family was separated by the civil war in Angola, a New York taxi driver (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is reunited with his now devoutly religious wife (Zainab Jah) and teenage daughter (Jayme Lawson) when they are finally able to follow him to America. But after living thousands of miles apart for so long, the three find they must discover one another’s strengths, forgive one another’s weaknesses, and bridge cultural and generational divides in order to build a life together. Told in three perspective-shifting chapters that honor the multitude of struggles and emotions that make up the immigrant experience, Farewell Amor is a bittersweet, compassionate evocation of how it feels when your heart and your home are in different places.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K master, approved by director Ekwa Msangi, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New audio commentary featuring Msangi and cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole

    • Three short films by Msangi: Suspense (2011); The Market King (2014); and Farewell Meu Amor (2016), a prequel to Farewell Amor 

    • New interviews with actors Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, and Jayme Lawson

    • Deleted scenes

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Tiana Reid

     2020 • 102 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio


    On the 21st comes Stanley Kwan's Rouge on Blu-ray.

    Rouge 

    Cantopop superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung display the androgynous magnetism that made them icons as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan and the wayward scion of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man and Emily Chu) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Stanley Kwan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

    • New conversation between Kwan and filmmaker Sasha Chuk

    Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, a 1997 documentary by Kwan exploring the representation of queerness and LGBT identity in Chinese film

    Still Love You After All These, a 1997 memoir film by Kwan about his Hong Kong identity

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation 

    • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim 

    1987 • 96 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Cantonese with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    John Waters' totally outlandish Pink Flamingos starring Divine, Mink Stole, and David Lochary will arrive on Blu-ray on June 28.

    Pink Flamingos 

    John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (Mink Stole And David Lochary) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending—Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY FEATURES

     

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release

    • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch

    • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters

    • Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • And more!

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

     1972 • 92 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


    Finally and also on the 28th comes Joachim Trier Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy The Worst Person in the World on Blu-ray.

    The Worst Person in the World 

    Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for the revelatory, complex performance that anchors this sprawlingly novelistic film by Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier, an emotionally intricate and exhilarating character study of a woman entering her thirties. Amid the seemingly endless possibilities of the modern world, Julie (Reinsve) vacillates between artistic passions and professions, the question of motherhood, and relationships with two very different men: a successful comic-book artist (Trier regular Anders Danielsen Lie) and a charismatic barista (Herbert Nordrum). Working with a team of longtime collaborators, Trier and his perennial cowriter Eskil Vogt construct in The Worst Person in the World, the Oscar-nominated third entry in their unofficial Oslo Trilogy, a liberating portrait of self-discovery and a bracingly contemporary spin on the romantic comedy.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New interviews with director Joachim Trier; coscreenwriter Eskil Vogt; actors Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, and Herbert Nordrum; cinematographer Kasper Tuxen; and sound designer Gisle Tveito 

    • On-set footage from the creation of the film’s time-freezing sequence 

    • Deleted scenes 

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

     2021 • 127 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In Norwegian with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    All of these titles will likely be up for pre-order shortly and the website will be updated when they are available.

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  • Criterion Announces May Releases With Double Indemnity on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Feb 15, 2022 at 07:17 PM PST by

    The Criterion Collection has revealed their May home video release slate that includes Billy Wilder's film-noir classic on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

    Of course, the headliner is Double Indemnity which will be getting the 4K/Blu-ray combo treatment on May 31st.

    Double Indemnity - Criterion Collection 4K UHD 

    Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this paragon of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell her insurance, but he winds up becoming entangled with her in a far more sinister way. Featuring scene-stealing supporting work from Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz, Double Indemnity is one of the most wickedly perverse stories ever told and the cynical standard by which all noir must be measured.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features 

    • Audio commentary featuring film critic Richard Schickel

    • New interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, editor of Billy Wilder on Assignment

    • New conversation between film historians Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith

    Billy, How Did You Do It?, a 1992 film by Volker Schlöndorff and Gisela Grischow featuring interviews with director Billy Wilder

    Shadows of Suspense, a 2006 documentary on the making of Double Indemnity

    • Audio excerpts from 1971 and 1972 interviews with cinematographer John F. Seitz

    • Radio adaptations from 1945 and 1950

    • Trailer 

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    1944 • 108 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    Also with a street date on the 31st is Wayne Wang's murder mystery Chan is Missing.

    Chan is Missing 

    A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash—in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a cab license, driver Jo (Wood Moy) and his nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) scour the city’s back alleys, waterfronts, and Chinese restaurants to track him down. But what begins as a search for a missing man gradually turns into a far deeper and more elusive investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Chinese American identity. The first feature by an Asian American filmmaker to play widely and get mainstream critical appreciation, Chan Is Missing is a continuously fresh and surprising landmark of indie invention that playfully flips decades of cinematic stereotypes on their heads.

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • High-definition digital master, approved by director Wayne Wang, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    Is Chan Still Missing?, a making-of documentary directed by Debbie Lum

    • New conversations between Wang and critic Hua Hsu and Wang and filmmaker Ang Lee

    • Conversation between Wang and film programmer Dennis Lim

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Oliver Wang

     1982 • 75 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In English, Cantonese, and Mandarin with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    Earlier in the month on the 10th comes the 1976 French thriller Mr. Klein from Alain Delon.

    Mr. Klein 

    One of the crowning achievements of blacklisted Hollywood director Joseph Losey’s European exile, the spellbinding modernist mystery Mr. Klein puts a chilling twist on the wrong-man thriller. Alain Delon delivers a standout performance as Robert Klein, a decadent art dealer in Paris during World War II who makes a tidy profit buying up paintings from his desperate Jewish clients. As Klein searches for a Jewish man with the same name for whom he has been mistaken, he finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his identity seems to dissolve and the forces of history to close in on him. Met with considerable controversy on its release for its portrayal of the real-life wrongdoings of the Vichy government, this haunting, disturbingly beautiful film shivers with existential dread as it traces a society’s descent into fascistic fear and inhumanity.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • Interviews with critic Michel Ciment and editor Henri Lanoë

    • Interviews from 1976 with director Joseph Losey and actor Alain Delon

    Story of a Day, a 1986 documentary on the real-life Vél d’Hiv Roundup, a central historical element of Mr. Klein

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation

    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

     1976 • 123 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


    On the 17th comes writer-director Juzo Itami's The Funeral on Blu-ray.

    The Funeral 

    It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and return to her family home to oversee a traditional funeral. Over the course of three days of mourning that bring illicit escapades in the woods, a surprisingly materialistic priest (Chishu Ryu), and cinema’s most epic sandwich handoff, the tensions between public propriety and private hypocrisy are laid bare. Deftly weaving dark comedy with poignant family drama, The Funeral is a fearless satire of the clash between old and new in Japanese society in which nothing, not even the finality of death, is off-limits.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • High-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi

    Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto, a short program produced by the Criterion Channel 

    • Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami 

    • Trailers

    • New English subtitle translation 

    • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Diary of “The Funeral” and from a 2007 remembrance of Itami by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki

     1984 • 124 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    Finally on the 24th, Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala starring Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington will arrive on Blu-ray format.

    Mississippi Masala 

    The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power.

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Ed Lachman, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New audio commentary featuring Nair

    • New conversation between actor Sarita Choudhury and film critic Devika Girish

    • New interviews with Lachman, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, and production designer and photographer Mitch Epstein

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilal Qureshi and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Nair’s production journal

     1991 • 117 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • In English and Swahili with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    All of these titles should be up for pre-order soon and will be updated on the site here as soon as that information becomes available.  

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  • The Criterion Collection Dates and Details April 2022 Blu-ray Slate including For All Mankind on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Fri Jan 21, 2022 at 09:16 AM PST by

    Six titles will be available from The Criterion Collection this April featuring a 4K upgrade of "the best moon movie ever made". 

    First up on the 4K front, For All Mankind - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will be getting a 4K/Blu-ray combo release on April 26th.

    For All Mankind - Criterion Collection 4K UHD 

    In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Twenty years later, Al Reinert constructed a documentary that imparts the unforgettable story of the twenty-four astronauts who participated in the Apollo mission to land on the moon—told in their words and in their voices, using the images they captured. With its awe-inspiring, otherworldly footage and a haunting atmospheric soundtrack by Brian Eno, For All Mankind stirs us with a profound sense of compassion for the “pale blue dot” that is our home, and it is still the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema that has been made about this earthshaking event.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • In the 4K UHD edition: New 4K digital restorations of the original 1.33:1 framing and the alternate 1.85:1 theatrical presentation, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
    • In the Blu-ray and DVD editions: High-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinert, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring director Al Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last person to set foot on the moon
    • An Accidental Gift: The Making of “For All Mankind,” a documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists
    • Selection of excerpted interviews with fifteen of the Apollo astronauts
    • Program about Bean’s artwork, accompanied by a gallery of his paintings
    • NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage
    • Optional on-screen identification of astronauts and mission-control specialists
    • PLUS: Essays by film critic Terrence Rafferty and Reinert

    The other five titles are Blu-ray only starting with the rock-and-roll 1950s musical The Girl Can't Help It starring Jayne Mansfield on April 19th.

    The Girl Can't Help It 

    In 1956, Frank Tashlin brought the talent for zany visual gags and absurdist pop-culture satire that he’d honed as a master of animation to the task of capturing, in glorious DeLuxe Color, a brand-new craze: rock and roll. This blissfully bonkers jukebox musical tells the story of a mobster’s bombshell girlfriend—the one and only Jayne Mansfield, in a showstopping first major film role—and the washed-up talent agent (Tom Ewell) who seeks to revive his career by turning her into a musical sensation. The only question is: Can she actually sing? A CinemaScope feast of eye-popping midcentury design, The Girl Can’t Help It bops along to a parade of performances by rock-and-roll trailblazers—including Little Richard, Fats Domino, Julie London, Eddie Cochran, the Platters, and Gene Vincent—who light up the screen with the uniquely American sound that was about to conquer the world.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Toby Miller
    • New interview with Eve Golden, biographer of actor Jayne Mansfield
    • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
    • Interview with filmmaker John Waters
    • New conversation between WFMU DJs Dave “the Spazz” Abramson and Gaylord Fields about the music in the film
    • On-set footage
    • Interviews with Mansfield (1957) and musician Little Richard (1984)
    • Episode of Karina Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This about Mansfield
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Rachel Syme and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from director Frank Tashlin’s 1952 book How to Create Cartoons with a new introduction by Ethan de Seife, author of Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin

      New cover by Jaffa the Unknown

    Also on the 19th comes the fantastical comedy Miracle in Milan  from director Vittorio De Sica.

    Miracle in Milan 

    Renowned filmmaker Vittorio De Sica followed up his international triumph Bicycle Thieves with this enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale, in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers. Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, adapting his own novel, craft a bighearted ode to the nobility of everyday people.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with neorealism expert and film scholar David Forgacs
    • Audio interview from the late 1960s in which director Vittorio De Sica looks back on his career, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann
    • Interviews with actor Brunella Bovo and Manuel De Sica, the director’s son
    • Feature-length documentary from 2019 on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini
    • Trailers
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Christina Newland and, on the Blu-ray, “Totò il buono,” a 1940 short story by Zavattini and stage actor Totò that is the earliest version of the narrative on which Miracle in Milan is based

      New cover by Manule Fior

    On the 26th, the directorial debut of twins Arie and Chuko Esiri Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)  is set for a Blu-ray release.

    Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) 

    This revelatory, award-winning debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K digital transfer, approved by directors Arie and Chuko Esiri, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New conversation between the directors, moderated by filmmaker Bette Gordon
    • Interview with producer Melissa O. Adeyemo
    • Deleted scenes featuring audio commentary by the directors
    • Three short films: Goose (2017), directed by Arie and Chuko Esiri; Besida (2018), directed by Chuko Esiri; and Because Men in Silk Shirts on Lagos Nights (2018), directed by Arie Esiri
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by writer and filmmaker Maryam Kazeem

      New cover by Diana Ejaita

    Next, Bertrand Tavernier directs Dexter Gordon in the critically-acclaimed jazz film ’Round Midnight which will be released on Blu-ray on April 26th.

    ’Round Midnight 

    ’Round Midnight is a love letter from director Bertrand Tavernier to the heyday of bebop and to the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. In a miraculous, sui generis fusion of performer and character that was nominated for an Oscar, legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction. Searching for a fresh start in Paris, Turner strikes up an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan (François Cluzet) who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. Herbie Hancock’s evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with lived-in, soulful authenticity.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by composer Herbie Hancock and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
    • New interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins
    • New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon
    • Before Midnight, a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary
    • Panel discussion from 2014 featuring director Bertrand Tavernier, Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin
    • Performance from 1969 of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon, directed by Teit Jørgensen
    • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Mark Anthony Neal

      New cover by F. Ron Miller

    Finally, Alex Cox's blistering biopic Walker  leads off the month on April 12th.

    Walker 

    A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions, Walker, from British director Alex Cox, tells the story of nineteenth-century American adventurer William Walker (Ed Harris), who abandoned a series of careers in law, politics, journalism, and medicine to become a soldier of fortune and, for many months, the dictator of Nicaragua. Made with mad abandon and political acuity—and the support of the Sandinista army and government during the contra war—the film uses this true tale as a satirical attack on American ultrapatriotism and a freewheeling condemnation of “manifest destiny.” Featuring a powerful score by Joe Strummer and a performance of intense, repressed rage by Harris, Walker remains one of Cox’s most daring works.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer
    • Dispatches from Nicaragua, a documentary about the filming of Walker
    • On Moviemaking and the Revolution, reminiscences about the production twenty years later from an extra on the film
    • Walker 2008 and On the Origins of “Walker” (2016), two short films by Cox (Blu-ray only)
    • Behind-the-scenes photos
    • Trailer (Blu-ray only)
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: Essays by film critic Graham Fuller, Wurlitzer, and Linda Sandoval

      Blu-ray cover by Paul Mavrides (pictured); DVD cover by Marc English

    These titles aren't available for pre-order yet but we will post an update when they are ASAP.  As always, thank you for your support and pre-orders! 

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion January 2020 Titles

    Posted Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 11:10 AM PDT by
    Criterion January 2020

    Films directed by George Cukor, Sidney Lumet, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pedro Almodóvar are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • GODZILLA: THE SHOWA-ERA FILMS, 1954–1975 - View the Blu-ray Trailer!

    Posted Tue Sep 24, 2019 at 12:25 PM PDT by

    Criterion's spine #1000 collects all 15 Godzilla films in one Blu-ray set this October! UPDATE: Trailer now available!

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion December 2019 Titles

    Posted Mon Sep 23, 2019 at 11:05 AM PDT by
    Until the End of the World Criterion News

    Films directed by Wim Wenders, Kelly Reichardt, Ronald Neame, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion November 2019 Titles

    Posted Fri Aug 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM PDT by
    All About Eve Criterion News

    Films directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Greg Mottola, Pawel Pawlikowski, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • GODZILLA: THE SHOWA-ERA FILMS, 1954–1975 Announced for Blu-ray

    Posted Thu Jul 25, 2019 at 11:42 AM PDT by

    Criterion's spine #1000 collects all 15 Godzilla films in one Blu-ray set this October!

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion October 2019 Titles

    Posted Mon Jul 22, 2019 at 11:35 AM PDT by
    Criterion October 2019

    Films directed by Josef von Sternberg, John Salyes, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion September 2019 Titles

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    chaplin the circus news

    Films directed by Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, John Waters, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion August 2019 Titles

    Posted Thu May 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM PDT by
    Criterion August 2019 news

    Films directed by Yasujirô Ozu, Douglas Sirk, Jane Campion, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion July 2019 Titles

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    do the right thing criterion news

    Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Michael Radford's 1984, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion June 2019 Titles

    Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 at 09:30 AM PDT by
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch criterion news

    John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a trio of Ingmar Bergman films, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion May 2019 Titles

    Posted Fri Feb 15, 2019 at 03:25 PM PST by
    blue velvet criterion news

    David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Michael Haneke's Funny Games, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Criterion Announces April 8 Launch Date for The Criterion Channel

    Posted Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 07:05 PM PST by
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    Criterion's streaming channel will return in April.

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  • Criterion Details April 2019 Blu-ray Titles

    Posted Thu Jan 24, 2019 at 08:30 AM PST by
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    Jackie Chan's Police Story/Police Story 2, Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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  • Criterion Details March 2019 Blu-ray Titles

    Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 at 07:30 PM PST by
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    Robert Zemeckis' I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.

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