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Love with the Proper Stranger makes its debut on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 19th.

I am looking forward to this one. Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen both give one of their best performances. Plus there is hilarious comic relief by Herschel Bernardi as Natalie's over protective brother and Tom Bosley as a clutzy suitor.

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Ahead of the announcement, expected in the next week, of their November releases, Criterion today announced their upcoming mammoth box set, due this December, of 100 Years of Olympic Films. From their website:

 

We are thrilled to announce the December 5 release of 100 Years of Olympic Films, a landmark box set that documents the history of the Olympic Games through the lenses of an international array of filmmakers, including some of the world’s most acclaimed masters. Available in thirty-two-disc Blu-ray and forty-three-disc DVD editions, 100 Years of Olympic Films is now available for preorder at $319.96 from Criterion.com.

Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century’s worth of Olympic films—the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. These documentaries cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”: Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean Claude-Killy dominating the slopes of Grenoble in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women’s marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984. In addition to the work of Bud Greenspan, the man behind an impressive ten Olympic features, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such landmarks of the documentary form as Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia and Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad, along with lesser-known but captivating contributions by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Miloš Forman. It also serves as a fascinating window onto the formal development of cinema itself, as well as the technological progress that has enabled the viewer, over the years, to get ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, and reflecting as well the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable marathon of films offers nothing less than a panorama of a hundred years of human endeavor.

Blu-Ray and DVD Special Edition Collector’s Sets Feature

 

  • 53 newly restored films from 41 editions of the Olympic Games, presented together for the first time
  • Landmark 4K restorations of Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad, and Visions of Eight, among other titles
  • New scores for the silent films, composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek
  • A lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games

 

The Films

 

Stockholm 1912
The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (dir. Adrian Wood)

Chamonix 1924
The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

Paris 1924
The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (dir. Jean de Rovera)
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

St. Moritz 1928
The White Stadium (dirs. Arnold Fanck, Othmar Gurtner)

Amsterdam 1928
The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam (dir. unknown)
The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 (dir. Wilhelm Prager; supervisor Jules Perel)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
Youth of the World (dir. Carl Junghans)

Berlin 1936
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)

St. Moritz 1948
Fight Without Hate (dir. André Michel)

London 1948
XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (dir. Castleton Knight)

Oslo 1952
The VI Olympic Winter Games, Oslo 1952 (dir. Tancred Ibsen)

Helsinki 1952
Where the World Meets (dir. Hannu Leminen)
Gold and Glory (dir. Hannu Leminen)
Memories of the Olympic Summer of 1952 (dir. unknown)

Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956
White Vertigo (dir. Giorgio Ferroni)

Melbourne/Stockholm 1956
Olympic Games, 1956 (dir. Peter Whitchurch)
The Melbourne Rendez-vous (dir. René Lucot)
Alain Mimoun (dir. Louis Gueguen)
The Horse in Focus (dir. unknown)

Squaw Valley 1960
People, Hopes, Medals (dir. Heribert Meisel)

Rome 1960
The Grand Olympics (dir. Romolo Marcellini)

Innsbruck 1964
IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964 (dir. Theo Hörmann)

Tokyo 1964
Tokyo Olympiad (dir. Kon Ichikawa)
Sensation of the Century (prod. Taguchi Suketaro, supervisor Nobumasa Kawamoto)

Grenoble 1968
13 Days in France (dirs. Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach)
Snows of Grenoble (dirs. Jacques Ertaud, Jean-Jacques Languepin)

Mexico City 1968
The Olympics in Mexico (dir. Alberto Isaac)

Sapporo 1972
Sapporo Winter Olympics (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)

Munich 1972
Visions of Eight (dirs. Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling)

Innsbruck 1976
White Rock (dir. Tony Maylam)

Montreal 1976
Games of the XXI Olympiad (dirs. Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux)

Lake Placid 1980
Olympic Spirit (dirs. Drummond Challis, Tony Maylam)

Moscow 1980
O Sport, You Are Peace! (dir. Yuri Ozerov)

Sarajevo 1984
A Turning Point (dir. Kim Takal)

Los Angeles 1984
16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Calgary 1988
Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Seoul 1988
Seoul 1988 (dir. Lee Kwang-soo)
Hand in Hand (dir. Im Kwon-taek)
Beyond All Barriers (dir. Lee Ji-won)

Albertville 1992
One Light, One World (dirs. Joe Jay Jalbert, R. Douglas Copsey)

Barcelona 1992
Marathon (dir. Carlos Saura)

Lillehammer 1994
Lillehammer ’94: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Atlanta 1996
Atlanta’s Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Nagano 1998
Nagano ’98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)
Olympic Glory (dir. Kieth Merrill)

Sydney 2000
Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Salt Lake City 2002
Salt Lake City 2002: Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Athens 2004
Bud Greenspan’s Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Turin 2006
Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Beijing 2008
The Everlasting Flame (dir. Gu Jun)

Vancouver 2010
Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory (prods. Bud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa) 

London 2012
First (dir. Caroline Rowland)

 

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CRITERION NOVEMBER TITLES ANNOUNCED!

 

The Philadelphia Story  (1940)    November 7

 

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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
  • New introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film by documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer
  • In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu
  • Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
  • Restoration demonstration
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

 

 

Desert Hearts  (1985)    November 14

 

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  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch
  • New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch
  • New conversation between Deitch, Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall about the film’s visual style
  • New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau
  • Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1995 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based
  • PLUS: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich

 

Jabberwocky  (1977)    November 21

 

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  • New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam
  • 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin, and actor Annette Badland
  • New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Selection of Gilliam’s storyboards and sketches
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

 

 

Plus a Blu Ray upgrade for

 

Le Samourai  (1967)    November 14

 

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  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
  • Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and
    Cathy Rosier
  • Melville-Delon: D’Honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson. The Blu-ray also features an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from Melville on Melville.
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DECEMBER CRITERION TITLES ANNOUNCED!

 

Election  (1999)    December 12

 

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by cowriter-director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Payne
  • New interview with Payne
  • New interview with actor Reese Witherspoon
  • The Passion of Martin, Payne’s 1991 UCLA senior thesis film
  • TruInside: “Election,” a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew
  • Omaha local-news reports on the film’s production
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens

 

 

Plus a Blu Ray upgrade for:

 

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival  (1967)    December 12

 

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 16-bit 4K digital restoration of Monterey Pop, supervised by director D. A. Pennebaker, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Restored high-definition digital transfers of Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey with uncompressed stereo soundtracks
  • Alternate soundtracks for all three films featuring 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES: Two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop, from the Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Blues Project, the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, the Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, the Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who
  • Audio commentaries by Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler, and music critics and historians Charles Shaar Murray and Peter Guralnick
  • New interviews with Adler and Pennebaker
  • Chiefs (1968), a short film by cameraman Richard Leacock, which played alongside Monterey Pop during its inaugural theatrical run
  • Interviews from 2002 with Adler and Pennebaker and with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager
  • Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
  • Photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
  • Monterey International Pop Festival scrapbook
  • Trailers and radio spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Michael Chaiken, Armond White, David Fricke, Barney Hoskyns, and Michael Lydon

 

General Idi Amin Dada  (1974)      December 12

 

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Barbet Schroeder, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Schroeder
  • New interview with journalist and author Andrew Rice about Idi Amin’s regime
  • PLUS: An essay by critic J. Hoberman

 

 

Since December is also when Criterion is releasing their massive Olympics box-set, these are the only titles being released that month. A rather anticlimactic finish to the year, although I'll probably get that new edition of Election.

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JANUARY CRITERION TITLES ANNOUNCED!

 

 

The Breakfast Club  (1985)      January 2

 

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  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‑HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2015 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
  • New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
  • New video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson
  • Documentary from 2015 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • 50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes
  • Rare promotional and archival interviews and footage
  • Excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes
  • 1999 radio interview with Hughes
  • Segment from a 1995 episode of NBC’s Today show featuring the film’s cast
  • Audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Kamp

 

 

I, Daniel Blake  (2016)      January 16

 

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital master, supervised by director Ken Loach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2016 featuring Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty
  • How to Make a Ken Loach Film, a 2016 documentary on the production of I, Daniel Blake, featuring interviews with Loach, Laverty, actors Dave Johns and Hayley Squires, director of photography Robbie Ryan, producer Rebecca O’Brien, and casting director Kahleen Crawford
  • Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, a 93-minute documentary from 2016, directed by Louise Osmond
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

 

 

Westfront 1918    (1930)      January 30

 

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  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Hour-long French television broadcast of World War I veterans reacting to the film in 1969
  • 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak
  • New restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic Luc Sante

 

 

Kameradschaft    (1931)      January 30

 

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  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production
  • 1988 interview with editor Jean Oser
  • 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic Luc Sante

 

A new Eclipse series box-set:

 

Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara - Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France

January 23

 

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Le Mariage de Chiffon    (1942)

Lettres D'amour    (1942)

Douce    (1943)

Sylvie et le Fantome    (1946)

 

Plus a Blu Ray upgrade for:

 

Young Mr. Lincoln    (1939)      January 9

 

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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
  • Omnibus: John Ford, part one: director Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
  • Talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
  • Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker’s grandson Dan Ford
  • Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

 

 

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Here are some more older films coming to Blu-Ray (UPDATED - 10/19):

 

 

October 31

Cannon for Cordoba  (1970)  

 

 

The Devil's Rain  (1975) 

 

He Walked By Night  (1948)

 

Hellraiser  (1987)

 

J.D.'s Revenge  (1976)    

 

Junior Bonner  (1972)   

 

The Miracle Worker  (1962)

 

Return of the Ape Man  (1944)

 

Rock-a-Doodle  (1991)

 

S.O.S. Tidal Wave  (1939)

 

The Salamander  (1981)  

 

Scarecrow  (1973)

 

The Sissi Collection  (1955-1957) 

 

Slaughter High  (1986)

 

Stay Hungry  (1976)

 

The Vampire's Ghost  (1945)

 

 

November 7

 

 

The Aftermath  (1982)    

 

Attack Force Z  (1982)    

 

The Burning Bed  (1984)

 

Death Rides a Horse  (1967)

 

Father Goose  (1964)

 

The Godfather - Omerta Edition  (1972-1990)

 

The Hot Touch  (1981)

 

Into the Night  (1985)    

 

The Mercenary  (1968)

 

Operation Petticoat  (1959)

 

The Philadelphia Story  (1940)

 

Pulp  (1972)

 

Satan's Cheerleaders  (1977)   

 

Summer of '42  (1971)

 

 

November 14

 

 

Attack of the Puppet People  (1958)

 

Battle Cry  (1955)

 

Desert Hearts  (1985)

 

Funeral Parade of Roses  (1969)

 

La Samourai  (1967)

 

The Last Laugh  (1924)

 

The Man Who Died Twice  (1958)

 

Nightkill  (1980)

 

Psycho: The Complete Collection  (1960-1998)

 

Sacha Guitry: Four Films  (1936-1938)

 

This World, Then the Fireworks  (1997)

 

 

November 21

 

 

Cease Fire  (1953)

 

Dolores Claiborne  (1995)

 

Driftwood  (1947)

 

Hangover Square  (1945)

 

I'll Be Seeing You  (1944)

 

Jabberwocky  (1977) 

 

Porco Rosso  (1992)

 

Since You Went Away  (1944)

 

The Whales of August  (1987)

 

 

November 28

 

 

Cop-Out/Stranger In the House  (1967)

 

Death Laid an Egg  (1968)

 

Deathdream  (1974)

 

Doc Hollywood  (1991)

 

The High Commissioner/Nobody Runs Forever  (1968)

 

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 1  (1958-1965)

 

The Woman in Red  (1984)

 

 

December 5

 

 

The Apartment  (1960)

 

D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage  (1980)

 

The Premonition  (1976)

 

Silent Night, Deadly Night  (1984)

 

The Witch Who Came From the Sea  (1976)

 

 

December 12

 

 

China Moon  (1994)

 

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival  (1967)

 

Election  (1999)

 

Hell Night  (1981)

 

House  (1986)

 

House II: The Second Story  (1987)

 

The Legend of Hillbilly John  (1972)

 

Matinee  (1993)

 

 

December 19

 

 

American Gothic  (1988)

 

 

January 2

 

 

The Breakfast Club  (1985)

 

 

January 9

 

 

Young Mr. Lincoln  (1939)

 

 

January 16

 

 

Eye of the Cat  (1969)

 

Macon County Line  (1974)

 

Whisper of the Heart  (1995)

 

 

January 23

 

 

Dance Macabre  (1992)

 

Rappin'  (1985)

 

Shakedown  (1988)  

 

 

January 30

 

 

Cyborg  (1989)

 

Kameradschaft  (1931)

 

Piranha II: The Spawning  (1981)

 

The Projected Man  (1966)

 

Westfront 1918  (1930)

 

 

Date Undetermined

 

 

Along Came Jones  (1945)

 

Auntie Mame  (1958)

 

Casanova Brown  (1944)

 

Go Tell the Spartans  (1978)

 

Paris Holiday  (1958)

 

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February Criterion Titles Announced!

Night of the Living Dead  (1968)    February 13

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  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
  • New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
  • New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
  • Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
  • New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
  • Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor
    Judith O’Dea, and more
  • Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
  • New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
  • New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
  • Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

 

An Actor's Revenge  (1963)      February 20

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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori
  • New interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

 

The Hero  (1966)    February 20

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  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
  • New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray

 

Tom Jones  (1963)      February 27

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  • New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director’s cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the film’s cinematography featuring a conversation between Lassally and critic Peter Cowie
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967
  • New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie’s impact on British cinema
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • New interview with the director’s-cut editor, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Neil Sinyard

 

Plus new Blu-Ray editions of Elevator to the Gallows (1958) on February 6, and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) on February 13.

Great month of releases, and I will definitely look into getting Night of the Living DeadThe Silence of the Lambs, and Tom Jones. Happy birthday to me.

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March Criterion Titles Announced!

The Age of Innocence  (1993)      March 13

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Scorsese, coscreenwriter Jay ****, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci
  • Innocence and Experience, a 1993 documentary on the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

 

Baal    (1970)      March 20

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Volker Schlöndorff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff
  • New conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation
  • New interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta
  • New interview with film historian Eric Rentschler
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

 

King of Jazz    (1930)        March 27

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  • New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano
  • New introduction by Giddins
  • New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein
  • Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz
  • Deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence
  • All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the “Melting Pot” number that was restaged for the finale of King of Jazz
  • I Know Everybody and Everybody’s Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
  • Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz

 

Women in Love    (1969)      March 27

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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer
  • Segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive
  • A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible, Russell’s 1989 biopic on his own life and career
  • Interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson
  • Interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set
  • New interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell
  • Second Best, a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams

 

Plus a Blu-Ray upgrade for:

The Passion of Joan of Arc    (1928)       March 20

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  • New high-definition digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second
  • Alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles
  • Three scores: Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4, soloist Susan Narucki, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir; another by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; and the third composed and performed by pianist Mie Yanashita
  • Audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • New interview with Einhorn
  • New conversation between Gregory and Utley
  • New video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film’s frame rate
  • Interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti’s daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti
  • Version history
  • Production design archive
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director’s statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the full libretto for Voices of Light 

 

Interesting releases. I don't know Baal or King of Jazz, but they both look intriguing. I'll definitely be getting The Passion of Joan of Arc and The Age of Innocence.

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The Criterion website has continued its annual tradition of posting a primitive cartoon on New Year's Eve that is filled with hints/visual riddles revealing titles that they are working on for release in the coming year. Then website users guess what films are being referenced. Here's the cartoon:

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Some guesses have included: Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995) is the skeleton (this one is a cheat, though, since they recently announced that this was coming out in 2018); Terence Malick's Tree of Life (2011) is the tree; this one will be great if it's true: the suit of armor alludes to The Conqueror Worm (1968) but I don't think that's the case, since I don't know what the arrow through the helmet means...plus, instead of a creature, that could be an upper-case "L" in armor.

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6 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

The Criterion website has continued its annual tradition of posting a primitive cartoon on New Year's Eve that is filled with hints/visual riddles revealing titles that they are working on for release in the coming year. Then website users guess what films are being referenced. Here's the cartoon:

Wacky_animal_large.png

 

Some guesses have included: Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995) is the skeleton (this one is a cheat, though, since they recently announced that this was coming out in 2018); Terence Malick's Tree of Life (2011) is the tree; this one will be great if it's true: the suit of armor alludes to The Conqueror Worm (1968) but I don't think that's the case, since I don't know what the arrow through the helmet means...plus, instead of a creature, that could be an upper-case "L" in armor.

I'm wondering if the dog is Mr. Smith from The Awful Truth.  I seem to remember him running around with someone's hat.  

Maybe the red M is The Scarlet Letter ?

I was looking at the bottles of EVOO and all I could think of was Popeye

The skeleton reminds me of the ending of The House on Haunted Hill

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3 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

I'm wondering if the dog is Mr. Smith from The Awful Truth.  I seem to remember him running around with someone's hat.  

Maybe the red M is The Scarlet Letter ?

I was looking at the bottles of EVOO and all I could think of was Popeye

The skeleton reminds me of the ending of The House on Haunted Hill

Yeah, someone guessed The Awful Truth for the dog, and it makes sense, since Criterion has been releasing a lot of Cary Grant/Columbia films. 

I saw a guess of The Scarlet Empress for the red M in the vice/press. A blu-ray upgrade could be in the works.

A lot of people have guessed The Virgin Suicides but I don't know why or what part of the picture they are referring to.

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10 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

Yeah, someone guessed The Awful Truth for the dog, and it makes sense, since Criterion has been releasing a lot of Cary Grant/Columbia films. 

I saw a guess of The Scarlet Empress for the red M in the vice/press. A blu-ray upgrade could be in the works.

A lot of people have guessed The Virgin Suicides but I don't know why or what part of the picture they are referring to.

The cow in the river is in the middle of a V, but I don't know what that would have to do with anything. Are those lipsticks or bullets next to the tree? 

I thought Paper Moon for the girl on the moon up in the corner, but I have a feeling that the flag factors into the title as well.  It appears that the flag has a large cross.  I'm thinking that it's either Denmark, Sweden, or Norway? 

There are also some pomegranates next to the skeleton. 

There's a bowling ball... wasn't Criterion releasing The Big Lebowski ?

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9 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

The cow in the river is in the middle of a V, but I don't know what that would have to do with anything. Are those lipsticks or bullets next to the tree? 

I thought Paper Moon for the girl on the moon up in the corner, but I have a feeling that the flag factors into the title as well.  It appears that the flag has a large cross.  I'm thinking that it's either Denmark, Sweden, or Norway? 

There are also some pomegranates next to the skeleton. 

There's a bowling ball... wasn't Criterion releasing The Big Lebowski ?

I thought of The Big Lebowski too...they've released a few of the Coen Brothers' movies.

The Color of Pomegranates (1969) is probably the pomegranate one...I haven't seen it, but I know it's a respected USSR film.

Someone else said that the flag was from Finland.

My guess for the cow on the V is something to do with movie, as in "moo-V". That whole section, with a truck with a film reel on the side, a river pouring out of the back, the double "Friday" and double "Tuesday", one boat with what looks like a steak holding a camera, and a raft with a guy watching film on a screen with no thoughts in his head...???

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Some more posted guesses:

The bowling ball is headed for the standing bullets, which leads people to think it's Bowling for Columbine.

The three bottles running around at the bottom have been guessed as There Will Be Blood. Something about chasing for oil.

 

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18 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

The Criterion website has continued its annual tradition of posting a primitive cartoon on New Year's Eve that is filled with hints/visual riddles revealing titles that they are working on for release in the coming year. Then website users guess what films are being referenced. Here's the cartoon:

Wacky_animal_large.png

 

Some guesses have included: Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995) is the skeleton (this one is a cheat, though, since they recently announced that this was coming out in 2018); Terence Malick's Tree of Life (2011) is the tree; this one will be great if it's true: the suit of armor alludes to The Conqueror Worm (1968) but I don't think that's the case, since I don't know what the arrow through the helmet means...plus, instead of a creature, that could be an upper-case "L" in armor.

I think the dog with the record in its mouth could be Lars Von Trier's Dogville. 

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Just now, Gershwin fan said:

Also I think that's the Fritz Lang movie "Woman in the Moon."

It's possible, but unlikely, as Kino just released a Blu-Ray of that in the last year or two.

The "HOPE" sign is supposed to be a reference to the recent Aki Kaurismaki film The Other Side of Hope. The fact that he's Finnish, like the flag in the moon girl's hand, may have some connection.

Any idea what that swirl of stuff is supposed to be over the hill on the right? Bugs? Flowers?

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1 minute ago, LawrenceA said:

It's possible, but unlikely, as Kino just released a Blu-Ray of that in the last year or two.

The "HOPE" sign is supposed to be a reference to the recent Aki Kaurismaki film The Other Side of Hope. The fact that he's Finnish, like the flag in the moon girl's hand, may have some connection.

Any idea what that swirl of stuff is supposed to be over the hill on the right? Bugs? Flowers?

Seeing the Finnish flag Kaurismaki was the first thing to come to mind. As for the things in back I think those are supposed to be school graduation caps being tossed into the air.

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1 minute ago, Gershwin fan said:

Seeing the Finnish flag Kaurismaki was the first thing to come to mind. As for the things in back I think those are supposed to be school graduation caps being tossed into the air.

Ahhh, I see it now. That must be why people were guessing The Graduate, despite the fact that it's already been released by Criterion on DVD & Blu-Ray.

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Another supposition I've read that makes sense is that the truck on the left is a reference to the FilmStruck streaming service (film on the side + truck = FilmStruck), and that all of the "stream" pouring out of the back are different things coming to the website rather than on disc.

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