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Old 15th January 2020, 06:23 AM
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***NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT***

Coming soon to Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

Wong Kar-Wai Collection!
  • Chungking Express
  • As Tears Go By
  • Days of Being Wild
  • Fallen Angels
  • Happy Together
  • The Hand (directors cut)
  • In The Mood For Love
All will be brand new restorations. Release date and more info coming soon!
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Old 16th January 2020, 11:19 AM
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'Army Of Shadows' - Pre-order available from Criterion Direct - Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date: April 7th

"The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, this tragic masterpiece, based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought in the Resistance. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret star as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Long underappreciated in France and unseen in the United States, the atmospheric and gripping thriller Army of Shadows is now widely recognized as the summit of Melville’s career, channeling the exquisite minimalism of his gangster films to create an unsparing tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds"

Special features:
  • High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
  • Interviews from 2007 with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
  • On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, author Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
  • Jean-Pierre Melville et “L’armée des ombres” (2005), a short program on the director and his film
  • Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of the German occupation of France
  • Restoration demonstration by Lhomme
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin, along with (for the Blu-ray) a piece by historian Robert O. Paxton and excerpts from Rui Nogueira’s Melville on Melville

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'Destry Rides Again' - Pre-order available from Criterion Direct - Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date: April 14th

"Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart ride high in this superb comedic western, both a boisterous spoof and a shining example of the genre it is having fun with. As the brawling, rough-and-tumble saloon singer Frenchy, Dietrich shed her exotic love-goddess image and launched a triumphant career comeback, while Stewart cemented his amiable everyman persona, in his first of many westerns, with a charming turn as a gun-abhorring deputy sheriff who uses his wits to bring law and order to the frontier town of Bottleneck. A sparkling script, a supporting cast of virtuoso character actors, and rollicking musical numbers—delivered with unmatched bravado by the magnetic Dietrich—come together to create an irresistible, oft-imitated marvel of studio-era craftsmanship."

Special features:
  • New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography
  • New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall, conducted by the American Film Institute
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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'The Cremator' - Pre-order available from Criterion Direct - Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date: April 21st

"Czechoslovak New Wave iconoclast Juraj Herz’s terrifying, darkly comic vision of the horrors of totalitarian ideologies stars a supremely chilling Rudolf Hrušínský as the pathologically morbid Karel Kopfrkingl, a crematorium director in 1930s Prague who believes fervently that death offers the only true relief from human suffering. When he is recruited by the Nazis, Kopfrkingl’s increasingly deranged worldview drives him to formulate his own shocking final solution. Blending the blackest of gallows humor with disorienting expressionistic flourishes—queasy point-of-view shots, distorting lenses, jarring quick cuts—the controversial, long-banned masterpiece The Cremator is one of cinema’s most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.

[This restoration of The Cremator was made possible by a donation from Mrs. Milada Kučerová and Mr. Eduard Kučera and was realized by Karlovy Vary IFF at the studios of UPP and Soundsquare, in cooperation with the Národní filmový archiv in Prague and the Czech Film Fund]"


Special features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop, director Juraj Herz’s 1965 debut short film
  • Short documentary from 2011 featuring Herz visiting filming locations and recalling the production of The Cremator
  • New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova about the style of the film
  • Documentary from 2017 about composer Zdeněk Liška featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others
  • Interview with actor Rudolf Hrušínský from 1993
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen

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'Me and You and Everyone We Know' - Pre-order available from Criterion Direct - Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date: April 28th

"With this compassionate, startling comedy that could have come from no other artistic sensibility, the brilliant Miranda July reveals a world both familiar and strange—an original vision of creativity, sexuality, childhood, and loneliness through a series of braided vignettes around a pair of potential lovers: Richard, a newly single shoe salesman and father of two (John Hawkes), and Christine, a lonely video artist and “Eldercab” driver (July). While they take hesitant steps toward romance, Richard’s sons follow their own curiosity toward their first sexual experiences, online and in real life, venturing into uncharted territories in their attempts to connect with others. Playful and profoundly transgressive, Me and You and Everyone We Know is a poetic look at the tortuous routes we take to intimacy in an isolating world, and the moments of magic and redemption that unite us."

Special features:
  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Miranda July, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New documentary about July’s artistic beginnings and the development of her debut feature
  • Open to the World, a new documentary by July about the 2017 interfaith charity shop and participatory artwork she created in collaboration with Artangel
  • July Interviews July: Deauville, 2005, a discovery from July’s archives, newly edited
  • Six scenes from the 2003 Sundance Directors Lab, where July workshopped the film, with commentary by July
  • The Amateurist (1998) and Nest of Tens (2000), short films by July
  • Several films from July’s Joanie 4 Jackie project, and a documentary about the program
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Essays by artist and scholar Sara Magenheimer and novelist Lauren Groff

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Pre-order available from Criterion Direct - Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date: April 28th

"Wes Anderson brings his dry wit and visual inventiveness to this exquisite caper set amid the old-world splendor of Europe between the World Wars. At the opulent Grand Budapest Hotel, the concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his young protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) forge a steadfast bond as they are swept up in a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—while around them, political upheaval consumes the continent. Meticulously designed, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a breathless picaresque and a poignant paean to friendship and the grandeur of a vanished world, performed with panache by an all-star ensemble that includes F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray"

Special features:
  • 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Anderson, filmmaker Roman Coppola, and actor Jeff Goldblum
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • The Making of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a new documentary about the film
  • New interviews with the cast and crew
  • Video essays from 2015 and 2020 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz and film scholar David Bordwell
  • Behind-the-scenes, special-effects, and test footage
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Two pieces by critic Richard Brody and (with the Blu-ray) a double-sided poster and other ephemera

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Old 26th January 2020, 08:57 AM
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Coming in 2020 - Netflix Originals

THE IRISHMAN
MARRIAGE STORY
AMERICAN FACTORY
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After last month’s announcement of Roma I had a feeling that Marriage Story and The Irishman would follow suit. This is great news.
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'The Great Escape' - Pre-order available from Criterion US direct Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date - May 12

"One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, Steve McQueen plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that also includes Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence. The expert direction of John Sturges, eminently hummable Elmer Bernstein score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes."

Special Features
  • 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
  • Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2004, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence
  • New interview with critic Michael Sragow
  • “The Great Escape”: Heroes Underground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there
  • The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen’s character in the film
  • Return to “The Great Escape,” a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

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'Scorsese Shorts' - Pre-order available from Criterion US direct Blu-Ray $31.96, DVD $23.96

Release date - May 26

"This compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorsese’s time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, when he was emerging as one of the era’s most electrifying talents, Scorsese Shorts centers on the intimate home movie Italianamerican—a loving snapshot of the director’s parents—and American Boy, a freewheeling portrait of a larger-than-life raconteur. Also included are The Big Shave, a daringly visceral response to America’s involvement in Vietnam, and the bracing student films What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? and It’s Not Just You, Murray! Touching on many of Scorsese’s key themes—Italian American identity, family, his beloved New York City—these are hilarious, candid, and illuminating works from the preeminent American filmmaker of our time."

ITALIANAMERICAN (1974 • 49 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
AMERICAN BOY (1978 • 55 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
THE BIG SHAVE (1967 • 5 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
IT’S NOT JUST YOU, MURRAY! (1964 • 16 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS? (1963 • 10 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)

Special Features
  • New 4K digital restorations of all five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • New discussion among filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh and Benny Safdie
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and various materials from Scorsese’s archive

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