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8MM BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer. An electrifying thriller about one man’s obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself. Cage plays a private investigator hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not. Extras: New "8MM in 35MM" interview with producer-director Joel Schumacher, audio commentary with Schumacher, vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected 24 still images -- most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife -- and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, "24 Frames" is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema. 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami's son Ahmad Kiarostami, who helped finish the film after his father's death; new conversation between Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire; new short documentary about the making of the film by Abbas Kiarostami collaborator Salma Monshizadeh; trailer; an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).
(1987) Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley. The third entry in the popular werewolf horror franchise. The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts. Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, feeding its need. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures. New digital transfer sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Philippe Mora, moderated by filmmaker Jamie Blanks; new "A Conversation with Philippe Mora" interview with the writer-director; vintage interviews from the documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!" by director Mark Hartley; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(1976) A 10th wedding anniversary celebration ends tragically when Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) discovers that his wife (Geneviève Bujold) and 9-year-old daughter have been kidnapped. When an attempt to thwart the captors goes awry, Courtland's wife and daughter are never recovered. Several years later while vacationing in Florence, Courtland falls in love with a young woman who is an exact double of his dead wife. On the eve of their wedding, the woman disappears and Courtland finds a ransom note ... a duplicate of the one found several years earlier. A riveting Hitchcockian mystery thriller from Brian De Palma. Extras: New audio commentary with author Douglas Keesey ("Brian De Palma’s Split-Screen: A Life in Film"); new "Producing Obsession" interview with producer George Litto; new "Editing Obsession" interview with editor Paul Hirsh; "Obsession Revised" vintage featurette featuring interviews with director De Palma, Robertson and Bujold; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
(2007) Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu shot to international prominence with this rigorously realistic Palme d'Or-winning second feature. In 1987, during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) seek an illegal abortion for Gabita. In unflinching but empathetic detail, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" recounts the events of 24 perilous hours in their lives, culminating in their encounter with a manipulative and menacing abortionist (Vlad Ivanov). With powerful performances that accentuate the characters' flawed humanity, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is a gutting account of the impossible choices women face when taking control of their bodies means breaking the law. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with Mungiu; new interview with film critic Jay Weissberg on the New Romanian Cinema; press conference from the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu; director of photography Oleg Mutu, and actors Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, and Alexandru Potocean; "The Romanian Tour," a short documentary from 2007 on the film's reception in Romania; alternate and deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Ella Taylor. (The Criterion Collection).
10 to Midnight BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Charles Bronson, Gene Davis, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens. Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacy (Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection from beautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacy free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler's plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacy on his own ... before the crazed killer can strike again. New 4k scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New "Charlie’s Partner" interview with actor Andrew Stevens; new "Producing Bronson" interview with producer Lance Hool; new "Remembering Bronson" interview with actor Robert F. Lyons; new "Undressed to Kill" interview with actress Jeana Tomasina Keough; new audio commentary with writer-historian Paul Talbot (the "Bronson’s Loose!" books); audio commentary with producer Pancho Kohner, casting director John Crowther and film historian David Del Valle; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1968) Directed by Ingmar Bergman, "Shame (Skammen)" is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Amid the chaos of the military struggle, vividly evoked by pyrotechnics and by cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s handheld camera work, the two are faced with impossible moral choices that tear at the fabric of their relationship. This film, which contains some of the most devastating scenes in Bergman’s oeuvre, shows the impact of war on individual lives. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interviews with director Ingmar Bergman and a brief excerpt from a press conference for the film, recorded in 1967 and 68 for Swedish television; new interview with actor Liv Ullmann; "An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman," a 1968 documentary made during the film’s production, featuring an extensive interview with Bergman; an essay by critic Michael Sragow.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1960) Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique’s fate, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated "La vérité" delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film -- a huge late-career success for the French master -- renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Le scandale Clouzot," a 60-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot; interview from 1960 with Clouzot; interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary "Brigitte Bardot telle qu’elle"; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, 15-hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz," based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age 34, had already made over 30 films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with high-definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras: Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration; Hans-Dieter Hartl’s 1980 documentary "Notes on the Making of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”; Phil Jutzi’s 1931 feature-length film of Alfred Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay co-written by Döblin himself; interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture"; a book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger.
(The Criterion Collection).
Death in Venice
(1971) Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Setting Mann’s story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, "Death in Venice" is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel," a 2008 documentary about the director, featuring Visconti; actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others; "Alla ricerca di Tadzio," a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio; new program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini; interview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi; excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti’s films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson; interview with Visconti from 1971; "Visconti’s Venice," a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde; trailer; an essay by critic Dennis Lim.
(The Criterion Collection).
To Sleep With Anger
(1990) A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence turns a seemingly peaceful household upside down, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, "To Sleep with Anger" is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of black mysticism and folklore. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Charles Burnett, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview program featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis; "A Walk with Charles Burnett," a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett’s films and shooting locations; short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards ceremony in 2017; an essay by critic Ashley Clark.
(The Criterion Collection).