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The Complete Sartana [Limited Edition)
(1968) Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name spawned imitations, variations and shameless rip-offs keen to emulate his success at the box office. Within months of "A Fistful of Dollars" release, Giuliano Gemma was playing Ringo, who was then followed by Franco Nero's Django, Tony Anthony's The Stranger and Gianni Garko's Sartana -- each providing their own twist on the Eastwood antihero, and each of them then subject to their own spate of unofficial sequels, spoofs and cash-ins. Sartana tapped into more than just his Spaghetti Western predecessors -- a mysterious figure, he has a spectral quality, aided by his Count Dracula-like cloak that also nods towards comic strip figure Mandrake the Magician, with whom he shares a penchant for card tricks. He takes pride in his appearance unlike Eastwood's dusty wanderer or Nero's mud-caked drifter. And there's a dose of James Bond too in his fondness for gadgetry and the droll sense of humor. Unsurprisingly, this unique figure in the genre was treated to four official follow-ups. "The Complete Sartana" collects all five films, presented here in brand-new restorations: "If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death," "I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death," "Have a Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay," "Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming," and "Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin," in which George Hilton replaced Garko in the lead role. Formats: Six-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Commentaries; interviews; galleries; Brand-new video essay on the major actors and supporting players in the official Sartana films; limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and an extensive Spaghetti Western timeline by Howard Hughes.(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Godmonster of Indian Flats
(1973) Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, E. Kerrigan Prescott. The story of an eight-foot-tall toxic sheep monster that blows up gas stations, smashes crooked politicians, and terrorizes stoners! From the surreal "wild west" locations to the outrageous monster effects, this film from the Something Weird collection is easily the most berserk, out-of-control, and inexplicably deranged creature feature in the history of forever. This includes the scene where the Godmonster crashes a children's picnic. New 4K preservation from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print. Extras: Rampaging monster trailers from the AGFA vaults; Berserker shorts from the Something Weird vaults; bonus movie: "Legend Of Bigfoot" (1975), a new 2K preservation from an original 35mm theatrical print; reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland. (American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).
(2017) H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic tale comes to life when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the modern retelling of the horror classic "Dagon" on limited edition Blu-ray. Directed by horror mastermind Stuart Gordon and starring Ezra Godden, evil rises and a legend unleashes the rage of Hell after a yacht crashes on the Spanish coast and the survivors are forced to face their nightmares. Restored and remastered. Extras: Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Denis Paoli; audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and star Ezra Godden; New “Gods & Monsters” discussion with Gordon, interviewed by filmmaker Mick Garris; New “Shadows over Imboca” interview with producer Brian Yuzna; New “Fish Stories” interview with S.T. Joshi, author of "I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft"; vintage EPK; archival interviews with Gordon, Godden, and other cast and crew; theatrical trailer; New conceptual art gallery from artist Richard Raaphorst; storyboard gallery; still gallery; (Lionsgate).
In the Mouth of Madness [Collector’s Edition]
(1994) Dir.: Jhn Carpenter; Jürgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill. Sutter Cane (Prochnow) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Heston) sends special investigator John Trent (Neill) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane's books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. 4K scan of the original film elements. Extras: New audio commentary with director John Carpenter and producer Sandy King Carpenter; new "Horror’s Hallowed Grounds" look at the film’s locations today; new "The Whisperer of the Dark" interview with actress Julie Carman; new "Greg Nicotero’s Things in the Basement" interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero including behind-the-scenes footage; new "Home Movies from Hobb’s End" behind-the-scenes footage from Greg Nicotero; audio commentary with director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe; vintage featurette: "The Making of In the Mouth of Madness"; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
(1992) Dir.: John Carpenter; Chevy Chase, Sam Neill, Daryl Hannah. takes center stage in 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Thanks to a nuclear accident, Nick Halloway (Chase) has become invisible. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Neill) who've put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Hannah) in a way she's never "seen" before. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Extras: "How to Become Invisible: The Dawn of Digital F/X," vintage interviews with Carpenter, Chase and Hannah; behind-the-scenes footage; outtakes;
theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory)
Someone’s Watching Me
(1978 -- TV) Dir.: John Carpenter; Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbea. Los Angeles newcomer Leigh Michaels (Hutton) moves into a chic high-rise apartment building. She loves the view. So does the Peeping Tom who lives somewhere in the adjacent tower. Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor's obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator -- and that escalates the stalker's game to a deadly new level. New 2K scan from the original film elements -- in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios. Extras: New audio commentary with author Amanda Reyes ("Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999"); new "Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back at Someone’s Watching Me"; new "Carpenter’s Enforcer" interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films; new "Horror’s Hallowed Grounds" look at the film’s locations today; "John Carpenter: Director Rising"; TV promo; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Piranha II: The Spawning
(1981) Tricia O’Neil, Lance Henriksen, Steve Marachuk, Ricky Paull Goldin. While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough makes a horrific discovery: Piranha-like fish, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible for the death. As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the manager of the Club Elysium resort to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, but he’s determined to give his guests the ultimate feeding frenzy. Sequel to Joe Dante’s original "Piranha." James Cameron’s directorial debut in a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New interview with actor Ricky Paull Goldin, new interview with special effects artist Brian Wade, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
(1982) Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had been enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema. Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interview with actor and producer Edward James Olmos; new interview with Chon A. Noriega, author of "Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema"; cast-and-crew panel from 2016 including Olmos, director Robert M. Young, producer Moctesuma Esparza, cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosana DeSoto, and Pepe Serna; an essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg. (The Criterion Collection).
Lady Street Fighter
(1981) Renee Harmon, Jody McCrea, Trace Carradine. Written and produced by exploitation demigod Renee Harmon, this is the story of Linda (Harmon), a tough-as-nails karate cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister. From the outrageous fight scenes to Harmon's incredible outfits, the film is a joyous blast of no-holds-barred chaos from one of the most important female filmmakers in genre history. A new 2K transfer of this trash-action classic. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director James Bryan and the AGFA team; street fightin' trailers from the AGFA vaults; liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull; bonus movie: "Revenge of Lady Street Fighter" (1990), the unreleased sequel, preserved in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative; reversible cover art. (American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).
Return of the Living Dead Part II Collector’s Edition
(1985) James Karen, Thom Matthews, Dana Ashbrook, Marsha Dietlein, Philip Bruns, Michael Kenworthy. When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. New 2K scan of the film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries, new and vintage; new and vintage featurettes; behind-the-scene footage; still galleries; more. (Scream Factory).
(1991) Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen. A couple who can't have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program but the young wife (Adams) suspects that a mysterious doctor (Karen) has inseminated her with mutated sperm in an attempt to create a super-human fetus. Unfortunately, there are extreme side-effects. New 2K scan. Extras: New audio commentary with producer-director Rodman Flender and filmmaker Adam Simon, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Heaven Can Wait
(1982) Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch's "Heaven Can Wait," nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace. New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Conversation from 2005 between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris; "Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson" (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter's life and career; audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977; home recordings of director Ernst Lubitsch playing the piano; trailer; an essay by film scholar William Paul. (The Criterion Collection).
(2012) Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman) -- a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown -- moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she's getting involved with Paul (Brad Rijn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, "Smithereens" -- the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or -- is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era. New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman; new interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman; "And You Act Like One Too" (1976) and "Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern" (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director; an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal. (The Criterion Collection).
(1959) Vincent Price stars as an obsessed doctor who discovers a parasitic creature which grows on the spinal cords of terrified people. If they scream, the Tingler can be destroyed. If they don't, it will sever the spinal column and kill them. He successfully isolates and removes the Tingler from a deaf mute (Judith Evelyn) who has been scared to death by her devious husband. Once captured, the Tingler escapes and runs amok in a crowded movie theater. Terror is loose, but can it be stopped? "The Tingler" is legendary horror director William Castle's magnum opus. After the success of "House on Haunted Hill," Castle devised a new gimmick called "Percepto." Participating theaters would wire seats so that random moviegoers would get a tangible electric shock during climactic moments in the film. Another novelty used to maximum effect is the short color sequence depicting blood pouring from a faucet and filling a bathtub. Castle went on to direct more cult classics like "Homicidal" and "13 Ghosts" and later produced the mainstream hit "Rosemary's Baby." Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author/historian Steve Haberman; new "I Survived The Tingler" interview with Pamela Lincoln; new "Unleashing 'Percepto'" interview with publicist Barry Lorie; "Scream for Your Lives! William Castle and The Tingler” vintage featurette; "William Castle’s Drive-In Scream!” audio; original “Scream” scene; the original 1959 theatre lobby recording; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1994) Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith. When Michael, a lonely teenager (Furlong), orders the latest interactive video game, the new high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by homicide detective (Langella) and prodded by "The Trickster" (Smith) who materializes into his room, Michael is torn between the worlds of good and evil, of reality and fantasy and, ultimately, life and death. Extras: New audio commentary with assistant to the director Tara Georges Flynn; new "A Virtual Debut" interview with screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker; new "Talking With Trickster" interview with actor T. Ryder Smith; new "Merging Realities" interviews with special make-up effects supervisor Steve Johnson and special make-up effects artists Andy Schoneberg and Mike Smithson; new "Musical Virtuosity" interview with composer George S. Clinton; "Trickin’ With Trickster: Vintage behind-the-scenes fun on "Brainscan"; deleted scene; behind-the-scenes footage; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spot; still galleries. (Shout! Factory ).
Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder
(1998) Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope, Kevin Zegers, Tony Todd. A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. If the demon succeeds, it will open a doorway to Hell, blazing a terrifying trail of destruction, possession and mayhem and destroy humanity. Now the fate of the world hinges on the final outcome of a renegade priest's battle with the soul eating Shadowbuilder. Extras: Audio commentary from director Jamie Dixon; new "Making of Shadowbuilder" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Visual Effects" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Kevin Zegers" featurette; reversible, 2-Sided artwork; original theatrical trailer; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).
The Horror of Party Beach
(1964) John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel. In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker -- shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer-director Del Tenney -- advertised as “The First Horror-Monster Musical.” When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it unleashes an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest, worst monsters in horror movie history. Features a new 2k scan from the original negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Return to Party Beach" retrospective documentary; "It's the Living End" encounter with The Del-Aires, interview with band members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares; "Shock & Roll": Filmmaker Tim Sullivan on Rock & Roll horror movies; archival interview with director Del Tenney; trailer. (Severin Films).
Memories of Underdevelopment
(1968 -- Cuba) This film by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea is the most widely renowned work in the history of Cuban cinema. After his wife and family flee in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana in idle reflection, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Intimate and densely layered,
"Memories of Underdevelopment" provides a biting indictment of its protagonist's disengagement and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Cuba.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interviews with film critics B. Ruby Rich and José Antonio Évora; new interview with novelist and screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes; "Titón: From Havana to Guantanamera," a 2008 feature-length documentary on director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's life and career; segment from a 1989 audio interview with Gutiérrez Alea; segments from 2017 interviews with actor Daisy Granados and editor Nelson Rodríguez from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Visual History Collection archives; trailer; an essay by author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. (The Criterion Collection).
Scenes from a Marriage
(1973, 1974) "Scenes from a Marriage" chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne and Johan (Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson), tracking their relationship through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partnerships. Originally conceived by director Ingmar Bergman as a five-hour, six-part television miniseries, the film is also presented in its three-hour theatrical cut. Shot largely in intense, intimate close-ups by cinematographer Sven Nykvist and featuring flawless performances by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, Bergman's emotional X-ray reveals the deep joys and pains of a complex bond. High-definition digital transfers of both the television version and the U.S. theatrical version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks.
Extras: Interview with director Ingmar Bergman from 1986; interviews from 2003 with actors Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson; interview from 2003 with Bergman scholar Peter Cowie comparing the two versions of "Scenes from a Marriage"; an essay by author Phillip Lopate. (The Criterion Collection).
(1994) Long unavailable, Olivier Assayas's deeply felt coming-of-age drama "Cold Water" has until now been a missing link in one of contemporary cinema's richest bodies of work. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie's narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. With one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film as a centerpiece, "Cold Water" is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young. With new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with Assayas; new interview with cinematographer Denis Lenoir; excerpt from a 1994 French television program on the film featuring Assayas and actors Virginie Ledoyen and Cyprien Fouquet; an essay by critic Girish Shambu. (The Criterion Collection).
The Hired Hand
(1971) Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom. Having been at the forefront of America's here-and-now with "Easy Rider" and the counterculture movies of Roger Corman, Peter Fonda retreated to the past and the American West for his directorial debut. Fonda plays Harry, a man who deserted his wife and child to explore the wide-open plains with his best friend Archie (Oates). "Tired of the life" he decides to finally return home in order to rekindle his marriage and reacquaint himself with his daughter. Scripted by Alan Sharp, shot by Vilmos Zsigmond and with a standout score by folk musician Bruce Langhorne, "The Hired Hand" is a beautiful, elegiac picture that ranks alongside "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" as one of the finest Westerns the seventies had to offer. Formats:Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by actor-director Peter Fonda; "The Return of The Hired Hand," a 2003 documentary containing interviews with Fonda, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, composer Bruce Langhorne, actor Verna Bloom and others; deleted scenes; interview with Martin Scorsese; "Warren Oates and Peter Fonda at the National Film Theatre," an audio recording of the actors’ appearance at the NFT in 1971; stills gallery; trailers;
TV spots; radio spots; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
My Man Godfrey
(1936) Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy, directed by Gregory La Cava -- a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the "items" on the list, a "lost man" (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks. La Cava's deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood's greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time.
With new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New piece about the film with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins; new discussion about director Gregory La Cava with critic Nick Pinkerton; outtakes; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938, starring actors William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Mischa Auer; newsreels from the thirties documenting the class divide during the Great Depression; trailer; an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
(1994) A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm. The Tall Man is back with a vengeance. Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer-director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike and Jody to help their friend Reggie destroy The Tall Man (Scrimm) once and for all. Is the ultimate of evil any match for a bald, former ice cream vendor with a 70 Hemicuda and a four-barrel shotgun? An insane sequel packed with violence and gore galore that takes the Phantasm series to a whole new dimension. Extras: Commentary with A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm, featurette: “Phantasm III: Behind-the-Scenes,” deleted scene, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Phantasm IV: Oblivion
(1996) Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) has once again escaped from the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) who had begun to transform him. Leaving Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and his spherical brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), he travels through various dimensions and time in order to discover more about his nemesis and find out what really happened the night his brother died. Extras: Commentary with director Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm, featurette: “Phantasm IV: Behind-The-Scenes,” trailer. (Well Go USA).
Scream for Help
(1984) Rachael Kelly, Marie Masters, David Allen Brooks. Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather’s horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother. She’s on to him, yet no one will believe her because she’s just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she’s just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers. New 2K scan from the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by the Hysteria Lives, new "Cruel Intentions" interview with writer Tom Holland, new "Stepfather of the Year" interview with actor David Allen Brooks, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(1966)Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follows Andrei Rublev as he passes through a series of poetically linked scenes -- snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans stream through a thicket during a torchlit ritual, a boy oversees the clearing away of muddy earth for the forging of a gigantic bell -- gradually emerging as a man struggling mightily to preserve his creative and religious integrity. Appearing here in the director's preferred 185-minute cut as well as the version that was originally suppressed by Soviet authorities, the masterwork "Andrei Rublev" is one of Tarkovsky's most revered films, an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance. With new 2K digital restoration of the director's preferred 185-minute cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; and new 2K digital transfer of the original 205-minute version of the film, "The Passion According to Andrei." Extras: "Steamroller and Violin," Tarkovsky's 1961 student thesis film; "The Three Andreis," a 1966 documentary about the writing of the film's script; "On the Set of Andrei Rublev," a 1966 documentary about the making of the film; new interviews with actor Nikolai Burlyaev and cinematographer Vadim Yusov by filmmakers Seán Martin and Louise Milne; new interview with film scholar Robert Bird; selected-scene commentary from 1998 featuring film scholar Vlada Petric; new video essay by filmmaker Daniel Raim; an essay by critic J. Hoberman. (The Criterion Collection).
The Bride BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Sting, Jennifer Beals, Clancy Brown, David Rappaport. Remake of "The Bride of Frankenstein." Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with director Franc Roddam, new interview with director Franc Roddam, new interview with Clancy Brown, TV Spot. (Scream Factory).
Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series
(1983-97) Twelve-disc set with all 96 episodes, remastered in HD with lossless audio. Described by its legendary creator Jim Henson as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp,” "Fraggle Rock" stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs. The series follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity and caring for the planet. Extras: New "Fraggle Music Celebration" with sing-alongs for every episode; new "Life on Set: Moments with Jim Henson"; new 1993 “The Today Show” Segment featuring Uncle Travelling Matt; "Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes"; Fraggle Songs & Doozer music; interviews with Fraggle Rock creators and puppeteers; Seasons 2, 3 and 4 overviews; "Docs and Sprockets"; “All Around the World” music video; 20 "Travelling Matt" segments; special tribute to Jerry Juhl; "Scared Silly: Art Imitating Life"; production design featurette; "Electro-Mechanical Puppetry"; "Doozer Design"; "How the Trash Heap Came to Be"; "Gorg Design"; interviews with Michael Frith, Kathy Mullen and Gerry Parkes; HBO promos; "You Cannot Leave the Magic": Excerpts from the last day of shooting; "Dance Your Cares Away: The Evolution of the Theme Song"; "The Inner Gorg": An Interview with the performers inside the costumes; "Designing the Puppets" interview with the puppet makers; all 13 Episodes of "Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series"; much much more. (Sony).
A Raisin in the Sun
(1961) Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars -- including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee -- reprise their roles as members of an African-American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry's intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie's film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America. With new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry; new interview with Imani Perry, author of "Looking for Lorraine," on the real-life events on which the play is based; episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; excerpt from "The Black Theatre Movement: From 'A Raisin in the Sun' to the Present," a 1978 documentary, with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.; new interview with film scholar Mia Mask, editor of "Poitier Revisited"; trailer; an essay by scholar Sarita Cannon. (The Criterion Collection).
The Naked Prey
(1965) Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and '70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than "The Naked Prey." In the early 19th century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, "The Naked Prey" is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 by film scholar Stephen Prince; "John Colter's Escape," a 1913 written record of the trapper's flight from Blackfoot Indians -- which was the inspiration for "The Naked Prey" -- read by actor Paul Giamatti; original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score; trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde. (The Criterion Collection).
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day
(1972-73) Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical -- yet far from cynical -- perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, "Eight Hours Don't Make a Day" rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama.
New 2K digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "Eight Hours Don't Make a Day: A Series Becomes a Family Reunion," a 2017 documentary directed by Juliane Maria Lorenz, featuring interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, and Hans Hirschmüller; new interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc; an essay by scholar Moira Weigel. (The Criterion Collection).
Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition
(1992-95) Ten-disc set with all 109 episodes, plus two bonus disks containing the recently-remastered, fan favorite animated films "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" and "Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero." Includes an exclusive ensemble of collectibles highlighted by three Funko mini-figurines (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn) and seven beautifully-designed lenticular art cards. The entire box set is housed in a stunning layflat-book with a dazzling slipcase. This ultimate collectors Blu-ray box set will be individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 30,000. More than 2,000 copies were pre-ordered within the first 24 hours of availability on Amazon. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: 25 featurettes -- led by an all-new, 60+ minute definitive "Batman: The Animated Series" making-of documentary “The Heart of Batman”; introductions to five episodes by producer Bruce Timm; commentary on 11 episodes.
(1975) "Shampoo" gives us a day in the life of George, a Beverly Hills hairdresser and Lothario who runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to make heads or tails of his financial and romantic entanglements. His attempts to scrape together the money to open his own salon are continually sidetracked by the distractions presented by his lovers -- played brilliantly by Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, and Lee Grant (in an Oscar-winning performance). Star Warren Beatty dreamed up the project, co-wrote the script with Robert Towne, and enlisted Hal Ashby as director, and the resulting carousel of doomed relationships is an essential seventies farce, a sharp look back at the sexual politics and self-absorption of the preceding decade. 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack and alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras: New conversation between critics Mark Harris and Frank Rich; excerpt from a 1998 appearance by producer, co-writer, and actor Warren Beatty on "The South Bank Show"; trailer; an essay by Rich. (The Criterion Collection).
(1983) Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in this totally awesome comedy. When Julie dumps her preppy boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find love with the rockin’ Randy (Cage). The future’s open wide for Julie ... but when her disapproving friends (E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink) find Randy to be grody to the max, she is caught up in a culture clash between her Valley lifestyle and her Hollywood punk. Featuring a so-bitchin’ soundtrack packed with New Wave hits, "Valley Girl" is a sweetly romantic slice of 80s nostalgia from director Martha Coolidge. Are you going to love it? We’re, like, so sure! New HD film transfer. Extras: New “In Conversation -- Director Martha Coolidge with E.G. Daily and Heidi Holicker”;“Greetings from the San Fernando Valley”: A short history of the iconic San Fernando Valley, hosted by Tommy Gelinas of The Valley Relics Museum; new extended interviews from 2003 with Cage, Cameron Dye, Frederic Forrest, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp, Lee Purcell, producers Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford, Peter Case of The Plimsouls, Josie Cotton, DJ Richard Blade, and more; storyboard to film comparisons; photo gallery; feature length audio commentary with director Martha Coolidge; “Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later”; “In Conversation: Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge”; “The Music of Valley Girl.” (Shout! Factory).
(1986) Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, Holter Graham. For three horrifying days, the Earth passes through the tail of a mysterious comet. The skies glow an eerie green as humanity waits to see what the fallout will be. But what they imagine is nothing like the nightmare the find -- the comet's magnetic fields cause all the machines on Earth to suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators in a horrific killing spree. Now, it's up to a small group of people trapped in a desolate truck stop to defeat the killer machines. From the mind of Steven King.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New commentary with writer Tony Magistrale, author of "Hollywood's Steven King"; new commentary by actor and comedian Jonah Ray and Blumhouse Film executive Ryan Turek; new "Truck Stop Tales" featurette interview with producer Martha De Laurentiis; new "Rage Against the Machines" featurette interview with actress Laura Harrington; new "Honeymoon Horrors" featurette interviews with actors John Short and Yeardley Smith; new "Maximum Carnage" featurette interview with make-up effects creator Dean Gates; new "The Wilmington Factor" featurette look back at the filming of "Maximum Overdrive" with members of the production crew in North Carolina; new "Who Made Who?" featurette interview with Murray Engleheart, co-author of "AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll"; new "Goblin Resurrectus" featurette – the restoration of the Happy Toyz Golbin; "A Kid in King's Court"featurette interview with actor Holter Graham; behind-the-scenes footage; still gallery; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Lionsgate).
(1973) Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters' insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, Brian De Palma's first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Brian De Palma, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interview with actor Jennifer Salt; interviews from 2004 with De Palma, actors William Finley and Charles Durning, and producer Edward R. Pressman; audio from a 1973 discussion with De Palma at the AFI; appearance from 1970 by actor Margot Kidder on "The Dick Cavett Show"; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey, excerpts from a 1973 interview with De Palma on the making of the film, and a 1973 article by De Palma on working with composer Bernard Hermann. (The Criterion Collection).
Dances With Wolves
(1990) Kevin Costner stars in and directs the triumphant cinematic masterpiece. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments -- from Dunbar’s tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Based on the novel by Michael Blake. The three-disc Steelbook Collector’s Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film (both with commentary) and an entire disc of bonus features. Extras: "A Day in the Life on the Western Frontier," the original "Making of Dances with Wolves," "The Creation of an Epic - A Retrospective Documentary," music video, five vignettes ("Second Wind," "Confederate March and Music," "Getting the Point," "Burying the Hatchet," "Animatronic Buffalo"), TV spots, theatrical trailer, poster and photo galleries. (Shout! Factory).
Gas Food Lodging
(1992) Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk Adapted from the novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" by Richard Peck, Allison Anders whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Adams) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Skye) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Balk) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls' absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, "Gas Food Lodging" is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Road to Laramie: A Look Back at Gas Food Lodging" new interview with Allison Anders and Josh Olson; "Cinefile: Reel Women" (1995), a documentary looking at the challenges women face in the film industry from independent to studio filmmaking, featuring interviews with Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Penny Marshall; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Last Movie
(1971) Dir.: Dennis Hopper; Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Don Gordon,
Tomas Milian, Daniel Ades, Julie Adams, Samuel Fuller, Peter Fonda.
New 4K restoration. Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologized lost
masterpiece -- widely unseen for nearly 50 years. Consciously
self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and "Rebel Without a Cause"
screenwriter Stewart Stern, T"The Last Movie" follows a Hollywood
movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian
village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman
Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of
Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians
have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic
re-enactment of the production -- with Kansas as their sacrificial
lamb. Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era,
Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial
feature after the tremendous commercial success of "Easy Rider", and
writer-director-star took the money and ran – literally – staging "The
Last Movie" in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine,
with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson,
Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil,
Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller. Although
it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, the film would
effectively end Hopper’s career for many years -- the Hollywood
establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman.
Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably
contemporary – influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the
French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Original 1971 theatrical
trailer, original 1971 product reel, 2018 U.S. theatrical trailer,
"Scene Missing": New documentary directed by Alex Cox, "Some Kind of
Genius: Profile of Dennis Hopper" directed by Paul Joyce, "The Last
Movie" featurette with new video interviews, "The Dick Cavett Show"
1971 Interview with Dennis Hopper, Dennis Hopper 2007 "The Last Movie"
introduction clip, restoration demo.
Single White Female
(1992) Dir.: Barbet Schroeder; Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman. The perfect roommate or a perfect nightmare? An innocent wanted ad –- "SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s; Non-smkr, professional preferred" -- opens the door to murderous, psychotic terror. After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend ... and her identity. Extras: New audio commentary with director Barbet Schroeder,editor Lee Percy, and associate producer Susan Hoffman; new interview with director Barbet Schroeder; new interview With actor Peter Friedman; new interview with actor Steven Weber; new interview with screenwriter Don Roos; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
A Story from Chikamatsu
(1954) One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the early 1950s, "A Story from Chikamatsu" (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of 18th-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker's wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this subtly sensuous indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a "great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi." New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa; "Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the Metteur-en-scène," a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew; an essay by film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).
The Magnificent Ambersons
(1942) Orson Welles's beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature -- the subject of one of cinema's greatest missing-footage tragedies -- harks back to turn-of-the-20th-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and characterized by restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan -- at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled. Though RKO excised over 40 minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, "The Magnificent Ambersons" is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Two audio commentaries, featuring film scholars Robert Carringer and James Naremore and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum; new interviews with scholars Simon Callow and Joseph McBride; new video essay on the film's cinematographers by scholar François Thomas; new video essay on the film's score by scholar Christopher Husted; Welles on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1970; segment from "Pampered Youth," a 1925 silent adaptation of "The Magnificent Ambersons"; audio from a 1979 AFI symposium on Welles; two Mercury Theatre radio plays: "Seventeen" (1938), an adaptation of another Booth Tarkington novel by Welles, and "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1939); trailer; an essay by critic Molly Haskell and (Blu-ray only) essays by authors and critics Luc Sante, Geoffrey O'Brien, Farran Smith Nehme, and Jonathan Lethem, and excerpts from an unfinished 1982 memoir by Welles. (The Criterion Collection).
Some Like It Hot
(1959) One of the most beloved films of all time, this sizzling masterpiece by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group's singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry's female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, "Some Like It Hot" is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber; new program on Orry-Kelly's costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen; three making-of documentaries; appearance from 1982 by director Billy Wilder on "The Dick Cavett Show"; conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin; French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon; trailer; an essay by author Sam Wasson. (The Criterion Collection).
(1986) Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make this sole foray into feature film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In "True Stories," Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show-all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised by Byrne. Extras: New documentary about the film's production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, writer Stephen Tobolowsky, executive producer Ed Pressman, coproducer Karen Murphy, fashion-show costume designer Adelle Lutz, consultant Christina Patoski, actor Jo Harvey Allen, and musician Terry Allen; CD with 23 songs, containing the film's complete soundtrack compiled here for the first time (Blu-ray only); "Real Life" (1986), a short documentary by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel made on the set of the film; "No Time to Look Back," a new homage to Virgil, Texas, the fictional town where "True Stories" is set; new program about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and role in the film, featuring Byrne and Kalman's wife, artist Maira Kalman; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal, along with, for the Blu-ray edition, new pieces by journalist and author Joe Nick Patoski and Byrne, a 1986 piece by actor Spalding Gray on the film's production, some of the tabloid stories that inspired the film, and a selection of Byrne's preproduction photography and writing about the film's visual motifs. (The Criterion Collection).
A Dry White Season
(1989) With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa's racist government -- and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, "A Dry White Season" is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack. Extras: New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas; "Five Scenes," a new program featuring Palcy; interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland; excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela; footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards; an essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry. (The Criterion Collection).
(1957) Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestro's most audacious Western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a 40-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. marshal Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, "Forty Guns" is a virtuoso display of Fuller's sharpshooting talents. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interview with director Samuel Fuller's widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller; "A Fuller Life" (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others; new interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of I"n Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City"; stills gallery; an essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fuller's 2002 autobiography, "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking." (The Criterion Collection).
(1946) Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivier's first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory of the behavior of Duvivier's countrymen during the war. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "The Art of Subtitling," a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and co-president of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles; new interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon; conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film's production history; Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer; essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger. (The Criterion Collection).
Sawdust and Tinsel
(1953) Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in "Sawdust and Tinsel," one of the master's most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-20th-century circus owner (Åke Grönberg) and his younger mistress (Harriet Andersson), a horseback rider in the traveling show, the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays, making for a piercingly brilliant depiction of physical and spiritual degradation. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; introduction by Bergman from 2003; an essay by critic John Simon. (The Criterion Collection).
(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).
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).