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(1988) Dir.: Dennis Hopper. Stars Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks, Grand Bush, Don Cheadle. A veteran policeman and his rookie partner fight Los Angeles street gangs. Features an unrated cut of the movie. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Cry of Alarm" interview with screenwriter Michael Schiffer, "Cops and Robbers" interview with technical advisor/ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning, Easter Egg. (Shout! Factory).
Canoa: A Shameful Memory
(1976 -- Mexico) One of Mexico's best-regarded works of political
cinema, "Canoa: A Shameful Memory" reimagines a real-life incident
that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of
urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by
residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been
manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were
communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional
documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime
itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the
climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era,
including the military's infamous massacre of demonstrating students
in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a
visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical
document. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director
Felipe Cazals, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New introduction by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; new conversation between filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and Cazals; trailer; an essay by critic Fernanda Solórzano. (The Criterion Collection).
(1970) The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters
is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one
of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring
budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on
nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the
peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion,
a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking
proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the
glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after
discovering her lover's affair. Starring Waters' beloved regular cast
the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink
Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), "Multiple
Maniacs" is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly
tested the limits of good taste for decades. New 4K digital
restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed
Extras: New audio
commentary featuring Waters; new interviews with cast and crew members
Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs;
an essay by critic Linda Yablon.
(The Criterion Collection).
Property is No Longer a Theft
(1973) Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" and taken an angry, impassioned look at labor relations with "The Working Class Goes to Heaven," Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for this darkly comic film. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge on the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank's star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time to tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, "Property is No Longer a Theft" presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society. 4K restoration from the original film negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras:New interview with actor Flavio Bucci, new interview with producer Claudio Mancini, new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1990) Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, Nancy Allen, Felton Perry, Dan O'Herlihy. New 2K scan of the inter-positive. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary with author/CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon; new audio commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; new "Corporate Wars: The Making of Robocop 2" featuring new and vintage interviews with director Irvin Kershner, producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, executive producer Patrick Crowley, associate producer Phil Tippett, cinematographer Mark Irwin and author/CG supervision Paul M. Sammon; new "Machine Parts: The FX of Robocop 2" featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra and Kevin Kutchaver; new "Robo-Fabricator" interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek; new Adapting Frank Miller’s Robocop 2" interview with comic book writer Steven Grant; new "OCP Declassified" collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos including interviews with director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scene; theatrical trailer: teaser trailers; TV spots; deleted scenes still gallery; still galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards). (Scream Factory).
(1993) Robert John Burke, Remy Ryan, Nancy Allen, Felton Perry, Jill Hennessy. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nl audio commentary with director Fred Dekker; new audio commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; bew "Delta City Shuffle: The Making of Robocop 3" featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark; new "Robo-Vision: The FX of Robocop 3" featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry; new "The Corporate Ladder" interview with actor Felton Perry; new "Training Otomo" interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki; new "War Machine" interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1966) In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist
ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international
sensation, the Italian filmmaker's English-language debut. A
countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of
image making, "Blow-Up" takes the form of a psychological mystery,
starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly
captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.
Antonioni's meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color
palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie
Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a
cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from
a bygone era. Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion,
and a brilliant film by one of cinema's greatest artists. New,
restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: A new piece about
Antonioni's artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter
Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor;
"Blow-up of "Blow-Up," a new 52-minute documentary on the making of
the film; conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa
Redgrave; archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings
and Jane Birkin; trailers; a book featuring an essay by film scholar
David Forgacs and more. (The Criterion Collection).
(1973) Ludwig. He loved women. He loved men. He lived as controversially as he ruled. But he did not care what the world thought. He was the world. A string of masterpieces behind him -- including "Ossessione," "Senso," "The Leopard" and "Death in Venice" -- the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th century decadence. Dominated by Helmut Berger in the title role, "Ludwig" nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the "Sissi" trilogy), Silvana Mangano, Gert Fröbe, John Moulder-Brown and Trevor Howard as Richard Wagner. As opulent as any of Visconti's epics -- Piero Tosi's costume design was nominated for an Academy Award -- "Ludwig" is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director's wishes and features the English-language soundtrack for the first ever on home video. Four-disc set, 4K restoration from the original film negative. Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts. Optional original English soundtrack available on home video for the first time ever with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with actor Helmut Berger; "Luchino Visconti," an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others; "Speaking With Suso Cecchi d'Amico," an interview with the screenwriter; "Silvana Mangano: The Scent of a Primrose," a half-hour portrait of the actress; theatrical trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive Trilogy
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable "Dead or Alive Trilogy" features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the "Dead or Alive films" cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers. In "Dead or Alive," tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. "Dead or Alive 2: Birds" casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in "Dead or Alive: Final," Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi, new interview with actor Sho Aikawa, new interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura, new audio commentary for "Dead or Alive" by Miike biographer Tom Mes, archive interviews with cast and crew, archive making-of featurettes for "DOA2: Birds" and "DOA: Final," original theatrical trailers for all three films, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Wishmaster Collection
In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. Three-disc limited-edition set includes all four films, restored and remastered: "Wishmaster," 1997; "Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies," 1999; "Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell" (2001); "Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled," 2002. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries, seven new featurettes, vintage featurettes, trailers, galleries, isolated score selections/audio interview with composer Harry Manfredini. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
House: Two Stories Limited Edition [House 1 & 2]
(1985, 1987) At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two instalments of hit horror franchise "House" on Blu-ray for the first time. In the original "House," William Katt stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt's creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he's found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house's monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas. "House II: The Second Story" sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse's mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who'll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it. Limited to 5000 units. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary, "Ding Dong, You're Dead! The Making of House," "It's Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story," stills gallery, trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(1964 -- France) An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was
launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart-tugger from
Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter,
glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino
Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two
lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of
colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great
composer Michel Legrand, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is one of the
most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras: "Once Upon a Time
... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary; interview from
2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from
1964 featuring Demy and Legrand discussing the film; audio recordings
of interviews with Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National
Film Theatre in London; restoration demonstration; trailer; an essay
by critic Jim Ridley. (The Criterion Collection)
The Young Girls of Rochefort
(1967 -- France) Jacques Demy followed up "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this
one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a
dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), dream of big-city life; when
a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of
escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of
costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale,
Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), "The Young Girls
of Rochefort" is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French
cinema’s preeminent dreamer. 2K digital restoration, with 5.1
surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras: French television
interview from 1966 featuring Demy and Legrand discussing the music
for the film; conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer
Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau; episode
from "Behind the Screen," a 1966 series about the making of the film;
Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary "The Young Girls Turn 25"; trailer; an
essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection)
Buena Vista Social Club
(1999) Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie
Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of
Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected brush
with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists
collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry
Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected
mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American
styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an
international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim
Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members -- including golden-voiced
Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González -- in a series of
illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of
the most beloved music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious
ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.
New high-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras: Audio commentary
from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders; new interview with Wenders;
"We Believe in Dreams," a new piece featuring never-before-seen
outtakes from the rehearsals for the Buena Vista Social Club’s
Amsterdam concerts; interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo
on his career and the Cuban music scene; radio interviews from 2000
featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa,
Omara Portuondo, and others; additional scenes; trailer; an essay by
author and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. (The Criterion
Tales From the Hood BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) This cult horror anthology from director Rusty Cundieff and executive producer Spike Lee was lauded for its take on complex social issues like police brutality and domestic abuse. Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen -- because when you’re in the ‘hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New "Welcome to Hell: The Making of Tales from the Hood" featurette featuring interviews with director-writer Rusty Cundieff, producer-writer Darin Scott, actors Corbin Bernsen, Wings Hauser and Anthony Griffith, special effects supervisor Kenneth Hall, doll effects supervisors Charles Chiodo and Edward Chiodo; commentary with Cundieff; vintage “Making of” featurette; original theatrical trailer; original TV spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Woman of the Year
(1942) Before Katharine Hepburn ever met Spencer Tracy, she wanted him
as her co-star in this film. George Stevens’ "Woman of the Year,"
conceived to build on the smashing comeback Hepburn had made in "The
Philadelphia Story," is the story of rival newspaper reporters who wed
only to find that their careers aren’t so compatible, and in it the
pair forged a fresh and realistic vision of what marriage could be.
The freewheeling but pinpoint-sharp screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr. and
Michael Kanin won an Academy Award, and Hepburn was nominated for best
actress. "Woman of the Year" marks the beginning of the personal and
professional union between Hepburn and Tracy, who would go on to make
eight more films together, and it stands as a dazzling, funny, and
sometimes rueful observation of what it takes for men and women to get
along — both in the workplace and out of it. New high-definition digital
restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: New interview with
George Stevens Jr., the director’s son; new interview with George
Stevens biographer Marilyn Ann Moss; new interview with writer Claudia
Roth Pierpont on actor Katharine Hepburn; "The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A
Tribute by Katharine Hepburn," an 86-minute documentary from 1986;
trailer; an essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek. (The Criterion
(1983) In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation
between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless
Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate,
painful emotions. After releasing the classically styled "The
Outsiders" earlier the same year, the director returned to the work of
S. E. Hinton, this time with a self-described “art film for
teenagers.” Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon,
Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent
Spano, Nicolas Cage and Chris Penn; haunting black-and-white visuals
that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola’s own
"Tetro"; and a powerful, percussive score by Stewart Copeland that
underscores the movie’s romantic fatalism, "Rumble Fish" pulsates
throughout with genuine love and dread. New 4K digital restoration,
supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by
Coppola, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
on the Blu-ray; audio commentary featuring Coppola; new interviews
with Coppola, author and co-screenwriter S. E. Hinton, and associate
producer Roman Coppola; new conversation between Burum and production
designer Dean Tavoularis; pieces from 2005 about the film’s score and
production; interviews from 1983 with actors Dillon, Lane, and
Vincent Spano and producer Doug Claybourne; French television
interview from 1984 with actor Rourke; "Locations: Looking for Rusty
James," a 2013 documentary by Alberto Fuguet about the impact of
"Rumble Fish"; new piece about the film’s existentialist elements;
"Don’t Box Me In” music video; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by
critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection)
(1985 -- Japan) The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who
guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect
recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami
is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft
satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human
urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko
Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic
exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both
high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal "Tampopo" is a lavishly
inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the
most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: "The Making of
Tampopo,” a 90-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo
Itami; new interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto; new interviews with
ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki; food stylist Seiko Ogawa; and American
chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and others' "Rubber
Band Pistol," Itami’s 1962 debut short film; new video essay by Tony
Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film’s themes of self-improvement and
mastery of a craft; trailer; an essay by food and culture writer Willy
Blackmore. (The Criterion Collection)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
(1975) A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow (Delphine Seyrig) -- whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema's most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. New 2K digital restoration undertaken by the Royal Belgian Film Archive, supervised by director of photography Babette Mangolte, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "Autour de Jeanne Dielman," a 69-minute documentary-shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and director Chantal Akerman, made during the filming of "Jeanne Dielman"; interviews from 2009 with Akerman and Mangolte; excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman," a 1997 episode of the French television program "Cinéma de notre temps"; ionterview from 2007 with Akerman's mother, Natalia; excerpt from a 1976 television interview featuring Akerman and actor Delphine Seyrig; "Saute ma ville" (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies. (The Criterion Collection).
Serial Mom Collector's Edition
(1994) Kathleen Turner, Sam Watersto, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, Matthew Lillard, Mary Jo Catlett, Traci Lords, Suzanne Somers. If you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation with director John Waters, actress Kathleen Turner and actress Mink Stole; "Serial Mom: Surreal Moments" featuring interviews with Waters, Stole, actress Patricia Hearst, actress Ricki Lake, actor Matthew Lillard, casting director Pat Moran, production designer Vincent Pirano and more; commentary with John Waters and Kathleen Turner; commentary with John Waters; "The Making Of Serial Mom" original promotional featurette; "The Kings Of Gore: Herschel Gordon Lewis and David Friedman" featurette; original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(1959) A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu's perennial theme of the challenges of intergenerational relationships, "Good Morning (Ohayo)" tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking as an act of resistance after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his childish protagonists. Shot in stunning Technicolor and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors' new washing machine and unemployed men look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy reworks Ozu's own silent classic "I Was Born, But ..." to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan. New 4K digital restoration from Shochiku Co., with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "I Was Born, But ...", Yasujiro Ozu's 1932 silent comedy masterpiece, with a score composed by Donald Sosin in 2008; surviving excerpt from "A Straightforward Boy," a 1929 silent film by Ozu; new video essay on Ozu's use of humor by critic David Cairns; new interview with film scholar David Bordwell; new English subtitle translation; an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) With this Palme d'Or-winning drama, which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as one of the titans of contemporary world cinema. In an arresting performance, the nonprofessional actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan (himself a former child soldier) stars as a Tamil fighter who, along with a woman and child posing as his wife and daughter, flees war-torn Sri Lanka only to land in a Paris suburb riddled with drugs. As the makeshift family embarks on a new life, Dheepan settles into an intimate social-realist mode, before tightening, gradually and organically, into a dynamic turf-war thriller, as well as an unsettling study of the psychological aftereffects of combat. Searing and sensitive, Audiard's film is a unique depiction of the refugee experience as a continuous crisis of identity. High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2015 featuring director Jacques Audiard and coscreenwriter Noé Debré, new interview with Audiard, new interview with actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan, deleted scenes with audio commentary by Audiard and Debré, trailer, an essay by critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).
(1952/1955) Gloriously cinematic despite being made on a tiny budget, Orson Welles's "Othello" is a testament to the filmmaker's stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare's imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier as his innocent wife, Desdemona, and Micheál MacLiammóir as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Morocco, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins "Macbeth" and "Chimes at Midnight" in making the case for Welles as the cinema's most audacious interpreter of the Bard. New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European version and the 1955 U.S. version, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Audio commentary featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel; "Return to Glennascaul," a 1953 short film made by MacLiammóir and actor Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting "Othello"; new interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow; new interview with Welles scholar François Thomas on the differences between the two versions; new interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of "Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America"; interview from 2014 with Welles scholar Joseph McBride;
an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(2001) Terry Zwigoff's first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that's at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, "Ghost World" follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi). With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, "Ghost World" is one of the 21st century's most fiercely beloved comedies. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by writer-director Terry Zwigoff, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, comic-book creator and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon; new interviews with actors Thora Birch and Illeana Douglas; extended excerpt from "Gumnaam" (1965) featuring the Bollywood musical number that appears in "Ghost World'"s opening title sequence; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).
(1953) Having refined his craft in the silent era, Kenji Mizoguchi was
an elder statesman of Japanese cinema -- fiercely revered by Akira
Kurosawa and other younger directors -- by the time he made "Ugetsu."
And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy
derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created
a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding
the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose
pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal
wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, "Ugetsu"
reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of
women, and the pride of men. New 4K digital restoration undertaken by
The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: Audio commentary
by filmmaker, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; "Kenji
Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director" (1975), a 150-minute
documentary by Kaneto Shindo; "Two Worlds Intertwined," a 2005
appreciation of Ugetsu by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda; "Process and
Production," a 2005 interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant
director on "Ugetsu"; interview from 1992 with cinematographer Kazuo
Miyagawa; trailers; an essay by film critic Phillip Lopate and three
short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making the film.
(The Criterion Collection).
They Live By Night
(1948) Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this
lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films
overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When
the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of
prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy
O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else
ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but
as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who
aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left
to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to
this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic
performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the
way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come. New 2K digital
restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary featuring film
historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger; new video interview
with film critic Imogen Sara Smith; short piece from 2007 with film
critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone,
and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; illustrated
audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman; a new
essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Marseille Trilogy
In the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol, a leading light of the Paris theater, set
out for new horizons as a filmmaker in his native Provence. His early
masterpieces "Marius" (1931), "Fanny" (1932) and "César" (1936) mix
theatrical stagecraft with realistic location photography to create an
epic love story from the fabric of everyday life. Gruff, sentimental
César (music-hall star Raimu) owns a waterfront bar in the old port of
Marseille, where his son, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), wipes down tables
and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker
Panisse (Fernand Charpin), wanting to wed Marius’s sweetheart, Fanny
(Orane Demazis), sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the
story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films of
"The Marseille Trilogy," which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema
history. “If Pagnol is not the greatest auteur of the sound film,”
critic André Bazin wrote, “he is in any case something akin to its
genius.” New 4K digital restorations of all three films, with
uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: New introduction by filmmaker
Bertrand Tavernier; new interview with Nicolas Pagnol, writer-director
Marcel Pagnol’s grandson; segments of "Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux de
choisis," a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol’s life and work; short
documentary on the Marseille harbor by Pagnol; archival interviews
with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier;
"Pagnol’s Poetic Realism," a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles;
French television clip about the restoration of the trilogy;
theatrical rerelease trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
and excerpts from Pagnol’s memoirs.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
(1927) With his third feature film, "The Lodger: A Story of the London
Fog," Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made
what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This
haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man
(matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London
boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as
the Avenger, descends upon the city. The film is animated by the
palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing
the director’s formal and thematic obsessions. In this edition, "The
Lodger" is accompanied by "Downhill," another 1927 silent exploration
of Hitchcock’s “wrong man” trope, also headlined by Novello -- making
for a double feature that reveals the great master of the macabre as
he was just coming into his own. 2K digital restoration, with a new
score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint
director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 feature film starring Ivor Novello,
in a 2K digital restoration with a new piano score by Brand; new
interview with film scholar William Rothman on Hitchcock’s visual
signatures; new video essay by art historian Steven Jacobs about
Hitchcock’s use of architecture; excerpts from audio interviews with
Hitchcock by filmmakers François Truffaut (1962) and Peter Bogdanovich
(1963); radio adaptation of "The Lodger" from 1940, directed by
Hitchcock; new interview with Brand on composing for silent film;
essays on "The Lodger"and "Downhill" by critic Philip Kemp.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1971) In this thriller, arguably Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial
film, David (Dustin Hoffman), a young American mathematician, moves
with his English wife, Amy (Susan George), to the village where she
grew up. Their sense of safety unravels as the local men David has
hired to repair their house prove more interested in leering at Amy
and intimidating David, beginning an agonizing initiation into the
iron laws of violent masculinity that govern Peckinpah’s world.
Working outside the U.S. for the first time, the filmmaker airlifts
the ruthlessness of the Western frontier into Cornwall in "Straw
Dogs," pushing his characters to their breaking points as the men
brutalize Amy and David discovers how far he’ll go to protect his home
-- culminating in a harrowing climax that lays out this cinematic
mastermind’s eloquent and bloody vision of humanity. New, restored 4K
digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2003 by
Stephen Prince, author of "Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise
of Ultraviolent Movies"; "Mantrap: 'Straw Dogs' --The Final Cut," a
2003 documentary about the making of the film, featuring cast and
crew; "Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron," a 1993 documentary about the
director featuring actors Kris Kristofferson, Jason Robards, Ali
MacGraw, and many others; new conversation between film critic Michael
Sragow and filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode, who worked as one of the
editors on the film; new interview with film scholar Linda Williams
about the controversies surrounding the film; archival interviews with
actor Susan George, producer Daniel Melnick, and Peckinpah biographer
Garner Simmons; behind-the-scenes footage; TV spots and trailers; an
essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover.
(The Criterion Collection).