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(2016) A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film "Cameraperson," a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, "Cameraperson" is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. New high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: "Making “Cameraperson," a new program featuring director Kirsten Johnson, producers Marilyn Ness and Danielle Varga, and editors Nels Bangerter and Amanda Laws; "In the Service of the Film," a roundtable conversation with Johnson, producer Gini Reticker, and sound recordists Wellington Bowler and Judy Karp: excerpts from two 2016 film festival talks with Johnson, including one between her and filmmaker Michael Moore; "The Above," a 2015 short film by Johnson; trailer; an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda and reprinted writings by Johnson. (The Criterion Collection).
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
(1978) A painterly and sensual immersion in late 19th-century Italian farm life, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" by Ermanno Olmi lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo, Italy. Filming on an abandoned farm for four months, Olmi adapted neorealist techniques to tell his story, enlisting local people to live as their own ancestors had, speaking in their native dialect on locations with which they were intimately familiar. Through the cycle of seasons, of backbreaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, one that celebrates its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledges the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" is intimate in scale but epic in scope -- a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking. New 4K restoration, created in collaboration with The Film Foundation at L’Immagine Ritrovata and supervised by director Ermanno Olmi, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Alternate Italian-language soundtrack; new introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh; "Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree," an hour-long episode of "The South Bank Show" from 1981, featuring an interview with Olmi on the film and a visit to the farm where it was shot; new program featuring cast and crew discussing the film at the Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy, in 2016; archival interviews with Olmi; trailer; an essay by film critic Deborah Young. (The Criterion Collection).
(1945) Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New conversation about "Mildred Pierce" with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito; excerpt from a 1970 episode of "The David Frost Show" featuring actor Joan Crawford; "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star," a 2002 feature-length documentary on Crawford’s life and career; Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller; segment from a 1969 episode of the "Today" show featuring novelist James M. Cain; trailer; an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith. (The Criterion Collection).
3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol
A collection of films by Claude Chabrol, one of the most prolific and widely respected of French film directors. As one of the prime instigators of the French New Wave, Chabrol directed lean narrative films whose keenly observed realism typically drew inspiration from the suspense film and psychological thriller. The films: "Betty" (1992), Torment (L'enfer) (1994) and The Swindle (1997). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Film Collection).
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
(1988) Pedro Almodóvar makes telephones, a mambo taxi, and a burning mattress into delirious plot points and indelible images in his international breakthrough, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy secured the auteur’s place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing Almodóvar’s exploration of the female psyche, the film tells the story of Pepa, an actor -- played by the director’s frequent collaborator Carmen Maura -- who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a string of visitors, setting in motion a deliciously chaotic series of events. The filmmaker channeled inspiration by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent sense of humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today. With a sensational ensemble cast of early Almodóvar regulars that also includes Antonio Banderas and Rossy de Palma, this film shows an artist in total control of his craft. New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras: New interviews with director Pedro Almodóvar, actor Carmen Maura, and producer Agustín Almodóvar; new discussion by film scholar Richard Peña of the film’s impact in Spain and abroad; trailer; an essay by critic Elvira Lindo. (The Criterion Collection).
The Before Trilogy
The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke, who co-wrote two of the films, imbue their characters with a sense of raw, lived-in experience, and as they age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time’s passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life. "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Before Sunset" (2004) and "Before Midnight" (2013). New, restored 2K digital transfers of "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" and a 2K digital master of "Before Midnight," approved by director Richard Linklater, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on "Before Sunrise" and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight." Extras: New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset"; audio commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke; "Dream Is Destiny," a 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein; new documentary about the making of Before Midnight in Greece by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari; "3×2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater’s work; "Linklater // On Cinema & Time," a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada; an essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).
(1986) Your favorite nightmares come to life in a salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you’ll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre, black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess. New high-def transfer from the original negative. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/director Jef Delman; new "I Like the Grotesque" interview with Delman; new interviews with actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine; "The Black Forest" alternate cut of the first story; deleted scenes; trailers. (Scream Factory).
(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).
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).
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).
(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).
(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).
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).
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
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).