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(1981) Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant. As an initiation rite into Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity, four pledges must spend a night in Garth Manor, 12 years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Two of the pledges, Marti and Jeff, ignore the rumors that the now-deserted mansion is haunted by a crazed killer, until one by one, members of their group mysteriously disappear. Could this be a part of a fraternity prank -- or is a demented former occupant seeking revenge? NEW 4K scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print. Extras: New interviews with actors Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann; commentary with Blair, director Tom DeSimone, prodcuers Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis; original theatrical trailer & TV spots; new interview with DeSimone; new interview with Curtis; new interview with writer Randolph Feldman; new "Anatomy of the Death Scenes" with DeSimone, Feldman, make-up artist Pam Peitzman, art director Steven G. Legler and special effects artist John Eggett; new "On Location at the Kimberly Crest House" with DeSimone; new "Gothic Design in Hell Night" with Steven G. Legler; original radio spot; photo gallery featuring rare, never-before-seen stills. (Scream Factory).
Young Mr. Lincoln
(1939) Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford and Henry Fonda. This film, their first together, was Ford’s equally poetic and significant follow-up to the groundbreaking western "Stagecoach," and in it, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be as a novice lawyer, struggling with an incendiary murder case. Photographed in gorgeous black and white by Ford’s frequent collaborator Bert Glennon, "Young Mr. Lincoln" is a compassionate and assured work and an indelible piece of Americana. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride ("Searching for John Ford: A Life"); "Omnibus: John Ford, Part One": director Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II; talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975; audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker’s grandson Dan Ford; Academy Award radio dramatization of the film; an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.
(The Criterion Collection).
I, Daniel Blake
(2016 -- UK) An urgent response to the political realities of contemporary Britain, this bracing drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach takes a hard look at bureaucratic injustice and ineptitude through the eyes of an unassuming working-class hero. After a heart attack leaves him unable to hold a job, the widowed carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) begins a long, lonely journey through the Kafka-esque labyrinth of the local welfare state. Along the way, he strikes up a friendship with a single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children, at the mercy of the same system after being evicted from their home. Imbued with gentle humor and quiet rage and conceived for maximum real-world impact, the Palme d’Or–winning "I, Daniel Blake" is a testament to Loach’s tireless commitment to a cinema of social engagement. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital master, supervised by director Ken Loach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2016 featuring Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty; "How to Make a Ken Loach Film," a 2016 documentary on the production of "I, Daniel Blake," featuring interviews with Loach, Laverty, actors Dave Johns and Hayley Squires, director of photography Robbie Ryan, producer Rebecca O’Brien, and casting director Kahleen Crawford; "Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach," a 93-minute documentary from 2016, directed by Louise Osmond; deleted scenes; trailer; n essay by critic Girish Shambu.
(The Criterion Collection).
Macon County Line
(1974) Max Baer, Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Joan Blackman, Geoffrey Lewis, Cheryl Waters, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver, Leif Garrett. Louisiana, 1954: Brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) are joyriding through the South before enlisting in the Army. When the wife of a local sheriff is brutally killed by a pair of psychotic drifters, Chris and Wayne are mistaken for the murderers. Far from home, on the run and out of time, they find themselves hunted by a crazed lawman in a tragedy of rage and revenge that explodes in a shocking climax ... once they cross Macon County Line. Best known for playing goofy Jethro Bodine on "The Beverly Hillbillies," Max Baer forever changed his image by producing, co-writing and co-starring in this powerful movie. Extras: New interview with editor Tina Hirsch, commentary with director Richard Compton, vintage featurette: “Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road,” theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Opera BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987 -- Italy) Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charlston, Umberto Barberini, Daria Nicolodi, William McNamara. Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s (best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century) 1987 cult classic film "Opera" will arrive for the first time on Blu-ray, remastered/restored in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction,and a brand new 5.1 soundtrack. When young opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach, Every Time We Say Goodbye) takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces her to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will her recurring childhood nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath, or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? Extras: Rare interview with Argento, never-before released to U.S. audiences; new interview with star William McNamara; original trailer. (Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).
Class of 1999
(1990) Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Malcolm McDowell. The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive. Restored and remastered. Extras: Commentary with producer-director Mark L. Lester, “School Safety” interviews with Lester and co-producer Eugene Mazzola, “New Rules” interview with screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, “Cyber-Teachers from Hell” interviews with special effects creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton, “Future of Discipline” interview with director of photography Mark Irwin, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery, video promo.(Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
(1931 -- Germany) When a coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside, workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation. Director G. W. Pabst brings a claustrophobic realism to this ticking-clock scenario, using realistic sets and sound design to create the maze of soot-choked shafts where the miners struggle for survival. A gripping disaster film and a stirring plea for international cooperation, "Kameradschaft" cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production; 1988 interview with editor Jean Oser; 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film; an essay by author and critic Luc Sante.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1930 -- Germany) G. W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in the director’s native Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, shelling, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front. Long unavailable, the newly restored "Westfront 1918" is a visceral, sobering antiwar statement that is as urgent today as when it was made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Hour-long French television broadcast of World War I veterans reacting to the film in 1969; 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak; new restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek; an essay by author and critic Luc Sante.
(The Criterion Collection).
Elevator to the Gallows
(1958 -- France) For his feature debut, 24-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis. Taking place over the course of one restless Paris night, Malle's richly atmospheric crime thriller stars Moreau and Maurice Ronet as star-crossed lovers whose plan to murder her husband (his boss) goes awry, setting off a chain of events that seals their fate. A career touchstone for its director and female star, Elevator to the Gallows was an astonishing beginning to Malle's eclectic body of work, and it established Moreau as one of the most captivating actors to ever grace the screen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2005 with Moreau; archival interviews with Moreau, Malle, actor Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger; footage of Miles Davis and Malle from the soundtrack recording session; program from 2005 about the score featuring jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins; Malle's student film "Crazeologie," featuring Charlie Parker's song "Crazeology"; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle. (The Criterion Collection).
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Blu-ray
(1970 -- Italy) In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," a film that redefined the "giallo" genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better. Formats: Blu-ray with new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release; with original mono Italian and English soundtracks. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "The Power of Perception," a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of "Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study"; new analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinge; new interview with writer-director Dario Argento; new interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp; double-sided fold-out poster; six lobby card reproductions; limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook. A Blu-ray/DVD Combo was released June, 2017. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years Vol. 1
Youth on the loose and rebels without causes in the unruly Seishun Eiga Youth movies of Japanese iconoclast Seijun Suzuki. Making their home-video debuts outside Japan, this diverse selection of Nikkatsu youth movies (Seishun Eiga) charts the evolving style of the B-movie maverick best known for the cult classics "Tokyo Drifter" (1966) and "Branded to Kill" (1967). "The Boy Who Came Back" (1958) marks the first appearances of "Nikkatsu Diamond Guys" and regular Suzuki collaborators Akira Kobayashi and Jo Shishido, with Kobayashi cast as the hot-headed hoodlum fresh out of reform school who struggles to make a clean break with his tearaway past. The "Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass" (1961) is a carnivalesque tale of a young student who hooks up with a down-at-heels travelling circus troupe. "Teenage Yakuza" (1962) stars Tamio Kawaji as a high-school vigilante protecting his community from the extortions of mobsters from a neighboring city. "The Incorrigible" (1963) and "Born Under Crossed Stars" (1965), both based on Toko Kon's novels about young love, represent Suzuki's first films set in the 1920s era later celebrated in his critically-regarded "Taisho Trilogy." Formats: Four-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(1984) In September 1984, "Threads" aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later, it was broadcast in America and became the most watched basic cable program in history. After more than three decades, it remains one of the most acclaimed and shattering made-for-television movies of all time. Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly and Karen Meagher, in a stunning debut performance, star in this graphic docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the working-class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels. Directed by Mick Jackson from a screenplay by novelist/playwright Barry Hines and nominated for seven BAFTA Awards, "The most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed" (The Guardian) has now been fully restored from a 2K scan for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio Commentary with director Mick Jackson, moderated by film writer Kier-La Janisse and Severin Films' David Gregory; "Audition For the Apocalypse": Interview with actress Karen Meagher; "Shooting the Annihilation": Interview with director of photography Andrew Dunn; "Destruction Designer": Interview with production designer Christopher Robilliard; interview with film writer Stephen Thrower; US trailer. (Severin Films).
An Actor's Revenge
(1963 -- Japan) A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution. Set in the cloistered world of 19th-century kabuki theater, the film charts a female impersonator's attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents, who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men. Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero's fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic color, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography. Anchored by a magnificently androgynous performance by Kazuo Hasegawa, reprising a role he had played on-screen three decades earlier, "An Actor's Revenge" is an eye-popping examination of how the illusions of art intersect with life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori; new interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).
(1966 -- India) In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to Delhi to accept an award, a journalist (Sharmila Tagore) approaches him seeking an exclusive interview, which initiates a conversation that sends the actor reeling down a path of self-examination. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train's other passengers, "The Hero" is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema's most keenly perceptive filmmakers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore; new program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen; an essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray. (The Criterion Collection).
(1990) Louis Tripp, Pamela Segall, Simon Reynolds, James Villemaire. Picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side and whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a "minion" -- a tiny disciple of Satan himself -- manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped -- all hell breaks loose. New 2K scan of the interpositive. Extras: New "Return to the Nightmare" look back at "Gate II" featuring interviews with director Tibor Takacs, screenwriter Michael Nankin, and special visual effects creator Randall William Cook; new "From the Depths" interview with make-up effects artist Craig Reardon; theatrical trailer; video promo and video store contest promo; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1963) In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding's canonical 18th-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining turn), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England's rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Extras: New program on the film's cinematography featuring a conversation between Lassally and critic Peter Cowie; excerpt from a 1982 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Finney; new interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967; new interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie's impact on British cinema; illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film; new interview with the director's-cut editor, Robert Lambert; an essay by scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).
The Age of Innocence
(1993) No filmmaker captures the grandeur and energy of New York like Martin Scorsese. With this sumptuous romance, he meticulously adapted the work of another great New York artist, Edith Wharton, bringing to life her tragic novel of the cloistered world of Gilded Age Manhattan. "The Age of Innocence" tells the story of Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), whose engagement to an innocent socialite (Winona Ryder) binds him to the codes and rituals of his upbringing. But when her cousin (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives in town on a wave of scandal after separating from her husband, she ignites passions in Newland he never knew existed. Swelling with exquisite period detail, this film is an alternately heartbreaking and satirical look at the brutality of old-world America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Scorsese, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci; "Innocence and Experience," a 1993 documentary on the making of the film; trailer; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(1970 -- Germany) Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht's 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels himself cast out from bourgeois society and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht's text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast of Fassbinder's troupe of theater actors as well as Margarethe von Trotta, "Baal" demonstrates the uncompromising nature of Schlöndorff's vision and forged a path for New German Cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Volker Schlöndorff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff; new conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation; new interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta; new interview with film historian Eric Rentschler; an essay by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).
(1989 -- Italy) Dir.: Michele Soavi; Tomas Arana, Asia Argento. Set in present-day Germany in an elaborate medieval cathedral that was once the site of a massacre of a village of supposed devil-worshippers by a band of crusading knights. When the church’s new librarian breaks the seal of the building’s crypt, he releases a cabal of evil spirits that are contained beneath it. At the same time, the church's automated mechanisms are triggered, causing its doors to close and trapping everyone inside. The laws of reality soon collapse as a nightmare takes hold and claims the lives of those within, one by one, threatening to unleash a supernatural pestilence upon the world. Remastered with a high definition transfer. Extras: New interview with co-star Asia Argento.
(Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).
The Passion of Joan of Arc
(1928 -- Germany) Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the days leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques -- including expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, and painfully intimate close-ups -- to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer's audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new high-definition digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second; alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles. Extras: Three scores: Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, a choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4, soloist Susan Narucki, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir; another by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and Portishead's Adrian Utley; and the third composed and performed by pianist Mie Yanashita; audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg; new interview with Einhorn; new conversation between Gregory and Utley; new video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film's frame rate; interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti's daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti; version history; production design archive; an essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director's statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the full libretto for Voices of Light (The Criterion Collection).
King of Jazz
(1930) Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself (including a larger-than-life rendition of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") -- all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson and beautifully shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, "King of Jazz" appears here newly restored to its original glory, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano; new introduction by Giddins; new interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein; four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of "King of Jazz"; deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence; "All Americans," a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for the finale of "King of Jazz";
"I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket," a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra; two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from "King of Jazz." (The Criterion Collection).
Women in Love
(1969) With this film, the audacious Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence's classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time. Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, "Women in Love "traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed) -- as well as the men's own erotically charged friendship. Coupling earthy sensuality with kaleidoscopically stylized images, Russell pursues this quartet to the heights of agony and ecstasy, crafting a breathtaking drama of human sexuality at its most liberating, dominating, and destructive extremes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Two audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer; segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive; "A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible," Russell's 1989 biopic on his own life and career; interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson; interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set; new interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell; "Second Best," a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates; trailer; an essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams. (The Criterion Collection).
The Awful Truth
(1937) In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other's infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can't help but meddle in Lucy's ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, "The Awful Truth" is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey; new video essay by film critic David Cairns on actor Cary Grant's performance; illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring actor Claudette Colbert and Grant; an essay by film critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
The Color of Pomegranates
(1969 -- Russia) A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov's masterwork overflows with images and sounds that burn into the memory. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, "The Color of Pomegranates" revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the 18th-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film's tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov's original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema's most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty. In Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian with English subtitles.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns; new video essay on the film's symbols and references, featuring scholar James Steffen; new interview with Steffen detailing the production of the film; "Sergei Parajanov: The Rebel," a 2003 documentary about the filmmaker, featuring him and actor Sofiko Chiaureli; "The Life of Sayat-Nova," a 1977 documentary about the Armenian poet who inspired "The Color of Pomegranates"; an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. (The Criterion Collection).