Criterion’s upcoming releases thru December!

These are the upcoming titles until the end of 2015 from The Criterion Collection. The films include MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, THE BROOD, A SPECIAL DAY, KWAIDAN, MULHOLLAND DR., CODE UNKOWN, THE APU TRILOGY, IN COLD BLOOD, IKIRU, DON’T LOOK BACK, DOWNHILL RACER, SPEEDY, JELLYFISH EYES, and BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE.

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MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

Releases on June 16th, 2015

Gus Van Sant

United States
1991
104 minutes
Color
1.85:1
English

Spine #277

 

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life on society’s margins.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gus Van Sant and director of photography Eric Alan Edwards, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-Alternate 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes

-The Making of “My Own Private Idaho,” a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew

-Kings of the Road, a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight

-Conversation from 2005 between producer Laurie Parker and actor River Phoenix’s sister Rain

-Audio conversation from 2005 between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette

-Deleted scenes

-Trailer

-PLUS: A book featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin and LeRoy; a 1991 article by Lance Loud; and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and actor Keanu Reeves

New cover by Marc English

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THE BROOD

Releases on October 13th, 2015

Canada
1979
92 minutes
Color
1.78:1
English

Spine #777

 

 

A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New documentary about the making of the film and Cronenberg’s early work, featuring actor Samantha Eggar, executive producer Pierre David, cinematographer Mark Irwin, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker (Videodrome) and Joe Blasco (Shivers, Rabid)

-New, restored 4K digital transfer of Cronenberg’s 1970 feature Crimes of the Future, supervised by the director, plus a 2011 interview with Cronenberg about his early career

-Interview from 2013 with actors Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds

-Appearance by actor Oliver Reed on The Merv Griffin Show from 1980

-Radio spot

-PLUS: An essay by critic Carrie Rickey

New cover by Edward Kinsella

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A SPECIAL DAY

Releases on October 13th, 2015

Italy
1977
107 minutes
Color
1.85:1
Italian

Spine #778

 

 

Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola. Though it’s set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven’t joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in muted tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of Fascism’s rise.

-New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Ettore Scola, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-Human Voice, a 2014 short film starring Sophia Loren and directed by Edoardo Ponti

-New interviews with Scola and Loren

-Two 1977 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Loren and actor Marcello Mastroianni

-Trailer

-New English subtitle translation

-PLUS: An essay by critic Deborah Young

New cover by F. Ron Miller

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KWAIDAN

Releases on October 20th, 2015

Japan
1965
183 minutes
Color
2.35:1
Japanese

Spine #90

 

 

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

-New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince

-Interview with Kobayashi from 1993, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda

-New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara

-New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folktales Kwaidan is based

-Trailers

-New English subtitle translation

-PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

New cover by Sean Freeman

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MULHOLLAND DR.

Releases on October 27th, 2015

United States
2001
146 minutes
Color
1.85:1
English

Spine #779

 

A love story in the city of dreams . . .

Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New interviews with Lynch; Deming; actors Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, and Laura Harring; composer Angelo Badalamenti; production designer Jack Fisk; and casting director Johanna Ray

-On-set footage

-Deleted scene

-Trailer

-PLUS: A booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch

New cover by Fred Davis

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CODE UNKOWN

Releases on November 10th, 2015

France
2000
117 minutes
Color
1.85:1
French

Spine #780

 

 

One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Oscar–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and artistry. His drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory examination of racial inequality and the failure of communication in an increasingly diverse modern landscape.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New interview with Haneke

-Introduction by Haneke from 2001

-Filming Haneke, a 2000 making-of documentary featuring interviews with Haneke, actor Juliette Binoche, and producer Marin Karmitz, as well as on-set footage of cast and crew

-Interview from 2001 in which Haneke discusses the filming of the boulevard sequences

-New interview with film scholar Roy Grundmann

-Teasers

-New English subtitle translation

-PLUS: An essay by critic Nick James

New cover by Nessim Higson

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THE APU TRILOGY

Releases on November 17th, 2015

Spine #782

 

 

 

 

 

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

Included:
-PATHER PANCHALI
-APARAJITO
-APUR SANSAR

SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET:

-New 4K digital restorations of all three films, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays

-Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay “A Long Time on the Little Road” and in conversation with film historian Gideon Bachmann

-New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore; camera assistant Soumendu Roy; and film writer Ujjal Chakraborty

-Making “The Apu Trilogy”: Satyajit Ray’s Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson
“The Apu Trilogy”: A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan

-Excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road, featuring composer Ravi Shankar

-The Creative Person: “Satyajit Ray,” a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta

-Footage of Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992

-New programs on the restorations by filmmaker :: kogonada

-New English subtitle translations

-PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Girish Shambu, as well as a selection of
Ray’s storyboards for Pather Panchali

New cover by F. Ron Miller

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IN COLD BLOOD

Releases on November 17th, 2015

United States
1967
134 minutes
Black and White
2.35:1
English

Spine #781

 

 

Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad Hall, and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

-New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Conrad Hall’s work in the film

-New interview with film historian Bobbie O’Steen on the film’s editing

-New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins about Quincy Jones’s music for the film

-New interview with writer Douglass K. Daniel on director Richard Brooks

-Interview with Brooks from a 1988 episode of the French television series Cinéma cinemas

-With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles

-Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967

-Trailer

-PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

New cover by Eric Skillman

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IKIRU

Releases on November 24th, 2015

Japan
1952
143 minutes
Black and White
1.37:1
Japanese

Spine #221

 

 

One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.

-New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa

-A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000), a ninety­-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa

-Productions and featuring interviews with the director

-Documentary on Ikiru from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others

-Trailer

-New English subtitle translation

-PLUS: An essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer and a reprint from critic Donald Richie’s 1965 book The Films of Akira Kurosawa

New cover by Eric Skillman
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DON’T LOOK BACK

Releases on November 24th, 2015

United States
1967
96 minutes
Black and White
1.37:1
English

Spine #786

 

 

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price. Featuring some of Dylan’s most famous songs, including “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Dont Look Back is a radically conceived portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of ve?rite? behind-the-scenes documentaries.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director D. A. Pennebaker, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters, presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth

-65 Revisited, a 2006 documentary by Pennebaker

-Audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan for the documentary No Direction Home, cut to previously unseen outtakes from Dont Look Back

-New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker’s filming style

-Daybreak Express (1953), Baby (1954), and Lambert & Co. (1964), three short films by Pennebaker

-New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together

-Snapshots from the Tour, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from Dont Look Back

-New interview with musician Patti Smith

-Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010

-Alternate version of the film’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue card sequence

-Five audio recordings of Dylan songs not used in the film

-Trailer

-PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito

New cover by Eric Skillman

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DOWNHILL RACER

Releases on December 1st, 2015

United States
1969
101 minutes
Color
1.78:1
English

Spine #494

 

 

Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Downhill Racer, the visceral debut feature by Michael Ritchie. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by the acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait, buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that places the viewer directly in the mind of the competitor.

-High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-Interviews from 2009 with actor Robert Redford, screenwriter James Salter, editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skiier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as a technical adviser, ski double, and cameraman on the film

-Audio excerpts from a 1977 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie

-How Fast?, a rare twelve-minute promotional feature from 1969

-Trailer

-PLUS: An essay by critic Todd McCarthy

New cover by Eric Skillman

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SPEEDY

Releases on December 8th, 2015

United States
1928
85 minutes
Black and White
English

Spine #788

 

 

Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who can’t keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city’s last horse-drawn trolley, which is operated by his sweetheart’s crusty grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts on the city’s streets, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

-New 4K digital restoration from elements preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive

-Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1992, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray

-Audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies director of program production Scott McGee

-In the Footsteps of “Speedy,” a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York shoot

-Selection of rare archival footage from UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hearst Newsreel Collection of baseball legend Babe Ruth, who has a cameo in the film, presented by David Filipi, director of film and video at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio

-New visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein

-Selection of Lloyd’s home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd

-Bumping into Broadway, a 1919 Lloyd two-reeler, newly restored and with a 2004 score by Robert Israel

-PLUS: An essay by critic Phillip Lopate

New cover by F. Ron Miller

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JELLYFISH EYES

Releases on December 8th, 2015

Japan
2013
101 minutes
Color
1.78:1
Japanese

Spine #787

Takashi Murakami, one of the most popular artists in the world, made his directorial debut with Jellyfish Eyes, taking his boundless imagination to the screen in a tale that is about friendship and loyalty at the same time as it addresses humanity’s penchant for destruction. After moving to a country town with his mother following his father’s death, a young boy befriends a charming, flying, jellyfish-like sprite—only to discover that his schoolmates have similar friends, and that neither they nor the town itself are what they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s modest-budgeted special effects extravaganza boasts unforgettable creature designs and carries a message of cooperation and hope for all ages.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

-New, high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New interview with director Takashi Murakami

-Two new behind-the-scenes documentaries on the making of the film

-Trailer for Jellyfish Eyes 2

-New English subtitle translation

-PLUS: An essay by critic Glen Helfand

New cover by Goto Design

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BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE

Releases on December 15th, 2015

United States
1983
90 minutes
Color, Black and White
1.33:1
English

Spine #789

 

 

Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend; that changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director’s nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of Burroughs: The Movie, a one-of-a-kind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, and that features on-screen appearances by fellow artists of Burroughs’s including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith, and Terry Southern.

-New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New interviews with filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, and Tom DiCillo, as well as William S. Burroughs’s friends and fellow writers James Grauerholz and Stewart Meyer

-Rare outtakes

-Footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film’s restoration

-Thirty-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton Jr.
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-PLUS: An essay by critic Luc Sante and a collage poster by artist Alison Mosshart

About the author

MEDIA JOURNALIST & STAFF WRITER | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema. He collects many things from movies to Steelbooks to 1/6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. Anything that is even slightly related to these things are always on his radar and most definitely a comic book nerd. He is also, of course, a Batman junkie and will chat it up about pretty much anything.