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Criterion January

Postby Andrew Forbes » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:25 pm

Holy crap. Melville and Fuller.

Courtesy of Blu-ray.com:

After a quiet December, Criterion will kick off the New Year with renewed energy, as five very varied titles have been announced for Blu-ray release in January. On January 11, Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres; Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Byron Haskin, 1964). A week later, the studio will release two films by maverick director Samuel Fuller: Shock Corridor (1963) and The Naked Kiss (1964). And finally, on January 25, Broadcast News (James L. Brooks, 1987) will hit shelves.

Army of Shadows will come from a high-definition digital transfer of the 2004 restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme. The transfer of Broadcast News is supervised by director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks.

Special features are as follows:

Army of Shadows

* Audio commentary featuring film historian Ginette Vincendeau
* Interviews with Pierre Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
* On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
* Jean-Pierre Melville et 'L'armée des ombres' (2002): a short program on the director and his film
* Le journal de la Résistance (1944): a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of German-occupied France
* Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme
* Theatrical trailers
* A booklet featuring essays by critic Amy Taubin and historian Robert O. Paxton, as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville

Broadcast News

* New audio commentary featuring James L. Brooks and Richard Marks
* New documentary on Brooks's career in television and film, featuring actors Marilu Henner (Taxi) and Julie Kavner (Rhoda, The Simpsons) and several other of Brooks's collaborators
* Deleted scenes and an alternate ending, with commentary by Brooks
* New video interview with veteran CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky, one of the models for actress Holly Hunter's character and an associate producer on the film
* Featurette containing on-set footage and interviews with Brooks, Hunter, and actor Albert Brooks
* Original theatrical trailer
* A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey

The Naked Kiss

* New video interview with star Constance Towers by film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis
* Excerpts from a 1983 episode of the BBC's The South Bank Show dedicated to director Samuel Fuller
* Interview with Fuller from a 1967 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps
* Interview with Fuller from a 1987 episode of the French television series
* Cinéma cinémas
* Original theatrical trailer
* Illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World) and a booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

* Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, Oscar-winning special effects designer and Robinson Crusoe on Mars historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin
* Destination Mars, a video featurette by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick detailing the science behind the film
* Music video: Victor Lundin, "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"
* Stills gallery
* Theatrical trailer
* A booklet featuring an essay by Lennick as well as Melchior's "Brief Yargorian Vocabulary" (a glossary of original alien dialect) and a list of facts about Mars, both from his original screenplay

Shock Corridor

* New video interview with star Constance Towers by film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis
* The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera, Adam Simon's 1996 documentary on director Samuel Fuller
* Original theatrical trailer
* Illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World) and a booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking
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Re: Criterion January

Postby HGervais » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:53 pm

As a Fuller & Melville fanatic...holy crap! And on top of that I love Broadcast News and I'm dying to see Robinson Crusoe on Mars in glorious hi-def. 5-0 month for Criterion.
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Re: Criterion January

Postby Steve T Power » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:29 am

Shock Corridor? Ohhhhh man...

The film that single handedly killed my interest in Sam Fuller outside of his war flicks.

And Robinson Crusoe on Mars... this film is scientifically authentic - only one step away from reality.
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Re: Criterion January

Postby HGervais » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:55 pm

Eclipse 25 is a must have as well.
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Re: Criterion January

Postby Andrew Forbes » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:40 pm

Steve T Power wrote:Shock Corridor? Ohhhhh man...

The film that single handedly killed my interest in Sam Fuller outside of his war flicks.

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Re: Criterion January

Postby cdouglas » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:56 pm

Yet another exciting batch from Criterion. I'm interested in all of these.
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