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Criterion To End The Year

Postby HGervais » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:45 am

Light side with new releases but three awesome reissues. The details from The Criterion web site.:

#3/The Lady Vanishes-Alfred Hitchcock
High-definition digital restoration
Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
Crook’s Tour, a 1941 feature-length adventure film starring Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Charters and Caldicott, their beloved characters from The Lady Vanishes
Excerpts from François Truffaut’s legendary 1962 audio interview with director Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Train, a video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and Hitchcock scholar Charles Barr


#38/Branded To Kill-Seijun Suzuki
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Video piece featuring new interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu
Interview with Suzuki from 1997
New interview with actor Joe Shishido
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns, author of Branded to Thrill: The Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijun, and a state­ment by the film’s art director, Sukezo Kawahara


#39/Tokyo Drifter/Seijun Suzuki
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Video piece featuring new interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu
Interview with Suzuki from 1997
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Howard Hampton


#592/Design For Living-Ernst Lubitsch
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
“The Clerk,” starring Charles Laughton—director Ernst Lubitsch’s segment of the 1932 film If I Had a Million, which he made just before Design for Living
Selected-scene commentary by film professor William Paul
Play of the Week: A Choice of Coward, a 1964 British television production of the play Design for Living, introduced on camera by playwright Noël Coward
New interview with film scholar and screenwriter Joseph McBride on Lubitsch and Ben Hecht’s screen adaptation of the Coward play
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kim Morgan
"The most dementing of all modern sins: the inability to distinquish excellence from success."-David Hare
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Re: Criterion To End The Year

Postby cdouglas » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:19 pm

Hmm. A pretty light batch, but I guess they're giving everyone some breathing room after the awesome slate of November releases. I'm definitely in for The Lady Vanishes.
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