Two titles announced thus far and man-o-man am I happy to see Mamet's Homicide.
In David Mamet’s cinema, nothing is as it seems—so you better know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the protagonist of Mamet’s nightmarish urban odyssey Homicide, inner-city police detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna), is as bewildered about who he is as who (or what) he’s after. Gold’s investigation, following the murder of an elderly Jewish candy-shop owner, leads him down a path of obscure encounters and clues, as well as profound reckoning with his own self and identity. Filled with Mamet’s trademark verbal play and featuring standout supporting performances from William H. Macy, Ving Rhames, and Rebecca Pidgeon, Homicide is a taut, rich work from a true American original.
•New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by editor Barbara Tulliver
•Audio commentary featuring writer-director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy
•New video program featuring interviews with recurring Mamet actors Steven Goldstein, Ricky Jay, J. J. Johnston, Joe Mantegna, and Jack Wallace
•Gag reel and TV spots
•PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans
#487-That Hamilton Woman/Alexander Korda
One of cinema’s most dashing duos, real-life spouses Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier enact their greatest on-screen romance in this visually dazzling tragic love story from legendary producer-director Alexander Korda. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the late eighteenth century, That Hamilton Woman is a gripping account of the scandalous adulterous affair between the British Royal Navy officer Lord Horatio Nelson and the renowned beauty Lady Emma Hamilton, the wife of a British ambassador. With its grandly designed sea battles and formidable star performances, Korda’s film (Winston Churchill’s favorite movie, which he claimed to have seen over eighty times) brings history to vivid, glamorous life.
•New, restored high-definition digital transfer
•Audio commentary featuring noted film historian Ian Christie
•New video interview with author and editor Michael Korda, Alexander’s nephew, who discusses growing up in the Korda family and the making of That Hamilton Woman
•Alexander Korda Presents, a 1942 promotional radio piece for the film
•PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Molly Haskell
Black and White
Blu-ray for the month look like it is Monterey Pop.