Criterion Announces October 2016 Releases

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In October, Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth is available as a standalone from Criterion and also together in Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro with previous entries in the Collection with Cronos and The Devil’s BackboneThere's a two-fer from Robert Altman as McCabe & Mrs. Miller joins the collection and Short Cuts gets a high-definition upgrade.  Other new titles include Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Luis García Berlanga's The Executioner.  Read on to learn more about them.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (#827) out Oct 11

cc McCabe Mrs Miller.jpg This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman (Nashville) may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema that transformed Hollywood in the early 1970s. It stars Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde) and Julie Christie (Don't Look Now) as an enterprising gambler and a bordello madam, both newcomers to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior kind of whorehouse experience. The appearance of representatives of a powerful mining company with interests of its own, however, threatens to be the undoing of their plans. With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Heaven's Gate), and soundtrack that innovatively interweaves overlapping dialogue and haunting Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres. The special edition features are:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring director Robert Altman and producer David Foster
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring actors René Auberjonois, Keith Carradine, and Michael Murphy; casting director Graeme Clifford; and script supervisor Joan Tewkesbury
  • New conversation about the film and Altman's career between film historians Cari Beauchamp and Rick Jewell
  • Featurette from the film's production, shot on location in 1970
  • Q&A from 1999 with production designer Leon Ericksen, hosted by the Art Directors Guild Film Society
  • Archival footage from interviews with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, in which he discusses his work on the film
  • Gallery of stills from the set by photographer Steve Schapiro
  • Excerpts from two 1971 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Altman and film critic Pauline Kael
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Nathaniel Rich

Boyhood (#839) out Oct 11

cc Boyhood.jpgThere has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of twelve years in the director’s native Texas and charts the physical and emotional changes experienced by a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Ethan Hawke), and his older sister (Lorelei Linklater). Alighting not on milestones but on the small, in-between moments that make up our lives, Linklater fashions a flawlessly acted, often funny portrait that flows effortlessly from one year to the next. Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness. The director-approved special edition features are:

  • New 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Linklater and nine members of the cast and crew
  • New documentary chronicling the film’s production, featuring footage shot over the course of its twelve years
  • New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, moderated by producer John Pierson
  • New conversation between Coltrane and actor Ethan Hawke
  • New video essay by critic Michael Koresky about time in Linklater’s films, narrated by Coltrane
  • Collection of portraits of cast and crew by photographer Matt Lankes, narrated with personal thoughts from Linklater, Arquette, Hawke, Coltrane and producer Cathleen Sutherland
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem

Pan's Labyrinth (#838) out Oct 18

cc Pans Labyrinth.jpgAn Academy Award-winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child’s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth. The director-approved special edition features are:

  • Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007
  • New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan’s Labyrinth
  • New interview with actor Doug Jones
  • Four 2007 making-of documentaries, examining the characters, production, special effects, themes, and music of the film
  • Interactive director’s notebook
  • Footage of actor Ivana Baquero’s audition for the film
  • Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film’s menagerie of creatures
  • Programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro’s thumbnail sketches with the final film; visual effects work for the Green Fairy; and elements of the film’s score
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro out Oct 18

cc GuillermoDelToro trilogy.jpgThroughout a career that encompasses both visually arresting art-house hits and big-budget Hollywood spectacles, director Guillermo del Toro has continually redefined and elevated the horror genre with his deeply personal explorations of myths and monsters. These three Spanish-language films, each a tale of childhood in troubled times, showcase his singular fusion of the fantastic and the real. Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, the gothic-infused stories collected here—populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess—make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time. The director-approved special edition features are:

  • High-definition digital restoration of Cronos, 2K digital restoration of The Devil’s Backbone, newly graded 2K digital master of Pan’s Labyrinth, all supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for Cronos and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks for The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth on the Blu-rays
  • Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack for Pan’s Labyrinth on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentaries on all three films
  • Interviews with del Toro, director of photography Guillermo Navarro, and actors Doug Jones, Federico Luppi, and Ron Perlman
  • Welcome to Bleak House, a 2010 video tour by del Toro of his personal collections
  • New piece on Pan’s Labyrinth featuring del Toro and novelist Cornelia Funke
  • Interactive director’s notebooks for The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Making-of documentaries for The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Geometria, a 1987 short horror film by del Toro finished in 2010
  • Footage of actor Ivana Baquero auditioning for Pan’s Labyrinth in 2005
  • Original Spanish-language voice-over introduction for Cronos
  • Introductions by del Toro for The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Deleted scenes from The Devil’s Backbone, with commentary by del Toro
  • Selected on-screen picture-in-picture presentation of del Toro’s thumbnail sketches for The Devil’s Backbone
  • Programs comparing del Toro’s thumbnail sketches and production storyboards for The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth with the final films
  • Piece on The Devil’s Backbone’s depiction of the Spanish Civil War
  • Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the creatures of Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Gallery of stills from Cronos, captioned by del Toro
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • English subtitle translations approved by del Toro
  • Deluxe box set for the Blu-ray, featuring new illustrations by Vania Zouravliov
  • Blu-ray: A 100-page hardcover book featuring an introduction by author Neil Gaiman and essays by critics Michael Atkinson, Mark Kermode, and Maitland McDonagh, along with production notes and sketches by del Toro and illustrators Carlos Giménez and Raúl Monge
  • DVD: Essays by Atkinson, Kermode, and McDonagh, and production notes for Cronos by del Toro

Short Cuts (#265) out Oct 18

cc Short Cuts.jpgThe work of two great American artists merges in Short Cuts, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the stories of renowned author Raymond Carver by maverick director Robert Altman. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters as they struggle to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Lemmon, and Jennifer Jason Leigh—all giving fearless performances in what is one of Altman’s most compassionate creations. The special edition features are:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Walt Lloyd, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 soundtrack mix, plus isolated music track
  • Conversation between Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004 Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a 1993 feature-length documentary on the making of Short Cuts
  • To Write and Keep Kind, a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of author Raymond Carver
  • One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
  • Original demo recordings of the film’s Doc Pomus-Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Dr. John
  • Deleted scenes
  • A look inside the marketing of Short Cuts
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Wilmington

The Executioner (#841) out Oct 25

cc The Executioner.jpgThis masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through a macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner’s daughter and reluctantly takes over her father’s job so the family can keep their government-allotted apartment. As caustic today as it was in 1963, this early collaboration between Luis García Berlanga and his longtime screenwriter Rafael Azcona is an unerring depiction of what Berlanga called “the invisible traps that society sets up for us.” A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner escaped the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time. The special edition features are:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • New program on director Luis García Berlanga, featuring interviews with his son José Luis Berlanga; film critic Carlos F. Heredero; writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sánchez Salas; and director of the Berlanga Film Museum Rafael Maluenda
  • Spanish television program from 2012 on The Executioner, featuring archival interviews with Berlanga
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Cairns

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