Criterion Announces Their June Releases

Forget that summer vacation. You are going to be spending that money on Criterion discs.
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This June finds The Criterion Collection delivering an impressive roster of titles.  

Out June 7

All That Heaven Allows.jpgDouglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (#95) stars Jane Wyman as a wealthy widow torn between following her heart for a younger man (Rock Hudson) of lesser means and the expectations that her children and society place upon her.  The new edition comes with:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring John Mercer, coauthor of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility, and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk

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Michelangelo Antonioni's L'eclisse (#278) is a different type of romantic tale than the prior title. Here, a young woman (Monica Vitti) searches for fulfillment as she moves from one relationship (Francisco Rabal) to another (Alain Delon). The new edition comes with:

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña, former program director of New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema (2001), a fifty-six-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career
  • Elements of Landscape, a twenty-two-minute piece from 2005 about Antonioni and L’eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Aprà and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, as well as excerpts from Antonioni’s writing about his work

Out June 14

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Peter Davis' Hearts and Minds (#156) is an Academy Award-winning documentary that presents a polarizing look at the Vietnam War with interviews and archival footage of people from both sides. The new edition comes with:

  • High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Davis and cinematographer Richard Pearce, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Davis
  • A collection of over two hours of never-before-seen outtakes from the film, including interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, political activist Tony Russo, and General William Westmoreland
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long

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Georges Franju's Judex (#710), an homage to Louis Feuillade’s 1916 film of the same name, is a film filled with deceptions that begin with a corrupt banker being kidnapped by a mysterious crime fighter.  New to the Criterion Collection, this edition comes with:

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2007 with the film’s cowriter Jacques Champreux, the grandson of Louis Feuillade, cocreator of the silent serial Judex
  • Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Bergé
  • Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program from 1998 on director Franju’s career and imagination
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Geoffrey O’Brien, along with reprinted writings by and excerpted interviews with Franju (dual-format only)

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Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (#29) was not only the breakout film for Weir on the international stage but for Australian cinema as well.  It tells of the disappearance of young girls and their teacher from a school picnic on Valentine's Day 1900. The new edition comes with:

  • Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Extended interview with Weir
  • New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members
  • New introduction by film scholar David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
  • A Recollection . . . Hanging Rock 1900 (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay
  • Homesdale (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film critic Marek Haltof’s 1996 book Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide; a new paperback edition of Lindsay’s original novel, previously out of print in the U.S.

Out June 24

Hard Days Night.jpgRichard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (#711) brought The Beatles to the silver screen and the Fab Four dominated with their music and personality like they did all the other forms of media.  Reminiscent of the comedic anarchy found in the work of the Marx Brothers, the film is a classic. Songs featured included the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell.”  New to the Criterion Collection and available in dual-format and DVD only, this edition comes with:   

  • New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options—a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records—presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray (dual-format only)
  • Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew (dual-format only)
  • In Their Own Voices, a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
  • You Can’t Do That: The Making of “A Hard Day’s Night,” a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
  • Things They Said Today, a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others (dual-format only)
  • New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director (dual-format only)
  • The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan (dual-format only)
  • Anatomy of a Style, a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing (dual-format only)
  • New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years—Volume One (dual-format only)
  • Deleted scene (dual-format only)
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
  • More!

Which ones are you looking forward to getting?

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