Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the gross, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, and the darkly humorous. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring violinist jean luc ponty • director benjamin christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease • Short selection of outtakes • Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sources • PLUS: Essays by critic Chris Fujiwara and scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley, as well as remarks on the score by Anderson.
Häxan The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Christensen’s mix and match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn of the century psychiatric patients.
Matewan The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - S. When the town of matewan’s miners go on strike, organizer joe Kenehan Chris Cooper, Appalachia born and immigrant, uniting workers white and black, in his screen debut arrives to help them, while urging patience in the face of the coal company’s violent provocations. With a crackerjack ensemble cast—including james earl jones, mary mcdonnell, matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, and Will Oldham—and Oscar nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler In the Heat of the Night, David Strathairn, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.
Hamrah. Written and directed by john sayles lone star, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all out war in 1920 Director approved blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital restoration, and actors chris cooper, producer maggie renzi, will oldham, james earl jones, production designer nora chavooshian, supervised by director John Sayles, Mary McDonnell, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Audio commentary featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell Wexler • New documentary on the making of the film featuring Sayles, and David Strathairn • New interview with composer Mason Daring on the film’s soundtrack • New program on the film’s production design featuring Chavooshian • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic A.
Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg Underworld / The Last Command / The Docks of New YorkThe Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Fog enshrouded cinematography by harold rosson the wizard of oz, expressionist set design by Hans Dreier Sunset Boulevard, and sensual performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary director’s finest works, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of its era. The last command emil jannings the blue angel won the first best actor Academy Award for his performance as a sympathetic tyrant: an exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra who lands a role playing a version of his former tsarist self, bringing about his emotional downfall.
Further complicating matters is the attraction that blossoms between Feathers and an alcoholic former lawyer Clive Brook. Though best known for his later star making collaborations with actor Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films’ dark visions and innovative cinematography.
Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg Underworld / The Last Command / The Docks of New YorkThe Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - George bancroft stagecoach plays heavy bull weed, Feathers Evelyn Brent, gets him into hot water with a rival hood and, a criminal kingpin whose jealous devotion to his moll, ultimately, the authorities. Josef von sternberg’s the last command is a brilliantly realized silent melodrama and a witty send up of the Hollywood machine, grandly designed sets and effects, featuring virtuoso cinematography, and rousing Russian Revolution sequences.
Three blu ray special edition features • high definition digital restorations of all three films • six scores: by robert israel for all three films, and donald sosin and joanna seaton for the docks of new york • two video essays from 2010, one by ucla film professor janet bergstrom and the other by film scholar Tag Gallagher • Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, Alloy Orchestra for Underworld and The Last Command, and author and critic Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hecht’s original treatment for Underworld; and an excerpt from von Sternberg’s 1965 autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, scholar Anton Kaes, on actor Emil Jannings Underworld Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough is widely considered the film that launched the American gangster genre as we know it.
With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work and tightly wound screenplay based on a story by legendary scribe Ben Hecht who won an Oscar for it the first year the awards were given, Underworld solidified von Sternberg’s place as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents.
The Circus The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers. Blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital restoration of charlie chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by chaplin, and related outtakes with audio commentary by chaplin historian dan kamin • newly discovered outtakes featuring the tramp and the bareback rider • original recording of the film’s opening song, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance • Interview with Chaplin from 1969 • New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin • In the Service of the Story, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica • Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James • Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, ” a 2003 documentary on the film, “Swing, Little Girl, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron • Chaplin Today: “The Circus, ” by Ken Barrie • Footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere • Rerelease trailers • PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson .
The Circus The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way.
Despite its famously troubled production, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director performer’s career, this gag packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys.
Gamera: The Complete Collection Blu-rayArrow Video #ad - The original hero in a half-shell returns! For the first time ever worldwide, all twelve tales of the adventures of everyone s favourite titanic terrapin are collected together in one deluxe Blu-ray boxset. Limited collectors edition packaging, interviews with cast and crew, gamera 3: revenge of iris hours of new and archive bonus features, fully illustrated by matt frank all twelve uncut original japanese versions of the films in high definition, and the worldwide blu-ray premiere of gammera The Invincible the American theatrical version of the first film Hardback 120-page comic book including a full-color reprint of the four-issue Gamera comic series originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, David Kalat, housed in a large-format rigid box, expert commentaries including August Ragone, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, and the first-ever English-language printing of the prequel comic The Last Hope by Matt Frank and Joshua Bugosh Perfect-bound 80-page book including a new retrospective on the series by Patrick Macias, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, and Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski, with lossless Japanese and English audio 4K restorations of the critically acclaimed Heisei trilogy Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, and much more! FINAL SPECS TO BE CONFIRMED SOON .
Gamera: The Complete Collection Blu-ray #ad - This limited edition collectors set traces the decades-long evolution of Gamera, to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, from the friend of all children in his more light-hearted earlier films, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made.
Betty Blue The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - But as the increasingly erratic betty’s grip on reality begins to falter, Zorg finds himself willing to do things he never expected to protect both her fragile sanity and their tenuous existence. Adapted from the hit novel 37°2 le matin by philippe djian, crazy, jean-Jacques Beineix’s art-house smash—presented here in its extended director’s cut—is a sexy, careening joyride of a romance that burns with the passion and beyond-all-reason fervor of all-consuming love.
When the easygoing would-be novelist zorg jean-hugues anglade meets the tempestuous Betty Béatrice Dalle in a magnetic breakout performance in a sunbaked French beach town, adventure, it’s the beginning of a whirlwind love affair that sees the pair turn their backs on conventional society in favor of the hedonistic pursuit of freedom, and carnal pleasure.
Betty Blue The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Director-approved blu-ray special edition features • high-definition digital restoration, associate producer claudie ossard, approved by director jean-jacques beineix, ” a short video featuring beineix and author philippe djian • le chien de monsieur michel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Blue Notes and Bungalows, and composer Gabriel Yared • Making of “Betty Blue, cinematographer Jean-François Robin, a sixty-minute documentary from 2013 featuring Beineix, actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle, a short film by Beineix from 1977 • French television interview from 1986 with Beineix and Dalle • Dalle screen test • Trailers • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic Chelsea Phillips-Carr.
Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto Blu-rayArrow Video #ad - This exclusive collection gathers together eight feature-length films and two shorts from Tsukamoto s diverse filmography, including his most recent offering his samurai drama Killing, making its home video premiere. One of the most distinctive and celebrated names in modern Japanese cinema, there s no other filmmaker quite like Shinya Tsukamoto.
Since his early days as a teenager making Super 8 shorts, he has remained steadfastly independent, garnering widespread acclaim while honing his own unique and instantly recognizable aesthetic on the margins of the industry. Includes: tetsuo: the iron man, bullet ballet, tetsuo ii: body hammer, the adventure of denchu-kozo, vital, killing, A Snake of June, Tokyo Fist, Kotoko, Haze LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray 1080p presentations of all ten films Original lossless PCM 1.
Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto Blu-ray #ad - 0 mono audio on tetsuo: the iron man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer and Tokyo Fist Original lossless PCM 2. 0 stereo audio on bullet ballet and Haze Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5. 1 on a snake of june, vital, kotoko and Killing Optional lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5. 1 on bullet ballet optional english subtitles for all films audio commentaries by japanese cinema expert tom mes on all ten films, ian macewan, tommy pocket, tokyo fist, killing, a brand new visual essay on the films and style of shinya tsukamoto by japanese cinema expert jasper sharp multiple archival interviews with shinya tsukamoto, a snake of june, including brand new commentaries on Tetsuo, The Adventure of Denchu-kozo and Haze Brand new career-spanning interview with Shinya Tsukamoto An Assault on the Senses, Kotoko, covering every film in the collection Shooting A Snake of June, Peter Strain and Tony Stella Double-sided fold-out poster Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on the film s production Kaori Fuji at the Locarno Film Festival, Jacob Phillips, Tetsuo II, Gary Pullin, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on the film s production Archival The Making of Vital featurette Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Vital s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival Archival featurette on Vital s special effects The Making of Haze, an archival featurette focusing on Haze s lead actress Archival Background to The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo featurette Tokyo Fist, Chris Malbon, Bullet Ballet and Vital music clips Multiple trailers and image galleries Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, Jasper Sharp and Mark Schilling .
Frequently exploring themes of urban alienation, his films cross genre boundaries, physical transformation and psychosexual obsession, defying straightforward classification.
The Story of Temple Drake The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Steeped in southern gothic shadows by influential cinematographer karl Struss and shot through with moral ambiguity, trauma, whose passage through the stations of terror, The Story of Temple Drake is a harrowing vision of sin and salvation that boasts an astonishing lead performance from the fiery Hopkins, and redemption is a true tour de force of screen acting.
The Story of Temple Drake The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - When a boozehound date strands her at a bootleggers’ hideout, Temple is subjected to an act of nightmarish sexual violence and plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up completely. Blu ray special edition features • high definition digital restoration, along with archival materials relating to its production • new program with critic imogen sara smith about the complexity of the film and its central performance by Miriam Hopkins • New interview with critic Mick LaSalle about the film, censorship, about the film’s visual style, director of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • New program featuring a conversation between cinematographer John Bailey and Matt Severson, and the Production Code • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien .
Loosely adapted from william faulkner’s controversial novel Sanctuary, this notorious pre Code melodrama stars Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake, the coquettish granddaughter of a respected small town judge.
Cold War The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Iñàrritu • press conference featuring pawlikowski and Żal; actors joanna kulig, tomasz kot, and Borys Szyc; and producer Ewa Puszczynska • Documentaries from 2018 on the making of the film • Trailer • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek. Photographed in luscious monochrome and suffused with the melancholy of the simple folk song that provides a motif for the couple’s fateful affair, Paweł Pawlikowski’s timeless story—inspired by that of his own parents—is a heart stoppingly grand vision of star crossed love caught up in the tide of history.
This sweeping, discovers a captivating young singer named Zula Joanna Kulig, a musician on a state sponsored mission to collect folk songs, where Wiktor Tomasz Kot, delirious romance begins in the Polish countryside, in a performance for the ages. Director approved blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital master, supervised and approved by director Paweł Pawlikowski and director of photography Łukasz Żal, with 5.
Cold War The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - 1 surround dts hd master audio Soundtrack • New conversation between Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. Over the next fifteen years, to which he defects, their turbulent relationship will play out in stolen moments between two worlds: the jazz clubs of decadent bohemian Paris, repressive Communist Bloc, and the corrupt, where she remains—universes bridged by their passion for music and for each other.
When We Were Kings The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - When the main event was delayed, gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, extending Ali’s stay in Africa, capturing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America’s proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, grace, rounding out an academy award–winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, When We Were Kings features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, and defiance.
In 1974, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the rumble in the jungle, Leon Gast Our Latin Thing traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, organized by blacks, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title—“a fight between two blacks in a black nation, ” as a Kinshasa billboard put it.
When We Were Kings The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Blu-ray special edition features • new, restored 4K digital transfer, with 5. 1 surround dts-hd master audio soundtrack • soul power, a 2009 documentary about the zaire 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte • New interviews with producers Taylor Hackford and David Sonenberg • Interview from 1997 with director Leon Gast • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Kelefa Sanneh.
All About Eve The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - But as eve becomes a fixture in margo’s life, the broadway legend soon realizes that her supposed admirer intends to use her and everyone in her circle, including George Sanders’s acid tongued critic, as stepping stones to stardom. Geist; the other featuring author sam staggs • all about mankiewicz, ” a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with davis and others about the making of the film • documentaries from 2010 about mankiewicz’s life and career, a feature length documentary from 1983 about the director • Episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1969 and 1980 featuring actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill • New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen • Hollywood Backstories: “All About Eve, the short story on which the film is based and its real world inspiration, and a real life “Sarah Siddons Society” based on the film’s fictional society • Radio adaptation of the film from 1951 • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and the 1946 short story on which the film is based .
Mankiewicz’s son Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Two blu ray special edition features • 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Two audio commentaries from 2010, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s devastatingly witty Hollywood classic, backstage is where the real drama plays out.
All About Eve The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Featuring stiletto sharp dialogue and direction by mankiewicz, and an unforgettable Davis in the role that revived her career and came to define it, the multiple Oscar winning All About Eve is the most deliciously entertaining film ever made about the ruthlessness of show business. One night, margo channing bette davis entertains a surprise dressing room visitor: her most adoring fan, the shy, wide eyed Eve Harrington Anne Baxter.
In joseph L.