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Criterion Announces May Titles

Posted February 15, 2013 03:20 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in May. On May 7th, the studio will release Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964). On My 14th, it will release Delmer Daves' Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). A week later, it will release Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969). And on May 28th, it will release Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet (1990).

Band of Outsiders

Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard's most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakeably cool Madison dance sequence.

Special Features:
  • New digital master of Gaumont's recent high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Visual glossary of references and wordplay found in Band of Outsiders
  • Exclusive interviews with cinematographer Raoul Coutard and actor Anna Karina
  • Excerpts from a 1964 interview with director Jean-Luc Godard, including rare behind-the-scenes footage from the film
  • Filmmaker Agnès Varda's 1961 silent comedy Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald, starring Godard and Karina and featuring other members of the Band of Outsiders cast
  • Godard's original theatrical trailer and the 2001 U.S. rerelease trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by poet and critic Joshua Clover, Godard's character descriptions for the film's 1964 press book, and an interview with the director from the same year
Jubal

A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, and Rod Steiger form the center of Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves. In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine's bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner's bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman's responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychology intensity to this western, a vivid melodrama featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones
3:10 to Yuma

In this beautifully shot and acted, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw, played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford, to the train that will take him to prison. This apparently simple plan turns into a nerve-racking cat-and-mouse game that will test each man's particular brand of honor. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard, 3:10 to Yuma is a thrilling, humane action movie, directed by the supremely talented studio filmmaker Delmer Daves with intense feeling and precision.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with author Elmore Leonard and Glenn Ford's son and biographer, Peter Ford
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones
Medium Cool

It's 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. His debut feature, Medium Cool, plunges us into that moment. With its mix of scripted fiction and seat-of-the-pants documentary technique, this story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral, lasting cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.

Special Features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Haskell Wexler, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring Wexler, actor Marianna Hill, and editor Paul Golding, the other featuring historian Paul Cronin
  • New interview with Wexler
  • Look Out Haskell, It's Real!, a fifty-five-minute documentary about the making of Medium Cool, produced by Cronin and featuring interviews with Wexler, Golding, actors Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, and Robert Forster, Chicago historian Studs Terkel, and others
  • Excerpts from Sooner or Later, a documentary by Cronin about Harold Blankenship, who plays the adolescent Harold in the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic and programmer Thomas Beard
Life is Sweet

This moving film from Mike Leigh is an intimate, invigorating, and amusing portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London—an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). In it, Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extra­ordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father's desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight. Perched on the line between humor and melancholy, Life Is Sweet is captivating, and it was Leigh's first international sensation.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London
  • More!
  • PLUS: A booket featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt



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News comments (72 comments)


benricci
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Meh...

JohnCarpenterLives
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Life is Sweet and Medium Cool! Not the most exciting releases, but definitely some interesting films!

rkolinski
 - Feb 15, 2013

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All in for the two Glenn Ford movies!

Arkadin
 - Feb 15, 2013

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what a line-up!
outstanding! love seeing those western classics appear along with more Godard.
great month!!!

BluPix
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Looks as if Criterion is delving more and more into Westerns. In my book, that's a good thing.

Especially intriguing from this latest lineup are 3:10 to Yuma (1957; an upgrade from my existing DVD and a surprise for me) Band of Outsiders (more Godard is always a good thing) and Medium Cool (I love when films blur genre lines and conventions) but, really, all five of them interest me.

PBateman87
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Peter Bonerz, hehe...gets me every time.

Brad1963
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Nice list. Nice to see the Band of Outsiders upgrade. Glad I did not import the Gaumont French release. I'm probably going to get all 5 releases in May.

Maxim09
 - Feb 15, 2013

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I hope they release life aquatic with steve zissou and le samourai this year.

bluknight1
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Oh crap, another Gaumont restoration. Brace for a DNR disaster with Band of Outsiders. Ona positive note, I'm in for Jubal and 3:10 to Yuma!

pro-bassoonist
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Gaumont's actual restorations are more than fine. What suffered in recent months were transfers using the restos. Now this has also been fixed with the studio's latest batch of titles.

Band of Outsiders from Criterion will look spectacular on Blu-ray!

Pro-B

Richard Graham
 - Feb 15, 2013

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dj_intrepid
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Looking forward to seeing all of these!

MikeyHitchFan
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Where the hell is Eraserhead?

bingtau
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Yawn.

bookcase
 - Feb 15, 2013

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majorkonig41
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Band of Outsiders is an absolute must own.

JoeBuck
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So down for 3:10 to Yuma. One of the best westerns ever.
Might check out Medium Cool as theres been quite a bit of talk about it and if the restoration is actually good then Im totally in for upgrading my copy of Band Of Outsiders.

Ray_Rogers
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Richard Graham: Those two were originally Laserdisc and DVD too. Tons of other films which were on Laserdisc through Criterion you'd honestly be scratching your head at if they released them now on Blu-ray disc.

3:10 to Yuma and Jubal for me. Glenn Ford is a great actor. Still waiting on an announcement when they'll release 4K remastered for SPARTACUS and other titles they've released on both Laserdisc and DVD.

jw007
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Nice to see more Mike Leigh on Criterion Blu-Ray! His contemporary films are wonderful.

I*heart*Criterion
 - Feb 15, 2013

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Still no Spice World or Jack and Jill....

omahajon
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3:10 to Yuma for sure. The rest will be seen but as for a buy, wait and see.

Swift1246
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I wish they would release catalog titles more often. Instead of 5 or 6 tiles a month, what about 9 or 10 with half of them upgrades.

rafaelsalguero
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3:10 to Yuma and Jubal for me.
Still waiting on an announcement when they'll release 4K remastered for SPARTACUS, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and GIGLI

dannalexcon
 - Feb 15, 2013

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A decent line-up, but still one of Criterions lesser monthly announcements in a long time, especially if you compare it to their great batch of titles announced last month.

Lordy
 - Feb 15, 2013

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I'll bite. Don't see what all the complaining is about...although I'd sure like to see The Ice Storm blu-ray upgrade too!

Genji Press
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"Look out, Haskell! It's real!"

BHolst
 - Feb 15, 2013

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@Richard Graham
I am not really sure about it, but I think the reason for this might be that they have to re-negotiate distribution rights for Blu-ray. They do not automatically inherit distribution rights for BR because they had them for DVD.

Somebody more in the know (Pro-B?) might be able to verify if it is like that or not.

brainofj72
 - Feb 15, 2013

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JUBAL!!!! Holy shit!!! Fantastic news!

nitin
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there was a time though when they were putting out 8-9 discs regularly a month out of which 2-3 would be upgrades. Not sure what happened.

Anthrowolf
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macdaddydo
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Different strokes******* I'm looking forward to Jubal and 3:10 To Yuma. Finally some quality westerns!!!

nathanp
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Band of Outsiders for sure, love that movie.

Gardenofstone10
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oh my god HELLYEAH! I love these movies, 310 to Yuma and Life is Sweet, loooooves it! I was wondering when they'd announce May titles, I can't wait to see what else they release this year

toddly6666
 - Feb 15, 2013

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zzzz.....zzzzzzz

PaddyMcAloon
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Band of Outsiders - finally!

......now, let's see Jules and Jim and Elevator to the Gallows get the blu treatment.

DjMethod
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Band of Outsiders DAY ONE!......













.... of the next B&N sale!!

Still hoping for Hiroshima Mon Amour, Bicycle Thief, and Viridiana.

^Elevator to the Gallows would be great too.

ChadFL
 - Feb 15, 2013

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I'm usually high on Criterion releases, but this slate of releases is really bad.

jj5206
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brainofj72
 - Feb 15, 2013

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To anyone thinking that Criterion will ever release The Rock or Armageddon on Blu-ray: it's never going to happen. They only released the DVDs to save themselves from going under. They are not going to remind people they released them, trust me.

PBateman87
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alien2010
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WHERE IS LE SAMOURAI? One film that's crying out for an HD transfer. Although it would be nice for Criterion to release Eraserhead, the region locked Universal release is not too bad.

Psycho Taxi Driver
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I pass as well
I have heard that Scanners will be released this year can anyone confirm or deny this?

Scholer
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Very Mediocre Wave

insomniac013
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Loads more interesting titles out there begging for the Criterion treatment. Pass!

JHas
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Medium Cool ahhhh yeah!

cad1981
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ilovenola2
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Great to see some respect for long-time star Glenn Ford!

ZoetMB
 - Feb 16, 2013

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Bholst: You're absolutely correct.

I develop rights management systems for the industry and DVD rights do not automatically mean BD rights unless the contract had language like "DVD and all other media, including that existing today and that which will exist in the future" which most old contracts did not have because content owners are usually unwilling to include such terms because they don't know what the not-yet-existing delivery format is going to be worth. It would be like negotiating now for a holographic version of the movie.

People on this site seem to think that Criterion just needs to push a button and the product magically appears on the shelf. It's a lot of work to get a title ready for release and Criterion is a much smaller company than the big movie studios. Some also seem to think that Criterion can publish any title they want - that they can buy the rights to anything. That's simply not the way the industry works.

It makes me laugh when anyone writes, "Well where's (insert title here)?"

DFS61
 - Feb 16, 2013

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DFS61
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Oops, I was wrong! Haskell's film gets an 8.1 rating. Still, though, I suppose one would have to be a real cinephile to know about it.... (I'm just a mini-cinephile.)

repete66211
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jimmybing
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Mateus Denardin
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OMG! 3:10 TO YUMA, superb!

hoytereden
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I was hoping for The Lord of the Flies upgrade so I'm a little disappointed. I'll still probably p/u 3:10 to Yuma, Band of Outsiders, and Medium Cool at some point but nothing here is a day 1 purchase.

Lino11
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Just a heads up: Hulu is showing literally every Criterion release ever on their website for free. You don't need Hulu Plus and Eraserhead is available to watch.

Sopranogl
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Where's "RoboCop"?

metamorphic
 - Feb 17, 2013

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Anna Karina on Blu-Ray is always a delight.

spiderwing
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Glad to see Criterion has included these memorable westerns in their catalog.

swansong
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3:10 to Yuma is a superb western on every level. This will be day one for me. I really like the cover too.

mjcavinder
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Blodiak
 - Feb 17, 2013

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Godard YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChuckNorrisHero
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BAND OF OUTSIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheJeff
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Can't believe that someone made the comment that "Life is Sweet does not need blu-ray treatment." Putting aside the absurd notion that only certain types of films "need" Blu-ray releases, Life as Sweet has never been released on *any* disc format in the U.S. It's essential.

DVD Phreak
 - Feb 17, 2013

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Another BANNER MONTH for Criterion.

The 4K scan for Medium Cool is nice, but I don't know how much better it would make it look. I've seen the film on VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and on TV, and it never looked really nice and crisp, befitting the look of a docudrama.

pickfair
 - Feb 18, 2013

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hellooooo, Criterion...anybody home? - Altman's SHORT CUTS & Pabst's PANDORA'S BOX - how can you continually ignore the best titles in your catalogue??

thrillmygorilla
 - Feb 18, 2013

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I always get a kick out the comments for the criterion announcements.

focuspuller
 - Feb 18, 2013

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Life is sweet is great! Can't wait.

unclejay73
 - Feb 19, 2013

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Now we're talkin'!!

blu beaver
 - Feb 19, 2013

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Great titles! How about "The Hidden Fortress" blu-ray upgrade for once?! I wish Criterion would release Lindsay Anderson's "O Lucky Man!" and "Britannia Hospital" in a trilogy set with "If..." - one can only dream!

Tybo28
 - Feb 19, 2013

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I thought "Grey Gardens" was coming. Sad now.

ejo13
 - Feb 20, 2013

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OMG!! Not interested in ANY of these lol ......zzzzzzzzzzz

JohnBluray
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I was happy with 3:10 to Yuma, UNTIL I noticed it was the 1957 edition


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