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Criterion Announces September Titles

Posted June 17, 2013 04:36 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced seven titles for Blu-ray release in September. On September 10th, the studio will release Edouard Molinaro's La Cage aux Folles (1978) and Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965). On September 17th, the studio will release Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata (1978) and Richard Linklater's Slacker (1991). And on September 24th, it will release thee films by Roberto Rossellini starring Ingrid Bergman.

La Cage aux Folles

Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault)—a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez—agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato's son's fiancee come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro's La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there's nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with director Edouard Molinaro
  • Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles
  • New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre
  • French and U.S. trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein
  • More!
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with a beautiful librarian, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt's career.

Special Features:
  • New, high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New, exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris
  • The Secret Center: John le Carré, a 2000 BBC documentary on the author's life and work
  • Interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series Acting in the '60s, conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan
  • Audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
  • Gallery of set designs
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow
Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema's two great Bergmans—Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca. The grand dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for beat in ferocity by the filmmaker's recurring lead Liv Ullmann as her eldest daughter. Over the course of a long, painful night that the two spend together after an extended separation, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship. This cathartic pas de deux, evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors by the great Sven Nykvist, ranks among Ingmar Bergman's major dramatic works.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003
  • Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie
  • The Making of "Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production
  • New interview with actor Liv Ullmann
  • A 1981 conversation between actor Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Trailer
  • English-dubbed track
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Slacker

Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.

Special Features:
  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photo­graphy Lee Daniel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew
  • It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by the director
  • Woodshock, a 1985 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel
  • Casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the more-than-100-member cast
  • "The Roadmap," the working script for Slacker, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes (DVD)
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes (Blu-ray)
  • Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary reunion
  • Early film treatment
  • Home movies
  • Ten-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin café Les Amis
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos (DVD only)
  • Slacker culture essay by Linklater (DVD only)
  • Information about the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings (DVD only)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by author and film­maker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman
3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman

In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so moved by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents. The resulting collaboration produced a series of films that are works of both sociopolitical concern and metaphysical melodrama, each starring Bergman as a woman experiencing physical dislocation and psychic torment in postwar Italy. It also famously led to a scandalous affair and eventual marriage between filmmaker and star, and the focus on their personal lives in the press unfortunately overshadowed the extraordinary films they made together. Stromboli, Europe '51, and Journey to Italy are intensely personal portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actor at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition.

Stromboli

The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman's existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian refugee (Bergman) marries a simple Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) she meets in a prisoner of war camp and accompanies him back to his isolated village on an island off the coast of Sicily. Cut off from the world, she finds herself crumbling emotionally, but she is destined for a dramatic epiphany. Balancing the director's trademark neorealism (exemplified here in a remarkable depiction of the fishermen's lives and work) with deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation.

Special Features:
  • New digital film restoration of the English-language version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer of the Italian-language version, Stromboli terra di Dio, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival television introduction by director Roberto Rossellini
  • New interview with film critic Adriano Aprà
  • Rossellini Under the Volcano, a 1998 documentary that returns to the island of Stromboli fifty years after the making of Stromboli
  • New English subtitle translation
Europe '51

Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed socialite in Rome racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the city's poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity. The intense, often unfairly overlooked Europe '51 was, according to Rossellini, a retelling of his own The Flowers of St. Francis from a female perspective. This unabashedly political but sensitively conducted investigation of modern sainthood was the director's favorite of his films.

Special Features:
  • New digital film restoration of the English-language version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New digital film restoration of the Italian-language version, Europa '51, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival television introduction by director Roberto Rossellini
  • New interview with critic Adriano Aprà
  • New interview with film historian Elena Degrada about the different versions of Europe '51
  • New interviews with Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Rossellini, daughters of Roberto Rossellini and Bergman (DVD)
  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a 2005 short film, directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini (DVD)
  • New interview with Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini's niece, featuring home movies shot by Bergman (DVD)
  • The Chicken, a 1952 short film by Roberto Rossellini, starring Bergman (DVD)
  • New English subtitle translation
Journey to Italy

Among the most influential dramatic works of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini's Journey to Italy charts the declining marriage of a couple (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) from England while on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just an anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini's masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist films of Michelangelo Antonioni; hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinéma; and named by director Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark.

Special Features:
  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival television introduction by director Roberto Rossellini
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Laura Mulvey
  • New visual essays about Rossellini by scholars Tag Gallagher and James Quandt
  • New interview with critic Adriano Aprà
  • Ingrid Bergman Remembered, a 1996 documentary on the actor's life, narrated by her daughter Pia Lindstrom
  • A Short Visit with the Rossellini Family, a six-minute film shot on Capri while the family was there during the production of Journey to Italy
  • New interviews with Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Rossellini, daughters of Roberto Rossellini and Bergman (Blu-ray)
  • Rossellini Through His Own Eyes, a 1992 documentary on the filmmaker's approach to cinema, featuring archival interviews with Rossellini and actor Ingrid Bergman (Blu-ray)
  • New interview with Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini's niece, featuring home movies shot by Bergman
  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a 2005 short film, directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini (Blu-ray)
  • The Chicken, a 1952 short film by Roberto Rossellini, starring Bergman (Blu-ray)



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News comments (84 comments)



Bruisermoore
  Jun 17, 2013
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Nice releases, especially the Bergman box set.

Khronikos
  Jun 17, 2013
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Criterion, don't ever tap into that American line of great films from the 60-90s. DON'T DO IT. We wouldn't want you to print any interesting releases now would we. Same old stuff on DVD mostly. Bergman stuff is mildly interesting to me and I have seen Sonata too many times. Slacker is just meh. It seems with every chance to release a great indie film they pick something like this that is OKAY. Well, whatever I guess. Far better directors and thousands of films I would have picked before friggin' Slacker. Oh wells.

Brad1963
  Jun 17, 2013
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Superb list of films as usual. Criterion has really delivered this year.
ckyrico
  Jun 17, 2013
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This is a killer slate! Autumn Sonata is an automatic preorder, Slacker's on my wishlist

joie
  Jun 17, 2013
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Is Laura Mulvey's commentary on "Journey to Italy" the same one that's on BFI's DVD and, presumably, on its upcoming Blu-ray?

redskys
  Jun 17, 2013
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Spy Who Came In From the Cold! Yes! Thank you Criterion.
nitin
  Jun 17, 2013
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Spy Who Came in From the Cold!!!!

the Bergman boxset is also a must have.

Tom Servo
  Jun 17, 2013
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Eh, I'll get Spy eventually.

Khronikos, you must learn: Thou Shalt Not Dissent! Lockstep-goosestep for all things Criterion, or be smitethed, or something.
Raphdude
  Jun 17, 2013
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La Cage Aux Folles is a comedy classic. Bravo to Criterion for releasing this. Day 1 purchase for me!!!!!!

GC Riot
  Jun 17, 2013
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Obligatory "Where's The Life Aquatic!?" comment.

ShellOilJunior
  Jun 17, 2013
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4 Ingrid Bergman films in one month. I'm in for all 4.

dmarvin
  Jun 17, 2013
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Not the strongest slate they've announced, but I always welcome a Linklater film making it to BD (I'm still waiting for a Me & Orson Welles BD stateside). And Bergman fans are probably doing cartwheels! I'm still hoping for Scanners and Eraserhead, but October would be a great time for both.

GaragePoet
  Jun 17, 2013
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never seen "La Cage aux Folles," but would love to see "The Birdcage" make its way to blu-ray!

Arkadin
  Jun 17, 2013
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amazing lineup!
total home run Criterion!
lokipei
  Jun 17, 2013
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Huge upgrade for Autumn Sonata, especially this - The Making of "Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production

PBateman87
  Jun 17, 2013
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I'm in for Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Slacker.

Atreyu
  Jun 17, 2013
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Maybe La Cage aux Folles, as my hubby loves the Americanized "The Birdcage", and this one, the original, IMO, is far superior.

Namuhana
  Jun 17, 2013
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I'm definitely interested in the Ingrid Bergman films; I haven't seen any of them, but I loved her in some of her other films.

InspectorLupus
  Jun 17, 2013
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So Slacker and the Bergman box set have DVD-exclusive special features?

BluPix
  Jun 17, 2013
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Another strong lineup from Criterion — as usual.

I'm especially looking forward to La Cage aux Folles, Autumn Sonata and the Rosselini-Bergman box set, which contains two films whose blu-ray releases I've been looking forward to: Stromboli and Journey to Italy.

I'll eventually pick them all up.

starman15317
  Jun 17, 2013
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Yes, Slacker!!

MTRodaba2468
  Jun 17, 2013
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Well it looks like I'll have to hang onto my DVD set of Slacker for the extras that didn't get ported over (although it looks like the Blu-Ray does include deleted scenes)...

xsam22
  Jun 17, 2013
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They NEED to release a Blu-ray edition of "My Own Private Idaho."

mikesncc1701
  Jun 18, 2013
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I LOVE Autumn Sonata. Up there with my favorite Bergmans and even my top favorite films. Will be glad to buy this on blu!
redunbeck
  Jun 18, 2013
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InspectorLupus - in regards to Slacker, yes. In regards to the Bergman boxset, no. If you read it carefully, the DVD and blu sets have all the same extras, just slightly different placement (certain extras are on one film's disc in the DVD set and another's in the blu set, probably some re-jiggering due to space limitations with the blu set being only 3 discs compared to five for the DVD set).

jimmybearlondon
  Jun 18, 2013
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La Cage Aux Folles is a great surprise - the DVD that's out in the UK currently looks like it was transferred through a tray of Vaseline so finally having a crisp picture and copious extras will be most welcome!

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Jun 18, 2013
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again nothing for me

mjcavinder
  Jun 18, 2013
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more Chaplin please

Bucky
  Jun 18, 2013
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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold for sure. Might get the Bergman set further down the line.

skyofcrack
  Jun 18, 2013
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Good batch. Can't wait for the official announcement of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.

http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=436836#p436836

unclejay73
  Jun 18, 2013
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You're boring me, Criterion! Come on, go against the grain!

That said, "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" definitely!!

movieman1979
  Jun 18, 2013
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Slacker!! Excellent, been waiting for this one. More Linklater on Criterion blu ray is never a bad thing. Hope it retains the same packaging as the DVD from Criterion (which, if Dazed and Confused is any indication, it should). I'm still holding out foolish hope that Criterion will one day get a hold of Linklater's 'Before...' movies.

bookcase
  Jun 18, 2013
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La Cage aux Folles is a nice surprise!

dlevine
  Jun 18, 2013
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can't wait for the Rosselinni/Bergman set!
faornelas
  Jun 18, 2013
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It will be the Ingrid Bergman's month! Love Autumn Sonata, although i prefer the old art cover than this one.
blu beaver
  Jun 18, 2013
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Solid month, but why has Criterion stopped upgrading the Kurosawa catalog to blu? I think Rashomon was the only one this year. High and Low was the only one last year. I wonder if they're having rights issues or if they just don't care. I know there are hundreds of other worthy filmmakers whose work deserves release, but Kurosawa should be top priority; for what other artist did they do a career-spanning box set with nearly all his films?

MikeyHitchFan
  Jun 18, 2013
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No Hitchcock again. The rest of these..meh.

Yojimbo
  Jun 18, 2013
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@blu beaver, Rashomon was actually last year in November. I remember people complaining that Criterion was releasing too much Kurosawa, but now it appears that Bergman has 8 and Kurosawa has 6. I like Bergman's films, but I can't help but feel a break is needed, especially since Wild Strawberries just came out and now we have another just announced. Kurosawa is among my favorites and at this rate, we may not even get half of his films on blu-ray, though don't get me wrong. I still enjoy much of what Criterion is releasing.

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repete66211
  Jun 18, 2013
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Slacker is such an unbelievable bad, steaming pile of feces, as awful as Dazed & Confused is overrated. Ugh, every time I start regarding Criterion as tops they go and release some dog shit title like this. The Spy... and The Bird Cage are pleasant surprises though.

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deepbreathsanddeath
  Jun 18, 2013
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@yojimbo

I agree. If they don't step it up with Kurosawa films, it doesn't look like we will get half his films out on blu-ray. They're being slow with some others (Chaplin immediately comes to mind) but there is just SO damn much Kurosawa that needs to be released. Seriously, if they just stepped it up to 2 (or even 3 but that's expecting too much) it would give me hope that most of Kurosawa will make it to blu-ray.

Cinemave
  Jun 18, 2013
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Still no Derzu Uzala or Dodesukaden :-(
blu beaver
  Jun 18, 2013
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Derzu and Dodes are amazing films, to be sure, but we're still not even getting some of his MAIN films... that's what blows my mind most of all. These aren't some minor works I'm talking about; The Hidden Fortress, Ikiru, The Bad Sleep Well, Red Beard, Throne of Blood (and to a lesser extent The Lower Depths, Stray Dog, Drunken Angel and the two mentioned above). I mean, come on. With all this 4K technology rearing its head I start to worry that Kurosawa's catalog will never see the light of day on blu. At this rate, it will take about 15 years (no joke) to get his catalog out in hi def. I really hope they're secretly readying a blu upgrade of the whole box set.

Regarding Bergman, I think it's nice that all of these titles are showing up, but where is The Virgin Spring? Is it too obvious for them to release? I love Criterion, but sometimes I wonder what they're thinking. Naturally, you can't please everybody - but with Kurosawa it's pretty safe to say you're gonna please pretty darn close to everyone.

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Sopranogl
  Jun 18, 2013
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Where the ---- is RoboCop already?!
insomniac013
  Jun 18, 2013
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I never even heard of any of these.

Cinemave
  Jun 18, 2013
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a great movie, very bleak, but Burton is perfect for the roll. I don't think I'll buy it though...

DFS61
  Jun 18, 2013
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@insomniac013: YIKES!!! you must be REALLY young -- like maybe born in the 90's...??? (haha! just kidding!)

"la cage aux folles" is definitely a surprise. and a very pleasant one, too...! i can still remember seeing it in a theater when it first came out. i've seen it a dozen times, and it's still incredibly hilarious, esp. that "buttering the toast" scene.... a classic!! it's interesting, though, to put "la cage" on blu since it was shot in soft-focus.... still, i'm upgrading from my dvd....

i'd love to see more fellini -- maybe "satyricon" or "casanova"??? -- and maybe even some lumet, like "prince of the city" or "equus"....

damn, there's just too many films out there that deserve criterion's white-glove treatment...!!!

ifireun
  Jun 18, 2013
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John le Carre is welcome anytime! All excellent films/choices.
RICKBONDOO7
  Jun 18, 2013
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Where is Oliver Twist already ?? and Spartacus ?? I want to upgrade the old dvds criterion.

Donnie D
  Jun 18, 2013
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WHOA...La Cage Aux Folles!!! I can't believe it and by Criterion! AWESOME. Love this film. Funny thing is that the movie scared me when I was a kid.

What an unexpected pleasant surprise. I didn't think it would get a blu ray release and thought if it was to be released, it wouldn't be spectacular. This makes me very happy indeed. Superb that it is being done by Criterion!
ufso
  Jun 18, 2013
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Would like to see them release their "MONSTERS AND MADMEN" (The Atomic Submarine/First Man into Space/The Haunted Strangler/Corridors of Blood) in the correct OAR!
ufso
  Jun 18, 2013
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Would like to see them release their "MONSTERS AND MADMEN" (The Atomic Submarine/First Man into Space/The Haunted Strangler/Corridors of Blood) in the correct OAR!

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stringer
  Jun 18, 2013
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Was hoping for Wes Anderson movies
AmazingRando
  Jun 18, 2013
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Slacker is one of my favorites. Far better than the chumps on here are saying. I wish they had been able to pair it with Waking Life, another challenging Linklater film in the same vein. Maybe the rights are tied up with the studio.

PBateman87
  Jun 18, 2013
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@ stringer

Of course you were. Four movies on Criterion Blu by the same director is not enough for you people.

JRob
  Jun 18, 2013
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After buying 21 Criterion titles recently, I must admit that I am THRILLED to see that there's nothing here that I must have Thanks, Criterion!
JohnnyFontane
  Jun 18, 2013
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I wish they'd release more Kurosawa films. Ikiru, Red Beard, Throne of Blood, The Lower Depths, Stray Dog, The Bad Sleep Well

Mr. Joshua
  Jun 18, 2013
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Where's Time Bandits and Scanners?

Rich Pure Doom
  Jun 18, 2013
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People on this forum will complain about anything. The Rosselini films are classics.

HD Canuck
  Jun 18, 2013
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Someone tell Criterion to get Zissou out of the f@!#$*% water. He's got crazy eye! Esteban was eaten.

Pilgermann
  Jun 19, 2013
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It's redundant to say but, yeah, you can't please everybody. I'd be happy with a new Kurosawa release every month until they've hit them all, but a break from them is OK. I don't think there's ever been a time when they haven't released at least something worth discovering.

I am kinda surprised that they haven't given any Douglas Sirk films a blu-ray upgrade, though, and if we're gonna mention our wishlists I'd love to see Carnival of Souls (October would be good timing!).

alien2010
  Jun 19, 2013
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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, a brilliant film from a masterful novel. Pre-ordering it as soon as its available on DVD World USA. Tempted to get La Cage aux Folles, will see if I have enough cash, got a few Arrow pre-orders coming through.

Khronikos
  Jun 19, 2013
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Ahhh, Kurosawa, not an overrated director! but his films simply don't hold up today as much as they are lauded to be. I have seen enough of this man to know I don't want Criterion filling their slates with every film he has. If Criterion wants to become the Kurosawa factory then change the name. His films don't sell that much beyond the main couple.
But of course we give people a pass when they are excellent directors. I like his style. I don't like many of his films though. I still find it strange how some critics cling to the past as if it were still all just as relevant today. Nothing wrong with nostalgia but it does cloud the brain. Fact. He was innovative for sure. So was Bergman, Godard, etc. That doesn't mean we need ALL of their films when so many deserve their place.

That being said Sonata will be hard to stay away from barring any major problems.

LloydChristmas
  Jun 19, 2013
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More Linklater! Yes!
Icemouth
  Jun 19, 2013
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Buying all of them.

But I wish every Criterion every month was Kurosawa. I mean being the most overrepresented director in their BluRay line isn't enough, I think they should ONLY do Kurosawa.

After all the amazing Anderson of course

Yojimbo
  Jun 19, 2013
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@ Icemouth,
Kurosawa, who has six titles, is no longer the most overrepresented on blu-ray. Bergman now has eight films on blu-ray from Criterion.

Yojimbo
  Jun 19, 2013
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@Khronikos,
You ranted about all these "old" films Criterion releases last month, so I'm curious. The films you love today...will you just brush those aside years from now because they are nothing but "nostalgia"? Would you yourself not be "clinging to the past", as you so put it?

Xenonas
  Jun 19, 2013
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Would be lovely if Criterion could get rights to The Killer and Hard Boiled again...

KevsHardLemonade
  Jun 19, 2013
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Where is Eraserhead, De Palma's Sisters, and Scanners? People are camoring for these and yet they are releasing far less interesting films this month. C'mon, lets get some David Lynch, Cronenberg, and definitely ERASERHEAD!

Bluyoda
  Jun 19, 2013
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What? No Naked Gun sequels??? Very disappointed. JK. Would love to see more Kurosawa and Chaplin releases, as well as Walter Hill's Crossroads.

hedliniv
  Jun 19, 2013
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Kurosawa Dreams would be a very nice release. I wish it would happen.....
bigbadwoppet
  Jun 19, 2013
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I grew up hearing praise about The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and when I finally got to see him some years ago it was one of the biggest disappointments as a film watcher. Ritt got the tone of the movie completely wrong. I can see how people found it interesting back in its day because it was filmed as an anti-espionage movie but that same novelty factor has been extremely unkind to it. It's boring and unengaging, the complete opposite to le Carré's wonderful novel, which feels like it was written yesterday. I always find it annoying that Criterion chooses to waste their very tight list of releases on films like this and quite honestly, to give it priority over some of the jewels in their catalogue languishing in SD gives me this feeling that the guys have lost course. Ecelectic does not equal important.

Lacrymosa
  Jun 19, 2013
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Hopefully they appropriately announce Eraserhead, Scanners, and The Tenant for October bluray releases.
I've been waiting forever for Eraserhead and Scanners specifically.

Black Sunshine
  Jun 20, 2013
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why cant they get "The Fountain'!! I would love a Criterion release of this Film. and Warner Bros. doesnt seem to interested in doing anything with it. Cmon Criterion!!

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ArnoldLayne56
  Jun 20, 2013
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Just watched my DVD of The Spy... on my 106" screen. It did have some dirt etc, but was certainly watchable and decent. Not sure if I would spring for a Criterion of it but will see how the rave reviews go! It's a slow film but with a good payoff ending.

Tybo28
  Jun 20, 2013
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Grey Gardens. Teased and never delivered.

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repete66211
  Jun 21, 2013
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Grey Gardens has to be one of the most over-hyped works on the goddam planet. It's cute and quirky...ONCE.

the revelator
  Jun 21, 2013
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Slacker - day 1!!!!!
ZoetMB
  Jun 21, 2013
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Why do people think Criterion can release any film they want? Criterion can only release films where they are able to obtain the rights. And they usually can only do so when the original studio, assuming they have a consumer distribution arm, feels that the film won't make any money for them if they release it themselves, so they let Criterion have it for a royalty (and usually an advance against that royalty up-front).

So complaining about films that Criterion hasn't released yet on Blu is absurd because they may never get those rights. Even if they already have the DVD rights, the Blu rights have to be negotiated for unless the original contract stated something like "in all consumer media, both that exists today and that which will exist in the future." And even once they have the rights, they still have to find quality film sources, etc.

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Thus Spake Zathras
  Jun 21, 2013
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For those who've mentioned Eraserhead, it's been out in Australia for some time and is region free. Picture quality is superb by any standard, irrespective of it's low budget art school origins. Included is a movie length interview with Mr Lynch that is worth the price all by itself.

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reelgeek
  Jun 22, 2013
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I wonder how much the Rosselini-Bergman box set will be (on release day)?

earmullet
  Jun 22, 2013
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Seriously, where is Samurai Spy already!!!????

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DetroitSquirreL
  Jun 24, 2013
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DVD ONLY extras on 'slacker' ???? in this day and age???

Croweyes1121
  Jun 24, 2013
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Come on, Criterion. Release Linklater's "Before" Trilogy.

Lino11
  Jun 27, 2013
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold... is that the one with Mike Myers??


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