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Criterion Announces October Titles

Posted July 15, 2013 05:53 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced nine titles for Blu-ray release in October. On October 8th, the studio will release René Clair's I Married A Witch (1942). On October 15th, the studio will release Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1960). On October 22, it will release a box set with five films directed by John Cassavetes and Lewis Allen's The Uninvited (1944). And on October 29th, the studio will release Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte (1961).

I Married a Witch

Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them—a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). This most delightful of the films the innovative French director René Clair made in Hollywood is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio interview with director René Clair
  • Original Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair
Eyes without a Face

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here—of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty—that once seen are never forgotten.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franju's 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris (new high-definition digital restoration on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Archival interviews with Franju on horror, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts
  • New interview with actor Edith Scob (Blu-ray only)
  • Excerpt from Les Grands-pères du crime, a 1985 documentary about Eyes Without a Face writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
  • Trailers
  • Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material (DVD only)
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat
John Cassavetes: Five Films

John Cassavetes was a genius, a visionary, and the progenitor of American independent film, but that doesn't begin to get at the generosity of his art. A former theater actor fascinated by the power of improvisation, Cassavetes brought his search for truth in performance to the screen. The five films in this collection—all of which the director maintained total control over by financing them himself and making them outside the studio system—are electrifying and compassionate creations, populated by all manner of humanity: beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, children. Cassavetes has often been called an actor's director, but this body of work—even greater than the sum of its extraordinary parts—shows him to be an audience's director.

Shadows

John Cassavetes' directorial debut revolves around an interracial romance between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light-skinned black woman living in New York City with her two brothers, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship crumbles when Tony meets Lelia's brother Hugh (Hugh Hurd), a talented dark-skinned jazz singer struggling to find work, and discovers the truth about Lelia's racial heritage. Shot on location in Manhattan with a cast and crew made up primarily of amateurs, Cassavetes' Shadows is a visionary work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interviews with actress Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel
  • Rare silent 16 mm footage of John Cassavetes and Burt Lane's acting workshop
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1961 article by Cassavetes
Faces

The disintegration of a marriage is dissected in John Cassavetes' searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of captain of industry Richard (John Marley) and his wife, Maria (Lynn Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty marriage in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly powerful, nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, Faces confronts suburban alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Seventeen-minute alternate opening sequence, from an early edit of the film
  • Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps, from 1968, dedicated to Cassavetes, featuring rare interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Making "Faces", a 2004 documentary including interviews with actors Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography Al Ruban
  • Lighting & Shooting the Film, a study of the techniques and equipment used on Faces by Al Ruban
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Stuart Klawans
A Woman Under the Influence

John Cassavetes' devastating drama details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family's struggle to save her from herself. Starring Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands (in two of the most harrowing screen performances of the 1970s) as a married couple deeply in love yet unable to express that love in terms the other can understand, the film is an uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of the benchmark films of American independent cinema—a heroic document from a true maverick director.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring longtime John Cassavetes collaborators Michael Ferris (camera operator) and Bo Harwood (sound recordist/composer)
  • Video conversation between actors Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk
  • Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted in 1975
  • Trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones and an interview with Cassavetes from 1975
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

John Cassavetes engages film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays gentlemen's club owner Cosmo Vitelli, a man dedicated to pretenses of composure and self-possession. When he runs afoul of a group of gangsters, Cosmo is forced to commit a horrible crime in a last-ditch effort to save his beloved club and his way of life. Suspenseful, mesmerizing, and idiosyncratic, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is a thought-provoking examination of desperation and masculine identity.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of John Cassavetes' original 135-minute edit of the film
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes' 108-minute edit for the 1978 theatrical rerelease
  • Video interviews with star Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban
  • Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted after the film's release
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos
Opening Night

Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit that she is aging. When she witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront the personal and professional turmoil she faces in her own life. Featuring a moving performance by Rowlands (and with some scenes shot on stages with live audiences reacting freely to the writing and performing), John Cassavetes' Opening Night exposes the drama of an actress who at great personal cost makes a part her own.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound, and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video conversation between actors Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara
  • New video interview with director of photography and producer Al Ruban
  • Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson conducted after the film's release
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
A Constant Forge—The Life and Art of John Cassavetes

Charles Kiselyak's A Constant Forge—The Life and Art of John Cassavetes is a detailed journey through the career of one of film's greatest pioneers and iconoclasts. Assembled from candid interviews with Cassavetes' collaborators and friends, rare photographs, archival footage, and the director's own words, the film paints a revealing portrait of a man whose fierce love, courage, and dedication changed the face of cinema forever.

Special Features:
  • Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes used in many of his films, written by Tom Charity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks)
  • Poster gallery for Cassavetes' Faces, Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
The Uninvited

A pair of siblings (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they're caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen, was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young. A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night—this gothic Hollywood classic has it all.

Special Features:
  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
La Notte

This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni's follow-up to the epochal L'avventura. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Antonioni's muse Monica Vitti smolders as an industrialist's tempting daughter. Moodily sensual cinematography and subtly expressive performances make La notte an indelible illustration of romantic and social deterioration.

Special Features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with film critic Adriano Aprà and film historian Carlo Di Carlo
  • New interview with professor Giuliana Bruno on the role of architecture in La notte
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and a 1961 article by director Michelangelo Antonioni



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UNCMT9
  Jul 15, 2013
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Just The Uninvited for me. After this B&N sale, my wallet will thank me.

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BHolst
  Jul 15, 2013
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Looking forward to all of these, but mostly "Eyes without a Face". I have never seen it but has heard lots of good things!
filmczy
  Jul 15, 2013
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Eyes Without a Face is worth a blind buy...should look great in hi-def...

EVERYONE LIES
  Jul 15, 2013
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Veronica Lake is the shit
nitin
  Jul 15, 2013
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nice lineup although I have been getting the BFI Cassavetes as they were rolled out.

Namuhana
  Jul 15, 2013
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"I Married a Witch" is a fun film, and I've heard great things about the other films; after this B&N sale, though, I'll have to wait until their next sale in November to pick up some of these titles.

Phxsns1
  Jul 15, 2013
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Glad I held out on the Cassavetes set till it hit blu-ray! I'd love to get The Uninvited and Eyes Without a Face, as well. But seriously, no Eraserhead/Mulholland Drive for Halloween?

Brad1963
  Jul 15, 2013
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Another superb month from Criterion.
Steven_101
  Jul 15, 2013
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Eyes Without a Face and Opening Night for me!
lokipei
  Jul 15, 2013
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Disspointing they are not releasing the Constant Forge documentary that was on the Cassavetes DVD box set. Think I might get the BFI sets now to upgrade seeing that they have some different extras. Nothing much else standing out for me this month.

Edit - actually looking at Criterions website this is included. This should be updated as this is a major 200 min documentary and and excellent film in its own right.

Tybo28
  Jul 15, 2013
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I like many of these... but Grey Gardens? Please?
JohnnyFontane
  Jul 15, 2013
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I hope that someday soon I click on a "Criterion Announces ____ Titles" link and see "Ikiru" and "Red Beard" by Kurosawa.

indiansbsa
  Jul 15, 2013
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The Uninvited looks awesome but where is Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls?

hoytereden
  Jul 15, 2013
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Everything except I Married a Witch. Especially excited for La Notte; now bring on the other two of the Antonione trilogy!
penguin
  Jul 15, 2013
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Wish they would offer us Z and the Kaurismäki films

joie
  Jul 15, 2013
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"I Married a Witch" has a "New 2K digital restoration." "La Notte" has a "New 4K digital restoration." "Eyes Without a Face" has a "New high-definition digital restoration." And most of the Cassavetes titles have a "Restored high-definition digital transfer;" however, "The Uninvited" has a "New 2K digital film restoration."

Can anyone explain the differences betwen a "New high-definition digital restoration.," a "Restored high-definition digital transfer," and a "New 2K digital film restoration?"

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Monty70
  Jul 15, 2013
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I hope that I Married a Witch and The Uninvited are incorrectly priced at Criterion.com. I Married a Witch is a 77 min. film with one extra, and The Uninvited also has only one supplement.

These films should be at the $29.99 price point, not $39.99.

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Dubstar
  Jul 15, 2013
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color me unimpressed.

madmojo
  Jul 15, 2013
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Monty70, quite a few people brought that issue up on Criterion's facebook page, and those comments were deleted without comment.

Le samouraï13
  Jul 15, 2013
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Does anyone know why they don't release Le samouraï?? I hope it's a November release or a BIG last month release in December!!

MikeyHitchFan
  Jul 15, 2013
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No Hitchcock again!

Proghog
  Jul 15, 2013
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Waiting for Insomnia.

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Monty70
  Jul 15, 2013
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@Joie

"new high-def digital restoration" and "restored high-def digital transfer" are basically the same thing. 2K digital film restoration is done at a slightly higher resolution scan. 4K digital film restoration is even better.

HD = 1920 x 1080 pix.
2K = 2048 x 1080 pix.
4K = 4096 x 2160 pix.

High-def (HD 1080) < 2K <4K

4K has 4 times the pixels of 2K, but since we are still dealing with blu-ray these transfers are all "down scaled" to HD 1080x1920.
cad1981
  Jul 15, 2013
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Still no The Conformist?? And no announcement yet for Mulholland Drive?
F13BluRay
  Jul 15, 2013
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What a huge letdown! I cant wait for Mulholland Dr anymore. Think i will be importing

vanscottie
  Jul 15, 2013
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Not too bad. I like the Cassavettes EXCEPT "Opening Night" - damn that's a long boring pointless film! I'd rather buy the Cassavettes' separately

bingtau
  Jul 15, 2013
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Eyes Without A Face is one I'm looking forward to but still waiting for Insomnia, Vanishing, Le Samourai, and Throne of Blood.

Idiot E. Que
  Jul 15, 2013
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Welp, goodbye MoC pre-order of LA NOTTE then.

kong73
  Jul 15, 2013
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No Gloria?

PocosuTheCamel
  Jul 15, 2013
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October 8th is my birthday, so I'm smelling an October Criterion splurge! Eyes Without A Face is one I can't wait for!

HelmutNewton
  Jul 15, 2013
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Eyes Without A Face! Excellent!

jkonsol
  Jul 15, 2013
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Every month I wait for the Criterion releases hoping Chaplin's City Lights will finally get it's release. Oh well, there's always next month.
moviefiend
  Jul 15, 2013
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Every single one! I'm stoked!

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Dubstar
  Jul 15, 2013
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this would have the perfect month for 'The Innocents' - oh well, guess I'll just buy the UK import.
AmazingRando
  Jul 15, 2013
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Sweet, sweet, sweet, Cassavetes is long overdue on Blu-ray. Best American filmmaker ever.

Rate me low if you want, it's an opinion.
AmazingRando
  Jul 15, 2013
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@kong73 Gloria is apparently secured by another company, I have it on DVD. It was never released in the original Cassavetes Criterion set, and this one looks to be a straight Blu-ray upgrade of that.
wllm995
  Jul 15, 2013
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I Married a Witch - never seen it before; sounds like a good time to get it!
Eyes without a Face - seen it before; interested in the Blu-ray upgrade.
For the others...eh.

HanaBi
  Jul 15, 2013
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Wow, The Uninvited! Had no idea that was coming to BD. Love Eyes without a Face as well. Looking forward to checking out more Cassavetes, I've only seen Influence and Bookie (both great).
billyearle
  Jul 15, 2013
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Criterion is doing Mulholland Drive? Of course,just got the UK release last week.
Pretty nice line up here, too bad I want to get them all. Been waiting for an english friendly eyes without a face. No Lynch or Cronenberg, but still just enough of a Halloween flavor to this batch.

ChuckNorrisHero
  Jul 15, 2013
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Best criterion month ever!!!! Cassavetes films, Eyes Without a Face and La Notte all in one month. These bastards are gonna make me so broke
jordannothing
  Jul 15, 2013
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I have been waiting for the Eyes Without a Face blu-ray upgrade for a looooong time. Time to sell my DVD!

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nathanp
  Jul 15, 2013
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Not gonna upgrade my Cassavettes titles but I'm in for everything else on that list, solid month.

jw007
  Jul 15, 2013
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@Monty70:

Do you think that "4k Blu-ray" is going to be next? This way 4k Criterion restorations don't have to be downscaled to HD Blu-ray. I wonder if regular 2k HD will have to be "upscaled" to fit future 4k HDTVs and 4k Blu-ray players! I'm guessing 8k BD and eventually 16k BD will be after that. When will the madness end!?

zogies
  Jul 16, 2013
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Eyes Without a Face! Finally!
buck135
  Jul 16, 2013
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No Hitchcock and yet another month without "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." Groan
bWack
  Jul 16, 2013
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AHHH! I just imported the BFIs of A Woman Under the Influences and Faces!

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lilboyblu
  Jul 16, 2013
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Put me down for one of each, please. Solid titles!

InspectorLupus
  Jul 16, 2013
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I was really hoping for some more Cronenberg...oh well. I'll be getting most of these in November.

alien2010
  Jul 16, 2013
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Eyes Without A Face is one hell of a film and a blu-ray release is worth buying. However I'm not going to wait for the eventual sale that will come up in 2014. With the exception of that, I'm really disappointed. La Notte is a great film, but MoC are releasing it first, so I might go for that one. The Cassavettes films I have no interest in whatsoever, I've seen Shadows, The Killing of A Chinese Bookie and Faces and I have no wish to see them again. I wish that Criterion would release Antonioni's The Passenger and what's the hold up over Le Samourai? Come on Criterion, chop, chop.

Khronikos
  Jul 16, 2013
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I have seen a couple Cassavettes films but not enough to know if I like him that much and I certainly will not be paying 40 dollars for them. But I will see them as rentals. Some of the others look okay.

Somebody for god's sake get the rights to Lynch's films. How long is this going to take FFS?! At this point it is clearly a farce.

Network23
  Jul 16, 2013
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Ill be looking at the next criterion sale at B&N for the Cassavettes set.

Still waiting for Time Bandits and The Fisher King

DjMethod
  Jul 16, 2013
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Oh wow. Eyes Without a Face, Cassavetes, and... La Notte! I don't think it even had a DVD Criterion release. Very good news.

andyk69
  Jul 16, 2013
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Waiting for a "before sunrise/sunset/midnight" set

cadetcorbett
  Jul 16, 2013
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I have been waiting for The Uninvited forever. Great month of releases.

skyofcrack
  Jul 16, 2013
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Hopefully, I Married a Witch is a step towards BD's of The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and Unfaithfully Yours with the Preston Sturges connection.

Arkadin
  Jul 16, 2013
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uninvited!
awesome.

PBateman87
  Jul 16, 2013
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I would really love to see Eyes Without a Face, it sounds like one amazing horror film. That will be my only buy for October.

PBateman87
  Jul 16, 2013
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@ alien2010

I don't think you'll have to wait for 2014 to buy it, there should be a Barnes & Noble Criterion sale in November.
hendersd
  Jul 16, 2013
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Wow. I Married a Witch *and* The Uninvited! Fantastic! I've waited for The Uninvited for...ever. Now that Criterion's doing it...a dream come true!

movieman1979
  Jul 16, 2013
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andyk69, I've been holding onto that pipe dream for years..

movieman1979
  Jul 16, 2013
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But, but....Scanners? :-(

alien2010
  Jul 16, 2013
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@ PBateman87

You're right, thanks for reminding me.

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repete66211
  Jul 16, 2013
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I want to but I just don't understand the appeal of Cassavetes. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is an awful movie. Overall a bad month IMO. It seems that as time goes by I am interested in fewer and fewer Criterion titles.

Doc Ostrow
  Jul 16, 2013
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I am so happy that I Married a Witch and The Uninvited will be released on Blu-ray! I almost bought a UK PAL region 2 DVD of The Uninvited because I have a region free DVD player.

unclejay73
  Jul 16, 2013
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"The Uninvited" is a nice surprise, amazing!! Cassevettes box is long overdue...but I wanna see Criterion go against the grain a bit more...dazzle us!!

nazdar
  Jul 16, 2013
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now were talking! ... great titles and i married a witch with the uninvited makes my millennium

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4000dvds2many
  Jul 16, 2013
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@Doc Ostrow - I Know! I JUST BOUGHT the Region 2 DVD after waiting YEARS and finally giving up all hope of a States release. I'm not gonna complain though! A Blu-Ray! This is a fantastic month. I'm in for Uninvited, I married a Witch, Eyes Without a Face and Cassavetes!

MikeScott
  Jul 16, 2013
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If they are indeed releasing Frances Ha when the H--- will that be? I'm dying to see that movie and there's no chance it opens here.
BrowncoatJedi
  Jul 16, 2013
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Criterion is getting really skimpy on extras lately. Ridiculous.

Poya
  Jul 16, 2013
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Do Hard Eight!

InspectorLupus
  Jul 16, 2013
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Not liking this trend of DVD-only special features.
TheCollector
  Jul 16, 2013
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@Andyk69
I was just thinking the same thing yesterday! That would be a must have Criterion release!

That said, this looks to be an expensive month. I've never seen "I Married A Witch", but it sounds like a lot of fun, so I will probably blind buy. Will be picking up all the others as well, with MAYBE the exception of La Notte. Its a great film, but I'm not sure how much replay value it has for me personally.

eiknarf
  Jul 16, 2013
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What happened to Mulholland Drive? Even with the Lynch request card to Criterion (asking to open the frame), we're still not getting it yet?

jw007
  Jul 16, 2013
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@eiknarf

I'll bet this will be part of the November or December releases. Usually a big title like that comes at the end of the year.
insomniac013
  Jul 16, 2013
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Never heard of these. Seems to be a common factor with Criterion lately.

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rkolinski
  Jul 16, 2013
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Looking forward to owning all of these eventually. One would think that with Criterions release of "I Married a Witch" and "The Uninvited," they would release the 1942 version of "Cat People" and the 1945 version of "The Enchanted Cottage." Well, maybe those will be released eventually. Still, the film I want most from Criterion is a BD upgrade of "The Naked Prey!"

Anthrowolf
  Jul 16, 2013
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Unimpressed with most of the offerings in the past few months sorry. Still waiting for Insomnia and more vintage Hitchcock please.

BluPix
  Jul 16, 2013
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As always, another intriguing lineup from Criterion for October — several with appropriately disturbing stories.

I'm most interested in the John Cassavettes box set (nice that Criterion is coming out with so many big collections on blu this year), even though my British import of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie shipped literally a couple days ago.

Other titles I'm most interested in from this lineup: La Notte; Eyes without a Face and The Uninvited.

And I'm curious about I Married a Witch. The plot reminds me just a little of the famous TV show Bewitched.

Bring 'em on.

BluPix
  Jul 16, 2013
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@ JohnnyFontane: I have a feeling there will be at least one, if not two Kurosawa films in the November lineup. I also have been itching for Ikiru for the longest. Red Beard, Stray Dog, The Bad Sleep Well, Throne of Blood or, really, any other Kurosawa film that's only on Criterion DVD would be welcome on blu for me.

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Jul 16, 2013
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Nothing for me again the month

jimmybearlondon
  Jul 16, 2013
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Definitely worth upgrading to Blu for Eyes Without a Face...

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Monty70
  Jul 16, 2013
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Prices have been adjusted to $29.99 for I Married a Witch and The Uninvited.

Now that's more like it.

reece
  Jul 16, 2013
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where is SCANNERS? I thought that would be an october title for sure!!
pwilson794
  Jul 16, 2013
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http://www.hulu.com/watch/256821

So i married a witch is on hulu if you want a preview. (free)
A Prosthetic Prophet
  Jul 16, 2013
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First off, I apologize for the length of this post (if you don't like reading longer messages you should just skip this) but, I actually have things to say... so read on if you don't mind reading a few paragraphs

I am extremally excited about Eyes Without A Face coming to Blu, it is an incredible, highly artistic film. I'm also interested
(to a lesser degree) in Le Notte and the Cassavettes box set (though I think I need to go back and watch some of his films before deciding if I really like them enough for it to be worth the money. I haven't seen The Uninvited or I Married A Witch before (or even heard much about them), so I need to find out more about those before deciding if they are of interest to me (I know I Married A Witch is on Hulu, so I'll probably be watching it soon to see if I like it).

Also, for anyone with Hulu Plus, Eyes With A Face is on there as part of the Criterion Collection (in case anyone wants/needs to see if they like it enough to want to own it) . It's the older dvd transfer so it looks fairly rough but, it will at least give a sense of the mesmerizing power this incredibly artistic horrror film contains (fans of Val Lewton should enjoy it's highly impressionistic, dreamlike atmosphere). And if you don't have Hulu Plus, you can watch the film by signing up for a free trial, if you haven't already (which would also give you a chance to watch any of the other Criterion Collection films they have on there).
Anyway, here's a link: http://www.hulu.com/search?q=eyes+without+a+face

The last thing I want to say is that these upcoming releases feature some of the puniest special features I've ever seen on a Criterion release, and without the special features all that's left to seperate Criterion from other companies is a nicely designed package (unfortunately Criterion's packaging is less impressive these days as well). I hope they are able to realize before long that without the generous bonus features they've lost one of the main things that seperates them from the rest of the pack (packaging and bonus feaures are why they are still so highly regarded these days, it used to be PQ as well but, with Blu-ray the playing has been leveled a great deal in that regard).

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Blu-Velvet
  Jul 17, 2013
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Great selection overall! I look forward to getting them all except the Cassavetes set because I already imported the nice region-free British Blu-rays of SHADOWS and FACES, so I'll hope for eventual single releases of the others or maybe get them later on the separate BFI releases (which are very reasonably priced and included both a Blu-ray and DVD).

ShellOilJunior
  Jul 17, 2013
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The price drop is appreciated. I was going to get The Uninvited day 1 regardless but with the drop I'll also pick up I Married a Witch.

BluPops
  Jul 19, 2013
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"And I'm curious about I Married a Witch. The plot reminds me just a little of the famous TV show Bewitched."

Yeah, it's pretty much the same idea. But different. Fun film. IMO not a Hollywood Golden Age great, but fun.

dmarvin
  Jul 19, 2013
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^ Veronica Lake won me over in Sullivan's Travels. In many ways, I think her beauty corresponds more to our current generation's standards of beauty moreso than most actresses of her era, including most of the much more popular ones. So this will be an easy blind buy for me. Witch or no, I'd have married Veronica in a heartbeat.
DVD Phreak
  Jul 21, 2013
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Sorry to see such slim extras for The Uninvited and I Married a Witch.

Criterion's site says that on the John Cassavetes set, the bonus "Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes frequently cast in his films" is on the DVD edition only. But it's listed as a Blu-ray bonus above. Mistake?
rdp06
  Jul 22, 2013
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@monty70

4k has twice the resolution of 2k.
rdp06
  Jul 22, 2013
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Great Criterion prices at Barnes & Noble until August 8th, 2013. 50% off all titles!! And if the print is not in the store, they'll order it for you. I just 8 Blu-rays.

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Monty70
  Jul 22, 2013
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@rdp06

No, it has 4 times the resolution. (resolution means the # of pixels)

2K = 2048pixels x 1080pixels = 2,211,840pixels

4k = 4096pixels x 2160pixels = 8,847,360pixels

8,847,360pix. divided by 2,211,840pix. equals 4

see the following article under 4K video. (one of many that will tell you the same)

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/What-Is-.../What-is-2K-and-4K-Video-88297.aspx

JenSilvas79
  Jul 25, 2013
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I pre-ordered The Uninvited for $20!

Michael24
  Aug 01, 2013
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Saw "I Married A Witch" last year on TCM. Aside from the annoying drunk father, it's a charming little movie. Veronica Lake is amazingly gorgeous, too.


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