Criterion Announces September Titles (Pre-orders Up)
Posted June 19, 2014 05:52 PM by Webmaster
The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in September: On September 10th, it will release David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977). On September 23rd, it will release Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971) and Jack Clayton's The Innocents (1961). And on September 30th, it will release Serge Bourguignon's Sundays and Cybèle (1962) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974).
David Lynch's 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema's darkest dreams.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
"Eraserhead" Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch
Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis are charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising in the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Coadapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Roman Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and stars Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film's cast and crew at work
This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges. A psychosexually intensified adaptation of Henry James's classic The Turn of the Screw, cowritten by Truman Capote and directed by Jack Clayton, The Innocents is a triumph of narrative economy and technical expressiveness, from its chilling sound design to the stygian depths of its widescreen cinematography by Freddie Francis.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary featuring cultural historian Christopher Frayling
New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film
Archival interviews with editor James Clark, Francis, and script supervisor Pamela Francis
In this provocative Academy Award winner from French director Serge Bourgignon, a psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship—one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. Bourguignon's film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decaë and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre, Sundays and Cybèle becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon and actor Patricia Gozzi
Le sourire (1960), Bourguignon's Palme d'Or–winning short documentary
The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker's 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes
Interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz
Shahbaz Noshir's 2002 short Angst isst Seele auf, which reunites Mira, Eymèsz, and cinematographer Jürgen Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's screenplay
Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC program about the national film movement of which Fassbinder was a part
Scene from Fassbinder's 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali
Looks like they've gone back to separate BD and DVD releases. That's good news for most, except retailers who have more SKUs this way. It certainly keeps the resale market for previously issued DVDs right where I want it to be.
Some great films here and all with 4K transfers except Sunday and Cybele, which has a 2K transfer. This will be an expensive month for sure. I've been waiting for David Lynch to get a Criterion release for years.
Really glad that Criterion has gone back to the blu-ray only format. The dual edition format must have been a financial bust for them to have gone back.
Beyond excited for Eraserhead...days before my birthday, too!! I love that the Short Films of David Lynch are included, as well...minus the Cowboy and the Frenchman, unfortunately, which was on the Short Films DVD. Seeing as it isn't on Hulu, I wasn't expecting it on here anyway. That ones harder to find online than some of his other stuff, but I've seen it. Definitely picking this up first day without a doubt despite my pointless tangent haha.
Wow, David Lynch is finally in the Criterion Collection! I just saw the new September announcements and I literally almost fell of my chair when I saw Eraserhead listed. We all knew this was coming but actually seeing it on my computer screen with David Lynch written on a Criterion movie is simply a revelation. Something tells me that Mulholland Dr. will be next. The real highlight of the Eraserhead release is of course the collection of short films though by far. Anyway, I'm in for that movie and the Polanski film (Macbeth). Also am really glad to see the Fassbinder upgrade too. Superb and exciting announcements!
Patricia Gozzi is breathtaking as Cybele, she also starred in Rapture, Really pleased to see Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and The Innocents. I haven't seen Polanski's Macbeth but it is certainty a worthy buy. Great month!
Already have the UK edition of ERASERHEAD and I can't see it looking better so I'll pass since the extras aren't impressive and Criterion discs cost way too much. I got my UK BD for 10 bucks. Nice to see it arrive in the US though.
One of the strongest lineups in a while (though they've been very strong this year).
The very top priority for me will be Polanski's outstanding Macbeth (1971), the blu-ray release of which I've been looking forward to for years now. I consider it one of this director's very best films (lots to choose from there) and easily one of the best films based on a Shakespeare play ever made. It's nice to see Criterion releasing so many by Polanski. I hope Knife in the Water (already on Criterion DVD) and The Tenant arrive in the near future as well.
Eraserhead will also be a high priority for me. Always nice to have a little more Lynch in the collection. And, yes, it's surprising that more of his work wasn't released in hi-def long ago (though Twin Peaks is coming).
The Innocents will likely become an alternative version to the BFI edition I currently own. During a big sale, that is.
I'm not familiar with Ali: Fear Eats the Soul but that type of storyline is always compelling to me, so it's a release I quite look forward to.
Sundays and Cybele looks interesting but I'll likely save it for a big sale.
MACBETH!!! It's like they responded to my wish since I listed this on one of their recent Facebook threads asking what you wanted to see from Criterion next. Macbeth was top of my list (and I even mentioned the 1971 documentary!). Can't wait.
Strong lineup for my tastes, guess they're anticipating Halloween. Was just thinking again the other day about when Polanski's Macbeth would come out. Glad I already saw Ali... good movie & would buy it if I could afford it, but don't need to break the bank to see it again. Sundays...sounds interesting, wish I could just rent it. It's gonna be tough waiting for another sale to get these.
For the first time ever I'm going to buy to new Criterion releases. Eraserhead and Macbeth. Even though I was anticpating Eraserhead, I was surprised by Polanski's Macbeth (which is my personal screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play) Even though I'm happy a brilliant Polanski film is getting another Criterion release this year. I'm still waiting for The Tenant. It'll be great if Criterion completes Polanski's urban paranoia trilogy (which consisted of Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby) Also Knife in the Water is one I would love to see released on blu ray also.
Glad to see The Innocents getting the Criterion respect it so greatly deserves. This is great filmmaking! And Criterion will do it justice with the great work they do. Eraserhead we knew was coming. Glad to see David Lynch getting his film(s) into the Criterion world. He greatly deserves many more of his films to be Criterioned.
Wow, I literally shouted "[expletive] YEAH!" when I saw the Eraserhead cover next to this news. Will grab four our of the five titles, nice! And if I remember correctly, it has been Lynch's wish that Eraserhead would NOT be divided into chapters on the DVD or BD. Given how closely Criterion usually works with directors, I'd be surprised to see chapter selection on their release.
Criterion have had the BEST releases so far this year - and thank you thank you thank you for going back to separate releases - if you only could skip digi pack and go back to your transparent blu ray cases it would be great !
There are so,so many better films that criterion can release than this $20,000 budget Eraserhead !! I never saw it, or do I care to see it. What fuss over a low, low budget over rated boring nonsense 1977 movie ! I'll take A Hard Day's Night Criterion's best release this year so far !!!
SUNDAYS AND CYBÈLE!
I have been going on and on for Criterion to look at this absolute gem of a movie! And now they have!
But WHY only a 2K restoration? Why not step it up a little, while they are at it? It's a real pity that what I surely consider the most interesting among these titles also comes with less extras and no 4K scan.
Well, I sure hope those 2K go all the way, and it's not only about resolution. But still. I don't want to be concerned about inferior quality with this one!
I'm definitely NOT a fan of the description here about Sundays and Cybèle, either... >.<
Unnecessarily stigmatizing and almost demonizing, like some words of warning, even. That's how I read it, anyway, taking into consideration our society today and the ultimate hysteria around even *thinking* about child/adult relationships that are anything but within the family.
From Movie Mail, instead:
"Hardy Kruger is a Vietnam war veteran, traumatized after killing a child on a bombing mission, Francoise is an abandoned child he meets. This film is about the trust and bond that develops between these two wounded human beings. This really is something of a lost gem, a powerfully affecting film that is both heartbreaking and sublime. "
@BillWatkins: Source to that? The DVD was from Sony, and it was remastered back then. So it seems unlikely they would do another scan for Criterion. I mean, what's in it for them? If so, they will use the scan they already did for the DVD. And that would truly be lazy. I'm not rushing to buy this until I read a review and get some screens to compare. Criterion discs are very expensive.
Eraserhead, The Innocents, and Polanski in the same month!? Gotta love Criterion. Smart move eliminating the dual-format releases too. I for one really enjoy the digipacks though, unlike some of the previous commenters.
Criterion are again too slow. I already picked up European copies of Eraserhead and Innocents last year. Last month I got Sullivan's Travels, which Criterion will probably release in about 2 years time.
@repete66211 I think we can all admit that Eraserhead is a bit difficult to digest for those not acquainted with David Lynch. Have you tried watching Twin Peaks? It's mesmerizing, and has quite a bit more beauty and humor (together with it's tragic violence) than a more "art house" offering like Eraserhead. Try checking out Twin Peaks and you may begin to see the unique genius that this man possesses. :-)
I thought it sucked too, but I slogged through it, and it wasn't easy. Then a couple of years later I decided to watch it again and I saw many things I hadn't seen the first time. It still wasn't easy, and by the third viewing the layers began to peel back. This film is like a present that you unwrap very, very slowly. If you have the interest, the stamina, and the time to invest, the film will reveal itself.
Actually, I would enjoy reading a brief paragraph on why you dislike the film. I find the film beautifully made, not to mention a profound exploration of one man's fear of the responsibilities of procreation.
To all the people complaining that Lynch and/or Eraserhead are "overrated" you have to understand that taste is subjective - for me personally Eraserhead is one of my favourite Lynch films and Lynch himself is one of my favourite directors. I still have strong memories of discovering Eraserhead at a particular point in my life and it having a huge impact - this release may not be for everyone, but for those of us who want it why would anyone begrudge us that?
"To all the people complaining that Lynch and/or Eraserhead are "overrated" you have to understand that taste is subjective"
Taste may be subjective but the reputation of Eraserhead isn't. It is regarded as a classic arthouse film. So when people claim it is overrated, they are expressing their personal opinion about a general consensus which is not subjective.
Now that that has been that cleared up, I will be pre-ordering Eraserhead. :-)