The Criterion Collection has announced three films for release on Blu-ray. On July 20, the studio will release two Technicolor classics directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger: Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948). One week later, it will release the 2007 film The Secret of the Grain(La graine et le mulet), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, and winner of four César awards, including best picture and director.
Special features are as follows:
Video introduction by French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
Audio commentary featuring the late director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
The Audacious Adventurer, a 2006 video piece in which Tavernier discusses Black Narcissus and Powell
Profile of "Black Narcissus" (2000), a 25-minute documentary
Painting with Light, a twenty-seven-minute documentary about Jack Cardiff's Oscar-winning cinematography on Black Narcissus
Original theatrical trailer
A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones
The Red Shoes
Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
Introductory restoration demonstration with Scorsese
Profile of "The Red Shoes" (2000), a 25-minute documentary
Video interview with Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow
Gallery from Scorsese's collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
The "Red Shoes" Sketches, an animated film made from Hein Heckroth's painted storyboards
Readings by actor Jeremy Irons of excerpts from Powell and Pressburger's novelization of The Red Shoes and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
A booklet featuring an essay by Ian Christie
The Secret of the Grain
New video interview with Kechiche
Sueur, Kechiche's captivating extended version of the film's climactic belly dancing sequence, featuring a new introduction by the director
New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade
Excerpt from a 20 heures télévision interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film's musicians
A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris
>Those of us who'd considered getting the region-locked UK blu-ray of THE RED SHOES can now simply wait until July - I'm sure the transfer will be amazing.
Those of us who bought the UK Region B releases months ago can only laugh at the prices Crit will now charge for the same thing in the US. I am sure the transfers will be identical.
Watched and enjoyed these films on BD months ago, although I have since been suffering serious self esteem and self worth issues due to the films being in ordinary non Crit BD cases and not radiating prestige whenever I look at them... Still, if paying xtra makes you feel good, and your reflection glows in the mirror when you think about yourself owning Criterion, go for it...
@Sanjuro, nonsense I just turned 21 as well, got myself the Wizard of Oz 3-disc and the Japanese BD of Trainspotting, cinema is a magical thing and if you share it with friends and loved ones it can greatly enhance ones life (at least thats what I think).
I completely agree with knifethrower. Cinema is one of the great things to be held forever and ever (and it's of course better and more memorable on blu)! There's nothing like coming home from whatever you do in the world and just sit down with family and have a nice high-definition movie experience! I'm 19 and I'm buying almost nothing but Blu-rays and I expect to keep on doing it!
I'll definitely buy The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus.
Criterion, and I say this with a great deal of passion, keep up the amazing work!
"great adds! hey has anyone ever wondered why the release of monty python and the holy grail is taking so long...criterion maybe? just a thought."
Nnnnno. (That one's now one of Sony's old warhorse staples, and it'll be out When, Not If.)
A similar answer would also apply to the guy asking about Videodrome, but that one's more "if".
And although I usually prefer "Vintage movie posters" covers, gotta say the Narcissus and Red Shoes covers are an improvement--
But gotta agree with the patient Kurosawa crowd...They've dipped Seven Samurai every other way by now, we thought it would be the FIRST one out after Bergman.
Ah yes i will get all of these Classics. I remember How much Director Martin Scorsese raving about the on how much the Black Narcissus and the Red Shoes changed his life as a kid and how Beautiful the Technicolor was.
Thanks Criterion for releasing these classic films on BLU-RAY in your hands I know these transfers
will be Amazing.
>mw66: Hey discking, you want some cheese with that whine?
I truly think that the transfers are usually identical on the Crit and the versions sold by other rights holders in Europe. The real issue comes down to the extras. To me, extras are usually a non starter. I have to truly like a film, a lot, and find the production fascinating, to watch even one extra.
The value of the extras to me is maybe an extra dollar or two, at most. To other people, it's a huge deal, and they can't wait to pay an extra ten dollars. I buy the discs to watch the films, not the extras, so the Euro versions on Studio Canal, Optimum, Artificial Eye, TF1 and so forth represent a better value. If those titles are ordered from the UK. If they are ordered from France, at French Euro prices, with the value of the dollar factored in + the excessive Amazon France delivery charges to the US, they represent a form of robbery, much like the $25 club sandwich at a Paris bistro...
So, for people who love extras, refuse to buy a region free player, who truly think the Criterion transfer is different -- it sometimes is but usually is not -- and who don't worry about pricing, The Criterion is the Lexus of Blu-Ray discs, which means it's sort of like a video Toyota in drag...
discking - honest question... what the hell do you care? You've got your region free player, you've got the UK discs, you think the transfers will be identical, and you don't care about extras...
So why 3 comments here? Why do you care? Enjoy your discs and let others enjoy theirs.
99% of BD owners don't import or own region-free players. So... let them enjoy the damn discs. You're talking about a few dollars premium for relatively obscure titles (compared to, say, Avatar or Sherlock Holmes) that have to be licensed. If Criterion were doing a terrible job, I could see complaining... but they've been knocking most blu-rays out of the park. Paying ~$28 online for that is an issue? Give me a break.
(Extras matter to me... always have. So even if the UK discs were cheaper and identical, I'd be upgrading for the commentaries. I like commentaries and it's my money... again, we land in 'why do you care' territory.)
>So why 3 comments here? Why do you care? Enjoy your discs and let others enjoy theirs.
Why does anyone care at all? You have people commenting their rears off about trivia and saying "Yea!!! Day ONE for me" and going on and on about this and that. Why? That's the whole point of a forum. If the only appropriate comment is "You go girl! It's a win-win day one super awesome buy buy buy!" then why even ask for comments at all? Is the rule here that people have to be a chorus of Best Buy salesmen in a perky can-do echo chamber?
Discking, if your comments had amounted to anything more substantial than the desire to flop your willy into everyone else's mashed potatoes, you might have a point. It's not as if Criterion needs to defend its extremely solid 20 year track record against some dude on the internet whose only real point is "I have a region free player, and you Criterion buyers are STOOOPID, so NYAH!" If you've got legitimate technical criticisms of one of their releases, fine. Otherwise, who gives a sh*t?
>Discking, if your comments had amounted to anything more substantial than the desire to flop your willy into everyone else's mashed potatoes, you might have a point. It's not as if Criterion needs to defend its extremely solid 20 year track record against some dude on the internet whose only real point is "I have a region free player, and you Criterion buyers are STOOOPID, so NYAH!" If you've got legitimate technical criticisms of one of their releases, fine. Otherwise, who gives a sh*t?
Well, that's certainly constructive... ))
Oh dear, we seem to have erred by saying anything not entirely flattering about the popular kids table in the lunch room... Yea!!!!!! Day one purchase for me!!! Give those nay sayers and negative people a good thrashing, beat them to a pulp fiction... dissenters will be shot on sight, IN 3D!!!!!!!!!! Yea!!!!! Nothing but enthusaism form here on out!!!
at first i thought this news entry was for criterion july blu-ray sale!
I must say that it is really silly to get all defensive and trolly about blu-ray disc movies. i can understand if this were a sports forum or political or something. but to get all angry at each other over movies is just stoooooopid!