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Criterion Blu-ray in February: Arnold, Fellini, Kieslowski, Kore-eda, Mackendrick, Visconti

Posted November 15, 2010 04:05 PM by Juan Calonge

CriterionFebruary may be short, but the Blu-ray slate from The Criterion Collection certainly is not – the independent label has just announced six very notable movies for that month. On February 1, it will release The Double Life of Veronique (La double vie de Véronique; Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991). On February 8, Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973) and Still Walking (Aruitemo aruitemo; Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008) are coming out. Finally, on February 22 Criterion will release three movies: Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009), Senso (Luchino Visconti, 1954) and Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957).

The transfer of Fish Tank has been approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan, and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge. Senso features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno. The transfer of Still Walking was approved by director Hirokazu Kore-eda and director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki.

Special features include:

Amarcord
  • Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
  • American release trailer
  • Deleted scene
  • Fellini's Homecoming: new 45-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past
  • Video interview with star Magali Noël
  • Fellini's drawings of characters in the film
  • "Felliniana," a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord from the collection of Don Young
  • Audio interviews with Fellini, his friends, and family by Gideon Bachmann
  • New restoration demonstration
  • A book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini's 1967 essay, "My Rimini"
The Double Life of Véronique
  • Audio commentary by Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • Three short documentary films by Kieślowski:
    • Factory (1970)
    • Hospital (1976)
    • Railway Station (1980)
  • The Musicians (1958): a short film by Kieślowski's teacher Kazimierz Karabasz
  • Kieślowski's Dialogue (1991): a documentary featuring a candid interview with Kieślowski and rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Double Life of Véronique
  • 1966-1988: Kieślowski, Polish Filmmaker: a 2005 documentary tracing the filmmaker's work in Poland, from his days as a student through The Double Life of Véronique
  • A 2005 interview with actress Irène Jacob
  • New video interviews with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak and composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • A booklet featuring an essay by Jonathan Romney, and a selection from Kieślowski on Kieślowski
Fish Tank
  • All three of Arnold's short films:
    • Milk (1998)
    • Dog (2001)
    • Wasp (2003) (Oscar-winning short)
  • New video interview with actor Kierston Wareing
  • Interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009
  • Audition footage
  • Stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie
Senso
  • The Making of Senso: a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico and author of Life and Work of Luchino Visconti
  • Viva VERDI: a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum
  • The Wanton Countess: the rarely seen English-language version of the film
  • Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti: a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti's parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction
  • A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's autobiography, Include Me Out
Still Walking
  • Making Still Walking
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim and recipes for the food prepared in the film
Sweet Smell of Success
  • New audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore
  • Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away: a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more
  • James Wong Howe: Cinematographer: a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
  • New video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
  • New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick's book On Film-making



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News comments (41 comments)



ShellOilJunior
  Nov 15, 2010
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Criterion just raised the bar once again.

Awesome month!

BluPix
  Nov 15, 2010
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Looks to be a very interesting February. Sweet Smell of Success, Armacord and Senso look especially compelling.

DjMethod
  Nov 15, 2010
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Looking forward to Fellini's Amarcord

bondfooll
  Nov 15, 2010
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I was hoping for The 39 Steps.

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Blu_Beast
  Nov 15, 2010
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Damn I just imported Fish Tank a few months back.....and bought Amarcord in the B&N sale, DAMN!!!!
mw66
  Nov 15, 2010
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All of these are beyond awesome. I've heard a lot about Fish Tank and cannot wait to see it.

tru blu
  Nov 15, 2010
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Another excellent selection from Criterion. Will pick most of these.

BluOrbit
  Nov 15, 2010
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Fantastic! I've been waiting for the announcement about Sweet Smell of Success ever since that picture appeared showing what looked to be the Criterion folk working on the transfer. GREAT movie....and expectations of a GREAT transfer!

majorkonig41
  Nov 15, 2010
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fish tank for me...brilliant film...though i wish there were a few more extras

Konrad
  Nov 15, 2010
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I hope Fish Tank will have English subs. Not that I am h.o.h. but I have problems understanding that thick Brit slang.
reidw
  Nov 15, 2010
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Now if only they would go back and fix the aspect ratio on The Last Emperor. Cinematographer's stupid preferences be damned!

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Trogdor2010
  Nov 15, 2010
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Great hearing their support from Criterion's consistency in releasing movies. I can't wait for Fish Tank.

CandyStalker
  Nov 15, 2010
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I'm a little disappointed: When I saw "Arnold" in the headline I thought Criterion had finally answered my prayers and remastered "Red Sonja", heh heh.
(pause)
No?
Nothing?

Hmph. Criterion collectors are so stuffy.

But seriously, how long before they do?

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devilnamedBuena
  Nov 15, 2010
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I blind buy every Criterion title. They are the only company batting 1.000 with their transfers to high def. Nobody else is doing the consistent quality of work Criterion puts forth with each and every release, no matter how small or big.

Brad1963
  Nov 15, 2010
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I have the UK Import of The Double Life of Véronique which is pretty sweet. But I may have to upgrade. It would be nice if Criterion relesed Kieœlowski's Three Colors trilogy. Senso and Amacord are nice unexpected surprises.

illini2000
  Nov 15, 2010
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I'm good with my Veronique UK blu-ray, but Fish Tank I'll be all over. I wonder if they'll have it in 1.33 or 1.77.

fdm
  Nov 15, 2010
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I almost did import Fish Tank a few weeks ago, but decided to wait for the Criterion and avoid another double-dip. Veronique just couldn't wait, though, had to have that when it first came out. (It's awsome, btw, the Criterion should be too.) Good month.

Phxsns1
  Nov 15, 2010
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Can't get enough of that Criterion blu.

CheapChildren
  Nov 15, 2010
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Amarcord!!!

I will see that peacock in glorious 1080 HD.
schweizergarde
  Nov 15, 2010
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Time to double dip into Double Life
nitin
  Nov 15, 2010
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already have Fish Tank and Veronique from AE but the others are definitely going to be picked up. Had never heard of Still Walking but just looked it up and it sounds good.

Now please release Before the Revolution soon!!

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nathanp
  Nov 15, 2010
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As always, I'll be getting every title!

seppuku2
  Nov 15, 2010
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Although I already imported the blu, I have absolutely no problem double dipping for Veronique. If only The decalogue and three colors would come out on blu also. Amarcord and still walking will also be definite day one purchases for me

unclejay73
  Nov 15, 2010
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In regards to someone thinking an "AH-NOLD" flick made the big-time...I don't think we'll ever see an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie on Criterion...ALTHOUGH...

I can totally see, PUMPING IRON, STAY HUNGRY and CONAN THE BARBARIAN making the CRITERION list.

Back to topic: psyched for "Amacord"
win04017
  Nov 15, 2010
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Blessed Criterion. That's all I can say about this announcement in particular. Sweet Smell of Succes on blu-ray from Criterion is worth wholehearted joy by itself. I may be a stuffy Criterion collector, but I'll take that over just about any other broad generalization that can be applied to lovers of film.

Minimejer05
  Nov 15, 2010
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More Criterions! None for me this time around.

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Dubstar
  Nov 15, 2010
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wow, Still Walking (an excellent movie by the way) got the short end of the stick with so few extras.

Lordy
  Nov 15, 2010
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I will double-dip on Veronique, and I'll take them all. Thank you Criterion, you're the best there ever was!

Can The Ice Storm and The Naked Lunch be too far behind?

paul_66
  Nov 16, 2010
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Might blind-buy Sweet Smell of Success. Been wonderin' when they'd anounce it. Keep 'em comin' Criterion!

EricJ
  Nov 16, 2010
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"Amarcord!!! I will see that peacock in glorious 1080 HD. "

Just finished watching it on Netflix...Ah, Gradisca!
smellyegg
  Nov 16, 2010
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Koreeda's After Life please!!
fuddwupper
  Nov 16, 2010
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Sweet smell of success would be good

brainofj72
  Nov 16, 2010
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Keep the Fellini Blu coming, Criterion. We need Juliet of the Spirits! And maybe later they'll even do some Fellini they haven't released yet...Satyricon...Casanova...*drool*

MikeScott
  Nov 16, 2010
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FISH TANK is getting a Criterion release? Nice!
fallofparadise
  Nov 16, 2010
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What about "The Last Temptation of Christ"?
seth_670
  Nov 16, 2010
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The only differences with extras between the AE and Criterion Double Life of Veronique is, as mentioned before, the audio commentary as well as the interviews with the cinematographer and composer. Don't think I'll double dip on that one, barring any huge differences in PQ/AQ.

ShellOilJunior
  Nov 16, 2010
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I know some have said the Still Walking cover is too simple or boring but I think it's beautiful. Best cover of the February releases, imo.

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nathanp
  Nov 16, 2010
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6 titles in February alone! Now we're cookin!

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Dubstar
  Nov 18, 2010
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when the #$%^ is Criterion going to release the 4K restoration of 'Rashomon'??

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Nov 21, 2010
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I have agree Still Walking is a must buy what a beautiful film

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Nov 21, 2010
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I have agree Still Walking is a must buy what a beautiful film


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