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Posted December 15, 2011 03:50 PM by Josh Katz

CriterionAfter much speculation, the Criterion Collection has finally posted their full roster of Blu-ray releases for March 2012.

Titles include Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent, Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room, the David Lean Directs Nol Coward boxset - which bundles together In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Brief Encounter, and Blithe Spirit - and Roy Ward Baker's A Night to Remember.

Of those, A Night to Remember, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Brief Encounter are the only previously available Criterion entries receiving Blu-ray upgrades; the rest are new to the Criterion Collection.

Furthermore, the Kalatozov, Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker, and the three remaining Lean films are making their respective debuts onto the North American Blu-ray format.

Quoted below are Criterion's release date and disc specifications for each film.

Update: It appears that for the time being, the four David Lean Blu-rays are only available if purchased through the four-disc bundle.


The Last Temptation of Christ (March 13th, 2012)
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
  • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
  • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
  • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
  • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
  • An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

Letter Never Sent (March 20th, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital restoration
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova

The War Room (March 20th, 2012)
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
  • 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Return of the War Room, a 2008 documentary in which advisers James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, and Paul Begala and others reflect on the effect the Clinton war room had on the way campaigns are run
  • Making The War Room, a conversation between the filmmakers about the difficulties of shooting in the campaign's fast-paced environment
  • Panel discussion hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation and featuring Carville, Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, journalist Ron Brownstein, and surprise guest Bill Clinton
  • Interview with strategist Stanley Greenberg on the increasing importance of polling
  • A booklet featuring an essay by writer Louis Menand

David Lean Directs Nol Coward (March 27th, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restorations
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • Audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New interviews with Nol Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films
  • Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010
  • Short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter
  • David Lean: A Self Portrait - a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career
  • Episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward
  • Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre
  • Trailers
  • A booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Nehne, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow

A Night to Remember (March 27th, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital restoration
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of Titanic: An Illustrated History
  • The Making of A Night to Remember, a sixty-minute documentary from 1993 featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart
  • En natt att minas, a forty-five-minute Swedish documentary from 1962 featuring interviews with Titanic survivors
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow

All are available for pre-order on Amazon.



















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News comments (46 comments)



jymmymackiv
  Dec 15, 2011
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Holy crap! That Lean/Coward set is amazing!

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Donat96
  Dec 15, 2011
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WOW. I think everything on that list is a must purchase for me.

William H Pratt
  Dec 15, 2011
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At the very least I'll be getting "A Night to Remember". Maybe the Lean set too.

RichardP
  Dec 15, 2011
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Very excited about A Night To Remember. I've been waiting for this to come back into print a very long time.

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toddly6666
  Dec 15, 2011
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bah...i can't stand these pricey boxsets...all I want is Brief Encounter.
retablo
  Dec 15, 2011
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Richard - A Night to Remember was never out of print. You could've ordered the old DVD new off Amazon.

vader4
  Dec 15, 2011
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Very excited about Last Temptation, I had hoped that the teaser picture had been Titanic but still
scarface16
  Dec 15, 2011
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The Game

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gobohobo
  Dec 15, 2011
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A Night to Remember and the David Lean box set for me!

PBateman87
  Dec 15, 2011
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@ vader4

...Titanic? What?

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James78
  Dec 15, 2011
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I can't wait for the David Lean box set!
nitin
  Dec 15, 2011
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another great month

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monkeyjb1988
  Dec 15, 2011
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A Night to Remember is one I'm excited for.

Adam_ME: I'm assuming that was a joke, so . If it's not a joke, it's probably coming out for the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking. We're getting James Cameron's film in 2012 and I think another 1950's Titanic film is coming out soon too. Definitely a good time to release Titanic films.

alexroubaix
  Dec 15, 2011
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In for 'Last Temptation' and the 'David Lean' box-set.

rmainhammer
  Dec 15, 2011
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Criterion is intent on keeping me poor.

paul_66
  Dec 15, 2011
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+1 for A Night to Remember!
DVD Phreak
  Dec 15, 2011
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The Last Temptation of Christ is a much needed upgrade because the original DVD, to today's viewers' eyes, looks crappy with edge enhancement galore.
Analogkid
  Dec 15, 2011
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Really... is it to much to ask to get The Game??? I mean it's Fincher. F I N C H E R! (I spelt that right, right?) It's not like i'm asking for the Criterion Ghostbusters... I just want the GAME!!!!!

Brad1963
  Dec 15, 2011
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Count me in for everything except War Room. Very excited about the Lean/Coward collection.

TruBlu_Acuna
  Dec 15, 2011
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This are a bunch of boring films!, David Lean is no cinema at all, he's boring..........bring out more Jean Luc Godard, Nick Ray and John Cassavetes films!!!!

TheManInBlu
  Dec 15, 2011
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A Night to Remember to coincide with the re-release of Titanic in theatres. Never saw A Night to Remember; will try to check it out...
The Krouser
  Dec 15, 2011
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A Night To Remember . . . Yes, it will be! THE best movie EVER about the sinking of the Titanic!!

paul_66
  Dec 15, 2011
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@ TheManInBlu:

It's the definitive Titanic film, if you ask me. Just as long as you aren't one of those people who don't like old black & white films, who can't see a film for what it truly is.

Rudeboy2025
  Dec 15, 2011
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That's a cooool cover for "A Night to Remember". Never seen the film, but now I'm interested in grabbing it one day.

dmarvin
  Dec 15, 2011
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Good lord, that's one of the best Criterion lineups I've ever seen in one month. "A Night to Remember" is the one I'm most stoked about (Titanic fever will be in full effect right around then) -- but "Brief Encounter" (from the Lean/Coward set) is one of the finest dramas/love stories ever put to film. And who can argue about a Scorsese upgrade?? The political doc "The War Room" is the icing on the cake.

BluPix
  Dec 15, 2011
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What an exciting lineup, especially if you love the old classics.

As expected, The Last Temptation of Christ is coming in March (the month of Easter, right?) and I definitely plan to pick that up, given that it's one of Martin Scosese's more intriguing films.

Aside from Scorsese, the strong preorders for me from this list would be Roy Ward Baker's A Night to Remember and especially the David Lean Directs Noel Coward box set. Looks as if my fledgling collection of Lean films will soon get a little shot in the arm.

But, The War Room and Letter Never Sent also look appealing. I'll perhaps save both for a sale, down the line.

ChadFL
  Dec 15, 2011
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A film about the Titanic without Celine Dion? Count me in!
knome93
  Dec 15, 2011
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This sure is a good selection, but.... Kwaidan blu-ray in the summer? Pretty please....

samper
  Dec 15, 2011
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Lean and a Night to Remember ... WOW!

William H Pratt
  Dec 15, 2011
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I actually refer the original Criterion DVD cover art for "A Night to Remember".

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=7794 This is the 1953 version from the UK branch of 20th Century Fox Entertainment.
aaaa6344
  Dec 15, 2011
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bluskies
  Dec 15, 2011
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Lean and A Night to Remember?? I'm there!!!!
As someone mentioned, Brief Encounter is a wonderful film. But I have seen no one talk about In Which We Serve. It is one of the best war movies ever.
furious-styles
  Dec 15, 2011
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Malkovich? Malkovich? Malkovich?
Fattmando
  Dec 15, 2011
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I feel like I am kid playing Pokemon. Gotta Buy 'em all, Criterion

OldPangYau
  Dec 15, 2011
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No Brazil yet... oh well, I'll just keep scoffing at the overpriced Universal one until Criterion steps up :-p

mookoo
  Dec 15, 2011
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so you all know i'm pretty sure the preorder for Last Temptation is up on amazon.com



rafaelsalguero
  Dec 16, 2011
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Day 1 for me "LAst Temptation" and "Night to remember"

Inspector Toschi
  Dec 16, 2011
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Damn! Other than War Room (Great movie, just don't need to own it) I'll be buying all of these.

BluPix
  Dec 16, 2011
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All five of the above-referenced titles are now available for preorder at Amazon.com.
insomniac013
  Dec 16, 2011
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Never heard of any of them.

Criterion should take on the 1919 German film "Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari", that would be amazing!
MoulinBlu
  Dec 16, 2011
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In for The Last Temptation... too. I don't believe I've ever seen any of the others and Critierions prices are too steep for blind buys, which thanks to redbox and streaming, is about the only way to rent movies anymore around here.

Proghog
  Dec 16, 2011
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Would like to see Criterion remaster Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.
Brian81
  Dec 16, 2011
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@OldPangYau: The current Uni release of Brazil actually has a nice transfer, too bad it doesn't have extras. I'm hoping the eventual Criterion release has the other two versions of the film.
DionJP
  Dec 17, 2011
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insomniac013, if you have never heard of any of these. I highly doubt you know about Caligari, let alone its original German name....

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DetroitSquirreL
  Dec 18, 2011
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all are up for pre-order on amazon

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Monty70
  Dec 18, 2011
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Letter Never Sent and A Night to Remember for me. I'll wait for the next 50% off sale for the boxset.


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