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Criterion Blu-ray in October: Kar-wai, Marston, Schlesinger, Polanski

Posted July 16, 2012 05:36 PM by Josh Katz

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

Titles include Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love, Joshua Marston's The Forgiveness of Blood, John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.

Of those four films, In the Mood for Love is the only previously available Criterion entry receiving a Blu-ray upgrade; the rest are new to the Criterion Collection.

Furthermore, The Forgiveness of Blood, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Rosemary's Baby 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.

In the Mood for Love (October 2nd, 2012)
  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin
  • 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • In the Mood for Love, director Wong Kar-wai's documentary on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Archival interview with Wong and a 'cinema lesson' given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack
  • A booklet featuring an essay by novelist and film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film
The Forgiveness of Blood (October 16th, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital transfer, approved by producer Paul Mezey
  • 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring director and cowriter Joshua Marston
  • Two new video programs:
    • Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi La�ej
    • Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and La�ej
  • Audition and rehearsal footage
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde
Sunday Bloody Sunday (October 23rd, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Billy Williams
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New video interviews with actor Murray Head, Williams, and production designer Luciana Arrighi
  • Illustrated 1975 audio interview with director John Schlesinger
  • New interview with writer William J. Mann (Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger) about the making of Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • New interview with photographer Michael Childers, Schlesinger's longtime partner
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring a new essay and screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt's 1971 introduction to the film's screenplay
Rosemary's Baby (October 30th, 2012)
  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interviews with Polanski, actor Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans
  • Komeda, Komeda, a feature-length documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary's Baby
  • 1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin from Leonard Lopate's WNYC program New York and Company on the 1967 novel, the sequel, and the film
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park and Levin's afterword for the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel, in which he discusses its and the film's origins
These Blu-rays will be available for pre-order on Amazon shortly.











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kamphausd1
  Jul 16, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby, Hell Yes!!!!
j_adson
  Jul 16, 2012
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definitely in for Rosemary and In the Mood

giannirenna
  Jul 16, 2012
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Hell yes to Rosemary's Baby!

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Jompa
  Jul 16, 2012
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I will buy Rosemary's Baby. Now, someone should release The Tenant and the trilogy would be complete.

SolidBlu
  Jul 16, 2012
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yes! in the mood for love, rosemary's baby and sunday bloody sunday for me =)

rmainhammer
  Jul 16, 2012
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Holy shit! Rosemary's Baby? This is exciting!

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zoodermin
  Jul 16, 2012
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Finally Rosemary's baby!! In the Mood for Love also looks interesting.

eiknarf
  Jul 16, 2012
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Awesome! And if In The Mood For Love gets a Blu, perhaps one day 2046 will get a Bluray release!

thompsonjohn
  Jul 16, 2012
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"Rosemary's Baby." Incredible. Along with "The Game", Criterion is by far studio of the year.
GuyOfOwnage
  Jul 16, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby, just in time for B&N's November Criterion sale. Excellent!

dmarvin
  Jul 16, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby is an exciting addition to the Collection!
insomniac013
  Jul 16, 2012
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I read Sunday Bloody Sunday as the Paul Greengrass film and got really excited! Then i was disappointed when i found it was from the seventies...

movieman1979
  Jul 16, 2012
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Throw me on the "Hell yes! Rosemary's Baby and In The Mood For Love!!" bandwagon as well.

EricJ
  Jul 16, 2012
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I KNEW Paramount would let them use the original Rosemary's art! Must have a good deal going, as with Chinatown.
GoBlu08
  Jul 16, 2012
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I'm in for Rosemary's Baby.

dressedtokill
  Jul 16, 2012
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I really hope we still get the making of feature from the Paramount dvd... it had some great behind the scenes footage.

dannalexcon
  Jul 16, 2012
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Sweet mother of mercy! HEEEEEELLLLLLL YEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!! I've heard the rumours abot Rosemary's baby going Criterion Blu, but I din't dare belive it until i became official.

Indy, Hitchcock masterpiece box, Jaws, Lawrence Of Arabia on the way and now one of the greatest films of all time Rosemary's baby! This could be the best Blu-Ray fall yet for cinephiles!

movieman1979
  Jul 16, 2012
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Also, anyone have any info on what spine number these are going to be? Because, I can't be alone in hoping that Rosemary's Baby will be spine number 666. I know the numbers are approaching that area too...
walkabout
  Jul 16, 2012
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@insomniac013: that's titled Bloody Sunday, even though I thought of that as well for a second.

I've been waiting for Rosemary's Baby since the format was launched, and seeing this is a new, director-approved transfer... well, that made my day. Odd enough, I was also thinking about In the Mood for Love just right before I read the news.

cgm13
  Jul 16, 2012
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"Rosemary's Baby" is Spine #634.

http://www.criterion.com/films/27927-rosemary-s-baby

brainofj72
  Jul 16, 2012
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Niiiice, keep bringin' the Polanski, Criterion. PLEASE release The Tenant!

theboyfrombluesea
  Jul 16, 2012
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YES!!!! In The Mood For Love finally!

Lino11
  Jul 16, 2012
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Forgiveness of Blood looks amazing!! Just might have to blind-buy that one, the big C never fails me.

OldPangYau
  Jul 16, 2012
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Well, I'm beating a dead horse by saying I'm sad that Brazil, Throne of Blood, and Rashomon are still MIA, but I've been meaning to see Rosemary's Baby for quite a while, and can't do better than Criterion. And in October even... but I may wait until the next 50% off sale ;-p

24framesasecond
  Jul 16, 2012
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Not to nitpick, but Kar-Wai is Wong Kar-Wei's first name. "Wong" is his last name. So the headline should have read, "Wong, Marston,..." (Picky, picky.)

BluPix
  Jul 16, 2012
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This is a terrific lineup of films. I've seen two of them: In the Mood for Love and Rosemary's Baby.

However, both of the two I haven't seen are from directors whose other work I admire: Joshua Marston, who directed one of the best films on class and the experience of immigrants, Maria Full of Grace, plus many episodes of popular TV series; and John Schlesinger, who directed one of the best buddy film masterpieces of all time, Midnight Cowboy, plus the classic crime drama Marathon Man.

So, I definitely plan to own all four of these films, if not on their release dates, then shortly thereafter.
JuxTPosition
  Jul 16, 2012
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Never seen 'In The Mood For Love', but based on how much i'd love '2046' on Blu-ray, I might have to buy this one.
withnailandi
  Jul 16, 2012
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Oh my god I am literally jumping for joy.

Rosemary's Baby and In the Mood For Love. Holy Shit!

Best month of Criterion releases I could ever imagine.
brooks5333
  Jul 16, 2012
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Rosemary for me!

RASchuette
  Jul 16, 2012
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ITMFL ... finally. I'm not a fan of the Schlesinger but, hey, you can't have it all, right?

Carlosg777
  Jul 16, 2012
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In the Mood for Love + Rosemary's Baby :')

fdm
  Jul 16, 2012
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Interesting I somehow managed to zone the announcements out today. Great for In The Mood For Love, finally. And of course Rosemary's Baby.

Scholer
  Jul 16, 2012
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Where on Earth is The Following, I really wanted it along with Dark Knight Rises to complete Nolan on Blu-ray. In the Mood for Love and Rosemary's Baby are great, but The Following is what I deeply anticipated. Thanks again Criterion for leaving out the better titles you could have released.
ckyrico
  Jul 17, 2012
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Great lineup! I can't think of the last time a Criterion cover used the same concept as the studio DVD artwork. It's weirdly improved, too. Criterion = subtlety = awesome.

Network23
  Jul 17, 2012
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Nice assortment, i too would like to see Brazil and Time Bandits sometime in the future for Blu-ray, so i shall be patient.

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zoodermin
  Jul 17, 2012
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Just saw In the Mood for Love and it was a complete breathtaking experience! Such beautiful images with a wonderful score and top-notch performances! Now is at the top of my list and I will definitely get it in the Nov. B&N sale alongside Rosemary's Baby

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metamorphic
  Jul 17, 2012
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Two of the greatest movies of all-time: Rosemary's Baby and In the Mood for Love. Brilliant set. Heard good things about Forgiveness of Blood as well. Can't wait for Rashomon, I hope that will be soon!

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wnicholas76
  Jul 17, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby will be mine!!!!!

Shadoe555
  Jul 17, 2012
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@Network23 Time Bandits is currently available on Blu at your friendly neighborhood Amazon.com. (at least it is for Region A/1).

mooveefan
  Jul 17, 2012
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"Hail Satan!" Rosemary's Baby!!!!!

tsetse27
  Jul 17, 2012
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In the Mood for Love!! now where is 2046...?
I agree this is the best month, may get all four of them.

PBateman87
  Jul 17, 2012
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The November Barnes & Noble sale will be even better than the current one...Rosemary's Baby, nice!

ravenus
  Jul 17, 2012
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Awesome announcement, although short of MoC's recent classic cinema announcement. Definitely leaping on In The Mood for Love - as per Criterion's site, the extras and booklet essays appear to be different on the DVD and BD editions. Should get the OCD collectors all jittery
Tatifan
  Jul 17, 2012
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Yes, definitely MoC has trumped Criterion this month! Seeing them put out things like Die Nibelungen reminds me that Criterion passed on a BluRay release of their Von Sternberg silent box just before they started releasing everything in both formats. MoC is doing it right! Don't get me wrong, I will be in the mood to see you Rosemarys Baby again sometime, but I'd rather see them put out the films where Cassavetes is also behind the camera. In the Mood for Love is a fine film, but I can't watch it again because of the annoying musical score, which endlessly repeats the same cues! Oh well, I'm just kvetching....over the course of time Criterion is great, but I hate to see a month with no pre-1950 films, and I hope it doesn't happen too often. One of these months I hope to see the Eisenstein sound films box redone, since that was one of their weaker DVD efforts (interlaced problems and a retouched soundtrack for Nevsky that they don't seem to know about).

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toddly6666
  Jul 17, 2012
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MoC is definitely the more satisfying company as talked about in the post above.

puffyrock2
  Jul 17, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby right in time for Halloween. Nice!
captainamerica
  Jul 17, 2012
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"sunday bloody sunday"? oh great another faggot movie.

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repete66211
  Jul 17, 2012
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In the Mood for Love is a fantastic movie. I'm looking forward to that one.

I thought Rosemary's Baby sucked. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Ozymandias
  Jul 17, 2012
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YEs! In the MOOD.
Parsifal
  Jul 17, 2012
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2046 is a Sony title. I doubt we'll see a Criterion treatment. And Wong Kar-wai's last name is Wong (He lists his English names the Chinese way, which is last name before first name). Can we change the headline to Wong, Marston,..." please?

Iain
  Jul 17, 2012
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CaptainAmerica, you are a goddamn idiot.
captainamerica
  Jul 17, 2012
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hey iain get back to my plantation NIGGA!1!!
clrb15
  Jul 17, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby!!!!!! OH YES!!!!!!!!!

Nathan Arizona
  Jul 18, 2012
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Nice... more Ruth Gordon on Blu.

PBateman87
  Jul 18, 2012
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@ captainamerica

Not surprisingly, your BD collection is absolutely putrid.

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repete66211
  Jul 18, 2012
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Take it easy on captainamerica, he's a Juggalo.
captainamerica
  Jul 18, 2012
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pbateman87 like all liberal fags u seem 2 no nothing about movies.

movies are made 2 b entrtaining dipshit.

take your artsy faggot shit back 2 afganistan
DVD Phreak
  Jul 18, 2012
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There is a rare Criterion easter egg in the DVD version of "In the Mood for Love". I wonder if it will be carried over to the BD. The BD could also use some involvement from the other cinamatographer by the name of Christopher Doyle.

TruBlu_Acuna
  Jul 18, 2012
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@Tatifan - I agree with you. MoC releases some of the finest cinema on Blu. Criterion so far is just not exciting right now. MOC have early films of Michelangelo Antonioni, Kenji Mizoguchi, Fritz Lang, etc. Criterion bring it on! release the box set of John Cassavetes!!!! and more important cinema!
faornelas
  Jul 19, 2012
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What a great surprise! Didn't know they were preparing Rosemary's Baby for Criterion!


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