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Criterion Blu-ray in January: Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Schlöndorff, Wenders, Hellman

Posted October 15, 2012 03:20 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in January. On January 8th, the studio will release Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971). A week later, it will release The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934). On January 22, it will release Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962) and Pina (Win Wenders, 2011).

Technical specs and special features include:

Two-Lane Blacktop

Drag racing east from L.A. in a souped-up '55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer/songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tagalong Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates's Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race—the prize: their cars' pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two-Lane Blacktop. With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders and one by screenwriter Rudolph Wurlitzer and author David N. Meyer
  • Interviews with Hellman, actor James Taylor, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin, and production manager Walter Coblenz
  • Screen test outtakes
  • Performance and Image, a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy used in the movie and the film's locations today
  • Color Me Gone, photos and publicity from Two-Lane Blacktop
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Rudy Wurlitzer's screenplay, reprinted specially for this release; new essay by Kent Jones, appreciations by Richard Linklater and Tom Waits; and a reprint of the 1970 Rolling Stone article "On Route 66, Filming Two-Lane Blacktop"; ; the DVD edition also features Wurlitzer's screenplay.

The Tin Drum

Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlöndorff of Nobel laureate Günter Grass's acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.

Special Features:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
  • Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of The Tin Drum and the creation of the 2010 restored, complete version
  • New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
  • German audio recording from 1987 of author Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel The Tin Drum with musical accompaniment, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film
  • Television interview excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière reflecting on their experiences making the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock's brilliance, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it's pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for films like The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp
  • New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson
  • Audio excerpts from filmmaker François Truffaut's legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
  • Restoration demonstration
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme.

Ivan's Childhood

The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan's Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life before the conflict began, Tarkovsky's film remains one of the most jarring and unforgettable depictions of the impact of war on children.

Special Features:
  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Appreciation of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and Ivan's Childhood featuring Vida T. Johnson, coauthor of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue
  • Interviews with cinematographer Vadim Yusov and actor Nikolai Burlyaev
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova; "Between Two Films," Tarkovsky's essay on Ivan's Childhood; and "Ivan's Willow," a poem by the director's father, Arseny Tarkovsky.

Pina

The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this exuberant tribute by Wim Wenders. A long-planned film collaboration between the director and the choreographer was in preproduction when Bausch died in 2009. Two years later, Wenders decided to go ahead with the project, reconceiving it as an homage to his late friend. The result, shot in stunning 3D, is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch's art, enacted by a group of staggeringly talented dancers from her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Pina is an adventurous work of cinema that highlights the bold legacy of one of the world's true creative visionaries.

Special Features:
  • High-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, presented in a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • The Making of "Pina" (available in 3D)
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Wenders (available in 3D)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Interview with Wenders
  • Trailer
  • English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a piece by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; reprinted pieces by Wenders and choreographer Pina Bausch; information on the dances featured in the film; and portraits of the dancers.



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News comments (47 comments)



PBateman87
  Oct 15, 2012
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TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, nice! I'll have to check out the Tarkovsky one, to be honest I wish STALKER would get the Criterion BD treatment.

broganreynik
  Oct 15, 2012
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Now that's a solid month!

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TJS_Blu
  Oct 15, 2012
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I submitted a change, but need to get The Man Who Knew Too Much switched to the right version in the Db, its currently Master Movie Id'd to the 56 version.

Great line-up, two of the titles have been out for a while in the UK, and CC may find that they sell fewer units. It would probably be a good idea to acknowledge future plans when titles are announced/released in the UK.

HuggyBear73
  Oct 15, 2012
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The Man Who Knew Too Much is day 1 for me.

Minimejer05
  Oct 15, 2012
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Surprised Pina is getting the Criterion treatment.

mikesncc1701
  Oct 15, 2012
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Any Tarkovsky on blu is good, but man I need Andrei Rublev in HD bad.

digestion
  Oct 15, 2012
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"Pina" is the only 3D movie I've ever seen where the 3D effect made the movie better instead of just being a distracting gimmick.
insomniac013
  Oct 15, 2012
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Meh, disappointing line-up,

dmarvin
  Oct 15, 2012
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Couldn't be happier about a Two-Lane Blacktop and a new-to-the-collection Hitch film!

BluPix
  Oct 15, 2012
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Another solid and intriguing month, as usual, from Criterion.

If I'm not mistaken (and I very well could be) Pina is the first 3D blu-ray presentation offered by the Criterion Collection.

rafaelsalguero
  Oct 15, 2012
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Hitchcock Day 1

RASchuette
  Oct 15, 2012
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This continues the astounding run that Hitchcock has had on Blu in 2012. And, as always, Hitch is a Day 1 purchase.

baheidstu
  Oct 15, 2012
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YES! Been waiting for TLB for ages. Got impatient and watched my old Anchor Bay DVD the other day and it looked so lousy - my eyes have been trained for high-def now. Glad that I'll also be able to see the original MWKTM in a decent form instead of a public domain POS.

Don Corleone
  Oct 15, 2012
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I thought Spike Lee's 25th hour and On the Waterfront were rumored to be coming out by criterion

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repete66211
  Oct 15, 2012
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OMG I can't believe they didn't release ________ and __________! The rumor mill said they would. And I'm so disappointed they haven't given the Criterion treatment to __________.
sebeachy
  Oct 15, 2012
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Weird, I just saw Ivan's Childhood for the first time yesterday. Quite good! Looking forward to Two-Lane Blacktop.
nitin
  Oct 15, 2012
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In for TMWKTM and Ivans Childhood which has my favorite bit of cinematography ever (for those that have seen it, the tracking shots in the forest following the courtship of Masha).

Will wait for comparison reviews of Tin Drum and Two Lane Blacktop, I suspect at least the former might be superior given that Arrow put both cuts on one disc.

thelittleprince
  Oct 15, 2012
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Cool! 3D comes to Criterion!! Definitely in for Pina!! Also, Tin Drum and Ivan's Childhood!!

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zoodermin
  Oct 15, 2012
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The Tim Drum and The Man Who Knew Too Much for me!!
lokipei
  Oct 15, 2012
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Tarkovsky definately been one of my huge gaps in cinema (along with most Russian/Soviet films) so keen to pick this up, although Solaris probably will come first.
Looks like Tin Drum is only including the restored version without the original commentary. The arrow version seems a lot more comprehensive still - will be interesting to see a comparison before buying.

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davidthenikonuser
  Oct 15, 2012
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More Hitchcock is always great news.

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DetroitSquirreL
  Oct 15, 2012
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Two Lane Blacktop....I'll stick with my Steelbook for Eureka/ MoC. But always welcome another Criterion Hitchcock !!!

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bluskies
  Oct 15, 2012
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Hated Pina with a passion. But I am looking forward to Hitchcock.

TheDoug
  Oct 15, 2012
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Now the mystery of why Sony pictures never put out a domestic blu-ray has been revealed with the January release of PINA by the Criterion folks. I own the Region 2 dvd of said film but now can't wait to see this finally on blu-ray.

MTRodaba2468
  Oct 15, 2012
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Interesting to see Criterion put out a 3D film, although I've suspected that they would be releasing it, and it was natively shot that way, so I'm not really surprised.

I'm also definitely thrilled to upgrade my copy of Two-Lane Blacktop, and to add another Hitchcock to my collection.

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toddly6666
  Oct 15, 2012
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So they put Pina out on 3D, but not Step Up 3? Come on Criterion! Maybe Criterion will get the rights to it someday.

Network23
  Oct 15, 2012
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Hold on toddly6666, aint gonna see any of that Step up or bring in on crap ..before we get the criterion edition of Breakin2-Electric Bugaloo

KilloWertz
  Oct 15, 2012
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Odd that Universal chose to license The Man Who Knew Too Much to Criterion since it's a part of the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection they are releasing in two weeks. Not sure if I'll get the Criterion for it or not then.
lokipei
  Oct 15, 2012
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KilloWertz - Hitchcock filmed two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much, the 1934 one Criterion is releasing and the 1956 Universal is releasing.

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BluPat
  Oct 16, 2012
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Awesome! More Hitchcock!

KilloWertz
  Oct 16, 2012
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Thanks lokipei. My mistake. I'm still fairly new to Hitchcock's filmography.

Philly Q
  Oct 16, 2012
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I'm always fascinated by how often Criterion and Masters of Cinema release the same titles. I've never seen Two-Lane Blacktop, it's nice to have the choice... but difficult to make the choice.
OldiesButGoodies
  Oct 16, 2012
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When are we going to get some studio system 30s-50s Hollywood out of Criterion again? I feel like it's been ages... some Garbo, Mae West, Robert Taylor, Crawford, Clark Gable!

pickfair
  Oct 16, 2012
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who is making these decisions at Criterion? Are they just using a dart board or did they hire someone from France? These choices are lame. Criterion has acknowledged classic masters in their catalogue like Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" and G.W.Pabst's "Pandora's Box" or Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and they pick "Two-Lane Blacktop"?

krasnoludek
  Oct 16, 2012
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Very happy about The Man Who Knew Too Much. It's great that both versions are going to be on Blu now.

Surprised about Pina, and may be tempted to pick it up. I wasn't as moved by the film as my friends, but I completely agree with digestion that the 3D made a huge difference in the level of enjoying the film and it was the first movie I've seen in 3D where it didn't feel like a gimmick.

Two-Lane Blacktop and the Tarkovsky will at least be rentals for me. Very happy with this month's announcement's!
Filmninja
  Oct 16, 2012
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Andrie Rublev and Stalker are way more in need of upgrades. How long until we see another Tarkovsky release after this one? I'll stick with my DVD version of Ivan's Childhood.

dannalexcon
  Oct 16, 2012
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The image on Eurekas Two-Lane Blacktop was a DNR waxy mess. Crossing my fingers that Criterion gives us a new "grain" edition.

DFS61
  Oct 16, 2012
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FINALLY! A 3-D Blu-ray that's not some head-scratching Marvel comic treatment, poorly-conceived action/adventure Greek-myth dirge, or some Pixar/Disney kids' flick!!! WOW, I can't wait for "Pina"...!!! The other pics are pretty exciting, as well, save for the Hitchcock film -- "The Birds" and (maybe) "Psycho" are the only Hitchcock films that I find great.... Of course, that's just my opin....

agoofykindasuperman
  Oct 16, 2012
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Sweet. In for Tin Drum and Ivan's Childhood. Interested to check out Pina as well...

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Mandalorian
  Oct 17, 2012
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Happy to see more Hitchnock coming out, but I would've preferred his Jimmy Stewart version.

EricJ
  Oct 17, 2012
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@DFS61 - FINALLY! A 3-D Blu-ray that's not some head-scratching Marvel comic treatment, poorly-conceived action/adventure Greek-myth dirge, or some Pixar/Disney kids' flick!!! WOW, I can't wait for "Pina"...!!!
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If you subscribe to that trope, you DESERVE to watch Pina.
(I'm still supportive of Criterion supporting 3-D, though, even if Warner got to "Dial M For Murder" first.)

unclejay73
  Oct 17, 2012
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Nice releases, but come on Criterion...give us something a little more out of left field! Like "Streets of Fire"...
danmovie
  Oct 17, 2012
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I’m very excited about the new Hitchcock release and am excited to own The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) on Blu. I am even more excited about bringing some 1920-1930s Hitch to Blu or even decent transfers for that matter.

Outside of 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, very few, in any, high quality discs have been made for pre-USA Hitch. Most of them haven’t even seen a good DVD release.

I would be very excited about a restored release of Young and Innocent (1937) on Blu Ray. I think this is Hitchcock’s most undervalued film – a true hidden gem (it’s one of my favorites of Hitch).

A few other good Hitchcocks from pre-1940 are Sabotage and Secret Agent (with Peter Lorre). Blackmail (1929) is pretty good too.

I hope some more of these early films get a proper release down the road.

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Dubstar
  Oct 17, 2012
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guess I can sell off my Tin Drum import now.

GrouchoFan
  Oct 17, 2012
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I've been waiting about 25 years for a watchable/listenable version of "Man Who Knew Too Much ('34)". Hope it comes with good subtitles, because between the tinny sound (on all the PD versions I've seen) and those 1930s British accents, I've always had a difficult time understanding any of the dialog.

ambientcafe
  Oct 17, 2012
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Two other road films made in the same year as 'TLB' (1971) -- 'Vanishing Point' and 'Duel', are much more memorable & deserving of praise & restorative efforts ...

Boob-Ray
  Oct 18, 2012
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Sweet!! I've been waiting for Two Lane Black Top in blu. And I'll of course be picking up The Man Who Knew Too Much.


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