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Criterion Announces February Titles

Posted November 15, 2012 04:24 PM by Webmaster

CriterionThe Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in February. On February 5, the studio will release The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958). A week later, it will release The Kid With A Bike (Dardenne Brothers, 2011). On February 19, it will release On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954). On February 26, it will release Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, 1961) and Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954).

Technical specs and special features include:

The Ballad of Narayama

This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village, where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan's cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.

Special Features:
  • New 4K digital master from the 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer and teaser
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp

The Kid With a Bike

Twelve-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father (Jérémie Renier). He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha (Cécile de France), the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on. Spare and unsentimental but deeply imbued with a heart-rending tenderness, The Kid with a Bike is an arresting work from the great Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, masters of the empathetic action film.

Special Features:
  • New digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Conversation between film critic Kent Jones and directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  • Interviews with actors Cécile de France and Thomas Doret
  • Return to Seraing, a half-hour documentary in which the Dardennes revisit five locations from the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew

On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption. On the Waterfront charts Terry's deepening moral crisis as he must choose whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny's right-hand man, Terry's brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

Special Features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate presentations of the restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen)
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Commentary featuring authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
  • Conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones
  • Elia Kazan: Outsider (1982), an hour-long documentary
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others
  • New interview with actress Eva Marie Saint
  • Interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001
  • Contender, a 2001 documentary on the film's most famous scene
  • New interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film
  • New interview with author James T. Fisher (On the Irish Waterfront) about the real-life people and places behind the film
  • Visual essay on Leonard Bernstein's score
  • Visual essay on the aspect ratio
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Almereyda and reprints of Kazan's 1952 ad in the New York Times defending his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, one of the 1948 New York Sun articles by Malcolm Johnson on which the film was based, and a 1953 Commonweal piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg

Chronicle of a Summer

Few films can claim to be as influential to the course of cinema history as Chronicle of a Summer. The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin would term cinéma verité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France. By simply interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960—beginning with the provocative and eternal question "Are you happy?" and expanding to political issues, including the ongoing Algerian War—Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian émigré to an African student. Chronicle of a Summer's penetrative approach gives us a document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth.

Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital transfer of the Cineteca di Bologna restoration of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Un été + 50 (2011), a seventy-three-minute documentary featuring outtakes and new interviews with codirector Edgar Morin and some of the film's subjects
  • Archival interviews with codirector Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film's subjects
  • New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, organizer of several Rouch retrospectives
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio

Sansho the Bailiff

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually separated by vicious slave traders. Under the dazzling direction of Kenji Mizoguchi, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Special Features:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
  • Video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, on the making of the film and its lasting importance
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based: Ogai Mori's 1915 "Sansho Dayu" and a written form of an earlier oral variation



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News comments (49 comments)


Yojimbo
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Great month! Definitely in for Narayama, On the Waterfront, and Sansho. Haven't seen the other two, though.

prkprkprk
 - Nov 15, 2012

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On the Waterfront.

Yes.

NYorker
 - Nov 15, 2012

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On the Waterfront for me.

gobohobo
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Great lineup. Hopefully they get the rights back to Spartacus and put out a worthy upgrade to that masterpiece!

tama
 - Nov 15, 2012

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What a strong line up. I'm in for all these titles.

zoodermin
 - Nov 15, 2012

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On the Waterfront, The Kid with a Bike, The Ballad of Narayama and Sansho look great! Very good month.

repete66211
 - Nov 15, 2012

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I'll pick up On the Waterfront. Brando's acting in that is still some of the best ever. Sansho the Bailiff is a solid samurai movie, an over-represented genre Criterion seems to have a real fetish for.

dmarvin
 - Nov 15, 2012

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This month "coulda been a contender"!
Instead, it's the CHAMP!

randomhero24
 - Nov 15, 2012

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alien2010
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Come on Criterion! When is Le Samourai going to be ready?

Also, I know Criterion never released this title on DVD, but I wonder if we'll ever see a blu ray offering of Antonioni's The Passanger, now that would be a treat (for me in any case)

dlevine
 - Nov 15, 2012

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love "On The Waterfront" ... cant' wait for that.

chasp19
 - Nov 15, 2012

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TheHighRoller
 - Nov 15, 2012

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It's cool that On the Waterfront includes two cuts: the original negative ratio and the widescreen aspect ratio.

MoulinBlu
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Did Criterion lose the rights to The Hidden Fortress or something? I would have thought it one of their bigger sellers.

GoBlu08
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Looking forward to owning On the Waterfront

DetroitSquirreL
 - Nov 15, 2012

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on the Waterfront ? OMG, I almost fainted YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dannalexcon
 - Nov 15, 2012

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On the Waterfront is a blind buy for me. I Have waited a long time for it to go Blu and now it's joining the Criterion Collection, fantastic news! "Narayama" sounds very interesting, I will definitely add it to my wishlist.

mjcavinder
 - Nov 15, 2012

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On the Waterfront yyyeeaaahhh! wwwhhhat? yyeahhhhh!

miTfan3
 - Nov 15, 2012

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FINALLY! On the Waterfront! Criterion! SWEET!!!

BluPix
 - Nov 15, 2012

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I'm quite intrigued (though not very surprised) to see both The Kid with a Bike, easily one of the best films I've seen this year and On the Waterfront, one of the best films I've seen from any year, released by Criterion. I'll definitely pick each of them up on its release day.

Though I haven't yet seen the other films, I'm also very interested in The Ballad of Narayama and Sansho the Bailiff. Chronicle of a Summer could be of some interest as well. Another month to look forward to.

Scholer
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Sansho and On the Waterfront are great. Also did'nt expect The Kid with a Bike which was a fairly harrowing but great film. But still craving for the must needed titles like Badlands, Apu Trilogy, Ikiru.

Paulito240
 - Nov 15, 2012

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"He gets the title shot outdoors in the ball park -- and whadda I get? A one-way ticket to Palookaville..."

Reeniop5
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Hopefully Criterion will do the Valentine 50% off sale like last year! Solid Line-up!

Lino11
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Very nice lineup!

Grethiwha
 - Nov 15, 2012

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Sansho the Bailiff! I prefer Ugetsu myself but still pretty rad; I'll be getting that. Intrigued by Narayama. On the Waterfront is obviously big news but I'm not crazy about it myself. Good month!

Nightwing Begins
 - Nov 15, 2012

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slimdude
 - Nov 16, 2012

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toddly6666
 - Nov 16, 2012

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Shakingman
 - Nov 16, 2012

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On the Waterfront for sure.

Shakingman
 - Nov 16, 2012

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mport5150
 - Nov 16, 2012

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In for On the Waterfront

nitin
 - Nov 16, 2012

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in for all these

Darth Marcus
 - Nov 16, 2012

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On the Waterfront!
I really hope March brings The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

lordmorpheus72
 - Nov 16, 2012

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On the Waterfront. Done!

PBateman87
 - Nov 16, 2012

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@ randomhero

If Criterion does go for a Paul Thomas Anderson movie, it would probably be one that isn't already on Blu-ray as Magnolia and There Will Be Blood are. I wouldn't be surprised if Punch-Drunk Love, or even his first film Hard Eight, get announced by Criterion sometime in the future.

Back on topic: I'm in for On the Waterfront!

karezoid
 - Nov 16, 2012

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I still miss STALKER by Andrey Tarkovski

Genji Press
 - Nov 16, 2012

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Sansho and Narayama are musts for me. (That said, I wonder if we're going to get Hidden Fortress anytime soon -- it makes a nice "revival of Star Wars" tie-in.)

unclejay73
 - Nov 16, 2012

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Narayama, Sansho and On the Waterfront...very cool. Otherwise, come one Criterion...THRILL US!!

unclejay73
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jacobb1313
 - Nov 16, 2012

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This is arguably one of the strongest overall months in the Criterion catalogue. Dardenne + Mizoguchi + Kinoshita + Kazan + Morin? Holy freak. (Almost thought that was the Imamura version... that would have been crazy.)

nathanp
 - Nov 16, 2012

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There's some great stuff there, might be getting all 5 this time around.

-jonny-
 - Nov 16, 2012

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KING OF THE HILL, please.

Darth Lover
 - Nov 16, 2012

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I am for sure going to pick up On The Waterfront. So happy Criterion is releasing that film. With them I know it will be done right.

MikeScott
 - Nov 16, 2012

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About time The Kid With A Bike is released. I really want to see it. I've been a fan of Cécile de France since High Tension.

DVD Phreak
 - Nov 16, 2012

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Looking forward to all of them, especially Ballad of Narayama. The Eureka Blu-ray indicates it's going to look great.

For a film supposedly about poverty and desolation, there sure are a higher-than-expected amount of, uh, sex scenes.

mishal
 - Nov 17, 2012

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On the Waterfront for me.

joie
 - Nov 17, 2012

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Should Criterion release announcements be "Top News," while other distributors' announcements are only "News?"

Simonbergeron
 - Nov 17, 2012

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I surely hope this year will see another one of Chaplin's best efforts: City Lights! Can't wait to see what Criterion will do... can't imagine Criterion NOT doing it.

SolidBlu
 - Nov 17, 2012

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i'm in for on the waterfront, the ballad of narayama, the kid with a bike and sansho the bailiff =)


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